Tuesday's Expert Wrap - NRL Round 18

We've arrived at the end of Round 18 of the 2014 National Rugby League Telstra Premiership! Check out all the results, reports and player of the year points right here.

After Queensland picked up a big Origin III win last Wednesday, the weekend's action kicked off with an emphatic Manly victory over the Tigers at Brookvale, and continued Saturday with the Warriors running up plenty of points against Parramatta in Auckland. The Storm and Bulldogs opted for fewer points, the Bulldogs triumphing by just two in Melbourne. Sunday saw the Raiders surprise the Titans at Robina before the Sharks were run down by Newcastle in front of a healthy Remondis Stadium crowd. Penrith wrapped up the round with a one-point win over a never-say-die Broncos outfit at the footy of the mountains on Monday night.

Here's a look at the full results, scorers, player points and links to each match report for Origin III and Round 18:


Queensland Maroons 32 New South Wales Blues 8
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Crowd: 50155
Halftime Score: Queensland Maroons 6 New South Wales Blues 2

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Corey Parker
2 points - Aidan Guerra
1 point - Beau Scott

QUEENSLAND MAROONS (32)
Tries: Cameron Smith, Billy Slater, Darius Boyd, Aidan Guerra, Cooper Cronk
Conversions: Johnathan Thurston (5/5)
Penalty Goals: Johnathan Thurston (1/1)

NEW SOUTH WALES BLUES (8)
Tries: Josh Dugan
Conversions: Trent Hodkinson (1/1)
Penalty Goals: Trent Hodkinson (1/1)

Match Report: Queensland dampen Blues' celebrations with dominant victory - Justin Davies


Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 40 Wests Tigers 8
Venue: Brookvale Oval
Date: Friday 11 July 2014 at 7:45pm
Crowd: 13432
Halftime Score: Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 22 Wests Tigers 0

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Kieran Foran
2 points - Clinton Gutherson
1 point - Brett Stewart

MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES (40)
Tries: Peta Hiku (2), Kieran Foran (2), Clinton Gutherson, Brett Stewart, Daly Cherry-Evans
Conversions: Jamie Lyon (6/7)

WESTS TIGERS (8)
Tries: Keith Lulia, David Nofoaluma
Conversions: Blake Austin (0/2)

Match Report: Manly embarrass Wests Tigers at Brookvale - Aaron Thomas


New Zealand Warriors 48 Parramatta Eels 0
Venue: Mt Smart Stadium
Date: Saturday 12 July 2014 at 7:30pm
Crowd: 14087
Halftime Score: New Zealand Warriors 36 Parramatta Eels 0

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Sam Tomkins
2 points - Simon Mannering
1 point - Shaun Johnson

NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS (48)
Tries: David Fusitua, Shaun Johnson, Sam Tomkins (2), Konrad Hurrell, Simon Mannering, Ben Henry, Chad Townsend
Conversions: Shaun Johnson (8/8)

PARRAMATTA EELS (0)

Match Report: Brilliant Warriors take down Hayne-less Eels - Nathan Rizk


Melbourne Storm 4 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 6
Venue: AAMI Park
Date: Saturday 12 July 2014 at 7:30pm
Crowd: 13149
Halftime Score: Melbourne Storm 4 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 0

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - James Graham
2 points - Mitch Brown
1 point - Trent Hodkinson

MELBOURNE STORM (4)
Tries: Kevin Proctor
Conversions: Cameron Smith (0/1)
Penalty Goals: Cameron Smith (0/1)

CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS (6)
Tries: Sam Kasiano
Conversions: Trent Hodkinson (1/1)

Match Report: Bulldogs bark through the cold in Melbourne - Josh Robertson


Gold Coast Titans 20 Canberra Raiders 36
Venue: Cbus Super Stadium
Date: Sunday 13 July 2014 at 2:00pm
Crowd: 10574
Halftime Score: Gold Coast Titans 10 Canberra Raiders 20

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Anthony Milford
2 points - Jarrod Croker
1 points - Dave Taylor

GOLD COAST TITANS (20)
Tries: James Roberts, Kevin Gordon, Kalifa Faifai Loa (2)
Conversions: Kevin Gordon (2/4)

CANBERRA RAIDERS (36)
Tries: Brenko Lee, Jarrod Croker, Anthony Milford (2), Shaun Fensom, Josh McCrone
Conversions: Jarrod Croker (5/6)
Penalty Goals: Jarrod Croker (1/1)

Match Report: Raiders railroad tepid Titans - Tim Costello & Aaron Thomas


Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 18 Newcastle Knights 31
Venue: Remondis Stadium
Date: Sunday 13 July 2014 at 3:00pm
Crowd: 17242
Halftime Score: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 18 Newcastle Knights 6

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Kurt Gidley
2 points - Kade Snowden
1 points - Michael Gordon

CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS (18)
Tries: Jeff Robson, Michael Gordon, Sosaia Feki
Field Goals: Jeff Robson (0/1)
Conversions: Michael Gordon (3/3)

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS (31)
Tries: Willie Mason, Kurt Gidley, Akuila Uate, Beau Scott, Jarrod Mullen
Field Goals: Kurt Gidley (1/1)
Conversions: Kurt Gidley (5/5)

Match Report: Cronulla collapses as Knights surge home - Aaron Thomas


Penrith Panthers 35 Brisbane Broncos 34
Venue: Sportingbet Stadium Penrith
Date: Monday 14 July 2014 at 7:00pm
Crowd: 12439
Halftime Score: Penrith Panthers 18 Brisbane Broncos 18

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Matt Moylan
2 points - Jamie Soward
1 point - Corey Parker

PENRITH PANTHERS (35)
Tries: Elijah Taylor, Matt Moylan, Kevin Naiqama (2), Dean Whare, Lewis Brown
Field Goals: Matt Moylan (1/1)
Conversions: Jamie Soward (5/6)

BRISBANE BRONCOS (34)
Tries: Dale Copley, Justin Hodges, Jake Granville, Jack Reed, Daniel Vidot, Corey Oates
Conversions: Corey Parker (5/6)

Match Report: Panthers prevail in a thriller - Rick Edgerton


NRL 2014 - looking back:

TUESDAYS EXPERT - detailed results & reports:
Round 1 | Round 2 | Round 3 | Round 4 | Round 5 | Round 6 |
Round 7 | Round 8 | Rep Rnd | Round 9 | Round 10 | Round 11 |
Round 12 | Round 13 | Round 14 | Round 15 | Round 16
Round 17

DRAW & RESULTS: Click here

FULL NRL LADDER: Click here


LeagueUnlimited.com Player of the Year Leaderboard
updated after Round 18 (includes all rep fixtures played)

22 points - Johnathan Thurston, Jarryd Hayne, Ben Hunt, Gareth Widdop

20 points - Josh Reynolds, Peter Wallace

17 points - Sam Burgess

14 points - Chris Sandow

13 points - Brett Stewart

12 points - Shaun Johnson

11 points - Jesse Bromwich, Jarrod Croker, Jamie Soward

10 points - Aaron Woods, Cooper Cronk, Cameron Smith, James Graham, Anthony Milford

9 points - Dylan Walker, Daly Cherry-Evans, Robbie Farah, Albert Kelly, Mitchell Pearce, Timoteo Lafai, Jarrod Mullen, Kieran Foran, Sam Tomkins, Matt Moylan

8 points - Billy Slater, Pat Richards, Josh Dugan, Michael Morgan, Luke Brooks, Beau Scott

7 points - George Burgess, Greg Inglis, Josh Mansour, Paul Gallen

6 points - Jake Friend, Paul Carter, Aidan Sezer, Greg Bird, Semi Radradra, James Tedesco, Jake Mamo, Todd Carney, Terry Campese, Corey Parker

5 points - Sam Moa, Konrad Hurrell, Jason Taumalolo, Josh Jackson, Tyrone Peachey, Sonny Bill Williams, Daniel Tupou, Brett Morris, Adam Reynolds, James Maloney, Steve Matai, Benji Marshall, Jamie Buhrer, Jason Nightingale, Jeff Robson, Simon Mannering

4 points - John Sutton, Anthony Minichiello, Trent Merrin, Jorge Taufua, Sam Thaiday, Andrew McCullough, David Simmons, Antonio Winterstein, Darius Boyd, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Dean Whare, David Mead, Trent Hodkinson, Kade Snowden

3 points - Nathan Friend, Ben Hannant, Tyrone Roberts, Brenton Lawrence, Lachlan Maranta, Josh Hoffman, Ben Matulino, Manu Vatuvei, Kane Linnett, Matthew Scott, Cory Paterson, Ben Hampton, Glen Fisiiahi, Anthony Watmough, Joseph Leilua, Aiden Tolman, Penani Manumalealii, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Jamie Lyon, Matt Ballin, David Nofoaluma, Jacob Gagan, William Zillman, Aidan Guerra, Dave Taylor, Kurt Gidley, Michael Gordon

2 points - Manu Ma'u, Ricky Leutele, Nathan Peats, Sisa Waqa, William Hopoate, Jamal Idris, James Tamou, Cheyse Blair, Justin Hodges, James Segeyaro, James McManus, Sam Kasiano, Adam Quinlan, Josh McCrone, Andrew Fifita, Michael Jennings, Willie Mason, James Gavet, Sam Rapira, Robert Lui, Josh McGuire, Mitchell Moses, Daniel Vidot, Josh Morris, Pauli Pauli, Will Chambers, Ryan Hoffman, Ben Henry, Ben Barba, Michael Ennis, Clinton Gutherson, Mitch Brown

1 points - Ken Sio, Tyson Frizell, Tariq Sims, Ethan Lowe, Nate Myles, Dale Copley, Joel Reddy, Tinirau Arona, David Klemmer, Peta Hiku, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Boyd Cordner, Martin Kennedy, Young Tonumaipea, Ben Te'o, Luke Douglas, Paul Vaughan, Chris McQueen, Gavin Cooper, Adam Blair, Jacob Lillyman, Chase Stanley, Wade Graham, Sam Perrett, Jayson Bukuya, Shaun Fensom, Nathan Stapleton, Tony Williams, Kaysa Pritchard, Carlos Tuimavave, Corey Thompson, Mark Minichiello, Daniel Mortimer, Dane Gagai, David Hala, Ashton Sims

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