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by Ruben Daley
January 14, 2018, 9:29 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: A theoretical question
Replies: 20
Views: 1301

Re: A theoretical question

I would stop following rubgy league altogether. I used to be a league fan in general as well as the Raiders, however how the game is run these days with the refereeing, TPA, NRL favourtism of certain teams etc, I'm now just purely a Raiders fan. The Raiders are the only reason I still follow the ga...
by Ruben Daley
January 14, 2018, 3:05 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: The 2018 Greenhouse Team - Hooker
Replies: 10
Views: 940

Re: The 2018 Greenhouse Team - Hooker

Garvey. Did okay in limited stints at the Dogs. Might have been mentioned elsewhere previously but I heard Ricky was not impressed with the condition Havili turned up to training in.

The success of this position will make or break our season.
by Ruben Daley
January 13, 2018, 6:10 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: The 2018 Greenhouse Team- Five eighth
Replies: 35
Views: 2424

Re: The 2018 Greenhouse Team- Five eighth

The Nickman wrote:Based on Ruben's point I actually switched my vote to Austin, which actually flipped the ledger. One vote does matter!!
Not sure I'm going to be able to top this achievement in 2018.
by Ruben Daley
January 11, 2018, 9:43 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: The 2018 Greenhouse Team- Five eighth
Replies: 35
Views: 2424

Re: The 2018 Greenhouse Team- Five eighth

I love Sammy but I feel like he's getting votes based on the hope he'll have a season playing at the level of his best handful of games and Blake isn't getting votes based on his last season. Sammy's best was great but so was Austin's - and it lasted a whole season. Sammy's never produced that type ...
by Ruben Daley
December 10, 2017, 12:28 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Bill Cullen eyes off full-time contract at Canberra Raiders
Replies: 6
Views: 1551

Re: Bill Cullen eyes off full-time contract at Canberra Raid

bonehead wrote:
Matt wrote:He is Priest 2.0.
so long as we don't pay him what priest was on
and doesn't make game changing errors
Minimum wage?
by Ruben Daley
October 22, 2017, 8:26 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Who would you...
Replies: 43
Views: 2834

Re: Who would you...

Right now, with our current squad, guys like Vaughan and best form Shillo look really desirable. I’d love Scott Logan. Also, I feel like Alan Tongue circa 2008 would fill a bit of a hole at lock. Would strengthen our middle defence while also adding a bit of spark in the back row attack. But I recko...
by Ruben Daley
October 17, 2017, 8:28 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Canberra Raiders Fiji Development Academy established
Replies: 32
Views: 3348

Re: Canberra Raiders Fiji Development Academy established

Origin has to go 40/40. It's the future.

NSW plays QLD for a half then QLD plays the Pacific All-Stars for a half then the Pacific All-Stars play the Yass Magpies for the third half. Simples.
by Ruben Daley
August 23, 2017, 10:23 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: NRL360 - Then versus now - Nagas versus Rapana
Replies: 85
Views: 5279

Re: NRL360 - Then versus now - Nagas versus Rapana

I have, and always will, love Kenny Nagas. But Rapana is better. Way more influence on the game and scores more tries (Nagas: 142 games for 59 tries versus Rapana: 74 games for 53 tries). What else is there? Nickman, I get your point but Rapa's best two seasons are a lot better than Nagas' best two ...
by Ruben Daley
August 17, 2017, 8:56 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Raiders player signing speculation 2017
Replies: 2511
Views: 198824

Re: Raiders player signing speculation 2017

Carney is old, busted and has a horrendous off-field history that has lasted his entire career. Would we really risk the endless headlines and criticism and negative influence on the team for the not very likely chance that he can still play at a high level? As tempting as the thought of 2010 standa...
by Ruben Daley
August 13, 2017, 10:12 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2017 Rd 24 V Panthers: Teams and Previews *Teams p1*
Replies: 145
Views: 16348

Re: 2017 Rd 24 V Panthers: Teams and Previews

Ricky won't move Cotric and I think I agree with it in principle because of the disruption it would cause. I'd be happy to see Rapa and Oldfield. Rapa hasn't played centre before but I don't see what difference it would make to his game. He regularly defends there so it'd just be passing to Oldfield...
by Ruben Daley
August 13, 2017, 6:28 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2017 Rd 23 V Warriors: Fans' Choice Player of the Year
Replies: 43
Views: 2512

Re: 2017 Rd 23 V Warriors: Fans' Choice Player of the Year

Austin - 3
Cotric - 2
Croker - 1
by Ruben Daley
August 11, 2017, 11:19 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Raiders player signing speculation 2017
Replies: 2511
Views: 198824

Re: Raiders player signing speculation 2017

Word on the street is that Ipswich Jets prop Dan Vidot is being shopped around yet again.... Sent from my SM-G955F using The Greenhouse mobile app powered by Tapatalk He really could have been something if he just had half a brain Yeah, I thought he was amazing as a rookie. But his head isn't right...
by Ruben Daley
August 10, 2017, 10:30 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Raiders player signing speculation 2017
Replies: 2511
Views: 198824

Re: Raiders player signing speculation 2017

Haha Jules with his Hopoate hate is getting to levels of Rodman and McCrone. Haha. Don't hate the bloke at all just think he is by far the most inept player in pro rugby league (per dollar they are paid). Seriously since his return to league 3/4 years ago he's been fringe first grade standard at be...
by Ruben Daley
August 7, 2017, 9:53 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Belcher says 1989 Canberra Raiders would be successful today
Replies: 147
Views: 6750

Re: Belcher says 1989 Canberra Raiders would be successful t

Ha ha. Maybe. But he would have had to fight for it.
by Ruben Daley
August 7, 2017, 9:18 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Belcher says 1989 Canberra Raiders would be successful today
Replies: 147
Views: 6750

Re: Belcher says 1989 Canberra Raiders would be successful t

Love your Kerr quote, Pigman. No doubt the size of the players has increased. Not just at the big end; Jarrod is 93kg today but would have been 83kg in 1989. But skill is a product of training and the times too. I remember Ricky as the first guy to effectively kick the ball off the outside of his bo...
by Ruben Daley
August 7, 2017, 8:28 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Aidan Sezer
Replies: 565
Views: 29425

Re: Aidan Sezer

Sezer did his job. He didn't stand out because Hodgo dominated on the back of the forwards and Austin was strong. I like this. I like the idea that our next opponent doesn't know which guy they need to focus on. That was one of the things about last year, a team would condense to stop our big units ...
by Ruben Daley
August 4, 2017, 9:44 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2017 Rd 22 V Sharks: Teams and Previews *Teams p1*
Replies: 214
Views: 14016

Re: 2017 Rd 22 V Sharks: Teams and Previews *Teams p1*

Makes absolutely zero sense to suggest part of Tapine's learning curve as an edge player was to play in the middle./ Agreed I'd say it's coverage for what they now view as a poor decision? Makes absolutely zero sense to suggest part of Tapine's learning curve as an edge player was to play in the mi...
by Ruben Daley
July 25, 2017, 1:20 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Soliola suspended five weeks, Rapana out for one week
Replies: 613
Views: 26555

Re: Soliola sent straight to judiciary, Rapana out for one w

I do get Woodgers point about Soliola. The bloke that's kept 1 eye on the footy in the pub over the years probably isn't aware of Sia's standing in the game. That he played for his country, won a comp, is a champion bloke etc. But that same bloke would've forgotten about this incident in a month an...
by Ruben Daley
July 25, 2017, 12:56 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Soliola suspended five weeks, Rapana out for one week
Replies: 613
Views: 26555

Re: Soliola sent straight to judiciary, Rapana out for one w

Soliola's hit was bad but the level of condemnation it's received is baffling. Compare Sia's hit with Taupau's below. I will entertain arguments that Sia's is worse (but I don't reckon it's conclusive) but it is definitely within the same category. The difference is the world did not blow up over T...
by Ruben Daley
July 25, 2017, 12:18 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Soliola suspended five weeks, Rapana out for one week
Replies: 613
Views: 26555

Re: Soliola sent straight to judiciary, Rapana out for one w

Soliola's hit was bad but the level of condemnation it's received is baffling. Compare Sia's hit with Taupau's below. I will entertain arguments that Sia's is worse (but I don't reckon it's conclusive) but it is definitely within the same category. The difference is the world did not blow up over Ta...
by Ruben Daley
July 16, 2017, 3:03 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Josh Papalii takes early plea, to miss two matches
Replies: 60
Views: 5340

Re: Josh Papalii cited for shoulder charge

There really wasn't much in it to be honest. Should fight the grading. Possible three weeks for that is a bit of joke. I haven't seen a replay from another angle since the game but the one I saw Friday night I thought showed separation and no head contact from Papa. Nah, I reckon it was pretty clea...
by Ruben Daley
July 16, 2017, 10:04 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Josh Papalii takes early plea, to miss two matches
Replies: 60
Views: 5340

Re: Josh Papalii cited for shoulder charge

There really wasn't much in it to be honest. Should fight the grading. Possible three weeks for that is a bit of joke. I haven't seen a replay from another angle since the game but the one I saw Friday night I thought showed separation and no head contact from Papa. Nah, I reckon it was pretty clea...
by Ruben Daley
July 16, 2017, 10:02 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Ricky Stuart on ABC Canberra Grandstand after 11am
Replies: 7
Views: 1459

Re: Ricky Stuart on ABC Canberra Grandstand after 11am

Absolutely you need some luck. But let's not pretend the close games were all lost on the back of luck Ricky. The team have been consistently making low percentage choices that decrease the odds of winning. It's like complaining about your number not coming up on a dice roll when you you gave your ...
by Ruben Daley
July 16, 2017, 9:53 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Junior Paulo says he wants to extend deal in Canberra
Replies: 180
Views: 10539

Re: Junior Paulo says he wants to extend deal in Canberra

Wow. Did not see that coming.

Polky, care to talk more about the "odd" response?

(Not sure if I should be talking to enemies.)
by Ruben Daley
July 14, 2017, 6:07 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2017 Rd 19 V Dragons: Game Day
Replies: 920
Views: 18154

Re: 2017 Rd 19 V Dragons: Game Day

I've been hurting this season worse than any other. It's been a real disappointment.

But it's game day now and I'm pumped. Going to be freezing out there but I'll still yell my lungs out.

Up the Raiders!
by Ruben Daley
July 13, 2017, 7:08 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Canberra Raiders sign Aidan Sezer on three year deal
Replies: 2163
Views: 112801

Re: Canberra Raiders sign Aidan Sezer on three year deal

Surely you have to ask questions of the coaching as well for a player to have regressed so heavily in this area? Is it a game plan thing? Is Sezer being stifled? It's completion rates, how many times do I have to say it? We're only getting to the ends of our sets only slightly over half the time, w...
by Ruben Daley
July 12, 2017, 5:51 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Canberra Raiders sign Aidan Sezer on three year deal
Replies: 2163
Views: 112801

Re: Canberra Raiders sign Aidan Sezer on three year deal

Surely you have to ask questions of the coaching as well for a player to have regressed so heavily in this area? Is it a game plan thing? Is Sezer being stifled? It's completion rates, how many times do I have to say it? We're only getting to the ends of our sets only slightly over half the time, w...
by Ruben Daley
June 30, 2017, 8:31 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Canberra Raiders sign Michael Oldfield and Liam Knight
Replies: 74
Views: 6678

Re: Canberra Raiders sign Michael Oldfield and Liam Knight

LP Raider wrote:This should free up enough cap space for Cronk.


Why would we pay for Cronk when Williams and Erin are ahead of him?
by Ruben Daley
June 30, 2017, 4:07 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Adam Clydsdale signs with Sharks
Replies: 71
Views: 6453

Re: Adam Clydsdale signs with Sharks

Disappointing? Should have kept him? The guy will not get another game unless an outbreak of bird flu ravages the club.

Got to let him go if he will get game time at the Sharks. No brainer. Good for him, zero impact for us.

Good lucky, Adam!
by Ruben Daley
June 29, 2017, 12:58 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Canberra Raiders sign Michael Oldfield and Liam Knight
Replies: 74
Views: 6678

Re: Canberra Raiders sign Michael Oldfield and Liam Knight

Oldfield scored a lot of tries at Catalans from cross-field kicks so he's going to have to work out another way to score in this team. We don't do that here.
by Ruben Daley
June 28, 2017, 6:11 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Raiders player signing speculation 2017
Replies: 2511
Views: 198824

Re: Raiders player signing speculation 2017

Hodkinson? I'd rather Marc Herbert. In current form.
by Ruben Daley
June 27, 2017, 8:48 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Blake Austin and Joey Leilua
Replies: 145
Views: 14409

Re: Blake Austin and Joey Leilua

Austin is not the problem. SEZER MUST GO. How anyone thinks anything but that is beyond me! Unfortunately it is indeed of the the mysteries of this universe. I realise this is a 'thing' but cmon. Hinting that Austin is way ahead just isn't right IMO. His defence is actually the biggest problem for ...
by Ruben Daley
June 27, 2017, 8:41 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Raiders contact Sam Williams about return to Green Machine
Replies: 106
Views: 8110

Re: Raiders contact Sam Williams about return to Green Machi

This is an excellent signing for depth and pressure for spots but there is no way we improve if he replaces one of our halves. He is the best reserve half in the comp but Sezer and Austin would be better reserve halves. I get it: someone needs to come in if the rumours about Austin leaving are true ...
by Ruben Daley
June 13, 2017, 7:37 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Raiders player signing speculation 2017
Replies: 2511
Views: 198824

Re: Raiders player signing speculation 2017

This is half-arshed even for the Lurker. But I'm a bit surprised by those championing, or even theorising about, Wighton to five-eighth. I am a big fan but Jack's weakest areas are organisation and decision-making. He is also not a reliable kicker. All this was on show last time he was thrown into ...