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Around the Grounds: Round 20

It was another strange weekend for the NRL with games rescheduled and relocated to the COVID-19.

The Thursday and Friday games went ahead as planned, however a snap lockdown in Queensland forced the final five games to be delayed. 

Wests Tigers couldn’t hold on to a 10-0 lead as the Warriors fought back to claim an 18-16 victory at Suncorp Stadium in Round 20.

It was the side’s fourth loss in five weeks, leaving the team two wins outside the top eight with five rounds remaining.

Melbourne took control of the competition as they claimed a vital win over the second-placed Panthers on Sunday afternoon — putting them in pole position to claim the minor premiership.

The Roosters claimed a big win over the Eels on Thursday night, the Knights were too good for the Raiders, while the Broncos and Rabbitohs also scored wins.

2021 Match Highlights: Rd.20, Wests Tigers vs. Warriors

ROUND 20 RESULTS

  • Sydney Roosters 28 def. Parramatta Eels 0
  • New Zealand Warriors 18 def. Wests Tigers 16
  • Brisbane Broncos 37 def. North Queensland Cowboys 18
  • Newcastle Knights 34 def. Canberra Raiders 24
  • Melbourne Storm 37 def. Penrith Panthers 10
  • South Sydney Rabbitohs 50 def. St George Illawarra Dragons 14
  • Gold Coast Titans 34 def. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 6
  • Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 40 def. Cronulla Sharks 22
NRL Press Conference: Round 20

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JUDICIARY CHARGES

Joe Ofahengaue was the only Wests Tigers player charged following Friday night’s clash against the Warriors.

The Queensland representative was hit with a grade 1 careless high tackle charge on Euan Aitken but will escape suspension with a $1,350 fine.

Panthers centre Stephen Crichton, Storm forward Felise Kaufusi and Dragons forward Tyrell Fuimaono are facing bans following a review of Sunday's matches.

For all the latest judiciary news, click here.

VB Hard Earned Effort: Rd 20 vs Warriors

LATEST INJURY NEWS

Wests Tigers fullback Daine Laurie will miss the remainder of the season after breaking his fibula in his side’s loss to the Warriors in Round 20.

Laurie will now undergo a specialist review to determine the next course of action.

The Roosters suffered another blow to their season with veteran centre Josh Morris unlikely to play again until the finals after suffering a hamstring tear in last week's win over Parramatta.

Parramatta prop Reagan Campbell-Gillard (groin) and centre Waqa Blake (head knock) are under an injury cloud but coach Brad Arthur was confident Mitchell Moses would recover from a back fracture in time to face the Rabbitohs in round 21.

Meanwhile, Broncos centre Kotoni Staggs will miss the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury against the Cowboys on Friday night.

The Broncos will also be without hooker Jake Turpin for 3-4 weeks after he picked up a high ankle sprain against the Cowboys.

 For all the latest injury news, click here.

ROUND 21 FIXTURES

Thursday, August 5

7:50pm —Newcastle Knights vs. Brisbane Broncos

Friday, August 6

6:00pm — Canberra Raiders vs. St George Illawarra Dragons

8:05pm — Parramatta Eels vs. South Sydney Rabbitohs

Saturday, August 7

3:00pm — New Zealand Warriors vs. Cronulla Sharks

5:30pm — Sydney Roosters vs. Penrith Panthers

7:35pm — Manly Warringah Sea Eagles vs. Melbourne Storm

Sunday, August 8

2:00pm — Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs vs. Wests Tigers

4:05pm — Gold Coast Titans vs. North Queensland Cowboys