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 Brookie.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Matt Orford (Sea Eagles)2 - Cooper Cronk (Storm)1 - Shayne Dunley (Sea Eagles)-----------------------------------------
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!-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Matthew Bowen2 - Brenton Bowen1 - Shane Rodney-----------------------------------------
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 -----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Brett Finch (Roosters)2 - Matthew Bowen (Cowboys)1 - Ashley Harrison (Roosters)-----------------------------------------
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!-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Ruben Wiki2 - Awen Guttenbeil1 - Steve Price-----------------------------------------
Australia 28 v New Zealand 38
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.
Canberra Raiders 18 v Manly Sea Eagles 36