Random moments from Round 17 of the NRL

We should have known Wests were going to make that epic comeback at Brookvale

9th place on the ladder was on the line.

Ah, the Tigers and 9th place, what an inseparable pair.

Did you know it was Josh Morris’ 300th game in the Roosters-Raiders Grand Final rematch?

Stuff that, did you know Sonny Bill Williams made his comeback and played all of 13 minutes, with 4 runs and 1 offload?

Just kidding, but here’s a remarkable Morris Brothers (Apparently that’s called a Morri) stat:

Brett Morris debuted in 2006, while Josh debuted in 2007.

Despite leading Josh 165 tries to 145, Brett has ‘only’ played 265 games, which probably speaks to how much of an ironman Josh has been.

Chad Townsend recreating the John Hopoate-Keith Galloway incident on Kalyn Ponga

From the Fox League Twitter
A fine way for Hoppa to end his career

That hit was so hard it knocked the cotton buds out of Ponga’s bloodied nostrils.

In between their repeated coverage about Sonny Bill, Fox League broadcast the referees audio after Townsend took flight, and in case you missed it, here it is:

Two bloodied nostrils, three tries, no conversions and a shoulder to the chops.

A fair afternoon for the Queensland fullback.

In age where a majority of Australia’s airlines have been grounded

Air Tupou is back flying out of Bondi.

Blake Ferguson actually scores a legitimate 2020 try

It only took 17 games.

Originally tweeted by NRL on Nine (@NRLonNine) on September 6, 2020.

Geez, what’s going to happen next in 2020 – Ryan Hall actually scoring an NRL try?

Jordan Riki’s maiden NRL try

Completely burns his own teammate on the side and does it himself.

Lovely work Jordan.

Don’t backpedal trying to stop Kotoni Staggs

They call Josh Mansour ‘The Sauce’.

Well it looked to me like…


How in crap’s name did Mikaele Ravalawa stay in

The offload from Zac Lomax as well – Bravo.

The Warriors take the absolute piss twice in 3 minutes

First they get the opening try after the Eels jumped them in the first half hour with an epic cross-field relay that ends with Chanel Harris-Tevita scoring on a fantastic grubber from Kodi Nikorima:

From NRL on Nine

Then on the kickoff set, they got 20m through 4 tackles, when they could have just given the ball to RTS, which ends in CHT scoring another try:

As broadcast by Channel Nine

The best and worst of Lachlan Lewis

First, Lachie makes a superb defensive play to strip the ball off Sam Stone on his own goalline when the Titans were just about to seal the game, and to top it off, he actually stayed in play:

Then on the last play of the game, he catches everyone off guard, including his own teammates:

Warren Smith’s commentary is gold:

“Lewis puts a kick in…. I think for himself.”

And Ben Ikin described it as if he was in sheer disbelief.

“Yeah… that was never going to work…. ever, never, I, I don’t know what he was thinking.”

The Warriors stayed in Australia and saved the NRL season to get treated liked this by the referees:

From Channel 9’s NRL coverage

That ‘hit’ couldn’t even knock the fluff off a cappuccino, yet it’s apparently enough for 10 in the bin, probably because it didn’t even connect.

The Kiwis still only lost by a converted try…. I’m still yet to decide if that says more about the Warriors’ toughness or that the Eels are still looking extremely ordinary.

Isaac Lumelume makes a BlueyBluey in the in-goal

Yet another back who get their fingers burned gambling on a 20m restart, only for the chasers to get a hand on the ball -This time Campbell graham got the meat pie.

Fortunately the Storm have Cameron Smith, so nobody except Craig Bellamy will remember this happened.

Sunday night wasn’t the first time Ben Hunt has played in a Golden Point defeat to the Cowboys

Broncos fans will probably remember the other time.

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