ROUND 24 Canterbury Bulldogs 0 v Brisbane Broncos 30at Telstra StadiumReferee: Steve ClarkMatch Summary:The Brisbane Broncos have defeated the Canterbury Bulldogs 30-0 in a stunning upset at Telstra Stadium tonight. The Broncos were in control throughout and led 18-0 at half time.The Broncos took seven minutes to open the scoring with a try to Tonie Carroll who crashed over from short range off a Darren Lockyer pass. It then took nearly half an hour for the next points to be posted, when Shaun Berrigan snuck through some dreadful defence to score. Mere minutes later the 26,111 crowd were stunned as Lockyer capped off a breakout play by the Broncos for an 18-0 lead. The Bulldogs lost a number of players to injury in the first half ? they lost Asotasi, Tonga and Myles to leg injuries and Asotasi and Tongas futures this season are up in the air.The Broncos sealed the match after 55 minutes with a great try to Shaun Berrigan. Justin Hodges fielded a long kick, returned it right through the defensive line and offloaded to Berrigan who raced away to score. The second half meandered along with a number of tries rubbed out by Steve Clark or the video ref. The Broncos put an exclamation point on the win in the 80th minute with another breakout try, on this occasion to Brent Tate.Next week the stunned Bulldogs will travel to Brookvale for another Friday night clash, while the Broncos face yet another challenge as they return to Sydney to play the Eels at Parramatta Stadium.The result tonight officially crowned the Melbourne Storm as Minor Premiers.Scorers:Canterbury Bulldogs: 0Tries: Brisbane Broncos: 30Tries: Shaun Berrigan(2), Tonie Carroll, Darren Lockyer, Brent TateGoals: Darren Lockyer 2/2, Corey Parker 3/3By the Clock:Good evening from Telstra Stadium. Tonight we have to Bulldogs looking to continue their drive to second on the ladder with a victory over the rather listless Broncos.Last week the Bulldogs took care of business in beating the Dragons 26-10, while the Broncos were brave in their 12-18 loss to the Storm.The Broncos are 1-17. The Bulldogs are missing Sonny Bill, Dallas McIlwain comes in for him.Pretty good looking crowd in. The Dogs in butchers stripes, the Broncos in maroon.1 min: The Bulldogs kick off!3 min: A few players slipping over early.7 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosTonie Carroll barges over from close range off a Lockyer short pass. Lockyer converts. Broncos 6-010 min: ON REPORT - A swinging arm from Willie Mason has Shane Perry in less than great shape. It was also a somewhat late tackle.13 min: INJURY - Asotasi forced into the dressing rooms with a knee injury.14 min: The Dogs making some uncharacteristic errors.16 min: Boyd crosses out wide, but the final pass from Tate is ruled forward. A very close call.17 min: A very similar incident at the other end of the field. Utai makes a clean break up the middle. The last pass from Ryan to Patten is ruled forward in a dreadful decision.22 min: INJURY - Willie Tonga headed for the sheds as well.23 min: INJURY - Nate Myles injured but he is forced to play on. Mason is also injured. He's had a head clash but can carry on.26 min: INJURY UPDATE - Willie Tonga out for the night with a knee injury. Scans tomorrow for the rest of his season. Nate Myles has limped from the field too. The Dogs are down to one man on the bench.30 min: Still the Bulldogs are making wierd errors. Bad passes, simple knock ons.34 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosBerrigan runs across field from dummy half, escapes from some flimsy tackles and scores to the left of the posts. Parker converts. Broncos 12-036 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosThe Broncos go back to back. Parker makes a break up the middle. Tate gets tackled, Lockyer races onto the ball to score under the posts. Parker converts. This is a vintage Pre-Origin Broncos performance. Broncos 18-0Half time in a less than exciting match. The Broncos are going well, but the Bulldogs are flatter than a crepe.40 min: Back underway at Telstra!44 min: VIDEO REF - For an unlikely Bulldogs try..44 min: NO TRY - BulldogsMcIlwain ruled to have bounced the ball in trying to ground it chasing his own kick. It looked like it could justifiably have been awarded as a benefit of the doubt try.McIlwain injured his shoulder in the process of scoring.47 min: Bulldogs totally unable to crack the Broncos defence. It isn't their night.55 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosHodges returns a kick, opens up the Bulldogs defence, draws Patten and passes to Berrigan who races 48 metres to score under the posts. Parker converts. Broncos 24-059 min: CROWD - 26,11162 min: Another Broncos try is wiped out on a dodgy forward pass call. More forward passes called tonight than in an entire weekend.64 min: VIDEO REF - For a Broncos try...64 min: NO TRY - BroncosTate knocks a cross field kick on.66 min: VIDEO REF - For a Bulldogs try...66 min: NO TRY - Utai forced into the corner post before he ground the ball.69 min: El Masri trapped in the ingoal for a Broncos dropout.74 min: VIDEO REF - For a Broncos try...74 min: NO TRY - BroncosBoyd ruled to have knocked on being tackled close to the line.78 min: VIDEO REF - For a Bulldogs try...78 min: NO TRY - BulldogsAndrew Ryan penalised for interfering with Justin Hodges chasing a kick.80 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosThaiday breaks the Bulldogs defence and offloads to Tate who races away to score under the posts. Lockyer adds the extras. Broncos 30-0Fulltime, and the Broncos claim an astounding 30-0 victory over the previously in form Bulldogs.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Justin Hodges (Broncos)2 - Petero Civoniceva (Broncos)1 - Darren Lockyer (Broncos)-----------------------------------------
HOLLAND 38 SERBIA 26Rotterdamse RC Beekweg, RotterdamA last minute try from full back Rudy Stanford-Smyth secured victory and third place in the final table for the Netherlands in a thriller in Rotterdam. The men in Orange, being coached for the first time by Hemel?s Troy Perkins, built a 20 point half time lead but were pegged back after the break by the spirited Serbs.The Dutch got the perfect start when hard working back rower Raijmond Den Engelsman proved unstoppable on one of his frequent charges, skipper Aaron de Jager converting.A Dalibor Vukanovic penalty got the visitors on the board in the seventh minute but both sides were reduced to twelve men soon after when former Halifax centre Dayne Nierinckx and Dorcol Spider Jovan Vujosevic were sin binned.The visitors? levelled in the 18th minute when agile winger Nenad Grbic outpaced the cover to go in at the corner.The second quarter belonged to the Dutch who posted four fine tries, the first from strong running Vincent Grimbergen.A great break from loose forward Duncan Taylor set up Stanford-Smyth by the posts for his first score, de Jager converting and Nierinckx showed his strength and experience to power over.Taylor gained due reward for his sterling efforts with a well deserved touchdown just before the break, de Jager?s conversion making it 26-6.The Serbians staged a superb fight back in the second half, drawing to within four points with three tries in 15 minutes after the break. Debutant James Simeunovic from Siddal got them back on track and busy hooker Zoran Pesic coming off the bench to cross twice in six minutes to make it 26-22, his second arriving despite the visitors being down a man after Nemanja Popsogorovic had been sin binned for deliberate offside.Never-say-die Den Engelsman extended the Dutch lead when he followed up a kick but Grbic set up a grandstand finish when he grabbed his second score in the 77th minute, Vukanovic?s kick coming back off the posts to leave the gap at six points.A blindside power play in virtually the last attack secured victory when Stanford-Smyth linked for his second and the decisive score.RLEF Development Officer Kevin Rudd commented, ?Both sides can be justifiably proud of their efforts today and in the competition.??The match was always tense and full of passion and endeavour but in the end it was a fair result.?Source: www.rlef.eu.com
BRADFORD Bulls 20 (Deacon 2, Vainikolo tries; Deacon 4 goals) def. St Helens 18 (Gilmour, Wellens, Gardner tries; Lyon 3 goals). Att: 12,450.
?SATURDAY morning I wake up, I jump out of bed. Its time to go, got football dreams living in my head? Yeah!? Reads the evermore-inspired message from our president. With a smile as white as the Carmen?s snow party, I roll out of bed to be greeted with another spectacular day of sun in the Shire.
ST George Illawarra has fined lock Shaun Timmins an undisclosed amount following his arrest for being a public nuisance in Brisbane on the weekend.Timmins was handcuffed and arrested by police in the early hours of Saturday morning after commandeering a street-sweeping machine in Fortitude Valley. The former Australian international, who did not play in the Dragons' 18-16 victory over Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium due to a quadriceps strain, is due to appear in Brisbane Magistrate's court on July 4 over the incident.The 29-year-old is expected to return from injury for the match against South Sydney at Oki Jubilee Stadium in round 18.
NEW Zealand Warriors centre Clinton Toopi is one of four NRL players given permission by their clubs to play in next week's one-off rugby league clash between New Zealand and Great Britain.
CANBERRA has today announced the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union as the NRL club's new major sponsor.
THE Newtown Jets VB Premier League team boosted their points for and against ratio with a 54-10 win over Western Suburbs at Henson Park on Saturday. The Jets led 22-4 at half-time but there were several periods of the game where the Magpies applied prolonged pressure on the Newtown defensive line. Wests certainly had the better of play for an extended period after half-time as they strove to get back into the game, but the Jets ran away with the match in the last twenty minutes as they piled on six tries, including some spectacular long range crowd-pleasers. 2GB identity Tom Raudonikis was on hand to present the newly-instituted trophy named in his honour for annual competition between these two 1908 foundation clubs. Tom played for both Wests and Newtown with great verve and distinction, and no doubt the tough old campaigner was impressed with the sparkling form displayed on Saturday by Newtown?s halves Josh Lewis and Jamie Soward. Both youngsters scored and created tries, kicked well in general play and confirmed to the Henson Park crowd what a double gilt-edged investment the Sydney Roosters have made for the future. In addition to the mesmerising performance turned in by the halves, both Jets centres Lelea Paea and Sam Perrett played well, with Perrett forming a super-slick combination with dashing winger Troy Malcolm (who scored three tries). Fullback Aidan Kirk and left-side winger Aaron Lai withstood a barrage of high kicks confidently.Newtown?s forwards provided the grunt and the metres for the backs to shine, with front-rowers Mickey Paea and Danny Williams grafting hard in the midfield. They received strong support from impressive backrowers Mitch Aubusson and Daniel Dumas. Utility forwards John Doyle and Luke Gordon gave professional dummy-half service and also made lots of yardage with well-judged runs.The disrupted Jim Beam Cup competition schedule proved to be the Jets undoing as they went down to Cabramatta by 26-14 on Saturday evening. The Newtown team looked very rusty after two games in five weeks, and the Jets high mistake rate played into the hands of one of the most improved teams in the competition. Newtown front-rower Ritchie Parker was the team?s standout performer, and he received good backup in the forwards from Khalid Deeb, Billy Baleilomaloma and Darren Lang. Andrew Le Breton was the best of Newtown?s backline.In the Sydney Women?s Rugby League competition, the Newtown Jetettes demolished the Windsor She-Wolves to the tune of 26-0. Up in Group 11, the Parkes Spacemen were out-enthused by the Manildra Rhinos and dropped two priceless competition points in their 36-22 loss.Both Newtown Jets teams face tough playing assignments and lengthy away trips this coming weekend. The Jim Beam Cup side travels to Windsor on Sunday (June 25th) with this match against last year?s premiers kicking off at 3.30pm. In the VB Premier League, the Newtown Jets take on the Canberra Raiders at Canberra Stadium on Sunday, with this match timed to start at 12.20pm. This game is of course the main curtain-raiser to the Roosters-Raiders NRL match set down for 2.30pm. Photo caption:Tom Raudonikis is in a cheerful mood as he poses with the victorious Newtown Jets VB Premier League team after Saturday?s 54-10 win against Western Suburbs at Henson Park.Photo courtesy of Mike Biboudis (Mobile: 0410 691 114).
THE Bulldogs have been given a massive boost with superstar Sonny Bill Williams cleared of a serious knee injury. Williams was forced from the field with a jarred knee in his side's 20-12 NRL victory over North Queensland on the Gold Coast yesterday, sparking fears he may face another lengthy stint on the sidelines.
CRONULLA utility Nigel Vagana has signed a two-year deal with South Sydney, the NRL club announced today. The 31-year-old, a veteran of 198 first grade games and 32 Tests for the Kiwis, will join the Rabbitohs at the end of the current season.
FOLLOWING Queensland?s 30-6 demolition of NSW to level the State of Origin series, we stayed over at old Lang Park until Friday night to witness the St George Illawarra Dragons pip the Brisbane Broncos by just 18-16.
THE Broncos have a mammoth injury toll, with up to 14 players in the casualty ward after Friday night's 18-16 loss to St George Illawarra.
FORMER Queensland State of Origin utility Casey McGuire looks set to join English Super League club Catalans Dragons with the French-based team announcing it has sealed a three-year deal.
NEWCASTLE captain Andrew Johns has ripped into his team's performance, labelling it "appalling" after the Knights stumbled to a 30-18 NRL loss at Ericsson Stadium yesterday.
IMPRESSIVE Vodafone Warriors prop Evarn Tuimavave has ended speculation about his future by signing a new three-year contract to stay with the Auckland club until the end of the 2009 NRL season.