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Round 9 - Raiders V Manly @ Brookvale
« on: May 03, 2011, 09:25:03 AM »
Canberra Raiders V Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
Monday, 9th May 2011, 7:00pm AEST @ Brookvale Oval, Sydney

Broadcast details:
Pre-game: Live on Fox Sports 2 @ 6pm
NRL: Live on Fox Sports 2 and Fox Sports 2 HD @ 7pm
Post-game: Live on Fox Sports 2 @ 9pm

Teams:


Sea Eagles:
Brett Stewart, Michael Robertson, Jamie Lyon (c), Steve Matai, Will Hopoate, Kieran Foran, Daly Cherry-Evans, Jason King (c), Matt Ballin, Brent Kite, Anthony Watmough, Joe Galuvao, Glenn Stewart. Interchange (from): Vic Mauro, Jamie Buhrer, George Rose, Tony Williams, David Williams, Michael Oldfield, Tim Robinson.

Raiders: Josh Dugan, Blake Ferguson, Jarrod Croker, Joel Thompson, Reece Robinson, Josh McCrone, Matt Orford, Dane Tilse, Alan Tongue (c), Brett White, Danny Galea, Bronson Harrison, Shaun Fensom. Interchange (from): Glen Buttriss, Josh Miller, Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, Trevor Thurling, Sam Mataora.

Preview:
Sea Eagles v Raiders preview

Manly Sea Eagles v Canberra Raiders
Brookvale Oval
Monday 7pm




Let’s hope the sound system at Brookvale Oval is nice and fresh and the ‘Eagle Rock’ sound bite or tape is ready to play; chances are it’s about to get a serious workout.

This might sound a little disrespectful Raiders fans, but the fact is Canberra has been a mockery since opening the season with a wonderful win over Cronulla. Seven straight losses have followed… the last of which saw the Wests Tigers prevail 49-12… in Canberra!

For a side that was tipped by most to not only be top-eight certainties but also put major pressure on the title, it has been a calamity.

We here at nrl.com said they couldn’t make the finals if they lost last week and we stand by it – they now need to win at least 11 of their final16 matches – a feat that seems as likely as David Furner running for Prime Minister.

To make their task harder they have lost representative prop David Shillington to injury and have to cross their fingers that Josh Dugan, Joel Thompson, Bronson Harrison and Tom Learoyd-Lahrs all get through Friday night rep games unscathed to take their place against the Sea Eagles.

Personnel-wise, with Shillington gone Brett White will to start at prop. Other changes from last week’s hammering include winger Daniel Vidot omitted, replaced by Reece Robinson. Alan Tongue will start at hooker, forcing Glen Buttriss to the bench. Danny Galea gets a starting spot in the second row, pushing Trevor Thurling to the bench and Shaun Fensom is slated to start at lock with Josh Miller reverting to the pine. Sam Mataora has been added as an extra man on the reserves list.

Despite Canberra’s woeful form, it is a danger game for Manly. Incredibly, stats show the Raiders have won on the past five occasions they’ve conceded 40 points or more the previous game!

The Sea Eagles have been going about their business comfortably. Despite a controversial loss to the Cowboys last week they are well positioned in fifth spot with a 5-3 record.

They have three players involved in rep football Friday night – Will Hopoate, Kieran Foran and Glenn Stewart will be hoping to back up just a few nights later.

Once again they are hoping for the return of Brett Stewart to the side, which would push Hopoate to the wing, with the dependable Michael Oldfield on the bench. David Williams and Tim Robinson have also been added to the reserves list, which numbers seven at this early stage.

They can’t afford to be complacent – the Raiders still have the talent, if not the confidence.

Watch Out Sea Eagles: If ever there is a week for Matt Orford to get out of his form funk and return to the glory days it is this one against his former club!

There are potentially 11 Manly players from the last game Orford played with the Sea Eagles still wearing maroon and white, giving him plenty of former mates to get bragging rights over. With his back problems supposedly gone the former Dally M Medal winner will not get a better excuse to perform better. He has just three try assists and two line-break assists – simply not good enough for a highly paid half. The good news though, is you don’t forget how to play well. With a little bit of luck and the right circumstances, he could help lift the Raiders out of the doldrums.

Danger Sign: Orford was at his scheming best when he was prepared to take on the line. Currently he is averaging just 34 metres running a match but this week he might just get his bum in gear and run at his former buddies. If he does he might just inspire something.

Watch Out Raiders: The Manly wingers and centres have combined for more tries than any other team with 20 so far this season. If you take a close look at the Manly ‘try map’ you find they are all about going wide and to the edges. They have scored 31 tries so far this season and just two of those have been up the middle of the park.

They have 18 tries on the left side of the field, nine on the sideline, nine on the fringes plus 11 on the right side of the field, five on the sideline and six on the fringes. But here is the kicker – Brett Stewart is one of the best in the game at supporting and scoring through the middle of the ruck, so when he actually gets back on the park they’ll have an even better balance of attack.

Danger Sign: The Sea Eagles won’t be afraid to shift wide early. Keep an eye on Foran if he backs up… as a running pivot he draws a lot of defence in and opens up space wide.

Plays To Watch: Kicks for Josh Dugan; Bronson Harrison and Joel Thompson on the right edge looking for offloads; Kieran Foran having a crack on his own, Will Hopoate roaming to find a place in a backline move; dumped Kiwi Steve Matai proving a point following his Test snub.

Where It Will Be Won: Field position. When teams struggle, a return to basics is what’s required. That means holding onto the ball, getting into good field position and giving your side more chances to attack. On the other side of the coin, teams need to limit the good position of opponents so they have fewer chances to attack.

The stats so far this season paint a poor picture for the Raiders in this regard.

They are averaging just 1152 running metres a game – by far the fewest in the NRL. Consider the fact Manly averages 1344 metres each week and already you can see a massive difference. The Raiders are also the third worst when it comes to average metres from kicks, with just 505 metres a match – the Sea Eagles are at 594 metres. Therefore it is reasonable to assume the Sea Eagles will spend more time attacking the Raiders’ line than the other way around. This is a real problem for the Raiders as they have leaked 23 tries from 0-10 metres this season – giving them by far the worst goal-line defence in the NRL.

Manly, with 19 tries from this distance, rank fourth in scoring from close range.

For the Raiders to return to the winner’s circle they need to completely reverse these numbers. They need to be the team down the other end creating all the chances. Otherwise it will be loss number eight in a row.

The History: Played 42; Sea Eagles 24, Raiders 17, drawn 1. Manly has won seven of the past nine clashes between the clubs, although the Raiders were victorious at Brookvale the last time these two teams came together in 2010. The Raiders haven’t been overly afraid of Brookvale Oval, with Manly only holding a 12-9 advantage there.

Meanwhile, the Raiders have never lost their opening four away matches of a season… 

Conclusion: These ‘half weeks’ are always hard to tip and upsets invariably occur but it is still almost a no-go to back the Raiders here. It’s doubtful the Sea Eagles will let down their home fans.

Match officials: Referees – Tony Archer and Steve Lyons; Touch Judges – Jason Walsh and Steve Chiddy; Video Ref – Bernard Sutton.

Televised: Fox Sports – Live 7pm.

* Statistics: NRL Stats.

Source: NRL.com

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Re: Round 9 - Raiders V Manly @ Brookvale
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2011, 10:45:52 AM »
If this isn't must win now I don't know what is. Very winnable game too in my view.

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Re: Round 9 - Raiders V Manly @ Brookvale
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2011, 08:57:58 PM »
Raiders name team to take on Sea Eagles

Brett White will get his first chance to start for the Raiders this week, when the Green Machine takes on the Manly Sea Eagles on Monday night at Brookvale Oval.

White has started from the bench this season so far for the Raiders, however a pectoral injury to prop David Shillington gives White the chance to start his first game at his new club.

Shillington will arrive back in Canberra this afternoon and will have scans on his pectoral muscle to determine the extent of the damage.

Other changes for the Raiders this week sees Alan Tongue return to the starting side at hooker with Glen Buttriss moving back to the bench, with Reece Robinson coming onto the wing to replace Daniel Vidot, who has been omitted from the side.

Danny Galea also gets an opportunity this week to start in the back row for Canberra, with Trevor Thurling moving to the bench. Sam Mataora has also been named on an extended bench.

Country representatives Josh Dugan, Joel Thompson and Tom Learoyd-Lahrs have been named for the Raiders and will back up providing the get through Friday night’s match in Albury unscathed.

Canberra Raiders: (from fullback) Josh Dugan, Blake Ferguson, Jarrod Croker, Joel Thompson, Reece Robinson, Josh McCrone, Matt Orford, Dane Tilse, Alan Tongue (Captain), Brett White, Danny Galea, Bronson Harrison, Shaun Fensom. Interchange: (from) Glen Buttriss, Josh Miller, Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, Trevor Thurling, Sam Mataora.

2011 NRL Season - Round Nine:

Manly Sea Eagles vs Canberra Raiders
Monday night, May 9 @ Brookvale Oval, Sydney
Kick-off: 7:00pm (AEST).

Live coverage on Fox Sports Two from 6:00pm (AEST). Check local guides for more information.

Source: http://www.sportsaustralia.com/articles/news.php?id=9329

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Re: Round 9 - Raiders V Manly @ Brookvale
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2011, 08:58:51 PM »
Raiders drop Vidot



Queensland State of Origin squad member Daniel Vidot has been omitted from the Canberra Raiders side to play Manly at Brookvale Oval on Monday night.

Vidot has been replaced by Reece Robinson on the wing.



In the fowards Danny Galea has been brought in to the squad to start in the second row. Brett White moves from the bench to replace the injured David Shillington in the front-row. It will be White's first opportunity to start for the Raiders since coming to the club from Melbourne this year.

Trevor Thurling moves from the second row back to the bench. Sam Mataora has been promoted from the Souths Logan Queensland Cup side to be included on a five-man bench that will be cut to four before Monday's game.

Captain Alan Tongue will start the game at hooker and Glen Buttriss moves back to the bench.

The changes come in the wake of the Raiders' seventh successive loss when they were thumped 49-12 by the Wests Tigers at Canberra Stadium last Sunday.

Country representatives Josh Dugan, Joel Thompson and Tom Learoyd-Lahrs have been named for the Raiders and will back up providing the get through Friday night’s match in Albury unscathed.

Source: The Canberra Times

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Re: Round 9 - Raiders V Manly @ Brookvale
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2011, 11:14:40 AM »
So they drop Vidot but Low still gets no game? When?   :-[

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Re: Round 9 - Raiders V Manly @ Brookvale
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2011, 11:15:41 AM »
If this isn't must win now I don't know what is. Very winnable game too in my view.

Very losable to haha

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Re: Round 9 - Raiders V Manly @ Brookvale
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2011, 09:16:22 AM »
Sea Eagles v Raiders preview

Manly Sea Eagles v Canberra Raiders
Brookvale Oval
Monday 7pm




Let’s hope the sound system at Brookvale Oval is nice and fresh and the ‘Eagle Rock’ sound bite or tape is ready to play; chances are it’s about to get a serious workout.

This might sound a little disrespectful Raiders fans, but the fact is Canberra has been a mockery since opening the season with a wonderful win over Cronulla. Seven straight losses have followed… the last of which saw the Wests Tigers prevail 49-12… in Canberra!

For a side that was tipped by most to not only be top-eight certainties but also put major pressure on the title, it has been a calamity.

We here at nrl.com said they couldn’t make the finals if they lost last week and we stand by it – they now need to win at least 11 of their final16 matches – a feat that seems as likely as David Furner running for Prime Minister.

To make their task harder they have lost representative prop David Shillington to injury and have to cross their fingers that Josh Dugan, Joel Thompson, Bronson Harrison and Tom Learoyd-Lahrs all get through Friday night rep games unscathed to take their place against the Sea Eagles.

Personnel-wise, with Shillington gone Brett White will to start at prop. Other changes from last week’s hammering include winger Daniel Vidot omitted, replaced by Reece Robinson. Alan Tongue will start at hooker, forcing Glen Buttriss to the bench. Danny Galea gets a starting spot in the second row, pushing Trevor Thurling to the bench and Shaun Fensom is slated to start at lock with Josh Miller reverting to the pine. Sam Mataora has been added as an extra man on the reserves list.

Despite Canberra’s woeful form, it is a danger game for Manly. Incredibly, stats show the Raiders have won on the past five occasions they’ve conceded 40 points or more the previous game!

The Sea Eagles have been going about their business comfortably. Despite a controversial loss to the Cowboys last week they are well positioned in fifth spot with a 5-3 record.

They have three players involved in rep football Friday night – Will Hopoate, Kieran Foran and Glenn Stewart will be hoping to back up just a few nights later.

Once again they are hoping for the return of Brett Stewart to the side, which would push Hopoate to the wing, with the dependable Michael Oldfield on the bench. David Williams and Tim Robinson have also been added to the reserves list, which numbers seven at this early stage.

They can’t afford to be complacent – the Raiders still have the talent, if not the confidence.

Watch Out Sea Eagles: If ever there is a week for Matt Orford to get out of his form funk and return to the glory days it is this one against his former club!

There are potentially 11 Manly players from the last game Orford played with the Sea Eagles still wearing maroon and white, giving him plenty of former mates to get bragging rights over. With his back problems supposedly gone the former Dally M Medal winner will not get a better excuse to perform better. He has just three try assists and two line-break assists – simply not good enough for a highly paid half. The good news though, is you don’t forget how to play well. With a little bit of luck and the right circumstances, he could help lift the Raiders out of the doldrums.

Danger Sign: Orford was at his scheming best when he was prepared to take on the line. Currently he is averaging just 34 metres running a match but this week he might just get his bum in gear and run at his former buddies. If he does he might just inspire something.

Watch Out Raiders: The Manly wingers and centres have combined for more tries than any other team with 20 so far this season. If you take a close look at the Manly ‘try map’ you find they are all about going wide and to the edges. They have scored 31 tries so far this season and just two of those have been up the middle of the park.

They have 18 tries on the left side of the field, nine on the sideline, nine on the fringes plus 11 on the right side of the field, five on the sideline and six on the fringes. But here is the kicker – Brett Stewart is one of the best in the game at supporting and scoring through the middle of the ruck, so when he actually gets back on the park they’ll have an even better balance of attack.

Danger Sign: The Sea Eagles won’t be afraid to shift wide early. Keep an eye on Foran if he backs up… as a running pivot he draws a lot of defence in and opens up space wide.

Plays To Watch: Kicks for Josh Dugan; Bronson Harrison and Joel Thompson on the right edge looking for offloads; Kieran Foran having a crack on his own, Will Hopoate roaming to find a place in a backline move; dumped Kiwi Steve Matai proving a point following his Test snub.

Where It Will Be Won: Field position. When teams struggle, a return to basics is what’s required. That means holding onto the ball, getting into good field position and giving your side more chances to attack. On the other side of the coin, teams need to limit the good position of opponents so they have fewer chances to attack.

The stats so far this season paint a poor picture for the Raiders in this regard.

They are averaging just 1152 running metres a game – by far the fewest in the NRL. Consider the fact Manly averages 1344 metres each week and already you can see a massive difference. The Raiders are also the third worst when it comes to average metres from kicks, with just 505 metres a match – the Sea Eagles are at 594 metres. Therefore it is reasonable to assume the Sea Eagles will spend more time attacking the Raiders’ line than the other way around. This is a real problem for the Raiders as they have leaked 23 tries from 0-10 metres this season – giving them by far the worst goal-line defence in the NRL.

Manly, with 19 tries from this distance, rank fourth in scoring from close range.

For the Raiders to return to the winner’s circle they need to completely reverse these numbers. They need to be the team down the other end creating all the chances. Otherwise it will be loss number eight in a row.

The History: Played 42; Sea Eagles 24, Raiders 17, drawn 1. Manly has won seven of the past nine clashes between the clubs, although the Raiders were victorious at Brookvale the last time these two teams came together in 2010. The Raiders haven’t been overly afraid of Brookvale Oval, with Manly only holding a 12-9 advantage there.

Meanwhile, the Raiders have never lost their opening four away matches of a season… 

Conclusion: These ‘half weeks’ are always hard to tip and upsets invariably occur but it is still almost a no-go to back the Raiders here. It’s doubtful the Sea Eagles will let down their home fans.

Match officials: Referees – Tony Archer and Steve Lyons; Touch Judges – Jason Walsh and Steve Chiddy; Video Ref – Bernard Sutton.

Televised: Fox Sports – Live 7pm.

* Statistics: NRL Stats.

Source: NRL.com

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Re: Round 9 - Raiders V Manly @ Brookvale
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2011, 09:17:07 AM »
White promoted to Raiders' run-on side



Canberra Raiders prop Brett White is keen to fill the void left by injured Kangaroos bookend David Shillington.

With Shillington sidelined for six weeks with a torn pectoral muscle, White has been elevated into Canberra's starting side for Monday night's encounter with the Manly Sea Eagles.

It's the 29-year-old's first run-on appearance for the Raiders after playing his opening seven games as an interchange forward.

The former Australian, NSW and Melbourne Storm enforcer can't wait to run out on to Brookvale Oval for the always fiery opening exchanges.

''It's been a bit of a different role for me coming off the bench, trying to get used to that,'' White said.

''Being in Melbourne I was always a starting front-rower.

''I'm looking forward to being out there in the thick of it, the start of it.''

Shillington was named in the Australian team to face New Zealand tomorrow night, but was forced to withdraw due to a torn pectoral muscle suffered in last weekend's 49-12 loss to the Wests Tigers.

''It's disappointing for us, because he's one of the top front-rowers going around,'' White said.

''He's a big part of our team.

''We've just got to make sure we pull our weight and fill that void that he'll leave.''

Second-rower Danny Galea is also itching at the chance to make an impression after being summoned for just his second top-grade game of the season.

The former Panthers and Wests Tigers utility has 110 NRL appearances under his belt, but has spent the majority of the year with Canberra's Queensland Cup feeder club Souths Logan.

Consistent performances over the past month have earned Galea his first game since the round-five loss to Penrith.

''I'm pretty excited, really want to get out there and do the job for the team,'' Galea said.

'' played a bit of Q Cup and put a couple good performances together so was quite happy to get the call up.

''I think I'm ready for it, so I just really want to help the team out and do my best.''

Back-rower Joe Picker has missed the past two weeks with an ankle injury.

He is expected back for the round 10 clash with the Melbourne Storm.

The Raiders were woeful in defence against the Tigers, a problem White said needed to be rectified if they're any hope of ending their seven-match losing streak.

''We spoke about two things, the defence and the discipline,'' White said.

''The problem comes from blokes trying too hard.

''Coming out of the line and trying to solve that on their own.

''Blokes doing what they think is best at the time but it's not always best for the side.

''We've got to make sure we're working together.''

Source: The Canberra Times

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« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2011, 09:18:55 AM »
NRL: Monday madness

THE Sea Eagles claim they stand to lose more than $100,000 at the gate with four Monday night games coming up.

Manly host Canberra at Brookvale Oval this Monday night, a game that will struggle to attract 10,000 fans.

It’s the first of four looming Monday fixtures for the club, with matches against the Titans (Skilled Park, round 10), Parramatta (Brookvale Oval, round 15) and the Dragons (WIN Stadium, round 16) scheduled.

It is the Eels match in particular on June 20 which has agitated Manly management, with departing CEO Graham Lowe claiming it will cost them dearly in lost supporters.

“We’ll lose in excess of $100,000 for that Monday night game,” he said.

“There is no doubt we will take a big knock at the gate with that one. Monday night football is very difficult for our fans to get to.

“It’s a school day the next day, it’s a work day, and in the current economic climate, it just makes it difficult to get to the game.

“Someone has got it wrong.”

Do you go to Monday night games? Tell us below what you think.

The NRL’s director of football operations, Nathan McGuirk, said all clubs put forward their scheduling preferences at the start of the season.

The scheduling is then completed in consultation with the broadcasting networks.

McGuirk said all clubs receive a minimum $40,000 compensation for hosting Monday night games.

The clubs also receive an annual grant of about $3.65million from the NRL, which in part is made up of monies gained from the code’s TV rights’ deal.

“We understand that it’s not an ideal outcome for the Eels match,” McGuirk said on Wednesday.

“Manly have clearly indicated to us their preference is Sunday afternoons. We do attempt to share the burden in scheduling Monday nights.”

McGuirk said it is hard for clubs to play Sunday afternoon matches consistently when the majority (75 per cent) of matches are scheduled in the evenings.

“Unfortunately, we only have 25 per cent of games that are played in an afternoon slot,” he said.

Source: Manly Daily

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Re: Round 9 - Raiders V Manly @ Brookvale
« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2011, 09:21:23 AM »
Show your Manly pride this Monday night and win!

This Monday night is the time to show your Manly pride!

As we take on the Canberra Raiders on Monday night, we're asking all Sea Eagles fans to think outside the square when it comes to your supporter gear.

And if you do, you are in with a chance to win a signed Sea Eagles jersey!

The 10 best dressed Manly fans at the game on Monday night will win one of these signed jerseys.

There's never been a better time to dress up in your Maroon and whites!

So get creative and get to Brookvale Oval this Monday at 7pm and be there to cheer on the Sea Eagles. Get your tickets by clicking here!

To see all the match day info - click here.

Source: MWSE.com.au (Official Eagles' Website)

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Re: Round 9 - Raiders V Manly @ Brookvale
« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2011, 09:34:20 AM »
Teams and preview added to the first post

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Re: Round 9 - Raiders V Manly @ Brookvale
« Reply #11 on: May 05, 2011, 09:37:45 AM »
If this isn't must win now I don't know what is. Very winnable game too in my view.

Very losable to haha

True lol

We have to win sometime soon I guess. We are better than this and will turn it round eventually. God I hope eventually is this weekend!  ::)

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« Reply #12 on: May 05, 2011, 06:33:08 PM »
If this isn't must win now I don't know what is. Very winnable game too in my view.

Very losable to haha

True lol

We have to win sometime soon I guess. We are better than this and will turn it round eventually. God I hope eventually is this weekend!  ::)

Getting close to the curtain call for the lads if we cant get up soon. We will win this weekend though. The pressure will mount and it is just about ready to burst open and when it does yeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah haw it is going to be sweeeeeeeeeet!

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Re: Round 9 - Raiders V Manly @ Brookvale
« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2011, 06:27:33 PM »
they better win because we have just about had enough of this getting close to just giving up for the year and checking back in next year, no not really but f*** this is frustrating as hell!

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« Reply #14 on: May 07, 2011, 11:49:09 AM »
Honesty the policy for Raiders with season on line



DESPERATE Canberra have called in a psychologist for a five-hour ''honesty session'' as they seek to resurrect a season that is in danger of falling to pieces.

The Raiders slumped to their seventh consecutive defeat last Sunday, smacked 49-12 by Wests Tigers on home soil, and are already six points outside the top eight after only eight rounds. Canberra coach David Furner relinquished his role as Australian team assistant for the Test week in an effort to inspire a change in fortune at Manly on Monday, and also this week employed the services of Canberra psychologist Nesh Nikolic for a marathon session at Raiders headquarters.

''Hopefully it snaps them out of it,'' Canberra chief executive Don Furner said. Players were asked to be honest with each other about what they believed was going wrong, having been one of the competition favourites leading into the season.

''We are going through a pretty tough patch and just needed to re-assess what we do outside of football, what we do at training … everything,'' Raiders winger Blake Ferguson said when asked about the session. ''I remember at Cronulla when we were going through a tough patch, Ron Massey and Alan Jones came in - that was a big motivation for us. I hope this will be, too.''

Canberra fans have not taken kindly to the side's abject run of results. Ball-boys, cheerleaders and the players' partners were verbally abused after the defeat to the Tigers, and Matt Orford's Audi was keyed in the Canberra Stadium car park.

The input of a psychologist is not unheard of among NRL teams and Nikolic assisted the Raiders last year. However, the length of this week's Canberra session shows their desperation to get themselves out of this rut.

''I can't talk about what was in there because that's between the playing group,'' forward Josh Miller said. ''We just re-assessed stuff and tried to re-focus on what we're doing. We're at the stage now where we're just doing everything in our power to get a win. Everyone is trying their heart out. Hopefully everything clicks this week.''

The Raiders are still waiting on a return date for influential five-eighth Terry Campese, whose contribution has been sorely missed as he recovers from a knee reconstruction. When he will be fit should be determined on Tuesday, when he has tests on his knee to see whether he can resume full training. If Campese is cleared to train, he would then be looking at a minimum of a month before he could play again - meaning the round 13 match against the Cowboys is the earliest he can return.

''It was this game last year [against Manly] which saw us turn the corner and go on to make the finals,'' Campese told the club's official site. ''And I know the boys are treating this year's corresponding contest with the belief we can do it again.''

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/honesty-the-policy-for-raiders-with-season-on-line-20110506-1ebx3.html#ixzz1LcwUOT4K