The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs overcame a brave North Sydney Bears outfit in a close encounter at Belmore Oval.
Wet conditions caused problems for the Bulldogs side, however strong performances by Matt Frawley and Lindon McGrady as well as Dane Chisholm off the bench ensured a well-deserved victory.
Canterbury Bulldogs 30 (Shaun Lane 2, Tyrone Phillips, Levi Dodd, Tautalatasi Tasi, Matt Frawley tries; Dane Chisholm 2, Dodd goals) bt North Sydney Bears 22 (Sam Manuleleua 2, Nikko Roberts, Brock Gray tries; Roberts 3 goals)
Newtown Jets 30 (Mitch Brown 2, Dallas Wells, Sami Sauliluma, Patrice Siolo, Nathan Gardner tries; Gardner 3 goals) bt Wentworthville Magpies 18 (Ben Crooks, Adam Quinlan, Daniel Alvaro, Halauafu Lavaka tries; Luke Kelly goal)
SUMMARY: The Newtown Jets recorded their third straight victory, running out 12-point winners over the Wentworthville Magpies at Henson Park. While Newtown were clearly the stronger of the two sides, two late tries to the visitors in the final 10 minutes made things a lot closer than they should have been. The main talking point out of the match, however, was the courageous return of Eels-contracted Wentworthville forward Richie Fa'aoso. The journeyman front-rower was particularly strong in defence in his comeback match after suffering a broken neck 18 months ago.
Newcastle Knights 34 (Jaelen Feeney 2, Joseph Tapine 2, Chad Redman, Pat Mata'utia tries; Kerrod Holland 5 goals) bt Illawarra Cutters 26 (Yaw Kiti Glymin 2, Tyron Cranston, Peter Mata'utia, Fraser Alcock tries; Shannon Crook 3 goals)
SUMMARY: The Newcastle Knights and Illawarra Cutters have played out a thrilling VB NSW Cup match at Ziems Park in Corrimal. The Knights jumped out to an early 24-0 lead before the Cutters scored 26 unanswered points to take the lead with 20 minutes to play. However two late Knights tries saw them take the match, 34-26.
Penrith Panthers 12 (Nu'u Akeripa 2 tries; Will Smith, Isaac John goals) bt Wests Tigers 10 (Shannon McDonnell, Chance Peni tries; Josh Drinkwater goal)
SUMMARY: Penrith have withstood a second-half comeback from the Wests Tigers to a record a much needed 12-10 win at a soggy Pepper Stadium today. For Penrith Nu’u Akeripa was the hero, scoring a double in the first half to give the Panthers a 10-point lead at half-time before the Wests Tigers levelled the scores midway through the second half. It took a 66th-minute penalty goal to break the deadlock in a high-quality game despite the wet conditions.
Mounties 26 (Gus Aiga 2, Mitchell Cronin, Mitch Cornish, Kurt Baptiste tries; Cornish 3 goals) bt Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 24 (Ben Fritz, Dom Reardon, Tyson Andrews, Uiti Baker tries; Kurt Aldridge 4 goals)
SUMMARY: Mounties remain undefeated after overcoming a 14-point deficit to seize a 26-24 victory over the Manly Sea Eagles. The Sea Eagles were motivated to score the upset win after jumping out to an early 18-4 lead but forward prop Luke Page inspired Mounties to keep their perfect record intact after five rounds.
Wyong Roos 42 (Brendan Elliot 2, Mitch Williams, Tyler Cornish, Brock Molan, Yileen Gordon, Leivaha Pulu tries, Nathan Stapleton 7 goals) Warriors 6 (Nathaniel Peteru try; Api Pewhairangi goal)
SUMMARY: The Wyong Roos maintained their perfect win-loss sequence of the opening five rounds when they eked out a 42-6 victory over the second placed NZ Warriors at a spongy Morry Breen Oval. Rip Taylor's men fell behind early however a 12-6 half time lead extended dramatically during the games final quarter hour.
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