Penrith Panthers 26 – 16 Wests Tigers
Penrith leapfrogged the Tigers into 5th spot with a 10-point victory at Leichhardt.

Penrith 26 (R Smith 2, C Lawson, K Mai, T Tonga tries; K Russell-Smith 3 goals) def. Wests Tigers 16 (J Anjoul, K Picken, M Tannous tries; Z Camroux 2 goals) at Leichhardt Oval.

Stat sheet
Wests Tigers: Michael Tannous – 35 tackles; Tukimihia Simpkins – 93 run metres
Penrith: Hohepa Puru – 36 tackles; Ilai Tuia – 161 run metres

Canterbury Bulldogs 38 – 12 South Sydney Rabbitohs
The Bulldogs put seven tries past the Rabbitohs at Belmore to keep their faint finals hopes alive.

Canterbury 38 (E Clark, B Clarke, H Hayes, B Hayward, J Mazzone, J O’Neill, J Su’A tries; B Hayward 5 goals) def. South Sydney 12 (K Bray, I Vailalo tries; T Munro 2 goals) at Belmore Sports Ground.

Stat sheet
Canterbury: Brandon Clarke – 34 tackles; Jordi Mazzone – 136 run metres, 2 line breaks
South Sydney: Jaxson Rahme – 29 tackles; Zane Bijorac – 185 run metres

Debuts: Eric Vaafusuaga* (Canterbury)

*Previously played Colts

St George Illawarra Dragons 20 – 18 Sydney Roosters
After leading 20-0, the Dragons held off a second half comeback to snap the Roosters nine-game winning streak.

St George Illawarra 20 (D Grant, A Lobb, B Wallace, R Wooden tries; S Hooper 2 goals) def. Sydney 18 (X Chatfield-Mooka, Z Montgomery, S Vaenuku tries; H Savala 3 goals) at Central Coast Stadium.

Stat sheet
Sydney: Michael Coleman – 38 tackles; Jack Stringer – 166 run metres
St George Illawarra: Toby Couchman – 33 tackles; Callum Gromek – 160 run metres

Debuts: Benaiah Ioelu (Sydney)

Parramatta Eels 40 – 6 Cronulla Sharks
Parramatta’s dominant 26-0 first half laid the platform for their big 34-point win over the Sharks.

Parramatta 40 (C Fenning 2, J Colovatti, R Jones, M Komolafe, E Sanders, J Skinner, T Williams tries; C Fenning 4 goals) def. Cronulla 6 (K Ball try; T Wilton goal) at Kellyville Park.

Stat sheet
Parramatta: Brock Parker – 21 tackles; Matt Komolafe – 179 run metres
Cronulla: Sam Healey – 38 tackles; Sam Stonestreet – 135 run metres

Debuts: Mac Puafisi (Parramatta)

Manly Sea Eagles 30 – 12 Newcastle Knights
Manly’s 18-point win over Newcastle, their fourth straight, puts them just two points outside the top five.

Manly 30 (S Aukusitino 2, G Chan Kum Tong, S Fainu, J Humphreys tries; J Humphreys 4, C Thompson goals) def. Newcastle 12 (J Johnson, L Sutton tries; T Cant 2 goals) at 4 Pines Park.

Stat sheet
Manly: Samuela Fainu – 24 tackles; Sanele Aukusitino – 184 run metres, 3 line breaks
Newcastle: Riley Jones – 42 tackles; David Armstrong – 137 run metres; James Johnson – 2 tackles

Canberra Raiders 24 – 12 Victoria Thunderbolts
Sione Vuki scored a hat-trick in the Raiders 12-point win over Victoria, keeping them firmly in the finals hunt.

Canberra 24 (S Vuki 3, A Mariota tries; B Schneider 3, S Vuki goals) def. Victoria 12 (C Geyer 2 tries; S Faalogo 2 goals) at AAMI Park.

Stat sheet
Victoria: Cole Geyer – 42 tackles, 2 line breaks; Sualauvi Faalogo – 201 run metres
Canberra: Ata Mariota – 34 tackles, 190 run metres; Sione Vuki – 3 line breaks

Debuts: Livai KaloutoluBrad SchneiderJayden Clarkson (Canberra)

Round 17 Highlights:

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Top Try Scorers Top Point Scorers
15 Jack Mossman (Sydney) 142 Ryan Rivett (Cronulla)
12 Sanele Aukusitino (Manly) 108 Hugo Savala (Sydney)
11 Isaiah Iongi (Penrith) 84 Niwhai Puru (Penrith)
10 William Fakatoumafi (Penrith) 80 Sam Hooper (St George Illawarra)
10 Jacob Preston (Sydney) 78 Thomas Cant (Newcastle)
10 Jordan Samrani (Cronulla) 78 Jack Mossman (Sydney)
10 Ethan Sanders (Parramatta) 76 Corey Fenning (Parramatta)
9 Sualauvi Faalogo (Victoria) 76 Jonah Pezet (Victoria)
9 Matt Komolafe (Parramatta) 71 Jamie Humphreys (Manly)
9 Thomas Rodwell (Cronulla) 70 Eli Clark (Canterbury)

Round 19
Friday, July 22
Newcastle v St George Illawarra – McDonald Jones, 5:30pm
Saturday, July 23
Canberra v Canterbury – GIO, 11am
South Sydney v Victoria – Accor, 3:30pm
Sunday, July 24
Manly v Penrith – HE Laybutt, 1pm
Sydney v Cronulla – Waverley, 3pm

Parramatta, Wests Tigers – BYE


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