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Bulldogs defeat Titans to post first win of 2007

THE Bulldogs have opened their 2007 account with a 22-6 victory over the Titans at Telstra Stadium this afternoon.

Sea Eagles take the points against the Tigers

THE Manly Sea Eagles have defeated the Wests Tigers 19-8 in an ugly game at Leichhardt Oval in wet conditions.

Dragons hold on against gallant Titans

THE St-George Illawarra Dragons have put a dampener on the Gold Coast Titans party, defeating the new franchise 20-18 in a sloppy but entertaining match in front of a crowd of 42,030 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

Johns injured, Sonny sent off in Newcastle thriller

THE Newcastle Knights have defeated the Canterbury Bulldogs 25-24 today, amidst drama with Andrew Johns being sent to hospital after a high tackle that saw Sonny Bill Williams sent off.

Kiwis Hammer Great Britain in Game V

TRI-NATIONS Game 5 New Zealand 34 v Great Britain 4at Westpac Stadium, WellingtonReferee: Paul SimpkinsMatch Summary:The New Zealand Kiwis have hammered Great Britain 34-4 in Game Five of the Tri Nations to give themselves a very good chance of making the final. The Kiwis scored six tries to one in front of a crowd of 16,401.After an untidy opening few minutes, both teams found themselves down to 12 men after a 10th minute fight. Steve Matai took exception to a tackle and got into a fist fight with Keith Senior, and both players found themselves in the sin bin for their efforts.The Kiwis took advantage during the 10 minutes with reduced men and scored two tries. Nigel Vagana fooled the British defence with a big dummy from dummy half and forced his way over just a minute after the sin binnings. Four minutes later the Kiwis extended their lead with a brilliantly timed pass from Stacey Jones to Brent Webb who dotted down out wide, and the Kiwis were up 10-0.Great Britain struck back quickly care of a trademark Manu Vatuvei error. The big winger fumbled a bomb that was recovered by Great Britain and Gareth Ellis dotted down in the corner, Long missed the conversion. Brent Webb collected a double for the Kiwis in the 26th minute after a steamed onto a Jones pass and dotted down under the posts. Great Britain ought to have been awarded a second try just before half time after Gareth Raynor appeared to have forced a Wellens grubber kick, however in a decision that will be talked about all week, he was ruled to have lost control of the ball, and the Kiwis were up 16-4 at half time.The second half was, for the most part, one way traffic. Great Britain started the half in a chasing points mode, and this led to a number of errors. The Kiwis opened the second half scoring after 10 minutes after a Jones kick was recovered in the in goal by Nathan Cayless who claimed a try. The lead was extended to 28-4 after the Kiwis found space out wide, and Vatuvei picked up a try. The Kiwis final try was a ripper. Jones put in a chip kick that was almost exactly similar to that for the Cayless try, except the ball hit the crossbar and dropped right into the hands of Ruben Wiki who fell over to claim the Kiwis sixth try and the 30 point final margin.The equation for next week is simple: If Great Britain win they make the final. If they lose the Kiwis will play in the final, due to New Zealand?s now superior points differential.Tri-Nations web site - news, results, teams and history > click hereScorers:New Zealand: 34Tries: Nigel Vagana, Ruben Wiki, Brent Webb(2), Nathan Cayless, Manu VatuveiGoals: Stacey Jones 5/6Great Britain: 4Tries: Gareth EllisGoals: Sean Long 0/1By the Clock:Good evening from the Cake Tin in Wellington for the crucial New Zealand/Great Britain test match.The Poms will no doubt still be celebrating their 23-12 victory over Australia last weekend, while the Kiwis will take what they can from their 34-4 victory over the New Zealand Residents last week.This match is the biggest of the tournament. Great Britain are two competition points ahead of New Zealand in the race for a final berth. Should Great Britain win they will qualify for the final, if New Zealand win it is likely that Australias oppenent in the final will be determined in Brisbane.Teams taking to the field now. Beautiful evening in Wellington.Teams are lined up for the national anthems. Kick off very shortly. Kiwis are performing the Haka now.1 min: And we're off in front of a strong crowd.1 min: The Kiwis put some offloads together and go very close to making a break, only to lose the ball.2 min: Soliola makes a huge break only to pass the ball to Senior.3 min: Great Britain go on attack and throw a poor pass that is recovered by the Kiwis.4 min: One of the first tidy bits of play, Jones finds touch five metres out from the Great Britain line.6 min: The Kiwis go on attack for the first time, great defence from GB.9 min: Great Britain are penalised for obstruction while hot on attack.10 min: FIGHT - Matai takes exception to a tackle and it results in a bit of push and shove that is still going on after the referee has called a player out.10 min: SIN BIN - Steve Matai given a spell for his part in the fight.10 min: SIN BIN - Keith Senior gets a sit down as well, Matai and Senior still having words.11 min: VIDEO REF - For a Nigel Vagana try.11 min: TRY New ZealandVagana gets the ball from dummy half, sends a huge dummy and forces his way down just to the right of the posts. Jones adds the extras and the Kiwis are up by 6. New Zealand 6-013 min: Jones puts up a bomb and New Zealand recover but are unable to get the ball away.15 min: TRY New ZealandMagnificent play by the Kiwis, great interchange of passes and Jones puts Webb over out wide. Jones hits the posts after the ball constantly falls off the tee. New Zealand 10-016 min: Weather degenerating, gusts of wind and dark clouds over the stadium.20 min: TRY Great BritainVatuvei drops the ball from a bomb, Great Britain recovers and Ellis grabs a try. Somehow Senior was back on the field from his sinbinning before Matai, despite Senior being sent second. Long misses the goal. New Zealand 10-426 min: The Kiwis get six more tackles hot on attack.26 min: VIDEO REF - For a Brent Webb double.26 min: INJURY - Webb has injured himself in scoring the try, appeared to be accidental knees to the side.26 min: TRY New ZealandWebb scorches onto a Jones pass and scores under the posts. He's no longer hurt. Jones converts. New Zealand 16-428 min: GB throw the ball around on the last tackle and eventually make an error. A penalty puts the Kiwis right on attack.30 min: The Kiwis force a line drop out.32 min: VIDEO REF - For a highly unlikely Kiwis try...32 min: NO TRY - Pritchard drops the ball with the line begging.33 min: Sean Long back to his old tricks, a dreadful kick that goes dead without offering anything. Kiwis lose the ball on halfway.35 min: Long drops the ball while GB are building an attack - a lack of attention.37 min: The game is getting a bit untidy as we head towards halftime.38 min: VIDEO REF - For a Great Britain try.38 min: NO TRY - A horrible video referee decision robs Gareth Raynor of a certain try, he was ruled to have lost the ball in the in goal.39 min: ATTEMPTED FIELD GOAL New ZealandJones attempts a field goal, the chase traps Wellens in goal for a drop out. New Zealand 16-440 min: ATTEMPTED FIELD GOAL New ZealandWebb attempts a field goal right on halftime and misses it wide right. New Zealand 16-4Halftime, and the Kiwis are looking the much better side, despite that poor video referee decision.Teams are back for the second half.40 min: Back underway in Wellington!42 min: Wellens takes a dangerous Jones bomb magnificently.43 min: Great Britain spin the ball wide on the last and drop it.46 min: Wilkin can't grab the ball to score a Great Britain try.49 min: The Kiwis get six more tackles after GB fail to clean up a kick.50 min: VIDEO REF - For a New Zealand try...50 min: TRY New ZealandJones puts in a chip kick, the ball bobbles in the in goal and Cayless dots the ball down under the posts. Jones converts. New Zealand 22-454 min: The Kiwis recover a chip kick and Cayless offloads the ball to Pritchard who makes a break and picks up a penalty.55 min: TRY New ZealandThe Kiwis find space out wide and Vatuvei takes the ball around under the posts. Jones adds the extras, next week is huge. New Zealand 28-463 min: Kiwis kick out on the full, the Kiwis appear to be slowing down.66 min: VIDEO REF - For a Great Britain try...66 min: NO TRY - Pryce is denied a try due to a blatant obstruction. We also have a streaker on the field.67 min: Raynor fails to take a bomb, Long loses the ball forward into touch.68 min: The Great Britain defence holds strong and force a poor pass, only to turn the ball over.70 min: TRY New ZealandJones puts in another little chip kick, it bounces off the cross bar, Wiki goes up for the ball and dots down under the posts. Jones adds the extras. New Zealand 34-473 min: Jones puts in a great kick and finds touch five metres out.77 min: CROWD - 16,401FULLTIME: The Kiwis win big to give themselves a huge chance of playing in the final.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Stacey Jones (Kiwis)2 - Brent Webb (Kiwis)1 - Nathan Cayless (Kiwis)-----------------------------------------

Kiwis Hammer Great Britain in Game V

TRI-NATIONS Game 5 New Zealand 34 v Great Britain 4at Westpac Stadium, WellingtonReferee: Paul SimpkinsMatch Summary:The New Zealand Kiwis have hammered Great Britain 34-4 in Game Five of the Tri Nations to give themselves a very good chance of making the final. The Kiwis scored six tries to one in front of a crowd of 16,401.After an untidy opening few minutes, both teams found themselves down to 12 men after a 10th minute fight. Steve Matai took exception to a tackle and got into a fist fight with Keith Senior, and both players found themselves in the sin bin for their efforts.The Kiwis took advantage during the 10 minutes with reduced men and scored two tries. Nigel Vagana fooled the British defence with a big dummy from dummy half and forced his way over just a minute after the sin binnings. Four minutes later the Kiwis extended their lead with a brilliantly timed pass from Stacey Jones to Brent Webb who dotted down out wide, and the Kiwis were up 10-0.Great Britain struck back quickly care of a trademark Manu Vatuvei error. The big winger fumbled a bomb that was recovered by Great Britain and Gareth Ellis dotted down in the corner, Long missed the conversion. Brent Webb collected a double for the Kiwis in the 26th minute after a steamed onto a Jones pass and dotted down under the posts. Great Britain ought to have been awarded a second try just before half time after Gareth Raynor appeared to have forced a Wellens grubber kick, however in a decision that will be talked about all week, he was ruled to have lost control of the ball, and the Kiwis were up 16-4 at half time.The second half was, for the most part, one way traffic. Great Britain started the half in a chasing points mode, and this led to a number of errors. The Kiwis opened the second half scoring after 10 minutes after a Jones kick was recovered in the in goal by Nathan Cayless who claimed a try. The lead was extended to 28-4 after the Kiwis found space out wide, and Vatuvei picked up a try. The Kiwis final try was a ripper. Jones put in a chip kick that was almost exactly similar to that for the Cayless try, except the ball hit the crossbar and dropped right into the hands of Ruben Wiki who fell over to claim the Kiwis sixth try and the 30 point final margin.The equation for next week is simple: If Great Britain win they make the final. If they lose the Kiwis will play in the final, due to New Zealand?s now superior points differential.Tri-Nations web site - news, results, teams and history > click hereScorers:New Zealand: 34Tries: Nigel Vagana, Ruben Wiki, Brent Webb(2), Nathan Cayless, Manu VatuveiGoals: Stacey Jones 5/6Great Britain: 4Tries: Gareth EllisGoals: Sean Long 0/1By the Clock:Good evening from the Cake Tin in Wellington for the crucial New Zealand/Great Britain test match.The Poms will no doubt still be celebrating their 23-12 victory over Australia last weekend, while the Kiwis will take what they can from their 34-4 victory over the New Zealand Residents last week.This match is the biggest of the tournament. Great Britain are two competition points ahead of New Zealand in the race for a final berth. Should Great Britain win they will qualify for the final, if New Zealand win it is likely that Australias oppenent in the final will be determined in Brisbane.Teams taking to the field now. Beautiful evening in Wellington.Teams are lined up for the national anthems. Kick off very shortly. Kiwis are performing the Haka now.1 min: And we're off in front of a strong crowd.1 min: The Kiwis put some offloads together and go very close to making a break, only to lose the ball.2 min: Soliola makes a huge break only to pass the ball to Senior.3 min: Great Britain go on attack and throw a poor pass that is recovered by the Kiwis.4 min: One of the first tidy bits of play, Jones finds touch five metres out from the Great Britain line.6 min: The Kiwis go on attack for the first time, great defence from GB.9 min: Great Britain are penalised for obstruction while hot on attack.10 min: FIGHT - Matai takes exception to a tackle and it results in a bit of push and shove that is still going on after the referee has called a player out.10 min: SIN BIN - Steve Matai given a spell for his part in the fight.10 min: SIN BIN - Keith Senior gets a sit down as well, Matai and Senior still having words.11 min: VIDEO REF - For a Nigel Vagana try.11 min: TRY New ZealandVagana gets the ball from dummy half, sends a huge dummy and forces his way down just to the right of the posts. Jones adds the extras and the Kiwis are up by 6. New Zealand 6-013 min: Jones puts up a bomb and New Zealand recover but are unable to get the ball away.15 min: TRY New ZealandMagnificent play by the Kiwis, great interchange of passes and Jones puts Webb over out wide. Jones hits the posts after the ball constantly falls off the tee. New Zealand 10-016 min: Weather degenerating, gusts of wind and dark clouds over the stadium.20 min: TRY Great BritainVatuvei drops the ball from a bomb, Great Britain recovers and Ellis grabs a try. Somehow Senior was back on the field from his sinbinning before Matai, despite Senior being sent second. Long misses the goal. New Zealand 10-426 min: The Kiwis get six more tackles hot on attack.26 min: VIDEO REF - For a Brent Webb double.26 min: INJURY - Webb has injured himself in scoring the try, appeared to be accidental knees to the side.26 min: TRY New ZealandWebb scorches onto a Jones pass and scores under the posts. He's no longer hurt. Jones converts. New Zealand 16-428 min: GB throw the ball around on the last tackle and eventually make an error. A penalty puts the Kiwis right on attack.30 min: The Kiwis force a line drop out.32 min: VIDEO REF - For a highly unlikely Kiwis try...32 min: NO TRY - Pritchard drops the ball with the line begging.33 min: Sean Long back to his old tricks, a dreadful kick that goes dead without offering anything. Kiwis lose the ball on halfway.35 min: Long drops the ball while GB are building an attack - a lack of attention.37 min: The game is getting a bit untidy as we head towards halftime.38 min: VIDEO REF - For a Great Britain try.38 min: NO TRY - A horrible video referee decision robs Gareth Raynor of a certain try, he was ruled to have lost the ball in the in goal.39 min: ATTEMPTED FIELD GOAL New ZealandJones attempts a field goal, the chase traps Wellens in goal for a drop out. New Zealand 16-440 min: ATTEMPTED FIELD GOAL New ZealandWebb attempts a field goal right on halftime and misses it wide right. New Zealand 16-4Halftime, and the Kiwis are looking the much better side, despite that poor video referee decision.Teams are back for the second half.40 min: Back underway in Wellington!42 min: Wellens takes a dangerous Jones bomb magnificently.43 min: Great Britain spin the ball wide on the last and drop it.46 min: Wilkin can't grab the ball to score a Great Britain try.49 min: The Kiwis get six more tackles after GB fail to clean up a kick.50 min: VIDEO REF - For a New Zealand try...50 min: TRY New ZealandJones puts in a chip kick, the ball bobbles in the in goal and Cayless dots the ball down under the posts. Jones converts. New Zealand 22-454 min: The Kiwis recover a chip kick and Cayless offloads the ball to Pritchard who makes a break and picks up a penalty.55 min: TRY New ZealandThe Kiwis find space out wide and Vatuvei takes the ball around under the posts. Jones adds the extras, next week is huge. New Zealand 28-463 min: Kiwis kick out on the full, the Kiwis appear to be slowing down.66 min: VIDEO REF - For a Great Britain try...66 min: NO TRY - Pryce is denied a try due to a blatant obstruction. We also have a streaker on the field.67 min: Raynor fails to take a bomb, Long loses the ball forward into touch.68 min: The Great Britain defence holds strong and force a poor pass, only to turn the ball over.70 min: TRY New ZealandJones puts in another little chip kick, it bounces off the cross bar, Wiki goes up for the ball and dots down under the posts. Jones adds the extras. New Zealand 34-473 min: Jones puts in a great kick and finds touch five metres out.77 min: CROWD - 16,401FULLTIME: The Kiwis win big to give themselves a huge chance of playing in the final.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Stacey Jones (Kiwis)2 - Brent Webb (Kiwis)1 - Nathan Cayless (Kiwis)-----------------------------------------

Dragons account for Broncos in Brisbane

FINALS 2006 Week 1 Brisbane Broncos 4 v St George Illawarra Dragons 20at Suncorp StadiumReferee: Paul SimpkinsCrowd: 50,387Match Summary:The St George Illawarra Dragons have claimed a memorable 20-4 victory over the Brisbane Broncos at a packed Suncorp Stadium tonight. The Dragons led 10-4 after an entertaining first half.The Dragons opened the scoring in the seventh minute with a try to Clint Greenshields after spreading the ball wide to Wes Naiqama. The Dragons had already threatened in the same manner earlier in the game. Aaron Gorrell missed the conversion and it was 4-0. The Dragons extended their lead to 10-0 after Aaron Gorrell dived over from dummy half after 23 minutes. The Dragons were denied another try five minutes later after Ben Creagh was ruled to have interfered with Justin Hodges while Hodges was attempting to take a bomb. The Broncos got one back in the 33rd minute off some Hodges magic, as he beat a defender and offloaded to Darius Boyd who scored in the corner.There was one theme to the second half ? the Broncos blowing attacking opportunity after attacking opportunity. Luke Bailey scored a raging try five minutes into the half to up the score to 16-4. The match was all but sealed on 54 minutes when Matt Cooper scored an unconverted try in the corner to put the Dragons up 20-4. The Broncos had many attacking opportunities afterwards, but failed to capitalise on any of them ? the best chance saw Hodges get across the line, but he dropped the ball in putting it down.The result guarantees the Dragons make it through to the next week of the finals, while the Broncos will sweat on the Canterbury/Canberra and Melbourne/Parramatta clashes. The result leaves Manly in all sorts of trouble, as they only need one upset to be knocked out unluckily.Scorers:Brisbane Broncos: 4Tries: Darius BoydGoals: Corey Parker 0/1St George Illawarra Dragons: 20Tries: Luke Bailey, Matt Cooper, Aaron Gorrell, Clint GreenshieldsGoals: Aaron Gorrell 2/3, Mathew Head 0/1By the Clock:Hello from Suncorp Stadium. Yet another 3rd vs 6th finals match coming from Suncorp Stadium.Several changes in the lineups tonight. The Broncos have lost Australian fullback Karmicheal Hunt to an injury, and bring Tame Tupou onto the wing. Head is onto the bench from the Dragons, Isemonger drops off the bench. Timmins moves to lock and Creagh is dropped to the bench.Both teams have taken to the field. Huge crowd in tonight.1 min: The Dragons kick off!3 min: The Dragons let a bomb bounce, the Broncos recover the ball but get wrapped up.5 min: The Dragons go on attack after some enterprising play, but lose the ball.6 min: The Broncos bomb Naiqama, and he defuses it comfortably.7 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsThe Dragons spin the ball wide and expose a Broncos overlap, Naiqama runs down the sideline and throws a suspicious looking forward pass to Greenshields who scores 10 in from the sideline. Gorrell misses the goal. Dragons 4-014 min: The Dragons throw another two suspicious looking passes while coming out of their own end.15 min: The Dragons put up a bomb, they throw it around after it bounces and a bad pass goes to Hodges who breaks away. Morris runs Hodges down, but Hodges gets away, and Jason Ryles ends up taking Hodges into touch, fantastic desperation.19 min: Barrett puts in a good kick and finds touch 10 out from the Broncos line. The Dragons looking the better side at the moment.20 min: The Dragons run the ball on the last tackle, Bickerstaff makes a break and puts in a kick for Naiqama who is beaten to the ball by Boyd.22 min: The Broncos spill a bomb on the Dragons go hot on attack.23 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsPoore is tackled inches out from the line. Gorrell picks the ball up from dummy half and dummies to pass right, and he dives over to score just to the right of the posts. Gorrell converts his own try. Dragons 10-027 min: The Broncos bomb Brett Morris, he takes the ball and makes a half break.28 min: VIDEO REF - for a Dragons try...28 min: NO TRY - DragonsThe Dragons put up a bomb, it is recovered by the Dragons and Wicks claims a try under the posts. Creagh is ruled to have interfered with Hodges trying to catch the ball.31 min: Lockyer puts in a kick, it hits the posts and Greenshields loses the ball forward, leaving Gasnier in an offside position to dive on the ball, and the Broncos get a penalty.33 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosOff the back of the penalty the Broncos go right. Lockyer offloads to Hodges who gets around his defender and offloads to Boyd who dives over in the corner. Parker misses. Dragons 10-437 min: The Broncos get a penalty and will go back onto attack.38 min: The Broncos lose the ball while on attack.39 min: Bailey gets put into a gap, he breaks away and kicks ahead, but it goes too deep.HALF TIME: And the Dragons have dominated the Broncos and lead 10-4.Back on the field for the second half.40 min: Back underway at Suncorp!45 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsBailey steams onto an offload and races away to crash over under the posts. Gorrell converts. Dragons 16-449 min: Some reasonable defence from the Broncos forces Greenshields into touch.50 min: VIDEO REF - For a Broncos try...50 min: NO TRY - BroncosGreenshields loses the ball coming out of the ingoal and concedes a drop out.51 min: Tate drops the ball while the Broncos are hot on attack.53 min: Tate loses the ball trying to play it and the Dragons will go onto attack.54 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsThe Dragons spread the ball wide to Cooper who runs right past the defenders and scores in the corner. Head misses the goal, but this could be game over. Dragons 20-460 min: Lockyer is trapped on the last tackle and the Broncos waste an attacking opportunity.61 min: The Dragons go close to scoring again.63 min: VIDEO REF - For a Broncos try...63 min: NO TRY - BroncosHodges puts on a great move to score in the corner, only he loses the ball in putting it down. Really dreadful play.66 min: The Broncos put in another poor kick on the last tackle.68 min: Lockyer puts in a clueless bomb on the last tackle, it looks as though the Broncos have given up.70 min: Hodges is wrapped up on the last tackle.72 min: Parker puts in a kick off the ground from a poor pass, and the Broncos are penalised for offside from the kick.75 min: Greenshields cleans up a Broncos grubber for a line drop out.77 min: Civoniceva loses the ball inside the Dragons 10, more or less summing up the Broncos night.79 min: The Dragons lose the ball trying to spread it wide.FULL TIME: The Dragons have claimed a memorable 20-4 victory over the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Matt Cooper2 - Luke Bailey1 - Jason Ryles-----------------------------------------

Broncos rout Warriors for third place

ROUND 26 Brisbane Broncos 36 v New Zealand Warriors 12at Suncorp StadiumReferee: Sean HampsteadMatch Summary:The Brisbane Broncos have claimed third spot on the NRL ladder with an emphatic 36-12 destruction of the Warriors at Suncorp Stadium this afternoon in front of 47,193 fans.The Broncos set the tone for the match when Shane Perry raced past Warriors defenders to score in the 8th minute. After 20 minutes Shaun Berrigan doubled the Broncos lead as he ran through non-existent Warriors defence to score under the posts.Soon after it was 18-0 as Karmicheal Hunt scored out wide. The Warriors managed to get one back with not long to go in the half when Gatis bombed for Byrne who dotted down out wide.The Warriors threatened to make a match of it as Gatis claimed a try 10 minutes into the second half. With 20 minutes to go Lockyer sliced through the Warriors defence off a short pass to score under the posts. Justin Hodges claimed a brace of tries in the final stages of the match to turn a tight game into a rout.Next week the Broncos will host the Dragons in the 3rd vs 6th final at Suncorp Stadium, while the Warriors will face a variety of alcoholic beverages come Monday morning.Scorers:Brisbane Broncos: 36Tries: Shaun Berrigan, Justin Hodges(2), Karmichael Hunt, Darren Lockyer, Shane PerryGoals: Darren Lockyer 2/2, Corey Parker 4/4New Zealand Warriors: 12Tries: Todd Byrne, George GatisGoals: Lance Hohaia 2/2By the Clock:Happy Fathers day from Suncorp Stadium. Today we have one of the clashes of the season, the Broncos hosting the Warriors.The Warriors have Todd Byrne in for Nathan Fein. Darius Boyd is in for Stephen Michaels on the Broncos side.Super crowd under sunny skies in Brisbane. The Warriors are in grey and the Broncos in maroon.1 min: The Broncos kick off!4 min: Price makes a break but can't offload to support.7 min: The Warriors just stop a Broncos attacking raid.8 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosPerry races over from a short ball from Lockyer. Lockyer converts. Broncos 6-012 min: The Warriors find touch just outside the Broncos 20.13 min: The Warriors are penalised for interfering in the play the ball. The Broncos knock on on the first play.16 min: The Broncos very strong defensively, the Warriors not making too much ground.17 min: INJURY - Darius Boyd looking unwell after a hitup.17 min: The Warriors get a penalty after a strong Vatuvei hitup.21 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosBerrigan races over from dummy half. Very poor Warriors defence. Parker converts. Broncos 12-024 min: INJURY - Webb injured after a big hit from Carroll, and is coming from the field.25 min: The Broncos make a break and get six more tackles.25 min: Tate just loses the ball chasing a Lockyer kick. The Warriors in all sorts of trouble.28 min: NEWS VIDEO REF - For a Broncos try...28 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosGreat ball movement from the Broncos sees Hunt score out wide. Parker converts. Broncos 18-031 min: The Warriors get a penalty while hot on attack.31 min: The Warriors get a line dropout off a lucky deflection.35 min: VIDEO REF - For a Broncos try...35 min: NO TRY - BroncosTate penalised for a double movement.36 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsGatis bombs from dummy half, Byrne flies high and claims the first points against the Broncos in almost three weeks. Hohaia converts. Broncos 18-640 min: ATTEMPTED FIELD GOAL Brisbane BroncosLockyer just puts a field goal attempt under the bar. Broncos 18-6HALF TIME: With the Broncos looking totally dominant. Brent Webb has played his last minutes for the Warriors, he is out for the rest of the match with rib cartilage damage.40 min: Back underway at Suncorp.42 min: Hodges just averts a Warriors 40/20.46 min: Anderson loses the ball with the Warriors hot on attack.47 min: A Broncos try called back for a forward pass.47 min: CROWD - 47,19349 min: Warriors get six more tackles off a McGuire error.50 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsRovelli puts up a bomb, Vatuvei knocks it back to Gatis who dots down. Hohaia converts as McGuire is taken from the field after an accidental knee from Wiki. Broncos 18-1252 min: Warriors looking far better in the 12 minutes of this half.54 min: Ropati kicks through for Byrne who recovers and gets it away to Hohaia, but the pass was ruled forward.56 min: The Warriors put up another bomb, Vatuvei looks best to get the ball but he swings and misses.58 min: The Broncos bringing their intensity back. The Warriors throw a forward pass on the last tackle.59 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosLockyer collects an offload and steps Ah Van to score under the posts. Parker converts. Broncos 24-1263 min: NEWS VIDEO REF - For a Broncos try...63 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosAfter a very dodgy knock on call against Ropati, the Broncos get a scrum 10 out. Hodges scores a few plays later. Parker converts. Broncos 30-1267 min: The Broncos have another try called back for a forward pass.70 min: Good desperation defence from the Warriors keeps the Broncos out.71 min: Hunt takes the ball across the sideline with Vatuvei chasing down a kick.72 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosRopati loses the ball at one end of the field, two plays later Hodges avoids defenders to dot down out wide. Lockyer converts off the post. Broncos 36-12-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Justin Hodges2 - Darren Lockyer1 - Shaun Berrigan-----------------------------------------

Manly beat Bulldogs in a thriller

ROUND 25 Manly Sea Eagles 21 v Canterbury Bulldogs 20at Brookvale OvalReferee: Sean HampsteadMatch Summary:The Manly Sea Eagles have claimed a thoroughly exciting 21-20 win over the Canterbury Bulldogs at Brookvale Oval tonight. The Sea Eagles led 18-12 at half time.Manly opened the scoring inside two minutes off a fairly lucky bounce. Monaghan put in a clearing kick, El Masri let the ball bounce allowing Orford to recover the ball and race away to score. The lead was extended to 12-0 after seven minutes after winger Michael Robertson out jumped Bulldogs defenders to dot down out wide.The Bulldogs came storming back however, with Nate Myles crashing over from close range. Andrew Ryan tied the game up with another close range try after 25 minutes. Matt Orford landed a penalty goal near the end of the half, while Shayne Dunley scored a contentious try just on half time.The try scoring for the night was completed just after half time, with Emelio running through a large gap to score. On 65 minutes Andrew Ryan was denied a try by the video referee, despite it being quite similar to the Dunley try in the first half.Manly retook the lead with 12 minutes to go after the Bulldogs were found offside after a Patten error. An El Masri penalty goal meant that the 20,163 crowd would get their moneys worth. After Brett Stewart was denied a try from dummy half, Orford was able to set easily for a field goal, and with two minutes to go he slotted him the winning point.Next week Manly make the tough road trip south to Melbourne to face the Storm, while the Bulldogs travel west to face the Panthers.Scorers:Manly Sea Eagles: 21Tries: Shayne Dunley, Matt Orford, Michael RobertsonGoals: Matt Orford 4/5Field Goals: Matt OrfordCanterbury Bulldogs: 20Tries: Nate Myles, Andrew Ryan, Andrew EmelioGoals: Hazem El Masri 4/4By the Clock:Good evening from Brookvale Oval. Tonight we have the Sea Eagles hosting a depleted Bulldogs team.Last week Manly dealt to Souths 38-16, while the Bulldogs were hammered 30-0 by the Broncos.Earlier in the year the Sea Eagles destroyed the Dogs 40-14.The Bulldogs will play 1-17. Rose is on the bench for Manly.1 min: We're underway at Brookvale. There is the possibility of thunderstorms tonight.2 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesThe Sea Eagles put in a clearing kick, El Masri lets it bounce, Orford recovers the ball and darts away to score. Orford converts. Sea Eagles 6-05 min: The Bulldogs have a kick partially blocked, it is ruled not to have been played at and Utai gets tackled on the last.7 min: Watmough and Miles have a bit of a push and shove in backplay.7 min: VIDEO REF - For a Manly try...7 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesOrford puts up a cross field kick, Robertson outjumps El Masri and dots down out wide. Orford converts from touch. Sea Eagles 12-09 min: Maitua penalised for a high tackle on the try scorer.10 min: Manly have the Bulldogs overawed at the moment.14 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsAfter a magnificent Patten kick return the Bulldogs get a penalty. Myles gets a short ball to crash over next to the posts. El Masri converts. Sea Eagles 12-618 min: During a great hitup by Kite, Sonny Bill knocks the ball out of his grasp.20 min: The Bulldogs get a lucky six-again call off a non-existant charge down, the Bulldogs get a dud call on a knock on a play later. Orford makes a break from the scrum base.21 min: While Manly are hot on attack, Burns is penalised in possession for an improper play the ball despite Sherwin knocking him off his feet.22 min: The Bulldogs go very close on the last tackle.23 min: INJURY - Matai looking very groggy after being tackled. Manly are running through the Bulldogs like a good curry. The Manly defence isn't much better.25 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsRyan gets across in similar fashion to Myles. This time it is a long pass from dummy half that had Ryan inside his defender and he crashed over. El Masri converts. 12 all.30 min: Orford puts in a banana kick, Ryan takes it on the full and returns in with great strength.31 min: 40/20 - Sherwin kicks fromm just inside the 40, finds touch just inside the 10.32 min: Utai spills the ball with the line begging.33 min: Matai breaks and kicks ahead. Penalty Manly as he was taken out after kicking.34 min: Stewart attempts to dive over from dummy half, but he loses the ball in the process.36 min: PENALTY GOAL Manly Sea EaglesThe Bulldogs are penalised for slowing down the play the ball. Orford nails the penalty goal. Sea Eagles 14-1237 min: Holdsworth penalised for a high tackle on Dunley.38 min: VIDEO REF - For a Manly try...38 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesDunley runs right through the Bulldogs defence and score. Very questionable call. Orford misses. Sea Eagles 18-12Halftime: The Bulldogs did well to recover from trailing by 12 very early, but faltered late in the half and trail 18-12.40 min: Back underway at Brookie, and the rain comes down.42 min: Another clearing kick bounces brilliantly for Manly, but they get penalised for being offside.43 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsWith Orford down injured, the Bulldogs find a gap in the defensive line and Emelio strolls across the tryline. Yet again very similar to the first two Bulldogs tries. El Masri converts. 18 all.45 min: Menzies forces a Bulldogs error right in front of the posts just after the restart.47 min: INJURY - Orford off the field after picking up a knee injury.49 min: INJURY - Brad Morrin (Bulldogs) out for the night with a partial dislocation of his kneecap.51 min: INJURY UPDATE - Orford getting his knee strapped. He may be able to return tonight.53 min: It is really hosing down at the moment.57 min: Plenty of errors in the game, not helped by the rain. McIlwain smashed by Matai.59 min: 40/20 - Monaghan picks up a 40/20 for Manly. Manly waste the attacking chance by knocking on on tackle two.60 min: NEWS - Orford back on the field.64 min: Bulldogs starting to play their normal game, trying to force the error.65 min: VIDEO REF - For a Bulldogs try...65 min: NO TRY - BulldogsRyan ruled to have knocked on over the goal line. Odd decision given the Dunley try earlier tonight.68 min: PENALTY GOAL Manly Sea EaglesPatten loses the ball and it is recovered by an offside player. Orford slots the two from 25 out, right in front. Sea Eagles 20-1870 min: CROWD - 20,16372 min: PENALTY GOAL Canterbury BulldogsThe Bulldogs catch the Sea Eagles offside. El Masri nails the penalty goal. 20 all.74 min: Bulldogs lose the ball 40 out from their own line.76 min: Manly look to score a try instead of the field goal, the ball goes dead.78 min: FIELD GOAL Manly Sea EaglesOrford lands a field goal. Sea Eagles 21-20-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Matt Orford (Sea Eagles)2 - Steve Menzies (Sea Eagles)1 - Andrew Ryan (Bulldogs)-----------------------------------------

Warriors create upset of 2006

ROUND 24 Melbourne Storm 20 v New Zealand Warriors 24at Olympic Park MelbourneReferee: Tony ArcherMatch Summary:The Warriors have claimed the upset of 2006 with a stunning 24-20 victory over the Melbourne Storm at Olympic Park Stadium in Melbourne. The Storm had a narrow 14-12 half time lead.The Storm were all over the Warriors early in the match, dominating both territory and possession. Matt Geyer opened the scoring in the 10th minute when he beat Manu Vatuvei to a cross field bomb. Five minutes later, totally against the run of play Simon Mannering gave the Warriors the lead after Brent Webb recovered his own kick and offloaded to Mannering. The conversion put the Warriors ahead 6-4. The Storm responded almost instantly after Vatuvei let a kickoff go into touch ? the first of three times he did it. Steve Turner dotted down in the corner and the Storm went up 8-6.The Warriors took the lead again after 26 minutes with Manu Vatuvei scoring out wide off a Steve Price cut out pass. A few minutes later Brent Webb was controversially denied a try by the video referee. The Storm picked up a penalty and went down the other end of the field to score through Matt King. Lance Hohaia picked up a penalty goal for the Warriors right on half time for a 14-12 Storm lead.The Warriors dominated the early stages of the second half, and scored through Brent Webb off a deflected kick seven minutes into the half. Unfortunately for the Warriors, Vatuvei let the kickoff go touch in goal. Off the resulting drop out Greg Inglis burned the Warriors defence to score and regain the Melbourne lead at 20-18.The match then went through a period where the Storm looked quite dominant but were unable to finish as cleanly as they normally did. In the 73rd minute Manu Vatuvei broke out and put Brent Webb away for a try out wide. Hohaias sideline conversion put the Warriors up 24-20 with five minutes to go. Astonishingly Vatuvei let the ball go into touch again, but the Storm were unable to capitalise. A series of errors had the Storm defending their line as time ran out.The Warriors look forward to their last home game of the season against the Roosters, and the Storm travel to Canberra to take on the Raiders.Scorers:Melbourne Storm: 20Tries: Matt Geyer, Greg Inglis, Matt King, Steve TurnerGoals: Cameron Smith 2/4New Zealand Warriors: 24Tries: Simon Mannering, Manu Vatuvei, Brent Webb(2)Goals: Lance Hohaia 4/5By the Clock:Good evening from Olympic Park Stadium in Melbourne.The Storm are looking to celebrate being officially crowned Minor Premiers. The Warriors are now officially out of the race for the eight.Ready to go in front of a huge crowd at Olympic Park.1 min: We are underway!3 min: Storm make an early error trying to crack the Warriors out wide.5 min: The Storm crack the Warriors out wide, a great intercept by Webb saves a certain try.7 min: The Storm are looking very good tonight. Ah Van makes an impressive ingoal escape however.8 min: Ah Van handling the pressure from the Storm kicking game so far.10 min: TRY Melbourne StormCronk puts in a cross field kick for Geyer who has the step on Vatuvei, Geyer dots down out wide. Smith misses. Storm 4-013 min: Storm hold all the territory and possession. Again Ah Van handles a Storm bomb and makes a 25 metre run.15 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsWebb kicks ahead, he recovers and offloads to Mannering who shrugs off Greg Inglis to score. Hohaia converts. Warriors 6-416 min: Vatuvei lets the kickoff go into touch. Storm scrum 10 out.17 min: TRY Melbourne StormThe Storm spread the ball wide to Turner who dots down in the corner. Smith misses again. Storm 8-619 min: The Storm have complete territorial domination at the moment. Possession is slowly evening out.21 min: Poor play from the Storm, Wiki pressures Smith and the Storm end up throwing the ball into touch. Louis Anderson comes up with a bad error one play later.23 min: Warriors get a let off with the Storm trying to keep the ball alive it ends up getting picked up by Rovelli.25 min: The Warriors have had one decent attacking opportunity so far. The Storm kick return and kick chase is superb.26 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsThe Warriors second reasonable attacking opportunity. Steve Price throws an amazing cut out pass to Vatuvei who scores in the corner. Hohaia misses from touch. Warriors 10-830 min: VIDEO REF - For a Warriors try..30 min: NO TRY - WarriorsWebb ruled to have knocked on trying to ground a kick. Could have been a benefit of the doubt try.31 min: TRY Melbourne StormOff the back of a penalty the Storm spin the ball to King who crashes over out wide. Smith converts. Storm 14-1035 min: Vatuvei goes in off a forward pass. Looked to be flat at worst.37 min: Warriors get a line drop out.39 min: Warriors get another line dropout. Great Storm defence.40 min: PENALTY GOAL New Zealand WarriorsCrossman penalised for a high tackle. Hohaia lands the goal. Storm 14-12Halftime in a very entertaining match.40 min: Back underway at Olympic Park!40 min: 40/20 - The Warriors pick up a 40/20 on the first set of the second half.42 min: The Storm handle a fairly tame Warriors attacking set.43 min: Lauaki penalised for a late hit on Cronk.43 min: Hoffman crosses off a forward pass and the play gets called back.47 min: VIDEO REF - For a Warriors try...47 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsRovelli kicks, the ball deflects off a Storm player and Webb comes up with the ball and scores next to the uprights. Hohaia converts. Warriors 18-1449 min: Vatuvei again totally stuffs receiving the kickoff and the Storm get a line dropout.50 min: VIDEO REF - For a Storm try...50 min: TRY Melbourne StormOff the dropout, Inglis gets put into space and scores out wide. Smith converts. Storm 20-1854 min: Webb drops the ball with a try on.56 min: Shots of a furious Craig Bellamy as the Storm drop the ball.58 min: Warriors survive another Storm attacking set.60 min: 20 minutes to go, the Storm are looking a little rusty, but the Warriors are rattling them.62 min: The Storm starting to turn the screws. They aren't finishing too well yet, but the signs are there.64 min: Hohaia drops the ball with a huge overlap for the Warriors.67 min: Storm still defending very well.68 min: King drops the ball on the last tackle with a possible try on.70 min: Warriors kicking game just a little too long.71 min: Gatis and Luck penalised for a 50/50 lifting tackle. Storm hot on attack.73 min: Warriors hold out a Storm attacking set.73 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsVatuvei breaks out, he draws the fullback and offloads to Webb who scores out wide. Hohaia puts the kick down the middle. Warriors 24-2077 min: Warriors hold out after another kickoff error.78 min: Hill loses the ball and the Warriors go on attack.79 min: Inglis knocks on only several metres out.The Warriors cause the upset of the season, defeating the Storm 24-20 at Olympic Park.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Grant Rovelli (Warriors)2 - Brent Webb (Warriors)1 - Greg Inglis (Storm)-----------------------------------------

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