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Ricky’s NRL Interviews Pt 11: David Faiumu

Former North Queensland Cowboys and Huddersfield Giants hooker David Faiumu

We are lucky to have another NRL interview to share with you all; former North Queensland Cowboys and Huddersfield Giants hooker and lock David Faiumu.

Faiumu opens up about his unexpected start in first-grade, the lead-up to the 2005 grand final, his Huddersfield move and much more.

Here the questions and answers so sit back and enjoy:

1. What are your earliest memories of rugby league?
Watching my local footy players in Wellington NZ. Being in the changing rooms with local A grade legends who my father played with.

I was the ball boy, running the water or kicking tee from the age of 6.  Players like Steve Kearney, Johny and Dave Lomax, Tana Umaga and many other footy legends all played for my two junior clubs Randwick and Wainuiomata back in the 80s and 90s.

2. You made your NRL debut for the North Queensland Cowboys in 2004; were you expecting it or was it as surprise at the time?
No, I wasn’t expecting it.
I was playing alright for the Cowboys reserve grade team and the first-grade boys were on a bit of a poor run in the early rounds of 2004.

Muzza [Graham Murray] tapped me on the shoulder after training during the week and said, ‘I heard you’ve been going alright in first-grade’ to which I replied with a quiet, ‘not too bad, Muz.’

He replied with ‘what does that mean, not too bad, mate; have you or haven’t you?’ I said, ‘yes, I have been going well.’
He said, ‘that’s better!’ Muz then asked me if I wanted a run with the big boys and I actually said, ‘yes, I have been going well.’

I must have been nervous as hell but Muzza just smiled and said, ‘you’re in this week, mate, you’ll make your first-grade debut.’
He shook my hand, congratulated me and told me to go and ring my mum.

3. In 2005, the Cowboys made the grand final; although you lost the game, what was the grand final atmosphere like on the day for yourself and the club?
It was amazing. The entire week leading up to it was something out of this world for me nothing I had ever experienced before, I’ll never forget it.

Just the nerves and excitement running through your body on game day; the music, dancers, fans dressed up in all the gear at the stadium and at the airports and the media exposure, it truly is something special.

4. You sought a move to Huddersfield; what prompted that decision?
Personal circumstances prompted the move. I had been involved in an off field incident that forced me to continue my career in England.

There had been a few off field indiscretions occur in early 2008 including mine. David Gallop and the NRL had quite simply had enough and came down hard on us which was the right thing for the NRL to do.

I used my time in in England to grow and develop on and off the field and learn from the mistakes I had made earlier. I made a commitment to work hard, put my head down play well, look after my family and win the respect of my new club and fans.

I spent 8 years at the Huddersfield Giants and loved every minute of it. It is where my two daughters grew up for most of their childhood.

I completed a number of short courses in my early years at the Giants which led me to completing a BSc degree in Sport and Exercise Science at Huddersfield University. It took me four years to complete and was very tough at times.

Some nights I would be sleeping at the library (as it was 24 hours) trying to pump out assignments and then head straight to training and back to a lecture that same day. It was character building and I suppose has helped me to where I am today.  

5. During your time at the Giants, the fans developed a chant for you; were you expecting to become such a fan favourite at the Giants?
Not at all. Nathan Brown was my coach for most of my time there and had a massive influence on how I learnt how to play the game in a more consistent manner, which I am guessing helped me earn praise from the fans.

Before Browny, my footy was good for 2 or 3 weeks and then poor for 1 or 2. Football at training and games was based on all the non-talent related efforts which is something Browny helped instil not only on myself but on the many other players within our Giants squad.

Ultimately, these new found values resulted in the Giants making the top 4, top 6 every year and even playing in a Challenge Cup Final at Wembley.

6. Since your retirement as a player; how have you stayed active in the game?
Due to injury, I retired at the end of 2014. The club looked after me and got me to coach the under 19s Giants team with a former team mate of mine and good friend Chris Thorman.
I also worked as the Giants Development Officer in a dual role. 

In 2016, I returned home to New Zealand and took up various roles with the New Zealand Rugby League as Development Officer for the Upper Central Region.
Then onto football administration as General Manager for the Wellington region.

In December 2017, our family returned to where my partner Belinda is from; Rockhampton in Central Queensland.
I am currently working for the QRL as the Wellbeing and Education Manager for the Central Region. 

I enjoy my role because a lot of what I talk about is mostly things I have experience of myself or have seen happen to the many players I have played with.

I really enjoy the coaching part of the game so I also coach part-time on the side as the Central Capras ISC assistant coach to Kim Williams.

7. If you could give any advice to young rugby league players, what would it be?
Tip 1 – Work hard, expect nothing from the game and give everything.

Tip 2 – While playing, find something you love doing outside of the game. I have seen and played with many players that have had to retire at a very young age due to injury, form or have even fallen out of love for the game.

So it’s important you have something you enjoy doing outside of the footy pitch. There is usually someone in your life that has done it or is currently doing it.

Pick their brains on their successes and failures and use it to help guide you towards that passion. Whether it’s to become a plumber, doctor, chippy, whatever it is. Anyone with life experience will always be willing to share their story with you. You just have to ASK!

NRL News Rd 15 Stats Breakdown: Parramatta Eels v South Sydney Rabbitohs

Former South Sydney Rabbitoh Eric Simms

First stats breakdown of round 15; the Parramatta Eels v the South Sydney Rabbitohs. 

Although their seasons have been vastly different, history favours the Eels.

Just what will transpire, we shall find out as an exciting clash awaits us.

Parramatta Eels v South Sydney Rabbitohs Stats Breakdown

The Parramatta Eels and South Sydney Rabbitohs have played each other on 132 occasions; the Eels have won 59 games, Souths have won 68 and there have been five draws.

The Eels need just seven points against the Bunnies to score 2,200 total points against them.

The Bunnies need 30 points to score 2400 total points against the Eels.

The Rabbitohs won fourteen of the first nineteen games between the two sides including the first six.

The Eels have won four of the last six games between the two sides, including the last three.

The first game between the two sides was a 35-22 win for the Rabbitohs in round 2, 1947.

Biggest Wins

The South Sydney Rabbitohs biggest win over the Parramatta Eels was a 50-10 drubbing in round 18, 1951 & round 7, 1957.

The Parramatta Eels biggest win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs was a 54-0 whitewash in round 22, 2002.

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

  1. John Kolc (PAR) (sent-off) in round 20, 1979.
  2. Ray Price (PAR) (sin-binned) in round 8, 1982.
  3. Michael Pobjie (SOU) (sin-binned) in round 16, 1984.
  4. Ken Stewart (PAR) & Mario Fenech (SOU) (both sin-binned) in round 5, 1985.
  5. Peter Ford & Peter Sterling (both PAR) & Mario Fenech & Ian Roberts (both SOU) (all sin-binned) in round 24, 1986. Craig Coleman (SOU) sent-off in the same game.
  6. Mario Fenech (SOU) (sent-off) in round 19, 1987.
  7. Paul Quinn (SOU) & Aaron Raper (PAR) (both sin-binned) in round 5, 1996.
  8. Brad Watts (SOU) (sin-binned) in round 19, 2003.
  9. Nathan Cayless (PAR) & Beau Champion (SOU) (both sin-binned) in round 6, 2010.
  10. Fuifui Moimoi (PAR) (sin-binned) in round 3, 2011.

Head coaching records

Terrence Fearnley (PAR) – 8/8 at 100%.
Jason Taylor (PAR) – 1/1 at 100%.
Brian Smith (PAR) – 10/11 at 90.9%.
Bernie Purcell (SOU) – 6/7 at 85.7%.
Dave Watson (SOU) – 5/6 at 83.3%.
Dave Bolton (PAR) – 3/4 at 75%.
Frank Curry (SOU) – 3/4 at 75%.
John Lang (SOU) – 3/4 at 75%.
Rupert Rayner (SOU) – 11/16 at 68.6%.
Clive Churchill (SOU) – 13/19 at 68.4%.
Kenneth Kearney (PAR) – 4/6 at 66.7%.
Michael Maguire (SOU) – 6/10 at 60%.
George Piggins (SOU) – 4/7 at 57.1% (1 draw)
Denis Doneghue (SOU) – 5/10 at 50%.
Rupert Rayner (PAR) – 3/6 at 50%.
Jack Gibson (PAR) – 3/6 at 50%.
Bill Anderson (SOU) – 3/6 at 50%.
Ron Willey (SOU) – 3/6 at 50%.
Ian Johnston (PAR) – 2/4 at 50%.
Daniel Anderson (PAR) – 2/4 at 50% (1 draw)
Johnny Slade (PAR) – 1/2 at 50%.
Cecil Fifield (PAR) – 1/2 at 50% (1 draw).
Norm Provan (PAR) – 1/2 at 50%.
John Peard (PAR) – 1/2 at 50%.
John Monie (PAR) – 4/10 at 40% (1 draw).
Ken Shine (SOU) – 2/5 at 40%.
Jason Taylor (SOU) – 2/5 at 40% (1 draw).
Brad Arthur (PAR) – 3/8 at 37.5%.
Vic Hey (PAR) – 3/9 at 33.3%.
Ron Hilditch (PAR) – 1/3 at 33.3%.
Michael Hagan (PAR) – 1/3 at 33.3%.
Shaun McRae (SOU) – 1/3 at 33.3%.
Michael Cronin (PAR) – 1/5 at 20%.
Ricky Stuart (PAR) – 0/1 at 0%.
Robert McCarthy (SOU) – 0/1 at 0%.
Frank McMillan (PAR) – 0/2 at 0%.
Charlie Gill (PAR) – 0/2 at 0%.
Ken Slattery (PAR) – 0/2 at 0%.
Ronald Boden (PAR) – 0/2 at 0%.
Brian Hambly (PAR) – 0/2 at 0%.
Ron Lynch (PAR) – 0/2 at 0%.
Johnny King (SOU) – 0/2 at 0%.
John O’Neill (SOU) – 0/2 at 0%.
Stephen Kearney (PAR) – 0/3 at 0%.
Paul Langmack (SOU) – 0/3 at 0%.
Ian Walsh (PAR) – 0/4 at 0%.
John Gibson (SOU) – 0/4 at 0%.
Craig Coleman (SOU) – 0/4 at 0%.
Ken Thornett (PAR) – 0/5 at 0%.

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

  1. Nathan Merritt (SOU) scored five tries in round 22, 2011.
  2. Ian Moir (SOU) scored five tries & Bob Honeysett (SOU) scored four tries in round 7, 1957.
  3. Ray Price (PAR) scored four tries in round 21, 1978.
  4. Matt Petersen (PAR) scored four tries in round 12, 2003.
  5. Jack Rayner (SOU) & Keith Gersbach/Dan Munro (both PAR) scored three tries in round 2, 1947*.
  6. Johnny Graves (SOU) scored three tries in round 10, 1948*.
  7. Dale Puren (SOU) scored three tries in round 14, 1955*.
  8. Eric Sladden (SOU) scored five tries & Ian Moir (SOU) scored five tries in round 16, 1957.
  9. Col Alterator & Geoff Weekes (both PAR) scored three tries in round 10, 1962.
  10. Ken Foord (PAR) scored three tries in round 9, 1963.
  11. Michael Cleary (SOU) scored three tries in round 4, 1965.
  12. Phil Smith (SOU) scored three tries in round 1, 1972.
  13. Harry Eden (SOU) scored three tries & Owen Stephens (PAR) scored four tries in round 10, 1975.
  14. Eric Grothe (PAR) scored three tries in round 3, 1980.
  15. Steve Ella (PAR) scored three tries in round 3, 1981.
  16. Mick Pattison (SOU) scored three tries in round 14, 1981.
  17. Will Harris (PAR) scored three tries in round 5, 1983.
  18. Graham Lyons (SOU) scored three tries in round 9, 1990.
  19. Russell Wyer (PAR) scored three tries in round 5, 1996.
  20. Luke MacDougall (SOU) scored three tries in round 2, 2005.
  21. Semi Radradra (PAR) scored three tries in round 10, 2016.
  22. Semi Radradra (PAR) scored three tries in round 26, 2017.

Players to have played for both sides in this clash

  1. Les Bell (SOU: 1943-1946 & PAR: 1947-1949)
  2. Arthur Slattery (SOU: 1943-1945 & PAR: 1947-1949)
  3. Martin Gallagher (SOU: 1953-1958 & PAR: 1960)
  4. Brian Hambly (SOU: 1956-1958 & PAR: 1961-1967)
  5. Kerry Burke (PAR: 1964-1968 & SOU: 1969-1972)
  6. Denis Pittard (SOU: 1968-1973 & PAR: 1974-1975)
  7. Mick Pattison (PAR: 1978-1980, 1983-1984 & SOU: 1981-1982)
  8. Nathan Gibbs (SOU: 1978-1983 & PAR: 1984)
  9. Tony Melrose (PAR: 1980-1981 & SOU: 1982-1983)
  10. John Kambas (PAR: 1983 & SOU: 1984)
  11. Brian Jackson (PAR: 1985-1991 & SOU: 1992)
  12. Greg Drake (PAR: 1989-1992 & SOU: 1995)
  13. Matt Goodwin (PAR: 1990-1991 & SOU: 1992)
  14. Matt Munro (PAR: 1990-1991 & SOU: 1998)
  15. David Penna (PAR: 1990-1993, 1998-2000 & SOU: 1994-1997)
  16. Jason Bell (PAR: 1989-1992, 1997-1999 & SOU: 1994-1996)
  17. John Fearnley (PAR: 1991-1994 & SOU: 1995)
  18. Peter Johnston (PAR: 1989-1991, 1996-1997 & SOU: 1992-1993)
  19. Paul Quinn (PAR: 1991-1992 & SOU: 1994-1997)
  20. Rod Maybon (SOU: 1988-1993 & PAR: 1996)
  21. Phil Howlett (PAR: 1994-1995 & SOU: 1996-1998)
  22. Michael Speechley (SOU: 1984-1985 & PAR: 1993-1995)
  23. Dean Schifilliti (SOU: 1994 & PAR: 1999-2000)
  24. David Kidwell (PAR: 1999-2000 & SOU: 2007-2009)
  25. Wade McKinnon (SOU: 2002-2003 & PAR: 2004-2006)
  26. Paul Stringer (SOU: 2002-2004 & PAR: 2005-2006)
  27. Dean Widders (PAR: 2002-2006 & SOU: 2007-2008)
  28. Adam Peek (SOU: 2002 & PAR: 2003-2006)
  29. Jamie Russo (PAR: 2002 & SOU: 2003-2004)
  30. Craig Stapleton (PAR: 2004 & SOU: 2010)
  31. Manase Manuokafoa (SOU: 2005-2008 & PAR: 2010-2011)
  32. Jeremy Smith (PAR: 2006 & SOU: 2007-2008)
  33. Joel Reddy (PAR: 2005-2011 & SOU: 2014-2015)
  34. Daniel Irvine (PAR: 2000-2002 & SOU: 2007)
  35. Beau Champion (SOU: 2005-2010, 2013-2014 & PAR: 2015)
  36. Chris Sandow (SOU: 2008-2011 & PAR: 2012-2015)
  37. Joe Galuvao (SOU: 2006-2007 & PAR: 2008-2009)
  38. Chris Walker (SOU: 2003 & PAR: 2011)
  39. Nathan Peats (SOU: 2011-2013 & PAR: 2014-2016)
  40. Kirisome Auva’a (SOU: 2014-2016 & PAR: 2017-2018)
  41. Nathan Brown (SOU: 2015-2016 & PAR: 2017-2018)

Most prolific point-scorers in this clash

Eric Simms (SOU) – 2 tries, 81 goals & 7 field goals (181 pts)*
Michael Cronin (PAR) – 7 tries & 70 goals (161 pts)*
Bernie Purcell (SOU) – 3 tries & 52 goals (113 pts)*
Luke Burt (PAR) – 6 tries & 32 goals (88 pts)
Chris Sandow (SOU/PAR) – 3 tries, 25 goals & 1 field goal (63 pts)
Johnny Graves (SOU) – 6 tries & 10 goals (54 pts)*
Nathan Merritt (SOU) – 12 tries & 2 goals (52 pts)
Arch Brown (PAR) – 2 tries & 21 goals (48 pts)*
Adam Reynolds (SOU) – 1 try & 22 goals (48 pts)
Kevin Longbottom (SOU) – 2 tries & 17 goals (42 pts)*
Steve Ella (PAR) – 7 tries, 8 goals & 2 field goals (41 pts)*
Denis Pittard (SOU) – 7 tries & 9 goals (39 pts)*
Neil Baker (SOU) – 18 goals & 2 field goals (38 pts)
Ian Moir (SOU) – 12 tries (36 pts)*
Keith Campbell (PAR) – 16 goals (32 pts)
Brett Hodgson (PAR) – 3 tries & 10 goals (32 pts)
Semi Radradra (PAR) – 8 tries (32 pts)

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

Also, players with asterisks next to their total points played in an era where either tries were worth three points and/or field goals were worth two points.

Ricky’s NRL Interviews Pt 10: Mike Eden

Mike Eden playing rugby league for Eastern Suburbs

It is back again! NRL Interviews, this time with Mike Eden, the former Manly, Roosters, Eels and Gold Coast utility back.

We had a chat with him about footy, his greatest memories, life after footy and his current involvement in the game.

Here are our questions (red) and his answers (blue):

  1. What are your earliest memories of rugby league?
    Around 1966/7, my uncle Harry lived at our 2 bed fibro joint in Rockdale. My brother & I had bunks and Harry a small single bed in our room. Harry played with Jack Gibson’s Roosters so we went to training with him often and watched every game (he played mainly 3rd Grade then) at the Sports Ground.
    Kevin Junee, Johnny Mayes, Alan McKean, Larpa Stewart, Ronny Saddler and Johnny Walker were our heroes early.
    When he went to the Dragons, it was Chang & Billy Smith. I was lucky to go to test matches and grand finals as a kid.
    We were Rugby League people and it is in our blood. Although, I played soccer from the age of 4 until 16.
  2. You were a Manly junior and went on to play for the club in the 1981 and 1982 seasons; what did it mean to you to represent a club you had a long association with?
    I played soccer at Beacon Hill after we moved in 1968 to the Northern Beaches. I filled in when the Rugby League team was short and played my first game at Brookie in 1969, a game we won 3-0; see attached photo.
    I was captain of Manly Sea Eagles SG Ball & Jersey Flegg teams before being graded in 1979 from Presidents Cup. Even though I supported the Rabbits, Roosters and Dragons while Harry played, I was convinced I would play as many grade games for Manly as Maxy Krilich when I went to grade.
    I told Ken Arthurson that I would be at the club long enough to be in his chair (after I finished my Law degree). It was very sad to be told I wasn’t wanted after the 82 season. I love the club and it would have been enough for me to play one u23 game.
    It was a privilege and an honour to play grade football for the Eagles.
  3. You moved to the Eastern Suburbs side in 1983 in what was perhaps your best season in the top grade, winning the Rothman’s Medal; how would you rate that season and your success in it? I turned up to training at Centennial Park in the off season on crutches after a white water rafting acccident and was booked into get an operation in mid-march.
    Luckily, the Roosters Doctor Neil Halpin sorted that out and I was able to get fit for the first game of the season against the Magpies. I played well in a basically new team after Bozo took a heap of good players to Manly.
    It was a great thrill to win the medal. On the night, I sat next to Jack Gibson and Ron Coote which was very exciting. We went ok until the last few weeks when the players stopped playing for the coach I think. It was a tough year getting beat in the playoff against the Dragons.
    I played most of the season with an AC injury requiring needles most games and an operation at the end of the season.
  4. In 1988, you signed for the Gold Coast Giants side and scored the team’s first try; just briefly describe the reception of a Gold Coast team in the competition at that time and your time there.
    Bob McCarthy  and John Sattler were good mates of my uncle and asked me to come and play for their team. We had some great players and characters in that first year or two. Hollywood Halliwell, Choppy Close, Rambo Gibbs, Neil Hunt, Truck Simpkins and Billy Johnston were good for the franchise.
    I enjoyed my time on the coast but retired after headbutting Mal’s knee and arm guard in a game against the Raiders. Concussion is going to be an ongoing issue for our game.
  5. Your uncle Harry Eden also played rugby league; did you attend any of his games growing up and did his time in the sport inspire you in any way to play rugby league?
    We watched most of Harry’s games including when he played in Wollongong for Collies and West down there. The 71 GF is still the saddest day of my childhood when St George lost all 3 grades.
  6. You’re currently a solicitor; was law always something you saw yourself getting into post-footy?
    I went to Sydney Uni in 78 to do law. I didn’t look at doing anything else after football except maybe as an administrator in the game.
  7. Talk us through your time (still active) as a committee member of the Albury Thunder rugby league club in Group 9.
    I was the waterboy until my knee gave way. I am a very passionate supporter of bush footy and am currently negotiating with the Melbourne Storm to host their feeder club to play in the NSW Cup competition.
    David Trodden, CEO of NSWRL & Brian Canavan, the NRL’s Head of Football have been very supportive and will help fund the project.
    I am also Vice Chairman of the Professional Rugby League Match Officials Inc (PRLMO) and am assisting with the negotiations with the NRL on behalf of the referees and touch judges.
  8. Finally, if you could give any advice to budding rugby league players, what would it be? 
    You are retired a very long time. Enjoy our great game and look at doing some training to assist grass roots when you finish, maybe as a ref, water boy, coach or something else. It is very rewarding. Get your referees ticket while you are a player. Pick up a whistle or a flag and do a junior game. You will understand how hard it is and how rewarding it is to be part of the greatest game of all.
Mike Eden playing rugby league in 1969.

NRL News Rd 14 Stats Breakdown: Storm v Broncos

Melbourne Storm captain and hooker Cameron Smith

Stats breakdown part 2 for Sunday; the Melbourne Storm v the Brisbane Broncos.

The Storm love a good clash against Brisbane; they’ve won five in a row and have a good record against them at AAMI Park.

Is it time for the Broncos to get back in the winners circle or will Melbourne’s momentum continue?

Melbourne Storm v Brisbane Broncos Stats Breakdown

The Melbourne Storm and Brisbane Broncos have played 45 games; he Storm have won 30, the Broncos have won 13 and there have been 3 draws.

The Melbourne Storm need three points to score 1100 total points against the Broncos, the first team they will have scored 1100 points against in their history.

The Melbourne Storm are looking for five straight wins over the Brisbane Broncos.

Melbourne have won the past two meetings between the sides at AAMI Park and seven of ten overall.

Wayne Bennett has only won four times as Broncos coach in the last twenty games played against the Storm.

The first game between the two sides was played on Friday, July 3, 1998, in round 17. The Broncos won this game 32-16.

Biggest Wins

The Brisbane Broncos biggest win over Melbourne was a 48-20 success on Saturday, August 3, 2002, in round 21.

The Melbourne Storm’s biggest win over Brisbane was a 50-4 hiding on Saturday, April 2, 2005, in round 4.

Players to play for both sides

  1. Israel Folau (MEL: 2007-08 & BRI: 2009-10).
  2. Russell Bawden (BRI: 1994 & MEL: 1998-2001).
  3. Richard Swain (MEL: 1998-2002 & BRI: 2003).
  4. Glenn Lazarus (BRI: 1992-1997 & MEL: 1998-1999).
  5. Robbie Ross (BRI: 1996 & 1998-2003).
  6. Chris Walker (BRI: 1999-2002 & MEL: 2006).
  7. Nathan Friend (BRI: 2002 & MEL: 2003-2006).
  8. Tom Learoyd-Lahrs (BRI: 2004-2005 & MEL: 2015).
  9. Adam Blair (MEL: 2006-2011 & BRI: 2015-2017).
  10. Sam Tagataese (MEL: 2007-2008 & BRI: 2018).
  11. Clifford Manua (BRI: 2007 & MEL: 2008).
  12. Lagi Setu (BRI: 2009-2010 & MEL: 2013)
  13. Scott Anderson (MEL: 2007-2009 & BRI: 2010-2013).
  14. Todd Lowrie (MEL: 2010-2012 & BRI: 2014).

Head coaching records

Craig Bellamy (MEL) – 26/35 at 74.3%.
Chris Anderson (MEL) – 3/6 at 50% (1 draw).
Ivan Henjak (BRI) – 2/4 at 50%.
Wayne Bennett (BRI) – 11/32 at 34.4%.
Mark Murray (MEL) – 1/3 at 33.3%.
Anthony Griffin (BRI) – 0/8 at 0%.

Most prolific point-scorers in this clash

  1. Cameron Smith (MEL) – 3 tries & 93 goals (200 pts)
  2. Billy Slater (MEL) – 25 tries (100 pts)
  3. Michael De Vere (BRI) – 5 tries & 39 goals (98 pts)
  4. Darren Lockyer (BRI) – 7 tries, 22 goals & 1 field goal (73 pts)
  5. Matt Orford (MEL) – 4 tries, 24 goals & 2 field goals (66 pts)
  6. Matt Geyer (MEL) – 8 tries & 12 goals (56 pts)
  7. Corey Parker (BRI) – 1 try & 24 goals (52 pts)
  8. Matt King (MEL) – 9 tries (36 pts)
  9. Ryan Hoffman (MEL) – 9 tries (36 pts)
  10. Cooper Cronk (MEL) – 8 tries & 3 field goals (35 pts)
  11. Israel Folau (MEL/BRI) – 8 tries & 1 goal (34 pts)
  12. Greg Inglis (MEL) – 7 tries & 1 goal (30 pts)
  13. Robbie Ross (MEL) – 7 tries (28 pts)
  14. Steve Turner (MEL) – 7 tries (28 pts)
  15. Joseph Tomane (MEL) – 3 tries & 6 goals (24 pts)

Disclaimer: Just note, the above 15 players are merely the most prolific scorers among the two teams in their history. 

Any issues or errors, or to just see more stats, let us know and we can make things happen.

NRL News Rd 14 Stats Breakdown: Cronulla Sharks v Wests Tigers

Former Cronulla Sharks winger Luke Covell

The first stats breakdown for Sunday gives us the Cronulla Sharks and the Wests Tigers. 

It is the Tigers with the recent good record against the Sharks overall; can that continue?

The Sharks, however, are in some good form this year and will want to continue their streak.

Cronulla Sharks v Wests Tigers Stats Breakdown

The Cronulla Sharks and Wests Tigers have played each other on 30 occasions; the Tigers have won 11, the Sharks have won 17 and there have been two draws.

The Sharks need just four points to score 700 total points against the Tigers.

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

The first game between the two sides was a 16-12 win for the Cronulla Sharks in round 9, 2000.

Biggest Wins

The Cronulla Sharks biggest win over the Wests Tigers was a comfortable 46-6 thrashing in round 21, 2005.

The Wests Tigers biggest win over the Cronulla Sharks was an easy 56-10 win in round round 23, 2009.

Players sin-binned/sent-off in this clash

  1. Shannon Donato (CRO) (sin-binned) in round 26, 2001.
  2. Colin Best (CRO) (sin-binned) in round 5, 2002.
  3. Corey Pearson (WST) (sent-off) in round 23, 2002.

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

  1. Troy Wozniak (WST) scored three tries in round 5, 2002.
  2. Scott Prince (WST) scored three tries in round 21, 2005.
  3. Taniela Tuiaki (WST) scored three tries in round 23, 2009.
  4. Robbie Farah (WST) scored three tries in round 26, 2011.

Players to have played for both sides

  1. Nick Graham (CRO: 1992-1993, 1997-2003 & WST: 2004)
  2. Richard Villsanti (WST: 2000 & CRO: 2006)
  3. Hassan Saleh (WST: 2001-2002 & CRO: 2004)
  4. Matthew Rieck (CRO: 2002-2004 & WST: 2005)
  5. Laloa Milford (WST: 2000 & CRO: 2003)
  6. Luke Covell (WST: 2003-2004 & CRO: 2005-2010)
  7. Chris Heighington (WST: 2003-2012 & CRO: 2013-2017)
  8. Bryce Gibbs (WST: 2003-2011 & CRO: 2012-2014)
  9. Keith Galloway (CRO: 2003-2005 & WST: 2006-2015)
  10. Dean Collis (WST: 2003-2009 & CRO: 2010-2011)
  11. Issac De Gois (WST: 2006 & CRO: 2007-2008 & 2012-2014)
  12. Beau Ryan (WST: 2007-2012 & CRO: 2013-2014)
  13. John Morris (WST: 2007-2009 & CRO: 2010-2014)
  14. Stuart Flanagan (WST: 2006-2008 & CRO: 2010-2011)
  15. Ava Seumanufagai (WST: 2013-2017 & CRO: 2018)

Head coaching records

Wayne Pearce (WST) – 2/2 at 100%.
Tim Sheens (WST) – 13/15 at 86.7%.
Chris Anderson (CRO) – 3/4 at 75%.
Shane Flanagan (CRO) – 6/9 at 66.7%.
Michael Potter (WST) – 2/4 at 50%.
John Lang (CRO) – 1/4 at 25% (1 draw)
Ricky Stuart (CRO) – 1/5 at 20%.
Peter Sharp (CRO) – 0/1 at 0%.
Jamie Shepherd (CRO) – 0/1 at 0%.
Jason Taylor (WST) – 0/2 at 0%.
Ivan Cleary (WST) – 0/2 at 0%.
Terry Lamb (WST) – 0/4 at 0% (1 draw).
Stuart Raper (CRO) – 0/5 at 0%.

Most prolific point-scorers in this clash

  1. Luke Covell (WST/CRO) – 3 tries & 37 goals (86 pts)
  2. Benji Marshall (WST) – 8 tries, 24 goals & 1 field goal (81 pts)
  3. Brett Hodgson (WST) – 5 tries & 24 goals (68 pts)
  4. Michael Gordon (CRO) – 2 tries & 16 goals (40 pts)
  5. Joel Caine (WST) – 1 try & 16 goals (36 pts)
  6. Brett Kimmorley (CRO) – 2 tries & 12 goals (32 pts)
  7. Mat Rogers (CRO) – 2 tries & 10 goals (26 pts)
  8. Chris Lawrence (WST) – 6 tries & 1 goal (26 pts)
  9. Mitchell Moses (WST) – 2 tries & 7 goals (22 pts)
  10. Todd Carney (CRO) – 1 try & 8 goals (20 pts)
  11. James Maloney (CRO) – 1 try & 7 goals (18 pts)
  12. Troy Wozniak (WST) – 4 tries (16 pts)
  13. Darren Senter (WST) – 4 tries (16 pts)
  14. Valentine Holmes (CRO) – 4 tries (16 pts)

Disclaimer: As always, these are just the most prolific scorers in the history between these two sides. 

If there are errors or issues or if you just want to see a bigger depth of stats, let us know and we can make the changes.

NRL News Rd 14 Stats Breakdown: Eels v Cowboys

North Queensland Cowboys captain Johnathan Thurston

The third and final stats breakdown; the Parramatta Eels v the North Queensland Cowboys. 

The Eels record in Darwin is good but their record against the Cowboys is not.

Can they also buck the trend and get back into the winners’ circle?

Parramatta Eels v North Queensland Cowboys Stats Breakdown

The Parramatta Eels and North Queensland Cowboys have played each other on 40 occasions; the Eels have 19 wins, the Cowboys have 18 wins and there have been three draws.

The Eels need 28 points to score 800 total points against the Cowboys and the Cowboys need 7 points to score 800 total points against the Eels.

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

The Cowboys have won nine of the last twelve games between the two sides.

This is the second time the two sides have played in Darwin; their first clash was last year which the Cowboys won. The Eels have won three of their four games at the venue.

The first clash was a 20-4 win to the Eels in round 9 of the 1995 ARL season.

Biggest Wins

The Parramatta Eels biggest win over the North Queensland Cowboys was a 62-0 whitewash in round 21, 2001. This is the equal biggest loss for the Cowboys and the Eels 2nd biggest ever win in their history.

The North Queensland Cowboys biggest win over the Parramatta Eels was a comfortable 46-4 win in round 20, 2015.

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

  1. PJ Marsh (PAR) (sent-off) in round 21, 2001.
  2. Shane Muspratt (NQL) (sin-binned) in round 26, 2002.
  3. Craig Stapleton (PAR) & Paul Rauhihi (NQL) (both sin-binned) in round 8, 2004.
  4. Chad Robinson (PAR) & Justin Smith (NQL) (both sin-binned) in round 4, 2006.
  5. Kenny Edwards (PAR) (sin-binned) in round 9, 2017.

Players to have scored three or more tries in this clash

  1. Scott Donald (PAR) scored three tries in round 21, 2001.
  2. Jarryd Hayne (PAR) scored three tries in round 18, 2010.
  3. Ashley Graham (NQL) scored three tries in round 3, 2012.
  4. Gavin Cooper (NQL) scored three tries in round 13, 2015.

Players to have played for both sides in this clash

  1. George Bartlett (PAR: 1988-1991 & NQL: 1995-1996)
  2. Dean Schifilliti (NQL: 1995-1996 & PAR: 1999-2000)
  3. Scott Mahon (PAR: 1988-1994, 1996 & NQL: 1997-1998)
  4. Jason Smith (PAR: 1996-2000 & NQL: 2007)
  5. Ray Marcy (PAR: 1995 & NQL: 1997-1998)
  6. Paul Green (NQL: 1999-2000 & PAR: 2003)
  7. Glenn Morrison (NQL: 2000-2004 & PAR: 2005-2006)
  8. Shane Muspratt (NQL: 1999-2003, 2006-2007 & PAR: 2004)
  9. Chris Muckert (NQL: 2001-2003 & PAR: 2004)
  10. Scott Donald (NQL: 1998-2000 & PAR: 2001-2002)
  11. Matt Petersen (NQL: 2002 & PAR: 2002-2006)
  12. Carl Webb (NQL: 2005-2010 & PAR: 2011)
  13. Ashley Graham (PAR: 2002-2006 & NQL: 2006-2013)
  14. John Williams (PAR: 2005-2006 & NQL: 2008-2010)
  15. Willie Tonga (PAR: 2002-2003, 2012-2014 & NQL: 2009-2011)

Head coaching records

Daniel Anderson (PAR) – 3/3 at 100%.
Ron Hilditch (PAR) – 2/2 at 100%.
Paul Green (NQL) – 6/9 at 66.7%.
Michael Hagan (PAR) – 2/3 at 66.7%.
Graham Murray (NQL) – 7/11 at 63.6%.
Brian Smith (PAR) – 8/16 at 50% (1 draw).
Neil Henry (NQL) – 3/7 at 42.9%.
Stephen Kearney (PAR) – 1/3 at 33.3%.
Brad Arthur (PAR) – 3/9 at 33.3%.
Tim Sheens (NQL) – 2/7 at 28.6% (1 draw).
Jason Taylor (PAR) – 0/1 at 0%.
Ricky Stuart (PAR) – 0/1 at 0%.
Grant Bell (NQL) – 0/1 at 0%.
Graham Lowe (NQL) – 0/1 at 0%.
Murray Hurst (NQL) 0/1 at 0%.
Ian Millward (NQL) – 0/1 at 0%.

Most prolific point-scorers in this clash

  1. Johnathan Thurston (NQL) – 4 tries, 75 goals & 1 field goal (167 pts)
  2. Luke Burt (PAR) – 10 tries & 45 goals (130 pts)
  3. Josh Hannay (NQL) – 3 tries & 26 goals (64 pts)
  4. Brett Hodgson (PAR) – 3 tries & 16 goals (44 pts)
  5. Jarryd Hayne (PAR) – 8 tries (32 pts)
  6. Clinton Schifcofske (PAR) – 1 try & 13 goals (30 pts)
  7. Ashley Graham (PAR/NQL) – 7 tries & 1 goal (30 pts)
  8. Willie Tonga (PAR/NQL) – 6 tries (24 pts)
  9. Semi Radradra (PAR) – 6 tries (24 pts)
  10. Chris Sandow (PAR) – 11 goals (22 pts)
  11. Nathan Barnes (PAR) – 5 tries (20 pts)
  12. Clint Gutherson (PAR) – 2 tries & 6 goals (20 pts)
  13. Ty Williams (NQL) – 5 tries (20 pts)
  14. Kyle Warren (NQL) – 4 tries (16 pts)
  15. Matt Sing (NQL) – 4 tries (16 pts)
  16. Matt Bowen (NQL) – 4 tries (16 pts)

Disclaimer: Just a recap, the above players are the most prolific point-scorers across all games between the sides. 

If you want any more stats or if you notice any errors, let us know and we’ll make the changes.

NRL News Rd 14 Stats Breakdown: Knights v Roosters

Former Newcastle Knights halfback and rugby league Immortal Andrew Johns

The second stats breakdown of the day has been another lopsided affair; the Sydney Roosters with the glory over the Newcastle Knights recently.

The Knights are a good, young team this year, though, and may not have a better chance to beat the Roosters.

With Origin stats no certainty to back up, the Knights will rely on Kalyn Ponga for success.

Newcastle Knights v Sydney Roosters Stats Breakdown

The Newcastle Knights and Sydney Roosters have played each other 53 times; the Knights have won just 19, the Roosters have won 31 and there have been three draws.

The Knights need to score just six points to reach 900 total points against the Roosters.

The Knights have won just one of the last ten games against the Roosters.

The first clash between the two sides was a 26-10 win for the Roosters in round 13, 1988.

Biggest Wins

The Newcastle Knights biggest win over the Sydney Roosters was an easy 46-12 win in round 22, 2000.

The Sydney Roosters biggest win over the Newcastle Knights was a comfortable 42-4 success in round 15, 2004.

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

  1. Dean Bell (SYD) (sin-binned) in round 13, 1988.
  2. Mark Barnes & Craig O’Dwyer (both SYD & both sent off) in round 16, 1993.
  3. Luke Ricketson (SYD) & Wayne Richards (NEW) (both sin-binned) in round 4, 1997.
  4. George Carmont (NEW) (sin-binned) in round 15, 2004.
  5. Brett Finch (SYD) (sin-binned) in round 22, 2006.
  6. Jason Ryles (SYD) (sin-binned) in round 10, 2010.
  7. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (sin-binned) in round 20, 2014.
  8. Tautau Moga (NEW) (sin-binned) in round 3, 2018.

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

  1. Ashley Gordon (NEW) scored three tries in round 13, 1990.
  2. Andrew Johns (NEW) scored three tries in round 22, 2000.
  3. Trent Salkeld (NEW) scored three tries in round 17, 2005.
  4. Akuila Uate (NEW) scored three tries in round 10, 2010.
  5. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (SYD) scored three tries in round 22, 2015.
  6. Blake Ferguson (SYD) scored three tries in round 9, 2016.

Head coaching records

Arthur Beetson (SYD) – 1/1 at 100%.
Trent Robinson (SYD) – 8/9 at 88.9%.
Ricky Stuart (SYD) – 8/10 at 80%.
Brad Fittler (SYD) – 3/5 at 60%.
David Waite (NEW) – 3/5 at 60%.
Graham Murray (SYD) – 3/6 at 50%.
Malcolm Reilly (NEW) – 3/6 at 50% (1 draw)
Brian Smith (NEW) – 3/6 at 50%.
Brian Smith (SYD) – 2/4 at 50%.
Allan McMahon (NEW) – 2/4 at 50% (1 draw)
Phil Gould (SYD) – 3/7 at 42.9% (1 draw)
Mark Murray (SYD) – 2/7 at 28.6% (1 draw)
Michael Hagan (NEW) – 3/12 at 25%.
Warren Ryan (NEW) – 1/4 at 25%.
Wayne Bennett (NEW) – 1/5 at 20%.
Chris Anderson (SYD) – 0/1 at 0%.
Danny Buderus (SYD) – 0/1 at 0%.
Russell Fairfax (SYD) – 0/2 at 0%.
Nathan Brown (NEW) – 0/4 at 0%.

Players to have played for both sides in this clash

  1. Gary Wurth (SYD: 1984-1988 & NEW: 1989-1991)
  2. David Smith (SYD: 1987-1991 & NEW: 1993-1994)
  3. Peter Johnston (SYD: 1987-1988 & NEW: 1989-1991)
  4. Mike McLean (SYD: 1985-1990 & NEW: 1991)
  5. Clinton O’Brien (SYD: 1993-1995 & NEW: 1999-2002)
  6. Adam MacDougall (SYD: 1995 & NEW: 1997-2003, 2007-2011)
  7. Sean Rudder (NEW: 1998-2003 & SYD: 2008)
  8. Riley Brown (NEW: 2004-2007 & SYD: 2008-2009)
  9. Anthony Tupou (SYD: 2004-2008 & NEW: 2017)
  10. Mickey Paea (SYD: 2005-2008 & NEW: 2016-2017)
  11. Richie Fa’aoso (SYD: 2005 & NEW: 2008-2012)
  12. Mitchell Pearce (SYD: 2007-2017 & NEW: 2018)
  13. Shaun Kenny-Dowall (SYD: 2007-2017 & NEW: 2018)
  14. Willie Mason (SYD: 2008-2009 & NEW: 2012-2014)
  15. Aidan Guerra (SYD: 2010-2017 & NEW: 2018)
  16. Brendan Elliott (SYD: 2014-2016 & NEW: 2016-2017)
  17. Tautau Moga (SYD: 2012 & NEW: 2018)

Most prolific point-scorers in this clash

  1. Andrew Johns (NEW) – 8 tries, 5 goals & 2 field goals (136 pts)
  2. Craig Fitzgibbon (SYD) – 3 tries & 46 goals (104 pts)
  3. Kurt Gidley (NEW) – 5 tries & 26 goals (74 pts)
  4. Anthony Minichiello (SYD) – 14 tries (56 pts)
  5. James Maloney (SYD) – 1 try, 21 goals & 1 field goal (47 pts)
  6. Ryan Cross (SYD) – 9 tries (36 pts)
  7. Matthew Gidley (NEW) – 7 tries (28 pts)
  8. Cooper Vuna (NEW) – 7 tries (28 pts)
  9. Shaun Kenny-Dowall (SYD/NEW) – 7 tries (28 pts)
  10. Brad Fittler (SYD) – 6 tries & 2 goals (28 pts)
  11. Ashley Gordon (NEW) – 3 tries, 7 goals & 1 field goal (27 pts)
  12. Leo Dynevor (NEW) – 3 tries & 7 goals (26 pts)
  13. Robbie O’Davis (NEW) – 4 tries & 4 goals (24 pts)
  14. Timana Tahu (NEW) – 6 tries (24 pts)
  15. Todd Byrne (SYD) – 6 tries (24 pts)

Disclaimer: As always, the above players are just those who have been the most prolific across clashes between the two sides.

Also, should you have any issues, queries or just want to see more stats, let us know and we can make the changes.

NRL Rd 14 Stats Breakdown: Manly v Warriors

Former Manly Sea Eagles centre Jamie Lyon

The first of our stats breakdowns are here and raring to go; the Manly Sea Eagles v the New Zealand Warriors.

It has been all Manly in the recent clashes between these two sides but the Warriors have looked good in 2018.

Can they buck the losing trend against the Silvertails and show just how good they are?

Manly Sea Eagles v New Zealand Warriors Stats Breakdown

The Manly Sea Eagles and New Zealand Warriors have played each other on 32 occasions; Manly has won 23 games, the Warriors have won just eight games and there has been one draw.

Manly won the first three games between the two sides; the Warriors first win against Manly did not come until 1999.

The Warriors have lost sixteen of their last twenty games against Manly, including the last six.

The first game between the two side was a 26-14 win for the Sea Eagles in round 5, 1995.

Manly are undefeated against the Warriors under coach Trent Barrett.

Biggest Wins

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

The New Zealand Warriors biggest win over the Manly Sea Eagles was a 36-10 success in round 3, 1999.

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

  1. Gavin Hill (WAR) (sent-off) in round 5, 1996.
  2. John Hopoate (MAN) (sin-binned) in round 4, 2004.
  3. Shayne Dunley (MAN) (sin-binned) in round 5, 2006.

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

  1. Steve Menzies (MAN) scored three tries in round 24, 1998.
  2. Michael Robertson & Brett Stewart (both MAN) scored three tries in round 3, 2008.
  3. David Williams (MAN) scored three tries in round 22, 2013.

Players to have played for both sides in this clash

  1. Phil Blake (MAN: 1982-1986 & WAR: 1995-1997)
  2. Gene Ngamu (MAN: 1992-1993 & WAR: 1995-1999)
  3. Matthew Ridge (MAN: 1990-1996 & WAR: 1997-1999)
  4. Kevin Iro (MAN: 1991-1992 & WAR: 1998)
  5. Joe Galuvao (WAR: 1998-2000 & MAN: 2010-2013)
  6. Michael Witt (MAN: 2005-2006 & WAR: 2007-2008)
  7. Lewis Brown (WAR: 2009-2012 & MAN: 2016-2018)
  8. Feleti Mateo (WAR: 2011-2014 & MAN: 2015-2016)
  9. Kieran Foran (MAN: 2009-2015 & WAR: 2017)
  10. Jeff Robson (MAN: 2004, 2008 & WAR: 2016)

Head coaching records

Trent Barrett (MAN) – 4/4 at 100%.
Mark Graham (WAR) – 1/1 at 100%.
Geoff Toovey (MAN) – 5/6 at 83.3%.
Bob Fulton (MAN) – 3/4 at 75%.
Daniel Anderson (WAR) – 3/4 at 75%.
Des Hasler (MAN) – 11/15 at 73.3%.
Tony Kemp (WAR) – 1/2 at 50%.
Matthew Elliott (WAR) – 1/2 at 50%.
Ivan Cleary (WAR) – 1/11 at 9%.
Frank Endacott (WAR) – 0/1 at 0%.
Peter Sharp (MAN) – 0/2 at 0%.
John Monie (WAR) – 0/2 at 0%.
Brian McLennan (WAR) – 0/2 at 0%.
Stephen Kearney (WAR) – 0/2 at 0%.
Andrew McFadden (WAR) – 0/4 at 0%.

Most prolific point-scorers in this clash

  1. Jamie Lyon (MAN) – 3 tries & 35 goals (82 pts)
  2. Stacey Jones (WAR) – 4 tries & 14 goals (44 pts)
  3. Brett Stewart (MAN) – 11 tries (44 pts)
  4. Shaun Johnson (WAR) – 4 tries, 12 goals & 1 field goal (41 pts)
  5. Matt Orford (MAN) – 1 try & 15 goals (34 pts)
  6. Steve Menzies (MAN) – 7 tries (28 pts)
  7. James Maloney (WAR) – 1 try & 11 goals (26 pts)
  8. Michael Robertson (MAN) – 6 tries (24 pts)
  9. Manu Vatuvei (WAR) – 6 tries (24 pts)
  10. Michael Witt (MAN/WAR) – 11 goals (22 pts)
  11. Steve Matai (MAN) – 5 tries & 1 goal (22 pts)
  12. Sione Faumuina (WAR) – 1 try & 8 goals (20 pts)
  13. Chris Hicks (WAR) – 5 tries (20 pts)
  14. Simon Mannering (WAR) – 5 tries (20 pts)
  15. Matthew Ridge (MAN/WAR) – 1 try & 7 goals (16 pts)
  16. Andrew Walker (MAN) – 8 goals (16 pts)
  17. Scott Donald (MAN) – 4 tries (16 pts)
  18. Anthony Watmough (MAN) – 4 tries (16 pts)

Disclamier: As always, just note, the above players are simply the most prolific point-scorers in the history of games between the two sides. 

Also, if you notice any errors or want to see further stats, just let us know.

NRL News Rd 13 Stats Breakdown: Rabbitohs v Sharks

South Sydney Rabbitohs player Eric Simms

It’s stats breakdown part 2 for round 13; the South Sydney Rabbitohs v the Cronulla Sharks.

South Sydney Rabbitohs v Cronulla Sharks Stats Breakdown

The South Sydney Rabbitohs and Cronulla Sharks have played each other on 95 occasions; the Rabbitohs have won 42, the Sharks have won 49 and there have been four draws.

Souths won 11 of the first twelve games between the two sides. It took the Sharks eight attempts to beat the Bunnies.

The Sharks have won three of the last four games between the two sides.

Andrew Ettinghausen is the only Sharks player to have scored five tries in one game and he has done it twice; once against this week’s opposition (the Bunnies) and once against Illawarra.

The first game between the two sides was a 23-15 win for the Bunnies in round 3, 1967.

Biggest Wins

The South Sydney Rabbitohs biggest win over the Cronulla Sharks was an easy 43-4 win in round 3, 1969.

The Cronulla Sharks biggest win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs was a cruisy 39-5 win in round 9, 1976.

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

  1. Barry Andrews (CRO) (sent-off) in round 12, 1978.
  2. Bill Annabel (CRO) (sent-off) in round 17, 1979.
  3. Ken Stewart (SOU) & Rowland Beckett (CRO) (both sin-binned) in round 22, 1981.
  4. Dane Sorenson (CRO) & Gary Hambly (SOU) (both sin-binned) in round 18, 1982.
  5. Gary Hambly (SOU) (sin-binned) in round 22, 1983.
  6. Mark Ellison (SOU) (sin-binned) & Greg Nixon (CRO) (sent-off) in round 11, 1984.
  7. David Boyle (SOU) (sin-binned) in round 22, 1985.
  8. Dean Treister (CRO) & John Wilson (SOU) (both sin-binned) in round 8, 1996.
  9. Bryan Fletcher (SOU) (sin-binne) in round 10, 2003.
  10. Greg Bird (CRO) (sent-off) in round 4, 2004.
  11. Todd Polglase (SOU) (sin-binned) in round 26, 2005.
  12. Paul Gallen (CRO) (sin-binned) in round 26, 2009.

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

  1. Andrew Ettinghausen (CRO) scored five tries in round 22, 1994.
  2. Ray Corcoran (CRO) scored four tries in round 9, 1975.
  3. Martin Raftery (CRO) scored four tries in round 9, 1976.
  4. Michael Cleary & Denis Pittard (both SOU) scored three tries in round 3, 1969.
  5. Peter Brown (SOU) scored three tries in round 14, 1971.
  6. George Longbottom (SOU) scored three tries in round 9, 1983.
  7. Jonathan Docking (CRO) scored three tries in round 17, 1990.
  8. Sam Isemonger (CRO) scored three tries in round 25, 2003.
  9. Luke MacDougall (SOU) scored three tries in round 4, 2004.
  10. Greg Inglis (SOU) scored three tries in round 9, 2012.

Head coaching records

Chris Anderson (CRO) – 3/3 at 100%.
Ted Glossop (CRO) – 2/2 at 100%.
Arthur Beetson (CRO) – 2/2 at 100%.
Robert McCarthy (SOU) – 1/1 at 100%.
John Lang (CRO) – 7/8 at 87.5%.
Ron Willey (SOU) – 5/6 at 83.3%.
Allan Fitzgibbon (CRO) – 6/8 at 75%.
Shane Flanagan (CRO) – 6/9 at 66.7%.
Shaun McRae (SOU) – 2/3 at 66.7%.
John Lang (SOU) – 2/3 at 66.7%.
Clive Churchill (SOU) – 11/17 at 64.7%.
Tommy Bishop (CRO) – 5/10 at 50% (1 draw)
Jason Taylor (SOU) – 3/6 at 50%.
John Gibson (SOU) – 2/4 at 50%.
John Raper (CRO) – 2/4 at 50%.
Norm Provan (CRO) – 2/4 at 50%.
Johnny King (SOU) – 1/2 at 50%.
Michael Maguire (SOU) – 4/9 at 44.4%.
George Piggins (SOU) – 4/10 at 40% (1 draw)
Stuart Raper (CRO) – 2/5 at 40%.
John Gibson (CRO) – 2/6 at 33.3% (1 draw)
Bill Anderson (SOU) – 2/7 at 28.7% (2 draws)
Ricky Stuart (CRO) – 2/7 at 28.7%.
Ken Shine (SOU) – 1/4 at 25%.
Paul Langmack (SOU) – 1/4 at 25%.
Terrence Fearnley (CRO) – 1/4 at 25%.
Greg Pierce (CRO) – 1/5 at 20% (1 draw)
John O’Neill (SOU) – 0/2 at 0%.
Steve Martin (SOU) – 0/2 at 0%.
Noel Thornton (CRO) – 0/2 at 0%.
Peter Sharp (CRO) – 0/2 at 0%.
Craig Coleman (SOU) – 0/3 at 0%.
Frank Curry (SOU) – 0/4 at 0%.
Kenneth Kearney (CRO) – 0/6 at 0%.

Players to have played for both sides in this clash

  1. Rod Urquhart (CRO: 1970-1971 & SOU: 1973-1974)
  2. Greg Purcell (SOU: 1975-1977 & CRO: 1979)
  3. Gary Wright (SOU: 1976-1981 & CRO: 1982)
  4. John Berne (SOU: 1976-1979 & CRO: 1981-1983)
  5. John Dykes (SOU: 1975, 1978 & CRO: 1976)
  6. Rick Bourke (CRO: 1973-1982 & CRO: 1983)
  7. Bill Annabel (SOU: 1976-1978 & CRO: 1979)
  8. John Jarvie (CRO: 1981-1982 & SOU: 1983)
  9. Terry Murphy (CRO: 1982-1983 & SOU: 1984-1985)
  10. Greg Nixon (SOU: 1981 & CRO: 1982-1987)
  11. Mark Ellison (SOU: 1984, 1987-1990 & CRO: 1985-1986)
  12. John Kambas (SOU: 1984 & CRO: 1987-1988)
  13. Arthur Pappas (CRO: 1989-1990 & SOU: 1992)
  14. Charlie Saab (SOU: 1988-1991 & CRO: 1992)
  15. Eion Crossan (SOU: 1992 & CRO: 1994-1995)
  16. Paul Mellor (SOU: 1991-1996, 2006-2007 & CRO: 1999-2002, 2005)
  17. Shannon Donato (SOU: 1995-1996 & CRO: 1998-2001)
  18. Paul McNicholas (SOU: 1996-1999, 2002 & CRO: 2000-2001)
  19. Blaine Stanley (CRO: 1998-1999 & SOU: 2000-2002)
  20. Russell Richardson (CRO: 1996-2001 & SOU: 2002-2003)
  21. Brent Grose (CRO: 2001 & SOU: 2002)
  22. Brett Kearney (SOU: 2003-2005 & CRO: 2006-2009)
  23. Nathan Merritt (SOU: 2002-2003, 2006-2014 & CRO: 2004-2005)
  24. Nigel Vagana (CRO: 2004-2006 & SOU: 2007-2008)
  25. Luke MacDougall (CRO: 2002 & SOU: 2003-2006)
  26. David Peachey (CRO: 1994-2005 & SOU: 2006-2007)
  27. Ben Ross (CRO: 2006-2009, 2012-2013 & SOU: 2011)
  28. Luke Stuart (CRO: 1998-2001 & SOU: 2002-2011)
  29. Craig Stapleton (CRO: 2007 & SOU: 2010)
  30. Adam Peek (SOU: 2002 & CRO: 2008)
  31. Michael Greenfield (CRO: 2004 & SOU: 2006-2008)
  32. Colin Best (CRO: 1998-2002, 2011-2012 & SOU: 2009-2010)

Most prolific point-scorers in this clash

  1. Eric Simms (SOU) – 1 try, 66 goals & 7 field goals (147 pts)*
  2. Steve Rogers (CRO) – 7 tries & 50 goals (122 pts)*
  3. Luke Covell (CRO) – 6 tries & 22 goals (66 pts)
  4. Andrew Ettinghausen (CRO) – 16 tries (64 pts)
  5. Barry Andrews (CRO) – 1 try & 26 goals (55 pts)*
  6. Nathan Merritt (SOU/CRO) – 12 tries & 3 goals (54 pts)
  7. Mat Rogers (CRO) – 4 tries & 17 goals (50 pts)
  8. Neil Baker (SOU) – 3 tries & 16 goals (44 pts)
  9. Mitch Healey (CRO) – 5 tries, 9 goals & 1 field goal (43 pts)
  10. Chris Sandow (SOU) – 2 tries, 16 goals & 1 field goal (41 pts)
  11. Adam Reynolds SOU) – 20 goals & 1 field goal (41 pts)
  12. Tony Melrose (SOU) – 1 try & 18 goals (40 pts)
  13. Ray Corcoran (CRO) – 13 tries (39 pts)*
  14. Sean Watson (CRO) – 2 tries & 15 goals (38 pts)
  15. Alan Wilson (CRO) – 4 tries & 11 goals (38 pts)

Disclaimer: As always, the above players are the most prolific scorers among the two sides in their history. 

Any player with an asterisk next to their points tally played in an era where either tries were worth three points and/or field goals two.

Should you spot any issues or errors or if you just want more stats, let us know.

NRL News Rd 13 Stats Breakdown: Manly v Cowboys

North Queensland Cowboys halfback Johnathan Thurston

A shortened NRL round but stats breakdowns are still here; it’s the Manly Sea Eagles v North Queensland Cowboys up first.

Manly Sea Eagles v North Queensland Cowboys Stats Breakdown

The Manly Sea Eagles and North Queensland Cowboys have faced off on 29 occasions; Manly has won 16 times, the Cowboys have won 12 times and there has been one draw.

Manly need 12 points to reach 700 total points against the Cowboys.

Manly won the first five games between the two sides.

The Cowboys have won five of the last six games between the two sides, though Manly did win their last clash; their sole encounter in 2017.

The first game between the two sides was a 36-14 win for Manly in round 7, 1995.

Biggest Wins

The Manly Sea Eagles biggest win over the North Queensland Cowboys was a comfortable 46-4 win in round 7, 1996.

Players sin-binned/sent-off in this clash

  1. Steve Menzies (MAN) (sin-binned) in round 2, 2006.
  2. Johnathan Thurston (NQL) (sin-binned) in round 7, 2007.
  3. Luke O’Donnell (NQL) (sin-binned) in round 7, 2009.

Players to have scored three or more tries in this clash

  1. Danny Moore (MAN) scored three tries in round 7, 1995.
  2. Danny Moore (MAN) scored three tries in round 7, 1996.
  3. Ty Williams (NQL) scored three tries in round 21, 2005.
  4. Matt Sing (NQL) scored three tries in round 2, 2006.
  5. Dean Whare (MAN) scored three tries in round 12, 2010.

Players to have played for both sides in this clash

  1. Martin Bella (MAN: 1990-1992 & NQL: 1995)
  2. Danny Moore (MAN: 1991, 1993-1997 & NQL: 2001)
  3. Owen Cunningham (MAN: 1985-1996, 1999 & NQL: 1997-1998)
  4. Luke Phillips (NQL: 1997 & MAN: 1998)
  5. Scott Donald (NQL: 1998-2000 & MAN: 2003-2005)
  6. Jason Ferris (NQL: 1997-1998 & MAN: 2003)
  7. Michael Bani (MAN: 2007-2009 & NQL: 2009-2011)
  8. Ben Farrar (NQL: 2007-2009 & MAN: 2009-2010)
  9. Glenn Hall (MAN: 2007-2009 & NQL: 2011-2015)
  10. Matthew Wright (NQL: 2014-2015 & MAN: 2016-2018)
  11. Jayden Hodges (NQL: 2013 & MAN: 2014-2015)

Head coaching records

Bob Fulton (MAN) – 3/3 at 100%.
Paul Green (NQL) – 5/7 at 71.4%.
Graham Murray (NQL) – 5/8 at 62.5%.
Geoff Toovey (MAN) – 4/7 at 57.1%.
Des Hasler (MAN) – 6/11 at 54.5%.
Peter Sharp (MAN) – 2/4 at 50%.
Trent Barrett (MAN) – 1/3 at 33.3%.
Neil Henry (NQL) – 2/8 at 25%.
Grant Bell (NQL) – 0/1 at 0%.
Graham Lowe (NQL) – 0/1 at 0%.
Tim Sheens (NQL) – 0/3 at 0%.

Most prolific point-scorers in this clash

  1. Johnathan Thurston (NQL) – 1 try, 47 goals & 1 field goal (99 pts)
  2. Jamie Lyon (MAN) – 3 tries & 38 goals (88 pts)
  3. Josh Hannay (NQL) – 4 tries & 24 goals (64 pts)
  4. Brett Stewart (MAN) – 10 tries (40 pts)
  5. Matthew Bowen (NQL) – 7 tries (28 pts)
  6. Danny Moore (MAN/NQL) – 6 tries (24 pts)
  7. Matt Sing (NQL) – 6 tries (24 pts)
  8. Matt Orford (MAN) – 11 goals (22 pts)
  9. Steve Menzies (MAN) – 5 tries (20 pts)
  10. Kyle Feldt (NQL) – 5 tries (20 pts)
  11. Chris Hicks (MAN) – 3 tries & 3 goals (18 pts)
  12. Michael Robertson (MAN) – 4 tries & 1 goal (18 pts)
  13. Adam Brown (MAN) – 8 goals (16 pts)
  14. Ty Williams (NQL) – 4 tries (16 pts)
  15. Shannon Nevin (MAN) – 1 try & 5 goals (14 pts)

Disclaimer: As always, the above players are simply the most prolific point-scorers across the history of clashes between the two sides. 

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