The Bulldogs have defeated the NZ Warriors in a see-sawing game which included six lead changes.
The key difference between the two sides were the halves' kicking games. Lindon McGrady and Matt Frawley were outstanding in that department while Corey Thompson showed his experience at the back, making it hard for the Warriors.
CANTERBURY BULLDOGS 26 (C Thompson, T Phillips, L Dodd, J McInally, L McGrady tries; C Stanley 3 goals) bt WARRIORS 18 (U Poching, G Carmont, D Peyroux tries; Pewhairangi 3 goals)
PENRITH PANTHERS 38 (W Blake 2, E Aiono, I John, L Latu, A Koroisau, C Crichton tries; Koroisau 5 goals) bt NORTH SYDNEY BEARS 6 (C Whitelaw try; N Roberts goal)
SUMMARY: The Panthers' love affair with Bathurst at VB NSW Cup level has continued with an impressive win against the Bears. Isaac John led the way for the 'home' side, having a hand in most of his side's attacking raids and constantly posing a threat on his way to picking up the VB hard-earned man-of-the-match award.
MANLY WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES 32 (D Williams 2, B Fritz, J Hodges, K Aldridge tries; Aldridge 6 goals) bt ILLAWARRA CUTTERS 20 (T Cranston, K Glymin, D Hutchinson, A Tuimavave-Gerard tries; Hutchinson 2 goals)
SUMMARY: Manly have overcome a 16-point deficit to secure their first win of the season, with a remarkable 32-20 point victory over Illawarra. Jayden Hodges and David Williams inspired the impressive Sea Eagles comeback after trailing 16-0 after 28 minutes, to get them back within four at half time, before dominating the second half and taking the two points.
WESTS TIGERS 31 (K Rowe 2, D Houter, W Lolo, S McDonnell tries; J Drinkwater 5 goals; Drinkwater field goal) bt WENTWORTHVILLE MAGPIES 18 (R Morgan, B Crooks, J Folau tries; L Kelly 3 goals)
SUMMARY: The Wests Tigers have continued their perfect start to the season, finishing 13-point winners over the Wentworthville Magpies at Leichhardt Oval. Despite scores being level with five minutes remaining, two converted tries and a field goal in the dying stages saw the home side hand the Magpies their second straight loss the start the season.
NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS 32 (N Ross 2, J Mamo 2, D Kerr, C Redman tries; Redman 4 goals) bt NEWTOWN JETS 16 (N Gardner, T Murphy, K Kara tries; Gardner 2 goals)
SUMMARY: Nathan Ross celebrated his home coming to Kurri Sports Ground with two tries in a standout performance to help the Knights to a 16-point victory over Newtown. Ross and team-mate and fellow speedster Jake Mamo made life incredibly difficult for the visitors, ultimately proving the difference in an entertaining clash.
MOUNTIES 21 (B Tupou, J Ahearn, M Cronin, G Aiga tries; S Williams 2 goals; Williams field goal) bt WYONG ROOS 18 (M Ikavalu, B Molan, L Setu tries; T Cornish 3 goals)
SUMMARY: A dramatic late surge from Mounties saw the men in yellow and black snatch a thrilling three-point victory over Wyong at Morry Breen Oval. Halfback Sam Williams kicked an audacious 40-metre field goal with just 90 seconds left on the clock to edge the visitors in front for the first time in the match.
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