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.
REIGNING Super League Man of Steel Jamie Lyon grabbed a 24-minute hat-trick of tries as St Helens put title rivals Leeds Rhinos to the sword 54-18 in a one-sided clash at Knowsley Road.
RELEGATION-HAUNTED Wakefield Wildcats live to fight another day after pulling off a tense 20-12 victory at engage Super League champions Bradford Bulls on a night of high drama on both sides of the Pennines.
SALFORD City Reds edged a bruising 26-16 win over Castleford Tigers to ensure that the engage Super League relegation battle will go down to the final weekend of the season.
FINALS 2006 Week 1 Melbourne Storm 12 v Parramatta Eels 6at Olympic Park MelbourneReferee: Steve ClarkCrowd: 15,690Match Summary:Melbourne has joined the Bulldogs in week three of the 2006 NRL finals series with a hard-fought 12-6 victory over the Parramatta Eels at Olympic Park today.In somewhat of an anti-climax, the Eels managed to keep themselves in the match for the full 80 minutes and the Eels very nearly took the match into golden point extra- time through a dangerous Brett Delaney dash with just three minutes remaining.But after a John Morris pass from the subsequent scrum win, the Eels turned possession over to the Storm and the win was confirmed.This match has been soured by a controversial decision from video referee Chris Ward. The replay appeared to be inconclusive as to whether the ball was grounded in the in-goal or not. This should usually result in a benefit of the doubt ruling as a number of replays were looked at. But strangely, it wasn?t to be.Earlier, Melbourne?s Steve Turner crossed for a try after five minutes of play and at that stage, a massive score-line looked possible.But the Eels grinded their way back into the match and it wasn?t until a 38th minute barge-over from Storm prop Antonio Kaufusi that more points were added. Melbourne took their 12 point advantage into half-time.The Storm was unsuccessful in striking the final nails into the Eels? coffin in the second half. And midway through the second period Daniel Wagon scored under the posts to send a nervous shimmer over the Olympic Park crowd. But the Storm were lucky to hang on and will find life difficult in week three when they come to Sydney to meet either the Manly Sea Eagles or the St George Illawarra Dragons.Melbourne has slight injury concerns with David Kidwell coming off second best in a head-clash, and Jake Webster feeling the effects of an Eric Grothe elbow, of which Grothe was placed on report for.The men south of the Murray will now cool their heels over the next fortnight but Craig Bellamy has some issues to address on today?s performance. They?ll need to do their homework as the winner of Friday night?s match between Manly and St George Illawarra will be running into form.The mad Monday drinks will taste that little bit sweeter for the Eels after a spirited performance. If it weren?t for some debatable decisions from today?s officials, we may have witnessed history today with the eighth side beating the first side for the first time ever.Scorers:Melbourne Storm: 12Tries: Antonio Kaufusi, Steve TurnerGoals: Cameron Smith 2/2Parramatta Eels: 6Tries: Daniel WagonGoals: Luke Burt 1/1By the Clock:The fourth qualifying takes place today between Minor Premiers the Melbourne Storm and the eighth-placed Parramatta Eels. The weather is clear in Melbourne today with slight winds. The Storm have to be favoured here but stranger things have happened.Changes: A big loss for the Storm with Greg Inglis ruled out injured, Jake Webster comes in for him.Also, Brett White will be missing through injury. Garret Crossman comes into the starting side with Adam Blair coming onto the bench.The Eels are as-per-program.KICKOFF! Finals footy underway at Olympic Park!5 min: TRY Melbourne StormMelbourne have struck at the first opportunity - moving the ball quickly through the hands close to the Eels' line, culminating with a try in the corner to winger Steve Turner. Cameron Smith converts. Storm 6-010 min: NEWS Parramatta managed to hold Melbourne on that occasion but it's all the Storm at the moment. The Eels have had no possession or field position in the opening 10 minutes.16 min: NEWS NO TRY: Luke Burt was unable to ground the ball off a Tim Smith grubber kick as ruled by the video referee. Cameron Smith knocked the ball dead and a Storm line drop-out is the result. Eels with a chance here.19 min: NEWS Parramatta bomb the chance as Tim Smith's kick goes too deep and over the touch in-goal line. Opportunity wasted by the Eels who simply cannot afford to make a habit of this.26 min: NEWS Parramatta are holding down far too long in tackles and Nathan Hindmarsh has been spoken to by Steven Clarke as a result. The Eels must improve their discipline. 5-1 is the penalty count now in favour of the Storm.33 min: NEWS Melbourne are looking clinical and dangerous in attack but they still only hold a 6-0 lead on the scoreboard. A great effort by the Eels to be this close to the Storm at this stage.38 min: TRY Melbourne StormAntonio Kaufusi has barged over the line from close range, sending fear into the Parramatta defensive line in the process. A heartbreaking try for the Eels right on halftime after their spirited defensive efforts of the first half. Smith successful with the conversion. Storm 12-0HALF TIME min: NEWS While it's not out of the realms of possibility that the Eels come back from here, their chances of doing so look highly unlikely. Melbourne are in control with a 12-0 lead and a very tight defensive structure at the moment. Anything other than a Melbourne victory would almost be a miracle. A long way back for the Eels.Second half underway at Olympic Park48 min: NEWS Parramatta have lifted their intensity but Melbourne have held sway again in defence. Still 12-0 the locals lead.50 min: NEWS NO TRY: We can now establish that the benefit of the doubt rule is irrelevant in our game. A number of replays were looked at by the video referee who came to the conclusion that Glenn Morrison failed to ground the ball. Poor decision. Storm leading 12-0 with 30 minutes remaining.59 min: TRY Parramatta EelsDaniel Wagon has completed an exciting passage of play for the Eels with a try under the sticks. They've done a tremendous job to remain in this game for as long as they have. Luke Burt converts and the Eels are within six points now. Storm 12-667 min: NEWS In the blinking of an eye this match is there for the Eels' taking but Melbourne's defence is still proving difficult to crack. An exciting finish nonetheless.72 min: NEWS Melbourne off the hook as Parramatta bomb another opportunity with a kick that goes dead. The Storm have taken their foot off the pedal but they might just have too much for Parramatta in any case. Tight finish here.FULL TIME: min: NEWS The Melbourne Storm have hung on to defeat the Parramatta Eels by 12 points to 6 this afternoon at Olympic Park. Match report to come...-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Antonio Kaufusi2 - Nathan Hindmarsh1 - Matt Geyer-----------------------------------------
THE Redcliffe Dolphins will be having their annual reunion this Friday night in the Des Webb lounge at the Redcliffe Leagues Club. Any past players, coaches, support satff and administrators are welcome to attend. Refreshments and snacks will be provided.Special guests for the evening will be the 1996 Queensland Cup Grand Finalists and BRL Premiers.The Dolphins players that contested those two matches were Barry Denduck, Aaron Douglas, Wayne Miller, Rick Hewinson, Cameron Hurren, Steve Leyden, Tom O'Reilly, Peter Robinson, Danny Nutley, Darren Smallhorne, Graham Cotter, Kahu Tweedie, Ian Graham, Grant Cleal, James Hinchey, Tony Gould, Bevan Canning, Troy Lindsay, Steve Blacker and Mark Shipway. Coach John Boxsell.The night begins at 7.00pm we look forward to catching up with you all. For more information contact the Club on 07 3203-7333
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