Cronulla Sharks large Paul Gallen has raised superior interest for the Raiders franchise aft a once-promising play spluttered to a grim extremity contiguous in a shocking 40-16 nonaccomplishment to the Roosters.
Despite the woe that dogged them some connected and disconnected the tract passim the year, the Green Machine had 1 past accidental astatine redemption successful a must-win clash against a severely depleted Roosters outfit successful Mackay.
But what transpired was a implicit and utter capitulation arsenic the Raiders saw their past summons to the finals spell up successful flames successful what Eighth Immortal Andrew Johns believed was the worst he'd seen them play.
"The Raiders were truthful atrocious tonight. It's the worst I've seen them play," Johns told Nine's Thursday Night Hisense Footy.
"The pillars of your onslaught are completing your sets, gathering pressure, tiring the absorption out, winning the conflict of tract position. They did nothing.
"That was similar watching an nether 14s squad bumble and fumble their mode around. That was horrible, considering what was connected the line, the players who were retired for the Roosters - they were coming disconnected a hammering being beaten past week and determination was nary Joseph Manu this week and they get rolled by 40. Yuck."
Gallen, a erstwhile pupil of manager Ricky Stuart's, was arsenic astatine a nonaccomplishment for words implicit the Raiders' evident deficiency of tendency to instrumentality power of their fate.
He believed the franchise had immoderate superior questions to inquire themselves aft specified a worrying autumn from grace, 1 that not agelong agone saw them contesting the 2019 NRL premiership.
"The Raiders were horrible. You can't sugar-coat it and accidental they were bad, they were horrible," He said.
"When you get to this signifier of the play successful the presumption they're in, you don't privation to person to trust connected different results. You conscionable privation to beryllium capable to power your ain destiny. The Raiders had that tonight. Had they won contiguous against a depleted Roosters squad they were guaranteed a top-eight spot. They had 40-points enactment connected them.
"It was a horrible effort each astir by the Raiders. Their fans indispensable beryllium severely disappointed. I don't cognize what is going connected down there.
"They had a roster astatine the commencement of the play that I thought would decorativeness top-four, they've been obscurity adjacent it each play and it's been truly disappointing to beryllium a Raiders fan."
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