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Re: Round 18 - Raiders V Sharks @ Toyota
« Reply #60 on: July 10, 2011, 12:21:54 PM »
Graham credits young half with form

Cronulla five-eighth Wade Graham has credited his spectacular return to form to playing alongside young halfback Chad Townsend.

Graham has been a revelation in the Sharks' four-game winning streak, finally beginning to realise some of his huge potential back in the No.6 jersey after a stint at halfback himself.

It's difficult to believe Graham, who debuted three seasons ago with Penrith, is still only 20.

But, playing his 58th NRL game in Saturday night's 26-12 win over Canberra, he was everywhere, scoring a try, creating another with a grubber and cranking out 106m with two line breaks.

"I was pretty disappointed with my first half of the year, and there were a few reasons for that," he said.

"Obviously settling in (since coming from Penrith) and there was a lot of chopping and changing in the halves.

"But I had a chat with Flanno (coach Shane Flanagan) and we sat down and sort of decided that we'd brush that and I'd put all my energy and all my focus into having a better second half of the year."

Townsend, who is also 20, appears to have cured a headache for Flanagan after injuries to Albert Kelly and Scott Porter and Tim Smith's inability to recapture his early-career form.

"He's really settled that role down at seven and it's allowed me a bit more freedom to play as a six and it's been good," Graham said.

"He's only played five games of first grade yet he's so calm on the field.

"He's a natural seven, he takes a lot of (the kicking) pressure so it's good to be a bit more free and be able to play a bit more footy with Chad taking control in there."

Graham, who has played all 16 games in 2011 despite sternum and knee niggles, said the Sharks had set themselves a goal before their streak of wins over Canterbury, Gold Coast, South Sydney and the Raiders.

Their run has now set up a tantalising derby with premiers St George Illawarra on Monday week, with the Sharks having already downed the Dragons in a brutalround two show of forward strength.

"As long as we don't lose focus and realise that if you look back a month-and-a-half everyone was saying 'oh the same old Cronulla Sharks, down the bottom of the table'," Graham said.

"We set ourselves a goal a month ago to really have a crack and have a good month, and we did that and now we've obviously got to sit down tomorrow and re-evaluate where we're going.

"We've just got to keep our heads on, there's still (eight) weeks to go."

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

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Re: Round 18 - Raiders V Sharks @ Toyota
« Reply #61 on: July 10, 2011, 12:30:23 PM »
That was very hard to watch :(

Chin up though guys because we can still come back. We are at home next round against the ladder leaders and we always put in a big effort against the Storm, if any game will get us up for a big performance this could be it. You can always count on a big game whenever we play the Storm, Roosters, Tigers or Panfers, win lose or draw we always put in a big one.

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Re: Round 18 - Raiders V Sharks @ Toyota
« Reply #62 on: July 10, 2011, 12:34:23 PM »
Oh and you can add the Dragons to the list of teams we fire up for. We love smashing the Dragies lol how could I forget?!  ;D

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Re: Round 18 - Raiders V Sharks @ Toyota
« Reply #63 on: July 10, 2011, 06:36:33 PM »
That was very hard to watch :(

Chin up though guys because we can still come back. We are at home next round against the ladder leaders and we always put in a big effort against the Storm, if any game will get us up for a big performance this could be it. You can always count on a big game whenever we play the Storm, Roosters, Tigers or Panfers, win lose or draw we always put in a big one.

The storm will destroy us if we play like this. lets hope you are right.

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Re: Round 18 - Raiders V Sharks @ Toyota
« Reply #64 on: July 10, 2011, 07:51:04 PM »
Lee_Gaskin1: #CBR #Raiders forward Josh Papalii expects to miss one to two weeks with an adductor strain, Reece Robinson fine #NRL
10 July 2011, 10:52 am

Lee_Gaskin1: #CBR #Raiders forward Josh Papalii expects to miss one to two weeks with an adductor strain, Reece Robinson fine #NRL

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Re: Round 18 - Raiders V Sharks @ Toyota
« Reply #65 on: July 10, 2011, 07:51:46 PM »
RaidersCanberra: INJURY UPDATE. Josh Papalii groin strain and Reece Robinson knee to have scans tomorrow. Early diagnosis is positive for both
10 July 2011, 11:28 am

RaidersCanberra: INJURY UPDATE. Josh Papalii groin strain and Reece Robinson knee to have scans tomorrow. Early diagnosis is positive for both

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Re: Round 18 - Raiders V Sharks @ Toyota
« Reply #66 on: July 11, 2011, 02:03:50 PM »
'Idiot' fans face bans after attacks on Raiders, Gold Coast players
11 July 2011, 8:03 am

The Sharks and Warriors fans who attacked rival players at  the weekend face bans from attending future NRL matches.

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Re: Round 18 - Raiders V Sharks @ Toyota
« Reply #67 on: July 11, 2011, 06:54:19 PM »
Four straight for Sharks after Raiders defeated


Jeered: Former Shark Blake Ferguson was given a hard time by Cronulla fans during the Raiders' loss on Saturday. Picture: John Veage

CRONULLA Sharks have ensured another big crowd and an enthralling return local derby clash with St George Illawarra Dragons next Monday night, after winning their fourth game in a row against Canberra on Saturday night at Toyota Stadium.

The Sharks beat the Raiders comfortably, 26-12, with NSW Origin captain Paul Gallen treated for several injuries during and after the game.

Their fourth consecutive victory has the Sharks perched just outside the top eight.

With eight rounds to go leading into the 2011 NRL finals, Penrith hold eighth place ahead of the Wests Tigers, Sharks and Bulldogs (all on 18 points) due to a superior points differential.

The Dragons, who enjoyed a bye weekend, are third.

The Sharks also triumphed in under 20’s and NSW Cup games.

Cronulla 26 (Wade Graham, Colin Best, Jason Bukuya, Taulima Tautai, Ben Pomeroy tries; Chad Townsend 3 goals d Canberra 12 (Blake Ferguson, Jarrod Croker tries; Jarrod Croker 2 goals) at Toyota Stadium. Crowd: 10,303.

Source: theleader.com.au

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Re: Round 18 - Raiders V Sharks @ Toyota
« Reply #68 on: July 11, 2011, 06:55:10 PM »
Another tough loss for Toyota Cup Raiders

Whilst the Canberra Raiders NYC side went down 34-24 to the fourth placed Cronulla Sharks at Toyota Stadium yesterday evening, it did reveal that the side is still able to compete with the higher ranked sides despite the absence of several quality players.

The young Raiders had every right to win the contest but several lapses of concentration, ill-discipline and a lack of self-belief in some of the inexperienced members of the team were to their detriment.

The players and coaching staff have refused to use the loss of key personnel as an excuse any longer and rightly so given the talent that remains in the team despite their inexperience.

“There’s no doubt we could beat that team but I’ve got to question the belief some players have in themselves,” Coach David Hamilton said.

“I don’t want the player’s to make excuses for losing. They can go home and say ‘ah jeez we had all these players out injured and whoever’s in first grade’ but bad luck. This is about them as individuals who should’ve won this game.”

“We can use the absence of certain player’s as excuses...we had nine run on players not there today but it doesn’t matter, whoever’s there has to do the job. This could be great for us next year but screw next year I want to win this year.”

Jack Wighton was then instrumental in hitting back for the away side after centre Callum Tutauha opened the scoring for the Sharks in the 16th minute. Wighton tore through some flimsy Sharks defence in the 27th minute with a jink and an electric burst of speed on the right edge and then targeted that right edge again in the 34th minute, this time electing to pass and delivering a sublime flat ball for Sami Sauiluma to crash over. Ryan Gowing converted.

Ill-discipline then brought the Raiders undone a minute before half-time when the Sharks again capitalized on a penalty against the Raiders when Cronulla fullback Luke Pickerd crossed for his 12th try of the season.

The Raiders started the second half with some authority as Gowing produced a miraculous no-look pass to allow Paul Vaughan to crash over and score.

Alas, the Raiders were their own worst enemy, giving away another penalty whilst in front to provide the impetus for Dylan Hill to replicate a pin-ball through the Canberra defence. Ali Hijazi converted to give his side the lead.

The first three tries to Cronulla were all on the back of penalties against the Raiders.

“There were good signs though that we can stick it to a top four side but we’ve got to learn to compete more at the back end of the second half...We should’ve beaten them today. Little things like having them score on the back of penalties and giving them an extra forty metres with each penalty killed us,” Wighton lamented.

The Raiders then disappointingly committed the cardinal error of conceding a try in the corresponding set of six, to Hayden Peacock and then when Tutauha broke the line and dashed forty metres to score his second try in the 64th minute.

However the young Raiders regrouped and showed some character as Wighton took the defence on to score his second in the 68th minute. Gowing converted.

A try to winger Daniel Moroko just minutes later from a beautiful Pickerd cut out ball though, put the result beyond doubt though for the home side although Adam Tangata was able to score a consolation try in the 79th minute to put some respectability back into the score line.

“It’s very disappointing,” said Wighton.

“We showed a lot better signs than last week but a couple of little things let us down which we’ll need to work on.

Even though we’re missing a lot of player’s we’ve got to learn to play with what we’ve got. The side’s still got a lot of quality player’s in the line up so that’s no excuse.”

“If we show up with the right attitude each week we can have a big shot on this comp.”

Source: raiders.com.au

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Re: Round 18 - Raiders V Sharks @ Toyota
« Reply #69 on: July 11, 2011, 11:37:53 PM »
hmmm no we will blow them away its the Sharks  :017: gallen is like their only semi decent player. Stop gallen and we win its simple. An **** the sharks are dump for getting up Ferguson for leaving their crap club the rest of the players should wake up and realize what he did. Its been what 40 years or something and they still havent won what makes them think that this bunch of park footballers can even come close to winning a premiership ever. They will again give their poor fool supporters more false hope before the fall over in a massive heep. just watch it will all start today when we give them a reality check.

Good post.  ::) Wonder if they printed this off and gave it to the Sharks before the game :=Z

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Re: Round 18 - Raiders V Sharks @ Toyota
« Reply #70 on: July 12, 2011, 03:05:58 PM »
Ferguson stars, even as Sharks fans bay for blood

CANBERRA winger Blake Ferguson conceded something in the aftermath of the Raiders' 26-12 loss to Cronulla that many Toyota NRL Dream Team coaches had already noted - his good work was often spoiled by frustrating errors.



After recording his Dream Team season's best score of 3 in the previous weekend's victory over Sydney Roosters, Ferguson managed only 17 provisional points against his old club on Saturday night.

Admittedly, it was a tough assignment because the 21-year-old was signalled out for extra attention by the Sharks faithful who hadn't forgiven him for leaving their club to join one which, as he said, could ''win games''.

After being howled down for 80 hostile minutes, the low point of which was his having a drink thrown at him by a fan in the grandstand as he returned to the dressing room, Ferguson openly admitted there were areas in his game that needed extra focus.

''I'm playing some good footy,'' said Ferguson, who started the match ranked the 22nd best winger/centre in the Dream Team competition. ''I'm just frustrated by some errors that are making my game look stupid. I'll be [working on] rectifying those this week.''

Indeed, while Ferguson tormented Cronulla supporters early in the match when he swooped on a loose ball and sprinted 40 metres to score his 11th try of the season, he also made two first-half errors that resulted in tries to Cronulla.

Ferguson's message that he would strive to eliminate the mistakes from his game should inspire those Dream Team coaches, who have him in their team with some hope he might ignite during Canberra's desperate race for a berth in the finals. He is a player of undoubted potential and has the ability to yield more fantasy points. After starting the season valued at $92,500 he started round 18 worth $116,400, which represented a 25.8 per cent price change.

Raiders skipper Alan Tongue said Ferguson's overall performance against Cronulla proved he could absorb pressure. ''They were ribbing him all game,'' he said. ''Blake prepared well, he knew what he was going to cop and they put a little bit more attention into him in every tackle … he scored a good try, he ran the ball hard and did all he could.'' Ferguson wasn't the only Raider to make howlers against the Sharks, as their coach David Furner lamented. ''Rubbish,'' he said of Canberra's mistake-riddled first half. ''There were times there where we showed we have that little bit of inexperience … and ball control is No.1.''

On a brighter note, Canberra workhorse Shaun Fensom had the highest Dream Team score - without taking last night's match into account - with 65 points after pipping Parramatta's skipper Nathan Hindmarsh by a point.

GOLD ADVICE

How many Dream Team coaches took Wayne Goldsmith's fearless tip as reported in this column last week and traded the likes of Cronulla and NSW skipper Paul Gallen after a tough State of Origin series?

Goldsmith, one of the nation's most respected high performance consultants who has worked for Olympic committees, NRL teams and Super Rugby franchises, warned last week that the likes of Gallen and Melbourne's Billy Slater could be running on empty after the adrenaline charged interstate series. Gallen, who spent some time off the field to have a shoulder and arm injury treated on Saturday night, confessed not only was his body tired but he needed a break.

''They're unquestionably all great players, but they're also only human,'' Goldsmith said of the Origin warriors.

''The reason I suggested Dream Team coaches trade them out was because the players can't keep punishing their bodies the way they've had to over the last few weeks.''

Source: The Standard