PARRAMATTA centre Timana Tahu has vowed to salvage something from a nightmare NRL season after the NSW star was ruled out for six to eight weeks with a knee injury.Tahu damaged medial ligaments in his right knee in the dying minutes of the Blues' loss to Queensland on Wednesday and will have scans today to confirm the lengthy layoff. TAHU remains convinced the Eels can still make a charge at the NRL finals despite his absence and their lowly 14th position.Elsewhere, the Brisbane Broncos will decide today whether centre Brent Tate has recovered well enough from a knee injury to play in tonight's NRL game in Melbourne. The Storm is hoping for a crowd of more than 12,000 at Olympic Park for the match between the top two sides on the NRL ladder.Tate, one of the heroes of Queensland's victory over NSW on Wednesday, has a grade one medial ligament tear. If he can't play, he'll be replaced by Nick Emmett who impressed in his first-grade debut against Cronulla last week.
WITH the rep season having drawn to a spectacular finish on Wednesday night, we find ourselves entering the home stretch with the final 9 rounds of NRL action remaining. A few players may still have a bit of a hangover from Origin but that should be well and truly forgotten by next week.
A Stadium led recovery
PREVIEW notes and teams for Round 16 of the Queensland Wizard Cup.
DRAGONS Supporters, Whilst last night's Origin result would have been disappointing for any Blues fans, and very exciting for Queensland fans, it was certainly fantastic to have the pinnacle of League being played in our city. For anyone lucky enough to attend I think you'll agree the roof being closed created a great atmosphere and the NRL should look at playing more big matches there in future. This weeks match for the Dragons is against the Bunnies on Sunday. After having the bye last week the Dragons leap frogged the Sharks into third position on the NRL Ladder. With a couple of players backing up from Origin the Dragons will have to be on their game to ensure we take the 2 points. Our screening is back at the Grosvenor Hotel on Sunday at 6pm so SEE YOU THERE! WHAT: Dragons v RabbitohsWHEN: 6pm Sunday 9th JulyWHERE: Grosvenor Hotel, 10 Brighton Rd East St Kilda. GO THE DRAGONS!
BEAU Scott Returns to the DragonsThe St George Illawarra Dragons have today agreed to terms with former Dragon Beau Scott for three years, until the end of the 2009 season.Scott, 22, joined the Illawarra Steelers in 2003 and played in the Steelers Jersey Flegg team in 2003 and the Dragons Jersey Flegg and Premier League team in 2004.Last season Scott joined the Sharks and has since gone on to make his NRL debut and become a regular in first grade. Dragons Coach Nathan Brown views Scott as a versatile and talented player who will fit well with his structure for next season.?Beau Scott is a tough aggressive player who will be a welcomed addition to our Club next year,? said Dragons Coach Nathan Brown.?He is of a similar mould to Shaun Timmins, a centre with the necessary attributes to progress to the back row?.Caine Signs with Dragons for Two YearsThe Dragons have today agreed to terms with Tony Caine from the Sharks for two seasons, until the end of 2008.In his NRL debut match this season (Rnd 12 v Warriors), Caine suffered a serious season ending knee injury but Dragons Staff are confident that it will not impact upon his playing future.?Tony unfortunately suffered a severe injury this season that has kept him out of football but we don?t believe this will prevent him from playing rugby league andreaching his potential,? said Dragons Coach Nathan Brown.?Our recruitment staff and I have watched him over a number of years and we believe he is an exciting prospect?.Caine, 19, plays both halfback and hooker and will join his brother Jes who is currently on contract with the Dragons.?Unfortunately, because of injury, I won?t play again this season but I?m certainly keen to get back bigger and stronger than ever in 2007,? said Caine.
A thinner talent pool to choose from this week after three teams had the bye and Origin reps on duty. It hasn?t stopped us churning out a quality line-up though, with the Round 17 League Unlimited Team of the Week boasting plenty of try-scoring potential and more starch in the forward pack than a carton of Fabulon.
BRISBANE'S Brett Tate is likely to miss tomorrow night's showdown with leader Melbourne Storm after suffering a knee injury during Queensland's thrilling State of Origin series victory at Telstra Dome last night.
HARLEQUINS and Castleford Tigers have named their 20-man squads for the engage Super League encounter at Twickenham Stoop.
SALFORD City Reds and Hull FC have named their 20-man squads for the engage Super League clash at The Willows.
DANNY McGuire and Matt Diskin have been named in Leeds? 20-man squad for Friday?s clash with Bradford Bulls at Headingley Carnegie.
ST Helens and Catalans Dragons have named their 20-man squads for the engage Super League clash at Knowsley Road.St Helens v Catalans Dragons, Knowsley Road, Friday July 7 2006St Helens 20-man squad: Wellens, Gardner, Lyon, Pryce, Long, Fozzard, Cunningham, Cayless, Gilmour, Wilkin, Roby, Hooper, P. Anderson, V. Anderson, Graham, Hardman, Moore, Fa?asavalu, Smith, Tyrer.Catalans Dragons 20-man squad: Beattie, Berthezene, Bosc, Chan, Cologni, Fakir, Fellous, Frayssinous, Guigue, Guisset, Hindmarsh, Jampy, Jones, Mounis, Murphy, Rinaldi, Rudder, Sadaoui, Verges, Wilson.Ref: K KirkpatrickSource: superleague.co.uk
WIGAN Warriors and Wakefield Wildcats have named their 20-man squads for the engage Super League clash at the JJB Stadium.Wigan Warriors v Wakefield Wildcats, JJB Stadium, Friday July 7 2006Wigan 20-man squad: Ashton, Calderwood, Dallas, Dobson, Fielden, Fletcher, Godwin, Hansen, Higham, Hock, Logan, McAvoy, O?Carroll, O?Loughlin, Orr, Paleaaesina, Radlinski, Richards, Tickle, Vaealiki.Wakefield 20-man squad: Halpenny, Demetriou, Tadulala, Jeffries, Obst, Griffin, March, Korkidas, Solomona, J. Field, Betham, White, Rooney, MacGillivray, Elima, Henderson, Catic, Saxton, Atkins, Watene.Ref: A KleinSource: superleague.co.uk
STATE of Origin III New South Wales 14 v Queensland 16at Telstra Dome, MelbourneReferee: Steve ClarkMatch Summary:The Queensland Maroons have pulled rabbits out of hats to secure an amazing against-the-odds victory over the New South Wales Blues in the 2006 State of Origin decider played at Melbourne's Telstra Dome, in front of a bumper crowd of 54,833.The Maroons side took out the game by 16-14, after being down 14-4 just 10 minutes after halftime. In a second half of football that was packed with controversial moments, the Blues raced away, adding 10 points to the 4-all halftime score in the opening 10 of the half - although some may argue the validity of the tries scored by the New South Wales in that period, with a try to Queensland disallowed after a dubious Steve Price strip gave Tonie Carroll the ball to run away with. Moments later NSW gained the ascendency, scoring at the other end of the park to snatch the lead.From the return to play, the Blues managed to get the attack happening in the centre of the field. A bomb went up, and when it came down, Hodgson appeared to knock it on. Play was allowed to continue, with the Blues scoring wide through Grothe. The Video referee Graeme West allowed the try, and the Blues led 14-4, Queensland spirits crushed.The Blues continued to grind away, a comfortable 10 point lead in their hands. It took Queensland until the 71st minute before things got interesting, with Tate running down the touchline to secure the first Maroon points since the first half. Schifcofske was given no hard task to convert and the gap was down to four. Some haphazard play three minutes on then allowed Lockyer to cross almost untouched, and by some amazing feat after Schifcofske's conversion, the Maroons had the lead by 16-14. They simply grinded out the victory from there, putting away a shattered Blues side.The Maroons started well in the first half, with a try after 11 minutes to Mogg off a brilliant Thurston cross-field kick, before the Blues brought their momentum to a grinding halt with a brilliant intercept try to Eric Grothe.Players from both teams shone throughout the game, with Simpson, O'Meley, Buderus and King all doing well for the Blues, while Man of the Match Darren Lockyer had plenty of players around him who played out of their skin to get the Queenslanders back in the game. Players of note for Queensland included Brent Tate, Johnathon Thurston and evergreen Steve Price.The Blues fans will travel home from Melbourne disappointed at the one that got away, while Queensland will celebrate the revival of Origin after three years away from the coveted shield.Scorers:New South Wales: 14Tries: Matt King, Eric Grothe(2)Goals: Brett Hodgson 1/3Queensland: 16Tries: Darren Lockyer, Brent Tate, Adam MoggGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 2/3By the Clock:Welcome to the decider.State of Origin III, 2006.Rugby League at it's finest is at Telstra Dome in Melbourne tonight, where the winner of this year's Origin series will be decided.Kick-off is approximately 5 minutes away. Both teams remain as per program, save for one bench change to NSW. Gallen will start in the second row, with Steve Simpson dropping to the bench. Get ready, Origin is about to begin.The teams stride onto Melbourne's Telstra Dome from the corner of the ground. The ground is filled and give both sides a rousing reception.1 min: NEWS We're underway in Game Three!Queensland have the first set and get a decent kick away.2 min: NEWS Brent Tate gives away an early penalty and NSW will have some early field position. Tate struck a Blues player with an elbow in the tackle. NSW now on the attack.3 min: NEWS Pressure diffused - Gower's bomb on tackle five is caught easily and Queensland will take the ball back from the 20m.7 min: NEWS Gasnier tries to flex his kicking muscle for the first time tonight, but the kick is well marked by the QLD backline. The Maroons now making easy metres and heavy on the attack, but then a simple knock-on returns possession to the Blues. The ensuing set sees a QLD chargedown but the Blues manage to recover and earn another set within their half.10 min: NEWS The Queenslanders making plenty of breaks so far... and this last set ends with a flying Adam Mogg possibly scoring.VIDEO REF: Possible Queensland try to Adam Mogg... he may get benefit of the doubt. DECISION PENDING... TRY!11 min: TRY QueenslandMogg scores his third Origin try in two games with a brilliant leaping effort. Now, Schifcofske to convert... hits the upright and misses. QLD 4-015 min: NEWS NSW now with a good chance on QLD's line after Thurston gives away a silly penalty.16 min: NEWS A forward pass from Gower earns the Maroons a quick reprieve although the referee does warn the Queenslanders about late tackles. Schifcofske drops the ball on the following set and NSW are in with a shot close to the QLD line... no luck, handover. Sam Thaiday is hit hard in the first tackle of the set but a penalty is called.22 min: NEWS No change as yet, the Maroons still up by 4-0. The Maroons have had far more in the opportunity department so far, the Blues only going up into the Red zone once or twice and turning it over on each occasion.Penalty count is 2-all. Possession more or less even.26 min: TRY New South WalesA superb intercept sees the Blues open their account here in Melbourne. Sensational run by winger Eric Grothe. Queensland heavy on the attack and a stray Thurston pass found Grothe who powered 95 metres to score. Hodgson's conversion - unsuccessful. Scores are level. 4 all.30 min: NEWS Brent Tate looking in a bad way after becoming involved in a tackle. Good end to end play since the Blues try however. Thaiday getting hit hard for QLD every time he takes up the ball.33 min: NEWS Maroons starting to look tired, while a couple of fresh reserves from the Blues bench are injecting some blood into this contest. O'Meley damaging up the middle so far for NSW.36 min: NEWS Haphazard play on the last sees NSW turn play over after two Gower bombs. A couple of sets left in the half with just 4 to go.39 min: NEWS Tate is fine (after earlier niggle) and is so far having a great game. NSW continues to push the QLD side after being dominated early.HALFTIME: New South Wales 4 Queensland 4After some early domination from Queensland, the Blues stunted the momentum with a brilliant intercept try, evening the game up, then New South Wales forged on and took the upper hand. A bumper second half ahead.NSW lead possession 52-48%, most other stats even, although the Maroons have missed 13 tackles to the Blues 8.The sides return to Telstra Dome's slippery surface for half number two, the final forty minutes of the 2006 Origin series. This is it, the decider - the teams are split at 4-all.41 min: NEWS The Second half begins! New South Wales on the attack.42 min: VIDEO REF - Possible QLD try to Carroll. Checking for obstruction without the ball by Carroll. DECISION PENDING... NO TRY. Penalty - stripped by QLD prop Steve Price.43 min: NEWS The Blues go straight on the attack after a great penalty kick upfield. A good set, the fifth tackle option is wrapped up by Thurston however and QLD's defence holds out. Now the Maroons go on the attack.44 min: NEWS The Blues heavy on the attack - a controversial knock on by Thurston after an apparent knock back by Gower. Blues will get it back and go toward the line again...45 min: TRY New South WalesKing scores for NSW after some brilliant offloading. QLD will be smarting after some unlucky calls however. The conversion from fullback Hodgson is brilliant. NSW 10-448 min: VIDEO REF - Possible Blues double for Grothe. Hodgson knock on is what they're looking for...looking unlikely to be awarded though. DECISION PENDING.... TRY!50 min: TRY New South WalesOne of the most controversial tries in Origin history is given... Grothe is awarded the try after an apparent Hodgson knock on. The man in question then fails to convert from out wide. NSW 14-454 min: NEWS Queensland giving it everything on the Blues line but a final tackle kick goes dead easily from Lockyer. The Blues with the clear ascendency after some shocking decisions from Video Referee Graeme West gave them a 10 point lead. Blues still up 14-4.55 min: NEWS Crowd: 54,83357 min: VIDEO REF - Clark goes to the eye in the sky again. The chasers appear to be onside, but a similar knock on has appeared for Matt Cooper. DECISION PENDING... QLD breathe easy. It's NO TRY.61 min: NEWS Queensland finally find some inspiration in attack, Thurston breaking up the centre before forcing another six on the last through a drop-out. Queensland must score now...64 min: NEWS New South Wales still at full intensity, a big hit from King on Thurston. QLD now on the attack after a penalty...69 min: NEWS Queensland show promise in attack again but another set produces no result with some poor last tackle options. The Blues now with some exciting stuff before giving the ball over to Queensland, who in turn make a break as well... and ANOTHER forward pass against the Maroons.72 min: TRY QueenslandBrilliant run down the touchline from Tate who ends up under the posts! The try is converted by Schifcofske and it's GAME ON! Eight minutes, NSW up by four! NSW 14-1075 min: TRY QueenslandLOCKYER IS IN!!!! SENSATIONAL! The Queenslanders under the posts, Schifcofske converts! The Maroons are, believe it or not, LEADING ORIGIN THREE! QLD 16-1477 min: NEWS Queensland are up with Three to go, in their own half at the moment. This game is anyone's but Queensland have it in keeping right now. They MUST defend.79 min: NEWS One to go, Queensland soaking up the pressure. They are 15 out on the attack with now 55 seconds remaining.79 min: NEWS Scrum feed, 20 seconds... NSW attack.FULLTIME: Queensland 16 New South Wales 14.One of the most incredible games we've seen in Origin has ended with a Queensland victory. The Blues have been crushed in the final ten by a spirited Queensland team that looked lost and beaten just 30 minutes earlier. The referee played a role but ultimately the Maroons managed to get themselves back into the contest after some unlucky decisions against them and win the Series.QUEENSLAND WIN STATE OF ORIGIN 2006, 2-1.Congratulations to Queensland!-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Darren Lockyer (Maroons)2 - Steve Simpson (Blues)1 - Brent Tate (Maroons)-----------------------------------------
THE Wests Tigers have defeated the Parramatta Eels at Parramatta Stadium tonight by 18-2 renewing hope of scoring a top eight berth.