New South Wales prop Daniel Saifiti has extended his contract with the Newcastle Knights for a further two seasons.

Saifiti, 23, will remain at the club until at least the end of 2022.

The front-rower made 21 appearances as the Knights finished 11th this season and becomes the first player to agree to an extension under new coach Adam O'Brien.

"While there have been some tough times, we showed improvement this season and are getting better," said Saifiti, who earned a State of Origin debut in June.

"We've signed some quality players in recent times and that has certainly helped with my development.

"I owe a lot to this club. My brother Jacob and I came here as teenagers to play under-20s and I've been living my dream ever since."

Hull Kingston Rovers have continued their squad overhaul for the 2020 season by signing Shaun Kenny-Dowall.

The former New Zealand international moves to the Super League club from Newcastle Knights, who he joined in 2017 after a decade at Sydney Roosters.

Kenny-Dowall twice won the Four Nations title with the Kiwis and was part of the Roosters team that triumphed in the 2013 NRL Grand Final.

"I know that the club is steeped in history and I'm really looking forward to joining the Rovers," the 31-year-old told Hull KR's official website after signing a two-year deal.

"I'm excited to be experiencing a new competition over in England after so long in the NRL.

"I love the way the Super League is played and, for myself, it's a new challenge to move out of my comfort zone of the NRL and step into a different arena and test myself on the other side of the world.

"I've always wanted to tick that box in my career and I'm very grateful to Hull KR for giving me that opportunity."

Rovers have been busy since securing their Super League status for another year; Kenny-Dowall is the third new recruit by head coach Tony Smith, following on from the additions of Dean Hadley and Jez Litten.

"It is fantastic that the club has been able to bring someone over with Shaun's experience - it is important for us to maintain those high standards, in terms of people with experience, with what they can bring to the table," Smith said.

"The 2020 squad is largely going to be a young and enthusiastic side. We have lost a couple of experienced players, and it’s vital that we regain that mix. We'll be maintaining those high standards by bringing in somebody of Shaun's calibre."

Kristian Woolf will replace the departing Justin Holbrook as St Helens head coach, the Super League club have announced.

Woolf has signed a two-year deal, with Saints also holding an option for a third season, and begins his new job at the start of November.

The 44-year-old will arrive from Newcastle Knights, where he served as an assistant to Nathan Brown before taking charge on an interim basis following the departure of the former Saints boss.

He was recently sacked as Tonga coach following a five-year stint at the helm that included steering them to the semi-finals of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

"I'm excited and privileged to be joining St Helens as head coach," Woolf - who has also previously worked for Brisbane Broncos - said in a statement released by Saints.

"It's something I have always wanted to do and it's a great opportunity for me.

"St Helens is a club with an amazing history and I'm confident we can achieve great things together."

St Helens chairman Eamonn McManus is "very confident" Woolf can build on the strong work done by Holbrook, who confirmed in July he will take over at Gold Coast Titans in 2020.

However, before he exits, the NRL-bound coach will hope to sign off by leading his current employers - who have clinched the League Leaders' Shield this year but lost to Warrington Wolves in the Challenge Cup final - to glory in Super League.

"We consider that Kristian is ideally qualified and placed to build upon the current success of the team and the club," McManus said of Woolf.

"He has the experience and expertise to bring the best out of our existing squad and to improve it further.

"We are very confident that the Saints will seriously compete for honours under his tenure and that we will continue to play attractive and exciting rugby league."

Cronulla Sharks pipped Wests Tigers to the last place in the NRL finals with a 25-8 victory at Leichhardt Oval, denying Robbie Farah a fairy-tale end to his career.

Only an unlikely draw would have sent both teams through to the elimination finals at the expense of Brisbane Broncos, and an electric start to the second half turned the game in favour of the Sharks.

Farah broke his leg just four weeks ago and only made the squad due to an injury to Corey Thompson in the warm-up, but he could not inspire a dramatic turnaround in his final match before retirement.

The Sharks will face Manly Sea Eagles in their elimination final, with the other seeing Parramatta Eels take on the Broncos.

Briton Nikora danced his way past four players to cross for an excellent try, with Shaun Johnson's penalty on the stroke of half-time the difference between the teams after Paul Momirovski kicked two goals.

Josh Morris extended Cronulla's lead five minutes after the restart, the centre pouncing when Esan Marsters failed to keep hold of Johnson's grubber kick.

An excellent offload from Jack Williams preceded Sosaia Feki going over in the left corner and the Sharks wing had his second less than three minutes later by barrelling through Momirovski.

Michael Maguire responded by sending on Farah for his first appearance since his injury and Luke Garner darted through for the Tigers' first try with 19 minutes remaining.

However, they were unable to add to their tally and Cronulla prop Paul Gallen – who will retire at the end of the season – slotted through the first drop goal of his career in the final seconds.

Nathan Cleary scored a club record 34 points as Penrith Panthers finished their season with a 54-10 thrashing of Newcastle Knights.

New South Wales Blues half-back Cleary crossed twice in each half, with Billy Burns bagging a double in just his second NRL appearance.

Brian To'o, Wayde Egan and Moses Leota also got in on the act, with Cleary converting all of Penrith's nine tries in a blistering display that was James Maloney's last outing before moving to Catalans Dragons.

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).

Newcastle Knights have appointed Sydney Roosters assistant Adam O'Brien as their coach for next season following Nathan Brown's departure.

Brown left the Knights on Tuesday after a 46-4 defeat to Wests Tigers, with the NRL club having announced the coach would leave at the end of the 2019 campaign the previous week.

The Knights have moved quickly to bring in a replacement, with O'Brien agreeing a three-year contract which will run from 2020. 

O'Brien joined the Roosters - where he will remain until the end of their NRL finals campaign as they aim to defend their crown - last year after spending 11 seasons with Melbourne Storm.

Kristian Woolf will take temporary charge of the Knights, who cannot make the finals and face Penrith Panthers in their last match of the season.

"We are very excited to have Adam coming in as head coach," Knights chief executive Philip Gardner told the club's website.

"Aside from quality coaching, we want quality people within the organisation and Adam ticks all of those boxes."

O'Brien said: "The Knights are a strong club with a significant and passionate supporter base.

"I have been patient throughout my coaching career, but the time is right to make this move and all of these attributes made the move to Newcastle an easy decision.

"I am excited about what is around the corner, but my sole focus over the next five weeks remains with the Roosters and our finals campaign. That isn't something I take lightly.

"Once the 2019 season has concluded, I will turn my attention to Newcastle."

Craig Bellamy hailed Melbourne Storm's third minor premiership in the space of four years as their best yet.

Storm romped to a 36-6 victory over Many Sea Eagles at Lottoland on Saturday, with Justin Olam scoring a hat-trick.

The triumph meant they were crowned minor premiers for ending the regular season as table-toppers, an achievement they also managed in 2016 and 2017.

Bellamy, though, believes his side's consistency makes this success stand out from the rest.

"I reckon this one [minor premiership] is a little more special than the others we have won," said Bellamy.

"We have only been beaten four times this year and the biggest [losing margin] is four points. That's pretty consistent and I'm really proud of this group because of that."

Storm will hope history is on their side going into the finals. In each of the last two seasons, the minor premiers have gone on to win the NRL Grand Final - Sydney Roosters achieving the feat last term after Melbourne in 2017.

It was a miserable day for the Sea Eagles, who are battling to remain inside the top four. As well as being outscored six tries to one, they believe full-back Tom Trbojevic will not be able to play again this season after suffering a pectoral injury in the defeat.

"It doesn't look good for Tom - it looks like it's a ruptured pec," coach Des Hasler said of the problem, which was sustained as Trbojevic attempted to tackle Josh Addo-Carr.

"You'd think that kind of injury would be season [ending] given the time we've got left. We'll go through the usual procedures but it's a ruptured pec.

"Given the time of the year it's disappointing, he's such a classy player. It's been one of those years for him."

Trbojevic's team-mate Morgan Boyle (shoulder) could also be out for the rest of the campaign.

There were two other games on Saturday, with the second-placed Roosters easing to a 22-6 win at the SCG that all but ended Penrith Panthers' hopes of reaching the finals, even without Cooper Cronk.

Viliame Kikau scored early on for the visitors but they did not strike again as four tries from Sydney, including one from Latrell Mitchell – who scored 10 points – settled the contest.

Newcastle Knights thumped Gold Coast Titans 38-4 to keep their faint finals hopes alive under Kristian Woolf, who has replaced Nathan Brown on an interim basis.

The Titans, who are bottom of the table, scored after three minutes through Ryley Jacks but suffered their 10th consecutive loss as they had no answer to the Knights, who ran in seven unanswered tries in impressive fashion.

Despite the win, Newcastle still need to beat Penrith next week and may even be out of contention before that match as they need other results to go their way to stand any chance of progression.

High-flying Melbourne Storm look set for a test as they travel to Manly Sea Eagles in the latest round of NRL fixtures.

The Storm sit at the top of the ladder and have a good record at Manly, but the Sea Eagles are fourth themselves and have pushed Melbourne close in previous meetings.

We take a look at that match and more – including a Sydney Cricket Ground double-header – with these Opta facts.

 

Thursday

North Queensland Cowboys (8-14) v Canterbury Bulldogs (9-13)

- The Bulldogs have won four of their past six NRL games against the Cowboys at 1300SMILES Stadium, including a 27-10 victory in their most recent game there.

- Canterbury have conceded 19 penalties for stealing the ball in NRL 2019, more than any other team in the competition.

Friday

New Zealand Warriors (8-1-13) v South Sydney Rabbitohs (14-8)

- The Rabbitohs have won eight of their past nine NRL games against the Warriors, including their last two on the bounce.

- The New Zealand outfit have conceded 40 or more points in a game on four occasions in NRL 2019 – including three times in their past four games – while the last time they did so more in a single season was 2004 (seven times).

Brisbane Broncos (10-1-11) v Parramatta Eels (13-9)

- Each of the past eight NRL games between the Broncos and the Eels at Suncorp Stadium has been won by the team holding the half-time lead on the day, with each side winning four times in that span.

- Mitchell Moses has made 82 kicks in play that have been retained by a team-mate in this NRL campaign, more than any other player in the competition.

Saturday

Newcastle Knights (9-13) v Gold Coast Titans (4-18)

- The Titans have won five of their last seven NRL games against the Newcastle Knights; however, their two defeats in that span have come in their most recent two clashes at McDonald Jones Stadium.

- Gold Coast have been awarded 168 penalties in NRL 2019, more than any other team in the competition and 16 more than the Newcastle Knights.

Manly Sea Eagles (14-8) v Melbourne Storm (18-4)

- The Storm have won four of their past five NRL games against the Sea Eagles at Lottoland; two of those wins coming by a margin of just one point on the day.

- Martin Taupau (350 carries, 620 tackles) is the only player thus far in NRL 2019 to have made 350 carries and 350 tackles.

Sydney Roosters (16-6) v Penrith Panthers (10-12)

- This will be the Panthers' first NRL game at the Sydney Cricket Ground since a 2010 loss to the Wests Tigers; it is a venue where the Roosters have won their past seven NRL games in a row by an average margin of 32 points.

- The Panthers are one of only three teams (also Sea Eagles, Storm) to have had more than one forward start in every one of their 22 games so far this season (James Fisher-Harris, James Tamou).

Sunday

Cronulla Sharks (11-11) v Canberra Raiders (14-8)

- Ten of the past 12 NRL games between the Sharks and the Raiders have been won by the away team on the day.

- Josh Morris has scored seven tries in his past seven NRL games and has a season tally of 13 – his most in a season since 2012 (17).

St George Illawarra Dragons (7-15) v Wests Tigers (10-12)

- The Dragons have won three of their past four NRL games against Wests, as well as having won the only previous meeting between the two teams at the Sydney Cricket Ground (13-12 in 2013).

- St George have made 40 or more tackle breaks in each of their past two NRL games against the Tigers, a mark they have managed to hit just three times so far in NRL 2019.

Newcastle Knights head coach Nathan Brown has left the NRL club in the wake of their 46-4 loss to Wests Tigers.

The Knights announced last week that Brown's time at the helm would come to an end after the 2019 season.

However, the 46-year-old has left effective immediately, the Knights said in a statement on Tuesday.

"The nib Newcastle Knights can confirm coach Nathan Brown has departed the club effective immediately," a statement read.

"This decision has been made in conjunction with Brown in the best interest of the club.

"Kristian Woolf will take over as interim coach for the remainder of the 2019 season."

With two games remaining, Newcastle are 11th in the NRL ladder, three points behind eighth-placed Brisbane Broncos.

Sydney Roosters remained on course to finish in the NRL top four by beating St George Illawarra Dragons, while Wests Tigers kept their finals hopes alive and dented those of Newcastle Knights.

The second-placed Roosters scored five unanswered tries in the first half at Kogarah Oval on Saturday and did not look back in a 34-12 triumph.

Victory moved them four points clear of Canberra Raiders – who face fifth-placed Manly Sea Eagles on Sunday – and South Sydney Rabbitohs in third and fourth respectively.

Joseph Manu barrelled his way through for the opener and Isaac Liu dabbed down a grubber kick before debutant Billy Smith finished off a fine move in the 15th minute.

Victor Radley and Daniel Tupou got in on the act ahead of half-time, the latter crossing in the left corner following an incredible switch of play from the boot of Cooper Cronk.

James Tedesco added a try of his own to a pair of assists from the first half, with scores from debutant Tristan Sailor – son of former Australia international and Queensland Maroons wing Wendell Sailor – and Luciano Leilua providing scant consolation for the Dragons.

Benji Marshall assisted four tries and David Nofoaluma grabbed his first NRL hat-trick as the Tigers thrashed the Knights 46-4 at Campbelltown Stadium.

Ryan Matterson touched down the opener after Marshall's grubber looped into the in-goal area and Robert Jennings crossed before Esan Marsters went through after a tremendous offload from Corey Thompson.

A brilliant no-look pass from Luke Brooks sent Luke Garner in and Nofoaluma got his first try following a lovely kick to the corner from Marshall, making it 30-0 at the break.

Nofoaluma chased down his own grubber to double his tally and completed his hat-trick after more sensational work from Brooks, with Michael Chee-Kam and Newcastle's Aidan Guerra exchanging scores late on.

The Tigers moved one point away from the playoffs, while the Knights are three adrift in 11th with two games remaining.

elbourne Storm can seal the minor premiership this week as the NRL season heads towards its conclusion.

The Storm are four points clear with three games to play and face bottom side Gold Coast Titans on Sunday.

A win in that game and defeat for Sydney Roosters at St George Illawarra Dragons will see Melbourne clinch top spot, while third-placed Canberra Raiders take on fourth-placed Manly Sea Eagles in a crucial clash between two teams out to ensure they cannot be eliminated in the first round of the Finals.

Here we look at the best Opta facts for this round of fixtures.

Thursday

Parramatta Eels (13-8) v Canterbury Bulldogs (8-13)

- The Bulldogs have made the most offloads (287) of any NRL team this year, 21 more than the Eels (266).

- Mitchell Moses (Parramatta Eels) has made the most try assists (20) of any half-back this season.

Friday

North Queensland Cowboys (7-14) v Penrith Panthers (10-11)

- The Panthers have retained the most kicks (145) of any team, 29 more than the Cowboys (116).

- Michael Morgan has had six try involvements (two tries, four assists) from his last four NRL matches against the Panthers.

Brisbane Broncos (10-1-10) v South Sydney Rabbitohs (13-8)   

- The Broncos have made the most tackle breaks (822) of any team this season, 146 more than the Rabbitohs (676).

- South Sydney are one of two teams – along with the Storm – to have more than one player inside the top 13 for try assists this season (Damien Cook on 22 and Cody Walker on 14).

Saturday

Cronulla Sharks (10-11) v New Zealand Warriors (8-1-12)   

- Six of the last seven NRL games between Cronulla and the Warriors have been decided by a margin of four points or fewer, including a 19-18 win for the New Zealanders in their last meeting.

- The Sharks have won six of their last eight NRL matches on home soil (L2), despite leading at half time only three times in that span.

Wests Tigers (9-12) v Newcastle Knights (9-12)  

- The Knights have scored 37 tries through the middle-third of the field, only the Storm (45) have got more through that corridor this term. 

- Luke Brooks (Tigers) has had eight try involvements (three tries, five try assists) from his last six NRL matches against the Knights. 

St George Illawarra Dragons (7-14) v Sydney Roosters (15-6)   

- The Dragons have made the most tackles per game (369) of any team in NRL this year, 30 more than the Roosters (339).

- The Roosters' trio of James Tedesco (11), Latrell Mitchell (8) and Victor Radley (7) have made the most supported breaks of all players this season.

Sunday

Melbourne Storm (17-4) v Gold Coast Titans (4-17)  

- The Titans have scored the joint-most tries (five, also Manly Sea Eagles) on the zero tackle in a set of any NRL team in 2019.

- Cameron Munster (Storm) has had 10 try involvements (six tries, four assists) from his six NRL matches against the Titans.


Canberra Raiders (14-7) v Manly Sea Eagles (13-8)   

- The Raiders have scored the joint-most tries (21, also the Roosters) in the first 20 minutes of matches of any team this season.

- Daly Cherry-Evans (Manly) has had 12 try involvements (five tries, seven assists) from his last eight NRL matches against Canberra.

Kevin Walters insists he is still not looking for a job in the NRL and is focused on Queensland Maroons despite a new opening at Newcastle Knights.

Maroons coach Walters has been linked with NRL roles in the past, but he reaffirmed his commitment to Queensland when a switch to Gold Coast Titans was mooted as an option last month.

Now, with Nathan Brown leaving the Knights at the end of the season, the idea of moving to Newcastle was also put to Walters by FOX Sports, where he works as a pundit.

The 51-year-old is not interested, though, saying: "I am very comfortable with my position at the moment with the Queensland Rugby League and my work on FOX League.

"I have said that over and over and over again in the last 12 to 18 months. But, firstly, I feel for Nathan Brown; it is a tough industry, coaching."

Newcastle Knights have confirmed Nathan Brown will leave his role as head coach at the end of the NRL season.

Brown took over at the Knights in 2016 but his first two seasons resulted in wooden-spoon finishes, while they placed 11th last term.

The Knights were expected to challenge for a finals spot this season with a decent-looking roster that includes David Klemmer, Mitchell Pearce and Kalyn Ponga, yet a run of seven defeats in nine games put a dent in their chances.

The timing of the decision is somewhat surprising given the Knights remain just two points outside the top eight and hammered the North Queensland Cowboys 42-6 on Saturday.

Brown, though, says now is the right time to head in a new direction.

"My main job was to come here and put the club back together," said Brown, who signed a performance-based contract last year.

"It's been a tough but enjoyable job. I've met lots of great people and I feel the club is far better off for me coming here.

"The roster and salary cap issues have been resolved and there's the potential of a team to have sustained success.

"A lot of the heavy lifting has been done and now I'm leaving it to the next group of club leaders to continue the job.

"But it's important to remember the year is not over and I look forward to finishing the season off strongly and push for a final birth."

Canberra Raiders pulled off a stunning comeback to beat NRL leaders Melbourne Storm 22-18, while Newcastle Knights hammered North Queensland Cowboys 42-6 to emphatically end a six-match losing streak.

The Storm could have wrapped up the minor premiership with a win and a Sydney Roosters defeat on Monday, but Raiders battled back from 18-0 down to significantly boost their top-four hopes.

Melbourne were in complete control after 30 minutes, helped the by the early sin-binning of Jack Wighton for a tackle from an offside position, before Joe Tapine was also yellow-carded for a scrap with Nelson Asofa-Solomona.

Justin Olam, Josh Addo-Carr and Suliasi Vunivalu all crossed but the Raiders rebounded with 22 unanswered points.

Joe Croker led the way with a brace and he also added the extras to tries from Jordan Rapana and Josh Papalii. The Raiders are third, six points behind leaders Storm.

The Knights will have been similarly elated with their showing, as they demolished the Cowboys.

A woeful slump had seen the Knights beaten by New Zealand Warriors, Canterbury Bulldogs, Sydney Roosters, Wests Tigers, Manly Warringah Sea Eagles and Parramatta Eels since last winning against Brisbane Broncos on June 29.

But they found their groove once again to keep finals hopes alive, with Kalyn Ponga and Mitchell Pearce getting two tries apiece.

The result leaves them two points behind eighth-placed Penrith Panthers.

In the day's late kick-off, South Sydney Rabbitohs suffered a surprise 14-6 defeat at home to the struggling Bulldogs.

Wayne Bennett's men had been hoping to remain level with the Raiders and the Roosters, but they stay in fifth place as a result.

 

The SCG has proven to be a happy hunting ground for Sydney Roosters.

The reigning champions will face a team that has caused them problems though, with New Zealand Warriors their opponents.

Melbourne Storm, six points clear of the Roosters at the top of the table, could potentially wrap up the minor premiership this weekend and they face Canberra Raiders.

We take a look at the key statistics, courtesy of Opta, ahead of round 22.

Thursday

Manly Sea Eagles (12-8) v Wests Tigers (9-11)

- Wests are on a four-game winning streak against Manly, even though they have only led once at half-time across those victories.

- Manly have missed just 27 tackles per game in this season's NRL, the fewest of any team in the competition.

Friday

Gold Coast Titans (4-16) v Parramatta Eels (12-8)

- The Titans have not lost a home game to the Eels since 2014, with each of the past half a dozen matches between the two won by the team hosting the fixture.

- No team has gained more metres per restart than the Eels, who have accrued 12.3m.

Brisbane Broncos (9-1-10) v Penrith Panthers (10-10)

- Brisbane wing Corey Oates has made five successful interceptions in 2019, two more than any other player.

- The Broncos have only suffered only two regular-time defeats to Penrith in their previous 13 meetings.

Saturday

Newcastle Knights (8-12) v North Queensland Cowboys (7-13)

- The Cowboys are on their longest winning streak against the Knights having won four in a row.

- They will need to be mindful of Shaun Kenny-Dowall, though, given he has scored five tries in his past seven NRL appearances.

Melbourne Storm (17-3) v Canberra Raiders (13-7)

- Melbourne will win the minor premiership if they beat Canberra and the Roosters lose to the Warriors on Sunday.

- The Storm have won their last five successive NRL games against the Raiders, conceding an average of just 10 points per match in that span.

South Sydney Rabbitohs (13-7) v Canterbury Bulldogs (7-13)

- Souths are on a four-game winning streak against the Bulldogs, their longest sequence since an eight-match run between 1967 and 1969.

- After scoring a hat-trick for the Rabbitohs last time out, Campbell Graham took his tally to six scores in his previous five appearances.

Sunday

Sydney Roosters (14-6) v New Zealand Warriors (8-1-11)

- The Warriors have lost only three of their past 10 NRL games against the Roosters in New South Wales, yet they have lost nine of their previous 10 contests played on a Sunday.

- Trent Robinson's Roosters have won six on the bounce at the SCG, scoring an average of 40 points per game in that span.

Cronulla Sharks (9-11) v St George-Illawarra Dragons (7-13)

- Only the Raiders (16) have scored more tries from kicks this year than the Sharks (14).

- Cronulla's Shaun Johnson needs 11 more points to reach 1,000 in NRL, a milestone that only six active players have reached.

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