RESULTS: 2020 NRL Telstra Premiership Round 8
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Monday's Expert is back in 2020 - each week providing a full wrap of everything happening around the rugby league traps each Monday.
Each edition will include NRL match review charges & judiciary updates, our player of the year leaderboard, crowd stats, TV ratings and injury news.
Our Round 2 wrap of the NRL results can be found easily here.
Match reports for NRL matches are here.
A huge thanks to the following legends for putting hard work into our weekly previews and live blogs of NRL games - Rob Crosby, Sam Bourke, Josh Robertson, Justin Davies, Andrew Jackson, Andrew Ferguson, Adam Huxtable and Hamish Parker.
We've got rolling of coverage of what the COVID-19 pandemic means for the NRL and rugby league in general.
As events unfold, keep across it here.
Only five players were charged in Round 2.
Sia Soliola (Raiders)
Kalyn Ponga (Knights)
Luciano Leilua (Wests Tigers)
Nathan Brown (Eels)
Moeaki Fotuaika (Titans)
At the conclusion of each match our reporters will 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.
5 points - Mitchell Pearce (Knights)
4 points - Mitchell Moses (Eels)
3 points - Kotoni Staggs (Broncos), Adam Reynolds (Rabbitohs), Jarrod Croker (Raiders), Isaah Yeo (Panthers), Nathan Cleary (Panthers), Jason Taumalolo (Cowboys), Cameron Smith (Storm), Dylan Brown (Eels), Benji Marshall (Wests Tigers), Cameron Munster (Storm), Jack Wighton (Raiders), David Klemmer (Knights), Jamayne Isaako (Broncos), Tom Trbojevic (Sea Eagles)
2 points - Michael Morgan (Cowboys), Stephen Crichton (Panthers), Michael Jennings (Eels), Anthony Milford (Broncos), Nick Cotric (Raiders), Sione Katoa (Bulldogs), Daly Cherry-Evans (Sea Eagles), David Nofoaluma (Wests Tigers), Kalyn Ponga (Knights), David Fifita (Broncos), Emre Guler (Raiders), Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (Bulldogs), Viliame Kikau (Panthers), Shaun Johnson (Sharks), Jahrome Hughes (Storm)
1 point - Tevita Pangai Junior (Broncos), Tyrell Fuimaono (Dragons), Connor Watson (Knights), Alex Twal (Wests Tigers), Reed Mahoney (Eels), Phillip Sami (Titans), Tui Kamikamica (Storm), Daniel Saifiti (Knights), George Williams (Raiders), James Tedesco (Roosters), Coen Hess (Cowboys), Ethan Lowe (Rabbitohs), Thomas Flegler (Broncos), Daniel Tupou (Roosters), Jake Trbojevic (Sea Eagles)
Injury news that came out of Round 2 in March
Brodie Croft (Broncos) - shoulder - scans - 1/2 weeks
Corey Oates (Broncos) - ribs - monitored
Thomas Mikaele (Tigers) - MCL - scans
Dale Copley (Titans) - ribs - scans
Kevin Proctor (Titans) - hamstring - scans
Reed Mahoney (Eels) - ankle - scans
Mitch Barnett (Knights) - neck - July return
And those who've picked up injuries during the COVID-19 break:
Marcelo Montoya (Bulldogs) - hamstring - 8-12 weeks
David Fifita (Broncos) - knee - indefinite
Michael Morgan (Cowboys) - shoulder - 3 weeks
The following players are likely or possible to return from injury or suspension this weekend.
Broncos - Alex Glenn, Corey Oates, Brodie Croft, Matt Lodge, Joe Ofahnegaue
Raiders - Siliva Havili, John Bateman
Bulldogs - Kerrod Holland, Kieran Foran
Sharks - Briton Nikora, Josh Dugan, Bronson Xerri, Wade Graham, Chad Townsend, Matt Moylan
Titans - AJ Brimson, Shannon Boyd, Kevin Proctor, Dale Copley, Keegan Hipgrave
Sea Eagles - Taniela Paseka
Storm - Brandon Smith, Tui Kamikamica, Nelson Asofa-Solomona
Knights - Sione Mata'utia, Herman Ese'ese, Bradman Best, Phoenix Crossland
Eels - Reed Mahoney
Panthers - Dylan Edwards, Kurt Capewell, Spencer Leniu
Dragons - Tariq Sims, Cameron McInnes, Mikaele Ravalawa, Korbin Sims
Roosters - Boyd Cordner
Warriors - Gerard Beale
Wests Tigers - Moses Mbye, Thomas Mikaele, Luke Brooks
A quick refresh on the players who are set to miss the 2020 campaign through injury
Jack Bird (Broncos) - ACL
Joe Stimson (Bulldogs) - shoulder
Cam King (Sharks) - ACL
Ryan James (Titans) - knee
Jayden Brailey (Knights) - knee
Billy Smith (Roosters) - knee
Taane Milne, Jackson Frei & Bunty Afoa (Warriors) - knee
Leeson Ah Mau (Warriors) - pectoral
Each week we'll also do our best to keep you across the crowd figures and TV ratings which are often the most talked-about parts of the game.
No attendance figures for the forseeable future!
|Match||Day / Time||Fox||Nine||Combined|
|Bulldogs v Cowboys||Thu 8:05pm||226K||575K|
|Dragons v Panthers||Fri 6pm||210K||-||210K|
|Broncos v Rabbitohs||Fri 8:05pm||289K||599K|
|Warriors v Raiders
|Roosters v Sea Eagles||Sat 5:30pm||250K||-||250K|
|Sharks v Storm||Sat 7:35pm||285K||-||285K|
|Knights v Wests Tigers
|Titans v Eels||Sun 6:15pm||218K||-||218K|
We're ridiculously excited to have footy back this week. It's been a long and arduous road back to this point since March but we can't wait to bring you every NRL teamlist, preview, live update blog and match report, every round.
And keep an eye out later this week for some very special news from the LeagueUnlimited family!