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One-sided affairs seemed to be the theme in the opening round of the SG Ball season, with six of the eight games having a margain of 20 or more. The Cronulla Sharks travelled to Perth to begin their back-to-back quest, and will fly back to Sydney with a 76-12 victory. Semisi Kioa and Luke Metcalf each recorded hat-tricks, while Kyle Flanagan booted 12 goals. 

Parramatta 40 (A Seve 3, H Dunster 2, T Afualo, N Okladnikov, T Turnbull tries; Seve 2, Turnbull 2 goals) bt Central Coast 28 (K Martin, W Grasby, Z Bagnall, K Hopwood, N O'Meley tries; B Taffe 4 goals)

Illawarra 42 (D Thomas, S McCann, S Masters, Z Lomax, J Willis, C Purcell, J Morgan, J Ford tries; Lomax 5 goals) bt North Sydney 10 (A Bou-Sleima, A Carling tries; Carling goal)

Penrith 36 (S O'Sullivan 2, M Ritchie, W Papaliitele, T Skinner, V William-Liolevave, W Burns tries; O'Sullivan 4 goals) bt Balmain 16 (R Papenhuyzen, J Utatoa, J Bermingham tries; Papenhuyzen 2 goals)

Newcastle 42 (B O'Hagan 2, B Musgrove, S Hufanga, T Starling, P Saulo, L Casson tries; L Walmsley 7 goals) bt Manly 18 (B Ramien 2, L Polselli tries; J Ongosia 3 goals)

South Sydney 44 (J Mitsas 2, J Cook 2, J Butler, D Hawkins, S Downes, P Hunt tries; M Hirotoshi 6 goals) bt Sydney Roosters 10 (M Woolnough, R Townsend tries; J Frei goal)

Bulldogs 28 (B Maarbani 2, W Kerr 2, D Parker tries; K Hayman 4 goals) bt St George 12 (S Ikamu, A Tuigimala, S Filihiahekava tries)

Cronulla 76 (S Kioa 3, L Metcalf 3, I Lumelume, D Xerri, C Tupou, L Metcalf, K Flanagan, B Brailey, J Salmon, L Kisaloff tries; Flanagan 12 goals) bt Perth 12 (T Graham, J Leota tries; B Gill 2 goals)

Canberra 40 (S Finnegan 2, S Ketia-Opo 2, J Simbiken 2, S Kris tries; Ketia-Opo 5, Finnegan goals) bt WSAS 12 (A Myles, S Taufua tries; B Hands 2 goals)

Acknowledgement of Country

New South Wales Rugby League respects and honours the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.