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NRL: Raiders to keep the faith

Canberra coach Ricky Stuart says he will keep the faith in his players as they are trying their best to get the Raiders climbing the NRL ladder.

The Raiders are priced at 33/1 to win the grand final in 2022 but they are way down in 13th spot at the moment following a 2-3 start to the new season.

Storm defeat

Canberra slipped to a 30-16 defeat against the Melbourne Storm on Saturday after putting in a performance that was littered with errors.

There have been calls for Stuart to make changes to his match-day squad but the Raiders boss says that will not be happening just yet.

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"There's a ton of effort, let me tell you," he told reporters after the game. "The so-called experts are into me all the time about not changing my 17, when I'm getting the effort I'm getting and I can see how close we are, I keep faith in the 17."

No pressure

However Stuart does accept that the Raiders are not going to start winning games on a regular basis until they put the opposition under pressure.

They made 14 errors throughout the game, and 54 over their opening five games, and Stuart says that needs to be cut out.

"It's a frustrating time for us at the moment because we're just not putting any team under any pressure," he added. "I feel for the boys because I see how close we are and as I just said to them, you're allowed to enjoy your football.

"But they're not enjoying their football at the moment because you're not putting teams under pressure, until we do, we're not going to enjoy our football.”

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