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NRL Rd 9: Brisbane Broncos v Canterbury Bulldogs Stats Breakdown

Canterbury Bulldogs club legend Hazem El Masri

Brisbane Broncos v Canterbury Bulldogs Stats

The Brisbane Broncos and Canterbury Bulldogs have played each other on 56 occasions; the Broncos have won 31 games, the Bulldogs have won 24 games and there has been one draw.

The Brisbane Broncos need just 20 points to reach 1300 total points against the Bulldogs. It will be just the fourth team that the Broncos have scored 1300 points against (Penrith, North Queensland and Newcastle the other three).

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

The first game played between the two sides was a 25-10 win for the Canterbury Bulldogs in round 15, 1988.

Biggest Wins

The Brisbane Broncos biggest win over the Canterbury Bulldogs was a 41-10 rout in round 22, 2014.

The Canterbury Bulldogs biggest win over the Brisbane Broncos was a 40-4 demolition in round 18, 2003.

Brisbane Broncos club legend Darren Lockyer

Top try-scorer in this clash

Darren Lockyer (BRI) – 14
Steve Renouf (BRI) – 11
Wendell Sailor (BRI) – 11
Tonie Carroll (BRI) – 9
Hazem El Masri (CBY) – 9
Corey Oates (BRI) – 9

Most prolific point-scorer in this clash

Hazem El Masri (CBY) – 9 tries & 63 goals (162 pts)
Darren Lockyer (BRI) – 14 tries, 37 goals & 4 field goals (134 pts)
Corey Parker (BRI) – 5 tries & 42 goals (104 pts)
Daryl Halligan (CBY) – 1 try & 33 goals (70 pts)
Michael De Vere (BRI) – 2 tries & 25 goals (58 pts)
Steve Renouf (BRI) – 11 tries (44 pts)
Wendell Sailor (BRI) – 11 tries (44 pts)
Bryson Goodwin (CBY) – 2 tries & 6 goals (20 pts)

Players to have played for both sides from this clash

  1. James Donnelly – 1987-1988 (CBY) & 1989-1991 (BRI)
  2. Darren Smith – 1990-1994 & 1999-2002 (CBY) & 1995-1998 & 2004-2005 (BRI)
  3. Scott Tronc – 1989-1990 (BRI) & 1991-1992 (CBY)
  4. Tony Currie – 1986-1988 (CBY) & 1989-1992 (BRI)
  5. Barry Berrigan – 1995-1999 (CBY) & 2003-2005 (BRI)
  6. Dennis Scott – 1996-1998 (BRI) & 1999-2004 (CBY)
  7. Shane Perry – 2000-2001 (CBY) & 2006-2008 (BRI)
  8. David Stagg – 2003-2008 & 2013-2015 (BRI) & 2009-2012 (CBY)
  9. Michael Ennis – 2006-2008 (BRI) & 2009-2014 (CBY)
  10. Greg Eastwood – 2005-2008 (BRI) & 2009 & 2011-2018 (CBY)
  11. Ben Barba – 2008-2013 (CBY) & 2014 (BRI)
  12. Ben Hannant – 2006-2008 & 2011-2014 (BRI) & 2009-2010 (CBY)
  13. James Gavet – 2012 (CBY) & 2015 (BRI)

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

  1. Martin Bella, Terry Lamb & Craig Polla-Mounter (all CBY) all sin-binned in round 17, 1993.

Head Coaching Records

Phil Gould (CBY) – 2/2 (100%)
Anthony Griffin (BRI) – 4/6 (66.7%)
Kevin Moore (CBY) – 2/3 (66.7%)
Wayne Bennett (BRI) – 26/46 (56.6%) (1 draw)
Dean Pay (CBY) – 2/4 (50%)
Anthony Seibold (BRI) – 1/2 (50%)
Des Hasler (CBY) – 5/11 (45.6%)
Steve Folkes (CBY) – 9/24 (37.5%) (1 draw)
Chris Anderson (CBY) – 4/12 (33.3%)
Ivan Henjak (BRI) – 0/2 (0%)

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

  1. Steve Renouf (BRI) scored four tries in round 17, 1993.
  2. Wendell Sailor (BRI) scored three tries in round 21, 2000.
  3. Lote Tuqiri (BRI) scored three tries in round 20, 2001.
  4. Brett Morris (CBY) scored three tries in round 16, 2016.
  5. Nick Meaney (CBY) scored three tries in round 25, 2019.

 

NRL Rd 9: Cronulla Sharks v Penrith Panthers Stats Breakdown

Cronulla Sharks club legend Steve Rogers

Cronulla Sharks v Penrith Panthers Stats

The Cronulla Sharks and Penrith Panthers have played each other on 93 occasions; the Sharks have won 51 times, the Panthers have won 39 times and there have been three draws.

The Cronulla Sharks need to score twenty points to reach 2000 total points against the Penrith Panthers.

The Penrith Panthers won six of the first eight games played between the two sides.

Since 2011, the Cronulla Sharks have won twelve of the last fifteen games played between the two sides.

The first ever game played between the two sides was a 13-10 win for Penrith in round 11, 1967.

Biggest Wins

The Cronulla Sharks biggest win over the Penrith Panthers was a 43-4 success in round 16, 1978.

The Penrith Panthers biggest win over the Cronulla Sharks was a 50-12 rout in round 26, 2010.

Cronulla Sharks club legend Andrew Ettinghausen

Top try-scorer in this clash

Andrew Ettinghausen (CRO) – 10
Brad Izzard (PEN) – 9
Michael Jennings (PEN) – 9
Steve Rogers (CRO) – 7
Ryan Girdler (PEN) – 7

Most prolific point-scorer in this clash

Steve Rogers (CRO) – 7 tries & 64 goals (144 pts)*
Ryan Girdler (PEN) – 7 tries & 40 goals (108 pts)
Michael Gordon (PEN/CRO) – 6 tries & 25 goals (74 pts)
Greg Alexander (PEN) – 5 tries & 25 goals (70 pts)
Luke Covell (CRO) – 6 tries & 21 goals (66 pts)

Players to have played for both sides from this clash

  1. Maurie Raper – 1967-1970 (PEN) & 1971-1972 & 1974 (CRO)
  2. Paul Merlo – 1977-1979 (PEN) & 1983-1985 (CRO)
  3. David Burnes – 1983 & 1988-1989 (CRO) & 1985-1986 (PEN)
  4. Robert Jackson – 1982-1983 (PEN) & 1986 (CRO)
  5. Joe Vitanza – 1984, 1986-1987 & 1990-1991 (PEN) & 1992 (CRO)
  6. Mark McGaw – 1984-1992 (CRO) & 1993 (PEN)
  7. Geoff Bell – 1994-1998 (CRO) & 2002-2003 (PEN)
  8. Brett Howland – 1997-2000 (CRO) & 2003-2005 (PEN)
  9. Shannon Donato – 1998-2001 (CRO) & 2002-2003 & 2005 (PEN)
  10. Preston Campbell – 1999-2002 (CRO) & 2003-2006 (PEN)
  11. Matthew Rieck – 1999-2001 (PEN) & 2002-2004 (CRO)
  12. Martin Lang – 1996-2001 (CRO) & 2002-2004 (PEN)
  13. Luke Lewis – 2001-2012 (PEN) & 2013 & 2015-2018 (CRO)
  14. Paul Franze – 2002-2004 (CRO) & 2005 (PEN)
  15. Ben Ross – 2003-2005 (PEN) & 2006-2009 & 2012-2013 (CRO)
  16. Michael Gordon – 2006-2012 (PEN) & 2013-2015 (CRO)
  17. Paul Aiton – 2006-2009 (PEN) & 2010-2011 (PEN)
  18. Bryan Norrie – 2006-2007 (PEN) & 2008-2009 (CRO)
  19. Kevin Kingston – 2005-2008 (CRO) & 2010-2014 (PEN)
  20. Ben Pomeroy – 2004-2005 (PEN) & 2006-2013 (CRO)
  21. Cameron Ciraldo – 2005-2007 (CRO) & 2012-2013 (PEN)
  22. Wade Graham – 2008-2010 (PEN) & 2011-2019 CRO)
  23. David Simmons – 2003-2009 (CRO) & 2010-2015 (PEN)
  24. Tyrone Peachey – 2013 (CRO) & 2014-2018 (PEN)
  25. Jeremy Latimore – 2013-2016 (PEN) & 2017 (CRO)
  26. Matt Moylan – 2013-2017 (PEN) & 2018-2019 (CRO)
  27. James Maloney – 2016-2017 (CRO) & 2018-2019 (PEN)
  28. Joseph Paulo – 2008-2011 (PEN) & 2016-2018 (CRO)
  29. James Segeyaro – 2013-2016 (PEN) & 2017-2018 (CRO)

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

  1. Steve Kneen (CRO) sent-off in round 9, 1980.
  2. Mark Ellison (CRO) sin-binned in round 23, 1985.
  3. Greg Alexander, Ryan Girdler & Mark McGaw (all PEN) all sin-binned in round 22, 1993.
  4. Ryan Girdler (PEN) sin-binned in round 6, 1996.
  5. Matt Adamson (PEN) sin-binned in round 19, 2001.

Head Coaching Records

Jack Clare (PEN) – 2/2 (100%)
Mike Stephenson (PEN) – 2/2 (100%)
John Morris (CRO) – 2/2 (100%)
Peter Sharp (PEN) – 1/1 (100%)
Jamie Shepherd (PEN) – 1/1 (100%)
Allan Fitzgibbon (CRO) – 4/5 (80%)
Shaun Flanagan (CRO) – 9/12 (75%)
Greg Pierce (CRO) _ 3/4 (75%)
Tim Sheens (PEN) – 5/8 (62.5%) (1 draw)
Bob Boland (PEN) – 6/10 (60%)
Tommy Bishop (CRO) – 6/10 (60%)
Stuart Raper (CRO) – 3/5 (60%)
John Lang (CRO) – 7/12 (58.3%) (1 draw)
John Lang (PEN) – 4/8 (50%)
Matthew Elliott (PEN) – 4/8 (50%)
Len Stacker (PEN) – 3/6 (50%) (1 draw)
Ricky Stuart (CRO) – 3/6 (50%)
Leo Trevena (PEN) – 2/4 (50%)
John Raper (CRO) – 2/4 (50%)
Norm Provan (CRO) – 2/4 (50%) (1 draw)
Terrence Fearnley (CRO) – 2/4 (50%) (1 draw)
Arthur Beetson (CRO) – 2/4 (50%)
Ronald Willey (PEN) – 1/2 (50%)
Edwin Glossop (CRO) – 1/2 (50%)
Phil Gould (PEN) – 3/8 (37.5%)
Ivan Cleary (PEN) – 3/8 (37.5%)
Royce Simmons (PEN) – 4/12 (33.3%) (1 draw)
Jack Gibson (CRO) – 2/6 (33.3%)
Chris Anderson (CRO) – 1/3 (33.3%)
Don Parish (PEN) – 1/4 (25%)
Ken Kearney (CRO) – 1/6 (16.7%)
Cameron Ciraldo (PEN) – 0/1 (0%)
Barry Harris (PEN) – 0/2 (0%)
Noel Thornton (CRO) – 0/2 (0%)
John Peard (PEN) – 0/4 (0%)
Anthony Griffin (PEN) – 0/5 (0%)

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

  1. Peter Langmack (PEN) scored three tries in round 5, 1974.
  2. Brad Izzard (PEN) scored three tries in round 25, 1986.
  3. Mark McGaw (CRO) scored three tries in round 18, 1987.
  4. Luke Covell (CRO) scored three tries in round 13, 2008.
  5. Michael Jennings (PEN) scored three tries in round 10, 2010.
  6. Frank Pritchard (PEN) scored three tries in round 26, 2010.

 

NRL Rd 9: Wests Tigers v South Sydney Rabbitohs Stats Breakdown

South Sydney Rabbitohs captain and halfback Adam Reynolds

Wests Tigers v South Sydney Rabbitohs Stats

The Wests Tigers and South Sydney Rabbitohs have played each other on 34 occasions; the Tigers have won 16 games and the Rabbitohs have won 18 games.

The Rabbitohs won four of the opening five games between the two sides.

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

Paul Langmack only won five games as head coach of the South Sydney Rabbitohs; three of those came against the Wests Tigers.

The first ever clash between the two sides was a 38-24 win for the South Sydney Rabbitohs on July 14, 2002.

Biggest Wins

The Wests Tigers biggest win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs was a comprehensive 56-6 shellacking in round 22, 2004.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs biggest win over the Wests Tigers was a 54-10 romp in round 10, 2013.

Former South Sydney Rabbitohs prolific try-scoring winger Nathan Merritt

Top try-scorer in this clash

Nathan Merritt (SOU) – 11 (1G & 1FG)
Robbie Farah (WST) – 10
Taniela Tuiaki (WST) – 9
Chris Lawrence (WST) – 8
Greg Inglis (SOU) – 7
James Tedesco (WST) – 7
Alex Johnston (SOU) – 7

Most prolific point-scorer in this clash

Adam Reynolds (SOU) – 4 tries, 54 goals & 2 field goals (126 pts)
Benji Marshall – 4 tries & 33 goals (82 pts)
Brett Hodgson – 1 try & 28 goals (60 pts)
Nathan Merritt – 11 tries, 1 goal & 1 field goal (47 pts)
Chris Sandow (SOU) – 2 tries, 15 goals & 1 field goal (39 pts)
Robbie Farah (WST) – 10 tries (40 pts)
Taniela Tuiaki (WST) – 9 tries (36 pts)

Players to have played for both sides from this clash

  1. Willie Manu – 2001-2003 (WST) & 2004 (SOU)
  2. Wade McKinnon – 2002-2003 (SOU) & 2010-2011 (WST)
  3. Owen Craigie – 2000-2001 (WST) & 2002-2004 (SOU)
  4. Ahmad Bajouri – 2002 (WST) & 2003 (SOU)
  5. Sam Latu – 2008 (SOU) & 2010-2011 (WST)
  6. Rhys Hanbury – 2004 (SOU) & 2008-2009 (WST)
  7. Eddy Pettybourne – 2007-2012 (SOU) & 2013 (WST)
  8. Lote Tuqiri – 2010-2011 (WST) & 2014 (SOU)
  9. Chris McQueen – 2009 & 2011-2015 (SOU) & 2018-2019 (WST)
  10. Joel Reddy – 2012-2013 (WST) & 2014-2015 (SOU)
  11. Justin Hunt – 2012-2013 (SOU) & 2016 (WST)
  12. Jeff Lima – 2004 (WST) & 2013 (SOU)
  13. Tim Grant – 2015 (SOU) & 2016-2018 (WST)
  14. Nathan Brown – 2013 (WST) & 2015-2016 (SOU)
  15. Robert Jennings – 2017-2018 (SOU) & 2019-2020 (WST)
  16. Adam Doueihi – 2018-2019 (SOU) & 2020 (WST)

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

  1. Paul Stringer (SOU) & Darren Senter (WST) both sin-binned in round 21, 2002.
  2. Ashley Harrison (SOU) sin-binned in round 25, 2005.
  3. Luke Brooks (WST) & Luke Burgess (SOU) both sin-binned in round 3, 2014.

Head Coaching Records

Paul Langmack (SOU) – 3/3 (100%)
Jason Taylor (WST) – 4/5 (80%)
Michael Maguire (SOU) – 8/12 (75%)
John Lang (SOU) – 3/4 (75%)
Craig Coleman (SOU) – 1/2 (50%)
Anthony Seibold (SOU) – 1/2 (50%)
Wayne Bennett (SOU) – 1/2 (50%)
Terry Lamb (WST) – 1/2 (50%)
Michael Maguire (WST) – 1/2 (50%)
Tim Sheens (WST) – 8/18 (44.4%)
Jason Taylor (SOU) – 2/5 (40%)
Ivan Cleary (WST) – 1/3 (33.3%)
Michael Potter (SOU) – 1/4 (25%)
Arthur Kitinas (SOU) – 0/1 (0%)
Shaun McRae (SOU) – 0/1 (0%)

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

  1. Kevin McGuinness (WST) scored four tries in round 21, 2002.
  2. Greg Inglis (SOU) scored four tries in round 10, 2013.
  3. Jason Moodie (WST) scored three tries in round 22, 2004.
  4. Robbie Farah (WST) scored three tries in round 25, 2005.
  5. Scott Prince (WST) scored three tries in round 12, 2006.
  6. Luke Capewell (SOU) scored three tries in round 17, 2009.
  7. Taniela Tuiaki (WST) scored three tries in round 17, 2009.
  8. Nathan Merritt (SOU) scored three tries in round 10, 2010.
  9. Dylan Farrell (SOU) scored three tries in round 22, 2010.

 

 

NRL Rd 9: Gold Coast Titans v New Zealand Warriors Stats Breakdown

Former New Zealand Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson

Gold Coast Titans v New Zealand Warriors Stats.

The Gold Coast Titans and New Zealand Warriors have played each other on 26 occasions; the Titans have won eight games, the Warriors have won eighteen games and there have been no draws.

The Gold Coast Titans won the first four games played at Cbus Super Stadium against the New Zealand Warriors, but have only won one of the last nine games.

Biggest Wins

The Gold Coast Titans biggest win over the New Zealand Warriors was a comfortable 36-12 victory in round 20, 2018.

The New Zealand Warriors biggest win over the Gold Coast Titans was a 42-0 demolition in round 25, 2014.

Former New Zealand Warriors winger Manu Vatuvei

Top try-scorer in this clash

Manu Vatuvei (WAR) – 11
Shaun Johnson (WAR) – 11
Konrad Hurrell (WAR) – 8
David Fusitu’a (WAR) – 8
Anthony Don (GLD) – 8

Most prolific point-scorer in this clash

Shaun Johnson (WAR) – 11 tries, 29 goals & 2 field goals (104 pts)
Scott Prince (GLD) – 1 try & 30 goals (64 pts)
James Maloney (WAR) – 2 tries & 19 goals (46 pts)
Manu Vatuvei (WAR) – 11 tries (44 pts)

Players to have played for both sides from this clash

  1. Nathan Friend – 2007-2011 & 2016 (GLD) & 2012-2015 (WAR)
  2. Bodene Thompson – 2009-2012 (GLD) & 2015-2017 (WAR)
  3. Clinton Toopi – 1999-2006 (WAR) & 2010-2011 (GLD)
  4. Dominique Peyroux – 2011-2012 (GLD) & 2013-2015 (WAR)
  5. Konrad Hurrell – 2012-2016 (WAR) & 2016-2018 (GLD)
  6. Lachlan Burr – 2015-2016 (GLD) & 2019-2020 (WAR)
  7. Agnatius Paasi – 2014 & 2018-2019 (WAR) & 2015-2017 (GLD)
  8. Karl Lawton – 2016-2017 (GLD) & 2018-2019 (WAR)
  9. Leivaha Pulu – 2016-2017 (GLD) & 2018-2019 (WAR)

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

  1. Adam Blair (WAR) sin-binned in round 14, 2019.

Head Coaching Records

Brian McClennan (WAR) – 2/2 (100%)
Matthew Elliott (WAR) – 2/2 (100%)
Andrew McFadden (WAR) – 5/6 (83.3%)
Stephen Kearney (WAR) – 5/6 (83.3%)
John Cartwright (GLD) – 6/15 (40%)
Ivan Cleary (WAR) – 4/10 (40%)
Garth Brennan (GLD) – 1/4 (25%)
Neil Henry (GLD) – 1/7 (14.3%)

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

  1. Grant Rovelli (WAR) scored three tries in round 22, 2007.
  2. David Mead (GLD) scored three tries in round 9, 2011.
  3. Dave Taylor (GLD) scored three tries in round 11, 2014.

 

NRL Best Bets – Round 9

New Zealand Warriors winger Ken Maumalo

Another week and another round of the best bets available to you! 

Gold Coast Titans v New Zealand Warriors

Bottom of the ladder clashes always gets the blood flowing.

Warriors fans and players finally have something to cheer about, as they were able to beat the Broncos.

Ken Maumalo was the highlight, running for 270 meters and scoring two tries.

Blake Green also had a great game, despite the news that he won’t be re-signed for the 2021 season.

New Zealand Warriors veteran half Blake Green

The game was close throughout but in the last twenty, the Warriors were able to go up a gear and the Broncos couldn’t match their speed and energy.

The Titans on the other hand got rinsed by the Sharks and put on a terrible performance.

Their defence was their biggest issue, especially on the edges.

While the Warriors don’t have the same attack as the Sharks, they should be able to take advantage of their weak defensive team.

Gold Coast Titans prop Moeaki Fotuaika

The Warriors will carry confidence into this game especially with RTS re-joining the line-up.

I can see the Warriors blowing out the Titans here, and hopefully build on last weeks’ performance.

Warriors -1.5

Warriors 13+


South Sydney Rabbitohs v Wests Tigers

The Tigers played in a finals level intensity game last week.

Tensions caused Joey Leilua to clobber Dylan Edwards of the ball, giving himself a lengthy suspension.

Wests Tigers veteran Benji Marshall

There is some re-shuffling in both teams.

Braidon Burns suffered a season-ending injury for the Rabbitohs.

The Tigers have moved Benji Marshall to the bench and Michael Chee-Kam replaces Joey Leilua in the centres.

The Rabbitohs were able to easily handle the Bulldogs.

While they were victorious, the main problem that has plagued this talented roster is errors.

They are 5th in errors at 92 and 3rd in handling errors at 82.

South Sydney Rabbitohs forward Cameron Murray

They need to remove these mistakes to be considered a viable top 8 threat.

The Rabbitohs aren’t playing to their potential, and I think the Tigers coming off a highly emotional and competitive game, they should be eager to bounce back.

Tigers +4.5


St George Illawarra Dragons v Manly Sea Eagles

I made a vow to myself to never bet on the Dragons. But here we are.

Dragons have looked improved over the past two games, and haven’t looked like a complete joke.

St George Illawarra Dragons utility Ben Hunt

Moving Hunt into hooker is a smart decision, as I believe he plays his best footy in the number nine.

Some shuffling in the Dragons team, as McInnes moves into the middle along side Tariq Sims who returns from a wrist injury.

Manly are ravaged with injuries and are are still a top eight team.

Though having key players in and out of the line-up doesn’t help with the teams cohesion on attack and defence.

It feels like Manly have been beaten up this season.

Manly Sea Eagles prop Martin Taupau

From injuries, bad calls and suspensions, they can’t catch a break.

They Dragons need to attack this vulnerable Manly side, and have an opportunity to get a win and potentially turn their season around.

Dragons Win


 

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%)