Wests Tigers are off the mark for 2013 but have paid a heavy price for yesterday's NRL win over Penrith with prop Keith Galloway suffering a suspected torn pectoral muscle at Campbelltown Stadium.
The Tigers, hammered 42-10 by Newcastle in the opening round, rebounded with a five tries to three win, prop Aaron Woods scoring a double for the home side as he continued his recovery from minor knee surgery.
He might be forced to play without engine room buddy Galloway for a while, however, after the NSW Origin prop went straight up the tunnel just moments after halftime clutching his arm.
The Panthers also lost a key player to a similar injury, with Lachlan Coote forced off after only 11 minutes to spark a major reshuffle with skipper Kevin Kingston forced to fill in at five-eighth.
While the Tigers bagged the points, coach Michael Potter still has plenty of work to do, particularly in defence with his side conceding plenty of metres up the middle.
Gold Coast marked their 150th NRL match with a record-breaking win over Canberra at Skilled Park.
The Titans were relentless against a woeful Raiders outfit, running in six unanswered tries as temperatures soared past 30C.
The victory margin is the biggest in the Titans' history, eclipsing their 38-12 win over Parramatta in 2007.
Matt Srama and Albert Kelly both scored first-half doubles for the Titans, with Kelly's second coming after a length-of-the-field break by Jamal Idris sent the former Cronulla playmaker into the clear.
The Raiders have endured a miserable week including the sacking of star fullback Josh Dugan.
Canberra were never in the game, racking up 35 missed tackles and completing just 22 of their 37 sets.
They will also have a nervous wait after forward Tom Learoyd-Lahrs was placed on report in the 72nd minute for a shoulder charge on Titan Ryan James.
The Titans host Manly next weekend while the Raiders welcome St George Illawarra to Canberra.