Round 17, Fox Sports Lab, stats, Melbourne Storm, Cronulla Sharks, St George Illawarra Dragons, Brisbane Broncos, Wests Tigers

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The Storms first pursue a club against the Sharks, while the Souths attempt to maintain a ten-year streak against the Knights.

The Dragons are looking to extend their winning streak against the Broncos, and the Tigers are continuing their worst season of their lives.

Here are the numbers Fox Sports Lab calculated ahead of Round 17.

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20 THAT’S A LOT

The Storm are aiming to win six games in a row against the Sharks tonight, a feat they’ve never achieved, but if their incredible defensive run against them can continue, they’ll have a great chance of scoring another W.

Cronulla haven’t scored more than 20 points against Storm in 28 games, the last time they did was in 2005 – 17 years ago!

In those 28 games, the Sharks averaged just under 12 points per game.

The last team to hold an opponent to 20 or less in a longer streak was the Roosters against Penrith for 33 games between 1967 and 1983.

The Souths are also on the run, holding the Knights to 20 or less in 13 consecutive games over the past decade – their best streak of the NRL era.

They have won 11 of those 13 games – the Knights’ toughest opponent in that span.

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20 TOO

The Wests Tigers have had a very difficult 2022 season with just three wins in total and with just nine games to go they are still four wins away from their worst seasons, winning just seven games on five occasions.

Since defeating the Bulldogs in Round 11, the Wests have lost four straight games, all by a 20-point margin.

Only 13 teams in history have lost five or more consecutive games by margins of 20 or more points, the most recent team to do so was Manly in 2003.

Although the joint venture never did, fans of the western suburban side of the merger may have bad memories of it, with the Magpies having done it three times since the mid-1980s, the equal of all teams in history (the University has also three times).

The Tigers toppled the Eels in Round 6, but their recent record against them doesn’t make for good reading – that victory was one of only three in the last 14 meetings.

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24 NOT ENOUGH

The Dragons have won five straight against the Broncos, their longest current streak against any opponent, and with Anthony Griffin at the helm, it looks like they will extend the streak to six.

Griffin has never lost a Dragons game against the Broncos, winning all eight games – seven with Brisbane and one with the Dragons.

The Dragons’ recent success certainly hasn’t been based on defense – the Broncos have scored exactly 24 points in each of the last three meetings.

If the Dragons were to drop more than 20 points this time around and win, they would be the first team in history to do so four times in a row against an opponent.

Win or lose, if the Broncos can score exactly 24 points again, it will only be the fifth time in history that a team has scored the exact same score four times in a row against an opponent, and incredibly, it would be the second Broncos live footage. , having scored exactly 12 points in their last four games against Penrith.

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