SNAPSHOT FROM ROUND 13 OF THE NRL
THEY SAID IT: “I believe he will get his crack at some stage, whenever that is. I hope it’s not game two … Laurie (Daley) has already said he’s going to stick to his pairing. It wouldn’t be fair to Blake.” – Canberra coach Ricky Stuart tries to tamp down talk of his in-form five-eighth Blake Austin playing for NSW.
STAT THAT MATTERS: The Broncos beat Manly 44-10 on Friday night, the same scoreline as when Brisbane beat the Sea Eagles in their first premiership game in round 1, 1988.
MAN OF THE ROUND: Greg Inglis – After copping flak for a quiet performance in Origin I, the South Sydney fullback has exploded back into form, putting in a starring performance against New Zealand, making two line breaks, one line break assist, seven tackle busts and a game-high 216 metres.
MAGIC MOMENT: When the Sydney Roosters failed to make 10 metres from a goalline drop out, Cronulla slotted an easy penalty to seal a 10-4 victory, just their fifth win of the year, one which would fill the embattled club with confidence.
TALKING POINT: Are the Sydney Roosters the real deal? After making an emphatic statement against the Melbourne Storm on Monday night, they were far too undisciplined in their loss to Cronulla on Sunday afternoon.
JUDICIARY WATCH: Manly – Justin Horo (crusher tackle), Gold Coast – Aidan Sezer (swearing).
KEY INJURIES: Manly – Jamie Lyon (hamstring); Gold Coast – Kane Elgey (ankle); Newcastle – David Fa’alogo (hamstring), Jack Stockwell (bicep); Warriors – Simon Mannering (concussion).
UNDER PRESSURE: Manly coach Geoff Toovey claimed he had one less worry with Daly Cherry-Evans now looking “settled” after putting his contract dramas behind him but still has plenty of concerns with the dead last Sea Eagles suffering worst loss in 10 years against Brisbane with speculation linking Trent Barrett to the club’s coaching job not going away.