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Cowboys too strong for Rabbitohs

ROUND 25 South Sydney Rabbitohs 12 v North Queensland Cowboys 34at Telstra StadiumReferee: Tony De Las HerasMatch Summary:The North Queensland Cowboys have comprehensively defeated the South Sydney Rabbitohs today 34-12 at Telstra Stadium this afternoon.The Cowboys started the match strongly with tries to Matty Bowen in the 5th minute and David Fauiumu in the 10th minute to give the visitors a 10-0 lead. The Cowboys extended that lead in the 20th when Aaron Payne intercepted and nearly went the length of the field and from the next tackle Luke O'Donnell scored next to the posts for a 16-0 lead.The Rabbitohs got on the board in the 29th minute when Nathan Merritt scored next to the post after a nice pass from Trent Young. The Rabbitohs had a few opportunities late in the half to score but poor ball control would cost them and they trailed 16-6 at the break.The Rabbitohs would continue to blow chances to get back into the match early in the second half with more poor ball control. The Cowboys picked up a penalty goal in the 54th minute to give them an 18-6 lead. The Cowboys would put the match out of reach with tries in the 56th, 67th & 71st minutes to give the visitors an unassailable 34-6 lead. The Rabbitohs would pick up a consolation try to Paul Mellor to round out a 34-12 fulltime score. Scorers: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 5/7By the Clock:Welcome to Telstra Stadium in Sydney for todays clash between the Rabbitohs and Cowboys. 1 min: Rabbitoh's kick off to get the game underway3 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysMatty Bowen scoots out of dummy half to score his first try since round 6. Conversion successful Cowboys 6-010 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysAnother soft try here as Fauiumu goes trough the defence to score. Rabbitoh's need to tighten up in this aspect. Conversion unsuccessful. Cowboys 10-020 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysAaron Payne picks up the intercept and nearly runs the length of the field, from the next tackle the Cowboys spread the ball and Luke O'Donnell scores near the post. Conversion successful Cowboys 16-029 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsTrent Young slips a good ball to Nathan Merritt who scores next to the post. Conversion successful Cowboys 16-640 min: VIDEO REF - possible Souths Try - It goes to Refs call and he calls held up. NO TRY Halftime... The Rabbitohs are trying hard to get back into the match after a slow start and have had a few opportunities in the last 10 minutes of the half.Stay tuned to see if they can come back or can the Cowboys hang on.41 min: Cowboys kickoff to get the second half underway49 min: NEWS The Rabbitohs making lots of opportunities but are unable to capitalise. The completion rate from both teams in the second half is very poor.54 min: PENALTY GOAL North Queensland CowboysThe Rabbitohs are penalised for a high tackle right in front of the posts. Ashley Graham slots the conversion Cowboys 18-658 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysThe Cowboys keep the ball alive and backup well for Justin Smith to score under the post. Conversion successful. Cowboys 24-666 min: INJURY - Germaine Paulson leaves the field with an eye injury. From the next tackle Joe Galuvao leaves the field also, with a knee injury.67 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysJustin Smith picks up a double as he goes through some poor defence. Conversion unsuccessful. Cowboys 28-671 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysGavin Cooper takes a bomb on his own 25 metre line goes through some poor defence before linking up with Aaron Payne on the halfway and he races away to score the try. Conversion successful Cowboys 34-674 min: VIDEO REF - Possible Rabbitohs try. NO TRY held up again for the Rabbitohs76 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsPaul Mellor takes the cross field kick and busts through the defence to score out wide. Conversion successful from the sideline. Cowboys 34-12Fulltime..-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Aaron Payne2 - Carl Webb1 - Justin Smith-----------------------------------------

Dragons find some lost form

ROUND 24 St George Illawarra Dragons 46 v Wests Tigers 16at Oki Jubilee Stadium KogarahReferee: Shayne HayneMatch Summary:The St George Illawarra Dragons have run in nine tries to three to defeat the Wests Tigers 46-16 at OKI Jubilee Stadium today.The Dragons came out on fire and they opened the scoring in the second minute when Dean Young slipped a nice ball to a flying Matt Bickerstaff to give the Dragons a 6-0 lead. They soon extended that lead in the sixth minute to 10-0 when Wes Naiqama scored from a bomb.The Dragons then put on two more quick tries through Mark Gasnier in the 15th and 18th minute. The Tigers managed to get on the board with a Chris Heighington try and they trailed by 20-4 at the break.The Dragons would quickly put the match out of reach for the Tigers. Seemingly scoring at will, the Dragons led 46-4 after 66 minutes, putting on the first of five tries of the second half. To the Tigers credit they were able to get two late consolation tries to make the final score 46-16.The Dragons forwards really stood up today and laid the platform for the backs to dominate with Gasnier picking up three tries and Morris two. Jason Ryles, Mark Gasnier, Trent Barrett, Ben Hornby, Dean Young and Matt Bickerstaff all had strong games and they will be hoping to hold onto this form heading into the oncoming weeks.Scorers: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 2/3By the Clock:A beautiful day here at OKI Jubilee Stadium for this clash between the Dragons and the Tigers.The Dragons will be looking to get their season back on track today after 5 consecutive losses and they will need to, to stay in touch with the other teams fighting for spots in the 8. The Tigers will be smarting after their contraversial loss in extra time to the Raiders last week and even though they are out of finals contention they will be out to show why they are the reigning premiers.1 min: Dragons kickoff.. 2 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsOn the back of a Tigers error the Dragons make them pay when Dean Young slips a nice ball to a flying Matthew Bickerstaff to score. Conversion successful Dragons 6-06 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsThe Dragons score again this time from the bomb for Naiqama to score out wide. Just the start the Dragons needed. Conversion unsuccessful Dragons 10-014 min: The Tigers are under lots of pressure, they will have to defend again from the goal line drop out.15 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsThe Dragons are carving the Tigers up here as Mark Gasnier goes through the defence to score. Conversion unsuccessful Dragons 14-018 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsGasnier bags a double going through some poor defence. The Dragons are on fire and have had all the ball. Conversion successful Dragons 20-024 min: NEWS Off to the video ref for a possible Tigers try.24 min: TRY Wests TigersThe Tigers finally get the ball in their opponents territory and they put up a bomb and Heighington is able to get the ball down right in the corner. Conversion unsuccessful Dragons 20-433 min: NEWS Scott Prince comes up with a 40/20.40 min: ATTEMPTED FIELD GOAL St George Illawarra DragonsBarrett has a shot at field goal right on halftime but it just misses. Dragons 20-4Halftime...41 min: Tigers kickoff to get the second half underway46 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsJason Ryles breaks through the defence and he gives it to Greenshields who scores next to the post. Dragons 26-451 min: NEWS Barrett slips a great pass to Morris and he drops the ball with the line open.53 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsThis time Morris hangs onto the pass and he scores in the corner. Conversion unsuccessful. Dragons 30-456 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsThe Dragons go the length of the field from a break from Hornby and Gasnier finishes it off to bag a hatrick. Conversion unsuccessful. Dragons 34-460 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsIt's raining tries for the Dragons now as Barrett goes through the gap and he finds Gorrell who shows good pace to score. Conversion successful. Dragons 40-466 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsThe Dragons score a great try through Brett Morris to get their season back on track. Conversion successful. Dragons 46-471 min: TRY Wests TigersThe Tigers get a consolation try, when Lawrence picks up a Prince grubber to score in the corner. Conversion successful. Dragons 46-1079 min: TRY Wests TigersFarah scoots out of dummy half from close range to put a little bit of respectability back into the scoreline. Conversion successful Dragons 46-16Fulltime...-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Jason Ryles (Dragons)2 - Mark Gasnier (Dragons)1 - Trent Barrett (Dragons)-----------------------------------------

Knights end Cowboys finals hope

ROUND 24 North Queensland Cowboys 12 v Newcastle Knights 20at Dairy Farmers StadiumReferee: Sean HampsteadMatch Summary:The Newcastle Knights have defeated the North Queensland Cowboys 19-12 tonight at Dairy Farmers Stadium in Townsville.The Cowboys started the match strongly and they opened the scoring in the 16th minute when Brent McConnell threw a beautiful cut out pass to put Neil Sweeney into score and lead 6-0. The Knights then hit back in the 34th minute when Anthony Quinn scored untouched to reduce the lead to 6-4.The momentum had now switched to the Knights and they scored again right on the stroke of halftime to go in at the break leading 10-6. The Knights extended to 12-6 when Daniel Abraham converted a penalty goal, and they were soon in again when Jarrod Mullen scored an easy try from the scrum to give the visitors an 18-6 lead.The Cowboys then clicked into gear after a try to Justin Smith in the 67th minute to reduce the deficit to 6. Despite the Cowboys coming close in the last 10 minutes Jarrod Mullen put the game out of reach with a field goal to give the Knights a 7 point lead with 2 minutes to go.The Knights are now in a strong position as they come up with a gutsy win minus Andrew Johns to give them momentum heading into the finals. The Cowboys finals aspirations are now over for 2006 after a very disappointing last half of the year.Scorers: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 MullenBy the Clock:Welcome to Dairy Farmers Stadium in townsville for the round 24 clash between the Cowboys and the Knights.The Cowboys will be looking to get back into the winners circle tonight to keep their faint hopes alive of making it into the top 8 by the end of the season, their form of late has been terrible. The Knights on the other hand will have to make do without Andrew Johns tonight and their record without him in the last 10 matches is 0-10. Stay tuned for an interesting contest.1 min: Cowboys kick off and get us underway5 min: The Knights come up with the first error of the match and the Cowboys will go on the attack.11 min: Stilll no score both teams are completing their sets and showing strong defence.15 min: Goal line drop out to the Knights16 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysThe Cowboys open the scoring after a beautiful cut out pass from Brent McConnell puts Neil Sweeney in for the try in the corner. Sweeney converts from the sideline. Cowboys 6-020 min: Steve Simpson loses the ball with the Knights hot on attack on the Cowboys tryline.25 min: NEWS Possesssion: Cowboys 61% - Knights 39%27 min: An impressive start from the Cowboys tonight.34 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsOn the back of a penalty the Knights spread the ball to an unmarked Quinn who scores in the corner. Conversion unsuccessful. Cowboys 6-437 min: The Knights charge down the ball on the last tackle and almost come up with a try but the Cowboys just manage to get to the ball first.39 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsQuinn bags a bouble as the Knights keep the ball alive inside their own half and Mullen scoots down the wing to link up with Quinn and he runs 40 metres to score a nice try. Conversion successful Knights 10-6Halftime... The Cowboys were the better side for the majority of the first half but the Knights sprang into action with two tries late in the half to take a 4 point lead into the sheds. Stay tuned for the second half.41 min: Knights kickoff to start the second half.44 min: NEWS Danny Buderus on report for a high shot on Matt Bowen.52 min: PENALTY GOAL Newcastle KnightsDaniel Abraham picks up another 2 points for the Knights after the Cowboys are penalised for a dangerous tackle. Knights 12-654 min: The Cowboys kick out on the full from the restart.56 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsJarrod Mullen scores an easy try from the scrum going through some poor Cowboys defence. Conversion successful. Knights 18-662 min: The Cowboys finals aspirations are slowly slipping away.67 min: Off to the video refo for a possible Cowboys try.67 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysJustin Smith gets the benefit of the doubt after crashing through defence and it was doubtful as to wether he got the ball down. Conversion successful Knights 18-1271 min: NEWS The Cowboys are starting to throw everything at the Knights now.73 min: NEWS Goal line drop out to the Knights, but the Cowboys come up with an error.76 min: Time is the enemy now for the Cowboys as the Knights restart from the 20 metre line.78 min: FIELD GOAL Newcastle KnightsMullen puts the game out of reach for the Cowboys after he pots the field goal from 20 metres out. Knights 19-1278 min: FIELD GOAL Newcastle KnightsMullen puts the game out of reach for the Cowboys after he pots the field goal from 20 metres out. Knights 20-1280 min: NEWS Carl Webb drops the ball when trying to reach out and score.Fulltime...-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Jarrod Mullen (Knights)2 - Danny Buderus (Knights)1 - Carl Webb (Warriors)-----------------------------------------

Bulldogs destroy Cowboys in Townsville

ROUND 22 North Queensland Cowboys 14 v Canterbury Bulldogs 54at Dairy Farmers StadiumReferee: Paul SimpkinsMatch Summary:The Canterbury Bulldogs have defeated the North Queensland Cowboys 54-14 at Dairy Farmers Stadium in Townsville.The Bulldogs were simply too good tonight as they handed out the Cowboys a 40 point thrashing. Despite a spirited second half from the Cowboys the Bulldogs had all the answers in defence and attack.The Dogs opened the scoring in the 5th minute through an Andrew Emelio try and they soon extended when Reni Mautua went through some poor defence to give the Dogs a 12-0 lead. The Dogs then put the match beyond doubt when they scored 3 converted tries in the last 10 minutes of the first half and they went into the sheds cruising at 30-0.To the Cowboys credit they were able to come up with a more productive effort in the second half and were able to post tries to reduce the deficit to 42-14 but the Dogs were able to run away with it even being a man down when Brent Sherwin was sent to the bin for 10 in the 69th minute.A good team performance from the Dogs tonight with Sonny Bill Williams, Andrew Ryan, Willie Tonga, Luke Patten, Roy Asotasi & Reni Mautua all having strong games. The Dogs are flying high with the finals coming up and the Dragons will be having nightmares at the prospect of having to face them next week. The Cowboys will now fall outside the top 8 on for against and they are in for a tough time to make it to the finals.Scorers: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 9/9By the Clock:Welcome to Dairy Farmers Stadium in Townsville for the round 22 clash between the Cowboys and Bulldogs.The Bulldogs will look to continue their great form of late against an inconsistent Cowboys team. The Cowboys have had the wood over the Bulldogs in recent years but current form would suggest a comfortable win in store for the Bulldogs.1 min: The Bulldogs kickoff to get us underway.5 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsOn the back of a good break from Willie Tonga, Asotasi is able to get a ball away in traffic the Dogs then spin the ball for Emilio to score out wide. conversion successful from the sideline Bulldogs 6-09 min: The Bulldogs nearly score again but El Masri puts his foot on the touchline. A confident start for the Dogs.11 min: O'Meley puts the ball down to give the Cowboys their first attacking raid of the night.13 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsLuke Patten scoots out of dummy half before linking up with Maitua who goes through 3 defenders to score next to the post. Conversion successful. Bulldogs 12-017 min: The Bulldogs will go back into attack again after a forward pass from the Cowboys.22 min: Great defence from the Dogs as they survive back to back sets on their own line.27 min: NEWS Both teams struggling to control the ball. Completion rate Cowboys 7/12 - Bulldogs 6/1230 min: BIFF - Travis Norton objects to a tackle from Willie Tonga and he gets up swinging punches and the boys exchange blows. The penalty goes to the Bulldogs33 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Dogs spread the ball to Sonny Bill Williams who is allowed to much room and he strolls through the defence to score an uncontested try. El Masri converts again from the sideline. Bulldogs 18-036 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Dogs are on fire here as Sherwin slips the ball to Maitua who goes through a hole and he finds a flying Luke Patten who runs 50 metres to score under the post. Conversion successful. Bulldogs 24-039 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Dogs keep the ball alive and they go the length of the field again for Willie Tonga to score. Conversion successful. Bulldogs 30-0Halftime... It's a massacre here at Dairy Farmers Stadium as the Bulldogs have dominated every facet of the game as the score would suggest leading 30-0. Possesion: Bulldogs 57% - Cowboys 43%Completion Rate: Bulldogs 11/17 - Cowboys 10/17Missed Tackles: Bulldogs 11 - Cowboys 2641 min: Second half underway..46 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsSonny Bill grubbers to the sideline, El Masri gathers it up and he slips it to Emelio who scores in the corner. El Masri converts from the sideline again. Bulldogs 36-051 min: NEWS Travis Norton leaves the field with a shoulder injury and looks unlikely to return.57 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysThe Cowboys finally get on the board after getting back to back sets on the Dogs line and they are able to score in the corner through Mark Henry. Conversion unsuccessful. Bulldogs 36-460 min: VIDEO REF - Possible Cowboys try.60 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysThe Cowboys get another try after being given the benefit of the doubt from the video ref after Ashley Graham gets the deflection from the bomb and scores. Conversion unsuccessful. Bulldogs 36-864 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsSonny Bill Williams picks up a double after Roy Asotasi offloads close to the line. Conversion successful. Bulldogs 42-869 min: NEWS Brent Sherwin goes to the sin bin for 10 minutes after being judged to have stripped the ball on the ground.70 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysMatthew Scott charges at the line and he plants the ball down to get a little bit of respectability back into the scoreline. Conversion successful. Bulldogs 42-1475 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsHazem El Masri gets in on the act after the Dogs spread the ball wide and he scores in the corner. Conversion successful. Bulldogs 48-1478 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Dogs bring up the half century, from the kick off Tonga goes through the gap and he puts Cutler away for the try. Conversion successful from El Masri thats 9 from 9 now. Bulldogs 54-14Fulltime...-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Sonny Bill Williams2 - Andrew Ryan1 - Willie Tonga-----------------------------------------

Morley sent off as Bulldogs maul Roosters

ROUND 20Canterbury Bulldogs 25 def. Sydney Roosters 0Sat 5:30pm 22 Jul 2006Telstra StadiumMatch Summary:The Canterbury Bulldogs have defeated the Sydney Roosters by 25-nil amid high drama out at Telstra Stadium tonight.In a sometimes dull match, the game came alight in the 67th minute when Adrian Morley was sent from the field for kneeing Corey Hughes as the Bulldogs utility was playing the ball close to the line.The incident is sure to end Morley?s chequered career in the NRL as he leaves our shores to return to the Engage Super League next season.Canterbury led 10-0 at halftime courtesy of an Andrew Emelio try and three goals from winger Hazem El Masri but had barely raised a sweat.But the second half was a different story with the Bulldogs upping the tempo with Sonny Bill Williams and captain Andrew Ryan crossing for tries with a little under a quarter of the game to go.Morley was then sent from the field in the 67th minute after the Roosters were again caught in their own territory defending the line. Hughes appeared somewhat aggressive towards the Roosters in the play the ball but none of it was illegal or should have resulted in such recourse.The Englishman lunged with his knee to Hughes? chest, knocking him to the ground and nearly causing an all-in brawl.The ensuing penalty to El Masri and a further field goal from halfback Brent Sherwin rounded out the 25-0 scoreline.ScorersCanterbury Bulldogs: 25Tries: Andrew Ryan, Sonny Bill Williams, Andrew EmelioGoals: Hazem El Masri 6/8Field Goals: Brent SherwinSydney Roosters: 0Referee: Jarred Maxwell Welcome to Telstra Stadium for todays clash between the Bulldogs and the Roosters.Mark O'Meley has been ruled out of the Dogs lineup, Nate Myles will come into the starting line up to replace O'Meley whilst Andrew Emelio will move from wing to centre, Trent Cutler comes into the side on the wing and Sonny Bill Williams moves to the bench. Roosters are as per program.Bulldogs kickoff and get us underway.5 min: NEWS Dogs get the first penalty and will go on the attack.7 min: PENALTY GOAL Canterbury BulldogsBack to back penalties for laying in the play the ball. El Masri converts Bulldogs 2-08 min: NEWS From the kickoff the Dogs get another penalty but are unable to find touch, a let off for the Roosters.11 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Dogs are able to keep the ball alive and Emilio goes over in the corner. Conversion unsuccessful from out wide Bulldogs 6-016 min: PENALTY GOAL Canterbury BulldogsThe Roosters are penalised again this time for tackling the player without the ball. El Masri converts from in front. Bulldogs 8-017 min: NEWS The Dogs make an error and the Roosters get their first chance to post points.21 min: NEWS The Roosters give away another penalty. Penalty count: Bulldogs 5 Roosters 1. 25 min: NEWS The referee warns Craig Fitzgibbon that the next player goes to the bin after giving away another penalty in the ruck.27 min: PENALTY GOAL Canterbury BulldogsThis time the Roosters are pinged for stripping the ball. El Masri converts from in front. Bulldogs 10-031 min: NEWS Tonga almost scores again for the Dogs but is unable to hang on to the ball.32 min: NEWS The Roosters get a relieving penalty.38 min: NEWS Sherwin is caught on the last tackle, throws the ball away and get's penalised the Roosters will get one more chance before half time, only to lose the ball.39 min: NEWS The Roosters then give away two penalties and are lucky not to have a player sent to the bin for 10.39 min: ATTEMPTED PENALTY GOAL Canterbury BulldogsFrom the penalty El Masri has a shot from out wide and misses. Bulldogs 10-0Halftime... The Bulldogs look to be in control of this match but it's not showing on the scoreboard. The Dogs have dominated field position with the Roosters giving away a stack of penalties for infringements in the ruck and even when they have had the ball have not looked like threatening the Dogs line and are lucky to only trail by 10 points.Roosters kickoff to start the second half..45 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Dogs make a great break through Willie Tonga and he appeared to have blown the try with support on either side he went himself and was stopped by the fullback. From the next tackle Sonny Bill Williams carried two defenders over the line and get the ball down. El Masri converts. Bulldogs 16-051 min: NEWS The Dogs are doing it easy at the moment.59 min: NEWS The Roosters knock on from dummy half and give the Dogs more possession.63 min: NEWS Off to the video ref for a possible Bulldogs try.63 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Dogs have scored again through Andrew Ryan to kill off any chance the Roosters had. Conversion successful. Bulldogs 22-067 min: NEWS Adrian Morley has been sent from the field for kneeing Corey Hughes in the ruck. Morley has had a brain explosion and given his record he is in a heap of trouble.68 min: PENALTY GOAL Canterbury BulldogsEl Masri converts from the ensueing penalty. Bulldogs 24-073 min: FIELD GOAL Canterbury BulldogsBrent Sherwin pots a field goal from 30 metres out. Bulldogs 25-076 min: NEWS Goal line drop out to the Roosters.Fulltime... The Dogs have completely outplayed a disappointing Roosters side tonight. Controversy arose in the 67th minute when Adrian Morley was sent from the field when he drove his knee into the chest of Corey Hughes when attempting to play the ball. Given his record at the judiciary he has played his last NRL match and will miss some of next year too in the English Super league. -----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Willie Mason2 - Brent Sherwin1 - Roy Asotasi-----------------------------------------

Tigers claim victory over Sharks

ROUND 18 Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 10 v Wests Tigers 22at Toyota ParkReferees: Steve ClarkMatch Summary:The Tigers have come away away with a strong performance in the second half to defeat the Sharks 22-10 at Toyota Park.The Tigers got off to a great start when Hodgson put Galea into score and give the Tigers a 6-0 lead after 5 minutes. The Tigers had all the possession in the first 15 but couldn't post further points as the Sharks started to get the ball in better field position.The Sharks hit back in the 28th minute when Kingston scored on the back of some good lead up work to level the scores. The Sharks soon hit the lead through a penalty goal to Covell and they held an 8-6 lead at halftime.The Tigers came out playing attacking football in the second half and they hit back to take the lead when Elford took the high ball to score in the 54th minute . From the kick off the Tigers kept the ball alive to Fitzhenry who scored an amazing try after beating severeal defenders to give the Tigers a 16-8 lead.The Sharks kicked a penalty goal to reduce the lead to a converted try but the Tigers soon crossed again to put the match out of reach with a try to Dean Collis. The Sharks never looked likely in the last 10 minutes as the Tigers held on for a strong win.Brett Hodgson and Keith Galloway both had strong games and were best for the Tigers. Next week the Tigers travel to the nations capital to take on the Raiders whilst the Sharks travel to Aussie Stadium to tackle the Roosters. Scorers:Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 10Tries: Kevin KingstonGoals: Luke Covell 3/3Wests Tigers: 22Tries: Dean Collis, Shane Elford, Daniel Fitzhenry, Ben GaleaGoals: Brett Hodgson 3/4Halftime: Sharks 8-6By the Clock:Welcome to Toyota Park for today's clash between the Sharks and the Tigers.The Sharks will be looking to bounce back from last weeks defeat and cement a place back in the top 4 whilst the Tigers will try to halt a 2 match losing streak and stay in touch with the top 8.Both Adam Dykes & Nigel Vagana celebrate 200 NRL first grade games.The Sharks kick off..3 min: NEWS The Tigers get a penalty and go on the attack only to lose the ball.5 min: TRY Wests TigersThe Tigers get the ball back from a Sharks error and they make them pay as Hodgson slips a nice ball for Galea to score. Conversion successful. Tigers 6-06 min: NEWS The Sharks give possession back to the Tigers 10 metres out from their line.7 min: NEWS Goal line dropout Sharks.9 min: NEWS It's all the Tigers here as they force another goal line drop out.14 min: NEWS The Sharks get the ball in good field position after a forward pass from the Tigers, but Todd Payten comes up with the intercept.19 min: NEWS The Tigers make a meal of the high ball to give the Sharks their best chance.22 min: NEWS The Sharks pick up a 40/20 through Adam Dykes.23 min: NEWS The Sharks throw the ball into touch from the scrum to blow a golden chance. 26 min: NEWS Greg Bird makes a great break and has Darren Albert in support but goes the other way and they blow a certain try.28 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksKimmorley runs to the line and puts Laiseni into the hole and Kingston backs up to score under the post. Conversion successful 6 all.31 min: PENALTY GOAL Cronulla Sutherland SharksCovell converts from a penalty and the Sharks now hit the lead Sharks 8-635 min: NEWS The Sharks give away a silly penalty on the last tackle to give the Tigers a good chance.39 min: NEWS Scrappy play by both sides as they commit error after error.Halftime...41 min: NEWS The Tigers get us underway in he second half.44 min: NEWS Goal line drop out Sharks.50 min: NEWS Still no change to the haltime score, end to end play54 min: TRY Wests TigersFarrah puts the kick in and Elford flies high to take the ball to score and put the Tigers back in front. Conversion unsuccessful Tigers 10-856 min: TRY Wests TigersThe Tigers score straight away from the kickoff as Fitzhenry shows great pace to evade the defenders to score an amazing try. Conversion successful. Tigers 16-858 min: NEWS Lance Thompson leaves the field with an injured shoulder.60 min: NEWS Goal line dropout to the Tigers.64 min: PENALTY GOAL Cronulla Sutherland SharksCovell converts after getting back to back penalties and brings the difference back to a converted try. Tigers 16-1069 min: TRY Wests TigersThe Tigers keep the ball alive and Collis picks the ball up off his toes and runs in to score the try. Conversion successful Tigers 22-1072 min: NEWS The Tigers look to be home.75 min: NEWS The Tigers almost score another try but put the ball down.Fulltime.. The Tigers have been to strong for the Sharks in the second half to run out with a 12 point win.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Brett Hodgson2 - Keith Galloway1 - Robert Farah-----------------------------------------

Broncos defeat Sharks without Origin stars

ROUND 17 Brisbane Broncos 26 v Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 12at Suncorp StadiumReferees: Shayne HayneMatch Summary:The Brisbane Broncos have defeated the Cronulla Sutherland Sharks today by 26-12 at Suncorp Stadium.The Broncos came out of the blocks breathing fire through an early try to Corey Parker in the 4th minute and kept the pressure on the Sharks by getting back to back goal line drop outs and they eventually scored again with the weight of possession when Webcke crashed over in the 14th minute to extend the lead to 10-0.The Broncos continued to play the ball in the Sharks half on the back of a great kicking game and they came up with 2 more points through a penalty goal to Corey Parker to make it 12-0. The Broncos soon scored again through Tame Tupou on the back of a Lance Thompson mistake to make it 16-0 in the 32nd minute. The Sharks then scored in the dying moments of the first half to get back into the match momentarily and they went into the break trailing 16-6. David Simmons and Tame Tupou both taking no further part in the match after suffering injuries in the first half.The Broncos extended their lead once again to 22-6 after Seymour scored from a high ball. The Sharks tried to get back into the match with a try in the 60th minute but the Broncos hit straight back to score a try of their own 3 minutes later to put the match beyond doubt.The Broncos have thoroughly deserved their victory today minus their Origin stars and players out through injury. This was a great team performance today as no one really stood out. Darius Boyd and Shane Webcke both had strong games. This sets them up nicely for the rest of the season.The Broncos now move to second place on the ladder and come up against the Storm next week in a top of the table clash at Olympic Park whilst the Sharks will take on the Wests Tigers at Toyota Park.Scorers:Brisbane Broncos: 26Tries: Corey Parker, Brett Seymour, Tame Tupou, Shane Webcke, Darius BoydGoals: Corey Parker 3/9Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 12Tries: Greg Bird, Brett KearneyGoals: Luke Covell 2/2By the Clock:Welcome to Suncorp Stadium for todays clash between top 4 sides the Broncos & Sharks.The Broncos will be without 6 origin players and also 5 other players out injured whilst for the Sharks they will nearly be at full strength with only 1 player Paul Gallen on origin duties. Can the Sharks continue there fine run of form ? Stay tuned...1 min: The Broncos kickoff and get us underway at Suncorp4 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosThe Broncos spread the ball to Corey Parker who goes through some poor defence and sells the dummy to the fullback and scores the try. Conversion successful Broncos 6-09 min: NEWS The Sharks make a meal of the high ball and will give the Broncos another chance through a goal line dropout11 min: ATTEMPTED PENALTY GOAL Brisbane BroncosThe Sharks give away a penalty for a high shot and Parker misses the conversion from out wide. Goal line drop out again. Broncos 6-014 min: NEWS The Broncos get another set of six after Albert bats the ball into touch14 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosFrom the ensueing set Webcke breaks through the defence and reaches out to score after repeat sets. Conversion unsuccessful Broncos 10-017 min: NEWS The Broncos have come out breathing fire and are dominating the Sharks at present.20 min: NEWS The Broncos force another goal line drop out on the Sharks. Can they hold out after the Broncos have had a heap of possession21 min: NEWS The Broncos come up with a forward pass for their first error of the match27 min: NEWS The Sharks get a relieving penalty and will get the ball in good field position but lose the ball and Tupou nearly goes the length of the field to score and then the Sharks give away a penalty29 min: PENALTY GOAL Brisbane BroncosCorey Parker converts from in front Broncos 12-032 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosThe Broncos score again out wide after a bad mistake from Lance Thompson and they stretch their lead near halftime. Conversion unsuccessful Broncos 16-034 min: NEWS The Broncos have had a mountain of possession and great field position making it impossible for the Sharks to mount any pressure37 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksKearney scores next to te post from a Kimmorley grubber after a Broncos mistake. Conversion successful Broncos 16-639 min: NEWS David Simmons injures his knee in a tackle and is in doubt to return for the second half.Halftime... The Broncos have dominated the first half with a great kicking game and have dominated field position. The Sharks will need to roll their sleeves up to get back into this match. Can the Broncos hang on and win without their origin stars.41 min: Sharks kick off to start the second half..41 min: NEWS David Simmons has not returned to the field after injuring his knee and Darren Albert will switch to fullback. Tame Tupou also injured and will not return to the field. Greg Eastwood replaces him.47 min: NEWS No change to the halftime score. A steady start from both sides.48 min: NEWS Sharks get a penalty in good position after a late tackle on Kimmorley49 min: NEWS The Sharks make a bad error after Albert and Pomeroy collide going for the high ball to give the Broncos the ball.51 min: NEWS Off to the video ref for a possible Broncos Try51 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosFrom the high ball Thorn takes the ball and bats it back to Seymour who strolls over to score next to the post. Conversion successful Broncos 22-654 min: ATTEMPTED PENALTY GOAL Brisbane BroncosThe Sharks give away a penalty for stripping the ball and Parker has a shot at goal but misses. Broncos 22-657 min: NEWS The Sharks nearly score but Vagana puts the ball down with the line in sight.60 min: NEWS Off to the vidoe ref for a Sharks try 60 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksBird just gets the ball down before the deadball line after another grubber from Kimmorley. Conversion successful Broncos 22-1265 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosOn the back of a Sharks error Darius Boyd scoops up the ball and links up with Scott Minto and backs up to score a try that makes it nearly impossible for the Sharks to come back from. Conversion unsuccessful from Parker after hitting the upright for the second time today Broncos 26-1268 min: NEWS The Sharks kick out on the full from the kickoff74 min: NEWS The Broncos bring the ball out of their own in goal line in sensational style to deny the Sharks any chance in this match77 min: NEWS The Broncos get a penalty after Ben Hannant was taken out going for the kick.78 min: ATTEMPTED PENALTY GOAL Brisbane BroncosFrom the penalty Corey Parker puts in shocker to miss from close range Broncos 26-12Fulltime... The Broncos have come away with a dominant victory over the Sharks today who never looked likely against a highly commited side missing up to 11 players through origin and injury. -----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Darius Boyd2 - Shane Webcke1 - Brad Thorn-----------------------------------------

Sea Eagles break 12 year hoodoo in Penrith

ROUND 13 Penrith Panthers 22 v Manly Sea Eagles 29at CUA Stadium PenrithReferees: Tony ArcherMatch Summary:The Manly Sea Eagles have defeated the Penrith Panthers 29-22 at CUA stadium Penrith.The Sea Eagles got off to dream start when Stewart crossed in the 3rd and 7th minute to put the home team on the backfoot right from the beginning. The Sea Eagles extended that lead to 16 after Steve Menzies picked up a deserved try in his 300th first grade game.The Panthers clicked into gear in the last 10 minutes with 2 quick tries in succession to get right back into the match. The momentun had turned their way until the last minute of the half when they decided to run the ball on the last tackle and ended up turning over cheap possession. From the ensueing set the Sea Eagles scored again with Brett Stewart picking up a hatrick and giving his side a 20-10 halftime lead.Both sides where playing constructive football as the game flowed from end to end but it was the Sea Eagles who opened the scoring in the second half with a penalty goal to Travis Burns to give them a 12 point lead. Steve Bell then drove a nail into the coffin of the Panthers when he went through some poor defence to give the visitors an 18 point lead with 19 minutes to go.To the Panthers credit they hit back late in the match to pick up 2 more tries but the Sea Eagles where always in control after Monaghan drilled a field goal for a 13 point lead. Anthony Watmough was great today proving strong in defence and attack and was well supported by Steve Menzies who played his usual high standard game. Brett Stewart continues his try scoring feats picking up a hatrick in the first half. Scorers:Penrith Panthers: 22Tries: Luke Rooney, Trent Waterhouse, Rhys Wesser, Paul AitonGoals: Preston Campbell 3/4Manly Sea Eagles: 29Tries: Steve Menzies, Brett Stewart(3), Steve BellGoals: Travis Burns 4/5, Matt Orford 0/1Field Goals: Michael MonaghanBy the Clock:Welcome to CUA Stadium at Penrith for this rd 13 match between the Penrith Panthers & the Manly Sea Eagles. The Panthers come into the match with a good performance last week against the Storm to go down by a point in extra time and they will need to show the same commitment today. The Sea Eagles are coming off the bye and will be boosted by the return of Ben Kennedy from injury. The Sea Eagles have not won at Penrith since 1994 and will be looking to break that hoodoo today. Steve Menzies will celebrate 300 first grade games today a feat only achieved by 9 other players. Craig Gower is out for the Panthers. Lee Hookey comes into the side to replace Luke Lewis in the centres who will reshuffle into the five eight position and Preston Campbell moves to halfback. The Sea Eagles are as per program 1 min: NEWS Sea Eagles kickoff and play is underway3 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesThe Sea Eagles spread the ball to score out wide on the back of a penalty. Conversion unsuccessful Sea Eagles 4-07 min: NEWS Off to the video ref for another try to the Sea Eagles Brett Stewart, checking for a double movement7 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesBrett Stewart picks up a double after only 7 minutes after the Panthers lose the ball. Conversion successful Sea Eagles 10-011 min: NEWS Panthers will go on the attack for the first time after the Sea Eagles give away a silly penalty14 min: NEWS Panthers put down a half chance after Tony Puletua gives a great ball to Lee Hookey who knocks on 16 min: NEWS Steve Matai is injured and receiving attention, on the back of a big hit from Watmough on Cross18 min: NEWS Monaghan scoots out of dummy half and appeared to put the ball on the line but the ref called held up short. A let off for the Panthers25 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesA beautiful cross field kick from Orford see Menzies take the ball out of Preston Campbells hands and score a try in his 300th game. Conversion successful Sea Eagles 16-030 min: NEWS Menzies almost gets another try from a kick that results in a Panthers goal line drop out.33 min: NEWS Off to the video ref for a possible Panthers try33 min: TRY Penrith PanthersThe Panthers put the ball up high and Hicks make a mess of it for Rooney to score out wide. Conversion successful Sea Eagles 16-636 min: TRY Penrith PanthersCampbell changes direction and gives a great pass to a flying Wesser to score a try on the back of some great lead up work. Conversion unsuccessful Sea Eagles 16-1039 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesBrett Stewart picks up a hatrick on the stroke of halftime after the Panthers decide to run the ball on the last tackle and turn the ball over. Conversion unsuccessful Sea Eagles 20-1040 min: NEWS Halftime.. The Sea Eagles have clearly been the better side for the first half until the lacklustre Panthers sprung into action in the last 10 minutes with 2 quick tries to get back into the match only to let the Sea Eagles score in the last minute. Can the Sea Eagles break their 12 year hoodoo at Penrith stay tuned.41 min: NEWS Panthers get us underway in the second half43 min: NEWS Goal line drop out to the Sea Eagles46 min: NEWS Shane Dunley is placed on report for a high tackle on Rhys Wesser47 min: NEWS Frank Puletua gets the ball slapped out of his hand with the line wide open50 min: PENALTY GOAL Manly Sea EaglesThe Sea Eagles get a penalty after Rhys Wesser is penalised for a high tackle Sea Eagles 22-1056 min: NEWS Steve Menzies goes through a hole only to be stopped in try saving tackle by Rhys Wesser58 min: NEWS Off to the video ref for a possible try to the Sea Eagles58 min: NEWS NO TRY - 20 metre restart. Robertson is ruled to have knocked on when putting the ball down.61 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesSteve Bell goes through some poor defense from Lee Hookey to score an easy try. Conversion successful. Sea Eagles 28-1065 min: TRY Penrith PanthersWaterhouse steams onto a ball from Campbell to go through the hole and score an easy try. Conversion successful Sea Eagles 28-1667 min: FIELD GOAL Manly Sea EaglesMichael Monaghan pots a field goal to extend the lead to 13. A long way back now for the Panthers Sea Eagles 29-1674 min: TRY Penrith PanthersPaul Aiton scores a great solo try after nearly being tackled near the line and gets up again and scores. Conversion successful Sea Eagles 29-2276 min: NEWS Penalty to Panthers after the Sea Eagles kick out on the full.80 min: NEWS Fulltime.. The Sea Eagles have finally come away from Penrith with a victory after 12 long years surviving a late fightback from the Panthers. The Sea Eagles always seemed to be in control and the match was sealed when Michael Monaghan potted a field goal to extend the lead to 13 with only 12 minutes to go. -----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Anthony Watmough (Sea Eagles)2 - Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles)1 - Steve Menzies (Sea Eagles)-----------------------------------------

Raiders win thriller in extra time

ROUND 12 North Queensland Cowboys 14 v Canberra Raiders 15at Dairy Farmers StadiumReferees: Gavin BadgerMatch Summary:The Canberra Raiders have defeated the Noth Queensland Cowboys 15 - 14 in extra time at Dairy Farmers Stadium tonight.The Raiders opened the scoring against the run of play after only 6 minutes when David Howell defused a bomb on his own line and ran through the defence before linking up with Ashley Graham who scored the length of the field try. The Cowboys didn't take long to hit back wth a 4 pointer to Gavin Cooper and the scores were level at 6 all after 11 minutes. The Cowboys were the better side in the first 20 minutes with the Raiders making errors and giving away silly penalties. Thurston kicked a penalty goal in the 19th minute to give the home side a 2 point lead.But the Raiders started to play constructive football and in the 25th minute they scored the try of the match through David Howell after a great chip and chase from Phil Graham. The Raiders kept the Cowboys scoreless for the remainder of the first half to go in at the break leading 12 - 8.The second half was an arm wrestle with strong defence from both sides dominating. The Cowboys got the only try for the half with Johnathon Thurston scoring out wide and kicking a sensational goal to level the scores up at 14 all.The Cowboys threw everything at the Raiders in the last 10 minutes but were unable to breach the line as great defence from the Raiders saw rushed passes going to ground. The match then went to extra time, with both teams getting shots at field goal that were unsuccessful. Todd Carney then kicked the winning point with a beautifully struck field goal from 40 metres to give the Raiders a thoroughly deserved victory.No one really stood out for either side with good team performances from both sides. Clinton Schifcofske was great in defence and attack in the second half and saved a few tries to keep the Raiders in the match. Phillip Graham scored a great try and set up another. Johnathon Thurston was best for the Cowboys as he tried his heart out. Special mention also to Tom Learoyd-Lahrs and Carl Webb who had strong games.Scorers:North Queensland Cowboys: 14Tries: Johnathan Thurston, Gavin CooperGoals: Johnathan Thurston 3/3Canberra Raiders: 15Tries: Phillip Graham, David HowellGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 3/3Field Goals: Todd CarneyBy the Clock:Welcome to far North Queensland for tonights round 12 clash between 1st placed North Queensland and 12th placed Canberra. The Cowboys will have all their origin stars backing up except Luke O'Donnell.The Cowboys will be expected to win comfortably at home but the Raiders have a good record here at Dairy Farmers and seem to play better against the top teams. 1 min: NEWS Cowboys kick off and play is underway. 2 min: NEWS Penalty to Cowwboys and they will go on the attack early4 min: NEWS A let off for the Raiders after the Cowboys get repeat sets and Thurston knocks on6 min: TRY Canberra RaidersThe Raiders go the length of the field after David Howell takes the high ball on his own line and links up with Phillip Graham who has too much speed for Matt Bowen. Conversion successful from the sideline Raiders 6-011 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysThe Raiders are made to pay for another error after the Cowboys spread the ball to Cooper who goes through some weak defence to score an easy try. Converssion successful 6 all.13 min: NEWS Cowboys will go on the attack again after Withers is penalised for stripping the ball in a 2 man tackle17 min: NEWS Possession Cowboys 65% to the Raiders 35%19 min: PENALTY GOAL North Queensland CowboysSchifcofske is penalised for taking Thurston out after he kicked through. Cowboys 8-621 min: NEWS The Raiders will get the ball for the first time inside the Cowboys 20 metres after a knock on in the play the ball from the Cowboys22 min: NEWS Cowboys goal line drop out25 min: TRY Canberra RaidersNice Try from the Raiders after a great chip and chase from Phillip Graham who gets a good pass away to return the favour for David Howell who runs around to score near the post. Conversion successful Raiders 12-832 min: NEWS After a shaky start with some silly mistakes and penalties the Raiders seem to have settled well now34 min: NEWS Off to the Video Ref possible Try to the Raiders34 min: NEWS No Try - Marshall Chalk ruled offside36 min: NEWS Off to the Video Ref again this time for a possible Cowboys Try36 min: NEWS No Try - David Howell makes a meal of a Thurston grubber kick into the in goal, but lucky for the Raiders Justin Smith couldn't control the ball and knocked on. Goal line drop out Raiders38 min: NEWS The Raiders nearly go the length of the field and miss a Try after Chalk puts the ball down with the line in sight.40 min: NEWS Halftime....After a shaky first 20 minutes from the Raiders who gave away some silly penalties and made errors, they seem to have settled a bit better than the Cowboys and are playing some good football. The Cowboys on the other hand need to improve on last tackle options who have had plenty of possession in the Raiders 20 metres but have not been able to take advantage of their opportunities and have made a few mistakes under pressure, whilst on the other hand the Raiders have generally made the most their chances.Can the Raiders cause an upset. Stay tuned for the second half...41 min: NEWS Raiders get the second half underway45 min: NEWS No change to the halftime score- Raiders 12 Cowboys 851 min: PENALTY GOAL Canberra RaidersCowboys penalised for putting the man on the ground after the ref called held. A converted Try now the difference Raiders 14-853 min: NEWS The Cowboys go on the attack after the Raiders put the ball down from the kick off54 min: NEWS Great defence from the Raiders who deny the Cowboys again. 20 metre restart58 min: NEWS The Cowboys are denied again after Brenton Bowen makes a break down the wing and is ankle tapped by Craig Frawley to save a certain Try.62 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysThe Cowboys keep the ball alive well down the flank for Thurston to score out wide. Thurston convert his own try from the sideline. Game on now... 14 all.65 min: NEWS The Cowboys put down a chance, but it looks like the momentum is starting to swing their way66 min: NEWS Goal line drop out for the Raiders. The intencity level has lifted for the Cowboys.. 70 min: NEWS 10 minutes to go.. Scores all locked up at 14 all72 min: NEWS Raiders knock on after a little chip kick from Thurston.. Cowboys on the attack.73 min: NEWS Cowboys return the favour after Webb knocks on in the dummy half.74 min: NEWS Penalty to the Raiders, they go on the attack now..75 min: NEWS The last pass goes to ground for the Raiders who spread the ball wide after the Cowboys were expecting the field goal attempt.76 min: NEWS The Cowboys nearly score here and are denied a field goal with a great charge down and catch from the Raiders. Anyones game still77 min: NEWS The Cowboys put the ball down again when in good field position. End to end stuff here. What a great contest79 min: NEWS The Cowboys have had some good chances in the last 10 but have rushed their passes and blown some good chances. Looks like we are off to golden point.80 min: NEWS Off to extra time here after some great work from the Raiders to thwart the attempts of the Cowboys in the last 10 minutes...81 min: NEWS Extra time underway. Cowboys kick off83 min: NEWS Both teams complete their sets of six safely84 min: NEWS Cowboys get the first shot at filed goal through Matt Bowen but the kick is well wide under pressure84 min: NEWS 10 seconds to go in the first half and the raiders knock on. Will Cowboys get a shot at field goal ?85 min: NEWS The Cowboys spread the ball instead of going for field goal and Brenton Bowen grubbers into the in goal but the Raiders clean up. Halftime in extra time 5 minutes to go.85 min: NEWS Raiders kick off. 87 min: FIELD GOAL Canberra RaidersTodd Carney beautifully converts a 40 metre field goal to sink the Cowboys and come away with the points in a great game of football The Raiders have produced the upset of the round to grind out a gritty win with some great defence in the second half. The Cowboys threw everything at them in the last 10 but were unable to come with any points after having some good chances.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Clinton Schifcofske (Raiders)2 - Phillip Graham (Raiders)1 - Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)-----------------------------------------

Sharks too good in local derby

ROUND 9 Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 30 v St George Illawarra Dragons 12at Toyota ParkReferees: Steven ClarkMatch Summary:The Cronulla Sutherland Sharks have defeated the St George Illawarra Dragons 30-12 at Toyota Park this afternoon.The Sharks got off to a great start when Lance Thompson scored following a cut-out pass from Adam Dykes. The lead stretched to 12 soon after when Covell scored after some poor defence from the Dragons.To the Dragons credit they hit back late in the second half with two tries to newcomer Charles Leaneo to go in at the break locked together at 12 all.Despite having the wind at their backs in the first half, St George Illawarra appeared to be struggling for options, with the loss of centre Mark Gasnier after 15 minutes (hip injury) compounding their woes.The Sharks came out in the second half and scored two tries in 12 minutes. The Dragons never looked to be in the match as they made error after error and were held scoreless in the second half.Adam Dykes was outstanding for the Sharks and had a hand in nearly every try. Paul Gallen and David Simmons both had good games for the Sharks and Lance Thompson worked hard and couldn't help himself having a few words to his old teams mates after kicking the goal in the Sharks' last try.For the Dragons they will have to go back to the drawing board after a second half performance riddled with errors. Scorers:Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 30Tries: Luke Covell, David Simmons, Nigel Vagana, Lance Thompson, Darren AlbertGoals: Luke Covell 4/5, Lance Thompson 1/1St George Illawarra Dragons: 12Tries: Charles Leaneo(2)Goals: Aaron Gorrell 1/1, Ben Hornby 1/1By the Clock:0 min: NEWS A sunny afternoon here today at Toyota Park for today's clash between the Sharks & Dragons. The Sharks come into the game in great form after good wins in their last 2 matches after a shaky start to the season, where on the other hand the Dragons have been inconsistent in recent weeks. A good close contest expected here today.1 min: NEWS Play underway4th min: NEWS off to the Video ref possible Sharks try4th min: NEWS NO TRY - goal line dropout Dragons5th min: NEWS Sharks blow a great chance by knocking on in the dummy half8th min: NEWS Still 0 - 0 strong defence from both sides as the Sharks enjoy the better field position10 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksLance Thompson opens the scoring after a great cutout pass from Adam Dykes.Conversion successful. Sharks 6-013 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksThe Sharks spread the ball wide and Covell scores after some poor defence from the Dragons.Conversion successful Sharks 12-015 min: NEWS Dragons blow a try after Hornby chips over to Gasnier who drops the ball trying to put the ball down.17 min: NEWS Off to the Video ref possible Dragons try17 min: NEWS NO - TRY - Penalty to the Sharks, Best penalised for tackling Covell in the air.NEWS - Gasnier (Dragons) forced off with a hip injury.23 min: NEWS Dragons also blow a try after Barrett launches up a high bomb and young Morris looses the ball with the line beckoning.31 min: NEWS This time the Sharks blow another try with the line wide open, lots of missed opportunities for both sides.34 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsLeaneo bursts through the Sharks defence to score for the Dragons.Conversion successful. Sharks 12-638 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsDragons Charles Leaneo score again on the back of a great break from Trent Barrett. Conversion successful from Ben Hornby. 12 all.40 min: NEWS Halftime - The Dragons have hit back late in the half with 2 tries to go into the sheds locked at 12 all after the Sharks were the better side for the majority of the first half. A great contest awaits, the Sharks will have the use of a stiff breeze in the second half.41 min: NEWS Mark Gasnier's first half injury report is that he will take no further part.44 min: NEWS Barrett comes within inches of scoring then loses the ball in the dummy half a let off for the Sharks46 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksThe Sharks spread the ball for Dykes to run around Bailey and link up with Albert to score out wide. Conversion unsuccessful Sharks 16-1252 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksMore poor defence from the Dragons as David Simmons puts on the speed to beat the defence and score an easy try. Conversion successful Sharks 22-1254 min: NEWS Goal line drop out for the Dragons after a great kick from Dykes that sits in the in goal58 min: NEWS Dragons putting the pressure on now with back to back goal line drop outs from the Sharks61 min: PENALTY GOAL Cronulla Sutherland SharksCovell converts from in front after a penalty from Trent Barret Sharks 24-1263 min: NEWS The Dragons are self exploding here with too many errors and are handing the game to the Sharks73 min: NEWS The game looks to have slipped away from the Dragons as they continue to make errors. The Sharks look to be home75 min: NEWS Unsuccessful field goal attemp from Brett Kearney78 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksThe Sharks go up the middle of the ruck and Vagana supports and runs away to score the try and rub salt into the wounds of the Dragons. Lance Thompson converts against his old team Sharks 30-1280 min: NEWS Fulltime - The Sharks have completely outplayed a disappointing and error riddled Dragons side in the local derby at Toyota and come away easy winners 30 - 1280 min: NEWS Fulltime - The Sharks have completely outplayed a disappointing and error riddled Dragons side in the local derby at Toyota Park and come away easy winners 30 - 12-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Adam Dykes (Sharks)2 - Paul Gallen (Sharks)1 - David Simmons (Sharks)-----------------------------------------

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