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2022 Season Review: Centres

The centres position featured exciting players this year, with five players used in total. 

Matt Timoko and Sebastian Kris were the main centres pairing, playing the last 17 rounds of the season. 

Having played only 11 games over 2020 and 2021, Timoko had a wonderful breakout season this year.

He was one of only two players in the team to have played all 26 games of the season and really nailed down the right centre spot, proving dangerous in both attack and defence.

His right side combination with Nick Cotric continued to improve week in and week out, an exciting prospect for next season too. 

Timoko was the side's second highest try scorer, with nine tries across the year. He also registered five try assists, nine linebreaks, 71 tackle breaks and averaged over 100 running metres per game. 

The 22-year-old was named in the extended New Zealand squad for the World Cup, a great reward for his performance this season. 

2022 Best Moments: Timoko double vs Titans

Timoko leaves them all in his wake

Sebastian Kris also had a breakout season this year, finding his feet in the left centre position. 

The year didn't start as planned for Kris, who missed round one due to being deemed a COVID close contact. He played on the wing in rounds two and three, before again being deemed a close contact. 

Kris was given the nod in the left centre position in round ten against the Sharks and didn't look back, playing the next 16 straight games in that position. 

The 23-year-old built a dangerous combination with Jordan Rapana and Jamal Fogarty on the left side, and was the equal top try scorer this season with 14 tries. 

He also had 12 line breaks, 43 tackle breaks and averaged 100 running metres per game. 

Kris was rewarded after an excellent season by being selected in the New Zealand squad for the Rugby League World Cup next month. 

All of Sebastian Kris' tries in 2022

James Schiller made his NRL debut in the centres in round one, before playing his other five games on the wing and off the bench. 

Semi Valemei played round one on the wing before shifting to the centres, where he played from rounds two through to eight. 

Valemei scored three tries and registered three linebreaks, 14 tackle breaks and averaged 73 running metres in his eight games. He also pulled off some great tackles, including one against the Titans in round three.

The 23-year-old was selected in the Fiji World Cup squad, with the tournament beginning next month. 

Missile Valemei lines up Brimson

Jarrod Croker was very unfortunate on the injury front this season, playing just one game in round nine against the Bulldogs. 

He injured his shoulder in the last five minutes of that match and was initially only expected to miss a couple of weeks. But a re-occurrence of the injury ruled him out of the season. 

Croker is now at 292 first grade games for the Raiders, just eight games short of 300. 

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