Rd 7 NRL News Stats Breakdown: Eels v Manly

Manly legend Graham Eadie

Parramatta Eels v Manly Sea Eagles Stats

Here we are, another stats breakdown. This one pits fierece rivals Parramatta Eels and the Manly Sea Eagles against each other.

The Parramatta Eels and Manly Sea Eagles have played 150 games against each other; the Eels have won just 55, Manly have won 90 and there have been five draws. This is the fourth most draws for the Eels against one side in their history.

The Manly Sea Eagles need three points to score 3000 pts against the Parramatta Eels. They will be the first team to score 3000 pts against the Eels.

The first clash between the two sides was in round eight, 1947, a game Manly won 15-7.

The Eels have won six of the last seven clashes between the two sides, although Manly won the clash between the two sides earlier this season.

Biggest Wins

The Parramatta Eels biggest win over the Manly Sea Eagles was in round 14, 2004, in a 52-12 thumping.

The Manly Sea Eagles biggest win over the Parramatta Eels was in round round 2, 2018, in a 54-0 demolition.

Players sent-off/sin-binned in this clash

  1. John Gray (MAN) (sent-off) & Ray Price (PAR) (sent-off) in 1978 Minor Semi Repeat Final.
  2. Ray Price (PAR) (sin-binned) in the 1982 NSWFRL Major Semi Final.
  3. Matt Petersen (PAR) (sin-binned) in round 17, 2003.
  4. John Hopoate (MAN) (sin-binned) & Craig Stapleton (PAR) (sin-binned) in round 14, 2004.
  5. Fuifui Moimoi (PAR) (sent-off) in round 26, 2001.

Players that have scored three or more tries in one game this clash

  1. Ray Ritchie (MAN) scored four tries in round 3, 1958.
  2. David Williams (MAN scored four tries in round 18, 2012.
  3. John McDonald (MAN) scored four tries in round 4, 1970.
  4. Rees Duncan (MAN) scored three tries in round 3, 1956.
  5. Peter Burke (MAN) scored three tries in round 12, 1956.
  6. Ray Ritchie (MAN) scored three tries in round 13, 1957.
  7. Len Wadling (MAN) scored three tries in round 15, 1959.
  8. Bob Batty (MAN) scored three tries in round 16, 1961.
  9. Ron Murray (MAN) scored three tries in round 7, 1967.
  10. Ken Irvine (MAN) scored three tries in round 1, 1971.
  11. Ken Irvine (MAN) scored three tries in round 17, 1973.
  12. Kevin Junee (MAN) scored three tries in round 2, 1974.
  13. Cliff Lyons (MAN) & Dale Shearer (MAN) both scored three tries in round 3, 1988.
  14. Michael O’Connor (MAN) scored three tries in round 18, 1988.
  15. Frank Stokes (MAN) scored three tries in round 22, 1991.

Players to have played for both sides from this clash

  1. Ron Willey (MAN: 1956-1962 & PAR: 1963-1964).
  2. Len Wadling (PAR: 1957 & MAN: 1959, 1962-1963).
  3. Paul Gibson (MAN: 1966 & PAR: 1967-1968).
  4. Fred Pickup (MAN: 1964-1965 & PAR: 1966-1968).
  5. Alec Tennant (MAN: 1964-1970 & PAR: 1972).
  6. Peter Peters (PAR: 1968 & MAN: 1969, 1971-1974).
  7. Geoff Gerard (PAR: 1974-1980 & MAN: 1981-1984).
  8. Ray Higgs (PAR: 1975-1977 & MAN: 1978).
  9. Tony Melrose (PAR: 1980-1981 & MAN: 1984-1985).
  10. Mike Eden (MAN: 1981-1982 & PAR: 1985-1987).
  11. David Liddiard (PAR: 1983-1985, 1988-1989 & MAN: 1990-1992).
  12. Brett Atkins (MAN: 1983-1984 & PAR: 1988-1989).
  13. Jeremy Ticehurst (MAN: 1987-1988 & PAR: 1989).
  14. Darrell Williams (MAN: 1987-1993 & PAR: 1994).
  15. Ian Gateley (MAN:1987-1989 & PAR: 1990-1991).
  16. Andrew Frew (PAR: 1997-1998 & MAN: 1999).
  17. Steve Crouch (PAR: 1996, 2003 & MAN: 1999).
  18. Scott Donald (PAR: 2001-2002 & MAN: 2003-2005).
  19. Anthony Watmough (MAN: 2003-2014 & PAR: 2015).
  20. Aaron Cannings (MAN: 2003 & PAR: 2004-2007).
  21. Jamie Lyon (PAR: 2000-2004 & MAN: 2007-2016).
  22. Michael Witt (PAR: 2003-2004 & MAN: 2005-2006).
  23. Shayne Dunley (PAR: 2003 & MAN: 2004-2007).
  24. David Vaealiki (PAR: 1999-2004 & MAN: 2008).
  25. Daniel Heckenberg (PAR: 2002-2003 & MAN: 2004-2005).
  26. Chris Hicks (MAN: 2004-2007 & PAR: 2011)
  27. Kylie Leuluai (PAR: 2003 & MAN: 2004-2006).
  28. Jack Afamasaga (PAR: 2004-2005 & MAN: 2007-2008).
  29. Nathan Hollingsworth (PAR: 2002 & MAN: 2004)
  30. Feleti Mateo (PAR: 2004, 2007-2010 & MAN: 2015-2016).
  31. Kieran Foran (MAN: 2009-2015 & PAR: 2016).
  32. Tony Williams (PAR: 2008, 2018 & MAN: 2009-2012).
  33. Joe Galuvao (PAR: 2008-2009 & MAN: 2009-2013).
  34. Justin Horo (PAR: 2010-2012 & MAN: 2013-2015).
  35. Darcy Lussick (MAN: 2011-2012, 2016-2017 & PAR: 2013-2015).
  36. William Hopoate (MAN: 2010-2011 & PAR: 2014-2015).
  37. Daniel Harrison (MAN: 2011-2012, 2014 & PAR: 2013).
  38. Cheyse Blair (PAR: 2012-2013 & MAN: 2014-2015).
  39. Clint Gutherson (MAN: 2013-2015 & PAR: 2016-2018).
  40. Blake Green (PAR: 2007 & MAN: 2017)

Most prolific point-scorer in this clash

  1. Graham Eadie (MAN) – 8 tries & 90 goals (212 pts)*
  2. Michael Cronin (PAR) – 5 tries, 69 goals & 1 field goal (151 pts)*
  3. Ron Willey (MAN/PAR) – 2 tries & 71 goals (148 pts)*
  4. Jamie Lyon (PAR/MAN) – 9 tries & 51 goals (138 pts)
  5. Luke Burt (PAR) – 8 tries, 51 goals & 1 field goal (135 pts)
  6. Bob Batty (MAN) – 4 tries, 51 goals & 2 field goals (118 pts)*
  7. Ron Rowles (MAN) – 7 tries & 38 goals (97 pts)*
  8. Michael O’Connor (MAN) – 7 tries & 29 goals (86 pts)
  9. Matthew Ridge (MAN) – 2 tries & 33 goals (74 pts)
  10. Arch Brown (PAR) – 3 tries & 24 goals (55 pts)*
  11. Brett Kenny (PAR) – 13 tries (48 pts)*
  12. Cliff Lyons (PAR) – 12 tries (48 pts)
  13. David Williams (MAN) – 11 tries & 2 goals (48 pts)
  14. Brett Stewart (MAN) – 11 tries (44 pts)
  15. Bob Fulton (MAN) – 10 tries & 6 field goals (41 pts)*

Disclaimer: Just another reminder, the top 15 players here are those that are the most prolific point-scorers across all clashes between the two sides. 

Also note; any player with an asterisk near their points total played during an era whereby tries were three points and field goals two points (these rules were changed in 1971 and 1983 respectively).

If there are any other stats you want to see, let us know and we can add them in.

Rd 7 NRL News Stats Breakdown: Wests Tigers v Newcastle Knights

Former Newcastle Knights captain Kurt Gidley

Neither the Wests Tigers or the Newcastle Knights have any long-term momentum against the other.

Though this win will split the two sides who both have 12 wins against each other at present.

Wests Tigers v Newcastle Knights

The Wests Tigers and Newcastle Knights have played against each other 26 times; both sides have won 12 times and there have been two draws.

The Newcastle Knights need 14 points to score 600 points against the Tigers.

The Wests Tigers have won the last two games between the sides.

This is the first game between the two sides in a city/town other than Sydney or Newcastle.

The first clash between the two sides was in round 3, 2000, when the Knights trounced the Tigers 46-8. Darren Albert scored four tries on the day.

Biggest Wins

The Newcastle Knights biggest win over the Wests Tigers was in round 10, 2001, when they obliterated the Tigers 56-6.

The Wests Tigers biggest win over the Newcastle Knights was in round 20, 2003, when they destroyed the Knights 52-12.

Players to have been sin-binned/sent-off

  1. Kurt Gidley (NEW) (sin-bin) in round 13, 2014.

Players to have played for both sides

  1. Owen Craigie (NEW: 1995-1999 & WST: 2000-2001).
  2. John Morris (NEW: 2001-2002 & WST: 2007-2009).
  3. Cory Paterson (NEW: 2007-2011 & WST: 2014).
  4. Chris Heighington (WST: 2003-2012 & NEW: 2018)
  5. Jason Moodie (NEW: 1997-1999 & WST: 2004 & 2007)
  6. Shannon McDonnell (WST: 2005-2009 & NEW: 2009-2011).
  7. Keith Lulia (NEW: 2008-2011 & WST: 2014).
  8. Issac De Gois (WST: 2006 & NEW: 2009-2011).
  9. Joel Edwards (NEW: 2010-2012 & WST: 2016-2017).
  10. Kevin Naiqama (NEW: 2010, 2012-13 & WST: 2015-2018).

Most prolific point-scorers in this clash

  1. Kurt Gidley (NEW) – 2 tries & 24 goals (56 pts)
  2. Benji Marshall (WST) – 5 tries, 17 goals & 1 field goal (54 pts)
  3. Andrew Johns (NEW) – 26 goals (52 pts)
  4. Tyrone Roberts (NEW) – 3 tries & 15 goals (42 pts)
  5. Joel Caine (WST) – 2 tries & 16 goals (36 pts)
  6. Akuila Uate (NEW) – 9 tries (36 pts)
  7. Brett Hodgson (WST) – 2 tries & 13 goals (34 pts)
  8. Pat Richards (WST) – 2 tries, 10 goals & 1 field goal (29 pts)
  9. Dean Collis (WST) – 4 tries & 6 goals (28 pts)
  10. Timana Tahu (NEW) – 5 tries (20 pts)
  11. Ben Kennedy (NEW) – 5 tries (20 pts)
  12. Darren Albert (NEW) – 5 tries (20 pts)
  13. Jordan Rankin (WST) – 2 tries & 6 goals (20 pts)
  14. Luke Covell (WST) – 9 goals (18 pts)
  15. Sean Rudder (NEW) – 4 tries (16 pts)
  16. John Wilson (WST) – 4 tries (16 pts)
  17. John Morris (NEW/WST) – 4 tries (16 pts)
  18. Daniel Fitzhenry (WST) – 4 tries (16 pts)
  19. Liam Fulton (WST) – 4 tries (16 pts)
  20. James McManus (NEW) – 4 tries (16 pts
  21. Chris Lawrence (WST) – 4 tries (16 pts)

Disclaimer: The above players are those that accrued the most points in clashes between these two sides in their history. 

Also note that players with an asterisk after their points tally played prior to 1983 when tries were 3 points and/or when field goals were two points.

If there are any more details or stats you wish to see, just let us know and we can add them.

We are always thinking and working on new stats to include in our breakdown but always welcome suggestions.

Rd 7 NRL News Stats Breakdown: Cowboys v Titans

North Queensland Cowboys captain Johnathan Thurston

These tough QLD rivals relish the chance to play against each other and things are fiery. 

Who has the rub of the green historically speaking, though, and can the trend continue?

North Queensland Cowboys v Gold Coast Titans

The North Queensland Cowboys and Gold Coast Titans have played each other on 21 occasions; the Cowboys have won 12 games, the Titans have won eight games and there have been two draws.

The Cowboys have won five straight games against the Titans. The last time the Titans defeated the Cowboys was in round 4, 2014.

The Titans have won just three times in ten games played in Townsville (30%).

The first game between the two sides was in round 8, 2007, a game that the Cowboys won 24-10.

Biggest Wins

The North Queensland Cowboys biggest win against the Gold Coast Titans was in round 26, 2015, when they trounced them 42-12.

The Gold Coast Titans biggest win against the North Queensland Cowboys was in round 23, 2010, with an easy 37-18 win.

Players to have played for both sides

  1. Matt Petersen (NQL: 2002 & GLD: 2007-2008).
  2. Scott Prince (NQL: 1998-2000 & GLD: 2007-2012).
  3. Clint Amos (NQL: 2006, 2009-11 & GLD: 2007-2008).
  4. Brenton Bowen (NQL: 2003-2007 & GLD: 2008).
  5. Gavin Cooper (NQL: 2006, 2011-2018 & GLD: 2007-2008).
  6. Kalifa Fai Fai Loa (NQL: 2011-2013 & GLD: 2014-2015)

Players who have scored three or more tries in one game in this clash

  1. Jordan Atkins scored four tries in round 1, 2008.
  2. Willie Tonga scored three tries in round 4, 2010.

Head-to-head coaching records in this clash

Paul Green (NQL) v Gold Coast Titans (5 wins & 1 loss at 83.3%).
John Cartwright (GLD) v North Queensland Cowboys (8 wins & 7 losses at 53.3%).
Neil Henry (NQL) v Gold Coast Titans (5 wins & 5 losses at 50%).
Graham Murray (NQL) v Gold Coast Titans (1 win & 1 loss at 50%).
Ian Millward (NQL) v Gold Coast Titans (0 wins & 1 loss at 0%).
Neil Henry (GLD) v North Queensland Cowboys (0 wins & 4 losses at 0%).

Most prolific point-scorers in this clash

  1. Johnathan Thurston (NQL) – 8 tries & 49 goals (130 pts)
  2. Scott Prince (GLD) – 1 try, 31 goals & 1 field goal (67 pts)
  3. Gavin Cooper (NQL) – 7 tries (28 pts)
  4. Willie Tonga (NQL) – 6 tries (24 pts)
  5. Matthew Bowen (NQL) – 4 tries & 4 goals (24 pts)
  6. Kyle Feldt (NQL) – 3 tries & 5 goals (22 pts)
  7. Mat Rogers (GLD) – 3 tries & 4 goals (20 pts)
  8. Steve Michaels (GLD) – 5 tries (20 pts)
  9. John Williams (NQL) – 2 tries & 5 goals (18 pts)
  10. Jordan Atkins (GLD) – 4 tries (16 pts)
  11. William Zillman (GLD) – 4 tries (16 pts)
  12. Mark Minichiello (GLD) – 4 tries (16 pts)
  13. Aidan Sezer (GLD) – 7 goals & 2 field goals (16 pts)
  14. Anthony Laffranchi (GLD) – 3 tries (12 pts)
  15. Nathan Friend (GLD) – 3 tries (12 pts)
  16. Ty Williams (NQL) – 3 tries (12 pts)
  17. Esikeli Tonga (GLD) – 3 tries (12 pts)
  18. Ashley Graham (NQL) – 3 tries (12 pts)

Disclaimer: The above seventeen players are those that accrued the most points in clashes between these two sides in their history. 

Also note that players with an asterisk after their points tally played prior to 1983 when tries were 3 points and/or when field goals were two points.

If there are any more details or stats you wish to see, just let us know and we can add them.

We are always thinking and working on new stats to include in our breakdown but always welcome suggestions.

R7 NRL News Stats Breakdown: Rabbitohs v Raiders

Canberra Raiders captain Jarrod Croker

South Sydney Rabbitohs v Canberra Raiders

The South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Canberra Raiders have played against each other on 55 occasions; the Rabbitohs have won 22 games, the Raiders have won 31 games and there have been two draws.

The first game between the two sides was an easy win for the Rabbitohs, taking it out 37-7 in round 1 of the 1982 NSWRFL season on Saturday, February 27.

The Raiders are seeking four straight wins against the Rabbitohs.

Biggest Wins

The Canberra Raiders biggest win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs came in round 21 of the 2016 NSWRFL season with a comfortable 54-4 victory.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs biggest win over the Canberra Raiders came in round 23 of the 2011 NRL season with an easy 47-18 victory.

Players sin-binned or sent/off

  1. Terry Regan (CAN) (sent off) in round 4, 1985.
  2. Mario Fenech (SOU) (sin-bin) & Neil Baker (SOU) (sent off) in round 17, 1985.
  3. Sean Garlick & Darrell Trindall (both SOU) (sin-bin) & Simon Woolford (CAN) (sin-bin).
  4. Alan Tongue (CAN) (sin-bin) in round 8, 2003.

Players to play for both sides

  1. Bill Walker (SOU: 1983 & CAN: 1984-1985)
  2. David Grant (SOU: 1976 & CAN: 1982-1985)
  3. Terry Fahey (SOU: 1976-1980 & CAN: 1983-1987).
  4. Mark Blake (CAN: 1985-1986 & SOU: 1987-1988).
  5. Phil Blake (SOU: 1987-1990 & CAN: 1992).
  6. Rod Maybon (SOU: 1988-1993 & CAN: 1999).
  7. Tyran Smith (SOU: 1993-1996 & CAN: 2002-2005).
  8. Andrew Dunemann (SOU: 1999 & CAN: 2007).
  9. Brandon Costin (SOU: 1993: & CAN: 1998-2000).
  10. Jason Death (CAN: 1991-1995 & SOU: 2002-2004).
  11. Scott Logan (SOU: 2004-2005 & CAN: 2007-2010).
  12. Dave Taylor (SOU: 2010-2012 & CAN: 2017).
  13. Joe Picker (CAN: 2007-2013 & SOU: 2014).
  14. Mark Nicholls (CAN: 2012-13, 2015 & SOU: 2018).
  15. Michael Oldfield (SOU: 2016 & CAN: 2017-2018).

Most prolific point-scorers in this clash

  1. Jarrod Croker (CAN) – 6 tries & 29 goals (82 pts)
  2. Gary Belcher (CAN) – 9 tries & 18 goals (72 pts)
  3. Mal Meninga (CAN) – 3 tries & 25 goals (62 pts)
  4. Clinton Schifcofske (CAN) – 3 tries, 22 goals & 1 field goal (57 pts)
  5. Adam Reynolds (SOU) – 3 tries & 20 goals (52 pts)
  6. Ron Giteau (CAN) – 19 goals & 1 field goal (39 pts)
  7. David Furner (CAN) – 3 tries & 12 goals (36 pts)
  8. Mark Ellison (SOU) – 2 tries, 12 goals & 3 field goals (35 pts)
  9. Issac Luke (SOU) – 3 tries & 11 goals (34 pts)
  10. Joe Williams (SOU) – 1 try & 14 goals (32 pts)
  11. Neil Baker (SOU) – 13 goals & 5 field goals (31 pts)
  12. Chris Sandow (SOU) – 1 try, 11 goals & 2 field goals (28 pts)
  13. Chris O’Sullivan (CAN) – 6 tries, 1 goal & 2 field goals (27 pts)*
  14. Jason Croker (CAN) – 6 tries & 1 goal (26 pts)
  15. Steve Walters (CAN) – 6 tries (24 pts)
  16. Nathan Merritt (SOU) – 6 tries (24 pts)
  17. Terry Campese (CAN) – 1 try & 10 goals (24 pts)

Disclaimer: The above seventeen players are those that accrued the most points in clashes between these two sides in their history. 

Also note that players with an asterisk after their points tally played prior to 1983 when tries were 3 points and/or when field goals were two points.

If there are any more details or stats you wish to see, just let us know and we can add them.

We are always thinking and working on new stats to include in our breakdown but always welcome suggestions.

Storm record back-to-back wins after dismantling Broncos

Melbourne Storm five-eighth Cameron Munster

The Melbourne Storm have found their mojo, going back-to-back for the first time this season. 

Putting themselves back on the map, it was a masterclass by Storm five-eighth Cameron Munster.

Doing his Origin credentials no harm, he was involved in everything in the Storm attack.

As the saying in Top Gun goes, ‘I feel the need…the need, for speed!’

It was all about the blistering speed of Josh Addo-Carr who was also involved in everything.

As the game went back and forth, the Brisbane Broncos looked to be in the hunt.

Although a late flurry from the Storm put any hopes of a win to bed.

The loss was exacerbated by an elbow ligament injury to hooker Andrew McCullough.

The Broncos refused to throw in the towel and found their inner resolve.

Tevita Pangai Jr. summoned his inner halfback to set up tries for both Alex Glenn and Jamayne Isaako.

Anthony Milford quickly turned from hero to villain for the Broncos fans.

First, he scored a brilliant solo effort, chipping, regathering and scoring under the posts.

Before he had a brain explosion, failed to clear a Will Chambers grubber and allowing winger Suliasi Vunivalu to score.

The Storm do have an injury concern of their own, though, with Kiwi international Jesse Bromwich injuring ligaments in his knee.

In the end, defensive lapses cost the Broncos. The Storm, though, look to have found their attacking spark once more.

It could be an ominous sign for the remainder of the season.

An interesting ruling was made concerning a Storm try and whether it was kicked, not kicked or a drop kick.

The rule baffled Broncos coach Wayne Bennett but he admits he does not know enough about it.

“That is a tough one. I’m not sure. I don’t know the rule well enough,” Bennett said.

“But that is a game changer if that is to be the standard going forward. It was never intended to be a drop-kick and the ball hit the ground.

“So what are we saying now – if we knock the ball on and it hits the ground and we still kick at it, it’s a drop-kick?”

“He definitely lost the ball. He went to kick it. He missed it. It hit the ground.”

There was nothing but praise for Munster, as Storm captain Cameron Smith praised his form.

”With the limited preparation that he had, being in that World Cup squad, he didn’t have a full preseason,” Smith said.

”He’s certainly found a fair bit of form in the last couple of weeks, and was very good in the opening round when he played fullback.

”The inclusion of Ryley Jacks has helped Cameron settle in to that [five-eighth] position.

He plays with a really level head and not many things fluster him. It’s allowed him to go out and play his natural game.”

Player of the Game:

3. Cameron Munster

2. Josh Addo-Carr

  1. Tevita Pangai Jr.

Dragons suffer first defeat at the hands of the Warriors

New Zealand Warriors hooker Issac Luke

A first loss. It was bound to happen. The St George Illawarra Dragons unbeaten run ends after a loss to the New Zealand Warriors.

Despite missing both Shaun Johnson and Solomone Kata, it was backup half Mason Lino who made his presence felt.

With 18,000 vocal fans cheering them on, the Warriors dug deep and showed steely resolve to win.

With many questioning their commitment, the Warriors have shown that they are a force to be reckoned with in 2018.

The win was made more remarkable by the fact that the Warriors only had 38% of possession in the game.

Repelling the Dragons attacking raids in the opening stanza, the start of the match was a genuine arm wrestle.

The Warriors heads could have gone down after form back-rower Tohu Harris left the field due to concussion.

Although it only galvanised them as Anthony Gelling scored his first NRL try, slicing through to score.

Up 10-0 at the break, the Warriors would start the second half with 12 men after Blake Green was sent to the sin-bin.

Some individual brilliance from Ben Hunt gave the Dragons a sniff before the Dragons were denied a second try.

In an aerial contest with Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, the bunker deemed that James Graham had knocked the ball on.

From there, the Warriors pounced. Issac Luke kicked a 40/20 before darting over from dummy half to score.

The Dragons refused to lie down, however, as Tariq Sims barged his way over to keep the pressure on.

It was not to be, though, as Isaiah Papali’i finished off an offloading frenzy of a play to score.

With less possession, a sin-binning, no star half and losing Harris, Warriors coach Stephen Kearney rated this win among the best.

”They showed a tremendous amount of courage tonight with all the adversity against a top of the table team,” he said.

”The guys found a way to keep the side with the best attack in the competition out – with 12 men at one point – so I was just so proud of how they went about their work.

”We spoke last week about commitment and attitude needing to improve and I thought they did that tonight.”

Dragons coach Paul McGregor praised the Warriors for executing their plan, even if it frustrated him.

“They came here with a plan, they gave away a lot of penalties and defended their line really well, whether that was part of it or not I’m not sure,” he said.

“Their line speed was incredible and their scramble defence was the best from any side I have seen this year. But it was frustrating because of the constant stop-start nature of that first period.”

Player of the Game:

3. Issac Luke

2. Anthony Gelling

  1. Ben Hunt

Adam Doueihi re-commits to the South Sydney Rabbitohs

South Sydney Rabbitohs utility Adam Doueihi

A sound performer for a rookie when given a chance, Adam Doueihi has re-signed with the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Representing Lebanon before he played for the Rabbitohs, it was his performances in the Rugby League World Cup that caught everyone’s eye.

It prompted discussion of a first-grade appearance and that came in round two of this season.

Since then, he has played in four of the six NRL games to date and performed well.

The club, the coach and a desire to stay made Doueihi’s decision easy.

“I love playing for this club and with this bunch of boys,” Doueihi Said.

“I told my manager I didn’t want to play anywhere else and he got a deal done with the club which is fantastic.

“The Rabbitohs have given me my shot in first grade, I enjoy playing under ‘Seibs’ (head coach Anthony Seibold) and I have a ton of respect for him,

I’m learning every day off the coaching staff and the senior players here at the Club and I love playing with the younger guys in the squad too.

A Souths fan when he was younger, Doueihi is simply focused on playing well each week.

“I was a Souths fan when I was younger and playing in the NRL has always been a dream of mine, so to do so in the red and green jersey is a dream come true,” the live-wire utility continued.

“Now my future is sorted, it’s my job to concentrate on my footy and to do my job for the team each and every week.

“I’m excited and my family are excited and I can’t wait to get out there and represent South Sydney in front of our Members and fans.”

Just as pleased is head coach Anthony Seibold.

“I see Adam as a player with immense potential and as a key player for our squad,” Coach Seibold said.

“We’ve seen great improvement and development in him since his return in the pre-season, and a lot of that comes down to his willingness to learn and his coachability.

“He has worked hard physically to get himself to a level to play in the NRL which is a credit to him as well and shows his desire to play at the top level.”

Rd 7 NRL News Stats Breakdown: Broncos v Storm

 

Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith

Brisbane Broncos v Melbourne Storm

The Brisbane Broncos and the Melbourne Storm have played 45 games; the Broncos have won 13, the Storm have won 29 and there have been 3 draws.

Brisbane need just five points to reach 700 points against the Melbourne Storm.

The Broncos have conceded 1063 points against the Melbourne Storm, their most conceded against any side in ARL/NRL history.

The Melbourne Storm are looking for four straight wins over the Brisbane Broncos.

The Melbourne Storm haven’t lost a game at Suncorp Stadium against the Brisbane Broncos in their last seven games at the venue. The last time the Broncos won against the Storm at Suncorp was March, 2009.

The first game between the two sides was played on Friday, July 3, 1998, in round 17. The Broncos won this game 32-16.

Biggest Wins

The Brisbane Broncos biggest win over Melbourne was a 48-20 success on Saturday, August 3, 2002, in round 21.

The Melbourne Storm’s biggest win over Brisbane was a 50-4 hiding on Saturday, April 2, 2005, in round 4.

Players to play for both sides

  1. Israel Folau (MEL: 2007-08 & BRI: 2009-10).
  2. Russell Bawden (BRI: 1994 & MEL: 1998-2001).
  3. Richard Swain (MEL: 1998-2002 & BRI: 2003).
  4. Glenn Lazarus (BRI: 1992-1997 & MEL: 1998-1999).
  5. Robbie Ross (BRI: 1996 & 1998-2003).
  6. Chris Walker (BRI: 1999-2002 & MEL: 2006).
  7. Nathan Friend (BRI: 2002 & MEL: 2003-2006).
  8. Tom Learoyd-Lahrs (BRI: 2004-2005 & MEL: 2015).
  9. Adam Blair (MEL: 2006-2011 & BRI: 2015-2017).
  10. Sam Tagataese (MEL: 2007-2008 & BRI: 2018).
  11. Clifford Manua (BRI: 2007 & MEL: 2008).
  12. Lagi Setu (BRI: 2009-2010 & MEL: 2013)
  13. Scott Anderson (MEL: 2007-2009 & BRI: 2010-2013).
  14. Todd Lowrie (MEL: 2010-2012 & BRI: 2014).

Head-to-head coaching records/winning percentages

Craig Bellamy v Brisbane (25 wins & 9 losses at 73.5%)
Chris Anderson v Brisbane (3 wins, 2 losses & 1 draw at 50%)
Ivan Henjak v Melbourne (2 wins & 2 losses at 50%)
Wayne Bennett v Melbourne (11 wins, 19 losses & 1 draw at 36.7%)
Mark Murray v Brisbane (1 win & 2 losses at 33.3%)
Anthony Griffin v Melbourne (0 wins & 7 losses at 0%).

Most prolific point-scorers in this clash

  1. Cameron Smith (MEL) – 3 tries & 88 goals (190 pts)
  2. Michael De Vere (BRI) – 5 tries & 39 goals (98 pts)
  3. Billy Slater (MEL) – 23 tries (92 pts)
  4. Darren Lockyer (BRI) – 7 tries, 22 goals & 1 field goal (73 pts)
  5. Matt Orford (MEL) – 4 tries, 24 goals & 2 field goals (66 pts)
  6. Matt Geyer (MEL) – 8 tries & 12 goals (56 pts)
  7. Corey Parker (BRI) – 1 try & 24 goals (52 pts)
  8. Matt King (MEL) – 9 tries (36 pts)
  9. Ryan Hoffman (MEL) – 9 tries (36 pts)
  10. Cooper Cronk (MEL) – 8 tries & 3 field goals (35 pts)
  11. Israel Folau (MEL/BRI) – 8 tries & 1 goal (34 pts)
  12. Greg Inglis (MEL) – 7 tries & 1 goal (30 pts)
  13. Robbie Ross (MEL) – 7 tries (28 pts)
  14. Steve Turner (MEL) – 7 tries (28 pts)
  15. Joseph Tomane (MEL) – 3 tries & 6 goals (24 pts)

Disclaimer: The above fifteen players are simply the 15 most prolific point-scorers across all clashes between the Storm and the Broncos.

Should you have any further stats you want to see or if there is anything we have missed, let us know.

 

Rd 7 NRL News Stats Breakdown: Warriors v Dragons

Former St George Illawarra Dragons half Jamie Soward

New Zealand Warriors v St George Illawarra Dragons

The New Zealand Warriors and St George Illawarra Dragons have played 28 games; the Warriors have won just five games, the Dragons have won 21 and there have been two draws.

The Warriors have won just one of the last thirteen games against the Dragons.

The Warriors have won just one game against the Dragons in Sydney.

The first clash between the two sides saw the Warriors win 32-18 in round 23 of the 1999 NRL season.

Biggest Wins

The St George Illawarra Dragons biggest win over the New Zealand Warriors was a 54-0 demolition on Saturday, May 6, 2000, in round 14.

The New Zealand Warriors biggest win over the St George Illawarra Dragons was a comfortable 34-6 win on Friday, March 9, 2001, in round 4.

Players sin-binned and/or sent off in this clash

  1. Richard Villasanti (WAR) & Aaron Gorrell (SGI) in round 15, 2002.
  2. Matt Cooper (SGI) in round 7, 2011.
  3. Ben Matulino (WAR) in round 25, 2011.

Most prolific point-scorers in this clash

Jamie Soward (SGI) – 3 tries, 25 goals & 2 field goals (64 pts)
Gareth Widdop (SGI) – 1 try, 21 goals & 1 field goal (47 pts)
Matt Cooper (SGI) – 11 tries (44 pts)
Nathan Blacklock (SGI) – 10 tries & 1 goal (42 pts)
Shaun Johnson (WAR) – 2 tries & 12 goals (32 pts)
Jason Nightingale (SGI) – 7 tries (28 pts)
Amos Roberts (SGI) – 2 tries & 9 goals (26 pts)
Mark Riddell (SGI) –  1 try & 11 goals (26 pts)
Mark Gasnier (SGI) – 4 tries & 5 goals (26 pts)
Ivan Cleary (WAR) – 1 try & 10 goals (24 pts)
James Maloney (WAR) – 1 try & 10 goals (24 pts)
Brett Morris (SGI) – 5 tries (20 pts)
Stacey Jones (WAR) – 2 tries, 5 goals & 1 field goal (19 pts)
Michael Witt (WAR) – 9 goals (18 pts)
Simon Mannering (WAR) – 4 tries (16 pts)

Defence the key as Sydney Roosters overcome Canterbury Bulldogs

Sydney Roosters back-rower Ryan Matterson

Fans are used to seeing free-flowing, attacking games. This one was anything but as the Sydney Roosters defeated the Canterbury Bulldogs 6-0. 

Instead, it was the defence that reigned supreme. Both sides threw a mountain of attack at the other but both held firm.

The resiliency of the Roosters side, who made 104 more tackles in defence, is a testament to their desire.

It appeared the floodgates would open early after Latrell Mitchell scored for the Roosters.

Though the tide stemmed and instead, the Bulldogs had every chance to score points of their own.

With Mitchell controversially sin-binned for a professional foul, the Bulldogs had the advantage.

Though that offensive sparked dogged the Belmore boys as they failed to crack the Roosters line even with a one-man advantage.

The repeat sets and pressure ensued as both sides went tit-for-tat, unable to produce points.

Despite the Bulldogs best efforts, they were simply unable to crack the steely Roosters defence.

The mountain of defensive work took its toll on Roosters players and left them fatigued.

Though it failed to dampen the mood as captain Boyd Cordner simply said it was about digging deep.

“For sure, if that’s what it took,” Cordner said.

“Although we were hurting out there, we just had that feeling that we were just going to keep turning up for each other.

“We defended our line in the first half and just kept turning up as a team.

Although our tackling and some details weren’t as good, the effort from the boys to keep turning up and hold our line and that desire to save the try and do whatever it takes, that was really, really pleasing.”

Despite their inability to get on the scoresheet, Bulldogs coach Dean Pay says his side’s attack is not an issue.

“There wasn’t much in it,” Pay said.

“I just thought from where we were last week I thought we improved again tonight, I really did.

“You can never question their effort. Their effort is fantastic. There were three or four times there where you’re one pass away from scoring.

We got over the line probably four or five times and couldn’t get the ball down.”

Player of the Game:

3. Ryan Matterson

2. Boyd Cordner

  1. Latrell Mitchell

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