Seven games took place in Round 16 with Parramatta and Souths having a week off. The Warriors held off the Dogs, the Titans beat a miserable Tigers side, the Broncos beat the Raiders by 10, the Cowboys came from behind to beat the Panthers at the death, the Roosters won in golden point over a young Storm side, the Dragons staged an emphatic second half surge to beat the Knights, and the Sea Eagles blitzed the Sharks comfortably.
Penalty Pullers Leaderboard
James Maloney picked up another penalty and still heads the field, however Jared Waerea-Hargreaves is closing in fast and after being nabbed twice on the weekend, is just four behind the Sharks half.
23 – James Maloney (CRO)
19 – Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (SYD)
17 – Mitchell Barnett (NEW)
16 – Josh Hodgson (CAN)
15 – Ryan James (GCT)
15 – Beau Scott (PAR)
15 – Will Chambers (MEL)
14 – Luke Lewis (CRO)
14 – Joey Leilua (CAN)
14 – David Klemmer (CBY)
Jordan Rapana and Daniel Tupou both picked up a fumble each to lead the butterfingered field. Leading penalty puller James Maloney is catching up on the front-runners, sitting in 13th on 19 handling errors.
23 – Jordan Rapana (CAN)
23 – Daniel Tupou (SYD)
22 – Semi Radradra (PAR)
22 – Nene Macdonald (SGI)
22 – Tim Lafai (STI)
21 – Kyle Feldt (NQL)
21 – Konrad Hurrell (GCT)
21 – Matt Moylan (PEN)
21 – Suliasi Vunivalu (MEL)
20 – Jack Wighton (CAN)
20 – Josh Addo-Carr (MEL)
20 – Jack Bird (CRO)
Perfect Goalkickers Ladder
Goalkickers in Round 16 were moderately improved on the poor previous round. In Round 16, 45 of 60 goals were converted at 75%, up on the 72.22% from the week prior and also up on the same time last year, where 74.29% of goals were converted.
There was one reversed result, with the Roosters losing their victory to the Storm, thanks to Munster’s three missed goals.
First Half/Second Half Ladders
The Storm remain as the best first half side, while the Sharks are still the best second half team despite losing their second half against Manly on the weekend. The Bulldogs’ first half is the worst of either half by any side, averaging just four points a game by halftime and trailing at the break in 13 of their 15 games. The Tigers are still the worst second half team.
Milestones achieved in Round 16
Matt Gillett (Brisbane) scored a pair of tries on the weekend to bring up 50 for his career and 200 points, all scored for the Broncos. He began his career in 2010 and has played 167 games for 51 tries. He also has 2 tries from 17 Origin games for Queensland and 1 try in 7 tests for Australia.
Sosaia Feki (Cronulla) played his 100th career game this weekend, all for the Sharks. The premiership-winning winger began his career in 2013 and has scored 45 tries for the club in that time. He has also played 2 tests for Tonga.
Wade Graham (Cronulla) made his 150th appearance for the Sharks on the weekend. He made his debut with the Panthers back in 2008 and after 42 games, was one of many players cut by the side. He has since become a mainstay and leader at the Sharks, playing 150 games since arriving in 2011. He has also played 2 games for City and 3 Origin games for NSW.
James Maloney (Cronulla) kicked 3 goals on Sunday, which saw him pass 1600 career points and brought up his century of points this year for the eighth consecutive time. He began at the Storm in 2009 before moving to the Warriors the following year where he scored 547 points in 75 games. Maloney 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 320 points in 38 games for the Sharks. He also has 12 points from his sole World Club Challenge appearance for the Roosters. The dual premiership winner also has 24 points in 3 games for Country, 36 points in 8 Origin appearances for the Blues and 18 points in 2 tests for Australia.
Gavin Cooper (North Queensland) played his 250th career game last weekend. He made his debut in 2006 with the Cowboys before spending 2 years at the Titans, playing 36 games before playing 40 games at the Panthers across 2 years. Returning to the Cowboys in 2011, he has played a further 156 games. He also has 2 games for the Maroons to his name.
Paul Vaughan (St.George-Illawarra) ran out for his 100th game on Sunday. 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 15 games. He has also played 4 games for Country and 3 tests for Italy.
Jason Nightingale (St.George-Illawarra) scored three tries on Sunday to take his career total to 101, for 404 points, all scored for the Dragons. The reliable winger made his debut in 2007 and has played 236 games. He’s also played in 31 Tests for the Kiwis, scoring a further 15 tries. Nightingale sits third on the joint venture’s all-time try-scorers list behind Matt Cooper (124) and Brett Morris (112).
Milestone within reach in Round 17
Josh Mansour (Penrith) needs just one try to reach 50 for his career and 200 points, all scored for the Panthers. The big winger 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.
Matthew Wright (Manly) is now 8 points shy of bringing up 200 for his career. He made his debut in 2009 for the Sharks where he stayed for 5 years, playing 62 games and scoring 60 points. He then spent two years at the Cowboys where he scored 72 points in 34 games. In 2016 he moved to Manly and has scored a further 60 points in 19 games. He has also played 3 tests for Samoa, scoring 10 points.
Shaun Fensom (North Queensland) will run out for his 150th NRL game this weekend. He began his career with the Raiders in 2009 where he stayed until 2016, playing 139 games before heading north to the Cowboys this year, where he has played a further 10 games.
Kyle Feldt (North Queensland) is just 4 points shy of notching 200 points for his career, all scored for the Cowboys. The part time goalkicker began his career in 2013 and has played 61 games, scoring 40 tries and 18 goals for 196 points.