8 April, 2018, 12:00 am
St George Illawarra have maintained their unbeaten start to the NRL season, outlasting a never-say-die South Sydney 16-12 at Jubilee Oval. Paul McGregor’s side reinforced their status as the competition pacesetters after celebrating Jason Nightingale’s 250th game in style on Friday night with their fifth win on the trot. Back-rower Tariq Sims was a standout for the Dragons, pulling off a series of big hits, including a bell-ringer on Adam Reynolds which forced the Souths’ halfback from the field in the final 10.
The Sydney Roosters bounced back from a hiding at the hands of the Warriors a week ago to inflict some pain on the Cronulla Sharks with a 28-10 win at Southern Cross Stadium. The Sharks were swimming upstream strongly after consecutive wins over Parramatta and Melbourne. But on Friday night they faced a supreme example of good game management by Roosters No.7 Cooper Cronk, in plotting the five tries to two victory.