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What a cracking win that was last week against the men at the foot of the mountain!

While it wasn’t a game for the purists, it definitely scored ten out of ten for entertainment.

And how good does it feel to win a close one?

When Edrick Lee ran 80 metres to seal the deal, my neighbours must have been close to filing a noise complaint. Pure elation.

After a few too many close losses this season, the boys’ defence at the back end of the game was nothing short of superb.

It showed, grit, determination and resulted in the Raiders coming away with a well-deserved win.

Make no mistake about it, good times are on the horizon in the nation’s capital.

Special mention goes to all the Raiders fans who made it to the ground.

From my lounge room, it sounded like there were just as many Green Machine fans as there were Panthers fans.

I have no doubt it meant a lot to the players.

The win places the Raiders just two points outside of the eight, making this weekend’s game incredibly important.

The good news for Raiders fans is, our boys have been through plenty in 2015.

A run of close games should have the Raiders battle hardened for what will be one of the toughest games of the season.

The Cowboys are on fire and it’ll be tough to stop them on their home turf.

Tough but not impossible.

Regardless of what the media says, it’s all about stopping one man.

Jonathan Thurston is the be all and end all of that side.

He’s in career best form and the Raiders’ defence will need to be on song.

But why shouldn’t it be?

For whatever reason, the boys love an away game.

I read, that the Raiders away record is the third best in the NRL.

The way the club’s turned around what was traditionally a less than average away record is brilliant.

The road trips must be something special.

Oh to know what goes on behind the scenes during away games…

But I digress. You have two jobs this weekend, boys.

Shut down JT and bring back two valuable competition points. Simple… in theory!

But we have faith in you boys. Get the job done.

Carn the Raiders! 

Acknowledgement of Country

Canberra Raiders respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.