By Stephen Gallagher
Roosters 32 Broncos 16
What a performance from the Sydneysiders.
They’ve added a heap of misery on to the flailing Broncos.
It was one of the best Roosters performances this season as they started on the front foot with an early try.
Brisbane did hit back, but the tri-colours kept the pressure on with two solid tries and a 12 point lead after 40.
It seems that the Broncos are really lacking in execution, as their forwards are no longer gaining the meters they have been, giving Hunt and Milford no platform.
Roosters deserved winners as the Broncos have now lost 7 of their last 9.
Bulldogs 13 Dragons 10
The first half of this match was the half that won it for Canterbury-Bankstown.
They took the poor Dragons to their own line who could not defend it.
The Bulldogs by no means were amazing, but registered 13 points to nil at the break.
If the Dragons were a chance, they needed a fast start – and within five minutes they were on the board through a smart grubber through a rushing Bulldogs line.
Another try in similar circumstances made it a three point game.
However the Dragons effort was undone by poor execution which saw them fall short again.
Warriors 20 Panthers 16
A golden point match that actually went in the Warriors favour.
The Auckland based franchise played the stronger of the two sides all match.
The forwards were strong against a mammoth Penrith pack.
It was a 10-2 half time score, but not long after the Panthers showed they were going to compete.
They took their opportunities better than the Warriors did and it was their gutsy second half come back which saw them send it to Golden Point.
But with 66 seconds left in the second half of Golden Point it was golden boy Shaun Johnson who swerved and slicked through a ruffled Panthers line to win it.
It was Solomone Kata with a 1 on 1 strip only moments before that defined the result.
Tigers 23 Eels 8
The wear and tear of the Parramatta’s season has officially shown.
They were downed in an uneventful 80 against a Tigers side who could have easily won by 40.
Parra were slow starters despite scoring the first two points. It was two good Tigers tries which led the way.
The blue n golds scored just before the break, but that was it.
A couple of penalty goals, a try and a field goal was the way the second half went to the Tigers who are still breathing life in to their season.
Storm 16 Cowboys 8
Without Thurston, the Cowboys looked at long odds to beat the Storm.
The Victorians crossed the line through a Cronk short ball to Proctor.
Then Koroibete tip-toe performance down the short side made it 10-2.
The Cowboys hit back but the Storm had the last say in the first 40 with a 16-8 lead.
The second half was scoreless – and despite their best efforts, either side could not cross the line.
It was a bruising affair, and the Storm ended an 11 game home winning streak of the Cowboys.
Raiders 54 Rabbitohs 4
The scoreline says it all.
The weak, underwhelming Rabbitohs got absolutely decimated by a Raiders team who in all fairness hardly broke a sweat.
The Green Machine ran all day and the Rabbitohs had no say in the matter.
It was luck that Souths even got a try.
The Raiders push in to third spot now – and Souths season is over and worthless.
Sea Eagles 36 Knights 16
Unlucky 13 losses in a row for the hapless Knights team.
They didn’t come out for the first half as the in form Sea Eagles made light work of them, with Tom Trbojevic tearing them apart.
It was soon 36-0 after 48 minutes and it didn’t look like letting up.
The Knights got on the board and they started to actually play good footy.
Three tries, 16 points saw them at least win the second half – but still only with one win this season.
Titans 18 Sharks 18
So the streak is over, but it wasn’t because of a loss.
The Titans are really flexing their top eight credentials with a big performance against the Sharks.
It was Cronulla who started the stronger of the two, with a 12-0 lead after 25 minutes.
A Sosaia Feki error led directly to a try for the Titans which gave them a sniff before the break.
The way the second half started, it looked like the Titans would be able to get the win as they led 18-12 with less than 10 to go.
Cronulla equalised, and off to golden point we went.
Despite the best efforts of both sides, a point was a fair result for this mammoth game.
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