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It was an unfortunate night for the Raiders as they suffered a close loss to the Cronulla Sharks at Southern Cross Group Stadium on Friday night.

We look at the numbers from the contest in which the green machine went down 28-24 to the home side.
The Shire boys had much of possession throughout the contest with a total of 57% compared to their opponents 43%.

Ricky Stuart's side had a slightly better completion rate at 26/34 (76%) compared to the Sharks 30/40 (75%).

With most of the ball in hand for the contest the Sharks registered over 204 runs with the footy as they clocked 1806 running metres. The men from the nation's capital completed 151 runs for 1453 metres.

The home side completed a massive 19 offloads while Canberra completed seven. The Sharks also had eight line breaks while the Raiders made five.

In defence the green machine was by far the busier of the two sides as they made 342 tackles. The black, white and blue made 279 in total. Unfortunately for the Raiders they registered a total of 49 missed tackles while the Sharks only made 38.

Stuart's troops were under early pressure in the contest and in total they conceded eight penalties while Flanagan's side made five. Both sides shared a total of 12 errors.


Josh Hodgson put in a massive shift as he made a total of 50 tackles. Josh Papalii was next in line with 39 followed by Elliott Whitehead with 38.

Joey Leilua was strong in attack as he made 155 running metres, two tries and three line breaks.

Sam Williams was outstanding with the boot as he registered four goals from four attempts.

The Raiders are next in action this Saturday night at AAMI Park when they take on the Melbourne Storm.

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.