The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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Round 13 of the NSWRL Premier League competition saw the Dragons playing host to the Balmain side at Kogarah Jubilee Oval last Friday evening and beating them by 30-14 to remain in hot contention for top spot on the table.
Dragons 30 (C Nero 2, D Howell, L Bennett, D Bower, N Tutt tries; D Byrne 3 goals) def Tigers 14 (M Luland, C Farah tries; L Milton 3 goals)
Saturday afternoon at Aussie Stadium was the scene for a tight battle between the Roosters and Souths with Souths coming out the victors 34-28.
Rabbitohs 34 (J Fitzgerald, C Cooke, T Robinson, W McKinnon, D MacGillivray, N Merritt tries; L Branighan 5 goals) def Roosters 28 (B Wellington 2, A Lewis 2, T Smith, L Paea tries; A Lewis 2 goals)
The St Marys/Penrith Cougars regathered some of their lost form when they defeated the Sharks at Toyota Park by 32-18. A good performance was put in from new cap S Ata plucked from New Zealand's leading side in the Bartercard Cup competition, Hibiscus Coast Raiders.
Cougars 32 (S Donato 2, S Ata, D Galea, R Fa?aoso, T Maccan tries; S Turner 3, D Russell goals) def Sharks 18 (J Kent, S Ross, J Mullane, D Simmons tries; N Youngquest goal)
Raiders 45 (M Gafa 2, D Porter 2, R Jenson, J Evens, M Monaghan, J Miller tries; M Gafa 6 goals; M Monaghan field goal) def Jets 26 (C Field 2, T Cakacaka, L Sant, A Trinder tries; T Barnes 3 goals)
Bottom of the table, Manly Sea Eagles, were well and truly hammered when they travelled over to Parramatta Stadium on Sunday afternoon when the home side beat them by 68-10, in another fine performance by the Eels showing they are back in form.
Eels 68 (S Witt 5, P Richards 3, J Williams 2, W Tonga, R Prince, D Irvine tries; R Prince 8 goals) def Sea Eagles 10 (M Cleary, B Davis tries; B Davis goal)
Another hard lesson was dealt to the visiting Newcastle Knights side when they came down to Sydney to face the 'on fire' Bulldogs pack, with the final score of 50-30 to the Bulldogs, and Jonathan Thurston once again having a good day with the boot.
Bulldogs 50 (G Lester 2, R Maitua, B Oliver, R Asotasi, A Brideson, J Holbrook, D Harvey, J Thurston tries; J Thurston 7 goals) def Knights 30 (D Amos 3, J Taylor, M Ennis tries; D Amos 5 goals)
Magpies 40 (T Clayton 2, R Beckett, K McGuiness, C Greenshields, B O?Farrell, W Manu, J Olzard tries; J Olzard 4 goals) def Bears 20 (S Webb 2, B Law, B Black tries; M Chan 2 goals)
Games at a glance:
Round 13, July 4th - 6th.
Dragons 30 - Balmain 14 Roosters 28 - Souths 34 Sharks 18 - Cougars 32 Raiders 45 - Jets 26 Eels 68 - Manly 10 Bulldogs 50 - Knights 30 Magpies 40 - Norths 20