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Raiders easily demolish Gold Coast 46-4

By Peter Veness 26/07/2008 09:07:54 PM Comments (0)

Canberra overcame a horror week to destroy an insipid Gold Coast 46-4 at home and move into the NRL top eight.

The Raiders indefinitely suspended star Todd Carney earlier in the week for his role in a Sunday night drinking binge but they didn't need the troubled youngster.

Local junior Marc Herbert replaced Carney and grabbed his first top grade try and led the side admirably.

But it was five-eighth Terry Campese who led the way. He kicked seven goals, was denied a try of his own by the video referee Graeme West but laid on plenty of others including Herbert's.

Coach Neil Henry was full of praise for his halves pairing.

"Herbie was tremendous. He had to do a fair bit of defence out there," Henry said.

"That's a great debut for the kid."

While the Raiders' attacking dominance put a smile on the coach's face it was the defence and skills which gave him most satisfaction.

"What we haven't done in the last six weeks is probably held the ball in the second half and controlled it as well as we did tonight."

Titans mentor John Cartwright was full of praise for the lime green and offered no excuses despite his outfit missing four key players.

"They're a top four side," Cartwright said.

"They're playing with confidence. It was one of their performances where everything that could go right for them did."

Gold Coast are expecting Daniel Conn and Mark Minichiello to return to first grade in the coming weeks, Cartwright said, but remain without their Origin star Scott Prince.

Campese put in his best game of the season and will need to do the same for the next six weeks with the Raiders chief executive Don Furner tonight saying Carney would need to accept a season-ending ban if he wanted to stay at the club.

"The board met tonight and decided that for Todd Carney to remain at the Raiders he will have to accept a plan for the rest of this year which will include being stood down for the remainder of the season, from playing and training," Furner said.

Fringe first grader Bronx Goodwin was also involved in the drinking session with Carney and will face two counts of assault at the ACT Magistrates' Court on August 11.

Furner said a decision on Goodwin's future would not be made until after the court hearing.

Carney and his manager are expected to meet with the club on Monday.

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