NRL Round Up – Round 18

Sydney Roosters march up the NRL table shows no signs of slowing following their 18-14 win over rivals South Sydney.

Beau Falloon opened the scoring for Souths after just three minutes and despite a try and conversion from Todd Carney the Rabbitohs held the half time advantage 8-6.

Sam Perett and Fetuli Talanoa traded scores before Mitchell Aubusson grabbed the vital try with three minutes remaining to seal the result.

Wests Tigers scored a narrow 15-14 win over Gold Coast.

Wests held a narrow 9-8 advantage at the break thanks to a Mitch Brown try and some accurate kicking from Benji Marshall.

Blake Ayshford and Kevin Gordon traded second half scores but it was Marshall’s first-half field goal that made the difference.

Canberra scored a useful 24-22 win over Manly at Brookvale Oval.

The Raiders led 18-16 at the break with scores from Joel Monaghan and Daniel Vidot and Daniel Picker with Tony Williams, Steve Matai and Michael Robertson crossing for Manly.

A try to Terry Campese stretched the Raiders lead after the break and despite a score from Ben Farrar, Canberra held on for the win.

Canterbury’s resurgence in form continued with a credible 20-18 win over Melbourne.

Two scores each for Bryson Goodwin and Jamal Idris for the Bulldogs and Brett Finch and Billy Slater for the Storm saw the teams tied 12-12 at the break.

Shane Neuman crossed again for Canterbury who also added a crucial penalty through Goodwin, which, despite Sika Manu’s late try, was the match-winner.

Newcastle registered their third successive win 21-10 over Cronulla.

First half tries from Ben Rogers and Matt Hilder saw the Knights 12-6 in front at the break.

Junior Sau crossed again shortly after the restart and thanks to penalties from Kurt Gidley and a field goal from Jarrod Mullen, the Knights eased home.

Penrith’s four-match winning streak came to an abrupt end in New Zealand when they lost 12-6 to the Warriors.

A Lachlan Coote try was all the Panthers had to show compared to the Warriors who grabbed tries through James Maloney and Manu Vatuvei.

Maloney capped a fine performance with a conversion and a field goal to seal the Warriors’ win.

Parramatta defeated North Queensland 36-24 in a thrilling game at Parramatta Stadium.

Jarryd Hayne silenced his critics by weighing in with a hat-trick of tries to go with scores from Jeff Robson, Krisnan Inu and Joel Reddy.

Despite a brace from Willie Tonga, the Cowboys were second best on the night.

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