NRL Round Six Roundup: Red-hot Roosters hand Eels first defeat of the season
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 20: Daniel Tupou of the Roosters scores a try during the round six NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Parramatta Eels at Bankwest Stadium on June 20, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

The Parramatta Eels unbeaten start to the season came to an end on Saturday as they were defeated by the reigning champions in the game dubbed 'the biggest game of the season so far'.

The result means that there are now no unbeaten sides left in the competition, with the top seven sides separated by just two points after the Canberra Raiders missed the chance to go top on Sunday when they fell to defeat to the Manly Sea Eagles.

Here is the full roundup of all the action from the latest round of NRL fixtures.

Broncos nightmare run continues

Newcastle Knights 27-6 Brisbane Broncos

The Brisbane Broncos post lockdown nightmare shows no signs of ending after they were comfortably beaten by the Newcastle Knights on Thursday.

It was a dominant performance from the Knights who looked comfortable throughout as they improved their record to 4-1-1 to sit in second place on the ladder, trailing the Eels by just a point.

Meanwhile the Broncos - who have lost all four of their games since the restart - have slipped to 14th in the standings as the pressure begins to mount on Anthony Seibold.

Johnston double helps Rabbitohs crush the Warriors

South Sydney Rabbitohs 40-12 New Zealand Warriors

Alex Johnston scored a brace and kicked six conversions as the South Sydney Rabbitohs crushed the New Zealand Warriors in a seven-try rout on Friday night.

The Warriors took an early lead through David Fusitu'a's fifth minute score but that was as good as it got for the Warriors as the Bunnies put in their most impressive performance of the campaign to run out comfortable winners and pick up back-to-back victories for the first time this season.

Panthers edge out Storm in thriller

Penrith Panthers 21-14 Melbourne Storm

The Penrith Panthers continued their impressive start to the season as they edged past the Melbourne Storm in a fascinating encounter at the Campbelltown Stadium.

The boot of Nathan Cleary proved to be the difference as the Panthers half-back nailed all three of his conversion attempts as well as setting up Viliame Kikau for what proved to be the match-winner 18 minutes from time.

It was a frustrating defeat for the Storm and their head coach Craig Bellamy who said that his team needs to "decide who they want to be" in order to do well this season.

Dragons see off depleted Gold Coast Titans

Gold Coast Titans 8-20 St George Illawarra Dragons

The St George Illawarra Dragons eased some of the pressure on under-fire head coach Paul McGregor as they cruised past the Titans to move. up to 12th place on the NRL Ladder.

Zac Lomax contributed 12 of the Dragons 20 points as he grabbed a try, three conversions and a penalty goal against the injury-hit Titans, who remain at the foot of the table.

Tigers fly out of the blocks to see of the Cowboys

Wests Tigers 36-20 North Queensland Cowboys

The Wests Tigers scored six unanswered first-half tries as they ended their two-match losing run with victory over the North Queensland Cowboys.

Credit to the Cowboys though who responded in the second half with four unanswered scores of their own but it proved to be in vain as they fell to a third-straight defeat to slip to ninth in the standings.

Roosters prove too strong for brave Eels

Sydney Roosters 24-10 Parramatta Eels

The Sydney Roosters red-hot form continued as they saw off a spirited Parramatta Eels outfit who fell to their first defeat of the season.

The Eels took a lead halfway through the second period when Maika Sivo tossed James Tedesco to one side to touch down but the Roosters showed why they are the best team in the competition as they came firing right back with scores from Boyd Cordner and Daniel Tupou as they claimed their fourth straight win to climb up to fourth place.

Injury-hit Manly see off out-of-sorts Raiders

Canberra Raiders 6-14 Manly Sea Eagles

The Sea Eagles picked up their most impressive victory of the campaign so far as they shook off early injuries to Dylan Walker and Brad Parker to pick up the two points against the disappointing Canberra Raiders.

The biggest concern for Manly will be the loss of the influential Tom Trbojevic who hobbled off in the second half with what looks to be a reoccurrence of the hamstring injury that kept him out of the opening rounds of the season.

Meanwhile, the Canberra Raiders will be hoping to bounce back next weekend when they come up against the Parramatta Eels in what promises to be a fascinating encounter.

Katoa hat-trick inspires Sharks to win against struggling Bulldogs

Cronulla Sharks 20-18 Canterbury Bulldogs

Sione Katoa picked up the first hat-trick of his career as his treble helped the Cronulla Sharks to a narrow 20-18 victory over the Canterbury Bulldogs on Sunday evening.

It's worrying times for the Canterbury outfit who remain off the bottom only on points difference as they enter a crucial run of fixtures, beginning with a clash against the Wests Tigers next Sunday.

 

 

 

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