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Following Queensland?s 30-6 demolition of NSW to level the State of Origin series, we stayed over at old Lang Park until Friday night to witness the St George Illawarra Dragons pip the Brisbane Broncos by just 18-16.
On Saturday, the National Rugby League headed south to Telstra Stadium with last year?s premiers Wests Tigers accounting for the Sydney Roosters by 26-14. Later that evening, the battle of the beaches saw home side Cronulla Sharks nudge out the Manly Sea Eagles by just 15-12. Meanwhile out west, the Parramatta Eels were disposing of the hapless South Sydney Rabbitohs by 30-10.
Sunday football took us to Auckland where the New Zealand Warriors were 30-18 victors over the Newcastle Knights. Later the same day in Melbourne, the Storm proved too good the Canberra Raiders in posting a 22-12 win at Olympic Park. Round 15 wrapped up on the Gold Coast with a healthy crowd on hand to watch the Canterbury Bulldogs overcome the North Queensland Cowboys by 20-12.
The NRL ladder sees the Storm riding high on 24 points, four points clear of the Broncos, Sharks, Bulldogs and Dragons, all on 20 points. On 18 points are the Knights and the Sea Eagles while the Cowboys are hanging onto eighth spot with 16 points. Also on 16 points, and just outside of the top eight, are Wests Tigers and the Raiders. The Panthers and the Roosters are clinging onto their chances with 14 points and 12 points respectively. The Warriors and the Eels are rough outsiders on 10 points while the Rabbitohs are well out of it on four competition points.
All match results and details are listed below.
LeagueUnlimited.com Player Awards Melbourne?s Greg Inglis is still coming first in this year?s LeagueUnlimited.com Player Awards on 20 points. He is two points clear of Raiders full back Clinton Schifcofske who is now in outright second position on the leader board. In third spot on 17 points is Cowboys five eighth Johnathan Thurston. 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 15, 16-18 June 2006 MATCH RESULTS:
State of Origin (14 June 2006) Queensland: 30 Tries: Shaun Berrigan, Carl Webb, Justin Hodges, Adam Mogg(2) Goals: Jonathon Thurston 5/6 New South Wales: 6 Tries: Timana Tahu Goals: Brett Hodgson 1/1 Half time: QLD 14-0 Venue: Suncorp Stadium Crowd: 52,468 Referee: Steve Clark
Brisbane Broncos: 16 Tries: Shaun Berrigan, Greg Eastwood Goals: Darren Lockyer 4/5 St George Illawarra Dragons: 18 Tries: Colin Best, Matt Cooper, Brett Morris Goals: Aaron Gorrell 1/1, Mathew Head 2/2 Half time: Dragons 12-8 Venue: Suncorp Stadium Crowd: 32,914 Referee: Tony Archer Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - Petero Civoniceva (Broncos) 2 - Darren Lockyer (Broncos) 1 - Ben Creagh (Dragons)
Wests Tigers: 26 Tries: Dean Collis, Robert Farah, Ben Galea, Benji Marshall, Michael Crockett Goals: Brett Hodgson 3/5 Sydney Roosters: 14 Tries: Ryan Cross, Chris Flannery, Shaun Foley Goals: Craig Fitzgibbon 1/2, Amos Roberts 0/1 Half time: Tigers 12-10 Venue: Telstra Stadium Crowd: 19,360 Referee: Gavin Badger Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - Robert Farah (Tigers) 2 - Scott Prince (Tigers) 1 - Benji Marshall (Tigers)
Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 15 Tries: Greg Bird (2) Goals: Luke Covell 3/3 Field Goals: Brett Kimmorley Manly Sea Eagles: 12 Tries: Steve Menzies, Brett Stewart Goals: Travis Burns 2/2 Half time: Sea Eagles 8-6 Venue: Toyota Park Crowd: 11,083 Referee: Sean Hampstead Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - Greg Bird (Sharks) 2 - Brett Kimmorley (Sharks) 1 - Paul Gallen (Sharks)
Parramatta Eels: 30 Tries: Nathan Hindmarsh, Peter-John Marsh, Fuifui Moimoi, John Morris, Brett Delaney Goals: Mark Riddell 2/2, Brett Delaney 3/4 South Sydney Rabbitohs: 10 Tries: Manase Manuokafoa, Paul Mellor Goals: Ben Walker 1/2 Half time: Eels 16-4 Venue: Parramatta Stadium Crowd: 10,097 Referee: Russell Smith Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels) 2 - Fuifui Moimoi (Eels) 1 - Mark Riddell (Eels)
New Zealand Warriors: 30 Tries: Sione Faumuina, Nathan Fien(2), Steve Price, Jerome Ropati Goals: Tony Martin 5/6 Newcastle Knights: 18 Tries: George Carmont, Todd Lowrie, Brian Carney Goals: Andrew Johns 3/3 Half time: Warriors 14-6 Venue: Ericsson Stadium Crowd: 6,240 Referee: Jarred Maxwell Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - Sione Faumuina (Warriors) 2 - Grant Rovelli (Warriors) 1 - Jerome Ropati (Warriors)
Melbourne Storm: 22 Tries: Chris Walker, Ryan Hoffman, David Kidwell (2) Goals: Cameron Smith 3/4 Canberra Raiders: 12 Tries: Jason Croker, Adam Mogg Goals: Clinton Schifcofske 2/3 Half time: Storm 22-2 Venue: Olympic Park, Melbourne Crowd: 7,954 Referee: Shayne Hayne Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - David Kidwell (Storm) 2 - Cooper Cronk (Storm) 1 - Clinton Schifcofske (Raiders)
Canterbury Bulldogs: 20 Tries: Roy Asotasi, Tony Grimaldi, Brent Sherwin Goals: Hazem El Masri 4/4 North Queensland Cowboys: 12 Tries: Brenton Bowen, Paul Bowman Goals: Johnathan Thurston 2/2 Half time: Bulldogs 8-6 Venue: Carrara Stadium, Gold Coast Crowd: 16,231 Referee: Shayne Hayne Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - Willie Mason (Bulldogs) 2 - Roy Asotasi (Bulldogs) 1 - Luke Patten (Bulldogs)
Penrith Panthers ? Bye
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Upcoming matches: Round 16, 23-25 June 2006 Fri 7:30 STORM v BULLDOGS - Olympic Park Melbourne Sat 5:30 KNIGHTS v SHARKS - EnergyAustralia Stadium Sat 7:30 PANTHERS v TIGERS - CUA Stadium Penrith Sat 7:30 DRAGONS v COWBOYS - WIN Stadium Sun 2:30 RAIDERS v ROOSTERS - Canberra Stadium Sun 3:00 RABBITOHS v WARRIORS - Telstra Stadium Sun 3:00 SEA EAGLES v BRONCOS - Brookvale Oval EELS v BYE
LEAGUEUNLIMITED.COM PLAYER AWARDS 2006 LEADER BOARD The Leagueunlimited.com players awards are decided by our live score updaters. Want to be a live score updater? For further enquiries, email us.
20 points Greg Inglis (Storm)
18 points Clinton Schifcofske (Raiders),
17 points Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)
16 points Matt Orford (Sea Eagles), Cameron Smith (Storm)
15 points Andrew Johns (Knights)
14 points Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels)
13 points Adam Dykes (Sharks), Darren Lockyer (Broncos)
12 points Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs), Ben Kennedy (Sea Eagles), Willie Mason (Bulldogs)
11 points Cooper Cronk (Storm), Danny Buderus (Knights), Mark Gasnier (Dragons), Karmichael Hunt (Broncos)
10 points Matthew Bowen (Cowboys)
9 points Robert Farah (Tigers), Paul Gallen (Sharks)
8 points Petero Civoniceva (Broncos), Corey Parker (Broncos), Dean Young (Dragons)
7 points Roy Asotasi (Bulldogs), Steve Bell (Sea Eagles), Preston Campbell (Panthers), Mark O?Meley (Bulldogs), Scott Prince (Tigers), Amos Roberts (Roosters), Ruben Wiki (Warriors)
6 points Craig Gower (Panthers), Mathew Head (Dragons), Brett Hodgson (Tigers), Steve Menzies (Sea Eagles), Lance Thompson (Sharks), Alan Tongue (Raiders)
5 points Trent Barrett (Dragons), Nathan Fien (Warriors), Aaron Gorrell (Dragons), Justin Hodges (Broncos), Brett Kimmorley (Sharks), Luke O'Donnell (Cowboys), Steve Price (Warriors), Grant Rovelli (Warriors), Jason Smith (Raiders), Brent Webb (Warriors), Rhys Wesser (Panthers)
4 points Darren Albert (Sharks), Brian Carney (Knights), Peter Cusack (Rabbitohs), Sione Faumuina (Warriors), David Kidwell (Storm), 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), Greg Bird (Sharks), Dean Collis (Tigers), Luke Covell (Sharks), Michael Crocker (Storm), Greg Eastwood (Broncos), Brett Finch (Roosters), Craig Fitzgibbon (Roosters), Phillip Graham (Raiders), Clint Greenshields (Dragons), Luke MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Reni Maitua (Bulldogs), Fuifui Moimoi (Eels), David Peachey (Rabbitohs), 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), Benji Marshall (Tigers), Luke Patten (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)
Paul Bowman (Cowboys), Nathan Cayless (Eels), Matt Cooper (Dragons), Ben Creagh (Dragons), Shayne Dunley (Sea Eagles), Michael Ennis (Broncos), Nathan Friend (Storm), Matt Geyer (Storm), Kurt Gidley (Knights), Matthew Gidley (Knights), Tony Grimaldi (Bulldogs), Daniel Holdsworth (Bulldogs), Lee Hookey (Panthers), Matt King (Storm), Daryl Millard (Dragons), Ryan O'Hara (Tigers), Mark Riddell (Eels), Shane Rodney (Panthers), Jerome Ropati (Warriors), Brent Sherwin (Bulldogs), Billy Slater (Storm), Tim Smith (Eels), Shane Tronc (Cowboys), Ben Walker (Rabbitohs), Simon Woolford (Raiders), William Zillman (Raiders)