They say a week is a long time in football, but what about a day? Tuesday to be more specific. The morning started normally enough, with everyone eagerly awaiting the team lists on NRL.com.
Little did we know that the announcement of Warriors stalwart Lance Hohaia signing a deal with St Helens would spark one of the most dramatic days the League has seen.
News began to filter through that super coach Wayne Bennett had signed with the Knights and soon after, boom centre Jamal Idris was leaving the Bulldogs to go to the Titans.
It was a crazy and unpredictable day, in a season that continues to throw up surprises. Perhaps that is why NRL club memberships, crowds and TV ratings are all up this year!
DID YOU KNOW? Fox Sports TV ratings for NRL games are 31% higher than 2010!
This week on NRL.com we looked at two Australian Schoolboys (class of ‘06) that collide on Friday night, Peter Sterling examined the game changing moments and our stats insider scrutinised the evolving strategy of Premiers St George Illawarra.
Stats Insider – Behind the Dragons decoy decline.
Round 5 Wrap-up: Wayne’s World takes over, writes Steve Mascord.
NRL.com Columnists – You can now access all our opinion writers in the one location! Each week their latest column will be featured and you can find them all here.
Peter Sterling: Sterling Gold – The game changing moments.
David Middleton: From the Mind of Middo – Elliott out to break the Bellamy spell.
Leila McKinnon: In Touch – The lure of seeing the game live.
Trent Barrett: Inside Word – Inside Wayne’s World.
Graham Murray: Coach’s box
Matt Russell: Next Gen – All the latest Toyota Cup news.
From the NRL
Official View – Referees Co-Coach Bill Harrigan explains the advantage rule.
NRL Mailbox: The role of the trainer.
Reminder: It’s not too late to sign up for Toyota NRL Dream Team, the official fantasy game of the NRL. Each week’s top points scorer takes home $500 and we’re all playing for that major prize of the Toyota FJ Cruiser.
NRL in the community
The National Rugby League in collaboration with NRL Clubs and the Federal Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations is working to provide Indigenous Australians with greater levels of support and mentoring opportunities to prepare and assist Years 10, 11 and 12 students in the transition phase from school to further education and/or employment (called ‘school to work’ or Indigenous Employment Programs.
Match Previews: How is your team shaping up this week? Find out all the latest news, statistics and where the game will be won and lost.
Remember you can follow the games live on Match Centre with match previews, ins and outs, up to the minute stats, and video highlights.
This week’s videos on NRL.com
Round 5 match highlights: Watch Oldfield’s last minute try to secure the win for Manly
NRL News: with Brad Fittler and Joel Caine
Late Mail: with Peter Sterling
Top Hits and Tries of Round 5
Coming up this weekend on NRL.com
Saturday / Sunday 3:00pm – 4:30pm NRL Deluxe on League TV with Freddy Fitler and John Gibbs
Full Match replays or just watch the best bits with Game Analyser. (All matches available 24 hours after final siren)