THE Tri-Nations final on Saturday night attracted one of the worst turnouts I?ve ever seen. For such a high profile match you'd expect a full house - which equates to around 42,000 at Aussie Stadium - but it was not the case, as only 27,325 flocked to the ground.
TRI-NATIONS Game 2 Australia 20 v New Zealand 15at Telstra Dome, MelbourneReferee: Ashley KleinMatch Summary:AUSTRALIA has snatched a miraculous victory from New Zealand following a sensational try to centre Mark Gasnier in the final minutes of tonight's Tri-Nations II clash in Melbourne.With just two minutes remaining, Australia attacked the Kiwi line through it?s halves in Johnathon Thurston and Darren Lockyer, combining with fullback Karmichael Hunt who put a flying Gasnier through a hole from close range. But it was winger Greg Inglis in the 75th minute who put Australia within reach when he ran 50 metres to score under the posts. Inglis received a flat ball from his captain Darren Lockyer before sprinting down the touchline.New Zealand were the first to score when rookie Shontayne Hape scored his first Test try in the 7th minute. The Kiwis managed to hold out the Aussies, keeping most of the possession whilst dominating the penalty count. Both sides were aggressive right from the start but it was New Zealand who dominated in defence while rushing up early on Lockyer and Thurston, leaving the Australian halves with few options.The second-half started much like the first. A break from Kiwi stalwart Stacey Jones led to a try to Iosia Soliola in the 50th minute. Soliola then bagged his second in the 66th minute after a blindside movement on the last tackle, boosting the confidence in the Kiwi camp. A win looked inevitable for the Kiwis. But Australia showed it?s class and was too good in the end.Australia have now gone two-up in this year's Tri-Nations series while New Zealand have yet to post a win. Next Saturday the Kiwis take on Great Britain at Jade Stadium in Christchurch.Scorers:Australia: 20Tries: Mark Gasnier, Greg Inglis(2)Goals: Johnathan Thurston 4/4New Zealand: 15Tries: Iosia Soliola(2), Shontayne HapeGoals: Stacey Jones 1/3Field Goals: Stacey JonesBy the Clock:Rugby League will showcase one of the most anticipated rematches of the year in Melbourne tonight when Australia takes on New Zealand at the Telstra Dome in Game II of the Tri-Nations series. Tonight?s game promises to be an aggressive one right from the start after a fiery encounter last week, which saw some sledging, big-hits and an all-in-brawl. Kangaroos prop Willie Mason withdrew from tonight?s game yesterday on the advice of team doctor Hugh Hazzard so Mark O?Meley moves into the starting side. Anthony Tupou will make his debut off the bench in place of the injured Reni Maitua ? Andrew Ryan has been promoted to the run-on team as a second-rower moving Luke O'Donnell to lock. Sam Thaiday will also debut for Australia tonight in number 19. For the Kiwi?s Shontayne Hape will start on the wing as Nathan Fien and David Fa?alogo are welcomed to the bench. Jerome Ropati moves to hooker in place of the injured Dene Halatau. The players are now making there way out on to the ground. They are now waiting for the National anthems. The Haka - which should be interesting - will follow.KICKOFF - New Zealand kicks off and gets Game II of the Tri-Nations underway. New Zealand will run left to right. 2 min: NEWS Australia is penalised for taking the unattended ball at the ruck. NZ was causght napping without a dummyhalf but Referee Klein pinned the Aussies. NZ now on the attack in the Aussie half.3 min: NEWS NZ have now recieved another penalty close to the Aussie line. They're looking dangerous.4 min: NEWS Aussie's now have the ball back after a Manu Vatuvei knock-on. 6 min: NEWS David Kidwell takes a quick tap off another NZ penalty close to the Aussie line and nearly scores, but is held up. Another set of six for NZ.7 min: TRY New ZealandShontayne Hape get's his first test try after using a nice right-step on the Aussie's before using his strength to score. Jones fails to convert. New Zealand 4-09 min: NEWS Both teams are showing aggression early on as Kiwi capatain Ruben Wiki smashes Karmichael Hunt. 13 min: NEWS New Zealand has had all the ball so far. Possession: NZ 65% AUS 35%.16 min: VIDEO REF - Matt King is disallowed a try after trying to score in the corner. Kiwi's get a scrum and Stacey Jones pulls off a bit of a fake run from the scrum gaining a penalty for his side.18 min: NEWS Soliola almost gets four points but loses the ball over the line. The Aussies look releaved.21 min: NEWS Australia recieves their first penalty of the match. They now enter the enemies territory for only the second time.22 min: NEWS More bad luck for Matt King on the right wing as another try is disallowed by the Video Refs. His leg crossed the line before he grounded the ball. Sam Thaiday is now on for Australia.24 min: NEWS Simon Mannering fumbles the ball whilst cleaning up inside the Kiwi in-goal and the Aussies earn another set of six through a goal line drop-out. 25 min: NEWS The Aussies get their second penalty and the Aussies opt to attack the Kiwi line. Australia's planned move fails and they turn the ball back over to NZ.30 min: NEWS Soliola is penalised for striping and the Kangaroos recieve a piggy back out of their own half.32 min: NEWS The Aussies are getting frustrated now. The Kiwi's are putting the pressure on by rushing up early leaving Lockyer and Thurston with few options.34 min: NEWS Matt King is dragged over the sideline by a strong defencive effort from Vatuvei.36 min: TRY AustraliaA brilliant piece of individual brilliance from the freak, Greg Inglis, sees Australia score their first try of the night. Inglis palmed off Stacey Jones and ran 20m without being touched before crossing the line.Thurston converts. Australia 6-4HALF-TIMENew Zealand were all over Australia in the early stages of this half. Australia were left with few options thanks to a strong and fast Kiwi defence on several occasions. But it was Greg Inglis who came through for Australia and registered 4 much needed points. The match has so far lived up to it's promise - that it would be a fast and aggressive match. The second-half awaits.KICKOFF - Australia gets the second-half underway. They will run left to right. 42 min: NEWS Shaun Berrigan throws a careless foward pass to O'Meley and gives a scrum to NZ, but they quickly turn it back over to the Aussies after a decoy runner gets an unexpected pass from Jones. 44 min: NEWS Hodges loses the ball after some great footwork and shortly after Australia are penalised for being off-side. 46 min: NEWS Kangaroos penalty after Civoniceva was lifted by two Kiwi players. They now have the ball inside the Kiwi's 20. 48 min: NEWS Brent Webb throws a ball foward almost gridiron style to his winger. Austrlia gets a scrum but Hindmarsh loses it soon after. NZ is fighting hard. 50 min: TRY New ZealandIosia Soliola crosses the line after a some great attacking play from the Kiwi's which put the Aussies on the back foot. Some great work from Jones, Webb and Soliola put their team infront. Jones fails to add the extras. New Zealand 8-655 min: NEWS Soliola makes a break but is tackled by a determined Thurston. 56 min: NEWS Referee Klein blows to penalties in a row to Australia. He addresses NZ skipper Wiki. Lockyer points to the posts. 57 min: PENALTY GOAL AustraliaThurston adds 2 much needed points to the scoreboard for Australia. 8 all.59 min: NEWS Brent Webb milks a penalty. NZ then lose the ball soon after but then the Aussies cant hold it either. NZ on the attack now.62 min: NEWS Karmichael Hunt leaps in to the air and makes a great take off an ordinary Jones bomb. Aussies recieve a penalty soon after. 66 min: TRY New ZealandSoliola dives over to score after recieving the ball from Mannering during some scrappy play. It's his second try of the night.Jones adds 2 points. New Zealand 14-869 min: VIDEO REF - A Karmichael Hunt try is controversially disallowed by the Video Refs due to obstruction. The Aussie fans are blowing up.71 min: NEWS Cameron Smith loses the ball in the ruck. An Asotasi hand may have interfeared.72 min: FIELD GOAL New ZealandStacey Jones plays it smart and takes his side out to a 7 point lead with 8mins to go. He strikes the ball nicely and it goes over. New Zealand 15-875 min: TRY AustraliaGreg Inglis strides over 50m to score under the posts after recieving a nice ball from Lockyer.Thurston converts. New Zealand 15-1476 min: NEWS Aussies recieve a much needed penalty after sa high shot from a NZ player. 78 min: TRY AustraliaPossibly one of the best centres in the world, Mark Gasnier, has saved Australia by scoring next to the posts from a good Karmichael Hunt ball and nice all-round Aussie play. Thurston puts another 2 on the board. Australia 20-15FULL-TIMEThe Kangaroos have pulled off a miracle. The Kiwis were almost certain winners until Gasnier crossed the line. What a game!-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Greg Inglis (Kangaroos)2 - Iosia Soliola (Kiwis)1 - Nathan Hindmarsh (Kangaroos)-----------------------------------------
FINALS 2006 Week 1 Canterbury Bulldogs 30 v Canberra Raiders 12at Telstra StadiumReferee: Shayne HayneCrowd: 14,628Match Summary:The Bulldogs have overpowered a strong-willed Canberra Raiders side 30-12 at Telstra Stadium tonight in the third qualifying final. In wet conditions, the Bulldogs crushed the hopes of a premiership for the Canberra team, who wanted to send senior players out on a winning note. But it was not to be.A powerful performance by the Bulldogs forward pack set the platform for their backs, who proved too strong for their counterparts in the slippery conditions. In the 68th minute, a Brent Sherwin kick set up a Hazem El Masri try to make the score 30-6, which sealed the win for the home team.However, the Raiders scored a consolation try in the 73rd minute, when Adrian Purtell crossed the white line to register four points.Although the Bulldogs were in control in the second-half, scoring three tries and restricting the Green Machine to one, the Raiders started the game well off the back of a Phil Graham try in the 7th minute.But it all fell apart as the Bulldogs side began to gain momentum and capitalize off knock-ons and poor ball security.The stars of the night were Bulldogs halves Brent Sherwin and Daniel Holdsworth who worked well together and directed their big and strong forward pack around the park. Willie Mason and captain Andrew Ryan also played well. Hazem El Masri also deserves a mention after picking up a try and kicking 5/5. The Bulldogs will now enjoy a week off where as the Raiders depart the 2006 finals series, in what is an end of an era.Captain Clinton Schifcofske, coach Matt Elliot, long serving veterans Jason Crocker and Simon Woolford and highly respected players Jason Smith and Michael Hodgson farewell the nation?s capital.Scorers:Canterbury Bulldogs: 30Tries: Hazem El Masri, Luke Patten, Andrew Ryan, Daniel Holdsworth, Andrew EmelioGoals: Hazem El Masri 5/5Canberra Raiders: 12Tries: Phillip Graham, Adrian PurtellGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 2/2By the Clock:In what should be an epic encounter, the second placed Bulldogs will take on the seventh placed Raiders tonight at Telstra Stadium.At the start of the year the Canberra side were favourites for the wooden spoon, but now after 26 weeks, they will face the 2004 premiers in the first week of the finals. They may not have as many stars as the other finals teams, but that doesn?t mean they?re pushovers. The Raiders play a simple game where pressure is limited on their key players. This allows the likes of Schifcofske, Carney, Smith, Withers and Woolford to work their magic and create something out of nothing.The Bulldogs will run into the match favourites. They?ll look to cause the Raiders problems by rushing up in defence, which will cause problems for the Green Machine attack. Three of the Bulldogs main forwards will be missing tonight, including Roy Asotasi, Reni Maitua and Tony Grimaldi. But Willie Mason is back from suspension.A few changes for the Dogs. Ben Roberts comes into the centres. Sonny-Bill Williams moves to lock and Nate Myles will start, moving Chris Armit to the bench. For the Raiders, Simon Woolford will start from the bench, making way for Lincoln Withers who will start at hooker. Craig Frawley has been ruled out. Jason Smith will start at five-eighth. Todd Carney moves to halfback.The third qualifying final will be underway soon.Kickoff - Clinton Schifcofske, the Raiders captain, gets us underway as the rain belts down. 2 min: NEWS Brent Sherwin puts a nicely waited qrubber kick into the in-goal but Schifcofske cleans up. Goal-line drop-out. 4 min: NEWS Phil Graham makes a great run and splits the Bulldogs line in half before passing to Schifcofske. The ball goes wide on the last to Purtell but he is rapped up. Bulldogs ball. 7 min: TRY Canberra RaidersOff the back of a Matt Utai knock-on, the Raiders capatilize. Jason Smith puts a kick in, just missing a Bulldogs player, and Phil Graham picks it up and scores. Schifcofske converts Raiders 6-010 min: NEWS A nice run and then offload from Dogs prop Willie Mason, but five-eighth Daniel Holdsworth knocks-on. Raiders recieve a penalty not long after and then head into Bulldogs teritary. But Crocker knocks-on. 12 min: NEWS The wet conditions are now coming in to play. Both teams are struggling with ball control. 15 min: NEWS Shane Hayne goes upstairs to Video referees Steve Nash and Bill Harrigan on a possible Andrew Ryan try. 15 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Bulldogs captain, Andrew Ryan, goes over. Video Referees give the thumbs up. El Masri converts. 6 all.17 min: NEWS Hayne again goes upstairs on a possible try to Utai. Should be disallowed due to players being in-front of the kicker.17 min: NO TRY Canterbury Bulldogs Utai's miraculous try which seemed to go through nearly every Bulldogs player try is disallowed. Play heads back up field for a Raiders penalty.21 min: NEWS More drop-ball from both teams but now, Jason Smith has put it down. Bulldogs have possesion in the Raiders half.25 min: NEWS The last person you'd expect to put in a left foot grubber kick in to the Raiders in-goal , Willie Mason, earns his side another set of six. Bulldogs once again have the ball inside the Raiders 20. 26 min: NEWS A bizarre bit of play, as Sonny-Bill Williams drops the ball on to the back of his heel, chip kicking over his head, into the Raiders in-goal. Williams looks proud of himself. Schifofske cleans up and gets the ball out in time.28 min: NEWS It's absolutely bucketing down now here in Sydney. The Dogs fullback Luke Pattern knocks on, and not long after, Phil Graham for the Raiders does to. 31 min: NEWS Brent Sherwin fails to play the ball properly and is penalised, right in front of the posts. Raiders elect to have a scrum. 32 min: NEWS Massive hit by Andrew Ryan and Willie Mason forces a Raiders knock-on and prevents a Raiders try.37 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsBrent Sherwin delivers a beautiful flick pass to the flying Luke Patten close to the line who then dives over and scores. El Masri adds the extras. Bulldogs 12-6HALF-TIMEBoth teams have struggled with ball control this half which is understandable considering the conditions. Nevertheless, both sides have have thrown the ball around well, and shown some nice attacking skills. The Bulldogs may be leading on the scoreboard, but don't rule out the Raiders who aren't far behind stats wise (well in some stats anyway).Penalties: BULLDOGS 1 RAIDERS 3Line breaks: BULLDOGS 2 RAIDERS 1Tackles: BULLDOGS 127 RAIDERS 189Miss Tackles: BULLDOGS 2 RAIDERS 10Offloads: BULLDOGS 6 RAIDERS 0Errors: BULLDOGS 8 RAIDERS 8Posession: BULLDOGS 68% RAIDERS 32%Kickoff - The Bulldogs will get us underway in the second-half, as the rain buckets down again. 41 min: NEWS Lincoln Withers drops the ball off the kick-off and the Bulldogs now have the ball close to the Raiders line.45 min: NEWS Todd Carney boots the ball down field on the third tackle, catching the Bulldogs off guard. Smart play from the young player in the wet. 52 min: NEWS Raiders have blown a try. They were certain to cross the line, but the 3/4 Adam Mogg threw a ball along the ground to nobody.53 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsA lovely offload from Bulldogs prop Mark O'Meley, and then a nice run and pass from the fullback Luke Patten, leads to a briliant run from Andrew Emelio who registers four points. El Masri adds another 2 points. Bulldogs 18-658 min: NEWS The Raiders will now recieve another set of six froma Bulldogs line drop-out. It came from a Simon Woolford grubber kick. Raiders now have the ball, but not for long, they've just turned it over. 62 min: NEWS Jason Smith will not return to the field, as he looks on from the sheds. More on this when news comes to hand. 64 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsBulldogs five-eighth Daniel Holdsworth strolls over the line and may have rapped up the game for his team. Holdsworth picked the hole in the Raiders line well. El Masri converts. Bulldogs 24-667 min: ATTEMPTED FIELD GOAL Canterbury BulldogsBrent Sherwin tries to add another point, but the strike isn't good. Bulldogs 24-668 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsBrent Sherwin puts in an early kick for Hazam El Masri who always knew it was on. He gets a lovely bounce and manages to get his first try of the night. He converts his own try. Bulldogs 30-670 min: NO TRY Canterbury BulldogsDaniel Holdsworth's try is disallowed and the Bulldogs are penalised. Holdsworth was ankle taped by Raiders players close to his line but just kept on sliding. Corey Hughes gave him a little nudge which was frowned upon by the video referees. Penalty Raiders.73 min: TRY Canberra RaidersAdrian Purtell gets his 5th try of the season and gets the last try of the night for the Raiders. Schifcofske converts, possibly for the last time on a rugby league field. Bulldogs 30-1277 min: NO TRY Canterbury BulldogsBen Roberts was never going to be awarded the try but the referee wanted to check it anyway, just to see if he crossed the side-line before he lost the ball.FULL-TIME: BULLDOGS 30 - RAIDERS 12Penalties: BULLDOGS 4 RAIDERS 6Line breaks: BULLDOGS 7 RAIDERS 2Tackles: BULLDOGS 255 RAIDERS 344Miss Tackles: BULLDOGS 12 RAIDERS 21Offloads: BULLDOGS 11 RAIDERS 3Errors: BULLDOGS 17 RAIDERS 18-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Daniel Holdsworth (Bulldogs)2 - Willie Mason (Bulldogs)1 - Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs)-----------------------------------------
ROUND 24 Sydney Roosters 26 v Parramatta Eels 40at Aussie StadiumReferee: Paul SimpkinsMatch Summary:The Parramatta Eels have secured a Top 8 spot in this year?s finals series and have continued their winning streak by defeating the Sydney Roosters 40 ? 26 today at Aussie Stadium. In a high scoring match, the Eels sent a strong message out to the other premiership contenders by putting 40 points on the depleted Bondi Junction unit and showing how devastating their attack can be as well as how strong their defence is.The Roosters were the first to score when Amos Roberts crossed the line in the 3rd minute showing brilliant footwork. The Eels struck back 5 minutes later when Eels center Luke O?Dywer ran a nice angle to give a flick pass to the solid number 5 Eric Grothe Jr, who juggled the ball over the line to register four points.From there, Parramatta?s confidence rose, and with a bit of luck here and there, they started to steam roll the tri-colours.The Eels continued the onslaught in the second half scoring two tries and adding a penalty goal to the scoreboard within the first 11mins. But the Roosters didn?t give up, and in the 56th minute, Chris Flannery strolled on through to score 4 points. This was quickly backed up by a great 40/20 kick from the young halfback Josh Lewis, who kicked from inside his own 30.The Roosters then scored through their skipper in the 71st minute. Fitzgibbon converted his own try.Roosters centre Ryan Cross caused some trouble in the last few seconds by shoving his elbow in to a Parramatta player, which fired up a few, but a fight was avoided.The Eels have now won nine on the trot and may have booked themselves a home semi-final as well. They will hope to continue their winning streak next week when they face the Broncos at Parramatta Stadium where as the Roosters will travel to New Zealand in hope that they can get their 1000th win over the Warriors. Scorers:Sydney Roosters: 26Tries: Ryan Cross(2), Craig Fitzgibbon, Chris Flannery, Amos RobertsGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 3/4Parramatta Eels: 40Tries: Eric Grothe, Peter-John Marsh, Luke O'Dwyer(2), Ben Smith , Dean Widders, Jarryd HayneGoals: Luke Burt 6/8By the Clock:The Sydney Roosters will host the in-form Parramatta Eels today at Aussie Stadium. The Eels will look to continue their eight match winning streak and good run home to the finals while the Roosters will play for a record of 1000 victories, a milestone that has not been achieved in the long history of rugby league in Australia.Roosters coach Ricky Stuart has made one change to his team, promoting Nigel Plum to the starting side as prop and dropping Shane Shackleton to the bench. The Eels are as per program.Kickoff - The Eels get us underway care of Luke Burt's boot. The Roosters recieve the ball and will run right to left.2 min: NEWS Mark Riddell kicks the ball out on the full. Roosters now have posession inside the Eels half. 3 min: TRY Sydney RoostersAmos Roberts shows briliant footwork after recieving a ball from Ryan Cross close to the sideline. Roberts manages to stay in the field of play and ground the ball before touching the corner post. Fitzgibbon fails to convert. Roosters 4-07 min: TRY Parramatta EelsLuke O'Dywer runs the angle before off-loading a nice flickpass to Eric Grothe who juggles the ball over the line to score. Luke Burt fails to add the two. 4 all.11 min: NEWS David Shillington's swinging arm connects with Glenn Morrison's head. Morrison looks a bit groggy but his on his feet. Eels recieve a penalty.11 min: TRY Parramatta EelsJarryd Hayne, the try scoring machine, recieves a pass over the top from Eels five-eighth John Morris and strolls over the white line. It looked all to easy for the Parramatta winger. Luke Burt converts. Eels 10-414 min: TRY Sydney RoostersYoung Roosters halfback Josh Lewis takes the ball to the line mid-field before putting in a nice grubber kick for his outside backs. Amos Roberts gets the bounce and draws Eels players before passing to Ryan Cross. Fitzgibbon adds the extras. 10 all.22 min: NEWS Eels have the ball inside the Roosters 20 but fail to capatilise after Morrison throws a wobbly pass to nobody. Morrison looked to be in two minds. Tupou cleans up for the Roosters.24 min: NEWS Eels have another chance now inside the Roosters 20 after young Roosters fullback gets a bad bounce off the kick from Eels Dean Widders and knocks on. 24 min: TRY Parramatta EelsEels utility Dean Widders runs straight through an ordinary Roosters defence on their goal-line to score. Luke Burt converts. Eels 16-1026 min: TRY Parramatta EelsThe Eels once again take it to the Roosters line and throw the ball through the hands. Morris puts a grubber kick in and finds a flying Ben Smith who scores with ease. Luke Burt adds another 2 from the side-line. Eels 22-1030 min: NEWS The Roosters will recieve a repeat set of six now courtesy of a Josh Lewis grubber kick.31 min: TRY Sydney RoostersJamie Soward puts the ball on to his left boot with Roosters centre Cross in toe. Jarryd Hayne fails to clean up and Cross pounces on the ball and scores, just before the dead-ball line. Video Referee Steve Nash gives Cross the benefit of the doubt. Fitzgibbon misses the kick. Eels 22-1434 min: NEWS The Roosters get pulled up for restarting to quickly, before referee Simpkins allowed it. Soward and Finch are not happy.38 min: NEWS The Eels will have one last chance before half-time to put more points on the board. This comes after a poor kick from Amos Roberts down the side-line which goes out on the full.40 min: TRY Parramatta EelsLuke O'Dywer does well to take a bomb from Wade McKinnon and keep himself in teh field of play to register 4 points. Burt fails to convert. Eels 26-14HALF-TIME Penalties: SYD 3 PAR 5Tackles: SYD 139 PAR 116Miss Tackles: SYD 16 PAR 10Offloads: SYD 6 PAR 3Errors: SYD 5 PAR 3Kicks: SYD 10 PAR 10Kickoff- Josh Lewis for the Roosters gets the second half underway. The Eels recieve and will run right to left.44 min: NEWS A poor play the ball from Ashley Harrison results in a scrum to the Eels. They now have the ball mid-field.45 min: TRY Parramatta EelsLuke O'Dywer comes out of nowhere to pick up a poorly executed kick from Dean Widders and score. Burt is successful. Eels 32-1450 min: NEWS Aggresive defence being shown by Parramatta, with strong tackles being made in packs inside the Roosters 20. 53 min: NEWS Jeremy Smith goes down. Play is breifly halted while a trainer attends the halfback. He is now back on his feet.56 min: PENALTY GOAL Parramatta EelsThe Roosters are penalised by referee Simpkins for being inside the ten. Hindmarsh looks to the bench and then points to the posts. Burt doesn't let his team down and adds the 2. Eels 34-1461 min: TRY Parramatta EelsPJ Marsh scoots out of dummy half and breaks the line. He throws the dummy before diving over for 4 points. Burt's kick is struck well, and another 2 points are added. Eels 40-1464 min: TRY Sydney RoostersChris Flannery recieves a flat ball from Lewis on the Eels line and is carried over by the Eels players and scores. Fitzgibbon converts. Eels 40-2070 min: NEWS Josh Lewis amazingly kicks a 40/20 inside his own 30m line, giving the Roosters a great attacking chance.71 min: TRY Sydney RoostersCraig Fitzgibbon strolls through off a John Doyle pass and scores under the posts. He converts his own try. Eels 40-2672 min: NEWS Roosters lock Ashley Harrison is down and looks to be in tremendous pain. Play has been halted. Ronnie Plamer, Roosters trainer, and Dr John Orchard have called for a medicab. He is taken off the field.77 min: NEWS Jamie Soward does well to kick the ball out and win a scrum for his team off the 20m restart. The Roosters fowards were down there quickly to set up the scrum. 80 min: NEWS Cross is penalised for shoving his elbow in to a Parramatta player's face. A fight nearly breaks out.FULL-TIME - and the Eels have won their ninth straight match. The Roosters put a good fight but the Eels were just to good.Penalties: SYD 5 PAR 8Tackles: SYD 286 PAR 232Miss Tackles: SYD 34 PAR 27Offloads: SYD 11 PAR 4Errors: SYD 12 PAR 7Kicks: SYD 18 PAR 22-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Jarryd Hayne2 - Luke O1 - John Morris-----------------------------------------
ROUND 21 Penrith Panthers 36 v New Zealand Warriors 6at CUA Stadium PenrithReferee: Tony ArcherMatch Summary:The Panthers have extinguished the New Zealand Warriors last hopes of making the finals by defeating them 36?6 at CUA Stadium. Starting well in the first half, the Warriors looked like they would really take it to the 11th placed Penrith team, but their second half performance was dismal. They dropped a lot of ball, made wrong decisions (especially on the last tackle) and executed most plays poorly. The home side on the other hand looked like the Panthers team of old, with impressive runs from the forwards and great ball handling from the backs. Their defence was also effective, making some of the Warriors players frustrated. Five-eighth Preston Campbell played an important part in his side?s victory, kicking 6 from 7 conversions and setting up a few tries. But the star of the night was Rhys Wesser who bagged a hat trick and played a first-class game at fullback. The ultimate downfall for the Warriors was the amount of mistakes and poor decisions they made. 52 missed tackles and 12 errors is something that Ivan Cleary would be disappointed with. Ruben Wiki may find himself in some trouble with the judiciary this week after a dangerous high tackle that put Joel Clinton on the ground. Matthew Cross may also be in some hot water after placing his hands between a player?s legs. Craig Stapleton is also expected to be out for at least 2 ? 3 weeks with an injury.The Panthers will hope to gain a further two points next week when they take on the Souths at Telstra Stadium and the Warriors will hope to redeem themselves against the Sharks back in New Zealand. Scorers:Penrith Panthers: 36Tries: Tony Puletua, Luke Rooney, Rhys Wesser(3), Matthew CrossGoals: Preston Campbell 6/7New Zealand Warriors: 6Tries: Manu VatuveiGoals: Tony Martin 1/1By the Clock:The Penrith Panthers host the New Zealand Warriors at CUA Stadium tonight in what should be an exciting encounter. Both teams are outside the top eight but are mathematically in contention for a finals spot, so a win tonight is a must.No changes for the Penrith Panthers but Brent Webb drops out for the Warriors and Cooper Vuna comes in to the side. Michael Luck also moves from the bench to the run on squad. We have great conditions for a football match tonight. It's warm and there's only a slight breeze.KICKOFF - The Panthers get play under way off Preston Campbell's boot. 2 min: NEWS Warriors on the attack now 10m out from the Panthers line after a mistake from Wesser. 4 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsVatuevi scores off a cross field bomb from Rovelli. Martin converts. Warriors 6-06 min: NEWS Ruban Wiki penalised for being off-side at marker. Panthers now have some momentum. 7 min: NEWS Preston Campbell takes an intercept close to the Panthers line, crosses half-way, but has no support. Panthers recieve a penalty. 11 min: NEWS Gower looks for a 40/20 but kicks the ball out on the full. Warriors now have the ball inside the Panthers half.20 min: TRY Penrith PanthersTony Puletua crosses the line after a switch ball from Gower. Campbell's kick is successful. 6 all.24 min: NEWS Warriors have the scrum-feed after Matthew Cross loses the ball carelessly. 26 min: NEWS Grant Rovelli puts a grubber kick in through to Wesser who knocks on. Warriors now attacking the Panthers line. 31 min: NEWS Priddis goes to the blind side from dummy-half on the last tackle and it finds Rooney. Rooney puts a kick into the Warriors in-goal and secures a repeat set of six.32 min: NO TRY Video referee Phil Cooley denies Michael Gordan a try and rules a goal line drop-out. 33 min: NEWS Simon Mannering recieves a shocking pass from George Gatis and knocks on giving the Panthers a chance close to the Warriors line.36 min: TRY Penrith PanthersLuke Priddis puts a grubber kick in out of acting-half towards the goal posts and Wesser dives on the ball and scores. Campbell adds the extras. Panthers 12-6HALF TIME STATSPENALTIES: PEN 3 WARR 2TACKLES: PEN 135 WARR 179MISS TACKLES: PEN 7 WARR 27ERRORS: PEN 7 WARR 5POSSESION: PEN 54% WARR 46%COMPLETIONS: PEN 14/19 WARR 13/18KICKOFF - Warriors get us underway in the second half. 45 min: PENALTY GOAL Penrith PanthersCampbell converts from right in front after Koopu was penalised for taking Campbell out. Panthers 14-647 min: NEWS The Warriors almost looked like scoring after making good metres and ending up close to the try line but it was not to be as Mannering, after almost heading in to touch, passes the ball to Campbell.50 min: NEWS Priddis gets smashed by Wiki. He eventually finds his feet and play resumes. 52 min: NEWS Gower is denied a chance at catching a bomb by Anderson and the Panthers recieve a penalty. 53 min: TRY Penrith PanthersAfter spreading the ball through the hands out to Gordan, the winger busts through two tackles and finds Wesser who crosses the white line. Campbell puts a further two points on the board. Panthers 20-656 min: TRY Penrith PanthersLee Hookey hands off a brilliant pass to Luke Rooney on the wing who manages to stay inside the field of play and ground the ball. Campbell fails to convert from the sideline. Panthers 24-661 min: NEWS Wesser and Ah Van collide after going for a kick. Archer rules a knock on and Warriors get the feed. 63 min: TRY Penrith PanthersMatthew Cross scores after recieving a cut out pass from Campbell with help from a decoy runner. Campbell doesn't miss. Panthers 30-666 min: TRY Penrith PanthersRhys Wesser scores his third for the night after a Priddis pass found Campbell who managed to keep it alive and give a miraculous pass to the try scorer. Panthers 36-670 min: NO TRY New Zealand WarriorsJerome Ropati was denied a try by the video ref after he was found to be off-side when the ball came off one of his team mates. 73 min: NEWS Joel Clinton has hit the ground after a dangerous high tackle by Ruben Wiki. The tackle is placed on report.74 min: NO TRY Penrith PanthersA grubber kick from Gower just crosses the dead ball line before Gordan could ground it.75 min: NO TRY New Zealand WarriorsThe video ref is once again called upon despite the referee being in perfect position. The ball was not grounded and the video ref rules a 20m restart for Penrith.FULL TIME STATSATTENDENCE: 9,725PENALTIES: PEN 7 WARR 2TACKLES: PEN 234 WARR 369MISS TACKLES: PEN 13 WARR 52ERRORS: PEN 10 WARR 12-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Rhys Wesser2 - Preston Campbell1 - Luke Priddis-----------------------------------------
ROUND 15 Wests Tigers 26 v Sydney Roosters 14at Telstra StadiumReferees: Gavin BadgerMatch Summary:The Wests Tigers have possibly destroyed the Sydney Roosters hopes of making the top eight by defeating them 26-14 at Telstra Stadium. The Roosters failed to do the simple things right which resulted in careless passes, sloppy kicks and drop-ball. The Tigers however, played a simple game based on field position and completions which were two things the Roosters struggled to maintain.The Roosters started strong with an early lead of 10-0 twenty eight minutes into the game. It seemed the Roosters were going to go into half-time without any points scored against them but this wasn?t the case as Crockett juggled the ball over line to get the scoreboard ticking for his team. The second-half saw the Tigers control the game. They dominated possession and starved the Roosters of any chance of a second-half comeback. In a finish which highlighted how exciting the game was, Beni Marshall showed a piece of individual brilliance by stepping, dummying and finally giving a magnificent flick-pass to Dean Collis who crossed the white line to register four points. With the Roosters now having to win seven out of their last ten matches, their hopes of making the eight are rapidly diminishing. Scorers:Wests Tigers: 26Tries: Dean Collis, Robert Farah, Ben Galea, Benji Marshall, Michael CrockettGoals: Brett Hodgson 3/5Sydney Roosters: 14Tries: Ryan Cross, Chris Flannery, Shaun FoleyGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 1/2, Amos Roberts 0/1Halftime: Tigers 12-10Crowd: 19,360By the Clock:Welcome to Telstra Stadium for the clash between the Wests Tigers and Sydney Roosters. Both teams need a win desperately tonight to keep their finals hopes alive.All origin players will back-up tonight. Both teams are as per program.It's going to be chilly winters night, but despite that, perfect conditions for a rugby league game.KICKOFF - Benji Marshall gets us underway. 1 min: NEWS Penalty to Roosters. Tigers were off-side at the kick-off. 4 min: NEWS Tupou makes a great run, passing the half way line but the Roosters fail to capitalise, Morley knocks on. 6 min: NEWS Tigers on the attack. Marshall fires a wide ball out to the wing but it finds the side-line. 8 min: NEWS Sloppy play by both teams in the first few moments of the game. Anasta kicks the ball Soccer style on the last tackle. 13 min: NEWS Finch puts up a high ball on the 5th. Tigers knock it on. Scrum feed to Roosters 10m out.14 min: NEWS Hodgson manages to hold up Fitzgibbon over the line. 16 min: TRY Sydney RoostersBrett Finch puts a brilliant grubber kick in for his chasers, Hodgson loses the ball over the line and Foley manages to ground it. Roosters 6-018 min: NEWS Tigers attack the Roosters right hand side and end up forcing a goal line drop-out.21 min: NEWS Strong defence from the Roosters prevents the Tigers from scoring. Tigers are penalised for pushing Foley back over the try line after the tackle is completed. 23 min: TRY Sydney RoostersA briliant solo effort from Cross, as he manages to take on two Tigers players and ground the ball inside the in-goal. Roosters 10-028 min: TRY Wests TigersPrince throws a dummy, breaks the line and sets his team up well inside the Roosters 20. The ball goes through the hands until it reaches Crockett who juggles the ball over the sideline to score. Roosters 10-630 min: TRY Wests TigersThe Tigers have managed to run the length of the field in that set of six. Prince runs at the line and once again sets his team up for a try through Galea. Hodgson converts. Tigers 12-1035 min: NEWS Hodgson is tackled high by Soliola. The tackle is placed on report. Penalty awarded to Tigers. 38 min: NEWS Tigers make a huge mistake inside their own 20, the ball ends up inside the Tigers in-goal and Roberts dives on it. Try is disallowed.HALFTIME - Tigers 12 Roosters 10Well it's been an exciting first half. Both teams have shown brilliance in attack and their defence has been solid as well. The Tigers need to look at their one on one tackles and the Roosters need to impove on their completions.42 min: NEWS Tigers come out firing. Price puts a monster of a bomb up but young Foley leaps high and takes it. 44 min: NEWS Shackleton drops the ball whilst trying to play it. Referee Badger lets it go. 48 min: NEWS Prince puts a small grubber kick in to the in-goal and forces a goal line drop-out.50 min: TRY Wests TigersFarrah puts in a kick from dummy-half and it finds Marshall who scores. Hodgson adds the extras. Tigers 18-1051 min: TRY Wests TigersPrince puts in a banana kick which finds a Roosters player who loses it. The ball goes to the left through the hands. Farah goes himself from dummy-half and burrows over for the try. Hodgson narrowly misses the conversion. Tigers 22-1058 min: NEWS So far the Tigers have had all the ball in the second-half. Second Half Possesion: Tigers 68% Roosters 38%64 min: NEWS Roosters continue to struggle to complete their sets after Flannery puts in a shocker of a kick. 66 min: NEWS A superb one on one tackle from Farah forces Wing to lose the ball. 70 min: NEWS Galea makes an attempt at a field-goal but misses. 72 min: TRY Sydney RoostersFinch kicks high to his right wing where Soliola jumps and knocks it back for Flannery who grounds it. Video Referee awards the try.Roberts fails to convert. Tigers 22-1476 min: TRY Wests TigersMarshall dumies and steps before giving a briliant flick pass to Collis who scores. Hodgson fails to add the two. Tigers 26-14FULLTIME - Tigers 26 Roosters 14What a game! It was a well deserved win by the Tigers who looked dazzling whenever they touched the ball. The Roosters once agian played well in patches but their completions lost them the game. -----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Robert Farah2 - Scott Prince1 - Benji Marshall-----------------------------------------