THURSDAY - 16th February 2006Hull make one change to the side that beat Castleford in the opening round of the engage Super League season as they face Wakefield at the KC Stadium.Second rower Shayne McMenemy goes onto the bench after recovering from close-season shoulder surgery.Wakefield have no injury worries and coach Tony Smith has added Dave Wrench, Mark Applegarth and Mark Field to the squad that ran Bradford close in their opening game.Hull v Wakefield, KC Stadium, Sunday February 19, Kick-off 3:00pmHull 20-man squad: Blacklock, Briscoe, Brough, Carvell, Cooke, Domic, Dowes, Higgins, R. Horne, King, Lupton, McMenemy, Radford, Raynor, Saxton, Swain, Thackray, Tony, Whiting, Yeaman.Wakefield 20-man squad: Halpenny, Demetriou, Whittle, Tadulala, Jeffries, Obst, Griffin, March, Korkidas, Solomona, J. Field, Betham, White, Wrench, MacGillivray, Elima, Henderson, M. Field, Applegarth, Catic.Referee: S Ganson
BRADFORD are still without injured winger Lesley Vainikolo as they look to maintain their winning start to the defence of their engage Super League title when they face Harlequins at Odsal.The Bulls will give a debut to ex-Leeds second rower Chris McKenna, who can also list London Broncos among his former employers.McKenna has recovered from the hamstring injury that forced him to sit out the Carnegie World Club Challenge as well as the opening League match and the anxiety over the health of his wife Kelly, who spent Sunday night in intensive care after contracting pneumonia.?She?s still weak but the doctors are pleased with the progress she?s making and she?s going to be okay,? he said.Harlequins are still without skipper Mark McLinden, who has not yet recovered from a hamstring injury.New signing Mark Gafa stood in at full-back against St Helens but coach Tony Rea said: ?We?ve got a couple of options that we might change.?Bradford and Quins have named their squads for Saturday?s clash in round two of the engage Super League.Bradford v Harlequins, Odsal Stadium, Saturday February 18, kick-off 18.05Bradford 18-man squad: Deacon, Bai, Fielden, I. Harris, Withers, Johnson, B. Harris, Gene, Pryce, Ferres, Cook, Vagana, Langley, Hape, McKenna, Meyers, Lynch, Henderson.Harlequins 18-man squad: Bradley-Qalilawa, Dorn, Gafa, Haumono, Heckenberg, Hopkins, Leuluai, Lolohea, Lucky Luisi, Mbu, Mills, Purdham, Sheriffe, Sykes, Temata, Tookey, Weisner, Williams.Referee: A Klein
WIGAN Warriors have the chance to bounce back from their disappointment in France when they take on Leeds at the JJB Stadium.Former Leeds winger Mark Calderwood will be one of five Wigan players making their home debuts and he is relishing the opportunity to get to grips with his old team-mates.?It was the first game I looked for on the fixture list,? he said. ?Leeds is always a big game for everyone.?They are a good team and they have recruited well. They are a quality side with some good players, it should be a good game.?Calderwood was Super League?s leading tryscorer in his last season at Headingley with 28 tries and in total scored 106 in 143 appearances.?Like all players who come up against their former clubs, I?m sure he will be wanting to perform well,? said Leeds coach Tony Smith.?He is a Leeds lad and achieved a lot with the Rhinos but we have both moved on now.?Perhaps more so than any other team, we are fully aware of Mark?s strengths and weaknesses and we will be looking to guard against and exploit them both.?If Leeds are acutely aware of the threat of Calderwood, Wigan will be wary of the try-scoring ability of stand-off Danny McGuire.McGuire has scored 12 tries in the last 12 meetings with Wigan in all competitions and has only failed to score against them on two occasions throughout his career.Wigan Warriors v Leeds Rhinos, JJB Stadium, Friday February 17, Kick-off 8pmWigan 18-man squad: Ashton, Calderwood, Vaealiki, Richards, Dallas, Orr, Moran, Logan, Higham, Hargreaves, Tickle, Hansen, O?Loughlin, Paleaaesina, Seu Seu, Godwin, Brown, Tomkins.Leeds 18-man squad: Mathers, Donald, Walker, Senior, Smith, McGuire, Burrow, Bailey, Diskin, Peacock, Lauitiiti, Ellis, Sinfield, Millard, Poching, Jones-Buchanan, Scruton, Ablett.Referee: R Silverwood
GREAT Britain captain Paul Sculthorpe will make his comeback from injury in St Helens? home game against Castleford.The Saints captain has not played since August, after undergoing major knee surgery, and was a frustrated spectator as his side opened their engage Super League campaign with a 40-16 win at Harlequins on Saturday.Sculthorpe will be up against younger brother Danny, who joined Castleford from Wigan in the close season. New Zealand international back rower Vinnie Anderson is also set to return on Friday, after recovering from a thumb operation.But St Helens will be without second rower Jon Wilkin and prop Paul Anderson because of injury.St Helens v Castleford, Knowsley Road, Friday February 18, Kick-off 8pmSt Helens 18-man squad: V. Anderson, Cayless, Cunningham, Fa'asavalu, Fozzard, Gardner, Gilmour, Graham, Hardman, Hooper, Long, Lyon, Meli, Pryce, Roby, Sculthorpe, Talau, Wellens.Castleford 18-man squad: Platt, Shenton, Dyer, Blanch, Kain, Sculthorpe, Henderson, Nutley, Mason, Roarty, Bird, Huby, Fletcher, A. Smith, Viane, Fa'aoso, McGoldrick, Ward.Referee: R Laughton
CATALANS Dragons will be without veteran second row forward Pascal Jampy and current Test centre Teddy Sadaoui for Friday?s engage Super League match at Salford.Both players were injured in the Dragons? opening 38-30 win over Wigan.Bruno Verges, Sebastien Martins, Thomas Bosc, Julien Touxagas and Remi Casty have all been added to the Catalans? 20-man squad after sitting out the Wigan match.Former Leeds half-back Andrew Dunemann is expected to make his debut for Salford, who have also recalled forwards Chris Charles and Sean Rutgerson to their squad.Salford City Reds v Catalans Dragons, The Willows, Friday February 17, 8pm kick-offSalford 18-man squad: Fitzpatrick, Hodgson, Moule, Stewart, Dunemann, Coley, Alker, Finnigan, Sibbit, Highton, Langi, Wilshere, Haggerty, Littler, Clough, Baldwin, Brocklehurst, Rutgerson.Catalans Dragons 18-man squad: Guigue, Murphy, Wilson, Hughes, Verges, Frayssinous, Jones, Beattie, Guisset, Hindmarsh, Mounis, Rudder, Chan, Fellous, Touxagas, Fakir, Casty, RinaldiReferee: P Bentham
DEFENDING engage Super League champions Bradford Bulls opened their 2006 account with a hard-fought 20-14 victory over Wakefield Wildcats at Belle Vue.In a thoroughly entertaining game, Tony Smith's Wildcats had looked on course to record a memorable win but Bradford came back and a Shontayne Hape try in the 63rd minute secured victory for the visitors.Bulls coach Brian Noble will be happy with the win but not necessarily the performance as Bradford struggled for cohesion throughout the game.One of the biggest pluses of the day for the Bulls was the return from injury of Paul Deacon, who had a sound match and pulled the strings for the visitors.Defences dominated the early stages of the game as both sides struggled to complete their sets of six.The first chance fell to the visitors when Wakefield full-back Colum Halpenny failed to collect a seemingly straightforward kick five metres from his own line.Iestyn Harris went on his own straight from the play-the-ball but Halpenny redeemed his earlier error by making a superb try-saving tackle on the Great Britain international.The Wildcats grew in confidence, and they opened the scoring in the 23rd minute after Olivier Elima produced a phenomenal tackle on Marcus Bai, forcing the Bradford winger to knock on.Ben Jeffries kicked through from the resulting scrum and debutant Paul White outpaced Karl Pryce to score in the corner. Jeffries converted to make it 6-0.Two minutes later and the Wildcats were at it again. Paul Deacon ? playing his first game since suffering a horrific facial injury playing for Great Britain in the Gillette Tri-Nations Series ? hoisted an up-and-under which John Whittle collected after a fumble by Bai.The Wakefield centre showed a remarkable turn of pace to sprint 80 metres to the line to record the Wildcats' second debutant try of the afternoon.Just as the home side were in danger of pulling clear, Bradford responded when Stanley Gene forced his way over from close range. Deacon's conversion made it 10-6 at the break.The second half exploded into life when David Solomona made a powerful break down the left and released Halpenny. The full-back fed Semi Tadulala and the wing outpaced the defence to score an outstanding try.Jeffries was unable to convert and a try by Harris eight minutes later, converted by Deacon, made the score 14-12 to the Wildcats nine minutes into the second half.The visitors drew level through a Deacon penalty after Monty Betham was penalised for holding on at the tackle.They went in front for the first time in the match when Hape crashed over following some good work from Brad Meyers. Deacon's conversion extended the lead to six points and the Bulls held on for the win despite some late pressure from Wakefield.Wakefield: 14 (10)Tries: White, Whittle, Tadulala.Goals: March.Bradford: 20 (6)Tries: Gene, I. Harris, Hape.Goals: Deacon 4.Wakefield: Halpenny, White, Demetriou, Whittle, Tadulala, Jeffries, Obst, Griffin, March, MacGillivray, Solomona, Catic, Betham.Replacements: Henderson, Korkidas, Elima, J. Field.Bradford: Withers, Bai, B. Harris, Hape, Pryce, I. Harris, Deacon, Fielden, Henderson, Lynch, Meyers, Johnson, Langley.Replacements: Gene, Vagana, Cook, Ferres.Referee: P Bentham (Warrington)
LEEDS began engage Super League XI in encouraging style as they overcame Huddersfield 20-12 on a significant afternoon for both clubs at the Headingley Carnegie Stadium.Both squads underwent serious makeovers during the winter with Leeds welcoming Jamie Peacock, Scott Donald and Shane Millard into their line-up.Peacock, an ex-Bradford captain, also came face-to-face with Robbie Paul, another Bulls legend, who was making his debut along with five others for a new-look Huddersfield.Although claiming the two points on offer, Leeds were made to work hard for the win by a resilient Huddersfield side in a clash littered with handling errors.Despite an enterprising opening from the visitors, in which Paul was a key contributor, their ill-discipline in conceding four early penalties proved costly as Leeds moved into the lead on 14 minutes.After finding themselves trapped on their own line, Huddersfield struggled manfully to prevent Gareth Ellis crossing, only to see Kevin Sinfield do so in the next move, collecting Matt Diskin's bullet pass to touch down under the posts.Sinfield's goal opened up a six-point gap, although Huddersfield responded to force two goal line drop-outs in succession.After a period of relative stability during which Ryan Bailey was held up over the line, Leeds were soon able to extend their advantage, Chev Walker feeding Donald, who avoided both Albert Torrens and the whitewash, before touching down.This time, Huddersfield's response led to points as Torrens too marked his debut with a try, cashing in on Chris Thorman's superb break to dive over to the left of the posts.With Thorman converting to bring the scores back to 10-6, Huddersfield would have been happy with such a deficit at the break, but any such hopes were dashed when Lee Smith burst on to Willie Poching's looped pass to register the Rhinos? third try.Sinfield's two failed conversions saw the home side go in 14-6 ahead at the interval.Unfortunately for a crowd of just over 16,000, the second period did not begin with the same intensity as the first, with the first noteworthy moment being Sinfield?s knock-on with the line at his mercy.It said much for Leeds? territorial dominance that Huddersfield did not enter their half until 24 minutes into the second period, although despite their possession, Leeds were unable to find the breakthrough.After the visitors had finally made a foray into their opponents? half with ball in hand, they only served to spill possession, with Ali Lauitiiti swooping on the loose ball to feed Danny McGuire, who sped away from the cover defence to score and seemingly settle the game.However McGuire?s touchdown sparked Huddersfield into life and they soon hit back with a penalty try in the 69th minute.Despite James Evans crossing to the right of the posts, referee Steve Ganson decided a late tackle behind the line on the centre by Richard Mathers was enough to award a penalty try under the posts and send Mathers to the sinbin.Thorman kicked the goal, and after a dormant 30 minutes, Huddersfield were back on Leeds? trail at 20-12.A brace of penalties helped Leeds relieve the pressure somewhat, and despite a couple of tense moments, specifically a thunderous break from Chris Nero and Walker?s claiming of a high-kick under intense pressure, they held on for the win.Leeds: 20 (14)Tries: Sinfield, Donald, Smith, McGuire.Goals: Sinfield 2.Huddersfield: 12 (6)Tries: Torrens, Evans.Goals: Thorman 2.Att: 16,119Leeds: Mathers, Donald, Walker, Senior, Smith, McGuire, Burrow, Bailey, Diskin, Peacock, Lauitiiti, Ellis, Sinfield.Replacements: Millard, Poching, Jones-Buchanan, Scruton.Huddersfield: Reilly, Aspinwall, Evans, Torrens, De Vere, Thorman, Paul, McDonald, Drew, Jackson, Smith, Jones, Wild.Replacements: Crabtree, Nero, Snitch, March.Referee: S Ganson (St Helens)
NEW-LOOK Warrington endured a nightmare start to their engage Super League campaign as Salford claimed a shock 24-6 victory at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.Wolves coach Paul Cullen handed debuts to a quartet of high-profile signings but they simply failed to sparkle as the City Reds ground out a thoroughly deserved win.Salford, by contrast, were missing four key players but new recruit John Wilshere made a mockery of the supposed gulf between the sides with two first-half tries.The stand-off?s clinical brace helped Salford to a 10-0 interval advantage while second-half touchdowns from David Hodgson and Junior Langi left Warrington stunned.Henry Fa?afili?s try shortly after the restart looked to have hauled the Wolves back in contention, but in truth Karl Harrison?s men never looked likely to relinquish their hard-earned advantage.The result left the majority of an expectant 10,835 crowd stunned after they had arrived hoping to see Warrington build on last season?s impressive fourth-placed finish with a strong start to the new campaign.But new signings Paul Rauhihi, Michael Sullivan, Stuart Reardon and Rob Parker struggled to make any impact as the City Reds laid down their own impressive marker for the season ahead.Harrison?s play-off hopefuls were vibrant from the outset and a concerted spell of early pressure reaped rich dividends after nine minutes.The outstanding Karl Fitzpatrick?s clever diagonal bomb found Hodgson and he neatly palmed the ball into the path of Wilshere, who touched down from close range.Hodgson failed to convert but Salford were buoyant and extended their lead five minutes later when Hodgson converted a penalty to make it 6-0.The City Reds were missing key players in Luke Robinson, Chris Charles and new recruits Andrew Dunemann and Stephen Myler.But their dogged approach compensated for the quartet?s absence and Fitzpatrick?s clever kicking into the left-hand corner left Reardon frequently exposed.And the City Reds were in dreamland on the stroke of half-time when Wilshere seized possession and displayed outstanding pace and impressive footwork to dart through a gaping hole in the home rearguard to complete his brace.Hodgson failed to convert and Warrington trudged off at the break fully prepared for the verbal volley that doubtless awaited them from Cullen.The coach?s words must have sunk in as the Wolves came out strongly, with Lee Briers? offload finding Martin Gleeson, who found Fa?afili. The Kiwi wing finished off the move in the right-hand corner and, with Briers adding the extras, the Wolves were right back in it.After 53 minutes, however, Salford hit back with the perfect riposte. Fitzpatrick produced a delightful piece of midfield artistry, chipping the ball over his opponents head before racing forward to collect the ball and provide a perfect offload to Hodgson.Hodgson added the extras to make it 16-6 and soon added a penalty to secure his side an unassailable 18-6 advantage. Hodgson added a penalty and converted Langi?s close-range touchdown to put the icing on a hugely impressive Salford victory.Warrington: 6 (0)Tries: Fa'afili.Goals: Briers.Salford: 24 (10)Tries: Wilshere 2, Hodgson, Langi.Goals: Hodgson 4.Warrington: Grose, Fa?afili, M. Gleeson, Kohe-Love, Reardon, Briers, Sullivan, Leikvoll, Clarke, Rauhihi, Swann, Westwood, Parker.Replacements: Bridge, M. Gleeson, Wood, Lima.Salford: Hodgson, Langi, Littler, Moule, Stewart, Wilshere, Fitzpatrick, Coley, Alker, Highton, Brocklehurst, Sibbit, Finnigan.Replacements: Jonkers, Haggerty, Clough, Baldwin.Referee: R Laughton (Barnsley)
JUST like Paris before them, Catalan Dragons made a fairytale start to life in Super League with a pulsating victory by 38-30.The Perpignan club scored the 12th try of an epic duel in the last minute at Stade Aime Giral to grab a sensational win over Wigan and send a bumper crowd wild with delight.The lead changed hands six times in a memorable match but the Dragons finished the stronger side to famously claim the spoils and left the field to a standing ovation.Dragons must now build on their stunning opening triumph if they are to succeed where Paris failed and, on this evidence, the signs are looking promising.Inspired by brilliant New Zealand Test scrum-half Stacey Jones, one of five overseas players making their debuts for the Frenchmen, the Dragons three times came from behind to stun their illustrious visitors.The shocks began as early as the second minute when the visitors, with five debutants of their own, conceded the first try but they fought back to lead 22-16 at half-time.Wigan, in fact, made the worst possible start when new captain Sean O?Loughlin was pulled up for a forward pass straight from the kick-off and the French side scored from the resulting scrum.Jones combined with former Castleford stand-off Sean Rudder to work the ball out wide and winger Mark Hughes rounded Mark Calderwood to squeeze over at the corner.There was also some fine finishing from Wigan five minutes later when winger Brett Dallas reached for the line after his centre, David Vaealiki, had juggled with Mick Higham?s long pass.Danny Tickle, like Laurent Frayssinous before him, hit the woodwork with the conversion attempt but the Warriors went in front five minutes later when teenage full-back Chris Ashton broke through the middle to send prop Iafeta Palea?aesina galloping 30 metres for a debut try.Tickle?s successful conversion made it 10-4 but the Dragons were level on 15 minutes when full-back Frayssinous touched down Jones? grubber kick on the last tackle and also added the goal.As the game swung from end to end Catalans prop Chris Beattie and Vaealiki both had tries disallowed before the home side, urged on by a vociferous crowd, regained the lead on 30 minutes.Explosive second rower Jamal Fakir bumped off an attempted tackle by Pat Richards and Palea?aesina to crash over the line but quickly turned from hero to villain by being sin-binned.The France international was placed on report by Ashley Klein for a high tackle on Wigan substitute Wayne Godwin but clearly did not heed the warning and was shown the yellow card after repeating the foul on the same unfortunate opponent moments later.And Wigan took full advantage of the extra man, with lively scrum-half Dennis Moran jinking his way over for a try in stoppage time, and Tickle kicked his third goal.But the Catalans look to be made of stern stuff and, with Fakir back in action, they struck with two tries early in the second half to edge back in front.Substitute winger Renaud Guige had a score disallowed for a double movement but he made amends after 46 minutes by finishing some splendid handling by half-backs Jones and Rudder.And six minutes later, the crowd was on its feet once more when centre John Wilson got a wonder pass out of the tackle for right winger Justin Murphy to cross at the corner.Frayssinous planted the touchline conversion between the posts to make it 26-22 and that?s the way it stayed until the 70th minute.Higham was held up over the line and O?Loughlin had the misfortune to lose the ball in the act of scoring but the skipper?s blushes looked to have been spared by Pat Richards, who handed off the challenge of Guige to race over for what they thought was the winning try.A penalty from Tickle, his fifth goal from six attempts, made it 30-26 but back the French came again in a heart-stopping finish.Loose forward Ian Hindmarsh, brother of Australian Test star Nathan, cut through for his side?s sixth try five minutes from the end and hooker Julien Rinaldi squeezed over in the last minute to make sure.Catalans Dragons (16) 38.Tries: Hughes, Frayssinous, Fakir, Guigue, Murphy 2, Hindmarsh. Goals: Frayssinous 5.Wigan (22) 30.Tries: Dallas, Paleaaesina, Moran, Seu Seu, Richards. Goals: Tickle 5.Catalans Dragons: Frayssinous, Murphy, Sadaoui, Wilson, Hughes, Rudder, Jones, Beattie, Rinaldi, Fellous, Guisset, Fakir, Hindmarsh.Replacements: Jampy, Mounis, Guigue, Chan.Wigan: Ashton, Calderwood, Richards, Vaealiki, Dallas, Orr, Moran, Logan, Higham, Paleaaesina, Hansen, Tickle, O?Loughlin.Replacements: Brown, Godwin, Seu Seu, Tomkins.Referee: A Klein (London)Att: 11,000
PAUL Wellens ran in a hat-trick of tries as St Helens showed their class with an emphatic 40-16 victory over Harlequins at the Twickenham Stoop.It was a new name, home and kit for the home side, formerly known at London Broncos, but Saints spoiled the party by running in seven tries to Harlequins? three.The visitors established a 24-6 half-time lead, Wellens crossing twice and Ade Gardner once after Tyrone Smith had cancelled out the opener from Jason Cayless.Rikki Sheriffe replied for Quins, but Wellens got his third and Jason Hooper and Jamie Lyon made the win safe before a consolation arrived from Paul Sykes.The visitors left out captain Paul Sculthorpe as he recovers after knee surgery but Sean Long returned and Cayless, Leon Pryce and Francis Meli were handed debuts.Meli made an inauspicious start, struggling with kicks from Matt Gafa and Thomas Leuluai, but fellow Kiwi Cayless began well, taking Keiron Cunningham?s pass to score after seven minutes.At the other end, Pat Weisner was dragged down onto the line after prop Karl Temata went striding through a gaping hole. Moments later Luke Dorn?s kick to the right corner found Smith, who touched down.After 23 minutes Harlequins conceded a second penalty for an incorrect play-the-ball and Saints? pressure culminated in Wellens crashing over.A minute later James Roby, on for Cunningham, made a break through the centre and Wellens was on his shoulder to add his second.Quins tried to force the pace but handling errors were their undoing and the visitors? next try demonstrated the gulf in class.Smith?s fumble enabled Pryce, Meli and Hooper to make ground before Long kicked to Lyon in space on the wing.The Australian centre kept the ball in play with a deft reverse flick for Gardner to canter over, then added his fourth conversion.Harlequins got their second try when Gardner failed in his attempt to cut out Leuluai?s pass to Sheriffe, who was left with a simple run-in.Wellens had chances to complete his hat-trick before the interval and did so midway through the second period when he rounded Zebastian Luisi to go under the posts.Long supplied the ball for Hooper?s try and Lyon finished from halfway after an interception, before Danny Williams set up Sykes.Harlequins RL (6) 16.Tries: Smith, Sheriffe, Sykes. Goals: Gafa, Sykes.St Helens (24) 40.Tries: Cayless, Wellens 3, Gardner, Hooper, Lyon. Goals: Lyon 6.Harlequins RL: Gafa, Sheriffe, Lucky Luisi, Smith, Bradley-Qalilawa, Dorn, Leuluai, Temata, Weisner, Heckenberg, Purdham, Hopkins, Williams.Replacements: Haumono, Mills, Sykes, Tookey.St Helens: Wellens, Gardner, Lyon, Talau, Meli, Pryce, Long, Fozzard, Cunningham, Cayless, Gilmour, Wilkin, Hooper.Replacements: Roby, Graham, P. Anderson, Fa?asavalu.Referee: R Silverwood (Dewsbury)Att: 8,213
IT WAS a case of a perfect marriage between the old and the new at the Redcliffe Dolphins 2006 season launch .
NEW boys Castleford provided some glimpses of promise on their return to the top flight but they were no match for Challenge Cup holders Hull on the opening night of engage Super League XI as the east Yorkshire side won 42-18.A comprehensive eight-try defeat confirmed Hull as serious title challengers after recruiting well during the off-season.Sid Domic scored the first try of the 2006 season on an impressive debut for Hull, while playmakers Paul Cooke and Richard Horne caused all sorts of problems for a fragile home defence.Ex-St Helens and Widnes centre Gray Viane, one of 10 new faces for the Tigers, scored two tries and their fans among the bumper 10,188 crowd were delighted with the displays of prop Danny Sculthorpe and skipper Danny Nutley.Former Warrington and Wakefield centre Domic, who formed a new second-row pairing for Hull with Lee Radford, took advantage of some smart passing by Paul King and Danny Brough to cut through for an eighth-minute touchdown to put Hull on their way.The visitors were already 2-0 ahead thanks to an early Brough penalty and they extended their lead on 24 minutes when a superb break from Horne set up the position for full-back Shaun Briscoe to cross for a second try.The Challenge Cup holders were far more organised and threatening and it was no surprise when loose forward Cooke added a third try on 32 minutes, stretching out of a last-ditch tackle to plant the ball on the line.Castleford were full of energy and enthusiasm, as befitting the promoted side, but made too many handling errors and paid for a lack of discipline, conceding the first four penalties of a scrappy first half.They scored their first points when substitute Richard Fletcher kicked a 19th-minute penalty and Sculthorpe caused Hull problems with his lively running and skilful offloads.Sculthorpe also demonstrated his kicking ability to set up the first Tigers try a minute before the break, with winger Michael Shenton taking advantage of a kind bounce to send Viane over.The score worked wonders for Castleford?s confidence as they put the Hull defence under intense pressure early in the second half.But the visitors held firm and struck back in cruel fashion, scoring twice in four minutes through their wingmen to seize control of the match.First Domic showed his class with a beautifully-timed pass to get substitute Nathan Blacklock over with his first touch and then Cooke and Horne produced some clever handling for Great Britain international Gareth Raynor to finish off at the other corner.Brough was wide with both conversion attempts to leave himself with a 50% record but, at 26-6, Hull were coasting to a predictable victory.Viane collected a neat kick by Ryan McGoldrick to claim his second try and second rower Richard Fa?aoso and McGoldrick also touched down as Castleford gained reward for their persistence.But Hull finished in complete control, with centre Kirk Yeaman (2) and Peter Lupton adding further tries and Cooke kicking two conversions.Castleford (6) 18Tries: Viane (2), Fa?aoso, McGoldrickGoals: Fletcher Hull (18) 42Tries: Domic, Briscoe, Cooke, Blacklock, Raynor, Yeaman (2), LuptonGoals: Brough (3), Cooke (2) Castleford: Viane, Viane, Bird, Shenton, Dyer, Blanch, McGoldrick, Kain, Sculthorpe, Henderson, Nutley, Whitaker, Fa?aoso, Roarty.Replacements: A. Smith, Fletcher, Ward, Mason. Hull: Briscoe, Tony, Whiting, Yeaman, Raynor, R. Horne, Brough, Dowes, Swain, King, Radford, Domic, Cooke.Replacements: Carvell, Thackray, Lupton, Blacklock. Referee: K Kirkpatrick (Warrington) Att: 10,188
THE Ergon Energy Broncos could turn to veteran Redcliffe Dolphins pivot Shane Perry during this year?s State of Origin period if the club is hit by injuries in the halves.Perry, 28, has been named on the Broncos interchange bench for Saturday?s trial against Canberra in Port Macquarie.The Broncos have secured Perry?s services as part of a dual registration arrangement with Queensland Cup team Redcliffe.He made his state league first grade debut for Brothers in 1996 before joining Logan City in 1998 and winning the competition?s player-of-the-year award.Perry played NRL for Wests in Sydney in 1999 before linking with the Canterbury Bulldogs, where he was a star member of the club?s reserve grade squad in 2000 and 2001.He returned north to play for Recliffe in 2002.Perry, who has been training with Brisbane?s NRL squad since December, said he was thrilled to be chosen for Saturday?s trial.?This whole situation has been a bit unexpected,? he said. ?I thought the dual registration arrangement with Redcliffe would be more about providing a pathway for juniors.?I don?t think I ever gave up hope of getting back to this level. I always thought I had something to offer.?Perry, a mortgage broker, said Broncos coach Wayne Bennett had discussed playing him during the club?s traditionally taxing origin period.?Wayne said he would look at using me during that time,? Perry said. ?When I came back from Sydney I was a bit disappointed at the lack of opportunities I had in the NRL.?To think I could get another chance is really encouraging.?Perry said he was a more intelligent player now than when he was in Sydney and felt he was improving with age.?I?ve had plenty of good coaches who have helped me along the way and I?ve played with some quality players, especially at Canterbury,? he said.?I?m a much smarter footballer these days in terms of being able to read a game and take the right options in attack.?I think I still have another three or four years left in me.?This article is courtesy of the Courier Mail
GOLD Coast boss Michael Searle admits he's not confident Scott Prince will join the Titans, despite the fledgling NRL club firming as favourite to sign the Test halfback.Wests Tigers have granted permission to the Titans, North Queensland and Brisbane to negotiate with Prince, who comes off contract with the premiers at the end of this season. Speaking at the launch of the Titans jersey today, Searle said it'd be a big ask for Prince to leave the Tigers following their stunning run to premiership glory last year.But he reckons the Titans have a duty to give it their best shot in trying to lure Prince to the Gold Coast.The Cowboys and Broncos appear to have gone lukewarm on aggressively pursuing Prince but say they'll make a decision over the weekend. The clubs have until February 28 to detail their offers.
S.G. Ball halfback Liam Foran has been named on the bench for Melbourne in their trial match against the Parramatta Premier League side to be played at Exies Oval in Griffith at 7:00pm on Saturday 18th February.Under the North Sydney?s feeder club arrangement with the Storm, Liam has trained with Melbourne during the 2006 pre-season and impressed officials south of the boarder enough to get a run on the field.Liam played all eight SG Ball (under18s) matches for the Bears in 2005. He also played four games in Jersey Flegg (under 20s) at the end of the year and was halfback for the North Shore Marist team that made its Grand Final. Originally an Asquith junior he has represented NSWCCC in the National U18?s Team Championships. He won the Coaches Award for SG Ball in 2005.Also this weekend it?s NSW Premier League verses QLD Cup as the NorthSydney Premier League side fly up to Tweed Heads to take on QLD Cup side the Seagulls. Known as the Leagues Club Challenge Cup this annual competition will be played out at 6:30pm, QLD time on the 18th of February at Currumbin Tugun JRLFC, Galleon Way, Currumbin Waters.A fiercely contested competition Norths General Manager Greg Florimo claims ?we?ve booked an extra seat home on the plane for the trophy?.In other trial matches this weekend the Bears Jersey Flegg will playParramatta at Cabramatta Sports Ground on the 18th at 6:00pm while the junior reps will trial against Mt Annan also on Saturday the 18th from 2:00pm at Kirkham Oval, Elderslie (near Camden).PHOTO: Liam Foran touches down in a preliminary trial match for the 2006 season. Picture by Steve Little.