By Stephen Gallagher
Cowboys 40 Roosters 0
It was a carve up of epic proportions as the Cowboys killed off the headless Chooks by 40 on Thursday night. It was one way traffic from ten minutes in, and it never really looked like letting up.
The Roosters will now be soul searching after losing their three opening games, two by massive margins.
Regardless of the poor opposition, the Cowboys would have beat anyone in this game, they were clinical and powerful all over the park in every opportunity they got.
Eels 20 Bulldogs 6
It was the blue and gold army that stitched up the Bulldogs in what some may call an upset. Semi Radradra put the Bulldogs to the sword and made them look like schoolboys. Apparently Radradra is on the radar of the Australian Kangaroos, despite being Fijian but that’s an argument for another day.
The Eels are looking slippery, and the Bulldogs were lucky to even get on the board.
Knights 24 Raiders 24
There goes everyone’s tipping for the weekend, a rare DRAW!
This game was great viewing! Absolute drama right up until the 90th minute struck the clock. The Raiders ran riot early, but the Newcastle side roped them back in – and even took the lead! This Radiers side are still undefeated, while the Knights are yet to win.
Plenty of physical hits in this one. There must have been ice baths all around for those blokes!
Panthers 23 Broncos 22
Arise, Te Maire Martin. Called up pre-game to fill in due to injruy – This Junior Kiwis player stood up and delivered with a debut to remember.
It was a debutant that sunk the Panthers last week, but this week they had their own to get them over the line with a try and field goal when it mattered the most.
The Broncos did look like they were going to get another win early on, but the relentless Penrith Panthers dug in and bit back, and came away with a much needed win to finally get their season on the board.
Titans 30 Tigers 18
An early 10-0 lead looked promising for the Tigers but the Titans took their home advantage strongly and fought hard. This Gold Coast side are showing plenty of heart with their thin roster. Giving it to a Tigers side who have been incredibly impressive early this season.
The Titans backline was the difference, as they made the most of their chances in the red zone, but the Tigers did go down fighting,
Storm 21 Warriors 14
Seven minutes. That’s how long the Warriors lead for in this game, that’s also the first lead of their season. They were very close to getting up – but as the Melbourne Storm do, played 80 minutes and came away with a result thanks to a Cooper Cronk field goal and a Koroibete runaway try cemented it.
The Warriors are getting better, but 0 and 3 is still a winless season.
Dragons 8 Rabbitohs 6
What a team to beat to get your first win of the season. The Dragons lead 8-6 at half time, and that’s how it stayed in fulltime.
It was a rainy Sydney day, and add to it the match being played at the Sydney Cricket Ground – it could have easily been a game played 50 years ago with the scoreline and the toughness displayed by both sides.
The Dragons are great wet weather footballers.
The scoreline could have been different, with Greg Inglis lining up a field goal on fulltime. Not sure what a one point field goal was going to do in a two point margin, but it was hilarious to watch.
The defence on display by both sides was brilliant. The flying Jason Nightingale try was spectacular in the conditions.
Sea Eagles 22 Sharks 12
It comes as the first win of the season for Manly – after two poor performances first up.
An early deficit did not dampen the spirits of the Sea Eagles who made their way back in to the game on the back of some Prince of Brookie magic.
Snake, or Brett Stewart – played will in his first game of the season, adding instant impact at the back despite being one of the oldest fullbacks in the game.
The Sharks turned the ball over cheaply, and could not celebrate Michael Ennis’ 250th game the way they wanted to.
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