Round 8 Team of the Week

ANOTHER turbo-charged League Unlimited Team of the Week trots out onto the field following Round 8?s play. Disregarding the Sharks? blow-out win over the Panthers, the Storm and Bulldogs both recorded 14-point victories with the other 4 games being decided by six points or less.

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BRADFORD Bulls 54 (Gene 3, B. Harris 2, Bai, Hape, Ferres, Lynch, Vainikolo tries; I. Harris 5, Ferres 2 goals) def. Catalans Dragons 6 (Rudder try; Dobson goal). Att: 10,522.Bradford Bulls ran in 10 tries to give new coach Steve McNamara his first victory at Odsal as they destroyed a poor Catalans Dragons. In a scrappy game, the home team took a commanding 26-0 lead at the break with five first half tries.The second half was know better for the Dragons as the host scored five more tries. Man of the match Stanley Gene scored his first hat-trick for the Bulls and a Shaun Rudder try was the only consolation for the visitors. Catalans must learn from this game as numerous handling errors cost them dearly against a ruthless Bulls team.St Helens 34 (Pryce 2, Graham 2, Sculthorpe, Long tries; Hooper 4, Long goals) def. Wakefield Wildcats 8 (Tadulala 2 tries). Att: 10,091.St Helens continued their 100% start as they out muscled the Wakefield Wildcats at Knowsley Road. The Saints opened the scoring early on when skipper Paul Sculthorpe crashed over. The visitors then took the lead with a brace of tries from flying Fijian Semi Tadulala, however right on halftime a Leon Pryce try gave the home team a slender 10-8 lead at the break.In the second half it was one way traffic as St Helens ran in 4 tries, a second for Pryce, Sean Long and two for youngster James Graham, who wrapped up the scoring in the final minute of the game.Harlequins R.L. 22 (Bradley-Qalilawa 2, McLinden, Mills tries; Purdham 2, Paul goals) def. Huddersfield Giants 16 (Evans, Donlan, Jones tries; De Vere 2 goals). Att: 12,301.Harlequins gained a nervy victory over the Huddersfield Giants at the Twickenham Stoop. The home team took the lead after 21 minutes with a try from man of the match Mark McLinden. On 34 minutes, Harlequins extended their lead when David Mills powered over. Stuart Jones replied with a try for the Giants, to cut the lead to 12-6 at the break.At the beginning of the second half James Evans? try for the visitors cut the deficit to 12-10, but a brace from Nick Bradley-Qalilawa put the Quins 22-10 up with eight minutes left. A late Stuart Donlan try could not stop a fifth straight defeat for the Giants. With over 12,000 people present, this result will hopefully kick start the Harlequins season as they try to push for a top six place.Castleford Tigers 28 (Nutley, Davis, Roarty, Manu, Fa?aoso, Viane tries; Huby 2 goals) def. Salford City Reds 26 (Wilshere, Hodgson, Langi, Moule, Finnigan tries; Wilshere 3 goals). Att: 6,069.The Castleford Tigers came back from the dead for a shock victory over the Salford City Reds at the Jungle. Castleford, who had suffered a heavy walloping in their two previous games, took the lead when Ben Roarty went over from close range. The visitors stunned the hosts and took the lead when Simon Finnigan scored a breakaway try, but the home team hit back when veteran scrum-half Brad Davis jinked through from close range.Salford then scored two quick tries and went into the break leading 16-8. Two tries in the opening quarter of the second half put the City Reds into a commanding 26-8 lead. However, the Tigers then produced the comeback of the season to score four tries in the last 17 minutes of the game through Danny Nutley, Richard Fa?aoso, Gray Viane and Willie Manu. The Tigers withstood some late Salford pressure to hold on to a memorable victory.Hull F.C 54 (Tony 2, Dixon 2, Blacklock 2, Radford, Yeaman, R Horne tries; Cooke 9 goals) def. Wigan Warriors 12 (Richards, James tries; Richards 2 goals). Att: 12,722.New Hull coach Peter Sharp had a dream start as his team ran riot to leave the Wigan Warriors bottom of the engage Super League table at the K.C. Stadium. The game was all over by half-time as the Black and Whites ran in 7 unanswered tries playing some champagne rugby to take a commanding 42-0 lead.The visitors did take some consolation as in the second half they managed to score two tries and share the spoils with the home team. Man of the match Paul Cook kicked 9 from 9 conversions and had a hand in few of Hull?s tries. New Wigan coach Brian Noble?s short-lived honeymoon period came to an abrupt halt and he now knows what a tough job he has in keeping the Warriors in the Super League.Warrington Wolves 44 (Fa?afili 3, Parker 2, Clarke, Rauhihi, Barnett tries; Briers 6 goals) def. Leeds Rhinos 16 (Burrow, Smith, McGuire tries; Burrow, Smith goals). Att: 11,753.Warrington Wolves ripped the Leeds Rhinos to shreds as they gained victory at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. The Wolves claimed their fifth victory in their last six league games with a superb all-round showing against a Rhinos outfit that fell apart after a good opening 10 minutes. Henry Fa'afili was again the star performer scoring a hat-trick of tries while Rob Parker grabbed two more and Paul Rauhihi, Jon Clarke and Richie Barnett also got in on the act with Lee Briers adding six conversions. Leeds, who missed the chance to close to within four points of leaders St Helens, scored tries through Lee Smith, Rob Burrow and Danny McGuire but were comprehensively outplayed by the Wolves.

Round 9 Teams and Fixtures

FRIDAY, 5th May 2006Australia v New Zealand at Suncorp Stadium, at 7.30pmKangaroos: Karmichael Hunt, Matt King, Mark Gasnier, Matt Cooper, Timana Tahu, Darren Lockyer (c), Andrew Johns, Petero Civoniceva, Danny Buderus, Willie Mason, Luke O'Donnell, Nathan Hindmarsh, Ben KennedyInterchange: Johnathan Thurston, Mark O'Meley, Steve Menzies, Steve SimpsonKiwis: Brent Webb, Jake Webster, Clinton Toopi, Paul Whatuira, Tame Tupou, Nigel Vagana, Benji Marshall, Jason Cayless, David Faiumu, Ruben Wiki (c), David Kidwell, Louis Anderson, Sonny Bill WilliamsInterchange: Thomas Leuluai, David Fa'alogo, Roy Asotasi, Frank PritchardReferee: R SmithSaturday, 6th May 2006Parramatta V Canberra at Parramatta Stadium, 5.30pmEels: Wade McKinnon, Matt Petersen, Brett Delaney, Timana Tahu, Eric Grothe, Jeremy Smith, Tim Smith, Nathan Cayless (c), John Morris, Michael Vella, Nathan Hindmarsh, Chad Robinson, Glenn MorrisonInterchange: Mark Riddell, Dean Widders, Fuifui Moimoi, Paul Stringer, PJ Marsh, Luke O'Dwyer, Zeb Taia (three to be omitted)Raiders: Clinton Schifcofske (c), Adrian Purtell, Craig Frawley, David Howell, Adam Mogg, Jason Smith, Lincoln Withers, Andrew Lomu, Simon Woolford, Troy Thompson, Thom Learoyd-Lahrs, Jason Croker, Alan TongueInterchange: Todd Carney, Ben Jones, Michael Hodgson, Trevor Thurling, Marshall Chalk (one to be omitted) Referee: J RobinsonSouth Sydney V Melbourne at Telstra Stadium, 7.30pmRabbitohs: Nathan Merritt, Luke MacDougall, Yileen Gordon, Adam MacDougall, Shannon Hegarty, John Sutton, Ben Walker, Peter Cusack (c), Stuart Webb, Jaiman Lowe, David Faalogo, Joe Galuvao, Shane RigonInterchange: Michael Greenfield, Ben Rogers, Shane Walker, Mark Minichiello, Kane Cleal (one to be omitted)Storm: Greg Inglis, Jake Webster, Matt King, Ryan Hoffman, Steve Turner, Matt Geyer, Cooper Cronk, Garrett Crossman, Cameron Smith (c), Brett White, David Kidwell, Michael Crocker, Dallas JohnsonInterchange: Ian Donnelly, Jeremy Smith, Antonio Kaufusi, Nathan FriendReferee: G BadgerNorth Queensland V Penrith at Dairy Farmers Stadium, 7.30pmCowboys: Matt Bowen, Brenton Bowen, Ashley Graham, Paul Bowman, Matt Sing, Justin Smith, Johnathan Thurston, Matt Scott, Aaron Payne, Mitchell Sargent, Steve Southern, Luke O'Donnell, Travis Norton (c)Interchange: Rod Jensen, David Faiumu, Carl Webb, Shane Tronc, Gavin Cooper (one to be omitted)Panthers: Rhys Wesser, Michael Gordon, Danny Galea, Luke Lewis, Luke Rooney, Preston Campbell, Craig Gower, Joel Clinton, Luke Priddis, Matthew Cross, Shane Rodney, Tony Puletua (c), Trent WaterhouseInterchange: Frank Puletua, Craig Stapleton, Frank Pritchard, Paul AitonReferee: B CumminsSunday, 7th May 2006Newcastle V Brisbane at Energy Australia Stadium, 2.30pmKnights: David Seage, Brian Carney, Matthew Gidley, George Carmont, Anthony Quinn, Kurt Gidley, Andrew Johns (c), Craig Smith, Danny Buderus, Adam Woolnough, Steve Simpson, Clint Newton, Reegan TannerInterchange: Luke Davico, Jarrod Mullen, Riley Brown, Todd LowrieBroncos: Karmichael Hunt, Tame Tupou, Justin Hodges, Shaun Berrigan, Darius Boyd, Darren Lockyer (c), Shane Perry, Shane Webcke, Casey McGuire, Petero Civoniceva, David Stagg, Corey Parker, Tonie CarrollInterchange: Brad Thorn, Ben Hannant, Sam Thaiday, Greg Eastwood, Ian Lacey (one to be omitted)Referee: T ArcherWests V Manly at Leichhardt Oval, 3.00pmTigers: Shannon McDonnell, Daniel Fitzhenry, Dean Collis, Paul Whatuira, Shane Elford, Scott Prince (c), Robbie Farah (c), Todd Payten, Stuart Flanagan, John Skandalis, Ben Galea, Anthony Laffranchi, Jamaal LolesiInterchange: Chris Heighington, Dene Halatau, Michael Crockett, Ryan O'HaraSea Eagles Chris Hicks, Michael Robertson, Steve Bell, Steve Matai, Paul Stephenson, Travis Burns, Matt Orford, Jason King, Michael Monaghan, Brent Kite, Steve Menzies, Anthony Watmough, Ben Kennedy (c)Interchange: Shane Dunley, Luke Williamson, George Rose, Mark Bryant, Glenn Stewart, Adam Cuthbertson (two to be omitted)Referee: R SmithSydney V Canterbury at Aussie Stadium, 3.00pmRoosters: Amos Roberts, Vince Mellars, Lalea Paea, Setaimata Sa, Sam Perrett, Braith Anasta, Brett Finch, Adrian Morley, Craig Wing, David Shillington, Anthony Tupou, Craig Fitzgibbon (c), Ashley HarrisonInterchange: John Doyle, Nigel Plum, Charles Tonga, Lafi ManuaBulldogs: Luke Patten, Hazem El Masri, Sonny Bill Williams, Cameron Phelps, Matt Utai, Daniel Holdsworth, Ben Roberts, Mark O'Meley, Corey Hughes, Roy Asotasi, Willie Mason, Andrew Ryan (c), Tony GrimaldiInterchange: Reni Maitua, Chris Armit, Brad Morrin, Nate MylesReferee: S HampsteadCronulla V St George Illawarra at Toyota Park, 3.00pmSharks: David Simmons, Darren Albert, Nigel Vagana, Phil Bailey, Luke Covell, Brett Kearney, Adam Dykes, James Stosic, Kevin Kingston, Luke Douglas, Reece Williams, Lance Thompson, Paul Gallen.Interchange: Hutch Maiava, Beau Scott, Greg Bird, Tevita Latu, Ben Pomeroy (one to be omitted).Dragons: Clint Greenshields, Colin Best, Mark Gasnier, Matt Cooper, Reece Simmonds, Trent Barrett (c), Ben Hornby, Justin Poore, Aaron Gorrell, Ashton Sims, Ben Creagh, Dean Young, Shaun TimminsInterchange: Michael Henderson, Matt Bickerstaff, Charlie Leaeno, George Ndaira Brett Morris (one to be omitted)Referee: S ClarkThe New Zealand Warriors have the bye in Round 9.

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Bulldogs still won't name names

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