The Manly Sea Eagles beat the Canterbury Bulldogs on Friday night at Brookvale oval 32-10. The match was played in wet and muddy conditions which meant both sides had to play a different style to how the would usually play. Daly Cherry-Evans was the star of the show once again for Manly but he may have suffered an injury from the match, hopefully he will be ok for State of Origin game 2.
The other Friday night match saw the Parramatta Eels take on the North Queensland Cowboys in Sydney. The Eels won 18-16 after a big first half thanks to Jarryd Hayne who is continuing his great form. The Cowboys did their best to come back but couldn't weren't quite good enough to get the win.
Saturday saw the St George Dragons and the Penrith Panthers have big wins. The Dragons beat the Cronulla Sharks 30-0 with Benji Marshall showing that he still has plenty of talent left as he set up a few of the tries. The Titans simply weren't good enough to match the Panthers with the Panthers grabbing an impressive 36-14 win on the Gold Coast.
In Perth, the Warriors did their best to upset the South Sydney Rabbitohs as they put together a strong first half performance but couldn't back in up in the second half. The Rabbitohs won 34-18 without Greg Inglis who suffered an ankle injury and didn't return to the field. The Rabbitohs were very good considering all the injuries they had.
The Sydney Roosters and the West Tigers won the Sunday matches with the Roosters too good for the Melbourne Storm 32-12, while the Newcastle Knights came close but lost to the Tigers 23-20. The Knights had Kurt Gidley sent to the sin bin for a silly penalty but the highlight of the match was a big drop goal from Tigers' winger Pat Richards.
The Canberra Raiders continue to struggle after loosing to a Brisbane Broncos team who look to be getting better each week. The Broncos won 28-4 with Dale Copley getting a double to continue his good run of form while Ben Barba also got on the score sheet.