From the Stands: Round Four
A draw?! Well that was unexpected.
It was always one of those danger games against the Knights. They were due to fight back after an embarrassing couple of games and fight back they did.
Sure, the Knights were the beneficiaries of a dubious call or two but these things happen.
Raiders fans needn’t get too upset over what happened on the weekend.
Yes, the boys got out to a solid lead early, but they were also all but beaten until late in the game.
Another late try in a tense battle to level the scores is yet another reminder of that never say die attitude we’ve seen this year.
And how about that final pass from Jordan Rapana? It was 4 on 1 and he still managed to get a pass over the top to set up that all important try. Surely one of the top plays for 2016.
But without getting too caught up in the weekend’s action, it’s worth zooming out and taking a look at the big picture for a second.
Canberra is playing without both their first choice halves. Name another team in the NRL who could lose both halves and pick up 3 from a possible 4 competition points.
The boys are stepping up left, right and centre, and they’re just out there doing it for each other.
We have a talented back rower playing in the halves, a hooker leading the Dally M medal tally, and a forward pack that hasn’t taken a backwards step for a minute.
There are plenty of positives already this year and the reality is, the Raiders ship is steering incredibly well all things considered.
And we’ll look for that ship to stay just as steady against the Titans this weekend.
It’s a bit of a tricky one and dare I say it another danger game. The Titians were well and truly written off at the beginning of the year but they’ve already surprised a few teams.
Add to that, there will also be a bit of personal motivation for former Raider David Shillington as he returns to his old stomping ground.
While I’m sure there’s no hard feelings, Shillo will be keen to get one over his old team mates and there’ll be 17 blokes in green who will want to make sure he doesn’t.
Whatever the result, our boys will need to be ready to aim up as it should be a fight to the finish.
So get yourself out to GIO Stadium and help make sure it’s a fight the mighty Raiders win!
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