Monday's Expert - Round 14 wrap

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Monday's Expert is back - with a full wrap of everything happening around the rugby league traps this Monday 17 June 2019. Includes match review charges, POTY leaderboard, crowds, ratings and injury news.


First things first...

The results are in. Check out how Round 14 played out in our one-page results wrap.

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

And while we're on it, thank you as always to our dedicated volunteer updaters - Andrew Jackson, Justin Davies, Sam Bourke, Andrew Ferguson, Coby Delaney and Rob Crosby, as well as preview writers Rick Edgerton and Brendan Thurbon.


Match review

Four big charges this weekend.

Andrew Fifita (Sharks). 8th minute, Grade 2 Dangerous Contact (head/neck) on Ryan Sutton
Base penalty 300 points
Guilty / no contest 300 points (3 matches)
Early guilty plea 225 points (2 matches)
PLEA: Plead guilty but disputed grading at judiciary
OUTCOME: Guilty, grading dispute rejected - suspended 3 matches.

Adam Blair (Warriors). 80th minute, Grade 1 Dangerous Contact (other) on Tyrone Roberts
Base penalty 100 points
One (1) prior similar offence (50% loading)
Two (2) prior non-similar offences (2 x 20% loading)
Guilty / no contest 190 points (1 match)
Early guilty plea 142 points (1 match)
PLEA: Not guilty, fronting judiciary
OUTCOME: Not guilty - no suspension

Mitch Barnett (Knights). 35th minute, Grade 3 Dangerous Contact (head/neck) on Jahrome Hughes
Base penalty 500 points
Guilty / no contest 500 points (five matches)
Early guilty plea 375 points (three matches)
PLEA: Early guilty plea
OUTCOME: Suspended 3 matches, 75 carryover points accrued.

Sauaso Sue (Bulldogs). 56th minute, Grade 1 Dangerous Contact (other) on Cooper Cronk
Base penalty 100 points
Two (2) similar prior offences (2 x 50% loading)
One (1) non-similar prior offence (20% loading)
57 carryover points to be added
Guilty / no contest 220+57 = 277 points (two matches)
Early guilty plea 165+57 = 222 points (two matches)
PLEA: Not guilty, fronting judiciary
OUTCOME: Not guilty - no suspension


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


Sore points

A quick look at the injury news to come out of Round 14:

Cameron McInnes (Dragons) - concussion - monitored

Api Koroisau (Sea Eagles) - leg - scans

Kodi Nikorima (Warriors/NZ) - groin - TBC

Mitchell Pearce (Knights) - thigh/hip - one week

Payne Haas (Broncos/NSW) - hamstring - one week

Jai Arrow (Titans/QLD) - ankle - 6-10 weeks

Coen Hess (Cowboys/QLD) - leg - TBC

Nick Cotric (Raiders/NSW) - ankle - TBC

Bronson Xerri (Sharks) - concussion - monitored

Jack Cogger (Bulldogs) - concussion - monitored

Josh Hoffman (Eels) - neck - TBC

Zac Lomax (Dragons) - thumb - TBC

Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (Raiders/Cook Islands) - hamstring - 1 week

Edrick Lee (Knights/QLD) - quadricep strain - 1 week

Michael Jennings (Eels/Tonga) - knee - 1 week

Moeaki Fotuaika (Titans/Tonga) - wrist - 1 week

Josh Mansour (Panthers/Lebanon) - TBC


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 14 attendance (times are AEST)

Thu 7:50pm Raiders v Sharks GIO 10,021
Fri 6pm Titans v Warriors Cbus Super 9,973
Fri 7:55pm Cowboys v Wests Tigers 1300SMILES 11,692
Sat 3pm Storm v Knights AAMI 16,313
Sat 5:30pm Rabbitohs v Panthers ANZ 11,023
Sat 7:35pm Eels v Broncos Bankwest 16,854
Sun 2pm Sea Eagles v Dragons Lottoland 8,468
Sun 4:05pm Roosters v Bulldogs SCG 8,217
Round Average 11,570
Round Total 92,561
Season Average 15,264 Season Total 1,648,481

After fourteen rounds last year (NRL season 2018), 1,665,566 had attended 108 matches at an average of 15,422 per game.

Round 14 ratings

Day/Time Match Nine Network Fox League Aggregate
Thu 7:50pm Raiders v Sharks 547K (325K metro, 222k reg) 197K 744K
Fri 6pm Titans v Warriors N/A 222K 222K
Fri 7:55pm Cowboys v Wests Tigers 575K (347K metro, 228K reg) 231K 806K
Sat 3pm Storm v Knights N/A
189K 189K
Sat 5:30pm Rabbitohs v Panthers N/A
276K 276K
Sat 7:35pm Eels v Broncos N/A
262K 262K
Sun 2pm Sea Eagles v Dragons N/A 178K 178K
Sun 4:05pm Roosters v Bulldogs 547K (347K metro, 200K reg) 231K 778K

Totals 1.669M1.786M 3.455M

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


One last thing...

It's Rep Round this coming weekend! We've assembled all the team lists - click the links below:

As a handy guide for those who love their club and want to be sure who's representing from their NRL side this weekend, we've also compiled a handy one-pager covering who's playing where for all 16 teams.