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Re: Round 7 - Raiders V Knights @ Bruce
« Reply #15 on: April 20, 2011, 08:33:07 AM »
Stone's battle cry to troops



KNIGHTS coach Rick Stone wants his players to embrace the Anzac spirit when they do battle with the Raiders at Canberra Stadium on Sunday.

The game in the national capital was originally scheduled to be played on Anzac Day as the Monday night match but the Knights agreed to switch it to Sunday to allow the Storm to host the Warriors at AAMI Park on Monday.

Newcastle will head south to challenge Melbourne the following Saturday so Stone accepted an extra day to ready themselves, at the same time reducing Melbourne's preparation to five days.

Stone said being in Canberra, the home of the Australian War Memorial and the national focal point for Anzac Day services, was the next-best thing to playing on Australia's most solemn day.

That privilege goes to the Dragons and Roosters each year, and their Anzac Day game will double as a rematch between the 2010 grand finalists.

"It's a good weekend to go to Canberra, with Anzac Day on Monday, and we might tap into that a little bit as well," Stone said.

"Originally we were meant to be playing on Anzac Day and I was pretty keen to do it.

"I've always been a little bit envious of the Dragons-Roosters thing and how it's built up to become a real traditional game and a big crowd. It means a lot to those blokes who get to play on that day.

"We swapped our game because Melbourne wanted to play their game against the Warriors on the Monday night, so we're back on the Sunday.

"We were happy enough to come back and do that . . . and we were more than happy to get the extra day to prepare, and we're more than happy to play Canberra in a day game rather than a night game. I think that helps everyone.

"But playing on the Anzac weekend, Anzac Day is such a significant day in our history, and everything that epitomises Anzac Day needs to come out in some of our players this weekend."

Stone named Cory Paterson to return in the back row for Con Mika after Paterson missed Newcastle's 24-20 victory over the Sharks last Sunday due to suspension.

Props Richie Fa'aoso and Antonio Kaufusi were named to switch places, so Fa'aoso will start and Kaufusi will come off the bench.

Lock Steve Southern pleaded guilty yesterday to a grade-one dangerous throw arising from the Cronulla win, meaning he is clear to play this weekend.

Southern and fellow forwards Mika and Mark Taufua played against Cronulla and, though all were named in the Central Coast side to play Manly in a NSW Cup game at Ausgrid Stadium on Saturday, Stone said they were still being considered for the NRL game against the Raiders.

Canberra coach David Furner did not name captain Alan Tongue (shoulder), fullback Josh Dugan (calf) and halfback Matt Orford (back) but there is speculation in Canberra that the three influential players could all be included to play on Sunday.

Tongue and Orford appear more likely to be late inclusions for the crunch match after training strongly yesterday. Dugan (calf) completed ball work and running drills but did not participate in any contact work.

The Raiders remain hopeful the star fullback will play but are wary of rushing him back too soon, after he limped off the field in his initial return from the same injury against the Titans in round four.

"They're talking about Dugan playing, and if he's right, he's right, and he's someone we'll have to deal with. He's one of the real danger men in the competition, no doubt about it," Stone said yesterday.

"We've done pretty good jobs on him before, particularly at home, and we probably need to have a look at some of that footage because there have been a couple of times there where we've really played tough on him. He's a good, quality young player and he's going to have a massive future."

Canberra five-eighth Josh McCrone avoided suspension after pleading guilty to grade-one contrary conduct - contact with referee Steve Lyons - in their 26-18 loss to the Cowboys last Saturday night.

Source: The Newcastle Herald

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Re: Round 7 - Raiders V Knights @ Bruce
« Reply #16 on: April 20, 2011, 08:34:51 AM »
Knights try to forget capital curse

LIKE a big green elephant in the room, the Knights will address their ‘‘Capital Curse’’ this year by pretending it does not exist.

Though Canberra have lost five straight games to be languishing at the bottom of the ladder, and the Knights are eighth after winning three from six, history shows the Raiders should feel confident about ending their slump against the Knights at Canberra Stadium on Sunday.

The ground at the Australian Institute of Sport complex in Bruce has become a graveyard for visiting Newcastle teams. Including a 30-12 loss at Seiffert Oval in Queanbeyan in 1988, the Knights have won just two of 18 away games against Canberra in 23 years.

The second and most recent of those two wins was on March 19, 2006, when they derailed the Green Machine 70-32 in the highest-scoring game in premiership history.

Asked whether the Knights had developed a psychological aversion to trips to Canberra, or if the results were purely coincidental, coach Rick Stone said: ‘‘I’m not going to talk about that, mate. All I can do is have a look at what the team has done this year and I’d like to think there’s a bit more resolve there, and that’s all I’m going to say on that.’’

Captain Kurt Gidley and bench prop Dan Tolar are the only survivors of the previous Newcastle team to win in the national capital on that sunny Sunday afternoon five years ago.

Like his coach, Gidley side-stepped questions about the hoodoo, saying: ‘‘I won’t be commenting on that this year.’’

Gidley’s older brother Matt was also involved in the 2006 rout but the former NSW and Australian centre suffered through more losses in Canberra than he cared to remember.

‘‘Every time I turned up there when I was playing, we were mindful that our record there was poor but we were always confident going into those games,’’ said Matt Gidley, who works with the Knights as a skills coach and as business development manager.

‘‘The last time we won there was that huge victory, and I remember walking off thinking that was probably the worst performance by a team that I’d ever played against.

‘‘Typically, they’re so tough to beat down there, so I was hoping that broke the shackles for us for years to come, but maybe we just got all our points in one day to cover the next few years.’’

Matt Gidley said playing the Raiders in early autumn was a more attractive prospect than in the middle of winter, as was the case on July 18 last year when Canberra led 52-0 after as many minutes and coasted to a 52-18 victory.

‘‘We’re always aware of it, because it gets brought up every year that we’ve got a poor record down there, but that means every player is really determined to put an end to that,’’ he said yesterday.

‘‘They get even further up for this game just so they can be part of the team that finally broke the shackles and put the hoodoo to bed down there.’’

Newcastle’s first win in Canberra was in 2001, when Brett Finch kicked a 20-metre restart out on the full chasing a scrum win and possible last-minute field goal to break a 20-all deadlock. But his indiscretion gifted Andrew Johns a winning penalty goal from in front after the siren.

‘‘It’s been a crazy sort of away ground for us, even when we’ve won, but it’s just a coincidence because we’ve always turned up down there determined to put this hoodoo to bed,’’ Matt Gidley said.

‘‘They just play well down there. I was watching their game against the Cowboys last week and was sort of hoping they won that just to take a bit of wind out of their sails, because there’s no doubt they’re going to come out firing this weekend to try to turn their season around.

‘‘It’s a huge challenge for our boys, despite what’s happened down there in the past 20 years. No doubt they’ll all pull together this week but I’ve seen enough in our boys that there’s a real grittiness in their game.

‘‘Against Manly a few weeks ago, it was one of those games that could have blown out to 40 points because there were injuries and they weren’t playing well, but they had that grit in their game that kept them within striking distance right to the end.

‘‘It was the same in Brisbane last week, and that’s a really good trait I’ve seen evolve in this team, and that just comes with maturity – and they’re going to need that this weekend.’’

In preparation for their opening eight-game stretch which included six away matches and long-haul trips to Canberra, Brisbane, Townsville and Melbourne, Stone and his players used pre-season trials in New Zealand, Port Macquarie and Muswellbrook to develop a more rigid routine and establish a more positive attitude to playing on the road.

‘‘We have had a bit of practice at it this year and we’ve shown the right sort of stuff in most of those cases,’’ Stone said.

‘‘I was a bit disappointed with the way we played at Manly, although the resolve was still there, and we saw that again in Brisbane, and I’m going to expect absolutely nothing less on Sunday.’’

Stone said the Raiders were a good team playing without confidence.

‘‘I think there’s enough talent there, and we all know that. We saw what they could do at the end of last year,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s always a tough game for us, and I’ve got plenty of respect for their pack and their artillery in the backs. We’re preparing like we do for any away game in the comp, and I don’t look at the table and consider where they are.

‘‘I know they’re a dangerous footy team and they’re probably not far away from a win.’’

Stone just hopes that elusive victory does not come on Sunday.

Source: The Newcastle Herald

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Re: Round 7 - Raiders V Knights @ Bruce
« Reply #17 on: April 20, 2011, 08:40:33 AM »
Teams named on Tuesday added to the first post

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Re: Round 7 - Raiders V Knights @ Bruce
« Reply #18 on: April 20, 2011, 12:01:10 PM »
V Knights in Canberra is a game we usually get up for. Think we should just have too much hunger for a win this sun to lose. Hope so anyway, I'm bloody hungry for a win I know that much!

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Re: Round 7 - Raiders V Knights @ Bruce
« Reply #19 on: April 20, 2011, 05:56:40 PM »
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Re: Round 7 - Raiders V Knights @ Bruce
« Reply #20 on: April 20, 2011, 08:15:50 PM »
Bus info for Raiders V Knights

Calls for arbitration as Easter buses grind to a halt



There will be significant disruptions to Canberra bus services over the Easter long weekend as ACTION staff continue industrial action over pay and conditions.

Maintenance staff at ACTION are refusing to work any overtime, impacting on the maintenance and refuelling of buses.

That is forcing ACTION to reduce services.

There will now be no bus services on Friday April 22, Sunday April 24 and Tuesday April 26.

A Sunday timetable will be in place on Saturday April 24 and Monday April 25.

Free chartered bus services will still run to the Anzac Day dawn service from each major bus station.

Deane's buses will be running chartered bus services to the Raiders NRL match on Sunday April 24.

The cancellations are the latest in a string of disruptions, with weekend services reduced or cancelled altogether over the past few weeks.

ACTION director James Roncon says the continuing industrial action is disappointing.

"If ACTION cannot get staff in the workshops to repair and maintain buses it cannot have buses on the road," he said.

"We have attempted to prioritise our services to Saturday when the shops are open and also to ensure coverage of Anzac Day to the dawn services.

"Anzac Day is also traditionally a day when people enjoy a drink with friends so by running bus services we will help them get home responsibly."

Mr Roncon says services should not be affected on Wednesday April 27.

Source: ABC

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Re: Round 7 - Raiders V Knights @ Bruce
« Reply #21 on: April 20, 2011, 08:34:24 PM »
There is some important info on no ACTION this weekend in last post for anyone who was going to catch a bus.

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Re: Round 7 - Raiders V Knights @ Bruce
« Reply #22 on: April 20, 2011, 08:42:04 PM »
We have a lot to build on from last game imo, i thought we went ok against the Cows. It still is just not clicking but we know it can because it did against the Sharks.

Williams will play better at home this weekend, most young players do better at home than away. Not that he was bad last game because he was quite good. Never easy when your a 7 in your 2nd game up against someone like Thurston.

Forward looked a little better but would love to see them all really rip in and lay the Knights to waste. We will win if they do that.

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« Reply #23 on: April 21, 2011, 07:46:41 AM »
All our forwards need to harden up if you ask me, they are not nearly as good as last year. Yes last game was better but it was still far from perfect. The pack just needs to forget about what everyone else is doing, stop trying to play half backs or do the fancy plays, get in there, roll the sleeves up, go forward! Simple, easy, and it was working just fine last year.

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Re: Round 7 - Raiders V Knights @ Bruce
« Reply #24 on: April 21, 2011, 05:55:54 PM »
Match Preview Round 7: Raiders v Knights

VENUE AND TIME: Canberra Stadium, 2pm Sunday 24 April
COVERAGE: Fox Sports two LIVE
LAST TIME: Raiders 52 d Knights 18
HEAD TO HEAD: Played 33, Canberra 19, Knights 13, drawn 1

Winning only two out of 18 games at Canberra Stadium, the Newcastle Knights will be looking to defy history when they take on the Raiders this Easter Sunday.
During round six of the competition the Knights put an end to their three game losing streak with a nail biting win over the Sharks at Ausgrid Stadium.
The Raiders have not won a game since defeating the Sharks 40-12 in the first round of the competition.
During their 26-18 loss to the Cowboys last week, the Raiders showed a small glimpse of the form that took them to the finals last year.
Coach Rick Stone refuses to underestimate the Raiders during their trip to the nation’s capital.
“Canberra has always been a tough trip for us, we are steeling ourselves for a real resilient performance,” Stone said.
“All we can do is make sure we are ready to play and show the same sort of resilience we have shown in most of our games so far.”

HOW THEY LINE UP
A win over the Sharks last week helped silence some the Knights critics.
With a number of players still out due to injury, the Knights are proving they have the depth in the squad to compete with the best in the league.
A marriage made in heaven between Kurt Gidley and Jarrod Mullen is providing the Knights with a great deal of creativity in the halves.
The Raiders have named an unchanged squad to take on the Knights this Sunday.
With a squad full of some of the best up and coming players in the league, the Raiders have yet to show their full potential this season.

KEY PLAYERS
A strong debut by Tyrone Roberts has awarded this star in the making another run in the first grade competition.
“Tyrone did particularly well,” Stone said.
“Kurt gives us a little bit of thrust out of dummy half and Tyrone coming into the game just before half time gives us a nice balance, allowing Kurt to do something out of dummy half.”
Dane Tilse will be looking to put in a big performance against his old team.
This talented young prop has the strength and skill to do some real damage when he gets his hands on the ball.

MY TIP
It is time for the Knights to break the drought in Canberra, with his future now settled expect captain Gidley to lead his team to victory.

Source: NewcastleKnights.com.au

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« Reply #25 on: April 21, 2011, 06:02:57 PM »
Raiders back home to defend against Knights
21 April 2011, 2:30 pm

CANBERRA RAIDERS v NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Canberra Stadium, Sunday April 24 at 2.00pm
Referees: Matt Cecchin and Gavin Reynolds

WHAT’S AT STAKE
The Raiders showed against the Cowboys their improving and will need to do so again if they are to beat the Knights on Sunday afternoon. The Knights come to Canberra in some good form and the Raiders will need to watch the likes of Kurt Gidley and Jarrod Mullen, who are in good touch for the Novocastrians.

STATS BOX

HEAD TO HEAD

Played 33, Canberra 19, Newcastle 13, Drawn 1

AT CANBERRA STADIUM

Played 17, Canberra 14, Newcastle 2, Drawn 1

LAST 8 CLASHES

2010 - CANBERRA 52 d. NEWCASTLE 18 at Canberra Stadium.
2009 - CANBERRA 30 d. NEWCASTLE 14 at Canberra Stadium;
NEWCASTLE 23 d. CANBERRA 4 at Ausgrid Stadium.
2008 - CANBERRA 38 d. NEWCASTLE 18 at Canberra Stadium;
NEWCASTLE 30 d. CANBERRA 14 at Ausgrid Stadium.
2007 - NEWCASTLE 22 d. CANBERRA 18 at Ausgrid Stadium;
CANBERRA 48 d. NEWCASTLE 18 at Canberra Stadium.
2006 - NEWCASTLE 22 d. CANBERRA 12 at Ausgrid Stadium.

Biggest Head-To-Head Wins

CANBERRA 52 d. NEWCASTLE 16 at Ausgrid Stadium, 1994.
NEWCASTLE 52 d. CANBERRA 6 at Ausgrid Stadium, 2002.

MATCH-UPS

Jarrod Croker – Junior Sau
Croker has been quiet by his own standards over the past couple of weeks and he’ll be keen to get back on the try scorers list this weekend. His opponent Sau was in devastating form last weekend against the Sharks and Croker will need to be strong in defence this weekend.

Daniel Vidot – Akuila Uate
Vidot and Uate are try scoring machines for their respective clubs and will be looking to add to their totals this weekend. Vidot has shuffled between left and right wing this year and the Raiders will need involvement from him as they come out of their own end. Uate is one of the most dangerous players in the competition if given space and the Raiders will need to shut him down.

Trevor Thurling – Corey Patterson
Thurling will need to add impact from the bench this weekend when he comes into the match for the Raiders and can be the player who keeps the momentum up from earlier in the match. Patterson knows how to find the tryline and the Raiders can’t afford to give him a sniff.

HE SAID IT – with David Furner
“We need to keep doing the little things right, the one per centers. If we can build on these individual efforts we’ll play better as a team. We’re not far away.”

WORTH NOTING

* Blake Ferguson has scored seven tries in six matches
* Sam Williams gets another chance to play at home this weekend at NRL level.
* Family tickets available for $65 from Ticketek.
* The Raiders Toyota Cup kicks off against the Knights at 11.45am

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


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Re: Round 7 - Raiders V Knights @ Bruce
« Reply #26 on: April 21, 2011, 06:03:39 PM »
Orford ruled out of Knights claash



Canberra Raiders halfback Matt Orford has been ruled out of Sunday’s NRL encounter with the Newcastle Knights.

Orford failed to train today and is still hampered by the back injury which sidelined him for last weekend’s 26-18 loss to the North Queensland Cowboys.

Under-20s captain Sam Williams will retain the No. 7 jersey for the second straight week.

In better news, inspirational captain Alan Tongue and NRL All Stars fullback Josh Dugan both completed training and are strong chances to make their returns from injury.

Tongue hasn’t played since damaging the AC joint in his shoulder in the first five minutes of the season-opener against the Cronulla Sharks.

Tongue would likely make his return from the interchange bench as the replacement hooker, with either Travis Waddell or Glen Buttriss dropping out of the match-day 17.

Tongue said the injury had recovered better than expected.

"It’s responded well and it’s settled down well over the weekend we had off," he said.

"It’s all systems go at this stage.

"I’ve done at bit at work at hooker and also in that middle unit at back-row, so we’ll just see where Dave (Raiders coach David Furner) thinks (I’m) needed."

Dugan trained with heavy strapping on his injured calf, but ran freely enough to suggest he would be fit for the Canberra Stadium clash.

Dugan has missed the past fortnight with nerve damage to his calf muscle, an injury which also forced him to sit out the opening two matches of the season.

Dugan's inclusion would allow attacking weapon Blake Ferguson to return to his more natural position on the wing.

Despite the Raiders languishing at the bottom of the table with one win from six games, Ferguson is topping the try scoring charts with seven tries this season.

Tongue is keen to make up for lost time after a heavy shot from Sharks enforcer Kade Snowden forced the 30-year-old to watch Canberra’s spiral down the ladder from the sideline.

"It's terribly frustrating, especially missing a chunk of footy last year as well," Tongue said.

"I got taken out there and couldn’t brace myself for the impact.

"Contact sports, sometimes you sustain these injuries.

"I'm just looking forward to getting out there, play some footy and helping out the club."

In contract news, second-rower Joe Picker has re-signed with the Raiders until the end of 2013.

Picker debuted for the Raiders in 2007 and has made 70 appearances in the top-grade.

"I told my manager I wanted to stay, so he got to work and worked that out for me," Picker said.

"You can never get too comfortable obviously, but I want to play here my whole career.

"You’ve got to take it one contract at a time, but this is one step closer to that.

"You hear about it being a burden to players, but I didn't even think about it too much.

"It's really only come up in the last week, so it's good to have it out of the road for this weekend."

Source: The Canberra Times

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« Reply #27 on: April 21, 2011, 06:04:42 PM »
Williams named in Raiders starting line-up this Sunday

COOMA Colts junior and rising Raiders star Sam Williams is set to back up for Canberra this Sunday when they take on the Knights at home.

Williams has been named in the starting line up with halfback Matt Orford still in doubt with an injury. Raiders Coach David Furner said the team would be put through their paces in a squad session on Thursday afternoon and a decision would be made on the final makeup of the team then.

Williams replaced Orford in the Raiders 26 to 18 loss to the Cowboys last Saturday. His game was not as positive as his first round debut in the NRL competition against the Sharks where he earned man of the match.

In the 65th minute he was sent to the sin bin for 10 minutes for holding down Cowboy, Fai-Fai Loa. Despite the loss and the professional foul, Williams played a solid game and his kicking game was on the mark.

Orford will be assessed later in the week by medical staff but at this stage he is not set to return to the team this week.

Source: The Cooma Monaro Express

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Re: Round 7 - Raiders V Knights @ Bruce
« Reply #28 on: April 21, 2011, 06:09:54 PM »
Yeah good move Dave, don't rush Orford back if he isn't ready, no good to anyone like that. Get him fit and firing first then he can come back for another round :great:

Tops that Duges and Tongues are looking good, gives me a heck of a lot more confidence about things.

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Re: Round 7 - Raiders V Knights @ Bruce
« Reply #29 on: April 21, 2011, 08:11:45 PM »
we dont win and we can kiss the season bye bye even now. the rest of the season needs to be played like sudden death from here on out