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Competition - NRL Premiership.
Date  -   August 15th 2016.
Teams - Canberra Raiders v Melbourne Storm.
at - GIO Stadium.
Pic Grant Trouville @ NRL Photos.

Last night's stunning win over the Storm was a brilliant display by all 17 members of the Raiders squad. 

It was the defensive performance that was most impressive about the victory. The Storm enjoyed a wealth of possession (54%), but couldn't crack the Raiders defence in the second-half. The Raiders missed 13 less tackles than the Storm and had an effective tackle percentage of just over 88%.

The duo of Luke Bateman and Elliott Whitehead, both who have recently re-signed, were phenomenal for the Raiders. Bateman ran for 165 metres and had an effective tackle percentage of 96%. Whitehead was a rock in defence and potent in attack, tallying 45 tackles, 1 try assist and 2 linebreak assists.

Joey Leilua was at his explosive best for the Raiders, bagging two tries and busting a huge 12 tackles. Leilua's first try came after just 47 seconds - the quickest try so far this season in the NRL.

Jarrod Croker's tally of 10 points last night brings him to 240 points for the season, just five points behind Clinton Schifcofske's club record of 245 points in a season. 

Metre Eaters

1.     Luke Bateman - 165m

2.     Josh Papalii - 150m

3.     Joey Leilua - 132m

Top Tacklers

1.     Elliott Whitehead - 45

2.     Josh Hodgson - 37

3.     Luke Bateman - 29

Most Creative

1.     Elliott Whitehead – 1 try assist, 2 linebreak assists

2.     Josh Hodgson – 1 try assist, 1 linebreak assist

3.     Blake Austin – 1 try assist

Second Phase Play

1.     Joey Leilua - 2 offloads

2.     Jarrod Croker, Jordan Rapana, Junior Paulo, Josh Papalii, Elliott Whitehead, Luke Bateman, Josh Hodgson – 1 offload


The Raiders registered 9 offloads, while the Storm registered 8.

Damaging Runners

1.     Joey Leilua – 2 linebreak, 12 tackle busts

2.     Shannon Boyd – 1 linebreak, 3 tackle busts

3.     Jordan Rapana - 6 tackle busts

Line breaks

The Raiders made 3 linebreaks, while the Storm made 2.

Kick Metres

1.     Aidan Sezer had 8 kicks for 271 metres

2.     Blake Austin had 7 kicks for 201 metres

3.     Jarrod Croker had 1 kick for 13 metres


The Raiders had 46% of possession, while the Storm had 54%.

Completion Rate

The Raiders completed 30 of 37 (81%) sets. The Storm completed 31 of 41 (78%) sets.


The Raiders made 7 errors, while the Storm made 9.

Line Dropouts

Both teams had one line drop-out.

Missed Tackles

The Raiders missed 24 tackles, while the Storm missed 37.

Penalties Conceded

The Raiders conceded 10 penalties, while the Storm conceded 8.

*Statistics provided by ProZone Sports.

Post Match Coverage

Match Report

Match Highlights 

Press Conference

Team Song

In the Sheds: Josh Papalii


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.