The Panthers were unable to avoid the wooden spoon despite a gritty performance against the Warriors at CUA Stadium last night, the good form of late from Penrith looked like it might get them home – racing to a 14-0 lead early on. However, the class of Warriors shone through – the NZ outfit securing a home semi final for next week and locking the Eels out of any Top 4 hopes. Warriors winning 24-20.
The Sydney Roosters launched an ambush on South Sydney last night, the cross town rivals bursting out of the blocks to blow Souths away. The Roosters were low key all week and were able to spring a big surprise on the Bunnies – fresh from their massive win over the Tigers. The Roosters would have enjoyed ending the year with a win, Nick Politis and Co surely would be stoked getting a win over Rusty and his crew. The Roosters playing some great footy and the frustration bubbling over from Souths – David Fa’alogo putting a massive king hit on Braith Anasta all but flooring the Roosters pivot. It broke into fisty cuffs again shortly after, with Joe Williams and Anasta swinging at each other – Anasta eventually getting binned. Roosters win 26-12. The loss means Souths look like facing the might of Melbourne or Manly in week 1 – a daunting sudden death prospect.
Down in Canberra, the dead rubber between the Raiders and Sharks was secured by Cronulla. The shire boys once again playing their patented safety first football and winning comfortably away from home – which is an impressive last up win for them. Canberra are a tough prospect in the ACT and the Sharks can be happy with their raid on the capital. In 2007, the Sharks plenty of games by only 4 points or less – proving they were could have not only made the finals, but finished high in the Top 8 had things swung their way. Cronulla win 22-12
So the remaining Round 25 games today will simply decide how placings from 5th to 8th end up.
Stay tuned for more reports from NRL News through-out the weekend.
The ‘Power Rankings’ by the Grubber will move to Monday’s for the NRL Finals period and we have a SPECIAL ‘Ray Warren’ edition of the Power Rankings on Monday. Channel 9’s ‘Voice of Rugby League’ will deliver the report via video link-up so stay tuned tomorrow for that one!