The Canberra Raiders started the 2019 season in style on Sunday night as they kept the Gold Coast Titans scoreless at Cbus Super Stadium.
In slippery conditions, the Raiders enjoyed 55% of possession and completed 34 of their 46 sets for a 74% completion rate.
Overall, the team accrued 1,365 run metres, with debutant John Bateman leading the way with 154 metres.
The halves, in conjunction with Josh Hodgson, managed the game effectively as the Raiders had 740 kick metres compared to the Titans’ 458. The Raiders also forced four dropouts throughout the match.
In defence, the Raiders made 290 tackles, 51 less than the Titans made, with an effective tackle rate of 87.6%.
Trying conditions meant that both sides struggled with ball security as the Raiders made 12 errors and the Titans made 14.
The Green Machine gave away six penalties throughout the game, almost half the number of the Titans’ 11.
Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad began his Raiders career strongly as the former New Zealand Warrior made five tackle breaks and claimed 151 running metres.
Fellow debutant John Bateman also had a game to remember as he led the tackle count with 36, ran the most meters and also had the most post contact meters with 52 from 17 hitups.
Aidan Sezer impressed with the boot as he had 248 kick meters to his name, one forced drop out, a try assist and a field goal.