The Newsroom recaps round 13 of the National Rugby League.
Raiders outshine wounded Eagles
The Canberra Raiders beat the Manly Sea Eagles 30-18 at a chilly Canberra Stadium on Friday night. Manly started strong with Daley Cherry-Evans scoring in the 5th minute. The Raiders soon evened things up with a try to Brenko Lee in the 13th minute. In the final stages of the first half, a great play by the green machine set workhorse Josh Hodgson up to score right just before the whistle. In the second half, The Raiders looked like they were going to put 50 on the Eagles as they held them scoreless for 65 minutes. Elliott Whitehead went over for Canberra in the 44th then the points kept coming, from Jack Wighton in the 50th and Josh Papalii in the 53rd minutes. The Manly side were gutsy, scoring two tries in four minutes near the end, but they simply ran out of time and were feeling the loss of Jamie Lyon, Brenton Lawrence and Cherry-Evans to injury.
The Storm prove too much for unlucky Panthers
The Melbourne Storm demoralised the Penrith Panthers 24-6 at AAMI Park on Saturday night. The Panthers started well, with slick back-line play by Matt Moylan and Tyrone Peachey setting up Josh Mansour for a try in the corner in the 8th minute, with Jamie Soward slotted a beautiful conversion from the sideline.
But that was the last of Penrith’s points for the night as they were locked out by impressive Storm defence. Skipper Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk, backing up from Origin duties, were inspirational, Smith making 39 tackles. The Storm’s first try by Kiwi prop Jesse Bromwich came after Cronk put him through a hole in the 18th minute. Cronk had a hand in every try, and scored his own under the post in the 78th minute.
Sharks break the Dogs’ hearts
The Cronulla Sharks won their ninth consecutive game at ANZ Stadium on Monday night, pipping the Canterbury Bulldogs 20-18. The Dogs were firing on all cylinders from the get-go, the attack of Will Hopoate helping them earn vital metres and setting up a try for Josh Reynolds in the 18th minute. Then former Shark Michael Lichaa went over for Canterbury, taking them to 12-0. The Sharks hit back with a try to Chad Townsend, then Valentine Holmes who scored from an impressive solo dispay by Jack Bird. The Dogs bit back in the 35th, sending big man Sam Kasiano over ion the 35th minute to lead by 18-10 at half-time.
The Dogs held on grimly in the second half until Ben Barba proved too elusive for them in the 56th minute. Even so, it seemed the Dogs were set to break the Sharks’ momentum until the Sharks’ Ricky Leutele crossed in the corner, giving James Maloney a chance to clinch victory through a conversion – Jesse Mullens
Other round 13 results:
New Zealand Warriors 36 – 18 Brisbane Broncos
North Queensland Cowboys 46 – 16 Newcastle Knights
Sydney Roosters 32 – 18 Wests Tigers
Gold Coast Titans 29 – 28 South Sydney Rabbitohs
Photo shows Blake Austin looking for runners – from the Canberra Raiders’ Facebook page.