‘Pathetic’ Raiders continue to play just half the football

The Canberra Raiders suffered their third loss in four games on Thursday night, falling four points to the North Queensland Cowboys.

Due to poor performances of late, coach Ricky Stuart and 2021 Dally M winner Jack Wighton haven’t given us good words about their struggles. Stuart described his side’s performance as “pathetic” and quoted
“I’m tired of defending (and) playing forty or fifty minutes of football”.

The coach also added to his brush by having a few searches on individuals without saying names. He described their work on the pitch as not the NRL norm nor do they contribute in the way they need to. During his post-match interview, Jack Wighton was asked why they walked away in the second half and he replied with ‘players taking naps’.

Raiders executives certainly seem to be targeting individuals on the team. The weather they watch on some players is an unanswered question.

During Ricky’s press conference, he was asked about the piece when Xavier Savage was put in touch at the end of the proceedings. He hit back at the media by explaining that the young gun is still learning the game and explained that was the reason he didn’t play much in first year.

“All of you (the media) want the x factor”. Ricky Stuart is as always, not hiding his frustration and in my opinion his response at the press conference was about the money.

Ricky Stuart (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Canberra were once again only able to play forty minutes of football, continuing their popular trend.

The green machine wasn’t spectacular in the first half, but they weren’t bad either, controlling the Cowboys quite well, although I don’t think they put in enough attacks to try and have a bigger lead at half-time.

At the break, I was thinking about what was going to happen in the second half. I thought if the Cowboys went first on the draw then Canberra would be in trouble, and I was right.

A deadly change of momentum took place early in the second period that left the Raiders on the pump for what felt like the rest of the game.

That loss took the Raiders to a 2-4 record to start the season and incredibly, it was their two-point comeback against the Titans that saved them from having a single win to their name.

While I agree with Ricky’s verdict that some people don’t play as well as they should, breaking up the locker room is the last thing you want to do.

They must stick together and not be separated. The second verse on Thursday night was the perfect example of how they throw down leads and plays.

Canberra have dropped the ball too much in a good position on the pitch, which shows why they are ranked second of all teams in total errors this year.

Moreover, the team are first in missed tackles this campaign. Their next event is against Penrith, which could be a killer, but more importantly, green machine fans will want to see a full eighty minutes of improved footy that could give them momentum for the future.

At the end of the day, the Raiders mostly competed for only half of the games, and the other halves were atrocious and need to be fixed soon. After hearing the words of the coach, expect massive changes in their next game against the reigning premiers.

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