Round 14 began with the second instalment of the grand final replay, but this time it was the Storm who came from behind to win, edging the Sharks 18-13. The Broncos beat the Rabbitohs, the Sea Eagles were awarded a try from a knock on which cost the Knights in an 18-14 result, the Warriors and Cowboys were both comfortable winners over the Titans and Eels respectively, Penrith scored twice in the last three minutes minutes to sink the Raiders, the Roosters racked up their ninth straight big win over the Tigers and the Bulldogs toppled the Dragons on Monday.
Penalty Pullers Leaderboard
Jared Waerea-Hargreaves continues to close the gap on former club-mate James Maloney. The Sharks five-eighth failed to attract the attention of the officials, while JWH was pinged once. Will Chambers stormed up the list with an ill-disciplined display against the Sharks that saw him penalised four times.
22 – James Maloney (CRO)
17 – Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (SYD)
16 – Mitchell Barnett (NEW)
15 – Ryan James (GCT)
15 – Beau Scott (PAR)
15 – Will Chambers (MEL)
14 – Josh Hodgson (CAN)
13 – Joey Leilua (CAN)
13 – Luke Lewis (CRO)
13 – Nathan Brown (PAR)
Both leaders managed to keep control of everything that came their way on the weekend, while Kyle Feldt’s sole fumble brought him within one of the front-runners. Semi Radradra, Nene Macdonald and Matt Moylan all picked up three blunders to surge up the board.
22 – Jordan Rapana (CAN)
22 – Daniel Tupou (SYD)
21 – Kyle Feldt (NQL)
21 – Semi Radradra (PAR)
20 – Nene Macdonald (SGI)
19 – Matt Moylan (PEN)
19 – Jack Wighton (CAN)
18 – James Tedesco (WST)
18 – Jack Bird (CRO)
18 – Suliasi Vunivalu (MEL)
Perfect Goalkickers Ladder
Goalkickers in Round 14 kicked at an impressive 81.36%, their second-best round of the year, behind Round 3’s 86.89%. It was a sharp improvement on the 76.36% from last week and the 71.43% on the corresponding weekend last year.
The perfect goalkickers ladder has seen one changed result. Penrith’s win over Canberra has been changed to a draw, thanks to Croker missing two goal attempts.
First Half/Second Half Ladders
Melbourne and the Dragons continued their strong first-half stats; both have lead at halftime 11 times in 13 games, while the Bulldogs remain as the worst first-half side. The blue-and-whites are also the most erratic side when it comes to records for each half, as they are ranked second in the NRL for their second-half performances. The Sharks’ stunning second-half record remained intact despite losing last week and have conceded the least amount of points in either half by any club, conceding just 58 points in their 13 second-half performances.
Milestones achieved in Round 14
Josh Hodgson (Canberra) played 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 2 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 64 games since 2015. He’s also played 9 tests for England.
Jordan Rapana (Canberra) scored his 50th career try on the weekend which also saw him reach 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 missing before trying his hand at Rugby Union. After an unsuccessful three year stint, he signed with the Raiders and has scored 45 tries in 62 games. He’s also scored 2 goals in 2 tests for the Cook Islands and 3 tries in 5 tests for the Kiwi’s.
Chad Townsend (Cronulla) played in his 100th career game last Thursday. The Cronulla local junior began his 59 game career at the Sharks in 2011 before taking a 2 year stint at the Warriors where he played 41 matches. He returned to the Sharks in 2016 and steered the side to its maiden Premiership. He has also played 2 games for City.
Ryan Hoffman (Warriors) became the 27th player in the history of the game to reach 300 career games when he lined up for the Warriors against the Titans. 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 55 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 14 Origin games for NSW as well as 6 Tests for Australia.
Milestone within reach in Round 15
George Burgess (Souths) will play his 100th NRL game this week, all of which have been for the Rabbitohs. He began with the Bunnies in 2012. He was a tryscorer in South’s premiership success in 2014 and has also played in the World Club Series of 2015 and has also played in 11 Tests for England.
Ava Seumanufagai (Wests Tigers) will run out for his 100th first grade game this weekend, interestingly against the Sharks, with whom he will be playing for next year. The front-rower made his debut for the Tigers back in 2013 and will become the 19th player to reach 100 games for the Tigers.