Raiders run home takes a massive hit.

Raiders run home takes a massive hit.

They may have got lucky with a come from behind win against the Bulldogs on Saturday night, but the hits keep on coming in the nations capital.

Just when it looked like a returning Hodgson would be able to help guide the Raiders into the top 8, they had an unfortunate loss against the Broncos and though they won last round its come at a cost.


Enforcer Joseph Tapine has earnt hinself a night at the judiciary after he and the club decided to fight a dangerous contact charge on Bulldogs hooker Micahael Lichaa. Tapine was the third man into the tackle which resulted in Lichaa landing in a dangerous position. If he fails to beat the charge he will miss the Raiders next 2 matches.

The Raiders injury list also grew on Saturday night with Shannon Boyd ruled out for a minimum of 2 weeks with a calf strain, as well as back up fullback Brad Abbey ruled out due to a concussion.

Blake Austin was the man of the moment on Saturday, coming off the bench late to guide the Raiders to victory, but he is about to make an announcement on his future. The Storm, Eels and a number of Super League sides have been mentioned as his home next season, but one thing is for sure, the 2015 Dally M 5/8 of the year wont be in Canberra next season. Will this effect the rest of his season?


Probably the biggest off field issue for the club though is still dealing with the Jack Wighton incident, with the club believing a 6 week punishment should be enough. But talk is the NRL wont want to see the fullback playing again this season.

Will Ricky and his Raiders be able to put all this aside and keep the wins coming for an sniff at finals footy, or will this new load of hits against the club be the final nail in the coffin that is their 2018 season?

Danaan

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