Don’t get carried away, Raiders warned

Coach Ricky Stuart has implored Canberra not to take their foot off the pedal despite enjoying a dream start to the NRL season.

Not since 2005 have the Raiders been undefeated after two rounds, following gutsy wins over Penrith and the Sydney Roosters at GIO Stadium.

They face last-placed Newcastle away on Saturday and an unfancied Gold Coast next week at home, giving them the potential to be 4-0 for the first time in more than a decade.

Many pandits, including rugby league immortal Andrew Johns, reckon they’re a top-four side.

“Everyone’s hungry, everyone wants to succeed here, but you can’t get carried away,” veteran workhorse Shaun Fensom said on Tuesday.

“We’ve still got a lot to improve on.”

Fensom admitted the Raiders didn’t play well against the Roosters, despite walking away 21-20 victors after a field goal to Sam Williams in the dying minutes.

He said they needed to step things up against the Knights who, after being thrashed 48-6 by South Sydney at the weekend and by 28 points to the Titans in round one, would be fired up.

“Everyone’s been patting us on the back but it’s going to be a tough game,” he added.

“We have to make sure that we’re prepared for that. We can’t take it easy.

“It’s their first home game and they haven’t started the season well.”

Fensom sat out most of the game against the Roosters, angry and emotional after being concussed in the opening minute while attempting a tackle on Dylan Napa.

He has already passed two concussions tests and will face another later this week, but expects to be available for the Knights clash.

Rookie playmaker Lachlan Croker is also likely to be up for selection despite going down with a shoulder injury late in the second half on debut.

The Raiders will continue to be without star halves Blake Austin (knee) and Aidan Sezer (eye socket) until at least round five, while recruit Adam Clydesdale is slated for a round-three return.

They will also be missing Joey Leilua for at least the next two matches, with the centre pleading guilty to a dangerous throw on Saturday on Shaun Kenny-Dowall.

He will be forced to sit out an extra week if he fails to beat a contrary conduct charge at the judiciary on Wednesday night for striking Napa.

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