Monday's Expert - 2023 NRL Round 13


A full wrap of NRL Round 13, 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.

Dolphins 26
St George Illawarra Dragons 12

Venue: Kayo Stadium, Redcliffe / Kabi Kabi
Crowd: 10047
Date: Thursday 25 May 2023 at 7:50pm

Tries: Jamayne Isaako (2), Mark Nicholls, Anthony Milford
Field Goals: Anthony Milford (0/1)
Conversions: Jamayne Isaako (4/4)
Penalty Goals: Jamayne Isaako (1/1)

Tries: Jack Bird, Toby Couchman
Conversions: Zac Lomax (1/2)
Penalty Goals: Zac Lomax (1/1)

Dolphins: Nikorima, Isaako, Aitken, Lee, Niu; Milford, Katoa; Bromwich (C), Marshall-King, Ese'ese, Bromwich, Lemuelu, Stone. Int: Wallace, Nicholls, Teague, Te Whare.
St George Illawarra: Sloan, Feagai, Suli, Lomax, Ravalawa; Amone, Sullivan; Molo, Liddle, Molo, Bird, Murdoch-Masila, De Belin (C). Int: Mbye, Couchman, Hunt, Kerr.

Parramatta Eels 24
North Queensland Cowboys 16

Venue: CommBank Stadium, Parramatta / Burramattagal
Crowd: 14810
Date: Friday 26 May 2023 at 8:00pm

Tries: Wiremu Greig, Mitchell Moses, Maika Sivo, Sean Russell
Conversions: Mitchell Moses (4/4)

Tries: Scott Drinkwater, Kyle Feldt (2)
Conversions: Chad Townsend (1/2), Kyle Feldt (1/1)

Parramatta: Gutherson (C), Sivo, Penisini, Simonsson, Russell; Brown, Moses; Greig, Hodgson, Ofahengaue, Cartwright, Doorey, Hopgood. Int: Ogden, Hands, Moretti, Makatoa.
North QLD: Drinkwater, Feldt, Laybutt, Hiku, Derby; Hampton, Townsend (C); McLean, Robson, Hess, Gosiewski, Luki, Granville. Int: Leilua, Finefeuiaki, Taunoa-Brown, Neame.

Warriors 22
Brisbane Broncos 26

Venue: McLean Park, Napier / Aotearoa
Crowd: 16195
Date: Saturday 27 May 2023 at 5:30pm

Tries: Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (2), Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Marcelo Montoya
Conversions: Shaun Johnson (3/4)

Tries: Deine Mariner (2), Jordan Riki, Ezra Mam
Conversions: Adam Reynolds (4/4)
Penalty Goals: Adam Reynolds (1/1)

Warriors: Nicoll-Klokstad, Watene-Zelezniak, Berry, Pompey, Montoya; Metcalf, Johnson; Fonua-Blake, Lussick, Afoa, Ford, Niukore, Harris (C). Int: Sironen, Curran, Sifakula, Ale.
Brisbane: Sailor, Arthars, Staggs, Farnworth, Mariner; Mam, Reynolds (C); Palasia, Walters, Jensen, Capewell, Riki, Hetherington. Int: Paix, Willison, Piakura, Taupau.

South Sydney Rabbitohs 26
Canberra Raiders 33

Venue: Accor Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park / Wanngal
Crowd: 12382
Date: Saturday 27 May 2023 at 7:35pm

Tries: Jed Cartwright, Alex Johnston (2), Isaiah Tass, Damien Cook
Conversions: Blake Taaffe (3/5)

Tries: Corey Horsburgh, Albert Hopoate (3), Tom Starling
Field Goals: Jamal Fogarty (1/1)
Conversions: Jarrod Croker (4/5)
Penalty Goals: Jarrod Croker (2/2)

Souths: Taaffe, Johnston, Tass, Cartwright, Milne; Walker (C), Ilias; Tatola, Cook, Sele, Koloamatangi, Host, Knight. Int: Chee-Kam, Duncan, Mitchell, Suluka-Fifita.
Canberra: Kris, Hopoate, Croker (C), Timoko, Rapana; Wighton, Fogarty; Papalii, Woolford, Saulo, Harawira-Naera, Horsburgh, Tapine. Int: Starling, Guler, Cotric, Mariota.

Newcastle Knights 28
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 18

Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium, New Lambton / Awabakal
Crowd: 20661
Date: Sunday 28 May 2023 at 4:05pm

Tries: Greg Marzhew (3), Bradman Best, Phoenix Crossland, Dominic Young
Conversions: Jackson Hastings (2/6)

Tries: Reuben Garrick, Lachlan Croker, Jason Saab
Conversions: Reuben Garrick (2/3)
Penalty Goals: Reuben Garrick (1/1)

Newcastle: Ponga (C), Young, Gagai, Best, Marzhew; Gamble, Hastings; Saifiti, Crossland, Thompson, Johns, Fitzgibbon, Elliott. Int: Saifiti, Hetherington, Croker.
Manly: Weekes, Saab, Parker, Koula, Garrick; Schuster, Johns; Paseka, Croker (C), Sipley, Olakau'atu, Fainu, Keppie. Int: Lawton, Bullemor, Condon, Arthur.

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, Gold Coast Titans, Melbourne Storm, Penrith Panthers, Sydney Roosters and Wests Tigers had a bye this round.

Ladder after Round 13

9Gold Coast115062-3114
15Wests Tigers113082-4210
16North Qld135080-9010
17St Geo Illa123091-598

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

RLP stats leaders

Top tries

1Maika SIVOPAR1315
2Campbell GRAHAMSOU1212
Jamayne ISAAKODOL1212
Dominic YOUNGNEW1112
6William KENNEDYCRO1111

Top points

1Jamayne ISAAKODOL121245-138
2Latrell MITCHELLSOU129411119
3Mitchell MOSESPAR125452112
4Nathan CLEARYPEN11339596
Reuben GARRICKMAN11636-96
Nick MEANEYMEL10734-96
7Adam REYNOLDSBRI12142392

Thanks to Rugby League Project!

Match review

Six players were issued fines in Round 13 across Thursday and Saturday's matches, with no players charged Friday. Two more were fined on Monday, bringing the total to eight.

Only Nick Cotric (Canberra) and Ray Stone (Dolphins) are facing a risk of suspension, should either of them challenge their charge and lose (or enter a no-contest plea).

By Monday afternoon, all eight players had entered early pleas, accepting fines.

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.

Brisbane's Corey Oates (knee)

Canterbury's Braidon Burns (knee) and Raymond Faitala-Mariner (sick)

North Qld's Jeremiah Nanai (suspension) and Jason Taumalolo (knee)

Dolphins' Jack Bostock (nose), Tautau Moga (shoulder) and Jaydn Su'A (knee)

Penrith trio Matt Eisenhuth (shoulder), Spencer Leniu (groin) and Izack Tago (pec)

Roosters foursome Joey Manu (ankle), Daniel Tupou (hamstring), JWH (pec) and Sam Walker (knee)

Cronulla centre Siosifa Talakai (neck)

Melbourne pair George Jennings (hamstring) and Alec MacDonald (elbow)

Gold Coast half Toby Sexton (wrist)

Warriors pairing Mitch Barnett (neck) and Wayde Egan (calf)

Wests Tigers centre Brent Naden (suspension)

LeagueUnlimited Player of the Year standings

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

17 points - Mitchell Moses (Eels), Nicho Hynes (Sharks), Shaun Johnson (Warriors)

15 points - Payne Haas (Broncos)

13 points - Adam Reynolds (Broncos), Latrell Mitchell (Rabbitohs)

11 points - Nathan Cleary (Panthers), Dylan Edwards (Panthers), Cameron Munster (Storm), Ben Hunt (Dragons)

10 points - Reece Walsh (Broncos)

9 points - James Tedesco (Roosters), Corey Horsburgh (Raiders)

8 points - Hudson Young (Raiders), Kodi Nikorima (Dolphins), AJ Brimson (Titans), David Fifita (Titans), Cody Walker (Rabbitohs)

7 points - Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow (Dolphins), William Kennedy (Sharks), Dylan Brown (Eels), Jamayne Isaako (Dolphins), Scott Drinkwater (Cowboys), Herbie Farnworth (Broncos), Briton Nikora (Sharks), Jeremy Marshall-King (Dolphins), Campbell Graham (Rabbitohs), Harry Grant (Storm), Kalyn Ponga (Knights)

6 points - Nick Meaney (Storm), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (Roosters), Luke Brooks (Wests Tigers), Jacob Kiraz (Bulldogs), Luke Keary (Roosters), Matt Burton (Bulldogs), Isaah Yeo (Panthers), Chad Townsend (Cowboys), Daly Cherry-Evans (Sea Eagles), Addin Fonua-Blake (Warriors), J'maine Hopgood (Eels)

5 points - Haumole Olakau'atu (Sea Eagles), Josh Schuster (Sea Eagles), Cameron Murray (Rabbitohs), Nelson Asofa-Solomona (Storm), Jahream Bula (Wests Tigers), Greg Marzhew (Knights), Phillip Sami (Titans), Clinton Gutherson (Eels)

4 points - Reed Mahoney (Bulldogs), Josh Papali'i (Raiders), Brandon Wakeham (Wests Tigers), Jacob Preston (Bulldogs), Jamal Fogarty (Raiders)

3 points - Dane Gagai (Knights), Kieran Foran (Titans), Lachlan Croker (Sea Eagles), Sebastian Kris (Raiders), Jeremiah Nanai (Cowboys), Damien Cook (Rabbitohs), Lachlan Miller (Knights), Valentine Holmes (Cowboys), Tohu Harris (Warriors), Brandon Smith (Roosters), Jake Averillo (Bulldogs), Alofiana Khan-Pereira (Titans), Stephen Crichton (Panthers), Sam Walker (Roosters), Jarome Luai (Panthers), Tyson Gamble (Knights), Tom Trbojevic (Sea Eagles), Anthony Milford (Dolphins), Lachlan Ilias (Rabbitohs), Jacob Liddle (Dragons), Sean O'Sullivan (Dolphins), Eliesa Katoa (Storm), Daniel Saifiti (Knights), Taane Milne (Rabbitohs), Junior Tupou (Wests Tigers), Tanah Boyd (Titans), Heilum Luki (Cowboys), Tyson Frizell (Knights), Jackson Hastings (Knights)

2 points - Connelly Lemuelu (Dolphins), Tolutau Koula (Sea Eagles), Jack de Belin (Dragons), Siosifa Talakai (Sharks), Brian To'o (Panthers), Jack Wighton (Raiders), Scott Sorensen (Panthers), Connor Tracey (Sharks), Starford To'a (Wests Tigers), Bradman Best (Knights), Keenan Palasia (Broncos), Reuben Cotter (Cowboys), Thomas Burgess (Rabbitohs), Sitili Tupouniua (Roosters), Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (Warriors), Braidon Burns (Bulldogs), Matthew Timoko (Raiders), Thomas Flegler (Broncos), Apisai Koroisau (Wests Tigers), Felise Kaufusi (Dolphins), Izack Tago (Panthers), Lindsay Collins (Roosters), Ezra Mam (Broncos), Dominic Young (Knights), Blake Lawrie (Dragons), Jackson Ford (Warriors), Tom Gilbert (Dolphins), Tino Fa'asuamaleaui (Titans), Tesi Niu (Dolphins), Wayde Egan (Warriors), Joseph Tapine (Raiders), Jonah Pezet (Storm), Matt Moylan (Sharks), Blayke Brailey (Sharks), Jason Saab (Sea Eagles), Jordan Rapana (Raiders)

1 point - Adam Doueihi (Wests Tigers), Braydon Trindall (Sharks), Leo Thompson (Knights), Brendan Hands (Eels), Freddy Lussick (Warriors), Hayze Perham (Bulldogs), Taniela Paseka (Sea Eagles), Jayden Campbell (Titans), Mikaele Ravalawa (Dragons), Wiremu Greig (Eels), Jaxson Paulo (Roosters), Charlie Staines (Wests Tigers), Marcelo Montoya (Warriors), William Warbrick (Storm), Jahrome Hughes (Storm), Cory Paix (Broncos), Jayden Brailey (Knights), Tautau Moga (Dragons), Josh Reynolds (Bulldogs), Moses Leota (Panthers), Ethan Bullemor (Sea Eagles), Xavier Coates (Storm), Jazz Tevaga (Warriors), Tevita Tatola (Rabbitohs), Keaon Koloamatangi (Rabbitohs), Joseph Manu (Roosters), Jayden Sullivan (Dragons), Mason Teague (Dolphins), Josh Addo-Carr (Bulldogs), Edward Kosi (Warriors), Alex Johnston (Rabbitohs), Murray Taulagi (Cowboys), Valynce Te Whare (Dolphins), Kotoni Staggs (Broncos)

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 13

Thu 7:50pmDOL v SGIKayo10,047
Fri 8:00pmPAR v NQLCommbank14,810
Sat 7:30pmWAR v BRIMcLean16,195
Sat 7:35pmSOU v CANAccor12,382
Sun 4:05pmNEW v MANMcD. Jones20,661

Round Total: 74,095 / Average per game 14,819
Season Total: 1,872,549 / Average per match: 18,540

Ratings - Round 13

Thu 7:50pmDOL v SGI5945631157
Fri 8:00pmPAR v NQL5755111086
Sat 5:30pmWAR v BRI-558558
Sat 7:35pmSOU v CAN-666666
Sun 4:05pmNEW v MAN498462960

Next week

State of Origin Mens Game I

NSW v QLD, Adelaide Oval / Kaurna
Wed 31 May 8:05PM

State of Origin Women's Game I

NSW v QLD, Commbank Stadium Parramatta / Burramattagal
Thu 1 Jun 7:35PM

NRL Round 14

BYES: Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, Newcastle Knights, Parramatta Eels

Wests Tigers v Canberra Raiders
Fri 2 Jun 8:00PM at Campbelltown Sports Stadium, Leumeah / Dharawal

Warriors v Dolphins
Sat 3 Jun 3:00PM at Go Media Stadium, Penrose / Aotearoa
Gold Coast Titans v South Sydney Rabbitohs
Sat 3 Jun 5:30PM at Cbus Super Stadium, Robina / Yugambeh
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks v Brisbane Broncos
Sat 3 Jun 7:35PM at PointsBet Stadium, Woolooware / Dharawal

Sydney Roosters v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Sun 4 Jun 2:00PM at Industree Group Stadium, Gosford / Darkinjung
North Queensland Cowboys v Melbourne Storm
Sun 4 Jun 4:05PM at Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville / Wulgurukaba
Penrith Panthers v St George Illawarra Dragons
Sun 4 Jun 6:15PM at BlueBet Stadium, Penrith / Dharug

Full 2023 NRL draw & results