NRL ROUND SEVEN: THE WINNERS AND LOSERS
Canterbury = Now have three wins in a row after beating Souths on Good Friday. The flogging by Manly seems like a bad memory.
Sydney Roosters = ended up have a comfortable win against a gallant Newcastle, now sitting in the top four.
Brisbane = Pushed hard by a willing Titans. Banking these early wins will be important come Origin time.
Melbourne = Did enough in the first half and survived Manly’s second half fightback. Not the clinical Storm we’re used to, but still good enough.
Canberra = Weathered a strong Warriors first half and were rewarded with their third straight win. Jarrod Croker’s crucial try-saving tackle will be remembered for a long time.
St. George-Illawarra = Survived a Cowboys fightback to sit first, who would have thought?
Cronulla = fired up by Gus’s “soft premiership” sledge, the Sharks slaughtered the disappointing Panthers to make it four straight wins.
Parramatta = Broke a four-game losing streak with a come-from-behind win over Wests Tigers. Now just outside the eight.
Souths = Good first half saw them lead by a point, but held scoreless in the second half. How much trouble will Sam Burgess be in with that shoulder charge?
Newcastle = Same old story for the poor old Knights: brave but outclassed.
Gold Coast = valiant effort at Lang Park after the big loss to Canberra. Matched the Broncos for 70 minutes and were unlucky to lose.
Manly = blown away in the first half but nearly pinched an unlikely win over the Storm. Their 1-4 record at Brooky is a worry though.
NZ Warriors = threw everything at Canberra in the first half and should have led by more than two points at halftime - their 17 errors and 37 missed tackles didn’t help. Still haven’t won away from Auckland yet.
North QLD = The fact the weakened Cowboys nearly won after trailing 28-4 suggests they won’t completely fall apart while Thurston is out.
Penrith = Gus might need to add a few more years to the “five-year plan” with just two wins from seven so far.
Wests Tigers = Last week’s heroics forgotten after conceding a 12-point lead against Parramatta.