THIS is something more than just Wayne Bennett leaving Newcastle and heading back to Brisbane.
IT was a day which was all about fighting spirit and there was plenty of it on show from both sides, but ultimately Gold Coast handled the "Rise for Alex" occasion better with a 22-8 victory over an error-riddled Newcastle.
STILL smarting from Wednesday night's Origin disappointment, Melbourne fullback Billy Slater was the star in the Storm's 46-20 demolition of Parramatta at AAMI Park.
FITTINGLY it was Jarryd Hayne who ended up with the ball in his hands as the siren sounded.
CRONULLA'S miserable 2014 season continued at Remondis Stadium when they were held scoreless for the second time this season as South Sydney comfortably registered an 18-0 win.
THERE'S just something about Jamie Soward and playing in Newcastle.
IT wasn't pretty and at times it was downright ugly but the Sydney Roosters returned to the top four after a comfortable 30-6 victory over the Wests Tigers at Allianz Stadium tonight.
IT was one of those performances that would have New South Wales supporters feeling a little bit nervous.
Manly halfback Daly Cherry-Evans was the star in Manly's 54-18 demolition of Canberra at Brookvale Oval.
SOUTH Sydney have come up with an Anzac Day great escape with a heartstopping 28-26 victory over Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium.
IT wasn't pretty but Penrith coach Ivan Cleary won't mind after his side won a 14-12 grind at Sportingbet Stadium tonight.