Roosters, Sharks post NRLW wins, Dragons pinch thriller

The Sydney Roosters have laid down a marker at the top of the NRLW ladder, smashing Gold Coast 30-8 to further flex their premiership muscle at Cbus Super Stadium.

A game clear on top of the table after a third straight 20-plus-point win, the Roosters scored with their first touch of the football and never looked back, playmaker Tarryn Aiken on fire with a try and a further assist.

Fullback Corban Baxter's 70m dash inside the first two minutes set the tone, but Aiken's chip-and-chase after slashing through the Titans' line stole the show on the stroke of halftime.

One-way traffic saw Otesa Pule, Brydie Parker and Jessica Sergis all score as the Roosters ran away with the match before Gold Coast's Destiny Mino-Sinapati pinched a late consolation try.

Cronulla's inaugural season is back on track with their best victory to date - a 40-12 thrashing of North Queensland.

Sitting ninth on the ladder as the regular season passed its halfway point, the Sharks could ill-afford a repeat of last week's big loss to the Sydney Roosters when they travelled to Townsville.

But North Queensland's defensive woes opened the door for the Sharks to score more first-half points than any side this season - 24 - and then coast their way to a big win.

In the last minute of the game, the Sharks twice came close to breaking the record for most points in an NRLW game, which currently sits at 40.

But debutant winger Georgia Ravics stepped into touch as she attempted to spin out of a tackle for a try on the right, and Vanessa Foliaki was chased down by the cover defence in the final seconds.

Cronulla snapped a three-game losing streak and, with first-choice fullback Jada Taylor finally back from her ankle injury, are near full strength as they prepare a charge to the finals.

St George Illawarra broke Wests Tigers hearts with two tries in the last three minutes to score a dramatic 20-16 comeback victory at CommBank Stadium.

The Tigers seemed certain to return to the top four, leading 10-0 early then 16-6 at halftime only to be run down at the death.

Winger Margot Vella jagged the match winner with 33 seconds left on the clock after the Dragons bravely opted against going for a field goal from in front with the scores deadlocked.

Interchange super sub Zali Hopkins had set up the grandstand finish two minutes earlier with her maiden NRLW try.

It was a cruel end for the Tigers, who defended resiliently throughout the match, especially when keeping the Dragons at bay while lock Najvada George was in the sin bin for 10 minutes early in the second half.

Busy hooker Ebony Prior, centre Rikeya Horne and second-rower Kezie Apps all crossed on the first half to give Brett Kimmorley's side a handy lead at the break.

Apps' effort was extra special because she claimed a small slice of history as the first forward to score tries in four successive NRLW games - but it ultimately counted for nothing for the Tigers.