Storm hold-out winless Rabbitohs

ROUND 9 South Sydney Rabbitohs 14 v Melbourne Storm 38at Telstra StadiumReferees: Gavin BadgerMatch Summary:The Melbourne Storm has defeated the South Sydney Rabbitohs tonight by 38-14 at Telstra Stadium in Homebush.Despite a spirited effort by the Bunnies and a close first half, Melbourne had too much class for the home side with a second half flurry of tries proving too much for South Sydney to handle.The game was an arm wrestle for the first half with Melbourne opening the scoring in the 18th minute through Cameron Smith after an extended period of heavy contact in the forwards. With his conversion and a penalty four minutes later the Storm took a cosy 8-nil lead.Souths hit back late in the half after slashing run from Luke MacDougall set up a try for flying winger Nathan Merritt who is having a superb season. With Merritt adding the extras the Rabbitohs went to the sheds at halftime trailing 8-6 and looking very much in the game.But Melbourne turned up the heat early in the second half, scoring tries through Greg Inglis and Michael Crocker to claim a 14-point advantage with their lead extending to 20-6. Shortly after, Crocker found himself in the sin-bin for a professional foul, opening the way for Souths to come back into the contest.They scored two quick tries through Luke MacDougall and David Fa?alogo to reign in the Storm and trail by 20-14 with 20 minutes of play remaining. But Melbourne rallied in the final quarter, dominating possession and laying on three more tries to Matt Geyer, Jeremy Smith and Chris Walker to run out 38-14 victors, dishing up what turned out to be an embarrassing result for Souths after plenty of effort had been exerted on their behalf.The victory has set up a rare treat next Saturday night as Melbourne host the Cowboys in a table-topping clash that is sure to be a cracker of a game. The Bunnies are well and truly at the other end of the scale though, slumping to last position on the ladder after the bye to the Warriors and their superior for-and-against took them from the foot of the competition table.Scorers:South Sydney Rabbitohs: 14Tries: David Fa'alogo, Luke MacDougall, Nathan MerrittGoals: Nathan Merritt 1/3Melbourne Storm: 38Tries: Michael Crocker, Chris Walker, Matt Geyer, Greg Inglis, Cameron Smith, Jeremy SmithGoals: Cameron Smith 7/8By the Clock:Both teams as per the program here at Telstra Stadium. It's a cool night and a reasonable crowd has gathered to watch this contest.1 min: NEWS And we're underway in the first half...7 min: NEWS No score as yet but the forwards are sorting themselves out early in the game with Melbourne enjoying the lions share of possession.13 min: NEWS Both teams still hunting their first points of the match. Good even contest at this point.18 min: TRY Melbourne StormIn-form rake Cameron Smith finds his way to the line after the Storm apply some good pressure to the Bunnies line. He converts his try and the visitors take the lead. Storm 6-030 min: NEWS No further score as yet with this game turning into a real arm-wrestle. The Storm are enjoying more possession but can't seem to convert it into points this stage.34 min: PENALTY GOAL Melbourne StormThe Storm take an easy two points on offer following an infringment in the ruck by Souths. This game is very tight with the Bunnies putting in some stiff resistence and these two points could come in handy later on in the match. Storm 8-039 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsThe Bunnies hit back just before halftime through try-scoring maching Nathan Merritt. He jinked his was to the line following a good break by Luke MacDougall. Merritt lands the goal from the sideline to make a game of it. Storm 8-640 min: NEWS Halftime: This game has been a fairly rugged contest and probably not what most of the League community was expecting. The simple facts are that Souths are competing well with the Storm and this game will not be a pushover for the visitors. Souths are chasing their first victory for the season against the table-topping Storm and they're certainly in the hunt at the moment. If the Bunnies keep their composure and continue to play "in your face" footy to the Storm they may well cause an upset. I'm sure Melbourne will have plenty to say about it though and the second half shapes as a very good contest.41 min: NEWS And we're underway in the second half...45 min: NEWS Melbourne again taking the possession advantage early in the second half.47 min: TRY Melbourne StormBoom Storm rookie Greg Inglis snatches a try from a Scott Hill kick and puts the Bunnies on the back foot. Smith converts and maintains the 8-point advantage. Storm 14-650 min: TRY Melbourne StormAnother in-form Storm player scores a try, with second-rower Michael Crocker crossing the stripe. He's furthering his claims for a starting berth in the Maroons side along with hooker Cameron Smith, who adds the extras and opens up a good lead. Storm 20-654 min: NEWS Mick Crocker gets a spell in the sin bin after a professional foul.57 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsThe Bunnies hit back through winger Luke MacDougall who is having a strong game. Souths are staying in touch with the Storm much the same way they did last week. Merrit fails to convert. Storm 20-1060 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsBack-rower David Fa'alogo breaks through the defensive line to get Souths right into the game. He's done well tonight after backing up from the Test 24 hours ago. Merrit falls short again but the gap has narrowed and the home team are within striking distance. Storm 20-1464 min: NEWS Crocker back on the field for the Storm.64 min: TRY Melbourne StormMakeshift Storm five-eighth Matt Geyer bags a try for the visitors, seemingly taking the game away from the Rabbitohs. Smith fails for the first time tonight Storm 24-1469 min: PENALTY GOAL Melbourne StormSmith boots another penalty to take the lead to 12 points with about ten minutes to go. Storm 26-1478 min: TRY Melbourne StormJeremy Smith sniffs out a try for the Storm as they put away the Rabbitohs. Cameron Smith kicks goal and Melbourne have this one wrapped up. Storm 32-1480 min: TRY Melbourne StormThe Storm score another try close to the siren through Chris Walker to run-out big winners. Smith converts and the scoreline is a little embarrassing for the Bunnies. Storm 38-1480 min: NEWS Fulltime here at Homebush with the Storm running out winners by 38-16 and leaving the Rabbitohs winless so far for the players of the match:3 - Cameron Smith2 - Greg Inglis1 - Luke MacDougall-----------------------------------------

Cowboys grind out win against Panthers

ROUND 9 North Queensland Cowboys 22 v Penrith Panthers 6at Dairy Farmers StadiumReferees: Ben CumminsMatch Summary:In wet and windy conditions in Townsville, the Cowboys have broken a two game losing streak with a 22-6 win against the Penrith Panthers. The home side led 10-0 at halftime in miserable conditions but went on with the show in the second half to post a solid victory. The Cowboys got off to a great start when fullback Matt Bowen showed the selectors what they missed out on last night by putting a cross field bomb in for cousin Brenton who lept above the pack to score first points. Things got worse for the mountain men when inspirational hooker Luke Priddis went off the field with a suspected corked thigh. He did not return for the rest of the match and the Panthers attack didn?t have any direction without the veteran hooker and former captain Craig Gower who was a late exclusion. Matty Bowen then proved what an attacking threat he is as he kicked a 40/20 late in the second half. On the back of this, the Cowboys scored their second try through Australian bench player Johnathon Thurston who sliced through some poor defence from Frank Puletua to score under the posts. If things couldn?t get any worse for Penrith, just after the half-time interval, after a line break from Brenton Bowen, centre Nick Youngquest came in late as a flop over the tackle and as a result of the professional foul, Youngquest was sinbinned. However, the Cowboys switched off after this incident thinking the points would come falling off trees. They had no direction in attack and no points were scored while Youngquest was in the bin. Things looked to be all wrapped up when Cowboys hooker Aaron Payne dived over from dummy-half to give the home side a 16-0 lead with only sixteen minutes remaining. There was a small chance of a comeback for the Panthers as they crossed the line for the first time as Rodney hit a whole off a Lewis inside ball to score only moments after knocking the ball on while trying to ground it. Young Cowboy prop Shane Tronc capped off a solid night in Townsville as he barged over close to the line right on fulltime for a 22-6 victory in miserable conditions.Scorers:North Queensland Cowboys: 22Tries: Brenton Bowen, Aaron Payne, Johnathan Thurston, Shane TroncGoals: Johnathan Thurston 3/4Penrith Panthers: 6Tries: Shane RodneyGoals: Preston Campbell 1/1By the Clock:Pooring rain here in Townsville for this one.Both teams looking to bounce back from consecutive defeats.Cowboy Luke O'Donnell will not be backing up from the test match with Gavin Cooper coming in to the second row.For the Panthers,Craig Gower is out with Lewis to five-eight,Campbell to halfback and Youngquest in to the centres.The rain has halted as the teams run on to the park.1 min: NEWS Ben Cummins the debuant referee blows time on!5 min: NEWS A two on one for the Panthers on the right hand side.The pass is thrown but Brenton Bowen takes an intercept to save a try.7 min: NEWS Going to the video for a possible Cowboys try ...8 min: NEWS NO TRY - Paul Bowman is ruled to have hit the corner post when trying to ground the football.13 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysA family affair as Matty Bowen puts a great crossfield bomb in for cousin Brenton Bowen who leaps above little Preston Campbell to score in the corner.Thurston from the sideline hooks the kick. Cowboys 4-016 min: NEWS The kickoff goes dead ingoal.A goal line dropout coming up here with good field position for the Panthers.17 min: NEWS Luke Priddis might have a corked thigh after being taken out while putting a kick through.25 min: NEWS Thurston misses a 40/20 by only one metre.27 min: NEWS Matty Bowen saves a certain Preston Campbell 40/20 by desperately knocking back the ball as it was heading over the sideline.31 min: NEWS A turning point?Matty Bowen kicks a huge 40/20 late in the first half.34 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysAshley Graham makes a great break from a scrum on half.Later in the set,Thurston runs the ball,bumps off a defender and scores under the posts.He converts his own try. Cowboys 10-037 min: NEWS A chance for the Panthers before the break,as Matty Bowen drops a pass 20 metres out from his own line.40 min: NEWS Halftime - In pooring rain,both sides are being to adventurous with the ball.They need to settle things down in the wet.The Panthers are lacking any structure in attack with no Gower and Priddis off the field.41 min: NEWS Second Half underway47 min: NEWS Ben Cummins makes a stand in his first NRL game as a referee.He has sin binned Nick Youngquest for a professional foul.57 min: NEWS The Cowboys have switched off as Youngquest has been in the bin.Youngquest has re-joined the contest.64 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysFrom dummy-half,Aaron Payne dives over to seal the game here for the Cowboys.This comes on the back of a great line break from Brenton Bowen.Thurston converts. Cowboys 16-068 min: NEWS Penrith second rower Shane Rodney dives for the line but has the ball knocked out of his hands in a one on one steal.71 min: TRY Penrith PanthersLuke Lewis turns the ball back on the inside to Shane Rodney who this time plants the ball down correctly to score the Panthers first of the night.Campbell converts from out wide. Cowboys 16-673 min: NEWS A chance here for the Panthers as the kickoff goes out on the full from Thurston.74 min: NEWS Game looks to be all wrapped up now as Rodney drops the ball when trying to penetrate the defence five metres out.78 min: NEWS Video ref for a possible Cowboys try.79 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysTronc barges over from close to the line to cap off a good night for the home side. Thurston converts.Cowboys 22-680 min: NEWS Fulltime! players of the match:3 - Matthew Bowen2 - Brenton Bowen1 - Shane Rodney-----------------------------------------

Eels toppled at home as Raiders hold nerve

ROUND 9 Parramatta Eels 10 v Canberra Raiders 30at Parramatta StadiumReferees: Jason RobinsonMatch Summary:A disciplined Canberra Raiders have defeated a deplorable Parramatta Eels by 30 points to 10 this evening at Parramatta Stadium.The Eels were on the back foot right from the start tonight ? as Lincoln Withers strolled in for a try which demonstrated the rugby league smarts of five eighth Jason Smith, who held the pass back and the second man play generated the Raiders? first try of the night.A subsequent try to Craig Frawley at the 25th minute confirmed that an upset tonight was a distinct possibility. Clinton Schifcofske added the extras and the Raiders held a 12-0 advantage.The Eels hit back through Glen Morrison at the 31st minute, but Canberra wouldn?t budge as Adrian Purtell crossed for the first of his double and the Raiders held an unlikely 18-4 lead at the break.The Eels came out firing in the second half. Dean Widders produced a nifty grubber in behind the Raiders? line and the ball was there for Matt Petersen to force. The successful conversion drew the Eels within eight points of Canberra, and at that stage an Eels? comeback looked like a possibility.But a pathetic final 20 minutes from the Eels summed up their night, and successive tries to Simon Woolford and Purtell ensured that prospects or thoughts of an Eels comeback were far-fetched at best. Parramatta was appalling tonight with ball control and discipline. They may need to hold a few more of their trademark crisis meetings to rectify the situation they currently find themselves in.Canberra, while not flash, were very disciplined tonight. While they will struggle to threaten for the title at the end of the year, a top eight finish doesn?t look completely out of the question and they are a side that plays well within their limitations.On the injury front, Matt Petersen has an arm injury which will come under further scrutiny early in the week for the Eels. Meanwhile, for Canberra, Simon Woolford has possible damage to his knee and Alan Tongue may have a slight jaw problem.No concerns judiciary-wise for either side, unless the match review committee sees otherwise on Monday.Both these sides play on Sunday in round 10; with Parramatta set to meet the Bulldogs at Telstra Stadium, whilst Canberra will host Cronulla at Canberra Stadium.Scorers:Parramatta Eels: 10Tries: Glenn Morrison, Matthew PetersenGoals: Brett Delaney 1/2Canberra Raiders: 30Tries: Craig Frawley, Lincoln Withers, Simon Woolford, Adrian Purtell(2)Goals: Clinton Schifcofske 5/5By the Clock:Pre-Match min: NEWS The lowly Parramatta Eels host the slightly superior Canberra Raiders this evening at Parramatta Stadium, if ladder positions are anything to take seriously.A number of changes to both sides; they are as follows:Parramatta: Fuifui Moimoi into the starting line-up with Nathan Cayless moving to the bench; PJ Marsh in for John Morris who has been omitted; Paul Stringer comes into the starting line-up for Michael Vella who moves to the bench; Mark Riddell moves to the second row with Nathan Hindmarsh moved to the bench.Canberra: Todd Carney has been ruled out injured with Marshall Chalk coming onto the bench.1 min: NEWS KICKOFF! Match underway at Parramatta Stadium5 min: TRY Canberra RaidersLincoln Withers strolls in for a try on the back of a beautiful pass from Jason Smith. Smith held the pass back nicely for Withers, the try was referred to video referee Bill Harrigan for onstruction but the decision was a mere formality. Poor defence from Jeremy Smith who missed a straight-forward one-on-one tackle which led to the try. Raiders 6-013 min: NEWS Scrappy start for the Eels here. They look disjointed in attack and vulnerable in defence which is a bad sign early on. Canberra have had a disciplined start which will hold them in good stead if Parramatta can't get things together. Still 6-0 the Raiders lead.21 min: NEWS Still 6-0 to Canberra but given the trends of this match, they should hold a much greater lead. Parramatta's ball control leaves a lot to be desired.25 min: TRY Canberra RaidersJason Smith lays on another Canberra try, this time winger Craig Frawley exploits a crafty second-man play to cross out wide for the Raiders. Raiders 12-031 min: TRY Parramatta EelsSimple short-side play from the Eels results in a try to Glenn Morrison. The Raiders' defence was underprepared on that occasion. Raiders 12-435 min: TRY Canberra RaidersAnother simple short-side play; this time down the other end of the paddock with Jason Smith again involved heavily with exceptional lead-up work, and Adrian Purtell has scored in the corner. Raiders 18-440 min: NEWS Halftime: The Canberra Raiders lead the Parramatta Eels by 18 points to 4 at Parramatta Stadium this evening. The Eels have been woeful in every aspect of their game tonight, looking as though they'd rather be out on the town than playing footy here. Canberra have been well-disciplined and are well on track to record an upset victory. 40 min: NEWS Second half kicks off at Parramatta51 min: NEWS Still 18-4 and Canberra will be looking to hang onto this lead, in contrast to last week's efforts against Brisbane. Matt Petersen has an arm injury and he appears to be struggling out there.55 min: TRY Parramatta EelsDean Widders illustrates his creativity yet again; placing a neat grubber kick in behind the Raiders defensive line for Matt Petersen to pounce on. Raiders 18-1060 min: TRY Canberra RaidersA pathetic attempt at a tackle from Chad Robinson results in an elementary try to Simon Woolford next to the posts. The Eels' wheels are falling off. Raiders 24-1066 min: NEWS Canberra in control of this match now. Just 14 minutes remaining and with the way Parramatta are playing, a Raiders victory is a safe bet.73 min: TRY Canberra RaidersIcing on the cake now as Adrian Purtell picks up a loose ball generated by Eels winger Eric Grothe, and runs 70 metres to score down the other end. Game over. Raiders 30-1080 min: NEWS Fulltime: Canberra have defeated Parramatta by 30 points to 10 at Parramatta Stadium tonight. Canberra displayed a very disciplined performance, whereas the Eels were nothing short of deplorable. Match report to players of the match:3 - Jason Smith2 - Tom Learoyd-Lahrs1 - Lincoln Withers-----------------------------------------

Preview: Les Catalans v Warrington (Round 13)

FORM team Warrington will be on their guard in Perpignan against Catalans Dragons, the only team to beat them in their last six matches.The Dragons came from behind to win 28-26 at the Halliwell Jones in March and end a four-match losing run.That enabled them to secure their first points away from home and they will be looking to end another four-match losing run to claim their first double.Warrington made it three wins in a row with a 44-16 hammering of Leeds on Monday to climb to fourth in the table but coach Paul Cullen is determined not to under-estimate the Catalans a second time.?We see the French as a genuine threat and we can?t afford to give them opportunities again,? he said.Meanwhile, the Dragons are still waiting for captain and scrum-half Stacey Jones to make his eagerly-awaited comeback from a broken arm.The Kiwi Test star was initially ruled out for six to eight weeks after suffering the injury in the second match of the season but has already been sidelined for three months.He was hoping to return against Castleford on Sunday week but has now been told to return for another medical examination in the middle of the month.Catalans Dragons v Warrington, Perpignan, Saturday May 6Catalans Dragons 20-man: Beattie, Berthezene, Casty, Chan, Cologni, Dobson, Fakir, Fellous, Frayssinous, Guisset, Hindmarsh, Hughes, Jampy, Murphy, Rinaldi, Rudder, Sadaoui, Touxagas, Verges, Wilson.Warrington 20-man: Grose, Fa?afili, Martin Gleeson, Reardon, Briers, Sullivan, Leikvoll, Clarke, Hilton, Swann, Wainwright, Noone, Mark Gleeson, Westwood, Wood, Lima, Barnett, Parker, Rauhihi, Grix.Ref R Silverwood

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Mason joins Giants

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NRL Coca-Cola Road Train set to roll into Henson Park this Saturday

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