ANZAC Test 2006 Australia 50 v New Zealand 12at Suncorp Stadium Crowd: 44,191Referee: Ashley KleinMatch Summary:The Australians have comprehensively given the Kiwi's a footballing lesson tonight at Suncorp Stadium, defeating their Trans-Tasman counterparts by an enormous 50-12 scoreline.Thought to be only getting stronger following their Tri-Nations win in 2005, the Kiwis, boosted by the presence of modern-day whizkids Benji Marshall and Sonny Bill Williams, ultimately had no answers for an Aussie outfit that ran riot with a second half blitz of tries to sink the New Zealanders.The first half started with promise, Australia getting an early penalty goal before New Zealand scored the first try 14 minutes into the match. David Kidwell ran in to score after a brilliant play from five-eighth Leuluai, and the New Zealanders held the early lead.Only moments later, Australia kicked into gear. Matt Cooper crossed out wide for the home side, and ultimately it was the start of some serious exposure of New Zealand's wing defence. By halftime, the Dragons' centre pairing of Cooper and Gasnier had a try each, and after a penalty shot by each side prior to the break, Australia held a healthy 14-6 lead.After an extremely physical first half, both sides took down the intensity in the second stanza, but ultimately the weight of possession and momentum fell to the Australians. A try to Timana Tahu in the half loomed ominous as to what was approaching, but Sonny Bill Williams managed to quell Kiwi fears, albeit briefly, by striking back with a try of his own minutes later.Ultimately that try spelled the end of New Zealand's hopes, with Australia crossing in the 54th, 58th and 69th minutes to drive the nails into the Kiwi coffin. Late tries kept flowing in the final ten, as Buderus scored with a little over five left. A moment of comedy ensued as Ben Kennedy, playing his final rep game, slotted a wobbly conversion to put the Aussies within six points of a half-century.A final try, completing Darren Lockyer's double, saw Australia reach 48-12, leaving final test stalwart Andrew Johns to convert on the siren, drawing a curtain on a much-celebrated representative career. The conversion saw Australia reach fifty in front of a healthy crowd of 44,191.In disappointing news for New Zealand, and moreso Penrith, Frank Pritchard was put on report for a high shot on controversial Australian fullback Karmichael Hunt. It remains to see if he'll be charged for the tackle. Standouts for the victors included Darren Lockyer and Timana Tahu, both bagging two tries; Andrew Johns, who was thrilling in his final test match; and Willie Mason, standing up to critics who questioned his selection as starting front-rower.Australia will be happy to have atoned for the touch-up the Kiwis gave them in the Tri-Nations, while the losing side will be looking to this years tournament beginning in October to turn the tables, after what was a disappointing game for the men across the ditch. On the rep scene, attention now turns to the City-Country game as a prelude to State of Origin 1, which is less than 3 weeks away.Scorers:Australia: 50Tries: Darren Lockyer(2), Nathan Hindmarsh, Mark Gasnier, Matt Cooper, Timana Tahu(2), Danny BuderusGoals: Ben Kennedy 1/1, Andrew Johns 8/9New Zealand: 12Tries: David Kidwell, Sonny Bill WilliamsGoals: Brent Webb 2/4Half time: Australia 14-6By the Clock:The Bundaberg Rum Test is underway it just a short time, shaping as a monumental match. Both test sides named are extremely strong and we're looking forward to a super match. Andrew Johns is playing his last representative match tonight, so watch for some emotion to bring the Aussies home. The sides can be viewed at http://www.leagueunlimited.com/article.asp?ID=10490.Kick-off just minutes away now.Ruben Wiki is out for NZ. Cayless comes out of the two man reserve pack to fill in, while Benji Marshall is starting from the bench. Thomas Leuluai replaces him in the halfback role. David Fa'alogo will start for the Kiwis, David Faiumu dropping to the bench also. Australia's 18th man Brent Kite drops off the five man bench.The anthems have been sung... the Kiwi's perform the haka, led by David Kidwell - it's time for kickoff! Electric atmosphere tonight at Suncorp Stadium for what promises to be a great test.0 min: NEWS Game on! The Bundaberg Rum League Test for 2006 is underway, New Zealand with first possession!2 min: PENALTY GOAL AustraliaTwo early penalties give Australia a chance to put early points on the board. Joey Johns opens the scoring in his last Test match. Australia 2-06 min: ATTEMPTED PENALTY GOAL New ZealandWebb misses a penalty goal attempt - the ball bouncing off the posts, and the Australians manage to get the ball back. Australia 2-09 min: NEWS Big tackle by Vagana and Sonny Bill on Kennedy, BK looks groggy, but they get up and soldier on. Very tough opening to the encounter.11 min: NEWS Video Refs adjudicating on a possible NZ try. Fa'alogo appears to have gone over after a one on one strip by Tame Tupou on Matt King. Possible grounding issues and double movement, although Fa'alogo seems to think he got across. DECISION PENDING....11 min: NEWS NO TRY for New Zealand. The indication is that Fa'alogo was held up.14 min: TRY New ZealandKidwell crosses for New Zealand on the following play. A great play by Leuluai. Webb has missed a shocker of a conversion. New Zealand 4-218 min: TRY AustraliaRelatively easy try for Matt Cooper and Australia re-claim the lead. Johns converts for the home side and they take a four point lead. Australia 8-419 min: NEWS Hopeless restart sees the Australian side on the attack again - it's gone out on the full.26 min: TRY AustraliaBrilliant try to Mark Gasnier, Australia stroll out to a decent lead now at Suncorp. Johns' conversion isn't there, just missed. The 'Roos lead the test by eight points. Australia 12-428 min: PENALTY GOAL New ZealandWebb finally manages to find the air located between the goalposts following a penalty. In the meantime, Tigers whiz-kid Benji Marshall comes on the field to fire up the Kiwis. Australia 12-636 min: PENALTY GOAL AustraliaJohns puts a penalty in just short of the break. Australia 14-6HALFTIME: Australia have ever so slightly dominated possession in the first half, and their skill close to the line has been great. Having said that, the game has been a very physical one, and getting to the attacking 20 has been a task in itself. Johns seems to be warming up to the task, watch for him to wear down the Kiwi forwards in the second half. New Zealand have done well in defence, but ultimately the tries they've conceded have been a little soft. Second half underway in a short while.41 min: NEWS Second half underway, New Zealand on first good attack of the half. The visitors are looking threatening.44 min: VIDEO REF... Possibly Australian try to Timana Tahu. Decision pending...45 min: TRY AustraliaTry out wide for Tahu after some great passing work to the outer flank. A kick from the touchline for Johns is perfect, hitting both upright and crossbar before falling over. Australia 20-648 min: TRY New ZealandSensational Sonny scores a bizarre try, swooping on a loose ball tapped by Australian tryscorer Tahu. Webb gets his second goal of the night and New Zealand striking straight back, only down by eight once again. Australia 20-1251 min: NEWS Pritchard's first tackle of the night has been a huge shoulder shot on Karmichael Hunt's head, and he is out cold. Suncorp is alive with noise. Penalty awarded to Australia.ON REPORT: Frank Pritchard (NZL)Thurston is ON for Australia - Suncorp erupts with applause!54 min: TRY AustraliaHindmarsh has sliced through New Zealand's woeful edge defence and stretches Australia's lead back out again. Johns' conversion is successful. Australia 26-1258 min: TRY AustraliaMore easy around the edges as Tahu grabs a brace. Andrew Johns, same spot, another conversion leather perfect. Aussies running away with proceedings now as NZ's edge defence is being tested. Australia 32-1262 min: NEWS New Zealand trying valiantly now, Australia's few attempts at the line drying up. Seems to be too late as the Kiwi's are bombing their chances as well.OFFICIAL CROWD: 44,19168 min: TRY AustraliaMason and Gasnier combine to give Lockyer a try in an easy position in front of the posts for Johns to convert, which he does easily. Australia exacting the revenge for last years Tri-Nations defeat now in the final stages. Australia 38-1275 min: TRY AustraliaEasy runaway try to Buderus. Ben Kennedy kicks the conversion! Australia 44-1279 min: TRY AustraliaLockyer scores after a bomb goes up, Johns converts, and the siren sounds. Australia 50-12FULLTIME: Australia have comprehensively scrapped New Zealand 50 points to 12 in Andrew Johns' final test. The halves combination dominated, and the wingers, in particular Tahu, stood out, cutting the Kiwis' edge defence to pieces. Excellent win by the Aussies in the end.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Darren Lockyer (Kangaroos)2 - Andrew Johns (Kangaroos)1 - Willie Mason (Kangaroos)-----------------------------------------
REDCLIFFE v TOOWOOMBADolphin Oval, Sunday May 7, 3.00pm.Referee: Gerard SuttonTHE STORY: A contest between two of the competition?s best attacking sides is sure to entice fans. Undefeated Redcliffe leads the league at present, but has lost strike-weapon Ryan Cullen with an ankle injury. Toowoomba has omitted Nathan Strudwick, with Rockhampton schoolboy David Taylor recalled.THE STAT: Level on 1030 points with Damian Richters, Greg Bourke needs a solitary point to become the Cup?s leading all-time scorer. It is worth noting that Redcliffe knocked Toowoomba out of last year?s title race with a 23-22 golden point win in the elimination semi. Responsible for the winning field goal that day was Shane Perry, now with Toowoomba?s NRL affiliates the Brisbane Broncos.THE STAR: Four Redcliffe players remain from the side which overcame star-studded Toowoomba 14-6 in the 2000 grand final. They are Troy Lindsay, Danny Burke, Grant Flugge and Adam Starr.CHANGES: REDCLIFFE ? In: Mark Christensen. Out: Ryan Cullen.TOOWOOMBA ? In: David Taylor. Out: Nathan Strudwick.CHARGES: REDCLIFFE ? Shannon Fish (Grade 2 Careless High Tackle, Early Plea, 0wks + 93pts).Redcliffe Dolphins 1.Alwyn SIMPSON 2.Mark CHRISTENSEN 3.Greg BOURKE 4.Nick EMMETT 5.Rory BROMLEY 6.Chris FOX 7.Marty TURNER13.Gerard PARLE12.Danny BURKE11.Grant FLUGGE10. Pat GARDNER 9.Michael ROBERTS 8.Troy LINDSAY (c)Interchange: 14.Mark SHIPWAY15.Darren GLASE16.Adam STARR17.Shannon FISHToowoomba Clydesdales 1.Nick PARFITT 2.Denan KEMP 3.Fraser ANDERSON 4.Jason MOON 5.Leon BOTT 6.Brett SEYMOUR 7.Ben GREEN13.Derricke WATKINS 12.Chris MUCKERT11.Joe CLARKE10.Nick KENNY 9.John TE REO 8.David TAYLORInterchange: 14.Trent CALLAGHAN15.Jamie SIMPSON16.Lynden MURPHY17.Joel MOON
AFTER registering 2 wins from the 3 available at Kougari Oval 2 weeks ago the Dolphins enjoyed the break last weekend with no training scheduled.The Colts responded to the previous weeks defeat at the hands of North?s by putting together a solid performance against the Seagulls winning 36-14. Wynnum fought hard midway through the second half to get themselves back into the match however the Dolphins withstood the challenge and finished the game strongly. Matt Gillett showed some of the form he displayed last year and received the LEADING EDGE SPORTS Man of the Match Award and was well supported by Logan Sullivan, Joel Romelo and David Hala.The A grade put in a poor performance to be soundly beaten by the Seagulls to the tune of 34 points to 10. The Dolphins were never really in the hunt although with the scores at 18-6 with 15 minutes remaining they had the opportunity to get within a converted try of the lead when they received a lot of ball on Wynnum?s line, however they were unable to worry the scoreboard attendant and the Seagulls sealed the game with 3 quick tries. Scott Gillis was the teams best and received the HOGS BREATH CAFE Man of the Match Award. Richie Russell and Matt Mannion were also good in a beaten side.The Premier Grade continued their impressive start to the season with a solid 40 points to 12 win over Wynnum. The Dolphins may have played better in patches this season however this game represented the sides most consistent 80 minutes to date. Marty Turners form continues to improve and he was voted KEYSTAR AUTOWORLD Players Player while Danny Burke was rugged in the forward exchanges and received the SEARLES GARDEN PRODUCTS Player of the Match. Chris Fox?s performance also deserves a mention as he continues to look more comfortable in the 5/8 position vacated by Shane Perry.This weekend is a memorable one for the Dolphins with centre Greg Bourke currently sitting equal with former Dolphin Damien Richters as the competitions highest point scorer. Just one point from this weekend?s game against Toowoomba will see Greg move to the outright lead. This is a wonderful achievement by Greg and the Dolphins are proud he will have the opportunity to break the record with our Club.Another milestone that has been achieved is by warhorse Troy Lindsay who played his 250th first grade game for the Dolphins against Wynnum, only the second player to do so. Troy?s approach to his game is as wholehearted as ever and the past couple of seasons have arguably been his best. Cowboy now has Peter Leis? record of 261 games in his sight and should reach that by the end of the season.This weeks teamsQueensland Wizard Cup1. Mark Christensen 2. Alwyn Simpson 3. Greg Bourke 4. Nick Emmett 5. Rory Bromley 6. Chris Fox 7. Marty Turner 8. Troy Lindsay 9. Michael Roberts 10. Pat Gardner 11. Grant Flugge 12. Danny Burke 13. Gerard Parle Interchange 14. Mark Shipway 15. Darren Glase 18. Adam Starr 17. Shannon FishCoach Anthony GriffinFOGS A Grade1. Mitchell Simpson 2.Kaine Manihera 3. Adam Fletcher 4. Pat McGill 5. Adam Luchetti 6. Chris Jelich 7. Chris Kluft 8. Damian Jentz 9. Scott Gillis 10. Dominic Fallini 11. Richie Russell 12. Jimmy Douglas 13. Matt Mannion Interchange 14. Luke Boldery 15. Mick Pares 16. Sam Fillery 17. Daniel JonesCoach Grant ClealFOGS Colts Challenge1. Phil Daisey 2. Tim Yee 3. Matt Gillett 4. Michael Wilson 5. James Derbyshire 6. Asher Elemani 7. Joel Romelo 8. Greg Malenstein 9. Tim Benson 10. David Hala 11. Foisa Peni 12. Matt Handcock 13. Logan Sullivan Interchange Dane Hogan 15. Tom Donnelly 16. Stuart May 17. Jon Broad Coach Craig Ingebrigtsen
NEWCASTLE centre Matthew Gidley has announced his retirement from representative rugby league. The former Australian back, who played 11 Tests and 11 State of Origin games for NSW, says he wants to devote more time to his playing commitments with NRL club the Knights, and his family.
THIS weekend the Mighty Red & Black travel to the land of the Red & Blue as they face the David Fairleigh coached Newcastle Knights. 'Daisy', was a tough Bear to beat in his day and the Norths team will be looking to back up their win against the Bulldogs in what is expected to be an evenly match contest.
WIGAN Warriors today confirmed the signing of Australian star Trent Barrett. Trent has agreed a three year contract covering 2007, 2008 and 2009.Commenting on the signing Head Coach Brian Noble said,"This is a great signing for the club Trent is a world class player with wonderful skills."His talent enables him to play anywhere on the field and he can cover both half back positions or even loose forward. Apart from his handling skills he has a great kicking game and tackles hard."Noble continued,"When I joined the club the first thing Maurice Lindsay asked me about was Trent Barrett. The club had been in long negotiations with Trent but Maurice wanted my view before the deal was concluded."It took me about one second to tell Maurice to get the contract signed. It is a terrific signing and a credit to Wigan that they can attract such star players even when the club is struggling."We have a big job on our hands this season but we are planning long term and we are determined to have a competitive side for the Wigan fans."Trent Barrett said,"I had a clause in my contract with St George that allowed me to leave before my contract was up but only if I was moving to Super League in England."I could not have joined another Australian club. I thought long and hard about the matter but I have always had the ambition to play in England and I wanted to do that whilst I was still in decent form. I did not want to leave it too late."Everyone in Australia knows the history of the Wigan club and we all consider it an honour to get the chance to play for such a great club."Brian Noble has a good reputation with players and I am looking forward to wearing the Wigan shirt."Craig Smith used to play for St George before he left for Wigan and he has told me what a great club it is with a great set of fans."- - - - -Trent Barrett fact file:DOB: 18 November 1977Starsign: ScorpioPlace of Birth (city/state): Temora NSWHeight (cm): 182cmWeight (kg): 93kgNickname: BazCurrent Club Stats: * App 141 * Tries 42 * Goals 0 * Drop Goals 5 * Points 173 Career Stats: * App 186 * Tries 72 * Goals 0 * Drop Goals 7 * Points 295 Rep Honours:2000-2002 & 2005 Australia1997, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005 NSW Origin2003 NSW Country
FOUR Friday night games get us started in Round 13 of Superleague this weekend.
WHEN is experience just age?
MICHAEL Hodgson is set to make a return to the playing field this Saturday, after spending a fornight on the sidelines with a rib injury he sustained in the Raiders round 14 home win over Cronulla.
BRISBANE will tackle NRL strugglers Souths this weekend minus suspended lock Tonie Carroll and the five players chosen for the Queensland State of Origin team, yet have still named a squad boasting seven players who have represented their respective states.
SYDNEY Roosters coach Ricky Stuart has named his team to face the North Queensland Cowboys at Express Advocate Stadium on Saturday night.
THE weekly column here at Leagueunlimited is to highlight what we here on the site think are the best players in each round of the 2004 NRL competition.
Based on the opinion received from the Leagueunlimited.com live updaters, we have put together what we think is the team of the Round 16.
PENRITH will have skipper Craig Gower back before the finals after he had successful knee surgery yesterday afternoon.
WITHOUT doubt this is the most attractive round of Queensland Cup football this year.
It all begins on Saturday afternoon with the ABC Televised clash between competition leaders Toowoomba and sixth placed North Queensland at Clive Berghofer Stadium in Toowoomba.
These two clubs are the feeder teams for NRL sides Brisbane and North Queensland Cowboys and the quality of player on show should ensure a good crowd and a fine spectacle.
Toowoomba grabbed first place on the ladder (on 16 points) with a 36-24 defeat of Wynnum at Kougari Oval last Sunday with Redcliffe dropping to third place on percentages from Easts after a surprise loss to the Tigers at Dolphin Oval.
Easts play Norths at Bishop Park in the other Saturday afternoon clash this weekend with Norths on 12 points, the same as North Queensland.
On Saturday night at Browne Park, Rockhampton the Central Comets (10 points) have a crucial match against Wynnum (13) with a loss possibly putting the Comets five points adrift of the top five at the halfway mark of the competition.
There are three matches on Sunday, all at 3.00pm and all shape as even affairs.
The highlight is the Burleigh v Redcliffe clash at Pizzey Park, Miami with Burleigh arguably the competition?s form side while premiers Redcliffe are in a mini form slump. The Dolphins have now suffered three losses in the last 4 weeks to teams in finals contention with two of these defeats inflicted at home.
The Bears after their much publicised slow start to the season are in clear second spot on 15 points with Redcliffe one point behind and equal with Easts.
Last placed Brothers Valleys give themselves a good chance of beating Tweed Heads Seagulls at O?Callaghan Park on Sunday with Tweed not having won since round three.
In the other match Souths Logan Magpies (4) and Ipswich Jets (3) clash at Davies Park with the result too tough to call. After the Jets featured in the previous two finals series, losing the 2002 decider to the Dolphins, they will be keen for a win to spark a more satisfactory finish to this season.
THE Melbourne Storm have dominated the first half to defeat a gallant Newcastle Knights 28-18 at EnergyAustralia Stadium tonight.