Their season ended with a walloping on Thursday night, and Canberra coach Ricky Stuart had some choice words for his team.
Raiders coach Ricky Stuart says his players don’t deserve to be in the hunt for the finals given the way they’ve played this year after finishing with a woeful 40-16 loss to the Roosters he didn’t see coming.
The Green Machine simply had to win to move into eighth and then hope the Sharks lost to Melbourne, but they couldn’t get the job done against a Roosters side missing the bulk of their squad through injury.
They started well and jumped out to a 12-6 lead, but 16 errors and eight penalties halted any momentum that their middle forwards had earned in the early exchanges.
“I’m not being disrespectful to the Roosters because they’ve had a tough year and have done a really good job to get to where they are,” Stuart said.
“But if we can’t beat that…