XXXX Queensland Rangers Go Abroad

FROM the gulf to the minefields, the coast to the cattle plains, Rugby League players from across Queensland will have the chance to represent their state and tour New Zealand in 2006.Offering an opportunity to all players outside the Queensland Wizard Cup and National Rugby League ranks, this year?s XXXX Queensland Rangers team will participate in a four-way tournament in Rotorua in June and July.This will mark the first time the XXXX Rangers have represented overseas.Not only will those selected spend a total of 13 days abroad, they will also have a chance to further ambitions of a career in Rugby League.From the 2005 XXXX Rangers squad a total of 12 players have been contracted by Wizard Cup or NRL clubs this year.The 2006 XXXX Rangers squad has been picked from the QRL Divisional Championships at Kawana on May 27-28, contested by team?s representing Queensland?s Northern, Central, Wide Bay, Southern, South East and South West.Players also have the opportunity to qualify for the side from the Outback Carnival in Winton on June 10-11, including smaller catchments such as Mount Isa, the Mid West, Central West and Far South West. Marshall Colwell of Townsville has been appointed to coach the XXXX Rangers.Teams to face the XXXX Rangers in Rotorua from Wednesday, June 21 to Saturday, July 1 will represent New South Wales Country, New Zealand Residents and the Jim Beam Cup competition. Situated in the Bay of Plenty region, Rotorua is located approximately 230km south-east from Auckland on the New Zealand north island.May 27-28 QRL Divisional Championships, Quad Park, KawanaJun 10-11 QRL Outback Carnival, WintonJun 20 XXXX Queensland Rangers arrive Rotorua, New ZealandJun 21, 24, 29 Tournament MatchesJul 1 Tournament FinalsJul 2 XXXX Queensland Rangers depart Rotorua, New ZealandXXXX QUEENSLAND RANGERS GRADUATES 2005? ATKINS, Jordan (South West Div >> Burleigh Bears)? BRYANT, James (Northern Div >> Ipswich Jets)? DAYLIGHT, Shaun (Wide Bay Div >> Wynnum Manly Seagulls)? FLETCHER, Derek (South East Div >> Sths Logan Magpies & PNG)? GEORGETOWN, Liam (South East Div >> Penrith Panthers)? LEACH, Chad (South East Div >> Norths Devils & PNG)? MARSHALL, Brendon (Outback >> Ipswich Jets)? McKENZIE, Mark (South West Div >> Easts Tigers)? MULCAHY, Cameron (South West Div >> Ipswich Jets)? SMITH, Ben (Wide Bay Div >> Easts Tigers)? WERTH, Aaron (South West Div >> Ipswich Jets)? WUERSCHING, Phil (South East Div >> Norths Devils)2004 ? BOWMAN, Nathaniel (Northern Div >> Sths Logan Magpies)? HERBERNER, Nathan (South West Div >> Redcliffe Dolphins)? HOWARD, Dean (Northern Div >> Easts Tigers)? WALKER, Luke (Northern Div >> Ipswich Jets)Previous XXXX Queensland Rangers Results2005 lost 28-24 v NSW Country Blackwaterwon 50-24 v WA Maroochydore2004 won 50-22 v NSW Country Murwillumbah2003 won 36-30 v NSW Country Roma2002 lost 54-20 v NSW Country NarrabriXXXX QUEENSLAND RANGERS SQUAD FOR QUAD SERIES IN NEW ZEALAND 18 JUNE ? 2 JULYThe 2006 XXXX Queensland Rangers, picked to contest next month's quadrangular series at Rotorua, New Zealand.1. Jim Baira South East 2. Chris Bond South East 3. Nat Bowman Northern 4. Matthew Briggs Southern 5. Pat Dall South East 6. Aaron Farrar Central 7. Chris Giumelli South East 8. Ashley Humble South East 9. Dylan Nash Southern 10. Matt Riddle Southern 11. Michael Rose Northern 12. Joshua Schwerin South West 13. Eugene Seddon South West 14. Craig Snell Northern 15. Kerrod Toby Northern 16. Jamie Wann South West 17. Phil Wuersching South East 18. Brett Woolley Southern Coach - Marshall ColwellAssembly - Sunday 18 June ? Comfort Inn, Robertson GardensN.B. A further 2 players are to be added to the Squad when the Outback Carnival in Barcaldine has concluded on 11 June.

Queensland Cup Match Reports - Round 11

FULL match reports for Round 11 of the Queensland Wizard Cup.TWEED HEADS 22 d REDCLIFFE 8A RAIN-soaked slugfest at the Piggabeen Complex has resulted in a 22-8 win for Tweed Heads against Redcliffe, further condensing an already jam-packed Wizard Cup ladder.Following yet another giant-killing effort on home soil, Tweed has consolidated fourth spot. However coach Steve Murphy is predicting plenty of turbulence to be generated by the bottom half of the table.At the halfway point of the season, all clubs are still capable of participating in the finals, although the minor premiership appears a genuine four-way race between the Seagulls, Dolphins, Young Guns and Clydesdales.?Everyone is good enough to beat everyone in this competition,? noted Murphy.?We?ve got pretty clear goals of where we want to be, but the hardest part ? as it is for every club ? is fighting ourselves.?Not being a really big side, we have to be focused and really on our game each week.?Indeed the southernmost club in the competition displayed plenty of mental intensity as it set about making amends for a disappointing loss to Burleigh the previous week.Prop Matt Austin led the charge as all of Tweed?s forwards ripped in against a Redcliffe team sitting pretty in first place.The Seagulls led 6-0 at halftime; the Dolphins lacking cohesion without halfback Marty Turner and surrendering plenty of cheap ball.Then the second half came and, although Redcliffe experienced greater success, Tweed?s defence restricted the Dolphins to just two tries out wide.?To say I?m pleased is an understatement,? said Murphy.?I was quite critical of our boys for the lack of emotion and atmosphere in their effort the previous week and I thought this time they showed passion in their game.?Saying that, Redcliffe wouldn?t be happy with their amount of ball they dropped?we managed to get them on a good day.?There was also pride at stake outside of the main game at Piggabeen, with Redcliffe and Tweed Heads fighting it out for the Spotless Club Championship.Redcliffe got the jump 48-24 in Colts, while Tweed Heads bounced back from a 12-10 deficit at halftime in the FOGS Cup to win 54-12.The Dolphins still lead the Club Championship tally with 148 points, while Tweed Heads has closed in to be on 120 points. The Seagulls also have outright lead in the FOGS Cup, despite it being their first year in the competition.Next Sunday Redcliffe hosts Ipswich at Dolphin Oval, while Tweed Heads is at home to Toowoomba. Both games are set for a 3pm kick-off.TWEED HEADS 22 (James Wood 2, Jay McDermott, Josh Vaughan tries; Brad Davis 3 goals) d REDCLIFFE 8 (Nick Emmett, Alwyn Simpson tries) at the Piggabeen Complex.TOOWOOMBA 44 d SOUTHS LOGAN 18TOOWOOMBA has shown no mercy to the wounded Magpies, inflicting Souths Logan?s worst defeat of the season with a 44-18 steam-rolling at Brandon Park.Without gaining the same accolades as either Redcliffe or North Queensland, the Clydesdales have now grabbed equal share of the competition lead, losing just once in the past 10 rounds.Their consistency has come despite interruptions from the junior representative calendar and an unimpressive 36-10 flogging by the Young Guns to start season.Toowoomba has also undergone a major changing of the guard, losing long-time campaigners Michael Ryan, Tony Duggan, Stuart Kelly and Neale Wyatt, as well as Tom Learoyd-Lahrs and Anthony Seibold.In their absence more emphasis has been placed on the club?s younger contingent to perform and the likes of Greg Eastwood in particular appear to be blossoming.Eastwood notched two tries on the weekend, as did three-quarter Leon Bott, while rookie halfback Jacob Fauid displayed great confidence in the absence of Ben Green.?I thought we contained them well in the middle, but we couldn?t match them on the fringes and that was the real difference,? concluded losing coach Mark Gliddon.?They?re a good team that will attack you from anywhere. They came out all guns blazing and before you know, it?s 28-6 at halftime.?Souths Logan had some success in pegging back the score in the second half, trailing just 28-18 with 20 minutes to go. It was a meritorious effort considering Cameron Joyce, Josh Griffith, Derek Fletcher and John Andrews were all out injured, while Damien Willis was suspended.But again the Clydesdales galloped clear as Souths Logan committed basic errors, including losing a scrum against the feed, eventuating in a try to the visitors.While the result gives Toowoomba top billing, it also dumps the Magpies out of the top five for the first time in over a month. Next week the black-and-whites face North Queensland in the club?s first televised appearance of the season.?The Young Guns are a huge test for us,? said Gliddon.?What we?re aiming at is not letting go of our own promising start to the year. A few weeks back we actually had to reset our goals because we did better than we first thought we would. Now we?re clear on those again.?Returning from a knee injury, back-rower Tim Cannard amassed a mammoth 38 tackles, while youngster Jason Mitchell and fullback Quentin Laulu Togagae again impressed.For Toowoomba, Denan Kemp moved to 10 tries for the season, meaning he is now just two tries behind competition leader Nathanael Barnes.Souths Logan v North Queensland begins 2pm Saturday at Brandon Park, while Toowoomba faces Tweed Heads at 3pm Sunday at the Piggabeen Complex. TOOWOOMBA 44 (Greg Eastwood 2, Leon Bott 2, Todd Parnell, Denan Kemp, John Te Reo, Michael Green tries; Jacob Fauid 6 goals) d SOUTHS LOGAN 18 (Quentin Laulu Togagae 2, Tyrone Coppedge tries; Brandon Costin 3 goals) at Brandon Park. NORTHS 26 d CENTRAL 14A SHOULDER injury to rising star Smith Samau has taken the gloss off Norths? 26-14 win against Central in Bundaberg on Saturday Snapping a worrying five-game losing streak, Norths stormed home in the second half, despite the Comets unveiling former Devil and Kiwi international Matt Rua as their latest signing.Norths potentially could have won the match by more, had it not gifted the Comets a try at the death via an elementary mistake from a kick-off. Marking his return to the Wizard Cup after a stint in the NRL, fullback Samau posted two tries for the Devils and was clearly among the best on ground.However his evening ended in pain, forcing him to endure a four-and-a-half hour bus ride home the next day before undergoing x-rays and tests on his shoulder.?It?s a bit of a worry,? said coach Wayne Treleaven, who expected to know the full severity of the injury on Monday morning.Aside from the nippy custodian, others to impress in Norths? return to form were props Adam Blair and Scott Anderson, half Isaac Kaufmann and skipper Anthony Boyd.The excursion to Bundaberg not only allowed the Devils a chance at returning to the winners? circle, it also proved a rare chance for the squad to bond, given that several members reside in Melbourne.?Without a doubt it helped in that department,? said Treleaven.?We had a nice night out together after the game and that adds to the positives for the weekend. We really needed a win to get some confidence back.?We?re still in this competition, don?t worry about that. This will change our thinking and hopefully we can get a roll on.?The result sees Norths move to seven points on the table, equal with Central and just two points out of the top five.Treleaven said he would not discount taking a leaf out of the Comets? book and bolstering his squad with a number of mid-season recruits.In three of their last four games the Comets have revealed a new signing ? first Mark Siniula, then Michael Fairweather and now noted hitman Rua.Rua was the Melbourne Storm?s Rookie of the Year in 1999, featuring in the club?s maiden grand final win and then playing Test football for New Zealand.He tallied 100 games for the Storm before shifting to the Canberra Raiders and then prematurely cutting short his career for personal reasons. Several clubs have tried to lure him back to Australia in the years since.Next Saturday Norths tackles Easts at Langlands Park and Central battles Burleigh at Pizzey Park.NORTHS 26 (Smith Samau 2, Aaron Morgan, Isaac Kaufmann, Brenton Stonier tries; Jackson Nicolau 3 goals) d CENTRAL 14 (Jimmy McConachy, Herewini Rangi tries; Scott Porter 3 goals) at Salter Oval, Bundaberg.NORTH QLD 18 d WYNNUM MANLY 14ONE of North Queensland?s most patient players, Brent McConnell, has inched closer to an NRL debut after directing the Young Guns to an 18-14 win against Wynnum Manly at Dairy Farmers Stadium.Ironically the match was arguably the Guns? most impatient performance of the year, with pushed passes and over-ambitious play allowing the Seagulls a late chance to steal the game.After leading 18-4 with roughly 10 minutes remaining, the home side conceded two tries in the blink of an eye, putting Wynnum in a position for a major upset.Thankful to survive the scare, Young Guns coach Mick Crawley praised the efforts of fullback Jason Barsley and five-eighth McConnell in particular.Already with a handful of NRL games to his name, Barsley was named Players? Player and again submitted his name for consideration by the Cowboys.?His support play was great and he had to tackle a fair bit?we gave the fullback a bit more work to do than usual tonight,? said Crawley.Yet the main interest surrounds whether teammate McConnell will finally get a chance to press his credentials at a higher level, perhaps as Johnathan Thurston?s replacement during the remaining Origin period.Having won dual premierships with Burleigh and North Queensland and been awarded the QANTAS Player of the Year in 2004, McConnell has been biding his time in Townsville.If he succeeds in being elevated to the Cowboys it will be a testament to his perseverance and consistency, out-lasting the likes of Russell Aitken, Kieran Kerr and Chris Sheppard, while also battling with Brett Firman and Scott Smith.?He?s definitely getting closer,? said Crawley.?The opportunity will come in the weeks ahead for someone to take over the halfback spot, but it?s a matter of whom. ?Brent has been with us a while and he was named the best player in the Wizard Cup before he got here?it will all depend on who has form on the board when the decision is made.?While Wynnum Manly may have come away from the match as the loser, the bayside club could also claim form on the board after a much-improved last month.In a three-tries-all affair, Seagulls backline monster Steve Irwin managed to punch through for two tries. It was at the same ground in 2002 that Irwin scored a double on debut while playing for the Brisbane Broncos.Round 12 will see North Queensland take on Souths Logan in Saturday?s televised match at Brandon Park. Wynnum Manly has the bye.NORTH QUEENSLAND 18 (Neil Sweeney 2, Scott Smith tries; Josh Hannay 3 goals) d WYNNUM MANLY 14 (Steve Irwin 2, Kerry Smith tries; Steve Irwin goal) at Dairy Farmers Stadium.EASTS 38 d IPSWICH 24EASTS has avoided slipping into Wizard Cup oblivion with an encouraging 38-24 win against the Ipswich Jets at QLD Group Stadium.After losing four games in succession, the Tigers snuck back into the top five as results around the league fell their wayWinger Donald Malone grabbed a hat-trick for the Stones Corner mob, feeding off opportunities created by impressive ball-players Luke Branighan and Matt Lockyer.Fellow flanker, 17-year-old David Tyrrell, also continued to shine in his debut season with great support play and nimble footwork along the sidelines.The Tigers scored from their very first attacking opportunity, Malone finding a gaping corridor outside Jets counterpart Jarrod Biggs in just the second minute. Ipswich gave itself little opportunity to compete in the opening period, consistently forfeiting possession in dangerous field position.Lockyer came within a fingertip of adding a second try for Easts in the 12th minute, following a pin-point Brett McPherson kick. The Tigers didn?t have to wait long to return however, with centre Mark McKenzie showing great pace and skill to get outside Matt McPhee in the 14th minute, scooping a pass for Tyrrell to touch down.McKenzie also featured in the Tigers? next four-pointer, sending Tyrell away once more before the teenage flyer found Jamie Tomlinson back on his inside. Cheeky as ever, Tomlinson almost came to a complete halt as he evaded former Jets clubmate Biggs, the last line of defence.When forwards Bevan Heuir and Cameron Mulcahy were injected off the bench Ipswich appeared to lift, some sterner tackling preceding the Jets opening try of the day through hooker Chris Porter.Yet Easts replied straight away, scoring the final two tries of the half to go in 22-6 ahead at the break.Already missing nine top-line players through injury, the Tigers were without Martin Meredith, McKenzie and Damian Durnford in the second stanza, with fears forward Meredith may be lost for the season.Although Ipswich enjoyed a better run for the remainder of the game, it let slip its chance to apply any serious pressure, converting just one of four second half tries. Next Sunday sees the Jets with the difficult task of taking on competition heavyweight Redcliffe, needing a good win to lift them from last spot on the table.Easts meanwhile has an intriguing match-up against Norths at Langlands Park on Saturday. Both clubs have experienced mixed fortunes of late, but have designs on contesting this year?s finals.EASTS 38 (Donald Malone 3, Shane Neumann, David Tyrrell, Jamie Tomlinson, John Tamanika tries; Luke Branighan 5 tries) d IPSWICH 24 (Ben McFadgean, Jarrod Biggs, Brendon Marshall, Chris Porter, Chris Scanlan tries; Geoff Chalk 2 goals) at QLD Group Stadium.

Queensland Cup Results - Round 11

QUEENSLAND Wizard Cup scores and standings from Round 11.Saturday 21 May EASTS 38 (Donald Malone 3, Shane Neumann, David Tyrrell, Jamie Tomlinson, John Tamanika tries; Luke Branighan 5 tries) d IPSWICH 24 (Ben McFadgean, Jarrod Biggs, Brendon Marshall, Chris Porter, Chris Scanlan tries; Geoff Chalk 2 goals) at QLD Group Stadium.TOOWOOMBA 44 (Greg Eastwood 2, Leon Bott 2, Todd Parnell, Denan Kemp, John Te Reo, Michael Green tries; Jacob Fauid 6 goals) d SOUTHS LOGAN 18 (Quentin Laulu Togagae 2, Tyrone Coppedge tries; Brandon Costin 3 goals) at Brandon Park.NORTH QUEENSLAND 18 (Neil Sweeney 2, Scott Smith tries; Josh Hannay 3 goals) d WYNNUM MANLY 14 (Steve Irwin 2, Kerry Smith tries; Steve Irwin goal) at Dairy Farmers Stadium.NORTHS 26 (Smith Samau 2, Aaron Morgan, Isaac Kaufmann, Brenton Stonier tries; Jackson Nicolau 3 goals) d CENTRAL 14 (Jimmy McConachy, Herewini Rangi tries; Scott Porter 3 goals) at Salter Oval, Bundaberg.Sunday 28 May TWEED HEADS 22 (James Wood 2, Jay McDermott, Josh Vaughan tries; Brad Davis 3 goals) d REDCLIFFE 8 (Nick Emmett, Alwyn Simpson tries) at the Piggabeen Complex.BYE: Burleigh Bears.POINTS TABLE AFTER ROUND 11TEAMREDCLIFFE 16NORTH QLD 16TOOWOOMBA 16TWEED HEADS 12EASTS TIGERS 9SOUTHS LOGAN 9BURLEIGH 8CENTRAL 7NORTHS 7WYNNUM MANLY 6IPSWICH 4NEXT WEEK?S GAME ? ROUND 12SATURDAY 3 JUNESOUTHS LOGAN V NORTH QLD - BRANDON PARK 2.00PM*EASTS V NORTHS - LANGLANDS PARK 3.00PMBURLEIGH V CENTRAL - PIZZEY PARK 6.30PM SUNDAY 4 JUNETWEED HEADS V TOOWOOMBA - PIGGABEEN COMPLEX 3.00PMREDCLIFFE V IPSWICH - DOLPHIN OVAL 3.00PMWYNNUM MANLY - BYE*Denotes ABC TV Live telecast.

QRL Open Age Carnival Results

QRL Division Open Age Carnival Quad Park, Kawana May 27-28, 2006

QRL FOGS Results

QUEENSLAND Rugby League scores and standings after completion of round 11 of the FOGS Cup and FOGS Colts Challenge.

Salford v Harlequins preview (Round 15)

HARLEQUINS are boosted by the return of three influential regulars for Monday?s crucial engage Super League clash at Salford.

Monday?s Expert League Wrap - Round 12, 2006

WEDNESDAY?S thrilling State of Origin saw New South Wales draw first blood with a narrow 17-16 win over Queensland. Afterwards we got back to the business of NRL football and two days later, Friday night football kicked off in Newcastle with the St George Illawarra Dragons cruising to a 38-12 victory over the Knights.Saturday afternoon rugby league saw a nail biter with the Canberra Raiders upsetting the North Queensland Cowboys by 15-14 in Townsville. Not so close was the Brisbane Broncos v Canterbury Bulldogs clash with the Broncos running out 25-6 at old Lang Park. Meanwhile the Cronulla Sharks got the points in defeating the New Zealand Warriors by 34-20 at Toyota Park.Sunday football saw the third match of the week decided by a field goal with the Storm pipping the Penrith Panthers 17-16 in Melbourne. Meanwhile, the Eels posted a much needed win in hanging on to defeat the Sydney Roosters 22-20 in Parramatta. The round wrapped up at Telstra Stadium with Wests Tigers thrashing the South Sydney Rabbitohs by 44-4.After 12 rounds of football, the NRL ladder has the Broncos leading the way on 18 points. Second-placed Melbourne Storm are also on 18 points. The Cowboys, Knights and Bulldogs are one win away on 16 points. The Sharks, Sea Eagles and Dragons are all 14 points to complete the top eight.All match results and details are listed below.LeagueUnlimited.com Player AwardsThe LeagueUnlimited.com Player Awards are hotting up with full back Greg Inglis (Storm), five eighth Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys) on 17 points and sharing top spot on the leader board. Not far away is Storm hooker Cameron Smith on 16 points. Meanwhile Knights half back Andrew Johns is well within striking range on 15 points.Also well in contention is half back Matt Orford (Sea Eagles) on 14 points. Adam Dykes (Sharks) is on 13 points while goal-kicking winger Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs) is on 12 points. A number of players have jumped up to 11 points with Mark Gasnier (Dragons), Karmichael Hunt (Broncos), Darren Lockyer (Broncos) and Clinton Schifcofske (Raiders) all throwing down the challenge.The full leader board is below.The Leagueunlimited.com players of the match are decided by our live score updaters and tallied here each week on Monday?s Expert League wrap.Want to be a live score updater? For further enquiries, email us.League Wrap: Round 12, 26 ? 28 May 2006MATCH RESULTS:New South Wales: 17Tries: Matt King, Brett Finch, Willie MasonGoals: Brett Hodgson 2/4Field Goals: Brett FinchQueensland: 16Tries: Greg Inglis(2), Steve BellGoals: Jonathon Thurston 2/3Half time: NSW 14-0Venue: Telstra StadiumCrowd: 72,773Referee: Sean HampsteadNewcastle Knights: 12Tries: Kurt Gidley, Andrew JohnsGoals: Andrew Johns 2/2St George Illawarra Dragons: 38Tries: Trent Barrett, Mark Gasnier, Ben Hornby(2), Corey Payne(2), Danny WicksGoals: Aaron Gorrell 4/5, Ben Hornby 1/1, Mark Gasnier 0/1Half time: Dragons 20-6Venue: EnergyAustralia StadiumCrowd: 23,356Referee: Tony ArcherLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Mark Gasnier (Dragons)2 - Trent Barrett (Dragons)1 - Daryl Millard (Dragons)North Queensland Cowboys: 14Tries: Johnathan Thurston, Gavin CooperGoals: Johnathan Thurston 3/3Canberra Raiders: 15Tries: Phillip Graham, David HowellGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 3/3Field Goals: Todd CarneyHalf time: Raiders 12-8Venue: Dairy Farmers StadiumCrowd: 16,971Referee: Gavin BadgerLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Clinton Schifcofske (Raiders)2 - Phillip Graham (Raiders)1 - Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)Brisbane Broncos: 25Tries: Shaun Berrigan, Darren Lockyer, Tame Tupou (2), Darius BoydGoals: Corey Parker 2/6Field Goals: Darren LockyerCanterbury Bulldogs: 6Tries: Reni MaituaGoals: Hazem El Masri 1/1Half time: Broncos 18-0Venue: Suncorp StadiumCrowd: 30,589Referee: Steven ClarkLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Darren Lockyer (Broncos)2 - Corey Parker (Broncos)1 - Karmichael Hunt (Broncos)Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 34Tries: Phil Bailey, Greg Bird, David Simmons, Nigel Vagana, Darren Albert (2)Goals: Luke Covell 5/6New Zealand Warriors: 20Tries: Sione Faumuina, Wairangi Koopu (2), Simon ManneringGoals: Tony Martin 2/4Half time: Sharks 24-4Venue: Toyota ParkCrowd: 9,490Referee: Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Darren Albert (Sharks)2 - Paul Gallen (Sharks)1 - Wairangi Koopu (Warriors)Melbourne Storm: 17Tries: Matt Geyer, Greg Inglis, Jake WebsterGoals: Matt Geyer 1/1, Cameron Smith 1/2Field Goals: Cooper CronkPenrith Panthers: 16Tries: Rhys Wesser, Nick Youngquest, Michael GordonGoals: Preston Campbell 2/3Half time: Storm 12-10Venue: Olympic Park MelbCrowd: 7,899Referee: Shayne HayneLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Greg Inglis (Storm)2 - Luke Lewis (Panthers)1 - Matt Geyer (Storm)Parramatta Eels: 22Tries: John Morris, Chad Robinson, Daniel Wagon, Brett DelaneyGoals: Brett Delaney 3/4Sydney Roosters: 20Tries: Ryan Cross, Chris Flannery, Amos Roberts, Craig WingGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 1/1, Amos Roberts 1/3Half time: Eels 22-0Venue: Parramatta StadiumCrowd: 13,044Referee: Sean HampsteadLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels)2 - Timana Tahu (Eels)1 - Craig Wing (Roosters)South Sydney Rabbitohs: 4Tries: Nathan MerrittWests Tigers: 44Tries: Dean Collis, Robert Farah, Chris Heighington, Brett Hodgson, Scott Prince(3), Taniela TuiakiGoals: Brett Hodgson 5/7, Taniela Tuiaki 1/1Half time: Tigers 18-0Venue: Telstra StadiumCrowd: 13,460Referee: Paul SimpkinsLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Scott Prince (Tigers)2 - Brett Hodgson (Tigers)1 - Robert Farah (Tigers)Manly Sea Eagles ? ByeFULL DRAW, RESULTS & LINKS TO LIVE SCORES ? CLICK HEREUpcoming matches:Round 13, 2-4 June 2006Fri 7:30 DRAGONS v EELS - OKI Jubilee Stadium Sat 5:30 STORM v ROOSTERS - Olympic ParkSat 7:30 BULLDOGS v KNIGHTS - Telstra StadiumSat 7:30 RAIDERS v RABBITOHS - Canberra StadiumSun 2:00 (NZ) 12:00 (AEST) WARRIORS v BRONCOS - Ericsson StadiumSun 2:30 PANTHERS v SEA EAGLES - CUA Stadium Sun 3:00 TIGERS v COWBOYS - Telstra StadiumSHARKS v BYEFOR 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.17 pointsGreg Inglis (Storm), Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)16 pointsCameron Smith (Storm)15 pointsAndrew Johns (Knights)14 pointsMatt Orford (Sea Eagles)13 pointsAdam Dykes (Sharks)12 pointsHazem El Masri (Bulldogs)11 pointsMark Gasnier (Dragons), Karmichael Hunt (Broncos), Darren Lockyer (Broncos), Clinton Schifcofske (Raiders)10 pointsMatthew Bowen (Cowboys), Danny Buderus (Knights)9 pointsNathan Hindmarsh (Eels), Ben Kennedy (Sea Eagles), Willie Mason (Bulldogs)8 pointsCorey Parker (Broncos)7 pointsSteve Bell (Sea Eagles), Preston Campbell (Panthers), Paul Gallen (Sharks)6 pointsCooper Cronk (Storm), Robert Farah (Tigers), Craig Gower (Panthers), Mathew Head (Dragons), Brett Hodgson (Tigers), Ruben Wiki (Warriors)5 pointsRoy Asotasi (Bulldogs), Trent Barrett (Dragons), Petero Civoniceva (Broncos), Nathan Fien (Warriors), Justin Hodges (Broncos), Steve Menzies (Sea Eagles), Luke O'Donnell (Cowboys), Steve Price (Warriors), Scott Prince (Tigers), Amos Roberts (Roosters), Jason Smith (Raiders), Alan Tongue (Raiders), Rhys Wesser (Panthers)4 pointsDarren Albert (Sharks), Brian Carney (Knights), Aaron Gorrell (Dragons), Luke Lewis (Panthers), Adam MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Mark O?Meley (Bulldogs), Luke Priddis (Panthers), Steve Simpson (Knights), Jamie Soward (Roosters), Anthony Tupou (Roosters), Paul Whatuira (Tigers)3 pointsLuke Covell (Sharks), Michael Crocker (Storm), Brett Finch (Roosters), Craig Fitzgibbon (Roosters), Phillip Graham (Raiders), Clint Greenshields (Dragons), Reni Maitua (Bulldogs), Milton Thaiday (Knights), Lance Thompson (Sharks), Tame Tupou (Broncos), Matthew Utai (Bulldogs), Brent Webb (Warriors), Lincoln Withers (Raiders)2 pointsLuke Bailey (Dragons), Brenton Bowen (Cowboys), George Carmont (Knights), Peter Cusack (Rabbitohs), Daniel Fitzhenry (Tigers), Awen Guttenbeil (Warriors), Ashley Harrison (Roosters), Brett Kearney (Sharks), Wairangi Koopu (Warriors), Tom Learoyd-Lahrs (Raiders), Tony Martin (Warriors), Wade McKinnon (Eels), Anthony Minichiello (Roosters), Mark O'Meley (Bulldogs), Aaron Payne (Cowboys), Josh Perry (Knights), Todd Polglase (Rabbitohs), Luke Rooney (Panthers), John Skandalis (Tigers), David Simmons (Sharks), Matt Sing (Cowboys), Craig Smith (Knights), Iosia Soliola (Roosters), Steven Southern (Cowboys), John Sutton (Rabbitohs), Timana Tahu (Eels), Brad Thorn (Broncos), Clinton Toopi (Warriors), Evarn Tuimavave (Warriors), Trent Waterhouse (Panthers), Craig Wing (Roosters), Dean Young (Dragons)1 pointPaul Bowman (Cowboys), Nathan Cayless (Eels), Matt Cooper (Dragons), Shayne Dunley (Sea Eagles), Michael Ennis (Broncos), Matt Geyer (Storm), Kurt Gidley (Knights), Matthew Gidley (Knights), Tony Grimaldi (Bulldogs), Lee Hookey (Panthers), Brett Kimmorley (Sharks), Matt King (Storm), Luke MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Benji Marshall (Tigers), Daryl Millard (Dragons), Fuifui Moimoi (Eels), Luke Patten (Bulldogs), Shane Rodney (Panthers), Brent Sherwin (Bulldogs), Billy Slater (Storm), Tim Smith (Eels), Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles), Shane Tronc (Cowboys), Simon Woolford (Raiders), William Zillman (Raiders)

Monday?s Expert League Wrap - Round 12, 2006

WEDNESDAY?S thrilling State of Origin saw New South Wales draw first blood with a narrow 17-16 win over Queensland. Afterwards we got back to the business of NRL football and two days later, Friday night football kicked off in Newcastle with the St George Illawarra Dragons cruising to a 38-12 victory over the Knights.Saturday afternoon rugby league saw a nail biter with the Canberra Raiders upsetting the North Queensland Cowboys by 15-14 in Townsville. Not so close was the Brisbane Broncos v Canterbury Bulldogs clash with the Broncos running out 25-6 at old Lang Park. Meanwhile the Cronulla Sharks got the points in defeating the New Zealand Warriors by 34-20 at Toyota Park.Sunday football saw the third match of the week decided by a field goal with the Storm pipping the Penrith Panthers 17-16 in Melbourne. Meanwhile, the Eels posted a much needed win in hanging on to defeat the Sydney Roosters 22-20 in Parramatta. The round wrapped up at Telstra Stadium with Wests Tigers thrashing the South Sydney Rabbitohs by 44-4.After 12 rounds of football, the NRL ladder has the Broncos leading the way on 18 points. Second-placed Melbourne Storm are also on 18 points. The Cowboys, Knights and Bulldogs are one win away on 16 points. The Sharks, Sea Eagles and Dragons are all 14 points to complete the top eight.All match results and details are listed below.LeagueUnlimited.com Player AwardsThe LeagueUnlimited.com Player Awards are hotting up with full back Greg Inglis (Storm), five eighth Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys) on 17 points and sharing top spot on the leader board. Not far away is Storm hooker Cameron Smith on 16 points. Meanwhile Knights half back Andrew Johns is well within striking range on 15 points.Also well in contention is half back Matt Orford (Sea Eagles) on 14 points. Adam Dykes (Sharks) is on 13 points while goal-kicking winger Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs) is on 12 points. A number of players have jumped up to 11 points with Mark Gasnier (Dragons), Karmichael Hunt (Broncos), Darren Lockyer (Broncos) and Clinton Schifcofske (Raiders) all throwing down the challenge.The full leader board is below.The Leagueunlimited.com players of the match are decided by our live score updaters and tallied here each week on Monday?s Expert League wrap.Want to be a live score updater? For further enquiries, email us.League Wrap: Round 12, 26 ? 28 May 2006MATCH RESULTS:New South Wales: 17Tries: Matt King, Brett Finch, Willie MasonGoals: Brett Hodgson 2/4Field Goals: Brett FinchQueensland: 16Tries: Greg Inglis(2), Steve BellGoals: Jonathon Thurston 2/3Half time: NSW 14-0Venue: Telstra StadiumCrowd: 72,773Referee: Sean HampsteadNewcastle Knights: 12Tries: Kurt Gidley, Andrew JohnsGoals: Andrew Johns 2/2St George Illawarra Dragons: 38Tries: Trent Barrett, Mark Gasnier, Ben Hornby(2), Corey Payne(2), Danny WicksGoals: Aaron Gorrell 4/5, Ben Hornby 1/1, Mark Gasnier 0/1Half time: Dragons 20-6Venue: EnergyAustralia StadiumCrowd: 23,356Referee: Tony ArcherLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Mark Gasnier (Dragons)2 - Trent Barrett (Dragons)1 - Daryl Millard (Dragons)North Queensland Cowboys: 14Tries: Johnathan Thurston, Gavin CooperGoals: Johnathan Thurston 3/3Canberra Raiders: 15Tries: Phillip Graham, David HowellGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 3/3Field Goals: Todd CarneyHalf time: Raiders 12-8Venue: Dairy Farmers StadiumCrowd: 16,971Referee: Gavin BadgerLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Clinton Schifcofske (Raiders)2 - Phillip Graham (Raiders)1 - Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)Brisbane Broncos: 25Tries: Shaun Berrigan, Darren Lockyer, Tame Tupou (2), Darius BoydGoals: Corey Parker 2/6Field Goals: Darren LockyerCanterbury Bulldogs: 6Tries: Reni MaituaGoals: Hazem El Masri 1/1Half time: Broncos 18-0Venue: Suncorp StadiumCrowd: 30,589Referee: Steven ClarkLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Darren Lockyer (Broncos)2 - Corey Parker (Broncos)1 - Karmichael Hunt (Broncos)Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 34Tries: Phil Bailey, Greg Bird, David Simmons, Nigel Vagana, Darren Albert (2)Goals: Luke Covell 5/6New Zealand Warriors: 20Tries: Sione Faumuina, Wairangi Koopu (2), Simon ManneringGoals: Tony Martin 2/4Half time: Sharks 24-4Venue: Toyota ParkCrowd: 9,490Referee: Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Darren Albert (Sharks)2 - Paul Gallen (Sharks)1 - Wairangi Koopu (Warriors)Melbourne Storm: 17Tries: Matt Geyer, Greg Inglis, Jake WebsterGoals: Matt Geyer 1/1, Cameron Smith 1/2Field Goals: Cooper CronkPenrith Panthers: 16Tries: Rhys Wesser, Nick Youngquest, Michael GordonGoals: Preston Campbell 2/3Half time: Storm 12-10Venue: Olympic Park MelbCrowd: 7,899Referee: Shayne HayneLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Greg Inglis (Storm)2 - Luke Lewis (Panthers)1 - Matt Geyer (Storm)Parramatta Eels: 22Tries: John Morris, Chad Robinson, Daniel Wagon, Brett DelaneyGoals: Brett Delaney 3/4Sydney Roosters: 20Tries: Ryan Cross, Chris Flannery, Amos Roberts, Craig WingGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 1/1, Amos Roberts 1/3Half time: Eels 22-0Venue: Parramatta StadiumCrowd: 13,044Referee: Sean HampsteadLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels)2 - Timana Tahu (Eels)1 - Craig Wing (Roosters)South Sydney Rabbitohs: 4Tries: Nathan MerrittWests Tigers: 44Tries: Dean Collis, Robert Farah, Chris Heighington, Brett Hodgson, Scott Prince(3), Taniela TuiakiGoals: Brett Hodgson 5/7, Taniela Tuiaki 1/1Half time: Tigers 18-0Venue: Telstra StadiumCrowd: 13,460Referee: Paul SimpkinsLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Scott Prince (Tigers)2 - Brett Hodgson (Tigers)1 - Robert Farah (Tigers)Manly Sea Eagles ? ByeFULL DRAW, RESULTS & LINKS TO LIVE SCORES ? CLICK HEREUpcoming matches:Round 13, 2-4 June 2006Fri 7:30 DRAGONS v EELS - OKI Jubilee Stadium Sat 5:30 STORM v ROOSTERS - Olympic ParkSat 7:30 BULLDOGS v KNIGHTS - Telstra StadiumSat 7:30 RAIDERS v RABBITOHS - Canberra StadiumSun 2:00 (NZ) 12:00 (AEST) WARRIORS v BRONCOS - Ericsson StadiumSun 2:30 PANTHERS v SEA EAGLES - CUA Stadium Sun 3:00 TIGERS v COWBOYS - Telstra Stadium SHARKS v BYEFOR 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.17 pointsGreg Inglis (Storm), Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)16 pointsCameron Smith (Storm)15 pointsAndrew Johns (Knights)14 pointsMatt Orford (Sea Eagles)13 pointsAdam Dykes (Sharks)12 pointsHazem El Masri (Bulldogs)11 pointsMark Gasnier (Dragons), Karmichael Hunt (Broncos), Darren Lockyer (Broncos), Clinton Schifcofske (Raiders)10 pointsMatthew Bowen (Cowboys), Danny Buderus (Knights)9 pointsNathan Hindmarsh (Eels), Ben Kennedy (Sea Eagles), Willie Mason (Bulldogs)8 pointsCorey Parker (Broncos)7 pointsSteve Bell (Sea Eagles), Preston Campbell (Panthers), Paul Gallen (Sharks)6 pointsCooper Cronk (Storm), Robert Farah (Tigers), Craig Gower (Panthers), Mathew Head (Dragons), Brett Hodgson (Tigers), Ruben Wiki (Warriors)5 pointsRoy Asotasi (Bulldogs), Trent Barrett (Dragons), Petero Civoniceva (Broncos), Nathan Fien (Warriors), Justin Hodges (Broncos), Steve Menzies (Sea Eagles), Luke O'Donnell (Cowboys), Steve Price (Warriors), Scott Prince (Tigers), Amos Roberts (Roosters), Jason Smith (Raiders), Alan Tongue (Raiders), Rhys Wesser (Panthers)4 pointsDarren Albert (Sharks), Brian Carney (Knights), Aaron Gorrell (Dragons), Luke Lewis (Panthers), Adam MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Mark O?Meley (Bulldogs), Luke Priddis (Panthers), Steve Simpson (Knights), Jamie Soward (Roosters), Anthony Tupou (Roosters), Paul Whatuira (Tigers)3 pointsLuke Covell (Sharks), Michael Crocker (Storm), Brett Finch (Roosters), Craig Fitzgibbon (Roosters), Phillip Graham (Raiders), Clint Greenshields (Dragons), Reni Maitua (Bulldogs), Milton Thaiday (Knights), Lance Thompson (Sharks), Tame Tupou (Broncos), Matthew Utai (Bulldogs), Brent Webb (Warriors), Lincoln Withers (Raiders)2 pointsLuke Bailey (Dragons), Brenton Bowen (Cowboys), George Carmont (Knights), Peter Cusack (Rabbitohs), Daniel Fitzhenry (Tigers), Awen Guttenbeil (Warriors), Ashley Harrison (Roosters), Brett Kearney (Sharks), Wairangi Koopu (Warriors), Tom Learoyd-Lahrs (Raiders), Tony Martin (Warriors), Wade McKinnon (Eels), Anthony Minichiello (Roosters), Mark O'Meley (Bulldogs), Aaron Payne (Cowboys), Josh Perry (Knights), Todd Polglase (Rabbitohs), Luke Rooney (Panthers), John Skandalis (Tigers), David Simmons (Sharks), Matt Sing (Cowboys), Craig Smith (Knights), Iosia Soliola (Roosters), Steven Southern (Cowboys), John Sutton (Rabbitohs), Timana Tahu (Eels), Brad Thorn (Broncos), Clinton Toopi (Warriors), Evarn Tuimavave (Warriors), Trent Waterhouse (Panthers), Craig Wing (Roosters), Dean Young (Dragons)1 pointPaul Bowman (Cowboys), Nathan Cayless (Eels), Matt Cooper (Dragons), Shayne Dunley (Sea Eagles), Michael Ennis (Broncos), Matt Geyer (Storm), Kurt Gidley (Knights), Matthew Gidley (Knights), Tony Grimaldi (Bulldogs), Lee Hookey (Panthers), Brett Kimmorley (Sharks), Matt King (Storm), Luke MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Benji Marshall (Tigers), Daryl Millard (Dragons), Fuifui Moimoi (Eels), Luke Patten (Bulldogs), Shane Rodney (Panthers), Brent Sherwin (Bulldogs), Billy Slater (Storm), Tim Smith (Eels), Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles), Shane Tronc (Cowboys), Simon Woolford (Raiders), William Zillman (Raiders)

Eels hang on for the win...just

ROUND 12 Parramatta Eels 22 v Sydney Roosters 20at Parramatta StadiumReferees: Sean HampsteadMatch Summary:The Parramatta Eels have just outlasted the clock to score their third victory of the season, defeating the Sydney Roosters 22-20. In a match featuring it's fair share of handling errors, it was Parramatta who opened the scoring through Chad Robinson. Brett Delaney slotted the conversion to take the Eels to a 6 nil lead after 10 minutes. The match then appeared to be going through the motions until the Eels scored 3 tries in the last ten minutes, allowing them to go to oranges in front with a 22-0 scoreline.The Roosters bounced straight back into the match courtesy of a Chris Flannery try just after halftime, and from there the match went back and forth until the Roosters did what the Eels did to them, scoring 3 tries in 12 minutes to come within 2 points, with enough time remaining to snatch the win. Parramatta somehow managed to defend stoutly in the dying minutes, earning their third win of 2006, also giving coach Jason Taylor his first victory in the NRL, albeit a nail-biting one. From all reports, both teams came through this match without any major injuries. Next week the Eels take on the Dragons under lights at OKI Jubilee, while the Roosters head south to meet the Storm in Melbourne. Scorers:Parramatta Eels: 22Tries: John Morris, Chad Robinson, Daniel Wagon, Brett DelaneyGoals: Brett Delaney 3/4Sydney Roosters: 20Tries: Ryan Cross, Chris Flannery, Amos Roberts, Craig WingGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 1/1, Amos Roberts 1/3By the Clock:The bookies are finding it tough to split the teams, Eels are paying $1.90, Roosters at $1.92. A win today for the Roosters should see them spend another week in the Top 8, whilst the Eels yet again need that elusive victory to kick-start their campaign and snap a 4-game losing streak. Weather: Bright and sunny.Team changes.Parramatta: Michael Vella will start in the front row, replacing the recently retired Paul Stringer. Justin Tsoulos comes onto the bench. Luke O'Dwyer drops off from the 18 players named.Roosters: Anthony Tupou has apparently suffered an asthma attack prior to the match and has been replaced by Shane Shackleton who will start the match. Jamie Soward comes into the side at halfback, shifting Amos Roberts to the wing. 1 min: NEWS Amos Roberts kicks-off and play is underway at Parramatta Stadium10 min: TRY Parramatta EelsRobinson barges over from close range after a repeat set of six. Delaney converts. Eels 6-015 min: NEWS Craig Wing makes his way onto the field as the Roosters struggle to get their kick-chase game into gear.20 min: NEWS Roosters concede a 5th tackle penalty, Eels now on the attack close to the Roosters line.23 min: NEWS Jeremy Smith wastes a great chance for the Eels, kicking the ball into touch on the 3rd tackle when they had the Roosters on the rack.26 min: NEWS Joel Reddy knocks on in his own in-goal from a Finch bomb. Roosters on the attack from the goal line restart.28 min: NEWS The Roosters knock-on after a repeat set of six, attacking the Eels line. Both sides are making errors at crucial times.30 min: NEWS Timana Tahu breaks the line and offloads to Reddy who takes Sowards' tackle. The ensuing grubber kick results in another set of 6 to the Eels.32 min: TRY Parramatta EelsJeremy Smith cross-kicks to Jarryd Hayne's wing, Hayne bats it down to Delaney who scores the try. Conversion attempt by Delaney is unsuccessful. Eels 10-036 min: TRY Parramatta EelsDean Widders breaks the line and offloads to Timana Tahu who in turn fires a rifle pass to John Morris who scores a great long-range try. Delaney converts. Eels 16-039 min: NEWS Wing kicks out on the full, giving the Eels one last chance to add to their already dominant scoreline.40 min: TRY Parramatta EelsJeremy Smith puts up a little chip-bomb which hits the upright and lands in the in-goal area, Wagon forces the ball to go to halftime with a commanding 22-0 lead. Delaney converts. Eels 22-040 min: NEWS HALFTIME. The Eels look to be on the road to resurrection after easily playing their best 40 minutes of the season. The Roosters on the other hand seem to be waiting for the next guy to do something special to get them going.41 min: NEWS Brett Delaney kicks off and the second half is underway.43 min: TRY Sydney RoostersChris Flannery barges over despite attention from Widders and Reddy. The try is awarded after consultation from the video ref. Roberts misses the conversion. Eels 22-446 min: NEWS The Roosters are targeting Delaney's wing as it leads to another break. The Eels get the handover as Hayne makes a try-saving tackle.48 min: NEWS Riddell offloads for Widders who uses quick hands to a flying Eric Grothe but the referee calls it back for a forward pass.58 min: NEWS PJ Marsh replaces Riddell who has given great service off the bench for the Eels. All Parramatta forwards have been given a rest thus far apart from Nathan Hindmarsh who of course is backing up from State of Origin I.60 min: NEWS Tahu intercepts a pass and streaks away only to be brought down 20 metres from the Roosters line. He plays the ball to Grothe who is penalised for playing on after being called held.63 min: NEWS Soward knocks on with the line wide open after a chip and chase from Wing and Roberts. The Roosters appear to be their own worst enemy today, they can't take any chances the Eels are giving to them. 66 min: TRY Sydney RoostersCraig Wing scores, backing up on the inside after the Roosters make a length of the field break down Grothe and Tahu's wing. Fitzgibbon converts the try. Eels 22-1071 min: NEWS Anasta gets the penalty as he chips through for himself and is knocked over. Roosters on the attack and playing the better footy at this stage.74 min: TRY Sydney RoostersParramatta players stop and stare as Amos Roberts scores after an uncontested bomb which the Eels allowed to bounce. Roberts misses the conversion. Eels 22-1476 min: NEWS Hindmarsh is penalised for stripping the ball, giving the Roosters a great chance with time running out.78 min: TRY Sydney RoostersRoberts knocks back a bomb close to the Eels line, it goes through the hands until Ryan Cross scores. Roberts converts. Eels 22-2079 min: NEWS Jarryd Hayne comes up with an ankle-tap try saver on Amos Roberts, forcing him into touch. If the Eels hold onto the ball for 6 tackles, they win, simple as that. 80 min: NEWS FULLTIME. The Eels can think themselves extremely lucky as they let in 20 unanswered points in the second half to sneak away with 2 vital competition points.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Nathan Hindmarsh2 - Timana Tahu1 - Craig Wing-----------------------------------------

Tigers account for paltry Bunnies

ROUND 12 South Sydney Rabbitohs 4 v Wests Tigers 44at Telstra StadiumReferees: Paul SimpkinsMatch Summary:The Wests Tigers have obliterated a winless South Sydney Rabbitohs by 44-4 at Rugby League Headquarters in Homebush.The game began innocently enough, with a few early exchanges resulting in some positive plays for Souths who were searching for their first victory of the season. Given Wests? inconsistent form of late combined with a disappointing loss last week, this game was seen by many as a potential upset in the making.But any thoughts of a boilover quickly evaporated when the Tigers began scoring points at will, rapidly pushing Souths out of the contest.Halves Benji Marshall and Scott Prince lead the way for the visitors with a devastating break by Marshall instigating the first try to rookie winger Taniela Tuiaki in the 12th minute. Prince broke through six minutes later with a good solo try to push the lead out to 12-0 and put the Bunnies on notice.They tried hard for the remainder of the half but dropped balls and missed tackles were destroying their chances of getting on the board, with some sloppy finishing by the Tigers effectively keeping them in the game.Prince added his second on the stroke of halftime and with the conversion by NSW fullback Brett Hodgson the Tigers held a strong lead going into the break.Things continued in the same fashion throughout the second half, with tries to Hodgson (44th minute), Heighington (52nd), Collis (61st), Farah (69th) and Prince who completed his hat-trick with 9 minutes remaining.A late try to capable winger Nathan Merritt will serve as little consolation to the home side as they slump to their 11th defeat of the season and their worst loss since Round 16 against the Storm last year (48-6 at Olympic Park).What can you say about this team? As he tries to guide them towards their first win of the year, coach Shaun McRae must feel as though he?s milking a he-goat into a sieve. Their defence certainly had more holes today than that simple kitchen utensil and it won?t be getting any easier for him next week as they head to the Nation?s Capital to take on a Canberra Raiders outfit fresh from knocking over the Cowboys last night.Surely his tenure at Redfern must come into question after such a poor start to the year and at this critical stage as they attempt to rebuild the club. They would be looking to enter the player and purchase a number of quality players to bolster the first grade squad but that is unlikely given their position at the bottom of the ladder.For the Tigers I?m sure they?ll be happy that they won and remain in touch with the competition leaders, but I wouldn?t expect them to be doing any cartwheels around the dressing sheds. It?s good that they managed to invigorate their playmakers in Marshall, Prince and Farah who have been a bit below-par recently. They face North Queensland at Telstra next week in the second Grand Final replay of the year, and it should serve as a good indication of where they are placed. The only negative for them today would have been letting the Rabbitohs in for a try.Scorers:South Sydney Rabbitohs: 4Tries: Nathan MerrittWests Tigers: 44Tries: Dean Collis, Robert Farah, Chris Heighington, Brett Hodgson, Scott Prince(3), Taniela TuiakiGoals: Brett Hodgson 5/7, Taniela Tuiaki 1/1By the Clock:Cool but sunny day at Telstra Stadium. Plenty of pressure on the Rabbitohs to break through for their first victory of the year. Likewise the Tigers are looking to make up for a disappointing loss to the Warriors last week.1 min: NEWS And we're underway in the first half through the Tigers.5 min: NEWS The Rabbitohs enjoying some early possession here and finding some holes in the Tigers defence. They'll need to convert it into points.12 min: TRY Wests TigersWests open the scoring for the day with a solid try to young winger Taniela Tuiaki who made his debut last week after a sensational break from Benji Marshall. Hodgson adds the extras and the Tigers hold the lead early. Tigers 6-018 min: TRY Wests TigersTigers halfback Scotty Prince keeps the momentum going with a solo try to push the Tigers further in front. Hodgson adds the extras and the Tigers are looking good. Tigers 12-025 min: NEWS Possession has moved well back into the control of the Tigers and they are making plenty of metres into the Rabbitohs defence.30 min: NEWS The Rabbitohs are dropping off plenty of tackles and having to do plenty more work with and without the ball than the Tigers.38 min: NEWS The Tigers are dominating the game but are unable to put the Bunnies away at the moment. They're making good yards and holding onto the ball but can't cross the stripe. This is more or less keeping Souths in the game 2 converted tries adrift.40 min: TRY Wests TigersPrince breaks the Bunnies apart again in the dying stages of the first half to ram home the advantage for the visitors who are looking very comfortable with this lead now. Hodgson converts and this is a very good lead for the Tigers. Tigers 18-040 min: NEWS Halftime: The Tigers are dominating now and leading well following that late try. Same old story for Souths though as they continue to turn the ball over and fall off tackles. We have seen them score quick tries and mount comebacks early in the second half, but this looks too much for them.41 min: NEWS The Bunnies kick off to start the second half with plenty of work to be done.44 min: TRY Wests TigersThe Tigers begin the second half well with Hodgson backing up to score a good try and push the Bunnies out of touch. He can't convert but the visitors hold a strong lead. Tigers 22-052 min: TRY Wests TigersForward Chris Heighington gets in on the action with a strong barging run close to the line. Souths are hopeless at the moment, making things easier for the Tigers. Hodgson adds the extras. Tigers 28-060 min: NEWS A quarter of the game remaining and the Tigers are very much in control. It will be a relieving victory for them after last week's loss and they will keep in touch with the competition leaders.61 min: TRY Wests TigersDean Collis continues the carnage out at Homebush with another try. The Rabbits are full of holes. Hodgson fails to convert but it won't make much difference. Tigers 32-069 min: TRY Wests TigersUp-and-coming hooker Robbie Farah burrows over for another meat pie. Hodgson converts and things are looking ugly. Tigers 38-071 min: TRY Wests TigersHalfback Prince caps off a hat-trick as the Tigers are running riot and throwing the ball around like mad. Tuiaki has a crack at goal-kicking and puts it over. Tigers 44-079 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsRabbitohs winger Nathan Merritt grabs a consolation try for teh Bunnies. He fails to convert. Tigers 44-480 min: NEWS The Tigers run-out 40-point winners against a woeful Rabbitohs outfit.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Scott Prince2 - Brett Hodgson1 - Robert Farah-----------------------------------------

Cronk field goal seals Golden Point thriller

ROUND 12 Melbourne Storm 17 v Penrith Panthers 16at Olympic Park MelbReferees: Shayne HayneMatch Summary:Cooper Cronk has produced a Brett Finch-like field goal to deliver a heart-stopping 17-16 victory to the Melbourne Storm over Penrith at Olympic Park this afternoon.A Greg Inglis try at the 69th minute was the final points during regular time, as both sides battled out the last 10 minutes to no avail.Penrith fans must have had their hearts in their mouths after the kick-off for extra time almost found touch. Luckily for the Panthers, they recovered and when Melbourne?s Steve Turner steered an 88th minute field goal attempt wide, it looked as though a draw was the most likely result.But The Panthers? Tony Puletua made a costly error just 90 seconds from time, creating an opportunity for Melbourne to finally capitalise on a mountain of possession in useful field position.Cronk took full advantage, slotting the one-pointer just 50 seconds away from what would have been season 2006?s first unbroken deadlock.Earlier, the Panthers were off to a flyer as Luke Lewis came up with a crafty chip over the top before linking up with winger Nick Youngquest who scored out wide.Melbourne winger Matt Geyer came up with a try completely against the run of play. Geyer intercepted a Luke Lewis pass to scamper 90 metres and subsequently lock the scores at 6.Both sides traded blows for the remainder of the first half and Melbourne went into the sheds two points the better at 12-10.Michael Gordon put the Panthers back in front at 16-12, and the succeeding Inglis try led to the golden point debacle. No consolation for the Panthers on the injury front. Luke Lewis sustained injuries to both calf muscles at the 60th minute, while Frank Pritchard appears to have suffered a broken hand which may have occurred early in the extra-time period.Melbourne seems to have come through this game unscathed.Next weekend, Penrith meet Manly on Sunday afternoon at CUA Stadium whilst Melbourne will play the Sydney Roosters next Saturday evening at Olympic Park. Scorers:Melbourne Storm: 17Tries: Matt Geyer, Greg Inglis, Jake WebsterGoals: Matt Geyer 1/1, Cameron Smith 1/2Field Goals: Cooper CronkPenrith Panthers: 16Tries: Rhys Wesser, Nick Youngquest, Michael GordonGoals: Preston Campbell 2/3By the Clock:Olympic Park, Melbourne is the venue for this afternoon's round 12 meeting between the Melbourne Storm and the Penrith Panthers.A bit of a reshuffle in the Panthers' line-up and that is as follows:- Preston Campbell moves from five eighth to halfback for the injured Craig Gower.- Luke Lewis moves from the centres to the vacated five eighth position.- Luke Rooney moves from wing to centre.- Lee Hookey comes into the side on the wing.Melbourne are as-per-program.KICKOFF! Match underway in Melbourne4 min: TRY Penrith PanthersPenrith are over already thanks to a crafty chip over the top from Luke Lewis, who re-gathered and found support through Nick Youngquest who scored in the corner. Panthers 6-012 min: NEWS Promising start here from Penrith with the likes of Joel Clinton and Matthew Cross pushing the Panthers over the advantage line, and the creativity of new five eighth Luke Lewis has been of a high quality. Melbourne look tired and disorganised at this stage.15 min: TRY Melbourne StormA try completely against the run of play as Matt Geyer runs 90 metres off an intercept to score for Melbourne. Could be a big play in the context of this game. 6 all.22 min: TRY Penrith PanthersTremendous decoy run from Joel Clinton results in a wide open gap for a blistering Rhys Wesser to capitalise and score out wide. Penrith now leading 10-6 and this match could certainly go either way. Panthers 10-632 min: TRY Melbourne StormBrilliant ball from Melbourne halfback Cooper Cronk who linked up with centre Jake Webster to cross out wide for the Storm's second try. Storm 12-10Halftime: min: NEWS A real armwrestle developing here and at the break, Melbourne lead Penrith by 12 points to 10. The half has been evenly poised and with only one penalty awarded from referee Shayne Hayne, the players have been able to sort things out themselves. This match could go either way.50 min: NEWS Still no change to the halftime score and the arm-wrestle continues here in Melbourne. Storm 12 Panthers 10.55 min: NEWS A number of controversial decisions from Penrith here. They were awarded three penalties in succession but decided to go for the try, despite the fact that they trail by two points. Could be a real turning point with some tremendous Melbourne defence to dispell the raid.60 min: NEWS Luke Lewis appears to have a calf problem although it could just be a cramp. Still no change to the halftime score, Melbourne 12 Penrith 10.63 min: TRY Penrith PanthersMichael Gordon races in to score after a freak offload from Tony Puletua. Slight controversy with the try as Rhys Wesser appeared to be tackled in the lead-up but was allowed to get an offload away. Panthers 16-1269 min: TRY Melbourne StormGreg Inglis scores an unbelievable try untouched for Melbourne in the corner. Terrific backline movement from the Storm and the decoy run from Matt King clearly fooled the Panthers' defence. 16 all.73 min: NEWS Wesser misses an attempt at field goal and we could now be entering a field goal shoot-out. 16-all and a grandstand finish in prospect. 78 min: NEWS Matt Geyer pushed into touch with Melbourne on the attack. Poor discipline from the Storm who should have settled for the field goal as it was only the second tackle. Golden point looking likely now.80 min: NEWS For the second time this weekend we go to golden point with these teams locked at 16 at the end of regular time.Extra time kicks off83 min: NEWS Melbourne have bombed two chances to kick a field goal. Cameron Smith missing a shot from point blank range. Deadlock still not broken.85 min: NEWS Halftime in extra-time now. Still 16-16, Penrith to kick off.88 min: NEWS Steve Turner misses another shot at field goal for the Storm and we could be headed for the season's first draw.89 min: FIELD GOAL Melbourne StormCooper Cronk kicks a field goal after a mistake from Tony Puletua. An unbelievable game of football here today. Melbourne run out winners by 17 points to 16. Match report to come... Storm 17-16-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Greg Inglis2 - Luke Lewis1 - Matt Geyer-----------------------------------------

Hull and Huddersfield Preview (Round 15)

HULL bid to equal their best run in Super League when they meet Huddersfield in the clash of the form teams at the KC Stadium on Sunday.

Warrington and Castleford preview (Round 15)

CASTLEFORD have ex-Wigan prop Danny Sculthorpe making his comeback from a broken thumb against Warrington at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Broncos take the points over ordinary Bulldogs

ROUND 12 Brisbane Broncos 25 v Canterbury Bulldogs 6at Suncorp StadiumReferees: Steven ClarkMatch Summary:The Broncos have kept their good record after origin games intact with a 25 points to 6 thrashing to arch rivals the Bulldogs.Normally close games between the clubs, this one was a mismatch as the home side led from start to finish to take the two compettion points.Brisbane got off to a great start as they jumped to a 12-0 lead early on the back of tries to Tupou, Berrigan and Boyd in the first fifteen minutes of the contest.The home side opened the scoring in just the third minute of action as Kiwi winger Tame Tupou finished off a picturesque back line movement that involved two second man plays.As if things couldn?t get worse for the visitors, less than five minutes later, the Broncos were in again this time on the blind side as fullback Karmichael Hunt threw a short pass on to the chest of centre Shaun Berrigan who crashed over.With the next try to young star Darius Boyd, the Bulldogs were looking down the barrel of a heavy defeat after only fifteen minutes as the score line read 12-0. The only thing that was keeping the doggies in the contest was Corey Parker?s wayward goalkicking. In the first half the visitors struggled to keep possession of the ball as the held it for only just over 50%. However, in the second half we saw a much bigger improvement with the Bulldogs scoring the first try of the half as five-eighth Daniel Holdsworth delivered a miracle flick pass to utility Reni Maitua to crash over next to the posts. This was converted to get the Doggies back within two converted tries.The hopes of the Canterbury side were soon dashed when Tupou grabbed a double and doing well to stay infield as he dived over to score in the corner. Parker then kicked his first of the night from the sideline to give the Broncos a 24-6 lead.The icing on the cake was performed fifteen minutes from time as a Darren Lockyer field goal put the contest beyond doubt.This loss to the Bulldogs really questions their Top 4 credentials however the Broncos take a vital 2 points during the origin period.Scorers:Brisbane Broncos: 25Tries: Shaun Berrigan, Darren Lockyer, Tame Tupou(2), Darius BoydGoals: Corey Parker 2/6Field Goals: Darren LockyerCanterbury Bulldogs: 6Tries: Reni MaituaGoals: Hazem El Masri 1/1By the Clock:Justin Hodges is out for the Broncos with Brent Tate replacing him, Casey McGuire is out with Ian Lacey replacing him at hooker.A small change to the Doggies with Willie Mason and Nate Myles switching from the 2nd Row to the bench.1 min: NEWS Kickoff!2 min: NEWS Lockyer misses a 40/20 by a couple of centimetres as the ball bounces up instead of rolling on its head.3 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosA slick backline move as a couple of second man plays are constructed in the centre of the field.Berrigan goes through then turns the ball back on the inside for Tupou to score to cap off a great start to the game for the Broncs.Parker from next to the posts misses! Broncos 4-06 min: NEWS A great start to this game continues as Perry kicks down field from halfway and El Masri is caught in goal.7 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosA short ball close to the line by Hunt and Shaun Berrigan scores in the corner as the Bulldogs' woes continue.Parker from the touchline can't add the extras. Broncos 8-012 min: NEWS A piggy back penalty gives the Broncos another chance but a forward pass by Shane Webcke lets the team down.15 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosThe Broncos go wide again and Tate ushers young gun Darius Boyd inside who scores in the corner.Parker from the sideline just shaves the uprights. Broncos 12-018 min: NEWS Going upstairs to see a Broncos try ... looks like Lockyer knocked it on.18 min: NEWS NO TRY - A kick through gets a horror bounce and Lockyer dives but knocks the ball on while trying to ground it.22 min: NEWS On their first trek downfield,the Doggies force a goalline dropout.29 min: NEWS Corey Hughes penalised while attacking for taking the marker out while playing the ball.33 min: NEWS O'Meley is penalised as Lockyer puts up a bomb and Mark takes him out late.34 min: ATTEMPTED PENALTY GOAL Brisbane BroncosCorey Parker misses the penalty attempt from out wide as he keeps his kicking rate to 0%. Broncos 12-035 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosA great offload by Corey Parker midfield on to captain Lockyer who runs 50 metres to score under the posts.Parker converts his first of the night. Broncos 18-0*Halftime*45 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Bulldogs are on the board as Holdsworth throws a miracle ball back over his head that is taken by Maitua to dive over next to the posts.El Masri converts. Broncos 18-650 min: NEWS Going to the video for a possible Broncos try.51 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosThe Broncos move further ahead as a great offload from Civoniceva to Lockyer who then throws a bullet pass to Tame Tupou who does very well to score in the corner.Parker kicks it from the sideline! Broncos 24-665 min: FIELD GOAL Brisbane BroncosLockyer seals the game for the Broncos with a nicely slotted field goal. Broncos 25-671 min: NEWS The Broncos have a try gone begging as an obstruction takes place as Hunt runs away down field.Fulltime in Brisbane-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Darren Lockyer (Broncos)2 - Corey Parker (Broncos)1 - Karmichael Hunt (Broncos)-----------------------------------------

Sharks dispose of Warriors

ROUND 12 Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 34 v New Zealand Warriors 20at Toyota ParkReferees: Ben CumminsMatch Summary:The Cronulla Sharks have defeated the New Zealand Warriors 34-20 at Toyota Park this evening to move within two points of the top four.The Sharks held a commanding half 24-4 time lead through tries to Vagana, Bird, Albert and Bailey. The Warriors made far too many unforced errors but improved their second half performance but the deficit was simply too large to overcome.There were some solid performers for the Sharks with Paul Gallen, Phil Bailey and Darren Albert impressive while for the Warriors Ruben Wiki. Wairangi Koopu and Sione Faumuina were the pick of the bunch with Simon Mannering also having a good game.Brett Kimmorley had two passes intercepted for tries and his game has become very predictable and would be a huge worry for the Sharks when the play the top sides.The Sharks have now won five of their last six games to emerge as a contender while the Warriors fell well short of the performance that saw them flog the Wests Tigers last weekend.With the loss, the Warriors find themselves a long way off the pace and are sharing the bottom end of the NRL ladder with Souths and the Eels.The Sharks have the bye next weekend so this was a vital win for the Sharks as they retain their place in the top eight.Scorers:Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 34Tries: Phil Bailey, Greg Bird, David Simmons, Nigel Vagana, Darren Albert(2)Goals: Luke Covell 5/6New Zealand Warriors: 20Tries: Sione Faumuina, Wairangi Koopu(2), Simon ManneringGoals: Tony Martin 2/4By the Clock:1 min: NEWS We are underway at Toyota Park!1 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksNigel Vagana opens the scoring for the Sharks in the first minute. Sharks 6-09 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsWarriors hit back through a try to Simon Mannering. Sharks 6-414 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksThe Sharks are looking to exert their dominance in this game with another try, this time to Greg Bird. Sharks 12-420 min: NEWS The game is settling down a bit now after the frantic opening fifteen minutes.26 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksDarren Albert extends the Sharks lead and are starting to really put their foot on the accelerator now. Sharks 18-438 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksThe Sharks are doing it in style now with Phil Bailey crossing just before half time to give the Sharks a comfortable half time lead. Sharks 24-441 min: NEWS We are underway in the second half.41 min: NEWS Warriors through the gap and spinning the ball at will but give away a penalty for offside.44 min: NEWS Warriors starting to play better and make more yards both in the middle and out wide.45 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksSharks score on the counter attack with the Warriors attacking the Sharks line, Faumuina drops the ball, Albert scoops it up and off he went for a 97 metre try. Too far for the Warriors to come back from this one. Sharks 28-451 min: NEWS Warriors starting to unravel with some simple errors but the referee is doing them no favours.54 min: NEWS Video ref looking at a possible try to Phil Bailkey from the Sharks.55 min: NEWS No try to the Sharks. Bailey lost control of the ball.60 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsThe Warriors score through Sione Faumuina but time is fast running out for the Warriors. They are playing much better than they were in the first half. Sharks 28-1062 min: NEWS Video ref adjudicating on a possible try to the Warriors Grant Rovelli.62 min: NEWS No try. Penalty to Cronulla. Sharks player tackled in the air.64 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsFaumuina is making breaks left, right and centre and the Warriors finish off the movement with a try to Koopu. Sharks 28-1467 min: NEWS Warriors drop the ball and they are giving it their all but will probably run out of time unfortunately.71 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksThe Sharks have put an exclamation point on the result with a try to David Simmons to wrap up the match with under ten minutes remaining. Sharks 34-1478 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsAnother intercept thrown by Kimmorley which makes two for tonight but full credit to the Warriors for playing for the full 80 minutes and never giving up. Sharks 34-20-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Darren Albert (Sharks)2 - Paul Gallen (Sharks)1 - Wairangi Koopu (Warriors)-----------------------------------------

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