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Panthers overcome Eels in Western Derby

ROUND 11 Penrith Panthers 30 v Parramatta Eels 20at CUA StadiumReferee: Steven ClarkMatch Summary:The Penrith Panthers have rubbed further salt into the Eels wounds with a 30-20 victory in front of 16,764 fans at CUA Stadium in Penrith to open Round 11 of the Telstra Premiership.The Eels started with a hiss and a roar to open up a 10-0 lead within 7 minutes, but they couldn't sustain the effort against a Panthers team that worked their way into the match slowly before their attacking stars came to the fore. The Panthers scored the next four tries to open up a 22-10 lead, before Glenn Morrison pegged one back just before halftime to give the Eels a glimmer of hope.At 22-16, the match was there for the taking - and the Panthers took it. Although the second half featured only one further try to each team, the Panthers had the majority of chances and with a bit of extra luck they could have easily clocked another two or three tries.Luke Lewis looked very comfortable filling the #6 jersey for the Panthers - he was constantly involved on both attack and defence, and created some great opportunities for his team. He was well supported by the usual bunch, with Luke Priddis, Rhys Wesser, Preston Campbell and Frank Pritchard up to their normal standards. Matthew Bell produced an eye-catching performance on his debut from the bench, and looks to be a player with a promising future.Aside from the opening 10 minutes, the Eels were pretty much out-gunned in the forwards. Jarryd Hayne and Luke O'Dwyer produced some classy touches, but were let down by a new-look halves combination that failed to click. In a further blow to their side, Wade McKinnon was rushed to hospital midway through the second half after copping a nasty looking elbow to the jaw. Scorers:Penrith Panthers: 30Tries: Luke Priddis(2), Michael Gordon, Rhys Wesser, Matthew CrossGoals: Preston Campbell 5/6Parramatta Eels: 20Tries: John Williams, Fuifui Moimoi, Glenn Morrison, Daniel WagonGoals: Brett Delaney 2/4Crowd: 16,764By the Clock:Welcome to CUA Stadium for tonights western derby between the Penrith Panthers and the Parramatta Eels! It's been a week full of drama for the Eels ... can they stop the rot with a win over one of their keenest rivals?0 min: KICKOFF - We're underway!3 min: The Panthers have the first scoring opportunity of the night, but Preston Campbell's grubber kick is too deep.4 min: Fui Fui Moi Moi makes a great clean break up the middle, and then gets a penalty for his team. Eels hard on attack.4 min: TRY Parramatta EelsJohn Williams crosses out wide for the Eels after a quick tap is taken. A good solid start for the Eels here tonight.Brett Delaney's kick is waved away. Eels 4-07 min: TRY Parramatta EelsThe Panthers fall asleep on defence, and big Fui Fui Moi Moi dots down under the posts despite plenty of Panthers trying to stop him.Delaney converts the try. Eels 10-014 min: Both teams have settled down a bit now - the Panthers are starting to work their way into the match, but they look to have their work cut out for them against a fired-up Eels outfit.19 min: The game is being played in the middle third of the field at the moment - good error-free footy from both sides.21 min: TRY Penrith PanthersThe Panthers get their first penalty of the night to give them great field position - and Luke Priddis takes full advantage with a dart over the line from dummy half.Preston Campbell adds the extras. Eels 10-625 min: VIDEO REF - checking a possible Eels try ...25 min: NO TRY - Michael Vella can't quite ground a Jeremy Smith grubber, and is correctly ruled to have knocked-on in goal.26 min: VIDEO REF - now checking a possible Panthers try ...26 min: TRY Penrith PanthersLuke Priddis puts Luke Lewis into a huge gap with a short pass, and Rhys Wesser is on hand to back him up and dot down JUST before the dead-ball line.Preston Campbell converts, and the Panthers take the lead. Panthers 12-1029 min: Preston Campbell chases a kick through and puts enough pressure on Wade McKinnon to force an error - scrum feed Panthers, ten metres out.30 min: Plenty of aggro in this match all of a sudden - Steve Clark awards a scrum penalty to Penrith following a bit of argy-bargy, but in the following play Luke Lewis is penalised for running behind his own player.33 min: TRY Penrith PanthersMichael Gordon scores out wide following great lead-up work from a couple of Lukes, Lewis & Priddis. Discipline is becoming a problem for the Eels here - they are conceding plenty of penalties to allow easy metres to the opposition.Preston Campbell, from right on the touchline, misses the kick. Panthers 16-1038 min: VIDEO REF - a possible Panthers try ...38 min: TRY Penrith PanthersLuke Priddis scores his second for the night after chasing through a clever Luke Lewis grubber kick that everyone else managed to miss.Preston Campbell adds another two points. Panthers 22-1040 min: TRY Parramatta EelsThe Eels hit back just before the break as Glenn Morrison crosses the line, following a penalty against Frank Pritchard for an incorrect play-the-ball.Brett Delaney kicks a good goal from out wide. Panthers 22-16HALFTIME: Panthers 22 Eels 16It took them a little while to warm up, but the Panthers are looking like the stronger team here tonight. The Eels certainly aren't out of the match, but will need to put a solid second forty together to put their losing streak to an end.Possession: Panthers 51% Eels 49%Completion: Panthers 14/19 Eels 14/18Total metres: Panthers 781 Eels 602Errors: Panthers 5 Eels 4The second half is underway!42 min: Luke Priddis puts a pin-point kick into the Eels' in goal, and the Panthers will receive the ball back from a goal-line drop out.44 min: The Eels defence holds, but then Brett Delaney fumbles while trying to play the ball.45 min: PENALTY GOAL Penrith PanthersThe Panthers receive a lucky penalty, with a touch judge ruling a lost ball was stripped. Preston Campbell slots a goal to open the second half scoring. Panthers 24-1650 min: Parramatta get a scrum feed 30 metres out from the Panthers line, but Dean Widders knocks-on on the first tackle.51 min: The Panthers make a good break up the touchline, but Michael Gordon is bundled into touch. The Panthers are looking like they could lift into top gear shortly.54 min: Another blown chance for the Panthers - Luke Rooney isn't tall enough (!) to reach a wide pass with the tryline begging.CROWD: 16,76460 min: The Panthers have just defended two consecutive sets on their own line - the Eels are lacking in attacking spark tonight, and are being easily picked off by eager Penrith defenders.65 min: TRY Penrith PanthersMatthew Cross barges over from close range after a sustained period of Panthers attack. In the meantime, Steve Clark is lecturing Glenn Morrison about his captaincy skills, and Wade McKinnon has left the field with a suspected jaw injury.After all that, Preston Campbell converts the try. Panthers 30-1667 min: TV replays now show Matthew Cross could be in a bit of trouble for raising his elbows in tackles, leading to the Wade McKinnon injury. We're sure to hear more about this one.70 min: Luke O'Dwyer puts his body on the line to cover a dangerous Preston Campbell grubber kick. INJURY UPDATE: Wade McKinnon is on his way to hospital for x-rays.74 min: VIDEO REF - checking a possible Panthers try ...74 min: NO TRY - Some great lead-up work from Frank Pritchard and Preston Campbell puts Rhys Wesser into space, but he's dragged down just short of the line by Jarryd Hayne.79 min: TRY Parramatta EelsA consolation try for the Eels here - Dean Widders and Daniel Wagon combine to create some space, and Wagon finishes off the movement with a try in the corner.Brett Delaney misses the conversion attempt. Panthers 30-20FULLTIME: Panthers 30 Eels players of the match:3 - Luke Lewis (Panthers)2 - Luke Priddis (Panthers)1 - Rhys Wesser (Panthers)-----------------------------------------

Panthers get spanked at home

ROUND 8 Penrith Panthers 12 v Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 40at CUA Stadium PenrithReferee: Sean HampsteadCrowd: 16,268Match Summary:The Cronulla Sharks have kicked off Round 8 in style with a convincing 40-12 win over the injury-riddled Penrith Panthers, who were playing their first home game of the year at CUA Stadium.The Sharks were able to streak away to an early 16-0 lead, despite the loss of Ben Ross in the opening minute with suspected cruciate ligament damage. The combination of a strong Sharks kicking game and Lance Thompson's offloads were a lethal combination that the Panthers were not able to counter.Cronulla were a little guilty of easing back after establishing this healthy lead, and allowed the Panthers to claw their way back to 16-12 before a second try to Luke Covell pushed the lead out to 22-12 by halftime.The second half belonged entirely to the Sharks, who for the second week running were able to keep their opposition scoreless after halftime. A 43rd minute try to Adam Dykes opened the lead up to 28-12, and the Panthers were visibly deflated by this early setback. After a mixed first half, Darren Albert was on hand to score two second half tries that put the result well and truly beyond doubt.Lance Thompson was a tower of strength up front for the Sharks, creating many chances with some great off-loads in traffic. Adam Dykes featured strongly with a clever kicking game, and Beau Scott, Luke Covell and Tevita Latu all featured prominently as the Sharks re-discovered their attacking spark without Brett Kimmorley.The Panthers, obviously decimated by injury, really looked to be struggling in the backs. Frank Pritchard showed glimpses of his best form, and new hooker Paul Aiton produced some sparkling touches, but otherwise there was very little to get excited about. To add to their woes, interchange forward Bryan Norrie was taken off during the match with suspected ankle ligament damage.Scorers:Penrith Panthers: 12Tries: Rhys Wesser, Matthew CrossGoals: Preston Campbell 2/2Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 40Tries: Luke Covell(2), Adam Dykes, Paul Gallen, Darren Albert(2), Luke DouglasGoals: Luke Covell 6/7By the Clock:Welcome to Friday Night Footy! We're in Penrith for the first time this season as the Panthers christen their refurbished stadium with a match against the Cronulla Sharks.Late changes: Penrith lose Mark O'Halloran and Luke Rooney, replaced by Michael Gordon and Nick Youngquest. James Stosic replaces Hutch Maiava on the Sharks bench.KICKOFF - We're underway!1 min: Joel Clinton and Ben Ross waste no time in renewing acquaintces - and Ben Ross is limping towards the sideline after making the tackle.6 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksThe Panthers were looking good to score, but Darren Albert took an intercept and raced away 60 metres before being caught by Rhys Wesser. Two tackles later the ball is spun wide, and Luke Covell dots down to open the scoring.Covell converts his own try from right on the sideline. Sharks 6-011 min: Injury update - Ben Ross looks to have suffered cruciate ligament damage, he could be out for quite some time.14 min: Both teams are playing basic mistake free football at the moment, featuring plenty of dummy-half running from both sides.16 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksA nice off-load from Lance Thompson creates a half break for the Sharks, and following a quick play-the-ball Paul Gallen is able to stroll through some worrying Penrith defence to score the try.Covell's kick is waved away. Sharks 10-019 min: A pinpoint kick from Kevin Kingston sits perfectly in the Panthers in-goal - the Sharks will recieve another set from the drop-out.19 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksThat didn't take long! From the drop-out, Paul Gallen (again) strolls through some paper-thin defence and then offloads to Luke Douglas for a try under the sticks.Covell adds the extra two. Sharks 16-022 min: VIDEO REF - checking a Penrith try ...22 min: TRY Penrith PanthersMatthew Cross scores after it appeared he had knocked on - but with some great relfexes he was able to kick the ball ahead before it had touched the ground.Preston Campbell adds the extras. Sharks 16-626 min: VIDEO REF - now checking a possible Sharks try ...26 min: NO TRY - Preston Campbell charged-down an Adam Dykes kick, but Dykes was able to recover the ball and pass it wide to Darren Albert - but he drops the ball while crossing the line.30 min: The first penalty of the night (!) is awarded to the Panthers, following a high shot from Nigel Vagana.32 min: VIDEO REF - checking a possible Panthers try ...32 min: TRY Penrith PanthersThe ball is spun wide on the last tackle, and Danny Galea manages to get a freakish offload to Rhys Wesser who squeezes in by the narrowest of margins to score in the corner.Campbell's kick from the sideline is a ripper. Sharks 16-1234 min: The kickoff from the Sharks bounces into touch, giving them a great chance to extend their lead - but Beau Scott drops the ball on the second tackle.39 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksAnother great Lance Thompson off-load sets up good field position for the Sharks. This time, Beau Scott hangs on to the ball and gets a brilliant pass away to Luke Covell for his second try of the night.Covell nails the conversion from the touchline. Sharks 22-12HALFTIME: Penrith Panthers 12 Cronulla Sharks 22The Sharks seem to have only two gears tonight - first and fifth - while the Panthers are chugging along in third, just managing to stay in touch. Lance Thompson and Frank Pritchard are both looking dangerous, and may hold the key to victory for their respective sides.Possession: Panthers 49% Sharks 51%Completion: Panthers 15/20 Sharks 14/19Metres gained: Panthers 732 Sharks 927Errors: Panthers 5 Sharks 5The second half is underway!43 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksTevita Latu bursts out of dummy half from the halfway line, finds a huge gap, and puts Adam Dykes away for a try under the posts.Covell adds another two points. Sharks 28-1246 min: A Preston Campbell cross-field bomb is well claimed under pressure by Luke Covell. The Sharks are then awarded their first penalty of the night as the Panthers try to slow them down.51 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksBrett Kearney hoists a bomb out wide, and Darren Albert does very well to leap above the Penrith defence to claim the four-pointer.Covell's conversion never looks like missing. Sharks 34-1255 min: Penrith have suddenly fallen asleep - some very basic errors are creeping in, and the Sharks will look to take full advantage.58 min: David Simmons has taken a quick trip to Disneyland courtesy of an accidental knee. Meanwhile Adam Dykes nearly sneaks through for another try with a crafty chip, but the Penrith defence holds firm this time.65 min: The Sharks seem to have taken the foot of the pedal slightly with the result reasonably safe. Penrith are continuing to try hard, but are badly missing Craig Gower for their last tackle plays.70 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksBeau Scott beats three tackles from deep within his own half, and offloads to Darren Albert who has too much speed for the Penrith chasers.Covell adds the extras once more. Sharks 40-1275 min: Nigel Vagana nearly comes up with an intercept and a clear run to the line, but he can't quite hang on to the ball.FULLTIME: Penrith Panthers 12 Cronulla Sharks 40A convincing victory for the Sharks tonight, their first away from home in their last 11 attempts. The Panthers were very disappointing in front of their home fans, and will be praying for their stars to return from injury in the weeks ahead.Possession: Panthers 46% Sharks 54%Completion: Panthers 26/36 Sharks 31/41Metres gained: Panthers 1414 Sharks 1931Errors: Panthers 11 Sharks players of the match:3 - Lance Thompson2 - Adam Dykes1 - Luke Covell-----------------------------------------

Eels too strong for weakened Tigers

ROUND 7 Parramatta Eels 28 v Wests Tigers 16at Parramatta StadiumReferees: Tony ArcherMatch Summary:The Parramatta Eels have answered their critics tonight with a victory over the Wests Tigers in front of a healthy Parramatta Stadium crowd to kick off Round 7.Despite a disallowed Tigers try within the first 5 minutes, the Eels started with a bang and raced out to a 12-0 lead with only 15 minutes gone. There was a drop in intensity after this strong start by the Eels, and the Tigers clawed back a try in the 20th minute to give us a 14-6 halftime scoreline in favour of the home side.The Tigers were once again slow off the mark in the second half, but when they clicked they were near on impossible to stop. Two tries in three minutes suddenly put the Tigers in front, and the Eels were starting to look pretty shaky.Unfortunately the Tigers, missing too many key players, couldn't keep the spark alive. The Eels were able to regain their composure (and the lead) with two further tries, and closed out the match well against the Tigers free-flowing style.Nathan Hindmarsh was once again a tower of strength for the Eels, and he was well supported by a strong forward effort that featured the return of Fui Fui Moi Moi. On the down side, Justin Tsoulos suffered a dislocated shoulder early in the second half that could see him out for an extended period. Robbie Farah was the pick of the Tigers, and managed to keep Isaac De Gois on the bench for the full 80 minutes. There were glimpses of their famous attacking style, but it couldn't be maintained with any serious pressure. Shannon McDonnell put in a sterling effort filling in for Brett Hodgson, however Daniel Fitzhenry sometimes looked a bit lost in the #6 jersey.Scorers:Parramatta Eels: 28Tries: Glenn Morrison, Chad Robinson, Tim Smith , Timana TahuGoals: Brett Delaney 6/6Wests Tigers: 16Tries: Dean Collis, Paul Whatuira, Shannon McDonnellGoals: Scott Prince 2/3By the Clock:Welcome to Parramatta Stadium as we prepare to kick off Round 7 with a match between the 2005 Premiers and the 2005 Minor Premiers!Late change: Isaac De Gois slots on to the Tigers bench in place of Bryce Gibbs. The Eels are as named from 1-17.The Tigers kick off, and we're underway!4 min: VIDEO REF - checking a possible Tigers try ...4 min: NO TRY - TigersA Daniel Fitzhenry kick takes a wicked bounce in the Eels in-goal. Jamaal Lolesi performs some acrobatics in attempting to force the ball, but his foot was only just on the dead ball line.6 min: TRY Parramatta EelsFrom a scrum win 30 metres out, Timana Tahu runs around Shane Elford and crosses for the opening try of the night.Brett Delaney kicks the extras. Eels 6-011 min: Justin Tsoulos (Eels) tries a miracle offload 10 metres away from the Tigers try-line, but the ball is lost.14 min: TRY Parramatta EelsA simple try to Chad Robinson here, crashing over after a couple of long passes from dummy-half. The Tigers are looking a wee bit shellshocked so far tonight.Delaney converts. Eels 12-019 min: Eric Grothe takes a great catch in his own in-goal to defuse a Scott Prince bomb.20 min: VIDEO REF - a possible Tigers try ...20 min: TRY Wests TigersA short-side play from the Tigers finds some space, and Dean Collis crosses the line despite an attempted tackle from Wade McKinnon.Scott Prince nails the conversion from out wide. Eels 12-626 min: PENALTY GOAL Parramatta EelsAnthony Laffranchi is penalised for a late (?) shot on John Morris. Brett Delaney pots another two points from right in front. Eels 14-633 min: John Morris puts in a cross-field kick that is well claimed by Shane Elford on his own goal-line. A penalty follows straight away to help the Tigers out of their own territory.34 min: Timana Tahu picks up a loose ball and races 40 metres before being caught by Shannon McDonnell.38 min: A dropped ball from the Eels gives the Tigers good field position just before halftime ... but they can't convert the advantage into points.HALFTIME: Parramatta Eels 14 Wests Tigers 6The Tigers will be pleased to be only 8 points behind after the first forty. The Eels are showing a little more desperation tonight, and that could well be the difference in the final result.Possession: Eels 48% Tigers 52%Completion: Eels 16/22 Tigers 16/22Total metres: Eels 656 Tigers 561Offloads: Eels 7 Tigers 2The second half is underway!41 min: Justin Tsoulos looks to have suffered a shoulder injury after completing a tackle, and doesn't look too happy as he leaves the field.43 min: The Eels lose their way slightly on attack - Paul Stringer puts a grubber kick through on the last tackle that is easily claimed by the Tigers.45 min: The Eels are making plenty of yards up the middle at the moment. Wade McKinnon moons the crowd as he loses his shorts after a 30-metre dash.48 min: TRY Wests TigersThe Tigers have suddenly burst into life! Chris Heighington passes to himself (!) in a movement that puts Paul Whatuira across for his 7th try of the season.Scott Prince's kick is waved away. Eels 14-1051 min: TRY Wests TigersRobbie Farah makes a clean break well inside his own half, and Shannon McDonnell backs him up to finish the job. A great Tigers try!Scott Prince lands the kick, and the Tigers take the lead. Tigers 16-1453 min: ON REPORT - Zeb Taia (Eels), for a swinging arm on Ben Galea. Penalties currently 7-4 in the Tigers favour.56 min: TRY Parramatta EelsJeremy Smith puts Nathan Cayless into a huge gap with an inside pass, and Tim Smith is on hand to finish the movement and reclaim the lead.Delaney converts. Eels 20-1660 min: Both teams are really throwing the ball around now. We're in for an exciting finish to this one!63 min: VIDEO REF - possible Tigers try ...63 min: NO TRY - Shannon McDonnell chases a Scott Prince grubber through, but is ruled to have knocked-on while diving on the ball.Injury update - Justin Tsoulos has a dislocated shoulder.66 min: TRY Parramatta EelsThe Eels run it on the last - Tim Smith picks up Glenn Morrison with a short pass, and Morrison breaks a couple of tackles and runs 20 metres to score.Delaney adds the extras. Eels 26-1674 min: PENALTY GOAL Parramatta EelsThe Eels have been camped inside Tigers territory for the last six minutes, and come away with 2 points to Brett Delaney after Scott Prince is penalised for a high tackle. Eels 28-1675 min: The Tigers get the ball back from a short kick-off ... it's do or die time!76 min: Shane Elford knocks-on out wide, handing possession to the Eels.FULLTIME: Parramatta Eels 28 Wests Tigers 16The Eels have eased the pressure somewhat with a solid victory tonight over a spirited Tigers team.Possession: Eels 51% Tigers 49%Completion: Eels 31/41 Tigers 26/39Missed tackles: Eels 19 Tigers 47Offloads: Eels 11 Tigers players of the match:3 - Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels)2 - Robert Farah (Tigers)1 - Nathan Cayless (Eels)-----------------------------------------

Bulldogs trampled by rampant Knights

FULLTIME score:Round 3Newcastle Knights 46 v Canterbury Bulldogs 22Match summary:The Newcastle Knights have produced a dominant performance to reinforce their Premiership claims tonight, running out convincing 46-22 winners over the Canterbury Bulldogs in Newcastle to kick off Round 3.Aided by a dodgy no-try call against the Bulldogs in the opening minutes, the score was only 10-6 in favour of the home team midway through the first half before Andrew Johns inspired a late charge that produced four tries to take a 34-6 lead into the sheds at the break.The Knights continued on with the job in the second forty, adding two further tries before Andrew Johns was subbed off and Danny Buderus was sin-binned, leading to a late Bulldogs revival. The final score flattered the Bulldogs somewhat, as they were totally outplayed in almost every aspect of the match.The Knights were lead around as usual by the magical Johns, who had more than enough support from a dominant forward pack and the lethal Milton Thaiday, who finished with three tries.The Bulldogs looked a mere shadow of the team that squashed the Tigers only a week ago. For once, Willie Mason didn't enjoy the Knight-life - and the rest of the team were made to look pretty ordinary as a result.Scorers:Newcastle Knights: 46Tries: Milton Thaiday (3), Danny Buderus, Matthew Gidley, Todd Lowrie, Brian CarneyGoals: Andrew Johns 9/10Canterbury Bulldogs: 22Tries: Hazem El Masri, Andrew Emelio, Corey Hughes, Willie MasonGoals: Hazem El Masri 3/4Venue: EnergyAustralia StadiumCrowd: 25,504Referee: Steve ClarkHalf time: Knights 34 Bulldogs 6Live commentary:Welcome to EnergyAustralia Stadium for what promises to be a ripper of a match between the Knights and the Bulldogs!For the Doggies, Mark O'Meley will start the match in place of Chris Armit. The Knights have slotted David Seage into a wing spot.KICKOFF - We're underway!3 min: NO TRY Canterbury BulldogsTony Grimaldi claims a try after picking up a dropped ball from a David Seage kick-return, but Steve Clark rules a penalty for a strip instead.4 min: PENALTY GOAL Newcastle KnightsThree straight penalties give the Knights an easy ride downfield, and Joey Johns capitalises with a gift two points. Knights 2-06 min: NEWS Josh Perry makes an outstanding 50 metre run from the Bulldogs kickoff.7 min: NEWS Matt Utai has left the field with a suspected broken rib after a legal Steve Simpson tackle. *Now confirmed*10 min: NEWS Mark O'Meley is penalised for a blatant late shot on Andrew Johns - he had to sidestep to make the hit!10 min: PENALTY GOAL Newcastle KnightsJohns adds another two points following the O'Meley penalty. Knights 4-011 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsHazem El Masri is on the spot to clean up a Knights fumble from the kick-off and gets the green light from the Video Ref. El Masri converts his own try. Bulldogs 6-414 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsThis time the Doggies drop the ball at the wrong end of the field, and Brian Carney finds himself on the end of a swift Knights backline movement to score the try.Johns misses the conversion from out wide. Knights 8-616 min: PENALTY GOAL Newcastle KnightsBrent Sherwin kicks a 20-metre restart out on the full, handing another easy penalty goal to Johns. Knights 10-619 min: NO TRY Newcastle KnightsDanny Buderus crosses the line after backing up a great run from David Seage, but Steve Clark instantly rules a dropped ball without using the Video Ref.26 min: NEWS The Knights have just survived three consecutive sets from the Dogs - still 10-6 to the Knights.27 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsA beautiful try to Milton Thaiday here - he received the ball 35 metres out and steps, jinks and weaves through half the Bulldogs team to dot down under the posts.Johns adds the extras. Knights 16-630 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsThe Dogs put their kick-off out on the full, and the Knights have taken full advantage. Danny Buderus skips across from dummy-half for the try, and Andrew Johns slots another goal. Knights 22-634 min: NEWS Willie Mason concedes a penalty while in possession for a bit of niggle - and he was only 5 metres away from the Knights tryline!36 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsThe Knights continue to punish the Bulldogs mistakes. Plenty of wide ball movement presents half a chance to Matt Gidley, and he stretches out to score the try.Johns converts. Knights 28-640 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsIt's a carve-up! Thaiday crosses for his second with another display of dazzling footwork. Johns kicks a great conversion from the touchline. Knights 34-6HALFTIME: Newcastle Knights 34 Canterbury Bulldogs 6A classic first half of two halves - the Knights turned on the afterburners after 25 minutes to completely dominate the Bulldogs. It'll take a lot of hard work to turn this result around.Possession: Knights 58% Bulldogs 42%Completion: Knights 18/23 Bulldogs 12/16Missed Tackles: Knights 7 Bulldogs 19Total Metres Gained: Knights 756 Bulldogs 342 (!)The second half is underway!46 min: Still 34-6 to the Knights as the second half starts at a slightly slower pace than the first half finished!47 min: NO TRY Canterbury BulldogsAdam Perry tries to dart across from dummy half but loses the ball over the line. Still 34-6 Knights.51 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsThe Knights forwards are continuing to demolish the Bulldogs pack, giving Andrew Johns plenty of space to work his magic. This time Todd Lowrie takes an inside ball from Joey and slides under a couple of tackles to score.Johns converts. Knights 40-6CROWD: 25,50458 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsThaiday claims a treble after some more beautiful lead-up work from Johns. This score could blow out to anything now.Johns successfully converts. Knights 46-666 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Dogs finally get some ball down the Knights end of the field, and Andrew Emeilo crosses the line out wide after some good ball movement from the Doggies.El Masri misses the conversion.Knights 46-1067 min: Andrew Johns has left the field for an early rest.70 min: SIN BIN - Danny Buderus joins Joey for an early rest after a deliberate strip at the play-the-ball.71 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsWillie Mason strolls across the line after taking a short pass from Corey Hughes.El Masri kicks the conversion from in front. Knights 46-1672 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Bulldogs are finding plenty of holes in the 12-man Knights team at the moment. This time Corey Hughes is on hand to finish a good break started by Roy Asotasi.El Masri kicks the extras. Knights 46-2278 min: NEWS The Bulldogs have had two more chances to score, but dropped ball is proving their biggest enemy.FULLTIME: Newcastle Knights 46 Canterbury Bulldogs 22The Newcastle Knights have reinforced their Premiership claims this evening with a dominant victory over a surprisingly flat Bulldogs team by 46-22.Possession: Knights 52% Bulldogs 48%Completion: Knights 35/42 Bulldogs 26/34Missed Tackles: Knights 20 Bulldogs 34Errors: Knights 8 Bulldogs 13 players of the match:3 - Andrew Johns (Knights)2 - Josh Perry (Knights)1 - Milton Thaiday (Knights)-----------------------------------------

Flying Kiwis claim victory over rusty Lions

FULLTIME score: Round III, Tri Nations Great Britain Lions 26 v New Zealand Kiwis 42

Eels claim top spot, but lose Hindmarsh

FULLTIME score: Round 26 Parramatta Eels 28 v Brisbane Broncos 14

Roosters stay alive - for now

FULLTIME score: Round 25 Brisbane Broncos 10 v Sydney Roosters 17

Dominant Eels end the Raiders season

FULLTIME score: Round 25 Parramatta Eels 48 v Canberra Raiders 10

Stacey says goodbye with a winning try

FULLTIME score: Round 25 Manly Sea Eagles 20 v New Zealand Warriors 22

Tigers serve up another thrashing for the Dogs

FULLTIME score: Round 24 Wests Tigers 54 v Canterbury Bulldogs 2

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