SYDNEY (AP) Canberra scored three tries in six minutes as the Raiders beat first-place St. George Illawarra 22-14 in Australia’s National Rugby League.
Leading 8-6 just after halftime, the Dragons had tries from Joel Thompson (51st minute), Jarrod Croker (55th) and Josh Dugan (57th) to put the home side ahead. The loss to the 11th-place Raiders left the Dragons in first place with 16 points, level with the Gold Coast, which had a weekend bye.
Fullback Lance Hohaia celebrated his 150th appearance with the New Zealand Warriors, scoring a try in his team’s 26-24 win over South Sydney at Auckland. The Wests Tigers beat Newcastle 23-6 in torrential rain at Newcastle.
Benji Marshall kicked a field goal in the 70th minute and crossed for a try four minutes later to clinch the win for the Tigers. The Cronulla Sharks extended a seven-year winning streak at Parramatta Stadium, beating the Eels 22-18.
The Sharks, who have not lost in Parramatta since 2003, ended the Eels’ four-game winning streak. Parramatta came close to scoring on at least three occasions in the last 10 minutes, but the bounce of the ball which favored the Eels in the first half turned against them in the closing minutes.
“You do need the football gods to look down on you at times,” Cronulla coach Ricky Stuart said. Penrith played the Bulldogs on Monday in a shortened round due to the first State of Origin match Wednesday between Queensland and New South Wales at Sydney.
Queensland is seeking its fifth straight win in the best-of-three series, an annual rugby league highlight in Australia.