Another round in the books with a couple of near misses for some well fancied sides, an injury to the GOAT and yes, more heartbreak for the Broncos. Let's have a look at what went down.
Thursday night the Dragons came out of the blocks like Usain Bolt, 16-0 and looking like world beaters inside of the first 20 minutes. Fittingly, in this round, the Rabbitohs found a spark and all of their 32 points from their indigenous players. Alex Johnston bagged a hat-trick of tries, two of them were intercepts which broke the hearts of Dragon's fans. Souths cementing 8th spot on the ladder and a date with the Broncos coming up this Friday.
Friday night's two games were high scoring and bloody entertaining affairs. The Tigers looked comfortable against the Warriors, but a double either side of half-time from Peta Hiku got the Warriors back into the contest. The Warriors continuing their rollercoaster form and doing serious damage to the finals prospects of the Tigers in the process, a big win!
The following game, the Broncos, tipped by many, including myself, looked liked they'd found some form on the back of Kotoni Staggs. 10 mins to go, an 8-point lead and a repeat set and they still found a way to lose. Unable to put 80 mins together, this one hurt.
The first two games on Super Saturday followed a fairly similar script. Both highly fancied teams, Sydney City & Canberra respectively, kicking off as short-priced favourites but would win without much authority. The Titans competitive and improving, ultimately found the Roosters too good, despite some questionable consistency in the officiating, whilst the Cowboys gave the Raiders a scare, Canberra still able to do just enough, they'll need to see some improvement if they're going to be competitive with the Panthers this Saturday night in what shapes up as a mouth watering Saturday night on the couch!
Penrith, stunning, dismantling a Sea Eagles side that has blamed a poor attitude for their 30-point loss. Nathan Cleary was outstanding, whilst Dylan Walker injured again in the opening set of the match and expected to miss several weeks, only compounding Manly's frustration and leaving them 9th on the ladder.
Sunday's Bulldogs & Eels clash was not too dissimilar to those preceding games on Saturday night, heavy priced favourite Parramatta given a major scare by an improving Bulldogs side. Parramatta just doing enough to get away with the 2 points and maintain 3rd position on the ladder.
To finish off Round 12, Storm legend Cameron Smith left the field early due to a shoulder injury after scoring in Melbourne's 10 point win over the Knights. Newcastle ravaged by injury and in free-fall down the NRL ladder with a crucial game against the Tigers upcoming this Saturday. For 37-year old Cameron Smith, he is expected 2-3 weeks with his injury assessed as Grade 2 damage.