Monday's expert - Round 4 wrap

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Monday's Expert is back - with a full wrap of everything happening around the rugby league traps this Monday 8 April 2019. Includes match review charges, POTY leaderboard, crowds, ratings and injury news.


First things first...

The results are in. Check out how Round 4 played out in our one-page results wrap.

Our match reports for the fourth round can be found here. And while we're on it, another massive thank you to our dedicated volunteer updaters - Andrew Jackson, Sam Bourke, Justin Davies, Josh Robertson, Andrew Ferguson and Mick Radojkovic, as well as preview writers Rob Crosby and Rick Edgerton.

Match review

Several charges to come from Round 4.

Isaah Yeo (Panthers). 50th minute, Grade 1 Dangerous Contact (head/neck) on Luke Garner.
Base penalty 100 points
No prior offences last two years.
Guilty / no contest 100 points (one matches)
Early guilty plea 75 points (no suspension)
OUTCOME: Early plea. No suspension, 75 carryover points accrued.

Moeaki Fotuaika (Titans). 34th minute, Grade 1 Dangerous Contact (other) on Blake Green.
Base penalty 100 points
One non-similar prior offence last two years (20% loading)
60 carryover points to add
Guilty / no contest 180 points (one match)
Early guilty plea 150 points (one match)
OUTCOME: Early plea. One match suspension, 50 carryover points accrued.

Jazz Tevaga (Warriors). 32nd minute, Grade 1 Dangerous Contact (head/neck) on Shannon Boyd.
Base penalty 100 points
One similar prior offence last two years (50% loading)
Guilty / no contest 150 points (one match)
Early guilty plea 112 points (one match)
OUTCOME: Found not guilty at judiciary. No suspension, charge dismissed.

Tevita Pangai Junior (Broncos). 17th minute, Grade 2 Dangerous Contact (other) on Cooper Cronk.
Base penalty 200 points
Two non-similar prior offences last two years (40% loading)
40 carryover points to add
Guilty / no contest 320 points (three matches)
Early guilty plea 250 points (two matches)
OUTCOME: Early plea. Two match suspension, 50 carryover points accrued.

Joel Thompson (Sea Eagles). 71st minute, Grade 1 Tripping on Corey Allan.
$1900 fine
OUTCOME: Early guilty plea, $1900 fine.

Suliasi Vunivalu (Storm). 10th minute, Grade 2 Dangerous Contact (other) on Nick Meaney.
Base penalty 200 points
No prior offences last two years
Guilty / no contest 200 points (two matches)
Early guilty plea 150 points (one match)
OUTCOME: Early plea. One match suspension, 50 carryover points accrued.

Ofahiki Ogden (Bulldogs). 42nd minute, Grade 1 Dangerous Contact (head/neck) on Will Chambers.
Base penalty 100 points
No prior offences last two years
Guilty / no contest 100 points (one match)
Early guilty plea 75 points (no suspension)
OUTCOME: Early plea. No suspension, 75 carryover points accrued.

The LU Leaderboard

At the conclusion of each match our reporters choose their best three players from the match. You can views those points in each match in their respective match reports. Each week we'll update the leaderboard:

9 points - Adam Reynolds (SOU)

8 points - Cameron Munster (MEL)

6 points - Robbie Farah (WST), Shaun Johnson (CRO), Daly Cherry-Evans (MAN), James Tedesco (SYD), Blake Green (WAR), Clint Gutherson (PAR), Paul Vaughan (SGI)

5 points - Blake Ferguson (PAR), Kenny Bromwich (MEL)

4 points - John Bateman (CAN), David Klemmer (NEW)

3 points - Jason Taumalolo (NQL), Jarrod Croker (CAN), Sam Burgess (SOU), Cameron Smith (MEL), Corey Oates (BRI), Tevita Pangai Junior (BRI), Briton Nikora (CRO), James Maloney (PEN), Luke Keary (SYD), Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (CAN), Tom Trbojevic (MAN), Kieran Foran (CBY), Cody Walker (SOU), Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (WAR), Josh Reynolds (WST), Josh Hodgson (CAN), Mitchell Moses (PAR)

2 points - Edrick Lee (NEW), Cameron Murray (SOU), Benji Marshall (WST), Michael Morgan (NQL), Dylan Brown (PAR), Josh Papali'i (CAN), Suliasi Vunivalu (MEL), James Fisher Harris (PEN), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (SYD), Luke Brooks (WST), Andrew McCullough (BRI), Isaac Liu (SYD), Chad Townsend (CRO), Brodie Croft (MEL), Jayden Okunbor (CBY), Martin Taupau (MAN), Siosiua Taukeiaho (SYD), Chanel Harris-Tavita (WAR), Nathan Cleary (PEN), Jordan Rapana (CAN), Daniel Alvaro (PAR), Lachlan Lewis (CBY), Kalyn Ponga (NEW)

1 point - Nathaniel Roache (WAR), Russell Packer (WST), John Asiata (NQL), Braidon Burns (SOU), Jack Bird (BRI), Jai Arrow (GLD), Mitch Barnett (NEW), Shaun Lane (PAR), Benji Marshall (WST), Ben Hunt (SGI), Manase Fainu (MAN), Matt Prior (CRO), Josh Addo-Carr (MEL), Anthony Don (GLD), Matt Ikuvalu (SYD), Alex Twal (WST), Joseph Leilua (CAN), Corey Norman (SGI)

Sore points

A quick look at the injury news to come out of Round 4:

Aaron Woods (CRO) - foot - SCANS (medium to long term)

Shaun Johnson (CRO) - quad - SCANS (short term)

Korbin Sims (SGI) - broken arm - SCANS (medium term)

Dylan Napa (CBY) - ankle - 5 to 6 weeks

Tom Trbojevic (MAN) - hamstring - two months

Wayde Egan (PEN) - concussion - monitored

Frank Winterstein (PEN) - MCL - six weeks

Metrics Metrics Metrics

Each week we'll do our best to keep you across the crowd figures and TV ratings which are often the most talked-about parts of the game.

Round 4 attendance (times are AEDT)

Thu 8:05pm Roosters v Broncos SCG 9,304
Fri 6:00pm Warriors v Titans Mt Smart Stadium 13,995
Fri 8:05pm Panthers v Wests Tigers Panthers Stadium 14,002
Sat 3:00pm Sea Eagles v Rabbitohs Lottoland 12,304
Sat 5:30pm Cowboys v Raiders 1300SMILES Stadium 11,750
Sat 7:35pm Eels v Sharks ANZ Stadium 11,185
Sun 4:05pm Storm v Bulldogs AAMI Park 15,432
Sun 6:10pm Knights v Dragons McDonald Jones Stadium 19,105
Round Average 13,385 Round Total 107,077
Season Average 15,331 Season Total 490,598

After four rounds last year (NRL season 2018), 542,197 had attended 32 matches at an average of 16,944 per game. Round 4 in 2018 was the Easter weekend.

Round 4 ratings

Day/Time Match Nine Network Fox League Aggregate
Thu 8:05pm Roosters v Broncos 690K (448K metro, 242K reg) 251K 941K
Fri 6:00pm Warriors v Titans N/A 184K 184K
Fri 8:05pm Panthers v Wests Tigers 633K (407K metro, 226K reg) 272K 905K
Sat 3:00pm Sea Eagles v Rabbitohs N/A 167K 167K
Sat 5:30pm Cowboys v Raiders N/A
247K 247K
Sat 7:35pm Eels v Sharks N/A
284K 284K
Sun 4:05pm Storm v Bulldogs 552K (351K metro, 201K reg) 258K 810K
Sun 6:10pm Knights v Dragons N/A 278K 278K

Totals 1.875M1.941M 3.816M

Note: Ratings figures courtesy of Mediaweek Australia on Twitter and TV Tonight.

One last thing...

Across in the UK, the opening round of the Women's Super League got underway, with the marquee fixture a hard-fought battle between Wigan and St Helens. Saints got home 6-4. Check out the full results here.