Raiders determined to finish lost NRL season with a bang
They're out of the dreaded wooden spoon zone after their upset win over the Roosters on the weekend and their finals dreams ended weeks ago but don't try telling Canberra they've got nothing to play for.
Even though the Green Machine are stuck in the middle rungs of the Telstra Premiership ladder in 10th spot - eight points adrift of the playoff picture and six points clear of last place - veteran halfback Sam Williams said they would settle for nothing but their best against the Rabbitohs in their last GIO Stadium appearance of the season on Sunday.
Fresh off their impressive 14-12 win over the Sydney Roosters, Williams said the team felt it was starting to answer some of its own "questions".
The Raiders have not been able to string together three wins in a row all season, with ill-discipline and a lack of game management often forcing them to expend too much energy in defence in the first half of games.
Contrast that with the side's effort against the Roosters where they completed 19-19 in the first half, allowing them to still be in the hunt in the final 10 minutes of the clash.
"It was one of the most complete performances for the 80 minutes this season," Williams said.
"We've all spoken about how we've had patches when we've been really good, and I thought we managed to put it together for the full game.
"So, we take a bit of confidence but we've got a good Bunnies side coming down so anything less than what we gave last weekend won't be enough."
The Raiders could be bolstered by the return of Aidan Sezer from a hamstring injury.
"We haven't been on the field yet this week so it's a bit hard to say," Williams said of Sezer's chances to play on Saturday.
"We've trained with enough different combination of people in the team, if Aidan's right then that's great if not we'll go into the game with a pretty similar side as the weekend."
After seven games in the NRL, Brad Abbey is still learning his trade at the highest level.
However, the 21-year-old is relishing his chance to move back to his preferred spot at fullback ahead of the clash against Souths.
Abbey said he and Nick Cotric helped each other off the field when it came to learning the other's position, after the pair were switch by coach Ricky Stuart.
But with Cotric back in the position that saw him playing well enough to be considered a bolter for this year's New South Wales side, Abbey is happy to back where he is most comfortable.
"I'm loving it being back at fullback, it was a learning experience being on the wing, it was a good learning experience on the wing and I've learned a lot," Abbey said.
"It gives me a lot more confidence knowing I can play a couple of different positions, not just the one."
The rookie admitted it was tough to let his "voice" be hard from the back at first, but has since grown in confidence as the Raiders season winds down.
"You've got to have a big voice playing at fullback and you've got to be really dominant, the boys won't listen to you unless you're not yelling at them, so you've got to command them around the park," he said.
"I love doing that, they (other players) demand it from you as a fullback and that just makes you feel more comfortable doing it."