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NRL results and the Leagueunlimited.com Player Awards
ROUND FOUR of the NRL kicked off on Good Friday night with the Canterbury Bulldogs putting an end South Sydney Rabbitoh's unbeaten start to the season. After leading 14-6 at half time, the Bulldogs ultimately hammered the Rabiitohs by 34-10 in front of a Telstra Stadium crowd of 34,315. Meanwhile, reigning premiers the Brisbane Broncos were posting their first win of 2007 with a comprehensive 32-10 victory over cellar dwellers the Sydney Roosters at a rain drenched Aussie Stadium.
Saturday rugby league saw the Melbourne Storm remaining undefeated by beating the Knights 22-12 in Newcastle. In other matches, the North Queensland Cowboys continued their unbeaten start to the season with a thrilling 25-24 victory over a gallant Wests Tigers side in Townsville. Meanwhile at Parramatta Stadium, an under-strength Eels team ran out 38-6 winners against an ill-disciplined Canberra Raiders outfit.
Sunday Football took us to Brookvale Oval where the Manly Sea Eagles crafted a tough win in defeating the New Zealand Warriors 13-10. A short time later, an under-strength Gold Coast Titans posted their first away win by defeating the Panthers 24-22 in an exciting game at Penrith.
Monday Night Football gave us to the local derby with the Cronulla Sharks thrashing the St George Illawarra Dragons by 40-4 in front of crowd of 19,137 people at Toyota Park.
The NRL standings after round four sees three teams undefeated with the Sea Eagles at the top of the ladder. They are joined by the Cowboys and Storm on eight competitions points. The Rabbitohs are next up on six points. What follows is a log jam of seven teams on four points with the Sharks, Panthers, Bulldogs, Warriors, Eels, Titans and Knights all not far away from the front runners. The Broncos, Dragons and Raiders are on one win each while Wests Tigers and Roosters have yet to post a win in 2007.
MATCH RESULTS: League Wrap ROUND 4: 6-9 APRIL 2007 (EASTER)
South Sydney Rabbitohs 10 Tries: David Peachey, Nathan Merritt Goals: Joe Williams (1/2) Canterbury Bulldogs 34 Tries: Trent Cutler (2), Kane Cleal, Daryl Millard, Hazem El Masri Goals: Hazem El Masri (7/7) Kick-off: 7:30 PM Friday Half time: Bulldogs 14-6 Venue: Telstra Stadium Crowd: 34,315 Referee: Shayne Hayne Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 Points: Reni Maitua (Bulldogs) 2 Points: Willie Mason (Bulldogs) 1 Point: Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs) [Match Report]
Sydney Roosters 10 Tries: Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Joel Monaghan Goals: Craig Fitzgibbon (1/2) Brisbane Broncos 32 Tries: Karmichael Hunt, Steve Michaels (2), Shaun Berrigan, Greg Eastwood, Darren Lockyer Goals: Darren Lockyer (4/6), Michael Ennis (0/1) Kick-off: 7:30 PM Friday Half time: Broncos 16-6 Venue: Aussie Stadium Crowd: 11,476 Referee: Paul Simpkins Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 Points: Darren Lockyer (Broncos) 2 Points: Petero Civoniceva (Broncos) 1 Point: Justin Hodges (Broncos) [Match Report]
Newcastle Knights 12 Tries: Steve Simpson, Daniel Abraham Goals: Kurt Gidley (2/2) Melbourne Storm 22 Tries: Israel Folau (2), Matt King, Anthony Quinn Field Goals: Cooper Cronk (0/1) Goals: Cameron Smith (3/4) Kick-off: 5:30 PM Saturday Half time: 12 all Venue: EnergyAustralia Stadium Crowd: 20,051 Referee: Steve Clark Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 Points: Cameron Smith (Storm) 2 Points: Ben Cross (Storm) 1 Point: Danny Buderus (Knights) [Match Report]
North Queensland Cowboys 25 Tries: Ashley Graham (2), Neil Sweeney, Matthew Bowen Field Goals: Matthew Bowen (1/1) Goals: Johnathan Thurston (4/4) Wests Tigers 24 Tries: Daniel Fitzhenry, Robert Farah, Dean Collis, Paul Whatuira Field Goals: Robert Farah (0/2) Goals: Benji Marshall (4/5) Kick-off: 7:30 PM Saturday Half time: Tigers 14-6 Venue: Dairy Farmers Stadium Crowd: 21,879 Referee: Jared Maxwell Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 Points: Matthew Bowen (Cowboys) 2 Points: Benji Marshall (Tigers) 1 Point: Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys) [Match Report]
Parramatta Eels 38 Tries: Nathan Hindmarsh (2), Ben Smith (2), Jarryd Hayne, Mark Riddell, Josh Cordoba Goals: Luke Burt (5/7) Canberra Raiders 6 Tries: Lincoln Withers Goals: Michael Dobson (1/1) Kick-off: 7:30 PM Saturday Half time: Eels 12-0 Venue: Parramatta Stadium Crowd: 10,091 Referee: Gavin Badger Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 Points: Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels) 2 Points: Ben Smith (Eels) 1 Point: Tim Smith (Eels) [Match Report]
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 13 Tries: Chris Hicks, Brett Stewart Field Goals: Michael Monaghan (1/1) Goals: Jamie Lyon (2/3) New Zealand Warriors 10 Tries: Tony Martin, Simon Mannering Goals: Tony Martin (1/2) Kick-off: 2:00 PM Sunday Half time: Warriors 6-0 Venue: Brookvale Oval Crowd: 16,418 Referee: Ben Cummins Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 Points: Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles) 2 Points: Michael Monaghan (Sea Eagles) 1 Point: Grant Rovelli (Warriors) [Match Report]
Penrith Panthers 22 Tries: Rhys Wesser, Frank Pritchard (2), Michael Gordon Goals: Michael Gordon (3/4) Gold Coast Titans 24 Tries: Anthony Laffranchi, Preston Campbell, Scott Prince, Luke Bailey Goals: Preston Campbell (4/5) Kick-off: 3:00 PM Sunday Half time: Titans 12-6 Venue: CUA Stadium Crowd: 15,022 Referee: Sean Hampstead Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 Points: Luke Bailey (Titans) 2 Points: Preston Campbell (Titans) 1 Point: Frank Pritchard (Panthers) [Match Report]
Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 40 Tries: David Simmons, Brett Kearney (3), Ben Pomeroy (2), Fraser Anderson Goals: Luke Covell (6/7) St George Illawarra Dragons 4 Tries: Josh Morris Goals: Wes Naiqama (0/1) Kick-off: 7:00 PM Monday Half time: Sharks 16-4 Venue: Toyota Park Crowd: 19,137 Referee: Tony Archer Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 Points: Greg Bird (Sharks) 2 Points: Brett Kearney (Sharks) 1 Point: Brett Kimmorley (Sharks) [Match Report]
FULL DRAW, RESULTS & LINKS TO LIVE SCORES - CLICK HERE
UPCOMING MATCHES: ROUND 5: 13-16 APRIL 2007 Fri 7:30 PANTHERS v EELS CUA Stadium Fri 7:30 TITANS v BRONCOS Suncorp Stadium Sat 5:30 DRAGONS v STORM Oki Jubilee Stadium Sat 7:30 BULLDOGS v SEA EAGLES Telstra Stadium Sun 2:00 (12:00) WARRIORS v COWBOYS Mt Smart Stadium Sun 2:00 RABBITOHS v KNIGHTS Bluetongue Stadium Sun 3:00 WESTS TIGERS v SHARKS Campbelltown Sports Stadium Mon 7:00 RAIDERS v ROOSTERS Canberra Stadium
LEAGUEUNLIMITED.COM PLAYER AWARDS 2007 Cowboys half back Johnathan Thurston still leads the field after four rounds of the LeagueUnlimited.com Player Awards. Thurston is on 10 points while team mate Matty Bowen is not far away on nine points. Brett Kearney (Sharks), Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles) and Joe Williams (Rabbitohs) are next up on six points. Meanwhile Knights fullback Kurt Gidley and Dragons five eighth Richard Williams are well in contention on five points.
10 points Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)
9 points Matthew Bowen (Cowboys)
6 points Brett Kearney (Sharks), Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles), Joe Williams (Rabbitohs)
5 points Kurt Gidley (Knights), Richard Williams (Dragons)
4 points Greg Bird (Sharks), Justin Hodges (Broncos), Benji Marshall (Tigers), Nathan Merritt (Rabbitohs), Michael Monaghan (Sea Eagles), David Peachey (Rabbitohs), Grant Rovelli (Warriors), Anthony Watmough (Sea Eagles)
3 points Luke Bailey (Titans), Matt Ballin (Sea Eagles), Luke Burt (Eels), Todd Carney (Raiders), Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels), Ryan Hoffman (Storm), Greg Inglis (Storm), Brett Kimmorley (Sharks), Darren Lockyer (Broncos), Jamie Lyon (Sea Eagles), Reni Maitua (Bulldogs), Wade McKinnon (Warriors), Jarrod Mullen (Knights), Mark O'Meley (Bulldogs), Scott Prince (Titans), Billy Slater (Storm), Cameron Smith (Storm), Peter Wallace (Panthers)
2 points Petero Civoniceva (Broncos), Preston Campbell (Titans), Ben Creagh (Dragons), Michael Crockett (Warriors), Ben Cross (Storm), Trent Cutler (Bulldogs), Michael Dobson (Raiders), Robert Farah (Tigers), Israel Folau (Storm), Michael Henderson (Titans), Willie Mason (Bulldogs), Frank Pritchard (Panthers), Frank Puletua (Panthers), Steve Simpson (Knights), Ben Smith (Eels), Glenn Stewart (Sea Eagles), Nigel Vagana (Rabbitohs), Rhys Wesser (Panthers), Ruben Wiki (Warriors), William Zillman (Raiders)
1 point Brenton Bowen (Cowboys), Danny Buderus (Knights), Travis Burns (Sea Eagles), Neville Costigan (Raiders), Luke Covell (Sharks), Cooper Cronk (Storm), Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs), Nathan Friend (Titans), Matt Geyer (Storm), Michael Gordon (Panthers), Karmichael Hunt (Broncos), Peter-John Marsh (Eels), Feleti Mateo (Eels), Anthony Minichiello (Roosters), Luke Patten (Bulldogs), Andrew Ryan (Bulldogs), Tim Smith (Eels), Chase Stanley (Dragons), Brent Tate (Broncos), Brett White (Storm)
The LeagueUnlimited.com players of the match are decided by our live score updaters and tallied here each week on Tuesday