SNAPSHOT FROM ROUND 5 OF THE NRL
THEY SAID IT: “I’ve been to see the refereeing official who was I think struck by a projectile. He’s ok but that is not us, that is not what this club is about and it’s not what sport in this country is about.” DES HASLER condemns Canterbury fans who threw objects at referees after their side’s loss to South Sydney.
STAT THAT MATTERS: Parramatta’s defeat to the Wests Tigers on Easter Monday was their 17th loss in 18 matches at ANZ Stadium since 2011.
MAN OF THE ROUND: Brisbane’s Anthony Milford showed some spark after a quiet beginning to life as a Bronco. The 20-year-old not only picked up his first two tries in Broncos colours against Gold Coast but made five tackle busts in a starring display.
MAGIC MOMENT: Young Cronulla five-eighth JACK BIRD announced his NRL arrival in style with two tries in the shock win over the Sydney Roosters. His second, a show-and-go effort from close-range, showed this is a young player with a big future.
TALKING POINT: The NRL has drawn a line in the sand with three Bulldogs players sanctioned for dissent towards referee Gerard Sutton.
JUDICIARY WATCH: Rabbitohs: George Burgess (dangerous contact); Bulldogs: Sam Kasiano (dangerous contact), James Graham (contrary conduct and dangerous contact), David Klemmer (contrary conduct), Michael Lichaa (contrary conduct); Raiders: Jordan Ropana (dangerous contact); Roosters: Aidan Guerra (dangerous throw), Michael Jennings (high tackle)
KEY INJURIES: Rabbitohs: Adam Reynolds (knee), Glenn Stewart (concussion), Issac Luke (concussion); Bulldogs: Sam Kasiano (hip), Brett Morris (hamstring), Tim Lafai (knee); Roosters: Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (calf), Aidan Guerra (cheekbone) Sea Eagles: Daly Cherry-Evans (foot); Eels: Reece Robinson (quad), Ryan Morgan (concussion).
UNDER PRESSURE: BEN BARBA. The 2012 Dally M Medal winner could find himself being the highest paid player in the NSW Cup with Sharks coach Shane Flanagan unlikely to make any changes to the Sharks side that beat the Roosters.