Rabbitohs 18 Bulldogs 17
This game will forever go down in history for a charge down that changed the match. So much controversy. So many disgraceful acts from Bulldogs supporters and an injury that may have the best halfback in the game on the sidelines for the the majority of the season.
The Bulldogs lost, and the Rabbitohs won. But this game will be remembered for more than that.
Broncos 26 Titans 16
The Broncos have now won four on the trot and their cross state rivals have lost four. The Brisbane juggernaut continued in a physical performance. The Titans lacked big time, and let themselves down.
Raiders 29 Sea Eagles 16
The Raiders absolutely gave it to the Sea Eagles. Manly fans are in the unusual position of having their team stone cold last through five weeks. The Raiders looked solid and Blake Austin stood out big time. Hopefully they can continue their form.
Dragons 13 Knights 0
Well this game probably panned out differently to most people’s opinions. Just one thing though, how good was that Dragons goal line D? Simply incredible performance on their own line. They may not be scoring plenty of tries, but if they can defend like that week in, week out. They will continue to rise up the table. Inaugural winners of the Alex McKinnon cup.
Sharks 20 Roosters 12
The Sharks came out swinging early on in a physical battle, and took the Roosters by surprise. Jack Bird in only his second performance in NRL was incredible. The Roosters let themselves down, and the Sharks did more than enough to get their first win of the season.
Wests Tigers 22 Eels 6
This game was easily the worst all weekend, until a Pat Richards fluke changed the game and took it for the Tigers. Both sides played some truly negative football, but the Tigers did enough in the last ten minutes.
Storm 30 Warriors 14
The Storm blew the error-ridden Warriors off the park. A Marika Koroibete clinic was enough to win it, but the Warriors were their own worse enemy with reckless ball control, and errors galore that wrote them out of the game. The Storm were never in doubt after the Warriors failed to execute.
Cowboys 30 Panthers 10
Even Elijah Taylor’s 76 tackles wasn’t enough for a Cowboys onslaught at Pepper Stadium. Penrith couldn’t recover from a first half blitz. The Cowboys are now looking good with back to back wins, and the Panthers have gone off the boil a bit.
FRIDAY: • Brisbane Broncos v Sydney Roosters – Suncorp Stadium 21.35NZT
This game is going to be a helluva battle. The Broncos are red hot, and the Roosters let themselves down. This game at Suncorp Stadium should have at least 30,000 fans in the stands. The forward packs will be chomping at the bit to get at each other.
• Cronulla Sharks V Newcastle Knights – Remondis Stadium 21.35NZT
The Sharks looked really good last week, and despite Newcastle’s effort couldn’t get over the line..
The Sharks will take plenty of confidence from their win in to this week – and they will need every ounce of it against this opposition. This game will go down to the fire for sure. Who has the most composure when it matters the most?
SATURDAY: • Parramatta Eels V Gold Coast Titans – Pirtek Stadium 17.00NZT
Brad Arthur’s men will be hammered at training this week, same with Henry’s mob. Both sides underdelivering five rounds deep. This game could either be high scoring and thrilling, or lacking in execution.
• New Zealand Warriors V Wests Tigers – Mount Smart Stadium 19.30NZT
Manu Vatuvei joins the 200 club and goes up against a tough and exciting young Tigers team. The Warriors have lost their previous two, and have dropped almost every ball they have been passed. Will they be able to work hard off field to get the result on? The Tigers won’t let them walk all over them.
• Penrith Panthers V Manly Warringah Sea Eagles – Pepper Stadium 21.30NZT
Both sides a little out of form, but the Panthers have showed plenty throughout the year. Manly have had their fair share of setbacks so far in this season. The Panthers have the cushion of having basically the same 17 week in week out, but theu will have to work hard to get up over the desperate Sea Eagles
SUNDAY: • Canberra Raiders V Melbourne Storm – GIO Stadium 16.00NZT
This is a game and a half! Raiders love getting up against Melbourne, so it will be interesting to see how they fare. The Storm looked really good last week, and their execution was seemingly flawless. The Raiders will need to be up for the battle if they want to win it.
• Saint George Illawarra Dragons V Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs – ANZ Stadium 18.00NZT
With plenty of top performers missing through injury or suspension – this Bulldogs outfit have their backs against the walls big time against the in form and defensively sound Dragons. Three on the trot now, with four around the corner unless a new looking Bulldogs team can get up.
MONDAY: • South Sydney Rabbitohs V North Queensland Cowboys – ANZ Stadium 21.00NZT
The Cowboys play their third Monday match in a row. The Rabbitohs sit pretty on the table’s top and look to improve to a 5-1 record if they can do it in this one. The Cowboys looked really good last week and will look to get another win in the bag.