Throughout the 2020 season, the Raiders had outstanding performers across the park. Whether they were international stars or rookies coming into the team, each of them played a significant role in the season just gone.
In this series, we’ll look at each position and each of the players who played there for the Green Machine as we review the 2020 season.
This time we’re taking a look at the locks.
The Breakdown Corey Horsburgh – six games
Sia Soliola – one game
Kai O’Donnell – four games, one try
Joe Tapine – 14 games, three tries
Hudson Young – two games
Corey Harawira-Neara – one game
Ryan Sutton – two games
Siliva Havili – one game
Darby Medlyn – one game
The Storyline When John Bateman was ruled out of the opening months of the NRL season, the big question was how the Raiders would line up in the second row.
As it turned out, regular lock Joe Tapine was shifted to the edge as Corey Horsburgh won the race to wear the number 13 jersey.
Having enjoyed a fine debut year in 2019, the fiery red-head produced stellar performances with his strong carries and skillful offloads.
The Queensland junior representative player missed the round five win against the Tigers due to illness and was replaced by Sia Soliola before returning the following week.
However, a season ending injury to Horsburgh in round seven against the Eels meant that a further reshuffle was required.
Ryan Sutton started at lock against the Dragons but as more middle forwards were struck by injury, rookie Kai O’Donnell started the next three games at lock.
O’Donnell played the role in a slightly different way as he played at a high intensity for the first 25 minutes before being moved to the interchange. Siliva Havili played at lock in second half following his first stint on the field at hooker.
Throughout all this, Joe Tapine was used off the bench as Ricky Stuart generally had him on the field while Josh Papalii was off.
When John Bateman returned from injury and Corey Harawira-Naera linked up with the club it gave Ricky Stuart more options in the forward pack as Hudson Young moved to lock from the second-row.