St George bounced back from last week’s defeat by the Storm by overwhelming Brisbane 34-16.
BRISBANE BRONCOS (16)
Tries: Dale Copley, Andrew McCullough, Josh Hoffman
Conversions: Peter Wallace 2
Gold Coast inflicted a first defeat of the season on Melbourne 20-16 in an exciting encounter at Skilled Park.
Anthony Quinn’s first half hat-trick helped the Storm establish a 16-4 half time lead with Joe Tomane scoring in response for the Titans.
The home side put their foot down after the break and grabbed the win thanks to scores from Ashley Harrison and Greg Bird.
GOLD COAST TITANS (20)
Tries: Greg Bird, Ashley Harrison, Joseph Tomane
Conversions: Mat Rogers 2
Penalty Goals: Mat Rogers 2
MELBOURNE STORM (16)
Tries: Anthony Quinn 3
Conversions: Cameron Smith 2
South Sydney recorded their third successive win with an emphatic 38-10 victory of Newcastle in Gosford.
Akuila Uate scored first for Newcastle after the restart but Souths put their foot down and added scores from Champion, Merritt, Talanoa and Wesser.
Lance Hohaia’s last minute try handed New Zealand Warriors a dramatic 30-24 victory over Canterbury.
Brett Kimmorley dummied his way over early on but tries from Brent Tate and the returning Manu Vatuvei took the away side ahead.
That was until a mesmerizing try from Ben Barba tied the scores at 12-12 at the break.
However a late try from Hohaia sealed an unlikely win for the Warriors.
Wests Tigers scored a useful win over North Queensland 23-16.
The Cowboys came out firing in the second period and posted successive scores through Scott Bolton and Willie Tonga but a Robbie Farah field goal and a Chris Lawrence try sealed the Tigers’ win.
NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS (16)
Tries: Scott Bolton, Anthony Watts, Willie Tonga
Conversions: John Williams 1
Penalty Goals: Johnathan Thurston 1
Cronulla suffered a 40-12 hammering at the hands of Manly at Brookvale.
Tim Smith grabbed his first try in a Sharks jersey early on but Manly roared back with five unanswered tries to lead 30-6 at the interval.
CRONULLA SUTHERLAND SHARKS (12)
Tries: Grant Millington, Tim Smith
Conversions: Nathan Stapleton 2
Penrith backed up from last week’s win over Newcastle with a 28-6 victory over Sydney.
Three first half tries from Joseph Paulo, Michael Jennings and Adrian Purtell established a 16-0 half time lead for the Panthers.
Lachlan Coote weighed in with Penrith’s fourth score and despite a Mitchell Aubusson try for the Roosters Michael Gordon sealed the result when he barged his way over in the corner.
PENRITH PANTHERS (28)
Tries: Adrian Purtell, Michael Gordon, Michael Jennings, Lachlan Coote, Joseph Paulo
Conversions: Michael Gordon 4
Parramatta crashed to their fourth defeat of the season at home to Canberra 24-14.
Sean Fensom crossed for a long range score late in the half to hand the Raiders an 18-10 interval lead.
Ben Smith struck back for the Eels after the break but Josh McCrone’s individual score put the result beyond doubt.