Tuesday's Expert Wrap - NRL Round 9

We've arrived at the end of the Round 9 of the 2014 National Rugby League Telstra Premiership! Check out all the results, reports and player of the year points right here.

The NRL returned to our screens and the field and it certainly looks like it was a round that sorted the wheat from the chaff. Reigning premiers the Sydney Roosters thumped the Wests Tigers on Friday night, while the Cowboys put the Broncos in their place up in Townsville. The Warriors flexed their muscle against a hapless Canberra on Saturday, while the Rabbitohs scored an emphatic win over Gold Coast as well. Super Saturday wrapped up with Melbourne pipping Manly at the post.

Sunday saw the Panthers demoralise a poor Newcastle Knights outfit before the Bulldogs ran similar rings around arch-rivals the Dragons to maintain their lofty perch at the top of the NRL table. Monday night saw the Eels stave off a competitive Sharks outfit and consign the Shire men to the bottom of the ladder.

Below we have a look at how Round Nine played out...

Sydney Roosters 30 Wests Tigers 6
Venue: Allianz Stadium
Date: Friday 9 May 2014 at 7:40pm
Crowd: 16024
Halftime Score: Sydney Roosters 14 Wests Tigers 0

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Sam Moa
2 points - Sonny Bill Williams
1 point - Jake Friend

Tries: Daniel Tupou (2), Michael Jennings (2), Boyd Cordner, Mitchell Pearce
Conversions: James Maloney (3/6)

Tries: Chris Lawrence
Conversions: Blake Austin (1/1)

Match Report: Ugly Roosters too good for brave Tigers - Paul Jobber

North Queensland Cowboys 27 Brisbane Broncos 14
Venue: 1300SMILES Stadium
Date: Friday 9 May 2014 at 7:40pm
Crowd: 21340
Halftime Score: North Queensland Cowboys 14 Brisbane Broncos 0

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

Tries: Matthew Scott, Kane Linnett, Ethan Lowe, Rory Kostjasyn
Field Goals: Johnathan Thurston (1/1)
Conversions: Johnathan Thurston (4/4)
Penalty Goals: Johnathan Thurston (1/1)

Tries: Ben Hunt (2), Dale Copley
Conversions: Corey Parker (1/2), Dale Copley (0/1)

Match Report: Cowboys record memorable derby win - Tim Costello with Aaron Thomas

New Zealand Warriors 54 Canberra Raiders 12
Venue: Eden Park
Date: Saturday 10 May 2014 at 3:00pm
Crowd: 18165
Halftime Score: New Zealand Warriors 24 Canberra Raiders 6

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Shaun Johnson
2 points - Konrad Hurrell
1 point - Jacob Lillyman

Tries: Ben Matulino, Shaun Johnson (2), Konrad Hurrell, Ngani Laumape, Sam Tomkins, Manu Vatuvei (2), Jayson Bukuya
Conversions: Shaun Johnson (9/9)

Tries: Jarrod Croker, Josh McCrone
Conversions: Jarrod Croker (2/2)

Match Report: Perfect Johnson leads Warriors onslaught - Kevin Bertao

Gold Coast Titans 18 South Sydney Rabbitohs 40
Venue: Cbus Super Stadium
Date: Saturday 10 May 2014 at 5:30pm
Crowd: 19107
Halftime Score: Gold Coast Titans 12 South Sydney Rabbitohs 22

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Dylan Walker
2 points - John Sutton
1 point - George Burgess

Tries: Anthony Don (2), Dave Taylor
Conversions: Aidan Sezer (3/3)

Tries: Dylan Walker (4), Kirisome Auva'a, Alex Johnston (2)
Conversions: Adam Reynolds (2/3), Bryson Goodwin (4/4)
Penalty Goals: Adam Reynolds (0/1)

Match Report: Rabbitohs run roughshod over Titans - Tim Costello

Melbourne Storm 22 Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 19
Venue: AAMI Park
Date: Saturday 10 May 2014 at 7:30pm
Crowd: 13273
Halftime Score: Melbourne Storm 4 Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 5

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

Tries: Billy Slater (2), Cooper Cronk, Kurt Mann
Conversions: Billy Slater (1/1), Cameron Smith (2/3)

Tries: Peta Hiku, Brett Stewart, Jorge Taufua, Jamie Buhrer
Field Goals: Jack Littlejohn (1/1)
Conversions: Steve Matai (1/3), Jack Littlejohn (0/1)
Penalty Goals: Steve Matai (0/1)

Match Report: Storm sneak home over Sea Eagles - Aaron Thomas

Newcastle Knights 10 Penrith Panthers 32
Venue: Hunter Stadium
Date: Sunday 11 May 2014 at 2:00pm
Crowd: 13682
Halftime Score: Newcastle Knights 10 Penrith Panthers 16

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

Tries: James McManus, Dane Gagai
Conversions: Kurt Gidley (1/2)

Tries: David Simmons, Jamie Soward, Matt Moylan, Josh Mansour, Dean Whare, James Segeyaro
Conversions: Jamie Soward (3/6)
Penalty Goals: Jamie Soward (1/1)

Match Report: Panthers pounce on pitiful Knights - Paul Jobber

St. George Illawarra Dragons 6 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 38
Venue: ANZ Stadium
Date: Sunday 11 May 2014 at 3:00pm
Crowd: 21077
Halftime Score: St. George Illawarra Dragons 0 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 22

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Josh Reynolds
2 points - Timoteo Lafai
1 point - Tony Williams

Tries: Brett Morris
Conversions: Gareth Widdop (1/1)

Tries: Sam Perrett, Tony Williams, Timoteo Lafai (3), Greg Eastwood, Josh Reynolds
Conversions: Trent Hodkinson (5/7)

Match Report: Bulldogs claim top spot on NRL ladder - Aaron Thomas

Parramatta Eels 42 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 24
Venue: Pirtek Stadium
Date: Monday 12 May 2014 at 7:00pm
Crowd: 12541
Halftime Score: Parramatta Eels 22 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 12

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Chris Sandow
2 points - William Hopoate
1 point - Paul Gallen

Tries: Semi Radradra, Chris Sandow, Jarryd Hayne (2), Ken Sio (2), William Hopoate, Willie Tonga
Conversions: Chris Sandow (5/7)

Tries: Sosaia Feki, Michael Gordon, Wade Graham, Isaac De Gois
Conversions: Michael Gordon (4/4)

Match Report: Scintillating Sandow scolds sorry Sharks - Justin Davies

NRL 2014 - looking back:

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