Sydney’s recent good run of form came to a crashing end when they were beaten 18-12 by lowly Cronulla.
The Roosters had lead 12-6 at half time thanks to tries from Braith Anasta and Sean Kenny-Dowall.
Parramatta hit back at their critics by recording a vital 30-14 victory over Brisbane.
Gold Coast held on to record their fourth straight win, over North Queensland 37-18.
A double from Cowboys flyer Ty Williams and a score from hooker Anthony Watts gave the visitors hope, but the Titans regained control and registered further scores from Luke Bailey, Anthony Minichiello and Michaels to claim the win.
Canberra came from behind to record and encouraging 28-14 victory over Canterbury.
Newcastle spluttered to defeat against an impressive New Zealand Warriors outfit 22-10.
Manu Vatuvei grabbed a second half double to help the Warriors establish a 10-4 half time lead.
The big winger added to his tally after the break as did promising youngster Bill Tupou to hand the home side a comfortable 12-point winning margin.
South Sydney’s finals hopes hang by a thread following their narrow defeat at Melbourne 18-16.
Hinchcliffe score quickly after half time but a double from Nathan Merritt after the break looked to have sealed an important win for Souths.
Chris Sandow’s early conversion miss proved to be the decider as the visitors went down by two points.
Penrith’s late season drop in form continued when they were thumped 43-18 by Wests Tigers at Campbelltown.
Michael Gordon and Michael Jennings crossed for the Panthers after the break but the Tigers ran riot with English import Gareth Ellis grabbing two scores to go with Fifita’s second and a final try to Chris Lawrence.
St George re-affirmed their minor premiership credentials when they walloped Manly 32-10.