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NRL Round Six: Good, Bad, Bizarre

  • NRL Round Six: Good, Bad, Bizarre

    TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 08: Johnathan Thurston of the Cowboys is helped from the field during the round six NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Wests Tigers at 1300SMILES Stadium on April 8, 2017 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

  • NRL Round Six: Good, Bad, Bizarre

    GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 08: Jordan Rapana of the Raiders in action during the round six NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Canberra Raiders at Cbus Super Stadium on April 8, 2017 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Jason O'Brien/Getty Images)

  • NRL Round Six: Good, Bad, Bizarre

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 08: Daly Cherry-Evans of the Sea Eagles looks dejected during the round six NRL match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Lottoland on April 8, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

GOOD: Rapana carves up Titans
After a slow start, Canberra are looking like contenders again, with big wins against Parramatta and Gold Coast.

Part of Canberra's resurgence is due to Jordan Rapana. He scored Canberra's first three tries against the Titans, leading to a 42-16 win which puts Canberra just outside the top four.

We all saw how destructive "Leipana" was last season, so if Rapana can keep going, Canberra could go deep into September again.

BAD: Are North Qld losing their home aura?
While it's ludicrous to suggest the Cowboys are in trouble so early in the season, the nature of their two losses is concerning.

They've lost to Manly and Wests Tigers - teams they'd expect to beat easily - at home.

Townsville is usually a nightmare for interstate teams (though Canberra almost pinched a win in round one), so to see the Cowboys have two shock home losses is a worry. To make it worse, Johnathan Thurston went off injured late in the Tigers loss.

If they lose their next home game against Newcastle in two weeks, then the alarms will go off. 

BIZARRE: Manly's brain fade
Manly have recovered from their opening two losses, but the 35-10 loss to St. George-Illawarra set them back.

Manly had a horrible start, with Garrett Widdop scoring off a Bunker-approved "no marker" play in the third minute (see link below for more outrage), a shocking elementary error. The Dragons extended their lead to 16-0 after 20 minutes and it was game over.

It continued another controversial weekend for the Bunker, starting with the blatantly wrong forward pass call in the Brisbane v Sydney Roosters game.

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