Koroisau, Sivo and Ravalawa cook up a storm in NRL

Maika Sivo of the Eels scores a try during the round eight NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the North Queensland Cowboys. MATT KING/GETTY-IMAGES

Penrith Panthers and Fiji Bati hooker Apisau Koroisau is proving to be a thorn in the National Rugby League (NRL) for opposition teams, topping statistics after nine rounds with the most tackle completions.

The stonewall defender from Saunaka Village in Nadi has totalled 457 tackles after starting every game in all nine rounds.

Koroisau averages 50 tackles per game also topping the most receipts with a total of 1176 off the tackle, 93 receipts more than Melbourne Storm and Australian Kangaroo veteran Cameron Smith.

Koroisau was exceptional in the Panthers last weekend’s 56-24 hammering of the Cronulla Sharks with his hand in two of the 10-try romp.

Meanwhile, fellow Fijian and Paramatta Eels finisher Maika Sivo tops the most tries scored statistics with nine tries to his name alongside North Queensland Cowboys winger Kyle Feld.

In another match, Fiji Bati winger Mikaele Ravalawa scored a try in his St George Illawarra Dragons team’s routing of the Manly Sea Eagles. Ravalaca was also commended for his bone crunching defensive tackles in the game.

Round 9 results: St George Illawarra Dragons 34-4 Manly Sea Eagles, Newcastle Knights 4-10 Paramatta Eels, Canberra Raiders 14-20 Melbourne Storm, Brisbane Broncos 26-8 Canterbury Bulldogs Cronulla Sharks 24-56 Penrith Panthers, South Sydney Rabbitohs 18-10 West Coast Tigers, Gold Coast Titans 16-12 Auckland Warriors, North Queensland Cowboys 16-42 Sydney Roosters.

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