Monday's expert - Round 6 wrap

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Monday's Expert is back - with a full wrap of everything happening around the rugby league traps this Monday 22 April 2019. Includes match review charges, POTY leaderboard, crowds, ratings and injury news.


First things first...

The results are in. Check out how Round 6 played out in our one-page results wrap.

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


Match review

Three players were charged in Round 6.

Briton Nikora (Sharks). 13th minute, Grade 1 Dangerous Throw on Viliame Kikau
Base penalty 100 points
1 similar prior offence in last two years (50% loading)
Guilty / no contest 150 points (one match)
Early guilty plea 112 points (one match)
OUTCOME: Early plea taken. One match suspension. 12 carryover points accrued.

Nelson Asofa-Solomona (Storm). 19th minute, Grade 1 Contrary Conduct on Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.
Base penalty $1,500 fine
1 non-similar prior offence in last two years (20% loading)
Guilty / no contest $1,800
Early guilty plea $1,350
OUTCOME: Early plea taken. $1,350 fine.

Brad Parker (Sea Eagles). 75th minute, Grade 1 Tripping on Euan Aitken.
Base penalty $1,500 fine
No prior offences last two years
Guilty / no contest $1,500 fine
Early guilty plea $1,150 fine
OUTCOME: Early plea taken, $1,150 fine.

Luke Brooks (Wests Tigers). 17th minute, Grade 1 Dangerous Throw on Reed Mahoney.
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 taken, no suspension. 75 carryover points accrued.

No charges came from Bulldogs v Souths, Warriors v Cowboys, or either Sunday match. 


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:

11 points - Daly Cherry-Evans (MAN)

10 points - Cameron Munster (MEL)

9 points - Adam Reynolds (SOU), Cody Walker (SOU), John Bateman (CAN)

8 points - Clint Gutherson (PAR)

7 points - Robbie Farah (WST), James Tedesco (SYD), Ben Hunt (SGI)

6 points - Shaun Johnson (CRO), Blake Green (WAR), Paul Vaughan (SGI), Luke Keary (SYD), James Maloney (PEN), Cameron Smith (MEL), Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (WAR), Mitchell Moses (PAR)

5 points - Blake Ferguson (PAR), Kenny Bromwich (MEL), Luke Brooks (WST), James Fisher Harris (PEN), David Klemmer (NEW), Josh Papali'i (CAN), Latrell Mitchell (SYD), Michael Morgan (NQL)

4 points - Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (CAN)

3 points - Jason Taumalolo (NQL), Jarrod Croker (CAN), Sam Burgess (SOU), Corey Oates (BRI), Tevita Pangai Junior (BRI), Briton Nikora (CRO), Tom Trbojevic (MAN), Kieran Foran (CBY), Josh Reynolds (WST), Josh Hodgson (CAN), Jahrome Hughes (MEL), Corey Norman (SGI), Tyrone Roberts (GLD)

2 points - Edrick Lee (NEW), Cameron Murray (SOU), Benji Marshall (WST), Dylan Brown (PAR), Suliasi Vunivalu (MEL), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (SYD), 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), Michael Chee-Kam (WST), Ryan James (GLD), Jake Trbojevic (MAN), Jayden Brailey (CRO), Aiden Tolman (CBY), Damien Cook (SOU), Josh McGuire (BRI), Michael Gordon (GLD), Ryan Sutton (CAN), Joseph Leilua (CAN)

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), Manase Fainu (MAN), Matt Prior (CRO), Josh Addo-Carr (MEL), Anthony Don (GLD), Matt Ikuvalu (SYD), Alex Twal (WST), Josh Morris (CRO), James Graham (SGI), Andrew Fifita (CRO), Blake Lawrie (SGI), Phillip Sami (GLD), Michael Jennings (PAR)


Sore points

A quick look at the injury news to come out of Round 6:

David Fusitu'a (WAR) - rib - will miss Round 7

Dean Whare (PEN) - hamstring - 2-4 weeks

Ryan James (GLD) - ACL - scans Tuesday, likely season

Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (CAN) - knee - monitored

Nick Meaney (CBY) - finger - scans

Briton Nikora (CRO) - back - scans (suspended Round 7)

Dan Alvaro (PAR) - concussion - monitored

Robbie Farah (WST) - concussion - monitored

Luke Keary (SYD) - concussion - monitored


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 6 attendance (times are AEST)

Thu 7:50pm Sharks v Panthers Pointsbet Stadium 10,088
Fri 4:05pm Bulldogs v Rabbitohs ANZ Stadium 30,040
Fri 7:55pm Storm v Roosters AAMI Park 17,036
Sat 5:30pm Warriors v Cowboys Mt Smart Stadium 11,395
Sat 7:35pm Dragons v Sea Eagles WIN Stadium 14,268
Sun 2:00pm Titans v Knights Cbus Super Stadium 11,654
Sun 4:05pm Raiders v Broncos GIO Stadium 17,193
Mon 4:00pm Eels v Wests Tigers Bankwest Stadium 29,047
Round Average 17,590 Round Total 140,721
Season Average 15,732 Season Total 755,156

After six rounds last year (NRL season 2018), 760,781 had attended 48 matches at an average of 15,849 per game.

Round 6 ratings

Day/Time Match Nine Network Fox League Aggregate
Thu 7:50pm Sharks v Panthers 570K (349K metro, 221K reg) 233K 803K
Fri 4:05pm Bulldogs v Rabbitohs 483K (312K metro, 171K reg) 207K 690K
Fri 7:55pm Storm v Roosters 640K (409K metro, 231K reg) 275K 915K
Sat 5:30pm Warriors v Cowboys N/A 240K 240K
Sat 7:35pm Dragons v Sea Eagles N/A
265K 265K
Sun 2:00pm Titans v Knights N/A
149K 149K
Sun 4:05pm Raiders v Broncos 493K (292K metro, 201K reg) 256K 749K
Mon 4:00pm Eels v Wests Tigers N/A 307K 307K

Totals 2.186M1.932M 4.118M

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

One last thing...

How good is the new Bankwest Stadium? An absolutely phenomenal afternoon to open the new venue, and an even more emphatic win for the Parramatta Eels.