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2022 Season Review: Front-Rowers

It was a special season in the front-rower position this year, with a Meninga Medallist and three debutants. 

Joe Tapine capped off stellar season by winning the 2022 Meninga Medal, while Trey Mooney, Ata Mariota and Harry Rushton all made their NRL debuts in the front row. 

Tapine had an outstanding 2022, playing all but one game and forming a formidable combination with fellow front-rower Josh Papalii. 

Tapine came up with plenty of big plays throughout the season, including try saving tackles and setting up tries. 

2022 Best Moments: Tapine try-saver vs Broncos

The New Zealand international's statistics were incredible, including 1,731 post contact metres (highest in NRL), 4,125 run metres (third in the NRL) 47 offloads (second in NRL) and 731 tackles. 

Tapine's Meninga Medal win was emphatic, finishing on 44 points in the final tally, 22 points clear of Jack Wighton who finished in second place. He was also named in the 2022 Dally M Team of the Year as prop. 

The 28-year-old has re-signed with the club on a new four-year deal, keeping him in green until the end of the 2027 season. 

Tapine: It’s all about being consistent

Alongside Joe Tapine was Josh Papalii, who also had a wonderful season. The two started together in the front row on 23 occasions this year and continued to lay a solid platform week in and week out. 

Papalii played 25 games this season, including his 250th game in Dubbo against South Sydney, in which he scored a try. 

2022 Best Moments: Papalii scores in game 250

The 30-year-old also played all three games of State of Origin, helping Queensland to a series win. 

Papalii recorded the most tackle breaks at the club this season with 81, and also had the highest tackle efficiency at 96.6% (having made 643 tackles). He scored four tries, 39 offloads and averaged 124 running metres per game. 

2022 Best Moments: Tapine and Papalii combine

Emre Guler played 16 games this season, coming off the bench in 15 of those and starting in the front row on one occasion. 

Guler brought plenty of go forward off the bench and formed a strong combination with Corey Horsburgh. 

The 24-year-old recorded 16 tackle breaks, seven offloads, made 309 tackles and averaged 76 running metres per game. 

Corey Horsburgh was also impressive this year, playing 22 games including starting as prop in rounds 13 and 14.

Having played just ten games last year, Horsburgh really stepped up this season and brought plenty of energy off the bench. 

2022 Best Moments: Horsburgh at it again

Horsburgh made 604 tackles with a tackle efficiency of 94.8%, 30 offloads, one try and averaged 105 running metres per game. 

The 24-year-old re-signed with the club on a new two year deal with an option for a third year, which will see him remain a Raider potentially until the end of 2025. 

Englishman Ryan Sutton spent some time in the middle, coming off the bench on ten occasions this season, while also playing in the lock position. 

Sutton made 14 tackle breaks, 462 tackles, averaged 83 running metres per game and scored a try. 

This was Sutton's last season with the Raiders, after joining the Bulldogs from next season. 

Moment of the Week: Ryan Sutton charge down

There were also three debutants this year in the front row.

Trey Mooney made his debut in round 13 against the Roosters, coming off the bench and spending some time in the middle. 

Mooney: I'm just grateful to be out there

Ata Mariota had one of the more unusual debuts in round 21 against the Panthers. Having played NSW Cup earlier in the day, he was a late call-up as 18th man for the NRL clash after an injury to Semi Valemei. Ryan Sutton then failed his HIA during the NRL clash, with Mariota coming into the match and playing 18 minutes in the front row. 

Ata Mariota Debut

Harry Rushton also made his debut this year, playing his first game of NRL against the Panthers in round seven. He also played in round eight against the Warriors and round 11 against the Rabbitohs. 

Rushton departed the club to go back England during the season. 




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