Raiders seek their green light

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - CHRIS­TIAN NICOLUSSI

THE Green Ma­chine is known for hit­ting top gear late in the sea­son – and Blake Austin hopes Can­berra can fi­nally re­lease the hand­brake on Fri­day night.

Al­ready three wins out­side the top eight, the Raiders need a vic­tory against St Ge­orge Illawarra on Fri­day night to keep their splut­ter­ing sea­son alive, and are aware they also need to face Mel­bourne – twice – and pre­miers Cronulla in the run home to Septem­ber.

If any team is ca­pa­ble of a grand­stand fin­ish, it’s Can­berra who won their fi­nal 10 games of the reg­u­lar sea­son last year, six of their fi­nal seven matches in 2012, eight of their last nine in 2010 and seven of their last nine in 2008.

“We know the chal­lenge we face at the mo­ment, and if you’re a punter, you’d back Can­berra to get out of it be­cause your Av­er­age Joe can see if things start to click for us, we can be a pretty for­mi­da­ble side,’’ Austin said.

“That’s the most frus­trat­ing part I sup­pose.

“Not much has changed from this year to last year. We’re play­ing a sim­i­lar brand of footy, but un­for­tu­nately we’ve got our­selves into the spot we’re in, and some things that were stick­ing last year aren’t quite there at the mo­ment.”

Blake Austin of the Raiders.

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