#1 Broncos in crisis after Roosters thrashing
The Brisbane Broncos – pre-season premiership favourites and NRL ladder leaders after 10 rounds – are in danger of slipping out of the top eight after suffering their seventh loss in nine games. The Broncos were caned 32-16 by the 15th-placed Sydney Roosters, who had won just three of their previous 18 games in 2016. After being dumped by the Broncos during the off-season, Roosters centre Dale Copley enjoyed the perfect revenge with two tries in a man-of-the-match display, while Blake Ferguson engineered one of the season’s most spectacular tries for Shaun Kenny-Dowall. The heavy loss represented the fifth time in the past seven weeks the Broncos have conceded more than 30 points.
Catch the wash-up from the Roosters’ resounding upset HERE.
#2 Magpies stun Eagles at the ’G
Out-of-contention Collingwood played the role of spoilers in Round 19 of the AFL, landing a devastating blow to West Coast’s top-four aspirations via a 19-point victory at the MCG on Saturday. The Magpies overturned a nine-point deficit at the end of the first quarter with a blistering five-goals-to-none second term, before the Eagles clawed back during the third quarter. But the 12th-placed Pies held their nerve in the final period to finish the stronger of the two teams, sealing the upset and consigning the Eagles to sixth spot.
Check out the enigmatic Magpies’ giant-killing effort HERE.
#3 Rampant Lions end Highlanders’ Super Rugby reign
The Lions have qualified for their first-ever Super Rugby final after trouncing the defending champion Highlanders 42-30 at Ellis Park in the second semi-final. The South African outfit ran the competition’s best defensive unit ragged, with flyhalf Elton Jantjies scoring a try and setting up three others to complement a 22-point haul, and flying wingers Ruan Combrinck and Courtnal Skosan causing havoc out wide. They now travel to Wellington for Saturday’s decider to take on the Hurricanes, who are also chasing their maiden championship.
See how the Super Rugby semis unfolded HERE.