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Re: Williams signs with Raiders till end 2013
« Reply #15 on: April 13, 2011, 10:17:33 PM »
They would have been lucky to sign him up before anyone else did, well done to all involved I say.

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Williams promises to deliver in defence after re-signing with Raiders
« Reply #16 on: April 14, 2011, 08:56:00 AM »
Williams promises to deliver in defence after re-signing with Raiders

CANBERRA halfback Sam Williams has rejected claims he's a defensive liability, promising to put his 82-kilogram frame on the line in Saturday night's clash with North Queensland.



Williams, who yesterday signed a new two-year deal with the Raiders, expects to be targeted heavily in defence by a rampant Cowboys forward pack. While the 20-year-old hopes to get assistance from left-edge defenders Trevor Thurling and Jarrod Croker, he won't shirk the responsibility when it comes his way.

''They probably try and protect you a little bit, but when it comes down to it, if you've got to make the tackle, you've got to put your body on the line,'' Williams said.

''That's probably the main thing this weekend, that if I've got to make a tackle, I've got to do it.

''I'm sure Trev and that will try and help out but when it comes to the crunch, it's up to me.''

Williams came to prominence after a brilliant debut in the round-one win over Cronulla.

A back injury to under-siege playmaker Matt Orford has given the Raiders' under-20s captain another chance in the top grade.

The man who signed Williams for Canberra as a 15-year-old says he can be as good as Todd Carney.

Raiders' Toyota Cup coach David Hamilton, in charge of the club's junior recruitment for 12 years, said: ''It was in a local competition and we were looking to identify local kids for our Harold Matthews Cup team and Sam was playing for a division-two team from Cooma in the Canberra district rugby league comp.

''He was a 15-year-old and we couldn't believe what we were seeing. The way he took the line on was incredible for a kid that age, he saw space and play so early and that is something you learn with experience, and to have it so young is unbelievable.''

For all Williams's composure in attack, the Raiders privately feared his still-developing body wouldn't be up to the heavy defensive workload required in the NRL.

Williams missed four tackles against the Sharks, while making 11.

''[The NRL] is a lot more physical than the Toyota Cup,'' Williams said. ''But if you get the opportunity you're going to try and put your hand up week in, week out, and nothing's going to hold you back. I think the body will be all right, and hopefully I can do a good job this weekend.''

Another standout performance from Williams would heap more pressure on Orford.

The 32-year-old former Dally M Medal winner has borne the brunt of criticism for Canberra's four successive defeats.

Williams said it was unfair to place all the blame for the Raiders' poor run solely on one player.

''I think he's been all right,'' Williams said of Orford. ''There's been a lot of scrutiny on him. There's other players on the footy field and they probably haven't been aiming up as well.

''He's taking a lot of the flak after that first game. He's coming back from a bit of a break and he's going to be right in the long run.''

As far as yardsticks go, there's none more reliable than Cowboys champion Johnathan Thurston.

''It'll be a good experience, I'm really looking forward to it,'' Williams said. ''I've been watching him for the last few years and he's played Origin and for Australia and he's been the pinnacle of the game.

''If I can take a couple things out of the game and a win this weekend that'd be perfect.''

Representative prop David Shillington sat out yesterday's training session with a knee complaint but is expected to take his place in the Raiders side to face the Cowboys.

Fellow forwards Dane Tilse (hamstring) and Joe Picker (ankle) both trained and may be late inclusions in the 18-man squad.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

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Re: Williams promises to deliver in defence after re-signing with Raiders
« Reply #17 on: April 14, 2011, 09:04:16 AM »
He will be right. No doubt about it he will be a target but I have confidence that the kid can handle it.

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Re: Williams promises to deliver in defence after re-signing with Raiders
« Reply #18 on: April 14, 2011, 06:42:26 PM »
cant wait to see him show orful how to play lol
even if we dont win he cant be as bad

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Re: Williams can be as good as Carney: Raiders
« Reply #19 on: April 15, 2011, 10:20:40 AM »
I have only seen him in 1 NRL game against another inexperienced HB , Hope so, time will tell, we will be in good shape if he is.

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Re: Williams can be as good as Carney: Raiders
« Reply #20 on: April 15, 2011, 03:45:38 PM »
I have only seen him in 1 NRL game against another inexperienced HB , Hope so, time will tell, we will be in good shape if he is.

Yer it's way too early to be making such calls based on what he has done in the NRL but watching him for a long time in  the Toyota cup tells us that his NRL game was no fluke. You are right time will tell but he is on track to be much a much better 7 than Carney. Carney is a five eight anyway so comparing the two is hard since it has been so long since he played here.

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Re: Williams can be as good as Carney: Raiders
« Reply #21 on: April 16, 2011, 02:23:49 PM »
Yeah true mate, apples and oranges huh.

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Re: Williams signs with Raiders till end 2013
« Reply #22 on: April 26, 2011, 05:11:17 PM »
Never mind Carney, Williams is already miles ahead of Orford. You can compare those two and you can clearly see who is better. Even thinking back to when Orford played for Manly he was never as good as Williams has been in only a couple of games. Orford is a choker who only plays well when he doesn't need to. He can't handle the pressure and never could. The only big game he has ever survived unscathed was the 07 final where they flogged the storm by 40 or something where it was so one sided that Orford and half the Eagles could of gone for a sleep on the bench for the match and they still would have won.

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Re: Williams signs with Raiders till end 2013
« Reply #23 on: May 19, 2011, 10:29:10 AM »
Sam Williams has chance to nail down halfback spot at Canberra Raiders

SAM Williams has not been around the NRL long, but he knows enough that another starring performance for Canberra tomorrow night will help him retain the No. 7 jumper - and all but consign Matt Orford to the humble Queensland Cup.



Williams has a golden opportunity to shine at halfback against the Bulldogs while big off-season recruit Orford overcomes injury.

The 20-year-old Williams yesterday made no secret of the fact he wants to be a permanent fixture in the club's NRL outfit.

His admission came on the same day forward Tom Learoyd-Lahrs revealed he had a quad tear, which was only picked up by medicos while he awaited scans to his cheekbone and eye socket.

Learoyd-Lahrs thought he had suffered a cork in the City-Country clash, but could not run on Tuesday, before he was told he had a slight tear.

The international prop remains hopeful to return for the round 13 clash against the Cowboys.

As for the battle with Orford and the No. 7 jumper, Williams said: "I think 'Ox' still has a lot to offer the team and it's unfortunate that he's had a few injuries because he was starting to find form.

"But if I'm playing well and we're winning, that will at least put me in good stead for when [future] teams are named. If you're winning it's hard to change a team. So the ball is in my court more.

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"I'd be silly not to try to make the No. 7 my own. Every game you go into you're given an opportunity, and if you play well enough it puts forward a case for you to stay."

Williams, who was a late call-up for the shock win over Melbourne on the weekend - a victory on the road that ended an eight-match losing streak for Canberra - said he felt more comfortable playing with five-eighth Josh McCrone.

He said he continued to work hard with McCrone and knew there were plenty of dangers in the Bulldogs line-up, including Jamal Idris and Ben Barba.

Source: The Herald Sun

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Re: Sam Williams
« Reply #24 on: June 26, 2011, 03:35:47 PM »
Young guns taking on key role for Raiders

The emergence of Josh McCrone and rookie Sam Williams as an NRL-quality halves pairing couldn't have come quickly enough for Canberra.

With star signing Matt Orford and regular No.6 Terry Campese both missing, the duo stepped up to guide the Raiders to a 25-12 win over Parramatta on Saturday at Canberra Stadium.

Williams scored a double for the Raiders while McCrone added a late field goal to his own four-pointer in the much-needed win.

"I think we're starting to find that form and that rhythm with each other," Williams said of his partnership with McCrone.

"It was always going to take a bit of time to gel and we probably hadn't been performing to the best of our abilities."

Despite their key role, McCrone refused to give all the credit for the victory to the two young halves.

"Tonight it really worked well but that was on the back of a massive performance by our forwards," McCrone said.

"It was only a matter of time before we started clicking."

Most impressively, the Raiders appeared to have learnt the lesson after poor ball control in the first half of their 25-24 golden point loss to Brisbane proved costly.

On Saturday night, the Raiders left the Eels scoreless in the first half with a 90 per cent completion rate.

"You've only got to look at last week in that first half we were 50 per cent," McCrone said of the poor handling against the Broncos.

"We were never in the game.

"Second half we came out and we were 90 per cent or something and we put 24 points on them. We knew if we complete and defend well we'd go close to coming away with a win."

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

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Re: Sam Williams
« Reply #25 on: July 17, 2011, 10:51:09 AM »
Williams will run Storm ragged
16 July 2011, 12:00 am

Blast the afterburners more often, and pass the ball less.  That's the edict Sam Williams plans to adopt when he goes head-to-head with Storm superstar Cooper Cronk at Canberra Stadium

Source: The Canberra Times - Sport - Rugby League


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Re: Sam Williams
« Reply #26 on: September 30, 2011, 07:37:39 PM »
Raiders Year in Review – Sam Williams

With the long off-season now upon us we’re going to take time to look at the Raiders players and see what sort of season you think they’ve had.

At the bottom of each section we’re encouraging fans to put down what they think the best moment was for each player and wish them good luck for the off-season.

Williams took his opportunity in the pre-season trials with both hands and with injury plaguing the Raiders early season, he had his first chance to play at NRL level in round one against the Cronulla Sharks at Canberra Stadium.

Showing maturity beyond his years Williams was a standout performer on that day, but had to bide his time for his second appearance of the season, in the round six loss to the Cowboys in North Queensland.

Hardly anyone expected the young halfback to play many matches at NRL level in 2011, however Williams continued to put his hand up and lead the team around the park alongside Josh McCrone going on to play 18 matches for the season.

A genuine halfback Williams will only improve with another full pre-season, as he looks to put some bulk on his slight frame. One thing is for certain this kid can play footy and he’ll be one to keep an eye out for in 2012.

To view Sam’s Stats for the season Click Here

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Re: Sam Williams
« Reply #27 on: October 05, 2011, 08:55:27 PM »
Raiders Year in Review – Sam Williams

With the long off-season now upon us we’re going to take time to look at the Raiders players and see what sort of season you think they’ve had.

At the bottom of each section we’re encouraging fans to put down what they think the best moment was for each player and wish them good luck for the off-season.

Williams took his opportunity in the pre-season trials with both hands and with injury plaguing the Raiders early season, he had his first chance to play at NRL level in round one against the Cronulla Sharks at Canberra Stadium.

Showing maturity beyond his years Williams was a standout performer on that day, but had to bide his time for his second appearance of the season, in the round six loss to the Cowboys in North Queensland.

Hardly anyone expected the young halfback to play many matches at NRL level in 2011, however Williams continued to put his hand up and lead the team around the park alongside Josh McCrone going on to play 18 matches for the season.

A genuine halfback Williams will only improve with another full pre-season, as he looks to put some bulk on his slight frame. One thing is for certain this kid can play footy and he’ll be one to keep an eye out for in 2012.

To view Sam’s Stats for the season Click Here

Source: Raiders.com.au

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Re: Sam Williams
« Reply #28 on: November 18, 2011, 01:15:24 PM »
Raider Williams set to be squeezed out

Raiders rookie of the year Sam Williams knows his NRL contribution may be limited in 2012.

After bursting on to the scene as cover in the halves for influential playmaker Terry Campese and failed recruit Matt Orford, the Cooma junior will likely spend most of the next phase of his apprenticeship wearing a Mounties jumper in the NSW Cup.

Source: The Canberra Times

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Re: Sam Williams
« Reply #29 on: November 18, 2011, 01:18:03 PM »
2011 will do Sammy the world of good. It's going to be nice to have him there to call on if we need him again because he will be far better prepared this time. Williams is an NRL star in waiting if you ask me, it's only a matter of time and development.