A snapshot of round 18 of the NRL season

By Jasper Bruce
Updated July 2 2023 - 6:31pm, first published 6:27pm
Kalyn Ponga's return to top form continued impressively in Newcastle's NRL rout of Canterbury. (Steven Markham/AAP PHOTOS)
Kalyn Ponga's return to top form continued impressively in Newcastle's NRL rout of Canterbury. (Steven Markham/AAP PHOTOS)

PLAYER OF THE ROUND: Take your pick. Brisbane winger Selwyn Cobbo scored the two tries that sealed a famous defeat of the Dolphins in the so-called Battle of Brisbane. Kalyn Ponga breathed much-needed life into Newcastle's season with three try assists in the 66-0 thrashing of Canterbury. North Queensland duo Scott Drinkwater and Tom Dearden combined to help devastate Wests Tigers 74-0. This was a round with some vital wins, and some equally vital individual showings.

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