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Dragons players celebrate during their big win over local rivals the Sharks in Round 12.

Strap yourself in as takes a look back at the season that was, including our most-viewed content on a week-to-week basis.

Round 12 Results:

Queensland 11 defeated New South Wales 10 
Eels 26 defeated Panthers 20 
Rabbitohs 22 defeated Titans 16 
Broncos 24 defeated Raiders 12 
Cowboys 18 defeated Sea Eagles 14 
Warriors 24 defeated Knights 20 
Dragons 42 defeated Sharks 6 
Roosters 24 defeated Storm 2 

Queensland managed to get off to the best start possible in the State of Origin series when a Cooper Cronk field goal proved the difference in one of the more dour Origins in recent memory. The Broncos contingent of the Maroons backed up on the Saturday and combined for one of the best tries of season 2015 in their win over the Raiders. The Roosters handed the Storm a huge defeat but it had nothing on the Dragons' flogging of the Sharks in the local derby at Kogarah. The Knights were denied a win over the Warriors when Ben Matulino was ruled to have scored – though replays suggested he had failed to get the ball down. The Eels downed their Western Sydney rivals Penrith at the foot of the mountains while the Cowboys left it to the bell to sink the Sea Eagles.

Top five stories:

1. 'Origin I: NSW player ratings' by Jack Brady 

2. 'NSW v Queensland: Origin I preview' by Chris Kennedy 

3. 'State of Origin 1: Five Key Points' by Jack Brady and Chris Kennedy 

4. 'Mate against Mate: Origin knockout' by Dominic Brock 

5. 'Super try sparks Broncos win in Canberra' by AAP 

Top three videos:

1. Raiders v Broncos highlights 

2. Cowboys v Sea Eagles highlights 

3. Titans v Rabbitohs highlights 

NRL Telstra Premiership ladder after Round 12:

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