Cowboys & Knights headed for blockbuster

PENRITH maintained its strong start to the NRL season with a 44-18 win over Parramatta yesterday but halfback Craig Gower spent the night in hospital after coughing blood from a hit to the body. The Panthers sit third on the ladder with three wins from four games.

Injured stars to learn fates today

INJURED rugby league stars Benji Marshall of the Wests Tigers, Craig Gower of Penrith and Ryan Cross from the Sydney Roosters will learn their immediate playing futures after MRI scans in Sydney today.

Panthers win despite Gower injury

ROUND 5 Parramatta Eels 18 v Penrith Panthers 44at Parramatta StadiumReferees: Jason RobinsonMatch Summary:The Penrith Panthers have defeated the Parramatta Eels 44-18 in dramatic circumstances at Parramatta Stadium. The Panthers piled on 30 unanswered points in the second half to recover from trailing 18-14 at half time. The half time deficit was compounded by a sternum injury to halfback Craig Gower that saw him needing to be taken to hospital.The Eels started well but had a try disallowed after eight minutes. The Panthers took the lead a few minutes later with a try to Preston Campbell. Three minutes later Craig Gower doubled the Panthers lead to 12-0. Zeb Taia responded for the Eels a few minutes later, and that was followed up with a try to Dean Widders for the Eels to trail 12-10. Craig Gower was hit after kicking by Marcus Perenara, who was put on report for an innocuous looking hit. This was followed up by a penalty goal to Preston Campbell. Timana Tahu scored a few minutes short of half time, and he then got a second after the half time siren for the Eels 18-14 half time lead.Shane Rodney scored four minutes into the second half after a comedy of errors from both sides, then the poor Eels defence took over as Lee Hookey scored out wide, followed up by Wesser running right through the Eels defensive line. Wesser got his second when he followed up his own kick with nine minutes to go, and Luke Priddis capped off the win when he backed up a Luke Lewis break.It is a very alarming sign for the Eels, who have wilted in the second half of most of their matches this year and have only one win. This second half collapse is made even worse because of the absence of Craig Gower. The Panthers have started the year well, with only a golden point loss, and they are yet to even play a match at home.Scorers:Parramatta Eels: 18Tries: Timana Tahu(2), Dean Widders, Zeb TaiaGoals: Mark Riddell 1/2Penrith Panthers: 44Tries: Preston Campbell, Craig Gower, Luke Priddis, Shane Rodney, Rhys Wesser(2), Lee HookeyGoals: Preston Campbell 8/9By the Clock:Beautiful day here at Parramatta Stadium. Both teams as per the program.And we're underway in the first half!5 min: NEWS The Eels enjoying much of the early possession.8 min: NEWS Video referee for an Eels try...8 min: NEWS NO TRY - Peterson fails to ground the ball in the corner of the in goal.10 min: TRY Penrith PanthersCampbell grubbers into the ingoal, nobody is home and he scores. Successfully converts his own try. Panthers 6-013 min: TRY Penrith PanthersCraig Gower dummies his way over the line. Campbell converts off the uprights. Panthers 12-016 min: TRY Parramatta EelsTaia scores for the Eels. Riddell fails to convert. Eels 14-1223 min: TRY Parramatta EelsTahu grubbers down the sideline, he regathers and passes infield to Widders who scores. Riddell converts. Panthers 12-1030 min: NEWS Gower is down with an apparent sternum injury.30 min: PENALTY GOAL Penrith PanthersGower leaves the field with a sternum injury. Campbell slots the two points from the penalty for the late tackle on Gower. Marcus Perenara is on report for the hit. Panthers 14-1035 min: TRY Parramatta EelsAfter some sustained pressure Tahu runs through the Panthers defence and scores out wide. Delaney misses the conversion. 14 all.36 min: NEWS Craig Gower is being taken to hospital as a precaution.40 min: TRY Parramatta EelsMcKinnon gets the ball after the siren, he returns it to the 20 metre line, throws a fantastic offload when he looks wrapped up, Tahu is ankle tapped short but gets up and scores. Delaney misses the conversion. Eels 18-1440 min: NEWS Halftime in a very enjoyable match. The Panthers took a 12-0 lead, but the Eels hit back to level the match at 14-14 before the after the siren try at halftime. 40 min: NEWS Back underway!Craig Gower has a cracked sternum.44 min: TRY Penrith PanthersPeterson picks up an errant Panthers pass, only to throw his own errant pass, which is picked up by Rodney who scores. Campbell makes it 4/4. Panthers 20-1845 min: NEWS Gower has been coughing up blood and has just been loaded into an ambulance.52 min: NEWS Still a fairly high quality match with the odd error creeping in.54 min: TRY Penrith PanthersThe Panthers bust down the right sideline and Lee Hookey scores a fairly easy try. Campbell converts from the sideline. Panthers 26-1859 min: TRY Penrith PanthersWesser runs right through the Eels line and scores 10 in from the sideline. Very poor Eels defence have led to the last two tries. Campbell converts again. Panthers 32-1864 min: ATTEMPTED PENALTY GOAL Penrith PanthersTsoulos is penalised for interfering with the play the ball. Campbell misses the goal from about 35 metres on the angle. Panthers 32-1865 min: NEWS After the 20 metres drop out, the Panthers cut the Eels up but Rodney knocks on 10 metres out. The Eels are just self-destructing.68 min: NEWS McKinnon breaks on the last tackle but is hauled down just short of the line.71 min: TRY Penrith PanthersA great attacking lead up has Wesser grubbering into the in goal, he chases through and scores his second. Campbell converts. Panthers 38-1878 min: TRY Penrith PanthersLewis breaks through more feeble Eels defence and passes to Priddis who outpaces the cover and scores under the posts. Campbell converts. Panthers 44-1880 min: NEWS The Panthers have flogged the Eels 44-18, taking home the second half 30-0 without Craig players of the match:3 - Rhys Wesser (Panthers)2 - Preston Campbell (Panthers)1 - Trent Waterhouse (Panthers)-----------------------------------------

Redcliffe vs Burleigh Preview

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Preview: Les Catalans v Castleford (Round 8)

CATALANS Dragons play at their third different venue in as many weeks when they take on Castleford in Carcassonne on Saturday evening.

Preview: Bradford v Warrington (Round 8)

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Knights smash Dragons 54-6

ROUND 5 St George Illawarra Dragons 6 v Newcastle Knights 54at WIN StadiumReferees: Tony ArcherMatch Summary:The Newcastle Knights have posted their third ever highest victory in thrashing the St George Illawarra Dragons by a whopping 54-6 tonight in Wollongong.In a blitz which began at the back end of the first half, The Knights ran in nine tries to totally decimate the Dragons.Following much speculation about a neck injury which sidelined him in round four, Newcastle halfback Andrew Johns looked in superb form as he dictated terms across the park. The Knights captain took full advantage with an excellent kicking and passing game to which the Dragons had no answer. In what began as a close fought encounter, the scoreboard read just 2-0 in favour of the visitors following penalty goal in the 18th minute. The score stayed that way until the 28th minute when Irish import Brian Carney scored in the corner.What followed was a procession of tries as the Knights piled on 52 points in 43 minutes.Scorers:St George Illawarra Dragons: 6Tries: Colin BestGoals: Aaron Gorrell 1/1Newcastle Knights: 54Tries: Danny Buderus, George Carmont(2), Kurt Gidley, Andrew Johns, Anthony Quinn, Milton Thaiday, Brian Carney, Riley BrownGoals: Andrew Johns 9/10By the Clock:Good sized crowd in Wollongong and packed on the hill as players come onto the field.Andrew Johns definitely starting for the Knights. Only change to the card is that Adam Woolnough is out, replaced by Clint Newton. The Dragons as per the Tuesday team list and the same line up as last weekend.The Knights kickoff!!1 min: NEWS Knights get the first set after a Dragons error from the kickoff. Knights will get a repeat set after Dragons winger Reece Simmonds is forced to clean up in the in-goal.4 min: NEWS Dragons respond with a 70m break started by Mark Gasnier.10 min: NEWS Still 0-0 with the Dragons soaking up the early pressure and now both sides having their opportunities.15 min: NEWS Newcastle's turn to survive repeat sets at their line. They get the ball back and a relieving penalty.18 min: PENALTY GOAL Newcastle KnightsAndrew Johns kicks a penalty goal, 30m out and right in front. Follows penalty against Matt Bickerstaff for stripping the ball. Knights 2-021 min: NEWS 40/20 from Trent Barrett. Huge kick downfield as the breeze picks up behind Saints. End-to-end football and the game being played at a fast pace.28 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsBrian Carney scores in corner after Knights get repeat sets at the Dragons line.Johns conversion attempt on line but doesn't have the distance. Knights 6-031 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsCarmont scores after picking up the dregs from a Johns bomb which can't be handled. Johns converts. Knights 12-033 min: NEWS Johns kicks a 40/20 for the Knights and the Dragons defending on their line again.34 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsMilton Thaiday scores under the posts after Kurt Gidley offloads on a set play. Knights have been dominating possession for the last 6-8 minutes. Knights 18-039 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsJohns takes an inside pass from Carney to score 15m in from touch. Set up along the backline from 30m out by Johns and Kurt Gidley. Knights 24-0Halftime: Knights 24-0Extraordinary scoreline which amazingly was only 2-0 in the 27th minute, a scoreline which reflected a close fought match at the time.But the Knights suddenly let loose, and on the back of a huge share of possession scored four tries in 11 minutes.The Knights now enjoying 60% of the ball and actually controlled all the possession while they ran in their first three tries.Clint Newton has had a big impact since coming on and Kurt Gidley is dictating terms at second receiver. Johns' kicking and passing game is carving up the opposition.The Dragons are looking shellshocked and have all the work to do.Second half underway...43 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsRiley Brown scores next to posts after Daniel Tolar delivers a beaut offload close to the line. Knights 30-046 min: NEWS NO TRY - Dragons. Ben Creagh ruled to have made a double movement.48 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsCarmont gets his second try scoring in the corner. Follows some video ref scrutiny over the grounding.Johns conversion from sideline is a ripper. Knights 36-060 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsKurt Gidley scores under the posts and the carve up continues. Dragons simply not marking up anymore. Johns conversion makes him second highest scorer in the history of the comp. Knights 42-066 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsDanny Buderus shows a great turn of speed from dummy half and crosses for his 50th career try, pushing off some half-hearted defence to run 30m to score near the uprights. Johns converts to post 2036 career points and getting closer to Jason Taylor's record. Knights 48-071 min: NEWS Possible try to Knights. Video ref checking for obstruction...71 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsAnthony Quinn gets the nod from the video ref as the Knights crack the half tonne.Sideline conversion from Johns rubs salt into the Dragons wounds and the Knights go further ahead. Knights 54-078 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsColin Best scores in the right corner after Barrett chips ahead for Ben Hornby from half way. Hornby finds Dean Young and then onto Darryl Millard who draws and passes to Best. A consolation try but top class from a well beaten side.Aaron Gorrell converts. Knights 54-6Full time: Knights 54-6A memorable victory for Newcastle who have blown the Dragons off the park, scoring 52 points in 43 minutes of football.Enjoying 65% possession, the Knights made hay as the Dragons missed 38 tackles.The entire Knights pack led the way with Buderus and Newton being the standouts. Johns played the whole match from halfback and simply killed them. Five-eighth Kurt Gidley was also outstanding.For the Dragons, a number of players tried hard and it looked like they were missing some key players. But the missed tackles, and overall terrible defence, will come back to haunt them should the coach bring out the hatchet next players of the match:3 - Andrew Johns (Knights)2 - Danny Buderus (Knights)1 - Kurt Gidley (Knights)-----------------------------------------Teams:Dragons: Ben Hornby, Reece Simmonds, Daryl Millard, Matt Cooper, Colin Best, Mark Gasnier, Trent Barrett (c), Justin Poore, Dean Young, Michael Henderson, Sam Isemonger, Ashton Sims, Matt BickerstaffInterchange: Andrew Price, Ben Creagh, Corey Payne, Aaron GorrellKnights: Milton Thaiday, Brian Carney, Matthew Gidley, George Carmont, Anthony Quinn, Kurt Gidley, Andrew Johns (c), Craig Smith, Danny Buderus, Josh Perry, Steve Simpson, Kirk Reynoldson, Reegan TannerInterchange: Daniel Tolar, Riley Brown, Todd Lowrie, Clint Newton

Scrappy Broncos defeat disappointing Souths

ROUND 5:Brisbane Broncos 30 v South Sydney Rabbitohs 12 at Suncorp Stadium.Referee: Gavin BadgerMatch Summary:The Brisbane Broncos have cruised to a 30-12 victory against a disappointing South Sydney Rabbitohs side at Suncorp Stadium. The Broncos were not at their best at any point of the game but still managed to be too good for the South Sydney side who simply turned over too much ball. The first half started well for the Broncos with Tame Tupou scoring outside after a nice kick from Broncos fullback Karmichael Hunt. Everything seemed to be going the Broncos way with another try soon after to captain Darren Lockyer under the post after some nice work from rookie winger Darious Boyd. Not everything went well for the Broncos though with new recruit Michael Ennis suffering crucial ligament damage to his leg which will see the goal kicking hooker out for the 2006 NRL season. The tide started to turn midway through the first half though when Rabbitohs centre Paul Mellor created a superb solo try running 65m of a sloppy pass from the Broncos to make the score line less then a converted try. The Broncos started the second half on fire with Karmichael Hunt and Darren Lockyer heavily involved. They then orchestrated a try for rookie winger Darious Boyd for the score line to be pushed out to 18-6. The Rabbitohs continued to gift the Broncos with penalties and errors and the Broncos punished them for it with Justin Hodges continuing his great form to score the next try for the home team. Broncos still had more points in them however with Tame Tupou grabbing a second which saw the score line blow out to 30-6. The Broncos continued to dominate possession and the Bunnies eventually had no hope in reducing the deficit. Nathan Merritt continued his great run of scoring the last try in games this season with him supporting a break from David Fa?alogo but it made no different to the end result with the Broncos making their record 3-2 in 2006. Scorers:Brisbane Broncos: 30Tries: Justin Hodges, Darren Lockyer, Tame Tupou(2), Darius BoydGoals: Corey Parker 5/7South Sydney Rabbitohs: 12Tries: Paul Mellor, Nathan MerrittGoals: Nathan Merritt 2/2By the clock: Welcome to Brisbane for the clash between the Brisbane Broncos and the South Sydney Rabbitohs. Both clubs are looking for a win after both suffering disappointing losses last week against the Dragons and the Sharks respectively.Sam Thaiday comes into the Broncos team for Brad Thorn, while the Bunnies are as per program but they are now using their 4th different halfback so far this year. Kick off is approaching. 0 min: The Broncos get us underway here at Suncorp Stadium!4 min: NEWS Sloppy start from the Broncos which eventually leads to a 5th tackle hand over to the Rabbitohs. The Bunnies are now in a good attacking position. 7 min: VIDEO REF - The Video Referee has been called in to see if Shaun Berrigan has got his first try in his last 12 games for the Broncos. The replays tell us that Shaun Berrigan has lost the ball. No try is the call and the Rabbitohs will get a feed 10m from their own line.9 min: NEWS Shane Walker has hit Michael Ennis high and the Broncos recieve a penalty. Ennis however is being carried off the field with a leg injury.10 min: ATTEMPTED PENALTY GOAL Brisbane BroncosBrett Seymour takes over the goal kicking with Ennis off the field and misses a penalty goal attempt. 0 all.13 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosA perfect grubber kick from Karmichael Hunt sees big Tame Tupou score outwide. Brett Seymour hooks the conversion to the left of the uprights. Broncos 4-014 min: NEWS News from downstairs is that Michael Ennis may have some Crucial Ligament damage to his leg. News doesn't look good for Michael Ennis. 16 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosBen Rogers throws a miss-directed pass to Darious Boyd, who then breaks through the Rabbitohs line and links up the captain Darren Lockyer for him to score under the post.Corey Parker takes over the goal kicking and slots his first one over from right in front. Broncos 10-018 min: NEWS Broncos recieve a cheap penalty and are on the attack yet again. They are hungry for the points and the Bunnies are struggling to hold them out.20 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsA sloppy pass from the Broncos is picked up from Paul Mellor who shows some great pace to run 65m and score a desperately needed try for the Bunnies.Nathan Merritt converts from right in front. Broncos 10-624 min: NEWS Rabbitohs receive a penalty on the last tackle. The momentum is starting to swing here in Brisbane. 25 min: NO TRY - John Sutton takes the ball to the line before gifting a short ball to Adam McDougall which was ruled forward by the near side touch judge.26 min: NEWS Michael Ennis season looks to have ended with confirmation of Crucial Ligament damage.34 min: PENALTY GOAL Brisbane BroncosBroncos recieve a penalty for McDougall stripping the ball out of the hands of Hannett. Corey Parker lines up the penalty goal and strikes it well. Broncos 12-639 min: NEWS Souths get a repeat set of 6 tackles in the Broncos 20m zone. Rabbitohs looking very dangerous with the ball.HALFTIME: Brisbane Broncos 12 South Sydney Rabbitohs 6Second half is underway here at Suncorp Stadium! 46 min: ATTEMPTED PENALTY GOAL Brisbane BroncosNathan Merritt is called offside and the Broncos elect to go for the two points. Corey Parker misses the conversion but the Broncos will get the ball back. Broncos 12-648 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosKarmichael Hunt and Darren Lockyer getting more involved and the attack looks more crisp now. Karmichael Hunt makes a half break and links up with the rookie winger Darious Boyd for him to score.Corey Parker adds the extras. Broncos 18-654 min: NEWS Broncos on the attack yet again after the Bunnies make another mistake in their half. They now recieve a penalty right in front.54 min: PENALTY GOAL Brisbane BroncosCorey Parker from right in front has no trouble with conversion. The Broncos now have a comfortable lead. Broncos 20-658 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosHodges continues his great form in the new season with some great footwork and strength for him to score the fourth try for the Broncos. Parker hooks the conversion to the left. Broncos 24-662 min: VIDEO REF - A possible Corey Parker try. No try is the call and there will be a 20m restart to the Bunnies.69 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosA repeat set to the Broncos sees quick hands shown for Tame Tuopu to score his second try of the night. Flood gates beggining to open here at Suncorp StadiumCorey Parker slots a great kick from the sideline. Broncos 30-676 min: NEWS Errors galore at the back end of the game. Neither coach will be jumping with joy over their teams performance tonight.80 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsNathan Merritt continues his great run of scoring tries in the 80th minute with another one here tonight at Suncorp Stadium.He converts his own try. Broncos 30-12FULLTIME: - Brisbane Broncos 30 South Sydney Rabbitohs 12A scrappy win from the Broncos here tonight at Suncorp Stadium. They still haven?t shown us what they are capable of but I?m sure that Wayne Bennett will be happy to get the 2 points. Solid performances from Karmichael Hunt, Justin Hodges, Tame Tupou and Sam Thaiday saw the Broncos run away with the game for the final score line showing 30-12. The Bunnies were very disappointing with them conceding a high penalty count and making too many errors for them to be competitive in the contest. players of the match:3 - Karmichael Hunt (Broncos)2 - Justin Hodges (Broncos)1 - Tame Tupou (Broncos)-----------------------------------------

Preview: Salford v Huddersfield (Round 8)

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Preview: Hull v Leeds (Round 8)

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Preview: St Helens v Harlequins (Round 8)

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Robbo Reckons

HOW does that Bob Dylan song go ?For the times they are a changing? the mighty Dolphins in 2005 will welcome back to the fold Anthony ?Hook? Griffin who takes over from Neil Wharton as coach of the Queensland Cup side. Wharto walks away from the job with the distinction of being the longest serving first grade coach in the club?s history and the most successful. I am sure whatever he does in the future he will be successful at, and that may just be in commentary if you managed to listen to the ABC radio broadcast of preliminary and grand finals. Also going is Bertie Campbell whose side ran into a white hot Easts side in the preliminary final, fell one game short of going to the show. Bertie coached the way he played full of emotion and pride and he?ll be missed around the place. I have heard through one of my very reliable sources that Bertie will be lead singer in an Australian Crawl tribute band after his efforts in the pig pen on silly Sunday. Both these guys gave enormous service to the club so if you see them around say well done boys. Crusher Cleal moves from the coaching role to become Development Manager following the departure of Neil Bishop who has decided to become a truckie so all the best Bisho 10-4 big buddy. The club will also have a new strength and conditioning coach with David Simpson also not being re-appointed. With Simmo at the helm no team ran over the top of us physically and we always finished the year full of running, he is another who will be missed around the place. As I promised last month I am set to announce the prestigious awards in the game today ?The Robbo?s?. Player of the Year: Cowboy Troy Lindsay although Brian Jellick and Adam Starr were right up his clacker. Best New Face: He wasn?t new face to the Club but a new face to first grade Nick Walker Texas Ranger. Best Young Gun: Gavin Cooper if Coops sticks on the straight and narrow I feel we?ll be hearing a lot of him in years to come. Most Outstanding Prospects: In the forwards Tino Kurene and the backs Maddison Murphy watch for these two next year to push for Qld Cup spots. Now for the important awards Boomtown Rat Award: For the player most likely not to train Tuesday nights Cody Norton. The Dodgem Car Award: Chris Jelich I?m too Sexy for Shirt Award: Pick your own first name but the last name will be Jones. Crazy Hair Award: Henry Coutts for his Fro. The TV Tony Award: The player most likely to give away a penalty Peter Delaivuna The Alpha First Aid Award: The player most likely to get injured Andrew Wynyard. The Hinchey Award: For the player least likely to pass inside the opposition 25metres. Ben Jones Try of the Year: Russell McDonald, he got the ball from the kick off burst through the first line, chipped kick and regathered over the cover defender stepped the fullback put a goose step on the winger and sprinted away from the opposition centre. Well that?s how he tells it anyway.

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