From the Stands: Raiders v Sharks

Complete and utter annihilation. There’s no other way to describe the victory over the Tigers last weekend.

The Tigers had it all to play for. A finals spot on the line and in front of a packed Leichardt Oval, most would have thought it had all the makings of a nail biter.

Any thoughts of a close game were quickly eroded. The Raiders put on an absolute clinic.

The boys played faster, stronger footy, and it was clear the Tigers were intimidated.

And who could blame them? From the time Leilua pulled off a pass to Rapana worthy of global attention, it was clear it would be one of those days.

By half time, the Raiders looked like they could score 50 and the Tigers looked like they weren’t willing to stop them. It was an absolute Rugby League clinic just when we needed it.

While the Tigers had a finals spot to play for, a Storm victory over the Sharks meant the men in green had top 2 and a home final in their sights.

The green machine grabbed that home finals spot with interest!

For Raiders fans in and out of the capital, the nerves might have been dormant during the game but they sure weren’t afterwards.

The questions were coming out quick and fast. What day will we be playing? What time? When do tickets go on sale? How do I buy 50?!

Well, maybe not 50, but I’m sure most ticketed members found themselves in a position of needing to buy tickets for friends

It’s funny how many friends come out of the woodwork for a hot Canberra ticket come finals time. Bring it on I say. There’s plenty of room on this bandwagon! The more the merrier!

GIO Stadium will be pumping on Saturday and who could blame one for wanting to get in on the action?

There’s been plenty of talk about the Viking Clap and some attempted sabotage, but there’s no doubt a parochial Raiders crowd will drown out the haters.

There’s nothing like a full house when the Raiders are firing. Through the lulls, it’s easy to forget this town’s heart bleeds green.

The Raiders are the soul of the Canberra sporting landscape. For no other team does the capital’s heart beat so strong when things are going well.

Just a quick walk around town reveals more brand new merchandise than I’ve seen in years.

There are more flags, hats, and jerseys about, and even the Queanbeyan sausages have turned green.

Green machine fans have been waiting for this level of success for all too long and the pride could not be more on show.

The team is ready, the town is ready and whether or not the NRL is ready, we’re coming anyway. This is it, Raiders fans! Fire up! Go the Raiders!!!

ALL THE KEY ANALYSIS IN THE PREVIEW FOR RAIDERS V SHARKS