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Raiders remember 2000 as snow flakes fall on training session

Twelve years after the infamous snow match, white stuff again trickled from the sky as the Canberra Raiders prepared for tomorrow's crucial NRL match against the Sydney Roosters.

Canberra Stadium became a winter wonderland as snow fell from the sky while players completed their final training session ahead of the round 24 clash.

No-one wanted to be out there.

Centre Blake Ferguson had never seen snow before. The freezing cold conditions were also a shock to the system for Sandor Earl, the Sydneysider who transferred to the Raiders mid-season, enduring his first Canberra winter.

Raiders coach David Furner has been there before, having played in the memorable match from May 28, 2000 when the Raiders beat the Wests Tigers at Canberra Stadium carpeted with snow.

Spare a thought for the Roosters, who could be forgiven for not getting off the bus when they train at Northbourne Oval this afternoon.


The Raiders won't be using the horrible conditions as an excuse as they aim to keep their finals hopes alive.

Five-eighth Josh McCrone said the 10th-placed Raiders would continue to adopt the must-win mentality that has served them well in the past fortnight.

"We're not worried about how many points we're outside the top eight, we know we've got to win three games," McCrone said.

"That'll hopefully get us there."

Hooker Glen Buttriss trained with the Raiders this morning and could be in line for his first game since round eight, while second-rowers Joel Thompson and Joe Picker, both under injury clouds, also completed the session.

And despite today's nostalgia, it doesn't look like there will be a white-out for tomorrow's match, with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting isolated showers and a top of 13 degrees.


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