The Melbourne Storm stayed undefeated after seven rounds while the North Queensland Cowboys ensured the Manly Sea Eagles could not claim similar status in Australia's National Rugby League.
North Queensland fullback Matt Bowen scored two tries to lead the Cowboys to a 30-26 win over Manly, handing the Sea Eagles their first loss of the season. Manly fought back from an 18-0 deficit to pull to within eight points in the final 10 minutes.
On Friday, the Storm rolled to their seventh straight win, beating defending champion Brisbane 28-18 in a replay of last year's grand final.
It was the Broncos' fifth loss in seven games, including three straight defeats at their home ground in Brisbane. Chief executive Bruno Cullen said a heavy workload lately that included a test match for Brisbane's international players was no help.
"These guys were playing their third game in eight days and it's got to take a toll," said Cullen. "We're not in a good position, but we're not out of it yet either and if we put a few wins together we'll be back in the mix. It's not panic stations."
Elsewhere, former Wallabies fullback Mat Rogers scored two tries to help the Gold Coast Titans beat Parramatta 38-12 and New Zealand winger Todd Byrne scored a try with 36 seconds remaining to give the Warriors an 18-16 win over South Sydney on Sunday.
Canberra scored its first away win of the season, beating the Penrith Panthers 34-18 Saturday in western Sydney. It was the Panthers' fourth loss in a row.
Center Dean Collis scored two first-half tries to lead the Wests Tigers to a 34-18 win over the Bulldogs on Friday. The Tigers scored six tries to win their second in a row after four straight losses to start the season.
Bulldogs coach Steve Folkes was not impressed.
"That was probably our worst performance of the year," said Folkes. "It's attitude, it's intensity _ we just lacked all that."
On Wednesday, the Sydney Roosters finally broke through for their 1,000th first-grade win with an 18-4 victory over St. George Illawarra on the Anzac Day holiday. The Roosters lost their first five matches to open the season.
Cronulla plays at Newcastle on Monday to close out the seventh round.