THE Newcastle Knights have dismantled an mistake prone and penalty riddled Penrith Panthers 42-8 in very hot conditions at CUA Stadium.
A masterful kicking display from Jamie Soward has proven the catalyst for the St George Illawarra Dragons 25-16 victory over a spirited Gold Coast Titans outfit at Skilled Park.
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THE Titans' consistency should ensure a top eight berth. Their biggest test will be avoiding the finish of 2010 and finding an extra gear when it counts at semi-final time.
A typically tenacious defensive performance has seen the St George Illawarra Dragons edge out a spirited Wigan Warriors side 21-15 to claim an entertaining World Club Challenge at DW Stadium.
ALL the scores from final weekend of trial fixtures, including the Knights demolition of Cronulla and the Eels convincing 30-0 win over the Panthers.
ON paper, Souths should be primed to make a run for the top eight. The true test for the Rabbitohs is to show the required mental and physical toughness to defend their try line.
BRISBANE enter 2011 in the wake of a stunning decision to drop the axe on head coach Ivan Henjak three weeks before the start of the season. But it remains to be seen how Henjak's ousting will effect the side's onfield performance.
ALL the scores from the six NRL trial fixtures scheduled this weekend, including the Titans demolition of Souths and Penrith's last gasp victory over Newcastle.