THERE was certainly no shortage of controversial incidents in Friday night?s VB Premier League match played at one of Rugby League?s most atmospheric venues, North Sydney Oval. Three Newtown players were sin-binned in the first half, with the Jets reduced to eleven men for a brief period. Front-rower Frank-Paul Nuuausala was sent off two minutes prior to half-time, leaving the Jets down to twelve players for the remainder of the match. Nuuausala will face the judiciary later this week on two charges of making a dangerous tackle and striking an opponent.Newtown showed plenty of old-fashioned ticker in going on to win the match 38-12, after having led 20-2 at half-time. The Bears were still in close range when they trailed 20-12 with fifteen minutes remaining in the match, but the Jets finished much the stronger of the two sides. Referee Russell Smith had a busy night with the whistle, awarding an astounding total of thirty penalties (18-12 to Norths for the record). The Jets have retained the Frank Hyde Shield for 2006, with the victorious Newtown team receiving the trophy from Frank?s eldest son Greg Hyde (a former first grade fullback with both North Sydney and Parramatta).Newtown?s best forwards on the night were Heath L?Estrange, Glenn Hall, Luke Gordon and Mitch Aubusson. Second rower Nigel Plum put in a strong first half and continues to make excellent progress after his enforced layoff. Aubusson scored an important try that put the match beyond the Bears? grasp, with this stylish young lock showing more than just a touch of the youthful Ron Coote. Jamie Soward and Aidan Kirk were outstanding in the backs, with the busy Soward collecting two tries and kicking five goals. Flying winger Troy Malcolm went desperately close to scoring twice in the first half and was nearly decapitated by an opponent?s high tackle on one occasion.Newtown fielded a reshuffled line-up in the Jim Beam Cup match against Asquith on Sunday following a series of late withdrawals. Under the circumstances, it was an admirable performance by the Jets to win this ?crunch? match by 40-24 after the scores had been locked up at 18-all at half-time. Newtown had asserted control in the third quarter of the match but weren?t out of the woods when they led 34-24 with fifteen minutes still to play. A late converted try finally sealed an important win for the Jets, with the race for the finals in this competition really hotting up.The Jets? best were utility forward Luke Gordon (who had played very well from the bench in Friday night?s Premier League win), Matt Habojan, Darren Lang and Nathan McMahon. This match at Storey Park was something of a small-scale club reunion, with five former Newtown players turning out with the opposition.Up in Group 11 the Parkes Spacemen won a remarkably high-scoring match against Dubbo Macquarie by 66-34. The Wellington Cowboys remain undefeated in the Group 11 first grade competition.Both Newtown teams return to Henson Park next Saturday (August 5th) and Jets fans will be keen to see both sides back on their home ground with the semi-finals on the near horizon for both competitions. In the Jim Beam Cup, Newtown plays Belrose at 1.15pm and in the VB Premier League main game, the Jets face off with the Newcastle Knights at 3.00pm.
FULL match reports attached for Round 19 of the QLD Wizard Cup.REDCLIFFE 32 d SOUTHS LOGAN 28AN INCH-PERFECT kick from Michael Roberts delivered Greg Bourke a match-stealing try with two minutes remaining as Redcliffe overpowered Souths Logan 32-28 at Dolphin Oval on Sunday. After trailing for the whole game, the Dolphins turned the result around in the nick of time, gifting Troy Lindsay victory in his record-equalling 261st first grade game for the club.Earlier Lindsay had featured in a special presentation with Peter Leis, the long-time record-holder for most games in a Dolphins jersey.?We had a really good build-up because of that (Lindsay?s milestone),? Redcliffe coach Anthony Griffin said.?It probably got us home, because if we?d been any lighter on we would have been beaten. ?Everyone has tremendous respect for Troy?s ethic and wanted to do well for him. There was an extra will to win.?At the same time however, Griffin conceded that the special occasion may have led to certain players being a ?bit funny? and ?trying too hard? for the victory.Souths Logan led 22-12 at halftime and 26-12 shortly after the break, with Brandon Costin in the type of form which has made him a front-runner for this year?s QANTAS Player of the Year.The veteran playmaker was named in jersey 13, but was a general in all departments, despite carrying a painful shoulder injury. ?Costin caused us a world of trouble with his decision-making and passing,? assessed Griffin.?He was sensational. When he?s playing that sort of footy you have to say he?s still on the top of his game.? Costin?s one-two punch with Chris Sandow in attack caused the Dolphins plenty of headaches, although the big red-and-white pack made the slight Sandow work extra hard in defence.Souths Logan returned the favour by running their biggest men at Redcliffe hooker Michael Roberts, another genuine game-breaker. The ploy looked to have reaped dividends until just before fulltime when Roberts was stranded with the ball on the last tackle, as the defence stampeded down on him. Although sensing an overlap out wide Roberts was unable to pass through the Souths Logan umbrella and instead chose to lob a kick just above head height to Bourke. Completing the movement, Bourke snatched the ball and scored his 10th try of the season.The win for Redcliffe keeps the Dolphins narrowly ahead of Toowoomba in second place, although the for-and-against record for both teams is separated by a hair?s breadth.Next Saturday, Redcliffe faces North Queensland in Townsville at 5.30pm and Souths Logan hosts Wynnum Manly at Brandon Park at 3pm.REDCLIFFE 32 (Nick Emmett, Greg Bourke, Troy Lindsay, Chris Giumelli, Danny Green, Kaine Manihera tries; Greg Bourke 4 goals) d SOUTHS LOGAN 28 (Michael Anschau 2, Jerry Ahern, Mase Laulu-Togagae, Derek Fletcher tries; Brandon Costin 4 goals) at Dolphin Oval. NORTHS 38 d IPSWICH 26A ?NIGHTMARE? outing against Ipswich has seen Norths stretched to the limit and left skipper Aaron Bulow?s career at the crossroads after a season-ending knee injury.Playing against his former club, 24-year-old Bulow ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in the opening half and was a forlorn figure as the Devils trailed the Jets 26-12 early in the second half.Bulow, an OP1 student who started the season late due to business interests, had been in the peak of form and was said to have attracted NRL interest with his tireless and robust play.Now he faces the long road to recovery, becoming the seventh Norths player to require a full knee reconstruction in 2006.If there was a silver lining to the game for the Devils it was the spirited revival at the death, featuring two slick pieces of play by Chris Walker, scoring a long-range try himself and setting up another for Ryan Shortland.Shortland also pocketed a fortuitous try from a loose ball on the ground to lift the Nundah club clear of this season?s likely wooden spooners.?It was a massive fight?a nightmare to be quite honest,? said Norths coach Wayne Treleaven.?Ipswich played real good footy I thought. They were aggressive defensively and we had to work very hard to beat them.?If it wasn?t for a bit of brilliance and a bit of luck we would have been in trouble.?The match started with a try to Norths in the opening minute. However, Treleaven suggested this was the worst possible scenario, as he feared his team was already lacking the mental intensity to compete for the full 80 minutes.Ipswich had beaten Norths 38-36 in a lacklustre Round 10 display and when the Jets again took the lead at Bishop Park, it appeared a repeat may be on the cards.Yet Walker seized the game, just as he had a week earlier against Wynnum Manly, making inroads on the back of strong play up front by Jeff Lima and Jamie Feeney.?Chris Walker can play footy, there?s no doubt about that,? said Treleaven, the man who coached Wests on the day that Walker scored seven tries against them while playing for Toowoomba.?He?s been great for us. He copped a bit of concussion out there today, but battled on and had an impact.?In the most extreme of scenarios Norths can still make the final five. However this relies on both Tweed Heads and Easts losing all their remaining games. At the same time the Devils would need to beat Toowoomba, Central and Souths Logan in the last three rounds.Treleaven?s men feature in next Saturday?s match of the round against the Clydesdales at Clive Berghofer Stadium at 3pm. That night at 7.30pm Ipswich plays Central in Rockhampton. NORTHS 38 (Ryan Shortland 2, Chris Walker, Smith Samau, Steve Franciscus, Michael Bond, Jamie Feeney tries; Chris Walker 5 goals) d IPSWICH 26 (Ben McFadgean, Rickie Dodd, Chris Scanlan, Joel Reithmuller tries; Travis Baker 5 goals) at Bishop Park. TOOWOOMBA 40 d WYNNUM MANLY 16THE plaudits may have flowed thick and fast for schoolboy sensation David Taylor, but Toowoomba teammate Denan Kemp also continued to knock on the NRL door, posting three tries in a 40-16 win against Wynnum Manly.In a fitting and spectacular end to a game which the Clydesdales led for all but a few minutes, prop Taylor steamrolled through a tackle and then offered a perfectly weighted kick to Kemp, completing a hat-trick for the winger on the siren.St Brendan?s Yeppoon student Taylor had enjoyed a wow of a game, monstering much older opposition and instigating numerous breaks.?This kid is a superstar in the making,? offered Bay FM commentator Steve Hawkins, drawing comparisons to the rise of Greg Inglis.?The (Brisbane) Broncos should have him signed for the next decade. He will play for Australia.?It was not the first time that Taylor had been mentioned for higher honours down the track, however Hawkins words resonated in the aftermath of another mature and dominant display.Among those that Taylor continued to lock horns with throughout the game was Gary Winter, the former Manly Sea Eagles forward who carries a reputation as a hardman of the game.It was a pity then that speedster Kemp was denied the opportunity to face off against Simon Phillips, another match-up between experience and youth which whetted the appetite.With Phillips out injured, Kemp grabbed three stunning tries in the second stanza, helping the Clydesdales recover after Wynnum Manly got as close as 16-12.The first try to the Gold Coast product came with a screaming mark of a Pat Dall kick, displaying both the athleticism and hunger which have become his hallmarks.He followed up with a blistering try along the sideline, set up by a pin-point pass from Brett Seymour, himself enjoying a great game.Kemp?s final try, from the ad-lib kick of Taylor, took his season tally to 17 tries, making him second only to Tweed Heads? Nat Barnes (21 tries) on the try-scoring list this year. Across all seasons, the 19-year-old boasts one of the best try-per-game ratios in competition history.Wynnum?s capitulation belied the club?s recent competitive form. It also bucked the usual winning trend which follows the announcement of a new coach. On Friday the Seagulls revealed that former Super League Coach of the Year Shane McNally would take the reins from Neil Wharton in 2007. McNally is currently a development officer for the bayside outfit.Next weekend the Seagulls travel to Brandon Park to face Souths Logan at 3pm Saturday. Toowoomba hosts Norths at 2pm Saturday in the match of the round at Clive Berghofer Stadium. TOOWOOMBA 40 (Denan Kemp 3, Derricke Watkins 2, Steve Michaels, Ben Vaeau tries; Brett Seymour 6 goals) d WYNNUM MANLY 16 (Brian Jellick, Chris Currie, Jimmy Ahmat tries; Steve Irwin 2 goals) at BMD Kougari Oval.TWEED HEADS 24 d EASTS 16THE STAGE has been set for a cracking local derby between Tweed Heads and Burleigh at the Piggabeen Complex next Sunday, 3pm, in a game which could decide both teams? finals chances.With the Seagulls beating Easts 24-16 and Burleigh slipping past North Queensland 24-22, both teams will have cause for confidence heading into the big clash.Tweed?s major aim is to maintain a grip on fourth spot, a distinct possibility now that the Seagulls have more wins and a greater for-and-against than fifth-placed Easts.Finishing fourth entitles to Seagulls to home-ground advantage in the elimination final.There is even a long-shot possibility that Tweed Heads could climb into third, though that would require large wins in remaining games against Burleigh, Redcliffe and Wynnum Manly and other results falling its way.For its part, Burleigh still has a faint hope of sneaking into fifth place and contesting its eighth successive finals series.The Bears have only two games remaining and need wins against Tweed Heads and Ipswich, while simultaneously hoping that either Tweed or Easts loses all remaining matches.It would be hard to see Tweed being the team to miss out after an inspired performance at Langlands Park on the weekend. The Seagulls led the Tigers 24-0 in a little over 50 minutes and displayed some beautiful combinations.Before taking the foot off the accelerator, Tweed ran in five tries, many of them started via the attacking brilliance of centre James Wood. Having secured a spot in recent weeks through injuries to teammates, Wood has now made it hard for coach Steve Murphy to omit him. As has been the case for most of this season Nat Barnes was again among the tries, grabbing two more to move to 21 from 17 games. The Cup record for any player in a 20-game season was 22 tries by Brent Webb, playing for Wests back in 2001.As far as Easts is concerned, much of the power in the closing rounds rests with the three lowest-ranked clubs ? Ipswich, Central and Wynnum Manly.Although their seasons are effectively over, both Ipswich and Central could turn the Tigers? season on its head. Easts has the bye in Round 20 and then faces the Jets, followed by the Comets. A loss to either side could destroy any chance of a home final. Defeats to both teams could mean missing the finals altogether.Wynnum Manly also threatens to change the make-up of the finals, particularly with a Round 21 clash against North Queensland and a Round 22 fixture against Tweed Heads.If Neil Wharton?s men can spring an upset in either game it could mean the Young Guns losing a hold of the minor premiership or Tweed Heads forfeiting a home final.TWEED HEADS 24 (Nat Barnes 2, Ryan Milligan, Matt King, Andrew Moroney tries; Brad Davis 2 goals) d EASTS 16 (David Tyrrell, Mark Cantoni, Luke Branighan tries; Luke Branighan 2 goals) at Langlands Park.BURLEIGH 24 d NORTH QUEENSLAND 22BURLEIGH simply let the football do the talking on Saturday as the Bears maintained the slimmest of finals hopes with a come-from-behind 24-22 win against North Queensland at Pizzey Park.A week after being sin-binned for dissent, Bears five-eighth Jamie Russo scored a freak try with two minutes left on the clock to level the scores 22-all. Fullback Reggie Cressbrook then potted the conversion under pressure, sending the Burleigh faithful into raptures.The ending to the match could not have been more starkly opposed to the first 15 minutes, when listless Burleigh conceded three tries to trail the Young Guns 16-0.Indeed the opening stages of the match suggested a bloodbath was on the cards, with North Queensland running rampant.and proving brutal in defence.The visitors posted first points via winger Brenton Bowen, who capitalised on an effortless Brett Firman break to cross in the lefthand corner. Not long after, another Firman break and flick pass saw centre Jamie Frizzo crashing over on the other side of the field.A Burleigh kick out on the full and an embarrassingly easy try to dummy-half Clint Amos had the Bears back-peddling even further. In many ways the Young Guns were unlucky not to lead by more when Sam Faust, Bowen and Dean Payne narrowly missed out on proceeding opportunities.Almost from nothing, man-of-the-match Cressbrook conjured a try for Burleigh in the 35th minute, skipping past a hanging arm from Leigh Coghill and sending the ball wide for Trent Purdon to score.It proved the spark for a remarkable comeback after the aggressive line speed of the Young Guns had all but sapped Burleigh?s attack of confidence.On resumption of the second half a great intercept by Trent Leis almost laid the platform for a second try to Purdon. The very next play of the game Coghill was sin-binned for a professional foul and North Queensland was reduced to 12 men. Burleigh pivot Russo tried to explore the overlap several times and finally in the 48th minute found Aseri Laing out wide with a looping pass, shortening the score to 16-12.The Young Guns then had another period when they were unlucky not to seal the game. In successive video referee decisions, centre Frizzo was ruled short of the tryline and Jimmy Andersen was adjudged offside from a Firman kick.A shift in momentum was noticeable and the frustrated and distracted northerners then conceded a soft try to Ryan Gundry in the 65th minute. The subsequent conversion put Burleigh in front for the first time at 18-16.The setbacks kept coming for the Young Guns, as Firman failed to find touch on a penalty and Ben Lowe was denied a try for a shepherding movement. However State of Origin hero Ty Williams looked to break the game open with a superb long-range try in the 74th minute, following good lead-up by backrower Mark Dalle Cort.Against all odds Burleigh summoned up a try in response, with Russo following through his own high kick, before wrestling with defenders and smashing the ball down on the line. A wait on the video official?s decision and the goal-kick from Cressbrook kept the Bears momentarily on tenterhooks before jubilation at the fulltime siren.BURLEIGH 24 (Jamie Russo, Trent Purdon, Aseri Laing, Ryan Gundry tries; Reggie Cressbrook 4 goals) d NORTH QUEENSLAND 22 (Brenton Bowen, Jamie Frizzo, Clint Amos, Ty Williams tries; Brenton Bowen 3 goals) at Pizzey Park.
THE Newcastle Knights continue to keep their finals campaign on track following their 22-18 win over the Cronulla Sharks on Friday night. Playing in front of a healthy home crowd, the Sharks led 12-10 at half time before being cut down by the Knights.Saturday rugby league took us to Penrith with the Panthers giving the New Zealand Warriors a thrashing to the tune of 36-6. Not far away in Parramatta, the Eels were handing out similar punishment in defeating arch rivals Manly Sea Eagles by 31-18. Saturday night wrapped up in Homebush with South Sydney Rabbitohs posting their second win of the year and upsetting the Canberra Raiders by 21-8.Sunday football kicked off in Brisbane with last year?s premiers Wests Tigers cruising to a 20-6 victory over the Broncos. Meanwhile at Kogarah, the Melbourne Storm travelled to defeat the St George Illawarra Dragons 34-24 in what was an epic encounter. The weekend of football wrapped up in Sydney with another upset as the Roosters thrashed the North Queensland Cowboys 40-20.With five rounds remaining before the finals, the NRL ladder sees the Melbourne Storm six points clear on 36 competition points, and looking like specials for this year?s minor premiership. The Canterbury Bulldogs had the bye this round and move up 30 points, and outright second position. The Bulldogs are close enough to join Storm as definite finals contenders for 2006.The Broncos and the Dragons are on 26 points each to make up the top four, both sides are in need of couple of wins in the coming rounds. Not far away on 24 points are the Sea Eagles and the Knights with both also feeling the pressure from teams below them. The battle for the top eight is hotting up with no less than five teams on 22 points. The Cowboys, Sharks, Eels, Panthers and Raiders are all fighting it out to make the cut.Wests Tigers are on 20 points and in 12th position. While some will argue that the reigning premiers are still a mathematical chance in 2006, it does look as if they have presented themselves with a mountain too high to climb. Below them are the Roosters on 18 points, and the Warriors are written off on 16 points. Definite wooden spooners, the Rabbitohs are on 6 points.All match results and details are listed below.LeagueUnlimited.com Player AwardsThe leader board in this year?s LeagueUnlimited.com Player Awards is hotting up with Canberra?s Clinton Schifcofske and Melbourne?s Cameron Smith equal at the top on 26 points each. They are five points clear of Eels forward Nathan Hindmarsh who moves up to 21 points and outright second place. Not far away are Preston Campbell (Panthers), Greg Inglis (Storm), Willie Mason (Bulldogs), and previous awards winner Matt Orford (Sea Eagles) on 20 points. With just five rounds remaining, the leader board sees a number of players still well in contention. 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For further enquiries, email usMATCH RESULTS:League Wrap: Round 21, 28 July ? 30 July 2006Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 18Tries: Paul Gallen, Reece Williams, Lance ThompsonGoals: Luke Covell 3/4Newcastle Knights: 22Tries: George Carmont, Andrew Johns, Adam Woolnough, Brian CarneyGoals: Andrew Johns 3/4Half time: Sharks 12-10Venue: Toyota ParkCrowd: 17,574Referee: Shayne HayneLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Danny Buderus (Knights)2 - Matthew Gidley (Knights)1 - Greg Bird (Sharks)Penrith Panthers: 36Tries: Tony Puletua, Luke Rooney, Rhys Wesser(3), Matthew CrossGoals: Preston Campbell 6/7New Zealand Warriors: 6Tries: Manu VatuveiGoals: Tony Martin 1/1Half time: Panthers 12-6Venue: CUA Stadium PenrithCrowd: 9,725Referee: Tony ArcherLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Rhys Wesser (Panthers)2 - Preston Campbell (Panthers)1 - Luke Priddis (Panthers)Parramatta Eels: 31Tries: Luke Burt(2), Luke O'Dwyer(2), Jarryd HayneGoals: Luke Burt 5/5Field Goals: John MorrisManly Sea Eagles: 18Tries: Chris Hicks, Paul Stephenson, Luke Williamson, Steve MataiGoals: Matt Orford 1/4Half time: Eels 18-8Venue: Parramatta StadiumCrowd: 15,404Referee: Steven ClarkLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Luke O?Dwyer (Eels)2 - Ben Kennedy (Sea Eagles)1 - Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels)South Sydney Rabbitohs: 21Tries: Nathan Merritt(2), Paul Mellor, David PeacheyGoals: Joe Williams 2/4Field Goals: Ben RogersCanberra Raiders: 8Tries: Adam Mogg(2)Half time: Rabbitohs 20-4Venue: Telstra StadiumCrowd: 6,152Referee: Jason RobinsonLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - David Peachey (Rabbitohs)2 - Nathan Merritt (Rabbitohs)1 - Joe Williams (Rabbitohs)Brisbane Broncos: 6Tries: Shane WebckeGoals: Darren Lockyer 1/1Wests Tigers: 20Tries: Dean Collis(2), Chris Lawrence, Ben JefferyGoals: Scott Prince 2/4Half time: Tigers 10-0Venue: Suncorp StadiumCrowd: 31,500Referee: Paul SimpkinsLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Scott Prince (Tigers)2 - Dean Collis (Tigers)1 - Taniela Tuiaki (Tigers)St George Illawarra Dragons: 24Tries: Trent Barrett, Matt Cooper(2), Mark Gasnier, Brett MorrisGoals: Aaron Gorrell 1/5, Mathew Head 1/1Melbourne Storm: 34Tries: Cooper Cronk, Ryan Hoffman, Greg Inglis, Matt King(2), Steve TurnerGoals: Cameron Smith 5/7Half time: Storm 16-12Venue: Oki Jubilee Stadium KogarahCrowd: 13,866Referee: Sean HampsteadLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Cameron Smith (Storm)2 - Cooper Cronk (Storm)1 - Matt Cooper (Dragons)Sydney Roosters: 40Tries: Brett Finch, Iosia Soliola, David Shillington, Shaun Foley(2), Josh LewisGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 7/7, Amos Roberts 1/1North Queensland Cowboys: 20Tries: Matt Sing, Ashley Graham, Mark Henry(2)Goals: Josh Hannay 2/4Half time: Cowboys 16-6Venue: Aussie StadiumCrowd: 7,617Referee: Gavin BadgerLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Craig Fitzgibbon (Roosters)2 - Brett Finch (Roosters)1 - Shaun Foley (Roosters)Canterbury Bulldogs v ByeFULL DRAW, RESULTS & LINKS TO LIVE SCORES ? CLICK HEREUPCOMING MATCHES:Round 22, 4-6 August 2006Fri 7:30 EELS v DRAGONS - Parramatta StadiumSat 7:30 (NZ) 5:30 (AEST) WARRIORS v SHARKS - Mt Smart (Ericsson) StadiumSat 7:30 STORM v TIGERS - Olympic ParkSat 7:30 COWBOYS v BULLDOGS - Dairy Farmers Stadium Sun 2:30 RAIDERS v BRONCOS - Canberra StadiumSun 3:00 ROOSTERS v KNIGHTS - Central Coast StadiumSun 3:00 RABBITOHS v PANTHERS - Telstra StadiumSEA EAGLES 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.26 pointsClinton Schifcofske (Raiders), Cameron Smith (Storm)21 pointsNathan Hindmarsh (Eels)20 pointsPreston Campbell (Panthers), Greg Inglis (Storm), Willie Mason (Bulldogs), Matt Orford (Sea Eagles)19 pointsBen Kennedy (Sea Eagles)17 pointsCooper Cronk (Storm), Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)16 pointsAndrew Johns (Knights)14 pointsMatthew Bowen (Cowboys), Danny Buderus (Knights), Mark Gasnier (Dragons)13 pointsAdam Dykes (Sharks), Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs), Darren Lockyer (Broncos)12 pointsJason Smith (Raiders)11 pointsRoy Asotasi (Bulldogs), Karmichael Hunt (Broncos), Scott Prince (Tigers)10 pointsPetero Civoniceva (Broncos), Robert Farah (Tigers)9 pointsCraig Fitzgibbon (Roosters), Paul Gallen (Sharks), Mathew Head (Dragons), Brett Hodgson (Tigers), Steve Price (Warriors)8 pointsBrett Kimmorley (Sharks), Corey Parker (Broncos), Rhys Wesser (Panthers), Ruben Wiki (Warriors), Dean Young (Dragons)7 pointsSteve Bell (Sea Eagles), Mark O?Meley (Bulldogs), Aaron Payne (Cowboys), David Peachey (Rabbitohs), Amos Roberts (Roosters), Steve Simpson (Knights), Sonny Bill Williams (Bulldogs)6 pointsCraig Gower (Panthers), Nathan Fien (Warriors), Ryan Hoffman (Storm), Luke Lewis (Panthers), Steve Menzies (Sea Eagles), Grant Rovelli (Warriors), Lance Thompson (Sharks), Alan Tongue (Raiders)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), David Kidwell (Storm), Ben Hornby (Dragons), Anthony Laffranchi (Tigers), Adam MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Nathan Merritt (Rabbitohs), Fuifui Moimoi (Eels), Clint Newton (Knights), Andrew Ryan (Bulldogs), Brent Sherwin (Bulldogs), David Simmons (Sharks), Billy Slater (Storm), Jamie Soward (Roosters), John Sutton (Rabbitohs), Anthony Tupou (Roosters), Paul Whatuira (Tigers), Lincoln Withers (Raiders)3 pointsLuke Bailey (Dragons), Nathan Cayless (Eels), Joel Clinton (Panthers), Darius Boyd (Broncos), Luke Covell (Sharks), Michael Crocker (Storm), Greg Eastwood (Broncos), Matthew Gidley (Knights), Michael Gordon (Panthers), Phillip Graham (Raiders), Clint Greenshields (Dragons), Nathan Hinton (Knights), Brett Kearney (Sharks), Luke MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Reni Maitua (Bulldogs), Manase Manuokafoa (Rabbitohs), Luke O?Dwyer (Eels), Michael Robertson (Sea Eagles), Jerome Ropati (Warriors), Matt Sing (Cowboys), Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles), Milton Thaiday (Knights), Tame Tupou (Broncos), Matthew Utai (Bulldogs), Anthony Watmough (Sea Eagles)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), Scott Hill (Storm), Wairangi Koopu (Warriors), Tom Learoyd-Lahrs (Raiders), Tony Martin (Warriors), Anthony Minichiello (Roosters), Mark O'Meley (Bulldogs), Benji Marshall (Tigers), John Morris (Eels), 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), Adam Mogg (Raiders), Mark Riddell (Eels), Shane Rodney (Panthers), David Shillington (Roosters), Brent Tate (Broncos), Shane Tronc (Cowboys), Taniela Tuiaki (Tigers), Ben Walker (Rabbitohs), Joe Williams (Rabbitohs), Simon Woolford (Raiders), William Zillman (Raiders)
PARRAMATTA prop Fuifui Moimoi faces a nervous wait this morning as the NRL match review committee decides what punishment he will face for his high shot on Manly forward Brent Kite.
ST Helens 50 (Wilkin 2, Talau 2, Long, Anderson, Lyon, Gardner, Wellens tries; Lyon 7 goals) def. Hull K.R. 0. Att: 12,868 played at Galpharm Stadium Huddersfield.
HUDDERSFIELD Giants produced a stunning 30-12 victory against the odds to reach their first Challenge Cup final for 44 years at the expense of the Leeds Rhinos.
ST Helens secured a place in the Powergen Challenge Cup final for the fourth time in six years, overcoming National League One leaders Hull Kingston Rovers 50-0 at the Galpharm Stadium.
ROUND 21 St George Illawarra Dragons 24 v Melbourne Storm 34at Oki Jubilee Stadium KogarahReferee: Sean HampsteadMatch Summary:The Melbourne Storm have prevailed over the St George Illawarra Dragons 34-24 in an enthralling encounter at OKI Jubilee Stadium this afternoon. The Storm led 16-12 at half time.The Dragons opened the scoring in the fifth minute with a penalty goal to Matt Head after the Storm were penalised for a grapple tackle. The Storm responded almost instantly with a try to Matt King. Colin Best let a bomb bounce and the ball was recovered by Steve Turner who threw a pass behind his back as he was headed across the sideline, and King touched down out wide. The Storm increased their lead only three minutes later with a try to Ryan Hoffman after some very nice ball movement created the overlap on the left side.The score remained 12-2 until the half hour mark when some Matt Cooper magic got the Dragons back into the game. Head kicked ahead, Cooper picked the ball up and scored in the tackle of Billy Slater. Four minutes later the scores were level with Mark Gasnier taking a Head bomb and scoring out wide. Unfortunately for the Dragons, Ashton Sims knocked on from the set right after the try, and the Storm made the Dragons pay with Steve Turner scoring in the corner on what turned out to be the last play of the half.The early period of the second half was frenetic, with Greg Inglis showing his brilliance with a 60 metre try from dummy half. Five minutes later the Dragons responded with a Brett Morris try off another perfect Matt Head kick. The Storm scored a rather fortunate try only minutes later after a pass to Hoffman hit him in the chest. He kicked the ball ahead once, recovered it and two passes later Matt King was in for a 26-16 lead.Billy Slater was sin binned for a professional foul four minutes later, and the Dragons took advantage of it with Trent Barrett scoring out wide several minutes later. The Dragons moved to within two points with another Matt Cooper try again inspired by a Matt Head kick. He chipped, Gasnier recovered and threw a huge pass to Cooper who was in out wide. The Dragons went very close to scoring again, but on the next set the Storm went nearly 100 metres, and kicked a penalty goal for a 28-24 lead.The Storm then knocked on off the restart, and the Dragons had two consecutive sets camped right on the line, but Gasnier knocked on reaching out to score. Billy Slater then inspired the final try for the Storm, breaking out of his own end to put the Melbourne side hot on attack, and a few plays later Cooper Cronk scored in the corner to put the icing on the cake.An amazing game that should really buoy the hopes of the Storm, while the Dragons can feel unlucky, poor goal kicking had them trailing late in the game when they could in fact have been leading. The Storm stay six points clear at the top of the table and are on track for the Minor Premiership. Next week the Dragons will face the resurgent Eels on Friday, and will be looking to arrest the three game losing streak, while the Storm face off against the Tigers in Melbourne.Scorers:St George Illawarra Dragons: 24Tries: Trent Barrett, Matt Cooper(2), Mark Gasnier, Brett MorrisGoals: Aaron Gorrell 1/5, Mathew Head 1/1Melbourne Storm: 34Tries: Cooper Cronk, Ryan Hoffman, Greg Inglis, Matt King(2), Steve TurnerGoals: Cameron Smith 5/7By the Clock:Good afternoon from Kogarah. We have a blockbuster 1 vs 4 clash this afternoon, the Dragons host the Storm. Last week the Storm handled the Sharks well, winning 28-12, while the Dragons were hammered 31-12 by the Raiders.For the Storm, Webster and Kidwell are out. Inglis and Crocker will start with Crossman coming onto the bench. Creagh and Bickerstaff start for Wicks and Bailey who drop to the bench.1 min: The Dragons kick off!2 min: Creagh loses the ball on halfway after making a nice run.3 min: The Storm get the first attacking chance, Barrett defuses a chip kick from the Cronk under the posts.5 min: PENALTY GOAL St George Illawarra DragonsDallas Johnson is penalised for a grapple tackle. Head lands the goal from just over 30 metres out. Dragons 2-08 min: VIDEO REF - For a Storm try...8 min: TRY Melbourne StormCronk puts up a bomb, Best lets it land and the ball comes to Turner who throws a great no-look pass to King before going over the sideline, and King scores right by the corner post. Smiths conversion is a beauty. Storm 6-211 min: TRY Melbourne StormSome great ball movement from the Storm creates an overlap, Kaufusi comes up with the final offload that puts Hoffman in on the left side of the field. Worrying signs for the Dragons. Smith converts. Storm 12-212 min: INJURY - Greg Inglis has been taken to the sheds with a badly dislocated finger.14 min: Melbourne currently have over 70% of possession.17 min: Hill loses the ball just short of halfway.18 min: Crocker loses the ball just over halfway, and the Dragons get a penalty.19 min: Storm hold out an enterprising Dragons attacking raid.22 min: The Storm pressure Head on the last, he goes down the shortside and King knocks the ball down saving a certain try.22 min: Head bats a pass on that is intercepted by Geyer.29 min: HELD UP - Cooper is held up brilliantly by the Storm31 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsHead kicks ahead for Cooper, he picks it up and scores out wide in the tackle of Slater. Gorrell hits the posts. Storm 12-633 min: INJURY - Brent White (Storm) in the sheds with a shoulder injury.35 min: VIDEO REF - For a Dragons try...35 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsA breakaway set from the Dragons inspired by a Cooper break, a cross field kick goes to Gasnier who juggles the ball and dots dwon out wide. Gorrell ties the match up with the conversion. 12 all.37 min: Sims loses the ball just 20 out from the Dragons line.38 min: TRY Melbourne StormQuick ball movement from the Storm has Steve Turner scoring in the corner. Fantastic attacking play, the Dragons will rue the Sims mistake. Smith just misses from touch. Storm 16-12HALFTIME: A very entertaining 40 minutes passes very quickly. The Dragons will be furious for allowing the Turner try on the last play of the half. 40 min: The second half is underway.44 min: TRY Melbourne StormInglis makes a break from dummy half and races 60 metres to score out wide. Smith hits the uprights. Storm 20-1249 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsHead puts in a chip kick for Morris, he takes it on the full and scores in the corner. Gorrell misses, but the Dragons are back. Storm 20-1651 min: NEWS VIDEO REF - For a Storm try...51 min: TRY Melbourne StormThe ball comes off Hoffmans chest, he comes up with the ball and a few passes later Matt King dots down near the posts. Smith converts. Storm 26-1655 min: SIN BIN - A kick is charged down, and Slater is sin binned for a professional foul.56 min: Barrett throws the ball over the sideline on a poorly timed shortside play.58 min: The Dragons run the ball on the last tackle, Cooper makes a break and the Dragons look certain to score, but Hoffman and Inglis drag Gorrell down inches short of the line.59 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsBest comes up with a fantastic offload to Barrett who is in space and runs away from Inglis to score five metres in from touch. Gorrell misses the conversion. Storm 26-2065 min: Slater returns to the field just after Cronk puts a kick out on the full.66 min: King comes up with the ball from a Barrett pass that wasn't far off the mark, another great defensive play.69 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsHead chips ahead, Gasnier recovers and throws a huge pass to Cooper who scores in the corner. Gorrell misses again. Storm 26-2473 min: The Dragons very nearly score off more broken field play and kicks.75 min: PENALTY GOAL Melbourne StormThe Dragons are penalised for offside on a great attacking set for the Storm. Smith adds the two points from almost right in front. Storm 28-2475 min: The Storm lose the ball on tackle one 10 out.77 min: Gasnier knocks on going for the line. The Storm hold out two consecutive sets.80 min: TRY Melbourne StormA 100 metre set from the Storm has Cooper Cronk going over in the corner. Smith rubs salt into the wounds with the touchline conversion. Storm 34-24-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Cameron Smith2 - Cooper Cronk1 - Matt Cooper-----------------------------------------
ROUND 21 Sydney Roosters 40 v North Queensland Cowboys 20at Aussie StadiumReferee: Gavin BadgerMatch Summary:The Sydney Roosters have defeated the North Queensland Cowboys 40-20 at Aussie Stadium this afternoon.It was the Cowboys who were first out of the blocks and they looked to be cruising for the first half but the Roosters came out a different side in the second forty and put the Cowboys to the proverbial sword.In the latter stages of the second half the Roosters were white hot and the Cowboys could do nothing to stop them and the loss for the Cowboys makes their chances of securing a top eight berth all the more difficult, especially considering the magnitude of the loss, which will put a dent in their for and against.The Roosters still have a slim hope of making the finals but are more likely relishing the role of playing spoiler for the remainder of the 2006 season and today they played the role to perfection.The only thing Roosters fans will be asking is where was this team hiding for the previous 20 weeks of the competition?As for the Cowboys, their chances of making the top eight have just taken a big hit and without Jonathan Thurston, they look to be in serious strife and need to turn things around quickly if they are to challenge for the title in 2006.Scorers:Sydney Roosters: 40Tries: Brett Finch, Iosia Soliola, David Shillington, Shaun Foley(2), Josh LewisGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 7/7, Amos Roberts 1/1North Queensland Cowboys: 20Tries: Matt Sing, Ashley Graham, Mark Henry(2)Goals: Josh Hannay 2/4By the Clock: 1 min: NEWS We are underway at Aussie Stadium!2 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysThe Cowboys are out of the blocks nice and early with Mark Henry scoring the opening try. Cowboys 4-015 min: NEWS Still no change in the score.16 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysSing crosses for the Cowboys and the signs are ominous for the Chooks. They need to lift their game if they want to get back into this match. Conversion successful. Cowboys 10-026 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysAshley Graham crosses for the third Cowboys try and Roosters don't even look interested at the moment. This could be the catalyst for the Cowboys to reignite their season. Conversion successful. Cowboys 16-035 min: NEWS No change to the score but the Cowboys would be happy to go to the break with a comfortable 16 point lead over the hapless Roosters.38 min: TRY Sydney RoostersThe Roosters are on the board just before the break through Shaun Foley. There's a pulse at least so there's still a chance for the Roosters. Cowboys 16-641 min: NEWS We are underway in the second half!44 min: TRY Sydney RoostersThe Roosters are back in the hunt with a great start to the second half. Soliola was the try scorer and now the Cowboys will have to lift their game to keep the Rooster from taking the lead. Conversion successful. Cowboys 16-1249 min: TRY Sydney RoostersThe Roosters hit the lead for the first time in the match and are looking very impressive at the moment. David Shillington was the scorer. Conversion successful. Roosters 18-1653 min: PENALTY GOAL Sydney RoostersThe Roosters extend the lead through a penalty goal to Craig Fitzgibbon. Roosters 20-1656 min: PENALTY GOAL Sydney RoostersThe Roosters move out to a six point lead through another penalty goal to Craig Fitzgibbon. The Cowboys need to pull their finger out if they are going to win this one. Roosters 22-1663 min: TRY Sydney RoostersThe Roosters are turning the screws on the Cowboys now with Amos Roberts scoring to give the Roosters a twelve point lead with just over fifteen minutes remaining. Roosters 28-1663 min: TRY Sydney RoostersJosh Lewis has extended the Roosters lead to twelve points with just over fifteen minutes remaining. Long way back for the Cowboys now. Conversion successful. Roosters 34-1667 min: TRY Sydney RoostersIt's all over now with Brett Finch rubbing salt into the wounds for the Cowboys, whose top eight aspirations just took a major dent. Conversion successful. Roosters 34-1671 min: TRY Sydney RoostersThe Roosters are piling it on in quick time and it may be the gliimer of a finals berth has them pumped up for their remaining five matches. Conversion successful. Roosters 40-1680 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysThe Cowboys get a consolation try but they wil be hurting right about now. With no Thurston for a few more weeks, they could very well miss the top eight for the first time since 2003. Roosters 40-20-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Craig Fitzgibbon2 - Brett Finch1 - Shaun Foley-----------------------------------------
SUNDAY 30 July 2006Central Falcons vs Harbour League Fitzherbert Park, Palmerston NorthHarbour League 54Tries: S. Metcalf, J. Vaifale, D. Glasgow, R. Edwards, H. Tuihalangingie, S. Cavanagh (2), T. Samoa (2)Goals: J. Trott (9) Central Falcons 12Tries: Z. Tangira, H. RobsonGoals: H. Robson (2) Halftime Score: 18 ? 6 To Harbour League
BARTERCARD CUP ROUND 15 (WEEK 2 SPLIT ROUND) PREVIEW
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DANNY McGuire will be given until an hour before kick-off to prove his fitness for Sunday's Challenge Cup semi-final at Odsal.The prolific Leeds and Great Britain stand-off suffered a shin injury in the defeat to St Helens last weekend but has been included in Tony Smith's initial squad.He will undergo a fitness test on Sunday and Smith said: "We will give him right up until the game."Lee Smith and Ian Kirke have been added to the group on duty against Saints while new signing Clinton Toopi will not arrive until after the game.Jamie Thackray is ineligible having played for Hull against Bradford in the fourth round.Huddersfield coach Jon Sharp has reported no fresh injury problems after the Giants Super League victory over Castleford.Paul Reilly needed eight stitches in a head wound after that tough encounter but he will be fit to play on Sunday.Loan signing Kevin Brown is ineligible so Sharp will have to make at least one change to his starting line-up.Challenge Cup Semi-Final, Sunday July 30Grattan (Odsal) Stadium, Bradford Kick Off: 1500 BST, live coverage on BBC2Leeds 18-man squad: Donald, Walker, Senior, Smith, McGuire, Burrow, Bailey, Diskin, Peacock, Lauitiiti, Ellis, Sinfield, Millard, Poching, Jones-Buchanan, Gibson, Scruton, KirkeHuddersfield (from): Reilly, Aspinwall, DeVere, Donlan, Thorman, Paul, Crabtree, Drew, Gannon, Nero, Snitch, Wild, Jones, Jackson, Smith, McDonald, Grayshon, Raleigh, Gardner, Hemmingway, Mason.Source: skysports.co.uk
ROUND 21 Parramatta Eels 31 v Manly Sea Eagles 18at Parramatta StadiumReferee: Steven ClarkMatch Summary:The Parramatta Eels continued their winning run tonight, disposing of the Manly Sea Eagles by 31-18 in a fiery game at Parramatta Stadium.The game contained several big hits but the talking point of the match came in the 49th minute when Fuifui Moimoi hit Brent Kite around the head as the Sea Eagles were on the attack close to Parramatta?s line.Kite was knocked senseless and eventually hobbled from the field but took no further part in the action. Referee Steven Clark sent the barnstorming Eels frontrower from the field when the game resumed, opening the way for Manly to come back into the match.The Eels began on fire, scoring in the 4th minute through outgoing centre Luke O?Dwyer who snapped up the ball in the in-goal area after Manly fullback Michael Robertson failed to clean up a kick. Try-scoring freak Jarryd Hayne crossed about ten minutes later after a good cut-out pass from John Morris found the unmarked winger.From there it was punch and counter-punch as Manly scored through Matai and Stephenson either side of another Eels try to Luke Burt. The home side hit the sheds up 18-8 and looking pretty comfortable.They continued to lead from the front with O?Dwyer crossing again just after the break to lead 24-8 and the game was seemingly in the bag for Parramatta.Shortly after Moimoi was sent from the field and Manly smelt blood in the water, piling on tries to Chris Hicks and Luke Williamson to set the stage for a dramatic final quarter of the game with the scores poised at 24-18.Parramatta held their resolve though, even with a man down, and pushed further ahead late in the game with a second try to Luke Burt in the 72nd minute followed shortly by a field goal from Morris.The victory consolidates Parramatta?s chances of gaining a top 8 spot and the Eels now face the Dragons at home on Friday night in what should be a bell-ringer.For Manly, they enjoy a bye week but probably feel a bit disappointed with the result. They?ve been going well up until now and a win here would have had them pushing for a top 4 spot.Scorers:Parramatta Eels: 31Tries: Luke Burt(2), Luke O'Dwyer(2), Jarryd HayneGoals: Luke Burt 5/5Field Goals: John MorrisManly Sea Eagles: 18Tries: Chris Hicks, Paul Stephenson, Luke Williamson, Steve MataiGoals: Matt Orford 1/4By the Clock:Brett Stewart is out for the Sea Eagles with Michael Robertson dropping back to fullback.Steve Bell returns to the centres with George Rose coming on to the bench.Luke Burt replaces Wade McKinnon in the fullback role.1 min: Kickoff!2 min: An early penalty against Steve Matai in the play the ball.4 min: TRY Parramatta EelsA grubber through by Jeremy Smith that deflects off Robertson and O'Dwyer is there to score the try for the Eels.Burt converts on his return to First Grade. Eels 6-08 min: The crowd getting behind both sides in what looks close to be to at its full capacity.11 min: A penalty on the last tackle against the Eels for a grapple tackle puts the Eagles on the attack.13 min: Going to the video for an Eels try...13 min: TRY Parramatta EelsOh no it's him again!A long cutout by John Morris is picked up on the half volley by the whizkid Jarryd Hayne who strolls away to score in the corner.Burt from the sideline puts it over the black dot. Eels 12-018 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesA short ball from Orford puts Matai in to a gap who scores the Sea Eagles first try of the night.Orford from the sideline just misses to the left. Eels 12-420 min: From the kickoff,MoiMoi and Cayless hit King in a bell-ringer.30 min: Eel Jeremy Smith gives away his second penalty of the night and the Sea Eagles go on the attack.31 min: The toughjudge is in on a report - Shayne Dunley is on report for putting his knees in to Jarryd Hayne who did well to take a cross field bomb.34 min: Checking for an Eels try...34 min: TRY Parramatta EelsJeremy Smith threads a grubber through and Luke Burt wins the race to the ball and scores the Eels' third.Burt converts his own try. Eels 18-436 min: Play is stopped for quite some time as Steve Matai gets a knock to the head.40 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesA grubber through by Matt Orford and Paul Stephenson comes from out of the clouds to score in the corner.Orford hits the uprights from the sideline. Eels 18-8Halftime - The Eels have entertained their crowd with an excellent first half of football.The Sea Eagles have stuck with the Eels for the whole half and a try right on half time to Paul Stephenson has given the visitors a sniff.Second half underway...43 min: Somehow Dean Widders gets the ball off a deflected kick,he struggles to pick the wobbling ball up,had he,he would have had a 2 on 1 overlap.46 min: TRY Parramatta EelsThe ball is shifted to the right and centre Luke O'Dwyer goes over in the corner untouched.Burt puts it over from the sideline. Eels 24-849 min: Brent Kite down after a horrible high tackle from MoiMoi.He is knocked out cold and it could be the end of MoiMoi's night.49 min: Sent Off - Fui Fui MoiMoi becomes the third player to be sent off in 2006.52 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesSome scrappy ball movement from the Sea Eagles and Chris Hicks scores in the corner to make a game of it.Orford misses again from the sideline. Eels 24-1253 min: Checking for a Manly try...54 min: NEWS NO TRY - Michael Robertson drops a bomb in the Eels ingoal area but then scores,he is ruled to have knocked the ball in to an Eels player before that.57 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesSome good ball movement and from an offload,Luke Williamson dives over next to the uprights.Only moments earlier,Luke O'Dwyer dropped a pass cold and would have had a free run to the tryline.Orford converts. Eels 24-1862 min: NEWS Williamson hit by a beauty from Ben Smith66 min: Kylie Leuleuai goes from dummy half on the last tackle but is held up by Hindmarsh.70 min: Steve Matai goes on a thirty metre run down the sideline before being taken into touch by O'Dwyer.72 min: A crowd of just over 15500 is announced as we go the video for an Eels try...72 min: TRY Parramatta EelsA grubber through from Mark Riddell is pounced on by Luke Burt who gets his second of the night.Burt converts his own try. Eels 30-1873 min: Crowd - 1540475 min: FIELD GOAL Parramatta EelsJohn Morris seals the clash tonight with a field goal between the posts. Eels 31-1876 min: From the short kickoff,Jarryd Hayne sprints down the touchline,passes the ball back on the inside to Luke Burt who runs away to score,but it was ruled to be a forward pass,good call by Clark.Fulltime in an epic contest which had September like proportions.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Luke O2 - Ben Kennedy1 - Nathan Hindmarsh-----------------------------------------
ROUND 21 South Sydney Rabbitohs 21 v Canberra Raiders 8at Telstra StadiumReferee: Jason RobinsonMatch Summary:The South Sydney Rabbitohs have staged a remarkable upset at their home ground of Telstra Stadium, defeating the Canberra Raiders by 21-8.In a game they were never supposed to win, Souths showed commitment and skill to negotiate their second win of the season over the Raiders who last week knocked off St George Illawarra in spectacular fashion.If this was horse racing you?d ask for a Steward?s inquiry. The Rabbitohs came out of the blocks well, taking the ball up the middle of the park strongly and using their options either side of the ruck to create problems for Canberra from word go.The Raiders struggled to find their feet which ultimately lead to dropped ball, missed tackles and an unusually high error rate. They were nothing like the team who humiliated the Dragons last week down in the Nation?s Capital.Souths raced to a 20-nil lead in the first half, setting up the victory through their quick backs. Flamboyant fullback David Peachey opened the scoring in the sixth minute after making a nice break and sailing towards the tryline.Soon after it was huge winger Paul Mellor?s turn, barging his way to the chalk in strong fashion. Then speedy winger Nathan Merritt put two tries back-to-back towards the end of the half and with Williams adding two goals things were looking very positive for the Bunnies.Queensland Origin hero Adam Mogg added a try just before the break and again in the 64th minute of the game, but neither were converted by captain Clinton Schifcofske, leaving the Raiders still well behind the 8-ball.Replacement Ben Rogers chipped a field goal through the sticks with six minutes before time to seal the victory, taking the game beyond doubt and perhaps adds credibility to the sacking of centre Adam MacDougall from the club.Souths take on Penrith next week at Telstra Stadium and are sure to have their tails in the air. Meanwhile, the Raiders will need to regroup before hosting the Broncos on Sunday week.Scorers:South Sydney Rabbitohs: 21Tries: Nathan Merritt(2), Paul Mellor, David PeacheyGoals: Joe Williams 2/4Field Goals: Ben RogersCanberra Raiders: 8Tries: Adam Mogg(2)By the Clock:It's a cool night out here at Telstra Stadium as we await the Raiders and Rabbitohs clash. The game is vitally important to Canberra's chances of securing a top 8 spot and they are expected to win. Souths may prove to be a capable spoiler however.Both teams are as per the program.1 min: NEWS And we're underway in the first half with the Bunnies kicking off.6 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsThe Rabbitohs open the scoring for the night, with enigmatic fullback David Peachey loping across the tryline after making a good break. Returning halfback Joe Williams lifts the touch judges flags and Souths are off to a good start. Rabbitohs 6-012 min: NEWS Both teams fighting it out in the middle of the park here, with Souths holding their own. They've had a bit more possession than the Raiders and are making fewer mistakes.14 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsAnd Souths are in again, this time through big winger Paul Mellor, who's made a habit out of scoring tries lately. Early signs are very positive for the Bunnies here. They look more settled and capable than previous weeks. Williams misses the goal. Rabbitohs 10-020 min: NEWS Souths are dominating out here. They're enjoying the lion's share of possession and are making better use of the ball, unlike Canberra are showing no respect to the ball whatsoever.22 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsBoy oh boy, the Bunnies are killing them right now! Try-scoring freak Nathan Merritt runs in a four-pointer as Souths up the tempo against the Raiders. Could be a big upset on the cards here. Williams misses the goal. Rabbitohs 14-028 min: NEWS Souths playing much better footy here at the moment, making better yeards, kicking well and they're hardly making any errors.33 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsThe Rabbitohs are all over them at the moment, with Merritt crossing for his second try of the night. They're looking much improved and by contrast the Raiders are well below the effort they submitted last week against the Dragons. I doubt Canberra can come back from this position. Williams converts and it's looking very good for Souths. Rabbitohs 20-035 min: NEWS Bunnies still going strong here. They're taking the Raiders up the middle of the park and playing well. You could also say they're getting the rub of the green with the ref.38 min: TRY Canberra RaidersThe Raiders are finally on the board through Origin hero Adam Mogg. They really needed something before halftime if they were going to entertain thoughts of a comeback. Schifcofske fails to convert from out wide and the gap is 16 points heading into the break. Rabbitohs 20-440 min: NEWS Halftime - This has been a sensational first half effort by the Bunnies. They've played great footy, tried hard and come up with excellent results. They're dominating the bigger Canberra forwards and things are looking very promising as they chase their second victory of the season.The Raiders are a different story, what's happened since last week? They're making all sorts of errors and failing to reproduce the sort of form that blew the Dragons off the field last round. I think they might be guilty of taking Souths a little too lightly.41 min: NEWS Canberra restart proceedings out here at Homebush.48 min: NEWS Both sides easing their way into the second part of this contest here. Canberra starting to make a few more yards up the middle of the ruck.53 min: NEWS The game's grinding away out here. Souths need to be careful not to protect a lead and continue the attacking footy which they displayed in the first half. 60 min: NEWS Souths are starting to dominate in the forwards again. Plenty of big gains up the middle of the park and they are starting to drop off a few tackles. Completions have been sensational though. 64 min: TRY Canberra RaidersThe Raiders narrow the gap by a little more with Mogg notching up his second for the night. The Schif fails from out wide again, but with only 12 points separating the two teams, stranger things have happened. Rabbitohs 20-870 min: NEWS Ten to go and the Bunnies are closing in on their second victory for the year.74 min: FIELD GOAL South Sydney RabbitohsThe Bunnies seal the game with a field goal to Ben Rogers. With a 13-point margin they look home and hosed. Rabbitohs 21-880 min: NEWS The Rabbitohs have clinched a terrific victory here at Telstra Stadium, downing the Raiders by 21-8 and claiming their second victory for the year.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - David Peachey2 - Nathan Merritt1 - Joe Williams-----------------------------------------