Round 12 of the NSWRL Premier League had the predictable, the unpredictable, and controversy all thrown in for a great weekend of football.
The Bears and the Roosters fought it out on Friday night at North Sydney Stadium, with the home side going down to the Roosters by 34-22. A tough battle for the Roosters, who certainly did not have it all their own way.
Roosters 34 (A Lewis 2, A Mercer, L Paea, S Skinnon, W Humphreys, T Smith tries; L Coghill 3 goals) defeated Bears 22 (S Hutchinson, S Webb, A Beatty, S Matthews tries; M Chan 3 goals)
Leichhardt Oval on Saturday afternoon saw an immense battle between the Balmain side and the visiting Sharks, resulting in a 34 all draw. Rugged play by both sides, with a feast of scoring opportunities made for some exciting viewing.
Sharks 34 (J Kent 3, A Emilio 2, K Kingston, N Youngquest tries; N Youngquest 3 goals) drew Tigers 34 (M Luland 2, B Harrison, S Trindall, T Burrow, R Farah tries; A Tippett 5 goals)
The Manly and Dragons match at Brookvale certainly had it's share of drama with Hassan Saleh being sent off for alledgedly spitting at a touch judge. The Dragons still won by 38-18 to have them still outright second on the ladder.
Dragons 38 (B Creagh 2, S Southern 2, D Peachey, J Poore, D Byrne tries; D Byrne 5 goals) defeated Sea Eagles 18 (M Creary, G Winter, C Hayne, M Styles tries; B Crabb goal)
In the Premier League game between the Eels and the Knights, the Eels were victors by 56 points to 12. Parramatta are in third spot on the NSWRL competition ladder, with Newcastle fighting out bottom place with Manly.
Eels 56 (N Hollingsworth 2, R Hinchcliffe 2, S Crouch 2, W Tonga 2, C Haliday, P Richards tries; R Prince 8 goals) defeated Knights 12 (M Ennis, D Amos tries; D Amos 2 goals)
The Allight South Sydney Rabbitohs premier league side defeated the Newtown Jets 42-32 in an entertaining encounter at Aussie Stadium. The Rabbitohs ran in nine tries to defeat the plucky Jets, but were let down by the lack of a recognised goalkicker and had to work extremely hard for the win. South Sydney wingers Wade McKinnon and Joven Clark were extremely entertaining for the crowd and crossed for a hat trick each in a dominating attacking display.The Jets weren't without their moments either and were leading halfway through the second half until a spirited comeback by Souths put the game out of reach for the Newtown side.
Rabbitohs 42 (W McKinnon 3, J Clarke 3, L MacDougall, J Russo, F Moimoi tries; B Sheehan 3 goals) defeated Jets 32 (N Marles, A Lebreton, J Lichaa, C West, B Tickle tries; T Barnes 6 goals)
The Mitsubishi Electric Bulldogs Premier League team scored a resounding win over the Cougars. The Dogs took on the 5th placed Cougars and dominated the play to run out 40-2 winners. The win consolidates the Bulldogs position in the top 4. A disappointing loss for the Cougars who have looked the form team over the last few weeks.
Bulldogs 40 (B Oliver 2, S Hughes, S Marteene, G Hall, A Rainey, J Holbrook tries; J Holbrook 6 goals) defeated Cougars 2 (D Russell goal)
The Canberra Raiders side has won its 11th straight match, defeating the Western Suburbs Magpies 38-36 in a thriller at Campbelltown Stadium. The win sees the Raiders remain on top of the ladder - they have not been defeated since their round 1 30-16 loss to the Eels at Parramatta Stadium.
Raiders 38 (J Bulgarelli 3, M Gafa 2, M Chalk, S Friend tries; M Gafa 5 goals) defeated Magpies 36 (T Clayton 2, K McGuiness, J Macey, C Levy, R Cashmere tries; J Olzard 6 goals)
Round 12 games at a glance:
Roosters 34 - Bears 22 Dragons 38 - Sea Eagles 18 Eels 56 - Knights 12 Rabbitohs 42 - Jets 32 Bulldogs 40 - Cougars 2 Raiders 38 - Magpies 36Like