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 second-rowers.
The Breakdown Joe Tapine – six games, one try
Elliott Whitehead – 22 games, five tries
Hudson Young – six games
John Bateman – 11 games, three tries
Corey Harawira-Naera - one game
The Storyline Off-season surgery for John Bateman, meant that Ricky Stuart had to find an edge partner for Elliott Whitehead for the early stages of the season.
With Hudson Young unavailable for selection, Corey Horsburgh was given the first chance in the pre-season trial and was named in the number 11 jersey for round one.
However, a late switch saw Joe Tapine play in the second-row for the opening six rounds.
After coming off the bench for his first game for the season, Hudson Young assumed the role for the following five games.
Hudson produced solid performances as the Raiders picked up valuable mid-season victories over the Roosters and Rabbitohs in particular.
In round 12, the Raiders second-row stocks were given a huge boost as John Bateman returned, while the club also signed Corey Harawira-Naera – albeit the later was mainly used through the middle.
As the Raiders used four different players on the right edge, Elliott Whitehead continued to epitomise consistency as he played nearly every minute of the season once again.
The English international produced plenty of stellar performances as he scored five tries for the season and got through a mountain of work.
Bateman’s return provided an extra weapon in attack with his unpredictability.
The two Englishman continued their hard work throughout the regular season and were rested before the finals as Ricky Stuart gave Hudson Young and Corey Harawira-Naera a chance to play on the edge.