Dunemann looks for Raiders positives
Canberra interim coach Andrew Dunemann was pleased with his side's efforts despite a 14-point loss to Manly on Sunday afternoon, a defeat that puts the Raiders' finals hopes on thin ice.
After a week of drama in the national capital that saw David Furner relieved of his job, Dunemann stepped into the breach and was proud of the way his team recovered after a horror start that saw the visitors waltz into an 24-0 lead early on.
"We burned a lot of energy early," Dunemann said afterwards.
"We went out there with all intents to be energetic and unfortunately our kick-chase was poor early and that meant we were chasing our tail and we burnt a lot of the energy that we were after.
"Credit to the boys though they got back into it and we had a chance to get right back into it just after half-time but it wasn't to be and moving forward I was really proud of them and I thought they had a good crack."
The Raiders were a different outfit after the break and got to within a score of the Sea Eagles before some soft scores allowed the difference to blow out.
The result means that the Raiders now need to win both their remaining games, and by a large points differential, and hope that other results go their way in order to make the end of season show.
"All we can worry about now is that we have two games left and if we can win both of those then we can put ourselves in the mix," Dunemann said.
"What we did today was take the destiny out of our own hands by losing but we are still in there with two games to go, we can still make the eight, and that's how we will prepare in the next couple of weeks.
"We only had a really short turn around this week and missed the first three days of training so we weren't going to change much.
"What we needed to do was to get the effort areas right but I thought the second half, possession changed and we started to get a bit more and that always happens in a game of footy, possession will change and I thought when it did we really did well for ourselves."
Meanwhile Captain Brett White was happy to put a traumatic week behind him and look forward to the end of the season with his team's recovery from what promised to be another heavy defeat a positive amidst the despair of the past fortnight.
"The emotion is always going to be there but you have just got to be smart with the footy," the big forward said.
"I thought at times we were but unfortunately playing a good team like that if you do turn it over they make you pay.
"At the 20 minute mark the message came out that they had about 70 percent possession so we burned a lot of energy in that first twenty minutes. But they stuck at it and they never gave up and kept playing for each other."Source: http://www.sportal.co.nz/league/news/nrl-premiership/dunemann-looks-for-raiders-positives-249825