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.
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.
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).
— South Sydney Rabbitohs (@SSFCRABBITOHS) August 28, 2019
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.
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).
We have a MASSIVE weekend coming up!
— Sydney Cricket Ground (@scg) August 28, 2019
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.