Trial Results - Saturday 26th February
In the first match of the evening, a massive crowd of roughly 15,000 experienced a tight tussle between Manly and New Zealand at Auckland's North Harbour Stadium. Two late tries to Michael Oldfield and Vic Mauro saw the visitors triumph 14-12.
Looking at this side of the Tasman, Canterbury outclassed Canberra after yet another scrappy trial performance by the Green Machine. Speedy centre Josh Morris crossed for a double in the convincing 30-18 win at Tamwoth, New South Wales.
Muswellbrook's Olympic Park saw Newcastle cruise to a similar scoreline in their 38-10 defeat of the Cronulla Sharks. In an eye catching performance, Junior Sau dotted down for two tries, as did hooker Isaac de Gois, who proved a handful from dummy half. Meanwhile, in the Foundation Cup, Wests edged out Sydney in a low scoring encounter in front of nearly 7,000 at the SFS. A late Benji Marshall field goal tipped the score to 19-8, while the Roosters were left to lament the poor kicking of Braith Anasta - he missed both his attempts at goal.
The Parramatta Eels again showed they could be the surprise packets of 2011 thanks to a 30-0 demolition of Penrith at Centrebet Stadium. The blue and gold have scored 60 points over the past two trials and only conceded 10. However, the win was soured by an ankle injury to Chris Walker.
Moving north of the Tweed, the loss of Ivan Henjak mid-week didn't dampen Brisbane as they surged to a 26-6 win over Melbourne at Dolphin Park, Redcliffe. The Broncos' rookie back three of Josh Hoffman, Jharal Yow Yeh and Dane Gagai put in stunning performances. However, it was far from all good news, with the injury plagued Justin Hodges again falling victim to what appeared to be a hamstring problem. The strike centre hobbled from the field in the first half.
In rainy condition at Cairns, an after-the-siren Scott Prince conversion saw the Titans sneak out of jail against a spirited North Queensland. The Gold Coast relied on a number of fortuitous tries including a soccer effort from Kevin Gordon and a Prince four pointer off a Preston Campbell intercept. The other highlight was a length of the field dash from flanker David Mead.
All times are AEDST.
Warriors 12 lost to Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 14
Kickoff 4:00pm; North Harbour Stadium, Auckland NZ
Warriors: 12 (Ben Matulino, Kevin Locke tries; James Maloney 2/2)
Sea Eagles: 14 (Jamie Buhrer, Michael Oldfield, Vic Mauro tries; Daly Cherry-Evans 1/3)
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 30 defeated Canberra Raiders 18
Kickoff 7:30pm; Scully Park, Tamworth NSW
Bulldogs: 30 (Bryson Goodwin, Josh Morris 2, David Stagg, Kris Keating tries; Bryson Goodwin 4/4 Steve Turner 1/1 goal)
Raiders: 18 (Sam Williams, Nathan Massey, Dane Tilse tries Jarrod Croker 3/3)
Newcastle Knights 32 defeated Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 10
Kickoff 7:30pm; Olympic Park, Muswellbrook NSW
Knights: 32 (Akuila Uate, Junior Sau 2, Isaac De Gois 2, Shannon McDonnell tries; Kurt Gidley 3/4, Beau Henry 0/1, Wes Naiqama 1/1 goals)
Sharks: 10 (Nathan Gardener, Matthew Wright tries, Conversions 1/2)
Sydney Roosters 8 lost to Wests Tigers 19 (Foundation Cup)
Kickoff 7:30pm; Sydney Football Stadium
Roosters: 8 (Joesph Leulia 2 tries, Braith Anasta 0/2)
Tigers: 19 (Liam Fulton, Robbie Farah, Robert Lui tries; Benji Marshall 3/3 goals 1/1 field goal)
North Queensland Cowboys 22 lost to Gold Coast Titans 24 (Stockland Trophy)
Kickoff 8:00pm; Barlow Park, Cairns QLD
Cowboys: 22 (Wille Tonga, Matthew Bowen, Scott Bolton, Jonathan Thurston tries; Jonathan Thurston 3/4)
Titans: 24 (Kevin Gordon, Scott Prince, David Mead, Joesph Tomane tries; Scott Prince 4/4)
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Penrith Panthers 0 lost to Parramatta Eels 30 (Battle for the West Cup)
Kickoff 8:00pm; Centrebet Stadium Penrith
Eels: 30 (Taniela Lasolo, Paul Whatuira, Ben Smith, Matt Keating, Justin Horo tries, Burt 5/5)
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Brisbane Broncos 26 defeated Melbourne Storm 6
Kickoff 8:30pm; Dolphin Oval, Redcliffe QLD
Broncos: 26 (Ben Te'o, Ben Hunt, Darren Lockyer, Jharal Yow Yeh, Dane Gagai tries, Corey Parker 3/5)
Storm: 6 (Justin O'Neill try, Cameron Smith 1/1)
Injuries: Justin Hodges (hamstring), Chris Walker (ankle) and David Williams (hamstring)
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