Monday?s Expert League Wrap - Round 22, 2006

FRIDAY night football saw a near capacity crowd brave damp conditions and witness a resurgent Parramatta Eels down an out-of-form St George Illawarra Dragons 28-6. The result sees the Eels in seventh position and 24 points on the National Rugby League ladder. The Dragons slip two places to sixth spot and 26 points.Saturday football kicked off in Auckland with a small crowd on hand to witness the New Zealand Warriors post a 12-10 victory over the Cronulla Sharks. The 13th-placed Warriors are on 18 points. The Sharks are seemingly anchored on 22 points and have now slipped out of the top eight. Saturday night took us to Melbourne to see competition leaders the Storm thrash last year?s premiers Wests Tigers by 46-4. The result almost confirms Melbourne as minor premiers for 2006. Now on 38 competition points and six points clear of the field, the southern franchise is looking odds on to go all the way. Things are not so rosy for the 12th-placed Wests Tigers, Struggling to keep in touch on 20 points, the Tigers appear to have little chance of making the cut in four weeks time.Meanwhile, the Canterbury Bulldogs were asserting their authority in clobbering the North Queensland Cowboys 54-14 in Townsville. The result was the final nail in the coffin for the Cowboys. Last year?s grand finalists, the North Queenslanders began their season with a flurry of victories. But now the 10th-placed Cowboys are on 22 points and in real danger of missing out on a finals berth. The Bulldogs led 30-0 at half time and are firming up as real contenders in this year?s competition. With 32 points and in outright second position, the Bulldogs may the only team standing in the way of Melbourne.Sunday football gave us three matches kicking off with the Raiders running over the top the Brisbane Broncos by 30-18 in Canberra. The result confirms that the Broncos are indeed in a post-Origin slump as they cling to third spot amongst a log jam of teams on 26 points. The Raiders put in a fine performance and must fancy themselves. They are now in the top eight on 24 points and only have to remain consistent to be there come finals time.The Newcastle Knights have been promoted to fourth spot after they disposed of the Sydney Roosters by 32-18 at Central Coast Stadium. The Roosters are on 18 competition points and in second last position, their season ending some time ago.Round 22 wrapped up at Homebush with the South Sydney Rabbitohs defeating the Penrith Panthers 32-26. The win takes the Rabbitohs to eight points on the competition ladder as they focus on getting themselves into double figures. With no chance of avoiding the wooden spoon, Souths are playing for pride and contracts. The 11th-placed Panthers are not playing like a team competing for a top eight spot and don?t really deserve a rating. But on 22 points and with four rounds remaining, they are still a chance to jag a finals berth.All match results and details are listed below.LeagueUnlimited.com Player AwardsThis year?s LeagueUnlimited.com Player Awards has got a new leader with Melbourne hooker Cameron Smith coming first on 27 points. Canberra full back Clinton Schifcofske maintains second spot on the leader board with 26 points. Not far away are Preston Campbell (Panthers) and Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels) on 21 points while Greg Inglis (Storm), Willie Mason (Bulldogs), and Matt Orford (Sea Eagles) are on 20 points. On 19 points, and still a chance of taking out the award, are Ben Kennedy (Sea Eagles) and Andrew Johns (Knights).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 22, 4 August ? 6 August 2006Parramatta Eels: 28Tries: Eric Grothe (2), Luke Burt, Chad RobinsonGoals: Luke Burt 6/7St George Illawarra Dragons: 6Tries: Colin BestGoals: Mathew Head 1/2Half time: Eels 10-6Venue: Parramatta StadiumCrowd: 19,137Referee: Steve ClarkLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Nathan Cayless (Eels)2 - Peter-John Marsh (Eels)1 - John Morris (Eels)New Zealand Warriors: 12Tries: Michael Luck, Grant RovelliGoals: Tony Martin 2/3Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 10Tries: Luke Covell, Brett KimmorleyGoals: Luke Covell 1/2Half time: 6 allVenue: Mt Smart (Ericsson) StadiumCrowd: 4,850Referee: Jason RobinsonLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Steve Price (Warriors)2 - Grant Rovelli (Warriors)1 - Paul Gallen (Sharks)Melbourne Storm: 46Tries: Matt Geyer, Greg Inglis, Steve Turner(2), Jake Webster(4)Goals: Greg Inglis 1/1, Cameron Smith 6/8Wests Tigers: 4Tries: Jamaal LolesiHalf time: Storm 16-4Venue: Olympic Park MelbourneCrowd: 12,481Referee: Sean HampsteadLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Jake Webster (Storm)2 - Scott Hill (Storm)1 - Cameron Smith (Storm)North Queensland Cowboys: 14Tries: Matthew Scott, Ashley Graham, Mark HenryGoals: Ashley Graham 1/2Canterbury Bulldogs: 54Tries: Trent Cutler, Hazem El Masri, Reni Maitua, Luke Patten, Willie Tonga, Sonny Bill Williams(2), Andrew Emelio(2)Goals: Hazem El Masri 9/9Half time: Bulldogs 30-0Venue: Dairy Farmers StadiumCrowd: 20,486Referee: Paul SimpkinsLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Sonny Bill Williams (Bulldogs)2 - Andrew Ryan (Bulldogs)1 - Willie Tonga (Bulldogs)Canberra Raiders: 30Tries: Todd Carney, Phillip Graham, David Howell(2), Adam Mogg, Adrian PurtellGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 3/6Brisbane Broncos: 18Tries: Sam Thaiday, Brad Thorn, Darius BoydGoals: Corey Parker 3/3Half time: Raiders 14-6Venue: Canberra StadiumCrowd: 13,137Referee: Gavin BadgerLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Alan Tongue (Raiders)2 - Adam Mogg (Raiders)1 - Phillip Graham (Raiders)Sydney Roosters: 18Tries: Ryan Cross, Iosia Soliola, Shaun FoleyGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 2/2, Josh Lewis 1/1Newcastle Knights: 32Tries: Danny Buderus, Andrew Johns, Luke Davico, Chris Bailey, Riley BrownGoals: Andrew Johns 6/6Half time: Knights 26-6Venue: Central Coast StadiumCrowd: 18,124Referee: Tony ArcherLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Andrew Johns (Knights)2 - Danny Buderus (Knights)1 - Milton Thaiday (Knights)South Sydney Rabbitohs: 32Tries: Mark Minichello, Germaine Paulson, Joe Williams, Nathan Merritt(3)Goals: Joe Williams 4/6Penrith Panthers: 26Tries: Preston Campbell(2), Craig Gower, Tony Puletua, Michael GordonGoals: Michael Gordon 3/5Half time: Rabbitohs 16-10Venue: Telstra StadiumCrowd: 9,126Referee: Ben CumminsLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Nathan Merritt (Rabbitohs)2 - Joe Williams (Rabbitohs)1 - Preston Campbell (Panthers)Sea Eagles v ByeFULL DRAW, RESULTS & LINKS TO LIVE SCORES ? CLICK HEREUPCOMING MATCHES:Round 23, 11-13 August 2006Fri 7:30 KNIGHTS v SEA EAGLES - EnergyAustralia Stadium Sat 7:30 (NZ) 5:30 (AEST) WARRIORS v COWBOYS - Mt Smart (Ericsson) StadiumSat 7:30 PANTHERS v ROOSTERS - CUA Stadium, Penrith Sat 7:30 SHARKS v EELS - Toyota Park Sun 2:30 BRONCOS v STORM - Suncorp Stadium Sun 3:00 BULLDOGS v DRAGONS - Telstra StadiumSun 3:00 TIGERS v RAIDERS - Campbelltown Stadium RABBITOHS v BYE FOR LATEST CENTREBET ODDSCLICK HERELEAGUEUNLIMITED.COM PLAYER AWARDS 2006LEADER BOARDThe Leagueunlimited.com players awards are decided by our live score updaters.Want to be a live score updater? For further enquiries, email us.27 pointsCameron Smith (Storm)26 pointsClinton Schifcofske (Raiders)21 pointsPreston Campbell (Panthers), Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels)20 pointsGreg Inglis (Storm), Willie Mason (Bulldogs), Matt Orford (Sea Eagles)19 pointsBen Kennedy (Sea Eagles), Andrew Johns (Knights)17 pointsCooper Cronk (Storm), Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)16 pointsDanny Buderus (Knights)14 pointsMatthew Bowen (Cowboys), Mark Gasnier (Dragons)13 pointsAdam Dykes (Sharks), Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs), Darren Lockyer (Broncos)12 pointsSteve Price (Warriors), Jason Smith (Raiders)11 pointsRoy Asotasi (Bulldogs), Karmichael Hunt (Broncos), Scott Prince (Tigers)10 pointsPetero Civoniceva (Broncos), Robert Farah (Tigers), Paul Gallen (Sharks), Sonny Bill Williams (Bulldogs)9 pointsCraig Fitzgibbon (Roosters), Mathew Head (Dragons), Brett Hodgson (Tigers), Alan Tongue (Raiders)8 pointsBrett Kimmorley (Sharks), Corey Parker (Broncos), Grant Rovelli (Warriors), Rhys Wesser (Panthers), Ruben Wiki (Warriors), Dean Young (Dragons)7 pointsSteve Bell (Sea Eagles), Nathan Merritt (Rabbitohs), Mark O?Meley (Bulldogs), Aaron Payne (Cowboys), David Peachey (Rabbitohs), Amos Roberts (Roosters), Steve Simpson (Knights)6 pointsNathan Cayless (Eels), Craig Gower (Panthers), Nathan Fien (Warriors), Ryan Hoffman (Storm), Luke Lewis (Panthers), Steve Menzies (Sea Eagles), Andrew Ryan (Bulldogs), Lance Thompson (Sharks)5 pointsTrent Barrett (Dragons), Dean Collis (Tigers), Peter Cusack (Rabbitohs), Brett Finch (Roosters), Aaron Gorrell (Dragons), Jarryd Hayne (Eels), Justin Hodges (Broncos), Wade McKinnon (Eels), Luke O'Donnell (Cowboys), Simon Mannering (Warriors), Luke Priddis (Panthers), Brad Thorn (Broncos), Brent Webb (Warriors)4 pointsDarren Albert (Sharks), Greg Bird (Sharks), Brian Carney (Knights), Matt Cooper (Dragons), Sione Faumuina (Warriors), Phillip Graham (Raiders), David Kidwell (Storm), Scott Hill (Storm), Ben Hornby (Dragons), Anthony Laffranchi (Tigers), Adam MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Fuifui Moimoi (Eels), Clint Newton (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 pointsLuke Bailey (Dragons), Joel Clinton (Panthers), Darius Boyd (Broncos), Luke Covell (Sharks), Michael Crocker (Storm), Greg Eastwood (Broncos), Matthew Gidley (Knights), Michael Gordon (Panthers), Clint Greenshields (Dragons), Nathan Hinton (Knights), Brett Kearney (Sharks), Luke MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Reni Maitua (Bulldogs), Manase Manuokafoa (Rabbitohs), Adam Mogg (Raiders), John Morris (Eels), Luke O?Dwyer (Eels), Michael Robertson (Sea Eagles), Jerome Ropati (Warriors), Matt Sing (Cowboys), Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles), Tame Tupou (Broncos), Matthew Utai (Bulldogs), Anthony Watmough (Sea Eagles), Jake Webster (Storm), Joe Williams (Rabbitohs)2 pointsBrenton Bowen (Cowboys), Travis Burns (Sea Eagles), George Carmont (Knights), Todd Carney (Raiders), 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), Luke Patten (Bulldogs), Josh Perry (Knights), Todd Polglase (Rabbitohs), Luke Rooney (Panthers), John Skandalis (Tigers), Craig Smith (Knights), Tim Smith (Eels), Iosia Soliola (Roosters), Steven Southern (Cowboys), 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), 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), Todd Lowrie (Knights), Steve Matai (Sea Eagles), Daryl Millard (Dragons), Ryan O'Hara (Tigers), Shannon McDonnell (Tigers), Mark Riddell (Eels), Shane Rodney (Panthers), David Shillington (Roosters), Brent Tate (Broncos), Willie Tonga (Bulldogs), Shane Tronc (Cowboys), Taniela Tuiaki (Tigers), Ben Walker (Rabbitohs), Simon Woolford (Raiders), William Zillman (Raiders)

engage Super League Rd 23 Review

BRADFORD Bulls 50 (Newton 2, Gene, Lynch, Pryce, Vagana, Hape, Meyers, Vainikolo tries; Deacon 7 goals) def. Warrington Wolves 22 (Bridge 2, Kohe-Love, Reardon tries; Briers 3 goals). Att: 11,469. Bradford ended their loosing streak against their voodoo team Warrington with a resounding win at the Grattan Stadium Odsal.

Weekend wrap

BRISBANE has maintained its slender grip on third spot on the NRL ladder despite crashing to a fourth straight defeat with a 30-18 loss to Canberra yesterday.The Broncos are now locked on 26 competition points with Newcastle, Manly and St George Illawarra, with the Dragons slipping to sixth spot on points differential after their fourth consecutive defeat.The Knights meanwhile moved back into the top four with a 32-18 win over Sydney Roosters at Gosford yesterday to set up a blockbuster clash with the Sea Eagles at EnergyAustralia Stadium on Friday night.Andrew Johns has warned rivals the Knights won't "choke" in the big matches in September. Johns scored a try and set up several others to help earn the Knights a top-four spot and effectively kill off the slim semi-final hopes of the Roosters. The Newcastle captain concedes the Knights are about ten per cent behind pacesetters Melbourne and the Bulldogs but can bridge the gap come finals time.Elsewhere, Penrith's top eight hopes was dealt a cruel blow yesterday with the Panthers succumbing to a 32-26 loss against bottom side South Sydney. After going into the contest eying off eighth spot on the ladder, the Panthers now find themselves in 11th and needing to win all four of their remaining matches to make the finals.Meanwhile, Melbourne will find out today if it will pay a heavy price for Saturday night's win over Wests Tigers with prop Brett White and fullback Billy Slater sure to come under the microscope from the NRL match review committee.White was put on report for a high tackle on Tigers centre Jamaal Lolesi while Slater could also be in trouble for a forearm to the head of Shannon McDonnell. It would be a devastating blow for Slater if he was charged, with the electrifying fullback having already served two long suspensions this season.

R22: Wakefield see off Tigers

WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats survived the first-half dismissal of captain Monty Betham to breathe fresh life into their engage Super League survival bid with an 18-0 victory at Castleford Tigers.

R22: Bulls go on the rampage

BRADFORD Bulls produced a sensational first-half masterclass to emphatically end their losing streak with a 50-22 victory against engage Super League rivals Warrington Wolves.

R22: Hull move into second place

HULL FC edged ahead of Leeds Rhinos in the race to secure second place in the engage Super League table after overcoming their rivals 23-16 in a gripping battle at the KC Stadium.

R22: Salford near play-off berth

LUKE Robinson destroyed Harlequins with his dazzling skill as Salford City Reds moved a step closer towards the engage Super League play-offs with a 34-0 victory.

R22: Saints romp past Huddersfield

HUDDERSFIELD Giants were given an early opportunity to assess the size of the task on their hands if they hope to lift the Challenge Cup for the first time in 53 years after a 56-8 mauling at St Helens.

R22: Wigan move further from drop zone

WIGAN Warriors eased their relegation worries with a 40-4 win over Catalans Dragons to open up a four-point lead over bottom side Wakefield who face a tough game against Castleford on Saturday.

Bunnies boil Panthers out at Homebush

ROUND 22 South Sydney Rabbitohs 32 v Penrith Panthers 26at Telstra StadiumReferee: Ben CumminsMatch Summary:The South Sydney Rabbitohs have recorded their third victory of the season with a spirited 32-26 victory over the Penrith Panthers at Telstra Stadium today.In an entertaining contest, Souths fought twice to eventually overcome a committed but weary Penrith team who were in the match up to their necks.The visitors opened up 10-nil lead early through tries to five-eighth Preston Campbell and captain Tony Puletua. At that stage things were looking ominous for the Bunnies but to their credit they pulled together and mounted a disciplined fightback.Three tries in the final ten minutes of the first half to winger Nathan Merritt, who grabbed two, and young centre Germaine Paulson exposed the Panthers just before the break to lead 16-10 after Williams added two goals.The second half resumed with Penrith looking much better and levelling the scores in the 47th minute via halfback Craig Gower.Both teams then traded blows with Souths hitting back in sensational style in the 51st minute when the NRL?s leading try-scorer Nathan Merritt completed his hat-trick. His haul now stands at 20 for the season which is an incredible effort considering the Rabbitoh?s position on the ladder.Penrith responded five minutes later with powerful winger Michael Gordon crossing the stripe but he couldn?t convert, allowing Souths to keep ahead at 22-20.The game became an edge-of-you-seat spectacle with Williams scoring for Souths in the 69th minute before some individual brilliance from Campbell kept the visitors in touch with just over five minutes to go.But pressuring the Panthers line, Souths forced a goal-line drop out in the final stages with Gower attempting a short restart only to have the ball snapped up by Mark Minichello and he put the icing on the cake for the Bunnies.It?s a character building effort from Souths who have disappointed all season yet they seem to be putting in towards the back end of the year and at least enjoying their footy again. They have the bye next week.For Penrith, it throws their top 8 aspirations into a tailspin, and they need to rebound next week against the Roosters.Scorers:South Sydney Rabbitohs: 32Tries: Mark Minichello, Germaine Paulson, Joe Williams, Nathan Merritt(3)Goals: Joe Williams 4/6Penrith Panthers: 26Tries: Preston Campbell(2), Craig Gower, Tony Puletua, Michael GordonGoals: Michael Gordon 3/5By the Clock:A glorious day at Telstra Stadium where Penrith look to continue their solid recent form and press the top 8. The Bunnies will be boosted by last week's victory over Canberra and are searching for their third win of the season.Changes:For Penrith Luke Swain to the bench with Shane Rodney starting.Souths as per the program.1 min: NEWS And we're underway in the first half.7 min: NEWS The forwards are warming to the contest here as both teams have turned up ready to play and playing well.13 min: NEWS Still no score but both teams are grinding away with a couple of good line-breaks but mostly just solid defence.23 min: TRY Penrith PanthersThe Panthers get on the board through zippy five-eighth Preston Campbell. He scored after a good break by Michael Gordon, but failed to kick the goal. Panthers 4-027 min: TRY Penrith PanthersThe Penrith captain Tony Puletua crashes over the line to extend their lead. Gordon converts and the Panthers are looking good. Panthers 10-031 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsSouths hit back through try-scoring machine Nathan Merrit following a good cross-field kick by Joe Williams. Both sides are playing top shelf footy. Williams converts and the Panthers cling to a four-point lead. Panthers 10-636 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsThe Bunnies are in again through young centre Paulson, who broke the line and scored a good try. Williams can't convert but the game is on an even keel. 10 all.39 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsThe Bunnies are in again after a great try to Merritt, after some fabulous lead-up work from Galuvao and Williams sees the NRL's leading try-scorer scoot in just prior to the break. Williams converts and the Bunnies are ahead just before the break. Rabbitohs 16-1040 min: NEWS Halftime: The Rabbitohs and Panthers are putting in a great effort here with the Bunnies just nudging ahead at the break. They could prove to be a real nuisance here for the Panthers today as the boys from the west try to push into the top 8. Souths are searching for their third win of the year and so far they're doing all the right things.41 min: NEWS And we're underway in the second half.47 min: TRY Penrith PanthersThe Panthers get back into the game with a try to halfback Craig Gower. They look more committed in the second half now, as Gordon adds the extras to tie-up the score. 16 all.51 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsMerritt gets a hat-trick as the Bunnies storm across the line again. Geez he can score a try this kid. Williams converts and the home team open up a small lead again. Rabbitohs 22-1656 min: TRY Penrith PanthersThe Panthers get back on the board with a try to strong winger Michael Gordon after a bad miss by John Sutton. Gordon can't convert his try and the Rabbitohs keep their noses in front Rabbitohs 22-2069 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsSouths push further ahead through halfback Joe Williams who scores a good individual try. He's come back into a rich vein of form in recent weeks and converts his own try to take a handy 8-point lead. Rabbitohs 28-2074 min: TRY Penrith PanthersPenrith are coming home strongly with another try, this time through Campbell who collects a neat grubber to bag his second for the day. Gordon converts and it's setup for a thrilling finish. Rabbitohs 28-2679 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsAfter a short drop-out by the Panthers, Mark Minichello pinches the ball after Rooney tried to bat the ball back and he streaks across the line to seal Souths' third victory of the year. Williams can't convert but the Bunnies are home. Rabbitohs 32-26-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Nathan Merritt2 - Joe Williams1 - Preston Campbell-----------------------------------------

Knights defeat Roosters in Gosford

ROUND 22 Sydney Roosters 18 v Newcastle Knights 32at Central Coast StadiumReferee: Tony ArcherMatch Summary:A powerful first half from the Newcastle Knights and in particular Andrew Johns has seen them to a 32-18 win over the Sydney Roosters at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford today.The Knights scored four tries in the first half to lead 26-6 at halftime. It only took the Knights 50 seconds to open the scoring, Johns putting Simpson into a hole before Simpson offloaded to Buderus who scored out wide. The Knights were in again after 11 minutes when Andrew Johns stepped the defence and scored under the posts. The Knights were going at over a point a minute was they went up 18-0 after 15 minutes when the Roosters fumbled a Johns bomb and Chris Bailey dived on the dregs and scored.It was 24-0 after 27 minutes when Danny Buderus put Luke Davico over from close range. The Roosters struck back six minutes before halftime with a try to one of their more impressive players, Shaun Foley. The Knights were denied a try by the video referee just on halftime, however a penalty went their way and Johns added the two points for the 20 point halftime lead.The second half meandered along for the most part with both sides going through the motions. The Knights scored their final try just before the hour mark with Riley Brown scoring out wide. The Roosters scored two late tries, one to Iosia Soliola and one to departing centre Ryan Cross.With the result the Knights move up into the top four. Next week the Knights host the Sea Eagles on Friday night, while the Roosters travel west to face the Panthers.Scorers:Sydney Roosters: 18Tries: Ryan Cross, Iosia Soliola, Shaun FoleyGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 2/2, Josh Lewis 1/1Newcastle Knights: 32Tries: Danny Buderus, Andrew Johns, Luke Davico, Chris Bailey, Riley BrownGoals: Andrew Johns 6/6Crowd: 18,124By the Clock:Hello from Gosford. Today we have an important match for the Newcastle Knights, as a victory will keep them in the top 8 hunt.The Knights have lost Reynoldson, Lowrie and Mullen, and have given Chris Bailey, Daniel Abraham and Riley Brown the call up. The Roosters are 1-17.Last week the Knights got home in a close game against the Sharks while the Roosters belted the Cowboys.Big crowd at Bluetongue Stadium, grey skies.1 min: Tony Archer blows time on and the Roosters kick off!1 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsA terrible start for the Roosters. On tackle three Johns puts Simpson into space, Simpson races away and unloads to Buderus who has to do some work to dot down in the corner. Johns converts and it is a perfect start for the Knights. Knights 6-05 min: The Knights put Ryan Cross into touch while the Roosters are on attack.7 min: The Knights pick up a goal line drop out after some shambolic play from the Roosters at the back.10 min: The Knights get another drop out when Foley can't escape the in goal. He came impressively close however.11 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsJohns steps the Roosters defence from five out and scores under the posts. He converts his own try. Knights 12-015 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsJohns puts up a bomb, the Roosters fumble it and Chris Bailey comes up with the ball and scores 10 to the left of the posts. Johns converts. Knights 18-022 min: The Knights go back on attack with a penalty.24 min: The Knights go close several times but the Roosters hold out.27 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsBuderus puts Davico over from close range. The Roosters are all at sea, Johns converts. Knights 24-031 min: The Roosters get their best attacking opportunity and Amos Roberts knocks on.32 min: Abraham puts in a kick and Thaiday knocks on in an effort to ground the ball.33 min: Johns comes up with his worst play of the game throwing the ball right to a Roosters player.34 min: TRY Sydney RoostersLewis puts up a banana kick, Abraham can't hold on to it and Foley dives onto the ball to score beside the posts. Fitzgibbon converts. Knights 24-639 min: VIDEO REF - For a Knights try..39 min: NO TRY - KnightsThe penalty goes against the Roosters for interfering with a player going for the ball, the player knocked the ball on so that is why the penalty goes to the Knights.40 min: PENALTY GOAL Newcastle KnightsOff the back of the penalty mentioned above, Johns nails the goal and we go to halftime. Knights 26-6The Knights have dominated for most of this match, after racing to an 18-0 lead after 15 minutes and justifiably lead by 20 at halftime.40 min: Underway in the second half!40 min: Ryan Cross knocks on 10 out from his own line.42 min: Cross makes up for his error with an intercept and he runs 80 metres to put the Roosters on attack.43 min: VIDEO REF - For a Roosters try...43 min: NO TRY - RoostersRyan Cross is ruled offside after Thaiday fumbles a kick and Perrett gets the ball down.44 min: Knights pick up a line drop out.46 min: Lewis kicks out on the full attempting a 40/20.51 min: The Roosters survive another Knights attacking set, but concede a drop out.53 min: The Roosters hold out again and Roberts takes a Johns bomb to get the Roosters possession, only for the Roosters to knock on a few plays later.55 min: VIDEO REF - For a Knights try...55 min: NO TRY - KnightsJohns knocks on reaching out for the line.56 min: Thaiday initally has trouble recovering the ball, he then breaks away and runs 80 metres.56 min: SIN BIN - Finch is given 10 minutes for holding Thaiday down for too long.57 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsThe Knights take advantage of having an extra man, Riley Brown scores out wide off a Buderus cut out pass. It all came off a great break by Milton Thaiday who ran through some feeble defence. Johns converts. Knights 32-661 min: 40/20 - Lewis picks up a 40/20 for the Roosters.62 min: The Roosters waste the 40/20, the Knights recover the ball and go back on attack.65 min: TRY Sydney RoostersSoliola scores off a Setaimata Sa flick pass. Fitzgibbon converts off the upright from out wide. Knights 32-1267 min: CROWD - 18,12471 min: TRY Sydney RoostersThe Roosters put in a grubber for Cross who scores out wide and he loses his pants in a Carney tackle. Lewis converts. Knights 32-1875 min: Knights pick up another drop out.79 min: Thaiday ends a pedestrian Knights attacking set by getting put into touch.Fulltime, and the Knights have moved up into the top 4.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Andrew Johns2 - Danny Buderus1 - Milton Thaiday-----------------------------------------

Raiders rampage rattles Broncos

ROUND 22 Canberra Raiders 30 v Brisbane Broncos 18at Canberra StadiumReferee: Gavin BadgerMatch Summary:The Canberra Raiders have cruised to a 30-18 victory over the Broncos at Canberra Stadium this afternoon, the home side leading 14-6 at half time before putting the match beyond doubt.The Raiders opened the scoring through David Howell after 11 minutes. But the Broncos struck back 10 minutes later with Brad Thorn crashing over. Corey Parker's successful conversion put the visitors up by 6-4 and for the time being, the Broncos looked to be gaining some momentum.But a 75 metre intercept try to Raiders centre Adam Mogg in the 29th minute turned the match inside out, the Raiders scoring five tries in succession before the Broncos were able to post a couple of late consolation tries.The result see the Raiders leapfrog their way into the top eight while the Broncos post-Origin form slump continues.Scorers:Canberra Raiders: 30Tries: Todd Carney, Phillip Graham, David Howell(2), Adam Mogg, Adrian PurtellGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 3/6Brisbane Broncos: 18Tries: Sam Thaiday, Brad Thorn, Darius BoydGoals: Corey Parker 3/3By the Clock:Stunning day down here in the Nation's Capital as the Raiders play host to the Broncos in a vital clash. Canberra will try to reverse their poor form which saw them lose to Souths last week, while Brisbane are trying to address a three-game losing streak.Changes:Brisbane have moved Brent Tate to the wing with Greg Eastwood in the centres. Neville Costigan starts in place of David Stagg with McGuire and Kenny added to the bench.For the Raiders, Dane Tilse played premier league with Chris Kahler coming into the starting line-up. Howell is on the wing with Chalk moving to the bench. Carney and Hodgson will start in place of Withers and Learoyd-Lars with the rest remaining as the program states.1 min: NEWS The Broncos kick-off.4 min: NEWS Bombed chance here as Woolford instigates a beautiful break for Graham who tries to find Kahler only grass the ball. A great chance gone begging there. Good battle in the forwards early in the match.7 min: NEWS The Raiders are finding some room with a kick from Smith another near thing in the Broncos quarter.11 min: TRY Canberra RaidersHowell scores in the corner for the Raiders as Graham moves from the eastern flank to the western flank to set it up. Schifcofske can't convert from the sideline with a strong breeze pushing it wide. Raiders 4-021 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosBrad Thorn crashes over the top of Jason Croker and scores under the posts. Follows penalty to Broncos and bust from Darren Lockyer. Conversion from Corey Parker puts the Broncos in front. Broncos 6-429 min: TRY Canberra RaidersAdam Mogg intercepts a Darius Boyd pass and runs 75m to score 8m in from touch. Very much against the run of play as the Broncos were gaining the ascendancy. Schifcofske's conversion attempt unsuccessful into the breeze. Raiders 8-634 min: TRY Canberra RaidersAdrian Purtell intercepts a pass from Brent Tate, and then recovers his footing to run the 10 metres and score 5m in from touch. Tate was attempting a pass to an unmarked Justin Hodges on the flank. Conversion from Schifcofske is a ripper. Raiders 14-6HALF TIME: Raiders 14-6Possession and completions fairly even.Broncos hanging on in the final seconds of the half as the Raiders were seemingly offloading at will and making inroads. A complete turnaround to midway through the first half when Broncos looked to be making the breaks around the fringes of the ruck. But the intercept try to Mogg in the 29th minute turned the match on its head.The Broncos missing far too many tackles. They will have breeze in the their faces in the second half and will be working hard to get back into the contest. The Raiders will have the wind at theor backs are looking the goods, but there's only eight points in it and this match still has a long way to go.NEWS Second half delayed as one of the half time entertainers has been hurt trying to catch a ball in a milk crate, and a medicab has been called.Second half underway...45 min: TRY Canberra RaidersTodd Carney scores behnd the uprights after Phil Graham floats across the backline, passes to Schifcofske who puts Carney into a yawning gap from close range. Follows a penalty against Broncos prop Shane Webcke who accidently kicked the ball in the play-the-ball area. Schifcofske converts. Raiders 20-654 min: INJURY NEWS Michael Hodgson (Raiders) comes from the field after injuring his wrist or arm in a tackle on Tate.56 min: NEWS Graham (Raiders) intercepts a loose ball and run 30m before being pulled down. The Broncos were pressing the line after getting repeat sets following a Raiders error. But the Broncos lacking purpose in their attack.INJURY UPDATE Michael Hodgson (Raiders) has dislocated his shoulder and will take no further part.60 min: NO TRY Troy Thompson (Raiders) crashes through but just falls short, losing the ball forward.64 min: TRY Canberra RaidersGraham scores in the corner and that should be the winner. Schifcofske conversion rubs salt into the wounds. Raiders 26-670 min: NEWS 40/20 to Canberra as Jason Smith boots downfield and then gets a favourable bounce.71 min: TRY Canberra RaidersGame, set and match as David Howell gets his second try, scoring in the corner. Follows flick pass from Mogg. Schifcofske misses conversion attempt. Raiders 30-676 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosSam Thaiday scores a consolation try as Webcke attracts plenty of defenders from close range and then offloads. Parker converts from right in front. Raiders 30-1279 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosBoyd scores as the Raiders defence gets sloppy. Parker converts from out wide. Raiders 30-18FULL TIME: Raiders 30-18Raiders putting the cue in the rack late in the match but still managing a comprehensive victory over the Broncos. In the backline Graham, Mogg and Schifcofske were enterprising for the Raiders while lock forward Alan Tongue put in a mountain of work in defence. Webcke was probably the best in a losing side.Raiders leapfrog the Sharks on the NRL ladder and are now in the top eight. The Broncos are clinging to a top four spot as their slump continues.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Alan Tongue (Raiders)2 - Adam Mogg (Raiders)1 - Phillip Graham (Raiders)-----------------------------------------

Lion Red Fox Wrap

A hatrick of tries by winger Tuki Jackson has helped Otahuhu to a crucial victory over Te Atatu at Henham Park. Fighting for a spot in the top five, the Leopards held nothing back in beating the visitors 30-20. Second rower Nikorn Thammavongsa was unstoppable for the home side. He was well supported by standoff Jacob Yandall who led the backs superbly and kicked well in difficult conditions. A faultless team effort has kept the Marist Saints hopes of a finals birth alive. The Saints, led by props Joseph Luamanuvae and Faucett Aumua, beat Mangere East 34-14 on home soil at Murray Halberg Park. The win leaves the Saints in seventh place, one point outside the top five on ten points. They sit behind Otahuhu, Mangere East and Te Atatu, all of which are placed on 11 points. Leaders Mount Albert sit four points clear on 20 points, second placed Papakura are positioned on 16 points, while Northcote remain unchanged on 12 points. Mount Albert has held off a resurgent Northcote side to win 20-16 in horrid conditions at Birkenhead War Memorial Park. With 15 minutes remaining the Tigers led the visitors 16-14, before Lions Fullback Savi Hafoka added his second try of the match to seal the victory. The return of starting hooker Fale Talaepa made a huge difference to the Lions game. The talented number nine distributed cleanly and made several breaks out of dummy half. The forwards were led by powerhouse prop Tony Tuia and 17-year-old prop Sam McKendry. It was plain sailing for the Papakura Sea Eagles in their encounter with East Coast Bays. The Sea Eagles led throughout the match and capitalised on an era ridden Barracudas performance. Leading 16-6 at the split, the visitors went onto win the match comfortably 34-14.

Lion Red Fox Memorial Results

LION Red Fox MemorialMarist Saints 34 Mangere East Hawks 16Otahuhu Leopards 30 Te Atatu Roosters 20Mt Albert Lions 20 Northcote Tigers 16Papakura Sea Eagles 34 East Coast Bays Barracudas 14SAS Sharman CupPonsonby Ponies 22 Ellerslie Eagles 16Manurewa Marlins 40 Bay Roskill Vikings 12Papatoetoe Panthers 18 Howick Hornets 8Glenora Bears 18 Richmond Rovers 8

Bulldogs destroy Cowboys in Townsville

ROUND 22 North Queensland Cowboys 14 v Canterbury Bulldogs 54at Dairy Farmers StadiumReferee: Paul SimpkinsMatch Summary:The Canterbury Bulldogs have defeated the North Queensland Cowboys 54-14 at Dairy Farmers Stadium in Townsville.The Bulldogs were simply too good tonight as they handed out the Cowboys a 40 point thrashing. Despite a spirited second half from the Cowboys the Bulldogs had all the answers in defence and attack.The Dogs opened the scoring in the 5th minute through an Andrew Emelio try and they soon extended when Reni Mautua went through some poor defence to give the Dogs a 12-0 lead. The Dogs then put the match beyond doubt when they scored 3 converted tries in the last 10 minutes of the first half and they went into the sheds cruising at 30-0.To the Cowboys credit they were able to come up with a more productive effort in the second half and were able to post tries to reduce the deficit to 42-14 but the Dogs were able to run away with it even being a man down when Brent Sherwin was sent to the bin for 10 in the 69th minute.A good team performance from the Dogs tonight with Sonny Bill Williams, Andrew Ryan, Willie Tonga, Luke Patten, Roy Asotasi & Reni Mautua all having strong games. The Dogs are flying high with the finals coming up and the Dragons will be having nightmares at the prospect of having to face them next week. The Cowboys will now fall outside the top 8 on for against and they are in for a tough time to make it to the finals.Scorers:North Queensland Cowboys: 14Tries: Matthew Scott, Ashley Graham, Mark HenryGoals: Ashley Graham 1/2Canterbury Bulldogs: 54Tries: Trent Cutler, Hazem El Masri, Reni Maitua, Luke Patten, Willie Tonga, Sonny Bill Williams(2), Andrew Emelio(2)Goals: Hazem El Masri 9/9By the Clock:Welcome to Dairy Farmers Stadium in Townsville for the round 22 clash between the Cowboys and Bulldogs.The Bulldogs will look to continue their great form of late against an inconsistent Cowboys team. The Cowboys have had the wood over the Bulldogs in recent years but current form would suggest a comfortable win in store for the Bulldogs.1 min: The Bulldogs kickoff to get us underway.5 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsOn the back of a good break from Willie Tonga, Asotasi is able to get a ball away in traffic the Dogs then spin the ball for Emilio to score out wide. conversion successful from the sideline Bulldogs 6-09 min: The Bulldogs nearly score again but El Masri puts his foot on the touchline. A confident start for the Dogs.11 min: O'Meley puts the ball down to give the Cowboys their first attacking raid of the night.13 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsLuke Patten scoots out of dummy half before linking up with Maitua who goes through 3 defenders to score next to the post. Conversion successful. Bulldogs 12-017 min: The Bulldogs will go back into attack again after a forward pass from the Cowboys.22 min: Great defence from the Dogs as they survive back to back sets on their own line.27 min: NEWS Both teams struggling to control the ball. Completion rate Cowboys 7/12 - Bulldogs 6/1230 min: BIFF - Travis Norton objects to a tackle from Willie Tonga and he gets up swinging punches and the boys exchange blows. The penalty goes to the Bulldogs33 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Dogs spread the ball to Sonny Bill Williams who is allowed to much room and he strolls through the defence to score an uncontested try. El Masri converts again from the sideline. Bulldogs 18-036 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Dogs are on fire here as Sherwin slips the ball to Maitua who goes through a hole and he finds a flying Luke Patten who runs 50 metres to score under the post. Conversion successful. Bulldogs 24-039 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Dogs keep the ball alive and they go the length of the field again for Willie Tonga to score. Conversion successful. Bulldogs 30-0Halftime... It's a massacre here at Dairy Farmers Stadium as the Bulldogs have dominated every facet of the game as the score would suggest leading 30-0. Possesion: Bulldogs 57% - Cowboys 43%Completion Rate: Bulldogs 11/17 - Cowboys 10/17Missed Tackles: Bulldogs 11 - Cowboys 2641 min: Second half underway..46 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsSonny Bill grubbers to the sideline, El Masri gathers it up and he slips it to Emelio who scores in the corner. El Masri converts from the sideline again. Bulldogs 36-051 min: NEWS Travis Norton leaves the field with a shoulder injury and looks unlikely to return.57 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysThe Cowboys finally get on the board after getting back to back sets on the Dogs line and they are able to score in the corner through Mark Henry. Conversion unsuccessful. Bulldogs 36-460 min: VIDEO REF - Possible Cowboys try.60 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysThe Cowboys get another try after being given the benefit of the doubt from the video ref after Ashley Graham gets the deflection from the bomb and scores. Conversion unsuccessful. Bulldogs 36-864 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsSonny Bill Williams picks up a double after Roy Asotasi offloads close to the line. Conversion successful. Bulldogs 42-869 min: NEWS Brent Sherwin goes to the sin bin for 10 minutes after being judged to have stripped the ball on the ground.70 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysMatthew Scott charges at the line and he plants the ball down to get a little bit of respectability back into the scoreline. Conversion successful. Bulldogs 42-1475 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsHazem El Masri gets in on the act after the Dogs spread the ball wide and he scores in the corner. Conversion successful. Bulldogs 48-1478 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Dogs bring up the half century, from the kick off Tonga goes through the gap and he puts Cutler away for the try. Conversion successful from El Masri thats 9 from 9 now. Bulldogs 54-14Fulltime...-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Sonny Bill Williams2 - Andrew Ryan1 - Willie Tonga-----------------------------------------

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