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by TongueFTW
August 17, 2019, 8:17 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2019 Rd 22 V Storm: Game Day
Replies: 971
Views: 27696

Re: 2019 Rd 22 V Storm: Game Day

Best win since the 90s, for sure. To be down 18-0 against the Storm, away from home, having played a quarter of the game with 12 men. Incredible. The Rapana try was a thing of beauty. BJ’s decoy, Bateman and CNK passing. Beautiful. Before the game we said we had to spread the ball and attack the edg...
by TongueFTW
August 17, 2019, 10:07 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2019 Rd 22 V Storm: Game Day
Replies: 971
Views: 27696

Re: 2019 Rd 22 V Storm: Game Day

I think they are heavy favourites, but we can give ourselves a good chance if we start well and play reasonably expansive. They are missing Smith and Welch from their bench, which gives us a very slight edge with our bench forwards. As others have mentioned, spinning the ball wide to attack them on ...
by TongueFTW
August 14, 2019, 7:44 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2019 Rd 22 V Storm: Teams and Previews *Teams p1*
Replies: 241
Views: 14179

Re: 2019 Rd 22 V Storm: Teams and Previews *Teams p1*

If our starting pack can make theirs, I think our bench forwards might be a little stronger since they lost Welch. Starting well is so important - once they are ahead they are very hard to catch, as their style of play is very suited to being in front. Their left side attack is scintillating - they ...
by TongueFTW
August 13, 2019, 10:30 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2019 Rd 22 V Storm: Teams and Previews *Teams p1*
Replies: 241
Views: 14179

Re: 2019 Rd 22 V Storm: Teams and Previews

I agree with Gould, except for the out of form part. We beat the Panthers on the end of a 7 match winning streak. The teams around us have lost games they should have won, there is no shame in beating the teams you are expected to. In saying that, I don’t think “peak for peak” we can match the Roost...
by TongueFTW
August 12, 2019, 9:08 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2019 Rd 21 V Roosters: Game Day
Replies: 764
Views: 20496

Re: 2019 Rd 21 V Roosters: Game Day

Some random thoughts: * I actually did not think the game was particularly high quality. Too many mistakes from both sides, and the Roosters clearly had a spoiling game plan. The fact that Robinson went out of his way to play mind games before the match is testament to how far the Raiders have come....
by TongueFTW
August 11, 2019, 3:06 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2019 Rd 21 V Roosters: Game Day
Replies: 764
Views: 20496

Re: 2019 Rd 21 V Roosters: Game Day

Pigman - the tactic is to get your player off for the HIA when the opposition have the ball and some momentum (rather than when you have the ball). Kent mentioned this on 360 the other week. It is a definite ploy. Refs have affected both sides equally, they have been dreadful. I am not sure about ta...
by TongueFTW
August 10, 2019, 8:22 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2019 Rd 21 V Roosters: Teams and Previews *Teams p1*
Replies: 308
Views: 20472

Re: 2019 Rd 21 V Roosters: Teams and Previews *Teams p1*

It’s a good chance to win tomorrow with the players they have missing. Again, target Verrils for some quick play the balls and then look at Bateman, Cotric and CNK sweeping right. Defensively need the inside to work really hard as they love an out/in play, not to mention Tedesco who breaks tackles e...
by TongueFTW
August 8, 2019, 12:40 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Congratulations to Jarrod Croker on his 250th match!
Replies: 60
Views: 3173

Re: Congratulations to Jarrod Croker on his 250th match!

If you watch the tries that Jarrod has scored for the Raiders, you will see it all - great footwork, leaping for bombs, running through for grubbers, surprising strength/fend and speed. Also very good at setting up his outside man. He really is an extremely underrated attacking player. He has come u...
by TongueFTW
August 8, 2019, 7:55 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2019 Rd 21 V Roosters: Teams and Previews *Teams p1*
Replies: 308
Views: 20472

Re: 2019 Rd 21 V Roosters: Teams and Previews *Teams p1*

I think we can get some joy and quick play the balls attacking the Roosters down the middle and targeting Verrils, then shift to the right and throw some different shapes at Mitchell. He is still (like most young centres) dodgy with his decision making, Bateman and Cotric with CNK out the back shoul...
by TongueFTW
August 7, 2019, 7:58 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Jack Hetherington heading to Canberra Raiders
Replies: 35
Views: 2825

Re: Jack Hetherington heading to Canberra Raiders

Still think it is a good signing. Given Stuart was able to get some pretty good output from Dave Taylor, I am somewhat hopeful he can reign in Hetherington’s poor discipline. I seem to remember he was sin binned twice in the same game for Penrith, but could be wrong. Plenty of potentially good forwa...
by TongueFTW
August 6, 2019, 7:48 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Jack Hetherington heading to Canberra Raiders
Replies: 35
Views: 2825

Re: Raiders player signing speculation 2019

Hetherington would be a really astute signing.
by TongueFTW
August 5, 2019, 1:25 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2019 Rd 21 V Roosters: Teams and Previews *Teams p1*
Replies: 308
Views: 20472

Re: 2019 Rd 21 V Roosters: Teams and Previews

Yes, this whole Havili conversation needs to stop now. He is obviously an extremely valuable and versatile player, perfectly suited to the bench when you have back rowers who can play 80. One point I would like to make - if Hodgson ever has to move into the halves due to an injury (though I would pr...
by TongueFTW
August 4, 2019, 8:01 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Has Bateman lost his mongrel?
Replies: 44
Views: 2160

Re: Has Bateman lost his mongrel?

The last set of the game, 40-12 up - he is angry at CNK for a slow play the ball, slapping his back and telling him to get up. What a competitor.
by TongueFTW
August 3, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2019 Rd 21 V Roosters: Teams and Previews *Teams p1*
Replies: 308
Views: 20472

Re: 2019 Rd 21 V Roosters: Teams and Previews

Whoever plays the “Havili role” off the bench will get around 20 minutes a game. How much better will it be to have someone like Young in that role given you lose the injury cover Havili provides? I don’t think the benefit is worth the risk. Why is that? Serious question. With a tough run ahead of ...
by TongueFTW
August 3, 2019, 10:03 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders Pathways
Topic: 2019 Canberra Raiders Jersey Flegg
Replies: 417
Views: 27850

Re: 2019 Canberra Raiders Jersey Flegg

Harley Smith Shields looks a real prospect. Reminds me of Cotric at this level.
by TongueFTW
August 3, 2019, 8:35 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2019 Rd 21 V Roosters: Teams and Previews *Teams p1*
Replies: 308
Views: 20472

Re: 2019 Rd 21 V Roosters: Teams and Previews

Whoever plays the “Havili role” off the bench will get around 20 minutes a game. How much better will it be to have someone like Young in that role given you lose the injury cover Havili provides? I don’t think the benefit is worth the risk.
by TongueFTW
August 3, 2019, 8:24 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2019 Rd 20 V Warriors: Game Day
Replies: 622
Views: 16968

Re: 2019 Rd 20 V Warriors: Game Day

Hodgson was absolute class. The great thing about his play is he is better off a quick play the ball but doesn’t actually need one - he is effective off slow play the balls too. His service out of dummy half - just incredible. Hits 20m left to right spirals just in front of the playmakers. It means ...
by TongueFTW
July 31, 2019, 9:59 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2019 Rd 20 V Warriors: Teams and Previews *Teams p1*
Replies: 167
Views: 10690

Re: 2019 Rd 20 V Warriors: Teams and Previews *Teams p1*

Agreed - Guler has a good chance of being a gun. Has all the attributes. I think it will be hard to hold onto him, Horsburgh and Young as they get more experience but between them we have some very solid young forwards. I actually like what I saw of Murchie in junior grades too but for whatever reas...
by TongueFTW
July 29, 2019, 3:59 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Through green eyes 2019
Replies: 453
Views: 32700

Re: Through green eyes 2019

Agree with the 9 for Bateman. That was one of the best all round performances I have seen from a second rower.
by TongueFTW
July 29, 2019, 10:58 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2019 Rd 19 V Panthers: Game Day
Replies: 727
Views: 22854

Re: 2019 Rd 19 V Panthers: Game Day

Havili doesn't need a rest. He's had stints of 22mins, 23mins and 17mins in the last 3 rounds. The others I agree could do with a rest but after the warriors we've got a 9 day turn around with a home game. It's possible for us to manage our way through that if that's the route we choose. I would li...
by TongueFTW
July 29, 2019, 10:20 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2019 Rd 19 V Panthers: Game Day
Replies: 727
Views: 22854

Re: 2019 Rd 19 V Panthers: Game Day

I can’t heap more praise on Michael Oldfield as a signing and player for this club. Really good rugby league player. Couldn’t agree more. He bounced back well from last week with 2 try assists, solid defence, and decent carries. I am sure Stuart was tempted to use Kris, I am really happy for Oldfie...
by TongueFTW
July 25, 2019, 8:01 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Canberra Raiders look to upgrade and extend contract for Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
Replies: 418
Views: 30613

Re: Canberra Raiders look to upgrade and extend contract for Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad

I keep stats on my computer, but can't find player 2018 numbers. His 2017 numbers include 6 try causes, 7 line break causes 1.4 missed tackles per game for a tackle efficiency of 88%. For comparison, Shannon Boyd in 2017 (with a few more minutes on average) had 90% tackle efficiency, 5 try causes an...
by TongueFTW
July 25, 2019, 11:38 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Canberra Raiders look to upgrade and extend contract for Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
Replies: 418
Views: 30613

Re: Canberra Raiders look to upgrade and extend contract for Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad

I forgot to mention his tendency to give away some of the most obvious holding down penalties I have seen.
by TongueFTW
July 25, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Canberra Raiders look to upgrade and extend contract for Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
Replies: 418
Views: 30613

Re: Canberra Raiders look to upgrade and extend contract for Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad

Jesus guys, to be fair on Luke Bateman, if he came into this current squad the way they’re playing this year and played off the bench he absolutely wouldn’t let anyone down He’s not gonna win you the game but he’s never been the sort of player that loses you the game either. He cops WAY too much OT...
by TongueFTW
July 24, 2019, 6:50 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Canberra Raiders look to upgrade and extend contract for Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
Replies: 418
Views: 30613

Re: Canberra Raiders look to upgrade and extend contract for Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad

Have to agree with the above. Luke Bateman is an OK signing at minimum wage. I seem to remember a story last year of him being disappointed with his offer and wanting to “prove his worth” this year. I feel like the game has passed players like him and Shaun Fensom by, the “hard working toiler” lock ...
by TongueFTW
July 24, 2019, 3:43 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2019 Rd 19 V Panthers: Teams and Previews *Teams p1*
Replies: 182
Views: 14382

Re: 2019 Rd 19 V Panthers: Teams and Previews *Teams p1*

I think Gallen is right. I worry about the intensity we have played with throughout the season and it causing us to hit a wall soon. I mentioned earlier that I really hope our training load has been increased, which would explain the lack of energy in that second half against the Tigers. If not, the...
by TongueFTW
July 22, 2019, 10:00 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2019 Rd 19 V Panthers: Teams and Previews *Teams p1*
Replies: 182
Views: 14382

Re: 2019 Rd 19 V Panthers: Teams and Previews

We looked tired in that second half of the Tigers game. I hope this is due to the coaching staff increasing the training load now as we go into Finals - often around this time you will see the top teams have a couple of losses to teams lower than them on the ladder as they try and coordinate trainin...
by TongueFTW
July 20, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2019 Rd 18 V Tigers: Game Day
Replies: 319
Views: 11562

Re: 2019 Rd 18 V Tigers: Game Day

Mbye has never seemed comfortable under the high ball. Need to really target him. Would be good to see Sezer bombing for Jack to run through (a la Maloney/Tom T in Origin II).
by TongueFTW
July 19, 2019, 11:46 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2019 The Green Machine Podcast
Replies: 75
Views: 3692

Re: 2019 The Green Machine Podcast

Congrats to everyone involved. Has been an awesome 100 episodes, the drunken episode being my favourite. If anyone wants half an hour of pure gushing elation, that is it.

Cannot believe the people JB got to congratulate you guys - special mention to Tom Trbojevic. What an absolute legend!
by TongueFTW
July 18, 2019, 9:34 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Nick Cotric takes early plea, suspended three weeks
Replies: 595
Views: 21055

Re: Nick Cotric takes early plea, suspended three weeks

Pigman is, for a reason known only to himself, attempting to bring “balance” on a parochial fan forum. In doing so, he goes too far the other way, which annoys said parochial fans (and is not balanced).
by TongueFTW
July 18, 2019, 1:25 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Ricky Stuart
Replies: 96
Views: 620

Re: Ricky Stuart coaching

That was a fantastic listen. Finch was incredibly open and candid - think it will help a lot of people struggling to hear from someone with a public profile open up like that. As for what Ricky said to him - I will just say I don't think it is EVER a good idea for a head coach, General Manager or Ow...
by TongueFTW
July 15, 2019, 10:46 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Nick Cotric takes early plea, suspended three weeks
Replies: 595
Views: 21055

Re: Cotric and the judiciary

Correct charge. If he wasn’t sent off, he would probably have it worse. Maybe contest grading, but 3 weeks means he is back for Roosters/Storm.
by TongueFTW
July 15, 2019, 9:22 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Through green eyes 2019
Replies: 453
Views: 32700

Re: Through green eyes 2019

As always, enjoyed the write up. It is hard to believe what CNK and Bateman have added to this side. Their chase on Dufty at the end typifies everything about them - team first, effort on effort. It also helps that they have the talent to go with the effort. It would be good to see Hodgson now put t...
by TongueFTW
July 12, 2019, 8:10 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Canberra Raiders Papalii and Wighton named in Kangaroos Merit squad
Replies: 564
Views: 35849

Re: Canberra Raiders Papalii and Wighton named for Origin III

Looking at the ratings after the game and couldn’t help but feel that Wighton was being somewhat underrated for his performance (scoring as low as a 6.5 in some). Was good to see Alexander and Rothfield on 360 highlighting his game - Alexander in particular was glowing.