Kiwis ready to fight for players

THE New Zealand Rugby League says it is ready to go to the international board if NRL clubs refuse to release players to take on Great Britain on 27 June. Coach Brian McClennan wants Fui Fui Moi Moi, Iosia Soliola, Jeremy Smith, David Kidwell and Billy Ngawini, who all play in Australia, for the one-off Test. "We're not asking for too much because we haven't asked for any stars," said NZRL chairman Selwyn Bennett. "I think it's getting to the stage where we're going to have to test it." McClennan wants to use the one-off match at St Helens to try out some new players, and hopes to play Ngawini alongside Stacey Jones at half-back. But Jones has indicated he is concentrating on regaining fitness playing for Catalans Dragons after a long lay-off with a broken arm before he thinks about playing for his country again. "In an ideal world, I'd love to play but I've got make sure I'm going all right for the Dragons before I start thinking about playing Test-match football," he told the Rugby Football League website. Source:

Serbia host Russia in Qualifier

SERBIA plays host to Russia this Sunday, in the fourth match of the European Nations B pre-qualifying tournament for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup. The Serbs, who come into the match on the back of a comprehensive 45-10 defeat at the hands of Georgia, must win if they are to stay in contention for one of the two available berths at the European qualifiers later this year.They face an uphill battle however against a Russian Bears side brimming with confidence following their 40-14 disposal of the Netherlands in Hoek von Holland last month. The experienced Bears squad boasts no fewer than 13 players from the perennial Russian Rugby League champions, Locomotive Moscow, along with coach Evgeny Klebanov, and must be considered red hot favourites to defeat the relatively inexperiences Serbians.A win to the Bears will guarantee their progression, along with the undefeated Georgians, consigning Serbia to World Cup elimination. A Serbian victory on the other hand, will mean that both sides remain in the hunt.The match is to be played at FK Radnicki Stadium Belgrade on Sunday June 4, and kicks off at 5pm local time.Squads are as follows:SERBIAVukanovicDajcDordevicGrbicGranicVujosevicNovakovicPesicMinevskiMilosevicAnticRadonavanovicNerandzicpopsogorovicSimeunovicTomicMilovanovicSusnjaraPopovicRUSSIABeglarynOsipovHiachovKorolevZacoskinVolkovGrigoriynBardeevZukovBaskakovCherenkovProninDobryninGvozdevBychkovSmirnovNechaevOrchinnikovKonstantinanVrasykIlliasov

Tigers hold out to defeat Cowboys

ROUND 13 Wests Tigers 24 v North Queensland Cowboys 14at Telstra Stadium Referees: Steve ClarkMatch Summary:The Tigers have held out the Cowboys to win the Grand Final replay 24-14. The Tigers led 18-4 at half time.The Tigers took the lead with an early try to youngster Michael Crockett in the third minute. Hodgson added the conversion and the Tigers were up 6-0. The Cowboys hit back after 11 minutes with a try to Gavin Cooper. The Tigers responded almost instantly with a powerful try to Anthony Laffranchi that was created by a great offload from Ryan O?Hara. The lead was extended to 14 points after 20 minutes when the Tigers followed up a Dean Collis break with Benji Marshall dotting down under the posts. After the frenetic start no more points were added in the first half.The Cowboys started their comeback in the 47th minute when Brenton Bowen went high to knock a Matt Bowen kick down to Paul Bowman who scored in the corner. The missed conversion made it 18-8. Five minutes later Thurston was in through some neat footwork, and it was 18-14. After two breaks down the left side in the space of a few minutes, Cowboys stand off Shane Muspratt was sin binned for a professional foul, and Brett Hodgson landed a penalty goal for a six point cushion with 20 minutes to go. Try as they might, the Cowboys were unable to breach the Tigers defence, and in the final minute Dean Collis put an exclamation point on the win with a fortunate try in the right corner. The Tigers have to worry about a hamstring injury to Paul Whatuira for next week, while the Cowboys came out of the game well in injury terms.Scorers:Wests Tigers: 24Tries: Dean Collis, Anthony Laffranchi, Benji Marshall, Michael CrockettGoals: Brett Hodgson 4/5North Queensland Cowboys: 14Tries: Paul Bowman, Johnathan Thurston, Gavin CooperGoals: Johnathan Thurston 1/3By the Clock:We're here at Telstra Stadium for the Grand Final replay. Cowboys vs Tigers.Both teams have been down on form in recent weeks, however the Tigers come in off a 44-4 flogging of the Rabbitohs, whilst the Cowboys are coming off a 15-14 extra time loss to the Raiders in Townsville.Both teams are as per-program. Conditions are overcast. Not much of a crowd in. Maybe about 15,000.1 min: And we are underway at Telstra Stadium!4 min: Video referee for a Tigers try...4 min: TRY Wests TigersShades of the Grand Final for the Tigers, great passing gets to Michael Crockett out wide on the last, and he races down the sideline to score in the corner. Hodgson converts off the posts. Tigers 6-08 min: Prince puts up a poor bomb, the Tigers regather and lose 20 metres before Thurston picks up the loose ball.11 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysSome quick passing right on the line has Gavin Cooper scoring in the tackle of Scott Prince. Thurston drops the conversion short from out wide. Tigers 6-416 min: TRY Wests TigersA great offload from O'Hara sets up Laffranchi to burst over from 15 metres out. Hodgson converts. Tigers 12-420 min: TRY Wests TigersA fantastic Tigers try. Collis gets put away down the right side, he gets wrapped up. The next play the ball gets to Marshall who steps and scores. No football score today, it's probably going to be more like an AFL score. Hodgson converts. Tigers 18-425 min: Cowboys go on attack, Thurston puts in a dreadful grubber on the second tackle.32 min: The Cowboys are penalised for obstruction on attack, the penalty is then advanced 10 metres.36 min: Cowboys just aren't clicking in attack, they lose the ball on attack again.38 min: Marshall kicks for himself, regathers, jinks, steps and offloads to a team mate who drops the ball.40 min: The Phantom Siren goes, and not long afterwards we go to half time with the Tigers up 18-4.StatsTigers with 58% of the possession. Very good completion rates from both teams, 15/18 for the Tigers and 13/17 for the Cowboys. The Cowboys have made 145 tackles and missed 16, the Tigers are 118/10. The Cowboys have made twice as many offloads at the Tigers (10-5).40 min: Back underway at Telstra Stadium!43 min: Video referee for a Cowboys try - nil chance of it being awarded.43 min: NO TRY - Sing is denied in the corner.47 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysAfter a strong few sets of defence for the Tigers, they finally break. Bowen kicks across for Brenton Bowen who taps the ball down to Bowman who dots down out wide. Thurston hooks the conversion too much and misses. Tigers 18-852 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysAfter another Tigers mistake Thurston runs onto the ball and beats several tacklers to score under the posts. He converts. Tigers 18-1455 min: Video referee for a Tigers try....55 min: NO TRY - Tigers. Payten nearly dives on a kick, but the ball is ruled to have been forced by the Cowboys.59 min: After a Tigers breakout, Paul Whatuira is taken off the field with an injury.60 min: SIN BIN: Shane Muspratt is sin binned for a professional foul after a Tigers break.61 min: PENALTY GOAL Wests TigersAfter a Tigers break, Muspratt is penalised and sin binned for a professional foul. Hodgson lands the penalty goal for a 6 point lead. Tigers 20-1470 min: The Tigers manage to hold out a concerted Cowboys attack.74 min: Prince is pressured out of a field goal attempt. Still 20-14.77 min: Cowboys penalised in possession for an obstruction.78 min: ATTEMPTED FIELD GOAL Wests TigersPrince misses a field goal. Tigers 20-1480 min: TRY Wests TigersThe Tigers spread the ball, it gets batted up by a Cowboys player, Collis comes down with it and races 20 metres to score in the corner. Hodgson misses the conversion. Tigers players of the match:3 - Anthony Laffranchi (Tigers)2 - Dean Collis (Tigers)1 - Ryan O'Hara (Tigers)-----------------------------------------

Sea Eagles break 12 year hoodoo in Penrith

ROUND 13 Penrith Panthers 22 v Manly Sea Eagles 29at CUA Stadium PenrithReferees: Tony ArcherMatch Summary:The Manly Sea Eagles have defeated the Penrith Panthers 29-22 at CUA stadium Penrith.The Sea Eagles got off to dream start when Stewart crossed in the 3rd and 7th minute to put the home team on the backfoot right from the beginning. The Sea Eagles extended that lead to 16 after Steve Menzies picked up a deserved try in his 300th first grade game.The Panthers clicked into gear in the last 10 minutes with 2 quick tries in succession to get right back into the match. The momentun had turned their way until the last minute of the half when they decided to run the ball on the last tackle and ended up turning over cheap possession. From the ensueing set the Sea Eagles scored again with Brett Stewart picking up a hatrick and giving his side a 20-10 halftime lead.Both sides where playing constructive football as the game flowed from end to end but it was the Sea Eagles who opened the scoring in the second half with a penalty goal to Travis Burns to give them a 12 point lead. Steve Bell then drove a nail into the coffin of the Panthers when he went through some poor defence to give the visitors an 18 point lead with 19 minutes to go.To the Panthers credit they hit back late in the match to pick up 2 more tries but the Sea Eagles where always in control after Monaghan drilled a field goal for a 13 point lead. Anthony Watmough was great today proving strong in defence and attack and was well supported by Steve Menzies who played his usual high standard game. Brett Stewart continues his try scoring feats picking up a hatrick in the first half. Scorers:Penrith Panthers: 22Tries: Luke Rooney, Trent Waterhouse, Rhys Wesser, Paul AitonGoals: Preston Campbell 3/4Manly Sea Eagles: 29Tries: Steve Menzies, Brett Stewart(3), Steve BellGoals: Travis Burns 4/5, Matt Orford 0/1Field Goals: Michael MonaghanBy the Clock:Welcome to CUA Stadium at Penrith for this rd 13 match between the Penrith Panthers & the Manly Sea Eagles. The Panthers come into the match with a good performance last week against the Storm to go down by a point in extra time and they will need to show the same commitment today. The Sea Eagles are coming off the bye and will be boosted by the return of Ben Kennedy from injury. The Sea Eagles have not won at Penrith since 1994 and will be looking to break that hoodoo today. Steve Menzies will celebrate 300 first grade games today a feat only achieved by 9 other players. Craig Gower is out for the Panthers. Lee Hookey comes into the side to replace Luke Lewis in the centres who will reshuffle into the five eight position and Preston Campbell moves to halfback. The Sea Eagles are as per program 1 min: NEWS Sea Eagles kickoff and play is underway3 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesThe Sea Eagles spread the ball to score out wide on the back of a penalty. Conversion unsuccessful Sea Eagles 4-07 min: NEWS Off to the video ref for another try to the Sea Eagles Brett Stewart, checking for a double movement7 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesBrett Stewart picks up a double after only 7 minutes after the Panthers lose the ball. Conversion successful Sea Eagles 10-011 min: NEWS Panthers will go on the attack for the first time after the Sea Eagles give away a silly penalty14 min: NEWS Panthers put down a half chance after Tony Puletua gives a great ball to Lee Hookey who knocks on 16 min: NEWS Steve Matai is injured and receiving attention, on the back of a big hit from Watmough on Cross18 min: NEWS Monaghan scoots out of dummy half and appeared to put the ball on the line but the ref called held up short. A let off for the Panthers25 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesA beautiful cross field kick from Orford see Menzies take the ball out of Preston Campbells hands and score a try in his 300th game. Conversion successful Sea Eagles 16-030 min: NEWS Menzies almost gets another try from a kick that results in a Panthers goal line drop out.33 min: NEWS Off to the video ref for a possible Panthers try33 min: TRY Penrith PanthersThe Panthers put the ball up high and Hicks make a mess of it for Rooney to score out wide. Conversion successful Sea Eagles 16-636 min: TRY Penrith PanthersCampbell changes direction and gives a great pass to a flying Wesser to score a try on the back of some great lead up work. Conversion unsuccessful Sea Eagles 16-1039 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesBrett Stewart picks up a hatrick on the stroke of halftime after the Panthers decide to run the ball on the last tackle and turn the ball over. Conversion unsuccessful Sea Eagles 20-1040 min: NEWS Halftime.. The Sea Eagles have clearly been the better side for the first half until the lacklustre Panthers sprung into action in the last 10 minutes with 2 quick tries to get back into the match only to let the Sea Eagles score in the last minute. Can the Sea Eagles break their 12 year hoodoo at Penrith stay tuned.41 min: NEWS Panthers get us underway in the second half43 min: NEWS Goal line drop out to the Sea Eagles46 min: NEWS Shane Dunley is placed on report for a high tackle on Rhys Wesser47 min: NEWS Frank Puletua gets the ball slapped out of his hand with the line wide open50 min: PENALTY GOAL Manly Sea EaglesThe Sea Eagles get a penalty after Rhys Wesser is penalised for a high tackle Sea Eagles 22-1056 min: NEWS Steve Menzies goes through a hole only to be stopped in try saving tackle by Rhys Wesser58 min: NEWS Off to the video ref for a possible try to the Sea Eagles58 min: NEWS NO TRY - 20 metre restart. Robertson is ruled to have knocked on when putting the ball down.61 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesSteve Bell goes through some poor defense from Lee Hookey to score an easy try. Conversion successful. Sea Eagles 28-1065 min: TRY Penrith PanthersWaterhouse steams onto a ball from Campbell to go through the hole and score an easy try. Conversion successful Sea Eagles 28-1667 min: FIELD GOAL Manly Sea EaglesMichael Monaghan pots a field goal to extend the lead to 13. A long way back now for the Panthers Sea Eagles 29-1674 min: TRY Penrith PanthersPaul Aiton scores a great solo try after nearly being tackled near the line and gets up again and scores. Conversion successful Sea Eagles 29-2276 min: NEWS Penalty to Panthers after the Sea Eagles kick out on the full.80 min: NEWS Fulltime.. The Sea Eagles have finally come away from Penrith with a victory after 12 long years surviving a late fightback from the Panthers. The Sea Eagles always seemed to be in control and the match was sealed when Michael Monaghan potted a field goal to extend the lead to 13 with only 12 minutes to go. players of the match:3 - Anthony Watmough (Sea Eagles)2 - Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles)1 - Steve Menzies (Sea Eagles)-----------------------------------------

The CSSC goes online

THE Cronulla Sutherland Supporters club is now online. Our website, which can be found at, will contain all of the latest Sharks news, as well as every bit of CSSC information you could ever need.But what is the CSSC, you might be asking? The CSSC is a relatively new supporters club for the Cronulla Sharks, who have been making big waves throughout 2006. Despite forming earlier this year, the club has already swollen to include over 100 paid up members, and we're ever growing. We provide subsidised bus travel to away games, buy bulk tickets to away games to ensure we get good prices for all of our members.So regardless of if you're already a CSSC member or if you're a Sharks fan just looking out for the latest footy news and opinions, make sure you check the CSSC site regularly.

Challenge Cup quarterfinal team squads

TEAM squads for this weekend's Challenge Cup quarterfinals...ST HELENS v LES CATALANS - SATURDAY 3RD JUNESt Helens 18-man Squad(courtesy Paul Wellens2. Ade Gardner3. Jamie Lyon4. Willie Talau5. Francis Meli6. Leon Pryce7. Sean Long9. Keiron Cunningham10. Jason Cayless11. Lee Gilmour12. Jon Wilkin13. Paul Sculthorpe16. Jason Hooper17. Paul Anderson18. Vinnie Anderson19. James Graham20. Ian Hardman23. Maurie Fa'asavaluLes Catalans 20-man Squad (courtesy KR v WARRINGTON - SUNDAY 4TH JUNEHull Kingston Rovers 18-man Squad(courtesy CockayneJon Steel Jon GoddardGareth MortonByron FordScott Murrell James WebsterMakali AizueBen Fisher David Tangata ToaMichael Smith Iain MorrisonTommy GallagherGareth PriceSeb MartinsJason NethertonDwayne BarkerLeroy RivettWarrington 18-man Squad(courtesy GroseHenry Fa?afiliMartin GleesonToa Kohe-LoveStuart ReardonLee BriersMike SullivanChris LeikvolJon ClarkeMark HiltonLogan SwannMike WainwrightMark GleesonBen WestwoodPaul WoodRichie BarnettSimon GrixChris BridgeHUDDERSFIELD v SALFORD - SUNDAY 4th JUNEHuddersfield 18-man Squad (courtesy VereDonlanPaulCrabtreeDrewNeroSnitchWildJonesJacksonMarchSmithMcDonaldRaleighGardnerMasonSalford 18-man Squad(courtesy v HARLEQUINS - SUNDAY 4 JUNELeeds 18-man Squad(courtesy Scott Donald3. Chev Walker4. Keith Senior5. Lee Smith6. Danny McGuire7. Rob Burrow9. Matt Diskin10. Jamie Peacock11. Ali Lauitiiti12. Gareth Ellis13. Kevin Sinfield (c)14. Shane Millard16. Willie Poching17. Mark O?Neill18. Jamie Jones-Buchanan19. Chris Feather20. Nick Scruton26. Danny WilliamsHarlequins 20-man Squad(courtesy

National League One previews R7

NATIONAL League One is a ten team competition, that operates a division below Superleague. Clubs compete for the potential of promotion to Superleague as long as the winning clubs is deemed to meet criteria regarding facilities, finances and off-field management. It is also where clubs relegated from Superleague usually take their place their next season.

El Masri breaks record in victory against Knights

ROUND 13 Canterbury Bulldogs 38 v Newcastle Knights 22at Telstra StadiumReferees: Paul SimpkinsMatch Summary:The Bulldogs have bounced back to form with a crushing 38 points to 22 victory over the Newcastle Knights at Telstra Stadium tonight. Things were looking interesting coming in to the second half with the score line locked at 16 all. However a rampant forward display by the Bulldogs to begin the second half led to the 2 points heading out to Belmore tonight.The Knights opened the scoring with a penalty goal via a Willie Mason high tackle but only minutes later the Bulldogs hit back through a try to Hazem El Masri as he somehow stayed in the field of play off the back of a great flick pass from Sonny Bill. The lead then changed again moments later as Irish winger Brian Carney flew on to a Daniel Holdsworth intercept pass as he then ran 60 metres to put the Knights back in front.The Knights skipped further away moments later off a great offload from the newly shaved Kirk Reynoldson onto Clint Newton who scored beside the posts to put the scoreboard out to 12-4.The doggies then got back into the game through Corey Hughes scoring his first of his double from a scoot from dummy half to reduce the margin to 2 points. Moments later, the home side were back in front as lock, Tony Grimaldi offloaded to man of the moment Hughes who dived over for his double and a 16-12 lead just before the half time break.The Knights were thinking points not halftime, as some quick hands just before the siren sounded saw winger Anthony Quinn scoring 1 of his 2 tries to lock up the ball game at 16all at the break.The Bulldogs got off to a blinder in the second half with 2 quick tries to El Masri and Holdsworth. The El Masri try was a bit controversial as a forward pass by Hughes was knocked on by a Knights player and then dived on by El Masri, as the video referee Phil Cooley could not rule on forward passes, the try was awarded. As a result, the Bulldogs led 28-16.The sealer of the game occurred just 13 minutes from time as a neat grubber kick by newly re-instated halfback Brent Sherwin was put through and El Masri was there to grab a hattrick.The Knights had a slimmer of hope 5 minutes later as Knights winger Anthony Quinn bagged a double as he grubbered through for himself and won the race to the ball to get the margin back within 10.However, the night was definitely that of the Bulldogs and to cap it off, Reni Maitua did one of his renowned in and aways as he skipped downfield to score in the corner on full time. El Masri?s conversion was successful and the final score line read 38-22 which was El Masri?s 600th career goal.Scorers:Canterbury Bulldogs: 38Tries: Hazem El Masri(3), Corey Hughes(2), Reni Maitua, Daniel HoldsworthGoals: Hazem El Masri 5/7Newcastle Knights: 22Tries: Clint Newton, Anthony Quinn(2), Brian CarneyGoals: Andrew Johns 3/5By the Clock:With pitch inspectors picking rain for most of the weekend,mother nature had held off for the game of the round here at Telstra Stadium.For the Knights,Tanner goes back to the bench,Newtown into the 2nd Row and the Bushranger,Kirk Reynoldson into lock.For the Doggies,young gun Billy Ngawini drops off a 5 man bench.A nice big crowd in as Johns leads the Knights out onto the park.The Doggies are lead out by Andrew Ryan.1 min: NEWS Simpkins blows time on!7 min: NEWS Some good covering by Anthony Quinn saves a try as a nice grubber by Sherwin was put into the ingoal for a flying Reni Maitua.10 min: PENALTY GOAL Newcastle KnightsAfter a penalty for a high-shot by Willie Mason,Andrew Johns slots the opening points of the game from right in front. Knights 2-012 min: NEWS Danny Buderus covers well as he ankle taps Trent Cutler over the sideline as he beats the first line of Newcastle's defence.13 min: NEWS Video ref for Bulldogs try...14 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsHazem El Masri does freakishly well to stay in as he dives for the corner off a great flick pass from Sonny Bill Williams.El Masri from the sideline hooks the kick. Bulldogs 4-217 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsBrian Carney takes an intercept off a Daniel Holdsworth pass an runs 60 metres to put the Knights back in front.Johns from out wide hits the post. Knights 6-422 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsKirk Reynoldson close to the line gives a great offload to Clint Newtown who scores adjacent to the uprights.Johns converts the try. Knights 12-425 min: NEWS The Doggies have good field position off a charge down of a Johns kick.Now they get a penalty from a high tackle.27 min: NEWS Going to the video for a doggies try...27 min: NEWS No Try - Mason knocks the ball on then Knights lock Kirk Reynoldson has the ball stripped from him .. no advantage played.30 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsFrom dummyhalf,Corey Hughes dives over to get the doggies back into the game.El Masri from next to the posts converts. Knights 12-1035 min: NEWS Kurt Gidley gives the Bulldogs a great chance before halftime as he knocks on a wobbly grubber from Andrew Ryan on his 30.36 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsHughes grabs a double under the posts Holdsworth promotes the ball,Grimaldi keeps the ball alive and Hughes dives through a staggered defence line.El Masri converts. Bulldogs 16-1240 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsAnthony Quinn scores a vital try before the break as some quick hands in the centrefield creates an overlap for Carmont who finds Quinn to score in the corner.Johns can't convert from the sideline. 16 all.Halftime - We are witnessing a quality game of football with good go forward by both sides especially the forwards.The Knights are gaining their advantage through an open ruck area however the doggies are playing well thanks to good metres gained from their big front rowers.Second half underway!50 min: NEWS Sonny BIll Williams makes a prospering run down field,he gets his arm free but the ball deflects off Quinn into touch.51 min: NEWS Going to the video for a dogs try...51 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsFrom dummy half,Hughes throws a forward pass that is knocked on by Quinn,El Masri is there to pounce on the ball and score.As the video referee can't check on forward passes,it was given the green light.El Masri converts his own try. Bulldogs 22-1655 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsFive-eight Daniel Holdsworth slides through some poor defence to just about make the margin too big for the Knights.El Masri converts Bulldogs 28-1660 min: NEWS Johns scoops up a loose ball and passes to Carmont who races down 60 metres before being tackled by El Masri.No Knights players were near him,so he plays the ball back to no-one and the Doggies dive onto it.65 min: NEWS Sonny Bill makes a line break .. when passing the ball,it is knocked down backwards by Craig Smith but then is knocked forward by Bulldog Trent Cutler.67 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsA Sherwin grubber into the corner is taken beautifully by El Masri to score his hattrick.El Masri hits the post when trying to kick his 600th goal from the sideline. Bulldogs 32-1671 min: NEWS NO TRY - Knights backrower Clint Newton drops the ball just short of the line as a result of a last gasp tackle by Trent Cutler.72 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsWinger Anthony Quinn keeps the ball alive,then grubbers through and wins the race to the ball to shorten the deficate.Johns converts from outwide. Bulldogs 32-2275 min: NEWS No time left now for the Knights,after a good attacking raid,Kirk Reynoldson loses the ball in the tackle.79 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsReni Maitua caps off a great night for the blue and whites as he gets outside his opposite number with a good in and away to score in the corner ... give that man a contract!!!El Masri fro 600 goals ... hooks back and is there! Bulldogs players of the match:3 - Mark O2 - Sonny Bill Williams1 - Danny Buderus-----------------------------------------

Raiders hang on against plucky Rabbitohs

ROUND 13 Canberra Raiders 24 v South Sydney Rabbitohs 22at Canberra StadiumReferees: Jarred MaxwellMatch Summary:The Canberra Raiders have defeated the South Sydney Rabbitohs 24-22 at Canberra Stadium this evening.Souths, yet to win a game were finishing all over the Raiders until a late Marshall Chalk try clinched the much-needed two points for the Raiders, who now find themselves on the cusp of the top eight.It's also the first time this year the Raiders have won back to back matches albeit by a combined margin of three points.Canberra went to the break leading 18-6 and were doing it comfortably but as we have seen on numerous occasions this year, the Raiders folded like a proverbial house of cards in the second half and that's taking nothing away from the Bunnies, who scored just as many tries as the Raiders but came up one conversion short in the end.The Bunnies face the Broncos minus their Origin stars next week and the pressure will be on the Broncos to not become the Bunnies fist scalp in 2006.The Raiders play the Bulldogs minus their Origin stars next week but will need a vastly improved performance if they are to get close to the Dogs.All in all, a very close match but one the Raiders really should have put away far earlier than the 75th minute.Scorers:Canberra Raiders: 24Tries: Todd Carney, Marshall Chalk, David Howell, Alan TongueGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 4/4South Sydney Rabbitohs: 22Tries: Peter Cusack, Shannan McPherson, Joe Williams, Paul MellorGoals: Joe Williams 3/5By the Clock:0 min: NEWS Tonight marks the celebration of the Canberra Raiders 25th anniversary in the NSWRL, ARL and NRL with many past greats in attendance to celebrate the clubs significant milestone. For the Bunnies, David Peachey will make his debut at fullback for the club and in freezing conditions, he will have his work cut out for him as the Bunnies strive for their first win of the season.5 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsThe Bunnies are fast out of the blocks tonight with Paul Mellor scoring the first try after the Raiders were penalised twice and gave good field position to Souths. Rabbitohs 4-012 min: TRY Canberra RaidersThe Raiders hit back through a try to Todd Carney after soaking up all the early pressure from Souths. Raiders 6-415 min: PENALTY GOAL South Sydney RabbitohsJoe Williams gets Souths back to level scores with a penalty goal. 6 all.20 min: NEWS Midway through the first half and the scores are still locked at six all. No team looks better than the other at the moment.24 min: TRY Canberra RaidersThe Raiders score again. This time it's David Howell who crosses to put the Raiders out to a six point lead. Raiders 12-630 min: TRY Canberra RaidersThe Raiders are in again through Alan Tongue as they start to go up a notch in the latter stages of the first half. Still a long way to go in this match though. Raiders 18-635 min: NEWS Five minutes out from half time and no change to the scores. The Raiders still ead 18-6.40 min: NEWS The Raiders hold a twelve point lead at half time against Souths but the Raiders have been notorious for their second half fades in 2006 ad need to come out on the front foot and really dominate Souths if they are to win this match. Souths have had very little ball and will be happy with the fact they are only 12 points in arrears. It is very cold inb Canberra and that is one thing in the Raiders favour.41 min: NEWS We are underway in the second half.47 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsThe Bunnies score the first try of the second half and are now within sight of the Raiders. As I said earlier, still a long way to go in this match. Raiders 18-1053 min: NEWS Souths have had all the ball in the opening stages of the second half and are starting to look threatening against the Raiders defence. 64 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsSouths back within two points and the Raiders are fading badly in the latter stages of the match. Will they be the first side to lose to Souths in 2006 and earn what would be the most unenviable record in Rubgy League. Raiders 18-1670 min: NEWS As we enter the final ten minutes the Raiders hold a slender two point lead. Cany they hold on?75 min: TRY Canberra RaidersThe Raiders have scored with just over five minutes remaining and should wrap it up from here if they play smart footy. Marshall Chalk was the scorer but the Raiders have been pushed all the way by a very gallant South Sydney side. Raiders 24-1680 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsThe Bunnies captain gets a late try to give a better reflection of how the match played out and Souths were unlucky not to win in the end with a solitary conversion proving the difference. Raiders 24-22

NZ Bartercard Cup - Round 3

NEW Zealand's Bartercard Cup competition kicks off Round 3 with three matches tonight.

The Claws are out: Panthers scrape home

THE Penrith Panthers came out victors by defeating a brave Wests Tigers outfit by 22 to 20 in front of a big crowd at Penrith Stadium tonight.

Rabbitohs: Anderson won't be coming here

SOUTH Sydney have denied that they will hire former Australian and premiership winning coach Chris Anderson as a coaching director at the club.

100 Games-strong for battle hardened Tiger

TRADESMAN-LIKE front-rower John Skandalis will notch up 100 First Grade appearances for the Wests Tigers when they face Penrith tonight.

Barrett and Bailey in Doubt; Ryles a Chance

DRAGONS captain Trent Barrett and Test prop Luke Bailey are in doubt for tomorrow's local derby against the Sharks at Toyota Park, but Jason Ryles is a chance for a comeback.

Mixed news for Raiders

CANBERRA Raiders veteran Jason Croker will definitely make his return to top grade football this weekend ? and he?s been promoted to the starting line-up.

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