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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.