By Stephen Gallagher
Cowboys 24 Bulldogs 16
A big win in Belmore for the Cowboys.
The first try was the world slowest intercept try, as Greg Eastwood pinched a pass and ran as fast as he can.
The Cowboys hit back another ten minutes later, and they took a 6-4 scoreline in to half time.
The second half belonged to North Queensland. They tore up Canterbury with ease, which soon saw the score bump out to 18-4.
The last ten minutes saw two Bulldogs tries, and a Cowboys try to round out the game.
Broncos 26 Storm 16
The first 40 minutes saw the Storm in a very uncharacteristic state.
It was only the 3rd minute when a sneaky Thaiday dart down the left and an offload led to a try.
The Broncos went right shortly after to get on the board once more.
27 minutes in and Harris reached out for the purple side and a smith penalty made it seem closer on the scoreboard.
The Broncos once again put themselves in a good position to get some groove on with a 20-6 lead in the second half.
It was almost a certainty they’d win, but the Storm struck back to narrow the margin.
A slip in goal was the dagger as the Broncos pounced – and a late Cam Smith try was too little, too late.
Raiders 44 Sea Eagles 30
A sunny day on the banks of Brookvale was a sight to be seen, but the Raiders soon led 12-0 and all was quiet.
But the Sea Eagles were not to be out done.
Two tries in no time and it was game on. The Green Machine ended up leading 18-10 at the break.
A try fest in the second half blew this game up. BJ Leilua had two in five minutes, and the Raiders were well on their way.
A late surge saw Tom Trbojevic get a hat-trick, but Canberra had the last laugh with Jordan Rapana scoring last and netting 3 tries also.
Panthers 15 Titans 14
It was a good game on the Gold Coast.
The first half was all Penrith where they dominated early. Matt Moylan was slick slipping through at the 8 minute mark.
Another solid try and a penalty goal set them up with a 14-0 lead at the break.
The Titans came out swinging and got on the board. A dull 20 minutes soon fired up with 13 to go. Greg Bird reached out and a penalty goal locked it all up.
But the Panthers captain stepped up, slotted a winning field goal and kept their win streak up.
Sharks 37 Roosters 12.
This was a bit of a strange game. The Roosters took a strong hold on this match early on and it looked like Cronulla were going to fall in to some more poor form.
The Roosters led 12-0 and it was looking unlikely that the Sharks were going to get close to scoring.
But in a flurry, there were two Cronulla tries and the match was tied up, and with only seconds remaining James Maloney nabbed a field goal and a 13-12 half time lead.
The second half was all Cronulla as they ran all over the Roosters forwards. The scoreboard blew out, and the Roosters couldn’t contain anything that the Sharks through at them. A big win setting up a mammoth match next week.
Tigers 36 Warriors 24
The Tigers get it done in the last five minutes to keep their faint hopes alive for the finals.
The Warriors started hot, but conceded two tries seeing them look dozy and slow.
With a bit of ball came momentum, and they hit back with two of their own and a half time lead.
It was a big arm wrestle in the second half and the big Tigers winger Addo-Carr tore through the Warriors.
The tries continued, and it was three in the last ten to the Tigers that blitzed the Warriors and ended their indifferent season.
Rabbitohs 34 Knights 12
It was old boys day at Newcastle, but it was the same old result as they were defeated for a record 17th time in a row.
It was all one way traffic early on, Souths who have put up a good fight to end their season, took no nonsense as Inglis scored first after nine minutes.
The scoring dried up for 20 minutes, but a 16-0 lead at half time was always going to get the Rabbitohs home.
They soon led 22-0 before the Knights got on the board.
Again the Rabbitohs punished the woeful Knights, but the best part of this game was retiring legend Jeremy Smith kicked a goal to give the fans something to cheer about.
Eels 30 Dragons 18
In their last game at Pirtek Stadium for two years because of upgrades, the Eels sent their home fans away with a smile on their face.
Wonder-kid Bevan French is definitely in the running for rookie of the year, capping off an amazing season with a hat-trick.
In the last Monday match of the season, it was French who got the scoring underway in the 17th minute.
Another good try to the Eels saw them take the game 12-0, but with half time looming the Dragons got on the board and Widdop converted to send it 12-6 at the break.
The Eels didn’t let up after the break, Three second half tries was a great showing as the Eels secured a home win.
Two very late tries to the Dragons made the scoreline look closer than what it actually was.
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