Monday's Expert - 2020 NRL Round 2

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Monday's Expert is back in 2020 - each week providing a full wrap of everything happening around the rugby league traps each Monday.

Each edition will include NRL match review charges & judiciary updates, our player of the year leaderboard, crowd stats, TV ratings and injury news.


First things first...

Our Round 2 wrap of the NRL results can be found easily here.

Last week, the ARLC together with the state leagues confirmed all lower grade rugby league would be suspended until at least May 31. As such, there are no NSWRL or QRL results.

Match reports for NRL matches are here.

A huge thanks to the following legends for putting hard work into our weekly previews and live blogs of NRL games - Rob Crosby, Sam Bourke, Josh Robertson, Justin Davies, Andrew Jackson, Andrew Ferguson, Adam Huxtable and Hamish Parker.


COVID-19 - stay updated

We've got rolling of coverage of what the COVID-19 pandemic means for the NRL and rugby league in general.

As events unfold, keep across it here.


Match review

Only five players charged from Round 2.

Sia Soliola (Raiders)

  • Grade 1 Careless High Tackle
  • 39th minute
  • on Adam Blair (Warriors)
  • Base penalty $1500 fine
  • 1 similar prior offence last 2 yrs (50% loading)
  • Guilty / no contest $2250 fine
  • Early plea $1700 fine
  • PLEA: TBC
  • OUTCOME: TBC

Kalyn Ponga (Knights)

  • Grade 1 Shoulder Charge
  • 72nd minute
  • on Corey Thompson (Wests Tigers)
  • Base penalty 200 points
  • 1 non-similar prior offence last 2 yrs (20% loading)
  • Guilty / no contest 240 points = 2 matches
  • Early plea 180 points = 1 match
  • PLEA: TBC
  • OUTCOME: TBC

Luciano Leilua (Wests Tigers)

  • Grade 1 Dangerous Contact (head/neck)
  • 76th minute
  • on Kalyn Ponga (Knights)
  • Base penalty 100 points
  • No prior offences last two years
  • Guilty / no contest 100 points = 1 match
  • Early plea 75 points = no suspension
  • PLEA: TBC
  • OUTCOME: TBC

Nathan Brown (Eels)

  • Grade 2 Dangerous Contact (other)
  • 15th minute
  • on Dale Copley (Titans)
  • Base penalty 200 points
  • One non-similar prior offence (20% loading)
  • 42 carryover points to be added
  • Guilty / no contest 240+42=282 points = 2 matches
  • Early plea 180+42=222 points = 2 matches
  • PLEA: TBC
  • OUTCOME: TBC

Moeaki Fotuaika (Titans)

  • Grade 1 Dangerous Contact (head/neck)
  • 30th minute
  • on Mitch Moses (Eels)
  • Base penalty 100 points
  • One similar prior offence (50% loading)
  • Guilty / no contest 150 points = 1 match
  • Early plea 112 points = 1 match
  • PLEA: TBC
  • OUTCOME: TBC

The LU Leaderboard

At the conclusion of each match our reporters will 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.

5 points - Mitchell Pearce (Knights)

4 points - Mitchell Moses (Eels)

3 points - Kotoni Staggs (Broncos), Adam Reynolds (Rabbitohs), Jarrod Croker (Raiders), Isaah Yeo (Panthers), Nathan Cleary (Panthers), Jason Taumalolo (Cowboys), Cameron Smith (Storm), Dylan Brown (Eels), Benji Marshall (Wests Tigers), Cameron Munster (Storm), Jack Wighton (Raiders), David Klemmer (Knights), Jamayne Isaako (Broncos), Tom Trbojevic (Sea Eagles)

2 points - Michael Morgan (Cowboys), Stephen Crichton (Panthers), Michael Jennings (Eels), Anthony Milford (Broncos), Nick Cotric (Raiders), Sione Katoa (Bulldogs), Daly Cherry-Evans (Sea Eagles), David Nofoaluma (Wests Tigers), Kalyn Ponga (Knights), David Fifita (Broncos), Emre Guler (Raiders), Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (Bulldogs), Viliame Kikau (Panthers), Shaun Johnson (Sharks), Jahrome Hughes (Storm)

1 point - Tevita Pangai Junior (Broncos), Tyrell Fuimaono (Dragons), Connor Watson (Knights), Alex Twal (Wests Tigers), Reed Mahoney (Eels), Phillip Sami (Titans), Tui Kamikamica (Storm), Daniel Saifiti (Knights), George Williams (Raiders), James Tedesco (Roosters), Coen Hess (Cowboys), Ethan Lowe (Rabbitohs), Thomas Flegler (Broncos), Daniel Tupou (Roosters), Jake Trbojevic (Sea Eagles)


Sore points - injury update

Injury news to come out of Round 2...

Brodie Croft (Broncos) - shoulder - scans - 1/2 weeks

Corey Oates (Broncos) - ribs - monitored

Thomas Mikaele (Tigers) - MCL - scans

Dale Copley (Titans) - ribs - TBA

Kevin Proctor (Titans) - hamstring - TBA

Reed Mahoney (Eels) - ankle - scans

The good news - who's back?

The following players are on schedule to return this weekend.

Broncos - Alex Glenn

Raiders - Siliva Havili

Bulldogs - Kerrod Holland

Sharks - Briton Nikora, Josh Dugan, Bronson Xerri

Titans - AJ Brimson, Shannon Boyd

Sea Eagles - Taniela Paseka

Storm - Brandon Smith

Knights - Sione Mata'utia

Panthers - Dylan Edwards

Dragons - Tariq Sims, Cameron McInnes, Mikaele Ravalawa

Roosters - Boyd Cordner, Nat Butcher

Warriors - Gerard Beale

Wests Tigers - Moses Mbye


Metrics Metrics Metrics

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

Attendance

Duck egg here folks. No attendance figures for the forseeable future!

Ratings

Match Day / Time Fox Nine Combined
Bulldogs v Cowboys Thu 8:05pm
226K
575K
M 337K
R 238K
801K
Dragons v Panthers Fri 6pm
210K
-
210K
Broncos v Rabbitohs Fri 8:05pm
289K
599K
M 382K
R 217K
888K
Warriors v Raiders
Sat 3pm
169K
-
169K
Roosters v Sea Eagles Sat 5:30pm
250K
-
250K
Sharks v Storm Sat 7:35pm
285K
-
285K
Knights v Wests Tigers
Sun 4:05pm
249K
TBC
M TBC
R TBC
TBC
Titans v Eels Sun 6:15pm
218K
-
218K
TOTAL
1.896M
1.174M+
3.070M+

Stay safe.

As we mentioned earlier, we'll do everything we can to keep you informed about Coronavirus and how it'll impact the NRL and rugby league.

For now - we hope you and your family and friends are safe and well and remain that way as we face these uncertain times.