ICYMI, on Thursday the @NRL - National Rugby League released the 2018 #NRLDraw.
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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.
Eels 29 (K Leuluai 2, N McMillian, J Tsoulos, J Williams tries; R Prince 4 goals; S Witt field goal) Defeated Dragons 22 (D Howell 2, D Byrne, G McBride tries; D Byrne 3 goals)
It was all one way traffic at Campbelltown on Saturday. Wests ran in a stunning total of 14 tries with 5 players getting doubles, the standout being Collis who collected a personal tally of 20 points. The loss for Newcastle sees them continue to flounder near the bottom of the table and in danger of taking the wooden spoon.
Magpies 72 (J Macey 2, D Collis 2, J Szczerbanik 2, L Fulton 2, T Clayton 2, K McGuiness, C Greenshields, C Hill, W Hallem-Mann tries; D Collis 8 goals) Defeated Knights 16 (B Wallace 2, B Mueller tries; 2 goals)
The Tigers continued their climb up the points table with a win against Manly. Balmain have now moved into 8th spot ahead of Easts who experienced a loss to the Cougars.
Tigers 34 (J Nowland 2, M Harper, L Bowman, S Obst, L Milton tries; L Milton 5 goals) Defeated Sea Eagles 10 (B Ellis, S Kenna tries; D Watkins goal)
These two teams managed to produce 74 points between each other last time they met and Saturdays match produced another high scoring affair. Cronulla bound Nathan Merritt put his kicking boots on for the contest and collected 14 points while Stacey Katu won the Rabbitohs players player award for his performance.
Rabbitohs 46 (S Katu 2, J Storer 2, N Merritt, T Robinson, W McKinnon, F Moimoi tries; N Merritt 5, L Branighan 2 goals) Defeated Jets 30 (J Sinisa 2, D Cooper, A Trinder, A Duncan, C Field tries; T Barnes 3 goals)
The Raiders are beginning to make winning a routine. The Sharks were the unlucky victim on Sunday as Canberra ran in a pretty comfortable victory. Michael Monaghan took the man of the match award scoring two tries and setting up several others.
Raiders 38 (M Monaghan 2, M Gafa 2, A Purtell, R Jenson, J Van Dijk tries; M Gafa 5 goals) Defeated Sharks 14 (A Emelio, D Simmons, A Davidson tries; G Bird goal)
The Bulldogs managed to move into second place with a comprehensive win against the Bears. Jonathan Thurston was one of the Bulldogs stars scoring a try and kicking 8 goals for 20 points.
Bulldogs 48 (J Thurston, B Oliver, G Hall, J Holbrook, D Neirinckx, T Thurling, N Barry, C Payne tries; J Thurston 8 goals) Defeated Bears 12 (B Rogers, B Black tries; C Courtney 2 goals)
The Cougars continued a recent run of form with a big win over the Roosters at Penrith Stadium. Fullback Steve Turner was the star for St Marys scoring a hatrick of tries with Hicks and Elford both bagging a double.
Cougars 58 (S Turner 3, C Hicks 2, S Elford 2, S Donato, D Mclean, F Pritchard tries, D Russell 8, B Reynolds goals) Defeated Roosters 22 (G Rovelli, S Webb, T Smith, Lelea Paea tries; W Bishop 2, H Veratau goals)
Results at a glance: Eels 29 Dragons 22 Magpies 72 Knights 16 Tigers 34 Sea Eagles 10 Rabbitohs 46 Jets 30 Raiders 38 Sharks 14 Bulldogs 48 Bears 12 Cougars 58 Roosters 22