MONDAY'S EXPERT - 2024 NRL Round 16


A full wrap of the weekend's action - MONDAY'S EXPERT recaps all the teamsheets, details, scores and scorers from Round 16 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.

Dolphins 24 Melbourne Storm 30
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Milton / Yuggera-Turrbal

Date: Fri, 21st June.   Kickoff: 8:00 PM.   Halftime: 18-all.   Penalties: Dolphins 5-4.   Referee: Liam Kennedy.   Crowd: 25,167.

Dolphins: Fuller, Isaako, Averillo, Farnworth, Bostock; Nikorima, Katoa; Bromwich (C), Marshall-King, Bromwich, Lemuelu, Aitken, Plath. Int: Kerr, Nicholls, Stone, Pangai Junior.
Melbourne: Papenhuyzen, Warbrick, Anderson, Meaney, Howarth; Wishart, Hughes (C); Kamikamica, Garlick, King, Blore, Katoa, Asofa-Solomona. Int: Fa'alogo, Loiero, Welch, Chan.

Tries: Kenny Bromwich, Jamayne Isaako, Euan Aitken, Trai Fuller
Conversions: Jamayne Isaako (3/4)
Penalty Goals: Jamayne Isaako (1/2)

Tries: Ryan Papenhuyzen, Tyran Wishart, Jahrome Hughes, William Warbrick, Josh King
Conversions: Nick Meaney (4/5)
Penalty Goals: Nick Meaney (1/1)

Storm hold off fast finishing Dolphins to maintain their lead at the summit

21 Jun 2024 10:27PM | Sam Bourke

Gold Coast Titans 66 Warriors 6
Venue: Cbus Super Stadium, Robina / Yugambeh

Date: Sat, 22nd June.   Kickoff: 3:00 PM.   Halftime: Gold Coast 30-0.   Penalties: Gold Coast 6-5.   Referee: Adam Gee.   Crowd: 22,702.

Gold Coast: Kini, Khan-Pereira, Kelly, Fermor, Sami; Campbell, Foran (C); Clark, Verrills, Pahulu, Fifita, Alick, Randall. Int: Palasia, Liu, Fa'asuamaleaui, Stimson.
Warriors: Nicoll-Klokstad, Kosi, Tuivasa-Sheck, Pompey, Montoya; Martin, Johnson; Fonua-Blake, Egan, Ford, Niukore, Walker, Harris (C). Int: Harris-Tavita, Laban, Tevaga, Ale.

Tries: Alofiana Khan-Pereira (4), Beau Fermor, Chris Randall, Keenan Palasia, Sam Verrills, Keano Kini (2), Kieran Foran
Conversions: Jayden Campbell (11/11)

Tries: Te Maire Martin
Conversions: Adam Pompey (1/1)

Titans wipeout woeful Warriors

22 Jun 2024 4:55PM | Justin Davies

Sydney Roosters 26 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 8
Venue: Industree Group Stadium, Gosford / Darkinjung

Date: Sat, 22nd June.   Kickoff: 5:30 PM.   Halftime: Sydney 14-4.   Penalties: Canterbury 10-4.   Referee: Grant Atkins.   Crowd: 16,868.

Sydney: Tedesco (C), Tupou, Pauga, Manu, Young; Keary, Walker; Waerea-Hargreaves, Smith, May, Butcher, Radley, Whyte. Int: Smith, Steep, Tupouniua, Wong.
Canterbury: Tracey, Skelton, Hutchison, Kiraz, Wilson; Burton, Sexton; King, Mahoney (C), Hughes, Kikau, Salmon, Turpin. Int: Curran, Hayward, Morrin, Hopoi.

Tries: Dominic Young, Nat Butcher, Terrell May, Blake Steep
Conversions: Sam Walker (4/4)
Penalty Goals: Sam Walker (1/1)

Tries: Jaeman Salmon, Jeral Skelton
Conversions: Matt Burton (0/2)

Roosters into the four after downing drenched 'Dogs

22 Jun 2024 8:22PM | Tim Costello and Dan Nichols

South Sydney Rabbitohs 14 Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 0
Venue: Accor Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park / Wanngal

Date: Sat, 22nd June.   Kickoff: 7:35 PM.   Halftime: South Sydney 8-0.   Penalties: South Sydney 10-3.   Referee: Chris Butler.   Crowd: 10,076.

South Sydney: Gray, Johnston, Milne, Kennar, Gagai; Wighton, Walker (C); Moale, Cook, Keppie, Chee-Kam, Arrow, Koloamatangi. Int: Mamouzelos, Duncan, Burgess, Le Blanc.
Manly: Hopoate, Saab, Koula, Paulo, Talau; Brooks (C), Lawton; Waddell, Simpkin, Sipley, Schoupp, Trbojevic, Brown. Int: Bullemor, Condon, Navale, James.

Tries: Richard Kennar, Jye Gray, Keaon Koloamatangi
Conversions: Cody Walker (1/3)


Rabbitohs go four straight in dire conditions

22 Jun 2024 9:40PM | Josh Robertson

Wests Tigers 48 Canberra Raiders 24
Venue: Campbelltown Sports Stadium, Leumeah / Dharawal

Date: Sun, 23rd June.   Kickoff: 4:05 PM.   Halftime: Wests Tigers 18-2.   Penalties: Canberra 7-2.   Referee: Todd Smith.   Crowd: 10,106.

Wests Tigers: Bula, Faataape, Naden, Doueihi, Laulilii; Galvin, Sezer; Utoikamanu, Koroisau (C), Pole, Porter, Fainu, Matamua. Int: Fainu, Seyfarth, Laulilii, Mason.
Canberra: Rapana, Cotric, Timoko, Kris, Savage; Strange, Weekes; Papalii, Woolford, Tapine, Young, Whitehead (C), Smithies. Int: Levi, Mariota, Mooney, Guler.

Tries: Lachlan Galvin (2), Apisai Koroisau, Luke Laulilii, Sione Fainu, Jahream Bula, Stefano Utoikamanu, Adam Doueihi
Conversions: Apisai Koroisau (8/8)

Tries: Danny Levi, Nick Cotric, Kaeo Weekes, Ethan Strange
Conversions: Jordan Rapana (3/4)
Penalty Goals: Jordan Rapana (1/1)

Tigers turn entertainers to trounce Raiders

23 Jun 2024 5:59PM | Andrew Jackson

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, Brisbane Broncos, North Queensland Cowboys, St George Illawarra Dragons, Parramatta Eels, Newcastle Knights and Penrith Panthers had a bye this round.

Round 16 ladder

8North Qld158071-818
9St Geo Illa147072-5018
14South Sydney145092-11214
15Gold Coast1440102-7112
16Wests Tigers1440102-10512

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

RLP stats leaders

Most tries

Rank Player Team P T
1 Alofiana Khan-Pereira Gold Coast 11 14
2 Deine Mariner Brisbane 12 12
=3 Maika Sivo Parramatta 7 11
=3 Sunia Turuva Penrith 13 11
=3 Tommy Talau Manly 13 11
=3 Zac Lomax St Geo Illa13 11
=3 Jeremiah Nanai North Qld 14 11
=3 Jack Bostock Dolphins 14 11

Most goals

Rank Player Team P G/A %
1 Nick Meaney Melbourne 14 60 / 75 80%
2 Sam Walker Sydney 13 53 / 59 90%
=3 Valentine Holmes North Qld 14 51 / 66 77%
=3 Jamayne Isaako Dolphins 14 51 / 71 72%
5 Nicho Hynes Cronulla 11 45 / 49 92%
=6 Zac Lomax St Geo Illa13 41 / 52 79%
=6 Reuben Garrick Manly 13 41 / 54 76%

Most points

Rank Player Team P T G FG Pts
1 Nick Meaney Melbourne 14 5 60 - 140
2 Jamayne Isaako Dolphins 14 9 51 1 139
3 Valentine Holmes North Qld 14 8 51 - 134
4 Zac Lomax St Geo Illa13 11 41 0/2 130
5 Sam Walker Sydney 13 4 53 - 122
6 Reuben Garrick Manly 13 7 41 - 110

Match review

Fetalaiga Pauga is facing 4-5 matches on the sideline for a Grade 2 Reckless High Tackle in Roosters v Bulldogs on Saturday - eight other players fined in the first four matches of the round. One more player was fined from Sunday's matches. On Monday morning Pauga accepted the early plea and will miss four matches, with all other players accepting early guilty pleas by Monday afternoon and paying fines.

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.

25 points - Daly Cherry-Evans (Sea Eagles 22, Maroons 3)
18 points - Dylan Edwards (Panthers)
14 points - Reece Walsh (Broncos), Jahrome Hughes (Storm)
12 points - Zac Lomax (Dragons), Sam Walker (Roosters), Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow (Dolphins 10, Maroons 2)
11 points - Ben Hunt (Dragons), AJ Brimson (Titans), Isaiya Katoa (Dolphins), Nicho Hynes (Sharks)
10 points - James Tedesco (Roosters), Isaah Yeo (Panthers), Apisai Koroisau (Wests Tigers)
9 points - Tyrell Sloan (Dragons), Reece Robson (Cowboys), Keaon Koloamatangi (Rabbitohs), Ronaldo Mulitalo (Sharks), Te Maire Martin (Warriors), Jamal Fogarty (Raiders)
8 points - Latrell Mitchell (Rabbitohs), Keano Kini (Titans), Jarome Luai (Panthers)
7 points - Brian To'o (Panthers), Shaun Johnson (Warriors), Eliesa Katoa (Storm), Matt Burton (Bulldogs), Ezra Mam (Broncos), Mitchell Moses (Eels), Scott Drinkwater (Cowboys), Jacob Kiraz (Bulldogs), Terrell May (Roosters), Clinton Gutherson (Eels)
6 points - Viliame Kikau (Bulldogs), Xavier Coates (Storm), Selwyn Cobbo (Broncos), William Kennedy (Sharks), Tom Dearden (Cowboys), Angus Crichton (Roosters), Joseph Manu (Roosters), Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (Warriors), Dylan Brown (Eels)
5 points - Damien Cook (Rabbitohs), Lachlan Galvin (Wests Tigers), Adam Reynolds (Broncos), Dylan Lucas (Knights), David Fifita (Titans), Jackson Hastings (Knights), Blayke Brailey (Sharks), Kaeo Weekes (Raiders), Harry Grant (Storm), Kieran Foran (Titans), Dane Gagai (Knights), Patrick Carrigan (Broncos), Reed Mahoney (Bulldogs), Josh Curran (Bulldogs), Haumole Olakau'atu (Sea Eagles), Kalyn Ponga (Knights)
4 points - Ethan Strange (Raiders), Zac Hosking (Raiders), Victor Radley (Roosters), Josh Addo-Carr (Bulldogs), Jackson Ford (Warriors), Jordan Rapana (Raiders), Connor Watson (Roosters), David Armstrong (Knights), Dominic Young (Roosters), Chad Townsend (Cowboys), Ryan Papenhuyzen (Storm), Reuben Cotter (Cowboys), Kodi Nikorima (Dolphins), Cody Walker (Rabbitohs), Trai Fuller (Dolphins)
3 points - Sione Katoa (Sharks), Tyson Gamble (Knights), Max Plath (Dolphins), Elliott Whitehead (Raiders), Jesse Marschke (Dragons), Zac Laybutt (Cowboys), Cameron Munster (Storm), Connor Tracey (Bulldogs), Stephen Crichton (Bulldogs), Thomas Hazelton (Sharks), Cameron Murray (Rabbitohs), Teig Wilton (Sharks), Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (Warriors), Bryce Cartwright (Eels), Morgan Smithies (Raiders), Junior Paulo (Eels), Jeremiah Nanai (Cowboys), Euan Aitken (Dolphins), Thomas Flegler (Dolphins), Daniel Atkinson (Sharks), Jack de Belin (Dragons), Jamayne Isaako (Dolphins), Jacob Preston (Bulldogs), Adam Elliott (Knights), Bradman Best (Knights), Addin Fonua-Blake (Warriors), Josh King (Storm), Matthew Timoko (Raiders), Nathan Cleary (Panthers), Jack Cogger (Knights), Stefano Utoikamanu (Wests Tigers), Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (Warriors), Wayde Egan (Warriors), Kayal Iro (Sharks)
2 points - Taine Tuaupiki (Warriors), Tommy Talau (Sea Eagles), Ben Trbojevic (Sea Eagles), William Warbrick (Storm), Scott Sorensen (Panthers), Payne Haas (Broncos), Corey Waddell (Sea Eagles), Isaiah Papali'i (Wests Tigers), Jock Madden (Broncos), Luke Keary (Roosters), Jake Trbojevic (Sea Eagles), Tyran Wishart (Storm), Jack Williams (Sharks), Tom Trbojevic (Sea Eagles), Jayden Campbell (Titans), Sandon Smith (Roosters), J'maine Hopgood (Eels), Nathan Brown (Sea Eagles), Joseph Tapine (Raiders), Luke Garner (Panthers), Lindsay Collins (Roosters), Izack Tago (Panthers), Sualauvi Faalogo (Storm), Jahream Bula (Wests Tigers), Billy Walters (Broncos), Siosifa Talakai (Sharks), Lehi Hopoate (Sea Eagles), Samuela Fainu (Wests Tigers), Braydon Trindall (Sharks), Deine Mariner (Broncos), Jaydn Su'A (Dragons 1, Maroons 1)
1 point - Briton Nikora (Sharks), Nick Meaney (Storm), Mitchell Barnett (Warriors), Adam Doueihi (Wests Tigers), Jye Gray (Rabbitohs), Jack Cole (Panthers), Jesse McLean (Panthers), Herbie Farnworth (Dolphins), Royce Hunt (Sharks), Luke Brooks (Sea Eagles), Alofiana Khan-Pereira (Titans), Luciano Leilua (Dragons), Kulikefu Finefeuiaki (Cowboys), Sam Verrills (Titans), Jack Wighton (Rabbitohs), Charlie Staines (Wests Tigers), Valentine Holmes (Cowboys), Thomas Burgess (Rabbitohs), Asu Kepaoa (Wests Tigers), Josh Kerr (Dolphins), Jesse Arthars (Broncos), Bronson Xerri (Bulldogs), Brandon Smith (Roosters), Taylan May (Panthers), Blake Wilson (Bulldogs), Jack Bostock (Dolphins), Rocco Berry (Warriors), Murray Taulagi (Cowboys), Aidan Sezer (Wests Tigers), James Fisher-Harris (Panthers), Griffin Neame (Cowboys), Tyson Frizell (Knights), Daniel Saifiti (Knights), Mikaele Ravalawa (Dragons), Brodie Jones (Knights), Erin Clark (Titans), Jacob Liddle (Dragons), Justin Olam (Wests Tigers), Kurtis Morrin (Bulldogs), Nat Butcher (Roosters), Tristan Sailor (Broncos), Reuben Garrick (Sea Eagles), Jason Taumalolo (Cowboys), Brad Schneider (Panthers), Braidon Burns (Cowboys)

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.

Round 16 crowds

Fri 8:00pmDOL v MELSuncorp    25,167
Sat 3:00pmGLD v WARCbus Super    22,702
Sat 5:30pmSYD v CBYIndustree    16,868
Sat 7:35pmSOU v MANAccor    10,076
Sun 4:05pmWST v CANCampbelltown    10,106


Round 16 aggregate: 84,919
Match average 16,984


2024 aggregate (121 games): 2,351,631
Match average 19,435

Average home crowds

North Qld19,227
St Geo Illa16,132
Gold Coast14,875
Wests Tigers13,747

* Note: does not include neutral venues

Fixtures - Round 17

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
Fri 28 Jun 8:00PM at Accor Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park / Wanngal

Warriors v Brisbane Broncos
Sat 29 Jun 3:00PM at Go Media Stadium, Penrose / Aotearoa
Newcastle Knights v Parramatta Eels
Sat 29 Jun 5:30PM at McDonald Jones Stadium, New Lambton / Awabakal
Melbourne Storm v Canberra Raiders
Sat 29 Jun 7:35PM at AAMI Park, Melbourne / Wurundjeri

St George Illawarra Dragons v Dolphins
Sun 30 Jun 2:00PM at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Carlton / Bidjigal
Penrith Panthers v North Queensland Cowboys
Sun 30 Jun 4:05PM at BlueBet Stadium, Penrith / Dharug
Sydney Roosters v Wests Tigers
Sun 30 Jun 6:15PM at Allianz Stadium, Moore Park / Gadigal

Byes: Gold Coast, Manly, South Sydney

Full 2024 NRL Draw & Results.