Newcastle and Penrith kept their unbeaten streaks alive in Round 4, while the Warriors, Tigers and Sea Eagles still couldn’t pick up competition points. All that and more in this week’s Jersey Flegg wrap.
Penrith 25 def. North Sydney 18
The Panthers’ record remains perfect in 2018 after a tense seven point win over North Sydney on Saturday morning. Leading 18-4 at one stage, Penrith fought off a late Bears’ comeback to seal victory. The late inclusion of experienced backs Campbell Graham, Mawene Hiroti and Dean Hawkins helped the Bears fight back, with Graham bagging a double. Graham’s second put his side within six points, before an Isaac Thompson field goal ended the Bears’ hopes.
Newcastle 32 def. St George Illawarra 12
Late inclusion Tex Hoy was the star for Newcastle in their big win over the Dragons in Gerringong. The fullback scored a hat trick as the first placed Knights continued their blistering start to the season. The Knights rushed out to an early 16-0 lead before the Dragons pegged back two tries to make it 16-12 shortly after half time. Hoy’s third try and tries to Brayden Musgrove and Tom Starling put Newcastle in firm control again, as they recorded their fourth straight win.
Sydney Roosters 38 def. Warriors 16
After a slow start to the year, the Roosters are now on a two-game winning streak after 22-point win over the hapless Warriors. The Bondi boys ran in seven tries to seven different try scorers. Halfback Sean O’Sullivan was one of those try scorers and also added five goals for a 14-point haul. The Warriors, who remain winless in 2018, play the Tigers in Round 5, who are also searching for their first victory.
Mounties 28 def. Manly 12
A Mathew Lyons double helped the Mounties to a third straight victory, as they defeated the winless Sea Eagles by 16 points. Mounties lead 12-6 at half time before they ran away with in the second. Tries to Corey Horsburgh, Brendan O’Hagan (his fourth of the year) and Lyons extended the lead to 22, before a late Manly consolation try to Bilal Maarbani.
Parramatta 22 def. Wests Tigers 8
The Eels bounced back from last round’s disappointing loss to the Knights with a solid 14-point win over the Tigers. They opened the scoring through Tui Afualo and lead 12-0 before the Tigers bagged their first points via a James Tautaiolefua try. Following a try to Eels’ winger Michael Cheer, Tautaiolefua added a second to get his side within eight points, before a late try Haze Dunster sealed the win for Parramatta.
Canterbury, Cronulla – BYE
|Top try scorers||Top point scorers|
|4 Justin Jones (Panthers)||48 Kurtis Dark (Knights)|
|4 Hayden Loughrey (Knights)||32 Dylan Brown (Eels)|
|4 Brendan O’Hagan (Mounties)||32 Jackson Willis (Dragons)|
|3 Josh Cook (Bears)||28 Sean O’Sullivan (Roosters)|
|3 Matt Cooper (Knights)||23 Isaac Thompson (Panthers)|
|3 Josh Curran (Roosters)||20 Brandon Wakeham (Bulldogs)|
|3 Beau Fermor (Knights)||18 Eiden Ackland (Warriors)|
|3 Tex Hoy (Knights)||18 Brendan O’Hagan (Mounties)|
|3 Kayal Iro (Warriors)||18 Braydon Trindall (Sharks)|
|3 Isaac Lumelume (Sharks)||16 Justin Jones (Panthers)|