2019 Tarsha Gale Cup Round 1 - St George v Wests Tigers. Photo: Allan Barry

THUNDERBOLTS CLAIM MEMORABLE FIRST WIN

The Victoria Thunderbolts were winless heading into Round 8 of the UNE SG Ball Cup but they broke their deadlock in fitting style with a 56-12 victory over West Coast Pirates.

Fullback Dean Ieremia starred with three tries while five-eighth Pita Will-Purcell had a day to remember with a 20-point haul, which included a try of his own with eight conversions.

They will host the Western Suburbs Magpies in the final round of the regular season with a golden chance to finish with back-to-back victories.

ALATINI RUNS RIOT IN TIGERS WIN

A first-half hat-trick from Mamana Alatini has inspired the Wests Tigers to a dominant 32-6 victory and assert their dominance as genuine Harvey Norman Tarsha Gale Cup contenders.

The Tigers recorded six tries with five-eighth Emily Curtain enjoying a strong day with the boot, converting four of her six attempts.

They head into a blockbuster clash against the Panthers in the final game of the regular season.

RAIDERS CHASE DOWN SHARKS IN THRILLER

They may have trailed by 12-points at half-time but the Canberra Raiders have shown plenty of character to record a 30-26 comeback victory over the Sharks in the UNE SG Ball Cup.

The win was thanks to quick-fire doubles to Jordan Williams and Thomas Croker after the Sharks burst out of the blocks with four tries in the opening half.

The Raiders were quick to respond, however, with four tries of their own in the second stanza to cement second spot on the competition ladder.

EELS SHUTOUT PANTHERS

The Parramatta Eels Tarsha Gale Cup squad have put on an attacking masterclass but an even better defensive performance with a 36-0 win over the Panthers.

Chelsea-lina Koomson starred with a hat-trick and posed a constant threat with some dynamic runs through the middle-third. 

The Eels now sit third on the ladder with one game to go in the regular season against the second-placed Knights.