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%)


Sivo and Gutherson star as Eels steamroll the Cowboys

Parramatta Eels prop Junior Paulo

Mitch Moses may be out but the Parramatta Eels juggernaut claimed a new victim, a hapless North Queensland Cowboys outfit.

On the back of Clint Gutherson’s crafty play (who was playing his 100th game) and Maika Sivo, the Cowboys simply had no answer.

Surprisingly, it was the Cowboys who enjoyed the early weight of possession but yet they were unable to capitalise.

Some resolute Eels defence proved too tough to crack and once they scored the first try, the Eels would not look back.

That first try would come on the back of Gutherson, throwing a lovely cut-out pass for Michael Jennings.

A near carbon copy saw the Eels score a second; the only difference being, it was Sivo who would score the first of his four tries.

Waqa Blake then got in on the action. A Dylan Brown bomb went up and Blake was there to pluck the ball from the air and score.

Complacency or laziness, whatever you want to call it, saw the Eels allow a Cowboys try right before the break.

You may have thought that the Cowboys would mount a comeback of sorts or get back into the game but it was not to be.

That was ended prematurely when, on one of the first plays of the second half, the Eels scored.

Blake turned provider, batting the ball back for Jai Field who exploded with blistering pace to score in the corner.

Two rapid fire tries to Sivo would then put the icing on the impressive cake that was the Eels performance.

Sivo’s second off the back of a break and lovely pass from Gutherson, shining in his 100th game.

The hat-trick produced by Dylan Brown and a lovely cut-out ball that saw Sivo with an open line in front of him.

Sivo’s fourth try came soon after as quick hands down the left saw him score easily.

A final penalty goal slotted by Gutherson and that was all she wrote. Dominance by the Eels and an insipid Cowboys performance.

Cowboys coach Paul Green lamented his side’s right edge defence.

“It took them well into that second half before they started getting it right,” he said.

“Some of those guys are learning in the NRL when the game comes your way you have to be ready to do what you have to do.”

Brad Arthur praised Sivo for the work he has done to become an effective winger and destructive force.

“He’s going well, he just had to work on some of his timing and depth there and put himself in a better position to give some of those guys inside him an opportunity to make those passes to him,” Arthur said.

NRL News Player of the Game

3. Junior Paulo

2. Clint Gutherson

1. Maika Sivo

Parramatta Eels captain and fullback Clint Gutherson

Raiders Survive Dragons’ Comeback Scare

The Canberra Raiders have further improved their impressive record against the St George Illawarra Dragons through a 22-16 victory in the nation’s capital.

Although the infamous Canberra hoodoo was officially broken in 2014, the Raiders once more had too much strike power for the Dragons in their first game back at GIO Stadium.

Nick Cotric continued his run of form against the Dragons, scoring the first try of the clash for the fourth year in a row.

Bailey Simonsson doubled the Raiders’ lead ten minutes later on the other side of the field, outleaping Mikaele Ravalawa to cross for his second try of the season.

Both sides kept things relatively tidy for the remainder of the half, completing at over 85% through the first 30 minutes.

However, the Dragons discipline began to fade with minutes to go until the break.

Capitalising on a mid-field mistake, George Williams scooted through the non-existent Dragons’ defence to score in the final minute of the half, giving his side an 18-0 lead.

The first chance of the second half fell to the Dragons but fullback Matt Dufty was unable to clean up a Ben Hunt banana kick to score the Saints’ first points of the match.

Jarrod Croker would have no such troubles, crashing onto a Jack Wighton kick to score his first four-pointer of the season.

Matt Dufty then replied, making up for his earlier blunder to reduce the margin to 18.

Thoughts of a comeback were then amplified by Zac Lomax, who sent Jason Saab through the line before backing up to score the try himself.

Lomax has scored 62 of the Dragons 122 points so far this season.

When Euan Aitken sent Matt Dufty away to score untouched with a minute to go, the small Canberra crowd was provided with a grandstand finish.

But there was to be no fairytale win for the Dragons who were left to rue an abysmal first half.

The Raiders will be counting the cost of the win with Elliot Whitehead and Emre Guler suffering leg injuries while Sia Soliola was sent to hospital with a suspected fractured cheekbone.

Canberra coach Ricky Stuart said that he was proud of his team’s ability to stave off the late comeback after a tough few weeks of travel but demonstrated some concern over the growing injury toll.

“We had a short turnaround, for them to back up with all those injuries in the middle and show that energy at the back end of the game, why wouldn’t I be happy?” he stated.

For the Dragons, Paul McGregor was ‘filthy’ with his team’s first half performance but said that the improvements he saw in the second period would provide them with a platform off which they could build for the coming weeks.

The Raiders have jumped the Tigers into sixth position and will take on Melbourne next Saturday, while the Dragons will enjoy a nine-day turnaround before facing Manly next Sunday.

NRL News Player of the Game:
3 Points – George Williams – Tough to choose a standout player of the match, but Williams’ efforts in the first half put the Raiders in a position to survive the late scare. One try, one try assist and a line-break for the Englishman.

2 Points – Cameron McInnes – Monster night defensively for the Dragons’ rake who had 66 tackles, with no missed tackles. Also had 16 runs for over 120 metres.

1 Point – Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad – The man dubbed ‘CNK’ has been relatively quiet for the Green Machine this season, but had a solid night tonight with 260 running metres on 33 runs and a try assist to boot. Other standout performances came from Euan Aitken, Zac Lomax and Nick Cotric.

Jack Murchie extends New Zealand Warriors stay

New Zealand Warriors forward Jack Murchie

Initially joining them on loan, Jack Murchie has extended his stay with the New Zealand Warriors. 

Re-signing until the end of 2022, Murchie originally joined for the remainder of 2020 to help the Warriors side.

He made his first start just last week and has the club and coach Todd Payten back him to become a regular in the seventeen.

“Jack’s come into our bubble and has fitted into the group really well. He’s is a popular squad member,” Payten said.

“He’s working really hard on his game as he seeks to establish himself in our NRL squad.”

Payten praised Murchie for his approach to games, training and the organisation.

“Jack’s always doing extras with the coaches and has the work ethic we are looking for,” Payten continued.

“He has contributed well as he looks to move his game to a new level.”

For Murchie himself, he looks forward to establishing himself as a regular over the next two and a half seasons.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time here with the boys and getting to know them. I feel right at home,” Murchie said.

“I’m looking forward to the next two and a half years to establish myself in the team and be the best player I can be.”

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%)


Storm strike late to down Roosters in golden point thriller

Melbourne Storm halfback Jahrome Hughes

In one of the games of the season, a penalty goal in golden point proved the difference as the Melbourne Storm defeated the Sydney Roosters.

With a rivalry forming between the two sides recently, the game started with a very high intensity and teams were going set for set.

Both teams were battling hard for field position and it was the Roosters who would pounce first.

Justin Olam made an error by knocking on 30 m out from his own goal line.

Wiley veteran winger Brett Morris was very quick to retrieve the loose ball to off-load a great ball to Flanagan to race over to score.

Flanagan converted his own try for the Tricolours to take the early lead and put the Roosters up 6-0.

Flanagan then became a bit of a villain, with an errant pass picked off by Josh Addo-Carr who saw open space and ran 45 m to score.

Addo-Carr continued his great strike rate of scoring tries at Suncorp. He has now scored a try in his last 6 matches there and his 10th career try at the venue.

As Smith converted to make it six all, the intensity and physicality was reminiscent of an Origin match.

Despite pressure on Storm fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen, he rose to the challenge every time.

The Roosters offloads were creating havoc for the Storm defensive which allowed Luke Keary to weave his magic.

The Roosters resiliency in defence suffocated the Storm attack at times and it proved important late in the first half.

Veteran Roosters centre Josh Morris crossed for his 140th NRL try.

Keary nailed a cross field kick form Daniel Tupou to take out of the air.

The high-flying Tupou offloaded a pass around the back of himself for Morris to show great body strength to score in the corner.

Flanagan slotted the goal from the sideline to take the Roosters out to a 12-6 lead.

Heading into the break with the Roosters up 12-6, the match was evenly poised to be a spectacle.

The second half began and it was Roosters co-captain Boyd Cordner with an speculative pass in his own half.

The pass was intercepted by Tom Eisenhuth who got the ball to Storm halfback Jahrome Hughes.

Hughes evaded some Roosters defenders and ran 40 m to score for his team and draw first blood in the second half.

Cameron Smith again converted to tie the game up at 12-a-piece.

As the team’s big men tried to stamp their authority on the game, the physicality intensified.

Showing just how good they have been in their careers, Brett Morris scored for a total of 300 NRL tries between he and his brother.

Aback line shift and a great pass from Angus Crichton saw Morris score in the corner to record his 160th NRL try.

Flanagan was great with the boot  and converted the try to put the Roosters up 18-12.

Josh Morris would then bag his second on the back of great lead-up from Keary and his brother Brett.

The play started from his brother Brett who made a great run to get Keary over the advantage line to find Josh Morris out the outside to score.

Flanagan missed the conversion for the Roosters to lead 22-12 with 30 minutes to go.

From the restart, the Storm got a penalty for a player being taken out.

A few tackles later, Hughes scored a double after a good pass by Cameron Smith and a lead up run by Brandon Smith.

Hughes used good footwork to score under the posts, Smith slotted the conversion and the Roosters led 24-18.

A Daniel Tupou error late on would prove costly and ultimately levelled things up.

The dropped ball was scooped up by Hughes who threw a basketball type pass for Paul Momirovski to score the Storm’s 2nd try in 3 minutes.

He beat Josh Morris with a right foot step and also beat Keary close to the line for the Storm to take the lead 24-22 after Cameron Smith converts the goal after the ball coming off the upright.

With the game drawing to a close, a bad defensive decision by Storm winger Suliasi Vunivalu to tackle a player without the ball was penalised.

Flanagan was ready to step up to the plate and made no mistake, slotting the penalty to make it 24-all.

With a minute remaining on the clock, the Roosters got in good field position from a Tedesco run.

Keary, the Clive Churchill medallist from last year’s Grand Final slotted a field goal from 32m out.

This was his 4th career field goal and 3rd against the Storm.

From the kick-off restart, Tupou jumps up to retrieve the ball, lost it and the Storm retrieved the ball for one final crack.

An unlikely hero in Ryan Papenhuyzen was there when it mattered, slotting a pressure field goal to force golden point.

This was the first field goal of his career.

In the end, the Roosters were their own worst enemy when it mattered most.

A Boyd Cordner error in his own half coupled with a silly penalty given away by Jake Friend and it would be all she wrote.

From right in front, Smith slotted the easy penalty goal for the Storm to take the win 27-25.

Storm coach Craig Bellamy praised his side’s effort and resiliency.

“It makes me real proud of them,” Bellamy said.

Having said that, had we been beaten by 10 points, I still would have been fairly proud of them.

“We got 10 behind against a team that has been head and shoulders above every other team since the break.

“So it would have been easy for our blokes to say it was going to be too hard.”

Despite an ankle injury to Daniel Tupou, Keary knows the side has the players in their arsenal to still compete.

“We have dealt with this the last few years where we have had people out all the time,” Keary said.

“Last year we got out full squad for the first time on grand final day,” Keary said.

“To lose the two boys last week with ACLs was devastating for them but you can’t dwell on it.”

NRL News Player of the Game

3 – Jahrome Hughes

2- Luke Keary

1 – Brandon Smith

Sydney Roosters five-eighth Luke Keary

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 Teams Rd 8

What another week of footy we had! Highs, lows, big wins, tight games. 

It was a week that had everything but also some long-term injuries, always a blow to clubs.

With a top tier of teams now starting to form, can any side below that level put pressure on them?

Can teams at the bottom force their way out of the slump?

Time will tell but in the mean time, here are teams for round eight of the NRL Telstra Premiership:

Melbourne Storm v Sydney Roosters (#NRLStormRoosters); Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane; Thursday, July 2. Kick-off: 7:55 pm.

Storm: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Justin Olam 4. Paul Momirovski 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Ryley Jacks 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith (C) 10. Christian Welch 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenny Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane.

Interchange: 14. Brandon Smith 15. Tino Faasuamaleaui 16. Tom Eisenhuth 17. Nelson Asofa-Solomona.

Reserves: 18. Cooper Johns 19. Marion Seve 20. Albert Vete 21. Chris Lewis.

Coach: Craig Bellamy.

Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Josh Morris 4. Joey Manu 5. Brett Morris 6. Luke Keary 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Boyd Cordner (C) 12. Angus Crichton 13. Nat Butcher.

Interchange: 14. Poasa Faamausili 15. Sitili Tupouniua 16. Mitch Aubusson 17. Lindsay Collins.

Reserves: 18. Daniel Fifita 19. Ryan Hall 20. Freddy Lussick 21. Lachlan Lam.

Coach: Trent Robinson.

Canberra Raiders v St George Illawarra Dragons (#NRLRaidersDragons); GIO Stadium, Canberra; Friday, July 3. Kick-off: 6 pm. 

Raiders: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Bailey Simonsson 3. Jarrod Croker (C) 4. Michael Oldfield 5. Nick Cotric 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Josh Papalii 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Iosia Soliola 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Joseph Tapine.

Interchange: 14. Curtis Scott 15. Emre Guler 16. Ryan Sutton 17. Siliva Havili.

Reserves: 18. Tom Starling 19. Dunamis Lui 20. Matt Frawley 21. Kai O’Donnell.

Coach: Ricky Stuart.

Dragons: 1. Matthew Dufty 2. Jason Saab 3. Euan Aitken 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Corey Norman 7. Adam Clune 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Cameron McInnes (C) 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tyson Frizell 13. Tyrell Fuimaono 13. Trent Merrin.

Interchange: 14. Ben Hunt 15. Josh Kerr 16. Korbin Sims 17. Jackson Ford.

Reserves: 18. Eddie Blacker 19. Tristan Sailor 20. Billy Brittain 21. Tim Lafai.

Coach: Paul McGregor.

Parramatta Eels v North Queensland Cowboys (#NRLEelsCowboys); Bankwest Stadium, Parramatta; Friday, July 3. Kick-off: 7:55 pm. 

Eels: 1. Clint Gutherson (C) 2. Maika Sivo 3. Michael Jennings 4. Waqa Blake 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Jai Field 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Ryan Matterson 13. Marata Niukore.

Interchange: 14. Ray Stone 15. David Gower 16. Oregon Kaufusi 17. Brad Takairangi.

Reserves: 18. Stefano Utoikamanu 19. Daniel Alvaro 20. George Jennings 21. Will Smith.

Coach: Brad Arthur.

Cowboys: 1. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Tom Opacic 4. Esan Marsters 5. Justin O’Neill 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Jake Clifford 8. Josh McGuire 9. Reece Robson 10. Jordan McLean 11. Shane Wright 12. Coen Hess 13. Jason Taumalolo.

Interchange: 14. Ben Hampton 15. Gavin Cooper 16. Peter Hola 17. Francis Molo.

Reserves: 18. Reuben Cotter 19. Valentine Holmes 20. Corey Jensen 21. Valentine Holmes.

Coach: Paul Green.

Gold Coast Titans v Cronulla Sharks (#NRLTitansSharks); Cbus Super Stadium, Robina; Saturday, July 4. Kick-off: 3 pm.

Titans: 1. Corey Thompson 2. Anthony Don 3. Brian Kelly 4. Tyrone Peachey 5. Philip Sami 6. Ashley Taylor 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Moeaki Fotuaika 9. Mitch Rein 10. Jaimin Jolliffe 11. Kevin Proctor (C) 12. Keegan Hipgrave 13. Jai Arrow.

Interchange: 14. Tanah Boyd 15. Sam Lisone 16. Bryce Cartwright 17. Jarrod Wallace.

Reserves: 18. Erin Clark 19. Beau Fermor 20. Jai Whitbread 21. Tyrone Roberts.

Coach: Justin Holbrook.

Sharks: 1. Matt Moylan 2. Sione Katoa 3. Josh Dugan 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Bryson Goodwin 6. Shaun Johnson 7. Chad Townsend 8. Andrew Fifita 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Aaron Woods 11. Briton Nikora 12. Wade Graham (C) 13. Jack Williams.

Interchange: 14. Toby Rudolf 15. Braden Hamlin-Uele 16. Siosifa Talakai 17. Royce Hunt.

Reserves: 18. Scott Sorenson 19. Connor Tracey 20. William Kennedy 21. Nene Macdonald.

Coach: John Morris.

New Zealand Warriors v Brisbane Broncos (#NRLWarriorsBroncos); Central Coast Stadium, Gosford; Saturday, July 4. Kick-off: 5:30 pm. 

Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (C) 2. David Fusitu’a 3. Peta Hiku 4. Patrick Herbert 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Blake Green 8. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 9. Wayde Egan 10. Agnatius Paasi 11. Jack Murchie 12. Tohu Harris 13. Adam Blair.

Interchange: 14. Chanel Harris-Tavita 15. Jack Hetherington 16. Karl Lawton 17. Josh Curran.

Reserves: 18. King Vuniyayawa 20. Isaiah Papali’i 21. Adam Pompey 22. Gerard Beale.

Coach: Todd Payten

Broncos: 1. Tesi Niu 2. Jamayne Isaako 3. Herbie Farnworth 4. Darius Boyd 5. Xavier Coates 6. Anthony Milford 7. Brodie Croft 8. Matthew Lodge 9. Issac Luke 10. Payne Haas 11. Alex Glenn 12. Tevita Pangai Junior 13. Patrick Carrigan.

Interchange: 14. Tom Dearden 15. Thomas Flegler 16. Rhys Kennedy 17. Ben Te’o.

Reserves: 18. Corey Oates 19. Cory Paix 20. Richard Kennar 21. Jamil Hopoate.

Coach: Anthony Seibold

Wests Tigers v Penrith Panthers (#NRLTigersPanthers); Bankwest Stadium, Parramatta; Saturday, July 4. Kick-off: 7:35 pm.

Tigers: 1. Adam Doueihi 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Joey Leilua 4. Moses Mbye 5. Tommy Talau 6. Josh Reynolds 7. Luke Brooks 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Harry Grant 10. Oliver Clark 11. Luke Garner 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Matthew Eisenhuth.

Interchange: 14. Elijah Taylor 15. Thomas Mikaele 16. Sam McIntyre 17. Michael Chee-Kam.

Reserves: 18. Benji Marshall 19. Chris Lawrence 20. Billy Walters 21. Russell Packer.

Coach: Michael Maguire.

Panthers: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Josh Mansour 3. Dean Whare 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. James Tamou (C) 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo.

Interchange: 14. Matt Burton 15. Zane Tetevano 16. Moses Leota 17. Billy Burns.

Reserves: 18. Mitch Kenny 19. Brent Naden 20. Spencer Leniu 21. Tyrone May.

Coach: Ivan Cleary.

Manly Sea Eagles v Newcastle Knights (#NRLManlyKnights); Lottoland, Brookvale; Sunday, July 5. Kick-off: 4:05 pm. 

Manly: 1. Reuben Garrick 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Brad Parker 4. Moses Suli 5. Tevita Funa 6. Lachlan Croker 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Danny Levi 10. Martin Taupau 11. Joel Thompson 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic.

Interchange: 14. Cade Cust 15. Jack Gosiewski 16. Sean Keppie 17. Taniela Paseka.

Reserves: 18. Morgan Boyle 19. Brendan Elliot 20. Abbas Miski 21. Haumole Olakau’atu.

Coach: Des Hasler.

Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Edrick Lee 3. Enari Tuala 4. Bradman Best 5. Hymel Hunt 6. Kurt Mann 7. Mitch Pearce (C) 8. David Klemmer 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Sione Mata’utia 13. Herman Ese’ese.

Interchange: 14. Tex Hoy 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Aidan Guerra 17. Pasami Saulo.

Reserves: 18. Tautau Moga 19. Brodie Jones 20. Phoenix Crossland 21. Josh King.

Coach: Adam O’Brien.

Canterbury Bulldogs v South Sydney Rabbitohs (#NRLBulldogsRabbitohs); Sunday, July 5. Kick-off: 6 pm.

Bulldogs: 1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 2. Nick Meaney 3. Reimis Smith 4. Marcelo Montoya 5. Christian Crichton 6. Kieran Foran 7. Brandon Wakeham 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Dylan Napa 11. Josh Jackson (C) 12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 13. Adam Elliott.

Interchange: 14. Kerrod Holland 15. Dean Britt 16. Renouf To’Omaga 17. Sauaso Sue.

Reserves: 19. Ofahiki Ogden 20. Jack Cogger 21. Luke Thompson 22. Sione Katoa.

Coach: Dean Pay.

Rabbitohs: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Dane Gagai 3. Campbell Graham 4. James Roberts 5. Alex Johnston 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds (C) 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Jaydn Su’A 12. Ethan Lowe 13. Cameron Murray.

Interchange: 14. Liam Knight 15. Bayley Sironen 16. Hame Sele 17. Braidon Burns.

Reserves: 18. Mark Nicholls 19. Patrick Mago 20. Troy Dargan 21. Corey Allan.

Coach: Wayne Bennett.


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