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NRL Rd 9: Newcastle Knights v Parramatta Eels Stats Breakdown

Parramatta Eels winger and fullback Luke Burt

Newcastle Knights v Parramatta Eels Breakdown

The Newcastle Knights and Parramatta Eels have played each other on 53 occasions; the Knights have won 33 games, the Eels have won 20 games and there has been one draw.

The Newcastle Knights need 22 points to reach 1100 total points against the Parramatta Eels. It will be just the second team in which the Knights have scored more than 1100 points against (the only other is Canberra).

The Parramatta Eels need 17 points to reach 1000 total points against the Newcastle Knights.

The Parramatta Eels have won just three of the last fourteen games between the two sides.

The Parramatta Eels have won just eight of twenty-seven games at McDonald Jones Stadium.

The first game played between the two sides was an easy 28-4 win for the Parramatta Eels in round 1, 1998.

Biggest Wins

The Newcastle Knights biggest win over the Parramatta Eels was a 54-6 demolition in round 13, 2006.

The Parramatta Eels biggest win over the Newcastle Knights was a 40-0 drubbing in round 17, 2001.

Former Newcastle Knights player Matt Gidley

Leading Try Scorer

Luke Burt (PAR) – 8
Matthew Gidley (NEW) – 7
Jarryd Hayne (PAR) – 7
Akuila Uate (NEW) – 6

Leading Point Scorer

Luke Burt (PAR) – 8 tries, 49 goals & 1 field goal (120 pts)
Andrew Johns (NEW) – 3 tries, 48 goals & 1 field goal (107 pts)
Kurt Gidley (NEW) – 3 tries & 24 goals (60 pts)

Players to have played for both sides in this clash

  1. Russell Wyer – 1994 (NEW) & 1995-1997 (PAR)
  2. Darren Treacy – 1994-1996 (NEW) & 2003 (PAR)
  3. Nathan Barnes – 1994-1995 (NEW) & 1996-1999 (PAR)
  4. Jason Moodie – 1997-1999 (NEW) & 2000-2003 (PAR)
  5. Timana Tahu – 1999-2004 & 2012-2014 (NEW) & 2005-2007 & 2010 (PAR)
  6. John Morris – 2001-2002 (NEW) & 2003-2006 (PAR)
  7. Todd Lowrie – 2003-2006 (NEW) & 2007-2009 (PAR)
  8. Zeb Taia – 2006-2007 (PAR) & 2007-2012 (NEW)
  9. Richie Fa’aoso – 2007 & 2015 (PAR) & 2008-2012 (NEW)
  10. Danny Wicks – 2008-2009 (NEW) & 2015-2016 (PAR)
  11. Issac De Gois – 2009-2011 (NEW) & 2014-2016 (PAR)
  12. Ken Sio – 2011-2014 (PAR) & 2017-2018 (NEW)
  13. Beau Scott – 2013-2015 (NEW) & 2016-2018 (PAR)
  14. Pauli Pauli – 2014-2015 (PAR) & 2016 (NEW)

Players to have sin-binned/sent-off in this clash

  1. Gavin Hanrahan (NEW) sin-binned in round 1, 1988.
  2. David Thorne (NEW) sin-binned in round 16, 1988.
  3. Tony Herman (NEW) sin-binned in round 19, 1995.
  4. Dean Pay (PAR) & Adam Muir (NEW) both sin-binned in round 19, 1996.
  5. Robbie O’Davis (NEW) sin-binned in round 16, 2003.
  6. Michael Jennings (PAR) sin-binned in round 13, 2018.

Head coaching records

Wayne Bennett (NEW) – 5/5 (100%)
Jason Taylor (NEW) – 1/1 (100%)
Malcolm Reilly (NEW) – 4/6 (66.7%)
Nathan Brown (NEW) – 4/6 (66.7%)
David Waite (NEW) – 2/3 (66.7%)
Rick Stone (NEW) – 2/3 (66.7%)
Daniel Anderson (PAR) – 2/3 (66.7%)
Michael Cronin (PAR) – 3/5 (60%) (1 draw)
Michael Hagan (NEW) – 7/13 (53.8%)
Brian Smith (PAR) – 10/21 (47.6%)
Brian Smith (NEW) – 2/5 (40%)
Allan McMahon (NEW) – 3/8 (37.5%) (1 draw)
Brad Arthur (PAR) – 3/9 (33.3%)
Ron Hilditch (PAR) – 1/3 (33.3%)
Michael Hagan (PAR) – 1/3 (33.3%)
John Monie (PAR) – 1/4 (25%)
Warren Ryan (NEW) – 1/5 (20%)
Ricky Stuart (PAR) – 0/1 (0%)
Stephen Kearney (PAR) – 0/3 (0%)

Players to have scored three tries or more in one game

  1. Adam Muir (NEW) scored three tries in round 10, 1994.
  2. Luke Burt (PAR) scored three tries in round 17, 2001.
  3. Jarryd Hayne (PAR) scored four tries in round 18, 2006.
  4. Chanel Mata’utia (NEW) scored three tries in round 25, 2014.

 

 

 

Broncos snap six-game losing streak with win over Bulldogs

Brisbane Broncos forward Tevita Pangai Jr.

It was a long time coming but the Brisbane Broncos are finally back in the winner’s circles after beating the Canterbury Bulldogs.

The 26-8 win at Suncorp snaps a six-game losing streak, a much needed win for coach Anthony Seibold.

The Bulldogs loss, however, heaps more pressure on Dean Pay.

It was their strongest performance since the season resumption with Tevita Pangai Jr. starring.

He was involved in the first try; taking the line on, drawing defenders in and then offloading.

That offload went to Corey Oates, playing in the back-row, who powered over defenders to score.

Pangai Jr. would then score one of his own as he grubbered ahead after a Bulldogs error and won the race to the ball to score.

There were chances to extend the lead even further but the Broncos were unable to capitalise.

Oates then went on report for a high shot and the Bulldogs would soon go on to score.

A cut-out pass from Kieran Foran found Nick Meaney who finished well in the corner.

New Bulldogs recruit, Englishman Luke Thompson was the next to be put on report for a shoulder charge.

Needing a strong start to assert their dominance, the Broncos did just that.

Good vision from Anthony Milford saw him kick ahead, catching Bulldogs defenders off-guard.

It would be Jamayne Isaako who would win the foot race to the ball and score.

Isaako would then convert a penalty goal to give the Broncos a 16-4 lead.

Then a lovely scrum play saw Brodie Croft and Tesi Niu combine for winger Xavier Coates to score.

Foran was again involved in the Bulldogs second try; this time laying on a pass for Dallin Watene-Zelezniak.

Though to cap off his strong game, Tevita Pangai Jr. would produce some magic.

With several defenders trying to bundle him into touch, he somehow offloaded and Isaako was there to cut inside and score.

Seibold praised his side’s performance and knows that although this was a step in the right direction, they need more.

“It was a much better performance tonight,” Seibold said.

“I have seen it in halves of footy recently but we were able to put back-to-back halves together which was really pleasing.

“There is better [to come] but it was a step in the right direction.”

The downside to the victory was an MCL injury to captain Alex Glenn.

The going has been tough for the Dogs both on and off the field and coach Pay wants an answer regarding his future.

“We can go out into the market and look to bolster our recruitment,” Pay said.

“There’s some kids in there that I have now who have got some games under their belt who are going to be better players moving forward.”

Despite the loss, Pay believes there are positives on the horizon.

“We have got some real positive signs coming soon,” Pay continued.

It is very hard for everyone at the moment but we will move forward and will get better.”

NRL News Player of the Game

3. Tevita Pangai Jr.

2. Jamayne Isaako

  1. Tesi Niu
Brisbane Broncos utility back Jamayne Isaako

NRL Rd 9: Canberra Raiders v Melbourne Storm Stats Breakdown

Melbourne Storm captain and hooker Cameron Smith

Canberra Raiders v Melbourne Storm Breakdown

The Canberra Raiders and Melbourne Storm have played each other on 45 occasions; the Raiders have won 14 games, the Storm have won 31 games and there have been zero draws.

The Canberra Raiders need to score just ten points to reach 700 total points scored against the Melbourne Storm.

The Canberra Raiders have won the last three games against the Storm, all of which have come in Melbourne.

The first game played between the two sides was a 16-12 victory for the Melbourne Storm in round 24, 1998.

Biggest Wins

The Canberra Raiders biggest win over the Melbourne Storm was a comfortable 40-12 victory in round 18, 2012.

The Melbourne Storm’s biggest win over the Canberra Raiders was a 68-4 demolition in round 21, 2013.

Melbourne Storm club legend Billy Slater

Leading Try Scorer

Billy Slater (MEL) – 13
Matt Geyer (MEL) – 11
Greg Inglis (MEL) – 11
Mahe Fonua (MEL) – 9
Marcus Bai (MEL) – 8

Leading Point Scorer

Cameron Smith (MEL) – 2 tries & 99 goals (206 pts)
Jarrod Croker (CAN) – 7 tries & 37 goals (102 pts)
Matt Orford (MEL/CAN) – 2 tries & 36 goals (80 pts)
Clinton Schifcofske (CAN) – 3 tries & 27 goals (62 pts)

Players to have played for both sides in this clash

  1. Andrew McFadden – 1997-2001 (CAN) & 2003-2004 (MEL)
  2. Brett Finch – 1999-2002 (CAN) & 2009-2010 & 2013 (MEL)
  3. Glenn Lazarus – 1987-1991 (CAN) & 1998-1999 (MEL)
  4. Matt Orford – 2001-2005 (MEL) & 2011 (CAN)
  5. Troy Thompson – 2001-2010 (CAN) & 2011 (MEL)
  6. Glen Turner – 2000 & 2003-2005 (MEL) & 2007-2009 (CAN)
  7. Brett White – 2005-2010 (MEL) & 2011-2014 (CAN)
  8. Ben Cross – 2003-2005 (CAN) & 2006-2007 (MEL)
  9. Jeff Lima – 2006-2010 (MEL) & 2016-2017 (CAN)
  10. Tom Learoyd-Lahrs – 2006-2013 (CAN) & 2015 (MEL)
  11. Ryan Hinchcliffe – 2007-2008 (CAN) & 2009-2015 (MEL)
  12. Sandor Earl – 2012-2013 (CAN) & 2019 (MEL)
  13. Sisi Waqa – 2011-2014 (MEL) & 2015 (CAN)
  14. Brenko Lee – 2014-2016 (CAN) & 2020 (MEL)
  15. Curtis Scott – 2016-2019 (MEL) & 2020 (CAN)
  16. Mark Nicholls – 2012-2013 & 2015 (CAN) & 2017 (MEL)

Players to have sin-binned/sent-off in this clash

  1. Adam Mogg (CAN) sin-binned in round 18, 2005.
  2. Michael Weyman (CAN) & Matt King (MEL) both sin-binned in round 25, 2006.
  3. Joseph Tapine & Jack Wighton (both CAN) both sin-binned in round 22, 2019.

Head coaching records

Craig Bellamy (MEL) – 26/35 (74.3%)
Mal Meninga (CAN) – 4/8 (50%)
Chris Anderson (MEL) – 3/6 (50%)
Mark Murray (MEL) – 2/4 (50%)
Ricky Stuart (CAN) – 5/12 (41.7%)
David Furner (CAN) – 3/10 (30%)
Matthew Elliott (CAN) – 1/11 (9.1%)
Neil Henry (CAN) – 0/4 (0%)

Players to have scored three tries or more in one game

  1. Greg Inglis (MEL) scored three tries in round 10, 2010.
  2. Edrick Lee (CAN) scored three tries in round 18, 2012.
  3. Mahe Fonua (MEL) scored three tries in round 21, 2013.
  4. Sisi Waqa (MEL) scored three tries in round 21, 2013.
  5. Suliasi Vunivalu (MEL) scored three tries in round 2, 2019.

 

 

NRL Rd 9: Brisbane Broncos v Canterbury Bulldogs Stats Breakdown

Canterbury Bulldogs club legend Hazem El Masri

Brisbane Broncos v Canterbury Bulldogs Stats

The Brisbane Broncos and Canterbury Bulldogs have played each other on 56 occasions; the Broncos have won 31 games, the Bulldogs have won 24 games and there has been one draw.

The Brisbane Broncos need just 20 points to reach 1300 total points against the Bulldogs. It will be just the fourth team that the Broncos have scored 1300 points against (Penrith, North Queensland and Newcastle the other three).

The Canterbury Bulldogs won five of the first six games between the two sides.

The first game played between the two sides was a 25-10 win for the Canterbury Bulldogs in round 15, 1988.

Biggest Wins

The Brisbane Broncos biggest win over the Canterbury Bulldogs was a 41-10 rout in round 22, 2014.

The Canterbury Bulldogs biggest win over the Brisbane Broncos was a 40-4 demolition in round 18, 2003.

Brisbane Broncos club legend Darren Lockyer

Top try-scorer in this clash

Darren Lockyer (BRI) – 14
Steve Renouf (BRI) – 11
Wendell Sailor (BRI) – 11
Tonie Carroll (BRI) – 9
Hazem El Masri (CBY) – 9
Corey Oates (BRI) – 9

Most prolific point-scorer in this clash

Hazem El Masri (CBY) – 9 tries & 63 goals (162 pts)
Darren Lockyer (BRI) – 14 tries, 37 goals & 4 field goals (134 pts)
Corey Parker (BRI) – 5 tries & 42 goals (104 pts)
Daryl Halligan (CBY) – 1 try & 33 goals (70 pts)
Michael De Vere (BRI) – 2 tries & 25 goals (58 pts)
Steve Renouf (BRI) – 11 tries (44 pts)
Wendell Sailor (BRI) – 11 tries (44 pts)
Bryson Goodwin (CBY) – 2 tries & 6 goals (20 pts)

Players to have played for both sides from this clash

  1. James Donnelly – 1987-1988 (CBY) & 1989-1991 (BRI)
  2. Darren Smith – 1990-1994 & 1999-2002 (CBY) & 1995-1998 & 2004-2005 (BRI)
  3. Scott Tronc – 1989-1990 (BRI) & 1991-1992 (CBY)
  4. Tony Currie – 1986-1988 (CBY) & 1989-1992 (BRI)
  5. Barry Berrigan – 1995-1999 (CBY) & 2003-2005 (BRI)
  6. Dennis Scott – 1996-1998 (BRI) & 1999-2004 (CBY)
  7. Shane Perry – 2000-2001 (CBY) & 2006-2008 (BRI)
  8. David Stagg – 2003-2008 & 2013-2015 (BRI) & 2009-2012 (CBY)
  9. Michael Ennis – 2006-2008 (BRI) & 2009-2014 (CBY)
  10. Greg Eastwood – 2005-2008 (BRI) & 2009 & 2011-2018 (CBY)
  11. Ben Barba – 2008-2013 (CBY) & 2014 (BRI)
  12. Ben Hannant – 2006-2008 & 2011-2014 (BRI) & 2009-2010 (CBY)
  13. James Gavet – 2012 (CBY) & 2015 (BRI)

Players to have been sin-binned/sent-off from this clash

  1. Martin Bella, Terry Lamb & Craig Polla-Mounter (all CBY) all sin-binned in round 17, 1993.

Head Coaching Records

Phil Gould (CBY) – 2/2 (100%)
Anthony Griffin (BRI) – 4/6 (66.7%)
Kevin Moore (CBY) – 2/3 (66.7%)
Wayne Bennett (BRI) – 26/46 (56.6%) (1 draw)
Dean Pay (CBY) – 2/4 (50%)
Anthony Seibold (BRI) – 1/2 (50%)
Des Hasler (CBY) – 5/11 (45.6%)
Steve Folkes (CBY) – 9/24 (37.5%) (1 draw)
Chris Anderson (CBY) – 4/12 (33.3%)
Ivan Henjak (BRI) – 0/2 (0%)

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

  1. Steve Renouf (BRI) scored four tries in round 17, 1993.
  2. Wendell Sailor (BRI) scored three tries in round 21, 2000.
  3. Lote Tuqiri (BRI) scored three tries in round 20, 2001.
  4. Brett Morris (CBY) scored three tries in round 16, 2016.
  5. Nick Meaney (CBY) scored three tries in round 25, 2019.

 

NRL Rd 9: Cronulla Sharks v Penrith Panthers Stats Breakdown

Cronulla Sharks club legend Steve Rogers

Cronulla Sharks v Penrith Panthers Stats

The Cronulla Sharks and Penrith Panthers have played each other on 93 occasions; the Sharks have won 51 times, the Panthers have won 39 times and there have been three draws.

The Cronulla Sharks need to score twenty points to reach 2000 total points against the Penrith Panthers.

The Penrith Panthers won six of the first eight games played between the two sides.

Since 2011, the Cronulla Sharks have won twelve of the last fifteen games played between the two sides.

The first ever game played between the two sides was a 13-10 win for Penrith in round 11, 1967.

Biggest Wins

The Cronulla Sharks biggest win over the Penrith Panthers was a 43-4 success in round 16, 1978.

The Penrith Panthers biggest win over the Cronulla Sharks was a 50-12 rout in round 26, 2010.

Cronulla Sharks club legend Andrew Ettinghausen

Top try-scorer in this clash

Andrew Ettinghausen (CRO) – 10
Brad Izzard (PEN) – 9
Michael Jennings (PEN) – 9
Steve Rogers (CRO) – 7
Ryan Girdler (PEN) – 7

Most prolific point-scorer in this clash

Steve Rogers (CRO) – 7 tries & 64 goals (144 pts)*
Ryan Girdler (PEN) – 7 tries & 40 goals (108 pts)
Michael Gordon (PEN/CRO) – 6 tries & 25 goals (74 pts)
Greg Alexander (PEN) – 5 tries & 25 goals (70 pts)
Luke Covell (CRO) – 6 tries & 21 goals (66 pts)

Players to have played for both sides from this clash

  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. Robert 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. Geoff Bell – 1994-1998 (CRO) & 2002-2003 (PEN)
  8. Brett Howland – 1997-2000 (CRO) & 2003-2005 (PEN)
  9. Shannon Donato – 1998-2001 (CRO) & 2002-2003 & 2005 (PEN)
  10. Preston Campbell – 1999-2002 (CRO) & 2003-2006 (PEN)
  11. Matthew Rieck – 1999-2001 (PEN) & 2002-2004 (CRO)
  12. Martin Lang – 1996-2001 (CRO) & 2002-2004 (PEN)
  13. Luke Lewis – 2001-2012 (PEN) & 2013 & 2015-2018 (CRO)
  14. Paul Franze – 2002-2004 (CRO) & 2005 (PEN)
  15. Ben Ross – 2003-2005 (PEN) & 2006-2009 & 2012-2013 (CRO)
  16. Michael Gordon – 2006-2012 (PEN) & 2013-2015 (CRO)
  17. Paul Aiton – 2006-2009 (PEN) & 2010-2011 (PEN)
  18. Bryan Norrie – 2006-2007 (PEN) & 2008-2009 (CRO)
  19. Kevin Kingston – 2005-2008 (CRO) & 2010-2014 (PEN)
  20. Ben Pomeroy – 2004-2005 (PEN) & 2006-2013 (CRO)
  21. Cameron Ciraldo – 2005-2007 (CRO) & 2012-2013 (PEN)
  22. Wade Graham – 2008-2010 (PEN) & 2011-2019 CRO)
  23. David Simmons – 2003-2009 (CRO) & 2010-2015 (PEN)
  24. Tyrone Peachey – 2013 (CRO) & 2014-2018 (PEN)
  25. Jeremy Latimore – 2013-2016 (PEN) & 2017 (CRO)
  26. Matt Moylan – 2013-2017 (PEN) & 2018-2019 (CRO)
  27. James Maloney – 2016-2017 (CRO) & 2018-2019 (PEN)
  28. Joseph Paulo – 2008-2011 (PEN) & 2016-2018 (CRO)
  29. James Segeyaro – 2013-2016 (PEN) & 2017-2018 (CRO)

Players to have been sin-binned/sent-off from this clash

  1. Steve Kneen (CRO) sent-off in round 9, 1980.
  2. Mark Ellison (CRO) sin-binned in round 23, 1985.
  3. Greg Alexander, Ryan Girdler & 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.

Head Coaching Records

Jack Clare (PEN) – 2/2 (100%)
Mike Stephenson (PEN) – 2/2 (100%)
John Morris (CRO) – 2/2 (100%)
Peter Sharp (PEN) – 1/1 (100%)
Jamie Shepherd (PEN) – 1/1 (100%)
Allan Fitzgibbon (CRO) – 4/5 (80%)
Shaun Flanagan (CRO) – 9/12 (75%)
Greg Pierce (CRO) _ 3/4 (75%)
Tim Sheens (PEN) – 5/8 (62.5%) (1 draw)
Bob Boland (PEN) – 6/10 (60%)
Tommy Bishop (CRO) – 6/10 (60%)
Stuart Raper (CRO) – 3/5 (60%)
John Lang (CRO) – 7/12 (58.3%) (1 draw)
John Lang (PEN) – 4/8 (50%)
Matthew Elliott (PEN) – 4/8 (50%)
Len Stacker (PEN) – 3/6 (50%) (1 draw)
Ricky Stuart (CRO) – 3/6 (50%)
Leo Trevena (PEN) – 2/4 (50%)
John Raper (CRO) – 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%)
Ronald Willey (PEN) – 1/2 (50%)
Edwin Glossop (CRO) – 1/2 (50%)
Phil Gould (PEN) – 3/8 (37.5%)
Ivan Cleary (PEN) – 3/8 (37.5%)
Royce Simmons (PEN) – 4/12 (33.3%) (1 draw)
Jack Gibson (CRO) – 2/6 (33.3%)
Chris Anderson (CRO) – 1/3 (33.3%)
Don Parish (PEN) – 1/4 (25%)
Ken Kearney (CRO) – 1/6 (16.7%)
Cameron Ciraldo (PEN) – 0/1 (0%)
Barry Harris (PEN) – 0/2 (0%)
Noel Thornton (CRO) – 0/2 (0%)
John Peard (PEN) – 0/4 (0%)
Anthony Griffin (PEN) – 0/5 (0%)

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

  1. Peter Langmack (PEN) scored three tries in round 5, 1974.
  2. Brad Izzard (PEN) scored three tries in round 25, 1986.
  3. Mark McGaw (CRO) scored three tries in round 18, 1987.
  4. Luke Covell (CRO) scored three tries in round 13, 2008.
  5. Michael Jennings (PEN) scored three tries in round 10, 2010.
  6. Frank Pritchard (PEN) scored three tries in round 26, 2010.

 

Titans snap home drought with win over Warriors

Gold Coast Titans back-rower Keegan Hipgrave

The Gold Coast Titans and New Zealand Warriors may have their respective struggles but the two did battle in an error-riddled contest. 

It was quite literally a tale of two halves, like many rugby league games often are.

The first half belonged mostly to the Warriors, the second to the Titans.

Trailing 12-0 early, it looked like the Titans might be in for a long night but they rallied strongly.

The Warriors season will take a further hit when three players will be allowed to leave for family reasons.

Ken Maumalo, Agnatius Paasi and David Fusitu’a will all head back to New Zealand after next week’s game.

“With everything going on in Victoria it just looks more and more certain that we’re staying,” said Warriors coach Todd Payten.

“There’s a few guys who have expressed that they need to go home for family reasons which is understandable.

“We’ve given them a promise that can happen after the Cronulla game.”

The Warriors were wearing their ‘bush shirt’ jersey, emblazoned with gold and black squares as as tribute to the city of Wellington.

It was the Tuivasa-Sheck show early on as speed, power and skill, proved too much for the Titans defence.

His nifty footwork saw him slice through the line and open the scoring in the game.

The second Warriors try came to Maumalo, with Peta Hiku laying on a lovely pass for his winger to score.

The Titans did score in the first half through winger Anthony Don after he stepped inside several players.

Though it was a half that mostly belonged to the Warriors who also had a Jack Hetherington try disallowed for a push.

In attack, the Titans could not hold onto the ball. In defence, however, they were resolute and tenacious.

Tyrone Peachey did his best to emulate the iconic Greg Inglis throwback try for the Kangaroos and it paid off.

Chasing an Ash Taylor grubber, Peachey flung himself over the dead-ball line and threw the ball back in.

There to pounce was Titans back-rower Sam Stone. The Warriors lead was cut to just two points.

Taylor would leave the field with fifteen minutes to go due to concussion, with the Titans hopes resting with Jamal Fogarty.

It would be Fogarty and rookie Beau Fermor who combined.

Fogarty’s grubber found Fermor, playing at centre, who pounced on the kick to score.

It broke a 10-game home drought as the Titans continue to show their resolute nature this season.

Fogarty pushed his injured team-mate Keegan Hipgrave to power on, knowing how important he was to the side.

“Keegs is a bit nuts in the head at times. He is tough as, one of the toughest blokes I have ever met,” Fogarty said.

“It was a credit to him that he was out there for 65 minutes busted and came up with a crucial tackle that turned the ball over.”

Despite everything they have been through and the challenges they still face, Payten believes the Warriors have the makings of a strong club.

“It has got the bones of a really strong club, “Payten said.

“It is something that we have to work on. I don’t think it will take a lot of time.

“What everyone aspires to, I think we have got the foundation of it right.”

NRL News Player of the Game

3. Keegan Hipgrave

2. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

  1. Jamal Fogarty
New Zealand Warriors captain and fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

 

NRL Rd 9: Wests Tigers v South Sydney Rabbitohs Stats Breakdown

South Sydney Rabbitohs captain and halfback Adam Reynolds

Wests Tigers v South Sydney Rabbitohs Stats

The Wests Tigers and South Sydney Rabbitohs have played each other on 34 occasions; the Tigers have won 16 games and the Rabbitohs have won 18 games.

The Rabbitohs won four of the opening five games between the two sides.

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

Paul Langmack only won five games as head coach of the South Sydney Rabbitohs; three of those came against the Wests Tigers.

The first ever clash between the two sides was a 38-24 win for the South Sydney Rabbitohs on July 14, 2002.

Biggest Wins

The Wests Tigers biggest win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs was a comprehensive 56-6 shellacking in round 22, 2004.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs biggest win over the Wests Tigers was a 54-10 romp in round 10, 2013.

Former South Sydney Rabbitohs prolific try-scoring winger Nathan Merritt

Top try-scorer in this clash

Nathan Merritt (SOU) – 11 (1G & 1FG)
Robbie Farah (WST) – 10
Taniela Tuiaki (WST) – 9
Chris Lawrence (WST) – 8
Greg Inglis (SOU) – 7
James Tedesco (WST) – 7
Alex Johnston (SOU) – 7

Most prolific point-scorer in this clash

Adam Reynolds (SOU) – 4 tries, 54 goals & 2 field goals (126 pts)
Benji Marshall – 4 tries & 33 goals (82 pts)
Brett Hodgson – 1 try & 28 goals (60 pts)
Nathan Merritt – 11 tries, 1 goal & 1 field goal (47 pts)
Chris Sandow (SOU) – 2 tries, 15 goals & 1 field goal (39 pts)
Robbie Farah (WST) – 10 tries (40 pts)
Taniela Tuiaki (WST) – 9 tries (36 pts)

Players to have played for both sides from this clash

  1. Willie Manu – 2001-2003 (WST) & 2004 (SOU)
  2. Wade McKinnon – 2002-2003 (SOU) & 2010-2011 (WST)
  3. Owen Craigie – 2000-2001 (WST) & 2002-2004 (SOU)
  4. Ahmad Bajouri – 2002 (WST) & 2003 (SOU)
  5. Sam Latu – 2008 (SOU) & 2010-2011 (WST)
  6. Rhys Hanbury – 2004 (SOU) & 2008-2009 (WST)
  7. Eddy Pettybourne – 2007-2012 (SOU) & 2013 (WST)
  8. Lote Tuqiri – 2010-2011 (WST) & 2014 (SOU)
  9. Chris McQueen – 2009 & 2011-2015 (SOU) & 2018-2019 (WST)
  10. Joel Reddy – 2012-2013 (WST) & 2014-2015 (SOU)
  11. Justin Hunt – 2012-2013 (SOU) & 2016 (WST)
  12. Jeff Lima – 2004 (WST) & 2013 (SOU)
  13. Tim Grant – 2015 (SOU) & 2016-2018 (WST)
  14. Nathan Brown – 2013 (WST) & 2015-2016 (SOU)
  15. Robert Jennings – 2017-2018 (SOU) & 2019-2020 (WST)
  16. Adam Doueihi – 2018-2019 (SOU) & 2020 (WST)

Players to have been sin-binned/sent-off from this clash

  1. Paul Stringer (SOU) & Darren Senter (WST) both sin-binned in round 21, 2002.
  2. Ashley Harrison (SOU) sin-binned in round 25, 2005.
  3. Luke Brooks (WST) & Luke Burgess (SOU) both sin-binned in round 3, 2014.

Head Coaching Records

Paul Langmack (SOU) – 3/3 (100%)
Jason Taylor (WST) – 4/5 (80%)
Michael Maguire (SOU) – 8/12 (75%)
John Lang (SOU) – 3/4 (75%)
Craig Coleman (SOU) – 1/2 (50%)
Anthony Seibold (SOU) – 1/2 (50%)
Wayne Bennett (SOU) – 1/2 (50%)
Terry Lamb (WST) – 1/2 (50%)
Michael Maguire (WST) – 1/2 (50%)
Tim Sheens (WST) – 8/18 (44.4%)
Jason Taylor (SOU) – 2/5 (40%)
Ivan Cleary (WST) – 1/3 (33.3%)
Michael Potter (SOU) – 1/4 (25%)
Arthur Kitinas (SOU) – 0/1 (0%)
Shaun McRae (SOU) – 0/1 (0%)

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

  1. Kevin McGuinness (WST) scored four tries in round 21, 2002.
  2. Greg Inglis (SOU) scored four tries in round 10, 2013.
  3. Jason Moodie (WST) scored three tries in round 22, 2004.
  4. Robbie Farah (WST) scored three tries in round 25, 2005.
  5. Scott Prince (WST) scored three tries in round 12, 2006.
  6. Luke Capewell (SOU) scored three tries in round 17, 2009.
  7. Taniela Tuiaki (WST) scored three tries in round 17, 2009.
  8. Nathan Merritt (SOU) scored three tries in round 10, 2010.
  9. Dylan Farrell (SOU) scored three tries in round 22, 2010.

 

 

NRL Rd 9: Gold Coast Titans v New Zealand Warriors Stats Breakdown

Former New Zealand Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson

Gold Coast Titans v New Zealand Warriors Stats.

The Gold Coast Titans and New Zealand Warriors have played each other on 26 occasions; the Titans have won eight games, the Warriors have won eighteen games and there have been no draws.

The Gold Coast Titans won the first four games played at Cbus Super Stadium against the New Zealand Warriors, but have only won one of the last nine games.

Biggest Wins

The Gold Coast Titans biggest win over the New Zealand Warriors was a comfortable 36-12 victory in round 20, 2018.

The New Zealand Warriors biggest win over the Gold Coast Titans was a 42-0 demolition in round 25, 2014.

Former New Zealand Warriors winger Manu Vatuvei

Top try-scorer in this clash

Manu Vatuvei (WAR) – 11
Shaun Johnson (WAR) – 11
Konrad Hurrell (WAR) – 8
David Fusitu’a (WAR) – 8
Anthony Don (GLD) – 8

Most prolific point-scorer in this clash

Shaun Johnson (WAR) – 11 tries, 29 goals & 2 field goals (104 pts)
Scott Prince (GLD) – 1 try & 30 goals (64 pts)
James Maloney (WAR) – 2 tries & 19 goals (46 pts)
Manu Vatuvei (WAR) – 11 tries (44 pts)

Players to have played for both sides from this clash

  1. Nathan Friend – 2007-2011 & 2016 (GLD) & 2012-2015 (WAR)
  2. Bodene Thompson – 2009-2012 (GLD) & 2015-2017 (WAR)
  3. Clinton Toopi – 1999-2006 (WAR) & 2010-2011 (GLD)
  4. Dominique Peyroux – 2011-2012 (GLD) & 2013-2015 (WAR)
  5. Konrad Hurrell – 2012-2016 (WAR) & 2016-2018 (GLD)
  6. Lachlan Burr – 2015-2016 (GLD) & 2019-2020 (WAR)
  7. Agnatius Paasi – 2014 & 2018-2019 (WAR) & 2015-2017 (GLD)
  8. Karl Lawton – 2016-2017 (GLD) & 2018-2019 (WAR)
  9. Leivaha Pulu – 2016-2017 (GLD) & 2018-2019 (WAR)

Players to have been sin-binned/sent-off from this clash

  1. Adam Blair (WAR) sin-binned in round 14, 2019.

Head Coaching Records

Brian McClennan (WAR) – 2/2 (100%)
Matthew Elliott (WAR) – 2/2 (100%)
Andrew McFadden (WAR) – 5/6 (83.3%)
Stephen Kearney (WAR) – 5/6 (83.3%)
John Cartwright (GLD) – 6/15 (40%)
Ivan Cleary (WAR) – 4/10 (40%)
Garth Brennan (GLD) – 1/4 (25%)
Neil Henry (GLD) – 1/7 (14.3%)

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

  1. Grant Rovelli (WAR) scored three tries in round 22, 2007.
  2. David Mead (GLD) scored three tries in round 9, 2011.
  3. Dave Taylor (GLD) scored three tries in round 11, 2014.

 

Ikuvalu scores five tries as the Roosters run riot in big win over Cowboys

Sydney Roosters forward Siosiua Taukeiaho

Filling in after an injury to Brett Morris, Matt Ikuvalu scored five tries in the Sydney Roosters demolition of the North Queensland Cowboys. 

Ikuvalu joins the likes of Brian Allsop, Dave Brown and others to have scored five tries in a game for the club.

The game did not start smoothly for the Roosters, though.

It was the Cowboys who had the early running and possession; only errors and poor decisions letting them down.

A surprising move was the decision to switch Valentine Holmes to the wing.

Not 100%, he would eventually hobble off with a re-occurrence of his injury.

Jake Friend also left the field for the Roosters with a head knock just over the quarter mark of the game.

The Cowboys pressure eventually paid off; Reece Robson darted over from dummy half to give them a surprise lead.

From there, it was all downhill for the Cowboys.

In the space of just thirty-three minutes across the two halves, the Roosters scored eight tries.

Led by their main man in James Tedesco and barnstorming prop Siosiua Taukeiaho, the tries flowed quickly.

It was some silky hands by Tedesco to find Kyle Flanagan, before he found Ikuvalu for his first.

Taukeiaho then stood up, busting through the line with ease and finding fellow prop Poasa Faamausili inside to score a try.

Ikuvalu would then nab two more tries in quick succession to score his hat-trick.

The first was a tremendous airborne leap that saw him soar, land and score, almost effortlessly.

That was followed up by another impressive try, as the winger just managed to stay in play and tip-toed down the sideline.

Tedesco then turned the game on its head, once again combining with Flanagan who put Luke Keary over to score.

A rare break for Lindsay Collins through the middle off a Tedesco pass resulted in a second try for Keary.

Ikuvalu would grab his fourth when Flanagan found him with a long cut-out pass and he easily beat Ben Hampton one-on-one.

His fifth came after a pinpoint cross-field kick from Keary, as Ikuvalu once again soared high to score.

There were two late consolations for the Cowboys but they are left with more questions than answers.

Coen Hess barged over from close range before Robson produced a similar darting dummy half run to score his second try.

Post-game, there was praise galore from Roosters coach Trent Robinson for Ikuvalu.

“[Matt] deserves real credit for preparation – that was a night for how you should prepare yourself in the shadows and then get the rewards under the spotlight when the time comes,” Robinson said.

“That’s a great story.”

Not one to mince his words, Cowboys coach Paul Green admitted his side’s confidence is currently in a fragile state.

“When something goes against us, as a team we just need to be a little bit tougher mentally to be able to cope with that and get back into the game,” Green said.

“One try is quickly becoming two, becoming three.

“At half-time it was a good contest, we were in amongst it, but the start of that second half made it very difficult.”

NRL News Player of the Game

3. Siosiua Taukeiaho

2. James Tedesco

  1. Matt Ikuvalu
Sydney Roosters fullback James Tedesco

NRL Rd 9: North Queensland Cowboys v Sydney Roosters Stats Breakdown

North Queensland Cowboys legend Johnathan Thurston

North Queensland Cowboys v Sydney Roosters Stats

The Sydney Roosters and the North Queensland Cowboys have played each other on 38 occasions; the Roosters have won 26 times, the Cowboys have won 12 and there have been zero draws.

The Roosters need just 11 points to score 1000 total points against the Cowboys. The Cowboys need 17 points to reach 800 total points against the Roosters.

The Sydney Roosters won nineteen of the first twenty-two games played between the two sides, but have won just seven of the last sixteen.

The first game played between the two sides was a 34-16 win for the Roosters in round 2, 1995.

Biggest Wins

The Sydney Roosters biggest win over the North Queensland Cowboys was a 58-12 rout in round 6, 2002.

The North Queensland Cowboys biggest win over the Sydney Roosters was a comfortable 40-0 success in round 3, 2016.

North Queensland Cowboys club legend Matt ‘Mango’ Bowen

 Top try-scorer in this clash

Matt Bowen (NQL) – 9
Matt Sing (SYD/NQL) – 8
Shaun Kenny-Dowall (SYD) – 8
Johnathan Thurston (NQL) – 8
Luke Ricketson (SYD) – 7
Craig Wing (SYD) – 7

Most prolific point-scorer in this clash

Johnathan Thurston (NQL) – 8 tries & 48 goals (128 pts)
Craig Fitzgibbon (SYD) – 2 tries & 56 goals (120 pts)
Ivan Cleary (SYD) – 25 goals (50 pts)

Players to have played for both sides from this clash

  1. Laurie Spina – 1985-1989 (SYD) & 1995 (NQL)
  2. Bruce Sinclair – 1991-1994 (SYD) & 1995 (NQL)
  3. Wayne Sing – 1992-1994 (SYD) & 1995-1996 (NQL)
  4. Tim Maddison – 1996 (SYD) & 2001-2002 (NQL)
  5. John Doyle – 1997-2002 (NQL) & 2006 (SYD)
  6. Chad Halliday – 1997 (SYD) & 1999-2000 (NQL)
  7. Luke Phillips – 1997 (SYD) & 2000-2002 (NQL)
  8. Graham Appo – 1999 (SYD) & 2000 (NQL)
  9. Paul Green – 1999-2000 (NQL) & 2001-2002 (SYD)
  10. Shannon Hegarty – 1999-2004 (SYD) & 2009 (NQL)
  11. Brett Firman – 2005 (SYD) & 2005-2006 (NQL)
  12. Ben Hannant – 2005 (SYD) & 2015-2016 (NQL)
  13. Luke O’Donnell – 2004-2010 (NQL) & 2013 (SYD)
  14. Ben Jones – 2008-2010 (SYD) & 2011 (NQL)
  15. Willie Mason – 2008-2009 (SYD) & 2010 (NQL)
  16. Glenn Hall – 2006 (SYD) & 2011-2015 (NQL)
  17. Tautau Moga – 2012 (SYD) & 2014-2016 (NQL)
  18. Kane Linnett – 2010-2011 (SYD) & 2012-2018 (NQL)

Players to have been sin-binned/sent-off from this clash

  1. Trent Leis (NQL) sin-binned in round 16, 2001.
  2. Tim Maddison (NQL) sin-binned in round 6, 2002.
  3. Michael Bani (NQL) sin-binned in round 15, 2009.

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

  1. Shaun Kenny-Dowall (SYD) scored three tries in round 13, 2007.
  2. Mitchell Pearce (SYD) scored three tries in round 21, 2008.
  3. Kane Linnett (NQL) scored three tries in round 10, 2014.

Head Coaching Records

Graham Murray (SYD) – 4/4 (100%)
Ricky Stuart (SYD) – 7/8 (87.5%)
Phil Gould (SYD) – 6/7 (85.7%)
Neil Henry (NQL) – 5/7 (71.4%)
Trent Robinson (SYD) – 6/10 (60%)
Chris Anderson (SYD) – 1/2 (50%)
Paul Green (SYD) – 4/9 (44.4%)
Brad Fittler (SYD) – 1/3 (33.3%)
Brian Smith (SYD) – 1/4 (25%)
Tim Sheens (NQL) – 1/6 (16.7%)
Ian Millward (NQL) – 0/1 (0%)
Grant Bell (NQL) – 0/2 (0%)
Graham Lowe (NQL) – 0/2 (0%)