Round 11 of the NRL Premiership was a cracker.
Two late tries from Samoa star Jazz Tevaga and Issac Luke sealed a 24-12 victory for New Zealand Warriors against Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium on Friday. Tonga winger David Fusitu’a and ex-Warrington star Peta Hiku also scored for the Warriors.
Gold Coast Titans came from eight points behind to beat Newcastle Knights 33-26 at Cbus Super Stadium. Philip Sami got two tries for the Titans, but Moeaki Fotuaika and Jarrod Wallace were sin-binned for professional fouls in the second half. Samoa forward Herman Ese’ese, Kalyn Ponga, Sione Mata’utia and ex-Hull KR man Ken Sio scored for the Knights.
A last minute penalty goal from Adam Reynolds snatched a 20-19 win for South Sydney Rabbitohs against North Queensland Cowboys at 1300Smiles Stadium. England front-rower George Burgess scored one of Souths’ tries.
Brisbane Broncos edged past Sydney Roosters 28-22 at Suncorp Stadium on Friday. James Roberts and Latrell Mitchell had a brilliant battle in the centres. Brisbane winger Jamayne Isaako and Sydney half-back Luke Keary both scored two each.
Manly Sea Eagles ran out 24-4 winners against Melbourne Storm in a game that had four yellow cards and one red shown. Melbourne had Josh Addo-Carr sin-binned, while Curtis Scott was sent off. Jake Trbojevic, Dylan Walker and Api Koroisau were sin-binned for Manly.
St George Illawarra Dragons stayed at the top of the NRL ladder following a 25-18 victory over Canberra Raiders. It was Gareth Widdop’s goal-kicking that was the difference between the two sides, with the England star kicking six goals from six attempts as well as adding a drop goal. He even scored a try for the Dragons.
Brett Morris scored two tries and Josh Morris scored one for Canterbury Bulldogs, but it wasn’t enough to get the win for the Bulldogs as they lost 22-16 to Cronulla Sharks at Southern Cross Group Stadium. Australia star Valentine Holmes got on the scoresheet for the Sharks.
Penrith Panthers kept Wests Tigers scoreless as they won 16-2 at Panthers Stadium. Tyrone Peachey and Tyrone Phillips got the tries for Penrith.
The Dragons remain at the top of the NRL, while the Panthers and Warriors are just two points behind. The Eels sit bottom, with four points.
NRL round 11 results:
Parramatta Eels 14-24 New Zealand Warriors
Brisbane Broncos 28-22 Sydney Roosters
Gold Coast Titans 33-26 Newcastle Knights
North Queensland Cowboys 19-20 South Sydney Rabbitohs
Melbourne Storm 4-24 Manly Sea Eagles
St George Illawarra Dragons 25-18 Canberra Raiders
Cronulla Sharks 22-16 Canterbury Bulldogs
Penrith Panthers 16-2 Wests Tigers