Eels thrash struggling Broncos, Marshall inspires Rabbitohs to win over Titans

Maika Sivo has scored a hat-trick and Bryce Cartwright enjoyed one of his best NRL matches in recent years as Parramatta thumped an error-riddled Brisbane 46-6 in stifling Darwin heat on Friday night.

Earlier in the evening, the evergreen Benji Marshall helped guide South Sydney to a 40-30 win over the Titans in an entertaining encounter on the Gold Coast.

In just his third match for the Eels, Cartwright tipped the ball on for Sivo to score in the first half, then scored his first try since round five last year.

After a horror few years with the Titans, Cartwright has warmed into his form for the Eels and again showed signs against the Broncos he may fulfil his potential.

The Eels ran riot in the eight-try rout in front of a sell-out Darwin crowd, as the Broncos slumped to their fourth straight loss with 51 missed tackles.

Prop Payne Haas — who is observing Ramadan — was again the Broncos’ best player on the field.

The New South Wales State of Origin prop churned through 171 metres and eight tackle breaks in a mammoth 60-minute performance in the loss.

But that is where the good news ended for the Broncos.

After signing an NRL deal with the Broncos earlier in the week, ex-Newcastle and Manly hooker Danny Levi made an error from his first touch.

Fresh onto the field in the 27th minute, Levi scooped up the ball from dummy half on the second tackle and darted 20 metres through lax Eels defence.

But with the tryline in front of him he coughed up a scoring opportunity, before the Eels gained possession and went the length of the field to score in the next set.

The moment summed up the night for the Broncos who started on the worst possible note when captain Alex Glenn went down in the warm-up with a calf injury.

Winger Xavier Coates knocked on the ball from the kick-off and Sivo scored his first of three for the night in the next set.

Tom Opacic crosses for an Eels’ try in the second half against the Broncos.(

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Tom Opacic, Oregon Kaufusi, Isaiah Papali’i and Clint Gutherson also got across the line for the Eels, while the Broncos could muster just one try through Tevita Pangai Junior.

The Broncos had hoped to back up their best performance of the season against Penrith last week but instead they fizzled to their sixth loss of the year.

Marshall stars as Rabbitohs edge Titans

A South Sydney NRL player points a finger on his right hand as he celebrates a try against the Gold Coast Titans.
Benji Marshall played an instrumental role in the Rabbitohs’ victory over the Titans.(

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Some Benji Marshall brilliance overshadowed David Fifita’s first-half hat-trick as South Sydney claimed victory in Robina.

The veteran Marshall, a late inclusion in the Rabbitohs’ starting line-up, scored two tries and had a hand in several others to seal a thrilling victory.

Aiming to bounce back from their 36-0 thrashing against Manly in Mudgee last weekend, the Titans scored three tries in the final 10 minutes of the first half to take a 24-10 lead into the break.

Fifita claimed his second hat-trick of the season, his performance including a rampaging try where he shrugged off six Rabbitohs’ defenders on his way to the line.

A stunning length-of-the-field effort finished by co-captain Jamal Fogarty put the hosts in charge at half-time.

The Rabbitohs came out of the break on fire in response, rattling up 20 points in the opening 20 minutes of the second half to storm into the lead.

Marshall, starting at five-eighth with Cody Walker moving to fullback to replace the suspended Latrell Mitchell, was at the heart of the second-half fightback.

The 36-year-old combined with Walker to send Dane Gagai over, then finished a sharp one-two with Keaon Koloamatangi to score his first of the night.

A trademark flick pass from Marshall sent winger Alex Johnston over in the 58th minute to put the visitors back in front.

Tyrone Peachey’s smart one-handed pick-up and step levelled the scores at 30-30, but it was Marshall who created a break and then finished it off to put the visitors back in front.

Moeaki Fotuaika, placed on report for a late high tackle on Adam Reynolds, conceded two late penalties, which Reynolds converted to seal a sixth straight win for the second-placed Rabbitohs.

The Titans slip to a 3-4 win-loss record ahead of next Friday’s derby with Brisbane at Lang Park.




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