In Round 6, the Roosters made it five consecutive wins to start 2023, the Eels pushed their winning run to four and the Rabbitohs equalled their 2022 win total with their third victory of the season.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 – 16 Canterbury Bulldogs
Late tries to debutants Haizyn Mellars and James Kokkinos pushed the Rabbitohs past the Bulldogs, as South Sydney took just five games to equal their win total from a season ago.
South Sydney 24 (C Kaho 2, J Kokkinos, H Mellars tries; J Nohra 4 goals) def. Canterbury 16 (J Mazzone 2, D Gabrael tries; E Clark 2 goals) at Belmore Sports Ground. Referee: A Sirianni. Halftime: Canterbury 10–6.
Canterbury: Lachlan Vale – 37 tackles; Jordi Mazzone – 176 run metres
South Sydney: Cruise Tweedie – 26 tackles; Jaxson Rahme – 171 run metres; Carson Kaho – 2 line breaks
Debuts: Michael Gabrael, Alekolasimi Jones (Canterbury); James Kokkinos, Haizyn Mellars (South Sydney)
Parramatta Eels 34 – 18 Wests Tigers
The Eels are on their best run of winning form in over three years, defeating the Tigers by 16 points to record their fourth straight win.
Parramatta 34 (J Brazel, L Feterika, W Latu, N Lenaz, D Nati, T Williams, N Wrathall tries; M Puafisi 3 goals) def. Wests Tigers 18 (J Kirk, J Owen, H Tofaeono tries; N Teaupa 3 goals) at Lidcombe Oval. Referee: J Bird. Halftime: Parramatta 22–0. Sin Bins: S Vaihu (WST)
Wests Tigers: Naati Teaupa – 26 tackles; Herman Tofaeono – 109 run metres
Parramatta: Brock Parker – 32 tackles. 169 run metres
Debuts: Damian Nati (Parramatta)
Melbourne Storm 26 – 8 Canberra Raiders
A dominant second half from Melbourne gave them the victory over the hapless Raiders in Canberra. The loss is the Raiders fifth in succession.
Melbourne 26 (S Diaz, A Gudgeon, M Hill, A Hinchey, K Russell-Smith tries; K Russell-Smith 3 goals) def. Canberra 8 (R Carr, K Williams tries) at Raiders Belconnen. Referee: P Eden. Halftime: Canberra 8–6.
Canberra: Jermaine Pangai – 32 tackles; Livai Kaloutolu – 126 run metres
Melbourne: Sheldon Diaz – 26 tackles; Ammaron Gudgeon – 126 run metres; Keagan Russell-Smith – 2 try assists
Penrith Panthers 30 – 16 Manly Sea Eagles
After a two straight losses, the Panthers have returned to form in the past fortnight with back-to-back wins. They lead this one 20–0 at halftime.
Penrith 30 (D Amituanai, S Lane, C Lawson, C Mason, L Philp, P Taateo tries; L Philp 2, R Smith goals) def. Manly 16 (J Humphreys, J Uesele, H Wilson tries; J Humphreys 2 goals) at BlueBet Stadium. Referee: K Nolan. Halftime: Penrith 20–0.
Penrith: Connor Mason – 33 tackles; Daeon Amituanai – 184 run metres; Peter Taateo – 2 line breaks
Manly: Caleb Navale – 29 tackles; Iverson Mapu-Satiu – 152 run metres
Debuts: Luron Patea (Penrith)
Sydney Roosters 34 – 16 Newcastle Knights
Despite a valiant effort from the Knights, the undefeated Roosters secured their fifth win in a row with two tries inside the final 10 minutes.
Sydney 34 (J Swann 2, A Fahey, O Flaherty, I Guba, P Steinwede tries; H Savala 5 goals) def. Newcastle 16 (L Pietzner, H Reid, T Woods tries; J Afoa 2 goals) at McDonald Jones Stadium. Referee: B Williams. Halftime: Sydney 16–10.
Newcastle: Takarei Kuru – 37 tackles; Luke Pietzner – 160 run metres
Sydney: Max McCathie – 27 tackles; Vaiala Tamati – 214 run metres; Jordan Swann – 2 line breaks; Hugo Savala – 2 try assists
Debuts: Caleb Garvie, Tamakaimoana Whareaorere, Tyreece Woods* (Newcastle)
*Previously played Colts
The Cronulla Sharks and St George Illawarra Dragons had a bye in Round 6.
Round 6 Highlights: https://www.nswrl.com.au/news/2023/04/10/jersey-flegg-cup-highlights–round-six/
Click HERE for the Jersey Flegg Cup ladder
|Top Try Scorers||Top Point Scorers|
|8 Isaac Guba (Roosters)||42 Eli Clark (Bulldogs)|
|7 Turoa Williams (Eels)||38 Hugo Savala (Roosters)|
|6 Jordan Swann (Roosters)||34 Max Riolo (Sharks)|
|5 Matthew Hill (Storm)||34 Keagan Russell-Smith (Storm)|
|4 Carson Kaho (Rabbitohs)||32 Isaac Guba (Roosters)|
|4 James Uesele (Sea Eagles)||30 Turoa Williams (Eels)|
|3 Jahoiyakim Afoa (Knights)||28 Jahoiyakim Afoa (Knights)|
|3 Cain Barnes (Sharks)||28 Joseph Nohra (Rabbitohs)|
|3 Cameron Brown (Sea Eagles)||24 Jamie Humphreys (Sea Eagles)|
|3 Eli Clark (Bulldogs)||24 Ryley Smtih (Panthers)|
|14 April||Cronulla Sharks||v||Sydney Roosters||PointsBet Stadium||View|
|15 April||Newcastle Knights||v||Penrith Panthers||McDonald Jones Stadium||View|
|14 April||Canberra Raiders||v||Manly Sea Eagles||Seiffert Oval||View|
|15 April||Melbourne Storm||v||South Sydney Rabbitohs||Comely Banks Reserve||View|
|15 April||Wests Tigers||v||St George Illawarra Dragons||Lidcombe Oval||View|
|15 April||Parramatta Eels||v||Canterbury Bulldogs||New Era Stadium||View|