Monday's Expert - 2023 NRL Round 9


A full wrap of NRL Round 9, with the full scoresheet, ladder, stats leaders, match review, player of the year points, injury news, crowd stats, TV ratings and upcoming fixtures.

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

RELATED: See the full list of 2023 NRL Telstra Premiership Draw and Results.

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 44
North Queensland Cowboys 6

Venue: PointsBet Stadium, Woolooware / Dharawal
Crowd: 8148
Date: Thursday 27 April 2023 at 7:50pm

Tries: Siosifa Talakai, Nicho Hynes, Jesse Ramien, Sione Katoa, Ronaldo Mulitalo (2), Teig Wilton
Conversions: Nicho Hynes (6/7)
Penalty Goals: Nicho Hynes (2/2)

Tries: Kyle Feldt
Conversions: Valentine Holmes (1/1)

Cronulla: Kennedy, Katoa, Ramien, Talakai, Mulitalo; Moylan, Hynes (C); Kaufusi, Brailey, Hamlin-Uele, Nikora, Wilton, McInnes. Int: Graham, Williams, Hunt, Hazelton, Trindall.
North QLD: Drinkwater, Feldt, Holmes, Hiku, Taulagi; Dearden, Townsend (C); McLean, Robson, Hess, Gosiewski, Nanai, Granville. Int: Cotter, Chester, Taunoa-Brown, Dunn.

Parramatta Eels 43
Newcastle Knights 12

Venue: CommBank Stadium, Parramatta / Burramattagal
Crowd: 15875
Date: Friday 28 April 2023 at 6:00pm

Tries: Dylan Brown, Mitchell Moses, Clinton Gutherson (3), Sean Russell, Junior Paulo
Field Goals: Mitchell Moses (1/1)
Conversions: Mitchell Moses (7/7)

Tries: Mathew Croker, Dominic Young
Conversions: Lachlan Miller (2/2)

Parramatta: Gutherson (C), Sivo, Penisini, Russell, Dunster; Brown, Moses; Greig, Hodgson, Paulo, Lane, Cartwright, Hopgood. Int: Hands, Doorey, Makatoa, Ogden.
Newcastle: Miller, Young, Gagai, Best, Marzhew; Ponga (C), Hastings; Saifiti, Mann, Thompson, Frizell, Fitzgibbon, Croker. Int: Crossland, Gamble, Saifiti, Hetherington.

Brisbane Broncos 6
South Sydney Rabbitohs 32

Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Milton / Yuggera-Turrbal
Crowd: 40102
Date: Friday 28 April 2023 at 8:00pm

Tries: Jesse Arthars
Conversions: Adam Reynolds (0/1)
Penalty Goals: Adam Reynolds (1/1)

Tries: Campbell Graham (3), Latrell Mitchell (2), Cody Walker
Conversions: Latrell Mitchell (4/6)

Brisbane: Walsh, Arthars, Staggs, Farnworth, Cobbo; Madden, Reynolds (C); Flegler, Walters, Palasia, Capewell, Riki, Carrigan. Int: Paix, Jensen, Hetherington, Taupau.
Souths: Mitchell, Johnston, Tass, Graham, Milne; Walker, Ilias; Sele, Cook, Arrow, Chee-Kam, Host, Murray (C). Int: Tatola, Cartwright, Moale, Burgess.

Canberra Raiders 31
Dolphins 30

Venue: McDonalds Park, Wagga Wagga / Wiradjuri
Crowd: 10445
Date: Saturday 29 April 2023 at 3:00pm

Tries: Jarrod Croker, Jack Wighton, Jordan Rapana, Sebastian Kris, Jamal Fogarty
Field Goals: Jamal Fogarty (1/2)
Conversions: Jarrod Croker (3/5)
Penalty Goals: Jarrod Croker (2/2)

Tries: Euan Aitken, Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, Connelly Lemuelu (2), Jesse Bromwich
Conversions: Jamayne Isaako (5/5)

Canberra: Kris, Hopoate, Croker (C), Timoko, Rapana; Wighton, Fogarty; Papalii, Woolford, Tapine, Young, Whitehead, Horsburgh. Int: Starling, Guler, Saulo, Harawira-Naera.
Dolphins: Tabuai-Fidow, Isaako, Aitken, Lee, Jennings; Nikorima, Katoa; Bromwich (C), Marshall-King, Bromwich, Kaufusi, Lemuelu, Gilbert. Int: Wallace, Stone, Ese'ese, Donoghoe.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 10
Gold Coast Titans 26

Venue: 4 Pines Park, Brookvale / Cammeraygal
Crowd: 10107
Date: Saturday 29 April 2023 at 5:30pm

Tries: Sean Keppie
Conversions: Reuben Garrick (1/1)
Penalty Goals: Reuben Garrick (2/2)

Tries: Alofiana Khan-Pereira (2), David Fifita, Phillip Sami, Klese Haas
Conversions: Tanah Boyd (2/5)
Penalty Goals: Tanah Boyd (1/1)

Manly: Weekes, Saab, Garrick, Harper, Tuipulotu; Johns, Cherry-Evans (C); Paseka, Croker, Trbojevic, Olakau'atu, Tuilagi, Aloiai. Int: Lawton, Bullemor, Keppie, Sipley.
Gold Coast: Brimson, Khan-Pereira, Kelly, Fifita, Sami; Foran, Boyd; Fotuaika, Randall, Fa'asuamaleaui (C), Fifita, Stimson, Liu. Int: Campbell, Clark, Haas, Vuna.

Penrith Panthers 8
Wests Tigers 12

Venue: Carrington Park, Bathurst / Wiradjuri
Crowd: 11055
Date: Saturday 29 April 2023 at 7:35pm

Tries: Tyrone Peachey
Conversions: Stephen Crichton (1/1)
Penalty Goals: Stephen Crichton (1/1)

Tries: Brandon Wakeham, David Nofoaluma
Conversions: Brandon Wakeham (1/2)
Penalty Goals: Brandon Wakeham (1/2)

Penrith: Edwards, Turuva, Peachey, Crichton, To'o; Luai, Cleary; Leota, Kenny, Eisenhuth, Sorensen, Hosking, Yeo (C). Int: Luke, Smith, Salmon, Henry.
Wests Tigers: Bula, Nofoaluma, To'a, Naden, Tupou; Wakeham, Brooks; Utoikamanu, Koroisau (C), Klemmer, Papali'i, Bateman, Pole. Int: Simpkin, Ofahengaue, Twal, Talau.

Warriors 0
Sydney Roosters 14

Venue: Mt Smart Stadium, Penrose / Aotearoa
Crowd: 20395
Date: Sunday 30 April 2023 at 2:00pm


Tries: Nat Butcher, Sitili Tupouniua
Conversions: Joseph Suaalii (2/2)
Penalty Goals: Joseph Suaalii (1/1)

Warriors: Watene-Zelezniak, Montoya, Vailea, Pompey, Kosi; Walker, Johnson; Niukore, Egan (C), Afoa, Ford, Curran, Fonua-Blake. Int: Lussick, Sironen, Ale, Sifakula.
Sydney: Tedesco (C), Allan, Sua'ali'i, Momirovski, Paulo; Manu, Keary; Lodge, Smith, Collins, Butcher, Butcher, Radley. Int: Hutchison, Crichton, Tupouniua, Baker.

St George Illawarra Dragons 16
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 18

Venue: WIN Stadium, Wollongong / Dharawal
Crowd: 16678
Date: Sunday 30 April 2023 at 4:05pm

Tries: Mathew Feagai, Toby Couchman, Max Feagai
Conversions: Zac Lomax (2/3)

Tries: Corey Waddell, Jake Averillo (2)
Conversions: Matt Burton (1/2), Jake Averillo (1/1)
Penalty Goals: Matt Burton (1/1)

St George Illawarra: Sloan, Feagai, Suli, Lomax, Feagai; Amone, Hunt (C); Molo, Mbye, Lawrie, Hunt, Bird, De Belin. Int: Murdoch-Masila, Liddle, Couchman, Kerr.
Canterbury: Perham, Casey, Averillo, Alamoti, Burns; Reynolds, Burton (C); Edwards, Mahoney, Pangai Junior, Waddell, Preston, Faitala-Mariner. Int: Morrin, Okunbor, Hughes, Oloapu.

Melbourne Storm had a bye this round.

Ladder after Round 9

1. Brisbane Broncos972002341647014
2. Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks853012371558212
3. South Sydney Rabbitohs963002161387812
4. Melbourne Storm853011701462412
5. Sydney Roosters85301147154-712
6. Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles84311171175-411
7. Penrith Panthers844011831117210
8. Warriors95400174180-610
9. Gold Coast Titans84401188199-1110
10. Dolphins95400212223-1110
11. Canberra Raiders84401153194-4110
12. Parramatta Eels94500222188348
13. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs94500145224-798
14. Newcastle Knights93510179215-367
15. St George Illawarra Dragons82601170195-256
16. North Queensland Cowboys93600145213-686
17. Wests Tigers81701118190-724

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RLP Stats Leaders

Top tries

1Campbell GRAHAMSouths911
2Maika SIVOParramatta910
3William KENNEDYCronulla89
Alofiana KHAN-PEREIRAGold Coast89
Ronaldo MULITALOCronulla89
Hamiso TABUAI-FIDOWDolphins99
Dominic YOUNGNewcastle89

Top points

1Jamayne ISAAKODolphins9832-96
2Latrell MITCHELLSouths9831195
3Mitchell MOSESParramatta9434286
4Nick MEANEYMelbourne7724-76
5Adam REYNOLDSBrisbane91333^74
6Tanah BOYDGold Coast8132-68
7Nathan CLEARYPenrith82254^63

^ includes 1 x two-point field goal

Thanks to RLP!

Match review

Jeremiah Nanai accepted a 4-match ban on Friday stemming from Thursday night's loss to Cronulla, while two of his teammates - Drinkwater and Hess were fined.

Brisbane's Herbie Farnworth was fined from an incident in Friday's loss to South Sydney.

Saturday produced charges in each game of the three. Toff Sipley (Manly) and Brent Naden (Tigers) are facing 3-4 matches, while Ray Stone (Dolphins), Haumole Olakau'atu (Manly) and Soni Luke (Penrith) can all escape with fines.

MONDAY: Five more players - all with fines - were charged on Monday following Sunday's matches. All players charged from Thursday to Saturday entered early pleas - Sipley and Naden will miss 3 matches each along with Nanai's 4, all others paying fines so far. Sunday players charged will need to submit pleas by 12pm Tuesday.

TUESDAY: Reynolds, Bird and Collins all entered early pleas, while Luke Keary is pleading not guilty and will face the judiciary on Tuesday night. AT JUDICIARY he was unsuccessful and will pay the higher fine of $1000.

Check out the details for all charges and the results here.

Who could be back?

Here's who's in line to return to the field next weekend.

Broncos: Payne Haas & Ezra Mam

Cowboys: Heilum Luki

Dolphins: Tesi Niu

Dragons: Mikaele Ravalawa

Eels: Ryan Matterson, Bailey Simonsson

Panthers: James Fisher-Harris

Raiders: Matt Frawley

Roosters: Jared Waerea-Hargreaves

Sea Eagles: Tolutau Koula, Tom Trbojevic, Ray Tuaimalo Vaega

Sharks: Dale FInucane

Warriors: Tohu Harris, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Brayden Wiliame

Wests Tigers: Asu Kepaoa, Brandon Tumeth

LeagueUnlimited Player of the Year standings

Our writers issue points every game for who they judge as the best player on the field.

14 points - Shaun Johnson (Warriors)

13 points - Latrell Mitchell (Rabbitohs), Nicho Hynes (Sharks)

12 points - Payne Haas (Broncos), Mitchell Moses (Eels)

9 points - Adam Reynolds (Broncos)

8 points - Reece Walsh (Broncos), Ben Hunt (Dragons), AJ Brimson (Titans), Cameron Munster (Storm), Nathan Cleary (Panthers)

7 points - Dylan Edwards (Panthers), Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow (Dolphins), Harry Grant (Storm)

6 points - Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (Roosters), James Tedesco (Roosters), Luke Keary (Roosters), Corey Horsburgh (Raiders), Campbell Graham (Rabbitohs), Nick Meaney (Storm), Herbie Farnworth (Broncos)

5 points - Clinton Gutherson (Eels), Briton Nikora (Sharks), Daly Cherry-Evans (Sea Eagles), Hudson Young (Raiders), Haumole Olakau'atu (Sea Eagles), Jamayne Isaako (Dolphins), Jeremy Marshall-King (Dolphins), J'maine Hopgood (Eels), Greg Marzhew (Knights), Phillip Sami (Titans), Kodi Nikorima (Dolphins), David Fifita (Titans)

4 points - Jacob Kiraz (Bulldogs), Jacob Preston (Bulldogs), William Kennedy (Sharks), Isaah Yeo (Panthers), Scott Drinkwater (Cowboys)

3 points - Jeremiah Nanai (Cowboys), Dane Gagai (Knights), Cameron Murray (Rabbitohs), Luke Brooks (Wests Tigers), Junior Tupou (Wests Tigers), Jake Averillo (Bulldogs), Brandon Smith (Roosters), Tohu Harris (Warriors), Alofiana Khan-Pereira (Titans), Tanah Boyd (Titans), Cody Walker (Rabbitohs), Stephen Crichton (Panthers), Reed Mahoney (Bulldogs), Lachlan Croker (Sea Eagles), Matt Burton (Bulldogs), Sebastian Kris (Raiders), Nelson Asofa-Solomona (Storm), Valentine Holmes (Cowboys), Lachlan Miller (Knights), Jackson Hastings (Knights), Damien Cook (Rabbitohs), Tyson Gamble (Knights), Lachlan Ilias (Rabbitohs), Sean O'Sullivan (Dolphins), Chad Townsend (Cowboys), Josh Schuster (Sea Eagles), Sam Walker (Roosters)

2 points - Matt Moylan (Sharks), Dominic Young (Knights), Connelly Lemuelu (Dolphins), Blake Lawrie (Dragons), Siosifa Talakai (Sharks), Daniel Saifiti (Knights), Tom Gilbert (Dolphins), Jason Saab (Sea Eagles), Addin Fonua-Blake (Warriors), Jamal Fogarty (Raiders), Jordan Rapana (Raiders), Lindsay Collins (Roosters), Brandon Wakeham (Wests Tigers), Ezra Mam (Broncos), Izack Tago (Panthers), Jonah Pezet (Storm), Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (Warriors), Tolutau Koula (Sea Eagles), Wayde Egan (Warriors), Braidon Burns (Bulldogs), Felise Kaufusi (Dolphins), Joseph Tapine (Raiders), Sitili Tupouniua (Roosters), Tino Fa'asuamaleaui (Titans), Tesi Niu (Dolphins), Jackson Ford (Warriors), Blayke Brailey (Sharks), Apisai Koroisau (Wests Tigers), Jacob Liddle (Dragons)

1 point - Jack de Belin (Dragons), Joseph Manu (Roosters), Brendan Hands (Eels), Josh Reynolds (Bulldogs), Jahream Bula (Wests Tigers), Adam Doueihi (Wests Tigers), Tautau Moga (Dragons), Tevita Tatola (Rabbitohs), Kalyn Ponga (Knights), Kotoni Staggs (Broncos), Leo Thompson (Knights), Edward Kosi (Warriors), Jayden Brailey (Knights), Moses Leota (Panthers), Mikaele Ravalawa (Dragons), Jaxson Paulo (Roosters), Ethan Bullemor (Sea Eagles), Braydon Trindall (Sharks), Cory Paix (Broncos), Marcelo Montoya (Warriors), Jazz Tevaga (Warriors), Josh Addo-Carr (Bulldogs), Charlie Staines (Wests Tigers), Mason Teague (Dolphins), Murray Taulagi (Cowboys), Jayden Campbell (Titans), Hayze Perham (Bulldogs), Xavier Coates (Storm), Keaon Koloamatangi (Rabbitohs), Josh Papali'i (Raiders), Tyson Frizell (Knights)

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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 9

Thu 7:50pmCRO v NQLPointsbet8,148
Fri 6:00pmPAR v NEWCommbank15,875
Fri 8:00pmBRI v SOUSuncorp40,102
Sat 3:00pmCAN v DOLWagga10,445
Sat 5:30pmMAN v GLD4 Pines10,107
Sat 7:35pmPEN v WSTBathurst11,055
Sun 2:00pmWAR v SYDMt Smart20,395
Sun 4:05pmSGI v CBYWIN16,678

Ratings - Round 9

Thu 7:50pmCRO v NQL560434994
Fri 6pmPAR v NEW-458458
Fri 8pmBRI v SOU6635071170
Sat 3pmCAN v DOL-391391
Sat 5:30pmMAN v GLD-452452
Sat 7:35pmPEN v WST-518518
Sun 2:00pmWAR v SYD-309309
Sun 4:05pmSGI v CBY459441900

Scores from NSWRL, QRL and the UK

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Next week

NRL Magic Round - Round 10

BYE: Newcastle Knights

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v Canberra Raiders
Fri 5 May 6:00PM at Suncorp Stadium, Milton / Yuggera-Turrbal
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles v Brisbane Broncos
Fri 5 May 8:05PM at Suncorp Stadium, Milton / Yuggera-Turrbal

Warriors v Penrith Panthers
Sat 6 May 3:00PM at Suncorp Stadium, Milton / Yuggera-Turrbal
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks v Dolphins
Sat 6 May 5:30PM at Suncorp Stadium, Milton / Yuggera-Turrbal
Melbourne Storm v South Sydney Rabbitohs
Sat 6 May 7:45PM at Suncorp Stadium, Milton / Yuggera-Turrbal

Wests Tigers v St George Illawarra Dragons
Sun 7 May 1:50PM at Suncorp Stadium, Milton / Yuggera-Turrbal
Sydney Roosters v North Queensland Cowboys
Sun 7 May 4:00PM at Suncorp Stadium, Milton / Yuggera-Turrbal
Gold Coast Titans v Parramatta Eels
Sun 7 May 6:25PM at Suncorp Stadium, Milton / Yuggera-Turrbal

Full 2023 NRL draw & results