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NRL: Five things we learned from Round 10

Magic Round in Brisbane did not disappoint with eight gripping NRL encounters taking place over three days at Suncorp Stadium.

Wests Tigers were one of the big winners over the weekend as they went back-to-back thanks to a nail-biting win over the St George/Illawarra Dragons, who have now lost five on the bounce.

Brisbane Broncos and South Sydney Rabbitohs continue to shine at the top of the ladder following wins over Manly Sea Eagles and Melbourne Storm respectively, while Penrith Panthers bounced back with a win over the New Zealand Warriors.

North Queensland Cowboys stunned the Sydney Roosters on Sunday, while the Canberra Raiders continue to go well after a hard-fought win over the Canterbury Bulldogs.

It was another exciting weekend and now the dust has settled, let’s take a look at what we learned.

Big concerns for the Roosters

Sydney Roosters are looking far away from being premiership contenders after suffering a heavy defeat against North Queensland.

Not many will have given the out-of-form Cowboys a chance heading into the game but they ended up stunning the Roosters in impressive style with a 20-6 win.

The Roosters, 7.00 to win the Grand Final, were almost kept to nil and only a late try by Angus Crichton prevented further humiliation.

There is still time for the Roosters to turn things around but four defeats at this early stage is far from ideal for Trent Robinson’s side.

Cowboys tighten up defence

North Queensland’s success in 2022 was built on solid defence but it has let them down on the whole so far this season.

However, they were back to their best against the Roosters and were just two minutes away from keeping them to nil.

The Cowboys will now be hoping this win is a turning point to their season, and if they can keep their solid defence then a place in the eight is still a possibility.

Tigers go back-to-back

Wests Tigers had not won back-to-back games in the NRL in over 12 months but finally snapped that unwanted streak with a gritty 18-16 win over the Dragons.

And they have new boy Jahream Bula to thank after he pulled off a dramatic last-ditch tackle to deny the Dragons a late match-winning try.

The 21-year-old was making just his third NRL appearance but put in a performance well beyond his tender years.

Tigers captain Api Koroisau was certainly left excited, describing the youngster as ‘incredible’, and all of sudden there is a lot for Tigers fans to be excited about.

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Rabbitohs continue to shine

South Sydney continue to sweep aside all that is put before them - the Rabbitohs were convincing 28-12 winners over the Melbourne Storm at Suncorp, making it five wins on the bounce.

A five-match winning streak is impressive, but when you look at the opposition it is even more so.

As well as beating the Storm, they have also defeated premiership hot fancies Penrith Panthers and ladder-leaders Brisbane Broncos.

On this kind of form, and looking at future matches, it is quite possible that the bunnies will stretch their winning streak into double figures.

Latrell Mitchell and Cody Walker remain at the top of their games and all is looking rosy in the Rabbitohs garden, with South Sydney 4.40 to win the Grand Final.

Dolphins genuine top-eight contenders

The Dolphins, 26.00 to win the Grand Final, continue to shine in their debut NRL campaign and pulled off another massive result when beating the Cronulla Sharks at Suncorp.

Cronulla were one of the form teams in the NRL heading into the weekend. They had won three games on the bounce but were no match for Wayne Bennett’s side.

Sharks skipper Nicho Hynes says his side lacked effort and intensity during the 36-16 loss, but nothing can be taken away from the Dolphins.

After this latest win it is time to start viewing the Dolphins as a genuine chance for the top eight.

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