As we saw in yesterday’s games, they were all on a knife’s edge, especially the Panthers v Eels match, which was won on the final play of the game.
The Eels looked to have done enough to win their fourth consecutive match but they were done at the death by a never say die Panthers team that won courtesy of a Jamie Soward cross field kick to Bryce Cartwright that allowed the Panthers to squeak home 20-18. It was a quality contest in front of a good Sunday afternoon crowd.
The Warriors prevailed against my mates Owen Five Roosters to win their second successive match of the season. RTS came back to haunt the Roosters, who remained anchored to the bottom of the table.
Tonight sees the culmination of round five with the Bulldogs returning to their spiritual home against the Raiders, who lost in disappointing fashion last week to the Titans. The less said about that the better.
The Raiders welcome back Aidan Sezer and Blake Austin although I have my doubts about the fitness of both players and would not be surprised if either didn’t play tonight, handing the Bulldogs a sizeable advantage other than the fact they are playing at Belmore.
The weather may be a leveler in favour of the Raiders, and I see this as a must win for the Raiders if they are retain any type of momentum and keep in touch with the top four. Two wins, two losses and a draw after five rounds is the textbook definition of mediocre.
Ricky says the Raiders have matured and learned the lessons from last year. Tonight is a chance for the Raiders to demonstrate they are capable of beating a quality team away from home in a hostile environment.
Bring it on ladies!