TRI-NATIONS 2006 Final Australia 16 v New Zealand 12at Aussie StadiumReferee: Ashley KleinMatch Summary:Pass me the oxygen please! The lungs are struggling and the mouth is dry but the heart is still beating and we have a victor!When it comes to international footy, it simply does not get any better than this! You may think it sounds like hyperbole, but believe me, it?s not.Australia defeated a gallant New Zealand in Golden Point 16-12 to win back the Tri Nations trophy but it was done through momentous effort against a side that refused to quit under the most adverse conditions imaginable. The Kiwis lost three players to injury but at no stage did they throw in the towel. Bloodied and bruised, they continued to pick themselves up off the canvass to go the extra round. In the end, it was the brilliance of Johnathan Thurston and Darren Lockyer that provided the knockout blow in the 87th minute of play.87 minutes is how long it took to separate the two sides and at the end of the day, it was only goal kicking that made the difference.I honestly thought New Zealand had this game won and were finishing over the top of Australia in a game that is near impossible to describe. There was blood flowing from both sides but no one quit and when I watch international footy, this is how I love it. I love it rough, tough and brave. Kudos to the Kiwis and they have played their part in seeing the international game continue to prosper through a team that is the equal of Australia. Players such as David Kidwell, Simon Mannering, Iosia Soliola and Frank Pritchard showed the commitment and passion for the Kiwi jersey that have long been held sacred by the elder statesmen such as Ruben Wiki and Stacey Jones.Tonight we got it all in abundance and if you are an Australian, you are smiling, but spare a thought for our brothers across the ditch, they are feeling the pain right now in losing a game no one deserves to lose.My one hope is the international game won a lot of new supporters tonight because we saw the greatest sporting team in Australia do battle and unlike the sick and sorry Wallabies, the mighty Kangaroos have the killer instinct and pride in the jersey to fight until the death and not meekly surrender when the going gets tough.Moreso than the Australian win, I am happy that international footy is back on the map and we have three teams who are showing why Rugby League is the greatest game of all.Tri-Nations web site - news, results, teams and history > click here Scorers:Australia: 16Tries: Darren Lockyer, Brent TateGoals: Johnathan Thurston 4/4New Zealand: 12Tries: Frank Pritchard, Iosia SoliolaGoals: Stacey Jones 2/4By the Clock:0 min: NEWS Both teams enter the field side by side for the Tri-Nations final.A good but not great crowd in attendance as we prepare for the national anthems of both teams and then the mighty Haka from the Kiwis.1 min: NEWS We are underway in the final of the tri-nations. I hope it turns out to be a cracker!4 min: PENALTY GOAL AustraliaAustralia take the early lead through a penalty goal to Joanthan Thurston. Australia 2-06 min: NEWS A ew penalties early on and the Kiwis are on the attack. Aussies standing firm at the moment.8 min: PENALTY GOAL New ZealandStacey Jones kicks the Kiwis level through a penalty goal. 2 all. 2 all.10 min: TRY AustraliaBrent Tate scores in the corner after Mark Gasnier made a great break down the right hand side of hte field and ound Tate in support, who crossed untouched. Australia 8-213 min: NEWS Vatuvei knocks on in his own half to give the ball back to the Aussies in great field position.16 min: NEWS New Zealand forced into their second goal line drop out through some sustained pressure from Australia. Can the Kiwis hold on for another six tackles?19 min: NEWS Gasnier and Tate are exploiting the right hand side of the field and it's paying dividends at the moment.21 min: NEWS Big Willie is on! Look out New Zealand and David Kidwell.24 min: PENALTY GOAL AustraliaJonathan Thurston kicks another penalty goal as Australia extend their lead beyond a converted try. Australia 10-228 min: NEWS New Zealand struggling to get out of their own end at the moment and Steve Matai has left the field with an arm/shoulder injury.29 min: TRY New ZealandStacey Jones chips for Brent Webb who then passes the ball onto a flying Frank Pritchard who scores in the corner for a crucial try. Conversion unsuccessful. Australia 10-633 min: NEWS Kiwis lifting their game and on the back of another penalty, are on the attack again.38 min: NEWS Kiwis almost score of a Stacey Jones banana kick but Thurston was there to clean up. Close call for the Aussies.41 min: NEWS We are underway in the second half!44 min: NEWS The Kiwis are starting to get on top in this match and the crowd are getting right behind them. AN engrossing contest unfolding at Aussie Stadium!46 min: TRY New ZealandThe Kiws are in again and have Australia on the ropes at the moment. Soliola scores out wide off an inside pass from Nigel Vagana. Conversion unsuccessful. 10 all. 10 all.49 min: PENALTY GOAL AustraliaThurston puts Australia back in the lead with another penalty goal. 12-10 Australia. Australia 12-1060 min: NEWS Australia forced into back to back line drop outs as the Kiwis up the ante as we enter the last quarter of the Tri Nations final.64 min: NEWS Australia can't land the killer blow but the Kiwis are making too many mistakes to put the Aussies away.66 min: NEWS Gasnier heading for the corner is bundled into touch. Great Kiwi defence.68 min: NEWS Berrigan knocks on in his own half. Can the Kiwis make the Aussies pay?71 min: PENALTY GOAL New ZealandJones kicks a penalty goal to lock it all up with under ten to go. Hold on folks, we are in for a wild finish! 12 all.76 min: NEWS Kiwis attacking the Australian line with under five to go. Nailbiting stuff!77 min: NEWS Brent Webb just misses a field goal to give the Kiwis the win. Kiwis are monstering the Aussies at the moment.78 min: NEWS Cameron Smith kicks a 40/20 to give Australia the scrum feed with under three minutes remaining.79 min: NEWS Thurston misses his shot at field goal.80 min: NEWS Jones misses with his shot at field goal.80 min: NEWS Willie Mason makes a break, chips ahead and we are off to the video ref to see of Jonathan Thurston has scored the winning try.80 min: NEWS End of regular time as we move to golden point.85 min: NEWS First period of golden point is over with no side able to score. We now play until someone scores. What an epic decider!87 min: TRY AustraliaDarren Lokcyer scores in the 87th minute to give Australia victory in the Tri Nations final. Absolute epic match and congrats to both sides on a superb contest. Australia 16-12-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Darren Lockyer2 - Simon Mannering1 - Johnathan Thurston-----------------------------------------
WE?VE arrived at the final destination for the 2006 Tri-Nations tournament with the two Antipodean sides set to meet in an almighty clash.
IN the avalanche of publicity surrounding the Ashes Test series, a court award in Sydney yesterday that has far reaching consequences for all body contact sport went almost unnoticed.
MEDIA RELEASE - Wes NaiqamaNovember 23, 2006 - St George Illawarra DragonsThe St George Illawarra Dragons were today advised that Wes Naiqama has been charged by police for driving without a license last weekend.The Club acknowledges the seriousness of the matter and this seriousness, makes it all the more important that the player is allowed the opportunity to pursue his rights and that the legal system is given time to run its proper course.As a result, the Dragons will suspend their internal investigations and make no further comment until all legal proceedings are concluded.UPDATE (LeagueUnlimited.com): Naiqama has been granted conditional bail and will appear at Waverley Local Court on December 12, 2006.
THE Gold Coast Titans have warned Melbourne winger Steve Turner he faces the full wrath of the club if he wants to stay with the Storm for financial rather than compassionate reasons.
GOLD Coast officials will meet with renegade Melbourne winger Steve Turner in the next 48 hours to resolve the bitter contractual dispute between the Titans and the Storm.
AUSTRALIAN prop Willie Mason has been reinstated into the starting line-up for Saturday night's Tri-Nations final against New Zealand at Aussie Stadium.
KIWIS coach Brian McClennan has been named the International Rugby League Coach of the Year at the annual Gillette International Rugby League Awards ceremony.
LAST night the standing of the International Rugby League Board, and the Australian Rugby League, sunk to its lowest ever level ? if it is possible to sink lower than it already was.
ENGLISH-BASED Australian referee Ashley Klein has been appointed to control Saturday night's Tri-Nations rugby league final between New Zealand and the Kangaroos at Aussie Stadium.
NEW Zealand has named an unchanged line-up for Saturday night's Tri-Nations decider against Australia at Aussie Stadium.
AUSTRALIAN captain Darren Lockyer has become just the second player to win the International Rugby League Player of the Year award twice.The Kangaroos, Broncos and Queensland five-eighth has taken out the Golden Boot award in Sydney, having previously won it 2003.Halfback Andrew Johns is the only other player to have won the award twice.Lockyer has also won the award for International Back of the Year, with Great Britain skipper Jamie Peacock, taking out the forwards award.Australian back Greg Inglis has taken out the Newcomer of the Year trophy.In other news, Australia and New Zealand will today name their teams for this Saturday's Tri-Nations rugby league final.Kangaroos enforcer Willie Mason Is set to return after his one-match suspension. Mason will most likely come into Ricky Stuart's 17-man side in place of Antonio Kaufusi, with winger Matt King also a possible inclusion after recovering from a calf injury.
DRAGONS media release - Wes Naiqama
AUSTRALIAN winger Matt King is confident he'll be fit to push for a berth in Saturday night's Tri Nations rugby league final against New Zealand.
GOLD Coast Titans will withdraw their offer to release defiant Melbourne winger Steve Turner at the end of the 2007 season if he pursues legal action against the NRL club.