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Josh Dugan

Raiders

Raiders
 
Raiders

Todd Carney

Sharks

He kicks, he runs and at times he’s impossible to tackle. A talented and slippery fullback, Josh Dugan has been a weapon at the stern of the Green Machine’s arsenal this year and a formidable opponent to every team that’s tried to wrestle him into submission. . He’s averaged 144 metres per game this year and has made 93 tackles-breaks (9th in the NRL). The Raiders’ line-up is a daunting prospect to the seven remaining teams when this man is bringing up the rear.
Josh Dugan
 
Todd Carney
Every rugby league team that’s ever been blessed with an in-form Todd Carney has tasted success. That’s largely been the case at Cronulla this year too, where the enigmatic and gifted Carney has found his mojo for the first time since he led the Roosters to the 2010 grand final. He might not lead many statistical categories but his presence on the field has provided Cronulla with an X-factor they’ve been lacking for many years.
 
 

Charging from close

Sunday 22nd July

Cut-out passes

Sunday 15th April

Charging from close
Cut-out passes

While Josh Dugan’s pace out wide is always a factor, it’s when he goes looking for work in centre-field when close to the opposition try-line that he’s arguably at his most dangerous. Dugan’s tackle-busting ability is tough to rival – which he displayed against the Broncos in Round 21 when he sealed an important win. After feigning a move to the right, Dugan steps off his right foot and shifts direction with suddenness that catches the Broncos napping.

The Sharks rely heavily on Carney’s strong attack on the right side of the field where he’ll keep defences guessing while drifting across the field. If he senses space he might run himself, or else he’ll look to catch out a too-keen defender with a long cut-out pass to a support. It worked wonders against the Eels in Round 7: with the scores locked at 18-all in the 49th minute, Carney received the ball 10 metres out from the Parramatta line. He drifted to his right with trademark explosive pace before firin

 
Round 20 Sharks v Raiders

Round 20 Sharks v Raiders

Sunday 22nd July

It was an ambush at Shark Park back in Round 20 as the visitors ran away 36-4 winners. To be fair, the home side was without talismanic skipper Paul Gallen who was at that point battling several niggles including a knee strain and abdominal injury. Key playmaker Todd Carney probably shouldn’t have played either, due to an abdominal complaint, and it was borne out in his performance: Carney turned in easily his worst game of the season, including three errors and seven missed tackles.