Bryson Goodwin on the highs of travel and cookies to the lows of swing bridges and Challenge Cup final defeat

Departing Warrington Wolves utility back Bryson Goodwin

NEW Zealand international Bryson Goodwin admitted that he didn’t really know what to expect when he made the move to Warrington at the start of last year.

A proposed move to Leigh fell through after the Centurions lost their place in Super League before the centre was snapped up by the Wolves.

But after spending the best part of two years in the town, Goodwin will say goodbye at the end of the year to re-join the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

And after experiencing some real highs and lows during his spell in England, he will always reflect fondly on his time at The Wire.

“I’ve loved my time in Warrington, especially making the two finals last year, and I’ve got the Challenge Cup final and the back end of the Super League season to look forward to,” said Goodwin.

“I didn’t really know what to expect when I first came over, but the club and the people of Warrington have made it really easy to fit in.

“All I can do is go out there and try my best, so if the fans are happy with me then it must mean I’m doing something right.”

A definite blot on his time at the club though was last season’s Challenge Cup final defeat, which is something Goodwin is looking to put right this week.

“A lot of people wrote Catalans off going into the game, but they played really well and managed to get the win,” he continued.

Bryson Goodwin with Warrington

“We didn’t play our best game that day, but hopefully we can put in a better performance this year and we know as a team that if we play good, we win.”

“Nobody ever wants to feel that losing feeling and plenty of the boys in this team have experienced losses in big games, so we need to get that feeling out of our club and start to build a winning culture.”

Away from rugby though, Goodwin insists he has thoroughly enjoyed living in England, and there are certain parts of British life he will sorely miss.

“One of the biggest things I’ll miss are these cookies from Tesco that I probably eat too many of but they’re just unreal,” he admitted.

“Aside from that, the biggest thing will be not having Europe on my doorstep, as I’ve got the travel bug and try and jet off somewhere new whenever I get the chance.

“Since I’ve been here, I’ve visited Iceland, the French Alps, Spain, Italy and a heap of other places, so it’s been great to experience other parts of the world.

“In Australia, you can’t really go anywhere unless you go for a few weeks because of the distance, so having Europe so close has been a highlight.”

Kiwi international Bryson Goodwin

Of course, living in England and Warrington in particular does have its downsides, and there are some things Goodwin is happy to be leaving behind.

“The swing bridges are like something from the Stone Age and they really wind me up, so I definitely won’t miss them,” he joked.

“I find it outrageous that you have to pay for a TV licence over here and I hardly watched any TV last year, so I refused to do pay for one this year and I just watch Netflix in my spare time.

“The weather is obviously not great as its supposed to be summer and it’s rained for the last four weeks, but I will miss the cold Christmases as we don’t get them back home.

“But living near the beach in Sydney is a pretty good lifestyle and the kids will be close to the family and all of their cousins.

“I will be sad to leave at the end of the season and I’ll miss the people of Warrington, my teammates and just being a part of the town in general, but it was the right decision in the end for me and the family.”

Bulldogs take down Eels in fiery clash

Canterbury Bulldogs utility back Will Hopoate

Two clubs with plenty of history came together to play against each other for the 146th time, as the Paramatta Eels and Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs played Thursday night footy.

In one of the most fiery, exciting, end to end matches of the year that had a bit of everything, Paramatta were fighting for a top four spot.

It would be the Bulldogs that extended their winning streak to four as they continue to build into 2020.

Waqa Blake is proving to be a great acquisition for the Eels, as he received a beautiful offload from Manu Ma’u and reached out to score the first try for Paramatta within the first 10 minutes.

Mitchell Moses added the extra 2 points.

Maika Sivo produced one of the tackles of the year on Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, and almost ran away with the ball to score at the same time.

Only some desperation defence from the Bulldogs saw them once again hang on, forcing an error from Ma’u.

Moses continued to look threatening down the right edge but the final pass just wasn’t sticking and the ball went to ground multiple times.

Canterbury had a golden chance to score in the 25th minute after a beautiful kick from Kieran Foran in behind the line, but Eels fullback Clinton Gutherson did just enough to force a mistake from Kerrod Holland.

The Bulldogs were back in the Eels red zone a few minutes later, but the trend of struggling to score points all year continued as Paramatta forced an error.

A great catch from Nick Meaney gave his team a 7 tackle set, and the Bulldogs used it to roll up the field into the Eels red zone.

A great short ball from Foran put Josh Jackson in space, who managed to fire a long ball to Will Hopoate who dummied and ran to slam the ball down for a try.

Nick Meaney slotted a beautiful kick from the sideline to even the scores at 6 all at halftime.

The Eels started the second half by continuing to make mistakes.

Their night went from bad to ugly when a horrible late shot/shoulder charge from Nathan Brown saw him put on report and sent to the sin bin 47 minutes into the game.

A push and shove was sparked by Josh Jackson who wasn’t happy about his fullback getting hit.

Minutes later Reimis Smith saw himself sin binned and on report for a headbutt on Maika Sivo as tempers flared on both sides of the field.

In a big blow for Canterbury, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak came off the field with a suspected arm injury, forcing a reshuffle to the Bulldogs back line.

In Watene-Zelezniak’s absence, Will Hopoate dropped to fullback.

The Eels and Bulldogs both made line-breaks through Manu Ma’u and Will Hopoate respectively.

With two men in the sin bin, plenty of space was opening up for the attackers and creating a very exciting game with a fantastic atmosphere.

Watene-Zelezniak returned to the field, as Maika Sivo beat 5 defenders and fended away Hopoate to crash over the line.

However, for the second time in the game,  he lost control of the ball before getting it down.

Both sin binned players returned to the game 60 minutes in, to a game that has quickly become a very heated affair.

The Bulldogs were the next to score as Holland forced a repeat set through a great line break, and then set up his winger Nick Meaney who was awarded a penalty try.

This try would end up being the match winner, as Mitchell Moses played at the ball with his feet.

An easy kick for Meaney ensued as he converted his own try from in front brings the score to 12-6 to the Dogs with less than 10 minutes remaining.

With under 2 minutes to go, Parramatta got the ball back from a dropout forced by Reed Mahoney as they looked to send the game into golden point.

The Bulldogs resolute defence would hold firm, though, and the final play went well after the full time siren.

In the end, it was the Bulldogs who hung on to win a fantastic game against Parramatta.

Although the finals this year might be a stretch, the Dogs have their sights firmly set on improving enough to be a force in 2020.

“For what we’re building, I’m just so proud of them,” Bulldogs coach Dean Pay said.

“We spoke about wanting to finish season off the best way we possibly can and spoke about defending well and putting a lot of energy into our defence.

“Over the last six or seven weeks that’s what kept us in games and gave us the opportunity to win games.”

For the Eels, it was a lost opportunity to give themselves more breathing room but coach Brad Arthur praised his resilient opponents.

“They were desperate, they kept turning up,” the Eels coach said.

“Every time we made a pass or moved the ball around, they kept getting bodies around the ball. They played well, they really aimed up.”

“It’s a lost opportunity. It’s disappointing but we’ve got to aim up next week. There’s still an opportunity to get another win next week now.”

NRL News Player of the Match

3. Will Hopoate

2. Manu Ma’u

  1. Nick Meaney

The Rule Changes to Change the Game – NRL Rulebook

Brisbane Broncos club legend Allan Langer

Our resident referee is back as he goes over how and why rules have changed, who changed them and what rules he would change or amend – Ricky.

Whenever rule changes are discussed in the media, talk of the NRL CEO conference, the NRL Coaches meeting or the rule committee meet, the old heads and media types talk about keeping the integrity of the game we all love.

Some of the rule changes over the last 30 years have had a lasting effect.

Some have made minor adjustments to coaches tactics and some have made small ripples.

Rules that changed the game

The 10m rule, when introduced, opened up rugby league like we had never seen before.

A 15-20m gap between attack and defence was now common and the game changed immensely for the first time since unlimited tackles were scrapped following the St George domination years.

The 1-on-1 strip rule was introduced on the back of cheeky halfbacks and hookers like Allan Langer and Benny Elias, waiting for an attacking player to be held up by two big forwards and then would pinch the ball like a thief in the night.

Balmain Tigers club legend Benny Elias

David Peachey had a hand in the rule change about balls going dead in-goal.

By placing his hand on the ball in his own in-goal area while having a foot over the dead ball line, he ensured his team would get the ball back from a 20m tap.

The rule now, is that the ball must still be in motion to make that attempt. If it has stopped in the in-goal, and you touch it with a foot over the dead ball line, it will be a line drop out.

The 40/20 – a great rule to encourage fullbacks and wingers to keep the ball in play.

Former Cronulla Sharks fullback David Peachey

The Rulebook’s least favourite rule

My least favourite rule is the 7 tackle set.

The rule was introduced to curb teams putting the ball dead on purpose to stop the brilliant fullbacks from having open space.

All it has done is taken away some of the attacking kicks we all loved.

What rule changes would I make?

The rule changes I would make if I were running the game:

  1. The interchange rule – we need to bring back the little guy in Rugby League. What would this game be without Allan Langer, Ben Elias, Preston Campbell etc?

    Do we need to reduce the interchange, maybe, but then we risk teams being unfairly punished for HIA fails and injuries.

    I would have 4 reserves – 2 players are interchanges with 5 interchanges allowed to be made. The other 2 are permanent substitutes. The coach can decide to use his permanent subs whenever he chooses, but its then on him if he has used them and he has a HIA failure or injury.

    It’s a huge call to make, but one that could be done and would profoundly effect the fatigue and open up the end of each half for open attacking footy.

    It also rewards the forwards who have not only power, but big engines that can go for 80mins.

    Former New Zealand Kiwis utility Lance Hohaia being tackled

    2. The 7 tackle set – For kicks taken inside the 20m area, defused bombs, grubbers that go dead etc, 20m tap with 6 tackles.

    For kicks from outside the 20m area where territorial tactics are the aim, 7 tackle set for kicks that get defused in goal or run dead. It works on 2 levels.

    Firstly, deep grubbers and in goal bombs would be back in vogue. That’s a win in my eyes. Secondly, it encourages halfbacks to be bold with their kicks without fear of giving away that all important 7 tackle set.

    If the 20m mark is not the line, make it halfway, I don’t mind.

    This would help open up golden point as 6 tackle sets from missed field goal attempts would require more than just 6 hit ups to get you into range.

    Thus opening up attacking footy. Couple that with the fatique in my interchange rule and golden point would see more open footy and hopefully more games decided by tries.

    Australian Jillaroos side

    3. This one will divide everyone. Cries of “You can’t change something that has been part of the game since 1908” and “this is not AFL” will rain down on me.

    But, its time to change the allocation of points for games in relation to the points table.

    Golden point has already changed the game, and if you watch a game from the 1980’s and compare it to last weekends games, professionalism changed the game more than any rule change will ever change the game.

    But teams that get beat after being drawn after the 80 minutes of play, don’t deserve to get the same amount of points that a team that gets beat inside 80 minutes, so I propose the following – all games will be worth 4 points in total.

    The need for F & A in deciding places is less likely as well:

    a) Win in regulation time – 4 Points

    b)Win in Golden Point – 3 Points

    c)Draw after Golden Point – 2 points

    d)Loss in Golden Point – 1 Point

    e)Loss in regulation time – 0 points

    It would not change the table dramatically, but going into this weekends games we would have a ladder that looks like this.

    1.Storm – 74 (No Change)
    2.Roosters – 63 (No Change)
    3.Raiders – 60 (No Change)
    4.Rabbitohs – 57 (Up from 5th)
    5. Eels – 56 (Up from 6th)
    6.Sea Eagles – 54 (Down from 4th)
    7.Broncos – 46 (No Change)
    8.Sharks – 44 (No Change)
    9.Panthers – 42 (No longer equal 8th)
    10.Knights – 41 (No longer equal with Tigers)
    11.Tigers – 40 (No longer equal with Knights)
    12.Warriors – 39 (No Change)
    13.Bulldogs – 36 (No Change)
    14.Cowboys – 33 (Up from 15th)
    15.Dragons – 31 (Down from 14th)
    16.Titans – 20 (No Change)

    Let me know your thoughts – continue the argument

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Brown and Knights part ways via mutual consent at season’s end

Departing Newcastle Knights coach Nathan Brown

Employed on a contract that stipulated form must be maintained, Nathan Brown and the Newcastle Knights have mutually agreed to part ways at the end of the season.

With the top eight still in sights for the Knights, both Brown and the club felt like it was the right decision to make.

“Nathan will go down as one of the most important coaches in Knights history,” Knights CEO Philip Gardner said.

“When he joined our Club ahead of the 2016 season, it was at its lowest ebb. The sheer size and scale of the task he was faced with was monumental.

“It would have broken a lesser man.

“Put simply, it would be wrong to measure his contribution to the Knights in wins and losses alone.”

Overseeing a major upheaval of the club’s playing roster, Gardner praised Brown for the patience and tenacity he showed in rebuilding the side.

“Nathan shaped our roster as he did our Club,” Gardner continued.

“He once again made Newcastle a place that players wanted to not just play in, but play for.

“His record speaks for itself.

“He has laid the platform for the team to return to premiership contention, and he has been the driving force behind adding both depth and quality to the roster.”

Recruiting high profile players and giving them players to build around, now puts the club in a great position moving forward.

“He brought true world class talent back to the club in the signings of Mitchell Pearce, Kalyn Ponga, David Klemmer, Tim Glasby and more,” Gardner continued.

“He also led the development of home-grown talents like Lachlan Fitzgibbon, Daniel Saifiti, and Mitch Barnett, who all grew immeasurably under his leadership.

“And in the years to come, we will see his hard work pay off when a new wave of local juniors enter the ranks of Knights NRL players – and this time, they will be ready to step up to the challenge.”

With the rebuild complete, Brown felt like it was the right time to step aside.

“My main job was to come here and put the Club back together,” Brown said.

“It’s been a tough but enjoyable job. I’ve met lots of great people and I feel the club is far better off for me coming here.

“The roster and salary cap issues have been resolved and there’s the potential of a team to have sustained success.

“A lot of the heavy lifting has been done and now I’m leaving it to the next group of club leaders to continue the job.”

Mitchell Aubusson signs new one-year deal to remain at the Sydney Roosters for life

Sydney Roosters utility Mitch Aubusson

One club players are a rarity in the modern game but seeing them is pleasing and Mitch Aubusson will do that with the Sydney Roosters.

Known as Mr Fix-It over the course of his career with the club, Aubusson has signed a new one-year deal for the 2020 season.

In the end, his heart is with the Tricolours and that was always enough to convince Aubusson to play on again.

“My heart is with the Sydney Roosters,” said Aubusson.

“I’m a Rooster through and through, and everyone who’s a part of this Club means the world to me.

“There’s a strong bond among the group here, and I’m really proud to know that I’ll have the honour of wearing the Roosters jersey for another year.”

Making his debut in 2007, Aubusson was appointed the club captain in 2017 and sits in third for most Roosters caps.

He drew nothing but praise from head coach Trent Robinson.

“A man who leads by example both on and off the field,” said Robinson.

“Mitch is a terrific mentor for both the current players in our squad and for those coming through the grades, so it’s really pleasing that his experience will continue to benefit our Club.”

Women, Whippersnappers and the Future of Whistleblowers

NRL referee Belinda Sharpe (nee Sleeman)

It’s a thankless job, one that we are all very quick to criticise but very rarely hear praise for “great refereeing performances” A standard weekend is skin thickening.

To give you an idea, I’ll recall a weekend when I was refereeing in a prominent Junior District.

Friday Night – U/16’s – Local derby, decent crowd at a former first ragde venue. About 200 in the crowd, very vocal.

My girlfriend came to watch which was rare, and she could not believe the abuse I copped. I thought my game that night was decent.

Ruck control was good, I enjoyed blowing an early penalty to show my play the balls were important. As all local derbies are, this had feeling.

About 60 minutes in, I sent a player from the home team off for dangerous contact to head and neck, and the abuse came thick and fast.

My girlfriend was horrified at the abuse and spoke to the referees advisor at the ground that was watching my performance. He indicated that I had a good game and that he would hang around after the game just as a precaution.

No issues afterwards, but plenty of verbal leaving the ground.

Sunday U/18’s in the middle. I arrive at the game, there is a phone in the referees room with a direct line to the local police. “What is this place?”, I thought.

Former NRL referee Steve Clark

The crowd during the U/18’s was small but drinking and by the time A Grade begun (and I was a touchy for that), they were in fine fettle.

I was called every name under the sun, some very derogatory based on the pink shirt we wore, some clever and partially funny, some that were downright personal, and against someone who they have never met.

It’s not an easy job, the pay in the juniors is not great, but the camaraderie within the referee ranks is good.

You need a thick skin, you need to block out the crowd, you need to stay level headed when 34 people are not.

Making it to the point where you get graded with the NSWRL or QRL refs is a huge achievement, one a lot of people have been happy with.

The cream rises to the top and they work their way through the grades before finally getting an opportunity at NRL level.

NRL referee Kasey Badger

This year, 111 years after the first game was played, we FINALLY saw our first female referee appointment to an NRL game. Belinda Sharpe (nee Sleeman).

This was not an appointment because she was female. This was not an appointment because, in this day and age, equality must be front of mind.

No, this was an appointment because she deserved it.

The NRL is a long way from Gracemere, near Rockhampton where Belinda first refereed an U/8’s game. Belinda was 18.

In 2019, Belinda and fellow NRL referee aspirant and NRL Touch Judge Kasey Badger were rewarded with fulltime referee contracts with the NRL.

Kasey, the wife of NRL Referee Gavin Badger, could have been in line for a debut before Sharpe until the week before Magic Round saw her make an error in relation to the rules that saw her dropped to Canterbury Cup.

But Kasey is a very, very good referee and I expect an NRL debut is in the near future for this very talented whistleblower.

NRL referee Gavin Badger

Despite the abuse, despite the “boys club” feeling among the old school Rugby League folk that also whinged when Michelle Payne won the Melbourne Cup, these ladies have risen to the top.

Belinda’s first few games have been brilliant. Cool, calm, clear and concise. She has a long career ahead of her.

But they are not alone, go to any footy field in any district, and you’ll see young girls refereeing U/6 to U/18’s everywhere.

Summer at Storey Park in Asquith, Heather at Seiffert Oval in Queanbeyan, 2 of the young ladies that are succeeding in a formerly male dominated pastime.

Former NRL referee Steve Clark can be seen around his old district with the North Sydney refs watching his daughter in the middle, giving tips at halftime on things to improve.

But the young guns are not all young women and I’ll name a couple of guys to keep an eye on in the coming years.

Tom Cambourn – From Balmain refs originally, is part of the NSWRL referee squad and will this week run the Sydney Shield game between Asquith and the Bulls at Storey Park.

A level headed referee who lives and breathes Rugby League.

Luke Heckendorf – Has had a stop start life in refereeing, crossing between Touch Footy and rugby league , but a very talented individual that will continue to improve under the tutelage at North Sydney of people like Steve Clark, Jon Stone and Scott Murray.

All the referees named today have a few things in common.

1.They love the game

2.They have been through thick and thin and stuck by the game in spite of the abuse

3.They won’t ever get Player of the Match recognition, but getting better appointments week in week out is what referees aspire to

4.They enjoy getting paid, but that’s not why they do this. Nobody would do this job just for the money They all deserve respect.

Players, coaches, officials and fans, please note – without referees, the game is nothing more than a weekend BBQ game with friends.

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Robson joins Cowboys on long-term deal

Departing St George Illawarra Dragons hooker Reece Robson

Billed by St George Illawarra Dragons fans as a solid prospect, Reece Robson will instead join the North Queensland Cowboys. 

The promising hooker or running forward has signed a four-year deal with the Cowboys.

Since making his debut last season, Robson has played in eight NRL games.

As his stock rises, the Cowboys believe they have pounced on a good prospect moving forward for their hooker stocks.

“We believe Reece Robson is one of the best young hookers in the competition,” Cowboys Director of Football Peter Parr said.

“Strong dummy half play is crucial to any side and Reece’s signing gives us significant depth in an extremely important position.”

Bulldogs strengthen forward depth with signing of Britt

Departing South Sydney Rabbitohs forward Dean Britt

The Canterbury Bulldogs have strengthened their 2020 forward pack with the signing of Dean Britt from the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Dean, who is the son of Darren Britt, a Bulldogs player throughout the 90’s, will join the club for two seasons.

Appearing in nine NRL games this season to date for the Rabbitohs, the signing of Britt is one that pleases club CEO Andrew Hill.

“Dean is an excellent forward who will provide another important piece for our forward pack next season,” Hill said.

“He has shown this year with his performances for the Rabbitohs that he is hard-working and tough and has the attributes that we as a club are looking for to take us forward.

“He has a great background in what the Bulldogs stand for with his father Darren having been such a major part of the club in the 90’s and we look forward to welcoming Dean to the Bulldog family next season.”

The Rabbitohs released a short statement on the release of Britt to join the Bulldogs:

“South Sydney Rabbitohs forward Dean Britt has signed with another NRL club following the completion of this season.

Britt has played 13 of his 14 NRL games for South Sydney since making his club debut against the Eels at ANZ Stadium in round 26 of the 2017 season.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs wish Dean the best of luck for the future.”

NRL Rd 21 Stats Breakdown: Penrith Panthers v Cronulla Sharks

Cronulla Sharks legend Steve Rogers

The Sharks enjoy playing against Penrith and currently possess a lengthy winning streak over the Panthers. 

Can the team from the West buck the trend or will the Sharks successes continue?

Penrith Panthers v Cronulla Sharks Stats Breakdown

The Penrith Panthers and Cronulla Sharks have played each other on 103 occasions; the Panthers have won 43 games, the Sharks have won 56 games and there have been four draws.

The Panthers need just twenty points to score 1700 total points against the Sharks. It will be just the third team that the Panthers will have scored 1700+ points against.

The first clash between the two sides was in round 11, 1967, a 13-10 win to the Panthers.

The Panthers have lost the last seven games against the Sharks; their last win against them was round 8, 2015.

Top try-scorer in this clash

Brad Izzard (PEN) – 10
Andrew Ettinghausen (CRO) – 10
Michael Jennings (PEN) – 10
Paul Gallen (CRO) – 9
Luke Covell (CRO) – 8
Steve Rogers (CRO) – 7
Ryan Girdler (PEN) – 7
Rhys Wesser (PEN) – 7

Former Penrith Panthers player Brad Izzard

Top point-scorer in this clash

Steve Rogers (CRO) – 7 tries & 64 goals (149 pts)*
Ryan Girdler (PEN) – 7 tries & 40 goals (108 pts)
Luke Covell (CRO) – 8 tries & 33 goals (98 pts)
Michael Gordon (PEN/CRO) – 6 tries & 25 goals (74 pts)
Greg Alexander (PEN) – 5 tries & 25 goals (70 pts)
Mat Rogers (CRO) – 4 tries & 21 goals (58 pts)
Bob Landers (PEN) – 1 try & 24 goals (51 pts)*
Preston Campbell (CRO/PEN) – 5 tries & 14 goals (48 pts)
George Taylforth (CRO) – 1 try & 21 goals (45 pts)*
Barry Andrews (CRO) – 1 try & 21 goals (45 pts)*

Head Coaching records

Jack Clare (PEN) – 2/2 (100%)
Mike Stephenson (PEN) – 2/2 (100%)
Jamie Shepherd (CRO) – 1/1 (100%)
John Morris (CRO) – 1/1 (100%)
Allan Fitzgibbon (CRO) – 4/5 (80%)
Shane Flanagan (CRO) – 9/12 (75%)
Greg Pierce (CRO) – 3/4 (75%)
Tim Sheens (PEN) – 6/8 (75%)
Tommy Bishop (CRO) – 6/10 (60%)
Bob Boland (PEN) – 6/10 (60%)
Stuart Raper (CRO) – 3/5 (60%)
John Lang (CRO) – 6/12 (50%) (1 draw)
John Lang (PEN) – 4/8 (50%)
Matthew Elliott (PEN) – 4/8 (50%)
Ricky Stuart (CRO) – 3/6 (50%)
Len Stacker (PEN) – 3/6 (50%) (1 draw)
John Raper (CRO) – 2/4 (50%)
Leo Trevena (PEN) – 2/4 (50%)
Norm Provan (CRO) – 2/4 (50%) (1 draw)
Terrence Fearnley (CRO) – 2/4 (50%) (1 draw)
Arthur Beetson (CRO) – 2/4 (50%)
Edwin Glossop (CRO) – 1/2 (50%)
Phil Gould (PEN) – 3/8 (37.5%)
Royce Simmons (PEN) – 4/11 (36.4%) (1 draw)
Chris Anderson (CRO) – 1/3 (33.3%)
John Gibson (CRO) – 2/6 (33.3%)
Ivan Cleary (PEN) – 2/7 (28.6%)
Don Parish (PEN) – 1/4 (25%)
Kenneth Kearney (CRO) – 1/6 (16.7%)
Peter Sharp (CRO) – 0/1 (0%)
Noel Thornton (CRO) – 0/2 (0%)
Barry Harris (CRO) – 0/2 (0%)
Ronald Willey (CRO) – 0/2 (0%)
John Peard (PEN) – 0/4 (0%)
Anthony Griffin (PEN) – 0/5 (0%)

Players to have played for both sides

  1. Maurie Raper – 1967-1970 (PEN) & 1971-1972 & 1974 (CRO)
  2. Paul Merlo – 1977-1979 (PEN) & 1983-1985 (CRO)
  3. David Burnes – 1983 & 1988-1989 (CRO) & 1985-1986 (PEN)
  4. Rob Jackson – 1982-1983 (PEN) & 1986 (CRO)
  5. Joe Vitanza – 1984, 1986-1987 & 1990-1991 (PEN) & 1992 (CRO)
  6. Mark McGaw – 1984-1992 (CRO) & 1993 (PEN)
  7. Craig Greenhill – 1995-1998 (CRO) & 1999-2001 (PEN)
  8. Gavin Clinch – 1995 (CRO) & 1996 (PEN)
  9. Brett Howland – 1997-2000 (CRO) & 2003-2005 (PEN)
  10. Martin Lang – 1996-2001 (CRO) & 2002-2004 (PEN)
  11. Preston Campbell – 1999-2002 (CRO) & 2003-2006 (PEN)
  12. Shannon Donato – 1998-2001 (CRO) & 2002-2003 & 2005 (PEN)
  13. Matthew Rieck – 1999-2001 (PEN) & 2002-2004 (CRO)
  14. Luke Lewis – 2001-2012 (PEN) & 2013-2018 (CRO)
  15. Paul Franze – 2002-2004 (CRO) & 2005 (PEN)
  16. Ben Ross – 2003-2005 (PEN) & 2006-2009 & 2012-2013 (CRO)
  17. David Simmons – 2003-2009 (CRO) & 2010-2015 (PEN)
  18. Michael Gordon – 2006-2012 (PEN) & 2013-2015 (CRO)
  19. Nick Youngquest – 2003 (CRO) & 2006-2007 (PEN)
  20. Paul Aiton – 2006-2009 (PEN) & 2010-2011 (CRO)
  21. Craig Stapleton – 2006 (PEN) & 2007 (CRO)
  22. Bryan Norrie – 2006-2007 (PEN) & 2008-2009 (CRO)
  23. Kevin Kingston – 2005-2008 (CRO) & 2010-2014 (PEN)
  24. Ben Pomeroy – 2004-2005 (PEN) & 2006-2013 (CRO)
  25. Cameron Ciraldo – 2005-2007 (CRO) & 2012-2013 (PEN)
  26. Joseph Paulo – 2008-2011 (PEN) & 2016-2018 (CRO)
  27. Wade Graham – 2008-2010 (PEN) & 2011-2019 (CRO)
  28. Dayne Weston – 2007 (CRO) & 2011-2012 (PEN)
  29. James Segeyaro – 2013-2016 (PEN) & 2017-2018 (CRO)
  30. Tyrone Peachey – 2013 (CRO) & 2014-2018 (PEN)
  31. Jeremy Latimore – 2013-2016 (PEN) & 2017 (CRO)
  32. Matt Moylan – 2013-2017 (PEN) & 2018-2019 (CRO)

Biggest winning margins

The Penrith Panthers biggest win over the Cronulla Sharks came in the form of a 50-12 victory in round 26, 2010.

The Cronulla Sharks biggest win over the Penrith Panthers was a comprehensive 42-10 success in round 19, 2001.

Players sin-binned/sent-off in this fixture

  1. Steve Kneen (CRO) sent-off in round 9, 1980.
  2. Mark Ellison (CRO) sin-binned in round 23, 1985.
  3. Ryan Girdler, Greg Alexander & Mark McGaw (all PEN) all sin-binned in round 22, 1993.
  4. Ryan Girdler (PEN) sin-binned in round 6, 1996.
  5. Matt Adamson (PEN) sin-binned in round 19, 2001.
  6. Rhys Wesser (PEN) sin-binned in round 11, 2005.

As always, any issues you notice or if you just want more stats, let us know and we can sort it out.

Also, in the top point-scorer section, any player with an asterisk next to their total indicates they played during a period when tries were three points and/or field goals were two points.

NRL Rd 21 Stats Breakdown: New Zealand Warriors v Manly Sea Eagles

Former Manly Sea Eagles centre Jamie Lyon

Manly have certainly enjoyed prolonged success against the Warriors and on form, that trend looks to continue.

Of course, you can never rule out the Warriors for the simple reason that they are perhaps the most inconsistent side in the NRL.

New Zealand Warriors v Manly Sea Eagles Stats Breakdown

The New Zealand Warriors and Manly Sea Eagles have played each other on 34 occasions; the Warriors have won just nine times, Manly have won 24 times and there has been 1 draw.

The Warriors nine wins when facing Manly is their second lowest wins total against any NRL team.

The Manly Sea Eagles need just 20 points to score 800 total points against the New Zealand Warriors.

In the last nine years of games between the two sides, the Warriors have won just two out of sixteen games.

Manly have lost just three times at Mt Smart Stadium from a possible 15 games when up against the Warriors.

The first game played between the two sides was a 26-14 success to Manly in round 5, 1995.

Tom Trbojevic has scored seven tries in eight games against the New Zealand Warriors.

Top try-scorer in this clash

Brett Stewart (MAN) – 13
Steve Menzies (MAN) – 7
Manu Vatuvei (WAR) – 7
Steve Matai (MAN) – 7
Daly Cherry-Evans (MAN) – 7
Tom Trbojevic (MAN) – 7
Michael Robertson (MAN) – 6
David Williams (MAN) – 5
Simon Mannering (WAR) – 5
David Fusitu’a (WAR) – 5
Shaun Johnson (WAR) – 5

Top point-scorer in this clash

Jamie Lyon (MAN) – 4 tries & 38 goals (92 pts)
Shaun Johnson (WAR) – 5 tries, 17 goals & 1 field goal (55 pts)
Brett Stewart (MAN) – 13 tries (52 pts)
Daly Cherry-Evans (MAN) – 7 tries, 9 goals & 4 field goals (48 pts)
Stacey Jones (WAR) – 4 tries & 14 goals (44 pts)
Matt Orford (MAN) – 2 tries & 16 goals (40 pts)
Steve Matai (MAN) – 7 tries & 1 goal (30 pts)
Steve Menzies (MAN) – 7 tries (28 pts)
Manu Vatuvei (WAR) – 7 tries (28 pts)
Tom Trbojevic (MAN) – 7 tries (28 pts)
James Maloney (WAR) – 1 try & 12 goals (28 pts)
Michael Robertson (MAN) – 6 tries & 1 goal (26 pts)

Former Manly Sea Eagles fullback Brett Stewart

Head Coaching records

Mark Graham (WAR) – 1/1 (100%)
Geoff Toovey (MAN) – 5/6 (83.3%)
Trent Barrett (MAN) – 4/5 (80%)
Des Hasler (MAN) – 12/16 (75%)
Bob Fulton (MAN) – 3/4 (75%)
Daniel Anderson (WAR) – 3/4 (75%)
Anthony Kemp (WAR) – 1/2 (50%)
Matthew Elliott (WAR) – 1/2 (50%)
Stephen Kearney (WAR) – 1/4 (25%)
Ivan Cleary (WAR) – 2/11 (18.2%)
Frank Endacott (WAR) – 0/1 (0%)
Peter Sharp (MAN) – 0/2 (0%)
John Monie (WAR) – 0/2 (0%)
Brian McClennan (WAR) – 0/2 (0%)
Andrew McFadden (WAR) – 0/4 (0%)

Players to have played for both sides

  1. Phil Blake – 1982-1986 (MAN) & 1995-1997 (WAR)
  2. Gene Ngamu – 1992-1993 (MAN) & 1995-1999 (WAR)
  3. Matthew Ridge – 1990-1996 (MAN) & 1997-1999 (WAR)
  4. Kevin Iro – 1991-1992 (MAN) & 1998 (WAR)
  5. Joe Galuvao – 1998-2000 (WAR) & 2010-2013 (MAN)
  6. Michael Witt – 2005-2006 (MAN) & 2007-2008 (WAR)
  7. Lewis Brown – 2009-2012 (WAR) & 2016-2018 (MAN)
  8. Kieran Foran – 2009-2015 (MAN) & 2017 (WAR)
  9. Feleti Mateo – 2011-2014 (WAR) & 2015-2016 (MAN)
  10. Peta Hiku – 2013-2015 (MAN) & 2018-2019 (WAR)
  11. Jeff Robson – 2004 & 2008 (MAN) & 2016 (WAR)
  12. Jonathan Wright – 2015-2016 (WAR) & 2018 (MAN)
  13. Ligi Sao – 2013 & 2015 (MAN) & 2016-2019 (WAR)
  14. Blake Green – 2017 (MAN) & 2018-2019 (WAR)
  15. Toafofoa Sipley – 2016 (WAR) & 2018-2019 (MAN)

Biggest winning margins

The New Zealand Warriors biggest win over the Manly Sea Eagles came back in 1999, winning 36-10 in round 3.

The Manly Sea Eagles biggest win over the New Zealand Warriors was a comfortable 52-6 victory, also in round 3, but in 2008.

Players sin-binned/sent-off in this fixture

  1. Gavin Hill (WAR) sent-off in round 5, 1996.
  2. Shayne Dunley (MAN) sin-binned in round 5, 2006.

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