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MATCH RESULTS: LeagueUnlimited.com NRL - ROUND 26: 5 SEPTEMBER - 7 SEPTEMBER 2008

Brisbane Broncos 24 def Newcastle Knights 2 Round 26 - Friday :: September 5th, 2008 7:35pm Venue: Suncorp Stadium Referee: Tony Archer Touch Judges: Tony De Las Heras, Alan Shortall Video Referee: Tim Mander Half Time: Broncos 6-2 Crowd: 37,552

Brisbane Broncos 24 Tries: Darius Boyd (2), Karmichael Hunt, Ben Hannant, Joel Moon Goals: Corey Parker (2/5), Tonie Carroll (0/1) Newcastle Knights 2 Goals: Kurt Gidley (1/1)

LeagueUnlimited.com Player of the Match 3 Points: Ben Hannant (Broncos) 2 Points: Denan Kemp (Broncos) 1 Point: Karmichael Hunt (Broncos)

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Sydney Roosters 10 def St George Illawarra Dragons 0 Round 26 - Friday :: September 5th, 2008 7:35pm Venue: Sydney Football Stadium Referee: Shayne Hayne Touch Judges: Steve Chiddy, Brett Suttor Video Referee: Paul Simpkins Half Time: 0 all Crowd: 14,127

Sydney Roosters 10 Tries: Anthony Minichiello, Braith Anasta Goals: Craig Fitzgibbon (1/2) St George Illawarra Dragons 0 Goals: Mark Gasnier (0/1)

LeagueUnlimited.com Player of the Match 3 Points: Braith Anasta (Roosters) 2 Points: Craig Fitzgibbon (Roosters) 1 Point: Lopini Paea (Roosters)

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Manly Sea Eagles 34 def Penrith Panthers 16 Round 26 - Saturday :: September 6th, 2008 5:30pm Venue: CUA Stadium, Penrith Referee: Jared Maxwell Touch Judges: Adam Devcich, Russell Turner Video Referee: Graeme West Halftime: Panthers 12 Sea Eagles 18 Crowd: 6,086 Penrith Panthers 16 Tries: Tony Puletua, Paul Aiton, Nathan Smith Goals: Michael Gordon (2/3) Manly Sea Eagles 34 Tries: David Williams (2), Steve Menzies, Glenn Stewart, Brett Stewart, Steven Bell Goals: Matt Orford (4/5), Jamie Lyon (1/1) LeagueUnlimited.com Player of the Match 3 Points: Petero Civoniceva (Panthers) 2 Points: Glenn Stewart (Sea Eagles) 1 Point: Anthony Watmough (Sea Eagles)

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Cronulla Sharks 28 def North Queensland Cowboys 22 Round 26 - Saturday :: September 6th, 2008 7:30pm Venue: Toyota Stadium Referee: Ben Cummins Touch Judges: Paul Holland, Gavin Reynolds Video Referee: Russell Smith Half time: Sharks 18-4 Crowd: 7,057

Cronulla Sharks 28 Tries: Ben Ross, Brett Kearney, Kade Snowden, Brett Seymour, Terence Seu Seu Goals: Luke Covell (4/5) North Queensland Cowboys 22 Tries: Ashley Graham, Shane Tronc, Matthew Scott, Ty Williams Goals: Johnathan Thurston (0/1), John Williams (3/3)

LeagueUnlimited.com Player of the Match 3 Points: Luke Covell (Sharks) 2 Points: Kade Snowden (Sharks) 1 Point: Shane Tronc (Cowboys)

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New Zealand Warriors 28 def Parramatta Eels 6 Round 26 - Saturday :: September 6th, 2008 7:30pm Venue: Parramatta Stadium Referee: Jason Robinson Touch Judges: Steve Carrall, Ricky McFarlane Video Referee: Steve Clark Halftime: Warriors 14-6 Crowd: 5,102

Parramatta Eels 6 Tries: Kris Keating Goals: Luke Burt (1/1) New Zealand Warriors 28 Tries: Manu Vatuvei (3), Brent Tate (2) Goals: Michael Witt (4/6)

LeagueUnlimited.com Player of the Match 3 Points: Manu Vatuvei (Warriors) 2 Points: Ian Henderson (Warriors) 1 Point: Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels)

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Canberra Raiders 52 def Canterbury Bulldogs 34 Round 26 - Sunday :: September 7th, 2008 2:00pm Venue: Canberra Stadium Referee: Sean Hampstead Touch Judges: Daniel Eastwood, Jeff Younis Video Referee: Phil Cooley Halftime: 16-all Crowd: 15,411 Canberra Raiders 52 Tries: Joel Monaghan (3), David Milne (3), Terry Campese, Ryan Hinchcliffe, Neville Costigan Goals: Terry Campese (8/9) Canterbury Bulldogs 34 Tries: Heka Nanai (2), Hazem El Masri, Jamal Idris, Daniel Holdsworth, Corey Hughes, Tim Winitana Goals: Hazem El Masri (2/6), Corey Hughes (1/1) LeagueUnlimited.com Player of the Match 3 Points: Joel Monaghan (Raiders) 2 Points: Alan Tongue (Raiders) 1 Point: Terry Campese (Raiders)

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Wests Tigers 28 def Gold Coast Titans 12 Round 26 - Sunday :: September 7th, 2008 3:00pm Venue: Skilled Park Referee: Bernard Sutton Touch Judges: Matt Cecchin, Rod Lawrence Video Referee: Chris Ward Half time: 18-6 Crowd: 20,723 Gold Coast Titans 12 Tries: Scott Prince, Brett Delaney Goals: Scott Prince (2/2) Wests Tigers 28 Tries: Tim Moltzen (2), Chris Lawrence, Taniela Tuiaki, Beau Ryan Goals: Brett Hodgson (4/5) LeagueUnlimited.com Player of the Match 3 Points: Brett Hodgson (Tigers) 2 Points: Benji Marshall (Tigers) 1 Point: Tim Moltzen (Tigers)

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Melbourne Storm 42 def South Sydney Rabbitohs 4 Round 26 - Monday September 7th, 2008 7:00pm Venue: Olympic Park Referee: Steve Lyons Touch Judges: David Abood, Peter Kirby Video Referee: Bill Harrigan Halftime: Storm 20-4 Crowd: 13,875

Melbourne Storm 42 Tries: Matt Geyer, Anthony Quinn, Cameron Smith, Ryan Hoffman, Billy Slater (2), Brett Anderson, Jeremy Smith Goals: Cameron Smith (4/7), Matt Geyer (1/1) South Sydney Rabbitohs 4 Tries: Nathan Merritt Goals: Issac Luke (0/1)

LeagueUnlimited.com Player of the Match 3 Points: Israel Folau (Storm) 2 Points: Billy Slater (Storm) 1 Point: Greg Inglis (Storm)

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MATT ORFORD (Sea Eagles), JAMIE SOWARD (Dragons)

Manly Sea Eagles halfback Matt Orford and St George Illawarra Dragons five eighth Jamie Soward have jointly won the 2008 LeagueUnlimited.com Player of the Year Award.

Orford wins the award for a record third time after joining Soward at the top of the leader board on 23 points in round 25 of the NRL competition.

Not far away were Sharks halfback Brett Kimmorley, Raiders five eighth Terry Campese and Storm fullback Billy Slater.

Orford first won the award in its inaugural year in 2003 when he was playing for the Storm, and again in 2004. Soward has been in great form for the Dragons this year and held a handy lead up until a few weeks ago before injuries intervened.

Previous Winners 2003: Matt Orford (Storm) 2004: Brett Finch (Roosters) & Matt Orford (Storm) 2005: Andrew Johns (Knights) 2006: Cameron Smith (Storm) 2007: Cameron Smith (Storm)


Fullback: Billy Slater (Storm) Wingers: Luke Covell (Sharks), Manu Vatuvei (Warriors) Centres: Joel Monaghan (Raiders), Israel Folau (Storm) Five eighth: Jamie Soward (Dragons) Halfback: Matt Orford (Sea Eagles) Prop forwards: Petero Civoniceva (Panthers), Ben Hannant (Broncos) / Jason Ryles (Dragons)* Hooker: Michael Ennis (Broncos) Second row forwards: Craig Fitzgibbon (Roosters), Chris Heighington (Tigers) Lock forward: Glenn Stewart (Sea Eagles)

*Hannant and Ryles tied for the second prop forward position.


23 points Matt Orford (Sea Eagles), Jamie Soward (Dragons)

22 points Brett Kimmorley (Sharks)

21 points Terry Campese (Raiders), Billy Slater (Storm)

20 points Braith Anasta (Roosters)

19 points Scott Prince (Titans)

18 points Petero Civoniceva (Panthers), Brett Finch (Eels), Glenn Stewart (Sea Eagles)

17 points Kurt Gidley (Knights), Brett Hodgson (Tigers)

16 points Cooper Cronk (Storm), Michael Ennis (Broncos)

15 points Todd Carney (Raiders), Craig Fitzgibbon (Roosters), Chris Heighington (Tigers), Jarrod Mullen (Knights)

14 points Darren Lockyer (Broncos)

13 points Robbie Farah (Tigers), Greg Inglis (Storm), Benji Marshall (Tigers), Joel Monaghan (Raiders), Mitchell Pearce (Roosters), Cameron Smith (Storm), Sonny Bill Williams (Bulldogs)

12 points Greg Bird (Sharks), Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)

11 points Nathan Friend (Titans), Lance Hohaia (Warriors), Ben Hornby (Dragons), Feleti Mateo (Eels), Frank Pritchard (Panthers), Chris Sandow (Rabbitohs), Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles), John Sutton (Rabbitohs), Peter Wallace (Broncos)

10 points Scott Dureau (Knights), Paul Gallen (Sharks), Jamie Lyon (Sea Eagles)

9 points Preston Campbell (Titans), Israel Folau (Storm), Ben Hannant (Broncos), Issac Luke (Rabbitohs), Jason Ryles (Dragons), Alan Tongue (Raiders)

8 points Danny Buderus (Knights), Luke Covell (Sharks), Isaac De Gois (Sharks), Ian Henderson (Warriors), Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels), Anthony Laffranchi (Titans), Luke Lewis (Panthers), Manu Vatuvei (Warriors)

7 points Fraser Anderson (Sharks), Chris Houston (Knights), Adam MacDougall (Knights), Aaron Payne (Cowboys), Ben Pomeroy (Sharks)

6 points Roy Asotasi (Rabbitohs), Ben Creagh (Dragons), Karmichael Hunt (Broncos), Steve Menzies (Sea Eagles), Sam Perrett (Roosters), Steve Price (Warriors), Andrew Ryan (Bulldogs), Jarrod Sammut (Panthers), Jeremy Smith (Storm)

5 points Chris Bailey (Knights), Luke Bailey (Titans), Nathan Cayless (Eels), Nathan Fien (Warriors), Mark Gasnier (Dragons), Michael Gordon (Panthers), Ryan Hoffman (Storm), Justin Hodges (Broncos), Krisnan Inu (Eels), Brett Kearney (Sharks), Denan Kemp (Broncos), Brent Kite (Sea Eagles), Michael Luck (Warriors), Sam Rapira (Warriors), Michael Robertson (Sea Eagles), Ben Ross (Sharks), Junior Sau (Knights), Brent Tate (Warriors), Sam Thaiday (Broncos), Anthony Watmough (Sea Eagles), Ruben Wiki (Warriors)

4 points Fraser Anderson (Sharks), Ray Cashmere (Cowboys), Rangi Chase (Dragons), Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs), Ashley Harrison (Titans), Jason King (Sea Eagles), Simon Mannering (Warriors), Willie Mason (Roosters), David Milne (Raiders), Mark O'Meley (Roosters), Grant Rovelli (Warriors), Brett Seymour (Sharks), Luke Stuart (Rabbitohs), Taulima Tautai (Eels), Trevor Thurling (Raiders), Anthony Tupou (Roosters)

3 points Jordan Atkins (Titans), James Aubusson (Roosters), Colin Best (Raiders), Matt Bowen (Cowboys), Travis Burns (Cowboys), Justin Carney (Raiders), Matt Cooper (Dragons), Michael Crocker (Storm), Adam Cuthbertson (Sea Eagles), Greg Eastwood (Broncos), David Fa'alogo (Rabbitohs), Sione Faumuina (Cowboys), Mathew Head (Tigers), Michael Jennings (Panthers), Nathan Merritt (Rabbitohs), Mark Minichiello (Titans), Tim Moltzen (Tigers), Wes Naiqama (Knights), George Ndaira (Rabbitohs), Lopini Paea (Roosters), Amos Roberts (Roosters), Mat Rogers (Titans), Wendell Sailor (Dragons), Troy Thompson (Raiders), Willie Tonga (Bulldogs), Trent Waterhouse (Panthers), Carl Webb (Cowboys), Michael Witt (Warriors)

2 points Darius Boyd (Broncos), Luke Burt (Eels), Daniel Conn (Titans), Ben Cross (Knights), Luke Douglas (Sharks), Liam Fulton (Tigers), Wade Graham (Panthers), Glenn Hall (Sea Eagles), Jarryd Hayne (Eels), Matt Hilder (Knights), Michael Hodgson (Titans), Daniel Holdsworth (Bulldogs), Corey Hughes (Bulldogs), Dan Hunt (Dragons), Masada Iosefa (Panthers), Shaun Kenny-Dowall (Roosters), Chris Lawrence (Tigers), Heath L'Estrange (Sea Eagles), Jeff Lima (Storm), Steve Matai (Sea Eagles), Anthony Minichiello (Roosters), Nate Myles (Roosters), Jason Nightingale (Dragons), Luke O'Donnell (Cowboys), Joe Picker (Raiders), Justin Poore (Dragons), Anthony Quinn (Storm), Reece Robinson (Broncos), Mark Riddell (Eels), Lagi Setu (Dragons), Kade Snowden (Sharks), Brad Tighe (Panthers), Matthew Utai (Bulldogs), Danny Williams (Bulldogs), Reece Williams (Sharks), Tony Williams (Eels), Dean Young (Dragons)

1 point Mitchell Aubusson (Roosters), Ben Barba (Bulldogs), Maurice Blair (Panthers), Nick Bradley-Qualiwawa (Sea Eagles), Luke Capewell (Rabbitohs), Josh Cordoba (Eels), Brent Crisp (Bulldogs), Brett Delaney (Titans), Stuart Flanagan (Tigers), Shannon Gallant (Tigers), Michael Greenfield (Rabbitohs), Marc Herbert (Raiders), Jarrad Hickey (Bulldogs), Dallas Johnson (Storm), Wade McKinnon (Warriors), James McManus (Knights), PJ Marsh (Broncos), Josh Morris (Dragons), Frank-Paul Nuuausala (Roosters), Corey Parker (Broncos), Cory Paterson (Knights), Luke Patten (Bulldogs), Josh Perry (Titans), Tony Puletua (Panthers), Adrian Purtell (Raiders), Luke Rooney (Panthers), Nathan Smith (Panthers), Steve Southern (Cowboys), Lee Te Maari (Bulldogs), Ben Te'o (Tigers), Alan Tongue (Raiders), Shane Tronc (Cowboys), Anthony Watts (Cowboys), Michael Weyman (Raiders), Craig Wing (Rabbitohs), David Williams (Sea Eagles), Tim Winitana (Bulldogs)

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