In a further blow following the one-point loss to the Warriors, the Raiders will lose Jack Wighton for the next fortnight through suspension.
The star five-eighth was placed on report for a tipping tackle on Reece Walsh that put the Warriors fullback’s head in a dangerous position.
Wighton has been cited with a grade two dangerous throw charge, which carries a maximum penalty of three weeks on the sidelines.
Should the Raiders enter an early guilty plea, they can have Wighton’s ban downgraded to two weeks.
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It means at best Wighton will miss next week’s clash against the Bulldogs and the round 10 meeting with the Sharks.
While it adds further insult on the end of Canberra’s poor performance against a depleted Warriors outfit in which they relinquished an eight-point half-time lead to lose 21-20, with Shaun Johnson kicking the winning field goal in golden point.
It was a performance that left coach Ricky Stuart seething.
“I’m lost for comment in regards to the quality of that football in the second half,” Stuart said of his side after full-time.
“For any loyal fan or real fan we have got left, I feel really embarrassed and sorry for them.
“I can put my finger on it, but from a public point of view, it’s not something I need to discuss here at a press conference.”
Wighton also said he was out of answers for the Raiders’ poor run of form.
“We shot ourselves in the foot massively again,” he said.
“It’s become too common. We’ve got to find a way to become winners again. At the moment we keep letting it slip. I’m a little bit lost for words and it’s something we have to look at tomorrow and we have to move on fast.
“It’s no secret we have to stick together and go again. It’ll be too hard if we start looking at each other now, so that’s something we’re looking forward to doing this week.”
In other suspension news, Matthew Lodge has escaped with a $1000 fine for a direct elbow to the head of Raiders forward Corey Harawira-Naera, while Bulldogs forward Billy Tsikrikas has been handed a one-game ban for dangerous contact on Sitili Tupouniua.