THIS week Daniel Ramus takes a look at the NSW Origin line-up for next Wednesday's clash against Queensland, giving his thoughts on each player.
PARRAMATTA chief executive Denis Fitzgerald was to meet star players Tim Smith and Mark Riddell today over reports they turned up to full recovery session for the NRL club intoxicated.
JASON Taylor has been promoted from assistant to coach of Parramatta for the rest of the NRL season following Brian Smith's shock walk-out.
QUEENSLAND will have it first official training run at it's luxurious base at the Hyatt Regency resort at Coolum on the Sunshine Coast today.The seven rookies in the 17-man squad will train on the resort's driving range which has been transformed into a football field especially to meet their needs. Coach MAL MENINGA admitted the surrounds were superb but says they won't help Queensland win next Wednesday's first State of Origin match against New South Wales at Telstra Stadium.Centre Brent Tate, who has only played two games this season because of a foot injury following off-season shoulder surgery, says he'll probably ease into training this week. After training the players will test their golfing skills on the resort's championship 18-hole golf course which has been the venue for the Australian PGA Championship in recent years.The team will remain in camp at Coolum until next Tuesday and fly to Sydney on the eve of the first game of the series.Meanwhile, NSW coach Graham Murray says Parramatta winger Eric Grothe will be the first choice replacement if either Matt Cooper or Mark Gasnier can't make next week's State of Origin match. One of the selected wingers Timana Tahu or Matt King would switch to centre.Gasnier has a hip injury while Cooper has a hamstring strain but both are aiming to train with the side later this week along with injured forward Luke O'Donnell. Grothe is on standby with Penrith back Luke Lewis.
MATCH TWO WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS ? SERBIA 10 GEORGIA 45 ? Belgrade Saturday 13 May 2006 Georgian Rugby League has a new hero as Merab Kuirikashvili grabbed three tries and six goals for a 24 point haul in a hugely entertaining encounter in gloriously sunny Belgrade. The classy stand off was at the heart of his side?s best work in a match in which the visitor?s superior strength and pace was a decisive factor over a gusty Serbian outfit. The final score line did not reflect the amount of possession the Serbs enjoyed but highlighted the better strike power of the Georgian attack.The Georgians only failed to score in the opening set of the match when a poor final pass went to ground but that was only temporary respite as Kuirikashvili began his solo demolition with a try on the blind side from close in. He added the conversion and five minutes later extended the lead by a point with a field goal on a last tackle play.For the next 20 minutes the Georgians found themselves under pressure from the well marshalled hosts, with Jovan Vujosevic and Halifax?s Luka Simeunovic calling the shots, the latter popping up a superb pass for Tomic Nenad to crash on to and flatfoot the Georgian defence; Dalibor Vukanovic adding the conversion.That sparked a Georgian revival and almost immediately Kurikashvili again demonstrated his class by sidestepping over from 15 metres. Just before half-time, Georgia extended their lead when substitute George Nemsadze powered over from a superb pass by Kakhaber Kobakhidze.Serbia started the second half brightly but an excellent angled run from linking full back George Asatiani extended the visitors lead. More concerted home pressure failed to break the Georgian defensive cordon and on the hour they countered superbly when Pridon Udesiani was on the end of an overlap on the right. Two minutes later winger Lexo Gugava, picked up a loose Serbian pass and raced 70 metres to extend the lead; Kurikashvili potting the easy conversion. By now Georgia were in full flow and an overlap on the right allowed Gugava to pick up a simple second converted try.The Serbs finally gained due reward for their toiling efforts with the score of the game, ten pairs of hands keeping the ball alive in thrilling fashion for Zoran Pesic to claim the spoils. The final word was left to the star of the show as Kuirikashvili opened up the defence and swerved majestically around Vukanovic to claim his hat trick and his side?s eighth try. Watching RFL Performance Director, Graeme Thompson, commented, "I watched the corresponding fixture last year in Georgia and I am very impressed by the progress made by both nations.??They demonstrated that they are appreciating further technical and tactical aspects of the game and in time could challenge more mature nations.?The next match in the group sees Georgia host Holland in Tbilisi on Friday 26th May.GAME STAR ? Georgian play maker Merab Kuirikashvili showed that he could be a real force in the sport with a stunning hat trick.GAME BREAKER - George Asatiani?s touchdown in the 48th minute took the steam out of the Serb?s commendable fightSERBIA1. Dalibor Vukanovic2. Dimitris Daly3. Nenad Tomic4. Milan Dordevic5. Zoran Pesic6. Luka Simeunovic7. Mate Granvic8. Radoslav Novakovic9. Jovan Vujosevic10 Mario Milosavljevic11. Marko Jankovic12. David Milovanovic13. Marko ZebeljanSubs (all used)14. Valcic Radovan15. Milos Milinkovic16. Soni Radvanovic17. Darko NerandzicTries: Tomic (27), Pesic (71)Goal: VukanovicGEORGIA1. George Asatiani2. Lexo Gugava3. Manughar Namchevadze4. Alexandre Gilauri5. Zviadi Koberidze6. Merab Kuirikashvili7. George Sordia8. Tornike Ashvetia9. Beqa Kurashvili10. George Khositashvili11. Nikoloz Mkheidze12. Shalva Sutiashivili13. Kakhaber KobakhidzeSubs (all used)14. Pridon Udesiani15. Vakhtang Akhvlediani16. Roin Chikvaidze17. George NemsadzeTries: Kuirikashvili (2, 30, 78), Nemsadze (37), Asatiani (48), Udesiani (60), Gugava (62, 67)Goals: Kuirikashvili 6F/goal: KuirikashviliMen of the match: SERBIA - Luka Simeunovic GEORGIA - Merab KuirikashviliHalf time: 6-19Referee: Matthew Kidd (England)Source: www.rlef.eu.comMore International News: www.rlcup.com
EMBATTLED Parramatta rugby league coach Brian Smith has resigned effective immediately, according to the NRL club's website. The Eels Board will meet tonight to discuss a replacement for Smith, who is due to be replaced by Newcastle coach Michael Hagan next season.Smith says he informed the players, staff and management of his decision earlier this afternoon.He says it became apparent that someone else should be at the helm to guide the team in future matches, with Smith heading to Newcastle in 2007 in a direct swap with Hagan. Smith says it's a very sad day as he has given 10 years of service to the club.He believes his decision is best for the club. Parramatta has only won two games so far this season - with the club reaching an all-time low with player in-fighting during a recent defeat to Canberra.
HULL F.C. 44 (Raynor 3, Yeaman, McMenemy, Blacklock, R.Horne tries; Cooke 8 goals) def. Leeds Rhinos 28 (Senior 2, Mathers, McGuire, Smith tries; Burrow 4 goals). Att: 17,700.
NSW selectors named their team today for the first match of the 2006 Rugby League State of Origin series against Queensland at Telstra Stadium on May 24:Tigers fullback Brett Hodgson has played himself into the fullback?s role, with most of the rest of the backline as expected. The contentious five-eighth jumper has gone to Rooster?s pivot Braith Anasta, who will be joined in the halves with Craig Gower.Brent Kite has earned a recall, packing in with Willie Mason in the front row. The rest of the pack is made up with regulars, whilst Luke Lewis and Eric Grothe have been placed on standby for centres Matt Cooper and Mark Gasnier.The full squad is:Brett Hodgson, Matt King, Mark Gasnier, Matt Cooper, Timana Tahu, Braith Anasta, Craig Gower, Brent Kite, Danny Buderus (capt), Willie Mason, Nathan Hindmarsh, Steve Simpson, Luke O'Donnell.Interchange: Craig Wing, Steve Menzies, Mark O'Meley, Andrew RyanOn standby: Luke Lewis, Eric Grothe---The Queensland selectors have also named their finest 17 for the opening rugby league State of Origin match against NSW at Telstra Stadium on May 24.The side includes seven debutants.Cowboys fullback Matt Bowen has held the custodian?s role amid pressure from Karmichael Hunt. This sees Storm young gun Greg Inglis get his first cap on the wing with the rest of the back line picking itself.A young backrow of first-timers in David Stagg, Matthew Scott and Dallas Johnson each win spots with Sam Thaiday and Nate Myles also debuting.The full squad is:Matt Bowen, Greg Inglis, Justin Hodges, Brent Tate, Steven Bell, Darren Lockyer (capt), Johnathan Thurston, Steven Price, Cameron Smith, Petero Civoniceva, David Stagg, Matthew Scott, Dallas JohnsonInterchange: Shaun Berrigan, Carl Webb, Sam Thaiday, Nate Myles.
THE QRL have announced the Queensland Under 19 side to play New South Wales Under 19 at Telstra Stadium, Sydney, Wednesday 24 May. The match will be a curtain raiser to the main NSW v QLD State of Origin fixture.XXXX QUEENSLAND UNDER 19 - 2006 1. Jackson NICOLAU Norths Devils2. Denan KEMP Toowoomba Clydesdales3. Junior SAU Canberra Raiders4. Will CHAMBERS Norths Devils5. Israel FOLAU Norths Devils6. Joel MOON Toowoomba Clydesdales7. Michael BOND Aspley Devils8. David TAYLOR Toowoomba Clydesdales9. Nathan STRUDWICK Toowoomba Clydesdales10. Isaac SCHWENKE Norths Devils11. Scott BOLTON North QLD Young Guns12. Largi SETU St George Illawarra Dragons13. Keiron LANDER Aspley Devils14. Mark OFFERDAHL Manly Sea Eagles15. Rodney GRIFFIN Balmain Tigers16. Charlie FETOAI Aspley Devils17. Paoa FAAMITA BulldogsCoach: Wayne TRELEAVENXXXX QUEENSLAND UNDER 19 MAROONS - 2006 The side to play Papua New Guinea at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Wednesday 14 June.1. Martin PAULSON Southern2. David TYRELL South East3. Shane NEUMANN South East4. Daniel ISAAC South East5. Brandon BOOR Northern 6. David GEORGIOU South East7. Matt SMITH South East8. Pat McPHERSON South East9. Brent KUSKEY South East10. Greg BYRNES Northern11. Rohan AHERN South East12. Liam CAPEWELL South West13. Aiden GUERRA South East 14. Lachlan SIPPEL Southern 15. Bruce KOLIO South East16. Brendan HOARE Southern17. Alex TALLON South EastCoach: Shane McNALLY
THE weekend kicked off with Country downing their City cousins by 12-10 in Dubbo. The representative fixture giving the NSW selectors some headaches in the lead up to next week?s State of Origin encounter.Saturday rugby league saw the St George Illawarra Dragons return to the winner?s circle with a 22-16 win over the New Zealand Warriors. The result see Saints on 10 competition points but just outside of the top eight while the Warriors are languishing in 14th position.Saturday night?s top of the table clash between the Melbourne Storm and the North Queensland Cowboys went the way of the Storm with the home side posting an 18-6 victory. Melbourne are now leading the comp on 16 points while the Cowboys maintain second spot on 14 points.Meanwhile, the Brisbane Broncos were doing their cause no harm in disposing of the Manly Sea Eagles by 32-10 at old Lang Park. The Broncos are in fourth position on 14 points while the Manly side are clinging onto the top eight with 10 points.Sunday football saw four matches with the Canterbury Bulldogs overcoming the Parramatta Eels by 22-18 at Telstra Stadium. The Bulldogs are looking good on 14 points and fifth spot, while the season of woe continues for the 13th-placed Eels who are battling on six competition points.Also on Sunday, the Newcastle Knights narrowly defeated reigning premiers Wests Tigers by 18-16 at Campbelltown. The Knights are enjoying third position on the ladder with 14 points while Wests Tigers are on 10 points and in 10th position.Meanwhile, the Canberra Raiders hosted the Cronulla Sharks as both sides put on a dozen tries, the Sharks ultimately winning 38-28. An early onslaught had the Sharks 24-6 in front at half time, too large a lead for the Raiders to reel in. The result puts the Sharks in the top eight on 12 points while the Raiders have 10 points and are on the outside, looking in.The weekend rounded up in Penrith with the Panthers holding out the last-placed South Sydney Rabbitohs to win 32-20. The result breaks a four-match losing streak for the Panthers, while the Bunnies slumped to their ninth loss of the season.All match results and details are listed below.LeagueUnlimited.com Player AwardsCowboys five-eighth Johnathan Thurston has been joined at the top of the LeagueUnlimited.com Player Awards by Storm hooker Cameron Smith. Both players lead the field on 16 points. Storm fullback Greg Inglis has moved into outright second place on 14 points. Meanwhile Sharks half Adam Dykes is not far away on 13 points. Last year?s award winner, half back Andrew Johns has slipped down the leader board but is still well in contention on 12 points.Not far away are Matt Orford (Sea Eagles) on 11 points with Matthew Bowen (Cowboys), Danny Buderus (Knights), Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs) and Karmichael Hunt (Broncos) all on 10 points.The full leader board is below.The Leagueunlimited.com players of the match are decided by our live score updaters and tallied here each week on Monday?s Expert League wrap.Want to be a live score updater? For further enquiries, email us.League Wrap: Round 10, 12 ? 14 May 2006MATCH RESULTS:City: 10Tries: David Simmons, Luke RooneyGoals: Brett Hodgson 1/2Country: 12Tries: Anthony Quinn, Anthony LaffranchiGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 2/2Half time: Country 8-0Venue: Apex Oval, DubboCrowd: 11,423Referee: Tony ArcherSt George Illawarra Dragons: 22Tries: Trent Barrett, Clint Greenshields (2), Danny WicksGoals: Aaron Gorrell 3/5New Zealand Warriors: 16Tries: Simon Mannering, Steve Price, Brent WebbGoals: Tony Martin 2/4Half time: 12-allVenue: WIN StadiumCrowd: 10,117Referee: Gavin BadgerLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Clint Greenshields (Dragons)2 - Trent Barrett (Dragons)1 - Steve Price (Warriors)Brisbane Broncos: 32Tries: Justin Hodges, Karmichael Hunt (2), Darren Lockyer, Corey Parker, Brett SeymourGoals: Darren Lockyer 1/1, Corey Parker 3/5Manly Sea Eagles: 10Tries: Chris Hicks, Anthony WatmoughGoals: Matt Orford 1/2Half time: Broncos 14-6Venue: Suncorp StadiumCrowd: 24,991Referee: Jason RobinsonLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Karmichael Hunt (Broncos)2 - Justin Hodges (Broncos)1 - Darren Lockyer (Broncos)Melbourne Storm: 18Tries: David Kidwell, Matt King, Cameron SmithGoals: Cameron Smith 3/4North Queensland Cowboys: 6Tries: Brenton BowenGoals: Johnathan Thurston 1/1Half time: Storm 12-0Venue: Olympic Park, MelbourneCrowd: 10,830Referee: Steven ClarkLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Greg Inglis (Storm)2 - Cameron Smith (Storm)1 - Matt King (Storm)Canterbury Bulldogs: 22Tries: Hazem El Masri, Reni Maitua (2)Goals: Hazem El Masri 5/5Parramatta Eels: 18Tries: Nathan Cayless, Fuifui Moimoi, John MorrisGoals: Brett Delaney 3/3Half time: Bulldogs 18-6Venue: Telstra StadiumCrowd: 13,159Referee: Shayne HayneLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Reni Maitua (Bulldogs)2 - Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs)1 - Fuifui Moimoi (Eels)Wests Tigers: 16Tries: Shane Elford, Daniel Fitzhenry, Chris HeighingtonGoals: Brett Hodgson 2/3Newcastle Knights: 18Tries: David Seage, Steve Simpson, Brian CarneyGoals: Andrew Johns 3/4Half time: Knights 12-10Venue: Campbelltown Sports StadiumCrowd: 14,499Referee: Sean HampsteadLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Steve Simpson (Knights)2 - Craig Smith (Knights)1 - Benji Marshall (Tigers)Canberra Raiders: 28Tries: Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, David Howell, Adam Mogg, Clinton Schifcofske, Jason SmithGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 4/5Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 38Tries: Phil Bailey, Paul Gallen, David Simmons(2), Nigel Vagana, Kevin Kingston, Cameron CiraldoGoals: Luke Covell 5/8Half time: Sharks 24-6Venue: Canberra StadiumCrowd: 9,695Referee: Ben CumminsLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Paul Gallen (Sharks)2 - Brett Kearney (Sharks)1 - David Simmons (Sharks)Penrith Panthers: 32Tries: Luke Lewis, Shane Rodney, Luke Rooney (2), Trent Waterhouse, Rhys WesserGoals: Preston Campbell 4/6South Sydney Rabbitohs: 20Tries: David Fa'alogo, John Sutton, Ben Walker, Nathan MerrittGoals: Nathan Merritt 2/4Half time: Panthers 18-4Venue: CUA Stadium, PenrithCrowd: 10,911Referee: Jarred MaxwellLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Preston Campbell (Panthers)2 - Luke Rooney (Panthers)1 - Trent Waterhouse (Panthers)Sydney Roosters - ByeFULL DRAW, RESULTS & LINKS TO LIVE SCORES ? CLICK HERENext weekend?s matches:Round 11, 19-21 May 2006Fri 7:30 PANTHERS v EELS - CUA Stadium Sat 5:30 (AEST) 7:30 (NZST) WARRIORS v TIGERS - Ericsson StadiumSat 7:30 SEA EAGLES v STORM - Brookvale Oval Sat 7:30 KNIGHTS v RAIDERS - EnergyAustralia StadiumSun 2:30 BULLDOGS v SHARKS - Telstra StadiumSun 3:00 ROOSTERS v RABBITOHS - Aussie StadiumBRONCOS v BYE DRAGONS v BYE COWBOYS v BYENEW SOUTH WALES v QUEENSLAND - State of Origin I - 24 May 2006 Wed 8:00 BLUES v MAROONS - Telstra StadiumFOR LATEST CENTREBET ODDSCLICK HERELEAGUEUNLIMITED.COM PLAYER AWARDS 2006LEADER BOARDThe Leagueunlimited.com players awards are decided by our live score updaters.Want to be a live score updater? For further enquiries, email us.16 pointsCameron Smith (Storm), Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)14 pointsGreg Inglis (Storm)13 pointsAdam Dykes (Sharks)12 pointsAndrew Johns (Knights)11 pointsMatt Orford (Sea Eagles)10 pointsMatthew Bowen (Cowboys), Danny Buderus (Knights), Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs), Karmichael Hunt (Broncos)9 pointsBen Kennedy (Sea Eagles), Willie Mason (Bulldogs)8 pointsMark Gasnier (Dragons), Darren Lockyer (Broncos), Clinton Schifcofske (Raiders)7 pointsSteve Bell (Sea Eagles), Preston Campbell (Panthers)6 pointsCraig Gower (Panthers), Mathew Head (Dragons), Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels), Corey Parker (Broncos), Ruben Wiki (Warriors)5 pointsRoy Asotasi (Bulldogs), Petero Civoniceva (Broncos), Robert Farah (Tigers), Nathan Fien (Warriors), Paul Gallen (Sharks), Justin Hodges (Broncos), Steve Menzies (Sea Eagles), Luke O'Donnell (Cowboys), Steve Price (Warriors), Amos Roberts (Roosters), Jason Smith (Raiders), Alan Tongue (Raiders)4 pointsCooper Cronk (Storm), Aaron Gorrell (Dragons), Brett Hodgson (Tigers), Mark O?Meley (Bulldogs), Steve Simpson (Knights), Jamie Soward (Roosters), Rhys Wesser (Panthers), Paul Whatuira (Tigers)3 pointsTrent Barrett (Dragons), Luke Covell (Sharks), Michael Crocker (Storm), Brett Finch (Roosters), Craig Fitzgibbon (Roosters), Clint Greenshields (Dragons), Adam MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Reni Maitua (Bulldogs), Scott Prince (Tigers), Milton Thaiday (Knights), Lance Thompson (Sharks), Tame Tupou (Broncos), Lincoln Withers (Raiders),2 pointsLuke Bailey (Dragons), Brenton Bowen (Cowboys), George Carmont (Knights), Brian Carney (Knights), Peter Cusack (Rabbitohs), Daniel Fitzhenry (Tigers), Awen Guttenbeil (Warriors), Ashley Harrison (Roosters), Brett Kearney (Sharks), Tom Learoyd-Lahrs (Raiders), Josh Perry (Knights), Wade McKinnon (Eels), Anthony Minichiello (Roosters), Mark O'Meley (Bulldogs), Aaron Payne (Cowboys), Todd Polglase (Rabbitohs), Luke Priddis (Panthers), Luke Rooney (Panthers), John Skandalis (Tigers), David Simmons (Sharks), Matt Sing (Cowboys), Craig Smith (Knights), Steven Southern (Cowboys), John Sutton (Rabbitohs), Brad Thorn (Broncos), Clinton Toopi (Warriors), Trent Waterhouse (Panthers), Dean Young (Dragons)1 pointDarren Albert (Sharks), Paul Bowman (Cowboys), Nathan Cayless (Eels), Matt Cooper (Dragons), Michael Ennis (Broncos), Kurt Gidley (Knights), Matthew Gidley (Knights), Tony Grimaldi (Bulldogs), Lee Hookey (Panthers), Matt King (Storm), Wairangi Koopu (Warriors), Luke MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Benji Marshall (Tigers), Tony Martin (Warriors), Fuifui Moimoi (Eels), Luke Patten (Bulldogs), Shane Rodney (Panthers), Brent Sherwin (Bulldogs), Billy Slater (Storm), Tim Smith (Eels), Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles), Shane Tronc (Cowboys), Anthony Tupou (Roosters), Simon Woolford (Raiders), Craig Wing (Roosters), William Zillman (Raiders)
AN HOUR can sometimes be an eternity in football and Redcliffe proved just as much on the weekend, bouncing back from a 14-0 deficit to beat Souths Logan 20-14 in a gripping affair at Brandon Park.
ROUND 10 Penrith Panthers 32 v South Sydney Rabbitohs 20at CUA Stadium, PenrithReferee: Jarred MaxwellMatch Summary:The Penrith Panthers have posted a 32-20 victory over the South Sydney Rabbitohs today at CUA Stadium in Penrith.This game was a big test for both teams with Penrith contributing seven players to Friday night?s City v Country clash, presenting Souths with a good opportunity to post their first victory of the season. Ironically, all seven players for the Panthers backed up whilst the lone representative for the Rabbitohs, Adam MacDougall, withdrew from today?s game after suffering a suspected broken jaw out in Dubbo.The first half of the match was dominated by Penrith, gaining plenty of possession through errors by the Rabbitohs who started the game by dropping the ball early in their first set of six. They capitalised on this in the 11th minute through forward Shane Rodney who barged his way over close to the line.Souths responded five minutes later through try-scoring whiz Nathan Merritt and it appeared as though the visitors would make a game of it, trailing 6-4. But tries to Luke Lewis in the 22nd minute and Origin hopeful Trent Waterhouse three minutes before halftime opened up and 18-4 lead at the break.Fatigue was likely to play a factor in the game and for Souths to take advantage they needed to score early points in the second half. These thoughts appeared to be dashed though as Luke Rooney steamed over the stripe in the 43rd minute to push the scoreline out to 22-4.With nothing to lose Souths chanced their arm and it paid dividends with tries to Sutton (45th minute), Walker (55th minute) and Fa?alogo (65th minute) bringing them right back into calculations at 22-20.But the prospect of a fifth straight defeat sprung Penrith back into action with a relieving effort by Rooney, rounding out his double, spelling the end for the Bunnies. Rhys Wesser capped of the victory with a late try taking the margin to 32-20.It leaves the Panthers in 11th position thus far, the ladder somewhat bottlenecked with five other teams on 10 points. They face the out-of-form Eels next Friday night at home in a local derby at Penrith. For Souths, the loss compounds their woes for the year as they remain winless and also face their neighbours the Sydney Roosters at their former home ground on Sunday.Scorers:Penrith Panthers: 32Tries: Luke Lewis, Shane Rodney, Luke Rooney(2), Trent Waterhouse, Rhys WesserGoals: Preston Campbell 4/6South Sydney Rabbitohs: 20Tries: David Fa'alogo, John Sutton, Ben Walker, Nathan MerrittGoals: Nathan Merritt 2/4Crowd: 10,911Halftime: Panthers 18-4By the Clock:Good day out here at Penrith.Adam MacDougall for Souths will miss the contest through injury. All seven of Penrith's players are backing up from Friday night.We're underway in the first half!5 min: NEWS Both teams sorting themselves out early in the second half.11 min: TRY Penrith PanthersThe Panthers take an early lead through forward Shane Rodney after a good burst onto the ball. Preston Campbell converts and Penrith are off to a good start. Panthers 6-016 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsTry-scoring whiz Nathan Merritt hits back for the Bunnies with a flashy try. He fails to convert and the visitors trail by 2 points. Panthers 6-422 min: TRY Penrith PanthersSpeedster Luke Lewis gets on the end of a backline move and pushes the Panthers further in front. They're looking pretty good at the moment. Campbell converts again and the hosts take a healthy lead. Panthers 12-427 min: NEWS Not much doing out here at Penrith Park with both sides playing patchy footy right now. 32 min: NEWS The Panthers are dominating possession out here, starving the Rabbitohs of the ball. A fair few mistakes in the game also, with dropped balls and missed tackles here and there.37 min: TRY Penrith PanthersPenrith getting the better of Souths here, scoring another try through Origin hopeful Trent Waterhouse. Campbell converts and they have a healthy lead just before half time. Panthers 18-440 min: NEWS Half time: Only a strong second half revival can stop Souths from slumping to their 9th loss of the season as the Panthers are doing well enough to win the game. Fatigue may be a factor with Penrith having 7 players backing up from Friday night, but you get the feeling the Panthers will put the Bunnies away here.41 min: NEWS We're underway in the second half as the Bunnies have a 14-point deficit to make up. Penrith will be looking to finish them off with a couple of early tries.43 min: TRY Penrith PanthersLong-striding winger Luke Rooney lopes across the chalk for his first of the afternoon and the Panthers ram home the advantage. Campbell fails to convert. Panthers 22-445 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsClassy five-eighth John Sutton gets his first of the day for Souths and it's a much needed one. Merritt can't add the extras and the 14-point advantage remains. Panthers 22-855 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsWalker scores for Souths, Merritt converts Panthers 22-1465 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsFa'alogo bags one for the Bunnies as they come back into the contest. Merritt converts again. Panthers 22-2070 min: TRY Penrith PanthersRooney hits back for the Panthers and presses his Origin claims. Cambell converts. Panthers 28-2078 min: TRY Penrith PanthersWesser seals victory for Penrith as they put to rest a late charge by Souths. Campbell fails to add the extras. Panthers 32-2080 min: NEWS Penrith hold out South Sydney to break their 4 match losing streak as the Bunnies slump to their 9th loss of the season.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Preston Campbell (Panthers)2 - Luke Rooney (Panthers)1 - Trent Waterhouse (Panthers)-----------------------------------------
ROUND 10 Canberra Raiders 28 v Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 38at Canberra StadiumReferee: Ben CumminsMatch Summary:The Cronulla Sharks have withstood a second half comeback from the Canberra Raiders to run out 38-28 winners at Canberra Stadium today.In a game of two halves, the Sharks dominated from the opening whistle to race away to a 16-0 lead after just 11 minutes. The Raiders struck back through an intercept to centre David Howell. But they were guilty of numerous missed tackles and errors. The Sharks extended their lead with a dummy half run to the line from backrower Paul Gallen in the 20th minute. They scored again through centre Phil Bailey and at half time the visitors were 24-6 in front.The second half started with another try to the Sharks, Cameron Ciraldo crossing to post a 30-6 lead.But the Raiders made a game of it, scoring the next three tries with fullback Clinton Schifcofske leading the way. At 30-22 and with 20 minutes to go, the Raiders looked to have the momentum to go on with it.But a try to fullback David Simmons in the 68th minute put the Sharks back on track. A penalty goal four minutes later gave Cronulla a 38-22 lead and put match out of the home side's reach.A try on the bell to Canberra winger Adam Mogg provided a full time score of 38-28, the Raiders ultimately unable to reel the Sharks in.The win may have been costly for the Sharks with in-form forward Lance Thompson being forced off early in the first half with a hamstring injury. Cronulla were also without half back Adam Dykes who injured his ankle last week. Dykes replaced regular half back Brett Kimmorley who injured his ankle earlier this year. The half back spot was filled by Brett Kearney, the 22-year-old setting up numerous plays in steering the Sharks to victory.Scorers:Canberra Raiders: 28Tries: Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, David Howell, Adam Mogg, Clinton Schifcofske, Jason SmithGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 4/5Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 38Tries: Phil Bailey, Paul Gallen, David Simmons(2), Nigel Vagana, Kevin Kingston, Cameron CiraldoGoals: Luke Covell 5/8Crowd: 9,695Halftime: Sharks 24-6By the Clock:Football on Mother's Day in Canberra. A high of 13?C and partly cloudy.Kickoff!3 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksKevin Kingston scores for the Sharks. Luke Covell converts. Sharks 6-07 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksDavid Simmons scores out wide and extends the Sharks lead. Conversion attempt unsuccessful. Sharks 10-010 min: NEWS Lance Thompson injured for the Sharks and is forced from the field.11 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksNigel Vagana scores as the Sharks are slaughtering the Raiders. Conversion OK. Sharks 16-018 min: TRY Canberra RaidersDavid Howell gets the Raiders on the board. Clinton Schifcofske converts. Sharks 16-620 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksPaul Gallen scores for the visitors. Covell unsuccessful with conversion attempt. Sharks 20-623 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksPhil Bailey now scores for the Sharks as the rout continues. Covell misses conversion attempt. Sharks 24-630 min: NEWS A break in the Sharks try-fest. Raiders way too soft in defence and missing a bucket load of tackles. As expected all stats favour the Sharks.Half time: Sharks 24-6Nothing short of a carve-up in the first half with the Sharks dominating the first 20 minutes, in particular back rower Paul Gallen is playing a blinder. The Raiders have shown some signs of a resurgence and had a try disallowed, but they really have the work to do if they are to come back.At this stage the Sharks hold all the cards and should go on with it.Second half underway...43 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksCameron Ciraldo scores to put the Sharks further in front. Conversion attempt from Covell is successful. Sharks 30-650 min: TRY Canberra RaidersSchifcofske for the Raiders but unsuccessful with conversion attempt. Raiders stepping up now. Sharks 30-1054 min: TRY Canberra RaidersTom Learoyd-Lahrs the try scorer as the Raiders come back. Schifcofske's conversion is OK. Sharks 30-1657 min: TRY Canberra RaidersJason Smith scores, Schifcofske's conversion is good and its an eight point ball game. Plenty of time left. Sharks 30-2265 min: NEWS 15 minutes to go and both sides stepping up a gear now.68 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksSimmons gets a double and it may be enough to get the Sharks home. Conversion is OK. Sharks 36-2272 min: PENALTY GOAL Cronulla Sutherland SharksCovell penalty goal. Sharks 38-2280 min: TRY Canberra RaidersAdam Mogg scores a late try for the Raiders but its all over. Schifcofske's conversion is OK. Sharks 38-28Full time: Sharks 38-28A game of two halves with missed tackles, dropped balls and lack of possession costly to the Raiders in the first half. The Sharks capitalised on this with halfback Brett Kearney directing traffic in fine fashion and back rower Paul Gallen providing plenty of go forward in the absence of Lance Thompson who was forced off with injury after 10 minutes.The Raiders came back and actually won the second half, Clint Schifcofske and Adam Mogg playing well. The momentum seemed to be going their way, but a second try to Sharks fullback David Simmonds snuffed out the Raiders charge.In the end, it was a great first half from the Sharks which won the day, and too much of a head start for the Raiders to reel in.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Paul Gallen (Sharks)2 - Brett Kearney (Sharks)1 - David Simmons (Sharks)-----------------------------------------
ROUND 10 Canterbury Bulldogs 22 v Parramatta Eels 18at Telstra StadiumReferee: Shayne HayneMatch Summary:Canterbury has defeated arch-rivals Parramatta by 22-18 at Telstra Stadium this afternoon in a rough and tumble encounter.The Bulldogs began the match strongly with Andrew Ryan enhancing his State of Origin chances by throwing a nicely timed cut-out pass to set up the opening try for winger Hazem El Masri.This set the trend for an open contest with the Eels pressing Canterbury?s line a few times before five-eighth John Morris made up for a rookie error earlier in the game and broke through in the 12th minute to post the visitors first try of the day. With that the scores were locked at 6-all, but not for long. A minute later Reni Maitua hit a gap close to the Parramatta line after the Bulldogs got a roll on and had the Eels back-pedalling. This put Canterbury ahead 12-6 as they began to flex their muscles up front with a near miss to Matt Utai in the 27th minute, after he was ruled offside chasing a grubber, signalling an ominous warning for the Eels.Canterbury scored a typical try ten minutes later with Maitua completing a brace, backing up Nate Myles and scoring from the offload.The teams went to the sheds at half time with the Doggies leading 18-6 and Parramatta had only themselves to blame, with some ordinary handling and poor options in attack leaving them facing their third loss in a row and their seventh for the season.The break seemed to do wonders for Parramatta though, as they resumed the second half in a more composed state of mind, culminating in a try to flamboyant forward Fuifui Moimoi in the 46th minute from a clever John Morris kick. The hulking Kiwi was one player who could hold his head high after the loss, making some great runs and tackling his heart out.Two penalty goals to Hazem El Masri for indiscretions in the play the ball by the Eels took the scores to 22-12 and it appeared the Bulldogs would safely hold out Parramatta.But a bustling try to Nathan Cayless in the 77th minute put the Eels well back in the contest. The try epitomised the effort the forwards put in today, with Cayless coming back onto the field late in the game after suffering medial ligament damage to his knee earlier in the second half.Eric Grothe then went close to making a break down the sideline in the final minute only to be bundled into touch by swarming Bulldogs defence. This snuffed out any designs Parramatta had on scoring a last ditch try to win the game or at least force extra time with the Bulldogs holding on for a gritty victory.A terrific sub-plot to the game was the battle in the centres between Timana Tahu and Sonny Bill Williams. Both men gave their all and at separate times barrelled one another over the sideline, with Sonny Bill winning a split points decision.Scorers:Canterbury Bulldogs: 22Tries: Hazem El Masri, Reni Maitua(2)Goals: Hazem El Masri 5/5Parramatta Eels: 18Tries: Nathan Cayless, Fuifui Moimoi, John MorrisGoals: Brett Delaney 3/3Crowd: 13,159Half time: Bulldogs 18-6By the Clock:Cool and cloudy day here at Telstra, but no sign of rain.Changes:Bulldogs - Hazem El Masri takes his place on the wing in no.18 for the Bulldogs at the expense of Namila Davui. Corey Hughes has succumbed to injury, with Tony Grimaldi shifting to hooker and Reni Maitua moving to the lock position. Billy Ngawini comes onto the bench.Parramatta - as per the program.And the Eels get us underway in the first half.3 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Bulldogs press Parra's line early in the game and spread it wide to the western side of the field where Andrew Ryan gives a sublime cut-out pass to winger Hazem El Masri who beats his man and scores untouched. Hazem converts his own try and the Bulldogs are off to a flyer. Bulldogs 6-08 min: NEWS Recalled five-eighth John Morris drops the ball deep inside Canterbury's territory during Parramatta's first venture down there.12 min: TRY Parramatta EelsMorris well and truly makes up for his earlier indiscretion, smashing through the defence next to the posts. The Eels have been making solid inroads in the past 5 minutes. Delaney converts and the scores are locked up. 6 all.16 min: NEWS Some stiff Canterbury defence carries Eric Grothe back into his in-goal area, forcing a drop out. The Doggies look to be building towards something here.17 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Bulldogs pressure Parra's line and a good short ball finds Reni Maitua steaming onto it and he score the club's second try of the game. El Masri converts and the home team are in front. Bulldogs 12-622 min: NEWS Good forward contest here with O'Meley and Mason for the Dogs exchanging some tough hits with Moimoi and Cayless for the Eels.27 min: NEWS Roberts puts in a grubber for a flying Matt Utai to snatch and but the try is denied for being offside. Bulldogs are looking good at the moment though32 min: NEWS The Eels sqaundering a few chances with the Bulldogs also showing good scrambling defence.37 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsReni Maitua scores his second for the Dogs with some great lead-up work by Sonny Bill and Nate Myles. El Masri converts again. Bulldogs 18-640 min: NEWS Halftime: Both teams are playing good open footy and there's no way this 12-point lead is enough to win the game for the Bulldogs. But they're playing well and taking their opportunities at the moment. Parra need to show more control if they are to win here and they're certainly in the contest. The try to Maitua late in the half is disappointing but if they score first early in the second stage they'll be right back in the thick of things.41 min: NEWS And the Bulldogs restart proceedings here at Homebush.45 min: NEWS Glen Morrison is briefly KO'd by an Andrew Ryan love-tap to the chin. No report but I bet Ryan had his heart in his mouth given he's in calculations for a sky blue jersey.46 min: TRY Parramatta EelsMoimoi snatches a Morris chip close to the uprights to score for the Eels and they're back in the thick of things. Delaney converts and Parra trail by six. Bulldogs 18-1251 min: NEWS Sonny Bill and Timana Tahu are having a great old battle in the centres. It's 1-all after Tahu just put him over the sideline.55 min: NEWS Cayless (Eels) off with medial ligament damage to his knee.60 min: PENALTY GOAL Canterbury BulldogsMason is stripped of the ball in a tackle and cops a few knees in the head for his trouble as well. El Masri pots a penalty goal and the lead is pushed to 8. Bulldogs 20-1261 min: NEWS Myles (Bulldogs) off the field with a bit of a knock to the head. It's not serious though.64 min: PENALTY GOAL Canterbury BulldogsAgain the Bulldogs receive a penalty in good position following a strip in the play the ball. This one appeared to be a bit unlucky for Parra though as Sonny Bill seemed to simply lose the ball. Hazem bangs another over the crossbar. Bulldogs 22-1272 min: NEWS Parra were again close to a scoring opportunity after the counter attack from a Roberts intercept. But they fail to get over the stripe and it's looking a bit grim for them.77 min: TRY Parramatta EelsDespite his knee injury, Cayless makes a huge bust and scores under the posts. Delaney wastes no time in converting and we've got a sensational finish lined up here! Bulldogs 22-1880 min: NEWS Fulltime: The Bulldogs have hung on in the final minutes to record a gritty win over the Eels.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Reni Maitua (Bulldogs)2 - Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs)1 - Fuifui Moimoi (Eels)-----------------------------------------
HUDDERSFIELD coach Jon Sharp is urging his players not to fall back into their old ways on Sunday after becoming the first team to beat engage Super League leaders St Helens.