Monday?s Expert League Wrap - Round 10,
2006

The weekend kicked off with Country downing their City cousins by 12-10 in Dubbo. The representative fixture giving the NSW selectors some headaches in the lead up to next week?s State of Origin encounter.

Saturday rugby league saw the St George Illawarra Dragons return to the winner?s circle with a 22-16 win over the New Zealand Warriors. The result see Saints on 10 competition points but just outside of the top eight while the Warriors are languishing in 14th position.

Saturday night?s top of the table clash between the Melbourne Storm and the North Queensland Cowboys went the way of the Storm with the home side posting an 18-6 victory. Melbourne are now leading the comp on 16 points while the Cowboys maintain second spot on 14 points.

Meanwhile, the Brisbane Broncos were doing their cause no harm in disposing of the Manly Sea Eagles by 32-10 at old Lang Park. The Broncos are in fourth position on 14 points while the Manly side are clinging onto the top eight with 10 points.

Sunday football saw four matches with the Canterbury Bulldogs overcoming the Parramatta Eels by 22-18 at Telstra Stadium. The Bulldogs are looking good on 14 points and fifth spot, while the season of woe continues for the 13th-placed Eels who are battling on six competition points.

Also on Sunday, the Newcastle Knights narrowly defeated reigning premiers Wests Tigers by 18-16 at Campbelltown. The Knights are enjoying third position on the ladder with 14 points while Wests Tigers are on 10 points and in 10th position.

Meanwhile, the Canberra Raiders hosted the Cronulla Sharks as both sides put on a dozen tries, the Sharks ultimately winning 38-28. An early onslaught had the Sharks 24-6 in front at half time, too large a lead for the Raiders to reel in. The result puts the Sharks in the top eight on 12 points while the Raiders have 10 points and are on the outside, looking in.

The weekend rounded up in Penrith with the Panthers holding out the last-placed South Sydney Rabbitohs to win 32-20. The result breaks a four-match losing streak for the Panthers, while the Bunnies slumped to their ninth loss of the season.

All match results and details are listed below.

LeagueUnlimited.com Player Awards
Cowboys five-eighth Johnathan Thurston has been joined at the top of the LeagueUnlimited.com Player Awards by Storm hooker Cameron Smith. Both players lead the field on 16 points. Storm fullback Greg Inglis has moved into outright second place on 14 points. Meanwhile Sharks half Adam Dykes is not far away on 13 points. Last year?s award winner, half back Andrew Johns has slipped down the leader board but is still well in contention on 12 points.

Not far away are Matt Orford (Sea Eagles) on 11 points with Matthew Bowen (Cowboys), Danny Buderus (Knights), Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs) and Karmichael Hunt (Broncos) all on 10 points.

The full leader board is below.

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League Wrap: Round 10, 12 ? 14 May 2006
MATCH RESULTS:

City: 10
Tries: David Simmons, Luke Rooney
Goals: Brett Hodgson 1/2
Country: 12
Tries: Anthony Quinn, Anthony Laffranchi
Goals: Craig Fitzgibbon 2/2
Half time: Country 8-0
Venue: Apex Oval, Dubbo
Crowd: 11,423
Referee: Tony Archer

St George Illawarra Dragons: 22
Tries: Trent Barrett, Clint Greenshields (2), Danny Wicks
Goals: Aaron Gorrell 3/5
New Zealand Warriors: 16
Tries: Simon Mannering, Steve Price, Brent Webb
Goals: Tony Martin 2/4
Half time: 12-all
Venue: WIN Stadium
Crowd: 10,117
Referee: Gavin Badger
Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 - Clint Greenshields (Dragons)
2 - Trent Barrett (Dragons)
1 - Steve Price (Warriors)

Brisbane Broncos: 32
Tries: Justin Hodges, Karmichael Hunt (2), Darren Lockyer, Corey Parker, Brett Seymour
Goals: Darren Lockyer 1/1, Corey Parker 3/5
Manly Sea Eagles: 10
Tries: Chris Hicks, Anthony Watmough
Goals: Matt Orford 1/2
Half time: Broncos 14-6
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Crowd: 24,991
Referee: Jason Robinson
Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 - Karmichael Hunt (Broncos)
2 - Justin Hodges (Broncos)
1 - Darren Lockyer (Broncos)

Melbourne Storm: 18
Tries: David Kidwell, Matt King, Cameron Smith
Goals: Cameron Smith 3/4
North Queensland Cowboys: 6
Tries: Brenton Bowen
Goals: Johnathan Thurston 1/1
Half time: Storm 12-0
Venue: Olympic Park, Melbourne
Crowd: 10,830
Referee: Steven Clark
Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 - Greg Inglis (Storm)
2 - Cameron Smith (Storm)
1 - Matt King (Storm)

Canterbury Bulldogs: 22
Tries: Hazem El Masri, Reni Maitua (2)
Goals: Hazem El Masri 5/5
Parramatta Eels: 18
Tries: Nathan Cayless, Fuifui Moimoi, John Morris
Goals: Brett Delaney 3/3
Half time: Bulldogs 18-6
Venue: Telstra Stadium
Crowd: 13,159
Referee: Shayne Hayne
Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 - Reni Maitua (Bulldogs)
2 - Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs)
1 - Fuifui Moimoi (Eels)

Wests Tigers: 16
Tries: Shane Elford, Daniel Fitzhenry, Chris Heighington
Goals: Brett Hodgson 2/3
Newcastle Knights: 18
Tries: David Seage, Steve Simpson, Brian Carney
Goals: Andrew Johns 3/4
Half time: Knights 12-10
Venue: Campbelltown Sports Stadium
Crowd: 14,499
Referee: Sean Hampstead
Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 - Steve Simpson (Knights)
2 - Craig Smith (Knights)
1 - Benji Marshall (Tigers)

Canberra Raiders: 28
Tries: Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, David Howell, Adam Mogg, Clinton Schifcofske, Jason Smith
Goals: Clinton Schifcofske 4/5
Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 38
Tries: Phil Bailey, Paul Gallen, David Simmons(2), Nigel Vagana, Kevin Kingston, Cameron Ciraldo
Goals: Luke Covell 5/8
Half time: Sharks 24-6
Venue: Canberra Stadium
Crowd: 9,695
Referee: Ben Cummins
Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 - Paul Gallen (Sharks)
2 - Brett Kearney (Sharks)
1 - David Simmons (Sharks)

Penrith Panthers: 32
Tries: Luke Lewis, Shane Rodney, Luke Rooney (2), Trent Waterhouse, Rhys Wesser
Goals: Preston Campbell 4/6
South Sydney Rabbitohs: 20
Tries: David Fa'alogo, John Sutton, Ben Walker, Nathan Merritt
Goals: Nathan Merritt 2/4
Half time: Panthers 18-4
Venue: CUA Stadium, Penrith
Crowd: 10,911
Referee: Jarred Maxwell
Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 - Preston Campbell (Panthers)
2 - Luke Rooney (Panthers)
1 - Trent Waterhouse (Panthers)

Sydney Roosters - Bye

FULL DRAW, RESULTS & LINKS TO LIVE SCORES ? CLICK HERE

Next weekend?s matches:
Round 11, 19-21 May 2006

Fri 7:30 PANTHERS v EELS - CUA Stadium
Sat 5:30 (AEST) 7:30 (NZST) WARRIORS v TIGERS - Ericsson Stadium
Sat 7:30 SEA EAGLES v STORM - Brookvale Oval
Sat 7:30 KNIGHTS v RAIDERS - EnergyAustralia Stadium
Sun 2:30 BULLDOGS v SHARKS - Telstra Stadium
Sun 3:00 ROOSTERS v RABBITOHS - Aussie Stadium
BRONCOS v BYE
DRAGONS v BYE
COWBOYS v BYE
NEW SOUTH WALES v QUEENSLAND - State of Origin I - 24 May 2006
Wed 8:00 BLUES v MAROONS - Telstra Stadium
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LEAGUEUNLIMITED.COM PLAYER AWARDS 2006
LEADER BOARD
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16 points
Cameron Smith (Storm), Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)

14 points
Greg Inglis (Storm)

13 points
Adam Dykes (Sharks)

12 points
Andrew Johns (Knights)

11 points
Matt Orford (Sea Eagles)

10 points
Matthew Bowen (Cowboys), Danny Buderus (Knights), Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs), Karmichael Hunt (Broncos)

9 points
Ben Kennedy (Sea Eagles), Willie Mason (Bulldogs)

8 points
Mark Gasnier (Dragons), Darren Lockyer (Broncos), Clinton Schifcofske (Raiders)

7 points
Steve Bell (Sea Eagles), Preston Campbell (Panthers)

6 points
Craig Gower (Panthers), Mathew Head (Dragons), Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels), Corey Parker (Broncos), Ruben Wiki (Warriors)

5 points
Roy Asotasi (Bulldogs), Petero Civoniceva (Broncos), Robert Farah (Tigers), Nathan Fien (Warriors), Paul Gallen (Sharks), Justin Hodges (Broncos), Steve Menzies (Sea Eagles), Luke O'Donnell (Cowboys), Steve Price (Warriors), Amos Roberts (Roosters), Jason Smith (Raiders), Alan Tongue (Raiders)

4 points
Cooper Cronk (Storm), Aaron Gorrell (Dragons), Brett Hodgson (Tigers), Mark O?Meley (Bulldogs), Steve Simpson (Knights), Jamie Soward (Roosters), Rhys Wesser (Panthers), Paul Whatuira (Tigers)

3 points
Trent Barrett (Dragons), Luke Covell (Sharks), Michael Crocker (Storm), Brett Finch (Roosters), Craig Fitzgibbon (Roosters), Clint Greenshields (Dragons), Adam MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Reni Maitua (Bulldogs), Scott Prince (Tigers), Milton Thaiday (Knights), Lance Thompson (Sharks), Tame Tupou (Broncos), Lincoln Withers (Raiders),

2 points
Luke Bailey (Dragons), Brenton Bowen (Cowboys), George Carmont (Knights), Brian Carney (Knights), Peter Cusack (Rabbitohs), Daniel Fitzhenry (Tigers), Awen Guttenbeil (Warriors), Ashley Harrison (Roosters), Brett Kearney (Sharks), Tom Learoyd-Lahrs (Raiders), Josh Perry (Knights), Wade McKinnon (Eels), Anthony Minichiello (Roosters), Mark O'Meley (Bulldogs), Aaron Payne (Cowboys), Todd Polglase (Rabbitohs), Luke Priddis (Panthers), Luke Rooney (Panthers), John Skandalis (Tigers), David Simmons (Sharks), Matt Sing (Cowboys), Craig Smith (Knights), Steven Southern (Cowboys), John Sutton (Rabbitohs), Brad Thorn (Broncos), Clinton Toopi (Warriors), Trent Waterhouse (Panthers), Dean Young (Dragons)

1 point
Darren Albert (Sharks), Paul Bowman (Cowboys), Nathan Cayless (Eels), Matt Cooper (Dragons), Michael Ennis (Broncos), Kurt Gidley (Knights), Matthew Gidley (Knights), Tony Grimaldi (Bulldogs), Lee Hookey (Panthers), Matt King (Storm), Wairangi Koopu (Warriors), Luke MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Benji Marshall (Tigers), Tony Martin (Warriors), Fuifui Moimoi (Eels), Luke Patten (Bulldogs), Shane Rodney (Panthers), Brent Sherwin (Bulldogs), Billy Slater (Storm), Tim Smith (Eels), Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles), Shane Tronc (Cowboys), Anthony Tupou (Roosters), Simon Woolford (Raiders), Craig Wing (Roosters), William Zillman (Raiders)



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