WARRINGTON ensured they will be in the Super League play-offs for the second season in a row after handing out a rare defeat to second-placed Hull.
LEE Hopkins? two tries inspired Harlequins RL to a narrow 31-30 win over Wigan Warriors in a dramatic game at The Stoop, ending any relegation worries for the London side.
HUDDERSFIELD Giants celebrated their engage Super League survival with a 20-12 victory over French outfit Catalans Dragons in Perpignan.
REFEREE'S coach Robert Finch says match day officials were right in not awarding a try to Parramatta forward Glenn Morrison in the Eels narrow finals loss to Melbourne.
ST George Illawarra centre Mark Gasnier has been ruled out of Friday night's semi-final clash against Manly at Aussie Stadium due to a hip injury.
THE Gold Coast Titans have signed Canberra second rower Kris Kahler to a two-year deal. Kahler is the Titans 27th senior player signing and the club is amazed the 23-year-old was still unsigned for 2007.He joins an imposing forward pack for the new franchise which includes the likes of Luke Bailey, Anthony Laffranchi, Brad Meyers and Frank Puletua. The Titans recruitment drive is far from over, the club saying another six players would be added in coming weeks with a back-up halfback top of their priority list.Titans Media release 11/09/2006Kahler looking to do the hard yards at the Titans!Uncompromising Canberra Raiders second rower Kris Kahler is the latest addition to the Gold Coast Titans playing roster after agreeing to a two year deal with the new NRL franchise.Gold Coast Titans Managing Director Michael Searle saying ?The Signing of Kris as our 27th player is a true indication of our commitment to ensuring we have adequate depth for our inaugural year and beyond.??Kris is highly rated by our coaching staff and his return to Queensland is a bonus for the Titans. He is a strong, tough player who will place pressure on the starting pack immediately. This is an awesome signing for our club.? Coach John Cartwright is surprised the Titans were able to secure a player of Kris?s ability at this stage of the season. ?Kris was originally recommended to us by Matt Adamson, he is coming here for all the right reasons and we are excited to be able to add a player that can play in the front row and back row and who has a work ethic that will excite his fellow players.??I am very pleased that we have a very physical and workmanlike pack that won?t be taking a backward step. As a coach, that provides you with a chance to play enterprising football out wide.?Cartwright on Kris Kahler?s form in 2006.?Given he has forced his way back into the strong Raiders team after recovery from a shoulder reconstruction at the start of the season is a credit to him and his playing ability.??He has had an outstanding back end of the season and we rated his performances highly and his work rate will be a real bonus for our pack.?Gold Coast Titans Football Manager Scott Sattler believes Kahler is a fantastic addition and a great fit for the 2007 Titans. ?I think your players have got to reflect your Coach and Kris will fit into John Cartwright?s plans very well. He is tough, durable and very mobile.??Kris is one of those guys that players like playing alongside because he gets in there and does the dirty work. It?s players like Kris who help clubs grind out tough wins. John identified Kris very early on and to be able to get him here is a huge boost to our already impressive forward pack.?For Kris it?s a great opportunity and a chance to come home.?The Titans have provided me with a fantastic opportunity to be a foundation player at a Queensland NRL Club and for that I am truly grateful. The quality of the roster is unbelievable and I am really looking forward to playing under John Cartwright and Billy Johnstone.? ?I have heard a lot of really good things about John and I also believe the fitness regime of Billy Johnstone will help me reach the next level so I am very excited about the move to the Gold Coast.?Kris Kahler Profile Name Kris Kahler DOB 13TH February 1983Place of Birth Gympie QueenslandPosition Second RowHeight 191cm Weight 100kgJunior Club Gympie Devils Previous Clubs Brisbane Broncos, Canberra RaidersFirst Grade Debut Broncos v Tigers May 31 2002 The Titans haven?t finished yet. The door isn?t closed on recruitment for the Gold Coast Titans debut season with Managing Director Michael Searle suggesting another six players will be signed in the coming weeks.?Some of those players will have NRL experience and the balance will be secured by our coaching staff through our feeder club system in the Queensland Wizard Cup.? With a roster of forwards that would be the envy of any NRL Club, Searle says backline depth is the new focus. ?The possibility of securing additional outside backs and a half, five/eight to protect us against a run of injuries in the halves has become our next objective.?
PARRAMATTA trio Nathan Hindmarsh, Eric Grothe and Jarryd Hayne have been added to the Australian rugby league train-on squad.
NEWCASTLE hooker Danny Buderus could miss the rest of the finals series after being charged with a grade-three dangerous throw by the match review committee.
ST George Illawarra centre Mark Gasnier says he still doesn't know whether a hip injury will keep him out of Friday night's semi-final against Manly at Aussie Stadium.
FACTBOX on the NRL semi-finals (all times AEST):
NEWCASTLE'S Danny Buderus will be sweating on the NRL match review committee's ruling this morning with the Knights hooker facing the prospect of being suspended for the rest of the finals.
WAKEFIELD Wildcats 20 (Tadulala, Halpenny, Catic tries; Rooney 4 goals) def. Bradford Bulls 12 (Withers 2 tries; Deacon 2 goals). Att: 9,451.
WEEK one of the NRL Finals kicked off to a packed house in Newcastle with the local Knights downing the Manly Sea Eagles 25-18. The Sea Eagles dominated the first half before the home side mounted a tremendous comeback. The match ended controversially with Manly lock Ben Kennedy being sin binned for escalating a dust up, and Knights? hooker Danny Buderus being placed on report following a dangerous lifting tackle on Manly's Michael Robertson. Buderus now has a nervous wait as the NRL match review committee considers the case this morning. With other results going their way, the Sea Eagles live to fight another day as both teams move onto week two of the finals.Saturday evening took us to Brisbane and old Lang Park. An absolute bumper crowd of over 50,000 were on hand to see the St George Illawarra Dragons outclass the Brisbane Broncos by 20-4 at Suncorp Stadium. It was a superb defensive display from the Dragons who led 10-4 before keeping the Broncos scoreless in the second half. Both teams move onto week two of the finals with the main injury worry being to Saints centre Mark Gasnier.Later the same evening, the Canterbury Bulldogs are back on track after eliminating the Canberra Raiders by 30-12 at Sydney?s Telstra Stadium. The Raiders led 6-0 early on before the high flying Bulldogs powered home. The Bulldogs forwards handled the slippery conditions well in brushing aside the seventh-placed Raiders. Canberra are gone for 2006 while the Bulldogs earned a week off following their win.The first week of the finals wrapped up on Sunday with the Melbourne Storm grinding out a 12-6 win over a gallant Parramatta Eels at Melbourne?s Olympic Park. The minor premiers will enjoy a well-earned rest this week while the Eels now look ahead to 2007.All match results and details are listed below.UPCOMING MATCHES:Finals Week 2, 15-16 September 2006Friday 7:45pm DRAGONS v SEA EAGLES - Aussie StadiumSaturday 7:45pm KNIGHTS v BRONCOS - Aussie StadiumWant to be a live score updater? For further enquiries, email usMATCH RESULTS:League Wrap: NRL Finals, 8-10 September 2006Newcastle Knights: 25Tries: Kurt Gidley(2), Andrew Johns, Brian CarneyGoals: Andrew Johns 4/4Field Goals: Jarrod MullenManly Sea Eagles: 18Tries: Brett Stewart, Steve Matai, Michael RobertsonGoals: Matt Orford 3/4Half time: Sea Eagles 12-0Venue: EnergyAustralia StadiumCrowd: 23,752Referee: Sean HampsteadLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Kurt Gidley (Knights)2 - Steve Matai (Sea Eagles)1 - Brent Kite (Sea Eagles)Brisbane Broncos: 4Tries: Darius BoydGoals: Corey Parker 0/1St George Illawarra Dragons: 20Tries: Luke Bailey, Matt Cooper, Aaron Gorrell, Clint GreenshieldsGoals: Aaron Gorrell 2/3, Mathew Head 0/1Half time: Dragons 10-0Venue: Suncorp StadiumCrowd: 50,387Referee: Paul SimpkinsLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Matt Cooper (Dragons)2 - Luke Bailey (Dragons)1 - Jason Ryles (Dragons)Canterbury Bulldogs: 30Tries: Hazem El Masri, Luke Patten, Andrew Ryan, Daniel Holdsworth, Andrew EmelioGoals: Hazem El Masri 5/5Canberra Raiders: 12Tries: Phillip Graham, Adrian PurtellGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 2/2Half time: Bulldogs 12-6Venue: Telstra StadiumCrowd: 14,628Referee: Shayne HayneLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Daniel Holdsworth (Bulldogs)2 - Willie Mason (Bulldogs)1 - Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs)Melbourne Storm: 12Tries: Antonio Kaufusi, Steve TurnerGoals: Cameron Smith 2/2Parramatta Eels: 6Tries: Daniel WagonGoals: Luke Burt 1/1Half time: Storm 12-0Venue: Olympic Park MelbourneCrowd: 15,690Referee: Steve ClarkLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Antonio Kaufusi (Storm)2 - Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels)1 - Matt Geyer (Storm)The LeagueUnlimited.com players of the match are decided by our live score updaters and tallied here each week on Monday?s Expert League wrap.FULL DRAW, RESULTS & LINKS TO LIVE SCORES ? CLICK HERE
REDCLIFFE is in the grand final but star playmaker Marty Turner faces a race against the clock to be fit for Saturday's Queensland Wizard Cup decider against Toowoomba at Suncorp Stadium.The Dolphins went a step further than last season's narrow preliminary final loss to Burleigh when they downed a spirited Easts 30-16 at Dolphin Oval yesterday.Redcliffe is now seeking to avenge last weekend's nightmare 56-22 loss to the Clydesdales, whose staggering form threatens to turn the final into a one-horse race.Yesterday's game turned on a magnificent try-saving tackle by Redcliffe fullback Ryan Cullen on Easts No.1 Kevin Stephensen two minutes into the second half.If Stephensen had scored, Easts would have hit the front, but within six minutes Redcliffe's Nick Emmett had scored his second try and the Dolphins had kicked clear.Redcliffe may have to tunnel towards an upset victory in the grand final without halfback Turner (hamstring), an absentee yesterday for about 70 minutes.Turner has been outstanding this season, covering for the unexpected loss of first-choice halfback Shane Perry to the Broncos.In Turner's absence, Redcliffe's Michael Roberts was superb. Aided by Chris Fox and Danny Green, who was forced into a five-eighth role, Roberts engineered much of Redcliffe's play.If he was not scurrying from dummy half, he was scheming at first receiver or kicking downfield.Roberts sparked a wide right-hand shift for Rory Bromley to score, then drove a kick across the field of play to engineer Emmett's initial four-pointer.Then in the second half Roberts sped out of dummy half to link with Fox, who put Emmett over again.And an hour into the contest Roberts did it all himself, dummying left and right before plunging through a hole and diving over near the posts to ensure a Redcliffe victory.It was a classy display from one of the competition's best."I enjoy playing a bit of first receiver because I am an old halfback," Roberts told ABC television.Redcliffe led just 14-12 at halftime after Easts captain Matt Lockyer expertly sent Stephensen over to score five minutes before the break.REDCLIFFE 30 (Emmett 2, Cullen, Bromley, Fox, Roberts tries; Bourke 3 goals) d EASTS 16 (Neumann, Tyrrell, Stephensen tries; Branighan 2 goals).This article is courtesy of the Sunday Mail Queensland number one Sunday newspaer
GREAT Britain captain Paul Sculthorpe intends to come back fitter and stronger from his latest injury setback.