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League Wrap: Round 24, 19-21 August 2005 We have a new outright leader this week with Andrew Johns topping the table and moving up to 24 points in the Leagueunlimited.com Player Awards. The Knights? half back has been the most consistent player of the paddock since returning from injury last June. He overtakes Cowboys' full back Matt Bowen and Storm half back Matt Orford who share equal second spot on 22 points.
Tigers' full back Brett Hodgson scored maximum points to move up to 20 points and within sight of top spot.
With just two rounds of the competition to go, we have a number of players on 19 points and still in with a slim chance. Preston Campbell (Panthers) and Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels) join Ben Hornby (Dragons), Darren Lockyer (Broncos) and Billy Slater (Storm). With the Dragons having a bye next weekend, fullback Hornby is the only player in that group now out of contention.
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 Mondays Expert?s League wrap.
MATCH RESULTS: WESTS TIGERS 54 Tries: Whatuira 3, Richards 2, Galea, Marshall, Hodgson, Prince Goals: Hodgson 9/9 CANTERBURY BULLDOGS 2 Tries: Goals: Young 1/1 Telstra Stadium Fri 7:30pm Crowd: 29,542 Referee: Steve Clark Half time: Tigers 24-2 Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - B Hodgson (Tigers) 2 - J Skandalis (Tigers) 1 - P Whatuira (Tigers)
NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS 4 Tries: M Vatuvei Goals: S Jones 0/1 NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS 16 Tries: B Tighe, K Gidley, C Newton Goals: A Johns 2/4 Ericsson Stadium Sat 5:30pm (AEST), 7:30pm (NZ) Crowd: 17,356 Referee: Jason Robinson Half time: Warriors 4-0 Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - A Johns (Knights) 2 - M Vatuvei (Warriors) 1 - S Jones (Warriors)
NTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS 31 Tries: Payne 2, Thurston, Bowen, Williams Goals: Hannay 5 Field Goals: Thurston CANBERRA RAIDERS 28 Tries: Gafa 2, Carney, Smith, Chalk Goals: Schifcofske 4 Dairy Farmers Stadium Sat 7:30pm Crowd: 17,893 Referee: Tony Archer Half time: Raiders 14-12 Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - A Payne (Cowboys) 2 - J Thurston (Cowboys) 1 - C Schifcofske (Raiders)
STH SYDNEY RABBITOHS 17 Tries: Harrison, Geddes Goals: B Walker 4/4 FIELD GOAL: B Walker 1 SYDNEY ROOSTERS 16 Tries: Roberts, A Minichiello Goals: Fitzgibbon 4/4 Aussie Stadium Sat 7:30pm Crowd: 17,319 Referee: Russell Smith Half time: Roosters 12-6 Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - A Minichiello (Roosters) 2 - B Walker (Rabbitohs) 1 - A Harrison (Rabbitohs)
CRONULLA SHARKS 68 Tries: B Kimmorley 3, N Vagana 3, B Scott 2, M Hilder, J Stevens, P Mellor, P Gallen Goals: L Covell 10/12 MANLY SEA EAGLES 6 Tries: S Menzies Goals: M Witt 1/1 Toyota Park Sun 2:30pm Crowd: 13,325 Referee: Tim Mander Half time: Sharks 38-0 Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - B Kimmorley (Sharks) 2 - N Vagana (Sharks) 1 - B Scott (Sharks)
ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS 25 Tries: Thompson, Sims, Greenshields, Ryles Goals: Ennis 4/4, Barrett 1/1 (FG) PARRAMATTA EELS 22 Tries: Moi Moi, Cayless, Hindmarsh, Delaney Goals: Burt 3/4 Oki (Kogarah) Jubilee Stadium Sun 3:00pm Crowd: 17,523 Referee: Paul Simpkins Half time: Dragons 19-6 Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - L Bailey (Dragons) 2 - J Ryles (Dragons) 1 - N Hindmarsh (Eels)
PENRITH PANTHERS 22 Tries: Franze 2, Cross, Gower Goals: Campbell 3/4 BRISBANE BRONCOS 20 Tries: Hodges, Bott, Tate, Thorn Goals: Seymour 2/5 Penrith Stadium Sun 3:00pm Crowd: 15,200 Referee: Shayne Hayne Half time: Panthers 14-8 Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - P Campbell (Panthers) 2 - P Franze (Panthers) 1 - B Thorn (Broncos)
Storm v BYE
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Next weekend?s matches: Round 25, 26-28 August 2005 Broncos v Roosters - Suncorp Stadium - Fri 7:30pm Storm v Wests Tigers - Olympic Park - Sat 5:30pm Sea Eagles v Warriors - Brookvale Oval - Sat 7:30pm Knights v Sharks - EnergyAustralia Stadium - Sat 7:30pm Bulldogs v Panthers - Telstra Stadium - Sun 2:30pm Eels v Raiders - Parramatta Stadium - Sun 3:00pm Rabbitohs v Cowboys - Aussie Stadium - Sun 3:00pm Dragons v BYE
LEAGUEUNLIMITED.COM PLAYER AWARDS 2005 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.
24 points A Johns (Knights)
22 points M Bowen (Cowboys), M Orford (Storm)
20 points B Hodgson (Tigers)
19 points P Campbell (Panthers), N Hindmarsh (Eels), B Hornby (Dragons), D Lockyer (Broncos), B Slater (Storm)
18 points S Jones (Warriors)
16 points L Bailey (Dragons) 14 points B Kennedy (Sea Eagles), S Menzies (Sea Eagles), S Prince (Tigers) 13 points R Asotasi (Bulldogs), B Kimmorley (Sharks), L Priddis (Panthers) 12 points J Smith (Raiders) 11 points A Minichiello (Roosters), C Schifcofske (Raiders), J Thurston (Cowboys), S Webcke (Broncos), R Wiki (Warriors) 10 points B Anasta (Bulldogs), M King (Storm), T Smith (Eels) 9 points P Gallen (Sharks), C Fitzgibbon (Roosters), A Laffranchi (Tigers), M Minichiello (Rabbitohs), M Monaghan (Sea Eagles), D Peachey (Sharks), D Stagg (Broncos), A Watmough (Sea Eagles) 8 points J Cayless (Roosters), A Harrison (Rabbitohs), R Wesser (Panthers), L Withers (Raiders) 7 points D Buderus (Knights), H El Masri (Bulldogs), R Farah (Tigers), E Grothe (Eels), J Morris (Eels), D Nutley (Sharks), A Tongue (Raiders), B Walker (Rabbitohs), T Waterhouse (Panthers), P Whatuira (Tigers), D Young (Dragons) 6 points S Berrigan (Broncos), P Cusack (Rabbitohs), A Dykes (Sharks), M Gasnier (Dragons), K Kahler (Raiders), G Morrison (Eels), M Riddell (Eels), A Ryan (Bulldogs), J Ryles (Dragons), B Sherwin (Bulldogs), M Sing (Cowboys), J Sutton (Rabbitohs), T Williams (Cowboys), S Woolford (Raiders) 5 points P Bailey (Sharks), T Byrne (Warriors), N Cayless (Eels), R Cross (Roosters), S Faumuina (Warriors), M Geyer (Storm), T Grimaldi (Bulldogs), J Hannay (Cowboys), R Jensen (Cowboys), B Marshall (Tigers), S Price (Warriors), J Skandalis (Tigers), C Smith (Storm), B Stewart (Sea Eagles), M Vatuvei (Warriors), D Widders (Eels), J Williams (Rabbitohs), C Wing (Roosters), M Witt (Sea Eagles), N Vagana (Sharks) 4 points P Bowman (Cowboys), C Greenshields (Dragons), M Head (Dragons), K Hunt (Broncos), W Koopu (Warriors), H Maiava (Sharks), J Monaghan (Roosters), W Naiqama (Dragons), C Parker (Broncos), A Payne (Cowboys), P Richards (Tigers), B Seymour (Broncos), B Tate (Broncos), B Thorn (Broncos) 3 points T Campese (Raiders), M Chalk (Raiders), P Civoniceva (Broncos), M Cooper (Dragons), L Covell (Sharks), M Ennis (Dragons), N Fein (Warriors), B Finch (Roosters), P Graham (Raiders), T Hill (Sea Eagles), J Hodges (Broncos), R Hoffman (Storm), L Hohaia (Warriors), R Kearns (Storm), PJ Marsh (Eels), W McKinnon (Eels), J Miller (Raiders), A Morley (Roosters), M O'Neill (Tigers), L Patten (Bulldogs), A Roberts (Roosters), C Smith (Knights), B Smith (Eels), T Tahu (Eels), L Thompson (Dragons), C Toopi (Warriors), C Webb (Cowboys) 2 points T Barrett (Dragons), R Bell (Rabbitohs), S Bell (Storm), B Berrigan (Broncos), L Burt (Eels), B Creagh (Dragons), D Faiumu (Cowboys), N Fien (Warriors), B Firman (Cowboys), C Flannery (Roosters), P Franze (Panthers), M Gafa (Raiders), D Galea (Panthers), M Gidley (Knights), C Gower (Panthers), A Guttenbeil (Warriors), S Hegarty (Rabbitohs), H L'Estrange (Roosters), A MacDougall (Rabbitohs), R Maitua (Bulldogs), N Merritt (Sharks), C Newton (Knights), I Paleaasina (Warriors), P Rauhihi (Cowboys), L Ricketson (Roosters), S Simpson (Knights), S Southern (Cowboys), J Stevens (Sharks), M Sullivan (Sharks), B Tighe (Knights), A Tupou (Roosters), G Turner (Storm), M Utai (Bulldogs), S Walker (Rabbitohs), B Webb (Warriors) 1 point C Best (Dragons), L Bott (Broncos), A Brideson (Bulldogs), G Carmont (Knights), D Cooper (Knights), J Croker (Raiders), D Fitzhenry (Tigers), B Fletcher (Rabbitohs), L Fulton (Tigers), C Hicks (Sea Eagles), M Hilder (Sharks), I Hindmarsh (Raiders), L MacDougall (Rabbitohs), F Meli (Warriors), V Mellars (Sharks), F Moi Moi (Eels), L O'Donnell (Cowboys), M O'Meley (Bulldogs) , S Rodney (Panthers), J Ropati (Warriors), B Scott (Sharks), M Thaiday (Knights), S Timmins (Dragons), W Tonga (Bulldogs), C Walker (Roosters), J Webster (Storm), S B Williams (Bulldogs), A Woolnough (Knights)