SYDNEY (AP) Cronulla thumped Newcastle 62-0 to pull level on competition points with Brisbane and Melbourne atop the National Rugby League.
Brisbane won and defending champions North Queensland lost in a rare NRL doubleheader on Saturday at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. The Broncos beat Manly 30-6 while Melbourne defeated now fourth-place Cowboys 15-14.
The first-place Broncos lead on points differential, with Cronulla second and Melbourne third, all with 16 competition points. North Queensland has 14.
Later Sunday, Wests Tigers and Canterbury were to play in Sydney. On Monday, Gold Coast hosted the Sydney Roosters to conclude the 10th round.