Rabbitohs blow-torch Jets

THE Newtown Jets paid dearly for their high error-rate in Sunday?s opening VB Premier League competition match against neighbours South Sydney at Telstra Stadium. The Jets barely completed more than 50% of their sets of possession in either half, putting enormous pressure on themselves in the unseasonable sauna-like playing conditions. Newtown conceded 22 points inside the first twenty minutes and despite a brave fightback went down by 42-28. The Rabbitohs dominance of possession in the first half saw them take a 34-16 lead into the break. A resurgent Newtown kept Souths tryless until the final minute of the second half and fought back gamely to trail by 36-28 with seven minutes remaining. Lack of ball control killed off the Jets? hopes of a last gasp victory as Souths sprung a major upset against a team that had shown such promising trials form. Newtown coach Paul Young was quick to assure Jets fans that there are better days ahead for this side, but they needed to put this forgettable display behind them.Best for the Jets were powerful centre Lelea Paea, who continued his excellent 2006 form with two tries. Former North Queensland Cowboy John Doyle showed some deft touches with the ball, and fullback Aidan Kirk looked dangerous when in possession. Second rower Nigel Plum was outstanding in defence and attack and prop Glenn Hall worked hard in the oppressive conditions. Former British forward Mark Edmondson would have found the searing temperatures a far cry from playing at Knowsley Road, St. Helens.Newtown?s Jim Beam Cup squad turned on their best trial performance when they defeated Cabramatta by 32-18 at the Narellan Sports Ground on Saturday evening. Coach Greg Matterson used 32 players in the trial and would have been pleased with the improved form, the physical toughness and will to win shown in this game. Matterson?s difficulties in deciding upon which players to retain weren?t made any easier with this trial, but he could let Newtown supporters know that the Jets look like having another very competitive Jim Beam Cup team in this year?s premiership competition. The Newtown Jets are back at home this Saturday against Western Suburbs in the VB Premier League. Sunday?s surprise loss to Souths is sure to bring out the best in the Jets in their first home game of the year at Henson Park. The Jets-Magpies VB Premier League match kicks off at 4:00pm, and will be preceded by a Newtown versus Asquith Jim Beam Cup trial match starting at 2:30pm.Photo caption:Classy centre Lelea Paea has been in great form for the Jets in 2006.

Roosters JF start season in style

JIM Dymock?s Jersey Flegg outfit kick-started their 2006 premiership assault in style this afternoon with a convincing 32-14 win over Souths Juniors at Telstra Stadium.One of the early favourites to take out this year?s title, the star-studded Roosters were never seriously headed in their six-tries-to-three victory.After a fiery start, classy five-eighth Anthony Watts got the ball rolling in the eighth minute with a perfectly weighted grubber for winger Shaun Kenny-Dowall to cross. Shaun Foley failed to convert from the sideline, leaving the Roosters 4-0 ahead.In stifling conditions, both sides toughed it out for the next 10 minutes before Souths fullback Alex Pattalis blew a golden opportunity to level the scores after knocking on his own grubber in the in-goal area.But centre Fetuli Talanoa made up for his team-mate?s error two minutes later after racing 60m to lock the match at 4-all.However, Sam McCartney restored the Roosters? lead in the 25th minute after shrugging off three defenders to plant the ball out wide. Shaun Foley?s sideline conversion speared the Roosters to a 10-4 lead.With half time approaching, a perfectly timed Shaun Foley pass sent giant back rower Frank Winterstein on a 30m dash to the try line to guide the Roosters to a 16-4 lead following Foley?s conversion from in front of the sticks.Both sides struggled to get going early in the second stanza but the visitors went further ahead on 40 minutes after a nice cross-field chip from Watts was batted into the arms of Jeremy Gordon by Kenny-Dowall. Another conversion from wide out by Foley extended the Roosters? lead to 22-4.Some great work from giant front rower Frank Paul Nuuausala saw Troy Savage pepper Souths? defence on a 30m dash ? but Savage?s grubber kick to open pastures just ran over the dead ball line to prevent the visitors from going further in front.With the Roosters looking to close the home side out of the clash, Souths replacement Chris Hyde notched a four pointer that reduced the score to 22-10 with 25 minutes remaining.And when Rabbitohs winger Isaac Tautaiolefua showed a clean pair of heels to sprint 60m down the left touchline and score, the home side was well and truly back in the hunt at 22-14.Needing to stop the rot, the Roosters looked to imposing back rower Grant Millington, who set up a crucial four pointer to star prop Danny Williams with a great break and offload close to the stripe. Foley converted from close range to give the Roosters a 28-14 lead.Nuuausala was rewarded for a strong all-round game with a determined try out wide with seven minutes remaining to guide the visitors to an unassailable 32-14 advantage.SYDNEY ROOSTERS 32 (Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Sam McCartney, Frank Winterstein, Jeremy Gordon, Danny Williams, Frank Paul Nuuausala tries; Shaun Foley 4/6 goals) defeated SOUTHS JUNIORS 14 (Fetuli Talanoa, Chris Hyde, Isaac Tautaiolefua tries; Michel Goward 1/3 goals) at Telstra Stadium; Sunday, March 12th, 2006; Referee: Adam Devcich.

Carney ejected from Manly hotel

THE NRL has been rocked by another alcohol-fuelled incident after Newcastle winger Brian Carney was ejected from a Manly bar last night.Carney, the man of the match in the Knights' 25-6 win over Parramatta on Saturday night, was issued with an infringement notice for failing to leave a licensed premises and fined $550 by police. The Great Britain international had been drinking with media personality and former Newcastle and Cronulla five-eighth Matthew Johns at the Steyne Hotel.Newcastle officials have been investigating the incident today and are expected to issue a statement shortly.

Marshall out for six weeks

WESTS Tigers five-eighth Benji Marshall will be sidelined for at least six weeks following scans on his fractured cheekbone. Tigers club doctor Donald Kuah reviewed x-rays today which confirmed Marshall suffered a break in the facial bone during Friday night's opening round win over St George Illawarra.Superstar playmaker Marshall will not need to undergo surgery. The club is still awaiting results of scans on lock Liam Fulton's dislocated shoulder.

Barrett in doubt for Panthers clash

ST George Illawarra skipper Trent Barrett is in doubt for Sunday's NRL clash with Penrith on Sunday after being hospitalised by a stomach virus.Barrett has been struggling with the virus since last week and checked himself into Wollongong Hospital yesterday afternoon after playing in Friday night's loss to Wests Tigers. Barrett complained of being dehydrated and feeling unwell after the Tigers clash.He is expected to be released from hospital this afternoon. Dragons coach Nathan Brown says he is unsure when his star five-eighth will resume training.

Round 1 charges and injuries

SYDNEY Roosters prop Adrian Morley has been charged with a grade three careless high tackle for his hit on South Sydney halfback Ben Walker.Morley faces a two-week suspension if enters an early guilty plea, but will be out for three NRL matches if he contests the charge and is found guilty. In other judiciary news, Wests Tigers backrower Anthony Laffranchi will miss suspension if he enters an early guilty plea to a dangerous throw charge from the season opener against St George Illawarra.New Zealand Warriors five-eighth Sione Faumuina was charged with a dangerous high tackle and will be sidelined for two weeks with an early guilty plea or three matches if he unsuccessfully contests the charge. And Bulldogs forward Nate Myles faces a week on the sidelines after being charged with a dangerous throw.Here?s a list of players who sustained injuries over the weekend:Benji Marshall (Tigers) ? hairline fracture of the cheekbone, 4-6 weeksLiam Fulton (Tigers) ? dislocated shoulder, 3 monthsClint Newton (Knights) ? minor lower back injury, most likely fitCraig Gower (Panthers) ? rolled ankle, most likely fitJosh Miller (Raiders) ? probable ruptured ACL, potentially the seasonDarren Lockyer (Broncos) ? minor elbow complaint, most likely fitBen Walker (Rabbitohs) ? concussion and medial ligament damage, uncertain

Monday's Expert League Wrap - Round 1, 2006

A huge weekend of football to kick off round one of the NRL, but weekend of woe for punters with a number of upsets occurring around the grounds.Now in its fourth year, the LeagueUnlimited.com Player Awards are back with last year?s winner Andrew Johns joining six players on three 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.League Wrap: Round 1, 10-12 March 2006MATCH RESULTS:Wests Tigers: 24Tries: Anthony Laffranchi, Paul Whatuira (3), Michael CrockettGoals: Brett Hodgson 3/5St George Illawarra Dragons: 15Tries: Mark Gasnier (3)Goals: Wes Naiqama 1/3Field Goals: Trent BarrettHALF TIME: Dragons 10-8Telstra StadiumCrowd: 27,865Referee: Paul SimpkinsLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Mark Gasnier (Dragons)2 - Scott Prince (Tigers)1 - Paul Whatuira (Tigers)Newcastle Knights: 25Tries: Matthew Gidley, Adam Woolnough, Milton Thaiday, Brian Carney, Riley BrownGoals: Kurt Gidley 1/3, Andrew Johns 1/2Field Goals: Andrew JohnsParramatta Eels: 6Tries: Micheal VellaGoals: Luke Burt 1/1HALF TIME: Knights 8-6Energy Australia StadiumCrowd: 26,198Referee: Russell SmithLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Andrew Johns (Knights)2 - Milton Thaiday (Knights)1 - Danny Buderus (Knights)Canterbury Bulldogs: 22Tries: Hazem El Masri, Mark O'Meley, Luke Patten, Willie TongaGoals: Hazem El Masri 3/4Penrith Panthers: 24Tries: Craig Gower, Matthew Cross, Nick Youngquest, Lee HookeyGoals: Preston Campbell 4/5HALF TIME: Panthers 14-10Telstra StadiumCrowd: 17,510Referee: Sean HamptsteadLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Craig Gower (Panthers)2 - Willie Mason (Bulldogs)1 - Rhys Wesser (Panthers)Manly Sea Eagles: 14Tries: Brett Stewart, Steve Bell(2)Goals: Matt Orford 1/3Canberra Raiders: 27Tries: Todd Carney, Phillip Graham, Adam Mogg, Simon WoolfordGoals: Clinton Shifcofske 5/5Field Goals: Todd CarneyHALF TIME: Raiders 14-8Brookvale OvalCrowd: 17,135Referee: Shayne HayneLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Clinton Shifcofske (Raiders)2 - Jason Smith (Raiders)1 - Lincoln Withers (Raiders)New Zealand Warriors: 16Tries: Wairangi Koopu, Jerome Ropati, Manu VatuveiGoals: Tony Martin 2/3Melbourne Storm: 22Tries: Matt Geyer (2), Greg Inglis, Cameron Smith, Steve TurnerGoals: Greg Inglis 1/5HALF TIME: Storm 8-0Ericsson StadiumCrowd: 10,035Referee: Steven ClarkLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Cameron Smith (Storm)2 - Greg Inglis (Storm)1 - Wairangi Koopu (Warriors)Brisbane Broncos: 4Tries: Darius BoydNorth Queensland Cowboys: 36Tries: Matthew Bowen, Matt Sing, Jonathan Thurston (3), Neil SweeneyGoals: Jonathan Thurston 6/7HALF TIME: Cowboys 24-0Suncorp StadiumCrowd: 46,229Referee: Tony ArcherLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Jonathan Thurston (Cowboys)2 - Aaron Payne (Cowboys)1 - Paul Bowman (Cowboys)South Sydney Rabbitohs: 22Tries: Yileen Gordon, John Sutton, Ben Walker, Nathan Merritt(2)Goals: Ben Walker 3/3Sydney Roosters: 40Tries: Ryan Cross, Brett Finch, Anthony Minichello, Amos Roberts(2), Iosia Soliola, Jamie SowardGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 4/4, Amos Roberts 2/3HALF TIME: Rabbitohs 18-6Telstra StadiumCrowd: 16,741Referee: Jason RobinsonLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Jamie Soward (Roosters)2 - Amos Roberts (Roosters)1 - John Sutton (Rabbitohs)Cronulla Sharks - ByeFULL DRAW, RESULTS & LINKS TO LIVE SCORES ? CLICK HERENext weekend?s matches:Round 2, 17-19 March 2006Fri 7:30 CANTERBURY BULLDOGS v WESTS TIGERS Telstra StadiumSat 7:30 (5:30 Syd) PARRAMATTA EELS v NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS Waikato Stadium NZSat 7:30 CRONULLA SHARKS v BRISBANE BRONCOS Toyota ParkSat 8:30 (9:30 Syd) NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS v MANLY SEA EAGLES Dairy Farmers Stadium Sun 2.30 SYDNEY ROOSTERS v MELBOURNE STORM Aussie Stadium Sun 3.00 ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS v PENRITH PANTHERS WIN StadiumSun 3.00 CANBERRA RAIDERS v NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS Canberra Stadium SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS - BYEFOR CENTREBET ODDS ? CLICK 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.3 pointsMark Gasnier (Dragons), Craig Gower (Panthers), Andrew Johns (Knights), Clinton Shifcofske (Raiders), Cameron Smith (Storm), Jamie Soward (Roosters), Jonathan Thurston (Cowboys)2 pointsGreg Inglis (Storm), Willie Mason (Bulldogs), Aaron Payne (Cowboys), Scott Prince (Tigers), Amos Roberts (Roosters), Jason Smith (Raiders), Milton Thaiday (Knights)1 pointsPaul Bowman (Cowboys), Danny Buderus (Knights), Wairangi Koopu (Warriors), John Sutton (Rabbitohs), Rhys Wesser (Panthers), Paul Whatuira (Tigers), Lincoln Withers (Raiders)

Engage Super League round 5 Review

BRADFORD Bulls 18 (Pryce, St Hilaire, Vainikolo 2 tries; Deacon 1 goal) v Hull FC 12 (Brisoce, Domic tries; Brough 2 goals). Att: 10,700.Bradford extended their unbeaten run to 18 matches with hard fought win over Hull FC at Odsal. The Bulls opened the scoring after only 68 seconds when Karl Pryce barged over from close range. Hull, who were missing several key players, managed to hold out until the 33 minute when Bulls winger Lesley Vainikolo crashed over. But Hull never laid down and deservedly got on the score sheet just before half time through Sid Domic.At the start of the second half Vainikolo scored again but then turned villain by gifting a try to FC?s Kirk Dixon. With 20 minutes left on the clock the visitors cut the Bulls lead to only 14-12 with a Danny Brough penalty. Then with less than 10 minutes left Marcus St Hilaire, a surprise eve-of-season signing from Halifax, scored the important try to give the Bulls a cushion of 6 points. A draw looked on the cards with only minutes left when Shaun Briscoe spilled a pass from Peter Lupton with the line beckoning.Wigan Warriors 12 (Fletcher, Godwin tries; Tickle, Moran goals) v Warrington Wolves 24 (Fa?afili, Bridge, Barnett tries; Briers 4 goals, 4 field goals). Att: 16,640.The nightmare continued for Wigan Warriors as Warrington Wolves, led by their inspirational skipper Lee Briers, masterminded the visitors? first win at Wigan for over 13 years.The home side had opened the scoring through new signing Bryan Fletcher, making his debut after recovering from bowel surgery, but despite seeing little of the ball in the Wigan half, Warrington hit back through Richie Barnett and Chris Bridge to lead at the halfway mark.After the break Briers then took control of the game by landing 4-drop goals, a penalty goal and converting a Henry Fa?afili try. Wigan?s only consolation was a last minute try for Wayne Godwin converted by Denis Moran which by then was only witnessed by a small section of the 16,640 crowd as most of the home fans had enough of another poor Warriors performance.Catalans Dragons 10 (Murphy, Dobson tries; Frayssinous 1 goal) v Leeds Rhinos 58 (Senior, Walker, Diskin, Smith, McGuire 2, Donald, Tansey, Burrow, Lauitiiti; tries Sinfield 7, Burrow 2 goals). Att: 5,783.Seven days after being out muscled by Champions Bradford Bulls, the Dragons were given another harsh lesson of life in the Engage Super League as they were ripped apart by a rampant Leeds Rhinos team manfully lead by captain Kevin Sinfield.The Game was over in the first ten minutes as the Rhinos raced to an 18-0 lead with two tries by Danny McGuire and a walk-in by scrum-half Rob Burrow. Catalans new short-team Australian signing Michael Dobson finally got the home side on the board, but four further Rhinos tries gave them a commanding 34-6 lead after only 20 minutes. Surprisingly the visitors did not add to their tally in the remainder of the opening period. However on the stroke of Halftime the Dragons prop Alex Chan was sent off for punching Chev Walker who in turn was sin binned for retaliating.Catalans showed plenty of spirit and opened the second half scoring from a Justin Murphy try in the corner. With 20 minutes left on the clock the Dragons finally cracked as the Rhinos racked up four further converted tries to send home the near 3,000 travelling away fans happy on a cold, wet and windy evening in the South of France.Salford City Reds 48 (Highton 2, Robinson, Finnigan 3, Brocklehurst, Fitzpatrick tries; Hodgson 8 goals) v Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 10 (J Field, Demetriou tries; March 1 goal). Att: 4,060Simon Finnigan scored a hat-trick for Salford as they continued their fine start to the Engage Super League season, outclassing a dismal Wakefield Wildcats at The Willows.The Reds remained in the top four of the league with a thrilling first half performance by scoring 6 unanswered tries from Paul Highton (2), Finnigan (2), Fitzpatrick and Brocklehurst all converted by David Hodgson.Finnigan completed his hat-trick early in the second half before Jamie Field and Jason Demetriou restored some pride to the visitors. In the final minutes Luke Robinson wrapped up the scoring for the hosts with a try. The only downside it that only 4,060 turned out to watch another sparkling Reds display.Harlequins RL 20 (Leuluai, Weisner, Hopkins, Clubb tries; Gafa 2 goals) v Castleford Tigers 34 (Sculthorpe, Fletcher, Pryce, Henderson, McGoldrick, Shenton tries; Huby 5 goals). Att: 3,535Castleford Tigers got their season back on track as they overturned a 14-point deficit to beat Harlequins and move above them in the Super League table.Quins suffered a bitter blow when they lost captain Mark McLinden to injury in the warm-up. The home team scored all their points in the first half with tries by Leuluai, Weisner, Hopkins and Clubb with two Gafa conversions.Castleford replied with a Waine Pryce try and Ryan McGoldrick then further reduced the gap when he sprinted 60 meters for a fine individual try. After half-time, the Tigers controlled the game with Andy Henderson rounding off victory with a 73rd-minute try.Huddersfield Giants 16 (Drew, Wild tries; Thorman 4 goals) v St Helens 18 (Gardner, Lyon, Fa?asavalu tries; Lyon 3 goals). Att: 8,010.St Helens held off a spirited Huddersfield Giants to keep their 100% record intact and return to the top of the Engage Super League in front of another bumper crowd at the Galpharm Stadium.A first minute Ade Gardner try opened the scoring for the Saints and Jamie Lyon added a second try just before the break. Chris Thorman kept the Giants in touch with two first-half goals and a third after the restart before a try from ex-Raider Brad Drew reduced the deficit to two.Maurie Fa'asavalu hit back with a try for Saints, with a late Stephen Wild four-pointer not enough for the hosts.

Morley awaiting news on high tackle report

SYDNEY Roosters prop Adrian Morley faces a nervous wait today to see whether he'll have to front the NRL judiciary over his controversial shoulder charge in yesterday's 40-22 win over Souths.Morley was reported for a high shot on Rabbitohs halfback Ben Walker early in the second half which helped spark his team's come-from-behind win. A number of other players will also come under scrutiny from the match review committee including Wests Tigers pair Anthony Laffranchi and Ryan O'Hara for a lifting tackle on St George Illawarra backrower Corey Payne and teammate Bryce Gibbs for a high shot on Dragons opposite Luke Bailey.Meanwhile, Premiers Wests Tigers will get a better idea today on how long star five-eighth Benji Marshall will have to sit out with a fractured cheekbone. Before undergoing x-rays at the weekend, it was believed Marshall could miss between four to six weeks.

Cowboys finally have the depth to dominate

NORTH Queensland captain Travis Norton believes Brisbane's one-time poor cousins finally have the depth to be considered an NRL power club after thrashing the Broncos on their home turf.The Cowboys hammered Brisbane 36-4 at Suncorp Stadium yesterday, with their reserve grade side, the Young Guns, also inflicting a 36-10 belting of Broncos' feeder club Toowoomba Clydedales. It was the Cowboys first win over the Bronocs in Brisbane since joining the NRL in 1995.

Stadium officials launch investigation

TELSTRA Stadium officials will look into the state of the playing surface following complaints from several players in NRL matches at the Olympic venue over the weekend.The ground hosted matches involving all three of its tenants. There were complaints about clumps of turf lifting and the surface having too many shifting sand patches.

Challenge Cup Round 3 Review

DEWSBURY side Thornhill Trojans are the only amateur team through by right to Monday?s Powergen Challenge Cup fourth-round draw.The Trojans knocked out professional opposition for the second time in seven years when they beat Workington 16-12 at Dewsbury on Saturday.There were no shocks among Sunday?s 11 ties, although five have still to be played after falling victim to the ice and snow.Super League side Catalans Dragons will be joined in the draw by fellow countrymen Toulouse, who reached the semi-finals in 2005 but were made to fight all the way by little Blackpool.Toulouse won 58-18 at Bloomfield Road in the corresponding tie 12 months ago but this time it took them 77 minutes to clinch an 18-10 success.The Frenchmen scored tries through Cedric Olieu, Cedric Gay and Trent Clayton, with captain James Wynn kicking two conversions and a penalty.Blackpool responded with tries from Steve Ormesher and Liam Bretherton, who also added a penalty.French Championship leaders Pia crashed out at Whitehaven on Friday night and today Limoux lost 24-10 at Batley, who never looked back after scoring two tries in the first seven minutes.Stand-off Neil Roden laid on both scores for centre Steve Jones and full-back Craig Lingard and also touched down himself in the first half.The two Russian representatives both experienced heavy defeats, with Lokomotiv Moscow going down 64-4 to National League Two newcomers Celtic Crusaders and Strela Kazan losing 80-0 to Leigh, who were in Super League last season.Crusaders made the perfect start when man of the match Tony Duggan scored the first of his four tries after only two minutes and half-back partner Luke Young kicked the first of 10 goals.Lokomotiv were at their best in the first 20 minutes and scored their only try when Sergey Dobrynin forced his way over.At Hilton Park, lively stand-off Carl Forber led the way for Leigh with a hat-trick of tries and five goals.Elsewhere, winger Wayne McHugh scored five tries, four of them in the first 32 minutes, as Featherstone beat Skirlaugh 36-14 and young full-back Richard Tillotson ran in a second-half hat-trick in Dewsbury?s 68-0 rout of Bradford Dudley Hill.New Oldham coach Steve Deakin helped his side stave off the threat of an upset against local rivals Saddleworth, and National League clubs Doncaster, Hunslet, Hull KR and Widnes also triumphed over amateur opposition.

Preview: Harlequins v Castleford (Round 5)

HARLEQUINS RL captain Mark McLinden will make his first appearance at the Twickenham Stoop against Castleford after recovering from a torn hamstring.The former Canberra Raiders half-back made a big impact in his first season with the London Broncos last year but has missed all four matches so far under their new guise after being injured in the build-up to the opening game against St Helens.?He?s named in the 20 and he will also be in the 17,? said coach Tony Rea.With Thomas Leuluai returning from a broken ankle against St Helens and Luke Dorn making his comeback from a hamstring injury in last week?s 10-6 win at Hull, Rea will have his trio of play-makers available for the first time.McLinden said: ?It?s been a tough month but I?m excited about playing my first game for Harlequins.?Harlequins RL v Castleford Tigers, Twickenham Stoop, Sunday March 12 2006Harlequins RL 18-man: Bradley-Qalilawa, Clubb, Dorn, Gafa, Haumono, Heckenberg, Hopkins, Leuluai, Lolohea, Lucky Luisi, McLinden, Mills, Purdham, Smith, Temata, Tookey, Weisner, Williams.Castleford 18-man: Platt, Pryce, Shenton, Dyer, Blanch, Handforth, Kain, Sculthorpe, Henderson, Nutley, Haughey, Bird, Whitaker, Fletcher, Viane, Fa'aoso, McGoldrick, Ward.Referee: S Ganson

Preview: Huddersfield v St Helens (Round 5)

HUDDERSFIELD Giants and St Helens have both announced their respective 18-man squads for the engage Super League clash at the Galpharm Stadium on Sunday.[i]Huddersfield are coming off a win against Wakefield last round, and a win here could see them jump into the top six. St Helens are undefeated and need this away win to keep Bradford from claiming the top spot on the table.[/i]Huddersfield Giants v St Helens, Galpharm Stadium, Sunday March 12 2006Huddersfield 18-man: Reilly, Aspinwall, De Vere, Donlan, Thorman, Paul, Crabtree, Drew, Nero, Snitch, Wild, Jones, March, Smith, McDonald, Raleigh, Gardner, Torrens.St Helens 18-man: P. Anderson, V. Anderson, Bennett, Cayless, Cunningham, Fa'asavalu, Gardner, Gilmour, Hooper, Lyon, Meli, Moore, Pryce, Roby, Sculthorpe, Talau, Wellens, Wilkin.Referee: R Silverwood

Morley hit mars Roosters victory

FULLTIME score: Round 1South Sydney Rabbitohs 22 v Sydney Roosters 40Match summary:The Sydney Roosters have produced a commanding second half performance to defeat the South Sydney Rabbitohs by 40 points to 22 at Telstra Stadium this afternoon, but not without controversy.The major talking point to come out of this match was Adrian Morley?s seemingly illegal hit on Rabbitohs halfback Ben Walker, midway through the second half. Under the new rules, any hit above the shoulder, regardless of whether it be the shoulder or from a swinging arm, is now deemed to be illegal. Morley appeared to strike Walker with the shoulder, leaving Walker with serious head injuries which forced him to leave the field. The hit led to a Roosters try. Referee Jason Robinson awarded the try without referring the decision to the video referee, which culminated with Morley being called to speak with Robinson on the halfway line. Morley was subsequently placed on report for an offence which, had he been caught out in the act, may have resulted in the first ejection from the playing arena in the 2006 season. Supporters were bemused with the fact that Robinson allowed the try to remain, despite the fact that Morley had committed an illegal offence in the process of the try being scored.Aside from the incident, the Roosters were clinical in their domination of the Rabbitohs, winning the second half by 34 points to 4 and winning the match 40-22.It was the Rabbitohs who came out firing early, taking an 18-6 lead into the halftime break and it seemed they would continue from where they left off last season with some promising performances.It was however the men from Bondi who prevailed, proving too strong for their southern Sydney rivals.Jamie Soward and Amos Roberts were outstanding for the visitors, while five-eighth John Sutton was clearly the best for the Bunnies. Braith Anasta was quiet early on, but appeared to erase a few cob-webs in the second half and created some opportunities for the Roosters, while Brett Finch had a solid start at hooker in his new-found role.The turning point though, was the Morley/Walker incident which occurred at the 55th minute, a time at which the Rabbitohs held an 18-16 advantage. The incident will no doubt be a bitter pill to swallow for the South Sydney faithful, and will come under the microscope with the video review committee tomorrow.With a past history of serious judiciary offences, one would expect that with closer video scrutiny, Morley?s moment of madness may result in a lengthy stint on the sidelines for the Great Britain international. Scorers:South Sydney Rabbitohs: 22Tries: Nathan Merritt, Yileen Gordon, John Sutton, Ben Walker Goals: Ben Walker 3/3, Nathan Merritt 0/1Sydney Roosters: 40Tries: Amos Roberts (2), Ryan Cross, Brett Finch, Anthony Minichello, Iosia Soliola, Jamie SowardGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 4/4, Amos Roberts 2/3Venue: Telstra Stadium Crowd: 16,741Referee: Jason RobinsonHalf time: South Sydney 18-6Live commentary:Buddy Gordon takes the field for the injured Adam MacDougall. Shillington replaces Tupou in the starting line-up for the Roosters.0 min: NEWS And we're underway in the first half! Beautiful sundrenched day here in Sydney.7 min: TRY Sydney RoostersBraith Anasta throws a cut-out pass to Ryan Cross who beats the outside Rabbitohs men and finds Anasta back on the inside who gives it to Minichello to score his first for the year. Roosters 6-013 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsWalker makes up for some sloppy handling earlier with a great individual try. He grubbers through and puts pressure on Shillington who he strips the ball from, then barges over next to the posts, carrying Mini. He converts his own try easily. 6 all.21 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsAs Walker looks trapped with the ball on the last, he finds Polglase who bursts through the middle and chips to the wing for Gordon who scores a sensational try out wide. Walker converts from the sideline in grand fashion. Rabbitohs 12-627 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsThe Rabbits move the ball wide and find Rigon who presses the line before dropping it back behind him for Sutton to pick up and score and easy try, stunning the Roosters. Walker knocks it over and the Rabbitohs are playing a very enthusiastic and exciting brand of footy. Rabbitohs 18-628 min: NEWS Roberts kicks out on the full from the restart, giving Souths a penalty at halfway.35 min: NEWS Both teams a little scratchy early in the year with a few unforced errors creeping into play. The ground conditions are also leaving a little to be desired. The surface seems to be breaking up a fair bit and looks very soft underfoot.40 min: NEWS A great first half effort here from the Bunnies, leading a stunned Roosters outfit by 18-6 with some very enterprising play.40 min: NEWS Second half underway at Telstra Stadium43 min: TRY Sydney RoostersCross strolls in under the posts, running off a brilliant ball from new recruit Braith Anasta. Rabbitohs 18-1248 min: TRY Sydney RoostersSoliola scores an end to end try, a somewhat controversial one after Adrian Morley committed an illegal tackle on Ben Walker in the lead-up to the try. Rabbitohs 18-1650 min: NEWS Morley on report for the tackle on Ben Walker.52 min: TRY Sydney RoostersSoward crosses for another Roosters try. A bitter pill to swallow for fuming Souths fans after the Morley tackle escaped with just a report. Roosters 22-1858 min: TRY Sydney RoostersRoberts comes up with some excellent support play, running off Jamie Soward, who again is again causing havoc for the Souths defensive line and Roberts scores again. The Roosters are now running riot over the Rabbitohs. Roosters 28-1863 min: TRY Sydney RoostersFinch scores a well-deserved try in his debut game at hooker. This game is albeit over now. Roosters 34-1870 min: TRY Sydney RoostersRoberts is over again and the floodgates are now officially open. Roosters 40-1880 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsNathan Merritt grabs a consolation intercept try for the Rabbitohs on the siren. The Roosters have ended up the victors by 40 points to 22, a victory somewhat soured by Adrian Morley's cheap-shot on Ben Walker 15 minutes into the second half. Roosters 40-22-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Jamie Soward (Roosters)2 - Amos Roberts (Roosters)1 - John Sutton (Rabbitohs)-----------------------------------------

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