Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
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Wests Tigers forward Danny Galea will today decide whether to fight a grade three dangerous throw charge. Galea can accept a three week ban with an early guilty plea, or face the NRL Judiciary and risk being outed for five games.
Warriors pair Tony Martin (grade two) and Michael Witt (grade one) must also decide whether to fight their dangerous throw charge. Martin faces a two match ban with an early plea, three if he goes to the judiciary, while Witt will miss one week unless he can beat the charge.
Inconclusive television footage has saved Parramatta forward Nathan Hindmarsh from being suspended for NSW's opening State of Origin game.
Match review committee chairman Greg McCallum says camera angles failed to show the point of contact when Hindmarsh allegedly struck Sydney Rooster Anthony Minichiello on Saturday.
New Zealand Warrior Logan Swann was another player saved by additional camera angles today, although he was cleared of wrongdoing with no contact made with Adam Dykes' head in his shoulder charge.
Penrith's Craig Gower can thank referee Sean Hampstead for escaping a contrary conduct charge of claiming a square up by video referee Bill Harrigan. Hampstead told investigators the comment wasn't a direct insult and the committee agreed not to charge the Panthers captain.
North Queensland have move to outright third on the NRL ladder after they completed round eight with a 24-10 win over Gold Coast at Carrara last night. Brilliant halfback Johnathan Thurston engineered the Cowboys' three tries and booted six goals in wet conditions, while the Titans' Mat Rogers scored two tries for the home side.
Manly and Melbourne lead the table on 14 points, the New Zealand Warriors are fourth on 10 and a logjam of seven teams follows on eight points.