Monday's Expert - 2023 NRL Round 15


A full wrap of NRL Round 15, 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.

Gold Coast Titans 28
Wests Tigers 12

Venue: Cbus Super Stadium, Robina / Yugambeh
Crowd: 10232
Date: Thursday 8 June 2023 at 7:50pm

Tries: AJ Brimson, Klese Haas, Jayden Campbell, Tino Fa'asuamaleaui, Phillip Sami
Conversions: Tanah Boyd (4/5)

Tries: David Klemmer, Jahream Bula
Conversions: Brandon Wakeham (2/2)

Gold Coast: Brimson, Khan-Pereira, Kelly, Schoupp, Sami; Campbell, Boyd; Fotuaika, Verrills, Fa'asuamaleaui (C), Haas, Stimson, Liu. Int: Leeming, Clark, Jolliffe, Fa'asuamaleaui.
Wests Tigers: Bula, Nofoaluma, To'a, Talau, Tupou; Wakeham, Brooks; Utoikamanu, Koroisau (C), Klemmer, Papali'i, Bateman, Blore. Int: Pole, Simpkin, Twal, Kepaoa.

Canberra Raiders 14
Warriors 36

Venue: GIO Stadium Canberra, Bruce / Ngunnawal
Crowd: 21082
Date: Friday 9 June 2023 at 6:00pm

Tries: Jack Wighton, Josh Papali'i
Conversions: Jarrod Croker (2/2)
Penalty Goals: Jarrod Croker (1/1)

Tries: Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Shaun Johnson, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Tom Ale, Luke Metcalf, Wayde Egan
Conversions: Shaun Johnson (4/4), Adam Pompey (2/2)

Canberra: Kris, Hopoate, Croker (C), Timoko, Rapana; Wighton, Fogarty; Papalii, Woolford, Tapine, Young, Whitehead, Horsburgh. Int: Starling, Guler, Cotric, Saulo.
Warriors: Nicoll-Klokstad, Watene-Zelezniak, Leiataua, Pompey, Montoya; Metcalf, Johnson; Fonua-Blake, Egan, Afoa, Ford, Niukore, Harris (C). Int: Sironen, Curran, Barnett, Ale.

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 58
Dolphins 18

Venue: 4 Pines Park, Brookvale / Cammeraygal
Crowd: 14598
Date: Friday 9 June 2023 at 8:00pm

Tries: Jason Saab (2), Reuben Garrick (3), Tom Trbojevic (2), Lachlan Croker, Tolutau Koula (2)
Conversions: Reuben Garrick (9/10)

Tries: Jamayne Isaako, Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow (2)
Conversions: Jamayne Isaako (3/3)

Manly: Trbojevic, Saab, Koula, Garrick, Tuipulotu; Schuster, Cherry-Evans (C); Paseka, Croker, Sipley, Olakau'atu, Bullemor, Keppie. Int: Fainu, Lawton, Aloiai, Condon.
Dolphins: Tabuai-Fidow, Isaako, Aitken, Lee, Niu; Nikorima, Katoa; Bromwich (C), Marshall-King, Faamausili, Bromwich, Lemuelu, Te Whare. Int: Stone, Ese'ese, Nicholls, Donoghoe.

St George Illawarra Dragons 36
South Sydney Rabbitohs 30

Venue: Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Carlton / Bidjigal
Crowd: 17357
Date: Saturday 10 June 2023 at 3:00pm

Tries: Ben Hunt, Mikaele Ravalawa, Jacob Liddle, Jaydn Su'A, Michael Molo, Jaiyden Hunt
Conversions: Zac Lomax (5/6)
Penalty Goals: Zac Lomax (1/1)

Tries: Richard Kennar, Keaon Koloamatangi, Isaiah Tass, Jacob Host, Lachlan Ilias, Campbell Graham
Conversions: Blake Taaffe (3/6)

St George Illawarra: Sloan, Feagai, Suli, Lomax, Ravalawa; Sullivan, Hunt (C); Molo, Liddle, Molo, Murdoch-Masila, Su'A, Hunt. Int: Kerr, Musgrove, Amone, Lawrie.
Souths: Taaffe, Johnston, Tass, Graham, Kennar; Hawkins, Ilias; Tatola, Cook (C), Sele, Koloamatangi, Host, Chee-Kam. Int: Mitchell, Cartwright, Havili, Suluka-Fifita.

Brisbane Broncos 24
Newcastle Knights 20

Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Milton / Yuggera-Turrbal
Crowd: 35814
Date: Saturday 10 June 2023 at 5:30pm

Tries: Selwyn Cobbo (2), Adam Reynolds, Brendan Piakura
Conversions: Adam Reynolds (4/4)

Tries: Dominic Young (2), Kalyn Ponga, Mathew Croker
Conversions: Jackson Hastings (2/4)

Brisbane: Walsh, Oates, Staggs, Farnworth, Cobbo; Mam, Reynolds (C); Flegler, Walters, Haas, Capewell, Riki, Carrigan. Int: Piakura, Hetherington, Taupau, Smoothy.
Newcastle: Ponga (C), Young, Gagai, Best, Marzhew; Gamble, Hastings; Saifiti, Crossland, Thompson, Frizell, Lucas, Elliott. Int: Mann, Saifiti, Hetherington, Croker.

Sydney Roosters 6
Penrith Panthers 30

Venue: Allianz Stadium, Moore Park / Gadigal
Crowd: 23610
Date: Saturday 10 June 2023 at 7:35pm

Tries: James Tedesco
Conversions: Luke Keary (1/1)

Tries: Isaah Yeo, Stephen Crichton, Dylan Edwards, Brian To'o, Izack Tago
Conversions: Stephen Crichton (4/5)
Penalty Goals: Stephen Crichton (1/1)

Sydney: Tedesco (C), Tupou, Allan, Hutchison, Pauga; Manu, Keary; Waerea-Hargreaves, Turpin, Collins, Butcher, Butcher, Tupouniua. Int: Smith, Brown, Crichton, Lodge.
Penrith: Edwards, Turuva, Tago, Crichton, To'o; Luai, Cogger; Leota, Kenny, Fisher-Harris, Sorensen, Martin, Yeo (C). Int: Smith, Leniu, Salmon, Luke.

Melbourne Storm 54
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 10

Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne / Wurundjeri
Crowd: 20253
Date: Sunday 11 June 2023 at 4:05pm

Tries: Tui Kamikamica, William Warbrick, Harry Grant (2), Xavier Coates (2), Josh King, Reimis Smith, Jahrome Hughes
Conversions: Nick Meaney (8/9)
Penalty Goals: Nick Meaney (1/1)

Tries: Teig Wilton, Ronaldo Mulitalo
Conversions: Nicho Hynes (1/2)
Penalty Goals: Nicho Hynes (0/1)

Melbourne: Meaney, Warbrick, Smith, Seve, Coates; Munster, Hughes; Kamikamica, Grant, Welch (C), Loiero, Katoa, King. Int: Asofa-Solomona, Sims, Wishart, Eisenhuth.
Cronulla: Kennedy, Katoa, Ramien, Talakai, Mulitalo; Moylan, Hynes; Hamlin-Uele, Brailey, Hunt, Nikora, Wilton, Finucane (C). Int: Kaufusi, McInnes, Graham, Williams.

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 12
Parramatta Eels 34

Venue: Accor Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park / Wanngal
Crowd: 33866
Date: Monday 12 June 2023 at 4:00pm

Tries: Matt Burton, Hayze Perham
Conversions: Matt Burton (2/2)

Tries: Clinton Gutherson (3), Bailey Simonsson, Viliami Penisini, Maika Sivo
Field Goals: Mitchell Moses (0/1)
Conversions: Mitchell Moses (5/6)

Canterbury: Perham, Kiraz, Averillo, Alamoti, Addo-Carr; Oloapu, Burton (C); Patolo, Mahoney, Pangai Junior, Okunbor, Preston, Edwards. Int: King, Rajab, Morrin, Waddell.
Parramatta: Gutherson (C), Sivo, Penisini, Simonsson, Russell; Asi, Moses; Campbell-Gillard, Hands, Paulo, Cartwright, Davey, Hopgood. Int: Ogden, Doorey, Makatoa, Moretti.

North Queensland Cowboys had a bye this round.

Ladder after Round 15

10Gold Coast136072-3316
14North Qld146081-6514
16Wests Tigers1330102-5910
17St Geo Illa1440101-6110

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

RLP stats leaders

Top tries

1Maika SIVOPAR1416
2Campbell GRAHAMSOU1414
Jamayne ISAAKODOL1414
Dominic YOUNGNEW1214

Top points

1Jamayne ISAAKODOL141448-152
2Reuben GARRICKMAN12945-126
Nick MEANEYMEL12847-126
4Mitchell MOSESPAR135502122
5Latrell MITCHELLSOU129411119

Thanks to Rugby League Project.

Match review

Melbourne prop Christian Welch (1-2) and Warriors back rower Mitch Barnett are the two players staring down suspensions after a spiteful Round 15. Nine others were fined including double doses for JWH and Leniu after their spat in the Roosters-Panthers clash. On Tuesday, Maika Sivo was hit with a Grade 1 Dangerous Contact charge but can escape with a fine. By lunch time all players had accepted early pleas - Welch and Barnett miss one game each with ten other players fined - JWH and Leniu twice.

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.

Canterbury forwards Raymond Faitala-Mariner and Luke Thompson

North Queensland lock Jason Taumalolo

Newcastle's Lachlan Fitzgibbon

Penrith second rower Zac Hosking

Manly's Zac Fulton

Melbourne's Alec MacDonald

LeagueUnlimited Player of the Year standings

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

23 points - Shaun Johnson (Warriors)
19 points - Mitchell Moses (Eels), Payne Haas (Broncos)
17 points - Nicho Hynes (Sharks)
16 points - Ben Hunt (Dragons)
15 points - Reece Walsh (Broncos)
13 points - Latrell Mitchell (Rabbitohs), Cameron Munster (Storm), Adam Reynolds (Broncos)
12 points - Isaah Yeo (Panthers), James Tedesco (Roosters)
11 points - Cody Walker (Rabbitohs), AJ Brimson (Titans), Dylan Edwards (Panthers), Nathan Cleary (Panthers)
10 points - Harry Grant (Storm)
9 points - Kalyn Ponga (Knights), Scott Drinkwater (Cowboys), Corey Horsburgh (Raiders)
8 points - David Fifita (Titans), Kodi Nikorima (Dolphins), Clinton Gutherson (Eels), Hudson Young (Raiders), William Kennedy (Sharks), Addin Fonua-Blake (Warriors), Campbell Graham (Rabbitohs), Daly Cherry-Evans (Sea Eagles)
7 points - Herbie Farnworth (Broncos), Jamal Fogarty (Raiders), Dylan Brown (Eels), Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow (Dolphins), Briton Nikora (Sharks), Jeremy Marshall-King (Dolphins), Jamayne Isaako (Dolphins)
6 points - Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (Roosters), Nick Meaney (Storm), Luke Brooks (Wests Tigers), Luke Keary (Roosters), Jacob Kiraz (Bulldogs), Matt Burton (Bulldogs), Jahream Bula (Wests Tigers), Valentine Holmes (Cowboys), J'maine Hopgood (Eels), Chad Townsend (Cowboys)
5 points - Nelson Asofa-Solomona (Storm), Greg Marzhew (Knights), Josh Schuster (Sea Eagles), Cameron Murray (Rabbitohs), Phillip Sami (Titans), Haumole Olakau'atu (Sea Eagles), Jacob Liddle (Dragons), Reuben Cotter (Cowboys)
4 points - Jacob Preston (Bulldogs), Reed Mahoney (Bulldogs), Jack Wighton (Raiders), Tohu Harris (Warriors), Tom Trbojevic (Sea Eagles), Josh Papali'i (Raiders), Brandon Wakeham (Wests Tigers), Scott Sorensen (Panthers), Wayde Egan (Warriors)
3 points - Stephen Crichton (Panthers), Reuben Garrick (Sea Eagles), Jarome Luai (Panthers), Keaon Koloamatangi (Rabbitohs), Anthony Milford (Dolphins), Jake Averillo (Bulldogs), Eliesa Katoa (Storm), Jackson Hastings (Knights), Lachlan Croker (Sea Eagles), Lachlan Ilias (Rabbitohs), Heilum Luki (Cowboys), Taane Milne (Rabbitohs), Brian To'o (Panthers), Sebastian Kris (Raiders), Tanah Boyd (Titans), Tyson Frizell (Knights), Brandon Smith (Roosters), Sam Walker (Roosters), Dane Gagai (Knights), Tino Fa'asuamaleaui (Titans), Tyson Gamble (Knights), Jeremiah Nanai (Cowboys), Damien Cook (Rabbitohs), Daniel Saifiti (Knights), Lachlan Miller (Knights), Kieran Foran (Titans), Junior Tupou (Wests Tigers), Sean O'Sullivan (Dolphins), Alofiana Khan-Pereira (Titans), Murray Taulagi (Cowboys)
2 points - Siosifa Talakai (Sharks), Connelly Lemuelu (Dolphins), Keenan Palasia (Broncos), Felise Kaufusi (Dolphins), Joseph Tapine (Raiders), Apisai Koroisau (Wests Tigers), Matthew Timoko (Raiders), Thomas Flegler (Broncos), Thomas Burgess (Rabbitohs), Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (Warriors), Braidon Burns (Bulldogs), Jonah Pezet (Storm), Tolutau Koula (Sea Eagles), Sitili Tupouniua (Roosters), Bradman Best (Knights), Jack de Belin (Dragons), Tevita Pangai Junior (Bulldogs), Moeaki Fotuaika (Titans), Jackson Ford (Warriors), Blayke Brailey (Sharks), Blake Lawrie (Dragons), Dominic Young (Knights), Lindsay Collins (Roosters), Izack Tago (Panthers), Tom Gilbert (Dolphins), Jordan Rapana (Raiders), Tesi Niu (Dolphins), Ezra Mam (Broncos), Jason Saab (Sea Eagles), Matt Moylan (Sharks), Starford To'a (Wests Tigers), Connor Tracey (Sharks)
1 point - Freddy Lussick (Warriors), Semi Valemei (Raiders), William Warbrick (Storm), Josh King (Storm), Taniela Paseka (Sea Eagles), Lindsay Smith (Panthers), Jahrome Hughes (Storm), Wiremu Greig (Eels), John Bateman (Wests Tigers), Bryce Cartwright (Eels), Junior Pauga (Roosters), Josh Curran (Warriors), Moses Leota (Panthers), Jaxson Paulo (Roosters), Mikaele Ravalawa (Dragons), Marcelo Montoya (Warriors), Cory Paix (Broncos), Braydon Trindall (Sharks), Leo Thompson (Knights), Hayze Perham (Bulldogs), Ethan Bullemor (Sea Eagles), Jayden Brailey (Knights), Adam Doueihi (Wests Tigers), Joseph Manu (Roosters), Mason Teague (Dolphins), Edward Kosi (Warriors), Jazz Tevaga (Warriors), Tevita Tatola (Rabbitohs), Tautau Moga (Dragons), Josh Reynolds (Bulldogs), Valynce Te Whare (Dolphins), Alex Johnston (Rabbitohs), Kotoni Staggs (Broncos), Brendan Hands (Eels), Xavier Coates (Storm), Josh Addo-Carr (Bulldogs), Jayden Campbell (Titans), Charlie Staines (Wests Tigers), Jayden Sullivan (Dragons), Liam Martin (NSW/Penrith)

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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 15

Thu 7:50pmGLD v WSTCbus10,232
Fri 6:00pmCAN v WARGIO Stadium21,082
Fri 8:00pmMAN v DOL4 Pines Park14,598
Sat 3:00pmSGI v SOUNetstrata17,357
Sat 5:30pmBRI v NEWSuncorp35,814
Sat 7:35pmSYD v PENAllianz23,610
Sun 4:05pmMEL v CROAAMI Park20,253
Mon 4:00pmCBY v PARAccor33,866

Round Total: 176,812 / Average per game 22,102

Season Total: 2,169,419 / Average per match: 18,701

Ratings - Round 15

Thu 7:50pmGLD v WST483341824
Fri 6:00pmCAN v WAR-436436
Fri 8:00pmMAN v DOL403370773
Sat 3:00pmSGI v SOU-410410
Sat 5:30pmBRI v NEW-562562
Sat 7:35pmSYD v PEN-523523
Sun 4:05pmMEL v CRO459471930
Mon 4:00pmCBY v PAR-461461

NRL Round 16

BYES: Brisbane Broncos, Canberra Raiders, Gold Coast Titans, Dolphins, St George Illawarra Dragons, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Warriors

North Queensland Cowboys v Penrith Panthers
Fri 16 Jun 8:00PM at Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville / Wulgurukaba

Newcastle Knights v Sydney Roosters
Sat 17 Jun 3:00PM at McDonald Jones Stadium, New Lambton / Awabakal
Parramatta Eels v Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
Sat 17 Jun 5:30PM at CommBank Stadium, Parramatta / Burramattagal
Wests Tigers v Melbourne Storm
Sat 17 Jun 7:35PM at Campbelltown Sports Stadium, Leumeah / Dharawal

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Sun 18 Jun 4:05PM at PointsBet Stadium, Woolooware / Dharawal

Full 2023 NRL draw & results