Season halfway point

ROUND 13 NRL wrap-up:

THEY SAID IT: “I'm kind of the Steven Bradbury of rugby league, everyone in front of me just falls over,” Parramatta second-gamer Daniel Mortimer sums up his sudden rise to NRL and his brilliant performance to hand the Eels a 20-18 upset of Newcastle.

STAT THAT MATTERS: Melbourne rookie Jospeh Tomane scores 24 points in the Storm's 48-4 win over Brisbane. His three tries and six goals coming in just his ninth NRL game.

MAN OF THE ROUND: Johnathan Thurston continued his purple patch of form with 10 points in North Queensland's demolition of South Sydney just three days after winning man of the match for Queensland in State of Origin.

MAGIC MOMENT: Manly winger David Williams' 90m breakaway try which had the majority of the 10, 549 fans at Brookvale howling with the Wolfman under a full moon.

TALKING POINT: Cronulla lawnmower-turned-halfback Scott Porter apologises for swearing on both national television and radio during his post-match interview following the Sharks' 18-10 win over the Warriors.

KEY INJURIES: Manly: Jamie Lyon (ankle); North Queensland: Travis Burns (knee); South Sydney: Luke Capewell (knee); Penrith: Luke Lewis (dislocated toe), Geoff Daniela (knee); Newcastle: Scott Dureau (groin), Chris Houston (knee, ankle); Warriors: Joel Moon (concussion).

UNDER PRESSURE: Australian Test coach and rugby league legend Tim Sheens.

His Wests Tigers have lost five successive games and are staring down the barrel of missing the finals four years in a row since winning the title in 2005.



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