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)