Highs and lows of the NRL’s sixth round


THEY SAID IT: “There’s nothing wrong with that – it’s a bit of fun and banter. I just appreciate the fact they’re still thinking of me.” – Canberra coach RICKY STUART after being taunted by Eels fans late in Parramatta’s 36-6 thrashing of the Raiders.

MAN OF THE ROUND: DYLAN NAPA. Phil Gould and Darren Lockyer both agreed the Sydney Roosters prop’s 80 minute effort in the 17-10 win over Souths was one of the best efforts from a forward they had ever seen.

STAT THAT MATTERS: Manly’s hoodoo over the Warriors continued in Saturday’s 34-18 win in Auckland. Manly have won 10 of the past 11 against the Kiwis and 10 of 13 at Mt Smart Stadium.

MAGIC MOMENT: Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and Temaire Martin combined for one of the tries of the season in a 90m effort early in the Panthers’ 23-18 loss to North Queensland.

TALKING POINT: Warriors centre Solomone Kata and Tigers fullback James Tedesco, with seven four-pointers apiece have scored more tries over the first six NRL rounds than St George Illawarra, who have managed only six.

JUDICIARY WATCH: Raiders – Shaun Fensom (dangerous tackle); Tigers – Curtis Sironen (dangerous throw); Sharks – Chris Heighington (shoulder charge); Titans – Nene Macdonald (dangerous contact); Sea Eagles – Dylan Walker (trip); Cowboys – Matt Scott (dangerous contact); Warriors – Jacob Lillyman (high tackle)

CASUALTY WARD: Roosters – Siosiua Taukeiaho (knee); Cowboys – Lachlan Coote (ribs); Sharks – Luke Lewis (concussion), James Maloney (concussion); Titans – Daniel Mortimer (concussion)

UNDER PRESSURE: Tigers coach Jason Taylor. After two morale-boosting wins to start the season the joint venture has slumped to four successive losses. They face Melbourne next.

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