2022-04-12 20:19:00

The Roosters were able to squeeze a victory over the Broncos, who now have a huge Haas sized problem on their hands.

The Cowboys were unable to secure the against a rolling Warriors side, thanks to a Shaun Johnson field goal.

The Sharks are flying-high after four wins on the trot while the Knights are lacking threat on the attacking end.

Meanwhile, Michael Maguire’s Tigers are the only side still yet to record a win in the 2022 season.

Read on for the latest NRL Power Rankings ahead of Round 5.

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16. Tigers

Last week’s ranking: 15th (down one spot)

The Tigers remain the only team yet to record a win in the 2022 season and were completely outclassed by the Sharks courtesy of a Nicho Hynes masterclass. Co-captain Ken Maumalo recorded a singular try for Maguire’s side with only a minute left on the clock to put some points on the board after the Cronulla side had clocked off. The Sharks are deadly in attack this season and were able to easily break through the Tigers line, especially on the right hand side of the field. The Tigers will be desperately hoping to get their first victory in Round 6, but that task looks unlikely against the Eels.

15. Dragons

Last week’s ranking: 14th (down one spot)

Anthony Griffin’s panicked selection shake-up has been disastrous for the Dragons. In the two games without young guns Sloan and Amone, they have lost 48-14 to the Eels and 24-12 against the Rabbitohs. In Round 5 they were beat by a South Sydney side missing Latrell Mitchell for most of the game and without star half Cody Walker firing. Dragons fans will be hoping Griffin returns to the side they had worked with in the off-season, otherwise they could slump to one win and five defeats coming up against the Knights on Sunday.

Dragons coach Anthony Griffin’s dumping of two young guns could prove costly. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

14. Knights

Last week’s ranking: 11th (down three spots)

The Knights were poor against the Sea Eagles in a wet encounter at McDonald Jones Stadium. Errors plagued the Newcastle side and a number of injuries only added to O’Brien’s woes coming into Round 6. Kalyn Ponga has been lacklustre in attack and the Knights have struggled to score points since their opening two victories. Chris Randall’s knock-on while attempting to score in a pivotal moment against Manly was a crucial turning point in the clash and O’Brien will be hoping his side can turn their fortunes around against the Dragons this week, without making simple mistakes.

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13. Bulldogs

Last week’s ranking: 16th (up three spots)

Although they were defeated fairly comfortably by the Panthers, Kyle Flanagan’s return to the side could be just the boost Trent Barrett’s men need. Much was made of the Bulldogs decision to pick their third halves pairing in only five rounds, but the side looked to be moving the ball smoother and scored their equal most points this season against the competition’s renowned premier defensive line. While they will not be expected to come away with a win against the Rabbitohs, the Bulldogs could be on the up as Flanagan and Burton forge a partnership in the six and seven.

12. Cowboys

Last week’s ranking: 9th (down three spots)

The Cowboys gifted the Warriors a golden-point victory in Round 5. (Photo by Glenn Hunt/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images


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The Cowboys handed the Warriors victory in Round 5 after some poor decisions at crucial moments and a late charge from the New Zealand side. Todd Payten’s men led 18-12 at halftime and the coach blasted his side in the post-match press conference, saying “I think we gift-wrapped the game and handed it to the Warriors”. The Cowboys sit in the top eight currently, with the best points differential of six sides with two wins. Round 6 will be crucial for the Cowboys, coming up against the Raiders in a tight encounter.

11. Broncos

Last week’s ranking: 10th (down one spots)

The Broncos performed admirably in Round 5, blocking all the outside noise out surrounding Payne Haas’ impending suspension. Kevin Walters side showed lots of heart but were ultimately beat by the Roosters, largely led by the star-power of centre Joey Manu. Last week’s performance was a far cry from Round 3 and 4 performances which lacked desire and any attacking prowess whatsoever. While they will be without star man Payne Haas in Round 6, if the Broncos can show the same desire they did against the Roosters they could make life difficult for the Panthers.

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10. Raiders

Last week’s ranking: 13th (up three spots)

The Raiders have been up and down to start the season, showing glimpses of promise. Ricky Stuart’s side were outclassed by Craig Bellamy’s Storm but did show they had the ability to break through one of the competition’s elite defensive lines. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad was strong and is pivotal to the Raiders success moving forward. Hooker Tom Starling also played his first 80-minute game and was impressive in positive signs for the side from the nation’s capital.

9. Rabbitohs

Last week’s ranking: 12th (up three spots)

The Rabbitohs were expected to pile on the points against a struggling Dragons side, but came away with a 12-point win. Latrell Mitchell’s injury is a huge loss for Jason Demetriou’s side, but Blake Taaffe has proven he can take up the role and thrive, showing his quality at the back-end of the 2021 season. The Rabbitohs success moving forward hinges on the form of star half Cody Walker who has had an indifferent start to the season. If the elite playmaker can fire the Rabbitohs could find their best form as young gun Lachlan Ilias continues to improve.

Latrell Mitchell’s injury is a huge blow for the Rabbitohs. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

8. Titans

Last week’s ranking: 7th (down one spot)

Although they started poorly, the Titans can be happy with their second half performance against the Eels, staging a big comeback finish within six points of the high-flying Eels. The Titans are yet to put all the pieces together in attack, with halves pairing AJ Brimson and Toby Sexton yet to fully gel under Justin Holbrook, though one particular moment could signal a shift for the Gold Coast side. Million-dollar man David Fifita’s dummy-half run to burst through the Eels defence could be a sign of things to come for the Titans as they line up against the Sea Eagles.


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7. Warriors

Last week’s ranking: 8th (up one spot)

The Warriors seem to just keep getting the job done. Favourite son Shaun Johnson slotted a field goal to secure a golden point victory for Nathan Brown’s side, staging a strong comeback which kicked off just prior to halftime. The Warriors sit in the top eight currently, with Reece Walsh and Jesse Arthars firing, while halves pairing Shaun Johnson and Chanel Harris-Tavita are yet to find their feet as a pairing. Meanwhile, the ever-present Matt Lodge and Addin Fonua-Blake consistently roll their team forward. The Warriors are sitting pretty coming into Round 6.

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6. Sea Eagles

Last week’s ranking: 6th

The Sea Eagles had a lot of question marks coming into Round 5, with star player Tom Trbojevic out injured. Historically, Des Hasler’s side has struggled immensely without Turbo but they showed they are still finals contenders without their prodigious No.1. The Sea Eagles have now recorded three wins in a row and have an exciting young gun ready to fire in the centres this week against the Titans. Tolu Koula has been introduced into the side in place of Morgan Harper, hoping to provide the flare that is missing with Trbojevic’s absence, showing he can already excel in one appearance on the edge.

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5. Roosters

Last week’s ranking: 4th (down one spot)

The Roosters were shaky but got the job done against the Broncos. Joey Manu deserves all the plaudits after a matchwinning performance, carrying his side over the line with two tries. While Trent Robinson’s side have been up and down to start the season, the quality still shines through. Halves pairing Luke Keary and Sam Walker are yet to fully click but the side have now recorded their first back-to-back victories in 2022 as they look to make it three against the Warriors.

Joseph Manu was the star man for the Roosters who took a narrow victory over the Broncos. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

4. Sharks

Last week’s ranking: 5th (up one spot)

The Sharks were excellent against a weak Tigers side and have been in fine form for a number of weeks now. Craig Fitzgibbon’s side is emerging as a genuine contender come the back-end of the season and one particular experiment has paid off. Siosifa Talakai’s shift to the centres has been a revelation for Cronulla, putting Dane Gagai to the sword in Round 4 before bowling through the Tigers defence in Round 5. Hynes and Moylan will be looking to use their tackle breaking backrower turned outside back to keep their winning streak going.

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3. Eels

Last week’s ranking: 3rd

The Eels again allowed the Titans back into the game with a late charge, sitting pretty at 14-0 at half time before scraping a victory by six points. While they put on a masterclass against the Dragons, the Titans were still able to penetrate their defensive line and elite teams will be able to break them down at this stage of the season. Despite lacking in defence, their attack makes up for it in spades. Mitchell Moses and Dylan Brown both sit in the top three for try assists, totalling 16 as a pairing. Brad Arthur has opted to shift Marata Niukore into the centres after another injury in his outside back department — but the move could prove a masterclass, just as it did to start the 2021 season.

2. Storm

Last week’s ranking: 2nd

Cameron Munster put in a season-best performance in Round 5. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

The Storm juggernaut continues to roll on, completing a solid victory against the Raiders and coming away without any major injuries. Cameron Munster put in a season-best performance, despite constant speculation surrounding his future, recording two try assists, linebreak, a linebreak assist, two offloads, four tackle busts and 130 run metres. Harry Grant again showed fans why he is primed for higher honours, constantly threatening on the attacking end.

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1. Panthers

Last week’s ranking: 1st

The Panthers were again excellent against the Bulldogs, with young guns Taylan May and Izack Tago shining alongside outside backs Stephen Crichton, Charlie Staines and Dylan Edwards. Edwards, Tago and May combined for a staggering 439 run metres against former teammates Tevita Pangai Junior and Matt Burton. Ivan Cleary’s side played expansive and exciting football and continue to show why they are the reigning premiers, remaining undefeated in 2022.

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