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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)-----------------------------------------

Utai sent off as Bulldogs hammer Tigers

ROUND 17 Wests Tigers 10 v Canterbury Bulldogs 32at Telstra StadiumReferee: Paul SimpkinsMatch Summary:The Bulldogs have come away with a comfortable 32-10 win over the Wests Tigers at Telstra Stadium today, care of a very strong first half that saw them up 20-0 at the half time. The Tigers looked promising early, but the Bulldogs scored first after six minutes when Tony Grimaldi put prop Jarrad Hickey over from close range for a 6-0 lead. The lead was doubled after 17 minutes when Andrew Ryan scored off a ball from Holdsworth, very similar to their first try. Luke Patten put the Bulldogs up 18-0 after 28 minutes when he bounced off defenders and sped away to score under the posts. The Tigers gave away a penalty for offside after one player fumbled a grubber kick that was cleaned up by another offside player. El Masri landed the simple penalty for the 20-0 half time lead.The second half started much like the first with El Masri scoring for the Bulldogs just two minutes in. Canterbury completed their scoring after 50 minutes when a Scott Prince kick was charged down by Holdsworth. He recovered and offloaded the ball to Willie Tonga who dotted down next to the posts. The Bulldogs lost their steam after winger Matt Utai was sent from the field after 55 minutes for a high tackle on Tigers hooker Stuart Flanagan after he had made a break. The send off was fully justified, as Utai was easily in position to make a safer tackle on Flanagan. The Tigers had two tries in a matter of minutes rubbed out by the video referee ? a Todd Payten try was turned down due to a Dean Collis knock on, and Jamaal Lolesi had a try denied for a double movement. The Tigers improved their defence for the last quarter of the match, as well as looking better in attack. They scored two consolation tries in the last 10 minutes - Taniela Tuiaki after Bulldogs centre Cameron Phelps fumbled a cross field bomb, and debutant Rangi Chase scored after a Payten and Tuiaki break. Next week both teams will be boosted by the return of their Origin representatives, while the Bulldogs will certainly be missing Matt Utai and may also be missing Jarrad Hayne after he was placed on report for a first half high tackle. The Bulldogs host the in form Warriors at Telstra Stadium, while the Tigers travel to Toyota Park to play the Sharks.Scorers:Wests Tigers: 10Tries: Taniela Tuiaki, Rangi ChaseGoals: Scott Prince 1/2Canterbury Bulldogs: 32Tries: Hazem El Masri, Luke Patten, Andrew Ryan, Willie Tonga, Jarrad HickeyGoals: Hazem El Masri 6/6Half time: Bulldogs 20-0Crowd: 22,511By the Clock:From Telstra Stadium this afternoon we bring you the Wests Tigers vs the Canterbury Bulldogs. The Bulldogs defeated the Tigers 47-12 earlier this year.For the Bulldogs, Hickey will start in place or Armit who drops to the bench. Rangi Chase is on the Tigers bench ahead of Sam Harris. Halatau also starting announced.It's sunny at Telstra, both teams are on the field.1 min: The Tigers get us underway!2 min: INJURY - Todd Payten injured after an accidental elbow while attempting a tackle. Back up now and still on the field.3 min: The Bulldogs are wrapped up on the last tackle five metres out.4 min: NEWS The Tigers spin the ball wide, they make huge metres down the right side. Farah puts a grubber into the ingoal and the Tigers get a repeat set. They lose the ball a few tackles later.6 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsBulldogs with a long bust downfield. A few plays later Grimaldi throws a ball to a rampaging Jarrad Hickey who scores next to the posts. El Masri converts. Bulldogs 6-09 min: Utai lets a bomb bounce, he takes it on the bounce and is forced back into the in goal. Again the Tigers make an error on the repeat set.11 min: Lolesi penalised for a 'high' tackle and is then marched 10 metres for back chat.12 min: The Tigers make a break down the left, but McDonnell is forced into touch.14 min: Bulldogs forced into touch only a few metres out from the line. Both teams are making huge inroad on attack - we could see a lot of points today.17 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsVery similar to the Bulldogs first try, except it is Holdsworth supplying the ball the Andrew Ryan who crashes over Prince to score. El Masri converts. Bulldogs 12-020 min: Flanagan smashed in a big tackle by Utai.23 min: HELD UP - Andrew Ryan is held up out wide.25 min: El Masri takes a bomb five metres out, he comes extremely close to scoring on the last tackle.28 min: VIDEO REF - For a Bulldogs try...28 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsPatten gets the ball on a second man play, he spins away from some tacklers, runs in space, fends off one tackler and scores under the posts. El Masri converts. Bulldogs 18-030 min: The Bulldogs are offloading at will and are making easy, easy metres.32 min: PENALTY GOAL Canterbury BulldogsA grubber kick is knocked on and then cleaned up by an offside player for the Tigers. El Masri lands the easy penalty goal. Bulldogs 20-034 min: One of the Tigers trainers nearly gets bowled over.34 min: The Bulldogs can claim a completion rate of 17/18 so far. The Tigers are 10/14.36 min: REPORT - Hickey is on report for a high tackle.38 min: Tigers looking poor when they get close to the Bulldogs line. Collis loses the ball early in the tackle count.39 min: INJURY - Sherwin struggling with a leg injury40 min: The Bulldogs hold out an enthusiastic attacking raid from the Tigers. We go to half time with the Bulldogs firmly in control, 20-0. The Tigers have been very ordinary in the first half while the Bulldogs are on fire.The Bulldogs are dominating possession 58% to 42%. Completion rates: Bulldogs 22/23, Tigers 15/20Tackles/missed: Tigers 163/24, Bulldogs 120/9Offloads: 7-5 BulldogsErrors: 8-3 Tigers40 min: Back underway at Telstra...42 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Bulldogs spread the ball wide and El Masri crosses out wide and then improves his position. He converts his own try. Bulldogs 26-044 min: The Sherwin injury is a corked calf muscle. He's on the field and looking fine now.46 min: Scott Prince kicks out on the full on halfway.49 min: Penalties are 6-all.51 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsPrince gets charged down by Holdsworth, he recovers and offloads to Tonga who runs 20 metres to score under the posts. El Masri converts, and this is going to be a long 28 minutes for the Tigers. Bulldogs 32-055 min: SEND OFF - Matt Utai is sent off for a high tackle on Flanagan after the hooker made a break.57 min: INJURY - John Skandalis is down after a head clash.58 min: The Bulldogs have an astonishing 28/29 completion rate.58 min: VIDEO REF - for a Tigers try...58 min: NO TRY - TigersA grubber kick gets put in, Collis reaches up and gets a touch on the ball that is ruled to be a knock on, and Payten touches the ball down.60 min: VIDEO REF - for another Tigers try...60 min: NO TRY - TigersLolesi is pulled up for a double movement.63 min: The Tigers are throwing everything they can at the Bulldogs but still can't get on the board.69 min: El Masri grabs an intercept by is chased down by McDonnell only 10 out. The Tigers scramble well and hold the Bulldogs out.73 min: VIDEO REF - for another Tigers try...73 min: TRY Wests TigersThe Tigers bomb across field, the ball is fumbled by Phelps and Tuiaki touches the ball down neatly. Prince hits the posts with the conversion. Bulldogs 32-475 min: TRY Wests TigersPayten makes a break out wide, he offloads to Tuaiki who goes to within metres of the line and then pops a pointless pass to Rangi Chase who scores out wide. Prince converts. Bulldogs 32-10FULL TIME: The Bulldogs run out with a highly convincing 32-10 win over the Tigers.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Sonny Bill Williams2 - Andrew Ryan1 - Hazem El Masri-----------------------------------------

Warriors embarrass gutless Rabbitohs

ROUND 16 South Sydney Rabbitohs 0 v New Zealand Warriors 66at Telstra StadiumReferees: Gavin BadgerMatch Summary:The Warriors have put the so-called ?Pride of the league? to shame with a record breaking 66-0 demolition job of a gutless South Sydney Rabbitohs team. The Warriors were up 32-0 at half time and never looked like losing.It took the Warriors 10 minutes to score first, Jerome Ropati running through non-existent defence to dot down. Three minutes later the Warriors were in again with Patrick Ah Van scoring in the corner for a 10-0 lead. The Warriors scored their third try ? to Simon Mannering ? when he simply palmed off a defender and put the ball down. The conversion made it 16-0 after 17 minutes. After 24 minutes Tony Martin went in in the corner for 20-0. Steve Price fell over the line after a Webb break for another six points. Three minutes later Lance Hohaia scored the first of his three tries with another Webb break up the middle, and Souths were booed from the field down 32-0 at half time.Five minutes into the second half Lance Hohaia grabbed his second with a run from dummy half. At 50 minutes David Peachey was sin binned and the Warriors scored almost instantly afterwards as Webb scored almost untouched under the posts. Two minutes later Webb was in again after the Warriors spread the ball wide. The Warriors scored their third try with Peachey in the sin bin when Evarn Tuimavave dived on a Nathan Fien grubber, and it was 56-0 after 58 minutes. Paul Mellor had two chances to score for the Rabbitohs in quick succession, but he blew both of them. The Warriors dropped their intensity in the last 10 minutes, but still managed two more tries, Grant Rovelli grubbering across for Lance Hohaias hattrick, and Webb providing an inside ball to Ropati for the final 66-0 scoreline.The official crowd was 6597, which is a bit of a stretch. It looked closer to 3500.The result is a record win for the Warriors, eclipsing their 68-10 win over the Northern Eagles, and it is also a record loss for the Rabbitohs, overtaking their 62-0 loss to the Roosters. There is no excuse for the Rabbitohs, as the Warriors didn?t play extremely expansive, attacking football. They played simple, effective football that the Rabbitohs couldn?t match. The signings of three players are clearly not enough to turn this rabble around. The Warriors are in very impressive form, finally putting three in a row together, 63 games after their last three game winning streak. They can also lay claim to the second best points differential in the league, but thanks to their four point salary cap penalty they remain outside the eight, although they have jumped the Roosters into 12th.Scorers:South Sydney Rabbitohs: 0Tries: New Zealand Warriors: 66Tries: Lance Hohaia(3), Simon Mannering, Tony Martin, Steve Price, Jerome Ropati(2), Evarn Tuimavave, Brent Webb(2), Patrick Ah VanGoals: Tony Martin 9/12Halftime: Warriors 32-0Crowd: 6,597By the Clock:Today from Telstra Stadium it is the Rabbitohs vs Warriors. Both sides are looking to break a hoodoo of some sort this weekend. The Warriors haven't won three in a row since late 2003, while the Rabbitohs haven't beaten the Warriors since 1999. The Warriors defeated the Rabbitohs 46-14 in Round 7.The Warriors in silver today, the Rabbitohs in the usual red and green.The Warriors have Luck off the bench for Guttenbiel, as is the norm. The Rabbitohs are 1-17.Teams are on the field in front of a dismal crowd. A grey day at Telstra Stadium.1 min: Underway at Telstra, and Souths kick the ball dead on the full.3 min: The Warriors force a line dropout, from which the Rabbitohs looked to be all offside from the kick.4 min: Luck can't maintain control of the ball off a kick in the in goal and the Rabbitohs get out of jail.8 min: Souths finally venture into the Warriors half and a Warriors error gets the tackle count reset. Not much later Souths lose the ball.10 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsPrice makes a bust, he passes to Fein who is taken down in a fantastic head on tackle by Peachey. Numbers show on the next play as the Warriors spread the ball and Ropati steps through the defence and runs 30 metres to score. Martin converts. Warriors 6-013 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsSouths lose the ball on tackle one 15 metres out from their own line. The Warriors spread the ball wide to an unmarked Patrick Ah Van who scores in the corner. Martin hooks the conversion. Warriors 10-015 min: Warriors currently holding 73% of possession and making metres at will. Walker knocks on a Warriors pass on the last tackle, giving the Warriors yet more possession.17 min: Sutton makes a brave defensive play knocking the ball down. The Warriors get possession 10 out, but it avoided an instant try.17 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsThis is going to be a parade at this rate. From the scrum the Warriors spin the ball to Mannering, he palms off a defender and scores easily. Martin converts. Warriors 16-020 min: The Rabbitohs get a break as Price breaks the line again, and his offload to Webb, who was away, is ruled forward. The Rabbitohs go into touch from the scrum.22 min: A crossfield bomb goes into touch off Souths, Warriors ball hot on attack again.24 min: VIDEO REF - For a Warriors try....24 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsWarriors get the ball wide, Martin steps and scores in the corner. The conversion drops just short. Warriors 20-026 min: Warriors make an error and Souths get the ball 40 out.27 min: Souths get a line drop out. Things are looking up. Then they get a penalty for stripping, only to throw a clueless pass that is intercepted by Ah Van.30 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsSouths knock the ball down on the last tackle and they get six again. The Warriors move downfield again and Webb flicks the ball to Price who just had to fall over to score. Martin converts. Warriors 26-033 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsBreak out a marching band. Webb slips through a non existant tackle, he breaks up the middle, offloads to Hohaia who races away to score under the uprights. Martin converts. Warriors 32-036 min: Tony Martin dives on a loose ball 40 metres out. The Warriors make a rare error.38 min: Souths kick ahead, pass back on the inside only 10 out, but spill the ball.40 min: Halftime, and the Rabbitohs are being booed off the field.The Warriors are up 32-0 without breaking a sweat. They aren't playing footy that looks like scoring regularly, but even this basic footy is too much for Souths to handle.Possession: 70%/30% WarriorsTerritory: 62%/38% WarriorsMetres gained: 880/330 WarriorsLine Breaks: 7/0 WarriorsTackles-Mistackles: 152-20 Souths/96-3 WarriorsOffloads: 9/2 WarriorsErrors: 10/6 Souths Some very telling statistics. Incredibly, this is the Rabbitohs worst first half of the season. This is the biggest half time lead of any game this season.The teams return to the field.40 min: The match restarts, Souths get first possession.43 min: INJURY - Shane Walker down injured.45 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsSouths make an error on the last tackle. Hohaia takes the ball from dummy half and saunters 30 metres to score. Martin converts. Warriors 38-049 min: The Warriors let the ball bounce on the last tackle, Souths regather, tap the ball across and then a no look pass ends up next to the touch judge.50 min: SIN BIN - David Peachey goes for a professional foul.51 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsAfter the penalty the Warriors move the ball, Rovelli offloads to Webb who walks through the Rabbitohs defence to score under the posts. Martin converts. Warriors 44-053 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsThe Warriors spin the ball wide to Ah Van who breaks down the sideline. He sends the ball back inside to Webb who picks up a double. Martin converts and the Warriors get to 50. Warriors 50-055 min: Souths fans already talking the walk of shame out of the stadium.58 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsFien rolls a nice, easy kick into the in goal and Tuimavave dives on the ball to score. Martin converts. Warriors headed for a record victory. Warriors 56-061 min: Peachey returns from the sin bin.63 min: Warriors enforce a drop out.65 min: The Warriors have their first non-completion of the second half when they throw a forward pass.67 min: Mellor knocks on reaching out to score. They can't take a trick.68 min: Warriors get driven into touch and the Rabbitohs may be a half chance to get on the board. Paul Mellor knocks on again.70 min: The Warriors have dropped their intensity, but they're still threatening.72 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsRovelli grubbers across field, it bounces up for Hohaia who dots the ball down out wide and he picks up at hat trick. Martin misses the conversion. Warriors 60-074 min: CROWD - 6597. A pig just zoomed over the stadium.78 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsThe Warriors go up the middle easily, Webb offloads to Ropati who scores under the posts. Worst Rabbitohs losing margin ever, best Warriors winning margin ever. Hang your heads Rabbitohs. Martin converts. Warriors 66-0FULLTIME: The Warriors put the Rabbitohs to shame, 66-0.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Steve Price (Warriors)2 - Grant Rovelli (Warriors)1 - Nathan Fien (Warriors)-----------------------------------------

Bulldogs do enough to defeat Cowboys

ROUND 15 Canterbury Bulldogs 20 v North Queensland Cowboys 12at Carrara Stadium, Gold CoastReferee: Shayne HayneMatch Summary:The Bulldogs have done enough to get away with a win over the insipid North Queensland Cowboys in their match at Carrara this afternoon. The final score was 20-12, with the Bulldogs leading 8-6 at half time.It only took nine minutes for the Bulldogs to get on the board, care of a fantastic try to Roy Asotasi. Firman threw a dreadful pass that was dived on by the Bulldogs. The next play Asotasi bolted 40 metres to score underneath the posts. The Cowboys returned fire with a try to Paul Bowman, also off the back of a Bulldogs error. With 14 minutes to go before half time, El Masri gave the Bulldogs their 8-6 lead with a penalty goal. It didn?t take the Cowboys long to take the lead after half time, Brenton Bowen latching onto an intercept off Sherwin and racing the 95 metres to score in about the time it took you to read this sentence. For 20 minutes the Bulldogs were unable to breach the Cowboys defence. They finally did with a fairly spectacular try to Brent Sherwin. Sherwin put up a less than average cross kick to El Masri, who offloaded to Sherwin who scored in the corner. Only two minutes later Tony Grimaldi scored off a Matt Bowen error for the final 20-12 lead.Try as they might, the Cowboys were unable to make any inroads and the frustration built. The Cowboys are in utter freefall having lost 7 of their last 8, while the Bulldogs push into the Top 4. There are several injury worries after the match. Matt Bowen was helped from the field late in the game, while Sonny Bill Williams left the field with a knee ligament injury, and Ashley Graham has a dislocated kneecap.Scorers:Canterbury Bulldogs: 20Tries: Roy Asotasi, Tony Grimaldi, Brent SherwinGoals: Hazem El Masri 4/4North Queensland Cowboys: 12Tries: Brenton Bowen, Paul BowmanGoals: Johnathan Thurston 2/2Halftime: Bulldogs 8-6Crowd: 16,231By the Clock:Good afternoon from Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast. Today the Bulldogs take a game away from Telstra Stadium as they host the Cowboys at the future home of the Titans.Last year the Cowboys romped away with this match, 48-12. The Bulldogs have been going well lately, however they lost last week 28-26 to Canberra. The Cowboys are in freefall, having won just once in the last two months. Last week they were clobbered by the Sharks 26-4 in Townsville.A bit of damp on the Coast today.1 min: Shayne Hayne blows time on!9 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsFirman throws a dreadful pass that is picked up by the Bulldogs. Asotasi gets the ball for a regulation hitup, but goes straight through flimsy defence and runs 40 metres to score under the posts. El Masri converts. Bulldogs 6-014 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysThe Cowboys come up with the ball care of a Bulldogs error. They go close a couple of times, Bowman rushes onto the ball and scores just to the left of the posts. Thurston converts. 6 all.15 min: INJURY - Ashley Graham is down with a knee injury, and he is off the field. He has dislocated his kneecap.20 min: Both teams are playing this game through the forwards, not much attacking enterprise.24 min: Matt Bowen is just stopped short on the last tackle.26 min: PENALTY GOAL Canterbury BulldogsEl Masri lands a penalty goal for a play the ball infringement. Bulldogs 8-629 min: At the moment it looks like both teams are playing to not lose, rather than win.35 min: All of a sudden both teams decide to throw the ball around a bit and both come up with errors.37 min: A big hit from Williams forces a Cowboys mistake only 5 metres out from the Dogs line.HALF TIME: We go to half time with the Bulldogs up by two.The Bulldogs are leading possession 51/49%. The Dogs have completed 14/19, the Cowboys 14/21. The Bulldogs have made 158 tackles and missed 15, the Cowboys are 177/15. Plenty of metres made in this game, 783 for the Bulldogs and 726 for the Cowboys. 8-3 the offloads to the Bulldogs, while the Cowboys have made 7 errors to the Bulldogs 5.41 min: Underway in the second half...the sun is out now.43 min: An eventful period of play - Thurston chips, regathers, he offloads, gets the ball back, passes to Bowen who puts a bomb up that is taken by Utai who looks like taking off briefly.45 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysThe Bulldogs go right on attack, the pass to the winger from Sherwin is intercepted by Brenton Bowen and he goes 95 metres to score under the posts. He was a cert to score 80 metres out. Thurston converts. Cowboys 12-846 min: CROWD: 16,23154 min: Bulldogs lacking finesse at the moment and can't take advantage of good territory.60 min: Matt Bowen somehow gets out of the in goal.61 min: Both teams have already gone through a lot of interchanges, nine each. Sonny Bill on the sideline looking injured.64 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsUnbelieveable Bulldogs try. Grimaldi comes up with a terrible move on the last tackle from dummy half, he passes to Sherwin who puts up a horrible cross kick to El Masri, El Masri moves forward, offloads to Sherwin who dots down out wide. El Masri converts. Bulldogs 14-1267 min: INJURY - Sonny Bill out for the rest of the match with a ligament strain to his knee.67 min: Canterbury BulldogsThe Bulldogs kick downfield, Bowen looks to be being forced in the in goal, he tries a wild offload that is picked up and passed to Grimaldi who scores. El Masri converts. Bulldogs 20-1271 min: Cowboys caught in possession on the last tackle.72 min: Mason tries a chip and chase, he kicks ahead a second time but the ball runs dead.75 min: Matt Utai is penalised for a dangerous throw.75 min: INJURY - Matt Bowen is carried from the field.FULL TIME: And the Bulldogs do enough to get up over the Cowboys.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Willie Mason2 - Roy Asotasi1 - Luke Patten-----------------------------------------

Sharks compound Cowboy misery

ROUND 14 North Queensland Cowboys 4 v Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 26at Dairy Farmers StadiumReferee: Sean HampsteadMatch Summary:The Cronulla Sharks continued their current rich vein of form with a 26-4 win at the expense of the fading North Queensland Cowboys. The Sharks led 8-4 at half time and ran away with the match in the second half.It only took nine minutes for the Sharks to open the scoring, Brett Kimmorley juking past several static defenders to score under the posts. The Cowboys responded with their only points on a poor night with a fairly spectacular try to Brenton Bowen. He jumped to collect a Matt Bowen bomb, juggled the ball on his way to the ground where he planted the ball. Covell rounded out the first half scoring with an impressive 38 metre penalty goal on 28 minutes.The Cowboys never really threatened in the second half. In the 49th minute Darren Albert was rewarded for energetically following up a kick for field position when the ball was fumbled by Brenton Bowen, and Albert won the race to get his hands on the ball in the in goal. The match was all but over just before the hour mark when Paul Gallen barged over, and the knife was twisted in the Cowboys wound with seven minutes to go when Hutch Maiava crashed over to score his first try of the year, and the Cowboys were consigned to the sixth loss in their last seven games.Scorers:North Queensland Cowboys: 4Tries: Brenton BowenCronulla Sutherland Sharks: 26Tries: Paul Gallen, Brett Kimmorley, Hutch Maiava, Darren AlbertGoals: Luke Covell 5/5By the Clock:Good evening from Townsville. Tonight we have the Cowboys facing up against the Sharks. Earlier in the year the Sharks upset the Cowboys and ended their undefeated start to the year.Last week the Cowboys went down to the Tigers 24-14, while the Sharks were victorious against the bye.Fine conditions are Dairy Farmers for tonights match. Both teams are on the field, and we're ready to go.1 min: The Cowboys get us underway!5 min: INJURY - Aaron Payne is injured after hitting the goalposts.9 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksKimmorley gets the ball 10 metres out and he steps between two defenders and scores under the posts. Covell converts. Sharks 6-013 min: A great set from the Cowboys gets them onto the goal line, a long ball is intercepted by Vagana who runs 90 metres only to be pulled back for offside.14 min: The Cowboys waste a perfect attacking set with a poor play the ball on the last tackle.20 min: The Sharks make a mistake near their own line.22 min: Firman is held up on the 4th tackle when the Cowboys ought to have scored.23 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysOn the last tackle, Matt Bowen puts up a bomb that is juggled by Brenton Bowen, before he grounds the ball. Hannay misses the conversion. Sharks 6-428 min: INJURY NEWS: Aaron Payne on the sideline with one eye firmly shut.28 min: PENALTY GOAL Cronulla Sutherland SharksThe Cowboys are penalised for being offside, Covell lands the penalty from 38 metres out. Sharks 8-438 min: Both teams getting a little niggly.40 min: HALFTIME: The Sharks with a somewhat unexpected 8-4 lead at halftime.Lot of mistakes in the first half. Here's hoping for an improvement in quality for the second half.40 min: Teams returning to the field at Dairy Farmers.43 min: Sharks go on attack care of a penalty.47 min: Cowboys beggining to look semi decent on attack.49 min: VIDEO REF for a Sharks try...49 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksA seemingly innocuous kick from Kimmorley is fumbled by Brenton Bowen and Darren Albert wins the race to dot the ball down. Covell converts from near the sideline. Sharks 14-453 min: The Cowboys now kick out on the full.54 min: A poor kick from the Sharks now goes out on the full.56 min: Covell pressures Sing on another ordinary kick and forces a drop out.57 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksGallen barges over from close range after the drop out. Covell converts from next to the posts. It looks like the Cowboys are headed for defeat. Sharks 20-463 min: 17 minutes to go and the Cowboys look no closer to mounting a comeback.68 min: Nothing the Cowboys throw at the Sharks is even looking at denting this 16 point lead.72 min: The Sharks are held up on the fourth tackle. The following play forces a Matt Bowen error and results in a drop out.73 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksMaiava barges over to open his try scoring account for 2006. Covell converts from under the uprights. Sharks 26-480 min: FULLTIME: The Sharks have run away with this match in the second half and have won 26-4.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Lance Thompson2 - Brett Kimmorley1 - Paul Gallen-----------------------------------------

Sea Eagles steal late win

ROUND 14 Manly Sea Eagles 16 v Wests Tigers 12at Brookvale OvalReferees: Shayne HayneMatch Summary:The Manly Sea Eagles have escaped from their Friday Night NRL clash with the Tigers with a 16-12 win, thanks to a last minute try to Brett Stewart. The match was deadlocked at 6-all at half time.It took half an hour for Manly to open the scoring, with a try to Chris Hicks. It only took the Tigers five minutes to respond, Anthony Laffranchi dotting down under the uprights. The first half was largely restricted by less than ideal conditions, including a poor surface that led to many players losing their footing on the slippery turf.The Tigers only took six minutes to post points in the second half, a slick backline move finished by Michael Crockett, Marshall converted from the sideline for a 12-6 lead. The six point lead looked unbeatable for much of the second half, and Benji hit the posts with a 58th minute penalty goal attempt looking for an eight point lead. The Eagles gave themselves a sniff with 10 minutes to go when Steve Matai scored in the corner after a Tigers mistake. It still looked as though the Tigers had the match leading 12-10, before Orford put up banana kick that beat Marshall and Brett Steward somehow maintained control of the ball to score next to the posts with only a minute to go ? Manly went up 16-12 and regathered the short kickoff. The Tigers had one last chance with two seconds to go, but knocked on before they could do anything.Scorers:Manly Sea Eagles: 16Tries: Chris Hicks, Brett Stewart, Steve MataiGoals: Travis Burns 2/3Wests Tigers: 12Tries: Anthony Laffranchi, Michael CrockettGoals: Benji Marshall 2/3By the Clock:Good evening from Brookvale Oval. Tonights game is the defending premiers the Wests Tigers vs the Manly Sea Eagles.Last week the Tigers were successful in winning the Grand Final replay 24-14, while the Sea Eagles were convincing in their 29-22 victory of the Panthers.Brett Hodgson is on Origin duty for the Tigers, and they take to the field 1-17. Manly are missing Menzies, Kite and Bells. Leuluai is starting ahead of George Rose.Menzies leads the Sea Eagles out through the 300 game banner and it is game time!A bit of damp at Brookvale tonight. Not a huge crowd in attendance tonight - there are some large gaps on the hills.1 min: The Eagles kick off!6 min: Manly squander a good attacking opportunity and lose the ball a few metres out. A few errors so far.7 min: Kennedy penalised for a high tackle and the Tigers get their first real attacking opportunity.10 min: Lot of players losing their footing on kick returns.13 min: The Tigers spread the ball on the last tackle, and winger is unable to hold onto a wayward pass the heads across the sideline.16 min: The Tigers make a break, but Elford can't hold onto the pass from Laffrachi.21 min: As the score suggests, a fairly even contest so far.22 min: Manly are unable to capitalise on a Tigers error - the Tigers lose the ball 10 out and Manly drop the ball 5 out.27 min: Tigers force a line drop out off a decent set in attack. Lolesi knocks on from the kick, which itself was a shocker.30 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesThe Sea Eagles move the ball wide, Hicks finds plenty of space ahead of him and he dots the ball down. Burns converts. Sea Eagles 6-035 min: TRY Wests TigersThe Tigers capitalise on a Manly error, Laffranchi barges over under the posts and he eventually manages to force the ball down. Marshall converts. 6 all.38 min: Tigers with the momentum at the moment.HALFTIME: 6-all in a less than memorable game.STATS: Tigers have a 53/47% lead in possession. Both teams are completing above 75% - Manly exactly that, the Tigers at 77%. Manly are 15/20, the Tigers 17/22. Offloads are three each, errors are 5-3 against the Tigers. Manly have made 175 tackles and missed 10, the Tigers are 164/14.40 min: Both teams out on the field for the second half.43 min: INJURY: Steve Matai suffering from a leg injury, and he has been interchanged. Or evidently he hasn't been interchanged. Still getting plenty of trainer support.46 min: VIDEO REF for a Tigers try...46 min: TRY Wests TigersThe Tigers spread the ball and Collis comes up with a nice pass to Crockett who somehow gets the ball down in the corner. Marshall converts from the touchline. Tigers 12-651 min: The Tigers have all the momentum, and the force a drop out.52 min: VIDEO REF for a Tigers try...52 min: NO TRY - Wests TigersThe video referee spins up a refs call, and Shayne Hayne says that Laffranchi was held up on the last tackle.54 min: Prince puts up a fantastic bomb that gets Steward forced in the ingoal, little pushing and shoving after the whistle.56 min: ATTEMPTED PENALTY GOAL Wests TigersThe Sea Eagles are penalised and Marshall hits the uprights with the penalty attempt. Tigers 12-662 min: Tuiaki makes a clean break, and the Tigers almost score on the next and last play.68 min: Still a tight contest. It's all a battle of field position, and the Tigers are winning that battle.70 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesThe Tigers make an error, and after 4 tackles Kennedy somehow gets the ball away to a support player who dribbles the ball across the ground to Matai who scores out wide. Burns hooks the vital conversion. Tigers 12-1075 min: Prince puts in a great kick that is recovered by Elford, who throws the ball into Brett Steward and Manly survive.79 min: VIDEO REF for a Manly try...79 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesOrford puts in a banana kick, the bounce evades Marshall and Brett Steward somehow picks up and juggles the ball, and he scores next to the posts. Burns converts. Sea Eagles 16-12FULLTIME: The Sea Eagles have come back and have stolen the match off the Tigers.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Ben Kennedy2 - Matt Orford1 - Anthony Laffranchi-----------------------------------------

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