Welcome back Rugby League and what a way to kick off Round 1 of the 2017 NRL Season.
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks v Brisbane Broncos
Round 1 kicked off with the Broncos reminding the league that they will still be a force in 2017, defeating the defending premiers at home 26-18.
Canterbury Bulldogs v Melbourne Storm
The Melbourne Storm were able to hold off Des Hasler’s Bulldogs in terrible wet conditions, toughing it out for a 12-6 victory at Belmore Sports Ground.
South Sydney Rabbitohs v Wests Tigers
Robbie Farrah came up against his old team and it didn’t plan out the way he had visioned it. James Tedesco was the difference and lead the Tigers to a brilliant 34-18 victory to end Friday night football.
St George Illawarra Dragons v Penrith Panthers
Super Saturday kicked off with the upset of the round with the Dragons playing out of the skins, defeating a Penrith Panthers outfit that did’nt even come close. Dragons are the league leaders after round 1 with there 42-10 domination.
North Queensland Cowboys v Canberra Raiders
Wow, if this is what to come for the rest of the round then look out 2017. Once again Johnathan Thurston and his Cowboys were involved in a dramatic gold point clash, this time against Ricky Stuart’s Raiders side.
A game that was tied after the full 80 minutes, it took a Thurston attempted drop goal that hit the cross are and remained in touch and a Gavin Cooper was able to beat his captain to score the winning try. Like I said; WOW!
Gold Coast Titans v Sydney Roosters
A first half onslaught by the Roosters set up the victory. The Slow starting Titans showed some heart in the 2nd half but a hat-trick to Latrell Mitchell was just too much for Neil Henry’s Titans outfit.
Warriors v Newcastle Knights
A hat-trick to David Fusitu’a and a try to Ryan Hoffman in the 73rd minute was enough to hold off a brave Newcastle Knights outfit, that looked much improved from their 2016 performance. The Warriors held on to take the points with a 26-22 victory.
Manly Sea Eagles v Parramatta Eels
The perfect way to finish off Round 1 was a Sunday match between the Sea Eagles and the Eels and it did not disappoint. It was the Corey Norman show who lead his Eels to victory with a 20-12 to win.