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Around the Grounds: Round 5

Get caught up with all the latest results, judiciary news, injuries and storylines to come out of Round 5.

It was a weekend of tight results with the Sea Eagles and Eels just scraping by their opponents, while South Sydney recorded their first victory since the competition resumed. Melbourne, Canberra and the Roosters all continued their push for a top four spot while the Dragons secured their first win of the year over Cronulla. 

Manly Sea Eagles 20 def. Brisbane Broncos 18

Judiciary — No charges

Injuries — Martin Taupau (thumb), Moses Suli (finger)

Up Next — Raiders vs. Sea Eagles (Sunday), Knights vs. Broncos (Thursday)

Having trailed 18-0 late in the first half, Manly produced a stirring comeback to down the Brisbane Broncos at Central Coast Stadium but it wasn't without controversy as a late strip-call handed the hosts the match-winning penalty.

It was a determined win from the Sea Eagles, who lost Martin Taupau early in the game, while Moses Suli was also forced off late with a hand injury.

Post-Match: Adam Doueihi


NZ Warriors 37 def. North Queensland Cowboys 26

Judiciary — Poasa Faamausili (Dangerous Contact, 0 weeks), Jack Murchie (Dangerous Contact, 0 weeks) Tom Gilbert (Dangerous Contact, 3 weeks)

Injuries — Jordan McLean (calf), Valentine Holmes (ankle)

Up Next — Rabbitohs vs. Warriors (Friday), Wests Tigers vs. Cowboys (Saturday)

The New Zealand Warriors made it two-from-two at Central Coast Stadium this year with a strong win over the Cowboys, who were dealt a tough blow from the start when star fullback Valentine Holmes limped off with an ankle injury.

North Queensland tried to stay in touch with the Warriors, but a hat-trick from Peta Hiku ensured the hosts would claim an upset win on the night.

Parramatta Eels 16 def. Penrith Panthers 10

Judiciary — Kane Evans (Dangerous Contact, 1 week)

Injuries — Kurt Capewell (knee)

Up Next — Roosters vs. Eels (Saturday), Panthers vs. Storm (Friday)

Having trailed 10-0 early, Parramatta clawed their way back for a 16-10 victory to preserve their unbeaten start to the season and their position on top of the ladder.

Waqa Blake was the key man for the Eels as he scored a try and set up another, while Nathan Brown also impressed in his first game back. Penrith certainly looked stronger with the return of Nathan Cleary from suspension, but will be without Kurt Capewell for several weeks after he suffered a knee injury early in the contest.

South Sydney Rabbitohs 32 def. Gold Coast Titans 12

Judiciary — No charges

Injuries — Dale Copley (ankle)

Up Next — Rabbitohs vs. Warriors (Friday), Titans vs. Dragons (Saturday)

Latrell Mitchell was the star for South Sydney as he scored a try and set up three others in the Rabbitohs comfortable win over the Titans. Despite securing a breakthrough win last week, Gold Coast were unable to replicate their intensity and discipline in their first road trip of the year to remain on the bottom of the ladder.

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Melbourne Storm 26 def. Newcastle Knights 12

Judiciary — No charges.

Injuries — No injuries.

Up Next — Panthers vs. Storm (Friday), Knights vs. Broncos (Thursday)

They were made to work for it in the end but Melbourne triumphed over a gallant Newcastle side to move in to the top four for the first time this season.

The Knights threatened to make it a contest late on with their dangerous left edge causing plenty of problems for the Storm, but the guile of veteran rake Cameron Smith was enough to see the hosts hold their lead through to the end. 

Canberra Raiders 14 def. Wests Tigers 6

Judiciary — Russell Packer (2 weeks)

Injuries — Luciano Leilua (ankle), Jack Wighton (eye)

Up Next — Raiders vs. Sea Eagles (Sunday), Wests Tigers vs. Cowboys (Saturday)

Canberra continued their charge as competition favourites on Saturday night with a determined win over Wests Tigers at Campbelltown, with the visitors showing a much improved effort from last week's disappointing loss to the Titans.

Michael Maguire's side kept their try-line in tact through the opening 45 minutes but were unable to weather a 10-minute period of class from the Raiders that saw the visitors cross twice and a Wests Tigers player sent to the sin-bin.

St. George-Illawarra Dragons 30 def. Cronulla Sharks 16

Judiciary — TBC.

Injuries — No injuries.

Up Next — Titans vs. Dragons (Saturday), Sharks vs. Bulldogs (Sunday)

After shaking their spine up pre-game, Paul McGregor's side secured their first win of the season with a 30-16 victory over local rivals in Cronulla.

It was a determined effort from the Dragons, who managed the game well with an 88% completion rate that forced the Sharks in to committing 15 errors. 

Sydney Roosters 42 def. Canterbury Bulldogs 6

Judiciary — Raymond Faitala-Mariner (0 weeks), Angus Crichton (0 weeks)

Injuries — No injuries.

Up Next — Roosters vs. Eels (Saturday), Sharks vs. Bulldogs (Sunday)

After a slow start to the year, the Sydney Roosters are well and truly rolling now after posting another big win over the Bulldogs on Monday night.

James Tedesco was superb as he had a hand in five tries, while a flawless night with the boot from Kyle Flanagan ensured it would be a big win for the Tricolours.