A round full of eerie coincidences
Round 2 of the NRL was full of eerie coincidences, with droughts broken, streaks extended and history repeating. Here's our outside-the-box look at the numbers.
Panthers v Bulldogs
Kerrod Holland's after-the-siren conversion evoked memories of another rookie kicking a match winning goal in the 80th minute at Pepper Stadium. Penrith fullback Matt Moylan had the chance to be there hero in Round 3, 2014, incidentally against the Bulldogs, with, would you believe it, the scores locked at 16-16. Just like the Bulldogs centre, Moylan made no mistakes, converting the late Kevin Naiqama try to win the game for his side 18-16.
Broncos v Warriors
Brisbane's 25-10 win almost mirrored their Round 3 triumph over the Warriors back in 2009, when they won 26-10 at Mt Smart Stadium. Had Corey Parker had the kicking boots, Anthony Milford mightn't have felt the need to slot over the late field goal. Corey Oates also extended his try-scoring streak to four games, but the Broncos winger won't get a chance to add to that tally for a while due to a shoulder injury.
Raiders v Roosters
Canberra's thrilling win over the Roosters was the first time they had won a match by one point since Round 24, 2006 when Todd Carney slotted a last-gasp 40 metre bullet to beat the Tigers for the second time that year in golden point. The Green Machine had lost six games by the same margin in the same period.
Souths v Knights
Aaron Gray became the third Bunny in as many years to score a hat-trick against the Knights. Greg Inglis achieved the feat last season, while Alex Johnston grabbed a treble in 2014.
Eels v Cowboys
For the second time in three years, the Cowboys lost their Round 2 road game by exactly four points. Saturday night's 20-16 defeat was preceded by a 16-12 loss to Parramatta's Round 1 opponents, the Broncos, in 2014. The 16-12 result was the same score as their Finals Week 1 match last year, and would have been the grand final score had Kyle Feldt not scored on the siren.
Sharks v Dragons
For the second time in two seasons, the Sharks featured in a game that finished 30-2. They were on the wrong end of that score line in Round 23 last year against the Storm. It's also the second straight Round 2 fixture where the Sharks have been involved in a game where the losing team kicked a penalty goal to open the scoring, but failed to add to their tally. In 2015, the Sharks opted for a gift two points in the 39th minute, only to be run down by the Broncos who scored 10 unanswered points in the second-half.
Storm v Titans
The stats suggest Cameron Munster's impressive return to fullback was always going to be a success given he was playing the Titans. The Storm's No.1 has now scored half of his eight career tries against Gold Coast, having grabbed a hat-trick in their Round 22 win last year.
Tigers v Sea Eagles
Predicted by many to struggle in 2016, the Tigers are undefeated after two rounds and have been the attacking highlights reel of the NRL. James Tedesco has the most tries in the competition (5), Mitch Moses has the most try-assists (5), while Aaron Woods has the second most run-metres (395).