Tuesday's Expert Wrap - NRL Round 24

We've arrived at the end of Round 24 of the 2014 National Rugby League Telstra Premiership! Check out all the results, reports and player of the year points right here.

The Bulldogs drew a paltry crowd of less than 10,000 when they faced the Wests Tigers on Thursday night at ANZ Stadium, the 'Dogs stringing back-to-back wins together and keeping their top four aspirations in play by downing the lowly visitors. A fuller Pirtek Stadium on Friday saw the Eels upset competition leaders Manly, then on Saturday the Broncos put the cleaners through Newcastle at Suncorp to stay in the race for the eight themselves. Later that night the Cowboys stunned the second-placed Rabbitohs with a comfortable victory on the back of an outstanding first half.

Sunday bought a triple header for the first time in a long while - it opened with the Roosters dusting up the Warriors at Mt Smart, before a dour contest at Remondis Stadium saw the Raiders seemingly consign the Cronulla outfit to their first wooden spoon since 1969. The Dragons kept pace with the Broncos by comfortably defeating an out-of-sorts Gold Coast Titans at Kogarah in the 3pm match, while Monday night footy was run and won by the Melbourne Storm over Penrith.

Here's a look at the full results, scorers, player points and links to each match report for Round 24:


Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 30 Wests Tigers 10
Venue: ANZ Stadium
Date: Thursday 21 August 2014 at 7:45pm
Crowd: 9877
Halftime Score: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24 Wests Tigers 0

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Josh Jackson
2 points - Aaron Woods
1 point - Timoteo Lafai

CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS (30)
Tries: Josh Jackson, Corey Thompson, Timoteo Lafai (2), Michael Ennis
Conversions: Trent Hodkinson (5/5)

WESTS TIGERS (10)
Tries: Luke Brooks, Aaron Woods
Conversions: Cory Paterson (1/2)

Match Report: Bulldogs' bite too strong for Tigers' roar - Yasmine Baddah


Parramatta Eels 22 Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 12
Venue: Pirtek Stadium
Date: Friday 22 August 2014 at 7:45pm
Crowd: 17706
Halftime Score: Parramatta Eels 0 Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 12

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Chris Sandow
2 points - Ken Edwards
1 point - Jarryd Hayne

PARRAMATTA EELS (22)
Tries: Ken Edwards, Semi Radradra, William Hopoate, Vai Toutai
Conversions: Chris Sandow (3/4)

MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES (12)
Tries: Jorge Taufua, Peta Hiku
Conversions: Jamie Lyon (1/2)
Penalty Goals: Jamie Lyon (1/1)

Match Report: Electric Eels Keep Season Alive - Rick Edgerton


Brisbane Broncos 48 Newcastle Knights 6
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Date: Saturday 23 August 2014 at 5:30pm
Crowd: 22282
Halftime Score: Brisbane Broncos 14 Newcastle Knights 0

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Justin Hodges
2 points - Ben Barba
1 point - Corey Parker

BRISBANE BRONCOS (48)
Tries: Daniel Vidot, Matt Gillett, Jack Reed (2), Lachlan Maranta, Ben Barba (3), Corey Oates
Conversions: Corey Parker (4/5), Ben Hunt (2/4)

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS (6)
Tries: Korbin Sims
Conversions: Kurt Gidley (1/1)

Match Report: Brisbane embarrassed Newcastle to keep finals hopes alive - Aaron Thomas


South Sydney Rabbitohs 10 North Queensland Cowboys 22
Venue: ANZ Stadium
Date: Saturday 23 August 2014 at 7:30pm
Crowd: 17171
Halftime Score: South Sydney Rabbitohs 0 North Queensland Cowboys 16

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Johnathan Thurston
2 points - Michael Morgan
1 point - Jason Taumalolo

SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS (10)
Tries: Joe Picker, Alex Johnston
Conversions: Adam Reynolds (1/1), Issac Luke (0/1)

NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS (22)
Tries: Jason Taumalolo, Kyle Feldt (2), Antonio Winterstein
Conversions: Johnathan Thurston (2/4)
Penalty Goals: Johnathan Thurston (1/1)

Match Report: Thurston thrill-show sinks Souths summit step - Justin Davies


New Zealand Warriors 12 Sydney Roosters 46
Venue: Mt Smart Stadium
Date: Sunday 24 August 2014 at 12:00pm
Crowd: 19676
Halftime Score: New Zealand Warriors 6 Sydney Roosters 16

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

NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS (12)
Tries: Sam Tomkins, Ngani Laumape
Conversions: Shaun Johnson (2/2)

SYDNEY ROOSTERS (46)
Tries: Aidan Guerra, Michael Jennings (2), Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Anthony Minichiello, Sam Moa, Isaac Liu, Boyd Cordner
Conversions: James Maloney (7/8)

Match Report: Ref Goes Down In Warm-Up, As Roosters Dominate - Josh Robertson


Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 12 Canberra Raiders 22
Venue: Remondis Stadium
Date: Sunday 24 August 2014 at 2:00pm
Crowd: 13496
Halftime Score: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 6 Canberra Raiders 0

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Anthony Milford
2 points - Jarrod Croker
1 point - Mitch Cornish

CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS (12)
Tries: Sosaia Feki, Tim Robinson
Conversions: Michael Gordon (2/2)

CANBERRA RAIDERS (22)
Tries: Matt McIlwrick, Jarrod Croker, Anthony Milford (2)
Conversions: Jarrod Croker (3/4)

Match Report: Raiders inflict more pain on ravaged Sharks - Josh Howe


St. George Illawarra Dragons 34 Gold Coast Titans 6
Venue: Jubilee Oval
Date: Sunday 24 August 2014 at 3:00pm
Crowd: 9584
Halftime Score: St. George Illawarra Dragons 16 Gold Coast Titans 0

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Benji Marshall
2 points - Josh Dugan
1 point - Jack de Belin

ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS (34)
Tries: Benji Marshall, Brett Morris, Jason Nightingale, Josh Dugan, Gerard Beale, Joel Thompson
Conversions: Gareth Widdop (5/6)

GOLD COAST TITANS (6)
Tries: Anthony Don
Conversions: Aidan Sezer (1/1)

Match Report: Red V masterclass outshines Titans - Tim Costello


Penrith Panthers 10 Melbourne Storm 24
Venue: Sportingbet Stadium
Date: Monday 25 August 2014 at 7:00pm
Crowd: 8994
Halftime Score: Penrith Panthers 6 Melbourne Storm 10

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

PENRITH PANTHERS (10)
Tries: Dallin Watene Zelezniak, Jamal Idris
Conversions: Jamie Soward (1/1), Matt Moylan (0/1)

MELBOURNE STORM (24)
Tries: Marika Koroibete, Will Chambers, Ben Roberts, Billy Slater
Conversions: Cameron Smith (3/4)
Penalty Goals: Cameron Smith (1/1)

Match Report: Melbourne tame errant Panthers - 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 Round 23

DRAW & RESULTS: Click here

FULL NRL LADDER: Click here


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

35 points - Johnathan Thurston

33 points - Jarryd Hayne

28 points - Ben Hunt, Gareth Widdop

25 points - Sam Burgess

20 points - Josh Reynolds, Peter Wallace, Cooper Cronk

19 points - Brett Stewart, Jamie Soward

17 points - Michael Morgan

16 points - Chris Sandow, Billy Slater

14 points - Jesse Bromwich, James Maloney, Jarrod Croker

13 points - Daly Cherry-Evans, Anthony Milford, Josh Dugan

12 points - Shaun Johnson, Dylan Walker, Cameron Smith, Matt Moylan, Aaron Woods

11 points - Kieran Foran, Adam Reynolds

10 points - James Graham, Steve Matai, Greg Inglis, Timoteo Lafai

9 points - Robbie Farah, Albert Kelly, Mitchell Pearce, Jarrod Mullen, Sam Tomkins, Brett Morris, Sam Moa, Corey Parker, Jason Taumalolo, Benji Marshall

8 points - Pat Richards, Luke Brooks, Beau Scott, Josh Jackson, Anthony Minichiello

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

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

5 points - 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, Justin Hodges

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

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, 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, Kenny Edwards, Isaac Liu, Ben 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 Fusitua, Mitch Cornish, Jack de Belin

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