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Monday?s Expert League Wrap - Finals Fever!

WEEK one of the NRL Finals kicked off to a packed house in Newcastle with the local Knights downing the Manly Sea Eagles 25-18. The Sea Eagles dominated the first half before the home side mounted a tremendous comeback. The match ended controversially with Manly lock Ben Kennedy being sin binned for escalating a dust up, and Knights? hooker Danny Buderus being placed on report following a dangerous lifting tackle on Manly's Michael Robertson. Buderus now has a nervous wait as the NRL match review committee considers the case this morning. With other results going their way, the Sea Eagles live to fight another day as both teams move onto week two of the finals.Saturday evening took us to Brisbane and old Lang Park. An absolute bumper crowd of over 50,000 were on hand to see the St George Illawarra Dragons outclass the Brisbane Broncos by 20-4 at Suncorp Stadium. It was a superb defensive display from the Dragons who led 10-4 before keeping the Broncos scoreless in the second half. Both teams move onto week two of the finals with the main injury worry being to Saints centre Mark Gasnier.Later the same evening, the Canterbury Bulldogs are back on track after eliminating the Canberra Raiders by 30-12 at Sydney?s Telstra Stadium. The Raiders led 6-0 early on before the high flying Bulldogs powered home. The Bulldogs forwards handled the slippery conditions well in brushing aside the seventh-placed Raiders. Canberra are gone for 2006 while the Bulldogs earned a week off following their win.The first week of the finals wrapped up on Sunday with the Melbourne Storm grinding out a 12-6 win over a gallant Parramatta Eels at Melbourne?s Olympic Park. The minor premiers will enjoy a well-earned rest this week while the Eels now look ahead to 2007.All match results and details are listed below.UPCOMING MATCHES:Finals Week 2, 15-16 September 2006Friday 7:45pm DRAGONS v SEA EAGLES - Aussie StadiumSaturday 7:45pm KNIGHTS v BRONCOS - Aussie StadiumWant to be a live score updater? For further enquiries, email usMATCH RESULTS:League Wrap: NRL Finals, 8-10 September 2006Newcastle Knights: 25Tries: Kurt Gidley(2), Andrew Johns, Brian CarneyGoals: Andrew Johns 4/4Field Goals: Jarrod MullenManly Sea Eagles: 18Tries: Brett Stewart, Steve Matai, Michael RobertsonGoals: Matt Orford 3/4Half time: Sea Eagles 12-0Venue: EnergyAustralia StadiumCrowd: 23,752Referee: Sean HampsteadLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Kurt Gidley (Knights)2 - Steve Matai (Sea Eagles)1 - Brent Kite (Sea Eagles)Brisbane Broncos: 4Tries: Darius BoydGoals: Corey Parker 0/1St George Illawarra Dragons: 20Tries: Luke Bailey, Matt Cooper, Aaron Gorrell, Clint GreenshieldsGoals: Aaron Gorrell 2/3, Mathew Head 0/1Half time: Dragons 10-0Venue: Suncorp StadiumCrowd: 50,387Referee: Paul SimpkinsLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Matt Cooper (Dragons)2 - Luke Bailey (Dragons)1 - Jason Ryles (Dragons)Canterbury Bulldogs: 30Tries: Hazem El Masri, Luke Patten, Andrew Ryan, Daniel Holdsworth, Andrew EmelioGoals: Hazem El Masri 5/5Canberra Raiders: 12Tries: Phillip Graham, Adrian PurtellGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 2/2Half time: Bulldogs 12-6Venue: Telstra StadiumCrowd: 14,628Referee: Shayne HayneLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Daniel Holdsworth (Bulldogs)2 - Willie Mason (Bulldogs)1 - Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs)Melbourne Storm: 12Tries: Antonio Kaufusi, Steve TurnerGoals: Cameron Smith 2/2Parramatta Eels: 6Tries: Daniel WagonGoals: Luke Burt 1/1Half time: Storm 12-0Venue: Olympic Park MelbourneCrowd: 15,690Referee: Steve ClarkLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Antonio Kaufusi (Storm)2 - Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels)1 - Matt Geyer (Storm)The LeagueUnlimited.com players of the match are decided by our live score updaters and tallied here each week on Monday?s Expert League wrap.FULL DRAW, RESULTS & LINKS TO LIVE SCORES ? CLICK HERE

Cameron Smith Player of the Year

LEAGUEUNLIMITED.COM Player AwardsAfter 26 rounds of NRL football, Melbourne Storm hooker Cameron Smith has taken out the 2006 LeagueUnlimited.com Player Awards.Smith scored the maximum three points from our live score updaters on the weekend to finish on 30 points overall.Never far away from the front runners, Smith caught up and then shared the lead with Canberra Raiders fullback Clinton Schifcofske in round 21. The following week Smith grabbed outright top spot on the leader board, withstanding some late charges in the rounds that followed to take out the award.Schifcofske was runner-up with 26 points and was streets ahead as our fullback of the year. Meanwhile Eels second rower Nathan Hindmarsh and Sea Eagles half back Matt Orford shared third spot on 25 points.On 23 points are Storm?s Greg Inglis and Bulldogs powerhouse Willie Mason. An outside back with pace to burn, Inglis played centre for much of the season but was equally at home at full back or on the wing. Willie Mason joins Hindmarsh in the back row in our team of the year.Panthers five eighth Preston Campbell was next up on 21 points. Heading off to join the Gold Coast Titans in 2007, ?Presto? is the surprise packet in edging out Broncos? pivot Darren Lockyer (19 points) in our team of the year.Sea Eagles veteran Ben Kennedy also scored 19 points overall and our live score updaters have him packing into lock forward position.The three-quarter line looks ominous with Dragons centre Mark Gasnier (17 points) and the Broncos centre/fullback Justin Hodges (14 points) pushing Inglis out to the wing. The other wing spot is taken up by Bulldogs champion goal kicker Hazem El Masri (14 points).Our two top scoring prop forwards are the Warriors? Steve Price (14 points) and Broncos front rower Petero Civoniceva (12 points).Top 13 points scorers by position 1-13:Clinton Schifcofske (Raiders), Greg Inglis (Storm), Mark Gasnier (Dragons), Justin Hodges (Broncos), Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs), Preston Campbell (Panthers), Matt Orford (Sea Eagles), Steve Price (Warriors), Cameron Smith (Storm), Petero Civoniceva (Broncos), Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels), Willie Mason (Bulldogs), Ben Kennedy (Sea Eagles).Top scoring players by club - total points:Cameron Smith (Storm) - 30Willie Mason (Bulldogs) - 23Darren Lockyer (Broncos) - 19Andrew Johns (Knights) - 19Matt Orford (Sea Eagles) - 25Mark Gasnier (Dragons) - 17Clinton Schifcofske (Raiders) - 26Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels) - 25Matthew Bowen (Cowboys) - 17Steve Price (Warriors) - 14Scott Prince (Tigers) - 17Preston Campbell (Panthers) - 21Adam Dykes (Sharks) - 14Craig Fitzgibbon (Roosters) - 11 Nathan Merritt (Rabbitohs) - 7 The full leader board is below.The LeagueUnlimited.com players of the match are decided by our live score updaters and tallied here each week on Monday?s Expert League wrap.Want to be a live score updater? For further enquiries, email usMonday?s Expert League Wrap - Round 26, 2006Round 26 kicked off with the Cowboys finishing their season on a high note in defeating the eighth-place Parramatta Eels by 22-8 in Townsville. Despite the win, it?s back to the drawing board for last year?s grand finalists. The Eels however, are in the top eight and will be looking to bounce back when the NRL Finals series kick off next weekend.Meanwhile Saturday rugby league saw the Raiders defeat the Sharks 26-24 at Toyota Park. It?s the end of the road for the Sharks who have crashed to a club record of 10 consecutive losses. The Raiders secure seventh spot but led 26-0 at half time and had to withstand a spirited comeback from the Sharks.Saturday night took us to the SCG where the sixth-placed Dragons came from behind to post a 36-16 victory over the Sydney Roosters, the Roosters finishing their season in second last spot.Meanwhile, minor premiers the Storm continued their winning run in defeating the fifth-placed Sea Eagles by 30-20 in Melbourne. Regardless of what happens in the finals, it has been a tremendous achievement from the Storm in amassing 44 competition points in season 2006.Sunday football saw the Broncos wrap up third spot in defeating the Warriors 36-12 in Brisbane. The Warriors will no doubt reflect upon a season where they were stripped of four competition points prior to a ball being kicked off in 2006, and then ending their season in 10th place and four points out of the top eight.The final round of the regular season saw last year?s premiers Wests Tigers thrash this year?s wooden spooners South Sydney by 52-18. Wests Tigers end their season in 11th spot while for the Rabbitohs, they can only improve upon a forgettable season.Meanwhile, last year?s wooden spooners, the Newcastle Knights had the bye in round 26 to lock up forth spot on the NRL ladder, and a home final next Friday night.UPCOMING MATCHES:Finals Week 1, 8-10 September 2006FRIDAY:Knights v Sea Eagles, 8:00pm ? EnergyAustralia StadiumSATURDAY:Broncos v Dragons, 6:30pm ? Suncorp StadiumBulldogs v Raiders, 8:30pm ? Telstra StadiumSUNDAY:Storm v Eels, 4:00pm ? Olympic Park, MelbourneMATCH RESULTS:League Wrap: Round 26, 1 September ? 3 September 2006North Queensland Cowboys: 22Tries: Matthew Bowen(2), Aaron Payne, Neil SweeneyGoals: Josh Hannay 3/4Parramatta Eels: 8Tries: Jarryd Hayne(2)Goals: Mark Riddell 0/1, Brett Delaney 0/1Half time: Eels 8-6Venue: Dairy Farmers StadiumCrowd: 18,351Referee: Shayne HayneLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Matthew Bowen (Cowboys)2 - Wade McKinnon (Eels)1 - Shane Tronc (Cowboys)Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 24Tries: Luke Covell(2), Brett Kearney, Ben PomeroyGoals: Luke Covell 4/5Canberra Raiders: 26Tries: Todd Carney(2), Alan Tongue, Simon WoolfordGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 5/5Half time: Raiders 26-0Venue: Toyota ParkCrowd: Crowd: 9,289Referee: Steven ClarkLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Todd Carney (Raiders)2 - Kevin Kingston (Sharks)1 - Phillip Graham (Raiders)Sydney Roosters: 16Tries: Ryan Cross, Amos Roberts(2)Goals: Craig Fitzgibbon 1/3, Amos Roberts 1/1St George Illawarra Dragons: 36Tries: Matt Cooper, Clint Greenshields(2), Wes Naiqama, Brett Morris(2), Justin PooreGoals: Aaron Gorrell 2/4, Wes Naiqama 2/3Half time: Roosters 16-8Venue: Sydney Cricket GroundCrowd: 17,142Referee: Russell SmithLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Ben Hornby (Dragons)2 - Jason Ryles (Dragons)1 - Ryan Cross (Roosters)Melbourne Storm: 30Tries: Michael Crocker, Matt Geyer, Greg Inglis, Cameron Smith, Steve TurnerGoals: Matt Geyer 1/1, Cameron Smith 4/5Manly Sea Eagles: 20Tries: Brett Stewart, Steve Matai, Steve Bell, Michael RobertsonGoals: Matt Orford 2/4Half time: Storm 16-10Venue: Olympic Park MelbourneCrowd: 13,991Referee: Paul SimpkinsLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Cameron Smith (Storm)2 - Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles)1 - Steve Turner (Storm)Brisbane Broncos: 36Tries: Shaun Berrigan, Justin Hodges(2), Karmichael Hunt, Darren Lockyer, Shane PerryGoals: Darren Lockyer 2/2, Corey Parker 4/4New Zealand Warriors: 12Tries: Todd Byrne, George GatisGoals: Lance Hohaia 2/2Half time: Broncos 18-6Venue: Suncorp StadiumCrowd: 47,193Referee: Sean HampsteadLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Justin Hodges (Broncos)2 - Darren Lockyer (Broncos)1 - Shaun Berrigan (Broncos)Wests Tigers: 52Tries: Shane Elford, Robert Farah, Daniel Fitzhenry(2), Chris Heighington(2), Todd Payten, John Skandalis, Shannon McDonnellGoals: Daniel Fitzhenry 1/1, Scott Prince 7/8South Sydney Rabbitohs: 18Tries: Scott Geddes, Yileen Gordon, David PeacheyGoals: Joe Williams 1/1, Nathan Merritt 1/1, Eddie Paea 1/1Half time: Tigers 30-0Venue: Leichhardt OvalCrowd: 18,440Referee: Tony De Las HerasLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Scott Prince (Tigers)2 - Daniel Fitzhenry (Tigers)1 - Chris Heighington (Tigers)Penrith Panthers: 22Tries: Tony Puletua, Trent Waterhouse, Rhys Wesser, Paul Aiton, Michael GordonGoals: Michael Gordon 1/2Canterbury Bulldogs: 30Tries: Chris Armit, Dallas McIlwain, Luke Patten(2), Matthew UtaiGoals: Hazem El Masri 5/5Half time: 12-allVenue: CUA Stadium, PenrithCrowd: 13,363Referee: Tony ArcherLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Luke Patten (Bulldogs)2 - Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs)1 - Michael Gordon (Panthers)Newcastle Knights v ByeFULL DRAW, RESULTS & LINKS TO LIVE SCORES ? CLICK HERELEAGUEUNLIMITED.COM PLAYER AWARDS 2006LEADER BOARDThe Leagueunlimited.com players awards are decided by our live score updaters.Want to be a live score updater? For further enquiries, email us.30 pointsCameron Smith (Storm)26 pointsClinton Schifcofske (Raiders)25 pointsNathan Hindmarsh (Eels), Matt Orford (Sea Eagles)23 pointsGreg Inglis (Storm), Willie Mason (Bulldogs)21 pointsPreston Campbell (Panthers)19 pointsAndrew Johns (Knights), Ben Kennedy (Sea Eagles), Darren Lockyer (Broncos)18 pointsDanny Buderus (Knights), Cooper Cronk (Storm)17 pointsMatthew Bowen (Cowboys), Mark Gasnier (Dragons), Scott Prince (Tigers), Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)15 pointsHazem El Masri (Bulldogs),14 pointsAdam Dykes (Sharks), Justin Hodges (Broncos), Steve Price (Warriors)13 pointsAlan Tongue (Raiders)12 pointsPetero Civoniceva (Broncos), Jason Smith (Raiders), Sonny Bill Williams (Bulldogs)11 pointsRoy Asotasi (Bulldogs), Craig Fitzgibbon (Roosters), Paul Gallen (Sharks), Karmichael Hunt (Broncos), Grant Rovelli (Warriors), Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles), Rhys Wesser (Panthers)10 pointsRobert Farah (Tigers), Aaron Payne (Cowboys)9 pointsMathew Head (Dragons), Brett Hodgson (Tigers), Brent Webb (Warriors)8 pointsBrett Kimmorley (Sharks), Jarryd Hayne (Eels), Steve Menzies (Sea Eagles), Corey Parker (Broncos), Andrew Ryan (Bulldogs), Ruben Wiki (Warriors), Dean Young (Dragons)7 pointsSteve Bell (Sea Eagles), Todd Carney (Raiders), Ben Hornby (Dragons), Wade McKinnon (Eels), Nathan Merritt (Rabbitohs), Mark O?Meley (Bulldogs), David Peachey (Rabbitohs), Amos Roberts (Roosters), Jason Ryles (Dragons), Steve Simpson (Knights)6 pointsLuke Bailey (Dragons), Trent Barrett (Dragons), Nathan Cayless (Eels), Craig Gower (Panthers), Nathan Fien (Warriors), Ryan Hoffman (Storm), Luke Lewis (Panthers), Jarrod Mullen (Knights), Jerome Ropati (Warriors), Lance Thompson (Sharks)5 pointsDean Collis (Tigers), Peter Cusack (Rabbitohs), Brett Finch (Roosters), Matthew Gidley (Knights), Phillip Graham (Raiders), Aaron Gorrell (Dragons), Simon Mannering (Warriors), Luke O'Donnell (Cowboys), Luke O?Dwyer (Eels), Luke Patten (Bulldogs), Luke Priddis (Panthers), Brad Thorn (Broncos)4 pointsDarren Albert (Sharks), Greg Bird (Sharks), Brian Carney (Knights), Matt Cooper (Dragons), Sione Faumuina (Warriors), Daniel Fitzhenry (Tigers), Michael Gordon (Panthers), David Kidwell (Storm), Scott Hill (Storm), Lance Hohaia (Warriors), Anthony Laffranchi (Tigers), Adam MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Fuifui Moimoi (Eels), John Morris (Eels), Clint Newton (Knights), Josh Perry (Knights), Brent Sherwin (Bulldogs), David Simmons (Sharks), Billy Slater (Storm), Jamie Soward (Roosters), John Sutton (Rabbitohs), Milton Thaiday (Knights), Anthony Tupou (Roosters), Steve Turner (Storm), Paul Whatuira (Tigers), Lincoln Withers (Raiders)3 pointsTravis Burns (Sea Eagles), Luke Burt (Eels), Joel Clinton (Panthers), Darius Boyd (Broncos), Luke Covell (Sharks), Michael Crocker (Storm), Greg Eastwood (Broncos), Clint Greenshields (Dragons), Nathan Hinton (Knights), Brett Kearney (Sharks), Luke MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Reni Maitua (Bulldogs), Manase Manuokafoa (Rabbitohs), Adam Mogg (Raiders), Sam Perrett (Roosters), Michael Robertson (Sea Eagles), Matt Sing (Cowboys), Tame Tupou (Broncos), Matthew Utai (Bulldogs), Anthony Watmough (Sea Eagles), Carl Webb (Cowboys), Jake Webster (Storm), Joe Williams (Rabbitohs)2 pointsBrenton Bowen (Cowboys), George Carmont (Knights), Keith Galloway (Tigers), Awen Guttenbeil (Warriors), Ashley Harrison (Roosters), Kevin Kingston (Sharks), Wairangi Koopu (Warriors), Tom Learoyd-Lahrs (Raiders), Tony Martin (Warriors), Anthony Minichiello (Roosters), Mark O'Meley (Bulldogs), Peter-John Marsh (Eels), Benji Marshall (Tigers), Steve Matai (Sea Eagles), Todd Polglase (Rabbitohs), Luke Rooney (Panthers), John Skandalis (Tigers), Craig Smith (Knights), Tim Smith (Eels), Iosia Soliola (Roosters), Steven Southern (Cowboys), Craig Stapleton (Panthers), Timana Tahu (Eels), Clinton Toopi (Warriors), Shane Tronc (Cowboys), Evarn Tuimavave (Warriors), Nigel Vagana (Sharks), Trent Waterhouse (Panthers), Shane Webcke (Broncos), Michael Weyman (Raiders), Craig Wing (Roosters)1 pointShaun Berrigan (Broncos), Paul Bowman (Cowboys), Ben Creagh (Dragons), Ryan Cross (Roosters), Luke Davico (Knights), Shayne Dunley (Sea Eagles), Michael Ennis (Broncos), Shaun Foley (Roosters), Nathan Friend (Storm), Matt Geyer (Storm), Kurt Gidley (Knights), Tony Grimaldi (Bulldogs), Chris Heighington (Tigers), Chris Hicks (Sea Eagles), Daniel Holdsworth (Bulldogs), Lee Hookey (Panthers), Matt King (Storm), Josh Lewis (Roosters), Todd Lowrie (Knights), Daryl Millard (Dragons), Ryan O'Hara (Tigers), Shannon McDonnell (Tigers), Sam Rapira (Warriors), Mark Riddell (Eels), Shane Rodney (Panthers), David Shillington (Roosters), Justin Smith (Cowboys), Brent Tate (Broncos), Sam Thaiday (Broncos), Willie Tonga (Bulldogs), Taniela Tuiaki (Tigers), Ben Walker (Rabbitohs), Simon Woolford (Raiders), William Zillman (Raiders)

Monday?s Expert League Wrap - Round 25, 2006

WITH just one round remaining before the NRL finals, the top eight has been officially decided. But a battle royale is looming with a number of teams on 30 competition points and fighting for a top four spot, and the right to stage a home semi-final.Friday night football saw the Manly Sea Eagles pip the Canterbury Bulldogs by 21-20 at Brookvale. Manly are in outright third spot on 32 competition points on the NRL ladder while the Bulldogs are second on 34 points and well clear on points differential.Saturday rugby league took us to Canberra where a gallant Raiders outfit went down by 22-18 to minor premiers the Melbourne Storm. The Raiders are on 28 points and inside the eight while the Storm are riding high on 40 points.On Saturday night the Newcastle Knights sured up their chances with a 40-4 trouncing of the Penrith Panthers in Newcastle. The result spells the end of the Panthers? season. Sitting in 11th position on 24 points, Penrith were still a slim hope of making the cut prior to the round 25 clash. The Knights are amongst a log jam of teams on 30 points, their points differential placing them in fifth position. Meanwhile, the St George Illawarra Dragons were making their own push for a top four spot in downing the Cronulla Sharks by 18-4 in Wollongong. The Dragons move up to 30 competition points and sixth spot on the NRL ladder. The 12th-placed Sharks are in the midst of one of their worst seasons on record, crashing to their ninth successive loss and equalling the Club?s worst ever losing streak.Sunday football took us across the Tasman with the New Zealand Warriors hammering the Sydney Roosters 42-16 in Auckland. The Warriors move up to ninth position and are out of contention for this season. But they gave supporters plenty to cheer about and a promise of what lies ahead. The Roosters were flattered by the score line. Sitting in second last place on the ladder, the Sydneysiders continue to just make up the numbers in 2006.In other Sunday results, the North Queensland Cowboys defeated the South Sydney Rabbitohs 34-12 at Telstra Stadium. The Cowboys moved up to 24 competition points and 10th place. Meanwhile Souths have recorded their 20th loss of the year and languish in last place with just 10 points.Round 25 wrapped up in Parramatta with home side the Eels crashing back to Earth following their 23-0 loss to the Brisbane Broncos. The resurgent Broncos are now on 30 competition points and in fourth place on the ladder. The Eels remain on 28 points and slip back to seventh place.Last year?s premiers Wests Tigers had the bye this round, moving up to 22 points and 13th position on the ladder.All match results and details are listed below.LeagueUnlimited.com Player AwardsThe stage is set for a tight finish in this year?s LeagueUnlimited.com Player Awards. Melbourne hooker Cameron Smith is still coming first on 27 points and Canberra full back Clinton Schifcofske is in second spot with 26 points. But still in contention on 25 points are Eels back rower Nathan Hindmarsh and previous winner, Sea Eagles half back Matt Orford. Both Hindmarsh and Orford scored well last weekend to close the gap on the front runners.With just one round to go, all four players are a chance of taking out this year?s award.The full leader board is below.The LeagueUnlimited.com players of the match are decided by our live score updaters and tallied here each week on Monday?s Expert League wrap.Want to be a live score updater? For further enquiries, email usMATCH RESULTS:League Wrap: Round 25, 25 August ? 27 August 2006Manly Sea Eagles: 21Tries: Shayne Dunley, Matt Orford, Michael RobertsonGoals: Matt Orford 4/5Field Goals: Matt OrfordCanterbury Bulldogs: 20Tries: Nate Myles, Andrew Ryan, Andrew EmelioGoals: Hazem El Masri 4/4Half time: Sea Eagles 18-12Venue: Brookvale OvalCrowd: 20,163Referee: Sean HampsteadLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Matt Orford (Sea Eagles)2 - Steve Menzies (Sea Eagles)1 - Andrew Ryan (Bulldogs)Canberra Raiders: 18Tries: Alan Tongue(2), Lincoln WithersGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 3/3Melbourne Storm: 22Tries: Ryan Hoffman, Greg Inglis, Dallas Johnson, Matt KingGoals: Cameron Smith 3/4Half time: Storm 16-6Venue: Canberra StadiumCrowd: 21,255Referee: Shayne HayneLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Alan Tongue (Raiders)2 - Greg Inglis (Storm)1 - Cooper Cronk (Storm)Newcastle Knights: 40Tries: George Carmont, Matthew Gidley(2), Josh Perry, Anthony Quinn, David Seage, Jarrod Mullen, Luke DavicoGoals: Daniel Abraham 2/4, Kurt Gidley 1/3, Reegan Tanner 1/1Penrith Panthers: 4Tries: Michael GordonGoals: Preston Campbell 0/1Half time: Knights 22-4Venue: EnergyAustralia StadiumCrowd: 23,655Referee: Steven ClarkLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Jarrod Mullen (Knights)2 - Matthew Gidley (Knights)1 - Luke Davico (Knights)St George Illawarra Dragons: 18Tries: Matt Cooper, Dean Young, Brett MorrisGoals: Aaron Gorrell 1/1, Wes Naiqama 2/3Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 4Tries: Paul GallenGoals: Luke Covell 0/1Half time: Dragons 6-4Venue: WIN StadiumCrowd: 16,897Referee: Paul SimpkinsLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Luke Bailey (Dragons)2 - Jason Ryles (Dragons)1 - Mark Gasnier (Dragons)New Zealand Warriors: 42Tries: Epalahame Luauki, Jerome Ropati(4), Ruben Wiki, Patrick Ah Van(2)Goals: Lance Hohaia 5/8Sydney Roosters: 16Tries: Sam Perrett, Amos Roberts, Iosia SoliolaGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 2/3Half time: Warriors 20-10Venue: Mt Smart (Ericsson) StadiumCrowd: 12,711Referee: Russell SmithLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Jerome Ropati (Warriors)2 - Brent Webb (Warriors)1 - Lance Hohaia (Warriors)South Sydney Rabbitohs: 12Tries: Nathan Merritt, Paul MellorGoals: Joe Williams 2/2North Queensland Cowboys: 34Tries: Matthew Bowen, David Fauiumu, Luke O'Donnell, Aaron Payne, Justin Smith(2)Goals: Ashley Graham 5/7Half time: Cowboys 16-6Venue: Telstra StadiumCrowd: 8,914Referee: Tony De Las HerasLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Aaron Payne (Cowboys)2 - Carl Webb (Cowboys)1 - Justin Smith (Cowboys)Parramatta Eels: 0 Brisbane Broncos: 23Tries: Justin Hodges, Stephen Michaels, Corey Parker, Brad ThornGoals: Darren Lockyer 2/4, Corey Parker 1/1Field Goals: Darren LockyerHalf time: Broncos 13-0Venue: Parramatta StadiumCrowd: 20,353Referee: Tony ArcherLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Darren Lockyer (Broncos)2 - Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels)1 - Justin Hodges (Broncos)Wests Tigers v ByeFULL DRAW, RESULTS & LINKS TO LIVE SCORES ? CLICK HEREUPCOMING MATCHES:Round 26, 1-3 September 2006Fri 7:30 COWBOYS v EELS - Dairy Farmers StadiumSat 5:30 SHARKS v RAIDERS - Toyota ParkSat 7:30 ROOSTERS v DRAGONS - Sydney Cricket GroundSat 7:30 STORM v SEA EAGLES - Olympic ParkSun 2:30 BRONCOS v WARRIORS - Suncorp StadiumSun 3:00 TIGERS v RABBITOHS - Leichhardt OvalSun 3:00 PANTHERS v BULLDOGS - CUA Stadium PenrithKNIGHTS v BYELEAGUEUNLIMITED.COM PLAYER AWARDS 2006LEADER BOARDThe Leagueunlimited.com players awards are decided by our live score updaters.Want to be a live score updater? For further enquiries, email us.27 pointsCameron Smith (Storm)26 pointsClinton Schifcofske (Raiders)25 pointsNathan Hindmarsh (Eels), Matt Orford (Sea Eagles)23 pointsGreg Inglis (Storm), Willie Mason (Bulldogs)21 pointsPreston Campbell (Panthers)19 pointsBen Kennedy (Sea Eagles), Andrew Johns (Knights)18 pointsDanny Buderus (Knights), Cooper Cronk (Storm)17 pointsMark Gasnier (Dragons), Darren Lockyer (Broncos), Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)14 pointsMatthew Bowen (Cowboys), Adam Dykes (Sharks), Steve Price (Warriors), Scott Prince (Tigers)13 pointsHazem El Masri (Bulldogs), Alan Tongue (Raiders)12 pointsPetero Civoniceva (Broncos), Jason Smith (Raiders), Sonny Bill Williams (Bulldogs)11 pointsRoy Asotasi (Bulldogs), Craig Fitzgibbon (Roosters), Paul Gallen (Sharks), Justin Hodges (Broncos), Karmichael Hunt (Broncos), Grant Rovelli (Warriors), Rhys Wesser (Panthers)10 pointsRobert Farah (Tigers), Aaron Payne (Cowboys)9 pointsMathew Head (Dragons), Brett Hodgson (Tigers), Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles), Brent Webb (Warriors)8 pointsBrett Kimmorley (Sharks), Jarryd Hayne (Eels), Steve Menzies (Sea Eagles), Corey Parker (Broncos), Andrew Ryan (Bulldogs), Ruben Wiki (Warriors), Dean Young (Dragons)7 pointsSteve Bell (Sea Eagles), Nathan Merritt (Rabbitohs), Mark O?Meley (Bulldogs), David Peachey (Rabbitohs), Amos Roberts (Roosters), Steve Simpson (Knights)6 pointsLuke Bailey (Dragons), Trent Barrett (Dragons), Nathan Cayless (Eels), Craig Gower (Panthers), Nathan Fien (Warriors), Ryan Hoffman (Storm), Luke Lewis (Panthers), Jarrod Mullen (Knights), Jerome Ropati (Warriors), Lance Thompson (Sharks)5 pointsDean Collis (Tigers), Peter Cusack (Rabbitohs), Brett Finch (Roosters), Matthew Gidley (Knights), Aaron Gorrell (Dragons), Wade McKinnon (Eels), Luke O'Donnell (Cowboys), Luke O?Dwyer (Eels), Simon Mannering (Warriors), Luke Priddis (Panthers), Jason Ryles (Dragons), Brad Thorn (Broncos)4 pointsDarren Albert (Sharks), Greg Bird (Sharks), Brian Carney (Knights), Todd Carney (Raiders), Matt Cooper (Dragons), Sione Faumuina (Warriors), Phillip Graham (Raiders), David Kidwell (Storm), Scott Hill (Storm), Lance Hohaia (Warriors), Ben Hornby (Dragons), Anthony Laffranchi (Tigers), Adam MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Fuifui Moimoi (Eels), John Morris (Eels), Clint Newton (Knights), Josh Perry (Knights), Brent Sherwin (Bulldogs), David Simmons (Sharks), Billy Slater (Storm), Jamie Soward (Roosters), John Sutton (Rabbitohs), Milton Thaiday (Knights), Anthony Tupou (Roosters), Paul Whatuira (Tigers), Lincoln Withers (Raiders)3 pointsTravis Burns (Sea Eagles), Luke Burt (Eels), Joel Clinton (Panthers), Darius Boyd (Broncos), Luke Covell (Sharks), Michael Crocker (Storm), Greg Eastwood (Broncos), Michael Gordon (Panthers), Clint Greenshields (Dragons), Nathan Hinton (Knights), Brett Kearney (Sharks), Luke MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Reni Maitua (Bulldogs), Manase Manuokafoa (Rabbitohs), Adam Mogg (Raiders), Sam Perrett (Roosters), Michael Robertson (Sea Eagles), Matt Sing (Cowboys), Tame Tupou (Broncos), Steve Turner (Storm), Matthew Utai (Bulldogs), Anthony Watmough (Sea Eagles), Carl Webb (Cowboys), Jake Webster (Storm), Joe Williams (Rabbitohs)2 pointsBrenton Bowen (Cowboys), George Carmont (Knights), Daniel Fitzhenry (Tigers), Keith Galloway (Tigers), Awen Guttenbeil (Warriors), Ashley Harrison (Roosters), Wairangi Koopu (Warriors), Tom Learoyd-Lahrs (Raiders), Tony Martin (Warriors), Anthony Minichiello (Roosters), Mark O'Meley (Bulldogs), Peter-John Marsh (Eels), Benji Marshall (Tigers), Steve Matai (Sea Eagles), Luke Patten (Bulldogs), Todd Polglase (Rabbitohs), Luke Rooney (Panthers), John Skandalis (Tigers), Craig Smith (Knights), Tim Smith (Eels), Iosia Soliola (Roosters), Steven Southern (Cowboys), Craig Stapleton (Panthers), Timana Tahu (Eels), Clinton Toopi (Warriors), Evarn Tuimavave (Warriors), Nigel Vagana (Sharks), Trent Waterhouse (Panthers), Shane Webcke (Broncos), Michael Weyman (Raiders), Craig Wing (Roosters)1 pointPaul Bowman (Cowboys), Ben Creagh (Dragons), Luke Davico (Knights), Shayne Dunley (Sea Eagles), Michael Ennis (Broncos), Shaun Foley (Roosters), Nathan Friend (Storm), Matt Geyer (Storm), Kurt Gidley (Knights), Tony Grimaldi (Bulldogs), Chris Hicks (Sea Eagles), Daniel Holdsworth (Bulldogs), Lee Hookey (Panthers), Matt King (Storm), Josh Lewis (Roosters), Todd Lowrie (Knights), Daryl Millard (Dragons), Ryan O'Hara (Tigers), Shannon McDonnell (Tigers), Sam Rapira (Warriors), Mark Riddell (Eels), Shane Rodney (Panthers), David Shillington (Roosters), Justin Smith (Cowboys), Brent Tate (Broncos), Sam Thaiday (Broncos), Willie Tonga (Bulldogs), Shane Tronc (Cowboys), Taniela Tuiaki (Tigers), Ben Walker (Rabbitohs), Simon Woolford (Raiders), William Zillman (Raiders)

Monday?s Expert League Wrap - Round 24, 2006

WITH just two rounds remaining before the finals, the Melbourne Storm have wrapped up the NRL minor premiership following ?Sixties Week? in this round of rugby league action.Friday night kicked off with the Brisbane Broncos thrashing the Canterbury Bulldogs 30-0. Played in front 26,111 people at Telstra Stadium, the match saw the second-placed Bulldogs crash back to reality after riding high in recent weeks. Nevertheless, the Bulldogs are well clear on 34 competition points while the fifth-placed Broncos join a truckload of teams on 28 points.Saturday footy took us to Toyota Park to see the Penrith Panthers sink the hopes of the Cronulla Sharks. After being down 28-8 in the second half, the ?chocolate soldiers? scored 24 points in 15 minutes to record a thrilling 32-28 victory. The results bring Mad Monday to the Shire two rounds early with the Sharks now no hope of making the finals. With 22 competition points, the 11th-placed Sharks are six points outside of the top eight. The Panthers however will still be clinging to some faint hope. In ninth place and on 24 points, the Panthers are four points shy of the cut. They will need to keep winning against tough opposition while hoping that other results go their way.Saturday night took us to Townsville to see the North Queensland Cowboys? go down 19-12 to the visiting Newcastle Knights. With 22 competition points and in 12th place, last year?s grand finalists are done with for season 2006. The fortunes are looking up for the sixth-placed Knights, the Novocastrians are on 28 points and vying for a top four spot after taking out the wooden spoon in 2005. Meanwhile in Melbourne, the first-placed Storm were experiencing a rare defeat in going down to the New Zealand Warriors by 24-20 at Olympic Park. In one of the upsets of the season, the Warriors held their own before coming away with spoils. But with other results not going their way, the Warriors find themselves six points out of the top eight and no chance of making the finals.Sunday football saw ?Sixties Week? finally get some momentum with three Sydney fixtures being played in glorious Autumn weather.At Aussie Stadium, the Parramatta Eels continued their winning form in downing the Sydney Roosters by 40-26. The Eels are now enjoying fouth spot on the NRL ladder with 28 points. The 13th-placed Roosters are just making up the numbers. Meanwhile at Brookvale, the Manly Sea Eagles moved up to 30 points and consolidated outright third position on the ladder following their 38-16 victory over wooden spooners, the South Sydney Rabbitohs.Round 24 wrapped up at Kogarah Jubilee with the St George Illawarra Dragons thrashing the Wests Tigers 46-16. Playing in a Magpies strip, Wests Tigers were blown off the park early before scoring two late tries. Last year?s premiers, Wests Tigers find themselves on 20 points, in second last spot, and well out of contention in 2006. The Dragons celebrated amidst much fanfare as former St George greats were presented to the crowd as part of the retro promotion. In returning to form, the seventh-placed Dragons ran in nine tries to three to join a log jam of teams on 28 points. With a two point bye for the round, the Canberra Raiders moved up to 28 points to complete the top eight.All match results and details are listed below.LeagueUnlimited.com Player AwardsThis year?s LeagueUnlimited.com Player Awards still has Melbourne hooker Cameron Smith coming first on 27 points and Canberra full back Clinton Schifcofske is in second spot with 26 points. Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels) and Willie Mason (Bulldogs) are on 23 points while previous winner Matt Orford (Sea Eagles) has moved into contention on 22 points.The full leader board is below.The LeagueUnlimited.com players of the match are decided by our live score updaters and tallied here each week on Monday?s Expert League wrap.Want to be a live score updater? For further enquiries, email usMATCH RESULTS:League Wrap: Round 24, 18 August ? 20 August 2006Canterbury Bulldogs: 0 Brisbane Broncos: 30Tries: Shaun Berrigan (2), Tonie Carroll, Darren Lockyer, Brent TateGoals: Darren Lockyer 2/2, Corey Parker 3/3Half time: Broncos 18-0Venue: Telstra StadiumCrowd: 26,111Referee: Steve ClarkLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Justin Hodges (Broncos)2 - Petero Civoniceva (Broncos)1 - Darren Lockyer (Broncos)Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 28Tries: Paul Gallen (2), Reece Williams, Darren Albert (2)Goals: Luke Covell 4/5Penrith Panthers: 32Tries: Luke Rooney, Rhys Wesser (2), Craig Stapleton, Lee Hookey, Michael GordonGoals: Preston Campbell 4/6Half time: Sharks 10-8Venue: Toyota ParkCrowd: 7,827Referee: Jason RobinsonLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Rhys Wesser (Panthers)2 - Craig Stapleton (Panthers)1 - Adam Dykes (Sharks)North Queensland Cowboys: 12Tries: Justin Smith, Neil SweeneyGoals: Neil Sweeney 1/1, Brent McConnell 1/1Newcastle Knights: 19Tries: Anthony Quinn (2), Jarrod MullenGoals: Daniel Abraham 3/4Field Goals: Jarrod MullenHalf time: Knights 10-6Venue: Dairy Farmers StadiumCrowd: 17,898Referee: Sean HampsteadLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Jarrod Mullen (Knights)2 - Danny Buderus (Knights)1 - Carl Webb (Cowboys)Melbourne Storm: 20Tries: Matt Geyer, Greg Inglis, Matt King, Steve TurnerGoals: Cameron Smith 2/4New Zealand Warriors: 24Tries: Simon Mannering, Manu Vatuvei, Brent Webb (2)Goals: Lance Hohaia 4/5Half time: Storm 14-12Venue: Olympic Park, MelbourneCrowd: 13,477Referee: Tony ArcherLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Grant Rovelli (Warriors)2 - Brent Webb (Warriors)1 - Greg Inglis (Storm)Sydney Roosters: 26Tries: Ryan Cross (2), Craig Fitzgibbon, Chris Flannery, Amos RobertsGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 3/4Parramatta Eels: 40Tries: Eric Grothe, Peter-John Marsh, Luke O'Dwyer (2), Ben Smith , Dean Widders, Jarryd HayneGoals: Luke Burt 6/8Half time: Eels 26-14Venue: Aussie StadiumCrowd: 15,142Referee: Paul SimpkinsLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Jarryd Hayne (Eels)2 - Luke O?Dwyer (Eels)1 - John Morris (Eels)Manly Sea Eagles: 38Tries: Shayne Dunley, Steve Menzies, Brett Stewart (3), Steve Matai (2)Goals: Matt Orford 5/7South Sydney Rabbitohs: 16Tries: Nathan Merritt, Paul Mellor, Joe GaluvaoGoals: Beau Champion 2/3Half time: Rabbitohs 12-10Venue: Brookvale OvalCrowd: 19,253Referee: Russell SmithLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles)2 - Matt Orford (Sea Eagles)1 - Steve Matai (Sea Eagles)St George Illawarra Dragons: 46Tries: Mark Gasnier (3), Aaron Gorrell, Clint Greenshields, Wes Naiqama, Matthew Bickerstaff, Brett Morris (2)Goals: Aaron Gorrell 3/5, Wes Naiqama 2/4Wests Tigers: 16Tries: Robert Farah, Chris Heighington, Chris LawrenceGoals: Scott Prince 2/3Half time: Dragons 20-4Venue: OKI Jubilee Stadium, KogarahCrowd: 14,211Referee: Shayne HayneLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Jason Ryles (Dragons)2 - Mark Gasnier (Dragons)1 - Trent Barrett (Dragons)Canberra Raiders v ByeFULL DRAW, RESULTS & LINKS TO LIVE SCORES ? CLICK HEREUPCOMING MATCHES:Round 25, 25-27 August 2006Fri 7:30 SEA EAGLES v BULLDOGS - Brookvale OvalSat 5:30 RAIDERS v STORM - Canberra StadiumSat 7:30 KNIGHTS v PANTHERS - EnergyAustralia StadiumSat 7:30 DRAGONS v SHARKS - WIN StadiumSun 2:00 (12:00) WARRIORS v ROOSTERS - Mt Smart (Ericsson) StadiumSun 3:00 RABBITOHS v COWBOYS - Telstra StadiumSun 3:00 EELS v BRONCOS - Parramatta Stadium TIGERS v BYE LEAGUEUNLIMITED.COM PLAYER AWARDS 2006LEADER BOARDThe Leagueunlimited.com players awards are decided by our live score updaters.Want to be a live score updater? For further enquiries, email us.27 pointsCameron Smith (Storm)26 pointsClinton Schifcofske (Raiders)23 pointsNathan Hindmarsh (Eels), Willie Mason (Bulldogs)22 pointsMatt Orford (Sea Eagles)21 pointsPreston Campbell (Panthers), Greg Inglis (Storm)19 pointsBen Kennedy (Sea Eagles), Andrew Johns (Knights)18 pointsDanny Buderus (Knights)17 pointsCooper Cronk (Storm), Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)16 pointsMark Gasnier (Dragons),14 pointsMatthew Bowen (Cowboys), Adam Dykes (Sharks), Darren Lockyer (Broncos), Steve Price (Warriors), Scott Prince (Tigers)13 pointsHazem El Masri (Bulldogs)12 pointsPetero Civoniceva (Broncos), Jason Smith (Raiders), Sonny Bill Williams (Bulldogs)11 pointsRoy Asotasi (Bulldogs), Craig Fitzgibbon (Roosters), Paul Gallen (Sharks), Karmichael Hunt (Broncos), Grant Rovelli (Warriors), Rhys Wesser (Panthers)10 pointsRobert Farah (Tigers), Justin Hodges (Broncos), Alan Tongue (Raiders)9 pointsMathew Head (Dragons), Brett Hodgson (Tigers), Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles)8 pointsBrett Kimmorley (Sharks), Jarryd Hayne (Eels), Corey Parker (Broncos), Ruben Wiki (Warriors), Dean Young (Dragons)7 pointsSteve Bell (Sea Eagles), Nathan Merritt (Rabbitohs), Mark O?Meley (Bulldogs), Aaron Payne (Cowboys), David Peachey (Rabbitohs), Amos Roberts (Roosters), Andrew Ryan (Bulldogs), Steve Simpson (Knights), Brent Webb (Warriors)6 pointsTrent Barrett (Dragons), Nathan Cayless (Eels), Craig Gower (Panthers), Nathan Fien (Warriors), Ryan Hoffman (Storm), Luke Lewis (Panthers), Steve Menzies (Sea Eagles), Lance Thompson (Sharks)5 pointsDean Collis (Tigers), Peter Cusack (Rabbitohs), Brett Finch (Roosters), Aaron Gorrell (Dragons), Wade McKinnon (Eels), Luke O'Donnell (Cowboys), Luke O?Dwyer (Eels), Simon Mannering (Warriors), Luke Priddis (Panthers), Brad Thorn (Broncos)4 pointsDarren Albert (Sharks), Greg Bird (Sharks), Brian Carney (Knights), Todd Carney (Raiders), Matt Cooper (Dragons), Sione Faumuina (Warriors), Phillip Graham (Raiders), David Kidwell (Storm), Scott Hill (Storm), Ben Hornby (Dragons), Anthony Laffranchi (Tigers), Adam MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Fuifui Moimoi (Eels), John Morris (Eels), Clint Newton (Knights), Josh Perry (Knights), Brent Sherwin (Bulldogs), David Simmons (Sharks), Billy Slater (Storm), Jamie Soward (Roosters), John Sutton (Rabbitohs), Milton Thaiday (Knights), Anthony Tupou (Roosters), Paul Whatuira (Tigers), Lincoln Withers (Raiders)3 pointsLuke Bailey (Dragons), Travis Burns (Sea Eagles), Luke Burt (Eels), Joel Clinton (Panthers), Darius Boyd (Broncos), Luke Covell (Sharks), Michael Crocker (Storm), Greg Eastwood (Broncos), Matthew Gidley (Knights), Michael Gordon (Panthers), Clint Greenshields (Dragons), Nathan Hinton (Knights), Lance Hohaia (Warriors), Brett Kearney (Sharks), Luke MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Reni Maitua (Bulldogs), Manase Manuokafoa (Rabbitohs), Adam Mogg (Raiders), Jarrod Mullen (Knights), Sam Perrett (Roosters), Michael Robertson (Sea Eagles), Jerome Ropati (Warriors), Jason Ryles (Dragons), Matt Sing (Cowboys), Tame Tupou (Broncos), Steve Turner (Storm), Matthew Utai (Bulldogs), Anthony Watmough (Sea Eagles), Jake Webster (Storm), Joe Williams (Rabbitohs)2 pointsBrenton Bowen (Cowboys), George Carmont (Knights), Daniel Fitzhenry (Tigers), Keith Galloway (Tigers), Awen Guttenbeil (Warriors), Ashley Harrison (Roosters), Wairangi Koopu (Warriors), Tom Learoyd-Lahrs (Raiders), Tony Martin (Warriors), Anthony Minichiello (Roosters), Mark O'Meley (Bulldogs), Peter-John Marsh (Eels), Benji Marshall (Tigers), Steve Matai (Sea Eagles), Luke Patten (Bulldogs), Todd Polglase (Rabbitohs), Luke Rooney (Panthers), John Skandalis (Tigers), Craig Smith (Knights), Tim Smith (Eels), Iosia Soliola (Roosters), Steven Southern (Cowboys), Craig Stapleton (Panthers), Timana Tahu (Eels), Clinton Toopi (Warriors), Evarn Tuimavave (Warriors), Nigel Vagana (Sharks), Trent Waterhouse (Panthers), Shane Webcke (Broncos), Michael Weyman (Raiders), Craig Wing (Roosters)1 pointPaul Bowman (Cowboys), Ben Creagh (Dragons), Shayne Dunley (Sea Eagles), Michael Ennis (Broncos), Shaun Foley (Roosters), Nathan Friend (Storm), Matt Geyer (Storm), Kurt Gidley (Knights), Tony Grimaldi (Bulldogs), Chris Hicks (Sea Eagles), Daniel Holdsworth (Bulldogs), Lee Hookey (Panthers), Matt King (Storm), Josh Lewis (Roosters), Todd Lowrie (Knights), Daryl Millard (Dragons), Ryan O'Hara (Tigers), Shannon McDonnell (Tigers), Sam Rapira (Warriors), Mark Riddell (Eels), Shane Rodney (Panthers), David Shillington (Roosters), Brent Tate (Broncos), Sam Thaiday (Broncos), Willie Tonga (Bulldogs), Shane Tronc (Cowboys), Taniela Tuiaki (Tigers), Ben Walker (Rabbitohs), Carl Webb (Cowboys), Simon Woolford (Raiders), William Zillman (Raiders)

Monday?s Expert League Wrap - Round 23, 2006

WITH just three rounds remaining before the finals, the Melbourne Storm have all but wrapped up the minor premiership following their 18-12 victory over the Brisbane Broncos last Sunday. Played in front of a Lang Park crowd of 40,159, the Storm overcame a 10-0 half time deficit to run out winners and maintain their spot at the top of the NRL ladder. The southern franchise are now on 40 competition points and six points clear of the field. The Broncos are clinging onto fifth spot and join a log jam of teams on 26 points.Round 23 kicked off on Friday night with the Manly Sea Eagles hanging on to defeat the Newcastle Knights 16-14 in Newcastle. The Sea Eagles are now in outright third position on 28 points while the Knights are in sixth position on 26 points.Saturday rugby league took us to Auckland where the New Zealand Warriors treated a small crowd to their 10th win of the year, thrashing the North Queensland Cowboys by 26-0. The in-form Warriors are on 20 points and in 12th position and realistically no chance of making the top eight. The 11th-placed Cowboys are on 22 points and are playing like a team that has already given the season away.Meanwhile, the Sydney Roosters were handing the Penrith Panthers a 20-10 pasting at Penrith Stadium. The 10th-placed Panthers, like the Cowboys, are still a mathematical chance of making the top eight but are unlikely contenders if recent form is anything to go on. The Roosters are in 13th position but are looking to unsettle teams above them on the ladder.Saturday wrapped up in the Shire with the Parramatta Eels staging a second half comeback to blitz the Cronulla Sharks by 34-14. The Eels have now posted their eighth win on the trot and move up to fourth position and 26 points. With other results going their way, the Sharks are still clinging onto ninth spot but on 22 points, find themselves four points adrift of the top eight.Sunday football took us to Homebush where the Canterbury Bulldogs maintained the rage in disposing of an out-of-form St George Illawarra Dragons by 26-10. The Bulldogs are in outright second position on 34 points. Meanwhile the Dragons have crashed to their fifth consecutive loss and are hanging onto seventh position amongst a crowd of teams on 26 points. Round 23 wrapped up with the Canberra Raiders pipping the Wests Tigers by a golden point for the second time this year. Locked up at 18-all after 80 minutes, the match went into extra time with a field goal giving the Raiders a surprise 19-18 victory. The Wests Tigers are in second last position and the result all but ends any chance of them defending their title. The Raiders are looking rough on 26 points but are set to take the final position in the top eight. The last-placed South Sydney Rabbitohs had the bye for round 23.All match results and details are listed below.LeagueUnlimited.com Player AwardsThis year?s LeagueUnlimited.com Player Awards still has Melbourne hooker Cameron Smith coming first on 27 points. Canberra full back Clinton Schifcofske is in second spot with 26 points. Moving up the leader board are forwards Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels) and Willie Mason (Bulldogs) on 23 points. Preston Campbell (Panthers) is not far away on 21 points while Greg Inglis (Storm) and Matt Orford (Sea Eagles) are on 20 points. On 19 points are Ben Kennedy (Sea Eagles) and Andrew Johns (Knights).The full leader board is below.The LeagueUnlimited.com players of the match are decided by our live score updaters and tallied here each week on Monday?s Expert League wrap.Want to be a live score updater? For further enquiries, email usMATCH RESULTS:League Wrap: Round 23, 11 August ? 13 August 2006Newcastle Knights: 14Tries: Matthew Gidley, Andrew Johns, Josh PerryGoals: Andrew Johns 1/3Manly Sea Eagles: 16Tries: Chris Hicks, Matt Orford, Steve BellGoals: Matt Orford 2/3Half time: Sea Eagles 10-8Venue: EnergyAustralia StadiumCrowd: 25,105Referee: Paul SimpkinsLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles)2 - Josh Perry (Knights)1 - Travis Burns (Sea Eagles)New Zealand Warriors: 26Tries: Lance Hohaia (2), Simon Mannering, Manu Vatuvei, Sam RapiraGoals: Lance Hohaia 3/6North Queensland Cowboys: 0Half time: Warriors 12-0Venue: Mt Smart (Ericsson) StadiumCrowd: 5,425Referee: Gavin BadgerLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Lance Hohaia (Warriors)2 - Steve Price (Warriors)1 - Sam Rapira (Warriors)Penrith Panthers: 20Tries: Luke Priddis, Rhys Wesser, Michael GordonGoals: Preston Campbell 4/4Sydney Roosters: 40Tries: Sam Perrett (3), Amos Roberts, Jamie Soward, Shaun Foley, Josh LewisGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 4/5, Josh Lewis 2/2Half time: Roosters 16-14Venue: CUA Stadium, PenrithCrowd: 11,704Referee: Jason RobinsonLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Sam Perrett (Roosters)2 - Craig Fitzgibbon (Roosters)1 - Josh Lewis (Roosters)Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 14Tries: David Simmons, Ben PomeroyGoals: Luke Covell 3/3Parramatta Eels: 34Tries: Luke Burt (2), Wade McKinnon, Glenn Morrison, Mark Riddell, Jarryd HayneGoals: Luke Burt 5/7Half time: Sharks 12-8Venue: Toyota ParkCrowd: 12,830Referee: Tony ArcherLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Luke Burt (Eels)2 - Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels)1 - Paul Gallen (Sharks)Brisbane Broncos: 12Tries: Darren Lockyer, Tame TupouGoals: Darren Lockyer 1/2, Corey Parker 1/1Melbourne Storm: 18Tries: Cooper Cronk, Matt King, Steve TurnerGoals: Cameron Smith 3/3Half time: Broncos 10-0Venue: Suncorp StadiumCrowd: 40,159Referee: Shayne HayneLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Steve Turner (Storm)2 - Justin Hodges (Broncos)1 - Sam Thaiday (Broncos)Canterbury Bulldogs: 26Tries: Hazem El Masri, Willie Mason, Brent Sherwin, Sonny Bill WilliamsGoals: Hazem El Masri 5/6St George Illawarra Dragons: 10Tries: Trent Barrett, Brett MorrisGoals: Mathew Head 1/2Half time: Bulldogs 16-4Venue: Telstra StadiumCrowd: 31,256Referee: Sean HampsteadLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Willie Mason (Bulldogs)2 - Sonny Bill Williams (Bulldogs)1 - Andrew Ryan (Bulldogs)Wests Tigers: 18Tries: Daniel Fitzhenry, Chris Heighington, Scott PrinceGoals: Scott Prince 3/4Canberra Raiders: 19Tries: Phillip Graham, Adam Mogg, Alan TongueGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 3/3Field Goals: Todd CarneyHalf time: 12 allVenue: Campbelltown StadiumCrowd: 18,474Referee: Steven ClarkLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Scott Prince (Tigers)2 - Todd Carney (Raiders)1 - Alan Tongue (Raiders)South Sydney Rabbitohs v ByeFULL DRAW, RESULTS & LINKS TO LIVE SCORES ? CLICK HEREUPCOMING MATCHES:Round 24, 18-20 August 2006Fri 7:30 BULLDOGS v BRONCOS - Telstra StadiumSat 5:30 SHARKS v PANTHERS - Toyota Park Sat 7:30 COWBOYS v KNIGHTS - Dairy Farmers StadiumSat 7:30 STORM v WARRIORS - Olympic Park MelbourneSun 2:30 ROOSTERS v EELS - Aussie StadiumSun 3:00 SEA EAGLES v RABBITOHS - Brookvale Oval Sun 3:00 DRAGONS v TIGERS - OKI Jubilee Stadium RAIDERS v BYE LEAGUEUNLIMITED.COM PLAYER AWARDS 2006LEADER BOARDThe Leagueunlimited.com players awards are decided by our live score updaters.Want to be a live score updater? For further enquiries, email us.27 pointsCameron Smith (Storm)26 pointsClinton Schifcofske (Raiders)23 pointsNathan Hindmarsh (Eels), Willie Mason (Bulldogs)21 pointsPreston Campbell (Panthers)20 pointsGreg Inglis (Storm), Matt Orford (Sea Eagles)19 pointsBen Kennedy (Sea Eagles), Andrew Johns (Knights)17 pointsCooper Cronk (Storm), Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)16 pointsDanny Buderus (Knights)14 pointsMatthew Bowen (Cowboys), Mark Gasnier (Dragons), Steve Price (Warriors), Scott Prince (Tigers)13 pointsAdam Dykes (Sharks), Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs), Darren Lockyer (Broncos)12 pointsJason Smith (Raiders), Sonny Bill Williams (Bulldogs)11 pointsRoy Asotasi (Bulldogs), Craig Fitzgibbon (Roosters), Paul Gallen (Sharks), Karmichael Hunt (Broncos)10 pointsPetero Civoniceva (Broncos), Robert Farah (Tigers), Alan Tongue (Raiders)9 pointsMathew Head (Dragons), Brett Hodgson (Tigers)8 pointsBrett Kimmorley (Sharks), Corey Parker (Broncos), Grant Rovelli (Warriors), Rhys Wesser (Panthers), Ruben Wiki (Warriors), Dean Young (Dragons)7 pointsSteve Bell (Sea Eagles), Justin Hodges (Broncos), Nathan Merritt (Rabbitohs), Mark O?Meley (Bulldogs), Aaron Payne (Cowboys), David Peachey (Rabbitohs), Amos Roberts (Roosters), Andrew Ryan (Bulldogs), Steve Simpson (Knights)6 pointsNathan Cayless (Eels), Craig Gower (Panthers), Nathan Fien (Warriors), Ryan Hoffman (Storm), Luke Lewis (Panthers), Steve Menzies (Sea Eagles), Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles), Lance Thompson (Sharks)5 pointsTrent Barrett (Dragons), Dean Collis (Tigers), Peter Cusack (Rabbitohs), Brett Finch (Roosters), Aaron Gorrell (Dragons), Jarryd Hayne (Eels), Wade McKinnon (Eels), Luke O'Donnell (Cowboys), Simon Mannering (Warriors), Luke Priddis (Panthers), Brad Thorn (Broncos), Brent Webb (Warriors)4 pointsDarren Albert (Sharks), Greg Bird (Sharks), Brian Carney (Knights), Todd Carney (Raiders), Matt Cooper (Dragons), Sione Faumuina (Warriors), Phillip Graham (Raiders), David Kidwell (Storm), Scott Hill (Storm), Ben Hornby (Dragons), Anthony Laffranchi (Tigers), Adam MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Fuifui Moimoi (Eels), Clint Newton (Knights), Josh Perry (Knights), Brent Sherwin (Bulldogs), David Simmons (Sharks), Billy Slater (Storm), Jamie Soward (Roosters), John Sutton (Rabbitohs), Milton Thaiday (Knights), Anthony Tupou (Roosters), Paul Whatuira (Tigers), Lincoln Withers (Raiders)3 pointsLuke Bailey (Dragons), Travis Burns (Sea Eagles), Luke Burt (Eels), Joel Clinton (Panthers), Darius Boyd (Broncos), Luke Covell (Sharks), Michael Crocker (Storm), Greg Eastwood (Broncos), Matthew Gidley (Knights), Michael Gordon (Panthers), Clint Greenshields (Dragons), Nathan Hinton (Knights), Lance Hohaia (Warriors), Brett Kearney (Sharks), Luke MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Reni Maitua (Bulldogs), Manase Manuokafoa (Rabbitohs), Adam Mogg (Raiders), John Morris (Eels), Sam Perrett (Roosters), Luke O?Dwyer (Eels), Michael Robertson (Sea Eagles), Jerome Ropati (Warriors), Matt Sing (Cowboys), Tame Tupou (Broncos), Steve Turner (Storm), Matthew Utai (Bulldogs), Anthony Watmough (Sea Eagles), Jake Webster (Storm), Joe Williams (Rabbitohs)2 pointsBrenton Bowen (Cowboys), George Carmont (Knights), Daniel Fitzhenry (Tigers), Keith Galloway (Tigers), Awen Guttenbeil (Warriors), Ashley Harrison (Roosters), Wairangi Koopu (Warriors), Tom Learoyd-Lahrs (Raiders), Tony Martin (Warriors), Anthony Minichiello (Roosters), Mark O'Meley (Bulldogs), Peter-John Marsh (Eels), Benji Marshall (Tigers), Luke Patten (Bulldogs), Todd Polglase (Rabbitohs), Luke Rooney (Panthers), John Skandalis (Tigers), Craig Smith (Knights), Tim Smith (Eels), Iosia Soliola (Roosters), Steven Southern (Cowboys), Timana Tahu (Eels), Clinton Toopi (Warriors), Evarn Tuimavave (Warriors), Nigel Vagana (Sharks), Trent Waterhouse (Panthers), Shane Webcke (Broncos), Michael Weyman (Raiders), Craig Wing (Roosters)1 pointPaul Bowman (Cowboys), Ben Creagh (Dragons), Shayne Dunley (Sea Eagles), Michael Ennis (Broncos), Shaun Foley (Roosters), Nathan Friend (Storm), Matt Geyer (Storm), Kurt Gidley (Knights), Tony Grimaldi (Bulldogs), Chris Hicks (Sea Eagles), Daniel Holdsworth (Bulldogs), Lee Hookey (Panthers), Matt King (Storm), Josh Lewis (Roosters), Todd Lowrie (Knights), Steve Matai (Sea Eagles), Daryl Millard (Dragons), Ryan O'Hara (Tigers), Shannon McDonnell (Tigers), Sam Rapira (Warriors), Mark Riddell (Eels), Shane Rodney (Panthers), David Shillington (Roosters), Brent Tate (Broncos), Sam Thaiday (Broncos), Willie Tonga (Bulldogs), Shane Tronc (Cowboys), Taniela Tuiaki (Tigers), Ben Walker (Rabbitohs), Simon Woolford (Raiders), William Zillman (Raiders)

Monday?s Expert League Wrap - Round 22, 2006

FRIDAY night football saw a near capacity crowd brave damp conditions and witness a resurgent Parramatta Eels down an out-of-form St George Illawarra Dragons 28-6. The result sees the Eels in seventh position and 24 points on the National Rugby League ladder. The Dragons slip two places to sixth spot and 26 points.Saturday football kicked off in Auckland with a small crowd on hand to witness the New Zealand Warriors post a 12-10 victory over the Cronulla Sharks. The 13th-placed Warriors are on 18 points. The Sharks are seemingly anchored on 22 points and have now slipped out of the top eight. Saturday night took us to Melbourne to see competition leaders the Storm thrash last year?s premiers Wests Tigers by 46-4. The result almost confirms Melbourne as minor premiers for 2006. Now on 38 competition points and six points clear of the field, the southern franchise is looking odds on to go all the way. Things are not so rosy for the 12th-placed Wests Tigers, Struggling to keep in touch on 20 points, the Tigers appear to have little chance of making the cut in four weeks time.Meanwhile, the Canterbury Bulldogs were asserting their authority in clobbering the North Queensland Cowboys 54-14 in Townsville. The result was the final nail in the coffin for the Cowboys. Last year?s grand finalists, the North Queenslanders began their season with a flurry of victories. But now the 10th-placed Cowboys are on 22 points and in real danger of missing out on a finals berth. The Bulldogs led 30-0 at half time and are firming up as real contenders in this year?s competition. With 32 points and in outright second position, the Bulldogs may the only team standing in the way of Melbourne.Sunday football gave us three matches kicking off with the Raiders running over the top the Brisbane Broncos by 30-18 in Canberra. The result confirms that the Broncos are indeed in a post-Origin slump as they cling to third spot amongst a log jam of teams on 26 points. The Raiders put in a fine performance and must fancy themselves. They are now in the top eight on 24 points and only have to remain consistent to be there come finals time.The Newcastle Knights have been promoted to fourth spot after they disposed of the Sydney Roosters by 32-18 at Central Coast Stadium. The Roosters are on 18 competition points and in second last position, their season ending some time ago.Round 22 wrapped up at Homebush with the South Sydney Rabbitohs defeating the Penrith Panthers 32-26. The win takes the Rabbitohs to eight points on the competition ladder as they focus on getting themselves into double figures. With no chance of avoiding the wooden spoon, Souths are playing for pride and contracts. The 11th-placed Panthers are not playing like a team competing for a top eight spot and don?t really deserve a rating. But on 22 points and with four rounds remaining, they are still a chance to jag a finals berth.All match results and details are listed below.LeagueUnlimited.com Player AwardsThis year?s LeagueUnlimited.com Player Awards has got a new leader with Melbourne hooker Cameron Smith coming first on 27 points. Canberra full back Clinton Schifcofske maintains second spot on the leader board with 26 points. Not far away are Preston Campbell (Panthers) and Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels) on 21 points while Greg Inglis (Storm), Willie Mason (Bulldogs), and Matt Orford (Sea Eagles) are on 20 points. On 19 points, and still a chance of taking out the award, are Ben Kennedy (Sea Eagles) and Andrew Johns (Knights).The full leader board is below.The LeagueUnlimited.com players of the match are decided by our live score updaters and tallied here each week on Monday?s Expert League wrap.Want to be a live score updater? For further enquiries, email usMATCH RESULTS:League Wrap: Round 22, 4 August ? 6 August 2006Parramatta Eels: 28Tries: Eric Grothe (2), Luke Burt, Chad RobinsonGoals: Luke Burt 6/7St George Illawarra Dragons: 6Tries: Colin BestGoals: Mathew Head 1/2Half time: Eels 10-6Venue: Parramatta StadiumCrowd: 19,137Referee: Steve ClarkLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Nathan Cayless (Eels)2 - Peter-John Marsh (Eels)1 - John Morris (Eels)New Zealand Warriors: 12Tries: Michael Luck, Grant RovelliGoals: Tony Martin 2/3Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 10Tries: Luke Covell, Brett KimmorleyGoals: Luke Covell 1/2Half time: 6 allVenue: Mt Smart (Ericsson) StadiumCrowd: 4,850Referee: Jason RobinsonLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Steve Price (Warriors)2 - Grant Rovelli (Warriors)1 - Paul Gallen (Sharks)Melbourne Storm: 46Tries: Matt Geyer, Greg Inglis, Steve Turner(2), Jake Webster(4)Goals: Greg Inglis 1/1, Cameron Smith 6/8Wests Tigers: 4Tries: Jamaal LolesiHalf time: Storm 16-4Venue: Olympic Park MelbourneCrowd: 12,481Referee: Sean HampsteadLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Jake Webster (Storm)2 - Scott Hill (Storm)1 - Cameron Smith (Storm)North Queensland Cowboys: 14Tries: Matthew Scott, Ashley Graham, Mark HenryGoals: Ashley Graham 1/2Canterbury Bulldogs: 54Tries: Trent Cutler, Hazem El Masri, Reni Maitua, Luke Patten, Willie Tonga, Sonny Bill Williams(2), Andrew Emelio(2)Goals: Hazem El Masri 9/9Half time: Bulldogs 30-0Venue: Dairy Farmers StadiumCrowd: 20,486Referee: Paul SimpkinsLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Sonny Bill Williams (Bulldogs)2 - Andrew Ryan (Bulldogs)1 - Willie Tonga (Bulldogs)Canberra Raiders: 30Tries: Todd Carney, Phillip Graham, David Howell(2), Adam Mogg, Adrian PurtellGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 3/6Brisbane Broncos: 18Tries: Sam Thaiday, Brad Thorn, Darius BoydGoals: Corey Parker 3/3Half time: Raiders 14-6Venue: Canberra StadiumCrowd: 13,137Referee: Gavin BadgerLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Alan Tongue (Raiders)2 - Adam Mogg (Raiders)1 - Phillip Graham (Raiders)Sydney Roosters: 18Tries: Ryan Cross, Iosia Soliola, Shaun FoleyGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 2/2, Josh Lewis 1/1Newcastle Knights: 32Tries: Danny Buderus, Andrew Johns, Luke Davico, Chris Bailey, Riley BrownGoals: Andrew Johns 6/6Half time: Knights 26-6Venue: Central Coast StadiumCrowd: 18,124Referee: Tony ArcherLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Andrew Johns (Knights)2 - Danny Buderus (Knights)1 - Milton Thaiday (Knights)South Sydney Rabbitohs: 32Tries: Mark Minichello, Germaine Paulson, Joe Williams, Nathan Merritt(3)Goals: Joe Williams 4/6Penrith Panthers: 26Tries: Preston Campbell(2), Craig Gower, Tony Puletua, Michael GordonGoals: Michael Gordon 3/5Half time: Rabbitohs 16-10Venue: Telstra StadiumCrowd: 9,126Referee: Ben CumminsLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Nathan Merritt (Rabbitohs)2 - Joe Williams (Rabbitohs)1 - Preston Campbell (Panthers)Sea Eagles v ByeFULL DRAW, RESULTS & LINKS TO LIVE SCORES ? CLICK HEREUPCOMING MATCHES:Round 23, 11-13 August 2006Fri 7:30 KNIGHTS v SEA EAGLES - EnergyAustralia Stadium Sat 7:30 (NZ) 5:30 (AEST) WARRIORS v COWBOYS - Mt Smart (Ericsson) StadiumSat 7:30 PANTHERS v ROOSTERS - CUA Stadium, Penrith Sat 7:30 SHARKS v EELS - Toyota Park Sun 2:30 BRONCOS v STORM - Suncorp Stadium Sun 3:00 BULLDOGS v DRAGONS - Telstra StadiumSun 3:00 TIGERS v RAIDERS - Campbelltown Stadium RABBITOHS v BYE FOR LATEST CENTREBET ODDSCLICK HERELEAGUEUNLIMITED.COM PLAYER AWARDS 2006LEADER BOARDThe Leagueunlimited.com players awards are decided by our live score updaters.Want to be a live score updater? For further enquiries, email us.27 pointsCameron Smith (Storm)26 pointsClinton Schifcofske (Raiders)21 pointsPreston Campbell (Panthers), Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels)20 pointsGreg Inglis (Storm), Willie Mason (Bulldogs), Matt Orford (Sea Eagles)19 pointsBen Kennedy (Sea Eagles), Andrew Johns (Knights)17 pointsCooper Cronk (Storm), Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)16 pointsDanny Buderus (Knights)14 pointsMatthew Bowen (Cowboys), Mark Gasnier (Dragons)13 pointsAdam Dykes (Sharks), Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs), Darren Lockyer (Broncos)12 pointsSteve Price (Warriors), Jason Smith (Raiders)11 pointsRoy Asotasi (Bulldogs), Karmichael Hunt (Broncos), Scott Prince (Tigers)10 pointsPetero Civoniceva (Broncos), Robert Farah (Tigers), Paul Gallen (Sharks), Sonny Bill Williams (Bulldogs)9 pointsCraig Fitzgibbon (Roosters), Mathew Head (Dragons), Brett Hodgson (Tigers), Alan Tongue (Raiders)8 pointsBrett Kimmorley (Sharks), Corey Parker (Broncos), Grant Rovelli (Warriors), Rhys Wesser (Panthers), Ruben Wiki (Warriors), Dean Young (Dragons)7 pointsSteve Bell (Sea Eagles), Nathan Merritt (Rabbitohs), Mark O?Meley (Bulldogs), Aaron Payne (Cowboys), David Peachey (Rabbitohs), Amos Roberts (Roosters), Steve Simpson (Knights)6 pointsNathan Cayless (Eels), Craig Gower (Panthers), Nathan Fien (Warriors), Ryan Hoffman (Storm), Luke Lewis (Panthers), Steve Menzies (Sea Eagles), Andrew Ryan (Bulldogs), Lance Thompson (Sharks)5 pointsTrent Barrett (Dragons), Dean Collis (Tigers), Peter Cusack (Rabbitohs), Brett Finch (Roosters), Aaron Gorrell (Dragons), Jarryd Hayne (Eels), Justin Hodges (Broncos), Wade McKinnon (Eels), Luke O'Donnell (Cowboys), Simon Mannering (Warriors), Luke Priddis (Panthers), Brad Thorn (Broncos), Brent Webb (Warriors)4 pointsDarren Albert (Sharks), Greg Bird (Sharks), Brian Carney (Knights), Matt Cooper (Dragons), Sione Faumuina (Warriors), Phillip Graham (Raiders), David Kidwell (Storm), Scott Hill (Storm), Ben Hornby (Dragons), Anthony Laffranchi (Tigers), Adam MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Fuifui Moimoi (Eels), Clint Newton (Knights), Brent Sherwin (Bulldogs), David Simmons (Sharks), Billy Slater (Storm), Jamie Soward (Roosters), John Sutton (Rabbitohs), Milton Thaiday (Knights), Anthony Tupou (Roosters), Paul Whatuira (Tigers), Lincoln Withers (Raiders)3 pointsLuke Bailey (Dragons), Joel Clinton (Panthers), Darius Boyd (Broncos), Luke Covell (Sharks), Michael Crocker (Storm), Greg Eastwood (Broncos), Matthew Gidley (Knights), Michael Gordon (Panthers), Clint Greenshields (Dragons), Nathan Hinton (Knights), Brett Kearney (Sharks), Luke MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Reni Maitua (Bulldogs), Manase Manuokafoa (Rabbitohs), Adam Mogg (Raiders), John Morris (Eels), Luke O?Dwyer (Eels), Michael Robertson (Sea Eagles), Jerome Ropati (Warriors), Matt Sing (Cowboys), Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles), Tame Tupou (Broncos), Matthew Utai (Bulldogs), Anthony Watmough (Sea Eagles), Jake Webster (Storm), Joe Williams (Rabbitohs)2 pointsBrenton Bowen (Cowboys), Travis Burns (Sea Eagles), George Carmont (Knights), Todd Carney (Raiders), Daniel Fitzhenry (Tigers), Keith Galloway (Tigers), Awen Guttenbeil (Warriors), Ashley Harrison (Roosters), Wairangi Koopu (Warriors), Tom Learoyd-Lahrs (Raiders), Tony Martin (Warriors), Anthony Minichiello (Roosters), Mark O'Meley (Bulldogs), Peter-John Marsh (Eels), Benji Marshall (Tigers), Luke Patten (Bulldogs), Josh Perry (Knights), Todd Polglase (Rabbitohs), Luke Rooney (Panthers), John Skandalis (Tigers), Craig Smith (Knights), Tim Smith (Eels), Iosia Soliola (Roosters), Steven Southern (Cowboys), Timana Tahu (Eels), Clinton Toopi (Warriors), Evarn Tuimavave (Warriors), Nigel Vagana (Sharks), Trent Waterhouse (Panthers), Shane Webcke (Broncos), Michael Weyman (Raiders), Craig Wing (Roosters)1 pointPaul Bowman (Cowboys), Ben Creagh (Dragons), Shayne Dunley (Sea Eagles), Michael Ennis (Broncos), Shaun Foley (Roosters), Nathan Friend (Storm), Matt Geyer (Storm), Kurt Gidley (Knights), Tony Grimaldi (Bulldogs), Chris Hicks (Sea Eagles), Daniel Holdsworth (Bulldogs), Lee Hookey (Panthers), Matt King (Storm), Todd Lowrie (Knights), Steve Matai (Sea Eagles), Daryl Millard (Dragons), Ryan O'Hara (Tigers), Shannon McDonnell (Tigers), Mark Riddell (Eels), Shane Rodney (Panthers), David Shillington (Roosters), Brent Tate (Broncos), Willie Tonga (Bulldogs), Shane Tronc (Cowboys), Taniela Tuiaki (Tigers), Ben Walker (Rabbitohs), Simon Woolford (Raiders), William Zillman (Raiders)

Monday?s Expert League Wrap - Rd 21, 2006

THE Newcastle Knights continue to keep their finals campaign on track following their 22-18 win over the Cronulla Sharks on Friday night. Playing in front of a healthy home crowd, the Sharks led 12-10 at half time before being cut down by the Knights.Saturday rugby league took us to Penrith with the Panthers giving the New Zealand Warriors a thrashing to the tune of 36-6. Not far away in Parramatta, the Eels were handing out similar punishment in defeating arch rivals Manly Sea Eagles by 31-18. Saturday night wrapped up in Homebush with South Sydney Rabbitohs posting their second win of the year and upsetting the Canberra Raiders by 21-8.Sunday football kicked off in Brisbane with last year?s premiers Wests Tigers cruising to a 20-6 victory over the Broncos. Meanwhile at Kogarah, the Melbourne Storm travelled to defeat the St George Illawarra Dragons 34-24 in what was an epic encounter. The weekend of football wrapped up in Sydney with another upset as the Roosters thrashed the North Queensland Cowboys 40-20.With five rounds remaining before the finals, the NRL ladder sees the Melbourne Storm six points clear on 36 competition points, and looking like specials for this year?s minor premiership. The Canterbury Bulldogs had the bye this round and move up 30 points, and outright second position. The Bulldogs are close enough to join Storm as definite finals contenders for 2006.The Broncos and the Dragons are on 26 points each to make up the top four, both sides are in need of couple of wins in the coming rounds. Not far away on 24 points are the Sea Eagles and the Knights with both also feeling the pressure from teams below them. The battle for the top eight is hotting up with no less than five teams on 22 points. The Cowboys, Sharks, Eels, Panthers and Raiders are all fighting it out to make the cut.Wests Tigers are on 20 points and in 12th position. While some will argue that the reigning premiers are still a mathematical chance in 2006, it does look as if they have presented themselves with a mountain too high to climb. Below them are the Roosters on 18 points, and the Warriors are written off on 16 points. Definite wooden spooners, the Rabbitohs are on 6 points.All match results and details are listed below.LeagueUnlimited.com Player AwardsThe leader board in this year?s LeagueUnlimited.com Player Awards is hotting up with Canberra?s Clinton Schifcofske and Melbourne?s Cameron Smith equal at the top on 26 points each. They are five points clear of Eels forward Nathan Hindmarsh who moves up to 21 points and outright second place. Not far away are Preston Campbell (Panthers), Greg Inglis (Storm), Willie Mason (Bulldogs), and previous awards winner Matt Orford (Sea Eagles) on 20 points. With just five rounds remaining, the leader board sees a number of players still well in contention. The full leader board is below.The LeagueUnlimited.com players of the match are decided by our live score updaters and tallied here each week on Monday?s Expert League wrap.Want to be a live score updater? For further enquiries, email usMATCH RESULTS:League Wrap: Round 21, 28 July ? 30 July 2006Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 18Tries: Paul Gallen, Reece Williams, Lance ThompsonGoals: Luke Covell 3/4Newcastle Knights: 22Tries: George Carmont, Andrew Johns, Adam Woolnough, Brian CarneyGoals: Andrew Johns 3/4Half time: Sharks 12-10Venue: Toyota ParkCrowd: 17,574Referee: Shayne HayneLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Danny Buderus (Knights)2 - Matthew Gidley (Knights)1 - Greg Bird (Sharks)Penrith Panthers: 36Tries: Tony Puletua, Luke Rooney, Rhys Wesser(3), Matthew CrossGoals: Preston Campbell 6/7New Zealand Warriors: 6Tries: Manu VatuveiGoals: Tony Martin 1/1Half time: Panthers 12-6Venue: CUA Stadium PenrithCrowd: 9,725Referee: Tony ArcherLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Rhys Wesser (Panthers)2 - Preston Campbell (Panthers)1 - Luke Priddis (Panthers)Parramatta Eels: 31Tries: Luke Burt(2), Luke O'Dwyer(2), Jarryd HayneGoals: Luke Burt 5/5Field Goals: John MorrisManly Sea Eagles: 18Tries: Chris Hicks, Paul Stephenson, Luke Williamson, Steve MataiGoals: Matt Orford 1/4Half time: Eels 18-8Venue: Parramatta StadiumCrowd: 15,404Referee: Steven ClarkLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Luke O?Dwyer (Eels)2 - Ben Kennedy (Sea Eagles)1 - Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels)South Sydney Rabbitohs: 21Tries: Nathan Merritt(2), Paul Mellor, David PeacheyGoals: Joe Williams 2/4Field Goals: Ben RogersCanberra Raiders: 8Tries: Adam Mogg(2)Half time: Rabbitohs 20-4Venue: Telstra StadiumCrowd: 6,152Referee: Jason RobinsonLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - David Peachey (Rabbitohs)2 - Nathan Merritt (Rabbitohs)1 - Joe Williams (Rabbitohs)Brisbane Broncos: 6Tries: Shane WebckeGoals: Darren Lockyer 1/1Wests Tigers: 20Tries: Dean Collis(2), Chris Lawrence, Ben JefferyGoals: Scott Prince 2/4Half time: Tigers 10-0Venue: Suncorp StadiumCrowd: 31,500Referee: Paul SimpkinsLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Scott Prince (Tigers)2 - Dean Collis (Tigers)1 - Taniela Tuiaki (Tigers)St George Illawarra Dragons: 24Tries: Trent Barrett, Matt Cooper(2), Mark Gasnier, Brett MorrisGoals: Aaron Gorrell 1/5, Mathew Head 1/1Melbourne Storm: 34Tries: Cooper Cronk, Ryan Hoffman, Greg Inglis, Matt King(2), Steve TurnerGoals: Cameron Smith 5/7Half time: Storm 16-12Venue: Oki Jubilee Stadium KogarahCrowd: 13,866Referee: Sean HampsteadLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Cameron Smith (Storm)2 - Cooper Cronk (Storm)1 - Matt Cooper (Dragons)Sydney Roosters: 40Tries: Brett Finch, Iosia Soliola, David Shillington, Shaun Foley(2), Josh LewisGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 7/7, Amos Roberts 1/1North Queensland Cowboys: 20Tries: Matt Sing, Ashley Graham, Mark Henry(2)Goals: Josh Hannay 2/4Half time: Cowboys 16-6Venue: Aussie StadiumCrowd: 7,617Referee: Gavin BadgerLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Craig Fitzgibbon (Roosters)2 - Brett Finch (Roosters)1 - Shaun Foley (Roosters)Canterbury Bulldogs v ByeFULL DRAW, RESULTS & LINKS TO LIVE SCORES ? CLICK HEREUPCOMING MATCHES:Round 22, 4-6 August 2006Fri 7:30 EELS v DRAGONS - Parramatta StadiumSat 7:30 (NZ) 5:30 (AEST) WARRIORS v SHARKS - Mt Smart (Ericsson) StadiumSat 7:30 STORM v TIGERS - Olympic ParkSat 7:30 COWBOYS v BULLDOGS - Dairy Farmers Stadium Sun 2:30 RAIDERS v BRONCOS - Canberra StadiumSun 3:00 ROOSTERS v KNIGHTS - Central Coast StadiumSun 3:00 RABBITOHS v PANTHERS - Telstra StadiumSEA EAGLES v BYE FOR LATEST CENTREBET ODDSCLICK HERELEAGUEUNLIMITED.COM PLAYER AWARDS 2006LEADER BOARDThe Leagueunlimited.com players awards are decided by our live score updaters.Want to be a live score updater? For further enquiries, email us.26 pointsClinton Schifcofske (Raiders), Cameron Smith (Storm)21 pointsNathan Hindmarsh (Eels)20 pointsPreston Campbell (Panthers), Greg Inglis (Storm), Willie Mason (Bulldogs), Matt Orford (Sea Eagles)19 pointsBen Kennedy (Sea Eagles)17 pointsCooper Cronk (Storm), Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)16 pointsAndrew Johns (Knights)14 pointsMatthew Bowen (Cowboys), Danny Buderus (Knights), Mark Gasnier (Dragons)13 pointsAdam Dykes (Sharks), Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs), Darren Lockyer (Broncos)12 pointsJason Smith (Raiders)11 pointsRoy Asotasi (Bulldogs), Karmichael Hunt (Broncos), Scott Prince (Tigers)10 pointsPetero Civoniceva (Broncos), Robert Farah (Tigers)9 pointsCraig Fitzgibbon (Roosters), Paul Gallen (Sharks), Mathew Head (Dragons), Brett Hodgson (Tigers), Steve Price (Warriors)8 pointsBrett Kimmorley (Sharks), Corey Parker (Broncos), Rhys Wesser (Panthers), Ruben Wiki (Warriors), Dean Young (Dragons)7 pointsSteve Bell (Sea Eagles), Mark O?Meley (Bulldogs), Aaron Payne (Cowboys), David Peachey (Rabbitohs), Amos Roberts (Roosters), Steve Simpson (Knights), Sonny Bill Williams (Bulldogs)6 pointsCraig Gower (Panthers), Nathan Fien (Warriors), Ryan Hoffman (Storm), Luke Lewis (Panthers), Steve Menzies (Sea Eagles), Grant Rovelli (Warriors), Lance Thompson (Sharks), Alan Tongue (Raiders)5 pointsTrent Barrett (Dragons), Dean Collis (Tigers), Peter Cusack (Rabbitohs), Brett Finch (Roosters), Aaron Gorrell (Dragons), Jarryd Hayne (Eels), Justin Hodges (Broncos), Wade McKinnon (Eels), Luke O'Donnell (Cowboys), Simon Mannering (Warriors), Luke Priddis (Panthers), Brad Thorn (Broncos), Brent Webb (Warriors)4 pointsDarren Albert (Sharks), Greg Bird (Sharks), Brian Carney (Knights), Matt Cooper (Dragons), Sione Faumuina (Warriors), David Kidwell (Storm), Ben Hornby (Dragons), Anthony Laffranchi (Tigers), Adam MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Nathan Merritt (Rabbitohs), Fuifui Moimoi (Eels), Clint Newton (Knights), Andrew Ryan (Bulldogs), Brent Sherwin (Bulldogs), David Simmons (Sharks), Billy Slater (Storm), Jamie Soward (Roosters), John Sutton (Rabbitohs), Anthony Tupou (Roosters), Paul Whatuira (Tigers), Lincoln Withers (Raiders)3 pointsLuke Bailey (Dragons), Nathan Cayless (Eels), Joel Clinton (Panthers), Darius Boyd (Broncos), Luke Covell (Sharks), Michael Crocker (Storm), Greg Eastwood (Broncos), Matthew Gidley (Knights), Michael Gordon (Panthers), Phillip Graham (Raiders), Clint Greenshields (Dragons), Nathan Hinton (Knights), Brett Kearney (Sharks), Luke MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Reni Maitua (Bulldogs), Manase Manuokafoa (Rabbitohs), Luke O?Dwyer (Eels), Michael Robertson (Sea Eagles), Jerome Ropati (Warriors), Matt Sing (Cowboys), Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles), Milton Thaiday (Knights), Tame Tupou (Broncos), Matthew Utai (Bulldogs), Anthony Watmough (Sea Eagles)2 pointsBrenton Bowen (Cowboys), Travis Burns (Sea Eagles), George Carmont (Knights), Todd Carney (Raiders), Daniel Fitzhenry (Tigers), Keith Galloway (Tigers), Awen Guttenbeil (Warriors), Ashley Harrison (Roosters), Scott Hill (Storm), Wairangi Koopu (Warriors), Tom Learoyd-Lahrs (Raiders), Tony Martin (Warriors), Anthony Minichiello (Roosters), Mark O'Meley (Bulldogs), Benji Marshall (Tigers), John Morris (Eels), Luke Patten (Bulldogs), Josh Perry (Knights), Todd Polglase (Rabbitohs), Luke Rooney (Panthers), John Skandalis (Tigers), Craig Smith (Knights), Tim Smith (Eels), Iosia Soliola (Roosters), Steven Southern (Cowboys), Timana Tahu (Eels), Clinton Toopi (Warriors), Evarn Tuimavave (Warriors), Nigel Vagana (Sharks), Trent Waterhouse (Panthers), Shane Webcke (Broncos), Michael Weyman (Raiders), Craig Wing (Roosters)1 pointPaul Bowman (Cowboys), Ben Creagh (Dragons), Shayne Dunley (Sea Eagles), Michael Ennis (Broncos), Shaun Foley (Roosters), Nathan Friend (Storm), Matt Geyer (Storm), Kurt Gidley (Knights), Tony Grimaldi (Bulldogs), Chris Hicks (Sea Eagles), Daniel Holdsworth (Bulldogs), Lee Hookey (Panthers), Matt King (Storm), Todd Lowrie (Knights), Steve Matai (Sea Eagles), Daryl Millard (Dragons), Ryan O'Hara (Tigers), Shannon McDonnell (Tigers), Adam Mogg (Raiders), Mark Riddell (Eels), Shane Rodney (Panthers), David Shillington (Roosters), Brent Tate (Broncos), Shane Tronc (Cowboys), Taniela Tuiaki (Tigers), Ben Walker (Rabbitohs), Joe Williams (Rabbitohs), Simon Woolford (Raiders), William Zillman (Raiders)

Monday?s Expert Wrap - Round 20, 2006

THE Melbourne Storm have broken away to 34 competition points and a healthy lead on the NRL ladder following their 28-12 defeat of the Cronulla Sharks at Olympic Park on Friday night. The Storm now holds a six point buffer on the field while the seventh-placed Sharks join a mass of teams on 22 points.Saturday football kicked off with the Canterbury Bulldogs crushing the Sydney Roosters by 25-0 in Homebush. The Bulldogs now hold outright second position on 28 points while the Roosters are second last on 16 points. With their season long gone, the Roosters? loss was compounded by the send-off of Adrian Morley who may have played his last match of club footy in Australia. The English prop faces the prospect of a lengthy suspension before heading back home to the old dart.Later the same day, the Cowboys won their Queensland derby, defeating the Brisbane Broncos 26-10 in Townsville. Despite the loss, the third-placed Broncos are still looking well set on 26 points. It was a timely return to form for the Cowboys. On 22 points and hanging onto their top eight spot, the North Queenslanders? celebrations were dampened by the loss of playmaker Johnathon Thurston who was stretchered from the field with a dislocated kneecap and a grade two medial ligament strain.Saturday night wrapped up with the Newcastle Knights defeating the last-placed South Sydney Rabbitohs 24-18 in Newcastle. In game of two halves, the Knights actually led 24-0 at half time before Souths mounted their comeback. But the Rabbitohs were unable to nail it in the end, crashing to their 18th loss of the season. The Knights are still in hunt on 22 points and in eighth position.Sunday football saw a resurgent Parramatta Eels continue their charge with a comprehensive 34-6 victory over premiers Wests Tigers in Homebush. The Eels are now in sight of the top eight on 20 points while Wests Tigers are looking more than a little shaky on 18 points.Meanwhile, down in the nation's capital, the Canberra Raiders posted a 31-12 victory, putting a dent in the St George Illawarra Dragons. The Raiders gave the home crowd plenty to cheer about and join a log jam of teams on 22 points. The third-placed Dragons have some work to do but are still well placed on 26 points.Round 20 wrapped up at Brookvale Oval with the Manly Sea Eagles staging a tremendous revival to narrowly defeat the Penrith Panthers 32-30. The Panthers led 24-6 at half time before Manly surged back into contention, a penalty goal eventually delivering the home side victory. The Sea Eagles are in outright fifth spot on the ladder with 24 competition points while the Panthers are outside of the eight on 20 points.All match results and details are listed below.LeagueUnlimited.com Player AwardsAnother powerful performance from Clinton Schifcofske sees the Raiders fullback maintaining first position in this year?s LeagueUnlimited.com Player Awards. Schifcofske is looking the goods on 26 points, three points clear of Melbourne?s Cameron Smith who has moved up to outright second position and 23 points.Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels), Greg Inglis (Storm), Willie Mason (Bulldogs) and last year?s winner Matt Orford (Sea Eagles) are all in equal third place on 20 points. Preston Campbell (Panthers) is not far away on 18 points. With just six rounds remaining, the leader board sees a number of players still well in contention. The full leader board is below.The LeagueUnlimited.com players of the match are decided by our live score updaters and tallied here each week on Monday?s Expert League wrap.Want to be a live score updater? For further enquiries, email usMATCH RESULTS:League Wrap: Round 20, 21 July ? 23 July 2006Melbourne Storm: 28Tries: Cooper Cronk, Ryan Hoffman, Dallas Johnson, Billy Slater(2)Goals: Matt Geyer 1/1, Cameron Smith 3/4Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 12Tries: Darren Albert, Richard VillasantiGoals: Luke Covell 2/2Half time: Storm 16-0Venue: Olympic Park, MelbourneCrowd: 11,486Referee: Steve ClarkLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Cameron Smith (Storm)2 - Ryan Hoffman (Storm)1 - Cooper Cronk (Storm)Canterbury Bulldogs: 25Tries: Andrew Ryan, Sonny Bill Williams, Andrew EmelioGoals: Hazem El Masri 6/8Field Goals: Brent SherwinSydney Roosters: 0Half time: Bulldogs 10-0Venue: Telstra StadiumCrowd: 14,020Referee: Jarred MaxwellLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Willie Mason (Bulldogs)2 - Brent Sherwin (Bulldogs)1 - Roy Asotasi (Bulldogs)North Queensland Cowboys: 26Tries: Josh Hannay, Matt Sing(3), Ashley GrahamGoals: Josh Hannay 3/6Brisbane Broncos: 10Tries: Darren Lockyer, Brad ThornGoals: Darren Lockyer 1/2Half time: Cowboys 14-4Venue: Dairy Farmers Stadium, TownsvilleCrowd: 24,658Referee: Tony ArcherLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Matthew Bowen (Cowboys)2 - Aaron Payne (Cowboys)1 - Matt Sing (Cowboys)Newcastle Knights: 24Tries: Andrew Johns, Kirk Reynoldson, Steve Simpson, Brian CarneyGoals: Andrew Johns 4/4South Sydney Rabbitohs: 18Tries: Nathan Merritt, Paul Mellor, Stuart WebbGoals: Ben Walker 3/3Half time: Knights 24-0Venue: EnergyAustralia StadiumCrowd: 14,599Referee: Gavin BadgerLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Steve Simpson (Knights)2 - John Sutton (Rabbitohs)1 - Andrew Johns (Knights)Wests Tigers: 6Tries: Robert FarahGoals: Scott Prince 1/1Parramatta Eels: 34Tries: Nathan Hindmarsh, Wade McKinnon, Luke O'Dwyer, Jeremy Smith, Jarryd Hayne(2)Goals: Mark Riddell 4/5, Jarryd Hayne 1/1Half time: Eels 16-6Venue: Telstra StadiumCrowd: 21,456Referee: Shayne HayneLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels)2 - Nathan Cayless (Eels)1 - Jarryd Hayne (Eels)Canberra Raiders: 31Tries: Todd Carney(2), Jason Smith, Michael Weyman, Adrian PurtellGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 5/5Field Goals: Clinton SchifcofskeSt George Illawarra Dragons: 12Tries: Trent Barrett, Mark GasnierGoals: Aaron Gorrell 2/2Half time: Raiders 12-6Venue: Canberra StadiumCrowd: 13,504Referee: Paul SimpkinsLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Jason Smith (Raiders)2 - Clinton Schifcofske (Raiders)1 - Adam Mogg (Raiders)Manly Sea Eagles: 32Tries: Chris Hicks, Paul Stephenson, Glenn Stewart, Michael Robertson, Mitch CrearyGoals: Travis Burns 6/7Penrith Panthers: 30Tries: Preston Campbell(2), Luke Lewis, Frank Pritchard, Rhys WesserGoals: Preston Campbell 5/5Half time: Panthers 24-6Venue: Brookvale OvalCrowd: 15,177Referee: Jason RobinsonLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Preston Campbell (Panthers)2 - Travis Burns (Sea Eagles)1 - Chris Hicks (Sea Eagles)New Zealand Warriors v ByeFULL DRAW, RESULTS & LINKS TO LIVE SCORES ? CLICK HEREUPCOMING MATCHES:Round 21, 28-30 July 2006Fri 7:30 SHARKS v KNIGHTS - Toyota ParkSat 5:30 PANTHERS v WARRIORS - CUA Stadium, PenrithSat 7:30 EELS v SEA EAGLES - Parramatta StadiumSat 7:30 RABBITOHS v RAIDERS - Telstra StadiumSun 2:30 BRONCOS v TIGERS - Suncorp StadiumSun 3:00 DRAGONS v STORM - OKI Jubilee Stadium, KogarahSun 3:00 ROOSTERS v COWBOYS - Aussie Stadium BULLDOGS v BYE FOR LATEST CENTREBET ODDSCLICK HERELEAGUEUNLIMITED.COM PLAYER AWARDS 2006LEADER BOARDThe Leagueunlimited.com players awards are decided by our live score updaters.Want to be a live score updater? For further enquiries, email us.26 pointsClinton Schifcofske (Raiders)23 pointsCameron Smith (Storm)20 pointsNathan Hindmarsh (Eels), Greg Inglis (Storm), Willie Mason (Bulldogs), Matt Orford (Sea Eagles)18 pointsPreston Campbell (Panthers)17 pointsBen Kennedy (Sea Eagles), Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)16 pointsAndrew Johns (Knights)15 pointsCooper Cronk (Storm)14 pointsMatthew Bowen (Cowboys), Mark Gasnier (Dragons)13 pointsAdam Dykes (Sharks), Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs), Darren Lockyer (Broncos)12 pointsJason Smith (Raiders)11 pointsRoy Asotasi (Bulldogs), Danny Buderus (Knights), Karmichael Hunt (Broncos)10 pointsPetero Civoniceva (Broncos), Robert Farah (Tigers)9 pointsPaul Gallen (Sharks), Mathew Head (Dragons), Brett Hodgson (Tigers), Steve Price (Warriors)8 pointsBrett Kimmorley (Sharks), Corey Parker (Broncos), Scott Prince (Tigers), Ruben Wiki (Warriors), Dean Young (Dragons)7 pointsSteve Bell (Sea Eagles), Mark O?Meley (Bulldogs), Aaron Payne (Cowboys), Amos Roberts (Roosters), Steve Simpson (Knights), Sonny Bill Williams (Bulldogs)6 pointsCraig Gower (Panthers), Nathan Fien (Warriors), Craig Fitzgibbon (Roosters), Ryan Hoffman (Storm), Luke Lewis (Panthers), Steve Menzies (Sea Eagles), Grant Rovelli (Warriors), Lance Thompson (Sharks), Alan Tongue (Raiders)5 pointsTrent Barrett (Dragons), Peter Cusack (Rabbitohs), Aaron Gorrell (Dragons), Jarryd Hayne (Eels), Justin Hodges (Broncos), Wade McKinnon (Eels), Luke O'Donnell (Cowboys), Simon Mannering (Warriors), Brad Thorn (Broncos), Brent Webb (Warriors), Rhys Wesser (Panthers)4 pointsDarren Albert (Sharks), Brian Carney (Knights), Sione Faumuina (Warriors), David Kidwell (Storm), Ben Hornby (Dragons), Anthony Laffranchi (Tigers), Adam MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Fuifui Moimoi (Eels), Clint Newton (Knights), David Peachey (Rabbitohs), Luke Priddis (Panthers), Andrew Ryan (Bulldogs), Brent Sherwin (Bulldogs), David Simmons (Sharks), Billy Slater (Storm), Jamie Soward (Roosters), John Sutton (Rabbitohs), Anthony Tupou (Roosters), Paul Whatuira (Tigers), Lincoln Withers (Raiders)3 pointsLuke Bailey (Dragons), Greg Bird (Sharks), Nathan Cayless (Eels), Joel Clinton (Panthers), Darius Boyd (Broncos), Dean Collis (Tigers), Matt Cooper (Dragons), Luke Covell (Sharks), Michael Crocker (Storm), Greg Eastwood (Broncos), Brett Finch (Roosters), Michael Gordon (Panthers), Phillip Graham (Raiders), Clint Greenshields (Dragons), Nathan Hinton (Knights), Brett Kearney (Sharks), Luke MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Reni Maitua (Bulldogs), Manase Manuokafoa (Rabbitohs), Michael Robertson (Sea Eagles), Jerome Ropati (Warriors), Matt Sing (Cowboys), Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles), Milton Thaiday (Knights), Tame Tupou (Broncos), Matthew Utai (Bulldogs), Anthony Watmough (Sea Eagles)2 pointsBrenton Bowen (Cowboys), Travis Burns (Sea Eagles), George Carmont (Knights), Todd Carney (Raiders), Daniel Fitzhenry (Tigers), Keith Galloway (Tigers), Awen Guttenbeil (Warriors), Ashley Harrison (Roosters), Scott Hill (Storm), Wairangi Koopu (Warriors), Tom Learoyd-Lahrs (Raiders), Tony Martin (Warriors), Anthony Minichiello (Roosters), Mark O'Meley (Bulldogs), Benji Marshall (Tigers), Nathan Merritt (Rabbitohs), John Morris (Eels), Luke Patten (Bulldogs), Josh Perry (Knights), Todd Polglase (Rabbitohs), Luke Rooney (Panthers), John Skandalis (Tigers), Craig Smith (Knights), Tim Smith (Eels), Iosia Soliola (Roosters), Steven Southern (Cowboys), Timana Tahu (Eels), Clinton Toopi (Warriors), Evarn Tuimavave (Warriors), Nigel Vagana (Sharks), Trent Waterhouse (Panthers), Shane Webcke (Broncos), Michael Weyman (Raiders), Craig Wing (Roosters)1 pointPaul Bowman (Cowboys), Ben Creagh (Dragons), Shayne Dunley (Sea Eagles), Michael Ennis (Broncos), Nathan Friend (Storm), Matt Geyer (Storm), Kurt Gidley (Knights), Matthew Gidley (Knights), Tony Grimaldi (Bulldogs), Chris Hicks (Sea Eagles), Daniel Holdsworth (Bulldogs), Lee Hookey (Panthers), Matt King (Storm), Todd Lowrie (Knights), Steve Matai (Sea Eagles), Daryl Millard (Dragons), Ryan O'Hara (Tigers), Shannon McDonnell (Tigers), Adam Mogg (Raiders), Mark Riddell (Eels), Shane Rodney (Panthers), David Shillington (Roosters), Brent Tate (Broncos), Shane Tronc (Cowboys), Ben Walker (Rabbitohs), Simon Woolford (Raiders), William Zillman (Raiders)

Monday?s Expert League Wrap - Round 19, 2006

FRIDAY night football kicked off to a packed Kogarah?s Oki Jubilee Stadium with the St George Illawarra Dragons playing host to the Canterbury Bulldogs. Played in a semi-final atmosphere, the match saw both sides entertain the bumper crowd with some great forward clashes. The Bulldogs finally got the better of the home side in posting a 22-16 victory. The result sees both sides on 26 points, with the points differential giving the Bulldogs second spot on the National Rugby League ladder.On Saturday, we travelled to Auckland where a visiting Parramatta Eels side kept their finals hopes alive with a 20-12 win over the New Zealand Warriors. Sitting on 18 points, the Eels are just outside of the top eight while the Warriors are now battling to keep in touch on 14 points.Saturday night took us west of Sydney to Penrith to see the Panthers defeat the North Queensland Cowboys by 17-8. The Penrith side are on the fringe of the top eight and join a number of teams on 20 points, including the Cowboys.Meanwhile, the hapless South Sydney Rabbitohs went down again, the fifth-placed Manly Sea Eagles travelling to Homebush to post a 26-20 win over the 2006 wooden spooners.Sunday football saw three matches, kicking off with the Newcastle Knights hosting the Melbourne Storm. The Storm are now top of the table and six points clear after recording a 24-16 win over the home side. The Knights join the log jam of teams on 20 points and are still clinging to the top eight.Meanwhile in Sydney, the Roosters scored an upset win over the Cronulla Sharks, defeating the visitors 38-32 in a match where the score line reflected the level of defence. The Roosters have snapped a six match losing streak but are still in the lower half of the ladder on 16 competition points. The Sharks are 22 points and running sixth.Round 19 wrapped up in the national capital with the Raiders overcoming last year?s premiers, Wests Tigers, by 20-18 at Canberra Stadium. The result sees the Raiders on 20 points and within shot of a finals berth while Wests Tigers are on the outside and looking in on 18 points.All match results and details are listed below.LeagueUnlimited.com Player AwardsRaiders full back Clinton Schifcofske may be heading off to Union but this isn?t affecting his League form. The Raiders fullback scored maximum points on the weekend and has kicked away in this year?s LeagueUnlimited.com Player Awards. ?Schif? is in front on 24 points, four points clear of his nearest rival.Greg Inglis (Storm), Matt Orford (Sea Eagles), Cameron Smith (Storm) are all in equal second place on 20 points. Meanwhile Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels), Ben Kennedy (Sea Eagles), Willie Mason (Bulldogs), and Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys) are not far away on 17 points. With just seven rounds remaining, the leader board sees a number of players still in contention in the 10-15 points range. The full leader board is below.The LeagueUnlimited.com players of the match are decided by our live score updaters and tallied here each week on Monday?s Expert League wrap.Want to be a live score updater? For further enquiries, email usMATCH RESULTS:League Wrap: Round 19, 14 July ? 16 July 2006St George Illawarra Dragons: 16Tries: Ben Creagh, Mark Gasnier(2)Goals: Aaron Gorrell 2/4Field Goals: Ben Hornby 0/1Canterbury Bulldogs: 22Tries: Brent Sherwin, Sonny Bill Williams, Daniel Holdsworth(2)Goals: Hazem El Masri 3/4Half time: Bulldogs 10-4Venue: OKI Jubilee Stadium, KogarahCrowd: 18,223Referee: Steve ClarkLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Roy Asotasi (Bulldogs)2 - Willie Mason (Bulldogs)1 - Brent Sherwin (Bulldogs)New Zealand Warriors: 12Tries: Grant Rovelli, Steve PriceGoals: Tony Martin 2/2Parramatta Eels: 20Tries: Nathan Hindmarsh, Luke O'Dwyer, Jarryd Hayne(2)Goals: Mark Riddell 1/4, Jarryd Hayne 1/2Half time: Eels 18-6Venue: Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland (Ericsson Stadium)Crowd: 14,499Referee: Sean HampsteadLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels)2 - Simon Mannering (Warriors)1 - Jarryd Hayne (Eels)Penrith Panthers: 17Tries: Luke Priddis, Rhys Wesser, Michael GordonGoals: Preston Campbell 2/3Field Goals: Craig TrindallNorth Queensland Cowboys: 8Tries: Steven SouthernGoals: Johnathan Thurston 2/2Half time: Cowboys 2-0Venue: CUA Stadium, PenrithCrowd: 8,212Referee: Ben CumminsLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Preston Campbell (Panthers)2 - Joel Clinton (Panthers)1 - Matthew Bowen (Cowboys)South Sydney Rabbitohs: 20Tries: Luke MacDougall, Nathan Merritt(2), David PeacheyGoals: Ben Walker 2/4Manly Sea Eagles: 26Tries: Brett Stewart, Luke Williamson, Michael Robertson(3)Goals: Matt Orford 3/5Half time: Sea Eagles 16-10 Venue: Telstra StadiumCrowd: 7,509Referee: Jarred MaxwellLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Michael Robertson (Sea Eagles)2 - Nathan Merritt (Rabbitohs)1 - Matt Orford (Sea Eagles)Newcastle Knights: 16Tries: Anthony Quinn(2), Brian CarneyGoals: Andrew Johns 2/4Melbourne Storm: 24Tries: Cooper Cronk, Ryan Hoffman, Billy Slater, Jeremy SmithGoals: Cameron Smith 4/4Half time: Storm 12-10Venue: EnergyAustralia StadiumCrowd: 21,655Referee: Paul SimpkinsLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Cooper Cronk (Storm)2 - Clint Newton (Knights)1 - Billy Slater (Storm)Sydney Roosters: 38Tries: Ryan Cross(2), Chris Flannery, Sam Perrett(2), Iosia Soliola, Setaimata SaGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 5/9Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 32Tries: Greg Bird, Adam Dykes, Nigel Vagana, Darren Albert, Brett KearneyGoals: Luke Covell 6/6Half time: Sharks 18-16Venue: Aussie StadiumCrowd: 9,241Referee: Jason RobinsonLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Craig Fitzgibbon (Roosters)2 - Nigel Vagana (Sharks)1 - David Shillington (Roosters)Canberra Raiders: 20Tries: Todd Carney, Marshall Chalk, Phillip GrahamGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 4/5Wests Tigers: 18Tries: Dean Collis, Brett Hodgson, Shannon McDonnellGoals: Brett Hodgson 3/4Half time: 12-allVenue: Canberra StadiumCrowd: 9,125Referee: Tony ArcherLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Clinton Schifcofske (Raiders)2 - Jason Smith (Raiders)1 - Scott Prince (Tigers)Brisbane Broncos v ByeFULL DRAW, RESULTS & LINKS TO LIVE SCORES ? CLICK HEREUPCOMING MATCHES:Round 20, 21-23 July 2006Fri 7:30 STORM v SHARKS - Olympic ParkSat 5:30 BULLDOGS v ROOSTERS - Telstra Stadium Sat 7:30 KNIGHTS v RABBITOHS - EnergyAustralia StadiumSat 7:30 COWBOYS v BRONCOS - Dairy Farmers Stadium Sun 2:30 TIGERS v EELS - Telstra StadiumSun 3:00 SEA EAGLES v PANTHERS - Brookvale OvalSun 3:00 RAIDERS v DRAGONS - Canberra StadiumWARRIORS v BYE FOR LATEST CENTREBET ODDSCLICK HERELEAGUEUNLIMITED.COM PLAYER AWARDS 2006LEADER BOARDThe Leagueunlimited.com players awards are decided by our live score updaters.Want to be a live score updater? For further enquiries, email us.24 pointsClinton Schifcofske (Raiders)20 pointsGreg Inglis (Storm), Matt Orford (Sea Eagles), Cameron Smith (Storm)17 pointsNathan Hindmarsh (Eels), Ben Kennedy (Sea Eagles), Willie Mason (Bulldogs), Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)15 pointsPreston Campbell (Panthers), Andrew Johns (Knights)14 pointsCooper Cronk (Storm), Mark Gasnier (Dragons)13 pointsAdam Dykes (Sharks), Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs), Darren Lockyer (Broncos)11 pointsMatthew Bowen (Cowboys), Danny Buderus (Knights), Karmichael Hunt (Broncos)10 pointsRoy Asotasi (Bulldogs), Petero Civoniceva (Broncos), Robert Farah (Tigers)9 pointsPaul Gallen (Sharks), Mathew Head (Dragons), Brett Hodgson (Tigers), Steve Price (Warriors), Jason Smith (Raiders)8 pointsBrett Kimmorley (Sharks), Corey Parker (Broncos), Scott Prince (Tigers), Ruben Wiki (Warriors), Dean Young (Dragons)7 pointsSteve Bell (Sea Eagles), Mark O?Meley (Bulldogs), Amos Roberts (Roosters), Sonny Bill Williams (Bulldogs)6 pointsCraig Gower (Panthers), Nathan Fien (Warriors), Craig Fitzgibbon (Roosters), Luke Lewis (Panthers), Steve Menzies (Sea Eagles), Grant Rovelli (Warriors), Lance Thompson (Sharks), Alan Tongue (Raiders)5 pointsTrent Barrett (Dragons), Peter Cusack (Rabbitohs), Aaron Gorrell (Dragons), Justin Hodges (Broncos), Wade McKinnon (Eels), Luke O'Donnell (Cowboys), Simon Mannering (Warriors), Aaron Payne (Cowboys), Brad Thorn (Broncos), Brent Webb (Warriors), Rhys Wesser (Panthers)4 pointsDarren Albert (Sharks), Brian Carney (Knights), Sione Faumuina (Warriors), David Kidwell (Storm), Jarryd Hayne (Eels), Ryan Hoffman (Storm), Ben Hornby (Dragons), Anthony Laffranchi (Tigers), Adam MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Fuifui Moimoi (Eels), Clint Newton (Knights), David Peachey (Rabbitohs), Luke Priddis (Panthers), Andrew Ryan (Bulldogs), David Simmons (Sharks), Steve Simpson (Knights), Billy Slater (Storm), Jamie Soward (Roosters), Anthony Tupou (Roosters), Paul Whatuira (Tigers), Lincoln Withers (Raiders)3 pointsLuke Bailey (Dragons), Greg Bird (Sharks), Joel Clinton (Panthers), Darius Boyd (Broncos), Dean Collis (Tigers), Matt Cooper (Dragons), Luke Covell (Sharks), Michael Crocker (Storm), Greg Eastwood (Broncos), Brett Finch (Roosters), Michael Gordon (Panthers), Phillip Graham (Raiders), Clint Greenshields (Dragons), Nathan Hinton (Knights), Brett Kearney (Sharks), Luke MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Reni Maitua (Bulldogs), Manase Manuokafoa (Rabbitohs), Michael Robertson (Sea Eagles), Jerome Ropati (Warriors), Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles), Milton Thaiday (Knights), Tame Tupou (Broncos), Matthew Utai (Bulldogs), Anthony Watmough (Sea Eagles)2 pointsBrenton Bowen (Cowboys), George Carmont (Knights), Todd Carney (Raiders), Daniel Fitzhenry (Tigers), Keith Galloway (Tigers), Awen Guttenbeil (Warriors), Ashley Harrison (Roosters), Scott Hill (Storm), Wairangi Koopu (Warriors), Tom Learoyd-Lahrs (Raiders), Tony Martin (Warriors), Anthony Minichiello (Roosters), Mark O'Meley (Bulldogs), Benji Marshall (Tigers), Nathan Merritt (Rabbitohs), John Morris (Eels), Luke Patten (Bulldogs), Josh Perry (Knights), Todd Polglase (Rabbitohs), Luke Rooney (Panthers), John Skandalis (Tigers), Matt Sing (Cowboys), Craig Smith (Knights), Tim Smith (Eels), Iosia Soliola (Roosters), Brent Sherwin (Bulldogs), Steven Southern (Cowboys), John Sutton (Rabbitohs), Timana Tahu (Eels), Clinton Toopi (Warriors), Evarn Tuimavave (Warriors), Nigel Vagana (Sharks), Trent Waterhouse (Panthers), Shane Webcke (Broncos), Michael Weyman (Raiders), Craig Wing (Roosters)1 pointPaul Bowman (Cowboys), Nathan Cayless (Eels), Ben Creagh (Dragons), Shayne Dunley (Sea Eagles), Michael Ennis (Broncos), Nathan Friend (Storm), Matt Geyer (Storm), Kurt Gidley (Knights), Matthew Gidley (Knights), Tony Grimaldi (Bulldogs), Daniel Holdsworth (Bulldogs), Lee Hookey (Panthers), Matt King (Storm), Todd Lowrie (Knights), Steve Matai (Sea Eagles), Daryl Millard (Dragons), Ryan O'Hara (Tigers), Shannon McDonnell (Tigers), Mark Riddell (Eels), Shane Rodney (Panthers), David Shillington (Roosters), Brent Tate (Broncos), Shane Tronc (Cowboys), Ben Walker (Rabbitohs), Simon Woolford (Raiders), William Zillman (Raiders)

Monday?s Expert League Wrap - Round 18, 2006

WITH Queensland defeating New South Wales 16-14 on Wednesday night at the Telstra Dome in Melbourne, and claiming the 2006 State of Origin series, we were able to get back to the business of NRL football.Victorians got a double dose of rugby league with round 18 kicking off at Olympic Park, Melbourne on Friday night. Locals were treated to an entertaining, albeit low scoring match, with the Storm overcoming northern neighbours the Brisbane Broncos by 10-4.Saturday afternoon took us to Aussie Stadium in Sydney with the Manly Sea Eagles clobbering the Roosters 33-16. Later that evening, the Parrramatta Eels rained on Joey?s parade with a smashing 46-12 victory over the Newcastle Knights. The match saw Knights half back Andrew Johns surpass the all time points scoring record in what was an otherwise dismal night for Newcastle supporters. Meanwhile at Penrith, the Panthers were overcoming the Canberra Raiders in posting a 24-12 victory.Sunday football kicked off at Telstra Stadium in Homebush with the Canterbury Bulldogs pipping the New Zealand Warriors by 22-18 in extra time. Meanwhile down in the Shire, Wests Tigers ran in four tries to one in defeating the Cronulla Sharks 22-10. Round 18 wrapped up with the St George Illawarra Dragons defeating the South Sydney Rabbitohs 38-28 in a high scoring encounter at Kogarah Jubilee.With just eight rounds remaining before the finals, the Melbourne Storm are riding high in first position on the NRL ladder with 30 competition points. The Dragons are in outright second position on 26 points. On 24 points are the Broncos and the Bulldogs while the Sharks are in fifth position on 22 points. The Cowboys, Sea Eagles and Knights are all on 20 points to make up the top eight. What follows is a log jam of teams pressing their claims with the Tigers, Panthers and Raiders all on 18 points while the Eels are not far away on 16 points. Six points adrift of the top eight are the Warriors and Roosters on 14 points while the Rabbitohs are well out of it on four points.All match results and details are listed below.LeagueUnlimited.com Player AwardsRaiders full back Clinton Schifcofske still heads up the leader board on 21 points in this year?s LeagueUnlimited.com Player Awards. Hooker Cameron Smith and his Melbourne his team mate Greg Inglis are running equal second on 20 points.The big mover this week is Sea Eagles half back Matt Orford who has stepped up to 19 points. Winner of the LeagueUnlimited.com Players Awards in 2003, and again in 2004, Orford is throwing down the gauntlet this year with an outstanding individual performance on the weekend.With eight rounds remaining, early leader Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys) is seemingly anchored on 17 points. He is joined by Ben Kennedy (Sea Eagles) who is making his move on the leader board.Last year?s winner Andrew Johns (Knights) is on 15 points and he is joined by Willie Mason (Bulldogs). Mark Gasnier (Dragons) and Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels) are still well in contention on 14 points.The full leader board is below.The LeagueUnlimited.com players of the match are decided by our live score updaters and tallied here each week on Monday?s Expert League wrap.Want to be a live score updater? For further enquiries, email usMATCH RESULTS:State of Origin III - 5 July 2005Wed 8:00 NSW BLUES v QLD MAROONS - Telstra Dome, MelbourneNew South Wales: 14Tries: Matt King, Eric Grothe(2)Goals: Brett Hodgson 1/3Queensland: 16Tries: Darren Lockyer, Brent Tate, Adam MoggGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 2/3Half time: 4-allVenue: Telstra Dome, MelbourneCrowd: 54,833Referee: Steve ClarkLeagueunlimited.com player of the match: Darren Lockyer (Maroons)NSWRL-QRL player of the match: Brent Tate (Maroons)NSWRL-QRL player of the series: Darren Lockyer (Maroons)League Wrap: Round 18, 7 June ? 9 July 2006Melbourne Storm: 10Tries: Ryan Hoffman, Steve TurnerGoals: Cameron Smith 1/4Brisbane Broncos: 4Tries: Greg EastwoodHalf time: Storm 6-0Venue: Olympic Park, MelbourneCrowd: 15,479Referee: Sean HampsteadLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Cameron Smith (Storm)2 - Billy Slater (Storm)1 - Ryan Hoffman (Storm)Sydney Roosters: 16Tries: Mickey Paea, Iosia Soliola, Ashley HarrisonGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 1/2, Josh Lewis 1/1Manly Sea Eagles: 33Tries: Chris Hicks, Brent Kite, Brett Stewart, Matt Orford, George RoseGoals: Matt Orford 6/6Field Goals: Matt OrfordHalf time: Sea Eagles 14-0Venue: Aussie StadiumCrowd: 8,824Referee: Paul SimpkinsLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Matt Orford (Sea Eagles)2 - Ben Kennedy (Sea Eagles)1 - Steve Matai (Sea Eagles)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 2/2Half time: Eels 20-6Venue: Parramatta StadiumCrowd: 13,167Referee: Ben CumminsLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Jarryd Hayne (Eels)2 - John Morris (Eels)1 - Tim Smith (Eels)Penrith Panthers: 24Tries: Preston Campbell, Rhys Wesser, Michael Gordon(2)Goals: Preston Campbell 1/2, Michael Gordon 3/3Canberra Raiders: 12Tries: Phillip Graham, Clinton SchifcofskeGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 2/2Half time: Panthers 10-0Venue: CUA Stadium, PenrithCrowd: 9,111Referee: Tony ArcherLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Michael Gordon (Panthers)2 - Preston Campbell (Panthers)1 - Joel Clinton (Panthers)Canterbury Bulldogs: 22Tries: Mark O'Meley, Cameron Phelps, Andrew Ryan, Willie TongaGoals: Hazem El Masri 3/3New Zealand Warriors: 18Tries: Wairangi Koopu, Simon Mannering, Manu VatuveiGoals: Tony Martin 3/4Half time: Warriors 18-12Venue: Telstra StadiumCrowd: 14,076Referee: Shayne HayneLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Willie Mason (Bulldogs)2 - Andrew Ryan (Bulldogs)1 - Steve Price (Warriors)Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 10Tries: Kevin KingstonGoals: Luke Covell 3/3Wests Tigers: 22Tries: Dean Collis, Shane Elford, Daniel Fitzhenry, Ben GaleaGoals: Brett Hodgson 3/4Half time: Sharks 8-6Venue: Toyota ParkCrowd: 15,070Referee: Steve ClarkLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Brett Hodgson (Tigers)2 - Keith Galloway (Tigers)1 - Robert Farah (Tigers)St George Illawarra Dragons: 38Tries: Matt Cooper, Mark Gasnier(2), Clint Greenshields, Daryl Millard, Brett Morris, Charles LeaneoGoals: Aaron Gorrell 3/4, Mathew Head 2/3South Sydney Rabbitohs: 28Tries: John Sutton(2), Nathan Merritt, Paul Mellor, Stuart WebbGoals: Ben Walker 4/5Half time: Dragons 22-16Venue: OKI Jubilee Stadium, KogarahCrowd: 13,126Referee: Jason RobinsonLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Mathew Head (Dragons)2 - Mark Gasnier (Dragons)1 - David Peachey (Rabbitohs)NQ Cowboys v ByeFULL DRAW, RESULTS & LINKS TO LIVE SCORES ? CLICK HEREUPCOMING MATCHES:Round 19, 14-16 July 2006Fri 7:30 DRAGONS v BULLDOGS - OKI Jubilee StadiumSat 7:30 (NZ) 5:30 (AEST) WARRIORS v EELS - Ericsson StadiumSat 7:30 PANTHERS v COWBOYS - CUA Stadium PenrithSat 7:30 RABBITOHS v SEA EAGLES - Telstra StadiumSun 2:30 KNIGHTS v STORM - EnergyAustralia StadiumSun 3:00 ROOSTERS v SHARKS - Aussie StadiumSun 3:00 RAIDERS v TIGERS - Canberra StadiumBRONCOS v BYEFOR LATEST CENTREBET ODDSCLICK HERELEAGUEUNLIMITED.COM PLAYER AWARDS 2006LEADER BOARDThe Leagueunlimited.com players awards are decided by our live score updaters.Want to be a live score updater? For further enquiries, email us.21 pointsClinton Schifcofske (Raiders)20 pointsGreg Inglis (Storm), Cameron Smith (Storm)19 pointsMatt Orford (Sea Eagles)17 pointsBen Kennedy (Sea Eagles), Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)15 pointsAndrew Johns (Knights), Willie Mason (Bulldogs)14 pointsMark Gasnier (Dragons), Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels)13 pointsAdam Dykes (Sharks), Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs), Darren Lockyer (Broncos)12 pointsPreston Campbell (Panthers)11 pointsCooper Cronk (Storm), Danny Buderus (Knights), Karmichael Hunt (Broncos)10 pointsMatthew Bowen (Cowboys), Petero Civoniceva (Broncos), Robert Farah (Tigers)9 pointsPaul Gallen (Sharks), Mathew Head (Dragons), Brett Hodgson (Tigers), Steve Price (Warriors)8 pointsBrett Kimmorley (Sharks), Corey Parker (Broncos), Ruben Wiki (Warriors), Dean Young (Dragons)7 pointsRoy Asotasi (Bulldogs), Steve Bell (Sea Eagles), Mark O?Meley (Bulldogs), Scott Prince (Tigers), Amos Roberts (Roosters), Jason Smith (Raiders), Sonny Bill Williams (Bulldogs)6 pointsCraig Gower (Panthers), Nathan Fien (Warriors), Luke Lewis (Panthers), Steve Menzies (Sea Eagles), Grant Rovelli (Warriors), Lance Thompson (Sharks), Alan Tongue (Raiders)5 pointsTrent Barrett (Dragons), Peter Cusack (Rabbitohs), Aaron Gorrell (Dragons), Justin Hodges (Broncos), Wade McKinnon (Eels), Luke O'Donnell (Cowboys), Aaron Payne (Cowboys), Brad Thorn (Broncos), Brent Webb (Warriors), Rhys Wesser (Panthers)4 pointsDarren Albert (Sharks), Brian Carney (Knights), Sione Faumuina (Warriors), David Kidwell (Storm), Ryan Hoffman (Storm), Ben Hornby (Dragons), Anthony Laffranchi (Tigers), Adam MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Fuifui Moimoi (Eels), David Peachey (Rabbitohs), Luke Priddis (Panthers), Andrew Ryan (Bulldogs), David Simmons (Sharks), Steve Simpson (Knights), Jamie Soward (Roosters), Anthony Tupou (Roosters), Paul Whatuira (Tigers), Lincoln Withers (Raiders)3 pointsLuke Bailey (Dragons), Greg Bird (Sharks), Darius Boyd (Broncos), Dean Collis (Tigers), Matt Cooper (Dragons), Luke Covell (Sharks), Michael Crocker (Storm), Greg Eastwood (Broncos), Brett Finch (Roosters), Craig Fitzgibbon (Roosters), Michael Gordon (Panthers), Phillip Graham (Raiders), Clint Greenshields (Dragons), Jarryd Hayne (Eels), Nathan Hinton (Knights), Brett Kearney (Sharks), Luke MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Reni Maitua (Bulldogs), Simon Mannering (Warriors), Manase Manuokafoa (Rabbitohs), Jerome Ropati (Warriors), Billy Slater (Storm), Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles), Milton Thaiday (Knights), Tame Tupou (Broncos), Matthew Utai (Bulldogs), Anthony Watmough (Sea Eagles)2 pointsBrenton Bowen (Cowboys), George Carmont (Knights), Todd Carney (Raiders), Daniel Fitzhenry (Tigers), Keith Galloway (Tigers), Awen Guttenbeil (Warriors), Ashley Harrison (Roosters), Scott Hill (Storm), Wairangi Koopu (Warriors), Tom Learoyd-Lahrs (Raiders), Tony Martin (Warriors), Anthony Minichiello (Roosters), Clint Newton (Knights), Mark O'Meley (Bulldogs), Benji Marshall (Tigers), John Morris (Eels), Luke Patten (Bulldogs), Josh Perry (Knights), Todd Polglase (Rabbitohs), Luke Rooney (Panthers), John Skandalis (Tigers), Matt Sing (Cowboys), Craig Smith (Knights), Tim Smith (Eels), Iosia Soliola (Roosters), Steven Southern (Cowboys), John Sutton (Rabbitohs), Timana Tahu (Eels), Clinton Toopi (Warriors), Evarn Tuimavave (Warriors), Trent Waterhouse (Panthers), Shane Webcke (Broncos), Michael Weyman (Raiders), Craig Wing (Roosters)1 pointPaul Bowman (Cowboys), Nathan Cayless (Eels), Joel Clinton (Panthers), Ben Creagh (Dragons), Shayne Dunley (Sea Eagles), Michael Ennis (Broncos), Nathan Friend (Storm), Matt Geyer (Storm), Kurt Gidley (Knights), Matthew Gidley (Knights), Tony Grimaldi (Bulldogs), Daniel Holdsworth (Bulldogs), Lee Hookey (Panthers), Matt King (Storm), Todd Lowrie (Knights), Steve Matai (Sea Eagles), Daryl Millard (Dragons), Ryan O'Hara (Tigers), Shannon McDonnell (Tigers), Mark Riddell (Eels), Shane Rodney (Panthers), Brent Sherwin (Bulldogs), Brent Tate (Broncos), Shane Tronc (Cowboys), Ben Walker (Rabbitohs), Simon Woolford (Raiders), William Zillman (Raiders)

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