SNAPSHOT FROM ROUND 20 OF THE NRL:
THEY SAID IT: “Milford’s just turned 21, it’s scary what you think he could be at 25 or 26 when he’s a hardened pro.” – Brisbane coach WAYNE BENNETT has nothing but praise for in-form five-eighth Anthony Milford after his leading effort in the Broncos 34-0 thumping of the Gold Coast.
STAT THAT MATTERS: St George Illawarra’s seven game losing streak, after their 22-4 loss to Melbourne in Napier, is the club’s longest since the joint venture began in 1999.
MAN OF THE ROUND: MICHAEL ENNIS was instrumental in Cronulla’s upset 18-16 win over Canterbury on Sunday in his return to Belmore after six seasons with the Bulldogs.
MAGIC MOMENT: Canberra’s EDRICK LEE sealing his side’s 34-24 victory over Penrith with a brilliant 75-metre try. His charge down of a Peter Wallace kick sat up for the winger and the youngster rocketed away to score under the posts with four minutes remaining.
TALKING POINT: Belmore Sports Ground. How many games can we get the Bulldogs to play there next year? The return to the iconic suburban venue for the two Dogs games has been one of the highlights of the year.
JUDICIARY WATCH: Storm – Jess Bromwich (biting); Tigers – Martin Taupau (striking); Knights – Tyrone Roberts (dangerous throw); Broncos – Adam Blair (high tackle); Titans – Josh Hoffman (high tackle); Raiders – Josh Papalii (shoulder charge); Bulldogs – Josh Reynolds (high tackle).
KEY INJURIES: Warriors – Shaun Johnson (ankle); Tigers – Chris Lawrence (ankle); Knights – Jarrod Mullen (toe); Sea Eagles – Steve Matai (shoulder), Luke Burgess (leg), Tom Symonds (leg), Ligi Sao (knee); Titans – Nate Myles (shoulder), Ryan James (knee); Sharks – Luke Lewis (knee), Paul Gallen (shoulder); Panthers – Nigel Plum (concussion).
UNDER PRESSURE: The NRL will look to come down hard on Andrew Fifita and his brother David if the allegations made against them in regard to abuse of rugby league match officials is proven.