Sea Eagles steal late win

ROUND 14 Manly Sea Eagles 16 v Wests Tigers 12at Brookvale OvalReferees: Shayne HayneMatch Summary:The Manly Sea Eagles have escaped from their Friday Night NRL clash with the Tigers with a 16-12 win, thanks to a last minute try to Brett Stewart. The match was deadlocked at 6-all at half time.It took half an hour for Manly to open the scoring, with a try to Chris Hicks. It only took the Tigers five minutes to respond, Anthony Laffranchi dotting down under the uprights. The first half was largely restricted by less than ideal conditions, including a poor surface that led to many players losing their footing on the slippery turf.The Tigers only took six minutes to post points in the second half, a slick backline move finished by Michael Crockett, Marshall converted from the sideline for a 12-6 lead. The six point lead looked unbeatable for much of the second half, and Benji hit the posts with a 58th minute penalty goal attempt looking for an eight point lead. The Eagles gave themselves a sniff with 10 minutes to go when Steve Matai scored in the corner after a Tigers mistake. It still looked as though the Tigers had the match leading 12-10, before Orford put up banana kick that beat Marshall and Brett Steward somehow maintained control of the ball to score next to the posts with only a minute to go ? Manly went up 16-12 and regathered the short kickoff. The Tigers had one last chance with two seconds to go, but knocked on before they could do anything.Scorers:Manly Sea Eagles: 16Tries: Chris Hicks, Brett Stewart, Steve MataiGoals: Travis Burns 2/3Wests Tigers: 12Tries: Anthony Laffranchi, Michael CrockettGoals: Benji Marshall 2/3By the Clock:Good evening from Brookvale Oval. Tonights game is the defending premiers the Wests Tigers vs the Manly Sea Eagles.Last week the Tigers were successful in winning the Grand Final replay 24-14, while the Sea Eagles were convincing in their 29-22 victory of the Panthers.Brett Hodgson is on Origin duty for the Tigers, and they take to the field 1-17. Manly are missing Menzies, Kite and Bells. Leuluai is starting ahead of George Rose.Menzies leads the Sea Eagles out through the 300 game banner and it is game time!A bit of damp at Brookvale tonight. Not a huge crowd in attendance tonight - there are some large gaps on the hills.1 min: The Eagles kick off!6 min: Manly squander a good attacking opportunity and lose the ball a few metres out. A few errors so far.7 min: Kennedy penalised for a high tackle and the Tigers get their first real attacking opportunity.10 min: Lot of players losing their footing on kick returns.13 min: The Tigers spread the ball on the last tackle, and winger is unable to hold onto a wayward pass the heads across the sideline.16 min: The Tigers make a break, but Elford can't hold onto the pass from Laffrachi.21 min: As the score suggests, a fairly even contest so far.22 min: Manly are unable to capitalise on a Tigers error - the Tigers lose the ball 10 out and Manly drop the ball 5 out.27 min: Tigers force a line drop out off a decent set in attack. Lolesi knocks on from the kick, which itself was a shocker.30 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesThe Sea Eagles move the ball wide, Hicks finds plenty of space ahead of him and he dots the ball down. Burns converts. Sea Eagles 6-035 min: TRY Wests TigersThe Tigers capitalise on a Manly error, Laffranchi barges over under the posts and he eventually manages to force the ball down. Marshall converts. 6 all.38 min: Tigers with the momentum at the moment.HALFTIME: 6-all in a less than memorable game.STATS: Tigers have a 53/47% lead in possession. Both teams are completing above 75% - Manly exactly that, the Tigers at 77%. Manly are 15/20, the Tigers 17/22. Offloads are three each, errors are 5-3 against the Tigers. Manly have made 175 tackles and missed 10, the Tigers are 164/14.40 min: Both teams out on the field for the second half.43 min: INJURY: Steve Matai suffering from a leg injury, and he has been interchanged. Or evidently he hasn't been interchanged. Still getting plenty of trainer support.46 min: VIDEO REF for a Tigers try...46 min: TRY Wests TigersThe Tigers spread the ball and Collis comes up with a nice pass to Crockett who somehow gets the ball down in the corner. Marshall converts from the touchline. Tigers 12-651 min: The Tigers have all the momentum, and the force a drop out.52 min: VIDEO REF for a Tigers try...52 min: NO TRY - Wests TigersThe video referee spins up a refs call, and Shayne Hayne says that Laffranchi was held up on the last tackle.54 min: Prince puts up a fantastic bomb that gets Steward forced in the ingoal, little pushing and shoving after the whistle.56 min: ATTEMPTED PENALTY GOAL Wests TigersThe Sea Eagles are penalised and Marshall hits the uprights with the penalty attempt. Tigers 12-662 min: Tuiaki makes a clean break, and the Tigers almost score on the next and last play.68 min: Still a tight contest. It's all a battle of field position, and the Tigers are winning that battle.70 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesThe Tigers make an error, and after 4 tackles Kennedy somehow gets the ball away to a support player who dribbles the ball across the ground to Matai who scores out wide. Burns hooks the vital conversion. Tigers 12-1075 min: Prince puts in a great kick that is recovered by Elford, who throws the ball into Brett Steward and Manly survive.79 min: VIDEO REF for a Manly try...79 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesOrford puts in a banana kick, the bounce evades Marshall and Brett Steward somehow picks up and juggles the ball, and he scores next to the posts. Burns converts. Sea Eagles 16-12FULLTIME: The Sea Eagles have come back and have stolen the match off the players of the match:3 - Ben Kennedy2 - Matt Orford1 - Anthony Laffranchi-----------------------------------------

Puletua turns Titan!

THE Gold Coast Titans have further bolstered its? forward pack with today?s signing of Panthers second rower Frank Puletua. Puletua has signed a two year deal with the club and joins an already formidable group of forwards in Luke Bailey (Dragons) Anthony Laffranchi (Tigers) Luke Swain (Penrith) Brad Meyers (Bradford) Nathan Friend (Storm) Luke O?Dwyer (Eels).Puletua said, ?I am excited to be coming up to a new club that looks very professional. My time at the Panthers has been great and the fans and players have always been supportive but I can?t wait to play for the Titans.?Puletua?s departure from the Panthers is tinged with sadness for both club and player. Retaining the 28 year old under the salary cap was unachievable for the Panthers.Panthers General Manager Mick Leary said, ?The club believes Frank has been consistently one of our best forwards this season and unfortunately due to salary cap reasons the club is unable to retain Frank?Titans Head Coach John Cartwright said, ?It?s unfortunate for Penrith that Frank became a salary cap issue for them but there?s always a positive side to this type of situation and we are the winners in this case. I know Frank very well from my time at Penrith and I know he?s had mixed emotions about leaving the club. From my point of view he is everything I look for in a footballer ? he?s dedicated, a leader, he?s disciplined and a great man to have around the younger guys in the club. He?s a tradesman, he?s mobile, he?s got a great offload and plenty of game time in him? Puletua has been coached by Cartwright before, the reunion a factor in Puletua?s decision to move north. Puletua said, ?One of the positives for me in making the decision was to be able to play under Carty (Head Coach John Cartwright ) again. I enjoyed his coaching while he was at the Panthers and the chance to play under him is something I am really looking forward to. I have been really happy with my current form and I think I can continue that at the Titans with the staff they have on board to assist the players.?Titans Managing Director Michael Searle is excited by Frank?s interest and willingness to become involved in the Gold Coast community using his talents off the field as a graphic designer.

Hodges fit to face the Blues

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Player updates ? Broncos, Cowboys

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Wrap ? Mason, Hodges, Cross

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Carting it up with Stevo

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Round 14 NRL Preview

WELCOME to Round 14 everyone. Don?t forget that State of Origin players will be cutting up the oranges this week.I was a very happy chappy sitting in the back bar of the Three Weeds in Rozelle last Sunday as the Tigers took on the Cowboys in the last game of the week. For, I had $20 on the Cowboys to win, and had earlier selected the Tigers to overcome them for a perfect round. I can?t say for sure that I?ll back it up with another perfect round, but here?s hoping.It?s not often I get to gloat but excuse me this one time. I?ve lifted my game to 58 from 90 (64%) in the space of seven days and I?m feeling rather chipper. But hey, it doesn?t get any easier this round and you?re only as good as your last pick, so buckle up boys and girls, we?re in for a fair ride! Sea Eagles v TigersFriday night begins with a feast out at Brookvale where the Tigers travel north to take on a sizzling Many club. The Sea Eagles have won the past two games there with the last Tigers victory at Brookvale taking place in early 2003.With Kite, Bell and Menzies missing the home side will do it tough, but after a stirring performance against the Panthers last week away from home, I think they?re up to the task. Manly?s backline contains a few no-names but they?ve been playing well lately and I thought they should have won by more last week.The Tigers on the other hand appear a bit disjointed and lacking direction. Prince and Marshall have both been firing of late but that?s about it. They need to start putting the foot on the pedal and accelerating in this competition otherwise they?ll be left behind.Being at home and going with form I?m taking the Sea Eagles here in what should be a good old-fashioned stoush.Panthers v DragonsSuper Saturday kicks-off in style with two rough and ready teams striding onto the pitch for the twilight match.The Dragons take the field minus Bailey, Cooper and Gasnier who are out thanks to Origin duty and suspension. Whilst they managed a win over the Eels last week I think they out-did themselves and will struggle away from home this week. Looking at their team, there are plenty of rookie players in there who could be exposed.For the Panthers, they welcome back favourite son Craig Gower who appears to have missed his chance with NSW this year. The rest of the side is more or less their best team so I think they?ll chuck in a good effort this week. They?ve had the benefit of a few home games this year and I think the Panthers will run away with this one. Cowboys v SharksThe second Saturday game throws up plenty of issues for the punter. Can the Cowboys bounce back from five losses out of the last six matches? Will Origin cripple them again? Will the bye affect the Sharks?All these questions shall be answered during the night but what will we choose?I think the Cowboys are due. They?ve lost plenty on the trot and will really need a victory against the Sharks here to solidify their lofty position on the competition table. There are a few missing thanks to rep duty, namely, Thurston, Webb and Lillyman but I think they have the juice to take home the points.Cronulla, whilst they have been good of late, will struggle to compete in the forwards against the Cowboys. Their backline?s cancel each other out but the bench is where I think North Queensland have the advantage.Rockin? Rod Jensen is back for the Cowboys and combined with a need to win and the Sharks returning from a week off, I think the people of FNQ will be happy with the result.Rabbitohs v BroncosThe final clash of Saturday night could well prove a stickler in the overall scheme of things. You see, the Bunnies haven?t beaten Brisbane since 1989! But ironically, since that time Souths are probably fielding their best line-up and Brisbane their worst. It?s also first place against last place.The new-age Baby Broncos are taking on the Rabbitohs out at Telstra Stadium in what?s sure to be a classic game. With Hodges, Hunt, Lockyer, Tate, Berrigan and Civoniceva missing from their line-up, Brisbane have had to search far and wide to field a team. Webcke?s presence should do enough to keep the Broncos on track however.As for Souths, well they?re fielding the best side they have all year. Sutton is back to five-eighth with a full complement in the backline and a no-nonsense pack of forwards. I think this is Souths? best opportunity to win a game this year but I simply can?t pick them out of respect to the opposition. The Broncos should win and keep the Bunnies at bay for long enough to secure victory.Roosters v WarriorsThis is a hard game?The Warriors travel across to Bondi to play a severely depleted Rooster?s outfit due to several factors. Wing, Anasta, Finch and Flannery are all on State duty whilst Minichiello and Roberts are injured. That?s a huge toll to overcome and whilst Morley and Fitzgibbon are both still in the pack, it?s no secret they?re looking elsewhere and their minds aren?t on the job.The Warriors had a tough loss against a committed Broncos outfit last week and I think they?re ready to strike on Australian soil for the first time since round 4 against a Joey-less Newcastle. With Wiki?s exoneration and Rovelli in form I think they will trouble Easts and slowly overcome them, even with Price taking a week off through rep duty.The Warriors to win, Easts will struggle to even compete.Eels v StormThese two teams are fairly evenly matched right now. The Eels, whilst struggling all year and missing 3 Origin players, will pull together following last week?s loss to the Dragons in difficult circumstances. As will the Storm, who are without several players through injury and suspension.Yet another drinking saga has engulfed the Eels and this isn?t too handy when it comes time to select a team. Hindmarsh is the big loss as he is always taking the ball up. With Grothe and Tahu missing, the Eels do look a little weak in the backs.But no more so that the Storm, who appear to be struggling to fill the loss of Inglis and Slater to Origin and suspension so far this year. They still have Crocker to come back but that won?t help them this week and they?ve looked susceptible to a loss for the past few games.Eels by a few.Bulldogs v RaidersThe long weekend winds up on Monday as Canberra travel up the highway to Homebush as they prepare to take on the Dogs. I was impressed with their efforts last week given the fact that a few players backed up from Origin and could have easily called in sick. With Sherwin back and Holdsworth taking the ball to the line more often, I think the Bulldogs will go well here.The Raiders have made a habit of un-seating big name clubs but I don?t think they hold anywhere near the impact against a side like the Bulldogs. They play similar styles of footy and if they get bodies in motion they?ll at least be competitive on the night. With Smith still out the play will revolve around several different players like Carney, Withers and the Schif, so Canberra could cause a few headaches.But I'll stick with an improving Canterbury.The Knights have the bye in Round 14, and oh boy, don?t they need it. Joey?s complaining about being tired and after two straight losses I bet they?ll be happy to sleep in for the next few days. They?ll need all the help they can get when they head to Auckland next week to take on the Warriors.

Best of the outback on display

SUNCORP Stadium may be a long way from dusty Barcaldine, but hopes are high this weekend?s QRL Outback Carnival will provide an opportunity for an aspiring Jacob Lillyman, Matt Scott or even a Chris ?Choppy? Close.

Queensland Maroons to take on PNG

FORMER Redcliffe Dolphins Carbine Club Colt of the Year winner Wayne Bond will spearhead a PNG Kundus side against the XXXX Queensland Under 19 Maroons at Suncorp Stadium next Wednesday.

Redcliffe Dolphins News

THE Dolphins were able to secure 3 wins last weekend at Dolphin Oval over the Ipswich Jets with the Colts squeaking home in the dying minutes and the A Grade and Wizard cups sides securing relatively comfortable wins.

Mogg Debuts In Place of Injured Inglis

CALOUNDRA junior Adam Mogg has been called into the XXXX Queensland Maroons team for State of Origin II, replacing injured winger Greg Inglis.

Bond is Kundas' Secret Agent

FORMER Redcliffe Dolphins Carbine Club Colt of the Year winner Wayne Bond will spearhead a PNG Kundus side against the XXXX Queensland Under 19 Maroons at Suncorp Stadium next Wednesday.

Getting Away With Murder

IT started in the winter of 1999, days after my sixteenth birthday. Like most other teenagers I was having trouble at school and trouble at home, yet it paled in comparison to my trouble with Jack Taylor, star halfback of the Warragamba Wombats, my local junior football club. As he proceeded to kick the sh*t out of me, I presumed I was fast becoming the victim of a gay bashing judging by what he was shouting out. If only I was in a position to tell him I was straight. I remember though, as his assault relented, saying a line so comically cheesy it could?ve come from a Hollywood movie.

Playing Around Part 2

I was with my friends. We went to watch the game and afterwards we went to the club to have a dance.

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