St George Illawara Dragons

Butcher cut down as Roosters carve up Dragons with late flurry

After three tries within 15 minutes, either side of half-time, gave the Dragons the ascendancy as they turned a 14-0 deficit into a 16-14 lead, the Roosters responded strongly to remain in fourth spot on the ladder. 

The win was soured by the loss of Adam Keighran (failed HIA) and Nat Butcher to a suspected serious knee injury. Dale Copley, Sam Verills, Siosiua Taukeiaho and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves were also struggling at different stages of the match.  

Another starring display from James Tedesco got the Roosters rolling in the first half.

Dragons hoping for change of luck at Lottoland

The Dragons haven't won at Lottoland since a 20-18 victory in 2008, with the Red V outscored 118-26 in their past four matches at the venue. 

Dragons 2017 NRL Fantasy guide

Fantasy guns

Jack de Belin (2RF, $561,000): In NRL Fantasy you always want to get reliable forwards who will give your team good stats week in, week out, and that's exactly what Jack de Belin does. He was the only player in entire league last season who averaged more than 40 tackles *and* 100 run metres per game – which meant he earned 54 points a game from those two statistics alone. His actual season average was 59, and presuming he plays big minutes at lock again this season that's unlikely to change too much.

Impressive Cowboys shut out Dragons

In front of a season-best 17,444 crowd the Cowboys were given all they could handle early by the typically plucky Dragons, who seemed to drag the usually sparkling Cowboys' attack down to their level.

But after an extended feeling-out period it was Cowboys fullback Lachlan Coote (two try assists, two line-break assists) setting up the huge win with a second-half masterclass.

The Cowboys pressed early, forcing three repeat sets in the Dragons' red zone, but the defensive wall stood firm early on before the contest degenerated into a scoreless error fest.

Souths continue Charity Shield dominance

It was a largely scrappy affair with execution and ball handling a massive concern for both sides.

The night was a successful one for the new rule interpretations with the shot clock cutting down on breaks in play while scrums were formed or drop-outs taken, while it looks like a by-product may be less debate around how play is restarted when there is contention over which side took a ball dead in goal.

It took 78 minutes but Rabbitohs bench player Patrice Siolo was the only player penalised for an incorrect play the ball.