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NRL Weekly Wrap: Reviewing Round 4

April 1, 2024

NRL Weekly Wrap: Reviewing Round 4

Defending champs outlast Chooks at Allianz

The round opened with the Panthers finishing atop the Roosters 22-16 at Allianz Stadium on Thursday night behind a Sunia Turuva hat-trick.

Early tries to Turuva and Dylan Edwards saw the Panthers leap out to a double-digit lead before Sitili Tupouniua crossed for the Tricolours on the stroke of halftime to cut into the deficit.

Turuva grabbed tries No.2 and No.3 in quick succession to all but seal it for the Panthers before two Roosters tries gave the defending premiers a late scare.

Edwards scored a try, assisted on another, and ran for 246 metres with six tackle breaks whilst Isaah Yeo ran for 184 metres and made 35 tackles.

James Tedesco assisted on a line break and ran for 149 metres with five tackle breaks whilst Daniel Tupou scored a try and ran for a team-high 169 metres.

Bunnies squeak past Dogs in Good Friday showdown

It was far from convincing, but Jason Demetriou’s Rabbitohs came out on top of the Bulldogs 20-16 at Accor Stadium on Good Friday.

Thomas Burgess and Jack Wighton crossed early to give the Rabbits a lead before the Dogs hit back through tries to Matt Burton and Connor Tracey to take a two-point edge into the sheds.

Wighton grabbed a second on the other side of halftime with the only other score a Tracey try in the final minute which proved in vain.

Wighton scored two, assisted on a line break, and ran for 140 metres whilst Keaon Koloamatangi ran for 165 metres and made 30 tackles.

Tracey scored two tries and ran for 216 metres whilst Max King ran for 141 metres and made 37 tackles.

Broncos earn bragging rights with wet win over Cows

Wet conditions did little to curtail the Broncos attack with Kevin Walters’ men running away 38-12 winners over the Cowboys in the XXXX QLD Derby at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

First-half tries to Billy Walters, Jesse Arthars, and Kotoni Staggs put the hosts up 20-12 heading into the sheds before the Cowboys’ poor handling well and truly caught up to them.

Tyson Smoothy and Ezra Mam both snagged second-half tries before Corey Oates found a late try much to the delight of the Suncorp faithful.

Patrick Carrigan ran for 207 metres and made 41 tackles whilst Tristan Sailor ran for 192 metres with five tackle breaks in place of Reece Walsh.

Scott Drinkwater scored a try and ran for 212 metres with eight tackle breaks but made five errors in a mixed night whilst Jordan McLean ran for 135 metres and made 28 tackles.

Dragons upset sloppy Sea Eagles at WIN

The Dragons held on against an error-riddled Sea Eagles outfit 20-12 at WIN Stadium on Saturday evening for their second win of 2024 behind a Tyrell Sloan hat-trick.

The Dragons overcame an early Toluta’u Koula try to take a 14-6 lead into the sheds courtesy of tries to Jack Bird, Sloan, and Jaydn Su’A.

Sloan grabbed a second an hour in before Haumole Olakau’atu crossed to finally breakthrough for Manly late, but it proved a consolation try with the Red V holding on.

Bird scored a try and ran for a team-high 179 metres whilst Ben Hunt assisted on three tries and kicked for 571 metres.

Olakau’atu scored a try and ran for 205 metres with five tackle breaks whilst Tom Trbojevic assisted on a try and ran for 146 metres.

Dolphins too good for Titans on Gold Coast

A Jack Bostock double led the Dolphins to a 30-14 win over the Titans at Cbus Super Stadium on Saturday night.

The Titans leapt out to a 10-0 lead thanks to early tries to Jaimin Jolliffe and Phillip Sami but were unable to hold their lead heading into the sheds with Bostock snagging a pair of first-half tries.

Three tries in the space of 11 minutes courtesy of Herbie Farnworth, Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, and Josh Kerr put the Dolphins well ahead as they raced away to their second win on the trot.

Tabuai-Fidow scored a try, assisted on two others, and ran for 164 metres whilst Farnworth scored a try and ran for 156 metres.

Sami scored a double and ran for a game-high 229 metres whilst Jolliffe scored a try, ran for 119 metres, and made 30 tackles.

RTS shines, Warriors take down Knights in NZ

The Warriors grinded their way to a 20-12 win over the Knights in front of a sold-out Go Media Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Jackson Ford and Chanel Harris-Tavita crossed early to put them up 12-0 before Tyson Frizell scored late in the opening stanza to keep the Knights in it.

Marcelo Montoya scored just three minutes into the second half to extend the hosts’ lead with a late Bradman Best try proving not enough as the Knights succumbed to their third loss of the year.

In his first game at the back since returning, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck ran for 283 metres with seven tackle breaks whilst Mitch Barnett ran for 178 metres and made 22 tackles.

Kalyn Ponga assisted on a try and ran for 169 metres with seven tackle breaks whilst Enari Tuala ran for 228 metres with two line breaks.

Sharks pull off comeback win vs. Raiders

An 18-0 start was not enough to propel the Raiders to a win over the Sharks on Sunday night at PointsBet Stadium with Craig Fitzgibbon’s men storming towards a 36-22 victory.

James Schiller, Xavier Savage, and Danny Levi all crossed in the opening 23 minutes to put the Raiders up 18-0 before the Sharks poured on five unanswered tries to seal a strong win.

Braydon Trindall, Ronaldo Mulitalo, Blayke Brailey and Kayal Iro all grabbed four-pointers before Mulitalo grabbed a second and wing-partner Sione Katoa found his way over late.

Iro scored a try, assisted on another, and ran for 135 metres whilst Nicho Hynes assisted on a try and ran for 152 metres.

Jordan Rapana assisted on a try and ran for 140 metres whilst Joseph Tapine ran for 169 metres and made 33 tackles.

Sezer FG powers Wests Tigers over Eels in Easter Monday thriller

Round 4 ended with an Easter Monday pearler at CommBank Stadium between the Eels and the Wests Tigers with Benji Marshall’s outfit securing a 17-16 win.

Justin Olam and Maika Sivo crossed for the respective sides in the opening half to have things locked up at six-apiece heading into the break.

A Clint Gutherson try put the hosts ahead before a Lachlan Galvin sin bin and subsequent penalty goal spelt trouble for the Wests Tigers who found themselves down by eight entering the final quarter of the game.

Olam grabbed a second soon after before Galvin sent Jahream Bula over to put the visitors ahead by two but only momentarily with another Gutherson penalty goal making it 16-all with five to play.

Aidan Sezer kicked the eventual match-winning field goal in the final minute but the game was far from over with a Gutherson penalty goal attempt after the siren being waved away.

Galvin assisted on two tries and made 24 tackles whilst Bula scored a try and ran for 152 metres.

Gutherson scored a try, assisted on another, and ran for 165 metres whilst J’maine Hopgood assisted on a try and ran for 153 metres.

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