Results in so far from the weekend's Premier League games:
Saints were convincing winners 26-14 over the Sharks in their game at the new, revamped Oki Jubilee Oval. The match was a good contest with the scores locked at ten a piece at half time. In reality, the Saints should have made more of the strong wind at their backs.
In Saturday nights Premier League fixture, the Raiders continued their slashing form with a 52-10 thumping of Souths at Aussie Stadium, and are brimming with condidence.
Newtown, playing at their home ground, Henson Park, brilliantly came from behind when the game looked lost to them.(Newcastle had led 22-4 during the game). Newtown 34 - Newcastle 30.
The St Marys-Penrith Cougars beat Manly 28-16 in their Premier League clash.
They had trailed 10-12 at halftime and at one stage trailed 10-16 before fighting their way back.
Daniel Russell, Steve Turner, David McLean and Peter Lewis were among those who turned in solid performances.
Shane Elford, playing for the first time in over 10 months, played well but admitted later he still required match fitness.
St Marys-Penrith Cougars 28 (tries: David McLean, Danny Galea, Peter Lewis, Anthony Armour, Luke Young; goals: Chris Hicks 4) Manly Sea Eagles 16.
The Balmain Tigers scored a comprehensive 46-26 victory over the North Sydney Bears in blustery, wintry conditions at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday. Neither team seemed fazed by the weather, with both sides playing an open expansive brand of football more suited to dry conditions.
Results still to come in:
Eels 32 defeated Roosters 24, played at Parramatta.
Bulldogs 44 defeated Magpies 24, played at Belmore.