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Re: Round 20 - Raiders V Dragons @ WIN Stadium

Posted By: Archie
Reply #105 July 27, 2013, 10:48:42 PM
Raiders continue dominance over Dragons

When a groggy Josh Dugan staggered off late in Canberra’s 22-18 win over St George Illawarra, the irony was lost on no-one.

Billed as a Raiders revenge mission against their former poster boy, Dugan was knocked out by a stray knee from Dragons teammate Jason Nightingale chasing a bomb.

It wasn’t exactly the retribution the small contingent of Canberra fans travelled to Wollongong to see.

Most expected the match to be laced with spite following Dugan’s acrimonious departure from the national capital early this season.

But aside from two minor second half scuffles in which the Blues fullback was heavily involved, the Raiders issued payback by grabbing two crucial competition points.

Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/rugby-league/raiders-continue-dominance-over-dragons-20130727-2qrgm.html#ixzz2aFWaOFVs

Re: Round 20 - Raiders V Dragons @ WIN Stadium

Posted By: Archie
Reply #106 July 28, 2013, 10:45:05 PM
Creagh frustrated by Canberra hoodoo

Ben Creagh admits he's starting to believe Canberra have a hoodoo over his side after St George Illawarra were again beaten by the Raiders on Saturday night.

The Dragons' narrow 22-18 loss at WIN Stadium – which officially ends their finals hopes - was the ninth straight match in which they have lost to the Green Machine.

Steve Price's side certainly had their chances to stop the rot but a mixture of silly errors and lapses in defence scuppered their hopes.

It's been six long years since the Red V have tasted victory against the Raiders, with Creagh one of the few survivors from that side back in 2007.

"It's getting that way," the skipper said when asked if the hoodoo was a factor for the Dragons.

"It's been a long time (since we beat them) ... it's been going too long.

"We just seem to let in soft tries after errors and it's killing us."

Canberra skipper Terry Campese said of the hoodoo: "It worried them more than us.

"A few of their guys put on Twitter that 'today is the day that the hoodoo is gone'. I love reading that.

"I didn't tell the boys about it but it's something I look at and have a giggle to myself knowing we're already on top of them.

"But I just thought it was a great committed team effort."

A big reason behind Canberra's win was their ability to keep Dragons star – and former Raider – Josh Dugan quiet.

The Blues full-back tried hard to make an impact but was well marked whenever he got possession, and finished the night on the bench with concussion after copping an accidental knee from team-mate Jason Nightingale.

Price confirmed afterwards that Dugan was fine and would be right to play in next week's clash with Canterbury, who are reportedly chasing the No.1's signature for next season.

Asked about Dugan's future, Price said: "I'm not aware of (the Bulldogs' interest).

"He (Dugan) definitely loves this footy club and wants to stay.

"I'll leave that with our recruitment team and hopefully that gets sorted sooner rather than later.

"Ever since he's been at our footy club I'm proud of what he's been dishing up and he's only going to get better."

Price said of the defeat: "We put ourselves in a position to win the game but came up with crucial errors at the back end of the game.

"It's difficult to take. At the moment we're not quite good enough to handle those setbacks."

Source: http://www.sportal.com.au/league/news/creagh-frustrated-by-canberra-hoodoo-245584

Re: Round 20 - Raiders V Dragons @ WIN Stadium

Posted By: Archie
Reply #107 July 28, 2013, 10:58:16 PM
Raiders beat the Dragons? It's a certainty

Death, taxes and the Canberra Raiders beating the St George Illawarra Dragons.

A Green Machine win over the Red V is fast becoming one of life’s certainties after a crucial 22-18 victory at Wollongong on Saturday night.

It was Canberra’s ninth straight win over the Dragons, a 'hoodoo' which stretches back six years.

Not even the inside knowledge of the former Raiders in their side – Josh Dugan, Bronson Harrison, Michael Weyman and Daniel Vidot – could break Canberra’s stranglehold.

It remains to be seen whether the addition next year of current Raiders Sam Williams and Joel Thompson next year helps the Dragons solve the riddle.

Canberra skipper Terry Campese later revealed he knew the Raiders had the mental edge after noting Twitter posts from Dragons players boasting the hoodoo would end.

"I think it worried them more than us, a few of them put on Twitter today the hoodoo is gone," Campese grinned.

"I loved reading that before I played. I didn’t tell the boys about it, but I had a giggle and thought we were already on top of them."

Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/rugby-league/raiders-beat-the-dragons-its-a-certainty-20130727-2qrtk.html#ixzz2aLQ6m7c7

Re: Round 20 - Raiders V Dragons @ WIN Stadium

Posted By: Archie
Reply #108 July 28, 2013, 11:01:53 PM
What we learned: Dragons v Raiders


Just before half-time, Raiders fullback Anthony Milford had a golden opportunity to take on his predecessor Josh Dugan one-on-one. Most watching were disappointed when he offloaded to Shaun Berrigan. However, he showed enough signs he’s beginning to adjust to the custodian role. He demonstrated his incredible footwork in tight confines by scoring the decisive try. He also showed great composure to defuse a couple of Dragons bombs late in the game.The livewire teenager shapes as a nightmare for tired forwards late in each half. And so it proved, his run setting up a Reece Robinson try the next tackle. Winger Sandor Earl returned from a dislocated shoulder, and with Blake Ferguson (suspension), Edrick Lee (broken arm) and Jack Wighton (groin) to return soon, Canberra will soon boast plenty of firepower.


They’ve bought virtually half the Raiders roster, but St George Illawarra still can't solve the riddle to their Green Machine curse. Their losing run against Canberra has now extended to nine straight games. They boasted former Raiders Josh Dugan, Daniel Vidot, Michael Weyman and Bronson Harrison in the line-up but even their inside knowledge couldn’t unlock the mystery. The Dragons’ host of ex-Raiders wasn’t lost on one young Canberra fan, whose sign "If you can’t beat them, buy them" was one of the best seen in years.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/what-we-learned-dragons-v-raiders-20130727-2qrir.html#ixzz2aLR9eDJb

Re: Round 20 - Raiders V Dragons @ WIN Stadium

Posted By: Archie
Reply #109 July 28, 2013, 11:03:04 PM
All the action shots from the Raiders 22-18 win over the Dragons at WIN Stadium in Round.

View photos: http://www.raiders.com.au/news-display/raiders/80418

Re: Round 20 - Raiders V Dragons @ WIN Stadium

Posted By: Archie
Reply #110 July 29, 2013, 09:49:12 PM
Canberra hooker Glen Buttriss speaks to Raiders TV in the sheds following the 22-18 win over the St George Illawarra Dragons.

Watch video: http://www.raiders.com.au/news-display/raiders/80464


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