An error-ridden performance from Penrith saw them fall to a 38-18 defeat against a lacklustre Brisbane.
Rookie winger Antonio Winterstein scored first for the Broncos before his Panthers counterpart Michael Gordon replied from Winterstein’s mistake.
But the 20-year-old Kiwi got back on the scoreboard almost immediatley by rising high to collect Peter Wallace‘s kick.
Justin Hodges took the Broncos out further when he cruised 55 metres for an interception score, after collecting a wayward Panthers pass.
Wallace was involved again for the Broncos’ next try, producing a neat play to put Alex Glenn in for the try to give the visitors a comfortable 24-12 lead at the break.
A determined home side came out with vigour in the second period and following a blistering break from speedster Michael Jennings, Shane Elford crossed to give the Panthers a shot at grabbing their third win of the year.
Gold Coast have taken up pole position in the NRL with a workmanlike 16-10 victory over a determined Canberra side.
Newcastle handed St George their first defeat of the season with a suprise 24-18 victory at Kograh.
A try from Richard Fa’aoso in between Sailor’s efforts got the Knights on the board, although they were second best in the opening half.
Manly¹s premiership defence finally seems to have been kicked up a gear following their 24-8 win over South Sydney.
The Rabbitohs posted a score immediatley after half-time through halfback Craig Wing, but any thoughts of a Souths revival were trampled on when Stewart grabbed his second.
Nathan Merritt got a consolation try for the visitors but their attack had been seriously let down by poor handling.
Mitchell Pearce scampered over shortly before half-time, meaning the Roosters were almost out of sight at 16-0 Stacey Jones got a trademark try before he set up tries for Jerome Ropati
and Manu Vatuvei after they latched on to two towering bombs.
Denan Kemp levelled the scores after more Warriors pressure before Jones calmy slotted the winning field goal in extra-time.
Johnathan Thurston roared back at his critics to produce a masterful display during North Queensland¹s dominant 34-10 win over beleaguered Cronulla.
The Queensland Origin star landed the touchline conversion to give his side a narrow 6-4 lead at the interval.
Luke O’Donnell charged over after the break to extend the lead before Willie Tonga grabbed another to deal a damaging blow to the visitors.
Further tries to Matt Bowen and Shane Tronc gave the home side a commanding victory.
Last year’s wooden spoon winners Canterbury continue their rise up the NRL table following their 48-18 demolition of hapless Parramatta.
The Eels hit back through Hauraki but Patten’s second score dampened any chances of an Eels comeback.
Tries: Jarryd Hayne, Weller Hauraki (2)
Goals: Luke Burt 3
Tries: Josh Morris (2), Luke Patten (2), Gary Warburton, Hazem El Masri,
Michael Hodgson, Brett Kimmorley, Bryson Goodwin
Goals: Hazem El Masri 6
Wests Tigers have finally delivered on their early season promise to post an excellent 16-6 win over the 2007 Premiers Melbourne.
Chris Lawrence raced over in the 26th minute to make sure the Tigers were ahead 10-6 at the break.
An arm wrestle enused until a piece of Benji Marshall magic put Lawrence away for his second and his team’s decisive score.