PETER Holmes A Court and Russell Crowe have struck another blow against South Sydney patriarch George Piggins, claiming they now have the biggest say with the embattled leagues club's administrators.
WESTS Tigers coach Tim Sheens has refused to concede his team can't defend its NRL premiership without Benji Marshall after yet another loss without the star playmaker.
NSW Origin coach Graham Murray remains confident utility Ben Hornby will be fit to take on Queensland despite Blues selectors adding his St George Illawarra team mate Dean Young to the squad as a precaution.
SALFORD City Reds 17 (Langi 2, Robinson tries; Hodgson, Myler goals; Dunemann field goal) def. Bradford Bulls 16 (Pryce, B Harris, Ferres tries; Deacon 2 goals). Att: 4,203.
ROUND 17 of the NRL was preceded by the Great Britain v New Zealand Rugby League Test match in the UK. The Lions proved too good in downing the Kiwis 46-14 at Knowsley Road, St Helens.
LUCKLESS Newcastle hooker Luke Quigley will be sidelined for a month after dislocating his elbow in Friday's morale-boosting win over Manly. Quigley was returning from a broken jaw suffered in a pub incident in Newcastle in April which sidelined him for two months.
WIGAN Warriors' battle to avoid relegation from the engage Super League took another huge step forward with a narrow victory by 26-24 over fellow strugglers Harlequins at the Twickenham Stoop.Both teams scored four converted tries, but the difference was the penalty goal kicked by Michael Dobson three minutes into the second half.But the Warriors would have had grounds for complaint had the result gone against them, because both of Quins? first-half tries were highly controversial.After 18 minutes, Solomon Haumono appeared to be stopped short of the line, but attempted to ground the ball over the whitewash. Referee Karl Kirkpatrick went to the video referee, who took an age to give the Samoan the benefit of the doubt and the try. Henry Paul converted.Wigan hit back with two tries in seven minutes to take the lead approaching the half-time hooter.First, Chris Ashton took Danny Orr?s pass to cross near to the posts. Then, in the 32nd minute, Brett Dallas picked off a pass from Mark McLinden, intended for Nick Bradley-Qalilawa and he returned it 50 metres for a try behind the posts.On the stroke of half-time, Pat Weisner tried to go over but lost the ball on the line. The hooter went, but referee Karl Kirkpatrick went to the video referee, who ruled a penalty try, the tackle by Dobson being ruled illegal and stopping a score.Having fallen behind to Dobson?s second-half penalty, Quins regained the lead when Joe Mbu ran onto Karl Temata's short pass and blasted his way to the line. Paul's conversion gave Quins a four-point lead, but they could not hold onto it.After 54 minutes, Mark Calderwood raced onto a grubber kick, dribbled forward and dived on the ball in the in-goal area. Six minutes later, Calderwood turned provider for Ashton to score his second try.Harlequins cut the deficit to two points when McLinden picked up a ball dropped backwards by Zeb Luisi as he was being forced into touch and ran past two startled Warriors to touch down. The video referee had his easiest call of the night to give the try.But it was not enough for Quins. They did not really pressure the Wigan line and it was the Warriors who looked more likely to score.Harlequins RL: Lucky Luisi, Wells, Gafa, Smith, Bradley-Qalilawa, Paul, McLinden, Temata, Randall, Tookey, Haumono, Purdham, Mbu.Replacements: Weisner, Williams, Leuluai, Heckenberg.Wigan: Ashton, Calderwood, Radlinski, McAvoy, Dallas, Orr, Dobson, Fielden, Higham, Paleaaesina, Hock, Fletcher, O'Loughlin.Replacements: Logan, O'Carroll, Hansen, Tickle.Harlequins RL (12) 24.Tries: Haumono, Mbu, McLinden. Goals: Paul 4.Wigan (12) 26.Tries: Ashton 2, Dallas, Calderwood. Goals: Dobson 5.Referee: K Kirkpatrick (Warrington)Att: 4,115Source: www.superleague.co.uk
HULL clinched their second win in the south of France, by 24-16, to extend their winning run in the engage Super League to 11 matches and move to within two points of leaders St Helens.
JUNIOR Langi touched down twice as Salford ended their two-match losing streak by edging out Bradford 17-16 to climb to fifth in the engage Super League.Salford had lost their previous two games at The Willows by last-gasp drop goals but this time they held on as Bulls scrum-half Paul Deacon missed a late one-pointer to level the scores.Yet the Reds had fallen behind early as Andrew Dunemann's speculative pass was intercepted by Karl Pryce, who raced away to score.Bradford, bidding to stretch their three-match unbeaten run, came close to extending their lead moments later but Simon Finnigan intervened to prevent Deacon getting his pass away.Salford withstood the early pressure and bounced back after Brett Ferres was sinbinned midway through the first half for interference.The Reds made it count with their first try created by Luke Robinson's clever kick, from which Aaron Moule sent Langi over for his fourth try of the season. David Hodgson landed a touchline conversion to give the home side a 6-4 lead.Salford grabbed a second try moments later with Robinson again the provider, the stand-off sending Langi crashing over. Dunemann then notched a drop goal just before half-time to give Salford an 11-4 interval lead.Bradford, without Kiwi winger Lesley Vainikolo because of a knee injury sustained during the XXXX Test against Great Britain on Tuesday, hit back after the restart with Ferres crossing after clever work from Deacon.Salford, who were thrashed 58-0 by the Bulls last year, welcomed back Aussies Kevin McGuinness and Dunemann after they had missed the trip to St Helens last week.And the Reds had a lucky break early in the second half when Terry Newton's try was disallowed for offside as the visitors began to mount serious pressure.Bradford lost substitute Andy Smith, who left the field with concussion, but rallied to retake the lead with Ben Harris scoring to set up a nail-biting finale.Salford though, who had only won one out of 18 previous Super League meetings against Bradford, replied with Robinson jinking over for a fine solo effort and Stephen Myler added the conversion to give the Reds a 17-16 lead.Deacon failed to land a drop goal with two minutes remaining and Salford hung on to record a memorable victory.Salford: Hodgson, Langi, Moule, Littler, McGuinness, Dunemann, Robinson, Lima, Alker, Rutgerson, Sibbit, Coley, Finnigan.Replacements: Adamson, Highton, Haggerty, Myler.Bradford: Withers, St Hilaire, Hape, B. Harris, Pryce, I. Harris, Deacon, Lynch, Newton, Meyers, McKenna, Ferres, Langley.Replacements: Vagana, Henderson, James, Smith.Salford: (11) 17.Tries: Langi 2, Robinson.Goals: Hodgson, Myler.Drop Goals: Dunemann.Bradford: (4) 16.Tries: Pryce, Ferres, B. Harris.Goals: Deacon 2.Referee: R Silverwood (Dewsbury)Att: 4,203Source: www.superleague.co.uk
ST Helens? latest star James Graham admits he has had little time to dwell on his superb Great Britain debut this week.
LEEDS will hope to keep up the pressure as they make the short journey to face Huddersfield at the Galpharm Stadium.
WARRINGTON travel to battling Castleford for a lunchtime kick-off at The Jungle.
HULL travel to Narbonne in the hope of extending their club record run of 10 successive Super League wins at the expense of Catalans.
ST George Illawarra Dragons utility forward Dean Young has been called into the New South Wales side as 18th man for the third and deciding match of the State of Origin series.Young joins Dragons team mates Matt Cooper, Mark Gasnier, Luke Bailey and Ben Hornby in the NSW Blues camp tomorrow morning.State of Origin III is to be played on Wednesday, 5 July, 2006 at the Telstra Dome, Melbourne.
ROUND 17 Brisbane Broncos 26 v Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 12at Suncorp StadiumReferees: Shayne HayneMatch Summary:The Brisbane Broncos have defeated the Cronulla Sutherland Sharks today by 26-12 at Suncorp Stadium.The Broncos came out of the blocks breathing fire through an early try to Corey Parker in the 4th minute and kept the pressure on the Sharks by getting back to back goal line drop outs and they eventually scored again with the weight of possession when Webcke crashed over in the 14th minute to extend the lead to 10-0.The Broncos continued to play the ball in the Sharks half on the back of a great kicking game and they came up with 2 more points through a penalty goal to Corey Parker to make it 12-0. The Broncos soon scored again through Tame Tupou on the back of a Lance Thompson mistake to make it 16-0 in the 32nd minute. The Sharks then scored in the dying moments of the first half to get back into the match momentarily and they went into the break trailing 16-6. David Simmons and Tame Tupou both taking no further part in the match after suffering injuries in the first half.The Broncos extended their lead once again to 22-6 after Seymour scored from a high ball. The Sharks tried to get back into the match with a try in the 60th minute but the Broncos hit straight back to score a try of their own 3 minutes later to put the match beyond doubt.The Broncos have thoroughly deserved their victory today minus their Origin stars and players out through injury. This was a great team performance today as no one really stood out. Darius Boyd and Shane Webcke both had strong games. This sets them up nicely for the rest of the season.The Broncos now move to second place on the ladder and come up against the Storm next week in a top of the table clash at Olympic Park whilst the Sharks will take on the Wests Tigers at Toyota Park.Scorers:Brisbane Broncos: 26Tries: Corey Parker, Brett Seymour, Tame Tupou, Shane Webcke, Darius BoydGoals: Corey Parker 3/9Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 12Tries: Greg Bird, Brett KearneyGoals: Luke Covell 2/2By the Clock:Welcome to Suncorp Stadium for todays clash between top 4 sides the Broncos & Sharks.The Broncos will be without 6 origin players and also 5 other players out injured whilst for the Sharks they will nearly be at full strength with only 1 player Paul Gallen on origin duties. Can the Sharks continue there fine run of form ? Stay tuned...1 min: The Broncos kickoff and get us underway at Suncorp4 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosThe Broncos spread the ball to Corey Parker who goes through some poor defence and sells the dummy to the fullback and scores the try. Conversion successful Broncos 6-09 min: NEWS The Sharks make a meal of the high ball and will give the Broncos another chance through a goal line dropout11 min: ATTEMPTED PENALTY GOAL Brisbane BroncosThe Sharks give away a penalty for a high shot and Parker misses the conversion from out wide. Goal line drop out again. Broncos 6-014 min: NEWS The Broncos get another set of six after Albert bats the ball into touch14 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosFrom the ensueing set Webcke breaks through the defence and reaches out to score after repeat sets. Conversion unsuccessful Broncos 10-017 min: NEWS The Broncos have come out breathing fire and are dominating the Sharks at present.20 min: NEWS The Broncos force another goal line drop out on the Sharks. Can they hold out after the Broncos have had a heap of possession21 min: NEWS The Broncos come up with a forward pass for their first error of the match27 min: NEWS The Sharks get a relieving penalty and will get the ball in good field position but lose the ball and Tupou nearly goes the length of the field to score and then the Sharks give away a penalty29 min: PENALTY GOAL Brisbane BroncosCorey Parker converts from in front Broncos 12-032 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosThe Broncos score again out wide after a bad mistake from Lance Thompson and they stretch their lead near halftime. Conversion unsuccessful Broncos 16-034 min: NEWS The Broncos have had a mountain of possession and great field position making it impossible for the Sharks to mount any pressure37 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksKearney scores next to te post from a Kimmorley grubber after a Broncos mistake. Conversion successful Broncos 16-639 min: NEWS David Simmons injures his knee in a tackle and is in doubt to return for the second half.Halftime... The Broncos have dominated the first half with a great kicking game and have dominated field position. The Sharks will need to roll their sleeves up to get back into this match. Can the Broncos hang on and win without their origin stars.41 min: Sharks kick off to start the second half..41 min: NEWS David Simmons has not returned to the field after injuring his knee and Darren Albert will switch to fullback. Tame Tupou also injured and will not return to the field. Greg Eastwood replaces him.47 min: NEWS No change to the halftime score. A steady start from both sides.48 min: NEWS Sharks get a penalty in good position after a late tackle on Kimmorley49 min: NEWS The Sharks make a bad error after Albert and Pomeroy collide going for the high ball to give the Broncos the ball.51 min: NEWS Off to the video ref for a possible Broncos Try51 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosFrom the high ball Thorn takes the ball and bats it back to Seymour who strolls over to score next to the post. Conversion successful Broncos 22-654 min: ATTEMPTED PENALTY GOAL Brisbane BroncosThe Sharks give away a penalty for stripping the ball and Parker has a shot at goal but misses. Broncos 22-657 min: NEWS The Sharks nearly score but Vagana puts the ball down with the line in sight.60 min: NEWS Off to the vidoe ref for a Sharks try 60 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksBird just gets the ball down before the deadball line after another grubber from Kimmorley. Conversion successful Broncos 22-1265 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosOn the back of a Sharks error Darius Boyd scoops up the ball and links up with Scott Minto and backs up to score a try that makes it nearly impossible for the Sharks to come back from. Conversion unsuccessful from Parker after hitting the upright for the second time today Broncos 26-1268 min: NEWS The Sharks kick out on the full from the kickoff74 min: NEWS The Broncos bring the ball out of their own in goal line in sensational style to deny the Sharks any chance in this match77 min: NEWS The Broncos get a penalty after Ben Hannant was taken out going for the kick.78 min: ATTEMPTED PENALTY GOAL Brisbane BroncosFrom the penalty Corey Parker puts in shocker to miss from close range Broncos 26-12Fulltime... The Broncos have come away with a dominant victory over the Sharks today who never looked likely against a highly commited side missing up to 11 players through origin and injury. -----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Darius Boyd2 - Shane Webcke1 - Brad Thorn-----------------------------------------