Last year’s AFL premiers, the West Coast Eagles, have slipped out of the top eight after a big loss to Geelong. In League the Broncos and the Knights celebrate long-awaited victories.
Tom Robson reporting.
It was a weekend of highs and lows in the NRL.
The Broncos found their gallop for the first time in four games with a 23-point victory over the Sharks.
While Knights coach Nathan Brown finally has some breathing room after his side scored themselves a health victory over Parramatta.
The Eels left stunned by the 14-point loss.
Brad Arthur, Eels Coach: “They had plenty of purpose, plenty of enthusiasm. They played harder, they tackled harder. They got off the line harder. It’s simple.”
Despite swooping in for a win against the Raiders, the Sea Eagles may have lost captain Daly Cherry Evans to injury, an awkward tackle leaving the origin star with more worries than the score line.
In the AFL, Geelong have shot to the top of the table with decisive 58-point win over reigning premiers West Coast Eagles.
The cats clawed ahead with several six pointers from champion 34-year-old Gary Ablett, who has been shifted up from midfield to half-forward.
Chris Scott, Geelong Cats Coach: “I think we admire those ones who can take on a new role and show the world that they can play that one just as well.”
Hawthorn pulled off a narrow victory against Carlton, going five points up before the final whistle, to finish 93 to 88.
Tom Robson, QUT News.