SOUTH SYDNEY 32 ( F Talanoa 2 M Crocker G Inglis R Wesser tries C Sandow
6 goals) bt PARRAMATTA 18 ( F Moimoi J Robson C Walker tries L Burt 3 goals) at ANZ Stadium. Referee: Matt Cecchin, Steve Lyons. Crowd: 22,153. BRISBANE 14 ( A Glenn J Hodges tries C Parker 3 goals P Wallace field goal) bt GOLD COAST 8 ( S Michaels try S Prince 2 goals) at Skilled Park. Referee: Gavin Badger, Brett Suttor. Crowd: 20,226.
CRONULLA 44 ( A Kelly 2 C Best P Gallen N Gardner J Mannah J Smith tries J Williams 8 goals) bt PENRITH 12 ( L Coote D Simmons tries M Gordon 2 goals) at Centrebet Stadium. Referee: Jared Maxwell, Phil Haines. Crowd: 9,275.
WESTS TIGERS 34 ( B Ayshford A Fifita C Heighington C Lawrence R Lui M Utai tries B Marshall 5 goals) bt CANBERRA 24 ( B Ferguson 3 J Dugan D Vidot tries J Croker 2 goals) at Campbelltown Sports Stadium. Referee: Jason Robinson, Chris James. Crowd: 14,091.
ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA 25 ( J Nightingale 2 M Cooper K Stanley tries J Soward 4 goals J Soward 3 field goals) bt NZ WARRIORS 12 ( S Berrigan B Matulino tries J Maloney 2 goals) at Mt Smart Stadium. Referee: Ben Cummins, Tony De Las Heras. Crowd: 11,651. BULLDOGS 24 ( B Barba 2 M Ennis J Idris tries B Goodwin 4 goals) bt SYDNEY ROOSTERS 20 ( S Kenny-Dowall 2 T Carney J Friend tries B Anasta 2 goals) at ANZ Stadium. Referee: Adam Devcich, Ashley Klein. Crowd: 23,723.
MANLY 26 ( W Hopoate 2 D Williams 2 M Robertson tries D Cherry-Evans 3 goals) bt NEWCASTLE 12 ( Z Taia 2 tries W Naiqama 2 goals) at Brookvale Oval. Referee: Shayne Hayne, Gerard Sutton. Crowd: 13,087. they said it ‘‘ There’s a great feeling amongst these boys and I think it’s very poor journalism, it’s cheap shots to try and make out something that’s not there.’’ – South Sydney coach John Lang hits back at his side’s critics after a breakthrough win over Parramatta.
man of the round Albert Kelly. Scored a double in seven minutes which sparked the rout over Penrith and showed he’s a different player from the one who endured a horror time at fullback last year.
magic moment Blake Ferguson’s put down for his second try was amazing, the rest of his body was outside the field of play as he put the ball down. You’d be brave to suggest he doesn’t have some more freakish moments up his sleeve.
talking point The four scrum penalties against Newcastle at Brookvale Oval on Sunday raised questions about whether the referees’ crack down on this area of the game is necessary. Do we want the NRL to become like rugby union?
judiciary watch Tigers: Alan Schirnack ( high tackle), Raiders: Joe Picker ( late tackle), Eels: Fuifui Moimoi ( high tackle), Panthers: Petero Civoniceva ( late, high shot).
key injuries Tigers: Chris Lawrence ( dislocated hip), Lote Tuqiri ( suspected broken arm), Eels: Casey McGuire ( calf), Rabbitohs: Rhys Wesser ( hamstring), Issac Luke ( concussion), Bulldogs: Ben Barba ( cork), David Stagg ( concussion), Roosters: Sam Perrett ( ankle), Panthers: Luke Walsh ( shoulder), Luke Lewis ( wrist), Knights: Beau Henry ( broken ankle), Ben Rogers ( shoulder), Cameron Ciraldo ( pectoral muscle), Shannon McDonnell and Richard Fa’aoso ( concussion), Broncos: Sam Thaiday ( concussion), Josh Hoffman ( calf), Ashley Harrison ( ankle), Dragons: Ben Creagh ( compressed vertebrae), Warriors: Jerome Ropati ( posterior cruciate ligament).
under pressure It’s obviously a big week for Panthers coach Matt Elliott. After a 1-2 start to the season, he’s apparently been given eight weeks to keep his job. Another embarrassing loss might quicken up the process.