NRL Round Up – Round 25

Brisbane crashed to a stunning 36-4 defeat at the hands of a rampant New Zealand Warriors side.

A first half brace of tries from strong-running hooker Lewis Brown went with scores from Simon Mannering and Lance Hohaia to open up an 18-0 lead at the break.

A superb individual score from Lance Hohaia after the interval took the Warriors further ahead before Ben Matulino charged over.

Jharal Yow Yeh’s late try was scant consolation for the hapless Broncos.

South Sydney sunk Parramatta’s hopes of reaching the finals by defeating them 24-16 at ANZ Stadium.

Sam Burgess crossed twice but was denied a try both times by the video referee and the Parramatta defence, meaning the teams went in scoreless at the break.

Rhys Wesser and Jaiman Lowe scored back to back tries for the Rabbitohs and while Justin Horo’s try stemmed the tide briefly for the Eels, two more Souths scores from Isaac Luke and Dave Taylor sealed the win.

Cronulla produced an amazing 30-16 victory over Gold Coast in winger Luke Covell’s final match at Toyota Stadium.

Covell was first to score by seizing on Scott Prince loose pass while the Sharks added to their lead through Nathan Gardner and Paul Gallen to establish an 18-6 half time lead.

Bodene Thompson grabbed his second try for the Titans after the break from a Prince kick but the Sharks closed the game out with tries from Tim Smith and Luke Douglas.

Canberra handed North Queensland their second heaviest defeat of the season 48-4.

The Raiders were in rampant form and raced into a 28-0 interval lead with wingers Reece Robinson and Josh Dugan grabbing two scores each to go with a Glen Buttriss try.

The home side continued to throw caution to the wind and added more tries through Robinson (2) David Shillington and Josh McCrone.

They did however lose inspirational captain Alan Tongue for the next two weeks with an ankle injury.

St George secured their second consecutive NRL minor premiership by beating Newcastle 26-18.

Josh Morris squeezed in at the corner for the Dragons’ first while Dean Young and Jason Nightingale added further tries to lead 16-0 at the break.

Ben Creagh scored first after the interval and despite Knights tries from Adam McDougall and Cooper Vuna (2), an electric score from Jamie Soward sealed the result.

A Benji Marshall hat-trick inspired Wests Tigers to a 26-14 win over Melbourne at Leichardt Oval.

Marshall started and finished off a wonderful move for the Tigers’ first while powerful youngster Andrew Fifita smashed his way over for their second to establish a narrow 10-8 interval lead.

Two more scores from Marshall either side of a short range score from skipper Robbie Farah helped the Tigers knock over the Storm.

Sydney produced a spirited fightback to overcome Manly 30-14 at the Sydney Football Stadium.

The Sea Eagles raced into a 14-6 lead at the break with tries from Michael Robertson and Steve Matai with Sean Kenny-Dowall crossing in reply.

Kenny Dowall equalled the scores with a long-range score before Todd Carney stepped over from close range.

Carney set up the attack from which Sam Perrett was able to grab the Roosters’ third try before throwing the pass for Kenny-Dowall’s third to wrap up the result.

A last-gasp score from Michael Jennings spoiled the joint leaving party for Luke Patten and Brett Kimmorley as Penrith beat Canterbury 24-18.

The Bulldogs surged into an 18-6 lead with Steve Turner, Jamal Idris and Andrew Ryan all crossing during a devastating 15-minute period.

The Panthers lost playmaker Luke Walsh to injury but Brad Tighe was on hand to grab a loose ball and score their second before Trent Waterhouse barged over to level the scores.

The game looked to be heading for a draw when Luke Lewis made a dramatic break before feeding Jennings to race away and steal the win.

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