The Canberra Raiders side may well be one to watch out for in coming weeks, as they recorded their 10th straight victory at home on the back of a solid performance from Reece Robinson – taking it out 24-16 at full-time.
Facing off against his brother in a competitive NRL match for the first time, it was Reece who had the better game, with the Raiders fullback offering Travis, the Panthers winger, some brotherly advice.
“He (Travis) was a bit unlucky out there, a few bad little things,” Reece said.
“He’s just got to be a bit more confident I think.”
In front of a somewhat disappointing crowd of just under 10,000, the Raiders burst out of the gate and looked to be headed for a solid win, before the Panthers steadied the ship.
With their backs possessing strong aerial ability, Raiders captain Terry Campese said the plan was to attack the wings with bombs all effects of electronic cigarettes night, a tactic that paid dividends.
“It was a game plan that we wanted to bomb their back three, (because) we’ve got our big jumpers,” Campese said.
“It’s something that we’ve been working towards and tonight it came off.”
As the game wore on and the Penrith Panthers tried to get back into it, they attempted some razzle-dazzle, hot-potato football, but it didn’t pay off, as coach Ivan Cleary lamented his side’s slow start to the game.
“Makes it hard you know. We were just a bit off the pace at the start of the game,” he said.
Another aspect of the Raiders game that pleased captain Terry Campese, was their scrambling defence.
“I thought our scrambling defence was outstanding tonight,” Campese said.
“Only to let in that last try in the last five minutes was a credit to the way we practised throughout the week.”
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