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Raiders issue late season warning

02/08/2009 03:42:17 PM Comments (0)

Canberra coach David Furner says upcoming matches against two of the NRL's heavyweights will be the perfect test for his side as they look to end their season on a high.

The Raiders on Saturday night issued a warning to sides still looking to make the finals with a 56-0 flogging of a lacklustre Brisbane Broncos in Canberra.

While almost certainly out of the race for the finals, the Raiders showed they could still have an influence on the top eight by piling on 40 points in the second half.

They now face the daunting prospect of playing the second-placed Bulldogs and competition leaders St George Illawarra over the next two weeks but Furner is looking forward to the challenge, saying there's no better way to test where a young player is at.

"I think we're in the situation ... we're coming up against the best sides and I think there's no better test for a younger kid, for our team, there's no better test," he said.

"We've got the Bulldogs, we've got St George and that's the way we're going to look at it.

"We've got to test ourselves against the best."

The Raiders ran in 10 unanswered tries against the Broncos, including four to winger Phil Graham, handing the Brisbane side their worst defeat on record.

The win over Brisbane snapped a three-match losing streak for the Raiders, who were a different side to the one which went down 25-4 at home to the Wests Tigers last week.

Canberra captain Alan Tongue said the side, particularly the younger players, would take a lot of confidence out of the win.

"When you're down and out, that's when you learn the most about yourself and about your performances," Tongue said of the loss to the Tigers last week.

"It's important that as a side and as a club we learn from these, and these wins will come down the track and we've just got to keep persisting with the guys that we've got.

"The confidence of the young guys is just going to get better and better as we go along."

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