NRL Round Up – Round 6

 

Wests Tigers 14-18 Brisbane Broncos

The Broncos continued on their winning ways with a deserved victory over a struggling Wests Tigers in Sydney.

The score line flattered the home side, with the Broncos blowing several opportunities to put the game beyond doubt in the first half. 

Jack Reed was at the double for Brisbane early on, with Dale Copley touching down for the other.

Brisbane will now be sweating on the result of Ben Teo’s grade three dangerous contact charge, after a huge collision that left young Tiger Matt Groat severely concussed.

South Sydney Rabbitohs 20 – 10 Canterbury Bulldogs

The Bulldogs game-to-game consistency continued to haunt them, falling to their second NRL defeat in three games at ANZ Stadium on Friday.

Winger Andrew Everingham continued his great try scoring form, touching down twice for the Rabbitohs.

Matt King also grabbed a try and Adam Reynolds kicked four goals for the bunnies, with Steve Turner and David Stagg the point scorers for the Bulldogs.

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Gold Coast Titans 12-18 Sydney Roosters

The Gold Coast Titans recorded their fifth straight loss in an exciting match against the Roosters at Skilled Park on Saturday.

Despite two tries to David Mead, an impressive return by Jamal Idris, and a tireless effort from workhorse Nate Myles, the Titans fell just short over the 80 minutes. 

Locked at 6-6 at halftime, Shaun Kenny-Dowall grabbed his second 12 minutes in, before fullback Anthony Minchello went over three minutes later to consign the Titans to their worst start in NRL history.

Cronulla Sharks 12-0 St George Illawarra

Cronulla have moved in to the top four for the first time since 2008, after defeating local rivals St George Illawarra in a low scoring affair at Toyota Park.

Todd Carney, not only converted tries each side of the half to John Morris and Wade Graham, but out in a performance that many believe may have secured him the coveted NSW Blues State of Origin jersey.

The only sour note form the Shire boys came when Nathan Gardner was stretchered from the field with a suspected season ending knee injury.  

Canberra Raiders 32-12 New Zealand Warriors

Canberra secured their first home victory of the season in a complete team performance against the 2011 grand finalists, the New Zealand Warriors.

Reece Robinson and Jarrod Croker scored two tries each, while Blake Ferguson, Jack Wighton and Josh Papalii got one a piece for the men in green. 

The Warriors were shambolic in defence, and after two losses on the trot, will be looking to regroup before facing South Sydney next week.

Newcastle Knights 14-6 Parramatta Eels

After the high of beating the defending premiers last week, Parramatta were quickly brought back to earth against the Newcastle Knights at Hunter Stadium.

Winger Akuila Uate grabbed two tries in the scrappy affair, with Jarrod Mullen instrumental in keeping the Eels at the bottom of the ladder. 

Eels five-eighth Ben Roberts was the only spark in an otherwise flat and ugly Parramatta attack, however both sides were guilty of blowing opportunities throughout the match.  

North Queensland Cowboys 18-42 Melbourne Storm

Melbourne Storm kept their perfect NRL season in tact with a resounding victory over the North Queensland Cowboys in Townsville.

Storm halfback Cooper Cronk all but assured himself a spot in next weeks ANZAC Test, having a hand in six of the eight tries on the night.

Despite a brief halftime comeback, the Cowboys slumped to their third loss at home from four matches. Storm players Will Chambers, Kevin Proctor and Matt Duffie all crossed for doubles.

Manly Sea Eagles 30-0 Penrith Panthers

It was the Manly side of old at “fortress” Brookvale on Monday night, with playmaker Daly Cherry-Evans guiding the premiers to a dominant win over the Panthers.

Despite representative stars Brett Stewart and Kieran Foran succumbing to injuries before kick off, the Sea Eagles eventually shrugged off the stubborn Penrith defence and were rewarded though a converted Jamie Buhrer try and Jamie Lyon penalty.

Dean Whare was rock solid at fullback, holding up Uaisele over the line to halt a early Penrith comeback. It was from here Cherry-Evans worked his magic, with two tries coming from his boot including brace to David ‘Wolfman’ Williams and a well placed 40-20.

 

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