2011 NRL season

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2011 National Rugby League
Teams 16
Premiers Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Warringah (8th title)
Minor premiers Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm (1st title)
Matches played 201
Attendance 3,464,207 (total)
17,235 (per match)
Top point scorer(s) Wests Tigers colours.svg Benji Marshall (201)
Top try scorer(s)

South Sydney colours.svg Nathan Merritt (23)

Canterbury colours.svgBen Barba (23)

The 2011 NRL season was the 104th season of professional rugby league football club competition in Australia, and the fourteenth and last run by the National Rugby League's partnership committee of the Australian Rugby League and News Ltd. The NRL's main championship, called the 2011 Telstra Premiership due to sponsorship from Telstra, was contested by sixteen teams for the fifth consecutive year. Alongside was the fourth season of the Toyota Cup taking place.

The season's Premiership title was awarded to the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles who took out their 8th title, only three years after their previous title, defeating the New Zealand Warriors in the Grand Final.

Season summary[edit]

The 2011 competition draw was announced on Thursday, 7 October 2010,[1] with the season's first match between NRL teams to be played on Friday, 11 March. The first round of the premiership season became the highest attended round in NRL history, with 201,212 fans attending.[2] However, the first NRL match of the year was the second annual NRL All Stars vs Indigenous All Stars game played at Skilled Park on the Gold Coast on 12 February. The annual ANZAC Test was also held at Skilled Park, on 6 May, with City vs Country Origin held on the same night at the Lavington Sports Ground in Albury. The Test match was to have been held at Christchurch in New Zealand, but was moved due to the destruction wrought on that city by the earthquake in February 2011.[3] Byes began on 6 May, being the day of those representative matches, and continued throughout the 2011 State of Origin series, covering in total rounds 9 to 18. Themed rounds included the Heritage Round (round 5), Women in League Round (round 16), and Rivalry Round (round 19).

The regular 26 round season finished with the Melbourne Storm winning the J. J. Giltinan Shield for being the minor premiers. However the grand final match-up ended up between the second placed Manly Warringah Sea Eagles and the sixth placed New Zealand Warriors in which the Sea Eagles sought victory and claimed their 8th premiership title.

The coveted Dally M Medal award for player of the year in 2011 was awarded to Melbourne Storm fullback Billy Slater, who becomes the second Storm player to be given the award. (see 2011 Dally M Awards for full award listing)

Records Set In 2011[edit]

Teams[edit]

The number of teams in the NRL remained unchanged for the fourth consecutive season, with sixteen participating in the regular season: ten from New South Wales, three from Queensland and one from each of Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory and New Zealand. Of the ten from New South Wales, eight are from Sydney's metropolitan area, with St. George-Illawarra being a Sydney and Wollongong joint venture. Just two foundation clubs from New South Wales Rugby League season 1908 played in the competition: the Sydney Roosters (formerly known as Eastern Suburbs) and the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Brisbane Broncos
24th season
Ground: Suncorp Stadium
Coach: Anthony Griffin
Captain: Darren Lockyer
Canterbury Bulldogs home jersey 1997.svg
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
77th season
Ground: ANZ Stadium
Coach: Kevin MooreJim Dymock
Captain: Andrew Ryan
Canberra Raiders
30th season
Ground: Canberra Stadium
Coach: David Furner
Captain: Alan Tongue
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks
45th season
Ground: Toyota Stadium
Coach: Shane Flanagan
Captain: Paul Gallen
Gold Coast Titans
5th season
Ground: Skilled Park
Coach: John Cartwright
Captain: Scott Prince
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
62nd season
Ground: Brookvale Oval
Coach: Des Hasler
Captain: Jamie Lyon & Jason King
Melbourne Storm
14th season
Ground: AAMI Park
Coach: Craig Bellamy
Captain: Cameron Smith
Newcastle Knights home jersey 2008.svg
Newcastle Knights
24th season
Ground: Ausgrid Stadium
Coach: Rick Stone
Captain: Kurt Gidley
2009
New Zealand Warriors
17th season
Ground: Mt Smart Stadium
Coach: Ivan Cleary
Captain: Simon Mannering
North Queensland Cowboys
17th season
Ground: Dairy Farmers Stadium
Coach: Neil Henry
Captain: Johnathan Thurston & Matt Scott
Parramatta Eels
65th season
Ground: Parramatta Stadium
Coach: Stephen Kearney
Captain: Nathan Hindmarsh
Penrith Panthers
45th season
Ground: Centrebet Stadium
Coach: Matthew ElliottSteve Georgallis
Captain: Petero Civoniceva
South Sydney Rabbitohs
102nd season
Ground: ANZ Stadium
Coach: John Lang
Captains: Roy Asotasi & Michael Crocker
Sydney Roosters
104th season
Ground: Sydney Football Stadium
Coach: Brian Smith
Captain: Braith Anasta
St. George Illawarra Dragons home jersey 1999.svg
St George Illawarra Dragons
13th season
Ground: Jubilee Oval & WIN Stadium
Coach: Wayne Bennett
Captain: Ben Hornby
Wests Tigers
12th season
Grounds: Campbelltown Stadium & Leichhardt Oval
Coach: Tim Sheens
Captain: Robbie Farah

Ladder[edit]

2011 NRL Telstra Premiership
Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 24 19 - 5 2 521 308 213 42
2 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 24 18 - 6 2 539 331 208 40
3 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 24 18 - 6 2 511 372 139 40
4 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 15 - 9 2 519 430 89 34
5 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons 24 14 1 9 2 483 341 142 33
6 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 24 14 - 10 2 504 393 111 32
7 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 24 14 - 10 2 532 480 52 32
8 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 24 12 - 12 2 478 443 35 28
9 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24 12 - 12 2 449 489 -40 28
10 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 11 - 13 2 531 562 -31 26
11 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 24 10 - 14 2 417 500 -83 24
12 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 24 9 - 15 2 430 517 -87 22
13 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 24 7 - 17 2 428 557 -129 18
14 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 24 6 1 17 2 385 538 -153 17
15 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 24 6 - 18 2 423 623 -200 16
16 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 24 6 - 18 2 363 629 -266 16

Ladder progression[edit]

  • Numbers highlighted in green indicate that the team finished the round inside the top 8.
  • Numbers highlighted in blue indicates the team finished first on the ladder in that round.
  • Numbers highlighted in red indicates the team finished last place on the ladder in that round.
  • Underlined numbers indicate that the team had a bye during that round.
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
1 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 2 4 4 6 8 10 10 12 14 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 34 36 38 40 42 42 42
2 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 0 2 4 4 6 8 10 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 24 26 28 30 32 32 34 36 38 40 40
3 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 14 14 16 16 18 20 22 22 24 26 28 28 30 32 34 36 38 40
4 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 0 2 4 4 6 6 6 8 10 10 12 12 14 16 16 16 18 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 34
5 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra 2 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 23 23 23 25 25 27 29 29 29 29 29 29 31 33
6 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand 0 0 0 2 4 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 16 16 16 16 18 20 22 24 26 26 28 30 30 32
7 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 2 2 4 4 6 8 10 12 12 14 16 18 20 20 22 22 24 26 26 28 30 30 30 30 32 32
8 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle 2 4 4 4 4 6 8 8 10 10 10 12 12 14 16 18 20 20 20 22 24 26 26 26 26 28
9 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 2 4 6 6 6 8 10 10 12 12 12 14 14 16 16 18 18 18 18 20 20 22 24 24 26 28
10 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 0 0 2 4 4 4 4 6 8 10 10 10 10 12 14 16 16 16 18 18 20 22 24 26 26 26
11 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney 2 2 2 4 4 4 4 4 6 6 8 8 10 10 12 12 12 14 14 14 16 16 18 20 22 24
12 Panthers colours.svg Penrith 0 2 2 2 4 4 4 4 6 8 8 10 12 14 14 16 18 18 20 20 20 20 20 20 22 22
13 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland 0 2 4 4 4 4 4 4 6 8 8 8 8 10 12 14 16 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18
14 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 2 2 2 4 4 4 6 6 8 8 10 10 11 13 13 13 13 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 15 17
15 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 6 8 8 8 10 12 14 14 14 16 16 16 16 16 16 16
16 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast 0 0 0 2 2 4 4 6 6 6 8 8 8 10 10 10 12 12 12 12 12 14 14 16 16 16


Finals series[edit]

To decide the grand finalists from the top eight finishing teams, the NRL adopts the McIntyre Final Eight System. The 2011 finals series sees the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, Wests Tigers, St George Illawarra Dragons and the New Zealand Warriors all return from last year. The Melbourne Storm and Brisbane Broncos both return after last year's absence whilst the North Queensland Cowboys and the Newcastle Knights appear in this year's finals for the first time since 2007 and 2009, respectively.

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue Referees Crowd
QUALIFYING FINALS
Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 21 – 12 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons 9 September 2011, 7:45pm ANZ Stadium Tony Archer
Matt Cecchin
45,631
Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 40 – 10 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 10 September 2011, 6:45pm Suncorp Stadium Jared Maxwell
Shayne Hayne
48,943
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 42 – 8 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 10 September 2011, 8:30pm Sydney Football Stadium Ben Cummins
Gavin Badger
13,972
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 18 – 8 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 11 September 2011, 4:00pm AAMI Park Ashley Klein
Adam Devcich
14,845
SEMI FINALS
Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 20 – 22 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 16 September 2011, 7:45pm Sydney Football Stadium Shayne Hayne
Jared Maxwell
27,109
Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 13 – 12 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons 17 September 2011, 6:45pm Suncorp Stadium Tony Archer
Matt Cecchin
48,474
PRELIMINARY FINALS
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 26 – 14 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 23 September 2011, 7:45pm Sydney Football Stadium Shayne Hayne
Jared Maxwell
31,894
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 12 – 20 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 24 September 2011, 7:45pm AAMI Park Tony Archer
Matt Cecchin
28,580

† - Match decided in golden point extra time

Finals Chart[edit]

  Qualifying Finals Semi Finals Preliminary Finals Grand Final
                                     
1  Melbourne Storm 18
8  Newcastle Knights 8
  1W  Melbourne Storm 12  
2  Manly Warringah 42   4W  Wests Tigers 20        NZ Warriors 20    
7  North Queensland 8   2L  NZ Warriors 22            NZ Warriors 10
         Manly Warringah 24
3  Brisbane Broncos 40         2W  Manly Warringah 26    
6  NZ Warriors 10   3W  Brisbane Broncos 13        Brisbane Broncos 14  
  1L  St. George Illawarra 12  
4  Wests Tigers 21
5  St. George Illawarra 12

Grand final[edit]

Main article: 2011 NRL Grand Final
Sunday, 2 October
17:00
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 24 – 10 New Zealand Warriors
Tries:
Daly Cherry-Evans
Jamie Lyon
Brett Stewart
Glenn Stewart
Goals:
Jamie Lyon (3/3)
Michael Robertson (1/1)
report Tries:
Elijah Taylor
Manu Vatuvei


Goals:
James Maloney (1/3)
ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 81,988
Referee/s: Matt Cecchin & Tony Archer
Man of the Match: Glenn Stewart

Club and player records[edit]

The following statistics are correct as of the conclusion of Round 26.

Most points in a match by an individual

Points Player Tries Goals FG Opponent Score Venue Round
20 Parramatta colours.svg Luke Burt 2 6/7 0 Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 40–6 Sydney Football Stadium Round 11
20 South Sydney colours.svg Nathan Merritt 5 0 0 Parramatta Eels 56–6 ANZ Stadium Round 22
20 South Sydney colours.svg Chris Sandow 1 8/10 0 Parramatta Eels 56–6 ANZ Stadium Round 22
20 North Queensland colours.svg Johnathan Thurston 2 6/7 0 Parramatta Eels 40–26 Dairy Farmers Stadium Round 10

Most tries in a match by an individual

Tries Player Opponent Score Venue Round
5 South Sydney colours.svg Nathan Merritt Parramatta Eels 56–6 ANZ Stadium Round 22
4 Canterbury colours.svg Ben Barba Canberra Raiders 36–22 ANZ Stadium Round 26
4 Newcastle colours.svg Akuila Uate South Sydney Rabbitohs 40–24 Ausgrid Stadium Round 26

Paul Gallen ran 3,670 metres with the ball in 2011, more than any other player in the competition.[4]

Attendances[edit]

The regular season attendances for the 2011 season aggregated to a total of 3,123,055 (average 16,267), becoming the second highest attended NRL season (after last year).


The highest twenty regular season match attendances:

Crowd Venue Home Team Opponent Round
50,859 Suncorp Stadium Brisbane Broncos Manly Warringah Sea Eagles Round 26
45,119 Suncorp Stadium Brisbane Broncos North Queensland Cowboys Round 1
40,094 Suncorp Stadium Brisbane Broncos South Sydney Rabbitohs Round 25
38,412 Eden Park New Zealand Warriors Parramatta Eels Round 1
37,173 Suncorp Stadium Brisbane Broncos New Zealand Warriors Round 22
34,976 Sydney Football Stadium Sydney Roosters St George Illawarra Dragons Round 7
34,322 ANZ Stadium Canterbury Bulldogs St George Illawarra Dragons Round 10
34,185 Suncorp Stadium Brisbane Broncos St George Illawarra Dragons Round 15
34,175 Suncorp Stadium Brisbane Broncos Melbourne Storm Round 9
32,283 Suncorp Stadium
(Double Header)
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
Brisbane Broncos
Gold Coast Titans
Round 12
31,122 Sydney Cricket Ground St George Illawarra Dragons Canterbury Bulldogs Round 5
31,035 Suncorp Stadium Brisbane Broncos Gold Coast Titans Round 19
30,729 Ausgrid Stadium Newcastle Knights South Sydney Rabbitohs Round 26
30,687 ANZ Stadium Parramatta Eels Canterbury Bulldogs Round 6
30,127 Suncorp Stadium Brisbane Broncos Wests Tigers Round 17
30,538 Suncorp Stadium Brisbane Broncos Canterbury Bulldogs Round 8
28,703 Sydney Football Stadium Sydney Roosters South Sydney Rabbitohs Round 1
27,687 Sydney Football Stadium Wests Tigers St George Illawarra Dragons Round 22
26,737 ANZ Stadium Canterbury Bulldogs Wests Tigers Round 1
26,463 Dairy Farmers Stadium North Queensland Cowboys Brisbane Broncos Round 23
25,623 Suncorp Stadium Brisbane Broncos Penrith Panthers Round 4

Transfers[edit]

Players[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Coach 2010 Club 2011 Club
Kearney, StephenStephen Kearney[56] Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm (assistant coach) Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels
Anderson, DanielDaniel Anderson[56] Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Released
Elliott, MatthewMatthew Elliott[87] Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters (assistant coach)
Georgallis, SteveSteve Georgallis[88] Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers (assistant coach) Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers
Henjak, IvanIvan Henjak[89] Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Released
Griffin, AnthonyAnthony Griffin[89] Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos (assistant coach) Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos

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