ROUND 22 South Sydney Rabbitohs 32 v Penrith Panthers 26at Telstra StadiumReferee: Ben CumminsMatch Summary:The South Sydney Rabbitohs have recorded their third victory of the season with a spirited 32-26 victory over the Penrith Panthers at Telstra Stadium today.In an entertaining contest, Souths fought twice to eventually overcome a committed but weary Penrith team who were in the match up to their necks.The visitors opened up 10-nil lead early through tries to five-eighth Preston Campbell and captain Tony Puletua. At that stage things were looking ominous for the Bunnies but to their credit they pulled together and mounted a disciplined fightback.Three tries in the final ten minutes of the first half to winger Nathan Merritt, who grabbed two, and young centre Germaine Paulson exposed the Panthers just before the break to lead 16-10 after Williams added two goals.The second half resumed with Penrith looking much better and levelling the scores in the 47th minute via halfback Craig Gower.Both teams then traded blows with Souths hitting back in sensational style in the 51st minute when the NRL?s leading try-scorer Nathan Merritt completed his hat-trick. His haul now stands at 20 for the season which is an incredible effort considering the Rabbitoh?s position on the ladder.Penrith responded five minutes later with powerful winger Michael Gordon crossing the stripe but he couldn?t convert, allowing Souths to keep ahead at 22-20.The game became an edge-of-you-seat spectacle with Williams scoring for Souths in the 69th minute before some individual brilliance from Campbell kept the visitors in touch with just over five minutes to go.But pressuring the Panthers line, Souths forced a goal-line drop out in the final stages with Gower attempting a short restart only to have the ball snapped up by Mark Minichello and he put the icing on the cake for the Bunnies.It?s a character building effort from Souths who have disappointed all season yet they seem to be putting in towards the back end of the year and at least enjoying their footy again. They have the bye next week.For Penrith, it throws their top 8 aspirations into a tailspin, and they need to rebound next week against the Roosters.Scorers:South Sydney Rabbitohs: 32Tries: Mark Minichello, Germaine Paulson, Joe Williams, Nathan Merritt(3)Goals: Joe Williams 4/6Penrith Panthers: 26Tries: Preston Campbell(2), Craig Gower, Tony Puletua, Michael GordonGoals: Michael Gordon 3/5By the Clock:A glorious day at Telstra Stadium where Penrith look to continue their solid recent form and press the top 8. The Bunnies will be boosted by last week's victory over Canberra and are searching for their third win of the season.Changes:For Penrith Luke Swain to the bench with Shane Rodney starting.Souths as per the program.1 min: NEWS And we're underway in the first half.7 min: NEWS The forwards are warming to the contest here as both teams have turned up ready to play and playing well.13 min: NEWS Still no score but both teams are grinding away with a couple of good line-breaks but mostly just solid defence.23 min: TRY Penrith PanthersThe Panthers get on the board through zippy five-eighth Preston Campbell. He scored after a good break by Michael Gordon, but failed to kick the goal. Panthers 4-027 min: TRY Penrith PanthersThe Penrith captain Tony Puletua crashes over the line to extend their lead. Gordon converts and the Panthers are looking good. Panthers 10-031 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsSouths hit back through try-scoring machine Nathan Merrit following a good cross-field kick by Joe Williams. Both sides are playing top shelf footy. Williams converts and the Panthers cling to a four-point lead. Panthers 10-636 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsThe Bunnies are in again through young centre Paulson, who broke the line and scored a good try. Williams can't convert but the game is on an even keel. 10 all.39 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsThe Bunnies are in again after a great try to Merritt, after some fabulous lead-up work from Galuvao and Williams sees the NRL's leading try-scorer scoot in just prior to the break. Williams converts and the Bunnies are ahead just before the break. Rabbitohs 16-1040 min: NEWS Halftime: The Rabbitohs and Panthers are putting in a great effort here with the Bunnies just nudging ahead at the break. They could prove to be a real nuisance here for the Panthers today as the boys from the west try to push into the top 8. Souths are searching for their third win of the year and so far they're doing all the right things.41 min: NEWS And we're underway in the second half.47 min: TRY Penrith PanthersThe Panthers get back into the game with a try to halfback Craig Gower. They look more committed in the second half now, as Gordon adds the extras to tie-up the score. 16 all.51 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsMerritt gets a hat-trick as the Bunnies storm across the line again. Geez he can score a try this kid. Williams converts and the home team open up a small lead again. Rabbitohs 22-1656 min: TRY Penrith PanthersThe Panthers get back on the board with a try to strong winger Michael Gordon after a bad miss by John Sutton. Gordon can't convert his try and the Rabbitohs keep their noses in front Rabbitohs 22-2069 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsSouths push further ahead through halfback Joe Williams who scores a good individual try. He's come back into a rich vein of form in recent weeks and converts his own try to take a handy 8-point lead. Rabbitohs 28-2074 min: TRY Penrith PanthersPenrith are coming home strongly with another try, this time through Campbell who collects a neat grubber to bag his second for the day. Gordon converts and it's setup for a thrilling finish. Rabbitohs 28-2679 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsAfter a short drop-out by the Panthers, Mark Minichello pinches the ball after Rooney tried to bat the ball back and he streaks across the line to seal Souths' third victory of the year. Williams can't convert but the Bunnies are home. Rabbitohs 32-26-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Nathan Merritt2 - Joe Williams1 - Preston Campbell-----------------------------------------
ROUND 22 Sydney Roosters 18 v Newcastle Knights 32at Central Coast StadiumReferee: Tony ArcherMatch Summary:A powerful first half from the Newcastle Knights and in particular Andrew Johns has seen them to a 32-18 win over the Sydney Roosters at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford today.The Knights scored four tries in the first half to lead 26-6 at halftime. It only took the Knights 50 seconds to open the scoring, Johns putting Simpson into a hole before Simpson offloaded to Buderus who scored out wide. The Knights were in again after 11 minutes when Andrew Johns stepped the defence and scored under the posts. The Knights were going at over a point a minute was they went up 18-0 after 15 minutes when the Roosters fumbled a Johns bomb and Chris Bailey dived on the dregs and scored.It was 24-0 after 27 minutes when Danny Buderus put Luke Davico over from close range. The Roosters struck back six minutes before halftime with a try to one of their more impressive players, Shaun Foley. The Knights were denied a try by the video referee just on halftime, however a penalty went their way and Johns added the two points for the 20 point halftime lead.The second half meandered along for the most part with both sides going through the motions. The Knights scored their final try just before the hour mark with Riley Brown scoring out wide. The Roosters scored two late tries, one to Iosia Soliola and one to departing centre Ryan Cross.With the result the Knights move up into the top four. Next week the Knights host the Sea Eagles on Friday night, while the Roosters travel west to face the Panthers.Scorers:Sydney Roosters: 18Tries: Ryan Cross, Iosia Soliola, Shaun FoleyGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 2/2, Josh Lewis 1/1Newcastle Knights: 32Tries: Danny Buderus, Andrew Johns, Luke Davico, Chris Bailey, Riley BrownGoals: Andrew Johns 6/6Crowd: 18,124By the Clock:Hello from Gosford. Today we have an important match for the Newcastle Knights, as a victory will keep them in the top 8 hunt.The Knights have lost Reynoldson, Lowrie and Mullen, and have given Chris Bailey, Daniel Abraham and Riley Brown the call up. The Roosters are 1-17.Last week the Knights got home in a close game against the Sharks while the Roosters belted the Cowboys.Big crowd at Bluetongue Stadium, grey skies.1 min: Tony Archer blows time on and the Roosters kick off!1 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsA terrible start for the Roosters. On tackle three Johns puts Simpson into space, Simpson races away and unloads to Buderus who has to do some work to dot down in the corner. Johns converts and it is a perfect start for the Knights. Knights 6-05 min: The Knights put Ryan Cross into touch while the Roosters are on attack.7 min: The Knights pick up a goal line drop out after some shambolic play from the Roosters at the back.10 min: The Knights get another drop out when Foley can't escape the in goal. He came impressively close however.11 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsJohns steps the Roosters defence from five out and scores under the posts. He converts his own try. Knights 12-015 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsJohns puts up a bomb, the Roosters fumble it and Chris Bailey comes up with the ball and scores 10 to the left of the posts. Johns converts. Knights 18-022 min: The Knights go back on attack with a penalty.24 min: The Knights go close several times but the Roosters hold out.27 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsBuderus puts Davico over from close range. The Roosters are all at sea, Johns converts. Knights 24-031 min: The Roosters get their best attacking opportunity and Amos Roberts knocks on.32 min: Abraham puts in a kick and Thaiday knocks on in an effort to ground the ball.33 min: Johns comes up with his worst play of the game throwing the ball right to a Roosters player.34 min: TRY Sydney RoostersLewis puts up a banana kick, Abraham can't hold on to it and Foley dives onto the ball to score beside the posts. Fitzgibbon converts. Knights 24-639 min: VIDEO REF - For a Knights try..39 min: NO TRY - KnightsThe penalty goes against the Roosters for interfering with a player going for the ball, the player knocked the ball on so that is why the penalty goes to the Knights.40 min: PENALTY GOAL Newcastle KnightsOff the back of the penalty mentioned above, Johns nails the goal and we go to halftime. Knights 26-6The Knights have dominated for most of this match, after racing to an 18-0 lead after 15 minutes and justifiably lead by 20 at halftime.40 min: Underway in the second half!40 min: Ryan Cross knocks on 10 out from his own line.42 min: Cross makes up for his error with an intercept and he runs 80 metres to put the Roosters on attack.43 min: VIDEO REF - For a Roosters try...43 min: NO TRY - RoostersRyan Cross is ruled offside after Thaiday fumbles a kick and Perrett gets the ball down.44 min: Knights pick up a line drop out.46 min: Lewis kicks out on the full attempting a 40/20.51 min: The Roosters survive another Knights attacking set, but concede a drop out.53 min: The Roosters hold out again and Roberts takes a Johns bomb to get the Roosters possession, only for the Roosters to knock on a few plays later.55 min: VIDEO REF - For a Knights try...55 min: NO TRY - KnightsJohns knocks on reaching out for the line.56 min: Thaiday initally has trouble recovering the ball, he then breaks away and runs 80 metres.56 min: SIN BIN - Finch is given 10 minutes for holding Thaiday down for too long.57 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsThe Knights take advantage of having an extra man, Riley Brown scores out wide off a Buderus cut out pass. It all came off a great break by Milton Thaiday who ran through some feeble defence. Johns converts. Knights 32-661 min: 40/20 - Lewis picks up a 40/20 for the Roosters.62 min: The Roosters waste the 40/20, the Knights recover the ball and go back on attack.65 min: TRY Sydney RoostersSoliola scores off a Setaimata Sa flick pass. Fitzgibbon converts off the upright from out wide. Knights 32-1267 min: CROWD - 18,12471 min: TRY Sydney RoostersThe Roosters put in a grubber for Cross who scores out wide and he loses his pants in a Carney tackle. Lewis converts. Knights 32-1875 min: Knights pick up another drop out.79 min: Thaiday ends a pedestrian Knights attacking set by getting put into touch.Fulltime, and the Knights have moved up into the top 4.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Andrew Johns2 - Danny Buderus1 - Milton Thaiday-----------------------------------------
ROUND 22 Canberra Raiders 30 v Brisbane Broncos 18at Canberra StadiumReferee: Gavin BadgerMatch Summary:The Canberra Raiders have cruised to a 30-18 victory over the Broncos at Canberra Stadium this afternoon, the home side leading 14-6 at half time before putting the match beyond doubt.The Raiders opened the scoring through David Howell after 11 minutes. But the Broncos struck back 10 minutes later with Brad Thorn crashing over. Corey Parker's successful conversion put the visitors up by 6-4 and for the time being, the Broncos looked to be gaining some momentum.But a 75 metre intercept try to Raiders centre Adam Mogg in the 29th minute turned the match inside out, the Raiders scoring five tries in succession before the Broncos were able to post a couple of late consolation tries.The result see the Raiders leapfrog their way into the top eight while the Broncos post-Origin form slump continues.Scorers:Canberra Raiders: 30Tries: Todd Carney, Phillip Graham, David Howell(2), Adam Mogg, Adrian PurtellGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 3/6Brisbane Broncos: 18Tries: Sam Thaiday, Brad Thorn, Darius BoydGoals: Corey Parker 3/3By the Clock:Stunning day down here in the Nation's Capital as the Raiders play host to the Broncos in a vital clash. Canberra will try to reverse their poor form which saw them lose to Souths last week, while Brisbane are trying to address a three-game losing streak.Changes:Brisbane have moved Brent Tate to the wing with Greg Eastwood in the centres. Neville Costigan starts in place of David Stagg with McGuire and Kenny added to the bench.For the Raiders, Dane Tilse played premier league with Chris Kahler coming into the starting line-up. Howell is on the wing with Chalk moving to the bench. Carney and Hodgson will start in place of Withers and Learoyd-Lars with the rest remaining as the program states.1 min: NEWS The Broncos kick-off.4 min: NEWS Bombed chance here as Woolford instigates a beautiful break for Graham who tries to find Kahler only grass the ball. A great chance gone begging there. Good battle in the forwards early in the match.7 min: NEWS The Raiders are finding some room with a kick from Smith another near thing in the Broncos quarter.11 min: TRY Canberra RaidersHowell scores in the corner for the Raiders as Graham moves from the eastern flank to the western flank to set it up. Schifcofske can't convert from the sideline with a strong breeze pushing it wide. Raiders 4-021 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosBrad Thorn crashes over the top of Jason Croker and scores under the posts. Follows penalty to Broncos and bust from Darren Lockyer. Conversion from Corey Parker puts the Broncos in front. Broncos 6-429 min: TRY Canberra RaidersAdam Mogg intercepts a Darius Boyd pass and runs 75m to score 8m in from touch. Very much against the run of play as the Broncos were gaining the ascendancy. Schifcofske's conversion attempt unsuccessful into the breeze. Raiders 8-634 min: TRY Canberra RaidersAdrian Purtell intercepts a pass from Brent Tate, and then recovers his footing to run the 10 metres and score 5m in from touch. Tate was attempting a pass to an unmarked Justin Hodges on the flank. Conversion from Schifcofske is a ripper. Raiders 14-6HALF TIME: Raiders 14-6Possession and completions fairly even.Broncos hanging on in the final seconds of the half as the Raiders were seemingly offloading at will and making inroads. A complete turnaround to midway through the first half when Broncos looked to be making the breaks around the fringes of the ruck. But the intercept try to Mogg in the 29th minute turned the match on its head.The Broncos missing far too many tackles. They will have breeze in the their faces in the second half and will be working hard to get back into the contest. The Raiders will have the wind at theor backs are looking the goods, but there's only eight points in it and this match still has a long way to go.NEWS Second half delayed as one of the half time entertainers has been hurt trying to catch a ball in a milk crate, and a medicab has been called.Second half underway...45 min: TRY Canberra RaidersTodd Carney scores behnd the uprights after Phil Graham floats across the backline, passes to Schifcofske who puts Carney into a yawning gap from close range. Follows a penalty against Broncos prop Shane Webcke who accidently kicked the ball in the play-the-ball area. Schifcofske converts. Raiders 20-654 min: INJURY NEWS Michael Hodgson (Raiders) comes from the field after injuring his wrist or arm in a tackle on Tate.56 min: NEWS Graham (Raiders) intercepts a loose ball and run 30m before being pulled down. The Broncos were pressing the line after getting repeat sets following a Raiders error. But the Broncos lacking purpose in their attack.INJURY UPDATE Michael Hodgson (Raiders) has dislocated his shoulder and will take no further part.60 min: NO TRY Troy Thompson (Raiders) crashes through but just falls short, losing the ball forward.64 min: TRY Canberra RaidersGraham scores in the corner and that should be the winner. Schifcofske conversion rubs salt into the wounds. Raiders 26-670 min: NEWS 40/20 to Canberra as Jason Smith boots downfield and then gets a favourable bounce.71 min: TRY Canberra RaidersGame, set and match as David Howell gets his second try, scoring in the corner. Follows flick pass from Mogg. Schifcofske misses conversion attempt. Raiders 30-676 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosSam Thaiday scores a consolation try as Webcke attracts plenty of defenders from close range and then offloads. Parker converts from right in front. Raiders 30-1279 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosBoyd scores as the Raiders defence gets sloppy. Parker converts from out wide. Raiders 30-18FULL TIME: Raiders 30-18Raiders putting the cue in the rack late in the match but still managing a comprehensive victory over the Broncos. In the backline Graham, Mogg and Schifcofske were enterprising for the Raiders while lock forward Alan Tongue put in a mountain of work in defence. Webcke was probably the best in a losing side.Raiders leapfrog the Sharks on the NRL ladder and are now in the top eight. The Broncos are clinging to a top four spot as their slump continues.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Alan Tongue (Raiders)2 - Adam Mogg (Raiders)1 - Phillip Graham (Raiders)-----------------------------------------
A hatrick of tries by winger Tuki Jackson has helped Otahuhu to a crucial victory over Te Atatu at Henham Park. Fighting for a spot in the top five, the Leopards held nothing back in beating the visitors 30-20. Second rower Nikorn Thammavongsa was unstoppable for the home side. He was well supported by standoff Jacob Yandall who led the backs superbly and kicked well in difficult conditions.
A faultless team effort has kept the Marist Saints hopes of a finals birth alive. The Saints, led by props Joseph Luamanuvae and Faucett Aumua, beat Mangere East 34-14 on home soil at Murray Halberg Park. The win leaves the Saints in seventh place, one point outside the top five on ten points. They sit behind Otahuhu, Mangere East and Te Atatu, all of which are placed on 11 points. Leaders Mount Albert sit four points clear on 20 points, second placed Papakura are positioned on 16 points, while Northcote remain unchanged on 12 points.
Mount Albert has held off a resurgent Northcote side to win 20-16 in horrid conditions at Birkenhead War Memorial Park. With 15 minutes remaining the Tigers led the visitors 16-14, before Lions Fullback Savi Hafoka added his second try of the match to seal the victory. The return of starting hooker Fale Talaepa made a huge difference to the Lions game. The talented number nine distributed cleanly and made several breaks out of dummy half. The forwards were led by powerhouse prop Tony Tuia and 17-year-old prop Sam McKendry.
It was plain sailing for the Papakura Sea Eagles in their encounter with East Coast Bays. The Sea Eagles led throughout the match and capitalised on an era ridden Barracudas performance. Leading 16-6 at the split, the visitors went onto win the match comfortably 34-14.
LION Red Fox MemorialMarist Saints 34 Mangere East Hawks 16Otahuhu Leopards 30 Te Atatu Roosters 20Mt Albert Lions 20 Northcote Tigers 16Papakura Sea Eagles 34 East Coast Bays Barracudas 14SAS Sharman CupPonsonby Ponies 22 Ellerslie Eagles 16Manurewa Marlins 40 Bay Roskill Vikings 12Papatoetoe Panthers 18 Howick Hornets 8Glenora Bears 18 Richmond Rovers 8
ROUND 22 North Queensland Cowboys 14 v Canterbury Bulldogs 54at Dairy Farmers StadiumReferee: Paul SimpkinsMatch Summary:The Canterbury Bulldogs have defeated the North Queensland Cowboys 54-14 at Dairy Farmers Stadium in Townsville.The Bulldogs were simply too good tonight as they handed out the Cowboys a 40 point thrashing. Despite a spirited second half from the Cowboys the Bulldogs had all the answers in defence and attack.The Dogs opened the scoring in the 5th minute through an Andrew Emelio try and they soon extended when Reni Mautua went through some poor defence to give the Dogs a 12-0 lead. The Dogs then put the match beyond doubt when they scored 3 converted tries in the last 10 minutes of the first half and they went into the sheds cruising at 30-0.To the Cowboys credit they were able to come up with a more productive effort in the second half and were able to post tries to reduce the deficit to 42-14 but the Dogs were able to run away with it even being a man down when Brent Sherwin was sent to the bin for 10 in the 69th minute.A good team performance from the Dogs tonight with Sonny Bill Williams, Andrew Ryan, Willie Tonga, Luke Patten, Roy Asotasi & Reni Mautua all having strong games. The Dogs are flying high with the finals coming up and the Dragons will be having nightmares at the prospect of having to face them next week. The Cowboys will now fall outside the top 8 on for against and they are in for a tough time to make it to the finals.Scorers:North Queensland Cowboys: 14Tries: Matthew Scott, Ashley Graham, Mark HenryGoals: Ashley Graham 1/2Canterbury Bulldogs: 54Tries: Trent Cutler, Hazem El Masri, Reni Maitua, Luke Patten, Willie Tonga, Sonny Bill Williams(2), Andrew Emelio(2)Goals: Hazem El Masri 9/9By the Clock:Welcome to Dairy Farmers Stadium in Townsville for the round 22 clash between the Cowboys and Bulldogs.The Bulldogs will look to continue their great form of late against an inconsistent Cowboys team. The Cowboys have had the wood over the Bulldogs in recent years but current form would suggest a comfortable win in store for the Bulldogs.1 min: The Bulldogs kickoff to get us underway.5 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsOn the back of a good break from Willie Tonga, Asotasi is able to get a ball away in traffic the Dogs then spin the ball for Emilio to score out wide. conversion successful from the sideline Bulldogs 6-09 min: The Bulldogs nearly score again but El Masri puts his foot on the touchline. A confident start for the Dogs.11 min: O'Meley puts the ball down to give the Cowboys their first attacking raid of the night.13 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsLuke Patten scoots out of dummy half before linking up with Maitua who goes through 3 defenders to score next to the post. Conversion successful. Bulldogs 12-017 min: The Bulldogs will go back into attack again after a forward pass from the Cowboys.22 min: Great defence from the Dogs as they survive back to back sets on their own line.27 min: NEWS Both teams struggling to control the ball. Completion rate Cowboys 7/12 - Bulldogs 6/1230 min: BIFF - Travis Norton objects to a tackle from Willie Tonga and he gets up swinging punches and the boys exchange blows. The penalty goes to the Bulldogs33 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Dogs spread the ball to Sonny Bill Williams who is allowed to much room and he strolls through the defence to score an uncontested try. El Masri converts again from the sideline. Bulldogs 18-036 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Dogs are on fire here as Sherwin slips the ball to Maitua who goes through a hole and he finds a flying Luke Patten who runs 50 metres to score under the post. Conversion successful. Bulldogs 24-039 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Dogs keep the ball alive and they go the length of the field again for Willie Tonga to score. Conversion successful. Bulldogs 30-0Halftime... It's a massacre here at Dairy Farmers Stadium as the Bulldogs have dominated every facet of the game as the score would suggest leading 30-0. Possesion: Bulldogs 57% - Cowboys 43%Completion Rate: Bulldogs 11/17 - Cowboys 10/17Missed Tackles: Bulldogs 11 - Cowboys 2641 min: Second half underway..46 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsSonny Bill grubbers to the sideline, El Masri gathers it up and he slips it to Emelio who scores in the corner. El Masri converts from the sideline again. Bulldogs 36-051 min: NEWS Travis Norton leaves the field with a shoulder injury and looks unlikely to return.57 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysThe Cowboys finally get on the board after getting back to back sets on the Dogs line and they are able to score in the corner through Mark Henry. Conversion unsuccessful. Bulldogs 36-460 min: VIDEO REF - Possible Cowboys try.60 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysThe Cowboys get another try after being given the benefit of the doubt from the video ref after Ashley Graham gets the deflection from the bomb and scores. Conversion unsuccessful. Bulldogs 36-864 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsSonny Bill Williams picks up a double after Roy Asotasi offloads close to the line. Conversion successful. Bulldogs 42-869 min: NEWS Brent Sherwin goes to the sin bin for 10 minutes after being judged to have stripped the ball on the ground.70 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysMatthew Scott charges at the line and he plants the ball down to get a little bit of respectability back into the scoreline. Conversion successful. Bulldogs 42-1475 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsHazem El Masri gets in on the act after the Dogs spread the ball wide and he scores in the corner. Conversion successful. Bulldogs 48-1478 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Dogs bring up the half century, from the kick off Tonga goes through the gap and he puts Cutler away for the try. Conversion successful from El Masri thats 9 from 9 now. Bulldogs 54-14Fulltime...-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Sonny Bill Williams2 - Andrew Ryan1 - Willie Tonga-----------------------------------------
ROUND 22 Melbourne Storm 46 v Wests Tigers 4at Olympic Park MelbourneReferee: Sean HampsteadMatch Summary:The Melbourne Storm have won their 15th straight at home and have gone very close to ending the Tigers season.The Storm led 16-4 with the game in the balance at halftime before showing their class to runaway with the match by 46 points to 4.Kiwi international Jake Webster created some more selection headaches for coach Craig Bellamy as he crossed for a career record of four tries.Also on the try scoring list was former Panther and Titans bound Steve Turner who grabbed a double.The Storm got off to the best start possible with two early tries, also helped by a call from referee Sean Hampstead and his touch judges with Steve Turner scoring the first try from a clear cut forward pass.The Tigers throughout the first half did look like the Tigers of old with the ball in hand with Scott Prince having a strong game and they got a reward for it right on half time as former Bulldog Jamaal Lolesi finished off a strong second man play from the visitors.You would think that the Tigers would come out in the second half with all to play for with their season on the line, but it was anything but that.A penalty goal just after halftime put the Storm up by 14 but then just moments later Inglis grabbed a try for the home side to just about seal it with still half an hour to play.The night was capped off by veteran Matt Geyer scoring beside the posts with young gun Inglis showing his kicking abilities by converting.Cameron Smith showed his ability to kick goals throughout the match, kicking six from eight all from the sideline.The Storm have just about wrapped up the minor premiership for season 2006 while the Tigers sit in twelve position and after this weekend could be two wins outside the all important top eight.Scorers:Melbourne Storm: 46Tries: Matt Geyer, Greg Inglis, Steve Turner(2), Jake Webster(4)Goals: Greg Inglis 1/1, Cameron Smith 6/8Wests Tigers: 4Tries: Jamaal LolesiBy the Clock:The Storm have rested State of Origin representatives Matt King and Dallas Johnson for this clash with Greg Inglis coming in to the centres and Jeremy Smith in to lock.The Tigers are as per the program and need a victory to stay in touch with the top 8 and keep their dream of wining back to back premierships alive.The Tigers are down the tunnel led out by Scott Prince in their orange jerseys.The Storm are led out by David Kidwell tonight in their purple and navy jerseys.Sean Hampstead is the referee.Kickoff!3 min: NEWS Some good Storm defence holds out the Tigers in the opening minutes after an early penalty sent the Tigers on the attack.The Tigers do look promising with the ball in hand already.7 min: TRY Melbourne StormTurner gets the scoreboard ticking early in the match.On reply it shows that the final pass was at least 2 metres forward.However there is some doubt that Hoffman did throw an around the corner offload which makes the pass look forward.Smith can't convert from the sideline. Storm 4-010 min: A crossfield chip in midfield by Cooper Cronk finds Jake Webster who goes for the line, and finds Kidwell who can't hang on to the ball.14 min: TRY Melbourne StormThe Storm get six more tackles from a knock on by Lawrence from a kick,then on the next tackle they go wide from a run around and Jake Webster scores in the corner.Smith from the sideline this time converts. Storm 10-021 min: Greg Inglis breaks through and probably would have run 60 metres to score if it wasnt for an ankle tap from Scott Prince.24 min: TRY Melbourne StormJake Webster gets a double as the Storm go wide once again where they are finding some gaps in the Tigers defence.Smith from the sideline converts it. Storm 16-028 min: Scott Hill dives for the line but is pulled up just short.On the replay it shows it could well have been a try.30 min: A penalty to the Tigers for a lifting penalty against the Storm.Looks like Scott Hill could be in some trouble for that.32 min: A poor end to the set for the Tigers as Tuiaki knocks on for the second time in the match close to the line.35 min: Scotty Prince kicks for himself and looks to be there to score before Greg Inglis like a thief in the night gets there and kicks the ball dead.36 min: TRY Wests TigersIt's one of the Tigers' favourite play.A second man play and former Bulldog Jamaal Lolesi dives over in the corner to get the Tigers back in it.Prince hooks the conversion from the sideline. Storm 16-4Halftme - The Storm have shown premiership form once again throughout this clash but the Tigers are not going away scoring a deserved try on half time.They have shown glimpses of 2005 with the ball in hand.Second half underway45 min: PENALTY GOAL Melbourne StormA penalty to the Storm from right infront as Shane Elford picks up the ball in an offside position,and Cameron Smith slots the points to get them out to a 14 point lead. Storm 18-451 min: TRY Melbourne StormInglis just maybe puts the game beyond doubt as a long cut out pass from Scott Hill hits him on the chest as Inglis goes over to score in the corner.Smith from the sideline converts it again. Storm 24-456 min: TRY Melbourne StormSteve Turner grabs a double as Billy the kid puts in a short grubber kick in and Turner is there to score in the corner.Smith from the sideline once again converts! Storm 30-461 min: TRY Melbourne StormA hattrick for Webster as he dives over in the corner to put the icing on the cake with 20 to go.Smith again from the sideline! Storm 36-466 min: TRY Melbourne StormIt's 4 for Jake Webster as the Tigers self destruct.Some quick hands on the eastern touchline finishes it off from the last pass by Geyer.Smith from the sideline hooks this one. Storm 40-472 min: Brett White has cleaned up Lolesi late and high and could well be a send off offence.72 min: ON REPORT - Brett White is on report for the tackle and could be in trouble when the match is reviewed.80 min: TRY Melbourne StormGeyer caps off a great night for the Storm scoring next to the posts to just about seal the Minor Premiership.Inglis converts with Smith off the field. Storm 46-4Fulltime-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Jake Webster2 - Scott Hill1 - Cameron Smith-----------------------------------------
ROUND 22 New Zealand Warriors 12 v Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 10at Mt Smart (Ericsson) StadiumReferee: Jason RobinsonMatch Summary:The New Zealand Warriors have defeated the Cronulla Sharks 12-10 at Mt Smart Stadium this evening.In what was a very dour struggle, both sides scored two tries each but the Warriors got home on the boot of centre Tony Martin, who kicked a crucial penalty goal that proved to be the difference between the two sides in the end.Warriors forward Michael Luck scored the decisive try in the 68th minute and that gave the Warriors a two point lead and it was enough to see them hold on for grim death and collect the two points.With everything to play for, the Sharks now find themselves very much on the outer and in real danger of missing the finals after looking like certainties for the top four two months ago.Should the Raiders, Panthers and Cowboys all win, the Sharks can pretty much kiss godbye any chance they had of making the finals. The Sharks will be praying to every god they know so they can live to fight another day.For the Warriors, they have played spoiler to perfection in registering their ninth win of the year and they will probably take a few more scalps before the year is out. Had they won a few more close games, they too would be very much in the hunt and with one of the better points differentials, they would have been up to the task of finals football.Scorers:New Zealand Warriors: 12Tries: Michael Luck, Grant RovelliGoals: Tony Martin 2/3Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 10Tries: Luke Covell, Brett KimmorleyGoals: Luke Covell 1/2By the Clock: 1 min: NEWS We are underway at Mt Smart Stadium.8 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsThe Warriors draw first blood against the Sharks through Grant Rovelli. Conversion successful. Warriors 6-016 min: NEWS Warriors well on top at the moment. They are dominating possession and the Sharks are struggling.19 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksThe Sharks hit back and level the scores through Brett Kimmorley. Conversion successful. 6 all.30 min: NEWS Very even contest at the moment with ten to go until half time. The Sharks have come alive in the past ten minutes are playping much better than the opening twenty.40 min: NEWS Very tight first half with the Warriors on top early but the Sharks fought back to level the scores at the half. If the Warriors can win this game, it will almost vertainly end the Sharks season.41 min: NEWS We are underway at Mt Smart Stadium for the second half.50 min: NEWS Ten minutes gone in the second half and htis dour struggle is still yet to yield any more points. With so much to play for, the stakes are high for the Sharks.50 min: PENALTY GOAL New Zealand WarriorsThe Warriors edge ahead through a penalty goal to Tony Martin. Warriors 8-658 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksThe Sharks score to take the lead. Luke Covell was the scorer and with just over twenty minutes remaining in a close match, this try may prove to be the winner for the Sharks. Conversion unsuccessful. Sharks 10-865 min: NEWS Fifteen minutes remaining and the Sharks still cling to their two point lead.68 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsThe Warriors have scored to edge ahead with just over ten minutes remaining in the match. Michaek Luck was the scorer. Can the Sharks hit back? Conversion unsuccessful. Warriors 12-1075 min: NEWS The Warriors are hanging on for the moment but have been on the end of some questionable decisions by referee Jason Robinson.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Steve Price2 - Grant Rovelli1 - Paul Gallen-----------------------------------------
SALFORD City Reds boss Karl Harrison has stepped down as England coach after two years in charge.
WAKEFIELD Wilcats will attempt to rescue themselves from last place and relegation when they take on Castleford Tigers on Saturday night.
BRADFORD Bulls will aim to end a run of four successive defeats to Warrington Wolves as they tackle their engage Super League play-off rivals at the Grattan Stadium.
HULL FC captain Richard Swain has urged his team to beware a ?wounded? Leeds Rhinos side when the two meet at the KC Stadium on Friday evening.
SALFORD Reds full-back Karl Fitzpatrick will return against Harlequins RL in the only change to the side beaten by Catalans Dragons.
GREAT Britain captain Paul Sculthorpe is set to return for St Helens after making a rapid recovery from medial ligament damage.
WINGER Pat Richards will return to the Wigan Warriors side in place of fellow Australian Brett Dallas, whose knee injury makes him a doubt for the rest of the season.