CANBERRA star Blake Austin says the first thing the Raiders have got to do this week is make sure they don’t get hammered in the penalties again.
The Raiders were penalised 11 times and only picked up four penalties themselves in their 20-16 extra-time loss to North Queensland in round one and have accepted their discipline was bad.
Asked what the key things were that Canberra had to get right against defending premiers Cronulla at GIO Stadium on Saturday night, Austin replied: “It’s going to be important that we maintain the same energy and effort that we had last week, get on the better side of the refs this week and hold on to the ball a little better. That’s going to take us a long way.
“We’ve just got to be more disciplined from the start. I think when you give away a penalty the first tackle of the game it doesn’t set a very good precedent, so.
“A lot of those penalties were warranted. In the heat of the moment we probably felt like we were on the wrong end of the calls, but the majority of them were our own doing.”
The Sharks beat the Raiders 16-14 in Canberra in the first week of last year’s finals series. The Raiders bounced back to beat Penrith 22-12 before being eliminated 14-12 by the Storm when they were playing for a place in the grand final.