IT wasn't pretty but Penrith coach Ivan Cleary won't mind after his side won a 14-12 grind at Sportingbet Stadium tonight.
NEWCASTLE were gallant but ultimately not quite good enough as they suffered a 28-20 loss to Melbourne at AAMI Park tonight.
IN an opening round punctuated by injuries to star players, Cronulla Sharks captain Paul Gallen joined a growing casualty ward when he limped off in the 38th minute of his side's 18-12 loss to the Gold Coast Titans.
YEAR number three of Wayne Bennett’s four-year plan at Newcastle promises to be perhaps his best chance at sending the red-and-blues to premiership glory.
THE Danny Buderus fairytale finish is still on the cards after Newcastle held on to defeat Melbourne 18-16 at AAMI Park last night.
IT couldn't have been scripted better.
In his 300th and final first grade game, Broncos five-eighth Scott Prince departed rugby league a winner as his team engineered a gutsy 16-11 defeat of Canterbury at Suncorp Stadium tonight.
MATT Bowen might be into the twilight of his career but he provided a vintage performance for North Queensland at Remondis Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
THEY already had a top four spot all but sewn up but the Manly Sea Eagles made a statement to the rest of the top eight at Brookvale Oval tonight.
CANTERBURY jumped back on the finals horse and in the process almost certainly ended Canberra's season with a comfortable 28-16 victory in the national capital this afternoon.
WITH the finals just around the corner, the North Queensland Cowboys sent another warning to the rest of the competition they're not done with yet following a comprehensive 36-4 demolition of Penrith tonight.