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Season Review: Second-Rowers

The second row position saw some stability in 2021, with three players predominantly used throughout the season. 

After the departure of John Bateman at the end of the 2020 season, Hudson Young and Corey Harawira-Naera both spent time starting in the second row in 2021. 

Elliott Whitehead was again at his reliable best, playing 21 games this season. 

The Raiders Captain started 20 games in the second row, as well as one game at halfback against the Rabbitohs in Round 8, a late replacement for George Williams who suffered an injury in the warm up. 

A shoulder injury against the Titans in Round 16 saw Whitehead miss the next three games, the longest casualty ward stint of his career. 

Whitehead made 680 tackles this season with a 90.8 percent tackle efficiency, as well as 1578 running metres. 

2021 Best Moments: Whitehead finishes off a brilliant piece of play

With a year still to go on his contract, Whitehead re-signed with the club in July, staying until the end of the 2024 season. 

Hudson Young started the season as Whitehead’s partner in the second row and played 19 games during the season. 

Young started 14 games in the second row, as well as four games off the bench and one game at lock. 

2021 Best Moments: Wighton sets up Young try

Young had a total of 1916 running metres this season, as well as 633 tackles with a 93.9 percent tackle efficiency. 

Young also locked in his future at the club, re-signing to the end of the 2024 season. 

Corey Harawira-Naera started the year playing NSW Cup before returning to the NRL side in Round 7. 

He played 15 games this season, starting in the second row on 13 occasions, as well as two games off the interchange bench. 

2021 Best Moments: Harawira-Naera charges through to score

Harawira-Naera made 487 tackles at 91.4 percent tackle efficiency, as well as 1267 running metres and 27 offloads. 

Harawira-Naera missed the final three games of the season through suspension. 

Showing his versatility, Sebastian Kris also played one game in the second row in 2021, against the Warriors in Round 3. 

Acknowledgement of Country

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