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Re: Round 13 - Raiders V Cowboys @ Bruce

Posted By: Archie
Reply #30 June 06, 2011, 10:55:28 AM
Lost for words really. Disaster. Heartbreaking. Those will do for now...

Just want to forget that we ever played that game. Hope it's not too bad for Camps and Duges, that is so unfair for both of them. Campo's comeback lasts a few minutes and Dugan is in real danger of missing Origin.

Bringing Campese on off the bench was a mistake. He should of started or not played at all.

Re: Round 13 - Raiders V Cowboys @ Bruce

Posted By: Archie
Reply #31 June 06, 2011, 10:58:12 AM
Raiders loss to Cowboys hampered by injury
5 June 2011, 3:51 pm

The Canberra Raiders have been defeated by the North Queensland Cowboys by 40-24 at Canberra Stadium this afternoon, with the Raiders giving away a 22-0 lead midway through the first half.

The game also came at a cost to the Raiders, with both Josh Dugan (leg) and Terry Campese (groin) injured during the match and Raiders medical staff will assess them both this week.

The Raiders scored first through Blake Ferguson, as the inform Raiders winger climbed high above the Cowboys outside backs to latch onto a Josh Dugan kick to score.

The try came after a lovely passage of play by the Raiders, where they swept the ball across from one side of the field to the other. Jarrod Croker converted and it was 6-0 after seven minutes.

The Green Machine was in again after 10 minutes when Jarrod Croker broke through the Cowboys defence close to the line, after once again Josh Dugan found himself involved to throw a beautiful pass for him to score. Croker missed the conversion but it was 10-0 to Canberra.

Another try to the Raiders came after 17 minutes when Sam Williams stepped his way through the defensive line to find Joe Picker, who barged his way over next to the uprights to score for the Raiders. Croker added the extras and it was 16-0.

It just kept coming for the Raiders when Josh McCrone ran 30 metres from the scrum base untouched to score, after some solid defence forced an error from Cowboys backrower Tariq Sims. Croker converted and it was 22-0 after 23 minutes.

Josh Dugan came from the field after 26 minutes after he fell awkwardly in a tackle, giving Terry Campese to come back into the game for the first time this season.

The Cowboys found themselves on the board for the first time with 10 minutes left in the first half, as Jonathan Thurston decided to run the ball on the last tackle to score.

The Cowboys found themselves in good field position, after the Raiders gave away a penalty for a high shot. Thurston converted his own try and it was 22-6.

Another penalty this time for offside gave the Cowboys another chance from the restart and they took it, as Glen Hall scored. Thurston converted and it was 22-12.

A grim sight for Raiders fans followed the try, with Terry Campese limping from the field.

The injuries seemed to deflate the Raiders and they conceded another try right on halftime, as Tariq Sims ran onto a Thurston pass to score. Thurston converted and it was 22-18 at the break.

The Raiders second half started like their first ended with a try to the Cowboys, as Tariq Sims scored after a mistake from Reece Robinson gave the Cowboys early possession on their own line. Thurston missed the goal and it was 22-22.

The Raiders finally started to control the footy again midway through the second half and with 23 minutes left the game was still well and truly in the balance. The Green Machine had their chances, but some forced passing and strong Cowboys defence held them out.

The Raiders received a penalty with 14 minutes left on the clock after Jarrod Croker was taken out of a Sam Williams kick chase by Cowboys winger Ashley Graham and he converted the penalty goal to take the Raiders back into the lead at 24-22.

The Cowboys hit the lead for the first time with five minutes left on the clock, as Tariq Sims again split the Raiders defence to send Aaron Payne over to score under the posts. Thurston converted and it was 28-24 to North Queensland.

The Raiders had a chance to snatch the lead back with three minutes left, but a mistake from Josh McCrone allowed Jonathan Thurston to pick the ball up, offload to Kalifa Faifai Loa to score the match sealer. Thurston converted and it was a Cowboys 34-24.

Faifai Loa scored again on fulltime with Thurston adding the extras to end up at 40-24.

NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS 40 (Kalifi Faifai Loa 2, Tariq Sims 2, Jonathan Thurston, Glen Hall, Aaron Payne, Tries; Jonathan Thurston 6 Goals) defeated CANBERRA RAIDERS 24 (Blake Ferguson, Jarrod Croker, Joe Picker, Josh McCrone Tries; Jarrod Croker 4 Goals) at Canberra Stadium. Crowd 11,128.

Source: www.raiders.com.au - Canberra Raiders News Headlines

Re: Round 13 - Raiders V Cowboys @ Bruce

Posted By: RNA
Reply #32 June 08, 2011, 12:00:08 PM
Cowboys in huge comeback win over Raiders

North Queensland produced a mighty comeback to stun Canberra 40-24 in an incident-packed NRL clash in the national capital on Sunday.

As if blowing a 22-0 lead wasn't painful enough for the Raiders, they also lost star duo Josh Dugan and Terry Campese to leg injuries, with Dugan now in serious doubt for NSW's State of Origin return bout with Queensland on Wednesday week.

The classy fullback suffered a syndesmosis injury and will have scans on Monday, but seems likely to be sidelined for at least a couple of weeks.

Dugan hurt his ankle in the 24th minute before Campese's long-awaited comeback from a knee reconstruction lasted even less when he came on as the replacement only to depart minutes later with a groin injury.

The visitors, who appeared to be in for a long afternoon, woke from their slumber and quickly took advantage of the Raiders' predicament.

The Cowboys scored quick tries to Johnathan Thurston and Glenn Hall, then second-rower Tariq Sims took over as star of the show.

He scored a try just before halftime and another just after the break to level the scores at 22-22.

Canberra centre Jarrod Croker briefly put the Raiders back in front with a 67th-minute penalty goal before the Cowboys piled on late tries through hooker Aaron Payne and a double to winger Kalifa Faifai Loa to complete the amazing comeback.

Sims, who only made his first grade debut in round two, set up North Queensland's next try to Aaron Payne and made several more strong runs.

Cowboys coach Neil Henry praised the rookie forward.

"He's quite quick and can be a handful carrying the ball," Henry told reporters.

"He's willing to learn and he's just a young player that the boys like playing with."

Henry conceded that his side played poorly in the first 20 minutes, but commended the fightback.

"I thought that try just before halftime was crucial and we came in pretty pumped up."

"We thought we were in striking distance well and truly. There's a fair bit of self belief in the boys."

Canberra coach David Furner rued a game which the Raiders allowed to slip from their grasp and while admitting the loss of Dugan and Campese was tough, he said it was no excuse.

"We had players out of position and we just needed to be clear with our roles there, and I think we got found out at the back end of that first half," he said.

Captain Alan Tongue said the Raiders made too many mistakes.

"We shot ourselves in the foot a few times," Tongue said.

"Our season is on the line again next week."

For the Cowboys, it was a vital away win as they consolidated their place in the top four.

The Raiders' finals chances, though, now look bleak with their mid-season revival apparently snuffed out.

Source: wwos.com.au top league stories

Re: Round 13 - Raiders V Cowboys @ Bruce

Posted By: RNA
Reply #33 June 08, 2011, 12:04:11 PM
NRL fines Furner $5,000 for quizzing refs

Canberra coach David Furner has been fined $5,000 by the NRL for approaching match officials at halftime during Sunday's 40-24 loss to North Queensland.

The Raiders led 22-0 midway through the first half before the Cowboys scored three quick tries in the ten minutes leading up to the break.

A statement from the NRL said Furner approached the officials as they left the field and questioned several decisions they made in the opening 40 minutes.

Canberra have five days to respond to the breach notice.

Source: wwos.com.au top league stories

Re: Round 13 - Raiders V Cowboys @ Bruce

Posted By: RNA
Reply #34 June 11, 2011, 12:04:32 PM
Dallas Johnson: We can't let teams get that far in front of us

WE EVENTUALLY won the game but, as a player, that first 20 minutes against the Canberra Raiders was a real shock.

Obviously we came back to win the game and we couldn't have been happier, but we were very lucky to get away with that.

The Raiders have been good starters for a long time and after 20 minutes we were all just thinking: "What has happened here?"

But we kept sticking to our processes, we came away with the match and we've all had a talk about it.

We must not allow teams those type of starts and it was a freaky win by us, we were very fortunate to get back into that contest.

Belief and hard work did play its part but we can't let teams get that far in front of us in the NRL because most of the time teams that are behind come up short in those situations.

If we do it against Manly, we'll be in all sorts of trouble.

Manly's always a hard challenge and they've been a top team for a long time ... Brookvale isn't called a "fortress" for nothing.

They're in form and for visiting teams to perform in front of their opposition's loyal supporters can be daunting.

For tomorrow's game we don't have Scott or Thursto but we still have plenty of depth and young players such as Michael Morgan are ready to step up.

Michael has played first grade before and it's a great opportunity for him to go out and show what he can do. Michael will be better for the time he got against Canberra and I'm sure he'll go well tomorrow.

Origin is back next week and Blues coach Ricky Stuart has opted for some interesting changes by selecting players with plenty of leg speed.

The guys coming off the bench for Ricky in Luke Lewis and Anthony Watmough are top players in their own right and they've been around on the big stage before.

They'll provide a lot of punch off the bench although I'm not sure how they'll go in the front row.

Young Will Hopoate has been playing great footy for Manly and he deserves his spot, and they've gone for a lot of experience at the back with Anthony Minichiello, which is a little out of the blue.

So it's going to be an interesting second game in Sydney and I'm still not sure if they've got the power to match Queensland, we'll just have to wait and see.

It's hard to believe we've already reached that time of year and at the moment we're really enjoying our football as a club.

If you're going well and getting a few wins on the board, it makes life a lot easier for the whole playing group and the club, and our young fellas are continuing to do terrific work for the team.

We've got a lot of guys who are still very young and who are going to be the future of the club, so hopefully they can keep improving and doing the job for us.

And congratulations to teammate Ashton Sims for his impending 150th NRL game tomorrow night, it's a tremendous milestone for him.

Until a fortnight's time, take care and enjoy the footy.

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Source: Townsville Bulletin


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