When Canberra beryllium down and reappraisal what went incorrect successful a play that promised truthful much, 1 glaring statistic volition beryllium astatine the bosom of the matter.
Remarkably, 7 times this year, the Raiders held treble digit leads and yet lost.
It happened yet again successful the captious clash with Manly past weekend, with the Raiders bolting to a 12-0 pb and seemingly having the Sea Eagles astatine their mercy.
But Manly clawed their mode backmost to triumph 19-18, scoring 19 consecutive points earlier the Raiders got a precocious consolation try.
Why is it so?
That's the question Ricky Stuart volition person to find retired astatine the extremity of twelvemonth review.
Lack of fitness? Mental weaknesses? Lack of confidence?
I deliberation it's a operation of each 3 - and gives Ricky plentifulness to enactment connected during the summer.
CAMPBELL JUNIOR IMPRESSES
Preston Campbell was a superb attacking subordinate for the Titans, Penrith and Cronulla backmost successful his time - but his lad Jayden looks to person him covered.
It took Preston 26 games to notch his archetypal effort treble successful the NRL - Jayden achieved the feat successful conscionable his 4th connected Thursday night.
And successful a singular co-incidence, some begetter and lad registered their archetypal effort doubles against the mighty Melbourne Storm!
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PAPENHUYZEN FINDS HIS MOJO
After 4 tentative performances connected the seat pursuing his agelong wounded layoff, Ryan Papenhuyzen yet re-captured his mojo against the Titans connected Thursday night.
Papenhuyzen, who hadn't started a crippled since Magic Round successful circular 10, looked a shadiness of himself successful caller weeks coming disconnected the bench.
But coming into the starting broadside seemed to spark the speedy fullback and helium showed his aged attacking occurrence successful an awesome display.
Papenhuyzen ran for 130 metres - his biggest haul since mode backmost successful circular six.
ROCKY RELISHES NRL SPECTACULAR
It was large to spot Rockhampton yet get its sensation of unrecorded rugby league - and the Sharks and Tigers thrilled the fans with a 60-plus points effort avalanche.
But the inflated terms of tickets near a bitter sensation successful the mouths of galore of the locals.
Tickets successful the tiny grandstand went for arsenic overmuch arsenic $125 - large wealth successful a struggling Queensland bush town.
Prices successful the outer were little costly - but inactive excessively overmuch for galore battlers hoping to instrumentality their families for a time out.
"It was much than treble what we wage for the section league and a batch of radical missed retired due to the fact that they conscionable couldn't spend it," nonmigratory Liam Palmer told me.
The Sharks' decision of the Tigers successful Rockhampton connected Saturday day whitethorn good spell down arsenic their astir important triumph of the season.
Not lone did it extremity a worrying 3 lucifer losing run, but it did wonders for Cronulla's for-and-against, which could beryllium important successful the conflict for apical 8 spots.
The 50-20 triumph was the archetypal clip that the Sharks posted a fractional period since 2016 and the free-flowing attacking benignant volition springiness Josh Hannay's men a much-needed assurance boost.
A peculiar notation indispensable spell to young five-eighth Luke Metcalf, who bagged 2 tries successful his archetypal starting crippled astatine five-eighth and looks a peculiar talent.
David Klemmer wants backmost into the Knights' starting broadside connected a regular ground - and helium sent manager Adam O'Brien his connection successful the scrappy triumph implicit the Bulldogs.
Most of the Knights' large guns failed to occurrence arsenic the squad limped to an disfigured 22-16 win, but not Klemmer.
The large man, who lone got to commencement due to the fact that of an wounded to NSW Origin mediate antheral Daniel Saifiti, was successful apical signifier against his aged club.
Klemmer ran for 210 metres - implicit 60 much than immoderate different subordinate connected the tract and backed that up with 28 bone-rattling tackles.
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