We take a look at the stats to see how Manly players performed in Mudgee and where they stand across the NRL after one month of the Telstra Premiership.
The Sea Eagles had four different try scorers against the Raiders in their 25-6 win, with two of them crossing in the opening 20 minutes of the match and the latter two crossing within minutes of each other at the hour mark.
Winger Reuben Garrick and full-back Tom Trbojevic scored their second tries for the season and were joined by centre Morgan Harper and second-rower Haumole Olakau’atu for their first tries this year.
Possession and Completion
Manly were better across both areas in the match, finishing with a completion rate of 75% (34/45 sets) compared to Canberra’s 70% (26/37 sets) as well as controlling more possession (54% - 46%).
Goals Converted and Points Scored
Reuben Garrick continued with his fine kicking form (4/5 goals, 3/4 conversions and 1 penalty goal) but unfortunately lost his 100% status for the season.
Despite this, he still sits ninth in the NRL for goals converted with nine and fifth in the league for conversion percentage with an impressive 90%.
The winger also sits equal sixth in the league with two other players for total points scored (26) after his try and four goals.
Most Run Metres
For the second consecutive week, Tom Trbojevic led the match overall for the most run metres made with a staggering 289 metres from 26 runs, trumping his 237 metres off 25 runs from last week against the Bulldogs.
Prop Josh Aloiai played his first match in 2022 and turned up with an impressive 195 metres from 19 runs. Young gun Tolutau Koula finished third, running for 158 metres off 18 runs.
Four other Sea Eagles players ran for over 100+ metres.
Line Breaks and Tackle Breaks
The two sides couldn’t be separated for line breaks (two apiece), with Manly just edging the Raiders by one on tackle breaks (25-24).
Tom Trbojevic and Reuben Garrick registered the most line breaks for the side, with ‘Turbo’ leading the way in tackle breaks with seven.
Forward Taniela Paseka and Tolutau Koula each made three tackle breaks. Morgan Harper and the forwards trio of Sean Keppie, Andrew Davey and Josh Aloiai each made two.
Captain Daly Cherry-Evans’ 75th minute field goal marked two matches in a row with a field goal. The halfback sits outright first in the league for field goals kicked after four rounds this season. Cherry-Evans has now kicked 25 field goals in his distinguished career.
Canberra made 76 more tackles than Manly (352 to 276) and finished with a better effective tackle percentage as well (90.26% to Manly’s 82.39%). With this, they also made one more missed tackle than the Sea Eagles, finishing 25-24.
Hooker Lachlan Croker finished equal with a Raiders player for most tackles made in the match (39).
Second-rower Andrew Davey was close behind on 33 tackles followed by Jake Trbojevic on 29 tackles. Other notable efforts included Haumole Olakau’atu (25), Martin Taupau (24), Daly Cherry-Evans (19) and Morgan Harper (18),
Jake Trbojevic (171) and Lachlan Croker (163) sit inside the NRL top 10 for most tackles made.
All Runs: Manly 186, Canberra 167
All Run Metres: Manly 1648, Canberra 1425
Post Contact Metres: Manly 581, Canberra 499
Kick Return Metres: Manly 147, Canberra 162
Errors: Manly 9, Canberra 13
Penalties Conceded: Manly 7, Canberra 8
Ruck Infringements: Manly 1, Canberra 0