Round 7 was highlighted by no less than four come from behind victories, as Cronulla remain unbeaten and on top of the ladder. All that and more in this week’s Jersey Flegg wrap.
Warriors 38 def. St George Illawarra 30
Despite a heavily reshuffled line up, the Warriors resisted a Dragons comeback to record their second win of 2018. The home side jumped out to a 32-12 lead, which included first half doubles to Kayal Iro and Paul Turner, before St George Illawarra started their fight back. Winger Jason Gillard scored a double as the Dragons cut the lead to two in the second half. Interchange forward Preston Riki scored late to seal the win for the Warriors, who bounced back strongly after last week’s 20-point loss to Manly. The Dragons, however, are winless since Round 3.
Manly 34 def. Sydney Roosters 10
Manly picked up their second straight victory after overcoming an early lead against the Roosters. Tries to Thomas Steadman and Billy Smith saw the Tricolours lead 10-0 after 10 minutes but that would be the last of their scoring for the day, as the Sea Eagles took the lead six minutes later. Forwards Keith Titmuss and Michael Fenn got the visitors in front before doubles to five-eighth Luke Metcalf and fullback Tevita Funa pushed Manly’s lead to 24. The win snapped the Roosters’ 4-game winning streak and moves the Sea Eagles four points clear of the bottom.
Newcastle 18 def. Wests Tigers 4
The Knights returned to the winners’ circle in Round 7 after a 14-point win over the last placed Tigers. A low scoring affair, Newcastle lead 12-0 at the break with tries to Tex Hoy and Justin Worley. The Tigers cut the lead to 8 after a try to fullback Dylan Smith early in the second half but a final Knights’ try to hooker Luke Huth put the result beyond doubt. It was a solid reply by Newcastle after their 5-game winning streak was ended last week by Cronulla. The Tigers remain languishing in last place, still without a victory in 2018.
Cronulla 18 def. Canterbury 16
Cronulla remain unbeaten in 2018 after a close contest with the Bulldogs at Belmore. The Sharks opened the scoring through Harrison Smith and then extended their lead to 8 after a penalty goal. The Bulldogs replied through captain Morgan Harper and Kyle Cassel to lead 10-8 going into the break, before extending their lead to 8 shortly after half time. Showing why they lead the competition, Cronulla then crossed twice in three minutes to take the lead, with tries to wingers Jackson Ferris and Chris Tupou. Their defence then proved resolute, as they held on to claim victory.
Penrith 18 def. Parramatta 14
The Panthers not only got one up over local rivals Parramatta but ended their two-game losing streak with a 4-point victory. Trailing 10-4 at half time, Penrith hit back three times in the second half to lead 18-10 as the final siren neared. The Eels’ scored late through second rower Nick Okladnikov but it wasn’t enough as they lost for the second straight week. Panthers’ fullback Daine Laurie and winger Justin Jones both scored doubles in their side’s win.
North Sydney 26 def. Mounties 12
North Sydney turned it on in the second half to defeat Mounties by 14-points at North Sydney Oval. The Mounties lead 12-0 at the break after tries to Tom McGrady and Brendan O’Hagan. Flying high after five straight wins, it looked like Mounties would make it six, but it wasn’t to be. The Bears scored 26 unanswered points in the final 35 minutes to record their second straight win. Winger Tyrone Taukamo was in the thick of it, scoring two of North Sydney’s four second half tries.
|Top try scorers||Top point scorers|
|7 Josh Curran (Roosters)||74 Kurtis Dark (Knights)|
|7 Beau Fermor (Knights)||58 Dylan Brown (Eels)|
|7 Kayal Iro (Warriors)||57 Jackson Willis (Dragons)|
|6 Justin Jones (Panthers)||52 Sean O’Sullivan (Roosters)|
|5 Josh Cook (Bears)||36 Luke Metcalf (Sea Eagles)|
|5 Tex Hoy (Knights)||35 Braydon Trindall (Sharks)|
|5 Bilal Maarbani (Sea Eagles)||32 Brendan O’Hagan (Mounties)|
|5 Luke Metcalf (Sea Eagles)||28 Josh Curran (Roosters)|
|5 Brendan O’Hagan (Mounties)||28 Beau Fermor (Knights)|
|4 Ethan Abou-Ghaida (Bears)||28 Kayal Iro (Warriors)|