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The 2017 NRL regular season come to a close on Sunday, with the Cowboys just sneaking into the finals despite losing to the Broncos, courtesy of the Bulldogs beating the Dragons. The Dragons needed to win to finish in the top eight but couldn’t overcome the spirited Dogs. The Eels made hard work of beating the out-of-contention Rabbitohs, as did the Sharks against the Knights. The Sea Eagles blitzed the Panthers in the first half to set up their win, the Storm crushed the Raiders, the Titans pushed the Roosters all the way but couldn’t beat them, and the Tigers won the last game of the round against the Warriors to climb up to 14th place.

Penalty Pullers Leaderboard

It will come as no surprise that James Maloney ended up finishing the year as the most penalised player. In fact, it was never a close contest as the Sharks half finished six clear of the next best – despite missing five games during the regular season. Joey Leilua’s hour-long brain snap saw him fly up the board to finish in the top 10. Maloney averaged 1.84 penalties conceded per game – miles ahead of the field, although Titans back-rower deserves special mention for conceding four penalties on first grade debut in Round 26.
35 – James Maloney (CRO)
29 – Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (SYD)
28 – Jarrod Wallace (GCT)
22 – Mitchell Barnett (NEW)
21 – Ryan James (GCT)
21 – Josh Hodgson (CAN)
21 – Luke Lewis (CRO)
20 – Sam Burgess (SOU)
20 – Joey Leilua (CAN)
19 – Nelson Asofa-Solomona (MEL)
19 – Blake Green (MAN)
19 – Will Chambers (MEL)
19 – Tautau Moga (BRI)

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