THE North Sydney Bears have posted a win against the Magpies at T G Milner Field with a solid second half, rolling on from a 14-8 lead at half time. Improving on their completion rate in the second half, North Sydney took control of the match and won 40-20.The Bears Filinga ?Fingers? Filiga scored first for the Bears to make it 4 points all after lead up work from Daniel Watkins and Ben Black. After the Maggies hit back again, Ben Black sent Daniel Watkins in to score in the corner levelling the score once again to 8 all. Then after looking for gaps for most of the half Chris Walker hit the floor running off a Ben Black pass and ran 40 metres, scoring under the posts and giving an easy conversion for Daniel Russell to make a half time score of 14-8 to Norths.In the second half the Magpies scored early to level the score for the last time. Then North Sydney captain Daniel Russell did great work to dodge a number of defenders to get to the line and convert his own try, and soon after he added a penalty goal to the growing score. Daniel Russell then set up Ben Black to score twice. Once with a pass to find a hole for Ben in the line and second a chip kick over the defence in to the hands of Ben to score. A final try to Wests occurred before Ben Black set up Ben Ellis to score. With Dan Russell successful with 6 from 8 kicks the score blew out to 40-20.Players Player Ben Black and hooker Ben Ellis shined in the second half. Coach White felt Blackie?s passing and kicking game and the controlled service from dummy half of Ben Ellis were major contributions to the successful second half. Daniel Russell (sporting a new peroxide hair cut) and a hard running Aaron Trinder were also major contributors to the win. ?We played ugly football but achieved the objective of getting the two points,? said Coach Josh White.Bears Harold Matthews team have only just missed out on the 2 points losing to the Magpies 28-26 in the last minutes of the match. Leading at the half way mark 20-6 a mistake at the kick off after the final try gave the Magpies the impetus to score 2 tries and over take the Bears.Coach Kevin Nicholls said ?We did very well in defence and scored some great tries?, Coach Nicholls named Junior Rika, Tom Scrivener and Kenneth Cheer as his best performers. This game also saw the return from injury of the talented back Paul Nguyen scoring a try on his return.PICTURED: Norths Daniel Watkins scores in the corner to help his team to a 40-20 win over Western Suburbs on Sunday. Photo: Steve Little
BILLY Slater will spend seven weeks on the sidelines after failing to have the severity of his kicking charge downgraded. The suspension has dashed any hope he had of playing fullback for Queensland in the 2006 State of Origin series.Canberra hooker Simon Woolford has also had a tough night at the judiciary, failing to have his grade two careless high tackle charge downgraded, and as such has received a two match suspension.Slater has 88 carryover judiciary points while Woolford has 85.
THE Newcastle Pepsi Knights continued their perfect start to the season on Sunday afternoon when they comprehensively beat Western Suburbs 42 points to 8. After just four rounds, the Knights differential stands at a massive +154.The Knights started the game strongly and young winger Aku Uate scored in the corner off a clever kick from Luke Walsh. In blustery conditions, Walsh failed with his conversion attempt from the sideline. The game to'd and fro'd for the next fifteen minutes with neither side able to convert possession into points. The Magpies looked quite pedestrian in attack and were easy for the Knights to defend against. In the 20th minute, Knights hooker Terence Seu Seu who had a sensational game crossed for the home sides second try of the afternoon and Walsh added the extras to send the Knights out to 10-0. This try was the first of three in a seven minute period leading up to halftime as the Knights started to get into gear. Centre Jonathon Wright crossed out wide in the 22nd minute, followed by winger Stephen Gordon who also crossed before halftime. Walsh again converted both tries and the Knights were well in control, going to the break leading by 22 points to 0.It was this game last year which had its controversy as the Knights squandered an early lead to lose on fulltime, but that was put to rest early in the second half when Uate crossed for his second try of the afternoon, putting the Knights up 26-0. Wests winger Nick Taylor dived over, centimetres in from the western touchline to open his sides account for the afternoon, adding some respectability to the scoreline. Knights interchange forward Warren Schillings continued the Knights scoring spree when he crashed over with twenty minutes remaining and Matt Cooper plucked an intercept and raced 65 metres to score in the far eastern corner with 13 to go. Halfback Walsh was then replaced after his conversion attempt waved away, with what looked like a lower back problem, hopefully not ruling him out of this weekends top of the table clash with the Dragons. With just a few minutes remaining, the Magpies crossed again, this time through centre Teason Fa'Avae-eli and the Knights rounded off the scoring right on the stroke of fulltime when second rower Cory Patterson, who had a strong game taking the ball up consistently, crashed over beside the posts. Gordon added the extras to continue the Knights sensational start to season 2006.For the Knights, the standout was undoubtedly hooker Terence Seu Seu, who made regular metres out of dummy half and tackled everything that moved.
NEW South Wales coach Graham Murray says St George Illawarra duo Mark Gasnier and Trent Barrett should be considered for State of Origin selection regardless of whether they leave the NRL next year.Barrett is considering a move to the English Super League while Gasnier is weighing up a lucrative offer to switch to rugby union. Speaking at the launch of the representative season today, Murray says the Dragons stars should not be black-banned by selectors this season.
SCHEDULE for the 2006 Tri-Nations rugby league tournament released today:Oct 14: New Zealand v Australia, 8pm, Ericsson Stadium, AucklandOct 21: Australia v New Zealand, 8pm, Telstra Dome, MelbourneOct 28: New Zealand v Great Britain, 8pm, Jade Stadium, ChristchurchNov 4: Australia v Great Britain, 8pm, Aussie Stadium, SydneyNov 11: New Zealand v Great Britain, 8pm, Westpac Stadium, WellingtonNov 18: Australia v Great Britain, 8pm, Suncorp Stadium, BrisbaneNov 25: Final, 8pm, Aussie Stadium, Sydney.(Match times may be subject to some variation)
DRAGONS Supporters, Round 4 saw the Dragons notch up their second win of the 2006 season, holding out a determined and experienced Brisbane Broncos outfit at WIN Stadium. Matches between these two teams always seem to produce something special (who could forget Riddell's penalty from the sideline at ANZ) and this was no exception. The Dragons showed patience in the match and plenty of heart in defence to take the two points. This weeks match will be another tough encounter, with the Dragons taking on Newcastle at WIN Stadium. Without Andrew Johns last week the Knights went down to the NZ Warriors, but his probable return this week will make for a stronger Knights team. Will be a good test for the Dragons who are slowly starting to show some signs of cohesion in attack, and grit in defence. Our screening this week will be held at The Grosvenor Hotel at East St Kilda. With kick off scheduled for 7:30, why not take the opportunity to head in early for dinner in the restaurant, or a few drinks in the bar before the game starts? We will have the sports bar sectioned off for the screening. What: Dragons v KnightsWhen: Saturday 8 April, 7:30pmWhere: Grosvenor Hotel, 10 Brighton Rd East St KildaPLANNING ON BUYING A DRAGONS JERSEY? MBDS have been able to secure a 10% discount on 2006 adidas Dragons jersey's from the adidas store in Bourke St Mall for any purchases of 10 or more jerseys. With the Dragons trip south to Melbourne coming up in 1 month now is a great time to get your jersey. If you would like to take advantage of this offer please email [email protected] by 13th April to register your name and we will provide further details of how the purchase will take place.GO YOU DRAGONS!!
AN issue which has caught my eye this week is whether players who sign with rugby union, or the English Super League, should be able to play representative football for the remaining time on their NRL contracts. The players in focus at the moment are Mark Gasnier and Trent Barrett.
DRAGONS Centre Mark Gasnier has been recalled to the New South Wales side for the third State of Origin game, to be played next Wednesday night.
Result: City 48 d Country 16.
ROUND 9 of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup went pretty much to form for the first time this year. The Top 5 are standing to stamp their mark on the positions however as the competition has shown in 2004, no team can get complacent or they will be punished on the scoreboard.
ORGANISERS of Sunday?s fundraising dinner and auction in aid of seriously injured rugby league players Matt King and Danny Scott have expressed their delight after the event attracted a full house to Huddersfield?s George Hotel.
NSWRL VB Premier League.
Canberra Raiders 36
Newtown 22: Andrew Le Breton, Craig Field, David Hall, John Sinisa tries; Troy Barnes 3 goals.
Match played at Seiffert Oval, Queanbeyan on Saturday.
NSWRL Jim Beam Cup.
Sydney Bulls 42
Newtown 20: George Ghazal, Bruce Po, Chan Ly, David Vial tries; Chan Ly 2 goals.
Match played at Potts Park, Bankstown on Saturday, June 26th.
This coming Saturday, July 3rd.
Sydney Airport Jets home game double-header at Henson Park.
1.15pm: Newtown v Erina - Jim Beam Cup.
3.00pm: Newtown v Penrith-St.Marys Cougars - VB Premier League.
The NRL Road Train will be at Henson Park for this double header
THE Leagueunlimited.com leader board has suddenly become very congested with Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels), Brett Kimmorley (Sharks) and Paul Rauhihi (Cowboys) all equal front runners on 17 points. Rauhihi has been outstanding form in recent weeks and picked up another two points on the weekend.
ST.GEORGE Bank Dragons second rower Lance Thompson has been cleared of a broken ankle but will be out for up to six weeks.
A spectacular hat-trick to centre Matt King has steered the Storm to a 42-6 thrashing of the New Zealand Warriors as Melbourne celebrated a night of milestones at Olympic Park tonight.