Tuesday's Expert wraps up all the NRL match results and the LeagueUnlimited.com Player Awards.

MATCH RESULTS: LeagueUnlimited.com NRL - ROUND 25: 29 AUGUST - 1 SEPTEMBER 2008

Cronulla Sharks 32 def Wests Tigers 6 Round 25 - Friday August 29th, 2008 7:35pm Venue: Leichhardt Oval Referee: Sean Hampstead Touch Judges: Steve Carrall, Tony De Las Heras Video Referee: Steve Clark Half Time: Sharks 20-6 Crowd: 10,766

Wests Tigers 6 Tries: Bronson Harrison Goals: Brett Hodgson (1/1) Cronulla Sharks 32 Tries: Misi Taulapapa, Luke Covell, Fraser Anderson, Brett Seymour, Brett Kearney Goals: Luke Covell (6/6)

LeagueUnlimited.com Player of the Match 3 Points: Brett Kimmorley (Sharks) 2 Points: Brett Seymour (Sharks) 1 Point: Chris Heighington (Tigers)

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Sydney Roosters 22 def South Sydney Rabbitohs 20 Round 25 - Friday August 29th, 2008 7:35pm Venue: Sydney Football Stadium Referee: Steve Lyons Touch Judges: David Abood, Gerard Sutton Video Referee: Bill Harrigan Halftime: Roosters 14-0 Crowd: 18,127

Sydney Roosters 22 Tries: Amos Roberts, Mitchell Aubusson, Anthony Tupou, Sam Perrett, Braith Anasta Goals: Craig Fitzgibbon (1/5) South Sydney Rabbitohs 20 Tries: Nathan Merritt, John Sutton, Issac Luke, Luke Capewell Goals: Issac Luke (1/2), Chris Sandow (1/2)

LeagueUnlimited.com Player of the Match 3 points: Mitchell Pearce (Roosters) 2 points: Issac Luke (Rabbitohs) 1 points: Braith Anasta (Roosters)

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Newcastle Knights 17 def Melbourne Storm 16 Round 25 - Saturday August 30th, 2008 5:30pm Venue: EnergyAustralia Stadium Referee: Shayne Hayne Touch Judges: Paul Holland, Bernard Sutton Video Referee: Paul Simpkins Half time: Knights 10-6 Crowd: 19,568

Newcastle Knights 17 Tries: Matt Hilder, Jesse Royal Goals: Kurt Gidley (4/4) Field Goals: Scott Dureau (1/1) b>Melbourne Storm 16 Tries: Greg Inglis, Israel Folau, Sika Manu Goals: Cameron Smith (2/3)

LeagueUnlimited.com Player of the Match 3 Points: Scott Dureau (Knights) 2 Points: Ben Cross (Knights) 1 Point: Kurt Gidley (Knights)

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North Queensland Cowboys 22 def Canberra Raiders 10 Round 25 - Saturday August 30th, 2008 7:30pm Venue: Dairy Farmers Stadium Referee: Matt Cecchin Touch Judges: Mohamad Fajajo, Phil Haines Video Referee: Phil Cooley Half Time: Cowboys 16-0 Crowd: 14,998

North Queensland Cowboys 22 Tries: Johnathan Thurston, Travis Burns, Ben Harris, Carl Webb Goals: John Williams (3/4) Canberra Raiders 10 Tries: Adrian Purtell, Brett Kelly Goals: Joel Monaghan (1/2)

LeagueUnlimited.com Player of the Match 3 Points: Aaron Payne (Cowboys) 2 Points: Ray Cashmere (Cowboys) 1 Point: Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)

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St George Illawarra Dragons 40 def Parramatta Eels 14 Round 25 - Saturday August 30th, 2008 7:30pm Venue: ANZ Stadium Referee: Tony Archer Touch Judges: Steve Chiddy, Russell Turner Video Referee: Russell Smith Half time: Dragons 24-0 Crowd: 17,103

St George Illawarra Dragons 40 Tries: Dan Hunt, Ben Creagh, Mark Gasnier, Wendell Sailor (3), Matt Cooper, Josh Morris Goals: Mark Gasnier (4/8) Parramatta Eels 14 Tries: Luke Burt (2), Feleti Mateo Goals: Luke Burt (1/3)

LeagueUnlimited.com Player of the Match 3 Points: Wendell Sailor (Dragons) 2 Points: Dan Hunt (Dragons) 1 Point: Ben Creagh (Dragons)

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New Zealand Warriors 42 def Penrith Panthers 20 Round 25 - Sunday August 31st, 2008 2:00pm Venue: Mt Smart Stadium Referee: Ben Cummins Touch Judges: Dan Eastwood, Brett Suttor Video Referee: Chris Ward Half time: Warriors 30-4 Crowd: 15,214

New Zealand Warriors 42 Tries: Manu Vatuvei (2), Michael Luck, Wade McKinnon, Michael Witt, Jerome Ropati, Ian Henderson Goals: Michael Witt (7/7) Penrith Panthers 20 Tries: Luke Rooney (3), Michael Gordon Goals: Michael Gordon (2/4)

LeagueUnlimited.com Player of the Match 3 Points: Ian Henderson (Warriors) 2 Points: Nathan Fien (Warriors) 1 Point: Steve Price (Warriors)

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Brisbane Broncos 36 def Canterbury Bulldogs 22 Round 25 - Sunday August 31st, 2008 3:00pm Venue: ANZ Stadium Referee: Jared Maxwell Touch Judges: Peter Kirby, Rod Lawrence Video Referee: Graeme West Half time: Broncos 18-12 Crowd: 7,685

Canterbury Bulldogs 22 Tries: Corey Hughes, Heka Nanai (2), Jarrad Hickey Goals: Hazem El Masri (3/4) Brisbane Broncos 36 Tries: Sam Thaiday (2), Justin Hodges (2), David Stagg, Joel Moon Goals: Corey Parker (6/6)

LeagueUnlimited.com Player of the Match 3 Points: Justin Hodges (Broncos) 2 Points: Matthew Utai (Bulldogs) 1 Point: Darren Lockyer (Broncos)

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Manly Sea Eagles 28 vs Gold Coast Titans 10 Round 25 - Monday September 1st, 2008 7:00pm Venue: Brookvale Oval Referee: Jason Robinson Touch Judges: Chris James, Jeff Younis Video Referee: Tim Mander Half time: Sea Eagles 10-6 Crowd: 14,755

Manly Sea Eagles 28 Tries: Glenn Hall, Steve Matai (2), Brett Stewart, Brent Kite Goals: Matt Orford (4/5) Gold Coast Titans 10 Tries: Gavin Cooper, Jordan Atkins Goals: Scott Prince (1/2)

LeagueUnlimited.com Player of the Match 3 Points: Anthony Watmough (Sea Eagles) 2 Points: Matt Orford (Sea Eagles) 1 Point: David Williams (Sea Eagles)

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With just one week to go in the minor premiership rounds, Manly half back Matt Orford has joined Dragons five eighth Jamie Soward at the top of the leader board on 23 points.

Not far away are Sharks half back Brett Kimmorley on 22 points and Raiders five eighth Terry Campese on 20 points. Neither player can be written off at this stage.

Orford has twice won the LeagueUnlimited.com Player of the Year Award, first in the Award's inaugural year in 2003 when he was playing for the Storm, and again in 2004 when he shared the Award with then Roosters half back Brett Finch. Orford has every chance to take out the Award for a record third time when Manly clash with the Panthers this coming weekend.

Soward has been in great form for the Dragons this year and held a handy lead up until a few weeks ago, but injuries intervened with the classy pivot being sidelined for the last fortnight. He is expected to make a return this week against his old club the Roosters, thereby setting up a classic finish to this year's LeagueUnlimited.com Player Awards.

Previous Winners 2003: Matt Orford (Storm) 2004: Brett Finch (Roosters) & Matt Orford (Storm) 2005: Andrew Johns (Knights) 2006: Cameron Smith (Storm) 2007: Cameron Smith (Storm)


23 points Matt Orford (Sea Eagles), Jamie Soward (Dragons)

22 points Brett Kimmorley (Sharks)

20 points Terry Campese (Raiders)

19 points Scott Prince (Titans), Billy Slater (Storm)

18 points Brett Finch (Eels)

17 points Braith Anasta (Roosters), Kurt Gidley (Knights)

16 points Cooper Cronk (Storm), Michael Ennis (Broncos), Glenn Stewart (Sea Eagles)

15 points Todd Carney (Raiders), Petero Civoniceva (Panthers), Chris Heighington (Tigers), Jarrod Mullen (Knights)

14 points Brett Hodgson (Tigers), Darren Lockyer (Broncos)

13 points Robbie Farah (Tigers), Craig Fitzgibbon (Roosters), Mitchell Pearce (Roosters), Cameron Smith (Storm), Sonny Bill Williams (Bulldogs)

12 points Greg Bird (Sharks), Greg Inglis (Storm), Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)

11 points Nathan Friend (Titans), Lance Hohaia (Warriors), Ben Hornby (Dragons), Benji Marshall (Tigers), Feleti Mateo (Eels), Frank Pritchard (Panthers), Chris Sandow (Rabbitohs), Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles), John Sutton (Rabbitohs), Peter Wallace (Broncos)

10 points Scott Dureau (Knights), Paul Gallen (Sharks), Jamie Lyon (Sea Eagles), Joel Monaghan (Raiders)

9 points Preston Campbell (Titans), Issac Luke (Rabbitohs), Jason Ryles (Dragons)

8 points Danny Buderus (Knights), Isaac De Gois (Sharks), Anthony Laffranchi (Titans), Luke Lewis (Panthers)

7 points Fraser Anderson (Sharks), Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels), Chris Houston (Knights), Adam MacDougall (Knights), Aaron Payne (Cowboys), Ben Pomeroy (Sharks), Alan Tongue (Raiders)

6 points Roy Asotasi (Rabbitohs), Ben Creagh (Dragons), Israel Folau (Storm), Ben Hannant (Broncos), Ian Henderson (Warriors), Steve Menzies (Sea Eagles), Sam Perrett (Roosters), Steve Price (Warriors), Andrew Ryan (Bulldogs), Jarrod Sammut (Panthers), Jeremy Smith (Storm)

5 points Chris Bailey (Knights), Luke Bailey (Titans), Nathan Cayless (Eels), Luke Covell (Sharks), Nathan Fien (Warriors), Mark Gasnier (Dragons), Michael Gordon (Panthers), Ryan Hoffman (Storm), Justin Hodges (Broncos), Karmichael Hunt (Broncos), Krisnan Inu (Eels), Brett Kearney (Sharks), Brent Kite (Sea Eagles), Michael Luck (Warriors), Sam Rapira (Warriors), Michael Robertson (Sea Eagles), Ben Ross (Sharks), Junior Sau (Knights), Brent Tate (Warriors), Sam Thaiday (Broncos), Manu Vatuvei (Warriors), Ruben Wiki (Warriors)

4 points Fraser Anderson (Sharks), Ray Cashmere (Cowboys), Rangi Chase (Dragons), Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs), Ashley Harrison (Titans), Jason King (Sea Eagles), Simon Mannering (Warriors), Willie Mason (Roosters), David Milne (Raiders), Mark O'Meley (Roosters), Grant Rovelli (Warriors), Brett Seymour (Sharks), Luke Stuart (Rabbitohs), Taulima Tautai (Eels), Trevor Thurling (Raiders), Anthony Tupou (Roosters), Anthony Watmough (Sea Eagles)

3 points Jordan Atkins (Titans), James Aubusson (Roosters), Colin Best (Raiders), Matt Bowen (Cowboys), Travis Burns (Cowboys), Justin Carney (Raiders), Matt Cooper (Dragons), Michael Crocker (Storm), Adam Cuthbertson (Sea Eagles), Greg Eastwood (Broncos), David Fa'alogo (Rabbitohs), Sione Faumuina (Cowboys), Mathew Head (Tigers), Michael Jennings (Panthers), Denan Kemp (Broncos), Nathan Merritt (Rabbitohs), Mark Minichiello (Titans), Wes Naiqama (Knights), George Ndaira (Rabbitohs), Amos Roberts (Roosters), Mat Rogers (Titans), Wendell Sailor (Dragons), Troy Thompson (Raiders), Willie Tonga (Bulldogs), Trent Waterhouse (Panthers), Carl Webb (Cowboys), Michael Witt (Warriors)

2 points Darius Boyd (Broncos), Luke Burt (Eels), Daniel Conn (Titans), Ben Cross (Knights), Luke Douglas (Sharks), Liam Fulton (Tigers), Wade Graham (Panthers), Glenn Hall (Sea Eagles), Jarryd Hayne (Eels), Matt Hilder (Knights), Michael Hodgson (Titans), Daniel Holdsworth (Bulldogs), Corey Hughes (Bulldogs), Dan Hunt (Dragons), Masada Iosefa (Panthers), Shaun Kenny-Dowall (Roosters), Chris Lawrence (Tigers), Heath L'Estrange (Sea Eagles), Jeff Lima (Storm), Steve Matai (Sea Eagles), Anthony Minichiello (Roosters), Tim Moltzen (Tigers), Nate Myles (Roosters), Jason Nightingale (Dragons), Luke O'Donnell (Cowboys), Lopini Paea (Roosters), Joe Picker (Raiders), Justin Poore (Dragons), Anthony Quinn (Storm), Reece Robinson (Broncos), Mark Riddell (Eels), Lagi Setu (Dragons), Brad Tighe (Panthers), Matthew Utai (Bulldogs), Danny Williams (Bulldogs), Reece Williams (Sharks), Tony Williams (Eels), Dean Young (Dragons)

1 point Mitchell Aubusson (Roosters), Ben Barba (Bulldogs), Maurice Blair (Panthers), Nick Bradley-Qualiwawa (Sea Eagles), Luke Capewell (Rabbitohs), Josh Cordoba (Eels), Brent Crisp (Bulldogs), Brett Delaney (Titans), Stuart Flanagan (Tigers), Shannon Gallant (Tigers), Michael Greenfield (Rabbitohs), Marc Herbert (Raiders), Jarrad Hickey (Bulldogs), Dallas Johnson (Storm), Wade McKinnon (Warriors), James McManus (Knights), PJ Marsh (Broncos), Josh Morris (Dragons), Frank-Paul Nuuausala (Roosters), Corey Parker (Broncos), Cory Paterson (Knights), Luke Patten (Bulldogs), Josh Perry (Titans), Tony Puletua (Panthers), Adrian Purtell (Raiders), Luke Rooney (Panthers), Nathan Smith (Panthers), Steve Southern (Cowboys), Lee Te Maari (Bulldogs), Ben Te'o (Tigers), Alan Tongue (Raiders), Anthony Watts (Cowboys), Michael Weyman (Raiders), Craig Wing (Rabbitohs), David Williams (Sea Eagles), Tim Winitana (Bulldogs)

The LeagueUnlimited.com players of the match are decided by our live score updaters and tallied here each week on Tuesday