SEAN Hampstead returns to the NRL this weekend from a week off to control the top of the table fixture between the Dragons and the Storm at OKI Jubilee Stadium. The last time Hampstead officiated at a Dragons encounter was his controversial outing to Kogarah where Eels halfback Jeremy Smith was hit with a contrary conduct charge for pushing him.Shayne Hayne returns to Friday night football for the first time since Round 14 when the Sea Eagles just edged out the Tigers at Brookvale Oval. Hayne will be at the centre of an important match between two sides vying for the top eight, Cronulla at home to Newcastle.Tony Archer, who had a sound performance last weekend up in Townsville during the Queensland derby, will head west to the foot of the Blue Mountains to referee the match at CUA Stadium between the Warriors and the Panthers. The Warriors? season is all but over but the Panthers can maintain a position in or around the eight with a victory.Number one referee, Steven Clark, has been appointed to the clash at Parramatta Stadium on Saturday night between the Eels and the Sea Eagles, a rematch of last year?s 4th Qualifying Final. In the corresponding game earlier this year at the SCG, it was a Matt Orford field goal that got Manly home. Clark was also the referee for that match.After three consecutive weeks refereeing the Foxtel Sunday afternoon delayed match, Jason Robinson will move to the Saturday night match between the Rabbitohs and the Raiders. The two sides met earlier this year in Round 13 when Souths were pipped at the post by two points down in Canberra, with David Peachey playing his first game for the club.Paul Simpkins, who is still recovering from injuring his calf in Newcastle in Round 5, will travel to Brisbane for the rematch of the 2005 2nd Semi Final between Brisbane and the Wests Tigers. The two sides sit in much different positions than they did at that time as the Broncos are pushing for a top two finish while a loss for the Tigers on Sunday could be the end of their season.Gavin Badger will referee for the second week in a row back in First Grade after having a short stint back in Premier League. The man who refereed the New South Wales vs. Queensland Residents match in State of Origin I will be the centre of attention when the Roosters are at home to a Cowboys side without Johnathan Thurston at Aussie Stadium on Sunday.
North Queensland Cowboys 26 def. Brisbane Broncos 10
At Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville
Referee: Tony Archer
MICHAEL Crocker returns for the Melbourne Storm on Friday Night when they take on the Cronulla Sharks at Olympic Park. It will be his first appearance since being suspended against South Sydney in Round Nine at Telstra Stadium.
GAVIN Badger, a product of the South Sydney District, makes his long awaited return to NRL Refereeing this weekend when he will control the Newcastle and South Sydney clash at Energy Australia Stadium in Newcastle. This will be Gavin?s first NRL fixture since Round 16 where he was in the middle when New Zealand obliviated Souths 66-0 in record fashion. Badger replaces young Ben Cummins, who has been dropped to running as a touch judge on Friday Night, because of not using the video referee when needed over the past couple of weeks.Shayne Hayne also returns to the middle this weekend after a week off when he will control the all important clash between the Tigers and Eels. Hayne, who was in charge of the Bulldogs? golden point victory of the Warriors, will be looking to continue his good form with the whistle as we lead in to the time when referees push for Semi Final positions.Jarred Maxwell has been rewarded for a good performance when in charge of the Rabbitohs and Sea Eagles fixture on Saturday night, and will be returning to Telstra Stadium to be in charge of the always fiery Bulldogs-Roosters encounter.Steve Clark will once again take the number one referee position in to round 20 when he will referee Friday night footy down in Melbourne between the Storm and the Sharks. Clark, who had a sound game when in charge of the Bulldogs-Dragons match, is the front runner to replace retired Tim Mander as the Grand Final referee.One of the men closely behind Clark in the race for the Grand Final position, Paul Simpkins, will be the man with the whistle when the Dragons travel down to the Nation?s Capital, to take on the Canberra Raiders. Simpkins, who is a member of the South Sydney District, was the frontrunner for the Grand Final last year before wasting it on a bad call in the Storm v Cowboys Semi Final.Tony Archer will be in charge of the all Queensland fixture when the Cowboys are at home to the Broncos this Saturday night in Townsville. Archer, who refereed his first finals match last year in Wollongong between the Dragons and Sharks, will be looking to have a sound game to improve his chances of an appearance once again in the finals.Jason Robinson, who was a junior referee in the Penrith District, will travel to Brookvale Oval on Sunday afternoon, where he will be the man in the middle for Manly?s first home match in three weeks when they take on the Penrith Panthers. Robinson has held his position for the last three weeks in First Grade although talented referees Tony De Las Heras and Gavin Badger have been pushing for his spot. Former State of Origin referee Sean Hampstead will have a week off this weekend after crossing the Tasman for the Warriors-Eels match. Hampstead who did not appear in the Finals last year, will be looking to repeat his good form of the first half of the season, which earned himself an Origin appearance.
ROUND 19 Penrith Panthers 17 v North Queensland Cowboys 8at CUA Stadium, PenrithReferees: Ben CumminsMatch Summary:The Penrith Panthers have kept their dream of a finals appearance alive with a low scoring 17- 8 victory over an ordinary Cowboys outfit. The Cowboys led 2-0 at halftime in a tryless opening stanza half thanks to a 12th minute penalty goal from Queensland halfback Johnathon Thurston.In what was pretty much the only exciting passage of the first half, the scoreboard attendants fell asleep on the job and forgot to press the half time siren. The players were left playing for an extra half a minute before referee Ben Cummins got a message from his video referee to blow half time.I'm not sure what the coaches said at halftime but the players came out wanting some action and straight after the break. Panthers hooker Luke Priddis dived over after a good break by Luke Swain.The conversion was successful and the the Panthers were in front for the first time tonight 6-2.Only moments later veteran five-eight Preston Campbell kicked a 40/20 to give the Panthers a sniff at two tries in a minute.However, as the story was on the night for both sides, handling let the Panthers down as they searched for a second try. Moments later, Queensland halfback Johnathon Thurston chipped over the top before being taken out by young Panthers prop Matthew Cross. This gave the visitors another set of six on the Panthers' goal line.Former Dragons junior Steve Southern who was recalled in to First Grade this week, got the Cowboys back into the game as he went over to score off a Mark Henry break to put the Cowboys back in front 8-6.Just when the Cowboys thought they were back in the contest, young Panthers winger Michael Gordon set off down the western touchline. On the next tackle, Rhys Wesser bumped off three poor attempts at tackle and scored to put the Panthers back in front by 12-8.Then came the turning point of the match with Ty Williams screaming down the touchline and about to dive for the corner, Joel Clinton ankle tapped him as he dived for the line a la Scotty Sattler.With just two minutes left on the clock and time ticking away for the victors, Craig Trindall on debut for the Panthers slotted a field goal to put the margin out to five points and would make the task just a bit harder for the Cowboys.A minute later, things got worse for the visitors, when New South Wales forward Luke O'Donnell was placed on report by referee Ben Cummins for a dangerous tackle.The writing was on the wall in the dying stages as young winger Michael Gordon crossed in the corner to make the full time score 17-8 to the home side.In what could be described as a sloppy match, the Panthers came away with the two points to continue the Cowboys' horror run. The Panthers now lie on the same points as the Cowboys and are in striking distance of even the fifth placed Sharks.Scorers:Penrith Panthers: 17Tries: Luke Priddis, Rhys Wesser, Michael GordonGoals: Preston Campbell 2/3Field Goals: Craig TrindallNorth Queensland Cowboys: 8Tries: Steven SouthernGoals: Johnathan Thurston 2/2By the Clock:Welcome to CUA Stadium where steady rain has been falling all day but luckily enough, it has stopped in the late afternoon. Dark clouds are still pondering over the area though. Shane Rodney and Lee Hookey drop off the Panthers bench while for the Cowboys, Mark Henry has replaced Josh Hannay in the centres.The Cowboys are out on to the park as Tony Puletua leads out the home side.Kickoff!8 min: Both sides off to a tentative start in a must win game.10 min: Referee Ben Cummins calls held and Rhys Wesser passes the ball so it is a scrum and the Cowboys go on the attack.12 min: PENALTY GOAL North Queensland CowboysLuke Priddis gives away a penalty in the play the ball and from the eastern touchline Johnathon Thurston takes the 2 points. Cowboys 2-013 min: The kickoff is ruled to be out on the full but on the replay it shows that the ball bounces millimetres inside the line.19 min: Drop ball marring what should be an open game here.22 min: The Socceroos would be proud of that! Thurston grubbers through the defence for Sing,who grubbers past Wesser for Southern but Campbell is there to clean up.25 min: A good cross field kick on the last tackle by Trindall is knocked on by Rooney.34 min: As the Cowboys go on the attack, rain begins to fall.36 min: A kick from the scrumbase by the Cowboys goes dead ingoal as a foot race was beginning.40 min: A bizarre end to the first half as no siren sounds but referee Ben Cummins blows halftime because the clock was down to 0.Halftime - A tryless first half that has been entertaining in the fact that it has been very open because of the error rate. Hopefully the scoreboard attendant will have something to do in the second half! He didn't in the first half as he fell asleep and forgot to press the siren for halftime!Second half underway...45 min: The Cowboys on the attack and maybe we will see our first try.Mitchell Sargent down injured in back play.46 min: TRY Penrith PanthersLuke Swain goes through the defence,comes to Bowen and gets an arm free and offloads to Priddis for the first try of the match.Campbell converts the try. Panthers 6-248 min: A 40/20 from Campbell sends the Panthers on the attack.52 min: A penalty gives the Cowboys another set of six as he chips over the top and Matthew Cross took him out.56 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysWelcome back in to first grade Bluey Southern! A great pass by Thurston finds Mark Henry who goes straight through and finds Southern who scores to level up.Thurston puts the Cowboys back in front. Cowboys 8-660 min: Matt Sing goes straight through from a kick return and streaks down field before finding Thurston who is eventually tackled by Wesser inside the Panthers half.The Cowboys then get a penalty for the markers not being square.65 min: NEWS The Panthers turn defence into attack as Gordon picks up a lost Cowboys ball and races down field.66 min: TRY Penrith PanthersOn the counterattack,Queenslander Rhys Wesser bumps off 3 poor attempts at tackle and scores to put the Panthers back in front. Campbell adds the extras. Panthers 12-869 min: Checking a possible Cowboys try.69 min: NO TRY - Matt Bowen turns defence in to attack off a kick but somehow Gordon comes from behind and takes him.On the next play they spread it wide and as Ty Williams dives for the corner,but Clinton comes from nowhere and ankle taps him in to touch.71 min: O'Donnell goes over to score for the Cowboys but it is ruled no try correctly as the pass was forward.78 min: Not long remains here and it looks like Penrith will get away with a victory here tonight.79 min: ON REPORT - Luke O'Donnell is on report for a lifting tackle.78 min: FIELD GOAL Penrith PanthersOn debut,Craig Trindall puts the margin out to 5 and makes it even harder for the Cowboys to come back. Panthers 13-880 min: TRY Penrith PanthersMichael seals the victory for the Panthers tonight as he scores in the corner to confirm the victory tonight.Campbell can't convert tonight Panthers 17-8Fulltime-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Preston Campbell2 - Joel Clinton1 - Matthew Bowen-----------------------------------------
ROUND 18 Parramatta Eels 46 v Newcastle Knights 12at Parramatta StadiumReferee: Ben CumminsMatch Summary:The Parramatta Eels have stolen Andrew Johns' show with a stunning 46-12 victory at Parramatta Stadium tonight. The Eels led from start to finish and led by 20-6 at the halftime interval.A Newcastle try in the 72nd minute provided Johns with the opportunity to add the extras and walk into the history books as the competition's all time leading points scorer.Local hero Tim Smith got the Eels off to a great start when he threaded a grubber kick through that ricocheted off a Knights leg and then was pounced on by Smith for the opening try.Things got worse for the visitors when moments later Smith put winger Eric Grothe away for their second try. Smith threw a 15 metre long cut out pass, hitting Grothe on the chest before he dived over.Only six minutes out from halftime the Knights had their first real chance to open their scoring, and they took it with open arms as Johns put Woolnough in to a big gap and he strolled around to score.Johns converted the try to go within a goal of the pointscoring record.However, the Knights were under the pump again as they let in two quick tries which left them down by 20-6 at the break.Any chance of a comeback was swiftly doused by the Eels with winger Jarryd Hayne scoring two tries in the opening 10 minutes of the half.Things went from bad to worse for the visitors as veteran Glenn Morrison went on a blind side surge, confronting the fullback before finding Johnny Morris.Matters deteriorated further for the Knights when a Johns blind side movement saw an intercept pass to Hayne who streaked away for his hattrick.And then it was destiny ... young Knights backrower Riley Brown strolled through some poor Eels defence to score beside the posts. The subsequent successful conversion gave Johns the all time points scoring record, surpassing the record previously set by Eels coach Jason Taylor.What might have been the highlight of the match however was upstaged by Hayne who, in the dying minutes, crossed for his fourth try in just as many first grade matches to cap off a great night for the Eels.They led from start to finish and finished up on the good side of the scoreboard with a 46-12 victory.The Eels now sit just two wins under the top eight while the Knights are just clinging onto eighth position.Top 10 since 1908 - PointsA Johns* - 2108J Taylor - 2107D Halligan - 2034M Cronin - 1971G Eadie - 1917E Simms - 1841H El Masri* - 1730R Girdler - 1690G Langlands - 1548C Schifcofske* - 1545* current playersScorers:Parramatta Eels: 46Tries: Eric Grothe, John Morris(2), Luke O'Dwyer, Tim Smith , Jarryd Hayne(4)Goals: John Morris 1/3, Mark Riddell 4/6Newcastle Knights: 12Tries: Adam Woolnough, Riley BrownGoals: Andrew Johns 2/2By the Clock:Welcome to Parramatta Stadium where history beckons where Andrew Johns needs just 4 points to become the NRL's leading point scorer.Young Eels centre Ben Smith makes a return to football tonight after suffering an ankle injury against the Cowboys early in the season.He will come off the bench with Daniel Wagon moving to the centres as Timana Tahu is out with a knee injury from the State of Origin.One change for the Knights with Luke Davico dropping off the 5 man Knights bench.Johns leads his men out on to the field as Nathan Cayless walks down the tunnel.Kickoff!2 min: After some poor communication on the last tackle,it is Wade McKinnon left to put up a swirling bomb that is knocked on by Nathan Hinton ingoal.5 min: TRY Parramatta EelsTim Smith goes to the line early in the tackle count and threads a grubber though.The ball deflects off a Newcastle leg and Smith is their to score the try.Crowd favourite Riddell converts the try. Eels 6-09 min: The Knights look promising in attack led by Gidley down the right hand flank.However in the next play Steve Simpson knocks on when trying to barge over close to the line.10 min: Josh Perry puts Fui Fui Moi Moi on his backside with an absolute bell ringer.12 min: Eric Grothe gives Daniel Wagon a one handed offload in his offload that sends Wagon 60 metres downfield.However,on the last tackle Carney defuses a Tim Smith bomb.16 min: TRY Parramatta EelsBrian Carney is caught out in defence on his try line and Eels halfback Tim Smith throws a 10 metre cut out pass that hits Eric Grothe on the chest who scores in the corner.Riddell from the sideline has missed. Eels 10-017 min: Perry off the kickoff hits Moi Moi in another bell ringer.20 min: Tim Smith goes from hero to villain as close to the line he throws a speculater cut out pass that goes in to touch.30 min: Now Johnny Morris throws a cutout pass into touch while on the attack.32 min: A knockon in the play the ball gives the Knights a rare entry to their attacking quarter.A Newcastle chant goes around Parramatta Stadium.34 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsSome gaps through the Eels defence appear and Johns throws a pin point pass onto the chest of Adam Woolnough who scores under the posts.Johns converts and goes within 2 points of the record. Eels 10-637 min: TRY Parramatta EelsOne of the tries of the season as the Eels have a two man overlap on the right hand flank.The ball goes out to O'Dwyer who draws the winger and finds Hayne who kicks infield for Morris who scores.Morris hooks the conversion badly. Eels 14-638 min: ON REPORT - Kirk Reynoldson on report for a late tackle on Tim Smith in the lead up to the try.On the replay it seemed there was nothing in it.40 min: TRY Parramatta EelsThe Eels score a scrappy try as a grubber goes in to the ingoal area and is knocked on twice by two Knights players before being grounded by Luke O'Dwyer.Morris converts the conversion from right in front off the uprights. Eels 20-6HALFTIME - The Eels have dominated possession with a clear 7 more sets of six.On the Knights first full set of six in the Eels quarter,the Knights crossed through Adam Woolnough with Johns converting to go within 2 points of the record.What was meant to be Joey's night is so far opposite number's Tim Smith,who has dominated tonight with 3 try assits and 1 try.Second half underway...42 min: News from the sheds at halftime is that Tim Smith has a possible fractured collarbone.45 min: TRY Parramatta EelsJohn Morris puts a pin point bomb in that is taken in flight by Jaryd Hayne who crosses in the corner.Riddell sprays the conversion from the sideline. Eels 24-648 min: A bomb by Jarrod Mullen bounces and Mark Riddell trots away 50 metres towards halfway.50 min: TRY Parramatta EelsHayne grabs a double as Dean Widders puts a grubber through that is finished off in the corner by Jaryd.Riddell slices the kick back to perfection from the sideline. Eels 30-655 min: TRY Parramatta EelsIt's a massacre in Parrmatta as Glenn Morrison sets off down the sideline and finds Morris in support to score the try.On the replay,it seems that Riddell knocked on at dummy half before the try.Riddell converts. Eels 36-662 min: TRY Parramatta EelsAnother hattrick for youngster Jaryd Hayne as he takes an intercept off a Joey Johns pass.Riddell slots another one over. Eels 42-666 min: Theres a biff in back play between Quinn and O'Dwyer.The penalty goes to the Eels for a swinging arm in the tackle although O'Dwyer was throwing punches left, right and centre.67 min: Riddell is held up over the line.68 min: George Carmont collars O'Dwyer after he knocks the ball on.There is a bit of push and shove as Quinn pushes the injured O'Dwyer as he was on the ground.72 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsRiley Brown goes through a big Eels gap to score next to the posts.Johns converts and is now the all-time leading point scorer in NRL History!Congratulations Andrew 'Joey' Johns! Eels 42-1274 min: TRY Parramatta EelsNewcastle are hit for 4 as young gun Jaryd Hayne scores his fourth in the corner to cap off a great night for the Eels.Morris with the conversion hooks it across the face of goal. Eels 46-1276 min: Hindmarsh on report for a lifting tackle.Fulltime-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Jarryd Hayne (Eels)2 - John Morris (Eels)1 - Tim Smith (Eels)-----------------------------------------
ROUND 17 Canberra Raiders 12 v Parramatta Eels 18at Canberra StadiumReferees: Russell SmithMatch Summary:Parramatta has entered the winners circle tonight following an 18-12 victory against the Raiders in Canberra.The Eels are now within 2 wins of the top eight and are set to face the Newcastle Knights next weekend at Parramatta Stadium in a game that could make or break their season.The Eels got off to the perfect start with two quick tries to young winger Jarryd Hayne on the back of some poor defence down the Raiders left hand side.Following on from that the Raiders dominated the next half an hour of football but were unable to score. But in the final seconds of the first half young playmaker Todd Carney used his upper body strength to get through five Eels players and score beside the posts, putting Canberra back to within four points at the interval.The Raiders then started the second half poorly, with Parramatta backrower Glenn Morrison going through some ordinary defence by hooker Lincoln Withers to score on the fringe of the ruck and stretch the margin out to 2 tries.However, the Raiders weren't to be outdone hitting back almost straight away thanks to a backline movement finished by stand-in fullback Marshall Chalk and with half an hour remaining there was only 4 points separating the two sides. The lead was stretched out to 6 points when centre Brett Delaney took a penalty goal in the 65th minute.The only chance either side had from that moment on was when hooker Lincoln Withers dived for the line with 2 minutes to go but lost the ball according to referee Russell Smith. After further inspection when packing the scrum, it appeared that Dean Widders had actually stripped the ball and the Eels had gotten out of jail.The final score was 18 points to 12 to the Eels leaving the Raiders to slip out of the Top 8. Scorers:Canberra Raiders: 12Tries: Todd Carney, Marshall ChalkGoals: Todd Carney 2/2Parramatta Eels: 18Tries: Glenn Morrison, Jarryd Hayne(2)Goals: Brett Delaney 3/5Halftime: Eels 10-6.By the Clock:Good evening and welcome to Canberra Stadium.No changes for Parramatta however for the Raiders,Simon Woolford and Troy Thompson drop off the bench while Michael Hodgson goes from the bench to prop to replace Thompson.Alan Rothery will go from the bench to the second row with young gun Tom Learoyd-Lahs dropping back to the bench.Your referee for this one is Russell Smith.1 min: NEWS Underway in Canberra.5 min: TRY Parramatta EelsA 15 metre cutout pass from Tim Smith finds Jarryd Hayne who crosses for the first try of the night.Delaney from the sideline converts. Eels 6-08 min: NEWS Luke O'Dwyer for the Eels turns defence in to attack when he takes a cross-field kick from Jason Smith on his 20 metre line then takes off downfield before finding the turf near halfway.10 min: TRY Parramatta Eels10 minutes gone and already early warning signs for the Raiders.Jarryd Hayne steps and weaves around some poor defence and scores in the corner for his second try.Delaney misses the conversion. Eels 10-013 min: NEWS From a very lofty penalty count,the Eels have numerous sets on the Raiders line however O'Dwyer is forced over the sideline.17 min: NEWS A good second man play by the Raiders but fullback Marshall Chalk has been held up in goal.23 min: NEWS Going to the video for an Eels try ...24 min: NEWS NO TRY - Jason Smith knocks the ball on and Johnny Morris diving for the line can't hold on to the ball.36 min: NEWS The Raiders dominating the go forward but have no points to show from it.39 min: NEWS A few sets of six here for the Raiders on the Eels goal line to finish the half.40 min: NEWS Checking for a Raiders try ...40 min: TRY Canberra RaidersTodd Carney with 5 men on him somehow manages to get the ball down for the home sides first points.Carney converts his own try. Eels 10-6HALFTIME - The Eels got off to a flying start thanks to a poor defensive start to the match from the Raiders.The Raiders are slowly working their way back into the match and the try right on halftime was well deserved.41 min: NEWS 2nd Half Underway44 min: TRY Parramatta EelsThe Eels extend their lead as Glenn Morrison slices through some poor Raiders defence from a missed tackle from Lincoln Withers.Delaney converts the try. Eels 16-649 min: TRY Canberra RaidersThe Raiders are back thanks to a slick backline movement finished off by fullback Marshall Chalk.Carney converts. Eels 16-1254 min: NEWS Final warnings for Captain Croker,the next one goes to the sin bin!57 min: NEWS The second try in 5 minutes for the Eels that has been called back via a forward pass.63 min: ATTEMPTED PENALTY GOAL Parramatta EelsA penalty against Terry Martin for not getting to his feet to play the ball.However the kick at goal just misses by Delaney.Now the restart drop out goes out on the full! Eels 16-1265 min: PENALTY GOAL Parramatta EelsThis kick at goal from the dropout going out on the full is taken by Delaney and he gets the two points. Eels 18-1271 min: NEWS Todd Carney down injured for the Raiders after a good shot from Jarryd Hayne.75 min: NEWS The Raiders have the ball on their goal line,they must go 100m to win this one.78 min: NEWS Big finish coming up here!A goal line dropout coming up here.Could extra time be on the cards?79 min: NEWS Lincoln Withers dives for the line but is ruled to have lost the ball but the ball appears to have been stripped80 min: NEWS Michael Weyman drops the ball and that should be the game.However a forward pass and the Raiders have 16 seconds to go and 74 metres to run.Fulltime-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Wade McKinnon2 - Todd Carney1 - Fuifui Moimoi-----------------------------------------
ROUND 14 Parramatta Eels 22 v Melbourne Storm 34at Parramatta StadiumReferees: Paul SimpkinsMatch Summary:The Melbourne Storm have taken outright position at the top of the NRL ladder following a 34-22 victory over the hapless Parramatta Eels at Parramatta Stadium earlier this afternoon.The game was saw two hat tricks to Jake Webster and John Williams respectively with young Eels winger Jarryd Hayne also bagging a double.The Eels got off to a strong start with three tries in nine minutes following a try to Jake Webster. Centre Brett Delaney could not convert and the Eels led 12-6.In a quick change of events, the Storm then ran in three tries in 10 minutes. Cooper Cronk and Steve Turner crossed with the pick of the day to centre Ryan Hoffman. Five-eighth Scott Hill went through the poor Eels defence before finding Steve Turner who turned the ball back on the inside to Hoffman who scored under the posts.Going into the break down 20-12, the Eels conceded another try early in the second half down their right hand defence. Scott Hill went straight through again before finding Geyer who scored in the corner for a 26-12 lead.When Jake Webster scored his second of three tries, the game was all but over.The match was marred by a touch judge report that Eels prop Fui Fui Moi Moi allegedly bit Storm prop Brett White on the right bicep. Moi Moi has denied the claims with close-ups of White's arm showing bite marks.Late consolation tries to Jarryd Hayne and John Williams got the scoreline back within 12 right on full time however today the Eels were awful despite dominating the first half an hour.The down side of the match was the abysmal crowd of 7139 that turned up to watch this NRL fixture.Scorers:Parramatta Eels: 22Tries: John Williams(3), Jarryd Hayne(2)Goals: Mark Riddell 1/1Melbourne Storm: 34Tries: Cooper Cronk, Matt Geyer, Ryan Hoffman, Steve Turner, Jake Webster(3)Goals: Chris Walker 1/2, Matt Geyer 2/5By the Clock:One change for the Eels with Daniel Wagon out and Henry Perenara onto the bench and Dean Widders into lock.For the Storm,Steve Turner moves to fullback with Matt Geyer from the centres to the wing and Ryan Hoffman from the back row to centre.Kaufusi goes to the 2nd row while Jamie Feeney goes from the bench to the lock position with Jeremy Smith back to the bench.Both teams are out onto the field ready for kickoff.Your referee is Paul Simpkins.1 min: NEWS Kickoff!6 min: NEWS Storm go on the attack following a penalty from a strip7 min: TRY Melbourne StormKiwi winger Jake Webster opens the scoring on the right hand flank amid controversy as from the quick tap from a penalty close to the line,referee Paul Simpkins blocked the goal line defence from tackling Jake Webster.Conversion successful from Geyer. Storm 6-012 min: TRY Parramatta EelsDean Widders puts a grubber kick through and finds Luke O'Dwyer who is tackled centimetres from the tryline.On the next play,Tim Smith puts a cross field kick through for an unmarked Jarryd Hayne who scores in the corner.Delaney from the sideline just shaves the uprights. Storm 6-419 min: TRY Parramatta EelsHayne grabs a double as on the last tackle way out on the eastern touchline,he goes from dummy half and gets through some ordinary defence to put the Eels infront.Delaney from the sideline again misses again. Eels 8-621 min: NEWS The kickoff has gone out on the full!22 min: TRY Parramatta EelsA crossfield kick from Tim Smith finds winger John Williams who crosses on another try assist from last years Rookie of the Year.Delaney from the sideline once again misses badly. Eels 12-623 min: NEWS Out on the full once again from Turner!24 min: NEWS A repeat set of six here for the Eels and now they get a penalty as Adam Blair and Jeremy Smith are placed on report for a dangerous tackle.29 min: NEWS Going to the video to see whether Cronk has scored a try for the Storm.29 min: TRY Melbourne StormCronk slices through the Eels defence and even though Geyer was on his outside, he went himself and momentum took him over the line.Geyer hits the post with that conversion. Eels 12-1036 min: TRY Melbourne StormScott Hill runs the ball close to the line and with a great offload, the former Panther Steve Turner gets through and passes back into Ryan Hoffman scores the try.Geyer can't convert the try. Storm 14-1238 min: TRY Melbourne StormCronk runs the ball on tackle 5, he turns the ball back onto Matty Geyer who finds Steve Turner who scores under the posts.Geyer converts. Storm 20-12Halftime - The Eels dominated the middle passage of the first half on the back of a solid foundation by their forwards and the Storm not being able to put the Eels players on the ground which resulted in a large number of offloads.This meant that the Eels were able to score three tries in nine minutes to race to a 12-6 lead.The Storm then hit back with three quick tries to lead 20 to 12 at the break.41 min: NEWS Second half Underway.42 min: TRY Melbourne StormScotty Hill busts the Eels defence again on halfway, comes to the fullback and Geyer scores in the corner.Walker from the sideline converts! Storm 26-1253 min: TRY Melbourne StormCentre Jake Webster gets a double on the back of a Chris Walker intercept from a Tim Smith pass.In the next play 20 metres out, quick hands and on the right hand flank Webster scores.Geyer can't convert the try. Storm 30-1255 min: NEWS Going to the video for an Eels try ... 55 min: NEWS NO TRY - Young winger Jarryd Hayne when looking for a hattrick, dives for the line but his feet just scrapes the sideline.55 min: NEWS The game turns spiteful as there is a touchjudge report in for Fui Fui Moi Moi for allegedly biting Brett White.58 min: NEWS Steve Turner has left the field with a knee injury.63 min: TRY Melbourne StormA chip over the top from Cooper Cronk finds Jake Webster to score his hattrick.Walker from out wide misses. Storm 34-1264 min: TRY Parramatta EelsA long ball from Johnny Morris finds young gun John Williams who scores in the corner.Jarryd Hayne takes over the kicking misses the conversion. Storm 34-1674 min: NEWS The crowd is 7139.79 min: TRY Parramatta EelsA consolation try to the Eels as young winger John Williams streaks away to score un touched.Riddell converts from the sideline. Storm 34-22Fulltime - The Storm have taken 2 vital points without their origin stars in a solid performance against a poor Eels side in the second half.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Cooper Cronk (Storm)2 - Scott Hill (Storm)1 - Nathan Friend (Storm)-----------------------------------------
ROUND 13 Canterbury Bulldogs 38 v Newcastle Knights 22at Telstra StadiumReferees: Paul SimpkinsMatch Summary:The Bulldogs have bounced back to form with a crushing 38 points to 22 victory over the Newcastle Knights at Telstra Stadium tonight. Things were looking interesting coming in to the second half with the score line locked at 16 all. However a rampant forward display by the Bulldogs to begin the second half led to the 2 points heading out to Belmore tonight.The Knights opened the scoring with a penalty goal via a Willie Mason high tackle but only minutes later the Bulldogs hit back through a try to Hazem El Masri as he somehow stayed in the field of play off the back of a great flick pass from Sonny Bill. The lead then changed again moments later as Irish winger Brian Carney flew on to a Daniel Holdsworth intercept pass as he then ran 60 metres to put the Knights back in front.The Knights skipped further away moments later off a great offload from the newly shaved Kirk Reynoldson onto Clint Newton who scored beside the posts to put the scoreboard out to 12-4.The doggies then got back into the game through Corey Hughes scoring his first of his double from a scoot from dummy half to reduce the margin to 2 points. Moments later, the home side were back in front as lock, Tony Grimaldi offloaded to man of the moment Hughes who dived over for his double and a 16-12 lead just before the half time break.The Knights were thinking points not halftime, as some quick hands just before the siren sounded saw winger Anthony Quinn scoring 1 of his 2 tries to lock up the ball game at 16all at the break.The Bulldogs got off to a blinder in the second half with 2 quick tries to El Masri and Holdsworth. The El Masri try was a bit controversial as a forward pass by Hughes was knocked on by a Knights player and then dived on by El Masri, as the video referee Phil Cooley could not rule on forward passes, the try was awarded. As a result, the Bulldogs led 28-16.The sealer of the game occurred just 13 minutes from time as a neat grubber kick by newly re-instated halfback Brent Sherwin was put through and El Masri was there to grab a hattrick.The Knights had a slimmer of hope 5 minutes later as Knights winger Anthony Quinn bagged a double as he grubbered through for himself and won the race to the ball to get the margin back within 10.However, the night was definitely that of the Bulldogs and to cap it off, Reni Maitua did one of his renowned in and aways as he skipped downfield to score in the corner on full time. El Masri?s conversion was successful and the final score line read 38-22 which was El Masri?s 600th career goal.Scorers:Canterbury Bulldogs: 38Tries: Hazem El Masri(3), Corey Hughes(2), Reni Maitua, Daniel HoldsworthGoals: Hazem El Masri 5/7Newcastle Knights: 22Tries: Clint Newton, Anthony Quinn(2), Brian CarneyGoals: Andrew Johns 3/5By the Clock:With pitch inspectors picking rain for most of the weekend,mother nature had held off for the game of the round here at Telstra Stadium.For the Knights,Tanner goes back to the bench,Newtown into the 2nd Row and the Bushranger,Kirk Reynoldson into lock.For the Doggies,young gun Billy Ngawini drops off a 5 man bench.A nice big crowd in as Johns leads the Knights out onto the park.The Doggies are lead out by Andrew Ryan.1 min: NEWS Simpkins blows time on!7 min: NEWS Some good covering by Anthony Quinn saves a try as a nice grubber by Sherwin was put into the ingoal for a flying Reni Maitua.10 min: PENALTY GOAL Newcastle KnightsAfter a penalty for a high-shot by Willie Mason,Andrew Johns slots the opening points of the game from right in front. Knights 2-012 min: NEWS Danny Buderus covers well as he ankle taps Trent Cutler over the sideline as he beats the first line of Newcastle's defence.13 min: NEWS Video ref for Bulldogs try...14 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsHazem El Masri does freakishly well to stay in as he dives for the corner off a great flick pass from Sonny Bill Williams.El Masri from the sideline hooks the kick. Bulldogs 4-217 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsBrian Carney takes an intercept off a Daniel Holdsworth pass an runs 60 metres to put the Knights back in front.Johns from out wide hits the post. Knights 6-422 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsKirk Reynoldson close to the line gives a great offload to Clint Newtown who scores adjacent to the uprights.Johns converts the try. Knights 12-425 min: NEWS The Doggies have good field position off a charge down of a Johns kick.Now they get a penalty from a high tackle.27 min: NEWS Going to the video for a doggies try...27 min: NEWS No Try - Mason knocks the ball on then Knights lock Kirk Reynoldson has the ball stripped from him .. no advantage played.30 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsFrom dummyhalf,Corey Hughes dives over to get the doggies back into the game.El Masri from next to the posts converts. Knights 12-1035 min: NEWS Kurt Gidley gives the Bulldogs a great chance before halftime as he knocks on a wobbly grubber from Andrew Ryan on his 30.36 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsHughes grabs a double under the posts Holdsworth promotes the ball,Grimaldi keeps the ball alive and Hughes dives through a staggered defence line.El Masri converts. Bulldogs 16-1240 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsAnthony Quinn scores a vital try before the break as some quick hands in the centrefield creates an overlap for Carmont who finds Quinn to score in the corner.Johns can't convert from the sideline. 16 all.Halftime - We are witnessing a quality game of football with good go forward by both sides especially the forwards.The Knights are gaining their advantage through an open ruck area however the doggies are playing well thanks to good metres gained from their big front rowers.Second half underway!50 min: NEWS Sonny BIll Williams makes a prospering run down field,he gets his arm free but the ball deflects off Quinn into touch.51 min: NEWS Going to the video for a dogs try...51 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsFrom dummy half,Hughes throws a forward pass that is knocked on by Quinn,El Masri is there to pounce on the ball and score.As the video referee can't check on forward passes,it was given the green light.El Masri converts his own try. Bulldogs 22-1655 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsFive-eight Daniel Holdsworth slides through some poor defence to just about make the margin too big for the Knights.El Masri converts Bulldogs 28-1660 min: NEWS Johns scoops up a loose ball and passes to Carmont who races down 60 metres before being tackled by El Masri.No Knights players were near him,so he plays the ball back to no-one and the Doggies dive onto it.65 min: NEWS Sonny Bill makes a line break .. when passing the ball,it is knocked down backwards by Craig Smith but then is knocked forward by Bulldog Trent Cutler.67 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsA Sherwin grubber into the corner is taken beautifully by El Masri to score his hattrick.El Masri hits the post when trying to kick his 600th goal from the sideline. Bulldogs 32-1671 min: NEWS NO TRY - Knights backrower Clint Newton drops the ball just short of the line as a result of a last gasp tackle by Trent Cutler.72 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsWinger Anthony Quinn keeps the ball alive,then grubbers through and wins the race to the ball to shorten the deficate.Johns converts from outwide. Bulldogs 32-2275 min: NEWS No time left now for the Knights,after a good attacking raid,Kirk Reynoldson loses the ball in the tackle.79 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsReni Maitua caps off a great night for the blue and whites as he gets outside his opposite number with a good in and away to score in the corner ... give that man a contract!!!El Masri fro 600 goals ... hooks back and is there! Bulldogs 38-22Fulltime-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Mark O2 - Sonny Bill Williams1 - Danny Buderus-----------------------------------------
ROUND 12 Brisbane Broncos 25 v Canterbury Bulldogs 6at Suncorp StadiumReferees: Steven ClarkMatch Summary:The Broncos have kept their good record after origin games intact with a 25 points to 6 thrashing to arch rivals the Bulldogs.Normally close games between the clubs, this one was a mismatch as the home side led from start to finish to take the two compettion points.Brisbane got off to a great start as they jumped to a 12-0 lead early on the back of tries to Tupou, Berrigan and Boyd in the first fifteen minutes of the contest.The home side opened the scoring in just the third minute of action as Kiwi winger Tame Tupou finished off a picturesque back line movement that involved two second man plays.As if things couldn?t get worse for the visitors, less than five minutes later, the Broncos were in again this time on the blind side as fullback Karmichael Hunt threw a short pass on to the chest of centre Shaun Berrigan who crashed over.With the next try to young star Darius Boyd, the Bulldogs were looking down the barrel of a heavy defeat after only fifteen minutes as the score line read 12-0. The only thing that was keeping the doggies in the contest was Corey Parker?s wayward goalkicking. In the first half the visitors struggled to keep possession of the ball as the held it for only just over 50%. However, in the second half we saw a much bigger improvement with the Bulldogs scoring the first try of the half as five-eighth Daniel Holdsworth delivered a miracle flick pass to utility Reni Maitua to crash over next to the posts. This was converted to get the Doggies back within two converted tries.The hopes of the Canterbury side were soon dashed when Tupou grabbed a double and doing well to stay infield as he dived over to score in the corner. Parker then kicked his first of the night from the sideline to give the Broncos a 24-6 lead.The icing on the cake was performed fifteen minutes from time as a Darren Lockyer field goal put the contest beyond doubt.This loss to the Bulldogs really questions their Top 4 credentials however the Broncos take a vital 2 points during the origin period.Scorers:Brisbane Broncos: 25Tries: Shaun Berrigan, Darren Lockyer, Tame Tupou(2), Darius BoydGoals: Corey Parker 2/6Field Goals: Darren LockyerCanterbury Bulldogs: 6Tries: Reni MaituaGoals: Hazem El Masri 1/1By the Clock:Justin Hodges is out for the Broncos with Brent Tate replacing him, Casey McGuire is out with Ian Lacey replacing him at hooker.A small change to the Doggies with Willie Mason and Nate Myles switching from the 2nd Row to the bench.1 min: NEWS Kickoff!2 min: NEWS Lockyer misses a 40/20 by a couple of centimetres as the ball bounces up instead of rolling on its head.3 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosA slick backline move as a couple of second man plays are constructed in the centre of the field.Berrigan goes through then turns the ball back on the inside for Tupou to score to cap off a great start to the game for the Broncs.Parker from next to the posts misses! Broncos 4-06 min: NEWS A great start to this game continues as Perry kicks down field from halfway and El Masri is caught in goal.7 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosA short ball close to the line by Hunt and Shaun Berrigan scores in the corner as the Bulldogs' woes continue.Parker from the touchline can't add the extras. Broncos 8-012 min: NEWS A piggy back penalty gives the Broncos another chance but a forward pass by Shane Webcke lets the team down.15 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosThe Broncos go wide again and Tate ushers young gun Darius Boyd inside who scores in the corner.Parker from the sideline just shaves the uprights. Broncos 12-018 min: NEWS Going upstairs to see a Broncos try ... looks like Lockyer knocked it on.18 min: NEWS NO TRY - A kick through gets a horror bounce and Lockyer dives but knocks the ball on while trying to ground it.22 min: NEWS On their first trek downfield,the Doggies force a goalline dropout.29 min: NEWS Corey Hughes penalised while attacking for taking the marker out while playing the ball.33 min: NEWS O'Meley is penalised as Lockyer puts up a bomb and Mark takes him out late.34 min: ATTEMPTED PENALTY GOAL Brisbane BroncosCorey Parker misses the penalty attempt from out wide as he keeps his kicking rate to 0%. Broncos 12-035 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosA great offload by Corey Parker midfield on to captain Lockyer who runs 50 metres to score under the posts.Parker converts his first of the night. Broncos 18-0*Halftime*45 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Bulldogs are on the board as Holdsworth throws a miracle ball back over his head that is taken by Maitua to dive over next to the posts.El Masri converts. Broncos 18-650 min: NEWS Going to the video for a possible Broncos try.51 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosThe Broncos move further ahead as a great offload from Civoniceva to Lockyer who then throws a bullet pass to Tame Tupou who does very well to score in the corner.Parker kicks it from the sideline! Broncos 24-665 min: FIELD GOAL Brisbane BroncosLockyer seals the game for the Broncos with a nicely slotted field goal. Broncos 25-671 min: NEWS The Broncos have a try gone begging as an obstruction takes place as Hunt runs away down field.Fulltime in Brisbane-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Darren Lockyer (Broncos)2 - Corey Parker (Broncos)1 - Karmichael Hunt (Broncos)-----------------------------------------