NRL Round Up – Round 16

Wests Tigers’ hopes of making the final eight appear slimmer than ever, after a disappointing 16-6 home defeat by Canterbury.

Frank Pritchard crossed after a sustained period of pressure to establish a 6-0 interval lead for the Bulldogs.

Trent Hodkinson’s kick was pounced on by Ben Barba for the visitor’s second and Josh Morris grabbed a third before Robbie Farah’s late consolation score.

South Sydney inflicted an unexpected 16-12 defeat on much-fancied Brisbane in appalling conditions in Perth.

Tries from Chris McQueen and Rhys Wesser along with a Chris Sandow penalty meant the Rabbitohs led 14-6 at the break.

Kurt Baptiste gave the Broncos hope with a second half try, but Sandow put the result beyond doubt with another penalty on the hooter.

Gold Coast looks increasingly like picking up the NRL wooden spoon after falling to a heavy 36-12 defeat at home to Cronulla.

The Sharks led 12-8 at the break thanks to scores from Nathan Gardner and Nathan Stapleton

Skipper Paul Gallen crossed for back-to-back tries before Anthony Tupou and Stapleton crossed to embarrass the Titans.

Parramatta’s search for a victory continues after falling to a 25-12 defeat in Canberra.

The Raiders raced into a 14-0 lead at the break with rookie halfback Sam Williams crossing minutes before Josh McCrone followed suit.

Matt Keating sneaked over for the Eels but Canberra hit back with further tries through Williams, Nathan Massey and Josh McCrone.

New Zealand Warriors’ season continues to slip away after an 8-16 defeat at home to Melbourne.

Gareth Widdop and Billy Slater weighed in with first half tries to help the Storm into a 10-2 interval lead.

Lance Hohaia after the break to give the Warriors hope but Slater’s second with less than ten minutes to go sealed victory for the visitors.

Penrith bounced back from last week’s defeat at Newcastle to triumph 30-20 at home to North Queensland.

Despite taking the lead through Gavin Cooper, the Cowboys went on to concede tries through Petero Civoniceva and Lachlan Coote to trail 14-10 at half time.

Cooper Ben Jones crossed either side of a Luke Lewis score but a soft try to Sam McKendry, along with a Travis Burns penalty ensured the Panthers walked away with the points.

Newcastle produced enough to defeat a poor Sydney Roosters side 18-10 at Ausgrid Stadium.

Justin Carney barged his way over for the Roosters but the Knights hit back with Junior Sau and Peter Mata’utia to lead 12-4 at the interval.

Akuila Uate bulldozed through five defenders for Newcastle’s third and despite a late try from Todd Carney, the Roosters were consigned to defeat.

St George hit back at critics to record an encouraging 24-6 defeat on in-form Manly.

The Dragons held off several Manly attacks to hit back and register tries from Kyle Stanley and Mitchell Rein for a 12-0 interval advantage.

Brett Stewart latched on to a Kieron Foran’s kick to give the Sea Eagles hope but the Dragons finished strongly and added further scores from Stanley and Jamie Soward.

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