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Raider Robinson looks to cement No.1 spot

After a flying start, Reece Robinson says he's looking forward to cementing the Raiders' fullback role made vacant by the NRL club's sacking of wayward star Josh Dugan.
Raider Robinson looks to cement No.1 spot
by AAP

By David Barbeler

CANBERRA, March 26 AAP - After a flying start, Reece Robinson says he's looking forward to cementing the Raiders' fullback role made vacant by the NRL club's sacking of wayward star Josh Dugan.

Robinson starred with a man-of-the-match two-try effort in the Raiders' 30-17 win over St George Illawarra on Sunday.

His brilliant performance at fullback was made possible because incumbent Dugan was sacked from the club two weeks ago for skipping a team rehab session and then posting a photograph of himself drinking alcohol on a rooftop online.

A humble Robinson was quick to play down his performance, laughing at suggestions his first try was a Stephen Bradbury-like performance after three players fell down in front of him while chasing a Blake Ferguson grubber.

"I was just in the right place at the right time," the Indigenous All Stars representative said.

"It was just a bit of luck out there, my tries. I'm glad I got them."

While the 25-year-old admitted there was a lot more pressure at fullback compared to the wing, he didn't feel like he would be playing in Dugan's shadow this season.

"I had a few opportunities to play there last year so I got a bit used to it," he said.

"I'm just looking forward to trying to cement this position now and making the most of it."

The match this Sunday against Newcastle will be an interesting one for Robinson as he'll be going up against his first NRL coach Wayne Bennett.

Bennett not only gave Robinson his first big break in 2008 at Brisbane, but also made a recommendation to the Raiders to throw him a lifeline in late 2009 after he'd moved to the Dragons and Robinson's Broncos contract was not renewed.




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