Jersey Flegg wrap – Round 13

Warriors 12 drew with Victoria Thunderbolts 12
Victoria picked up their first competition points since Round 2 with a 12-all draw against the Warriors in Auckland. The Warriors, who trailed until the final two minutes, had a chance to steal the victory but halfback Sione Moala failed to convert Harley Maynard’s try. Thunderbolts’ fullback Chase Aporo scored a double in the draw.

Newcastle Knights 28 def. South Sydney Rabbitohs 16
Newcastle made it four straight wins after defeating South Sydney at the Metricon High Performance Centre. After a tight opening 20 minutes, the Knights took control of the contest, taking a 20-6 lead into half time. Souths scored 10 minutes after the break but a Ben Talty double gave Newcastle an unassailable lead. The win moves the Knights into third.

Wests Tigers 22 def. Canberra Raiders 0
The Wests Tigers pulled off the upset of the round, defeating Canberra by 22 points to snap their four-game losing streak. The Raiders went into the game with a four-game winning streak but were no match for a reinvigorated Tigers outfit. Zac Cini picked up two tries his side’s big win.

Manly Sea Eagles 30 def. North Sydney 16
Manly finally recorded their first win of 2019 with a 14-point victory over old rivals North Sydney. The game was all but over at half time as the Sea Eagles jumped out to a 28-6 lead. Winger Max Lehmann scored a hat trick, while centre Ben Trbojevic scored a try on his Jersey Flegg debut. The win leapfrogs Manly over the Bears at the bottom of the ladder.

Cronulla Sharks 34 def. Parramatta Eels 10
Cronulla continued their hot streak in Round 13, defeating Parramatta by 24 points to extend their winning streak to five games. The Sharks were in control throughout the encounter, leading by 12 at half time and then by 20 shortly after the break. Second rower Jack Boyling scored twice, while winger Josh Delailoa scored his 11th try of the year.

Sydney Roosters 24 def. Penrith Panthers 14
Sydney jumped into second spot on the ladder thanks to a 10-point victory over Penrith at Panthers Stadium. A first half double to hooker Freddy Lussick helped the Roosters to a 18-10 lead. They extended the margin to 14 in the 41st minute before Penrith cut it to ten six minutes later. The scoreboard remained unchanged for the final 20 minutes as the Roosters picked up their second straight win.

Canterbury Bulldogs 22 def. St George Illawarra Dragons 20
Canterbury held off the Dragons to record a two-point victory and snap a two-game losing streak at ANZ Stadium. In a true back and forth affair, the lead changed hands four times in the first half. Isaiah Tass’ first try of the game put the Bulldogs ahead by six, before Sam McCann’s second levelled the scores. Tass’ second got Canterbury back in front by six, with Dragons’ centre Shaun Sauni-Esau putting his side within two shortly after. The Dogs held firm in the final 10 minutes to seal the win.

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Top try scorers Top point scorers
13 Charlie Staines (Panthers) 82 Brendan Hands (Panthers)
11 Josh Delailoa (Sharks) 72 Jake Averillo (Bulldogs)
10 Stephen Crichton (Panthers) 70 Blake Taaffe (Rabbitohs)
9 Kane Allan (Rabbitohs) 64 Luke Gale (Dragons)
9 Harley Smith-Shields (Raiders) 62 Stephen Crichton (Panthers)
9 Isaiah Tass (Bulldogs) 62 Jonaiah Lualua (Sharks)
7 Tom Caughlan (Sharks) 61 Toby Westcott (Raiders)
7 Zac Cini (Tigers) 60 Jock Madden (Tigers)
7 Blake Clayton (Bulldogs) 56 Bayden Searle (Knights)
7 Matthew Timoko (Raiders) 52 Charlie Staines (Panthers)
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