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Highs and lows of round 21 of the NRL

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NRL ROUND 21 HIGHS AND LOWS

QUOTE OF THE ROUND: "There was a lot of discussion earlier in the year from the Roosters' coach Trent Robinson about the way the head ref Ben Cummins engages with players. I thought there was probably evidence of that again tonight." Cowboys coach PAUL GREEN on referee Ben Cummins' performance in the Storm's win in Townsville.

MAN OF THE ROUND: MITCHELL MOSES. No Robbie Farah and an injured Luke Brooks didn't pose problems for Wests Tigers as star playmaker Moses kept their finals hopes intact with a win over Parramatta.

STAT THAT MATTERS: Souths' 54-4 loss to Canberra was their biggest ever to the Raiders, their worst defeat since a 66-0 thrashing to the Warriors in 2006, the first time they have conceded 50 points since 2010 and their worst loss under coach Michael Maguire.

MAGIC MOMENT: Warriors playmaker SHAUN JOHNSON waltzing his way through the Panthers defensive line in the golden point win in Auckland.

TALKING POINT: Can Manly make a late finals charge?

JUDICIARY WATCH: Bulldogs - Josh Reynolds (tripping); Dragons - Joel Thompson (high tackle), Tyson Frizell (contrary conduct)

CASUALTY WARD: Rabbitohs - Luke Keary (hamstring); Raiders - Edrick Lee (calf); Bulldogs - Greg Eastwood (hamstring); Sea Eagles - Jamie Lyon (calf), Nate Myles (knee); Tigers - Luke Brooks (knee)

UNDER PRESSURE: Souths coach MICHAEL MAGUIRE. What has happened to the Bunnies?

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