Despite Round 15 only featuring half of the NRL’s teams, plenty of points were scored and some exciting games were played. The Rabbitohs came from well behind to blitz the Titans in a dominant second half. The depleted Sharks side waited until the death to pip the Tigers by two point, and the battle of the kids at AAMI Park produced a good game that saw the Storm beat the Cowboys in golden point. On Sunday, the Eels bounced back with a solid win over the Dragons.
Penalty Pullers Leaderboard
Only one of the top 10 penalty pullers was nabbed in the shortened Round 15, Luke Lewis picking up one more penalty.
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)
14 – Luke Lewis (CRO)
13 – Joey Leilua (CAN)
13 – Nathan Brown (PAR)
Two new players joined the top 10 after both had diabolical games on the weekend with their hands. Tim Lafai racked up five fumbles while Konrad Hurrell’s miserable performance included four mistakes of his own. Semi Radradra moved into the equal lead.
22 – Jordan Rapana (CAN)
22 – Daniel Tupou (SYD)
22 – Semi Radradra (PAR)
21 – Kyle Feldt (NQL)
21 – Nene Macdonald (SGI)
21 – Tim Lafai (STI)
20 – Konrad Hurrell (GCT)
19 – Matt Moylan (PEN)
19 – Jack Wighton (CAN)
19 – Suliasi Vunivalu (MEL)
One of the writers at ‘Making the Nut’ as cut loose on Konrad Hurrell after his ordinary performance on Friday… https://t.co/RE2WY3CyYR
— NRL Tips (@TheLongHardLook) June 18, 2017
Perfect Goalkickers Ladder
Goalkickers in Round 15 struggled, as many were back-up kickers. This saw the percentage drop from 81.36% in Round 14 to 72.22% last weekend. In the same round last year only 6 of 31 attempts missed, at an impressive 80.65% success rate.
No reversed results on the perfect goalkicking ladder from Round 15.
First Half/Second Half Ladders
There are four teams who are hot and cold either side of half time. The Bulldogs are the most extreme, ranking dead last in the first half, but running second for the final 40, a ladder movement of 14 places. The Sharks are next, ranking 13th in the first half but are clearly the best second half team in the competition, an improvement of 12 ladder places. Penrith and Souths both have 11 ladder place jumps between halves, the Panthers sitting 14th in the first and third in the second half, while Souths are 15th and fourth respectively. The Titans are the most consistent – though not in a good way, ranking 12th in both halves.
Milestones achieved in Round 15
George Burgess (Souths) played his 100th game last week, all of which have been for the Rabbitohs. He began with the Bunnies in 2012 and was a try-scorer in Souths’ grand final success in 2014, while he also played in the World Club Series of 2015 and in 11 Tests for England.
Ava Seumanufagai (Wests Tigers) ran out for his 100th game last 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 became the 19th player to reach 100 games for the Tigers.
Milestone within reach in Round 16
Matt Gillett (Brisbane) needs just one more try to bring up 50 for his career and 200 points, all scored for the Broncos. He began his career in 2010 and has played 166 games for 49 tries. He also has 2 tries from 16 Origin games for Queensland and 1 try in 7 tests for Australia.
Sosaia Feki (Cronulla) will play his 100th career game this weekend, all for the Sharks. The premiership-winning winger began his career in 2013 and has scored 44 tries for the club in that time. He has also played 2 tests for Tonga.
Wade Graham (Cronulla) will make his 150th appearance for the Sharks this weekend. He made his debut with the Panthers back in 2008 and after 42 games, was one of many players to leave the club. Graham has since become a mainstay and leader at the Sharks, playing 149 games since arriving in 2011. He has also played 2 games for City and 2 Origin games for NSW.
James Maloney (Cronulla) is just 3 points shy of reaching 1600 career points and 5 shy of reaching 100 points in a season for the eighth consecutive year. He began at the Storm in 2009 before moving to the Warriors the following year, where he scored 547 points in 75 games. He then switched to the Roosters where he amassed a further 736 points in 79 games before making the move to the Shire where he has scored 314 points in 37 games for the Sharks. He also has 12 points from his sole World Club Challenge appearance for the Roosters. Maloney has 24 points in 3 games for Country, 32 points in 7 Origin appearances for the Blues and 18 points in 2 tests for Australia.
Gavin Cooper (North Queensland) will play his 250th career game this weekend. He made his debut in 2006 with the Cowboys before spending 2 years at the Titans, making 36 appearances before playing 40 games at the Panthers across 2 years and returning to the Cowboys in 2011, where he has played a further 155 games. He also has one game for the Maroons to his name, a tally he will add to on Wednesday night.
Johnathan Thurston (North Queensland) will become the 28th player in the history of the game to reach 300 games. He began his career with the Bulldogs back in 2002 and played 29 games in three seasons before moving to the Cowboys in 2005 where he has played 270 games since. He has also played an immense 36 games for Queensland and 38 Tests for Australia. His appearance this weekend will also see him become outright leader for most games at the Cowboys, passing Matt Bowen’s mark of 270 games.
Josh Mansour (Penrith) needs just one try to reach 50 for his career and 200 points, all scored for the Panthers. The wing powerhouse made his debut in 2012 and has played 89 games as well as playing 1 game for City where he scored a try, 3 games for the Blues last year, 3 appearances for Lebanon for 3 tries and another 5 Tests for Australia, scoring a further 3 tries.
Paul Vaughan (St.George-Illawarra) will run out for his 100th game this weekend. The powerful prop made his debut with the Raiders in 2013, playing 85 games before moving to the Dragons this year, where he has played 14 games. He has also played 4 games for Country and 3 Tests for Italy.
Issac Luke (Warriors) is just 6 points shy of reaching 500 career points. The Kiwi rake began his career with Souths in 2007, where he played 189 games and scored 412 points before moving to the Warriors last year. He’s racked up 82 points for his current side in 34 games. He also played for Souths in the World Club Challenge and has made 40 Test appearances for New Zealand, scoring 58 points.