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Snapshot of round 25 of the NRL


THEY SAID IT: "It will take more than a bunker to fix this mob
Snapshot of round 25 of the NRL
by AAP


THEY SAID IT: "It will take more than a bunker to fix this mob." - Bulldogs coach DES HASLER echoing the sentiments of most of the rugby league community in regard to the standard of refereeing.

STATS THAT MATTER: Canberra's 27-12 defeat of the Wests Tigers was the first time coach Ricky Stuart has enjoyed back-to-back wins since 2009.

MAN OF THE WEEK: Mitchell Pearce. The Roosters halfback is coming good at the right time of the season, steering the premiers to a crucial 24-12 win over Melbourne and outpointing Kangaroos playmaker Cooper Cronk in the process.

MAGIC MOMENT: A jam-packed Brookvale Oval went ballistic when Tom Symonds crashed over for the match-winner just 68 seconds from fulltime in the Sea Eagles' epic 26-25 win over a luckless Penrith.

TALKING POINT: What was Ben Cummins thinking when he binned Broncos forward Matt Gillett?

JUDICIARY WATCH: Rabbitohs - Issac Luke (striking), Adam Reynolds (dangerous throw); Warriors - Sam Rapira (dangerous tackle), Ngani Laumape (striking); Titans - Greg Bird (striking); Sea Eagles - Steve Matai (shoulder charge); Panthers - Adam Docker (dangerous throw);

KEY INJURIES: Rabbitohs - Sam Burgess (knee/hip). Greg Inglis (groin), Chris McQueen (eye); Dragons - Ben Creagh (ankle); Roosters - Frank Paul Nuuausala (foot), Jake Friend (lung); Sea Eagles - Jamie Buhrer (knee), Matt Ballin (leg); Tigers - Martin Taupua (rib)

UNDER PRESSURE: A myriad of finals possibilities remain open a round out from the playoffs in one of the closest title races in history. Referees won't want to make a blunder that could cost a team their season. You can throw players into that mix too.

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