NRL Round 10 roundup: Eels knocked off top perch after shock defeat
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 18: Daly Cherry-Evans of the Sea Eagles and his team mates celebrate winning the round 10 NRL match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Parramatta Eels at Lottoland on July 18, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

Round 10 welcomed a handful of high-scoring games and a new league leader in a weekend of action that saw bottom-of-the-table Canterbury Bulldogs slip to their sixth defeat on the bounce, whilst at the opposite end the Parramatta Eels fell to a surprising defeat away to the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.

A summary of all of the round 10 games is below:

  • Roosters drop points in close game against Raiders

Sydney Roosters 20 Canberra Raiders 24

Round 10 opened with a clash between the Sydney Roosters and the Canberra Raiders at Sydney Cricket Ground last Thursday. 

The Roosters were hoping to find that consistency they had been searching for all season, and looked to be the stronger side at half-time with a 12-6 lead. 

But three tries from the Raiders in the second forty put the game to bed, and put the Roosters back down to 5th in the Ladder, level on points with the Raiders who now sit in 6th.

  • Melbourne storm past the Titans

Melbourne Storm 42 Gold Coast Titans 6

Braces from Josh Addo-Carr and Nelson Asofa-Solomona helped the Melbourne Storm move within one point of 1st place on Friday. 

The Gold Coast Titans were no match for Melbourne's attack, conceding 7 tries and only going over themselves on the one occasion, Brian Kelly giving his side the only thing to cheer about on 26 minutes.

The Titans remain in 15th on six points, with a difficult task ahead in round 11 of hosting top-of-the-table Penrith Panthers.

  • Tigers give Broncos a bruising

Wests Tigers 48 Brisbane Broncos 0 

A class performance from the Wests Tigers heaped even more pressure on the Brisbane Broncos head coach, Anthony Seibold, who could be heading for the exit door soon after his side recorded their seventh loss since the NRL restart.

Brisbane had finally put an end to their six-game losing streak after defeating the Bulldogs in round nine, but returned to being on the wrong end of a battering last Friday.

The Tigers put nine unanswered tries past the Broncos, with braces from Luciano Leilua and Luke Garner boosting their side's confidence ahead of their round 11 clash with the Eels this weekend.

  • All bark no bite from rock-bottom Bulldogs

St. George Illawara Dragons 28 Canterbury Bulldogs 22

A trio of first-half tries from the Bulldogs and a 10-point lead at the break was not enough to secure their first victory since round four, as the St. George Illawara Dragons turned the game on its head in the second forty. 

An impressive second-half comeback from the Dragons confirmed the Bulldogs' sixth defeat in a row, and denied Canterbury's interim head coach, Steve Georgallis, his first win since taking over from Dean Pay last week.

St. George remain 11th in the Ladder whilst the Bulldogs continue to occupy bottom spot. 

  • Knights hold on to fend off Rabbitohs late comeback 

South Sydney Rabbitohs 18 Newcastle Knights 20 

A strong first forty minutes from the Newcastle Knights in Saturday's clash away to the South Sydney Rabbitohs was nearly thrown away in the second-half as the Rabbitohs came close to snatching the win. 

Three unanswered first-half tries gave Newcastle a comfortable 14-point lead at the break, but South Sydney came back onto the pitch the stronger side. A Damien Cook brace made the final few minutes at Bankwest Stadium dramatic. 

Saturday's result meant the Rabbitohs dropped down to 8th in the Ladder, whilst the Knights sit four points from top in 4th.

  • Sea Eagles take the two points in surprise defeat for Eels

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 22 Parramatta Eels 18

Manly managed to hold onto an impressive lead in Saturday's clash with the Eels, doing just enough to stop a second-half comeback and knock Parramatta off top spot. 

The Sea Eagles scored their only tries in the first-half, going over four times against a sloppy Eels outfit. However, the Eels picked up the pace in the second forty and almost managed a late comeback, George Jennings scoring in the last 15 seconds for his side but Manly saw the game out.

The Eels dropped down to second in the Ladder, now trailing the Panthers by one point. If Manly was hoping to put an end to their three-game losing streak in style, it could not have got better than succumbing the dominant Eels to only their second loss of the season.

  • Braces from Katoa and Ramien seals Sharks win

New Zealand Warriors 10 Cronulla Sharks 46

The Cronulla Sharks slammed eight tries past the New Zealand Warriors at Central Coast Stadium to make the middle of the table interesting with four teams now on the same points. 

The Sharks looked like the winning team from the off, grounding the ball three times inside 15 minutes to give the Warriors a difficult task. Cronulla went into half-time with a comfortable 4-24 lead, and turned it up even more after the break with braces from both Sione Katoa and Jesse Ramien that secured the win. 

  • Victory over the Cowboys puts Panthers first

Penrith Panthers 22 North Queensland Cowboys 10

Penrith made it five wins a row in the last game of the weekend, with Sunday's result against the North Queensland Cowboys putting the Panthers into 1st in the Ladder after the Eels dropped points.

The Panthers had been chasing the Eels for a while and finally overtook them after a fairly comfortable win at Panthers Stadium. The Cowboys certainly did not make it easy for Penrith, but the quality of Panthers' attack was too much as they found the try line three times in the second forty. 

Penrith travel to the Titans in the next round in the hope they can keep a grip on 1st, whilst the Cowboys host a Sea Eagles side that will be raring to go after the massive victory they managed over the Eels.