SOUTH Sydney could be without centre Yileen Gorden and hooker Stuart Webb for Saturday night's clash against Cronulla after both were hit with high tackle charges by the NRL match review committee today.Webb is facing a minimum three-week stint on the sidelines after copping a grade one reckless high tackle charge for his first-half hit on St George Illawarra fullback Clint Greenshields. The former Sydney Roosters rake will be outed for four weeks if he challenges the charge and is unsuccessful at the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night. Gorden will miss only the game against the Sharks after being charged with a grade one careless high tackle for his swinging arm on Dragons prop Michael Henderson.In other charges, Melbourne front rower Antonio Kafusi is looking at a three-week suspension for a grade two reckless high tackle, while his Storm teammate Greg Inglis and North Queensland playmaker Johnathan Thurston will avoid suspension with early guilty pleas.
BRADFORD Bulls 34 (Bai, Hape, Lynch, McKenna, B.Harris, Pryce, Vainikolo tries; I.Harris 3 goals) v Wigan Warriors 12 (O?Loughlin, Richards tries; Tickle 2 goals). Att: 11,644.Wigan Warriors sank to the foot of the Engage Super League table as Bradford Bulls overcame wet, foggy conditions to romp home at Odsal Stadium. Wigan, who have had their worst start to a season for 25 years are a pale shadow of the team which dominated British club rugby league in the late 1980s and early 1990s.Bradford raced to a 12-0 lead with tries from Andy Lynch and Ben Harris. The visiting fans did have something to shout about when Wigan?s Skipper Sean O?Loughlin scored after taking a good pass from Danny Orr. Danny Tickles conversion cut the Bulls lead to 6. However, Bradford hit back and extended their lead with two further tries through Shontayne Hape and Karl Pryce to take a 20-6 advantage at the break.It took the Bulls only 80 seconds at the start of the second half to score their fifth try from Marcus Bai. After both teams struggled in the fog Chris McKenna?s try extended the home teams? lead to 30-6. Wigan then scored a consolation try through Pat Richards, goaled by Tickle. With seven minutes left, Lesley Vainikolo pounced for his 115 try, in only 110 appearances, to round off the scoring.Hull FC 0 v St Helens 46(Pryce 2, Meli 2, Gardner, Lyon, Hooper, Anderson tries; Lyon 5, Hooper 2 goals). Att: 11,277.St Helens maintained their 100% record with a very impressive victory over Hull FC at K.C. Stadium. The visitors showed their true credentials for being this year?s champion team with a superb quality performance of attacking rugby and mean defence to shut out a very disappointing Hull side.After being put under some early pressure, the Saints scored first through Jamie Lyon after a good pass from Ade Gardner. The visitors then put the foot on the pedal and ran in 4 further first half tries through Francis Meli, Ade Gardner, Jason Hooper and Leon Pryce, which gave Saints a 30-0 lead at the break.Hull?s defensive capabilities improved and they managed to hold out the Saints until the final quarter. Then normal service was resumed with the visitors running in three further tries through Vinny Anderson, Pryce and Meli who both scored their second.Catalans Dragons 22 (Hughes 2, Wilson, Chan tries; Dobson 3 goals) v Salford City Reds 28 (Moule 2, Coley, Finnigan, Fitzpatrick tries; Hodgson 2 goals). Att: 6,547.Salford got back to their winning ways with spirited victory over Catalans Dragons at Stade Aime Giral. With the arrival of new coach Mick Potter, the much improving Dragons team took a first minute lead when John Wilson pounced an error by Salford to score.The visitors hit back and took a 20-6 lead by scoring four tries with man of the match, Karl Fitzpatrick scoring a brace and others coming from Aaron Moule and Andy Coley. On the half-time hooter, Alex Chan cut the lead to 20-12 with a try.The home team stepped up the pace in the second half and with two tries from Mark Hughes the Dragons looked to be favourites to win the game with a 22-20 lead. However, Salford had other ideas and two late tries from Simon Finnigan and Moule?s second, after a superb long pass from Luke Robinson, gave the visitors a well earned victory.Harlequins RL 0 v Leeds Rhinos 60 (McGuire 4, Burrow, Poching, Lauitiiti, Feather, Senior, Smith tries; Sinfield 9, Burrow goals). Att: 5,208.Leeds Rhinos ran riot with 10-try demolition of a poor Harlequins team, who failed to register a single point at a soggy Twickenham Stoop. The home team were missing seven key players and never got a foothold in the game, they conceded 6 first half tries to trail 36-0. Chief architect for the Rhinos was man of the match, Danny McGuire who scored four of the six tries, with the others coming from Rob Burrow and Willie Poching.After the break the Quins gave a much better performance and had a try chalked off by the video referee, when winger Nick Bradley-Qalilawa had a foot in touch. Leeds extended the lead on 52 minutes when Lee Smith intercepted Luke Dorn's long pass and galloped clear.Three further tries came in the last quarter of the game, against a very dispirited home team. In the last minute of the game, the Rhinos showed real team sprit and refused to let the Quins cross their line after the Sin-binning of Keith Senior. The impressive Rhinos maintained second place in the table and handed out a record home defeat for Harlequins.Castleford Tigers 22 (Manu 2, Dyer, Bird tries; Kain 2, Huby goals) v Huddersfield Giants 36(Wild 2, Drew, Snitch, Evans, Reilly tries; Thorman 6 goals). Att: 6,881.Huddersfield held off a spirited fight back from the Castleford Tigers to gain victory at the Jungle. The Giants looked to have the game won in the first 11 minutes as they ran in 4 unanswered tries scored by Paul Reilly, Brad Drew and two by Stephen Wild. Chris Thorman landed three conversations and the Visitors led 22-0.However, the Tigers roared back with three tries, two from Willie Manu, his first tries for his new club, and Luke Dyer to cut the deficit to just 22-14 at the break. With the second half only a minute old Deon Bird scored the home teams? fourth try to leave them only trailing by 2 points at 22-20 and on quarter time the game was all square with a Craig Huby penalty goal.The game was still in the balance when Evans pounced on Robbie Paul's perfectly-judged kick for the clinching try eight minutes from the end. Steve Snitch then scored the finally try to give the Giants a nervy victory.Wakefield Wildcats 21 (Rooney 2, Tadulala tries; Rooney 4 goals, 1 field goal) v Warrington Wolves 22 (Bridge 2, Swan, Kohe-Love tries; Bridge 3 goals). Att: 4,723.Warrington Wolves came back from the dead to deny Wakefield Wildcats victory, at the Atlantic Solutions Stadium. In a game of two halves, the Wildcats threw away a commanding 21-0 half time lead to lose 22-21. The home team scored three first half tries from Semi Tadulala and two Jamie Rooney tries. Rooney also kicked four goals and with a drop goal he contributed 17 points but that was as good as it got for Wakefield.With coach Paul Cullen?s words ringing in their ears, the Wolves produced a stirring second half comeback. Toa Kohe-Love turned the tide in the 47th minute before Chris Bridge and Logan Swann added two more. Bridge grabbed his second with six minutes to go to seal a dramatic win, leaving the Wildcats down at the bottom end of the table.
THE Newcastle Knights kicked off the round by racking up a big score against the Bulldogs and moving to the top of the competition ladder. Fullback Milton Thaiday got himself a hat trick of tries while ?Joey? Johns was running rings around the flat-footed Bulldogs defence. Last year?s wooden spooners, the Knights have stunned opposition packs in recent weeks.The Warriors defeated last year?s premiers Wests Tigers to finally get their first win on the board for 2006 and their first win in New Zealand outside of Auckland. Now on minus two competition points, the result sees the Warriors move closer to zero, just one win away from wiping the slate clean and starting over.Meanwhile the Sea Eagles scored their first win of the season, defeating the Sharks in Brookvale. For the second week running, the Sharks have posted a handy first half lead only to be chased down by their opponents.In Townsville, the North Queensland Cowboys thrashed the Melbourne Storm. Five-eighth Jonhathan Thurston carved them up in a man-of-the-match performance. Last year?s grand-finalists, the Cowboys are looking to go one better in 2006.Sunday football saw the St George Illawarra Dragons score a big win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs, but not before Souths showed some ticker in the first half. In a sometimes scrappy game, Saints were just too good in the second half with Mark Gasnier racking up a hat trick of tries.In other matches, Darren Lockyer put in a sterling performance in Brisbane as the Broncos downed the Parramatta Eels and posted their second win on the trot. Meanwhile in Sydney, the Roosters hammered the Raiders 56-20 after the Raiders actually led 20-10 early in the second half.All match results and details are listed below.The LeagueUnlimited.com Player Awards sees two players breaking away from the pack. Newcastle halfback Andrew Johns and Cowboys five-eighth Johnathan Thurston have scored maximum points for three consecutive weeks to lead the awards on nine points.A log jam is developing on six points with Mark Gasnier (Dragons), Craig Gower (Panthers), Darren Lockyer (Broncos) and Cameron Smith (Storm) not far away from the front-runners.The full leader board is below.The Leagueunlimited.com players of the match are decided by our live score updaters and tallied here each week on Monday?s Expert League wrap.League Wrap: Round 3, 24-26 March 2006MATCH RESULTS:Newcastle Knights: 46Tries: Danny Buderus, Matthew Gidley, Todd Lowrie, Milton Thaiday (3), Brian CarneyGoals: Andrew Johns 9/10Canterbury Bulldogs: 22Tries: Hazem El Masri, Corey Hughes, Willie Mason, Andrew EmelioGoals: Hazem El Masri 3/4Half time: Knights 34-6Venue: EnergyAustralia Stadium Crowd: 25,504Referee: Steve ClarkLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Andrew Johns (Knights)2 - Josh Perry (Knights)1 - Milton Thaiday (Knights)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 3/5Half time: Warriors 14-0Venue: Jade Stadium NZCrowd: 14,675Referee: Paul SimpkinsLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Ruben Wiki (Warriors)2 - Clinton Toopi (Warriors)1 - Steve Price (Warriors)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 3/4Half time: Sharks 10-6Venue: Brookvale OvalCrowd: 13,114 Referee: Sean HampsteadLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Ben Kennedy (Sea Eagles)2 - Steve Bell (Sea Eagles)1 - Adam Dykes (Sharks)North Queensland Cowboys: 40Tries: Paul Bowman, Luke O'Donnell, Johnathan Thurston (2), Ty Williams, Neil SweeneyGoals: Johnathan Thurston 8/8Melbourne Storm: 8Tries: Matt Geyer, Jake WebsterGoals: Cameron Smith 0/2Half time: Cowboys 22-4Venue: Dairy Farmers StadiumCrowd: 21,346Referee: Russell SmithLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)2 - Steven Southern (Cowboys)1 - Luke O?Donnell (Cowboys)South Sydney Rabbitohs: 14Tries: Yileen Gordon, Shane Rigon, Nathan MerrittGoals: Nathan Merritt 1/3St George Illawarra Dragons: 44Tries: Colin Best, Mark Gasnie r(3), Aaron Gorrell, Ben Hornby, Daryl MillardGoals: Aaron Gorrell 8/8Half time: Dragons 26-8Venue: Telstra StadiumCrowd: 16,049Referee: Jason RobinsonLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Mark Gasnier (Dragons)2 - Dean Young (Dragons)1 - Trent Barrett (Dragons)Brisbane Broncos: 30Tries: Justin Hodges, Karmichael Hunt, Darren Lockyer, David Stagg, Tame Tupou (2)Goals: Corey Parker 1/1, Michael Ennis 2/5Parramatta Eels: 10Tries: Ben Smith , Micheal VellaGoals: Luke Burt 1/2Half time: Broncos 8-6Venue: Suncorp StadiumCrowd: 25,525Referee: Tony ArcherLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Darren Lockyer (Broncos)2 - Karmichael Hunt (Broncos)1 - Justin Hodges (Broncos)Sydney Roosters: 56Tries: Ryan Cross, Brett Finch, Anthony Minichello(2), Amos Roberts(2), Iosia Soliola, Anthony Tupou(2), Ashley HarrisonGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 6/8, Amos Roberts 2/2Canberra Raiders: 20Tries: David Howell, Alan Tongue(2), Lincoln WithersGoals: Clinton Shifcofske 2/4Half time: Raiders 14-10Venue: Aussie StadiumCrowd: 9,826Referee: Shayne HayneLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Amos Roberts (Roosters)2 - Anthony Minichiello (Roosters)1 - Anthony Tupou (Roosters)Penrith Panthers - ByeFULL DRAW, RESULTS & LINKS TO LIVE SCORES ? CLICK HERENext weekend?s matches:Round 4, 31 March-2 April 2006Fri 7:30 - EELS v COWBOYS - Parramatta StadiumSat 5:30 - SHARKS v RABBITOHS - Toyota ParkSat 7:30 - SEA EAGLES ROOSTERS - Brookvale OvalSat 7:30 - RAIDERS v PANTHERS - Canberra StadiumSun 2:30 - TIGERS v STORM - Leichhardt OvalSun 3:00 - DRAGONS v BRONCOS - WIN StadiumSun 3:00 - KNIGHTS v WARRIORS - EnergyAustralia StadiumBULLDOGS - BYE (NB: NSW Daylight Saving ends 3am Sunday 2 March)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.9 pointsAndrew Johns (Knights), Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)6 pointsMark Gasnier (Dragons), Craig Gower (Panthers), Darren Lockyer (Broncos), Cameron Smith (Storm)5 pointsAmos Roberts (Roosters)4 pointsJamie Soward (Roosters)3 pointsHazem El Masri (Bulldogs), Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels), Ben Kennedy (Sea Eagles), Luke O'Donnell (Cowboys), Clinton Shifcofske (Raiders), Milton Thaiday (Knights), Ruben Wiki (Warriors)2 pointsSteve Bell (Sea Eagles), Preston Campbell (Panthers), George Carmont (Knights), Cooper Cronk (Storm), Adam Dykes (Sharks), Karmichael Hunt (Broncos), Greg Inglis (Storm), Willie Mason (Bulldogs), Josh Perry (Knights), Wade McKinnon (Eels), Anthony Minichiello (Roosters), Mark O'Meley (Bulldogs), Aaron Payne (Cowboys), Scott Prince (Tigers), Jason Smith (Raiders), Steven Southern (Cowboys), Brad Thorn (Broncos), Clinton Toopi (Warriors), Dean Young (Dragons)1 pointsTrent Barrett (Dragons), Paul Bowman (Cowboys), Danny Buderus (Knights), Nathan Fien (Warriors), Aaron Gorrell (Dragons), Justin Hodges (Broncos), Wairangi Koopu (Warriors), Steve Price (Warriors), Brent Sherwin (Bulldogs), Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles), John Sutton (Rabbitohs), Anthony Tupou (Roosters), Rhys Wesser (Panthers), Paul Whatuira (Tigers), Lincoln Withers (Raiders), William Zillman (Raiders)
ST George Illawarra may have paid a heavy price for finally breaking its 2006 duck with Test prop Jason Ryles suffering a suspected broken hand.Ryles will have scans tomorrow after leaving the field midway through the second half clutching his hand in the Dragons 44-14 win over Souths today. News of the possible injury couldn't have come at a worse time for the Dragons, with fellow front rower Luke Bailey already sidelined for another month with a knee injury.The Bunnies meanwhile could also suffer as a result of the loss, with three players placed on report for high tackles, including Yileen Gordon and David Fa'alogo for the one tackle on Dragons prop Michael Henderson. Hooker Stuart Webb will also come under the scrutiny of the match review committee for his high shot on Clint Greenshields.Meanwhile, Bulldogs winger Matt Utai will also check a rib cartilage injury suffered in his side's loss to Newcastle on Friday night. Parramatta will be hoping halfback Tim Smith pulls up alright after injuring his shoulder in yesterday's loss to Brisbane.Scans have already confirmed North Queensland centre Ty Williams will be sidelined for an extended period after breaking his ankle in Saturday night's win over Melbourne.Ladder-wise, Newcastle and North Queensland re-affirmed their NRL premiership credentials with comprehensive wins over the weekend to remain two of only three sides yet to be beaten in 2006.The Knights, Cowboys and Penrith all top the table after three rounds with the Panthers on six points courtesy of a bye on the weekend. Two points adrift are Sydney Roosters, Brisbane and Melbourne. Souths and Cronulla remain the only sides to register a win.The New Zealand Warriors beat premiers Wests Tigers but are still on minus two competition points because of their salary cap punishment.
Sydney Roosters 56 def. Canberra Raiders 20
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/