With the Blues’ emphatic Origin I win done and dusted, a near full round of matches followed in Round 13. Just the Sharks and Rabbitohs had the bye. Billy Slater ripped the Knights apart, the injury-hit Eels kept the Warriors at bay, the Cowboys outlasted the Titans, the Dragons struggled to beat a disappointing Tigers outfit, the Roosters edged out a Benji Marshall-inspired Broncos, the Sea Eagles beat the Raiders in golden point for the second time this year and the Panthers flogged the Bulldogs.
Penalty Pullers Leaderboard
James Maloney’s absence from club football due to Origin and byes has seen the rest of the field make up ground. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves got nabbed twice last weekend to jump within six of Maloney. Mitch Barnett gave away three penalties to come storming back into contention.
22 – James Maloney (CRO)
16 – Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (SYD)
15 – Ryan James (GCT)
15 – Mitchell Barnett (NEW)
14 – Josh Hodgson (CAN)
14 – Beau Scott (PAR)
13 – Joey Leilua (CAN)
12 – Luke Lewis (CRO)
12 – Josh Jackson (CBY)
Daniel Tupou’s surge up the butterfingers board continued with another three spills, making him the joint leader with Jordan Rapana. Feldt finally picked up another fumble.
22 – Jordan Rapana (CAN)
22 – Daniel Tupou (SYD)
20 – Kyle Feldt (NQL)
18 – Semi Radradra (PAR)
18 – James Tedesco (WST)
17 – Anthony Milford (BRI)
17 – Jack Bird (CRO)
17 – Nene Macdonald (SGI)
17 – Suliasi Vunivalu (MEL)
17 – Jack Wighton (CAN)
Perfect Goalkickers Ladder
Round 13 saw 76.36% of attempted goals landed successfully, which was barely behind last weekend’s 76.92% but well down on the 83.61% from Round 13 last year.
On the perfect goal kicking ladder, the Roosters had their win over the Broncos taken away, with the result recalculated as an 18-all draw. Manly also became the first team to reach 20 missed goals for the year.
First Half/Second Half Ladders
The Bulldogs’ stunning second half turnarounds came to a savage end on Sunday, when they were belted 24-0 by Penrith in the final 40 minutes. The Tigers also recorded a win in the second half.
Milestones within reach in Round 14
Josh Hodgson (Canberra) will play in his 200th top-level game across both the English Super League and the NRL. The Raiders rake made his debut at Hull FC in 2009, playing just two games before moving to neighbouring rivals Hull KR where he played 134 games. He was then picked up by the Raiders where he has played a further 63 games since 2015. He’s also played 9 tests for England.
Jordan Rapana (Canberra) is just a try away from bringing up 200 career points. He began at the Titans in 2008, playing just 5 games and picking up 5 tries. He then went on a two-year Mormon mission before trying his hand at rugby union. After an unsuccessful three-year stint, he signed with the Raiders and has scored 44 tries in 61 games. He’s also kicked 2 goals in 2 Tests for the Cook Islands and 3 tries in 5 tests for the Kiwis.
James Maloney (Cronulla) is closing in on 1600 career points, just 8 shy of the feat. He played just 4 games for the Storm in his debut year 2009 before moving to the Warriors for three years where he notched 547 points. He then moved to the Roosters for 3 seasons where he amassed a further 736 points. He was then snared by the Sharks in 2016 and has scored 309 points in the black, white and blue. He also scored 12 extra points for the Roosters in the 2014 World Club Challenge and another 2 points for the Sharks in their 2017 World Club Challenge loss. He has also scored 24 points in 3 games for Country, 32 points in 7 Origin games for the Blues and 18 points in 2 Tests for the Kangaroo’s.
Chad Townsend (Cronulla) will play his 100th career game this weekend. The Cronulla local junior began his 58-game career at the Sharks in 2011 before embarking on a two-year stint at the Warriors where he played 41 games. He returned to the Sharks in 2016 and helped steer side to its maiden premiership. He has also played 2 games for City.
Josh Mansour (Penrith) The Panthers winger returned from injury last weekend and scored a try. He needs just one more try to bring up 50 in his career, all scored for the Panthers. He began his career in 2012 and has scored 49 tries in 88 games. He also has a try in his only appearance for City, 3 scoreless games for the Blues and 3 tries in 3 games for Lebanon and another 3 in 5 Tests for Australia.
Ryan Hoffman (Warriors) will become the 27th player in the history of the game to reach 300 career games when he lines up for the Warriors in Round 14. The back-rower began his career at the Storm in 2003 and played 245 games for the club before moving to the Warriors in 2015, where he has played a further 54 games. He also has 3 World Club Challenge games for the Storm to his name as well as 34 games in his one season at Wigan in 2011. He has made 7 appearances for City, and boasts 14 Origin games for NSW as well as 6 Tests for Australia.