Cronulla will head into a competition-wide two week break as undefeated ladder leaders, while the Tigers keep looking for their first win. All that and more in this week’s Jersey Flegg Wrap.
Newcastle 28 def. North Sydney 18
Newcastle recorded their second win over North Sydney in a month with a 10-point victory at North Sydney Oval. The Knights jumped out to an 18-0 lead before the Bears’ got on the board through winger Tyrone Taukamo. Tries to Lachlan Farr and Justin Worley extended Newcastle’s lead to 20 points but the Bears’ cut it 10 with tries to Taukamo and Ethan Abou-Ghaida before the half ended. Neither side could add to the score in the second half, as the Knights held onto record their second straight win.
Penrith 26 def. St George Illawarra 6
A dominant second half has seen Penrith pick up a 20-point win over the Dragons in Wollongong. Penrith opened the scoring through centre Shannon Harris before the Dragons hit back through halfback Jackson Willis. A try before half time to Billy Burns saw Penrith enter the break with a 12-6 lead. After the intermission it was all Panthers, as they ran in three unanswered tries, which included Harris picking up his second. The win sees Penrith move into 3rd, while the Dragons are without a win since Round 3.
Cronulla 16 def. Warriors 10
The Sharks remain undefeated and on top of the ladder after a hard fought win over the Warriors . Coming off a last start victory, the Warriors got on the board first thanks to second rower Havi Tupouniua. The Sharks hit back strongly though, with three successive tries to Bronson Xerri, Harry Smith and Monty Raper. The Warriors crossed late in the first half through centre Tom Ale to close the gap but that would be the last of the scoring, as a scoreless second half saw Cronulla finish six point winners.
Sydney Roosters 40 def. Mounties 10
The Roosters bounced back from last week’s loss with a dominant 30-point win over Mounties on the Central Coast. The tricolours cross four times in the first half to lead 22-0 at half time. Mounties hit back twice after half time to cut the lead to 12 but the comeback was short lived. The Roosters ran in four second half tries, which included a double to fullback Nick O’Meley. The victory moves the Roosters ahead of the Mounties into 5th spot.
Canterbury 60 def. Manly 20
Canterbury turned it on in Belmore on Saturday afternoon with a 10 try, 40-point thrashing of Manly. The Dogs ran in five first half tries to take a 30-6 lead at the break. It was a try fest in the second half, with Canterbury adding five more and Manly scoring three. Bulldogs’ captain Morgan Harper and debutant Brock Hamill both completed their doubles in the second, while halfback Brandon Wakeham kicked 9 goals in the victory. The win moves Canterbury into the Top 4, while Manly remain in 11th.
Parramatta 26 def. Wests Tigers 14
Parramatta snapped their two-game losing streak with a 12-point win over the hapless Tigers. The Eels scored five tries to five different try scorers, jumping out to a 26-4 lead. The Tigers added two late tries in the final minutes to add some respectability to the score line but it was too little too late. Parramatta now move into 7th spot while the Tigers are still in last place and without a win for 2018.