CATALANS Dragons play at their third different venue in as many weeks when they take on Castleford in Carcassonne on Saturday evening.
FORMER Bradford forward Rob Parker insists Warrington can beat the engage Super League champions at their own game on Saturday.
ROUND 5 St George Illawarra Dragons 6 v Newcastle Knights 54at WIN StadiumReferees: Tony ArcherMatch Summary:The Newcastle Knights have posted their third ever highest victory in thrashing the St George Illawarra Dragons by a whopping 54-6 tonight in Wollongong.In a blitz which began at the back end of the first half, The Knights ran in nine tries to totally decimate the Dragons.Following much speculation about a neck injury which sidelined him in round four, Newcastle halfback Andrew Johns looked in superb form as he dictated terms across the park. The Knights captain took full advantage with an excellent kicking and passing game to which the Dragons had no answer. In what began as a close fought encounter, the scoreboard read just 2-0 in favour of the visitors following penalty goal in the 18th minute. The score stayed that way until the 28th minute when Irish import Brian Carney scored in the corner.What followed was a procession of tries as the Knights piled on 52 points in 43 minutes.Scorers:St George Illawarra Dragons: 6Tries: Colin BestGoals: Aaron Gorrell 1/1Newcastle Knights: 54Tries: Danny Buderus, George Carmont(2), Kurt Gidley, Andrew Johns, Anthony Quinn, Milton Thaiday, Brian Carney, Riley BrownGoals: Andrew Johns 9/10By the Clock:Good sized crowd in Wollongong and packed on the hill as players come onto the field.Andrew Johns definitely starting for the Knights. Only change to the card is that Adam Woolnough is out, replaced by Clint Newton. The Dragons as per the Tuesday team list and the same line up as last weekend.The Knights kickoff!!1 min: NEWS Knights get the first set after a Dragons error from the kickoff. Knights will get a repeat set after Dragons winger Reece Simmonds is forced to clean up in the in-goal.4 min: NEWS Dragons respond with a 70m break started by Mark Gasnier.10 min: NEWS Still 0-0 with the Dragons soaking up the early pressure and now both sides having their opportunities.15 min: NEWS Newcastle's turn to survive repeat sets at their line. They get the ball back and a relieving penalty.18 min: PENALTY GOAL Newcastle KnightsAndrew Johns kicks a penalty goal, 30m out and right in front. Follows penalty against Matt Bickerstaff for stripping the ball. Knights 2-021 min: NEWS 40/20 from Trent Barrett. Huge kick downfield as the breeze picks up behind Saints. End-to-end football and the game being played at a fast pace.28 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsBrian Carney scores in corner after Knights get repeat sets at the Dragons line.Johns conversion attempt on line but doesn't have the distance. Knights 6-031 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsCarmont scores after picking up the dregs from a Johns bomb which can't be handled. Johns converts. Knights 12-033 min: NEWS Johns kicks a 40/20 for the Knights and the Dragons defending on their line again.34 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsMilton Thaiday scores under the posts after Kurt Gidley offloads on a set play. Knights have been dominating possession for the last 6-8 minutes. Knights 18-039 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsJohns takes an inside pass from Carney to score 15m in from touch. Set up along the backline from 30m out by Johns and Kurt Gidley. Knights 24-0Halftime: Knights 24-0Extraordinary scoreline which amazingly was only 2-0 in the 27th minute, a scoreline which reflected a close fought match at the time.But the Knights suddenly let loose, and on the back of a huge share of possession scored four tries in 11 minutes.The Knights now enjoying 60% of the ball and actually controlled all the possession while they ran in their first three tries.Clint Newton has had a big impact since coming on and Kurt Gidley is dictating terms at second receiver. Johns' kicking and passing game is carving up the opposition.The Dragons are looking shellshocked and have all the work to do.Second half underway...43 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsRiley Brown scores next to posts after Daniel Tolar delivers a beaut offload close to the line. Knights 30-046 min: NEWS NO TRY - Dragons. Ben Creagh ruled to have made a double movement.48 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsCarmont gets his second try scoring in the corner. Follows some video ref scrutiny over the grounding.Johns conversion from sideline is a ripper. Knights 36-060 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsKurt Gidley scores under the posts and the carve up continues. Dragons simply not marking up anymore. Johns conversion makes him second highest scorer in the history of the comp. Knights 42-066 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsDanny Buderus shows a great turn of speed from dummy half and crosses for his 50th career try, pushing off some half-hearted defence to run 30m to score near the uprights. Johns converts to post 2036 career points and getting closer to Jason Taylor's record. Knights 48-071 min: NEWS Possible try to Knights. Video ref checking for obstruction...71 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsAnthony Quinn gets the nod from the video ref as the Knights crack the half tonne.Sideline conversion from Johns rubs salt into the Dragons wounds and the Knights go further ahead. Knights 54-078 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsColin Best scores in the right corner after Barrett chips ahead for Ben Hornby from half way. Hornby finds Dean Young and then onto Darryl Millard who draws and passes to Best. A consolation try but top class from a well beaten side.Aaron Gorrell converts. Knights 54-6Full time: Knights 54-6A memorable victory for Newcastle who have blown the Dragons off the park, scoring 52 points in 43 minutes of football.Enjoying 65% possession, the Knights made hay as the Dragons missed 38 tackles.The entire Knights pack led the way with Buderus and Newton being the standouts. Johns played the whole match from halfback and simply killed them. Five-eighth Kurt Gidley was also outstanding.For the Dragons, a number of players tried hard and it looked like they were missing some key players. But the missed tackles, and overall terrible defence, will come back to haunt them should the coach bring out the hatchet next week.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Andrew Johns (Knights)2 - Danny Buderus (Knights)1 - Kurt Gidley (Knights)-----------------------------------------Teams:Dragons: Ben Hornby, Reece Simmonds, Daryl Millard, Matt Cooper, Colin Best, Mark Gasnier, Trent Barrett (c), Justin Poore, Dean Young, Michael Henderson, Sam Isemonger, Ashton Sims, Matt BickerstaffInterchange: Andrew Price, Ben Creagh, Corey Payne, Aaron GorrellKnights: Milton Thaiday, Brian Carney, Matthew Gidley, George Carmont, Anthony Quinn, Kurt Gidley, Andrew Johns (c), Craig Smith, Danny Buderus, Josh Perry, Steve Simpson, Kirk Reynoldson, Reegan TannerInterchange: Daniel Tolar, Riley Brown, Todd Lowrie, Clint Newton
ROUND 5:Brisbane Broncos 30 v South Sydney Rabbitohs 12 at Suncorp Stadium.Referee: Gavin BadgerMatch Summary:The Brisbane Broncos have cruised to a 30-12 victory against a disappointing South Sydney Rabbitohs side at Suncorp Stadium. The Broncos were not at their best at any point of the game but still managed to be too good for the South Sydney side who simply turned over too much ball. The first half started well for the Broncos with Tame Tupou scoring outside after a nice kick from Broncos fullback Karmichael Hunt. Everything seemed to be going the Broncos way with another try soon after to captain Darren Lockyer under the post after some nice work from rookie winger Darious Boyd. Not everything went well for the Broncos though with new recruit Michael Ennis suffering crucial ligament damage to his leg which will see the goal kicking hooker out for the 2006 NRL season. The tide started to turn midway through the first half though when Rabbitohs centre Paul Mellor created a superb solo try running 65m of a sloppy pass from the Broncos to make the score line less then a converted try. The Broncos started the second half on fire with Karmichael Hunt and Darren Lockyer heavily involved. They then orchestrated a try for rookie winger Darious Boyd for the score line to be pushed out to 18-6. The Rabbitohs continued to gift the Broncos with penalties and errors and the Broncos punished them for it with Justin Hodges continuing his great form to score the next try for the home team. Broncos still had more points in them however with Tame Tupou grabbing a second which saw the score line blow out to 30-6. The Broncos continued to dominate possession and the Bunnies eventually had no hope in reducing the deficit. Nathan Merritt continued his great run of scoring the last try in games this season with him supporting a break from David Fa?alogo but it made no different to the end result with the Broncos making their record 3-2 in 2006. Scorers:Brisbane Broncos: 30Tries: Justin Hodges, Darren Lockyer, Tame Tupou(2), Darius BoydGoals: Corey Parker 5/7South Sydney Rabbitohs: 12Tries: Paul Mellor, Nathan MerrittGoals: Nathan Merritt 2/2By the clock: Welcome to Brisbane for the clash between the Brisbane Broncos and the South Sydney Rabbitohs. Both clubs are looking for a win after both suffering disappointing losses last week against the Dragons and the Sharks respectively.Sam Thaiday comes into the Broncos team for Brad Thorn, while the Bunnies are as per program but they are now using their 4th different halfback so far this year. Kick off is approaching. 0 min: The Broncos get us underway here at Suncorp Stadium!4 min: NEWS Sloppy start from the Broncos which eventually leads to a 5th tackle hand over to the Rabbitohs. The Bunnies are now in a good attacking position. 7 min: VIDEO REF - The Video Referee has been called in to see if Shaun Berrigan has got his first try in his last 12 games for the Broncos. The replays tell us that Shaun Berrigan has lost the ball. No try is the call and the Rabbitohs will get a feed 10m from their own line.9 min: NEWS Shane Walker has hit Michael Ennis high and the Broncos recieve a penalty. Ennis however is being carried off the field with a leg injury.10 min: ATTEMPTED PENALTY GOAL Brisbane BroncosBrett Seymour takes over the goal kicking with Ennis off the field and misses a penalty goal attempt. 0 all.13 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosA perfect grubber kick from Karmichael Hunt sees big Tame Tupou score outwide. Brett Seymour hooks the conversion to the left of the uprights. Broncos 4-014 min: NEWS News from downstairs is that Michael Ennis may have some Crucial Ligament damage to his leg. News doesn't look good for Michael Ennis. 16 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosBen Rogers throws a miss-directed pass to Darious Boyd, who then breaks through the Rabbitohs line and links up the captain Darren Lockyer for him to score under the post.Corey Parker takes over the goal kicking and slots his first one over from right in front. Broncos 10-018 min: NEWS Broncos recieve a cheap penalty and are on the attack yet again. They are hungry for the points and the Bunnies are struggling to hold them out.20 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsA sloppy pass from the Broncos is picked up from Paul Mellor who shows some great pace to run 65m and score a desperately needed try for the Bunnies.Nathan Merritt converts from right in front. Broncos 10-624 min: NEWS Rabbitohs receive a penalty on the last tackle. The momentum is starting to swing here in Brisbane. 25 min: NO TRY - John Sutton takes the ball to the line before gifting a short ball to Adam McDougall which was ruled forward by the near side touch judge.26 min: NEWS Michael Ennis season looks to have ended with confirmation of Crucial Ligament damage.34 min: PENALTY GOAL Brisbane BroncosBroncos recieve a penalty for McDougall stripping the ball out of the hands of Hannett. Corey Parker lines up the penalty goal and strikes it well. Broncos 12-639 min: NEWS Souths get a repeat set of 6 tackles in the Broncos 20m zone. Rabbitohs looking very dangerous with the ball.HALFTIME: Brisbane Broncos 12 South Sydney Rabbitohs 6Second half is underway here at Suncorp Stadium! 46 min: ATTEMPTED PENALTY GOAL Brisbane BroncosNathan Merritt is called offside and the Broncos elect to go for the two points. Corey Parker misses the conversion but the Broncos will get the ball back. Broncos 12-648 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosKarmichael Hunt and Darren Lockyer getting more involved and the attack looks more crisp now. Karmichael Hunt makes a half break and links up with the rookie winger Darious Boyd for him to score.Corey Parker adds the extras. Broncos 18-654 min: NEWS Broncos on the attack yet again after the Bunnies make another mistake in their half. They now recieve a penalty right in front.54 min: PENALTY GOAL Brisbane BroncosCorey Parker from right in front has no trouble with conversion. The Broncos now have a comfortable lead. Broncos 20-658 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosHodges continues his great form in the new season with some great footwork and strength for him to score the fourth try for the Broncos. Parker hooks the conversion to the left. Broncos 24-662 min: VIDEO REF - A possible Corey Parker try. No try is the call and there will be a 20m restart to the Bunnies.69 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosA repeat set to the Broncos sees quick hands shown for Tame Tuopu to score his second try of the night. Flood gates beggining to open here at Suncorp StadiumCorey Parker slots a great kick from the sideline. Broncos 30-676 min: NEWS Errors galore at the back end of the game. Neither coach will be jumping with joy over their teams performance tonight.80 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsNathan Merritt continues his great run of scoring tries in the 80th minute with another one here tonight at Suncorp Stadium.He converts his own try. Broncos 30-12FULLTIME: - Brisbane Broncos 30 South Sydney Rabbitohs 12A scrappy win from the Broncos here tonight at Suncorp Stadium. They still haven?t shown us what they are capable of but I?m sure that Wayne Bennett will be happy to get the 2 points. Solid performances from Karmichael Hunt, Justin Hodges, Tame Tupou and Sam Thaiday saw the Broncos run away with the game for the final score line showing 30-12. The Bunnies were very disappointing with them conceding a high penalty count and making too many errors for them to be competitive in the contest. -----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Karmichael Hunt (Broncos)2 - Justin Hodges (Broncos)1 - Tame Tupou (Broncos)-----------------------------------------
SALFORD captain Malcolm Alker has dubbed the visit of fellow high-flyers Huddersfield to The Willows as a "four-pointer".
RICHARD Agar takes charge of Hull for the first time against Leeds insisting he is not the man to succeed John Kear.
UNBEATEN St Helens will be at full strength with the return of skipper Paul Sculthorpe as they look to complete the double over Harlequins.
WAKEFIELD are boosted by the return of New Zealand international David Solomona as they look to gain swift revenge against Wigan for Sunday?s 32-22 Challenge Cup defeat.
ROUND 5 North Queensland Cowboys 32 v Wests Tigers 12at Dairy Farmers StadiumReferees: Steve ClarkMatch Summary:The Cowboys have comfortably won the Grand Final rematch 32-12 over the Wests Tigers in Townsville. The Cowboys led 22-2 at half time and choked the Tigers out of the match with oppressive defence, however the result may be overshadowed by a shoulder injury to Tigers and Kiwis star Benji Marshall.The Tigers got on the board early with a fifth minute penalty goal to Brett Hodgson, before the Cowboys took control. A Thurston penalty goal in the 19th minute opened the floodgates. Rod Jensen scored in the 26th minute from dummy half, then four minutes late Thurston scored a superb solo try for a 14-2 lead. Whatuira was sin binned for a professional foul and Thurston added another two points. Matt Sing then caught a spectacular bomb from Thurston for the 22-2 half time lead.The Tigers took control over the second half, with a try to Benji Marshall in the 46th minute and Isaac De Gois scored in the 60th minute to trail 22-12. The Tigers could have overrun the Cowboys in that 20 minute period, but for all their possession and territory could only score the two tries. Two late tries to Cooper and Jensen restored the Cowboys half time margin of 20 points, and a deserved winning margin. The Cowboys will continue to lead the competition all alone, and are on a club record five match winning streak ? all against 2005 Top 8 teams.Perhaps a bigger story is the injury to Benji Marshall, who injured his shoulder trying to tackle Carl Webb in the 79th minute. After the match the television cameras showed Marshall sobbing in the dressing room. This injury could be fatal to the Tigers Premiership chances, and certainly could not help the Kiwis in the ANZAC Test, or even the Tri-Nations, depending on how long he is out.Scorers:North Queensland Cowboys: 32Tries: Rod Jensen(2), Matt Sing, Johnathan Thurston, Gavin CooperGoals: Johnathan Thurston 6/7Wests Tigers: 12Tries: Benji Marshall, Isaac De GoisGoals: Brett Hodgson 2/3By the Clock:1 min: NEWS The Cowboys kick off this Grand Final rematch!5 min: PENALTY GOAL Wests TigersAfter a penalty from a high tackle, Hodgson converts the easy two points. Tigers 2-012 min: NEWS Scott Prince is penalised for a swinging arm and the Cowboys will get three repeat sets on the Tigers goal line.13 min: NEWS Video referee for a Cowboys try...13 min: NEWS NO TRY - The ball runs dead off a Cowboys kick early in the tackle count. The Tigers hold on.14 min: NEWS The Tigers go 80 metres and enforce a repeat set.19 min: NEWS ON REPORT - Benji Marshall is put on report for a high tackle.19 min: PENALTY GOAL North Queensland CowboysThurston kicks the penalty goal for the high tackle penalty on Marshall. 2 all.22 min: NEWS Video referee for a Tigers try...22 min: NEWS NO TRY - Shane Elford is ruled to have knocked on in the in goal.26 min: NEWS Video referee for a Cowboys try...26 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysJensen pushes over from dummy half. Thurston converts off the posts. Cowboys 8-230 min: NEWS Video referee (again) for a Cowboys try...30 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysThurston runs out of dummy half, kicks for himself and dives on the ball in the in goal. He converts his own try. Cowboys 14-232 min: NEWS Matt Bowen saves a try with a spectacular take from a Prince grubber kick.36 min: NEWS SIN BIN - Paul Whatuira is sent to the sin bin for a professional foul, tackling a player without the ball.37 min: PENALTY GOAL North Queensland CowboysThurston kicks the goal for the professional foul. Cowboys 16-238 min: NEWS 40/20 - Bowen kicks a 40/2039 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysThurston puts up a kick to Sing who steams onto the ball and scores. Thurston converts. Cowboys 22-240 min: NEWS HALF TIME - The Cowboys have dominated the last 30 minutes of the first half and fully deserve their 20 point lead.Stats - Cowboys have 61% possession, 16/23 completions compared to the Tigers 9/15, Tigers have made and missed nearly double the number of tackles to that of the Cowboys, penalty count is 8-5 to the Cowboys and error count is 8-5 against the Tigers.40 min: NEWS Second half underway!43 min: NEWS A couple of mistakes from the Cowboys to open the second half, and the Tigers are dominating posession, but they just can't score.45 min: NEWS The Cowboys have been penalised twice in this half alone for not playing the ball straight.46 min: TRY Wests TigersMarshall runs around Hannay from 10 metres out and scores. Hodgson misses the conversion. Cowboys 22-656 min: NEWS Tigers dominating posession and territory in this half, but they can't score.57 min: NEWS Tigers gain another line drop out, amazing Cowboys defence. Line dropouts 6-0 Tigers.60 min: TRY Wests TigersDe Gois dives over from dummy half after a tonne of Tigers posession, Hodgson converts. Cowboys 22-1268 min: NEWS Whatuira is penalised for a high tackle on Bowen.69 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysCooper is put into space 10 metres out and scores. Thurston hits the posts and the crossbar and the ball bounces out. Cowboys 26-1272 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysThurston breaks up the middle on half way, offloads to Southern who passes to Jensen who scores. Thurston converts. Cowboys 32-1276 min: NEWS Video referee for a Tigers try...76 min: NEWS NO TRY - Whatuira is ruled to have bounced the ball in the in goal.79 min: NEWS Marshall going up the tunnel with a shoulder injury.80 min: NEWS The Cowboys run out comfortable winners over the Tigers, 32-12. The Cowboys have now beaten four Top Eight teams, and the Premiers. They are now on a club record five match win streak.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)2 - Matthew Bowen (Cowboys)1 - Shane Tronc (Cowboys)-----------------------------------------
THE North Sydney Rugby League Club will be honouring one of the legends of the North Shore, Fred Orreill, who recently passed the milestone of his 101st birthday. All members of the New South Wales Fire Brigades are invited to come and support him when he kicks off the greatest local derby in rugby league; the Bears verse the Sea Eagles at beautiful North Sydney Oval. New South Wales Fire Brigade members will receive free entry to the game (just show your ID at the gate).Last weekend the Mighty North Sydney Bears defeated Western Suburbs 40 points to 20 and will be champing at the bit to go round again with the Sea Eagles this weekend.Gates will open at 9:30 a.m. and a full program of football will be on show as well as all the latest Bears merchandise for sale. And there will be appearances by the sensational HONEY BEARS (the official North Sydney Cheer Girl Squad).FULL DAYS PROGRAMAPPEARANCES BY THE HONEY BEARS (Official North Sydney Cheer Girls)Harold Matthews (U16s) Bears V Roosters 10:30 a.m.S. G. Ball (U18s) Bears V Roosters 12:00 p.m.Jersey Flegg (U20s) Bears V Sea Eagles 1:30 p.m.APPEARANCE by FRED ORREILL 2:55 p.m.PREMIER LEAGUE ? BEARS V SEA EAGLES 3:00 p.m.
AFTER adjourning last week so teams could attend to Challenge Cup duties, Superleague resumes this weekend with some interesting Round 8 clashes. The Friday night televised game comes from KC Stadium where Hull host Leeds Rhinos. It has been a dramatic week at Hull being after knocked out of the Challenge Cup by Bradford and losing the chance to defend their trophy, and losing their coach John Kear, who left by mutual consent after learning that his contract would not be renewed for season 2007. It's anyone's guess as to how these events will effect club morale, but Hull are expecting to welcome back hooker Richard Swain from injury. Leeds have been stronger than Hull so far this season, and especially under these circumstances are more than capable of scoring the away win.In what seems one of the most evenly contested matches this round, the in form Salford Reds host Huddersfield at The Willows. Both teams are coming off strong wins against lower division teams last weekend, and will want to continue their winning form in the league. Huddersfield are capable of matching it with the best sides on their day, but Salford have been this season's surprise package, showing a consistency that has been a long time in the making, and will be favourites at home to edge out the Giants.Also on Friday night, Harlequins make the trip north to face league leaders St Helens at Knowsley Road. St Helens registered a comfortable 56-6 win against lower division Doncaster last week in the Challenge Cup, whilst Harlequins also had an easy victory against French side Toulouse. However the London side will face a much stiffer challenge here, and only the brave would tip them to score an upset win against the undefeated Saints.And to wrap up the night's action Wakefield and Wigan meet for the second week in a row, in a return helping of last weekend's Challenge Cup tie at Belle Vue won by Wigan 32-22. That game was in the balance until the later stages, and so Wakefield will be hoping the insights they gained might help them return to the winners circle. But Wigan will be keen to make the most of the momentum from what for this season has been a rare win for the cherry and whites. Saturday night's televised game comes from Odsal Stadium, where Bradford host Warrington. Hopefully the ground will have recovered from last weekend, where the persistent rain and hail had led to parts of the pitch being in quite poor and boggy conditions. Bradford are coming off a 23-12 win there over Hull, which will have done their Superleague conditioning no harm at all, whilst Warrington went through their paces with a 52-0 win over lower division London Skolars. However the Wolves will have to lift their intensity here if they are to compete with the Bulls over the full 80 minutes.Finally, also on Saturday night Les Catalans play host to Castleford at the Stade Albert Domec in Carcassonne. Catalans recorded a 60-0 win against amateur Challenge Cup opposition, whilst Castleford lost at Widnes, embarrassingly to the team that they had passed in promotion to this season's Superleague. When everything else is equal, it all comes down to the travel, and despite confusion about the home ground arrangements (with this game originally having been planned to be staged in Spain), Les Catalans should be better adjusted and favourites to get the win here.
BRISBANE will be without veteran forward Brad Thorn for tomorrow night's NRL match against South Sydney at Suncorp Stadium. Thorn is out with a knee injury which is only expected to sideline him for one week.
NORTH Queensland five-eighth Johnathan Thurston says the Cowboys will have to keep a straight line defence against his Wests Tigers counterpart Benji Marshall in tonight's big NRL clash in Townsville.
THE most prestigious occasion on the Dolphins calendar is being held soon.
THE South Sydney Rabbitohs sent their fans crazy by fighting out a 34-all draw against the third-placed Broncos at Aussie Stadium this evening.