Powergen Challenge Cup Final Review

ST Helens 42 (Wilkin 2, Cayless, Talau, Long, Fa'asavalu, Lyon tries; Lyon 7 goals) def. Huddersfield Giants 12 (Paul, Aspinwall tries; De Vere 2 goals). Att: 65,137.St Helens won the Powergen Challenge Cup for a tenth time with a one sided seven-try victory over the Huddersfield Giants at Twickenham.The Giants took the shock lead early on when Martin Aspinwall went over. The Saints finally got on the scoreboard on twenty minutes through Willie Talau and then took the lead just before the break when Sean Long went over. Jamie Lyon converted for a 12-6 lead.The second half became one-way traffic as St Helens moved through the gears; they ran in five converted tries with Jon Wilkin bagging a brace. Huddersfield did mange a consolation from Robbie Paul.Sean Long was named Lance Todd Trophy winner for a record third time, Jamie Lyon?s perfect kicking gave him a haul of eighteen points as the Saints collected their fifth Challenge Cup trophy in the Super League era.Huddersfield: Reilly, Aspinwall, Nero, De Vere, Donlan, Thorman, Paul, Jackson, Drew, Gannon, Crabtree, Raleigh, Wild.Replacements: Snitch, Jones, Smith, McDonald.St Helens: Wellens, Gardner, Lyon, Talau, Meli, Pryce, Long, P. Anderson, Cunningham, Cayless, Wilkin, Sculthorpe, Hooper.Replacements: Gilmour, Roby, Graham, Fa'asavalu.Referee: R Silverwood (Dewsbury).

Lion Red Fox Semi Wrap

LION Red Fox Memorial Another heroic effort from Otahuhu hooker Arron Pawley has ended the finals hopes of Marist in the Fox Memorial Championship. The Saints struggled through the first half to trail 18 nil at the break before being beaten on home soil 26-18. After coming home strongly at the back end of the competition, the Saints will surely be disappointed at their first week exit. Pawley backed up last week

Lion Red Fox Preliminary Semi Results

AUCKLAND RUGBY LEAGUE PRELIMINARY SEMI-FINALS RESULTS

Dragons outmuscle Sharks in fiery encounter

ROUND 25 St George Illawarra Dragons 18 v Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 4at WIN StadiumReferee: Paul SimpkinsMatch Summary:The St George Illawarra Dragons have defeated a determined Cronulla Sharks 18-4 at a rain soaked WIN Stadium tonight. The win however may have been costly with Dragons utility Dean Young being stretchered off just before full time with a suspected broken leg.In a highly physical encounter, referee Paul Simpkins issued 13 penalties and gave numerous warnings before sin binning three players just before half time. With the second fight of the match spilling over the touchline, the referee sent Sharks forward Paul Gallen and centre Ben Pomeroy to the bin. They were joined by Dragons lock Shaun Timmins who was playing his first match since being injured in round 12.The Dragons opened the scoring after 10 minutes when winger Wes Naiqama slotted a penalty goal. The first try came in the 17th minute following a break from centre Mark Gasnier. A kick through from five eighth Trent Barrett was juggled by Brett 'Slippery' Morris before the rookie winger was able to regather and score out wide.Handling errors thwarted the Sharks advance, but the visitors scored in the 34th minute when Gallen took advantage of an unmarked blind side and dived over from dummy half.At half time, the Dragons held a narrow 6-4 lead.The second half saw Saints take control with a try to centre Matt Cooper soon after the break. The sideline conversion from Aaron Gorrell made it 12-4.The match was marked by some big forward clashes before the halves Trent Barrett, Ben Hornby combined with Gasnier, the movement setting up Young to score next to the posts in the 69th minute.The result sees the Dragons assured of a top eight spot, regardless of the Knights v Panthers outcome. The Sharks, however, have suffered their ninth consecutive loss, equalling their worst losing streak in the Club's history.Scorers:St George Illawarra Dragons: 18Tries: Matt Cooper, Dean Young, Brett MorrisGoals: Aaron Gorrell 1/1, Wes Naiqama 2/3Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 4Tries: Paul GallenGoals: Luke Covell 0/1Penalties: Dragons 7-6Crowd: 16,897By the Clock:Raining in Wollongong but a good crowd on hand. A couple of line up changes, in particular Saints have lock forward Shaun Timmins making his return from injury.Kick off...!7 min: NEWS Still pouring rain and still 0-0.10 min: PENALTY GOAL St George Illawarra DragonsWes Naiqama kicks a penalty goal from right in front. Sharks repeated infringements while on the back foot. Dragons 2-011 min: FIGHT - a bit of feeling early on. Penalty goes against Dragons.15 min: NEWS Sharks get their second penalty following a high tackle against Luke Bailey, but they are unable to find touch. Penalties favour Saints 3-2.17 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsWinger Brett Morris scores an extraordinary try after trying to regather a slippery ball while sliding into the in-goal. After the ball appears to be out of reach, it amazingly falls into Morris's grasp for the try. Follows bust up the middle of the park from Mark Gasnier and kick ahead from Trent Barrett. Naiqama unable to convert from out wide. Dragons 6-024 min: NEWS Not for the first time Sharks get an opportunity from close range after Saints make an error. But the Sharks then make an error of their own and are unable to complete the set.30 min: NEWS Still 6-0 to the Dragons. Plenty of handling errors in the slippery conditions with the Sharks being the main offenders.34 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksPaul Gallen from dummy half scores the easiest of tries when there's no winger at home and Saints nod off on the blind side. Covell unable to convert from out wide. Dragons 6-439 min: FIGHT and SIN BINNINGS - a bigger dust up this time spills over the sideline. SIN BIN - Paul Gallen (Sharks), Ben Pomeroy (Sharks) and Shaun Timmins (Dragons)40 min: NEWS Saints winger Brett Morris limps off after sliding into the advertising signs. Looks OK.Half time: Dragons 6-4Saints have a better completion rate and probably should be further ahead. Sharks have had a little more of the possession but considering the amount of dropped ball, should be quite pleased they are only two points down.A physical encounter which will see 12 verses 11 for the first eight or nine minutes of the second half.Second half underway...NEWS - Rain has eased.43 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsMatt Cooper scores out wide after Saints get a roll on early in the second half. Cooper figured in an early half bust. Aaron Gorrell conversion hits the posts and is successful! Dragons 12-446 min: NO TRY - Dragons denied after Dean Young kicks through for Gasnier but the Sharks cover it and bat the ball dead. Gasnier cops a knock but is OK.47 min: Possible TRY to Dragons. Video ref checking....VERDICT: NO TRY. Gasnier unable to ground the ball over the line. 20m restart for the Sharks.49 min: NEWS Sinners from both sides return and we have 13 verses 13 again.50 min: NEWS Sharks defend well for a set on their own line and work it downfield after a 20m restart.59 min: NEWS Sharks get a penalty after referee rules that Brett Kimmorley is hit late after kicking. Sharks now getting repeat sets at the Dragons' line.60 min: UPDATE - Saints pressure in defence and Sharks make a handling error.62 min: NEWS Sharks get a penalty after Ben Creagh (Dragons) is guilty of a high tackle. But Sharks hand over possession with a forward pass. Then Saints make a handling error as another fight threatens to blow up.69 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsDean Young scores next to the posts after Gasnier steps infield during some broken play from 10m out, finds Ben Hornby who passes to Young. Naiqama converts. Dragons 18-473 min: NEWS Dean Young has suffered a leg injury after twisting awkwardly in a tackle and is stretchered off.79 min: NEWS Dragons forced into a line drop out and Sharks should get the last set.80 min: NEWS ON DEAN YOUNG - Suspected broken leg.Full time: Dragons win 18-4.A fiery encounter with Saints managing to outmuscle the Sharks in the end. The visitors never stopped trying but too many errors brought them undone, the Sharks crashing to their ninth successive loss.Saints have now won two on the trot and are assured a finals berth. All the Dragons forwards lifted with front rowers Luke Bailey and Jason Ryles doing a huge amount of work. The Dragons backs showed plenty of enterprise in attack considering the conditions with Gasnier being the difference at crucial turning points. A fine send off for Trent Barrett, Shaun Timmins and Luke Bailey who may have played their last home game in the Red V should the Dragons miss out on a home semi-final.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Luke Bailey (Dragons)2 - Jason Ryles (Dragons)1 - Mark Gasnier (Dragons)-----------------------------------------

Knights smash Penrith at home

ROUND 25 Newcastle Knights 40 v Penrith Panthers 4at EnergyAustralia StadiumReferee: Steven ClarkMatch Summary:Newcastle has blown away any chance Penrith had of securing a semi-finals berth after running out 40-4 winners at EnergyAustralia Stadium tonight.After starting the game well with a try to powerful winger Michael Gordon in the 5th minute, Penrith failed to register another single point as the Newcastle forwards dominated and the backs ran amok.Leading 22-4 at halftime through two early tries to Matt Gidley followed by further scores to David Seage (35th minute) and Luke Davico right on half time, Newcastle were well in command at the break.No doubt comments of Penrith?s stunning revival against the Sharks reverberated around the Knight?s changing rooms whilst cutting up the oranges, but it clearly didn?t worry the home side.Quinn scored in the 52nd minute to take a 26-4 lead before Mullen, Perry and Carmont all added tries to the tally with a range of kickers making the fulltime score 40-4.This victory is a good sign for the Knight who have won two without captain Andrew Johns and now face a bit of a dilemma in who will partner him in the halves after Kurt Gidley and Jarrod Mullen both played strongly. They enjoy a week off with the bye in Round 26 and seem certain to have booked a home semi-final.The Panthers season comes to a close even after they were given an opportunity by Canberra?s loss to sneak back into the top 8. They play host to the Bulldogs next week and will find the going a bit tough even at home.Scorers:Newcastle Knights: 40Tries: George Carmont, Matthew Gidley(2), Josh Perry, Anthony Quinn, David Seage, Jarrod Mullen, Luke DavicoGoals: Daniel Abraham 2/4, Kurt Gidley 1/3, Reegan Tanner 1/1Penrith Panthers: 4Tries: Michael GordonBy the Clock:Vital match here at EnergyAustralia Stadium where the Panthers will be looking to cause an upset to keep their faint semi final hopes alve. Meanwhile, Newcastle are trying to put two wins together without Andrew Johns and try to earn themselves a home final.Changes: Craig Gower is out for Penrith with a knee injury, his replacement is Craig Trindall. Newcastle are as per the program.1 min: NEWS And we're underway in the first half.5 min: TRY Penrith PanthersPenrith open the scoring through powerful winger Michael Gordon down the flanks. He's having a good season. Campbell fails to convert but the Panthers are on the board. Panthers 4-013 min: NEWS Penrith getting on top early through their forwards who are making more yards than the Knights. The Panthers have also broken the line a couple of times.14 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsThe Knights hit back with a try to Matt Gidley out wide. Conversion unsuccessful. 4 all.21 min: NEWS Both sides getting into the contest here with some heavy contact up front.28 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsGidley bags his second for the night as the Knights move ahead for the first time in the game. Tanner converts. Knights 10-435 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsNewcastle putting Penrith to the sword here with another try this time to rookie David Seage. Abraham adds the extras. Knights 16-438 min: NEWS The home side dominating here with superior forward runs and good field position off the back of it.39 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsNewcastle steam ahead with another try to forward Luke Davico. Abraham converts and they look pretty good right now. Knights 22-440 min: NEWS Newcastle holding a solid 18-point lead at the break but there's no guarantees here after Penrith's Houdini effort last week. Should be an entertaining second half as the Panthers look to stay in contention for the finals.41 min: NEWS And we're underway in the second half.46 min: NEWS Both teams working themselves into the second half here.51 min: NEWS Still no change to the score, a few errors creeping into the game here.52 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsThe home team push further ahead with a try to nuggetty winger Anthony Quinn. Conversion unsuccessful. Knights 26-460 min: NEWS Still chugging along up here at Marathon Stadium. Both teams fighting hard but the Knights are looking good at this stage.63 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsReplacement half Jarrod Mullen streaks away to post another try as the Knights snuff out any hope Penrith had of creating another miracle comeback. Conversion unsuccessful Knights 30-470 min: NEWS No change to the score, Newcastle just grinding away up here.75 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsThe tries keep coming with Josh Perry barging over the line to enhance Newcastle's differential. Kurt Gidley converts. Knights 36-479 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsNewcastle seal victory with a try to fleet-footed centre George Carmont. It's ended up a bit of a shellacking up here. Conversion unsuccessful. Knights 40-4-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Jarrod Mullen2 - Matthew Gidley1 - Luke Davico-----------------------------------------

Storm hold-out brave Raiders

ROUND 25 Canberra Raiders 18 v Melbourne Storm 22at Canberra StadiumReferee: Shayne HayneMatch Summary:The Melbourne Storm has defeated a gallant Canberra Raiders in the Nation?s Capital by 22-18.Farewelling six of their veteran star players, the game began at a furious pace with the Raiders out to ambush the Storm early. And ambush they did as captain Clinton Schifcofske instigated a break in just the 4th minute for Jason Smith who drew Storm fullback Billy Slater before flicking the ball inside to workhorse forward Alan Tongue to score next to the posts.The Storm hit back with a gem of their own in the 21st minute as boom youngster Greg Inglis made a huge bust up the middle of the ruck and just about ran the length of the field to gift centre Matt King a try in the corner as the cover came across.A brawl erupted in the 28th minute of the game after Jason Croker was ruled to have tackled Slater in the air and to be fair it looked a bit awkward. King took issue with Croker before Canberra?s man mountain Michael Weyman steamed into the fracas, which was just simmering down, and pushed King heavily. King reacted by landing a punch on Weyman?s noggin and caused a bit of claret to flow before the situation was calmed down and both were sent to the sin bin.Inglis backed up his earlier effort ten minutes later when he took an intercept of a long pass by Smith and dashed 85 metres to score under the posts with Matt Geyer offering a good shield against Raiders winger Adrian Purtell. And then in the final minute of the first half Storm no.7 Cooper Cronk rammed home the advantage with a great flat ball to back-rower Ryan Hoffman who barged across close to the line to extend their halftime lead to 16-6.The second half opened a bit poorly with the Raiders making mistakes and the Storm bombing a few tries and failing to capitalise on opportunities. The visitors finally crossed the stripe in the 67th minute after a penalty allowed them to setup camp in the Raiders 20m zone. Nathan Friend delivered a short pass to Dallas Johnson who strolled over under the posts unopposed to push the lead out to 22-6.After several failed attempts, the Raiders mounted an attacking raid in Melbourne?s territory and hooker Lincoln Withers found a way over the line by way of burrowing to score and with Schifcofske?s conversion the gap was narrowed to 10 points and the home side had their tails in the air.Tensions were raised five minutes later as Tongue scored his second after Todd Carney gave a super inside pass to Marshall Chalk who stormed upfield and grubbered to the fiery-haired lock and he scored under the posts.The late surge nearly cam off as Canberra had several chances to score in the remaining six minutes of play, including a passage where Carney kicked from a 20m tap downfield to force a scrum 35m out from the Storm line.But it wasn?t to be as the minor premiers hung on to claim the two points and get back in the winners circle following last week?s loss. They host the Sea Eagles next week with the JJ Giltinan Shield heading south.For Canberra, I think this loss shows that they won?t be easy-beats in the finals and it?s probably good practise for them as they will more than likely face the Storm in Melbourne in week 1 of the semis. They play Cronulla next week at Shark Park and will hope to win there as they still need a few results to go their way.Scorers:Canberra Raiders: 18Tries: Alan Tongue(2), Lincoln WithersGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 3/3Melbourne Storm: 22Tries: Ryan Hoffman, Greg Inglis, Dallas Johnson, Matt KingGoals: Cameron Smith 3/4Crowd: 21,255Halftime: Storm 16-6By the Clock:Cool but sunny late afternoon down here in the Nation's Capital as the Raiders host the Storm in what should be an entertaining game.Canberra will be looking to secure a finals berth in ernest whilst farewelling six of the club's veteran players.Melbourne should be keen to bounce back after last week's surprise loss to the Warriors even with the minor premiership wrapped up.Changes: Jake Webster drops off the bench for the Storm who are otherwise unchanged. For Canberra, Todd Carney will start with Lincoln Withers moving back to the bench.1 min: NEWS The Raiders kick-off in the first half.4 min: TRY Canberra RaidersThe Raiders have come to play tonight, scoring a fantastic try in the opening minutes. After some expansive footy, Schifcofske ducks and weaves before flicking an inside pass to Smith who carries it towards Slater before finding Tongue for a try next to the posts. Brilliant Stuff. The Schif converts and the Raiders take an early lead. Raiders 6-08 min: NEWS Canberra are finding plenty of yards down the western flank where Inglis and Geyer are defending.13 min: NEWS This game is being played at a very fast pace. The Storm look a little shell-shocked to be honest. I'm not sure they expected such commitment from Canberra. 18 min: NEWS Canberra enjoying a whole lot more possession and better field position.21 min: TRY Melbourne StormThis game just keeps getting better. Inglis makes a break mid-field after a big kick buries the Storm in their own half. He beats no less than six men, including fullback Schifcofske with a huge palm, before offloading to King who beats the attention of Mogg to score in the corner. Smith hits the post with the conversion from the sideline and the Raiders cling to a slim lead. Raiders 6-425 min: NEWS A near thing there as the Storm start to warm to the contest. Kidwell made a break and found Cronk in support who looked for Geyer out wide only to butcher it with poor positioning from both halfback and wing.28 min: NEWS A massive brawl has broken out after Croker was penalised for tackling Slater in the air. King took issue with Croker before Weyman ran a good 10-15 metres to push King and keep the fury alive. King threw the first punch and he is joined in the sin bin by Weyman.33 min: TRY Melbourne StormAs the Raiders pressure the Storm line Smith throws a long ball which is intercepted by Inglis and he runs 85m to score. It's exciting stuff down here tonight. Smith adds the extras to open up a 4-point lead. Storm 10-638 min: NEWS Another neart miss as Kidwell loses the ball close to the line with a try begging.39 min: TRY Melbourne StormThe Storm extend their lead with Hoffman receiving a nice short ball close to the line by Cronk and crashing over about 20m in from touch. Smith boots the conversion and the Storm have a handy 10-point lead. Storm 16-640 min: NEWS The Storm head into the sheds leading by 10 after a surge in the second half.I'd say beither coach would be very happy right now. Bellamy is probably a bit upset with King and the poor start his team had.Elliot is probably a bit angry with the way the Raiders folded in the final ten minutes of the half to allow the visitors back in.The game is still wide open but Melbourne appear to be getting their stride.41 min: NEWS Melbourne restart the match and we've got a pulsating 40 minutes remaining.43 min: NEWS Slater catches Smith with a high shot but it's not placed on report. 45 min: NEWS The Raiders have been caught with the ball on the last in the second half twice now. Silly stuff.50 min: NEWS Canberra making a few errors here and handing more possession to the Storm.52 min: NEWS The Storm bombing another opportunity as Inglis makes a bust and offer an atrocious pass to Cronk who grasses it.55 min: NEWS Jason Smith leaves the field with a lateral ligament injury.62 min: NEWS Melbourne hooker Cameron Smith is denied a try after sneaking out of dummy half but being held up. The Storm are awarded a penalty for Canberra's markers not being square.64 min: TRY Melbourne StormIt didn't take too long and the Storm capitalise on their field position. Nathan Friend goes from dummy half and gives Johnson an easy try under the posts unopposed. Smith adds the extras. Storm 22-668 min: TRY Canberra RaidersWithers is in for the Raiders, burrowing over close to the line to offer some hope of a revival. The Schif converts. Storm 22-1273 min: TRY Canberra RaidersWe're setting up for a grand finale here as Tongue scores his second following a great inside ball to Marshall Chalk who burst up the middle and grubbered to find the hardy red-head. The Schif converts and the Raiders are back in the hunt. Storm 22-1876 min: NEWS Carnery finds the line from a 20m tap and the Raiders have a scrum in Melbourne territory.80 min: NEWS The Storm hang on here to win but Canberra threw absolutely everything they had at them. The visitors are being booed from the field as the Raiders veteran's go down in style.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Alan Tongue2 - Greg Inglis1 - Cooper Cronk-----------------------------------------

Easts v Tweed Heads Match Report

MATCH report for today's QLD Wizard Cup elimination semi final between Easts and Tweed Heads.

Raiders happy to fly under the Radar

WITH just a few rounds remaining in this year?s Telstra Premiership, the Canberra Raiders find themselves in a position that has most 'experts' scratching their heads for answers.

Manly beat Bulldogs in a thriller

ROUND 25 Manly Sea Eagles 21 v Canterbury Bulldogs 20at Brookvale OvalReferee: Sean HampsteadMatch Summary:The Manly Sea Eagles have claimed a thoroughly exciting 21-20 win over the Canterbury Bulldogs at Brookvale Oval tonight. The Sea Eagles led 18-12 at half time.Manly opened the scoring inside two minutes off a fairly lucky bounce. Monaghan put in a clearing kick, El Masri let the ball bounce allowing Orford to recover the ball and race away to score. The lead was extended to 12-0 after seven minutes after winger Michael Robertson out jumped Bulldogs defenders to dot down out wide.The Bulldogs came storming back however, with Nate Myles crashing over from close range. Andrew Ryan tied the game up with another close range try after 25 minutes. Matt Orford landed a penalty goal near the end of the half, while Shayne Dunley scored a contentious try just on half time.The try scoring for the night was completed just after half time, with Emelio running through a large gap to score. On 65 minutes Andrew Ryan was denied a try by the video referee, despite it being quite similar to the Dunley try in the first half.Manly retook the lead with 12 minutes to go after the Bulldogs were found offside after a Patten error. An El Masri penalty goal meant that the 20,163 crowd would get their moneys worth. After Brett Stewart was denied a try from dummy half, Orford was able to set easily for a field goal, and with two minutes to go he slotted him the winning point.Next week Manly make the tough road trip south to Melbourne to face the Storm, while the Bulldogs travel west to face the Panthers.Scorers:Manly Sea Eagles: 21Tries: Shayne Dunley, Matt Orford, Michael RobertsonGoals: Matt Orford 4/5Field Goals: Matt OrfordCanterbury Bulldogs: 20Tries: Nate Myles, Andrew Ryan, Andrew EmelioGoals: Hazem El Masri 4/4By the Clock:Good evening from Brookvale Oval. Tonight we have the Sea Eagles hosting a depleted Bulldogs team.Last week Manly dealt to Souths 38-16, while the Bulldogs were hammered 30-0 by the Broncos.Earlier in the year the Sea Eagles destroyed the Dogs 40-14.The Bulldogs will play 1-17. Rose is on the bench for Manly.1 min: We're underway at Brookvale. There is the possibility of thunderstorms tonight.2 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesThe Sea Eagles put in a clearing kick, El Masri lets it bounce, Orford recovers the ball and darts away to score. Orford converts. Sea Eagles 6-05 min: The Bulldogs have a kick partially blocked, it is ruled not to have been played at and Utai gets tackled on the last.7 min: Watmough and Miles have a bit of a push and shove in backplay.7 min: VIDEO REF - For a Manly try...7 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesOrford puts up a cross field kick, Robertson outjumps El Masri and dots down out wide. Orford converts from touch. Sea Eagles 12-09 min: Maitua penalised for a high tackle on the try scorer.10 min: Manly have the Bulldogs overawed at the moment.14 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsAfter a magnificent Patten kick return the Bulldogs get a penalty. Myles gets a short ball to crash over next to the posts. El Masri converts. Sea Eagles 12-618 min: During a great hitup by Kite, Sonny Bill knocks the ball out of his grasp.20 min: The Bulldogs get a lucky six-again call off a non-existant charge down, the Bulldogs get a dud call on a knock on a play later. Orford makes a break from the scrum base.21 min: While Manly are hot on attack, Burns is penalised in possession for an improper play the ball despite Sherwin knocking him off his feet.22 min: The Bulldogs go very close on the last tackle.23 min: INJURY - Matai looking very groggy after being tackled. Manly are running through the Bulldogs like a good curry. The Manly defence isn't much better.25 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsRyan gets across in similar fashion to Myles. This time it is a long pass from dummy half that had Ryan inside his defender and he crashed over. El Masri converts. 12 all.30 min: Orford puts in a banana kick, Ryan takes it on the full and returns in with great strength.31 min: 40/20 - Sherwin kicks fromm just inside the 40, finds touch just inside the 10.32 min: Utai spills the ball with the line begging.33 min: Matai breaks and kicks ahead. Penalty Manly as he was taken out after kicking.34 min: Stewart attempts to dive over from dummy half, but he loses the ball in the process.36 min: PENALTY GOAL Manly Sea EaglesThe Bulldogs are penalised for slowing down the play the ball. Orford nails the penalty goal. Sea Eagles 14-1237 min: Holdsworth penalised for a high tackle on Dunley.38 min: VIDEO REF - For a Manly try...38 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesDunley runs right through the Bulldogs defence and score. Very questionable call. Orford misses. Sea Eagles 18-12Halftime: The Bulldogs did well to recover from trailing by 12 very early, but faltered late in the half and trail 18-12.40 min: Back underway at Brookie, and the rain comes down.42 min: Another clearing kick bounces brilliantly for Manly, but they get penalised for being offside.43 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsWith Orford down injured, the Bulldogs find a gap in the defensive line and Emelio strolls across the tryline. Yet again very similar to the first two Bulldogs tries. El Masri converts. 18 all.45 min: Menzies forces a Bulldogs error right in front of the posts just after the restart.47 min: INJURY - Orford off the field after picking up a knee injury.49 min: INJURY - Brad Morrin (Bulldogs) out for the night with a partial dislocation of his kneecap.51 min: INJURY UPDATE - Orford getting his knee strapped. He may be able to return tonight.53 min: It is really hosing down at the moment.57 min: Plenty of errors in the game, not helped by the rain. McIlwain smashed by Matai.59 min: 40/20 - Monaghan picks up a 40/20 for Manly. Manly waste the attacking chance by knocking on on tackle two.60 min: NEWS - Orford back on the field.64 min: Bulldogs starting to play their normal game, trying to force the error.65 min: VIDEO REF - For a Bulldogs try...65 min: NO TRY - BulldogsRyan ruled to have knocked on over the goal line. Odd decision given the Dunley try earlier tonight.68 min: PENALTY GOAL Manly Sea EaglesPatten loses the ball and it is recovered by an offside player. Orford slots the two from 25 out, right in front. Sea Eagles 20-1870 min: CROWD - 20,16372 min: PENALTY GOAL Canterbury BulldogsThe Bulldogs catch the Sea Eagles offside. El Masri nails the penalty goal. 20 all.74 min: Bulldogs lose the ball 40 out from their own line.76 min: Manly look to score a try instead of the field goal, the ball goes dead.78 min: FIELD GOAL Manly Sea EaglesOrford lands a field goal. Sea Eagles 21-20-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Matt Orford (Sea Eagles)2 - Steve Menzies (Sea Eagles)1 - Andrew Ryan (Bulldogs)-----------------------------------------

Murray speaks, Timmins to play

NORTH Queensland coach Graham Murray has thrown his support behind the club's decision to tear up the contract of disgraced prop Mitchell Sargent.

Timmins Cleared to Play

DRAGONS veteran Shaun Timmins has today been cleared by medical staff to play in tomorrow night?s clash with the Sharks at WIN Stadium.

Lion Red Fox Prelim Semi Preview

SO here we are, well and truly at the business end of the Auckland Rugby League Lion Red Fox Memorial competition. The final five has sorted itself out and a closer finish has rarely been seen in the long history of this competition.

Bartercard Cup Prev: Rd 18 and Finals

BARTERCARD CUP PREVIEWRound 18 Deferred Games and Finals Week OneDEFERRED MATCHESSunday, 27 AugustWAICOA BAY STALLIONS vs AUCKLAND LIONSResthills Park, Hamilton2:30PM Kick offThe Stallions will be looking out to finish their season on a high in this deferred fixture against the Lions in Hamilton. If the Stallions can win the match they will jump the Falcons into 7th place. The Lions can't be touched at the top of the table, and if they lose they will have to handle finishing three points clear of their nearest challenger, Canterbury.WAICOA BAY STALLIONSTUHOEA WATENEMICHAEL MOOREJUNIOR AURUSAULA FIFITADREW FLETCHERISAAC JOHNHAYDEN KARENA (C)SIMON BEALEPETER PRIMELINDSAY WILSONMARRIN HAGGIEGEORGE KINGINICHOLAS STANDENBENCHTANGATA MOEAKIANARU GRANTTROY WATERSMOKONUIARANGI McGRATHCoach: Hiki RuteneAUCKLAND LIONSPAUL FISI?IAHIMALOFOU SOLOMONAMIGUEL STARTANTHONY SWANNWILLIAM SORENSON(C) STEVE BUCKINGHAMKELVIN WRIGHTSIONE PUHAREGAN WIGGDYLAN DAVISEDDIE PURCELLFABIAN SOUTERWAYNE McDADEBENCHLUI TOIMOANASAM McKEDNRYPALETASALA ALEPAUL CAMPBELLCoach: Brian McClennanWELLINGTON ORCAS vs NORTHERN STORMWhakatikai Park, Wellington3:00pm KickoffThe second deferred match sees the wooden spooner Northern Storm travel to the national captial to take on the Orcas, who are only a spot ahead of them on the ladder. If the Orcas claim a win, they can jump right up into seventh.WELLINGTON ORCASALEHANA MARAJACK LOPAMELI KOLIAVUOMPALUS KUADESTA BUCHANANASHLEY PARKERBEN TARAEKAMATTHEW FITZGERALDLEON BOYDDALLAS RENNIE (C)HAYDEN DAVISJAMES MOALABEN MATULINOBENCHNATHAN McNAMARAPATRICK MATULINODANIEL MISADESMOND MITICoach: Paul BergmanNORTHERN STORMBRENDAN HIKAKARAYMON WALLACEHENRY TEOFILAMASON PUREINOKE TAUFADALEY JOHNSONTORY McKAYVINCENT MAFILINTON PRICESTEVE RAUADAM DONALDSONVICTOR TUTUILAJOE RAUBENCHHENRY GODINETDYLAN WEREERIC ABRAHAMJOE TOOTU-IOANECoach: Geoff MortonWEEK ONE PLAYOFFSSaturday, 26 August2nd vs 3rdCANTERBURY BULLS vs WAITAKERE RANGERSRugby League Park, Christchurch6:00pm KickoffThe first game of the playoffs looms as an interesting clash. The last time the sides clashed in Christchurch, the Rangers claimed a 30-18 victory. Since then however, the Bulls have been in a good vein of form, including running up 60 points at the Central Falcons in their final regular season game. A potential upset looms, however Canterbury are unlikely to slip up at home twice against the same team.CANTERBURY BULLSLUSI SIONESCOTT HURRELLDONAVAN AITKENLEE FIDOWLUCAS TAMAKAHAJOSH REUBENDUANE WINETIVINCE WHARESHANE BEYERSALEX TIMOJONNY LIMMERDANIEL METCALFCOREY LAWRIEBENCHGARETH COOKCLINTON FRASERROSS TURILOUIS FANENECoach: Philip PrescottWAITAKERE RANGERSCLIFFORD BEVERLEYBILLY CLARKENLEE TAMATOAROBINSON GODFREYMANA TUIPULOTU(CO-C) GAVIN BAILEYBERNARD PERENARAKARL EDMONDSONDEAN SHEPHERDHAMISH BARCLAY(CO-C) HENRY TURUAKARL GUTTENBEILSCOTT JONESBENCHJUNIOR FIUMARK TOE?LAUJAYE PUKEPUKEROB SEUALACoach: Bernie PerenaraMonday, 28 August4th vs 5thTAMAKI LEOPARDS vs COUNTIES MANUKAU JETZMt Smart Stadium, Auckland8.00pm Kick Off An interesting clash between two Auckland sides come up here. The Leopards have been flying under the radar the last few weeks, while the form of the Jetz has been inconsistent to say the least. TAMAKI LEOPARDSPAUL ATKINSTAAVILI LEAUNOAAIROE BOAZACONSTANTINE MIKAISAAKO HAGAITOAWILLIAM HETA (CO-C)MANA ASHFORDGEORGE TUAKURATROY BECROFTSINAVE FAITALE (CO-C)LEESON AH MAUISAAC LIAVAAGEOFFREY RUAPORODARIN KINGIBENCHRICHARD JOHNSON(KOTISI FAKALATA)SIONE NIUILAFRED TURUWHENUACOOPER VUNACoach: Dean ClarkCOUNTIES MANUKAU JETZDAVE HEKETOAJUNIOR TAVAGALIU FALEONOMARVIN FILIPOTALIVAKAOLA TUIFUA(C) ANDREW WHARTONELIAKIM UASIANDREW TAUAILEIMONI MOALATALIPOPE TUIFELASAIROMAN HIFOJAMES TAVAGASONNY FA?IBENCHJEFFREY MATAI(MAURICE AH VOA)WILLIAM WOLFGRAMMIRO TEARIKIJOHN VAIMAUGACoach: Gary Kemble

Wrap: Hasler and Mortimer

MANLY coach Des Hasler is the latest mentor to call on the NRL to employ a second referee during matches.

Challenge Cup Final Preview

HUDDERSFIELD captain Chris Thorman is "extremely doubtful" for the Challenge Cup final with a hamstring injury and is undergoing acupuncture to get fit.

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