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Re: Round 21 - Raiders V Storm @ Bruce Stadium

Posted By: GB7600
Reply #90 August 05, 2013, 02:33:37 PM
View the action shots from the Raiders match against the Melbourne Storm at Canberra Stadium in round 21.

View photos: http://www.raiders.com.au/news-display/raiders/81112

Re: Round 21 - Raiders V Storm @ Bruce Stadium

Posted By: GB7600
Reply #91 August 05, 2013, 02:39:07 PM
Hammering blindsides Raiders' Furner

Canberra coach David Furner knew his side's unbeaten run at home would eventually come to an end, but not in his worst nightmare did he envision an embarrassment like this.

Fighting to stay in the hunt for a finals berth, the Raiders were thumped 68-4 by premiers Melbourne at Canberra Stadium on Sunday, the 12 tries to one flogging making for a number of entries into the record books.

Amazingly the only damage it did to Canberra's standing on the ladder was a nasty hit to their points differential, the Raiders still seventh but with a host of sides breathing down their neck ahead of Saturday's clash with ladder-leaders Sydney Roosters.

Furner claimed he didn't see the hammering coming, and for the first 20 minutes the Raiders were right in the contest, trailing 10-4 with Anthony Milford having had a second try disallowed by the video referee.

But the Storm hit him and the Raiders like a b-double semi, ten tries in the final hour for 12 four-pointers in total - the game as good as over at then break with the Storm up 32-4.

And this was a Raiders side that had won 12 straight games at home.

Instead they recorded the eighth biggest loss in NRL history, the 64-point margin the second largest ever conceded by a home side.

"When you are going to let go of a home fortress, we did it pretty bad," Furner said.

"I don't know what the players are feeling because I don't know what to say to be honest.

"I certainly didn't see any signs (before the game) ... I did see some signs on the field though."

Those signs were all over the scoreboard, wingers Mahe Fonua and Sisa Waqa scoring hat-tricks and Billy Slater and Will Chambers scoring doubles - Slater's first taking him past 150 career tries.

Fonua provided the highlight when he set up Chambers for his first, an acrobatic tap back of a Ryan Hoffman grubber that evoked memories of Greg Inglis' stunning effort to set up mark Gasnier in Australia's Centenary Test win over New Zealand in 2008.

Furner claimed the play was symbolic of the 'one-percenters' his side failed to come up with, but it would have taken plenty of one-percenters to stop the rampant Storm.

"I don't know what to say to be honest, it's quite embarrassing," said skipper Terry Campese, on what was a very unhappy 29th birthday.

"Not good enough I guess, and next week we've got the Roosters.

"(They're a) scary side if we turn up like that."

Not even Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy could believe what he witnessed from his side, which equalled their biggest ever-winning margin.

"We came here expecting a real trough game," Bellamy said.

"It's a stunning scoreline obviously, a big surprise to everyone.

"I think I'm still a little bit stunned as well."

Asked about erasing the tape of the game, Furner said:

"Certainly it's crossed my mind already.

"I think everyone's a bit burnt at the moment."

Source: http://wwos.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8700642

Re: Round 21 - Raiders V Storm @ Bruce Stadium

Posted By: GB7600
Reply #92 August 05, 2013, 02:41:09 PM
Campo laments 'embarrassing' Raiders

Canberra captain Terry Campese branded the 68-4 loss to the Melbourne as 'disappointing and embarrassing' as the Green Machine surrendered their unbeaten home record to a rampant visiting outfit on a bizarre afternoon in Canberra.

The Storm ran in twelve tries in a stunning display of running rugby league that tore the Raiders apart and left Campese scratching his head in wonderment whilst attempting to put a finger on what went so spectacularly wrong for the home team.

It puts the current side in the record books for all the wrong reasons as the Raiders suffered their worst ever home defeat.

"I'm not sure what went wrong and like (coach David Furner) said I don't know what to say," Campese said afterwards.

"I'm disappointed. It's not good enough and next week we have the Roosters and that's a scary thought if we turn up like that.

"We want to try and wipe it as quick as possible to be honest. It was disappointing and embarrassing."

Despite being on the end of an emphatic defeat the Raiders skipper refused to be drawn into conceding that the manner of the loss could prove a mortal blow to their hopes of qualifying for the finals by finishing in the top eight.

"I don't think its panic stations for us, we just need to go back to what was working for us over the past month," Campese commented.

"Like Furns (Furner) said none of us saw that coming and we will just have to not even worry about that game but try to get over it as quickly as we can."

Head Coach David Furner was equally lost for words as he tried to come up with an explanation for the Raiders capitulation in front of just under 11,000 hardy souls at Canberra Stadium on a freezing cold winter's afternoon in the national capital.

"I don't know what to say at the moment to be honest," Furner admitted.

"I certainly didn't see any signs. We trained quite well during the week. I did see some signs on the field though.

"I said at half time that they were doing what I call the one per centers, and that was the difference between the two sides.

"One team was picking up those one per centers, such as the tap back that looked to be going dead (that led to a try for Will Chambers), our scramble, they are the sort of team that of you don't have the attitude to do those one per centers, you are going to get beat. It shouldn't be by that much and I certainly did not see that coming."

Source: http://www.sportal.co.nz/league/news/nrl-premiership/campo-laments-embarrassing-raiders-246683

Re: Round 21 - Raiders V Storm @ Bruce Stadium

Posted By: GB7600
Reply #93 August 05, 2013, 02:45:47 PM
What we learned: Raiders v Storm


The Raiders etched themselves into the record books for all the wrong reasons with one of the worst performances of all time up against an immaculate Melbourne Storm. Not only was the 64-point losing margin the largest since Canberra came into the competition in 1982, it was the eighth-biggest in the 106-year history of the NRL/NSWRL. From the Storm’s point of view, it equalled their largest-ever victory and was their biggest over the Raiders, surpassing the 46-6 result in 2009. The Storm led 32-4 at the break and kept the foot on the throat in the second 40 minutes.


NSW State of Origin representative Blake Ferguson will be an absolute certainty to be rushed back for the Raiders for Saturday night’s clash with the red-hot Sydney Roosters. Ferguson has spent the past two weeks with Mounties in the NSW Cup, but Raiders coach David Furner won’t have that luxury to take his time any more. Even if Ferguson is less than 100 per cent match fit, his ability to break tackles and create plays for his outside men is essential if the Raiders are any chance to upsetting the ladder leaders. Ferguson hasn’t played in the NRL since the middle of June having served a four-week NRL suspension for repeated alcohol incidents.

Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/what-we-learned-raiders-v-storm-20130804-2r7gk.html#ixzz2b4CQbqtN

Re: Round 21 - Raiders V Storm @ Bruce Stadium

Posted By: GB7600
Reply #94 August 05, 2013, 02:56:27 PM
Smith urges Raiders to forget about big loss

Skipper Terry Campese admitted the pain was too raw to find the words to reassure the troops as they sat on the field after the [Storm] game. ''I don't think anyone spoke, to be honest,'' he said. ''It was silent for the last 10 minutes of that game.''

[Cameron] Smith admitted he felt for Furner in particular.

The pair have struck up a close friendship as assistant coach and captain of Australia.

''I've never been a part of a side that had a loss as big as that, but if I was in that team I'd just wipe it straight out of the memory bank,'' Smith said. ''They're a better side than what they were today.''

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/raiders-lost-arc-furners-men-need-to-forget-about-this-one-20130804-2r7og.html#ixzz2b4DtJ9M0


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