NRL Stats Breakdown Rd 15: St George Illawarra Dragons v North Queensland Cowboys

Former North Queensland Cowboys halfback Johnathan Thurston

Another game and another stats breakdown. Two of the younger teams in terms of games played in the NRL era but some ripper games nevertheless. 

As the win tallies lie almost neck-and-neck, neither team has really asserted dominance over the other.

With both teams welcoming players back and needing wins, this looms as a crucial clash.

Here are the stats as always!

St George Illawarra Dragons v North Queensland Cowboys Stats Breakdown

The St George Illawarra Dragons and North Queensland Cowboys have played each other on 32 occasions; the Dragons have won 15, the Cowboys have won 16 and there has been one draw.

The St George Illawarra Dragons require 33 points to score 700 total points against the Cowboys.
The North Queensland Cowboys require 36 points to score 700 total points against the Dragons.

The St George Illawarra Dragons have won three of the last four games between the two sides, although it is the Cowboys that won the most recent game between the two sides.

The first game played between the two sides was a 22-18 victory to the St George Illawarra Dragons in round 15, 1999.

Top try-scorers in this clash

Matt Cooper (SGI) – 10
Brett Morris (SGI) – 10
Paul Bowman (NQL) – 9
Matt Bowen (NQL) – 8
Jason Nightingale (SGI) – 8
Johnathan Thurston (NQL) – 7
Ben Creagh (SGI) – 6
Matt Sing (NQL) – 5
Mark Riddell (SGI) – 4
Ty Williams (NQL) – 4

Former St George Illawarra Dragons centre Matt Cooper

Top point-scorers in this clash

Johnathan Thurston (NQL) – 7 tries & 44 goals (116 pts)
Jamie Soward (SGI) – 2 tries, 19 goals & 1 field goal (47 pts)
Josh Hannay (NQL) – 3 tries & 15 goals (42 pts)
Matt Cooper (SGI) – 10 tries (40 pts)
Brett Morris (SGI) – 10 tries (40 pts)
Mark Riddell (SGI) – 4 tries, 10 goals & 1 field goal (37 pts)
Gareth Widdop (SGI) – 1 try, 16 goals & 1 field goal (37 pts)
Aaron Gorrell (SGI) – 2 tries & 14 goals (36 pts)
Paul Bowman (NQL) –  9 tries (36 pts)
Matt Bowen (NQL) – 8 tries & 2 goals (36 pts)

Head coaching records

Murray Hurst (NQL) – 1/1 (100%)
Wayne Bennett (SGI) – 3/4 (75%)
David Waite (SGI) – 2/3 (66.7%)
Graham Murray (NQL) – 7/12 (58.3%)
Paul McGregor (SGI) – 4/7 (57.1%)
Neil Henry (SGI) – 4/7 (57.1%)
Paul Green (SGI) – 3/7 (42.9%)
Andrew Farrar (SGI) – 2/4 (50%)
Nathan Brown (SGI) – 4/10 (40%)
Tim Sheens (NQL) – 1/4 (25%)
Steve Price (SGI) – 0/3 (0%)

Players to have played for both sides

  1. Nathan Fien – 2000-2004 (NQL) & 2009-2013 (SGI)
  2. Justin Smith – 2000-2002 (SGI) & 2005-2008 (NQL)
  3. Chris Sheppard – 2001-2005 & 2008 (NQL) & 2005-2006 (SGI)
  4. Brett Firman – 2003-2004 (SGI) & 2005-2006 (NQL)
  5. Ashton Sims – 2003-2007 (SGI) & 2011-2014 (NQL)
  6. Clint Greenshields – 2004-2006 (SGI) & 2013 (NQL)
  7. Kalifa Fai Fai Loa – 2010 & 2016-2017 (SGI) & 2011-2013 (NQL)
  8. Tariq Sims – 2011-2014 (NQL) & 2016-2019 (SGI)
  9. Leeson Ah Mau – 2010-2011 (NQL) & 2012-2018 (SGI)
  10. Ricky Thorby – 2007-2010 (SGI) & 2012-2014 (NQL)
  11. Cameron King – 2010 & 2012-2013 (SGI) & 2014-2015 (NQL)
  12. Nene Macdonald – 2017-2018 (SGI) & 2019 (NQL)

Biggest winning margins

The North Queensland Cowboys biggest win over the St George Illawarra Dragons was a comprehensive 50-4 victory in round 13, 2000.

The St George Illawarra Dragons biggest win over the North Queensland Cowboys was a year later in 2001, when they demolished the Cowboys 48-12 in round 7, 2001.

Players to be sin-binned/sent-off in this fixture

  1. Johnathan Thurston (NQL) sin-binned in round 3, 2007.
  2. Matt Prior (SGI) sent-off in round 9, 2012.
  3. Daniel Vidot (SGI) & Johnathan Thurston/Ricky Thorby (both NQL) all sin-binned in round 24, 2012.
  4. Jack de Belin (SGI) sin-binned in round 19, 2018.

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