SYDNEY (AP) – The Sydney Roosters hauled themselves onto the highest rung of a always shifting ladder in Australia’s Nationwide Rugby League with a hard-fought 18-14 win over earlier leaders Souths within the weekend’s 22nd spherical. Reigning premiers Melbourne had the prospect to regain first place within the final match of the spherical on Sunday however, after dropping to Souths in spherical 21, faltered once more and went down 17-14 to Cronulla who climbed again into sixth
On the identical time, Parramatta beat fast-fading St. George Illawarra 40-4, helped by three tries by former NFL star Jarryd Hayne, to bounce off the underside of the premiership desk for the primary time in nearly 5 months.
The Roosters, Souths, Melbourne and Penrith occupy the highest 4 locations on the ladder after 22 of 25 common season rounds. After their conflict on Friday, the Roosters and Souths each have 32 championship factors however the Roosters lead the premiership on factors distinction.
Melbourne and Penrith have 30 factors, filling out the highest 4, with the Storm in third place, once more on factors differential.
St. George Illawarra dropped backed to fifth after their third-straight loss, and after making the tempo for a lot of the common season.
St. George’s kind stoop might turn out to be extra severe after an damage to English five-eights Gareth Widdop. However hooker Cameron McInnes stated the Dragons stay assured of regaining a top-four place. No workforce has gained the premiership from outdoors the highest 4 within the NRL period.
“Individuals would possibly wish to write us off however we’re not fazed in any respect,” McInnes stated. “We have three video games left and if individuals wish to say it is scary to not be within the high 4, nicely we’ll be again.”
The New Zealand Warriors beat Newcastle 20-Four to climb into sixth place earlier than dropping again to seventh behind Cronulla and forward of Brisbane who misplaced 34-30 to North Queensland.
Wests stayed within the hunt for a top-eight end and a spot within the playoffs after they edged Canberra 22-20 on Sunday. They continue to be solely two factors behind Brisbane in ninth place.