ROUND 1 NRL SNAPSHOT
THEY SAID IT: “I’ve got more speed than Oxford Street.” – Brisbane speed demon James Roberts’ quick-fire response to teammate Corey Oates’ fast start in their comfortable 17-4 win over Parramatta.
MAN OF THE ROUND: In a warning to the rest of the competition, South Sydney captain Greg Inglis kicked off 2016 in imposing fashion, topping off a 143-metre, five tackle-bust statline with a trademark stampeding try in their 42-10 demolishing of arch-rivals Sydney Roosters.
STAT THAT MATTERS: Rookie coach Trent Barrett had an ignominious start to his career in the box, with Manly’s insipid 28-6 defeat to Canterbury their biggest round one loss at Brookvale Oval in the club’s history.
MAGIC MOMENT: Tim Simona finished off a 95-metre effort, which began with his teammates offloading inside their own 10-metre line, that exemplified the Wests Tigers’ return as the NRL entertainers in their thrilling 34-26 win over the Warriors.
TALKING POINT: There was plenty of praise across for the highly-anticipated referee bunker, with most contentious try decisions awarded swiftly and, more importantly, correctly. The reduced interchanges had a major impact on the weekend however, particularly on teams that were forced to burn one of their eight cards due to injury.
JUDICIARY WATCH: Sea Eagles – Martin Taupau (shoulder charge), Steve Matai (high tackle).
INJURY REPORT: Eels – Corey Norman (neck), Kieran Foran (hamstring); Broncos – Jordan Kahu (quad), Jack Reed (shoulder); Bulldogs – Michael Lichaa (knee), Chase Stanley (leg), Brett Morris (knee); Sea Eagles – Brett Stewart (hamstring), Jamie Buhrer (jaw); Panthers – Matt Moylan (back), Dean Whare (calf), James Segeyaro (forearm); Raiders – Blake Austin (knee); Wests Tigers – Robbie Farah (knee); Warriors – Ben Henry (knee); Cowboys – Antonio Winterstein (concussion); Sharks – Paul Gallen (knee); Rabbitohs – Adam Reynolds (jaw), John Sutton (pec).
UNDER PRESSURE: Warriors coach Andrew McFadden must turn around his side’s fortunes quickly or face the sack. Despite recruiting stars Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Issac Luke in the off-season, they looked a shambles at times in their 34-26 loss to the Wests Tigers on Saturday.