Rugby League round-up: Today in the NRL

Who played today?
Canterbury Bulldogs took on St George-Illawarra Dragons, while Newcastle Knights welcomed Penrith Panthers

What were the scores?
Canterbury thrashed Gareth Widdop’s Dragons 38-6 and the Panthers won in similar style, taking down the Knights 32-10

Who scored the points?
Canterbury Bulldogs 38
Tries: Sam Perrett (5), Tony Williams (11), Tim Lafai (24, 33, 44), Greg Eastwood (62), Josh Reynolds (68)
Goals: Trent Hodkinson 5/7
St George-Illawarra Dragons 6
Tries: Brett Morris (77)
Goals: Gareth Widdop 1/1

Penrith Panthers 32
Tries: David Simmons (10), Matthew Moylan (20), Jamie Soward (31), Josh Mansour (47), Dean Whare (50), James Segeyaro (80)
Goals: Jamie Soward 4/7
Newcastle Knights 10
Tries: James McManus (6), Dane Gagai (27)
Goals: Kurt Gidley 1/2

Josh Reynolds evades a tackle en route to scoring for Canterbury Bulldogs.
Josh Reynolds evades a tackle en route to scoring for Canterbury Bulldogs.

Any interesting stats?
Bulldogs V Dragons
Trent Merrin and Mitch Rein (both St George) led the tackle stats with 47 and 46 respectively. For the Bulldogs, Michael Ennis (31) and James Graham (29) did the most work in defence

Josh Reynolds and Tony Williams (both Canterbury) led the metres gained stats with 185 and 156 respectively. Josh Dugan (139) and Brett Morris (102) were the pick of St George’s attack

Both the penalty count (8-6) and error count (7-8) were in Canterbury’s favour

The Bulldogs made four try-saving tackles. St George didn’t make one

Canterbury made nearly 800 more metres than the Dragons (1812-1041) and four times as many line breaks. They also made 12 more offloads

Panthers V Knights
Adam Cuthbertson (Knights) made 52 tackles and was the stat leader. Team-mate Kurt Gdley was second with 48. Penrith’s James Segeyaro made most for his side with 39

Penrith’s Josh Masour made a whopping 248 metres. Kade Snowden did best for the Knights, making 158

Newcastle made seven more errors than their opponents and conceded one more penalty

Penrith made nine more offloads, over 200 more metres and broke the line two more times

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