Coach Stuart calls Raiders win one of their toughest in club’s history

Last week he called his team soft but coach Ricky Stuart labelled the Thursday night win over Canterbury one of the toughest in Canberra’s history after running out 26-10 winners.

The Raiders lost Ata Hingango and Michael Oldfield in the first half to concussion before halfback Sam Williams was taken from the field with a leg injury. They also went into the second half with just three replacements left and played the final 20 minutes with no substitutions.

“It was nice for me as a coach that the effort and the grind that I see every day came out in what I can remember as one of the toughest wins that I’ve ever been involved with in the green jumper,” Stuart said.

“The adversity that we were under at half-time when we had three HIAs that weren’t going to come back onto the field … I was just, I asked them for extra effort and it’s amazing how they got through that period of 40 minutes and we still played footy.

“I’m one proud coach, and I said to them before the game, ‘You make me apologise for what I said about you last week’.”

Canterbury on the other hand looked pedestrian. Kieran Foran and Moses Mbye tried hard but there was simply no continuity in what they were doing.

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