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globalrugbyleague - Tue, 10 Apr 2007 21:47:00 GMT
Parramatta returned to the top of the Premier League competition ladder for the first time this season after snatching a 24-4 win over Canberra in round 4.

The defending premiers displaced the Knights into second spot after Rip Taylor’s men ran away with their third win in a row.

At EnergyAustralia Stadium, the home side improved upon a 16 all- draw at half-time to defeat the Newtown Jets 36-22.

The combination of Newcastle’s strong defence and ability to seize upon Newtown’s errors and penalties swung the balance of the game towards the Knights in the third quarter.

Newcastle added two tries in this critical period but the Jets were right back in the game with 15 minutes remaining after winger Anthony Watts had soared high to catch a Soward kick in the corner.

Soward kicked a screamer of a conversion from right out on the left-side touchline for Newtown to trail 26-22.

But the Knights, willed on by the huge home crowd wrapped up the match with further tries in the 74th and 78th minutes.

The North Sydney Bears produced some hard hitting defence to defeat the Balmain Tigers 13-6
during their first hit out for 2007 at North Sydney Oval.

North Sydney were aggressive and impenetrable right across the Park. Hard hitters up front - Jardine Bobongie, Jaiman Lowe (dislocated thumb twice in the second half) both had massive games topping the tackle count and hit ups up the middle.

Auckland scored their first win on the road in 2007 with a 29-16 victory over Manly-Warringah at Brookvale Oval last Sunday.

The Lions lead 18-0 mid-way through the first half thanks to tries to Todd Byrne, Patrick Ah Van and Scott Jones. However the Sea Eagles reduced the Lions lead to 8-points with 2 four-pointers before the break.

It was not enough however to stop the visitors who scored first in the second-half and never looked like throwing the game away.

At CUA Stadium, Penrith walloped Western Suburbs 43-10 off the back of from tries to Craig Trindall, Keith Peters, Mathew Cross, John Nuumaalii, Jade Williams, Mark Meredith and Wayne Bond.

Meanwhile Cronulla ended their winless start to the season with an 18-14 victory over suburban rivals St George at Toyota Park. - Read More, Here