NRL ROUND 14 HIGHS AND LOWS
QUOTE OF THE ROUND: “They obviously knew he was playing because he made 31 or 32 tackles. So there’s been a leak in the camp there somewhere.” – Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy wonders how news of teenage halfback Brodie Croft’s debut filtered through to St George Illawarra before their match.
MAN OF THE ROUND: Melbourne’s Fijian flyer Suliasi Vunivalu has quickly established himself as a try-scoring sensation, posting 13 four-pointers in his first eight games, including a double against St George Illawarra.
STAT THAT MATTERS: Storm forward Slade Griffin made his first NRL appearance in 1056 days. After three ACL injuries in four years, he had every right to give the game away but returned against the Dragons on Saturday night.
MAGIC MOMENT: While he may have played his last game of NRL, Semi Radradra left us with a lasting memory with his intercept length-of-the-field effort in the dying moments of his side’s 30-12 win against South Sydney.
TALKING POINT: Is the penalty try dead? Sydney Roosters’ Joseph Manu looked certain to score before being shoved off the ball by Ken Maumalo. However the referees deemed a penalty and the Warriors winger being sin-binned as sufficient.
JUDICIARY WATCH: Warriors – Toafofoa Sipley (dangerous contact); South Sydney – Paul Carter (dangerous contact).
CASUALTY WARD: Eels – Kaysa Pritchard (shoulder/neck); Rabbitohs – Kyle Turner (hamstring), Siosifa Talaki (ankle); Melbourne – Cameron Munster (ankle); Warriors – Thomas Leuluai (concussion).
UNDER PRESSURE: After three straight losses and conceding 29 points or more in six of their last eight matches, under-performing South Sydney are beginning to come under the spotlight.