Toyota Cup Wrap - Round 13
Parramatta 16, St George 10
St George Illawarra were valiant but not good enough to defeat the 7th placed Parramatta Eels. Two early tries put Parramatta on the front foot but St George fought their way back, before excitement machine, Marmin Barba scored to hand Parramatta the win.
Parramatta Eels 16 (Toutai 2 and Barba tries. Breust 2/4 goals.) defeated St George Illawarra Dragons 10 (De Belin and Thompson tries. Gillies 1/2 goals)
Cronulla 22, Brisbane 18
Cronulla have kept the pressure on the top four on the ladder, discarding another challenger in the Broncos. Over the last few weeks, the Toyota Cup side has lost stars to first grade but a double to Tyrone Peachy in a four try blitz in the first half sealed it for the Sharks.
Cronulla Sharks 22 (Peachey 2, Moroko and Lichaa tries. Hijazi 3/4 goals.) defeated Brisbane Broncos 18 (Binge, Wallace and Malley tries. Frei 2/2 and Norman 1/1 goals)
Gold Coast 11, Penrith 10
After being anchored to the bottom of the ladder for most of the season, Gold Coast have finally left the dungeon. It was the Jordan Rankin show for the Gold Coast Titans, as he celebrated becoming the most capped player in the Toyota Cup, with two tries and a field goal in the low scoring win.
Gold Coast Titans 11 (Rankin 2 tries. Springer 1/2 goals. Rankin 1/2 Field Goals) defeated Penrith Panthers 10 (Austin and Tia Kilifi tries. Austin 1/1 and Moylan 0/1 goals. Moylan 0/2 Field Goals.)
Canterbury-Bankstown 50, Manly 6
The Bulldogs endured a tough open ten minutes to just demolish a Manly side who now take the unwanted pole position for the wooden spoon. Doubles to Lafai and Ahafono plus tries to five others brought up the half century for the third placed Canterbury side.
Canterbury-Bankstown 50 (Lafai 2, Ahafono 2, Murphy, Finucane, O'Malley, McCallum, Spopaga tries. Taotau 7/9 goals.) defeated Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 6 (Faliuga try. Falaniko goal.)
New Zealand 50, Sydney 10
Well, what else can you say about the Warriors. The juggernaut just continues to roll on, this time the victim was the Roosters. Ben Henry was a highlight, completing a hat-trick just after halftime in the 43rd minute. They hold first position on for and against over Melbourne who also won this weekend and are the two top teams currently.
New Zealand Warriors 50 (B. Henry 3, A.Henry 1, Fotofili, Hurrell, Taukeiaho, Tony and Slaimankhel tries. Collier 7/9 goals) defeated Sydney Roosters 10 (Moga and Rokolati tries. Taripo goal)
North Queensland 20, Canberra 18
North Queensland have broken their drought in Canberra, with a 72nd minute try by Wayne Ulugia sealing the victory. It was a tight contest in the first half, with only one try but it exploded in the second half, with five tries.
North Queensland Cowboys 20 (Walshe, Taumalolo, Santo and Ulugia tries. Feldt 2/4 goals) defeated Canberra Raiders 18 (Baker, McIlwrick and Hawkins tries. Medcalf 3/3 goals)
Melbourne 40, South Sydney 16
It was a six try romp in the first half which sealed the win for the Melbourne Storm. They weathered the second half fight back from Souths to hold onto second position. Young Tonumaipea scored a hat-trick within the first half was a highlight.
Melbourne Storm 40 (Tonumaipea 3, McGahan, Hampton, Fonua, Harris and Bromwich tries. McGahan 4/8 goals) defeated South Sydney Rabbitohs 16 (Mecham, French and Vale tries. Jaegar 2/3 goals)
Newcastle 26, Wests 18
Newcastle have completed, a boil over in Leichhardt tonight. Chris Knight scored late in the piece to extend the Knights lead to eight points which was ultimately good enough for the win. David Nofoaluma was valiant in a losing effort, scoring a brace.
Newcastle Knights 26 (Mann, Redman, Roose and Knight tries. Smith 5/5 goals. Mann 0/1 Field Goals) defeated Wests Tigers 18 (Nofoaluma 2 and Lovett tries. Miller 3/3 goals)
Toyota Cup Ladder, after Round 13
New Zealand 22
North Queensland 20
St George 9
South Sydney 7
Gold Coast 7