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Competition - NRL
Round - Finals Week 2
Teams – Raiders V Panthers
Date – 17th of September 2016 
Venue – GIO Stadium 
Photographer – Cox 
Description –

The unrelenting Raiders offense went a long way in deciding Saturday's semi-final against the Panthers, dominating the attacking stats.  

Standout performances by Jack Wighton, Elliot Whitehead and Josh Papalii gave the Raiders tremendous go-forward, resulting in the team making an extra 375 run metres over their opponents.

Whitehead led from the front with another standout performance, making the team’s second highest number of runs whilst leading in tackles.

Jordan Rapana equaled one of the Raiders’ longest standing records when he scored his 22nd try of the season, putting his name alongside club greats Noa Nadraku, Jason Croker and Brett Mullins.

Perhaps the match’s defining stat was the Raiders’ 34 extra tackle busts, which allowed them to create numerous chances out wide.

Metre Eaters

1.     Jack Wighton – 200m

2.     Elliot Whitehead – 152m

3.     Josh Papali – 146m

Top Tacklers

1.     Elliott Whitehead - 37

2.     Josh Hodgson - 31

3.     Luke Bateman - 27

Most Creative

1.     Jack Wighton – 1 try assist, 1 linebreak assist

2.     Joey Leilua – 1 try assist

3.     Aidan Sezer, Elliot Whitehead – 1 linebreak assist

Second Phase Play

1.     Junior Paulo – 4 offloads

2.     Josh Papalii, Joey Leilua – 3 offloads

3.     Jarrod Croker – 2 offloads


The Raiders registered 15 offloads, while the Panthers registered 11.

Damaging Runners

1.     Jack Wighton – 1 linebreak, 8 tackle busts

2.     Jarrod Croker, Joey Leilua, Jordan Rapana – 1 linebreak, 4 tackle busts

3.     Blake Austin – 1 linebreak, 3 tackle busts

Line breaks

The Raiders made 6 linebreaks, while the Panthers made 2.

Kick Metres

1.     Josh Hodgson had 5 kicks for 148 metres

2.     Blake Austin had 3 kicks for 105 metres

3.     Joey Leilua had 3 kicks for 64 metres


The Raiders had 57% possession, while the Panthers had 43%.

Completion Rate

The Raiders completed 29 of 39 (74%) sets. The Panthers completed 22 of 33 (67%) sets.


The Raiders made 12 errors, while the Panthers made 11.

Line Dropouts

The Raiders had 1 line dropout, while the Panthers had 3.

Missed Tackles

The Raiders missed 16 tackles, while the Panthers missed 50.

Penalties Conceded

The Raiders conceded 7 penalties, while the Panthers conceded 9.

*Statistics provided by ProZone Sports.

Post Match Coverage

Finals Information

Match Report

Match Highlights

Team Song

Press Conference


Five Key Points

In the Sheds: Blake Austin

Play of the Week: Leipana

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.