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ROUND 19 Penrith Panthers 17 v North Queensland Cowboys 8at CUA Stadium, PenrithReferees: Ben CumminsMatch Summary:The Penrith Panthers have kept their dream of a finals appearance alive with a low scoring 17- 8 victory over an ordinary Cowboys outfit. The Cowboys led 2-0 at halftime in a tryless opening stanza half thanks to a 12th minute penalty goal from Queensland halfback Johnathon Thurston.In what was pretty much the only exciting passage of the first half, the scoreboard attendants fell asleep on the job and forgot to press the half time siren. The players were left playing for an extra half a minute before referee Ben Cummins got a message from his video referee to blow half time.I'm not sure what the coaches said at halftime but the players came out wanting some action and straight after the break. Panthers hooker Luke Priddis dived over after a good break by Luke Swain.The conversion was successful and the the Panthers were in front for the first time tonight 6-2.Only moments later veteran five-eight Preston Campbell kicked a 40/20 to give the Panthers a sniff at two tries in a minute.However, as the story was on the night for both sides, handling let the Panthers down as they searched for a second try. Moments later, Queensland halfback Johnathon Thurston chipped over the top before being taken out by young Panthers prop Matthew Cross. This gave the visitors another set of six on the Panthers' goal line.Former Dragons junior Steve Southern who was recalled in to First Grade this week, got the Cowboys back into the game as he went over to score off a Mark Henry break to put the Cowboys back in front 8-6.Just when the Cowboys thought they were back in the contest, young Panthers winger Michael Gordon set off down the western touchline. On the next tackle, Rhys Wesser bumped off three poor attempts at tackle and scored to put the Panthers back in front by 12-8.Then came the turning point of the match with Ty Williams screaming down the touchline and about to dive for the corner, Joel Clinton ankle tapped him as he dived for the line a la Scotty Sattler.With just two minutes left on the clock and time ticking away for the victors, Craig Trindall on debut for the Panthers slotted a field goal to put the margin out to five points and would make the task just a bit harder for the Cowboys.A minute later, things got worse for the visitors, when New South Wales forward Luke O'Donnell was placed on report by referee Ben Cummins for a dangerous tackle.The writing was on the wall in the dying stages as young winger Michael Gordon crossed in the corner to make the full time score 17-8 to the home side.In what could be described as a sloppy match, the Panthers came away with the two points to continue the Cowboys' horror run. The Panthers now lie on the same points as the Cowboys and are in striking distance of even the fifth placed Sharks.Scorers:Penrith Panthers: 17Tries: Luke Priddis, Rhys Wesser, Michael GordonGoals: Preston Campbell 2/3Field Goals: Craig TrindallNorth Queensland Cowboys: 8Tries: Steven SouthernGoals: Johnathan Thurston 2/2By the Clock:Welcome to CUA Stadium where steady rain has been falling all day but luckily enough, it has stopped in the late afternoon. Dark clouds are still pondering over the area though. Shane Rodney and Lee Hookey drop off the Panthers bench while for the Cowboys, Mark Henry has replaced Josh Hannay in the centres.The Cowboys are out on to the park as Tony Puletua leads out the home side.Kickoff!8 min: Both sides off to a tentative start in a must win game.10 min: Referee Ben Cummins calls held and Rhys Wesser passes the ball so it is a scrum and the Cowboys go on the attack.12 min: PENALTY GOAL North Queensland CowboysLuke Priddis gives away a penalty in the play the ball and from the eastern touchline Johnathon Thurston takes the 2 points. Cowboys 2-013 min: The kickoff is ruled to be out on the full but on the replay it shows that the ball bounces millimetres inside the line.19 min: Drop ball marring what should be an open game here.22 min: The Socceroos would be proud of that! Thurston grubbers through the defence for Sing,who grubbers past Wesser for Southern but Campbell is there to clean up.25 min: A good cross field kick on the last tackle by Trindall is knocked on by Rooney.34 min: As the Cowboys go on the attack, rain begins to fall.36 min: A kick from the scrumbase by the Cowboys goes dead ingoal as a foot race was beginning.40 min: A bizarre end to the first half as no siren sounds but referee Ben Cummins blows halftime because the clock was down to 0.Halftime - A tryless first half that has been entertaining in the fact that it has been very open because of the error rate. Hopefully the scoreboard attendant will have something to do in the second half! He didn't in the first half as he fell asleep and forgot to press the siren for halftime!Second half underway...45 min: The Cowboys on the attack and maybe we will see our first try.Mitchell Sargent down injured in back play.46 min: TRY Penrith PanthersLuke Swain goes through the defence,comes to Bowen and gets an arm free and offloads to Priddis for the first try of the match.Campbell converts the try. Panthers 6-248 min: A 40/20 from Campbell sends the Panthers on the attack.52 min: A penalty gives the Cowboys another set of six as he chips over the top and Matthew Cross took him out.56 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysWelcome back in to first grade Bluey Southern! A great pass by Thurston finds Mark Henry who goes straight through and finds Southern who scores to level up.Thurston puts the Cowboys back in front. Cowboys 8-660 min: Matt Sing goes straight through from a kick return and streaks down field before finding Thurston who is eventually tackled by Wesser inside the Panthers half.The Cowboys then get a penalty for the markers not being square.65 min: NEWS The Panthers turn defence into attack as Gordon picks up a lost Cowboys ball and races down field.66 min: TRY Penrith PanthersOn the counterattack,Queenslander Rhys Wesser bumps off 3 poor attempts at tackle and scores to put the Panthers back in front. Campbell adds the extras. Panthers 12-869 min: Checking a possible Cowboys try.69 min: NO TRY - Matt Bowen turns defence in to attack off a kick but somehow Gordon comes from behind and takes him.On the next play they spread it wide and as Ty Williams dives for the corner,but Clinton comes from nowhere and ankle taps him in to touch.71 min: O'Donnell goes over to score for the Cowboys but it is ruled no try correctly as the pass was forward.78 min: Not long remains here and it looks like Penrith will get away with a victory here tonight.79 min: ON REPORT - Luke O'Donnell is on report for a lifting tackle.78 min: FIELD GOAL Penrith PanthersOn debut,Craig Trindall puts the margin out to 5 and makes it even harder for the Cowboys to come back. Panthers 13-880 min: TRY Penrith PanthersMichael seals the victory for the Panthers tonight as he scores in the corner to confirm the victory tonight.Campbell can't convert tonight Panthers 17-8Fulltime-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Preston Campbell2 - Joel Clinton1 - Matthew Bowen-----------------------------------------
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ROUND 19 South Sydney Rabbitohs 20 v Manly Sea Eagles 26at Telstra StadiumReferees: Jarred MaxwellMatch Summary:Manly have defeated a gllant South Sydney side 26-20 at Telstra Stadium this evening.While the match never reached any great heights, Manly did enough to get out with the two points on offer but they were far from convincing in their effrt ot beat a determined and gallant South Sydney side.The loss for Souths condemns them to the wooden spoon (as if there were any doubt) while Manly consolidate their place in the top eight. However, Manly are still a few lengths off the top four sides and will have to improve dramatically if they are to cuase more than a ripple in this years finals series.Best for Manly were Michael Robertson, who bagged a hattrick while for Souths Nathan Merritt got a doubel and David Peachey had a good game from the back.Scorers:South Sydney Rabbitohs: 20Tries: Luke MacDougall, Nathan Merritt(2), David PeacheyGoals: Ben Walker 2/4Manly Sea Eagles: 26Tries: Brett Stewart, Luke Williamson, Michael Robertson(3)Goals: Matt Orford 3/5By the Clock: 0 min: NEWS We are underway at Telstra Stadium!8 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesManly strike first through winger Michael Robertson. Conversion successful. Sea Eagles 6-015 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsSouths hit back through wily veteran David Peachey. Conversion successful so we are all level. 6 all.26 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsSouths have hit the front and Manly fans would be a little nervous right about now. Luke MacDougall was the try scorer this time. Conversion unsuccesful. Rabbitohs 10-632 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesRobertson bags a double as we edge closer towards half time and the successful conversion from Orford gives Manly a two point lead. Sea Eagles 12-1036 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesHere we go again. Michael Robertson gets a hattrick and is having a great game. Conversion unsuccessful. Sea Eagles 16-1041 min: NEWS The second half is underway.49 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesBrett Stewart breaks Michael Robertson's monopoly on tries, bagging one of his own. Conversion successful. Sea Eagles 22-1055 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsSouths hit back through Nathan Merritt but Ben Walker misses the conversion to leave the Bunnies eight points adrift. Still plenty of time on the clock though. Sea Eagles 22-1465 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesSouths have put the cue in the rack fifteen minutes early tonight. Luke Willamson has scored Manly's fifth try to seal a hard fought victory. Conversion unsuccessful. Sea Eagles 26-1469 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsSouths are in again through Nathan Merritt and with ten to go, they are a converted try behind Manly. Can they finally pull one from the fire or will they stumble at the final hurdle yet again? Sea Eagles 26-2076 min: NEWS time is running out for the Bunnies...80 min: NEWS Full time. Souths fell just short of another victory and Manly will gladly take the two points in the run home to the finals but they have a lot of work to do before they can trouble any of the big guns.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Michael Robertson2 - Nathan Merritt1 - Matt Orford-----------------------------------------
ROUND 19 New Zealand Warriors 12 v Parramatta Eels 20at Ericsson StadiumReferees: Sean HampsteadMatch Summary:The Parramatta Eels have recorded their seventh victory of the season, and their fourth in a row, defeating a spirited New Zealand Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium by 20-12.Before a ball was even kicked in anger the Warriors found themselves without gun fullback Brent Webb, who broke down in the warm-up. Cooper Vuna was called onto the wing with Patrick Ah Van switching to the back and handling himself nicely.The game began in bizarre fashion with boom Eels rookie Jarryd Hayne picking up two opportunistic tries early in the match through errors by the Warriors. As Manu Vatuvei was bringing the ball out from his line in the 3rd minute the ball shot out and was pounced upon by Hayne who dashed 30m to score the first try. Amazingly, almost the exact same thing occurred seven minutes later only this time it was Simon Mannering who appeared to be shaping to pass only to see the slippery ball come loose and again fly into the waiting arms of young Hayne.Five minutes later Parramatta workhorse Nathan Hindmarsh cleverly found his way to the line, bumping a few players out of his path to put the Eels 14-0 ahead and into a commanding position.The Warriors did regroup however, scoring a vital try to Steve Price who crashed over close to the line in typical fashion, following a neat flat pass by Nathan Fien. But Parra dealt the home side a killer blow in the final minute of the half with Dean Widders setting up Luke O?Dwyer for the corner and the score of 18-6 going into the sheds did appear too much for the Warriors.They came out fighting in the second half though and were the better side for much of the rest of the contest. Rovelli scored in the 53rd minute to get the comeback rolling after Mannering was able to offload despite heavy attention, putting the home team only six behind at 18-12. The Warriors continued their assault at the Eels line but they held firm, repelling several waves of attack some through stout defence and others following some poor handling by the New Zealand team.It did seem that Parramatta continually allowed the Warriors to stay in the game, with turnovers and missed opportunities. Once such example came about in the 67th minute when Mark Riddell had a chance to secure an 8-point lead with a penalty goal only to hit the upright, capping a forgettable night for the portly hooker. Later he pinched a shot at field goal from halfback Jeremy Smith from dummy half, which again missed, only to seal the game in the 80th minute with a successful attempt at penalty.The Warriors are gone for 2006 but not through lack of trying. At least the crowd turned up tonight with 14,499 filling the stadium which has reverted back to its? original name. They get to stay in bed next week, enjoying the bye before completing their final six games of the year.Parra will play the Tigers at Homebush in what should be another thrilling contest between two sides fighting to secure a finals berth.Scorers:New Zealand Warriors: 12Tries: Grant Rovelli, Steve PriceGoals: Tony Martin 2/2Parramatta Eels: 20Tries: Nathan Hindmarsh, Luke O'Dwyer, Jarryd Hayne(2)Goals: Mark Riddell 1/4, Jarryd Hayne 1/2Crowd: 14,499Halftime: Eels 18-6By the Clock:Welcome to Mt Smart here in Auckland where it is the Warriors and the Eels.The Warriors have a couple of positional changes with Sione Faumuina coming from the bench to the 2nd row swapping with Awen Guttenbeil while Michael Luck comes in to the run on side with Wairangi Koopu dropping back to the bench.For the Eels there is just one change with Ben Smith dropping back to the bench with Daniel Wagon moving from the bench to the centres.The Warriors are coming off their heart breaking golden point loss to the Bulldogs last week while the Eels ended Joey Johns' party with a 46-12 victory at Parramatta Stadium.These two sides met at Waikato Stadium in round 2 with the Eels taking the points 22-14.Some breaking news here with Brent Webb injuring a groin in the warmup with Cooper Vuna rushed in to the fullback role for just his 3rd NRL cap.1 min: Hampstead blows time on!2 min: A good opening set for the Warriors as Rovelli finds touch just a couple of minutes from the Eels goal line.3 min: TRY Parramatta EelsJarryd Hayne keeps his try scoring tally ticking as he latches onto a drop ball from Manu Vatuvei and runs away to score the opening try.Riddell from out wide amongst some jeers can't convert the try. Eels 4-05 min: Nathan Fien down injured as he tries to tackle Fui Fui Moi Moi.8 min: The Warriors are on the attack but a hospital pass by Grant Rovelli is knocked on and the Eels are off the hook.10 min: TRY Parramatta EelsThis time a drop ball by Simon Mannering inside the Eels half and no,it's Jarryd Hayne again to run away 60 metres to score the Eels' second!!!Riddell from outwide again misses. Eels 8-013 min: The Warriors on the attack now thanks to a penalty from a John Morris high shot.13 min: Vatuvei dives for the corner but as he is going out knocks the ball on.15 min: TRY Parramatta EelsSome gaps emerge through the Warriors' defence and Hindmarsh goes straight through and bumps off Vuna to score next to the posts.Hayne steps up for the conversion and slots it. Eels 14-027 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsA flat pass close to the line by Fien finds skipper Steve Price who crashes over next to the posts.Martin converts. Eels 14-629 min: A cut out pass by Jeremy Smith finds Jarryd Hayne who streaks down field but touch judge Steve Lyons has called it forward.Further replays show that it is flat.33 min: A neat kick from Grant Rovelli earns a repeat set of six.39 min: TRY Parramatta EelsA vital try just before the break for the Eels as centre Luke O'Dwyer slices through some poor defence to score in the corner.Hayne from the sideline misses badly. Eels 18-6Halftime - The Warriors gifted the Eels with two simple tries to Jarryd Hayne thanks to some poor ball handling and as most coaches have said this year,ball control is a must for to win football matches.Second half underway...45 min: A drop ball dives the Warriors good field position.46 min: A grubber through by Rovelli is fumbled in goal by McKinnon but he just gets to the ball in time to knock it dead before a Warriors hand can get there.53 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsIt's a Warriors special!Mannering gets on the outside of his man,gets a freakish offload away to a man on the inside who then pops a ball to halfback Grant Rovelli who runs away to score.Martin converts and it's game on! Eels 18-1256 min: The Warriors on the attack again as Hindmarsh takes out Rovelli when puts a chip over the top.57 min: The Eels are off the hook as former Cowboy Michael Luck drops the ball with a gap looming.Now the Eels cough up on tackle one 10 metres out!59 min: Video ref for a Warriors try...59 min: No Try - Mannering is held up ingoal.61 min: Another chance for the Warriors as Riddell knocks on in the play the ball.64 min: With no-one within a country mile,Manu Vatuvei tries to retrieve a long kick in his own in goal and knocks on.67 min: ATTEMPTED PENALTY GOAL Parramatta EelsRiddell just had the chance to put the game out of reach here with a penally goal from the Warriors being offside but he hits the post from next to the uprights! Eels 18-1270 min: Crowd tonight 14,49971 min: ATTEMPTED FIELD GOAL Parramatta EelsRiddell tries to put the Eels 7 ahead but misses. Eels 18-1275 min: Not long to go now,the Warriors' season on the line here.76 min: Rovelli puts a chip over the top and is taken out however Hampstead rules that it was accidental.77 min: A shocker from John Morris as he kicks out on the full inside his own half!78 min: Surely it's all over now as Faumuina pops a pass he shouldn't have.80 min: PENALTY GOAL Parramatta EelsRiddell puts the game beyond doubt from right in front 30 metres out with a penalty goal. Eels 20-12Fulltime-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Nathan Hindmarsh2 - Simon Mannering1 - Jarryd Hayne-----------------------------------------
BARTERCARD CUP COMPETITION ? ROUND 14 RESULTSSaturday 15 July 2006Waitakere Rangers vs Wellington Orcas Harold Moody Park, AucklandWaitakere Rangers 56Tries: W. Clarken, K. Edmondson, H. Turua, K. Guttenbeil, S. Jones, J. Fiu, R. Godfrey (2), M. Tuipulotu (3)Goals: S. Jones, D. Shepherd (5) Wellington Orcas 12Tries: T. Pelenise, M. KolivauGoals: L. Boyd (2)Halftime Score: 30 ? 6 To Waitakere Rangers Tamaki Leopards vs Central Falcons Ellerslie Domain, AucklandTamaki Leopards 58Tries: P. Atkins, C. Mika, W. Heta, D. Kingi, S. Faitala, L. Ah Mau, S. Niuila, T. Leaunoa (2), M. Ashford (2)Goals: W. Heta (2), M. Ashford (5)Central Falcons 16Tries: R. McPhee, H. Robson, P. PackerGoals: H. Robson (2)Halftime Score: 30 ? 12 to Tamaki LeopardsHarbour League vs Auckland Lions Birkenhead Domain, AucklandAuckland Lions 54Tries: P. Fisi?iahi, H. Aonga, W. Sorenson, D. Davis, F. Souter, R. Wigg, T. Aoese, G. Schaumkel (2)Goals: S. Buckingham (9)Harbour League 4Tries: T. HartHalftime Score: 14 ? 0 To Auckland Lions
THE three games at Dolphin Oval last weekend saw the side that got out of the gates early go on and win the match. Norths were successful in Colts and A Grade while the Dolphins Premier Grade prevailed over the Devils.The Colts game started out slowly for the Dolphins with their fancied rivals scooting to an 18 nil score line, the young Dolphins found some composure and through the middle section of the game looked to have the upper hand clawing the margin back to 18-16. A couple of missed opportunities which would have seen the side wrestle the lead from Norths proved crucial with the visitors counter punching racing away to a 42-22 win. The Dolphins weren?t too far of the mark here and will learn some lessons from this game which will hold them in good stead for the upcoming weeks. Joel Romelo, Sam Schull, Tim Benson and Foisa Peni all stood tall with Joel the deserved winner of the LEADING EDGE SPORTS Man of the Match Award.The A Grade suffered a disappointing loss to the lowly placed Norths with a well below par performance. Enthusiasm counts for a lot in our game and unfortunately the Dolphins fell short in this area while the Devils jumped out of the gates with all guns blazing shooting to a 16 nil lead. The Dolphins got it back to 16-10 at half time however after the break the trend of the game continued with the visitors running out comfortable 40 points to 22 winners. Despite the loss there were a number of stand out performers for the Dolphins with Chris Giumelli, Chris Jelich, Dom Fallini and Scott Gillis performing well with Jelich getting the nod for the HOGS BREATH CAF? Man of the Match. Today is an important game for the side with Wynnum in fifth place just one point ahead of the Dolphins on the competition ladder.The Premier Grade started the game in blazing form running up 22 unanswered points in the opening 20 minutes before a bit of tit for tat scoring gave the game its 36-12 half time score line. The start of the second half saw the Dolphins squander a couple of scoring opportunities which opened the door for Norths to stage a comeback. Three quick tries closed the margin to 10 points however the Dolphins rose to the challenge and were able to steady the ship and ran out 48 points to 30 winners with defense not featuring in the games highlights. Adam Starr returned from QLD duties with a tireless effort to get the KEYSTAR AUTOWORLD Players Player Award while Danny Burke was voted the SEARLES GARDEN PRODUCTS Player of the Match. Nick Walker and Danny Green continued their impressive comebacks with solid performances and won?t be too far away from hitting their straps.The Dolphins wish Alwyn Simpson a speedy recovery after he was hit by a car on his moped. Fortunately no serious damage was done however some leg injuries look to have ended his season prematurely.Congratulations to Troy Lindsay, Adam Starr, Ryan Cullen and Mick Roberts who acquitted themselves well in the QLD Residents side. Unfortunately the side was beaten 28-20 by NSW however from all accounts it was a good contest.This Weeks TeamsQueensland Wizard Cup1. Ryan CULLEN 2. Tim YEE 3. Greg BOURKE 4. Kaine MANIHERA5. Chris GIUMELLI 6. Nick EMMETT 7. Marty TURNER 13.Gerard PARLE 12. Danny BURKE 11. Grant FLUGGE 10. Adam STARR 9. Michael ROBERTS 8. Troy LINDSAY (c) Interchange: 14. Nick WALKER 15. Damian JENTZ 16. Danny GREEN 17. Shannon FISH Coach: Anthony GRIFFINFOGS A Grade1. Mitchell SIMPSON 2. Luke BOLDERY 3. Pat McGILL 4. Rory BROMLEY 5. Adam LUTCHETTI 6. Chris FOX 7. Chris KLUFT13. Sam FILLERY 12. Chris JELICH 11. Mark SHIPWAY 10. Dominic FALLINI 9. Scott GILLIS 8. Clint FRAZERInterchange: 14. Mick PARES 15. Matt PROBERTS 16. Matt ANDERTON 17. Matt MANNIONCoach: Grant CLEALFOGS Colts Challenge 1. Phil DAISY 2. Andrew RICKERTT 3. Michael WILSON 4. Matt GILLETT 5. Jordon BROWN 6. Joel ROMELO 7. Asher ELEMANI13. Logan SULLIVAN 12. Foisa PENI 11. Adam MARR 10. Sam SCHULL 9. Tim BENSON 8. Matt HANDCOCKInterchange: 14. Greg MALENSTEIN 15. Takai TAMIOTIKINAU16. Jake MARKETO 17. Angus CAMERONCoach: Matt WOOD
REDCLIFFE v WYNNUM MANLY
Dolphin Oval, Saturday July 15, 2.00pm *Live on ABC TV
Referee: Justin Eastwood
BRADFORD welcome back Lesley Vainikolo for the visit of Les Catalans on Friday.
WARRINGTON Wolves Number 13 Paul Noone has joined Harlequins on loan until the end of the season when his contract expires.The 25-year-old has been with the Wolves for over 10 years having joined the club aged just 14 from Widnes Tigers.He led the Wolves Academy team to the U19 Grand Final in 1999, the same season he led Great Britain Young Lions against the Australian Schoolboys.He had his season disrupted by injuries in the first half of 2005, but came back strong and was awarded with the No. 13 jersey this season.However, he has failed to hold down a regular first team place amongst strong competition for places in the Wolves squad.A club statement read: ?Warrington Wolves would like to wish Paul Noone all the best for his move to the Quins and for his future rugby career and thank him for his contribution to the Wolves over his time with the club.?St Helens v Castleford, Knowsley Road, Friday July 14, Kick-off 8pmSt Helens 18-man squad: Wellens, Gardner, Lyon, Talau, Pryce, Long, Fozzard, Cunningham, Cayless, Gilmour, Wilkin, Roby, Hooper, P. Anderson, V. Anderson, Graham, Hardman, Fa'asavalu.Harlequins RL 18-man squad: Bradley-Qalilawa, Budworth, Dorn, Gafa, Heckenberg, Hopkins, Leuluai, Lucky Luisi, Mbu, McLinden, Mills, Paul, Purdham, Randall, Smith, Tookey, Weisner, Worrincy.Referee: P BenthamSource: www.superleague.co.uk
STUART Fielden is warning his Wigan team-mates to prepare for the biggest test yet of their resurgence when Salford visit the JJB Stadium.The Warriors are on a roll as they seek to pull off the great escape and a fifth successive win would lift them out of the relegation zone for the first time in four months.Catalans, Warrington, Harlequins and Wakefield have all been dispatched in consecutive weeks by Brian Noble?s rejuvenated side but play-off chasing Salford will pose a different challenge, according to Fielden.?No disrespect to the other teams but Salford are a bit better,? said the former Bradford prop, who has yet to experience defeat as a Wigan player. ?They stick in there.?We?re not sitting back and lighting up the cigars. Confidence is there and training is getting better each week but we are taking it a game at a time.?The Reds have never won at the JJB Stadium but they have already beaten Wigan twice at home this season and, despite three defeats in their last four matches, they remain handily placed in the top six.?We?ve worked so hard to be in the top six since round one and we intend to stay there,? said coach Karl Harrison.Wigan Warriors v Salford City Reds, JJB Stadium, Friday July 14 2006Wigan 18-man squad: Ashton, Calderwood, Dallas, Dobson, Fielden, Fletcher, Godwin, Hansen, Higham, Hock, Logan, McAvoy, O'Carroll, O'Loughlin, Orr, Paleaaesina, Radlinski, Tickle.Salford 18-man squad: Hodgson, McGuinness, Moule, Robinson, Coley, Alker, Rutgerson, Charles, Highton, Langi, Wilshere, Haggerty, Littler, Myler, Clayton, Adamson, Lima, Williams.Referee: R SilverwoodSource: www.superleague.co.uk
ROUND 19 St George Illawarra Dragons 16 v Canterbury Bulldogs 22at OKI Jubilee Stadium, KogarahCrowd: 18,223Referee: Steve ClarkMatch Summary:The Canterbury Bulldogs have defeated the St George Illawarra Dragons 22-16 in an entertaining clash at OKI Jubilee Stadium in Sydney tonight.The Dragons showed their intention to attack from the first minute where they came up with a chip kick in their own half that didn?t come off. After five minutes they opened the scoring with a long range try to Ben Creagh. Matt Cooper broke through some weak tackles and offloaded to a support player who found Creagh back on the inside instantly, and he raced 50 metres to score. In the ninth minute the Bulldogs lost winger Cameron Phelps for the evening with a shoulder injury. On the 19th minute Aaron Gorrell missed a penalty attempt from 30 metres out following a high tackle from Willie Mason. The Bulldogs opened the scoring only two minutes later with a try to Brent Sherwin, who raced through a gap to score under the posts. The try was awarded by the video referee, and had a small hint of obstruction in it. The Bulldogs took their lead to 10-4 five minutes before half time when Sonny Bill carried three defenders over the line to score out wide, and the score remained 10-4 at the break.Only two minutes into the second half the Dragons tied the game up at 10-all with a great breakaway try to Mark Gasnier. When he looked all but wrapped up by the defence he stepped away from them all and scored near the posts. Seven minutes into the half Corey Payne was carried from the field after being on the wrong end of a Mark O?Meley hit up. In the 54th minute the Bulldogs hit the lead again, Asotasi breaking up the middle before offloading to Holdsworth who claimed the first of his two tries in the match. Three minutes after that, Sonny Bill and Reni Maitua were put on report for a dangerous throw that looked rather innocuous. The Dragons drew level again through Mark Gasnier when he took a cross field kick and dotted it down. The Bulldogs scored the decisive try 11 minutes out from fulltime when Holdsworth was on the end of a Sonny Bill offload. The Dragons never really threatened in the final 10 minutes, the Bulldogs defence causing them the same headaches that held them out for most of the match.Next week the Dragons travel to Canberra, while the Bulldogs host the Roosters.Scorers:St George Illawarra Dragons: 16Tries: Ben Creagh, Mark Gasnier(2)Goals: Aaron Gorrell 2/4Canterbury Bulldogs: 22Tries: Brent Sherwin, Sonny Bill Williams, Daniel Holdsworth(2)Goals: Hazem El Masri 3/4Half time: Bulldogs 10-4By the Clock:Good evening from Oki Jubilee Stadium in Sydney for tonights blockbuster clash featuring the Dragons vs the Bulldogs. This match stands as a battle for 2nd place.Last week both teams got the points, the Bulldogs winning the match of the season vs the Warriors 22-18 in extra time, coming back from trailing 16-0. The Dragons defeated Souths 38-28, and never put them away fully.Adam Perry is in for the Bulldogs, Grimaldi injured his leg in training. Otherwise they are 1-17. The Dragons Sims in for Ryles.It's raining again at Kogarah.1 min: The Bulldogs kick off!3 min: Interesting start from the Dragons, they open with a chip kick deep in their own half after 37 seconds. It doesn't come off but the Bulldogs knock on. Dragons then make solid inroads in attack after a penalty.5 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsMatt Cooper makes a bust inside his own half, passes inside to a support player who instantly passes to Creagh who races 40 metres to score. Gorrell just misses from out wide. Dragons 4-09 min: The Bulldogs spin the ball wide and catch retreating defence, but get wrapped up in the end.9 min: INJURY - Cameron Phelps on the ground with a shoulder problem, and he gets interchanged, leading to an early introduction for Sonny Bill.10 min: The Bulldogs come up with some very nice offloads and ball movement, and Maitua knocks on in a burst down the right side.12 min: A very good kick from Sherwin is cleaned up by Morris to save a try, and concedes a drop out.13 min: Sonny Bill knocks on attempting a pass as he goes over the sideline. Very poor completion rate for the Bulldogs so far, 2/6.15 min: Head puts in a dreadful kick off the side of his boot, it nearly comes good for the Dragons but they knock on recovering it.19 min: ATTEMPTED PENALTY GOAL St George Illawarra DragonsWillie Mason is penalised for a high tackle. Gorrell misses the penaly from 32 out, right in front. Dragons 4-021 min: The Bulldogs get a penalty, 10 out and right in front. They take the tap.21 min: VIDEO REF - For a Bulldogs try...21 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsSherwins darts through a gap 10 out and scores under the posts. It looked like an obstruction from O'Meley. El Masri converts. Bulldogs 6-428 min: A LOT of errors so far, some that can be blamed on the conditions, some that can't.30 min: Another error from Sonny Bull with the Bulldogs hot on attack. Fairly messy game so far.32 min: Dragons get a scrum feed 10 out from the Bulldogs line after a Bulldogs error.33 min: El Masri comes up with an important intercept on a 2 on 1 overlap situation.35 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsOff the back of a penalty the Bulldogs get the ball wide to Sonny Bill who carries three defenders over the line to score out wide. El Masri comes up with a rare miss. Bulldogs 10-440 min: ATTEMPTED FIELD GOAL St George Illawarra DragonsStraight off a goal line drop out Hornby attempts a field goal that is low and wide left. Bulldogs 10-4And we go to halftime at 10-4.The match has been quite even in a half punctuated by errors. A lot of strong defence and big hits.40 min: The second half begins.42 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsGasnier gets put into a gap right up the middle, he speeds away and steps the last line of defence consisting of a bunch of Bulldogs players. Gorrell converts. 10 all.47 min: INJURY - Corey Payne is out cold after an O'Meley hitup, and is getting strechered off.50 min: An Andrew Ryan kick picks up the Bulldogs a drop out.51 min: Brett Morris makes a great defensive play coming down with a Bulldogs bomb.52 min: The Dragons kicking game struggling, a charge down earlier and now Head kicks the ball right up the rear of a team mate.54 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsAsotasi breaks up the middle and offloads to Holdsworth who scores to the left of the posts. El Masri converts. Bulldogs 16-1057 min: The Bulldogs totally dominating territory.57 min: ON REPORT - Sonny Bill and Reni Maitua are penalised for a dangerous throw. The Bulldogs are really turning up their defence and they force an error.61 min: The Dragons force a line drop out from a great kick.62 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsHead puts up a cross kick to Gasnier who juggles the ball and dots it down to the right of the posts. Gorrell converts. 16 all.66 min: El Masri is ruled to have not played at a pass on the last tackle that he appeared to knock into touch.67 min: Head knocks the ball down going for an intercept.69 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Bulldogs spin the ball wide, Sonny Bill gets through several defenders and offloads to Holdsworth who scores out wide. El Masri converts. Bulldogs 22-1671 min: Luke Bailey is heading up the tunnel.75 min: Bailey returning to the field.76 min: The Bulldogs make a break that gets saved by Millard.77 min: Patten chases a nice Dragons kick and combines with El Masri to avoid going over the sideline.79 min: A kick by Millard is cleaned up by Patten, the match could be all but over.80 min: 40 seconds to go, last throw of the dice for the Dragons. The Dragons throw a forward pass and the Bulldogs win.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Roy Asotasi2 - Willie Mason1 - Brent Sherwin-----------------------------------------
TITANS Elite Academy Members Will Matthews(Front Row) Chris Sandow (Halfback) and Shannon Walker (Fullback) have been selected in the Australian Schoolboys team following their performances at the Australian Schoolboys Championships in Port Macquarie. All three represented Queensland which won the final against New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges 24 - 14. Titans Junior Recruitment Manager Tom Searle ?I am over the moon about this. To have three of our Titans academy boys make the side is amazing. The fact that 2 of them are from country New South Wales and have come across to play for Queensland is just something out of the box. And Chris Sandow who has already played 2 Queensland Cup games has proved to John Cartwright, me and Scott Sattler how valuable they will be for the future of the Titans.? Matthews hails from Kyogle in Northern New South Wales and plays for the Seagulls Colts and is part of the Rugby League Excellence program at Palm Beach High School. He played consistently well throughout the championships and was rewarded with the Most Valuable Player of the final and his selection in the Australian Team. Walker also from Kyogle continues to play in his home town but lives on the Gold Coast through the week where he attends the Palm Beach High program. He commutes home on weekends to play club fixtures. Searle said, ?He was electrifying ? he did something in every game that made him a standout. He has shear speed and brilliance and was also on fire in the final.? Chris Sandow goes to Marsden High and plays for Logan City colts was also a standout all week. ?He was outstanding?, said Searle. ?He was the form Halfback of the tournament and definitely the most talked about player. He like Will and Shannon will gain enormously from the selection?Titans Head Coach John Cartwright was overwhelmed that 3 of his junior charges were selected. Cartwright said, ?To get one would have been a great achievement. It?s just one of the positives of having an NRL team in this area. If the Titans hadn?t been admitted to the NRL, who knows what these boys would be doing with their Rugby League. They might still be playing for their respective clubs and not had this opportunity. I think it just speaks volumes for the decision the NRL have made to put a team into the area. It?s given so many kids a chance to progress their careers.?The Australian Team will tour Great Britain in November and Titans confirmed they will pay for the trip and expenses.
WARRIORS coach Ivan Cleary says the NRL would be better off without the golden point rule and should allow drawn matches.
THE Sharks will be attempting to get their 2006 premiership campaign back on track after two successive losses when they take on the Sydney Roosters in a round 19 clash this Sunday.
After an outstanding run of form which saw them win eight games from nine starts, the Sharks have slipped slightly in going down to the Broncos and Tigers in their previous two matches.