Performance of the Week:
(Sydney Roosters 34-6 Canberra Raiders)
It wasn't hard to pick a performance of the week this week. The Roosters were clinical as they put Canberra to the sword. Trent Robinson himself said that his side played a bit of an experimental game as they recorded their third win of the season and moved into second place.
Canberra on the other hand are looking at a very long season ahead once again. At this rate they'll struggle to beat most teams in the competition.
Parramatta Stun The Premiers:
Well South Sydney are beatable after all. The Eels put on a mammoth display to pick up what very well could be a season-defining win. After a horror show in Auckland last week, Parramatta turned the tables around and took out the in-form defending Premiers.
Newcastle Still Unbeaten After Panthers Win:
It seems like the Knights have forgotten how to lose. Granted their first three wins weren't against any top four contenders (out of form Cowboys included), they stepped it up to another level in their 26-14 win over the Panthers in front of a 20,000 strong Hunter Stadium crowd.
J.T Does It Again:
I just finished watching the Cowboys golden point win over Melbourne and what can't Jonathan Thurston do? He kept his cool and slotted a sideline conversion in the 78th minute, kicked a on-the-run field goal mid-set moments later and then kicked another field goal to win in extra time.
When Thurston lifts his game like that there aren't too many that can match it. It was pleasing to see the Cowboys break their duck after a tough few weeks.
Manly Falling Out Of Top Eight Contention:
I'm a big Manly fan. I've been to two Grand Finals and countless games at Brookvale. The display Manly put on against the Dragons on Saturday night ranks as one of the worst I've seen. No offense to the Dragons but they were pretty ordinary and should have won by more.
The turmoil on the Northern Beaches is starting to cost the team sponsors and the on-field performances aren't helping. It could be a transition year for the Sea Eagles as they move into a new era without their two star halves next year.