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Rd 7 NRL News Stats Breakdown: Canterbury Bulldogs v Sydney Roosters

Canterbury Bulldogs legend Hazem El Masri

It’s back! The NRL News Stats breakdown as the Canterbury Bulldogs and South Sydney Rabbitohs go under the microscope. 

So sit back, absorb the stats, make your comments and enjoy.

Canterbury Bulldogs v Sydney Roosters

The two sides have played 181 games against each other; the Canterbury Bulldogs have won 85 games, the Roosters have won 90 games and there have been six draws.

The Roosters are the only side to have scored in excess of 3,000 points against the Bulldogs.

The Roosters will be looking for four straight wins heading into this clash.

Biggest Wins

The Sydney Roosters biggest win against the Canterbury Bulldogs was an 87-7 annihilation, the second biggest loss by margin in NSWRFL/ARL/NRL history. The clash was also the first ever between the two sides, played on Saturday, May 5, 1935 at the Sydney Sports Ground.

The Canterbury Bulldogs biggest win over the Sydney Roosters was a comfortable 60-14 win in round 3 of the 2010 NRL premiership season.

Most prolific point-scorers in this clash

  1. Hazem El Masri (CBY) – 9 tries & 49 goals (134 pts)
  2. Dave Brown (SYD) – 15 tries & 32 goals (109 pts)*
  3. Terry Lamb (CBY) – 9 tries, 30 goals & 6 field goals (102 pts)
  4. Craig Fitzgibbon (SYD) – 2 tries & 46 goals (100 pts)
  5. Steve Gearin (CBY) – 9 tries & 34 goals (97 pts)*
  6. Allan McKean (SYD) – 1 try & 43 goals (89 pts)*
  7. John Brass (SYD) – 5 tries, 33 goals & 2 field goals (85 pts)*
  8. Dick Dunn (SYD) – 4 tries & 26 goals (65 pts)*
  9. Daryl Halligan (CBY) – 3 tries & 25 goals (62 pts)
  10. James Maloney (SYD) – 1 try & 29 goals (62 pts)
  11. Lin Johnson (CBY) – 27 goals (54 pts)
  12. Bob Landers (SYD) – 4 tries & 20 goals (52 pts)*
  13. Krisnan Inu (CBY) – 3 tries & 15 goals (50 pts)
  14. Tom Kirk (CBY) – 24 goals (48 pts)
  15. George Taylforth (CBY) – 1 try & 21 goals (47 pts)*

Disclaimer: As always, this is simply the top 15 most prolific scorers among all clashes between the two sides. 

Also, those players with an asterisk next to their total points played in an era when tries were three points and/or field goals were two points.

Finally, as always, if you want to see any more stats included or anything added, send us a buzz and we can add it in!

Wests Tigers re-sign in-form centre Esan Marsters

Wests Tigers centre Esan Marsters

Handed the centre spot at the start of the year, Wests Tigers centre Esan Marsters has grabbed the chance with both hands. 

In fine form and producing play-after-play, Marsters has cemented the spot as his own.

His good form has been rewarded with a new contract until the end of the 2020 season.

After making his debut in round 13 of the 2017 season, Marsters has since played in 19 NRL games.

In the end, the feeling of loyalty and opportunity prompted Marsters to stay.

“It was definitely an easy choice for me to stay at Wests Tigers,” said Marsters.

“They gave me a chance to play first-grade here and I really want to pay them back by playing some good footy.

“I just enjoy being around this club, all the boys are really tight and I’ve got some of my best mates here.”

Equally important to Marsters is Ivan Cleary, a coach that the young centre enjoys playing under.

“We’re all pretty close on the field and it’s really reflecting on the field,” Marsters continued.

“In saying that, I really want to play for Ivan as well.

He’s stuck by me this entire time so I really want to play some good footy for him and just finish the year on a good note.”

Although they are flying high, Marsters said the Tigers side are still looking to improve further.

“I think all the boys are really close this year and do things for each other,” he said.

“We’re showing on the field what we can do and I’m really happy to be a part of it.

“We definitely want to keep improving and working hard as a team and that’s the most important thing.”

With the way he is playing, the spot is his to lose as head coach Ivan Cleary looks forward to continuing their tenure.

“Esan is developing into an impressive player and I look forward to working with him on the next part of his career with Wests Tigers,” said Cleary.

“In a short period of time he’s shown himself to be a very valuable member of our team and we look forward to seeing him develop further over the coming two seasons.”

NRL Teams Rd 7

Well, there is just one team still undefeated and that is the St George Illawarra Dragons. 

Equally, one team is winless and that is the Parramatta Eels.

Can the Dragons continue their momentum and can the Eels finally open their account?

With some mouth-watering contests ahead in round 7, time will tell if the above happens as teams look for consistency.

Without further adieu, here are the teams for round 7 of the NRL Telstra Premiership:

Canterbury Bulldogs v Sydney Roosters (#NRLcbysyd); Thursday, April 19; ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park. Kick-off: 7:50 pm. 

Bulldogs: 1. Moses Mbye 2. Brett Morris 3. Josh Morris 4. Will Hopoate 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Jeremy Marshall-King 7. Kieran Foran 8. Aaron Woods 9. Michael Lichaa 10. David Klemmer 11. Josh Jackson (C) 12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 13. Adam Elliott.

Interchange: 14. Asipeli Fine 15. Danny Fualalo 16. Greg Eastwood 17. Kerrod Holland.

Reserves: 18. John Olive 19. Rhyse Martin 20. Renouf Toomaga 21. Matthew Frawley.

Coach: Dean Pay.

Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Joseph Manu 3. Mitch Aubusson 4. Latrell Mitchell 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Luke Keary 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Zane Tetevano 9. Jake Friend 10. Dylan Napa 11. Boyd Cordner (C) 12. Ryan Matterson 13. Isaac Liu.

Interchange: 14. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 15. Frank-Paul Nuuausala 16. Nat Butcher 17. Victor Radley.

Reserves: 18. Sitili Tupouniua 19. Sio Siua Taukeiaho 20. Kurt Baptiste 21. Reece Robinson.

Coach: Trent Robinson.

Ricky’s View: The Roosters, for all their starpower and talent, have been woefully inconsistent in 2018. Their opponents, the Bulldogs, have been equally inconsistent. That one factor alone, inconsistency, makes this a hard clash to tip.
Given the star-studded line-up the Roosters possess, on paper and on the surface, you would imagine they will have too much for the Bulldogs. Roosters by 8.

New Zealand Warriors v St George Illawarra Dragons (#NRLwarsgi); Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland; Friday, April 20. Kick-off: 6 pm (AEST) & 8 pm (local time).

Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (C) 2. David Fusitu’a 3. Peta Hiku 4. Solomone Kata 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Blake Green 7. Shaun Johnson 15. Sam Lisone 9. Issac Luke 10. Agnatius Paasi 11. Simon Mannering 12. Tohu Harris 13. Adam Blair.

Interchange: 8. Bunty Afoa 14. Jazz Tevaga 16. Albert Vete 17. Anthony Gelling.

Reserves: 18. Chris Satae 19. Mason Lino 20. Isaiah Papali’i 21. Charnze Nicholl-Klokstad.

Coach: Stephen Kearney.

Dragons: 1. Matthew Dufty 2. Nene Macdonald 3. Euan Aitken 4. Tim Lafai 5. Jason Nightingale 6. Gareth Widdop (C) 7. Ben Hunt 8. James Graham 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Tariq Sims 13. Jack de Belin.

Interchange: 14. Jeremy Latimore 15. Kurt Mann 16. Leeson Ah Mau 17. Hame Sele.

Reserves: 18. Jacob Host 19. Zac Lomax 20. Mitchell Allgood 21. Blake Lawrie.

Coach: Paul McGregor.

Ricky’s View: This was potentially set to be the game that saw an undefeated streak come to an end. Though the Warriors loss last week prevented that from eventuating.
In fine, fine form, the Dragons seem to be firing on all cylinders with no end in sight. The Warriors, however, despite the loss, looked good and have found their mojo. Shaun Johnson’s moxie has returned and so too have the Warriors good fortune. Enough to the point that I think they can get the nod done and hand the Dragons a first loss.
Warriors by 2. 

Brisbane Broncos v Melbourne Storm (#NRLbrimel); Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane; Friday, April 20. Kick-off: 8:05 pm. 

Broncos: 1. Darius Boyd (C) 2. Corey Oates 3. James Roberts 18. Tom Opacic 5. Jamayne Isaako 6. Jack Bird 7. Anthony Milford 8. Matthew Lodge 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Tevita Pangai Jr. 11. Alex Glenn 12. Korbin Sims 13. Josh McGuire.

Interchange: 14. Sam Thaiday 15. Joe Ofahengaue 16. Kodi Nikorima 17. Jaydn Su’A.

Reserves: 18. Jonus Pearson 19. Troy Dargan 20. Sam Tagataese 21. Payne Haas.

Coach: Wayne Bennett.

Storm: 1. Billy Slater 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Will Chambers 4. Curtis Scott 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Ryley Jacks 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith (C) 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Ryan Hoffman 13. Tim Glasby.

Interchange: 14. Brandon Smith 15. Kenny Bromwich 16. Christian Welch 17. Sam Kasiano.

Reserves: 18. Young Tonumaipea 19. Joe Stimson 20. Patrick Kaufusi 21. Brodie Croft.

Coach: Craig Bellamy.

Ricky’s View: After slow starts, both sides are slowly starting to work out the chinks and win games. With no easy game anymore and these two sides desperate for more wins, it looms as an interesting clash.
On paper, the Storm look better and the introduction of Ryley Jacks rejuvenated their attack last week but can it be that way again?
The Broncos halves pairing of Bird and Milford seemed to flow well, and they will want that momentum to continue.
That in mind, the Storm seem to have found fluidity once more and I back them to continue their good form at Suncorp. Storm by 10.

South Sydney Rabbitohs v Canberra Raiders (#NRLsoucan); Saturday, April 21; Central Coast Stadium, Gosford. Kick-off: 3 pm. 

Rabbitohs: 1. Alex Johnston 2. Richie Kennar 3. Greg Inglis (C) 4. Dane Gagai 5. Robert Jennings 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Thomas Burgess 9. Damien Cook 10. George Burgess 11. John Sutton 12. Angus Crichton 13. Sam Burgess.

Interchange: 14. Adam Doueihi 15. Mark Nicholls 16. Jason Clark 17. Tevita Tatola.

Reserves: 18. Robbie Farah 19. Hymel Hunt 20. Cameron Murray 21. Kyle Turner.

Coach: Anthony Seibold

Raiders: 1. Jack Wighton 2. Nick Cotric 3. Jarrod Croker (C) 4. Joey Leilua 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Blake Austin 7. Aidan Sezer 8. Iosia Soliola 9. Siliva Havili 10. Junior Paulo 11. Joseph Tapine 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Luke Bateman.

Interchange: 14. Ata Hingano 15. Shannon Boyd 16. Josh Papalii 17. Dunamis Lui.

Reserves: 18. Liam Knight 19. Michael  Oldfield 20. Brad Abbey 21. Jack Murchie.

Coach: Ricky Stuart

Ricky’s View: Yet another tough one to pick given both sides have also been guilty of inconsistency. Sam Burgess returning for the Bunnies is a huge boost, as the Raiders look to overcome the off-field battles faced by Jack Wighton.
With no consistency to really based overall form on, the outcome could either be high-scoring or low-scoring. Rabbitohs by 2. 

Wests Tigers v Newcastle Knights (#NRLwstnew); Saturday, April 21; Scully Park, West Tamworth. Kick-off: 5:30 pm. 

Tigers: 1. Corey Thompson 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Esan Marsters 4. Kevin Naiqama 5. Malakai Watene-Zelezniak 6. Benji Marshall (C) 7. Luke Brooks 8. Matthew Eisenhuth 9. Jacob Liddle 10. Ben Matulino 11. Josh Aloiai 12. Robbie Rochow 13. Elijah Taylor.

Interchange: 14. Pita Godinet 15. Alex Twal 16. Michael Chee-Kam 17. Sauaso Sue.

Reserves: 18. Tim Grant 19. Chris McQueen 20. Tyson Gamble 21. Tuimoala Lolohea.

Coach: Ivan Cleary.

Knights: 1.Kalyn Ponga 2. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 3. Sione Mata’utia 4. Nathan Ross 5. Ken Sio 6. Jack Cogger 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Herman Ese’ese 9. Slade Griffin 10. Jacob Lillyman 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Aidan Guerra 13. Mitch Barnett.

Interchange: 14. Danny Levi 15. Chris Heighington 16. Jamie Buhrer (C) 17. Jacob Saifiti.

Reserves: 18. Daniel Saifiti 19. Josh King 20. Luke Yates 21. Cory Denniss.

Coach: Nathan Brown.

Ricky’s View: The Tigers continue to surprise and impress and deserve to be in the position they are in. Brooks and Marshall are firing as a halves duo as players around them also step up.
The Knights are not to be overlooked, though, as their own talent is capable of producing exciting play.
Although a last-start loss to the Storm may have their confidence battered somewhat, they have been resilient and could come out with a new point to prove. Knights by 6. 

North Queensland Cowboys v Gold Coast Titans (#NRLnqlgld); Saturday, April 21; 1300 Smiles Stadium, Townsville. Kick-off: 7:35 pm. 

Cowboys: 1. Lachlan Coote 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Justin O’Neill 4. Ben Hampton 5. Antonio Winterstein 6. Michael Morgan 7. Johnathan Thurston (C) 8. Matt Scott (C) 9. Jake Granville 10. Scott Bolton 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Coen Hess 13. Jason Taumalolo.

Interchange: 14. Te Maire Martin 15. John Asiata 16. Corey Jensen 17. Ethan Lowe.

Reserves: 18. Francis Molo 18. Javid Bowen 19. Enari Tuala 21. Sam Hoare.

Coach: Paul Green.

Titans: 1. Michael Gordon 2. Anthony Don 3. Philip Sami 4. Konrad Hurrell 5. Tyronne Roberts-Davis 6. Kane Elgey 7. Ashley Taylor 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Mitch Rein 10. Ryan James (C) 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Will Matthews 13. Jai Arrow.

Interchange: 14. Max King 15. Bryce Cartwright 16. Jack Stockwell 17. Keegan Hipgrave.

Reserves: 18. Morgan Boyle 19. Ryan Simpkins 20. Brenko Lee 21. Brendan Elliott.

Coach: Garth Brennan.

Ricky’s View: Both teams have had their struggles in season 2018 and so this clash comes as a perfect time for both to arrest their woes. With neither able to take the bull by the horns just yet, opportunities are rife. Can Morgan/Thurston rekindle their halves form and can Ash Taylor lead the Titans side from the front? In another tough one, I tip this with some uncertainty. Titans by 1.

Parramatta Eels v Manly Sea Eagles (#NRLparman); Sunday, April 22; ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park. Kick-off: 2 pm. 

Eels: 1. Clint Gutherson 2. Jarryd Hayne 3. Michael Jennings 4. Brad Takairangi 5. George Jennings 6. Corey Norman 7. Mitch Moses 8. Kane Evans 9. Kaysa Pritchard 10. Tim Mannah (C) 11. Manu Ma’u 12. Tony Williams 13. Peni Terepo.

Interchange: 14. Will Smith 15. Kenny Edwards 16. David Gower 17. Daniel Alvaro.

Reserves: 18. Beau Scott 19. Josh Hoffman 20. Suaia Matagi 21. Marata Niukore.

Coach: Brad Arthur.

Manly: 1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Brad Parker 3. Dylan Walker 4. Brian Kelly 5. Akuila Uate 6. Lachlan Croker 7. Daly Cherry-Evans (C) 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. Marty Taupau 11. Joel Thompson 12. Jack Gosiewski 13. Jake Trbojevic.

Interchange: 14. Matthew Wright 15. Shaun Lane 16. Lloyd Perrett 17. Taniela Paseka.

Reserves: 18. Jonathan Wright 19. Lewis Brown 20. Frank Winterstein 21. Toafofoa Sipley.

Coach: Trent Barrett.

Ricky’s View: Manly trounced the Eels in their clash earlier this season but things are different now. Forced to make numerous changes due to injuries, poor form or disgruntled players, Manly will have to dig deep.
The Eels, on the other hand, well, they just want their first win. With both sides desperate to prove they are not out of the finals race altogether, some handy returns could be the catalyst both sides need to win this game and stake their claims.
Eels by 4. 

Cronulla Sharks v Penrith Panthers (#NRLcropen); Sunday, April 22; Southern Cross Group Stadium, Cronulla. Kick-off: 4 pm. 

Sharks: 1. Josh Dugan 2. Edrick Lee 3. Jesse Ramien 4. Ricky Leutele 5. Valentine Holmes 6. Matt Moylan 7. Chad Townsend 8. Andrew Fifita 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Matt Prior 11. Luke Lewis (C) 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Joseph Paulo.

Interchange: 14. Scott Sorenson 15. James Segeyaro 16. Ava Seumanufagai 17. Kurt Dillon.

Reserves: 18. Jack Williams 19. Trent Hodkinson 20. Wade Graham (C) 21. Braden Uele.

Coach: Shane Flanagan.

Penrith: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Corey Harawira-Naera 4, Dean Whare 5. Christian Crichton 6. Tyrone Peachey 7. James Maloney 8. Trent Merrin 9. Peter Wallace (C) 10. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Isaah Yeo 13. James Fisher-Harris.

Interchange: 14. Sione Katoa. 15. Kaide Ellis 16. Moses Leota 17. James Tamou.

Reserves: 18. Wayde Egan 19. Nick Lui-Toso 20. Thomas Eisenhuth 21. Jack Hetherington.

Coach: Anthony Griffin.

Ricky’s View: Many thought Penrith would struggle without Cleary but it has been James Maloney leading the side with success. Against a Sharks team that, like many others, has been inconsistent, you would yet again back Penrith.
If rugby league teaches us anything, however, it is that we never assume a result is a given. The Sharks, with everything to play for – despite the loss of key personnel – will look to give their home fans something to cheer about. Sharks by 8.


Green re-commits as Cowboys coach

North Queensland Cowboys captain Paul Green

It took longer to confirm than expected but Paul Green will remain head coach of the North Queensland Cowboys.

Green, who became coach of the club in 2014, is set to stay on in the role until the end of the 2021 season.

The new deal will make him the longest serving coach in the Cowboys’ history.

With the deal done, Green is relieved to have his future sorted.

“I am very happy to have my future sorted and even happier my future is with the Cowboys,” he said.

“My family is really settled here, my wife hails from the region and we are all really pleased to be able to continue to be part of the North Queensland community.

“I am extremely blessed to be able to work with such a talented and committed playing group and look forward to continuing to help our players realise their full potential.”

Green praised the new talents coming through, the upcoming stadium shift and the direction of the club.

“The future looks very bright for our club as we usher in the next generation of talent and prepare for a move to our new home stadium from 2020,” continued the Cowboys coach.

“There is no question it is an extremely exciting time to be part of the Cowboys as we charge ahead into a new era.”

Green currently boasts the best record as Cowboys coach with 69 wins from 116 games at 59.5%.

Guiding the side to a maiden premiership in 2015, Green drew praise from Cowboys Chairman Lawrence Lancini.

“He has become an integral part of the history of this club, guiding us to a maiden premiership in 2015 and a grand final berth against all odds last year,” said Lancini.

“Finalising this deal is what we have all been working towards and it has always been the intention of both parties for Paul to continue being the head coach of this club.

“The entire negotiation between the club, Paul and his management was conducted in good faith and we were always confident a deal would be struck.”


Rd 6 NRL News Stats Breakdown: Manly v Tigers

Former Manly Sea Eagles centre Jamie Lyon

The final game of the round is the Manly Sea Eagles v the Wests Tigers. This is our final stats breakdown for the round.

Both sides have had some entertaining clashes in recent years with points galore being scored.

But just who has the rub of the green if anyone? Is there a standout?

Here is the full stats breakdown of games between Manly and the Wests Tigers:

Manly Sea Eagles v Wests Tigers

Manly and the Wests Tigers have played each other on 27 occasions; Manly have won 15 times, the Tigers 10 times and there have been two draws.

The sole game that Ben Cummins was referee for a match between these two sides was back in 2012, a game that Manly won 22-18.

Manly have the longest winning streak of games between the two sides with 5 consecutive wins from June 9, 2006 to April 12, 2009.

The first game played between the two sides was on Sunday, April 6, 2003 at Brookvale Oval. The Wests Tigers won 38-12 with Daniel Fitzhenry scoring a double.

Biggest Wins

The Wests Tigers biggest win over the Manly Sea Eagles came in their very first clash in 2003, when they won 38-12 at Brookvale Oval.

The Manly Sea Eagles biggest win over the Wests Tigers came on Saturday, August 23, 2008 in Rd 24 of the NRL Premiership at ANZ Stadium when they won 48-16.

Most prolific point-scorers in these clashes

Jamie Lyon (MAN) – 5 tries & 47 goals (112 pts)
Benji Marshall (WST) – 3 tries & 20 goals (52 pts)
Brett Stewart (MAN) –  13 tries (52 pts)
Brett Hodgson (WST) – 1 try & 18 goals (38 pts)
Matt Orford (MAN) – 12 goals & 1 field goal (29 pts)
Steve Menzies (MAN) – 7 tries (28 pts)
David Nofoaluma (WST) – 6 tries (24 pts)
Daly Cherry-Evans (MAN) – 6 tries (24 pts)
Michael Witt (MAN) – 1 try & 9 goals (22 pts)
Steve Matai (MAN) – 5 tries & 1 goal (22 pts)
Pat Richards (WST) – 2 tries & 9 goals (22 pts)
Anthony Watmough (MAN) – 5 tries (20 pts)
Ben Walker (MAN) – 9 goals (18 pts)
Robbie Farah (WST) – 4 tries & 1 field goal (17 pts)
Michael Robertson (MAN) – 4 tries (16 pts)
Glenn Stewart (MAN) – 4 tries (16 pts)
Beau Ryan (WST) – 4 tries (16 pts)
Kieran Foran (MAN) – 4 tries (16 pts)

Disclaimer: The above players noted here are simply those that were the most prolific scorers among all players to have played in the fixtures between these two sides. 

Should there be any an additional stat/s you would like to see or an oversight on our part, just let us know and we can add it or fix it.

Rd 6 NRL News Stats Breakdown: Panthers v Titans

Former Gold Coast Titans halfback Scott Prince

Just the two games today, the first one the Penrith Panthers against the Gold Coast Titans. 

Both sides boast an array of talent and will want wins for varying reasons but what does history tell us?

Does one team have an edge or is it even? Which players love playing against the other team?

All this and more as we present the stat pack for this game:

Penrith Panthers v Gold Coast Titans

The two sides have played each other just 18 times in the NRL; Penrith has won 10 of these games, the Titans have won six and there have been two draws.

The longest winning streak among the two sides is four straight wins by the Panthers. The next best is two, achieved twice by the Titans.

The only game in which Chris Sutton was a referee in this fixture ended in a 15-14 win to Penrith in the 2016 NRL season.

The first fixture between these two sides was a 24-22 win in favour of the Titans on Sunday April 8, 2007, in their round 4 clash.

Biggest Wins

The Penrith Panthers biggest win over the Gold Coast Titans was a 40-0 romp on Saturday, March, 2015, in round 2 of the NRL 2015 season.

The Gold Coast Titans most comprehensieve win over the Panthers came on April 18, 2005, in round 7, when they won 32-6.

Most prolific point-scorer in these clashes

Scott Prince (GLD) – 4 tries & 19 goals (54 pts)
Michael Gordon (PEN/GLD) – 3 tries & 18 goals (48 pts)
Luke Walsh (PEN) – 2 tries, 15 goals & 1 field goal (39 pts)
Aidan Sezer (GLD) – 3 tries & 10 goals (32 pts)
David Mead (GLD) – 6 tries (24 pts)
Jamie Soward (PEN) – 1 try & 9 goals (22 pts)
Frank Pritchard (PEN) – 4 tries (16 pts)
Lachlan Coote (PEN) – 4 tries (16 pts)
Michael Jennings (PEN) – 4 tries (16 pts)
Preston Campbell (GLD) – 2 tries & 4 goals (16 pts)
Travis Burns (PEN) – 2 tries & 3 goals (14 pts)
Anthony Laffranchi (GLD) – 3 tries (12 pts)
Brad Tighe (PEN/GLD) – 3 tries (12 pts)
James Roberts (GLD) – 3 tries (12 pts)
Jamal Idris (PEN) – 3 tries (12 pts)

Disclaimer: The above players are simply the top 15 most prolific scorers in clashes between these two sides. 

If there are any stats you want to know that are not mentioned, let us know and we can add them to this and future stats breakdowns.

Rd 6 NRL News Stats Breakdown: Raiders v Eels

Canberra Raiders captain Jarrod Croker

The last of the tripleheader, this one pits the Canberra Raiders against  the Parramatta Eels. 

Many games have been close but there have been huge blowouts; just what can we expect today?

Clinton Schifcofske knows both teams well having enjoyed stints in Sydney’s West and the nation’s capital.

But just how do the two teams fare against each other overall?

Sit back, enjoy and absorb the stats:

Canberra Raiders v Parramatta Eels

The two sides have played 57 games in their history, with the Canberra Raiders winning 29 games, the Parramatta Eels winning 27 games and one draw.

The Raiders have won three games on the trot against the Eels.

The Eels have won just four games in Canberra in twenty games.

Biggest wins

The Parramatta Eels biggest win against the Canberra Raiders was a 54-3 thumping on Sunday April, 11, 1982 at Belmore in round seven of the 1982 NSWRFL season.

The Canberra Raiders biggest win against the Parramatta Eels was a 68-0 annihilation on Sunday, August 22, 1993, at Bruce Stadium in round 21 of the 1993 NSWRFL season.

Most prolific point-scorer in these clashes

  • Jarrod Croker (CAN) – 7 tries & 35 goals (98 pts)
  • David Furner (CAN) – 4 tries & 31 goals (78 pts)
  • Michael Cronin (PAR) – 3 tries & 33 goals (75 pts)*
  • Luke Burt (PAR) – 5 tries & 21 goals (62 pts)
  • Steve Ella (CAN) – 4 tries & 14 goals (42 pts)*
  • Ron Giteau (CAN) – 2 tries & 14 goals (36 pts)
  • Jarryd Hayne (CAN) – 8 tries (32 pts)
  • Mal Meninga (CAN) – 4 tries, 7 goals & 1 field goal (31 pts)
  • Laurie Daley (CAN) – 5 tries & 4 goals (28 pts)
  • Neil Hunt (PAR) – 5 tries & 4 goals (27 pts)*
  • Eric Grothe (PAR) – 8 tries (26 pts)*
  • Chris Lawler (PAR) – 1 try & 11 goals (26 pts)
  • Peter Sterling (PAR) – 6 tries, 1 goal & 2 field goals (25 pts)*
  • Brett Mullins (CAN) – 6 tries (24 pts)
  • Brett Hodgson (PAR) – 1 try & 8 goals (20 pts)
  • Gary Belcher (CAN) – 4 tries & 2 goals (20 pts)
  • Matthew Wood (CAN) – 2 tries & 6 goals (20 pts)

Disclaimer: The 17 players mentioned above are simply the most prolific point-scorers across all fixtures between the two sides. 

Also, any player with an asterisk at the end of their total points played during an era when tries were three points and/or field goals were two points.

As always, if there is any stat here that you do not see but want to know, let us know and we can discover those stats for you and share them with the world.

Rd 6 NRL News Stats Breakdown: Cowboys v Bulldogs

Canterbury Bulldogs legend Hazem El Masri

A Saturday tripleheader and so here is the second of the three stats breakdowns. 

This time, we cast our eye over the history between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Canterbury Bulldogs.

The one main factor between the two sides? Johnathan Thurston, a man who has won a premiership with both teams.

Is the top point-scorer, though? We shall soon see and so here we go, the stats:

North Queensland Cowboys v Canterbury Bulldogs

The Cowboys and the Bulldogs have played 37 games with the 15 wins for the Cowboys, 21 wins for the Bulldogs and one draw.

The Cowboys will be looking for six straight wins against the Bulldogs.

The last time the Bulldogs won a game against the Cowboys was back in 2013.

Although they have won the last two games in Townsville, the Cowboys have won just a total of five games in Townsville from eighteen against the Bulldogs.

The first clash between the two sides was a 32-16 win for the Canterbury Bulldogs (then known as the Sydney Bulldogs), in the opening round of the 1995 ARL Premiership season. Interestingly, in this game, Adrian Vowles and Jason Smith were sent off for their respective sides.

Biggest Wins

The Canterbury Bulldogs biggest win over the North Queensland Cowboys was a 66-4 demolition on Sunday, August, 1996, in round 22 of the ARL premiership.

The North Queensland Cowboys biggest win over the Canterbury Bulldogs was a comfortable 48-12 victory on Friday, May 27, 2005, in round 12 of the NRL premiership.

Most points scored by players in this clash

  • Hazem El-Masri (CBY) – 10 tries & 76 goals (188 pts)
  • Johnathan Thurston (CBY/NQL) – 8 tries, 47 goals & 1 field goal (125 pts)
  • Daryl Halligan (CBY) – 1 try & 33 goals (70 pts)
  • Josh Hannay (NQL) – 3 tries & 22 goals (56 pts)
  • Paul Bowman (NQL) – 9 tries (36 pts)
  • Rod Silva (CBY) – 8 tries (32 pts)
  • Ty Williams (NQL) – 8 tries (32 pts)
  • Matthew Bowen (NQL) – 7 tries & 2 goals (32 pts)
  • Luke Patten (CBY) – 7 tries (28 pts)
  • Julian O’Neill (NQL) – 12 goals (24 pts)
  • Matt Sing (NQL) – 6 tries (24 pts)
  • Ben Barba (CBY) – 6 tries (24 pts)
  • Sonny Bill Williams (CBY) – 6 tries (24 pts)
  • Ethan Lowe (NQL) – 3 tries & 6 goals (24 pts)
  • Willie Tonga (CBY/NQL) – 5 tries (20 pts)
  • Trent Hodkinson (CBY) – 1 try & 10 goals (20 pts)

Disclaimer: The above names are solely the top 15/16 most prolific point-scorers in clashes between these two sides. 

If there are any additional stats or material not listed or mentioned here that involves these two teams that you would like to know, ask us and we shall find the information and add it in!

Rd 6 NRL News Stats Breakdown: Warriors v Broncos

Former Brisbane Broncos centre Michael De Vere

Another day of games, and the first of three stat breakdowns. 

We kick-start with the New Zealand Warriors v the Brisbane Broncos.

Both sides have boasted plenty of talent over the years, but just who has come out on top in their clashes?

With an array of good stats to spool through, here is the stats breakdown ahead of today’s clash:

New Zealand Warriors v Brisbane Broncos

The two sides have played each other on 42 occasions, with the Broncos winning 23 games, the Warriors winning 17 games as well as two draws.

The New Zealand Warriors need 18 points to reach 800 total points scored against the Brisbane Broncos.

The Warriors will be looking for three straight wins against the Broncos for just the third time in their history.

The first game between the two sides came in the opening round of the 1995 ARL Premiership on Friday, March 10, 1995, in a 25-22 win for the Broncos.

Biggest wins

The Brisbane Broncos biggest win over the New Zealand Warriors was a 44-6 success on Sunday, August 27, 1995, in round 22 of the 1996 ARL premiership season.

The New Zealand Warriors biggest win over the Brisbane Broncos was a 56-18 victory on Monday, June 3, 2013, in round 12 of the 2014 NRL premiership season.

Most prolific point-scorer in these clashes

  • Michael De Vere (BRI) – 9 tries & 26 goals (88 pts)
  • Shaun Johnson (WAR) – 4 tries, 30 goals & 1 field goal (77 pts)
  • Corey Parker (BRI) – 1 try & 33 goals (70 pts)
  • James Maloney (WAR) – 3 tries & 22 goals (56 pts)
  • Darren Lockyer (BRI) – 6 tries & 15 goals (54 pts)
  • Stacey Jones (WAR) – 2 tries, 17 goals & 1 field goal (43 pts)
  • Ben Walker (BRI) – 4 tries & 11 goals (38 pts)
  • Shaun Berrigan (BRI) – 8 tries (32 pts)
  • Ivan Cleary (WAR) – 2 tries & 10 goals (28 pts)
  • Francis Meli (WAR) – 7 tries (28 pts)
  • Wendell Sailor (BRI) – 6 tries (24 pts)
  • Brent Webb (WAR) – 4 tries & 3 goals (22 pts)
  • Steve Renouf (BRI) – 5 tries (20 pts)
  • Lance Hohaia (WAR) – 4 tries & 2 goals (20 pts)
  • Tony Martin (WAR) – 9 goals (18 pts)

Disclaimer: As always, these are simply the top 15 most prolific point-scorers in games between these two sides. 

If there is any further data or information you would like to see that involves these two teams, just ask and we can dig that information up for you.

Storm back in winners circle after easy win over Knights

Melbourne Storm utility Ryley Jacks

After a disappointing last two weeks, the Melbourne Storm have bounced back to record a 40-14 win over the Newcastle Knights.

Playing at AAMI Park, a raucous crowd got them over the line, as the Storm hit back in the best possible way.

In a reversal of their previous games, the Storm controlled the game, held the ball and were well-disciplined.

The Storm scored early as winger Josh Addo-Carr before fellow winger Suliasi Vunivalu scored off a Billy Slater kick.

All guns blazing, Tim Glasby then scored as he powered over and the Storm led 18-0 after 16 minutes.

The Knights dug deep and capitalised on their possession, with tries to Lachlan Fitzgibbon and winger Ken Sio.

The game changed soon after when Fitzgibbon was sin-binned and Addo-Carr nabbed a second in that time.

Although young and developing, the Knights were their own worst enemy.

Inopportune mistakes, poor plays and bad decisions cost them a chance of winning.

Suliasi Vunivalu scored his second try and became the second fastest player to 50 tries behind fellow Fijian Semi Radradra.

Two late tries to Felise Kaufusi and Sam Kasiano were the nail in the coffin.

It was back to basics for the Storm as they were encouraged to just go out there and have fun.

“The energy tonight was very good,” Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith said.

“I think the mindset of our players was totally different to the last two weeks. I knew we weren’t playing to our standard and capabilities.

And probably everyone felt a little frustrated and pressured to go out there and force the team or themselves to play well, and enjoy it.”

The slow start was the difference in the game as Knights coach Nathan Brown lamented missed opportunities.

“They [Storm] got a real fast start and a try, and made some good momentum,” Brown said.

“That obviously took a lot of juice out of us. To come in [at halftime] at 18-8 at three tries to two, considering what we weathered, I thought it was a pretty good effort to get to that stage.

“They got a repeat set and maintained that possession again on us. We got a bloke [Lachlan Fitzgibbon] sent to the bin. That was the game in a nutshell.”

Player of the Game:

3. Ryley Jacks

2. Sam Kasiano

  1. Josh Addo-Carr