AUSTRALIAN rugby league coach Ricky Stuart has lost his job as head coach of the Sydney Roosters, the club announced this afternoon.
LATEST scores and scheduling for major Queensland Rugby League competitions. >>MAJOR COMPETITIONSQLD WIZARD CUPElimination Final: Easts 12 d Tweed Heads 4.Qualifying Final: Redcliffe 22 d North Queensland 8.Final Standings: Toowoomba 32, North Queensland 30, Redcliffe 28, Tweed Heads 22, Easts 22, Burleigh 21, Norths 17, Central 15, Wynnum Manly 13, Souths Logan 12, Ipswich 8.Finals: Minor Semi ? North Queensland v Easts, Dairy Farmers Stadium, Friday September 1, 5.30pm. Major Semi ? Toowoomba v Redcliffe, Clive Berghofer Stadium, Saturday September 2, 2pm.QLD WOMENSRound 19: Wests Mitchelton 24 d Wests Centenary 18.Standings: Ipswich Brothers 31, Wests Centenary 24, Wests Mitchelton 16, Caboolture 5Finals: Minor Semi ? Wests Mitchelton v Caboolture, Davies Park, West End, Saturday September 2, 4pm. Major Semi ? Ipswich Brothers v Wests Centenary, QLD Group Stadium, Sunday September 3, 4.30pm.ARRIVE ALIVE CUPNational Semi: Keebra Park SHS v St Dominic?s Penrith, Dairy Farmers Stadium, Friday September 1, 4.15pm.>>> SOUTH EAST DIVISIONFOGS CUPElimination Final: Souths Logan 28 d Wynnum Manly 24.Qualifying Final: Burleigh 36 d Easts 12.Final Standings: Tweed Heads 35, Easts 26, Burleigh 25, Wynnum Manly 25, Souths Logan 24, Sunshine Coast 22, Redcliffe 17, Norths 16, Ipswich 12, Aspley 10, Western Districts 8. Finals: Minor Semi ? Easts v Souths Logan, Langlands Park, Saturday September 2, 3pm. Major Semi ? Tweed Heads v Burleigh, Piggabeen Complex, Sunday September 3, 3pm.FOGS COLTS CHALLENGEElimination Final: Wynnum Manly 62 d Aspley 8.Qualifying Final: Redcliffe 46 d Easts 16.Final Standings: Norths 32, Redcliffe 30, Easts 28, Aspley 24, Wynnum Manly 22, Tweed Heads 22, Souths Logan 19, Burleigh 17, Western Districts 11, Ipswich 10, Sunshine Coast 5. Finals: Minor Semi ? Easts v Wynnum Manly, Langlands Park, Saturday September 2, 1.15pm. Major Semi ? Norths v Redcliffe, Piggabeen Complex, Sunday September 3, 1.15pm.XXXX BRISBANE SECOND DIVISIONNORTHSIDE ONEMinor Semi: Fortitude Valley Juniors 14 d Samford 10.Major Semi: Dayboro 22 d Banyo 16.Final Standings: Dayboro 31, Banyo 25, Fortitude Valley Juniors 23, Samford 21, Pine Rivers 20, Sandgate Brighton Gaters 19, Aspley Demons 15, Northside Natives 10, Brook Sharks 9, Northern Suburbs Juniors 7.Preliminary Final: Banyo v Fortitude Valleys Juniors, Davies Park, West End, Saturday September 2, 2.30pm.SOUTHSIDE ONEMinor Semi: Greenbank 20 d Wests Inala 18.Major Semi: Carina 30 d St Brendans 24.Final Standings: St Brendans 32, Carina 32, Wests Inala 25, Greenbank 25, Mt Gravatt 20, Wynnum Manly Juniors 10, Capalaba Juniors 6, Logan Brothers 0.Preliminary Final: St Brendans v Greenbank, Davies Park, West End, Saturday September 2, 12.45pm.NORTHSIDE TWOMinor Semi: Northern Raiders 30 d Normanby 28.Major Semi: Mitchelton 34 d Ferny Grove 18.Final Standings: Mitchelton 40, Ferny Grove 38, Normanby 36, Northern Raiders 28, Arana Hills 27, Deception Bay Bombers 26, Deception Bay Juniors 24, Aspley Demons 17, Fortitude Valley Juniors 12, Pine Central Holy Spirit 10, Burpengary 6.Preliminary Final: Ferny Grove v Northern Raiders, Davies Park, West End, Saturday September 2, 11am.SOUTHSIDE TWOGrand Final: Rochedale 19 d Beenleigh Juniors 18.Final Standings: Rochedale 36, Beenleigh Juniors 32, Sunnybank 30, Logan Brothers 29, Redlands 18, Bears 12, Carina 11. SOUTHSIDE THREEGrand Final: Slacks Creek 22 d St Brendans 20.Final Standings: St Brendans 34, Slacks Creek 31, Logan Wanderers 30, Beenleigh Juniors 21, Rochedale 18, Wynnum Manly Juniors 16, Browns Plains 10, Bulimba Valleys 8.ARTHUR SPARKS SHIELDGrand Final: Logan Brothers 34 d Sandgate Brighton Gaters 22.Final Standings: Sandgate Brighton Gaters 30, Arana Hills 29, Mustangs 29, Logan Brothers 28, Wynnum Manly Juniors 26, Eastern Suburbs Juniors 24, Mitchelton 24, St Brendans 18, Capalaba Juniors 10, Browns Plains 6, Pine Central Holy Spirit 4. >>NORTHERN DIVISIONBENDIGO BANK PREMIERSHIP (Cairns)Elimination Final: Ivanhoes 48 d Mareeba 0.Qualifying Final: Innisfail 38 d Kangaroos 36.Final Standings: Brothers 39, Innisfail 37, Kangaroos 35, Ivanhoes 27, Mareeba 26, Atherton 26, Tully 24, Mossman Port Douglas 18, Yarrabah 14, Suburbs 14, Edmonton 4.Finals: Minor Semi ? Kangaroos v Ivanhoes, Barlow Park, Sunday September 3, 4.30pm. Major Semi ? Brothers v Innisfail, Barlow Park, Sunday September 3, 6pm.TOWNSVILLE DISTRICTS RLRound 21: Burdekin 30 d University 18, Brothers 64 d Charters Towers 10, Sharks United 48 d Herbert River 18. Centrals bye.Final Standings: Brothers 76, Herbert River 60, Sharks United 60, Burdekin 54, Centrals 38, Charters Towers 36, University 12. * Wins worth 4pts in TDRLFinals: Minor Semi ? Sharks United v Burdekin, Townsville Sports Reserve, Sunday September 3, 2pm. Major Semi ? Brothers v Herbert River, Townsville Sports Reserve, Sunday September 3, 3.30pm.MERCURY CUP (Mackay)Preliminary Final: Souths 48 d Brothers 26.Final Standings: Moranbah 28, Souths 26, Brothers 24, Sarina 16, Norths 14, Magpies 14, Whitsunday 10, Wests 4.Grand Final: Moranbah v Souths, Mackay JRL, Sunday September 3, 3.30pm.MACKAY WOMENSGrand Final: Magpies 20 d Wests 12.MID WEST RLPreliminary Final: Normanton 30 d Hughenden 8.Final Standings: Doomadgee 24, Hughenden 24, Normanton 24, Cloncurry 12, Julia Creek 3, Richmond -6.Grand Final: Katter Cup ? Doomadgee v Normanton, Julia Creek RLFC, Saturday September 2, 6.30pm.>>CENTRAL DIVISIONEXTENDED LEAGUEMinor Semi: Rockhampton Brothers 40 d Gladstone Brothers 12.Major Semi: Wallabys 28 d CQU Norths 18.Preliminary Final: CQU Norths v Rockhampton Brothers, Browne Park, Sunday September 3, 3pm.CENTRAL HIGHLANDS RLPreliminary Final: Blackwater 26 d Emerald Tigers 24.Final Standings: Clermont 28, Blackwater 23, Emerald Tigers 22, Middlemount 17, Emerald Cowboys 9, Springsure 3.Grand Final: Clermont v Blackwater, Clermont Sporting Complex, Saturday September 2, 7pm. (Reserve Grade ? Bluff v Peak Downs, 5pm).>>WIDE BAY DIVISION4BU-HITZ FM PREMIERSHIP (Bundaberg)Preliminary Final: Wests 34 d Hervey Bay 26 (extra-time).Final Standings: Wests 21, Hervey Bay 20, Across The Waves 16, Easts 13, Wallaroos 10, Brothers 8*. * Deducted two points for fielding unregistered player. Grand Final: Across The Waves v Wests, Salter Oval, Sunday September 3, 3.30pm.MAROOCHY RSL CUP (Sunshine Coast)Minor Semi: Kawana 26 d Caboolture 4.Major Semi: Noosa 16 d Caloundra 12.Final Standings: Caloundra 34, Noosa 30, Kawana 24, Caboolture 24, Nambour 21, Maroochydore Coolum 17, Beerwah 12, Gympie Cooloola 11, Bribie Island 7.Preliminary Final: Caloundra v Kawana, Pirate Park, Noosa, Sunday September 3, 3pm.SUNSHINE COAST GYMPIE AMATEURSGrand Final: Kilcoy 32 d Beachmere 10.Final Standings: Kilcoy 30, Beachmere 23, Pomona 19, Yandina 12, Palmwoods 6.>>SOUTH WEST DIVISIONWAGNER?S FIRST GRADE (Toowoomba)Round 22: Pittsworth 36 d Souths 24, Valleys 32 d Oakey 14, Brothers 68 d Gatton 16, Goondiwindi 60 d Dalby 10, Warwick 46 d Newtown 26. Wattles bye.Standings: Valleys 40, Brothers 36, Goondiwindi 32, Dalby 28, Wattles 27, Oakey 26, Gatton 24, Pittsworth 19, Souths 14, Warwick 14, Newtown 4. Finals: Elimination Semi ? Dalby v Wattles, Clive Berghofer Stadium, Saturday September 2, 5.30pm. Qualifying Final ? Brothers v Goondiwindi, Clive Berghofer Stadium, Sunday September 3, 2.30pm.ROMA DISTRICTS RLPreliminary Final: Red Bulls 52 d St George 16.Final Standings: St George 19, Mitchell 17, Cities 16, Red Bulls 16, Miles 13, Chinchilla 9.Grand Final: Mitchell v Red Bulls, Bassett Park, Sunday September 3, 3pm.BORDER LEAGUEGrand Final: Tenterfield 34 d Killarney 20 (Scorers details pending).Final Standings: Tenterfield 24, Killarney 20, Stanthorpe 11, Inglewood 5.WESTERN RLGrand Final: Cunnamulla 30 (Ken Cavanough 3, Rohan Wharton 2, Henry Goulton, Douglas Gibbs tries; Mark Malezer goal) d Charleville 28 (Brian Burgess 2, Paul Hancock, Darrell Adcock, Nigel Steedman tries; Darrell Adcock 4 goals).Final Standings: Charleville 22, Tambo 19, Cunnamulla 11, Quilpie 8. >>SOUTHERN DIVISIONQLD GROUP CUP (Ipswich)Elimination Semi: Norths 28 d Springfield 24.QualifyingSemi: South Burnett 38 d Goodna 28.Final Standings: Brothers 34, South Burnett 30, Goodna 22, Norths 22, Springfield 19, Fassifern 17, Redbank Plains 14, West End 10, Swifts 9, Laidley 3. Finals: Minor Semi ? Goodna v Norths, QLD Group Stadium, Saturday September 2, 7.30pm. Major Semi ? Brothers v South Burnett, QLD Group Stadium, Sunday September 3, 3pm.SMARTLEND CUP (Gold Coast)Minor Semi: Runaway Bay 32 d Southport 12.Major Semi: Tugun 40 d Burleigh 16.Final Standings: Tugun 36, Burleigh 28, Runaway Bay 27, Southport 20, Beaudesert 18, Uni Parkwood 17, Tweed Heads 16, Nerang 8, Mudgeeraba 6, Helensvale 2. Preliminary Final: Burleigh v Runaway Bay, Pizzey Park, Miami, Sunday September 3, 3pm.
CRONULLA centre Ben Pomeroy will need to beat a grade one contrary conduct charge to play in Saturday's final-round match against Canberra at Toyota Park. Pomeroy was charged for his part in a brawl in Saturday's 18-4 loss to St George Illawarra and faces a one-week ban unless he successfully fights the charge.Canberra forward Michael Weyman was also charged with grade one contrary conduct for starting an altercation with Melbourne's Matt King, but his good judiciary record means he'll escape suspension with an early guilty plea.Meanwhile, Manly and Brisbane will have destiny in their own hands as four teams jostle for two top-four spots in a dramatic climax to the NRL regular season next weekend.Brisbane, who recorded a second consecutive shut-out by thumping Parramatta 23-0, could finish as high as third or as low as seventh as the race to secure a home semi final intensifies. Manly is another side which could finish as high as third - or as low as sixth, with for-and-against set to separate the finals contenders.The Broncos can book Suncorp Stadium for the first week of the finals with a win against the New Zealand Warriors next Sunday, while the Sea Eagles can claim a top-four spot by toppling minor premiers Melbourne at Olympic Park on Saturday.Newcastle, who has the bye next week, will be cheering for a Warriors victory in order to leapfrog the Broncos into the top four.
BOTH Newtown Jets senior teams won their respective competition games on the weekend with identical scorelines but in remarkably differing circumstances. In the VB Premier League match played in balmy conditions at Telstra Stadium on Sunday, the Jets defeated South Sydney by 40-26 after trailing 16-6 at half-time. Newtown outscored the Rabbitohs by an amazing 30-6 in the last 18 minutes of the game. Following the surprise loss by the Dragons to Cronulla-Sutherland on Saturday evening, the Newtown Jets have now secured second place on the VB Premier League competition table, regardless of the result in the Jets-Dragons clash at Henson Park next Saturday.In the Jim Beam Cup game played in the freezing wind and rain at Henson Park on Friday night, the Jets defeated Windsor by exactly the same score as their Premier League compadres ? 40 to 26. Both of these sides will now meet in the Jim Beam Cup elimination semi-final next Saturday. Newtown ran up a 24-0 lead in the first half against Windsor but the Wolves hit back in the second half, with the Jets looking decidedly shaky holding on to a 30-26 lead with twelve minutes still on the clock. Two late tries to the Jets wrapped up the result and kept alive their faint hopes of a third place finish, although subsequent results on the weekend put paid to those aspirations.Hard running Newtown second-rower Khalid Deeb collected three tries and assisted in two others, confirming just what a valuable player he is for Newtown?s Jim Beam Cup team. Coach Greg Matterson will spend a couple of anxious days awaiting a decision from the NSWRL judiciary following Deeb being placed on report in the second half of this match. Jets front-rower Ritchie Parker gave another solid performance along with tough hooker Matt Habojan. Centre Nathan McMahon gave a fine defensive display.The South Sydney Rabbitohs certainly turned up ready to play in Sunday?s VB Premier League match and were obviously determined to spring an upset on their Foundation Club neighbours. Souths led 10-0 after twenty minutes and were clearly unsettling the Jets with their spoiling, in your face style of play. The Jets incurred a major setback when classy centre Lelea Paea suffered a broken jaw midway through the first half. The Gold Coast-bound Paea?s strength and creative flair will be sorely missed in the upcoming finals series.The Rabbitohs continued to harass Newtown after half-time and the Jets task seemed even more daunting, following five-eighth Jeremy Gordon?s dismissal with a full twenty-five minutes left to play and the Jets 20-10 in arrears. The match then underwent an extraordinary transformation as the Jets plied on four converted tries in the space of seven minutes, racing from a 20-10 deficit to a 34-20 lead. Both teams scored tries before full-time but the Jets claimed the competition points and guaranteed themselves a top two finish on the premiership table.Lopini Paea was Newtown?s best forward, a very impressive performance given that it was his first game back in action after a lengthy suspension. His brother Mickey gave a lion-hearted display despite suffering badly from the effects of influenza. Lock Mitch Aubusson scored two fine tries and confirmed that he has a real taste for getting amongst the four-pointers at Telstra Stadium. Michael Burns had one of his best games of the season, including one triumphant fifty-metre effort to virtually seal the match. Fullback Aidan Kirk and half-back Mitch Pearce were Newtown?s best backs.All roads lead to Henson Park next Saturday (September 2nd) for the ever-popular Newtown Jets players, officials, staff and supporters annual reunion. The Jets take on the St. George-Illawarra Dragons in the VB Premier League match at 3.00pm and will be out to establish ascendancy over a strong opponent that they may encounter again in the finals series. The reunion kicks on back at the Jets Sports Club in Holbeach Avenue, Tempe after the football at Henson Park.Newtown and Windsor face off again in the Jim Beam Cup elimination semi-final also on Saturday (September 2nd), with this sudden death match at OKI Jubilee Stadium (Kogarah Oval) kicking off at 1.00pm. Those Newtown supporters who go to support the Jets Jim Beam Cup team will still have plenty of time to get to Henson Park for the long-awaited Jets-Dragons showdown at Henson Park on Reunion Day 2006.Photo:Newtown Jets classy lock-forward Mitch Aubusson scores against South Sydney at Telstra Stadium on Sunday.Photo courtesy of Gary Sutherland Photography.
WITH just one round remaining before the NRL finals, the top eight has been officially decided. But a battle royale is looming with a number of teams on 30 competition points and fighting for a top four spot, and the right to stage a home semi-final.Friday night football saw the Manly Sea Eagles pip the Canterbury Bulldogs by 21-20 at Brookvale. Manly are in outright third spot on 32 competition points on the NRL ladder while the Bulldogs are second on 34 points and well clear on points differential.Saturday rugby league took us to Canberra where a gallant Raiders outfit went down by 22-18 to minor premiers the Melbourne Storm. The Raiders are on 28 points and inside the eight while the Storm are riding high on 40 points.On Saturday night the Newcastle Knights sured up their chances with a 40-4 trouncing of the Penrith Panthers in Newcastle. The result spells the end of the Panthers? season. Sitting in 11th position on 24 points, Penrith were still a slim hope of making the cut prior to the round 25 clash. The Knights are amongst a log jam of teams on 30 points, their points differential placing them in fifth position. Meanwhile, the St George Illawarra Dragons were making their own push for a top four spot in downing the Cronulla Sharks by 18-4 in Wollongong. The Dragons move up to 30 competition points and sixth spot on the NRL ladder. The 12th-placed Sharks are in the midst of one of their worst seasons on record, crashing to their ninth successive loss and equalling the Club?s worst ever losing streak.Sunday football took us across the Tasman with the New Zealand Warriors hammering the Sydney Roosters 42-16 in Auckland. The Warriors move up to ninth position and are out of contention for this season. But they gave supporters plenty to cheer about and a promise of what lies ahead. The Roosters were flattered by the score line. Sitting in second last place on the ladder, the Sydneysiders continue to just make up the numbers in 2006.In other Sunday results, the North Queensland Cowboys defeated the South Sydney Rabbitohs 34-12 at Telstra Stadium. The Cowboys moved up to 24 competition points and 10th place. Meanwhile Souths have recorded their 20th loss of the year and languish in last place with just 10 points.Round 25 wrapped up in Parramatta with home side the Eels crashing back to Earth following their 23-0 loss to the Brisbane Broncos. The resurgent Broncos are now on 30 competition points and in fourth place on the ladder. The Eels remain on 28 points and slip back to seventh place.Last year?s premiers Wests Tigers had the bye this round, moving up to 22 points and 13th position on the ladder.All match results and details are listed below.LeagueUnlimited.com Player AwardsThe stage is set for a tight finish in this year?s LeagueUnlimited.com Player Awards. Melbourne hooker Cameron Smith is still coming first on 27 points and Canberra full back Clinton Schifcofske is in second spot with 26 points. But still in contention on 25 points are Eels back rower Nathan Hindmarsh and previous winner, Sea Eagles half back Matt Orford. Both Hindmarsh and Orford scored well last weekend to close the gap on the front runners.With just one round to go, all four players are a chance of taking out this year?s award.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 usMATCH RESULTS:League Wrap: Round 25, 25 August ? 27 August 2006Manly Sea Eagles: 21Tries: Shayne Dunley, Matt Orford, Michael RobertsonGoals: Matt Orford 4/5Field Goals: Matt OrfordCanterbury Bulldogs: 20Tries: Nate Myles, Andrew Ryan, Andrew EmelioGoals: Hazem El Masri 4/4Half time: Sea Eagles 18-12Venue: Brookvale OvalCrowd: 20,163Referee: Sean HampsteadLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Matt Orford (Sea Eagles)2 - Steve Menzies (Sea Eagles)1 - Andrew Ryan (Bulldogs)Canberra Raiders: 18Tries: Alan Tongue(2), Lincoln WithersGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 3/3Melbourne Storm: 22Tries: Ryan Hoffman, Greg Inglis, Dallas Johnson, Matt KingGoals: Cameron Smith 3/4Half time: Storm 16-6Venue: Canberra StadiumCrowd: 21,255Referee: Shayne HayneLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Alan Tongue (Raiders)2 - Greg Inglis (Storm)1 - Cooper Cronk (Storm)Newcastle Knights: 40Tries: George Carmont, Matthew Gidley(2), Josh Perry, Anthony Quinn, David Seage, Jarrod Mullen, Luke DavicoGoals: Daniel Abraham 2/4, Kurt Gidley 1/3, Reegan Tanner 1/1Penrith Panthers: 4Tries: Michael GordonGoals: Preston Campbell 0/1Half time: Knights 22-4Venue: EnergyAustralia StadiumCrowd: 23,655Referee: Steven ClarkLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Jarrod Mullen (Knights)2 - Matthew Gidley (Knights)1 - Luke Davico (Knights)St George Illawarra Dragons: 18Tries: Matt Cooper, Dean Young, Brett MorrisGoals: Aaron Gorrell 1/1, Wes Naiqama 2/3Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 4Tries: Paul GallenGoals: Luke Covell 0/1Half time: Dragons 6-4Venue: WIN StadiumCrowd: 16,897Referee: Paul SimpkinsLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Luke Bailey (Dragons)2 - Jason Ryles (Dragons)1 - Mark Gasnier (Dragons)New Zealand Warriors: 42Tries: Epalahame Luauki, Jerome Ropati(4), Ruben Wiki, Patrick Ah Van(2)Goals: Lance Hohaia 5/8Sydney Roosters: 16Tries: Sam Perrett, Amos Roberts, Iosia SoliolaGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 2/3Half time: Warriors 20-10Venue: Mt Smart (Ericsson) StadiumCrowd: 12,711Referee: Russell SmithLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Jerome Ropati (Warriors)2 - Brent Webb (Warriors)1 - Lance Hohaia (Warriors)South Sydney Rabbitohs: 12Tries: Nathan Merritt, Paul MellorGoals: Joe Williams 2/2North Queensland Cowboys: 34Tries: Matthew Bowen, David Fauiumu, Luke O'Donnell, Aaron Payne, Justin Smith(2)Goals: Ashley Graham 5/7Half time: Cowboys 16-6Venue: Telstra StadiumCrowd: 8,914Referee: Tony De Las HerasLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Aaron Payne (Cowboys)2 - Carl Webb (Cowboys)1 - Justin Smith (Cowboys)Parramatta Eels: 0 Brisbane Broncos: 23Tries: Justin Hodges, Stephen Michaels, Corey Parker, Brad ThornGoals: Darren Lockyer 2/4, Corey Parker 1/1Field Goals: Darren LockyerHalf time: Broncos 13-0Venue: Parramatta StadiumCrowd: 20,353Referee: Tony ArcherLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Darren Lockyer (Broncos)2 - Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels)1 - Justin Hodges (Broncos)Wests Tigers v ByeFULL DRAW, RESULTS & LINKS TO LIVE SCORES ? CLICK HEREUPCOMING MATCHES:Round 26, 1-3 September 2006Fri 7:30 COWBOYS v EELS - Dairy Farmers StadiumSat 5:30 SHARKS v RAIDERS - Toyota ParkSat 7:30 ROOSTERS v DRAGONS - Sydney Cricket GroundSat 7:30 STORM v SEA EAGLES - Olympic ParkSun 2:30 BRONCOS v WARRIORS - Suncorp StadiumSun 3:00 TIGERS v RABBITOHS - Leichhardt OvalSun 3:00 PANTHERS v BULLDOGS - CUA Stadium PenrithKNIGHTS v BYELEAGUEUNLIMITED.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.27 pointsCameron Smith (Storm)26 pointsClinton Schifcofske (Raiders)25 pointsNathan Hindmarsh (Eels), Matt Orford (Sea Eagles)23 pointsGreg Inglis (Storm), Willie Mason (Bulldogs)21 pointsPreston Campbell (Panthers)19 pointsBen Kennedy (Sea Eagles), Andrew Johns (Knights)18 pointsDanny Buderus (Knights), Cooper Cronk (Storm)17 pointsMark Gasnier (Dragons), Darren Lockyer (Broncos), Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)14 pointsMatthew Bowen (Cowboys), Adam Dykes (Sharks), Steve Price (Warriors), Scott Prince (Tigers)13 pointsHazem El Masri (Bulldogs), Alan Tongue (Raiders)12 pointsPetero Civoniceva (Broncos), Jason Smith (Raiders), Sonny Bill Williams (Bulldogs)11 pointsRoy Asotasi (Bulldogs), Craig Fitzgibbon (Roosters), Paul Gallen (Sharks), Justin Hodges (Broncos), Karmichael Hunt (Broncos), Grant Rovelli (Warriors), Rhys Wesser (Panthers)10 pointsRobert Farah (Tigers), Aaron Payne (Cowboys)9 pointsMathew Head (Dragons), Brett Hodgson (Tigers), Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles), Brent Webb (Warriors)8 pointsBrett Kimmorley (Sharks), Jarryd Hayne (Eels), Steve Menzies (Sea Eagles), Corey Parker (Broncos), Andrew Ryan (Bulldogs), Ruben Wiki (Warriors), Dean Young (Dragons)7 pointsSteve Bell (Sea Eagles), Nathan Merritt (Rabbitohs), Mark O?Meley (Bulldogs), David Peachey (Rabbitohs), Amos Roberts (Roosters), Steve Simpson (Knights)6 pointsLuke Bailey (Dragons), Trent Barrett (Dragons), Nathan Cayless (Eels), Craig Gower (Panthers), Nathan Fien (Warriors), Ryan Hoffman (Storm), Luke Lewis (Panthers), Jarrod Mullen (Knights), Jerome Ropati (Warriors), Lance Thompson (Sharks)5 pointsDean Collis (Tigers), Peter Cusack (Rabbitohs), Brett Finch (Roosters), Matthew Gidley (Knights), Aaron Gorrell (Dragons), Wade McKinnon (Eels), Luke O'Donnell (Cowboys), Luke O?Dwyer (Eels), Simon Mannering (Warriors), Luke Priddis (Panthers), Jason Ryles (Dragons), Brad Thorn (Broncos)4 pointsDarren Albert (Sharks), Greg Bird (Sharks), Brian Carney (Knights), Todd Carney (Raiders), Matt Cooper (Dragons), Sione Faumuina (Warriors), Phillip Graham (Raiders), David Kidwell (Storm), Scott Hill (Storm), Lance Hohaia (Warriors), Ben Hornby (Dragons), Anthony Laffranchi (Tigers), Adam MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Fuifui Moimoi (Eels), John Morris (Eels), Clint Newton (Knights), Josh Perry (Knights), Brent Sherwin (Bulldogs), David Simmons (Sharks), Billy Slater (Storm), Jamie Soward (Roosters), John Sutton (Rabbitohs), Milton Thaiday (Knights), Anthony Tupou (Roosters), Paul Whatuira (Tigers), Lincoln Withers (Raiders)3 pointsTravis Burns (Sea Eagles), Luke Burt (Eels), Joel Clinton (Panthers), Darius Boyd (Broncos), Luke Covell (Sharks), Michael Crocker (Storm), Greg Eastwood (Broncos), Michael Gordon (Panthers), Clint Greenshields (Dragons), Nathan Hinton (Knights), Brett Kearney (Sharks), Luke MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Reni Maitua (Bulldogs), Manase Manuokafoa (Rabbitohs), Adam Mogg (Raiders), Sam Perrett (Roosters), Michael Robertson (Sea Eagles), Matt Sing (Cowboys), Tame Tupou (Broncos), Steve Turner (Storm), Matthew Utai (Bulldogs), Anthony Watmough (Sea Eagles), Carl Webb (Cowboys), Jake Webster (Storm), Joe Williams (Rabbitohs)2 pointsBrenton Bowen (Cowboys), George Carmont (Knights), Daniel Fitzhenry (Tigers), Keith Galloway (Tigers), Awen Guttenbeil (Warriors), Ashley Harrison (Roosters), Wairangi Koopu (Warriors), Tom Learoyd-Lahrs (Raiders), Tony Martin (Warriors), Anthony Minichiello (Roosters), Mark O'Meley (Bulldogs), Peter-John Marsh (Eels), Benji Marshall (Tigers), Steve Matai (Sea Eagles), Luke Patten (Bulldogs), Todd Polglase (Rabbitohs), Luke Rooney (Panthers), John Skandalis (Tigers), Craig Smith (Knights), Tim Smith (Eels), Iosia Soliola (Roosters), Steven Southern (Cowboys), Craig Stapleton (Panthers), Timana Tahu (Eels), Clinton Toopi (Warriors), Evarn Tuimavave (Warriors), Nigel Vagana (Sharks), Trent Waterhouse (Panthers), Shane Webcke (Broncos), Michael Weyman (Raiders), Craig Wing (Roosters)1 pointPaul Bowman (Cowboys), Ben Creagh (Dragons), Luke Davico (Knights), Shayne Dunley (Sea Eagles), Michael Ennis (Broncos), Shaun Foley (Roosters), Nathan Friend (Storm), Matt Geyer (Storm), Kurt Gidley (Knights), Tony Grimaldi (Bulldogs), Chris Hicks (Sea Eagles), Daniel Holdsworth (Bulldogs), Lee Hookey (Panthers), Matt King (Storm), Josh Lewis (Roosters), Todd Lowrie (Knights), Daryl Millard (Dragons), Ryan O'Hara (Tigers), Shannon McDonnell (Tigers), Sam Rapira (Warriors), Mark Riddell (Eels), Shane Rodney (Panthers), David Shillington (Roosters), Justin Smith (Cowboys), Brent Tate (Broncos), Sam Thaiday (Broncos), Willie Tonga (Bulldogs), Shane Tronc (Cowboys), Taniela Tuiaki (Tigers), Ben Walker (Rabbitohs), Simon Woolford (Raiders), William Zillman (Raiders)
A feast of rugby league in New Zealand over the weekend saw two catch up games from Round 18 of the Bartercard Cup with Wellington and Auckland the victors.BARTERCARD CUP COMPETITION ? ROUND 18 RESULTS (Deferred Games)Sunday 27 August 2006: Auckland Lions vs Waicoa Bay Stallions Resthills Park, HamiltonAuckland Lions 46Tries: F. Souter, P. Ale (2), S. Stowers (3), M. Solomona (3)Goals: S. Buckingham (5)Waicoa Bay Stallions 30Tries: J. Auru, M. Moore, S. Fifita, S. Beale, N. Standen (2)Goals: H. Karena (3)Halftime Score: 20 ? 16 To Auckland LionsWellington Orcas vs Northern Storm Whakatikai Park, WellingtonWellington Orcas 48Tries: M. Koliavu, B. Taraeka, D. Misa, J. Moala (2), O. Kua (2), P, Patelesio (2), Goals: L. Boyd (6)Northern Storm 14Tries: B. Hikaka, D. Were, A. DonaldsonGoals: D. WereHalftime Score: 26 ? 0 To Wellington OrcasWeek 1 of the competition play-offs kicked into gear withn the Bulls hosting the Rangers in Christchiurch. A tough ask to beat the Canterbury side in Christchurch, as the Rangers discovered.In the other game of the first week of the finals the Tamaki Leopards will battle it out with the Jetz at Mount Smart Stadium tonight at 8pm.BARTERCARD CUP COMPETITION ? WEEK 1 OF PLAY-OFFS RESULTSSaturday 26 August 2006:Canterbury Bulls vs Waitakere Rangers (2nd vs 3rd) Rugby League Park, ChristchurchCanterbury Bulls 26Tries: L. Sione, L. Fidow, D. Wineti, D. Metcalf (2)Goals: S. Hurrell (2)Waitakere Rangers 20Tries: R. Godfrey, G. Bailey, H. Barclay, S. JonesGoals: D. Shepherd (2)Halftime Score: 10 ? 6 To Waitakere Rangers PROVISIONAL MATCH ? RESULT:Auckland Ladies vs Canterbury Ladies Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland (C/R To Warriors vs Roosters)Auckland 50Tries: C. Marsters, S. Rowe-Wolland, M. Miki, L. Tawhai, L. Mariu (2), T. Morris (4)Goals: L. Mariu (5)Canterbury 4Tries: A. ThompsonHalftime Score: 26 ? 0 To Auckland
HUDDERSFIELD Giants captain Chris Thorman insists his side will take the positives from their Powergen Challenge Cup defeat and use them in the fight to avoid relegation.
SEAN Long savoured his greatest Powergen Challenge Cup success after being awarded the Lance Todd trophy for a record third time
BRIAN McClennan, coach of defending Tri-Nations champions New Zealand, is predicting the closest tournament yet.The Kiwis are jointly hosting this year?s series, which gets under way on October 14 in Auckland."It has become the norm for people to say that Australia are going to win it but Great Britain have been making good strides and we?ve made some steady progress, so I think there?s a real excitement about what could happen this tournament," said McClennan."I really believe this series is going to be the best we?ve had so far. There?s some continuity in what?s been happening - there?s a bit of knowledge on each squad and what they do."Britain were represented at the launch by Sydney Roosters? former Leeds forward Adrian Morley, who is currently serving a seven-match ban."Brian Noble has a very clear plan on what he expects from us and the lads I?ve spoken to have said there?s a really determined feel amongst the squad," said Morley.Australia, who suffered a shock 24-0 defeat in last November?s final at Elland Road, are favourites to regain the title they held in 2004 but new coach Ricky Stuart is expecting a difficult opening Test in Auckland."The Kiwis are always a lot stronger when playing at home," he said. "Test-match footy in New Zealand generally means it?s cold, windy and wet."We?re going around on their home turf, we?re playing the Tri-Nations champions and I think we?ll have a different attitude."From our first match in Auckland we need to start on the right note."Group matches will also be staged in Melbourne, Christchurch, Sydney, Wellington and Brisbane, with the final taking place in Sydney on November 25."This is the fourth Tri-Nations tournament with a great tradition building around the concept and I truly believe the best series is yet to come," said International Federation chairman Colin Love."Early ticket sales in Australia have been really encouraging, Melbourne in particular."Source: superleague.co.uk
MATCH reports for Week 1 of the Queensland Wizard Cup finals including full list of upcoming finals matches.
SEMI-FINAL results for Queensland FOGS Cup and FOGS Colts Challenge:FOGS CUPELIMINATION SEMI FINAL ? A GRADESunday 27th August at BMD Kougari Oval.SOUTHS LOGAN 28 (John Andrews, Matt Templeman, Mehau Phillip, Ron Troutman, Adrian Maloney tries; Justin Hoggart 4 goals) d WYNNUM MANLY 24 (Chris Currie 2, Daniel Sorbello 2, Dan Powers tries, Jimmy O?Brien 2 goals)QUALIFYING SEMI FINAL ? A GRADESaturday 26th August at the Piggabeen Complex.BURLEIGH 36 (Ryan Perry 2, Marty Paulson, Mark Commens, Chris Hodges, Tim Tripp tries; Phil Ramage 6 goals) d EASTS12 (Chris Parker, David Wood tries; Luke Archer 2 goals)FOGS COLTS CHALLENGEELIMINATION SEMI FINAL ? COLTS Sunday 27th August at BMD Kougari Oval.WYNNUM MANLY 62 (Ben Cronin 2, Shaun Cotter 2, Brendon O?Neill, Luke Menhinnitt, Ryan Brown, Warren Jensen, Adam Mansy, Josef McLean, Michael Chaplain tries; Luke Menihinnitt 9 goals) d ASPLEY 8 (Vaughan Eriksen, Jacob Fauid tries)QUALIFYING SEMI FINAL ? COLTSSaturday 26th August at the Piggabeen Complex.REDCLIFFE 46 (Phil Daisy 2, Matt Gillett 2, Asher Elemani, Logan Sullivan, Sam Schull, Tim Benson tries; Phil Daisy 7 goals) d EASTS 16 (Matthew Klein, Joe Richards, Blair Conlon, Dywayne Rigby)NEXT WEEKS GAMES ? SEMI FINALS 2SATURDAY, 2 SEPTEMBER 2006FOGS COLTS CHALLENGE1.15pm - Easts v Wynnum Manly Langlands Park (Minor Semi)FOGS CUP3.00pm - Easts v Souths Logan Langlands Park (Minor Semi)SUNDAY, 3 SEPTEMBER 2006FOGS COLTS CHALLENGE1.15pm - Norths v Redcliffe Piggabeen Complex (Major Semi)FOGS CUP3.00pm - Tweed Heads v Burleigh Piggabeen Complex (Major Semi)
SEMI-FINAL results for the QLD Wizard Cup:
ROUND 25 Parramatta Eels 0 v Brisbane Broncos 23at Parramatta StadiumReferee: Tony ArcherMatch Summary:The Brisbane Broncos have scored an impressive 23-0 victory over a depleted Parramataa Eels side at Parramatta Stadium this afternoon.The Broncos, for the second week in succession, have kept a team scoreless and that would give the Broncos great confidence two weeks out from the finals, not to emention the boost their for and against will receive.The scoreline didn't tell the true tale of the match, with the Eels losing half Jeremy Smith late in the first half with a suspected broken hand and with the Eels struggling for props, their go forward suffered agains the much larger Brisbane pack.The Eels struggled to make it out of their own half and with the lack of go forward, Brisbane easily dominated field position and possession in both halves but the Eels fought all the way, knowing full well for and against could prove vital in the finals washup.The Broncos have almost certainly booked a place in the top four and secured a home final while the Eels will now fall into elimination matches as they will more than likley finish seventh and face the Bulldogs in the first round of the finals.Scorers:Parramatta Eels: 0Tries: Brisbane Broncos: 23Tries: Justin Hodges, Stephen Michaels, Corey Parker, Brad ThornGoals: Darren Lockyer 2/4, Corey Parker 1/1Field Goals: Darren LockyerBy the Clock: 1 min: NEWS We are underway at a sold out Parramatta Stadium. It's a sea of blue and gold!5 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosDarren Lockyer sets up a great try for Justin Hodges, who scores next to the posts. Brisbane have had all the ball and field possession in the opening ten minutes. Conversion successful. Broncos 6-010 min: NEWS Brisbane really dominating in the opening stages but the Eels are starting to find their feet.13 min: NEWS Broncos throw a forward pass and a try to Karmichael Hunt is disallowed on the advice of the touch judge.19 min: ATTEMPTED PENALTY GOAL Brisbane BroncosLockyer misses an easy conversion so there is no change to the score. Brisbane are still dominating field position. Broncos 6-026 min: NEWS Brisbane starting to tire and with all the possession, they should be a lot further in front at this stage of the match. Tonie Carroll has just knocked on.34 min: NEWS Luke Burt has run into the goalposts chasing a grubber. He's not hurt though.35 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosThe Broncos score just before half time and the scoreline now reflects their dominance of possession in the first half. Conversion successful. Broncos 12-037 min: FIELD GOAL Brisbane BroncosDarren Lockyer pots a 31 metre field goal to extend the Broncos lead beyond two converted tries. Broncos 13-041 min: NEWS We are underway in the second half and Jeremey Smith from the Eels is out of the match with a suspected broken hand.45 min: NEWS The Eels are on the ropes but the game is really starting to open up. Exciting stuff.52 min: NEWS Parramatta starting to find their feet and Brisbane are starting to tire and leave a lot of open space for the Eels.61 min: NEWS Parramatta can't get across the line and time is fast running out.65 min: NEWS The Eels are no closer to scoring and with fifteen to go, it would be a huge effort for the Eels to get home from here.68 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosThe Broncos wrap it up after Brad Thorn scores the match winner. The Eels were out on their feet. Conversion Broncos 19-076 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosBrisbane have put the icing on the cake with a try to Steve Michaels in the corner to keep their oppostion scoreless for the second week in succession. Conversion unsuccessful. Broncos 23-0-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Darren Lockyer2 - Nathan Hindmarsh1 - Justin Hodges-----------------------------------------
ROUND 25 South Sydney Rabbitohs 12 v North Queensland Cowboys 34at Telstra StadiumReferee: Tony De Las HerasMatch Summary:The North Queensland Cowboys have comprehensively defeated the South Sydney Rabbitohs today 34-12 at Telstra Stadium this afternoon.The Cowboys started the match strongly with tries to Matty Bowen in the 5th minute and David Fauiumu in the 10th minute to give the visitors a 10-0 lead. The Cowboys extended that lead in the 20th when Aaron Payne intercepted and nearly went the length of the field and from the next tackle Luke O'Donnell scored next to the posts for a 16-0 lead.The Rabbitohs got on the board in the 29th minute when Nathan Merritt scored next to the post after a nice pass from Trent Young. The Rabbitohs had a few opportunities late in the half to score but poor ball control would cost them and they trailed 16-6 at the break.The Rabbitohs would continue to blow chances to get back into the match early in the second half with more poor ball control. The Cowboys picked up a penalty goal in the 54th minute to give them an 18-6 lead. The Cowboys would put the match out of reach with tries in the 56th, 67th & 71st minutes to give the visitors an unassailable 34-6 lead. The Rabbitohs would pick up a consolation try to Paul Mellor to round out a 34-12 fulltime score. Scorers:South Sydney Rabbitohs: 12Tries: Nathan Merritt, Paul MellorGoals: Joe Williams 2/2North Queensland Cowboys: 34Tries: Matthew Bowen, David Fauiumu, Luke O'Donnell, Aaron Payne, Justin Smith(2)Goals: Ashley Graham 5/7By the Clock:Welcome to Telstra Stadium in Sydney for todays clash between the Rabbitohs and Cowboys. 1 min: Rabbitoh's kick off to get the game underway3 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysMatty Bowen scoots out of dummy half to score his first try since round 6. Conversion successful Cowboys 6-010 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysAnother soft try here as Fauiumu goes trough the defence to score. Rabbitoh's need to tighten up in this aspect. Conversion unsuccessful. Cowboys 10-020 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysAaron Payne picks up the intercept and nearly runs the length of the field, from the next tackle the Cowboys spread the ball and Luke O'Donnell scores near the post. Conversion successful Cowboys 16-029 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsTrent Young slips a good ball to Nathan Merritt who scores next to the post. Conversion successful Cowboys 16-640 min: VIDEO REF - possible Souths Try - It goes to Refs call and he calls held up. NO TRY Halftime... The Rabbitohs are trying hard to get back into the match after a slow start and have had a few opportunities in the last 10 minutes of the half.Stay tuned to see if they can come back or can the Cowboys hang on.41 min: Cowboys kickoff to get the second half underway49 min: NEWS The Rabbitohs making lots of opportunities but are unable to capitalise. The completion rate from both teams in the second half is very poor.54 min: PENALTY GOAL North Queensland CowboysThe Rabbitohs are penalised for a high tackle right in front of the posts. Ashley Graham slots the conversion Cowboys 18-658 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysThe Cowboys keep the ball alive and backup well for Justin Smith to score under the post. Conversion successful. Cowboys 24-666 min: INJURY - Germaine Paulson leaves the field with an eye injury. From the next tackle Joe Galuvao leaves the field also, with a knee injury.67 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysJustin Smith picks up a double as he goes through some poor defence. Conversion unsuccessful. Cowboys 28-671 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysGavin Cooper takes a bomb on his own 25 metre line goes through some poor defence before linking up with Aaron Payne on the halfway and he races away to score the try. Conversion successful Cowboys 34-674 min: VIDEO REF - Possible Rabbitohs try. NO TRY held up again for the Rabbitohs76 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsPaul Mellor takes the cross field kick and busts through the defence to score out wide. Conversion successful from the sideline. Cowboys 34-12Fulltime..-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Aaron Payne2 - Carl Webb1 - Justin Smith-----------------------------------------
ROUND 25 New Zealand Warriors 42 v Sydney Roosters 16at Mt Smart (Ericsson) StadiumReferee: Russell SmithMatch Summary:The New Zealand Warriors have crushed the spirits of Sydney Roosters today at Mt Smart Stadium, running out 42-16 winners in a very one-sided contest.The final scoreline of 42-16 somewhat flattered the Roosters as the Warriors went on a rampage, including 4 tries to Jerome Ropati, to record a memorable victory in front of a strong home crowd of 12,711.The game began at a fast pace with Brent Webb committing a blatant double movement in the 4th minute before Ruben Wiki scored five minutes later off a neat short ball by Grant Rovelli.The home team backed it up soon after with Ropati?s first try of the day when club stalwart Awen Guttenbeil put him in a gap close to the line. In the 19th minute the Roosters gave their fans some hope after a failed Warriors raid resulted in a 70m burst from fullback Shaun Foley. From the ensuing play Amos Roberts scored and shortly after a similar occurrence took place as Roosters forward Anthony Tupou raced a fair distance to setup a terrific try for Iosia Soliola. The conversion brought the scores back to 12-10 but that was as close as the Roosters got for the rest of the game.Tries to Patrick Ah Van in the 29th minute and Ropati?s second in the 38th took the halftime lead to 20-10 and the writing was on the wall. Several missed opportunities in between, including another to Webb which looked legitimate, cruelled the Warriors chances of racking up a bigger lead but to their credit they continued to pummel the Roosters defence whereas they may have lost their way in season?s gone by.Epalahame Luauki brushed aside several defenders in the 44th minute to maintain the rage before Ropati completed his hat-trick ten minutes later with some good lead-up work around the rucks from Nathan Fien and Lance Hohaia.Playing in his 265th first grade game, breaking Stephen Kearney?s record for most in the NRL by a New Zealand born player, vice-captain Ruben Wiki found himself in the sin bin for the first time in his career after holding down Amos Roberts after the Roosters flyer made a break.Minutes later the visitors took advantage of the overlap and put Sam Perrett over for their final score of the day.The Warriors continued the carnage in the 71st minute as Ropati capped a memorable day when he sealed his fourth try and Ah Van gratefully accepted a pin-point cut-out pass by Webb in the 78th to cross for his second.This was a dominant effort by the Warriors over a meek Roosters outfit who have failed to live up to even the most humble predictions for 2006. New Zealand travel to Brisbane next week for their final game of the year in what should be a cracking contest against the semi-finals bound Broncos. Meanwhile, it doesn?t get any easier for the Roosters, they face the Dragons at the SCG.Scorers:New Zealand Warriors: 42Tries: Epalahame Luauki, Jerome Ropati(4), Ruben Wiki, Patrick Ah Van(2)Goals: Lance Hohaia 5/8Sydney Roosters: 16Tries: Sam Perrett, Amos Roberts, Iosia SoliolaGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 2/3By the Clock:Nice day over here in Auckland where the Roosters take on the Warriors. The game is a dead rubber but a good contest is expected nonetheless.Changes: Lopini Paea out for the Roosters with Charlie Tonga coming onto the bench. For the Warriors, Cooper Vuna makes way for the early return of Nathan Fien.1 min: NEWS The Roosters get us underway in the first half.4 min: NEWS Video referee denies Brent Webb a try after the Warriors fullback committed a textbook double-movement. Silly play by Webb as the Warriors are dominating proceedings here.8 min: NEWS Warriors go close again and they're looking good early but failing to convert. Roosters are very flat and without many options at this point.9 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsThe Warriors are in courtesy of Ruben Wiki. He hit a gap off a pass by Rovelli and crashed over to score. Warriors are dominating. Hohaia converts and they take the early lead. Warriors 6-014 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsWarriors are in again. From broken play Guttenbeil puts Ropati into a gap and he motors 35m to score under the posts. Hohaia converts. Signs are ominous here for the Roosters. Warriors 12-017 min: NEWS Another near miss by the Warriors and then Foley turns it around and runs 70m upfield. Very open affair here at Mt Smart.19 min: TRY Sydney RoostersRoosters get on the board thanks to Foley's break. They spread it wide and Cross finds Roberts on the wing who scores. Fitzgibbon can't convert from out wide. Warriors 12-424 min: TRY Sydney RoostersAnthony Tupou makes a break out of nowhere and finds Soliola who scores next to the posts. Fitzgibbon converts. Warriors 12-1029 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsAh Van picks up a loose ball and races 60m to score. This game is turning into a try-fest. Hohaia can't convert and the lead remains 6 points. Warriors 16-1032 min: NEWS Webb denied another try after an obstruction is ruled. Looked ok to me.36 min: NEWS Another missed opportunity from the Warriors as Ropati grasses a Webb grubber in the in-goal area.38 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsRopati scores his second as he forces his way over close to the line. A bit soft really. Hohaia misses and the margin is now 10 points to the Warriors. Warriors 20-1040 min: NEWS A scorching first 40 minutes of action as the scoreline probably flatters the Roosters a little. New Zealand has missed several opportunites and they should be leading by more than they are. Roosters are looking disjointed and unenthusiastic. The game is still wide open though, but I fancy the Warriors to keep it going.41 min: NEWS The Warriors restart proceedings here at Mt Smart.44 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsThe Warriors push further ahead this time through Epalahame Luauki. He makes a mockery of the Roosters defence close to the line and steams across the stripe to score. Hohaia converts and the lead is out to 16. Warriors 26-1052 min: NEWS The Warriors have repelled a few attacking raids by the Roosters and are looking to go back on the attack themselves.54 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsThe Warriors are in again. Fien gets out of dummy half and dishes to Hohaia who grubbers ahead. Ah Van scopps it to Ropati and the lively no.6 claims his third for the day. Hohaia converts and the Warriors are running away with it here. Warriors 32-1055 min: NEWS Crowd: 12,711. Not a bad effort.64 min: NEWS Warriors setting up for another raid here. The last few minutes have been littered with errors from both sides.65 min: NEWS Wiki finds himself in the sin bin after he held down Roberts following an intercept.67 min: TRY Sydney RoostersThe Roosters claw one back with a try to Sam Perrett on the flank. Fitzy converts and they've got a bit more credibility. Warriors 32-1671 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsAn amazed Roptai crosses for his fourth of the day with after regathering a kick ahead. Hohaia adds the extras and the Warriors want more. Warriors 38-1678 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsAh Van gets a double as Webb throws a pass with pin-point accuracy from first receiver to his wing-man. Hohaia hits the post with the conversion. Warriors 42-1680 min: NEWS Game over - Warriors destroy Roosters.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Jerome Ropati2 - Brent Webb1 - Lance Hohaia-----------------------------------------