By Stephen Gallagher
Dragons 16 Raiders 12
In what was a pretty uneventful first half, the Dragons went in to the sheds 6-0 up after a Tyson Frizzell try.
After the break wasn’t much better, a penalty goal pushed it up 8-0 and a Jordan Rapana try from great hands meant it was 8-6.
Now the game really seemed to electrify after a miracle flick pass from Nightingale to Aitken which lit up the dark Kograh ground! But the Raiders fought back with 3 to go, Edrick Lee setting up a try under the sticks to make it a tied game.
Aidan Sezer’s field goal attempt right on full time was so close to going over, the shadow of the ball was cast on to the crossbar.
But the finish was breathtaking. As the siren went for the end of first half of Golden Point – the Raiders tried to bring it back out of their red zone.
Passing it, looking for open space, except Euan Aitken took an intercept try to seal the deal in what was a fantastic finish.
Also – Benji Marshall had his first win this season in the Red V jersey.
Rabbitohs 22 Eels 20
Four consecutive losses leading in for Souths, and a a fortnight of horror for the Eels meant this game had two sides ready to prove a point.
And it was the Rabbitohs who drew first blood.
A six minute, three try blitz by Parramatta saw them take the break the game wide open, and Souths heada dropped.
Semi Radradra’s third just after half time meant the 20-6 scoreline was looking comfortable.
But the game was not over. Souths scored, and produced two tries in the last 9 minutes to win – leaving a sour taste in the Eels mouths, and also meaning they have to win 12 from their next 14 to make the eight.
Panthers 30 Warriors 18
Do you know what consistency is?
After a strong 18-14 first half with the wind, they were blown away by a Tyrone Peachey hat trick.
This game will once again tear the hair out of the fans, but the Panthers who only know how to play in close matches got the job done the only way they know how.
It was their close quarters game which saw Penrith excell. Leilani Latu and Josh Fisher Harris were excellent and the Warriors had no answers.
Storm 15 Cowboys 14
This game was always going to go down to the wire, and down to the wire it went.
The rest of the NRL need to take notes on how these teams play.
It was tough, the defence stood up when it counted – and the only difference was a Cameron Smith field goal.
These teams will go deep this season.
Broncos 30 Sea Eagles 6
A terribly one sided match. It seemed like Manly didn’t want to be there, as there ball handling was poor and their options were worse.
Cherry Evans looks like a school boy compared to Hunt and Milford. These two players are absolutely destroying teams together. Fantastic to watch.
This match showed just how good Brisbane are. You can try stop them – but they continue to create chances all over the field from nothing.
I really hate writing up things where I kick the boot in to a player or team when they are down – but I have never seen an NRL team as poor as Newcastle this season. Their weak, old roster is a shambles, with not much better coming through the ranks.
Not once did they fire a shot in this game, and they were a disgrace to the competition. If you lose by 62 points and you don’t score a try yourselves then you really have a lot of work to do.
Cronulla now take 7 wins on the bounce. 2016 is looking like a killer year for this side. They were clinical. Every opportunity they got it was captialised on, and did not stop defending despite the on going scoreline.
Bulldogs 36 Tigers 4
It was the Dogs on display while the Tigers stayed in the cage.
The Bulldogs put on an awesome Sunday session for their fans, and did not let up against the Tigers.
A strong second half was the difference. The Wests Tigers sure are a struggling side.
It didn’t help Robbie Farah went to hospital after a sickening blow, but his form this season leaves a lot to be desired.
Canterbury Bankstown’s outside backs always get to show their skills, and none more than today. Some of the best finishers!
Titans 26 Roosters 6
After a snooze fest of a first half, the Titans finally leant how to score tries and did so multiple times.
This Gold Coast side, who have had a bad run of losses managed to get a good win over a solid Roosters line up.
Both sides looked like they were really out of form – but it was the Titans who did find their feet eventually.
The Roosters will be disappointed, and a piss poor obstruction call did let them down.
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