BARTERCARD Cup Round 4 Results and Standings
BACKROWER Lee Te Maari is set for his NRL debut and international front rower Jason Ryles will return from injury for the Dragons traditional ANZAC Day match against the Roosters at Aussie Stadium next Tuesday.Te Maari 20, has been named on the interchange bench and Ryles will start at Prop having missed the past three matches with a broken hand.Unavailable Dragons due to injury are: Luke Bailey (Knee), Sam Isemonger (Knee) and Corey Payne (Eye Socket).Supporters are advised to purchase tickets in advance through Ticketek for this historic clash.NRL Dragons teamv Sydney Roosters3.00pm Tuesday 25 AprilAussie StadiumCoach: Nathan Brown 1. Ben HORNBY 2. Wes NAIQAMA 3. Mark GASNIER 4. Matt COOPER 5. Colin BEST 6. Trent BARRETT (c) 7. Mathew HEAD 8. Justin POORE 9. Dean YOUNG 10. Jason RYLES 11. Ben CREAGH 12. Ashton SIMS 13. Shaun TIMMINS Interchange:14. Michael HENDERSON15. Matt BICKERSTAFF 16. Lee TE MAARI17. Aaron GORRELL Premier Leaguev Newtown Jets7.00pm Friday 21 AprilWIN StadiumCoach: Steven Price 1. Clint GREENSHIELDS 2. Josh MORRIS 3. Brett MORRIS 4. Daryl MILLARD 5. Reece SIMMONDS 6. Chris SHEPPARD (c)7. Reece BLAYNEY 8. Charlie LEAENO 9. George NDAIRA 10. Chris HOUSTON (c) 11. Tom HABERECHT 12. Danny WICKS 13. Aaron WHEATLEY 14. Damon ALLEY-TOVIO 15. Willie TUPOU 16. James JIMENEZ 17. Beau RYAN 18. Jamie KEITH 19. Bryson GOODWIN 20. Beau MUNDINE Jersey Fleggv Sydney Roosters5.30pm Friday 21 AprilWIN StadiumCoach: Corey Pearson1. Jason NIGHTINGALE2. Rota SETU3. Junior SEUMANUTAFA4. Keith LULIA5. Luke IRWIN6. Richard WILLIAMS7. Matt SEAMARK8. Peter WAKLEY9. Scott SABLOWSKI10. Chris FARRELL11. James GREHAN12. James KEELAN13. Brian WEST (c)14. Dan HUNT15. Francis LANGIFISI16. Nathan WYNN17. Blake DUREAU18. Daniel JARVIS19. Tyson MUSCAT20. Peter REEVES
NO SHANE Perry? So what? That was the response from Redcliffe on Saturday as the Wizard Cup pacesetters handed a 64-26 pasting to Norths on the back of a near faultless first half.
Observers were interested to see whether the Dolphins would fumble without their captain and playmaker Perry, elevated to NRL duty with the Brisbane Broncos on Friday.
WESTS Tigers captain Brett Hodgson is expected to be out for three weeks after scans today confirmed he broke his hand in his side's 42-16 NRL win over Cronulla on Sunday.
ST George hooker Dean Young is facing up to two matches on the sideline after being charged with a grade two striking charge during his side's 26-24 NRL win over Manly last Saturday night.
AT least three players will be sweating on the findings of the NRL match review committee today after being placed on report over the weekend.
BRADFORD Bulls and Huddersfield Giants have announced the respective 20-man squads for the engage Super League clash at Odsal Stadium.
CATALANS Dragons and St Helens have announced their 18-man squads for the engage Super League clash on Monday, April 17.
SUNDAY - 16th April 2006
HULL and Wakefield meet for the third time in eight weeks, with the Wildcats looking to avoid a hat-trick of defeats.
SALFORD Reds, the surprise package of Super League XI, can climb to second place if they break their duck against Leeds Rhinos at The Willows.
WHILE Wigan wait for an answer to their job offer from Brian Noble, caretaker coaches Stuart Wilkinson and Andrew Farrar look to stop the rot against Harlequins.
FRIDAY night football saw the Brisbane Broncos travel to Sydney to overcome the Roosters by 24-6. Leading 8-6 at half time, the Broncos went on with it in the second half while the home side didn?t trouble the score board attendants for the rest of the day.Saturday afternoon took us to a close fought match in Brookvale with the St George Illawarra Dragons defeating the Manly Sea Eagles by 26-24. Saturday night saw the Melbourne Storm triumph over the Penrith Panthers by 40-18. The Adelaide crowd were treated to 11 tries with both Greg Inglis (Storm) and Lee Hookey (Panthers) posting hat tricks. Also on Saturday, the Canberra Raiders came from behind to defeat the New Zealand Warriors by 18-14, Alan Tongue scoring the match winner with just minutes remaining.Sunday kicked off in front of huge crowd in Townsville with the North Queensland Cowboys defeating a determined Newcastle Knights by 18-16. In doing so, the Cowboys have beaten off their main rival rivals for competition favouritism and continue their unbeaten run on top of the NRL ladder. Meanwhile, reigning premiers Wests Tigers thrashed the Cronulla by 42-16 in Campbelltown.Round six rounded up with the Bulldogs overcoming the South Sydney Rabbitohs by 26-18. The Rabbitohs led 18-8 at half time but were simply outclassed in the second half.All match results and details are listed below.After six rounds of football, Johnathan Thurston continues to lead the field in this year?s LeagueUnlimited.com Player Awards. The Cowboys five-eighth picked up one point on the Easter weekend to move up to 16 points and extend his lead by four.His nearest rival, Andrew Johns failed to score with the Live Updaters on the weekend and sits in second place on 12 points. News that Johns has suffered a torn ankle ligament couldn?t have come at a worst time for the Newcastle halfback. Last year?s LeagueUnlimited.com Player of the Year, Johns is expected to be sidelined for 1-2 weeks.In third place, Mark Gasnier (Dragons), Clinton Schifcofske (Raiders) and Cameron Smith (Storm) are all still well in contention on eight points. 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.Want to be a live score updater? For further enquiries, email us.League Wrap: Round 6, 14 ? 17 April 2006MATCH RESULTS:Sydney Roosters: 6Tries: Amos RobertsGoals: Amos Roberts 1/1Brisbane Broncos: 24Tries: Petero Civoniceva, Sam Thaiday, Greg EastwoodGoals: Corey Parker 6/6Half time: Broncos 8-6Venue: Aussie StadiumCrowd: 21,246Referee: Steve ClarkLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Corey Parker (Broncos)2 - Petero Civoniceva (Broncos)1 - Karmichael Hunt (Broncos)Manly Sea Eagles: 24Tries: Ben Kennedy, Brent Kite, Brett Stewart, Michael RobertsonGoals: Matt Orford 4/5St George Illawarra Dragons: 26Tries: Matt Cooper(2), Dean Young, Matthew BickerstaffGoals: Mathew Head 5/5Half time: Sea Eagles 14-12Venue: Brookvale OvalCrowd: 18,069Referee: Shayne HayneLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Mathew Head (Dragons)2 - Ben Kennedy (Sea Eagles)1 - Matt Cooper (Dragons)Penrith Panthers: 18Tries: Danny Galea, Lee Hookey(3)Goals: Preston Campbell 1/4Melbourne Storm: 40Tries: Michael Crocker, Ryan Hoffman, Greg Inglis(3), Matt King, Cameron SmithGoals: Cameron Smith 6/8Half time: Storm 12-10Venue: Hindmarsh Stadium, AdelaideCrowd: 7,017Referee: Tony ArcherLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Greg Inglis (Storm)2 - Cameron Smith (Storm)1 - Lee Hookey (Panthers)Canberra Raiders: 18Tries: Alan Tongue(2), Lincoln WithersGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 3/3New Zealand Warriors: 14Tries: Wairangi Koopu, Brent WebbGoals: Tony Martin 3/4Half time: Warriors 6-0Venue: Canberra StadiumCrowd: 7,174Referee: Gavin BadgerLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Alan Tongue (Raiders)2 - Clinton Schifcofske (Raiders)1 - Lincoln Withers (Raiders)Wests Tigers: 42Tries: Ben Galea, Paul Whatuira(2), Ryan O'Hara, Michael Crockett(2), Rocky TrimarchiGoals: Brett Hodgson 6/7, Scott Prince 1/1Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 16Tries: David Simmons, Nigel Vagana, Brett KearneyGoals: Luke Covell 2/3Half time: Tigers 24-16Venue: Campbelltown Sports StadiumCrowd: 15,550Referee: Jason RobinsonLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Brett Hodgson (Tigers)2 - John Skandalis (Tigers)1 - Scott Prince (Tigers)Newcastle Knights: 16Tries: Danny Buderus, George Carmont, Matthew GidleyGoals: Andrew Johns 2/3North Queensland Cowboys: 18Tries: Matthew Bowen, Mitchell Seargent, Johnathan ThurstonGoals: Johnathan Thurston 3/3Half time: Knights 10-6Venue: EnergyAustralia StadiumCrowd: 26,048Referee: Paul SimpkinsLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Matthew Bowen (Cowboys)2 - Danny Buderus (Knights)1 - Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)South Sydney Rabbitohs: 18Tries: John Sutton, Nathan Merritt, Joe GaluvaoGoals: Nathan Merritt 3/3, John Sutton 0/1Canterbury Bulldogs: 26Tries: Corey Hughes, Luke Patten, Andrew Ryan, Willie TongaGoals: Hazem El Masri 5/6Half time: Rabbitohs 18-8Venue: Telstra StadiumCrowd: 19,529Referee: Russell SmithLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Willie Mason (Bulldogs)2 - Peter Cusack (Rabbitohs)1 - Luke Patten (Bulldogs)Parramatta Eels - ByeFULL DRAW, RESULTS & LINKS TO LIVE SCORES ? CLICK HERENext weekend?s matches:Round 7, 21-25 (Anzac Day) April 2006 Fri 7:30 - EELS v TIGERS - Parramatta Stadium Sat 7:30 (NZ); 5:30 (NSW) - WARRIORS v RABBITOHS - Ericsson StadiumSat 7:30 - STORM v KNIGHTS - Olympic ParkSat 7:30 - SHARKS v COWBOYS - Toyota Park Sun 2:30 - BULLDOGS v SEA EAGLES - Telstra StadiumSun 3:00 - BRONCOS v PANTHERS - Suncorp StadiumTue 3:00 - DRAGONS v ROOSTERS - Aussie Stadium RAIDERS v BYEFOR 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.16 pointsJohnathan Thurston (Cowboys)12 pointsAndrew Johns (Knights)8 pointsMark Gasnier (Dragons), Clinton Schifcofske (Raiders), Cameron Smith (Storm)7 pointsSteve Bell (Sea Eagles)6 pointsKarmichael Hunt (Broncos), Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs), Craig Gower (Panthers), Darren Lockyer (Broncos), Willie Mason (Bulldogs)5 pointsMatthew Bowen (Cowboys), Danny Buderus (Knights), Adam Dykes (Sharks), Greg Inglis (Storm), Ben Kennedy (Sea Eagles), Matt Orford (Sea Eagles), Amos Roberts (Roosters)4 pointsPreston Campbell (Panthers), Nathan Fien (Warriors), Aaron Gorrell (Dragons), Mark O?Meley (Bulldogs), Jamie Soward (Roosters), Rhys Wesser (Panthers), Paul Whatuira (Tigers)3 pointsCraig Fitzgibbon (Roosters), Mathew Head (Dragons), Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels), Justin Hodges (Broncos), Brett Hodgson (Tigers), Luke O'Donnell (Cowboys), Corey Parker (Broncos), Steve Price (Warriors), Scott Prince (Tigers), Milton Thaiday (Knights), Alan Tongue (Raiders), Ruben Wiki (Warriors)2 pointsGeorge Carmont (Knights), Petero Civoniceva (Broncos), Luke Covell (Sharks), Cooper Cronk (Storm), Peter Cusack (Rabbitohs), Daniel Fitzhenry (Tigers), Josh Perry (Knights), Wade McKinnon (Eels), Anthony Minichiello (Roosters), Mark O'Meley (Bulldogs), Aaron Payne (Cowboys), Todd Polglase (Rabbitohs), Luke Priddis (Panthers), John Skandalis (Tigers), Matt Sing (Cowboys), Jason Smith (Raiders), Steven Southern (Cowboys), John Sutton (Rabbitohs), Brad Thorn (Broncos), Clinton Toopi (Warriors), Lincoln Withers (Raiders), Dean Young (Dragons)1 pointsTrent Barrett (Dragons), Paul Bowman (Cowboys), Matt Cooper (Dragons), Michael Ennis (Broncos), Kurt Gidley (Knights), Matthew Gidley (Knights), Ashley Harrison (Roosters), Lee Hookey (Panthers), Wairangi Koopu (Warriors), Tony Martin (Warriors), Steve Menzies (Sea Eagles), Luke Patten (Bulldogs), Brent Sherwin (Bulldogs), Billy Slater (Storm), Tim Smith (Eels), Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles), Shane Tronc (Cowboys), Anthony Tupou (Roosters), Tame Tupou (Broncos), Trent Waterhouse (Panthers), Simon Woolford (Raiders), William Zillman (Raiders)
NEWCASTLE captain Andrew Johns has been diagnosed with a torn ankle ligament and will be sidelined for 1-2 weeks.
ON Saturday night, the Vodafone Warriors slipped to new depths to lose the unlosable, which strangely, with the mindset of the Warriors over the past couple of seasons, also loomed as the inevitable in a harsh twist of d?j? vu.The most worrying aspect of the loss was the fact they were outscored 3 tries to 2, by a team who concentrated purely on one off the ruck stuff, intermitted with darts out of dummy half, with each set being ended up an aimless, rudderless bomb. It was the sort of backyard golden oldies attack that shouldn't threaten an under 8's team, let alone a first grade team. While statistically people could look back in five years time and argue the defence was tight, in actual fact it was the perfect tonic for insomniacs in terms of the creativity and structure of both team's attacking structure.Worse still, in the nation's capital, again they showed their lack of intelligence in terms of closing a game out. In the last six or seven minutes, with the Warriors leading, they could not get a decent kick in. Most times, they had coughed the ball up before that. In retrospect, kicking it out from here on in and resetting from 20-30 metres out more than likely would have given the Warriors the win. The Raiders looked devoid of ideas as to how to create a long range try. However, turning the ball over at half way, and allowing 5 10 metre bursts put them in a position to puncture a tiring defensive line. A crucial play in all of this was halfback Nathan Fien turning the ball over in a one on one position after a break, looking for a 50/50 offload when the Warriors were crying out for an effective kick to limit the Raiders offence. In a brain explosion, Fien forgot the situation, turned the ball over, and as they say, the rest is history.In 2001 and 2002, and to a lesser degree in 2003, the Warriors earnt a reputation of being a breathe of fresh air under coach Daniel Anderson. Tries could be winged in from 10 metres, 40 metres, 80 metres. Distance was never an issue. Nowadays, the Warriors look unlikely to score from 4 metres out with a 6 man overlap.Also, alarmingly, the club that had vowed to build on an emotional grand final performance in 2002 seemingly have little to no idea as to how to close out a tight game. Last season, the Warriors finished outside the top 8, yet never copped a hiding. Every other team copped a 20 plus point touch up, the Warriors did not. But, they lost an alarming amount of tight games, as illustrated below.Round 1: Manly 26, Warriors 20, Ericsson StadiumRound 8: Penrith 16, Warriors 14, Ericsson StadiumRound 9: Cronulla 28, Warriors, 24, Members Equity Stadium, PerthRound 10: Roosters 10, Warriors 6, Ericsson StadiumRound 17: North Queensland 24, Warriors 16, Dairy Farmers Stadium, TownsvilleRound 18: Bulldogs 26, Warriors, 24, Ericsson StadiumRound 21: Penrith 42, Warriors, 34, Penrith StadiumIn all but one of those losses, the Warriors failed to reach 30 points. A benchmark for the halcion days of the 2001-2003 era.What has contributed to the Warriors loss in attacking prowess? Against all manner of belligerent and generalised 'expert' comment, it has come simply from a lack of attack. As strange as that sounds, the Warriors have gone into their shell. In years gone by, the Warriors could live off a 60% completion rate and beat top ranked sides by 10 plus points.Nowadays, despite the generalisations, the Warriors seem to be completing a lot of bland sets of six. They rely heavily on Steven Price and Ruben Wiki to power it forward up front. Yet when those two masters of the hard yards provide space and time, the Warriors fail to use it.Furthermore, the Warriors still rely heavily on the 50/50 offloads. In between 4 or 5 nothing sets of powering it up the guts, the Warriors panic and try to throw a hot potato pass in an offload situation. However, they often forget the basic rule, "Only pass to a man in a better position." Be effective with it, not reckless with it. It was something Daniel Anderson tried to impress upon the team, get your techniques right. Offload when you are in a more stable upright position, rather than when you are being dominated. Check who is supporting you, before offloading. Communicate to one another if it is on. He realised it was nigh on impossible to take the flamboyance out of their game, but contrary to popular 'expert' belief, it could be highly effective and provide entertaining, and successful football.However, since 2002 teams have becoming more and more aware of the situation, and when the Warriors spread it wide teams defensively are leaving a 'floater' up hanging off the tackle situation, in case they can gather a cheap turnover from a misdirected offload. As such, with the Warriors heavy reliance on the offload, their attack is somewhat stilted as a result of this.In 2003, the Warriors attempted to compensate for this by bringing into play the cross field bomb from Stacey Jones, to Henry Fa'afili and Francis Meli. It was highly successful, but a short term solution to the problem, as like the offloading, teams could smarten up to it and make sure centres covered their wingers to give them a better opportunity in defusing the bomb.In 2004, Daniel Anderson attempted to beat the game again by bulking the Warriors up, thinking that a bigger, stronger pack could power over their opposition and put their outside men in a position where the offload was virtually unstoppable. However, the end net result was a team of players who were hopelessly slow on the field, tired quickly, perspired easier which led to slippery hands and more dropped pill. Also, with heavier legs one key element of any sport was overlooked ? footwork. On defence, laterally they were susceptible, and on offence they often snatched at passes when in full fitness they would have been in a good position to take the ball.Taking out the offload, and the bomb as high percentage attacking weapons for the Warriors has destroyed their offence systematically. Since 2004, both Tony Kemp and Ivan Cleary have built a team very strong up the centre third of the park. They have relied heavily on good go forward, and tight defence in the centre, but neglected the edge thirds in attack.The Warriors need to take a strong look at the likes of the Roosters, Panthers, Knights, Cowboys at their peak. Not only did they get good quick go forward, they all had extremely quick play of the balls. The hooker was able to get out for a quick scamper, and either hit another forward hitting it hard, or hitting the halfback at the line with a deep set backline and players in motion. With players in motion, they were able to set up decisive set piece plays, basic, yet effective involving second man plays and were able to hit their men out wide who with good footwork against a fractured defence were able to take charge of the situation. One other basic thing all successful sides do; their forwards make sure when they go to the ground they are on their stomachs, not their backs, making it half a second quicker to get to their feet to play the ball resulting in a set attack against a disorganised defence.Similarly, it was this type of basic, yet expansive game plan that Brian "Bluey" McClennan implemented for the Kiwis. He realised that the New Zealand players, like all players, loved to play ball. It is somewhat of a wild generalisation that New Zealanders are overly excitable with ball in hand, its human nature that we all love to make line breaks and score tries. That?s the name of the game. So he put in place a structure that allowed this. Good go forward, quick rucks, and a deep, wide spread against a disorganised defence. It allowed Clinton Toopi, Brent Webb and Nigel Vagana room to move, to use their footwork, to beat their opponents inside and out and give their wingers unstoppable opportunities. Toopi and Webb are both still at the Warriors, they are still the same players who are highly successful at the Kiwis, they still require the same opportunities and can still deliver the same results. But not with a flat backline, not with limited ball, not without disorganised defences.Furthermore, better capitalisation on Steve Price's ball skills could work a treat. Currently, sitting in Bartercard are speed merchants Cooper Vuna, Miguel Start and Marvin Filipo. Much the same way as Canberra attempt to use Marshall Chalk, it would be wise to have those men trailing Price and friends up the centre of the ruck. Put them on the wing, with a license. Price was particularly effective at the Bulldogs with his short passes before the line to fellow forwards, the defender would have to shift late off Price onto his team-mate, usually getting a poor hit on the attacker, allowing either safety in offloading - with Vuna and friends trailing could cause problems, the ability to fall to the stomach for a quick play of the ball, or a broken tackle altogether. Simple, yet effective. And from there, it will keep defences guessing on Price, allowing him more latitude in moving forward.Without a shadow of a doubt, the Warriors are the most frustrating team to watch in the NRL. Their offence is bland, their street smarts in closing out close games are poor. More often than not they don't have the offence, the game breaking play to put their opponents away. For the most part, they play a solid brand of football that keeps them in most games and keeps the scoreline respectable, but they do not have structure right to take advantage of it.Once were Warriors, once again finding ways to lose the unlosable.