SNAPSHOT FROM ROUND 12 OF THE NRL
THEY SAID IT: “In respect to all the media, it’s got nothing to do with you, but it’s just a lot healthier if I don’t continue.” – Canberra coach Ricky Stuart during in his 24-second press conference after the loss to Brisbane.
STAT THAT MATTERS: St George Illawarra’s Gareth Widdop has become the first player in the joint venture club’s history to kick nine goals from nine attempts.
MAN OF THE ROUND: North Queensland prop Matthew Scott. Backing up from his Origin heroics for Queensland on Wednesday, Scott scored two tries, made 41 tackles and had 14 hit-ups for 143 metres against Manly – all in 60 minutes.
MAGIC MOMENT: Lachlan Maranta’s 95-metre try for Brisbane on the stroke halftime. Canberra turned the ball over on the Broncos’ line with Darius Boyd popping a pass to Ben Hunt who ran 20-odd metres before passing back to Boyd who returned the favour. Hunt broke into the Raiders’ half and kicked cross-field for Anthony Milford who got a nice bounce before spinning and passing to Alex Glenn who found Maranta who stepped inside Sisa Waqa to score out wide.
TALKING POINT: The late hit by Parramatta’s Pauli Pauli on Penrith’s Jamie Soward has prompted more calls for playmakers to be better protected.
JUDICIARY WATCH: Parramatta – Pauli Pauli (dangerous contact). Gold Coast – Ryan James (crusher tackle).
KEY INJURIES: Penrith – Matt Moylan (ankle), Jamie Soward (shoulder). South Sydney – Dylan Walker (ankle), Greg Inglis (concussion), George Burgess (nose). Newcastle – Tyrone Roberts (ankle).
UNDER PRESSURE: Manly coach Geoff Toovey. The Sea Eagles were gutsy in their loss to North Queensland but sit last on the ladder with speculation Toovey is facing the axe.