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Re: Round 16 - Raiders V Eels @ Bruce

Posted By: Orifice
Reply #75 June 26, 2011, 11:09:25 AM
Best win of the year!  ;D

Re: Round 16 - Raiders V Eels @ Bruce

Posted By: Chase94
Reply #76 June 26, 2011, 03:27:23 PM
I could watch that all the time, all day, night, you name it. Just finished watching it on replay, gee Mc had a blinder! Easily our best week in and out all year.

Re: Round 16 - Raiders V Eels @ Bruce

Posted By: RNA
Reply #77 June 26, 2011, 03:34:40 PM
Young guns taking on key role for Raiders

The emergence of Josh McCrone and rookie Sam Williams as an NRL-quality halves pairing couldn't have come quickly enough for Canberra.

With star signing Matt Orford and regular No.6 Terry Campese both missing, the duo stepped up to guide the Raiders to a 25-12 win over Parramatta on Saturday at Canberra Stadium.

Williams scored a double for the Raiders while McCrone added a late field goal to his own four-pointer in the much-needed win.

"I think we're starting to find that form and that rhythm with each other," Williams said of his partnership with McCrone.

"It was always going to take a bit of time to gel and we probably hadn't been performing to the best of our abilities."

Despite their key role, McCrone refused to give all the credit for the victory to the two young halves.

"Tonight it really worked well but that was on the back of a massive performance by our forwards," McCrone said.

"It was only a matter of time before we started clicking."

Most impressively, the Raiders appeared to have learnt the lesson after poor ball control in the first half of their 25-24 golden point loss to Brisbane proved costly.

On Saturday night, the Raiders left the Eels scoreless in the first half with a 90 per cent completion rate.

"You've only got to look at last week in that first half we were 50 per cent," McCrone said of the poor handling against the Broncos.

"We were never in the game.

"Second half we came out and we were 90 per cent or something and we put 24 points on them. We knew if we complete and defend well we'd go close to coming away with a win."

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

Re: Round 16 - Raiders V Eels @ Bruce

Posted By: RNA
Reply #78 June 26, 2011, 03:37:32 PM
Victory comes at a cost as injury jinx strikes
26 June 2011, 12:00 am

AS BIZARRE as Canberra's season has been, it was only fitting a quirky play sealed last night's much-needed 25-12 win against an equally desperate Parramatta.

Source: The Canberra Times - Sport - Rugby League

Re: Round 16 - Raiders V Eels @ Bruce

Posted By: RNA
Reply #79 June 28, 2011, 02:54:41 PM
Raiders back with big win over Eels

The Canberra Raiders have snapped a two game losing streak in fine style, with a determined 25-12 win over the Parramatta Eels on a chilly night at Canberra Stadium.
The Raiders celebrated the Women in League round by wearing a pink jersey and kit, with the healthy crowd at Canberra Stadium getting behind the cause.

The Pink Machine looked to have scored first through Joel Thompson after some lovely short passing down the right hand side of the field, but the video referee ruled that Joel Thompson had the ball stripped over the line while attempting to score.

The Raiders looked the team most likely again after 14 minutes when they went to the air through Sam Williams, but Jarrod Croker knocked the ball on while trying to chase the kick.

Williams continued to apply pressure to the Eels defence as he threaded the ball in for a goal line drop out and the Raiders continued to build early pressure.

The young Raiders halfback reaped the benefits of his hard work soon after, as he stepped his way through some tired Eels defence to score the opening try of the match. Jarrod Croker converted and it was 6-0 after 20 minutes.

Josh McCrone was the next to score for the Raiders as he broke through from a scrum to race 30 metres to dive over for the try, Croker converted and it was 12-0 to the Raiders after 26 minutes.

The Raiders received a penalty for holding down with ten minutes left on the clock in the first half and Captain Alan Tongue handed the conversion over to Jarrod Croker who slotted it through for the 14-0 lead and that’s how the score remained until halftime.

The Eels were the first to score after halftime through their hooker Matt Keating, after the Eels received back to back sets due to mistakes by the Raiders. Luke Burt converted and it was 14-6 after 46 minutes.

It didn’t take the Raiders long to hit back though as Nathan Massey scored just five minutes later, when the Raiders decided to run the ball on the last tackle. Glen Buttriss spotted the markers lazy in defence to put Josh McCrone into a gap and the inform five-eighth did the rest to send Massey away. Croker missed the goal but the Raiders were back out to a 12 point lead at 18-6.

With 20 minutes left on the clock the Raiders looked certain to score their fourth try, but Nathan Massey couldn’t quite hold on to the ball as he dived over the try line under the uprights.

A mistake the following set from Massey and then a penalty to the Eels for pushing Jarryd Hayne gave the Eels back to back sets and they used the advantage, as Ben Smith scored on the right hand side of the field. Burt converted and it was 18-12 with 15 minutes left.

With eight minutes remaining the Raiders almost scored a length of a field try when Nathan Massey ran 80 metres before offloading for Reece Robinson who was tackled, before Josh McCrone kicked a bizarre field goal which rebounded off an Eels player to sneak over the Crossbar for a 19-12 lead.

Sam Williams then sealed the win for the Raiders with a charge down of a Jarryd Hayne kick, where he kicked through twice for himself to score. Croker converted for the 25-12 scoreline.

Williams kicked a thumping kick the next set to give the Raiders one final chance to score but the ball was spilled and the Raiders finished with the 25-12 win.

2011 NRL Season - Round 16:

Canberra Raiders - 25
Tries: Sam Williams (2), Nathan Massey, Josh McCrone
Goals: Jarrod Croker 4/5
Field Goals: Josh McCrone

Parramatta Eels - 12
Tries: Matthew Keating, Ben Smith
Goals: Luke Burt 2/2

Crowd: 13,457 @ Canberra Stadium
Referees: Jarred Maxwell and Chris James
Half Time: Canberra 14-0

Source: Sports Australia

Re: Round 16 - Raiders V Eels @ Bruce

Posted By: RNA
Reply #80 June 28, 2011, 02:55:29 PM
Raiders Toyota Cup hold out Eels

The Raiders NYC side registered an emphatic 40-30 win over the 6th placed Parramatta Eels at Canberra Stadium last night to secure their place in the top eight for another week.

The win was built on the back of a dominant performance by the young Raiders forward pack, who went head to head with the highly talented Parramatta pack.

“It was great to get the win. We’ve got a massive forward pack which is a big bonus for us and they really performed today and set the platform for the win,” said second rower Paul Vaughan, who had a fine game himself earning man of the match honours.

Parramatta halves, Jason Wehbe and Cameron Breust, have two of the best kicking games in the competition and coach David Hamilton’s game plan paid dividends with the usual territorial advantage enjoyed by the Eels being thoroughly nullified by the Canberra back three.

“All week we focused on their kickers Breust and Wehbe and we tried to put pressure on them all game,” said skipper Matt McIlwrick.

“A couple of times we didn’t put pressure on them and they hurt us. “That pressure gave our back three a bit of leeway to get to the kicks on the full and really get our sets rolling.”

Canberra started the match in a confident manner and were first to score in the 7th minute when Uiti Baker capitalised on a Parramatta penalty when he ran a terrific line off a Jack Wighton pass to score. Chris Medcalf converted.

Parramatta then hit back in the 13th minute through Chris Ulugia after Kyle Fraser leapt up and batted back a Breust cross-field kick to Ulugia. Breust converted.

Jack Wighton, whose confidence is sky high after leading the NSW under 18s to victory, then gave the young Raiders the lead in the 36th minute when the evasive half-back took the line on down the blind side, feigned to pass and powered his way over from ten metres out. Medcalf converted.

A try to Jeremy Hawkins in the 39th minute then stretched the lead out for Canberra going into the break. Ryan Gowing initiated the movement when he chose to run on the last and sent a brilliant long ball to Michael Chee Kam.

Chee Kam then burst through the Parramatta defensive line and positioned winger Hawkins to score.

Medcalf converted from out wide to give his side an 18-6 lead at halftime.

The Raiders started the second half poorly and conceding three tries within the space of ten minutes.

“The first ten minutes of the second half I think we were still in the sheds,” said McIlwrick tongue in cheek.

The side showed enough maturity though to compose themselves and close the match out.

Sami Sauiluma started the fight back for the home side in the 64th minute when a Wighton long ball enabled the centre to scythe his way through to the try line. Medcalf missed the conversion from the sideline.

Sauiluma then had a hand in the next try when he put through a grubber for Medcalf in the 68th minute. Medcalf made no mistakes this time around, nailing the conversion from the sideline.

Vaughan stretched the lead out a minute later when a Wighton bomb was recovered by McIlwrick, who then found the big second rower. Medcalf conveted.

Wehbe ensured an exciting finish in the last five minutes when he engineered a try for Ulugia through but it was not to be when fullback Jack Ahearn put the result beyond doubt when he pounced on a Wighton grubber to score in the 78th minute. Medcalf converted.

“Full credit to the boys,” Hamilton said.

“They [Parramatta] came out to play tonight. In the end we showed a lot of composure and resilience. We’ve been doing that for the last four weeks...so it’s great to finally get a win.”

Source: Raiders.com.au

Re: Round 16 - Raiders V Eels @ Bruce

Posted By: RNA
Reply #81 June 28, 2011, 03:00:46 PM
McCrone's display in the pink: Alexander
28 June 2011, 8:21 am

Premiership-winning halfback Greg Alexander has christened Josh McCrone as the Raiders' long-term No7 after the in-form playmaker orchestrated Canberra's win over Parramatta on Saturday night.

Source: The Canberra Times - Sport - Rugby League

Re: Round 16 - Raiders V Eels @ Bruce

Posted By: RNA
Reply #82 June 30, 2011, 09:13:49 PM
Raiders Pink Jerseys Raise over $18,000 for National Breast Cancer Foundation
30 June 2011, 2:54 pm

The Canberra Raiders and long time supporter www.allbids.com.au are proud to announce today that last week’s auction of the Raiders Pink jerseys has raised over $18,000 for the National Breast Cancer foundation.

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


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