By the numbers: Raiders v Cowboys

The Raiders defeated the Cowboys 18-8 on the weekend as they broke a 12-year winless drought against the North Queensland Cowboys at 1300SMILES Stadium.

The green machine were particularly strong in defence as they held out the Cowboys on multiple occasions as the home side forced four dropouts.

This week's by the numbers makes for riveting viewing as the stats don't completely tell the story of the game.

Attack:

The home side had most of the ball in hand with a total of 56% possession compared to the visitors 44%.

The Cowboys even had a superior completion rate with a total of 79%. The Raiders could only manage 71%.

No doubt Ricky Stuart and the Raiders coaching staff will be looking for a better rate this weekend against the Titans at GIO Stadium.

In attack the Cowboys completed a total of 170 runs with 1,606 running metres as well as 556 post contact metres. The Raiders amassed a total of 156 runs with 1,372 running metres and 499 post contact metres.

Canberra were able to make more line breaks than their opponents with three compared to North Queensland's two.

The Raiders managed to complete a total of 10 offloads compared to the Cowboys four.

The home side were dangerous when they got the ball close to the line as Jonathan Thurston looked dangerous with his kicking game. In total they forced four drop outs while the Raiders couldn't force any.

Defence:

The green machine were applauded for their defensive effort in the second half as they held the Cowboys try-less.

In total they made 372 tackles compared to the Cowboys 327. The home side made 36 missed tackles while Canberra only made 25.

A worrying stat for the Cowboys is that there were 17 ineffective tackles while the Raiders only made 9.

Negative play:

Ricky Stuart's troops completed more errors than their opponents with a total of 12 compared to the Cowboys 10.

The Raiders also topped the home side in penalties conceded with nine. North Queensland only conceded five.

Individual statistics:

Jordan Rapana was explosive in attack over the weekend. The New Zealand international ran for a total of 220 running metres. Nick Cotric was next best for the Raiders with 132.

In defence the effort put on by the green machine was first class. Man of the match Joe Tapine made a whopping 53 tackles. Siliva Havili was next with 42 with Josh Papalii next on 36.