SNAPSHOT FROM ROUND 14 OF THE NRL
THEY SAID IT: “Jimmy loves it here, he really loved his time here and really valued it. I think he called himself the Prince of Auckland or something like that today,” Trent Robinson on James Maloney after the Roosters five-eighth came up with a try and field goal in the dying minutes to help his side snatch an unlikely win.
STAT THAT MATTERS: Warriors winger Manu Vatuvei became the first player to score 10 or more tries in 10 consecutive seasons when he crossed in the first half against the Sydney Roosters on Saturday night.
MAN OF THE ROUND: Martin Taupau. The rampaging Wests Tigers back-rower led the way as his side, missing State of Origin stars Robbie Farah and Aaron Woods, upset premiers South Sydney 34-6 on Friday night. He capped a barnstorming performance with two tries.
MAGIC MOMENT: Is there anything Moses Mbye can’t do? After kicking a field goal to seal Canterbury’s win over St George Illawarra last week, the young half on Sunday made one of the tackles of the year when he pulled off a try-saver on Brad Tighe who looked certain to score.
TALKING POINT: Are the Titans the real deal? After a disastrous start to the season, including dealing with a drugs saga, Gold Coast jumped into the top eight with a come-from-behind win over Canterbury.
JUDICIARY WATCH: Nil
KEY INJURIES: Wests Tigers – Dene Halatau (bicep); Warriors – Nathan Friend (concussion), Sam Lisone (shoulder); Gold Coast – Kierran Moseley (knee).
UNDER PRESSURE: Parramatta are under siege on a number of fronts. The side is second last with just four wins, Chris Sandow drew attention to himself during the week when he told reporters the side would be winning more games if he was allowed to play his natural game while CEO Scott Seward on Sunday stepped down from the club.