2016 NRL

Raiders punish Warriors

Canberra dominated the majority of the 80 minutes, scoring three tries directly from Warriors handling errors in their own half, on a night where they crossed for six four-pointers in greasy conditions.

Up 22-0 at the break, the Green Machine didn't let up in the second period, as they registered their first win in their last six games against the Kiwi side.

The early minutes suggested a grinding affair was on the cards, but once Canberra got over the top of the Warriors' pack in the middle the points quickly followed.

Wests Tigers v Knights: Five key points

In a game where concussions ran rampant among the Tigers' ranks, Jason Taylor's men were able to stay in the game and take their chance when it mattered.

Tigers hang tough for two points

Losing Ava Seumanufagai (twice), Matt Ballin and Elijah Taylor to concussion tests throughout the game – with the former two eventually ruled out – the Tigers still produced an eight-point victory.

Melbourne's outside back 'curse' continues

Ben Hampton was the latest to join the injury list after tearing his calf in Saturday night's thrilling one-point win over the Cowboys.

Hampton will most likely spend close to a month on the sidelines, and Bellamy joked it could have something to do with the jumper numbers. 

"It just seems to be that when we throw someone in a 3 or 4 jersey they get hurt, so I've got no inclination in throwing [Cameron] Smith, Cooper [Cronk] or Jesse [Bromwich] out in the centres at the moment," Bellamy laughed.

Women's Origin set to explode

The match between the best female rugby league players in Queensland and New South Wales will be played prior to the Titans vs. Eels round 20 clash at Cbus Super Stadium. 

Both teams will be looking to capitalise on the growing pathways, fan base and media exposure that women's rugby league continues to attract. 

Many of the Harvey Norman Jillaroos players that took on the Kiwi Ferns in the Test match in early May are likely to be on opposing teams come July, with New South Wales looking for their first win against Queensland in more than a decade.

Shillington's response to 'shock' axing

Shillington's omission from the team that went down 38-0 to the Storm in Round 9 was as much of a shock to the eight-time Origin representative as it was to his teammates but the response from the veteran of 212 games was a predictable one.

In 48 minutes of game time Shillington ran for 132 metres and had two offloads that his peers voted the best performance of the night as he and the other Titans forwards kept the highly-credentialed Roosters forward pack at bay.

DCE getting better by the week: Buhrer

Cherry-Evans formed a formidable partnership with Kieran Foran over the five seasons they shared playmaking duties on the northern beaches but the Sea Eagles have struggled to get out of first gear in 2016 as they battle to form new combinations with a number of new players in key positions, while also dealing with a horror injury toll.

Hoffman readies for Panthers handful

Hoffman delivered arguably his finest defensive performance in the centres in shutting down Roosters' Test representative Blake Ferguson on Monday night but the assignment at Penrith on Sunday shapes as being just as challenging.

Cartwright has terrorised left-edge defences to the point this season that he is being seriously discussed as a possible Origin debutant for New South Wales, his 19 offloads and clever kicking game for such a big man making him awfully difficult to contain.

Mouth injury no big deal: Mannering

The former Warriors captain was forced from the field early in the second half in the 42-0 loss to the Storm on Anzac Day with a serious laceration to the mouth, which later required plastic surgery to reattach his lip to his face.

After receiving around 25 stitches, the injury kept him out of two club games as well as the Kiwis' squad for the mid-year Test, but Mannering said it didn't have a big effect on his weekly training regime.