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NRL: Five things we learnt from round 11

South Sydney Rabbitohs continue to shine in the NRL as they moved to joint-top with a comfortable 20-0 win over Wests Tigers.

Souths have now won six games on the bounce and moved to the top, alongside Brisbane Broncos who slipped to defeat against Melbourne Storm in the opening game of the round. 

The Rabbitohs are now priced at 4.33 to go on and win the grand final, while reigning premiers Penrith are 4.00 after they demolished the Sydney Roosters, who have big concerns.  

There were also big wins for the Canberra Raiders, New Zealand Warriors, North Queensland Cowboys, Cronulla Sharks and Newcastle Knights. 

It was another exciting week of NRL action, so lets take a look at the five things we learnt from round 11.

Ponga back with a bang 

Kalyn Ponga was back to his best as the Newcastle Knights defeated Gold Coast Titans 46-26 on Sunday afternoon. 

Ponga has come in for some heavy criticism after switching from fullback to the halves this season, and he has not been helped by concussion issues either. 

The Queensland State of Origin star had also been singled out as the Knights suffered a heavy defeat to Parramatta before the bye. 

However he showed his class when setting up three tries and scoring one himself in the win over the Titans. 

With State of Origin just around the corner, the Maroons will be hoping that Ponga can keep it up and help guide them to another series win. They are priced at 2.25 to do so. 

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Trbo struggling for form 

There are big concerns for Manly Sea Eagles regards the fitness and form of star fullback Tom Trbojevic. 

Trbo is one of the greatest players in the NRL when he is fit and firing, but he is not at his best at the moment and injury issues look to have caught up with him. 

The New South Wales Origin ace looked off the pace as the Sea Eagles slipped to a home defeat against the Sharks on Sunday. 

Blues coach Brad Fittler could now be left with a tough call ahead of Origin and Trbojevic would be hard to pick on current form. New South Wales are priced at 1.65 to win the Origin series. 

Roosters disappoint once again 

Sydney Roosters have had a tough start to the season and the alarm bells are sounding louder than ever after they were hammered by Penrith on Friday night. 

Hopes were high for the 2023 season and the Roosters were many peoples hot fancies to go on and win the premiership, but they are currently priced at 10.00 to do so.  

However they have won five and lost five to sit in 10th spot on the ladder and could struggle to make finals at this rate. 

After bringing in some big new signings in the off-season, including hooker Brandon Smith, it would seem they are struggling to connect. 

Star players are also struggling for form including the usually ever-reliable James Tedesco.

Bulldogs struggles with attack 

Canterbury Bulldogs slipped to their seventh defeat of the season when losing on home soil to the Warriors. They lost the game 24-12 but had more than enough opportunities to come out on top. 

However they are being let down by an attack that is lacking some bite. Apart from star playmaker Matt Burton, the rest of the side are not on their game. 

The Bulldogs dominated possession in the second half and produced five line-breaks, but could not make it count. 

Raiders continue to shine 

The Canberra Raiders have no such issues as they continue to climb the ladder following their fifth win on the bounce. 

The green machine are up to sixth spot on the ladder following the 26-18 win over the Parramatta Eels and are bang on course for a place in finals, possibly top six if they carry on in such form. 

Second-rower Hudson Young also continues to shine for the Raiders and there is talk of him forcing his way into the New South Wales side for State of Origin.

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