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-----------------------------------------
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-----------------------------------------
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)-----------------------------------------
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)-----------------------------------------
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)-----------------------------------------
WESTS TIGERS 14 v MELBOURNE STORM 30
The Melbourne Storm have staged a remarkable second half revival to defeat Wests Tigers 30-14 at Leichhardt Oval today.
Melbourne Storm 24 v St George Illawarra Dragons 16
Sydney Roosters 32 v Newcastle Knights 2
The Roosters have run out 32-2 winners over the Knights at Aussie Stadium this afternoon in front of a small crowd of 8,921.
Knights 10 v Raiders 14
SEA EAGLES 25 v STORM 18