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Raiders give fresh Broncos no excuses

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Fatigue won't be an excuse for the Canberra Raiders as they attempt to defy a five-day turnaround against a well-rested Brisbane Broncos.

The Broncos have had the luxury of playing all six of their matches so far on a Friday night, and that trend will continue when they host the Raiders at Suncorp Stadium. In contrast, the Raiders are still shaking off the bruises from their 32-12 win against the New Zealand Warriors at Canberra Stadium two days ago.

The Raiders are doing whatever they can to ensure they hit the ground running, including holding yesterday's post-game recovery session at the AIS and having a light week on the training track.

Raiders coach David Furner admitted the Broncos had an advantage with their set schedule but it was up to his side to work around it.

''Everyone's known the draw, but it does make it tough,'' Furner said.

''Regular turnarounds, if you have seven-day turnarounds or eight-day turnarounds, are pretty handy.


''The way the game's played on the weekend, it's all about recovery and the more recovery you have the better preparation you have.''

The Broncos receive regular Friday night games so that free-to-air broadcaster Channel 9 can maximise its television ratings in Queensland. It will be the Raiders' first match in the prime timeslot since May last year.

Canberra centre Shaun Berrigan, who spent nine seasons with the Broncos from 1999-2007, denied the Raiders would be at a disadvantage.

''Every team's got to deal with it through the season,'' Berrigan said. ''I don't think how many days you have to train affects your performance. You just need to make sure you prepare well and do all the things you need to give yourself a chance of winning.''