A STINT in the sin bin for Central Comets skipper Wayne Barnett proved particularly costly on Sunday, with Tweed Heads scoring 20 points in a 10-minute period to record a 40-22 win at the Piggabeen Complex.
MISSED field goal attempt from Matt Lockyer has ended Easts? winning streak at five games, although the Tigers remain unbeaten since June 3 after a thrilling 10-all draw with North Queensland at Dairy Farmers Stadium.
SOUTHS Logan chief executive Jim McClelland has apologised unreservedly for a freak time-keeping error which may have cost Burleigh a spot in the finals, saying he felt ?sick in the guts? after the Magpies and Bears controversially drew 32-all on Saturday.With two minutes remaining in the vital match at Brandon Park, Burleigh had a prime opportunity to score after being given the scrum feed 20m out from Souths? line. As players dawdled to the scrum referee Michael Wise blew time off, with the time-keeper noting the stoppage.However when play was restarted, the time-keeper accidentally hit both the time clock and the fulltime siren on the remote control panel. Subsequently, Wise raised his arm to signify the last play of the game and Burleigh threw the ball around ad-lib, giving away possession and almost resulting in a Magpies? try at the other end of the field.?As soon as (the timekeeper) hit the siren he announced over the loud speaker that it was a malfunction,? McClelland explained.?But because the referee had already raised his arm and the play had been affected, we couldn?t play on. Ideally I would have liked to see the scrum repacked and Burleigh have the feed again, but we checked with the referees? co-ordinator and he said we didn?t have much choice.?I know we?ll be called cheats, but I?m dead-set devastated by it. It was a huge day for us, we had an Old Boys reunion in the crowd and we?d come from 16 points behind. It wasn?t the ending that the game deserved. It was a genuine mistake.?Looking at Burleigh?s position on the ladder, I can understand why they were so upset.?McClelland said the time-keeper responsible, a long-standing official with the club, was so distressed by his mistake that he had left the ground immediately. He later rang McClelland at 10pm to offer his resignation from all duties with the club.Burleigh coach Jimmy Lenihan said although the circumstances of the afternoon were ?farcical?, he would not imply there was anything underhanded in the error. He also criticised his own players for letting Souths Logan back in the game after they led 26-14 at halftime.In the closing stages lock Robert Apanui had a try disallowed after he was ruled to have interfered with a Souths Logan player on a kick chase. The sin-binning of five-eighth Jamie Russo for dissent was another particular sore point.?Penalties for backchat haven?t helped us the last few games. It?s our own problem and we need to show some discipline in that area,? Lenihan said.?We were in a position to win, but again inconsistency was a problem and we paid the price.?Compounding the result, prop Ali Brown played no part in the second half due to a shoulder injury. He is at long odds to play against North Queensland in next Saturday?s Match of the Round. Burleigh is now three points behind fifth-placed Tweed Heads on the table and has one less game in hand.In good news for Souths Logan and the Wizard Cup, Brandon Costin says he will play again in 2007,SOUTHS LOGAN 32 (Tyrone Coppedge 2, Damian Willis, Derek Fletcher, Chris Sandow, Tanu Wulf tries; Chris Sandow 4 goals) drew BURLEIGH 32 (Reggie Cressbrook, Trent Purdon, Jordan Atkins, Aseri Laing, Clay Harris, Ryan Gundry tries; Reggie Cressbrook 4 goals) at Brandon Park.Source: qrl.com.au
SYDNEY Roosters prop Adrian Morley is facing a long suspension after being referred directly to the NRL judiciary on a striking charge by the match review committee.
MEDICAL experts are confident North Queensland prop Robert Tanielu will make a full recovery from a serious neck injury that may still end his career.
IRREPRESSIBLE Chris Walker has helped Norths produce a second half which sent shockwaves through the Wizard Cup; the Devils scoring 52 unanswered points to beat Wynnum Manly 56-30 at BMD Kougari Oval.
THE MERITS of the Wizard Cup were again on display on the weekend as Redcliffe?s aging warriors put the likes of Sam Thaiday, Neville Costigan and Ben Hannant to the sword in a 34-16 win by the Dolphins.A week after Redcliffe was humiliated 40-18 by cellar dweller Wynnum Manly, the red-and-whites recaptured second spot on the ladder with a clinical display.Although one wag suggested during the week that bookies ?suspend betting? when Toowoomba announced a side containing 11 NRL players, Dolphins coach Anthony Griffin said not once did he mention the Clydesdales? big names before the game.?Our approach all week was not to worry about the opposition. I never spent any time on it from a coaching perspective,? Griffin revealed.?We were all very embarrassed about the previous week and we just focused on ouselves. I think against Wynnum Manly we got what we deserved because we had a funny week at training and the boys realised perhaps they weren?t going as well as they thought they were.?Then this week we got what we deserved as well, because everyone was terrific at training. The attitude of the players was a thousand times better.?The keenly contested battle saw Redcliffe lead 16-0 at Clive Berghofer Stadium before an unusual period of play surrounding halftime. Toowoomba finally got on the board with a try in the 36th minute, but then from the resultant kick-off, the Clydesdales knocked-on and gifted a try to Dolphins speedster Ryan Cullen.Then with Redcliffe leading 22-6 at halftime, Toowoomba snatched an intercept try after the break to narrow the margin once more.Despite the injection of momentum on the scoreboard, in general the star-studded Clydesdales struggled to crack a Dolphins pack featuring Adam Starr, Troy Lindsay and Mark Shipway, all aged in their 30s.The frustration showed on the younger Toowoomba team, with State of Origin hero Thaiday spending the final moments of the match in the sin bin following a stoush with Danny Burke.?I wouldn?t swap my blokes for anybody,? Redcliffe?s Griffin said after the win.?They may not be the biggest or most athletic forwards, but they sure do love a tough game of footy. It was good for them to go out there and compete against a side like that, because we won?t play a pack as skilled as (Toowoomba) for a while.?Toowoomba?s woes were compounded by an ankle injury to half Ben Green early in the game, leaving it with just three men on the bench for the majority of the encounter. Next Sunday Toowoomba plays Wynnum Manly at BMD Kougari Oval, while Redcliffe hosts Souths Logan the same day.REDCLIFFE 34 (Adam Starr 2, Ryan Cullen 2, Michael Roberts, Grant Flugge tries; Greg Bourke 5 goals) d TOOWOOMBA 16 (Todd Parnell, Steve Michaels, Joel Moon tries; Todd Parnell, Denan Kemp goals) at Clive Berghofer Stadium.Source: qrl.com.au
THE battle of the Bayside Clubs last weekend at Dolphin Oval saw the Dolphins take the spoils in the Colts and A Grade while Wynnum broke a long standing trend by handing the Dolphins a thrashing in the QLD Wizard Cup clash.
GREAT Britain Universities has earned itself a parting gift, scoring a 34-14 win against Queensland Tertiaries in the last match of a six-game tour.Having suffered a tough 3-0 loss in the Test series against Australian Universities, the British were deserved victors in the final hit-out at Davies Park, West End.Great Britain led Queensland 14-4 at halftime and could have won by a greater margin, had goal-kicking been more accurate.Tainting the match somewhat was a severe knee injury to tourist Nick Walker, forcing officials to call a halt to proceedings with seven minutes left to play.Initial fears were that Walker had suffered a broken leg, although scans on Sunday showed ligament damage but no fracture.The British fly out for home this week, following a campaign in which they were highly competitive in every game.The First Test was won 24-16 by Australia. The Second Test also went the Aussie's way 26-18 and the Third Test ended in a 34-14 win to Australia after Great Britain led 14-0.Next Saturday, July 29, Queensland Tertiary will play New South Wales Tertiary, kicking off at 2pm at Davies Park.GREAT BRITAIN UNIVERSITIES 32 (Stu Anderson 2, Dave Llewellyn, Matt Jackson, Mark McKinley, Lloyd O'Connor, Gary Peacham tries; Ian Gordon, Matt Jackson goals) d QUEENSLAND TERTIARIES 10 (Colin Webb, Pat Webster tries; Ty Casey goal) at Davies Park, West End, Brisbane.Source: qrl.com.au
THE QUEENSLAND Rugby League is pleased to confirm that the Queensland Wizard Cup Grand Final will again be staged at the competition?s spiritual home, Suncorp Stadium on Saturday, September 16 at 2pm.
THE Newtown Jets swept aside the Bulldogs? challenge by 42-12 in the VB Premier League match played at Telstra Stadium on Saturday. This was a hard fought win against a determined and very physical Bulldogs side, and was achieved with Jets regulars like John Doyle (suspended), Daniel Dumas and Aaron Lai (both injured) watching from the stands.The Jets had to defend their line for extended periods in the first half as the Bulldogs dominated field position in the opening ten minutes, then midway through the half and also for several tense minutes prior to half-time. The essential difference between the two sides was Newtown?s ability to capitalise on their own scoring chances while the Bulldogs missed at least three try-scoring opportunities. Newtown had taken an iron grip on the likely outcome with a 30-0 lead midway through the second half, with the Jets adding two more converted tries before the Bulldogs reached double figures late in the game.Impressive young Jets lock forward Mitch Aubusson, a NSW far north coast product, turned in his best game this season by claiming three tries, including one superb 60 metres effort. Newtown?s win was underpinned by the collective effort from three of their biggest forwards in Glenn Hall, Charles Tonga and Mickey Paea. Hooker Heath L?Estrange was busy around the rucks and interchange forward Frank-Paul Nuuausala unleashed some of his ball running potential, especially when he combined with halfback Jamie Soward for one spectacular second half try. Soward, Jeremy Gordon and Aidan Kirk were the Jets best backs, while it was pleasing to see second-rower Nigel Plum in action again after having been laid low for several weeks.In the Jim Beam Cup match played at Ringrose Park on Sunday, the Jets were left rueing their missed chances and errors in going down 38-26 to second placed Wentworthville. Newtown had dominated the game?s early stages but virtually invited their opponents back into the game with repeated errors and penalties at their own end of the ground. After trailing by 20-6, the Jets recovered well to go in at half-time 20-16 in arrears.Newtown started the second half on fire, grabbing two quick tries to lead by 26-20. Then in one dreadful ten-minute period, three tries to Wentworthville really put the Jets under the cosh. The only points added for the rest of the game were through a late penalty goal to the home team. Newtown?s best forwards were Ritchie Parker, Billy Baleilomaloma, Matthew Eather and Adam Bennett. Five-eighth Toufic Nicolas was arguably the best player on the ground, as he displayed flair and variety in trying to get the Jets back into the game. Nathan McMahon gave Nicolas good support in the backs.The Parkes Spacemen were comprehensively beaten 40-0 by the Cobar Roosters and have probably blown their slim 2006 finals hopes. In the VB Premier League next weekend, the Jets take on the North Sydney Bears at North Sydney Oval on Friday evening, 28th July at 7.00pm, with this match determining the winners of the 2006 Frank Hyde Shield. Newtown faces a must-win Jim Beam Cup game against Asquith on Sunday (July 30th) at Storey Park with this match kicking off at 3.00pm.Tickets are still available for the Newtown Jets 1981 first grade grand final team?s 25th anniversary reunion lunch, to be held at the Petersham RSL Club on Saturday, August 19th. Call the Newtown RLFC office on 1300 36 36 90 to reserve your places for this super event.
BRISBANE forwards Shane Webcke and Brad Thorn have suffered facial injuries during an aggressive training session this morning following the club's poor weekend performance against North Queensland.
WESTS Tigers veteran forward John Skandalis is adamant the joint-venture club is capable of making this year's finals series despite likely losing captain Brett Hodgson for the rest of the season.
BRADFORD Bulls 42 (Langley 2, Pryce 2, Vainikolo, Henderson, Hape tries; Deacon 7 goals) def. Wakefield Wildcats 20 (Atkins 2, Rooney 2 tries; Rooney 2 goals). Att: 4,003.
ST Helens have confirmed the signing of former Australia Test centre Matthew Gidley on a two-year contract as a direct replacement for Super League Man of Steel Jamie Lyon.