Competition -  NRL Premiership. 
Round - Finals Week 1,
Date  -   September 10th 2016.
Teams - Canberra Raiders v Cronulla Sharks.
at - GIO Stadium Canberra.
Pic - Grant Trouville © NRL Photos.

The stats from Saturday show just how close of a game it was between the Raiders and Sharks. Missed tackles, possession, penalties and errors were all very even.

The Raiders edged out the Sharks in completion rate and linebreaks, while the Sharks posed a stronger threat in offloads and repeat sets. A kicking masterclass by James Maloney forced the Raiders into making five line dropouts. 

Elliott Whitehead was a rock in defence for the Raiders, making 44 tackles with only one miss. 

Fellow English star Josh Hodgson was the best player on the field before succumbing to an ankle injury. Hodgson scored a try in the first half and also tallied one linebreak and five tackle busts. 

Metre Eaters

1.     Jordan Rapana - 165m

2.     Jack Wighton - 158m

3.     Jarrod Croker - 115m

Top Tacklers

1.     Elliott Whitehead - 44

2.     Sia Soliola - 29

3.     Luke Bateman - 27

Most Creative

1.     Jarrod Croker –1 linebreak assist

Second Phase Play

1.     Josh Papalii - 3 offloads

2.     Jarrod Croker, Junior Paulo – 2 offloads

3.     Joe Tapine, Edrick Lee, Aidan Sezer – 1 offload

Offloads

The Raiders registered 10 offloads, while the Sharks registered 15.

Damaging Runners

1.     Josh Hodgson – 1 linebreak, 5 tackle busts

2.     Josh Papalii, Jack Wighton – 1 linebreak, 3 tackle busts

3.     Joe Tapine – 5 tackle busts

Line breaks

The Raiders made 3 linebreaks, while the Sharks made 1.

Kick Metres

1.     Aidan Sezer had 8 kicks for 165 metres

2.     Sam Williams had 6 kicks for 153 metres

3.     Josh Hodgson had 3 kicks for 52 metres

Possession

Both teams had an even share of possession.

Completion Rate

The Raiders completed 28 of 35 (80%) sets. The Sharks completed 29 of 40 (72%) sets.

Errors

The Raiders made 9 errors, while the Sharks made 11.

Line Dropouts

The Raiders had 5 line dropouts, while the Sharks had 2.

Missed Tackles

The Raiders missed 30 tackles, while the Sharks missed 32.

Penalties Conceded

Both teams conceded 7 penalties.

*Statistics provided by ProZone Sports.

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