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Johns breaks record but Eels take the points

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 players of the match:3 - Jarryd Hayne (Eels)2 - John Morris (Eels)1 - Tim Smith (Eels)-----------------------------------------

Eels end Raiders winning streak in Canberra

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 players of the match:3 - Wade McKinnon2 - Todd Carney1 - Fuifui Moimoi-----------------------------------------

Storm too strong for Eels

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 players of the match:3 - Cooper Cronk (Storm)2 - Scott Hill (Storm)1 - Nathan Friend (Storm)-----------------------------------------

El Masri breaks record in victory against Knights

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 players of the match:3 - Mark O2 - Sonny Bill Williams1 - Danny Buderus-----------------------------------------

Broncos take the points over ordinary Bulldogs

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 players of the match:3 - Darren Lockyer (Broncos)2 - Corey Parker (Broncos)1 - Karmichael Hunt (Broncos)-----------------------------------------

Manly bounce back to form over Storm

ROUND 11 Manly Sea Eagles 34 v Melbourne Storm 12at Brookvale OvalReferee: Gavin BadgerMatch Summary:The Manly Sea Eagles have won a gutsy victory over the Melbourne Storm at Brookvale over early tonight, the home side leading from start to finish for a 34-12 victory.The first half was marred with dropped ball from both sides but it was the Sea Eagles who took their chances scoring three tries to two in that half. The Storm had the dominant amount of possession but were unable to capitilise.Manly opened the scoring in just the fifth minute of play when a short side move resulted in a good short ball from Monaghan onto Glenn Stewart to score in the corner.Things then went from bad to worse for the visitors as they had a try disallowed only minutes later when Nathan Friend was correctly ruled to have performed a double movement.The game was in the balance when Matty Orford showed NSW Origin selectors what they're missing out on, the half back setting up play for centre Steve Matai who crashed over to give Manly a 10-0 lead.To rub salt into the wounds the Sea Eagles scored again only moments later as winger Matt Geyer dropped fumbled in his in-goal and Chris Hicks was there to grab one of the easiest tries he will ever score.Just after halftime, the Storm were looking down the barrel of a major defeat as Orford threaded a grubber through and prop Mark Bryant was there to score under the posts for a 22-0 lead.There was still a glimmer of hope for Melbourne as they scored a Storm special with a back line play down the right hand flank inside their own half, eventually finished off by veteran Matt Geyer.Moments later a great inside ball from Cooper Cronk onto Steve Turner and the Storm were back within 10 with 20 minutes remaining.However the Storm lacked their defensive power that they have enforced over the past month in the NRL eventually going down 34-12 with late tries to wingers Hicks and Stephenson for the Sea Eagles.This is a real confidence booster for the Sea Eagles who without three of their starting forward pack members. Not to be outdone, the Storm were also without Smith, Inglis and King.Scorers:Manly Sea Eagles: 34Tries: Mark Bryant, Chris Hicks(2), Paul Stephenson, Glenn Stewart, Steve MataiGoals: Matt Orford 5/6Melbourne Storm: 12Tries: Matt Geyer, Steve TurnerGoals: Matt Geyer 2/2Crowd: 9,338By the Clock:Two understrength sides as the Origin period begins but both are in blistering form.There has been light rain all afternoon but no rain to speak of at the time being.Matty Orford leads out the Eagles against his former club.5 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesGood cut out pass by Monaghan who hits Glenn Stewart to score in the corner for the home side.Orford from the sideline hooks it wide Sea Eagles 4-09 min: NEWS A good break by Steve Turner,but a try is bombed out wide with a forward pass thrown.11 min: NEWS Nathan Friend has a try disallowed as a double movement occurred.14 min: NEWS A great break by Cooper Cronk and in the next play,the Storm force a goal line dropout.15 min: NEWS Going to the video for a possible Storm try...15 min: NEWS NO TRY - Chris Hicks is ruled to have forced the ball ingoal for a goalline dropout.29 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesShort pass close to the line by Orford and Matai is too hard to stop from there.Orford kicks a beauty from the sideline. Sea Eagles 10-033 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesMatt Geyer makes a meal of a cross field kick into the ingoal and Chris Hicks pounces to score an important try before the break.Orford kicks another ripper from the sideline! Sea Eagles 16-040 min: NEWS Halftime - A solid effort from the Eagles in a pretty scrappy affair at Brookie.Back Underway at Brookie.49 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesA short grubber by Matt Orford close to the line and big Mark Bryant crashes over!Orford converts. Sea Eagles 22-052 min: TRY Melbourne StormMatty Geyer makes up for his mistake in the first half as the Storm go the length of the field for their try down the right hand flank.In Injury news Matai has gone off clutching at his wrist,perhaps a broken wrist for the rising star.Geyer converts his own try.Sea Eagles 22-660 min: TRY Melbourne StormMelbourne back in this one as young halfback Cooper Cronk goes straight through,finds Steve Turner to score under the posts.Geyer converts this one. Sea Eagles 22-1267 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesA bomb by Orford to the corner and the young Storm winger Samau drops the ball and Stephenson is there to seal the game for the home side. Orford kicks it from out wide. Sea Eagles 28-1272 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesHicks scores his second as this game turns into a try feast.Orford stabbed a grubber through and Hicks was there to ground it just before the deadball line.Orford kicks another from the sideline. Sea Eagles 34-1280 min: NEWS Fulltime here at players of the match:3 - Matt Orford (Sea Eagles)2 - Cooper Cronk (Storm)1 - Shayne Dunley (Sea Eagles)-----------------------------------------

Cowboys grind out win against Panthers

ROUND 9 North Queensland Cowboys 22 v Penrith Panthers 6at Dairy Farmers StadiumReferees: Ben CumminsMatch Summary:In wet and windy conditions in Townsville, the Cowboys have broken a two game losing streak with a 22-6 win against the Penrith Panthers. The home side led 10-0 at halftime in miserable conditions but went on with the show in the second half to post a solid victory. The Cowboys got off to a great start when fullback Matt Bowen showed the selectors what they missed out on last night by putting a cross field bomb in for cousin Brenton who lept above the pack to score first points. Things got worse for the mountain men when inspirational hooker Luke Priddis went off the field with a suspected corked thigh. He did not return for the rest of the match and the Panthers attack didn?t have any direction without the veteran hooker and former captain Craig Gower who was a late exclusion. Matty Bowen then proved what an attacking threat he is as he kicked a 40/20 late in the second half. On the back of this, the Cowboys scored their second try through Australian bench player Johnathon Thurston who sliced through some poor defence from Frank Puletua to score under the posts. If things couldn?t get any worse for Penrith, just after the half-time interval, after a line break from Brenton Bowen, centre Nick Youngquest came in late as a flop over the tackle and as a result of the professional foul, Youngquest was sinbinned. However, the Cowboys switched off after this incident thinking the points would come falling off trees. They had no direction in attack and no points were scored while Youngquest was in the bin. Things looked to be all wrapped up when Cowboys hooker Aaron Payne dived over from dummy-half to give the home side a 16-0 lead with only sixteen minutes remaining. There was a small chance of a comeback for the Panthers as they crossed the line for the first time as Rodney hit a whole off a Lewis inside ball to score only moments after knocking the ball on while trying to ground it. Young Cowboy prop Shane Tronc capped off a solid night in Townsville as he barged over close to the line right on fulltime for a 22-6 victory in miserable conditions.Scorers:North Queensland Cowboys: 22Tries: Brenton Bowen, Aaron Payne, Johnathan Thurston, Shane TroncGoals: Johnathan Thurston 3/4Penrith Panthers: 6Tries: Shane RodneyGoals: Preston Campbell 1/1By the Clock:Pooring rain here in Townsville for this one.Both teams looking to bounce back from consecutive defeats.Cowboy Luke O'Donnell will not be backing up from the test match with Gavin Cooper coming in to the second row.For the Panthers,Craig Gower is out with Lewis to five-eight,Campbell to halfback and Youngquest in to the centres.The rain has halted as the teams run on to the park.1 min: NEWS Ben Cummins the debuant referee blows time on!5 min: NEWS A two on one for the Panthers on the right hand side.The pass is thrown but Brenton Bowen takes an intercept to save a try.7 min: NEWS Going to the video for a possible Cowboys try ...8 min: NEWS NO TRY - Paul Bowman is ruled to have hit the corner post when trying to ground the football.13 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysA family affair as Matty Bowen puts a great crossfield bomb in for cousin Brenton Bowen who leaps above little Preston Campbell to score in the corner.Thurston from the sideline hooks the kick. Cowboys 4-016 min: NEWS The kickoff goes dead ingoal.A goal line dropout coming up here with good field position for the Panthers.17 min: NEWS Luke Priddis might have a corked thigh after being taken out while putting a kick through.25 min: NEWS Thurston misses a 40/20 by only one metre.27 min: NEWS Matty Bowen saves a certain Preston Campbell 40/20 by desperately knocking back the ball as it was heading over the sideline.31 min: NEWS A turning point?Matty Bowen kicks a huge 40/20 late in the first half.34 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysAshley Graham makes a great break from a scrum on half.Later in the set,Thurston runs the ball,bumps off a defender and scores under the posts.He converts his own try. Cowboys 10-037 min: NEWS A chance for the Panthers before the break,as Matty Bowen drops a pass 20 metres out from his own line.40 min: NEWS Halftime - In pooring rain,both sides are being to adventurous with the ball.They need to settle things down in the wet.The Panthers are lacking any structure in attack with no Gower and Priddis off the field.41 min: NEWS Second Half underway47 min: NEWS Ben Cummins makes a stand in his first NRL game as a referee.He has sin binned Nick Youngquest for a professional foul.57 min: NEWS The Cowboys have switched off as Youngquest has been in the bin.Youngquest has re-joined the contest.64 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysFrom dummy-half,Aaron Payne dives over to seal the game here for the Cowboys.This comes on the back of a great line break from Brenton Bowen.Thurston converts. Cowboys 16-068 min: NEWS Penrith second rower Shane Rodney dives for the line but has the ball knocked out of his hands in a one on one steal.71 min: TRY Penrith PanthersLuke Lewis turns the ball back on the inside to Shane Rodney who this time plants the ball down correctly to score the Panthers first of the night.Campbell converts from out wide. Cowboys 16-673 min: NEWS A chance here for the Panthers as the kickoff goes out on the full from Thurston.74 min: NEWS Game looks to be all wrapped up now as Rodney drops the ball when trying to penetrate the defence five metres out.78 min: NEWS Video ref for a possible Cowboys try.79 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysTronc barges over from close to the line to cap off a good night for the home side. Thurston converts.Cowboys 22-680 min: NEWS Fulltime! players of the match:3 - Matthew Bowen2 - Brenton Bowen1 - Shane Rodney-----------------------------------------

Roosters bounce back with upset over Cowboys

ROUND 8 North Queensland Cowboys 18 v Sydney Roosters 22at Dairy Farmers StadiumReferees: Shayne HayneMatch Summary: The Sydney Roosters have shocked critics by upsetting the Cowboys in Townsville tonight. The Bondi based club only had a 4 day turn-around coming in to this match following their 22-12 Anzac Day loss to the Dragons. Brett Finch starred for the tri colours playing in one of his best games for the club since moving across from the Raiders. He set up Amos Roberts? try in the first half with a neat grubber and put the Roosters back in front late in the second half with a pass to Anthony Tupou who scored under the posts. The Roosters got off to a shaky start with numerous sets of six in the first five minutes defending on their own goal line. However, they did well to get out of jail in that instance and the first time they got down in to opposition territory, young winger Sam Perrett scored in the corner. Both sides struggled to hold on to the ball continually in their sets of six. The Roosters only held the ball in 27/47 sets while the Cowboys for 26/40. The away side led 10-6 at the break but the Cowboys worked themselves back in to the game thanks to a great try to the Cowboys through the hooker Aaron Payne who caught the Roosters? markers out. However, the Roosters hit back in front through a piece of brilliance from half Brett Finch who slid through and found Anthony Tupou who scored under the posts. The game looked to be all wrapped up with eight minutes remaining when replacement hooker John Doyle fired a long ball out to former shark Vince Mellars who dived over to score in the corner. North Queensland gave their fans a slim hope of victory when Matty Bowen through a great cutout pass to Neil Sweeney who dived over in the corner. A couple of errors late in the contest from the Cowboys nullified any opportunity of a comeback victory. A thoroughly deserved victory to the tri colours who won the contest through a strong defensive performance despite backing up from a tough encounter against the Dragons on Anzac Day.Scorers:North Queensland Cowboys: 18Tries: Aaron Payne, Johnathan Thurston, Neil SweeneyGoals: Johnathan Thurston 3/3Sydney Roosters: 22Tries: Sam Perrett, Amos Roberts, Anthony Tupou, Vince MellarsGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 3/4By the Clock:One change for the Cowboys tonight with Ashley Graham out and Gavin Cooper into the centres.For the Roosters Minichiello,Edmonson and Flannery are out with Sa moving into the centres,John Doyle on to the bench against his old club,Nigel Plum is alongside him on the bench with Sam Perrett on to the wing.Anthony Tupou drops back to the bench with Lafi Manua in to the second row.1 min: NEWS Kickoff in Townsville!2 min: NEWS After a penalty on the 2nd tackle to the Cowboys.They are firm on attack here and get a repeat set of six.7 min: NEWS After doing all the defending so far,the Roosters go on the attack here through a knock on by Cooper.9 min: TRY Sydney RoostersOn their first trek down the opposition end,Anasta does well to keep the ball alive through an offload and Roberts throws a great cutout pass to Perrett who does well to score in the corner.Fitzgibbon can't add the extras. Roosters 4-014 min: NEWS Matt Bowen throws an unneccessary long pass in his own 20 and Vince Mellars drops the intercept that would of seen him run away and score.16 min: NEWS Going to the Video for a possible Cowboys try.16 min: NEWS NO TRY - Matthew Scott is ruled to be tackled short of the line.Somehow he gets a pass away to Brett Firman who knocks the ball on over the line.19 min: TRY Sydney RoostersBrett Finch puts a neat grubber in for Amos Roberts and Matty Bowen misjudges the bounce with Roberts going through to score under the posts.Fitzgibbon converts from in front. Roosters 10-025 min: NEWS The Roosters' are targeting Matty Bowen under the high ball and so far they are winning the battle.28 min: NEWS Paul Bowman is penalised while playing the ball for dissent while on the attack.30 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysThurston scores a Cowboys special.A long kick through by Anasta,finds Bowen on the full who runs to the right and creats and overlap on halfway.He fires a cutout pass to Matty Sing who runs away and passes on the inside to Thurston who scores next to the posts.Thurston converts his own try. Roosters 10-632 min: NEWS Firman can't find the line when taking a penalty kick for touch.40 min: NEWS Video Referee for a possible Cowboys try.40 min: NEWS NO TRY - Carl Webb is ruled to have done a double movement and is penalised.40 min: NEWS Halftime - Both sides have been very poor in the first half with the handling.The Cowboys are 15/26 in completions while the Roosters are only a bit better with 12/19.The Roosters' defence has been outstanding and if they go on to win this game,it will be on the back of this.41 min: NEWS Second half underway!And an error on the first tackle by the Roosters brings early pressure on themselves.46 min: NEWS Neil Sweeney bombs a try after Johnathon Thurston picks up a loose ball in his own half,runs away,Amos Roberts comes across and Johnathon passes on the inside to Neil who drops the ball cold.54 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysAaron Payne scores a good hookers try.With the markers still loitering around the tackle.It leaves a hole is the defensive line and Aaron runs 10 metres to score under the post.Thurston puts the Cowboys in front. Cowboys 12-1060 min: NEWS Ashley Harrison looking for a 40/20 kicks out on the full giving the Cowboys another chance.66 min: NEWS Craig Fitzgibbon is hit in a beauty from Brett Firman.68 min: TRY Sydney RoostersAnthony Tupou scores under the posts after a great ball from Brett Finch.Fitzgibbon strecthes the lead to 4. Roosters 16-1271 min: NEWS The Roosters go 100 metres in their next set of six and force a goal line dropout.72 min: TRY Sydney RoostersVince Mellars wraps the game up for the Roosters scoring in the corner off a long ball.Fitzgibbon adds the extras from the sideline. Roosters 22-1276 min: NEWS Going to the video for a possible Cowboys try.76 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysNeil Sweeney scores in the corner off a great ball from Matty Bowen to give the Cowboys a slight chance.Thurston's kick is an absolute beauty from the sideline. Roosters 22-1879 min: NEWS The Cowboys go on a role but as they reach halfway O'Donnell is ruled to have dropped the ball in the tackle.80 min: NEWS Fulltime players of the match:3 - Brett Finch (Roosters)2 - Matthew Bowen (Cowboys)1 - Ashley Harrison (Roosters)-----------------------------------------

Warriors move into the Positive

ROUND 7 New Zealand Warriors 46 v South Sydney Rabbitohs 14at Ericsson StadiumReferees: Jason RobinsonMatch Summary:Warriors Move in to the Positive The New Zealand Warriors are off the mark in 2006 following a 46-14 hammering of the South Sydney Rabbitohs in Auckland tonight. The forwards led from the front from the first whistle with inspirational leaders, Ruben Wiki and Steven Price standing up and taking control. Tony Martin kicked 9 from 9 and scored a try for a 22 point tally for the former Melbourne Storm star. This was a record for the most amount of points scored by a Warriors against a Rabbitoh in their short history as an NRL club. The Warriors led 26-4 at the break after a point scoring spree in the last fifteen minutes before halftime. The game was left wide open after a tight open quarter but the game sprung to life after a try to Tony Martin against the run of play. The Rabbitohs were able to get one try back before the break through former Panther Ben Rogers but a penalty goal and a long range try to Brent Webb opened the game right up before the break. The Rabbitohs lost Todd Polglase to a hamstring injury late in the first half but that didn?t stop them from coming out fired up for the second half. They ran in two quick tries just after the break to give themselves a sniff at 28-14. However, with the great goforward of the Warriors forwards, they were able to run away with the game. The Warriors now move in to positive territory on two points following their four point deduction as a result of a salary cap breach. They move off the bottom of the ladder which now means Souths sit in last place without a win. It won?t get any easier for the Bunnies as they take on Newcastle next weekend.Scorers:New Zealand Warriors: 46Tries: Todd Byrne, Tony Martin, Steve Price, Brent Webb, Ruben Wiki(2), George GatisGoals: Tony Martin 9/9South Sydney Rabbitohs: 14Tries: John Sutton, Paul Mellor, Ben RogersGoals: Nathan Merritt 1/3By the Clock:There is 1 change for the Warriors tonight.Jerome Ropati moves to five-eight,Grant Rovelli goes back to the bench with Richard Villasanti dropping off the bench.Guttenbiel will go back to the bench with Luck promoted to the starting side.For Souths,Germaine Paulson comes in for Adam Macdougall,Paul Mellor for Shannon Hegarty.Shannan McPherson drops off the bench.A very small crowd in here,but that won't darken each sides efforts to take the 2 points out of this one.1 min: NEWS Kickoff!5 min: NEWS Michael Luck is hit in a bellringer from Shane Walker5 min: NEWS Clinton Toopi is held up ingoal and it will be a play the ball on 0 tackle following a lead up play touched by Souths.6 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsSome poor goal line defence and Ruben Wiki from a standing start crashes over next to the posts.Martin converts the try. Warriors 6-013 min: NEWS Souths are deep on the attack but Ben Walker lets his team down on the last tackle as his bomb sails well over the dead ball line.16 min: NEWS Fien puts a kick down field and Merritt takes off with the ball.He finds Paulson who races down field,tries to find Merritt on his outside but the ball goes in to touch 30 metres out from the tryline.17 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsRuben Wiki takes the tap from a penalty 30 metres out.He charges past the first line of defence before barging over the top of Polglase to score under the posts for his second try!Martin converts the Wiki try.Warriors 12-022 min: NEWS Brent Webb is denied a try after Ropati throws a forward pass to him on the inside.25 min: NEWS Going to the video for a possible Warriors try ...25 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsTony Martin scoops up a grubber that rebounded off a player next to him.He picks it up and runs 50 metres to score under the posts.A question on whether he was offside.Martin converts his own try. Warriors 18-028 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsRogers gets one back for the Rabbits as he scores in the corner off a swift second man play.Merritt from the touchline hooks it wide. Warriors 18-429 min: NEWS Faalogo drops the ball from the kickoff giving the Warriors a chance to hit back.32 min: PENALTY GOAL New Zealand WarriorsMartin shoots over a penalty goal from right infront following a hold down penalty from Souths. Warriors 20-433 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsA break by Gutenbiel on half way,he links up with Brent Webb who runs 40 metres to score under the posts.Martin slots another one over from right infront. Warriors 26-435 min: NEWS After a mistake from the kickoff from the Warriors,Lowe tries to pop a pass on the first tackle for the Bunnies but the ball goes straight to Guttenbiel.40 min: NEWS Halftime.South Sydney have been horrible in defence in the first half.They have already missed 20 tackles and things like they will go from bad to worse.They have no respect for the football as they have had 8 errors in the first half.The Warriors however,despite not being flashy in the first half,they have got the job done so far with only 6 mistackles and 6 errors.Warriors 61% - Rabbitohs 49 % Possession41 min: NEWS Second Half underway and the Warriors kick out on the full from the kickoff!42 min: NEWS With a gap opening,Merritt finds Walker who puts it down releasing all the pressure they had gained.43 min: PENALTY GOAL New Zealand WarriorsMartin slots a penalty goal from right in front after an obstruction when a Fien bomb hit the turf. Warriors 28-446 min: NEWS Going upstairs for a possible Souths try.46 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsBen Walker,with nothing on puts a cross field grubber in for Paul Mellor who does extremely well to stay in as he scores in the corner.Merritt's conversion is way off the mark. Warriors 28-851 min: NEWS The Bunnies deep on the attack from back to back penalties.53 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsJohn Sutton barges over under the posts on tackle 5 following sustained pressure on the back of repeat sets of 6 from penalties.Merritt converts his first of the night. Warriors 28-1463 min: NEWS Souths have kept the Warriors out in attack very well in the 2nd half,thus giving themselves a slight chance of a comeback.66 min: NEWS The Warriors get six more tackles on the Rabbitohs line.67 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsGeorge Gatis dives over from dummy half to seal the game for the Warriors.Martin keeps his good record in tact. Warriors 34-1471 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsSteve Price dives over from out wide off an offload close to the line.Martin slots another one over. Warriors 40-1478 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsA great offload by Faumuina on the left hand side and Todd Byrne dives over to score which caps off a great night for the Warriors.Martin's conversion from the sideline is a ripper. Warriors 46-1480 min: NEWS Fulltime here in Auckland! players of the match:3 - Ruben Wiki2 - Awen Guttenbeil1 - Steve Price-----------------------------------------

Kiwis overcome critics to down Kangaroos in Tri-Nations opener

TRI-NATIONS GAME I Australia 28 v New Zealand 38 Match summary: New Zealand has overcome their many critics by beating Australia 38-22 at Telstra Stadium tonight in front of 28,255 spectators at Telstra Stadium. After the Kiwis lead 18-0 early, the Kangaroos charged back to lock the scoreboard up at 18-all at halftime.

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