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Furner not under NRL pressure: McCrone
Joe Barton
14:16 AEST Sun Jun 10 2012

Canberra halfback Josh McCrone leapt to the defence of under-fire coach David Furner after Saturday's upset NRL win over Newcastle.

McCrone says Furner has the complete support of the playing group and is not under pressure from within the club to retain the job.

The underrated playmaker hit back at the media for creating the uncertainty around Furner's future.

"There's no pressure (on Furner) from within. We know where we stand with him, so there's no pressure," McCrone told AAP.

"That's just you guys (media) talking. We don't really read too much into that.

"You don't make the decision whether he's got his job or not.

"You guys can write whatever you want to write, but that feeling of singing the team song in there is something we've missed for a while. It felt good."

McCrone said the decision by Furner to take players on a camp to the Central Coast during the week had worked wonders following last weekend's 40-0 hammering at the hands of Wests Tigers.

"I think it was a good opportunity to get our heads away from footy, away from the papers, away from everything," McCrone explained.

"And just spend some quality time together I suppose."

Furner said the camp was a success and was exactly what the Raiders, ahead of a bye week, needed.

"I think what we set out to achieve we did during the week, in what we wanted to get out of the camp," Furner said.

"It's just what we needed as a group, as a team and as a club.

"It was the right time, it was certainly well worth it and obviously you get the two points."

McCrone was particularly pleased at his side's impressive defensive display in the second half, when they conceded just one try to James McManus, despite sloppy Canberra handling giving the Knights multiple repeat sets on the Raiders line.

"We defended really well for those four or five sets down here. So we're not disappointed in that one try - it was a really well constructed try," McCrone said.

"Everyone lifted up a cog, which everyone should've been doing since the start of the year."


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