Canberra were looking for back to back victories after an inspired win over the Newcastle Knights last week but the team forgot that you actually have to play for eighty minutes to win a football match. The Raiders can kiss any chance of a finals berth goodbye after tonights performance.
Only Brett Finch and Simon Woolford can hold their heads high after tonights farce with the remaining players reverting to the bonehead football we have seen for most of the year. Raiders coach, Matthew Elliott has made many promises about this team and has consistently failed to deliver any results when the pressure is on. His efforts as a coach are bordering on absurd with Canberra proving they are the most heartless team in the NRL.
On the other hand, the Cowboys really gave it to the inept Raiders and thoroughly deserved their victory as they played a much more committed game and had too much flair in attack with Matt Sing and Matthew Bowen the standouts for the Cowboys while their whole forward pack dominated the lazy and uncommitted Raiders pack who made far too many errors to be ever considered a threat in the match.
Something has to give in Canberra because in their twenty one year history, never has there been a worse side than the players that are currently loitering in first grade. We have had a revamp of management, now it's time to clear out all the dead wood in the playing and coaching ranks and start from scratch.
Nth Qld Cowboys (Tries: Williams, Bowen, Sing x 2, Muckert, Bowman. Goals: Hannay 5/6 ) Canberra Raiders (Tries: Monaghan, Asbock, Woolford x 2. Goals: Graham 0/3, Monaghan 1/1 )