Last Updated: 05/07/20 12:49pm
The Newcastle Knights held on for an exciting 14-12 win over Manly Sea Eagles while the Rabbitohs beat the Bulldogs 26-10.
Manly Sea Eagles 12-14 Newcastle Knights
A injury-ridden Knights held off Manly to claim a 14-12 win at Lottoland, as the game ended in controversy when Sea Eagles prop Addin Fonua-Blake and Jake Trbojevic were sent off for dissent.
Fonua-Blake and lock Trbojevic was arguing with referee Grant Atkins within the decision never to rule a penalty attempt to winger Tevita Funa close to full time.
Funa looked to own been applied for off the ball after he put in a grubber metres out from the take to line in a final effort play to steal the match.
However, after Atkins had sent it for review, it was ruled there was no grounds for a penalty or penalty try, and Atkins was immediately surrounded by frustrated Manly players as the game ended.
It was the 2nd time the Sea Eagles thought that they had scored the winner after skipper Daly Cherry-Evans touched down in the 67th minute, but replays showed Danny Levi had knocked-on earlier before Cherry-Evans had scooped up the loose ball.
Kalyn Ponga opened the scoring for the Knights having an early penalty and they extended their result in 8-0 when Andrew McCullough went over from dummy-half.
Manly hit when Daly-Evans – who had been sinbinned for impeding – came back to the field and scored. However, the Knights went to the break 14-6 up after Kurt Mann scored close to the stroke of half-time.
The Sea Eagles closed the gap to two points with 15 minutes remaining, but the Knights held them off ahead of the final-whistle drama unfolded.
Canterbury Bulldogs 10-26 South Sydney Rabbitohs
The South Sydney Rabbitohs beat the Bulldogs 26-10 in a brutal contest at Bankwest Stadium with both sides enduring more injury woes.
The Rabbitohs lost Braidon Burns with a kneecap dislocation while Canterbury’s Adam Elliot went off with a shoulder injury.
The visitors got off to a good beginning when Alex Johnston showed his pace by finishing off an extended range effort started by Latrell Mitchell.
Adam Reynolds extended the Rabbitohs to 8-0 lead with a penalty goal in the 26th minute, before the Bulldogs hit straight back three minutes from halftime when Marcelo Montoya scored.
The Rabbitohs scored early in the 2nd half when Jaydn Su’A was on the end of Adam Reynolds kick to increase their result in eight points.
The Bulldogs made the most of three repeat sets to force a target line drop out and Raymond Faitala-Mariner powered over.
However, the Rabbitohs went up a gear with Cody Walker and Dane Gagai both scoring late on – the latter becoming an length of the field intercept try to seal the win.