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Another tremendous weekend of rugby league football. Kicking off proceedings were the Bulldogs with a big 47-12 win over premiers Wests Tigers on Friday night. The round concluded with last year?s wooden spooners the Knights putting 70 points on the Raiders, but conceding 32 points for a record match blow-out of 102 points.
All match results and details are listed below.
The LeagueUnlimited.com Player Awards is already hotting up with four players receiving maximum points for the first two rounds. Craig Gower (Panthers), Andrew Johns (Knights), Cameron Smith (Storm) and Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys) are all on six points each. Roosters halfback Jamie Soward is not far away on four points.
The full leader board is below.
The Leagueunlimited.com players of the match are decided by our live score updaters and tallied here each week on Monday?s Expert League wrap.
League Wrap: Round 2, 17-19 March 2006 MATCH RESULTS:
Canterbury Bulldogs: 47 Tries: Hazem El Masri(4), Reni Maitua, Willie Mason, Luke Patten Goals: Hazem El Masri 9/10 Field Goals: Brent Sherwin Wests Tigers: 12 Tries: Daniel Fitzhenry, Brett Hodgson Goals: Brett Hodgson 2/2 Half time: Bulldogs 24-0 Venue: Telstra Stadium Crowd: 32,587 Referee: Steve Clark Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs) 2 - Mark O'Meley (Bulldogs) 1 - Brent Sherwin (Bulldogs)
Parramatta Eels: 22 Tries: Nathan Hindmarsh(2), Ben Smith , Dean Widders Goals: Luke Burt 3/4 New Zealand Warriors: 14 Tries: Evarn Tuimavave, Manu Vatuvei Goals: Tony Martin 3/3 Half time: Eels 10-8 Venue: Waikato Stadium NZ Crowd: 16,089 Referee: Sean Hampstead Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels) 2 - Wade McKinnon (Eels) 1 - Nathan Fien (Warriors)
Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 12 Tries: Adam Dykes, Darren Albert Goals: Luke Covell 2/3 Brisbane Broncos: 16 Tries: Casey McGuire, Brad Thorn, Shane Webcke Goals: Michael Ennis 2/3 Half time: Sharks 12-0 Venue: Toyota Park Crowd: 14,221 Referee: Russell Smith Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - Darren Lockyer (Broncos) 2 - Brad Thorn (Broncos) 1 - Adam Dykes (Sharks)
North Queensland Cowboys: 20 Tries: Matt Sing (3), Brett Firman Goals: Johnathan Thurston 2/6 Manly Sea Eagles: 16 Tries: Brett Stewart (2), Steve Bell Goals: Matt Orford 2/3 Half time: Cowboys 16-4 Venue: Dairy Farmers Stadium Crowd: 23,296 Referee: Paul Simpkins Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys) 2 - Luke O'Donnell (Cowboys) 1 - Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles)
Sydney Roosters: 18 Tries: Ryan Cross, Amos Roberts, Jamie Soward Goals: Craig Fitzgibbon 3/3 Melbourne Storm: 22 Tries: Cooper Cronk, Ryan Hoffman, Greg Inglis, Steve Turner Goals: Cameron Smith ? Half time: Storm 16-0 Venue: Aussie Stadium Crowd: 10,841 Referee: Tony Archer Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - Cameron Smith (Storm) 2 - Cooper Cronk (Storm) 1 - Jamie Soward (Roosters)
St George Illawarra Dragons: 12 Tries: Reece Simmonds, Ashton Sims Goals: Aaron Gorell 2/3 Penrith Panthers: 13 Tries: Tony Puletua, Rhys Wesser Goals: Preston Campbell 2/3 Field Goals: Preston Campbell Half time: 2-all Venue: WIN Stadium Crowd: 12,098 Referee: Shayne Hayne Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - Craig Gower (Panthers) 2 - Preston Campbell (Panthers) 1 - Aaron Gorrell (Dragons)
Canberra Raiders: 32 Tries: Phillip Graham (2), Troy Thompson, Alan Tongue, William Zillman (2) Goals: Todd Carney 4/4 Newcastle Knights: 70 Tries: George Carmont (2), Kurt Gidley (2), Matthew Gidley, Andrew Johns (2), Todd Lowrie, Anthony Quinn, Steve Simpson, Reegan Tanner, Daniel Tolar Goals: Andrew Johns 11/12 Half time: Knights 28-8 Venue: Canberra Stadium Crowd: 11,606 Referee: Jason Robinson Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - Andrew Johns (Knights) 2 - George Carmont (Knights) 1 - William Zillman (Raiders)
South Sydney Rabbitohs - Bye
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Next weekend?s matches: Round 3, 24-26 March 2006 Fri 7:30 KNIGHTS v BULLDOGS EnergyAustralia Stadium Sat 6:30 (5:30 Syd) TIGERS v WARRIORS Jade Stadium NZ Sat 7:30 SEA EAGLES v SHARKS Brookvale Oval Sat 7:30 (8:30 Syd)) COWBOYS v STORM Dairy Farmers Stadium Sun 2:00 BRONCOS v EELS Suncorp Stadium Sun 2:30 RABBITOHS v DRAGONS Telstra Stadium Sun 3:00 ROOSTERS v RAIDERS Aussie Stadium PANTHERS - 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.
4 points Jamie Soward (Roosters)
3 points Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs), Mark Gasnier (Dragons), Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels), Darren Lockyer (Broncos), Clinton Shifcofske (Raiders)
2 points Preston Campbell (Panthers), George Carmont (Knights), Cooper Cronk (Storm), Greg Inglis (Storm), Willie Mason (Bulldogs), Wade McKinnon (Eels), Luke O'Donnell (Cowboys), Mark O'Meley (Bulldogs), Aaron Payne (Cowboys), Scott Prince (Tigers), Amos Roberts (Roosters), Jason Smith (Raiders), Milton Thaiday (Knights), Brad Thorn (Broncos)
1 points Paul Bowman (Cowboys), Danny Buderus (Knights), Adam Dykes (Sharks), Nathan Fien (Warriors), Aaron Gorrell (Dragons), Wairangi Koopu (Warriors), Brent Sherwin (Bulldogs), Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles), John Sutton (Rabbitohs), Rhys Wesser (Panthers), Paul Whatuira (Tigers), Lincoln Withers (Raiders), William Zillman (Raiders)