Canterbury became the first team to win three successive matches by one point, after their latest gruelling victory.
The Bulldogs came back from 14-6 down to defeat South Sydney 15-14, in front of a packed ANZ Stadium.
Des Hasler’s side are now top of the NRL table, although they are on the same points as three other clubs.
The first of these is Wests Tigers, who enjoyed a close 21-18 win over Parramatta.
In third are Manly, who despite their on-pitch form, suffered a quite negative weekend.
It has been announced that long-serving back-rower Glenn Stewart will leave the Sea Eagles, after agreeing a deal with the Rabbitohs for 2015.
Meanwhile, his brother Brett – a key performer in the 26-21 success over North Queensland – has been arrested for drink driving.
Gold Coast are the fourth side on 10 points, after they were beaten 14-12 away at Penrith.
Ben Barba scored his maiden Brisbane try, as the Broncos outclassed Newcastle on their way to a 32-6 victory.
In the weekend’s other fixtures there were wins for St George Illawarra and Canberra.
Round 7 results:
South Sydney 14-15 Canterbury (Apr 18, ANZ Stadium)
Manly 26-21 North Queensland (Apr 18, Central Coast Stadium)
Newcastle 6-32 Brisbane (Apr 18, Hunter Stadium)
Cronulla 18-24 Sydney Roosters (Apr 19, Remondis Stadium)
Canberra 24-22 Melbourne (Apr 20, GIO Stadium)
Parramatta 18-21 Wests Tigers (Apr 21, ANZ Stadium)
Penrith 14-12 Gold Coast (Apr 21, Sportingbet Stadium)
Round 8 fixtures:
Melbourne v NZ Warriors (Apr 25, AAMI Park)
Brisbane v South Sydney (Apr 25, Suncorp Stadium)
Cronulla v Penrith (Apr 26, Remondis Stadium)
North Queensland v Parramatta (Apr 26, 1300SMILES Stadium)
Canterbury v Newcastle (Apr 26, ANZ Stadium)
Manly v Canberra (Apr 27, Brookvale Oval)
Wests Tigers v Gold Coast (Apr 27, Leichhardt Oval)