THE Newtown Jets swept aside the Bulldogs? challenge by 42-12 in the VB Premier League match played at Telstra Stadium on Saturday. This was a hard fought win against a determined and very physical Bulldogs side, and was achieved with Jets regulars like John Doyle (suspended), Daniel Dumas and Aaron Lai (both injured) watching from the stands.The Jets had to defend their line for extended periods in the first half as the Bulldogs dominated field position in the opening ten minutes, then midway through the half and also for several tense minutes prior to half-time. The essential difference between the two sides was Newtown?s ability to capitalise on their own scoring chances while the Bulldogs missed at least three try-scoring opportunities. Newtown had taken an iron grip on the likely outcome with a 30-0 lead midway through the second half, with the Jets adding two more converted tries before the Bulldogs reached double figures late in the game.Impressive young Jets lock forward Mitch Aubusson, a NSW far north coast product, turned in his best game this season by claiming three tries, including one superb 60 metres effort. Newtown?s win was underpinned by the collective effort from three of their biggest forwards in Glenn Hall, Charles Tonga and Mickey Paea. Hooker Heath L?Estrange was busy around the rucks and interchange forward Frank-Paul Nuuausala unleashed some of his ball running potential, especially when he combined with halfback Jamie Soward for one spectacular second half try. Soward, Jeremy Gordon and Aidan Kirk were the Jets best backs, while it was pleasing to see second-rower Nigel Plum in action again after having been laid low for several weeks.In the Jim Beam Cup match played at Ringrose Park on Sunday, the Jets were left rueing their missed chances and errors in going down 38-26 to second placed Wentworthville. Newtown had dominated the game?s early stages but virtually invited their opponents back into the game with repeated errors and penalties at their own end of the ground. After trailing by 20-6, the Jets recovered well to go in at half-time 20-16 in arrears.Newtown started the second half on fire, grabbing two quick tries to lead by 26-20. Then in one dreadful ten-minute period, three tries to Wentworthville really put the Jets under the cosh. The only points added for the rest of the game were through a late penalty goal to the home team. Newtown?s best forwards were Ritchie Parker, Billy Baleilomaloma, Matthew Eather and Adam Bennett. Five-eighth Toufic Nicolas was arguably the best player on the ground, as he displayed flair and variety in trying to get the Jets back into the game. Nathan McMahon gave Nicolas good support in the backs.The Parkes Spacemen were comprehensively beaten 40-0 by the Cobar Roosters and have probably blown their slim 2006 finals hopes. In the VB Premier League next weekend, the Jets take on the North Sydney Bears at North Sydney Oval on Friday evening, 28th July at 7.00pm, with this match determining the winners of the 2006 Frank Hyde Shield. Newtown faces a must-win Jim Beam Cup game against Asquith on Sunday (July 30th) at Storey Park with this match kicking off at 3.00pm.Tickets are still available for the Newtown Jets 1981 first grade grand final team?s 25th anniversary reunion lunch, to be held at the Petersham RSL Club on Saturday, August 19th. Call the Newtown RLFC office on 1300 36 36 90 to reserve your places for this super event.
THE Melbourne Storm have broken away to 34 competition points and a healthy lead on the NRL ladder following their 28-12 defeat of the Cronulla Sharks at Olympic Park on Friday night. The Storm now holds a six point buffer on the field while the seventh-placed Sharks join a mass of teams on 22 points.Saturday football kicked off with the Canterbury Bulldogs crushing the Sydney Roosters by 25-0 in Homebush. The Bulldogs now hold outright second position on 28 points while the Roosters are second last on 16 points. With their season long gone, the Roosters? loss was compounded by the send-off of Adrian Morley who may have played his last match of club footy in Australia. The English prop faces the prospect of a lengthy suspension before heading back home to the old dart.Later the same day, the Cowboys won their Queensland derby, defeating the Brisbane Broncos 26-10 in Townsville. Despite the loss, the third-placed Broncos are still looking well set on 26 points. It was a timely return to form for the Cowboys. On 22 points and hanging onto their top eight spot, the North Queenslanders? celebrations were dampened by the loss of playmaker Johnathon Thurston who was stretchered from the field with a dislocated kneecap and a grade two medial ligament strain.Saturday night wrapped up with the Newcastle Knights defeating the last-placed South Sydney Rabbitohs 24-18 in Newcastle. In game of two halves, the Knights actually led 24-0 at half time before Souths mounted their comeback. But the Rabbitohs were unable to nail it in the end, crashing to their 18th loss of the season. The Knights are still in hunt on 22 points and in eighth position.Sunday football saw a resurgent Parramatta Eels continue their charge with a comprehensive 34-6 victory over premiers Wests Tigers in Homebush. The Eels are now in sight of the top eight on 20 points while Wests Tigers are looking more than a little shaky on 18 points.Meanwhile, down in the nation's capital, the Canberra Raiders posted a 31-12 victory, putting a dent in the St George Illawarra Dragons. The Raiders gave the home crowd plenty to cheer about and join a log jam of teams on 22 points. The third-placed Dragons have some work to do but are still well placed on 26 points.Round 20 wrapped up at Brookvale Oval with the Manly Sea Eagles staging a tremendous revival to narrowly defeat the Penrith Panthers 32-30. The Panthers led 24-6 at half time before Manly surged back into contention, a penalty goal eventually delivering the home side victory. The Sea Eagles are in outright fifth spot on the ladder with 24 competition points while the Panthers are outside of the eight on 20 points.All match results and details are listed below.LeagueUnlimited.com Player AwardsAnother powerful performance from Clinton Schifcofske sees the Raiders fullback maintaining first position in this year?s LeagueUnlimited.com Player Awards. Schifcofske is looking the goods on 26 points, three points clear of Melbourne?s Cameron Smith who has moved up to outright second position and 23 points.Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels), Greg Inglis (Storm), Willie Mason (Bulldogs) and last year?s winner Matt Orford (Sea Eagles) are all in equal third place on 20 points. Preston Campbell (Panthers) is not far away on 18 points. With just six rounds remaining, the leader board sees a number of players still well in contention. 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 usMATCH RESULTS:League Wrap: Round 20, 21 July ? 23 July 2006Melbourne Storm: 28Tries: Cooper Cronk, Ryan Hoffman, Dallas Johnson, Billy Slater(2)Goals: Matt Geyer 1/1, Cameron Smith 3/4Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 12Tries: Darren Albert, Richard VillasantiGoals: Luke Covell 2/2Half time: Storm 16-0Venue: Olympic Park, MelbourneCrowd: 11,486Referee: Steve ClarkLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Cameron Smith (Storm)2 - Ryan Hoffman (Storm)1 - Cooper Cronk (Storm)Canterbury Bulldogs: 25Tries: Andrew Ryan, Sonny Bill Williams, Andrew EmelioGoals: Hazem El Masri 6/8Field Goals: Brent SherwinSydney Roosters: 0Half time: Bulldogs 10-0Venue: Telstra StadiumCrowd: 14,020Referee: Jarred MaxwellLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Willie Mason (Bulldogs)2 - Brent Sherwin (Bulldogs)1 - Roy Asotasi (Bulldogs)North Queensland Cowboys: 26Tries: Josh Hannay, Matt Sing(3), Ashley GrahamGoals: Josh Hannay 3/6Brisbane Broncos: 10Tries: Darren Lockyer, Brad ThornGoals: Darren Lockyer 1/2Half time: Cowboys 14-4Venue: Dairy Farmers Stadium, TownsvilleCrowd: 24,658Referee: Tony ArcherLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Matthew Bowen (Cowboys)2 - Aaron Payne (Cowboys)1 - Matt Sing (Cowboys)Newcastle Knights: 24Tries: Andrew Johns, Kirk Reynoldson, Steve Simpson, Brian CarneyGoals: Andrew Johns 4/4South Sydney Rabbitohs: 18Tries: Nathan Merritt, Paul Mellor, Stuart WebbGoals: Ben Walker 3/3Half time: Knights 24-0Venue: EnergyAustralia StadiumCrowd: 14,599Referee: Gavin BadgerLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Steve Simpson (Knights)2 - John Sutton (Rabbitohs)1 - Andrew Johns (Knights)Wests Tigers: 6Tries: Robert FarahGoals: Scott Prince 1/1Parramatta Eels: 34Tries: Nathan Hindmarsh, Wade McKinnon, Luke O'Dwyer, Jeremy Smith, Jarryd Hayne(2)Goals: Mark Riddell 4/5, Jarryd Hayne 1/1Half time: Eels 16-6Venue: Telstra StadiumCrowd: 21,456Referee: Shayne HayneLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels)2 - Nathan Cayless (Eels)1 - Jarryd Hayne (Eels)Canberra Raiders: 31Tries: Todd Carney(2), Jason Smith, Michael Weyman, Adrian PurtellGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 5/5Field Goals: Clinton SchifcofskeSt George Illawarra Dragons: 12Tries: Trent Barrett, Mark GasnierGoals: Aaron Gorrell 2/2Half time: Raiders 12-6Venue: Canberra StadiumCrowd: 13,504Referee: Paul SimpkinsLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Jason Smith (Raiders)2 - Clinton Schifcofske (Raiders)1 - Adam Mogg (Raiders)Manly Sea Eagles: 32Tries: Chris Hicks, Paul Stephenson, Glenn Stewart, Michael Robertson, Mitch CrearyGoals: Travis Burns 6/7Penrith Panthers: 30Tries: Preston Campbell(2), Luke Lewis, Frank Pritchard, Rhys WesserGoals: Preston Campbell 5/5Half time: Panthers 24-6Venue: Brookvale OvalCrowd: 15,177Referee: Jason RobinsonLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Preston Campbell (Panthers)2 - Travis Burns (Sea Eagles)1 - Chris Hicks (Sea Eagles)New Zealand Warriors v ByeFULL DRAW, RESULTS & LINKS TO LIVE SCORES ? CLICK HEREUPCOMING MATCHES:Round 21, 28-30 July 2006Fri 7:30 SHARKS v KNIGHTS - Toyota ParkSat 5:30 PANTHERS v WARRIORS - CUA Stadium, PenrithSat 7:30 EELS v SEA EAGLES - Parramatta StadiumSat 7:30 RABBITOHS v RAIDERS - Telstra StadiumSun 2:30 BRONCOS v TIGERS - Suncorp StadiumSun 3:00 DRAGONS v STORM - OKI Jubilee Stadium, KogarahSun 3:00 ROOSTERS v COWBOYS - Aussie Stadium BULLDOGS v BYE FOR 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.26 pointsClinton Schifcofske (Raiders)23 pointsCameron Smith (Storm)20 pointsNathan Hindmarsh (Eels), Greg Inglis (Storm), Willie Mason (Bulldogs), Matt Orford (Sea Eagles)18 pointsPreston Campbell (Panthers)17 pointsBen Kennedy (Sea Eagles), Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)16 pointsAndrew Johns (Knights)15 pointsCooper Cronk (Storm)14 pointsMatthew Bowen (Cowboys), Mark Gasnier (Dragons)13 pointsAdam Dykes (Sharks), Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs), Darren Lockyer (Broncos)12 pointsJason Smith (Raiders)11 pointsRoy Asotasi (Bulldogs), Danny Buderus (Knights), Karmichael Hunt (Broncos)10 pointsPetero Civoniceva (Broncos), Robert Farah (Tigers)9 pointsPaul Gallen (Sharks), Mathew Head (Dragons), Brett Hodgson (Tigers), Steve Price (Warriors)8 pointsBrett Kimmorley (Sharks), Corey Parker (Broncos), Scott Prince (Tigers), Ruben Wiki (Warriors), Dean Young (Dragons)7 pointsSteve Bell (Sea Eagles), Mark O?Meley (Bulldogs), Aaron Payne (Cowboys), Amos Roberts (Roosters), Steve Simpson (Knights), Sonny Bill Williams (Bulldogs)6 pointsCraig Gower (Panthers), Nathan Fien (Warriors), Craig Fitzgibbon (Roosters), Ryan Hoffman (Storm), Luke Lewis (Panthers), Steve Menzies (Sea Eagles), Grant Rovelli (Warriors), Lance Thompson (Sharks), Alan Tongue (Raiders)5 pointsTrent Barrett (Dragons), Peter Cusack (Rabbitohs), Aaron Gorrell (Dragons), Jarryd Hayne (Eels), Justin Hodges (Broncos), Wade McKinnon (Eels), Luke O'Donnell (Cowboys), Simon Mannering (Warriors), Brad Thorn (Broncos), Brent Webb (Warriors), Rhys Wesser (Panthers)4 pointsDarren Albert (Sharks), Brian Carney (Knights), Sione Faumuina (Warriors), David Kidwell (Storm), Ben Hornby (Dragons), Anthony Laffranchi (Tigers), Adam MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Fuifui Moimoi (Eels), Clint Newton (Knights), David Peachey (Rabbitohs), Luke Priddis (Panthers), Andrew Ryan (Bulldogs), Brent Sherwin (Bulldogs), David Simmons (Sharks), Billy Slater (Storm), Jamie Soward (Roosters), John Sutton (Rabbitohs), Anthony Tupou (Roosters), Paul Whatuira (Tigers), Lincoln Withers (Raiders)3 pointsLuke Bailey (Dragons), Greg Bird (Sharks), Nathan Cayless (Eels), Joel Clinton (Panthers), Darius Boyd (Broncos), Dean Collis (Tigers), Matt Cooper (Dragons), Luke Covell (Sharks), Michael Crocker (Storm), Greg Eastwood (Broncos), Brett Finch (Roosters), Michael Gordon (Panthers), Phillip Graham (Raiders), Clint Greenshields (Dragons), Nathan Hinton (Knights), Brett Kearney (Sharks), Luke MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Reni Maitua (Bulldogs), Manase Manuokafoa (Rabbitohs), Michael Robertson (Sea Eagles), Jerome Ropati (Warriors), Matt Sing (Cowboys), Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles), Milton Thaiday (Knights), Tame Tupou (Broncos), Matthew Utai (Bulldogs), Anthony Watmough (Sea Eagles)2 pointsBrenton Bowen (Cowboys), Travis Burns (Sea Eagles), George Carmont (Knights), Todd Carney (Raiders), Daniel Fitzhenry (Tigers), Keith Galloway (Tigers), Awen Guttenbeil (Warriors), Ashley Harrison (Roosters), Scott Hill (Storm), Wairangi Koopu (Warriors), Tom Learoyd-Lahrs (Raiders), Tony Martin (Warriors), Anthony Minichiello (Roosters), Mark O'Meley (Bulldogs), Benji Marshall (Tigers), Nathan Merritt (Rabbitohs), John Morris (Eels), Luke Patten (Bulldogs), Josh Perry (Knights), Todd Polglase (Rabbitohs), Luke Rooney (Panthers), John Skandalis (Tigers), Craig Smith (Knights), Tim Smith (Eels), Iosia Soliola (Roosters), Steven Southern (Cowboys), Timana Tahu (Eels), Clinton Toopi (Warriors), Evarn Tuimavave (Warriors), Nigel Vagana (Sharks), Trent Waterhouse (Panthers), Shane Webcke (Broncos), Michael Weyman (Raiders), Craig Wing (Roosters)1 pointPaul Bowman (Cowboys), Ben Creagh (Dragons), Shayne Dunley (Sea Eagles), Michael Ennis (Broncos), Nathan Friend (Storm), Matt Geyer (Storm), Kurt Gidley (Knights), Matthew Gidley (Knights), Tony Grimaldi (Bulldogs), Chris Hicks (Sea Eagles), Daniel Holdsworth (Bulldogs), Lee Hookey (Panthers), Matt King (Storm), Todd Lowrie (Knights), Steve Matai (Sea Eagles), Daryl Millard (Dragons), Ryan O'Hara (Tigers), Shannon McDonnell (Tigers), Adam Mogg (Raiders), Mark Riddell (Eels), Shane Rodney (Panthers), David Shillington (Roosters), Brent Tate (Broncos), Shane Tronc (Cowboys), Ben Walker (Rabbitohs), Simon Woolford (Raiders), William Zillman (Raiders)
ROUND 20 Manly Sea Eagles 32 v Penrith Panthers 30at Brookvale OvalReferee: Jason RobinsonMatch Summary:The Manly Sea Eagles have staged a remarkable comeback against the Penrith Panthers, winning by 32-30 at Brookvale Oval this afternoon.The game began in modest fashion with Penrith opening the scoring through centre Luke Lewis in the 4th minute before the Sea Eagles responded in the 11th minute via stand-in fullback Michael Robertson.The game ebbed and flowed for a while as both teams found each others measure and began testing their mettle. But it seemed the Manly club would struggle as Penrith piled on two quick tries through Frank Pritchard (25th minute) and Rhys Wesser (31st minute).Combined with an injury to lock Ben Kennedy, things were looking grim for the home side and the Panthers struck again through zippy five-eighth Preston Campbell as the halftime hooter sounded, heading to the sheds with a 24-6 advantage.With BK seemingly gone for the game, few people gave the Sea Eagles any hope of coming back, but whatever was said at halftime had a profound effect. One can only assume that Manly revisited the result from last year?s clash between the two clubs where they came back from a 20-point halftime deficit to claim victory and used that as motivation to attack the Penrith lead.And attack they did, opening the second half with three quick tries to Glenn Stewart, Paul Stephenson and Chris Hicks all within the opening ten minutes of the second stage to draw equal with the Panthers at 24-all. At that point they were again boosted by the return of Ben Kennedy, whose cork to the thigh had settled down.The Manly club pressed ahead in the 57th minute, taking the lead for the first time in the match with replacement winger Mitch Creary scooting away down the touch line to score. Leading 30-24 the Sea Eagles began to close the game down and play a more conservative brand of football.Penrith hit back in the 63rd minute through some individual brilliance by Man of the Match Preston Campbell, who ducked and weaved passed a few defenders to score under the posts, setting up a thrilling finish to the game.Sadly it was an indiscretion in the play the ball that decided the fate of the match, with Burns potting a penalty in the 73rd minute allowing Manly to hold on.It goes a long way to solidifying the Sea Eagles wares however, and they now sit in 5th spot with plenty of players to return from injury in the coming weeks. They travel to Parramatta next week to take on the Eels in what should be a cracker of a game.Penrith are now in 11th spot and it?s looking harder each week for them to make the semis. They host the Warriors in Round 21 who are coming off the bye, giving them a good chance of getting back on the road to the finals.Scorers:Manly Sea Eagles: 32Tries: Chris Hicks, Paul Stephenson, Glenn Stewart, Michael Robertson, Mitch CrearyGoals: Travis Burns 6/7Penrith Panthers: 30Tries: Preston Campbell(2), Luke Lewis, Frank Pritchard, Rhys WesserGoals: Preston Campbell 5/5By the Clock:Beautiful day here at Brookvale Oval for this crunch game between Manly and Penrith.Changes: Brett Stewart is out for the Sea Eagles, with Michael Robertson dropping back to the custodian's role. Mitch Creary comes into the side at wing.Penrith are as per the program.1 min: NEWS Preston Campbell for the Panthers kicks-off.4 min: TRY Penrith PanthersThe visitors open the scoring for the day through Penrith centre Luke Lewis. He's done well to evade several defenders close to the line and score. Michael Monaghan is down in backplay with a sore head and is leaving the field. Shane Dunley is now on the field. Preston Campbell lines up the conversion and adds the extras. Panthers 6-08 min: NEWS Luke Lewis has left the field with a knee injury, sustained in the same passage of play as the one that claimed Monaghan.9 min: NEWS Both teams are muscling up here and Manly are starting to warm to the contest.10 min: NEWS Manly surging into the Penrith half with strong runs by Kennedy & Dunley having an impact.11 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesPressing the line, Manly spread the ball wide with some dummy runners, finding Michael Robertson making the extra man and scores for the hosts. Travis Burns hooks the conversion and the scores remain. Panthers 6-412 min: NEWS Injury update: Monaghan has a broken nose and is getting some stitches. Apparently he'll be back on the field. Not so good for Lewis though, he's got knee ligament damage and is unlikely to return today.15 min: NEWS Manly on the attack, just being held out by the Panthers and getting repeat sets through goal line dropouts.20 min: PENALTY GOAL Manly Sea EaglesBurns slots a penalty from right in front after an indiscretion in the play the ball to level up the scores. 6 all.23 min: TRY Penrith PanthersPenrith hit back through barnstorming backrower Frank Pritchard who ran over the top of five-eighth Travis Burns, who's having a mixed game here today. Campbell adds the extras and the visitors are looking healthy here today. Panthers 12-629 min: NEWS Monaghan is back on the field for Dunley.31 min: TRY Penrith PanthersCampbell gets the ball on the right side of the field, steps inside Robertson and finds Wesser is support who beats Creary at the back. Nice try and the Panthers are looking very good here. Campbell adds the extras and the visitors have opened up a 12-point lead. Panthers 18-635 min: NEWS Kennedy down in backplay with a knee injury after popping a pass. Nothing going right for the Sea Eagles today as they're penalised for a mid-air tackle on Campbell. BK leaves the field in a fair bit of pain.37 min: NEWS BK riding a bike on the sideline, so his injury can't be too bad.40 min: TRY Penrith PanthersPenrith running away with the game here just before halftime. Rhys Wesser makes a break on the short side, exposing some flimsy defence, before striding away to the fullback and picking up Campbell on the inside. Campbell kicks another on the stroke of the halftime siren and the Panthers have a handsome lead. Panthers 24-640 min: NEWS Halftime: Penrith are in command here at Brookvale after playing some great footy and taking advantage of all their opportunities.Manly are suffering from their extended injury toll, which is understandable, but their top 8 aspirations are on the line here and they need to put in a big effort.41 min: NEWS The Sea Eagles restart play for the second half.42 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesThe Sea Eagles are straight on the attack after Glenn Stewart swoops on a chip kick from Orford right under the posts as the Panthers seem to fall asleep at the wheel. Burns converts and we've got a game on our hands. Panthers 24-1247 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesBig comeback on the cards here as Leuluai busts them up the middle, passes to Hicks who finds Stephenson and the Sea Eagles are charging home in the early part of this second half. Burns converts and this game has been turned on it's head. Panthers 24-1849 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesAn unbelievable comeback here! Rhys Wesser loses the ball one-on-one to Orford who flicks the ball back to Burns. Hicks gets his hands on it out wide and speeds away to score. Burns equalises from close to touch and there's a real buzz around the ground now. 24 all.50 min: NEWS Kennedy is getting ready to come back on.57 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesMatai makes a huge break down the flank and finds replacement Creary backing up to score, capping a remarkable comeback in the second half. Burns converts from the sideline and the home team are pumping. Sea Eagles 30-2463 min: TRY Penrith PanthersSome individual brilliance gets the Panthers back on a level footing with a sparkling try, stepping through the line and scoring under the posts. He converts his own try and we've got a great final 15 minutes to come. 30 all.73 min: PENALTY GOAL Manly Sea EaglesFrank Puletua gives away a silly penalty close to the sticks opening up a safe passage for Burns to kick them clear by 2. He does so, despite the attention of Clinton and Wesser who attempted to put him off. Sea Eagles 32-3080 min: NEWS Manly complete an amazing comeback here at their Fortress home ground, defeating the Panthers by 32-30 after trailing by 24-6 at halftime.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Preston Campbell2 - Travis Burns1 - Chris Hicks-----------------------------------------
ROUND 20 Canberra Raiders 31 v St George Illawarra Dragons 12at Canberra StadiumReferee: Paul SimpkinsMatch Summary:The Canberra Raiders 2006 Finals hopes are well and truly alive following a resounding 31-12 hiding of the near full strength St George Illawarra Dragons at Canberra Stadium this afternoon.The Dragons opened the scoring in only the seventh minute with Trent Barrett scoring out wide after some very nice ball movement and a great run by Colin Best. After nearly 15 minutes of pressure the Raiders got off the mark, Micheal Weyman barging over from a tap penalty. The conversion put the Raiders up 6-4. Seven minutes before half time the Aaron Gorrell locked the match up a 6-6 with a penalty goal. The Raiders re-established their lead not three minutes later, Adam Mogg putting Jason Smith in off a somewhat forward pass.The Raiders took a commanding 12 point lead two minutes into the half with Todd Carney scoring a surprisingly easy try, as he ran right past several defenders to dot down under the posts. Just after the hour mark Clinton Schifcofske landed a field goal to put the Raiders up by 13.Mark Gasnier scored a few minutes later to give the Dragons a hint of a comeback at 19-12. Only a few minutes later Simon Woolford knocked on over the goal line. The Dragons couldn?t make the Raiders pay for the error. Jason Ryles was sin binned with seven minutes to go in the match, and several plays later Todd Carney latched onto a Jason Smith grubber to seal the win. Clinton Schifcofske set up another try for the Adrian Purtell in the 77th minute, and then slotted the sideline conversion for the 31-12 scoreline.Next week the Dragons host the Storm at OKI Jubilee Stadium, while the Raiders are also in Sydney to play the Rabbitohs at Telstra Stadium.Scorers:Canberra Raiders: 31Tries: Todd Carney(2), Jason Smith, Michael Weyman, Adrian PurtellGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 5/5Field Goals: Clinton SchifcofskeSt George Illawarra Dragons: 12Tries: Trent Barrett, Mark GasnierGoals: Aaron Gorrell 2/2Half time: Raiders 12-6By the Clock:Todays game in the ACT has the Canberra Raiders hosting St George Illawarra. This afternoon the Dragons are looking to hop up into a share of 2nd on the ladder, while the Raiders desperately need to win following last nights results.The Dragons in scarlet, the Raiders in green. For the Raiders, Withers starts at halfback, Carney to the bench and Woolford starts. A heap of changes for the Dragons. Wicks and Ryles in, Hornby to fullback, Greenshields to Premier League. Gasnier is in the centres.1 min: The Dragons kick off!2 min: The weather is fine, somewhat grey.7 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsThe Dragons spread the ball wide to Best, just before he gets tossed over the sideline he passes inside to Barrett who celebrates his return with a try in the corner. Head hooks the conversion. Dragons 4-010 min: The Dragons go wide on the other side of the field, Morris runs away, his pass to support inside is knocked back the the Raiders, Dean Young nearly got to the ball, but the Raiders bat it dead.11 min: Poore can't control the ball on an attempted barge over play.13 min: The Raiders ruin some great leadup play. Wooford kicks for Mogg who recovers the ball. On the next play Smith runs behind a player and isn't penalised for obstruction, then he throws a cut out pass high over the sideline.15 min: Head nearly comes up with an intercept for the Dragons. Croker loses the ball from the scrum.17 min: Mogg drives Cooper across the sideline in a great defensive play.19 min: Some good play on the last tackle by the Raiders picks up a line dropout.21 min: Smiths grubber into the goalposts allows the Dragons to come up with the ball - had the ball gone past the posts it was a try for all money. The Raiders force the Dragons to kick only 15 metres out.22 min: Mogg claims a try in the corner, however Chalk was forced out over the whitewash first.26 min: TRY Canberra RaidersRight off a penalty Weyman hits the ball up and strolls across the tryline. Schifcofske converts. The Raiders take a well deserved lead. Raiders 6-430 min: Weyman goes very close to scoring again, he gets held up.33 min: PENALTY GOAL St George Illawarra DragonsA break by Hornby and Best has the Raiders penalised for offside. Gorrell adds the two points. 6 all.Wild play before the penalty, a Smith kick bounces horribly for Withers who very nearly scored, Hornby got the ball and set off.35 min: TRY Canberra RaidersGreat lead up play by the Raiders to this try. Mogg puts Smith in with a very good offload. Schifcofske converts. Raiders 12-6HALFTIME: The Raiders lead 12-6 after a particularly exciting half of football.StatsPossession: Raiders 54%-46%Completions: Raiders 15/19, Dragons 12/15Tackles/Missed: Raiders 124/22, Dragons 145/15Offloads: Raiders 9-4Errors: Raiders 6-540 min: Underway in the second half.41 min: Young makes an error only 30 seconds into the half.42 min: TRY Canberra RaidersCarney gets the ball deep out wide, he changes his running angle and scores with alarming ease under the posts. Schifcofske converts. Raiders 18-650 min: The Dragons making a lot of errors - the Raiders are really going well.51 min: Best is forced to knock the ball over the sideline and the Raiders get a scrum 15 out.53 min: VIDEO REF - for a Raiders try...53 min: NO TRY - Graham ruled to have knocked on from a Mogg kick.56 min: INJURY - Lee Te Maari in all sorts for trouble after a head clash.58 min: Try as they might, the Dragons just can't finish off after any good movements.59 min: Barrett holds the pass up, he hangs on too long and passes over the sideline.61 min: A great Schifcofske kick gets the Raiders a drop out.63 min: FIELD GOAL Canberra RaidersSchifcofske lands a field goal to make the Raiders lead a bakers dozen. Raiders 19-667 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsGasnier scores under the posts for the Dragons. Gorrell converts. Raiders 19-1271 min: Woolford knocks on over the goal line.73 min: SIN BIN - Jason Ryles is sin binned for saying something to Simpkins, a completely moronic act.73 min: TRY Canberra RaidersCarney collects a Smith kick and dots down out wide. Schifcofske converts. Raiders 25-1277 min: TRY Canberra RaidersSchifcofske runs across the field with the ball in one hand, he throws the ball over the top to Purtell who scores out wide. Schifcofske converts. Raiders 31-12FULLTIME: The Raiders come up with a 31-12 win over the Dragons with easily their best performance of the year.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Jason Smith2 - Clinton Schifcofske1 - Adam Mogg-----------------------------------------
ROUND 20 Wests Tigers 6 v Parramatta Eels 34at Telstra StadiumReferee: Shayne HayneMatch Summary:Parramatta has continued its charge towards the 2006 finals series with a comprehensive 34-6 victory over the Wests Tigers this afternoon at Telstra Stadium.The premiers were off to a promising start, enforcing repeat sets of six on the Eels in the opening passages of play.The Tigers? work was brought undone however, with a converted intercept try to Eels flyer Jarryd Hayne after seven minutes and a Tigers attacking siege.Wests managed to keep themselves in the game after the subsequent missiles fired by the Eels. They locked things up at 6-all with a try to Robbie Farah from dummy half and a difficult conversion from Scott Prince.Although consecutive blows from the Eels; a solo try to halfback Jeremy Smith, and another intercept try on the stroke of halftime to Hayne, ensured that it was a long road back for the Tigers who trailed 16-6 at the break.We were then treated to a lacklustre second half from both sides. The Eels managed to cross three times in the second stanza but the Tigers really had raised the white flag at the halfway point after the scintillating Hayne Try. Both sides have worries on the injury front but the Tigers? are far more serious. The 2005 premiers can add Bryce Gibbs (elbow) and Brett Hodgson (knee) to their injury list, although Gibbs should be fit to play next weekend.Parramatta hooker Mark Riddell was taken ill before the start of the match and Chad Robinson was ruled out of this match, but both injuries appear to be minor.In Round 21, Parramatta will resume its rivalry with Manly on Saturday night at home while the Tigers will travel to Suncorp Stadium to meet the Brisbane Broncos next Sunday afternoon.Scorers:Wests Tigers: 6Tries: Robert FarahGoals: Scott Prince 1/1Parramatta Eels: 34Tries: Nathan Hindmarsh, Wade McKinnon, Luke O'Dwyer, Jeremy Smith, Jarryd Hayne(2)Goals: Mark Riddell 4/5, Jarryd Hayne 1/1By the Clock:Telstra Stadium is the venue for this 'do or die' Round 20 clash between the Wests Tigers and the Parramatta Eels. Both of these sides sit outside the top eight with 18 competition points and a loss here would just about spell the end of the season for either side.Change for the Eels; Chad Robinson is out of the side, Daniel Wagon moves from the bench to the second row and Henry Perenara comes onto the bench.No changes to the Tigers side named earlier in the week.Late change will Mark Riddell taken ill during the warm-up. Riddell will now start from the bench with PJ Marsh coming into the starting side.KICKOFF!, match underway at Telstra Stadium.7 min: TRY Parramatta EelsUnbelievable scenes here at Telstra Stadium with Parramatta managing to withstand four consecutive sets of six on their own line before Luke O'Dwyer took an intercept and linked up with Jarryd Hayne who scored under the posts. Hayne converts his own try. Incredible start! Eels 6-015 min: NEWS Physical start from the Eels here with Bryce Gibbs coming off second best after a few PJ Marsh specials. Gibbs has left the field with a re-occurance of an elbow injury. Still 6-0 the Eels lead.18 min: NEWS Another injury with Brett Hodgson succumbing to what looks like a serious knee problem. He leaves the field on the Medi-cab and is unlikely to return. Mark Riddell looks very unwell on the bench for the Eels although Bryce Gibbs is likely to return at some stage today for the Tigers.28 min: NEWS Parramatta have repelled the Tigers once again with an intercept to Ben Smith after repeated sets of six on their own line from the Tigers. Still 6-0 the Eels lead.34 min: TRY Wests TigersRobbie Farah scores a soft try from dummy half after compounding pressure from the Tigers. There was some doubt over the grounding for the try which was referred to the video referee but he elected to give the decision the green light. Scott Prince converts the try to lock things up. 6 all.37 min: TRY Parramatta EelsJeremy Smith scores a tremendous solo try under the posts for Parramatta. His running game has improved markedly. Riddell finally makes his first appearance on the field and converts the try. Eels 12-640 min: TRY Parramatta EelsHayne has put an early nail in the Tigers' coffin for this game with a 100-metre intercept try. A 12-point try as the Tigers were looking like scoring down the other end. Riddell misses the conversion and at halftime, the Eels lead the Tigers by 16 points to 6 and it's a long way back now for the injury-ravaged Tigers. Eels 16-643 min: TRY Parramatta EelsWade McKinnon finishes off another length-of-the-field effort from the Eels. Floodgates starting to open now. Riddell converts. Eels 22-654 min: NEWS The Tigers' attack is stalled and the way things are going the Eels will slowly but surely eliminate any hope of a Tigers' finals berth. Still 22-6 the Eels lead.63 min: NEWS This game has hit the wall and has taken a similar turn to last night's dour encounter between the Bulldogs and the Roosters. 22-6 and both sides appear to be going through the motions.67 min: TRY Parramatta EelsO'Dwyer breaks through a brittle Tigers defensive line to score out wide. Riddell successfully converts. Eels 28-670 min: NEWS NO TRY: Dean Collis knocks the ball forward in the in-goal area, letting a rare opportunity go begging for the Tigers. 28-6 Parramatta lead and we will have new premiers in 2006.77 min: TRY Parramatta EelsHindmarsh puts the icing on the cake with a terrific individual try, with momentum taking him over the line. Riddell converts. Eels 34-6FULLTIME: Parramatta has completed a resounding victory over an injury-ravaged Wests Tigers outfit by 34 points to 6. Match report to come soon... -----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Nathan Hindmarsh2 - Nathan Cayless1 - Jarryd Hayne-----------------------------------------