SNAPSHOT FROM ROUND 16 OF THE NRL
THEY SAID IT: “I think he ran 50 metres, he ran straight through me. So I think he’s going alright. I think he’s fantastic.” – Nate Myles endorses Dylan Napa’s Origin claims after running through the Gold Coast captain on Sunday.
STAT THAT MATTERS: Eels winger Semi Radradra has scored two or more tries in four successive games, and the Fijian has now scored 14 tries in nine games so far this season. He has scored 21 tries in 16 games at the Eels home ground and tallied 40 tries in 41 NRL games since debuting for the Eels late in 2013.
MAN OF THE ROUND: For the second week in a row Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson will dominate the week’s highlight reels with a plethora of shimmies, shakes, steps and set-ups in his side’s resounding 30-8 win over the Warriors in Auckland, including a trademark dummy, step and finish of his own.
MAGIC MOMENT: Penrith winger David Simmons converting his own try after the siren after cracking the 100-try career milestone with four tries in his side’s 35-12 rout of the Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval.
TALKING POINT: Brisbane supercoach Wayne Bennett’s assault on the NRL for failing to act on the Origin burden that claimed two of his stars – Josh Maguire and Darius Boyd – on Friday night. “The weekend isn’t over yet, so who knows what others players could be missing come Monday,” he said. By Sunday night, Robbie Farah was getting x-rays for a fractured hand.
JUDICIARY WATCH: Warriors – Simon Mannering (dangerous contact); Eels – Anthony Watmough (high tackle); Tigers – Luke Brooks (headbutt).
KEY INJURIES: Broncos – Josh McGuire (ankle), Jordan Kahu (concussion, Daley Copley (concussion); Newcastle – Beau Scott (shoulder), Robbie Rochow (broken arm); Rabbitohs – Adam Reynolds (concussion); Sea Eagles – Tom Symonds (face); Eels – Tepai Moeroa (shoulder); Dragons – Mike Cooper (back); Tigers – Robbie Farah (hand).