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Rd 7 NRL News Stats Breakdown: Eels v Manly

Manly legend Graham Eadie

Parramatta Eels v Manly Sea Eagles Stats

Here we are, another stats breakdown. This one pits fierece rivals Parramatta Eels and the Manly Sea Eagles against each other.

The Parramatta Eels and Manly Sea Eagles have played 150 games against each other; the Eels have won just 55, Manly have won 90 and there have been five draws. This is the fourth most draws for the Eels against one side in their history.

The Manly Sea Eagles need three points to score 3000 pts against the Parramatta Eels. They will be the first team to score 3000 pts against the Eels.

The first clash between the two sides was in round eight, 1947, a game Manly won 15-7.

The Eels have won six of the last seven clashes between the two sides, although Manly won the clash between the two sides earlier this season.

Biggest Wins

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

The Manly Sea Eagles biggest win over the Parramatta Eels was in round round 2, 2018, in a 54-0 demolition.

Players sent-off/sin-binned in this clash

  1. John Gray (MAN) (sent-off) & Ray Price (PAR) (sent-off) in 1978 Minor Semi Repeat Final.
  2. Ray Price (PAR) (sin-binned) in the 1982 NSWFRL Major Semi Final.
  3. Matt Petersen (PAR) (sin-binned) in round 17, 2003.
  4. John Hopoate (MAN) (sin-binned) & Craig Stapleton (PAR) (sin-binned) in round 14, 2004.
  5. Fuifui Moimoi (PAR) (sent-off) in round 26, 2001.

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

  1. Ray Ritchie (MAN) scored four tries in round 3, 1958.
  2. David Williams (MAN scored four tries in round 18, 2012.
  3. John McDonald (MAN) scored four tries in round 4, 1970.
  4. Rees Duncan (MAN) scored three tries in round 3, 1956.
  5. Peter Burke (MAN) scored three tries in round 12, 1956.
  6. Ray Ritchie (MAN) scored three tries in round 13, 1957.
  7. Len Wadling (MAN) scored three tries in round 15, 1959.
  8. Bob Batty (MAN) scored three tries in round 16, 1961.
  9. Ron Murray (MAN) scored three tries in round 7, 1967.
  10. Ken Irvine (MAN) scored three tries in round 1, 1971.
  11. Ken Irvine (MAN) scored three tries in round 17, 1973.
  12. Kevin Junee (MAN) scored three tries in round 2, 1974.
  13. Cliff Lyons (MAN) & Dale Shearer (MAN) both scored three tries in round 3, 1988.
  14. Michael O’Connor (MAN) scored three tries in round 18, 1988.
  15. Frank Stokes (MAN) scored three tries in round 22, 1991.

Players to have played for both sides from this clash

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

Most prolific point-scorer in this clash

  1. Graham Eadie (MAN) – 8 tries & 90 goals (212 pts)*
  2. Michael Cronin (PAR) – 5 tries, 69 goals & 1 field goal (151 pts)*
  3. Ron Willey (MAN/PAR) – 2 tries & 71 goals (148 pts)*
  4. Jamie Lyon (PAR/MAN) – 9 tries & 51 goals (138 pts)
  5. Luke Burt (PAR) – 8 tries, 51 goals & 1 field goal (135 pts)
  6. Bob Batty (MAN) – 4 tries, 51 goals & 2 field goals (118 pts)*
  7. Ron Rowles (MAN) – 7 tries & 38 goals (97 pts)*
  8. Michael O’Connor (MAN) – 7 tries & 29 goals (86 pts)
  9. Matthew Ridge (MAN) – 2 tries & 33 goals (74 pts)
  10. Arch Brown (PAR) – 3 tries & 24 goals (55 pts)*
  11. Brett Kenny (PAR) – 13 tries (48 pts)*
  12. Cliff Lyons (PAR) – 12 tries (48 pts)
  13. David Williams (MAN) – 11 tries & 2 goals (48 pts)
  14. Brett Stewart (MAN) – 11 tries (44 pts)
  15. Bob Fulton (MAN) – 10 tries & 6 field goals (41 pts)*

Disclaimer: Just another reminder, the top 15 players here are those that are the most prolific point-scorers across all clashes between the two sides. 

Also note; any player with an asterisk near their points total played during an era whereby tries were three points and field goals two points (these rules were changed in 1971 and 1983 respectively).

If there are any other stats you want to see, let us know and we can add them in.

Rd 7 NRL News Stats Breakdown: Wests Tigers v Newcastle Knights

Former Newcastle Knights captain Kurt Gidley

Neither the Wests Tigers or the Newcastle Knights have any long-term momentum against the other.

Though this win will split the two sides who both have 12 wins against each other at present.

Wests Tigers v Newcastle Knights

The Wests Tigers and Newcastle Knights have played against each other 26 times; both sides have won 12 times and there have been two draws.

The Newcastle Knights need 14 points to score 600 points against the Tigers.

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

This is the first game between the two sides in a city/town other than Sydney or Newcastle.

The first clash between the two sides was in round 3, 2000, when the Knights trounced the Tigers 46-8. Darren Albert scored four tries on the day.

Biggest Wins

The Newcastle Knights biggest win over the Wests Tigers was in round 10, 2001, when they obliterated the Tigers 56-6.

The Wests Tigers biggest win over the Newcastle Knights was in round 20, 2003, when they destroyed the Knights 52-12.

Players to have been sin-binned/sent-off

  1. Kurt Gidley (NEW) (sin-bin) in round 13, 2014.

Players to have played for both sides

  1. Owen Craigie (NEW: 1995-1999 & WST: 2000-2001).
  2. John Morris (NEW: 2001-2002 & WST: 2007-2009).
  3. Cory Paterson (NEW: 2007-2011 & WST: 2014).
  4. Chris Heighington (WST: 2003-2012 & NEW: 2018)
  5. Jason Moodie (NEW: 1997-1999 & WST: 2004 & 2007)
  6. Shannon McDonnell (WST: 2005-2009 & NEW: 2009-2011).
  7. Keith Lulia (NEW: 2008-2011 & WST: 2014).
  8. Issac De Gois (WST: 2006 & NEW: 2009-2011).
  9. Joel Edwards (NEW: 2010-2012 & WST: 2016-2017).
  10. Kevin Naiqama (NEW: 2010, 2012-13 & WST: 2015-2018).

Most prolific point-scorers in this clash

  1. Kurt Gidley (NEW) – 2 tries & 24 goals (56 pts)
  2. Benji Marshall (WST) – 5 tries, 17 goals & 1 field goal (54 pts)
  3. Andrew Johns (NEW) – 26 goals (52 pts)
  4. Tyrone Roberts (NEW) – 3 tries & 15 goals (42 pts)
  5. Joel Caine (WST) – 2 tries & 16 goals (36 pts)
  6. Akuila Uate (NEW) – 9 tries (36 pts)
  7. Brett Hodgson (WST) – 2 tries & 13 goals (34 pts)
  8. Pat Richards (WST) – 2 tries, 10 goals & 1 field goal (29 pts)
  9. Dean Collis (WST) – 4 tries & 6 goals (28 pts)
  10. Timana Tahu (NEW) – 5 tries (20 pts)
  11. Ben Kennedy (NEW) – 5 tries (20 pts)
  12. Darren Albert (NEW) – 5 tries (20 pts)
  13. Jordan Rankin (WST) – 2 tries & 6 goals (20 pts)
  14. Luke Covell (WST) – 9 goals (18 pts)
  15. Sean Rudder (NEW) – 4 tries (16 pts)
  16. John Wilson (WST) – 4 tries (16 pts)
  17. John Morris (NEW/WST) – 4 tries (16 pts)
  18. Daniel Fitzhenry (WST) – 4 tries (16 pts)
  19. Liam Fulton (WST) – 4 tries (16 pts)
  20. James McManus (NEW) – 4 tries (16 pts
  21. Chris Lawrence (WST) – 4 tries (16 pts)

Disclaimer: The above players are those that accrued the most points in clashes between these two sides in their history. 

Also note that players with an asterisk after their points tally played prior to 1983 when tries were 3 points and/or when field goals were two points.

If there are any more details or stats you wish to see, just let us know and we can add them.

We are always thinking and working on new stats to include in our breakdown but always welcome suggestions.

Rd 7 NRL News Stats Breakdown: Cowboys v Titans

North Queensland Cowboys captain Johnathan Thurston

These tough QLD rivals relish the chance to play against each other and things are fiery. 

Who has the rub of the green historically speaking, though, and can the trend continue?

North Queensland Cowboys v Gold Coast Titans

The North Queensland Cowboys and Gold Coast Titans have played each other on 21 occasions; the Cowboys have won 12 games, the Titans have won eight games and there have been two draws.

The Cowboys have won five straight games against the Titans. The last time the Titans defeated the Cowboys was in round 4, 2014.

The Titans have won just three times in ten games played in Townsville (30%).

The first game between the two sides was in round 8, 2007, a game that the Cowboys won 24-10.

Biggest Wins

The North Queensland Cowboys biggest win against the Gold Coast Titans was in round 26, 2015, when they trounced them 42-12.

The Gold Coast Titans biggest win against the North Queensland Cowboys was in round 23, 2010, with an easy 37-18 win.

Players to have played for both sides

  1. Matt Petersen (NQL: 2002 & GLD: 2007-2008).
  2. Scott Prince (NQL: 1998-2000 & GLD: 2007-2012).
  3. Clint Amos (NQL: 2006, 2009-11 & GLD: 2007-2008).
  4. Brenton Bowen (NQL: 2003-2007 & GLD: 2008).
  5. Gavin Cooper (NQL: 2006, 2011-2018 & GLD: 2007-2008).
  6. Kalifa Fai Fai Loa (NQL: 2011-2013 & GLD: 2014-2015)

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

  1. Jordan Atkins scored four tries in round 1, 2008.
  2. Willie Tonga scored three tries in round 4, 2010.

Head-to-head coaching records in this clash

Paul Green (NQL) v Gold Coast Titans (5 wins & 1 loss at 83.3%).
John Cartwright (GLD) v North Queensland Cowboys (8 wins & 7 losses at 53.3%).
Neil Henry (NQL) v Gold Coast Titans (5 wins & 5 losses at 50%).
Graham Murray (NQL) v Gold Coast Titans (1 win & 1 loss at 50%).
Ian Millward (NQL) v Gold Coast Titans (0 wins & 1 loss at 0%).
Neil Henry (GLD) v North Queensland Cowboys (0 wins & 4 losses at 0%).

Most prolific point-scorers in this clash

  1. Johnathan Thurston (NQL) – 8 tries & 49 goals (130 pts)
  2. Scott Prince (GLD) – 1 try, 31 goals & 1 field goal (67 pts)
  3. Gavin Cooper (NQL) – 7 tries (28 pts)
  4. Willie Tonga (NQL) – 6 tries (24 pts)
  5. Matthew Bowen (NQL) – 4 tries & 4 goals (24 pts)
  6. Kyle Feldt (NQL) – 3 tries & 5 goals (22 pts)
  7. Mat Rogers (GLD) – 3 tries & 4 goals (20 pts)
  8. Steve Michaels (GLD) – 5 tries (20 pts)
  9. John Williams (NQL) – 2 tries & 5 goals (18 pts)
  10. Jordan Atkins (GLD) – 4 tries (16 pts)
  11. William Zillman (GLD) – 4 tries (16 pts)
  12. Mark Minichiello (GLD) – 4 tries (16 pts)
  13. Aidan Sezer (GLD) – 7 goals & 2 field goals (16 pts)
  14. Anthony Laffranchi (GLD) – 3 tries (12 pts)
  15. Nathan Friend (GLD) – 3 tries (12 pts)
  16. Ty Williams (NQL) – 3 tries (12 pts)
  17. Esikeli Tonga (GLD) – 3 tries (12 pts)
  18. Ashley Graham (NQL) – 3 tries (12 pts)

Disclaimer: The above seventeen players are those that accrued the most points in clashes between these two sides in their history. 

Also note that players with an asterisk after their points tally played prior to 1983 when tries were 3 points and/or when field goals were two points.

If there are any more details or stats you wish to see, just let us know and we can add them.

We are always thinking and working on new stats to include in our breakdown but always welcome suggestions.

R7 NRL News Stats Breakdown: Rabbitohs v Raiders

Canberra Raiders captain Jarrod Croker

South Sydney Rabbitohs v Canberra Raiders

The South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Canberra Raiders have played against each other on 55 occasions; the Rabbitohs have won 22 games, the Raiders have won 31 games and there have been two draws.

The first game between the two sides was an easy win for the Rabbitohs, taking it out 37-7 in round 1 of the 1982 NSWRFL season on Saturday, February 27.

The Raiders are seeking four straight wins against the Rabbitohs.

Biggest Wins

The Canberra Raiders biggest win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs came in round 21 of the 2016 NSWRFL season with a comfortable 54-4 victory.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs biggest win over the Canberra Raiders came in round 23 of the 2011 NRL season with an easy 47-18 victory.

Players sin-binned or sent/off

  1. Terry Regan (CAN) (sent off) in round 4, 1985.
  2. Mario Fenech (SOU) (sin-bin) & Neil Baker (SOU) (sent off) in round 17, 1985.
  3. Sean Garlick & Darrell Trindall (both SOU) (sin-bin) & Simon Woolford (CAN) (sin-bin).
  4. Alan Tongue (CAN) (sin-bin) in round 8, 2003.

Players to play for both sides

  1. Bill Walker (SOU: 1983 & CAN: 1984-1985)
  2. David Grant (SOU: 1976 & CAN: 1982-1985)
  3. Terry Fahey (SOU: 1976-1980 & CAN: 1983-1987).
  4. Mark Blake (CAN: 1985-1986 & SOU: 1987-1988).
  5. Phil Blake (SOU: 1987-1990 & CAN: 1992).
  6. Rod Maybon (SOU: 1988-1993 & CAN: 1999).
  7. Tyran Smith (SOU: 1993-1996 & CAN: 2002-2005).
  8. Andrew Dunemann (SOU: 1999 & CAN: 2007).
  9. Brandon Costin (SOU: 1993: & CAN: 1998-2000).
  10. Jason Death (CAN: 1991-1995 & SOU: 2002-2004).
  11. Scott Logan (SOU: 2004-2005 & CAN: 2007-2010).
  12. Dave Taylor (SOU: 2010-2012 & CAN: 2017).
  13. Joe Picker (CAN: 2007-2013 & SOU: 2014).
  14. Mark Nicholls (CAN: 2012-13, 2015 & SOU: 2018).
  15. Michael Oldfield (SOU: 2016 & CAN: 2017-2018).

Most prolific point-scorers in this clash

  1. Jarrod Croker (CAN) – 6 tries & 29 goals (82 pts)
  2. Gary Belcher (CAN) – 9 tries & 18 goals (72 pts)
  3. Mal Meninga (CAN) – 3 tries & 25 goals (62 pts)
  4. Clinton Schifcofske (CAN) – 3 tries, 22 goals & 1 field goal (57 pts)
  5. Adam Reynolds (SOU) – 3 tries & 20 goals (52 pts)
  6. Ron Giteau (CAN) – 19 goals & 1 field goal (39 pts)
  7. David Furner (CAN) – 3 tries & 12 goals (36 pts)
  8. Mark Ellison (SOU) – 2 tries, 12 goals & 3 field goals (35 pts)
  9. Issac Luke (SOU) – 3 tries & 11 goals (34 pts)
  10. Joe Williams (SOU) – 1 try & 14 goals (32 pts)
  11. Neil Baker (SOU) – 13 goals & 5 field goals (31 pts)
  12. Chris Sandow (SOU) – 1 try, 11 goals & 2 field goals (28 pts)
  13. Chris O’Sullivan (CAN) – 6 tries, 1 goal & 2 field goals (27 pts)*
  14. Jason Croker (CAN) – 6 tries & 1 goal (26 pts)
  15. Steve Walters (CAN) – 6 tries (24 pts)
  16. Nathan Merritt (SOU) – 6 tries (24 pts)
  17. Terry Campese (CAN) – 1 try & 10 goals (24 pts)

Disclaimer: The above seventeen players are those that accrued the most points in clashes between these two sides in their history. 

Also note that players with an asterisk after their points tally played prior to 1983 when tries were 3 points and/or when field goals were two points.

If there are any more details or stats you wish to see, just let us know and we can add them.

We are always thinking and working on new stats to include in our breakdown but always welcome suggestions.

Rd 7 NRL News Stats Breakdown: Broncos v Storm

 

Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith

Brisbane Broncos v Melbourne Storm

The Brisbane Broncos and the Melbourne Storm have played 45 games; the Broncos have won 13, the Storm have won 29 and there have been 3 draws.

Brisbane need just five points to reach 700 points against the Melbourne Storm.

The Broncos have conceded 1063 points against the Melbourne Storm, their most conceded against any side in ARL/NRL history.

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

The Melbourne Storm haven’t lost a game at Suncorp Stadium against the Brisbane Broncos in their last seven games at the venue. The last time the Broncos won against the Storm at Suncorp was March, 2009.

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-to-head coaching records/winning percentages

Craig Bellamy v Brisbane (25 wins & 9 losses at 73.5%)
Chris Anderson v Brisbane (3 wins, 2 losses & 1 draw at 50%)
Ivan Henjak v Melbourne (2 wins & 2 losses at 50%)
Wayne Bennett v Melbourne (11 wins, 19 losses & 1 draw at 36.7%)
Mark Murray v Brisbane (1 win & 2 losses at 33.3%)
Anthony Griffin v Melbourne (0 wins & 7 losses at 0%).

Most prolific point-scorers in this clash

  1. Cameron Smith (MEL) – 3 tries & 88 goals (190 pts)
  2. Michael De Vere (BRI) – 5 tries & 39 goals (98 pts)
  3. Billy Slater (MEL) – 23 tries (92 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: The above fifteen players are simply the 15 most prolific point-scorers across all clashes between the Storm and the Broncos.

Should you have any further stats you want to see or if there is anything we have missed, let us know.

 

Rd 7 NRL News Stats Breakdown: Warriors v Dragons

Former St George Illawarra Dragons half Jamie Soward

New Zealand Warriors v St George Illawarra Dragons

The New Zealand Warriors and St George Illawarra Dragons have played 28 games; the Warriors have won just five games, the Dragons have won 21 and there have been two draws.

The Warriors have won just one of the last thirteen games against the Dragons.

The Warriors have won just one game against the Dragons in Sydney.

The first clash between the two sides saw the Warriors win 32-18 in round 23 of the 1999 NRL season.

Biggest Wins

The St George Illawarra Dragons biggest win over the New Zealand Warriors was a 54-0 demolition on Saturday, May 6, 2000, in round 14.

The New Zealand Warriors biggest win over the St George Illawarra Dragons was a comfortable 34-6 win on Friday, March 9, 2001, in round 4.

Players sin-binned and/or sent off in this clash

  1. Richard Villasanti (WAR) & Aaron Gorrell (SGI) in round 15, 2002.
  2. Matt Cooper (SGI) in round 7, 2011.
  3. Ben Matulino (WAR) in round 25, 2011.

Most prolific point-scorers in this clash

Jamie Soward (SGI) – 3 tries, 25 goals & 2 field goals (64 pts)
Gareth Widdop (SGI) – 1 try, 21 goals & 1 field goal (47 pts)
Matt Cooper (SGI) – 11 tries (44 pts)
Nathan Blacklock (SGI) – 10 tries & 1 goal (42 pts)
Shaun Johnson (WAR) – 2 tries & 12 goals (32 pts)
Jason Nightingale (SGI) – 7 tries (28 pts)
Amos Roberts (SGI) – 2 tries & 9 goals (26 pts)
Mark Riddell (SGI) –  1 try & 11 goals (26 pts)
Mark Gasnier (SGI) – 4 tries & 5 goals (26 pts)
Ivan Cleary (WAR) – 1 try & 10 goals (24 pts)
James Maloney (WAR) – 1 try & 10 goals (24 pts)
Brett Morris (SGI) – 5 tries (20 pts)
Stacey Jones (WAR) – 2 tries, 5 goals & 1 field goal (19 pts)
Michael Witt (WAR) – 9 goals (18 pts)
Simon Mannering (WAR) – 4 tries (16 pts)

Rd 6 NRL News Stats Breakdown: Manly v Tigers

Former Manly Sea Eagles centre Jamie Lyon

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

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

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

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

Manly Sea Eagles v Wests Tigers

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

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

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

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

Biggest Wins

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

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

Most prolific point-scorers in these clashes

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

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

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

Rd 6 NRL News Stats Breakdown: Panthers v Titans

Former Gold Coast Titans halfback Scott Prince

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

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

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

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

Penrith Panthers v Gold Coast Titans

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

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

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

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

Biggest Wins

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

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

Most prolific point-scorer in these clashes

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

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

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

Rd 6 NRL News Stats Breakdown: Raiders v Eels

Canberra Raiders captain Jarrod Croker

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

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

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

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

Sit back, enjoy and absorb the stats:

Canberra Raiders v Parramatta Eels

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

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

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

Biggest wins

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

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

Most prolific point-scorer in these clashes

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

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

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

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

Rd 6 NRL News Stats Breakdown: Cowboys v Bulldogs

Canterbury Bulldogs legend Hazem El Masri

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

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

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

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

North Queensland Cowboys v Canterbury Bulldogs

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

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

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

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

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

Biggest Wins

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

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

Most points scored by players in this clash

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

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

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