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NRL Premiership - Preliminary Final - Melbourne Storm V Canberra Raiders - 24 September 2016 - AAMI Park, Melbourne, Vic - Ian Knight

Errors, penalties and completions cost the Raiders dearly in Saturday's two point loss to the Storm. 

The Storm completed at a much higher rate than the Raiders and had ten more sets to trouble the scoreboard with. A kicking masterclass by Cooper Cronk and Cameron Smith forced the Raiders into making six line dropouts, while the Storm had none. 

Josh Papalii was the Raiders standout player, running a team-high 166 metres and offloading three times. 

Metre Eaters

1.     Josh Papalii – 166m

2.     Joey Leilua – 159m

3.     Jordan Rapana – 157m

Top Tacklers

1.     Josh Hodgson - 45

2.     Luke Bateman - 42

3.     Elliott Whitehead - 40

Most Creative

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

2.     Joe Tapine – 1 try assist, 1 linebreak assist

Second Phase Play

1.     Josh Papalii – 3 offloads

2.     Sia Soliola, Joey Leilua – 2 offloads

3.     Jarrod Croker, Josh Hodgson, Aidan Sezer, Junior Paulo, Edrick Lee – 1 offload


The Raiders registered 12 offloads, while the Storm registered 6.

Damaging Runners

1.    Jordan Rapana – 1 linebreak, 6 tackle busts

2.     Joey Leilua – 1 linebreak, 4 tackle busts

3.     Elliott Whitehead – 1 linebreak, 2 tackle busts

Line breaks

Both teams made 3 linebreaks. 

Kick Metres

1.     Aidan Sezer had 8 kicks for 209 metres

2.     Blake Austin had 6 kicks for 110 metres

3.     Josh Hodgson had 1 kicks for 30 metres


The Storm had 53% possession, while the Raiders had 47%.

Completion Rate

The Raiders completed 26 of 33 (79%) sets. The Storm completed 38 of 43 (88%) sets.


The Raiders made 10 errors, while the Storm made 7.

Line Dropouts

The Raiders had 6 line dropouts, while the Storm had 0.

Missed Tackles

The Raiders missed 28 tackles, while the Storm missed 24.

Penalties Conceded

The Raiders conceded 11 penalties, while the Storm conceded 7.

*Statistics provided by ProZone Sports.

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.