NRL Round Up – Round 3

South Sydney got off the mark in 2011 with a well-deserved 32-18 victory over Parramatta.

Tries from Rhys Wesser and Fetuli Talanoa for the Rabbitohs were equalled by Eels score from Jeff Robson and Chris Walker to see the teams locked 12-12 at the break.

Three unanswered tries from Talanoa, Inglis and Michael Crocker for Souths was enough to secure a dominant victory.

Gold Coast remains winless, after a third consecutive defeat at the hands of near neighbours Brisbane 14-8.

A try from former Bronco Steve Michaels gave the Titans a narrow 6-0 lead at the interval.

Despite a try from Alex Glenn, the Titans were able to level the scores at 8-8 with a Scott Prince penalty before the Justin Hodges marked his return from injury with a trademark score.

Penrith were unable to build on last week’s derby victory over Parramatta, instead falling to a heavy 44-12 defeat at home to Cronulla.

The Panthers’ trailed 24-6 at the break after conceding tries from Paul Gallen, Albert Kelly (2) and Nathan Gardner.

The tries kept coming for the Sharks with Colin Best, Jeremy Smith and Johnny Mannah all crossing.

Wests Tigers recorded a useful 34-24 victory over Canberra but paid a heavy injury price, losing wingers Chris Lawrence and Lote Tuqiri for extended periods.

Matt Utai, Chris Lawrence and Robert Lui all crossed for the Tigers in the first half, to establish a 16-4 advantage at the interval.

Back-to-back Tigers tries from Chris Heighington, Andrew Fifita and Blake Ayshford saw the home side relax before having to withstand a spirited Raiders fightback.

St George Illawarra returned from New Zealand with a hard-fought 25-12 win over the Warriors.

A brace of scores from Kiwi winger Jason Nightingale combined with a powerful try from centre Matt Cooper saw the Dragons to a useful 18-0 interval lead.

Warriors scores from Ben Matulino and Sean Berrigan either side of a Kyle Stanley try were not enough to overturn the premiers.

Canterbury continued their excellent start to the season with a 24-20 win over last year’s Grand Finalists Sydney.

A topsy-turvy opening half saw the Bulldogs nick a narrow 18-14 lead at the interval courtesy of scores from Michael Ennis, Jamal Idris and Ben Barba.

Bryson Goodwin’s penalty and Barba’s second score of the day was enough, despite a late try from Roosters flyer Sean Kenny-Dowall.

Manly grabbed their third win of the season overcoming Newcastle at home 26-12.

Despite an early try from Zeb Taia, the Sea Eagles raced into a 16-6 lead at half time thanks to tries from David Williams, Michael Robertson and William Hopate.

Hopoate and Williams crossed for doubles after the break, as did Taia, but the home side had done enough for the victory.

North Queensland sprang a surprise 34-6 defeat on much-fancied Melbourne in Townsville.

Youngster Will Tupou and veteran Matt Bowen crossed for first-half scores for the Cowboys, earning them a lead at half time of 10-6.

Two Ashley Graham scores either side of a another Matt Bowen effort extended the Cowboys’ lead, for whom Jonathan Thurston was superb.

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