Raiders finals hopes hanging on edge

Canberra coach Don Furner laments on what he calls ‘The Raiders worse performance of the year’.

The loss could prove costly for the Raiders as they now face an uphill battle to make the NRL finals. The Storm won the game in a seven-to-three try romp at AAMI Park to end Canberra’s three game winning streak.

To rub salt into the wound, the Raiders haven’t won in Melbourne since 2000, and the loss has left them lingering in 11th position.

Greg Inglis was again the star man for Melbourne, crossing the line in the second half to take his tally against the Raiders to 10 tries in 7 games, and he also had a hand in several other Storm tries.

Despite the loss, Raiders captain Terry Campese is still adamant that the club can make the finals.

“We’ve just got to play like we did the last few weeks and not like we played today”.

Despite the Raiders dominance early on in the game, they just couldn’t match the physicality and quickness of the Melbourne side, eventually succumbing to a 12-4 deficit at half-time.

One downside for the Storm though was the injury to 19 year-old centre Justin O’Neill, who has been one of their most consistent performers since bursting onto the scene a few short months ago.

For Storm players though as captain Cameron Smith says, it appears that they can now see the light at the end of the tunnel.

“It was hard to have any normality about training, but now if there is some light at the end of the tunnel, we can see a bit of it.

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