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Broncos hammer Bulldogs 30-0

ROUND 24 Canterbury Bulldogs 0 v Brisbane Broncos 30at Telstra StadiumReferee: Steve ClarkMatch Summary:The Brisbane Broncos have defeated the Canterbury Bulldogs 30-0 in a stunning upset at Telstra Stadium tonight. The Broncos were in control throughout and led 18-0 at half time.The Broncos took seven minutes to open the scoring with a try to Tonie Carroll who crashed over from short range off a Darren Lockyer pass. It then took nearly half an hour for the next points to be posted, when Shaun Berrigan snuck through some dreadful defence to score. Mere minutes later the 26,111 crowd were stunned as Lockyer capped off a breakout play by the Broncos for an 18-0 lead. The Bulldogs lost a number of players to injury in the first half ? they lost Asotasi, Tonga and Myles to leg injuries and Asotasi and Tongas futures this season are up in the air.The Broncos sealed the match after 55 minutes with a great try to Shaun Berrigan. Justin Hodges fielded a long kick, returned it right through the defensive line and offloaded to Berrigan who raced away to score. The second half meandered along with a number of tries rubbed out by Steve Clark or the video ref. The Broncos put an exclamation point on the win in the 80th minute with another breakout try, on this occasion to Brent Tate.Next week the stunned Bulldogs will travel to Brookvale for another Friday night clash, while the Broncos face yet another challenge as they return to Sydney to play the Eels at Parramatta Stadium.The result tonight officially crowned the Melbourne Storm as Minor Premiers.Scorers:Canterbury Bulldogs: 0Tries: Brisbane Broncos: 30Tries: Shaun Berrigan(2), Tonie Carroll, Darren Lockyer, Brent TateGoals: Darren Lockyer 2/2, Corey Parker 3/3By the Clock:Good evening from Telstra Stadium. Tonight we have to Bulldogs looking to continue their drive to second on the ladder with a victory over the rather listless Broncos.Last week the Bulldogs took care of business in beating the Dragons 26-10, while the Broncos were brave in their 12-18 loss to the Storm.The Broncos are 1-17. The Bulldogs are missing Sonny Bill, Dallas McIlwain comes in for him.Pretty good looking crowd in. The Dogs in butchers stripes, the Broncos in maroon.1 min: The Bulldogs kick off!3 min: A few players slipping over early.7 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosTonie Carroll barges over from close range off a Lockyer short pass. Lockyer converts. Broncos 6-010 min: ON REPORT - A swinging arm from Willie Mason has Shane Perry in less than great shape. It was also a somewhat late tackle.13 min: INJURY - Asotasi forced into the dressing rooms with a knee injury.14 min: The Dogs making some uncharacteristic errors.16 min: Boyd crosses out wide, but the final pass from Tate is ruled forward. A very close call.17 min: A very similar incident at the other end of the field. Utai makes a clean break up the middle. The last pass from Ryan to Patten is ruled forward in a dreadful decision.22 min: INJURY - Willie Tonga headed for the sheds as well.23 min: INJURY - Nate Myles injured but he is forced to play on. Mason is also injured. He's had a head clash but can carry on.26 min: INJURY UPDATE - Willie Tonga out for the night with a knee injury. Scans tomorrow for the rest of his season. Nate Myles has limped from the field too. The Dogs are down to one man on the bench.30 min: Still the Bulldogs are making wierd errors. Bad passes, simple knock ons.34 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosBerrigan runs across field from dummy half, escapes from some flimsy tackles and scores to the left of the posts. Parker converts. Broncos 12-036 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosThe Broncos go back to back. Parker makes a break up the middle. Tate gets tackled, Lockyer races onto the ball to score under the posts. Parker converts. This is a vintage Pre-Origin Broncos performance. Broncos 18-0Half time in a less than exciting match. The Broncos are going well, but the Bulldogs are flatter than a crepe.40 min: Back underway at Telstra!44 min: VIDEO REF - For an unlikely Bulldogs try..44 min: NO TRY - BulldogsMcIlwain ruled to have bounced the ball in trying to ground it chasing his own kick. It looked like it could justifiably have been awarded as a benefit of the doubt try.McIlwain injured his shoulder in the process of scoring.47 min: Bulldogs totally unable to crack the Broncos defence. It isn't their night.55 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosHodges returns a kick, opens up the Bulldogs defence, draws Patten and passes to Berrigan who races 48 metres to score under the posts. Parker converts. Broncos 24-059 min: CROWD - 26,11162 min: Another Broncos try is wiped out on a dodgy forward pass call. More forward passes called tonight than in an entire weekend.64 min: VIDEO REF - For a Broncos try...64 min: NO TRY - BroncosTate knocks a cross field kick on.66 min: VIDEO REF - For a Bulldogs try...66 min: NO TRY - Utai forced into the corner post before he ground the ball.69 min: El Masri trapped in the ingoal for a Broncos dropout.74 min: VIDEO REF - For a Broncos try...74 min: NO TRY - BroncosBoyd ruled to have knocked on being tackled close to the line.78 min: VIDEO REF - For a Bulldogs try...78 min: NO TRY - BulldogsAndrew Ryan penalised for interfering with Justin Hodges chasing a kick.80 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosThaiday breaks the Bulldogs defence and offloads to Tate who races away to score under the posts. Lockyer adds the extras. Broncos 30-0Fulltime, and the Broncos claim an astounding 30-0 victory over the previously in form Bulldogs.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Justin Hodges (Broncos)2 - Petero Civoniceva (Broncos)1 - Darren Lockyer (Broncos)-----------------------------------------

Bulldogs easily handle Dragons

ROUND 23 Canterbury Bulldogs 26 v St George Illawarra Dragons 10at Telstra StadiumReferee: Sean HampsteadMatch Summary:The Canterbury Bulldogs have run out comfortable 26-10 winners over the St George Illawarra Dragons in front of 31,256 fans at Telstra Stadium this afternoon. The Bulldogs had a comfortable 16-4 halftime lead.The Bulldogs were quick out of the blocks with Brent Sherwin scoring after six minutes. Willie Mason doubled the Bulldogs lead after 14 minutes with a strong run that saw him drag two tacklers over the line. The Bulldogs went up 16-0 after 24 minutes with a try to Hazem El Masri in the corner. The Dragons struck back four minutes later with a try to Brett Morris. The Dragons had a late chance at the Bulldogs line, but threw a forward pass.The Bulldogs struck first after halftime with Sonny Bill scoring near the posts after a Dragons error. Trent Barrett responded on the 48 minute mark with a try under the posts, but from then on the Dragons didn?t really threaten. Hazem El Masri added a penalty goal just before the hour mark, and another one just before fulltime for the final 26-10 scoreline.Next week the Bulldogs host the struggling Broncos, while the Dragons host the Tigers ? both teams are in freefall.Scorers:Canterbury Bulldogs: 26Tries: Hazem El Masri, Willie Mason, Brent Sherwin, Sonny Bill WilliamsGoals: Hazem El Masri 5/6St George Illawarra Dragons: 10Tries: Trent Barrett, Brett MorrisGoals: Mathew Head 1/2By the Clock:Good afternoon from Telstra Stadium. Today we have the Bulldogs hosting the Dragons. Big crowd in and it is a beautiful day.Ryles isn't starting for the Dragons, Bulldogs are 1-17.1 min: The Bulldogs get us underway!5 min: Quick start here, we haven't had a stoppage in play yet.6 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsA Bulldogs pass goes astray, the Dragons rush up on it but Sherwin gets the ball and he scores an embarassingly easy try. El Masri adds the extras from beside the posts. Bulldogs 6-09 min: The Dragons kick through and Cooper recovers it, however he gets wrapped up and throws a poor pass. The Bulldogs nearly score at the other end.11 min: Mason penalised for not playing the ball correctly.12 min: Gasnier makes a great run, he offloads to Cooper who has the ball knocked out as he catches it.14 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsMason gets the ball back on the inside and scores in the tackle of two defenders. El Masri lands the goal from 10 left of the posts. Bulldogs 12-020 min: The Dragons get good field position off a Sherwin mis-kick.21 min: A good kick from Head nearly finds Best in the corner.23 min: The Bulldogs go on attack after a penalty.23 min: INJURY - Sam Isemonger injured after a head clash with Andrew Ryan. He has a huge lump on the side of his face.24 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsGreat leadup play from the Bulldogs including a great offload from Sonny Bill has El Masri scoring right in the corner. His kick goes across the face of the uprights. Bulldogs 16-028 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsQuick hands from the Dragons has Brett Morris scoring in the corner. Head hits the uprights and misses the goal. Bulldogs 16-433 min: Hornby nearly gets forced into the ingoal, he gets the ball to Best who runs over the sideline instead. Dumb play really.35 min: VIDEO REFEREE - For a highly unlikely Bulldogs try.35 min: NO TRY - El Masri ruled to have knocked on contesting a bomb. Follows a great defensive set by the Dragons.36 min: The Dragons nearly score after recovering a long kick.38 min: Dragons will go on attack to finish the first half.39 min: First play after a scrum feed the Dragons throw a forward pass.Halftime at Telstra Stadium.Second half delayed as we have no referee.40 min: Bumsteads back and we're underway!43 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Dragons make an error, Sonny gets the ball several plays later off a tidy Holdsworth offload and he dots down 10 to the right of the posts. Some hints of an obstruction. El Masri converts. Bulldogs 22-447 min: Hornby makes a break to inside the 10 and gets a penalty.48 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsA great pass to Barrett gets him inside his defender and he scores under the posts. Head converts. Bulldogs 22-1058 min: PENALTY GOAL Canterbury BulldogsEl Masri lands a penalty goal. Bulldogs 24-1068 min: The Dragons have had the best chances in the last 10 minutes, but can't get across the whitewash.73 min: Head has been interchanged off, it looks as though the Dragons are conceding defeat.74 min: Barrett chips, chases and can't hold onto the ball.77 min: Lot of errors in the game now.78 min: ON REPORT - Poore is on report for a swinging arm on Armit.79 min: PENALTY GOAL Canterbury BulldogsEl Masri lands the penalty for the swinging arm in front of 31,256 fans. Bulldogs 26-10Fulltime, and the Bulldogs claim a comfortable victory over the Dragons.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Willie Mason2 - Sonny Bill Williams1 - Andrew Ryan-----------------------------------------

Knights defeat Roosters in Gosford

ROUND 22 Sydney Roosters 18 v Newcastle Knights 32at Central Coast StadiumReferee: Tony ArcherMatch Summary:A powerful first half from the Newcastle Knights and in particular Andrew Johns has seen them to a 32-18 win over the Sydney Roosters at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford today.The Knights scored four tries in the first half to lead 26-6 at halftime. It only took the Knights 50 seconds to open the scoring, Johns putting Simpson into a hole before Simpson offloaded to Buderus who scored out wide. The Knights were in again after 11 minutes when Andrew Johns stepped the defence and scored under the posts. The Knights were going at over a point a minute was they went up 18-0 after 15 minutes when the Roosters fumbled a Johns bomb and Chris Bailey dived on the dregs and scored.It was 24-0 after 27 minutes when Danny Buderus put Luke Davico over from close range. The Roosters struck back six minutes before halftime with a try to one of their more impressive players, Shaun Foley. The Knights were denied a try by the video referee just on halftime, however a penalty went their way and Johns added the two points for the 20 point halftime lead.The second half meandered along for the most part with both sides going through the motions. The Knights scored their final try just before the hour mark with Riley Brown scoring out wide. The Roosters scored two late tries, one to Iosia Soliola and one to departing centre Ryan Cross.With the result the Knights move up into the top four. Next week the Knights host the Sea Eagles on Friday night, while the Roosters travel west to face the Panthers.Scorers:Sydney Roosters: 18Tries: Ryan Cross, Iosia Soliola, Shaun FoleyGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 2/2, Josh Lewis 1/1Newcastle Knights: 32Tries: Danny Buderus, Andrew Johns, Luke Davico, Chris Bailey, Riley BrownGoals: Andrew Johns 6/6Crowd: 18,124By the Clock:Hello from Gosford. Today we have an important match for the Newcastle Knights, as a victory will keep them in the top 8 hunt.The Knights have lost Reynoldson, Lowrie and Mullen, and have given Chris Bailey, Daniel Abraham and Riley Brown the call up. The Roosters are 1-17.Last week the Knights got home in a close game against the Sharks while the Roosters belted the Cowboys.Big crowd at Bluetongue Stadium, grey skies.1 min: Tony Archer blows time on and the Roosters kick off!1 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsA terrible start for the Roosters. On tackle three Johns puts Simpson into space, Simpson races away and unloads to Buderus who has to do some work to dot down in the corner. Johns converts and it is a perfect start for the Knights. Knights 6-05 min: The Knights put Ryan Cross into touch while the Roosters are on attack.7 min: The Knights pick up a goal line drop out after some shambolic play from the Roosters at the back.10 min: The Knights get another drop out when Foley can't escape the in goal. He came impressively close however.11 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsJohns steps the Roosters defence from five out and scores under the posts. He converts his own try. Knights 12-015 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsJohns puts up a bomb, the Roosters fumble it and Chris Bailey comes up with the ball and scores 10 to the left of the posts. Johns converts. Knights 18-022 min: The Knights go back on attack with a penalty.24 min: The Knights go close several times but the Roosters hold out.27 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsBuderus puts Davico over from close range. The Roosters are all at sea, Johns converts. Knights 24-031 min: The Roosters get their best attacking opportunity and Amos Roberts knocks on.32 min: Abraham puts in a kick and Thaiday knocks on in an effort to ground the ball.33 min: Johns comes up with his worst play of the game throwing the ball right to a Roosters player.34 min: TRY Sydney RoostersLewis puts up a banana kick, Abraham can't hold on to it and Foley dives onto the ball to score beside the posts. Fitzgibbon converts. Knights 24-639 min: VIDEO REF - For a Knights try..39 min: NO TRY - KnightsThe penalty goes against the Roosters for interfering with a player going for the ball, the player knocked the ball on so that is why the penalty goes to the Knights.40 min: PENALTY GOAL Newcastle KnightsOff the back of the penalty mentioned above, Johns nails the goal and we go to halftime. Knights 26-6The Knights have dominated for most of this match, after racing to an 18-0 lead after 15 minutes and justifiably lead by 20 at halftime.40 min: Underway in the second half!40 min: Ryan Cross knocks on 10 out from his own line.42 min: Cross makes up for his error with an intercept and he runs 80 metres to put the Roosters on attack.43 min: VIDEO REF - For a Roosters try...43 min: NO TRY - RoostersRyan Cross is ruled offside after Thaiday fumbles a kick and Perrett gets the ball down.44 min: Knights pick up a line drop out.46 min: Lewis kicks out on the full attempting a 40/20.51 min: The Roosters survive another Knights attacking set, but concede a drop out.53 min: The Roosters hold out again and Roberts takes a Johns bomb to get the Roosters possession, only for the Roosters to knock on a few plays later.55 min: VIDEO REF - For a Knights try...55 min: NO TRY - KnightsJohns knocks on reaching out for the line.56 min: Thaiday initally has trouble recovering the ball, he then breaks away and runs 80 metres.56 min: SIN BIN - Finch is given 10 minutes for holding Thaiday down for too long.57 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsThe Knights take advantage of having an extra man, Riley Brown scores out wide off a Buderus cut out pass. It all came off a great break by Milton Thaiday who ran through some feeble defence. Johns converts. Knights 32-661 min: 40/20 - Lewis picks up a 40/20 for the Roosters.62 min: The Roosters waste the 40/20, the Knights recover the ball and go back on attack.65 min: TRY Sydney RoostersSoliola scores off a Setaimata Sa flick pass. Fitzgibbon converts off the upright from out wide. Knights 32-1267 min: CROWD - 18,12471 min: TRY Sydney RoostersThe Roosters put in a grubber for Cross who scores out wide and he loses his pants in a Carney tackle. Lewis converts. Knights 32-1875 min: Knights pick up another drop out.79 min: Thaiday ends a pedestrian Knights attacking set by getting put into touch.Fulltime, and the Knights have moved up into the top 4.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Andrew Johns2 - Danny Buderus1 - Milton Thaiday-----------------------------------------

Storm win epic clash against Dragons

ROUND 21 St George Illawarra Dragons 24 v Melbourne Storm 34at Oki Jubilee Stadium KogarahReferee: Sean HampsteadMatch Summary:The Melbourne Storm have prevailed over the St George Illawarra Dragons 34-24 in an enthralling encounter at OKI Jubilee Stadium this afternoon. The Storm led 16-12 at half time.The Dragons opened the scoring in the fifth minute with a penalty goal to Matt Head after the Storm were penalised for a grapple tackle. The Storm responded almost instantly with a try to Matt King. Colin Best let a bomb bounce and the ball was recovered by Steve Turner who threw a pass behind his back as he was headed across the sideline, and King touched down out wide. The Storm increased their lead only three minutes later with a try to Ryan Hoffman after some very nice ball movement created the overlap on the left side.The score remained 12-2 until the half hour mark when some Matt Cooper magic got the Dragons back into the game. Head kicked ahead, Cooper picked the ball up and scored in the tackle of Billy Slater. Four minutes later the scores were level with Mark Gasnier taking a Head bomb and scoring out wide. Unfortunately for the Dragons, Ashton Sims knocked on from the set right after the try, and the Storm made the Dragons pay with Steve Turner scoring in the corner on what turned out to be the last play of the half.The early period of the second half was frenetic, with Greg Inglis showing his brilliance with a 60 metre try from dummy half. Five minutes later the Dragons responded with a Brett Morris try off another perfect Matt Head kick. The Storm scored a rather fortunate try only minutes later after a pass to Hoffman hit him in the chest. He kicked the ball ahead once, recovered it and two passes later Matt King was in for a 26-16 lead.Billy Slater was sin binned for a professional foul four minutes later, and the Dragons took advantage of it with Trent Barrett scoring out wide several minutes later. The Dragons moved to within two points with another Matt Cooper try again inspired by a Matt Head kick. He chipped, Gasnier recovered and threw a huge pass to Cooper who was in out wide. The Dragons went very close to scoring again, but on the next set the Storm went nearly 100 metres, and kicked a penalty goal for a 28-24 lead.The Storm then knocked on off the restart, and the Dragons had two consecutive sets camped right on the line, but Gasnier knocked on reaching out to score. Billy Slater then inspired the final try for the Storm, breaking out of his own end to put the Melbourne side hot on attack, and a few plays later Cooper Cronk scored in the corner to put the icing on the cake.An amazing game that should really buoy the hopes of the Storm, while the Dragons can feel unlucky, poor goal kicking had them trailing late in the game when they could in fact have been leading. The Storm stay six points clear at the top of the table and are on track for the Minor Premiership. Next week the Dragons will face the resurgent Eels on Friday, and will be looking to arrest the three game losing streak, while the Storm face off against the Tigers in Melbourne.Scorers:St George Illawarra Dragons: 24Tries: Trent Barrett, Matt Cooper(2), Mark Gasnier, Brett MorrisGoals: Aaron Gorrell 1/5, Mathew Head 1/1Melbourne Storm: 34Tries: Cooper Cronk, Ryan Hoffman, Greg Inglis, Matt King(2), Steve TurnerGoals: Cameron Smith 5/7By the Clock:Good afternoon from Kogarah. We have a blockbuster 1 vs 4 clash this afternoon, the Dragons host the Storm. Last week the Storm handled the Sharks well, winning 28-12, while the Dragons were hammered 31-12 by the Raiders.For the Storm, Webster and Kidwell are out. Inglis and Crocker will start with Crossman coming onto the bench. Creagh and Bickerstaff start for Wicks and Bailey who drop to the bench.1 min: The Dragons kick off!2 min: Creagh loses the ball on halfway after making a nice run.3 min: The Storm get the first attacking chance, Barrett defuses a chip kick from the Cronk under the posts.5 min: PENALTY GOAL St George Illawarra DragonsDallas Johnson is penalised for a grapple tackle. Head lands the goal from just over 30 metres out. Dragons 2-08 min: VIDEO REF - For a Storm try...8 min: TRY Melbourne StormCronk puts up a bomb, Best lets it land and the ball comes to Turner who throws a great no-look pass to King before going over the sideline, and King scores right by the corner post. Smiths conversion is a beauty. Storm 6-211 min: TRY Melbourne StormSome great ball movement from the Storm creates an overlap, Kaufusi comes up with the final offload that puts Hoffman in on the left side of the field. Worrying signs for the Dragons. Smith converts. Storm 12-212 min: INJURY - Greg Inglis has been taken to the sheds with a badly dislocated finger.14 min: Melbourne currently have over 70% of possession.17 min: Hill loses the ball just short of halfway.18 min: Crocker loses the ball just over halfway, and the Dragons get a penalty.19 min: Storm hold out an enterprising Dragons attacking raid.22 min: The Storm pressure Head on the last, he goes down the shortside and King knocks the ball down saving a certain try.22 min: Head bats a pass on that is intercepted by Geyer.29 min: HELD UP - Cooper is held up brilliantly by the Storm31 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsHead kicks ahead for Cooper, he picks it up and scores out wide in the tackle of Slater. Gorrell hits the posts. Storm 12-633 min: INJURY - Brent White (Storm) in the sheds with a shoulder injury.35 min: VIDEO REF - For a Dragons try...35 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsA breakaway set from the Dragons inspired by a Cooper break, a cross field kick goes to Gasnier who juggles the ball and dots dwon out wide. Gorrell ties the match up with the conversion. 12 all.37 min: Sims loses the ball just 20 out from the Dragons line.38 min: TRY Melbourne StormQuick ball movement from the Storm has Steve Turner scoring in the corner. Fantastic attacking play, the Dragons will rue the Sims mistake. Smith just misses from touch. Storm 16-12HALFTIME: A very entertaining 40 minutes passes very quickly. The Dragons will be furious for allowing the Turner try on the last play of the half. 40 min: The second half is underway.44 min: TRY Melbourne StormInglis makes a break from dummy half and races 60 metres to score out wide. Smith hits the uprights. Storm 20-1249 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsHead puts in a chip kick for Morris, he takes it on the full and scores in the corner. Gorrell misses, but the Dragons are back. Storm 20-1651 min: NEWS VIDEO REF - For a Storm try...51 min: TRY Melbourne StormThe ball comes off Hoffmans chest, he comes up with the ball and a few passes later Matt King dots down near the posts. Smith converts. Storm 26-1655 min: SIN BIN - A kick is charged down, and Slater is sin binned for a professional foul.56 min: Barrett throws the ball over the sideline on a poorly timed shortside play.58 min: The Dragons run the ball on the last tackle, Cooper makes a break and the Dragons look certain to score, but Hoffman and Inglis drag Gorrell down inches short of the line.59 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsBest comes up with a fantastic offload to Barrett who is in space and runs away from Inglis to score five metres in from touch. Gorrell misses the conversion. Storm 26-2065 min: Slater returns to the field just after Cronk puts a kick out on the full.66 min: King comes up with the ball from a Barrett pass that wasn't far off the mark, another great defensive play.69 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsHead chips ahead, Gasnier recovers and throws a huge pass to Cooper who scores in the corner. Gorrell misses again. Storm 26-2473 min: The Dragons very nearly score off more broken field play and kicks.75 min: PENALTY GOAL Melbourne StormThe Dragons are penalised for offside on a great attacking set for the Storm. Smith adds the two points from almost right in front. Storm 28-2475 min: The Storm lose the ball on tackle one 10 out.77 min: Gasnier knocks on going for the line. The Storm hold out two consecutive sets.80 min: TRY Melbourne StormA 100 metre set from the Storm has Cooper Cronk going over in the corner. Smith rubs salt into the wounds with the touchline conversion. Storm 34-24-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Cameron Smith2 - Cooper Cronk1 - Matt Cooper-----------------------------------------

Raiders score capital upset over Dragons

ROUND 20 Canberra Raiders 31 v St George Illawarra Dragons 12at Canberra StadiumReferee: Paul SimpkinsMatch Summary:The Canberra Raiders 2006 Finals hopes are well and truly alive following a resounding 31-12 hiding of the near full strength St George Illawarra Dragons at Canberra Stadium this afternoon.The Dragons opened the scoring in only the seventh minute with Trent Barrett scoring out wide after some very nice ball movement and a great run by Colin Best. After nearly 15 minutes of pressure the Raiders got off the mark, Micheal Weyman barging over from a tap penalty. The conversion put the Raiders up 6-4. Seven minutes before half time the Aaron Gorrell locked the match up a 6-6 with a penalty goal. The Raiders re-established their lead not three minutes later, Adam Mogg putting Jason Smith in off a somewhat forward pass.The Raiders took a commanding 12 point lead two minutes into the half with Todd Carney scoring a surprisingly easy try, as he ran right past several defenders to dot down under the posts. Just after the hour mark Clinton Schifcofske landed a field goal to put the Raiders up by 13.Mark Gasnier scored a few minutes later to give the Dragons a hint of a comeback at 19-12. Only a few minutes later Simon Woolford knocked on over the goal line. The Dragons couldn?t make the Raiders pay for the error. Jason Ryles was sin binned with seven minutes to go in the match, and several plays later Todd Carney latched onto a Jason Smith grubber to seal the win. Clinton Schifcofske set up another try for the Adrian Purtell in the 77th minute, and then slotted the sideline conversion for the 31-12 scoreline.Next week the Dragons host the Storm at OKI Jubilee Stadium, while the Raiders are also in Sydney to play the Rabbitohs at Telstra Stadium.Scorers:Canberra Raiders: 31Tries: Todd Carney(2), Jason Smith, Michael Weyman, Adrian PurtellGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 5/5Field Goals: Clinton SchifcofskeSt George Illawarra Dragons: 12Tries: Trent Barrett, Mark GasnierGoals: Aaron Gorrell 2/2Half time: Raiders 12-6By the Clock:Todays game in the ACT has the Canberra Raiders hosting St George Illawarra. This afternoon the Dragons are looking to hop up into a share of 2nd on the ladder, while the Raiders desperately need to win following last nights results.The Dragons in scarlet, the Raiders in green. For the Raiders, Withers starts at halfback, Carney to the bench and Woolford starts. A heap of changes for the Dragons. Wicks and Ryles in, Hornby to fullback, Greenshields to Premier League. Gasnier is in the centres.1 min: The Dragons kick off!2 min: The weather is fine, somewhat grey.7 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsThe Dragons spread the ball wide to Best, just before he gets tossed over the sideline he passes inside to Barrett who celebrates his return with a try in the corner. Head hooks the conversion. Dragons 4-010 min: The Dragons go wide on the other side of the field, Morris runs away, his pass to support inside is knocked back the the Raiders, Dean Young nearly got to the ball, but the Raiders bat it dead.11 min: Poore can't control the ball on an attempted barge over play.13 min: The Raiders ruin some great leadup play. Wooford kicks for Mogg who recovers the ball. On the next play Smith runs behind a player and isn't penalised for obstruction, then he throws a cut out pass high over the sideline.15 min: Head nearly comes up with an intercept for the Dragons. Croker loses the ball from the scrum.17 min: Mogg drives Cooper across the sideline in a great defensive play.19 min: Some good play on the last tackle by the Raiders picks up a line dropout.21 min: Smiths grubber into the goalposts allows the Dragons to come up with the ball - had the ball gone past the posts it was a try for all money. The Raiders force the Dragons to kick only 15 metres out.22 min: Mogg claims a try in the corner, however Chalk was forced out over the whitewash first.26 min: TRY Canberra RaidersRight off a penalty Weyman hits the ball up and strolls across the tryline. Schifcofske converts. The Raiders take a well deserved lead. Raiders 6-430 min: Weyman goes very close to scoring again, he gets held up.33 min: PENALTY GOAL St George Illawarra DragonsA break by Hornby and Best has the Raiders penalised for offside. Gorrell adds the two points. 6 all.Wild play before the penalty, a Smith kick bounces horribly for Withers who very nearly scored, Hornby got the ball and set off.35 min: TRY Canberra RaidersGreat lead up play by the Raiders to this try. Mogg puts Smith in with a very good offload. Schifcofske converts. Raiders 12-6HALFTIME: The Raiders lead 12-6 after a particularly exciting half of football.StatsPossession: Raiders 54%-46%Completions: Raiders 15/19, Dragons 12/15Tackles/Missed: Raiders 124/22, Dragons 145/15Offloads: Raiders 9-4Errors: Raiders 6-540 min: Underway in the second half.41 min: Young makes an error only 30 seconds into the half.42 min: TRY Canberra RaidersCarney gets the ball deep out wide, he changes his running angle and scores with alarming ease under the posts. Schifcofske converts. Raiders 18-650 min: The Dragons making a lot of errors - the Raiders are really going well.51 min: Best is forced to knock the ball over the sideline and the Raiders get a scrum 15 out.53 min: VIDEO REF - for a Raiders try...53 min: NO TRY - Graham ruled to have knocked on from a Mogg kick.56 min: INJURY - Lee Te Maari in all sorts for trouble after a head clash.58 min: Try as they might, the Dragons just can't finish off after any good movements.59 min: Barrett holds the pass up, he hangs on too long and passes over the sideline.61 min: A great Schifcofske kick gets the Raiders a drop out.63 min: FIELD GOAL Canberra RaidersSchifcofske lands a field goal to make the Raiders lead a bakers dozen. Raiders 19-667 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsGasnier scores under the posts for the Dragons. Gorrell converts. Raiders 19-1271 min: Woolford knocks on over the goal line.73 min: SIN BIN - Jason Ryles is sin binned for saying something to Simpkins, a completely moronic act.73 min: TRY Canberra RaidersCarney collects a Smith kick and dots down out wide. Schifcofske converts. Raiders 25-1277 min: TRY Canberra RaidersSchifcofske runs across the field with the ball in one hand, he throws the ball over the top to Purtell who scores out wide. Schifcofske converts. Raiders 31-12FULLTIME: The Raiders come up with a 31-12 win over the Dragons with easily their best performance of the year.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Jason Smith2 - Clinton Schifcofske1 - Adam Mogg-----------------------------------------

Storm bury yet another victim

ROUND 20Melbourne Storm 28 vs Cronulla Sharks 12at Olympic Park, MelbourneReferee: Steve ClarkMatch summary:The Melbourne Storm have continued their relentless march towards the Minor Premiership win a 28-12 win over the Cronulla Sharks in front of 11,486 fans at the ?Graveyard? in Melbourne tonight.The Storm opened the scoring in the eighth minute with a try to Cooper Cronk following a Ryan Hoffman break ? Cronk putting Hoffman into the gap to start the scoring movement. A Hoffman try after 20 minutes that went unconverted put the Storm up 10-0. Five minutes after that Cronk was denied a second try when David Kidwell was penalised for an obstruction.The Sharks then spent a long period on attack but the Storm defence held them out, before Dallas Johnson delivered a crushing blow to the Sharks with a try right on halftime to give the Storm a 16-0 lead at the break.It only took the Storm eight minutes to increase their lead in the second half with a classic Storm try. Cameron Smith took a kick on the full and set off in the other direction. He had enough time to position Billy Slater on his left shoulder before passing to him and letting him race away to score.On the hour mark the Sharks scored a well deserved try through Richard Villasanti who barged over out wide to give the Sharks a sniff at 22-6. Slater picked up his second somewhat fortuitously when Jake Webster broke up the middle and his pass back inside was knocked down. Slater picked up the bouncing ball and raced away to score under the black dot, Matt Geyer added the conversion to celebrate his 200th Storm appearance.Darren Albert dotted down out wide in the final minutes to give the score some respectability at 28-12. In reality the Sharks did not deserve to lose quite so heavily, as they had long periods of the match on attack but were unable to crack the incredibly resolute Storm defence at the crucial times.The win allows the Storm to open up an eight point gap at the top of the table, pending the results this weekend. Next week the Storm travel to Oki Jubilee Stadium for a much anticipated clash with the Dragons, while the Sharks look to arrest their four game slide hosting the Knights at Toyota Park.ScorersMelbourne Storm: 28Tries: Cooper Cronk, Ryan Hoffman, Dallas Johnson, Billy Slater(2)Goals: Matt Geyer 1/1, Cameron Smith 3/4Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 12Tries: Darren Albert, Richard VillasantiGoals: Luke Covell 2/2Halftime: 16-0 StormCrowd: 11,486By the clockGood evening from Olympic Park Stadium in Melbourne for tonights clash between the Storm and the Sharks.Tonight Toshio Laiseni is out for the Sharks. Kearney moves to fullback for them.The Sharks in grey and white, the Storm in purple and dark blue. Geyer plays his 200th Storm game - the first to do it.1 min: Underway in front of a decent crowd!3 min: The weather is fine, if not a little cold.8 min: TRY Melbourne StormHoffman breaks up the middle, offloads to Cronk who races away to score beside the posts. Smith converts.Storm 6-013 min: The Sharks lose the ball 30 out and the Storm go on attack.14 min: Hoffman is penalised for obstruction only metres out from the Sharks line.16 min: The Storm hold out a Sharks attacking set. Turner makes a bust to help Storm field position, and they keep looking like breaking the line.17 min: The Storm go almost 100 metres in a set, King is ruled to have knocked on going for a bomb that was touched down by Hoffman.18 min: Sharks come up with a good set making plenty of metres, but they get penalised for offside on a poor last play option.20 min: TRY Melbourne StormOff the back of two penalties, Hill throws a great pass to Hoffman who runs through a gap and scores 18 metres to the left of the uprights. Smith misses.Storm 10-025 min: VIDEO REF - For a Storm try...25 min: NO TRY - StormKidwell is penalised for obstruction as Cronk zips past defenders.27 min: Sharks squander a good attacking opportunity with a forward pass.31 min: Kearney makes a huge break and puts the Sharks right on attack. The Storm scramble well and hold out for the set.35 min: The Sharks attack off a string of penalties, the Storm push them back and Geyer takes a kick on the full in the in goal. Great Storm defence.38 min: TRY Melbourne StormDallas Johnson barges over on the last tackle next to the uprights. Smith converts.Storm 16-0HALFTIME: We go to halftime with the Storm in control 16-0. The Storm fully deserve their 16-0 lead. The Sharks have had some good attacking moments, but they have been snuffed out. The Storm are running all over the Sharks on attack.StatsPossession: Sharks 51%/49%Completions: Sharks 13/18, Storm 15/19Tackles/Missed: Sharks 143/24, Storm 160/15Offloads: Sharks 8-6Errors: Sharks 5-3.40 min: Back underway!48 min: TRY Melbourne StormCam Smith takes a great catch on a kick and he sets off up field. He waits for Billy Slater to move from Smiths right to his left, Smith finally passes to Slater who races away to score 10 in from touch. Typically Melbourne. Smith converts.Storm 22-052 min: Storm coming up off their line and are smashing the Sharks in defence.52 min: INJURY - Cameron Smith (Storm) leaving the field with a jaw injury - not serious, they just aren't risking him.58 min: And for what seems like the millionth time the Storm hold out a Sharks attacking raid, this time conceding a drop out.59 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksVillasanti barges over from close range to give the Sharks a deserved try. Covell converts.Storm 22-666 min: Sharks hold out a Storm attacking raid.67 min: INJURY - Richard Villasanti (Sharks) struggling with an injury and is leaving the field.71 min: Bird is penalised in possession for reacting to a supposed grapple tackle. The Storm knock on early in the set.73 min: TRY Melbourne StormWebster breaks up the middle, his pass inside to Slater is knocked backwards by the Sharks and Slater picks up the ball and races away to score under the posts. Geyer celebrates 200 games for the Storm with a conversion.Storm 28-676 min: VIDEO REF - For a Sharks try...76 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksThe Sharks kick wide to Albert who scores out wide in the tackle of King. Covell converts.Storm 28-1277 min: CROWD - 11,486FULLTIME: The Storm run out 28-12 winners over the Sharks.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Cameron Smith (Storm)2 - Ryan Hoffman (Storm)1 - Cooper Cronk (Storm)-----------------------------------------

Raiders claim extra time victory

ROUND 19 Canberra Raiders 20 v Wests Tigers 18at Canberra StadiumReferees: Tony ArcherMatch Summary:A Clinton Schifcofske penalty goal three minutes into extra time has given the Canberra Raiders an exciting 20-18 extra time win over the Wests Tigers in Canberra today.The Tigers opened the scoring in the 8th minute with a try to centre Dean Collis following a tidy Scott Prince kick. The Raiders then spent some time gifting the Tigers possession with a number of errors coming out of danger, and this led to the Tigers second try when Brett Hodgson got the ball one pass off the scrum and went through the defence after Lincoln Withers slipped over. His conversion gave the Tigers a 12-0 lead after 15 minutes.The Raiders scored their first try after 20 minutes with Marshall Chalk bobbling a cross field kick before dotting down. The Radiers levelled the match nine minutes later with a Phil Graham try. Schifcofske just missed a 50 metre field goal attempt on the siren before half time.The Raiders took the lead seven minutes into the second half when Jason Smith put Todd Carney in with a great flick pass. The Raiders then looked to be shutting the game down and were preparing to grind out a win. With 16 minutes to go Schifcofske missed a long range penalty goal that would have put the Raiders out by eight.With 14 miuntes to go Shannon McDonnell scored off a deflected Scott Prince grubber, and the match was tied at 18-all. There were three attempted field goals in the last five minutes, the Tigers missed two and the Raiders one, including Scott Prince missing one right on the siren.The Tigers got possession in extra time after a Raiders error and had a perfect chance to take the win, but Hodgson put the field goal attempt wide. The Raiders got the ball back and set off downfield, before Todd Payten was penalised for stripping the ball. Schifcofske landed the penalty goal from 35 metres out and claimed the win and the vital two points for the Raiders.Scorers:Canberra Raiders: 20Tries: Todd Carney, Marshall Chalk, Phillip GrahamGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 4/5Wests Tigers: 18Tries: Dean Collis, Brett Hodgson, Shannon McDonnellGoals: Brett Hodgson 3/4By the Clock:Good afternoon from Canberra Stadium. Today we have the Raiders hosting the Tigers. Grey day in Canberra and a small crowd is in.The Raiders come into this match on a two match losing streak, while the Tigers won their last outing.This is a do-or-die clash, both teams are on the cusp of the top eight.O'Hara is starting for the Tigers, Galloway out. Withers is at halfback for the Raiders and Carney drops to the bench, and Woolford starts at hooker.1 min: The Tigers get us underway!6 min: Both teams just feeling each other out at the moment.8 min: VIDEO REF - for a Tigers try...8 min: TRY Wests TigersPrince puts in a half chip half bomb kick, Collis gets a great bounce and dots down out wide. Hodgson converts. Tigers 6-011 min: A Raiders error puts the Tigers right back on attack.12 min: VIDEO REF - for a Tigers try...12 min: NO TRY - TigersA grubber goes into the in goal, it sits up perfectly for Payten who knocks on stone cold.15 min: TRY Wests TigersAfter another Raiders error coming out of trouble, Hodgson gets the ball one off the scrum. A defender slips over and Hodgson races through the gap runs 20 metres to score. He converts. Tigers 12-019 min: VIDEO REF - For a Raiders try...19 min: NO TRY - RaidersLearoyd-Lahrs is ruled to have knocked the ball on in the ingoal. He lost it after his arm and the ball bounced off the ground after a tackle near the line.20 min: TRY Canberra RaidersThe Tigers make a mistake early in the count after the no try ruling, Smith bombs across field for Chalk who juggles the ball and makes a great catch to dot the ball down. Schifcofske converts. Tigers 12-629 min: VIDEO REF - for a Raiders try...checking for obstruction29 min: TRY Canberra RaidersThe Raiders spread the ball wide to Graham who scores out wide. Schifcofske converts. 12 all.35 min: VIDEO REF - for a Raiders try...35 min: NO TRY - RaidersElford just manages to force a kick dead, Tongue nearly grounded it out of nowhere.40 min: ATTEMPTED FIELD GOAL Canberra RaidersFrom a scrum Schifcoske attempts a 50 metre field goal that misses wide, but certainly had the legs. 12 all.Halftime: A pretty entertaining game. The Tigers looked good early on off the back of some Raiders errors, but the Raiders have come back to level the game at 12-all. Still a fair few errors in the match.40 min: Back underway at Canberra Stadium!47 min: A poor play from the Tigers puts the Raiders on attack for the first time this half.47 min: TRY Canberra RaidersSmith puts Carney in with a magnificent flick pass behind his back that totally wrong footed the defenders. Schifcofske converts. Raiders 18-1249 min: INJURY - a horrible head clash between Payten and Kahler has both players bloodied. Payten is going up the tunnel, but it doesn't look like a very bad injury. Kahler is playing on.55 min: The Tigers are really struggling to make ground on the wet surface against the Raiders defence, while the Raiders are getting a roll on.57 min: Halatau goes in off a really forward pass and the play is called back.60 min: Raiders starting to give the Tigers free possession are territory again.61 min: Purtell makes a great defensive play - as the Tigers spread the ball across field it goes to ground and he dives on it to get possession as the Tigers were looking a good chance to score. Schifcofske kicks out on the full on the last tackle.64 min: ATTEMPTED PENALTY GOAL Canberra RaidersSchifcofske misses a long range penalty goal. Raiders 18-1265 min: Kahler knocks a kick down and the Tigers get the ball 10 out.66 min: TRY Wests TigersPrince puts in a grubber kick, it bounces off a Raiders player and McDonnell comes up with the ball and dots the ball down in the in goal. Hodgson converts. 18 all.71 min: Now Jason Smith kicks out on the full.72 min: Payten returning to the field.74 min: Jason Smith puts a huge hit on Scott Prince.75 min: ATTEMPTED FIELD GOAL Canberra RaidersCarney attempts a field goal that goes wide. 18 all.76 min: Prince thinks about a field goal, but he gets pressured out of it and kicks the ball dead instead. All the interchanges have been used today.77 min: Withers also puts a kick dead.78 min: ATTEMPTED FIELD GOAL Wests TigersHodgson puts a field goal wide right. 18 all.79 min: Withers loses the ball after a great run that had the Raiders in field goal range. Raiders penalised for a strip with 50 seconds to go.80 min: ATTEMPTED FIELD GOAL Wests TigersPrince puts another field goal attempt wide. 18 all.Extra time coming up!80 min: The Tigers kick off in extra time!81 min: The Raiders knock on 30 out from their own line.81 min: ATTEMPTED FIELD GOAL Wests TigersHodgson misses wide right again. 18 all.83 min: PENALTY GOAL Canberra RaidersPayten is penalised for stripping the ball with two in the tackle. Schifcofske lands the penalty goal from 35 out, right in front. Raiders 20-18The Raiders win in extra time.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Clinton Schifcofske2 - Jason Smith1 - Scott Prince-----------------------------------------

Bulldogs win entertaining contest

ROUND 19 St George Illawarra Dragons 16 v Canterbury Bulldogs 22at OKI Jubilee Stadium, KogarahCrowd: 18,223Referee: Steve ClarkMatch Summary:The Canterbury Bulldogs have defeated the St George Illawarra Dragons 22-16 in an entertaining clash at OKI Jubilee Stadium in Sydney tonight.The Dragons showed their intention to attack from the first minute where they came up with a chip kick in their own half that didn?t come off. After five minutes they opened the scoring with a long range try to Ben Creagh. Matt Cooper broke through some weak tackles and offloaded to a support player who found Creagh back on the inside instantly, and he raced 50 metres to score. In the ninth minute the Bulldogs lost winger Cameron Phelps for the evening with a shoulder injury. On the 19th minute Aaron Gorrell missed a penalty attempt from 30 metres out following a high tackle from Willie Mason. The Bulldogs opened the scoring only two minutes later with a try to Brent Sherwin, who raced through a gap to score under the posts. The try was awarded by the video referee, and had a small hint of obstruction in it. The Bulldogs took their lead to 10-4 five minutes before half time when Sonny Bill carried three defenders over the line to score out wide, and the score remained 10-4 at the break.Only two minutes into the second half the Dragons tied the game up at 10-all with a great breakaway try to Mark Gasnier. When he looked all but wrapped up by the defence he stepped away from them all and scored near the posts. Seven minutes into the half Corey Payne was carried from the field after being on the wrong end of a Mark O?Meley hit up. In the 54th minute the Bulldogs hit the lead again, Asotasi breaking up the middle before offloading to Holdsworth who claimed the first of his two tries in the match. Three minutes after that, Sonny Bill and Reni Maitua were put on report for a dangerous throw that looked rather innocuous. The Dragons drew level again through Mark Gasnier when he took a cross field kick and dotted it down. The Bulldogs scored the decisive try 11 minutes out from fulltime when Holdsworth was on the end of a Sonny Bill offload. The Dragons never really threatened in the final 10 minutes, the Bulldogs defence causing them the same headaches that held them out for most of the match.Next week the Dragons travel to Canberra, while the Bulldogs host the Roosters.Scorers:St George Illawarra Dragons: 16Tries: Ben Creagh, Mark Gasnier(2)Goals: Aaron Gorrell 2/4Canterbury Bulldogs: 22Tries: Brent Sherwin, Sonny Bill Williams, Daniel Holdsworth(2)Goals: Hazem El Masri 3/4Half time: Bulldogs 10-4By the Clock:Good evening from Oki Jubilee Stadium in Sydney for tonights blockbuster clash featuring the Dragons vs the Bulldogs. This match stands as a battle for 2nd place.Last week both teams got the points, the Bulldogs winning the match of the season vs the Warriors 22-18 in extra time, coming back from trailing 16-0. The Dragons defeated Souths 38-28, and never put them away fully.Adam Perry is in for the Bulldogs, Grimaldi injured his leg in training. Otherwise they are 1-17. The Dragons Sims in for Ryles.It's raining again at Kogarah.1 min: The Bulldogs kick off!3 min: Interesting start from the Dragons, they open with a chip kick deep in their own half after 37 seconds. It doesn't come off but the Bulldogs knock on. Dragons then make solid inroads in attack after a penalty.5 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsMatt Cooper makes a bust inside his own half, passes inside to a support player who instantly passes to Creagh who races 40 metres to score. Gorrell just misses from out wide. Dragons 4-09 min: The Bulldogs spin the ball wide and catch retreating defence, but get wrapped up in the end.9 min: INJURY - Cameron Phelps on the ground with a shoulder problem, and he gets interchanged, leading to an early introduction for Sonny Bill.10 min: The Bulldogs come up with some very nice offloads and ball movement, and Maitua knocks on in a burst down the right side.12 min: A very good kick from Sherwin is cleaned up by Morris to save a try, and concedes a drop out.13 min: Sonny Bill knocks on attempting a pass as he goes over the sideline. Very poor completion rate for the Bulldogs so far, 2/6.15 min: Head puts in a dreadful kick off the side of his boot, it nearly comes good for the Dragons but they knock on recovering it.19 min: ATTEMPTED PENALTY GOAL St George Illawarra DragonsWillie Mason is penalised for a high tackle. Gorrell misses the penaly from 32 out, right in front. Dragons 4-021 min: The Bulldogs get a penalty, 10 out and right in front. They take the tap.21 min: VIDEO REF - For a Bulldogs try...21 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsSherwins darts through a gap 10 out and scores under the posts. It looked like an obstruction from O'Meley. El Masri converts. Bulldogs 6-428 min: A LOT of errors so far, some that can be blamed on the conditions, some that can't.30 min: Another error from Sonny Bull with the Bulldogs hot on attack. Fairly messy game so far.32 min: Dragons get a scrum feed 10 out from the Bulldogs line after a Bulldogs error.33 min: El Masri comes up with an important intercept on a 2 on 1 overlap situation.35 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsOff the back of a penalty the Bulldogs get the ball wide to Sonny Bill who carries three defenders over the line to score out wide. El Masri comes up with a rare miss. Bulldogs 10-440 min: ATTEMPTED FIELD GOAL St George Illawarra DragonsStraight off a goal line drop out Hornby attempts a field goal that is low and wide left. Bulldogs 10-4And we go to halftime at 10-4.The match has been quite even in a half punctuated by errors. A lot of strong defence and big hits.40 min: The second half begins.42 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsGasnier gets put into a gap right up the middle, he speeds away and steps the last line of defence consisting of a bunch of Bulldogs players. Gorrell converts. 10 all.47 min: INJURY - Corey Payne is out cold after an O'Meley hitup, and is getting strechered off.50 min: An Andrew Ryan kick picks up the Bulldogs a drop out.51 min: Brett Morris makes a great defensive play coming down with a Bulldogs bomb.52 min: The Dragons kicking game struggling, a charge down earlier and now Head kicks the ball right up the rear of a team mate.54 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsAsotasi breaks up the middle and offloads to Holdsworth who scores to the left of the posts. El Masri converts. Bulldogs 16-1057 min: The Bulldogs totally dominating territory.57 min: ON REPORT - Sonny Bill and Reni Maitua are penalised for a dangerous throw. The Bulldogs are really turning up their defence and they force an error.61 min: The Dragons force a line drop out from a great kick.62 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsHead puts up a cross kick to Gasnier who juggles the ball and dots it down to the right of the posts. Gorrell converts. 16 all.66 min: El Masri is ruled to have not played at a pass on the last tackle that he appeared to knock into touch.67 min: Head knocks the ball down going for an intercept.69 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Bulldogs spin the ball wide, Sonny Bill gets through several defenders and offloads to Holdsworth who scores out wide. El Masri converts. Bulldogs 22-1671 min: Luke Bailey is heading up the tunnel.75 min: Bailey returning to the field.76 min: The Bulldogs make a break that gets saved by Millard.77 min: Patten chases a nice Dragons kick and combines with El Masri to avoid going over the sideline.79 min: A kick by Millard is cleaned up by Patten, the match could be all but over.80 min: 40 seconds to go, last throw of the dice for the Dragons. The Dragons throw a forward pass and the Bulldogs win.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Roy Asotasi2 - Willie Mason1 - Brent Sherwin-----------------------------------------

Bulldogs win extra time thriller over Warriors

ROUND 18 Canterbury Bulldogs 22 v New Zealand Warriors 18at Telstra StadiumReferees: Shayne HayneHalf time: Warriors 18-12Match Summary:An 83rd minute try to Mark O?Meley has given the Bulldogs a thrilling 22-18 extra time win over the Warriors. It was a win made all the more impressive given the Bulldogs trailed 16-0 after only 17 minutes. The Warriors started the match with the lions share of possession and territory, and opened the scoring with a try to centre Simon Mannering in the 9th minute after Manu Vatuvei flew above Hazem El Masri to knock a kick down for Mannering to dive on.The lead was extended three minutes later when Vatuvei again out-jumped El Masri and passed on the inside to Wairangi Koopu who scored near the posts and the Warriors were up 12-0.In the 17th minute the Warriors showed more urgency than the Bulldogs, getting to dummy half before Bulldogs defenders could, then rookie halfback Grant Rovelli made a break and passed to Vatuvei who scored out wide. The conversion from Tony Martin hit the posts, and it was 16-0.Willie Mason came on for the Bulldogs, and it all changed. Firstly Ben Roberts made a break, and on the next play the ball was spun to Cameron Phelps who scored in the corner and got the Bulldogs underway.In the 28th minute, eight minutes after the first Bulldogs try Willie Mason set up Andrew Ryan to score. Seven minutes before half time a penalty goal put the Warriors up 18-12, and that was how the score remained for half time.Both teams played to a standstill in the second half. Willie Tonga scored in the 45th minute and El Masri coolly slotted the conversion to leave the match tied up at 18-all. The Warriors then managed to save a try when they forced Cameron Phelps into touch only five metres out from the line.The Bulldogs spent a lot of the second half on defence, and at times held the Warriors out for several repeat sets. The Warriors really ran out of steam in the final ten minutes, and were unable to get into field goal range. Daniel Holdsworth had three field goal attempts ? the best of which was charged down by Steve Price.He also missed two wide right, including one right on the end of normal time. In extra time, the Warriors spread the ball wide to Mannering who was nearly forced into touch. The ball was batted by the Warriors back infield to El Masri who took off, putting the Bulldogs into good field position.Replays suggested that the ball was in touch however. On the last play of the set, Bulldogs halfback Ben Roberts was put under pressure by the Warriors defenders, he got away from them and threw a fantastic pass to O?Meley who scored under the posts for the win.It was a fantastic game, and it should rightfully be argued that a draw ought to have been a just result from the match. The result makes it just that little bit harder for the Warriors to qualify for a finals berth, although they will be encouraged by holding one of the form teams of the competition to an 80 minute draw.The Warriors host the resurgent Eels at Ericsson Stadium next week, while the Bulldogs travel to Kogarah to face the Dragons on Friday night.Scorers:Canterbury Bulldogs: 22Tries: Mark O'Meley, Cameron Phelps, Andrew Ryan, Willie TongaGoals: Hazem El Masri 3/3New Zealand Warriors: 18Tries: Wairangi Koopu, Simon Mannering, Manu VatuveiGoals: Tony Martin 3/4Crowd: 14,076Halftime: Warriors 18-12By the Clock:Good afternoon from a sunny Telstra Stadium. Today we have the Bulldogs vs the Warriors.The Bulldogs are looking to cement their Top 4 place, while the Warriors are looking to do the highly unlikely by making the Top 8. The sides have already met once this year, the Bulldogs prevailing 30-16 in Round 7 at Ericsson Stadium.For the Warriors, Luck will start for Guttenbiel and Koopu will start for Faumunia. On the Bulldogs side of the fence, Willie Mason will start off the bench. Hughes is back from injury and replace McIlwain. El Masrio has passed his fitness test and will play. Emelia in the centres, Sonny Bill will be in the second row. Armit and Sherwin are predicatably out.The teams have taken to the field, and we are ready to go.1 min: The Bulldogs kick off on a patchy Telstra Stadium surface!3 min: The Warriors start with 4 very good tackles before a Sonny Bill break gets the Dogs to halfway.4 min: Both teams make some mistakes within a few seconds of each other.4 min: The Warriors force a drop out.6 min: The Warriors get a scrum 10 out from Grimaldi making an error tidying up a kick.6 min: Luck knocks on from a very flat pass.8 min: The Warriors get a penalty and go onto attack again.9 min: Video ref for a Warriors try...9 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsThe Warriors kick across field to Vatuvei, he knocks it down to Mannering who gets the ball down out wide. Martin converts. Warriors 6-011 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsRovelli kicks high, Vatuvei comes down with the ball and offloads to Koopu who runs away from defenders to score next to the posts. Martin converts. Warriors 12-014 min: Warriors making plenty of metres and are containing the Bulldogs at the moment.17 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsLast tackle, Fein throws a great pass to Rovelli who goes straight through, he passes wide to Vatuvei who scores out wide. Martin hits the posts. Warriors 16-020 min: The Bulldogs get a relieving penalty for interference in the play the ball.21 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Bulldogs first real attacking chance, Roberts makes a bust on tackle four. They spread the ball wide to Phelps who scores in the corner. El Masri converts. Warriors 16-624 min: Now the Bulldogs are making plenty of metres. Certainly a momentum shift.27 min: Warriors make an error only 10 out from their own line.28 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Bulldogs second attacking chance has Mason throwing a great ball to Ryan who scores. El Masri converts. Warriors 16-1230 min: The Bulldogs making some big hits in defence.32 min: The Bulldogs kick wide, and come down with it, they make some offloads but Sonny knocks on before dotting the ball down out wide.33 min: PENALTY GOAL New Zealand WarriorsThe Warriors make a break, on the next tackle Mason is penalised for being offside. Martin slots the goal from in front. Warriors 18-1235 min: Patten takes forever to pick a grubber up, the Warriors chase is good and the Warriors get a drop out.37 min: Anderson knocks on when the Warriors are hot on attack - it didn't look to go forward though.38 min: Hohaia puts in a poor kick on the second tackle that goes touch in goal.40 min: Webb returns a kick from the ingoal to 30 metres out. Warriors get a penalty.40 min: The Warriors put up a bomb to Vatuvei who can't hold it, and we go to halftime.The Warriors started very well, but the expected Bulldogs comeback came, and that gives us the 18-12 score. The Warriors are troubling the Bulldogs when they spread the ball wide, and the Bulldogs came good when Mason came on.StatsPossession: Warriors 59/41%Completions: Warriors 17/21, Bulldogs 12/15Tackles/Missed: Warriors 127/12, Bulldogs 161/16Offloads: Warriors 12-4Errors: Warriors 5-4Very enjoyable match so far.We're back on the field and ready to go!42 min: The Bulldogs make an early error and the Warriors force a line drop out.43 min: Video ref for an unlikely Warriors try..43 min: NO TRY - WarriorsRovelli grubbers and Martin is oddly ruled to have knocked on.44 min: The Bulldogs get another relieving penalty and go on attack.45 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Bulldogs spread the ball wide, and Tonga scores after escaping a tackle. El Masri converts from out wide. All too easy. 18 all.48 min: Guttenbiel gets the ball stripped by Sonny Bill, but he propels it forward.49 min: Warriors knock on first play off the scrum.50 min: The Bulldogs spread the ball and somehow the Warriors force Phelps into touch.51 min: Rovelli knocks on after a poor pass from dummy half, Warriors putting themselves under pressure.52 min: El Masri puts the kick across field and Vatuvei takes it in the ingoal. Warriors really fading.53 min: Warriors fail to complete again, as Mannering throws a forward pass. 2/6 completions in this half.56 min: Warriors put in a good set and find touch 5 out from the Bulldogs line.57 min: Hughes tries to milk a penalty, but he loses the ball in doing so.59 min: The Warriors spin the ball on the last but Mannering can't hold onto the low pass.60 min: The Warriors are penalised for a lifting tackle.61 min: Warriors hold out a Bulldogs attacking set.64 min: Ah Van returns a bomb 25 metres.66 min: Poor attacking kicks are hurting both sides right now.67 min: Warriors pick up another line drop out.69 min: Phelps is ruled to have played at an Ah Van grubber that rebounded into touch.70 min: Ropati knocks on, and the Bulldogs hold on for three sets.73 min: ATTEMPTED FIELD GOAL Canterbury BulldogsHoldsworth looks for a field goal an Price charges it down, and the Warriors come up with possession. 18 all.74 min: Warriors beginning to fall off tackles.75 min: ATTEMPTED FIELD GOAL Canterbury BulldogsHoldsworth attempts another field goal, this time from long range, but it misses wide right. 18 all.76 min: Warriors really struggling to make enough metres to get into field goal range.77 min: Warriors wrap the Bulldogs up on the last tackle.80 min: ATTEMPTED FIELD GOAL Canterbury BulldogsHoldsworth misses wide right again! 18 all.Are you ready for bonus football? We're going to extra time!The Warriors are looking very tired, a safe bet is on the Bulldogs getting away with this one.80 min: The Warriors start the first period of extra time!82 min: Warriors break down the sideline, a wild pass goes to El Masri83 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Warriors rush up on Roberts on the last, he gets away and offloads to O'Meley who wins the game with a try under the posts. Bulldogs 22-18The Bulldogs win a thrilling game.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Willie Mason (Bulldogs)2 - Andrew Ryan (Bulldogs)1 - Steve Price (Warriors)-----------------------------------------

Storm hold on to defeat Broncos

ROUND 18 Melbourne Storm 10 v Brisbane Broncos 4at Olympic Park, MelbourneCrowd: 15,479Referees: Sean HampsteadMatch Summary:The Melbourne Storm have clung on to a six point lead to claim an enjoyable 10-4 win over the Brisbane Broncos in front of 15,479 fans at Olympic Park in Melbourne. The Storm led 6-0 at half time.Cameron Smith opened the scoring in the eighth minute with his only goal of the night following a penalty for a supposed high tackle. At this time the Storm had to make an early and unexpected change with Antonio Kaufusi having to leave the field with a leg injury. He would make a return shortly afterwards however. Only three minutes after Kaufusi was forced off the field the news got worse for the Storm when Scott Hill was forced to leave the field with a sternum injury. Hill was surprisingly pronounced able to return to the field after half time, but he wasn?t needed as the halves pairing of Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk were gelling particularly well. After 15 minutes Cameron Smith missed a tough penalty goal and the score remained 2-0. The game went from end to end with both teams having strong attacking opportunities, but it was a Broncos error that led to the first try after 28 minutes. Tonie Carroll knocked on and the ball ended up in Slaters hands. He set off and got around several defenders before the cover defence looked to have him wrapped up before he flicked a pass behind his back ? Benji Marshall style ? to a flying Steve Turner who raced away to score in the corner. The try was unconverted, and the Storm were up 6-0. Cooper Cronk almost made the Storm lead seven points, but he hit the crossbar with his field goal attempt on halftime.The second half was far sloppier than the first half. The Storm scored a decisive try 17 minutes into the half when Ryan Hoffman got the ball down out wide for a 10-0 lead. After this the Storm were almost constantly under pressure as they dropped the ball coming out of their own end plenty of times, as well as having fullback Billy Slater put under pressure. Brisbane winger Brent Tate was denied a try by the video referee after an hour, when he was knocked into touch before getting to the try line. The Broncos did score with seven minutes to go when Greg Eastwood benefited from some rare enterprising offloads from the Broncos. However the Broncos attack was largely nullified by the impressive Storm defence and the Storm comfortably held out late, desperate attack from the Broncos.The Storm go six points clear at the top of the ladder, at least temporarily. Next week they travel to EnergyAustralia Stadium to face the Knights, while the Broncos are assured of two points from the bye.Scorers:Melbourne Storm: 10Tries: Ryan Hoffman, Steve TurnerGoals: Cameron Smith 1/4Brisbane Broncos: 4Tries: Greg EastwoodHalf time: 6-0 StormBy the Clock:Good evening from Olympic Park Stadium in Melbourne. Tonights is a much anticipated top of the table clash between the Melbourne Storm and the Brisbane Broncos. The Storm cannot be knocked off the top tonight, but the Broncos can move to within two points of them. Very impressive looking crowd in tonight. It's raining.1 min: The Broncos kick off!7 min: The Broncos are penalised for a high shot, and Matt King is warned for running in for a little push and shove. Penalty goal attempt to come...8 min: PENALTY GOAL Melbourne StormCameron Smith lands the goal for the Broncos high tackle. Storm 2-08 min: INJURY - Antonio Kaufusi off with a knee injury.11 min: INJURY - Scott Hill in injured in backplay.11 min: The Broncos first attacking chance ends with a Tate grubber going dead. The Storm already down to 15.15 min: ATTEMPTED PENALTY GOAL Melbourne StormWebcke is penalised for interfering with the play the ball. Smith hooks the rather difficult shot. Storm 2-020 min: The Broncos lose the ball, but they are saved after a poor Slater kick on tackle two.22 min: Storm put up a bomb, it comes down to Boyd who makes a 50 metre run before he is dragged down by Slater. The Broncos pick up a penalty a few plays later.23 min: The Broncos pick up a line drop out after Geyer just manages to knock a kick dead.24 min: The Broncos go very close, and on the next play Hoffman comes up with a fingertip intercept.26 min: Kaufusi is back on for the Storm.28 min: TRY Melbourne StormA classic Storm try. The Broncos knock on at one end of the field. Slater picks it up and sets off, as the cover comes across to get him, he throws a Benji pass to Steve Turner who races away and scores in the corner. Smith misses the conversion. Storm 6-034 min: UPDATE - Scott Hill has had a painkiller, he's got a sternum injury, and may be back tonight. Highly unlikely though. He's doing pushups in the sheds though.36 min: Melbourne make a mistake 20 out from their own line. Sustained Broncos pressure.40 min: Minto takes a bomb and then runs over the sideline, the Storm get a scrum 15 out with 40 seconds to go. The Storm pick up a drop out with 20 seconds to go.40 min: ATTEMPTED FIELD GOAL Melbourne StormCronk attempts a field goal, and he hits the crossbar. Storm 6-0We go to halftime with the Storm up 6-0. The Storm have won 11 out of 11 this year when leading at halftime.StatisticsPossession: 51-49%Completions: Storm 21/24 Broncos 16/22Tackles/Missed: Storm 189/22, Broncos 182/16Offloads: Broncos 4-3Errors: Broncos 6-341 min: The second half is underway!43 min: UPDATE - Scott Hill will be right to return to the field for the second half.50 min: Both sides making a few errors at the moment.51 min: INJURY - Lacey coming from the field, looking very groggy.54 min: The Broncos hold out a stong Storm attack.55 min: Seymour puts a kick out on the full.56 min: A Slater kick on the third tackle nets a line drop out.57 min: TRY Melbourne StormThe Storm send the ball wide on the last, and find Hoffman who scores out wide. Smith misses the conversion. Storm 10-061 min: Slater knocks a bomb on 10 out from the Storm line.61 min: Video ref for an unlikely Broncos try...61 min: NO TRY - BroncosTate nearly goes in in the corner, but Slater hits him and knocks him onto the sideline just short of the try line.62 min: Brisbane run across the sideline early in the tackle count.65 min: Geyer comes down claiming a try, but the Storm are ruled to have knocked on.67 min: Slater knocks a Broncos attacking kick into touch.68 min: The Storm shut the Broncos down on the last tackle.70 min: Again the Storm hold the Broncos out on the last tackle. The Storm are making a lot of errors coming out of thier own end.71 min: Storm defending very well, although they are putting themselves under pressure.73 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosWebcke breaks through, he offloads to Berrigan who offloads to Lockyer who throws a great pass out to Eastwood who scores in the corner. Parker misses. Storm 10-475 min: CROWD - 15,47978 min: Thaiday can't hold onto the ball on the last tackle bare metres out.79 min: The Storm clean up a Seymour chip kick.80 min: The Broncos get one play to spin the ball wide, but they knock the ball on.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Cameron Smith (Storm)2 - Billy Slater (Storm)1 - Ryan Hoffman (Storm)-----------------------------------------

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