Newcastle juggernaut rolls on as they thrash Canberra

Kevin Naiqama

It is amazing what confidence and self-belief can do for a football side, as the Newcastle Knights late season revival continues – with a 36-6 demolition over the Canberra Raiders, at Canberra Stadium.

The win moves the Knights to ninth, and continues their impressive run of late – whilst the Raiders finals hopes have diminished, as they fell to 18th, following the heavy defeat.

It was clear that Newcastle was a step ahead of the Raiders, and it was only some sturdy defence, that prevented an even bigger deficit.

“It’s semi final type football,” Raiders coach David Furner said of the six-tries-to-one result.

“Virtually we’re in sudden death and they played a good brand and kicked better than us.”

It was a polar opposite to the last time the two teams played, when the Raiders defeated the Knights 32-16, during a 5-game losing streak.

“Nothing,” Bennett replied at the post-match press conference.

“I don’t change. They’ve just got a bit of confidence about themselves, they’ve got an idea how it works, they’re all buying into it now.

“The mistakes they were making, they’ve just eliminated those and playing some great football.”

To make matters worst for the Raiders, forward Joe Picker was placed on report for a dangerous throw, and prop Tom Learoyd-Lahrs suffered a hamstring injury, expected to keep him out for 2-4 weeks.

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