Monday's Expert - Round 17 wrap

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Monday's Expert is here - with a full wrap of everything happening around the rugby league traps this Monday 15 July 2019. Includes match review charges, POTY leaderboard, crowds, ratings and injury news.


First things first...

The results are in. Check out how Round 17 played out in our one-page results wrap.

Our match reports for the seventeenth round can be found here.

And while we're on it, thank you as always to our dedicated volunteer updaters and writers - Justin Davies, Rob Crosby, Andrew Jackson, Andrew Ferguson, Josh Robertson and Mick Radojkovic.


Match review

Ten players charged in Round 17:

James Gavet (Knights). 62nd minute, Grade 1 Dangerous Contact (other) on Chris Smith
Base penalty 100 points
Guilty / no contest 100 points (1 match)
Early guilty plea 75 points (0 matches)
PLEA: Guilty - early plea
OUTCOMENo suspension, 75 carryover points accrued.

Chad Townsend (Sharks). 72nd minute, Grade 1 Contrary Conduct on Felise Kaufusi
Base penalty $1500 fine
Guilty / no contest $1500 fine
Early guilty plea $1150 fine
PLEA: Guilty - early plea
OUTCOME$1150 fine.

Christian Welch (Storm). 38th minute, Grade 1 Dangerous Contact (other) on Andrew Fifita
Base penalty 100 points
One (1) similar prior offence last 2 yrs (50% loading)
Guilty / no contest 150 points (1 match)
Early guilty plea 112 points (1 match)
PLEA: Guilty - early plea
OUTCOME: One (1) match suspension, 12 carryover points accrued

Cameron Murray (Rabbitohs). 69th minute, Grade 1 Dangerous Contact (head/neck) on Cade Cust
Base penalty 100 points
Guilty / no contest 100 points (1 match)
Early guilty plea 75 points (0 matches)
PLEA: Guilty - early plea
OUTCOMENo suspension, 75 carryover points accrued.

Liam Knight (Rabbitohs). 29th minute, Grade 2 Dangerous Contact (other) on Daly Cherry-Evans
Base penalty 200 points
One (1) similar prior offence last 2 yrs (50% loading)
Guilty / no contest 300 points (3 matches)
Early guilty plea 225 points (2 matches)
PLEA: Guilty - early plea
OUTCOME: Two (2) match suspension, 25 carryover points accrued.

Jared Waerea-Hargraves (Roosters). 11th minute, Grade 1 Dangerous Contact (head/neck) on Josh McGuire
Base penalty 100 points
Two (2) similar prior offence last 2 yrs (50% loading each)
One (1) non-similar prior offence last 2 yrs (20% loading)
45 carryover points to add
Guilty / no contest 220+45=265 points (2 matches)
Early guilty plea 165+45=210 points (2 matches)
PLEA: Not guilty. Will face judiciary Tuesday night.
OUTCOME: Found not guilty. Free to play.

Victor Radley (Roosters). 31st minute, Grade 1 Dangerous Contact (head/neck) on Jordan Kahu
Base penalty 100 points
One (1) non-similar prior offence last 2 yrs (20% loading)
Guilty / no contest 120 points (1 match)
Early guilty plea 90 points (0 matches)
PLEA: Guilty - early plea
OUTCOMENo suspension. 90 carryover points accrued.

Jake Clifford (Cowboys). 37th minute, Grade 1 Tripping on Sitili Tupouniua
Base penalty $1500 fine
Guilty / no contest $1500 fine
Early guilty plea $1150 fine
PLEA: Guilty - early plea
OUTCOME: $1150 fine.

Mikaele Ravalawa (Dragons). 35th minute, Grade 1 Careless High Tackle on Jarrod Croker
Base penalty $1500 fine
One (1) non-similar prior offence last 2 yrs (20% loading)
Guilty / no contest $1800 fine
Early guilty plea $1350 fine
PLEA: Guilty - early plea
OUTCOME$1350 fine.

Nick Cotric (Raiders). 59th minute, Grade 3 Dangerous Throw on Tim Lafai
Base penalty 500 points
21 point deduction for each minute after send off (1pt=1min)
Guilty / no contest 500-21=479 points (4 matches)
Early guilty plea 375-21=354 points (3 matches)
PLEA: Guilty - early plea
OUTCOME: Three (3) match suspension, 54 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:

20 points - Cameron Smith (Storm), Cameron Munster (Storm)
19 points - James Maloney (Panthers)
18 points - Cody Walker (Rabbitohs), James Tedesco (Roosters)
17 points - Mitchell Pearce (Knights)
16 points - Mitchell Moses (Eels)
15 points - Jason Taumalolo (Cowboys), David Klemmer (Knights), Anthony Milford (Broncos)
13 points - Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (Raiders), Josh Papalii (Raiders), Daly Cherry-Evans (Sea Eagles), Damien Cook (Rabbitohs)
12 points - Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (Warriors), John Bateman (Raiders)
11 points - Clint Gutherson (Eels), Luke Keary (Roosters), Robbie Farah (Wests Tigers), Kalyn Ponga (Knights)
10 points - Ben Hunt (Dragons), Latrell Mitchell (Roosters), Adam Reynolds (Rabbitohs), Shaun Johnson (Sharks)
9 points - Luke Brooks (Wests Tigers), Tyrone Roberts (Titans), Blake Green (Warriors), Payne Haas (Broncos), Michael Morgan (Cowboys)
8 points - James Fisher-Harris (Panthers), Jake Trbojevic (Sea Eagles), Manase Fainu (Sea Eagles), Corey Norman (Dragons), Ryan Papenhuyzen (Storm), Kenneath Bromwich (Storm), Siosiua Taukeiaho (Roosters), Martin Taupau (Sea Eagles)
7 points - Cameron Murray (Rabbitohs), Jahrome Hughes (Storm), Benji Marshall (Wests Tigers), John Asiata (Cowboys), Tom Trbojevic (Sea Eagles)
6 points - Kieran Foran (Bulldogs), Nathan Cleary (Panthers), Josh Hodgson (Raiders), Paul Vaughan (Dragons), Viliame Kikau (Panthers)
5 points - Briton Nikora (Sharks), Blake Ferguson (Eels), Brian Kelly (Titans), Corey Oates (Broncos), Josh Morris (Sharks), Aiden Tolman (Bulldogs), Ryan Matterson (Wests Tigers)
4 points - Jesse Bromwich (Storm), Nelson Asofa-Solomona (Storm), Ryan Sutton (Raiders), Andrew Fifita (Sharks), Kane Elgey (Sea Eagles), Corey Thompson (Wests Tigers), Josh Addo-Carr (Storm), Jayden Okunbor (Bulldogs), Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (Panthers), Chad Townsend (Sharks), Reed Mahoney (Eels), Matthew Lodge (Broncos), Will Hopoate (Bulldogs), Issac Luke (Warriors), Chanel Harris-Tavita (Warriors), Brandon Smith (Storm)
3 points - Tevita Pangai (Broncos), Matt Moylan (Sharks), Liam Martin (Panthers), Jai Arrow (Titans), Sam Burgess (Rabbitohs), Manu Ma'u (Eels), Ken Maumalo (Warriors), Josh McGuire (Cowboys), Corey Harawira-Naera (Bulldogs), Jarrod Croker (Raiders), Lachlan Croker (Sea Eagles), Joe Ofahengaue (Broncos), Joseph Manu (Roosters), Jack Wighton (Raiders), John Sutton (Rabbitohs), Michael Gordon (Titans), Brian To'o (Panthers), Connor Watson (Knights), Josh Reynolds (Wests Tigers), Aidan Sezer (Raiders), Brendan Elliot (Sea Eagles), Moses Mbye (Wests Tigers), Paul Gallen (Sharks), James Graham (Dragons), Kyle Flanagan (Sharks), Braden Hamlin-Uele (Sharks), Nathan Brown (Eels), Kodi Nikorima (Broncos), Brandon Wakeham (Bulldogs), Jarome Luai (Panthers)
2 points - Moeaki Fotuaika (Titans), Josh Mansour (Panthers), Addin Fonua-Blake (Sea Eagles), Matt Scott (Cowboys), Jake Turpin (Broncos), Mason Lino (Knights), Curtis Sironen (Sea Eagles), Jazz Tevaga (Warriors), Herman Ese'ese (Knights), Jake Clifford (Cowboys), Scott Drinkwater (Storm), Boyd Cordner (Roosters), Connor Tracey (Rabbitohs), Bronson Xerri (Sharks), Kyle Feldt (Cowboys), Wade Graham (Sharks), Josh Hoffman (Eels), Jarrod Wallace (Titans), Blake Lawrie (Dragons), Joseph Leilua (Raiders), Alex Twal (Wests Tigers), Jordan Rapana (Raiders), Michael Chee-Kam (Wests Tigers), Jayden Brailey (Sharks), Ryan James (Titans), Brodie Croft (Storm), Isaac Liu (Roosters), Daniel Alvaro (Eels), Edrick Lee (Knights), Dylan Brown (Eels), Suliasi Vunivalu (Storm), Andrew McCullough (Broncos), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (Roosters), Phillip Sami (Titans), Lachlan Lewis (Bulldogs), Josh Jackson (Bulldogs), Michael Jennings (Eels), Danny Levi (Knights), Joe Lovodua (Dragons)
1 point - Tepai Moeroa (Eels), Jack Gosiewski (Sea Eagles), Russell Packer (Wests Tigers), Braidon Burns (Rabbitohs), James Tamou (Panthers), Mitchell Barnett (Knights), Nathaniel Roache (Warriors), Jack Bird (Broncos), Adam Elliott (Bulldogs), Peta Hiku (Warriors), Brad Takairangi (Eels), Brett Morris (Roosters), Jacob Host (Dragons), David Fifita (Broncos), Shaun Lane (Eels), Anthony Don (Titans), Agnatius Paasi (Warriors), Matt Ikuvalu (Roosters), Thomas Burgess (Rabbitohs), Christian Crichton (Bulldogs), Matthew Dufty (Dragons), Jake Granville (Cowboys), Tariq Sims (Dragons), Daniel Tupou (Roosters), Cade Cust (Sea Eagles), Jack Cogger (Bulldogs), Jack Williams (Sharks), Matt Prior (Sharks), Liam Knight (Rabbitohs), Sitili Tupouniua (Roosters)


Sore points

A quick look at the injury news to come out of Round 17:

Josh Hodgson (Raiders) - knee - scans

Jeremy Latimore (Dragons) - knee - Round 19

Josh Dugan (Sharks) - hamstring - scans

Josh Morris (Sharks) - nose - TBC

Wade Graham (Sharks) - hamstring - Round 20

Jordan Kahu (Cowboys) - concussion - monitored

Michael Morgan (Cowboys) - concussion - TBC

Ryley Jacks (Titans) - ribs - TBC

Shannon Boyd (Titans) - arm - TBC

Dale Copley (Titans) - concussion - monitored

Jack Stockwell (Titans) - concussion - monitored

Sauaso Sue (Bulldogs) - ACL - TBC

Aiden Tolman (Bulldogs) - ribs - TBC

The good news

Here's who clubs could be expecting back this week either from suspension or injury - keep an eye out for their names on Tuesday as teamlists are named:

Raiders: Ryan Sutton

Bulldogs: Kieran Foran, Christian Crichton, Lachlan Lewis

Sharks: Matt Moylan, Paul Gallen

Titans: Tyrone Peachey

Knights: Kalyn Ponga, Mitchell Barnett

Cowboys: Gideon Gela-Mosby

Panthers: Nathan Cleary, Liam Martin, Malakai Watene-Zelezniak

Rabbitohs: Sam Burgess, Alex Johnston, Ethan Lowe

Roosters: Boyd Cordner, James Tedesco

Warriors: Patrick Herbert


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 17 attendance (times are AEST)

Fri 6pm Panthers v Titans Panthers 10,317
Fri 7:55pm Knights v Bulldogs McDonald Jones 17,757
Sat 3pm Rabbitohs v Sea Eagles ANZ 13,434
Sat 5:30pm Broncos v Warriors Suncorp 31,018
Sat 7:35pm Storm v Sharks AAMI 22,737
Sun 2pm Roosters v Cowboys Central Coast 14,668
Sun 4:05pm Wests Tigers v Eels Bankwest 24,125
Sun 6:10pm Dragons v Raiders WIN 9,159
Round Average 17,901
Round Total 143,215
Season Average 15,079 Season Total 1,930,162

After seventeen rounds last year (NRL season 2018), 1,929,391 had attended 128 matches at an average of 15,073 per game.

Round 17 ratings

Day/Time Match Nine Network Fox League Aggregate
Fri 6pm Panthers v Titans N/A 217K 217K
Fri 7:55pm Knights v Bulldogs 509K (292K metro, 217K reg) 228K 737K
Sat 3pm Rabbitohs v Sea Eagles N/A
227K 227K
Sat 5:30pm Broncos v Warriors N/A
297K 297K
Sat 7:35pm Storm v Sharks N/A
357K 357K
Sun 2pm Roosters v Cowboys N/A 195K 195K
Sun 4:05pm Wests Tigers v Eels 503K (312K metro, 191K reg) 276K 779K
Sun 6:10pm Dragons v Raiders N/A 212K 212K

Totals 1.012M2.009M 3.021M

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


One last thing...

The send off isn't dead! Canberra centre Nick Cotric became the first player marched this season and indeed the first in over 12 months (Curtis Scott for Melbourne against Manly last May). Join the discussion in our forums.