Monday's Expert - Round 19 wrap

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Monday's Expert is here - with a full wrap of everything happening around the rugby league traps this Monday 29 July 2019. Includes match review charges, POTY leaderboard, crowds, ratings and injury news.


First things first...

The results are in. Check out how Round 19 played out in our one-page results wrap. You can check out results from any competition across the NSWRL and QRL, as well as Super League and Championship here.

Our match reports for the nineteenth round can be found here.

And while we're on it, thank you as always to our dedicated volunteer updaters and writers - Justin Davies, Rob Crosby, Andrew Jackson, Andrew Ferguson, Sam Bourke, Rick Edgerton and Josh Robertson.


Match review

Seven players charged in Round 19:

Aaron Woods (Sharks)
8th minute, Grade 1 Contrary Conduct on Jake Granville
Base penalty $1500 fine
Guilty / no contest $1500 fine
Early guilty plea $1150 fine
PLEA: Guilty - early plea
OUTCOME: $1150 fine

Issac Luke (Warriors)
69th minute, Grade 2 Dangerous Throw on Dylan Brown
Base penalty 300 points
Guilty / no contest 300 points (3 matches)
Early guilty plea 225 points (2 matches)
PLEA: Guilty - disputes grading. Facing judiciary Tuesday.
OUTCOME: Guilty. Suspended 3 matches.

Tevita Pangai (Broncos)
27th minute, Grade 2 Careless High Tackle on Phillip Sami
Base penalty 150 points
Three (3) similar prior offence last 2 yrs (3 x 20% loading)
Guilty / no contest 240 points (2 matches)
Early guilty plea 180 points (1 match)
PLEA: Guilty - early plea
OUTCOMESuspended 1 match. 80 carryover points accrued.

Jake Trbojevic (Sea Eagles).
84th minute, Grade 1 Dangerous Throw on Jahrome Hughes
Base penalty 100 points
Guilty / no contest 100 points (1 match)
Early guilty plea 75 points (0 matches)
PLEA: Guilty - early plea
OUTCOME: No suspension. 75 carryover points accrued.

Dylan Napa (Bulldogs).
22nd minute, Grade 1 Dangerous Contact (other) on Victor Radley
Base penalty 100 points
One (1) non-similar prior offence last 2 years (20% loading)
Guilty / no contest 120 points (1 match)
Early guilty plea 90 points (0 matches)
PLEA: Guilty - early plea
OUTCOME: No suspension. 90 carryover points accrued.

Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (Roosters).
77th minute, Grade 1 Dangerous Contact (other) on Jack Cogger
Base penalty 100 points
Three (3) non-similar prior offences last 2 years (3 x 20% loading)
35 carryover points to be added
Guilty / no contest 160+35 = 190 points (1 match)
Early guilty plea 120+35 - 155 points (1 match)
PLEA: Guilty - early plea
OUTCOMESuspended 1 match. 20 carryover points accrued.

Elliott Whitehead (Raiders).
44th minute, Grade 1 Contrary Conduct on Nathan Cleary
Base penalty $1500 fine
Guilty / no contest $1500 fine
Early guilty plea $1150 fine
PLEA: Not guilty. Facing judiciary Tuesday.
OUTCOME: Not guilty. No fine payable.


The LU Leaderboard

At the conclusion of each match our reporters choose their best three players from the match. You can views those points in each match in their respective match reports. Each week we'll update the leaderboard:

23 points - James Tedesco (Roosters)
20 points - Cody Walker (Rabbitohs), Cameron Smith (Storm), Cameron Munster (Storm)
19 points - Jason Taumalolo (Cowboys), James Maloney (Panthers)
18 points - Anthony Milford (Broncos)
17 points - Mitchell Pearce (Knights), Daly Cherry-Evans (Sea Eagles)
16 points - Josh Papalii (Raiders), Mitchell Moses (Eels), Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (Raiders)
15 points - David Klemmer (Knights)
14 points - John Bateman (Raiders), Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (Warriors), Clint Gutherson (Eels)
13 points - Cameron Murray (Rabbitohs), Damien Cook (Rabbitohs)
12 points - Blake Green (Warriors), Payne Haas (Broncos)
11 points - Luke Keary (Roosters), Ryan Papenhuyzen (Storm), James Fisher-Harris (Panthers), Robbie Farah (Wests Tigers), Adam Reynolds (Rabbitohs), Kalyn Ponga (Knights), Shaun Johnson (Sharks)
10 points - Benji Marshall (Wests Tigers), Ben Hunt (Dragons), Latrell Mitchell (Roosters), Tyrone Roberts (Titans), Tom Trbojevic (Sea Eagles)
9 points - Michael Morgan (Cowboys), Luke Brooks (Wests Tigers), Josh Hodgson (Raiders)
8 points - Manase Fainu (Sea Eagles), Corey Norman (Dragons), Jake Trbojevic (Sea Eagles), Kenneath Bromwich (Storm), Martin Taupau (Sea Eagles), Siosiua Taukeiaho (Roosters)
7 points - Nathan Cleary (Panthers), Corey Thompson (Wests Tigers), John Asiata (Cowboys), Jahrome Hughes (Storm)
6 points - Kieran Foran (Bulldogs), Issac Luke (Warriors), Paul Vaughan (Dragons), Paul Gallen (Sharks), Viliame Kikau (Panthers), Brandon Smith (Storm)
5 points - Aiden Tolman (Bulldogs), Blake Ferguson (Eels), Josh Morris (Sharks), Brian Kelly (Titans), Briton Nikora (Sharks), Brian To'o (Panthers), Ryan Matterson (Wests Tigers), Corey Oates (Broncos)
4 points - Will Hopoate (Bulldogs), Matthew Lodge (Broncos), Jesse Bromwich (Storm), Nelson Asofa-Solomona (Storm), Nathan Brown (Eels), Reed Mahoney (Eels), Andrew Fifita (Sharks), Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (Panthers), Kane Elgey (Sea Eagles), David Fifita (Broncos), Ryan Sutton (Raiders), Brodie Croft (Storm), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (Roosters), Josh Addo-Carr (Storm), Chad Townsend (Sharks), Chanel Harris-Tavita (Warriors), Jayden Okunbor (Bulldogs)
3 points - Boyd Cordner (Roosters), Curtis Sironen (Sea Eagles), Kodi Nikorima (Broncos), Jarrod Croker (Raiders), Braden Hamlin-Uele (Sharks), Jack Wighton (Raiders), Joseph Manu (Roosters), Kyle Flanagan (Sharks), Moses Mbye (Wests Tigers), Jai Arrow (Titans), Tevita Pangai (Broncos), Liam Martin (Panthers), John Sutton (Rabbitohs), Aidan Sezer (Raiders), Manu Ma'u (Eels), Matt Moylan (Sharks), Brendan Elliot (Sea Eagles), Sam Burgess (Rabbitohs), Lachlan Croker (Sea Eagles), Connor Watson (Knights), Michael Gordon (Titans), Victor Radley (Roosters), James Graham (Dragons), Ken Maumalo (Warriors), Josh Jackson (Bulldogs), Corey Harawira-Naera (Bulldogs), Joe Ofahengaue (Broncos), Josh McGuire (Cowboys), Josh Reynolds (Wests Tigers), Brandon Wakeham (Bulldogs), Jarome Luai (Panthers)
2 points - Mason Lino (Knights), Kyle Feldt (Cowboys), Bronson Xerri (Sharks), Suliasi Vunivalu (Storm), Jazz Tevaga (Warriors), Jayden Brailey (Sharks), Connor Tracey (Rabbitohs), Jake Turpin (Broncos), Ryan James (Titans), Scott Drinkwater (Storm), Josh Hoffman (Eels), Michael Chee-Kam (Wests Tigers), Daniel Alvaro (Eels), Dylan Brown (Eels), Wade Graham (Sharks), Jarrod Wallace (Titans), Joseph Leilua (Raiders), Alex Twal (Wests Tigers), Moeaki Fotuaika (Titans), Kotoni Staggs (Broncos), Danny Levi (Knights), Herman Ese'ese (Knights), Edrick Lee (Knights), Andrew McCullough (Broncos), Isaac Liu (Roosters), Jake Clifford (Cowboys), Reuben Garrick (Sea Eagles), Michael Jennings (Eels), Lachlan Lewis (Bulldogs), Josh Mansour (Panthers), Addin Fonua-Blake (Sea Eagles), Jordan Rapana (Raiders), Matt Scott (Cowboys), Phillip Sami (Titans), Blake Lawrie (Dragons), Joe Lovodua (Dragons)
1 point - Gareth Widdop (Dragons), Jacob Host (Dragons), Jesse Ramien (Knights), Brad Takairangi (Eels), Nathaniel Roache (Warriors), Reimis Smith (Bulldogs), Adam Elliott (Bulldogs), Brett Morris (Roosters), James Tamou (Panthers), Jack Cogger (Bulldogs), Sitili Tupouniua (Roosters), Tepai Moeroa (Eels), Shaun Lane (Eels), Jack Williams (Sharks), Thomas Burgess (Rabbitohs), Matt Ikuvalu (Roosters), Anthony Don (Titans), Matthew Dufty (Dragons), Matt Prior (Sharks), Jack Gosiewski (Sea Eagles), Peta Hiku (Warriors), Christian Crichton (Bulldogs), Tariq Sims (Dragons), Liam Knight (Rabbitohs), Russell Packer (Wests Tigers), Cade Cust (Sea Eagles), Braidon Burns (Rabbitohs), Agnatius Paasi (Warriors), Mitchell Barnett (Knights), Jake Granville (Cowboys), Jack Bird (Broncos), Daniel Tupou (Roosters)


Sore points

A quick look at the injury news to come out of Round 19:

Siosiua Taukeiaho (Roosters) - calf - scans

Boyd Cordner (Roosters) - calf - scans

Ryan Hall (Roosters) - knee - 2-3 weeks

Michael Chee Kam (Wests Tigers) - head/neck - monitored

Phillip Sami (Titans) - concussion - monitored

Dale Copley (Titans) - leg - scans

Alex Glenn (Broncos) - groin - TBC

Jazz Tevaga (Warriors) - arm - scans

Christian Welch (Storm) - concussion - monitored

Jesse Bromwich (Storm) - sternum - scans

The good news

Here's who clubs could be expecting back this week either from suspension or injury - keep an eye out for their names on Tuesday as teamlists are named:

Broncos: Matt Gillett, Thomas Flegler, Tom Dearden

Raiders: Ryan Sutton, Luke Bateman, Ata Hingano

Bulldogs: Kieran Foran, 

Sharks: Andrew Fifita, Matt Moylan, Wade Graham

Titans: Jai Arrow

Sea Eagles: Jack Gosiewski

Storm: Curtis Scott, Suliasi Vunivalu

Eels: Shaun Lane, Peni Terepo

Panthers: Liam Martin

Rabbitohs: Sam Burgess, Alex Johnston, Liam Knight, Cory Denniss

Dragons: Jeremy Latimore

Warriors: Patrick Herbert, David Fusitu'a, Karl Lawton


Metrics Metrics Metrics

Each week we'll do our best to keep you across the crowd figures and TV ratings which are often the most talked-about parts of the game.

Round 19 attendance (times are AEST)

Thu 7:50pm Sharks v Cowboys Pointsbet 6,144
Fri 6pm Knights v Wests Tigers McDonald Jones 21,029
Fri 7:55pm Rabbitohs v Dragons ANZ 12,318
Sat 3pm Eels v Warriors Bankwest 17,392
Sat 5:30pm Titans v Broncos Cbus Super 16,201
Sat 7:35pm Storm v Sea EaglesAAMI 14,836
Sun 2pm Bulldogs v Roosters ANZ 10,586
Sun 4:05pm Panthers v Raiders Panthers 15,560
Round Average 14,258
Round Total 114,006
Season Average 15,039 Season Total 2,165,686

After nineteen rounds last year (NRL season 2018), 2,185,636 had attended 144 matches at an average of 15,178 per game.

Round 19 ratings

Day/Time Match Nine Network Fox League Aggregate
Thu 7:50pm Sharks v Cowboys 575K (343K metro, 232k reg) 191K 766K
Fri 6pm Knights v Wests Tigers N/A 245K 245K
Fri 7:55pm Rabbitohs v Dragons 518K (312K metro, 206K reg) 240K 705K
Sat 3pm Eels v Warriors N/A
154K 154K
Sat 5:30pm Titans v Broncos N/A
237K 237K
Sat 7:35pm Storm v Sea Eagles N/A
302K 302K
Sun 2pm Bulldogs v Roosters N/A 142K142K
Sun 4:05pm Panthers v Raiders 485K (304K metro, 181K reg) 218K 703K

Totals 1.578M1.729M 3.307M

Note: Ratings figures courtesy of Mediaweek Australia on Twitter and TV Tonight.


One last thing...

Thanks to the generosity of the NRL community, Beanies for Brain Cancer Round raised more than $3.1 million for the Mark Hughes Foundation, with beanie sales exhausted. Check out the full media release here.