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NRL Round 2 Best Bets

NRL best bets are back in 2020. Every week, I will publish an article that will showcase some of the best bets of the round.

Let’s have a winning season and make some money.

Penrith Panthers Vs St George Illawarra Dragons

Two teams who are on opposite ends of the spectrum, Penrith are coming of a comeback win from 12-0 against the reigning premiers, and then the Dragons losing by 10 to the Tigers.

This game for the Dragons has been a microcosm for how they have played in the past few seasons,  very mediocre.  However, round one is round one, and its early days.

The Dragons still have key players injured, but will see Matt Duffy return moving Zac Lomax to the wing and Tyrell Fuimaono will replace the suspended Tariq Sims.

St George Illawarra Dragons utility Tyrell Fuimaono

For some reason, Ivan decided to start Kikau on the bench, I know puzzling.

He will start this round and will face Tyson Frizell on the left edge which will be a good clash.

The addition of Api Koroisau has immediately improved  the attack and also Nathan Cleary’s play.

Penrith’s spine could develop into one of the best in the NRL and its going to be exciting to watch.

Penrith Panthers hooker Api Koroisau

The Dragons couldn’t put away the Tigers, and when presented with attacking opportunities on the goal line, they were unable to piece together any effective set pieces.

This round, I expect the Dragons to prioritise their attack especially in the redzone and score points.

Penrith should continue their momentum from round one and come out hot, ready to blowout the Dragons. This should be a high scoring affair.

Over 38.5 (Bet-Easy)

Wests Tigers Vs Newcastle Knights

Both of these teams are going into round two 1-0.

The Tigers faced an early deficit and fought their way out to win comfortably against the Dragons and the Knights shutout the Warriors 20-0..

No injuries from either teams, just Michael Chee Kam being replaced by Paul Momirovski and Sione Mata’utia for the Knights has been named in reserves coming back from a knee injury.

Wests Tigers back-rower Luciano Leilua

I think both sides were disappointing in round one.

The Tigers missed Luke Brooks in attack and looked clunky especially in set pieces.

Benji Marshall carried the Tigers attack, and had his hand in most of the Tigers points against the Dragons.

I don’t expect Marshall to be able to maintain this level of play round to round.

The Knights won easily against a bad Warriors team, however the Knights missed a lot of opportunities and probably could have beat the Warriors by 40.

Newcastle Knights fullback Kalyn Ponga

With that said, a win is win, but you shouldn’t judge the Knights on  a below average win against the worst team in the NRL.

I like the Knights here, just because I think the Tigers look incomplete on attack and they won’t be playing in front of their fans at Leichhardt.

I am  more confident that this game will be low scoring and points will be a rare commodity.

Under 41.5 (Points Bet)

Knights Win

Rabbitohs Vs Broncos

One of the best coaching battles in the NRL, Anthony Seibold vs Wayne Bennett.

This has been a rivalry that has been brewing in the past years and is a key talking point heading into this game.

Brisbane Broncos coach Anthony Seibold

The angst between both coaching is reflected in the play, as both teams want to win for their coach.

Bennett has the upper hand on Seibold as the Rabbitohs were able to beat the Broncos in both match ups.

Broncos were victorious in the Queensland derby against the Cowboys, and the Rabbitohs beat the Sharks by eight points.

Both of these teams played well in round one, showing that they are both going to be hard for teams to handle.

The Rabbitohs have no changes to their team for round two.

The Broncos will be out without Tevita Pangai facing a four week suspension, and Alex Glenn is expected to miss one more round with a hamstring injury.

Brisbane Broncos halfback Brodie Croft

The Broncos have seen key players like Lodge and Bird fall victim to injury in the off-season.

While these are big losses, it doesn’t affect them as much as it would other teams because of the large amount of talent and depth within the Broncos.

Brodie Croft has been a good addition and has taken allot of the important decisions out of Milford’s hands, which will give the Broncos a greater chance of winning.

They have more composure  on attack and an effective kicking game.

Having  a cool, calm and collected player like Croft brings more structure in attack and direction in the tail end of games.

Brisbane Broncos five-eighth Anthony Milford

This has been the Broncos weakness, and this addition has helped to address this.

The Broncos strengths are in the middle, and I expect this game to be won in the forwards.

For the Rabbitohs to win, they will need players like Liam Knight and Tevita Tatola to be able to contain the young and strong Broncos pack.

Bennett can always get his players up for big games, especially against his nemesis.

The Rabbitohs forwards will be eager to step up and take it to the Broncos forwards.

This game will be played in the middle and between both twenties. Its going to be all about possession and mistakes.


Which team can be composed and cool headed in high pressure situations?

The Rabbitohs have more experience in their halves  and in a close game this will be a difference maker.

I also believe that Wayne Bennett is better then Seibold schematically and in motivating his players.

Rabbitohs win 

NRL Round 2 preview

Canterbury Bulldogs captain and back-rower Josh Jackson

Canterbury Bulldogs v North Queensland Cowboys @ ANZ Stadium

This game of Rugby League to open round 2 on Thursday night will be like no other.

The Bulldogs and Cowboys run out onto an empty ANZ Stadium with games from this weekend to be played without fans in attendance for the first time in the game’s 112 year history.

Both teams are coming off first up losses in round one.

The Bulldogs went down to the Eels in a low scoring arm wrestle and the Cowboys going down to the Broncos in their Queensland derby despite a late fightback in the first game at their new stadium.

After missing the top eight last season, respective coaches Dean Pay and Paul Green will be drumming home the importance of getting in the winner’s circle this week.

Canterbury Bulldogs youngster Jake Averillo

TEAM NEWS: Just one change for the Bulldogs this week with Kerrod Holland being ruled out with a knee injury and rookie outside back Jake Averillo named to make his NRL debut via the bench.

A positive inclusion for the Cowboys with Origin forward Josh McGuire named to return from injury and a suspension which carried over from the end of last year.

McGuire will run out in the front-row pushing John Asiata to the pine and Corey Jensen out of the side.

KEY MATCH-UP: Dallin Watene-Zelezniak v Valentine Holmes

With both teams struggling to generate any quality attack for most of their round one matches, it could be one of these two all-action ball runners that proves the difference on Thursday night.

Watene-Zelezniak was one of the Bulldogs best last week with 198 metres, 6 tackle busts and a line-break.

Canterbury Bulldogs fullback Dallin Watene-Zelezniak

Holmes had a bit of a mixed bag last week with a try, try-assist and 181 metres, whilst making a couple of errors and at times seemingly limping on his ankle.

That being his first game back from 12 months out of the game, he’s sure to be better for the run this week.

RECENT HISTORY: The Cowboys hold a slight 3-2 edge in the last five played including a 15-8 victory at home the last time they met. Kyle Feldt and Coen Hess have both crossed for three tries in their last five matches against the Bulldogs.

St George Illawarra Dragons v Penrith Panthers @ Netstrata Jubilee Stadium

After opening their season with a loss despite holding a halftime lead at Win Stadium on Sunday night, the Dragons would have been buoyed at the prospect of playing at their other spiritual home this week.

But, of course, that will now hold little significance in an empty stadium.

St George Illawarra Dragons utility back Zac Lomax

The Red V will have their work cut out for them bouncing back as they run into a Panthers team who were very impressive in downing the defending premiers at the foot of the mountains first up.

Panthers Coach Ivan Cleary will be confident heading into this one but also wary that consistency will be key to how his team’s season unfolds in 2020.

TEAM NEWS: Winger Mikaele Ravalawa has been ruled out after picking up a knock on his thigh last Sunday night.

Zac Lomax shifts to the wing and Matt Dufty getting another crack at the Red V number one jersey.

Tariq Sims copped a one match suspension for a high shot with Tyrell Fuimaono starting in the second-row and Jacob Host joining the bench.

Penrith Panthers back-rower Viliame Kikau

After starting from the bench last week, Viliame Kikau has been named to start again switching places with Liam Martin.

Despite an impressive win last week, the Panthers have further re-jigged their back-row with James Fisher-Harris named at lock and Isaah Yeo in the second-row with Kikau.

The final change for the mountain men sees Billy Burns join the interchange in place of the suspended Jack Hetherington.

KEY MATCH-UP: Ben Hunt v Nathan Cleary

Expect the battle of the number sevens to prove pivotal here.

Hunt had a self-confessed disappointing opening to his season missing 5 tackles as well as a couple of errors.

St George Illawarra Dragons half Ben Hunt

This included a shocker of a kick which sprayed off the side of his boot, well over the side-line on the full.

Despite an off night, he still showed glimpses of his class and will be looking to swiftly bounce back with a strong showing here.

Cleary seemed to relish the responsibility of this now being his football team after the departure of James Maloney and steered the ship perfectly for his men last week.

Kicked well all night and laid on the match-winner taking the line on before offloading for big Viliame Kikau to score.

RECENT HISTORY: The Dragons hold a slight 3-2 lead in the last five, but the Panthers have won their last two against the Dragons by a combined margin of 48.

Brisbane Broncos v South Sydney Rabbitohs @ Suncorp Stadium

One of last year’s biggest talking points and most hyped matches was when Anthony Seibold and Wayne Bennett’s charges locked horns after the two coaches switched clubs in the lead-up to season 2019.

That moment in time ensures there should be plenty of feeling whenever these two clash in the near future.

Both teams are coming off strong performances to open their campaign.

Brisbane Broncos back-rower David Fifita

The Broncos scored an impressive victory over North Queensland with young tyros Payne Haas and David Fifita again living up to the hype and they could well end up being one of the best forward pack duos seen in recent times.

The Rabbitohs were dominant for much of their win over the Sharks but will need to notch a strong 80 minutes here after letting the Sharks back into the contest in the final quarter last week.

TEAM NEWS: With Tevita Pangai Junior to sit out the next four weeks after being suspended, rookie forward Jamil Hopoate gets a chance to start in the second-row.

Skipper Alex Glenn still appears to be at least another week away from returning.

Young prop Ethan Bullemor will debut from the bench.

South Sydney Coach Wayne Bennett has named an unchanged 17.

Brisbane Broncos prop Payne Haas

KEY MATCH-UP: Payne Haas v Liam Knight

Despite running out in different positions on the team sheet, these two impressive young forwards both ply their trade through the middle third and will see plenty of each other come Friday night.

Unsurprisingly, Haas was simply brilliant in the opening game of the season running for 213 metres whilst busting 7 tackles in an 80 minute performance.

He looks set to back up his stellar breakout season from last year.

Moving to the back of the scrum this year, Knight was also impressive to open the season playing with plenty of physicality and showing the ability to offload in traffic.

South Sydney Rabbitohs prop Liam Knight

He also came up with a monster hit late in the contest to force the ball free from the Sharks when all the momentum was going against his team.

Expecting him to take the fight right up to Haas and co in what should be a ripping battle through the middle.

RECENT HISTORY: In last year’s battle of the coaches, it was the wily old Bennett who gained the upper hand winning both encounters.

Bronco’s winger Corey Oates has crossed the stripe on six occasions in his last five games against the Bunnies.

New Zealand Warriors v Canberra Raiders @ Cbus Super Stadium

Unable to return home due to New Zealand’s self-isolation laws enforced on people re-entering the country amidst COVID-19, the Warriors have setup camp in Kingscliff this week and will call the Gold Coast home for this match.

After a disappointing on-field showing going down to the Knights last Saturday, life got a whole lot more complicated for the Warriors.

Unless they can band together and forge some level of siege mentality, they’ll find it tough coming up against last year’s grand finalists.

New Zealand Warriors fullback and captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

The Raiders looked strong in downing the Titans in round one and will be looking to put the foot on the pedal here as they continue to build off their strong season last year.

TEAM NEWS: With Patrick Herbert and Peta Hiku flying home to New Zealand to be with their families, Adam Pompey and Adam Keighran come into the side at wing and centre respectively.

After impressing off the bench on debut last week, Eliesa Katoa has earned a run-on jersey on an edge which sees Adam Blair move to lock and Isaiah Papali’i to the bench.

No real changes for the green machine with Corey Horsburgh to suit up at lock and Joseph Tapine on an edge. They played those roles last week despite being named the other way around.

Canberrra Raiders fullback Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad

KEY MATCH-UP: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck v Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad

If ever there was a game a skipper needed to stand up and lead from the front, it’s this game and it wouldn’t surprise to see an RTS masterclass this week.

He didn’t get many chances in attack last week as his halves failed to pose too many questions with the ball in hand.

You would expect him to take the game by the scruff of the neck and call a lot more ball himself this week.

After sitting behind the New Zealand fullback for years at the Warriors, Nicoll-Klokstad enjoyed a breakout year in 2019 and proved a vital cog in the green machine’s march to the grand final.

Canberra Raiders forward Josh Papalii

He didn’t get off to the best of starts in 2020 after going off and failing to pass a HIA late in the first half.

He will be looking to bounce back with a strong showing against his former club on Saturday.

RECENT HISTORY: The Warriors hold a 3-2 lead in their last five including an upset 24-20 victory in Canberra in the penultimate round last year.

Raiders prop Josh Papalii has scored a try in each of his last three appearances against the Warriors.

Sydney Roosters v Manly Sea Eagles @ Leichhardt Oval

Two of the more fancied teams in this year’s competition will both be looking to bounce back from first up losses in the second installment of Super Saturday.

The back-to-back defending champions fell at the hands of the Panthers in a tough fought contest.

The Sea Eagles also played out a hard tussle with the Storm for most of the contest before failing to match strides with their arch rivals in the final quarter.

Sydney Roosters fullback James Tedesco

It will be a rare occasion with the Roosters running out onto the Tigers home ground from the home sheds and will be a strange feeling for former Tiger James Tedesco in particular.

TEAM NEWS: Sitili Tupouniua is out after a picking up a knee injury in round one. Angus Crichton returns to take his place in the second-row.

Manly will line up with the same 17 that went down to the Storm last week.

KEY MATCH-UP: James Tedesco v Tom Trbojevic

Teddy versus Turbo – What a mouth-watering match-up between two of the attacking stars of the premiership.

The New South Wales team mates go head to head after having somewhat quiet performances in round one – at least by their high standards.

Manly Sea Eagles fullback Tom Trbojevic

Neither managed to notch an attacking stat last week and it’s hard to recall a time either player has had two games like that in a row. Look for an attacking masterclass by both men in this one.

RECENT HISTORY: The Roosters hold a 3-2 lead in the last five played including coming out victorious in the last three encounters.

Cronulla Sharks v Melbourne Storm @ Netstrata Jubilee Stadium

The Sharks will host their first home game at Kogarah on Saturday night against bitter rivals Melbourne.

This shapes as a new chapter in their recent rivalry following the retirement of club stalwart Paul Gallen.

Cronulla Sharks coach John Morris

A bit slow out of the blocks to start the season, coach John Morris’ men will be looking to quickly build off a second half comeback against the Rabbitohs where they came within four points of notching an unlikely win.

They run into a Storm outfit who’ve barely missed a beat again over the off-season.

Craig Bellamy’s charges played out a tough opening 60 minutes against Manly away from home before putting the foot down late to overpower their opposition.

TEAM NEWS: Both the Sharks and Storm have named the same 17 as last week.

Cronulla Sharks prop Andrew Fifita

KEY MATCH-UP: Andrew Fifita v Jesse Bromwich

Ever since the 2016 grand final when both men crossed the stripe for second half tries, these two bookends have played a key hand in their team’s chances in what has been an intense rivalry between the two clubs.

Fifita has reportedly been strong with his leadership during the off-season but on the field he looked well short of a gallop in the opening round as he struggled to get through just 39 minutes.

He’ll need to lift a couple of gears if the Sharks are to cause an upset here.

Melbourne Storm prop Jesse Bromwich

Bromwich meanwhile looked typically strong against the Sea Eagles as he ran for 184 metres with 3 offloads.

He’ll be looking to get one over his old foe in this one.

RECENT HISTORY: The Sharks hold the advantage in the last five with a 3-2 advantage. All of them clashes have been tight affairs except for their last match when the Storm ran out comfortable 40-16 victors.

TIGERS v KNIGHTS @ Leichhardt Oval

This won’t have the same Sunday afternoon at Leichhardt feels it normally would, but it still looms as an intriguing contest between two first round winners who look to be on the up in 2020.

The Tigers showed plenty of promise with a squad that looked to have plenty of attack in them as they downed the Dragons in Wollongong on Sunday night despite the absence of halfback Luke Brooks.

The Knights also looked the goods in their season opener with a shutout victory over the Warriors built on the back of an off-season where defence and mental toughness were high on the agenda.

Wests Tigers veteran half Benji Marshall

TEAM NEWS: Just the one change for the home team with Paul Momirovski named in place of Michael Chee Kam on the bench.

The Knights will go in unchanged.

KEY MATCH-UP: Benji Marshall v Mitchell Pearce

These two experienced halves are pushing 600 top grade appearances between them and they are both sure to play pivotal roles in the outcome of this one.

In the absence of the Tigers regular number seven, Benji put in an absolute masterclass of halfback play to steer his side home last week.

He scored a try and set two up but it was the wizardry of his short kicking game that proved vital forcing repeat sets at will as he built pressure on the Dragons defensive line.

Newcastle Knights halfback and captain Mitchell Pearce

Pearce led from the front in the Knights first up win with his long kicking game and the willingness to put his body on the line defensively key to their success.

He will know he needs to lift his 5th tackle options when in the Tigers half to match the brilliance of his opposite on Sunday with that area being one of the few negatives in the Knights game in round one.

RECENT HISTORY: The Tigers hold a 4-1 advantage in the last five including a thumping 46-4 victory late last season which was the final nail in the coffin of former Coach Nathan Brown’s tenure in the Hunter.

TITANS v EELS @ Cbus Super Stadium

In the final match of a historic round 2, last year’s wooden spooners host the team many are tipping for a serious premiership tilt this year.

It was ominous signs early in round one for the Titans as their defence let in a couple of rapid fire tries.

They at least showed a bit of resolve to not let the score-line blowout too much against the Raiders and will be looking for a better opening to this contest.

Parramatta Eels winger Blake Ferguson

The Eels got the job done in the season opener, but look to have a lot more work to do as they only notched the one try against the Bulldogs.

It was a good hit-out against a physical Canterbury pack last week and they should be a lot better for that outing.

TEAM NEWS: Brian Kelly has been named in the centres switching places with Tyrone Peachey who drops to the bench.

Moeaki Fotuaika has been named to return from injury via the bench replacing rookie forward Jaimin Jolliffe.

Gold Coast Titans centre Brian Kelly

The Eels have named the same 17 that accounted for the Bulldogs in round one.

KEY MATCH-UP: Jai Arrow v Nathan Brown

These two lock forwards both lead from the front on a consistent basis for their packs and play with a high work rate and physical nature that many can’t match.

Both with the ability to bust a tackle and offload make this an enticing battle through the middle.

RECENT HISTORY: The Eels have won the last three between these sides by an average margin of 20 points.

Gold Coast Titans lock Jai Arrow

Fantasy Watch Round 2

With round one done and dusted, fantasy coaches are now in the midst of assessing many members of their 21 man squad.

As we weigh up whether to burn early trades or sit tight for another week, we see if players who were a little underwhelming in round one can bounce back with a decent round two score.

One thing to consider with trades in mind is what effect COVID-19 could have on the fantasy season.

As it stands right now, the footy will go on, but that could change at any second.

When considering trades, be sure to have the casualty ward handy, particularly if you’re looking at a player whose covering for another injured player.

Wests Tigers forward Zane Musgrove

If the competition was suspended for any amount of time, it could effectively change the round that player is due back in. Eg:

Hypothetically, if the comp was to go on hold for two months and a player was listed to return in round 9, by the time the comp re-started that player would be ready to go again and you may well have burned a trade.

Anyway, enough about the crazy world we’re currently living in.

Let’s have a look at who’s in the firing line, ones to whack on your watch list and my base stats buys of the week.


Zane Musgrove – With just 26 minutes of game time and a score of 13, Musgrove who is owned by 17.3% of coaches could be one to consider giving the hook.

He still has a break even of 20 so still is every chance of making some money but there’s certainly a few other cheap options that look more likely to gain you some early increases based on the evidence of round one.

Warriors forwards Eliesa Katoa and Jamayne Taunoa-Brown and Shark Toby Rudolf could be ones to have a look at as alternatives.

Brayden Wiliame – With many of his 26.6% of owners starting him in the tricky centre position, Wiliame’s lowly 16 points counted to their overall score.

He still carries the same break even of 17 and is only a try or 2 away from gaining some price rises so is probably a hold for now – at least until a better option comes along.

St George Illawarra Dragons utility back Brayden Wiliame

Warriors winger Adam Pompey is perhaps the only other option in the same price bracket but he only averaged 17 fantasy points in his five games last year.

Joe Stimson – With a score of 24 in 69 minutes of game time, Stimson is one to consider parting ways with early on, especially if he’s used in your starting 17.

He’s been named to start again this week so is still a chance of notching you a solid score and making some cash with his break even still at 29.

Has showed fantasy promise in the past but it’s probably worth considering he was getting amongst the tries at times playing at the Storm.


Latrell Mitchell – The one player I’d be absolutely looking to offload if he was in my squad this week is Mitchell.

The 16.3% of coaches who took the punt on him hitting the ground running this season were left sadly disappointed as he scored just 14 and was taken off after just 55 minutes by Coach Wayne Bennett.

South Sydney Rabbitohs fullback Latrell Mitchell

There’s obviously a plan to ease him into the custodian role and it’s unclear at this stage how long it will be before he’s playing out the 80 again.

Sitting on a price tag of 624k and a break even of 66, I’d be getting him out now to free up space in your cap.


Named to start in the second-row this week, both Jamil Hopoate 231k and Tyrell Fuimaono 252k would have raised a few eyebrows when coaches were reading the team sheets this week.

Hopoate gets his chance for the suspended Tevita Pangai Jr but be prepared for Broncos skipper Alex Glenn to come into his position next week.

Similar story at the Dragons with Fuimaono filling in for Tariq Sims who will serve a one game suspension.

Brisbane Broncos forward Jamil Hopoate

Both are capable of making more money off the bench particularly if they post a big score this week.

Just don’t buy them anticipating they’ll be part of your scoring 17 beyond this round.


After a solid score of 43 at fullback, Zac Lomax has unfortunately been named on the wing to cover for the injured Mikaele Ravalawa with Matt Dufty getting another chance at the back.

The ultimate scenario here is Lomax moving back to fullback next week when Ravalawa returns.

There’s always the chance of course Dufty has a cracking game and retains his place but even so, with a break even of 17 Lomax is a hold for this week.


One of the golden rules in fantasy is to never get excited by one good week, but there’s certainly a few worth keeping your eye on this week.

Isaah Yeo 2RF
Base stats 74

Played through the middle in an 80 minute performance last week where he made 33 tackles, ran for 170 metres and busted 7 tackles.

Yeo is well priced at 595k and has a break even of 11 which almost make him a buy right now.

The only thing holding me back at this stage is the fact he’s been named to shift back onto an edge this week.

Penrith Panthers back-rower Isaah Yeo

Last week, James Fisher-Harris started on an edge and has been named at lock this week.

It’s hard to see why Ivan Cleary would tinker with a winning formula that saw his team down the defending premiers so it will be interesting to see where they play once the game kicks off.

Jesse Bromwich FRF
Base stats 50

A former fantasy gun who has been disappointing in the last few seasons for fantasy scores but could he be ready to recapture his best?

Scored 50 in round one all in base stats and with a price of 554K and a break even of 28, he could turn into a solid mid-range option if he can continue to produce the numbers he did last week.

George Williams HLF
Base stats 56

This English half’s style of game always looked suited to fantasy but his awkward price and the unknown of how he’d adapt to the NRL held most coaches back heading into round one, but after a very impressive 64 he’s certainly one to consider.

Busted five tackles on the weekend showcasing his willingness to run the footy, with his 29 tackles and 206 kick metres providing valuable points to his total.


David Fifita 2RF
Base stats 64

If you weren’t one of the 42% who started with this devastating back-rower in round one, you’ll want to get on now before his price tag skyrockets.

With 150 metres and 8 tackle busts, the all action running forward is sure to post plenty of big numbers this season, even when he’s not scoring 70 metre solo tries!

Brisbane Broncos back-rower David Fifita

His price of 717K is still unders but a break even of 28 means his price will continue to soar in the coming weeks.

Corey Horsburgh FRF/2RF
Base stats 59

After being named to start on an edge last week, Horsburgh ended up playing through the middle third.

Joseph Tapine instead played the edge role and they have been named to start that way again this week.

A solid work ethic in tackles and run metres means he has a strong base.

Canberra Raiders forward Corey Horsburgh

He also has the ability to post consistent offloads and tackle busts which are keys to the best fantasy forwards posting strong scores.

Priced at 499K with a break even of 15, he looks set to make some nice coin in the coming weeks.

The only possible negative is the return of John Bateman to the Raiders pack in a month or so.

I’m willing to take the punt he holds the 13 jersey with Tapine the man to make way when the Englishman returns.

NRL Rd 1: Penrith Panthers v Sydney Roosters Stats Breakdown

Former Sydney Roosters lock Craig Fitzgibbon

Penrith Panthers v Sydney Roosters Stats

The Penrith Panthers and Sydney Roosters have played each other on 91 occasions; Penrith have won 34 games, the Roosters have won 56 games and there has been one draw.

The Sydney Roosters won 33 of the first 39 games played between the two sides (33W, 5L, 1D).

The Penrith Panthers have lost three of the last four games played between the two sides.

The first game played between the two sides was a 26-10 victory for the Sydney Roosters in round 17, 1967.

The Penrith Panthers have won five of the last eight games between the two sides at Panthers Stadium.

Biggest Wins

The Penrith Panthers biggest win over the Sydney Roosters was an easy 48-6 success in round 11, 2009.

The Sydney Roosters biggest win over the Penrith Panthers was a straight forward obliteration, winning it 42-6 in round 21, 2013.

Top try-scorer in this clash

Mark Harris (SYD) – 16
Kevin Junee (SYD) – 11
Rhys Wesser (PEN) – 11
Michael Jennings (PEN) – 11
Greg Alexander (PEN) – 9
Amos Roberts (PEN/SYD) – 9
Bill Mullins (SYD) – 8
Brad Izzard (PEN) – 8
Anthony Minichiello (SYD) – 8
Shaun Kenny-Dowall (SYD) – 8

Sydney Roosters club legend and prolific try-scorer Mark Harris

Most prolific point-scorer in this clash

Craig Fitzgibbon (SYD) – 2 tries & 46 goals (100 pts)
Greg Alexander (PEN) – 9 tries & 26 goals (88 pts)
Allan McKean (SYD) – 1 try & 40 goals (83 pts)*
Ryan Girdler (PEN) – 4 tries & 29 goals (74 pts)
James Maloney (SYD/PEN) – 1 try, 27 goals & 1 field goal (59 pts)
Michael Gordon (PEN/SYD) – 5 tries & 15 goals (50 pts)
Mark Harris (SYD) – 15 tries & 2 goals (49 pts)*
Rhys Wesser (PEN) – 11 tries (44 pts)
Michael Jennings (PEN) – 11 tries (44 pts)
John Brass (SYD) – 2 tries & 18 goals (42 pts)*
Amos Roberts (PEN/SYD) – 9 tries & 2 goals (40 pts)

Players to have played for both sides from this clash

  1. Bob Landers – 1959-1965 (SYD) & 1967-1970 (PEN)
  2. Bill McCall – 1958 (SYD) & 1967 (PEN)
  3. Dennis Tutty – 1972-1974 (PEN) & 1975 (SYD)
  4. David Greene – 1984-1985 (SYD) & 1986-1992 (PEN)
  5. Paul Dunn – 1984-1985 & 1996 (SYD) & 1991-1992 (PEN)
  6. Steve Robinson – 1983-1985 (PEN) & 1991-1992 (SYD)
  7. Trevor Gillmeister – 1986-1990 (SYD) & 1994 (PEN)
  8. Brett Gillard – 1989-1993 (SYD) & 1993-1994 (PEN)
  9. Colin Ward – 1991-1994 (SYD) & 2002-2003 (PEN)
  10. Gary Freeman – 1992-1993 (SYD) & 1994-1995 (PEN)
  11. Nigel Gaffey – 1992-1995 & 1997-1998 (SYD) & 1999-2000 (PEN)
  12. Craig O’Dwyer – 1993 (SYD) & 1994 (PEN)
  13. Graham Mackay – 1991-1994 (PEN) & 1995 (SYD)
  14. Ned Catic – 1996 & 1998-2002 (PEN) & 2003-2005 (SYD)
  15. Scott Sattler – 1994 (SYD) & 1999-2003 (PEN)
  16. Justin Holbrook – 2001 (PEN) & 2002 (SYD)
  17. Chad Halliday – 1997 (SYD) & 2002 (PEN)
  18. Brad Fittler – 1989-1995 (PEN) & 1996-2004 (SYD)
  19. Amos Roberts – 2004 (PEN) & 2005-2008 (SYD)
  20. Richie Fa’aoso – 2004 (PEN) & 2005 (SYD)
  21. Trent Clayton – 2001 (SYD) & 2004-2005 (PEN)
  22. Nigel Plum – 2005-2007 (SYD) & 2010-2015 (PEN)
  23. Shane Shackleton – 2005-2009 (SYD) & 2012 (PEN)
  24. Jamie Soward – 2005-2007 (SYD) & 2014-2016 (PEN)
  25. Michael Jennings – 2007-2012 (PEN) & 2013-2015 (SYD)
  26. Michael Gordon – 2006-2012 (PEN) & 2017 (SYD)
  27. Sandor Earl – 2009 (SYD) & PEN (2010-2012)
  28. Mose Masoe – 2010-2012 (SYD) & 2013 (PEN)
  29. Nafe Seluini – 2011-2012 (PEN) & 2012-2013 (SYD)
  30. James Maloney – 2013-2015 (SYD) & 2018-2019 (PEN)
  31. Suaia Matagi – 2015 (SYD) & 2016 (PEN)

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

  1. Peter Newsome (PEN) sent-off in round 2, 1976.
  2. Ross Gigg (PEN) sent-off in round 18, 1978.
  3. Royce Ayliffe (SYD) sent-off in round 2, 1981.
  4. Robert Cowie (SYD) sent-off in round 5, 1982.
  5. Tom Arber (SYD) sin-binned in round 3, 1984.
  6. Greg Alexander & Ben Gonzales (both PEN) & Dean Bell (SYD) all sin-binned in round 13, 1985.
  7. Mike McLean (SYD) & Greg Clements (PEN) both sin-binned in round 26, 1985.
  8. John Cartwright (PEN) sent-off in round 4, 1995.
  9. Matt Adamson (PEN) both sin-binned & sent-off in round 4, 1996.
  10. Geoff Bell (PEN) sin-binned in round 8, 2002.
  11. Rhys Wesser (PEN) sin-binned in round, 2002.
  12. Petero Civoniceva (PEN) sin-binned in round 18, 2011.
  13. Tyrone Peachey (PEN) sin-binned in round 15, 2018.

Head coaching records

Robert ‘Bob’ Fulton (SYD) – 8/8 (100%)
Phil Gould (PEN) – 5/6 (83.3%)
Don Furner (SYD) – 5/6 (83.3%)
Jack Gibson (SYD) – 7/10 (70%) (1 draw)
Arthur Beetson (SYD) – 8/12 (66.7%)
Trent Robinson (SYD) – 8/12 (66.7%)
Tim Sheens (PEN) _ 5/8 (62.5%)
John Lang (PEN) – 5/10 (50%)
Ricky Stuart (SYD) – 5/10 (50%)
Anthony Griffin (PEN) – 2/4 (50%)
Laurie Freier (SYD) – 2/4 (50%)
Phil Gould (SYD) – 2/4 (50%)
Graham Murray (SYD) – 2/4 (50%)
Brad Fittler (SYD) – 2/4 (50%)
Jack Clare (PEN) – 1/2 (50%)
Ronald Willey (PEN) – 1/2 (50%)
Tony Paskins (SYD) – 1/2 (50%)
Royce Simmons (PEN) – 4/9 (44.4%)
Matthew Elliott (PEN) – 3/7 (42.9%)
Ivan Cleary (PEN) – 4/10 (40%)
Brian Smith (SYD) – 2/5 (40%)
Leo Trevena (PEN) – 1/4 (25%) (1 draw)
Don Parish (PEN) – 1/4 (25%)
Bob Boland (PEN) – 2/10 (20%)
Mark Murray (SYD) – 1/5 (20%)
Barry Harris (PEN) – 0/2 (0%)
Mike Stephenson (PEN) – 0/2 (0%)
Russell Fairfax (SYD) – 0/2 (0%)
John Peard (PEN) – 0/4 (0%)
Len Stacker (PEN) – 0/6 (0%)

Players to have scored three or more tries in one game in this clash (in order of quantity)

  1. Mark Harris (SYD) scored three tries in round 12, 1973.
  2. Kevin Junee (SYD) scored three tries in round 6, 1970.
  3. Bill Mullins (SYD) scored three tries in round 12, 1973.
  4. Mark Harris (SYD) scored three tries in round 12, 1975.
  5. Kevin Hastings (SYD) scored three tries in round 18, 1978.
  6. Mark Harris (SYD) scored three tries in round 9, 1979.
  7. Greg Clements (PEN) scored three tries in round 26, 1985.
  8. Rhys Wesser (PEN) scored three tries in round 12, 2002.
  9. Rhys Wesser (PEN) scored three tries in round 3, 2003.
  10. Sam Perrett (SYD) scored three tries in round 23, 2006.
  11. Michael Jennings (PEN) scored three tries in round 11, 2009.

NRL Rd 1: South Sydney Rabbitohs v Cronulla Sharks Stats Breakdown

Former South Sydney Rabbitohs centre Eric Simms

South Sydney Rabbitohs v Cronulla Sharks Stats

The South Sydney Rabbitohs and Cronulla Sharks have played each other on 88 occasions; the Rabbitohs have won 39, the Sharks have won 46 and there have been three draws.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs won eleven of the first twelve games played between the two sides.

The first game played between the two sides was a 23-15 victory for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in round 3, 1967.

Biggest Wins

The South Sydney Rabbitohs biggest win over the Cronulla Sharks was a comfortable 46-10 victory in round 9, 1983.

The Cronulla Sharks biggest win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs was a dominating 42-0 rout in round 22, 1994.

Top try-scorer in this clash

Andrew Ettinghausen (CRO) – 16
Ray Corcoran (CRO) – 13
Nathan Merritt (CRO/SOU) – 12
Jonathan Docking (CRO) – 8
Steve Rogers (CRO) – 7
Paul Mellor (CRO) – 7
Denis Pittard (SOU) – 6
David Peachey (CRO) – 6
Luke Covell (CRO) – 6
John Sutton (SOU) – 5

Most prolific point-scorer in this clash

Eric Simms (SOU) – 1 try, 79 goals & 9 field goals (181 pts)*
Steve Rogers (CRO) – 7 tries & 53 goals (127 pts)*
Luke Covell (CRO) – 6 tries & 21 goals (66 pts)
Andrew Ettinghausen (CRO) – 16 tries (64 pts)
Adam Reynolds (SOU) – 29 goals & 1 field goal (59 pts)
Barry Andrews (CRO) – 1 try & 27 goals (57 pts)*
Nathan Merritt (SOU/CRO) – 12 tries & 2 goals (52 pts)
Neil Baker (SOU) –3 tries & 19 goals (50 pts)
Mat Rogers (CRO) – 4 tries & 17 goals (50 pts)
Tony Melrose (SOU) – 1 try & 22 goals (47 pts)*
Chris Sandow (SOU) – 2 tries, 16 goals & 1 field goal (43 pts)

Players to have played for both sides from this clash

  1. Rod Urquhart – 1970-1971 (CRO) & 1973-1974 (SOU)
  2. Greg Purcell – 1975-1977 (SOU) & 1979 (CRO)
  3. John Berne – 1976-1979 (SOU) & 1981-1983 (CRO)
  4. Steve Taylor – 1976-1981 (SOU) & 1982 (CRO)
  5. Bill Annabel – 1976-1978 (SOU) & 1979 (CRO)
  6. Rick Bourke – 1973-1982 (CRO) & 1983 (SOU)
  7. Harry Bryant – 1975-1977 (CRO) & 1978-1982 (SOU)
  8. Gary Wright – 1976-1981 (SOU) & 1982 (CRO)
  9. John Jarvie – 1981-1982 (CRO) & 1983 (SOU)
  10. Greg Nixon – 1981 (SOU) & 1982-1987 (CRO)
  11. Terry Murphy – 1982-1983 (CRO) & 1984-1985 (SOU)
  12. Les Davidson – 1984-1990 (SOU) & 1991-1998 (CRO)
  13. Michael Speechley – 1984-1985 (SOU) & 1986-1992 (CRO)
  14. John Kambas – 1984 (SOU) & 1987-1988 (CRO)
  15. Arthur Pappas – 1989-1990 (CRO) & 1992 (SOU)
  16. Eion Crossan – 1992 (SOU) & 1994-1995 (CRO)
  17. Paul Mellor – 1991-1996 & 2006-2007 (SOU) & 1999-2002 & 2005 (CRO)
  18. Nick Zisti – 1991-1993 (SOU) & 1998 (CRO)
  19. David Peachey – 1994-2005 (CRO) & 2006-2007 (SOU)
  20. Mark McGaw – 1984-1992 (CRO) & 1994-1995 (SOU)
  21. Russell Richardson – 1996-2001 (CRO) & 2002-2003 (SOU)
  22. Luke Stuart – 1998-2001 (CRO) & 2002-2011 (SOU)
  23. Shannon Donato – 1995-1997 (SOU) & 1998-2001 (CRO)
  24. Paul McNicholas – 1996-1999 & 2002 (SOU) & 2000-2001 (CRO)
  25. Brent Grose – 2001 (CRO) & 2002 (SOU)
  26. Brett Kearney – 2003-2005 (SOU) & 2006-2009 (CRO)
  27. Luke MacDougall – 2002 (CRO) & 2003-2006 (SOU)
  28. Nathan Merritt – 2002-2003 & 2006-2014 (SOU) & 2004-2005 (CRO)
  29. Nigel Vagana – 2004-2006 (CRO) & 2007-2008 (SOU)
  30. Ben Ross – 2006-2009 & 2012-2013 (CRO) & 2011 (SOU)
  31. Craig Stapleton – 2007 (CRO) & 2010 (SOU)
  32. Bryson Goodwin – 2007-2008 (CRO) & 2013-2017 (SOU)
  33. Adam Peek – 2002 (SOU) & 2008 (CRO)
  34. Michael Greenfield – 2004 (CRO) & 2006-2008 (SOU)
  35. Colin Best – 1998-2002 & 2011-2012 (CRO) & 2009-2010 (SOU)

Players to have 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) & Shane Wilson (SOU) both sin-binned in round 8, 1996.
  9. Bryan Fletcher (SOU) sin-binned 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.
  13. Robert Jennings (SOU) & Matt Moylan (CRO) both sin-binned in round 13, 2018.

Head coaching records

Chris Anderson (CRO) – 3/3 (100%)
Arthur Beetson (CRO) – 2/2 (100%)
Robert McCarthy (SOU) – 1/1 (100%)
Anthony Seibold (SOU) – 1/1 (100%)
John Morris (CRO) – 1/1 (100%)
John Lang (CRO) – 7/8 (87.5%)
Ronald Willey (SOU) – 5/6 (83.3%)
Allan Fitzgibbon (CRO) – 6/8 (75%)
Shane Flanagan (CRO) – 7/10 (70%)
Jason Taylor (SOU) – 4/6 (66.7%)
Shaun McRae (SOU) – 2/3 (66.7%)
John Lang (SOU) – 2/3 (66.7%)
Clive Churchill (SOU) – 11/17 (64.7%)
Tommy Bishop (CRO) – 5/10 (50%) (1 draw)
John Gibson (SOU) – 2/4 (50%)
John Raper (CRO) – 2/4 (50%)
Norm Provan (CRO) – 2/4 (50%)
Johnny King (SOU) – 1/2 (50%)
Noel Thornton (CRO) – 1/2 (50%)
Michael Maguire (SOU) – 4/9 (44.4%)
Greg Pierce (CRO) – 2/5 (40%) (1 draw)
Stuart Raper (CRO) – 2/5 (40%)
John Gibson (CRO) – 2/6 (33.3%) (1 draw)
George Piggins (SOU) – 3/10 (30%) (1 draw)
Bill Anderson (SOU) – 2/7 (28.6%) (2 draws)
Ricky Stuart (CRO) – 2/7 (28.6%)
Ken Shine (SOU) – 1/4 (25%)
Paul Langmack (SOU) – 1/4 (25%)
Terrence Fearnley (CRO) – 1/4 (25%)
Wayne Bennett (SOU) – 0/1 (0%)
John O’Neill (SOU) – 0/2 (0%)
Steve Martin (SOU) – 0/2 (0%)
Peter Sharp (CRO) – 0/2 (0%)
Craig Coleman (SOU) – 0/3 (0%)
Frank Curry (SOU) – 0/4 (0%)
Kenneth Kearney (CRO) – 0/6 (0%)

Players to have scored three or more tries in one game in this clash (in order of quantity)

  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 (SOU) scored three tries in round 3, 1969.
  5. Denis Pittard (SOU) scored three tries in round 3, 1969.
  6. Peter Brown (SOU) scored three tries in round 14, 1971.
  7. George Longbottom (SOU) scored three tries in round 9, 1983.
  8. Jonathan Docking (CRO) scored three tries in round 17, 1990.
  9. Sam Isemonger (CRO) scored three tries in round 25, 2003.
  10. Luke MacDougall (SOU) scored three tries in round 4, 2004.
  11. Greg Inglis (SOU) scored three tries in round 9, 2012.

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Also please note, players with asterisks next to their names played in eras when tries were three points and field goals were two points.

NRL Rd 1: Newcastle Knights v New Zealand Warriors Stats Breakdown

Newcastle Knights club legend and halfback Andrew Johns

Newcastle Knights v New Zealand Warriors Breakdown

Newcastle Knights v New Zealand Warriors Stats

The Newcastle Knights and the New Zealand Warriors have played each other on 41 occasions; the Knights have won 19 times, the Warriors 21 times and there has been one draw.

After winning 13 of the last first 19 games between the two sides (13W, 5L & 1D), the Knights have won just 6 of the last 22 games between the two sides since.
This includes winning just two of the last of the last eight games between the two sides.

The first clash between the two sides was an easy 48-6 win for the Newcastle Knights in round 5, 1995.

New Zealand Warriors winger David Fusitu’a has 11 tries in 7 games against the Newcastle Knights, including a hat-trick and a quadruple.

Biggest Wins

The Newcastle Knights biggest win over the New Zealand Warriors was an easy 48-6 win in round 5, 1995.

The New Zealand Warriors biggest win over the Newcastle Knights was a comfortable 52-10 win in round 20, 2007.

Top try-scorer in this clash

Manu Vatuvei (WAR) – 19
Adam MacDougall (NEW) – 13
David Fusitu’a (WAR) – 11
Andrew Johns (NEW) – 9
Clinton Toopi (WAR) – 8
Timana Tahu (NEW) – 8
James McManus (NEW) – 8
Matthew Gidley (NEW) – 7
Kurt Gidley (NEW) – 7
Francis Meli (WAR) – 6
Lance Hohaia (WAR) – 6
Akuila Uate (NEW) – 5
Shaun Johnson (WAR) – 3

Most prolific point-scorer in this clash

Andrew Johns (NEW) – 9 tries, 56 goals & 3 field goals (151 pts)
Kurt Gidley (NEW) – 7 tries & 24 goals (76 pts)
Manu Vatuvei (WAR) – 19 tries (76 pts)
Shaun Johnson (WAR) – 3 tries & 31 goals (74 pts)
Adam MacDougall (NEW) – 13 tries (52 pts)
James Maloney (WAR) – 2 tries, 18 goals & 2 field goals (44 pts)
David Fusitu’a (WAR) – 11 tries (44 pts)
Lance Hohaia (WAR) – 6 tries, 5 goals & 1 field goal (35 pts)
Clinton Toopi (WAR) – 8 tries (32 pts)
Timana Tahu (NEW) – 8 tries (32 pts)
James McManus (NEW) – 8 tries (32 pts)

Former New Zealand Warriors winger Manu Vatuvei

Players to have played for both sides from this clash

  1. Tea Ropati – 1988 (NEW) & 1995-1998 (WAR)
  2. Evarn Tuimavave – 2002-2009 (WAR) & 2010-2012 (NEW)
  3. Matt Jobson – 2001-2003 (NEW) & 2004 (WAR)
  4. Todd Lowrie – 2003-2006 (NEW) & 2013 (WAR)
  5. Cooper Vuna – 2004-2006 (WAR) & 2007-2010 (NEW)
  6. Jesse Royal – 2007-2008 (NEW) & 2009-2010 (WAR)
  7. Jacob Lillyman – 2009-2017 (WAR) & 2018 (NEW)
  8. Carlos Tuimavave – 2012-2014 (WAR) & 2015 (NEW)

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

  1. Brent Webb (WAR) sin-binned in round 5, 2004.
  2. Patrick Ah Van (WAR) sin-binned in round 15, 2006.
  3. Agnatius Paasi (WAR) sin-binned in round 16, 2019.


Head coaching records

Malcolm Reilly (NEW) – 4/4 (100%)
Matthew Elliott (WAR) – 1/1 (100%)
Ivan Cleary (WAR) – 10/12 (83.3%)
Andrew McFadden (WAR) – 4/6 (66.7%)
Michael Hagan (NEW) – 7/11 (63.6%)
Stephen Kearney (WAR) – 3/5 (60%)
Wayne Bennett (NEW) – 2/4 (50%)
Anthony Kemp (WAR) – 1/2 (50%)
Brian Smith (NEW) – 2/6 (33.3%)
Warren Ryan (NEW) – 1/3 (33.3%) (1 draw)
Mark Graham (WAR) – 1/3 (33.3%) (1 draw)
Nathan Brown (NEW) – 2/7 (28.6%)
Rick Stone (NEW) – 1/6 (16.7%)
Daniel Anderson (WAR) – 1/6 (16.7%)
Brian McClennan (WAR) – 0/1 (0%)
John Monie (WAR) – 0/2 (0%)
Frank Endacott (WAR) – 0/2 (0%)

Players to have scored three or more tries in one game in this clash (in order of quantity)

  1. Adam MacDougall (NEW) scored four tries in round 20, 2001.
  2. David Fusitu’a (WAR) scored four tries in round 14, 2016.
  3. Nathan Barnes (NEW) scored three tries in round 9, 1995.
  4. Andrew Johns (NEW) scored three tries in round 7, 2001.
  5. Andrew Johns (NEW) scored three tries in round 3, 2002.
  6. Manu Vatuvei (WAR) scored three tries in round 23, 2010.
  7. Sione Mata’utia (NEW) scored three tries in round 23, 2014.
  8. David Fusitu’a (WAR) scored three tries in round 1, 2017.

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NRL Rd 1: North Queensland Cowboys v Brisbane Broncos Stats Breakdown

North Queensland Cowboys halfback and club legend Johnathan Thurston

North Queensland Cowboys v Brisbane Broncos Stats

The North Queensland Cowboys and Brisbane Broncos have played each other on 52 occasions; the Cowboys have won 16 games, the Broncos have won 32 games and there have been two draws.

The North Queensland Cowboys need to score 6 points to reach 900 total points against the Brisbane Broncos.

The Brisbane Broncos have won four of the last five games between the two sides.

The North Queensland Cowboys did not beat the Brisbane Broncos until the 2004 semi final, failing to win in the 16 games prior to that clash (14L, 2D).

The first game played between the two sides was a 20-12 win for the Brisbane Broncos in round 5, 1995.

Biggest Wins

The Brisbane Broncos biggest win over the North Queensland Cowboys was a landslide 58-4 victory in round 5, 1998.

The North Queensland Cowboys biggest win over the Brisbane Broncos was a 36-4 success in round 1, 2006.

Former North Queensland Cowboys fullback Matt ‘Mango’ Bowen

Top try-scorer in this clash

Matt Bowen (NQL) – 13
Michael Morgan (NQL) – 10
Shaun Berrigan (BRI) – 9
Darren Lockyer (BRI) – 9
Jordan Kahu (BRI/NQL) – 9
Steve Renouf (BRI) – 8
Brent Tate (BRI/NQL) – 8
Wendell Sailor (BRI) – 7
Ashley Graham (NQL) – 7
Gavin Cooper (NQL) – 7

Most prolific point-scorer in this clash

Johnathan Thurston (NQL) – 6 tries, 88 goals & 4 field goals (204 pts)
Corey Parker (BRI) – 6 tries & 57 goals (138 pts)
Darren Lockyer (BRI) – 9 tries, 27 goals & 1 field goal (91 pts)
Michael De Vere (BRI) – 1 try & 30 goals (64 pts)
Jordan Kahu (BRI/NQL) – 9 tries & 12 goals (60 pts)
Matt Bowen (NQL) – 13 tries & 2 field goals (54 pts)
Josh Hannay (NQL) – 3 tries & 19 goals (50 pts)

Players to have played for both sides from this clash

  1. Julian O’Neill – 1991-1995 (BRI) & 2000-2001 (NQL)
  2. Willie Morganson – 1991-1993 (BRI) & 1995-1996 (NQL)
  3. Jason Erba – 1992 (BRI) & 1995 (NQL)
  4. Adam Warwick – 1997-1998 (NQL) & 2000 (BRI)
  5. Dale Shearer – 1990-1991 (BRI) & 1998 (NQL)
  6. Scott Prince – 1998-2000 (NQL) & 2001-2003 & 2013 (BRI)
  7. Michael Coorey – 1996-1998 (NQL) & 2001-2003 (BRI)
  8. Kevin Campion – 1998-2000 (BRI) & 2003-2004 (NQL)
  9. Paul Green – 1999-2000 (NQL) & 2004 (BRI)
  10. Carl Webb – 2000-2004 (BRI) & 2005-2010 (NQL)
  11. Brent Tate – 2001-2007 (BRI) & 2011-2014 (NQL)
  12. Scott Minto – 2002-2006 (BRI) & 2007 (NQL)
  13. Shane Tronc – 2004-2009 (NQL) & 2010-2011 (BRI)
  14. Ben Hannant – 2006-2008 & 2011-2014 (BRI) & 2015-2016 (NQL)
  15. Robert Tanielu – 2002 (BRI) & 2006 (NQL)
  16. Ashton Sims – 2008-2010 (BRI) & 2011-2014 (NQL)
  17. Ben Vaeau – 2006 (BRI) & 2007-2008 (NQL)
  18. Antonio Winterstein – 2009-2010 (BRI) & 2011-2018 (NQL)
  19. Josh McGuire – 2009-2018 (BRI) & 2019 (NQL)
  20. James Segeyaro – 2011-2012 (NQL) & 2019 (BRI)
  21. Nick Slyney – 2008-2010 (NQL) & 2012-2013 (BRI)
  22. Tautau Moga – 2014-2016 (NQL) & 2017 (BRI)
  23. Jake Granville – 2013-2014 (BRI) & 2015-2019 (NQL)
  24. Francis Molo – 2014-2015 (BRI) & 2018-2019 (NQL)
  25. Jordan Kahu – 2013-2018 (BRI) & 2019 (NQL)
  26. Tom Opacic – 2016-2018 (BRI) & 2019 (NQL)
  27. Patrick Mago – 2017 (NQL) & 2018 (BRI)

Head coaching records

Ivan Henjak (BRI) – 4/4 (100%)
Anthony Seibold (BRI) – 2/2 (100%)
Wayne Bennett (BRI) – 26/36 (72.2%) (2 draws)
Paul Green (NQL) – 8/16 (50%)
Anthony Griffin (BRI) – 4/10 (40%)
Neil Henry (NQL) – 4/11 (36.4%)
Graham Murray (NQL) – 4/12 (33.3%)
Grant Bell (NQL) – 0/1 (0%)
Graham Lowe (NQL) – 0/1 (0%)
Ian Millward (NQL) – 0/1 (0%)
Murray Hurst (NQL) – 0/2 (0%)
Tim Sheens (NQL) – 0/8 (0%) (2 draws)

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

  1. Steve Renouf (BRI) scored three tries in round 5, 1995.
  2. Allan Langer (BRI) scored three tries in round 5, 1998.
  3. Lote Tuqiri (BRI) scored three tries in round 6, 2000.
  4. Shaun Berrigan (BRI) scored three tries in round 9, 2003.
  5. Johnathan Thurston (NQL) scored three tries in round 1, 2006.
  6. Matt Sing (NQL) scored three tries in round 20, 2006.
  7. Josh Hoffman (BRI) scored three tries in round 23, 2011.
  8. Michael Morgan (NQL) scored three tries in the 2012 NRL qualifying final.
  9. Michael Morgan (NQL) scored three tries in round 10, 2015.

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NRL Rd 1: Canberra Raiders v Gold Coast Titans Stats Breakdown

Canberra Raiders captain and centre Jarrod Croker

Canberra Raiders v Gold Coast Titans Stats

The Canberra Raiders and the Gold Coast Titans have played each other on 23 occasions; the Canberra Raiders have won 11 times, the Titans 12 times.

The Canberra Raiders need 23 points to reach 600 total points against the Gold Coast Titans.
Conversely, the Gold Coast Titans need 1 point to reach 500 total points against the Raiders.

The Canberra Raiders have won four of the last five games between the two sides.

The Gold Coast Titans have won four of the last six games played at GIO Stadium between the two sides.

The first game played between the two sides was a 28-8 success for the Gold Coast Titans in round 12, 2007.

Biggest Wins

The Canberra Raiders biggest win over the Gold Coast Titans was a 56-10 demolition in round 18, 2007.

The Gold Coast Titans biggest win over the Canberra Raiders was an easy 36-0 win in round 2, 2013.


Top try-scorer in this clash

Jarrod Croker (CAN) – 14
Anthony Laffranchi (GLD) – 5
William Zillman (CAN/GLD) – 5
David Mead (GLD) – 4
Joel Thompson (CAN) – 4
Albert Kelly (GLD) – 4
Kevin Gordon (GLD) – 4
Kalifa Faifai Loa (GLD) – 4
Anthony Don (GLD) – 4
Jordan Rapana (GLD/CAN) – 4

Most prolific point-scorer in this clash

Jarrod Croker (CAN) – 14 tries & 51 goals (158 pts)
Scott Prince (GLD) – 2 tries & 23 goals (54 pts)
Terry Campese (CAN) – 1 try & 17 goals (38 pts)
Aidan Sezer (GLD) – 14 goals & 1 field goal (29 pts)
Michael Dobson (CAN) – 1 try & 8 goals (20 pts)
Anthony Laffranchi (GLD) – 5 tries (20 pts)
William Zillman (CAN/GLD) – 5 tries (20 pts)
Kevin Gordon (GLD) – 4 tries & 2 goals (20 pts)

Former Gold Coast Titans forward Anthony Laffranchi

Players sent-off/sin-binned in this clash

  1. Michael Weyman (CAN) sent-off in round 4, 2008.

Players to have played for both sides from this clash

  1. Kris Kahler – 2004-2006 (CAN) & 2007 (GLD)
  2. William Zillman – 2006-2008 (CAN) & 2009-2017 (GLD)
  3. Phil Graham – 2002-2009 (CAN) & 2012 (GLD)
  4. Jordan Rapana – 2008 (GLD) & 2014-2019 (CAN)
  5. David Shillington – 2009-2015 (CAN) & 2016 (GLD)
  6. Daniel Vidot – 2009-2011 (CAN) & 2017 (GLD)
  7. Aidan Sezer – 2012-2015 (GLD) & 2016-2019 (CAN)
  8. Dave Taylor – 2013-2015 (GLD) & 2017 (CAN)
  9. Brenko Lee – 2014-2016 (CAN) & 2018-2019 (GLD)
  10. Shannon Boyd – 2014-2018 (CAN) & 2019 (GLD)

Head coaching records

John Cartwright (GLD) – 9/15 (60%)
Ricky Stuart (CAN) – 6/10 (60%)
Neil Henry (CAN) – 2/4 (50%)
Neil Henry (GLD) – 2/5 (40%)
David Furner (CAN) – 3/9 (33.3%)
Garth Brennan (GLD) – 1/3 (33.3%)

Former Gold Coast Titans coach John Cartwright

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

  1. Anthony Don (GLD) scored three tries in round 9, 2015.
  2. Jordan Rapana (CAN) scored three tries in round 6, 2017.

As always, if you notice any issues or if you want more stats added, please let us know.

2020 NRL Stats Breakdown Rd 1: Parramatta Eels v Canterbury Bulldogs

Parramatta Eels club legend Michael Cronin

Parramatta Eels v Canterbury Bulldogs Stats Breakdown

Parramatta Eels v Canterbury Bulldogs Stats

The Parramatta Eels and Canterbury Bulldogs have played each other on 146 occasions; the Parramatta Eels have won 64 times, the Canterbury Bulldogs 77 times and there have been five draws.

The Canterbury Bulldogs need just four points to become just the third team to score 2600 total points against the Eels.

The Eels have won six of the last eight games against the Bulldogs, including two of the last four.

Eels winger Blake Ferguson has scored three tries in his last three games against the Canterbury Bulldogs.

The first clash between the two sides was in round 5, 1947, a game the Bulldogs won 35-15.

Biggest Wins

The Parramatta Eels biggest win over the Canterbury Bulldogs was a resounding 56-4 demolition in round 23, 2005.

The Canterbury Bulldogs biggest win over the Parramatta Eels was a comprehensive 42-6 win in round 5, 1993.

Top try-scorer in this clash

Chris Anderson (CBY) – 11
Hazem El Masri (CBY) – 11
Josh Morris (CBY) – 10
Semi Radradra (CBY) – 10
Ian Johnston (PAR) – 9
Jarryd Hayne (PAR) – 9
Steve Ella (PAR) – 8
Ted Evans (PAR) – 7
Steve Mortimer (CBY) – 7
Brett Kenny (PAR) – 7
Luke Burt (PAR) – 7

Former Canterbury Bulldogs player and coach Chris Anderson

Most prolific point-scorer in this clash

Michael Cronin (PAR) – 4 tries, 78 goals & 1 field goal (162 pts)*
Hazem El Masri (CBY) – 11 tries & 59 goals (162 pts)
Luke Burt (PAR) – 7 tries, 56 goals & 1 field goal (143 pts)
Terry Lamb (CBY) – 6 tries, 26 goals & 6 field goals (82 pts)
Fred Dunn (CBY) –  1 try & 37 goals (77 pts)*
Steve Gearin (CBY) – 2 tries & 31 goals (68 pts)*
Les Johns (CBY) – 27 goals & 6 field goals (66 pts)*
Daryl Halligan (CBY) – 2 tries & 27 goals (62 pts)

Players sent-off/sin-binned in this clash

  1. Ray Price (PAR) sent-off in the 1979 NSWRFL preliminary final.
  2. Terry Lamb (CBY) sin-binned in round 9, 1985.
  3. David Gillespie (CBY) sin-binned & Terry Leabeater (PAR) sent-off in round 10, 1986.
  4. Geoff Bugden (PAR) & Peter Kelly (CBY) both sin-binned & Phil Sigsworth (CBY) sent-off in the 1986 NSWRFL grand final.
  5. Peter Kelly (CBY) sent-off in round 5, 1987.
  6. Nathan Cayless (PAR) sin-binned in round 1, 2004.
  7. Nathan Hindmarsh & Jarryd Hayne (both PAR) & Michael Ennis & Corey Payne (both CBY) all sin-binned in round 6, 2011.
  8. Brett Morris (CBY) sin-binned in round 19, 2018.

Players to have played for both sides from this clash

  1. Keith Gersbach – 1945-1946 (CBY) & 1947-1948 (PAR)
  2. Ron Willey – 1948-1953 (CBY) & 1963-1964 (PAR)
  3. Allen Smith – 1960 (PAR) & 1961-1962 (CBY)
  4. Leo Toohey – 1962-1963 (PAR) & 1964-1968 (CBY)
  5. Garry Dowling – 1971-1978 (CBY) & 1979-1980 (PAR)
  6. Ray Strudwick – 1969-1971 (CBY ) & 1975 (PAR)
  7. Dave Cotter -1973 (CBY) & 1975 (PAR)
  8. Terry Reynolds – 1968-1971 (CBY) & 1973-1975 (PAR)
  9. Steve White – 1975-1976 (CBY) & 1978 (PAR)
  10. Terry Leabeater – 1983-1984 (CBY) & 1986-1988 (PAR)
  11. Paul Dunn – 1986-1990 (CBY) & 1993-1995 (PAR)
  12. Mark Robinson – 1988-1989 (PAR) & 1990-1991 (CBY)
  13. Dean Pay – 1989-1995 (CBY) & 1996-1999 (PAR)
  14. Andrew Patmore – 1990-1993 (CBY) & 1994 (PAR)
  15. Jarrod McCracken – 1991-1995 (CBY) & 1996-1999 (PAR)
  16. Scott Davey – 1995 (CBY) & 1996 (PAR)
  17. Jim Dymock – 1993-1995 (CBY) & 1996-2000 (PAR)
  18. Jason Smith – 1990-1995 (CBY) & 1996-1999 (PAR)
  19. Michael Hodgson – 1998-2000 (CBY) & 2009-2011 (PAR)
  20. Adam Peek – 1999-2001 (CBY) & 2003-2006 (PAR)
  21. Andrew Ryan – 2000-2002 (PAR) & 2003-2011 (CBY)
  22. Daniel Irvine – 2000-2002 (PAR) & 2005-2006 (CBY)
  23. Reni Maitua – 2004-2008 & 2014 (CBY) & 2011-2013 (PAR)
  24. Chris Armit – 2003-2004 (PAR) & 2005-2011 (CBY)
  25. Willie Tonga – 2002-2003 & 2013-2014 (PAR) & 2004-2008 (CBY)
  26. Ben Roberts – 2006-2011 (CBY) & 2012-2013 (PAR)
  27. Blake Green – 2007 (PAR) & 2010 (CBY)
  28. Lee Te Maari – 2007-2009 (CBY) & 2010 (PAR)
  29. Krisnan Inu – 2007-2010 (PAR) & 2012-2014 (CBY)
  30. Kris Keating – 2008-2010 (PAR) & 2011-2013 (CBY)
  31. Tony Williams – 2008 & 2018 (PAR) & 2013-2016 (CBY)
  32. Frank Pritchard – 2011-2015 (CBY) & 2017 (PAR)
  33. Jonathan Wright – 2009-2010 (PAR) & 2011-2012 (CBY)
  34. Pat O’Hanlon – 2011-2013 (PAR) & 2014 (CBY)
  35. Will Hopoate – 2014-2015 (PAR) & 2016-2019 (CBY)
  36. Kieran Foran – 2016 (PAR) & 2018-2019 (CBY)
  37. Shaun Lane – 2015 (CBY) & 2019 (PAR)
Canterbury Bulldogs club legend Hazem El Masri

Head coaching records

Albert Why (CBY) – 4/4 (100%)
Cec Cooper (CBY) – 4/4 (100%)
Ross McKinnon (CBY) – 2/2 (100%)
Phil Gould (CBY) – 2/2 (100%)
Jim Dymock (CBY) – 1/1 (100%)
Michael Hagan (PAR) – 4/5 (80%)
Daniel Anderson (PAR) – 4/5 (80%)
Ken Thornett (PAR) – 3/4 (75%)
Ian Johnston (PAR) – 3/4 (75%)
Bob Hagan (CBY) – 3/4 (75%)
Kenneth Kearney (PAR) – 4/6 (66.7%) (1 draw)
Norm Provan (PAR) – 2/3 (66.7%)
Jack Gibson (PAR) – 5/8 (62.5%)
Brad Arthur (PAR) – 7/12 (58.3%)
Des Hasler (CBY) – 7/12 (58.3%)
Chris Anderson (CBY) – 5/9 (55.6%) (1 draw)
Malcolm Clift (CBY) – 6/11 (54.5%) (1 draw)
Warren Ryan (CBY) – 7/13 (53.8%)
Steve Folkes (CBY) – 10/20 (50%) (1 draw)
Terrence Fearnley (PAR) – 5/10 (50%) (1 draw)
Eddie Burns (CBY) – 4/8 (50%) (1 draw)
Jack Hampstead (CBY) – 2/4 (50%) (1 draw)
Vic Hey (CBY) – 2/4 (50%)
Charlie Gill (PAR) – 1/2 (50%)
Johnny Slade (PAR) – 1/2 (50%)
Cecil Fifield (PAR) – 1/2 (50%)
Ken Slattery (PAR) – 1/2 (50%)
Brian Hambly (PAR) – 1/2 (50%)
John Peard (PAR) – 1/2 (50%)
Arthur Halloway (CBY) – 1/2 (50%)
Henry Porter (CBY) – 1/2 (50%)
Stanley Geelan (CBY) – 1/2 (50%)
Roger Pearman (CBY) – 1/2 (50%)
John Monie (PAR) – 6/15 (40%)
Edwin Glossop (CBY) – 6/16 (37.5%)
Brian Smith (PAR) – 5/15 (33.3%) (1 draw)
Vic Hey (PAR) – 4/12 (33.3%) (1 draw)
Michael Cronin (PAR) – 2/6 (33.3%) (1 draw)
Kevin Moore (CBY) – 2/6 (33.3%)
Ian Walsh (PAR) – 1/4 (25%)
Dean Pay (CBY) – 1/4 (25%)
Rupert Rayner (PAR) – 1/6 (16.7%)
Frank McMillan (PAR) – 0/2 (0%)
Ronald Boden (PAR) – 0/2 (0%)
Ron Lynch (PAR) – 0/2 (0%)
Ron Hilditch (PAR) – 0/2 (0%)
Ricky Stuart (PAR) – 0/2 (0%)
Vic Bulgin (CBY) – 0/2 (0%)
Dave Bolton (PAR) – 0/4 (0%)
Stephen Kearney (PAR) – 0/4 (0%)
Clive Churchill (CBY) – 0/4 (0%)

Players to have scored three or more tries in one game in this clash (in order of quantity)

  1. Dick Thornett (PAR) scored four tries in round 17, 1968.
  2. Eddie Tracey (CBY) scored three tries in round 5, 1947.
  3. Ian Johnston (PAR) scored three tries in round 17, 1950.
  4. Nev Charlton (CBY) scored three tries in round 14, 1952.
  5. Fred Moore (PAR) scored three tries in round 15, 1960.
  6. Dennis Scahill (CBY) scored three tries in round 17, 1970.
  7. Chris Anderson (CBY) scored three tries in round 18, 1974.
  8. Brett Dallas (CBY) scored three tries in round 5, 1993.
  9. Hazem El-Masri (CBY) scored three tries in in round 8, 2005.
  10. Timana Tahu (PAR) scored three tries in round 23, 2005.
  11. Ben Barba (CBY) scored three tries in round 6, 2011.
  12. Josh Morris (CBY) scored three tries in round 9, 2012.

Please note, any player with an asterisk next to their name scored points in an era when tries and field goals were worth three and two points respectively.

Also, should you notice any issues or errors, please let us know and we can amend them.

NRL Round 1 Best Bets

NRL best bets are back in 2020. Every week, I will publish an article that will showcase some of the best bets of the round. Let’s have a winning season and make some money.

Raiders vs Titans

The runners up from last year return back to Canberra to kick off their 2020 season against the Gold Coast Titans.

Curtis Scott while facing several police charges, will be putting on the Raiders green for opening round.

Scott isn’t the only change to the team.

Canberra Raiders centre Curtis Scott

George Williams will wear the 7 jersey and Corey Horsburgh also known as “Hors-bruh” will replace the injured John Bateman and young up and comer Bailey Simonsson alongside Nick Cotric.

The Titans will go without arguably their best player, AJ Brimson, who is dealing with a back injury and Moeaki Fotuaika will be joining him on the extended bench with an injury.

Both these teams have new players stepping up into the starting team.

Gold Coast Titans utility back AJ Brimson

It’s only round one, so both teams will take some time to gel with new players.

This game will have mistakes , miscommunication and mix ups on set pieces like a lot of games in round one.

However, I also believe it will be a low scoring affair due to new line-ups and the fact that many players are rusty in the opening round

Best bet- Under 44.5 (Ladbrokes) 

Warriors vs Knights

These two teams have been nightmares to bet on. One week they look like finals material, and the other wooden spooners.

However, I think the New Zealand Warriors this pre-season have looked awful.

New Zealand Warriors fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

In the Nines, usually a tournament that they excel in, they scored just eight points across the entirety of the tournament.

Adding to the already weakened Warriors team (Jackson Frei and Bunty Afoa out for season) the Warriors will miss Josh Curran and  Agnatius Paasi due to injury.

The Knights are healthy heading into round one, but will see Kurt Mann pair up with Mitchell Pearce and Jayden Brailey make his Knights debut.

Newcastle Knights halfback Mitchell Pearce

The Knights have an advantage at the majority of positions and will have a strong impact off the bench which consists of Connor Watson, Jacob Saifiti, Tim Glasby and Aiden Guerra.

The Knights have won their last four matches played at home in round one, and I expect the same to happen here on Saturday arvo.

Best bet- Knights -6 (Bet-easy)

Value- Knights 13+ 

Manly vs Storm

What a way to kick off Sunday arvo footy. Two of the best rivals in the NRL will battle it out in the opening round.

This is the game of the round and I expect a highly competitive game.

Going into this ‘battle’, Manly will have both Trbojevic brothers and Addin Fonua-Blake in the lineup who were questionable to play round one.

Manly Sea Eagles prop Addin Fonua-Blake

Manly don’t have any other changes besides Danny Levi making his debut.

The storms enforcer Nelson Asofa-Solomona looks set to be out due to a hamstring injury.

Brandon “Cheese’ Smith will be eating an aged cheddar on the bench because of a facial fracture sustained in the Aboriginal vs Maori game.

Melbourne have a significantly different team compared to last year, and even though coach Craig Bellamy always puts them through a rigorous pre-season, nothing matches the speed of a real NRL game.

To succeed against the Storm you can’t be afraid and have to put the pressure on them.

Melbourne Storm fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen

Des Hasler is always able to get his players up in a big game. Manly will have to bend that tough storm defence, push offloads and be fearless.

Manly will be fired up in the opening round at home and I expect them to edge this one out.

Best Bets- Manly +3.5 (Ladbrokes), Manly WIN