Fans cheer in the crowd - 1 APRIL 2017 - Australian National Rugby League (NRL) Round 5 - Canberra Raiders vs Parramatta Eels. Match was played on a Saturday evening at GIO Stadium

From the Stands: Raiders v Titans

The up and down start to the season continues and it’s great to be on the up section!

That was a brilliant win against the Eels and an improvement on so many levels.

Firstly, I believe it was our highest completion rate of the season. A much needed improvement on previous rounds but it could still be better.

Secondly, it was great to see our boys take advantage of opportunities. In that first half, the Green Machine had plenty of ball and it was pleasing to see it turn into points.

The second half was a slightly different story as the Eels mounted a strong comeback, but that’s what can happen when possession evens up.

The Eels wrestled back momentum but it was good to watch the Raiders halt that momentum and put the game to bed.

In particular, how good was it to see a little Cotric magic for the final try?

While some pundits would prefer Nick halted the celebrations until the try is actually scored, I have to say I don’t overly mind it.

If seeing the Green Machine cross over for a try wasn’t exciting enough, just seeing the joy on Nic’s face prior to notching up a 4 pointer is something special. He’s clearly enjoying his footy and it shows.

For those who have been watching him come up through the grades or reading the media wraps on him, it was fantastic to see some of that potential bubble to the surface. He’s an absolute talent!

But of course he wasn’t alone out there. It was a team effort across the park and it was great to secure the 2 points.

This week sees the might Raiders packing their snorkels as they head north to face the Gold Coast Titans.

The people of Northern NSW/Southern Qld have been absolutely battered by rain and flooding recently.

Pictures doing the rounds on social media had the Titans training grounds completely under water, and plenty of it.

And of course, people’s homes and businesses have been badly affected. The pictures will fade from the news in time but many people will still be getting themselves back on their feet.

While the NRL is just a sport at the end of the day and won’t ease the pain of massive damage, here’s hoping the Raiders and Titans put on a good show.

A good distraction for a couple of hours is better than no distraction at all. Who better to be distracted by than the mighty Green Machine and the up and coming stars of the Gold Coast Titans?

A big Raiders win would still be fantastic just quietly, but a bit of fun is just what the region needs.

Go Raiders!

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