Tuesday's Expert Wrap - NRL Round 25

We've arrived at the end of Round 25 of the 2014 National Rugby League Telstra Premiership! Check out all the results, reports and player of the year points right here.

The penultimate round of the regular season again kicked off on Thursday night with the Bulldogs and Rabbitohs slogging it out at ANZ Stadium in a physical clash. The Rabbitohs took that one to ensure they maintained a chance of claiming the minor premiership. On Friday the Broncos knocked the Dragons out of the race for the eight, then on Saturday the Knights derailed the Hayne Train to put a big dent in the Eels' chances of qualifying. The 5:30pm game then saw the Raiders down the Tigers in a dour contest which had no bearing on the premiership race. Saturday night closed with a high quality contest between the Roosters and Storm, with the reigning premiers dominating the second half to record a 24-12 win at Allianz.

Sunday's matches saw the Warriors wallop the Titans 42-0 to keep themselves in the hunt, then a top-four thriller where Manly pipped Penrith on the bell to maintain their first place on the table. The loss now leaves the Panthers at risk of falling outside the eight. On Monday, the Cowboys did it tough but eventually grabbed a golden point win over the last-placed Sharks in Townsville.

Here's a look at the full results, scorers, player points and links to each match report for Round 25:


Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 14 South Sydney Rabbitohs 21
Venue: ANZ Stadium
Date: Thursday 28 August 2014 at 7:45pm
Crowd: 20424
Halftime Score: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 12 South Sydney Rabbitohs 6

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Sam Burgess
2 points - James Graham
1 point - George Burgess

CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS (14)
Tries: Mitch Brown, Michael Ennis
Conversions: Trent Hodkinson (2/2)
Penalty Goals: Trent Hodkinson (1/1)

SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS (21)
Tries: Sam Burgess (2), Lote Tuqiri
Field Goals: Adam Reynolds (1/1)
Conversions: Adam Reynolds (3/3)
Penalty Goals: Adam Reynolds (1/1)

Match Report: Bunnies chase the Dogs back into the kennel - Yasmine Baddah


Brisbane Broncos 30 St. George Illawarra Dragons 22
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Date: Friday 29 August 2014 at 7:45pm
Crowd: 36720
Halftime Score: Brisbane Broncos 24 St. George Illawarra Dragons 4

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Ben Hunt
2 points - Justin Hodges
1 point - Matt Gillett

BRISBANE BRONCOS (30)
Tries: Ben Hunt (2), Matt Gillett (2), Daniel Vidot
Conversions: Corey Parker (5/5)

ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS (22)
Tries: Jason Nightingale, Josh Dugan, Joel Thompson, Peter Mata'utia
Conversions: Gareth Widdop (3/4)

Match Report: Broncos bolt home despite controversial circumstances - Aaron Thomas


Newcastle Knights 42 Parramatta Eels 12
Venue: Hunter Stadium
Date: Saturday 30 August 2014 at 3:00pm
Crowd: 18558
Halftime Score: Newcastle Knights 8 Parramatta Eels 12

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Chanel Mata'utia
2 points - Sione Mata'utia
1 point - Dane Gagai

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS (42)
Tries: Sione Mata'utia (2), Jarrod Mullen, Chanel Mata'utia (3), Beau Scott, Joseph Leilua
Conversions: Kurt Gidley (5/8)

PARRAMATTA EELS (12)
Tries: William Hopoate, Tepai Moeroa
Conversions: Chris Sandow (2/2)

Match Report: Knights golden as Eels stumble on finals charge - Justin Davies


Canberra Raiders 27 Wests Tigers 12
Venue: GIO Stadium
Date: Saturday 30 August 2014 at 5:30pm
Crowd: 8287
Halftime Score: Canberra Raiders 12 Wests Tigers 0

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

CANBERRA RAIDERS (27)
Tries: Bill Tupou, Jack Wighton, Josh Papalii, Anthony Milford
Field Goals: Anthony Milford (1/1)
Conversions: Jarrod Croker (4/4)
Penalty Goals: Jarrod Croker (1/1)

WESTS TIGERS (12)
Tries: Blake Austin, Martin Taupau
Conversions: Pat Richards (2/2)

Match Report: Raiders dominate Tigers in dead rubber - Tim Costello


Sydney Roosters 24 Melbourne Storm 12
Venue: Allianz Stadium
Date: Saturday 30 August 2014 at 7:30pm
Crowd: 13879
Halftime Score: Sydney Roosters 6 Melbourne Storm 6

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - James Maloney
2 points - Mitchell Pearce
1 point - Billy Slater

SYDNEY ROOSTERS (24)
Tries: Daniel Tupou (2), James Maloney, Aidan Guerra
Conversions: James Maloney (3/4)
Penalty Goals: James Maloney (1/1)

MELBOURNE STORM (12)
Tries: Billy Slater (2)
Conversions: Cameron Smith (2/2)

Match Report: Roosters survive a Storm surge - Josh Robertson


New Zealand Warriors 42 Gold Coast Titans 0
Venue: Mt Smart Stadium
Date: Sunday 31 August 2014 at 2:00pm
Crowd: 13540
Halftime Score: New Zealand Warriors 30 Gold Coast Titans 0

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

NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS (42)
Tries: Ben Henry, Shaun Johnson, Dominique Peyroux, Nathan Friend, Sam Tomkins (2), Konrad Hurrell
Conversions: Shaun Johnson (7/7)

GOLD COAST TITANS (0)
No scorers

Match Report: Warriors execute 84-point turnaround - Tim Costello


Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 26 Penrith Panthers 25
Venue: Brookvale Oval
Date: Sunday 31 August 2014 at 3:00pm
Crowd: 18654
Halftime Score: Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 6 Penrith Panthers 16

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

MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES (26)
Tries: Jamie Buhrer, Jamie Lyon, Tom Symonds (2), James Hasson
Conversions: Jamie Lyon (3/5)

PENRITH PANTHERS (25)
Tries: Nigel Plum, Jamie Soward, Josh Mansour, Jamal Idris
Field Goals: Jamie Soward (0/1), Matt Moylan (1/1)
Conversions: Jamie Soward (3/4)
Penalty Goals: Jamie Soward (1/1)

Match Report: Sea Eagles pluck victory from jaws of defeat - Aaron Thomas


North Queensland Cowboys 20 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 19
Venue: 1300SMILES Stadium
Date: Monday 1 September 2014 at 7:00pm
Crowd: 11712
Halftime Score: North Queensland Cowboys 12 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 12

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Johnathan Thurston
2 points - Chris Heighington
1 point - Sosaia Feki

NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS (20)
Tries: Jason Taumalolo (2), Johnathan Thurston
Field Goals: Johnathan Thurston (2/2)
Conversions: Johnathan Thurston (3/3)

CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS (19)
Tries: Pat Politoni, Sosaia Feki (2)
Field Goals: Daniel Holdsworth (1/1)
Conversions: Michael Gordon (3/3)

Match Report: Brave Sharks go down in Golden Point - Dan Nichols


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 Round 24

DRAW & RESULTS: Click here

FULL NRL LADDER: Click here


LeagueUnlimited.com Player of the Year Leaderboard
updated after Round 25 (includes all rep fixtures)

38 points - Johnathan Thurston

33 points - Jarryd Hayne

31 points - Ben Hunt

28 points - Gareth Widdop, Sam Burgess

20 points - Josh Reynolds, Peter Wallace, Cooper Cronk, Jamie Soward

19 points - Brett Stewart

17 points - Michael Morgan, James Maloney, Billy Slater

16 points - Chris Sandow, Anthony Milford

15 points - Shaun Johnson, Matt Moylan

14 points - Jesse Bromwich, Jarrod Croker

13 points - Daly Cherry-Evans, Josh Dugan

12 points - Dylan Walker, Cameron Smith, Aaron Woods, James Graham

11 points - Kieran Foran, Adam Reynolds, Mitchell Pearce, Sam Tomkins

10 points - Steve Matai, Greg Inglis, Timoteo Lafai

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

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

7 points - Josh Mansour, Paul Gallen, James Segeyaro, Dave Taylor, Kurt Gidley, Chris Sandow, Justin Hodges, Sione Mata'utia, Jamie Lyon

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, Andrew McCullough, Sisa Waqa, Kade Snowden, Boyd Cordner

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, Nathan Friend

3 points - 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, Chanel Mata'utia, Mitch Cornish, Blake Austin

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, Ryan Hinchcliffe, Nate Myles, Tony Williams, Tautau Moga, Chad Townsend, James Roberts, Kenny Edwards, Isaac Liu, Ben Roberts, Dane Gagai, Chris Heighington

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, David Hala, Ashton Sims, Mahe Fonua, Keith Lulia, Adam Docker, Valentine Holmes, Tuimoala Lolohea, Marika Koroibete, Lote Tuqiri, Jordan Ropana, David Fusitua, Jack de Belin, Matt Gillett, Sosaia Feki

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