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Canberra Raiders say revenge for last year's record Melbourne Storm loss won't be motivation

Josh McCrone insists revenge won't be motivating the Raiders against Storm on Easter Sunday at Canberra Stadium

Josh McCrone insists revenge won't be motivating the Raiders against Storm on Easter Sunday at Canberra Stadium Photo: Melissa Adams

It was meant to be a day of celebration, but Canberra Raiders star Josh McCrone's 100th game, against Melbourne last year, is a day he would prefer to forget.

And while hooker Glen Buttriss described the 68-4 home thrashing in round 21 as ''embarrassing'', McCrone says revenge won't be motivating the Raiders against the Storm on Easter Sunday at Canberra Stadium. 

Josh McCrone played his 100th NRL game in last year's massive 68-4 loss to the Melbourne Storm.

Josh McCrone played his 100th NRL game in last year's massive 68-4 loss to the Melbourne Storm.

The club-record loss ended a 12-game winning streak at home in crushing fashion, and the Raiders have since lost their past six games in Canberra after losing to Newcastle last weekend. 

Incredibly, Melbourne have won the past four games against Canberra in the nation's capital, though the Raiders upset the Storm the past three years at AAMI Park. 

"That was my 100th game, the boys looked after me that day, setting a new biggest loss for the Raiders,'' McCrone said. "Hopefully the boys can put in a bit better performance. 

"It [home record] is disappointing, but I'm not worried about it at all. 

"I've never beaten the Storm at Canberra Stadium, I'm not worried about what happened the last six games.''

McCrone said he enjoyed his brief cameo returning to the halves against Newcastle, setting up a try when a head knock to Matt Allwood forced five-eighth Jack Wighton to move to centre. 

Coach Ricky Stuart has shifted regular half McCrone to a bench hooker role this year, and McCrone said he wouldn't be averse to a pinch-hitting role in the halves. 

But he insisted he's firmly focussed on refining his new dummy-half role. 

"I've played 100 games in the halves and enjoyed getting back there and having a run,'' McCrone said. 

"We're still looking at hooker. I was lucky enough to contribute to the team [at five-eighth].

"I haven't had too much of a chat to Ricky about it [pinch-hitting], and ultimately it would be his decision. 

"It's not something I would be opposed to, but at the moment we're just looking at number nine.''

Buttriss said ''it'd be up there'' when asked if last year's 68-4 defeat was his lowest ebb as an NRL player. 

"It's the biggest loss I've had, it was pretty disappointing that day,'' Buttriss said. 

"We haven't really talked about it at this stage, but as the game gets closer I think we'll try and get one back on Melbourne Storm after they dusted us up. 

"It was pretty embarrassing.''

Raiders vice-captain and former Storm player Brett White was adamant last year's crushing loss wouldn't be discussed among the group this week. 

Canberra is bracing for a tough schedule, with away games against Manly and the Warriors to come after Melbourne. 

Back-rower Joel Edwards is likely to return to the Raiders' line-up, having sat out the Newcastle game after suffering back-to-back concussions the previous two games. 

"Anything that happened last year doesn't affect this year, we're a new and totally different team,'' White said. 

"It [home record] hurts and it's frustrating. We still believe in what we're doing and where we're going, the results just have to follow.''

SUNDAY

NRL round seven: Canberra Raiders v Melbourne Storm at Canberra Stadium, 3pm

Tickets available from Ticketek 

3 comments so far

  • The Raiders - absolutely all huff and no bloody puff.

    Commenter
    Ian
    Location
    Kalaru
    Date and time
    April 15, 2014, 6:07AM
    • We had hoped for better this year but it looks like another "building" year for the poor old Raiders. Young blokes coming on and all that. Unless changes are made the Raiders will be nothing more than a bit of a speed bump for all their opponents - no matter where it is played. Here's some tips for the coach who ironically left Parra just at the time of their rise. Good judge or what. Raiders have just too many players too inexperienced to be up to first grade standard. With a 100 games or so under their belt they might come good but by then they will have gone somewhere else anyway. Anyway stick Jack Wighton back on the wing with McCrone at 5/8. Consider bringing Milford to halfback (after he loses a bit of weight and has the plaster off his leg). As for Terry Campese, put him inside Croker (one of the few who hold up his end) in the centres. The forwards are probably OK but all seem to be putting back on the weight they bragged about losing over the break. Not mobile enough for long enough. Hope this helps.

      Commenter
      Gassius
      Location
      Kambah ACT
      Date and time
      April 15, 2014, 8:56AM
      • @ gassius, did you ever think that parra are going well at the moment due to the players stuart told didnt have a future at parra and the players he signed when he was there?

        did you think that the same thing needs to happen at the raiders and thats when ricky will have his own team not a team that he inherited from David Furner?

        Commenter
        ok
        Date and time
        April 15, 2014, 10:41AM

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