A shortened Round 12 saw just four games being played. Parramatta beat a disappointing Souths outfit, the Cronulla outlasted Canterbury in a dour battle, the Warriors took care of a second-rate Brisbane side and Canberra won the hard way against a valiant Sydney Roosters side.
Penalty Pullers Leaderboard
With only a few of the front-runners taking part in Round 12, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves capitalised, picking up the wrath of the refs twice to move to outright second, while Luke Lewis and Sam Burgess joined the list.
22 – James Maloney (CRO)
14 – Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (SYD)
13 – Ryan James (GCT)
13 – Josh Hodgson (CAN)
13 – Beau Scott (PAR)
13 – Joey Leilua (CAN)
12 – Mitchell Barnett (NEW)
12 – Luke Lewis (CRO)
11 – Josh Jackson (CBY)
11 – Blake Green (MAN)
11 – Nathan Brown (PAR)
11 – Sam Burgess (SOU)
Daniel Tupou surged up the butterfingers standings this week, while Semi Radradra collected one extra fumble to be the only other mover on the leaderboard
21 – Jordan Rapana (CAN)
19 – Kyle Feldt (NQL)
19 – Daniel Tupou (SYD)
18 – Semi Radradra (PAR)
17 – Anthony Milford (BRI)
17 – Jack Bird (CRO)
16 – Nene Macdonald (SGI)
16 – Matt Moylan (PEN)
16 – SuliasiVunivalu (MEL)
16 – Jack Wighton (CAN)
Perfect Goalkickers Ladder
The Sharks were the only side without their regular goalkicker in James Maloney, who was in camp with the Blues Origin team. However his fill in Valentine Holmes was flawless with the goalkicking duties. There was a modest improvement on Round 11, up to 76.92% from 74.14% last week. It was a noticeable improvement on Round 12 last year where just 59.38% of goals were converted. After 12 Rounds last year, 74.25% of goals were kicked. That figure is 75.27% this year.
On the perfect goalkicking ladder, there were no result reversals, with Souths and the Roosters the only big movers thanks largely to previously reversed results going their way.
First Half/Second Half Ladders
The Bulldogs’ halftime advantage against the Sharks last weekend was only the second time they’ve lead at the break. Cronulla’s continued second-half resurgences saw them claim sole ownership of the record for the best second half team in the NRL.
Milestones achieved in Round 12
James Roberts (Brisbane) brought up 200 career points on the weekend. The 24-year-old journeyman began in 2011 at Souths where he scored 20 points. He scored 24 points in his only season in the NRL at Penrith, before shifting to the Titans where he scored 86 points in two years. He then moved to the Broncos last year and has scored 76 points, giving him a grand total of 51 tries and 1 goal for 206 points. He also has one appearance for City in 2015.
Jarrod Croker (Canberra) scored a try and four goals in Round 12, which saw him pass 1,500 career points, all scored for the Raiders. He began his career in 2009 but didn’t become a goalkicker until the following year. He has scored 103 tries and 548 goals for 1508 points. He also has 14 points from a try and 5 goals in 2 games for Country.
Gerard Beale (Cronulla) played his 150th career game last week. He started his career at the Broncos in 2009 where he played 63 games before moving to the Dragons in 2013. In his seasons with the Red V he played 29 games before linking up with the Sharks in 2015. He’s played 58 games for Cronulla. He also has 10 Tests for New Zealand to his name.
Josh Hoffman (Parramatta) scored his 50th career try and 200th career point when he crossed against Souths last week. He began his career 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 3 tries. He’s also scored 2 tries in 5 Tests for New Zealand.
Jake Friend (Sydney) ran out for his 200th game for the Roosters and his career against the Raiders on Sunday. The tough rake started his career in 2008 and has rarely missed any games. He made his test debut last year in the Four Nations. He also has a game for the Roosters in the World Club Challenge.