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Carney, Weyman almost right for Raiders

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by The Gronk, May 2, 2007.

  1. The Gronk

    The Gronk Well-Known Member

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    Canberra could be bolstered by the early return of halfback Todd Carney and prop Michael Weyman for Sunday's crucial NRL clash with frontrunners Manly.

    Carney missed last week's win over Penrith with a quadricep strain, replaced by man of the match Terry Campese, and while he is yet to train with the side he could be a last-minute addition.

    Weyman is yet to return to full training, but his ankle injury has improved rapidly and could also be recalled.

    The return of the pair will boost the Raiders, who are searching for their first daytime win of the year after two night victories at home and last week's twilight away win over Penrith.

    In-form fullback William Zillman said the Raiders were buoyed after shaking the "away" monkey off their back and were confident of toppling the Sea Eagles in Canberra.

    "We really take pride in playing at home and don't like anyone beating us and we'll be ready this Sunday to beat Manly," said Zillman.

    "It will be a bit different (playing during the day), a bit drier hopefully but that should suit us and if we can hold onto the ball I think it will go a long way to hopefully winning the game.

    "We came through with a win last week and it was good to win away from home and get some momentum coming into this weekend.

    "It was good for the team to get that monkey off our back."

    The Raiders were written off as wooden spoon favourites in the pre-season but wins over Newcastle, Sydney Roosters and Penrith have silenced many critics - not that the players have noticed.

    "We try not to listen to what other people are saying much," said Zillman.

    "We know ourselves while we're not going too bad we can get much better again.

    "We are happy at the moment and we've just got to try to keep winning."

    Zillman knows Sunday could be one of his toughest days in the NRL, with Manly a competition leader in scoring from kicks.

    Crafty halves pair Matt Orford and Michael Monaghan have both been successful with their kicks this season, fullback Brett Stewart the main target for their pinpoint options.

    Zillman said the Raiders had focussed on the Sea Eagles' kicking game, and particularly nullifying the options of Stewart.

    "It's definitely something both the team and myself have looked at," he said.

    "We just want to counter that and put a lot of pressure on the kicker.

    "(Stewart) has scored a few tries this year through kicks. He is a dangerous player and we've certainly got to watch him, but we know if we stick to our game and put in a good effort we can definitely come away with the two points."
     
  2. Guest

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    Weymimself is plasticine man and will probably injure himself before the game getting out of bed.
     
  3. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Boht of them will be very good additions too their squad, the win up there will be hard earned
     
  4. PEPSI

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    just wondering that since there away win they may be a little cocky and confident. Manly will be far better opposition that the penny panthers
     
  5. Fluffy

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    so they will have a half fit half to match ours
     

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