Cronulla Sharks 18 def. Warriors 16
Cronulla entered and finished Round 12 as competition leaders after a hard fought win over the Warriors at Henson Park. In a back and forth contest, the sides exchanged the lead five times before a Tom Caughlan try in the 64th minute sealed the win for the Sharks. Cronulla winger Josh Delailoa scored a hat trick in the victory.
Penrith Panthers 44 def. Manly Sea Eagles 10
Penrith defeated Manly by 34 points on Saturday afternoon to keep pace with Cronulla at the top of the ladder. The Panthers, who led 26-4 at half time, ran in eight tries, which included doubles to fullback Charlie Staines and five-eighth Matt Burton. Manly, who are on a nine-game losing streak, are still winless in 2019.
Canberra Raiders 36 def. Canterbury Bulldogs 16
A dominant second half saw Canberra continue their strong form and defeat Canterbury by 20 points at Belmore. Trailing 12-6 at half time, the Raiders clicked into gear after the break, running in five tries to one. The win was Canberra’s fourth straight and keeps them in the top four.
St George Illawarra Dragons 20 def. Wests Tigers 14
St George Illawarra handed the Tigers their fourth straight loss with a six-point win at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday afternoon. It was a tight contest, with the lead changing hands three times in the first hour, before a try to Matthew Delbanco and a late Blair Grant penalty goal sealed the victory for the Dragons.
Parramatta Eels 31 def. South Sydney Rabbitohs 18
Parramatta handed South Sydney their first loss since Round 7 with a solid 13-point win at Ringrose Park. Leading 18-6 at half time, the Eels pushed the lead out to 24 points with 20 minutes left in the game. The Rabbitohs cut it to 12 with 12 minutes to play but it was too little too late. Eels’ halfback Bailey Biondi-Odo slotted a field goal late to seal the win for his side.
Sydney Roosters 44 def. North Sydney Bears 12
The Roosters took care of the Bears with ease at North Sydney Oval, running out 32-point winners. The Roosters led 28-4 going into half time, thanks in part to a first half double from prop Geordie Brand. They added three more tries in the second half, including the second to debutant winger Coby Thomas. North Sydney are still searching for their first win in 2019.
Newcastle Knights 54 def. Victoria Thunderbolts
Newcastle produced their second biggest win of the season with a 54-point shellacking of Victoria at Casey Fields. The Knights, who ran in 10 tries, led 40-0 at half time and added 14 more points after the break. Timanu Alexander, Toby Marks and Elijah Rasiga all scored doubles in the win, while halfback Bayden Searle kicked seven goals. The win was Newcastle’s third straight, while the Thunderbolts remain winless in 2019.
|Top try scorers||Top point scorers|
|13 Charlie Staines (Panthers)||80 Brendan Hands (Panthers)|
|10 Stephen Crichton (Panthers)||70 Blake Taaffe (Rabbitohs)|
|10 Josh Delailoa (Sharks)||64 Luke Gale (Dragons)|
|9 Kane Allan (Rabbitohs)||62 Jake Averillo (Bulldogs)|
|9 Harley Smith-Shields (Raiders)||62 Stephen Crichton (Panthers)|
|7 Tom Caughlan (Sharks)||61 Toby Westcott (Raiders)|
|7 Blake Clayton (Bulldogs)||60 Jock Madden (Tigers)|
|7 Isaiah Tass (Bulldogs)||56 Bayden Searle (Knights)|
|7 Matthew Timoko (Raiders)||52 Jonaiah Lualua (Sharks)|
|6 Josh Cook (Rabbitohs)||52 Charlie Staines (Panthers)|