Thursday 22 February 2018 / 02:46 PM


For the first time since Round 7 last year three sides in Round 17 scored 40 points or more – and on this occasion they were in games when they were least expected. The Storm beat the Broncos 42-12, the Sharks hammered the Roosters 44-12 and the Rabbitohs ran through the Panthers 42-14.

Three games also had field goals for winning sides: the Eels 13-12 over the Bulldogs, the Cowboys 31-18 win over the disappointing Raiders and the Tigers’ 33-12 win over Newcastle in the battle for the bottom. The other two games were wrapped up by the Titans over the Dragons, 20-10, and Manly 26-22 over the Warriors.

Penalty Pullers Leaderboard

Leader James Maloney was pinged twice, as was second-placed Jared Waerea-Hargreaves when the former clubmates faced off on the weekend. Three players joined the queue in equal-ninth place.

25 – James Maloney (CRO)

21 – Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (SYD)

18 – Mitchell Barnett (NEW)

16 – Josh Hodgson (CAN)

16 – Ryan James (GCT)

15 – Beau Scott (PAR)

15 – Will Chambers (MEL)

15 – Nathan Brown (PAR)

14 – Luke Lewis (CRO)

14 – Joey Leilua (CAN)

14 – David Klemmer (CBY)

14 – Nelson Asofa-Solomona (MEL)

14 – Jarrod Wallace (GCT)

14 – Sam Burgess (SOU)

Butterfingers Leaderboard

It was a very busy week for fumbles, with 10 of the top 12 players coughing up the pill – eight of whom did it at least twice. Jordan Rapana is now the sole leader with 25 spills.

25 – Jordan Rapana (CAN)

24 – Tim Lafai (STI)

24 – Matt Moylan (PEN)

23 – Daniel Tupou (SYD)

23 – Semi Radradra (PAR)

23 – Kyle Feldt (NQL)

23 – Konrad Hurrell (GCT)

23 – Jack Wighton (CAN)

23 – Josh Addo-Carr (MEL)

22 – Nene Macdonald (SGI)

22 – Suliasi Vunivalu (MEL)

22 – Jack Bird (CRO)

Perfect Goalkickers Ladder

It was a busy round for the men with the kicking boots on as they knocked over 60 goals from 72 attempts, their second-highest tally in a round for 2017, behind only the 62 kicked in Round 10. With 83.33% converted, it was also the second-most accurate round, behind the 86.89% in Round 3. In the corresponding round last year they kicked an eerily similar 61 from 74.

There were no result changes on the perfect goalkickers ladder, with Penrith the most heavily impacted side, sitting in 14th place down from their ninth position on the actual table.

R17 GK Ladder

First Half/Second Half Ladders

The dominance of last year’s grand finalists in either half continued again in Round 17, while the miserable opening 40 minutes of the Bulldogs continued. They now average 3.875 points in the first half.

R17 HT Ladder

Milestones achieved in Round 17

Shaun Fensom (North Queensland) ran out for his 150th career game in his first game against his former club. 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 11 games.

Josh Mansour (Penrith) scored his 50th try and 200th point, all for the Panthers, on Sunday. The powerful winger made his debut in 2012 and has played 91 games as well as playing 1 game for City that produced a try, 3 try-less games for the Blues last year, 3 appearances for Lebanon for 3 tries and another 5 tests for Australia, scoring a further 3 tries.

Dave Tyrrell (South Sydney) played NRL game number 150 this week, all for the Rabbitohs. He made his debut in 2009 and was in the front-row when Souths won their 2014 title. He’s also played in the World Club Challenge.

Alex Johnston (South Sydney) equalled the Rabbitohs’ club record by crossing five times in the convincing win over Penrith. It was also just the fifth occasion in the NRL era a player has notched five tries in a game, and the first time since Johnston’s former teammate Nathan Merritt nabbed a handful for Souths against Parramatta in 2011.

Milestone within reach in Round 18

Matthew Wright (Manly) is now two 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 66 points in 20 games. He has also played 3 tests for Samoa, scoring 10 points.

Isaac Liu (Sydney) will make his 100th career appearance, all for the Roosters. He began his career in 2013 and has rarely missed a game. He has also played 4 tests for Samoa.

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