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A hip injury in the second half didn't stop Josh Papalii from playing an instrumental role in the Raiders comeback from 22 points down to beat the Knights in golden point. Papalii charged for 189 metres and was a constant menace to the Knights defence especially when the game was on the line. 

Luke Bateman provided valuable impact off the bench, making 35 tackles and running for 107 metres. Junior Paulo also had his best game in Raiders colours, running for 142 metres from 13 hit-ups. 

Captain Jarrod Croker was again one of the Raiders best on the field, scoring two extremely valuable tries and slotting a perfect three from three conversions. 

Metre Eaters

  1. Josh Papalii – 189m
  2. Jack Wighton - 162m
  3. Junior Paulo – 142m

Top Tacklers

  1. Elliot Whitehead - 56
  2. Luke Bateman - 35
  3. Shaun Fensom - 33

Second Phase Play

  1. Josh Papalii – 2 offloads
  2. Jack Wighton, Joey Leilua, Aidan Sezer, Josh Hodgson, Elliott Whitehead, Joseph Tapine  – 1 offload


The Raiders had 8 offloads, while the Knights registered 15.

Damaging Runners

  1. Jarrod Croker – 2 linebreaks, 7 tackle busts
  2. Blake Austin – 1 linebreak, 5 tackle busts
  3. Jack Wighton – 6 tackle busts

Line breaks

Both teams registered three linebreaks.

Kick Metres

  1. Aidan Sezer had 9 kicks for 245 metres
  2. Blake Austin had 4 kicks for 174 metres
  3. Jack Wighton had 2 kicks for 46 metres


Both teams had a 50% share of possession.

Completion Rate

The Raiders completed 31 of 38 sets. The Knights completed 32 of 38 sets.


The Raiders made 7 errors, while the Knights made 4.

Line Dropouts

The Raiders had 1 line dropout, while the Knights registered 2.

Missed Tackles

The Raiders missed 23 tackles, while the Knights missed 31.

Penalties Conceded

The Raiders conceded 7 penalties, while the Knights also conceded 7.

*Statistics provided by ProZone Sports.

Post Match Coverage

Match Report

Team Song

Match Highlights

Press Conference


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Acknowledgement of Country

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