Tuesday's Expert Wrap - NRL Round 23

We've arrived at the end of Round 23 of the 2014 National Rugby League Telstra Premiership! Check out all the results, reports and player of the year points right here.

The first Thursday night clash for the run into the finals took place this round with the Rabbitohs putting the cleaners through a poor Brisbane outfit, before the Bulldogs held out Parramatta on Friday at ANZ Stadium. On Saturday the Dragons managed to end their Canberra hoodoo at GIO, while the Storm and Roosters ran up big scores in their respective matches. Sunday's matches saw the Knights continuing to upset the applecart by downing the more fancied Warriors at home while the Sea Eagles held out a spirited Titans side at Robina. Monday's clash at the foot of the mountains had the Panthers kick home by a point over North Queensland.

Here's a look at the full results, scorers, player points and links to each match report for Round 23:


South Sydney Rabbitohs 42 Brisbane Broncos 16
Venue: ANZ Stadium
Date: Thursday 14 August 2014 at 7:45pm
Crowd: 14094
Halftime Score: South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 Brisbane Broncos 6

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Greg Inglis
2 points - Sam Burgess
1 point - Adam Reynolds

SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS (42)
Tries: Greg Inglis (3), Chris McQueen, Lote Tuqiri, Luke Keary, Kirisome Auva'a
Conversions: Adam Reynolds (6/6), Ben Lowe (1/1)

BRISBANE BRONCOS (16)
Tries: Justin Hodges, Sam Thaiday, Jack Reed
Conversions: Corey Parker (2/3)

Match Report: Rabbitohs flex premiership muscle with big win over Broncos - Tim Costello


Parramatta Eels 16 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 18
Venue: ANZ Stadium
Date: Friday 15 August 2014 at 7:45pm
Crowd: 30394
Halftime Score: Parramatta Eels 10 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 18

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Aiden Tolman
2 points - Sam Perrett
1 point - Jarryd Hayne

PARRAMATTA EELS (16)
Tries: Jarryd Hayne, Semi Radradra (2)
Conversions: Chris Sandow (2/3)

CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS (18)
Tries: Greg Eastwood, Mitch Brown, Aiden Tolman
Conversions: Trent Hodkinson (3/3)

Match Report: Dogs down Eels in controversial thriller - Aaron Thomas


Canberra Raiders 16 St. George Illawarra Dragons 34
Venue: GIO Stadium
Date: Saturday 16 August 2014 at 3:00pm
Crowd: 10318
Halftime Score: Canberra Raiders 12 St. George Illawarra Dragons 10

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Gareth Widdop
2 points - Brett Morris
1 point - Jordan Rapana

CANBERRA RAIDERS (16)
Tries: Josh Papalii, Jarrod Croker, Jordan Rapana
Conversions: Jarrod Croker (2/3)

ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS (34)
Tries: Brett Morris (3), Josh Dugan, Peter Mata'utia, Jason Nightingale (2)
Conversions: Gareth Widdop (3/7)

Match Report: Red letter day as Dragons reverse the curse - Paul Jobber


Melbourne Storm 48 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 6
Venue: AAMI Park
Date: Saturday 16 August 2014 at 5:30pm
Crowd: 12186
Halftime Score: Melbourne Storm 30 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 0

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Jesse Bromwich
2 points - Billy Slater
1 point - Cooper Cronk

MELBOURNE STORM (48)
Tries: Marika Koroibete, Mahe Fonua (2), Sisa Waqa, Jesse Bromwich, Will Chambers, Tim Glasby (2), Jordan McLean
Conversions: Cameron Smith (6/9)

CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS (6)
Tries: Valentine Holmes
Conversions: Michael Gordon (1/1)

Match Report: Storm sink struggling Sharks - Dan Nichols


Wests Tigers 4 Sydney Roosters 48
Venue: Leichhardt Oval
Date: Saturday 16 August 2014 at 7:30pm
Crowd: 5297
Halftime Score: Wests Tigers 0 Sydney Roosters 8

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Anthony Minichiello
2 points - James Maloney
1 point - Sam Moa

WESTS TIGERS (4)
Tries: Jy Hitchcox
Conversions: Cory Paterson (0/1)

SYDNEY ROOSTERS (48)
Tries: Michael Jennings, Sam Moa, Anthony Minichiello (2), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Daniel Tupou, Mitchell Pearce
Conversions: James Maloney (7/8)
Penalty Goals: James Maloney (1/1)

Match Report: Roosters Crow at Tigers Wet Weather Misery - Josh Robertson


Newcastle Knights 28 New Zealand Warriors 22
Venue: Hunter Stadium
Date: Sunday 17 August 2014 at 2:00pm
Crowd: 12733
Halftime Score: Newcastle Knights 14 New Zealand Warriors 10

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Sione Mata'utia
2 points - Kurt Gidley
1 point - David Fusitua

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS (28)
Tries: Sione Mata'utia (3), Joseph Leilua, Chanel Mata'utia
Conversions: Kurt Gidley (2/5)
Penalty Goals: Kurt Gidley (2/2)

NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS (22)
Tries: David Fusitua (2), Manu Vatuvei (2), Nathan Friend
Conversions: Chad Townsend (1/5)

Match Report: Controversial try helps the Knights to thrilling win - Josh Robertson


Gold Coast Titans 12 Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 15
Venue: Cbus Super Stadium
Date: Sunday 17 August 2014 at 3:00pm
Crowd: 11940
Halftime Score: Gold Coast Titans 6 Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 6

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Brett Stewart
2 points - James Roberts
1 point - Daly Cherry-Evans

GOLD COAST TITANS (12)
Tries: James Roberts, Kalifa Faifai Loa
Conversions: Aidan Sezer (2/2)

MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES (15)
Tries: Kieran Foran, Brett Stewart
Field Goals: Daly Cherry-Evans (1/1)
Conversions: Jamie Lyon (2/2)
Penalty Goals: Jamie Lyon (1/1)

Match Report: Manly outlast willing Titans - Tim Costello


Penrith Panthers 23 North Queensland Cowboys 22
Venue: Sportingbet Stadium
Date: Monday 18 August 2014 at 7:00pm
Crowd: 7276
Halftime Score: Penrith Panthers 16 North Queensland Cowboys 12

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

PENRITH PANTHERS (23)
Tries: Jamie Soward (2), Jeremy Latimore, Josh Mansour
Field Goals: Matt Moylan (1/1)
Conversions: Jamie Soward (0/2), Matt Moylan (2/2)
Penalty Goals: Jamie Soward (1/1)

NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS (22)
Tries: Kane Linnett, Glenn Hall, Robert Lui, Antonio Winterstein
Conversions: Johnathan Thurston (3/4)

Match Report: Moylan rains on Cowboys on parade - Justin Davies


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 | Round 18 | Round 19 | Round 20 | Round 21 |
Round 22

DRAW & RESULTS: Click here

FULL NRL LADDER: Click here


LeagueUnlimited.com Player of the Year Leaderboard
updated after Round 23 (includes all rep fixtures)

32 points - Jarryd Hayne, Johnathan Thurston

28 points - Ben Hunt, Gareth Widdop

25 points - Sam Burgess

20 points - Josh Reynolds, Peter Wallace

19 points - Cooper Cronk, Brett Stewart, Jamie Soward

16 points - Chris Sandow

15 points - Michael Morgan

14 points - Jesse Bromwich

13 points - Billy Slater, Daly Cherry-Evans

12 points - Shaun Johnson, Dylan Walker, Cameron Smith, Jarrod Croker, Matt Moylan

11 points - Kieran Foran, Josh Dugan, Adam Reynolds, James Maloney

10 points - Aaron Woods, James Graham, Anthony Milford, Steve Matai, Greg Inglis

9 points - Robbie Farah, Albert Kelly, Mitchell Pearce, Timoteo Lafai, Jarrod Mullen, Sam Tomkins, Brett Morris, Sam Moa

8 points - Pat Richards, Luke Brooks, Beau Scott, Corey Parker, Jason Taumalolo

7 points - George Burgess, Josh Mansour, Paul Gallen, James Segeyaro, Dave Taylor, Anthony Minichiello, Kurt Gidley

6 points - Jake Friend, Paul Carter, Aidan Sezer, Greg Bird, Semi Radradra, James Tedesco, Jake Mamo, Todd Carney, Terry Campese, Tyrone Roberts, Konrad Hurrell, Benji Marshall, Manu Vatuvei, Jeff Robson, Aiden Tolman

5 points - Josh Jackson, Tyrone Peachey, Sonny Bill Williams, Daniel Tupou, Jamie Buhrer, Jason Nightingale, Simon Mannering, Aidan Guerra, Darius Boyd, Mitchell Moses, Andrew Fifita, Jacob Gagan, Dean Whare, Jamie Lyon, Andrew McCullough, Sisa Waqa, Kade Snowden, Boyd Cordner, Sione Mata'utia

4 points - John Sutton, Trent Merrin, Jorge Taufua, Sam Thaiday, David Simmons, Antonio Winterstein, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, David Mead, Trent Hodkinson, Matthew Scott, Michael Jennings, Sam Rapira, Issac Luke, Ben Barba, Chris Sandow

3 points - Nathan Friend, Ben Hannant, Brenton Lawrence, Lachlan Maranta, Josh Hoffman, Ben Matulino, Kane Linnett, Cory Paterson, Ben Hampton, Glen Fisiiahi, Anthony Watmough, Joseph Leilua, Penani Manumalealii, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Matt Ballin, David Nofoaluma, William Zillman, Michael Gordon, Ricky Leutele, Daniel Mortimer, Will Chambers, Peta Hiku, Alex Johnston, Ngani Laumape, Sam Perrett

2 points - Manu Ma'u, Nathan Peats, William Hopoate, Jamal Idris, James Tamou, Cheyse Blair, Justin Hodges, James McManus, Sam Kasiano, Adam Quinlan, Josh McCrone, Willie Mason, James Gavet, Robert Lui, Josh McGuire, Daniel Vidot, Josh Morris, Pauli Pauli, Ryan Hoffman, Ben Henry, Michael Ennis, Clinton Gutherson, Mitch Brown, Dale Copley, Blake Austin, Ryan Hinchcliffe, Nate Myles, Tony Williams, Tautau Moga, Chad Townsend, James Roberts

1 point - Ken Sio, Tyson Frizell, Tariq Sims, Ethan Lowe, Joel Reddy, Tinirau Arona, David Klemmer, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Martin Kennedy, Young Tonumaipea, Ben Te'o, Luke Douglas, Paul Vaughan, Chris McQueen, Gavin Cooper, Adam Blair, Jacob Lillyman, Chase Stanley, Wade Graham, Jayson Bukuya, Shaun Fensom, Nathan Stapleton, Kaysa Pritchard, Carlos Tuimavave, Corey Thompson, Mark Minichiello, Dane Gagai, David Hala, Ashton Sims, Mahe Fonua, Keith Lulia, Adam Docker, Valentine Holmes, Tuimoala Lolohea, Marika Koroibete, Lote Tuqiri, Jordan Ropana, David Fusitu'a

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