IT was a game of two halves. An old clich? but one that rang true in the Dragons and Storm clash. Melbourne eventually won 22-14 but did their best to squander a very comfortable halftime lead.
ROUND 17 kicks off with the top of the table Raiders taking on the Roosters at Aussie Stadium. The Raiders have completely dominated the competition to date but will face changes to their squad this week. Ace halfback Van Dijk suffered a hamstring injury against Cronulla ruling him out for this match. It means Gafa moves into halfback to form a new combination with Evans. Also Mashall Chalk comes back from injury to take up the fullback spot left by Phil Graham who has gone back up to first grade. For the Roosters Lopini Paea will move from the centres into the second row for this clash. Despite the loss of Dijk, the Raiders should come into this match as strong favourites.
THE Newcastle Knights silenced their critics with an inspiring 36-20 win over the New Zealand Warriors.
THE Sydney Roosters escaped with a 36-28 win after a very spirited second half performance from the Cronulla sharks.
THE Sydney Roosters have beaten the Canberra Raiders 20-16 in a top of the table thriller at Aussie Stadium.
ROUND 14 started off with an upset as cellar dwellers Newcastle travelled to Parramatta and upset the home team in a one point thriller. The result lifts Newcastle to 12th while Parramatta have been leapfrogged by Canterbury.
IN a round of blow out score lines it all started with a tight tussle at Parramatta stadium. The match was full of twists and turns. St George-Illawara led early on only to trail 16-12 at halftime. In the second half the scores became tied at 22 all but a Leuluai try and then a Witt field goal in the 78th minute sealed the win for Parramatta. The victory for the Eels sees them move up into third place ahead of their opponents, the Dragons.
ROUND 15 kicks off at Energy Australia stadium. Newcastle managed to produce the upset of Round 14 which will give them plenty of confidence when they return home to face the Cougars. St Marys-Penrith find themselves in trouble of falling back to the pack after last weeks loss so a spirited performance will be needed to keep their season on track.
ROUND 16 kicks off with a titanic clash. Both these teams come into this match on the back of a win and both sides sit within two points of each other in the top four. With very few rounds remaining this match will prove vital as both teams jockey for position. With so much to play for this is shaping up to easily be the match of the round.
ERGON Energy has signed a contract which will see them as the principal sponsor of the Brisbane Broncos for a further two years.