Melbourne Storm reinforced their position at the top with a huge 44-12 thrashing of Newcastle. A Brodie Croft hat-trick was part of the eight try demolition that demonstrates why they are the best side at the moment. It’s tight in behind with five teams within four points. Second place Brisbane won again beating ST George 24-12 with Alex Glenn grabbing two of the Broncos 5 tries. Sydney City also have 34 points in third, with Latrell Mitchell scoring the crucial winning try with eight minutes left in a 22-18 win over Western Suburbs.
Just behind on 32 points are Cronulla and Parramatta who both won this week as well. Paramatta beat Gold Coast 30-8 with a perfect 5 for 5 kicking performance from Mitch Moses in which he controlled the game as the Eels ran in five tries. Meanwhile Cronulla took advantage of an injury hit North Queensland to run in four tries in a 26-16 win.
Penrith helped their play off hopes with a tightly fought 26-22 win at Canberra with aided by 12 points and a try from Nathan Cleary. Canterbury who are already eliminated struck a blow to Manly’s play off hopes with a 30-16 win set up by two early tries from Marcelo Montoya.
Finally an Alex Johnson hat-trick helped South Sydney win 36-18 against the New Zealand Warriors, whose dismal recent form continues. It is their fifth defeat in a row.
Runaway leaders the Castleford Tigers suffered a shock home defeat as the Super 8’s kicked off. Two tires from James Roby and 10 points off the boot of Mark Percival ensured ST Helens got the shock 26-12 win at the Jungle. Nearest rivals Leeds closed the gap to eight points with an impressive win over Challenge Cup finalists Wigan. A Hat trick from Stevie Ward helped Leeds as they ran in six tries to run out 32-16 as they ran away with it after a tight first half.
Hull are in third place after a 32-16 win against Salford. It was all square at the break but Hull eased ahead in an impressive second half with Jake Connor kicking a perfect six out of six. 16 points and a try for Danny Brough was key for Huddersfield as they thrashed Wakefield 36-6 in the remaining game of the weekend.
Leaders the Melbourne Storm march on taking advantage of injury hit North Queensland to move 6 points clear at the top. Two tries from Suliasi Vunivalu were part of a five try victory ending 26-8. Cronulla lost ground with huge loss at Canberra who are back in the play off hunt. Two tries for Jordan Rapana and 14 points for Jarrod Crocker saw the Green Machine to an impressive and deserved 30-12 win.
Sydney City also lost ground suffering a shock 36-18 defeat at Manly. Two tries for Tom Trbojevic and 14 points and a try from Matthew Wright were the catalyst for the Sea Eagles despite going behind early on. The big winners of the weekend were Brisbane who took advantage of Cronulla and Sydndey City’s slip ups thrashing Gold Coast 54-0. Ben Hunt had an outstanding game gabbing a hat-trick as part of the 10 try demolition. They move ominously into third place.
Elsewhere despite being down to 14 men at the end South Sydney left it late to beat ST George 26-24 with a try from Bryson Goodwin two minutes from time. Parramatta continued their good form with a comfortable win over Canterbury 20-4. Kiwi international Dallin Watene-Zelezniak went over twice as Penrith beat Western Suburbs 28-14. Finally Newcastle remain bottom but have two wins on the bounce defeating the New Zealand Warriors 26-10.
The top 3 all won to sustain their respective challenges for the minor Premiership. Cameron Smith in his 350th game kicked 10 points as top of the table Melbourne thrashed Manly 40-6 in a seven try demolition. Luke Keary got the decisive score for second placed Sydney City in a tightly fought 22-16 win over North Queensland. Cronulla comfortably held onto third with a solid 26-12 win in New Zealand. Brisbane lost ground as they ran into in form Parramatta, two tries from Kirisome Auva’a aided the Eels to an impressive 28-14 win, their fifth in a row.
Elsewhere James Tedesso ran the show for Western Suburbs who were also excellent in defense as they beat Gold Coast 26-4. Canberra eased past South Sydney 32-18 and bottom side Newcastle got a rare win over ST George 21-14.