In a thrilling match between the Canberra Raiders and the St George Illawarra Dragons at WIN Stadium on Friday night, the Raiders emerged victorious with a 36-26 win. The post-match interviews provided some entertaining insights from the team captains.
First up was Blake Lawrie, the captain for the Dragons. Lawrie seemed surprised by his new role as captain, jokingly commenting on how their usual captain prefers to stay away from home base and another player is unable to take up the responsibility full-time. He expressed gratitude towards the fans who turned up for the match, even though there was a concert happening nearby. Lawrie also added a humorous note, asking if anyone had Paul McGregor‘s (Flanno’s) number.
Next, it was Jarrod Croker, the skipper for the Raiders, who shared his instant reaction. Croker humorously questioned whether he was being used for the interview, suggesting that his coach, Ricky Stuart, believes so. He expressed relief that he was allowed to play in the freezing Friday night game against a team with no chance of making the finals. Croker confidently predicted the Raiders‘ victory and even shared a tip on a horse race.
The article then shifted to discussing the Raiders‘ celebration after scoring a try, which mimicked English cricketer Jonny Bairstow’s Ashes dismissal. The author inquired about the effort put into planning the celebration but realized that Elliott Whitehead, the player in question, had already left the interview.
The article highlighted some key moments from the match, including the Raiders playing Jack Wighton at lock, Ryan Carr playing Jack Bird in reserve grade, and Jayden Sullivan leaving the field with a hamstring injury. Mikaele Ravalawa‘s hat-trick for the Dragons was also mentioned. Despite almost squandering a 20-point lead in an action-packed second half, the Raiders managed to secure their 11th win of the season, their first with a double-digit margin.
The author commended the Raiders for their strategic play, their ability to win close games, and their balanced mix of experience and youth. They also noted that the team’s media restrictions prevent them from getting ahead of themselves, which aligns with coach Ricky Stuart‘s philosophy.
However, the author expressed doubts about the Raiders‘ ability to achieve success in the finals if they allow teams like the struggling Dragons to score three tries in seven minutes. Nonetheless, the Raiders‘ tinkering with their lineup, including playing Wighton at lock and Frawley at five-eighth, seemed to pay off.
The article concluded by mentioning the detailed match statistics, including the try-scorers and goal-kickers, as well as the referee and crowd attendance figures.
In summary, the Canberra Raiders secured a thrilling victory against the St George Illawarra Dragons, displaying their tactical prowess and resilience in a high-scoring match. The post-match interviews provided some light-hearted moments and insights from the team captains.