ROUND 12 Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 34 v New Zealand Warriors 20at Toyota ParkReferees: Ben CumminsMatch Summary:The Cronulla Sharks have defeated the New Zealand Warriors 34-20 at Toyota Park this evening to move within two points of the top four.The Sharks held a commanding half 24-4 time lead through tries to Vagana, Bird, Albert and Bailey. The Warriors made far too many unforced errors but improved their second half performance but the deficit was simply too large to overcome.There were some solid performers for the Sharks with Paul Gallen, Phil Bailey and Darren Albert impressive while for the Warriors Ruben Wiki. Wairangi Koopu and Sione Faumuina were the pick of the bunch with Simon Mannering also having a good game.Brett Kimmorley had two passes intercepted for tries and his game has become very predictable and would be a huge worry for the Sharks when the play the top sides.The Sharks have now won five of their last six games to emerge as a contender while the Warriors fell well short of the performance that saw them flog the Wests Tigers last weekend.With the loss, the Warriors find themselves a long way off the pace and are sharing the bottom end of the NRL ladder with Souths and the Eels.The Sharks have the bye next weekend so this was a vital win for the Sharks as they retain their place in the top eight.Scorers:Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 34Tries: Phil Bailey, Greg Bird, David Simmons, Nigel Vagana, Darren Albert(2)Goals: Luke Covell 5/6New Zealand Warriors: 20Tries: Sione Faumuina, Wairangi Koopu(2), Simon ManneringGoals: Tony Martin 2/4By the Clock:1 min: NEWS We are underway at Toyota Park!1 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksNigel Vagana opens the scoring for the Sharks in the first minute. Sharks 6-09 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsWarriors hit back through a try to Simon Mannering. Sharks 6-414 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksThe Sharks are looking to exert their dominance in this game with another try, this time to Greg Bird. Sharks 12-420 min: NEWS The game is settling down a bit now after the frantic opening fifteen minutes.26 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksDarren Albert extends the Sharks lead and are starting to really put their foot on the accelerator now. Sharks 18-438 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksThe Sharks are doing it in style now with Phil Bailey crossing just before half time to give the Sharks a comfortable half time lead. Sharks 24-441 min: NEWS We are underway in the second half.41 min: NEWS Warriors through the gap and spinning the ball at will but give away a penalty for offside.44 min: NEWS Warriors starting to play better and make more yards both in the middle and out wide.45 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksSharks score on the counter attack with the Warriors attacking the Sharks line, Faumuina drops the ball, Albert scoops it up and off he went for a 97 metre try. Too far for the Warriors to come back from this one. Sharks 28-451 min: NEWS Warriors starting to unravel with some simple errors but the referee is doing them no favours.54 min: NEWS Video ref looking at a possible try to Phil Bailkey from the Sharks.55 min: NEWS No try to the Sharks. Bailey lost control of the ball.60 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsThe Warriors score through Sione Faumuina but time is fast running out for the Warriors. They are playing much better than they were in the first half. Sharks 28-1062 min: NEWS Video ref adjudicating on a possible try to the Warriors Grant Rovelli.62 min: NEWS No try. Penalty to Cronulla. Sharks player tackled in the air.64 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsFaumuina is making breaks left, right and centre and the Warriors finish off the movement with a try to Koopu. Sharks 28-1467 min: NEWS Warriors drop the ball and they are giving it their all but will probably run out of time unfortunately.71 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksThe Sharks have put an exclamation point on the result with a try to David Simmons to wrap up the match with under ten minutes remaining. Sharks 34-1478 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsAnother intercept thrown by Kimmorley which makes two for tonight but full credit to the Warriors for playing for the full 80 minutes and never giving up. Sharks 34-20-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Darren Albert (Sharks)2 - Paul Gallen (Sharks)1 - Wairangi Koopu (Warriors)-----------------------------------------
ROUND 10 Brisbane Broncos 32 v Manly Sea Eagles 10at Suncorp StadiumReferees: Jason RobinsonMatch Summary:The Brisbane Broncos have defeated the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 32-10 at Suncorp Stadium this evening.With the dreaded Origin period looming, both sides need the two points to stay in touch with the leaders but the Broncos traditionally struggle post Origin, so they need to horde all the points they can get in the leadup to Origin as they usually supply half a dozen players to the Queensland side and to stay within the top four, a win would be vital for their premiership hopes in 2006.Tonight, Manly were first out of the blocks with a try to the forgotten man of the NRL in Anthony Watmough.That was as good as it got for Manly with the Broncos taking control and never looked threatened from then on. The Broncos raced away to a match winning lead early in the second half and Manly just didn?t have it in them to run the powerful Broncos side down.The Broncos are now entrenched in the top four while Manly sit in the back half of the top eight and with four games to be played tomorrow, if results go against Manly they could find themselves outside the top eight.Scorers:Brisbane Broncos: 32Tries: Justin Hodges, Karmichael Hunt(2), Darren Lockyer, Corey Parker, Brett SeymourGoals: Darren Lockyer 1/1, Corey Parker 3/5Manly Sea Eagles: 10Tries: Chris Hicks, Anthony WatmoughGoals: Matt Orford 1/2By the Clock: 1 min: NEWS We are underway at suncorp Stadium for the clash between the Broncos and Manly. A vital game for both sides leading into the Origin series and the two points will be vital.5 min: NEWS Both sides still working each other out. No scores to report.11 min: NEWS Still no points in the match in what has been an evenly contested game so far.14 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesAnthony Watmough opens the scoring for Manly with a good try. Sea Eagles 6-022 min: NEWS Brisbane looking much better with the ball in hand now but are still yet to register their first points for the night.23 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosThe Broncos are on the board through a try to Karmichael Hunt. Sea Eagles 6-425 min: NEWS Shane Webcke has left the field with an injury and will not be returning tonight.29 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosBrisbane are in again, this time Brett Seymour is the scorer. Conversion unsuccessful. Broncos 8-637 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosCorey Parker barges over to score a vital try just before the half time break. Broncos 14-641 min: NEWS We are underway in the second half.48 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosThe Broncos are in again and they'll be hard to run down from this position. Darren Lockyer has scored under the posts to extends the Broncos lead beyond two coverted tries. Broncos 20-650 min: NEWS Video ref asked to adjudicate on a possible try to the Broncos but the result came back negative. No change to the scoreline.56 min: NEWS Still no change in the scores.56 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosThat just about wraps it up. Justin Hodges has scored to give the Broncos a 20 point lead with just over twenty minutes to play and at ahome, that is too big an ask for any side. Conversion successful. Broncos 26-666 min: NEWS No change in the scores and with Manly 20 behind, they can look to next week now.74 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesConsolation try to Manly to give the scoreline some respectability. Conversion missed. Broncos 26-1079 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosThe Broncs rub a little salt into Manly's wound with a late try to Karmichael Hunt with some good lead up work from Justin Hodges. Broncos 32-10-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Karmichael Hunt (Broncos)2 - Justin Hodges (Broncos)1 - Darren Lockyer (Broncos)-----------------------------------------
THE Cronulla Sharks have named their side to play the Canberra Raiders in Canberra this weekend with Adam Dykes not consdiered for selection due to an ankle injury.
THE Parramatta Eels have named a strong side to face the Bulldogs this weekend as they try and breathe life into their ailing premiership campaign.
MELBOURNE Storm forward Michael Crocker has been charged with a grade four dangerous throw on Souths lock Shane Rigon. Crocker faces a minimum of nine weeks on the sidelines if he takes the early guilty plea.
ROUND 9 Newcastle Knights 32 v Brisbane Broncos 30at EnergyAustralia StadiumReferees: Tony ArcherMatch Summary:The Newcastle Knights have beaten the Brisbane Broncos 32-30 at Energy Australia Stadium this afternoon in front of a crowd of over 21,000 people.Talk about a see-sawing match. The lead changed hands several times throughout the match but it was a penalty goal to Andrew Johns when the scores were locked at 30 all that broke the deadlock and ultimately proved to be the difference between the two sides.The match itself was played at a cracking pace for the entire eighty minutes and with six players from both sides backing up after Friday night?s test match, it was a superb effort from both sides to play such an entertaining match.For the Knights, Danny Buderus was excellent out of dummy half and Brian Carney proved to be a handful for the Broncos defence, scoring two tries and wreaking havoc from the back and from dummy half.For the Broncos, Darren Lockyer was the star while he was well supported overall by his forward pack, they just didn?t have enough left in the tank late in the match to get the Broncos home.The irony is the Broncos lost to the Raiders by two last week in a very similar match and get beaten by two this week.Scorers:Newcastle Knights: 32Tries: Todd Lowrie, David Seage, Steve Simpson, Brian Carney(2), Riley BrownGoals: Andrew Johns 4/7Brisbane Broncos: 30Tries: Darren Lockyer, Tame Tupou(2), Darius Boyd, Greg EastwoodGoals: Corey Parker 5/6By the Clock:1 min: NEWS We are underway at Energy Australia Stadium this afternoon in front a great crowd, covered in red and blue.4 min: PENALTY GOAL Brisbane BroncosBrisbane open the scoring through a penalty goal to Coery Parker. Broncos 2-011 min: NEWS Brisbane are applying all the pressure to the Knights in the opening ten minutes but are yet to cross for a try. Newcastle are hanging on. Just.12 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosBrisbane score through New Zealand winger Tame Tupou with a great backline movement. Brisbane are dominating in the opening stanza of the match. Broncos 8-016 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsNewcastle hit straight back through David Seage but the Broncos defence was caught napping and the Knights made them pay in quick time. Broncos 8-620 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsThe Knights have turned things around in quick time with Steve Simpson barging his way across out wide after some good lead up work. A very high quality game of footy unfolding here. Knights 10-827 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosBrisbane cross again in a see sawing contest that sees the side dominating possession scoring the points in quick time. Big winger Tame Tupou crosses for his second of the match and is proving to be a handful for the Knights defence out wide. Broncos 14-1032 min: NEWS Both teams using the football very well and making plenty of metres when in possession with Irish winger Brian Carney making some insightful runs from the backfiled and out of dummy half.37 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsNewcastle score through Todd Lowrie after Shane Webcke gave away a penalty for an incorrect play the ball. Kurt Gidley threw a simple inside ball that beat Corey Parker and the fullback Darius Boyd had no chance of stopping Lowrie Knights 16-1440 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsNewcastle are in again through Brian Carney, who has had a great game so far and caps it off with a try right on the stroke of half time. This try could prove very costly for the Broncos. Knights 20-1441 min: NEWS We are underway in the second half.43 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsThe Knights are in again through winger Brian Carney who is having a sensational game. The Knights are really starting to dominate the Broncos throuhg sweeping passing movements and the Broncos simply have no answer at the moment. Knights 24-1446 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosBroncos are in again to get themselves within a converted try of the Knights and I am starting to get RSI from all the typing. This match is moving at a very fast pace with tries every couple of minutes. Where will it stop? Knights 24-2050 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosThe Broncos are in again and my hands are getting worse! Defence is not in the vocab of either side today with 48 points scored in 50 minutes. Should be a 40 all draw by full time if the this trend continues. 24 all.52 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosCasey McGuire scampers out of dummy half, comes to a complete stand still to draw the fullback, then passes to Lockyer who races 40 metres untouched to score under the posts to give the Broncos a six point lead and a sixteen point turnaround in less than ten minutes. Broncos 30-2457 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsClint Newton throws a flick pass to Riley Brown, who steps Petero C easliy and is limping badly to level the scores for the Knights. 30 all.63 min: PENALTY GOAL Newcastle KnightsNewcastle take the lead again but I doubt the scoring is finished. The excitement level has reached fever pitch and the crowd are right into this game. Knights 32-3070 min: NEWS Shaun Berrigan loses the ball in his own half to give the Knights a great opportunity to wrap up the match.74 min: NEWS Both teams out on their feet. Will the Knights hang on to win or will the Broncos prevail?78 min: NEWS Justin Hodges chips ahead and the ball ends up with Todd Lowrie. Very poor option from Hodges. Broncos will get the ball back one more time.80 min: NEWS Newcastle hang on to win a two point thriller against the Broncos in front of a great crowd and the result was in doubt right up until the final ten seconds of the match. A penalty goal by Johns was ultimately the difference between the two sides.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Danny Buderus2 - Brian Carney1 - Darren Lockyer-----------------------------------------
THE Australian selectors have chosen Brisbane Broncos fullback Karmichael Hunt as the standby player for Anthony Minichiello as Minichiello races the clock to overcome a hamstring injury. Hunt has been rushed to Sydney to train with the Kangaroos ahead of Friday night's test match against the Kiwis at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.Is the selection of Broncos fullback Karmichael Hunt a belated April Fool?s day joke and the Australian selectors have merely got the months wrong?This issue could really turn into a Pandora?s box with the number of angles this ?interesting? selection can be taken from.Hunt is nowhere near the second best fullback in the NRL and without wanting to be disrespectful to Karmichael Hunt, his selection reeks of tokenism to douse the flames on the war of words between Australian coach Ricky Stuart and Wayne Bennett, Hunt?s club coach in Brisbane and the former Australian coach.What more does Matt Bowen have to do to get an Australian jersey? On form, he is streets ahead of Hunt and when you consider Hunt should really be playing for New Zealand regardless of his desire to play Origin for the Maroons, his selection is all the more puzzling.There is also the fact only three out of the 17 players selected are Queenslanders in the Australian side and that has left more than a few fans north of the border seeing red over the dominance of New South Wales players in the Australian team. Being a New South Welshman, I can empathise with their frustrations but truth be known, I think the selectors essentially chose the right 17 players.When you browse the 15 Australian based NRL teams, I?m not sure where Karmichael Hunt ranks in your list but in mine, he is outside the top five. Taking Billy Slater?s suspension and Brett Hodgson?s injury into account, Matt Bowen, Brett Stewart, Milton Thaiday and Ben Hornby all had stronger claims to the role of understudy to Anthony Minichiello. Even Melbourne Storm sensation Greg Inglis would be in front of Hunt as his form has been nothing short of superb and with the Australian team being no stranger to playing quality players out of position, players such as Amos Roberts would also have claims.At the end of the day, I don?t want the selection of Hunt to detract from the aura of the Test match, which should be a cracking game played in front of a full house but I can?t help but feel politics more so than form played the major part in the selection of Karmichael Hunt as the 18th man for the Kangaroos.
ROUND 8 Brisbane Broncos 30 v Canberra Raiders 28at Suncorp StadiumReferees: Russell SmithMatch Summary:The Brisbane Broncos have defeated the Canberra Raiders 30-28 at Suncorp Stadium this evening.Amazingly, the Raiders held an 18-0 lead at half time through tries to Tongue, Mogg and Croker, who was playing in his 300th match for the Raiders. The Raiders looked set to run away with the match but their second half nightmare was never far from their minds as the Raiders gave up 24 unanswered points in fifteen minutes to find themselves behind by a converted try early in the second half.The Raiders then hit back with another ten unanswered points to take a 28-24 lead with less than fifteen minutes remaining but the Broncos were not to be denied as they scored in the 68th minute through Justin Hodges with Darren Lockyer kicking what was to be the match winning goal.The Broncos held on in the remaining ten minutes with the Raiders left to rue yet another loss away from home and a game that should have been in the bag by half time. To score 28 points and lose is simply unacceptable but when you lose as often as the Raiders do, letting the close ones go is a very hard habit to break.Brisbane maintain their place in the top eight and are now equal competition leaders with the North Queensland Cowboys while the Raiders continue to live up to everyone?s expectations by finding themselves well off the pace as we enter the grueling representative season.Scorers:Brisbane Broncos: 30Tries: Justin Hodges, Karmichael Hunt(2), Darren Lockyer, David StaggGoals: Darren Lockyer 1/1, Corey Parker 4/4Canberra Raiders: 28Tries: Jason Croker, Adam Mogg(2), Clinton Schifcofske, Alan TongueGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 4/5By the Clock:1 min: NEWS We are underway at Suncorp Stadium this evening for the clash between the Broncos and Raiders with both sides having plenty to play for. For the Raiders, a spot in the top eight beckons while for the Broncos, they have players pressing for test selection and a good showing tonight may go a long way to securing the coveted green and gold jersey.6 min: NEWS Very even start to the match from both sides in the opening exchanges.12 min: NEWS 12 minutes in and still no score with the Raiders holding their own at the moment.17 min: TRY Canberra RaidersAlan tongue, the Raiders pocket dynamo, has scored the opening try of the match to give the Raiders and early lead. Can they build on it? Let's wait and see. Raiders 6-023 min: NEWS Possession slightly in favour of the Broncos but the Raiders are hanging in there and still hold a six point lead as we move into the second stanza of the first half.26 min: TRY Canberra RaidersThe Raiders are in again with Jason Croker the scorer this time. Conversion successful. Raiders 12-033 min: NEWS Still no cahnge to the score but the Broncos are now starting to dominate in possession but are yet to register their first points for the night.34 min: TRY Canberra RaidersThe Raiders are in again, this time through Adam Mogg. They are making a liar out of me as they hold a commanding 18 point lead heading into half time. Conversion successful. Raiders 18-040 min: NEWS The Canberra Raiders hold an 18 point lead at half time and have kept the Broncos scoreless thoughout the opening forty minutes. As we all know, 18 points is not a match winning lead these days and the Raiders will have to work very hard if they are to win this game as their second half "efforts" in 2006 have been their major stumbling block. Having said that, the Broncos have a lot of work to do to get the points and it will take a big second half effort to get home but they are more than capable of piling on the quick points to dsmantle even the best defences in the NRL.41 min: NEWS We are underway in the second half.43 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosBroncos captain Darren Lockyer gets the home side on the board early into the second half and it's game on for the Raiders. Can they go on to win the match or will the Broncos run them down and prevail at home? Raiders 18-648 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosHere come the Broncos with David Stagg crossing to cut the lead to just six points with plenty of time left on the clock. The Raiders are doing their usual second half capitulation. Raiders 18-1251 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosTalk about a game of two halves. Karmichael Hunt has crossed to get the Broncos right back into the match and the Raiders hoist the white flag and only just over ten minutes has passed in the second half. I can smell a bloodbath unless the Raiders dig their heels in and fight hard for the remainder of the match. 18 all.55 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosThe white flag has been well and truly hoisted with Karmichael Hunt getting his second for the Broncos and they have piled on 24 points in 15 minutes. The Raiders have capitulated as predicted and the Broncos will be in complete control from here on until the final whistle. Broncos 24-1857 min: TRY Canberra RaidersThe Raiders have crossed through Adam Mogg and the game has now become a scoring frenzy with just over 20 minutes remaining. Broncos 24-2262 min: TRY Canberra RaidersThe Raiders are in again to put them back in the lead after squandering an 18 point half time lead. Defence has gone out the window from both sides with Clinton Schifcofske regaining the lead for the Raiders. In the second half we have seen 34 points scored in 22 minutes. Unbelievable! Raiders 28-2468 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosThe Broncs hit right back as the match takes another twist with Justin Hodges soring to give the Broncos the lead with ten minutes remaining. How Canberra let the Broncos back into the game is beyond me but there still may be a few twists before the final whistle. Broncos 30-28 -----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Corey Parker (Broncos)2 - Alan Tongue (Raiders)1 - Karmichael Hunt (Broncos)-----------------------------------------
ROUND 7 Melbourne Storm 52 v Newcastle Knights 6at Olympic Park MelbourneReferees: Russell SmithMatch Summary:The Melbourne Storm has thrashed the Newcastle Knights 52-6 at Olympic Park this evening in front of a healthy first up home crowd for the Storm.Melbourne came out ready to play footy and with Newcastle missing one A Johns, the task was going to become so much harder as the Knights winning record without Johns would suggest.The game played to script with the Storm running away with the game, which was effectively over by half time with Melbourne holding a commanding 24-6 lead through first half doubles to Greg Inglis and Steve Turner. Inglis left the field midway through the second half with a minor leg injury, which is not believed to be serious.The second half picked up where the first half left off with Melbourne applying the blow torch to the Newcastle defence and they came up trumps more often than not, with Mick Crocker leading the way with some punishing defence and Cameron Smith providing the spark in attack.Newcastle, to put it simply, had no answer for the speed of the Melbourne Storm, who were fast and ruthless in everything they did. Melbourne?s little men in Cooper Cronk, Cameron Smith and Nathan Friend all proved to be a handful for the Knights defence and apart from Danny Buderus, the rest of the Knights could not keep pace with their southern opponents.As the game wore on, the tensions between the two sides started to boil over with some cheap shots from the Knights and some punishing legal and not so legal defence from the Storm with Jake Webster put on report for a dangerous throw while Daniel Tolar for the Knights was replaced after getting smashed in a perfectly legal Mick Crocker tackle.History has shown that no side has ever won the competition after having 50 points scored against them and Newcastle join Canberra and St George Illawarra, two teams they ironically scored 50 against as the only teams in the NRL to date to concede 50 points in a match.On tonight?s form, the Storm are very much in the premiership hunt for 2006. Newcastle are obviously still a threat but without Johns, they are a completely different side, one devoid of leadership and confidence.Scorers:Melbourne Storm: 52Tries: Matt Geyer, Greg Inglis(2), Antonio Kaufusi, David Kidwell, Matt King, Steve Turner(2), Jake WebsterGoals: Cameron Smith 8/10Newcastle Knights: 6Tries: Kurt GidleyGoals: Kurt Gidley 1/1By the Clock: 1 min: NEWS We are underway for the first time in 2006 at Olympic Park in Melbourne.1 min: TRY Melbourne StormThe Melbourne Storm are off to a flying start with a try in the first minute to teen sensation Greg Inglis. A true superstar in the making. Storm 6-09 min: PENALTY GOAL Melbourne StormGreg Inglis was taken high by Kurt Gidley in front of his own posts and Cameron Smith wastes no time in extending the Storms lead. Storm 8-011 min: NEWS Melbourne look very sharp tonight and are making plenty of metres up the middle and are looking good on the fringes as well. Andrew Johns is not playing for the Knights in case anyone was wondering.14 min: NEWS No try to the Knights after video ref Bill Harrigan rules Josh Perry passed the ball from the ground. It was the correct call.15 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsJarred Mulle drops in a nice kick behind the Storm defensive line for Kurt Gidley to punce on the ball to score the Knights first try. Gidley copped a cork to the hip in the process. Storm 8-620 min: TRY Melbourne StormSteve Turner scores a great try in the corner off a well place brubber in behind the Knights defensive line. Touchline conversion successful. Storm 14-629 min: NEWS Possible try to Mick Crocker from the Storm. He is having a very good game so far. Damaging on both attack and defence.29 min: NEWS No try to the Storm. Changeover to the Knights.30 min: TRY Melbourne StormGreg Inglis scores another sizzling try to take his season tally to 8 and his name will almost certainly be read out when the Qld team is announced for Origin 1. Storm 20-636 min: TRY Melbourne StormCameron Smith kicks the ball downfiled and the Storm players race down after the ball and with a lucky bounce, Steve Turner beats David Seage to the ball on the Knights line, spins and scores an absolute ripper just before half time. Turner and Inglis have two tries each so far and the Knights are a long way off the pace now. Storm 24-640 min: NEWS Melbourne hold a commanding 18 point lead over the Knights at half time and the Storm are doing it in style with two tries to both Greg Inglis and Steve Turner. Mick Crocker is making his presence felt in both attack and defence while Cameron Smith is having a blinder out of dummy half. Newcastle aren't playing that bad but the enthusiasm levels and skill from the Storm is proving too much for the Knights at this stage.43 min: TRY Melbourne StormKidwell scores without a finger being placed on him to make it virtually impossible for the Knights to comeback from here without Andrew Johns. Storm 30-651 min: NEWS Greg Inglis leaves the field with a leg injury while Mick Crocker has been mistakenly put on report for a dangerous throw. The player in question was Jake Webster.53 min: TRY Melbourne StormJake Webster scores for the Storm as the game starts to become embarrassing for the Knights. With still over 25 minutes to play, the Storm look set to run riot. Storm 36-661 min: NEWS Possible try to Matt Knig for the Storm and thematch all of a sudden has become very feiry with Melbourne coming up with some ferocious defence, led superbly by Mick Crocker.61 min: TRY Melbourne StormTry awarded to Matt King who had been relatively quiet up until half time. He has had an excellent second half and the Knights have well and truly put the cue in the rack. Storm 42-667 min: NEWS Melbourne get a repeat set of six and the fifty point mark is certainly not out of the question with the mood the Storm are in.71 min: TRY Melbourne StormAnother try to the Storm as the 50 point marks looms large on the horizon. This time Antonio Kaufusi was the beneficiary. Storm 46-677 min: TRY Melbourne StormMelboure hit 50 and the Knights now join Canberra and St George Illawarra as the only teams to have 50 scored against them this year. Storm 52-6-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Michael Crocker2 - Cameron Smith1 - Greg Inglis-----------------------------------------
ROUND 6 South Sydney Rabbitohs 18 v Canterbury Bulldogs 26at Telstra StadiumReferees: Russell SmithMatch Summary:The Canterbury Bulldogs have run out 26-18 winners over South Sydney at Telstra Stadium this afternoon in front of a good Easter Monday crowd.Souths led 18-8 at the break but could not hold out the Dogs after Luke Stuart and Shannon Hegarty were both ruled out for the match with serious knee injuries. Both players look to be facing lengthy stints on the sidelines if early reports are correct about the severity of their injuries.In the first half, Souths dominated the Dogs with repeat sets of six and commanding field position and made the Dogs pay on several occasions but in the second half the Dogs came home with a wet sail over a tired Souths side who had no imagination in attack. At one stage the Dogs had made 40 more tackles than Souths, such was the flow of possession.Tries to Nathan Merrit, John Sutton and Joe Gulavao had the Bunnies faithful thinking an upset was on the cards after a very impressive first half display. Sadly, it was not to be.Souths had three sets of six on the Dogs line with the sustained pressure culminating in a 100 metre try to Luke Patten after he pounced on a misdirected grubber from Souths pivot John Sutton.For the Dogs, Willie Mason, Luke Patten and Mark O?Meley had strong games while for Souths, Peter Cusack was very strong up front and Todd Polglase had an excellent game at the back.Mason and O?Meley were very hard to stop with the ball in hand and as the second half wore on, they offloaded at will to create some nice second phase play for the Dogs. Andrew Ryan also made some incisive runs, one of which led to a try and another a lost opportunity as he dropped the ball over the line.Willie Tonga was the pick of the Bulldogs backs with some strong runs but he is either playing with an injury or has other things on his mind as his work rate was minimal and at times he look disinterested in the play unfolding around him.Souths can take a lot out of the loss today and hold their heads high while the Bulldogs will be happy to get the two points but still have a lot of work to do before they can be considered contenders in 2006.Having said that, we are only in round six and with Sonny Bill Williams making a successful return from injury, it would take a brave man to write off the Dogs in 2006.Souths travel across the Tasman to take on the underachieving Warriors while the Dogs play host to the vastly improved Manly, which should be a very good game of football.Scorers:South Sydney Rabbitohs: 18Tries: John Sutton, Nathan Merritt, Joe GaluvaoGoals: Nathan Merritt 3/3, John Sutton 0/1Canterbury Bulldogs: 26Tries: Corey Hughes, Luke Patten, Andrew Ryan, Willie TongaGoals: Hazem El Masri 5/6By the Clock:1 min: NEWS We are underway on a beautiful sunny afternoon at Telstra Stadium with all eyes on Bulldogs youngster Sonny Bill Williams who plays his first NRL game for season 2006.5 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsThe Bunnies get the opening try with a great flick pass to Nathan Merritt to send him over in the corner. Rabbitohs 4-013 min: PENALTY GOAL Canterbury BulldogsEl Masri puts the Dogs on the board courtesy of a penalty goal. Rabbitohs 4-217 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsWillie Mason offloads close to the line to send Corey Hughes over for the Bulldogs opening try. Russell Smith has been blowing the pea out of the whistle in the opening 15 minutes. Bulldogs 8-421 min: NEWS Serial boofhead Luke Patten finds himself in the sin-bin for a professional foul that may have cost his team six points with the video ref checking on a possible try to the Bunnies.22 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsWith Luke Patten in the sin bin, Souths take advantage with Joe Gulavao leaving Mark O'Meley in his wake to give the Rabbitohs the lead midway through the first half. Tim Mander, the video ref gave Souths the benefit of the doubt. Rabbitohs 10-824 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsSouths score again and are really shredding the Dogs defence across the park. John Sutton ran into a gaping hole to scre untouched. Souths are playing simple but effective footy at the moment but we all know with Souths, things can go wring in a hurry. Rabbitohs 16-835 min: NEWS The moment the crowd has been waiting for, SBW takes the field and takes a very good run for his first hit up. The crowd gave a big cheer for their great blue and white hope.38 min: PENALTY GOAL South Sydney RabbitohsQuestionable penalty against the Dogs gives Souths a handy ten point buffer two minutes out from half time. SBW was being a little too enthusiastic for the referee's liking. Rabbitohs 18-845 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Dogs open the second half scoring with a very easy try to Rugby target Willie Tonga. The Bunnies have lost Luke Stuart and Shannon Hegarty for the remainder of the match with knee injuries. Rabbitohs 18-1454 min: NEWS Souths barely holding on with Mark Minichiello not holding a candle to his brother as far as talent goes. He is awful. 55 min: NEWS Andrew Ryan loses the ball over the line to cost the Dogs the opportunity to at least level the match.57 min: NEWS Souths hoist the bomb and El Masri makes a mess of it with Souths to get another set of six. They don't look like scoring though. Very flat in attack.59 min: NEWS O'Meley spills the pill on his own 30 to give Souths another shot at extending their lead. Tip to Shaun McRae, do not let Joe Gulavao grubber the ball. He is not a playmaker!60 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsJohn Sutton comes up with a stupid grubber right to Patten who runs from his own in-goal to the Souths try line without a finger being laid on him. Souths applied zero pressure to the Bulldogs defensive line with three consecutive sets of six and the Dogs counter attack in one play and level the scores. Shame, Souths, shame! 18 all.66 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsAndrew Ryan puts the Dogs in the lead with less than fifteen minutes to play. He ran onto an inside all from Willie Mason and was too strong for the Souths defence. Bulldogs 24-1870 min: NEWS Souths need a miracle if they are going to get out of this. They have nothing in attack and it will take something special from the likes of John Sutton to pull this one out of the fire.76 min: NEWS Todd Polglase sent to the bin for ten minutes for a professional foul to wrap it all up for the Dogs. It has to be said, as bad as Souths were, the Dogs were not much better and have a lot of work to do if they are to compete with the heavyweights this year.77 min: PENALTY GOAL Canterbury BulldogsEl Masri kicks the Dogs to victory with two minutes to go. Souths fough bravely but didn't have the cattle in the end to get over the Dogs, who, it has to be said were far from convincing in the win. Bulldogs 26-18-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Willie Mason2 - Peter Cusack1 - Luke Patten-----------------------------------------