Round 9 saw a number of blowouts with just three games decided by a converted try. Brisbane, Gold Coast and Melbourne all cracked the 30-point barrier while Manly reached 46. The Eels hammered the Cowboys by 20 points, while the three tight games saw Cronulla beat Wests Tigers by six, Canterbury beat Canberra by the same margin, and then the match of the round saw the Warriors come from behind to beat the Roosters by just one point.
Penalty Pullers Leaderboard
Cronulla’s James Maloney was more restrained this week, giving away just one penalty, which saw him bring up his 20th conceded penalty – and sideline NSW teammate for the remainder of the match with concussion. Beau Scott was the only big mover, giving away a pair.
20 – James Maloney (CRO)
12 – Ryan James (GCT)
12 – Beau Scott (PAR)
11 – Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (SYD)
10 – Mitch Barnett (NEW)
10 – Blake Green (MAN)
9 – Brenton Lawrence (MAN)
9 – Jake Trbojevic (MAN)
9 – Nathan Brown (PAR)
9 – Tautau Moga (BRI)
The top two players on the butterfingers leaderboard both notched another two spills each, while Matt Moylan had three to make his way onto the board.
19 – Kyle Feldt (NQL)
17 – Jordan Rapana (CAN)
16 – Nene Macdonald (STI)
14 – Anthony Milford (BRI)
14 – Matt Moylan (PEN)
14 – Ricky Leutele (CRO)
14 – Daniel Tupou (SYD)
13 – Jack Wighton (CAN)
13 – Tom Trbojevic (MAN)
13 – Semi Radradra (PAR)
Perfect Goalkickers Ladder
Goalkickers had another round with more slight improvement on the previous week, however there is a stunning level of consistency appearing. Seven of the 9 rounds so far have seen between 43 and 48 goals kicked, including the last six straight. In Round 9 they kicked 48 from 66 at 72.73%, up on the 46 from 64 at 71.88% from a week before, but well down on the 76.12% from the same round last year.
The adjusted ladder – showing how the competition would look if every goal was converted – produced its third result reversal. The Warriors’ win over the Roosters has been reversed. This has helped the Roosters immensely on the readjusted ladder.
First Half/Second Half Ladders
Some startling data is revealed in the First Half/Second Half ladder. Brisbane and Canberra are ranked third and fourth respectively on the first half ladder, but drop to 11th and 13th in the second half. The Tigers are fifth in the first half but are the worst second-half side with the worst attack and defence to boot. The Cowboys are 14th in the first half but rank fourth in the second. But the biggest form change belongs to the Bulldogs, who are dead last in the first half and have by far the worst attack, but are second on points difference in the second half.
Milestones Achieved in Round 9
Cameron Smith (Melbourne) broke the all-time record for most goals by a single player in the history of the game. His fifth and final goal against the Dragons was the 943rd of his career, surpassing the 942 goals kicked by Jason Taylor.
Alex Glenn (Brisbane) played his 200th game last week, all of which have been at the Broncos. He made his debut in 2009 and has played at least 20 games in every season. He’s also appeared in a World Club Challenge game for the Broncos and 12 tests for New Zealand.
Jordan Kahu (Brisbane) scored a try and 4 goals for 12 points on the weekend to surpass the 300-point mark in his career. He became the 12th Broncos player to achieve the feat and surpassed Shaun Berrigan’s total of 308 in the process. He made his NRL debut in 2013, while in 2015 he broke into the Kiwis team and has since played 8 Tests for 19 points.
Aiden Tolman (Canterbury) The Bulldogs prop played his 150th game for the Belmore club on the weekend. He began his career at the Storm in 2008 where he played 53 games before moving to the Bulldogs in 2011. He’s also played a World Club Challenge game for the Storm and 3 games for Country.
Andrew Fifita (Cronulla) played his 150th career game, interestingly enough at Leichhardt Oval, one of the home grounds of his former club. He began at the Wests Tigers in 2010, where he played 39 games in 2 seasons before moving to the Sharks, where he has played 111 games. He’s also got 3 games for City, 7 Origins for NSW and 6 Tests for the Kangaroos to his name.
Adam Reynolds (South Sydney) kicked 2 goals on the weekend to take his career tally past 900 points, all scored for the Rabbitohs. He began his career in 2012 and has also played 2 games for City and 2 State of Origin matches for NSW last year. He is just the third Souths player to reach 900 career points, behind Eric Simms and Burnie Purcell.
Tyson Frizell (St.George-Illawarra) made his 100th appearance on Sunday. The former Shark started his career in 2011 and played 12 games at Cronulla before moving across Tom Ugly’s bridge to the Dragons where he has played 88 games. He’s also played a World Club Series game for the Dragons, 2 games for City, 2 State of Origin games for NSW, 5 Tests for Wales and 4 Tests for Australia.
Mitch Moses (Wests Tigers) broke the career 200-point barrier on Saturday night with the first of his 4 goals. He now has 207 points, all scored for the Tigers. He became just the seventh Tigers player to reach the milestone.
Milestones within reach in Round 10
James Roberts (Brisbane) Is just 2 points shy of racking up 50 tries and 200 career points. The 24-year-old journeyman began in 2011 at Souths where he scored 5 tries. He scored 6 tries in his only season in the NRL at Penrith, before shifting to the Titans where he scored 86 points (21 tries, 1 goal) in two years. He then moved to the Broncos last year and has scored 17 tries, giving him a grand total of 49 tries, 1 goal for 198 points. He also has one appearance for City in 2015.
Chris McQueen (Gold Coast) will run out in his 150th career game this weekend. The Titans backrower began in 2009 at the Rabbitohs, where he remained until 2015, playing 116 games before moving to the Titans where he has played a further 33 games. He’s also played 6 Origins for Queensland, but will make his debut for England this weekend.
Billy Slater (Melbourne) The legendary Storm fullback is now 4 points shy of 700 career points, all of which have been scored from tries for the Storm. His career began back in 2003 and he has scored 174 tries in 285 games. Slater is ranked third for most tries by a player in the premiership since 1908. He’s also scored a try in a World Club Challenge game, 12 tries in 27 Origins for Queensland and 22 tries in 25 tests for Australia.
Josh Hoffman (Parramatta) Parramatta winger Hoffman is now one try shy of bringing up 50 for his career and 200 career points. He began his career at the Broncos in 2008 where he scored 33 tries. He then scored 14 tries for the Titans in two seasons before moving to the Eels this year where he has picked up a further 2 tries. He’s also scored 2 tries in 5 Tests for New Zealand.
Dean Whare (Penrith) will finally play his 100th career game next weekend. The Panthers back has had an injury-plagued career that has seen him play more than 14 games in a season just 3 times since making his debut in 2010. He played 26 games for Manly in 3 years before shifting to the Panthers in 2013, where he has played a further 73 matches. He’s also played 15 tests for New Zealand.
Josh McCrone (St.George-Illawarra) will make his 150th appearance in Round 10. The former Raider started his career in 2009 and played 133 games at Canberra before moving to the Dragons where he has played 16 games. He’s also played 3 games for Country.
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (Warriors) will bring up his 100th career game in Round 10. The brilliant fullback started his career at the Roosters in 2012 where he played 84 games in 4 years. He switched to the Warriors in 2016 where he has been plagued by injuries, restricting him to just 15 games. He also has 11 tests for New Zealand to his name.