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by papabear
August 18, 2019, 3:36 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2019 Rd 22 V Storm: Fans' Choice Player of the Year
Replies: 38
Views: 1206

Re: 2019 Rd 22 V Storm: Fans' Choice Player of the Year

3. Horsburgh 2. Papalii 1. Whitehead Just on Whitehead. It looks to me that him and Wighton have finally really clicked with their timing with hole running etc in attack. Agree on the combo. Wighton's athleticism should be a perfect foil for Whiteheads nous- in theory- good to see it warming up. I ...
by papabear
August 12, 2019, 5:34 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2019 Rd 22 V Storm: Teams and Previews *Teams p1*
Replies: 241
Views: 14098

Re: 2019 Rd 22 V Storm: Teams and Previews

Sutton is a bit of plodder with the ball in hand.

I probably prefer him to have less minutes and havili more even if he is just played as a middle.
by papabear
August 12, 2019, 2:22 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Picking on form
Replies: 33
Views: 1504

Re: Picking on form

Northern Raider wrote:
August 4, 2019, 1:41 pm
2. Cotric
3. Croker
4. Leilua
5. Rapana

Only injury or suspension will see that changed
Also if we are picking on form I like this as well.

Cotric will be better with croker on the left and our right edge can go back to being awesome as opposed to right now where they are not really.
by papabear
August 12, 2019, 10:15 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2019 Rd 21 V Roosters: Game Day
Replies: 764
Views: 20491

Re: 2019 Rd 21 V Roosters: Game Day

i agree with pigrickman regarding the refs, they were fine and if anything favoured us.

The chooks had just a little bit more quality then us, but I think with Cotric going back to his natural side and BJ coming back in hopefully we have the extra try or to in us that might be enough to get us home.
by papabear
August 12, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2019 Rd 21 V Roosters: Fans' Choice Player of the Year
Replies: 28
Views: 914

Re: 2019 Rd 21 V Roosters: Fans' Choice Player of the Year

3 Soliola 2 Wighton 1 Papalii I do just have to say Wighton has a really bad habit of going close but losing the ball. He’s no Marshall Chalk but it concerns me it might happen in a really clutch moment at some point. True, but this is a massive improvement on where he used to be where he would go ...
by papabear
August 12, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2019 Rd 21 V Roosters: Fans' Choice Player of the Year
Replies: 28
Views: 914

Re: 2019 Rd 21 V Roosters: Fans' Choice Player of the Year

All the hodgson points surprise me. He went alright with a good strip and some good work, but he also looked a bit off at times as well which really hurt us when we had some momentum, when he goes for a wander playing whats in front of him but there nothing on so the play just dies. He has been the ...
by papabear
August 11, 2019, 3:05 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2019 Rd 21 V Roosters: Game Day
Replies: 764
Views: 20491

Re: 2019 Rd 21 V Roosters: Game Day

That was a bit strange
by papabear
August 11, 2019, 3:02 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2019 Rd 21 V Roosters: Game Day
Replies: 764
Views: 20491

Re: 2019 Rd 21 V Roosters: Game Day

To be honest if it was a neutral game I would have given in a try.

It was very lucky, but they are playing well, so are we.

We just need a bit more quality from sezer and Hodgson ... wighton has looked really good, hopefully he sees lots of ball for the rest of the match.
by papabear
August 4, 2019, 1:49 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2019 Rd 21 V Roosters: Teams and Previews *Teams p1*
Replies: 308
Views: 20465

Re: 2019 Rd 21 V Roosters: Teams and Previews

Not picking Havili in the 17 when we already have 3 other running forwards on the bench is for some reason a constant suggestion on this site and tbf it’s a ridiculous one. I am with this. Why do many of the same on the bench, all that will do is less minutes for papalii and co. For me havili is th...
by papabear
August 3, 2019, 11:44 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2019 Rd 20 V Warriors: Fans' Choice Player of the Year
Replies: 47
Views: 1555

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

3 sezer
2 hodgson
1 papalii

Tapine was very close to the one
by papabear
August 1, 2019, 2:22 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Are we premiership contenders?
Replies: 340
Views: 16367

Re: Are we premiership contenders?

The biggest difference between 2019 and 2016 is the quality of opposition. In 2016 we probably should have beaten the Sharks in the first semi and the preliminary final against the Storm we missed out by an Edrick drop ball, plus some key injuries at the wrong time. It was a very level field back t...
by papabear
July 31, 2019, 11:36 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Jarrod Croker
Replies: 994
Views: 36331

Re: Jarrod Croker

No, if he holds his line on Whare, Cleary throws the short ball to Edwards who strolls through untouched between Croker and Wighton, which would be Croker's fault, because his job when Hodgson and Wighton come up, is to come up with them. The correct defensive read for this once Hodgson comes in, w...
by papabear
July 29, 2019, 9:21 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Status check
Replies: 142
Views: 5770

Re: Status check

By far and away our best performance of the season I thought.

a lot went against us and we just stayed on top!
by papabear
July 29, 2019, 9:20 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Current dummy half
Replies: 134
Views: 6039

Re: Current dummy half

Great game again from hodgson. I cant really be critical on anything he did, I can remember 5th tackle decisions being bad, he hit sezer almost everytime or put a kick in. Our first try was the prototype of how he should play when attacking the red zone, he hit sezer twice on wide balls before going...
by papabear
July 29, 2019, 9:16 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Canberra Raiders' Aidan Sezer wants to stay in NRL
Replies: 183
Views: 12137

Re: Aidan Sezer to be released to Huddersfield?

he has been fantastic for us last three weeks, unlucky not to take points in all three matches.

Honestly, with the way he is playing I would be happy to have him for another year had we not bought the bloke from wigan.
by papabear
July 28, 2019, 10:08 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

So long as the refs haven’t been instructed to fix up the eels result we should be fine.

We are playing as tough as I can ever remember.
by papabear
July 28, 2019, 10:04 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2019 Rd 19 V Panthers: Fans' Choice Player of the Year
Replies: 53
Views: 1845

Re: 2019 Rd 19 V Panthers: Fans' Choice Player of the Year

3 sezer
2 whitehead
1 Bateman

Don’t know what more sezer could have done
by papabear
July 28, 2019, 5:00 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2019 Rd 19 V Panthers: Game Day
Replies: 727
Views: 22853

Re: 2019 Rd 19 V Panthers: Game Day

We need to play with a bit more width.

Some awesome defence but we going to get run down unless we throw a bit more at them, we need at least 19 preferably 20 plus to get home I reckon.

The best thing is how frustrated we have then panthers.
by papabear
July 22, 2019, 8:23 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Canberra Raiders looking to re-sign Jordan Rapana
Replies: 187
Views: 13854

Re: Canberra Raiders looking to re-sign Jordan Rapana

Feels like overkill to keep both Hingano and Williams. I'd like to get away from Williams, a lot the fan base has a weird fettish for him. The moment George has a bad game or if he doesnt start off as well as we'd hope, those cowards will be calling for Sam to get his 857th crack at FG. We need to ...
by papabear
July 22, 2019, 10:46 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Current dummy half
Replies: 134
Views: 6039

Re: Current dummy half

Another superb game from hodgson today. Massive one on one steal. I am going to move this on slightly so it is not just about the dummy half work. Two key plays put us under way more pressure then we needed to be against the tigers and something we are going to have to improve come finals time and t...
by papabear
July 21, 2019, 1:49 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Williams or Sezer?
Replies: 1085
Views: 49128

Re: Williams or Sezer?

Don’t know why pick needs to turn this into a Hodgson thread when it is clearly a sezer / Williamson thread.

Tbh I have sezer in front by a long way, I actually think he has been very good since he has been back and will be sad to see him go
by papabear
July 21, 2019, 1:45 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2019 Rd 18 V Tigers: Fans' Choice Player of the Year
Replies: 39
Views: 1384

Re: 2019 Rd 18 V Tigers: Fans' Choice Player of the Year

3 sezer - that was one of the best tackles I have ever seen, given the circumstance 2 Croker - second best tackle ever 1 Hodgson - another excellent game would have gotten three on an ordinary day. As a Hodgson officialdom I will go into more detail later in the frank thread. I am cnk fan, but I am ...
by papabear
July 19, 2019, 5:10 pm
Forum: Rugby League
Topic: 2019 State of Origin III: New South Wales V Queensland: Teams and Game Day
Replies: 345
Views: 9155

Re: 2019 State of Origin III: New South Wales V Queensland: Teams and Game Day

Was at the game and was annoying to see NSW keep going to the right while wighton and abdo car was staring at open space in front of them on the left. One odd thing I noticed (and I don't watch enough live games to know if it's a regular thing in most games), but in attack, especially coming out ou...
by papabear
July 19, 2019, 5:07 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Ricky Stuart
Replies: 96
Views: 620

Re: Ricky Stuart coaching

Why negotiate now? Wait till the end of the season then you have more data on what to do and potentially more leverage. IMO if the club is not in financial stress at the end of the year depending on how everything falls you do one of two things:- - Extend him until 2022 (2023 if we win the GF, I kno...
by papabear
July 18, 2019, 10:05 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2020 centre and wingers
Replies: 78
Views: 2758

Re: 2020 centre and wingers

1 - CNK 2 - Simmo 3 - Cotric 4 - BJ 5 - Oldfield/or new winger Use the Raps and Croker $$ to recruit another marquee forward. I don’t expect others to agree with me - but that’s what I would do! Nope our forward pack is fine as is. Imo clubs who go to heavy salary cap in the pack are asking for fai...
by papabear
July 16, 2019, 8:37 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Jarrod Croker
Replies: 994
Views: 36331

Re: Jarrod Croker

Losing rapana is a massive no from me.

Would prefer to lose both simonsson and bj before rapana.
Obviously there is a salary cap limit but if he is getting 1 mil over two years I don’t see other clubs beating that by enough to move him.
by papabear
July 16, 2019, 2:16 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Status check
Replies: 142
Views: 5770

Re: Status Check

We havent gotten flogged this year, which means every game has been great entertainment. And really besides the storm game every game we have been in a position to win. It has been an absolutely great season!~! second best regular season since bulgarelli, hopefully we make the top 4 and get the best...
by papabear
July 16, 2019, 2:13 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Current dummy half
Replies: 134
Views: 6039

Re: Current dummy half

Alan Tongue was just a player picked in that position doing his best as he always did. Again its not alan tongues fault the club couldnt build a roster for ****. For a second rower playing out of position he was limited but he did what was asked. I don't think anybody said it was Alan Tongue's faul...
by papabear
July 16, 2019, 11:15 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Current dummy half
Replies: 134
Views: 6039

Re: Current dummy half

Alan Tongue was just a player picked in that position doing his best as he always did.

Again its not alan tongues fault the club couldnt build a roster for ****. For a second rower playing out of position he was limited but he did what was asked.
by papabear
July 16, 2019, 11:01 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Current dummy half
Replies: 134
Views: 6039

Current dummy half

I dont know if is the go in 2019, nor do I think mocking Alan Tongue entirely appropriate.
by papabear
July 15, 2019, 5:33 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Jarrod Croker
Replies: 994
Views: 36331

Re: Jarrod Croker

Although my opinion of Croker hasn’t changed (ie we should move him on and have Simonnson and Cotric on the right edge), Croker had a fantastic game last night. Really impressed with his attack, it’s as if he gained another leg. Defence was relatively untested however I think Defending outside of W...
by papabear
July 15, 2019, 4:00 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Fading fast
Replies: 111
Views: 4267

Re: Fading fast

I know I'm biased, but I honestly think we've got the second best roster, player for player, starting 13, Matt's Matchups style (minus the stupid 1-week form guide rubbish) in the comp behind the roosters. with leilua and cotric I may agree with you. The problem is, we are stronger in positions tha...
by papabear
July 15, 2019, 11:55 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Nick Cotric takes early plea, suspended three weeks
Replies: 595
Views: 21053

Re: Canberra Raiders centre Nick Cotric facing three to four weeks on the sideline

take the three weeks. We need to get him back asap.

He is not going to get a not guilty, he needed to not drive or let go or something but he just went on with it.