NRL Raiders in difficult situation: Stuart
Next Game: The Season has finished
19 Mar 2018
Canberra coach Ricky Stuart says his players are hurting following another close NRL loss and can see the effort is there despite going down to Newcastle.
Canberra coach Ricky Stuart concedes the Raiders are in a difficult position but is urging calm following another NRL defeat.
The Raiders have begun the season with a pair of 30-28 losses after Sunday night's loss to Newcastle mirrored the round one result on the Gold Coast.
After suffering eight defeats by six points or fewer in 2017, these performances have only magnified the focus on Canberra in tight games.
Stuart said he would be patient with his players knowing the losses hadn't been for a lack of effort.
"There's no point ripping people's heads off because I'm upset about losing the game," Stuart said.
"I've got to be smart and I've got to be understanding of what the players are going through.
"It's a difficult situation that it is continually happening ... if (the problem) was there for everyone to see what exactly what it is, you'd be telling me."
Canberra has a six-day turnaround to deal with injuries before hosting the undefeated New Zealand Warriors at GIO Stadium.
Stuart said it wasn't looking good for Charlie Gubb (groin) and Joseph Leilua (ankle), who went down during the game, and also flagged two further injury concerns.
Star young winger Nick Cotric (knee) and Elliott Whitehead (back) finished the game but received medical attention during the second half.
Those concerns only add to the Raiders' injury woes, with forward Joseph Tapine to miss at least another two weeks due to a dislocated thumb.
"It's not all about next week. Obviously every game is a really important game to win but it's about making sure we don't lose all that effort and desire that's there," Stuart said.
"It's just not happening for us at the moment and there's little pieces of play not going our away and if they do we're sitting here a lot happier."
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Last Game: The Raiders lost against the Melbourne Storm 10 - 30 at Olympic Park, Australia (5429 days ago)
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1995 Winfield Cup, 1996 Optus Cup, 1997 Superleague Telstra Cup, 1998 NRL Season, 1998 NRL Finals, 1999 NRL Country Carnival, 1999 NRL Season, 2000 Pre-Season, 2000 NRL Season, 2000 NRL Finals, 2001 NRL Pre-Season, 2001 NRL Season, 2002 NRL Season, 2002 NRL Finals, 2003 NRL Season,
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Alan Tongue, Brett Finch, Clinton Schifcofske, Darren Mapp, Greg Wolfgramm, Jamaal Lolesi, James Evans, Jason Croker, Joel Monaghan, Mark McLinden, Michael Hodgson, Michael Monaghan, Michael Robertson, Odell Manuel, Phil Graham, Ruben Wiki, Ryan Ohara, Sean Rutgerson, Simon Woolford, Terry Martin, Todd Payten, Tyran Smith,
Adam Peters, Andrew McFadden, Anthony Colella, Anthony Swann, Brad Kelly, Darren Porter, Jarrod Lawrence, Ken Nagas, Lesley Vainikolo, Luke Davico, Luke Williamson, Rod Jensen, Shane Kelly, Sione Faumuina, Troy Thompson,
. Wolfgramm, Anthony Brann, Brandon Costin, Brett Mullins, David Atkins, David Furner, Justin Morgan, Laurie Daley, Mark Corvo,
Ben Kennedy, Brandon Pearson, Damian Kennedy, David Schrader, Rod Maybon,
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South Sydney 12
Saturday, 26 Apr, 2003
Sunday, 13 Apr, 2003
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Saturday, 29 Mar, 2003
St George 14
Saturday, 22 Mar, 2003
Wests Tigers 8
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Sunday, 15 Sep, 2002
Saturday, 7 Sep, 2002