MONDAY'S EXPERT - 2024 NRL Round 11 (Magic Round)


A full wrap of the weekend's action - MONDAY'S EXPERT recaps all the teamsheets, details, scores and scorers from Round 11 of the NRL, with heaps more info like the current ladder, stats leaders, match review, POTY standings, crowd figures and fixtures for next week.

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

RELATED: See the full list of 2024 NRL Telstra Premiership Draw and Results.

Canberra Raiders 24 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 20
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Milton / Yuggera-Turrbal

Date: Fri, 17th May.   Kickoff: 6:00 PM.   Halftime: Canterbury 14-12.   Penalties: Canterbury 6-2.   Referee: Ashley Klein.

Canberra: Rapana, Cotric, Timoko, Kris, Savage; Strange, Weekes; Guler, Levi, Tapine, Young, Whitehead (C), Smithies. Int: Papalii, Starling, Mariota, Mooney.
Canterbury: Tracey, Kiraz, Xerri, Crichton (C), Addo-Carr; Burton, Hutchison; King, Mahoney, Hughes, Kikau, Curran, Mann. Int: Hayward, Morrin, Preston, Fa'amausili.

Tries: Xavier Savage, Sebastian Kris, Hudson Young (2)
Conversions: Jordan Rapana (4/4)

Tries: Jacob Preston, Matt Burton, Stephen Crichton, Jacob Kiraz
Conversions: Matt Burton (2/4)

Ragged Raiders punish bumbling Bulldogs

Match Report | Aidan Edgecomb

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 12 Brisbane Broncos 13
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Milton / Yuggera-Turrbal

Date: Fri, 17th May.   Kickoff: 8:05 PM.   Halftime: Brisbane 12-0.   Penalties: Manly 4-2.   Referee: Todd Smith.   Crowd: 50,971.

Manly: Koula, Tuaimalo Vaega, Talau, Garrick, Paulo; Brooks, Cherry-Evans (C); Paseka, Lawton, Aloiai, Olakau'atu, Trbojevic, Trbojevic. Int: Chan Kum Tong, Waddell, Bullemor, Lodge.
Brisbane: Cobbo, Oates, Staggs, Karapani, Mariner; Mam, Madden; Jensen, Smoothy, Haas, Piakura, Riki, Carrigan (C). Int: Mozer, Willison, Hetherington, Gosiewski.

Tries: Reuben Garrick, Raymond Tuiamalo Vaega
Conversions: Reuben Garrick (2/2)

Tries: Brendan Piakura, Deine Mariner
Field Goals: Jock Madden (1/1)
Conversions: Kotoni Staggs (2/2)

Magic Madden's boot gets the Broncos another win

Match Report | Beth Nicholls

Gold Coast Titans 24 Newcastle Knights 28
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Milton / Yuggera-Turrbal

Date: Sat, 18th May.   Kickoff: 3:00 PM.   Halftime: Gold Coast 24-10.   Penalties: Gold Coast 5-3.   Referee: Gerard Sutton.   

Gold Coast: Kini, Khan-Pereira, Kelly, Schoupp, Fifita; Randall, Weaver; Fotuaika (C), Verrills, Jolliffe, Fifita, Fermor, Haas. Int: Clark, Palasia, Liu, Pahulu.
Newcastle: Armstrong, Tuala, Gagai (C), Best, Marzhew; Cogger, Hastings; Saifiti, Brailey, Thompson, Pearce-Paul, Lucas, Elliott. Int: Frizell, Crossland, Jones, Hetherington.

Tries: Klese Haas, Alofiana Khan-Pereira (2), Jojo Fifita, Keano Kini
Conversions: Aaron Schoupp (1/3), Brian Kelly (1/2)

Tries: David Armstrong (3), Brodie Jones, Jacob Saifiti
Conversions: Jackson Hastings (4/5)

Newcastle get out of jail to go four in a row

Match Report | Robert Crosby

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 38 Sydney Roosters 30
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Milton / Yuggera-Turrbal

Date: Sat, 18th May.   Kickoff: 5:30 PM.   Halftime: Sydney 24-18.   Penalties: Cronulla 8-6.   Referee: Adam Gee.   

Cronulla: Kennedy, Katoa, Ramien, Iro, Mulitalo; Atkinson, Hynes; Hazelton, Brailey, Kaufusi, Nikora, Wilton, McInnes (C). Int: Williams, Talakai, Hunt, Hau Tapuha.
Sydney: Tedesco (C), Tupou, Sua'ali'i, Pauga, Young; Keary, Walker; Waerea-Hargreaves, Watson, Collins, Crichton, Butcher, Radley. Int: Smith, Butcher, Leniu, May.

Tries: William Kennedy, Sione Katoa, Teig Wilton, Siosifa Talakai, Ronaldo Mulitalo, Thomas Hazelton
Conversions: Nicho Hynes (6/6)
Penalty Goals: Nicho Hynes (1/1)

Tries: Dominic Young (2), Daniel Tupou, Fetalaiga Pauga (2)
Conversions: Sam Walker (4/5)
Penalty Goals: Sam Walker (1/1)

Sharks light up magic round in points fest over the Roosters

Match Report | Josh Robertson

South Sydney Rabbitohs 22 North Queensland Cowboys 28
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Milton / Yuggera-Turrbal

Date: Sat, 18th May.   Kickoff: 7:45 PM.   Halftime: North Qld 16-12.   Penalties: South Sydney 10-2.   Referee: Peter Gough.   

South Sydney: Mitchell, Johnston, Wighton, Thompson, Gagai; Walker (C), Teaupa; Moale, Cook, Keppie, Koloamatangi, Arrow, Havili. Int: Mamouzelos, Duncan, Burgess, Milne.
North Qld: Drinkwater, Burns, Holmes, Vailea, Taulagi; Dearden (C), Townsend; McLean, Robson, Neame, Luki, Nanai, Cotter. Int: McIntyre, Mikaele, Finefeuiaki, Taumalolo.

Tries: Latrell Mitchell, Alex Johnston, Cody Walker, Damien Cook
Conversions: Latrell Mitchell (3/4)

Tries: Viliami Vailea, Tom Dearden (2), Braidon Burns (2)
Conversions: Valentine Holmes (3/5)
Penalty Goals: Valentine Holmes (1/1)

Cowboys edge out Souths in error-filled clash

Match Report | Josh Robertson

Warriors 22 Penrith Panthers 20
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Milton / Yuggera-Turrbal

Date: Sun, 19th May.   Kickoff: 1:50 PM.   Halftime: Penrith 10-4.   Penalties: Penrith 7-6.   Referee: Grant Atkins.   

Warriors: Tuaupiki, Watene-Zelezniak, Leiataua, Pompey, Montoya; Nicoll-Klokstad, Martin; Fonua-Blake, Egan (C), Afoa, Ford, Barnett, Walker. Int: Ale, Tevaga, Laban, Roache.
Penrith: Edwards, Turuva, Tago, Alamoti, To'o; Cole, Luai; Smith, Kenny, Fisher-Harris, Garner, Martin, Yeo (C). Int: Leota, Eisenhuth, Peachey, Sorensen.

Tries: Marcelo Montoya, Adam Pompey, Ali Leiataua, Taine Tuaupiki
Conversions: Adam Pompey (0/1), Taine Tuaupiki (3/3)

Tries: Dylan Edwards, Jarome Luai, Isaah Yeo, Izack Tago
Conversions: Dylan Edwards (2/4)
Penalty Goals: Dylan Edwards (0/1)

Warriors defy injuries in Magical upset of the Panthers

Match Report | Rhys Sullivan

Melbourne Storm 48 Parramatta Eels 16
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Milton / Yuggera-Turrbal

Date: Sun, 19th May.   Kickoff: 4:05 PM.   Halftime: Melbourne 16-10.   Penalties: Parramatta 4-2.   Referee: Wyatt Raymond.   

Melbourne: Fa'alogo, Warbrick, Smith, Meaney, Coates; Munster, Wishart; Welch, Grant (C), King, Blore, Katoa, Kamikamica. Int: Loiero, Asofa-Solomona, MacDonald, Anderson.
Parramatta: Talagi, Sivo, Penisini, Russell, Simonsson; Asi, Brown; Campbell-Gillard, Lussick, Ofahengaue, Lane, Cartwright, Hopgood. Int: Paulo (C), Makatoa, Tuilagi, Moretti.

Tries: Tui Kamikamica, William Warbrick, Harry Grant (2), Reimis Smith (2), Xavier Coates, Eliesa Katoa
Conversions: Nick Meaney (5/6), Reimis Smith (2/2)
Penalty Goals: Nick Meaney (1/1)

Tries: Bailey Simonsson, Blaize Talagi, Maika Sivo
Conversions: Sean Russell (1/2), Daejarn Asi (1/1)

No Munster, no worries! Storm lose star in big win

Match report | Andrew Jackson

Wests Tigers 12 Dolphins 24
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Milton / Yuggera-Turrbal

Date: Sun, 19th May.   Kickoff: 6:25 PM.   Halftime: Dolphins 12-6.   Penalties: Dolphins 7-6.   Referee: Chris Butler.   

Wests Tigers: Bula, Staines, Naden, Olam, Alaimalo; Galvin, Sullivan; Utoikamanu, Koroisau (C), Klemmer, Fainu, Kepaoa, Twal. Int: Seyfarth, Simpkin, Pole, Fainu.
Dolphins: Tabuai-Fidow, Isaako, Averillo, Farnworth, Bostock; Nikorima, Katoa; Bromwich (C), Marshall-King, Kaufusi, Lemuelu, Aitken, Bromwich. Int: Nicholls, Kerr, Donoghoe, Stone.

Tries: Justin Olam, Apisai Koroisau
Conversions: Apisai Koroisau (2/2)

Tries: Jack Bostock, Mark Nicholls, Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow (2)
Conversions: Jamayne Isaako (4/4)

Dolphins cage up Tigers to finish Magic Round

Match Report | Andy P

St George Illawarra Dragons had a bye this round.

Round 11 ladder

9St Geo Illa105051-5612
12North Qld115060-1210
15Wests Tigers102081-816
16Gold Coast102081-916
17South Sydney101091-1864

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

RLP stats leaders

Most tries

Rank Player Team P T
=1 Reece Walsh Brisbane 8 9
=1 Sunia Turuva Penrith 9 9
=1 Deine Mariner Brisbane 9 9
=1 Ronaldo Mulitalo Cronulla 10 9
=1 Jack Bostock Dolphins 10 9
=6 Alofiana Khan-Pereira Gold Coast 7 8
=6 Dominic Young Sydney 8 8
=6 Joseph Manu Sydney 10 8
=6 Jeremiah Nanai North Qld 11 8

Most goals

Rank Player Team P G/A %
1 Nicho Hynes Cronulla 9 41 / 44 93%
2 Nick Meaney Melbourne 10 40 / 51 78%
=3 Sam Walker Sydney 9 37 / 42 88%
=3 Valentine Holmes North Qld 11 37 / 50 74%
5 Jamayne Isaako Dolphins 10 36 / 50 72%
6 Reuben Garrick Manly 10 35 / 42 83%
7 Zac Lomax St Geo Illa10 28 / 37 76%

Most points

Rank Player Team P T G FG Pts
1 Reuben Garrick Manly 10 7 35 - 98
2 Jamayne Isaako Dolphins 10 6 36 - 96
3 Valentine Holmes North Qld 11 5 37 - 94
4 Sam Walker Sydney 9 4 37 - 90
5 Zac Lomax St Geo Illa10 7 28 0/2 88
6 Nicho Hynes Cronulla 9 1 41 1 87
7 Nick Meaney Melbourne 10 1 40 - 84

Match review

So far Canberra prop Josh Papali'i is the only player facing suspension out of six charged up to Saturday night's Round 11 games.

On Monday morning, two Wests Tigers backs - Brent Naden and Justin Olam - were charged with Grade 2 offences which will see them each suspended for a week with early pleas. Three others were fined on Sunday.

Click here to find out the details on each and every charge.

LeagueUnlimited Player of the Year standings

Our writers issue points every game for who they judge as the best player on the field. Includes points accumulated during State of Origin series.

18 points - Dylan Edwards (Panthers)

16 points - Daly Cherry-Evans (Sea Eagles)

12 points - Reece Walsh (Broncos)

11 points - AJ Brimson (Titans), Nicho Hynes (Sharks)

10 points - Isaiya Katoa (Dolphins)

9 points - Ben Hunt (Dragons), Ronaldo Mulitalo (Sharks), Sam Walker (Roosters), Zac Lomax (Dragons), Jamal Fogarty (Raiders)

8 points - Reece Robson (Cowboys), Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow (Dolphins), Isaah Yeo (Panthers)

7 points - Tyrell Sloan (Dragons), Shaun Johnson (Warriors), Ezra Mam (Broncos), Apisai Koroisau (Wests Tigers)

6 points - Jacob Kiraz (Bulldogs), Selwyn Cobbo (Broncos), Viliame Kikau (Bulldogs), William Kennedy (Sharks), James Tedesco (Roosters), Xavier Coates (Storm), Clinton Gutherson (Eels)

5 points - Brian To'o (Panthers), Joseph Manu (Roosters), Kalyn Ponga (Knights), Patrick Carrigan (Broncos), Jahrome Hughes (Storm), Dane Gagai (Knights), Harry Grant (Storm), Adam Reynolds (Broncos), Haumole Olakau'atu (Sea Eagles), Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (Warriors), Kaeo Weekes (Raiders), David Fifita (Titans)

4 points - Trai Fuller (Dolphins), David Armstrong (Knights), Eliesa Katoa (Storm), Dominic Young (Roosters), Scott Drinkwater (Cowboys), Connor Watson (Roosters), Zac Hosking (Raiders), Dylan Brown (Eels), Ethan Strange (Raiders), Ryan Papenhuyzen (Storm), Tom Dearden (Cowboys), Matt Burton (Bulldogs)

3 points - Sione Katoa (Sharks), Cameron Murray (Rabbitohs), Tyson Gamble (Knights), Wayde Egan (Warriors), Elliott Whitehead (Raiders), Matthew Timoko (Raiders), Terrell May (Roosters), Josh Addo-Carr (Bulldogs), Reed Mahoney (Bulldogs), Josh King (Storm), Kayal Iro (Sharks), Cameron Munster (Storm), Jack Cogger (Knights), Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (Warriors), Bradman Best (Knights), Teig Wilton (Sharks), Thomas Hazelton (Sharks), Angus Crichton (Roosters), Max Plath (Dolphins), Daniel Atkinson (Sharks), Zac Laybutt (Cowboys), Thomas Flegler (Dolphins), Euan Aitken (Dolphins), Morgan Smithies (Raiders), Te Maire Martin (Warriors), Bryce Cartwright (Eels), Nathan Cleary (Panthers), Adam Elliott (Knights), Junior Paulo (Eels), Josh Curran (Bulldogs), Jamayne Isaako (Dolphins), Jack de Belin (Dragons)

2 points - Billy Walters (Broncos), Kieran Foran (Titans), Luke Garner (Panthers), Victor Radley (Roosters), Reuben Cotter (Cowboys), Taine Tuaupiki (Warriors), Sualauvi Faalogo (Storm), Jock Madden (Broncos), Payne Haas (Broncos), Isaiah Papali'i (Wests Tigers), Nathan Brown (Sea Eagles), Keano Kini (Titans), Blayke Brailey (Sharks), Tyran Wishart (Storm), Jackson Hastings (Knights), Cody Walker (Rabbitohs), Lachlan Galvin (Wests Tigers), Deine Mariner (Broncos), Stefano Utoikamanu (Wests Tigers), Sandon Smith (Roosters), Izack Tago (Panthers), Corey Waddell (Sea Eagles), Jackson Ford (Warriors), Dylan Lucas (Knights), Mitchell Moses (Eels), Jahream Bula (Wests Tigers), Damien Cook (Rabbitohs), Siosifa Talakai (Sharks), Addin Fonua-Blake (Warriors), Ben Trbojevic (Sea Eagles), Jack Williams (Sharks), Tom Trbojevic (Sea Eagles), Luke Keary (Roosters), Jarome Luai (Panthers)

1 point - Justin Olam (Wests Tigers), Tommy Talau (Sea Eagles), Daniel Saifiti (Knights), Mikaele Ravalawa (Dragons), Brodie Jones (Knights), Jordan Rapana (Raiders), Braidon Burns (Cowboys), Blake Wilson (Bulldogs), Taylan May (Panthers), Erin Clark (Titans), Jacob Liddle (Dragons), Chad Townsend (Cowboys), Jesse Arthars (Broncos), Griffin Neame (Cowboys), Kurtis Morrin (Bulldogs), Connor Tracey (Bulldogs), Brandon Smith (Roosters), J'maine Hopgood (Eels), Murray Taulagi (Cowboys), Nat Butcher (Roosters), Bronson Xerri (Bulldogs), James Fisher-Harris (Panthers), Asu Kepaoa (Wests Tigers), Valentine Holmes (Cowboys), Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (Warriors), Josh Kerr (Dolphins), Aidan Sezer (Wests Tigers), Rocco Berry (Warriors), Tristan Sailor (Broncos), Thomas Burgess (Rabbitohs), Charlie Staines (Wests Tigers), Kodi Nikorima (Dolphins), Brad Schneider (Panthers), Jaydn Su'A (Dragons), Reuben Garrick (Sea Eagles), Jason Taumalolo (Cowboys), Latrell Mitchell (Rabbitohs), Jack Bostock (Dolphins), Tyson Frizell (Knights)

Crowd Watch

Each week we'll also do our best to keep you across the crowd figures which are often the most talked-about parts of the game.

There was an aggregate of 149,196 at Magic Round for 2024.

Round Total: 149,196 / Average per game 18,650

Season Total: 1,736,716 / Average per game 19,735

Fixtures - Round 12 - Indigenous Round

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v St George Illawarra Dragons
Thu 23 May 7:50PM at Accor Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park / Wanngal

North Queensland Cowboys v Wests Tigers
Fri 24 May 6:00PM at Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville / Wulgurukaba
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles v Melbourne Storm
Fri 24 May 8:00PM at 4 Pines Park, Brookvale / Cammeraygal

Canberra Raiders v Sydney Roosters
Sat 25 May 3:00PM at GIO Stadium Canberra, Bruce / Ngunnawal
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks v Penrith Panthers
Sat 25 May 5:30PM at PointsBet Stadium, Woolooware / Dharawal
South Sydney Rabbitohs v Parramatta Eels
Sat 25 May 7:35PM at Accor Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park / Wanngal

Brisbane Broncos v Gold Coast Titans
Sun 26 May 2:00PM at Suncorp Stadium, Milton / Yuggera-Turrbal
Warriors v Dolphins
Sun 26 May 4:05PM at Go Media Stadium, Penrose / Aotearoa

BYE: Newcastle Knights

Full 2024 NRL Draw & Results.