Roosters thrash Cowboys

ROUND 21 Sydney Roosters 40 v North Queensland Cowboys 20at Aussie StadiumReferee: Gavin BadgerMatch Summary:The Sydney Roosters have defeated the North Queensland Cowboys 40-20 at Aussie Stadium this afternoon.It was the Cowboys who were first out of the blocks and they looked to be cruising for the first half but the Roosters came out a different side in the second forty and put the Cowboys to the proverbial sword.In the latter stages of the second half the Roosters were white hot and the Cowboys could do nothing to stop them and the loss for the Cowboys makes their chances of securing a top eight berth all the more difficult, especially considering the magnitude of the loss, which will put a dent in their for and against.The Roosters still have a slim hope of making the finals but are more likely relishing the role of playing spoiler for the remainder of the 2006 season and today they played the role to perfection.The only thing Roosters fans will be asking is where was this team hiding for the previous 20 weeks of the competition?As for the Cowboys, their chances of making the top eight have just taken a big hit and without Jonathan Thurston, they look to be in serious strife and need to turn things around quickly if they are to challenge for the title in 2006.Scorers:Sydney Roosters: 40Tries: Brett Finch, Iosia Soliola, David Shillington, Shaun Foley(2), Josh LewisGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 7/7, Amos Roberts 1/1North Queensland Cowboys: 20Tries: Matt Sing, Ashley Graham, Mark Henry(2)Goals: Josh Hannay 2/4By the Clock: 1 min: NEWS We are underway at Aussie Stadium!2 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysThe Cowboys are out of the blocks nice and early with Mark Henry scoring the opening try. Cowboys 4-015 min: NEWS Still no change in the score.16 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysSing crosses for the Cowboys and the signs are ominous for the Chooks. They need to lift their game if they want to get back into this match. Conversion successful. Cowboys 10-026 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysAshley Graham crosses for the third Cowboys try and Roosters don't even look interested at the moment. This could be the catalyst for the Cowboys to reignite their season. Conversion successful. Cowboys 16-035 min: NEWS No change to the score but the Cowboys would be happy to go to the break with a comfortable 16 point lead over the hapless Roosters.38 min: TRY Sydney RoostersThe Roosters are on the board just before the break through Shaun Foley. There's a pulse at least so there's still a chance for the Roosters. Cowboys 16-641 min: NEWS We are underway in the second half!44 min: TRY Sydney RoostersThe Roosters are back in the hunt with a great start to the second half. Soliola was the try scorer and now the Cowboys will have to lift their game to keep the Rooster from taking the lead. Conversion successful. Cowboys 16-1249 min: TRY Sydney RoostersThe Roosters hit the lead for the first time in the match and are looking very impressive at the moment. David Shillington was the scorer. Conversion successful. Roosters 18-1653 min: PENALTY GOAL Sydney RoostersThe Roosters extend the lead through a penalty goal to Craig Fitzgibbon. Roosters 20-1656 min: PENALTY GOAL Sydney RoostersThe Roosters move out to a six point lead through another penalty goal to Craig Fitzgibbon. The Cowboys need to pull their finger out if they are going to win this one. Roosters 22-1663 min: TRY Sydney RoostersThe Roosters are turning the screws on the Cowboys now with Amos Roberts scoring to give the Roosters a twelve point lead with just over fifteen minutes remaining. Roosters 28-1663 min: TRY Sydney RoostersJosh Lewis has extended the Roosters lead to twelve points with just over fifteen minutes remaining. Long way back for the Cowboys now. Conversion successful. Roosters 34-1667 min: TRY Sydney RoostersIt's all over now with Brett Finch rubbing salt into the wounds for the Cowboys, whose top eight aspirations just took a major dent. Conversion successful. Roosters 34-1671 min: TRY Sydney RoostersThe Roosters are piling it on in quick time and it may be the gliimer of a finals berth has them pumped up for their remaining five matches. Conversion successful. Roosters 40-1680 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysThe Cowboys get a consolation try but they wil be hurting right about now. With no Thurston for a few more weeks, they could very well miss the top eight for the first time since 2003. Roosters players of the match:3 - Craig Fitzgibbon2 - Brett Finch1 - Shaun Foley-----------------------------------------

Bartercard Cup R15 (Split Round Result)

SUNDAY 30 July 2006Central Falcons vs Harbour League Fitzherbert Park, Palmerston NorthHarbour League 54Tries: S. Metcalf, J. Vaifale, D. Glasgow, R. Edwards, H. Tuihalangingie, S. Cavanagh (2), T. Samoa (2)Goals: J. Trott (9) Central Falcons 12Tries: Z. Tangira, H. RobsonGoals: H. Robson (2) Halftime Score: 18 ? 6 To Harbour League

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Preview: Huddersfield v Leeds (C. Cup)

DANNY McGuire will be given until an hour before kick-off to prove his fitness for Sunday's Challenge Cup semi-final at Odsal.The prolific Leeds and Great Britain stand-off suffered a shin injury in the defeat to St Helens last weekend but has been included in Tony Smith's initial squad.He will undergo a fitness test on Sunday and Smith said: "We will give him right up until the game."Lee Smith and Ian Kirke have been added to the group on duty against Saints while new signing Clinton Toopi will not arrive until after the game.Jamie Thackray is ineligible having played for Hull against Bradford in the fourth round.Huddersfield coach Jon Sharp has reported no fresh injury problems after the Giants Super League victory over Castleford.Paul Reilly needed eight stitches in a head wound after that tough encounter but he will be fit to play on Sunday.Loan signing Kevin Brown is ineligible so Sharp will have to make at least one change to his starting line-up.Challenge Cup Semi-Final, Sunday July 30Grattan (Odsal) Stadium, Bradford Kick Off: 1500 BST, live coverage on BBC2Leeds 18-man squad: Donald, Walker, Senior, Smith, McGuire, Burrow, Bailey, Diskin, Peacock, Lauitiiti, Ellis, Sinfield, Millard, Poching, Jones-Buchanan, Gibson, Scruton, KirkeHuddersfield (from): Reilly, Aspinwall, DeVere, Donlan, Thorman, Paul, Crabtree, Drew, Gannon, Nero, Snitch, Wild, Jones, Jackson, Smith, McDonald, Grayshon, Raleigh, Gardner, Hemmingway, Mason.Source:

Moimoi sent as Parra outclass Manly

ROUND 21 Parramatta Eels 31 v Manly Sea Eagles 18at Parramatta StadiumReferee: Steven ClarkMatch Summary:The Parramatta Eels continued their winning run tonight, disposing of the Manly Sea Eagles by 31-18 in a fiery game at Parramatta Stadium.The game contained several big hits but the talking point of the match came in the 49th minute when Fuifui Moimoi hit Brent Kite around the head as the Sea Eagles were on the attack close to Parramatta?s line.Kite was knocked senseless and eventually hobbled from the field but took no further part in the action. Referee Steven Clark sent the barnstorming Eels frontrower from the field when the game resumed, opening the way for Manly to come back into the match.The Eels began on fire, scoring in the 4th minute through outgoing centre Luke O?Dwyer who snapped up the ball in the in-goal area after Manly fullback Michael Robertson failed to clean up a kick. Try-scoring freak Jarryd Hayne crossed about ten minutes later after a good cut-out pass from John Morris found the unmarked winger.From there it was punch and counter-punch as Manly scored through Matai and Stephenson either side of another Eels try to Luke Burt. The home side hit the sheds up 18-8 and looking pretty comfortable.They continued to lead from the front with O?Dwyer crossing again just after the break to lead 24-8 and the game was seemingly in the bag for Parramatta.Shortly after Moimoi was sent from the field and Manly smelt blood in the water, piling on tries to Chris Hicks and Luke Williamson to set the stage for a dramatic final quarter of the game with the scores poised at 24-18.Parramatta held their resolve though, even with a man down, and pushed further ahead late in the game with a second try to Luke Burt in the 72nd minute followed shortly by a field goal from Morris.The victory consolidates Parramatta?s chances of gaining a top 8 spot and the Eels now face the Dragons at home on Friday night in what should be a bell-ringer.For Manly, they enjoy a bye week but probably feel a bit disappointed with the result. They?ve been going well up until now and a win here would have had them pushing for a top 4 spot.Scorers:Parramatta Eels: 31Tries: Luke Burt(2), Luke O'Dwyer(2), Jarryd HayneGoals: Luke Burt 5/5Field Goals: John MorrisManly Sea Eagles: 18Tries: Chris Hicks, Paul Stephenson, Luke Williamson, Steve MataiGoals: Matt Orford 1/4By the Clock:Brett Stewart is out for the Sea Eagles with Michael Robertson dropping back to fullback.Steve Bell returns to the centres with George Rose coming on to the bench.Luke Burt replaces Wade McKinnon in the fullback role.1 min: Kickoff!2 min: An early penalty against Steve Matai in the play the ball.4 min: TRY Parramatta EelsA grubber through by Jeremy Smith that deflects off Robertson and O'Dwyer is there to score the try for the Eels.Burt converts on his return to First Grade. Eels 6-08 min: The crowd getting behind both sides in what looks close to be to at its full capacity.11 min: A penalty on the last tackle against the Eels for a grapple tackle puts the Eagles on the attack.13 min: Going to the video for an Eels try...13 min: TRY Parramatta EelsOh no it's him again!A long cutout by John Morris is picked up on the half volley by the whizkid Jarryd Hayne who strolls away to score in the corner.Burt from the sideline puts it over the black dot. Eels 12-018 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesA short ball from Orford puts Matai in to a gap who scores the Sea Eagles first try of the night.Orford from the sideline just misses to the left. Eels 12-420 min: From the kickoff,MoiMoi and Cayless hit King in a bell-ringer.30 min: Eel Jeremy Smith gives away his second penalty of the night and the Sea Eagles go on the attack.31 min: The toughjudge is in on a report - Shayne Dunley is on report for putting his knees in to Jarryd Hayne who did well to take a cross field bomb.34 min: Checking for an Eels try...34 min: TRY Parramatta EelsJeremy Smith threads a grubber through and Luke Burt wins the race to the ball and scores the Eels' third.Burt converts his own try. Eels 18-436 min: Play is stopped for quite some time as Steve Matai gets a knock to the head.40 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesA grubber through by Matt Orford and Paul Stephenson comes from out of the clouds to score in the corner.Orford hits the uprights from the sideline. Eels 18-8Halftime - The Eels have entertained their crowd with an excellent first half of football.The Sea Eagles have stuck with the Eels for the whole half and a try right on half time to Paul Stephenson has given the visitors a sniff.Second half underway...43 min: Somehow Dean Widders gets the ball off a deflected kick,he struggles to pick the wobbling ball up,had he,he would have had a 2 on 1 overlap.46 min: TRY Parramatta EelsThe ball is shifted to the right and centre Luke O'Dwyer goes over in the corner untouched.Burt puts it over from the sideline. Eels 24-849 min: Brent Kite down after a horrible high tackle from MoiMoi.He is knocked out cold and it could be the end of MoiMoi's night.49 min: Sent Off - Fui Fui MoiMoi becomes the third player to be sent off in 2006.52 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesSome scrappy ball movement from the Sea Eagles and Chris Hicks scores in the corner to make a game of it.Orford misses again from the sideline. Eels 24-1253 min: Checking for a Manly try...54 min: NEWS NO TRY - Michael Robertson drops a bomb in the Eels ingoal area but then scores,he is ruled to have knocked the ball in to an Eels player before that.57 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesSome good ball movement and from an offload,Luke Williamson dives over next to the uprights.Only moments earlier,Luke O'Dwyer dropped a pass cold and would have had a free run to the tryline.Orford converts. Eels 24-1862 min: NEWS Williamson hit by a beauty from Ben Smith66 min: Kylie Leuleuai goes from dummy half on the last tackle but is held up by Hindmarsh.70 min: Steve Matai goes on a thirty metre run down the sideline before being taken into touch by O'Dwyer.72 min: A crowd of just over 15500 is announced as we go the video for an Eels try...72 min: TRY Parramatta EelsA grubber through from Mark Riddell is pounced on by Luke Burt who gets his second of the night.Burt converts his own try. Eels 30-1873 min: Crowd - 1540475 min: FIELD GOAL Parramatta EelsJohn Morris seals the clash tonight with a field goal between the posts. Eels 31-1876 min: From the short kickoff,Jarryd Hayne sprints down the touchline,passes the ball back on the inside to Luke Burt who runs away to score,but it was ruled to be a forward pass,good call by Clark.Fulltime in an epic contest which had September like players of the match:3 - Luke O2 - Ben Kennedy1 - Nathan Hindmarsh-----------------------------------------

Rabbitohs beat up on Raiders

ROUND 21 South Sydney Rabbitohs 21 v Canberra Raiders 8at Telstra StadiumReferee: Jason RobinsonMatch Summary:The South Sydney Rabbitohs have staged a remarkable upset at their home ground of Telstra Stadium, defeating the Canberra Raiders by 21-8.In a game they were never supposed to win, Souths showed commitment and skill to negotiate their second win of the season over the Raiders who last week knocked off St George Illawarra in spectacular fashion.If this was horse racing you?d ask for a Steward?s inquiry. The Rabbitohs came out of the blocks well, taking the ball up the middle of the park strongly and using their options either side of the ruck to create problems for Canberra from word go.The Raiders struggled to find their feet which ultimately lead to dropped ball, missed tackles and an unusually high error rate. They were nothing like the team who humiliated the Dragons last week down in the Nation?s Capital.Souths raced to a 20-nil lead in the first half, setting up the victory through their quick backs. Flamboyant fullback David Peachey opened the scoring in the sixth minute after making a nice break and sailing towards the tryline.Soon after it was huge winger Paul Mellor?s turn, barging his way to the chalk in strong fashion. Then speedy winger Nathan Merritt put two tries back-to-back towards the end of the half and with Williams adding two goals things were looking very positive for the Bunnies.Queensland Origin hero Adam Mogg added a try just before the break and again in the 64th minute of the game, but neither were converted by captain Clinton Schifcofske, leaving the Raiders still well behind the 8-ball.Replacement Ben Rogers chipped a field goal through the sticks with six minutes before time to seal the victory, taking the game beyond doubt and perhaps adds credibility to the sacking of centre Adam MacDougall from the club.Souths take on Penrith next week at Telstra Stadium and are sure to have their tails in the air. Meanwhile, the Raiders will need to regroup before hosting the Broncos on Sunday week.Scorers:South Sydney Rabbitohs: 21Tries: Nathan Merritt(2), Paul Mellor, David PeacheyGoals: Joe Williams 2/4Field Goals: Ben RogersCanberra Raiders: 8Tries: Adam Mogg(2)By the Clock:It's a cool night out here at Telstra Stadium as we await the Raiders and Rabbitohs clash. The game is vitally important to Canberra's chances of securing a top 8 spot and they are expected to win. Souths may prove to be a capable spoiler however.Both teams are as per the program.1 min: NEWS And we're underway in the first half with the Bunnies kicking off.6 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsThe Rabbitohs open the scoring for the night, with enigmatic fullback David Peachey loping across the tryline after making a good break. Returning halfback Joe Williams lifts the touch judges flags and Souths are off to a good start. Rabbitohs 6-012 min: NEWS Both teams fighting it out in the middle of the park here, with Souths holding their own. They've had a bit more possession than the Raiders and are making fewer mistakes.14 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsAnd Souths are in again, this time through big winger Paul Mellor, who's made a habit out of scoring tries lately. Early signs are very positive for the Bunnies here. They look more settled and capable than previous weeks. Williams misses the goal. Rabbitohs 10-020 min: NEWS Souths are dominating out here. They're enjoying the lion's share of possession and are making better use of the ball, unlike Canberra are showing no respect to the ball whatsoever.22 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsBoy oh boy, the Bunnies are killing them right now! Try-scoring freak Nathan Merritt runs in a four-pointer as Souths up the tempo against the Raiders. Could be a big upset on the cards here. Williams misses the goal. Rabbitohs 14-028 min: NEWS Souths playing much better footy here at the moment, making better yeards, kicking well and they're hardly making any errors.33 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsThe Rabbitohs are all over them at the moment, with Merritt crossing for his second try of the night. They're looking much improved and by contrast the Raiders are well below the effort they submitted last week against the Dragons. I doubt Canberra can come back from this position. Williams converts and it's looking very good for Souths. Rabbitohs 20-035 min: NEWS Bunnies still going strong here. They're taking the Raiders up the middle of the park and playing well. You could also say they're getting the rub of the green with the ref.38 min: TRY Canberra RaidersThe Raiders are finally on the board through Origin hero Adam Mogg. They really needed something before halftime if they were going to entertain thoughts of a comeback. Schifcofske fails to convert from out wide and the gap is 16 points heading into the break. Rabbitohs 20-440 min: NEWS Halftime - This has been a sensational first half effort by the Bunnies. They've played great footy, tried hard and come up with excellent results. They're dominating the bigger Canberra forwards and things are looking very promising as they chase their second victory of the season.The Raiders are a different story, what's happened since last week? They're making all sorts of errors and failing to reproduce the sort of form that blew the Dragons off the field last round. I think they might be guilty of taking Souths a little too lightly.41 min: NEWS Canberra restart proceedings out here at Homebush.48 min: NEWS Both sides easing their way into the second part of this contest here. Canberra starting to make a few more yards up the middle of the ruck.53 min: NEWS The game's grinding away out here. Souths need to be careful not to protect a lead and continue the attacking footy which they displayed in the first half. 60 min: NEWS Souths are starting to dominate in the forwards again. Plenty of big gains up the middle of the park and they are starting to drop off a few tackles. Completions have been sensational though. 64 min: TRY Canberra RaidersThe Raiders narrow the gap by a little more with Mogg notching up his second for the night. The Schif fails from out wide again, but with only 12 points separating the two teams, stranger things have happened. Rabbitohs 20-870 min: NEWS Ten to go and the Bunnies are closing in on their second victory for the year.74 min: FIELD GOAL South Sydney RabbitohsThe Bunnies seal the game with a field goal to Ben Rogers. With a 13-point margin they look home and hosed. Rabbitohs 21-880 min: NEWS The Rabbitohs have clinched a terrific victory here at Telstra Stadium, downing the Raiders by 21-8 and claiming their second victory for the players of the match:3 - David Peachey2 - Nathan Merritt1 - Joe Williams-----------------------------------------

Panthers annihilate Warriors

ROUND 21 Penrith Panthers 36 v New Zealand Warriors 6at CUA Stadium PenrithReferee: Tony ArcherMatch Summary:The Panthers have extinguished the New Zealand Warriors last hopes of making the finals by defeating them 36?6 at CUA Stadium. Starting well in the first half, the Warriors looked like they would really take it to the 11th placed Penrith team, but their second half performance was dismal. They dropped a lot of ball, made wrong decisions (especially on the last tackle) and executed most plays poorly. The home side on the other hand looked like the Panthers team of old, with impressive runs from the forwards and great ball handling from the backs. Their defence was also effective, making some of the Warriors players frustrated. Five-eighth Preston Campbell played an important part in his side?s victory, kicking 6 from 7 conversions and setting up a few tries. But the star of the night was Rhys Wesser who bagged a hat trick and played a first-class game at fullback. The ultimate downfall for the Warriors was the amount of mistakes and poor decisions they made. 52 missed tackles and 12 errors is something that Ivan Cleary would be disappointed with. Ruben Wiki may find himself in some trouble with the judiciary this week after a dangerous high tackle that put Joel Clinton on the ground. Matthew Cross may also be in some hot water after placing his hands between a player?s legs. Craig Stapleton is also expected to be out for at least 2 ? 3 weeks with an injury.The Panthers will hope to gain a further two points next week when they take on the Souths at Telstra Stadium and the Warriors will hope to redeem themselves against the Sharks back in New Zealand. Scorers:Penrith Panthers: 36Tries: Tony Puletua, Luke Rooney, Rhys Wesser(3), Matthew CrossGoals: Preston Campbell 6/7New Zealand Warriors: 6Tries: Manu VatuveiGoals: Tony Martin 1/1By the Clock:The Penrith Panthers host the New Zealand Warriors at CUA Stadium tonight in what should be an exciting encounter. Both teams are outside the top eight but are mathematically in contention for a finals spot, so a win tonight is a must.No changes for the Penrith Panthers but Brent Webb drops out for the Warriors and Cooper Vuna comes in to the side. Michael Luck also moves from the bench to the run on squad. We have great conditions for a football match tonight. It's warm and there's only a slight breeze.KICKOFF - The Panthers get play under way off Preston Campbell's boot. 2 min: NEWS Warriors on the attack now 10m out from the Panthers line after a mistake from Wesser. 4 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsVatuevi scores off a cross field bomb from Rovelli. Martin converts. Warriors 6-06 min: NEWS Ruban Wiki penalised for being off-side at marker. Panthers now have some momentum. 7 min: NEWS Preston Campbell takes an intercept close to the Panthers line, crosses half-way, but has no support. Panthers recieve a penalty. 11 min: NEWS Gower looks for a 40/20 but kicks the ball out on the full. Warriors now have the ball inside the Panthers half.20 min: TRY Penrith PanthersTony Puletua crosses the line after a switch ball from Gower. Campbell's kick is successful. 6 all.24 min: NEWS Warriors have the scrum-feed after Matthew Cross loses the ball carelessly. 26 min: NEWS Grant Rovelli puts a grubber kick in through to Wesser who knocks on. Warriors now attacking the Panthers line. 31 min: NEWS Priddis goes to the blind side from dummy-half on the last tackle and it finds Rooney. Rooney puts a kick into the Warriors in-goal and secures a repeat set of six.32 min: NO TRY Video referee Phil Cooley denies Michael Gordan a try and rules a goal line drop-out. 33 min: NEWS Simon Mannering recieves a shocking pass from George Gatis and knocks on giving the Panthers a chance close to the Warriors line.36 min: TRY Penrith PanthersLuke Priddis puts a grubber kick in out of acting-half towards the goal posts and Wesser dives on the ball and scores. Campbell adds the extras. Panthers 12-6HALF TIME STATSPENALTIES: PEN 3 WARR 2TACKLES: PEN 135 WARR 179MISS TACKLES: PEN 7 WARR 27ERRORS: PEN 7 WARR 5POSSESION: PEN 54% WARR 46%COMPLETIONS: PEN 14/19 WARR 13/18KICKOFF - Warriors get us underway in the second half. 45 min: PENALTY GOAL Penrith PanthersCampbell converts from right in front after Koopu was penalised for taking Campbell out. Panthers 14-647 min: NEWS The Warriors almost looked like scoring after making good metres and ending up close to the try line but it was not to be as Mannering, after almost heading in to touch, passes the ball to Campbell.50 min: NEWS Priddis gets smashed by Wiki. He eventually finds his feet and play resumes. 52 min: NEWS Gower is denied a chance at catching a bomb by Anderson and the Panthers recieve a penalty. 53 min: TRY Penrith PanthersAfter spreading the ball through the hands out to Gordan, the winger busts through two tackles and finds Wesser who crosses the white line. Campbell puts a further two points on the board. Panthers 20-656 min: TRY Penrith PanthersLee Hookey hands off a brilliant pass to Luke Rooney on the wing who manages to stay inside the field of play and ground the ball. Campbell fails to convert from the sideline. Panthers 24-661 min: NEWS Wesser and Ah Van collide after going for a kick. Archer rules a knock on and Warriors get the feed. 63 min: TRY Penrith PanthersMatthew Cross scores after recieving a cut out pass from Campbell with help from a decoy runner. Campbell doesn't miss. Panthers 30-666 min: TRY Penrith PanthersRhys Wesser scores his third for the night after a Priddis pass found Campbell who managed to keep it alive and give a miraculous pass to the try scorer. Panthers 36-670 min: NO TRY New Zealand WarriorsJerome Ropati was denied a try by the video ref after he was found to be off-side when the ball came off one of his team mates. 73 min: NEWS Joel Clinton has hit the ground after a dangerous high tackle by Ruben Wiki. The tackle is placed on report.74 min: NO TRY Penrith PanthersA grubber kick from Gower just crosses the dead ball line before Gordan could ground it.75 min: NO TRY New Zealand WarriorsThe video ref is once again called upon despite the referee being in perfect position. The ball was not grounded and the video ref rules a 20m restart for Penrith.FULL TIME STATSATTENDENCE: 9,725PENALTIES: PEN 7 WARR 2TACKLES: PEN 234 WARR 369MISS TACKLES: PEN 13 WARR 52ERRORS: PEN 10 WARR players of the match:3 - Rhys Wesser2 - Preston Campbell1 - Luke Priddis-----------------------------------------

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Preview: Hull KR v St Helens (C. Cup)

HULL KR will be without half-back Scott Murrell for their Powergen Challenge Cup semi-final against St Helens.Murrell, who was injured in training on Thursday, has suffered ankle ligament damage, although fears he had broken his ankle have proved unfounded.Jason Hooper joins Paul Sculthorpe and Mike Bennett on the Saints injury list.Jamie Lyon has been cleared to play despite being sent off last week while Sean Long is expected to return after missing the last two matches.Rovers coach Justin Morgan said: "It is a blow to Scott to miss out on a big occasion like this and also the club as he has been playing well."He could be out for something like a month but hopefully it will be less."Murrell reverted to stand-off when skipper James Webster returned to the side from injury against Widnes last Sunday.Morgan is likely to turn to either Gareth Morton or Tommy Gallagher to fill the number six shirt against Saints.The Robins, looking to reach their first Challenge Cup final for 20 years, are also without New Zealand second rower Michael Smith as well as loan duo Jon Whittle and Matty Brooks, who are both ineligible.Challenge Cup semi-final, Saturday, 29 JulyGalpharm Stadium, HuddersfieldKick-off: 1230 BST, live coverage on BBC 1St Helens (18-man squad): Wellens, Gardner, Lyon, Talau, Meli, Pryce, Long, Fozzard, Cunningham, Cayless, Gilmour, Wilkin, Roby, Anderson, Anderson, Graham, Hardman, Fa'asavalu.Hull KR (18-man squad): Cockayne, Steel, Couturier, Goddard, Ford, Morton, Webster, Aizue, Fisher, Tangata-Toa, Morrison, Netherton, Gallagher, Barker, Garmston, Ellis, Joseph, Stephenson.Source:

Wrigley Remains at the Dragons

THE St George Illawarra Dragons today announce that NRL Assistant Coach Kurt Wrigley has accepted an offer to extend his tenure with the Club for a further 12 months. Wrigley was contracted at the Dragons until the end of 2007 but has accepted an offer to remain with the Club until the end of 2008. Wrigley has established himself as an integral part of the Dragons Coaching staff after spending time with the Adelaide Rams (1998) and the Cronulla Sharks (2001-2003) in different roles from Junior Reps through to NRL level. He joined Head Coach Nathan Brown at the Dragons for the 2004 season and has since helped Nathan with the side?s attack, kicking, statistical analysis and forward planning. ?Kurt is a wonderful coach who has helped me considerably since joining the club in 2004. I have no doubt that he himself will become a Head Coach in the near future,? Brown said. Wrigley was recently offered the opportunity to join the Canberra Raiders under Neil Henry but has decided to stay with the Dragons. ?Whilst the offer from the Raiders was attractive. Nathan and the Management are pleased with my input,? Wrigley said. ?Staying at the Dragons will further my development as a Coach and I look forward to continuing my role at the club until the end of 2008?

Dragons v Storm important train information

DRAGONS Vs Storm - OKI Jubilee Stadium - Important Train Information - Sunday 30 July, 2006 Dragons supporters travelling to the Storm match at OKI Jubilee Stadium on Sunday 30 July should be aware that buses will replace trains on the Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra Line due to major trackwork.Supporters travelling to the match should catch a replacement bus service to Carlton Station, which is a short walk from OKI Jubilee Stadium.CityRail advises supporters plan their journey ahead of travelling and allow an extra 45 minutes travel time. Click here for detailed trackwork information including alternative travel arrangements and bus timetables.Buses will also replace trains on the Bankstown Line between Sydenham and Central.Other CityRail services will operate to normal weekend timetables.For other event and public transport information visit 26/7/2006

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GEE whiz, the bloke that wrote this column last week needs to take himself outside and give himself thirty uppercuts. He picked one from four and that was the Lions over the Hawkes. He reckoned the Sea Eagles would walk it in over Marist. Marist beat them 36/28. He spouted on about how the game between the Tigers and Roosters would probably be a draw, if not, the Roosters would win. Final score in that game Tigers 22, Roosters 18. Finally, he put the mockers completely on East Coast Bays, by suggesting the Bays would win a narrow one over the Otahuhu Leopards. The Leopards kicked their butt 34/14.

Overnight wrap: Smith, Villa, late mail

CANBERRA playmaker Jason Smith has rejected an offer from the Gold Coast Titans and agreed to play for North Queensland next year.

Final Five or Finals Farce?

WHY is it that in a competition featuring fewer teams than during the 1988-1994 era, the NRL persists with a Finals System that allows more teams now to have a shot at the Premiership come September? Sure we all know the current format is solely about money but isn?t the NRL cheapening the achievement of simply making the Finals? From memory the key reasoning (again it was all about money but this was the line trotted out) behind starting the whole Super League era was the intent to reduce the number of teams which would then increase the quality of games week in week out. And lets be fair dinkum, that was the same reasoning trotted out by the NRL when they decided to punt a few teams during the early post-Super League years. So why with the teams reduced, did the NRL decide to stick with the clearly inferior McIntyre System, enabling over half of the teams in the competition to qualify for the Finals? again it was all about money. With the Gold Coast Titans entering the competition next season the NRL will mirror the old NSWRL?s number of teams who competed in that that 1988-94 period when the game experienced one of its truly golden eras both on and off the field. This 16th team creates a great opportunity to return to the days of the Final Five and bring some credibility back into simply making the month of September. And with the elimination of meaningless Finals games (which DO exist in the McIntyre format) the crowds and TV ratings (the two biggies financially) will increase and the achievement of making the Finals will be once again meaningful. The beauty of the Final Five is the fact it creates blockbuster games over four weekends and in doing so makes the road to glory as tough as possible ? as it should be. Given the current NRL Table there is a clear cut Final Five and although the media loves to talk up and talk down sides every second week during the year, there is only one side that has had a great season and that is the Melbourne Storm and they will as a result win the Minor Premiership. Incorporating the Byes still to come this would be the table (sorted by Differential): 1. MELBOURNE STORM 34 2. BULLDOGS 30 3. BRISBANE BRONCOS 28 4. MANLY SEA EAGLES 28 5. ST.GEORGE-ILLAWARRA 28 Leaving the following teams just outside the Final Five after good but quite frankly not outstanding seasons: 6. NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS 24 7. CANBERRA RAIDERS 24 8. NTH QLD COWBOYS 22 9. CRONULLA SHARKS 22 Given the up and down nature of the teams just outside the Top 5, the process of sorting the contenders from the pretenders is done before September and the teams that truly deserve to be in a position to win the competition are rewarded with a ticket to the big games. Also in reverting to a Final Five there is no longer the need to have Home Finals because like in the ?good old days? the Finals were a separate animal entirely and only the teams in the Top 3 deserved a second bite at the cherry in the form of any advantage for finishing high on the table. As a result the six games of football could be split between the three best Rugby League stadiums in Australia with no preference to any team and a set schedule to avoid favourable ground draws. ? And for those who argue no one will show up to games featuring out of town sides, check out the crowd figures for the 1993 and 1994 Finals Series in which Brisbane and Canberra featured heavily in the games played. All the games were played at the Sydney Football Stadium (capacity 42,000) and in 1993 a total of 222,288 people attended 6 games at an average of 37,048 and in 1994 a total of 230,383 people attended 6 games at an average of 38,397. With the Final Five decided how about this for a mouth-watering month of football. Week One: ? Friday Night - Minor Preliminary Semi Final #4 Manly Warringah Sea Eagles v #5 St. George-Illawarra Dragons @ Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane ? Saturday Night - Major Preliminary Semi Final #2 Bulldogs v #3 Brisbane Broncos @ Aussie Stadium, Sydney Week Two: ? Friday Night - Minor Semi Final #3 Brisbane Broncos v #5 St. George-Illawarra Dragons @ Aussie Stadium, Sydney ? Saturday Night - Major Semi Final #1 Melbourne Storm v #2 Bulldogs @ Telstra Stadium, Sydney Week Three: ? Friday Night - Preliminary Final #1 Melbourne Storm v #5 St. George-Illawarra Dragons @ Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Week Four: ? Sunday Night - Grand Final #2 Bulldogs v #5 St. George Illawarra Dragons @ Telstra Stadium, Sydney * Friday Night games are far bigger events than Sunday Afternoon fixtures and are the perfect way to end the working week and the Preliminary Final in particular must be a Friday Night so there is truly a Grand Final week and the team who plays in the Preliminary Final gets enough rest to take on the well rested team which won the Major Semi Final. If a lineup of games like that can?t get the fans off the couch and to the stadium then they are just too hard to please. A Final Five has to return as the game needs to bring the glory back to the month of September when the best of the best fought for the Premiership.

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