Rammo's rant

AT this time last season, with four rounds remaining, I remember thinking to myself that while the Dragons and Parramatta were the two dominant forces of the NRL, other sides like the Wests Tigers and North Queensland could scamper through the pack and take the title.

Nederland 34 def. Czech 28

EUROPEAN FEDERATION DEVELOPMENT INTERNATIONALNEDERLAND TASMAN 34 CZECH REPUBLIC 28A superb try saving tackle by outstanding Dutch full back Rudy Stanford-Smyth prevented the Czech Republic from a possible share of the spoils on their first foray onto foreign soil.There were huge positives for both nations in a terrific, flowing encounter; the Dutch fielding a predominantly home-based side showing great resolve to secure victory while the European newcomers proved that they have the talent to be competitive.Holland made a great start, racing to a 14-0 lead in the opening quarter hour as the Czech?s failed to complete their sets of six giving good field position to the men in Orange. Nottingham Outlaws? Phil Parkinson opened the scoring, with the excellent Stanford-Smyth crossing twice in three minutes as he linked decisively from the back.The visitors, initially suffering from the after-effects of a 1000km bus journey, began to find their feet, with stand off Mikhal Kucera at the heart of their best work.Prop P?emek Br?dle skittled the defence to power his way over and strong running second rower Josef Kucera posted the first of his three tries to reduce the gap to four points.On the stroke of half time, experienced Dutch scrum half Jorik Moree skipped clear and away for a fine solo try, Aaron de Jager?s second conversion making it 20-10 at the break.Within ten minutes of the re-start the Dutch had doubled their advantage, confidently spreading the ball wide to create touchdowns for wingmen Cameron Stewart and Jamie Groeneweg.Mikhal and Josef Kucera replied, with Mikhal converting both efforts to bring the score to 30-22, only for Moree to produce another expertly timed dart on the 70th minute for the hosts.Josef Kucera deservedly completed his try treble to set up a tense finish, Standford-Smyth securing victory with his heroic late tackle.European Rugby League Development Officer Kevin Rudd, who oversaw the clash, commented; ?I would like to pay tribute to the Czech squad who conducted themselves superbly on and off the field and made great efforts to play the match. Their sporting spirit was admirable and they are a welcome addition to the growing European Rugby League family.?Czech General Secretary Milan Mrtynek added, ?That was a great learning experience for us and all the guys enjoyed the game. We look forward to more Rugby League and welcoming more teams to Prague to give us further experience.?Netherlands RL President Ian Thompson was equally enthusiastic, ?It was a fantastic display of open rugby with great flair and attacking play from both sides. With ninety per cent of our squad from Holland, that was a great development for us? he said.Source: www.rlef.eu.com

Qld Statewide score wrap - 7 Aug 06

XXXX STATEWIDE SCORE WRAPThe latest scores and standings from major rugby league competitions around Queensland. Includes result of Mount Isa grand final and details of grand finals and finals matches to be held this week.>>MAJOR COMPETITIONSQLD WIZARD CUPRound 20: Toowoomba 42 d Norths 34, Wynnum Manly 30 d Souths Logan 24, North Queensland 30 d Redcliffe 12, Central 40 d Ipswich 20, Burleigh 24 d Tweed Heads 20. Easts bye.Standings: North Queensland 29, Toowoomba 28, Redcliffe 26, Tweed Heads 20, Easts 20, Burleigh 19, Norths 15, Central 13, Souths Logan 12, Wynnum Manly 12, Ipswich 6.QLD WOMENSRound 16: Brothers 48 d Caboolture 4, Wests Centenary 42 d Wests Mitchelton 20.Standings: Ipswich Brothers 28, Wests Centenary 22, Wests Mitchelton 10, Caboolture 2.ARRIVE ALIVE CUPNorthern Semi Finals: Ignatius Park College 18 d Kirwan SHS 14, St Brendan?s Yeppoon 44 d Abergowrie College 6.Northern Final: St Brendan?s Yeppoon v Ignatius Park College, Mackay Souths, Wednesday August 9, 3pm.Southern Semi Finals: Keebra Park SHS 36 d Marsden SHS 0, Palm Beach Currumbin SHS 32 d Redcliffe SHS 0.Southern Final: Keebra Park SHS v Palm Beach Currumbin SHS, Pizzey Park, Wednesday August 9, 6.30pm. >>> SOUTH EAST DIVISIONFOGS CUPRound 20: Wynnum Manly 28 d Souths Logan 26, Norths 42 d Aspley 14, Ipswich 16 d Western Districts 12, Sunshine Coast 13 d Redcliffe 12, Tweed Heads 34 d Burleigh 4. Easts bye.Standings: Tweed Heads 32, Burleigh 23, Wynnum Manly 22, Easts 22, Souths Logan 20, Sunshine Coast 20, Redcliffe 17, Norths 14, Ipswich 12, Aspley 10, Western Districts 8. FOGS COLTS CHALLENGERound 20: Wynnum Manly 42 d Souths Logan 38, Redcliffe 28 d Sunshine Coast 22, Aspley 44 d Norths 10, Western Districts 10 d Ipswich 4, Tweed Heads 32 d Burleigh 20. Easts bye.Standings: Redcliffe 29, Norths 28, Easts 24, Wynnum Manly 20, Aspley 20, Souths Logan 19, Tweed Heads 19, Burleigh 15, Western Districts 11, Ipswich 10, Sunshine Coast 5. SPOTLESS CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPStandings: Redcliffe 242, Tweed Heads 233, Easts 218, Burleigh 190, Norths 186, Wynnum Manly 174, Souths Logan 165, Ipswich 90, Aspley 90, Sunshine Coast 75, Western Districts 57.XXXX BRISBANE SECOND DIVISIONNORTHSIDE ONERound 16: Pine Rivers 28 d Aspley Demons 26, Northern Suburbs Juniors 20 drew Sandgate Brighton Gaters 20, Samford 22 d Northside Natives 14, Fortitude Valley Juniors 26 d Banyo 14, Dayboro 32 d Brook Sharks 0. Standings: Dayboro 30, Banyo 21, Fortitude Valley Juniors 20, Samford 19, Pine Rivers 18, Aspley Demons 15, Sandgate Brighton Gaters 14, Brook Sharks 9, Northside Natives 8, Northern Suburbs Juniors 8.SOUTHSIDE ONERound 18: Wests Inala 26 d Capalaba Juniors 10, St Brendans 26 d Mt Gravatt 14, Greenbank 10 d Carina 6.Standings: St Brendans 30, Carina 30, Greenbank 25, Wests Inala 21, Mt Gravatt 18, Wynnum Manly Juniors 10, Capalaba Juniors 6, Logan Brothers 0.NORTHSIDE TWORound 20: Deception Bay Juniors 56 d Aspley Demons 16, Fortitude Valley Juniors 44 d Burpengary 38, Northern Raiders 56 d Pine Central Holy Spirit 16, Normanby 26 d Deception Bay Bombers 16, Arana Hills bye.Standings: Mitchelton 36, Ferny Grove 35, Normanby 34, Northern Raiders 26, Deception Bay Bombers 26, Arana Hills 24, Deception Bay Juniors 22, Aspley Demons 13, Pine Central Holy Spirit 10, Fortitude Valley Juniors 10, Burpengary 4. SOUTHSIDE TWORound 21: Logan Brothers 20 d Carina 0 (forfeit), Beenleigh Juniors 20 d Sunnybank 18, Rochedale 28 d Redlands 6, Bears bye.Standings: Rochedale 36, Beenleigh Juniors 32, Sunnybank 30, Logan Brothers 29, Redlands 18, Bears 12, Carina 11. Finals: Minor Semi ? Sunnybank v Logan Brothers, Kookaburra Park, Saturday August 12, 1.15pm. Major Semi ? Rochedale v Beenleigh Juniors, Kookaburra Park, Saturday August 12, 3pm.SOUTHSIDE THREERound 21: Logan Wanderers 38 d Bulimba Valleys 24, Rochedale 62 d Browns Plains 22, St Brendans 34 d Beenleigh Juniors 4, Slacks Creek 20 d Wynnum Manly Juniors 0 (forfeit).Standings: St Brendans 34, Slacks Creek 31, Logan Wanderers 30, Beenleigh Juniors 21, Rochedale 18, Wynnum Manly Juniors 16, Browns Plains 10, Bulimba Valleys 8.Finals: Minor Semi ? Logan Wanderers v Beenleigh Juniors, Carina, Saturday August 12, 1.15pm. Major Semi ? St Brendan?s v Slacks Creek, Carina, Saturday August 12, 3pm.SOUTHSIDE FOURPreliminary Final: Browns Plains 28 d Wests Inala 26.Standings: Wests Inala 34, Carina 30, Browns Plains 27, Cannon Hill 22, North Stradbroke Island 22, Waterford 10, Slacks Creek 5, Bears 2. Grand Final: Carina v Browns Plains, Davies Park, Saturday August 12, 1.15pm.ALBERT BISHOP SHIELDPreliminary Final: Eastern Suburbs Juniors 38 d Arana Hills 10.Standings: Redlands 32, Eastern Suburbs Juniors 28, Fortitude Valley Juniors 25, Arana Hills 22, Wynnum Manly Juniors 18, Sunnybank 18, Waterford 15, Centenary 4, Aspley Demons 4, Mustangs 4.Grand Final: Redlands v Eastern Suburbs, Davies Park, Saturday August 12, 3pm.ARTHUR SPARKS SHIELDRound 19: Eastern Suburbs Juniors 24 d St Brendans 14, Mitchelton 32 drew Mustangs 32, Arana Hills 56 d Capalaba Juniors 4, Sandgate Brighton Gaters 34 d Logan Brothers 24, Browns Plains 42 d Pine Central Holy Spirit 34, Wynnum Manly Juniors bye.Standings: Sandgate Brighton Gaters 30, Arana Hills 29, Mustangs 29, Logan Brothers 28, Wynnum Manly Juniors 26, Eastern Suburbs Juniors 24, Mitchelton 24, St Brendans 18, Capalaba Juniors 10, Browns Plains 6, Pine Central Holy Spirit 4. Finals: Minor Semi ? Mustangs v Logan Brothers, Bray Park, Saturday August 12, 1.15pm. Major Semi ? Sandgate Brighton v Arana Hills, Bray Park, Saturday August 12, 3pm.>>NORTHERN DIVISIONBENDIGO BANK PREMIERSHIP (Cairns)Round 20: Kangaroos 36 d Tully 34, Atherton 88 d Yarrabah 20, Brothers 42 d Ivanhoes 0, Suburbs 43 d Mareeba 26, Mossman Port Douglas 62 d Edmonton 20. Innisfail bye.Standings: Brothers 35, Innisfail 33, Kangaroos 31, Atherton 26, Ivanhoes 25, Mareeba 22, Tully 22, Mossman Port Douglas 18, Yarrabah 14, Suburbs 12, Edmonton 2.TOWNSVILLE DISTRICTS RLRound 18: Herbert River 23 d Burdekin 22, Brothers 56 d Centrals 12, Sharks United 46 d Charters Towers 34. University bye.Standings: Brothers 68, Herbert River 52, Sharks United 48, Burdekin 42, Centrals 34, Charters Towers 32, University 12.* Wins worth 4pts in TDRLMERCURY CUP (Mackay)Round 17: Sarina 30 d Brothers 28, Moranbah 60 d Wests 20, Souths 40 d Magpies 26, Norths 46 d Whitsunday 14.Standings: Moranbah 28, Souths 26, Brothers 24, Sarina 16, Norths 14, Magpies 14, Whitsunday 10, Wests 4.Finals: Fifth Place Playoff ? Norths v Magpies, Mackay JRL, Wednesday August 9, 7pm. Elimination Final ? Sarina v Winner 5th Place Playoff, Mackay JRL, Sunday August 13, 2pm (TBC). Qualifying Final ? Souths v Brothers, Mackay JRL, Sunday August 13, 3.45pm (TBC).MID WEST RLWeek 16: Doomadgee d Julia Creek on forfeit, Hughenden d Richmond on forfeit. Standings: Doomadgee 24, Hughenden 24, Normanton 24, Cloncurry 12, Julia Creek 6, Richmond -3.Finals: Major Semi ? Doomadgee v Hughenden, Burketown, Saturday August 12, 5pm/6pm (TBC). Minor Semi ? Normanton v Cloncurry, Normanton, Saturday August 12, 5pm/6pm (TBC).MOUNT ISA RLGrand Final: Town 20 (Dave Bartolo 2, Mick Geary, Jamie Hull, Gavin Bunney tries) d Wanderers 14 (Johnny Chapman, Danny Goddard, Nyle Byrnes tries; Ben Baillie goal).Standings: Town 16, Wanderers 14, Desert Sharks 12, Brothers 6, Black Stars 6.>>CENTRAL DIVISIONEXTENDED LEAGUERound 9: Rockhampton Brothers 44 d CQU Norths 16, Gladstone Brothers 26 d Tannum Sands 20, Yeppoon 48 d Valleys 20, Wallabys 68 d Biloela 20. Fitzroy Gracemere bye.Standings: CQU Norths 13, Wallabys 12, Gladstone Brothers 12, Rockhampton Brothers 11, Fitzroy Gracemere 10, Yeppoon 8, Tannum Sands 4, Valleys 2, Biloela 0.Finals: Commence August 26/27 following completion of district league finals.ROCKHAMPTON DISTRICT RLMajor Semi: Rockhampton Brothers 28 d CQU Norths 12.Minor Semi: Fitzroy Gracemere 28 d Yeppoon 26.Standings: CQU Norths 16, Rockhampton Brothers 15, Fitzroy Gracemere 15, Yeppoon 2.Finals: Preliminary Final ? CQU Norths v Fitzroy Gracemere, Browne Park, Sunday August 13, 3pm.GLADSTONE DISTRICT RLMajor Semi: Wallabys 24 d Gladstone Brothers 12.Minor Semi: Tannum Sands 24 d Valleys 16.Standings: Gladstone Brothers 21, Wallabys 19, Tannum Sands 10, Valleys 6, Biloela 4.Finals: Preliminary Final ? Gladstone Brothers v Tannum Sands, Marley Brown Oval, Sunday August 13, 3pm.CENTRAL HIGHLANDS RLRound 16: Clermont 34 d Blackwater 30, Middlemount 40 drew Springsure 40, Emerald Tigers 56 d Emerald Cowboys 8.Standings: Clermont 26, Blackwater 21, Emerald Tigers 20, Middlemount 17, Emerald Cowboys 9, Springsure 3.CENTRAL WEST RLPreliminary Final: Winton 36 d Barcaldine 34.Standings: Barcaldine 20, Longreach 14, Winton 14, Ilfracombe 8, Blackall 4.Grand Final: Longreach v Winton, Longreach Showgrounds, Saturday August 12, 6pm.>>WIDE BAY DIVISION4BU-HITZ FM PREMIERSHIP (Bundaberg)Round 15: Wests 34 d Easts 24, Wallaroos 40 d Brothers 22, Hervey Bay 24 d Across The Waves 20.Standings: Wests 21, Hervey Bay 20, Across The Waves 16, Easts 13, Wallaroos 10, Brothers 8*. * Deducted two points for fielding unregistered player. Finals: Elimination Final ? Easts v Wallaroos, Salter Oval, Sunday August 13, 1.30pm. Qualifying Final ? Hervey Bay v Across The Waves, Sunday August 13, 3.10pm.WIDE BAY AUSTRALIA CUP (Northern Districts)Major Semi: Biggenden 34 d South Kolan 26.Minor Semi: Gin Gin 26 d Miriam Vale 24.Standings: Biggenden 28, South Kolan 20, Miriam Vale 18, Gin Gin 16, Avondale 8.Preliminary Final: South Kolan v Gin Gin, Shark Park, Sunday August 13, 2.45pm.CENTRAL BURNETTNo fixtures.Standings: Eidsvold 12, Calliope 8, Monto 6.BRAD BACKER SHIELD (Fraser Coast)Round 12: Brothers 28 d Wests 24, Rovers d Titans on forfeit.Standings: Brothers 24, Rovers 12, Wests 8, Titans 4.Finals: Semi Final 1 ? Brothers v Titans, Eskdale Park, Friday August 11, 6pm. Semi Final 2 ? Rovers v Wests, Eskdale Park, Friday August 11, 7.30pm.MAROOCHY RSL CUP (Sunshine Coast)Round 16: Noosa 48 d Nambour 8, Maroochydore Coolum 62 d Gympie Cooloola 20, Caloundra 50 d Bribie Island 14, Kawana 30 d Beerwah 8. Caboolture bye.Standings: Caloundra 30, Noosa 26, Kawana 22, Caboolture 22, Nambour 19, Maroochydore Coolum 17, Beerwah 10, Gympie Cooloola 9, Bribie Island 5.SUNSHINE COAST GYMPIE AMATEURSRound 15: Beachmere 26 d Pomona 18, Kilcoy d Palmwoods on forfeit. Yandina bye.Standings: Kilcoy 30, Beachmere 23, Pomona 19, Yandina 12, Palmwoods 6.Finals: Minor Semi ? Pomona v Yandina, Pomona, Saturday August 12, 3.30pm. Major Semi ? Kilcoy v Beachmere, Pomona, Saturday August 12, 5pm.>>SOUTH WEST DIVISIONWAGNER?S FIRST GRADE (Toowoomba)Round 19: Valleys 48 d Brothers 4, Wattles 39 d Souths 32, Oakey 52 d Goondiwindi 24, Gatton 50 d Pittsworth 48, Dalby 28 d Warwick 26. Newtown bye.Standings: Valleys 34, Brothers 30, Goondiwindi 28, Dalby 24, Oakey 24, Wattles 23, Gatton 20, Pittsworth 17, Souths 14, Warwick 10, Newtown 4. ROMA DISTRICTS RLRound 15: Mitchell 38 d Miles 22, Cities 50 d St George 30, Red Bulls 46 d Chinchilla 10.Standings: St George 19, Mitchell 17, Cities 16, Red Bulls 16, Miles 13, Chinchilla 9.Finals: Minor Semi ? Cities v Red Bulls, Bassett Park, Sunday August 13, 3pm.BORDER LEAGUERound 15: Stanthorpe 25 d Killarney 24, Tenterfield 28 d Inglewood 10.Standings: Tenterfield 22, Killarney 20, Stanthorpe 11, Inglewood 3.WESTERN RLMinor Semi: Cunnamulla 86 d Quilpie 0.Standings: Charleville 22, Tambo 19, Cunnamulla 11, Quilpie 8. Finals: Major Semi ? Charleville v Tambo, Charleville, Saturday August 12, 3pm.>>SOUTHERN DIVISIONQLD GROUP CUP (Ipswich)Round 16: Norths 22 d Swifts 16, Brothers 32 d Redbank Plains 0, Goodna 42 d South Burnett 34, Springfield 30 d West End 20, Fassifern 48 d Laidley 16.Standings: Brothers 30, South Burnett 26, Norths 20, Goodna 18, Springfield 18, Fassifern 14, Redbank Plains 12, West End 10, Swifts 9, Laidley 3. SMARTLEND CUP (Gold Coast)Round 17: Beaudesert 38 d Mudgeeraba 6, Runaway Bay 40 d Tweed Heads 34, Tugun 118 d Helensvale 4, Southport 34 d Burleigh 26, Uni Parkwood 32 d Nerang 24.Standings: Tugun 34, Burleigh 28, Runaway Bay 25, Southport 18, Beaudesert 18, Uni Parkwood 17, Tweed Heads 14, Nerang 8, Mudgeeraba 4, Helensvale 2.

Judiciary charges

MELBOURNE fullback Billy Slater is facing his third suspension of the season while Newcastle captain Andrew Johns has also been charged by the match review committee.

Bowman may be forced to retire

NORTH Queensland veteran Paul Bowman could be forced into early retirement if a career-threatening neck injury doesn't improve over the next month.

Quagmire no barrier for Jets

THE Newtown Jets handled the Henson Park quagmire on Saturday better than the visiting Newcastle Knights, with the Jets winning this 22nd round VB Premier League match by 38-16. The Knights travelled to Henson Park with an impressive recent winning record and needed to win to sustain their late charge for the finals. Newtown took charge of this game with four tries within the space of fifteen minutes in the first half and had run up a 26-6 lead by half-time.Newtown scored again early in the second half when halfback Jamie Soward fired out a superb midfield pass to the unmarked Jets winger Aaron Lai who scored unopposed. The Knights staged a brief rally fifteen minutes from full-time when they put on two quick tries to trail 30-16. A late penalty goal and converted try to the irrepressible Soward took Newtown out to their final winning margin of 38-16.This was a competent and workmanlike performance from the Jets, given Henson Park?s bog-like midfield area and the late changes made to the original team selection. Newtown coach Paul Young was pleased with the team?s discipline and adherence to the game plan where they targeted deficiencies in the Knights? blindside defence. The Jets forwards had marginally the better of their rugged opponents in muddy playing conditions rarely encountered in recent seasons. Front-rowers Glenn Hall and Charles Tonga led the way with full-blooded charges and some clever off-loads, while hooker Heath L?Estrange made a lot of valuable ground from dummy half including an excellent scampering first ?half try. Backrower Grant Millington was voted the players? player on the day and other forwards who impressed were Adam Schubert and Mitch Aubusson.Halfback Jamie Soward was the game?s standout player with three tries and five goals, a good kicking game and clever ball distribution in the difficult conditions underfoot. Centre Lelea Paea, winger Troy Malcolm and fullback Aidan Kirk were the best of the other backs. Daniel Dumas played a valuable utility role and put on some of his now customary crunching hits.In the curtain-raiser at Henson Park on Saturday, Newtown?s Jim Beam Cup team turned in a very disappointing display when they dropped two valuable premiership points in going down 30-22 to competition tail-enders Belrose. The visitors grabbed two early tries and maintained the whip-hand in the particularly slushy playing conditions that prevailed in the early part of the afternoon. Belrose led 22-16 at half-time and despite fighting back to trail by 26-22 late in the second half, the Jets simply didn?t play well enough and made too many fundamental errors to deserve to win the game. The Jets now face a tough assignment against the Sydney Bulls in a deferred Jim Beam Cup competition match this Tuesday night (8th August) at Henson Park with this match due to start at 7.00pm.Newtown plays away in both grades next weekend. In the Jim Beam Cup competition the Jets will face up to the Sydney Bulls for the second time in five days when they travel to the Crest Stadium on Saturday (August 12th) for a 4.30pm kick-off.In the VB Premier League, the Jets take on the St. Marys-Penrith Cougars at the Western Weekender Stadium also on Saturday (August 12th) with this match timed for a 2.00pm kick-off.Photo:Newtown Jets hooker Heath L?Estrange (with ball) was in top form in the tough going at Henson Park on Saturday.Photo courtesy of Gary Sutherland Photography.

Monday?s Expert League Wrap - Round 22, 2006

FRIDAY night football saw a near capacity crowd brave damp conditions and witness a resurgent Parramatta Eels down an out-of-form St George Illawarra Dragons 28-6. The result sees the Eels in seventh position and 24 points on the National Rugby League ladder. The Dragons slip two places to sixth spot and 26 points.Saturday football kicked off in Auckland with a small crowd on hand to witness the New Zealand Warriors post a 12-10 victory over the Cronulla Sharks. The 13th-placed Warriors are on 18 points. The Sharks are seemingly anchored on 22 points and have now slipped out of the top eight. Saturday night took us to Melbourne to see competition leaders the Storm thrash last year?s premiers Wests Tigers by 46-4. The result almost confirms Melbourne as minor premiers for 2006. Now on 38 competition points and six points clear of the field, the southern franchise is looking odds on to go all the way. Things are not so rosy for the 12th-placed Wests Tigers, Struggling to keep in touch on 20 points, the Tigers appear to have little chance of making the cut in four weeks time.Meanwhile, the Canterbury Bulldogs were asserting their authority in clobbering the North Queensland Cowboys 54-14 in Townsville. The result was the final nail in the coffin for the Cowboys. Last year?s grand finalists, the North Queenslanders began their season with a flurry of victories. But now the 10th-placed Cowboys are on 22 points and in real danger of missing out on a finals berth. The Bulldogs led 30-0 at half time and are firming up as real contenders in this year?s competition. With 32 points and in outright second position, the Bulldogs may the only team standing in the way of Melbourne.Sunday football gave us three matches kicking off with the Raiders running over the top the Brisbane Broncos by 30-18 in Canberra. The result confirms that the Broncos are indeed in a post-Origin slump as they cling to third spot amongst a log jam of teams on 26 points. The Raiders put in a fine performance and must fancy themselves. They are now in the top eight on 24 points and only have to remain consistent to be there come finals time.The Newcastle Knights have been promoted to fourth spot after they disposed of the Sydney Roosters by 32-18 at Central Coast Stadium. The Roosters are on 18 competition points and in second last position, their season ending some time ago.Round 22 wrapped up at Homebush with the South Sydney Rabbitohs defeating the Penrith Panthers 32-26. The win takes the Rabbitohs to eight points on the competition ladder as they focus on getting themselves into double figures. With no chance of avoiding the wooden spoon, Souths are playing for pride and contracts. The 11th-placed Panthers are not playing like a team competing for a top eight spot and don?t really deserve a rating. But on 22 points and with four rounds remaining, they are still a chance to jag a finals berth.All match results and details are listed below.LeagueUnlimited.com Player AwardsThis year?s LeagueUnlimited.com Player Awards has got a new leader with Melbourne hooker Cameron Smith coming first on 27 points. Canberra full back Clinton Schifcofske maintains second spot on the leader board with 26 points. Not far away are Preston Campbell (Panthers) and Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels) on 21 points while Greg Inglis (Storm), Willie Mason (Bulldogs), and Matt Orford (Sea Eagles) are on 20 points. On 19 points, and still a chance of taking out the award, are Ben Kennedy (Sea Eagles) and Andrew Johns (Knights).The full leader board is below.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.Want to be a live score updater? For further enquiries, email usMATCH RESULTS:League Wrap: Round 22, 4 August ? 6 August 2006Parramatta Eels: 28Tries: Eric Grothe (2), Luke Burt, Chad RobinsonGoals: Luke Burt 6/7St George Illawarra Dragons: 6Tries: Colin BestGoals: Mathew Head 1/2Half time: Eels 10-6Venue: Parramatta StadiumCrowd: 19,137Referee: Steve ClarkLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Nathan Cayless (Eels)2 - Peter-John Marsh (Eels)1 - John Morris (Eels)New Zealand Warriors: 12Tries: Michael Luck, Grant RovelliGoals: Tony Martin 2/3Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 10Tries: Luke Covell, Brett KimmorleyGoals: Luke Covell 1/2Half time: 6 allVenue: Mt Smart (Ericsson) StadiumCrowd: 4,850Referee: Jason RobinsonLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Steve Price (Warriors)2 - Grant Rovelli (Warriors)1 - Paul Gallen (Sharks)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 LolesiHalf time: Storm 16-4Venue: Olympic Park MelbourneCrowd: 12,481Referee: Sean HampsteadLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Jake Webster (Storm)2 - Scott Hill (Storm)1 - Cameron Smith (Storm)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 9/9Half time: Bulldogs 30-0Venue: Dairy Farmers StadiumCrowd: 20,486Referee: Paul SimpkinsLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Sonny Bill Williams (Bulldogs)2 - Andrew Ryan (Bulldogs)1 - Willie Tonga (Bulldogs)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 3/3Half time: Raiders 14-6Venue: Canberra StadiumCrowd: 13,137Referee: Gavin BadgerLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Alan Tongue (Raiders)2 - Adam Mogg (Raiders)1 - Phillip Graham (Raiders)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 6/6Half time: Knights 26-6Venue: Central Coast StadiumCrowd: 18,124Referee: Tony ArcherLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Andrew Johns (Knights)2 - Danny Buderus (Knights)1 - Milton Thaiday (Knights)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 3/5Half time: Rabbitohs 16-10Venue: Telstra StadiumCrowd: 9,126Referee: Ben CumminsLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Nathan Merritt (Rabbitohs)2 - Joe Williams (Rabbitohs)1 - Preston Campbell (Panthers)Sea Eagles v ByeFULL DRAW, RESULTS & LINKS TO LIVE SCORES ? CLICK HEREUPCOMING MATCHES:Round 23, 11-13 August 2006Fri 7:30 KNIGHTS v SEA EAGLES - EnergyAustralia Stadium Sat 7:30 (NZ) 5:30 (AEST) WARRIORS v COWBOYS - Mt Smart (Ericsson) StadiumSat 7:30 PANTHERS v ROOSTERS - CUA Stadium, Penrith Sat 7:30 SHARKS v EELS - Toyota Park Sun 2:30 BRONCOS v STORM - Suncorp Stadium Sun 3:00 BULLDOGS v DRAGONS - Telstra StadiumSun 3:00 TIGERS v RAIDERS - Campbelltown Stadium RABBITOHS v BYE FOR LATEST CENTREBET ODDSCLICK HERELEAGUEUNLIMITED.COM PLAYER AWARDS 2006LEADER BOARDThe Leagueunlimited.com players awards are decided by our live score updaters.Want to be a live score updater? For further enquiries, email us.27 pointsCameron Smith (Storm)26 pointsClinton Schifcofske (Raiders)21 pointsPreston Campbell (Panthers), Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels)20 pointsGreg Inglis (Storm), Willie Mason (Bulldogs), Matt Orford (Sea Eagles)19 pointsBen Kennedy (Sea Eagles), Andrew Johns (Knights)17 pointsCooper Cronk (Storm), Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)16 pointsDanny Buderus (Knights)14 pointsMatthew Bowen (Cowboys), Mark Gasnier (Dragons)13 pointsAdam Dykes (Sharks), Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs), Darren Lockyer (Broncos)12 pointsSteve Price (Warriors), Jason Smith (Raiders)11 pointsRoy Asotasi (Bulldogs), Karmichael Hunt (Broncos), Scott Prince (Tigers)10 pointsPetero Civoniceva (Broncos), Robert Farah (Tigers), Paul Gallen (Sharks), Sonny Bill Williams (Bulldogs)9 pointsCraig Fitzgibbon (Roosters), Mathew Head (Dragons), Brett Hodgson (Tigers), Alan Tongue (Raiders)8 pointsBrett Kimmorley (Sharks), Corey Parker (Broncos), Grant Rovelli (Warriors), Rhys Wesser (Panthers), Ruben Wiki (Warriors), Dean Young (Dragons)7 pointsSteve Bell (Sea Eagles), Nathan Merritt (Rabbitohs), Mark O?Meley (Bulldogs), Aaron Payne (Cowboys), David Peachey (Rabbitohs), Amos Roberts (Roosters), Steve Simpson (Knights)6 pointsNathan Cayless (Eels), Craig Gower (Panthers), Nathan Fien (Warriors), Ryan Hoffman (Storm), Luke Lewis (Panthers), Steve Menzies (Sea Eagles), Andrew Ryan (Bulldogs), Lance Thompson (Sharks)5 pointsTrent Barrett (Dragons), Dean Collis (Tigers), Peter Cusack (Rabbitohs), Brett Finch (Roosters), Aaron Gorrell (Dragons), Jarryd Hayne (Eels), Justin Hodges (Broncos), Wade McKinnon (Eels), Luke O'Donnell (Cowboys), Simon Mannering (Warriors), Luke Priddis (Panthers), Brad Thorn (Broncos), Brent Webb (Warriors)4 pointsDarren Albert (Sharks), Greg Bird (Sharks), Brian Carney (Knights), Matt Cooper (Dragons), Sione Faumuina (Warriors), Phillip Graham (Raiders), David Kidwell (Storm), Scott Hill (Storm), Ben Hornby (Dragons), Anthony Laffranchi (Tigers), Adam MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Fuifui Moimoi (Eels), Clint Newton (Knights), Brent Sherwin (Bulldogs), David Simmons (Sharks), Billy Slater (Storm), Jamie Soward (Roosters), John Sutton (Rabbitohs), Milton Thaiday (Knights), Anthony Tupou (Roosters), Paul Whatuira (Tigers), Lincoln Withers (Raiders)3 pointsLuke Bailey (Dragons), Joel Clinton (Panthers), Darius Boyd (Broncos), Luke Covell (Sharks), Michael Crocker (Storm), Greg Eastwood (Broncos), Matthew Gidley (Knights), Michael Gordon (Panthers), Clint Greenshields (Dragons), Nathan Hinton (Knights), Brett Kearney (Sharks), Luke MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Reni Maitua (Bulldogs), Manase Manuokafoa (Rabbitohs), Adam Mogg (Raiders), John Morris (Eels), Luke O?Dwyer (Eels), Michael Robertson (Sea Eagles), Jerome Ropati (Warriors), Matt Sing (Cowboys), Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles), Tame Tupou (Broncos), Matthew Utai (Bulldogs), Anthony Watmough (Sea Eagles), Jake Webster (Storm), Joe Williams (Rabbitohs)2 pointsBrenton Bowen (Cowboys), Travis Burns (Sea Eagles), George Carmont (Knights), Todd Carney (Raiders), Daniel Fitzhenry (Tigers), Keith Galloway (Tigers), Awen Guttenbeil (Warriors), Ashley Harrison (Roosters), Wairangi Koopu (Warriors), Tom Learoyd-Lahrs (Raiders), Tony Martin (Warriors), Anthony Minichiello (Roosters), Mark O'Meley (Bulldogs), Peter-John Marsh (Eels), Benji Marshall (Tigers), Luke Patten (Bulldogs), Josh Perry (Knights), Todd Polglase (Rabbitohs), Luke Rooney (Panthers), John Skandalis (Tigers), Craig Smith (Knights), Tim Smith (Eels), Iosia Soliola (Roosters), Steven Southern (Cowboys), Timana Tahu (Eels), Clinton Toopi (Warriors), Evarn Tuimavave (Warriors), Nigel Vagana (Sharks), Trent Waterhouse (Panthers), Shane Webcke (Broncos), Michael Weyman (Raiders), Craig Wing (Roosters)1 pointPaul Bowman (Cowboys), Ben Creagh (Dragons), Shayne Dunley (Sea Eagles), Michael Ennis (Broncos), Shaun Foley (Roosters), Nathan Friend (Storm), Matt Geyer (Storm), Kurt Gidley (Knights), Tony Grimaldi (Bulldogs), Chris Hicks (Sea Eagles), Daniel Holdsworth (Bulldogs), Lee Hookey (Panthers), Matt King (Storm), Todd Lowrie (Knights), Steve Matai (Sea Eagles), Daryl Millard (Dragons), Ryan O'Hara (Tigers), Shannon McDonnell (Tigers), Mark Riddell (Eels), Shane Rodney (Panthers), David Shillington (Roosters), Brent Tate (Broncos), Willie Tonga (Bulldogs), Shane Tronc (Cowboys), Taniela Tuiaki (Tigers), Ben Walker (Rabbitohs), Simon Woolford (Raiders), William Zillman (Raiders)

engage Super League Rd 23 Review

BRADFORD Bulls 50 (Newton 2, Gene, Lynch, Pryce, Vagana, Hape, Meyers, Vainikolo tries; Deacon 7 goals) def. Warrington Wolves 22 (Bridge 2, Kohe-Love, Reardon tries; Briers 3 goals). Att: 11,469. Bradford ended their loosing streak against their voodoo team Warrington with a resounding win at the Grattan Stadium Odsal.

Weekend wrap

BRISBANE has maintained its slender grip on third spot on the NRL ladder despite crashing to a fourth straight defeat with a 30-18 loss to Canberra yesterday.The Broncos are now locked on 26 competition points with Newcastle, Manly and St George Illawarra, with the Dragons slipping to sixth spot on points differential after their fourth consecutive defeat.The Knights meanwhile moved back into the top four with a 32-18 win over Sydney Roosters at Gosford yesterday to set up a blockbuster clash with the Sea Eagles at EnergyAustralia Stadium on Friday night.Andrew Johns has warned rivals the Knights won't "choke" in the big matches in September. Johns scored a try and set up several others to help earn the Knights a top-four spot and effectively kill off the slim semi-final hopes of the Roosters. The Newcastle captain concedes the Knights are about ten per cent behind pacesetters Melbourne and the Bulldogs but can bridge the gap come finals time.Elsewhere, Penrith's top eight hopes was dealt a cruel blow yesterday with the Panthers succumbing to a 32-26 loss against bottom side South Sydney. After going into the contest eying off eighth spot on the ladder, the Panthers now find themselves in 11th and needing to win all four of their remaining matches to make the finals.Meanwhile, Melbourne will find out today if it will pay a heavy price for Saturday night's win over Wests Tigers with prop Brett White and fullback Billy Slater sure to come under the microscope from the NRL match review committee.White was put on report for a high tackle on Tigers centre Jamaal Lolesi while Slater could also be in trouble for a forearm to the head of Shannon McDonnell. It would be a devastating blow for Slater if he was charged, with the electrifying fullback having already served two long suspensions this season.

R22: Wakefield see off Tigers

WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats survived the first-half dismissal of captain Monty Betham to breathe fresh life into their engage Super League survival bid with an 18-0 victory at Castleford Tigers.

R22: Bulls go on the rampage

BRADFORD Bulls produced a sensational first-half masterclass to emphatically end their losing streak with a 50-22 victory against engage Super League rivals Warrington Wolves.

R22: Hull move into second place

HULL FC edged ahead of Leeds Rhinos in the race to secure second place in the engage Super League table after overcoming their rivals 23-16 in a gripping battle at the KC Stadium.

R22: Salford near play-off berth

LUKE Robinson destroyed Harlequins with his dazzling skill as Salford City Reds moved a step closer towards the engage Super League play-offs with a 34-0 victory.

R22: Saints romp past Huddersfield

HUDDERSFIELD Giants were given an early opportunity to assess the size of the task on their hands if they hope to lift the Challenge Cup for the first time in 53 years after a 56-8 mauling at St Helens.

R22: Wigan move further from drop zone

WIGAN Warriors eased their relegation worries with a 40-4 win over Catalans Dragons to open up a four-point lead over bottom side Wakefield who face a tough game against Castleford on Saturday.

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