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Monday?s Expert League Wrap - Round 3, 2006

THE Newcastle Knights kicked off the round by racking up a big score against the Bulldogs and moving to the top of the competition ladder. Fullback Milton Thaiday got himself a hat trick of tries while ?Joey? Johns was running rings around the flat-footed Bulldogs defence. Last year?s wooden spooners, the Knights have stunned opposition packs in recent weeks.The Warriors defeated last year?s premiers Wests Tigers to finally get their first win on the board for 2006 and their first win in New Zealand outside of Auckland. Now on minus two competition points, the result sees the Warriors move closer to zero, just one win away from wiping the slate clean and starting over.Meanwhile the Sea Eagles scored their first win of the season, defeating the Sharks in Brookvale. For the second week running, the Sharks have posted a handy first half lead only to be chased down by their opponents.In Townsville, the North Queensland Cowboys thrashed the Melbourne Storm. Five-eighth Jonhathan Thurston carved them up in a man-of-the-match performance. Last year?s grand-finalists, the Cowboys are looking to go one better in 2006.Sunday football saw the St George Illawarra Dragons score a big win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs, but not before Souths showed some ticker in the first half. In a sometimes scrappy game, Saints were just too good in the second half with Mark Gasnier racking up a hat trick of tries.In other matches, Darren Lockyer put in a sterling performance in Brisbane as the Broncos downed the Parramatta Eels and posted their second win on the trot. Meanwhile in Sydney, the Roosters hammered the Raiders 56-20 after the Raiders actually led 20-10 early in the second half.All match results and details are listed below.The Player Awards sees two players breaking away from the pack. Newcastle halfback Andrew Johns and Cowboys five-eighth Johnathan Thurston have scored maximum points for three consecutive weeks to lead the awards on nine points.A log jam is developing on six points with Mark Gasnier (Dragons), Craig Gower (Panthers), Darren Lockyer (Broncos) and Cameron Smith (Storm) not far away from the front-runners.The full leader board is below.The players of the match are decided by our live score updaters and tallied here each week on Monday?s Expert League wrap.League Wrap: Round 3, 24-26 March 2006MATCH RESULTS:Newcastle Knights: 46Tries: Danny Buderus, Matthew Gidley, Todd Lowrie, Milton Thaiday (3), Brian CarneyGoals: Andrew Johns 9/10Canterbury Bulldogs: 22Tries: Hazem El Masri, Corey Hughes, Willie Mason, Andrew EmelioGoals: Hazem El Masri 3/4Half time: Knights 34-6Venue: EnergyAustralia Stadium Crowd: 25,504Referee: Steve players of the match:3 - Andrew Johns (Knights)2 - Josh Perry (Knights)1 - Milton Thaiday (Knights)Wests Tigers: 10Tries: Daniel Fitzhenry, Michael CrockettGoals: Brett Hodgson 1/2New Zealand Warriors: 26Tries: Awen Guttenbeil, Jerome Ropati, Clinton Toopi, Manu Vatuvei, Brent WebbGoals: Tony Martin 3/5Half time: Warriors 14-0Venue: Jade Stadium NZCrowd: 14,675Referee: Paul players of the match:3 - Ruben Wiki (Warriors)2 - Clinton Toopi (Warriors)1 - Steve Price (Warriors)Manly Sea Eagles: 20Tries: Travis Burns, Brett Stewart, Steve BellGoals: Matt Orford 4/4Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 18Tries: Phil Bailey, Adam Dykes, Darren AlbertGoals: Luke Covell 3/4Half time: Sharks 10-6Venue: Brookvale OvalCrowd: 13,114 Referee: Sean players of the match:3 - Ben Kennedy (Sea Eagles)2 - Steve Bell (Sea Eagles)1 - Adam Dykes (Sharks)North Queensland Cowboys: 40Tries: Paul Bowman, Luke O'Donnell, Johnathan Thurston (2), Ty Williams, Neil SweeneyGoals: Johnathan Thurston 8/8Melbourne Storm: 8Tries: Matt Geyer, Jake WebsterGoals: Cameron Smith 0/2Half time: Cowboys 22-4Venue: Dairy Farmers StadiumCrowd: 21,346Referee: Russell players of the players of the match:3 - Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)2 - Steven Southern (Cowboys)1 - Luke O?Donnell (Cowboys)South Sydney Rabbitohs: 14Tries: Yileen Gordon, Shane Rigon, Nathan MerrittGoals: Nathan Merritt 1/3St George Illawarra Dragons: 44Tries: Colin Best, Mark Gasnie r(3), Aaron Gorrell, Ben Hornby, Daryl MillardGoals: Aaron Gorrell 8/8Half time: Dragons 26-8Venue: Telstra StadiumCrowd: 16,049Referee: Jason players of the match:3 - Mark Gasnier (Dragons)2 - Dean Young (Dragons)1 - Trent Barrett (Dragons)Brisbane Broncos: 30Tries: Justin Hodges, Karmichael Hunt, Darren Lockyer, David Stagg, Tame Tupou (2)Goals: Corey Parker 1/1, Michael Ennis 2/5Parramatta Eels: 10Tries: Ben Smith , Micheal VellaGoals: Luke Burt 1/2Half time: Broncos 8-6Venue: Suncorp StadiumCrowd: 25,525Referee: Tony players of the match:3 - Darren Lockyer (Broncos)2 - Karmichael Hunt (Broncos)1 - Justin Hodges (Broncos)Sydney Roosters: 56Tries: Ryan Cross, Brett Finch, Anthony Minichello(2), Amos Roberts(2), Iosia Soliola, Anthony Tupou(2), Ashley HarrisonGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 6/8, Amos Roberts 2/2Canberra Raiders: 20Tries: David Howell, Alan Tongue(2), Lincoln WithersGoals: Clinton Shifcofske 2/4Half time: Raiders 14-10Venue: Aussie StadiumCrowd: 9,826Referee: Shayne players of the match:3 - Amos Roberts (Roosters)2 - Anthony Minichiello (Roosters)1 - Anthony Tupou (Roosters)Penrith Panthers - ByeFULL DRAW, RESULTS & LINKS TO LIVE SCORES ? CLICK HERENext weekend?s matches:Round 4, 31 March-2 April 2006Fri 7:30 - EELS v COWBOYS - Parramatta StadiumSat 5:30 - SHARKS v RABBITOHS - Toyota ParkSat 7:30 - SEA EAGLES ROOSTERS - Brookvale OvalSat 7:30 - RAIDERS v PANTHERS - Canberra StadiumSun 2:30 - TIGERS v STORM - Leichhardt OvalSun 3:00 - DRAGONS v BRONCOS - WIN StadiumSun 3:00 - KNIGHTS v WARRIORS - EnergyAustralia StadiumBULLDOGS - BYE (NB: NSW Daylight Saving ends 3am Sunday 2 March)FOR LATEST CENTREBET ODDSCLICK HERELEAGUEUNLIMITED.COM PLAYER AWARDS 2006LEADER BOARDThe players awards are decided by our live score updaters.Want to be a live score updater? For further enquiries, email us.9 pointsAndrew Johns (Knights), Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)6 pointsMark Gasnier (Dragons), Craig Gower (Panthers), Darren Lockyer (Broncos), Cameron Smith (Storm)5 pointsAmos Roberts (Roosters)4 pointsJamie Soward (Roosters)3 pointsHazem El Masri (Bulldogs), Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels), Ben Kennedy (Sea Eagles), Luke O'Donnell (Cowboys), Clinton Shifcofske (Raiders), Milton Thaiday (Knights), Ruben Wiki (Warriors)2 pointsSteve Bell (Sea Eagles), Preston Campbell (Panthers), George Carmont (Knights), Cooper Cronk (Storm), Adam Dykes (Sharks), Karmichael Hunt (Broncos), Greg Inglis (Storm), Willie Mason (Bulldogs), Josh Perry (Knights), Wade McKinnon (Eels), Anthony Minichiello (Roosters), Mark O'Meley (Bulldogs), Aaron Payne (Cowboys), Scott Prince (Tigers), Jason Smith (Raiders), Steven Southern (Cowboys), Brad Thorn (Broncos), Clinton Toopi (Warriors), Dean Young (Dragons)1 pointsTrent Barrett (Dragons), Paul Bowman (Cowboys), Danny Buderus (Knights), Nathan Fien (Warriors), Aaron Gorrell (Dragons), Justin Hodges (Broncos), Wairangi Koopu (Warriors), Steve Price (Warriors), Brent Sherwin (Bulldogs), Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles), John Sutton (Rabbitohs), Anthony Tupou (Roosters), Rhys Wesser (Panthers), Paul Whatuira (Tigers), Lincoln Withers (Raiders), William Zillman (Raiders)

Monday?s Expert League Wrap - Round 2, 2006

ANOTHER tremendous weekend of rugby league football. Kicking off proceedings were the Bulldogs with a big 47-12 win over premiers Wests Tigers on Friday night. The round concluded with last year?s wooden spooners the Knights putting 70 points on the Raiders, but conceding 32 points for a record match blow-out of 102 points.

Monday's Expert League Wrap - Round 1, 2006

A huge weekend of football to kick off round one of the NRL, but weekend of woe for punters with a number of upsets occurring around the grounds.Now in its fourth year, the Player Awards are back with last year?s winner Andrew Johns joining six players on three points. The full leader board is below.The players of the match are decided by our live score updaters and tallied here each week on Monday's Expert League wrap.League Wrap: Round 1, 10-12 March 2006MATCH RESULTS:Wests Tigers: 24Tries: Anthony Laffranchi, Paul Whatuira (3), Michael CrockettGoals: Brett Hodgson 3/5St George Illawarra Dragons: 15Tries: Mark Gasnier (3)Goals: Wes Naiqama 1/3Field Goals: Trent BarrettHALF TIME: Dragons 10-8Telstra StadiumCrowd: 27,865Referee: Paul players of the match:3 - Mark Gasnier (Dragons)2 - Scott Prince (Tigers)1 - Paul Whatuira (Tigers)Newcastle Knights: 25Tries: Matthew Gidley, Adam Woolnough, Milton Thaiday, Brian Carney, Riley BrownGoals: Kurt Gidley 1/3, Andrew Johns 1/2Field Goals: Andrew JohnsParramatta Eels: 6Tries: Micheal VellaGoals: Luke Burt 1/1HALF TIME: Knights 8-6Energy Australia StadiumCrowd: 26,198Referee: Russell players of the match:3 - Andrew Johns (Knights)2 - Milton Thaiday (Knights)1 - Danny Buderus (Knights)Canterbury Bulldogs: 22Tries: Hazem El Masri, Mark O'Meley, Luke Patten, Willie TongaGoals: Hazem El Masri 3/4Penrith Panthers: 24Tries: Craig Gower, Matthew Cross, Nick Youngquest, Lee HookeyGoals: Preston Campbell 4/5HALF TIME: Panthers 14-10Telstra StadiumCrowd: 17,510Referee: Sean players of the match:3 - Craig Gower (Panthers)2 - Willie Mason (Bulldogs)1 - Rhys Wesser (Panthers)Manly Sea Eagles: 14Tries: Brett Stewart, Steve Bell(2)Goals: Matt Orford 1/3Canberra Raiders: 27Tries: Todd Carney, Phillip Graham, Adam Mogg, Simon WoolfordGoals: Clinton Shifcofske 5/5Field Goals: Todd CarneyHALF TIME: Raiders 14-8Brookvale OvalCrowd: 17,135Referee: Shayne players of the match:3 - Clinton Shifcofske (Raiders)2 - Jason Smith (Raiders)1 - Lincoln Withers (Raiders)New Zealand Warriors: 16Tries: Wairangi Koopu, Jerome Ropati, Manu VatuveiGoals: Tony Martin 2/3Melbourne Storm: 22Tries: Matt Geyer (2), Greg Inglis, Cameron Smith, Steve TurnerGoals: Greg Inglis 1/5HALF TIME: Storm 8-0Ericsson StadiumCrowd: 10,035Referee: Steven players of the match:3 - Cameron Smith (Storm)2 - Greg Inglis (Storm)1 - Wairangi Koopu (Warriors)Brisbane Broncos: 4Tries: Darius BoydNorth Queensland Cowboys: 36Tries: Matthew Bowen, Matt Sing, Jonathan Thurston (3), Neil SweeneyGoals: Jonathan Thurston 6/7HALF TIME: Cowboys 24-0Suncorp StadiumCrowd: 46,229Referee: Tony players of the match:3 - Jonathan Thurston (Cowboys)2 - Aaron Payne (Cowboys)1 - Paul Bowman (Cowboys)South Sydney Rabbitohs: 22Tries: Yileen Gordon, John Sutton, Ben Walker, Nathan Merritt(2)Goals: Ben Walker 3/3Sydney Roosters: 40Tries: Ryan Cross, Brett Finch, Anthony Minichello, Amos Roberts(2), Iosia Soliola, Jamie SowardGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 4/4, Amos Roberts 2/3HALF TIME: Rabbitohs 18-6Telstra StadiumCrowd: 16,741Referee: Jason players of the match:3 - Jamie Soward (Roosters)2 - Amos Roberts (Roosters)1 - John Sutton (Rabbitohs)Cronulla Sharks - ByeFULL DRAW, RESULTS & LINKS TO LIVE SCORES ? CLICK HERENext weekend?s matches:Round 2, 17-19 March 2006Fri 7:30 CANTERBURY BULLDOGS v WESTS TIGERS Telstra StadiumSat 7:30 (5:30 Syd) PARRAMATTA EELS v NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS Waikato Stadium NZSat 7:30 CRONULLA SHARKS v BRISBANE BRONCOS Toyota ParkSat 8:30 (9:30 Syd) NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS v MANLY SEA EAGLES Dairy Farmers Stadium Sun 2.30 SYDNEY ROOSTERS v MELBOURNE STORM Aussie Stadium Sun 3.00 ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS v PENRITH PANTHERS WIN StadiumSun 3.00 CANBERRA RAIDERS v NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS Canberra Stadium SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS - BYEFOR CENTREBET ODDS ? CLICK HERELEAGUEUNLIMITED.COM PLAYER AWARDS 2006LEADER BOARDThe players awards are decided by our live score updaters.Want to be a live score updater? For further enquiries, email us.3 pointsMark Gasnier (Dragons), Craig Gower (Panthers), Andrew Johns (Knights), Clinton Shifcofske (Raiders), Cameron Smith (Storm), Jamie Soward (Roosters), Jonathan Thurston (Cowboys)2 pointsGreg Inglis (Storm), Willie Mason (Bulldogs), Aaron Payne (Cowboys), Scott Prince (Tigers), Amos Roberts (Roosters), Jason Smith (Raiders), Milton Thaiday (Knights)1 pointsPaul Bowman (Cowboys), Danny Buderus (Knights), Wairangi Koopu (Warriors), John Sutton (Rabbitohs), Rhys Wesser (Panthers), Paul Whatuira (Tigers), Lincoln Withers (Raiders)

Monday?s Expert Players Awards - Round 7

ROUND 7, 23-25 April 2005 player of the year awards, round 23

WITH just three rounds to go, it?s anyone?s race! The player of the year awards have no less than six players competing for top spot.


ITS been a great round of footy with a number of coaches coming up trumps... and a few others hitting the fan.


THE footy weekend started off with the ANZAC match between Easts and St George. In true Digger spirit, both sides made great gains early in each half only to stand firm in the trenches and refuse to budge for the final 20 - the Dragons hanging on long enough to dictate the terms to the vanquished.


THE Roosters' premiership odds have shortened considerably after they handed the Broncos their second loss on the trot. It was a high class match with some high class deliveries from the boot of Shaun Berrigan. When trying to ascertain the tremendous quality of Berrigan, words simply escape me.


THE big news of the round was Saints coach Nathan Brown giving his skipper a clip over the ear. Personally, I don't know what all the fuss is about.


WOE to Parra supporters everywhere. Its hard not to feel for a club that tries so hard - I use the word 'tries' loosely as this is one part of the Eels game that evaporated last weekend as they were miserably dismantled by the Bulldogs in an even more miserable game of wet weather footy. Questions are being asked about the half and five eighth combination while coach Brian Smith appears to be on something of a slippery slope - the view from the top can't be all that rosy.

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