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We look back at the first round of the 2013 NRL Telstra Premiership, and an early look at the eight joint leaders of the 2013 LeagueUnlimited.com Player of the Year.
Round 1 produced some surprising results, with the Newcastle Knights and Parramatta Eels surging to the top of the table with 30+ point victories over an unimpressive Wests Tigers and New Zealand Warriors respectively.
Below you'll find the results, player of the match points and match details for each Round 1 fixture.
SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS 28 defeated SYDNEY ROOSTERS 10
National Rugby League - Round 1 - Thursday 7 March 2013, 8:05pm
Venue: Sydney Football Stadium (Allianz Stadium)
Halftime: South Sydney Rabbitohs 16 Sydney Roosters 4
REPORT: "Bunnies boil Roosters in 2013 opener"
Holden Cup: Sydney Roosters 26-24
MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES 22 defeated BRISBANE BRONCOS 14
National Rugby League - Round 1 - Friday 8 March 2013, 8:05pm
Venue: Lang Park (Suncorp Stadium)
Halftime: Brisbane Broncos 14 Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 6
BRISBANE BRONCOS 14
Tries: Matt Gillett, Lachlan Maranta
Goals: Scott Prince 3/3
Holden Cup: Brisbane Broncos 30-28
PARRAMATTA EELS 40 defeated NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS 10
National Rugby League - Round 1 - Saturday 9 March 2013, 5:30pm
Venue: Parramatta Stadium
Halftime: Parramatta Eels 18 New Zealand Warriors 0
REPORT: "Sandow slips Eels into form"
NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS 10
Tries: Jacob Lillyman, Dane Nielsen
Goals: Shaun Johnson 1/2
Holden Cup: Parramatta Eels 46-8
NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS 24 defeated CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS 12
National Rugby League - Round 1 - Saturday 9 March 2013, 7:30pm
Venue: Central Coast Stadium (Bluetongue Stadium)
Halftime: North Queensland Cowboys 18 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 12
CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS 12
Tries: Josh Reynolds, Steve Turner
Goals: Krisnan Inu 2/3
Holden Cup: Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 40-20
PENRITH PANTHERS 32 defeated CANBERRA RAIDERS 10
National Rugby League - Round 1 - Sunday 10 March 2013, 2:00pm
Venue: Penrith Stadium (Centrebet Stadium)
Halftime: Penrith Panthers 12 Canberra Raiders 6
REPORT: "Penrith pounce on Raiders"
CANBERRA RAIDERS 10
Tries: Josh McCrone, Blake Ferguson
Goals: Jarrod Croker 1/2
Holden Cup: Penrith Panthers 40-16
MELBOURNE STORM 30 defeated ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS 10
National Rugby League - Round 1 - Sunday 10 March 2013, 3:00pm
Venue: Melbourne Rectangular Stadium (AAMI Park)
Halftime: Melbourne Storm 18 St George Illawarra Dragons 0
REPORT: "Flat Melbourne prevail over Dragons"
ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS 10
Tries: Jamie Soward, Jason Nightingale
Goals: Jamie Soward 1/2
Holden Cup: Melbourne Storm 36-12
CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS 12 defeated GOLD COAST TITANS 10
National Rugby League - Round 1 - Sunday 10 March 2013, 6:30pm
Venue: Endeavour Field (Sharks Stadium)
Halftime: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 6 Gold Coast Titans 0
REPORT: "Emotional Sharks outlast Titans"
CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS 12
Tries: Matthew Wright, Andrew Fifita
Goals: Michael Gordon 2/2
GOLD COAST TITANS 10
Tries: David Mead, Dave Taylor
Goals: Aidan Sezer 1/2
Holden Cup: Gold Coast Titans 29-16
NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS 42 def WESTS TIGERS 10
National Rugby League - Round 1 - Monday 11 March 2013, 7:00pm
Venue: Newcastle International Sports Centre (Hunter Stadium)
Halftime: Newcastle Knights 24 Wests Tigers 6
REPORT: "Knight-mate Monday evening for Tigers"
WESTS TIGERS 10
Tries: Adam Blair, Tim Moltzen
Goals: Benji Marshall 1/2
Holden Cup: Wests Tigers 22-12
2013 LEAGUEUNLIMITED.COM Player of the Year Leaderboard
Updated after Round 1
George Burgess (Rabbitohs), Daly Cherry-Evans (Sea Eagles), Chris Sandow (Eels), Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys), James Segeyaro (Panthers), Cooper Cronk (Storm), Paul Gallen (Sharks), Darius Boyd (Knights).