Gold Coast Titans' three-game winning streak came to a sudden end on Saturday, as Manly Sea Eagles strengthened their place in the NRL's top eight with a 30-10 victory.
The Sea Eagles dominated their hosts at Cbus Super Stadium, with Daly Cherry-Evans superb as they ran in three first-half tries from Akuila Uate, Dylan Walker and Apisai Koroisau - the sin binning of Frank Winterstein unable to halt their momentum.
Any hope the Titans had of wrestling back control quickly ebbed away as Cherry-Evans showed why he is in the frame for a State of Origin place with Queensland Maroons.
Jake Trbojevic and Walker completed the scoring for Manly in the second half as they cruised to victory but a leg injury for the latter spoiled the day - and possibly game one of Origin for New South Wales Blues.
Victory lifts Manly one place in the table to sixth but they now have a two-point cushion to those chasing a play-off place.
Canberra Raiders joined them in the top eight with a late rally to beat Parramatta Eels 22-16, Jordan Rapana scoring the decisive try at ANZ Stadium.
The Raiders had looked in control as they opened up a 10-point lead but the Eels responded and notched 16 unanswered points of their own to move ahead by the 50th minute.
A converted Blake Austin try levelled things up at 16-16 and going into the closing stages there was little to separate them.
Both sides pushed for the victory and eventually it came as Rapana got the ball down in the corner to end the Raiders' three-game losing streak.