2020 NRL Round 18 Week Review

Here’s a look at the National Rugby League week, including weekend results from Round 18 of the NRL Premiership.

NRL week in the news

  • Five players suspended out of Round 17 matches. Brisbane Broncos Jordan Riki (2 matches), Jamil Hopoate (1 match); Cronulla Sharks pair Wade Graham (2 matches), Chad Townsend (3 matches) and Melbourne Storm’s Christian Welch (1 match).
  • Newcastle Knights controversially rest Kalyn Ponga from their weekend’s clash with Sydney Roosters at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
  • Canberra Raiders star Josh Papalii cleared of serious shoulder problem after weekend loss to the Sydney Roosters.
  • Parramatta Eels hooker Reed Mahoney out indefinitely with an AC joint injury.
  • Anthony Griffin appointed St George-Illawarra Dragons coach for the next two seasons, replacing Paul McGregor who stood down last month.
  • Alex Johnston confirms he’ll stay with South Sydney Rabbitohs for the next two-years.
  • Bronson Xerri to plead not guilty to alleged use of anabolic steroids and will face the NRL  anti-doping tribunal. Hearing to take place in late October, or early November.
  • Titans face two week quarantine and Broncos, Cowboys eight days after their season ends, in-line with QLD government protocols.
  • Newcastle Knight and former Sydney Rooster premiership winning forward Aidan Guerra set to retire at the end of 2020.
  • Curtis Scott pleads guilty to two counts of offensive behaviour from arrest on Australia Day, other police charges are dropped.
  • Newcastle competition rugby league player Joel Dark, brother of Tweed Heads Kurtis and cousin of Australian captain Boyd Cordner, passes away in hospital after a head knock on debut last Sunday.
  • Reports emerge that Wests Tigers fans are launching a petition to re-sign Benji Marshall in 2021.
  • Reports that Sydney Roosters fullback James Tedesco is set to be offered a $6million, five year contract renewal.

Match Day Key Points

  • Wests Tigers edged out by South Sydney, all but ending their 2020 NRL campaign.
  • Penrith remained on track for the NRL Minor Premiership with their 13th straight win.
  • Canberra, Sydney Roosters fine tune their performance on Saturday with solid wins over the Dragons and Knights respectively.
  • Brisbane create unwanted club record losing nine straight as the Titans look likely to be the highest placed Queensland team since they finished fourth back in 2010.
  • North Queensland Cowboys forward Josh McGuire in hot water for abusing referee Grant Atkins, with his side going down to Melbourne Storm at Sunshine Coast Stadium.
  • Cronulla Sharks win over New Zealand Warriors locks in the NRL top 8 for 2020.

Match Day Player Stats

  • South Sydney: Dane Gagai 205 run metres, Damien Cook 54 tackles, Cody Walker 3 try assists.
  • Manly Sea Eagles: Morgan Harper 204 run metres, Daly Cherry-Evans 3 try assists.
  • Penrith Panthers: Dylan Edward 296 metres (90 post contact), Josh Mansour 210 metres, Nathan Cleary 506 kick metres (including 40/20).
  • Parramatta Eels: Nathan Brown 49 tackles.
  • St George-Illawarra Dragons: Cam McInnes 53 tackles.
  • Canberra Raiders: George Williams 3 try assists.
  • Sydney Roosters: Brett Morris 222 run metres, Jake Friend 50 tackles.
  • Newcastle Knights: Mitchell Pearce 487 kick metres.
  • Melbourne Storm: Cameron Smith 3 try assists.
  • Cronulla Sharks: Shaun Johnson 348 kick metres.


  • Cody Ramsey scores a brace on debut for the Dragons at WIN Stadium.
  • Luke Keary scores a brace in NRL game 150 milestone.
  • Jarrod Wallace NRL game 150 milestone.


Thursday Night

Wests Tigers Vs South Sydney Rabbitohs

ROUND 18 MATCH REPORT | Wests Tigers 24-26 South Sydney Rabbitohs

Friday Night

Canterbury Bulldogs Vs Manly Sea Eagles

ROUND 18 MATCH REPORT | Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 20-32 Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles


Penrith Panthers Vs Parramatta Eels

ROUND 18 MATCH REPORT | Penrith Panthers 20-2 Parramatta Eels

Super Saturday

St George-Illawarra Dragons Vs Canberra Raiders

ROUND 18 MATCH REPORT | St George-Illawarra Dragons 8-37 Canberra Raiders


Gold Coast Titans Vs Brisbane Broncos

ROUND 18 MATCH REPORT | Gold Coast Titans 18-6 Brisbane Broncos


Sydney Roosters Vs Newcastle Knights

ROUND 18 MATCH REPORT | Sydney Roosters 42-12 Newcastle Knights



Melbourne Storm Vs North Queensland Cowboys

ROUND 18 MATCH REPORT | Melbourne Storm 36-20 North Queensland Cowboys


Cronulla Sharks Vs New Zealand Warriors

ROUND 18 MATCH REPORT | Cronulla Sutherland Sharks – New Zealand Warriors


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