Canberra Raiders five-eighth Blake Austin has praised defence coach Dean Pay for his patience in putting the "bad and mean" back into the Green Machine.
Jon Tuxworth is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.
It's Sia Soliola's most important pre-match routine.
They're the bunch of cast-offs who are "pinching themselves" at being a pivotal part of Canberra's title tilt.
The Canberra Raiders are painting the capital green after another win that has entrenched them in the NRL's top four, but are they peaking too early?
The 'no vacancy' sign is about to go up on the Canberra Raiders bandwagon but skipper Jarrod Croker has upped coach Ricky Stuart's bet by urging 20,000 to pack Canberra Stadium on Sunday.
Having fought off the Sharknado, the Canberra Raiders are building momentum towards the finals.
Something special is brewing in the national capital after the biggest crowd of the season watch the Raiders dismantled the Storm.
The Canberra hotel where bonding sessions have helped the Raiders turn their home record around is a closely guarded secret.
In 1989 they shocked everyone by winning a premiership and Canberra Raiders legends Steve Walters and Laurie Daley believe the current crop can repeat history.
His Melbourne Storm counterpart is considered the "master manipulator" of referees but Canberra skipper Jarrod Croker says he is receiving more respect from the whistle blowers this season.