ANALYSIS: Raiders win ugly once more to remain in prime eight hunt

It so almost occurred: Canberra almost bought themselves a 13+. 

The Raiders had gained every of their earlier 12 by ten or fewer factors, till they met a Bulldogs facet who’re averaging north of 30 factors conceded this season. For a quick second, the large win was on, however a late Liam Knight comfort pulled the rating again to 36-24 on the finish.

All Ricky Stuart cares about is the win, in fact, and can take them nevertheless they arrive. Having misplaced Jack Wighton to a hamstring pressure yesterday, the Raiders wanted to win powerful and, as is their wont, did so.

Jordan Rapana, who turned 34 this week, was their greatest from fullback, however it will be arduous to say that this was glowing stuff from a facet that will get it performed and little extra.

The Raiders are actually on 13 wins, which must be the minimize off to make the eight this 12 months, however have by far the worst differential and thus will want one thing from certainly one of their remaining two video games, Brisbane at house and Cronulla away. 

If they’re to do it, Canberra should play higher than this. They went blow for blow with the Bulldogs, who’re languishing proper on the backside and don’t have anything to play for.

Cameron Ciraldo’s males have proved no competitors in any respect in current weeks, copping thrashings off Newcastle, Penrith and the Broncos within the final month, however simply as they did with the Wests Tigers two weeks in the past, the Raiders made them look lots higher than they’re.

It’s a operate of their model that each recreation turns into a dogfight, and there’s no arguing with a facet that wins each shut recreation that it’s in. However, with larger assessments to come back, it’s arduous to shake the sensation that it gained’t be sufficient.

Canterbury, for his or her half, confirmed extra coronary heart than they’ve in current weeks and had been proper within the context till the hour mark. Their defence stays extremely suspect, nevertheless, and can cease them successful something in any respect.

Canberra could be the worst group ever to play Finals

There’s a cause that the Raiders have such a horrible differential – they’re not superb. Canberra have made an artwork type of being 1% higher than their opponents, and on days like this, meaning being barely forward of a dreadful Canine group that, realistically, everybody else has been battering.

The Bulldogs common over 30 factors conceded per recreation and this may need been the time for the Raiders to enhance that differential and make their life somewhat simpler, however as a substitute, th

With 15 to play, that they had a full set on the Canine’ line following an error and on 4 consecutive tackles, handed two broad of the ruck, hit a lead runner and provided completely no risk. On the fifth, Fogarty kicked and Canterbury claimed beneath no stress. 

Regardless of Fogarty grabbing one other kick strive help, securing his place on the prime of that checklist within the NRL, he shouldn’t must do all of it on his personal. 

Although Jack Wighton was lacking right this moment, that isn’t an excuse for such clueless attacking – they’ve been like this all 12 months.

Fortunately for the Raiders, the Canine gives you limitless probabilities to beat them. On the following set, they did not kick the ball in their very own half and invited Canberra proper again in. They’ll do stuff like that.

Finally, the defence determined to take a while off and allowed Jordan Rapana to attain on one of many easy crash traces. Late within the recreation, they blew it out because of horrendous particular person tackling on Canterrbury’s goalline.

Suffice to say, anybody good – which can be everybody within the Finals – is not going to permit this to occur. They gained’t give Canberra a number of photographs and so they gained’t be so charitable in permitting easy tries to be scored.

The Raiders could nicely make the highest eight now, however don’t maintain out any hope for for much longer than every week. 

Matt Burton’s tackling wants plenty of work

Canterbury have suffered with their roster all 12 months, consistently chopping and altering to take care of accidents and poor type. They’ve wanted their leaders to indicate up with a really younger group, however of that, that basically hasn’t been occurring.

Matt Burton was the main offender right this moment, with a raft of poor makes an attempt in defence that left his group uncovered.

He knew it himself, too: when Matt Timoko cruised previous him to attain for the Raiders, the 5 eighth might be seen beating the bottom in frustration at his miss, realizing that it was one which he actually, actually must be making. 

Missed tackles are a reasonably noisy begin and aren’t actually price a lot within the wider scheme of issues, as they arrive with out context and infrequently don’t replicate the intentions of the defender, which could simply be to be a velocity bump or blocker slightly than tackler.

However in Burton’s case, there’s an fascinating apples-to-apples comparability to be made. Between Rounds 5 and 14, he by no means missed greater than three in a recreation, however in each recreation since, he has been at 4 or extra.

Nevertheless you fee missed tackles as a metric, Burton’s defence has fallen off a cliff within the final two months. Attempt causes are additionally somewhat unreliable, however the half has been price two per recreation all however certainly one of his final seven appearances.

It’s one thing that requires severe work from Burton, who has it in him to be defender given his dimension and former file.

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