Sharks take the points in Newcastle

ROUND 16 Newcastle Knights 16 v Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 26at EnergyAustralia StadiumReferees: Ben CumminsMatch Summary:The Cronulla Sharks have cemented their place in the NRL top 4 with an outstanding albeit controversial come from behind victory over the Knights in Newcastle. The Video Referee was called upon 3 times in less than 10 minutes in the second half to judge on 3 possible Knights tries and came up with the red light on each occasion.An uneventful start by both teams was erased in the 22nd minute after Anthony Quinn crossed for the first of his 2 first half tries. A great run and an even greater pass by Carmont put Quinn on his bike for his second try which was converted by Johns, giving the Knights a commanding 10 point lead going into the break. Stuart Raper must have uttered some inspiring words to his players at half time, as by the 6th minute of the second half the Sharks found themselves in front for the first time, courtesy of back to back converted tries to Nigel Vagana and Brett Kearney. Andrew Johns replied instantly, sending prop Craig Smith over close to the posts, putting the novocastrians back in the lead.The Knights lost some attacking edge when Kurt Gidley came out of a tackle clutching at an injured right leg, and he left the field never to return. A Covell penalty goal put the Sharks within 2 points of the home team and with 20 minutes remaining, the match was there for the taking.However 3 no try decisions by the Video Referee in the 62nd, 65th, and 69th minutes had Knights fans seething, and they may have had a fair case for the first and second decisions, but the third red light came about through some great defensive work by Sharks fullback David Simmons, knocking the ball out of Todd Lowrie's hands as he was about to ground the ball. Cronulla then made their way up field for Beau Scott to score in the corner, which was beautifully converted from the sideline by Covell. From there the Sharks kept their heads and added further insult to injury via a second try to Vagana, darting from dummy half and exploiting some tired Knights defense. For the Sharks, Brett Kimmorley was impressive and certainly put his hand up for a State of Origin recall, and his combination with Adam Dykes should see the Sharks trouble all-comers in the next 10 weeks leading up to the finals. Brett Kearney's impact off the interchange bench was superb, making several breaks up the middle of the field as the second half wore on. At fullback, Simmons' play to knock the ball from Lowrie's grasp will be looked upon as the turning point of the match as far as Sharks fans are concerned, for the next set seen them score and take the match and the 2 points away from Newcastle. Andrew Johns never stopped trying for the Knights, and he was ably supported by Buderus, Carney, Quinn and Kurt Gidley prior to his injury. Next week the Knights make the tough journey to Brookvale to take on Manly, while the Sharks make the even tougher trip north to face the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium. Scorers:Newcastle Knights: 16Tries: Anthony Quinn(2), Craig SmithGoals: Andrew Johns 2/3Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 26Tries: Beau Scott, Nigel Vagana(2), Brett KearneyGoals: Luke Covell 5/5Halftime: Knights 10-0Crowd: 18,212By the Clock:The Knights take on the Sharks in Round 16 action, live from Energy Australia Stadium, Newcastle. For the Knights, Nathan Hinton comes in to play fullback in place of David Seage. The Sharks will lineup as per program.1 min: KICK-OFF Andrew Johns kicks off and we are underway.14 min: NEWS Both teams are getting good second phase play but defence is overshadowing attack thus far.22 min: KNIGHTS TRY Quinn scores in the corner after great lead up work from Buderus and Kurt Gidley. Johns has the shot at goal from the sideline which is away to the left. Knights 4-027 min: NEWS Carney goes over in the right corner for Newcastle but the play is called back for a Johns forward pass.35 min: KNIGHTS TRY Quinn crosses for his second as Carmont attracts 2 defenders and slips a pass giving his winger a clear passage to the line untouched. Johns converts from close to the sideline. Knights 10-037 min: NEWS Johns has an unsuccessful shot at field goal just prior to halftime. 40 min: HALF TIME We go into halftime with the Knights leading 10 points to nil.Penalties: Sharks 3-2Completions: Knights - 16/20 Sharks - 17/22Errors: 5-5Tackles: Knights - 179 Sharks - 15541 min: KICK-OFF David Simmons gets play started in the second half.43 min: SHARKS TRYVagana scores a great try under the posts after an outstanding no-look pass from Greg Bird. Covell converts. Knights 10-446 min: SHARKS TRY Brett Kearney scores after backing up Gallen, who was put through a gap by a Dykes inside ball. Covell converts from in front. Sharks 12-1051 min: KNIGHTS TRY Andrew Johns runs to the line before passing on the inside for Smith to score beside the posts. Johns converts to put the Knights back in the lead. Knights 16-1255 min: KNIGHTS INJURY Kurt Gidley is assisted from the field, unable to put weight on his right leg.59 min: SHARKS PENALTY GOALDanny Buderus is penalised for stripping the ball in a 2 man tackle. Covell converts an easy shot from in front to reduce the Knights lead to 2. Knights 16-1462 min: NO TRY An Andrew Johns cross field kick is knocked on by Reegan Tanner, resulting in a touch and go no-try decision by the Video Referee. 65 min: NO TRY Simmons drops a Johns bomb, leaving Quinn and Albert challenging for the loose ball. Quinn wins the race but the Video Referee says NO TRY, knock-on by Quinn.69 min: NO TRY David Simmons makes the play of the night (so far), slapping the ball out of Lowrie's hands as he is about to score. NO TRY - 20 metre restart. 71 min: SHARKS TRY Beau Scott scores in the corner, following good passing plays from Williams, Kimmorley and Covell. Covell's conversion from the sideline is superb. Sharks 20-1676 min: NEWS Hinton is tackled over the sideline just metres out from his own line. The Sharks now have the chance to put the result beyond doubt. 77 min: SHARKS TRY Vagana darts from dummy half on the last tackle and plants the ball down to seal the game for the Sharks. Covell adds the extra 2. Sharks 26-1680 min: NEWS FULL TIME The Sharks take the cash in arguably their best away win of the season so far after being down 10-0 at halftime.Penalties: Sharks 5-3Completions: Knights - 26/37 Sharks - 31/41Errors: 12-12Tackles: Knights - 314 Sharks - 262-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Brett Kimmorley (Sharks)2 - David Simmons (Sharks)1 - Brett Kearney (Sharks)-----------------------------------------

Greenshields out of Dragons v Cowboys clash

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Star-studded Team of Steel announced

AT the Illawarra?s largest ever sporting celebration dinner, the Illawarra Steelers named the Team of Steel as part of its 25th Anniversary. With a combined 48 State of Origin caps, 25 Australian caps, 1 New Zealand cap, 1 Rest of the World cap and 21 City/Country caps between them, the Steelers have named a squad that would arguably beat any team in any era. Led by ?Joe Cool? John Dorahy, the team boasts attacking flair right across the park.Among the guests honouring the Steelers Anniversary and the Team of Steel were NRL CEO David Gallop, ARL CEO Geoff Carr, ARL Chairman Colin Love, Dragons Chairman Warren Lockwood and Dragons CEO Peter Doust.Former ARL CEO John Quayle delivered a special tribute to the Steelers saying ?The Illawarra region has been producing great rugby league talent for many years. The fact that the Steelers are able to name such an illustrious team comes as no surprise.?The heavyweights of rugby league rubbed shoulders with the Illawarra?s business community and fans of the game providing a memorable occasion for all. Signed jerseys by the Team of Steel were auctioned for Men of League Illawarra while Irish comedian Paul Martell provided the laughs during the evening.Adding to the celebrations, the Illawarra Steelers also announced four playing life memberships. Illawarra Steelers Chairman Peter Newell announced Rod Wishart, Paul McGregor, Trent Barrett and Shaun Timmins as recipients. Illawarra Steelers Director and 25th Anniversary Organiser, Mr Bob Millward, paid tribute to the Team of Steel. ?I?m sure Steelers fans from across the region will join me in congratulating each of the players on being a member of the Team of Steel,? Mr Millward said.Chairman, Illawarra Steelers Mr Peter Newell recognized the significant interest in the event and the naming of the Team. ?Tonight?s announcement of the Team of Steel will end weeks of speculation, arguments and discussion on who will make the final team. I?d like to thank the region for supporting this event. Tonight is an historic occasion and a symbol of this region?s ongoing commitment, passion and prominence in the great game of rugby league,? Mr Newell said.In front of a sell out crowd of nearly 850 people at the WIN Entertainment Centre in Wollongong, host Andrew Voss from The Footy Show, announced the Team of Steel as:Fullback: John Dorahy (C)Wing: Rod Wishart, Alan McIndoeCentre: Paul McGregor, Shaun TimminsFive-eighth: Trent BarrettHalf: John SimonLock: Ian RussellSecond Row: Neil Piccinelli, Bob LindnerFront Row: Chris Walsh (VC), Craig SmithHooker: Dean SchifillitiReserves:Brad Mackay Brett Rodwell Wayne Springall Michael CarberryCoach:Graham Murray

Wigan respond angrily to critics

THE Wigan club have today responded angrily to comments made by two other clubs with regard to the signing of Stuart Fielden and the salary cap.Brian Noble said,"We are delighted to have signed Stuart and he is a great addition to our squad. The acquisition of Stuart is within the rules of the RFL and we refute any accusations made by anyone within the Rugby League fraternity. It is my job to carry on to turn this club around and improve performances of the players and try to avoid relegation."Wigan Chairman Maurice Lindsay backed his Head Coach and today said,"We are well in control of our salary cap and we have advised the Rugby Football League of our exact situation. Comments from two of our relegation rivals are I assume in respond to leading questions. We are well aware of our salary cap requirements and we are working within those requirements. It is no-ones business but I can volunteer the information that we have no further signings planned at this stage on the contrary we have lost some players today to retirement and movement to other clubs."Lindsay also re-acted angrily to press speculation that the Fielden deal would cost ?1.5 million in total, Lindsay said,"These days people seem to be able to simply think of a number and double it. It is a sad way to go about things but clubs just have to keep putting wild speculation right. Stuart Fielden will not be the highest paid player in the game although it is a very good contract and obviously better than the amount he earned at Bradford. He has also earned it. Wild speculation always comes up when Wigan sign a player. We were unable to sign Adrian Morley recently because the sums involved were too high for us and much more that we are paying Stuart Fielden. Stuart cannot be tagged as the highest paid player in the game because that will simply not be true."

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