Warriors beat the Raiders to move up to fifth

New Zealand Warriors gave themselves a chance of a home play-off with a 20-16 win over Canberra Raiders in Auckland. The Raiders scored the opening try when Josh Papalii backed his way over the line. But Papalii gave away a penalty for an incorrect play-the-ball giving Solomone Kata the chance to cross in the corner in the resulting set. Former-Wolf…

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Souths thump the Tigers to seal top-four place

South Sydney Rabbitohs confirmed a top-four spot with a thumping 51-10 victory over Wests Tigers. Alex Johnston almost started the game brilliantly for the Rabbitohs but, despite getting over the line, the Souths fullback couldn’t ground the ball. Wests punished them when Benji Marshall kicked over the top for Chris Lawrence to collect and score. Souths earned their way back…

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Barba linked with North Queensland as Holbrook confirms Coote interest

Ben Barba is set to join North Queensland Cowboys in 2019, according to reports in Australia. A report in the Courier-Mail claims the 29-year-old has signed a one-year deal with the Cowboys after coming to an agreement with St Helens. Barba remains under contract with Saints until the end of next season and a transfer fee would have to be…

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Canterbury dent Dragons’ top-four hopes

Canterbury Bulldogs beat St George Illawarra Dragons 38-0 to dent the Dragons’ hopes of finishing in the top four when the regular season ends next week. While the Bulldogs have really hit form recently to move away from the wooden spoon, the Dragons have now slipped to sixth after leading the competition for much of the season. The Bulldogs scored…

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Warriors seal playoff spot

New Zealand Warriors sealed their first play0ff spot since 2011 with a 36-16 win over Penrith Panthers. The Warriors started the game well. After Shaun Johnson kicked a penalty, Agnatius Paasi scored the opener. David Fusitu’a and Mason Lino added to the lead to make it a commanding one. Josh Mansour’s lucky try after a ricochet got the Panthers back…

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Wests keep top eight hopes alive

Wests Tigers kept their faint hope of a playoff spot alive after hanging on to beat Manly Sea Eagles 22-20. Manly struck first when Daly Cherry-Evans dummied through the line and carried Esan Marsters over the line. Wests deservedly levelled with nine minutes left before the break. Mahe Fonua offloaded well to Kevin Naiqama. But Cherry-Evans slotted a penalty after…

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