Brisbane scored a useful 34-26 derby win over North Queensland in a bruising encounter at Townsville.
A first half brace from AFL-bound Israel Folau helped the Broncos establish a healthy 24-8 half time lead.
The Cowboys hit back with scores from Dane Hogan, Scott Bolton and Leeson Ah Mau but further tries from Jharal Yow Yeh and Matt Gillett earned the Broncos their victory.
Gold Coast came from behind to record a dramatic 34-12 victory over hapless Parramatta.
Joel Reddy and Jarryd Hayne scored first half tries for the Eels to help them to a 12-0 half time lead.
But a second half avalanche of points from the Titans saw Mat Rogers, Mark Minichiello (2), Kevin Gordon and Bodene Thompson (2) all cross the whitewash.
Manly installed themselves as the NRL’s dark horses after a powerful 26-6 win over Melbourne.
Jamie Lyon, Tony Williams and Steve Matai all scored for the Sea Eagles to establish an 18-6 lead at the break.
Jamie Lyon, who turned in a masterful performance, crossed for his second midway through the second half to keep the Sea Eagles’ top four hopes very much alive.
A golden point try for debutant winger Dylan Farrell was enough to secure South Sydney a dramatic 30-24 win over Wests Tigers.
Farrell’s first career try was cancelled out by scores from Blake Ayshford, Robbie Farah and Lote Tuqiri to secure a 16-6 half time lead for the Tigers.
Tigers scores from Chris Lawrence and Keith Galloway after the break looked to have killed off the Rabbitohs but Farrell’s second together with tries from Rhys Wesser and John Sutton tied the scores at 30-30.
The game looked to be heading for a draw until Rhys Wesser made a searing break and found right winger Farrell who surged over in the corner for the vital try.
Cronulla’s horrific season continues to get worse after they were thrashed 37-10 at home to the New Zealand Warriors.
Brent Tate and James Maloney scored first half tries to hand the Warriors a 14-6 interval lead.
A second half hat trick from electric rookie winger Bill Tupou ensured the Warriors a much-needed win to propel them into the NRL’s top 8.
Canterbury’s inconsistent season continued when they were demolished 30-6 by Newcastle.
The Knights were dominant from the outset and grabbed scores through Kurt Gidley, Shannon McDonnell and Isaac De Gois to establish an 18-0 lead at the break.
Despite a try from promising halfback Ben Barba the Bulldogs conceded further tries from Cooper Vuna and Adam MacDougall to see them well beaten.
St George ended their run of two defeats to overcome an improving Sydney Roosters side 19-12.
Despite a try from Jason Nightingale, the Dragons trailed 6-4 after the break.
Back to back tries from Ben Creagh and Dean Young for the visitors helped them forge a strong lead and despite a score from the Roosters’ Todd Carney the victory was secure.
Canberra snatched a dramatic 30-26 win over Penrith in a thrilling match at Canberra Stadium.
Joel Monaghan raced over early on for the Raiders but the Panthers raced out to a 26-12 lead at the interval, courtesy of tries from Kevin Kingston, Frank Pritchard, Sam McKendry and Brad Tighe.
The Raiders came out possessed after the break and thanks to tries from Daniel Vidot, Bronson Harrison and Terry Campese they were able to grab the upset.