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Elliot Whitehead Competition - NRL Premiership Round - Round 03 Teams - Newcastle Knights V Canberra Raiders - 19th of March 2016 Venue - Hunter Stadium, Broadmeadow, Newcastle NSW Photographer - Paul Barkley

Elliott Whitehead was destructive in his first game in the unfamilar position of five-eighth, showing the skills and creative thinking that had him so highly regarded in the Super League. Whitehead racked up two try assists and two linebreak assists, while also making 40 tackles in a 90 minute performance.

Shaun Fensom showed he has bounced right back from his concussion in round two, ripping through 56 tackles in a typical Fensom performance. 

Metre Eaters:

1. Shannon Boyd 146m

2. Sia Soliola 140m

3. Paul Vaughan 111m

Top Tacklers:

1. Shaun Fensom 56 tackles

2. Sia Soliola 43 tackles

3. Elliott Whitehead 40 tackles

Most Creative:

1. Elliott Whitehead 2 try assists and 2 linebreak assists

2. Jordan Rapana 1 try assist and 1 linebreak assist

3. Sam Williams 1 linebreak assist

Second Phase Play:

1. Jack Wighton, Jarrod Croker, Jordan Rapana, Elliott Whitehead, Kurt Baptiste, Paul Vaughan 1 offload


In total, the Raiders registered 6 offloads whilst the Knights had 13

Damaging Runners:

1. Jordan Rapana 1 linebreak and 4 tackle busts

2. Brenko Lee 1 linebreak and 3 tackle busts

3. Sia Soliola 1 linebreak

4. Jack Wighton 8 tackle busts

Line Breaks:

In total, the Raiders made 3 linebreaks whilst the Knights had 5

Kick Metres:

1. Sam Williams had 10 kicks for 271 metres

2. Josh Hodgson had 5 kicks for 140 metres

3. Jack Wighton had 3 kicks for 68 metres

Possession Rate:

The Raiders had 46% of possession compared to the Knights 54%

Completion Rate:

The Raiders completed 35 out of 40 sets for a completion rate of 87.5%, whilst the Knights had a completion rate of 71.1% (32/45).


The Raiders registered seven errors whilst the Knights also had seven.

Line Drop Outs:

The Raiders had four line dropouts whilst the Knights had two.

Missed Tackles:

The Raiders missed 21 tackles, whilst the Knights missed 24.

Penalties Conceded:

The Raiders conceded nine penalties whilst the Knights conceded 11. 

*Statistics provided by ProZone Sports.

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Acknowledgement of Country

Canberra Raiders respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.