NRL Opta facts: Farah looks to mark milestone in style
Robbie Farah is expected to join the NRL's 300-appearances club when Wests Tigers face Newcastle Knights this weekend.
The 35-year-old will become the 39th player to reach the milestone if he features for Wests at McDonald Jones Stadium on Friday.
Newcastle start the 19th round in eighth place, but they will be hoping to get back on track after losing three in a row.
We take a look at the week's key statistics, courtesy of Opta.
Cronulla Sharks (7-10) v North Queensland Cowboys (7-10)
- The Sharks have won six of their last eight NRL games against the Cowboys and are bidding for a third successive success after scoring 70 points in the past two victories.
- No other forward has made more line breaks than Cronulla's Briton Nikora, who has managed 11 this season.
Newcastle Knights (8-9) v Wests Tigers (7-10)
- Farah scored a try and provided an assist in his last game against the Knights.
- His team-mate Luke Brooks has been in fine form against the Knights having been directly involved in 10 tries (four tries and six assists) in his previous eight appearances.
South Sydney Rabbitohs (12-5) v St George Illawarra Dragons (6-11)
- After a run of just three wins in 17 against the Dragons, the Rabbitohs have now won 12 of their last 15 meetings.
- South Sydney's Cameron Murray has scored the opening try on four occasions in 2019, the joint-most of any player along with Sydney Roosters star Latrell Mitchell.
Parramatta Eels (9-8) v New Zealand Warriors (7-1-9)
- The Warriors are bidding to avoid defeat for a fifth straight game away from home, a sequence they last managed in 2002.
- However, the Eels have won five of their six NRL matches at Bankwest Stadium by an average margin of 22 points per game.
Gold Coast Titans (4-13) v Brisbane Broncos (7-1-9)
- Bryce Cartwright is set to play his 100th NRL game for Gold Coast, who have won two of their last three games against the Broncos.
- Brisbane's Tevita Pangai Junior has made 48 offloads this season, five more than any other player.
Melbourne Storm (15-2) v Manly Sea Eagles (10-7)
- Melbourne claimed a thrilling one-point victory in the last clash between the two in 2018, the fourth time in the past five matches they have been victorious.
- The Storm's back three have made only 36 errors in 2019, five fewer than the back three of any other team in the NRL.
Canterbury Bulldogs (5-12) v Sydney Roosters (11-6)
- While the Roosters have scored 11 opening tries this season, the Bulldogs (five) have the fewest in the NRL.
- Sydney are on a five-game winning sequence against the Bulldogs and have won nine of the last 11.
Penrith Panthers (9-8) v Canberra Raiders (11-6)
- Penrith will equal a club record set in 2003 if they can beat Canberra and record an eighth straight win.
- Brent Naden has scored six tries in as many games since making his NRL debut in round 12. Only Josh Dugan and Ken Maumalo (seven each) have touched down more often in that time.