Monday?s Expert League
Wrap - Round 14, 2006

Friday night rugby league kicked off with the Manly Sea Eagles defeating reigning premiers Wests Tigers 16-12 in Brookvale. The Sea Eagles join a mass of teams on 18 competition points and a spot in the NRL top eight. The result sees Wests Tigers on 14 points and in danger of losing touch with the competition front runners.

Saturday afternoon took us to rain soaked Penrith Stadium where the St George Illawarra Dragons outclassed the Panthers by 20-10. The Dragons are another team on 18 points and in the top eight while Penrith have slipped to 12th position and 12 points.

On Saturday night the Cronulla Sharks traveled to Townsville to easily dispose of the North Queensland Cowboys by 26-4. The Sharks join a host of teams on 18 competition points while the Cowboys have lost their early season momentum to slump to eighth spot with just 16 points.

Meanwhile at Telstra Stadium an upset was taking place with the South Sydney Rabbitohs posting their first win of the year, downing the Brisbane Broncos by 34-14. The win gives Rabbitohs fans something to cheer about despite their team still languishing in last position on the ladder. The second-placed Broncos are still flying high on 20 competition points.

Sunday football saw two matches with the 13th-placed New Zealand Warriors overcoming the 11th-placed Sydney Roosters by 22-12 at Aussie Stadium. Meanwhile competition leaders the Melbourne Storm defeated the Parramatta Eels by 34-22. The Eels are struggling on eight competition points and just four points clear of Souths.

The Queens Birthday long weekend concluded with a Monday afternoon match at Telstra Stadium, the Canberra Raiders keeping their winning record at Homebush intact with a 28-26 victory over the Canterbury Bulldogs. The result sees the Bulldogs remain on 18 competition points while the Raiders join the Cowboys on 16 points, but are just outside of the top eight.

All match results and details are listed below. Player Awards
Greg Inglis is still enjoying top spot on in this year?s Player Awards. The Storm outside back is on 20 points and three points clear of the second place-getters on the leader board. On 17 points are Cowboys five eighth Johnathan Thurston and Raiders full back Clinton Schifcofske. Meanwhile Matt Orford (Sea Eagles), Cameron Smith (Storm) are on 16 points while Andrew Johns (Knights) is not far away on 15 points.

The full leader board is below.

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League Wrap: Round 14, 9 ? 12 June 2006

Manly Sea Eagles: 16
Tries: Chris Hicks, Brett Stewart, Steve Matai
Goals: Travis Burns 2/3
Wests Tigers: 12
Tries: Anthony Laffranchi, Michael Crockett
Goals: Benji Marshall 2/3
Half time: 6-all
Venue: Brookvale Oval
Crowd: 11,588
Referee: Shayne Hayne players of the match:
3 - Ben Kennedy (Sea Eagles)
2 - Matt Orford (Sea Eagles)
1 - Anthony Laffranchi (Tigers)

Penrith Panthers: 10
Tries: Luke Rooney, Luke Swain
Goals: Preston Campbell 1/2
St George Illawarra Dragons: 20
Tries: Dean Young, Matthew Bickerstaff, Daryl Millard
Goals: Aaron Gorrell 4/4
Half time: Dragons 14-6
Venue: CUA Stadium Penrith
Crowd: 9,422
Referee: Jarred Maxwell players of the match:
3 - Dean Young (Dragons)
2 - Ben Hornby (Dragons)
1 - Aaron Gorrell (Dragons)

North Queensland Cowboys: 4
Tries: Brenton Bowen
Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 26
Tries: Paul Gallen, Brett Kimmorley, Hutch Maiava, Darren Albert
Goals: Luke Covell 5/5
Half time: Sharks 8-4
Venue: Dairy Farmers Stadium
Crowd: TBA
Referee: Sean Hampstead players of the match:
3 - Lance Thompson (Sharks)
2 - Brett Kimmorley (Sharks)
1 - Paul Gallen (Sharks)

South Sydney Rabbitohs: 34
Tries: Jaiman Lowe, Luke MacDougall(2), Todd Polglase, Nathan Merritt(2)
Goals: Ben Walker 5/6
Brisbane Broncos: 14
Tries: Leon Bott, Brett Seymour, Fraser Anderson
Goals: Corey Parker 1/3
Half time: Rabbitohs 16-10
Venue: Telstra Stadium
Crowd: 6,537
Referee: Ben Cummins players of the match:
3 - David Peachey (Rabbitohs)
2 - Luke MacDougall (Rabbitohs)
1 - Ben Walker (Rabbitohs)

Sydney Roosters: 12
Tries: Shaun Foley, Josh Lewis
Goals: Craig Fitzgibbon 2/2
New Zealand Warriors: 22
Tries: Nathan Fien, Tony Martin, Manu Vatuvei(2), Brent Webb
Goals: Tony Martin 1/5
Half time: Warriors 10-6
Venue: Aussie Stadium
Crowd: 6,806
Referee: Russell Smith players of the match:
3 - Grant Rovelli (Warriors)
2 - Brent Webb (Warriors)
1 - Sione Faumuina (Warriors)

Parramatta Eels: 22
Tries: John Williams(3), Jarryd Hayne(2)
Goals: Mark Riddell 1/1
Melbourne Storm: 34
Tries: Cooper Cronk, Matt Geyer, Ryan Hoffman, Steve Turner, Jake Webster(3)
Goals: Chris Walker 1/2, Matt Geyer 2/5
Half time: Storm 20-12
Venue: Parramatta Stadium
Crowd: 7,139
Referee: Paul Simpkins players of the match:
3 - Cooper Cronk (Storm)
2 - Scott Hill (Storm)
1 - Nathan Friend (Storm)

Canterbury Bulldogs: 26
Tries: Chris Armit, Dallas McIlwain, Luke Patten, Matthew Utai(2)
Goals: Hazem El Masri 3/5
Canberra Raiders: 28
Tries: Phillip Graham, David Howell, Clinton Schifcofske(2), Michael Weyman
Goals: Clinton Schifcofske 4/5
Half time: Raiders 16-10
Venue: Telstra Stadium
Crowd: 12,541
Referee: Gavin Badger players of the match:
3 - Clinton Schifcofske (Raiders)
2 - Michael Weyman (Raiders)
1 - Daniel Holdsworth (Bulldogs)

Newcastle Knights ? Bye


Upcoming matches:
Round 15, 16-18 June 2006

Fri 7:30 BRONCOS v DRAGONS - Suncorp Stadium
Sat 5:30 TIGERS v ROOSTERS - Telstra Stadium
Sat 7:30 EELS v RABBITOHS - Parramatta Stadium
Sat 7:30 SHARKS v SEA EAGLES - Toyota Park
Sun 2:00 (NZ) 12:00 (AEST) WARRIORS v KNIGHTS - Ericsson Stadium
Sun 2:30 STORM v RAIDERS - Olympic Park
Sun 3:00 BULLDOGS v COWBOYS - Carrara Stadium, Gold Coast



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20 points
Greg Inglis (Storm)

17 points
Clinton Schifcofske (Raiders), Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)

16 points
Matt Orford (Sea Eagles), Cameron Smith (Storm)

15 points
Andrew Johns (Knights)

13 points
Adam Dykes (Sharks)

12 points
Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs), Ben Kennedy (Sea Eagles)

11 points
Danny Buderus (Knights), Mark Gasnier (Dragons), Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels), Karmichael Hunt (Broncos), Darren Lockyer (Broncos)

10 points
Matthew Bowen (Cowboys)

9 points
Cooper Cronk (Storm), Willie Mason (Bulldogs)

8 points
Paul Gallen (Sharks), Corey Parker (Broncos), Dean Young (Dragons)

7 points
Steve Bell (Sea Eagles), Preston Campbell (Panthers), Mark O?Meley (Bulldogs), Amos Roberts (Roosters), Ruben Wiki (Warriors)

6 points
Robert Farah (Tigers), Craig Gower (Panthers), Mathew Head (Dragons), Brett Hodgson (Tigers), Steve Menzies (Sea Eagles), Lance Thompson (Sharks), Alan Tongue (Raiders)

5 points
Roy Asotasi (Bulldogs), Trent Barrett (Dragons), Petero Civoniceva (Broncos), Nathan Fien (Warriors), Aaron Gorrell (Dragons), Justin Hodges (Broncos), Luke O'Donnell (Cowboys), Steve Price (Warriors), Scott Prince (Tigers), Jason Smith (Raiders), Brent Webb (Warriors), Rhys Wesser (Panthers)

4 points
Darren Albert (Sharks), Brian Carney (Knights), Peter Cusack (Rabbitohs), Anthony Laffranchi (Tigers), Luke Lewis (Panthers), Adam MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Luke Priddis (Panthers), Steve Simpson (Knights), Jamie Soward (Roosters), Brad Thorn (Broncos), Anthony Tupou (Roosters), Paul Whatuira (Tigers)

3 points
Luke Bailey (Dragons), Dean Collis (Tigers), Luke Covell (Sharks), Michael Crocker (Storm), Greg Eastwood (Broncos), Brett Finch (Roosters), Craig Fitzgibbon (Roosters), Phillip Graham (Raiders), Clint Greenshields (Dragons), Brett Kimmorley (Sharks), Luke MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Reni Maitua (Bulldogs), David Peachey (Rabbitohs), Grant Rovelli (Warriors), Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles), Milton Thaiday (Knights), Tame Tupou (Broncos), Matthew Utai (Bulldogs), Anthony Watmough (Sea Eagles), Lincoln Withers (Raiders)

2 points
Brenton Bowen (Cowboys), George Carmont (Knights), Daniel Fitzhenry (Tigers), Awen Guttenbeil (Warriors), Ashley Harrison (Roosters), Scott Hill (Storm), Ben Hornby (Dragons), Brett Kearney (Sharks), Wairangi Koopu (Warriors), Tom Learoyd-Lahrs (Raiders), Tony Martin (Warriors), Wade McKinnon (Eels), Anthony Minichiello (Roosters), Mark O'Meley (Bulldogs), Aaron Payne (Cowboys), Josh Perry (Knights), Todd Polglase (Rabbitohs), Luke Rooney (Panthers), John Skandalis (Tigers), David Simmons (Sharks), Matt Sing (Cowboys), Craig Smith (Knights), Iosia Soliola (Roosters), Steven Southern (Cowboys), John Sutton (Rabbitohs), Timana Tahu (Eels), Clinton Toopi (Warriors), Evarn Tuimavave (Warriors), Trent Waterhouse (Panthers), Michael Weyman (Raiders), Sonny Bill Williams (Bulldogs), Craig Wing (Roosters)

1 point
Paul Bowman (Cowboys), Nathan Cayless (Eels), Matt Cooper (Dragons), Shayne Dunley (Sea Eagles), Michael Ennis (Broncos), Sione Faumuina (Warriors), Nathan Friend (Storm), Matt Geyer (Storm), Kurt Gidley (Knights), Matthew Gidley (Knights), Tony Grimaldi (Bulldogs), Daniel Holdsworth (Bulldogs), Lee Hookey (Panthers), David Kidwell (Storm), Matt King (Storm), Benji Marshall (Tigers), Daryl Millard (Dragons), Fuifui Moimoi (Eels), Ryan O'Hara (Tigers), Luke Patten (Bulldogs), Shane Rodney (Panthers), Brent Sherwin (Bulldogs), Billy Slater (Storm), Tim Smith (Eels), Shane Tronc (Cowboys), Ben Walker (Rabbitohs), Simon Woolford (Raiders), William Zillman (Raiders)