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2022 Season Review: Second-Rowers

The second row position saw some stability in 2022, with three players predominantly used throughout the season. 

Captain Elliott Whitehead, Hudson Young and Corey Harawira-Naera all spent time starting in the second row this season, while Adam Elliott and Ryan Sutton also started a game there. 

Young had a stellar season with the Raiders, making the left side second row spot his own and building a dangerous combination with Jack Wighton, Sebastian Kris and Nick Cotric. 

Young played 24 games this year, starting in the second row in all of those games. He missed just two games for the Raiders, with an injury forcing him to miss round five and having played for the Raiders NSW Cup team in round six.  

The 24-year-old scored 14 tries throughout the season and was equal top try scorer along with Sebastian Kris. His tries against the Sharks in round one and the Knights in round 15 proved to be match winners, giving the team an important two points on both occasions. 

Young also registered 11 line breaks, 71 tackle breaks and 825 post contact metres this season, while also making 716 tackles and averaging 106 running metres per game. 

Young was awarded the NRL Coaches' Award at this year's 2022 Meninga Medal, a great reward for his outstanding season. 

2022 Best Moments: Young saves the day again

Captain Elliott Whitehead had a strong season for the Raiders, leading the team from the front and celebrating his 150th game for the club. 

He played 22 games this year, starting in the second row in 17 of those games. 

Whitehead spent the first five games of the season at lock before shifting to the second row in round six.

A facial injury suffered at training forced Whitehead to miss rounds seven and eight, before returning in round nine. He went on to play 16 of the last 18 matches of the season in the second row spot. 

The 33-year-old scored three tries, made 677 tackles with a tackle efficiency of 90.9% and had 1,342 total running metres. 

Moment of the Week: Tapine and Whitehead combine

Corey Harawira-Naera also spent some time in the second row spot, starting there on nine occasions. 

The first eight matches of the season saw Harawira-Naera start in the second row, while he also started there in round 25. 

Harawira-Naera also played three games at lock and nine games off the interchange bench, playing 22 games in total across the season. 

The 27-year-old made some huge tackles in many of his games, including a couple of cracking ones against the Panthers. 

2022 Best Moments: CHN hits vs Panthers

Harawira-Naera scored five tries and recorded 27 offloads, five linebreak assists, 1256 running metres and 448 tackles. 

2022 Best Moments: CHN try celebration

Adam Elliott played one game in the second row in round 18 against the Storm, while Ryan Sutton also played a game in the second row against the Storm in round five. 

Acknowledgement of Country

Canberra Raiders respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.