South Sydney Rabbitohs 58 def. Wests Tigers 18
South Sydney opened the Jersey Flegg Magic Round with a 40-point thumping of the Tigers at Leichhardt Oval. The Tigers trailed by just 12 at the break but were put to the sword by South’s second half onslaught. The Rabbitohs ran in six tries in the final 35 minutes, including a double to Kane Allan to complete his hat trick. The loss was the Tigers’ third straight as they head into two bye weeks.
St George Illawarra Dragons 24 def. Victoria Thunderbolts 4
The Dragons handed Victoria their seventh straight loss as they got back into the winner’s circle in Round 9. The Thunderbolts started strong, taking a 4-0 lead after six minutes through Troy Hanita-Paki, but from there it was all St George Illawarra. The Dragons ran in 24 unanswered points, to finish as comfortable 20-point winners at Leichhardt.
Penrith Panthers 22 def. Parramatta Eels 14
Penrith bounced back from last week’s big loss with a solid eight-point win over Parramatta. The Panthers led 12-0 after 12 minutes before the Eels’ hit back through Noel Aukafolau. Charlie Staines then scored the first of his double to give Penrith a 16-4 lead at half time. The Eels crossed shortly after half time before Staines got his second seven minutes later. Jesse Cronin scored in the final 10 minutes to give Parramatta hope, but Penrith held on for the victory.
Cronulla Sharks 36 def. Manly Sea Eagles 14
Saturday ended with a comfortable win for Cronulla, who defeated Manly by 22 points for their third straight victory. Boosted by the late addition of halfback Braydon Trindall, the Sharks jumped out to a 28-0 half time lead, thanks in part to a first half Tom Caughlan double. The Sea Eagles responded well after the break, with three tries in eight minutes, but Cronulla put it to bed with two tries in the final 10 minutes.
Warriors 30 def. Sydney Roosters 24
The Warriors had possibly their best attacking half of 2019 against the Roosters as they raced out to a 26-point lead on Sunday afternoon. The Warriors ran in five straight tries, including a double to winger Edward Kosi. It was a role reversal in the second half, as the Roosters ran in four unanswered tries, including a double to winger Craig McKenzie. Both teams finished with five tries a piece, with Sione Moala’s goal kicking the difference, kicking five from five.
Newcastle Knights 32 def. Canterbury Bulldogs 20
A dominant first half by Newcastle helped them to their second straight win, as they defeated the Bulldogs by 12 points. The Knights took a 22-0 lead into the break, thanks in part to an Elijah Rasiga double. Fifteen minutes into the second half, the Knights held a comfortable 26-point lead before the Bulldogs ran in three late consolation tries, two of those scored by Isaiah Tass.
Canberra Raiders 44 def. North Sydney Bears 10
Canberra made it three straight victories as they blew North Sydney off the park with a 34-point win to wrap up Round 9. After taking a 10-0 lead into the break, the Raiders came out firing on all cylinders in the second, scoring six tries. Harley Smith-Shields, Kai O’Donnell and Matthew Timoko all scored doubles in the win as Canberra move into the top four. North Sydney remain without a win in 2019.
|Top try scorers||Top point scorers|
|11 Charlie Staines (Panthers)||70 Blake Taaffe (Rabbitohs)|
|10 Stephen Crichton (Panthers)||64 Luke Gale (Dragons)|
|9 Kane Allan (Rabbitohs)||64 Brendan Hands (Panthers)|
|9 Harley Smith-Shields (Raiders)||62 Stephen Crichton (Panthers)|
|7 Josh Delailoa (Sharks)||60 Jock Madden (Tigers)|
|7 Isaiah Tass (Bulldogs)||58 Jake Averillo (Bulldogs)|
|7 Matthew Timoko (Raiders)||50 Jonaiah Lualua (Sharks)|
|6 Tom Caughlan (Sharks)||49 Toby Westcott (Raiders)|
|6 Blake Clayton (Bulldogs)||44 Charlie Staines (Panthers)|
|6 Josh Cook (Rabbitohs)||42 Bayden Searle (Knights)|