2014 NRL season

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2014 National Rugby League
Teams 16
Premiers South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs (21st title)
Minor premiers Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters (18th title)
Matches played 201
Points scored 8308 (total)
41.333 (per match)
Attendance 3,376,409 (total)
16,798 (per match)
Top point scorer(s) North Queensland colours.svg Johnathan Thurston (208)
Top try scorer(s) Parramatta colours.svg Jarryd Hayne (20)

The 2014 NRL season was the 107th season of professional rugby league in Australia and the 17th season of the National Rugby League in Australia and New Zealand. The season started in New Zealand, for the Auckland Nines, replacing the Rugby League All Stars Match for the year, in the pre-season. After 26 rounds of the regular season, the Sydney Roosters were again crowned minor premiers and the competition had been reduced to a top eight teams to contest the finals series. The Grand Final was won by the South Sydney Rabbitohs, ending a 43 year premiership drought, winning 30-6 against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.

Teams[edit]

The lineup of teams remained unchanged for the 8th consecutive year. The 2014 season also presents a record 7 teams naming co-captains. The NRL's salary cap for the clubs' top 25 players was $A6.3M for 2014.[1]

Pre-season[edit]

The 2014 pre-season featured the inaugural Auckland Nines competition, held over a weekend at Auckland's Eden Park. Hailed a success with its large attendances, the tournament was won by North Queensland Cowboys, claiming their first piece of silverware. The following weekend the 2014 World Club Challenge was played in Sydney, the first time the match was held outside England since 1994, with the Sydney Roosters defeating the Wigan Warriors convincingly.

Unlike previous seasons' advertising campaigns that featured a pop song, in 2014 the NRL's You're the difference was a spoken-word piece that focused on the game's fans.[3] The NRL's official season launch was on 26 February at the Sydney Exhibition Centre[4] and featured Roosters captain Anthony Minichiello speaking as the face of the game.[5]

In the annual pre-season Charity Shield match, the Dragons hosted the Rabbitohs but were beaten.

Regular season[edit]

The regular season commenced on Thursday, 6 March in Sydney between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Sydney Roosters. A number of themed rounds featured in the 2014 season, including Men of League Heritage Round (round 5), Women in League Round (round 10), and Indigenous Round (round 23). In addition, the NRL chose to designate round 19 as 'Rise for Alex' round in order to allow the rugby league community to show their support for Newcastle Knights player Alex McKinnon, who suffered a severe neck injury in round 3. One dollar from each ticket sold across all eight games were donated to support McKinnon's recovery, where it raised over $147,000 in total.[6]

For the first time in the code's 106-year history, not one player was sent off from the field during the regular season.[7]

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 F1 F2 F3 GF
Brisbane Broncos CBY
6
NQL
4
SYD
4
SGI
16
PAR
7
GCT
4
NEW
26
SOU
2
NQL
13
GCT
14
WTI
2
MAN
26
CAN
24
X NZL
9
CRO
2
X PEN
1
NZL
6
MEL
22
MAN
12
CBY
31
SOU
26
NEW
42
SGI
8
MEL
10
NQL
12
Canberra Raiders NQL
6
NEW
6
GCT
12
SOU
12
PEN
6
NEW
14
MEL
2
MAN
36
NZL
42
PEN
6
NQL
30
SYD
14
BRI
24
X CBY
8
WTI
1
X GCT
16
MEL
14
SOU
16
NZL
36
PAR
8
SGI
18
CRO
10
WTI
15
PAR
13
Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs BRI
6
CRO
38
PEN
2
MEL
28
SYD
1
NZL
1
SOU
1
NEW
4
SGI
32
NZL
4
SYD
20
X MAN
22
PAR
10
CAN
8
X MAN
7
MEL
2
WTI
28
NQL
8
PEN
6
BRI
31
PAR
2
WTI
20
SOU
7
GCT
1
MEL
24
MAN
1
PEN
6
SOU
24
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks GCT
6
CBY
38
SGI
2
NEW
30
NZL
31
MAN
20
SYD
6
PEN
4
PAR
18
WTI
2
SOU
18
X SGI
30
X MAN
26
BRI
2
SYD
2
NEW
13
NQL
18
PEN
2
PAR
20
NZL
4
MEL
42
CAN
10
NQL
1
WTI
16
Gold Coast Titans CRO
6
SOU
18
CAN
12
NQL
1
MEL
2
BRI
4
PEN
2
WTI
16
SOU
22
BRI
14
NZL
8
X PEN
22
MEL
4
SGI
1
X SOU
4
CAN
16
NEW
14
PAR
6
NQL
20
SYD
8
MAN
3
SGI
28
NZL
42
CBY
1
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles MEL
1
SOU
2
PAR
4
SYD
8
WTI
16
CRO
20
NQL
5
CAN
36
MEL
3
NEW
1
X BRI
26
CBY
22
X CRO
26
SYD
8
CBY
7
WTI
32
SGI
9
NZL
10
BRI
12
SOU
19
GCT
3
PAR
10
PEN
1
NQL
14
SOU
16
CBY
1
Melbourne Storm MAN
1
PEN
1
NEW
8
CBY
28
GCT
2
SGI
4
CAN
2
NZL
6
MAN
3
SOU
13
X NQL
22
SYD
20
GCT
4
PAR
26
SGI
12
X CBY
2
CAN
14
BRI
22
WTI
22
NEW
2
CRO
42
PEN
14
SYD
12
BRI
10
CBY
24
Newcastle Knights PEN
22
CAN
6
MEL
8
CRO
30
NQL
26
CAN
14
BRI
26
CBY
4
PEN
22
MAN
1
X NZL
20
WTI
3
SYD
17
NQL
8
PAR
6
X CRO
13
GCT
14
SYD
2
SOU
40
MEL
2
NZL
6
BRI
42
PAR
30
SGI
30
New Zealand Warriors PAR
20
SGI
19
NQL
4
WTI
24
CRO
31
CBY
1
SGI
10
MEL
6
CAN
42
CBY
4
GCT
8
NEW
20
SOU
16
X BRI
9
PEN
10
X PAR
48
BRI
6
MAN
10
CAN
36
CRO
4
NEW
6
SYD
34
GCT
42
PEN
16
North Queensland Cowboys CAN
6
BRI
4
NZL
4
GCT
1
NEW
26
WTI
12
MAN
5
PAR
28
BRI
13
SYD
32
CAN
30
MEL
22
PAR
2
X NEW
8
SOU
2
SGI
3
X CRO
18
CBY
8
GCT
20
WTI
58
PEN
1
SOU
12
CRO
1
MAN
14
BRI
12
SYD
1
Parramatta Eels NZL
20
SYD
52
MAN
4
PEN
16
BRI
7
SYD
2
WTI
3
NQL
28
CRO
18
SGI
36
X PEN
26
NQL
2
CBY
10
MEL
26
NEW
6
X NZL
48
SOU
20
GCT
6
CRO
20
CAN
8
CBY
2
MAN
10
NEW
30
CAN
13
Penrith Panthers NEW
22
MEL
1
CBY
2
PAR
16
CAN
6
SOU
16
GCT
2
CRO
4
NEW
22
CAN
6
X PAR
26
GCT
22
SGI
4
X NZL
10
WTI
16
BRI
1
SYD
20
CRO
2
CBY
6
SGI
12
NQL
1
MEL
14
MAN
1
NZL
16
SYD
1
X CBY
6
South Sydney Rabbitohs SYD
20
MAN
2
WTI
9
CAN
12
SGI
20
PEN
16
CBY
1
BRI
2
GCT
22
MEL
13
CRO
18
SGI
19
NZL
16
WTI
22
X NQL
2
GCT
4
X PAR
20
CAN
16
NEW
40
MAN
19
BRI
26
NQL
12
CBY
7
SYD
4
MAN
16
X SYD
10
CBY
24
St. George Illawarra Dragons WTI
20
NZL
19
CRO
2
BRI
16
SOU
20
MEL
4
NZL
10
SYD
20
CBY
32
PAR
36
X SOU
19
CRO
30
PEN
4
GCT
1
MEL
12
NQL
3
X MAN
9
WTI
16
SYD
8
PEN
12
CAN
18
GCT
28
BRI
8
NEW
30
Sydney Roosters SOU
20
PAR
52
BRI
4
MAN
8
CBY
1
PAR
2
CRO
6
SGI
20
WTI
24
NQL
32
CBY
20
CAN
14
MEL
20
NEW
17
X MAN
8
CRO
2
X PEN
20
NEW
4
SGI
8
GCT
8
WTI
44
NZL
34
MEL
12
SOU
4
PEN
1
NQL
1
SOU
10
Wests Tigers SGI
20
GCT
30
SOU
9
NZL
24
MAN
16
NQL
12
PAR
3
GCT
16
SYD
24
CRO
2
BRI
2
X NEW
3
SOU
22
X CAN
1
PEN
16
MAN
32
CBY
28
SGI
16
MEL
22
NQL
58
SYD
44
CBY
20
CAN
15
CRO
16
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 F1 F2 F3 GF

Bold – Opposition's Home game
X – Bye
Opponent for round listed above margin

Ladder[edit]

2014 NRL season
Pos Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 24 16 0 8 2 615 385 +230 36
2 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 24 16 0 8 2 502 399 +103 36
3 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 15 0 9 2 585 361 +224 34
4 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 24 15 0 9 2 506 426 +80 34
5 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 24 14 0 10 2 596 406 +190 32
6 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 24 14 0 10 2 536 460 +76 32
7 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24 13 0 11 2 446 439 +7 30
8 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 24 12 0 12 2 549 456 +93 28
9 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 24 12 0 12 2 571 491 +80 28
10 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 24 12 0 12 2 477 580 -103 28
11 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons 24 11 0 13 2 469 528 -59 26
12 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 24 10 0 14 2 463 571 -108 24
13 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 10 0 14 2 420 631 -211 24
14 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 24 9 0 15 2 372 538 -166 22
15 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 24 8 0 16 2 466 623 -157 20
16 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 24 5 0 19 2 334 613 -279 14

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 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 0 2 4 4 4 4 6 8 10 10 12 14 16 18 20 20 20 22 24 24 26 28 30 32 34 36
2 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 0 2 4 6 6 8 10 12 12 14 16 16 18 20 22 24 24 26 28 30 32 32 34 34 36 36
3 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 2 2 2 2 4 6 6 8 10 10 12 14 16 18 20 20 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 32 34 34
4 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 2 2 4 4 6 6 8 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 22 24 26 26 26 28 30 32 32 32 34
5 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 2 2 2 2 4 4 4 6 8 10 10 12 12 14 14 16 16 18 20 22 24 26 26 28 30 32
6 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 2 4 6 6 6 8 8 8 10 12 14 14 14 16 18 18 20 20 22 24 26 26 28 30 30 32
7 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs 0 2 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 16 18 18 18 20 22 24 26 26 26 26 26 28 30 30 30
8 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 2 4 4 6 6 6 8 8 8 10 12 14 16 18 18 18 20 20 22 22 22 24 24 26 28 28
9 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 0 0 2 4 4 4 4 6 8 8 10 12 12 14 16 18 20 22 22 22 24 26 26 26 28 28
10 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 2 2 2 4 6 8 8 8 10 12 14 14 16 18 18 18 20 20 20 22 24 26 26 28 28 28
11 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons 2 4 6 6 6 6 8 8 8 8 10 10 12 12 14 16 18 20 20 22 22 22 24 26 26 26
12 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 0 0 0 2 2 4 4 4 4 4 6 6 6 6 8 10 12 14 14 16 16 18 20 20 22 24
13 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 0 2 4 4 6 8 10 10 10 12 12 14 16 16 18 20 20 20 22 22 22 22 22 22 22 24
14 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 2 2 4 6 8 10 10 12 12 12 12 14 14 14 14 16 18 18 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 22
15 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 0 2 2 4 4 4 6 6 6 6 8 8 8 10 10 10 12 14 14 14 14 14 14 16 18 20
16 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 0 0 0 0 2 2 2 4 4 4 4 6 6 8 8 10 12 12 12 14 14 14 14 14 14 14

Finals series[edit]

For the third year the NRL uses the finals system previously implemented by the ARL competition from the 1990s (also used as the AFL finals system) to decide the grand finalists from the top eight finishing teams. All but two teams retained a top-eight position to feature in this season's finals series. The Brisbane Broncos made a return after finishing 12th in 2013, whilst the Penrith Panthers made their first finals appearance since 2010 and only the second time since 2004.

By the time of the 2014 NRL Grand finallist-determining preliminary finals, the top four finishing teams remained except for the 2nd-placed Sea Eagles, who'd been replaced by the 7th-placed Bulldogs.

Home Score Away Match Information
Date and Time (Local) Venue Referees Crowd
QUALIFYING & ELIMINATION FINALS
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 24 – 40 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 12 September 2014, 8:00pm Allianz Stadium Shayne Hayne
Gavin Badger
25,733
Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 18 – 19 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 13 September 2014, 5:55pm Allianz Stadium Jared Maxwell
Henry Perenara
23,449
North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 32 – 20 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 13 September 2014, 7:55pm 1300SMILES Stadium Gerard Sutton
Ben Cummins
25,120
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 4 – 28 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 14 September 2014, 4:10pm AAMI Park Matt Cecchin
Gavin Morris
19,230
SEMI FINALS
Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 31 – 30 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 19 September 2014, 8:00pm Allianz Stadium Shayne Hayne
Gavin Badger
18,355
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 17 – 18 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 20 September 2014, 7:50pm Allianz Stadium Gerard Sutton
Ben Cummins
28,186
PRELIMINARY FINALS
South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 32 – 22 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 26 September 2014, 8:00pm ANZ Stadium Gerard Sutton
Ben Cummins
52,592
Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 12 – 18 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 27 September 2014, 8:00pm ANZ Stadium Shayne Hayne
Gavin Badger
46,168

† Match decided in golden point extra time.

Chart[edit]

  Qualifying / Elimination finals Semi-finals Preliminary finals Grand final
                                   
  QF1: 13 Sept, Allianz Stadium  
1  Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney 18  
4  Panthers colours.svg Penrith 19     SF1: 19 Sept, Allianz Stadium  
     Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney 31    
EF1: 13 Sept, 1300SMILES Stadium      North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 30       PF1: 27 Sept, ANZ Stadium
5  North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 32        Panthers colours.svg Penrith 12  
8  Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 20          Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 18     GF: 5 Oct, ANZ Stadium
         Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 6
  EF2: 14 Sept, AAMI Park       PF2: 26 Sept, ANZ Stadium      South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 30
6  Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 4          Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney 22  
7  Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 28     SF2: 20 Sept, Allianz Stadium        South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 32  
     Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown 18    
QF2: 12 Sept, Allianz Stadium      Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 17    
2  Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah 24  
3  South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 40  


Grand final[edit]

Main article: 2014 NRL Grand Final
Sunday, 5 October
7:35pm (AEDT)
South Sydney Rabbitohs South Sydney colours.svg 30 – 6 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs
Tries:
Alex Johnston (20') 1
George Burgess (56') 1
Kirisome Auva'a (73') 1
Adam Reynolds (78') 1
Greg Inglis (80') 1
Goals:
Adam Reynolds 5/7
(27' pen, 57', 64' pen, 75', 79')
Sam Burgess 0/1
1st: 6 - 0
2nd: 24 - 6
Tries:
1 (49') Tony Williams
Goals:
1/1 (50') Trent Hodkinson
ANZ Stadium
Attendance: 83,833
Clive Churchill Medal: Sam Burgess
Referee/s: Shayne Hayne, Gerard Sutton

Regular season player statistics[edit]

The following statistics are of the conclusion of round 26.

2014 Transfers[edit]

Players[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Coach 2013 Club 2014 Club 2015 Club
Ricky Stuart Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders
Paul Green Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters (Holden Cup coach) North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys (Head Coach)
Brad Arthur Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles (Assistant Coach) Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels
Wayne Bennett Newcastle colours.svgNewcastle Knights Newcastle colours.svgNewcastle Knights Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos

References[edit]

  1. ^ Phil Gould (12 July 2014). "NRL's ludicrous and unfair second-tier salary cap holding back young players". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Tarbert, Kristine (3 March 2014). "Kevin Kingston and Peter Wallace named Penrith Panthers NRL co-captains for 2014". dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Tina Turner changed NRL promos – and rugby league – forever". The Guardian. 28 February 2014. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "NRL launches 2014 season". nrl.com. 27 February 2014. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Rothfield, Phil (11 February 2014). "Sydney Roosters skipper Anthony Minichiello NRL’s new face-of-the-game". the Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Rise for Alex". NRL.com. 
  7. ^ NRL referees says they are not afraid to send off players in the finals series, Fox Sports Australia, 14 September 2014