FULLTIME score:Round 3St George Illawarra Dragons 44 def. South Sydney Rabbitohs 14Match summary:The St George Illawarra Dragons have today flexed their potential premiership muscles with a majestic 44-14 victory over a hapless South Sydney outfit at the Rabbitohs? new home of Telstra Stadium.South Sydney started the stronger of the two sides, and had an 8-6 lead after half an hour of play and it looked as though we were to be treated to a close one after Nathan Merritt?s 28th minute try.But the Dragons came up with three blows, the third being the knockout one, in the 10 minute period leading into halftime. Daryl Millard, playing in just his second career game was the first of those try-scorers after a beautiful pass from captain Trent Barrett. Subsequent four-pointers to Aaron Gorrell and Colin Best ensured the Dragons weren?t going to let this one slip through their fingers and went in with a match-securing 26-8 lead at the break.The Dragons kept the foot on the accelerator after halftime. Mark Gasnier crossed for the first of his three tries just three minutes into the second half, and at that stage it was quite obvious that the Dragons were about to claim their first win in season 2006.The match hit a lull somewhat midway through the second half, with both sides producing a comedy of errors. Gasnier came back to the party late in the match with two late tries to change the status of the victory from comprehensive to blowout.Nathan Merritt scored a consolation try for Souths right on the fulltime hooter, the Dragons running out winners 44 points to 14.South Sydney will be disappointed with the way things went pear-shaped from the 30th minute onwards. Their position is not improved with the news that Stuart Webb, Yileen Gordon, and Manase Manuokafoa have all been placed on report. And looking at all three of those incidents, things don?t look good for those players on the judiciary front. They meet the Sharks at Toyota Park next Saturday afternoon.St George Illawarra put in a more impressive performance in attack today, coming away with their first victory in 2006. Good news and bad to come out of this one for the Dragons, Ben Creagh and Matt Cooper are poised for a return next week in their clash with the Broncos at WIN Stadium next Sunday. But unfortunately for the Dragons, Jason Ryles has a suspected broken hand and more news will come out of that prospect during the week.Scorers:South Sydney Rabbitohs: 14Tries: Yileen Gordon, Shane Rigon, Nathan MerrittGoals: Nathan Merritt 1/3St George Illawarra Dragons: 44Tries: Colin Best, Mark Gasnier(3), Aaron Gorrell, Ben Hornby, Daryl MillardGoals: Aaron Gorrell 8/8 Venue: Telstra StadiumCrowd: 16,049Referee: Jason RobinsonHalf time: Dragons 26-8Live commentary:Sunshine beaming down onto the field here at Homebush in what looks certain to be a cracking contest between the Rabbitohs and the Dragons.Team changes (Dragons): Andrew Price comes onto the bench for Aaron Wheatley.South Sydney are as per the program.And we're underway in the first half! The Bunnies kick-off.4 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsBuddy Gordon opens the scoring for Souths after a simple run-around and dummy from Rigon creates some space for the young centre. Attempted conversion from Merritt fails. Rabbitohs 4-011 min: NEWS Both teams sorting themselves out here. Plenty of open play at the moment promising an entertaining affair.14 min: NEWS Greenshields makes a mess of a bomb in goal, presenting a good attacking opportunity for the Bunnies.19 min: NEWS A bit scrappy here at the moment. Both sides are making a few mistakes and the Dragons completion rate is poor.22 min: NEWS Stuart Webb on report for a high shot on Clint Greenshields.23 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsGreat try here with Justin Poore taking the ball to the line and flicking it out the back to Hornby who finds Best lurking midfield. Gorrell converts and the Dragons lead. Dragons 6-424 min: NEWS Buddy Gordon struggling out wide, seems he's taken a bit of a knock to the head.28 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsA cheeky try here to Rigon after Merritt appeared to go to ground with the ball before slipping a miracle pass from under the defence, finding Sutton who offloads to Rigon out wide. Merritt misses a relatively easy one.Rabbitohs 8-631 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsA mistake from Jaiman Lowe turns possession over to the Dragons in good field position. Barrett fires a pass to Millard who strolls over out wide. Gorrell converts and the Dragons hit back almost straight away. Dragons 12-835 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsAnother turn-over in Souths territory sees the Dragons with the ball in good position. Gorrell scoots out of acting half and manages to bustle his way over the line next to the sticks. Pretty soft stuff from the Bunnies who have crumbled in the last 10 minutes. Gorrell converts his own try. Dragons 18-837 min: NEWS Buddy Gordon and David Fa'alogo on report for a high tackle on Micheal Henderson. This one doesn't look real good and the Dragons are lining up a penalty goal.38 min: PENALTY GOAL St George Illawarra DragonsGorrell adds another two courtesy of the penalty from the high shot. Dragons 20-840 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsThe Dragons pile on another try despite a question mark over an obstruction to John Sutton. Gorrell adds the extras. Dragons 26-8A disappointing back-end of the half from Souths, who looked very competitive for 25-30 minutes. Some soft tries have almost played them out of the game here at halftime, with some extraordinary work needed to dig them out of the fire. The Dragons look competent, but not great and have made many mistakes throughout. This first half should give them the confidence necessary to roll the Bunnies however.Second half underway at Telstra Stadium43 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsFloodgates opening now very early on in the second half, with Dragons centre Mark Gasnier running onto a classy cross-field ball from a seemingly rejuvenated Trent Barrett to cross for another try. Dragons 32-850 min: NEWS Still no change to the score at Telstra, the Dragons still holding a 32-8 lead. Souths have allowed mistakes to creep into their game which have cost them dearly, both sides really only playing out time now with the result a foregone conclusion.53 min: NEWS Clint Greenshields down injured after a collision with Shannon Hegarty. We will update you as more information comes to hand on the injury. Still 32-8 to the Dragons with no sign of a comeback happening here.57 min: NEWS Greenshields appears to have recovered from the collision with Hegarty. 32-8 the score remains.60 min: NEWS Crowd 16,049.61 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsGasnier pounces on a loose ball and out-sprints Hegarty from 90 metres out to score under the posts. A disappointing finish to this match for Souths after a positive start. Dragons 38-868 min: NEWS The score remains the Dragons 38 South Sydney 8. Bothy sides seem to have their eyes on the clock right now. The Dragons will get their first win of 2006 here.71 min: TRY St George IllawarraShocking defence from John Sutton and Shannon Hegarty close to their own line, and Mark Gasnier scores a simple try from dummy-half to cap off a hat-trick. Dragons 44-880 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsNathan Merritt scores a consolation try right on the siren for Souths, the Dragons running out winners by 44 points to 14 in a commanding performance. Dragons 44-14-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Mark Gasnier2 - Dean Young1 - Trent Barrett-----------------------------------------
BALMAIN won a narrow victory at Leichhardt oval today beating North Sydney by 20 points to 18 in a mistake ridden match where both teams struggled to complete sets. Balmain took an early lead when Shannon McDonnell slipped past the Norths defence to score and Ben Jeffery converted from in front of the posts. However it was not long before Norths hit and five minutes later Captain Daniel Russell dragged two defenders over the line and went on to convert his own try leveling the scores.Russell scored again in the 26th minute after his expertly aimed kick rebounded off the upright and he regathered to score, he once again converted his own try and Norths gained a 12-6 lead.Shortly afterwards Norths scored a controversial try when Johno Rolfe was penalised for what appeared to be a one on one strip 20m out from his own line and then Norths hooker Ben Ellis ran behind his own teammates to score untouched. Russell once again added the extras and Norths went into the sheds at half-time leading by eighteen points to six.It was a rejuvenated Balmain team that ran out for the second half and two quick trys saw them well and truly back in the game. In the 50th minute winger Ben Jeffery capitalised on a Norths mistake, picking up a spilled ball and racing past the norths defence to score out wide. Jeffrey was unable to convert his own try but just two minutes later teammate Frank Samia scored in the opposite corner after diving on a kick by Johno Rolfe. Jeffery was again unable to convert leaving Balmain trailing by four points with just under half an hour left to play.The next twenty minutes saw some very scrappy play from both teams as they struggled to get on top of one another but despite Balmain spending much of their time camped in Norths half it wasn?t until the 75th minute that they were able to take the lead when Corey Niwa scored the match winning try off a Sam Harris run and Rolfe converted.The best for Balmain were 5/8th Rolfe, fullback McDonnell and back rower Tevita Metuisela while 5/8th Daniel Russell and hooker Ben Ellis shined for Norths.
A place in the top six of engage Super League will be the incentive for Castleford as they take on Huddersfield at the Jungle.
STEVE Ferres, who this week embarks on his second stint as Wakefield chief executive, is confident he can help bring back the good times to Belle Vue.
North Queensland Cowboys 40 v Melbourne Storm 8
KARL Harrison is warning his Salford players to beware the ?new-coach syndrome? as they look to complete the double over Super League novices Catalans Dragons in Perpignan on Saturday.The Reds became the first team to beat the Catalans, at The Willows last month, sparking a run of four consecutive defeats for the French club.But the arrival of new head coach Mick Potter helped them stop the rot with a shock 28-26 win at Warrington last week, and the Australian will be hoping for a similar result on his home debut.?We saw effect of a new coach last week,? said Harrison.?We?re expecting a really tough game.?They?re on home soil, and there is the new-coach syndrome. We can?t afford to under-estimate them.?Our previous win should be a confidence-booster. But that was six weeks ago, and they?ve changed slightly how they play with the ball.?Catalans Dragons v Salford, Saturday March 25, PerpignanCatalans Dragons 20-man: Beattie, Berthezene, Dobson, Bosc, Chan, Fakir, Fellous, Frayssinous, Cologni, Guisset, Hindmarsh, Hughes, Mounis, Murphy, Rinaldi, Rudder, Teixido, Touxagas, Verges, Wilson.Salford 20-man: Fitzpatrick, Hodgson, Moule, Stewart, Dunemann, Robinson, Coley, Alker, Finnigan, Charles, Highton, Langi, Wilshere, Haggerty, Littler, Clough, Myler, Baldwin, Brocklehurst, Clayton.Ref P Bentham
INJURY-HIT Harlequins have included a trio of youngsters in their squad for Saturday?s engage Super League clash with in-form Leeds Rhinos at the Twickenham Stoop.
FULLTIME score:Round 3Manly Sea Eagles 20 v Cronulla Sharks 18Match summary:The Manly Sea Eagles have come from behind to beat the Cronulla Sharks 20-18 at Brookvale Oval this evening.Manly have registered their first win in 2006 while the Sharks are yet to get on the board for a victory after holding comfortable leads in both matches played to date against the Broncos and Sea Eagles.The Sharks raced to a 12-0 lead and looked like they were going to run away with the match but Manly hung in there as they did against the Cowboys last week but the result went in their favour tonight with a two point victory.Manlytook the lead with about ten minutes remaining and extended their lead through a penalty goal to Matt Orford but the Sharks scored in the 75th minute to give themselves an outside shot at a last gasp victory but it wasn?t to be.For Manly, Ben Kennedy and Steven Bell were strong while for the Sharks Adam Dykes had an impressive game.It has to be said neither side looked overly impressive in this match and both sides have a lot of work to do if they want to compete with the top sides in 2006. It is early days and we don?t usually see teams hit their straps until about round six but if either side continues to front up and play like they did tonight, it will be a long season for both teams.Scorers:Manly Sea Eagles: 20Tries: Travis Burns, Brett Stewart, Steve BellGoals: Matt Orford 4/4Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 18Tries: Phil Bailey, Adam Dykes, Darren AlbertGoals: Luke Covell 3/4Live commentary1 min: NEWS We are underway at Fortress Brookvale for the clash between the Sea Eagles and the Sharks.4 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksKimmorley drops in a kick behind the Manly line and Adam Dykes strolls through to collect the spoils and get the Sharks on the board. Sharks 6-08 min: NEWS David Simmons knocks Chris Hicks into touch to save a certain try. Great show of speed and strength from the Sharks fullback.12 min: NEWS Michael Robertson is manhandled and forced back in goal by the Sharks defence. All one way traffic at the moment.14 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksSharks making look all too easy at the moment but they did the same thing last week. Simple passing movment along the backline saw Albert crash over in the corner. Sharks 10-020 min: NEWS Possible try to Phil Bailey after David Simmons threw a miracle ball. Looks the goods from where I am sitting.21 min: NEWS No try, obstruction ruled against the Sharks but Manly's defence looks terrible at present.25 min: NEWS Game starting to even out a bit more but the Sharks still look very dangerous with the ball in hand. Matt Orford is havng a very quiet game so far.32 min: NEWS Manly attacking the Sharks line. Can they score?33 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesBrett Stewart gets across the line to score Manly;s first try of the night as half time looms large on the horizon. Conversion successful. Sharks 10-637 min: NEWS Luke Covell from the Sharks sent to the sin bin for a professional foul.40 min: NEWS The Sharks hold a slender four point lead against the Sea Eagles but the Sharks look to be losing momentum as the games wears on. Will they stumble like they did against the Broncos last weekend or will they kick on to register their first win of 2006?Manly are travelling ok but Matt Orford is yet to have a major impact on the game and still looks a little lost out there. Still, they are in the hunt and if they are good enough, they will find a way to win.41 min: NEWS We are underway in the second half!48 min: PENALTY GOAL Cronulla Sutherland SharksLuke Covell slots a penalty goal after Ben Kennedy was penalised for a high shot on Lance Thompson. Sharks 12-652 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesBurns cleans up a grubber that was missed by a Sharks player to get Manly back on level terms. Conversion successful. Sharks 12-1264 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesSteve Bell cuts the Sharks "defence" to ribbons to give Manly the lead for the first time in the match. Conversion successful. Sea Eagles 18-1273 min: PENALTY GOAL Manly Sea EaglesLance Thompson is penalised for a high shot on Brett Stewart and Matt Orford makes the Sharks pay dearly with a penalty goal that puts Manly eight points front with under seven minutes to play. Sea Eagles 20-1275 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksBailey scores to give the Sharks an outside chance at victory after another terrible second half performance. Conversion successful. Sea Eagles 20-1880 min: NEWS The Manly Sea Eagles win their first match for 2006 but were anything but convincing. They simply made less errors than the Sharks in the second half and that was enought o see them home. -----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Ben Kennedy2 - Steve Bell1 - Adam Dykes-----------------------------------------
FULLTIME score:Round 3New Zealand Warriors 26 v Wests Tigers 10Match summary:The New Zealand Warriors have created their first win of the new season by defeating the rusty West Tigers 26-10 in cold conditions at Jade Stadium. The first half started of with a tonne of errors from both teams, but the Warriors were the first team to put the points on the board with a nicely worked try to Jerome Ropati. Another try was on the horizon as Brent Webb capitalised on some nice work from birthday boy George Gatis who found some lazy defenders around the ruck area. Clinton Toopi scored the last try of the half and the Tigers found themselves in all sorts of trouble at half time with the score at 14-0.The second half started the way Tim Sheens would of liked for it to start with the Tigers getting on the board first with rookie Michael Crockett scoring right on the touch line. However the Tigers continued to turn the ball over and the Warriors punished them with a quick try to big Kiwi winger Manu Vatuvei. When Awen Guttenibeil crossed in the 61 minute mark the game was all but over, with the Tigers scoring a late try to Daniel Fitzhenry. Steve Price and Rubin Wiki were very strong up front for the Warriors, while George Gatis was very strong out of that dummy half position causing all sorts of troubles for the Tigers. Clinton Toopi terrorized the Tigers defence out wide as did winger Manu Vatuvei and fullback Brent Webb.Not too many shining lights for the Tigers with Brett Hodgson being the only player who looked dangerous with ball in hand. The Tigers looked lost without Benji Marshall at five eight and Robbie Farah at hooker and if tonight?s performance is any indication, the Tigers will struggle for the next few weeks without those key players.Scorers: Wests Tigers: 10Tries: Daniel Fitzhenry, Michael CrockettGoals: Brett Hodgson 1/2New Zealand Warriors: 26Tries: Awen Guttenbeil, Jerome Ropati, Clinton Toopi, Manu Vatuvei, Brent WebbGoals: Tony Martin 3/5Sat 6:30pm(NZ) 5:30pm(Syd) 25 Mar 2006Jade Stadium NZReferee: Paul SimpkinsLive commentaryWelcome to Jade Stadium for a battle between the West Tigers and the New Zealand Warriors. The Warriors are looking for their first win of the season while the Tigers are trying to find a win with some key players missing.One change with Bronson Harrison on the Tigers bench in replace of Sam Harris.KICK OFF: We are underway here at Jade Stadium with the Warriors kicking off.5 min: NEWS Some early mistakes from both teams. Warriors have been in a good position to score on a few occasions but have turned the ball over both times.10 min: NEWS Ryan O'Hara gives the Warriors a cheap penalty and the Warriors find themselves in good field position11 min: VIDEO REF - Decision for a Manu Vatuvei try. Video Referee looking to see if the big Kiwi winger has planted the ball down. Held up is the decision and the Warriors continue their set on the 10m line.15 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsGood set move from the Warriors sees the pivot Jerome Ropati go into score. Warriors looking the good early on in this match with them having plenty of possession.Tony Martin misses the kick from a difficult angle.Warriors 4-024 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsGeorge Gatis sets up a nice try for the Warriors fullback Brent Webb. Gatis spotted some lazy defenders around the ruck area and found a supporting Brent Webb to put the Warriors up by two tries. Conversion successful from Tony Martin Warriors 10-029 min: NEWS Tigers making to many simple mistakes right now. They are playing without confidence and the Warriors have a huge roll of momentum with them at the moment. 30 min: NEWS Rookie winger Michael Crockett drops a high bomb from Nathan Fien. The Warriors looking for more points with the Tigers looking very vulnerable 35 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsAnother try to the Warriors, this time to the centre Clinton Toopi. Soft defence from the Tigers with 3 players not being able to stop Clinton Toopi.Conversion missed from Tony Martin. Warriors 14-038 min: NEWS Another mistake from the Tigers, this time from Paul Whaturia. The Warriors looking for one more try to close this first half of football.HALF TIME: New Zealand Warriors 14 - West Tigers 0Very dissapointing first half from the Premiers here at Jade Stadium. They have hardly been in a good position to post points with them turning the ball over constantly. The Warriors have played fairly well but need to keep it going to go on with the victory. Possession: Tigers 40% - Warriors 60%Completion: Tigers 11/19 - Warriors 18/24Missed Tackles: Tigers 26 - Warriors 2Tackles: Tigers 162 - Warriors 105Errors: Tigers 9 - Warriors 6Second Half underway here at Jade Stadium!!46 min: NEWS A oppurtunity for the Tigers is gone with Dean Collis knocking the ball on 5m away from the Warriors try line. 48 min: VIDEO REF - Possible try to Michael Crockett in the corner. Video Ref looking to see if the rookie has put a foot in touch.48 min: TRY Wests TigersMichael Crockett picks up his second try in his NRL career. The Tigers find the Warriors short down the blindside and Michael Crockett sneaks in to find the try line. A fantastic conversion from Brett Hodgson from the sideline. Warriors 14-652 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsA nice break from Clinton Toopi who suckers in Brett Hodgson with a nice dummy then finds the big winger Manu Vatuvei to score next to the posts. Tony Martin converts from in front of the posts Warriors 20-655 min: VIDEO REF - Another video referee decision for Phil Cooley. The question is weather Louie Anderson grounded the ball or if he was short or even knocked the ball on. Decision is that Anderson lost the ball in attempting to ground the ball.55 min: NEWS The Tigers throw away a golden opportunity with halfback Reynolds throwing a forward pass to captain Hodgson close to the line.61 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsA barnstorming try from Awen Guttenbeil nearly seals the victory for the Warriors here at Jade Stadium. Guttenbeil palmed off John Skandalis and Brett Hodgson with ease to get a 4 pointer.Tony Martin converts the try. Warriors 26-669 min: NEWS A drop-a-thon here at Jade Stadium now. The Warriors playing some silly football with nothing to lose, while the Tigers are throwing the ball around in hope for a try. 71 min: NEWS VIDEO REF - Another possible try to the Warriors. Manu Vatuvei is claiming the try and the question is weather he knocked the ball on from a Nathan Fien bomb. No try is the decision and a the ball is turned over to the West Tigers.74 min: TRY Wests TigersA video referee decision goes to the Tigers with 6 to go. Some good ball movement followed by a nicely weighted kick sees Fitzhenry score a fine try. All little to late from the Premiers. Hodgson misses his first kick of the evening.Warriors 26-10FULL TIME - New Zealand Warriors 26 def West Tigers 10The Warriors have won comfortably against a dissapointing Tigers team. Birthday boy George Gatis was solid from the dummy half position, while the two big men up front in Wiki and Price were fantastic up the middle. Clinton Toopi looked dangerous out wide as did Manu Vatuvei. The Tigers dropped too much ball and looked lost without their star five eight Benji Marshall. Next week the Tigers have the Storm at home, while the Warriors travel to Newcastle to tackle the red hot Knights.Possession: Tigers 45% - Warriors 55%Completion: Tigers 24/38 - Warriors 29/43Missed Tackles: Tigers 40 - Warriors 18Tackles: Tigers 301 - Warriors 250Errors: Tigers 16 - Warriors 14 -----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Ruben Wiki2 - Clinton Toopi1 - Steve Price-----------------------------------------
INCUMBENT St.George Directors Warren Lockwood (Chairman), Brian Johnston and Ralph Piggott have retained their positions on the St.George Leagues Club Board following this week's elections. The R2K endorsed candidates were very competitive in what has been described as the most closely fought St.George ballot in years. R2K?s James Young finished only 112 votes away from securing a position on the Board. Brian Johnston, the respected former St.George Dragons CEO topped the poll.The results are listed below:Brian Johnston 745Warren Lockwood 716Ralph Piggott 672James Young 560 (R2K)Troy Felice 546 (R2K)Nick Stojanovski 520 (R2K)Dennis Preece 33Rajni Kant 24R2K are pleased that the outcome of the election reaffirms its influence with St.George members. The R2K candidates received a high level of positive feedback and support throughout the campaign. R2K will continue its work to ensure that the best interests of St.George are looked after in the joint-venture. In particular, R2K will attempt to ensure that OKI Jubilee Stadium is maintained as a multi-purpose community asset and that 50% of Dragons home games are allocated to Kogarah. R2K will also work to ensure that the facilities at St.George Leagues Club continue to be maintained and enhanced.R2K would like to congratulate the incumbent Directors on retaining their positions and would like to thank Danny Robinson and Michael Derrig for their diligence as the Returning Officers.Finally, R2K would like to thank the numerous supporters who attended the Club over the four days of the election to assist with the distribution of the voting leaflets.http://www.r2k.info/
HULL centre Kirk Yeaman, engage Super League?s in-form player, is hoping to lift his game to new heights when he comes up against Australian star Jamie Lyon.
WIGAN will have two new faces in their team as they look to stop the rot against engage Super League champions Bradford at Odsal on Friday.
FULLTIME score:Round 3Newcastle Knights 46 v Canterbury Bulldogs 22Match summary:The Newcastle Knights have produced a dominant performance to reinforce their Premiership claims tonight, running out convincing 46-22 winners over the Canterbury Bulldogs in Newcastle to kick off Round 3.Aided by a dodgy no-try call against the Bulldogs in the opening minutes, the score was only 10-6 in favour of the home team midway through the first half before Andrew Johns inspired a late charge that produced four tries to take a 34-6 lead into the sheds at the break.The Knights continued on with the job in the second forty, adding two further tries before Andrew Johns was subbed off and Danny Buderus was sin-binned, leading to a late Bulldogs revival. The final score flattered the Bulldogs somewhat, as they were totally outplayed in almost every aspect of the match.The Knights were lead around as usual by the magical Johns, who had more than enough support from a dominant forward pack and the lethal Milton Thaiday, who finished with three tries.The Bulldogs looked a mere shadow of the team that squashed the Tigers only a week ago. For once, Willie Mason didn't enjoy the Knight-life - and the rest of the team were made to look pretty ordinary as a result.Scorers:Newcastle Knights: 46Tries: Milton Thaiday (3), Danny Buderus, Matthew Gidley, Todd Lowrie, Brian CarneyGoals: Andrew Johns 9/10Canterbury Bulldogs: 22Tries: Hazem El Masri, Andrew Emelio, Corey Hughes, Willie MasonGoals: Hazem El Masri 3/4Venue: EnergyAustralia StadiumCrowd: 25,504Referee: Steve ClarkHalf time: Knights 34 Bulldogs 6Live commentary:Welcome to EnergyAustralia Stadium for what promises to be a ripper of a match between the Knights and the Bulldogs!For the Doggies, Mark O'Meley will start the match in place of Chris Armit. The Knights have slotted David Seage into a wing spot.KICKOFF - We're underway!3 min: NO TRY Canterbury BulldogsTony Grimaldi claims a try after picking up a dropped ball from a David Seage kick-return, but Steve Clark rules a penalty for a strip instead.4 min: PENALTY GOAL Newcastle KnightsThree straight penalties give the Knights an easy ride downfield, and Joey Johns capitalises with a gift two points. Knights 2-06 min: NEWS Josh Perry makes an outstanding 50 metre run from the Bulldogs kickoff.7 min: NEWS Matt Utai has left the field with a suspected broken rib after a legal Steve Simpson tackle. *Now confirmed*10 min: NEWS Mark O'Meley is penalised for a blatant late shot on Andrew Johns - he had to sidestep to make the hit!10 min: PENALTY GOAL Newcastle KnightsJohns adds another two points following the O'Meley penalty. Knights 4-011 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsHazem El Masri is on the spot to clean up a Knights fumble from the kick-off and gets the green light from the Video Ref. El Masri converts his own try. Bulldogs 6-414 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsThis time the Doggies drop the ball at the wrong end of the field, and Brian Carney finds himself on the end of a swift Knights backline movement to score the try.Johns misses the conversion from out wide. Knights 8-616 min: PENALTY GOAL Newcastle KnightsBrent Sherwin kicks a 20-metre restart out on the full, handing another easy penalty goal to Johns. Knights 10-619 min: NO TRY Newcastle KnightsDanny Buderus crosses the line after backing up a great run from David Seage, but Steve Clark instantly rules a dropped ball without using the Video Ref.26 min: NEWS The Knights have just survived three consecutive sets from the Dogs - still 10-6 to the Knights.27 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsA beautiful try to Milton Thaiday here - he received the ball 35 metres out and steps, jinks and weaves through half the Bulldogs team to dot down under the posts.Johns adds the extras. Knights 16-630 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsThe Dogs put their kick-off out on the full, and the Knights have taken full advantage. Danny Buderus skips across from dummy-half for the try, and Andrew Johns slots another goal. Knights 22-634 min: NEWS Willie Mason concedes a penalty while in possession for a bit of niggle - and he was only 5 metres away from the Knights tryline!36 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsThe Knights continue to punish the Bulldogs mistakes. Plenty of wide ball movement presents half a chance to Matt Gidley, and he stretches out to score the try.Johns converts. Knights 28-640 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsIt's a carve-up! Thaiday crosses for his second with another display of dazzling footwork. Johns kicks a great conversion from the touchline. Knights 34-6HALFTIME: Newcastle Knights 34 Canterbury Bulldogs 6A classic first half of two halves - the Knights turned on the afterburners after 25 minutes to completely dominate the Bulldogs. It'll take a lot of hard work to turn this result around.Possession: Knights 58% Bulldogs 42%Completion: Knights 18/23 Bulldogs 12/16Missed Tackles: Knights 7 Bulldogs 19Total Metres Gained: Knights 756 Bulldogs 342 (!)The second half is underway!46 min: Still 34-6 to the Knights as the second half starts at a slightly slower pace than the first half finished!47 min: NO TRY Canterbury BulldogsAdam Perry tries to dart across from dummy half but loses the ball over the line. Still 34-6 Knights.51 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsThe Knights forwards are continuing to demolish the Bulldogs pack, giving Andrew Johns plenty of space to work his magic. This time Todd Lowrie takes an inside ball from Joey and slides under a couple of tackles to score.Johns converts. Knights 40-6CROWD: 25,50458 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsThaiday claims a treble after some more beautiful lead-up work from Johns. This score could blow out to anything now.Johns successfully converts. Knights 46-666 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Dogs finally get some ball down the Knights end of the field, and Andrew Emeilo crosses the line out wide after some good ball movement from the Doggies.El Masri misses the conversion.Knights 46-1067 min: Andrew Johns has left the field for an early rest.70 min: SIN BIN - Danny Buderus joins Joey for an early rest after a deliberate strip at the play-the-ball.71 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsWillie Mason strolls across the line after taking a short pass from Corey Hughes.El Masri kicks the conversion from in front. Knights 46-1672 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Bulldogs are finding plenty of holes in the 12-man Knights team at the moment. This time Corey Hughes is on hand to finish a good break started by Roy Asotasi.El Masri kicks the extras. Knights 46-2278 min: NEWS The Bulldogs have had two more chances to score, but dropped ball is proving their biggest enemy.FULLTIME: Newcastle Knights 46 Canterbury Bulldogs 22The Newcastle Knights have reinforced their Premiership claims this evening with a dominant victory over a surprisingly flat Bulldogs team by 46-22.Possession: Knights 52% Bulldogs 48%Completion: Knights 35/42 Bulldogs 26/34Missed Tackles: Knights 20 Bulldogs 34Errors: Knights 8 Bulldogs 13 -----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Andrew Johns (Knights)2 - Josh Perry (Knights)1 - Milton Thaiday (Knights)-----------------------------------------
ROUND 7 of Superleague kicks off with a top six clash between undefeated St Helens and Hull FC. Hull have a good record at home in recent encounters against St Helens, but will be looking to improve on their performances of late if they are to compete in this televised match. St Helens will be without fullback Paul Wellens who suffered a facial injury last weekend.Also on Friday night Bradford host the injury ravaged Wigan side, who have four regular forwards out this week. Wigan look set to include two new midweek player gains in their pack, in Salford's Tim Jonkers and Whitehaven's Oliver Wilkes. Bradford will be without Paul Deacon who has had some minor facial surgery following up his injury from last seasons Tri-Nations.Saturday nights televised game sees Leeds travel down to London to take on Harlequins. Harlequins sprung an upset away win over Hull as well as an away draw against Bradford earlier in the season, but their form in-between has been ordinary. They are also facing injury problems to key players, and should be no match for a near full-strength Leeds side.Also on Saturday, Catalans Dragons host the impressive Salford in Perpignan. Catalans will be full of confidence after recording their first win last week under new coach Mick Potter, and their first win without captain Stacey Jones. Salford have been in good form all season, lost narrowly to Leeds in the closing stages last week and currently sit in fourth spot on the table.In Sunday's matches, Wakefield (who appointed a new chief executive mid week) host Warrington, a game in which both teams will be looking to improve on close losses last start, and grab the two points on offer here. And to close off the round, Castleford (minus the suspended Richard Fa'aoso) host Huddersfield with both sides in good form coming off big wins last weekend.
THE Knights, wooden spooners last year, can justify their premiership favourite status by beating the Bulldogs tonight. Punters think they can as the Knights have been the best backed side of the season so far, but we at
Centrebet are not so sure. They won in a 'hand canter' last week, but with the possibility of bad weather looming, who knows?