The New Zealand Warriors and Auckland Blues have jointly announced their respective rugby codes will host a NRL and Super Rugby doubleheader in March next year.

The back-to-back games at Eden Park are believed to be a world first with Auckland’s NRL and Super Rugby teams hosting their Canberra-based counterparts for an event known as the "codes of Auckland."

Rugby League’s Warriors will host NRL grand finalists Canberra Raiders at 5pm local time before Union’s Blues will take on the two-time Super Rugby champions ACT Brumbies at 7:35pm.

The New Zealand-based duo trialled a single-ticket promotion in 2019 for games hosted on the same weekend and months of discussions have allowed the codes to unite for a blockbuster event.

"We have much in common as professional teams in international competition and we know that we have fans that follow both clubs," Warriors CEO Cameron George and Blues chairman Don Mackinnon said in a joint statement.

"Both clubs have worked together in recent years when the opportunity has arisen, and we have been trying to make this idea work for a couple of years.

"With both clubs playing Canberra teams on the same weekend, it was the perfect chance to give it a go. It's exciting and innovative and gives the Warriors and the Blues the unique opportunity to celebrate some of the best sporting entertainment that Auckland has to offer."

The event will be held on March 21 in round eight of the Super Rugby competition and round two of the NRL season.

The NRL will not return to using one central referee despite controversy blighting Sydney Roosters' 14-8 Grand Final win over Canberra Raiders.

Assistant Gerard Sutton and touch judge Chris Butler advised head referee Ben Cummins to overturn his late call to hand the Raiders another six tackles, handing possession back to the Roosters, who promptly went up the other end to claim the win.

Canberra boss Ricky Stuart was diplomatic afterwards and insisted he would neither blame the officials for a heart-breaking loss nor seek talks with the league's head of football Graham Annesley.

Speaking after the match, Annesley's assessment was the right decision had been reached – a review of replays showed the ball had come off a Canberra player – but in unsatisfactory circumstances.

"That meant six tackles should not have been awarded," he said. "But I accept it created confusion among the Canberra players.

"It's obviously very messy and very disappointing for the game as a whole that we're now talking about an incident where they actually got the decision right – but they got it right in a way that's caused controversy.

"But if they had not corrected the decision and the Raiders had scored, I'd probably still be sitting here telling you a try had been scored off an incorrect decision.

"But from the moment it happened, the outcome was going to be very unpalatable.

"One of the reasons we have multiple officials on the field is to try to get decisions right."

Before 2009, NRL games were controlled by a single referee, and Annesley felt the Grand Final flashpoint actually highlighted the flaw of the old system.

"If we'd had one referee tonight we would have got the decision wrong," he added.

"It's not possible to avoid errors. Errors by their very definition aren't intended to happen.

"So if anyone can sit in this chair and tell you they can prevent errors from occurring, then we should be hiring them immediately."

Ricky Stuart insisted he would have to be a miracle worker to lift the spirits of his Canberra Raiders squad after their NRL Grand Final defeat.

James Tedesco's late try secured a 14-8 victory for defending premiers Sydney Roosters at ANZ Stadium on Sunday, though it was a game laced with controversy.

The Roosters' Cooper Cronk was harshly sin-binned early in the second half, but it was Canberra who were the recipients of a bizarre decision late on.

Referee Ben Cummins initially signalled for a repeat set of six following a Canberra attack, only to rescind his decision and hand possession back to the Roosters, who went up the other end to claim the win.

Stuart insisted he did not wish to put the spotlight on the officials, though confirmed he would not be speaking to the referees' boss Graham Annesley, stating it would be miraculous if he was able to lift his side's confidence.

"The plan we had was working. We were coming on really strong with the plan we had but we lost a bit of momentum in a couple of scenarios," he told a news conference.

"I'm not a miracle worker, you can't lift spirits after a grand final [defeat].

"I'd like to think of it as a wonderful Grand Final, one we could have won. It was the wrong call and I've only seen it once. 

"No one goes out there to make a mistake. They have tough jobs. If it's the wrong call there's not a referee that would go out there to make a mistake, if it is a mistake."

Stuart, however, believes the incident is merely a reflection of a hugely challenging campaign for Canberra, who made their first Grand Final appearance in 25 years.

"Anything that can go wrong has gone wrong for us this year. All the adversity we've had this year, we've overcome," he added.

"The travel adversity, two players sent off in one half. That's built the resilience in this team, we don't look for excuses. We look for solutions to get on with it. I'm proud of the squad that I'm coaching."

Cooper Cronk is more than ready for retirement after he helped Sydney Roosters to an unprecedented back-to-back title in the NRL.

The Roosters became the first team to win successive premierships in the NRL era with a tightly contested 14-8 victory over Canberra Raiders at ANZ Stadium.

James Tedesco crossed late on for the Roosters after the referee Ben Cummins changed his decision from awarding Canberra a fresh set of tackles, instead giving Sydney the handover as Cronk - who was controversially sent to the sin bin early in the second half - went out on a winning note.

Cronk, 35, was overwhelmed with emotion in the aftermath of Sunday's triumph, but insisted he has no doubts about hanging up his boots.

"There was so much emotion around the game this week, but the club did a really good job of keeping it pretty small," Cronk told the Nine Network.

"I don't really know what to say except thank you to everyone involved in rugby league.

"From being a young kid, I've been blessed to be able to watch this game and it's a humbling experience having been able to live out a dream and have some success at the end of it. But I'm ready for retirement - I've had enough!

"I'm the result of some very good individuals at some very good clubs. I've been fortunate enough to play with some guys that changed the way rugby league was played and I just jumped on the back of that and had some fun along the way.

"It's been one hell of a journey, one hell of a ride and I'm just glad it's over!"

Cronk, appearing in his ninth Grand Final, was harshly cautioned when he was adjudged to have tackled Josh Papalii without the ball.

The officials checked for a penalty try, though the video official deemed a penalty - and yellow card for Cronk - was sufficient.

"It's not ideal. I'm not here to criticise the referees but I didn't think it was a sin-binning offence," Cronk said.

"It took heart and soul for this club to defend for that time and then score points. This club cops a lot of criticism but it's got one big heart, a hell of a lot of soul and a lot of good people involved in it."

Match-winner Tedesco echoed Cronk's thoughts, while hailing his retiring team-mate.

"It's a pretty surreal feeling. Everything was against us, Cooper getting sent to the bin in his last game, we were under the pump that whole second half," Tedesco said.

"We've got a winning culture, the boys never give up and we fought for the whole 80. [Cronk] is an unbelievable player, an unbelievable bloke.

"We spoke during the week about how much he has done for every one of us as players. To send him out a winner is an awesome feeling."

Sydney Roosters became the first team to win back-to-back premierships in the NRL era with a nail-biting 14-8 triumph over a dogged Canberra Raiders.

Star full-back James Tedesco crossed eight minutes from the end of a hard-fought and ultimately controversial contest to send the retiring Cooper Cronk out a winner at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.

The Raiders, on top for long periods, had moments earlier been on the wrong end of a reversed decision for a fresh set of six that forced a handover heading into the closing stages.

Jack Wighton's converted try and a Jarrod Croker penalty earlier brought Ricky Stuart's men level after they fell eight points behind in the first half but their first Grand Final appearance in 25 years ended in agony.

Defence had been the cornerstone of Canberra's unexpected run to the premiership decider but the Roosters needed just six minutes to pierce the armour.

Boyd Cordner went close before Sam Verrills, in his 14th NRL appearance, darted out of dummy half and opened the scoring next to the upright.

There was a setback for the Roosters when Mitchell Aubusson suffered a game-ending knee injury as the result of last-ditch defending on his own line but another two points from Latrell Mitchell's boot softened the blow.

Joe Tapine had gifted away the penalty with a high tackle on Victor Radley that left the dazed lock in need of a concussion test.

The Raiders steadied and earned a deserved foothold before the interval following a largely subdued Tedesco's failure to hold a high kick, which gave Wighton the chance to slice through and reduce the deficit back to two points for an improving Canberra.

Bursts from Joseph Leilua and Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad imbued them with more momentum at the start of the second half and led to a real opening for Stuart's side.

Cronk, in his ninth Grand Final, headed for the sin bin after being adjudged to have tackled Josh Papalii without the ball.

The video referee decided against awarding a penalty try but Croker's successful penalty leveled the score at 8-8.

Canberra looked to have taken advantage of the extra number when Jordan Rapana crossed in the corner, but a sloppy last pass from Leilua had gone forward off the ground.

Mitchell squandered an opportunity to edge the Roosters back ahead yet the door swung back open when the Raiders were forced to hand the ball over on the fifth tackle of a promising attack, despite six-again having seemingly been signalled before Wighton allowed himself to be tackled. 

The Roosters surged forward and Mitchell and Leilua combined to send Dally M Medal winner Tedesco in for the winning try.

Sydney Roosters are strong favourites to become the first team to win back-to-back titles for 21 years when they lock horns with Canberra Raiders in the NRL Grand Final on Sunday.

The Roosters dethroned Melbourne Storm at ANZ Stadium last year and are expected to shatter the Raiders' hopes of being crowned champions for the first time since 1994.

Canberra have a terrible record when facing the defending champions in New South Wales, but Ricky Stuart's men will be not be thinking about that when they run out in Sydney this weekend.

We pick out a selection of Opta facts ahead of the decider.

 

- This will be the third time the Roosters and Canberra have clashed in the finals series during the NRL era – with the Roosters having won the previous encounters by 28 (2000 semi-final) and 26 (2004 quarter-final) point margins respectively.

- The Roosters have won 17 of their 18 matches against the Raiders in New South Wales since the NRL commenced in 1998.

- Jarrod Croker needs eight points to become the first Raiders player to score 2000 in the NRL. He has scored 48 points in his last five matches against the Roosters, crossing the try line on each occasion in that span.

- Canberra's Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (1527) and Sydney's James Tedesco (1467) have gained the most metres from kick returns amongst all players in NRL 2019.

- The defending champions have scored the most tries than any other team this season, with 116 to their opponents' 93. 

- Canberra have won three of their five NRL Grand Final appearances. This is the first time they have been involved on the final day of the season since being crowned champions in 1994.

- Only the Storm (9.4) and Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs (9.7) have averaged fewer errors per game than the Raiders (10.0) in NRL 2019. The Roosters have averaged 12.2 per game - the second most.

Canberra Raiders reached the NRL Grand Final for the first time with a battling 16-10 win over South Sydney Rabbitohs at a raucous GIO Stadium on Friday.

Three-time Australian champions Canberra had not previously been to the season decider in the NRL era but finally booked their spot with a hard-fought home victory.

The Raiders upset Melbourne Storm to set up a preliminary final in front of a record crowd and they twice nudged in front to give the Rabbitohs too much to do.

Coach Ricky Stuart returns to the Grand Final 15 years on from his last appearance with Sydney Roosters, who could yet join their former coach.

Souths saw apparent tries struck off at either end of a lively first half, but the Raiders controlled proceedings for a period after a fortunate 15th-minute breakthrough.

Corey Allan was tackled by Josh Hodgson when attempting to carry a grubber kick out of the in-goal area, allowing Jarrod Croker to touch down the loose ball.

Dane Gagai thundered over in the corner for a Rabbitohs try and the scores were level at the break.

Canberra led again early in the second half, though, through another unorthodox try. Jack Wighton dropped the ball onto his right boot, negating the knock-on and wrongfooting the nearby Souths players to dive over in the corner.

The Raiders came under intense pressure thereafter and were forced to play the majority of the last 10 minutes a man down following Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad's professional foul on the counter-attacking Adam Reynolds.

But the Rabbitohs could not capitalise and Josh Papalii – who was placed on report after a high tackle on Adam Doueihi – all but secured his side's Grand Final place with a stunning solo run at the other end.

There was still time for Campbell Graham to stroll through and reignite the Rabbitohs' hopes with a minute remaining, yet they were unable to get another score with their final play and fell short.

Sydney Roosters will be aiming to extend an impressive run at the Sydney Cricket Ground when they face Melbourne Storm in the NRL preliminary finals on Saturday.

However, the minor premiers have been difficult to beat away from AAMI Park and will be out to avenge their Grand Final defeat to the Roosters last year and reach the showpiece for the fourth straight year.

The victors will take on either Canberra Raiders or South Sydney Rabbitohs, who meet at GIO Stadium on Friday.

The Raiders have not won in Canberra since a 20-12 win over the Wests Tigers in July, and the Bunnies have been impressive on the road.

Ahead of the penultimate weekend of the NRL season, we look at the best Opta facts.

 

Canberra Raiders v South Sydney Rabbitohs

- This will be the fourth time the Raiders and the Rabbitohs have met in the NRL finals – and the first time in the nation's capital – with Ricky Stuart's men having won two of their previous three such encounters.
- Canberra will be vying to reach their first NRL Grand Final since 1994 – the longest drought of any active team to have made at least one appearance in the title decider.
- Souths have won all six of their matches outside New South Wales this year, their most in a single season in the NRL era.
- Cody Walker has been directly involved in seven tries in his last four NRL games against the Raiders (four tries, three assists); he has also crossed for the opening score of the match in each of their last two meetings.
- Jarrod Croker is just 16 shy of becoming the seventh player in premiership history to score 2,000 points.

Sydney Roosters v Melbourne Storm

- Five of the past six NRL games between the Roosters and the Storm have been decided by a margin of three points or fewer, with each team picking up three wins in that span.
- The Roosters have won their last nine NRL outings at the SCG and by an average margin of 29 points per game, not once conceding more than 12 points in that run.
- Melbourne have won eight straight away matches in the NRL; the last time they enjoyed a longer winning streak on the road within a single season was a nine-game stretch in 2011.
- The Storm have won nine of their past 11 preliminary finals, including their last three on the bounce across which they have conceded a total of just 18 points.
- Melbourne have averaged 6.5 line breaks per game this season, more than any other team in the NRL.

John Bateman stunned Melbourne Storm with a decisive late try as Canberra Raiders reached the NRL preliminary finals with a dramatic 12-10 win, while Manly Sea Eagles eliminated Cronulla Sharks.

The Raiders were rocked when centre Joseph Leilua was struck in the left eye by a particle from a firework – let off as part of the pre-match entertainment – as he ran onto the pitch.

Bailey Simonsson, Leilua's last-minute replacement, grasped his unexpected opportunity by putting the Raiders in front with a third-minute try in the corner at AAMI Park on Saturday.

Jarrod Croker added the extras and a penalty from Cameron Smith on the stroke of half-time was all the minor premiers could muster after Leilua was cleared to enter the fray, replacing Nick Cotric when he took a boot to the face.

The Storm were level early in the second half when Suliasi Vunivalu touched down after rising above Simonsson to grab a kick from Jahrome Hughes and Smith's second penalty put them in front.

Smith slotted over from the tee again three minutes later and Jordan Rapana – who had a try disallowed during a first half in which Croker missed two penalties – was put on report for a lifting tackle on Cameron Munster.

Craig Bellamy's men looked set to see it out but there was a late twist as Josh Addo-Carr spilled the ball and Leilua scooped it up before setting up Bateman, who crossed after taking a clever pass and Croker converted.

The Storm were furious when Vunivalu was wrongly adjudged to have stepped on the touchline with time running out and looked shell-shocked as Canberra celebrated setting up a preliminary final at GIO Stadium.

Melbourne will face either Parramatta Eels or Brisbane Broncos in a knockout clash next weekend, while Manly will lock horns with South Sydney Rabbitohs on Friday after a 28-16 defeat of Cronulla.

Manly were without a host of key men but stayed alive and ended Sharks captain Paul Gallen's illustrious career as Apisai Koroisau, Moses Suli, Brad Parker, Addin Fonua-Blake and Brendan Elliot all crossed.

There was drama before the start of the NRL Finals showdown between Canberra Raiders and Melbourne Storm when Joseph Leilua was struck in the left eye by a particle of a firework.

Leilua returned to the changing room for treatment at AAMI Park after suffering a freak injury moments before kick-off on Saturday.

The centre was running through an arch which was firing out steam and sparklers when the damage was done.

Leilua was unable to start the match and his late replacement, Bailey Simonsson, scored the opening try after only three minutes.

Former Newcastle Knights man Leilua recovered to join the action midway through the first half, replacing Nick Cotric, with Canberra leading 6-2 at the break.

Brett Morris is set to make a landmark appearance as the NRL Finals kick-off with a heavyweight clash between Sydney Roosters and South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Friday's match between the sides, who finished second and third respectively in the regular season, will be the first Finals game to be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground since the 1983 Grand Final.

Parramatta Eels won on that occasion and they round off the first round of Finals fixtures against the Brisbane Broncos on Sunday.

Minor premiers Melbourne Storm are in action on Saturday, taking on Canberra Raiders, before Manly Sea Eagles host Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks.

Here, we take a look at the best Opta facts for the first round of Finals matches.

Friday

Sydney Roosters (17-7) v South Sydney Rabbitohs (16-8)

- Defending premiers Roosters - who beat the Storm in last season's grand final - have won their past two games against the Rabbitohs, though they have not won three or more in succession against their city rivals since 1988.

- Roosters' Morris is set to play in his 250th NRL fixture. The 33-year-old has not scored a try against the Rabbitohs since 2015.

Saturday 

Melbourne Storm (20-4) v Canberra Raiders (15-9)

- After cruising to the minor premiers title, Melbourne host the Raiders, who have won four of their past eight away matches against the Storm, including a 22-18 victory in their last meeting.

- Suliasi Vunivalu could be the Storm's biggest weapon, with the winger having scored six tries in his last four NRL appearances against the Raiders.

Manly Sea Eagles (14-10) v Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks (12-12)

- The Sea Eagles have won 16 of their past 18 games against the Sharks, including the three most recent fixtures.

- Dylan Walker will be relishing this match, having crossed for a try in each of his previous three NRL meetings with Cronulla.

Sunday

Parramatta Eels (14-10) v Brisbane Broncos (11-12)

- Each of the past four NRL Finals matches played between the Eels and the Broncos have been won by the home side on the day.

- Matt Gillett of the Broncos is set to play his 200th NRL match, while the Eels' Reed Mahoney has made 1,150 tackles in 2019 - more than any other player.

Canberra Raiders forward Hudson Young has been handed an eight-game ban after being found guilty of eye-gouging.

Young attended an NRL judiciary hearing on Tuesday following an incident during his team's game against New Zealand Warriors on Saturday.

The 21-year-old was charged with a grade-three offence of making dangerous contact to the eyes of Warriors winger Adam Pompey.

Pompey appeared via video link from Auckland to provide evidence in the case, stating he "didn't feel anything at all" as he grounded the ball for a try in the first half.

However, Young - who had already served a five-match suspension earlier in the 2019 season for gouging Canterbury Bulldogs forward Aiden Tolman - was found guilty.

The sentence handed down means he will miss the Raiders' entire finals campaign this year, as well as the start of the 2020 campaign.

"I just want to thank the panel for a fair hearing. Although I'm disappointed with their decision, I'll accept my punishment and learn from it," Young said in a statement.

"I'd like to thank Adam and [lawyer] Nick [Ghabar] for speaking on my behalf. It's much appreciated.

"I'll now focus on returning to training this week and doing everything I can for the team."

Canberra face minor premiers Melbourne Storm in their qualifying final on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves is free to play for Sydney Roosters against South Sydney Rabbitohs on Friday after overturning a one-match ban for a high tackle.

The prop was punished for a challenge on fellow front-rower Liam Knight during the meeting between the same two teams last Thursday, a game the Rabbitohs won 16-10.

Canberra Raiders have rewarded head coach Ricky Stuart with a new three-year deal, it was confirmed on Monday.

Stuart – who arrived in 2014 – will remain in charge of the finals-bound Raiders until the end of the 2023 NRL season.

It comes after former Raiders player Stuart guided Canberra to a top-four spot this season and turned the club into genuine title contenders ahead of Saturday's qualifying final against Melbourne Storm.

"I'm honoured to be given this opportunity, to play for this club and now to be their head coach I'm so honoured and even more so today, I'm excited with the development of the club. It's not just about coaching first grade it's about the whole club," Stuart said.

"My passion and enthusiasm for the club is 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

"I'm like the fan who sits out there and braves the cold. I want to win on the weekend and win a competition and I can assure you that every waking moment is about delivering that promise one day."

Raiders chairman Allan Hawke added: "Ricky's contract was up at the end of next year, but we wanted to give some surety to players that are off contract going forward and any new players coming to us, that Ricky will still be part and parcel of the whole operation right through until then [2023].

"One of the first things Ricky did when he came on as head coach was to get a group of leaders from the playing group and with them develop the values we would stand by as a playing group. They are still right with us which is why there is such solidarity and will among them."

The Raiders ended the regular season in fourth position with 15 wins and nine losses from 24 games – 10 points adrift of the table-topping Storm.

Canberra Raiders will face minor premiers Melbourne Storm in the NRL finals after a shock loss to New Zealand Warriors, while Gareth Widdop and Jeremy Latimore bid a triumphant farewell to St George Illawarra Dragons.

The Raiders were unable to regain third position from South Sydney Rabbitohs – who will face rivals Sydney Roosters in the qualifying finals – as they went down 24-20 at GIO Stadium on Saturday.

Ahead of their meeting with the Storm, Canberra will have concerns over Michael Oldfield after the wing went off with a shoulder injury sustained while touching down in the corner and making it 20-12 in the 53rd minute.

There could also be trouble for Hudson Young, who appeared to make contact with Adam Pompey's eye while attempting to stop him score a try in the 30th minute. Young served a five-match suspension for a similar offence against Canterbury Bulldogs in June. Addressing the latest incident, Raiders coach Ricky Stuart said: "I know he didn't gouge the kid."

The Warriors rallied late on to secure a win, as Roger Tuivasa-Sheck polished off an incredible move after the visitors did superbly to keep the ball alive on the last tackle in the 69th minute and Blake Green ran in to complete a surprise turnaround.

Widdop converted four tries and assisted one in his final match before departing for Super League side Warrington Wolves as the Dragons defeated the Titans 24-16.

Half-back Widdop - who became the first Englishman to score 1,000 NRL points - released Ben Hunt for his second try in the space of six minutes, with Latimore coming on for the final two minutes to help Paul McGregor's side close their season with victory in his final match before retirement.

Brisbane Broncos were unable to guarantee their place in the finals as they fell to a humbling 30-14 loss at the Bulldogs.

Nick Meaney scored a hat-trick and had 22 points as the Bulldogs ended the season with another upset that means the Broncos must hope Wests Tigers and Cronulla Sharks do not draw on Sunday – an unlikely result that would send both teams through at Brisbane's expense.

The last spot in the NRL finals will be determined on Sunday when Cronulla Sharks visit Wests Tigers hoping to hang on to a top-eight berth.

Both the Tigers and the Sharks have 24 points each after 23 rounds, but the latter's greater points differential means they are in pole position to reach the finals.

The sixth-placed Parramatta Eels will look to leapfrog Manly Sea Eagles into fifth while Melbourne Storm, already confirmed as the minor premiership champions, will hope to round off the regular season in style when they host the North Queensland Cowboys.

We take a look at the Opta facts for the last round of NRL fixtures.

 

Thursday

South Sydney Rabbitohs (15-8) v Sydney Roosters (17-6)

- Souths are bidding to beat Sydney twice in the regular season for the first time in a decade following their triumph earlier in the campaign.

- Cody Walker (14 tries, 16 try assists) leads the way with the most try involvements in the NRL and Roosters team-mate Latrell Mitchell will also hope to reach the 30 mark, having crossed 18 times and provided 11 assists so far.

Friday

Parramatta Eels (13-10) v Manly Sea Eagles (14-9)

- This fixture has been a one-sided affair in recent years, with the Eels winning their past four home games in a row against the Eagles by an average margin of 19 points per contest.

- Kane Evans will bring up a landmark 100th appearance for Parramatta.

 

Melbourne Storm (19-4) v North Queensland Cowboys (9-14)

- Though Melbourne have won their past nine successive games against the Cowboys, six of those wins have come by a margin of eight points or fewer.

- The Storm have missed just 27 tackles per game in this year's NRL, fewer than any other team in the competition.

Saturday

Canberra Raiders (15-8) v New Zealand Warriors (8-1-14)

- Canberra beat the Warriors 46-12 earlier in the season and have been victorious in five of their previous seven meetings.

- The Warriors have conceded 40-plus points in three of their past five NRL games having done so only once in their previous 35 games. 

 

Canterbury Bulldogs (9-14) v Brisbane Broncos (11-1-11)

- The home team has won the past seven times the Bulldogs have met the Broncos.

- Brisbane players have made 901 tackle breaks this season, 83 more than any other team and 287 more than the Bulldogs.

Gold Coast Titans (4-19) v St George-Illawarra Dragons (7-16)

- Dragons star Gareth Widdop needs just five more points to reach 1,000 in the NRL.

- Each of the past three meetings between these two have been won by the Dragons, who have outscored the Titans 136-52 in that time.

 

Sunday

Wests Tigers (11-12) v Cronulla Sharks (11-12)

- The Sharks are on a five-match winning streak against the Tigers, their longest run of victories against them.

- Benji Marshall is one of just three players to average more than one assist per game having set up 19 tries in 18 appearances.

 

Penrith Panthers (10-13) v Newcastle Knights (10-13)

- Though they have only led in four of their past 10 NRL games against the Knights, the Panthers have won on eight occasions.

- However, Newcastle have scored 12 tries in the opening 10 minutes of NRL games this season, the second-most of any team in the competition (behind the Sydney Roosters).

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