NRL Round Four Roundup: Eels maintain 100% start to stay top of the ladder
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 07: Kalyn Ponga of the Knights scores a try during the round four NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Newcastle Knights at Campbelltown Stadium on June 07, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

With no Super League action for the foreseeable future, the NRL has attracted a bigger audience than ever before and two weeks on from it’s return, we haven’t been disappointed!

Here is the full rundown of all the action from Round Four.

  • Broncos crushed at the Suncorp

The Brisbane Broncos suffered their worst home defeat in NRL history as the Sydney Roosters ran riot at the Suncorp Stadium.

The defending champions had to make do without star fullback James Tedesco but it mattered little as they ran in ten unanswered tries in a 59-0 whitewash over a bitterly disappointing Brisbane side.

Questions have been asked of Broncos head coach Anthony Seibold in recent weeks and with performances like that, he could be in real trouble.

Panthers cruise past below-par Warriors

The Penrith Panthers continued their impressive start to the season with a comfortable 26-0 victory over the struggling New Zealand Warriors.

Matt Burton scored a first half double for the Penrith side to leave them sitting in third place, with three wins and a draw from their opening four.

Munster magic helps Storm overcome stubborn South Sydney test

Melbourne five Cameron Munster proved the difference for his side as he picked up two assists as the Storm defeated the South Sydney Rabbitohs 22-8 on Friday night.

The scoreline flattered the hosts who had to work hard for the two points after the scores were level with 51 minutes on the clock, but they proved too strong for the South Sydney outfit, who remain without a win in Melbourne in 16 attempts.

Eels make it four from four in controversial win over Manly

The Parramatta Eels perfect start to the season continued on Saturday night as they overcame the Manly Sea Eagles 19-16 at the Bankwest Stadium.

It was a game clouded by controversy however as Reuben Garrick looked to have won it for the Sea Eagles with the last play of the game only for the referee to rule that Tom Trbojevic’s pass to the Manly five went forward, an incorrect call in the eyes of most.

It would’ve completed an astonishing comeback for Manly, who trailed by seven with just three minutes left on the clock, but it wasn’t to be as the Eels remain top.

Cronulla Sharks overcome pre-game scare to see off the Cowboys

Six members of the Sharks team failed pre-match temperature checks upon arrival at the County Bank Stadium but after being declared fit to play, they quickly overcame the health scares to see off the North Queensland Cowboys by 26 points to 16.

Centre Jesse Ramien was the star of the show for the visitors as his double - including an 80-metre breakaway effort - helped his side edge a to-and-fro encounter in Queensland.

Knights show their title credentials with big win in Canberra

Perhaps the performance of the weekend has to go to a Ponga-inspired Newcastle Knights who comfortably defeated the Raiders in Canberra.

State of Origin fullback Kalyn Ponga and teenager Bradman Best - playing together for the first time in the NRL - ran the show for the visitors as they contributed to all six of the Knight’s scores as the Newcastle outfit claimed their biggest victory of the campaign to date.

It was an out-of-sorts performance from the Raiders as the pre-season favourites suffered defeat for the first time this campaign.

Titans end losing streak with thrilling win over the Tigers

Justin Holbrook picked up his first win as Gold Coast boss as the Titans recorded their first win in almost 12 months, defeating fellow strugglers the West Tigers 28-23 at the Suncorp.

Benji Marshall’s one pointer three minutes from time looked set to consign the Titans to a 15th-straight NRL defeat only for Phillip Sami to go over with 60-seconds left to send the Titans into ecstasy!

The result takes Holbrook’s men off the bottom for the first time this season as they look to build some momentum heading into round five.

Bulldogs ease past Dragons to leave McGregor on the brink

Paul McGregor’s future as St. George boss is under serious threat after his side produced another disastrous performance, falling 22-2 to the Canterbury Bulldogs.

It was a second consecutive game without a try for the Dragons who took the lead via a Zac Lomax penalty in the fourth minute but never looked any threat to the Bulldogs, who themselves picked up a first win of the season.

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