NRL Round Up – Round 20

St George Illawarra’s minor premiership hopes took a dent when they fell to a narrow 11-10 defeat to a resurgent Gold Coast.

A try from Ben Creagh plus six points from the boot of Jamie Soward saw the Dragons take a 10-6 lead into the half time break.

A Kevin Gordon try took the sides level before a late Mat Rogers field goal sealed the result for the Titans.

A Jarryd Hayne-inspired Parramatta boosted their chances of a top eight finish by defeating Canterbury 32-16.

First half braces for the irrepressible Hayne and Krisnan Inu held the Eels into a commanding 28-4 lead at the break.

Andrew Ryan and Ben Barba hit back for the Bulldogs after the interval but the Eels were too far in front and added another from Ben Smith to complete the rout.

Canberra registered their third successive win over hapless Cronulla 20-13.

The visitors held a narrow 7-6 half time advantage thanks to a Ben Pomeroy score.

But a double from Daniel Vidot helped their Raiders to a morale-boosting win.

Penrith fell to their third defeat in as many matches against Melbourne 18-10.

A 6-4 lead from Melbourne came courtesy of a Dane Nielsen try and Cameron Smith conversion.

Michael Jennings raced over after the break to give the Panthers hope but two more Storm scores from Justin O’Neill and Matt Duffie condemned the visitors to defeat.

Newcastle’s finals hopes are all but over following their narrow 28-24 defeat at North Queensland.

The Cowboys scored tries through Luke O’Donnell and Anthony Watts to establish a 14-12 lead at the interval.

A last minute score from Akuila Uate put the Knights narrowly ahead until Will Tupou broke Newcastle hearts with a try two minutes into injury time to secure the win.

South Sydney kept their finals hopes alive with a much-needed win over New Zealand 38-28.

The Warriors led 20-10 at the interval thanks to scores from Lewis Brown, Manu Vatuvei, Jeremy Latimore and James Maloney.

But the Rabbitohs roared back and thanks to a brace from Fetuli Talanoa and some excellent kicking from Sandow, the home side were able to grab the win.

Manly overcame a weak Wests Tigers to record a handy win 38-20.

The Sea Eagles forged a useful 24-12 lead thanks to tries from Shane Rodney, Keiran Foran, Jamie Lyon and Glenn Stewart.

Despite a second half score from Lote Tuqiri, the Tigers had no reply to Manly’s firepower with the home side adding further tries through Lyon and Ben Farrar.

Lyon capped a fine performance with six conversions from six and a penalty.

Sean Kenny-Dowall grabbed four tries as the Roosters grabbed an excellent win at Brisbane 34-30.

A double from Kenny-Dowall plus a try from Todd Carney gave the Roosters a 16-6 lead over their hosts at the break.

Second-half Broncos scores from Matt Gillett, Israel Folau and Antonio Winterstein put the Broncos back into contention but Kenny-Dowall weighed in with two more to seal the win.

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