Monday's Expert - 2020 NRL Round 20

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Monday's Expert is here - with the full results from NRL Round 20, 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).


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


Round 20 NRL Results & Match Review Charges

Brisbane Broncos 16
North Queensland Cowboys 32

Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Crowd: 17174
Date: Thursday 24 September 2020 at 7:50pm

BRISBANE BRONCOS (16)
Tries: Payne Haas, Darius Boyd, Corey Oates
Conversions: Kotoni Staggs (1/1), Issac Luke (1/2)

NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS (32)
Tries: Jake Clifford, Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, Kyle Feldt (3), Justin O'Neill
Conversions: Valentine Holmes (3/5), Gavin Cooper (1/1)

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:

3 points - Scott Drinkwater
2 points - Kyle Feldt
1 points - Jason Taumalolo

Match review - Broncos v Cowboys

Valentine HOLMES (Cowboys)
Grade 1 Shoulder Charge
80th minute on Jesse Arthars
Base penalty 200pts
Guilty / no contest = 200pts (2 match)
Guilty - early plea = 150pts (1 match)
PLEA: Guilty - early plea. Suspended 1 match (State of Origin I). 50 carryover points accrued.

Injury news - Broncos v Cowboys

Brisbane's Kotoni STAGGS left with a suspected ACL tear. Richie KENNAR also picked up a shoulder injury. Cowboys flyer Kyle FELDT is set to undergo off-season surgery which is likely to rob him of a Maroons debut in November.

What next?

Brisbane have claimed their first wooden spoon after 33 seasons. The Cowboys finish 14th.


Gold Coast Titans 36
Newcastle Knights 6

Venue: Cbus Super Stadium
Crowd: 9877
Date: Friday 25 September 2020 at 6:00pm

GOLD COAST TITANS (36)
Tries: Ashley Taylor (2), Mitch Rein, Brian Kelly, Alexander Brimson (2), Kevin Proctor
Conversions: Ashley Taylor (3/5), Jamal Fogarty (1/2)

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS (6)
Tries: Edrick Lee
Conversions: Mason Lino (1/1)

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:

3 points - Ashley Taylor
2 points - Alexander Brimson
1 points - Jarrod Wallace

Match review - Titans v Knights

No charges from this match.

Injury news - Titans v Knights

The Knights are hoping to welcome back Lachlan FITZGIBBON from a groin injury in next week's elimination final.

What next?

Newcastle head to ANZ next Sunday for a sudden-death elimination final against the Rabbitohs. Titans finish with 5 straight wins and lock down 9th spot.


South Sydney Rabbitohs 60
Sydney Roosters 8

Venue: ANZ Stadium
Crowd: 7958
Date: Friday 25 September 2020 at 7:55pm

SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS (60)
Tries: Cody Walker (2), Alex Johnston (5), Campbell Graham, Corey Allan, Cameron Murray
Conversions: Adam Reynolds (8/10)
Penalty Goals: Adam Reynolds (2/2)

SYDNEY ROOSTERS (8)
Tries: Josh Morris, Daniel Tupou
Conversions: Kyle Flanagan (0/2)

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:

3 points - Cody Walker
2 points - Alex Johnston
1 points - Corey Allan

Match review - Rabbitohs v Roosters

No charges from this match.

Injury news - Rabbitohs v Roosters

Co-captain Jake FRIEND missed 77 minutes of Friday's mammoth loss to Souths after getting concussed. He will need to pass concussion protocols to lace up on Friday. Sitili TUPOUNIUA will need to do the same.

What next?

The Roosters slide to fourth and will head to Penrith on Friday night. South Sydney host Newcastle in an elimination final on Sunday at ANZ Stadium.


Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 0
Penrith Panthers 42

Venue: ANZ Stadium
Date: Saturday 26 September 2020 at 3:00pm

CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS (0)

PENRITH PANTHERS (42)
Tries: Brian To'o, Kurt Capewell (2), Brent Naden (2), Josh Mansour, Matt Burton, James Tamou
Conversions: Nathan Cleary (5/8)

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:

3 points - Jarome Luai
2 points - Isaah Yeo
1 points - Kurt Capewell

Match review - Bulldogs v Panthers

Luke THOMPSON (Bulldogs)
Dangerous Contact - head/neck (eye gouge)
13th minute on James Tamou
Referred to judiciary. Hearing Tuesday.
PLEA: Not guilty
RESULT: Guilty. Suspended 4 matches.

Injury news - Bulldogs v Panthers

Canterbury winger Jayden OKUNBOR has a painful off-season ahead after rupturing his ACL in the match. Penrith will welcome back rested trio Dylan EDWARDS, Viliame KIKAU and Stephen CRICHTON for Friday's game. Centre Brian TO'O limped off late with an ankle injury but didn't need scans and should play Friday.

What next?

Canterbury avoid the spoon but wouldn't have enjoyed such a thumping to finish proceedings. Penrith host the Roosters in a qualifying final on Friday at Panthers Stadium.


Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 28
Canberra Raiders 38

Venue: Netstrata Jubilee Stadium
Date: Saturday 26 September 2020 at 5:30pm

CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS (28)
Tries: Ronaldo Mulitalo, Briton Nikora (2), Wade Graham, Bryson Goodwin
Conversions: Mawene Hiroti (4/5)

CANBERRA RAIDERS (38)
Tries: Dunamis Lui, Sam Williams, Nick Cotric, Tom Starling, Kai O'Donnell, Matt Frawley, Harley Smith-Shields
Conversions: Sam Williams (5/7)

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:

3 points - Tom Starling
2 points - Sam Williams
1 points - Dunamis Lui

Match review - Sharks v Raiders

No charges from this match.

Injury news - Sharks v Raiders

Canberra prop Ryan SUTTON succumbed to a knee injury in the clash and will miss most of the finals series. The Raiders will welcome back seven other players who were left out of this game. Cronulla will look to welcome back Siosifa Talakai, Josh Dugan, Sione Katoa and Chad Townsend.

What next?

These teams meet again in an elimination final on Saturday in Canberra.


Wests Tigers 24
Parramatta Eels 28

Venue: Bankwest Stadium
Crowd: 7359
Date: Saturday 26 September 2020 at 7:35pm

WESTS TIGERS (24)
Tries: Tommy Talau (2), Luciano Leilua, Asu Kepaoa, Luke Brooks
Conversions: Adam Doueihi (1/5)
Penalty Goals: Adam Doueihi (1/1)

PARRAMATTA EELS (28)
Tries: Blake Ferguson, Maika Sivo, Brad Takairangi, Reed Mahoney, Will Smith
Conversions: Mitchell Moses (4/5)

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:

3 points - Adam Doueihi
2 points - Junior Paulo
1 points - Mitchell Moses

Match review - Tigers v Eels

Adam DOUEIHI (Tigers)
Grade 1 Shoulder Charge
8th minute on Maika Sivo
Base penalty 200pts
Guilty / no contest = 200pts (2 match)
Guilty - early plea = 150pts (1 match)
PLEA: Guilty - early plea. Suspended 1 match. 50 carryover points accrued.

Ryan MATTERSON (Eels)
Grade 1 Dangerous Contact (head/neck)
65th minute on Asu Kepaoa
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.

Injury news - Tigers v Eels

Both Marata NIUKORE and Dylan BROWN could be available for next weekend's first weekend of finals. Outgoing Tiger Benji MARSHALL sustained an MCL injury and missed most of the clash.

What next?

Parramatta secured a double chance and will head to Brisbane to face Melbourne. The Tigers finish 11th.


Warriors 40
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 28

Venue: Central Coast Stadium
Date: Sunday 27 September 2020 at 2:00pm

WARRIORS (40)
Tries: Kodi Nikorima, Eliesa Katoa (2), Adam Keighran (3), Patrick Herbert (2)
Conversions: Chanel Harris-Tavita (4/7), Adam Blair (0/1)

MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES (28)
Tries: Reuben Garrick, Corey Waddell, Abbas Miski (2), Taniela Paseka, Brad Parker
Conversions: Reuben Garrick (2/6)

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:

3 points - Kodi Nikorima
2 points - Chanel Harris-Tavita
1 points - Daly Cherry-Evans

Match review - Warriors v Sea Eagles

Sean KEPPIE (Sea Eagles)
Grade 1 Contrary Conduct
46th minute on Jazz Tevaga
Base penalty $750 fine
1 x non-similar prior (+20% loading)
Guilty / no contest = $900 fine
Guilty - early plea = $700 fine
PLEA: Guilty - early plea. $700 fine.

Jazz TEVAGA (Warriors)
Grade 1 Contrary Conduct
46th minute on Sean Keppie
Base penalty $750 fine
Guilty / no contest = $750 fine
Guilty - early plea = $550 fine
PLEA: Guilty - early plea. $550 fine.

Injury news - Warriors v Sea Eagles

The Warriors will now head home and count the cost of their incredible sacrifices. Manly's long injury list is headlined by Tom TRBOJEVIC who didn't play this weekend and is aiming to be right for Origin I on November 4.

What next?

Neither side is featuring in finals. The Warriors' win propelled them to 10th with the Sea Eagles slipping to 13th on account of the Dragons' win later the same afternoon.


St George Illawarra Dragons 30
Melbourne Storm 22

Venue: Netstrata Jubilee Stadium
Crowd: 2738
Date: Sunday 27 September 2020 at 4:05pm

ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS (30)
Tries: Matthew Dufty (2), Zac Lomax, Tyson Frizell (2)
Conversions: Zac Lomax (5/5)

MELBOURNE STORM (22)
Tries: Paul Momirovski, Sandor Earl, Chris Lewis, Isaac Lumelume, Nicholas Hynes
Conversions: Ryan Papenhuyzen (0/4), Nicholas Hynes (1/1)

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:

3 points - Cameron McInnes
2 points - Matt Dufty
1 points - Tyson Frizell

Match review - Dragons v Storm

Max KING (Storm)
Dangerous Contact (other)
27th minute on Blake Lawrie
Referred to judiciary, hearing Tuesday
PLEA: Guilty
RESULT: Guilty. Suspended 3 matches.

Tui KAMIKAMICA (Storm)
Grade 2 Dangerous Contact (other)
23rd minute on Jayden Sullivan
Base penalty 200pts
Guilty / no contest = 200pts (2 matches)
Guilty - early plea = 150pts (1 match)
PLEA: Guilty - early plea. Suspended 1 match. 50 carryover points accrued.

Injury news - Dragons v Storm

Melbourne rested a million players and the resulting returns will give coach Craig Bellamy an embrarassment of riches. The only concern from today was Tui KAMIKAMICA leaving the field in the first half with an injury.

What next?

Melbourne host the Eels in Brisbane next Saturday. The Dragons end in 12th.


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


LeagueUnlimited Player of the Year standings

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 right here in Monday's Expert.

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


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. 

Crowds - Round 20

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

Ratings - Round 20

STV ratings (Foxtel)

Thu 7:50pm BRI v NQL - 218K
Fri 6:00pm GLD v NEW - 218K
Fri 7:50pm SOU v SYD - 283K
Sat 3:00pm CBY v PEN - 154K
Sat 5:30pm CRO v CAN - 243K
Sat 7:35pm WST v PAR - 308K
Sun 2:00pm WAR v MAN - 145K
Sun 4:05pm SGI v MEL - 254K

FTA ratings (Nine Network)

Thu 7:50pm BRI v NQL - 344K metro
Fri 7:50pm SOU v SYD - 529K (316K metro, 213K regional)
Sun 4:05pm SGI v MEL - TBC