St George Illawarra Dragons 42 def. North Sydney Bears 4
A double to fullback Cody Ramsey propelled St George Illawarra to a 38-point victory over the Bears at North Sydney Oval on Friday night. The Dragons led by just eight going into half time before turning on the after burners in the second half, running in five tries. The Dragons were bolstered by the late inclusion of prop Eddie Blacker, who has spent the last few weeks in the Canterbury Cup. The win was the Dragons’ third straight, while the Bears are still without a win in 2019.
Parramatta Eels 24 def. Newcastle Knights 16
Parramatta finally recorded their first win of the season in Round 7 and they did it the hard way, overcoming an early 10-point deficit. Mat Croker and Justin Worley scored inside the first 15 minutes for the Knights, before interchange forward Jesse Cronin got the Eels on the board. A try after the break by Dallas King was followed by tries to Bailey Biondi-Odo and Tasi Matautu to give Parramatta a 14-point lead inside the final 10 minutes. The Knights crossed late but it wasn’t enough, the Eels winning by eight.
Canterbury Bulldogs 16 def. Sydney Roosters 16
On the back of two straight losses and facing a 12-point deficit, Canterbury fought back in the second half to draw with the Roosters at Belmore. The tricolours led 16-4 at half time with tries to Egan Butcher, Cameron Hall and Freddy Lussick, as they looked for their fifth win of the year. Two minutes after the break, lock James Roumanos crossed for the Bulldogs before centre Isaiah Tass scored his second of the game in the 54th minute. Jake Averillo converted to the level the scores, which would stay unchanged for the final 15 minutes.
Penrith Panthers 42 def. South Sydney Rabbitohs 0
Penrith continued their blistering form with a 42-point shellacking of the previously undefeated South Sydney at St Marys. It was all too easy for the Panthers, who ran in eight tries, which included doubles to Stephen Crichton, Charlie Staines and debutant Glenn McGrady. During Penrith’s current four-game winning streak, they’ve scored 184 points and conceded just 28.
Warriors 30 def. Victoria Thunderbolts 0
The Warriors handed Victoria their fifth straight loss and picked up their second straight win with a comprehensive 30-point victory at Haines Drive Reserve. The Warriors, who crossed in the first minute through centre Kayal Iro, led 16-0 at the break and added three more tries in the second half. Halfback Casey Smith scored a double and kicked three goals in the win.
Canberra Raiders 56 def. Manly Sea Eagles 4
Canberra piled onto Manly’s season of misery with a 52-point thrashing at HE Laybutt Sporting Complex. The Raiders were unstoppable, running out to a 32-4 half time lead. They would finish with 10 tries in total, with three players (Kyle Paterson, Harley Smith-Shields and Matthew Timoko) scoring doubles. Manly have now conceded 218 points in their last four games.
Cronulla Sharks 40 def. Wests Tigers 16
Cronulla bounced back from last round’s big loss to Penrith with a big win of their own over the Wests Tigers. The Sharks ran out to 20-4 lead after half an hour but a late first half double to centre Curtis Wilson got the Tigers back into the contest. It would be the last points the home side would score though, as the Sharks held them scoreless in the second and added another 20 points. The Sharks finished with eight tries, which included doubles to winger Josh Delailoa and lock Fine Kula.
|Top try scorers||Top point scorers|
|9 Charlie Staines (Panthers)||62 Luke Gale (Dragons)|
|7 Stephen Crichton (Panthers)||60 Brendan Hands (Panthers)|
|6 Cody Ramsey (Dragons)||60 Jock Madden (Tigers)|
|6 Harley Smith-Shields (Raiders)||46 Blake Taaffe (Rabbitohs)|
|5 Kane Allan (Rabbitohs)||44 Jake Averillo (Bulldogs)|
|5 Josh Cook (Rabbitohs)||44 Stephen Crichton (Panthers)|
|5 Josh Delailoa (Sharks)||42 Jonaiah Lualua (Sharks)|
|5 Luke Gale (Dragons)||38 Ethan O’Neill (Roosters)|
|5 Casey Smith (Warriors)||36 Charlie Staines (Panthers)|
|5 Isaiah Tass (Bulldogs)||35 Jarrett Subloo (Raiders)|