Monday's Expert - 2021 NRL Round 8


Monday's Expert - with the full results from NRL Round 8, along with Match Review charges, Player of the Year leaderboard, crowd and TV ratings info.

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

RELATED: See the full list of 2021 NRL Telstra Premiership Draw and Results.

Round 8 NRL Results

Canberra Raiders 20
South Sydney Rabbitohs 34

Venue: GIO Stadium Canberra
Crowd: 14260
Date: Thursday 29 April 2021 at 7:50pm

Tries: Jordan Rapana (2), Elliott Whitehead, Sebastian Kris
Conversions: Jordan Rapana (2/4)

Tries: Alex Johnston (2), Campbell Graham, Dane Gagai, Jaydn Su'A
Conversions: Adam Reynolds (5/5)
Penalty Goals: Adam Reynolds (2/2)

Melbourne Storm 40
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 14

Venue: AAMI Park
Crowd: 10069
Date: Friday 30 April 2021 at 6:00pm

Tries: Josh Addo-Carr, Tom Eisenhuth, Tui Kamikamica, Reimis Smith (3), Jahrome Hughes, Brandon Smith
Conversions: Cameron Munster (3/7), Nicholas Hynes (0/1)
Penalty Goals: Cameron Munster (1/1)

Tries: Briton Nikora, Connor Tracey
Conversions: Chad Townsend (2/2)
Penalty Goals: Chad Townsend (1/1)

Brisbane Broncos 36
Gold Coast Titans 28

Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Crowd: 21322
Date: Friday 30 April 2021 at 7:55pm

Tries: Herbie Farnworth, Jamayne Isaako (2), Xavier Coates, Corey Oates, Jesse Arthars
Conversions: Jamayne Isaako (5/5)
Penalty Goals: Jamayne Isaako (1/1)

Tries: Kevin Proctor, Corey Thompson, Alexander Brimson, Tyrone Peachey, Mitch Rein
Conversions: Jamal Fogarty (4/5)

Penrith Panthers 28
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 16

Venue: Carrington Park
Crowd: 5798
Date: Saturday 1 May 2021 at 3:00pm

Tries: Dylan Edwards, Brian To'o, Liam Martin, Stephen Crichton, Tyrone May
Field Goals: Stephen Crichton (0/1)
Conversions: Nathan Cleary (4/5)

Tries: Tom Trbojevic, Daly Cherry-Evans, Jason Saab
Conversions: Reuben Garrick (0/1), Daly Cherry-Evans (1/2)
Penalty Goals: Reuben Garrick (1/1)

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 10
Parramatta Eels 32

Venue: Stadium Australia
Crowd: 13273
Date: Saturday 1 May 2021 at 5:30pm

Tries: Jake Averillo, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak
Conversions: Kyle Flanagan (1/2)

Tries: Clinton Gutherson (2), Maika Sivo (2), Shaun Lane, Marata Niukore
Conversions: Mitchell Moses (4/6)

Newcastle Knights 4
Sydney Roosters 38

Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium
Crowd: 22172
Date: Saturday 1 May 2021 at 7:35pm

Tries: Brayden Musgrove
Conversions: Kalyn Ponga (0/1)

Tries: Daniel Tupou, Sam Walker, Josh Morris (3), Angus Crichton, Matt Ikuvalu
Conversions: Sam Walker (5/7)

Warriors 24
North Queensland Cowboys 20

Venue: Central Coast Stadium
Crowd: 3692
Date: Sunday 2 May 2021 at 2:00pm

Tries: Kodi Nikorima, Rocco Berry, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Adam Pompey
Conversions: Kodi Nikorima (3/4)
Penalty Goals: Kodi Nikorima (1/1)

Tries: Reece Robson, Murray Taulagi (2), Scott Drinkwater
Conversions: Valentine Holmes (2/4)

St George Illawarra Dragons 8
Wests Tigers 16

Venue: WIN Stadium
Crowd: 12323
Date: Sunday 2 May 2021 at 4:05pm

Tries: Cody Ramsey
Conversions: Zac Lomax (0/1)
Penalty Goals: Zac Lomax (1/1), Corey Norman (1/1)

Tries: Tommy Talau, Zac Cini, Joseph Leilua
Conversions: Adam Doueihi (2/3)
Penalty Goals: Adam Doueihi (0/1)

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

Match Review Charges - Round 8

Player ClubChargeOn who?BasePriors/discountsCarryoversGuilty Early plea PleaResultCarry
Jordan RIKIBrisbane Grade 1 Contrary Conduct (Melee) $1500 1 x non-similar (+20%) N/A $1800 $1350 Guilty - early plea$1350N/A
Matt LODGE Brisbane Grade 1 Contrary Conduct David Fifita $1500 None N/A $1500 $1150 Guilty - early plea$1150N/A
Matt BURTON Penrith Grade 1 Careless High Tackle Martin Taupau $1500 None N/A $1500 $1150 Guilty - early plea$1150 N/A
Ava SEUMANUFAGAI Canterbury Grade 1 Dangerous Contact - other Nathan Brown $1500 7-year incident free (-25%) N/A $1150 $750 Guilty - early plea$750 N/A
Sitili TUPOUNIUA Sydney Grade 1 Shoulder Charge Connor Watson 200 None 0 200 150 Guilty - early plea1 match50
Matt IKUVALU Sydney Grade 1 Dangerous Contact - other Blake Green $1500 1 x similar (+50%) N/A $2250 $1700 Guilty - early plea$1700N/A
Tommy TALAUWests TigersGrade 1 Shoulder ChargeJack Bird200NoneN/A200150Guilty - early plea1 match 50
Coen HESSNorth QldGrade 1 Dangerous Contact - otherReece Walsh$15001 x non-similar (+20%)N/A$1800$1350Guilty - early plea$1350 N/A

LeagueUnlimited Player of the Year standings

Our writers issue points every game for who they judge as the best player on the field. Below is the running tally for the season...

13 points - Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (Warriors)
12 points - Clinton Gutherson (Eels), Nathan Cleary (Panthers), David Fifita (Titans)
10 points - Will Kennedy (Sharks)
9 points - Sam Walker (Roosters), Jarome Luai (Panthers)
8 points - Reed Mahoney (Eels), Adam Doueihi (Wests Tigers), Ryan Papenhuyzen (Storm)
7 points - Daine Laurie (Wests Tigers), Adam Reynolds (Rabbitohs), Cameron Munster (Storm), Cody Walker (Rabbitohs), Scott Drinkwater (Cowboys), Isaiah Papali'i (Eels)
6 points - Damien Cook (Rabbitohs), Alexander Brimson (Titans), Latrell Mitchell (Rabbitohs), George Williams (Raiders), Brian To'o (Panthers), Harry Grant (Storm), Ben Hunt (Dragons), Tom Trbojevic (Sea Eagles), Jamayne Isaako (Broncos)
5 points - Jahrome Hughes (Storm), Christian Welch (Storm), Brett Morris (Roosters), Chad Townsend (Sharks), Viliame Kikau (Panthers), Valentine Holmes (Cowboys), Luke Keary (Roosters)
4 points - Kodi Nikorima (Warriors), Maika Sivo (Eels), Daly Cherry-Evans (Sea Eagles), Isaah Yeo (Panthers), Tui Kamikamica (Storm), James Tedesco (Roosters)
3 points - Daniel Saifiti (Knights), Tevita Pangai Junior (Broncos), Adam Clune (Dragons), Angus Crichton (Roosters), Tariq Sims (Dragons), Kalyn Ponga (Knights), Payne Haas (Broncos), Ryan Sutton (Raiders), Jayden Brailey (Knights), Bradman Best (Knights), Tino Fa'asuamaleaui (Titans), Jake Granville (Cowboys), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (Roosters), Keaon Koloamatangi (Rabbitohs), Luke Thompson (Bulldogs)
2 points - Josh Aloiai (Sea Eagles), Matthew Dufty (Dragons), Dylan Napa (Bulldogs), Nicholas Hynes (Storm), Dylan Edwards (Panthers), Josh Morris (Roosters), Benji Marshall (Rabbitohs), Nathan Brown (Eels), Josh Schuster (Sea Eagles), Kieran Foran (Sea Eagles), Mitchell Moses (Eels), Mikaele Ravalawa (Dragons), Marata Niukore (Eels), Jack Wighton (Raiders), Herbie Farnworth (Broncos), Toby Rudolf (Sharks), Paul Vaughan (Dragons), Josh Kerr (Dragons), Zac Lomax (Dragons), Bayley Sironen (Warriors), Blake Ferguson (Eels), Blayke Brailey (Sharks), Hudson Young (Raiders), Blake Lawrie (Dragons), Jai Arrow (Rabbitohs), Connor Watson (Knights), Tyson Frizell (Knights)
1 point - Kurt Mann (Knights), Ryan James (Raiders), Will Hopoate (Bulldogs), Siosiua Taukeiaho (Roosters), Addin Fonua-Blake (Warriors), Tyrone Peachey (Titans), David Nofoaluma (Wests Tigers), Caleb Aekins (Raiders), Felise Kaufusi (Storm), Joseph Manu (Roosters), Tom Starling (Raiders), Thomas Burgess (Rabbitohs), Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow (Cowboys), Xavier Coates (Broncos), Ben Murdoch-Masila (Warriors), Phillip Sami (Titans), Corey Thompson (Titans), Josh Papali'i (Raiders), James Fisher-Harris (Panthers), Dane Gagai (Rabbitohs), Brodie Jones (Knights), Cameron Murray (Rabbitohs), Tohu Harris (Warriors), Paul Momirovski (Panthers), Jaydn Su'A (Rabbitohs), Andrew McCullough (Dragons), Sebastian Kris (Raiders), Lindsay Collins (Roosters), Francis Molo (Cowboys)

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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 8

Canberra Raiders (20) v South Sydney Rabbitohs (34)
Thu 29 Apr 7:50PM at GIO Stadium Canberra (Crowd: 14260)
Melbourne Storm (40) v Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks (14)
Fri 30 Apr 6:00PM at AAMI Park (Crowd: 10069)
Brisbane Broncos (36) v Gold Coast Titans (28)
Fri 30 Apr 7:55PM at Suncorp Stadium (Crowd: 21322)
Penrith Panthers (28) v Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles (16)
Sat 1 May 3:00PM at Carrington Park (Crowd: 5800)
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs (10) v Parramatta Eels (32)
Sat 1 May 5:30PM at Stadium Australia (Crowd: 13273)
Newcastle Knights (4) v Sydney Roosters (38)
Sat 1 May 7:35PM at McDonald Jones Stadium (Crowd: 22172)
Warriors (24) v North Queensland Cowboys (20)
Sun 2 May 2:00PM at Central Coast Stadium (Crowd: 3692)
St George Illawarra Dragons (8) v Wests Tigers (16)
Sun 2 May 4:05PM at WIN Stadium (Crowd: 12323)

Round 8 total: 102,909
Round 8 average: 12,864
2021 cumulative attendance (to R8): 890,394
2021 average (to R8): 13,912

Ratings - Round 8

STV ratings (Foxtel)

Thu 7:50pm CAN v SOU - 244K
Fri 6:00pm MEL v CRO - 240K
Fri 7:55pm BRI v GLD - 269K
Sat 3:00pm PEN v MAN - 204K
Sat 5:30pm CBY v PAR - 231K
Sat 7:35pm NEW v SYD - 219K
Sun 2:00pm WAR v NQL - 177K
Sun 4:05pm SGI v WST - 242K

Round 8 STV total: 1.826m

FTA ratings (Nine Network)

Thu 7:50pm CAN v SOU - 566K (334K metro, 232K regional)
Fri 7:55pm BRI v GLD - TBC (354K metro)
Sun 4:05pm SGI v WST - 417K (264K metro, 153K regional)

Round 8 FTA total: TBC