ROUND 20 Wests Tigers 6 v Parramatta Eels 34at Telstra StadiumReferee: Shayne HayneMatch Summary:Parramatta has continued its charge towards the 2006 finals series with a comprehensive 34-6 victory over the Wests Tigers this afternoon at Telstra Stadium.The premiers were off to a promising start, enforcing repeat sets of six on the Eels in the opening passages of play.The Tigers? work was brought undone however, with a converted intercept try to Eels flyer Jarryd Hayne after seven minutes and a Tigers attacking siege.Wests managed to keep themselves in the game after the subsequent missiles fired by the Eels. They locked things up at 6-all with a try to Robbie Farah from dummy half and a difficult conversion from Scott Prince.Although consecutive blows from the Eels; a solo try to halfback Jeremy Smith, and another intercept try on the stroke of halftime to Hayne, ensured that it was a long road back for the Tigers who trailed 16-6 at the break.We were then treated to a lacklustre second half from both sides. The Eels managed to cross three times in the second stanza but the Tigers really had raised the white flag at the halfway point after the scintillating Hayne Try. Both sides have worries on the injury front but the Tigers? are far more serious. The 2005 premiers can add Bryce Gibbs (elbow) and Brett Hodgson (knee) to their injury list, although Gibbs should be fit to play next weekend.Parramatta hooker Mark Riddell was taken ill before the start of the match and Chad Robinson was ruled out of this match, but both injuries appear to be minor.In Round 21, Parramatta will resume its rivalry with Manly on Saturday night at home while the Tigers will travel to Suncorp Stadium to meet the Brisbane Broncos next Sunday afternoon.Scorers:Wests Tigers: 6Tries: Robert FarahGoals: Scott Prince 1/1Parramatta Eels: 34Tries: Nathan Hindmarsh, Wade McKinnon, Luke O'Dwyer, Jeremy Smith, Jarryd Hayne(2)Goals: Mark Riddell 4/5, Jarryd Hayne 1/1By the Clock:Telstra Stadium is the venue for this 'do or die' Round 20 clash between the Wests Tigers and the Parramatta Eels. Both of these sides sit outside the top eight with 18 competition points and a loss here would just about spell the end of the season for either side.Change for the Eels; Chad Robinson is out of the side, Daniel Wagon moves from the bench to the second row and Henry Perenara comes onto the bench.No changes to the Tigers side named earlier in the week.Late change will Mark Riddell taken ill during the warm-up. Riddell will now start from the bench with PJ Marsh coming into the starting side.KICKOFF!, match underway at Telstra Stadium.7 min: TRY Parramatta EelsUnbelievable scenes here at Telstra Stadium with Parramatta managing to withstand four consecutive sets of six on their own line before Luke O'Dwyer took an intercept and linked up with Jarryd Hayne who scored under the posts. Hayne converts his own try. Incredible start! Eels 6-015 min: NEWS Physical start from the Eels here with Bryce Gibbs coming off second best after a few PJ Marsh specials. Gibbs has left the field with a re-occurance of an elbow injury. Still 6-0 the Eels lead.18 min: NEWS Another injury with Brett Hodgson succumbing to what looks like a serious knee problem. He leaves the field on the Medi-cab and is unlikely to return. Mark Riddell looks very unwell on the bench for the Eels although Bryce Gibbs is likely to return at some stage today for the Tigers.28 min: NEWS Parramatta have repelled the Tigers once again with an intercept to Ben Smith after repeated sets of six on their own line from the Tigers. Still 6-0 the Eels lead.34 min: TRY Wests TigersRobbie Farah scores a soft try from dummy half after compounding pressure from the Tigers. There was some doubt over the grounding for the try which was referred to the video referee but he elected to give the decision the green light. Scott Prince converts the try to lock things up. 6 all.37 min: TRY Parramatta EelsJeremy Smith scores a tremendous solo try under the posts for Parramatta. His running game has improved markedly. Riddell finally makes his first appearance on the field and converts the try. Eels 12-640 min: TRY Parramatta EelsHayne has put an early nail in the Tigers' coffin for this game with a 100-metre intercept try. A 12-point try as the Tigers were looking like scoring down the other end. Riddell misses the conversion and at halftime, the Eels lead the Tigers by 16 points to 6 and it's a long way back now for the injury-ravaged Tigers. Eels 16-643 min: TRY Parramatta EelsWade McKinnon finishes off another length-of-the-field effort from the Eels. Floodgates starting to open now. Riddell converts. Eels 22-654 min: NEWS The Tigers' attack is stalled and the way things are going the Eels will slowly but surely eliminate any hope of a Tigers' finals berth. Still 22-6 the Eels lead.63 min: NEWS This game has hit the wall and has taken a similar turn to last night's dour encounter between the Bulldogs and the Roosters. 22-6 and both sides appear to be going through the motions.67 min: TRY Parramatta EelsO'Dwyer breaks through a brittle Tigers defensive line to score out wide. Riddell successfully converts. Eels 28-670 min: NEWS NO TRY: Dean Collis knocks the ball forward in the in-goal area, letting a rare opportunity go begging for the Tigers. 28-6 Parramatta lead and we will have new premiers in 2006.77 min: TRY Parramatta EelsHindmarsh puts the icing on the cake with a terrific individual try, with momentum taking him over the line. Riddell converts. Eels 34-6FULLTIME: Parramatta has completed a resounding victory over an injury-ravaged Wests Tigers outfit by 34 points to 6. Match report to come soon... -----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Nathan Hindmarsh2 - Nathan Cayless1 - Jarryd Hayne-----------------------------------------
WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats slipped deeper into engage Super League relegation trouble after going down 42-20 to Bradford Bulls - their seventh defeat in eight matches.The Wildcats, without a coach following the departure this week of Tony Smith, were also lacking ideas in a poor first half in which they found themselves trailing 24-0 to the reigning champions.Quick-fire tries from former Bradford centre Ryan Atkins either side of the interval and a marked improvement in the second half enabled the home side to restore some pride but it was never going to be enough to make up for a shoddy first 40 minutes.The Wildcats, two points adrift of Wigan Warriors, still have six matches left to save themselves from the drop but, on this performance, whoever takes over as coach faces a difficult task.The signs were ominous when Bradford?s giant centre Karl Pryce took a pass from second rower Brett Ferres and strolled through the fragile home defence for the game?s first try after only seven minutes.Paul Deacon kicked the conversion and added a penalty to put the champions 8-0 in front and heighten the state of nervousness in the home ranks.A handling error from second rower Ned Catic deep inside his own half had given Bradford their first attacking position and Wakefield?s inability to mount any sustained pressure played right into Bradford?s hands.The Bulls? scheming half-backs Iestyn Harris and Deacon caused all sorts of problems with their clever kicking game as they made light of the injury absence of Ben Harris and Michael Withers.A short pass from Deacon got loose forward Jamie Langley romping through another gaping hole in the Wildcats defence before left winger Marcus Bai gathered a high kick from man-of-the-match Harris to send Pryce over for his second try.Powerhouse right winger Lesley Vainikolo got in on the scoring act, following up a grubber kick from Shontayne Hape as the Wakefield defence hesitated.Wakefield at least gave themselves a glimmer of hope for the second half when former Bradford academy centre Atkins took a pass from David Solomona to pull a try back in injury-time.When Atkins went over for his second try two minutes into the second half, racing onto a deft kick from the ever-dangerous Solomona, the home crowd briefly sensed a meaningful fightback.But Jamie Rooney was again wide with the conversion attempt and Bradford quickly struck back to regain control of the match.Almost inevitably, their next try came from another kick, with Langley successfully getting on the end of a craftily-placed grubber from Deacon.Substitute Ian Henderson then pounced on a loose ball for the Bulls? sixth try after Solomona had fumbled Harris? high kick and Deacon took his goal tally to six in stretching his side?s lead to 36-8 on the hour.The home side rallied once more, with Rooney going over for two tries in four minutes - one created by Sam Obst and the other a result of a rare scrum against the feed - but it was too little, too late and Hape grabbed a seventh Bradford try nine minutes from the end.Wakefield: Halpenny, Demetriou, Atkins, Evans, Tadulala,Jeffries, Rooney, Korkidas, Betham, MacGillivray, Solomona,Catic, J. Field.Replacements: Obst, Griffin, Elima, Watene.Bradford: St Hilaire, Vainikolo, Hape, Pryce, Bai, I. Harris,Deacon, Vagana, Newton, Lynch, McKenna, Ferres, Langley.Replacements: Meyers, Burgess, Henderson, Cook.Wakefield: (4) 20Tries: Atkins 2, Rooney 2.Goals: Rooney 2.Bradford: (24) 42Tries: Pryce 2, Langley 2, Vainikolo, Henderson, Hape.Goals: Deacon 7.Referee: P Bentham (Castleford)Att: 4,003Source: superleague.co.uk
LION Red Fox MemorialNorthcote Tigers 22 Te Atatu Roosters 18Otahuhu Leopards 34 East Coast Bays Barracudas 14Mt Albert Lions 16 Mangere East Hawks 12Marist Saints 36 Papakura Sea Eagles 28SAS Sharman CupBay Roskill Vikings 25 Glenora Bears 20Papatoetoe Panthers 40 Ellerslie Eagles 22Manurewa Marlins 28 Howick Hornets 10Richmond Rovers 30 Ponsonby Ponies 22
North Queensland Cowboys 26 def. Brisbane Broncos 10
At Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville
Referee: Tony Archer
ROUND 20Newcastle Knights 24 vs South Sydney Rabbitohs 18at EnergyAustralia StadiumReferee: Gavin BadgerMatch summary:The Newcastle Knights have withstood a second half come back from the South Sydney Rabbitohs to post a 24-18 victory in Newcastle tonight.The Knights look set to take out the match convincingly after leading 24-0 at half time. But a resurgent South Sydney side came back to keep the home side scoreless in the second half.With tries to winger Brian Carney and forward Steve Simpson, the Knights raced away to 12-0 lead after 18 minutes. Half back Andrew Johns and forward Kirk Reynoldson added two more tries late in the half and at the break the Knights looked set for a big win.Souths emerged from the sheds and reversed their fortunes soon after with a try to winger Paul Mellor. Hooker Stuart Webb scored in the 53rd minute to put the Rabbitohs behind by 12. A try to winger Nathan Merritt set up a 12-18 score line with the Knights hanging on to win.The result sees Souths crash to their 18th loss of the season while the Knights maintain their tenuous hold on a top eight position.South Sydney five-eighth Beau Champion and centre Germaine Paulson were placed on report for a lifting tackle on Matt Gidley in the 38th minute.Scorers:Newcastle Knights: 24Tries: Andrew Johns, Kirk Reynoldson, Steve Simpson, Brian CarneyGoals: Andrew Johns 4/4South Sydney Rabbitohs: 18Tries: Nathan Merritt, Paul Mellor, Stuart WebbGoals: Ben Walker 3/3Half time: Knights 24-0Crowd: 14,599By the clockA healthy crowd on hand in Newcastle.Kick off!3 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsBrian Carney scores for the home side. Andrew Johns converts. Knights 6-018 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsSteve Simpson scores after being set up by Johns, and Johns converts to put the home side further ahead. Knights 12-030 min: Still 12-0 to the Knights. Possession evening up now after Newcastle had the early bulk. Knights have made plenty of yards both sides of the ruck.31 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsAndrew Johns scores from a high kick. Video ref has a look and gives him the benefit of the doubt. Johns converts. Knights 18-036 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsKirk Reynoldson is over for the Knights. Johns converts. This score line could blow out to anything. Knights 24-0Half time: Knights 24-0Two tries in five minutes have put Newcastle well in charge. All stats favouring Knights and they are looking like specials to post a a convincing victory. Souths being carved up in the metres department and have all the work to do if they are to stem the flow.Second half underway...45 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsSouths are on the board with Paul Mellor crossing. Ben Walker converts. Knights 24-653 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsLook out! Souths are mounting a come back. Stuart Webb scores and Ben Walker converts. Knights 24-1265 min: Its still Newcastle leading Souths 24-12. As in the first half, possession is beginning to even up and the Rabbitohs are still in it.72 min: Knights maintaining their 12 points lead with eight minutes to go.77 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsNathan Merritt has scored for the Rabbitohs. Walker's conversion puts Souths six points behind with a just few minutes remaining. Knights 24-18Full time: Knights 24 defeat Rabbitohs 18Close finish as the Knights hang on to win, Souths outscoring the locals by 18-0 in the second half.The Knights won the encounter in the first half with forward Steve Simpson having a top match in defence while making plenty of yards up front. Johns was also in top form in the first 40. But they were too inconsistent in the second half as the Rabbitohs came back. Ben Walker and John Sutton worked hard in defence and tried to motivate their troops. Souths certainly made a game of it but they were unable to nail it in the end. -----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Steve Simpson (Knights)2 - John Sutton (Rabbitohs)1 - Andrew Johns (Knights)-----------------------------------------
ROUND 20Canterbury Bulldogs 25 def. Sydney Roosters 0Sat 5:30pm 22 Jul 2006Telstra StadiumMatch Summary:The Canterbury Bulldogs have defeated the Sydney Roosters by 25-nil amid high drama out at Telstra Stadium tonight.In a sometimes dull match, the game came alight in the 67th minute when Adrian Morley was sent from the field for kneeing Corey Hughes as the Bulldogs utility was playing the ball close to the line.The incident is sure to end Morley?s chequered career in the NRL as he leaves our shores to return to the Engage Super League next season.Canterbury led 10-0 at halftime courtesy of an Andrew Emelio try and three goals from winger Hazem El Masri but had barely raised a sweat.But the second half was a different story with the Bulldogs upping the tempo with Sonny Bill Williams and captain Andrew Ryan crossing for tries with a little under a quarter of the game to go.Morley was then sent from the field in the 67th minute after the Roosters were again caught in their own territory defending the line. Hughes appeared somewhat aggressive towards the Roosters in the play the ball but none of it was illegal or should have resulted in such recourse.The Englishman lunged with his knee to Hughes? chest, knocking him to the ground and nearly causing an all-in brawl.The ensuing penalty to El Masri and a further field goal from halfback Brent Sherwin rounded out the 25-0 scoreline.ScorersCanterbury Bulldogs: 25Tries: Andrew Ryan, Sonny Bill Williams, Andrew EmelioGoals: Hazem El Masri 6/8Field Goals: Brent SherwinSydney Roosters: 0Referee: Jarred Maxwell Welcome to Telstra Stadium for todays clash between the Bulldogs and the Roosters.Mark O'Meley has been ruled out of the Dogs lineup, Nate Myles will come into the starting line up to replace O'Meley whilst Andrew Emelio will move from wing to centre, Trent Cutler comes into the side on the wing and Sonny Bill Williams moves to the bench. Roosters are as per program.Bulldogs kickoff and get us underway.5 min: NEWS Dogs get the first penalty and will go on the attack.7 min: PENALTY GOAL Canterbury BulldogsBack to back penalties for laying in the play the ball. El Masri converts Bulldogs 2-08 min: NEWS From the kickoff the Dogs get another penalty but are unable to find touch, a let off for the Roosters.11 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Dogs are able to keep the ball alive and Emilio goes over in the corner. Conversion unsuccessful from out wide Bulldogs 6-016 min: PENALTY GOAL Canterbury BulldogsThe Roosters are penalised again this time for tackling the player without the ball. El Masri converts from in front. Bulldogs 8-017 min: NEWS The Dogs make an error and the Roosters get their first chance to post points.21 min: NEWS The Roosters give away another penalty. Penalty count: Bulldogs 5 Roosters 1. 25 min: NEWS The referee warns Craig Fitzgibbon that the next player goes to the bin after giving away another penalty in the ruck.27 min: PENALTY GOAL Canterbury BulldogsThis time the Roosters are pinged for stripping the ball. El Masri converts from in front. Bulldogs 10-031 min: NEWS Tonga almost scores again for the Dogs but is unable to hang on to the ball.32 min: NEWS The Roosters get a relieving penalty.38 min: NEWS Sherwin is caught on the last tackle, throws the ball away and get's penalised the Roosters will get one more chance before half time, only to lose the ball.39 min: NEWS The Roosters then give away two penalties and are lucky not to have a player sent to the bin for 10.39 min: ATTEMPTED PENALTY GOAL Canterbury BulldogsFrom the penalty El Masri has a shot from out wide and misses. Bulldogs 10-0Halftime... The Bulldogs look to be in control of this match but it's not showing on the scoreboard. The Dogs have dominated field position with the Roosters giving away a stack of penalties for infringements in the ruck and even when they have had the ball have not looked like threatening the Dogs line and are lucky to only trail by 10 points.Roosters kickoff to start the second half..45 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Dogs make a great break through Willie Tonga and he appeared to have blown the try with support on either side he went himself and was stopped by the fullback. From the next tackle Sonny Bill Williams carried two defenders over the line and get the ball down. El Masri converts. Bulldogs 16-051 min: NEWS The Dogs are doing it easy at the moment.59 min: NEWS The Roosters knock on from dummy half and give the Dogs more possession.63 min: NEWS Off to the video ref for a possible Bulldogs try.63 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Dogs have scored again through Andrew Ryan to kill off any chance the Roosters had. Conversion successful. Bulldogs 22-067 min: NEWS Adrian Morley has been sent from the field for kneeing Corey Hughes in the ruck. Morley has had a brain explosion and given his record he is in a heap of trouble.68 min: PENALTY GOAL Canterbury BulldogsEl Masri converts from the ensueing penalty. Bulldogs 24-073 min: FIELD GOAL Canterbury BulldogsBrent Sherwin pots a field goal from 30 metres out. Bulldogs 25-076 min: NEWS Goal line drop out to the Roosters.Fulltime... The Dogs have completely outplayed a disappointing Roosters side tonight. Controversy arose in the 67th minute when Adrian Morley was sent from the field when he drove his knee into the chest of Corey Hughes when attempting to play the ball. Given his record at the judiciary he has played his last NRL match and will miss some of next year too in the English Super league. -----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Willie Mason2 - Brent Sherwin1 - Roy Asotasi-----------------------------------------
BARTERCARD CUP - ROUND 15 PREVIEW (WEEK ONE SPLIT ROUND)
HUDDERSFIELD Giants prop Keith Mason is set to return to face his old club Castleford Tigers at the Galpharm Stadium on Sunday.
WIGAN Warriors are set to recall winger Pat Richards for the engage Super League clash against Warrington Wolves at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Sunday.
CATALANS Dragons will give a debut to prop Mathieu Griffi against Salford City Reds in Narbonne on Saturday.The 23-year-old has joined the Dragons from sister club Union Treiziste Catalane in the French domestic competition.?Mathieu has been a stand-out player for UTC all season," coach Mick Potter said.?It?s an opportunity to see how he can perform at the next level. He?s athletic and very strong. It will be a good test for him.?Another front rower, Lionel Teixida, is recalled for at the expense of Remi Casty for the French outfit.Former Bradford Bulls and Great Britain hooker James Lowes will be in charge of Salford in the absence of incapacitated head coach Karl Harrison.The Reds are boosted by the return of full-back Karl Fitzpatrick and stand-off Andrew Dunemann, while latest signing David Gower, a back-row forward, is poised to make his debut off the bench.Catalans Dragons v Salford City Reds, Saturday July 22 2006Catalans 18-man squad: Beattie, Berthezene, Teixido, Chan, Fakir, Fellous, Guigue, Guisset, Hindmarsh, Hughes, Jones, Mounis, Murphy, Rinaldi, Rudder, Verges, Griffi, Wilson.Salford 18-man squad: Fitzpatrick, Hodgson, McGuinness, Moule, Dunemann, Robinson, Coley, Alker, Rutgerson, Charles, Highton, Langi, Wilshere, Haggerty, Littler, Myler, Lima, Gower.Referee: P TabernerSource: superleague.co.uk
ST Helens coach Daniel Anderson admits he is worried about the threat posed by dark horses Hull.
HULL FC forward Ewan Dowes is warning his team-mates not to under-estimate the challenge of Harlequins RL at the Twickenham Stoop on Saturday.Hull will move into second if they win - although Leeds can reclaim that spot two hours later if they defeat leaders St Helens at Headingley.The relegation-threatened Londoners are desperate for points after winning just one of their last five matches and they will be keen to give new coach Brian McDermott a win on his home debut.?At this stage of the season every club has something to play for,? said Dowes. ?It doesn?t matter that we are at the top end of the table and they are closer to the bottom.?They will be fighting for every point just as much as we will. Everyone must be ready for that.?It?s always a tough game against Quins. They can be a real challenge on their day. Obviously they have a new coach so the players will be looking to impress him.?Hull will be without leading scorer Paul Cooke for the first time since last August after he went into hospital to have a kidney stone removed and that gives teenager Tommy Lee the chance to take over at stand-off.?It?s very risky playing with it so we had the chance to get Paul into hospital and we took it,? said coach Peter Sharp.?Tommy deserves his chance. He has shown a lot in the games he has played, even though they have been off the bench.?Kirk Dixon takes over the goalkicking as well as the wing spot from Gareth Raynor (hamstring). Liam Higgins also gets a call-up in place of Garreth Carvell (shoulder).Harlequins give debuts to new signings Paul Noone and Anthony Stewart in place of injured pair Zeb Luisi (broken hand) and Joe Mbu (dislocated shoulder), who were both injured in last week?s defeat at St Helens.Harlequins RL v Hull FC, Saturday July 22 2006Harlequins 18-man squad: Bradley-Qalilawa, Budworth, Dorn, Gafa, Heckenberg, Hopkins, Leuluai, McLinden, Mills, Noone, Paul, Purdham, Randall, Smith, Tookey, Weisner, Wells, Worrincy.Hull 18-man squad: Briscoe, Blacklock, Chester, Domic, Dowes, Dixon, Higgins, G. Horne, R. Horne, King, Lee, McMenemy, Radford, Swain, Tony, Washbrook, Wheeldon, Whiting.Referee: K KirkpatrickSource: superleague.co.uk
NEW Zealand international David Solomona insists Wakefield can string together enough wins to avoid the drop, starting with the visit of engage Super League champions Bradford to Belle Vue.
ROUND 20Melbourne Storm 28 vs Cronulla Sharks 12at Olympic Park, MelbourneReferee: Steve ClarkMatch summary:The Melbourne Storm have continued their relentless march towards the Minor Premiership win a 28-12 win over the Cronulla Sharks in front of 11,486 fans at the ?Graveyard? in Melbourne tonight.The Storm opened the scoring in the eighth minute with a try to Cooper Cronk following a Ryan Hoffman break ? Cronk putting Hoffman into the gap to start the scoring movement. A Hoffman try after 20 minutes that went unconverted put the Storm up 10-0. Five minutes after that Cronk was denied a second try when David Kidwell was penalised for an obstruction.The Sharks then spent a long period on attack but the Storm defence held them out, before Dallas Johnson delivered a crushing blow to the Sharks with a try right on halftime to give the Storm a 16-0 lead at the break.It only took the Storm eight minutes to increase their lead in the second half with a classic Storm try. Cameron Smith took a kick on the full and set off in the other direction. He had enough time to position Billy Slater on his left shoulder before passing to him and letting him race away to score.On the hour mark the Sharks scored a well deserved try through Richard Villasanti who barged over out wide to give the Sharks a sniff at 22-6. Slater picked up his second somewhat fortuitously when Jake Webster broke up the middle and his pass back inside was knocked down. Slater picked up the bouncing ball and raced away to score under the black dot, Matt Geyer added the conversion to celebrate his 200th Storm appearance.Darren Albert dotted down out wide in the final minutes to give the score some respectability at 28-12. In reality the Sharks did not deserve to lose quite so heavily, as they had long periods of the match on attack but were unable to crack the incredibly resolute Storm defence at the crucial times.The win allows the Storm to open up an eight point gap at the top of the table, pending the results this weekend. Next week the Storm travel to Oki Jubilee Stadium for a much anticipated clash with the Dragons, while the Sharks look to arrest their four game slide hosting the Knights at Toyota Park.ScorersMelbourne Storm: 28Tries: Cooper Cronk, Ryan Hoffman, Dallas Johnson, Billy Slater(2)Goals: Matt Geyer 1/1, Cameron Smith 3/4Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 12Tries: Darren Albert, Richard VillasantiGoals: Luke Covell 2/2Halftime: 16-0 StormCrowd: 11,486By the clockGood evening from Olympic Park Stadium in Melbourne for tonights clash between the Storm and the Sharks.Tonight Toshio Laiseni is out for the Sharks. Kearney moves to fullback for them.The Sharks in grey and white, the Storm in purple and dark blue. Geyer plays his 200th Storm game - the first to do it.1 min: Underway in front of a decent crowd!3 min: The weather is fine, if not a little cold.8 min: TRY Melbourne StormHoffman breaks up the middle, offloads to Cronk who races away to score beside the posts. Smith converts.Storm 6-013 min: The Sharks lose the ball 30 out and the Storm go on attack.14 min: Hoffman is penalised for obstruction only metres out from the Sharks line.16 min: The Storm hold out a Sharks attacking set. Turner makes a bust to help Storm field position, and they keep looking like breaking the line.17 min: The Storm go almost 100 metres in a set, King is ruled to have knocked on going for a bomb that was touched down by Hoffman.18 min: Sharks come up with a good set making plenty of metres, but they get penalised for offside on a poor last play option.20 min: TRY Melbourne StormOff the back of two penalties, Hill throws a great pass to Hoffman who runs through a gap and scores 18 metres to the left of the uprights. Smith misses.Storm 10-025 min: VIDEO REF - For a Storm try...25 min: NO TRY - StormKidwell is penalised for obstruction as Cronk zips past defenders.27 min: Sharks squander a good attacking opportunity with a forward pass.31 min: Kearney makes a huge break and puts the Sharks right on attack. The Storm scramble well and hold out for the set.35 min: The Sharks attack off a string of penalties, the Storm push them back and Geyer takes a kick on the full in the in goal. Great Storm defence.38 min: TRY Melbourne StormDallas Johnson barges over on the last tackle next to the uprights. Smith converts.Storm 16-0HALFTIME: We go to halftime with the Storm in control 16-0. The Storm fully deserve their 16-0 lead. The Sharks have had some good attacking moments, but they have been snuffed out. The Storm are running all over the Sharks on attack.StatsPossession: Sharks 51%/49%Completions: Sharks 13/18, Storm 15/19Tackles/Missed: Sharks 143/24, Storm 160/15Offloads: Sharks 8-6Errors: Sharks 5-3.40 min: Back underway!48 min: TRY Melbourne StormCam Smith takes a great catch on a kick and he sets off up field. He waits for Billy Slater to move from Smiths right to his left, Smith finally passes to Slater who races away to score 10 in from touch. Typically Melbourne. Smith converts.Storm 22-052 min: Storm coming up off their line and are smashing the Sharks in defence.52 min: INJURY - Cameron Smith (Storm) leaving the field with a jaw injury - not serious, they just aren't risking him.58 min: And for what seems like the millionth time the Storm hold out a Sharks attacking raid, this time conceding a drop out.59 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksVillasanti barges over from close range to give the Sharks a deserved try. Covell converts.Storm 22-666 min: Sharks hold out a Storm attacking raid.67 min: INJURY - Richard Villasanti (Sharks) struggling with an injury and is leaving the field.71 min: Bird is penalised in possession for reacting to a supposed grapple tackle. The Storm knock on early in the set.73 min: TRY Melbourne StormWebster breaks up the middle, his pass inside to Slater is knocked backwards by the Sharks and Slater picks up the ball and races away to score under the posts. Geyer celebrates 200 games for the Storm with a conversion.Storm 28-676 min: VIDEO REF - For a Sharks try...76 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksThe Sharks kick wide to Albert who scores out wide in the tackle of King. Covell converts.Storm 28-1277 min: CROWD - 11,486FULLTIME: The Storm run out 28-12 winners over the Sharks.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Cameron Smith (Storm)2 - Ryan Hoffman (Storm)1 - Cooper Cronk (Storm)-----------------------------------------
THE STARS are out in force in the Queensland Wizard Cup this weekend as State of Origin heroes Sam Thaiday and Ty Williams are joined by the likes of Neville Costigan, Brenton Bowen, Mitchell Sargent and possibly Chris Walker.