Round 22

‘Might start looking like rugby union’: Legend’s warning after controversial penalty

The Broncos were penalised for a high shot on Roosters second-rower Sitili Tupouinua after James Tedesco jumped at the opportunity to call for a captain’s challenge on a tackle.

The replay showed that Thomas Flegler had made contact with Tupouinua and so the Roosters were awarded the penalty, with Adam Keighran nailing the goal to seal a 21-20 win.

A frustrated Michael Ennis was practically speechless when asked about the incident on Big League Wrap.

“If that’s a penalty... I don’t know... you take this one James, I’ve had enough of this,” he said.

Eels' humiliation complete as Matterson marched in Manly mauling

Parker’s head knock and the send-off saw 18th man Moses Suli activated and the new man scored in the corner with his second touch of the ball shortly after then doubled up three minutes later following Marata Niukore’s sin-binning for a professional foul. 

Sea Eagles coach Des Hasler was unsure of Parker's availability for next Friday against the Raiders.

"He's a bit sick, a bit sore. But we'll go through the normal concussion protocols now. It's a short turnaround so at this stage it might be difficult," Hasler said.

"We'll have to see how he pulls up."

Life begins at 30 points for record breaking Rabbitohs

It wasn't the only new chapter written in the record books with the rampant Rabbitohs recording 10 straight wins for the first time since the 1989 team coached by George Piggins.

Wayne Bennett’s current crop can now also lay claim to having scored the most points in a season (689 and counting) for the proud foundation club.

And while the typically understated Bennett isn't fussed by statistical achievements, he can sense something special building.

Keighran kicks Roosters to drama-charged win over Broncos

In a chaotic final eight minutes, where the scoreline changed three times, Broncos forward Tom Flegler was ruled to have collected Sitili Tupouniua high by the NRL Bunker after James Tedesco challenged a knock-on decision in the 78th minute.

Roosters centre Adam Keighran brushed aside the club's goal-kicking woes this season to slot the match-winner after the Broncos looked to be home only moments earlier in a crazy passage of play.

Round 22 Late Mail: Cleary set to return; Milford recalled

Penrith coach Ivan Cleary on Thursday indicated the star halfback was a better than even money bet to play his first match since suffering the injury in Origin II in June.

"At this stage he’s a good chance [of playing]," he said. "We’ve always said that when we feel like he’s ready, we’ll pull the trigger, and he’s very close. I said last week that he was more unlikely to play than play. This week, he’s more likely to play than not. [We’ve] still got a training session to do."

Koroisau, Watene-Zelezniak found guilty, suspended

In rare circumstances, Penrith opted to have Cleary represent Koroisau on Tuesday night instead of a leading barrister.

While Titans head of performance and culture Mal Meninga unsuccessfully defended David Fifita earlier this season, Cleary became the first coach to act as a lawyer for some time.

Cleary started out by stressing that he meant "no disrespect to the [legal] fraternity" and was assured by judiciary chairman Geoff Bellew that he was entitled to represent his player.

Hunters overtake Jets with 20-4 win

The visitors found the try line first after a break from the halfway line by Nemani Valekapa, who then flicked it out to Michael Purcell to score in the 8th minute.

The Hunters could not hold on to the ball in the first half; poor ball handling denied them any points with incomplete sets.

The Jets continued to ask questions but the Hunters’ defence was up to the task to keep them out.

It took 39 minutes but the Hunters finally found the try line, thanks to a barnstorming run from David Loko, who shrugged off five defenders before slamming the ball down.

Hunters aim for win against Ipswich Jets today

Both teams are in the top 5.

The Hunters are on 35 points in second place while the Jets are in close pursuit in third spot with 32 points.

For the Hunters, a win for them could cement top two positions.

A loss for the Hunters will allow the Jets to close in on second place with only one point separating the two.

From their last three encounters, Hunters won two matches.

The Hunters are undefeated in their last 13 matches and the late inclusion of utility Noel Zemming will provide a further boost for them.