NRL – Round 23 Stats Preview

Three rounds to go and plenty of big games this weekend

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Thursday – August 16 – 7:50pm – Broncos v Rabbitohs

There have been 37 games between these sides previously, with the Broncos winning 27, 1 game drawn and the Bunnies winning just 9 times. Brisbane has won the last 6 straight games.

 

Key stats:

Dane Gagai has only had one win against the Broncos in 9 matches. It was back in Round 25, 2013.

Robert Jennings has scored 19 tries in his last 18 NRL games

 

Milestones:

Wayne Bennett is a win away from racking up 400 for the Broncos as coach.

Angus Crichton will play his 50th NRL game

 

Friday – August 17 – 6:00pm – Sea Eagles v Titans

10 of the last 13 games between these sides has seen at least 40 points scored, including all of the last 4 clashes.

 

Key Stats:

Joel Thompson has scored 7 tries in his last 13 matches against the Titans

Shaun Lane has scored 5 tries in his last 5 NRL games

 

Milestones:

Kane Elgey is just 6 points shy of reaching 100 for the Titans and his career

 

Friday – August 17 – 7:50pm – Storm v Eels

The Storm have lost back-to-back games coming into this. The last time they lost three straight games was during the Origin period in 2015. That’s the only time it has happened since 2013.

 

Key Stats:

Billy Slater has scored 16 tries in his last 16 games against the Eels.

Josh Addo-Carr and Suliasi Vunivalu have scored a combined 99 tries for the Storm.

 

Milestones:

David Gower will play his 100th NRL game.

Peni Terepo will play his 100th game for the Eels and his career.

 

Saturday – August 18 – 3:00pm – Panthers v Knights

The Panthers have won their last 5 games against the Knights, scoring at least 29 points each time. Penrith are the best second half team in the NRL, while the Knights are the fifth worst.

 

Key Stats:

Trent Merrin has won 11 of his 13 games against the Knights.

Ken Sio needs 2 points to become the 39th player to score 100 points for the Knights

 

Milestones:

Trent Merrin will play his 200th NRL game

 

Saturday – August 18 – 5:30pm – Tigers v Dragons

The Tigers have won 4 of their last 5 games, while the Dragons have lost 4 of their 5. St,George-Illawarra have only played 2 games at Leichhardt Oval and they won both.

 

Key Stats:

Ben Matulino had lost all 11 of his games for the Warriors against the Dragons before finally beating them earlier this year.

The Dragons have conceded 29.33 points per game across their last 6 NRL games

 

Milestones:

Jack De Belin will play his 150th game for the Dragons and his career. His Grandfather played 75 games for Balmain.

 

Saturday – August 18 – 7:30pm – Sharks v Cowboys

Five of the last 7 games between these two sides have been decided by 6 points or less, with the losing side finishing the game having scored 14 points in 3 of the last 4 clashes.

 

Key Stats:

The Cowboys have lost their last 3 games in the Shire.

Valentine Holmes has scored 43 tries in his last 42 games (NRL, Origin and Tests)

 

Milestones:

Valentine Holmes will play his 100th game for the Sharks and his career

Matt Scott will play his 250th game for the Cowboys and his career

Johnathan Thurston needs 8 points to reach 2200 for his NRL career.

 

Sunday – August 19 – 2:00pm – Bulldogs v Warriors

This will be just the second time since 2011 that the Warriors will face the Bulldogs in Sydney. In that time the Bulldogs won 6 games to the Warriors 3.

 

Key Stats:

Rhyse Martin has scored 68 points in his last 7 games. He’s kicked 28 goals from 29 attempts.

David Fusitua needs 2 tries to reach 50 for his career and 200 career points.

 

Milestones:

Pita Hiku will play the 100th game of his NRL career.

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck will play his 50th game for the Warriors

 

Sunday – August 19 – 4:10pm – Raiders v Roosters

The Roosters have all of their last 4 NRL games while the Raiders have lost all of their last 4 games.

 

Key Stats:

Cooper Cronk has won 20 of 26 games against the Raiders.

Latrell Mitchell has scored 68 points in his last 4 NRL games

‘Leipana’ (Joey Leilua and Jordan Rapana) has scored 88 tries for Canberra since 2016

 

Milestones:

Blake Ferguson needs 2 tries to reach 100 for his NRL career

 

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