The Raiders defeated the Storm 12-10 in their qualifying match to kick start their finals campaign.
Possession was evenly split between the two sides at 50% each. The home side completed 27/34 of their sets for a rate of 79% while the visitors completed 29/37 of their sets for a rate of 78%.
Craig Bellamy’s side made a total of 1357 running metres from 145 runs while Ricky Stuart’s side mustered a total of 1404 running metres from 157 runs.
In attack, the Raiders completed four offloads, three linbreaks compared to the Storm who completed only one for each category.
Melbourne were slightly busier in defence with a total of 314 tackles compared to Canberra’s 291. The Storm missed a total of 28 tackles while the Raiders missed 26.
The green machine also conceded more penalties than their opponents with a total of 12 to nine. The Storm came up with more errors than the Raiders as they made nine compared to eight.
Bailey Simonsson was the main metre eater for the Raiders with a total of 182. Josh Papalii contributed with 163 metres for a total of 53 post contact metres. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad and John Bateman also posted strong metres with 140 and 135.
Simonsson also backed up his impressive running metres with two linebreaks and six tackle breaks.
Josh Hodgson contributed with the most tackles for the Raiders with a total of 38. John Bateman was next best with 37 while Joe Tapine contributed with 35.
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