Sydney Roosters moved into second place in the NRL with a comprehensive 58-6 thrashing of bottom club Gold Coast Titans on Sunday.

With South Sydney Rabbitohs having slipped up against Cronulla Sharks on Saturday, the Roosters made light work of the Titans, who offered few positives for incoming coach Justin Holbrook.

After James Tedesco's early try, Brett Morris - now the 12th player to surpass 150 NRL career tries - helped himself to a 12-minute hat-trick before Daniel Tupou went over, with Latrell Mitchell adding the extras to make it 28-0 at half-time.

Any hopes of the Titans restoring some pride in the second half were ended when Tedesco doubled his tally, with Cooper Cronk racing over four minutes later for his 100th NRL try.

Ryley Jacks snatched a consolation for the Titans in between a pair of Mitchell scores, and the Roosters' Sam Verrills had the final say by touching down for the first time in his NRL career.

In Sunday's other match, Parramatta Eels consolidated their place in the top eight with a battling 12-4 victory away at St George Illawarra Dragons.

The visitors were 10-0 up by the 22nd minute and kept their lead intact heading into the break.

Mikaele Ravalawa's try seven minutes after the restart put the pressure on the Eels' defence, though, and they had to rely on a 70th-minute penalty from Mitchell Moses to halt the Dragons' momentum and hold on for what could prove a vital win in their bid to qualify for the Finals.

Josh Hodgson is set to make a landmark NRL appearance when Canberra Raiders take on New Zealand Warriors on Friday.

The former Hull KR and Hull FC man has played for the Raiders since 2015 and will be looking to propel his side to victory on his 100th league outing in Australia.

A win for the Raiders would see them - temporarily at least - move level with second-placed South Sydney Rabbitohs on 28 points.

We take a look at round 20's key statistics, courtesy of Opta.

Thursday

West Tigers (8-10) v North Queensland Cowboys (7-11)

- The Tigers have won their last six NRL games on the bounce against North Queensland at Leichhardt Oval, including a 20-12 victory when they last met at the venue in 2018.

- The Cowboys have made 12 or more errors in each of their last five NRL matches against the Tigers.

Friday

New Zealand Warriors (7-1-10) v Canberra Raiders (12-6)

- Including a 20-16 win in their last meeting in Auckland, the Warriors have won 10 of their last 13 NRL games against the Raiders on home turf.

- Jarrod Croker has scored 17 tries in 17 games against the Warriors – including five in his last five – making it his best tally against any single opponent in the NRL.

Brisbane Broncos (8-1-9) v Melbourne Storm (15-3)

- Andrew McCullough of the Broncos has played the most minutes (1,068) of any player to have made one error or fewer in the NRL this year.

- The Storm have won 16 of their last 18 NRL meetings with Brisbane and the last six in a row.

Saturday

Manly Sea Eagles (11-7) v Newcastle Knights (8-10)

- The last time Manly conceded 20 points or more in an NRL match against Newcastle was in 2012. They have won seven of the nine games since then.

- Tom Trbojevic has been directly involved in 1.7 tries per game in the NRL this season, the most of any player to have played more than one match.

Canterbury Bulldogs (5-13) v Penrith Panthers (9-9)

- Reimis Smith of the Bulldogs has made 66 quick play-the-balls this NRL season, 12 more than any other player and 23 more than the Panthers' Josh Mansour (43).

- The Panthers have won four of their last five clashes with the Bulldogs, despite having led at half-time only once in that run.

Cronulla Sharks (8-10) v South Sydney Rabbitohs (13-5)

- Only the Storm (9) have scored more tries after forcing a line drop-out in this season than the Sharks (8).

- The Rabbitohs' Damien Cook has made a league-high 21 try assists this year.

Sunday

Sydney Roosters (12-6) v Gold Coast Titans (4-14)

- The Roosters have won their last four straight games - and six of their last seven - against the Titans.

- Michael Gordon may be key if the NRL's bottom club - who have announced Justin Holbrook as their coach for 2020 - are to get anything against the Roosters. He has a goal-kicking success rate of 88 per cent this campaign.

St George Illawarra Dragons (6-12) v Parramatta Eels (10-8)

- The Eels have won eight of their previous nine NRL matches against the Dragons.

- The Dragons are the NRL's top tacklers this season, having made 371 per game, 30 more than the Eels.

Canberra Raiders put an end to Penrith Panthers' winning streak in the NRL on Sunday, while Sydney Roosters continued their recent dominance over Canterbury Bulldogs.

Penrith had won seven on the spin going into the game but found the Raiders too hot to handle at Panthers Stadium, though their cause was not helped by Dean Whare spending 10 minutes in the sin bin.

Canberra capitalised quickly on the numerical advantage with Elliott Whitehead crashing over, helping open up a 12-6 half-time lead.

The contest remained close in the second half and it was not until John Bateman finished off a breakaway try in the 74th minute that the Raiders were certain of victory on their travels.

They sit level on 26 points with the Roosters, who recorded a sixth straight win over the Bulldogs. James Tedesco, Joseph Manu and Brett Morris all scored tries in what was a comfortable victory despite the final 20-12 scoreline.

Latrell Mitchell landed all three of his conversion attempts as well as a first-half penalty as Sydney triumphed at ANZ Stadium, despite Reimis Smith crossing twice after the interval for the Bulldogs.

However, victory may have come at a cost for the reigning champions. Both Siosiua Taukeiaho and Boyd Cordner were forced off with calf injuries, while Jared Waerea-Hargreaves was placed on report for a high shot in the closing stages.

Robbie Farah is expected to join the NRL's 300-appearances club when Wests Tigers face Newcastle Knights this weekend.

The 35-year-old will become the 39th player to reach the milestone if he features for Wests at McDonald Jones Stadium on Friday.

Newcastle start the 19th round in eighth place, but they will be hoping to get back on track after losing three in a row.

We take a look at the week's key statistics, courtesy of Opta.

Thursday

Cronulla Sharks (7-10) v North Queensland Cowboys (7-10)

- The Sharks have won six of their last eight NRL games against the Cowboys and are bidding for a third successive success after scoring 70 points in the past two victories.

- No other forward has made more line breaks than Cronulla's Briton Nikora, who has managed 11 this season.

Friday

Newcastle Knights (8-9) v Wests Tigers (7-10)

- Farah scored a try and provided an assist in his last game against the Knights.

- His team-mate Luke Brooks has been in fine form against the Knights having been directly involved in 10 tries (four tries and six assists) in his previous eight appearances.

South Sydney Rabbitohs (12-5) v St George Illawarra Dragons (6-11)

- After a run of just three wins in 17 against the Dragons, the Rabbitohs have now won 12 of their last 15 meetings.

- South Sydney's Cameron Murray has scored the opening try on four occasions in 2019, the joint-most of any player along with Sydney Roosters star Latrell Mitchell.


Saturday

Parramatta Eels (9-8) v New Zealand Warriors (7-1-9)

- The Warriors are bidding to avoid defeat for a fifth straight game away from home, a sequence they last managed in 2002.

- However, the Eels have won five of their six NRL matches at Bankwest Stadium by an average margin of 22 points per game.

Gold Coast Titans (4-13) v Brisbane Broncos (7-1-9)

- Bryce Cartwright is set to play his 100th NRL game for Gold Coast, who have won two of their last three games against the Broncos.

- Brisbane's Tevita Pangai Junior has made 48 offloads this season, five more than any other player.

Melbourne Storm (15-2) v Manly Sea Eagles (10-7)

- Melbourne claimed a thrilling one-point victory in the last clash between the two in 2018, the fourth time in the past five matches they have been victorious.

- The Storm's back three have made only 36 errors in 2019, five fewer than the back three of any other team in the NRL.


Sunday

Canterbury Bulldogs (5-12) v Sydney Roosters (11-6)

- While the Roosters have scored 11 opening tries this season, the Bulldogs (five) have the fewest in the NRL.

- Sydney are on a five-game winning sequence against the Bulldogs and have won nine of the last 11.

Penrith Panthers (9-8) v Canberra Raiders (11-6)

- Penrith will equal a club record set in 2003 if they can beat Canberra and record an eighth straight win.

- Brent Naden has scored six tries in as many games since making his NRL debut in round 12. Only Josh Dugan and Ken Maumalo (seven each) have touched down more often in that time.

Cronulla Sharks halfback Kyle Flanagan has agreed a two-year deal to join Sydney Roosters from the start of the 2020 NRL season.

The 20-year-old will add to the Roosters' playmaking options in the absence of Cooper Cronk, who will retire at the end of the current campaign.

Cronulla granted permission for Flanagan to be released from the final two years of his contract, allowing him to sign for the title contenders.

"Kyle is a crafty playmaker and an exciting young talent, whose services we are delighted to have secured," Roosters chief executive Joe Kelly said.

"We look forward to welcoming Kyle to the Roosters and to watching his development over the coming seasons."

Flanagan is behind Shaun Johnson and Chad Townsend in the pecking order at Cronulla and he hopes to be given more opportunities when he links up with the Roosters.

"It is disappointing to leave my junior club but I feel that I am ready to play regular NRL," he said.

"The club has been such a big part of my life and it is tough to leave. I will be doing everything I can to get back in the team and finish the year on a positive note."

South Sydney Rabbitohs produced a late onslaught to beat North Queensland Cowboys 30-18 after Sydney Roosters and Canberra Raiders had also secured NRL wins on Saturday.

The Bunnies looked to be heading for a fifth defeat in six matches after stopping the rot against Manly Sea Eagles last weekend, but scored three tries in the last nine minutes to down the Cowboys.

Ethan Lowe's first-half double - either side of scores from Tom Opacic and Kyle Feldt - gave Wayne Bennett's men a 12-10 lead at the break, only for Scott Drinkwater's converted try and a Jake Clifford to put the Cowboys six points in front.

It was the Rabbitohs who finished with a flourish to take the points, though, Dane Gagai, Tevita Tatola and Cameron Murray touching down late on at 1300SMILES Stadium.

Adam Reynolds was on target with all five conversion attempts as Souths moved above the Roosters into second spot - four points adrift of leaders Melbourne Storm.

The Roosters demolished Newcastle Knights in the second half at the SCG, easing to a 48-10 victory which came at a cost as the unfortunate Jake Friend damaged his right forearm and could be out for another month.

Trent Robinson's side scored seven tries after the break, Daniel Tupou going over in his 150th NRL game for the Roosters.

Latrell Mitchell slotted over all eight kicks and grabbed a try, while James Tedesco and Boyd Cordner were among the other Roosters scorers in a rout.

The Raiders have now won five of their last six matches after fending off Wests Tigers 20-12 at GIO Stadium, Dunamis Lui, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad and Jordan Rapana all scoring in the opening 20 minutes.

Cronulla Sharks were the victims as Cameron Smith marked his landmark 400th NRL appearance in style last week.

And the Sharks are now in desperate need of a win as they approach a fixture with New Zealand Warriors, who they have a good record against.

Josh Mansour and Penrith Panthers are also facing favourable opponents, while Smith and Melbourne Storm might be able to further improve an outstanding season.

We take a look at the week's key statistics, courtesy of Opta.

 

Thursday

Brisbane Broncos (6-9-1) v Canterbury Bulldogs (5-11)

- Each of the past six NRL games between the Broncos and the Bulldogs have been won by the home team on the day.

- Anthony Milford has had four try involvements (one try, three assists) in his past four NRL matches against the Bulldogs.

Friday

New Zealand Warriors (6-9-1) v Cronulla Sharks (7-9)

- The Sharks have won nine of their past 11 NRL games against the Warriors, including four on the bounce.

- However, Cronulla are on a four-match losing run. The last time they endured more consecutive losses was a 10-match span across the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Penrith Panthers (8-8) v St George Illawarra Dragons (6-10)

- The Panthers have won four of their past five NRL games against the Dragons at Panthers Stadium, conceding an average of just 11 points per game in that time.

- Mansour has scored a try and produced at least two tackle breaks in each of his previous three NRL matches against the Dragons.

Saturday

Sydney Roosters (10-6) v Newcastle Knights (8-8)

- The Knights are looking to defeat the Roosters twice in a single campaign for the first time in premiership history.

- Kalyn Ponga has had three try involvements (two tries, one assist) in his past two NRL matches against the Roosters.

Canberra Raiders (10-6) v Wests Tigers (7-9)

- The Raiders have won five of their past six NRL matches against Wests, with those victories coming by an average margin of 40 points per game.

- Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad has gained 999 metres returning kicks in NRL 2019, the most of any player this season.

North Queensland Cowboys (7-9) v South Sydney Rabbitohs (11-5)

- The Rabbitohs have won their past three NRL games in succession against the Cowboys – twice by a margin of just one point – after having won only one of their nine prior meetings.

- Cowboys have scored the joint-most tries (11, also Parramatta Eels) in the final 10 minutes of the first half of games this season.

Sunday

Gold Coast Titans (4-12) v Melbourne Storm (14-2)

- The Storm have won six of their previous seven NRL games against the Titans, keeping them scoreless in the second halves of three of their past four meetings.

- Smith has successfully kicked 13 of his past 14 shots at goal against the Titans in the NRL.

Manly Sea Eagles (9-7) v Parramatta Eels (9-7)

- The Eels have won seven of their past eight NRL games against the Sea Eagles, but they were defeated 54-0 when these teams last met at Lottoland.

- The Sea Eagles and the Eels have scored the joint-most tries (10, also Melbourne Storm) from their own half of the field of all the sides in the NRL this year.

Canberra Raiders roared up to third place in the NRL with a seven-try demolition of St George Illawarra Dragons, despite having Nick Cotric sent off.

Ricky Stuart's side powered to a 36-14 victory in Wollongong, where captain Jarrod Croker scored his 121st career try for Canberra to establish a new team record.

The Raiders bolted to a 26-0 lead in just 46 minutes with tries from Cotric, Croker, Joseph Tapine, Bailey Simonsson and Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad.

Korbin Sims and Luciano Leilua trimmed the lead before Cotric was red-carded in the 58th minute by referee Ashley Klein for a dangerous tackle on Tim Lafai.

Siliva Havili nudged the Raiders further ahead moments later and Nicoll-Klokstad grabbed his second of the game before Matthew Dufty pulled back four points in the dying moments for the Dragons.

Jake Clifford booted a match-winning drop goal as North Queensland Cowboys came from behind to score a surprise 15-12 victory over Sydney Roosters, who slipped to fourth.

With team-mate Gavin Cooper making a 300th NRL appearance, Clifford made his decisive intervention to break a 12-12 tie, before adding a penalty after the full-time siren.

Sydney were slow starters and trailed 6-0 at the interval after Clifford's 14th-minute try, converted by Jordan Kahu. The hosts, sitting third before the game, found their rhythm early in the second half and surged ahead on the back of tries from Jake Friend and Brett Morris, only to be pegged back level at 12-12 when John Asiata crossed and Clifford added the extras.

Clifford provided the late heroics, bissecting the posts from the 30-metre line with a minute left on the clock, inflicting a fifth defeat in seven on the faltering Roosters.

Brad Takairangi plundered a hat-trick for the Parramatta Eels in their 30-18 win over Wests Tigers at Bankwest Stadium. The powerful centre crossed out wide in the 32nd, 35th and 71st minutes, with his physicality too much for the Tigers to handle.

Blake Ferguson also dotted down for the Eels, with Mitchell Moses booting 14 points. David Nofoaluma scored twice for Wests, Corey Thompson and Robert Jennings also going over.

Just a week after reaching 2,500 NRL points in his illustrious career, Melbourne Storm star Cameron Smith is closing in on yet another milestone.

Cronulla Sharks will be hoping to continue their good form against the Storm – they have won five of their last six NRL meetings – and put a dampener on the celebrations at AAMI Park, though.

Landmarks will also be in the offing for Benji Marshall and Gavin Cooper, respectively, when Wests Tigers take on Parramatta Eels and North Queensland Cowboys face Sydney Roosters.

Ahead of this weekend's NRL action, we look at the stats courtesy of Opta.

 

Friday

Penrith Panthers (7-8) v Gold Coast Titans (4-11)

 - Half of Penrith's NRL tries this season (17 of 34) have been scored by their starting forwards; no other team has a ratio exceeding 35 per cent.

 - The Titans' Anthony Don has scored a try in each of his last four NRL games against the Panthers and has made 12 tackle breaks in his last two meetings with them.

 Newcastle Knights (8-7) v Canterbury Bulldogs (4-11)

 - The Bulldogs have missed fewer than 20 tackles in three of their last five NRL games against the Knights; however, they are yet to miss fewer than 20 against any opponent in 2019.

 - Mitchell Pearce has had four try involvements (two tries, two assists) in his last two NRL games against the Bulldogs, though appearing in State of Origin on Wednesday may stop him being involved heavily.

Saturday

South Sydney Rabbitohs (10-5) v Manly Sea Eagles (9-6)

- The Rabbitohs have scored 24 tries on possession begun with a penalty tap this season, four more than any other team.

- Manly five-eighth Cade Cust has scored three tries and provided three try assists in his last four NRL appearances.

Brisbane Broncos (6-9) v New Zealand Warriors (6-9)

- Corey Oates of the Broncos has made 21 line breaks in NRL this season, three more than any other player despite having played only 13 of a potential 15 games.

- Ken Maumalo has scored seven tries in his last five Warriors games and boasts a tally of 12 in the NRL this season, the joint-most of any player and as many as he had scored in his two previous campaigns combined.

Melbourne Storm (13-2) v Cronulla Sharks (7-8)

- Storm captain Smith is set to become the first player in premiership history to play 400 games.

- The Sharks have scored 13 tries from kicks in NRL this year, more than any other team in the competition.

Sunday

Sydney Roosters (10-5) v North Queensland Cowboys (6-9)

- North Queensland second row Cooper is one appearance away from his 300th in the NRL.

- Jason Taumalolo of the Cowboys has gained 180 metres over the advantage line per game this season, 15m more than any other player.

Wests Tigers (7-8) v Parramatta Eels (8-7)

- Tigers star Marshall is set to play his 300th NRL game.

- The Tigers have missed just 27 tackles per game this season, fewer than any other team in the competition.

St George Illawarra Dragons (6-9) v Canberra Raiders (9-6)

- The Raiders have missed just one shot at goal in their last five NRL games against the Dragons, slotting through 15 of their 16 attempts in that time.

- Mikaele Ravalawa of the Dragons has scored four tries in his last four outings, including one in each of his last two.

Los Angeles is set for a blockbuster NBA rivalry next season after Kawhi Leonard reportedly agree to sign on for the Clippers.

With Paul George also said to be joining from the Oklahoma City Thunder, an exciting Clippers team is set to go head-to-head against a Los Angeles Lakers franchise fronted by NBA icon LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

Leonard, who spearheaded the Toronto Raptors to a maiden championship last season, is a signing who can make the Clippers – who finished eighth in the Western Conference in 2018-19 – a real force to be reckoned with.

In July 2018, it was the Lakers making waves when they drafted in superstar James from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

There is now some real star power across both Los Angeles teams, and inspired by this, we have taken a look at times when cross-city rivalries sent the sporting world into a frenzy.

 

Manchester City v Manchester United

For a long time, Manchester City lived in Manchester United's shadow, suffering multiple relegations while their rivals won a treble and dominated the domestic game under Alex Ferguson's tutelage. Things changed in 2008, however, when City were bought by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, owner of the Abu Dhabi United Group, and they have since gone on to become much more than the "noisy neighbours" that Ferguson dubbed them in 2009.

The pendulum did not swing fully in City's favour until the last day of the 2011-12, when they clinched their first Premier League title in the most dramatic of circumstances. Sergio Aguero's last-gasp goal in a 3-2 win against QPR is the thing of folklore, the Argentina striker scoring after Edin Dzeko had already levelled the scores in stoppage time. It denied Ferguson's United, who thought they had the job done having won at Sunderland until news of City's sensational finale filtered through.

United got their revenge the following season, but since Ferguson left, the Red Devils have hardly come close to keeping pace with City.

Rabbitohs v Roosters

The oldest and fiercest rivalry in the NRL is between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Sydney Roosters.

Their rivalry escalated in the 1990s when the increased financial standing of the Roosters came in stark contrast to the lack of funds available to the Rabbitohs, who broke a 10-year, 13-game losing streak against their nemesis in 2005.

In the last regular-season rounds of 2013 and 2014, the Roosters came out on top against their rivals to claim the Minor Premiership, though the Rabbitohs won in the preliminary final in the latter campaign to reach their first grand final in 43 years. Four years later, the Roosters defeated Souths 12-4 in the preliminary final at Allianz Stadium, in front of a record crowd.

Mets v Yankees 

In 2000, the New York Mets and New York Yankees met in the Major League Baseball World Series - the first time two teams from the Big Apple had met in the showpiece since 1956.

Referred to as the "Subway Series", it was the Yankees who came out on top with a dominant 4-1 series win, despite having lost 15 of their last 18 regular season games.

It was a third successive World Series triumph for the Yankees, who also made it to the same stage in 2001, but lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The rivals have not met in a World Series since, and it took the Mets another 15 years to make it back to the big stage.

UCLA v USC

One of the biggest college football rivalries comes in the form of the UCLA Bruins and USC Trojans.

The most famous encounter between the two universities came in 1967, in a match known as "the game of the century." It matched USC - with OJ Simpson - against a UCLA side including Gary Beban, with the Conference Championship on the line, while Simpson and Beban were competing for the Heisman Trophy.

It was USC who ran out victorious in a 21-20 victory and they went on to defeat Indiana in the Rose Bowl and win the National Championship. Beban claimed the Heisman Trophy, despite Simpson's notable performance in the encounter and 1,543 rushing yards over the season.

Boca Juniors v River Plate

One of the most famous and fierce local rivalries in football, or indeed any sport, the Superclasico is an incredible Buenos Aires derby between Argentina's two biggest clubs - Boca Juniors and River Plate.

In 2018, both sides progressed to the final of the Copa Libertadores, making it the first Superclasico final of an international competition. It was a two-legged encounter with one match to be played at each ground.

Tensions were high, and after a 2-2 draw in the first leg at Boca's home Estadio Alberto J. Armando, they boiled over in dramatic and violent fashion prior to the second leg at El Monumental, with the match eventually called off after the Boca coach was attacked en route to the stadium.

After much controversy, the second leg finally took place at Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid, with River winning 3-1 to secure a 5-2 aggregate victory and their fourth Copa Libertadores title.

Luke Keary pulled the strings on his return as Sydney Roosters beat West Tigers 24-16 to go second in the NRL ladder.

Keary was back in action after five weeks out with concussion and the five-eighth made up for lost time at Bankwest Stadium on Friday.

The lively playmaker laid on tries for Daniel Tupou, Victor Radley and Latrell Mitchell after Nat Butcher's early score.

Ryan Matterson, Paul Momirovski and Esan Marsters went over for Wests, but they were unable to see off a Roosters side that had lost four of their previous five matches.

Butcher went over only three minutes in after taking an offload from the fit-again Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Keary tossed a brilliant high one-handed pass under pressure to put a try on a plate for Tupou after Matterson touched down at the other end.

The Tigers hit the front with two tries early in the second half, Momirovski finishing before Marsters - who scored four points from the tee before the break - crossed.

Trent Robinson's men, beaten by Melbourne Storm last week, were not at their best but Keary laid on another try for Radley after an incisive run from Mitchell, who added the extras to put the Roosters back in front.

Keary then threw an inside pass for Mitchell to plough his way over the whitewash for a try of his own, which he converted as the Roosters moved above rivals South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Melbourne Storm head coach Craig Bellamy said it felt "surreal" to see his side six points clear at the top of the Premiership as they prepare to tackle St George Illawarra Dragons.

That is their lofty status as they head to Wollongong for Thursday's match, aiming for a 13th win in 15 NRL games this season.

Sydney Roosters have a formidable record against Wests Tigers and will look to record another victory in the latest match in their rivalry on Friday. Latrell Mitchell has scored five tries and provided four assists in his last five NRL games against the Tigers, including three tries and two assists in his last appearance in the series.

New Zealand Warriors are up against it as they travel to take on Newcastle Knights, who have won their last three home games, but in David Fusitu'a they have a player who knows the way to the try-line against Saturday's opposition.

Brisbane are enduring a tough season in the lower ranks of the table, but they have a special record against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and will aim for a sixth straight win against their hosts on Sunday.

Thursday

St George Illawarra Dragons (6-8) v Melbourne Storm (12-2)

- Melbourne have won nine of their last 13 NRL games against the Dragons. However, they have won only one of the four meetings between these teams at WIN Stadium in that time.

- Only the South Sydney Rabbitohs (6.1) have made more line breaks per game than the Dragons (6) and Melbourne (5.9) in NRL this year.

Friday

Wests Tigers (7-7) v Sydney Roosters (9-5)

- Third-placed Sydney Roosters have won 16 of their last 18 NRL games against the Tigers, conceding an average of just 14 points per game in that time.

- Wests Tigers have conceded just two tries within the opening 10 minutes of games in NRL so far this season, the joint-fewest of any team in the competition.

Saturday

Newcastle Knights (8-6) v New Zealand Warriors (5-9)

- Newcastle have won three of their last four NRL games against New Zealand Warriors at McDonald Jones Stadium. They were badly beaten, 50-14, in their only defeat in that span.

- The Knights have won seven of their last eight NRL games, losing only to Melbourne Storm in that span.

- Warriors back David Fusitu’a has scored 11 tries in his last five NRL games against the Knights, including a four-try performance against them three years ago.

Sunday

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks (7-7) v Brisbane Broncos (5-9)

- Brisbane have won their last five NRL games on the bounce against the Sharks, including a 29-6 win in their most recent encounter – their biggest win against them since 2011.

- The Sharks have scored the most (21) and conceded the second fewest (8) tries down their right-hand side of any team this NRL campaign.

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