Monday's Expert - Round 12 wrap

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Monday's Expert is back - with a full wrap of everything happening around the rugby league traps this Monday 3 June 2019. Includes match review charges, POTY leaderboard, crowds, ratings and injury news.

First things first...

The results are in. Check out how Round 12 played out in our one-page results wrap.

Our match reports for the twelfth round can be found here.

And while we're on it, thank you as always to our dedicated volunteer updaters - Sam Bourke, Andrew Ferguson, Andrew Jackson, Josh Robertson, and Rick Edgerton, as well as preview writer Robert Crosby.

Match review

Three players have been charged so far from Round 12, with findings from Titans v Cowboys to be confirmed.

Corey Waddell (Sea Eagles). 30th minute, Grade 1 Striking on Liam Martin
Base penalty 200 points
One (1) similar prior offence last two years (50% loading)
39 carryover points to add
Guilty / no contest 300+39 (339) points - three matches
Early guilty plea 225+39 (264) points - two matches
OUTCOME: Early plea taken - 2 match suspension

Tyrell Fuimaono (Panthers). 60th minute, Grade 1 Careless High Tackle on Curtis Sironen
Base penalty $1500 fine
No prior offences last two years
Guilty / no contest $1500 fine
Early guilty plea $1150 fine
OUTCOME: Early plea taken - $1150 fine.

Hudson Young (Raiders). 34th minute, Grade 3 Dangerous Contact - head/neck (eye contact) on Aiden Tolman
Base penalty 500 points
One (1) similar prior offence last two years (50% loading)
Guilty / no contest 750 points - seven matches
Early guilty plea 562 points - five matches
OUTCOME: Early plea taken - 5 match suspension.

Kurt Baptiste (Cowboys). 74th minute, Grade 1 Dangerous Contact (other) on Tyrone Roberts
Base penalty 100 points
One (1) similar prior offence last two years (50% loading)
45 carryover points to add
Guilty / no contest 150+45 (195) points - one match
Early guilty plea 112+45 (157) points - one matches
OUTCOME: Early plea taken - 1 match suspension.

NOTE: Roosters' forward Jared Waerea-Hargraves faces the judiciary on Tuesday for his Round 11 charge.

The LU Leaderboard

At the conclusion of each match our reporters choose their best three players from the match. You can views those points in each match in their respective match reports. Each week we'll update the leaderboard:

18 points - Cody Walker (Rabbitohs)
15 points - Mitchell Pearce (Knights)
13 points - Cameron Munster (Storm), Cameron Smith (Storm)
12 points - David Klemmer (Knights), James Tedesco (Roosters)
11 points - John Bateman (Raiders), Robbie Farah (Wests Tigers), Damien Cook (Rabbitohs), Daly Cherry-Evans (Sea Eagles), Clint Gutherson (Eels)
10 points - Jason Taumalolo (Cowboys), Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (Raiders), Mitchell Moses (Eels)
9 points - Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (Warriors), Josh Papalii (Raiders), Anthony Milford (Broncos), Adam Reynolds (Rabbitohs)
8 points - Kalyn Ponga (Knights), James Maloney (Panthers), Latrell Mitchell (Roosters), Luke Brooks (Wests Tigers), Luke Keary (Roosters)
7 points - Siosiua Taukeiaho (Roosters), John Asiata (Cowboys), Ben Hunt (Dragons), Michael Morgan (Cowboys), Tyrone Roberts (Titans), Cameron Murray (Rabbitohs)
6 points - Paul Vaughan (Dragons), Kieran Foran (Bulldogs), Payne Haas (Broncos), Nathan Cleary (Panthers), Blake Green (Warriors), Shaun Johnson (Sharks)
5 points - Benji Marshall (Wests Tigers), Kenneath Bromwich (Storm), Ryan Matterson (Wests Tigers), Corey Oates (Broncos), Briton Nikora (Sharks), James Fisher-Harris (Panthers), Blake Ferguson (Eels)
4 points - Martin Taupau (Sea Eagles), Jayden Okunbor (Bulldogs), Kane Elgey (Sea Eagles), Josh Addo-Carr (Storm), Chanel Harris-Tavita (Warriors), Ryan Papenhuyzen (Storm), Manase Fainu (Sea Eagles)
3 points - Paul Gallen (Sharks), Josh Hodgson (Raiders), Michael Gordon (Titans), Corey Norman (Dragons), Jahrome Hughes (Storm), Braden Hamlin-Uele (Sharks), Kyle Flanagan (Sharks), Jarrod Croker (Raiders), Corey Harawira-Naera (Bulldogs), Joe Ofahengaue (Broncos), Josh McGuire (Cowboys), James Graham (Dragons), Lachlan Croker (Sea Eagles), Josh Morris (Sharks), Kodi Nikorima (Broncos), Tom Trbojevic (Sea Eagles), Liam Martin (Panthers), Sam Burgess (Rabbitohs), Brendan Elliot (Sea Eagles), Jai Arrow (Titans), Matt Moylan (Sharks), Josh Reynolds (Wests Tigers), Tevita Pangai (Broncos)
2 points - Danny Levi (Knights), Dylan Brown (Eels), Connor Tracey (Rabbitohs), Josh Jackson (Bulldogs), Kyle Feldt (Cowboys), Daniel Alvaro (Eels), Moeaki Fotuaika (Titans), Addin Fonua-Blake (Sea Eagles), Matt Scott (Cowboys), Matthew Lodge (Broncos), Issac Luke (Warriors), Reed Mahoney (Eels), Josh Mansour (Panthers), Jarrod Wallace (Titans), Ken Maumalo (Warriors), Jack Wighton (Raiders), Nelson Asofa-Solomona (Storm), Michael Jennings (Eels), Michael Chee-Kam (Wests Tigers), Ryan James (Titans), Edrick Lee (Knights), Chad Townsend (Sharks), Brodie Croft (Storm), Lachlan Lewis (Bulldogs), Alex Twal (Wests Tigers), Joseph Leilua (Raiders), Jordan Rapana (Raiders), Jake Trbojevic (Sea Eagles), Suliasi Vunivalu (Storm), Isaac Liu (Roosters), Jayden Brailey (Sharks), Aiden Tolman (Bulldogs), Ryan Sutton (Raiders), Andrew McCullough (Broncos), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (Roosters)
1 point - James Tamou (Panthers), Christian Crichton (Bulldogs), Anthony Don (Titans), Mitchell Barnett (Knights), Jake Granville (Cowboys), Matt Prior (Sharks), Cade Cust (Sea Eagles), Jesse Bromwich (Storm), Corey Thompson (Wests Tigers), Bronson Xerri (Sharks), Agnatius Paasi (Warriors), Thomas Burgess (Rabbitohs), Jack Williams (Sharks), Braidon Burns (Rabbitohs), Andrew Fifita (Sharks), Blake Lawrie (Dragons), Shaun Lane (Eels), Phillip Sami (Titans), Jack Cogger (Bulldogs), Sitili Tupouniua (Roosters), Jack Bird (Broncos), Matthew Dufty (Dragons), Russell Packer (Wests Tigers), Peta Hiku (Warriors), Jack Gosiewski (Sea Eagles), Tepai Moeroa (Eels), Nathaniel Roache (Warriors), Matt Ikuvalu (Roosters)

Sore points

A quick look at the injury news to come out of Round 12:

Tim Grant (PEN) - pectoral - TBC (long-term)

Corey Horsburgh (CAN) - elbow - 2-3 weeks

Gideon Gela-Mosby (NQL) - collarbone - scans

Jordan Kahu (NQL) - shoulder - 6 weeks

Corey Jensen (NQL) - concussion - monitored

Metrics Metrics Metrics

Each week we'll do our best to keep you across the crowd figures and TV ratings which are often the most talked-about parts of the game.

Round 12 attendance (times are AEST)

Thu 7:50pm Panthers v Sea Eagles Panthers 7,981
Fri 7:55pm Eels v Rabbitohs Bankwest 21,645
Sat 7:35pm Bulldogs v Raiders ANZ 7,213
Sun 4:05pm Titans v Cowboys Cbus Super 11,226
Round Average 12,016
Round Total* 48,065
Season Average 15,582 Season Total 1,433,541

After twelve rounds last year (NRL season 2018), 1,515,234 had attended 96 matches at an average of 15,784 per game.

Round 12 ratings

Day/Time Match Nine Network Fox League Aggregate
Thu 7:50pm Panthers v Sea Eagles 554K (347K metro, 207K reg) 223K 777K
Fri 7:55pm Eels v Rabbitohs 668K (434K metro, 244K reg) 236K 904K
Sat 7:35pm Bulldogs v Raiders N/A
222K 222K
Sun 4:05pm Titans v Cowboys 297K (SYD + BNE only) 214K 511K+

Totals 1.519M+895K 2.414M+

Note: Ratings figures courtesy of Mediaweek Australia on Twitter and TV Tonight.

One last thing...

Origin is just two days away - make sure you check out Rick Edgerton's full preview of the opening match of the 2019 series.