Tuesdays Expert Wrap

The big talking point from the weekend was the performance of the Melbourne Storm in their thrashing of the New Zealand Warriors. The post-match Braveheart-style press conference from embattled Storm coach Craig Bellamy was equally as exciting. In true William Wallace fashion, the Melbourne mentor muttered something along the lines of 'they've taken everything from us but they'll never take our integrity!'.

Round seven also saw the Penrith Panthers consolidate second position on the ladder with an entertaining win over the Wests Tigers and Cronulla hold out an average Newcastle.

Match Details

North Queensland Cowboys 18 were defeated by Parramatta Eels 24
Time: Friday April 23, 2010 7:35pm
Venue: Dairy Farmers Stadium
Referee: Jason Robinson and Tony De Las Heras
Video Referee: Tim Mander
Touch Judges: Steve Chiddy and Henry Perenara
Crowd: 11, 335
Halftime: North Queensland Cowboys 12 Parramatta Eels 12

NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS (18)
Tries: Ashley Graham, Scott Bolton, Willie Tonga
Conversions: Johnathan Thurston (3/3)

PARRAMATTA EELS (24)
Tries: Ben Smith, Timana Tahu (2), Krisnan Inu
Conversions: Luke Burt (4/4)

Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 Points - Timana Tahu (2 Tries)
2 Points - Luke Burt (4 Conversions)
1 Point - Willie Mason

Match Report - 'Slippery Eels reign in stumbling Cowboys'


Canterbury Bulldogs 36 defeated Brisbane Broncos 18
Time: Friday April 23, 2010 7:35pm
Venue: ANZ Stadium
Referee: Jared Maxwell and Gavin Badger
Video Referee: Bill Harrigan
Touch Judges: Paul Holland and David Abood
Crowd: 17, 014
Halftime: Canterbury Bulldogs 12 Brisbane Broncos 6

CANTERBURY BULLDOGS (36)
Tries: Luke Patten, Blake Green, Ben Barba, Jamal Idris, Bryson Goodwin (2)
Conversions: Bryson Goodwin (5/6)
Penalty Goals: Bryson Goodwin (1/1)

BRISBANE BRONCOS (18)
Tries: Darren Lockyer, Corey Parker, Alex Glenn
Conversions: Corey Parker (2/3)
Penalty Goals: Corey Parker (1/1)

Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 Points - Jamal Idris (1 Try)
2 Points - Brett Kimmorley
1 Point - Bryson Goodwin (2 Tries, 5 Conversions, 1 Penalty Goal)

Match Report - 'Bulldogs bulldoze the Broncos'

Penrith Panthers 26 defeated Wests Tigers 18
Time: Saturday April 24, 2010 5:30pm
Venue: CUA Stadium
Referee: Shayne Hayne and Chris James
Video Referee: Steve Clark
Touch Judges: Steve Carrall and Ricky McFarlane
Crowd: 19, 220
Halftime: Penrith Panthers 14 Wests Tigers 12

PENRITH PANTHERS (26)
Tries: Michael Gordon, Michael Jennings, Lachlan Coote (2)
Conversions: Michael Gordon (4/4)
Penalty Goals: Michael Gordon (1/1)

WESTS TIGERS (18)
Tries: Chris Heighington, Chris Lawrence, Mark Flanagan
Conversions: Benji Marshall (3/3)

Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 Points - Luke Lewis
2 Points - Lachlan Coote (2 Tries)
1 Point - Lote Tuqiri

Match Report - 'Panthers beat Tigers in great contest'

Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 26 defeated Newcastle Knights 6
Time: Saturday April 24, 2010 7:30pm
Venue: Toyota Stadium
Referee: Ashley Klein and Phil Haines
Video Referee: Russell Smith
Touch Judges: Jeff Younis and Luke Potter
Crowd: 10, 662
Halftime: Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 10 Newcastle Knights 0

CRONULLA SUTHERLAND SHARKS (26)
Tries: Dean Collis, Taulima Tautai, Kade Snowden, Isaac Gordon, Tim Smith
Conversions: Nathan Stapleton (3/5)

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS (6)
Tries: Junior Sau
Conversions: Kurt Gidley (1/1)

Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 Points - John Morris
2 Points - Kade Snowden (1 Try)
1 Point - Tim Smith (1 Try)

Match Report - 'Sharks upstage Knights'

Canberra Raiders 24 were defeated by South Sydney Rabbitohs 26
Time: Sunday April 25, 2010 2:00pm
Venue: Canberra Stadium
Referee: Steve Lyons and Matt Cecchin
Video Referee: Phil Cooley
Touch Judges: Daniel Eastwood and Adam Reid
Crowd: 13, 145
Halftime: Canberra Raiders 24 South Sydney Rabbitohs 6

CANBERRA RAIDERS (24)
Tries: Trevor Thurling, Joel Thompson, Josh Dugan, Jarrod Croker
Conversions: Terry Campese (4/4)

SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS (26)
Tries: Rhys Wesser, John Sutton, Nathan Merritt, Dave Taylor, Issac Luke
Conversions: Issac Luke (1/2), Chris Sandow (2/3)

Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 Points - Issac Luke (1 Try, 1 Conversion)
2 Points - Rhys Wesser (1 Try)
1 Point - Josh Dugan (1 Try)

Match Report - 'Rabbitohs soldier on to defeat Raiders at home'

St George Illawarra Dragons 28 defeated Sydney Roosters 6
Time: Sunday April 25, 2010 4:00pm
Venue: Sydney Football Stadium
Referee: Tony Archer and Alan Shortall
Video Referee: Paul Simpkins
Touch Judges: Russell Turner and Adam Devcich
Crowd: 36, 212
Halftime: St George Illawarra Dragons 4 Sydney Roosters 6

ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS (28)
Tries: Matt Cooper (2), Luke Priddis, Brett Morris, Trent Merrin
Field Goals: Jamie Soward (0/1)
Conversions: Jamie Soward (4/5)

SYDNEY ROOSTERS (6)
Tries: Mitchell Aubusson
Conversions: Todd Carney (0/1)
Penalty Goals: Todd Carney (1/1)

Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 Points - Matt Cooper (2 Tries)
2 Points - Luke Priddis (1 Try)
1 Point - Ben Creagh

Match Report - 'Second half effort seals Dragons win'

Melbourne Storm 40 defeated New Zealand Warriors 6
Time: Sunday April 25, 2010 6:00pm
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Referee: Gavin Badger and Brett Suttor
Video Referee: Chris Ward
Touch Judges: David Abood and Dave Munro
Crowd: 23, 906
Halftime: Melbourne Storm 22 New Zealand Warriors 0

MELBOURNE STORM (40)
Tries: Billy Slater, Cameron Smith, Adam Blair, William Isa, Matt Duffie (2), Ryan Tandy
Conversions: Cameron Smith (6/7)

NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS (6)
Tries: Ukuma Ta'ai
Conversions: James Maloney (1/1)

Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 Points - Cooper Cronk
2 Points - Matt Duffie (2 Tries)
1 Point - Billy Slater (1 Try)

Match Report - 'Storm dominate woeful Warriors'

Manly Sea Eagles 22 were defeated by Gold Coast Titans 24
Time: Monday April 26, 2010 7:00pm
Venue: Brookvale Oval
Referee: Jared Maxwell and Bernard Sutton
Video Referee: Sean Hampstead
Touch Judges: Paul Holland and Gavin Morris
Crowd: 15, 195
Halftime: Manly Sea Eagles 16 Gold Coast Titans 12

MANLY SEA EAGLES (22)
Tries: Steve Matai (2), Ben Farrar, Trent Hodkinson
Conversions: Jamie Lyon (3/4)

GOLD COAST TITANS (24)
Tries: Preston Campbell, Anthony Laffranchi, Kevin Gordon (2)
Conversions: Preston Campbell (4/4)

Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 Points - Preston Campbell (1 Try, 4 Conversions)
2 Points - Steve Matai (2 Tries)
1 Point - Kevin Gordon (2 Tries)

Match Report - 'Travelling Titans shock Sea Eagles'

2010 LEAGUEUNLIMITED.COM PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARDS

Rabbitohs hooker Issac Luke's man of the match performance against the Canberra Raiders sees him join Benji Marshall at the top of the leaderboard. Storm halfback Cooper Cronk moves up into equal second following his stellar performance at Eithad Stadium Sunday evening.

Eleven Points
Issac Luke (Rabbitohs), Benji Marshall (Tigers)

Ten
Todd Carney (Roosters), Cooper Cronk (Storm), Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)

Nine
Josh Dugan (Raiders)

Eight
Jamie Lyon (Sea Eagles), Cameron Smith (Storm), Jamie Soward (Dragons)

Seven
Lachlan Coote (Panthers), Luke Walsh (Panthers)

Six
Luke Burt (Eels), Nathan Friend (Titans), Lance Hohaia (Warriors), James Maloney (Warriors), Brett Morris (Dragons), Scott Prince (Titans)

Five
Darius Boyd (Dragons), Brett Kimmorley (Bulldogs), Luke Lewis (Panthers), Jarrod Mullen (Knights), Nate Myles (Roosters), Cory Paterson (Knights), Mitchell Pearce (Roosters), Timana Tahu (Eels)

Four
Terry Campese (Raiders), Paul Gallen (Sharks), Steven Matai (Sea Eagles), Billy Slater (Storm), Joseph Tomane (Titans), Manu Vatuvei (Warriors), Rhys Wesser (Rabbitohs)

Three
Preston Campbell (Titans), Beau Champion (Rabbitohs), Ben Creagh (Dragons), Matt Cooper (Dragons), Michael Ennis (Bulldogs), Robbie Farah (Tigers), Blake Ferguson (Sharks), Kieran Foran (Sea Eagles), Ben Hannant (Bulldogs), Jarryd Hayne (Eels), Trent Hodkinson (Sea Eagles), Ben Hornby (Dragons), Jamal Idris (Bulldogs), Kevin Kingston (Panthers), Tim Moltzen (Tigers), John Morris (Sharks), Josh Morris (Bulldogs), Kade Snowden (Sharks), Glenn Stewart (Sea Eagles), Willie Tonga (Cowboys), Akuila Uate (Knights), Peter Wallace (Broncos), Anthony Watmough (Sea Eagles)

Two
Ben Barba (Bulldogs), Greg Bird (Titans), Scott Bolton (Cowboys), Lewis Brown (Warriors), Sam Burgess (Rabbitohs), Matt Duffie (Storm), Matt Gillett (Broncos), Aaron Heremaia (Warriors), Michael Jennings (Panthers), Darren Lockyer (Broncos), Fui Fui Moi Moi (Eels), Aaron Payne (Cowboys), Luke Priddis (Dragons), Adrian Purtell (Panthers), Michael Robertson (Sea Eagles), Jeremy Smith (Dragons), Sam Thaiday (Broncos), Aiden Tolman (Storm), Alan Tongue (Raiders)

One
Petero Civoniceva (Panthers), Shaun Fensom (Raiders), Israel Folau (Broncos), Liam Fulton (Tigers), Shannon Gallant (Cowboys), Bryson Goodwin (Bulldogs), Kevin Gordon (Titans), Jon Green (Dragons), Matt Hilder (Knights), Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels), Krisnan Inu (Eels), Shaun Kenny-Dowall (Roosters), Chris Lawrence (Tigers), Willie Mason (Cowboys), Corey Norman (Broncos), Scott Porter (Sharks), Anthony Quinn (Storm), Ben Roberts (Bulldogs), Beau Ryan (Tigers), Jason Ryles (Roosters), Tim Smith (Sharks), John Sutton (Rabbitohs), Brad Tighe (Panthers), Lote Tuqiri (Tigers), Cooper Vuna (Knights), Tony Williams (Sea Eagles)

Round Eight: April 30-May 3

Friday
Parramatta Eels v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs @ ANZ Stadium, 7:35pm CH 9
Brisbane Broncos v Newcastle Knights @ Suncorp Stadium, 7:35pm CH 9
Saturday
New Zealand Warriors v Canberra Raiders @ Mt Smart Stadium, 3:00pm, FOX
Gold Coast Titans v Penrith Panthers @ Skilled Park 5:30pm, FOX
North Queensland Cowboys v Melbourne Storm @ Dairy Farmers Stadium 7:30pm, FOX
St George Illawarra Dragons v Cronulla Sharks @ WIN Stadium 7:30pm, FOX
Sunday
West Tigers v Sydney Roosters @ Campbelltown Sports Stadium 2:00pm, FOX
South Sydney Rabbitohs v Manly Sea Eagles @ ANZ Stadium 3:00pm, CH 9

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