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Angry Furner blasts Raiders

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Jon Tuxworth

Canberra Raider coach David Furner speaks to the media during  the Raiders Recovery session at CISAC.

Canberra Raider coach David Furner speaks to the media during the Raiders Recovery session at CISAC. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

Canberra Raiders coach David Furner has officially lost patience with his misfiring side, and looks set to make changes for this weekend's vital clash against Manly at Brookvale Oval.

Furner described the Raiders' 44-22 home loss to Cronulla on Sunday as ''terrible'' and ''not good enough'', and a handful of players' first grade spots are in serious jeopardy.

Starting hooker Glen Buttriss (knee) should be available for selection despite copping a knock against the Sharks, but Furner hasn't ruled out shifting veteran utility Shaun Berrigan from right centre to dummy half.

The Canberra Times also understands youngster Jack Wighton may be recalled after being omitted from the team to play Cronulla after fullback Josh Dugan was a late inclusion.

Should he return it may be at the expense of established centre Jarrod Croker, who was exposed on several occasions by the Sharks' superb kicking game.

If Berrigan moves to No 9 Furner's options are playing Wighton or second-rower Joel Thompson in the centres, or handing star Toyota Cup centre Edrick Lee a debut.

''Berro is an option there [at hooker] and we need to have a look at it, a serious one,'' Furner said.

''I've spent a good time having a look at our best side, and there's definitely possibilities [for changes].

''It's not about chopping and changing, it's about getting players in there that are going to do the job.''

Lee, 19, has been outstanding in the under-20 competition, and his 196cm frame and basketball background could help the Raiders address their struggles with defusing high kicks.

''There's some good form with some of the 20s players, certainly Edrick who was with us pre-season could play first grade,'' Furner said.

''Certainly there's guys there that if they're comfortable [in NRL], changes need to be made. Certainly 44 points [conceded] at home, a good crowd … not good enough.''

Furner was particularly incensed at a first-half try by Cronulla's John Morris, created by a Paul Gallen short pass with no defenders making the effort to cover inside space, which was exploited.

''There were times in the game where we missed our assignment and got punished,'' Furner said.

''You can't be lazy on the inside, and we made some decisions under fatigue that weren't good enough.

''We have a team that should be more competitive than that, and it needs to be.

''Confidence is a wonderful thing and we need to get that into the team quick smart.''

Furner said the lack of on-field talk against the Sharks was also an issue he would address with the Raiders' leadership group this week.

Injured skipper Terry Campese is renowned for barking instructions on the field, and his absence was sorely felt.

''The feedback I was given was our talk at time was panicky,'' Furner said. ''Campo is a very good talker, so is [injured vice-captain] Brett White, but that's a responsibility with the other players and it's not an excuse.''

Canberra's stand-in captain David Shillington said his side would spend the majority of this week undergoing an attitude adjustment in defence.

''In the middle we weren't as effective as we could have been and let them pop balls out the back, and on the edges we clean missed too many tackles,'' Shillington said.

''They jumped over a couple of our players [to score off kicks] and scooted down short side and isolated defenders, those things come down to desperation.''

SUNDAY

NRL Round 9: Manly Sea Eagles v Canberra Raiders at Brookvale Oval, 2pm. TV Time: Live on Fox Sports 2.

13 comments so far

  • Croker to wing. He makes line breaks and finishes, but never passes. Robinson showed he needs to get the ball more often and to the left centre it is. Ferguson proved he still needs someone talking to him in defence after rushing in so often. Shillo's last chance at captain; ineffective on every occasion so far. Forget Mataora. He is just lost out there. Rotate Picker with Fensom or both on at the same time. He's mediocre in attack and can't hold the ball, but has a good work rate in defence. SOLVED, thank you hope you don't have to come again.

    Commenter
    YS
    Date and time
    May 01, 2012, 7:58AM
    • I just don't understand you David.

      Firstly, if your hooker can't play 80 minutes drop him. You have a back up in the centres so you only need one in the side. That would give you another forward on the bench.

      You have a good balanced side. You have rep players, experienced players and younsters. You have a supporter base as passionate as any in the league. On Sunday your team was beaten in every position on the field. Are you going to drop them all?

      In my opinion the squad is good enough to do better. Each week we hear that everyone including David Furner are working hard at training. I can work hard too, I can try and dig through the side of the mountain with a pick and shovel. No doubt I would be working hard, but I'm just not doing it right.

      I'm sorry to jump on the band wagon, but the coaching staff should take a good hard look at themselves. History has shown that with the right coaching personell teams perform on the field, make some changes there before it's too late for the season.

      McIntyre, listen to your fan base before it is gone!

      Commenter
      lost
      Date and time
      May 01, 2012, 8:16AM
      • How about you drop yourself Dave and have a good hard look at yourself. I think it's time you move on, no more excuses - us fans are sick of it!

        Commenter
        Mr T06
        Date and time
        May 01, 2012, 8:46AM
        • Its time that the fans do more to make sure there are changes made. McIntyre came out last week saying that the Raiders have never sacked a coach. Well the Raiders haven't had such a bad coach before so there is always a first Mr McIntyre. Or are you just happy to enjoy the spoils of being in the management of an NRL team and let your fans suffer.

          Commenter
          Raiders supporter
          Date and time
          May 01, 2012, 9:16AM
          • Putting players in the right position, should nt that be a no brainer Mr Furner. What about putting the right coach in the position one that has RESPECT of the players.

            As a paying member, do we the members of say, who pays the management, sponsers I think, I they would not be happy with the amount of negativity that is being thrown around.

            I feel sorry for HUAWEI. What a waste of there money and mine.

            I may even look at joining the AFL bandwagon atleast I know that team will lose more than they win.

            4 years and counting Mr Furner

            Commenter
            JerraGreen
            Date and time
            May 01, 2012, 10:19AM
            • I am a Furner fan ...... but it is becoming increasingly obvious that it is not an issue of talent on the field. That said it is important that EVERYONE acknowledge that with a young side they ride the wave of confidence and emotion. That means when they are up they are up, but when they are down they go down. Performances even up with age and experience.

              I agree they we need an 80 minute hooker.

              Commenter
              Spin Sick
              Date and time
              May 01, 2012, 11:38AM
              • Dave, I have some advice. Focus 100% of your attention on defence and winning the ruck. That is all you need to do. Defence wins games. I can't recall the Raiders defending a single set on their line on the weekend. That is downright unacceptable at this level.

                Commenter
                Luke
                Date and time
                May 01, 2012, 12:19PM
                • Wonder if Furner realises how many fans are 'draining away' from the Raiders in abject disappointment at his lack of coaching skills! I expect there will be more 'Sack Furner' calls from Raiders supporters soon but I think its too late - he's got a 'life tenure' at the Raiders, a "Family Club"!

                  Commenter
                  JohnD
                  Location
                  Southern Tablelands
                  Date and time
                  May 01, 2012, 12:42PM
                  • What we need is a couple of big strong backs like Jason Hodges. Campesi and Dugan have superb football skills but are not solid enough physically and are not much use on the sideline, injured. Always felt that one of Ricky Stuart's major attributes was his solid build. With all these giant Pacific Islanders as opponents, it's becoming more and more important for caucasian players to be big and strong.

                    Commenter
                    Eudaimonia
                    Location
                    Kingston
                    Date and time
                    May 01, 2012, 3:06PM
                    • 1. Reece Robinson, 2. Blake Ferguson, 3.Jack Wighton, 4. Joel Thompson 5. Hayden Hodge 6. Josh Dugan 7. Josh Mcrone(Needs to be able to throw a cut out pass!), 8.David Shillington, 9.Shaun Berrigan, 10, Dane Tilse, 11. Josh Papalii, 12 Bronson Harrison 13, Shaun Fensom. Interchange: Glen Buttriss, Tom Leroy-Lars, Joe Picker, Boyd. Thats a team that can dominate. Dugan needs to be the kicker and dominate ball player. Wighton and Thompson add some muscle to the centres. Berrigan to give quality ball to Dugan and Mcrone, and use his speed. Stop the one out running!

                      Commenter
                      powelly
                      Date and time
                      May 01, 2012, 8:32PM

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