Penrith made positive it’ll end spherical 12 on prime of the NRL ladder following a complete 42-12 defeat of Manly at Brookvale Oval.
- Penrith scored seven tries to 2 in opposition to the Sea Eagles, with Charlie Staines crossing for a double
- A Jarrod Croker penalty purpose proved the distinction on the scoreboard within the Raiders’ 14-12 win in opposition to the Cowboys
- Joseph Manu performed a starring position within the Roosters’ 18-12 win over the Titans
Earlier on Saturday, Canberra confirmed its class to sneak dwelling with a 14-12 win over North Queensland, whereas the Sydney Roosters survived an almighty scare from Gold Coast to flee with an 18-12 triumph.
The Panthers skipped three factors away from Melbourne and Parramatta on the ladder, though the Storm and Eels will play their respective round-12 fixtures on Sunday.
Charlie Staines, taking part in simply his second NRL match, scored two tries in 25 action-filled minutes earlier than limping off the sphere with a hamstring harm.
Nathan Cleary additionally placed on a masterclass, establishing two tries and scoring one among his personal within the second half when he regathered his personal grubber.
However Staines was the principle attraction.
He turned the primary man since South Sydney’s Don Manson in 1937 to attain six tries in his first two matches.
Within the time since his 4 tries on debut final month, the winger has spent two weeks in quarantine after having too many guests in his dwelling after which visiting Nepean Hospital with lockjaw.
However whereas Penrith shot out of the blocks to a 22-Zero lead after 30 minutes, it was an absolute horror present for Manly.
Dylan Walker left the sphere with a foot harm simply 10 minutes into his return from a difficulty greater up in the identical foot, whereas Curtis Sironen harm his knee and Brad Parker suffered a concussion.
The loss drops the Sea Eagles again out of the highest eight and with a vital few weeks forward earlier than Tom Trbojevic’s deliberate return in three matches.
In the meantime, the efficiency was among the finest of Penrith’s season, with the Panthers finishing at 91 per cent and taking part in expansive soccer.
Staines opened the scoring when he acquired the ball down in a good house on the best edge within the 10th minute, then Cleary gifted him with an ideal lofted ball for his second.
Cleary kicked a 40-20 earlier than one other attempt earlier than one among his grubbers rebounded into Penrith fingers and Viliame Kikau placed on an offload for Stephen Crichton to attain.
Isaah Yeo, Api Koroisau and Brent Naden additionally claimed tries within the demolition job.
Cherry-Evans was clearly Manly’s finest.
He put Jake Trbojevic over with an inside ball for his or her solely first-half attempt to kicked for Jorge Taufua for one within the second.
He additionally in some way held Kikau as much as save one and stopped one other when he chased down Naden after working 80 metres from a Lachlan Croker intercept.
Raiders grasp robust to win up north
It was removed from the Raiders’ finest efficiency however they did sufficient to edge a keen Cowboys outfit, with each groups scoring two tries in Townsville.
The Cowboys threw every thing at their opponents however too usually let themselves down with their kicking choices.
Gunning for his or her third successive victory, the Raiders seemed as in the event that they had been struggling jet lag early on after their lengthy match-day flight to Canberra.
They had been caught out simply two minutes into the match when North Queensland hooker Reece Robson dashed over the road from dummy half.
The Raiders discovered their groove to degree within the 18th minute when half-back George Williams began and completed a 70-metre attempt, helped by a giant cost and fend by winger Nick Cotric.
A 35th-minute penalty strike by captain Jarrod Croker allowed his workforce to take an 8-6 result in half-time.
Canberra prop Josh Papalii was each hero and villain inside two minutes, stripping the ball however then being positioned on report for a forearm to the top of the Cowboys’ teenage full-back Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow.
Cowboys skipper Jason Taumalolo steamed to the attempt line to place his facet up but it surely was short-lived with the Raiders hitting again 4 minutes later.
England worldwide John Bateman, taking part in his first match of the yr after two rounds of shoulder surgical procedure, discovered Curtis Scott, who fended off winger Murray Taulagi to attain.
Sharpshooter Croker then confirmed his worth, nailing the conversion from the sideline to place his facet forward once more.
The ultimate 12 minutes noticed 4 captains’ challenges, with the Cowboys right with each however they could not discover the factors for a win or to take the match into golden level.
Roosters deny gutsy Titans
In an action-packed match laced with drama on the sCG, the Roosters overcame their crippling harm toll to protect their place within the prime 4 thanks largely to the heroics of stylish centre Joseph Manu.
Already lacking eight gamers from their 2019 grand final-winning outfit and with celebrity signing Sonny Invoice Williams holed up in quarantine, the Roosters misplaced try-scoring ace Josh Morris to a calf pressure earlier than this afternoon’s kick-off.
Fortuitously the back-to-back premiers had Manu, whose leaping 58th-minute attempt to miracle first-half attempt saver on Phillip Sami saved the Roosters embarrassment.
The Titans might have bagged 4 first-half tries however needed to accept just one after blowing two and seeing Manu pull off his unbelievable rescue act earlier than the break.
Jamal Fogarty was additionally denied a attempt in simply the second minute, the half-back touching down just for the bunker to rule Titans teammate Brian Kelly had handed him the ball off the bottom.
However there was no denying Anthony Don eight minutes later when the prolific winger began and completed his personal 75-metre effort.
After scrambling for a lot of the half, in some way the Roosters went to the break with a 10-6 benefit after half-back Kyle Flanagan added two penalties to his conversion of Mitch Aubusson’s attempt.
The Titans had been decreased to 12 males for a second time within the match when Keegan Hipgrave was sin-binned for taking out Lindsay Collins.
The Roosters’ claims for a penalty attempt had been denied however Flanagan’s two factors made it 12-6 earlier than Manu soared excessive to reel in Luke Keary’s cross-field bomb.
That appeared to seal the deal earlier than Sami crossed with 5 minutes remaining to present Roosters followers a tense end.