The Queensland Cup returned with a bang as an overlooked veteran kicked his side to victory while last year’s premiers, Norths Devils, went down to the Burleigh Bears in a thriller.
In NSW Cup, Penrith continued their unbeaten start to the season, the Newtown Jets piled on the points against Parramatta and the Bulldogs battered the Dragons.
The Sporting News has selected five standout performances from across the round.
Following the unfortunate injury to Corey Oates, there is a vacant spot on the wing now available in Brisbane’s NRL side.
Delouise Hoeter did his chances of being called-up no harm with a starring display in Wynnum Manly Seagulls’ 44-6 win over the Mackay Cutters.
He opened the scoring in the eighth minute before grabbing his second of the afternoon to finish with a double, 130 running metres, two linebreaks and six tackle busts.
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The veteran was unceremoniously dropped by Wayne Bennett for the Dolphins first ever NRL match a fortnight ago and has had to watch on from afar as the side have recorded back-to-back wins.
Young gun Isaiya Katoa has made the five-eighth position his own in that time – combining with Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow to win the game against Canberra on the weekend in the final minute.
However, Milford bounced back from the disappointment to lead the Central Queensland Capras to a 23-22 win over Tweed Seagulls.
The No.6 crossed for a try, provided an assist, made two linebreaks and ran for over 150m in 18 carries before kicking the game-winning field goal in the 78th minute.
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Cole ran riot in the early stages of Penrith’s 30-20 win over the Rabbitohs, scoring two tries and setting another up inside the first 25 minutes of the contest. This is extraordinary given that he made just four runs in the match.
The highly touted prospect crossed inside the first two minutes before turning provider for his winger Logan Dickson.
His second four-pointer of the evening is what will have caught the most attention though with a mazy run from close-range leaving the Bunnies defence in disarray.
Playing on the wing despite wearing the No.1 jersey, Stonestreet had a day out against the Eels on Friday.
He notched a hattrick in the 42-12 thumping as well as providing an assist as Newton’s backline – also consisting of Josh Mansour and Mawene Hiroti – proved far too much for Parramatta to handle.
Stonestreet ran for a game-high 266 metres, made three linebreaks and busted eight tackles in a thoroughly dominant display.
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As Brad Arthur’s use of his bench comes under the spotlight once again, Rodwell provided a reminder that he could do a job for the Eels through the middle in the NRL.
In a losing side, he punched out 164 metres which was more than the rest of his teammates during two strong 30-minute stints.
He also provided quality and variation in his carries with two tackle busts, an offload and four link-up passes to go along with a solid defensive performance that ended with 31 tackles for just one miss.