Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Stuart's 'Soft' Rant May Galvanise Team

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Stuart's 'Soft' Rant May Galvanise Team

Article excerpt

CANBERRA captain Jarrod Croker says his side has no choice but to respond after being labelled "soft" by coach Ricky Stuart following their 32-16 loss to Manly.

An irate Stuart watched the Raiders slump to their worst start to a season in 21 years on Saturday night, as Manly blew them out of the water in a dominant first half.

Stuart was seething after the match, letting loose on a Canberra side that earnt only 32 per cent of the ball in the first half and let in four tries in 14 minutes.

But with a short turnaround before Thursday's cash with Canterbury, Croker said his team had no time to feel sorry for themselves.

"It's attitude. We don't have a choice ... if we played tomorrow we would have to play better than that," Croker said.

"We've just got to rip in and put pride in the jersey. Because like we said, the first half was nowhere near good enough, the first four weeks haven't been good enough."

Four of the Raiders' starting forwards failed to reach 60 running metres, but Manly's two starting props, Addin Fonua-Blake and Martin Taupau, made 330m between them. …

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