Canberra Raiders' Jack Wighton using his head as halves switch kicks into gear

His defence was the catalyst for the move, but Jack Wighton's multiple weapons are the reason he's excelling in it.

To the point where he's even heading it. Perhaps inspired by the raft of Poms he's surrounded by.

A bit more English Premier League infiltrating into the club?

Raiders' Jack Wighton is using his head at five-eighth. Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong

Raiders' Jack Wighton is using his head at five-eighth. Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong

Anyways, whatever's happened, here's the scene. Wighton attacks the line and looks to grubber in behind only for the ball to ricochet up onto his head for the perfect pass to Ryan Sutton to score his first NRL try.

The Bunker gave it the all clear and the only thing missing was a slide into the corner flag to celebrate.

Raiders coach Ricky Stuart revealed to The Canberra Times he's been slowly building Wighton's bag of tricks. Now we know what he meant.

"It's something we've been practicing, Stuart joked before getting serious.

"A couple of those little kicks down the left edge there, a couple of things as halves you've got to have the courage to do and we're trying to get that within Jack's game.

"There's a certain skill level we want to keep implementing into his game."

Wighton for Origin?

Wighton showed his deft kicking game is improving and also produced a game-changing 40-20 that got the Green Machine back on the front foot.

He's also added some starch to the Raiders' defence with the switch to five-eighth.

In another life, former NSW Blues coach Phil Gould felt Wighton would make the perfect State of Origin left centre.

The only trouble is he'll never get to play there for the Raiders due to one record-breaking Jarrod Croker.

"I wouldn't hesitate to play him at left centre in the NSW team, ever," Gould said on the Channel Nine commentary.

Raiders shine on Nine?

It's no secret Channel Nine aren't big fans of the Raiders. Don't like showing them on TV. Not even when they're winning and playing some of the best footy in the world.

But the universes must've collided to produce the perfect storm. Easter Sunday. School holidays. Sunny and warm in Canberra.

And the fans flocked to it. 17,193 of them. To be honest it looked like more.

"For once we get something that schedules well with our crowd. A 4pm game Sunday. Kids have got school holidays, which worked out well," Stuart said.

"Usually we're away or we've got a crappy schedule time. While the players keep delivering I'm sure the supporters will keep flocking in."

Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad battled on despite what looked like a nasty knee injury. Photo: AAP Image/Rohan Thomson

Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad battled on despite what looked like a nasty knee injury. Photo: AAP Image/Rohan Thomson

Choice eh bro

Top bloke. Quick too. Now we know Raiders fullback Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad is one tough hombre as well.

Looked like he'd buggered his knee when Anthony Milford's head bent it backwards. Looked bad.

But he got up. Soldiered on. And played an important role for the Raiders as they clung on. Used his bunged up body as a battering ram. Two hundred-plus metres. Sweet as.

"It was a gutsy effort to stay out there. He plays the game quite physically," Stuart said.

"Every time he's involved in bringing the ball back its with a lot of collision and he handles that very well.

"That's why we've got to be smart about our prep going into the next game. We'll be going up to Manly playing on a very heavy field."