Monday's Expert - 2020 NRL Round 13

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Monday's Expert is here - with the full results from NRL Round 13, along with Match Review charges, LeagueUnlimited.com Player of the Year leaderboard, injury news, crowd and TV ratings info.

All listed times are AEST (NSW/QLD/VIC/ACT).


FIXTURES: See the full list of 2020 NRL Telstra Premiership Draw and Results.

REPORTS: Check out our match reports of each NRL game here.

LOWER GRADES: Check out NSWRL results here.


Round 13 Results & Match Review charges

St George Illawarra Dragons 16 Sydney Roosters 24

Venue: WIN Stadium
Date: Thursday 6 August 2020 at 7:50pm

ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS (16)
Tries: Zac Lomax (2), Matthew Dufty
Conversions: Zac Lomax (2/3)

SYDNEY ROOSTERS (24)
Tries: Joseph Manu (2), Mitchell Aubusson, Sitili Tupouniua, Luke Keary
Conversions: Siosiua Taukeiaho (2/3), Drew Hutchison (0/1), Lachlan Lam (0/1)

Match review

Jake Friend (Roosters)
Grade 1 Dangerous Contact (head/neck)
8th min on Adam Clune
Base penalty 100pts
Guilty / no contest = 100pts (1 match)
Guilty - early plea = 75pts (no susp)
PLEA: Guilty - early plea. No suspension, 75 carryover points accrued.

Ryan Hall (Roosters)
Grade 1 Dangerous Contact (other)
21st min on Zac Lomax
Base penalty 100pts
7 years incident free - 25% discount
Guilty / no contest = 75pts (no suspension)
Guilty - early plea = 50pts (no suspension)
PLEA: Not guilty. Found not guilty. Charge dismissed.

Jackson Ford (Dragons)
Grade 3 Tripping
76th on Luke Keary
Base penalty 300pts
Guilty / no contest = 300pts (3 matches)
Guilty - early plea = 225pts (2 matches)
PLEA: Guilty - early plea. Suspended 2 matches, 25 carryover points accrued.


Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 22 Warriors 26

Venue: Lottoland
Date: Friday 7 August 2020 at 6:00pm

MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES (22)
Tries: Tevita Funa, Moses Suli, Haumole Olakau'atu, Jorge Taufua
Conversions: Reuben Garrick (3/4)

WARRIORS (26)
Tries: Patrick Herbert (2), Eliesa Katoa, George Jennings, Peta Hiku
Conversions: Patrick Herbert (1/1), Kodi Nikorima (1/2), Chanel Harris-Tavita (1/2)

Match review

Jack Hetherington (Warriors)
Grade 3 Careless High Tackle
52nd min on Martin Taupau 
Base penalty 300pts
1 x similar prior offence last 2 years (50% loading); 1 x non-similar prior offence last 2 years (20% loading); 80 carryover points to be added
Guilty / no contest = 510+80=590pts (5 matches)
Guilty - early plea = 382+80=462pts (4 matches)
PLEA: Guilty - early plea. Suspended 4 matches. 62 carryover points accrued.

Lachlan Croker (Sea Eagles)
Grade 1 Dangerous Contact (head/neck)
38th min on George Jennings
Base penalty 100pts
Guilty / no contest = 100pts (1 match)
Guilty - early plea = 75pts (0 matches)
PLEA: Guilty - early plea. No suspension. 75 carryover points accrued.


South Sydney Rabbitohs 28 Brisbane Broncos 10

Venue: ANZ Stadium
Crowd: 2919
Date: Friday 7 August 2020 at 7:55pm

SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS (28)
Tries: Dane Gagai, Adam Reynolds, Mark Nicholls, Thomas Burgess
Conversions: Adam Reynolds (4/4)
Penalty Goals: Adam Reynolds (2/3)

BRISBANE BRONCOS (10)
Tries: Herbie Farnworth, David Fifita
Conversions: Kotoni Staggs (1/2)

No match review charges from this game


Melbourne Storm 41 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 10

Venue: Sunshine Coast Stadium
Date: Saturday 8 August 2020 at 3:00pm

MELBOURNE STORM (41)
Tries: Josh Addo-Carr (2), Nicholas Hynes, Justin Olam, Kenneath Bromwich (2), Suliasi Vunivalu
Field Goals: Cameron Munster (1/1)
Conversions: Cameron Munster (3/4), Nicholas Hynes (3/3)

CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS (10)
Tries: Tim Lafai, Reimis Smith
Conversions: Tim Lafai (1/1), Nick Meaney (0/1)
Penalty Goals: Jake Averillo (0/1)

Match review

Lachlan Lewis (Bulldogs)
Grade 2 Careless High Tackle
50th min on Cameron Munster
Base penalty 200pts
Guilty / no contest = 200pts (2 matches)
Guilty - early plea = 150pts (1 match)
PLEA: Guilty - early plea. Suspended 1 match, 50 carryover pointed accrued.

G1 Careless High Tackle
73rd min on Josh Addo-Carr
Base penalty $750 fine
Guilty / no contest = $750 fine
Guilty - early plea = $550 fine
PLEA: Guilty - early plea. $550 fine.


Newcastle Knights 44 Wests Tigers 4

Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium
Crowd: 2952
Date: Saturday 8 August 2020 at 5:30pm

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS (44)
Tries: Kalyn Ponga (2), Hymel Hunt, Starford To'a, Jacob Saifiti, Herman Ese'ese, Gehamat Shibasaki, Phoenix Crossland
Conversions: Kalyn Ponga (5/8)
Penalty Goals: Kalyn Ponga (1/1)

WESTS TIGERS (4)
Tries: Luciano Leilua
Conversions: Moses Mbye (0/1)

No match review charges from this game


Penrith Panthers 28 Canberra Raiders 12

Venue: Panthers Stadium
Date: Saturday 8 August 2020 at 7:35pm

PENRITH PANTHERS (28)
Tries: Viliame Kikau, Liam Martin, Stephen Crichton, Brent Naden
Conversions: Nathan Cleary (4/4)
Penalty Goals: Nathan Cleary (2/2)

CANBERRA RAIDERS (12)
Tries: Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (2)
Conversions: Jarrod Croker (2/2)

No match review charges from this game


Gold Coast Titans 30 North Queensland Cowboys 10

Venue: Cbus Super Stadium
Crowd: 5646
Date: Sunday 9 August 2020 at 2:00pm

GOLD COAST TITANS (30)
Tries: Anthony Don, Kevin Proctor, Alexander Brimson (2), Brian Kelly, Phillip Sami
Conversions: Ashley Taylor (0/1), Jamal Fogarty (3/5)

NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS (10)
Tries: Kyle Feldt, Justin O'Neill
Conversions: Kyle Feldt (1/2)

Match review

Tyrone Peachey (Titans)
Grade 1 Careless High Tackle
59th min on Jordan McLean
Base penalty $750 fine
1 x similar prior offence last 2 years (50% loading)
Guilty / no contest = $1150 fine
Guilty - early plea = $850 fine
PLEA: Guilty - early plea. $850 fine.


Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 12 Parramatta Eels 14
Venue: Netstrata Jubilee Stadium
Date: Sunday 9 August 2020 at 4:05pm

CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS (12)
Tries: Jesse Ramien, Ronaldo Mulitalo (2)
Conversions: Shaun Johnson (0/3)

PARRAMATTA EELS (14)
Tries: Dylan Brown, Kane Evans
Conversions: Mitchell Moses (2/2)
Penalty Goals: Mitchell Moses (1/1)

No match review charges from this game


RELATED: Click here to view the current NRL Telstra Premiership ladder.


The LU Leaderboard

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.

20 points - Nathan Cleary (Panthers)
19 points - Cameron Smith (Storm)
17 points - Shaun Johnson (Sharks)
15 points - Cameron Munster (Storm)
14 points - Adam Reynolds (Rabbitohs)
12 points - Luke Keary (Roosters), Jack Wighton (Raiders)
11 points - Matthew Dufty (Dragons), Tom Trbojevic (Sea Eagles), Kalyn Ponga (Knights), Brett Morris (Roosters)
10 points - Clinton Gutherson (Eels), Benji Marshall (Wests Tigers), Jason Taumalolo (Cowboys), James Tedesco (Roosters)
9 points - Mitchell Pearce (Knights)
8 points - Jahrome Hughes (Storm), Dylan Brown (Eels), Mitchell Moses (Eels), Kodi Nikorima (Warriors), Blake Green (Warriors), George Williams (Raiders)
7 points - Daly Cherry-Evans (Sea Eagles), Harry Grant (Storm), Jarome Luai (Panthers), Kurt Mann (Knights), Wade Graham (Sharks), Josh Papali'i (Raiders), David Klemmer (Knights), Sione Katoa (Bulldogs), Ashley Taylor (Titans), Stephen Crichton (Panthers), Isaah Yeo (Panthers)
6 points - Matt Burton (Panthers), Latrell Mitchell (Rabbitohs), Cody Walker (Rabbitohs), Curtis Sironen (Sea Eagles), Eliesa Katoa (Warriors)
5 points - Jarrod Croker (Raiders), Daniel Saifiti (Knights), Will Hopoate (Bulldogs), Apisai Koroisau (Panthers), Zac Lomax (Dragons), Peta Hiku (Warriors), Maika Sivo (Eels), Reagan Campbell-Gillard (Eels), Luke Brooks (Wests Tigers), Damien Cook (Rabbitohs), Siosiua Taukeiaho (Roosters)
4 points - Ryan Papenhuyzen (Storm), Anthony Milford (Broncos), Jake Trbojevic (Sea Eagles), Tevita Pangai Junior (Broncos), Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (Bulldogs), David Nofoaluma (Wests Tigers), Josh Addo-Carr (Storm), Shaun Lane (Eels), Jamal Fogarty (Titans), Tino Fa'asuamaleaui (Storm), Cameron Murray (Rabbitohs), Reed Mahoney (Eels)
3 points - Waqa Blake (Eels), Corey Norman (Dragons), Nick Meaney (Bulldogs), Ben Hunt (Dragons), Jake Clifford (Cowboys), Blayke Brailey (Sharks), Nelson Asofa-Solomona (Storm), Cade Cust (Sea Eagles), Joseph Leilua (Wests Tigers), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (Roosters), Josh Morris (Sharks), Aiden Tolman (Bulldogs), Charlie Staines (Panthers), Junior Paulo (Eels), Addin Fonua-Blake (Sea Eagles), Bradman Best (Knights), Joseph Manu (Roosters), Jamayne Isaako (Broncos), Scott Drinkwater (Cowboys), Kotoni Staggs (Broncos), Kevin Proctor (Titans), Jesse Ramien (Sharks), Viliame Kikau (Panthers), Brian Kelly (Titans), Toby Rudolf (Sharks), Young Tonumaipea (Titans)
2 points - Michael Jennings (Eels), Alex Johnston (Rabbitohs), Wayde Egan (Warriors), Tohu Harris (Warriors), Matt Ikuvalu (Roosters), Braden Hamlin-Uele (Sharks), Michael Morgan (Cowboys), Nick Cotric (Raiders), Martin Taupau (Sea Eagles), Mikaele Ravalawa (Dragons), Dane Gagai (Rabbitohs), Moeaki Fotuaika (Titans), Thomas Burgess (Rabbitohs), Nathan Brown (Eels), Liam Martin (Panthers), Jorge Taufua (Sea Eagles), Corey Thompson (Wests Tigers), Kyle Flanagan (Roosters), Ronaldo Mulitalo (Sharks), Emre Guler (Raiders), Adam Doueihi (Wests Tigers), Cameron McInnes (Dragons), Lindsay Collins (Roosters), Dale Finucane (Storm), Payne Haas (Broncos), David Fifita (Broncos), James Fisher-Harris (Panthers)
1 point - Darius Boyd (Broncos), Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow (Cowboys), Caleb Aekins (Panthers), John Bateman (Raiders), Siosifa Talakai (Sharks), Alexander Brimson (Titans), Sitili Tupouniua (Roosters), Jake Averillo (Bulldogs), Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (Raiders), Liam Knight (Rabbitohs), Brendan Elliot (Sea Eagles), Phillip Sami (Titans), Connor Watson (Knights), Alex Twal (Wests Tigers), Valentine Holmes (Cowboys), Ethan Lowe (Rabbitohs), Coen Hess (Cowboys), Tui Kamikamica (Storm), Thomas Flegler (Broncos), Daniel Tupou (Roosters), Tyrell Fuimaono (Dragons), Jaydn Su'A (Rabbitohs), Herman Ese'ese (Knights), Elliott Whitehead (Raiders), Andrew McCullough (Broncos), Billy Walters (Wests Tigers), Sam Lisone (Titans), Tom Opacic (Cowboys), Adam Elliott (Bulldogs), Josh Reynolds (Wests Tigers), Chad Townsend (Sharks), Tyson Frizell (Dragons)


Sore points - injury update

Injury news that came out of Round 13

Billy Walters (Wests Tigers) - ACL and MCL - season
Cameron Munster (Storm) - knee - 2-3 weeks
Jake Averillo (Bulldogs) - hip - scans
Siliva Havili (Raiders) - triceps - scans
Addin Fonua-Blake (Sea Eagles) - PCL - scans
Martin Taupau (Sea Eagles) - concussion - monitored
Tariq Sims (Dragons) - shoulder - scans

The good news - who's back?

Players who are likely or possible to be back for their side this coming week, either via return from injury or suspension.

Titans - Young Tonumaipea
Sea Eagles - Curtis Sironen, Joel Thompson, Brad Parker
Storm - Max King, Brenko Lee
Knights - Daniel Saifiti
Eels - Ryan Matterson
Panthers - Pat Hollis, Dylan Edwards
Dragons - Brayden Wiliame
Rabbitohs - Hame Sele
Roosters - Brett Morris, Josh Morris, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Angus Crichton
Warriors - Nathaniel Roache
Wests Tigers - Alex Twal, Jacob Liddle


Metrics Metrics Metrics

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.

Crowd figures can be found above in the match results section where available.

Ratings - Round 13

Thursday 7:50pm: Dragons v Roosters
FTA: 549,000 (Metro 325,000; Regional 224,000)
STV: 208,000
Total: 757,000

Friday 6:00pm: Sea Eagles v Warriors
STV: 216,000

Friday 7:55pm: Rabbitohs v Broncos
FTA: 514,000 (Metro 301,000; Regional 213,000)
STV: 248,000
Total: 762,000

Saturday 3:00pm: Storm v Bulldogs
STV: 212,000

Saturday 5:30pm: Knights v Tigers
STV: 239,000

Saturday 7:35pm: Panthers v Raiders
STV: 283,000

Sunday 2:00pm: Titans v Cowboys
STV: 222,000

Sunday 4:05pm: Sharks v Eels
FTA: 273,000+ (Metro 273,000, Regional TBC)
STV: 299,000
Total: 572,000

Round 13 FTA Total: 1,336,000 (plus Sunday FTA regional TBC)
Round 13 STV Total: 1,927,000
Round 13 Aggregate: 3,263,000 (plus Sunday FTA regional TBC)


And another thing...

Plenty of clubs with COVID breaches this week. Wayne Bennett (Rabbitohs coach), Paul Vaughan (Dragons) and Tevita Pangai Junior (Broncos) are on 14-day COVID-holds along with a handful of Broncos staff for silly stuff.

Fans are following the rules for the most part - now we need the players and coaches to get their act together.