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NRL round seven: the winners and losers

  • NRL round seven: the winners and losers

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 17: Michael Jennings of the Eels is tackled during the round seven NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium on April 17, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

  • NRL round seven: the winners and losers

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 16: Jack Bird of the Sharks celebrates scoring a try with team mates during the round seven NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Cronulla Sharks at Pepper Stadium on April 16, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

  • NRL round seven: the winners and losers

    WOLLONGONG, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 15: Tyson Frizell of the Dragons is tackled during the round seven NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the North Queensland Cowboys at WIN Stadium on April 15, 2017 in Wollongong, Australia. (Photo by Matt Blyth/Getty Images)

  • NRL round seven: the winners and losers

    CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 15: Jack Wighton of the Raiders makes a break during the round seven NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the New Zealand Warriors at GIO Stadium on April 15, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

  • NRL round seven: the winners and losers

    BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 14: James Roberts of the Broncos runs with the ball during the round seven NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Gold Coast Titans at Suncorp Stadium on April 14, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

  • NRL round seven: the winners and losers

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 15: Felise Kaufusi of the Storm is tackled during the round seven NRL match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Melbourne Storm at Lottoland on April 15, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

  • NRL round seven: the winners and losers

    NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 14: Roosters players celebrate a try during the round seven NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the Sydney Roosters at McDonald Jones Stadium on April 14, 2017 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)

  • NRL round seven: the winners and losers

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 14: Kerrod Holland of the Bulldogs celebrates his try with team mates during the round seven NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium on April 14, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

NRL ROUND SEVEN: THE WINNERS AND LOSERS


THE WINNERS

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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.

THE LOSERS

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.

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