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Re: Round 8 - Raiders V Tigers @ Bruce

Posted By: RNA
Reply #90 May 02, 2011, 08:57:37 AM
Tigers pile on points in Canberra

The Wests Tigers have scored 49 points in a demolition of the Canberra Raiders this afternoon in Canberra.

The Raiders started well scoring the first try and it looked like they may be ready to reverse their losing streak.

It didn't take long for that thought to quickly fade however, as the Tigers raced to a 24 - 6 point lead at half time.

After the break the Tigers took the lead further with a field goal to Benji Marshal.

There were again controversial refereeing decisions against the Raiders, with an early whistle costing Josh Dugan a try down the touch line.

Dugan and Alan Tongue were both tireless for the Raiders as they tried to lift their side for a come back.

It wasn't to be however and the Tigers went on to score more tries as the Raiders clocked off towards the end.

This, the 250th game at Canberra Stadium, was only the 4th game at the stadium in Bruce that the Raiders have lost by more than 40.

Source: raiders.net.au

Re: Round 8 - Raiders V Tigers @ Bruce

Posted By: RNA
Reply #91 May 02, 2011, 08:58:28 AM
Tigers steal Toyota Cup victory over Raiders

The Wests Tigers have stolen a 37 - 31 last minute victory over the Canberra Raiders this afternoon in the Toyota Cup match at Canberra Stadium.

The Raiders looked to have the match wrapped up after 77 minutes when Sam Williams slotted a field goal.

Unfortunately for the junior Green Machine, the Tigers were able to level the scores again with a field goal of their own, which was quickly followed by a converted try in the final minute which sealed the win and denied the Raiders a point for the draw.

Source: raiders.net.au - Game Day updates

Re: Round 8 - Raiders V Tigers @ Bruce

Posted By: RNA
Reply #92 May 02, 2011, 09:06:09 AM
Hapless Raiders eaten by Tigers

Thank God for the Gold Coast Suns, otherwise the Canberra Raiders would have been the most embarrassed football side in the country yesterday.

But while the manufactured rookie AFL club had an excuse for its 139-point loss, the woeful 1-7 Raiders had none.

What transpired at Canberra Stadium was the lowest point in what has been a horrendous season.

And we're only eight games into it.

The Raiders trudged off the field demoralised and distraught after being handed a 49-12 mauling by a Benji Marshall-inspired Wests Tigers.

Related: Sheens knows the pressure coaches face

The record books are being dragged out of the closet, but for all the wrong reasons.

It was the Raiders' seventh loss in a row, and equals the streak set in 2005. The 37-point margin was one point away from the Raiders' biggest flogging at Canberra Stadium, and was the second-most points the team has conceded at home.

Canberra's round one victory remains its only success this year, and it now faces two tough road trips to Manly and Melbourne.

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Raiders captain Alan Tongue labelled the defeat as arguably the most painful he's endured since debuting for Canberra in 2000.

''It's probably one of the lowest points, it's pretty disappointing,'' Tongue said.

''We're getting frustrated within ourselves.

''We're in a bit of a tough spot.''

The Raiders were fortunate to get on the scoreboard, with both their two tries having more than a touch of controversy about them.

The Raiders were booed from the field as their fans expressed their displeasure at seeing a side tipped to be a top-four contender suddenly having one hand on the wooden spoon.

''We understand totally what everyone's thinking,'' Tongue said.

''The playing group's pretty honest.

''We understand it's not acceptable what we [showed] there today.''

Raiders coach David Furner didn't rule out making wholesale changes for Monday's trip to Brookvale Oval.

The Tigers enjoyed a whopping 60 per cent possession, a dominance they capitalised on.

''Defensively or offensively we're putting ourselves under pressure,'' Furner said.

''It was a tough ask to come back from that first half.

''That was a bit embarrassing at the end.''

What ended so ugly appeared bright early on.

For the first time this season the Raiders struck first when Josh Dugan was awarded a try which had two points of contention.

After being called marginally on-side for Matt Orford's chip kick, Dugan appeared to knock on when attempting to ground the ball, only for the referee to rule the ball had been stripped - much to the disgust of Tigers captain Robbie Farah.

The Tigers had won their past six against the Green Machine, and it wasn't long before Farah's men returned fire.

Chris Heighington's sharp footwork exposed some lazy Raiders defence as Wade McKinnon levelled the scores.

It was then that the Farah and Marshall show took centre stage.

Demonstrating why they're the best five-eighth/hooker combination in the game, the pair tormented the Raiders with a series of deft chip kicks and amazing attacking nous.

Noticing the paddock of space behind the Raiders' defence, Farah chipped over the top, won the race to the ball and found Marshall in support. It was the first time the Tigers hit the lead, one they never even looked like relinquishing.

Source: The Canberra Times

Re: Round 8 - Raiders V Tigers @ Bruce

Posted By: RNA
Reply #93 May 02, 2011, 09:09:26 AM
Rampant Tigers maul the Raiders

CANBERRA'S miserable NRL season reached new depths as Wests Tigers inflicted a 49-12 thrashing at Canberra Stadium today.

The Raiders slumped to their seventh consecutive loss, only one game short of the club record set more than 25 years ago.

The rampant Tigers were powered by a dominant kicking game from Benji Marshall and Robert Lui.

Canberra opened the scoring in the tenth minute with a controversial try to Josh Dugan.

But then Marshall and Lui caught the Raiders' defence out of position time and again as the Tigers responded with four unanswered tries before half-time.

Fullback Wade McKinnon scored a double with Marshall and Matt Utai also adding their names to the scoresheet.

The Raiders didn't help themselves by continuing to commit elementary errors, including repeated dropped balls and forward passes.

A second-half try to Dugan gave Canberra faint hope, but this was extinguished when Robbie Farah put Tigers second-rower Liam Fulton under the posts in the 61st minute.

Chris Heighington, Andrew Fifita, and Simon Dwyer iced the victory with late tries to blow out the margin.

For the Tigers, it was a welcome victory after successive losses, and came on the back of Friday night's news that coach Tim Sheens had re-signed with the club for a further three years.


Source: The Australian

Re: Round 8 - Raiders V Tigers @ Bruce

Posted By: RNA
Reply #94 May 02, 2011, 09:17:01 AM
Big loss stumps Furner


But after another error-riddled performance, he was left with plenty of questions heading into next week's match against Manly.

"I was confident going into the game, I think we worked hard, but we keep defensively or offensively we're just putting pressure on ourselves," Furner said.

"It was a tough ask to come back there from that first half."

"Some of the errors there, the play the balls, we went out again, you know little things like that, we're definitely not learning from those and we're putting pressure on as a team."

"That was pretty embarrassing at the end."

When asked whether there would be some changes at the selection table, he said, "I'll have a look yeah, we need to have a look at a few things."

His captain Alan Tongue said the loss was one of his lowest times in his many years at the club.

"It's probably one of the lowest points it's pretty disappointing," Tongue said.

"The playing group when we're out there, behind the sticks there, it was pretty disappointing."

"We're getting frustrated within ourselves, we know the coaching staff's doing everything they can to prepare us and we're just not putting it out on the field at the moment."

Tongue was equally optimistic heading into the match, and said he had been in the previous week's home loss to the Newcastle Knights.

"I couldn't really say our preparation, we couldn't do anything better I think," he said.

"The last couple of weeks we've felt really confident going into the game."

He said the high hopes the team, fans and commentators had about the team on the back of an excellent finish to last season made matters worse.

"That adds to the disappointment and the frustration of everybody," Tongue said.

"Everybody had such high expectations and we did too."

"We're going to have to show some real great character here to get us out of this."

But Tongue refused to write the season off.

"The season's not lost don't worry about that."
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Source: Sportal

Re: Round 8 - Raiders V Tigers @ Bruce

Posted By: RNA
Reply #95 May 02, 2011, 09:19:26 AM
Furner may stick with troops

Raiders coach David Furner may take the dramatic step of stepping aside from his assistant coaching duties with the Kangaroos side to focus on rectifying his side's seven-match losing streak.

The Kangaroos play New Zealand on Friday night, with the team and management due to spend the week preparing for the match on the Gold Coast.

While not ruling out travelling with the team, he gave the strongest of hints his preference was to stay and work with his team.

"I've talked earlier on about a couple of things, so we'll just look whether or not that's going to happen," Furner said.

"As a coach my importance is with this club and with these players, simple."

"I spoke to Tim (Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens) during the week, that my first and foremost - great honour to have an opportunity there - it's this club."

When asked when he will make up his mind either way, he simply said 'we'll see'.

Sheens was supportive of his assistant, who he has a long history with from his time at the Raiders.

"I'll just David think about that for today and tomorrow and respect his call," he said.

"Every year they've called for my head. That's the life of the coach."

"It's a tough decision, and he's in a tough spot at the moment but I've been there too."

"1989 the Raiders board met to get rid of me, that was the year we won the premiership."

"If that's what he wants to do but it's his call at the moment."
Photograph Copyright : Getty Images

Source: Sportal

Re: Round 8 - Raiders V Tigers @ Bruce

Posted By: Archie
Reply #96 May 03, 2011, 09:16:57 AM

That is such an unflattering photo  :D

Re: Round 8 - Raiders V Tigers @ Bruce

Posted By: Archie
Reply #97 May 03, 2011, 09:19:27 AM
I am starting to get a bit numb to the pain of losing now. Gee wizz it is going to one massive win when we do have a win. They are sure starving us all for it, it's torture!!

Re: Round 8 - Raiders V Tigers @ Bruce

Posted By: RNA
Reply #98 May 03, 2011, 09:01:21 PM
Toyota Cup: Raiders lose to Tigers

The Raiders’ NYC endured a heartbreaking 37-31 loss to a vastly improved Wests Tigers outfit, after leading by one point with two minutes remaining.

The team went into the encounter with confidence having comprehensively disposed of the Tigers 40-18 at Campbelltown Stadium in round three.

Whilst bitterly disappointed with the loss, Coach David Hamilton conceded it could be a blessing in disguise. “We’ve been turning over possession cheaply and we’ve been doing it consistently and still winning, so maybe it’s a good wakeup call for everybody.”

The Tigers were first to score in the 8th minute after an error from a 20 metre restart by the Raiders gave the Tigers prime field position for an attacking set. Jesse Sue capitalised by weaving his way through the defence to score from close range. Jacob Miller converted.

Sam Williams hit back in the 11th minute by laying on a try for the ever present Nathan Massey. After feigning to pass inside and then outside, Williams took the line on himself. The wily half broke clear and drew Tigers fullback Jay Bonnell to position Massey to race away and plant the ball under the posts. Massey converted.

Tigers Captain Shaun Spence then put his side in front after crossing down the left edge in the 13th minute. Miller missing the conversion from out wide.

Williams was able gain his side the half time lead after he was able to capitalise on some great lead up play by hooker Matt McIlwrick to cross between the uprights in the 36th minute. Massey converted.

McIlwrick, a Junior Kiwi representative, had a fine game after returning from a rib injury. “Matty went well,” Williams said. “He gave us that extra spark out of dummy half and that’s probably something we’ve missed over the last couple of weeks.”

Despite the green machine leading 12-10 at half time, a disappointing start to the second half saw the home side trail 28-12 at the sixty minute mark.

To their credit the young Raiders fought back with two tries to winger Anthony Scott allowing the Raiders to fight back from the deficit.

A penalty goal to Miller in the 70th minute entailed a converted try was needed for Canberra to get back into the match and McIlwrick answered the call; engineering and finishing off an attacking opportunity which allowed the home side to lock scores at 30 points all with seven minutes remaining.

In a nail-biting finish to the match, Williams edged his side in front with a field goal in the 76th minute, however the Raiders failed to close the match out due to uncharacteristically flimsy defence and far too much dropped ball.

After locking scores with a field goal in the 78th minute, Bonnell broke the Raiders hearts a minute later when he latched onto an offload and raced 20 metres to score.

The crisp attacking play and resolute defence that had become a feature of the side’s play in the first seven weeks of the competition were astray as the Raiders were the own worst enemy for the majority of the match.

Williams, however, was positive despite the loss. “Probably in the long run, the game’s not going to hurt us too much providing we do bounce back next week. It’s just extremely disappointing to lose a game that we should really have won.”

McIlwrick agreed. “There was no lack of effort by any means, and we did well to come back, but execution in the end is what let us down. The game was there to be won, but we took the foot off the pedal when we got to one in front...so we’ve got to learn from that and step up for next week against Manly.”

Whilst McIlwrick had a successful return from injury, promising front rower Sheen Lomax unfortunately dislocated his shoulder and is expected to be out for a few weeks.

Source: Raiders.com.au

Re: Round 8 - Raiders V Tigers @ Bruce

Posted By: RNA
Reply #99 May 03, 2011, 09:15:43 PM
Dugan feeling 'bad' for Furner
2 May 2011, 6:20 pm

Star Canberra full-back Josh Dugan says the Raiders players owe it to David Furner to improve after the coach stood down from his assistant's role with the Australian team to concentrate on lifting the club out of the mire.

Dugan, who will represent New South Wales Country Origin against City Origin in Albury on Friday night, says the Raiders feel terrible that their woeful form has forced Furner's hand.

The Raiders were flogged 49-12 by Wests Tigers at Canberra Stadium on Sunday to leave them with just one win from eight rounds.

Furner confirmed on Monday he had withdrawn from his role with the Kangaroos, who play New Zealand on Friday night on the Gold Coast.

"I feel bad for David that he's had to give up such a big and prestigious job and we'll be doing everything we can as players to make it up to him," Dugan said.

"I think the boys need to get back to what we do best, and that's playing footy.

"Our confidence is down a bit at the moment and we're just struggling to stick to the game plan.

"You just can't afford to give sides like the Tigers the opportunities we gave them and they towelled us up because of that."

The Raiders face a tough couple of weeks, against Manly at Brookvale next Monday night before hosting Melbourne.

First-up for 20-year-old Dugan is Friday night's battle with City's Jarryd Hayne, trying out for the Blues full-back spot.

"This game is a real stepping-stone for Origin but I can't think too much about it being just me against him (Hayne)," Dugan said.

"There's a lot of us who are in contention for spots this year, so it's going to make it all the better to get a win and if we perform well as a team there'll be more Country players in the New South Wales side.

"It's been a dream of mine since I was a kid to play for New South Wales and hopefully I can do it this year.

"I think I've proven myself at the next level. I played for Country last year and then in the All-Stars game, so I think I'm ready and I know a big game Friday will help my cause."

Dugan was man-of-the-match for Country last year, scoring one try, setting up another and running for 209 metres in their 36-18 demolition of City in Port Macquarie.


Source: Tag: Rugby League - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Re: Round 8 - Raiders V Tigers @ Bruce

Posted By: RNA
Reply #100 May 03, 2011, 09:16:34 PM
Furner says no to Aussies for Raiders' sake
2 May 2011, 12:01 pm

Embattled Canberra coach David Furner has confirmed he will not take his place as Australian assistant coach for Friday night's Test against New Zealand.

In the wake of the Raiders' 49-12 thrashing by Wests Tigers on Sunday, their seventh consecutive loss, Furner said his priority is with his NRL club.

Tipped by many to be semi-finalists earlier in the year, the Raiders have recorded just one win from eight matches and sit in last position on the ladder.

But Furner says his side must now regroup as it prepares to play Manly next Monday.

"[Yesterday's loss] was unacceptable - I've spoken about that with the players. It's totally unacceptable to be in that situation, so we've got to build out way out of it," he told ABC Grandstand.

"It's a tremendous honour, but for me, my priority's here [with the Raiders].

"I need to stand by the players and we've got to dig our way out of it. I spoke to Tim [Sheens], he was fine with that.

"For the players and for myself, we stand side by side. It's a tremendous group here and I don't like the position the group's in at the moment.

"It's not a case of won't be, never will be or giving up, its about working as hard as we can in getting out of this position."


Source: Tag: Rugby League - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)


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