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NRL round-one shapshot

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 5/03/2017 Steve Zemek

QUOTE OF THE ROUND: "They (North Queensland) should've beat us by four, five tries. I can't believe how we hung in there right to the end with some of the things that happened to the team tonight. I just shake my head." - It's only round one and already RICKY STUART is complaining about the referees.

MAN OF THE ROUND: James Tedesco. The Wests Tigers' fullback had a hand in four of his side's six tries in their 34-18 thumping of South Sydney.

STAT THAT MATTERS: The Dragons' shock seven-try outing against competition favourites Penrith was their biggest win over the Panthers in 31 matches between the two clubs, and the most points they've scored in a single match since late 2015.

MAGIC MOMENT: Gavin Cooper's freakish golden-point try against Canberra came after Johnathan Thurston's field-goal attempt hit the crossbar and bounced high in the in-goal, which would've been Thurston's 2000th point in the NRL.

TALKING POINT: Are the Panthers all hype? Anthony Griffin's men were tipped to be premiership contenders this year but looked nothing like it in their 42-10 thumping at the hands of the Dragons.

JUDICIARY WATCH: Canberra - Clay Priest (dangerous contact); Sydney Roosters - Mitchell Aubusson (dangerous throw); Melbourne - Cheyse Blair (dangerous throw); Warriors - Albert Vete (dangerous throw).

CASUALTY WARD: Brisbane - Alex Glenn (concussion); Melbourne - Jesse Bromwich (dislocated thumb); South Sydney - Greg Inglis (knee), Hymel Hunt (concussion); Newcastle - Dylan Phythian (knee); Warriors - Issac Luke (ribs), Simon Mannering (neck); Titans - Kevin Proctor (shoulder); Penrith - Peter Wallace (concussion).

UNDER PRESSURE: It's only round one but South Sydney are already without injured key duo Adam Reynolds (appendicitis) and Greg Inglis (ACL) after confirmation their star fullback suffered a major knee injury in their big loss to the Wests Tigers.

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