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by BadnMean
May 17, 2021, 7:35 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2021 Rd 11 V Storm: Teams and Previews
Replies: 138
Views: 4672

Re: 2021 Rd 11 V Storm: Teams and Previews

Kris still compares pretty favourably with both Scott and Croker for try causes, lb causes and errors. Not doing too bad for a rookie centre forced to play 3 different positions. But everyone is getting a knock on them these days.
by BadnMean
May 17, 2021, 6:43 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2021 Rd 11 V Storm: Teams and Previews
Replies: 138
Views: 4672

Re: 2021 Rd 11 V Storm: Teams and Previews

Medical retirement edging closer?

On one hand it gives Kris a spot in the team. Tough break for Croker though.
by BadnMean
May 17, 2021, 1:38 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2022 New halfback?
Replies: 226
Views: 8281

Re: 2022 New halfback?

Now is probably a better time than ever to promote your young halves...given the level of protection afforded by the NRL...as long as they have some speed and ball playing ability, we should do it... We'll regret spending big dollars on any of the names being touted in the halfback merry go round.....
by BadnMean
May 16, 2021, 9:30 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Through green eyes 2021
Replies: 110
Views: 14629

Re: Through green eyes 2021

I think the 5 and 6 are fair enough. Simo made about a hundred errors and did his usual nuthin in attack. Kris was a constant handful with the ball, struggled a but in defence but with 1 and 2 man overlaps for most of the game I thought our edges held up pretty well.
by BadnMean
May 16, 2021, 9:24 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2021 Rd 10 V Bulldogs: Game Day
Replies: 722
Views: 16103

Re: 2021 Rd 10 V Bulldogs: Game Day

I really hope we use the upcoming bye to work on our attacking and defensive structures. Jack will be our only SOO rep with Papa suspended (likely we won't roll the dice and fight). Some like Horse, CHN, Guler, James need to do more cardio and run laps of Lake Burley Griffin. Ricky should also hire...
by BadnMean
May 16, 2021, 11:34 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2021 Rd 10 V Bulldogs: Game Day
Replies: 722
Views: 16103

Re: 2021 Rd 10 V Bulldogs: Game Day

Aekins isn’t even that good a ball player He’s a 2-3 out of 10 in that area, but you can see immediately how much even that can allow you open up so many more options in the red zone I’ve given up on CNK developing it. I really love and appreciate what CNK gives us a fullback. We’ve seen in this pe...
by BadnMean
May 16, 2021, 11:25 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2021 Rd 11 V Storm: Teams and Previews
Replies: 138
Views: 4672

Re: 2021 Rd 11 V Storm: Teams and Previews

1. Aekins. We're a more threatening team on the right with a ball playing FB. Not sold at all on his defence/physicality though. 2. Simonsson (Rapa if fit) 3. Kris is regularly one of our stronger players. Like to see him take a few more of the hit ups as he progresses- he's the best physically equ...
by BadnMean
May 16, 2021, 11:02 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2021 Rd 10 V Bulldogs: Game Day
Replies: 722
Views: 16103

Re: 2021 Rd 10 V Bulldogs: Game Day

This could be an unpopular opinion given he's been one of the better players in a **** team, but I reckon we looked better without Rapana today than without him I think you have one to many withouts in that post but if you’re suggesting we put Rapa out to paddock I have to agree. He tries his guts ...
by BadnMean
May 16, 2021, 12:59 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: This is not rugby league
Replies: 105
Views: 4437

Re: This is not rugby league

Rugby League is a collision sport, but while we see every player wearing a mouth guard to protect their teeth there are only a few who wear head gear to protect their heads. I don't have a problem with the rules to reduce contact with the head. The long term effects of multiple concussions can not ...
by BadnMean
May 16, 2021, 12:55 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2021 Rd 10 V Bulldogs: Game Day
Replies: 722
Views: 16103

Re: 2021 Rd 10 V Bulldogs: Game Day

Caleb Aekins is no world beater - and we clearly miss CNK in a number of facets - but he is a handy ball player and had some crucial touches. I would say our red zone attack is better with him in the lineup, even if we're significantly worse in other areas. Been saying this for years now The bigges...
by BadnMean
May 16, 2021, 12:50 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2021 Rd 10 V Bulldogs: Game Day
Replies: 722
Views: 16103

Re: 2021 Rd 10 V Bulldogs: Game Day

Agree that horse looks far below peak fitness. Ambled up with his carries. Also thought young looked surprisingly sluggish Agree with you on both counts simo. HorsPower is one of my favorite players but he looks to be carrying a couple of sandbags under his jersey. Whatever dietician was used to br...
by BadnMean
May 16, 2021, 12:47 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2021 Rd 10 V Bulldogs: Game Day
Replies: 722
Views: 16103

Re: 2021 Rd 10 V Bulldogs: Game Day

Random observation - Bailey led the team song tonight He deserved to. As the senior winger, he stepped up and led the way, both in defence and in running the ball out. He has the tools - perhaps he just needs some belief and responsibilities. He's a winger with 2 linebreaks to his name in the last ...
by BadnMean
May 16, 2021, 12:38 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2021 Rd 10 V Bulldogs: Game Day
Replies: 722
Views: 16103

Re: 2021 Rd 10 V Bulldogs: Game Day

I think the sin bins and send offs were pretty consistent with previous games. The players (and fans) will get used to it It's not the previous games I'm worried about. It's the next games when the NRL inevitably loses their spine under the complaints from the media and this sort of thing goes back...
by BadnMean
May 15, 2021, 1:04 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2021 Rd 10 V Bulldogs: Game Day
Replies: 722
Views: 16103

Re: 2021 Rd 10 V Bulldogs: Game Day

Siliva as a running forward in the middle would have to be the most under rated player in the squad by the coaching staff imo. That forward rotation from the bench is all lumbering same same. Yep agreed he has that leg speed and hard to tackle, which is even more important with the rule changes The...
by BadnMean
May 15, 2021, 12:58 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Raiders player signing speculation 2021
Replies: 786
Views: 38648

Re: Raiders player signing speculation 2021

I think a few things have shown recently not to jump early on mediocre players. Cowboys with both Townsend and Dearden is a good example. If you're talking future fullbacks I think Manu is one of the best gambles. Roosters wouldn't be able to compete with fullback money. Think he ends next season t...
by BadnMean
May 15, 2021, 10:23 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2021 Rd 10 V Bulldogs: Game Day
Replies: 722
Views: 16103

Re: 2021 Rd 10 V Bulldogs: Game Day

Up in Brisbane with 7 or 8 mates from various parts of Oz. Hoping for a Raiders turnaround performance but not exactly expecting any real landmark game.
by BadnMean
May 12, 2021, 9:09 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2021 Rd 10 V Bulldogs: Teams and Previews *Teams p1*
Replies: 242
Views: 15563

Re: 2021 Rd 10 V Bulldogs: Teams and Previews *Teams p1*

Good to have Ryan James back in the team. For whatever reason we seem the play better up the middle when he's on the field. I reckon that's because he's a better middle than most of our other middles. I've got him streets ahead of Guler and Hors at this stage. He's had a few less opportunities but ...
by BadnMean
May 12, 2021, 9:08 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2021 Rd 10 V Bulldogs: Teams and Previews *Teams p1*
Replies: 242
Views: 15563

Re: 2021 Rd 10 V Bulldogs: Teams and Previews *Teams p1*

This is also the first time Ricky has left Havilii out this year. So Hodgo is in that role in Ricky's bench use to some degree. In light of that, wouldn't be surprised at all if Starling and Hodgo are both out there at some stage. I've not always been a fan of Hodgo at lock but at this stage we are...
by BadnMean
May 12, 2021, 8:21 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2021 Rd 10 V Bulldogs: Teams and Previews *Teams p1*
Replies: 242
Views: 15563

Re: 2021 Rd 10 V Bulldogs: Teams and Previews *Teams p1*

This is also the first time Ricky has left Havilii out this year. So Hodgo is in that role in Ricky's bench use to some degree. In light of that, wouldn't be surprised at all if Starling and Hodgo are both out there at some stage. I've not always been a fan of Hodgo at lock but at this stage we are ...
by BadnMean
May 12, 2021, 8:14 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2022 New halfback?
Replies: 226
Views: 8281

Re: 2022 New halfback?

Flanagans issue is no running game and makes a fair few kick errors without enough forced drop pouts or 40/20s to show for it. Brooks is interesting. His stats in attack and defence aren't actually bad at all. He certainly used to be a poor defender so I wonder if he's improved a bit or if Tigers ar...
by BadnMean
May 11, 2021, 9:08 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2022 New halfback?
Replies: 226
Views: 8281

Re: 2022 New halfback?

I agree Kyle Flanagan hasnt really gotten a very good run of things with either the roosters or bulldogs, but part of that, and maybe a big part is... he's not very good? He showed a lot of potential in the lower grade games I saw him play at the Sharks. I agree he's been average to poor in the NRL...
by BadnMean
May 11, 2021, 7:21 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Raiders player signing speculation 2021
Replies: 786
Views: 38648

Re: Raiders player signing speculation 2021

Canberra Milk wrote: May 11, 2021, 7:16 pm Don't the likes of Coates get resentful, knowing they're on unders and effectively being lowballed? I don't get it

I mean is the Storm **** that good
Origin gig= +100/150k.

Play for crap team= origin in doubt (see Cotric).

Even without conspiracy theories.
by BadnMean
May 11, 2021, 11:31 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2022 New halfback?
Replies: 226
Views: 8281

Re: 2022 New halfback?

TBH, we have no chance of getting Reynolds. Our most likely candidates are: Pearce Johnson Widdop Brooks The first three are injury prone and the other has never lived up to the hype. Interesting....Looking at Fox stats, Brooks has the 5th highest assist total (9). Left field Hynes I like Hynes, bu...
by BadnMean
May 11, 2021, 8:27 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: George Williams homesick for England?
Replies: 253
Views: 18506

Re: George Williams homesick for England?

This might be a good thing insofar as it hasn’t dragged out. We need to make a play for Adam Reynolds right now. And for those who write it off as wishful thinking....is it? His preference is to remain in Sydney but it doesn’t look like Sharks are coming to the table with the right dóllar figure, w...
by BadnMean
May 11, 2021, 7:45 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: George Williams homesick for England?
Replies: 253
Views: 18506

Re: George Williams homesick for England?

MrPosh wrote: May 11, 2021, 7:00 am Back to Wigan a done deal according to chat over here - for next season.

Apparently Wigan are waiting for Wests to announce Oliver Gildardt so they can show they're not losing players.

See Vossy's just Tweeted the same thing.
Bloody Wigan always poaching our players!
by BadnMean
May 10, 2021, 9:11 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: George Williams homesick for England?
Replies: 253
Views: 18506

Re: George Williams homesick for England?

The main issue with Hodgo to half in the past when he's filled in has been his poor lateral movement - gets along with it ok vs the big boys in the middle but he gets caught out by zippy halves and athletic 2nd rowers. And that was before his knee reco. Similarly he's not very quick so not sure his ...
by BadnMean
May 10, 2021, 8:13 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Jack Wighton
Replies: 82
Views: 2642

Re: Jack Wighton

I disagree. I think S Williams is pretty well suited to a month or so run in FG while Charnze is out. He can steer a team, his kicking is decent, far better than Frawley. He has a decent passing game and can put an assist in. Solid backup half for mine. Last time he had an extended run of games in a...
by BadnMean
May 10, 2021, 10:56 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Jack Wighton
Replies: 82
Views: 2642

Re: Jack Wighton

I'm sorry I just don't understand why Frawley, our reserve grade half who is passed over for S Williams when we need to use a half in FG, who is very much the secondary kicker in reggies is suddebly superior to Starling in kicking (yeah maybe), ball playing or smarts... in a position he never plays....
by BadnMean
May 10, 2021, 8:09 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: George Williams homesick for England?
Replies: 253
Views: 18506

Re: George Williams homesick for England?

While CNK is out, if it gets S Williams in then may be worth trying, as Aekins is a dead set loss. Be a big reshuffle with Jack to fullback though. If we are another month with CNK out I can't see us beating many teams with Aekins back there and misfiring halves though.
by BadnMean
May 9, 2021, 12:57 pm
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Elliott Whitehead
Replies: 9
Views: 448

Re: Elliott Whitehead

T_R wrote: May 9, 2021, 11:59 am I don't believe that Elliot is at all a suitable name for a first grade rugby league player.
It's the major weakness in his game. I can't believe he's got away with it for this long. Opponents should look to exploit it.
by BadnMean
May 9, 2021, 10:32 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: Jack Wighton
Replies: 82
Views: 2642

Re: Jack Wighton

Being judged by high standards now. Basically if he doesn't break the line and score 2 tries in those red zone runs then he's a bit off now. And fair enough last year he was doing that on the regular. Bloody high bar though. Kicked pretty well, put some lovely torpedoes up which forced mistakes, a n...
by BadnMean
May 9, 2021, 8:01 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2021 Rd 10 V Bulldogs: Teams and Previews *Teams p1*
Replies: 242
Views: 15563

Re: 2021 Rd 10 V Bulldogs: Teams and Previews

AUSTEZER wrote: May 8, 2021, 8:16 pm Manase Kaho is the kid looks promising
I'd say he'd be a year away... only getting a run in reggies as Hoppa and Semi are out. Maybe he's a better prospect than both but he's coming from left field.
by BadnMean
May 9, 2021, 7:51 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2021 Rd 9 V Knights: Game Day
Replies: 582
Views: 16194

Re: 2021 Rd 9 V Knights: Game Day

I think that’s also fitness RR. 3 people in a tackle triples your tackle efforts for the team. They haven’t got the petrol in the tank it seems. They’re emptying the tank each week. It’s just the petrol light comes on at half time. I don't disagree that fitness appears to be an issue Gangers. It is...
by BadnMean
May 9, 2021, 7:45 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2021 Rd 9 V Knights: Game Day
Replies: 582
Views: 16194

Re: 2021 Rd 9 V Knights: Game Day

Is fitness something you set in the off-season and maintain through the season or is it possible to step it up mid-season (like now). If Ricky arrived at the same conclusion as you have, is there anything he can do about it now or has that ship sailed for 2021? Very, very hard to dramatically impro...
by BadnMean
May 9, 2021, 7:37 am
Forum: Canberra Raiders
Topic: 2021 Rd 9 V Knights: Game Day
Replies: 582
Views: 16194

Re: 2021 Rd 9 V Knights: Game Day

Part of me isn’t enjoying watching Rapa play at the moment. If I contrast him with Papa - Papa is below his best but still leading the pack. I don’t think anyone doubts Papa can find a gear and get back to being the best front rower in the world. Similarly, Raps is below the best form that he has s...