WESTS Tigers coach Tim Sheens believes the unlikely State of Origin pairing of Mark Gasnier and Craig Gower could provide a long-term solution to the NSW halves crisis.Blues selectors have gambled on Test centre Gasnier at pivot, despite the fact he has played just four full games in the position for club side St George Illawarra.With few five-eighth options available following the representative retirement of the Dragons' Trent Barrett and the poor form of Sydney Roosters playmaker Braith Anasta, Sheens believes the current Blues pairing could become a regular one.
GB v NZ 2006 Great Britain 46 v New Zealand 14at Knowsley Road, St HelensReferee: Steve ClarkMatch Summary:Great Britain have run out convincing 46-14 winners over New Zealand at Knowsley Road in today's Test Match, in front of a healthy (and vocal) home crowd that certainly had plenty to cheer about.The Kiwis started the match looking like the stronger team, and were able to claim the first try through giant winger Lesley Vainikolo. But from that promising early start, things went rapidly downhill as the Kiwis struggled to contain a fired-up Great Britain pack that was able to find plenty of space all over the paddock.The Lions had reclaimed the lead by the 7th minute through Danny McGuire, and two further tries to Sean Long and debutant James Graham gave them an 18-4 lead at the break. Unfortunately for the home side, captain Paul Sculthorpe was forced from the field with knee ligament damage early in the match, and couldn't take any further part in the game.The Kiwis weren't too worried about the half-time deficit, and returned to the field with the hope that they would finish the match strongly. However, three tries to Great Britain within the first 12 minutes quickly proved this theory to be slightly inaccurate.The Lions continued to ram home their advantage, and pushed the score out to 36-4 before the Kiwis were able to hit back. Iafeta Paleaaesina managed to score thanks to an error from the home team, but normal service quickly resumed with further tries to Ade Gardner and Sean Long rubbing salt into some gaping Kiwi wounds.Every player for Great Britain put in a tremendous performance in this match. Stand-outs included fullback Paul Wellens, halves McGuire & Long, and a pack of forwards that were determined not to take a backwards step. Roosters prop Adrian Morley contributed strongly, and received strong support from Fielden, Newton and debutant James Graham.The Kiwis have promoted this match as a chance for some "lesser-lights" to press for inclusion in their Tri-Nations squad, and unfortunately several players may have written themselves out of the script. David Kidwell and David Solomona tried hard to produce some spark, but the team was obviously affected by the lack of an established halves combination. Ben Roberts tried hard in his International debut and has a promising future, but certainly isn't ready for this level of competition just yet.Scorers:Great Britain: 46Tries: Danny McGuire(2), James Graham(2), Sean Long(2), Keith Senior, Ade GardnerGoals: Sean Long 6/7, Paul Sculthorpe 1/1New Zealand: 14Tries: Henry Fa'afili, Iafeta Paleaaesina, Lesley VainikoloGoals: Stacey Jones 1/1, Ben Roberts 0/1, Motu Tony 0/1Halftime: GB 18-4By the Clock:TEAM LINE-UPS:Great Britain: Wellens, Gardner, Gleeson, Senior, Pryce; McGuire, Long; Fielden, Cunningham, Morley, Peacock, Ellis, Sculthorpe; Newton, Gilmour, Graham, O'Loughlin.New Zealand: Toopi, Vainikolo, Hape, Talau, Fa'afili; Roberts, Jones; Chan, Tony, Paleaaesina, Lauitiiti, Solomona, Kidwell; Paul, Hansen, Anderson, Betham.Welcome to Knowsley Road! The teams are taking the field to a rousing reception from a healthy looking crowd. No rain at the moment, but apparently the ground is still pretty wet.KICKOFF: We're underway!3 min: TRY New ZealandThe Kiwi forwards have steamrolled Great Britain with their first use of the ball, and moved straight into a good attacking position. Stacey Jones puts up a huge cross-field bomb, and Lesley Vainikolo gets on top of his opposite number to claim the try.Ben Roberts misses the conversion attempt. New Zealand 4-07 min: TRY Great BritainTwo penalties conceded by the Kiwis give Great Britain plenty of attacking possession, and Danny McGuire is able to dummy his way through the defensive line to cross in the corner.Paul Sculthorpe nails a great conversion from out wide. Great Britain 6-412 min: Great Britain are looking sharp out here, and the Kiwis are conceding plenty of penalties which isn't making their job any easier!13 min: VIDEO REF - Keiron Cunningham tries a trademark barge-over from dummy half, but is ruled to have lost the ball within plenty of Kiwi defense.13 min: The Kiwis are awarded their first penalty of the match, but they don't find touch with their kick!15 min: Stacey Jones misses out on a 40/20 kick by a matter of inches.16 min: Paul Sculthorpe has left the field and headed straight up the tunnel.18 min: The Kiwis survive an attacking set from Great Britain with some desperate defence on their own line.23 min: With the Kiwis just metres out from the Great Britain tryline, Clinton Toopi throws a "Toopi Special" that goes 20 metres backwards.25 min: A half-chance for the Kiwis - Stacey Jones spots a gap and tears up the middle, but his offload is snaffled by Terry Newton.26 min: TRY Great BritainFollowing a dropped ball from Willie Talau on his own 20-metre line, Terry Newton spots some space up the blindside that is well exploited by Keith Senior and Leon Pryce. James Graham is on hand to complete the movement and score a great try.Sean Long adds the extras. Great Britain 12-431 min: A huge Sean Long bomb is well claimed by Henry Fa'afili, who managed to hang on by his fingertips despite falling over at the same time.32 min: TRY Great BritainTerry Newton creates some space by attracting four defenders yet still managing to off-load the ball. Paul Wellens picks it up and passes to Sean Long, who is able to skip through for a try under the posts.Long converts his own try. Great Britain 18-435 min: NO TRY - Great Britain dot down in the corner through Ade Gardner, but the pass he received from Martin Gleeson is called forward.39 min: The Kiwis pull out every concievable off-load in an attempt to add to their score before halftime - it looks fantastic, but ultimately unsuccessful.40 min: A scrum win to the Kiwis on the stroke of half-time sees Stacey Jones put up a monster bomb to the corner, but Great Britain are able to get the ball over the sideline.HALFTIME: Great Britain 18 New Zealand 4Injury update: Paul Sculthorpe has suffered possible knee ligament damage, and won't be back for this match (at least).41 min: The second half is underway! Great Britain recover their own kickoff with a great chase.42 min: Gareth Ellis drops the ball with the tryline beckoning - a definite letoff for the Kiwis here.46 min: ON REPORT - Lesley Vainikolo, for a dangerous throw on Martin Gleeson.47 min: TRY Great BritainThe ensuing penalty gives Great Britain another attacking chance - this time, Paul Wellens makes a great bust up the middle and off-loads to Keith Senior for an easy run to the line.Sean Long kicks the extra two. Great Britain 24-449 min: TRY Great BritainIt's a carve-up!! Sean Long puts through a nice kick to the blindside that the Kiwis aren't able to contain. Paul Wellens picks up the loose ball and passes to James Graham, who is able to run 30 metres untouched to score his second try.Sean Long steps up again and adds another two points. Great Britain 30-452 min: The Kiwis are looking a bit shell-shocked now. Possession is running 70/30 in Great Britain's favour this half.53 min: TRY Great BritainFrom a scrum win 40 metres out, Danny McGuire receives the ball and jinks through some shaky Kiwi defence to claim his second try.Sean Long adds yet another conversion. Great Britain 36-458 min: The Kiwis are showing very little sign of being able to score again in this match, and are being completely out-enthused here.60 min: As usual, I've spoken too soon. The Kiwis have forced a goal-line drop out - can they score again??62 min: TRY New ZealandThe Great Britain defence held firm, but on attack Adrian Morley fumbles the ball straight to Iafeta Paleaaesina. "Feka" is able to crash over the line and claim a much-needed Kiwi try.Stacey Jones kicks the conversion. Great Britain 36-1065 min: Ali "Afroman" Lauitiiti knocks-on as the Kiwis continue to try and spark their attacking machine into gear.66 min: Another Great Britain fumble is claimed by Paleaaesina - who is penalised straight away for an incorrect play-the-ball.68 min: TRY Great BritainGreat Britain continue to swing the ball from sideline to sideline - and this time, Ade Gardner takes advantage of some space created by Martin Gleeson to cross untouched in the corner.Sean Long's conversion from out wide is waved away. Great Britain 40-1071 min: VIDEO REF - Great Britain are claiming a bizarre try here ...71 min: TRY Great BritainSean Long kicks deep, and the chasers are put onside by a Kiwi touch. Leon Pryce is then able to chip infield, and Stuart Fielden shows some remarkable soccer skills to get the ball around Robbie Paul. From there, Sean Long picks up the scraps and slides in for his second try.Long converts. Great Britain 46-1077 min: Leon Pryce throws Henry Fa'afili into touch with a great tackle while the Kiwis were looking dangerous out wide.80 min: TRY New ZealandIt took another 77 minutes, but another Kiwi attacking raid has finally paid off! Following a scrum win, the ball finds its way to Ali Lauitiiti who creates space for his outside men with a nice offload. Henry Fa'afili is backing up and scores in the corner.Motu Tony takes the conversion attempt, but it's waved away. Great Britain 46-14FULLTIME: Great Britain 46 New Zealand 14As the score suggests, there was pretty much only one side in the match tonight. Great Britain were strong across the park and have claimed a well-deserved victory over a rusty-looking Kiwis team.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Paul Wellens (Great Britain)2 - Sean Long (Great Britain)1 - Terry Newton (Great Britain)-----------------------------------------
FRIDAY, 30th June 2006
SHANNON McDonnell, Taniela Tuiaki, Dean Collis, Jamaal Lolesi, Shane Elford, Scott Prince (c), Robbie Farah, Keith Galloway, Stuart Flanagan, John Skandalis, Chris Heighington, Todd Payten, Ben Galea
Interchange: Bronson Harrison, Dene Halatau, Sam Harris, Ryan O'Hara
DAVID Simmons, Darren Albert, Nigel Vagana, Beau Scott, Luke Covell, Adam Dykes, Brett Kimmorley (c), James Stosic, Kevin Kingston, Luke Douglas, Reece Williams, Lance Thompson, Greg Bird
Interchange: Hutch Maiava, Matt Hilder, Ben Pomeroy, Brett Kearney
HERE is the 18 man squad that will travel to Auckland for this Saturday's match against the Warriors:
LUKE Patten, Hazem El Masri, Cameron Phelps, Willie Tonga, Matt Utai, Daniel Holdsworth, Brent Sherwin, Chris Armit, Tony Grimaldi, Roy Asotasi, Sonny Bill Williams, Andrew Ryan (c), Reni Maitua
Interchange: Daniel Irvine, Jarrad Hickey, Brad Morrin, Dallas McIlwain
BRETT Stewart, Michael Robertson, Paul Stephenson, Steve Matai, Chris Hicks, Michael Witt, Matt Orford, Jason King, Michael Monaghan, Brent Kite, Glenn Stewart, Anthony Watmough, Ben Kennedy (c)
Interchange: Shayne Dunley, Luke Williamson, Phil Morwood, Mark Bryant, George Rose (one to be omitted)
MATTHEW Bowen , Ashley Graham, Ty Williams, Paul Bowman, Matt Sing, Travis Norton (c), Brent McConnell, Mitchell Sargent, Aaron Payne, Ray Cashmere, Matthew Scott, Steve Southern, Justin SmithInterchange: Mark Henry, David Faiumu, Jacob Lillyman, Shane Tronc, Robert Tanielu
THE Real Insurance Rabbitohs are pleased to announce their side to take on the North Queensland Cowboys in round 17 of the NRL Telstra Premiership this Saturday, 1 July at 7:30pm at Dairy Farmers Stadium.The Rabbitohs welcome back prop Scott Geddes and second-rower Joe Galuvao this weekend from injury, and five-eighth Beau Champion will play in the NRL side after returning from injury in Premier League last weekend. Head Coach Shaun McRae has made a number of changes to the side that played the New Zealand Warriors last Sunday with Yileen Gordon starting in the centres, Stuart Webb starting at hooker and John Sutton shifting to lock. Mark Minichiello will start the game from the interchange bench as will Shane Rigon, with Dale Newton and Kane Cleal set to make their debuts for the Rabbitohs this weekend. Joe Lichaa will travel to Townsville as the 18th man.Rabbitohs? Shannon Hegarty (shoulder arthroscope ? 5-7 weeks), Luke Stuart (ruptured ACL in knee - season), Luke MacDougall (groin strain ? 2-3 weeks), Shane Walker (groin strain ? 2-3 weeks), Shannan McPherson (groin strain ? 2-3 weeks), Jaiman Lowe (bruised sternum - 1-2 weeks) and Mick Moran (ankle sprain and thumb fracture ? 2-4 weeks) were not considered for selection due to injury. Adam MacDougall was not considered due to suspension (2 weeks).The South Sydney Premier League team will take on the Cronulla Sutherland Sharks at Redfern Oval this Saturday at 2pm. The referee for the first grade fixture is Tony Archer.The Rabbitohs NRL side is:1. David Peachey2. Nathan Merritt3. Todd Polglase4. Yileen Gordon5. Paul Mellor6. Beau Champion7. Ben Walker8. Peter Cusack ?9. Stuart Webb10. Scott Geddes11. David Fa?alogo12. Joe Galuvao13. John SuttonInterchange:14. Mark Minichiello15. Shane Rigon16. Dale Newton17. Kane Cleal18. Joe LichaaCoach ? Shaun McRaeThe Rabbitohs Premier League side is:1. Joven Clarke2. Troy Boston3. Fetuli Talanoa4. Germaine Paulson5. Balin Cupples6. Scott Briggs7. Joe Williams8. Joe Falemaka9. Trent Young ?10. Manase Manuokafoa11. Michael Greenfield12. Anthony Kiro13. Ben RogersInterchange:14. Ray Moujalli15. David Wynyard16. Aaron Firman17. Rhys Hanbury18. Beau Falloon19. James Donlan20. Nathan GilchristCoach ? Mark Ellison
WADE McKinnon, Jarryd Hayne, Brett Delaney, Luke O?Dwyer, John Williams, John Morris, Tim Smith, Nathan Cayless (c), Mark Riddell, Fuifui Moimoi, Daniel Wagon, Chad Robinson, Glenn Morrison
Interchange: PJ Marsh, Dean Widders, Josh Cordoba, Adam Peek
PREMIER League Hooker, Luke Quigley will fill the shoes of New South Wales Captain, Danny Buderus when the Knights play the Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval on Friday night.
MARSHALL Chalk is set to step into the fullback role for the absent Clinton Schifcofske this weekend, and is confident of a good performance against the Eels at Canberra Stadium on Saturday night.
COACH Wayne Bennett has made a host of changes to the ?baby Broncos? outfit nailed by South Sydney in round 14 ahead of their second and final test of the season against in-form Cronulla at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.
YOUNG prop Sam Rapira comes in for unavailable captain Steve Price in the only change to the Warriors' 17-man squad for Saturday night's NRL clash against Penrith.