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Re: Round 14 - Raiders V Broncos @ Suncorp
« Reply #30 on: June 12, 2011, 06:00:56 PM »
Thrilling draw for NYC Broncos

A flurry of late field goal attempts by both teams failed to break the deadlock as the NRMA Insurance Brisbane Broncos NYC side recorded a 34 all draw with the Canberra Raiders at Suncorp Stadium today.

Fans at the Fourex Brewery end of the ground got their monies worth in the entertaining contest with all bar eight points scored at that end of the park.

After trailing 30-4 at halftime, the visitors opened the scoring in the second stanza when Edrick Lee gathered up a kick through from playmaker Sami Sauiluma to score under the posts.

The duo were at it again from the restart when Sauiluma broke the line from inside his own half before drawing the fullback and handing Lee his second try in two minutes.

Chris Metcalf converted and the visitors were back within 14 points with plenty of time remaining.

The Broncos defensive line, again faltered in the 51st minute when the Raiders broke through on the left wing and found winger Michael Thomas who scored out wide.

Metcalf added the extras from the sideline, cutting the margin to eight points and incredibly, the game was again up for grabs.

The Raiders train rolled on in the second half when powerhouse back-rower Paul Vaughan crashed over from 10 meters out before Metcalf’s conversion brought the visitors within two points.

Brisbane then stemmed the bleeding with a try to Aaron Whitchurch after the Raiders had made a mistake from the restart handing possession back to a desperate Broncos outfit.

The try gave the home side a six point break and set up a grandstand finish to the absorbing contest.

The Raiders ensured a nail-biting finish when Michael Chee Kam scored with seven minutes remaining and Metcalf landed another conversion from the sideline to tie the scores at 34 points a piece.

Earlier, five-eighth Bryce Hegarty had opened the scoring for the home side when he forced his way through some flimsy defence from close range to score close to the uprights.

A Raiders mistake from the restart handed the Broncos an excellent field position and they were quick to take advantage.

Hegarty took centre stage again, laying on a millimetre perfect cross field kick for winger Arthur Brown to score in the corner, giving the home side an early 10-0 lead.

The Broncos had a golden chance to extend the lead in the 18th minute after Jerome Leedy broke through and ran 50 meters before being pulled down only meters from the line.

From the ensuing play, Brisbane sent the ball wide to the left wing finding an unmarked James Furminger who stumbled with the line open, eventually being held up in the in-goal area.

The Broncos however were quick to respond to the error, sharing the ball through a slick backline move and finding centre David Faamita who crossed unmarked.

The score went from bad to worse for the Raiders minutes later when the home side crossed for their fourth try.

After a messy final tackle play that saw three kicks put in and rebound back to the Broncos , front-rower Jarrod Wallace scooped up a loose ball and dived over uncontested under the posts.

Mitchell Frei then converted and the home side led 20-0.
Hegarty’s dominance continued in the 25th minute when he casually stepped through a flimsy Raiders defensive line before handing a neat pass to Faamita who strolled over for his second.

Frei added the extras from directly in front, and at 26-0 the Broncos were threatening to rack up a cricket score.

The Raiders finally opened their account with six minutes remaining in the first half through a try to centre Michael Chee Kam.

Canberra were then their own worst enemy from the restart, producing a comedy of errors to gift the Broncos their sixth four-pointer of the opening half.

Raiders’ late replacement Michael Thomas failed to read the flight of the ball from the kick-off finding himself falling into touch with the ball, deep in his own quarter.

He tapped it back to halfback Ryan Gowing who then lost the ball in the tackle handing Arthur Brown his second try, and the Broncos a 26 point half time lead.

Brisbane Broncos 34 (Arthur Brown , David Faamita 2, Bryce Hegarty, Jarrod Wallace, Aaron Whitchurch Tries, Mitchell Frei 2 Goals) drew with the Canberra Raiders 34 (Edrick Lee, Michael Chee Kam 2, Michael Thomas, Paul Vaughan, Tries, Chris Metcalf 5 Goals) Referee: Nick Morel.

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Re: Round 14 - Raiders V Broncos @ Suncorp
« Reply #31 on: June 12, 2011, 06:02:59 PM »
Broncos home over Raiders in thriller

The Baby Broncos have survived a massive scare from the Canberra Raiders, finishing 25-24 golden-point winners on the back of a 38-metre field goal from Peter Wallace.



Brisbane had led 24-0 with a quarter of an hour to play, but an incredible burst of four tries in nine minutes sent the game into extra-time.

The 21,378 at Suncorp Stadium crowd were stunned into silence as Canberra had looked dead and buried before 19-year-old strongman Josh Papalii - a late call-up for injured Josh Miller - inspired the comeback with the first two of their tries.

The Raiders played the first half like the last-placed side they are, and could have no complaints with the score after an hour of play, as they attacked without intensity and their defensive efforts looked, at times, unwilling.

By comparison, Brisbane's first-half was a showcase of the potential in their youth. Jack Reed was strong, Corey Norman played with more confidence and flair than ever before, Gerard Beale and Josh Hoffman were at their best, and debutant winger Shea Moylan gave nothing away.

But the final 15 minutes, and the need for a face-saving field-goal from Wallace, who was impressive throughout, clearly shows that the generation-next Broncos will always be vulnerable without their core of Origin stars.

Returning from a pectoral strain suffered in round 8, 2010 State of Origin prop David Shillington was kept quiet by the unheralded Brisbane pack.

Alex Glenn, who at 22 became the youngest captain in the club's history, played with plenty of passion, and it took him less than 10 minutes to claim the game's first points, as he shrugged off Bronson Harrison and Dane Tilse in a bullocking close-range effort.

Andrew McCullough ensured the pressure stayed on the men in green after the first try, hoofing a 40/20 downfield to give halfback Peter Wallace more time to attack the Raiders left edge.

Shortly after, Blake Ferguson defused one likely try by batting a Wallace grubber over the dead-ball line, but the second seemed imminent, and it came 15 minutes in, with fluid build-up allowing young centre Dale Copley to race to the quarter.

Falling off tackles with embarrassing regularity, the Raiders could have been down three tries after a quarter of the way through, but they were given a reprieve when video referee Phil Cooley ruled that Reed had knocked on a bomb from Norman before Wallace's grounding.

After plenty more attack and a short-range penalty conversion from Wallace, the in-form Broncos had their third try minutes before the half-time break, as Reed managed to offload to Norman, who sent Beale scampering through on the right-hand edge.

Canberra came from the break looking like a side ready to compete, but they had no answers went sure-footed fullback Josh Hoffman jagged inside Ferguson with a big left-foot step and went running in to score.

Brisbane looked to be clock off early in the second, and after denying several attacking forays with last-ditch efforts, they eventually conceded their first try with 15 minutes to play.

Papalii's first try came from an offload close to the line, and his second, from a similar position, was another show of his strength, as he took the hit-up from 10 metres out and just refused to be stopped.

Where the Raiders had looked dead in the water just moments before, the game was suddenly up for grabs when Tom Learoyd-Lahrs burrowed his way over under the posts.

Trailing by six points, the Raiders were all of a sudden an unstoppable machine, and with the remarkable turnaround in full swing, there was only stunned silence from the crowd when they scored their fourth try in nine minutes.

Halfback Sam Williams hoisted the bomb and after a mad scramble in the in-goal, Jarrod Croker was awarded the try, allowing Ferguson to convert and tie scores.

Norman had two atrocious long-range field-goal attempts, before the final hooter went, sending the game to golden point.

Broncos: 25

Tries: Glenn, Copley, Beale, Hoffman

Goals: Wallace 4

Field goal: Wallace

Raiders: 24

Tries: Papalii 2, Learoyd-Lahrs, Croker

Goals: Ferguson 4

Crowd: 21,378 at Suncorp Stadium

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Re: Round 14 - Raiders V Broncos @ Suncorp
« Reply #32 on: June 12, 2011, 06:04:41 PM »
Raiders fall short of stirring comeback

The Canberra Raiders have almost pulled off one of the best comebacks in NRL History, falling just one point short to lose 25-24 against the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium.

The Raiders were down 24-0 with 16 minutes remaining in the match, before four quick tries brought them into the remarkable position of having a chance to win the match.

Only a Peter Wallace field goal in the opening exchanges of extra time would put an end to what seemed like it would be an amazing comeback, as the Broncos halfback slotted the one pointer to get the win for Brisbane.

Coming into the side at the last minute for Josh Miller, Josh Papalii was outstanding for the Raiders as he scored two tries, while Glen Buttriss and Jarrod Croker were involved in the other Raiders tries.

Blake Ferguson kicked goals for the Green Machine as Jarrod Croker carried a leg injury into the match, slotting four from four as the Raiders made their charge towards the frantic finish.

The Raiders were their own worst enemies in the first half as poor ball control and ill-discipline cost them early points, as tries to Broncos trio Alex Glenn, Dale Copley and Gerard Beale gave them an 18-0 lead at the break.

When Josh Hoffman scored just after halftime it looked as though the Broncos would run away with the match, but a gallant Raiders scored their four tries within the short period.

BRISBANE BRONCOS 25 (Alex Glen, Dale Copley, Gerard Beale, Josh Hoffman Tries, Peter Wallace 4 Goals; Peter Wallace Field Goal) defeated CANBERRA RAIDERS 24 (Josh Papalii 2, Glen Buttriss, Jarrod Croker Tries; Blake Ferguson 4 Goals) at Suncorp Stadium. Crowd 21, 124.

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Re: Round 14 - Raiders V Broncos @ Suncorp
« Reply #33 on: June 12, 2011, 06:09:23 PM »
Wow boy what a finish that was! Would have been something really special if we had been able to finish it off. Full credit to the boys though for not packing it in when 24 down. Credit to the 20s also, they did the same thing even better than the NRL side. Very disappointing way to lose but I am very proud of the comeback, that was a positive way to finish the game after a very shoddy 60.

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Re: Round 14 - Raiders V Broncos @ Suncorp
« Reply #34 on: June 12, 2011, 08:55:59 PM »
Not another close loss!  :banghead:

Good comeback but gee this season is something else.

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Re: Round 14 - Raiders V Broncos @ Suncorp
« Reply #35 on: June 12, 2011, 09:10:15 PM »
Broncos down Raiders in thriller

History repeated when Peter Wallace kicked a golden-point field goal to seal the Broncos' remarkable 25-24 NRL win over Canberra.



It marked the third time at Suncorp Stadium in four years the halfback had potted over the match-winner in extra time.

His heroics ensured the Broncos held out a stirring Raiders' comeback from 24-0 down.

It might be a happy knack for Wallace, but he admitted a field goal had been the last thing on his mind.

"I thought it was the fourth tackle, then I saw the ref put the hand up (indicating five tackles) - it was that last-minute," Wallace said of his 40m effort.

For the record, Wallace had earlier kicked a golden point match-winning field goal at the ground in round three in 2007 (for Penrith) and round one in 2009 (for Brisbane).

"Every kid dreams of winning the game by a field goal," Wallace said. "Luckily for me, it has come off a couple of times."

The Broncos looked home when they led 24-0 early in the second half, before the Raiders scored four tries in nine minutes - including a double to Ruben Wiki clone Josh Papalii.

Then Blake Ferguson coolly slotted his fourth conversion - metres in from the sideline - to lock up the scores.

Without their five Origin stars, the 'baby Broncos' somehow held on to force extra time but looked shaky. Enter new captain Alex Glenn.

He might be the Broncos' youngest skipper at 22, but Glenn looked every inch a leader as he rallied his young troops before the golden-point period.

"That's what he needed to do for us as a leader in the final minutes, keep us composed," Broncos' coach Anthony Griffin said.

It was just the second win in 13 games by the Broncos without their skipper Darren Lockyer.

Even poker-faced Griffin looked relieved. He claimed he didn't feel safe even at 24-0 up.

"No (but) I didn't think they were going to score that quick," he said.

"We almost played the perfect game of football for 65 minutes, then they really put us to the sword. It's hard to stop that momentum when it happens."

It was another game which did nothing for Raiders' coach David Furner's blood pressure.

Last week, Furner watched the Raiders lead 22-0 after 21 minutes, only to be overrun 40-24 by North Queensland. He delivered one of the great halftime sprays on Sunday.

But his mood wouldn't have improved when fullback Josh Hoffman weaved his way through to score and make it 24-0 in the 49th minute.

However, the Raiders finally cracked the Broncos' line when Papalii crashed over in the 64th minute - then all hell broke loose.

Four minutes later, he had another before Glen Buttriss (70th) and Jarrod Croker (73rd) crossed. But their luck ran out in golden point.

"I certainly wasn't happy about our first half - I spoke to the players about it," Furner said.

"They did well to fight their way back into the game, but they just didn't get the points - they are the hardest to take."

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Re: Round 14 - Raiders V Broncos @ Suncorp
« Reply #36 on: June 13, 2011, 02:07:14 PM »
Monday Morning Halfback: Round 14 Review

Sunday, 3:22 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time - You, the hardcore footy fan, have been flicking between the concurrent games and both are as good as over. The Warriors have just scored their 5th try in a row and are threatening to mount a cricket score. The Raiders' bodies may be at Suncorp Stadium, but their minds are a million miles away as they trail 24-0 after playing their worst half of the season (and that's really saying something given their abominable year).

It's a Public holiday tomorrow. The footy's been poor the last few weeks with Rep games taking their annual toll on the competition. Origin's on Wednesday. The wife's nagging you to cook the Sunday dinner for a change. You could ALMOST be forgiven for switching off the telly and forgetting about Rugby League for the rest of the afternoon.

Undoubtedly, there were dozens (if not hundreds) of fans who found themselves in this situation yesterday afternoon and did exactly that. Oh ye of little faith! Are you not aware of the miraculous comebacks our great game is famous for?

Eighteen minutes. Two teams. Eight tries. Between 3:23 PM and 3:41 PM, the Wests Tigers and Canberra Raiders launched an unbelievable offensive onslaught that surely set a modern-day record (or came mighty close) for the most tries in an eighteen minute time span.

But before we delve into the comebacks, let's take a look at two hidden plays that had a hand in both resurgences occurring.

It's the final minute before halftime. Brisbane are up 18-0 and are demolishing the pathetic Raiders - the romp is on. After Jarrod Croker is penalised for stripping Jack Reed of the ball, the Broncos are awarded a penalty 15 metres out and 12 metres in from the right touchline.

The temptation is to go for the jugular, to score a try - which would put the nail in Canberra's coffin - and watch them trudge dejectedly into the sheds. But with only 35 seconds remaining, the smart decision is to let Peter Wallace take the two (he's already hit 3 goals this half) and go into the break with a commanding 20-0 lead. However, as Andrew McCullough looks back at his debutante captain Alex Glenn, he receives the signal to tap and go. Predictably, Brisbane fails to score in its four plays and the halftime hooter sounds.

You can be certain that 'Hook' Griffin will have (or already has had) a quiet word with Glenn, his former Under 20s captain, about the decision to turn down the shot at goal. Because although Brisbane managed to pull a Houdini and escape with the victory courtesy of a clutch Peter Wallace field goal in extra time, there may have been no need for golden point if the Broncos had simply played the percentages and took the two points on offer just prior to oranges.

Meanwhile, across the ditch, woeful Wests look like they're more concerned with who's going where next season than actually playing Rugby League. It's the 62nd minute and Manu Vatuvei has just scored his 2nd try to make it 22-4. Nothing is happening for the Tigers and it seems like last week's positive showing versus the Dragons was merely an aberration.

Enter Bryce Gibbs. The serial niggler. Ever since he came into the league in 2003, Gibbs has had a reputation for getting under the opposition's skin. Who could forget the Tigers-Bulldogs clash in 2006 when a furious Mark O'Meley steamrolled Gibbs into la la land - after Gibbs had earlier riled him up by letting his elbow make acquaintances with O'Meley's face.

Gibbs, who last week reportedly signed a three year deal with Cronulla beginning next season, took a hitup from his own 30 and was turned onto his back after an eight metre gain. As he was getting up to play the ball, he threw a cheeky right arm to the face of tackler James Maloney. Now, this is one of the obvious double standards surrounding the rules of our great game. If you are tackled with the ball, you're virtually allowed to push, fend and punch at defenders. But if you try the same thing post-tackle as a defender, it's an automatic penalty.

Needless to say, Maloney couldn't control himself and just had to give Gibbs a shove back after getting one in the chops. If there's one area of Maloney's game to be critical of, it's his penchant for ill-discipline. He conceded a whopping 28 penalties last year in his debut season and quickly developed a reputation for being easily baited. While he has been a bit better this year (8 penalties in 12 games), he still has the ability to lose his cool. Without a doubt, Gibbs knew this and tried his luck with the shot to the face. Maloney bought it hook, line and sinker and referee Ashley Klein had no hesitation in awarding a Wests penalty. From the resulting set, the Tigers scored and set their spectacular fightback in motion.

And of course it wasn't your stock standard, run of the mill four pointer. We are talking about the Tigers, after all. Following Liam Fulton's botching of a sure try down the left side when he failed to straighten and pass, Gareth Ellis received the ball on last tackle, 20 metres out from the line, with nothing doing.

The burly Brit, who was sorely missed by Wests during his recent five week absence, straightened and cut inside Simon Mannering and Steve Rapira. He was on the verge of being tackled when he channeled his inner Benji and delivered a trademark Marshall flick pass to the man himself, bringing his team within two tries. Referee Klein was only slightly understating the brilliance of it when he remarked with a chuckle: "Not bad, huh?"

Their next try was a little more fortunate. After Blake Ayshford's (who had a superb performance) surging 40 metre run, Marshall put up a last tackle bomb from 23 metres out which only went 11 metres forward - way too shallow. But fullback Kevin Locke, no doubt spurred on from a flawless display to that point, raced up from his own tryline and attempted to field the kick. However, former Warriors reject Wade McKinnon rose above him, came down with the pill and bagged a try after the home side clocked off on defense, assuming that Locke would defuse the bomb with ease.

New Zealand were lucky to hold on from the next set after Benji nailed a 3rd tackle 40/20 attempt to put his team hot on attack. But they only managed one set of six before Ayshford again manufactured something out of nothing. After Benji delivered a shocking ball that made his centre retreat 10 metres just to gather the ball, Ayshford threw a right foot step which caused the converging Mannering to slip, leaving Ayshford mismatched versus rookie halfback Shaun Johnson. He easily palmed off Johnson and ran 45 metres upfield before drawing in Locke and passing inside to Marshall for his 2nd try.

With six minutes remaining, he Tigers were a little lucky to gain a repeat set after Steve Rapira accidentally hit a Robbie Farah pass on 5th tackle. But their subsequent game-clinching try was anything but lucky. On 3rd tackle, Benji caught it at 1st receiver down the right blindside, 7 metres from paydirt. He stepped off his right foot and then immediately off his left, which enabled him to gain outside position on Johnson and fend him off, drawing both Mannering and Vatuvei one in. Marshall then proceeded to throw what Joey Johns called "a Lebron James basketball pass" directly over the head of Vatuvei and into the waiting arms of Beau Ryan, who just managed to ground the ball in a diving effort for the corner.

It was just another tour de force performance from Marshall, who despite being quiet for the opening 60 minutes, conjured up some magic when it was most needed. After starting the season with a hiss and a roar as he single-handedly destroyed the Warriors, Raiders and Rabbitohs, some people were questioning whether he'd overtaken Johnathan Thurston as the Greatest Player In The World. But Benji cooled down as the strain of carrying his team on his back week in week out took its toll, while Thurston went from strength to strength. Despite his inconsistency, I still think Marshall has been the fifth most valuable player in the NRL this year (behind, in order: Thurston, Cameron Smith, Kieran Foran and Darren Lockyer) as he has often been working with poor ball behind a forward pack that's struggled to gain the upper hand against the majority of opponents.

So the Tigers claw their way back to a winning record (7-6) and into the top eight with a win that coach Tim Sheens said could be "a season defining victory". And even if Wests can just tread water for next 3 months and sneak into the playoffs, they're still in with a good shot of taking out the premiership if Benji can go on one of his runs for 3 or 4 games in a row at the business end of the competition.

Back over in Brisbane, coach David Furner's halftime spray did little to motivate his team. James Stuart's 48th minute bobble of a regulation Wallace grubber gave the Broncos an attacking scrum 10 metres out, and four plays later Josh Hoffman easily caught makeshift centre Blake Ferguson out when he strolled over to make it 24-0.

For the next quarter hour, the teams traded sets with Brisbane merely going through the motions and Canberra simply trying not to concede any more points. That was until the 63rd minute when the Raiders, obviously just having a bit of fun now that the contest was seemingly over, played a little basketball on a last tackle that saw the pill go through nine Raiders hands and force a repeat set when Hoffman had to bat down a Croker offload. Three plays later, after a superb offload from tackling demon Shaun Fensom, Josh Papalii almost butchered a meat pie when he failed to pass with a three-on-one overlap. But he just managed to crash over in Nick Kenny's tackle to open the Raiders' account.

There was nothing wrong with Papalii's 2nd try just two minutes later. At 1st receiver on the right shortside, he caught the ball 5 metres out and threw a surprisingly nimble left foot step against Wallace (an excellent defender) and fended him off to score. In two minutes, Josh Papalii did more damage for Canberra's right side than Bronson Harrison had done the entire season.

After Ferguson's conversion went in off the left post to keep the Raiders within striking distance, Papalli wasn't finished - his quick play-the-ball attempt earned his team a piggyback upfield. Off the back of a speedy Tom Learoyd-Lahrs rake, hooker Glen Buttriss caught the Broncos markerless and dashed over from dummy half to bring the visitors within one converted try.

From the subsequent kickoff, Canberra spread the ball with aplomb, gaining 89 metres before Sam Williams launched a hope-and-pray bomb at Reece Robinson's corner. The Raiders left winger soared above his opposite man Dane Gagai, batted it back and with stacks on the mill, Croker touched the pill down with his outstretched left arm. With seven minutes remaining, Ferguson calmly slotted the conversion to tie the game at 24 and leave the Broncos faithful quiet as church mice.

In the remainder of regulation time, both teams attempted field goals but to no avail. In golden point, Brisbane was rewarded for spreading the ball on 3rd tackle when they gained 35 metres down the left side, giving them enough field position to attempt a field goal two plays later. Wallace flexed his seniority by pushing Corey Norman out of 1st receiver and drilled a 35 metre rocket that never looked like missing.

It was a crucial kick that prevented the Broncos from slumping to their fourth loss in five games, and also extinguished whatever faint hope remained for Canberra's season. The loss sent them to 3-10 and needing to win at least nine of their eleven remaining matches to even have a hope of the top eight. With Terry Campese out for the rest of 2011, that challenge is out of reach, even for the notoriously streaky Green Machine.

Who I like tonight

With the Storm missing their key triumvirate of Cronk, Slater and Smith, the onus will fall on Gareth Widdop to take on more last tackle responsibility than he's had to previously. While I don't think he'll embarrass himself, he may take time to adjust to the added pressure of being the primary playmaker. This, combined with the Roosters' gritty defensive showing last week versus the Warriors, leads me to lean towards the visitors. Roosters by two.

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Re: Round 14 - Raiders V Broncos @ Suncorp
« Reply #37 on: June 13, 2011, 02:19:02 PM »
We're glad we lost: Raiders props tell teammates to learn the hard way

"I'M kinda glad, in a way, that we didn't win," said David Shillington as he left Suncorp Stadium last night. "You want to win but it would have glossed over how ordinary we started the game and some of the individual performances."




Fellow front-rower Brett White agreed, saying: "It's only lucky at the end … the Broncos probably took their foot off a little bit and allowed us a chance."

The most exhilarating side of last year continued to be the most confounding and frustrating this season at Suncorp Stadium yesterday when the Canberra Raiders trailed Brisbane 24-0 with 17 minutes to go, and miraculously managed to send the game into overtime before losing to a Peter Wallace field goal. In their previous game, the Green Machine led 22-0 and then lost 40-24. Between the 20th minute last week and the 64th this week, they did not score a solitary try - yet managed 48 points in the two games concerned.

White, used to the steely professionalism and mental toughness of the Melbourne Storm, offered only a wry smile in answer to questions about these phenomena.

Shillington said: "We got out-enthused and out-energised. We didn't get outplayed by any means. They weren't scoring from mad bombs or plays or anything like that."

It's almost as if the Raiders are not so much a team but an erratic, emotional, moody individual.

"They normally don't finish well, Canberra," Brisbane coach Anthony Griffin said. "The stats will tell you that if you get on top of them early, their best half's the first half. That wasn't the case today."

Shillington took some consolation from that: "We bucked the trend. We had the stat for the worst last 20 minutes of games. This has to be one of the best on record."

Shillington conceded that identifying injured five-eighth Terry Campese as a reason Canberra are last was unhelpful, given he won't be back. But he said it anyway: "Campo's a huge factor. I try not to say it too much because he wasn't there for us, and he's not going to be there now. You don't want to pin all your hopes on him.

"[But] he provides direction, leadership, presence, all that. He's got game-breaking ability as well as a big boot. Last year, sometimes if we weren't getting out of our own 30 or 40, he was booting it down to their try line. He was pretty good at giving a spray, too, if people weren't putting in. He got pretty well known for that. That's what players need sometimes. A game like today, he could have kicked us back in the game and he could have thrown a good, long cut-out pass when he had the vision for it. We definitely do miss him but I definitely have confidence in our our other halves. Josh McCrone's playing better than he's ever played. Sammy Williams is going to keep getting better, too.''

White added: "In a game of rugby league, it only takes a few blokes to be off and it hurts the team. We've got a lot to learn."

Canberra coach David Furner was not so much heartbroken by the defeat as disgusted by his side's first half. "The last two weeks, some of the tries that have been scored against us, it's not our standard," Furner said. "Their first try … I couldn't believe it. It's not good enough. It's not good enough for NRL.''

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

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Re: Round 14 - Raiders V Broncos @ Suncorp
« Reply #38 on: June 13, 2011, 10:58:24 PM »
Griffin Teaches Broncos Valuable Golden Point Lesson

GOLDEN-point extra-time is not a signal for mindless charges up the middle for a shot at field goal.

That was the message from Broncos coach Anthony Griffin and rookie skipper Alex Glenn to their battered troops at Suncorp Stadium yesterday at the end of an amazing 80 minutes, which saw a 24-24 scoreline after Canberra had been down 24-0.

Brisbane won 25-24 thanks to a Peter Wallace field goal, the result cementing fifth spot for the Broncos and putting them four points clear of nearest rivals, the Warriors and Tigers.

The Raiders scored four tries in nine minutes from the 64th minute mark and looked set for a stunning victory, particularly as the Broncos were down to 15 fit men, with Dane Carlaw (knee) and Nick Kenny (shoulder) joining an already extensive injury list.

Carlaw, who left the dressing rooms with his leg in a brace, faces a month on the sidelines, while Kenny struggled to put on his shirt because of the pain.


Nevertheless the dressing rooms were vibrant, with the music blaring, Allan Langer and other support staff from the Queensland State of Origin camp patting the players on the back and Griffin extolling the virtues of the cool heads in his team.

In the last five minutes of regulation time, young Broncos five-eighth Corey Norman failed with two extravagant field goal shots while Canberra five-eighth Josh McCrone's attempt from a more realistic position went to the left of the posts.

As the teams had a breather, Griffin got the message down from the coaches box to "play football", before trying for a field goal.

The football came from a "spread" to the left by Norman, Wallace, Josh Hoffman and Dale Copley. From the next ruck, prop Scott Anderson took it up the middle to give Wallace the platform he needed.

Griffin said he did not feel safe at 24-0.

"The game got into an arm wrestle and they got a heap of momentum which they used very well," he said. "I didn't think they would score that quickly. To their credit they really put us to the sword. They gave us a hell of a shock.

"Both teams were gone physically at the end of the 80, but my blokes in particular. I felt really sorry for them.

"The way we got into position for that field goal was great. We played some footy. We didn't go out there with a negative mindset. We shifted the ball from our own end.

"When you get into golden point, everyone thinks you've just got to kick a field goal. But it's still a game of football."

Glenn, at 22 the youngest to skipper the Broncos in first grade, had the job of keeping the players calm.

"Obviously the messages he was giving them out there were good ones," Griffin said.

Glenn, who scored the opening try in the seventh minute, said it was a day he would never forget.

"I told the boys not to get too far ahead of themselves," he said. "They put in for 80 minutes, and a bit more."

Brisbane led 18-0 at halftime, with young centres Dale Copley and Gerard Beale the other try-scorers. When Hoffman scored in the 48th minute, the Broncos looked set to win by 50.

Source: Broncos.com.au

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« Reply #39 on: June 14, 2011, 06:18:40 PM »
Papalii salute: new Raiders star harder to stop than a wombat


FIRST-YEAR player Josh Papalii has been described as a ''wombat'' by teammate Tom Learoyd-Lahrs - in the nicest possible way.




Papalii, who is credited with triggering Canberra's remarkable comeback against Brisbane on Sunday from 24-0 down only to lose in golden-point extra time, scored back-to-back tries, sparking the Raiders' points spree.

Unfortunately for Canberra, Peter Wallace fired over a field goal to keep the Raiders rooted to the bottom of the NRL ladder.

But in just his fourth NRL game, 19-year-old Papalii gave Raiders fans a glimmer of hope to take from the game, even though the club's finals dream slipped further out of reach.

''When you see a young bloke doing it, it spurs the team on - he was definitely a big part of that comeback,'' Learoyd-Lahrs said. ''I'm glad I'm playing alongside him. He's like a bloody wombat - you just can't knock him off balance, and he just keeps his legs pumping. I don't think I've ever seen a bloke his age so developed and so strong. He hasn't been in the system overly long. It takes a lot of players years to get to where he is now with his football.

''There's no substitute for enthusiasm, really. It's a massive thing when you're coming into grade like that, he's got an abundance of it.''

Papalii's two tries were almost identical. Both times he powered through the Broncos' left-edge defence to reach out and score.

Coach David Furner called the New Zealand junior international into the Raiders side last month to cover for injuries, and the bulky forward has held his spot ever since.

He played before 21,378 at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday - his biggest crowd yet.

''Off one of the kick-offs I couldn't even hear Joshy McCrone, who was only 20 metres away,'' Papalii said of the noise the crowd was making.

''We got a spray at half-time and we knew we had to come back. He [Furner] just said we were better than what we were doing in the first half so all the boys dug in in the second half and we came back, but couldn't come away with the win.''

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

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Re: Round 14 - Raiders V Broncos @ Suncorp
« Reply #40 on: June 14, 2011, 07:26:01 PM »
Papalii was great, there is no way we would have come so close if not for his enthusiasm.

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« Reply #41 on: June 16, 2011, 01:39:15 AM »
Golden point of Contention

The recent spate of golden point extra time matches in the National Rugby League has again created vigorous debate as to whether or not it should be scrapped in favour of a fairer system for determining regular time deadlocks, and one that is conducive to more entertaining climaxes.

On Sunday, Canberra Raiders clawed their way back from a 24-0 deficit after 65 minutes against Brisbane Broncos, to level at 24-all after 80 minutes of normal time, but lost in extra time via a Peter Wallace field goal.

Round 13 featured two games that went into extra time; the former finishing in a 14-all draw between St George-Illawarra Dragons and Parramatta Eels after golden point extra time, with both sides missing several field goal attempts; and the latter, finishing with a Robbie Farah field goal in the 87th minute, to give the Wests Tigers a scrappy 17-16 victory over Newcastle Knights.

Players and coaches have weighed into the debate, with opinions divided as to whether the system should be changed.

Tigers coach, Tim Sheens, and Sea Eagles coach, Des Hasler, have been opponents of the concept since its implementation in the NRL in 2003. Even though the Tigers won its recent golden point match, Sheens used that particular post match press conference to reiterate his disapproval of the system.

Wayne Bennett also joined the list of those to speak out against the system, after his sides draw against Eels.

"I'm reading about all the supposed changes we should be making, and I'm sitting there watching them go another ten minutes tonight and I'm thinking, 'are we kidding ourselves or what?'

I'm happy with the draw, I've always been happy with the draw,” Bennett said.

On the flip side, there has been support for the system.

In the aftermath of their Round 13 deadlock, Eels prop, Tim Mannah, said the system should remain in place to increase the chances of a result being achieved.

“I can understand why the fans would be for it, even the players – we felt, after a draw that there was a bit of an empty feeling after the game,” Mannah said.

There is little questioning the fact that NRL fans, by and large, support the concept of extra time in settling deadlocks after the allotted 80 minutes; but has the NRL got it right by continuing with a golden point system which has thrown up its fair share of controversies over the years?

A particular golden point match between the Canberra Raiders and Wests Tigers in 2006, where Todd Carney kicked a field goal to give the Raiders a 19-18 victory, is perhaps most remembered by Tigers supporters and players alike for two missed field goal attempts in the extra time period by their half-back, Scott Prince, in which he appeared to be hampered by offside defenders. It drew harsh criticism from Tigers coach, Tim Sheens, and several rugby league commentators.

However, defenders putting themselves in offside positions when rushing to put pressure on players going for field goals at the end of tight contests, has become common practice in the NRL. This is due to an obvious reluctance for NRL referees to blow penalties in situations where it may directly or indirectly contribute to deciding the result of a game.

The suggestion has been thrown up numerous times, and given the scrappy, conservative and anti-climactic rugby league consistently displayed in golden point periods, a golden try system could prove to be a beneficial alternative.

Golden point rugby league is conducive to conservative tactics to gain good field position, so teams can get into a decent spot to kick a field goal. A golden try system, where the first team to score a try wins the match, would encourage teams to throw caution to the wind without the lingering concern of potentially leaving the opposition in a decent field goal position through an error. It would also give referees more leeway to give penalties during the extra time period.

The NRL could also tinker with the idea of playing until a result is reached, irrespective of how long a match goes for. It as an idea that would gather staunch criticism from critics that argue that extra time in rugby league contributes to player burnout, but there is no question that from the fans point of view, it would lend to entertaining climaxes. Furthermore, it guarantees there will be a result either way, making the exercise of having an extra time period worthwhile 100% of the time.

An unlimited golden try system could be the answer to revitalise the extra time period in rugby league, and could rid the game of a system that lends to anti-climactic finishes to matches, and seemingly attracts nothing but controversies.

Source: League Unlimited

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Re: Round 14 - Raiders V Broncos @ Suncorp
« Reply #42 on: June 16, 2011, 10:36:44 AM »
Brissy got lucky, we were coming home so strong at the end of that