By Stephen Gallagher
Sea Eagles 30 Wests Tigers 20
The Sea Eagles ran strong with the Kieran Foran show – he was fantastic in a match that both sides really needed to win, except the Tigers didn’t do enough in the second half.
Manly looked like a side that want to win games, and capitalised when they needed to. The Tigers were weak and disappointing.
Cowboys 21 Raiders 20
Number 11. That’s the number of wins the Cowboys have streaked together in what has been one of the strongest winning streaks in the last 10 years. It was some more Thurston gold that got them over the line, and the Raiders were unlucky as they pushed close – but the clutch boot of future Immortal JT sealed the deal, as they won the match in exciting fashion.
Warriors 36 Titans 14
The Titans losing to the Warriors is a common thing. Winning only once in the last four years. The Warriors were winners on the back of a Johnson master class, who took the line on with speed and decimated what the Titans called defence. The Titans early lead was run down, as the usually slow finishing Warriors piled on 30 in the last 30.
Bulldogs 24 Panthers 12
The Panthers just can’t catch a break, or if they do – it’s a limb that’s broken. The Bulldogs just give the ball to Curtis Rona who is guaranteed a try every game. The Panthers looked overwhelmed and couldn’t quite deal with the Bulldogs form. The Panthers season could very well be over.
Sharks 30 Knights 28
Two youngsters starred big time. Jack Bird stood tall for Cronulla once again, but the moment of the match was a Superman-like effort from Jake Mamo who stopped the ball going dead, raked it back and Carlos Tuimavave took a try which was all because of Mamo. It went down to the wire this one, but the Sharks did enough early on to stop a fast finishing Knights.
Broncos 14 Storm 12
The Storm coach Craig Bellamy said they had enough possession to win three games, and that is absolutely true. The Broncos were defensively incredible, and their efforts on their own line took its toll as they couldn’t even sing their team song after the game. They deserve their spot atop of the table.
Roosters 19 Dragons 14
It was a somewhat messy game, but the Roosters had the majority of the ball and the little ball the Dragons did have, they dropped. Widdop and Marshall were slightly out of sync and it showed. The Roosters really muscled up in the forwards, and that was enough to do the job.
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