Monday?s Expert - Round 13, 2006

Friday night rugby league kicked off with an extraordinary match at Kogarah. Played under lights in the torrential rain, the St George Illawarra Dragons got home over the Parramatta Eels by 8-1 after it was 0-0 for the first 70 minutes. A field goal shoot-out saw Saints leading by the soccer score of 2-1 before a try in the 80th minute finally put the match beyond doubt.

Saturday afternoon we travelled to Melbourne to see the Storm overcome the Sydney Roosters by 20-16 after the local led 12-4 at half time. Later the same day at Telstra Stadium, the Canterbury Bulldogs got on top of the Newcastle Knights, disposing of the Novocastrians by 38-22. Meanwhile, the Canberra Raiders got the points at home defeating a plucky Southjs Sydney Rabbitohs by 24-22. The Rabbitohs are getting close to posting their first win for 2006 but are still favourites for this year?s wooden spoon.

Sunday football took us to New Zealand where the Brisbane Broncos overcame a determined Warriors outfit by 23-18. The win sees the Broncos on top of the NRL ladder. Meanwhile the Manly Sea Eagles travelled to Penrith to defeat the Panthers by 29-22 and break a 12-year hoodoo.

Round 13 wrapped up at Telstra Stadium with the premiers Wests Tigers defeating last years runners-up North Queensland Cowboys by 24-14.

All match results and details are listed below. Player Awards
Melbourne?s Greg Inglis has opened up a three point lead in this year?s Player Awards. The Storm fullback scored maximum points on the weekend to grab top spot on the leader board with 20 points. Cowboys five eighth Johnathan Thurston is in second place on 17 points and Storm hooker Cameron Smith is running third on 16 points.

Knights half back Andrew Johns is not far away on 15 points while Matt Orford (Sea Eagles) and Clinton Schifcofske (Raiders) are still well in contention on 14 points.

The full leader board is below.

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League Wrap: Round 13, 2 ? 4 June 2006

St George Illawarra Dragons: 8
Tries: Matt Cooper
Goals: Aaron Gorrell 1/1
Field Goals: Ben Hornby 2/3
Parramatta Eels: 1
Field Goals: John Morris 1/1
Half time: 0-all
Venue: Oki Jubilee Stadium, Kogarah
Crowd: 9,075
Referee: Sean Hampstead players of the match:
3 - Dean Young (Dragons)
2 - Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels)
1 - Luke Bailey (Dragons)

Melbourne Storm: 20
Tries: Greg Inglis(2), Steve Turner, Jake Webster
Goals: Cameron Smith 2/4
Sydney Roosters: 16
Tries: Ryan Cross, Amos Roberts, Vince Mellars
Goals: Amos Roberts 1/2, Jamie Soward 1/1
Half time: Storm 12-4
Venue: Olympic Park
Crowd: 8,491
Referee: Ben Cummins players of the match:
3 - Greg Inglis (Storm)
2 - Amos Roberts (Roosters)
1 - David Kidwell (Storm)

Canterbury Bulldogs: 38
Tries: Hazem El Masri(3), Corey Hughes(2), Reni Maitua, Daniel Holdsworth
Goals: Hazem El Masri 5/7
Newcastle Knights: 22
Tries: Clint Newton, Anthony Quinn(2), Brian Carney
Goals: Andrew Johns 3/5
Half time: 16-all
Venue: Telstra Stadium
Crowd: 12,658
Referee: Paul Simpkins players of the match:
3 - Mark O?Meley (Bulldogs)
2 - Sonny Bill Williams (Bulldogs)
1 - Danny Buderus (Knights)

Canberra Raiders: 24
Tries: Todd Carney, Marshall Chalk, David Howell, Alan Tongue
Goals: Clinton Schifcofske 4/4
South Sydney Rabbitohs: 22
Tries: Peter Cusack, Shannan McPherson, Joe Williams, Paul Mellor
Goals: Joe Williams 3/5
Half time: Raiders 18-6
Venue: Canberra Stadium
Crowd: 10,150
Referee: Jarred Maxwell players of the match:
3 - Clinton Schifcofske (Raiders)
2 - Peter Cusack (Rabbitohs)
1 - Alan Tongue (Raiders)

New Zealand Warriors: 18
Tries: Ruben Wiki(2), Patrick Ah Van
Goals: Tony Martin 3/3
Brisbane Broncos: 23
Tries: Shaun Berrigan, Tame Tupou, Greg Eastwood(2)
Goals: Corey Parker 3/4
Field Goals: Darren Lockyer
Half time: Broncos 18-12
Venue: Ericsson Stadium
Crowd: 7,746
Referee: Shayne Hayne players of the match:
3 - Greg Eastwood (Broncos)
2 - Brad Thorn (Broncos)
1 - Ruben Wiki (Warriors)

Penrith Panthers: 22
Tries: Luke Rooney, Trent Waterhouse, Rhys Wesser, Paul Aiton
Goals: Preston Campbell 3/4
Manly Sea Eagles: 29
Tries: Steve Menzies, Brett Stewart (3), Steve Bell
Goals: Travis Burns 4/5, Matt Orford 0/1
Field Goals: Michael Monaghan
Half time: Sea Eagles 20-10
Venue: CUA Stadium Penrith
Crowd: 10,256
Referee: Tony Archer players of the match:
3 - Anthony Watmough (Sea Eagles)
2 - Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles)
1 - Steve Menzies (Sea Eagles)

Wests Tigers: 24
Tries: Dean Collis, Anthony Laffranchi, Benji Marshall, Michael Crockett
Goals: Brett Hodgson 4/5
North Queensland Cowboys: 14
Tries: Paul Bowman, Johnathan Thurston, Gavin Cooper
Goals: Johnathan Thurston 1/3
Half time: Tigers 18-4
Venue: Telstra Stadium
Crowd: 16,736
Referee: Steve Clark players of the match:
3 - Anthony Laffranchi (Tigers)
2 - Dean Collis (Tigers)
1 - Ryan O'Hara (Tigers)

Cronulla Sharks ? Bye


Upcoming matches:
Round 14, 9-11 June 2006

Fri 7:30 SEA EAGLES v TIGERS - Brookvale Oval
Sat 5:30 PANTHERS v DRAGONS - CUA Stadium
Sat 7:30 COWBOYS v SHARKS - Dairy Farmers Stadium
Sat 7:30 RABBITOHS v BRONCOS - Telstra Stadium
Sun 2:00 ROOSTERS v WARRIORS - Aussie Stadium
Sun 3:00 EELS v STORM - Parramatta Stadium
Mon 3:00 RAIDERS v BULLDOGS - Telstra Stadium



The players awards are decided by our live score updaters.
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20 points
Greg Inglis (Storm),

17 points
Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)

16 points
Cameron Smith (Storm)

15 points
Andrew Johns (Knights)

14 points
Matt Orford (Sea Eagles), Clinton Schifcofske (Raiders)

13 points
Adam Dykes (Sharks)

12 points
Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs)

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

10 points
Matthew Bowen (Cowboys)

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

8 points
Corey Parker (Broncos)

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

6 points
Cooper Cronk (Storm), Robert Farah (Tigers), Craig Gower (Panthers), Mathew Head (Dragons), Brett Hodgson (Tigers), Steve Menzies (Sea Eagles), Alan Tongue (Raiders)

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

4 points
Darren Albert (Sharks), Brian Carney (Knights), Peter Cusack (Rabbitohs), Aaron Gorrell (Dragons), 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), Anthony Laffranchi (Tigers), Reni Maitua (Bulldogs), Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles), Milton Thaiday (Knights), Lance Thompson (Sharks), Tame Tupou (Broncos), Matthew Utai (Bulldogs), Anthony Watmough (Sea Eagles), Brent Webb (Warriors), Lincoln Withers (Raiders)

2 points
Brenton Bowen (Cowboys), George Carmont (Knights), Daniel Fitzhenry (Tigers), Awen Guttenbeil (Warriors), Ashley Harrison (Roosters), 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), 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), Matt Geyer (Storm), Kurt Gidley (Knights), Matthew Gidley (Knights), Tony Grimaldi (Bulldogs), Lee Hookey (Panthers), David Kidwell (Storm), Brett Kimmorley (Sharks), Matt King (Storm), Luke MacDougall (Rabbitohs), 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), Simon Woolford (Raiders), William Zillman (Raiders)