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Tongue pushes Raiders to play well

By David Long 23/08/2009 03:35:56 PM Comments (0)

With games against top-eight hopefuls Newcastle and Brisbane to complete Canberra's NRL season, captain Alan Tongue is more interested in sorting things out for his team than being anyone's party-poopers.

The Raiders lost 34-20 to the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland on Sunday, following on from last weekend's surprise win over high-flying St George Illawarra.

It continues Canberra's trend of getting results against the big teams and failing to put away the lesser lights. Tongue says the target for the last two rounds is to play to a high standard and not be so concerned about getting some big scalps.

"We've set the goals for the last three games that we want to win each one of them," Tongue said on Sunday.

"It's not about trying to ruin anybody's agenda, it's just playing to the standards that we set ourselves and make sure we keep learning and improving as a side.

"It's not all about next year, it's about this year and finishing well.

"The test for us and what we've got to learn from is that we've been able to get ourselves up against the heavyweights in the competition.

"When you set yourself standards even against the sides like the Warriors, who aren't playing for a finals spot, we needed to still play at the level and have that intensity that we've played at.

"We didn't produce that today and we've got to learn from that as a side and make sure that in these games that you should be winning you get the two points."

Raiders coach David Furner said his side hoped to build on what they had learnt this year.

"We've pushed a lot of teams, we've beat a lot of teams," he said.

"Unfortunately at those crucial moments we haven't come up with those two points.

"If I was going to review the season now I'd look at two or three games we should have won and that's enough to put you in contention for the semi-finals."

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