The Minor Premiership race was flipped on its head, while a number of teams finals hopes were ended after Round 22.

The Panthers, who have a bye and two points in hand, secured their finals spot with a dominant 34-point win over Victoria.

Penrith 44 (C Lawson 3, W Fakatoumafi, L Ison, H Puru, K Russell-Smith, B Scott tries; A Williams 6 goals) def. Victoria 10 (J Napatu, A Salani tries; T Ua goal) at BlueBet Stadium.

Stat sheet
Penrith: Harrison Hassett – 28 tackles; Cody Lawson – 170 run metres, 2 line breaks
Victoria: Kade Roberts – 27 tackles; Jack Natapu – 101 run metres

Debuts: Liam Ison (Penrith)

Parramatta made it two straight wins with a victory over the last-placed Rabbitohs. The Panthers win earlier in the day ended the Eels slim finals hopes.

Parramatta 32 (C Parry 2, M Graham-Taufa, D Lui, F Niutili-Schmidt, P Taateo tries; E Sanders 4 goals) def. South Sydney 26 (D Leugaimafa 2, W Bruines, C Lahood, T Munro tries; T Munro 3 goals) at Ringrose Park.

Stat sheet
Parramatta: Brock Parker – 26 tackles; Arthur Miller-Stephen – 147 run metres; Moala Graham-Taufa – 2 line breaks
South Sydney: Thomas Giles – 23 tackles; Tyrone Munro – 168 run metres; Deijion Leugaimafa – 2 line breaks

Debuts: Cody ParryMarkis Atoa (Parramatta), Lachoneus Paki (South Sydney)

Brandon Clarke crossed for four tries in Canterbury’s win over Manly. To make the finals, the Bulldogs will need results to go their way and a huge points differential swing.

Canterbury 44 (B Clarke 4, E Clark, L Dale-Doyle, B Hayward, J Mazzone tries; B Hayward 6 goals) def. Manly 24 (J Palota-Kopa 2, V Fifita, F Iosefa tries; F Angles-Corke 2, C Brown 2 goals) at Belmore Sports Ground.

Stat sheet
Canterbury: Brandon Clarke – 24 tackles, 4 line breaks; Jordi Mazzone – 135 run metres
Manly: Zac Fulton – 25 tackles; Viliami Fifita – 84 run metres; Jonah Palota-Kopa – 2 line breaks

The Tigers sealed their Top 5 spot with an important win over Canberra. The Raiders sit in seventh and will need to win out for a hope of finals football.

Wests Tigers 32 (J Matamua 2, J Delle, K Hill, C Nicholas, J Valevatu tries; L Saukuru 4 goals) def. Canberra 24 (J Billing 2, M Kaho 2, L Kaloutolu tries; N Ryan 2 goals) at Leichhardt Oval.

Stat sheet
Wests Tigers: Brandon Webster-Mansfield – 25 tackles; Christian Ma’anaima – 219 run metres, 2 line breaks
Canberra: Eneseli Kamuta – 29 tackles; Manase Kaho – 152 run metres, 3 line breaks

Debuts: Josh Feledy (Wests Tigers), Cooper Harris (Canberra)

The Knights now have a chance to snatch the minor premiership thanks to a win over the first-placed Roosters. Newcastle trailed 14-0 before running in 22 unanswered points.

Newcastle 22 (N Nailagoliva 2, J Johnson, F Sharpe tries; T Cant 3 goals) def. Sydney 14 (R Meyn 2, V Karawalevu tries; H Savala goal) at Marcellin Fields.

Stat sheet
Sydney: Tyler Moriarty – 34 tackles; Jack Stringer – 191 run metres; Riley Meyn – 2 line breaks
Newcastle: Jaron Purcell – 39 tackles; Brock Greacen – 143 run metres; Chris Vea’ila – 2 line breaks

Cronulla Sharks, St George Illawarra Dragons – BYE

Round 22 Highlights:

Click HERE for the Jersey Flegg Cup ladder

Top Try Scorers Top Point Scorers
15 Jack Mossman (Sydney) 172 Ryan Rivett (Cronulla)
15 Thomas Rodwell (Cronulla) 122 Hugo Savala (Sydney)
13 Sanele Aukusitino (Manly) 98 Thomas Cant (Newcastle)
13 Josh Billing (Canberra) 90 Corey Fenning (Parramatta)
13 William Fakatoumafi (Penrith) 84 Niwhai Puru (Penrith)
13 Isaiah Iongi (Penrith) 80 Sam Hooper (St George Illawarra)
11 Ethan Sanders (Parramatta) 78 Jack Mossman (Sydney)
10 James Johnson (Newcastle) 76 Jonah Pezet (Victoria)
10 Vuate Karawalevu (Sydney) 76 Ethan Sanders (Parramatta)
10 Jacob Preston (Sydney) 76 Addison Williams (Penrith)

Round 23
Saturday, August 20
Parramatta v Canterbury – Kellyville, 11am
Newcastle v Canberra – Newcastle, 11:30am
Manly v Cronulla – 4 Pines, 1:30pm
St George Illawarra v Victoria – Ziems, 2pm
Sunday, August 21
South Sydney v Penrith – Erskineville, 2:30pm
Sydney v Wests Tigers – Waverley, 3pm


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