The Canberra Raiders put on another defensive masterclass in 2019 as they claimed their second shutout victory of the season, defeating the Parramatta Eels 19-0. Here’s this week’s edition of by the numbers.
The home side piled on the pressure early on and finished the match with 57% possession.
Canberra also managed to complete 31/42 of their sets (74%) while Parramatta had a day to forget as they managed to complete only 19/34 sets (56%).
With plenty of ball in their hand, the green machine made a total of 1733 running metres from 185 runs while their opponents could only conjure up 1257 metres from 149 runs.
In attack the Raiders managed to complete 11 offloads while the Eels managed 10. Ricky Stuart’s side also made three line breaks while Brad Arthur’s side made two.
In defence it was no surprise that Parramatta finished as the busier of the two sides as they made a total of 384 tackles with 52 missed tackles. Canberra completed 307 tackles and only made 29 missed tackles.
Stuart however won’t be too pleased to see that his men conceded six penalties while Arthur’s side only conceded five.
Parramatta will certainly be desperate to get back to work on the training field after they made 18 errors in total throughout the Sunday afternoon clash.
Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad was once again the metre eater for the Raiders as he chalked up 170 in total. Jordan Rapana was next best on 169 while Josh Papalii made 154.
Papalii and John Bateman registered the most amount of post contact metres with 59 and 52 respectively.
Joey Leilua contributed with 10 tackle breaks while Papalii, Bateman and Nick Cotric made 7.
Josh Hodgson was a workhorse in defence once again as he registered a total of 48 tackles. Elliott Whitehead was next for the Raiders with 36.