THE MERITS of the Wizard Cup were again on display on the weekend as Redcliffe?s aging warriors put the likes of Sam Thaiday, Neville Costigan and Ben Hannant to the sword in a 34-16 win by the Dolphins.A week after Redcliffe was humiliated 40-18 by cellar dweller Wynnum Manly, the red-and-whites recaptured second spot on the ladder with a clinical display.Although one wag suggested during the week that bookies ?suspend betting? when Toowoomba announced a side containing 11 NRL players, Dolphins coach Anthony Griffin said not once did he mention the Clydesdales? big names before the game.?Our approach all week was not to worry about the opposition. I never spent any time on it from a coaching perspective,? Griffin revealed.?We were all very embarrassed about the previous week and we just focused on ouselves. I think against Wynnum Manly we got what we deserved because we had a funny week at training and the boys realised perhaps they weren?t going as well as they thought they were.?Then this week we got what we deserved as well, because everyone was terrific at training. The attitude of the players was a thousand times better.?The keenly contested battle saw Redcliffe lead 16-0 at Clive Berghofer Stadium before an unusual period of play surrounding halftime. Toowoomba finally got on the board with a try in the 36th minute, but then from the resultant kick-off, the Clydesdales knocked-on and gifted a try to Dolphins speedster Ryan Cullen.Then with Redcliffe leading 22-6 at halftime, Toowoomba snatched an intercept try after the break to narrow the margin once more.Despite the injection of momentum on the scoreboard, in general the star-studded Clydesdales struggled to crack a Dolphins pack featuring Adam Starr, Troy Lindsay and Mark Shipway, all aged in their 30s.The frustration showed on the younger Toowoomba team, with State of Origin hero Thaiday spending the final moments of the match in the sin bin following a stoush with Danny Burke.?I wouldn?t swap my blokes for anybody,? Redcliffe?s Griffin said after the win.?They may not be the biggest or most athletic forwards, but they sure do love a tough game of footy. It was good for them to go out there and compete against a side like that, because we won?t play a pack as skilled as (Toowoomba) for a while.?Toowoomba?s woes were compounded by an ankle injury to half Ben Green early in the game, leaving it with just three men on the bench for the majority of the encounter. Next Sunday Toowoomba plays Wynnum Manly at BMD Kougari Oval, while Redcliffe hosts Souths Logan the same day.REDCLIFFE 34 (Adam Starr 2, Ryan Cullen 2, Michael Roberts, Grant Flugge tries; Greg Bourke 5 goals) d TOOWOOMBA 16 (Todd Parnell, Steve Michaels, Joel Moon tries; Todd Parnell, Denan Kemp goals) at Clive Berghofer Stadium.Source: qrl.com.au
GREAT Britain Universities has earned itself a parting gift, scoring a 34-14 win against Queensland Tertiaries in the last match of a six-game tour.Having suffered a tough 3-0 loss in the Test series against Australian Universities, the British were deserved victors in the final hit-out at Davies Park, West End.Great Britain led Queensland 14-4 at halftime and could have won by a greater margin, had goal-kicking been more accurate.Tainting the match somewhat was a severe knee injury to tourist Nick Walker, forcing officials to call a halt to proceedings with seven minutes left to play.Initial fears were that Walker had suffered a broken leg, although scans on Sunday showed ligament damage but no fracture.The British fly out for home this week, following a campaign in which they were highly competitive in every game.The First Test was won 24-16 by Australia. The Second Test also went the Aussie's way 26-18 and the Third Test ended in a 34-14 win to Australia after Great Britain led 14-0.Next Saturday, July 29, Queensland Tertiary will play New South Wales Tertiary, kicking off at 2pm at Davies Park.GREAT BRITAIN UNIVERSITIES 32 (Stu Anderson 2, Dave Llewellyn, Matt Jackson, Mark McKinley, Lloyd O'Connor, Gary Peacham tries; Ian Gordon, Matt Jackson goals) d QUEENSLAND TERTIARIES 10 (Colin Webb, Pat Webster tries; Ty Casey goal) at Davies Park, West End, Brisbane.Source: qrl.com.au
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. 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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)