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Sam Mataora
« on: April 28, 2012, 12:40:48 PM »
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« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2012, 12:41:05 PM »
Raiders ready to tie down top prospects

THE suspension of three leading player managers will not prevent Canberra locking up their first-grade squad for the long term, with the club negotiating new contracts for Jack Wighton and Sam Mataora.



The two young guns are the sole NRL regulars yet to commit to the club until at least the end of the 2014 season.

Wighton, off contract at the end of 2013, has exploded onto the scene this year, and Canberra are desperate to extend his deal for another year to ward off interest from other clubs.

Normally a five-eighth, the 19-year-old has played on the wing, but the club views the Orange product as a long-term halves prospect.

Mataora is off contract after this year, and has performed solidly this season since being promoted to the top grade after a series of injuries to Canberra's top-line forwards.

Both players are part of Paul Sutton's stable, which handles the affairs of several Raiders stars including Josh Dugan.

Sutton is dealing with family issues, but Raiders boss Don Furner is confident of tying down Wighton and Mataora soon.

''I've had a couple of discussions with Wighton's manager, and sent an offer to upgrade and extend him for a year,'' Furner said. ''Likewise with Sam Mataora, we've offered a two-year deal, and we hope to hear back from him [Sutton] in the next couple of days.''

Furner said Wighton's impact forced the club to open negotiations sooner than expected.

''Everyone knew he was going to be a first-grader, but whether it was this year or next year was hard to tell,'' he said. ''We wouldn't have been in as big a rush and gone through the normal process [had he not played first grade this year], but it does push it onto you earlier when they prove themselves and you have to reward them.''

The Raiders are budgeting on the NRL salary cap rising to $5 million next year, but Furner said some contracts may need to be renegotiated if it is higher than expected.

A small number of Canberra players have contract clauses that guarantee them a set percentage of any cap increase higher than $5 million.

''We're working on it being $5 million and we'll be OK with that, but if that goes up it will be a bonus,'' Furner said. ''We've got a couple [with clauses], but some other clubs have got a lot more. It's very difficult process not knowing what the cap is going to be next year.''

Meanwhile, the Raiders were yesterday issued with a $5358 fine for a minor breach of the salary cap last season.

An audit found Canberra breached the Toyota Cup salary cap by about $4000.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald


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« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2012, 06:20:06 PM »
Raiders secure young gun Mataora

CANBERRA has confirmed young prop Sam Mataora has agreed to stay on with the Raiders until the end of 2014.



The 21-year-old agreed to terms on Tuesday night with Raiders boss Don Furner telling ABC Canberra on Wednesday he only needs the documentation signed to complete the deal.

“I think you’ll find that Sam Mataora last night agreed to terms,” Furner said.

“I’ll just check with his manager and get the contract done but I think he’s right for two more years.”

The South Sunnybank junior made his NRL debut in 2011 while the club is also deep in talks with extending the deal of Jack Wighton.

“Jack pretty much getting to an extension with him,” Furner said.

“We’re a long way down extending him into 2014 but I just need to get some paperwork done there and back to his manager.

The 19-year-old winger from Orange is likely to be sidelined for the season after he injured his toe in a freak backyard accident while jumping on a trampoline.

This is not the first time the Raiders have had such luck with former winger Justin Carney injured in a similar incident when he fell off the back of a work truck on his family’s farm.

“It’s a huge step for these guys to fully understand what it means to be professional,” Furner said of the youngster.

“An innocuous fall off a trampoline is terrible luck.

"We’ve had players go home to their farm and help their parents out and get injured.

“It was a simple accident he landed the wrong way and it looks like the whole season, it’s terrible for him and us, we don’t need it at the moment.”

The club is also closing in on bolstering their roster for beyond this season with ongoing negotiations with Manly hooker Matt Ballin continuing to progress.

The Sea Eagles however are desperate to keep Ballin at the club next season while North Queensland have also placed a for the former Queensland State of Origin representative.

Meanwhile Furner and NRL boss David Gallop met with Wagga Wagga Council after the Greater Western Sydney AFL side were given a large grant to play trial matches in the town for the next three years.

Mayor Kerry Pascoe has handed GWS franchise $300,000 for three pre-season matches with Gallop and Country Rugby League general manager Terry Quinn seeking answers as to why the rival code has been given preference.

The Raiders have previously taken trial matches to the town with no government assistance and baffled as to why they have given the AFL such a lucrative deal.

“We have a trial game next year we’ve agreed to play in Goulbourn,” Furner told ABC Canberra.

“We leave the money in that town as a way of promoting the sport. That might raise 80-90,000 from the gate and food and beverage sales.

“It’s not a money making venture for us, we help promote the game and leave the money there and we’ll make that point to the mayor and council.”

Source: Sports News First

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Re: Sam Mataora
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2012, 04:49:57 PM »
Mataora will repay Canberra's faith, despite prowling Tigers

Had Wests Tigers got their way, Canberra youngster Sam Mataora would be rubbing shoulders with Benji Marshall and Robbie Farah in the same dressing room next year.

But loyalty to the club which handed him his NRL chance ultimately convinced the second rower to re-sign with the Raiders until the end of the 2014 season.

The 21-year-old was courted aggressively by the Tigers, who are desperate to bolster their forward depth after offloading Bryce Gibbs and Andrew Fifita to Cronulla, and Gareth Ellis's impending return to England next season.

Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/mataora-will-repay-canberras-faith-despite-prowling-tigers-20120530-1zjhf.html#ixzz1wQZSIaoB

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Re: Sam Mataora
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2012, 04:50:54 PM »
Great to hear. This bloke really flys under the radar, very good young forward and does his job well every game. Well done for fighting off the Tigers boys!

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Re: Sam Mataora
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2012, 12:48:53 PM »
CanbTimesSport: : Sam mataora out for season for Raiders. Will have surgery on damaged finger tendons tomorrow. #nrl
20 August 2012, 12:17 pm

CanbTimesSport: : Sam mataora out for season for Raiders. Will have surgery on damaged finger tendons tomorrow. #nrl

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« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2012, 12:49:17 PM »
TimGavel: #Raiders forward Sam Mataora to have surgery on finger tomorrow . He has been told he will lose the use of the finger if he doesn't have op.
20 August 2012, 12:26 pm

TimGavel: #Raiders forward Sam Mataora to have surgery on finger tomorrow . He has been told he will lose the use of the finger if he doesn't have op.

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« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2012, 12:51:02 PM »
Well thats a a bit drastic! He better get in there and have the op then losing use of a finger wouldn't be good at all. Hope it all goes well for him.

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« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2012, 12:13:12 PM »
Canberra coach David Furner has lauded Sam Mataora's courage as ''pretty special'' after the Raiders forward defied a serious finger injury to play in Saturday's win over the Roosters.

Mataora will today undergo surgery to repair ruptured tendons on his right ring finger, and will miss the rest of the season.

The 21-year-old is shattered his part in the Raiders' resurgence has been cut short, but he risks losing the use of his finger if he doesn't go under the knife.

''He's actually torn the tendon, if you don't get it now you probably can't rescue it,'' Furner said yesterday. ''He was able to give us one game, I thought that was pretty special.''

Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/mataoras-courage-inspires-teammates-20120820-24iyc.html#ixzz248uhMQQB

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« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2012, 12:16:22 PM »
Mataora bravely risked finger trouble

CANBERRA back rower Sam Mataora has been praised for bravely risking losing the use of his finger by playing in Saturday’s crucial win over the Roosters.



The Raiders forward injured his right ring finger against the Panthers two weeks ago but played with the injury knowing Saturday’s match would be the last game for him in 2012.

Mataora undergo surgery on Tuesday to have tendons repaired, but the recovery time will see him miss the rest of the year.

Mataora has no choice but to have the surgery, as the longer he waits the greater chance he has of losing the use of the finger.

“He’s actually torn the tendon there and if you dont get (it fixed) now you robably cant rescue it,” Raiders coach David Furner said.

“It’s one of those injuries that if you dont operate now, you lose the use of that finger.

“Pain wise it was OK, but it was about restoring movement in that finger, when that tendon is ruptured you need to attend to it straight away.

“He was able to give us one game and I thought that was pretty special.”

Furner was full of praise for Mataora and said he would be missed as the ninth placed side makes a late dash for the finals.

"Sammy went into the game knowing it would be his last for 2012 and showed huge courage to go out and play knowing we were down on numbers,” Furner said.

"He's shattered that he'll be out for the rest of the year but he needs to make sure he gets the surgery done to prevent long term damage."

The Raiders host first placed Canterbury on Friday night are hoping to get Tom Learoyd-Lahrs back this week after he ran again on Monday.

Learoyd-Lahrs will however need to pass a series of fitness tests before he can take a place in the team.

“He’s a slight chance,” Furner said of the former NSW Origin forward.

“He ran today.. it would be nice with Sam Mataora going in for an operation tomorrow.”

Jarrad Kennedy is in line for a spot on the bench while Josh Dugan will play despite receiving stitches after he was struck in the head by opposing number Anthony Minichiello.

“He’s okay,” Furner said of Dugan.

“He’s got a few bumps an bruises and stitches there but he’s fine.”

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« Reply #10 on: October 25, 2012, 11:47:45 AM »
Sam Mataora enjoyed the highest amount of game time in his career this season since making his debut back in 2010 and his confidence and performances grew as a result.

Source: http://www.raiders.com.au/news-display/raiders/65352

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« Reply #11 on: July 05, 2013, 11:30:02 AM »
Mataora looking to make most of his chance

Raiders prop Sam Mataora said he’s keen to make an impact for the Raiders during a tough period for the club and said the Raiders forward pack faces a huge challenge this weekend when they take on the Australian front rowers in Matt Scott and James Tamou.

Mataora made his return to the NRL team last weekend against the Rabbitohs after playing for Mounties all season, with injuries to Brett White (Eye-Socket) and Tom Learoyd-Lahrs (foot) giving him a chance to come into the team.

Similar circumstances in 2012 gave Mataora a chance to come into the Raiders team and he grabbed the opportunity with both hands, before a finger injury ended his season two weeks out from the Raiders finals campaign.

Mataora said he is looking to make the most of his chance this time around and said if he can put a step forward on Sunday he can hopefully maintain his place in the team for the rest of the season.

Read more: http://www.raiders.com.au/news-display/raiders/78565

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« Reply #12 on: October 08, 2013, 04:19:38 PM »
2013 Player Review: Sam Mataora

After making the highest number of season appearances in his career in 2012, Sam Mataora would have been disappointed with the three games he featured in for 2013 however the talented utility forward still did enough to impress the selectors of the Cook Islands World Cup squad.

Mataora made 16 appearances in the top grade last year after debuting back in 2010, and there were plenty expecting the 23 year old to increase on that number and further his development in 2013, including the man himself.

Alas, with the likes of Tom Learoyd-Lahrs and Brett White returning from injury coupled with the addition of Joel Edwards and Jake Foster, Mataora started the year off with Mounties in the NSW Cup.

Mataora is one of the youngest forwards at the club with an ability to play at either front row or second row. He has proved his worth at an NRL level however the best is definitely yet to come from Mataora.

Read more: http://www.raiders.com.au/news-display/raiders/85659

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« Reply #13 on: October 22, 2013, 02:00:03 PM »
Mounties VB NSW Cup Players Player for 2013 is Sam Mataora who is away with the Cook Islands for the Rugby League World Cup.

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