Last night was arguably the Raiders most complete 80-minute performance of the year. The Raiders completed at 87% and made only five errors in the 26-12 victory over the North Queensland Cowboys.
Jack Wighton starred at fullback for the Raiders, bagging two tries, busting eight tackles, making two linebreaks and running a game-high 164 metres. Wighton also made two bone-crunching tackles which saved possible tries.
Aidan Sezer was dominant in the halves during the game, kicking for 421 metres and registering 1 try assist and 1 linebreak. Sezer also darted his way through the Cowboys defence for the match-sealing try with five minutes remaining.
The Raiders forward pack was very strong throughout the game. Fensom, Whitehead, Soliola, Paulo and Boyd all ran for over 100 metres each as the Raiders gained nearly 200 metres more than the Cowboys.
- Jack Wighton - 164m
- Jordan Rapana - 153m
- Elliott Whitehead - 141m
- Sia Soliola- 37
- Josh Hodgson, Elliott Whitehead - 33
- Shaun Fensom- 25
- Aidan Sezer – 1 try assist
Second Phase Play
- Junior Paulo - 3 offloads
- Joey Leilua - 2 offloads
- Edrick Lee, Aidan Sezer – 1 offload
The Raiders registered 7 offloads, while the Cowboys registered 10.
- Jack Wighton - 2 linebreaks, 8 tackle busts
- Blake Austin - 1 linebreak, 4 tackle busts
- Aidan Sezer - 1 linebreak, 2 tackle busts
The Raiders tallied 4 linebreaks in comparison to the Cowboys 3.
- Aidan Sezer had 16 kicks for 421 metres
- Blake Austin had 5 kicks for 167 metres
- Josh Hodgson had 2 kicks for 95 metres
The Raiders had 52% of possession, while the Cowboys had 48%.
The Raiders completed 34 of 39 sets. The Cowboys completed 27 of 33 sets.
The Raiders made 5 errors, while the Cowboys made 7.
The Raiders had 2 line dropouts, while the Cowboys had 2.
The Raiders missed 19 tackles, while the Cowboys missed 43.
The Raiders conceded 4 penalties, while the Cowboys conceded 8.
*Statistics provided by ProZone Sports.
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