A strong start by Canterbury culminated in an early try to Josh Morris but the Dragons showed why they are premiership contenders by notching tries through Matt Cooper, Ben Creagh and Jason Nightingale.
North Queensland may have re-signed Jonathan Thurston but they still have some way to go before they are to challenge for a top eight spot this year.
The Cowboys were poor during their 24-12 loss against the New Zealand Warriors and despite a try to standout second rower Scott Bolton, the visitors found themselves overpowered by a more energetic home side.
Brisbane’s improvement of late shows no signs of slowing after a well-earned 28-6 Queensland derby win over Gold Coast.
In-form Broncos centre Israel Folau showed why he is a target for rugby union and AFL by weighing in with two tries.
Titans powerhouse Joe Tomane scored the visitors’ only try.
Sydney’s drop in form continued with a heavy 34-18 loss at the hands of Newcastle.
Greg Inglis showed his class by scoring a hat-trick of tries in Melbourne’s 17-6 win over Canberra.
Inglis even took over kicking duties from the injured Cameron Smith and landed two conversions.
A Daniel Vidot try in reply was all the Raiders could muster.
Penrith’s surge up the NRL ladder shows no signs of stopping following their comprehensive 34-24 victory over Cronulla.
Parramatta’s improved form received another boost when they came away from a brusing encounter with Manly with a 19-12 victory.