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Penrith Panthers v South Sydney Rabbitohs Preliminary Final Preview

South Sydney Rabbitohs five-eighth Cody Walker

The stage is set for a thrilling preliminary final between the high flying Penrith Panthers and the red hot South Sydney Rabbitohs. 

Penrith booked their spot with a thrilling one-point win over the Roosters in the first week of the finals.

Whilst the Rabbitohs continued on their winning ways dispatching Parramatta last weekend, despite trailing early.

There has been much to be excited about this year at the foot of the mountains.

The current stars such as Cleary, Luai, Kikau, and others have no doubt evoked memories of the dominant Panther sides of the early 90s when the likes of Alexander, Geyer, and Fittler propelled the Panthers to glory.

Penrith last tasted premiership success in 2003 in an upset against the Roosters.

The Panthers should be well-rested, fresh, and ready to go after their week off.

Penrith Panthers prop James Fisher-Harris

However, the loss of Kikau is significant. Whilst Capewell is a good player, he doesn’t possess the game-breaking ability of Kikau.

Finals time and its Wayne’s time! The Bart Cummings of the NRL has his troops firing at the right time of the year.

After a sluggish first half last week, the Rabbitohs roared home in the second half to completely demolish the Eels.

Whilst the Rabbitohs are very unpredictable in attack, they also have some excellent structures and set pieces.

Last week, Cook really clicked into gear and was dangerous every time he touched the ball. Their unheralded pack continues to get the job done.


For Penrith, they will look to capitalize on their fast play the balls provided by Fisher-Harris, Yeo, and co.

Look for some early shifts to try and unsettle the Rabbitohs defence.

The markers and A defenders for the Bunnies will need to on their toes as Koroisau can really damage the opposition around the ruck.

South’s will be hoping to get out of the blocks quickly. If they do, look for Reynolds to turn the screws with his kicking game.

Look for Walker to again bob up on both sides of the ruck or late in the half, slicing back through the middle looking to link with Cook.

South Sydney Rabbitohs hooker Damien Cook

The Bunnies will feel comfortable having to chase points if needed. Especially given their attack.

However, a strong start may create issues for the young Panthers, many of whom are inexperienced in NRL finals.

In saying that, many players in the squad have had decorated junior and lower grade careers.


Final Word

Such a difficult game to pick. Penrith has been unbelievably dominant this season and are deserved favourites.

However, the Rabbitohs are such a dangerous side and restricting points will be a massive assignment for the young Panthers.

Penrith Panthers hooker Apisai Koroisau

Tipping the Rabbitohs to sneak home, with no real confidence.

After missing out last week, for those that are punting – either team under 8.5 looks a great play, as does the Bunnies at the start.

Enjoy your finals footy!


 

Top 13 performers of the 2020 NRL season so far

Penrith Panthers centre Stephen Crichton

With the 2020 season right back into its groove, I take a look at 13 players who have potentially been the league’s top performers so far.

Stephen Crichton (Penrith Panthers)

It has been an incredible breakout year so far for the young Penrith centre as he proves to be a lethal addition to the Panthers attack.

Overall, Crichton has 11 tries to his name and it looks now as if he will certainly be a big part to Ivan Cleary’s premiership aspirations this year.


Sione Katoa (Cronulla Sharks)

The Sharks winger is starting to make a habit out of scoring tries on a consistent basis as he continues to showcase his great finishing ability.

Cronulla Sharks winger Sione Katoa

The Tongan international has the most tries in the competition at the moment with 12.

Cronulla’s top eight aspirations may be down to whether a player such as Katoa can continue this fine form.


Shaun Johnson (Cronulla Sharks)

The New Zealand international’s first year with Cronulla was filled with injuries and inconsistency.

Cronulla Sharks half Shaun Johnson

But during 2020, Johnson has recaptured some of that form that made him one of most elite halfbacks in the game.

So far this year, Johnson has the most try assists with 16 and has been an influential figure in guiding the Sharks to 6th place on the ladder.


Reagan Campbell Gillard (Parramatta Eels)

The move to Parramatta has completely rejuvenated RCG’s overall game as he continues to put up outstanding numbers this year while proving to be an absolute handful for his oppositions.

Parramatta Eels prop Reagan Campbell-Gillard

Overall, the big man has the fifth most metres in the league right now with 2,061 and remains one of the Eels most influential figures.


Isaah Yeo (Penrith Panthers)

You know exactly what you get when it comes to Yeo as the Panthers star has been one of their most consistent and reliable players all year.

He has been a hugely influential figure in the Panthers forward pack.

Penrith Panthers forward Isaah Yeo

The 25-year-old has the second most tackles and the fourth most metres by a Penrith player with 460 and 1,555 retrospectively.


James Tedesco (Sydney Roosters)

The 2019 Dally M Medal winner continues to show why he is one of the best players in the world.

His ability to break the defensive line and continuously rack up the metres results in him being a genuine spark in the Roosters offence.

Sydney Roosters fullback James Tedesco

As it stands, Tedesco has the most linebreak assists in the league with 15 along with the second most metres at 2,156 along with the second most tackle busts with 69.


Nathan Cleary (Penrith Panthers)

The Panthers are flying high right now and are beginning to show exactly what they could be capable of this year as they sit atop of the NRL ladder.

If there was any player more instrumental to their success this year then that will undoubtedly be Cleary.

Penrith Panthers halfback Nathan Cleary

The NSW representative may have had issues off the field but the 22-year-old still looks to make up for it on the field.

He has single-handedly put a game on his back on a couple of occasions this year.


Zac Lomax (St George Illawarra Dragons)

Undoubtedly one of the best young centres in the world right now.

Whenever the Dragons have been performing well this season, you can guarantee that Lomax is one of the mains reasons why.

St George Illawarra Dragons centre Zac Lomax

The 20-year-old has the capacity to play in most positions along the backline.

With his excellent ball playing, speed, agility and goal kicking, it makes him a player to keep a close eye on over the next few years.


Maika Sivo (Parramatta Eels)

The Fijian flyer has followed up his sensational try scoring form from last year into the new season.

He is a consistent nightmare for opposition players down the Eels flank (just ask Adam Doueihi what it is like to try and defend him).

Parramatta Eels winger Maika Sivo

After topping the try scoring charts last year, Sivo looks well on his way to doing the same as he sits with the joint second most tries so far with 11.


Harry Grant (Wests Tigers)

The Tigers will feel like they got a bit of steal when they were able to bring in youngster Harry Grant on loan.

Wests Tigers hooker Harry Grant

The dynamic dummy half has added an extra edge to the Tigers attack and defence while thrusting himself into unexpected Dally M contention.


Brett Morris (Sydney Roosters)

Even at the age of 33 years old, Morris still performs at an elite level with his phenomenal work rate in defence and fantastic finishing making him one of the best wingers in the world.

Alongside his brother Josh, Brett has again been in epic form this year for the Roosters despite missing a couple of games with injury.

Sydney Roosters winger Brett Morris

The former Kangaroos international has the most linebreaks by a Roosters player with 12 while scoring nine tries in 10 games.


Clinton Gutherson (Parramatta Eels)

There is no question that the Parramatta captain is one of the most consistent and reliable fullbacks in the league.

When Mitch Moses had to sit out a few games due to injury, Gutherson was right there to pick up the pieces and was instrumental in the Eels continued success.

Parramatta Eels captain and fullback Clint Gutherson

The Eels skipper has the third most try assists this year with 12 while also being one of seven other players to exceed 2,000 metres so far this season.


Cameron Smith (Melbourne Storm)

The ageless Cameron Smith once again continues to cement his legacy as one of the best players to ever grace the game.

The all-time leading points scorer in Australian rugby league has turned in some vintage displays this year as Melbourne chase top of the table once more.

Melbourne Storm captain and hooker Cameron Smith

His game management and rugby league IQ is unlike many others in the league.


Notable mentions

David Nofaluma, Luke Keary, Jason Taumalolo, Jack Wighton, Matt Dufty, Reed Mahoney, Kyle Feldt, Kyle Flanagan, Mitchell Pearce

Why Racists Don’t Deserve to Watch the Great Game of Rugby League

I know it sounds harsh, but there is a huge contradiction present in the Rugby League community where so-called fans still seem to have this racist mentality, yet follow our great game full of multiculturalism, talent and pride amongst its athletes.
The NRL as an organisation does so much to promote an inclusive culture of pride and cultural acceptance, free from racism and domestic violence within the sport, and I like to think they do a pretty good job.
However, for some reason in 2020, where we have seen so much change in the world and sport alone when it comes to racism, it is still a problem.
Particularly in Australia, we have not been shy of controversy within sport, which we have a supposed “pride and nationalism” in. Let’s take these examples:

– 1996. Hazem El-Masri makes his debut as Australia’s first Muslim Rugby League player. Throughout the 2000s, he was subject to a lot of racism through (unrelated, mind you) events such as the Bali Bombings, Salary Cap scandal, Cronulla Riots and yet he remained graceful and tact through these times where he was unfairly chastised in both the fandom of NRL as well as negative press by the media.

– 2010, the year which Timana Tahu withdrew from the State of Origin after reportedly hearing Andrew Johns call Greg Inglis a “Bl*** C***”. Not only had Tahu walked out in protest and spoke publicly of the issue, but Johns was also pressured to resign as the NSW coach.

– 2013, the year when Adam Goodes became more vocal in his addressing of issues of racism in Aussie sport and was met with the “Booing Saga” which followed him in the crowd at his subsequent AFL matches. The year a 13-year old yelled out an insult to him from the crowd and caused a media uproar. Who was forced to retire in 2015 due to having time away from the game to deal with these issues which unfairly pummelled him and overshadowed his career.


– 2019. Latrell Mitchell cops an on-slew of abuse on social media from trolls which almost pushes him out of the game. He bravely stands up and helps push the
#RacismStopsWithMe movement after Mitchell became sick of the casual racism which fans continue to think is okay.

Now, these are only four examples in Australian sport of some of our greatest stars having to withstand the toxicity which remains in our crowds and sporting fans.

But quite simply, if you’re going to be racist, you don’t deserve to watch Rugby League. You are not a fan.

– 12% of our NRL players in first grade are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island background.

– 24% of our Australian Kangaroos side have Indigenous backgrounds.

– Did you know, over 45% of the NRL is made up of players with Polynesian heritage? That’s almost 1 in 2 top graders.

– 116 countries are the birthplaces of our first-grade athletes, whose parents come from 144 countries around the globe.

The NRL Indigenous Round is one way the NRL has dedicated space to recognise the contributions of our Indigenous brothers and sisters to our game, both on and off the field.

It’s also a time the NRL can highlight some key social issues Indigenous people face and how we as a community can work to change them.

Recently with the Black Lives Matter movement reaching our shores from the USA, we have seen players such as Blake Ferguson, Adam Reynolds, Josh Mansour and Cody Walker take lead in bringing this passion to our football fields to recognise the role multiculturalism has in our great game.

These players are just one example of individual-lead actions taken to create a more inclusive environment for all, and it wasn’t even some PR stunt organised by the NRL, but choices made by the players themselves to help stamp out hate in the community.


I am hoping that if you’re still reading this, you understand why I wanted you to hear me out on why I don’t think racists are entitled to watch the beautiful game of rugby league when their behaviour does not stand with the values and ethos set by the NRL and its players.

It is hypocritical to be calling your idols racist remarks or casually slandering other players because of their difference to you.

This was not meant to individually target anyone, but I just hope that talking about racism and multiculturalism right now while we celebrate the Indigenous round can help highlight why this time is so special to recognise the achievements and contributions which our Indigenous brothers and sisters have made.

Let’s just celebrate the game for what it is, a melting pot of talent and culture that can keep us crowds and fans in awe of the abilities these athletes replicate week in and week out for their fans, and their fellow teammates.

NRL players should be able to stand tall for their beliefs, cultures and values freely without any unwarranted abuse or attacks, and hopefully one day soon, we will get there!

Statistics source: NRL

An All Blacks V Kangaroos test; could it happen?

The Australian Kangaroos rugby league side

The All Blacks v the Kangaroos. Rugby league v rugby union. Can you imagine it? Would you watch it? Are there other alternatives? Tiffany Salmond gives her thoughts on the potential match-up and more. 

When I first heard the news of an All Blacks V Kangaroos cross-code show down, I wasn’t too sure how to feel about it.

The hype surrounding the match was due to the concept of two of the best teams in professional sport going at it in a headlining match for the ages – but that didn’t excite me.

To most people’s shock-horror, despite being a New Zealander; I’m not an All Blacks fan or a Union fan for that matter.

So the only redeeming quality of this spectacle was the high possibility of watching Rugbys’ beloved All Blacks getting torn to shreds by the Kangaroos impeccable backline.

This game meant bragging rights.

I’ve lost count of the heated debates I’ve had surrounding the age-old League VS Union argument so this announcement meant I’d have a few people eating their words… So I was all in!

Backing my code instead of my country may lead some to believe I’m a traitor but when it comes to our great game, I have dedicated my time to uplifting New Zealand Rugby League as it often doesn’t get a lot of support in this country.

The All Blacks

My passion for NZ rugby league led me to consider what it would have meant for our game if the Kangaroos decided to play the Kiwis instead of giving the opportunity to an already flourishing team and organisation.

If anyone needed a lifeline right now, it was NZRL.

Even before Covid-19, the game could have done with more support but due to it being such a great product and with the support of dedicated people with a die-hard love for league, it survives.

Australia is one of the few countries where rugby league thrives and isn’t the under-dog in terms of popularity and public perception.

They arguably have the highest proportion of talent as well as owning the largest domestic competition in the world – the NRL.

Taking all of this into consideration, it’s fair to say Australia has a huge responsibility to help grow the game but sadly, as we can see with their decision to play the All Blacks for a cash-grab over another Rugby League team, it doesn’t appear to be a priority.

And here’s a thought; if the All Blacks are really wanting to go against the best in world rugby league, maybe they should be looking at booking a date with Tonga instead?

Tongan rugby league team

Now this isn’t the first time they’ve prioritised their own interest over the betterment of the game.

Last year, the Great Britain Lions played a test against every other country in the Oceania Cup – except for Australia.

The Kangaroos snubbed a test with the Great Britain Lions because they didn’t want it to interfere with their NRL duties.

On top of rejecting the Lions who were playing for the first time since 2007, the boys in green and gold refused to participate in the Oceania Cup until after the NRL Grand Final as they didn’t want to distract their players during the Origin period.

Before an international schedule can be finalised, it has to be run past major domestic leagues (NRL and Super League) and players unions before it can be confirmed.

The Australian Kangaroos

With the NRL being the organisation which has the majority of international players on contracts, they have the monopoly and can pick and choose what suits them as they hold the power.

If rugby league is going to grow on the international stage, Australia needs to be on board to facilitate it.

The first step would be to lend a helping hand to their little brother New Zealand and play the Kiwis in the only international sports match the world will have the chance to witness in 2020.

Let’s put our game on show, because what better opportunity do we have than now when the whole world is watching?

The All Blacks Haka

NRL Rd 10: Manly Sea Eagles V Parramatta Eels Stats Breakdown

Manly Sea Eagles club legend Graham EadieManly Sea Eagles V Parramatta Eels Stats

The Manly Sea Eagles and Parramatta Eels have played each other on 141 occasions; Manly have won 82 times, the Eels have won 53 games and there have been four draws.

The Manly Sea Eagles have won 42 of the 67 games played against the Parramatta Eels at Lottoland (42W, 24L, 1D), including the last two on the trot.

The Parramatta Eels have won eight of the last ten games played between the two sides.

The first ever game played between the two sides was a 15-7 win for Manly in round 8, 1947.

Biggest Wins

The Manly Sea Eagles biggest over the Parramatta Eels was a 64-12 demolition in round 3, 1988.

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

Former Manly Sea Eagles fullback Brett Stewart

Top try-scorer in this clash

Brett Stewart (MAN) – 13
Brett Kenny (PAR) – 12
Cliff Lyons (MAN) – 12
David Williams (MAN) – 12 (2G)
Ray Price (PAR) – 11

Most prolific point-scorer in this clash

Graham Eadie (MAN) – 8 tries & 92 goals (222 pts)*
Ron Willey (MAN/PAR) – 2 tries & 78 goals (162 pts)*
Michael Cronin (PAR) – 5 tries, 68 goals & 1 field goal (152 pts)*
Luke Burt (PAR) – 8 tries, 51 goals & 1 field goal (135 pts)
Jamie Lyon (MAN) – 8 tries & 51 goals (134 pts)
Bob Batty (MAN) – 4 tries, 55 goals & 2 field goals (126 pts)*

Players to have played for both sides from this clash

  1. Ron Willey – 1956-1962 (MAN) & 1963-1964 (PAR)
  2. Len Wadling – 1957 (PAR) & 1959 & 1962-1963 (MAN)
  3. Paul Gibson – 1966 (MAN) & 1967-1968 (PAR)
  4. Fred Pickup – 1964-1965 (MAN) & 1966-1968 (PAR)
  5. Alec Tennant – 1964-1970 (MAN) & 1972 (PAR)
  6. Peter Peters – 1968 (PAR) & 1969 & 1971-1974 (MAN)
  7. Geoff Gerard – 1974-1980 (PAR) & 1981-1984 (MAN)
  8. Ray Higgs – 1975-1977 (PAR) & 1978 (PAR)
  9. Mike Eden – 1981-1982 (MAN) &1985-1987 (PAR)
  10. David Liddiard – 1983-1985 & 1988-1989 (PAR) & 1990-1992 (MAN)
  11. Tony Melrose – 1980-1981 (PAR) & 1984-1985 (MAN)
  12. Darrell Williams – 1987-1993 (MAN) & 1994 (PAR)
  13. Jeremy Ticehurst – 1987-1988 & 1991 (MAN) & 1989 (PAR)
  14. Ian Gately – 1987-1989 (MAN) & 1990-1991 (PAR)
  15. Brett Atkins – 1983-1984 (MAN) & 1988-1989 (PAR)
  16. Andrew Frew – 1997-1998 (PAR) & 1999 (MAN)
  17. Steve Crouch – 1996 & 2003 (PAR) & 1999 (MAN)
  18. Scott Donald – 2001-2002 (PAR) & 2003-2005 (MAN)
  19. Anthony Watmough – 2003-2014 (MAN) & 2015 (PAR)
  20. Aaron Cannings – 2003 (MAN) & 2004-2005 & 2007 (PAR)
  21. Jamie Lyon – 2000-2004 (PAR) & 2007-2016 (MAN)
  22. Michael Witt – 2003-2004 (PAR) & 2005-2006 (MAN)
  23. Shayne Dunley – 2003 (PAR) & 2004-2007 (MAN)
  24. David Vaealiki – 1999-2004 (PAR) & 2008 (MAN)
  25. Daniel Heckenberg – 2002-2003 (PAR) & 2004-2005 (MAN)
  26. Chris Hicks – 2004-2007 (MAN) & 2011 (PAR)
  27. Kylie Leuluai – 2003 (PAR) & 2004-2006 (MAN)
  28. Jack Afamasaga – 2004-2005 (PAR) & 2007-2008 (MAN)
  29. Nathan Hollingsworth – 2002 (PAR) & 2004 (MAN)
  30. Feleti Mateo – 2004 & 2007-2010 (PAR) & 2015-2016 (MAN)
  31. Jeff Robson – 2004 & 2008 (MAN) & 2009-2011 & 2016-2017 (PAR)
  32. Tony Williams – 2008 & 2018 (PAR) & 2009-2012 (MAN)
  33. Joe Galuvao – 2008-2009 (PAR) & 2010-2013 (MAN)
  34. Kieran Foran – 2009-2015 (MAN) & 2016 (PAR)
  35. Justin Horo – 2010-2012 (PAR) & 2013-2015 (MAN)
  36. Will Hopoate – 2010-2011 (MAN) & 2014-2015 (PAR)
  37. Darcy Lussick – 2011-2012 (MAN) & 2013-2015 (PAR)
  38. Cheyse Blair – 2012-2013 (PAR) & 2014-2015 (MAN)
  39. Daniel Harrison – 2011-2012 & 2014 (MAN) & 2013 (PAR)
  40. Brayden Wiliame – 2013 (PAR) & 2015-2016 (MAN)
  41. Richard Fa’aoso – 2007 & 2015 (PAR) & 2013 (MAN)
  42. David Gower – 2013 (MAN) & 2014-2019 (PAR)
  43. Kelepi Tanginoa – 2013-2014 (PAR) & 2017-2019 (MAN)
  44. Clint Gutherson – 2013-2015 (MAN) & 2016-2019 (PAR)
  45. Siosaia Vave – 2016 (MAN) & 2017-2018 (PAR)
  46. Blake Green – 2007 (PAR) & 2017 (MAN)
  47. Shaun Lane – 2017-2018 (MAN) & 2019 (PAR)

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

  1. John Gray (MAN) & Ray Price (PAR) both sent-off in NSWRFL 1978 minor semi final replay.
  2. Ray Price (PAR) sin-binned in the 1982 NSWRFL major semi final.
  3. Matt Petersen (PAR) sin-binned in round 17, 2003.
  4. Craig Stapleton (PAR) & John Hopoate (MAN) both sin-binned in round 14, 2004.
  5. Fuifui Moimoi (PAR) sent-off in round 21, 2006.
  6. Mitchell Allgood (PAR) sin-binned in round 17, 2013.
  7. Kane Evans (PAR) sin-binned in round 25, 2019.

Head Coaching Records

Ken Arthurson (MAN) – 10/10 (100%)
Graham Lowe (MAN) – 5/5 (100%)
Hugh Norman (MAN) – 2/2 (100%)
Tony Paskins (MAN) – 2/2 (100%)
Jason Taylor (PAR) – 1/1 (100%)
Ronald Willey (MAN) – 10/12 (83.3%)
Brian Smith (PAR) – 8/12 (75%)
Ken Thornett (PAR) – 3/4 (75%)
Patrick Devery (MAN) – 3/4 (75%)
George Hunter (MAN) – 3/4 (75%)
Brad Arthur (PAR) – 8/11 (72.7%)
Wally O’Connell (MAN) – 7/10 (70%)
Daniel Anderson (PAR) – 2/3 (66.7%)
Peter Sharp (MAN) – 2/3 (66.7%)
Terrence Fearnley (PAR) – 7/12 (58.3%) (1 draw)
Bob Fulton (MAN) – 12/22 (54.5%)
Des Hasler (MAN) – 9/17 (52.9%)
Jack Gibson (PAR) – 5/10 (50%) (1 draw)
Geoff Toovey (MAN) – 4/8 (50%)
Kenneth Kearney (PAR) – 3/6 (50%)
Ray Ritchie (MAN) – 3/6 (50%) (1 draw)
Ray Stehr (MAN) – 2/4 (50%)
Frank McMillan (PAR) – 1/2 (50%)
Johnny Slade (PAR) – 1/2 (50%)
Roy Bull (MAN) – 1/2 (50%)
Allan Thomson (MAN) – 1/2 (50%) (1 draw)
Vic Hey (PAR) – 5/12 (41.7%) (1 draw)
Frank Stanton (MAN) – 6/15 (40%) (1 draw)
John Monie (PAR) – 4/12 (33.3%)
Norm Provan (PAR) – 1/3 (33.3%)
Ian Johnston (PAR) – 1/4 (25%)
Dave Bolton (PAR) – 1/4 (25%)
Stephen Kearney (PAR) – 1/4 (25%)
Trent Barrett (MAN) – 1/5 (20%)
Michael Cronin (PAR) – 1/6 (16.7%)
Charlie Gill (PAR) – 0/2 (0%)
Cecil Fifield (PAR) – 0/2 (0%)
Ken Slattery (PAR) – 0/2 (0%)
Ronald Boden (PAR) – 0/2 (0%)
Brian Hambly (PAR) – 0/2 (0%)
Ron Lynch (PAR) – 0/2 (0%)
John Peard (PAR) – 0/2 (0%) (1 draw)
Ricky Stuart (PAR) – 0/2 (0%)
George Mullins (MAN) – 0/2 (0%) ( 1 draw)
Ian Walsh (PAR) – 0/4 (0%)
Michael Hagan (PAR) – 0/4 (0%)
Russ Pepperell (MAN) – 0/4 (0%)
Rupert Rayner (PAR) – 0/6 (0%)

 

Players to have scored three or more tries in this clash

  1. Ray Ritchie (MAN) scored four tries in round 3, 1958.
  2. John McDonald (MAN) scored four tries in round 4, 1970.
  3. David Williams (MAN) scored four tries in round 18, 2012.
  4. Mitchell Wallace (PAR) scored three tries in round 5, 1951
  5. Ken Slattery (PAR) scored three tries in round 18, 1954.
  6. Jack Hubbard (MAN) scored three tries in round 18, 1954.
  7. Rees Duncan (MAN) scored three tries in round 3, 1956.
  8. Peter Burke (MAN) scored three tries in round 12, 1956.
  9. Ray Ritchie (MAN) scored three tries in round 13, 1957.
  10. Len Wadling (MAN) scored three tries in round 15, 1959.
  11. Bob Batty (MAN) scored three tries in round 16, 1961.
  12. Ron Murray (MAN) scored three tries in round 7, 1967.
  13. Ken Irvine (MAN) scored three tries in round 1, 1971.
  14. Ken Irvine (MAN) scored three tries in round 17, 1973.
  15. Kevin Junee (MAN) scored three tries in round 2, 1974.
  16. Cliff Lyons (MAN) scored three tries in round 3, 1988.
  17. Dale Shearer (MAN) scored three tries in round 3, 1988.
  18. Michael O’Connor (MAN) scored three tries in round 18, 1988.
  19. Frank Stokes (MAN) scored three tries in round 22, 1991.
  20. Craig Innes (MAN) scored three tries in round 15, 1996.
  21. Jorge Taufua (MAN) scored three tries in round 17, 2013.
  22. Semi Radradra (PAR) scored three tries in round 1, 2015.
  23. Reuben Garrick (MAN) scored three tries in round 18, 2019.
  24. Maika Sivo (PAR) scored three tries in round 25, 2019.

 

NRL Rd 10: South Sydney Rabbitohs v Newcastle Knights Stats Breakdown

Newcastle Knights club legend and Immortal Andrew Johns

South Sydney Rabbitohs v Newcastle Knights Breakdown

The South Sydney Rabbitohs and Newcastle Knights have played each other on 42 occasions; the Rabbitohs have won 16 games and the Knights have 26 games. There have been no draws.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs have won nine of the last ten games between the two sides.

In the first thirty-three games played between the two sides, the Newcastle Knights won twenty-six of them.

Paul Harragon scored more than a quarter of his career tries (19) against the South Sydney Rabbitohs (5).

The first clash between the two sides was a 17-10 win to the Newcastle Knights in round 10, 1988.

Biggest Wins

The South Sydney Rabbitohs biggest win over the Newcastle Knights was a 52-6 rout in round 20, 2015.

The Newcastle Knights biggest win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs was a 60-0 demolition in round 23, 1999.

Former Newcastle Knights fullback Robbie O’Davis

Top try-scorer in this clash

Robbie O’Davis (NEW) – 13
Akuila Uate (NEW) – 11
Alex Johnston (SOU) – 10
Nathan Merritt (SOU) – 8
Adam MacDougall (NEW/SOU) – 7
Greg Inglis (SOU) – 7

Most prolific point-scorer in this clash

Andrew Johns (NEW) – 6 tries, 43 goals & 1 field goal (111 pts)
Adam Reynolds (SOU) – 38 goals & 1 field goal (87 pts)
Kurt Gidley (NEW) – 5 tries, 19 goals & 2 field goals (60 pts)
Robbie O’Davis (NEW) – 13 tries (52 pts)

Players to have played for both sides from this clash

  1. Wayne Richards – 1991-1994 & 1997-1998 (NEW) & 1999 (SOU)
  2. Adam Muir – 1992-1997 (NEW) & 2002 (SOU)
  3. Lee Jackson – 1995 (SOU) & 1996-1998 (NEW)
  4. Owen Craigie – 1995-1999 (NEW) & 2002-2004 (SOU)
  5. Evan Cochrane – 1993 (SOU) & 1997-1998 (NEW)
  6. Matt Parsons – 1997-1999 (SOU) & 2000-2004 (NEW)
  7. Adam MacDougall – 1997-2003 & 2007-2011 (NEW) & 2004-2006 (SOU)
  8. Glenn Grief – 1996 & 1998-2001 (NEW) & 2002 (SOU)
  9. Russell Richardson – 2002-2003 (SOU) & 2004 (NEW)
  10. Jamie Fitzgerald – 2002-2003 (SOU) & 2004 (NEW)
  11. Luke MacDougall – 2003-2006 (SOU) & 2007 (NEW)
  12. David Fa’alogo – 2003-2009 (SOU) & 2013-2015 (NEW)
  13. Todd Polglase – 2004-2006 (SOU) & 2007 (NEW)
  14. Craig Smith – 1995 (SOU) & 2005-2006 (NEW)
  15. Ben Rogers – 2006-2008 (SOU) & 2009-2011 (NEW)
  16. George Ndaira – 2008 (SOU) & 2009-2010 (NEW)
  17. Dane Gagai – 2012-2017 (NEW) & 2018-2020 (SOU)
  18. Robbie Rochow – 2012-2016 (NEW) & 2017 (SOU)
  19. Josh Starling – 2012-2013 (SOU) & 2017 (NEW)
  20. Hymel Hunt – 2016-2018 (SOU) & 2019-2020 (NEW)

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

  1. Matthew Gidley (NEW) sin-binned in round 8, 2006.
  2. Trent Hodkinson (NEW) & George Burgess (SOU) both sin-binned in round 3, 2017.

Players to have scored three or more tries in this clash

  1. Akuila Uate (NEW) scored four tries in round 26, 2011.
  2. Paul Mellor (SOU) scored three tries in round 16, 1994.
  3. Mark Hughes (NEW) scored three tries in 23, 1999.
  4. Anthony Quinn (NEW) scored three tries in round 9, 2003.
  5. Alex Johnston (SOU) scored three tries in round 21, 2014.
  6. Greg Inglis (SOU) scored three tries in round 20, 2015.
  7. Dylan Walker (SOU) scored three tries in round 20, 2015.
  8. Aaron Gray (SOU) scored three tries in round 2, 2016.

Head Coaching Records

Michael Maguire (SOU) – 8/8 (100%)
Malcolm Reilly (NEW) – 5/5 (100%)
Anthony Seibold (SOU) – 1/1 (100%)
Michael Hagan (NEW) – 7/8 (87.5%)
David Waite (NEW) – 5/6 (83.3%)
Allan McMahon (NEW) – 3/4 (75%)
Brian Smith (NEW) – 3/5 (60%)
John Lang (SOU) – 1/2 (50%)
Warren Ryan (NEW) – 1/2 (50%)
Jason Taylor (SOU) – 2/5 (40%)
George Piggins (SOU) – 1/3 (33.3%)
Shaun McRae (SOU) – 1/3 (33.3%)
Rick Stone (NEW) – 1/3 (33.3%)
Craig Coleman (SOU) – 1/4 (25%)
Ken Shine (SOU) – 1/5 (20%)
Nathan Brown (NEW) – 1/5 (20%)
Steve Martin (SOU) – 0/1 (0%)
Arthur Kitinas (SOU) – 0/1 (0%)
Wayne Bennett (SOU) – 0/1 (0%)
Paul Langmack (SOU) – 0/2 (0%)
Wayne Bennett (NEW) – 0/4 (0%)
Frank Curry (SOU) – 0/5 (0%)

 

 

NRL Rd 10: St George Illawarra Dragons v Canterbury Bulldogs Stats Breakdown

Canterbury Bulldogs iconic winger Hazem El Masri

St George Illawarra Dragons v Canterbury Bulldogs Breakdown

The St George Illawarra Dragons and the Canterbury Bulldogs have played each other on 38 occasions; the Dragons have won 14 games and the Bulldogs have won 24 games. There have been no draws.

The St George Illawarra Dragons have won three of the last four games between the two sides.

This will be the seventh time the two sides have played at WIN Stadium. The Bulldogs have won five of the previous six games played at the venue, the most recent was a 28-20 win in 2012.

The first game played between the two sides was a 24-14 win for the Canterbury Bulldogs in round 2, 1999.

Biggest Wins

The St George Illawarra Dragons biggest win over the Canterbury Bulldogs was a 40-4 romp in round 5, 2019.

The Canterbury Bulldogs biggest win over the St George Illawarra Dragons was a 38-0 drubbing in round 24, 2018.

Former St George Illawarra Dragons centre Matt Cooper

Leading Try Scorer

Matt Cooper (SGI) – 15
Josh Morris (SGI/CBY) – 14
Brett Morris (SGI/CBY) – 10
Hazem El Masri (CBY) – 8

Leading Point Scorer

Hazem El Masri (CBY) – 8 tries & 57 goals (146 pts)
Matt Cooper (SGI) – 15 tries (60 pts)
Josh Morris (SGI/CBY) – 14 tries (56 pts)
Gareth Widdop (SGI) – 2 tries & 22 goals (52 pts)

Players to have played for both sides in this clash

  1. Luke Patten – 1999-2000 (SGI) & 2001-2010 (CBY)
  2. Shane Marteene – 1996-2001 & 2003 (CBY) & 2005 (SGI)
  3. Adam Peek – 1999-2001 (CBY) & 2007 (SGI)
  4. Michael Ennis – 2005 (SGI) & 2009-2014 (CBY)
  5. Corey Payne – 2005-2007 (SGI) & 2010-2012 (CBY)
  6. Brett Morris – 2006-2014 (SGI) & 2015-2018 (CBY)
  7. Josh Morris – 2007-2008 (SGI) & 2009-2018 (CBY)
  8. Daniel Holdsworth – 2004-2005 (SGI) & 2006-2009 (CBY)
  9. Lee Te Maari – 2006 (SGI) & 2007-2009 (CBY)
  10. Chase Stanley – 2007-2009 & 2012-2013 (SGI) & 2014-2017 (CBY)
  11. Michael Lett – 2008-2010 (SGI) & 2011 (CBY)
  12. Daryl Millard – 2006 (SGI) & 2007-2009 (CBY)
  13. Mickey Paea – 2009 (SGI) & 2010-2011 (CBY)
  14. Tim Lafai – 2011-2015 (CBY) & 2016-2020 (SGI)
  15. James Graham – 2012-2017 (CBY) & 2018-2020 (SGI)
  16. Craig Garvey – 2013-2015 (SGI) & 2016-2017 (CBY)

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

  1. Mark Riddell (SGI) sent-off in round 3, 2002.
  2. Taane Milne (SGI) sin-binned in round 14, 2017.

Head coaching records

Wayne Bennett (SGI) – 5/5 (100%)
Des Hasler (CBY) – 11/12 (91.7%)
Steve Folkes (CBY) – 8/12 (75%)
Andrew Farrar (SGI) – 3/6 (50%)
Paul McGregor (SGI) – 4/11 (36.4%)
Dean Pay (CBY) – 1/4 (25%
Nathan Brown (SGI) – 2/9 (22.2%)
David Waite (SGI) – 0/2 (0%)
Steve Price (SGI) – 0/5 (0%)
Kevin Moore (CBY) – 0/5 (0%)

Players to have scored three tries or more in one game

  1. Nathan Blacklock (SGI) scored three tries in round 13, 2001.
  2. Nigel Vagana (CBY) scored three tries in round 26, 2001.
  3. Josh Morris (SGI) scored three tries in round 20, 2008.
  4. Brett Morris (SGI) scored three tries in round 2, 2010.
  5. Josh Morris (CBY) scored three tries in round 2, 2012.
  6. Tim Lafai (CBY) scored three tries in round 9, 2014.
  7. Reimis Smith (CBY) scored three tries in round 24, 2018.

 

 

NRL Rd 10: Wests Tigers v Brisbane Broncos Stats Breakdown

Former Brisbane Broncos goal-kicking utility back Michael De Vere

Wests Tigers v Brisbane Broncos Breakdown

The Wests Tigers and Brisbane Broncos have played in 28 games; the Tigers have won 6 games, the Broncos have won 21 games and there has been one draw.

Since 2010, the Wests Tigers have won just three of eleven clashes between the two sides.

The Wests Tigers will look to record back-to-back wins against the Broncos; the only other time they have done this was in 2005/2006. A win in the 2005 NRL semi-final and round 21, 2006.

The sole clash between these two sides at Leichhardt in the past was a comprehensive 38-6 victory for the Brisbane Broncos in round 8, 2003.

The first clash between the two sides was a 24-all draw in round 1, 2000.

Biggest Wins

The Wests Tigers biggest win over the Brisbane Broncos was an easy 34-6 success in the 2005 NRL semi-final.

The Brisbane Broncos biggest win over the Wests Tigers was a 56-12 rout in round 20, 2000.

Brisbane Broncos club legend and fullback/five-eighth Darren Lockyer

Top try-scorer in this clash

Darren Lockyer (BRI) – 11
Shaun Berrigan (BRI) – 7
Benji Marshall (WST) – 5
Wendell Sailor (BRI) – 4
Chris Walker (BRI) – 4
Matt Gillett (BRI) – 4

Most prolific point-scorer in this clash

Michael De Vere (BRI) – 43 goals (86 pts)
Darren Lockyer (BRI) – 11 tries, 7 goals & 1 field goal (59 pts)
Brett Hodgson (WST) – 3 tries & 20 goals (52 pts)
Corey Parker (BRI) – 1 try & 25 goals (52 pts)

Players to have played for both sides from this clash

  1. Lote Tuqiri – 1999-2002 (BRI) & 2010-2013 (WST)
  2. Scott Prince – 2001-2003 & 2013 (BRI) & 2004-2006 (WST)
  3. Benji Marshall – 2003-2013 & 2018-2020 (WST) & 2017 (BRI)
  4. Ben Te’o – 2007-2008 (WST) & 2009-2012 & 2020 (BRI)
  5. Adam Blair – 2012-2014 (WST) & 2015-2017 (BRI)

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

No players have been sin-binned or sent-off in games between these two sides.

Head Coaching Records

Michael Maguire (WST) – 1/1 (100%)
Anthony Griffin (BRI) – 5/5 (100%)
Wayne Bennett (BRI) – 15/20 (75%) (1 draw)
Ivan Henjak (BRI) – 1/2 (50%)
Jason Taylor (WST) – 1/2 (50%)
Tim Sheens (WST) – 4/14 (28.6%)
Anthony Seibold (BRI) – 0/1 (0%)
Wayne Pearce (WST) – 0/2 (0%) (1 draw)
Ivan Cleary (WST) – 0/1 (0%)
Michael Potter (WST) – 0/3 (0%)
Terry Lamb (WST) – 0/4 (0%)

Players to have scored three or more tries in this clash

  1. Joel Caine (WST) scored three tries in round 1, 2000.
  2. Wendell Sailor (BRI) scored three tries in round 20, 2000.
  3. Karmichael Hunt (BRI) scored three tries in round 15, 2007.
  4. Lachlan Maranta (BRI) scored three tries in round 19, 2015.

 

 

NRL Rd 10: Melbourne Storm v Gold Coast Titans Stats Breakdown

Melbourne Storm captain and hooker Cameron Smith

Melbourne Storm v Gold Coast Titans Stats

The Melbourne Storm and Gold Coast Titans have played each other on 21 occasions; the Storm have won 15, the Titans have won 6 and there have been no draws.

The Melbourne Storm need 21 more points to reach a total of 600 against the Gold Coast Titans.

The Melbourne Storm are looking for five wins on the trot against the Gold Coast Titans.

The first game played between the two sides was a 50-6 win for the Melbourne Storm in round 25, 2007.

Biggest Wins

The biggest win for the Melbourne Storm over the Gold Coast Titans came in the opening game between the two sides, a 50-6 romp in round 25, 2007.

The Gold Coast Titans biggest win over the Melbourne Storm was an 18-0 success in round 13, 2008.

Former Melbourne Storm fullback Billy Slater

Top try-scorer in this clash

Billy Slater (MEL) – 11
Cooper Cronk (MEL) – 9
Anthony Quinn (MEL) – 7
Will Chambers (MEL) – 6
Cameron Munster (MEL) – 6

Most prolific point-scorer in this clash

Cameron Smith (MEL) – 2 tries & 68 goals (144 pts)
Billy Slater (MEL) – 11 tries (44 pts)
Cooper Cronk (MEL) – 9 tries (36 pts)

Players to have played for both sides from this clash

  1. Jake Webster – 2003-2006 (MEL) & 2007 (GLD)
  2. Ian Donnelly – 2005-2007 (MEL) & 2007 (GLD)
  3. Josh Graham – 2005 (MEL) & 2007-2010 (GLD)
  4. Joseph Tomane – 2008-2009 (MEL) & 2010-2011 (GLD)
  5. Sam Tagataese – 2007-2008 (MEL) & 2009-2011 (GLD)
  6. Kevin Proctor – 2008-2016 (MEL) & 2017-2019 (GLD)
  7. Chris Walker – 2006 (MEL) & 2007-2009 (GLD)
  8. Matthew White – 2009-2012 & 2014-2015 (GLD) & 2016 (MEL)
  9. Maurice Blair – 2011-2013 (MEL) & 2014 (GLD)
  10. Nathan Friend – 2003-2006 (MEL) & 2007-2011 & 2016 (GLD)
  11. Ryley Jacks – 2017-2018 (MEL) & 2019 (GLD)

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

  1. Jordan McLean (MEL) sin-binned in round 2, 2016.
  2. Christian Welch (MEL) sin-binned in round 10, 2018.

Players to have scored three or more tries in this clash

  1. Anthony Quinn (MEL) scored three tries in round 5, 2010.
  2. Cooper Cronk (MEL) scored three tries in round 23, 2011.
  3. Cameron Munster (MEL) scored three tries in round 22, 2015.

Head coaching records

Craig Bellamy (MEL) – 15/21 (71.4%)
John Cartwright (GLD) – 4/13 (30.8%)
Neil Henry (GLD) – 1/4 (25%)
Luke Burt (GLD) – 0/1 (0%)
Craig Hodges (GLD) – 0/2 (0%)
Garth Brennan (GLD) – 0/2 (0%)

 

NRL Rd 10: Sydney Roosters v Canberra Raiders Stats Breakdown

Former Sydney Roosters goal-kicking forward Craig Fitzgibbon

Sydney Roosters v Canberra Raiders Breakdown

The Sydney Roosters and Canberra Raiders have played each other on 63 occasions; the Roosters have won 35 games and the Raiders have won 28 games. There have been no draws.

The Sydney Roosters have won six of the last nine games between the two sides, including the last three.

This is just the third time that the two sides will play the Sydney Cricket Ground. The two times were both in 1987 and both sides have a win to their name in clashes at the SCG against each other.

The first clash between the two sides an easy 55-15 win for the Sydney Roosters in round 13, 1982.

Biggest Wins

The Sydney Roosters biggest win over the Canberra Raiders was a comprehensive 55-15 win in rund 13, 1982.

The Canberra Raiders biggest win over the Sydney Roosters was a resounding 66-4 demolition in round 5, 1990.

Former Canberra Raiders utility Jason Croker

Leading Try Scorer

Jason Croker (CAN) – 11
Anthony Minchiello (SYD) – 11
Craig Wing (SYD) – 9
Brett Mullins (CAN/SYD) – 8
Ryan Cross (SYD) – 8
Jarrod Croker (CAN) – 8

Leading Point Scorer

Craig Fitzgibbon (SYD) – 3 tries & 52 goals (116 pts)
Jarrod Croker (CAN) – 9 tries & 36 goals (108 pts)
Clinton Schifcofske (CAN) – 5 tries, 33 goals & 1 field goal (91 pts)
Ron Giteau (SYD) – 1 try & 36 goals (75 pts)*
Mal Meninga (CAN) – 7 tries & 22 goals (72 pts)

Players to have played for both sides in this clash

  1. Terry Fahey – 1981-1982 (SYD) & 1983-1984 & 1986-1987 (CAN)
  2. Ron Giteau – 1981-1982 (SYD) & 1983-1986 (CAN)
  3. David Grant – 1977 (SYD) & 1982-1985 (CAN)
  4. Steve Keir – 1983-1984 (CAN) & 1986 (SYD)
  5. John Ferguson – 1984-1985 (SYD) & 1986-1990 (CAN)
  6. Scott Gale – 1984 (SYD) & 1991-1992 (CAN)
  7. Terry Regan – 1983-1984 (SYD) & 1985-1987 (CAN)
  8. Gary Wurth – 1983 (CAN) & 1984-1988 (SYD)
  9. Brian Battese – 1986-1987 (SYD) & 1988 (CAN)
  10. Nigel Gaffey – 1989-1991 (CAN) & 1992-1995 & 1997-1998 (SYD)
  11. Brett Mullins – 1990-2000 (CAN) & 2002 (SYD)
  12. David Barnhill – 1989-1991 (CAN) & 1997-1999 (SYD)
  13. Brandon Costin – 1997 (SYD) & 1998-2000 (CAN)
  14. Scott Logan – 1996-2001 (SYD) & 2007-2010 (CAN)
  15. Luke Phillips – 1996 (CAN) & 2000-2002 (SYD)
  16. Brett Finch – 1999-2002 (CAN) & 2003-2006 (SYD)
  17. Todd Payten – 1996-2002 (CAN) & 2003 (SYD)
  18. Andrew Lomu – 2000-2003 (SYD) & 2005-2006 (CAN)
  19. Phil Graham – 2002-2009 (CAN) & 2010-2011 (SYD)
  20. Joel Monaghan – 2001-2004 & 2008-2010 (CAN) & 2005-2007 (SYD)
  21. Nigel Plum – 2005-2007 (SYD) & 2007-2009 (CAN)
  22. David Shillington – 2005-2008 (SYD) & 2009-2015 (CAN)
  23. Todd Carney – 2004-2008 (CAN) & 2010-2011 (SYD)
  24. Iosia Soliola – 2005-2009 (SYD) & 2015-2020 (CAN)
  25. Frank-Paul Nuuausala – 2007-2014 & 2018 (SYD) & 2015-2016 (CAN)
  26. Blake Ferguson – 2011-2013 (CAN) & 2015-2018 (SYD)
  27. Reece Robinson – 2010-2014 (CAN) & 2018 (SYD)
  28. Matt McIlwrick – 2012-2014 (CAN) & 2015 (SYD)
  29. Michael Oldfield – 2013 (SYD) & 2017-2020 (CAN)
  30. Mitch Cornish – 2014-2015 (CAN) & 2017-2018 (SYD)
  31. Joey Leilua – 2010-2012 (SYD) & 2015-2019 (CAN)

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

  1. John Tobin (SYD) sin-binned in round 9, 1984.
  2. David Grant & Terry Regan (both CAN) both sin-binned in round 10, 1985.
  3. Dean Bell (SYD) sent-off in round 23, 1985.
  4. David Trewhella (SYD) sent-off in in round 7, 1986.
  5. Dean Bell (SYD) sent-off in in round 20, 1986.
  6. Steve Walters (CAN) sin-binned in round 26, 1987.
  7. Quentin Pongia (CAN) & Paul Dunn/Brad Fittler (both SYD) all sin-binned in round 13, 1996.
  8. Clinton Schifcofske (CAN) sin-binned in round 24, 2004.
  9. Clinton Schifcofske (CAN) sin-binned in the 2004 NRL Qualifying Final.
  10. Ben Cross (CAN) sin-binned in round 12, 2005.
  11. Anthony Minichiello (SYD) sent-off in round 24, 2012.
  12. Joey Leilua (CAN) sin-binned in round 2, 2016.
  13. Cooper Cronk (SYD) sin-binned in the 2019 NRL grand final.

Head coaching records

Bob Fulton (SYD) – 2/2 (100%)
Tim Sheens (CAN) – 10/12 (83.3%)
Ricky Stuart (SYD) – 9/11 (81.8%)
Brad Fittler (SYD) – 2/3 (66.7%)
Neil Henry (SYD) – 2/3 (66.7%)
Trent Robinson (SYD) – 6/10 (60%)
Graham Murray (SYD) – 3/5 (60%)
Brian Smith (SYD) – 3/5 (60%)
Mark Murray (SYD) – 2/4 (50%)
Phil Gould (SYD) – 2/4 (50%)
Wayne Bennett (SYD) – 2/4 (50%)
David Furner (CAN) – 3/8 (37.5%)
Ricky Stuart (CAN) – 3/8 (37.5%)
Mal Meninga (CAN) – 2/7 (28.6%)
Laurie Freier (SYD) – 1/4 (25%)
Don Furner (CAN) – 3/13 (23.1%)
Matthew Elliott (CAN) – 2/11 (18.2%)
Hugh McGahan (SYD) – 0/1 (0%)
Chris Anderson (SYD) – 0/1 (0%)
Russell Fairfax (SYD) – 0/3 (0%)

Players to have scored three tries or more in one game

  1. Mal Meninga (CAN) scored five tries in round 5, 1990.
  2. Kevin Hastings (SYD) scored three tries in round 13, 1982.
  3. Terry Fahey (CAN) scored three tries in round 9, 1984.
  4. John Ferguson (CAN) scored three tries in round 5, 1990.
  5. Jason Croker (CAN) scored three tries in round 11, 1994.
  6. Jason Death (CAN) scored three tries in round 11, 1994.
  7. Shannon Hegarty (SYD) scored three tries in round 17, 2002.
  8. Daniel Tupou (SYD) scored three tries in round 12, 2014.