The weekend kicked off with the Rabbitohs returning to some form as they were too good for the Panthers 18-2. The key to the victory for the Rabbitohs was their defence and when you have players like Greg Inglis in your team, it is only a matter of time before you make the other team pay.
The Gold Coast Titans managed to beat their rivals the Brisbane Broncos in an exciting match on Friday night. It was a very close match but the Titans had luck on their side as David Mead scooped up a kick and ran the length of the field to score, then Ben Barba had the ball stripped from him by Aidan Sezer who then scored to give the Titans a 12-8 win. The Broncos will need Barba to find some confidence if they want to do well this season.
Jarrod Mullen returned for the Newcastle Knights which gave them a massive boost as they defeated the Canberra Raiders 26-12. The Knights have some very good players in key positions with Mullen at 6, Tyrone Roberts and halfback and Darius Boyd at fullback which gave them too much attacking power for the Raiders to match.
The Parramatta Eels got some revenge against the Roosters, beating them 14-12. The Roosters struggled to break down the Eels who have Jarryd Hayne to thank as he stopped two tries, holdng up Sonny Bill Williams which isn't easy! Parramatta hooker Nathan Peats again showed some good form, he's a very tough and physical young dummy half.
The Cowboys continue to struggle, and their coach Paul Green must be very frustrated. They lost to the Wests Tigers 16-4, with the Tigers playing much better than the Cowboys throughout the game. The Tigers have some of the best young forwards and they showed how good they are as they set the foundation for some attacking footy.
The Warriors looked much better this week against the Canterbury Bulldogs but in the end the Bulldogs were too good wining 21-20 thanks to a Trent Hodkinson field goal. The Warriors were up against a very good forward pack and did well to match them, but when the game mattered most they couldn't match the quality of the Bulldogs.
The Cronulla Sharks gave the Warriors a hiding last week, but this week they struggled against the Manly Sea Eagles. Manly won 24-4 thanks to the return of some key players like Brett Stewart and young winger Jorge Taufua. Manly dominated the first half with Taufua celebrating his return to first grade with some high quality tries.
On Monday night the Melbourne Storm came from behind to beat the St George Dragons 28-24. Winger Young Tonumaipea scored in the corner with the last play of the game to give the Storm the win after the scored two quick tries in the last 15 minutes.