Taumalolo, Scott to challenge bans

Both were charged over hits in the Cowboys' golden point win over Brisbane, with Taumalolo risking a two-match ban if found guilty at the judiciary.

Scott is facing a one-match ban but is also sidelined indefinitely after suffering an ACL injury during the match.

Meanwhile Warriors prop Charlie Gubb and Raiders forward Iosia Soliola have pleaded guilty to charges but will escape suspensions.

Semi Radradra responds to Eels coach Brad Arthur

Radradra bagged the first four-try haul of his 70-game NRL career on Sunday night in the Eels' 34-16 flogging of St George Illawarra in Wollongong - marking the fifth hat-trick of his career.

He scored his first three tries on the left wing, completing relatively simple moves down the Parramatta edge and receiving the final ball from either Michael Jennings or Corey Norman.

Titans fullback Jarryd Hayne expected to miss the next month of NRL

Hayne will undergo scans today but the Titans boss Graham Annesley is resigned to losing him for a lot more than just the highly anticipated first clash with his former club Parramatta on Friday night.

The winless Titans are now facing an early season injury crisis after Anthony Don and Kayne Lawton suffered dislocated shoulders in the same game.


Photo: Getty Images/TONY FEDER (Jarryd Hayne leaves the field after picking up an ankle injury at the weekend).

Warriors can't weather the Storm

The Auckland-based outfit were outclassed in atrocious conditions at Mount Smart Stadium, despite putting up a solid showing through the middle of the park.

No side dominated the rain-soaked tussle, but the Storm proved too ruthless in their execution, nabbing four tries to two and grinding out the two points.

Kearney was pleased with his forward pack's showing but rued the team's inability to see out the 80 minutes after losing Roger Tuivasa-Sheck to concussion.

NZ-born Tim Simona deregistered by NRL over betting

The Wests Tigers centre also lied when interviewed by the NRL's integrity unit, bet on rugby league matches and didn't pass on jersey auction proceeds to charities.

"Based on the evidence we have identified it is very hard to imagine that Tim Simona will be registered with the NRL at any time in the future," NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg said in a statement on Friday.

The NRL has not released specific details of Simona's indiscretions.

But text messages sent by the 25-year-old indicated he knew his behaviour was in breach of the rules, Greenberg said.

Warriors in short turnaround to meet Storm

The odd five-day turnaround is part of every season for most NRL Telstra Premiership clubs these days, but for the Warriors it's something they have hardly even had to think about in recent times.

Since 2012 the Kiwi club have been involved in just one five-day gap between matches, beating the Tigers 32-22 on April 11, 2015, five days after losing to the Storm on April 6.

This week they will navigate it again when they take on Melbourne on Friday night, after beating Newcastle 26-22 on Sunday afternoon.

Stats that matter: Round 1

The Saints are coming 

What a time to be alive for Dragons fans. Saturday's 42-10 win over the Panthers sent shockwaves through the competition and forced rugby league scribes to update their record books. The 32-point win eclipsed their previous biggest wins over Penrith (42-14 in 2001 and 38-10 in 2009), while Gareth Widdop's 22-point haul equalled the club record for most points in a game, tying Amos Roberts's effort from 2000 and Jamie Soward's day out against Canberra in 2007.

Hat-trick heroe

Vatuvei to miss NRL season opener

Vatuvei has been unable to return to full fitness in time since injuring his knee during a wrestling session earlier this month.

In naming his first NRL team for the Warriors, Coach Stephen Kearney has named the same starting lineup that played Gold Coast in a recent trial match in Palmerston North.

Rookie stand-off Mafoa'Aeata Hingano will make his NRL debut in the halves alongside playmaker Shaun Johnson.

Fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck will captain the side in his first game back in the NRL in 11 months.

Has rugby league’s relationship with gambling begun to go too far?

But what do we call the suits in charge who have encouraged this mad fixation on betting that now brings millions of dollars into the sport every year?




Hold that thought.

As we’ve all heard by now, young Wests Tigers centre Tim Simona was stood down amid the latest NRL betting investigation.

The claims are that 25-year-old allegedly made a string of small bets on several games over a series of months.

Referees given more responsibility as Super Rugby changes video review system

Previously, referees have been able to send contentious decisions upstairs without providing the television match official (TMO) with their take on the incident.

From this season onwards, any referee who wants a decision reviewed by the TMO will first have to state their "on-field decision", based on their real-time view.

The TMO will then only be able to overturn the call if there is "compelling" video evidence.