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Mid Season Report: Canberra Raiders

The Stats

Ladder Position: 9th

Played: 13
Wins: 6
Losses: 7

Points Scored: 319
Ranking: 1st

Points Conceded: 303
Ranking: 2nd

State of Play

Injuries

Hayden Hodge (knee, retired)
Joel Edwards (foot, indefinite)
Mark Nicholls (cheekbone, due back round 15)
Glen Buttriss (knee, due back round 15)
Jack Ahearn (quad, due back round 15)
Jeff Lynch (ankle, due back round 15)

Suspensions

Nil

Season to Date

In a season where they were expected to hover around the bottom of the ladder, the Canberra Raiders have exceeded expectations finding themselves two points outside the top eight. With livewire five-eighth Blake Austin having scored nine tries so far and amassing a competition second best 12 line breaks, the Raiders have amassed the most points scored in the NRL.

After a lot of criticism, last season Ricky Stuart has started to transform his team. After only 13 games, they are only two wins away from last year’s total. The way the Raider’s have been competitive in most games has brought some optimism back to Canberra.

Finals Bound?

If the Raiders want to play finals football for the first time since the 2012 season they need to tighten up in defence. While they do rely on outscoring the opposition, it hasn’t always been enough. It’s commonly stated that teams don’t enjoy playing at Canberra, but it appears the Raiders don’t enjoy it either with only one win in six home games. The Raiders need to start picking up some easy wins home to help propel them into the top eight.

 

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