Canterbury steamrollered a poor South Sydney team to win 32-12.
Three first half scores from the Bulldogs’ Bryson Goodwin, Steve Turner and Chris Armit helped them establish an 18-6 lead at the break with Chris Sandow crossing in reply.
Further scores to Josh Morris and Luke Patten surged the Bulldogs further ahead and despite a second score from Sando, the Rabbitohs were well beaten.
Penrith put their losing streak to an end by defeating North Queensland 24-16.
Despite tries from Michael Gordon and Brad Tighe, the Panthers conceded tries from Ashley Graham, Willie Tonga and Will Tupou to leave them training 16-10 at the break.
But the Cowboys could not improve on their tally and the Panthers finished strongly, notching tries from Michael Gordon and Kevin Kingston to record a much-needed win.
Sydney Roosters’ rapidly improving form took another step forward when they crushed Parramatta 42-12.
The tricolours dominated from the outset to record first half scores from Mitchell Aubusson, Shaun Kenny-Dowall , Anthony Minichiello and Phil Graham.
Jarryd Hayne hit back as did Nathan Hindmarsh but the Eels found themselves overpowered in the second period, conceding further scores to Kane Linnett, Minichiello, Frank Paul Nuuausala and Graham.
Wests Tigers struggled to an unconvincing win over Cronulla 22-24.
The Tigers held a narrow 14-10 win at the break thanks to scores from Mitch Brown, Liam Fulton and Chris Lawrence.
Despite two more Cronulla tries, the Tigers sealed with win with tries from Liam Fulton and Lote Tuqiri.
The New Zealand Warriors crashed to a disappointing home defeat at the hands of Gold Coast 28-20.
The teams were locked 12-12 at the break with Steve Michaels grabbing a brace for the Titans.
Manu Vatuvei crossed shortly after the break for the Warriors but a double from the outstanding Mat Rogers and a score from William Zillman ensured the visitors’ win.
Melbourne ran riot against a desperate Canberra outfit 36-12.
The Storm forged a 12-6 halftime lead thanks to two scores from Dane Nielsen and Justin O’Neill.
O’Neill and Neilsen grabbed second half tries along with Greg Inglis, Billy Slater and Todd Lowrie to record an encouraging 36-12 victory.
Brisbane spluttered to a clumsy but important win over St George 10-6.
Two tries either side of half-time from AFL-bound Israel Folau was enough to overcome the lacklustre Dragons who could only manage a Brett Morris score in reply.