WITH Queensland defeating New South Wales 16-14 on Wednesday night at the Telstra Dome in Melbourne, and claiming the 2006 State of Origin series, we were able to get back to the business of NRL football.Victorians got a double dose of rugby league with round 18 kicking off at Olympic Park, Melbourne on Friday night. Locals were treated to an entertaining, albeit low scoring match, with the Storm overcoming northern neighbours the Brisbane Broncos by 10-4.Saturday afternoon took us to Aussie Stadium in Sydney with the Manly Sea Eagles clobbering the Roosters 33-16. Later that evening, the Parrramatta Eels rained on Joey?s parade with a smashing 46-12 victory over the Newcastle Knights. The match saw Knights half back Andrew Johns surpass the all time points scoring record in what was an otherwise dismal night for Newcastle supporters. Meanwhile at Penrith, the Panthers were overcoming the Canberra Raiders in posting a 24-12 victory.Sunday football kicked off at Telstra Stadium in Homebush with the Canterbury Bulldogs pipping the New Zealand Warriors by 22-18 in extra time. Meanwhile down in the Shire, Wests Tigers ran in four tries to one in defeating the Cronulla Sharks 22-10. Round 18 wrapped up with the St George Illawarra Dragons defeating the South Sydney Rabbitohs 38-28 in a high scoring encounter at Kogarah Jubilee.With just eight rounds remaining before the finals, the Melbourne Storm are riding high in first position on the NRL ladder with 30 competition points. The Dragons are in outright second position on 26 points. On 24 points are the Broncos and the Bulldogs while the Sharks are in fifth position on 22 points. The Cowboys, Sea Eagles and Knights are all on 20 points to make up the top eight. What follows is a log jam of teams pressing their claims with the Tigers, Panthers and Raiders all on 18 points while the Eels are not far away on 16 points. Six points adrift of the top eight are the Warriors and Roosters on 14 points while the Rabbitohs are well out of it on four points.All match results and details are listed below.LeagueUnlimited.com Player AwardsRaiders full back Clinton Schifcofske still heads up the leader board on 21 points in this year?s LeagueUnlimited.com Player Awards. Hooker Cameron Smith and his Melbourne his team mate Greg Inglis are running equal second on 20 points.The big mover this week is Sea Eagles half back Matt Orford who has stepped up to 19 points. Winner of the LeagueUnlimited.com Players Awards in 2003, and again in 2004, Orford is throwing down the gauntlet this year with an outstanding individual performance on the weekend.With eight rounds remaining, early leader Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys) is seemingly anchored on 17 points. He is joined by Ben Kennedy (Sea Eagles) who is making his move on the leader board.Last year?s winner Andrew Johns (Knights) is on 15 points and he is joined by Willie Mason (Bulldogs). Mark Gasnier (Dragons) and Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels) are still well in contention on 14 points.The full leader board is below.The LeagueUnlimited.com players of the match are decided by our live score updaters and tallied here each week on Monday?s Expert League wrap.Want to be a live score updater? For further enquiries, email usMATCH RESULTS:State of Origin III - 5 July 2005Wed 8:00 NSW BLUES v QLD MAROONS - Telstra Dome, MelbourneNew South Wales: 14Tries: Matt King, Eric Grothe(2)Goals: Brett Hodgson 1/3Queensland: 16Tries: Darren Lockyer, Brent Tate, Adam MoggGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 2/3Half time: 4-allVenue: Telstra Dome, MelbourneCrowd: 54,833Referee: Steve ClarkLeagueunlimited.com player of the match: Darren Lockyer (Maroons)NSWRL-QRL player of the match: Brent Tate (Maroons)NSWRL-QRL player of the series: Darren Lockyer (Maroons)League Wrap: Round 18, 7 June ? 9 July 2006Melbourne Storm: 10Tries: Ryan Hoffman, Steve TurnerGoals: Cameron Smith 1/4Brisbane Broncos: 4Tries: Greg EastwoodHalf time: Storm 6-0Venue: Olympic Park, MelbourneCrowd: 15,479Referee: Sean HampsteadLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Cameron Smith (Storm)2 - Billy Slater (Storm)1 - Ryan Hoffman (Storm)Sydney Roosters: 16Tries: Mickey Paea, Iosia Soliola, Ashley HarrisonGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 1/2, Josh Lewis 1/1Manly Sea Eagles: 33Tries: Chris Hicks, Brent Kite, Brett Stewart, Matt Orford, George RoseGoals: Matt Orford 6/6Field Goals: Matt OrfordHalf time: Sea Eagles 14-0Venue: Aussie StadiumCrowd: 8,824Referee: Paul SimpkinsLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Matt Orford (Sea Eagles)2 - Ben Kennedy (Sea Eagles)1 - Steve Matai (Sea Eagles)Parramatta Eels: 46Tries: Eric Grothe, John Morris(2), Luke O'Dwyer, Tim Smith , Jarryd Hayne(4)Goals: John Morris 1/3, Mark Riddell 4/6Newcastle Knights: 12Tries: Adam Woolnough, Riley BrownGoals: Andrew Johns 2/2Half time: Eels 20-6Venue: Parramatta StadiumCrowd: 13,167Referee: Ben CumminsLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Jarryd Hayne (Eels)2 - John Morris (Eels)1 - Tim Smith (Eels)Penrith Panthers: 24Tries: Preston Campbell, Rhys Wesser, Michael Gordon(2)Goals: Preston Campbell 1/2, Michael Gordon 3/3Canberra Raiders: 12Tries: Phillip Graham, Clinton SchifcofskeGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 2/2Half time: Panthers 10-0Venue: CUA Stadium, PenrithCrowd: 9,111Referee: Tony ArcherLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Michael Gordon (Panthers)2 - Preston Campbell (Panthers)1 - Joel Clinton (Panthers)Canterbury Bulldogs: 22Tries: Mark O'Meley, Cameron Phelps, Andrew Ryan, Willie TongaGoals: Hazem El Masri 3/3New Zealand Warriors: 18Tries: Wairangi Koopu, Simon Mannering, Manu VatuveiGoals: Tony Martin 3/4Half time: Warriors 18-12Venue: Telstra StadiumCrowd: 14,076Referee: Shayne HayneLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Willie Mason (Bulldogs)2 - Andrew Ryan (Bulldogs)1 - Steve Price (Warriors)Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 10Tries: Kevin KingstonGoals: Luke Covell 3/3Wests Tigers: 22Tries: Dean Collis, Shane Elford, Daniel Fitzhenry, Ben GaleaGoals: Brett Hodgson 3/4Half time: Sharks 8-6Venue: Toyota ParkCrowd: 15,070Referee: Steve ClarkLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Brett Hodgson (Tigers)2 - Keith Galloway (Tigers)1 - Robert Farah (Tigers)St George Illawarra Dragons: 38Tries: Matt Cooper, Mark Gasnier(2), Clint Greenshields, Daryl Millard, Brett Morris, Charles LeaneoGoals: Aaron Gorrell 3/4, Mathew Head 2/3South Sydney Rabbitohs: 28Tries: John Sutton(2), Nathan Merritt, Paul Mellor, Stuart WebbGoals: Ben Walker 4/5Half time: Dragons 22-16Venue: OKI Jubilee Stadium, KogarahCrowd: 13,126Referee: Jason RobinsonLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Mathew Head (Dragons)2 - Mark Gasnier (Dragons)1 - David Peachey (Rabbitohs)NQ Cowboys v ByeFULL DRAW, RESULTS & LINKS TO LIVE SCORES ? CLICK HEREUPCOMING MATCHES:Round 19, 14-16 July 2006Fri 7:30 DRAGONS v BULLDOGS - OKI Jubilee StadiumSat 7:30 (NZ) 5:30 (AEST) WARRIORS v EELS - Ericsson StadiumSat 7:30 PANTHERS v COWBOYS - CUA Stadium PenrithSat 7:30 RABBITOHS v SEA EAGLES - Telstra StadiumSun 2:30 KNIGHTS v STORM - EnergyAustralia StadiumSun 3:00 ROOSTERS v SHARKS - Aussie StadiumSun 3:00 RAIDERS v TIGERS - Canberra StadiumBRONCOS v BYEFOR LATEST CENTREBET ODDSCLICK HERELEAGUEUNLIMITED.COM PLAYER AWARDS 2006LEADER BOARDThe Leagueunlimited.com players awards are decided by our live score updaters.Want to be a live score updater? For further enquiries, email us.21 pointsClinton Schifcofske (Raiders)20 pointsGreg Inglis (Storm), Cameron Smith (Storm)19 pointsMatt Orford (Sea Eagles)17 pointsBen Kennedy (Sea Eagles), Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)15 pointsAndrew Johns (Knights), Willie Mason (Bulldogs)14 pointsMark Gasnier (Dragons), Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels)13 pointsAdam Dykes (Sharks), Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs), Darren Lockyer (Broncos)12 pointsPreston Campbell (Panthers)11 pointsCooper Cronk (Storm), Danny Buderus (Knights), Karmichael Hunt (Broncos)10 pointsMatthew Bowen (Cowboys), Petero Civoniceva (Broncos), Robert Farah (Tigers)9 pointsPaul Gallen (Sharks), Mathew Head (Dragons), Brett Hodgson (Tigers), Steve Price (Warriors)8 pointsBrett Kimmorley (Sharks), Corey Parker (Broncos), Ruben Wiki (Warriors), Dean Young (Dragons)7 pointsRoy Asotasi (Bulldogs), Steve Bell (Sea Eagles), Mark O?Meley (Bulldogs), Scott Prince (Tigers), Amos Roberts (Roosters), Jason Smith (Raiders), Sonny Bill Williams (Bulldogs)6 pointsCraig Gower (Panthers), Nathan Fien (Warriors), Luke Lewis (Panthers), Steve Menzies (Sea Eagles), Grant Rovelli (Warriors), Lance Thompson (Sharks), Alan Tongue (Raiders)5 pointsTrent Barrett (Dragons), Peter Cusack (Rabbitohs), Aaron Gorrell (Dragons), Justin Hodges (Broncos), Wade McKinnon (Eels), Luke O'Donnell (Cowboys), Aaron Payne (Cowboys), Brad Thorn (Broncos), Brent Webb (Warriors), Rhys Wesser (Panthers)4 pointsDarren Albert (Sharks), Brian Carney (Knights), Sione Faumuina (Warriors), David Kidwell (Storm), Ryan Hoffman (Storm), Ben Hornby (Dragons), Anthony Laffranchi (Tigers), Adam MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Fuifui Moimoi (Eels), David Peachey (Rabbitohs), Luke Priddis (Panthers), Andrew Ryan (Bulldogs), David Simmons (Sharks), Steve Simpson (Knights), Jamie Soward (Roosters), Anthony Tupou (Roosters), Paul Whatuira (Tigers), Lincoln Withers (Raiders)3 pointsLuke Bailey (Dragons), Greg Bird (Sharks), Darius Boyd (Broncos), Dean Collis (Tigers), Matt Cooper (Dragons), Luke Covell (Sharks), Michael Crocker (Storm), Greg Eastwood (Broncos), Brett Finch (Roosters), Craig Fitzgibbon (Roosters), Michael Gordon (Panthers), Phillip Graham (Raiders), Clint Greenshields (Dragons), Jarryd Hayne (Eels), Nathan Hinton (Knights), Brett Kearney (Sharks), Luke MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Reni Maitua (Bulldogs), Simon Mannering (Warriors), Manase Manuokafoa (Rabbitohs), Jerome Ropati (Warriors), Billy Slater (Storm), Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles), Milton Thaiday (Knights), Tame Tupou (Broncos), Matthew Utai (Bulldogs), Anthony Watmough (Sea Eagles)2 pointsBrenton Bowen (Cowboys), George Carmont (Knights), Todd Carney (Raiders), Daniel Fitzhenry (Tigers), Keith Galloway (Tigers), Awen Guttenbeil (Warriors), Ashley Harrison (Roosters), Scott Hill (Storm), Wairangi Koopu (Warriors), Tom Learoyd-Lahrs (Raiders), Tony Martin (Warriors), Anthony Minichiello (Roosters), Clint Newton (Knights), Mark O'Meley (Bulldogs), Benji Marshall (Tigers), John Morris (Eels), Luke Patten (Bulldogs), Josh Perry (Knights), Todd Polglase (Rabbitohs), Luke Rooney (Panthers), John Skandalis (Tigers), Matt Sing (Cowboys), Craig Smith (Knights), Tim Smith (Eels), Iosia Soliola (Roosters), Steven Southern (Cowboys), John Sutton (Rabbitohs), Timana Tahu (Eels), Clinton Toopi (Warriors), Evarn Tuimavave (Warriors), Trent Waterhouse (Panthers), Shane Webcke (Broncos), Michael Weyman (Raiders), Craig Wing (Roosters)1 pointPaul Bowman (Cowboys), Nathan Cayless (Eels), Joel Clinton (Panthers), Ben Creagh (Dragons), Shayne Dunley (Sea Eagles), Michael Ennis (Broncos), Nathan Friend (Storm), Matt Geyer (Storm), Kurt Gidley (Knights), Matthew Gidley (Knights), Tony Grimaldi (Bulldogs), Daniel Holdsworth (Bulldogs), Lee Hookey (Panthers), Matt King (Storm), Todd Lowrie (Knights), Steve Matai (Sea Eagles), Daryl Millard (Dragons), Ryan O'Hara (Tigers), Shannon McDonnell (Tigers), Mark Riddell (Eels), Shane Rodney (Panthers), Brent Sherwin (Bulldogs), Brent Tate (Broncos), Shane Tronc (Cowboys), Ben Walker (Rabbitohs), Simon Woolford (Raiders), William Zillman (Raiders)
ROUND 18 St George Illawarra Dragons 38 v South Sydney Rabbitohs 28at OKI Jubilee Stadium, KogarahReferees: Jason RobinsonMatch Summary:The St George-Illawarra Dragons have run-out unconvincing winners against the South Sydney Rabbitohs by 38-28 at Oki Jubilee Stadium this afternoon.In a game where defence was thrown into the too-hard basket, both sides managed to rack-up a combined total of 66 points, an ironic number for the Bunnies considering their record defeat at the hands of New Zealand a fortnight ago. This time the points were more evenly divided on the ledger, with the Dragons pulling away in the final quarter of the game.Things began ominously for the visitors after some great kicking by Dragons halfback Mat Head saw them skip out to a 10-point advantage in as many minutes with winger Brett Morris and centre Mark Gasnier claiming four-pointers.The Rabbitohs struck back shortly after however, with tries to Nathan Merritt and John Sutton levelling the scores by the 27th minute of play.From there it was punch-and-counterpunch as both teams traded tries with Dragons fullback Clint Greenshields scoring in the 35th minute before Souths levelled once more through hooker Stuart Webb only a minute later.At that point it appeared the scores would be locked at 16-all at halftime but in a cruel blow for the Rabbitohs, stand-in Dragons winger Daryl Millard crossed in the final minute of the first half, extending the lead to 22-16 at the break.Souths equalised eight minutes into the second half through burly winger Paul Mellor to put a fright into the Dragons? camp. But sensing an upset could be on the cards, Saints went up a gear, scoring tries through prop Charlie Leano (57th minute), Gasnier (63rd) and centre Matt Cooper (70th).Sutton helped himself to a consolation try in the 73rd minute, rounding out one of his better efforts this season.With the Dragons now moving into second place on the competition ladder courtesy of the win, they face Canterbury at Kogarah next Friday night. Even considering they are coming of the bye and were missing hard-working prop Luke Bailey, the Dragons will need to put in a much sharper effort against the Doggies next week.The Rabbitohs remain in last position but put up a spirited effort and host the Sea Eagles at Homebush next Saturday night where they will search for their second victory of the year, with the wooden spoon firmly in their keeping once more.Scorers:St George Illawarra Dragons: 38Tries: Matt Cooper, Mark Gasnier(2), Clint Greenshields, Daryl Millard, Brett Morris, Charles LeaneoGoals: Aaron Gorrell 3/4, Mathew Head 2/3South Sydney Rabbitohs: 28Tries: John Sutton(2), Nathan Merritt, Paul Mellor, Stuart WebbGoals: Ben Walker 4/5Halftime: Dragons 22-16By the Clock:Cool but sunny day here at Kogarah Oval. The crowd has built steadily and you'd think it would be close to capacity.Changes:Dragons - Colin Best is out of the game, Daryl Millard replaces him. Danny Wicks and Luke Bailey are also out of the game with Charlie Leano and Corey Payne replacing them. Ryles has been elevated to start the match.Rabbitohs - As per the program.1 min: NEWS And we're underway in the first half.5 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsThe Dragons open up the scoring with an early try to winger Brett Morris. The goal is missed by Aaron Gorrell. Dragons 4-09 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsThe Saints cut them apart again with centre Mark Gasnier crossing for the second try of the day. Gorrell gets his first conversion of the day. Dragons 10-015 min: NEWS The Dragons are finding a few gaps in and around the rucks.21 min: NEWS The Rabbitohs are starting to warm to the contest.23 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsThe Bunnies strike with a good try to prolific winger Nathan Merritt. Ben Walker fails to add the extras but they're on the board and putting up a fight. Dragons 10-427 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsThe Bunnies are in again and should level the scores after John Sutton goes over next to the posts. Walker converts and the visitors are proving there's still plenty of pride in the jersey. 10 all.33 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsThe Dragons hit back beofre the break, scoring a try through plucky fullbak Clint Greenshields. Gorrell converts and the home side take a six-point margin. Dragons 16-1035 min: NEWS The Dragons are enjoying more possession and making more yards with it. Both sides are also missing their fair share of tackles, whilst the Bunnies are making fewer handling errors.36 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsThe Bunnies hit back with only a few minutes left in the first half. Hooker Stuart Webb barges over from close range with Walker leveling the scores via the conversion. 16 all.40 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsThe Dragons put themselves ahead with a lucky try right on the break as the Bunnies just can't hold on. Replacement winger Daryl Millard crosses with Gorrell adding the extras. Dragons 22-1640 min: NEWS Halftime: Well what a surprise here at Kogarah Oval with the Dragons just edging ahead at the break. They've certainly been given a fair fight by the Bunnies who are competing in all aspects of the game.Whilst they're coming off the bye and missing a few strike players, the St George-Illawarra team should really be putting Souths to the sword and it's a credit to the Rabbitohs that they're putting up plenty of resistance after trailing 10-nil early.A try right on halftime is always hard to take but unless the Dragons shift into a higher gear they'll struggle to put Souths away.41 min: NEWS We've restarted here at Kogarah Oval.45 min: NEWS The Bunnies are enjoying a little bit more possession and they're making better use of it at the moment. A few errors creeping into the Dragons' game as they dust out the cobwebs.48 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsSouths strike early in the second half through big winger Paul Mellor. Walker converts to level the scores once more as the Rabbitohs test out the Dragons' resolve. 22 all.55 min: NEWS No change to the score here with both teams working their way into an arm-wrestle.57 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsBarnstorming prop Charlie Leano crosses the line with a powerful run to push the Dragons ahead. Mat Head converts and the home team take a six-point advantage. Dragons 28-2263 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsThe Dragons starting to gain control of the contest with Gasnier scoring his second try of the game. Head converts and the Dragons push ahead. Dragons 34-2270 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsThe Dragons starting to pull away here with Matt Cooper crossing for their 7th try of the day. Head can't quite get there with the conversion. Dragons 38-2273 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsSutton scores his second of the day as well, helping himself to a consolation try. Walker adds the extras but I don't think they can quite get there. Dragons 38-2877 min: NEWS The Dragons look to have the match wrapped up here inside the final few minutes.80 min: NEWS The Dragons complete an unconvincing victory over the Rabbitohs.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Mathew Head2 - Mark Gasnier1 - David Peachey-----------------------------------------
ROUND 18 Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 10 v Wests Tigers 22at Toyota ParkReferees: Steve ClarkMatch Summary:The Tigers have come away away with a strong performance in the second half to defeat the Sharks 22-10 at Toyota Park.The Tigers got off to a great start when Hodgson put Galea into score and give the Tigers a 6-0 lead after 5 minutes. The Tigers had all the possession in the first 15 but couldn't post further points as the Sharks started to get the ball in better field position.The Sharks hit back in the 28th minute when Kingston scored on the back of some good lead up work to level the scores. The Sharks soon hit the lead through a penalty goal to Covell and they held an 8-6 lead at halftime.The Tigers came out playing attacking football in the second half and they hit back to take the lead when Elford took the high ball to score in the 54th minute . From the kick off the Tigers kept the ball alive to Fitzhenry who scored an amazing try after beating severeal defenders to give the Tigers a 16-8 lead.The Sharks kicked a penalty goal to reduce the lead to a converted try but the Tigers soon crossed again to put the match out of reach with a try to Dean Collis. The Sharks never looked likely in the last 10 minutes as the Tigers held on for a strong win.Brett Hodgson and Keith Galloway both had strong games and were best for the Tigers. Next week the Tigers travel to the nations capital to take on the Raiders whilst the Sharks travel to Aussie Stadium to tackle the Roosters. Scorers:Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 10Tries: Kevin KingstonGoals: Luke Covell 3/3Wests Tigers: 22Tries: Dean Collis, Shane Elford, Daniel Fitzhenry, Ben GaleaGoals: Brett Hodgson 3/4Halftime: Sharks 8-6By the Clock:Welcome to Toyota Park for today's clash between the Sharks and the Tigers.The Sharks will be looking to bounce back from last weeks defeat and cement a place back in the top 4 whilst the Tigers will try to halt a 2 match losing streak and stay in touch with the top 8.Both Adam Dykes & Nigel Vagana celebrate 200 NRL first grade games.The Sharks kick off..3 min: NEWS The Tigers get a penalty and go on the attack only to lose the ball.5 min: TRY Wests TigersThe Tigers get the ball back from a Sharks error and they make them pay as Hodgson slips a nice ball for Galea to score. Conversion successful. Tigers 6-06 min: NEWS The Sharks give possession back to the Tigers 10 metres out from their line.7 min: NEWS Goal line dropout Sharks.9 min: NEWS It's all the Tigers here as they force another goal line drop out.14 min: NEWS The Sharks get the ball in good field position after a forward pass from the Tigers, but Todd Payten comes up with the intercept.19 min: NEWS The Tigers make a meal of the high ball to give the Sharks their best chance.22 min: NEWS The Sharks pick up a 40/20 through Adam Dykes.23 min: NEWS The Sharks throw the ball into touch from the scrum to blow a golden chance. 26 min: NEWS Greg Bird makes a great break and has Darren Albert in support but goes the other way and they blow a certain try.28 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksKimmorley runs to the line and puts Laiseni into the hole and Kingston backs up to score under the post. Conversion successful 6 all.31 min: PENALTY GOAL Cronulla Sutherland SharksCovell converts from a penalty and the Sharks now hit the lead Sharks 8-635 min: NEWS The Sharks give away a silly penalty on the last tackle to give the Tigers a good chance.39 min: NEWS Scrappy play by both sides as they commit error after error.Halftime...41 min: NEWS The Tigers get us underway in he second half.44 min: NEWS Goal line drop out Sharks.50 min: NEWS Still no change to the haltime score, end to end play54 min: TRY Wests TigersFarrah puts the kick in and Elford flies high to take the ball to score and put the Tigers back in front. Conversion unsuccessful Tigers 10-856 min: TRY Wests TigersThe Tigers score straight away from the kickoff as Fitzhenry shows great pace to evade the defenders to score an amazing try. Conversion successful. Tigers 16-858 min: NEWS Lance Thompson leaves the field with an injured shoulder.60 min: NEWS Goal line dropout to the Tigers.64 min: PENALTY GOAL Cronulla Sutherland SharksCovell converts after getting back to back penalties and brings the difference back to a converted try. Tigers 16-1069 min: TRY Wests TigersThe Tigers keep the ball alive and Collis picks the ball up off his toes and runs in to score the try. Conversion successful Tigers 22-1072 min: NEWS The Tigers look to be home.75 min: NEWS The Tigers almost score another try but put the ball down.Fulltime.. The Tigers have been to strong for the Sharks in the second half to run out with a 12 point win.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Brett Hodgson2 - Keith Galloway1 - Robert Farah-----------------------------------------
ROUND 18 Canterbury Bulldogs 22 v New Zealand Warriors 18at Telstra StadiumReferees: Shayne HayneHalf time: Warriors 18-12Match Summary:An 83rd minute try to Mark O?Meley has given the Bulldogs a thrilling 22-18 extra time win over the Warriors. It was a win made all the more impressive given the Bulldogs trailed 16-0 after only 17 minutes. The Warriors started the match with the lions share of possession and territory, and opened the scoring with a try to centre Simon Mannering in the 9th minute after Manu Vatuvei flew above Hazem El Masri to knock a kick down for Mannering to dive on.The lead was extended three minutes later when Vatuvei again out-jumped El Masri and passed on the inside to Wairangi Koopu who scored near the posts and the Warriors were up 12-0.In the 17th minute the Warriors showed more urgency than the Bulldogs, getting to dummy half before Bulldogs defenders could, then rookie halfback Grant Rovelli made a break and passed to Vatuvei who scored out wide. The conversion from Tony Martin hit the posts, and it was 16-0.Willie Mason came on for the Bulldogs, and it all changed. Firstly Ben Roberts made a break, and on the next play the ball was spun to Cameron Phelps who scored in the corner and got the Bulldogs underway.In the 28th minute, eight minutes after the first Bulldogs try Willie Mason set up Andrew Ryan to score. Seven minutes before half time a penalty goal put the Warriors up 18-12, and that was how the score remained for half time.Both teams played to a standstill in the second half. Willie Tonga scored in the 45th minute and El Masri coolly slotted the conversion to leave the match tied up at 18-all. The Warriors then managed to save a try when they forced Cameron Phelps into touch only five metres out from the line.The Bulldogs spent a lot of the second half on defence, and at times held the Warriors out for several repeat sets. The Warriors really ran out of steam in the final ten minutes, and were unable to get into field goal range. Daniel Holdsworth had three field goal attempts ? the best of which was charged down by Steve Price.He also missed two wide right, including one right on the end of normal time. In extra time, the Warriors spread the ball wide to Mannering who was nearly forced into touch. The ball was batted by the Warriors back infield to El Masri who took off, putting the Bulldogs into good field position.Replays suggested that the ball was in touch however. On the last play of the set, Bulldogs halfback Ben Roberts was put under pressure by the Warriors defenders, he got away from them and threw a fantastic pass to O?Meley who scored under the posts for the win.It was a fantastic game, and it should rightfully be argued that a draw ought to have been a just result from the match. The result makes it just that little bit harder for the Warriors to qualify for a finals berth, although they will be encouraged by holding one of the form teams of the competition to an 80 minute draw.The Warriors host the resurgent Eels at Ericsson Stadium next week, while the Bulldogs travel to Kogarah to face the Dragons on Friday night.Scorers:Canterbury Bulldogs: 22Tries: Mark O'Meley, Cameron Phelps, Andrew Ryan, Willie TongaGoals: Hazem El Masri 3/3New Zealand Warriors: 18Tries: Wairangi Koopu, Simon Mannering, Manu VatuveiGoals: Tony Martin 3/4Crowd: 14,076Halftime: Warriors 18-12By the Clock:Good afternoon from a sunny Telstra Stadium. Today we have the Bulldogs vs the Warriors.The Bulldogs are looking to cement their Top 4 place, while the Warriors are looking to do the highly unlikely by making the Top 8. The sides have already met once this year, the Bulldogs prevailing 30-16 in Round 7 at Ericsson Stadium.For the Warriors, Luck will start for Guttenbiel and Koopu will start for Faumunia. On the Bulldogs side of the fence, Willie Mason will start off the bench. Hughes is back from injury and replace McIlwain. El Masrio has passed his fitness test and will play. Emelia in the centres, Sonny Bill will be in the second row. Armit and Sherwin are predicatably out.The teams have taken to the field, and we are ready to go.1 min: The Bulldogs kick off on a patchy Telstra Stadium surface!3 min: The Warriors start with 4 very good tackles before a Sonny Bill break gets the Dogs to halfway.4 min: Both teams make some mistakes within a few seconds of each other.4 min: The Warriors force a drop out.6 min: The Warriors get a scrum 10 out from Grimaldi making an error tidying up a kick.6 min: Luck knocks on from a very flat pass.8 min: The Warriors get a penalty and go onto attack again.9 min: Video ref for a Warriors try...9 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsThe Warriors kick across field to Vatuvei, he knocks it down to Mannering who gets the ball down out wide. Martin converts. Warriors 6-011 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsRovelli kicks high, Vatuvei comes down with the ball and offloads to Koopu who runs away from defenders to score next to the posts. Martin converts. Warriors 12-014 min: Warriors making plenty of metres and are containing the Bulldogs at the moment.17 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsLast tackle, Fein throws a great pass to Rovelli who goes straight through, he passes wide to Vatuvei who scores out wide. Martin hits the posts. Warriors 16-020 min: The Bulldogs get a relieving penalty for interference in the play the ball.21 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Bulldogs first real attacking chance, Roberts makes a bust on tackle four. They spread the ball wide to Phelps who scores in the corner. El Masri converts. Warriors 16-624 min: Now the Bulldogs are making plenty of metres. Certainly a momentum shift.27 min: Warriors make an error only 10 out from their own line.28 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Bulldogs second attacking chance has Mason throwing a great ball to Ryan who scores. El Masri converts. Warriors 16-1230 min: The Bulldogs making some big hits in defence.32 min: The Bulldogs kick wide, and come down with it, they make some offloads but Sonny knocks on before dotting the ball down out wide.33 min: PENALTY GOAL New Zealand WarriorsThe Warriors make a break, on the next tackle Mason is penalised for being offside. Martin slots the goal from in front. Warriors 18-1235 min: Patten takes forever to pick a grubber up, the Warriors chase is good and the Warriors get a drop out.37 min: Anderson knocks on when the Warriors are hot on attack - it didn't look to go forward though.38 min: Hohaia puts in a poor kick on the second tackle that goes touch in goal.40 min: Webb returns a kick from the ingoal to 30 metres out. Warriors get a penalty.40 min: The Warriors put up a bomb to Vatuvei who can't hold it, and we go to halftime.The Warriors started very well, but the expected Bulldogs comeback came, and that gives us the 18-12 score. The Warriors are troubling the Bulldogs when they spread the ball wide, and the Bulldogs came good when Mason came on.StatsPossession: Warriors 59/41%Completions: Warriors 17/21, Bulldogs 12/15Tackles/Missed: Warriors 127/12, Bulldogs 161/16Offloads: Warriors 12-4Errors: Warriors 5-4Very enjoyable match so far.We're back on the field and ready to go!42 min: The Bulldogs make an early error and the Warriors force a line drop out.43 min: Video ref for an unlikely Warriors try..43 min: NO TRY - WarriorsRovelli grubbers and Martin is oddly ruled to have knocked on.44 min: The Bulldogs get another relieving penalty and go on attack.45 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Bulldogs spread the ball wide, and Tonga scores after escaping a tackle. El Masri converts from out wide. All too easy. 18 all.48 min: Guttenbiel gets the ball stripped by Sonny Bill, but he propels it forward.49 min: Warriors knock on first play off the scrum.50 min: The Bulldogs spread the ball and somehow the Warriors force Phelps into touch.51 min: Rovelli knocks on after a poor pass from dummy half, Warriors putting themselves under pressure.52 min: El Masri puts the kick across field and Vatuvei takes it in the ingoal. Warriors really fading.53 min: Warriors fail to complete again, as Mannering throws a forward pass. 2/6 completions in this half.56 min: Warriors put in a good set and find touch 5 out from the Bulldogs line.57 min: Hughes tries to milk a penalty, but he loses the ball in doing so.59 min: The Warriors spin the ball on the last but Mannering can't hold onto the low pass.60 min: The Warriors are penalised for a lifting tackle.61 min: Warriors hold out a Bulldogs attacking set.64 min: Ah Van returns a bomb 25 metres.66 min: Poor attacking kicks are hurting both sides right now.67 min: Warriors pick up another line drop out.69 min: Phelps is ruled to have played at an Ah Van grubber that rebounded into touch.70 min: Ropati knocks on, and the Bulldogs hold on for three sets.73 min: ATTEMPTED FIELD GOAL Canterbury BulldogsHoldsworth looks for a field goal an Price charges it down, and the Warriors come up with possession. 18 all.74 min: Warriors beginning to fall off tackles.75 min: ATTEMPTED FIELD GOAL Canterbury BulldogsHoldsworth attempts another field goal, this time from long range, but it misses wide right. 18 all.76 min: Warriors really struggling to make enough metres to get into field goal range.77 min: Warriors wrap the Bulldogs up on the last tackle.80 min: ATTEMPTED FIELD GOAL Canterbury BulldogsHoldsworth misses wide right again! 18 all.Are you ready for bonus football? We're going to extra time!The Warriors are looking very tired, a safe bet is on the Bulldogs getting away with this one.80 min: The Warriors start the first period of extra time!82 min: Warriors break down the sideline, a wild pass goes to El Masri83 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Warriors rush up on Roberts on the last, he gets away and offloads to O'Meley who wins the game with a try under the posts. Bulldogs 22-18The Bulldogs win a thrilling game.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Willie Mason (Bulldogs)2 - Andrew Ryan (Bulldogs)1 - Steve Price (Warriors)-----------------------------------------
HARLEQUINS have appointed Leeds assistant coach Brian McDermott to replace head coach Tony Rea.
I read with interest this morning that Canberra Raiders captain Clinton Schifcofske is still considering a move to Rugby and that his departure from the nations capital is imminent.Schifcofske was quoted as saying ?I?ll do the right thing by the Raiders?. Sorry Clinton, that time has come and gone and each day without a decision means you are shafting the team, the club and more importantly, the fans. I doubt the fans reaction is even a secondary concern for Schif as he prepares to abandon the Raiders and leave them destitute, talent wise. As bitter a pill it would have been to swallow three weeks ago, now it?s much worse and any respect I had for him as a player and a person is fast diminishing. Rolling out clich?s like ?loyalty is a two way street? is a tried and true method but unfortunately it still rings true at the end of the day.We are nine days past the June 30 anti tampering deadline so the chance to do the right thing is about as stale as the mouldy bread in my cupboard. Canberra are in the grips of a player drain (Mogg, Woolford and Smith all going) and for the captain of the first grade team to consider his options NOW shows there is very little loyalty towards the club and the role of captain has a value in dollar terms only.I want players at my club who want to be there and if Schifcofske stays, it wont be because of loyalty, it will be because the Queensland Reds couldn?t come up with a better offer. This is not the person I want leading my team onto the field. This is not a person I want at my club and if it means his departure consigns the Raiders to the wooden spoon, then so be it. I would be more supportive of the club even if they were getting belted by 40 each week and if I knew the players who were turning up each week really wanted to be there, not just a whistle stop on the road to fame and fortune, I?d be the happiest fan around. Ok, not the happiest but you get my drift.Being capitalist in nature, I never begrudge a man a chance to earn as much as he can in his career but you know there is something wrong when a player on a rumoured $340,000 per season says he has to think about greener pastures for the good of himself and his family. Now, there could also be third party sponsorships and endorsements so the figure may be significantly higher than $340,000. It?s salaries like these that drive up ticket prices and the cost of food and merchandise for the average fan and I bet my bottom dollar Clinton doesn?t get around town in a beat up Gemini.I have to questions Clinton?s desire, is it the sport or the dollar that are driving you these days? There was a time when people like Clinton played for the love of their sport, not to fatten their already bulging wallets.If ever professional sport found a way to disenfranchise fans, comments like his are only going to accelerate the process. I doubt Clinton has ever given much thought to the notion that the average fan earns about $50,000 per annum, pays for his/her ticket each week buys the jersey to support his/her club both on and off the field. If Schifcofske is earning about seven times the average fans annual wage and then says he has to look after his family, what is the man in the street going to be thinking? There has to be a connection between the haves and the have nots. Today that connection is about as reliable as Telstra?s internet service.Yes, I realise there is a limited shelf life in Rugby League but when you have your manager getting you the good dollars, then $340,000 per year means in all likelihood you will own your own home well before your playing days are over and probably have another two or three as investments by the time you are 30.All I can say to Clinton is, regardless of your next move, your status as a Raiders legend is gone and you can continue to pay homage to your picture of Gordon Gekko because greed may be good for you, but it leaves a bad after taste for this fan. Just don?t let the door hit on your way out.
G?DAY everyone we are well and truly into the season now and we are sitting pretty well on the ladder. Despite a couple of ordinary performances in the last few games we have managed to get seven players into the City side to play Country. Unfortunately Nick Emmett had to withdraw from the side after being suspended but big prop Pat Gardner comes into the 17 in his spot. It is good to finally see Danny Burke get some recognition from the rep selectors. He has been one of our best for the last few years but when it came rep time his name was never one read out, well done Burkey. Also good to see Mario Guimelli gets a start for the Queensland Rangers side on their tour of New Zealand.While talking about rep footy how about former Dolphin Adam Mogg?s debut for Queensland in State of Origin two at Lang Park. He was sensational I know quite a few Reddy guys were at the game supporting him. I watched it at home with my boys, I was proud as punch to tell them I used to play with Moggy. They just looked at me and laughed and said yeah dad sure, that brought me down to earth real quick.I?ve been doing a bit more research to come up with some more nicknames of the boys to share with you I?ve heard Richie Russell is Cadbury?s, Sam Schull from the Colts is Herman. We have the Spaghetti Brothers in the backline in A Grade Chris Guimelli and Adam Luchetti, Tim Yee is Rowdy because he speaks so much. I know you have been waiting for the Shannon Fish update for this month and yes he does have one comment that sticks to my mind immediately. The boys were in the sheds one night when Fishy popped up and asked what month is Oktoberfest in. And it appears Ryan Cullen has been hanging out with Shannon too long. Ryan got called up to train with the Broncos and Coach Wayne Bennett asked him his what his Christian name was, Ryan just looked at Wayne with a funny look on his face and said what do you mean Wayne replied what?s your first name you goose.Reports are filtering back to me from all over the state from the millions and millions of readers from my column. When the City side came into Mt Isa they saw a big lake and one our boys in the side who plays prop and it wasn?t Starry or Cow said Gees the sea comes in a long way up here. It?s great to see young Timmy Yee getting a few games in the top grade, even he isn?t all that familiar with the position he is making a good fist of it. It?s good to see the senior players still try and test out the rookies, when the boys were at the airport to go to Rockhampton Danny Burke asked Timmy if he had his passport for the trip, I have it on good authority Burkey got caught with that same trick when he was a youngster.The Club is chasing any videos of games or highlights from the 1970?s or 1980?s apart from the grand finals if anybody out there can help can they get in contact with the club.Until Next Month Cheers RobboUp the Dolphins
LAST weekend proved to be another tough one for the Dolphins with the Colts and Premier Grades going down to Burleigh at Pizzey Park while the A grade were able to register a win.
GARETH Raynor grabbed a late try to extend Hull?s winning run to 12 matches in the engage Super League with a 24-20 victory over Salford City Reds.
ROB Burrow broke Bradford's hearts with a last-minute conversion to hand Leeds a 26-24 victory in an absorbing engage Super League derby thriller at Headingley Carnegie.
INJURY-HIT St Helens stayed on top of Super League after with a 52-26 win over Catalans Dragons.
WIGAN secured their fourth win in a row and, more importantly, moved off the foot of the engage Super League table for the first time in four months, by beating relegation rivals Wakefield 42-24 at the JJB Stadium. The Warriors completely dominated the opening 40 minutes thanks to a combination of scintillating play and unbelievably poor Wakefield discipline, which saw two men sent to the sin bin in the opening 25 minutes and a horribly one-sided penalty count which meant they hardly threatened Wigan with ball in hand. Mark Calderwood grabbed two tries and Bryan Fletcher the other, with Michael Dobson booting over five goals, and the only surprise was that the half-time difference was not even greater. Wakefield came out fired up for the second half and actually shaded it on the scoreboard but, in truth, the game was all over by the half-time hooter. David Solomona notched a brace after the break with Colum Halpenny and Adam Watene also crossing, but further Wigan scores by man of the match Danny Orr, Nathan McAvoy and skipper Sean O?Loughlin always had the Warriors in charge. It was all Wigan right from the early stages, with referee Ashley Klein penalising the visitors three times in kickable positions in the opening ten minutes. Dobson missed the first kick, for a high tackle on O?Loughlin, but kicked the second for a ball steal on Iafeta Paleaaesina and the third for a late hit on Orr - an offence which earned Michael Korkidas a spell in the sin bin. Korkidas had no sooner returned to the fray when the Wildcats were down to 12 men again, Ben Jeffries this time despatched to the cooler for a cynical professional foul on Brett Dallas. Wigan?s Aussie winger had broken through and been superbly tackled two yards short by Halpenny but, after Halpenny eventually allowed Dallas up, Jeffries bumped into Dallas to save his team conceding another score. The respite was brief, though, as Mickey Higham put Fletcher under the sticks in the resultant set of six, and Calderwood took a Fletcher pass three minutes later to score his side?s second try of the night and his second in successive matches. Dobson goaled both to increase the lead to 16-0, and he also improved Calderwood?s second try on the hooter, which owed almost all to a brilliant line break by stand-off Orr. The Wildcats desperately needed to get on the scoreboard first in the second half to get back in the game, and they did just that just three minutes in when a clever kick by Sam Obst put Watene over under the sticks and Jamie Rooney?s successful conversion made it 22-6. All that good work was undone five minutes later, though, when Solomona was penalised for striking would-be tackler Danny Tickle, and good hands from Godwin and Scott Logan put Orr under the sticks. Dobson?s kick made it 28-6, but the visitors hit straight back immediately when Halpenny won the race to a shot kick to score, with Rooney making no mistake with the extras. Back came Wigan, though, and McAvoy fly-kicked a loose ball forward and won the race to touch down under the posts and again shut the door on Wakefield. Dobson again tagged on the two points, but the Wildcats failed to kick the restart the required 10 yards which handed Wigan the position to grab their sixth try. O?Loughlin banged the penalty deep into Wakefield territory, and seconds later took a Higham short ball at express pace to give Dobson another simple conversion. Solomona scored two nice individual tries to give the scoreline some degree of respectability, both converted by Rooney, but the big New Zealander was largely a frustrated figure at being incapable of having the kind of galvanising effect he normally has on his side. Dobson tagged on a late penalty to round off a fine night with the boot, nine successful kicks from the little Australian who returns to Canberra at the end of the year.Wigan: Ashton, Calderwood, Radlinski, McAvoy, Dallas, Orr, Dobson, Paleaaesina, Higham, Fielden, Hock, Fletcher, O'Loughlin.Replacements: Logan, Godwin, Hansen, Tickle.Wakefield: Halpenny, White, Demetriou, Atkins, Tadulala, Rooney, Jeffries, Watene, Betham, Korkidas, Solomona, Catic, J. Field.Replacements: Henderson, Griffin, Elima, Obst.Referee: A Klein (London)
ROUND 18 Parramatta Eels 46 v Newcastle Knights 12at Parramatta StadiumReferee: Ben CumminsMatch Summary:The Parramatta Eels have stolen Andrew Johns' show with a stunning 46-12 victory at Parramatta Stadium tonight. The Eels led from start to finish and led by 20-6 at the halftime interval.A Newcastle try in the 72nd minute provided Johns with the opportunity to add the extras and walk into the history books as the competition's all time leading points scorer.Local hero Tim Smith got the Eels off to a great start when he threaded a grubber kick through that ricocheted off a Knights leg and then was pounced on by Smith for the opening try.Things got worse for the visitors when moments later Smith put winger Eric Grothe away for their second try. Smith threw a 15 metre long cut out pass, hitting Grothe on the chest before he dived over.Only six minutes out from halftime the Knights had their first real chance to open their scoring, and they took it with open arms as Johns put Woolnough in to a big gap and he strolled around to score.Johns converted the try to go within a goal of the pointscoring record.However, the Knights were under the pump again as they let in two quick tries which left them down by 20-6 at the break.Any chance of a comeback was swiftly doused by the Eels with winger Jarryd Hayne scoring two tries in the opening 10 minutes of the half.Things went from bad to worse for the visitors as veteran Glenn Morrison went on a blind side surge, confronting the fullback before finding Johnny Morris.Matters deteriorated further for the Knights when a Johns blind side movement saw an intercept pass to Hayne who streaked away for his hattrick.And then it was destiny ... young Knights backrower Riley Brown strolled through some poor Eels defence to score beside the posts. The subsequent successful conversion gave Johns the all time points scoring record, surpassing the record previously set by Eels coach Jason Taylor.What might have been the highlight of the match however was upstaged by Hayne who, in the dying minutes, crossed for his fourth try in just as many first grade matches to cap off a great night for the Eels.They led from start to finish and finished up on the good side of the scoreboard with a 46-12 victory.The Eels now sit just two wins under the top eight while the Knights are just clinging onto eighth position.Top 10 since 1908 - PointsA Johns* - 2108J Taylor - 2107D Halligan - 2034M Cronin - 1971G Eadie - 1917E Simms - 1841H El Masri* - 1730R Girdler - 1690G Langlands - 1548C Schifcofske* - 1545* current playersScorers:Parramatta Eels: 46Tries: Eric Grothe, John Morris(2), Luke O'Dwyer, Tim Smith , Jarryd Hayne(4)Goals: John Morris 1/3, Mark Riddell 4/6Newcastle Knights: 12Tries: Adam Woolnough, Riley BrownGoals: Andrew Johns 2/2By the Clock:Welcome to Parramatta Stadium where history beckons where Andrew Johns needs just 4 points to become the NRL's leading point scorer.Young Eels centre Ben Smith makes a return to football tonight after suffering an ankle injury against the Cowboys early in the season.He will come off the bench with Daniel Wagon moving to the centres as Timana Tahu is out with a knee injury from the State of Origin.One change for the Knights with Luke Davico dropping off the 5 man Knights bench.Johns leads his men out on to the field as Nathan Cayless walks down the tunnel.Kickoff!2 min: After some poor communication on the last tackle,it is Wade McKinnon left to put up a swirling bomb that is knocked on by Nathan Hinton ingoal.5 min: TRY Parramatta EelsTim Smith goes to the line early in the tackle count and threads a grubber though.The ball deflects off a Newcastle leg and Smith is their to score the try.Crowd favourite Riddell converts the try. Eels 6-09 min: The Knights look promising in attack led by Gidley down the right hand flank.However in the next play Steve Simpson knocks on when trying to barge over close to the line.10 min: Josh Perry puts Fui Fui Moi Moi on his backside with an absolute bell ringer.12 min: Eric Grothe gives Daniel Wagon a one handed offload in his offload that sends Wagon 60 metres downfield.However,on the last tackle Carney defuses a Tim Smith bomb.16 min: TRY Parramatta EelsBrian Carney is caught out in defence on his try line and Eels halfback Tim Smith throws a 10 metre cut out pass that hits Eric Grothe on the chest who scores in the corner.Riddell from the sideline has missed. Eels 10-017 min: Perry off the kickoff hits Moi Moi in another bell ringer.20 min: Tim Smith goes from hero to villain as close to the line he throws a speculater cut out pass that goes in to touch.30 min: Now Johnny Morris throws a cutout pass into touch while on the attack.32 min: A knockon in the play the ball gives the Knights a rare entry to their attacking quarter.A Newcastle chant goes around Parramatta Stadium.34 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsSome gaps through the Eels defence appear and Johns throws a pin point pass onto the chest of Adam Woolnough who scores under the posts.Johns converts and goes within 2 points of the record. Eels 10-637 min: TRY Parramatta EelsOne of the tries of the season as the Eels have a two man overlap on the right hand flank.The ball goes out to O'Dwyer who draws the winger and finds Hayne who kicks infield for Morris who scores.Morris hooks the conversion badly. Eels 14-638 min: ON REPORT - Kirk Reynoldson on report for a late tackle on Tim Smith in the lead up to the try.On the replay it seemed there was nothing in it.40 min: TRY Parramatta EelsThe Eels score a scrappy try as a grubber goes in to the ingoal area and is knocked on twice by two Knights players before being grounded by Luke O'Dwyer.Morris converts the conversion from right in front off the uprights. Eels 20-6HALFTIME - The Eels have dominated possession with a clear 7 more sets of six.On the Knights first full set of six in the Eels quarter,the Knights crossed through Adam Woolnough with Johns converting to go within 2 points of the record.What was meant to be Joey's night is so far opposite number's Tim Smith,who has dominated tonight with 3 try assits and 1 try.Second half underway...42 min: News from the sheds at halftime is that Tim Smith has a possible fractured collarbone.45 min: TRY Parramatta EelsJohn Morris puts a pin point bomb in that is taken in flight by Jaryd Hayne who crosses in the corner.Riddell sprays the conversion from the sideline. Eels 24-648 min: A bomb by Jarrod Mullen bounces and Mark Riddell trots away 50 metres towards halfway.50 min: TRY Parramatta EelsHayne grabs a double as Dean Widders puts a grubber through that is finished off in the corner by Jaryd.Riddell slices the kick back to perfection from the sideline. Eels 30-655 min: TRY Parramatta EelsIt's a massacre in Parrmatta as Glenn Morrison sets off down the sideline and finds Morris in support to score the try.On the replay,it seems that Riddell knocked on at dummy half before the try.Riddell converts. Eels 36-662 min: TRY Parramatta EelsAnother hattrick for youngster Jaryd Hayne as he takes an intercept off a Joey Johns pass.Riddell slots another one over. Eels 42-666 min: Theres a biff in back play between Quinn and O'Dwyer.The penalty goes to the Eels for a swinging arm in the tackle although O'Dwyer was throwing punches left, right and centre.67 min: Riddell is held up over the line.68 min: George Carmont collars O'Dwyer after he knocks the ball on.There is a bit of push and shove as Quinn pushes the injured O'Dwyer as he was on the ground.72 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsRiley Brown goes through a big Eels gap to score next to the posts.Johns converts and is now the all-time leading point scorer in NRL History!Congratulations Andrew 'Joey' Johns! Eels 42-1274 min: TRY Parramatta EelsNewcastle are hit for 4 as young gun Jaryd Hayne scores his fourth in the corner to cap off a great night for the Eels.Morris with the conversion hooks it across the face of goal. Eels 46-1276 min: Hindmarsh on report for a lifting tackle.Fulltime-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Jarryd Hayne (Eels)2 - John Morris (Eels)1 - Tim Smith (Eels)-----------------------------------------
ROUND 18 Penrith Panthers 24 v Canberra Raiders 12at CUA Stadium, PemrithReferees: Tony ArcherMatch Summary:The Penrith Panthers have scored an impressive 24-6 victory over a lacklustre Canberra Raiders side at CUA Stadium this evening.The Panthers never at any stage looked in danger of losing the match as the Raiders never got out of first gear, again allowing themselves to be totally dominated in the first half. Preston Campbell and Michael Gordon were the Panthers best while for the Raiders, no player stood out in such a disappointing display. Michael Gordon bagged a personal tally of 14 points through three goals and two tries.After the Raiders upset loss to the Eels last week, they had the chance to right a few wrongs and get their top eight aspirations back on track but the loss has made it extremely difficult for the Raiders to build any type of momentum in the stretch to the finals with such ordinary form against teams they were expected to defeat.For the Panthers, they are back in the hunt and tonight they did it without the captain Tony Puletua who was ruled out through injury earlier today. For the Raiders, start planning for Mad Monday, because you are kidding yourselves if you think you are finals material based on the efforts in the past two weeks.Scorers:Penrith Panthers: 24Tries: Preston Campbell, Rhys Wesser, Michael Gordon(2)Goals: Preston Campbell 1/2, Michael Gordon 3/3Canberra Raiders: 12Tries: Phillip Graham, Clinton SchifcofskeGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 2/2By the Clock:1 min: NEWS We are underway at CUA Stadium for the vital clash between the Raiders and the Panthers.5 min: NEWS No score yet but the play has been going all the Panthers way with the Raiders off to their usual slow start.12 min: NEWS Still no score and the Raiders are starting to warm to the occasion nicely.20 min: NEWS Midway through the first half and there is still no score between the Panthers and the Raiders. The Panthers have had the better of possession and are making more metres with the ball in hand but the Raiders line is yet to yield any points.22 min: TRY Penrith PanthersThe Panthers have opened the scoring through Rhys Wesser and Preston Campbell converts to give the Panthers a six point lead. Panthers 6-030 min: NEWS Still no change to the score with both sides playing a simple, no frills style of game tonight.40 min: TRY Penrith PanthersA crucial try to the Panthers right on the stroke of half time has really hurt an ordinary Canberra Raiders side who now have it all in front of them in the second half. Conversion unsuccessful. Panthers 10-041 min: NEWS We are underway in the second half.50 min: NEWS Panthers well on top and are dominating possession and the advantage line extremely well. Canberra are being overrun and at the moment look helpless to stop it.57 min: TRY Canberra RaidersThe Raiders are on the board after 57 minutes through Phil Graham. Schifcofske converts to get the Raiders within four points. Panthers 10-659 min: TRY Penrith PanthersThe Panthers hit straight back and have gone a long way to sealing the vital two points tonight. Canberra are self destructing and look long odds to pull this one out of the fire. Panthers 16-670 min: PENALTY GOAL Penrith PanthersMichael Gordon makes it virtually impossible for the Raiders to mount any comeback by extending the Panthers lead to two converted tries with under ten minutes remaining. Panthers 18-676 min: TRY Penrith PanthersThe Panthers put the icing on the cake with an impressive win against a terrible Canberra Raiders side who have pretty much just seen their top eight chances fly right out the window. Panthers 24-680 min: TRY Canberra RaidersThe Raiders score a consolation try to Clinton Schifcofske but don't be fooled by the scoreline, the Panthers were by far the better team. Conversion successful. Panthers 24-12-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Michael Gordon2 - Preston Campbell1 - Joel Clinton-----------------------------------------
WALES 14 SCOTLAND 14The inaugural Rugby League European Federation Under 19?s Championship got off to a tremendous start with two superb opening ties between the four home nations sides in Canet en Roussillon, a prized beach resort in the suburbs of Perpignan.In the opening encounter Wales made a blistering start with tries from Gareth Moore and Adam Dawe in the opening ten minutes but Scotland battled back with hardworking forwards Tommy McColl and Wayne Rafferty both powering over for touchdowns.The Scots took the initiative just after half time with a clever break from hooker Scott Porteous, converted by Ross Bryan, while Welsh winger Dawe crossed for the second time to level a few minutes later.Both teams had chances for victory in the dying minutes but defences held firm and a draw was a fair result.WALES1 Kevin James2 Jason Kenneally3 Chris Vitalini4 Lee Williams5 Adam Dawe6 Oliver Hughes7 Garyn Lucas8 Matt Barron9 Tom Burnell10 Gareth Moore11 Billy Lavis12 Pat Howell13 Barrie PhilipsSubs (all used)14 Williams Jones15 James Davies16 Rhys Andrews17 Nicky GriffithsTries: Moore (2), Dawe (10, 52)Goal: HughesSin Bin: Lee Williams (31)Coach: Dan ClemensSCOTLAND1 Gary Thornton2 Greg Wallace3 Alisdair Carvers4 Matthew McNee5 Rob Sloman6 Paul Walker7 Ross Bryan8 Che Smith9 Scott Porteous10 Wayne Rafferty11 Tommy McColl12 Martyn Lowe13 Karl BeardshawSubs (all used)14 Jack Burns15 David Valentine16 Ben Parker17 Chris LyleTries: McColl (28), Rafferty (32), Porteous (39)Goal: BryanCoach: James GloverReferee: Richard Frileux (France)Ville de Canet, Man of the Match: Tom Burnell (Wales)ENGLAND 30 IRELAND 24In the following game, England hit Ireland with a devastating opening blitz of three quick tries from Daniel Whitmore, skipper Sam Gee and full back Darren Fletcher, all converted by Chris Tuson.The Irish got back into the game courtesy of a try from Davis Johnson; man of the match Chris Forster tagging on the conversion to leave the half time score 18-6.The Emerald Isle levelled at the beginning of the second half with well crafted touchdowns from Adam Wilson and Forster who again added both conversions.England responded and secured victory with two converted tries from Gareth Knowles and Adam Rudd.The Irish kept the tension alive when they crossed again in the last minute through their captain, loose forward Tyrone McArthy.Delighted Tournament Director Jean Eric Ducuing of the French RL Federation commented: ?This was a fantastic advert for Rugby League and a great opening to the European Championship?.RLEF Development Officer Kevin Rudd added, ?This promises to be a fantastic event and will hopefully pave the way for other future European age group Championships?ENGLAND1 Darren Fletcher2 James Haynes3 Daniel Chrimes4 Sam Gee5 Vinny Finnegan6 Chris Tuson7 Scott Low8 Gregg Mannion9 Daniel Whitmore10 Matt Barber11 Adam Rudd12 Gareth Knowles13 Kristian HodsonSubs (all used)14 David Rolt15 Jamie Hopkins16 David Cookson17 Rick JonesTries: Mannion (2), Gee (9), Fletcher (12), Knowles (52), Rudd (57)Goals: Tuson 5Coach: Matt CallandIRELAND1 David Heathwood2 Simon Atherton3 Adam Walsh4 David Johnson5 Sean Quinn6 Chris Forster7 Adam Wilson8 Neil Belshaw9 Daniel O?Brien10 Adam Boughen11 Daniel Newlove12 Mike Fairclough13 Tyrone McArthySubs (all used)14 Glenn Holland15 Paul Rigby16 Danny Gregory17 Craig FosterTries: Johnson (16), Wilson (44), Forster (49), McArthy (66)Goals: Forster 4Coach: Gareth JonesReferee: David Segura (France)Ville de Canet man of the Match: Chris Forster (Ireland)Source: www.rlef.eu.com