THE Manly Sea Eagles have effectively ended the finals hopes of the Canberra Raiders, in control all the way as they won 36-22 in the nation
THE North Queensland Cowboys have kept their unlikely finals hopes alive with their fourth straight win, dispatching the seventh-placed Newcastle Knights 26-6 at 1300Smiles Stadium.
THE Newcastle Knights have returned to winning ways, an act led by Jarrod Mullen and Darius Boyd demolishing the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs to move momentarily into the NRL top 4.
THE Gold Coast Titans have hung on to their spot in the top 8, while consigning the St George Illawarra Dragons to a third straight loss with a tightly fought victory at Skilled Park on the Gold Coast.
THE Newcastle Knights have gone a long way towards squashing the criticism surrounding their recent away form, snapping a four-game losing streak away from home with a clinical 30-6 outclassing of fellow early-season contenders the Gold Coast Titans.
THE South Sydney Rabbitohs have maintained their unbeaten record and will go momentarily top of the Telstra Premiership ladder after a hard-fought victory over a resurgent New Zealand Warriors in Auckland.
IT was good news on and off the field for the Cronulla faithful this week, popular coach Shane Flanagan reinstated after being stood down at the start of the season and his troops rising on the field, running out 28-4 winners at a sweltering Shark Park.
THE Melbourne Storm showed why they are the true premiership favourites, making a difficult trek to Townsville look easy as they downed a resilient Cowboys outfit 32-10 at 1300SMILES Stadium overnight in front of 19,288 fans.
THE North Queensland Cowboys have struck an important early blow in their 2013 premiership campaign, accounting for last year's minor premiers the Canterbury Bulldogs 24-12 at Bluetongue Stadium.
A series of astute offseason signings and the emergence of some promising young talent sees the North Queensland Cowboys looking to push on to new heights in 2013...