Monday's Expert - Round 24 wrap

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Monday's Expert is here - with a full wrap of everything happening around the rugby league traps this Monday 2 September 2019. Includes match review charges, POTY leaderboard, crowds, ratings and injury news.

First things first...

The results are in. Check out how Round 24 played out in our one-page results wrap. You can check out results from across the NSWRL and QRL competitions, as well as Super League and Championship here.

Our match reports for the twenty-fourth round can be found here.

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

Match review

No players were charged across NRL Round 24.

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:

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

Sore points

A quick look at some of the injury news to come out of Round 24:

Cameron McInnes (Dragons) - broken leg - season

Zac Lomax (Dragons) - concussion - monitored

Shaun Johnson (Sharks) - quad - scans

Josh Dugan (Sharks) - concussion - monitored

Cameron Munster (Storm) - shoulder - 1 week

Tom Trbojevic (Sea Eagles) - pectoral - 3-4 weeks

Morgan Boyle (Sea Eagles) - arm - TBC

Jack Gosiewski (Sea Eagles) - knee - TBC

Rhys Kennedy (Broncos) - knee - TBC

Mitch Kenny (Panthers) - elbow - season

Siosiua Taukeiaho (Roosters) - ribs - TBC

Patrick Herbert (Warriors) - quad - TBC

Chanel Harris-Tavita (Warriors) - arm - season

The good news

Here's who clubs could be expecting back in the final round, returning either from suspension or injury - keep an eye out for their names on Tuesday as teamlists are named:

Broncos: Jake Turpin, Joe Ofahengaue

Raiders: Joe Tapine, Ata Hingano

Bulldogs: Reimis Smith

Sharks: Matt Moylan, Sosaia Feki, Jack Williams

Titans: Mitch Rein

Storm: Tui Kamikamica

Knights: Tautau Moga, Danny Levi, Edrick Lee

Cowboys: Jake Clifford, Ben Hampton, Josh McGuire

Panthers: Jarome Luai, Josh Mansour

Dragons: Corey Norman

Roosters: Cooper Cronk, Boyd Cordner, Ryan Hall

Warriors: Karl Lawton

Wests Tigers: Moses Mbye, Mahe Fonua

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 24 attendance (times are AEST)

Thu 7:50pm Cowboys v Bulldogs 1300SMILES 15,141
Fri 6pm Warriors v Rabbitohs Mt Smart 15,295
Fri 7:55pm Broncos v Eels Suncorp 33,020
Sat 3pm Knights v Titans McDonald Jones 8,274
Sat 5:30pm Sea Eagles v Storm Lottoland 14,640
Sat 7:35pm Roosters v PanthersSCG 11,311
Sun 2pm Sharks v Raiders PointsBet 18,985
Sun 4:05pm Dragons v Wests Tigers SCG 9,136
Round Average 15,725
Round Total 125,802
Season Average 15,014 Season Total 2,762,541

After 24 rounds last year (NRL season 2018), 2,749,886 had attended 184 matches at an average of 14,945 per game.

Round 24 ratings

Day/Time Match Nine Network Fox League Aggregate
Thu 7:50pm Cowboys v Bulldogs 534K (294K metro, 240K reg) 198K 732K
Fri 6pm Warriors v Rabbitohs N/A 222K 222K
Fri 7:55pm Broncos v Eels 665K (428K metro, 237K reg) 299K 964K
Sat 3pm Knights v Titans N/A
154K 154K
Sat 5:30pm Sea Eagles v Storm N/A
295K 295K
Sat 7:35pm Roosters v Panthers 315K (233K metro, 182K reg)
235K 550K
Sun 2pm Sharks v Raiders N/A 186K186K
Sun 4:05pm Dragons v Wests Tigers 474K (274K metro, 200K reg) 273K 747K

Totals 1.988M1.862M 3.850M

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

State comps finals begin!

The final rounds of the major competitions in both NSWRL and QRL (as well as BRL) have been run and won, with Week 1 Finals kicking off from next Saturday.

Head to our Quick Links page to access draw & results as well as ladders for each competition.