Tuesdays Expert Wrap - Round Four

Penrith mentor Matthew Elliott would come last in an award for most popular coach in the league and Tuesday's Expert now understands why.

After seeing his top seventeen last Friday night, it is evident Elliott's obsession with playing outside backs in the backrow has hit new heights. Adrian Purtell and Timana Tahu, who are more adept in the centres than in the pack (although some would argue Purtell's best position is left right out), were both selected on the interchange bench for the clash with the Broncos.

And in the era of the super-sub, their contribution was embarrassing. Purtell was on the field for just 12 minutes and touched the ball twice, while Tahu played a more respectable half an hour but only made 6 runs for 35 metres. Hardly figures that would have any opposition quaking in their boots.

Elliott would be far better served with a bench forward or two to ease the workload on an already burdened Petero Civoniceva and Luke Lewis. Tuesday's Expert's fingers are crossed but he's not holding his breath.

Another selection heads-cratcher is the Raiders' persistence with an unfit, off the pace and generally ordinary Matt Orford in the halfback position. Granted, if they didn't have any better options it would be acceptable. However, talented youngster Sam Williams is waiting in the wings. After his confident performance in Round One, he could be the spark for Canberra if Dave Furner is willing to shelve one of the club's biggest off season purchases.

Tuesday's Expert would like to give a shout out to Warriors' coach Ivan Cleary for running the blow torch through his team after a very ordinary opening three weeks. Cleary demoted Lance Hohaia and Brett Seymour amongst others while promoting the likes of Glen Fisiiahi and Ukuma Ta'ai in a fairly massive shake up.

Aside from changing the names, the move achieved its purpose of refocusing the attitude of the team. Although the seventeen named may not be the Warriors' best side at full strength, Cleary's crystal clear message was that bad performances will not escape punishment and that 100% commitment is what is required to prosper.


Round Four Review

South Sydney Rabbitohs 32 defeated Manly Sea Eagles 30
National Rugby League - Round 4 - Friday April 1, 2011 3:45am
Venue: Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford
Crowd: 18,108
Halftime: South Sydney Rabbitohs 16 Manly Sea Eagles 10

SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS (32)
Tries: Nathan Merritt (2), Fetuli Talanoa, Dylan Farrell (3)
Conversions: Issac Luke (2/3), Chris Sandow (1/3)
Penalty Goals: Chris Sandow (1/1)

MANLY SEA EAGLES (30)
Tries: Anthony Watmough, William Hopoate, Jamie Buhrer (2), Michael Oldfield, Daniel Harrison
Conversions: Daly Cherry-Evans (3/6)

Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 Points - Chris Sandow (1 Conversion, 1 Penalty Goal)
2 Points - Kieran Foran
1 Point - Dylan Farrell (3 Tries)

'Rampant Rabbitohs defeat Manly'

Brisbane Broncos 18 defeated Penrith Panthers 10
National Rugby League - Round 4 - Friday April 1, 2011 4:45am
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Crowd: 25,263
Halftime: Brisbane Broncos 6 Penrith Panthers 10

BRISBANE BRONCOS (18)

Tries: Jharal Yow Yeh, Alex Glenn, Gerard Beale
Conversions: Corey Parker (1/3)
Penalty Goals: Corey Parker (2/2)

PENRITH PANTHERS (10)
Tries: Michael Gordon, Kevin Kingston
Conversions: Michael Gordon (1/2)

Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 Points - Corey Parker (1 Conversion, 2 Penalty Goals)
2 Points - Jharal Yow Yeh (1 Try)
1 Point - Nafe Seluni

'Penrith again lacking against Broncos'

Canberra Raiders 22 were defeated by Gold Coast Titans 23
National Rugby League - Round 4 - Saturday April 2, 2011 5:30pm
Venue: Canberra Stadium
Crowd: 12,165
Halftime: Canberra Raiders 10 Gold Coast Titans 12

CANBERRA RAIDERS (22)
Tries: Dane Tilse, Joel Thompson, Jarrod Croker, Daniel Vidot
Conversions: Jarrod Croker (3/4)

GOLD COAST TITANS (23)
Tries: Greg Bird, Anthony Laffranchi, Brad Meyers, Bodene Thompson
Field Goals: Greg Bird (1/1)
Conversions: Greg Bird (1/2), Preston Campbell (2/2)

Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 Points - Greg Bird (1 Try, 1 Conversion, 1 Field Goal)
2 Points - Luke Bailey
1 Point - Dane Tilse (1 Try)

'Hopeless Raiders collapse against Titans'

Parramatta Eels 22 defeated North Queensland Cowboys 20
National Rugby League - Round 4 - Saturday April 2, 2011 7:30pm
Venue: Parramatta Stadium
Crowd: 11,226
Halftime: Parramatta Eels 10 North Queensland Cowboys 10


PARRAMATTA EELS (22)

Tries: Luke Burt (2), Etu Uaisele, Ryan Morgan
Conversions: Luke Burt (3/4)

NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS (20)
Tries: Ashley Graham, Willie Tonga, Kalifa Fai-Fai Loa (2)
Conversions: Johnathan Thurston (2/4)

Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 Points - Johnathan Thurston (2 Conversions)
2 Points - Luke Burt (2 Tries, 3 Conversions)
1 Point - Kalifa Fai-Fai Loa(2 Tries)

'Luke Burt breaks hearts and records in Eels win'


Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 18 were defeated by New Zealand Warriors 26
National Rugby League - Round 4 - Sunday April 3, 2011 12:00pm
Venue: Owen Delany Park, Taupo NZ
Crowd: 14,645
Halftime: Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 12 New Zealand Warriors 8

CRONULLA SUTHERLAND SHARKS (18)
Tries: John Williams, Wade Graham, Jeremy Smith
Conversions: John Williams (3/3)

NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS (26)
Tries: Krisnan Inu, James Maloney, Glen Fisiiahi (2)
Conversions: James Maloney (4/4)
Penalty Goals: James Maloney (1/1)

Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 Points - Jacob Lillyman
2 Points - Glen Fisiiahi (2 Tries)
1 Point - Paul Gallen

'Sharks end Warriors' losing streak'

Newcastle Knights 18 were defeated by St George Illawarra Dragons 20
National Rugby League - Round 4 - Sunday April 3, 2011 2:00pm
Venue: Ausgrid Stadium
Crowd: 20,986
Halftime: Newcastle Knights 6 St George Illawarra Dragons 14

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS (18)
Tries: James McManus, Chris Houston, Cory Paterson
Conversions: Kurt Gidley (3/3)

ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS (20)
Tries: Matt Cooper, Darius Boyd, Jason Nightingale
Conversions: Jamie Soward (3/3)
Penalty Goals: Jamie Soward (1/1)

Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 Points - Ben Creagh
2 Points - Kurt Gidley (3 Conversions)
1 Point - Jason Nightingale (1 Try)

'Dragons withhold Knights surge'


Sydney Roosters 24 defeated Wests Tigers 6
National Rugby League - Round 4 - Sunday April 3, 2011 3:00pm
Venue: Sydney Football Stadium
Crowd: 20,479
Halftime: Sydney Roosters 12 Wests Tigers 0

SYDNEY ROOSTERS (24)
Tries: Todd Carney, Anthony Minichiello, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Martin Kennedy
Conversions: Braith Anasta (3/4)
Penalty Goals: Braith Anasta (1/1), Mitchell Pearce (0/1)

WESTS TIGERS (6)
Tries: Aaron Woods
Conversions: Benji Marshall (1/1)

Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 Points - Martin Kennedy (1 Try)
2 Points - Shaun Kenny-Dowall (1 Try)
1 Point - Todd Carney  (1 Try)

'Strong Roosters defence tames hapless Tigers'


Melbourne Storm 30 defeated Canterbury Bulldogs 16
National Rugby League - Round 4 - Monday April 4, 2011 7:00pm
Venue: AAMI Park
Crowd: 11092
Halftime: Melbourne Storm 18 Canterbury Bulldogs 4

MELBOURNE STORM (30)
Tries: Kevin Proctor, Dane Nielsen, Matt Duffie (2), Jesse Bromwich
Conversions: Cameron Smith (4/5)
Penalty Goals: Cameron Smith (1/1)

CANTERBURY BULLDOGS (16)
Tries: Andrew Ryan, Steve Turner, Kris Keating
Conversions: Bryson Goodwin (2/3)

Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 Points - Billy Slater
2 Points - Cooper Cronk
1 Point - Adam Blair

'Methodical Melbourne claim Canterbury scalp'


LEAGUEUNLIMITED.COM PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2011

Nine Points
Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)

Eight
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Seven
Paul Gallen (Sharks)

Six
Cooper Cronk (Storm), Trent Hodkinson (Bulldogs), Jarrod Mullen (Knights), Corey Parker (Broncos), Billy Slater (Storm)

Five
Ben Creagh (Dragons), Kieran Foran (Sea Eagles), Benji Marshall (Tigers)

Four
Matthew Bowen (Cowboys), Luke Burt (Eels), Kurt Gidley (Knights), Robert Lui (Tigers), Jason Nightingale (Dragons), Chris Sandow (Rabbitohs), Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles)

Three
Greg Bird (Titans), Daly Cherry-Evans (Sea Eagles), Jarryd Hayne (Eels), Jamal Idris (Bulldogs), Martin Kennedy (Roosters), Jacob Lillyman (Warriors), Darren Lockyer (Broncos), Josh McCrone (Raiders), Mitchell Peace (Roosters), Jamie Soward (Dragons), David Taylor (Rabbitohs), Luke Walsh (Panthers), Jharal Yow Yeh (Broncos)

Two
Luke Bailey (Titans), Ben Barba (Bulldogs), Petero Civoniceva (Panthers), Blake Ferguson (Raiders), Nathan Fien (Dragons), Glen Fisiiahi (Warriors), Nathan Gardner (Sharks), Ben Hunt (Broncos), Greg Inglis (Rabbitohs), Shaun Kenny-Dowall (Roosters), Nathan Merritt (Rabbitohs), Josh McGuire (Broncos), Ben Pomeroy (Sharks), Frank Pritchard (Bulldogs), Kevin Procter (Storm), Cameron Smith (Storm), Tom Symonds (Roosters), Joel Thompson (Raiders), Daniel Tolar (Knights)

One
Mitchell Allgood (Eels), Adam Blair (Storm), Lewis Brown (Warriors), Jamie Buhrer (Sea Eagles), Todd Carney (Roosters), Lachlan Coote (Panthers), Kalifa Fai-Fai Loa (Cowboys), Dylan Farrell (Rabbitohs), Matt Gillett (Broncos), Beau Henry (Knights), Josh Hoffman (Broncos), William Hopoate (Sea Eagles), Dallas Johnson (Cowboys), Albert Kelly (Sharks), Timoteo Lafai (Bulldogs), Chris Lawrence (Tigers), Corey Payne (Bulldogs), Scott Prince (Titans), Junior Sau (Knights), Nafe Seluni (Panthers), Glenn Stewart (Sea Eagles), John Sutton (Rabbitohs), Dane Tilse (Raiders), Aiden Tolman (Bulldogs), Anthony Tupou (Sharks), Sam Williams (Raiders)

Queensland Intrust Super Cup Round 3 results can be found here, NSW Cup and Bundaberg Cup Round 4 results here and Round 8 Engage European Super League results here.

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