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Raiders rue lost opportunities

19/03/2011 03:50:50 PM Comments (0)

For the Canberra Raiders their comprehensive 20-4 NRL loss to the Brisbane Broncos was a case of lost opportunities.

Favourites to win the game after their round one thrashing of Cronulla, the Raiders faltered right from the start when winger Daniel Vidot knocked on from the kick off.

Raiders coach David Furner said individual instances like this put the whole team under pressure.

Furner told reporters on Saturday the Raiders played well in some areas, but were poor in others.

"I knew what Brisbane were going to throw at us. We got ourselves into a position where we worked well in defence, but in attack we let ourselves down.

"Some of the execution, catching a pass, bubbling a pass gave enough time for the opposition ... with sliding defence to get more numbers."

Matt Orford, who finally made his debut in a green jumper, agreed with his coach.

"The effort was there. But I just think we played some really dumb football."

Orford said he shared responsibility for the loss.

"They really were up in our face most of the night," he told reporters.

"I should have controlled things a lot better."

The Broncos led 6-4 at half time thanks to an early try from fullback Josh Hoffman.

The Raiders responded with winger Blake Ferguson scoring his second try for his new club in as many games.

Two second half tries to Matt Gillett and Jharal Yaw Yeh saw the Broncos take control of the game and shut Canberra out.

When international forward David Shillington left the field early in the second half it was feared he had suffered a knee injury. It was later revealed to be just bone bruising.

The Broncos play Gold Coast on Friday night at Skilled Park while the Raiders travel to Campbelltown next Saturday to take on the Wests Tigers.

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