By The Numbers: Raiders v Eels
The Raiders secured a very important win on the weekend when they trumped the Parramatta Eels late in the second half to sneak home winners 22-16.
Coming off a tough defeat last week, the Raiders had their work cut out for them against a desperate Eels outfit, which forced them to fight for the win in what was a closely contested matchup.
It was once again the Raiders dangerous attack which gave them the edge in what was otherwise even contest. Both the Raiders and the Eels finished the match on the exact same amount of sets and tackles, finishing on 36 sets and 324 tackles respectively. With the ball in hand it was the Eels who fared better, finishing on a completion rate of 86% compared to the Raiders on 78%. In defence however, it was Raiders who came out on top missing 12 fewer tackles than the Eels.
Junior Paulo was one of the best out on the field against the Eels, running for a match high 209 metres off just 23 runs. The prop forwards work rate is made more impressive when you include his 17 tackles while only being on the field for a total of 61 minutes.
Another notable mention is in form fullback Jack Wighton. Wighton was everywhere on the weekend, notching up two try assists including the match winning cut-out ball to Jordan Rapana in the final moments, whilst also breaking the Eels defensive line once and running for an impressive 178 metres off 20 runs.