2024 NRL: Round 14 Recap and Key Stats

Check out what happened in round 14 of the National Rugby League competition.

Final Scores

DRAGONS 56 d TIGERS 14
RABBITOHS 46 d TITANS 12
WARRIORS 42 d COWBOYS 12
SHARKS 22 d BRONCOS 12
STORM 36 d KNIGHTS 28
PANTHERS 32 d SEA EAGLES 22
BULLDOGS 22 d EELS 18

Current Ladder

Melbourne Storm (Position: 1) 22 pts (83), Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks (Position: 2) 22 pts (80), Penrith Panthers (Position: 3) 20 pts (110), Dolphins (Position: 4) 18 pts (64), Canberra Raiders (Position: 5) 18 pts (-37), Sydney Roosters (Position: 6) 16 pts (133), Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs (Position: 7) 16 pts (81), Brisbane Broncos (Position: 8) 16 pts (47), St George-Illawarra Dragons (Position: 9) 16 pts (-34), New Zealand Warriors (Position: 10) 15 pts (27), Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles (Position: 11) 15 pts (26), North Queensland Cowboys (Position: 12) 14 pts (-26), Newcastle Knights (Position: 13) 14 pts (-47), Parramatta Eels (Position: 14) 10 pts (-111), Gold Coast Titans (Position: 15) 10 pts (-123), South Sydney Rabbitohs (Position: 16) 10 pts (-136), Wests Tigers (Position: 17) 8 pts (-137)

Review

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Melbourne are top of the ladder on points differential at the end of NRL round 14.

The top three is taking shape (with Melbourne, Cronulla-Sutherland, and Penrith winning), while The Dolphins and Canberra aren’t far away.

Nick Meaney had a day out as Melbourne defeated Newcastle at AAMI Park. Meaney scored 20 points with two tries and six goals. Leading 18-16 early in the second half, the Storm scored three tries in 12 minutes (two to Tyran Wishart and one to Xavier Coates), with Coates’ try reminiscent of THAT try against the Warriors earlier this season. Dylan Lucas scored a double for Newcastle.

Penrith returned to the winners list by beating Manly-Warringah at BlueBet Stadium. In what is sure to become a pub trivia question, both left wingers – Brian To’o (Penrith) and Tommy Talau (Manly) – scored first half hat-tricks. But Paul Alamoti’s goalkicking (2/3) was the difference as Penrith led 16-12 at half-time, with Reuben Garrick kicking 0/3. While Talau scored his fourth try in the second half, a double to Sunia Turuva ensured Penrith’s win.

Cronulla-Sutherland broke a two-game losing streak, beating Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium. Trailing 12-4 at half-time, the Sharks scored three tries from the 42nd minute to the 49th minute: Sione Katoa, Braydon Trindall, and Blayke Brailey. The Sharks then held their 10-point lead for the last 30 minutes.

Souths are off the bottom of the ladder after belting the Titans at Cbus Super Stadium. Latrell Mitchell put his hand up for an Origin recall, scoring 16 of the Rabbitohs’ 46 points (a try and six goals), while Cody Walker scored two tries. Alofiana Khan-Pereira’s brilliant individual try in the 19th minute (running 65 metres and beating multiple defenders) was the highlight of the Titans’ poor afternoon.

The Warriors continued their rise towards the top eight, belting North Queensland at Queensland Country Bank Stadium. Welcoming back some key players, the Warriors led 22-0 after 32 minutes. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad and Rocco Berry scored doubles and Adam Pompey kicked seven goals from eight. CNK’s second try came after an incredible bat back from Dallin Watene-Zelezniak – when the ball appeared to be going dead off a Nicoll-Klokstad grubber.

Two days after his Origin debut, Zac Lomax broke the individual points scoring record as the Dragons destroyed the Wests Tigers at WIN Stadium. Lomax scored 32 points (three tries and 10 goals) as St George Illawarra won the second half 44-0. Mathew Feagai and Luciano Leilua both scored doubles for the Dragons. The game turned on Jayden Sullivan’s sin bin in the 49th minute, with the Dragons taking full advantage.

Canterbury has won a King’s Birthday classic at Accor Stadium, crashing Clint Gutherson’s 200th game celebrations. The Bulldogs had almost everything go wrong against Parramatta: losing Josh Curran and Bailey Hayward with Category 1 HIAs, losing Jacob Preston with a broken ankle, and playing with 12 men in the second half after Kurt Mann’s sin bin. But, as a testament to their improved resilience in 2024, they came from 18-10 down with tries to Stephen Crichton and Blake Wilson (both scoring two tries).

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