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    Last week we played essentially a Grand Final against Storm... we went into last nights game with half a tank of gas and were running on empty from around the 60th minute mark.. yet the boys always found a way to dig deep over and over and over again.. I have seen this from some of the greatest boxers ever... guys like Rocky Marciano or Muhammad Ali... guys that just have that championship quality of finding a way to win even when they looked to be going down....those kinds of champions dont know how to lose and it is a testament to our coaching and development that our players have that championship attitude.. i am so proud of the boys and so proud to be a fan of this amazing club.
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  • #2
    Well said.

    That victory - where EVERYTHING in that second half suggested that the Raiders would and should win - is testament to a truly great side.

    I feel as though that 14-8 triumph highlights this team's greatness more than a 30 nil flogging ever could have.

    We were the defending champs up against a fired up contender. They had us battered and bruised. We had zero ball in attack in the 2nd half. Literally.

    And yet, like all great champions do, we found a way.

    Courage under fire. Steel in D. A solitary moment of magic in attack. More steel in D.

    That is greatness and shall be remembered so forever.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by IRoosterManI View Post
      Last week we played essentially a Grand Final against Storm... we went into last nights game with half a tank of gas and were running on empty from around the 60th minute mark.. yet the boys always found a way to dig deep over and over and over again.. I have seen this from some of the greatest boxers ever... guys like Rocky Marciano or Muhammad Ali... guys that just have that championship quality of finding a way to win even when they looked to be going down....those kinds of champions dont know how to lose and it is a testament to our coaching and development that our players have that championship attitude.. i am so proud of the boys and so proud to be a fan of this amazing club.
      Yep.

      What can you say about our defensive effort in our last two games?

      WOW. JUST WOW.

      And then the class to actually score some points at the death there last night.

      From a big picture pov, taking into account how hard it has been to go B2B in the modern era, how important defence is in the big games etc, that might be the best GF victory of all time.

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      • #4
        Agreed mate.

        Maubs' injury and Cronk's send-off absolutely broke our back. We only had 3 forwards on our bench and this brought us down to 2 forwards and no halfback.

        Rather than have a whinge, we turned up for each other and ruthlessly defended out line. The Raiders ended up with more possession, more penalties, more tackle busts (from fresh forwards) and more metres run. On the other hand, we had more completions, less errors, faster play the balls and ultimately... more points on the board (coulda been 4 more if Latrell had more luck with the boot).

        The Raiders can whinge all they like about a knock-on against us being (correctly) reversed (leading to zero disadvantage rather, a wrong was corrected). IMO this exemplifies our attitude v theirs. They needed a leg-up and played the victim when they didn't get one. We just accepted all the calls and got on with the game...

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        • #5
          In our last 5 finals games we have conceded 4 tries. That's why we're the best team in the NRL era.

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          • #6
            Legendary defensive effort missing Aubusson for most of the game and Cronk for 10 and still only conceding one try.

            Its a shame that channel 9 have drawn so much attention to one iffy call and made it all about that. The newspapers are doing the same too. The win and the effort deserves a lot more credit than that.

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            • #7
              Good Post IRoostermanI

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              • #8
                I love this post. It brings a tear to my eye. So proud of what this club has achieve. The magnitude of what they have done hasnít sunk in yet.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by IRoosterManI View Post
                  Last week we played essentially a Grand Final against Storm... we went into last nights game with half a tank of gas and were running on empty from around the 60th minute mark.. yet the boys always found a way to dig deep over and over and over again.. I have seen this from some of the greatest boxers ever... guys like Rocky Marciano or Muhammad Ali... guys that just have that championship quality of finding a way to win even when they looked to be going down....those kinds of champions dont know how to lose and it is a testament to our coaching and development that our players have that championship attitude.. i am so proud of the boys and so proud to be a fan of this amazing club.
                  Great post mate.

                  Emphasis on Team and Club, no reliance on one individual to win the day for us. To hurt and bleed for each other and the jersey.

                  So proud of them.
                  To our fans we tell you
                  If you have not been told
                  We play this game for all of us
                  We play it from the soul!

                  (Jack Gibson, 2002)

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                  • #10

                    They're now saying Keary had syndesmosis. Not quite a broken scapula, but not far off.

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                    • #11
                      I saw the look on Boyd Cordner's face last night. He would have run through a wall for the team. They all would have. No passengers in that team.

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                      • #12
                        I donít care what anyone sais about the 6 again call we defended set after and also did it with 12 on the field when Cronk was off we deserved the win. Watching the game at the ground didnít do Morris justice he played a great game

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Tommy Smith View Post
                          Well said.

                          That victory - where EVERYTHING in that second half suggested that the Raiders would and should win - is testament to a truly great side.

                          I feel as though that 14-8 triumph highlights this team's greatness more than a 30 nil flogging ever could have.

                          We were the defending champs up against a fired up contender. They had us battered and bruised. We had zero ball in attack in the 2nd half. Literally.

                          And yet, like all great champions do, we found a way.

                          Courage under fire. Steel in D. A solitary moment of magic in attack. More steel in D.

                          That is greatness and shall be remembered so forever.
                          Awesome post!

                          Close your eyes to racial differences and welcome all with the light of oneness." - (Baha’u’llah)

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