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Manly moves into first place in Australia's National Rugby League

Manly moves into first place in Australia's National Rugby League

The Manly Sea Eagles moved into first place in Australia's National Rugby League on Sunday with a 42-0 win over the Sydney Roosters.
The Sea Eagles beat the Roosters 56-0 the last time the teams met. The Roosters, who shared first place before the weekend, were without State of Origin stars Willie Mason, Craig Fitzgibbon, Anthony Tupou and Nate Myles, who will play in the second match of the series between Queensland and New South Wales on Wednesday.
New South Wales won the first match last month in Sydney.
Five-eighth Brett Seymour set up three and scored another of Cronulla's five tries to lead the Sharks to a 24-22 upset over Penrith. Winger Luc Covell scored three tries for the winners.
On Saturday, Junior Sau scored two tries to lead Newcastle to a 22-12 win over the Bulldogs. Knights coach Brian Smith said he would take the scrappy win in slippery conditions at the former Olympic stadium in Sydney.
"It was one of those butt-ugly awful nights to play footy, the guys were never going to win playing perfect footy," Smith said. "It was a lot of hard work and effort on a greasy night."
The Wests Tigers scored seven tries to beat North Queensland 40-16, handing the Cowboys their sixth straight loss. Dean Collis, Shannon McDonnell, Mathew Head and Ben Te'o scored first-half tries to give the Tigers a 22-0 lead.
Five-eighth Feleti Mateo set up three of the five Eels tries in a 30-12 Parramatta win over Canberra.
Wendell Sailor, returning to rugby league after seven years, including a two-year drug suspension, suffered a fractured cheekbone in the first half of St. George Illawarra's 28-10 Friday win over Brisbane, Sailor's former team.
Sailor, who shifted to rugby union in 2002 and served a doping suspension for a positive cocaine test in 2006, was playing his first game Friday for St. George Illawarra as the Dragons beat the Brisbane Broncos 28-10.
He had surgery and is expected to be out for four weeks.
"You feel sorry for Dell because that first half they obviously targeted him ... I thought he read it really well his first game back," Dragons coach Nathan Brown said. "It's very unfortunate, not only for Wendell but for the club and the game. A lot of people watching here tonight were probably here to watch Wendell."
Last-place South Sydney overcame a 14-0 deficit to win for only the second time in 12 matches, beating the New Zealand Warriors 35-28 at Auckland. It also ended a 12-match Rabbitohs' losing streak against the Warriors since 1999.
On Monday, Melbourne can move into first place with a win over the Gold Coast Titans.


Updated : 2021-04-20 21:18 GMT+08:00