The South West Rocks Marlins were the first on the board in their clash with the Laurieton Stingrays but they weren’t able to go on with the job as they slumped to a 40-16 loss. The Marlins were affected by an injury to Josef Barber, who had started his second match for the Marlins in dominant fashion. The hooker got his side on the front foot early and contributed to Sam Howe’s try in the fourth minute. The Stingrays were able to respond to level the scores before the Marlins again found their way over the tryline to hold a 10-6 lead. However, the Marlins lost their way after Barber left the field injured in the 20th&nbsp;minute. Mistakes began to creep into their game and the Stingrays capitalised to take a 16-10 half-time lead. The Stingrays continued to apply the pressure after the break and looked slick in attack while they were solid in defence. The Stingrays extended their lead to 24-10 before Jamhl Toby gave the Marlins a glimmer of hope when he crossed to reduce the deficit to 24-16. However, the door was quickly shut on a Marlins comeback as the Stingrays crossed for three tries to close out the game. The Marlins’ focus now turns to this Saturday's local derby with the Lower Macleay Magpies.