Round 4 kicked off with a tough match between last year's Grand Final teams - the Roosters and the Sea Eagles. The Roosters did not look to be playing at their best but the Sea Eagles were very good on defence. The Manly Sea Eagles ended up winning this tight match 8-0 thanks to some strong performances in their forward pack and by Steve Matai who was at his destructive best.
The other match on Friday night was between two teams who have surprised many so far this season. The Brisbane Broncos were too good however for the St George Dragons with the Broncos able to score points with ease winning 36-20. Matt Gillett was very good for the Broncos, he's a forward who has all the skills and is a hard man to tackle. Ben Barba continues to look at home in Brisbane while Gareth Widdop is showing why the Dragons paid a lot of money for him.
The upset of the round went to the Bulldogs who smashed the Melbourne Storm in Perth which is a long way from Sydney or Melbourne. The Bulldogs won 40-12 in very wet conditions but the Storm were unlucky that Cameron Smith suffered a back injury in the warm up. We can't make excuses for the Storm but Smith is the best player in the world so loosing him was important but the Bulldogs were on a rampage.
Well the Warriors look to have got over their hiccups in the first two rounds as they beat the West Tigers 42-18 in Wellington. The Warriors played like the typical Warriors scoring some amazing tries but were also very good on defence. This was helped by the injury to James Tedesco for the Tigers but the Warriors deserved the win. If you want to watch some exciting footy, keep watching the Warriors.
Another very exciting team to watch is the Parramatta Eels who beat their rivals the Penrith Panthers 32-16. The Eels welcomed back Chris Sandow who has been playing in reserve grade and he game back with a smile on his face to give the Eels a big boost. With Sandow and Jarryd Hayne in your team, you are going to be able to score lots of points and we saw that on the weekend.
Another big upset was the Canberra Raiders beating the South Sydney Rabbitohs 30-18. The Rabbitohs didn't play anywhere near their best and were outplayed by the Raiders who wanted the win a lot more. Anthony Milford was again hard to handle for the Raiders, but the backs can only score points if the big boys in the middle are working hard and the Raiders forwards were much better than the Rabbitohs pack.
It was an emotional afternoon in Newcastle as they 'rose for Alex' in honour of Alex McKinnon who broke his neck last week. Many people loved Alex and so the Knights went out and played for him, defeating the Cronulla Sharks 30-0. Young halfback Tyrone Roberts is a player to watch for the Knights and centre Joey Leilua scored a hat trick as the Knights made Alex proud.
Well Monday night gave us a tough game of footy with a lot of mistakes and a snake. Yup a snake came on to the field! Besides the snake, the Gold Coast Titans managed to outplay the North Queensland Cowboys to win 13-12 but this game will be remembered for the mistakes and a snake.