The Rabbitohs' greatest comeback?
NRL stats guru David Middleton takes a look at the numbers behind the weekend's games from Round 21.
Souths' remarkable victory over the Dragons on Sunday may well go down as the greatest comeback in the club's history. Statistically, the comeback from a 20-point deficit ranks second behind their fight-back from 24 points down against the Cowboys in 2008 to win 29-28, but North Queensland were running last at the time. By comparison, the Dragons entered Round 21 in third position and were joint premiership favourites with the Melbourne Storm. The Dragons boasted nine Test players and 11 State of Origin reps.
Knights' first post-Johns half century
When the Newcastle Knights became the first team to notch a half century of points for 2011 in Sunday's 50-20 demolition of the Titans, they also achieved a significant breakthrough for the club. It was the first time in the post-Andrew Johns era that the team had scored 50 points or more in one game. In fact since Halfback of the Century Johns retired in 2007 the Knights had only twice topped 40 points in a game before last Sunday's landslide.
Maloney on target for No.1
Warriors five-eighth James Maloney may not have enjoyed his best afternoon as a goal-kicker against the Raiders but he remains on target to become the first player from the Auckland club to top the NRL's point-scorers list. He was briefly overtaken by Benji Marshall at the weekend but with nine points from a try, two goals (from six attempts) and a field goal he did enough to regain the lead.
NRL's top dummy-half finisher
Cowboys hooker James Segeyaro is winning plenty of admirers for his snappy ruck work and became the first player in 2011 to score two tries in a game from dummy-half when he twice burrowed across the line against Penrith on Saturday night. Segeyaro has scored five tries since his NRL debut in Round 3, four of them from dummy-half.
Topsy-turvey Chooks and Dogs
The Roosters-Bulldogs game featured five changes of leader before the Roosters won 32-28 at the SFS on Saturday night. The Bulldogs scored first to lead 6-0; the Roosters scored twice to go ahead 10-6; the Bulldogs scored a converted try for 12-10 before the Roosters crossed before halftime to lead 16-12 at the break. In the second half the Bulldogs went ahead 24-22 before Todd Carney levelled for the Roosters and then winger Sam Perrett scored the decisive try for the home team.
Broncos' 40-minute blitzkrieg
The Broncos brought up the highest 40-minute score of 2011 when they had the Sharks on the ropes by halftime at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night. With Darren Lockyer running the show in his 348th first grade game and Justin Hodges producing vintage form, the Broncos led 34-0 at the 34-minute mark before Sharks halfback Chad Townsend won a speck of respectability for his team by scoring a minute from the break.
Sea Eagles' perfect record spoiled
Wests Tigers spoiled Manly's perfect home record for 2011 when they won Friday night's Bluetongue Stadium blockbuster 14-12. The Sea Eagles went into the game with a record of eight wins from eight home games (seven at Brookvale and one transferred to Suncorp Stadium). The ground-equalling capacity crowd of 20,059 would have eased some of the disappointment for Manly officials and as for Des Hasler and his team they can now turn their attention to their perfect record at Brookvale.