Raiders sticking with attacking approach against Storm
Canberra captain Josh Hodgson said the Raiders will stick with their attacking style of play when they travel south to face the top-of-the-table Melbourne Storm on Saturday.
Despite having scored the most points (448) and most tries (75) over the opening 19 rounds of the season the Raiders sit six points adrift of the top eight with six matches remaining.
Hodgson said the Raiders need only look into the mirror rather than casts stones at NRL officials in order to find cause for their predicament.
The Englishman admitted the side were flat in the days after their controversial loss to Cronulla last round but added they are still the architects of their future as they look to pull off a huge upset against the Storm. In would be their first win against a top-eight team this season.
"We're going to have to be very good and completing well especially in the first half. Last week we gifted too much possession away and a couple of errors in our own half really hurt us," Hodgson said.
"That's something we'll need to fix up against the Storm because if you give them good field position more often than not you're going to pay for it."
Hodgson said the Green Machine still had plenty to play for.
"For mine there's still a lot of motivation for a personal point of view just for the boys that are leaving the club," he said.
"We want to send them off with a few wins under the belt. If we make the finals that's obviously what we want but if we don't, it would still be nice to finish on a positive note."
Hodgson said the side knows it cannot let any line-ball decisions from refs Adam Gee and Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski distract them on Saturday.
"They [refs] can't sit and have a five-minute chat with you every time, but if there's a big call or decision you don't quite agree with you expect a bit of an explanation as opposed to 'that's just how I saw it'," he said.
"We're not trying to put all of the blame on somebody else, the refs don't miss tackles and the refs don't let in tries.
"The decision's off the back of that can amount of pressure and pressure creates points for the opposition."
Nick Cotric will play in his third position against the Storm when he lines up at left centre. Hodgson is backing him to shine.
"He's always a ball of energy Nick, he's like a little puppy dog chasing a ball around," he said.
"He's going to do a really good job, he's a big strong kid and you put him anywhere in the backline and he's going to do a great job."
There are 304 games different in the experience between the two fullbacks at AAMI Park Saturday, however, Hodgson is backing Brad Abbey to hold his own as he takes on Billy Slater in the win or go home contest.
"Playing alongside him the last few games his talk's been very good and for somebody who's not had much first-grade football he's got a good head on his shoulders," Hodgson said of Abbey.