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by TongueFTW
November 24, 2020, 6:36 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Canberra Raiders co-captain Josh Hodgson has eyes set on round one return
Replies: 19
Views: 1137

Re: Canberra Raiders co-captain Josh Hodgson has eyes set on round one return

Not sure if everyone saw this making the rounds on social media:

John Davidson (@johnnyddavidson) Tweeted:
Wayne Bennett was not a fan of Josh Hodgson’s kicking game... https://t.co/71aVA6LAoR https://twitter.com/johnnyddavidson/sta ... 35462?s=20
by TongueFTW
November 19, 2020, 7:04 am
Forum: Rugby League
Topic: 2020 State of Origin III - Teams and Game Day
Replies: 248
Views: 6418

Re: 2020 State of Origin III - Teams and Game Day

NSW fan, but hard not to be happy for Queensland. They clearly wanted it more this series. A few points: * NSW were lucky to be as close as they were. Holmes butchered a couple of fairly simple tries, and the first NSW try was pure luck. * I know we are bias as Raiders fans, but why would you have W...
by TongueFTW
November 14, 2020, 12:28 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders Pathways
Topic: 2021 Jersey Flegg
Replies: 13
Views: 575

Re: 2021 Jersey Flegg

There are huge, huge wraps on Trevilyan, to the point where he is a must keep. Same with Esera. This side should be aiming for a premiership next year.
by TongueFTW
November 12, 2020, 7:11 am
Forum: Rugby League
Topic: 2020 State of Origin II - Teams and Game Day
Replies: 159
Views: 5477

Re: 2020 State of Origin II - Teams and Game Day

Strange game. A part of me thinks Bennett thought it was a lost cause when Munster went off, nothing else explains leaving Papalii off the field for so long, other than making sure he is rested for the decider, but that doesn’t explain leaving Lui off until the last 5 minutes. He gave Collins and Ar...
by TongueFTW
November 11, 2020, 6:40 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders Pathways
Topic: Canberra Raiders stay out of 2021 NSW Cup
Replies: 63
Views: 13598

Re: Canberra Raiders stay out of 2021 NSW Cup

There’s a rumour doing the rounds (and I am taking it with a pinch of salt), that the Raiders are joining with the Sharks in sending their fringe players to Newtown. Anyone heard anything on this?
by TongueFTW
November 3, 2020, 8:55 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Raiders player signing speculation 2020
Replies: 2419
Views: 317008

Re: Raiders player signing speculation 2020

Fox Sports reporting we are making a "late play" for Adam Keighran from the Warriors, but he is more likely to sign with the Roosters.
by TongueFTW
October 26, 2020, 6:45 am
Forum: Rugby League
Topic: 2020 NRL Grand Final: Teams and Game Day
Replies: 385
Views: 10811

Re: 2020 NRL Grand Final: Teams and Game Day

The amount of people on socials saying the refs favored Melbourne is crazy. I thought most of the calls, at least in the first half, were on point. And the worst calls definitely went against Melbourne. The non shepherd call is one of the worst I’ve ever seen. I can’t help but think the lack of fai...
by TongueFTW
October 19, 2020, 1:21 pm
Forum: Rugby League
Topic: 2020 NRL Grand Final: Teams and Game Day
Replies: 385
Views: 10811

Re: 2020 NRL Grand Final: Teams and Game Day

There's a difference between bending the rules and pushing the limit, as opposed to the sorts of things Smith has done in his career. I don't buy the "people hate him because he is so good" - Thurston/Inglis are well liked players that consistently dominated. The vitriol for Smith is due to actions ...
by TongueFTW
October 19, 2020, 12:10 pm
Forum: Rugby League
Topic: 2020 NRL Grand Final: Teams and Game Day
Replies: 385
Views: 10811

Re: 2020 NRL Grand Final: Teams and Game Day

Since that was a pre-existing injury I think it would be naive to suggest Smith wasn't have a niggle at it. Completely unnatural movement to come in as he did. Same thing we would have done to Munster on the weekend if the game wasn't gone after 7 minutes. I expect the Panthers to win this one fair...
by TongueFTW
October 19, 2020, 7:48 am
Forum: Rugby League
Topic: 2020 NRL Grand Final: Teams and Game Day
Replies: 385
Views: 10811

Re: 2020 NRL Grand Final: Teams and Game Day

Cameron Smith is a grub. - will never forget his targeting of Croker’s knee off the ball in the 2016 preliminary final. The GH has had some wonderful completely fabricated narratives over the years, but the Zapruder film people did on that to convince themselves that Smith practically stormed the f...
by TongueFTW
October 19, 2020, 6:55 am
Forum: Rugby League
Topic: 2020 NRL Grand Final: Teams and Game Day
Replies: 385
Views: 10811

Re: 2020 NRL Grand Final: Teams and Game Day

Cameron Smith is a grub. - will never forget his targeting of Croker’s knee off the ball in the 2016 preliminary final. Doing that to a fellow professional, off the ball, speaks volumes about the type of human he is, let alone the Alex McKinnon saga or his role in the salary cap scandal. He is an in...
by TongueFTW
October 16, 2020, 7:05 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2020 Finals Week 3 V Storm: Game Day
Replies: 824
Views: 23450

Re: 2020 Finals Week 3 V Storm: Game Day

Said this in the other thread, but this isn’t the amazing side of years gone by. Win the battle in the middle with footwork, fast play the balls and safe offloads (Smith is actually a good target for post contact metres), then swing left to get at Hughes/Lee/Vunivalu. Bomb and grubber to the same si...
by TongueFTW
October 13, 2020, 7:04 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Squad depth
Replies: 29
Views: 1413

Re: Squad depth

Most interesting thing for me next season is how Hodgson will fit back in, now that Williams and Wighton have been the focal points of our attack. Before his injury there is no doubt we were still working it out. After his injury, Williams and Wighton have stood far closer to the ruck, and recently,...
by TongueFTW
October 12, 2020, 7:14 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2020 Finals Week 3 V Storm: Teams and Previews *Teams p1*
Replies: 391
Views: 24357

Re: 2020 Finals Week 3 V Storm: Teams and Previews

I am actually more confident against the Storm than I was against the Roosters. I thought we were extremely unlucky in our last game against them (horrible sin bin call, Papanhuyzen try against run of play, Hodgson ACL). Some thoughts: * The Storm right hand defence has struggled all year. They have...
by TongueFTW
October 12, 2020, 6:42 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2020 Finals Week 2 V Roosters: Fans' Choice Man of the Match
Replies: 51
Views: 1602

Re: 2020 Finals Week 2 V Roosters: Fans' Choice Man of the Match

3 CNK. What an incredible performance. Instrumental in that second try, crazy number of metres and two try savers, the second of which saved the game. Shaun Johnson was on Fox over the weekend and said no one who knows him is surprised he is doing so well, due to his incredible work ethic. 2 Papalii...
by TongueFTW
October 4, 2020, 8:32 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2020 Finals Week 2 V Roosters: Teams and Previews *Teams p1*
Replies: 264
Views: 16278

Re: 2020 Finals Week 2 V Roosters: Teams and Previews

Interesting finals game yesterday. Even at 14-6 down, I just wasn’t that concerned. I suspect the week off will help further down the track, in the first game (and in particular, first half) it was always a risk that it would take a little while to find our feet. Storm were similar last night. I am ...
by TongueFTW
September 27, 2020, 8:40 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Raiders 2020 regular season observations
Replies: 23
Views: 961

Re: Raiders 2020 regular season observations

Couldn’t agree more with this. I was very sceptical of Stuart as a coach when we signed him, but couldn’t be happier to eat humble pie. Along with all the things you mentioned, don’t underestimate the mental bounce back required after that GF last year. The coaching staff have done an amazing job. J...
by TongueFTW
September 27, 2020, 9:57 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2020 Finals Week 1 V Sharks: Teams and Previews *Teams p1*
Replies: 221
Views: 15819

Re: 2020 Finals Week 1 V Sharks: Teams and Previews

Extremely unlucky not to make the 4, but we pay for that indifferent early season form where we lost to Manly and Newcastle. I actually don’t mind the draw, now that we have rested a bunch of our first team players. In any season, you most likely have to beat 3 of the Top 4 to win the GF (that is wh...
by TongueFTW
September 26, 2020, 8:10 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2020 Rd 20 V Sharks: Game Day
Replies: 638
Views: 17840

Re: 2020 Rd 20 V Sharks: Game Day

Vasquez for Sharks also getting his debut, so looks like another starter out for Sharks, after Rudolf and Talikai dropped out yesterday. As expected, the Sharks resting more players - a good thing for this game. If we win, it puts a lot of pressure on Parramatta, and, while the Tigers are outsiders,...
by TongueFTW
September 23, 2020, 7:05 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2020 Rd 20 V Sharks: Teams and Previews *Teams p1*
Replies: 406
Views: 17750

Re: 2020 Rd 20 V Sharks: Teams and Previews *Teams p1*

I back Stuart on this, for several reasons. Firstly, unlike last year - if we play to our best, and any of the Top 3 play to their best, at the moment, we can’t beat them without Hodgson. If we want to try and win the comp, we need to take a risk like this. It could backfire, but I think Stuart has ...
by TongueFTW
September 21, 2020, 5:46 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2020 Rd 19 V Warriors: Game Day
Replies: 503
Views: 14109

Re: 2020 Rd 18 V Warriors: Game DayBstruc

As I have mentioned before, I really dislike ref faulting, but Stuart’s reaction is understandable given some of the rough calls he has copped over the last 12 months, including the GF debacle. We have also had other baffling calls such as the Simonsson sin bin in the Melbourne game, Havilii “obstru...
by TongueFTW
September 19, 2020, 1:30 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Raiders Review with Blake and The Pork
Replies: 172
Views: 24844

Re: Raiders Review with Blake and The Pork

Love all of the unofficial Raiders content. Find all the regular segments on this one very funny. Have to say - zero chance Hodgson comes back. The only way is if he did the LARS surgery, which is a 3 month recovery, but that would be a huge gamble from the club given the “gold standard” is still th...
by TongueFTW
September 14, 2020, 7:58 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Raiders player signing speculation 2020
Replies: 2419
Views: 317008

Re: Raiders player signing speculation 2020

I think the days of looking well ahead and pinning your hopes on youngsters to patiently come through the ranks are long dead. It's about the here and now. There's no long term in the NRL - these squads turnover the majority of their players every two to four years. We ourselves only have 9 of the ...
by TongueFTW
September 13, 2020, 8:31 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2020 Rd 18 V Dragons: Game Day
Replies: 542
Views: 15507

Re: 2020 Rd 18 V Dragons: Game Day

Enjoyable Saturday afternoon game. Usual thoughts: * Young and Tapine were immense. The new, quicker game suits them due to their combination of size and late footwork. They don’t get pushed back very often. I continue to be impressed by Lui - that effort to save the try in the second half was speci...
by TongueFTW
September 10, 2020, 5:14 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Curtis Scott police assault charges dropped after court rules arrest 'unlawful'
Replies: 1307
Views: 167818

Re: Curtis Scott police assault charges dropped after court rules arrest 'unlawful'

That is horrible to watch and an absolute disgrace. I hope the same people in the media who scream for accountability from NRL players, ask for the same accountability from the police. Heads must roll.
by TongueFTW
September 10, 2020, 1:51 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Curtis Scott police assault charges dropped after court rules arrest 'unlawful'
Replies: 1307
Views: 167818

Re: Curtis Scott police assault charges dropped after court rules arrest 'unlawful'

Court reporters from today are reporting the footage of the whole thing has been shown, the magistrate was “visibly shaken” and “couldn’t stomach” watching it a second time. His minor charges have been dismissed and it is looking extremely likely he will be handed 100K to cover his expenses, when th...
by TongueFTW
September 7, 2020, 7:49 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Ideas for more creativity
Replies: 115
Views: 5284

Re: Ideas for more creativity

Appreciate the thread and suggestion, but I wouldn’t be moving Wighton at this stage in his career. I would make some tweaks to the second row, first off. CHN is a good hole runner, he runs great lines, as does Whitehead. The issue is that CHN prefers left side, but that might be a good thing as Wig...
by TongueFTW
September 6, 2020, 8:35 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Papalii re-signs to end 2024, option for 2025
Replies: 182
Views: 30025

Re: Papalii to become a Raider for life, set to re-sign to end 2024

Chris Garry also reported on Channel 7 news. Could be for next season.
by TongueFTW
September 6, 2020, 8:03 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2020 Rd 17 V Roosters: Game Day
Replies: 611
Views: 20823

Re: 2020 Rd 17 V Roosters: Game Day

I strangely enjoyed the game, more so the first half. I thought we were fairly unlucky. Usual random thoughts: * I think people are being way to harsh on Valemei, this was a Stuart error. As I mentioned before the game, we had other options, and I always think having a raw young player on the Wing i...
by TongueFTW
September 5, 2020, 2:06 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2020 Rd 17 V Roosters: Teams and Previews *Teams p1*
Replies: 242
Views: 29307

Re: 2020 Rd 17 V Roosters: Teams and Previews *Teams p1*

Curtis Scott and Matt Timoko. We've had a number of experiences where younger players have come in, impressive how they've taken their work ethic onto the field. Important this week that we take the challenge. Great challenge for the guys, no greater challenge than the Roosters, excited and looking...
by TongueFTW
August 31, 2020, 7:38 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2020 Rd 17 V Roosters: Teams and Previews *Teams p1*
Replies: 242
Views: 29307

Re: 2020 Rd 17 V Roosters: Teams and Previews

The Roosters are class, but they aren’t the team they were last year, with no Cronk, Radley, Verrils and Mitchell. In saying that, they can still put a big score on if we are not careful. Some random points: * JWH and Taukeiaho are very important to the way they play. I think we need to start with P...
by TongueFTW
August 28, 2020, 7:55 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Top four push
Replies: 84
Views: 16226

Re: Top four push

Parramatta’s big loss takes them to +98 and we are +75. With a big win this weekend, we can close that differential gap and, given their form, they will likely drop one more game before the end of the year. Coming in 3rd would give us a week one finals game against the Storm, who I would much rather...
by TongueFTW
August 25, 2020, 8:04 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2020 Rd 16 V Bulldogs: Teams and Previews *Teams p1*
Replies: 315
Views: 49847

Re: 2020 Rd 16 V Bulldogs: Teams and Previews

I think changing the hooker rotation would be crazy. Havili should just play a shorter first stint. 20-25 at and then 20 or so at prop later. It’s going fine, starling playing 50-60 is a good thing and this is the best way to do it imo. Agreed. One thing people aren’t considering - even though it’s...
by TongueFTW
August 11, 2020, 6:46 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Raiders player signing speculation 2020
Replies: 2419
Views: 317008

Re: Raiders player signing speculation 2020

Frank feedback? He was told he wasn’t good enough and club wasn’t interested in re-sign him! Haha What do you want him to do, head back to Canberra cup, slave away there and prove the coach wrong and earn a development contract the following year? Please. He was told he wasn’t wanted and left for a...
by TongueFTW
August 9, 2020, 9:02 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2020 Rd 13 V Panthers: Game Day
Replies: 542
Views: 29316

Re: 2020 Rd 13 V Panthers: Game Day

I still don’t understand everyone’s focus on our attack when our defence in that first half was paper thin. They scored the first two times they were in our 20, both times essentially untouched. Turn them away on those occasions and the game is totally different. Premiership sides don’t concede 24 p...