What a phenomenal weekend of football Round 10 produced! A depleted Cowboys side beat an in-form Bulldogs outfit, before an underwhelming Sharks team managed to subdue the Dragons.
The Tigers were dismally disappointing in their 20-point loss to a Rabbitohs side that wasn’t much better. Comeback Saturday saw the Panthers outscore the Warriors 30-0 in the second half to overturn a 22-point deficit, then the Titans overcame competition leaders the Storm 38-36 before the Broncos staged a second-half rally to sink the Sea Eagles.
Sunday saw the Knights beat a near full-strength Raiders side and the Roosters ended a wild round with a 48-10 flogging of Parramatta.
Penalty Pullers Leaderboard
James Maloney extended his healthy lead by one and it seems only an injury to the Test five-eighth will deny him the dubious title this year.
21 – James Maloney (CRO)
12 – Ryan James (GCT)
12 – Beau Scott (PAR)
11 – Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (SYD)
11 – Josh Jackson (CBY)
10 – Mitch Barnett (NEW)
10 – Blake Green (MAN)
10 – Jake Trbojevic (MAN)
10 – Nathan Brown (PAR)
10 – Josh Hodgson (CAN)
10 – Sam Burgess (SOU)
Kyle Feldt’s safe pair of hands for the second straight week has seen Canberra’s Jordan Rapana catch him this week as he put the ball down twice.
19 – Kyle Feldt (NQL)
19 – Jordan Rapana (CAN)
16 – Nene Macdonald (STI)
16 – Anthony Milford (BRI)
16 – Matt Moylan (PEN)
15 – Tom Trbojevic (MAN)
15 – Semi Radradra (PAR)
15 – Jack Bird (CRO)
14 – Ricky Leutele (CRO)
14 – Daniel Tupou (SYD)
14 – Michael Morgan (NQL)
Perfect Goalkickers Ladder
Goalkickers bounced back in Round 10, slotting 80.52% of attempts – their best weekend since the 86.89% posted in Round 3 and only the second time this year they finished a round with a success rate over 80% success. It was also the round that saw the most goals kicked, with 62 eclipsing the Round 2 total of 57.
Round 10 last year was far more modest, with 48 of 62 attempts successful, at 77.42%. After 10 rounds in 2016 goalkickers had slotted 497 from 661 at 75.19%. This year they have 491 from 652 at 75.31%.
The readjusted ladder – showing how the competition would look if every goal was converted – sees some movement, but no top 8 teams on the actual ladder dropped out of the top half.
First Half/Second Half Ladders
Many teams’ form in the first and second halves remained consistent with the data shown in the ladders below. The Bulldogs were again poor in the first half but vastly improved in the second half. The Tigers and Warriors again shut up shop at halftime.
Milestones achieved in Round 10
Corey Oates (Brisbane) crossed for 2 tries in Round 10, taking his career tally to 50 while also bringing up 200 career points, all scored at the Broncos since his debut in 2013. He’s also scored a try for the Broncos in the World Club Series at the start of the year and one try for Queensland.
Chris McQueen (Gold Coast) ran out for his 150th career game on Saturday. The Titans backrower began in 2009 at the Rabbitohs, where he remained until 2015, playing 116 games before moving to the Titans where he has played a further 34 games. He’s also played 6 Origins for Queensland and made his Test debut for England two weeks ago.
Konrad Hurrell (Warriors) scored two tries against the Storm, bringing up 50 for his career and 200 points. He began his career with the Warriors in 2012 where he played 71 matches for 41 tries. He moved to the Titans last year and has played 18 games for 9 tries. He’s also played 4 tests for Tonga, scoring a try.
Billy Slater (Melbourne) The legendary Storm fullback scored his 175th career try, bringing up 700 career points, all of which have been scored from tries for the Storm. His career began back in 2003 and he has scored 175 tries in 286 games. He’s also scored a try in a World Club Challenge game, 12 tries in 27 Origins for Queensland and 22 tries in 25 Tests for Australia.
Dean Whare (Penrith) played his 100th career game on the weekend. The Panthers back has had an injury-plagued career that has seen him play more than 14 games in a season only 3 times since making his debut in 2010. He played 26 games for Manly in 3 years before shifting to the Panthers in 2013, where he has played a further 74 matches. He’s also played 16 Tests for New Zealand.
Josh McCrone (St.George-Illawarra) made his 150th appearance last Friday. The former Raider started his career in 2009 and played 133 games at Canberra before moving to the Dragons where he has played 17 games. He’s also played 3 games for Country.
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (Warriors) brought up his 100th career game on Saturday. The brilliant fullback started his career at the Roosters in 2012 where he played 84 games in 4 years. He switched to the Warriors in 2016 where he has been plagued by injuries, restricting him to just 16 games. He also has 12 tests for New Zealand to his name.
The Warriors suffered the biggest collapse in their history by surrendering a 22-point lead against Penrith. The club’s previous biggest collapses were the 18-point leads they surrendered against Wests Tigers (2011), Newcastle and Manly (both 2012). The Panthers’ amazing comeback was their second-greatest, only behind their revival from a 23-point deficit against the Tigers in 2000.
Milestones within reach in Round 11
James Roberts (Brisbane) Is just one try shy of racking up 50 tries and 2 points away from 200 career points. The 24-year-old journeyman began in 2011 at Souths where he scored five tries. He scored six tries in his only season in the NRL at Penrith, before shifting to the Titans where he scored 86 points (21 tries, 1 goal) in two years. He then moved to the Broncos last year and has scored 68 points, giving him a grand total of 49 tries, 1 goal for 198 points. He also has one appearance for City in 2015.
Adam Blair (Brisbane) will run out in his 250th career game this weekend. The versatile forward began his career in 2006 at the Storm, where he played 121 games. He moved to the Tigers in 2012 where he played 71 matches before moving to the Broncos in 2015 where he has played a further 57 games. He has also has 2 World Club challenge games for the Storm and 1 for the Broncos to his name and an immense 39 Tests for New Zealand.
Jarrod Croker (Canberra) could well knock over two milestones this weekend. He will make his 200th appearance, all at the Raiders, while is also 10 points shy of 1500 for the club. Croker began his career in 2009 and has barely missed a game since. He has also played 2 games for Country.
Billy Slater (Melbourne) needs 1 more win in Storm colours to bring up his 200th for the club. He has 199 wins from 286 career games. He’s also play 3 World Club Challenge games for 2 wins.
Josh Hoffman (Parramatta) Parramatta winger Hoffman is now one try shy of bringing up 50 for his career and 200 career points. He started out at the Broncos in 2008 where he scored 33 tries. He then scored 14 tries for the Titans in two seasons before moving to the Eels this year, where he has picked up a further 2 tries. He’s also scored 2 tries in 5 Tests for New Zealand.
Michael Jennings (Parramatta) the Eels flyer is just a try away from bringing up 500 career points, all scored from tries. He began his career at Penrith in 2007 where he scored 71 tries in 122 games. He then moved to Bondi for three years, scoring 41 tries in 71 games. In 2016 he moved to the Eels and has scored 12 tries in 29 games. Jennings also scored 3 tries in his 1 game for the Roosters in the World Club Challenge. He’s also scored 3 tries in as many Tests for Tonga, 6 tries in 7 Tests for the Kangaroos and six tries in 18 Origins for NSW.
Ben Matulino (Warriors) The big Kiwi forward will play his 200th game on the weekend, all for the Warriors. He began his career in 2008 and has also played 23 Tests for New Zealand in that time.