2020 NRL Round 20 Week Review

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

NRL Final Series Week 1

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Friday, October 2

Penrith Panthers (1st) vs Sydney Roosters (4th)
Venue: Panthers Stadium
Kick-off: 7:50pm

Saturday, October 3

Canberra Raiders (6th) vs Cronulla Sharks (7th)
Venue: GIO Stadium
Kick-off: 5:40pm

Melbourne Storm (2nd) vs Parramatta Eels (3rd)
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Kick-off: 7:50pm

Sunday, October 4

South Sydney Rabbitohs (5th) vs Newcastle Knights (8th)
Venue: ANZ Stadium
Kick-off: 4:05pm


NRL week in the news

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  • David Fifita ruled out of the upcoming Origin series after undergoing ankle surgery.
  • Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart fined $10,000 for throwing a water bottle out of the coaches box in their win over New Zealand Warriors.
  • National Rugby League confirms a business restructure will result in a 25% cost reduction.
  • Penrith Panthers’ Brent Naden receives a personal apology from fans who abused him at Central Coast Stadium against New Zealand Warriors.
  • National Rugby League trial rules for final round matches between Brisbane Broncos vs North Queensland Cowboys, and New Zealand Warriors vs Manly Sea Eagles. The rules include: back banned from scrums, NRL Bunker reviewing all tries which kick is being taken, handover for kicks into touch and set restart for ten metre infringements.
  • Canterbury Bulldogs announce that Aiden Tolman, Kieran Foran, Marcelo Montoya, Kerrod Holland, Jack Cogger, Jesse Sue, Tim Lafai and Isaiah Tass will depart the club at the end of 2020.
  • Addin Fonua-Blake released by Manly Sea Eagles so he can join New Zealand Warriors on a three-year contract in 2021.
  • Taniela Paseka re-signs with Manly Sea Eagles until the end of 2024.
  • Jamal Fogarty re-signs with Gold Coast Titans until the end of 2022.
  • Tim Lafai has his charge downgrade bid turned down by the NRL Judiciary. He will miss the Bulldogs last round clash with the Panthers.
  • Intrust Super Cup side Redcliffe Dolphins announce they want admission to the NRL as the second Brisbane based team.
  • Kotoni Staggs’ hopes of playing State of Origin have ended after tearing his ACL in the Broncos loss to North Queensland Cowboys.
  • Bizarre scenes at Suncorp Stadium following the retirement of Darius Boyd, with a gender reveal for his third child infuriating fans and management.
  • Allegations of racial abuse towards Tyrone Peachey against a Newcastle Knights forward has been directed to the NRL Integrity Unit.
  • Benji Marshall suffers a MCL injury early in Wests Tigers loss to Parramatta Eels, ending his career with the Tigers.
  • Craig Bellamy to retire from coaching at the end of 2021 as rumours circulate he will join the Brisbane Broncos as a coaching director.
  • NRL Referee Gavin Badger is appointed to his final NRL game between Canterbury Bulldogs and Penrith Panthers before retiring.
  • Wests Tigers release Elijah Taylor, Matt Eisenhuth, Dylan Smith, Robert Jennings and Oliver Clark. Benji Marshall and Chris Lawrence were previously announced as leaving the club.
  • Reports suggest Kevin Walters will be announced as Brisbane Broncos 2020 in the coming days.

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Match Day Key Points

  • Brisbane Broncos for the first time in the club’s history finish with the wooden spoon after going down to the North Queensland Cowboys at Suncorp Stadium.
  • Gold Coast Titans finish the season with five straight wins after beating finals bound Newcastle Knights. AJ Brimson furthering his bid for a Queensland Origin jumper.
  • Sydney Roosters slump to their fourth heaviest defeat in their 112-year history in going down to South Sydney Rabbitohs. Alex Johnston scoring his second five try haul (previously 5 vs Penrith Panthers, July 2 2017).
  • Penrith Panthers prepare for Week 1 of the NRL finals by keeping their line in-tact for the second time this year, beating Canterbury Bulldogs 42-0. Panthers captain James Tamou accuses Bulldogs English import Luke Thompson of an eye gouge in the first half.
  • Despite blooding three players on debut, Canberra Raiders win a high scoring affair against Cronulla Sharks.
  • Parramatta Eels confirm their top four finish with victory against Wests Tigers. Benji Marshall’s exit from the Tigers is soured after leaving the field with a MCL injury.
  • Adam Blair is sent out a winner in his final game as the New Zealand Warriors beat Manly Sea Eagles. Adam Keighran completes a hat-trick for the home side.
  • St George-Illawarra Dragons finish the season on a high, beating a depleted Melbourne Storm side.

Match Day Player Stats

  • Brisbane Broncos: Tom Dearden 454 kick metres.
  • North Queensland Cowboys: Jason Taumalolo 214 run metres, Kyle Feldt 3 tries, Scott Drinkwater 3 try assists, Valentine Holmes 3 try assists.
  • Gold Coast Titans: Alexander Brimson 207 run metres.
  • Newcastle Knights: Kurt Mann 51 tackles.
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs: Alex Johnston 5 tries, 4 line breaks; Cody Walker 4 line break assists, 4 try assists; Adam Reynolds 367 kick metres.
  • Sydney Roosters: Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 51 tackles.
  • Penrith Panthers: Jarome Luai 2 line break assists, 4 try assists; Nathan Cleary 307 kick metres.
  • Cronulla Sharks: Mawene Hiroti 3 line breaks.
  • Canberra Raiders: Tom Starling 3 line breaks, 1 line break assist, 2 try assists.
  • Wests Tigers: Tommy Talau 3 line breaks.
  • Parramatta Eels: Mitch Moses 393 kick metres.
  • New Zealand Warriors: Peta Hiku 190 run metres; Chanel Harris-Tavita 4 try assists, 312 kick metres.
  • Manly Sea Eagles: Abbas Miski 192 run metres.
  • St George-Illawarra Dragons: Adam Clune 321 kick metres.
  • Melbourne Storm: Ryley Jacks 367 kick metres.


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  • South Sydney’s Dane Gagai 200th National Rugby League game milestone.
  • South Sydney’s Alex Johnston’s second try versus Sydney Roosters was his 100th career try.
  • Canterbury Bulldogs Tui Katoa makes his NRL debut.
  • Canberra Raiders Adam Cook, Darby Medlyn and Jarrett Subloo make their NRL debuts.
  • Cronulla Sharks’ Daniel Vasquez makes his NRL debut.
  • St George-Illawarra’s Jayden Sullivan and Eddie Blacker make their NRL debuts.
  • Melbourne Storm’s Aaron Booth and Aaron Pene make their NRL debuts.
  • Melbourne Storm’s Max King 50th National Rugby League game milestone.




Thursday Night

Brisbane Broncos Vs North Queensland Cowboys



Friday Night

Gold Coast Titans Vs Newcastle Knights



South Sydney Rabbitohs Vs Sydney Roosters



Super Saturday

Canterbury Bulldogs Vs Penrith Panthers



Cronulla Sharks Vs Canberra Raiders



Wests Tigers Vs Parramatta Eels




New Zealand Warriors Vs Manly Sea Eagles



St George-Illawarra Dragons Vs Melbourne Storm

Match Report to come…


NRL Match Review

Player: Valentine Holmes
Club: North Queensland Cowboys
Opponent: Brisbane Broncos
Incident: 80th minute, Jesse Arthurs
Charge: Grade 1, Shoulder Charge
Early Plea: 1 match ban (150 points).
Result: Early Guilty Plea – 1 match ban.

Player: Luke Thompson
Club: Canterbury Bulldogs
Opponent: Penrith Panthers
Incident: 13th minute, James Tamou
Charge: Dangerous Contact – Eye Gouge, Referred to Judiciary
Early Plea: not applicable.
Result: Guilty – 3 match ban.

Player: Adam Doueihi
Club: Wests Tigers
Opponent: Parramatta Eels
Incident: 8th minute, Maika Sivo
Charge: Grade 1, Shoulder Charge
Early Plea: 1 match ban (150 points).
Result: Early Guilty Plea – 1 match ban.

Player: Ryan Matterson
Club: Parramatta Eels
Opponent: Wests Tigers
Incident: 65th minute, Asu Kepaoa
Charge: Grade 1, Dangerous Contact
Early Plea: No ban (75 points).
Result: Early Guilty Plea – no ban.

Player: Sean Keppie
Club: Manly Sea Eagles
Opponent: New Zealand Warriors
Incident: 46th minute, Jazz Tevaga
Charge: Grade 1, Contrary Conduct
Early Plea: $700 fine.
Result: Early Guilty Plea – $700 fine.

Player: Jazz Tevaga
Club: New Zealand Warriors
Opponent: Manly Sea Eagles
Incident: 46th minute, Sean Keppie
Charge: Grade 1, Contrary Conduct
Early Plea: $500 fine.
Result: Early Guilty Plea – $500 fine.

Player: Tui Kamikamica
Club: Melbourne Storm
Opponent: St George-Illawarra Dragons
Incident: 23rd minute, Jayden Sullivan
Charge: Grade 2, Dangerous Contact
Early Plea: 1 match ban (150 points).
Result: Early Guilty Plea – 1 match ban.

Player: Max King
Club: Melbourne Storm
Opponent: St George-Illawarra Dragons
Incident: 27th minute, Blake Lawrie
Charge: Dangerous Contact – Referred to Judiciary
Early Plea: not applicable.
Result: Guilty – 3 match ban.

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