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Has Ricky Stuart's "direct approach" negatively impacted Raiders stars?


Sydney Morning Herald journalist Andrew Webster believes Ricky Stuart still has control of the Canberra dressing room despite Josh Hodgson's decision to step down from captaincy.

After many tipped the Raiders to appear in the finals, some are questioning whether Stuart still has control of his squad after four successive losses.

While Webster beleives Stuart is "taking control", he feels the coach's "direct approach" could be the reason for the poor form of some of his stars.

“Ricky hasn’t lost the dressing room, he’s taking control of the dressing room,” Webster said on SEN 1170 Mornings.

“He’s unhappy with the way some players have been performing, so he’s told them.

“Some of them have taken it well, and some haven’t.

“I think that that’s reflected in the fact that they’ve lost last four games. In particular, the way that they’ve lost the couple."

However, Webster believes the Raiders still possess the quality to turn their season around with the help of some good fortune.

“I don’t think they’re that far away," he added.

“I thought they were right up to their eyeballs in that game against Souths.

“They probably should’ve won it, if it weren’t for the few things that went against them.

“The Canberra board and Canberra management are not going to back players who are disgruntled, they’re going to back Ricky Stuart."

The Raiders next chance to turn their season around comes on Saturday when they face the Newcastle Knights at McDonalds Jones Stadium.

Listen to the full chat with Webby here:

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