SNAPSHOT FROM ROUND 14 OF THE NRL
THEY SAID IT: “I think there’ll be an issue with the tackle and the way it’s interpreted these days. We’ll have a look at it later, but I think the legs went past the horizontal, so there’s grade one (judiciary charge).” Canterbury coach Des Hasler admits Bulldogs back-rower Josh Jackson could cop a suspension for a lifting tackle.
STAT THAT MATTERS: Brett Stewart is known as the Prince of Brookvale for a reason – his two-try effort against Wests Tigers on Friday was the fourth time he has bagged a double at the ground this year.
MAN OF THE ROUND: Johnathan Thurston turned in a masterclass in his side’s win over the Raiders. He had attempts at field goal charged down twice before slotting the one-pointer in the dying seconds to give his side a last-gasp win and their 11th victory on the trot.
MAGIC MOMENT: The Broncos already had the leading contender for try of the year when Lachlan Maranta finished off a length of the field effort against the Raiders last month and earned another nomination after they put it through 11 sets of hands to put Jack Reed over against the Storm.
TALKING POINT: Are Melbourne a spent force without Billy Slater? With their star No.1 missing, the Storm dominated field position but lacked fire power in their loss to Brisbane.
JUDICIARY WATCH: Sea Eagles – Dunamis Lui (crusher tackle); Tigers – Chris Lawrence (crusher tackle); Bulldogs – Josh Jackson (lifting tackle), Greg Eastwood (dangerous tackle); Panthers – Dean Whare (crusher tackle); Knights – Kade Snowden (high tackle), Tariq Sims (high tackle); Broncos – Jack Reed (crusher tackle).
KEY INJURIES: Tigers – David Nofoaluma (knee); Titans – Aidan Sezer (hamstring), Ryan James (shoulder); Panthers – James Segeyaro (knee).
UNDER PRESSURE: Tough questions will be asked of Newcastle after they wilted in their 30-28 loss to Cronulla, their ninth defeat in 10 matches.