NRL Round Up – Round 17

Parramatta slipped further down the NRL ladder with a 16-12 home defeat to Brisbane.

Dane Gagai found space to crossed for the Broncos, helping the visitors to a 6-0 half time lead.

Gagai added a second before the Eels hit back with a brace of scores from Luke Burt.

Burt missed a field goal attempt before a wonderful solo score from Matt Gillett sealed the win for the visitors.

Penrith sneaked into the top eight with a 20-6 destruction of Canterbury.

Adrian Purtell and Travis Burns crossed for the Panthers during a dominant opening half.

Burns added a second after Ben Barba’s mistake meaning Jamal Idris’ late score served only as a consolation.

Luke BurgessNRL career with South Sydney started with a 26-4 defeat at Cronulla.

Luke Douglas’ early try was followed by efforts from Colin Best, rookie halfback Chad Townsend and Matthew Wright to help the Sharks into a commanding 20-0 lead at the break.

Nathan Merritt sneaked in at the corner for the Rabbitohs but Wright added a second late on to kill off any hopes of a fightback from the visitors.

Newcastle inflicted a fourth defeat of the season on beleaguered St George, winning 14-10 at Wollongong.

Reece Simmonds’ score late in the half gave the Dragons a narrow 6-0 advantage.

Two tries in five minutes from Keith Lulia and rookie Ryan Stig gave the Knights the lead before Simmonds’ second set up a tense finish.

Sydney Roosters’ disastrous season took another downward turn with a humiliating 38-12 home defeat to Canberra.

Josh Papalii, Joel Thompson and Joe Picker all crossed for the Raiders during a dominant opening half.

Blake Ferguson crossed just six minutes into the opening half with Sean Fensome also crossing between a brace from Jarrod Croker.

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