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Highs and lows of round 26 of the NRL

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NRL ROUND 26 HIGHS AND LOWS

QUOTE OF THE ROUND: "I'm not worried about that after I heard Michael Ennis got off." - Raiders coach Ricky Stuart dismissing judiciary concerns over an alleged Jack Wighton shoulder charge after Ennis escaped sanction.

MAN OF THE ROUND: Cameron Smith. Steered the Storm to an impressive win over Cronulla and the minor premiership.

STAT THAT MATTERS: Melbourne winger Suliasi Vunivalu's 22 tries is the most by a player in his debut season, bettering Israel Folau's mark of 21 in 2007.

MAGIC MOMENT: Joey Leilua's round-the-back pass to Jordan Rapana was almost literally out of the back pocket and set the tone for Canberra to end the Wests Tigers' finals hopes with a 52-10 trouncing.

TALKING POINT: Has Jarryd Hayne's late-season move to Gold Coast been a help or a hindrance? The Titans are 2-3 since Hayne's comeback. Wins against Wests Tigers and Newcastle have been offset by losses to the Warriors, Penrith and North Queensland.

JUDICIARY WATCH: Rabbitohs - Sam Burgess (tripping); Raiders - Jack Wighton (shoulder charge)

CASUALTY WARD: Roosters - Dale Copley (concussion)

UNDER PRESSURE: Des Hasler's Bulldogs are in awful form heading into the finals. They have only one week to turn things around against Penrith or their season will be over.

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