SNAPSHOT FROM ROUND SIX OF THE NRL:
THEY SAID IT: “Probably not. He was probably second man in on the tackle if I can recall. The tackle was on report, let’s hope the match review committee don’t miss it and they will deal with it accordingly.” Dogs coach DES HASLER on whether Dragons back-rower Tyson Frizell should have been sent off for his high shot on Tim Browne.
STAT THAT MATTERS: MANU VATUVEI’s two tries in the Warriors’ 32-22 defeat of Wests Tigers took him to 140 for his career and level with Nigel Vagana as the most-prolific New Zealand try-scorer in NRL history.
MAN OF THE ROUND: JAMES ROBERTS scored a superb hat-trick for the Titans to underline his undoubted ability and put himself in the frame for representative selection.
MAGIC MOMENT: With the first period of golden point winding down, BEN HUNT burst through the Roosters defence and speared his way to the try line to hand the Broncos a dramatic 22-18 win.
TALKING POINT: Is the send off dead? You could mount a compelling case after TYSON FRIZELL stayed on the field after knocking out Browne with a swinging arm.
JUDICIARY WATCH: Broncos – Jarryd Kennedy (dangerous contact); Titans – Ryan James (swinging arm); Sharks – Andrew Fifita (dangerous tackle); Dragons – Tyson Frizell (swinging arm)
KEY INJURIES: Panthers – Peter Wallace (knee), Elijah Taylor (knee), Jamal Idris (knee); Manly – Tom Trbojevic (ankle), Jesse Sene-Lafao (shoulder): Sharks – Ben Barba (knee), Michael Gordon (shoulder); David Fifita (ankle): Knights – Jarrod Mullen (shoulder), Tariq Sims (shoulder); Dragons – Jason Nightingale (ankle); Bulldogs – Tim Browne (concussion); Raiders – Josh Hodgson (leg), Shaun Fensom (ankle); Dragons – Jason Nightingale (plantar fascitis)
UNDER PRESSURE: GEOFF TOOVEY. The 2013 grand final couldn’t seem any further away for the embattled coach after Manly’s 1-5 start to the season. Given the Sea Eagles’ poor form and their massive injury toll, there doesn’t look like an easy way out.