HARLEQUINS strolled past minnows Barrow in the Powergen Challenge Cup fifth round, running in 14 tries at the Twickenham Stoop.The hosts led 40-0 at the break after tries from Joe Mbu, Pat Weisner, Chad Randall, Luke Dorn, Matt Gafa and Nick Bradley-Qalilawa.James Nixon and James Finch replied for the competition's 1000-1 outsiders in the second half, but there was not let up from Quins.Rob Purdham, Michael Worrincy, Weisner and Dorn completed doubles and Lee Hopkins and Tim Hartley added further scores, Purdham kicking 13 goals.A pass from Dorn sent Weisner over from close range with six minutes on the clock and the hosts thought they had scored again after a fumble by Barrow prop Paul Raftery.A forward pass ruled out a Bradley-Qalilawa try, but the visitors failed to make the most of their reprieve and when they kicked the ball back to Bradley-Qalilawa the winger's mazy run gave Randall an easy score.Tyrone Smith's barnstorming run from his own line gave Hopkins a chance but he was hauled down by Raiders full-back Paul Jones. Hopkins then reached the line only to be called back for a forward pass.It mattered little as Dorn dummied Matt Blake and side-stepped Jones to touchdown under the posts, then Gafa provided the scoring pass for Mbu.The Raiders were struggling to get out of their own half, Harlequins? smart kicking game forcing a number of drop-outs, and from one of these 20-year-old second-row Worrincy scored in his first start for Quins.Gafa took Zebastian Luisi's pass to give Purdham his sixth straightforward conversion and Bradley-Qalilawa finally got in on the act following a break by Neil Budworth.Barrow winger Nixon gave the spirited away support something to cheer when he capitalised on Bradley-Qalilawa's sloppy handling to race in unopposed.But Purdham promptly muscled in at the other end and the half-century was brought up when Hopkins' break set up Worrincy's second.Hopkins ran in the host's 10th try himself, Dorn was the beneficiary of slick handling and Hartley sprinted clear from halfway.Finch reduced the arrears after Brett McDermott collected a loose ball 60 metres out, but Weisner and Purdham completed the rout.Harlequins RL: Lucky Luisi, Smith, Gafa, Purdham, Bradley-Qalilawa, Weisner, Dorn, Tookey, Randall, Mills, Hopkins, Worrincy, Mbu.Replacements: Williams, Lolohea, Budworth, Hartley.Barrow: Jones, J. Finch, Atkinson, Harrison, Nixon, Kaighan, Holt, Raftery, C. Archer, Blake, McDermott, Wilcock, Whitehead.Replacements: Marshall, Luxon, Butler, Wood.Harlequins RL (40) 82.Tries: Weisner 2, Randall 2, Dorn 2, Mbu, Worrincy 2, Gafa, Bradley-Qalilawa, Hartley 2, Purdham. Goals: Gafa, Purdham 12.Barrow (0) 8.Tries: Nixon, J. Finch.Referee: J Leahy (Dewsbury)Att: 10,000
WIGAN?S poor season continued on Friday night when they were bundled out of the Powergen Challenge Cup following a 16-4 defeat against Salford.
LEEDS Rhinos cruised into the last eight of the Powergen Challenge Cup with a 12-try, 66-0 demolition of an outclassed Rochdale Hornets outfit at Headingley Carnegie.
ROUND 11 Sydney Roosters 28 v South Sydney Rabbitohs 26at Aussie StadiumReferees: Shayne HayneMatch Summary:A depleted Sydney Roosters outfit have accounted for the South Sydney Rabbitohs by 28-26 in a close and exciting contest at Aussie Stadium.With several players missing from their line-up through a mixture of injuries and representative duties, the Roosters displayed their guile to outwit the Bunnies who have slumped to their 10th loss of the season in as many starts.Surprisingly it was Souths who opened the scoring in the 5th minute through Nathan Merritt when centre Adam MacDougall showed his class to get the ball out wide with some quick hands. The skinny winger still had plenty of work to do though, chipping over the top and regathering to score a memorable try.The Roosters hit back in the 13th minute through Amos Roberts who ran well off a flick pass from Ashley Harrison to score. With a try to Soliola five minutes later and the ensuing conversions, the Roosters took a comfortable 12-4 lead and they were cruising towards halftime.But fiery centre Adam MacDougall burst his way across the stripe with a determined solo effort just before the break and the Rabbitohs were very much in the game at 12-10 when they went to the sheds.This feeling was short lived for the Bunnies though when John Doyle crossed from dummy half early in the second half to extend their lead. Further tries to opportunistic winger Vince Mellars and young firebrand David Shillington added to the misery of Souths fans as the Roosters opened up a commanding 28-10 lead.As we?ve seen a few times this season though, Souths made a late charge to come firmly back into the reckoning, with goal-kicking letting them down at crucial periods.Ben Rogers scored off a neat John Sutton grubber in the 65th minute, before Joe Williams went himself five minutes later to bring to gap to 28-20. The final 10 minutes of play kept people on the edge of their seats but Souths squandered several opportunities to frustrate their fans before Kiwi representative David Fa?alogo bagged a late consolation try to take the score within two points.The Roosters can take some heart out of the victory given their circumstances but letting the Rabbitohs in towards the end of the game was a worrying sign. They take on the Eels at Parramatta Stadium Sunday whilst the Bunnies continue to search for their first win of the year. They play Wests Tigers at Homebush who will be keen to make amends for their loss against the Warriors.Scorers:Sydney Roosters: 28Tries: Amos Roberts, Iosia Soliola, John Doyle, David Shillington, Vince MellarsGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 4/5South Sydney Rabbitohs: 26Tries: David Fa'alogo, Adam MacDougall, Joe Williams, Nathan Merritt, Ben RogersGoals: Joe Williams 3/5By the Clock:Good conditions here at Aussie Stadium. There are plenty of team changes for both sides.Souths: Minichiello in for Webb who is injured. Shannon McPherson finds himself on the bench.Roosters: Soward into the starting side with Doyle dropping to the bench.The Roosters kick-off in the first half.5 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsQuick hands from Adam MacDougall finds winger Nathan Merritt who chips over the top, regathers and beats Amos Roberts to the ball to post the first try of the match. Joe Williams misses the goal from out wide. Rabbitohs 4-010 min: NEWS An open contest at the moment with both teams making solid in-roads.13 min: TRY Sydney RoostersThe Roosters spread the ball well with Harrison, lurking out wide, flicking the ball to Roberts for the Roosters' first try. Fitzgibbon adds the extras and the Chooks are in front. Roosters 6-415 min: NEWS Some bad luck with the restart after Souths put it too deep and incur a 50m penalty.18 min: TRY Sydney RoostersRoberts puts in a cheeky little kick and finds Soliola out wide. Fitzgibbon hits the upright, then the crossbar and somehow jags a goal from out wide. Roosters 12-425 min: NEWS A few mistakes and errors creeping into this game as both teams struggle for some cohesion with so many players out.30 min: NEWS Souths are making constructive plays but letting themselves down with handling errors. The Roosters have a bit more discipline at this stage and are controlling play well when in possession.32 min: NEWS The game is becoming pretty scrappy. Souths look to be struggling for penetration with Sutton in the centres.35 min: NEWS John Doyle (Roosters) looks to be struggling with a knee injury.40 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsThe Bunnies get themselves right back in the contest when Adam MacDougall punches through the Roosters defence from 30m out to score a great solo try. Williams pots the conversion and they're right back in the contest on the halftime buzzer. Roosters 12-1040 min: NEWS Halftime: A great late try to MacDougall has the Bunnies in this one just when it appeared as though they'd given up again. The Roosters will be pretty disappointed with that but they still have a number of big names with the capabilities to control the game. But from here the game is absolutely anyone's and it shapes as a great second half stoush.The Rabbitohs restart play in the second period.46 min: TRY Sydney RoostersDoyle, back on the field despite a knee injury, burrows over from dummy half. Fiztgibbon put the conversion through and the Chooks take a healthy 8-point lead. Roosters 18-1054 min: TRY Sydney RoostersSome good hands by the Roosters finds Vince Mellars out on the wing unmarked and he crosses the line to put the Roosters back on top. Fitzgibbon fails to convert. Roosters 22-1060 min: TRY Sydney RoostersBig prop Dave Shillington barges his way over the chalk to take a commanding lead for the Roosters. Fitzgibbon lands the goal. Roosters 28-1065 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsJohn Sutton puts through a neat grubber for Ben Rogers who scores and gets the Bunnies back into this one. Williams converts and they might give the Roosters a scare here. Roosters 28-1670 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsWilliams, who's having a great game, goes himself close to the line and scores after Sam Perrett turned over possession close to his own line. Williams fails to convert and 8 points might be too hard for the Bunnies to peg back. Roosters 28-2075 min: NEWS The Bunnies grass a few opportunities here in the closing stages.79 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsThe Kiwi forward drives his way to the line and reaches out to score a good consolation try after Shane Rigon got out of dummy half quickly. Williams converts and it's a shame there's no more time left. Roosters 28-2680 min: NEWS Fulltime: The Bunnies just can't quite get there as the Roosters stumble home to a 2-point victory.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Anthony Tupou2 - Iosia Soliola1 - Adam MacDougall-----------------------------------------
ROUND 11 Canterbury Bulldogs 32 v Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 24at Telstra StadiumReferees: Tony ArcherMatch Summary:Canterbury have held out a late surge by Cronulla to score a 32-24 victory at Telstra Stadium this afternoon.With several players missing through NSW rep duties, the Bulldogs took a good early lead with tries to winger Matt Utai (16th minute) and five-eighth Daniel Holdsworth (20th minute) to set up a 12 point lead.The Sharks hit back ten minutes later through centre Phil Bailey but with El Masri?s penalty goal just before half time, Canterbury held a solid 8-point lead at the break.The game resumed with the Doggies gaining the upper hand early through El Masri in the 47th minute after Brent Sherwin kicked across field for their pet play. Utai scored his second three minutes later when Willie Tonga found some space and slipped a good ball. With a penalty goal to El Masri five minutes later the Bulldogs were looking well in command at 26-6.But everything changed with just over 20 minutes remaining. Sonny Bill Williams incited a fight with Phil Bailey in the 58th minute and both players found themselves in the sin bin. This put Cronulla on the attack immediately, almost scoring through Covell. Shortly afterwards Holdsworth also found himself in the bin and Canterbury were behind the eight-ball all of a sudden.Cronulla took advantage with tries to Luke Covell (66th), Matt Hilder (68th), Greg Bird (71st) and David Simmons (74th) powering them back into the game and if not for a poor attempted conversion from Covell the scores could have been level.A try to Willie Tonga in the final minute secured the game for Canterbury after Holdsworth had been denied by the video ref just prior.It was a disappointing end for the Sharks who had their chances to win the match, breaking a four-game winning streak and were making headway up the competition ladder after a poor start to the season. They face the Warriors at home next week in what should be an anticipated showdown given the Auckland-based club?s performance against the Tigers.For the Bulldogs, coach Steve Folkes will more than likely be happy with the 2 points but very disappointed by the second half performance particularly their lack of discipline in relinquishing a 20-point lead. They were missing four players through State of Origin duties but that?s no excuse and they?ll need a more focussed effort against the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium next week.Scorers:Canterbury Bulldogs: 32Tries: Hazem El Masri, Willie Tonga, Matthew Utai(2), Daniel HoldsworthGoals: Hazem El Masri 6/8Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 24Tries: Phil Bailey, Greg Bird, Luke Covell, Matt Hilder, David SimmonsGoals: Luke Covell 2/5By the Clock:Cool but sunny day here at Telstra Stadium.Changes:Sharks - Brett Kimmorley is in, he will play halfback and captain the side. Greg Bird moves to the second row with Cameron Ciraldo to start from the bench. Richard Villasanti is in the seconds.Bulldogs - as per the program and Tony Grimaldi will captain the side in the absence of Andrew Ryan.And the Bulldogs get us underway in the first half!5 min: NEWS It's a good open contest at the moment with both sides creating opportunities but not yet able to convert.7 min: NEWS Sharks enjoying the early run of possession after the Dogs give away three silly penalties.13 min: NEWS Sonny Bill looking dangerous on the fringes of the ruck, but the Sharks have been scrambling well with both teams just feeling each other out at the moment.15 min: NEWS Both sides finding a fair bit of room out side, with Covell making a 40m burst down the western flank.16 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsKiwi winger Matt Utai breaks through for the first try after a series of long passes finds him unmarked on the wing. El Masri fails to add the extras and the Bulldogs take the lead. Bulldogs 4-020 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsDogs five-eighth Holdsworth takes on the Sharks line from 30m out and beats three defenders to score under the posts. El Masri converts and the Doggies are looking good. Bulldogs 10-023 min: PENALTY GOAL Canterbury BulldogsEl Masri adds another two points with a penalty goal as the home side extends their lead. Bulldogs 12-027 min: NEWS The Dogs grass a good scoring opportunity, but this kid Hickey is of an enormous stature.30 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksSharks centre Phil Bailey dummies and goes himself at acting half to get Cronulla on the board. Covell converts and the Sharkies are back in the think of things. Bulldogs 12-636 min: PENALTY GOAL Canterbury BulldogsEl Masri lands another goal after Paul Gallen belted Brent Sherwin following a clearing kick and gave away a penalty. The Dogs have a handy 8-point lead. Bulldogs 14-640 min: NEWS Halftime: The Bulldogs hold a solid lead over the Sharks with both teams still well and truly in the game. The Dogs are playing well and Sherwin is controlling things better for them. Cronulla look a little more disorganised but are playing well from broken play up the middle of the field. It really is anyone's game though.And the Sharks get us underway in the second half!44 min: NEWS A bit of a stink breaks out between Morrin (Dogs) and Bailey (Sharks) with Cronulla getting the penalty. Neither player did their boxing aspirtations any good.47 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsSherwin gets the fires burning for the Dogs in the second half with an old favourite kick over to El Masri on the wing, who scores his 121st try in first grade. El Masri misses again, and the lead blows out to 12. Bulldogs 18-650 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsA good backline movement sees Tonga slip a great pass to Utai who crosses for his second of the day. El Masri converts and the Dogs are very much in command. Bulldogs 24-655 min: PENALTY GOAL Canterbury BulldogsThe Dogs push further ahead with another penalty to El Masri and the lead is now out to 20. You'd think that would be enough top secure victory at this stage. Bulldogs 26-658 min: NEWS Sonny Bill locks horns with Bailey and both players find themselves in the bin. Sonny Bill was the aggressor in this case but Bailey doesn't seem able to avoid trouble today. Cronulla get the penalty.59 min: NEWS Covell goes close to scoring for the Sharks as they appear to take the upperhand here. The video ref denies it and there's no change to the score.65 min: NEWS Now Daniel Holdsworth finds himself in the sin bin for a hand on the ball in a tackle, as the Doggies are reduced to 11 men for then next few minutes.66 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksThe Sharks score through Covell after Beau Scott gets dragged over the line, but releases the ball for his winger who dives across the stripe. There were plenty of hands in there and some doubt over the grounding as well, but the video ref puts it back to Tony Archer and he awards the try. Covell converts from the sideline and the Sharks are on the charge. Bulldogs 26-1268 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksMatt Hilder scores out wide after some great lead-up work from Simmons. Covell misses the goal but the Sharks are trying their hearts out to win this one. Bulldogs 26-1668 min: NEWS Sonny Bill and Phil are back on the field.71 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksGreg Bird smashes his way through the Dogs' defensive line from close range. Covell does a terrible job from next to the posts with the conversion and it's a six point game. Bulldogs 26-2074 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksAfter going the length of the field, Kimmorley chips over the top and finds David Simmons for a great try out wide. Covell shaves the upright and the Sharks still trail by 2. Bulldogs 26-2475 min: NEWS Daniel Holdsworth is back on the field for the Doggies and it looks like they need him.77 min: NEWS Holdsworth is back on and the almost scores but the video ref awards Cronulla a penalty following an obstruction.79 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Bulldogs wrap up an exciting clash through centre Willie Tonga who scored out wide. Great game, El Masri converts. Bulldogs 32-2480 min: NEWS The Bulldogs hold on for a great win here at Telstra Stadium, despite a late surge from the Sharks.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Matthew Utai2 - Hazem El Masri1 - Brett Kimmorley-----------------------------------------
REDCLIFFE v NORTH QUEENSLANDDolphin Oval, Sunday May 21, 3.00pm.Referee: Phil HainesTHE STORY: The most anticipated battle of the year, with the Dolphins and Young Guns tied on top of the ladder. Redcliffe has lost hooker Michael Roberts with an elbow injury, while half Marty Turner (foot, hamstring) is in doubt. North Queensland is without Scott Bolton, away on Queensland Under 19 duty.THE STAT: Rory Bromley is the only member of last year?s premiership-winning Young Guns side to be playing for another Wizard Cup club this year. He was forced to earn his stripes in FOGS Cup for the Dolphins, but is now holding down a wing spot in A Grade.THE STAR: Josh Hannay had his best game of the year for North Queensland against Burleigh last weekend. He and Redcliffe?s Greg Bourke are leading the race to become the competition?s highest point-scorer in 2006. Bourke has 112 points and Hannay has 84 so far.CHANGES: REDCLIFFE In: Richie Russell. Out: Michael RobertsNORTH QUEENSLAND In: Shane Muspratt, Robert Tanielu, Greg Byrnes, Daniel Strickland. Out: Scott Smith, Scott Bolton, Sam Faust, Dean Limpus.CHARGES: None.Teams Redcliffe Dolphins1. Alwyn Simpson 2. Kaine Manihera 3. Greg Bourke 4. Nick Emmett 5. Rory Bromley 6. Chris Fox 7. Marty Turner 8. Troy Lindsay 9. Shannon Fish 10. Pat Gardner 11. Grant Flugge 12. Danny Burke 13. Gerard Parle Interchange 14. Mark Shipway 15. Damian Jentz 16. Richie Russell 17. Adam StarrCoach Anthony GriffinNorth Queensalnd Young Guns1. Jason Barsley 2. Neil Sweeney 3. Josh Hannay 4. Mark Henry 5. Jamie Frizzo 6. Shane Muspratt 7. Brett Firman 8. Robert Tanielu 9. Clint Amos 10. Ray Cashmere 11. Daniel Stickland 12. Mark Dalle Cort 13. Jacob Lillyman Interchange 14. Brent McConnell 15. James Anderson 16. Greg Byrnes 17. Ben LoweCoach Mick Crawley
IT was 3 wins from 3 games for the Dolphins last weekend at Brandon Park against Souths Logan however it was by no means an easy day. The Magpies have improved substantially on recent years and it was only for the determined efforts of the Dolphins we were able to come away victorious.The Colts found themselves in a dog fight to the very end when a Souths/Logan conversion after the siren that would have tied the game up was unsuccessful. The Dolphins performance was down a little from the week before with a number of players on rep duty although it must be said the Magpies were also heavily depleted due to rep commitments. The 28 points to 26 scoreline was a fair indication of the game and it was good to see the Dolphins found a way to win despite being off the boil. Once again the sides back row of Logan Sullivan, Matt Handcock and Foisa Peni were instrumental in securing the win and they can count themselves unlucky not to have featured in rep duties this year. Matt received the LEADING EDGE SPORTS Man of the Match with an inspired performance.The A Grade outfit put in the Clubs most polished display of the day in what was a high quality match. Neither side was giving much away until around the 50th minute when the Dolphins gained the ascendancy with some enterprising play eventually running out 30 points to 16 winners. Second rower Richie Russell is finding form and had a strong game receiving the HOGS BREATH CAFE Man of the Match award and was well supported by Dominic Fallini who has handled the transition into the senior grades very well. Chris Giumelli and Scott Gillis also deserve a mention for strong showings.After 20 minutes of the Wizard Cup match it looked as though the Magpies were going to assign the Dolphins to their second consecutive loss getting out to a 14 points to nil lead. The remaining hour of the match saw the Dolphins grind themselves back into the game drawing equal at 14 all with 12 minutes remaining. Then with 8 minutes left on the clock debutant winger Kaine Manihera crashed over for his second try that was duly converted for a 20 points to 14 victory. Although the Dolphins execution wasn?t quite where it could be their effort was outstanding and in the end it was this that won them the match. SEARLES GARDEN PRODUCTS Player of the Match went to Pat Gardner with a strong showing while Grant Flugge was voted by his peers as the KEYSTAR AUTOWORLD Players Player. Congratulations to Kaine Manihera who had a solid debut after some early jitters.On the representative scene the Dolphins have some congratulations to hand out with David Hala being selected in the U17 QLD Schoolboys side and Richie Russell, Scott Gillis, Pat McGill and Dominic Fallini gaining selection in the South East A Grade side. Well done guys, these selections are good reward for hard work. Kaine Manihera was also selected in the A Grade side however his elevation to the Wizard Cup side makes him ineligible. This weekend sees Adam Starr play his 100th First Grade match for the Dolphins almost 15 years after his first. With stints at the Roosters, Tigers, Eels and in France it has taken Starry a little longer to rack up his century. Adam has been a great asset to the Dolphins with his wholehearted approach to training and his game, it would be difficult to find a big man who moves as well as Starry and there has been many a ?wippett? who?s been left in the big guys wake on the training paddock. Well done Starry, the Dolphins thank you for your contribution and wish you all the best for your 100th hit out.This weekend at Dolphin Oval should be a blockbuster when the Dolphins take on the Young Guns. Both sides will be keen to gain the early ascendancy in a game that will see one side move to the outright competition lead. In the lower grades the Dolphins tackle newcomers the Sunshine Coast who have performed above expectations and are sure to test the Dolphins mettle. This weeks teamsQueensland Wizard Cup1. Alwyn Simpson 2. Kaine Manihera 3. Greg Bourke 4. Nick Emmett 5. Rory Bromley 6. Chris Fox 7. Marty Turner 8. Troy Lindsay (c) 9. Shannon Fish 10. Pat Gardner 11. Grant Flugge 12. Danny Burke 13. Gerard Parle Interchange 14. Mark Shipway 15. Damian Jentz 16. Richie Russell 17. Adam StarrCoach Anthony GriffinFOGS A Grade 1. Mark Christensen 2. Adam Fletcher 3. Pat McGill 4. Chris Giumelli 5. Adam Luchetti 6. Chris Jelich 7. Chris Kluft 8. Darren Glase 9. Scott Gillis 10. Dom Fallini 11. Mick Pares 12. James Douglas 13. Matt Mannion Interchange 14. Mitchell Simpson 15. TBA 16. Luke Boldery 17. Sam Fillery Coach Grant Cleal FOGS Colts Challenge1. Phil Daisy 2. Andrew Rickert 3. Tim Yee 4. Michael Wilson 5. Anthony Tonkin 6. Matt Gillett 7. Tom Donnelly 8. Greg Malenstein 9. Tim Benson (c) 10. Stuart May 11. Foisa Peni 12. Matt Handcock 13. Logan Sullivan Interchange 14. Sam Schull 15. Jack Webb 16. Jon Broad 17. Jordan BrownCoach Craig Ingebrigtsen
WITH Henry Paul and new Harlequins recruit Ade Adebisi both cup-tied (for this round only) Tony Rea will again call on youth this Saturday at the Twickenham Stoop when the Quins hope to progress through to the Powergen Challenge Cup Quarter Finals.
WILLIE Talau believes St Helens will be on a mission when they take on Roses rivals Bradford in the fifth round of the Powergen Challenge Cup at Knowsley Road on Saturday.
ROUND 11 Newcastle Knights 22 v Canberra Raiders 12at EnergyAustralia StadiumReferee: Jason RobinsonMatch Summary: Knights winger Brian Carney has bagged a hat trick of tries as Newcastle downed a gallant Canberra Raiders 22-12 at EnergyAustralia Stadium this evening.The Irish flanker crossed for two four-pointers to give the Knights a 12-6 lead at half time. But Carney's first try, scored courtesy of a cut-out ball from five eighth Kurt Gidley, was at best questionable with the pass going several yards forward.The Raiders opened the scoring through Michael Hodgson in the seventh minute and later evened the score when centre Phil Graham crossed in the 50th minute. But Newcastle struck back when Carney posted his third try in the 58th minute.Running on a rain-soaked pitch, Knights? winger Brad Tighe scored in 65th minute to give Newcastle a 10 point lead.With Knights? half back Andrew Johns putting together a tremendous kicking game, the visitors were forced to do a mountain of defence. The Raiders however, showed plenty of promise and may have gone a small way to forget their 70-32 round two loss when the teams last met.The victory sees the Knights now on top of the NRL ladder, but it may have been costly with full back David Seage coming off with a hamstring injury just before half time. The Raiders started the game without the veteran Jason Smith who is sidelined with a thumb injury, he was replaced by Todd Carney at five eighth.Scorers:Newcastle Knights: 22Tries: Brad Tighe, Brian Carney(3)Goals: Andrew Johns 3/4Canberra Raiders: 12Tries: Phillip Graham, Michael HodgsonGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 2/2Crowd: 18,236By the Clock:Kick off in Newcastle!6 min: TRY Canberra RaidersTry to Michael Hodgson for the Raiders. Clinton Schifcofske converts. Raiders 6-015 min: NEWS Still no change to the score. 6-0 to the Raiders.18 min: NEWS NO TRY - Knights denied.28 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsBrian Carney scores out wide. Follows sustained pressure from the Knights. Andrew Johns converts from the sideline. 6 all.32 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsCarney gets a double. Raiders error adds to the pressure and gives the Knights a repeat set. Conversion OK as Johns kicks another one from out wide. Knights 12-6Half time: Knights 12-6The Knights having the better share of possession and have come close to scoring on a number of occasions. The Raiders defended well in the first half before conceding two tries in four minutes. The Raiders have also had their chances and this match is still up for grabs.Raiders restart play. Knights in possession. Second half underway...48 min: NEWS Raiders with the ball now after defending for repeat sets. Rain pouring down here in Newcastle.50 min: TRY Canberra RaidersPhillip Graham scores under the posts. Schifcofske converts and its all evens. 12 all.58 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsBrian Carney bags a hat trick. Follows a clever kicking game from Johns who is playing the conditions well. Johns converts. Knights 18-1265 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsBrad Tighe scores for the Knights. Cut out ball from Johns after he throws a dummy. Rain pelting down and Johns unable to convert from out wide, the ball hitting the uprights. Knights 22-1270 min: NEWS Still bucketing down and still 22-12 to the Knights. 75 min: NEWS Still 22-12 to the Knights, and no chance for the Raiders now who have had to do mountain of work in defence.Full time: Knights 22-12As the rain eases off, the Knights have defeated the Raiders 22-12, winger Brian Carney picking up a hat trick. With Johns leading the way, the Knights put together a tremendous kicking game which allowed them to get repeat sets at the Raiders' line. The Raiders defended well but in the end, possession weighed too heavily against them.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Andrew Johns (Knights)2 - Brian Carney (Knights)1 - Phillip Graham (Raiders)-----------------------------------------
ROUND 11 Manly Sea Eagles 34 v Melbourne Storm 12at Brookvale OvalReferee: Gavin BadgerMatch Summary:The Manly Sea Eagles have won a gutsy victory over the Melbourne Storm at Brookvale over early tonight, the home side leading from start to finish for a 34-12 victory.The first half was marred with dropped ball from both sides but it was the Sea Eagles who took their chances scoring three tries to two in that half. The Storm had the dominant amount of possession but were unable to capitilise.Manly opened the scoring in just the fifth minute of play when a short side move resulted in a good short ball from Monaghan onto Glenn Stewart to score in the corner.Things then went from bad to worse for the visitors as they had a try disallowed only minutes later when Nathan Friend was correctly ruled to have performed a double movement.The game was in the balance when Matty Orford showed NSW Origin selectors what they're missing out on, the half back setting up play for centre Steve Matai who crashed over to give Manly a 10-0 lead.To rub salt into the wounds the Sea Eagles scored again only moments later as winger Matt Geyer dropped fumbled in his in-goal and Chris Hicks was there to grab one of the easiest tries he will ever score.Just after halftime, the Storm were looking down the barrel of a major defeat as Orford threaded a grubber through and prop Mark Bryant was there to score under the posts for a 22-0 lead.There was still a glimmer of hope for Melbourne as they scored a Storm special with a back line play down the right hand flank inside their own half, eventually finished off by veteran Matt Geyer.Moments later a great inside ball from Cooper Cronk onto Steve Turner and the Storm were back within 10 with 20 minutes remaining.However the Storm lacked their defensive power that they have enforced over the past month in the NRL eventually going down 34-12 with late tries to wingers Hicks and Stephenson for the Sea Eagles.This is a real confidence booster for the Sea Eagles who without three of their starting forward pack members. Not to be outdone, the Storm were also without Smith, Inglis and King.Scorers:Manly Sea Eagles: 34Tries: Mark Bryant, Chris Hicks(2), Paul Stephenson, Glenn Stewart, Steve MataiGoals: Matt Orford 5/6Melbourne Storm: 12Tries: Matt Geyer, Steve TurnerGoals: Matt Geyer 2/2Crowd: 9,338By the Clock:Two understrength sides as the Origin period begins but both are in blistering form.There has been light rain all afternoon but no rain to speak of at the time being.Matty Orford leads out the Eagles against his former club.5 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesGood cut out pass by Monaghan who hits Glenn Stewart to score in the corner for the home side.Orford from the sideline hooks it wide Sea Eagles 4-09 min: NEWS A good break by Steve Turner,but a try is bombed out wide with a forward pass thrown.11 min: NEWS Nathan Friend has a try disallowed as a double movement occurred.14 min: NEWS A great break by Cooper Cronk and in the next play,the Storm force a goal line dropout.15 min: NEWS Going to the video for a possible Storm try...15 min: NEWS NO TRY - Chris Hicks is ruled to have forced the ball ingoal for a goalline dropout.29 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesShort pass close to the line by Orford and Matai is too hard to stop from there.Orford kicks a beauty from the sideline. Sea Eagles 10-033 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesMatt Geyer makes a meal of a cross field kick into the ingoal and Chris Hicks pounces to score an important try before the break.Orford kicks another ripper from the sideline! Sea Eagles 16-040 min: NEWS Halftime - A solid effort from the Eagles in a pretty scrappy affair at Brookie.Back Underway at Brookie.49 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesA short grubber by Matt Orford close to the line and big Mark Bryant crashes over!Orford converts. Sea Eagles 22-052 min: TRY Melbourne StormMatty Geyer makes up for his mistake in the first half as the Storm go the length of the field for their try down the right hand flank.In Injury news Matai has gone off clutching at his wrist,perhaps a broken wrist for the rising star.Geyer converts his own try.Sea Eagles 22-660 min: TRY Melbourne StormMelbourne back in this one as young halfback Cooper Cronk goes straight through,finds Steve Turner to score under the posts.Geyer converts this one. Sea Eagles 22-1267 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesA bomb by Orford to the corner and the young Storm winger Samau drops the ball and Stephenson is there to seal the game for the home side. Orford kicks it from out wide. Sea Eagles 28-1272 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesHicks scores his second as this game turns into a try feast.Orford stabbed a grubber through and Hicks was there to ground it just before the deadball line.Orford kicks another from the sideline. Sea Eagles 34-1280 min: NEWS Fulltime here at Brookie.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Matt Orford (Sea Eagles)2 - Cooper Cronk (Storm)1 - Shayne Dunley (Sea Eagles)-----------------------------------------
ROUND 11 New Zealand Warriors 34 v Wests Tigers 12at Ericsson StadiumReferee: Jarred MaxwellMatch Summary:The New Zealand Warriors have comprehensively defeated the Wests Tigers this evening in Auckland ? the home side winning 34-12.The Warriors were off to a dream start when Sione Faumuina crashed over the line from close range after just two minutes ? the result of an ill-disciplined early penalty against the Tigers. The Warriors led 6-0 after the Tony Martin conversion.The Tigers looked as though they had the momentum, but successive tries to the Warriors? Brent Webb and Simon Mannering made life very difficult for the Tigers. The Warriors held a 16-0 advantage with 10 minutes remaining in the first half.Then a piece of Benji Marshall brilliance, reminiscent of his freakish flick pass in last year?s grand final, created the Tigers? first try and the first in the career of debutant Taniela Tuiaki. The Tigers hit back for what looked like the final points of the first half at 16-6 with the Marshall conversion successful.But the dagger was forced into the Tigers? heart just seconds before halftime, with another breakaway try, this time it was halfback Grant Rovelli. The conversion ensured a tough road ahead for the Tigers if they were to force their way back into this one, the score 22-6 at halftime. The Auckland-based outfit pressed their foot onto the accelerator after the break, with successive tries to Louis Anderson and Evarn Tuimavave ? both converted by Tony Martin. The Warriors led 34-6 with 25 minutes on the clock and at that stage, any scoreline looked possible.But the Tigers managed to hold the Warriors out for the remainder of the half and Tuiaki crossed for a consolation double late in the match to save face for the premiers.The Warriors meet the Sharks next Saturday evening at Toyota Park, whilst the Tigers travel across town to meet the struggling Rabbitohs at Aussie Stadium.Scorers:New Zealand Warriors: 34Tries: Louis Anderson, Sione Faumuina, Grant Rovelli, Simon Mannering, Evarn Tuimavave, Brent WebbGoals: Tony Martin 5/6Wests Tigers: 12Tries: Taniela Tuiaki(2)Goals: Benji Marshall 2/2Crowd: 8,210By the Clock:The second match in Round 11 sees the hapless New Zealand Warriors playing host to premiers the Wests Tigers. Both sides will be slightly affected by origin representation, with Steven Price and Brett Hodgson the two absentees from this match.0 min: NEWS KICKOFF! Match underway at Ericsson Stadium2 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsThe Warriors fulfill the benefits of an early penalty and Sione Faumuina crashes over the line from close range. The decision was referred to video referee Phil Cooley for a possible lost ball but the try was awarded on benefit of the doubt. Warriors 6-08 min: NEWS The Warriors bomb a certain try after a mid-field break from fullback Brent Webb. They moved the ball through the hands but centre Tony Martin was unable to control it.20 min: NEWS The Warriors bomb another try after another Webb break. Evarn Tuimavave had support on his left but elected to hold back the pass and go with the offload, which culminated with Jamaal Lolesi coming up with the ball for the Tigers. 25 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsThird time lucky for Brent Webb who capitalises on a freak offload from Faumuina to dart through the Tigers' defensive line and stand up fullback Daniel Fitzhenry - who in-turn scored the try. Warriors 12-030 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsSimon Mannering crosses for a simple try in the corner after a poor attempt at tackle from Dene Halatau. Warriors 16-034 min: TRY Wests TigersA grand-final-like flick pass from Benji Marshall has generated the Tigers' first of the night and debutant Taneila Tuiaki has scored under the posts. Absolute magic from the Kiwi international. Warriors 16-640 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsGrant Rovelli crosses after a last-minute raid from the Warriors, a stinging blow to the Tigers' chances just on the break. That signals halftime and the Tigers had a look-in for a moment there but after that late try to the Warriors it's a long way back for the Tigers now. Warriors 22-6Second half underway in Auckland50 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsLouis Anderson gathers up a loose ball after a Nathan Fien bomb to score in the corner. Manu Vatuvei batted the ball down to Anderson. Ominous signs for the Tigers here. Warriors 28-656 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsTuimavave barges over from dummy half. Pathetic defence from the Tigers and the scoreline is getting embarrassing. Warriors 34-661 min: TRY Wests TigersTuiaki crosses for his second on debut but it's nothing more than a consolation for the Tigers. Warriors 34-1268 min: NEWS Still 34-12 here. Both sides just playing out time now.Fulltime min: NEWS The Warriors have defeated the Wests Tigers by 34 points to 12 in a comprehensive victory. Match report to come...-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Brent Webb (Warriors)2 - Evarn Tuimavave (Warriors)1 - Tony Martin (Warriors)-----------------------------------------
THIS weekend the Bears travel to Brookvale for a classic local Derby against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles to be played prior to the first grade match between Manly and the Melbourne Storm on Saturday 20th May.Jersey Flegg will play at 3:45 p.m. followed by the the Premier League match at 5:15 p.m. The first grade match between Melbourne and Manly will begin at 7:30 p.m.PICTURED: Norths forward Mick Morris in action. The Bears will take on Manly on Saturday in Flegg and Premier League. Photo: Steve LittleTHIS WEEKENDS TEAMSNorth Sydney Premier League v Manly-Warringah1. Andrew Moodie2. Daniel Watkins3. Ryan Shortland4. Filinga Filiga5. Karl Johnson6. Daniel Russell (c)7. James Maloney8. Aaron Trinder9. Ben Ellis10. Ben Cross11. Scott Perrin12. Chris Saab13. Luke Fatnowna14. Ryan Russell15. Bede Tuohy16. Michael Harper17. Richard Retimana18. Brad Domek19. Anthony Beare22. Eddie SuaCoach - Josh WhiteNorth Sydney Jersey Flegg v Manly-Warringah1. Daniel Phillips2. Matt McDougall3. Chris Heasman4. Jason Saliba5. Ryan Wilson6. Bladen Baird7. Liam Foran8. Tupo Peaua9. Chris Dears10. Pio Rokomaqisa11. Mick Morris12. Arnold Mano13. Blayne Davis14. Tala Ah-Fa15. James Vainakolo16. Michael Jones17. Sean Bovis18. Gavin Duncan19. Tim McDonald20. Mafi Lolohea21. Paddy KilmurrayCoach - Steve Carter
IT'S on again! NSW V QLD in one of the most passionately contested sporting events in the World - 'STATE OF ORIGIN'.Here's your chance to rub shoulders with some of the very players that forged that passion and your chance to help the Bears.The North Sydney Club is holding it's annual 'ORIGIN LEGENDS NIGHT' fund raiser on the 14th June 2006. State of Origin 2 will be displayed on the big screens in the Celebrity Room at the NORTHS Club, Miller street, Cammeray and selected tickets will be available on tables hosted by former Origin and North Sydney greats including -LES KISS, MICHAEL BUETTNER, ADAM MUIR, GREG FLORIMO, STAN JURD, JASON TAYLOR, DAVID HALL, DON MCKINNON, MATT SEERS, JOSH STUART AND GAVIN JONES.The night will include guest speakers, silent and open auctions and of course the BIG GAME on the BIG SCREENS to round out the night.Legend tables will be $80 a head and all other seats $55 a head. The night will start at 6:30pm with pre game drinks for an 8:00pm kick off. Dinner and drinks are included in the price. Dress in blue, black & red or maroon. All bookings to be made through NORTHS on (02) 9466 8888.To download the official ORIGIN LEGENDS NIGHT Flyer - CLICK HERE.
THIS Saturday?s double-header of first class Rugby League action at Henson Park is proudly sponsored by: The Ramrod Group Pty Ltd, Pagewood.Saturday, 20th May 2006Henson ParkVB Premier LeagueNewtown v South SydneyKick-Off: 3.00pmThe Jets will be keen to make amends for their first round defeat at Telstra Stadium at the hands of the Rabbitohs.Jets fans should turn up in big numbers to take the opportunity of seeing the brilliant Jamie Soward and Josh Lewis playing together as the five-eighth/half-back combination for Newtown. You?ll have bragging rights for the rest of your life in being able to say you saw Soward and Lewis playing together for Newtown at Henson Park. The chance to see class acts like this duo going around in the royal blue colours won?t happen very often!Saturday?s curtain-raiser:Jim Beam CupNewtown v AsquithKick-Off: 1.15pm.The Jets need to find form again after the disappointing showing against Wentworthville. There was a general bye in the Jim Beam Cup competition last weekend so neither of these sides is disadvantaged by the lay-off.The Sydney Roosters NRL squad will be at the Jets Sports Club on Sunday evening, 28th May.Note this one in your diaries. The Sydney Roosters NRL squad and coaching staff will be at the Jets Sports Club at 6.30pm, Sunday, 28th May, following their NRL match against Parramatta at Parramatta Stadium earlier that afternoon. All the Roosters players will be available for autograph signing, signing jerseys and memorabilia. Every child in attendance will receive a free gift.Spread the word to all your friends and neighbours for them to bring their kids along to meet the mighty Roosters live at the Jets Sports Club on Sunday, 28th May. (The Jets Sports Club is located in Holbeach Avenue, Tempe. Phone: 1300 36 36 90).