Penrith’s premiership credentials received another boost when they demolished Manly 40-22.
A hat-trick of tries from the electric Michael Jennings helped the Panthers to a hefty win over their North Shore visitors.
Gargantuan Manly winger Tony Williams crossed for a brace but the Panthers were no match, running in a total of seven tries.
Two late tries gave St George Illawarra a comprehensive if slightly flattering 34-10 win over Wests Tigers.
Darius Boyd and Kyle Stanley scored first half tries to give the Dragons a 14-4 interval lead.
Despite a wonderful solo try from Lote Tuqiri, the Dragons posted further tries through Ben Creagh, Jamie Soward and Brett Morris.
Parramatta fell to a 10-6 loss to Brisbane in an uneventful game at Parramatta Stadium.
A try each for Jarryd Hayne and Peter Wallace saw the scores tied at 6-6 at the break.
The scores remained that way until Israel Folau popped up midway through the second stanza to grab the points for the Broncos.
A late field goal from Trent Barrett snatched a dramatic late 20-19 win for Cronulla over North Queensland.
The Cowboys surged into an 18-0 lead at the break courtesy of tries from Willie Mason, Matthew Scott and Carl Webb.
But a reinvigorated Sharks outfit fought their way back to 19-19 thanks to tries from Ben Pomeroy, Paul Aiton, Nathan Gardner and Isaac Gordon before Barrett weighed in with his heroics.
South Sydney consolidated their position in the top half of the table with a narrow 16-14 victory over Melbourne.
Fetuli Talanoa and Justin O’Neill grabbed a brace of tries each but hooker Isaac Luke’s 53rd minute penalty proved decisive.
The New Zealand Warriors grabbed a narrow victory over Sydney in a rain-soaked clash in Christchurch.
Mitchell Pearce and Tood Carney’s tries helped the visitors to a 12-8 interval lead with Warriors speedster Kevin Locke grabbing two scores in reply.
Manu Vatuvei’s score was cancelled out by Sean Kenny-Dowall before a heroic effort from Locke saw him over for a hat-trick and the match-winner in the final minute.
Gold Coast’s shaky form continued when they crashed to a 12-18 home defeat at the hands of Newcastle.
Two tries in quick succession from the Knights’ James McManus and Junior Sau helped them to an 18-12 lead.
Despite a second half try from William Zillman, a try from Wes Naiqama sealed the win for the visitors.