Round 19 of the NRL had it all!
From thrilling finishes, controversial bunker and sin-binning, the great sense of injustice felt by Kiwis and a prime minister smashing an esky.
Perfect material for Rugby League fans on Twitter dot com to tweet about from the weekend that was and we’ve got it all covered in another edition of Around the Tweets!
Panthers 18 def. by Raiders 30
Four tries in the second half from the Raiders brought down Penrith’s seven game-winning streak as they stormed home with a hard-fought 30-18 victory on the Panthers home deck.
John Bateman. Buy of the year #NRLPanthersRaiders
— Mr Ives (@real_MrIves) July 28, 2019
Happy days for fans of the Green-Machine!
That’s the best win of the season boys!! That first 10 mins was amazing given the lack of ball we had, and to keep them out with that many tackles inside the 20 is just sensational! Our defence lately is just 👌😍😍💚💚 on to next week boys 👍👊 #WeAreRaiders #NRLPanthersRaiders
— Ryan Gillard (@gilby_gillard) July 28, 2019
The ref was doing a Klein job (awful pun) according to James Tamou.
Referee Ashley Klein was confronted by James Tamou at halftime, and the heated discussion spilt into the tunnel where Ivan Cleary became involved 🤯🤯🤯
— FOX LEAGUE (@FOXNRL) July 28, 2019
Off the field, it appears that Joey Johns is now a hipster selling craft beer.
Anyone else think Andrew Johns has secretly become a beer baron? #NRL #NRLPanthersRaiders #joeyjohns @TheBiggestTiger @janis_matteus @marioseags1 @MoFoStormFan @AndrewRLP @AndrewVossy @woodyandslugs pic.twitter.com/qeDgW60aXD
— TVT – NRL Podcast (@voluntarytackle) July 28, 2019
Bulldogs 12 def.by Roosters 20
The injury list at the Roosters continues to fill up but the premiers managed to get the job done with a solid win over the Doggies on Sunday.
Won’t somebody think about the punters!
Absolutely disrespectful performance by Roosters towards people who had at 30 plus #NRLBulldogsRoosters
— Undisputed Chapo Bay Bay (@Big_Chapi) July 28, 2019
But where are the people?
Bulldogs Army? More like Bulldogs paintball team. Where the hell is everyone? Another terrible crowd in Sydney. Not to mention the Roosters supporters who don’t even attend home games….#RugbyLeague #NRL #NRLBulldogsRoosters
— League Freak (@LeagueFreak) July 28, 2019
Big Pappi out of Puff.
Unfortunately Napa just looks unfit and lazy these last few weeks. That was a bad late hit, his defence was lazy for Tedesco’s try and he just looks done. #NRLBulldogsRoosters
— Matt Attard (@mattard90) July 28, 2019
Storm 10 def.by Manly 11
WHAT A BLOODY GAME OF RUGBY LEAGUE!
A Daly Cherry-Evans field goal delivering Manly an 11-10 golden point victory in what was easily the best game of the round and the punters on Twitter dot com were all over it.
— george rose (@gorgeousgrose) July 27, 2019
The Foss even thought it was the best game of the round…of any code.
What a game of football. Tough, no nonsense, tactical, skillful, umpire management – not control. Pt Adelaide v Greater West Sydney? No! Melbourne Storm go down to Manly Sea Eagles in a thriller last night at AAMI. #NRLStormManly
— Sam Newman (@Origsmartassam) July 27, 2019
Who! Who said they hated golden point?
Somebody, somewhere, is out there saying they hate Golden Point.
This is unreal.#NRLStormManly
— Jason Oliver (@JasonNRL) July 27, 2019
That has to be the greatest 10 mins of Golden Point ever. #NRLStormManly
— JJK (@72jjk) July 27, 2019
Manly’s rendition of the club song in the rooms drew noise complaints from residents four suburbs away from AAMI Park.
— Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (@SeaEagles) July 27, 2019
Titans 12 def.by Broncos 34
The Broncos have found themselves in the eight after a comfortable win over the Neds Gold Coast Titans on Saturday in the “other” Queensland derby.
She’s tough times for those of us who go for the Titans but it’ll all be worth it one day, hang in there Dane!
— Clarkey's NRL Column (@Clarkeys_column) July 27, 2019
Some teenager at Robina McDonald’s will pay for not giving Big Mal what he wants.
— NRL Roast (@TheNRLRoast) July 27, 2019
There’s one simple solution for this, Bring back the Biff!
Front on contact with the pec, not the shoulder. Yes it’s high so penalise him, but professional foul?! You are having a laugh. Watch him not get charged just like Ponga.
The game is becoming touch football #NRLTitansBroncos
— Trent Copeland (@copes9) July 27, 2019
Eels 24 def. Warriors 22
Parramatta cemented their place in the eight in a thrilling 24-22 in over New Zealand at Bankwest Stadium.
It looked like the Warriors could pinch the win in the dying seconds but a touch-footy style plays managed to save the game for Parra.
But it was some choice referring that really got the punters talking.
Many fans on Twitter were big fans of the officiating during the match. (Language Warning Kids)
I've seen some disgraceful refereeing performances in 2019.
That takes the cake 😡
— Keith Miller (@keith_miller_nz) July 27, 2019
Honestly, I’ve never seen a refereeing performance as bad as this. I really can’t. Forward pass called that wasn’t forward, Luke on report for a great shot, something like 9 penalties IN A ROW to Parra get Warriors can’t buy one. Disgraceful. #NRLEelsWarriors
— Matt Attard (@mattard90) July 27, 2019
— Ron (@ronstradamus1) July 27, 2019
Turns out refs hate New Zealand,
Every week. Same old shit @NRL your referees are just blatantly against the @NZWarriors having a good go in this competition. It’s embarrassing when the opposition fans are seeing it as well. #nrleelswarriors
— Warriors v NRL Referees (@war_refs) July 27, 2019
Someone actually was a fan.
Just caught the highlights of the Parra-Warriors game.
I reckon the officials got the RTS forward pass call 100% correct.#NRLEelsWarriors
— Paul Jobber ✈✈ (@paul_jobber23) July 27, 2019
Souths 20 def. Dragons 16
Campbell Graham made sure that St.George-Illawarra can book their Mad Monday and end of season trip with a Try on the final siren to get the win for the Bunnies despite a sensational second-half comeback from the Dragons.
The Dragons Swan-Lake tactics backfired.
— Rugby League Best Tries Hits and Biffs (@NBiffs) July 26, 2019
Now that’s an ending.
— NRL (@NRL) July 26, 2019
When in doubt, check, check and check again.
— chris murphy (@chrismurphys) July 26, 2019
Knights 26 def.by Tigers 28
A vintage performance from Robbie Farrah and Benji Marshal got the job done for Wests Tigers in Newcastle but it was the sin-binning of Kalyn Ponga that got Twitter fired up.
I’m a proud @NRLKnights fan. Ponga didn’t shoulder charge Cheekam. He braced for impact after targeting the ball right. I think it was a terrible refereeing decision. However, we lost the game well before that. We lost because of our lack of intent in defence. #nrlknightstigers
— DexSamPhetamine (@samdwilson) July 26, 2019
"Were Knights fans seriously booing the injured player on the ground?"
No. Get a grip.
We were booing the absolutely ridiculous decision to sinbin Ponga for incidental contact while jostling for the ball.#NRLKnightsTigers
— Paul Jobber ✈✈ (@paul_jobber23) July 26, 2019
400 cameras but no one saw Ponga sent to the sin-bin until he was sitting in the dressing shed. Unbelievable.
That call is WORSE than the Kikau call.
I said then that there will be a binning & report for every match between now & the finals.#JOKE#NRLKnightsTigers
— Ross Martin (@RossMartin1960) July 26, 2019
Meanwhile, they play a long game at the Knights.
The year is 2059. The ice caps have melted, Kendall Jenner has been re-elected for her second term as President, and the Newcastle Knights are still rebuilding #NRLKnightsTigers
— Mumbler (@MaitlandMumbler) July 26, 2019
Sharks 16 def. Cowboys 14
The Sharks ended their five-game losing streak with a thrilling win over the Cowboys on Thursday night, but there was only one thing to take from it – ScoMo banging on the esky post-game.
— Jennifer Bechwati (@jenbechwati) July 25, 2019
The prime minister banging on the esky was a big deal, but it wasn’t as big of a deal as the Neds Twitter same game multi delivering the goods!
Cowboys to Cover +4.5 ✅
Bronson Xerri Anytime Try Scorer ✅
Under 38.5 Points ✅
$9.72 Multi Winner? ✅✅✅✅✅
Our line-breaking buff gets Round 19 off to a winning start! #NRLSharksCowboys
— NedsAU (@NedsAus) July 25, 2019