An emphatic NRL victory for Melbourne Storm was marred by a suspected ACL rupture for centre Marion Seve.

Melbourne cruised to a 30-6 triumph over Manly Sea Eagles at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Sunday, scoring six tries and 24 unanswered points to all but end their opponents' finals hopes.

But the joy of victory was tempered as Seve was pummelled by Tevita Funa after an early line break, with his team later confirming that his knee injury was thought to be to his ACL.

Prop Nelson Asofa-Solomona also suffered a calf problem in a contest that saw Justin Olam score a hat-trick for Storm.

Josh Addo-Carr added a double and Asofa-Solomona dotted down for the side sitting second in the NRL ladder, with fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen providing three assists and Jesse Bromwich impressing at prop.

Addin Fonua-Blake scored the Sea Eagles' only try after 14 minutes but they were unable to add to that and now sit six points behind Cronulla Sharks in eighth with just four rounds remaining.

In the other game, Canberra Raiders overcame a scare to boost their hopes of a top-four finish by wiping out an eight-point half-time deficit against Canterbury Bulldogs in an entertaining encounter that produced 10 tries.

A 34-20 home success saw Jack Wighton and Tom Starling score two tries apiece, with the Bulldogs, who remain bottom of the standings, held scoreless in the second half.

Wighton produced two superb runs to finish from close range early in the second half after Starling had been sin-binned, turning the match and giving his side a sixth win from seven.

Penrith Panthers made it 11 wins in a row at the top of the NRL standings as they eased to a commanding 30-6 defeat of Wests Tigers on Saturday.

David Nofoaluma's try gave the Tigers an early lead, but Jarome Luai and Liam Martin crossed and Nathan Cleary kicked a penalty to give the hosts a 14-6 half-time advantage.

The Tigers lost Adam Doueihi to a sin bin just before the break and any lingering momentum was lost once Brian To'o marked his return from injury with a try 52 minutes in.

Further scores from Stephen Crichton and Josh Mansour sealed a win that keeps the Panthers firmly at the top, with the Tigers now down in 11th.

New Zealand Warriors are up to ninth after a similarly authoritative 36-6 win over the Newcastle Knights at Scully Park.

An even first 50 minutes, in which Adam Pompey and Gehamat Shibasaki scored first-half tries, swung the Warriors' way after Roger Tuivasa-Sheck went over for his third try in as many matches.

The home side crossed the whitewash a further four times in 17 minutes, Pompey and Tuivasa-Sheck each getting their second and George Jennings and Jazz Tevaga also touching down as David Klemmer's 150th NRL match ended with a sin bin.

Cronulla Sharks made light of injury troubles with a 28-12 defeat of North Queensland Cowboys.

Braydon Trindall, playing in only his third NRL match, kicked four out of five conversions as the Sharks ran in tries through Briton Nikora, Sione Katoa, Braden Hamlin-Uele, Siosifa Talakai and Connor Tracey.

Kyle Feldt opened and concluded the scoring for the Cowboys, who are 14th.

Sydney Roosters ran in 10 tries as the miserable Brisbane Broncos began life without head coach Anthony Seibold with a 58-12 defeat at the SCG.

Seibold departed this week following a sixth successive loss and Peter Gentle, who will be at the helm for the rest of the season, was unable to pull off an upset against the reigning premiers.

Sitili Tupouniua powered through for the opening score in the fifth minute and he played a crucial role in a try for James Tedesco, who went over after Isaac Liu.

Tupouniua doubled his tally in the 27th minute but Kotoni Staggs ensured the Broncos did not go into half-time scoreless with his ninth try in 10 games this year.

The onslaught from the Roosters continued soon after the restart, though, with Josh Morris and Daniel Tupou touching down by the 46th minute.

A fine individual effort from David Fifita reduced the arrears, but Nat Butcher streaked clear before Morris and Tupou bagged braces.

The impressive Kyle Flanagan slotted through a ninth successful conversion after Brett Morris capped a resounding victory that closed the gap to the third-placed Parramatta Eels, who were thumped by South Sydney Rabbitohs on Thursday, to two points.

Jamal Fogarty was the hero as Gold Coast Titans rallied from 10-4 down in the final five minutes to beat St George Illawarra Dragons 14-10.

Tyron Peachey touched down after Fogarty's grubber bounced kindly off the padding around the post, and the Titans half-back successfully converted to restore parity.

Fogarty ensure there was no need for golden point extra time, finding a way over after an excellent line break from Alex Brimson to seal a second win in seven games and hurt the Dragons' finals hopes.

South Sydney Rabbitohs full-back Latrell Mitchell will miss the rest of the NRL season after rupturing a tendon in his left hamstring.

Mitchell did the damage when team-mate Jaxson Paulo landed on him in a tackle during the 38-0 thrashing of the high-flying Parramatta Eels on Thursday.

The 23-year-old, who joined the Rabbitohs from city rivals Sydney Roosters in January, will play no further part in the Bunnies' bid to be crowned premiers.

South Sydney have not put a timeframe on Mitchell's absence as he prepares to visit a surgeon with a view to undergoing surgery.

A brief statement from the club said: "Rabbitohs full-back Latrell Mitchell had scans on his injured hamstring today.

"Mitchell has ruptured the proximal hamstring tendon in his left leg. He will be assessed by a surgeon with a view to repairing the tendon.

"Mitchell will be unfit for the remainder of the 2020 season."

Rabbitohs coach Wayne Bennett had hoped Mitchell would be fit for the finals.

He said after the hammering of the Eels: "He's done his hamstring but we're just not sure of the seriousness of it.

"It's probably won't be anything under a month but hopefully he'll be back in a month."

South Sydney Rabbitohs boosted their chances of securing a top-four finish in the NRL by beating Parramatta Eels 38-0, but Latrell Mitchell is set for a spell on the sidelines. 

The Rabbitohs racked up their fifth straight win to move level on points with the fourth-placed Sydney Roosters, who do have a game in hand, but saw full-back Mitchell leave the game in the second half with a hamstring injury. 

After racing into a club-record 38-0 half-time lead against Manly Sea Eagles last week, Souths produced another stunning opening period against Parramatta on Thursday. 

Corey Allan touched down for the first try in the sixth minute after being released on the left by the quick hands of Mitchell. 

Jaxson Paulo crossed in the right corner for his first NRL try and Cody Walker went under the posts before Jaydn Su'a latched onto a grubber kick from Adam Reynolds, whose third successful conversion made it 22-0 at the break.

Mitchell was injured while attempting to stop Dylan Brown crossing for the Eels in the 50th minute, but the try was overturned by the TMO for an obstruction in the build-up. 

Campbell Graham stopped any hopes of Parramatta building some momentum with a try two minutes later, while he doubled his tally after Reynolds went over. 

The Eels, who only scored two tries in a 14-0 victory over a severely depleted Melbourne Storm last week, saw Brown go off with an apparent ankle problem and will need to quickly pick themselves back up with four rounds remaining before the finals. 

Anthony Siebold has stepped down as head coach of struggling NRL club Brisbane Broncos, effective immediately.

Embattled boss Siebold announced his departure on Wednesday, less than two seasons into a five-year deal, amid Brisbane's woes and intense speculation over his coaching future and personal life.

Siebold – who arrived from South Sydney Rabbitohs as the 2018 Dally M Coach of the Year – was also placed in isolation for 14 days after leaving the Broncos' coronavirus bubble to deal with a personal matter.

Peter Gentle will take charge for the remainder of the season, with the Broncos languishing 15th in the table after managing just three wins heading into round 16.

"From a professional viewpoint, this was the hardest decision I have ever made. Right now, I want to spend more time with my family. They have made enormous sacrifices for me in recent times," Seibold said. "I was honoured to be appointed Brisbane Broncos coach at the end of 2018. This was the club where I started my rugby league journey as a young man and it's a club that I have always admired.

"For many reasons, my time at the Broncos did not work out as we had all hoped. But that's sport. We love sport because it's full of uncertainty. And rugby league seems to throw up uncertainty better than any sport I know. People ask me if there are things I'd change about the last two seasons. None of that matters right now.

"I gave it my best at the Broncos and I am responsible for where we currently are. Head coaches know that there is no finger-pointing and no deflection of blame when a club struggles.

"These events haven't dampened my enthusiasm for coaching or wanting to help others achieve. In fact, they have made me more determined. Head coaching in the NRL isn't for the faint of heart. I know that. And I know that I'll be a better coach, a better leader and a better person for all that I have learnt over these last three seasons at South Sydney and Brisbane.

"I have very much appreciated the messages of support from many people over the last two weeks. I want to thank them, and I want to let them know that I’m doing ok.

"I have appreciated the opportunity to coach the Broncos. I thank Karl Morris and Paul White for their work and their advice throughout my time here. They run a very successful club and they should be proud of what the Broncos achieve in shaping so many lives for the better across Queensland. This club is more than what happens on the football field and I've been privileged to see that up close.

"I thank the Broncos fans. I've had plenty of well-wishers and I've had plenty who haven't been as impressed. Sport only succeeds because of the passion of the fans. Without them, we have nothing.

"Most of all, I'm appreciative of the opportunity to be a football coach, working with young men towards a common goal. I thank my players over these last two seasons for their effort, for their camaraderie and for their passion for playing football. Our game is a brutal game physically."

Broncos chief executive Paul White added: "As you are aware, Anthony spent the last two weeks in home isolation after having to step out of the Project Apollo bubble for a serious family matter. During that time, Anthony has reflected on his role at the Broncos and the impact it is having on his life away from rugby league.

"As a result, Anthony approached Chairman Karl Morris late last week to indicate he did not wish to continue as coach of the Brisbane Broncos. The Board understands Anthony's situation and has accepted his wishes to step down from the position.

"The role as coach of the Broncos is one of the most high-profile and high-pressure in Australian sport, and Anthony has performed admirably since starting in late 2018.

"But the levels of scrutiny – some of it bordering on hysterical, if not slanderous in recent times – have placed a heavy burden on Anthony and his family.

"As a club, we have endeavoured to support Anthony and his loved ones through all of this. But at the end of the day only Anthony can understand what it is like to walk in the shoes of a Broncos coach, and live with the highs and lows of the role.

"On a personal note, I would like to thank Anthony for the tremendous amount of effort and diligence he has poured into the job during his time at the Broncos.

"He can certainly coach, he will coach again, and he is also a very good man. He has always acted with the utmost professionalism and ushered in a new generation of stars who will become household names for our club in the future. As a club, we wish Anthony and his family all the best in the future."

Sydney Roosters club captain Mitchell Aubusson will retire from rugby league at the end of the NRL season.

Aubusson, 32, is the second most-capped player in the Roosters' history, having featured 301 times.

The three-time premiership player, who has spent his entire career with the club, said he would retire at season's end.

"This is a decision I've thought long and hard about. I'm still really enjoying my footy and love being around the team we have here at the Roosters, but I have no doubt that it's the right time to make this call," Aubusson said on Monday.

"I remember as a 15-year-old growing up thinking I'd love to just play one game of first grade, and to be able to reflect on the career I've had so far, and to have done it all with the Roosters is something I'm incredibly proud of. The Sydney Roosters Club and everyone who's a part of it means everything to me.

"There are many people who have played an important role in helping me in my career throughout the years, and I'd like to extend my thanks to them all, right back to my junior clubs the Ballina Seagulls and Mittagong Lions.

"I was lucky enough to be recruited to the Roosters by the great Artie Beetson, and I'll always be grateful for that day. I wouldn't be here without him.

"I also can't thank the staff here at the Roosters, especially Cath King and Dee Michailidis, as well as our supporters and sponsors enough.

"To our chairman Nick Politis and our board of directors, thank you for your unwavering support. Nick, to you especially. Our club is so lucky to have had you leading the way for over 40 years now."

Aubusson was full of praise for Roosters head coach Trent Robinson, who has been in charge since 2013.

"I also want to make a special mention of Trent Robinson. He's the best coach I've ever had, and he's also a mate. He has challenged me every day, and I'm a better player and man for it. To Craig Fitzgibbon and all our coaching staff, thank you for setting the bar every day, and most importantly for your friendship," he said.

"I've been blessed to play with some pretty special people here at the Roosters over the years, many I'm proud to call my closest friends, and I'd like to thank them. To my current team-mates, we're a tight group and I'm so privileged every time I get to run out with you.

"Most importantly, I would like to thank my family; my parents for everything they did to support me, my brothers for always being there to throw a footy around with when we were kids, and most of all my wife Laura and our children Daisy and Odie. They're the three most important people in the world to me and I can't wait to spend more time with them."

The Roosters are contending again in 2020, sitting fourth in the table.

Newcastle Knights enjoyed a third straight NRL win against North Queensland Cowboys but lost veteran Blake Green to a potentially career-threatening injury.

The Knights were 12-0 victors against the Cowboys, stringing together three consecutive successes for the first time this year, yet Green's blow dampened the celebrations.

The 33-year-old journeyman - playing just his third Newcastle game and only under contract until the end of 2020 - was feared to have suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Five-eighth Green went down after just 18 minutes following a tackle from Jordan McLean and Justin O'Neill, and he left the field after failing in a bid to play on.

Newcastle at least made sure to claim the points and climb to sixth, as Enari Tuala's late try added to a score from Hymel Hunt that came just prior to Green's injury.

The earlier game saw New Zealand Warriors recover from a slow start to beat Canterbury Bulldogs 20-14.

The Warriors were 10-0 down midway through the first half and Canterbury added a third try just after the interval.

But Adam Pompey and Jack Murchie soon scored in quick succession to turn the game on its head and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck then crossed to seal victory.

Head coach Ivan Cleary hailed a "really cool" performance from Liam Martin that drove the Panthers to a 38-12 win over the Sharks, a 10th successive victory for the team. 

The back-rower was outstanding and grabbed the fifth of seven tries for the leaders, with Josh Mansour crossing for a double on his 150th NRL appearance. 

Martin signed a new two-year contract this week and showed his worth to Cleary with an all-action display. 

"That's really cool," Cleary told a post-game news conference. "For that performance it just shows the character of him and he had a huge impact in our performance tonight." 

Viliame Kikau set the Panthers on the way to a comfortable win with a third-minute opening try, with Mansour and Brent Naden dotting down before the 20-minute mark. 

Stephen Crichton went over before the break, with Martin, Jarome Luai and Mansour adding second-half scores. Jesse Ramien and Connor Tracey grabbed the Sharks' consolation tries. 

Cleary said of the team's performance: "It was very good, but there's still things that we need to fix. 

"I don't mean to be arrogant or disrespectful to the Sharks or anything. We're confident we're doing a lot of things right, but there's little lessons again tonight, little things again in our game from week to week, that whether individual or from a team we can still improve on and the boys know that." 

Dean Young made a winning start to his coaching career as St George Illawarra Dragons landed a 28-24 win over Brisbane Broncos. 

Two tries from Mikaele Ravalawa and one each for Josh Kerr and Corey Norman, who both crossed in the opening five minutes, were supplemented by 12 points from the boot of Zac Lomax. 

Young, a former star forward for the Dragons, took over following the departure of Paul McGregor, seizing the chance to guide the team through the rest of their season. 

The Broncos trailed by just two points when Kotoni Staggs added the extras to Tom Dearden's 69th-minute try, but the Dragons held out, with Lomax's third penalty at the death putting the seal on their success.

Melbourne Storm were kept off the scoresheet for just the sixth time in their 23-year history as they lost 14-0 to Parramatta Eels on Thursday. 

The NRL's top two defensive sides gave little quarter at Bankwest Stadium but tries from Waqa Blake and Maika Sivo and the boot of Mitchell Moses were enough to down a depleted Storm side. 

Blake went over from Ryan Matterson's offload to add to Moses' earlier penalty that had put the Eels ahead, and Sivo's 12th try of the season made it 12-0 before the interval. 

Storm lost Ryley Jacks to a hip injury and Nelson Asofa-Solomona to the sin bin, with Moses adding two more points from the resulting penalty. 

Brandon Smith was also hurt in the closing stages as a weakened Storm offered little hope of a comeback, ending a game scoreless for the first time since 2014. 

They stay second to Penrith Panthers in the standings, with the Eels now level on points in third.

Sydney Roosters star Luke Keary has extended his contract with the NRL champions until at least the end of 2024.

Keary, capped twice by Australia, has made 85 appearances for the Roosters since his arrival from the South Sydney Rabbitohs in 2017.

The 28-year-old is a three-time NRL premiership winner, once with the Rabbitohs and twice with the Roosters, claiming the Clive Churchill Medal in the 2018 Grand Final.

Keary is delighted to have extended his deal with the Roosters for a further three years.

"From the top down, there's a really good group of people involved at the Roosters, and I'm excited to have my long-term future locked in here," he said.

Roosters head coach Trent Robinson hailed the re-signing of the playmaker.

"Luke is a leader and a student of the game who brings energy to everything he does," he said.

"He's also a good person, so it's great news that he will continue to play his important role here at the Roosters in the coming years."

The Roosters are fourth in the NRL ladder ahead of Saturday's clash with the Wests Tigers.

Shaun Johnson ruled out giving evidence against Kevin Proctor after the Gold Coast Titans captain was sent off for allegedly biting him during a 30-18 win for Cronulla Sharks.

Proctor's 250th NRL appearance will not be remembered for the right reasons, as the forward was given his marching orders following an incident in the second half at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium on Saturday.

It was deemed after referee Henry Perenara asked the Bunker to examine footage that Proctor sunk his teeth into the arm of his New Zealand team-mate, so the 31-year-old was the first NRL player to be dismissed for biting.

Johnson, who came off with a groin injury later in the game, told Fox Sports: "Nothing happened, let's just leave it at that. We were both heated in the middle of the game and I was a bit high on him and whatever happened, happened, but we're still mates.

"It's his 250th [NRL match] and I don't want this to dampen this at all. He's been a great player for so long at Melbourne [Storm] and now Gold Coast, and he's led with his actions his whole career.

"I don't think it's appropriate and I guess this doesn't do Kevvie justice to talk about this. He's a great player and I've loved playing with him at Kiwi level and I've got nothing but respect for him."

Asked if he would testify against Proctor, Johnson replied: "No, not at all. I don't see the value of taking it any further than what's happened here today. I love him as a player and person, and I've got nothing more to say about it."

Three tries in the space of six minutes from Sione Katoa, Wade Graham and Jack Williams following Proctor's exit put the Sharks well on their way to a seventh win in nine matches.

Adam Reynolds was on target with a late penalty and a field goal after Alex Johnston grabbed a double in a dramatic 31-30 win for South Sydney Rabbitohs over North Queensland Cowboys.

Canberra Raiders put the sorry Brisbane Broncos to the sword in the final match of the day, Nick Cotric touching down twice in a 36-8 rout at GIO Stadium.

Penrith Panthers set a new club record with a ninth successive NRL win, though their 18-12 triumph over New Zealand Warriors was overshadowed by alleged racial abuse of Brent Naden. 

Panthers winger Naden, who is an indigenous Australian, reported comments made from a section of the crowd that led to a small group of supporters being escorted from Central Coast Stadium. 

The NRL are investigating the incident; acting CEO Andrew Abdo said in a statement that "decisive action" will be taken against anyone found guilty, while the governing body will offer support to those players involved. 

Naden scored the opening try as Penrith maintained their impressive streak, Apisai Koroisau and Dylan Edwards also touching down as the leaders opened up a 16-6 advantage by half-time. 

Patrick Herbert converted his own try as the Warriors fought hard in the second half, though the table-topping Panthers held on to make it nine in a row. 

In Friday's other game, outgoing coach Paul McGregor enjoyed a successful farewell as St George Illawarra Dragons prevailed 14-12 against Parramatta Eels. 

The Dragons announced this week that McGregor would be stepping down after the game at Bankwest Stadium, despite having over a year left to run on his contract. Dean Young is to take over on an interim basis.  

His final outing in charge saw a victory secured thanks to a brace of tries from Mikaele Ravalawa, as well as six points from the boot of Zac Lomax.  

Clinton Gutherson and Kane Evans touched down for the Eels, who missed the chance to go level on points with the second-placed Melbourne Storm in the ladder.

Penrith Panthers winger Brent Naden was allegedly the subject of racial abuse from members of the crowd during his side's 18-12 victory over New Zealand Warriors at Central Coast Stadium.  

An Indigenous Australian, Naden reported comments made by a small section of fans to a member of Penrith's training staff, who then passed on the information to police.  

Footage broadcast by Fox Sports showed a group being spoken to by officials before they were escorted from the venue.  

The NRL is investigating the incident, with acting CEO Andrew Abdo declaring the governing body will take "decisive action" against anyone found guilty, as well as offering support to those players involved.  

"Racism and vilification will not be tolerated in our game," he said.  

"Bringing communities and cultures together is part of rugby league. We pride ourselves on being inclusive and taking a leadership role in driving social change.   

"Any fan found to have racially abused a player or another fan will not be welcome at our games.   

"We have shown in the past that we will take the strongest possible action to ensure fans guilty of racial abuse are banned from attending the Telstra Premiership.  

"We will work closely with NSW Police, stadium authorities and the clubs to determine the facts and take decisive action against anyone guilty of racial abuse." 

Naden scored the opening try as table-topping Penrith set a new club record by securing a ninth successive victory. 

"He's okay, it's not the first time he's heard that in his life - but I think in this forum it has been," Penrith coach Ivan Cleary told the media after the game.

"He certainly took offence to it at the time but he's okay now.

"It's one of those situations that you can only react how you feel at the time. Whatever was said, it definitely affected him."

Apisai Koroisau and Dylan Edwards also crossed in the first half for the in-form Panthers, while Nathan Cleary kicked six points to help see off the Warriors.

England head coach Shaun Wane has agreed an extension to his contract until the end of 2022.

Wane was appointed in February on a deal that was set to expire following the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.

However, his tenure to date has been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, with this year's Ashes series cancelled.

The Rugby Football League (RFL) is anticipating NRL interest, too, so the 55-year-old's terms have been revisited.

RFL chief executive Ralph Rimmer said: "Shaun has made a great impression within the RFL and across the sport in general, and I am delighted that he will be staying on beyond the 2021 World Cup.

"He has proved himself to be both energetic and versatile in difficult times and has adapted to what is in front of him.

"We are well aware that Shaun has recently attracted the attention of several NRL clubs and wanted to ensure that he had enough security that kept him absolutely focused on the job in hand.

"Like all of us, Shaun is bitterly disappointed not to be facing the Kangaroos this autumn, but he is not letting this short-term setback stand in the way of his long-term aim to make England the number one side in the world.

"Shaun's passion for England Rugby League is matched by meticulous planning and preparation, and come autumn 2021 there will not be a better-prepared international side at the World Cup."

Wane won three Super League Grand Finals as Wigan Warriors boss between 2011 and 2018 in his only previous senior rugby league coaching role.

Prior to taking the England job this year, he had been working as high performance coach for Scottish Rugby.

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