Category Archives: NRL Editorials

Editorials on the big issues in NRL Rugby League

NRL Rd 9: North Queensland Cowboys v Sydney Roosters Stats Breakdown

North Queensland Cowboys legend Johnathan Thurston

North Queensland Cowboys v Sydney Roosters Stats

The Sydney Roosters and the North Queensland Cowboys have played each other on 38 occasions; the Roosters have won 26 times, the Cowboys have won 12 and there have been zero draws.

The Roosters need just 11 points to score 1000 total points against the Cowboys. The Cowboys need 17 points to reach 800 total points against the Roosters.

The Sydney Roosters won nineteen of the first twenty-two games played between the two sides, but have won just seven of the last sixteen.

The first game played between the two sides was a 34-16 win for the Roosters in round 2, 1995.

Biggest Wins

The Sydney Roosters biggest win over the North Queensland Cowboys was a 58-12 rout in round 6, 2002.

The North Queensland Cowboys biggest win over the Sydney Roosters was a comfortable 40-0 success in round 3, 2016.

North Queensland Cowboys club legend Matt ‘Mango’ Bowen

 Top try-scorer in this clash

Matt Bowen (NQL) – 9
Matt Sing (SYD/NQL) – 8
Shaun Kenny-Dowall (SYD) – 8
Johnathan Thurston (NQL) – 8
Luke Ricketson (SYD) – 7
Craig Wing (SYD) – 7

Most prolific point-scorer in this clash

Johnathan Thurston (NQL) – 8 tries & 48 goals (128 pts)
Craig Fitzgibbon (SYD) – 2 tries & 56 goals (120 pts)
Ivan Cleary (SYD) – 25 goals (50 pts)

Players to have played for both sides from this clash

  1. Laurie Spina – 1985-1989 (SYD) & 1995 (NQL)
  2. Bruce Sinclair – 1991-1994 (SYD) & 1995 (NQL)
  3. Wayne Sing – 1992-1994 (SYD) & 1995-1996 (NQL)
  4. Tim Maddison – 1996 (SYD) & 2001-2002 (NQL)
  5. John Doyle – 1997-2002 (NQL) & 2006 (SYD)
  6. Chad Halliday – 1997 (SYD) & 1999-2000 (NQL)
  7. Luke Phillips – 1997 (SYD) & 2000-2002 (NQL)
  8. Graham Appo – 1999 (SYD) & 2000 (NQL)
  9. Paul Green – 1999-2000 (NQL) & 2001-2002 (SYD)
  10. Shannon Hegarty – 1999-2004 (SYD) & 2009 (NQL)
  11. Brett Firman – 2005 (SYD) & 2005-2006 (NQL)
  12. Ben Hannant – 2005 (SYD) & 2015-2016 (NQL)
  13. Luke O’Donnell – 2004-2010 (NQL) & 2013 (SYD)
  14. Ben Jones – 2008-2010 (SYD) & 2011 (NQL)
  15. Willie Mason – 2008-2009 (SYD) & 2010 (NQL)
  16. Glenn Hall – 2006 (SYD) & 2011-2015 (NQL)
  17. Tautau Moga – 2012 (SYD) & 2014-2016 (NQL)
  18. Kane Linnett – 2010-2011 (SYD) & 2012-2018 (NQL)

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

  1. Trent Leis (NQL) sin-binned in round 16, 2001.
  2. Tim Maddison (NQL) sin-binned in round 6, 2002.
  3. Michael Bani (NQL) sin-binned in round 15, 2009.

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

  1. Shaun Kenny-Dowall (SYD) scored three tries in round 13, 2007.
  2. Mitchell Pearce (SYD) scored three tries in round 21, 2008.
  3. Kane Linnett (NQL) scored three tries in round 10, 2014.

Head Coaching Records

Graham Murray (SYD) – 4/4 (100%)
Ricky Stuart (SYD) – 7/8 (87.5%)
Phil Gould (SYD) – 6/7 (85.7%)
Neil Henry (NQL) – 5/7 (71.4%)
Trent Robinson (SYD) – 6/10 (60%)
Chris Anderson (SYD) – 1/2 (50%)
Paul Green (SYD) – 4/9 (44.4%)
Brad Fittler (SYD) – 1/3 (33.3%)
Brian Smith (SYD) – 1/4 (25%)
Tim Sheens (NQL) – 1/6 (16.7%)
Ian Millward (NQL) – 0/1 (0%)
Grant Bell (NQL) – 0/2 (0%)
Graham Lowe (NQL) – 0/2 (0%)

 

Dean Paying the price for the Bulldogs’ board woes

Canterbury Bulldogs coach Dean Pay

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have been in dire straits in 2020.

With just 1 win from 8 games so far this season, something needs to change.

Earlier in the season, it looked like Dean Pay was all but gone.

In round 4 and with both sides winless heading into the clash, the Bulldogs took on the St George Illawarra Dragons at Bankwest Stadium.

The match was billed with the losing coach losing their job. Dean Pay vs Paul McGregor. The Bulldogs won and Dean Pay survived.

Even though the men in blue and white won the game easily (22-2), the Dragons have picked up in form and the Doggies now sit dead last.

However, the men on the NRL 360 desk believe the coach is not the problem.

Canterbury Bulldogs half Kieran Foran

Instead, it is the boardroom dramas at Belmore.

The current board, chaired by Lynne Anderson, is just as much of a mess as the club is on field.

The club does not have anything for the future.

They don’t know who their coach is, what their home ground will be, what their main sponsor will be.

The current board came in on the promise that they would fix everything and that has not happened well.

Phil Rothfield said on NRL 360, “There was some impatient people on the edges, and I’m talking lobbying power brokers who got rid of Ray Dibb last time and put this new board in have now turned on them”.

Canterbury Bulldogs veteran prop Aiden Tolman

Rothfield also believed they will bring in a new board and will attempt to bring Wayne Bennett over from Redfern.

As well, they want Mick Ennis to come in and learn coaching from Wayne Bennett to become an NRL coach.

Paul Kent said, “this is where I feel bad for a bloke like Dean Pay who is paying the price for what is happening.”

The main example of this is Josh Reynolds, the current starting five-eighth for the Wests Tigers.

Dean Pay wanted to sign Josh Reynolds but the board blocked the signing.

The reason for this is because the board wanted to look long term and not sign an old halfback but, they aren’t giving Dean Pay long term.

Canterbury Bulldogs young half Lachlan Lewis

They want short term results from a long term vision and the coach is paying the price for that.

Ben Ikin said, “the patience that they expected from their constituents, they are not prepared to give to their current coach.”

James Hooper says on the show that the factionalism of the board is a massive issue and their all constantly at war.

This leads to indecision in the board over the big decisions, such as the coach.

This also affects player recruitment and retention.

James Hooper said, “The first question that any player that Canterbury show any interest in signing for 2021 asks; who’s going to be the coach? And they can’t give them an answer”.

The dogs of war have become the dogs at war.

Canterbury Bulldogs captain and back-rower Josh Jackson

NRL Rd 8: Penrith Panthers v Wests Tigers Stats Breakdown

Wests Tigers veteran Benji Marshall

Penrith Panthers v Wests Tigers Stats

The Penrith Panthers and Wests Tigers have played each other on 36 occasions; the Panthers have won 21 games, the Tigers have won 13 and there have been two draws.

The Wests Tigers need to score 24 more points to reach 700 total points against the Penrith Panthers.

The Panthers have won seven of the last nine games between the two sides, though the Tigers won the most recent clash between them, in round 9, 2019.

The first clash between the two sides was a 22-10 win for the Tigers in round 5, 2000.

Biggest Wins

The Penrith Panthers biggest win over the Wests Tigers was a comfortable 44-10 success in round 25, 2001.

The Wests Tigers biggest win over the Penrith Panthers was a cruisy 43-18 success in round 23, 2010.

Wests Tigers veteran Chris Lawrence

Top try-scorer in this clash

Chris Lawrence (WST) – 8
Michael Gordon (PEN) – 6
David Simmons (PEN) – 6
Rhys Wesser (PEN) – 5
Luke Lewis (PEN) – 5
Robbie Farah (WST) – 5

Most prolific point-scorer in this clash

Benji Marshall (WST) – 4 tries & 36 goals (84 pts)
Michael Gordon (PEN) – 6 tries & 23 goals (70 pts)
Nathan Cleary (PEN) – 1 try, 27 goals & 1 field goal (59 pts)
Joel Caine (WST) – 1 try & 18 goals (40 pts)

Players to have played for both sides from this clash

  1. Michael Gillett – 1993 (PEN) & 2000 (WST)
  2. Matthew Rieck – 1999-2001 (PEN) & 2005 (WST)
  3. Shane Elford – 1998-2003 & 2009-2010 (PEN) & 2004-2006 (WST)
  4. Mark O’Halloran – 2001 & 2003 (WST) & 2006-2008 (PEN)
  5. Paul Whatuira – 2002-2004 (PEN) & 2005-2007 (WST)
  6. Danny Galea – 2002-2006 & 2012 (PEN) & 2007-2009 (WST)
  7. Matthew Bell – 2006-2011 (PEN) & 2012-2013 (WST)
  8. Junior Moors – 2007-2008 (PEN) & 2010 & 2012 (both WST)
  9. Tim Grant – 2007-2014 & 2019 (PEN) & 2016-2018 (WST)
  10. Geoff Daniela – 2007-2009 & 2012-2013 (PEN) & 2010-2011 (WST)
  11. Masada Iosefa – 2008-2011 (PEN) & 2012-2013 (WST)
  12. Daine Laurie – 2008-2009 (WST) & 2010 (PEN)
  13. Ben Murdoch-Masila – 2010-2013 (WST) & 2014 (PEN)
  14. Tom Humble – 2012 (WST) & 2013 (PEN)
  15. Elijah Taylor – 2014-2016 (PEN) & 2017-2019 (WST)
  16. Sitaleki Akauola – 2013-2014 (WST) & 2016-2017 (PEN)
  17. Kevin Naiqama – 2014 (PEN) & 2015-2018 (WST)
  18. Jamal Idris – 2014-2015 (PEN) & 2017 (WST)
  19. Malakai Watene-Zelezniak – 2017 & 2019 (PEN) & 2017-2018 (WST)

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

  1. Trent Merrin (PEN) & Alex Twal (WST) both sin-binned in round 11, 2018.

Players to have scored three or more tries in this clash

  1. David Simmons (PEN) scored four tries in round 16, 2015.
  2. Chris Lawrence (WST) scored three tries in round 17, 2007.

Head Coaching Records

John Lang (PEN) – 6/7 (85.7%)
Anthony Griffin (PEN) – 4/5 (80%)
Royce Simmons (PEN) – 3/4 (75%)
Michael Potter (WST) – 2/3 (66.7%)
Matthew Elliott (PEN) – 5/9 (55.6%)
Wayne Pearce (WST) – 1/2 (50%)
Michael Maguire (WST) – 1/2 (50%)
Tim Sheens (WST) – 7/17 (41.2%)
Ivan Cleary (PEN) – 3/8 (37.5%)
Terry Lamb (WST) – 1/4 (25%)
Jason Taylor (WST) – 1/4 (25%)
Steve Georgallis (PEN) – 0/1 (0%)

 

NRL Rd 8: New Zealand Warriors v Brisbane Broncos Stats Breakdown

Former New Zealand Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson

New Zealand Warriors v Brisbane Broncos Breakdown

The New Zealand Warriors and Brisbane Broncos have played each other on 44 occasions; the Warriors have won 18 games, the Broncos have won 25 games and there has been one draw.

The Brisbane Broncos won eleven of the opening twelve games between the two sides.

The New Zealand Warriors have won three of four games they have played in at Central Coast Stadium, with their only loss at the venue coming in 2013 against Manly.

The first game between the two sides was a 25-22 win for the Broncos in round 1, 1995.

Biggest Wins

The New Zealand Warriors biggest ever win over the Brisbane Broncos was a 54-18 hiding in round 12, 2013.

The Brisbane Broncos biggest ever win over the New Zealand Warriors was a 44-6 rout in round 22, 1995.

Former Brisbane Broncos goal-kicking winger Michael De Vere

Leading Try Scorer

Michael De Vere (BRI) – 9
Shaun Berrigan (BRI/WAR) – 8
Manu Vatuvei (WAR) – 7
Francis Meli (WAR) – 6
Darren Lockyer (BRI) – 6

Leading Point Scorer

Shaun Johnson (WAR) – 5 tries, & 36 goals & 1 field goal (93 pts)
Michael De Vere (BRI) – 9 tries & 21 goals (78 pts)
Corey Parker (BRI) – 1 try & 37 goals (78 pts)
Darren Lockyer (BRI) – 6 tries, 15 goals & 1 field goal (59 pts)
James Maloney (WAR) – 3 tries & 42 goals (56 pts)

Players to have played for both sides in this clash

  1. Kevin Campion – 1998-2000 (BRI) & 2001-2002 (WAR)
  2. Shaun Berrigan – 1999-2007 (BRI) & 2011 (WAR)
  3. Motu Tony – 2001-2003 (WAR) & 2004 (BRI)
  4. Brent Tate – 2001-2007 (BRI) & 2008-2010 (WAR)
  5. PJ Marsh – 2002-2003 (WAR) &2008-2009 (BRI)
  6. Brett Seymour – 2002-2006 (BRI) & 2010-2011 (WAR)
  7. Joel Moon – 2006-2008 (BRI) & 2009-2011 (WAR)
  8. Denan Kemp – 2007-2008 & 2010 (BRI) & 2009 (WAR)
  9. Gerard Beale – 2009-2012 (BRI) & 2018-2020 (WAR)
  10. Todd Lowrie – 2013 (WAR) & BRI (2014)
  11. Nathan Friend – 2002 (BRI) & 2012-2015 (WAR)
  12. Kodi Nikorima – 2015-2019 (BRI) & 2019-2020 (WAR)
  13. Adam Blair – 2015-2017 (BRI) & 2018-2020 (WAR)
  14. James Gavet – 2015 (BRI) & 2016-2018 (WAR)

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

  1. Phil Blake (WAR) sin-binned in round 1, 1995.
  2. Mark Horo (WAR) sin-binned in round 22, 1996.
  3. Monty Betham & Wairangi Koopu (both WAR) & Casey McGuire & Carl Webb (both BRI) all sin-binned in round 24, 2003.
  4. Brent Webb (WAR) sin-binned in round 2, 2005.

Players to have scored three tries or more in one game

  1. Steve Renouf (BRI) scored four tries in round 22, 1995.
  2. James Maloney (WAR) scored three tries in round 3, 2010.

Head coaching records

Matthew Elliott (WAR) – 2/2 (100%)
Daniel Anderson (WAR) – 5/7 (71.4%)
Wayne Bennett (BRI) – 18/30 (60%)
Anthony Griffin (BRI) – 4/8 (50%)
Anthony Seibold (BRI) – 1/2 (50%) (1 draw)
Brian McClennan (WAR) – 1/2 (50%)
Ivan Cleary (WAR) – 4/10 (40%)
Stephen Kearney (WAR) – 2/5 (40%) (1 draw)
Tony Kemp (WAR) – 1/3 (33.3%)
Ivan Henjak (BRI) – 1/4 (25%)
Andrew McFadden (WAR) – 1/5 (20%)
Frank Endacott (WAR) – 0/2 (0%)
Mark Graham (WAR) – 0/3 (0%)
John Monie (WAR) – 0/5 (0%)

 

NRL Rd 8: Gold Coast Titans v Cronulla Sharks Stats Breakdown

Former Cronulla Sharks player Luke Covell

Gold Coast Titans v Cronulla Sharks Stats

The Gold Coast Titans and Cronulla Sharks have played each other on 20 occasions; the Titans have won eight games, the Sharks have won 11 games and there has been one draw.

The Cronulla Sharks need to score eighteen points to reach 400 total points against the Gold Coast Titans.

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

The first game played between the two sides was an 18-16 win for the Gold Coast Titans in round 2, 2007.

Biggest Wins

The Gold Coast Titans biggest win over the Cronulla Sharks was an easy 30-10 victory in round 19, 2017.

The Cronulla Sharks biggest win over the Gold Coast Titans was a 36-12 success in round 16, 2011.

Former Cronulla Sharks fullback Valentine Holmes

Top try-scorer in this clash

Valentine Holmes (CRO) – 7
David Mead (GLD) – 6
Paul Gallen (CRO) – 5
Luke Covell (CRO) – 4
Mat Rogers (CRO/GLD) – 3
Ben Pomeroy (CRO) – 3

Most prolific point-scorer in this clash

Luke Covell (CRO) – 4 tries & 17 goals (50 pts)
Michael Gordon (CRO/GLD) – 18 goals (36 pts)
Valentine Holmes (CRO) – 7 tries, 3 goals & 1 field goal (35 pts)
Aidan Sezer (GLD) – 15 goals (30 pts)

Players to have played for both sides from this clash

  1. Preston Campbell – 1999-2002 (CRO) & 2007-2011 (GLD)
  2. Mat Rogers – 1995-2001 (CRO) & 2007-2011 (GLD)
  3. Matt Hilder – 2003-2006 (CRO) & 2007 (GLD)
  4. Luke Douglas – 2006-2011 (CRO) & 2012-2016 (GLD)
  5. Greg Bird – 2002-2008 (CRO) & 2010-2016 (GLD)
  6. Ian Donnelly – 2007 (GLD) & 2009 (CRO)
  7. James Stosic – 2005-2006 (CRO) & 2007-2008 (GLD)
  8. Sam Tagataese – 2009-2011 (GLD) & 2011-2017 (CRO)
  9. Michael Gordon – 2013-2015 (CRO) & 2018-2019 (GLD)
  10. Daniel Mortimer – 2014-2016 (GLD) & 2017 (CRO)

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

No players have been sent-off or sin-binned in clashes between the two sides.

Players to have scored three or more tries in this clash

No players have scored three or more tries in clashes between the two sides.

Head coaching records

Michael Maguire (WST) – 1/1 (100%)
Tim Sheens (WST) – 5/10 (50%)
Neil Henry (GLD) – 3/6 (50%) (1 draw)
John Cartwright (GLD) – 5/11 (45.5%)
Michael Potter (WST) – 1/3 (33.3%)
Ivan Cleary (WST) – 1/3 (33.3%)
Jason Taylor (WST) – 1/4 (25%)
Garth Brennan (GLD) – 0/3 (0%)

 

NRL Rd 8: North Queensland Cowboys v Parramatta Eels Stats Breakdown

North Queensland Cowboys club legend Johnathan Thurston

North Queensland Cowboys v Parramatta Eels Stats

The North Queensland Cowboys and Parramatta Eels have played each other on 41 occasions; the Cowboys have won 20 games, the Eels have won 20 games and there has been one draw.

The Parramatta Eels won ten of the first thirteen games played between the two sides (10W, 2L, 1D).

The North Queensland Cowboys have won eleven of the last fifteen games between the two sides (11W, 4L).

The first game between the two sides was a 20-4 win for the Parramatta Eels in round 9, 1995.

Biggest Wins

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

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

Former Parramatta Eels utility back Luke Burt

Top try-scorer in this clash

Luke Burt (PAR) – 10
Jarryd Hayne (PAR) – 10
Ashley Graham (PAR/NQL) – 9
Kyle Feldt (NQL) – 8

Most prolific point-scorer in this clash

Johnathan Thurston (NQL) – 3 tries, 76 goals & 1 field goal (165 pts)
Luke Burt (PAR) – 10 tries & 45 goals (130 pts)
Josh Hannay (NQL) – 3 tries & 26 goals (64 pts)
Brett Hodgson (PAR) – 3 tries & 15 goals (42 pts)

Players to have played for both sides from this clash

  1. George Bartlett – 1988 & 1990-1991 (PAR) & 1995-1996 (NQL)
  2. Dean Schifilliti – 1995-1996 (NQL) & 1999-2000 (PAR)
  3. Scott Mahon – 1988-1994 & 1996 (PAR) & 1997-1998 (NQL)
  4. Jason Smith – 1996-2000 (PAR) & 2007 (NQL)
  5. Ray Mercy – 1995 (PAR) & 1997-1998 (NQL)
  6. Paul Green – 1999-2000 (NQL) & 2003 (PAR)
  7. Glenn Morrison – 2000-2004 (NQL) & 2005-2006 (PAR)
  8. Shane Muspratt – 1999-2003 & 2006-2007 (NQL) & 2004 (PAR)
  9. Chris Muckert – 2001-2003 (NQL) & 2004 (PAR)
  10. Matt Petersen – 2002 (NQL) & 2002-2006 (PAR)
  11. Ashley Graham – 2002-2006 (PAR) & 2006-2013 (NQL)
  12. Carl Webb – 2005-2010 (NQL) & 2011 (PAR)
  13. John Williams – 2005-2006 (PAR) & 2008-2010 (NQL)
  14. Willie Tonga – 2002-2003 & 2012-2014 (PAR) & 2009-2011 (NQL)
  15. Anthony Mitchell – 2010-2011 (PAR) & 2012-2014 (NQL)
  16. Kelepi Tanginoa – 2013-2014 (PAR) & 2015 (NQL)

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

  1. PJ Marsh (PAR) sent-off in round 21, 2001.
  2. Shane Muspratt (NQL) sin-binned in round 26, 2002.
  3. Craig Stapleton (PAR) & Paul Rauhihi (NQL) both sin-binned in round 8, 2004.
  4. Chad Robinson (PAR) & Justin Smith (NQL) both sin-binned in round 4, 2006.
  5. Kenny Edwards (PAR) sin-binned in round 9, 2017.
  6. Brad Takairangi (PAR) sin-binned in round 24, 2018.

Players to have scored three or more tries in this clash

  1. Scott Donald (PAR) scored three tries in round 21, 2001.
  2. Jarryd Hayne (PAR) scored three tries in round 18, 2010.
  3. Ashley Graham (NQL) scored three tries in round 3, 2012.
  4. Gavin Cooper (NQL) scored three tries in round 13, 2015.
  5. Kyle Feldt (NQL) scored three tries in round 24, 2018.

Head coaching records

Daniel Anderson (PAR) – 3/3 (100%)
Ron Hilditch (PAR) – 2/2 (100%)
Graham Murray (NQL) – 7/11 (63.6%)
Brian Smith (PAR) – 8/16 (50%) (1 draw)
Neil Henry (NQL) – 3/7 (42.9%)
Michael Hagan (PAR) – 1/3 (33.3%)
Stephen Kearney (PAR) – 1/3 (33.3%)
Tim Sheens (NQL) – 2/7 (28.6%) (1 draw)
Brad Arthur (PAR) – 3/12 (25%)
Jason Taylor (PAR) – 0/1 (0%)
Ricky Stuart (PAR) – 0/1 (0%)
Grant Bell (NQL) – 0/1 (0%)
Graham Lowe (NQL) – 0/1 (0%)
Murray Hurst (NQL) – 0/1 (0%)
Ian Millward (NQL) – 0/1 (0%)

 

NRL Rd 8: Canberra Raiders v St George Illawarra Dragons Stats Breakdown

Canberra Raiders captain and centre Jarrod Croker

Canberra Raiders v St George Illawarra Dragons Stats

The Canberra Raiders and St George Illawarra Dragons have played each other on 30 occasions; the Raiders have won 18, the Dragons have won 11 and there has been one draw.

The St George Illawarra Dragons have won just four times at GIO Stadium in sixteen attempts (a win percentage of just 25%).

The Dragons have won five of the last seven games between the two sides, although the Raiders have two of the last three.

The first ever clash between the two sides was a 16-14 win for the Dragons in round 3, 1999.

Biggest Wins

The Canberra Raiders biggest ever win over the St George Illawarra Dragons was a 30-6 success in round 11, 2007.

The St George Illawarra Dragons biggest ever win over the Canberra Raiders was an easy 58-16 win in round 17, 2007.

Brett Morris playing for the St George Illawarra Dragons

 Top try-scorer in this clash

Brett Morris (SGI) – 9
Jason Nightingale (SGI) – 8
Nathan Blacklock (SGI) – 7
Jarrod Croker (CAN) – 7
Adrian Purtell (CAN) – 6
Reece Robinson (CAN) – 6

Most prolific point-scorer in this clash

Jarrod Croker (CAN) – 7 tries & 40 goals (108 pts)
Clinton Schifcofske (CAN) – 1 try, 32 goals & 2 field goals (70 pts)
Gareth Widdop (SGI) – 3 tries, 23 goals & 1 field goal (59 pts)
Jamie Soward (SGI) – 1 try, 22 goals & 2 field goals (50 pts)

Players to have played for both sides from this clash

  1. Simon Woolford – 1994-2006 (CAN) & 2007-2008 (SGI)
  2. David Howell – 2003-2004 (SGI) & 2005-2007 (CAN)
  3. Lincoln Withers – 2000, 2005-2008 (CAN) & 2004 (SGI)
  4. Colin Best – 2005-2006 (SGI) & 2007-2008 (CAN)
  5. Bronx Goodwin – 2007-2008 (CAN) & 2011-2012 (SGI)
  6. Josh Dugan – 2009-2013 (CAN) & 2013-2017 (SGI)
  7. Daniel Vidot – 2009-2011 (CAN) & 2012-2013 (SGI)
  8. Joel Thompson – 2008-2013 (CAN) & 2014-2017 (SGI)
  9. Josh McCrone – 2009-2015 (CAN) & 2016-2017 (SGI)
  10. Bronson Harrison – 2009-2012 (CAN) & 2013-2014 (SGI)
  11. Josh Miller – 2004-2011 (CAN) & 2012 (SGI)
  12. Michael Weyman – 2003-2008 (CAN) & 2009-2013 (SGI)
  13. Sam Williams – 2011-2013, 2015-2016 & 2018-2019 (CAN) & 2014 (SGI)
  14. Paul Vaughan – 2013-2016 (CAN) & 2017-2019 (SGI)
  15. Dunamis Lui – 2016 (SGI) & 2017-2019 (CAN)
  16. Siliva Havili – 2016 (SGI) & 2018-2019 (CAN)

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

  1. Mark Riddell (SGI) sent-off in round 9, 2002.
  2. Jason Ryles (SGI) sin-binned in round 20, 2006.
  3. Terry Campese (CAN) & Jeremy Smith and Dean Young (both SGI) all sin-binned in round 23, 2009.
  4. Josh Dugan (CAN) sin-binned in round 3, 2015.
  5. Jordan Rapana (CAN) sin-binned in round 11, 2018.
  6. Nick Cotric (CAN) sent-off in round 17, 2019.

Players to have scored three or more tries in this clash

  1. Nathan Blacklock (SGI) scored three tries in round 7, 1999.
  2. Adrian Purtell (CAN) scored three tries in round 11, 2007.
  3. Reece Robinson (CAN) scored three tries in round 17, 2012.
  4. Brett Morris (SGI) scored three tries in round 23, 2014.

Head coaching records

David Furner (CAN) – 7/7 (100%)
David Waite (SGI) – 3/3 (100%)
Matthew Elliott (CAN) – 5/6 (83.3%) (1 draw)
Neil Henry (CAN) – 3/4 (75%)
Paul McGregor (SGI) – 5/7 (71.4%)
Andrew Farrar (SGI) – 2/4 (50%) (1 draw)
Ricky Stuart (CAN) – 2/7 (28.5%)
Mal Meninga (CAN) – 1/6 (16.7%)
Nathan Brown (SGI) – 1/9 (11.1%)
Steve Price (SGI) – 0/3 (0%)
Wayne Bennett (CAN) – 0/4 (0%)

 

NRL Best Bets – Round 8

Canberra Raiders halfback George Williams

Here we are, it’s time for the best bets of round 8 of the NRL Telstra Premiership.

Canberra Raiders v St George Illawarra Dragons

The Raiders put on a courageous performance against the best team in the NRL, but fell short as Clint Gutherson shot an arrow into the hearts of Raider fans.

Late in the game, they showed how effective their attack can be by scoring two late tries to send it into golden point.

It is fair to say this is a must win game for the Raiders.

They have fallen into a two game slump and this is caused by the lack of cohesion between Wighton and Williams.

Canberra Raiders five-eighth Jack Wighton

They haven’t been able to figure out their flow on attack and can’t execute attacking plays in the oppositions half.

This is a game where they will prioritise their attack and sort out their set pieces and combinations.

They will be facing a Dragons team who played a good game against the Roosters and showed that they haven’t given up.

They showed promising signs in attack especially when Matt Duffy is attacking the line.

St George Illawarra Dragons fullback Matt Dufty

He set up two tries last week and played his game of the season.

The Dragons forward pack is also beginning to play better and should be able to go toe-to-toe with the Raiders.

However, I think the Raiders need to win this game before they continue to fall into a losing slump.

Raiders -9

Over 38.5


Parramatta Eels v North Queensland Cowboys

The Eels are proving a point every week as they continue to play at a high level against the cream of the crop teams.

Their forward pack is emerging as the best in the NRL and the pairing of Dylan Brown and Mitch Moses causes any team in the competition headaches.

Parramatta Eels five-eighth Dylan Brown

This combination is disrupted this week as Moses is out and Jai Field will step into the halves.

Brown will have to fulfill Moses’s role and must be able to control the game and coordinate their high octane attack.

The Cowboys are coming off their most dominant game of the season and were able to outscore the Knights by thirty points in the first half.

Their team is getting better every week especially in their forward pack as they were able to run over the Knights team.

North Queensland Cowboys winger Kyle Feldt

This game will be won in the middle and with Moses being out and the ‘grind’ it out style of the Cowboys, it should be a low scoring affair.

If the Cowboys can play through the middle and keep the Eels possession as low as possible, they should be able to keep it close and potentially win.

Cowboys +7.5

Cowboys WIN

Under 41.5


Gold Coast Titans v Cronulla Sharks

Both teams would be flying high, as they delivered good performances last round.

The Titans were able to upset their big brother, and the Sharks were able to score 40 points against Manly.

Shaun Johnson has been flying under the radar and has been quietly producing.

Cronulla Sharks half Shaun Johnson

He currently leads the NRL in try assists with 10, and has lead his team to two victories  against the Bulldogs and Manly.

Against Manly last week, their attack looked more fluid and fast.

Matt Moylan with his touch football background is able to skip around the field and deliver passes to up and rising playmakers like Kotoa and Ramien.

It is clear that Ash Taylor is also regaining confidence in himself, and beginning to take more chances on attack.

While the Titans played well, their points weren’t orchestrated from flashy set pieces and good attack.

Gold Coast Titans half Ashley Taylor

Rather, it came from pick and drives, intercepts and off turnovers.

This Sharks attack should be able to target one of the worst defensive teams in the NRL, who lead the NRL in missed tackles at 276.

I think the Sharks are gaining momentum and should be able to score points against a bad Titans team.

Sharks -5.5

Sharks +13


 

NRL Rd 8: Melbourne Storm v Sydney Roosters Stats Breakdown

Melbourne Storm captain and hooker Cameron Smith

Melbourne Storm v Sydney Roosters Stats

The Melbourne Storm v Sydney Roosters have played each other on 39 occasions; the Roosters have won 18 games and the Storm have won 21 games. There have been no draws.

The Melbourne Storm need just three points to score 800 total points against the Sydney Roosters.

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

The first clash between the two sides was a 32-20 win for the Melbourne Storm in round 21, 1998.

Biggest Wins

The Sydney Roosters’ biggest win over the Melbourne Storm was an easy 41-6 victory in round 19, 2000.

The Melbourne Storm’ s biggest win over the Sydney Roosters was a 46-0 shellacking in round 14, 2016.

Former Sydney Roosters fullback Anthony Minichiello

Top try-scorer in this clash

Anthony Minichiello (SYD) – 9
Billy Slater (MEL) – 9
Marcus Bai (MEL) – 8
Cooper Cronk (MEL) – 8
Shaun Kenny-Dowall (MEL) – 6

Most prolific point-scorer in this clash

Cameron Smith (MEL) – 2 tries, 56 goals & 1 field goal (121 pts)
Craig Fitzgibbon (SYD) – 5 tries & 46 goals (112 pts)
Matt Orford (MEL) – 4 tries & 22 goals (60 pts)
Latrell Mitchell (SYD) – 3 tries, 17 goals & 1 field goal (47 pts)

Players to have played for both sides from this clash

  1. Michael Crocker – 2001-2004 (SYD) & 2006-2008 (MEL)
  2. Shane Walker – 1993-1994 (SYD) & 2002 (MEL)
  3. Brett Finch – 2003-2004 (SYD) & 2009 (MEL)
  4. Richie Fa’aoso – 2005 (SYD) & 2012 (MEL)
  5. James Aubusson – 2007 (MEL) & 2008-2010 (SYD)
  6. Nate Myles – 2007-2011 (SYD) & 2017 (MEL)
  7. Sisa Waqa – 2009 (SYD) & 2011-2014 (MEL)
  8. Jason Ryles – 2010-2011 (SYD) & 2012-2013 (MEL)
  9. Cooper Cronk – 2004-2017 (MEL) & 2018-2019 (SYD)
  10. James Maloney – 2009 (MEL) & 2013-2015 (SYD)
  11. Lagi Setu – 2013 (MEL) & 2015 (SYD)

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

  1. Sam Perrett (SYD) sin-binned in round 2, 2006.
  2. Victor Radley (SYD) sin-binned in round 16, 2018.
  3. Cameron Munster (MEL) sin-binned twice in the 2018 NRL grand final.
  4. Sio Siua Taukeiaho (SYD) & Nelson Asofa-Solomona (MEL) both sin-binned in 2019 NRL preliminary final.

Players to have scored three or more tries in this clash

  1. Chris Walker (SYD) scored three tries in round 21, 2004.
  2. Joey Leilua (SYD) scored three tries in round 26, 2011.
  3. Suliasi Vunivalu (MEL) scored three tries in round 14, 2014.

Head Coaching Records

Graham Murray (SYD) – 3/4 (75%)
Chris Anderson (MEL) – 3/5 (60%)
Craig Bellamy (MEL) – 17/30 (56.7%)
Brian Smith (SYD) – 2/4 (50%)
Trent Robinson (SYD) 7/15 (46.7%)
Ricky Stuart (SYD) – 3/7 (42.9%)
Brad Fittler (SYD) – 2/5 (40%)
Phil Gould (SYD) – 1/3 (33.3%)
Mark Murray (MEL) – 1/4 (25%)
Chris Anderson (SYD) – 0/1 (0%)

 

NRL Rd 7: Wests Tigers v Canterbury Bulldogs Stats Breakdown

Canterbury Bulldogs legend Hazem El Masri

Wests Tigers v Canterbury Bulldogs Stats

The Wests Tigers and Canterbury Bulldogs have played on 36 occasions; the Tigers have won 13 games, the Bulldogs have won 23 games and there have been no draws.

The Canterbury Bulldogs have won the last three games between the two sides.

The first game played between the two sides was a 22-14 win for the Canterbury Bulldogs in round 11, 2000.

Biggest Wins

The Wests Tigers biggest win over the Canterbury Bulldogs was a comprehensive 52-4 victory in round 24, 2005.

The Canterbury Bulldogs biggest win over the Wests Tigers was a comfortable 40-4 success in round 8, 2013.

Former Canterbury Bulldogs fullback Luke Patten

Top try-scorer in this clash

Hazem El Masri (CBY) – 15
Luke Patten (CBY) – 9
Josh Morris (CBY) – 8
Benji Marshall (WST) – 7
Nigel Vagana (CBY) – 6
Brett Hodgson (WST) – 5
James Tedesco (WST) – 5
Willie Tonga (CBY) – 4
Beau Ryan (WST) – 4
Pat Richards (WST) – 3

Most prolific point-scorer in this clash

Hazem El Masri (CBY) – 15 tries & 53 goals (168 pts)
Brett Hodgson (WST) – 5 tries & 29 goals (82 pts)
Benji Marshall (WST) – 7 tries & 23 goals (74 pts)
Trent Hodkinson (CBY) – 19 goals (38 pts)
Joel Caine (WST) – 2 tries & 13 goals (34 pts)
Pat Richards (WST) – 4 tries & 9 goals (34 pts)
Daryl Halligan (CBY) – 1 try & 11 goals (26 pts)

Players to have played for both sides from this clash

  1. Darren Senter – 1992-1994 (CBY) & 2000-2004 (WST)
  2. Jarrod McCracken – 1991-1995 (CBY) & 2000 (WST)
  3. Trent Runciman – 1998 (CBY) & 2001-2002 (WST)
  4. Braith Anasta – 2000-2005 (CBY) & 2013-2014 (WST)
  5. Robert Mears – 1997-1998 (CBY) & 2002-2004 (WST)
  6. Matt Utai – 2002-2009 (CBY) & 2011-2013 (WST)
  7. Dene Halatau – 2003-2009 & 2014-2016 (WST) & 2010-2013 (CBY)
  8. Jamahl Lolesi – 2004-2005 (CBY) & 2006 (WST)
  9. Corey Payne – 2008-2009 (WST) & 2010-2012 (CBY)
  10. Jamal Idris – 2008-2011 (CBY) & 2017 (WST)
  11. Mitch Brown – 2010-2011 (WST) & 2013-2014 (CBY)
  12. Aaron Woods – 2011-2017 (WST) & 2018 (CBY)
  13. Josh Reynolds – 2011-2017 (CBY) & 2018-2019 (WST)
  14. Martin Taupau – 2010-2013 (CBY) & 2014-2015 (WST)
  15. Sauaso Sue – 2013-2018 (WST) & 2019 (CBY)

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

  1. Steve Trindall (WST) sin-binned in round 1, 2002.
  2. Tony Grimaldi (CBY) sin-binned in round 20, 2004.
  3. Mark O’Meley (CBY) & Bryce Gibbs (WST) both sin-binned in round 2, 2006.
  4. Matt Utai (CBY) sent-off in round 17, 2006.
  5. David Nofoaluma (WST) sin-binned in round 8, 2017.

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

  1. Hazem El Masri (CBY) scored four tries in round 2, 2006.
  2. Keith Lulia (WST) scored four tries in round 19, 2014.
  3. Nigel Vagana (CBY) scored three tries in round 3, 2003.
  4. Paul Whatuira (WST) scored three tries in round 24, 2005.

Head coaching records

Dean Pay (CBY) – 3/4 (75%)
Des Hasler (CBY) – 7/10 (70%)
Kevin Moore (CBY) – 4/6 (66.7%)
Ivan Cleary (WST) – 2/3 (66.7%)
Steve Folkes (CBY) – 6/10 (60%)
Tim Sheens (WST) – 8/15 (53.3%)
Terry Lamb (WST) – 1/3 (33.3%)
Michael Potter (WST) – 1/3 (33.3%)
Jason Taylor (WST) – 1/4 (25%)
Wayne Pearce (WST) – 0/2 (0%)
Michael Maguire (WST) – 0/2 (0%)