Brisbane hold off Parramata challenge
TONY ADAMS in Brisbane
Brisbane held off a brave Parramatta challenge to record a 30-24 Australian Rugby League win over the Eels yesterday.
In a see-sawing match the lead changed hands several times before the Broncos emerged victorious.
The Eels led 24-20 midway through the second half before two late tries got the Broncos home.
Centre Steve Renouf was the star for the Broncos, scoring a classy try in each half.
St George and Cronulla played out an exciting 20-20 draw at Kogarah.
The Dragons led 10-0 before the Sharks went ahead 18-10. However, the Dragons finished the stronger, levelling the scores with only minutes left to play.
Lock Wayne Bartrim, who went into the game having kicked 18 straight goals, missed a difficult conversion that would have given the Dragons victory.
Canterbury extended their winning run to four matches with a 24-14 victory over Newcastle.
The Bulldogs showed they are well and truly over their early season slump by totally outclassing the Knights.
Veteran five-eighth Terry Lamb again stood out for the Bulldogs with a busy display.
The Sydney Tigers' surprise finals bid continued to gain momentum with an 18-16 home with over North Queensland.
Young aboriginal centre William Kennedy was the star for the Tigers, scoring two of his team's three tries and creating the other.
The Tigers led 18-4 until late in the match before the Cowboys put on two quick tries to have a chance of victory before time ran out.
South Sydney made it two wins in a row, downing the Gold Coast 18-16 in the club's first away win of the year.
Early on Rabbitohs led 12-0 but the Chargers stormed back to reduce the deficit to 12-10 at half-time.
Gold Coast pressed the Souths line for much of the last 10 minutes but the Rabbitohs held firm to record a narrow win.
Teenage half-back Stacey Jones led Auckland to an impressive 32-16 win over Wests in wet conditions in Auckland.
Jones scored two tries, while veteran prop Andy Platt also played strongly up front for the Warriors.