South Sydney and Parramatta ended all square 16-16 in a tightly contested clash played in appalling conditions at ANZ Stadium.
Michael Crocker dived over for his first try as a Rabbitoh after Colin Best had batted back a Craig Wing kick.
Nathan Merritt extended the Bunnies’ lead when he intercepted a dodgy pass from Jarryd Hayne.
Hayne made up for his mistake by sneaking in close to the line before the break.
An Eric Grothe score straight after half time meant Parra were within two points but a Luke Capewell score took the Rabbitohs out further in front.
Hayne showed his deceptive power for his sides third and Luke Burt tied the scores with a penalty after an indescretion from Crocker.
Despite a frantic final period neither team were able to find the magical score.
Tries: Jarryd Hayne (2), Eric Grothe
Field Goals: Jarryd Hayne (0/2), Luke Burt (0/1)
Goals: Luke Burt (2/4)
Tries: Michael Crocker, Nathan Merritt, Luke Capewell
Field Goals: Luke Capewell (0/1)
Goals: Issac Luke (1/2), Craig Wing (1/1)
Brisbane’s narrow 20-18 victory at Wests ended in controversy when a disgruntled Tigers fan attacked referee Jared Maxwell following the final whistle.
Tries from Antonio Winterstein and Karmichael Hunt gave the Broncos an early lead but the Tigers roared back with scores from Peni Tagive, Taniela Tuaki and Benji Marshall.
The home side could have been further ahead but veteran prop John Skandalis was judged to have knocked the ball on.
Ben Te’o crossed after the break for the Broncos but the Tigers replied through the unstoppable Dane Laurie.
However, the classy Darren Lockyer was on hand to grab his sides fourth and despite their best efforts the Tigers could not find a way past the Broncos’ defence.
Tries: Taniela Tuiaki, Benji Marshall, Peni Tagive, Blake Ayshford
Goals: Benji Marshall (1/4)
Tries: Antonio Winterstein, Karmichael Hunt, Ben Te’o, Darren Lockyer
Goals: Corey Parker (2/4)
St George Illawarra came out on top 26-4 in their derby clash with Cronulla at Toyota Park.
A well-worked try to Brett Morris separated the teams at the break but it was the Dragons who kicked on in the second half.
Jamie Soward‘s break put Ben Hornby over before Morris grabbed a quick brace of tries to claim his hattrick.
Another score from Hornby meant the Dragons were home and dry before Blake Ferguson‘s late consolation score for the Sharks.
Tries: Blake Ferguson
Goals: Luke Covell (0/1)
Tries: Brett Morris (3), Ben Hornby (2)
Goals: Jamie Soward (3/5)
Penrith ran a poor Sydney Roosters side ragged 48-6 at CUA Stadium with Michael Jennings playing a starring role.
Frank Pritchard sent the Panthers on their way although the Roosters did manage a reply through Ben Jones.
But the home side fired up and Wade Graham grabbed a brace of scores, both from kicks, while the experience Luke Lewis burst over meaning Penrith were comfortably ahead 22-6 at the break.
Michael Jennings raced through a gap for the Panthers’ fifth score before Lachlan Coote dived over to extend their lead.
Penrith were not about to let up and grabbed a further three scores through Shane Elford in between two more electric scores from the irrepressible Jennings.
Tries: Michael Jennings (3), Wade Graham (2), Frank Pritchard, Luke Lewis, Lachlan Coote, Shane Elford
Goals: Jarrod Sammut (3/4), Luke Walsh (3/5)
Tries: Ben Jones
Goals: Braith Anasta (1/1)
Canterbury put last week’s disappointing defeat against St George well and truly behind them when they put Melbourne to the sword 26-10 in Gosford.
Back-to-form skipper Andrew Ryan raced over for the Bulldogs’ first points before Bryson Goodwin‘s try wide out and Hazen El Mazri’s penalty put them further ahead.
A resurgent Melbourne replied after the break through Will Chambers but Darryl Millard’s try out the result beyond any doubt.
Gary Warburton’s lucky try late on gave the scoreline a slightly unrealistic look but the Bulldogs were good value for the win.
Tries: Andrew Ryan, Bryson Goodwin, Daryl Millard, Gary Warburton
Goals: Hazem El Masri (5/5)
Tries: Will Chambers (2)
Goals: Cameron Smith (1/2)
Canberra bounced back to form with a 38-12 trouncing of the hapless New Zealand Warriors.
David Milne opened the scoring by bursting through a huge gap before Jarrod Croker crossed to extend Canberra’s lead.
A powerful score from skipper Steve Price helped the Warriors back into the groove and they were soon ahead thanks to a score from Simon Mannering following a Stacey Jones bomb.
Terry Campese raced over before half time to edge Canberra in front 16-12 at the break.
David Milne grabbed his second before a Campese break lead to a try from Travis Waddell.
Waddell turned provider when he put Trevor Thurling over for the Raiders’ sixth try and Campese was involved again for Croker’s second.
Tries: David Milne (2), Jarrod Croker (2), Terry Campese, Travis Waddell, Trevor Thurling
Goals: Terry Campese (5/7)
Tries: Steve Price, Simon Mannering
Goals: Denan Kemp (2/2)
A controversial decision from referee Matt Cecchin was the talking point after Gold Coast’s 18-17 win over Manly.
Mat Rogers scored first for the Titans but Big Tony Williams put Manly on their way before a Chris Bailey try put them further ahead.
Kevin Gordon sneaked over from dummy-half to tie things up 10-01 at the break.
Matt Orford raced over under the posts after half time but Titans forward Ashley Harrison burst over to once again square things up.
An Orford field goal looked to have the Sea Eagles home and dry but Cecchin’s decision to penalise Orford for obstruction allowed Prince to steal the points.
Tries: Mat Rogers, Kevin Gordon, Ashley Harrison
Goals: Scott Prince (3/4)
Tries: Tony Williams, Chris Bailey, Matt Orford
Field Goals: Matt Orford (1/1)
Goals: Jamie Lyon (2/3)
North Queensland’s resurgence continued when they hammered Newcastle 36-10
Travis Burns opened the scoring for the Cowboys but Chris Houston squared things up.
But two scores from John Williams and Steve Southern opened up a handy 18-6 lead at the break for the the home side.
The Knights needed to score first but former Storm player Antonoi Kafusi dampened any hopes of a comeback with a score underneath the posts.
A trademark score from Jonathan Thurston put the result beyond any doubt before Aku Uate grabbed some consolation for the Knights.
Tries: Travis Burns, John Williams, Steve Southern, Antonio Kaufusi, Luke O’Donnell, Johnathan Thurston
Goals: Johnathan Thurston (6/7)
Tries: Chris Houston, Aku Uate
Goals: Kurt Gidley (1/1), Matt Hilder (0/1)