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by amiafish
August 3, 2019, 11:09 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Status check
Replies: 157
Views: 8048

Re: Status check

Ricky said something interesting in the post-match conference...something along the lines of "I don't need to look at our past few games or the next few games to know where this team is at. I know where this team is at." If you unpack this, he cannot mean that a poor performance in the next few week...
by amiafish
August 3, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2019 Rd 20 V Warriors: Fans' Choice Player of the Year
Replies: 47
Views: 1843

Re: 2019 Rd 20 V Warriors: Fans' Choice Player of the Year

3. Hodgson
2. Tapine
1. Papalii
by amiafish
August 3, 2019, 10:46 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2019 Rd 20 V Warriors: Game Day
Replies: 622
Views: 18604

Re: 2019 Rd 20 V Warriors: Game Day

Hodgson and Tapine were superb. Hodgson is better than Cam Smith at the moment...his deception out of dummy half is superior as is his passing service (especially the long ball). Add the steals in and it's a no-brainer. Tapine was a gun today. Post-contact metres were immense. He made a run in the 2...
by amiafish
July 29, 2019, 9:15 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2019 Rd 19 V Panthers: Game Day
Replies: 727
Views: 24511

Re: 2019 Rd 19 V Panthers: Game Day

Melbourne-like win. Great structure and effort in defense, supported by direct attack (starting from terrific service from dummy-half). I've been banging on for a couple of weeks about how we needed better patterns and stability in defence (not just relying on madly 'scrambling to get there' as in O...
by amiafish
July 23, 2019, 10:58 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Where do you rank Papalii?
Replies: 86
Views: 3233

Re: Where do you rank Papalii?

I think the only thing holding Papa back from being top-shelf (Clyde, Lazarus, Wiki) is that he lacks a bit of motor by comparison. The other three could play more minutes at higher intensity than Papa, but he has every bit as much impact when he is on. I would like to see him drop a few more kgs ju...
by amiafish
July 23, 2019, 10:40 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Are we premiership contenders?
Replies: 368
Views: 19772

Re: Are we premiership contenders?

We've got as couple of deficits that prevent us from being top tier (Storm and Roosters). Firstly, our defence, while terrific in terms of effort/scramble lacks a bit of structure and calm. We burn through too much energy desperately "filling the frame" to defuse every attack (i.e. putting so many j...
by amiafish
July 23, 2019, 10:12 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Canberra Raiders sign Wigan Warriors half George Williams on three year deal
Replies: 979
Views: 84635

Re: Canberra Raiders sign Wigan Warriors half George Williams on three year deal

Stuart was arguably the most under-rated halfback to play the game. Our club went to the next level in 1988 when he arrived. His kicking game was phenomenal and he orchestrated the Green Machine attack like a magician. In 1993 we were absolute morals to win the comp until he broke his leg. We had l...
by amiafish
July 22, 2019, 5:34 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Canberra Raiders sign Wigan Warriors half George Williams on three year deal
Replies: 979
Views: 84635

Re: Canberra Raiders sign Wigan Warriors half George Williams on three year deal

Pointed comment from Josh Hodgson last night on the Matty Johns Sunday Night show. When asked about George Williams he highlighted that he has a great short kicking game and then added that this is an area - getting repeat sets - where we have not been good enough. Yep, I picked that up too. Wonder...
by amiafish
July 21, 2019, 11:13 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2019 Rd 18 V Tigers: Game Day
Replies: 319
Views: 12371

Re: 2019 Rd 18 V Tigers: Game Day

My worry about the "trust your defense" approach we're currently relying on is that it is so exhausting, mentally and physically. Exhibit No. 1 CNK. Don't get me wrong...great defense is what wins Minor Premierships (and often Premierships too)...but not the style of frenetic effort-based stuff we'r...
by amiafish
July 15, 2019, 11:30 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Fading fast
Replies: 111
Views: 4821

Re: Fading fast

Played awesome with the lead against the Dragons. Didn't shut up shop on the one hand, or play panic football on the other...just good direct footy aiming to keep scoring. Very good signs for this team.
by amiafish
July 15, 2019, 10:29 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2019 Rd 17 V Dragons: Game Day
Replies: 493
Views: 16698

Re: 2019 Rd 17 V Dragons: Game Day

Not much mention here of the way we pushed on when we were challenged...no attempt to put the cue in the rack and hold on for the win. When Nick was sent off, the reflex to "hold on for dear life" would have paralysed the Raiders in the past. Instead, we kept attacking hard, trying to score more poi...
by amiafish
July 9, 2019, 12:16 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Canberra Raider coach Ricky Stuart on NRL 360
Replies: 36
Views: 2348

Re: Canberra Raider coach Ricky Stuart on NRL 360

Honestly, I don't think anyone has taken the decision to "neuter our attack" Agree. There's no general decision to limit our attack. However, I was referring specifically to attacking strategy when holding a sizable lead. I think there's no question Ricky is coaching a very conservative approach wh...
by amiafish
July 9, 2019, 11:55 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Canberra Raider coach Ricky Stuart on NRL 360
Replies: 36
Views: 2348

Re: Canberra Raider coach Ricky Stuart on NRL 360

Very eloquently put. Can we get amiafish booked in for a meeting with Rick to discuss? When you lay it out as well as you have above, there is almost no chance he shoves that back in your face Haha, thank you. But I suspect this is a deeply held article of faith for Ricky that's unlikely to be up f...
by amiafish
July 9, 2019, 10:29 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Canberra Raider coach Ricky Stuart on NRL 360
Replies: 36
Views: 2348

Re: Canberra Raider coach Ricky Stuart on NRL 360

I love Ricky Stuart as a person and player, but he is simply dead wrong about protecting a lead...and it has cost us numerous times in the last few years. He's laboring under a false dichotomy; that when you hold a healthy lead the only two choices are to throw the ball around with gay abandon or to...
by amiafish
July 7, 2019, 4:37 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Fading fast
Replies: 111
Views: 4821

Re: Fading fast

A couple of people have nailed it in this thread (Simo and Matt). We simply haven't learned the habit of playing solid, attacking football when holding a lead. We either: (a) revert to one-out/dummy half runs for the first three of every set (usually from our back three)...this is predictable and wa...
by amiafish
June 18, 2019, 12:00 pm
Forum: Rugby League
Topic: 2019 State of Origin II: Queensland V New South Wales
Replies: 323
Views: 11961

Re: 2019 State of Origin II: Queensland V New South Wales

Yep, all other things being equal, Mitchell should have been selected again for Origin 2. One quiet game in attack and a dodgy defensive effort doesn't sweep aside his enormous talent and strike potency. But, that just begs the questions, are all other things equal? I've got to believe that there ar...
by amiafish
June 18, 2019, 10:40 am
Forum: Rugby League
Topic: 2019 State of Origin II: Queensland V New South Wales
Replies: 323
Views: 11961

Re: 2019 State of Origin II: Queensland V New South Wales

What about this: Maloney at half, Jack at 5/8, Morrison and Turbo in the centres...Cleary misses out. That way, the best back in Origin 1 and arguably the best defensive centre in the game doesn't get dropped (Morrison), we still get Maloney running the show, Jack providing the running 5/8 option he...
by amiafish
June 17, 2019, 5:56 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Are we premiership contenders?
Replies: 368
Views: 19772

Re: Are we premiership contenders?

We're definitely second tier behind the top three, but that doesn't mean we can't beat them on our day. We need to control the ruck better in defense (much as I hate the wrestle, it's a necessity these days). Too much reliance on scrambling and turning up on the inside...you can do that for a while,...
by amiafish
June 14, 2019, 1:29 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Williams or Sezer?
Replies: 1085
Views: 53784

Re: Williams or Sezer?

You can argue hypothetical swings and round-abouts all day. Bottom line is we're doing better this year because of our defense, and Sezer is a better fit (if defense is a priority) than Williams.

Again, it makes no sense to weaken a strength to strengthen a weakness.
by amiafish
June 14, 2019, 1:21 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Williams or Sezer?
Replies: 1085
Views: 53784

Re: Williams or Sezer?

We are winning on defense. Sezer is a better defender hands down. Ergo, Sezer is a better fit for halfback. That's bizarre argument?

Incidentally, I think Jack's move into the defensive line at five-eighth has played a massive part in our defensive improvement this year.
by amiafish
June 14, 2019, 11:54 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Williams or Sezer?
Replies: 1085
Views: 53784

Re: Williams or Sezer?

I beg to differ. There is a right answer, and it's based on the best fit to our brand of winning footy. The way we're winning at the moment is based on defence. Pure and simple. We are sliding well, we are turning up on the inside, we are coming up and in when it merits (and sometimes when it doesn'...
by amiafish
June 8, 2019, 4:08 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Williams or Sezer?
Replies: 1085
Views: 53784

Re: Williams or Sezer?

Couldn't agree more. Well said.
by amiafish
June 8, 2019, 2:54 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Williams or Sezer?
Replies: 1085
Views: 53784

Re: Williams or Sezer?

Williams is a good back up, he's cheap, he's professional, we can reliably play him when we need to. Sezer is not a starting player and his output v cost ratio is far lower than Williams'. If he wants to earn around Williams' salary and be a backup, then it's a different discussion. I would rather ...
by amiafish
June 8, 2019, 2:18 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Williams or Sezer?
Replies: 1085
Views: 53784

Re: Williams or Sezer?

In my opinion, there are too many people here talking about one-off performances (or even sequences of performances) and missing the larger point. Namely, that Sam is simply nowhere near the class of Sezer. Sam is slower. Sam is smaller. Sam is weaker. Sam is a worse passer of the ball. Sam is a wor...
by amiafish
June 7, 2019, 11:31 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Williams or Sezer?
Replies: 1085
Views: 53784

Re: Williams or Sezer?

No way we keep the Tigers to zero if Williams is in the side. No way we score 28 points if Williams is in the side. Sezer was good tonight. Not great, like a marquee half-back, but a good 1st grade standard half. That's all we need him to be. Anyone who is still beating the drum for Williams after t...
by amiafish
June 3, 2019, 3:06 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Williams or Sezer?
Replies: 1085
Views: 53784

Re: Williams or Sezer?

I think the "Jack likes playing with Sammy" thing is more personality than anything else. Objectively speaking, Sezer can get the ball to his five-eighth quicker and better; he commits the defense better (defenders slide straight across Sam because they don't believe he will take on the line, and ev...
by amiafish
June 2, 2019, 8:11 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Williams or Sezer?
Replies: 1085
Views: 53784

Re: Williams or Sezer?

When Sezer makes an error, I smack myself on the forehead and scream at the TV, because there's some part of my brain that believes he could be doing better. EDIT Moderator note: We have a forum guideline which does not permit over the top criticism. Please make the points without such over the top ...
by amiafish
June 2, 2019, 4:29 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Williams or Sezer?
Replies: 1085
Views: 53784

Re: Williams or Sezer?

Sam Williams is not up to NRL 1st grade standard, and never will be. He's too slow, too weak in defence, too poor with his passing, has poor footwork, and can't read the game. Sezer is not quite as slow, is not quite as poor in defence, is a little crisper with his passing, has OK footwork, but also...
by amiafish
May 29, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Williams or Sezer?
Replies: 1085
Views: 53784

Re: Williams or Sezer?

Sezer and Williams are both known quantities in the NRL...and not in a good way. They have proved themselves to be poor halves time and time again. What's more, they're not spring chickens who have some latent potential waiting to be tapped...they're just not very good Rugby League players. Sezer ha...
by amiafish
May 28, 2019, 8:55 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Williams or Sezer?
Replies: 1085
Views: 53784

Re: Williams or Sezer?

What's more is that these were the games where Sezer actually played good for the club (until Williams got injured that is). Wighton too seems to be benefiting from the 'Williams effect'. Fair point. But you need to factor in the opportunity cost incurred to pick up that "Williams effect". You obvi...
by amiafish
May 27, 2019, 3:17 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Williams or Sezer?
Replies: 1085
Views: 53784

Re: Williams or Sezer?

Felt so strongly about this...registered on the forum just to make this post. Sam Williams, by all accounts, is a terrific young man. He is however, a lamb among lions in the NRL. Watching him toddle toward the line at a break-neck walking pace, turn like a dreadnought, and then inevitably shovel th...