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Around the Grounds: Round 8

It was another enthralling week of rugby league in Round 8 with several dramatic finishes and encapsulating upsets throughout.

Melbourne kicked off the round with an incredible Golden Point win over the Sydney Roosters, while four tries to Fijian flyer Maika Sivo ensured the Parramatta Eels would stay top of the table for another week with a big win over the Cowboys.

The Warriors got their first win under new Coach Todd Payten, while Penrith just got past Wests Tigers in a tumultuous and fiery encounter at Bankwest Stadium.

Sunday saw the Knights hold on against the Sea Eagles — but not without some controversy after the final siren — while South Sydney bounced back from last week's loss to the Panthers to cruise past the last-placed Bulldogs.

Melbourne Storm 27 def. Sydney Roosters 25

Melbourne Storm 27 (Hughes 2, Addo-Carr, Momirovski tries; Smith 5/5 goals; Papenhuyzen 1/1 field goal) def. Sydney Roosters 25 (J. Morris 2, B. Morris, Flanagan tries; Flanagan 4/5 goals; Keary 1/1 field goal) at Suncorp Stadium

Injuries: Daniel Tupou (ankle), Boyd Cordner (concussion)

Judiciary: No charges.

Up Next: Cowboys vs. Roosters (Thursday), Raiders vs. Storm (Saturday)

Canberra Raiders 22 def. St. George-Illawarra Dragons 16

Canberra Raiders 22 (Cotric, Simonsson, Williams, Croker tries; Croker 3/4 goals) def. St. George-Illawarra Dragons 16 (Dufty 2, Lomax tries; Lomax 2/3 goals) at GIO Stadium

Injuries: Emre Guler (ankle), Sia Soliola (face)

Judiciary: No charges.

Up Next: Raiders vs. Storm (Saturday), Dragons vs. Sea Eagles (Sunday)

Post-Match: Luke Brooks

Parramatta Eels 42 def. North Queensland Cowboys 4

Parramatta Eels 42 (Sivo 4, Jennings, Blake, Field tries; Gutherson 7/8 goals) def. North Queensland Cowboys 4 (Opacic tries; Feldt 0/1 goals) at Bankwest Stadium

Injuries: No injuries.

Judiciary: No charges.

Up Next: Knights vs. Eels (Sunday), Cowboys vs. Roosters (Thursday)

Cronulla Sharks 40 def. Gold Coast Titans 10

Cronulla Sharks 40 (Hamlin-Uele, Fifita, Nikora, Brailey, Townsend, Hunt, Goodwin tries; Johnson 6/7 goals) def. Gold Coast Titans 10 (Thompson, Don tries; Taylor 1/2 goals) at Cbus Super Stadium

Injuries: Matt Moylan (hamstring), Mitch Rein (ankle), Tanah Boyd (shoulder)

Judiciary: No charges.

Up Next: Titans vs. NZ Warriors (Friday), Sharks vs. Panthers (Saturday)

NZ Warriors 26 def. Brisbane Broncos 16

NZ Warriors 26 (Maumalo 2, Paasi, Egan, Papali'i tries; Harris-Tavita 3/5 goals) def. Brisbane Broncos 16 (Coates 2, Farnworth tries; Isaako 2/3 goals) at Central Coast Stadium

Injuries: Kodi Nikorima (concussion)

Judiciary: No charges.

Up Next: Titans vs. NZ Warriors (Friday), Broncos vs. Bulldogs (Saturday)

2020 Match Highlights: Rd.8, Wests Tigers vs. Panthers

Penrith Panthers 19 def. Wests Tigers 12 

Penrith Panthers 19 (Crichton 2, Edwards tries; Cleary 3/3 goals; Cleary 1/1 field goal) def. Wests Tigers 12 (Eisenhuth, Talau tries; Doueihi 2/3 goals) at Bankwest Stadium

Injuries: Sam McIntyre (concussion), Luciano Leilua (concussion), Brian To'o (ankle), Moses Mbye (knee)

Judiciary: Joey Leilua (4-6 weeks)

Up Next: Sharks vs. Panthers (Saturday), Rabbitohs vs. Wests Tigers (Friday)

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Newcastle Knights 14 def. Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 12

Newcastle Knights 14 (McCullough, Mann tries; Ponga 3/3 goals) def. Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 12 (Cherry-Evans, Cust tries; Garrick 2/2 goals) at Lottoland

Injuries: Edrick Lee (wrist), Sione Matau'tia (concussion), Kalyn Ponga (concussion)

Judiciary: TBC.

Up Next: Knights vs. Eels (Sunday), Dragons vs. Sea Eagles (Sunday)

South Sydney Rabbitohs 26 def. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 10

South Sydney Rabbitohs 26 (Johnston, Su'a, Walker, Gagai tries; Reynolds 5/5 goals) def. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 10 (Montoya, Faitala-Mariner tries; Meaney 1/2 goals) at Bankwest Stadium

Injuries: Sauaso Sue (head), Campbell Graham (head), Braidon Burns (knee), Adam Elliott (shoulder)

Judiciary: TBC.

Up Next: Rabbitohs vs. Wests Tigers (Friday), Broncos vs. Bulldogs (Saturday)