Friday, 14 July 2017 00:00

What We Learnt - Raiders vs Dragons

The injuries continued on a night that saw the Raiders and Dragons fighting out the result in extra time.

An Elliott Whitehead try in the 84th minute sealed the win for the Raiders who at times didn't seem to be in the match. Thanks to a 90m intercept try to Aidan Sezer, the Raiders had the opportunity to gain the two points which they duly obliged thanks to a Sezer 40/20 followed by a Dave Taylor offload for Whitehead to dive over.

Cameron McInnes led the fantasy scoring after a whopping 72 tackles and, well, not a lot of anything else, to finish on 72* points. Obviously not worth turning your nose up and anyone that had earmarked him as an upgrade option with Cameron Smith back to full duty next week may be holding off, especially with serious injuries to Shaun Johnson and Trent Merrin a higher priority.

Despite being pushed back onto the bench before the match, Jack de Belin had a strong game after coming on when Russell Packer departed in the 6th minute with a hip injury. JdB played out the remainder of the game and finished on 63* points. I know a few people were saying there were a number of missed tackles not added so don't be surprised if his score drops a little overnight.

Leeson Ah Mau continued his strong run of form with 62*. Another to benefit from the Packer injury, Ah Mau is unlikely to keep it up and probably not worth keeping an eye on but he does have a history of decent scores when given the opportunity. If Packer is out for an extended period, his minutes and scores will rise.

Elliott Whitehead nabbed the match winner that thankfully bumped his score up to 52*. I think it is definitely time to upgrade him if you can, his scoring is definitely down on last year.

Paul Vaughan returned from injury to start the game in place of Jack de Belin. He maintained his gun status with 51* in 57 minutes. Nothing exciting, just a standard game from one of the leading props of the year.

Josh Dugan left the field after a Josh Papali'i shoulder charge led to a failed HIA. He finished on 22* points which is rather disappointing for anyone that brought him in as a POD for the run home. The Dragons don't play until Sunday next week so all his owners will be hoping he recovers from the knock by then.

Papali'i himself was luck not to find himself on the sideline after the shot led to Dugan's departure but I also don't think he'll be receiving much scrutiny from the MRC or Judiciary. It was definitely a shoulder charge but from the footage I saw, his shoulder did not connect with Dugan's head (despite it being the largest in the NRL). Don't be surprised if he's suspended for less than 2 weeks.

*Scores do not include updates.

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Sunday, 28 May 2017 00:00

What We Learnt - Raiders vs Roosters

What a brilliant game to finish the weekend. The Raiders managed to hold on against a fast finishing Roosters and score a try after 80 minutes to seal it.

Jordan Rapana tried his darndest to become the first player to score 100 points in two seperate matches this year. He finished just short on 88* points with a whopping 14 tackle breaks and two tries. Rapana has been the best representation of a boom or bust winger this season with tonights score to go with his 117 from round 6, along with a 28 and 12 from rounds 8 and 9. There's no doubt he will continue to average around 50 for the remainder of the season and if you don't mind riding a rollercoaster and paying top dollar, Rapana is for you.

Jake Friend also showed his wares scoring a try and making 57 tackles in a fantastic 80 minute performance that led to 82* points. This also included 10 points from kick metres that he normally wouldn't get with Mitchell Pearce in the side. He was definitely an interesting cut-price option heading into the bye period and I commend all those that jumped on.

Elliot Whitehead had a strong showing, finishing on 47* points. Personally, his time is up for me. He's a perfect near straight swap for Trent Merrin who has returned to form and has one bye out of the way.

There were a number of disappointing fantasy scores headlined by none other than Joey Leilua who spudded his way to 20 points. That included a TA and LBA for one of Rapana's tries. It certainly looks like Leilua is no longer a premium centre option and is probably a trade now that he has played the magical bye round.

Nick Cotric's 25* points is somewhat disappointing also but if you consider the fact that his centre refused to pass him the ball on numerous occasions, you can accept it and move forward. If you're looking to upgrade Cotric, now would be a good time. I'm holding him for the rest of the year.

The Black Widow's (Aubusson) move to the centres wasn't as terrible as it has been in the past as he finished with 28* points. One would assume he'll be back in the forwards next week so don't stress too much. 

I'd also like to apologise on two fronts.

Firstly, to anyone that purchased Lindsay Collins on the back of my article earlier this week. His 21 minutes alone was a lot lower than I expected but when you add in 5 missed tackles and his score of 3*, that's really really sad.

Also, I would likely to sincerely apologise for that rubbish I wrote about trading Brailey to Pritchard. Since then, Brailey has scored more points and made more cash. All those that held him will be salivating at the thought of upgrading him to Cameron McInnes after round 15. Would I have written that had I had prior knowledge that Segeyaro would be out for 4 weeks longer than expected? No, I wouldn't have. But thems the breaks and I will accept responsibility for that terrible call.

* Scores do no include updates and my website has been messed up all weekend so if these are incorrect, please accept my third apology.

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Saturday, 29 April 2017 00:00

What We Learnt - Bulldogs vs Raiders

Finally in round nine we had a match that wasn't so one-sided as the others so far.

The Bulldogs fought out a tough 16-10 win over the hapless Raiders who couldn't seem to find anything on attack in the second half.

- Will Hopoate enjoyed a fantastic return to football running for over 300 metres, having 9 tackle breaks and 6 offloads leading to a season high of 75* points. Personally not a huge fan as far as fantasy goes but he could be a POD moving forward

- Adam Elliot showed the potential that we can expect to see in two of the major bye rounds when Josh Jackson and David Klemmer are both out on Oranges duty. He may have received extra minutes with the Bulldogs suffering a few injuries but he looked good and scored 2 important tries on his way to 62* points. He'll be a cheap option around the $230,000 mark.

- Josh Morris scored 68 points and is coming off a couple of other decent games but is as close to a lock as the NSW side has in the backs. He'll miss 4 games over Oranges. Avoid.

- The Josh Papalii train keeps trucking on. If his recent drink driving charge affects his QLD chances at all he might be worthwhile picking up a bit sooner as he could play in round 12.

- How on earth did Elliot Whitehead nab a 50*? He spent 2 minutes on the sideline at the end of the first half for an HIA which was actually just a bleeding nose. He seemed to struggle through the majority of the game but did enough in the back end to see his score where it should be.

- Speaking of HIA tests. James Graham lasted all of 15 minutes. I'm cursed this week.

- Nick Cotric is a keeper. At least until after round 12. 45* points tonight is awesome. Cotric provided the Raiders only real spark. The more he gets his hands on the ball the better he will be. If Croker wasn't such a hog he could have had another try. Of course, with my track record this week, I had left him as an NPR. Woops.

- Joseph Leilua. 4* points. He's back to his Knights form. It's sad to see.

- Josh Reynolds suffered a hamstring injury tonight and could spend some extended time on the sideline. If he does, hello Matt Frawley.

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Friday, 21 April 2017 00:00

Final Team Lists - Raiders vs Sea Eagles

The Raiders will run out 1-17 as named on Tuesday while a minor change for the Sea Eagles with Nate Myles coming onto the bench in place of Darcy Lussick who is out injured.

‌Canberra Raiders

1 Jack Wighton 
2 Nick Cotric 
3 Jarrod Croker (c) 
4 Joseph Leilua 
5 Jordan Rapana 
6 Blake Austin 
7 Aidan Sezer 
8 Junior Paulo 
9 Josh Hodgson 
10 Shannon Boyd 
11 Josh Papalii 
12 Elliott Whitehead 
13 Joe Tapine 
14 Adam Clydsdale 
15 Luke Bateman 
16 Dunamis Lui 
17 Iosia Soliola 

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 
1 Tom Trbojevic 
2 Jorge Taufua 
3 Dylan Walker 
4 Brian Kelly 
5 Akuila Uata 
6 Blake Green 
7 Daly Cherry-Evans (c) 
8 Brenton Lawrence 
9 Apisai Koroisau 
10 Martin Taupau 
11 Frank Winterstein 
12 Curtis Sironen 
13 Jake Trbojevic 
14 Lewis Brown 
15 Jackson Hastings 
18 Nate Myles 
17 Addin Fonua-Blake

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Saturday, 08 April 2017 00:00

Final Team Lists - Titans vs Raiders

Big changes for the Titans with Proctor, McQueen and Greenwood ruled out. Tyrone Roberts comes into the side at fullback pushing his cousin to the wing and Daniel Vidot to the bench. Karl Lawton starts at hooker with Simpkins moving back to the bench. A shuffle in the back row sees Chris Grevsmuhl and Max King come in for the aforementioned Proctor and Greenwood. Morgan Boyle will make his debut from the bench, being joined there by Paterika Vaivai.

For the Raiders, Joe Tapine comes into the starting side at lock pushing Sia Soliola back to the bench


19. Tyrone Roberts 
2. Anthony Don
3. Dale Copley
4. Konrad Hurrell
1. Tyronne Roberts-Davis
6. Kane Elgey
7. Ash Taylor
8. Jarrod Wallace
14. Karl Lawton
10. Ryan James (c)
13. Leivaha Pulu
15. Chris Grevsmuhl
16. Max King


5. Daniel Vidot
9. Ryan Simpkins
18. Morgan Boyle
20. Paterika Vaivai


1. Jack Wighton
2. Nick Cotric
3. Jarrod Croker (C)
4. Joey Leilua
5. Jordan Rapana
6. Blake Austin
7. Aidan Sezer
8. Junior Paulo
9. Josh Hodgson
10. Shannon Boyd
11. Josh Papalii
12. Elliott Whitehead
17. Joe Tapine


13. Sia Soliola
14. Adam Clydsdale
15. Luke Bateman
16. Clay Priest


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Sunday, 19 March 2017 00:00

Final Teams Lists - Raiders vs Tigers

Final teams lists are in for the clash between the Canberra Raiders and the Wests Tigers. This is how they line up.

Canberra RAIDERS

1. Jack Wighton
2. Nick Cotric
3. Jarrod Croker (C)
4. Joey Leilua
5. Jordan Rapana
6. Blake Austin
7. Aidan Sezer
8. Junior Paulo
9. Josh Hodgson
10. Shannon Boyd
11. Josh Papalii
12. Elliott Whitehead
13. Luke Bateman


14. Adam Clydsdale
15. Sia Soliola
16. Clay Priest
17. Dave Taylor



1. James Tedesco
2. David Nofoaluma
3. Kevin Naiqama
4. Michael Chee Kam
5. Moses Suli
6. Mitchell Moses
7. Luke Brooks
8. Aaron Woods (capt.)
9. Matt McIlwrick
10. Ava Seumanufagai
11. Sauaso Sue
12. Chris Lawrence
14. Tim Grant


15. Josh Aloiai
16. Joel Edwards
17. Jack Littlejohn
20. Kyle Lovett


Published in NRL News
Friday, 19 December 2014 11:00

Raiders name 2015 captain

The Canberra Raiders have named young-gun centre Jarrod Croker as their captain for the 2015 season.

The 24-year old will take the reins in just his 7th season in the NRL. He stated that his appointment was the highlight of his 140-game career so far.

“This tops the list for me in my career so far, I’m extremely proud and honoured to be named Captain of the club,” Croker said.

“I’ve been here for six years in first grade and I want to be here for six or more years. I believe the club is growing and heading in the right direction and I want to be a part of that.”

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Friday, 05 December 2014 11:00

Club Captain set to jet

Canberra Raiders Club Captain Terry Campese will leave the club during the offseason after signing a deal with English Super League club Hull Kingston Rovers.

Despite being signed to the Raiders for 2015, the former NSW rep wasn't in the clubs plans and has been looking for a way out. With the unexpected departure of ex-Queensland player Neville Costigan, Campese has found a gap to fill with the northern English outfit.

Campese played 139 games in 11 years for the Raiders with injuries hampering his career. He had been captain since 2012.

He will join up with former Raiders team-mate Michael Weyman, who joined Hull KR at the start of this year. 

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