Monday's Expert - Round 16 wrap

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Monday's Expert is here - with a full wrap of everything happening around the rugby league traps this Monday 8 July 2019. Includes match review charges, POTY leaderboard, crowds, ratings and injury news.

First things first...

The results are in. Check out how Round 16 played out in our one-page results wrap.

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

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

Match review

Three players charged in Round 16:

Josh Aloiai (Wests Tigers). 55th minute, Grade 1 Dangerous Contact (other) on Cooper Cronk
Base penalty 100 points
1 x non-similar prior offence last 2 years (20% loading)
Guilty / no contest 120 points (1 match)
Early guilty plea 90 points (0 matches)
PLEA: Early guilty plea
OUTCOME: No suspension, accrues 90 carryover points

Zane Tetevano (Roosters). 11th minute, Grade 2 Dangerous Contact (other) on Luke Brooks
Base penalty 200 points
1 x similar prior offence last 2 years (50% loading)
1 x non-similar prior offence last 2 years (20% loading)
Guilty / no contest 340 points (3 matches)
Early guilty plea 255 points (2 matches)
PLEA: Early guilty plea
OUTCOME: Suspended two (2) matches, accrues 55 carryover points

Kyle Flanagan (Sharks). 58th minute, Grade 1 Dangerous Contact (head/neck) on Matt Lodge
Base penalty 100 points
Guilty / no contest 100 points (1 match)
Early guilty plea 75 points (0 matches)
PLEA: Early guilty plea
OUTCOME: No suspension, accrues 75 carryover points

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

Sore points

A quick look at the injury news to come out of Round 16:

Matt Moylan (Sharks) - hamstring - scans

Matt Gillett (QLD / Broncos) - groin - in doubt

Nathan Cleary (NSW / Panthers) - ankle - ruled out of Origin

Paul Gallen (Sharks) - glute - scans

Gehamat Shibasaki (Broncos) - finger - scans

Sean O'Sullivan (Broncos) - hamstring - scans

Jordan Pereira (Dragons) - head/neck - scans

The good news

Here's who clubs might be expecting back this week either from suspension or injury - keep an eye out for their names on Tuesday as teamlists are named:

Raiders: Nick Cotric

Bulldogs: Kieran Foran, Jayden Okunbor, Lachlan Lewis

Sharks: Andrew Fifita

Titans: Tyrone Peachey

Sea Eagles: Trent Hodkinson

Cowboys: Matt Scott, Coen Hess

Panthers: Nathan Cleary

Rabbitohs: Sam Burgess, Alex Johnston

Roosters: Joey Manu, Siosiua Taukeiaho

Wests Tigers: Robert Jennings

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 16 attendance (times are AEST)

Thu 7:50pm Dragons v Storm WIN 5,578
Fri 7:55pm Wests Tigers v Roosters Bankwest 13,918
Sat 7:35pm Knights v Warriors McDonald Jones 12,740
Sun 4:05pm Sharks v Broncos Pointsbet 10,964
Round Average 10,800
Round Total 43,200
Season Average 14,891 Season Total 1,786,947

After sixteen rounds last year (NRL season 2018), 1,878,819 had attended 124 matches at an average of 15,152 per game.

Round 16 ratings

Day/Time Match Nine Network Fox League Aggregate
Thu 7:50pm Dragons v Storm 543K (319K metro, 224k reg) 205K 748K
Fri 7:55pm Wests Tigers v Roosters 555K (350K metro, 205K reg) 258K 813K
Sat 7:35pm Knights v Warriors N/A
260K 260K
Sun 4:05pm Sharks v Broncos 526K (332K metro, 194K reg) 194K 720K

Totals 1.624M917K 2.541M

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

One last thing...

State of Origin III awaits on Wednesday!

Rick Edgerton has put together an in-depth preview of the (second) biggest game of 2019. Read his preview here.