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.
WE are back in the real stuff now playing for two points each week. After some patchy trial form the Dolphins have started with two solid wins.
MORETON Bay has proved an irresistible lure to new Dolphin Alwyn Simpson.
The quicksilver back joined the Redcliffe club in the off-season from NSW Premier League club Balmain. Starting on the bench in A grade, he quickly worked his way up and now finds himself on the flank in the top side.
A strong showing by the Dolphins at Langlands Park last Saturday saw the Red and Whites walk away with 2 wins and a draw.The Colts continued their promising start to the season with a 32-24 win over the previously unbeaten East?s outfit. It was a tight encounter that was up for grabs until a try in the dying minutes secured the game for the young Dolphins. Most pleasing for Coach Craig Ingebrigtsen has been the sides discipline after early season games saw the team conceding too many unnecessary penalties. Back rower Foisa Peni (Pictured) was dominant throughout the game and received the LEADING EDGE SPORTS Man of the Match award while young hooker Joel Romelo excelled in his first game of senior football laying on a nice try for Captain Tim Benson. Another challenge awaits the side this weekend when they will be without half Asher Elemani and Dane Hogan who are away with the AIS squad for the match against the traditionally strong Burleigh.A much improved A Grade side scrabbled an 18 all draw in the final minutes of play with a bullocking try to prop Darren Glase. The side?s defense was a vast improvement on the week before and although the sides attack still needs some work there were some encouraging signs for Coach Grant Cleal. Centre convert Matt Mannion had a strong game at lock picking up the HOGS BREATH CAFE Man of the Match award and received strong support from Pat McGill and Lucas Dearden. The Dolphins tackle the unbeaten Burleigh side this weekend and will be keen to build on the gains made last weekend.A powerful first 10 minutes and final 20 saw the Premier Grade post a forceful 48 points to 22 win over the East?s Tigers last week. Slipping out to an early 16 nil lead the Dolphins looked to be comfortable before the Tigers fought back on their home soil to tie the game up 22 all mid way through the second half. This sparked the Dolphins into action piling on 26 unanswered points by the time the final hooter sounded. New recruit Pat Gardner was a stand out and was rewarded for his effort by grabbing both the SEARLES GARDEN PRODUCTS Player of the Match and KEYSTAR AUTOWORLD Players Player awards while Mick Roberts is starting to look at home in the hooking role with some solid defense and darting runs from dummy half, Shane Perry also deserves mention and was constantly asking questions of the Tigers defensive line. This week the side tackles last year?s grand finalists Burleigh and will be looking to avenge a heavy defeat at the hands of the Bears in the corresponding game last year. Saturday April 15 Premier Grade game represents the first televised game of the season when the Dolphins travel to Bishop Park to tackle Norths. The A Grade and Colts also take on the Devils with all 3 games sure to be closely contested matches.This weeks sides vs Burleigh at Dolphin Oval areQueensland Wizard Cup1. Ryan Cullen 2. Alwyn Simpson 3. Greg Bourke 4. Nick Emmett 5. Adam Fletcher 6. Marty Turner 7. Shane Perry (c) 8. Adam Starr 9. Michael Roberts 10. Pat Gardner 11. Grant Flugge 12. Danny Burke 13. Shannon Fish Interchange 14. Chris Fox 15. Duane O'Grady 16. Damian Jentz 17. Gerad ParleCoach Anthony GriffinFOGS A Grade1. Mark Christensen 2. Kaine Manihera 3. Pat McGill 4. Rory Bromley 5. Adam Luchetti 6. Matt Anderton 7. Chris Kluft 8. Darren Glase 9. Chris Jelich 10. Daniel Jones 11. Richie Russell 12. James Douglas 13. Matt Mannion Interchange 14. Brad Massey 15. Mick Pares 16. Lucas Dearden 17. Scott GillisCoach Grant ClealFOGS Colts Challenge1. Phil Daisy 2. Tim Yee 3. Matt Gillett 4. Michael Wilson 5. James Derbyshire 6. Bob Jones 7. Joel Romelo 8. Greg Malenstein 9. Tim Benson (c) 10. David Hala 11. Foisa Peni 12. Logan Sullivan 13. Jon Broad Interchange 14. Angus Cameron 15. Sam Schull 16. Stuart May 17. Jordan BrownCoach Craig Ingebrigtsen
ROUND 6 of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup gets underway this weekend and as usual some hotly contested games ahead for the supporters. With the competition table so congested, not one team can rest on their laurels expecting a win.
HOT on the heels of Wai-Coa-Bay Stallions star halfback Hayden Karena heading off to the North Queensland Cowboys club, another NZ Bartercard Cup player is finishing off the 2004 season playing in an NRL club.
IN this week's Bulls Eye Brian Noble and Paul Deacon look forward to Saturday's Round 12 game at the Knowsley Road, which see the Challenge Cup holders up against the ESL Champions.
LEEDS will hand a debut to new signing Ali Lauitiiti against Salford, although the New Zealand international will start from the bench at Headingley.
FRIDAY 28th May 2004
A terrific crowd at Suncorp Stadium were treated to a great game of rugby league when the Dragons just went down to the home side by 24-22.
NOW that Origin I has passed, will this round be a bit of a letdown for the fans and the players? Only time will tell I guess but there are some interesting match ups to analyse in round 12.