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Round 5 of the NSWRL Premier League came up with some interesting results, none more so than top of the table Parramatta beaten by an impressive looking Newtown Jets side.
The Mitsubishi Electric Bulldogs Premier League Team scored a narrow victory over the Roosters on Friday night.
A result that was in the balance throughout with the Dogs prevailing 24 to 18.
The win places the Mitsubishi Electric Bulldogs Premier League Team in equal 1st place (4th on percentages) after five rounds (4 wins, 1 loss).
Bulldogs 24 (B Morrin 2, T Polglase, D Neirinckx tries: J Holbrook 4 goals) def Roosters 18 (S Cribb, E Grothe, M Kaufusi tries: J Williams 3 goals).
The Sydney Airport Jets claimed an impressive scalp in defeating the previously unbeaten Parramatta Premier League team 24-16, in the match played at Henson Park on Saturday. Halftime had the Eels just holding out the Newtown side, 12 - 8.
Jets 24 (A Duncan 2, D Fa?alogo, B Tickle tries: T Barnes 4 goals) def Eels 16 (J Webster 2, W Leyshon tries: R Prince 2 goals).
Balmain Tigers took on the Canberra Raiders at Leichhardt Oval but the home side could not stop the visitors from taking the victory. The win now put the Raiders up the top of the ladder with three other teams, all on 8 points.
Raiders 20 (J Bulgarelli, J Buser, M Chalk, M Gafa tries: M Gafa 2 goals) def Tigers 10 (L Milton 2 tries: L Milton goal).
Saturday at Toyota Park had the Cronulla Sharks V Manly Sea Eagles. A solid victory to the Sharks to improve their chances on the table. Unfortunately for the Manly side, they are yet to post their first win in the competition.
Sharks 36 (A Dallalana, K Kingston, D Dumas, J Kent, N Youngquest, K Heckenberg tries: A Dallalana 6 goals) def Manly 6 (A Moore try: B Davis goal)
Sunday saw Souths head up to Newcastle. The Allight South Sydney Rabbitohs Premier League side has again bounced back from heavy defeat, this time proving too strong for the Newcastle Knights.One week after a 52-10 loss to Canberra, the Rabbitohs came back strongly to take home a 24-22 victory over the Knights after trailing 10-0 early.
South Sydney 24 (Joel Caine, Mark Minichiello, Beau Mundine, Joven Clarke tries: Luke Branighan 4/4 goals )def Newcastle Knights 22 (C McIntyre, M Fortier, T Bates, D Tolar tries: R Milligan 3/4 goals).
Once again captain Dean Byrne was outstanding as he orchestrated the downfall of the opposition with a near faultless display.
The inspirational halfback had a hand in all five Dragons four pointers scoring the opening try himself after just five minutes.
St George 30 (D Byrne, R Simmonds, G McBride, J Wilshere, C Nero tries: D Byrne 5 goals) def Penrith /St Marys Cougars 12 (A Armour, G Bell tries: C Hicks 2 goals).
Coming off a disappointing loss against the Bulldogs last week Western Suburbs were keen to live up to the lyrics of the club song against the North Sydney Bears at North Sydney Oval. It was Wests first visit to Bear Park since the club's ill-fated move to Gosford. The Black and Whites certainly managed to score enough points, racking up their second 50 pointer for the season, but will be disappointed to concede five tries themselves.
Magpies 58 (J Olzard 2, C Greenshields 2, N Murphy 2, D Djukich, T Clayton, A Tippett, G Viane tries: J Olzard 9 goals) def Bears 24 (L Coghill 2, B Nganini, S Matthews, M Chan tries: C Courtney, B Rogers goals).
Premier league standings after Round 5:
1. Canberra Raiders 4 wins 1 loss 2. Dragons 4 wins 1 loss 3. Parramatta 4 wins 1 loss 4. Bulldogs 4 wins 1 loss 5. Newtown 3 wins 1 loss 1 draw 6. St Marys-Penrith 3 wins 2 losses 7. Western Suburbs 3 wins 2 losses 8. Balmain 3 wins 2 losses 9. South Sydney 3 wins 2 losses 10. Sharks 2 wins 2 losses 1 draw 11. Sydney Roosters 1 win 4 losses 12. Newcastle 0 wins 5 losses 13. Manly 0 wins 5 losses 14. North Sydney 0 wins 5 losses