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Round 9 of the NSWRL Premier League saw some rather large scores posted. The Cougars put on a polished performance over Norths. The thriller at Sydney Showgrounds between the Bulldogs and the Magpies certainly entertained the crowd as did the game played at Henson Park between the Newtown Jets and the Roosters.
First up on the Friday night saw the visiting Raiders side consolidate their position at the top of the table when they took on the Sharks at Toyota Park. The final score Raiders 34 - Sharks 10.
Unfortunately for the Manly side, they could not repeat their efforts from the weekend earlier when they posted their first win, going down to the Newcastle side by 30 - 12. The Knights were very happy to collect their first points on the ladder in the Premier League competition.
Next up the St Marys/Penrith Cougars showed their home crowd the potential the side has when the absolutely demolished North Sydney by 48 - 0. The Cougars have been very consistent of late, and are very close to pushing for a place in the top four.
The Jets were very close to posting a win over the more fancied Roosters, but were just pipped at the post, going down at Henson Park by 28 - 26, when the Roosters scored a try in the dying minutes.
A nailbiter at the Sydney Showgrounds on Saturday afternoon saw the Bulldogs just hold out the Magpies by 20 - 19, to keep themselves in the top four. Definitely a fine effort by the Magpies.
The Eels also cemented their spot at the top of the ladder with an impressive win over Souths, 50 - 16 at Parramatta Stadium. The are now top equal on the ladder with the Raiders, with only the points difference separating the two teams.
The Dragons went down to the visiting Tigers side, 32 - 24, in what was to be a hard Sunday afternoon for the Dragons fans at Oki Jubilee Oval. The Dragons still manage to hold their 3rd spot on the table, but will certainly be looking for a better performance next weekend. On the other hand, the Tigers are sitting pretty mid table, and may cause a few further upsets as the competition continues.
Results at a glance:
Manly 12 defeated by Newcastle 30 .
Canterbury 20 defeated Wests 19.
Parramatta 50 defeated Souths 16.
Dragons 24 defeated by Balmain 32.