Monday 21 August 2017 / 06:19 PM

NRL ROUND 16 WRAP

WARRIORS 21 d. BULLDOGS 14 @ Mt Smart Stadium

The Warriors outlasted the Bulldogs in a scrappy Friday night affair between two desperate bottom-half teams. The hosts scored the only try of the first half – a remarkable long-range solo effort by Ken Maumalo – but the crucial moment of the match came seconds before the break, with Josh Jackson sin-binned for holding down Shaun Johnson after a break. Blake Ayshford dotted down just after halftime but former Warrior Raymond Faitala-Mariner hit back for the Bulldogs in the 54th minute to set up a nervy arm-wrestle at 14-8. Johnson slotted a field goal with 11 minutes left, however, and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck sealed an important result with a try after the Warriors had two others contentiously denied by the Bunker.

TITANS 26 d. TIGERS 14 @ Campbelltown Stadium

Under-fire duo Jarryd Hayne and Konrad Hurrell inspired the Titans to a vital 12-point win over the struggling Tigers at Campbelltown. After a hot-headed display a week earlier, Hurrell scored a powerful double, while Hayne responded to his Origin shocker 48 hours earlier by laying on one of the centre’s tries and blazing over for two tries in the space of five minutes to take the match out of the home side’s reach.

COWBOYS 14 d. PANTHERS 12 @ 1300SMILES Stadium

Reeling from the news of Johnathan Thurston’s season-ending injury, North Queensland pipped Penrith in an extraordinary finish in Townsville. The Panthers led 6-0 at halftime and 12-8 in the dying minutes after Nathan Cleary’s 65th-minute try negated Corey Jensen crossing for the Cowboys’ first four-pointer. But Origin hero Michael Morgan’s cross-field kick allowed Kyle Feldt to score a sensational airborne leveller in the 78th minute, and Ethan Lowe nailed the match-winner conversion from the sideline in Thurston-like fashion.

BRONCOS 30 d. RAIDERS 20 @ GIO Stadium

Brisbane overcame the Origin drain and compounded Canberra’s woes with a thrilling 30-20 win in the capital. The Raiders led 16-12 at halftime, but the Broncos scored three tries to one in the second stanza to grab a richly-deserved victory. Benji Marshall turned back the clock to star with two try-assists.

ROOSTERS 25 d. STORM 24 @ Adelaide Oval

Sydney Roosters capped a wild trio of Super Saturday clashes with an insane late comeback to win in golden point over an Origin-depleted Melbourne side in Adelaide. The Storm – missing their ‘Big Three’ and Will Chambers – led 20-6 after 52 minutes, and were 24-12 in front when Jahrome Hughes crossed in the 69th minute. But Daniel Tupou kept the Roosters in the hunt with a try before Blake Ferguson dotted down with a minute left. Michael Gordon coolly sent the match into extra-time with the conversion from out wide, before Mitchell Pearce eased some Origin pain with a stunning field goal in the 85th minute.

DRAGONS 32 d. KNIGHTS 28 @ UOW Jubilee Oval

St George Illawarra ran down Newcastle in a wildly fluctuating contest at Jubilee Oval on Sunday afternoon. The Dragons led 10-0 after just eight minutes, but the Knights scored five tries – including a Nathan Ross hat-trick – in a withering 14-minute burst to go into halftime 28-10 in front. The Dragons wasted little time eroding the deficit, however, drawing level before the hour mark with three unanswered tries before Kurt Mann stepped through for the match-winner in the 67th minute. Jason Nightingale bagged a treble, while Josh Dugan and Gareth Widdop were also outstanding for the Saints.

SEA EAGLES 35 d. SHARKS 18 @ Southern Cross Group Stadium

Manly made a massive statement with a 35-18 demolition of Cronulla in the defending premiers’ backyard. With Queensland Origin hopeful Daly Cherry-Evans pulling the strings, Curtis Sironen and Matthew Wright bagged doubles for the Sea Eagles to lead 25-12 with 25 minutes left. Subsequent tries to Blake Green and Dylan Walker sealed an emphatic result for Trent Barrett’s side, who surged into the top four.

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