IT was a glorious day in Blackpool and a glorious game of rugby league at New Craven Park as Leigh Centurions beat Hull Kingston Rovers 22-18 in the Northern Rail Cup Final.
BRADFORD Bulls 30 (St Hilaire 2, Vainikolo 2, Ferres tries; Deacon 5 goals) def. Catalans Dragons 16 (Chan, Verges, Mounis tries; Jones 2 goals). Att: 10,388.
FRIDAY - 14th July 2006Two tries each from Leslie Vainikolo and Marcus St Hilaire helped Bradford record their third win over the Dragons but this 30-16 victory was no stroll in the park and the Bulls never looked likely to put 50 points past the Frenchman for the third time this season.Vainikolo returned after a two-match absence and as well as his scoring, provided some of the big hits of the night to get the Bulls fans on their feet.The Dragons started brightly and their early pressure paid off when prop Alex Chen powered over from close range.Bradford took a while to recover but three quick penalties created good field position and a looping pass from Michael Withers created the opening for Marcus St Hilaire to race over.Just as Bradford looked set to get on top, the French side struck again, winger Bruno Verges stealing the ball from Withers and racing over from 35 yards.Catalans could have stretched their lead further but Mark Hughes was just unable to take Stacey Jones? precise chip.Instead it was the Bulls who went in front, Brett Ferres touching down after more French indiscipline had given Bradford a good position.The Jones-Hughes combination tried again and this time the centre took the ball but the Bulls managed to turn him on his back before he could ground the ball.And it looked as though Bradford would finally get on top just before half-time when Iestyn Harris cut out four men with a long pass to Vainikolo who made no mistake from 10 yards.Paul Deacon added his third successful kick to give the home side an 18-10 lead.But Catalans came out firing in the second half and pulled within two points when Greg Mounis stretched out and just managed to touch down near the posts, allowing Jones to put over his second successful kick.Another trademark Harris long pass put St Hilaire in for his second try and as Bradford increased the pace, Jamie Langley came close to scoring and Iestyn Harris was just an inch away.Deacon landed a long-range penalty to put Bulls 24-16 in front and Vainikolo finished off a good passing move to touch down for the second time.Bradford: Withers, Vainikolo, Hape, B. Harris, St Hilaire, I. Harris, Deacon, Meyers, Newton, Lynch, McKenna, Ferres, Langley.Replacements: Vagana, Henderson, Burgess, Smith.Catalans Dragons: Guigue, Murphy, Wilson, Hughes, Verges, Rudder, Jones, Beattie, Berthezene, Chan, Guisset, Hindmarsh, Mounis.Replacements: Fakir, Casty, Rinaldi, Fellous.Bradford: (18) 30.Tries: St Hilaire 2, Ferres, Vainikolo 2.Goals: Deacon 5.Catalans Dragons: (10) 16.Tries: Chan, Verges, Mounis.Goals: Jones 2.Referee: R Laughton (Barnsley)Att: 10,388Source: www.superleague.co.uk
NEW Harlequins coach Brian McDermott endured a tough baptism of fire at Knowsley Road as St Helens powered four points clear at the engage Super League summit with a 30-24 win.
WIGAN?S bid for the great escape continued to gather momentum with a fifth straight engage Super League win, 20-12, that lifted them clear of the relegation zone for the first time for four months.It took the Warriors more than an hour to grind down a gritty Salford side that recovered well from the loss of captain Malcolm Alker but wins are more important than performances for Brian Noble?s men.Six points adrift of their nearest rivals just six weeks ago, Wigan are now 10th in the table, just a point behind seventh-placed Harlequins.The result leaves Salford still searching for their first win at the JJB Stadium but they rallied after going 10-0 behind after 24 minutes and never gave up despite seeing Alker limp out of the action four minutes into the second half.The Reds were forced to defend for long periods and prop forward Andy Coley put his side under early pressure by twice losing possession deep in his own half.Coley, one man hoping to impress Wigan and Great Britain boss Brian Noble, also lost the ball in a three-man tackle at the other end of the field as he attempted to cross the tryline.That was the nearest Salford came to scoring until a grubber kick from Luke Robinson bounced awkwardly short of the Wigan line and substitute Ryan Clayton scored with his first touch.Before then, Wigan had fully deserved their 10-0 lead, courtesy of two tries created by the clever kicking game of in-form half-backs Danny Orr and Michael Dobson.Second rower Bryan Fletcher touched down Orr?s deft punt on 14 minutes while 10 minutes later winger Brett Dallas followed up Dobson?s kick to the corner following a splendid break by hooker Wayne Godwin.Wigan almost scored again when Orr got Dallas into his stride but Salford full-back David Hodgson chased him down and his inside pass was intercepted by John Wilshere.It was a similar story in the second half, with Wigan dominating possession and territory but Salford refusing to yield to the mounting pressure.The Warriors almost scored from another Dobson grubber, with former Salford centre Nathan McAvoy failing to ground the ball over the line.The Reds? cause looked a lost one when Alker went off but they redoubled their efforts and got to within two points on 52 minutes when centre Aaron Moule took Robinson?s pass and pulled out of Mark Calderwood?s attempted tackle to touch down.Stephen Myler failed to add to his first-half conversion but he tied the scores with a simple penalty six minutes later after Wigan skipper Sean O?Loughlin was punished for a high tackle on Robinson.Salford substitute Gareth Haggerty was then pulled up for a high tackle on Orr and Dobson maintained his focus to curl in a 30-metre penalty that restored Wigan?s lead.And Orr had the final say when he finished off a break by man of the match Fletcher for the all-important try 11 minutes from time and Dobson maintained his 100% record with a fourth goal.Wigan: Ashton, Calderwood, Radlinski, McAvoy, Dallas, Orr, Dobson, Paleaaesina, Higham, Fielden, Hock, Fletcher, O'Loughlin.Replacements: Logan, Godwin, Hansen, Tickle.Salford: Hodgson, Langi, McGuinness, Moule, Wilshere, Myler, Robinson, Lima, Alker, Rutgerson, Littler, Coley, Charles.Replacements: Clayton, Adamson, Haggerty, Highton.Wigan: (12) 20.Tries: Fletcher, Dallas, Orr.Goals: Dobson 4.Salford: (6) 12.Tries: Clayton, Moule.Goals: Myler 2.Referee: R Silverwood (Dewsbury)Att: 13,630Source: www.superleague.co.uk
FRIDAY night football kicked off to a packed Kogarah?s Oki Jubilee Stadium with the St George Illawarra Dragons playing host to the Canterbury Bulldogs. Played in a semi-final atmosphere, the match saw both sides entertain the bumper crowd with some great forward clashes. The Bulldogs finally got the better of the home side in posting a 22-16 victory. The result sees both sides on 26 points, with the points differential giving the Bulldogs second spot on the National Rugby League ladder.On Saturday, we travelled to Auckland where a visiting Parramatta Eels side kept their finals hopes alive with a 20-12 win over the New Zealand Warriors. Sitting on 18 points, the Eels are just outside of the top eight while the Warriors are now battling to keep in touch on 14 points.Saturday night took us west of Sydney to Penrith to see the Panthers defeat the North Queensland Cowboys by 17-8. The Penrith side are on the fringe of the top eight and join a number of teams on 20 points, including the Cowboys.Meanwhile, the hapless South Sydney Rabbitohs went down again, the fifth-placed Manly Sea Eagles travelling to Homebush to post a 26-20 win over the 2006 wooden spooners.Sunday football saw three matches, kicking off with the Newcastle Knights hosting the Melbourne Storm. The Storm are now top of the table and six points clear after recording a 24-16 win over the home side. The Knights join the log jam of teams on 20 points and are still clinging to the top eight.Meanwhile in Sydney, the Roosters scored an upset win over the Cronulla Sharks, defeating the visitors 38-32 in a match where the score line reflected the level of defence. The Roosters have snapped a six match losing streak but are still in the lower half of the ladder on 16 competition points. The Sharks are 22 points and running sixth.Round 19 wrapped up in the national capital with the Raiders overcoming last year?s premiers, Wests Tigers, by 20-18 at Canberra Stadium. The result sees the Raiders on 20 points and within shot of a finals berth while Wests Tigers are on the outside and looking in on 18 points.All match results and details are listed below.LeagueUnlimited.com Player AwardsRaiders full back Clinton Schifcofske may be heading off to Union but this isn?t affecting his League form. The Raiders fullback scored maximum points on the weekend and has kicked away in this year?s LeagueUnlimited.com Player Awards. ?Schif? is in front on 24 points, four points clear of his nearest rival.Greg Inglis (Storm), Matt Orford (Sea Eagles), Cameron Smith (Storm) are all in equal second place on 20 points. Meanwhile Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels), Ben Kennedy (Sea Eagles), Willie Mason (Bulldogs), and Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys) are not far away on 17 points. With just seven rounds remaining, the leader board sees a number of players still in contention in the 10-15 points range. 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:League Wrap: Round 19, 14 July ? 16 July 2006St George Illawarra Dragons: 16Tries: Ben Creagh, Mark Gasnier(2)Goals: Aaron Gorrell 2/4Field Goals: Ben Hornby 0/1Canterbury Bulldogs: 22Tries: Brent Sherwin, Sonny Bill Williams, Daniel Holdsworth(2)Goals: Hazem El Masri 3/4Half time: Bulldogs 10-4Venue: OKI Jubilee Stadium, KogarahCrowd: 18,223Referee: Steve ClarkLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Roy Asotasi (Bulldogs)2 - Willie Mason (Bulldogs)1 - Brent Sherwin (Bulldogs)New Zealand Warriors: 12Tries: Grant Rovelli, Steve PriceGoals: Tony Martin 2/2Parramatta Eels: 20Tries: Nathan Hindmarsh, Luke O'Dwyer, Jarryd Hayne(2)Goals: Mark Riddell 1/4, Jarryd Hayne 1/2Half time: Eels 18-6Venue: Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland (Ericsson Stadium)Crowd: 14,499Referee: Sean HampsteadLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels)2 - Simon Mannering (Warriors)1 - Jarryd Hayne (Eels)Penrith Panthers: 17Tries: Luke Priddis, Rhys Wesser, Michael GordonGoals: Preston Campbell 2/3Field Goals: Craig TrindallNorth Queensland Cowboys: 8Tries: Steven SouthernGoals: Johnathan Thurston 2/2Half time: Cowboys 2-0Venue: CUA Stadium, PenrithCrowd: 8,212Referee: Ben CumminsLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Preston Campbell (Panthers)2 - Joel Clinton (Panthers)1 - Matthew Bowen (Cowboys)South Sydney Rabbitohs: 20Tries: Luke MacDougall, Nathan Merritt(2), David PeacheyGoals: Ben Walker 2/4Manly Sea Eagles: 26Tries: Brett Stewart, Luke Williamson, Michael Robertson(3)Goals: Matt Orford 3/5Half time: Sea Eagles 16-10 Venue: Telstra StadiumCrowd: 7,509Referee: Jarred MaxwellLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Michael Robertson (Sea Eagles)2 - Nathan Merritt (Rabbitohs)1 - Matt Orford (Sea Eagles)Newcastle Knights: 16Tries: Anthony Quinn(2), Brian CarneyGoals: Andrew Johns 2/4Melbourne Storm: 24Tries: Cooper Cronk, Ryan Hoffman, Billy Slater, Jeremy SmithGoals: Cameron Smith 4/4Half time: Storm 12-10Venue: EnergyAustralia StadiumCrowd: 21,655Referee: Paul SimpkinsLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Cooper Cronk (Storm)2 - Clint Newton (Knights)1 - Billy Slater (Storm)Sydney Roosters: 38Tries: Ryan Cross(2), Chris Flannery, Sam Perrett(2), Iosia Soliola, Setaimata SaGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 5/9Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 32Tries: Greg Bird, Adam Dykes, Nigel Vagana, Darren Albert, Brett KearneyGoals: Luke Covell 6/6Half time: Sharks 18-16Venue: Aussie StadiumCrowd: 9,241Referee: Jason RobinsonLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Craig Fitzgibbon (Roosters)2 - Nigel Vagana (Sharks)1 - David Shillington (Roosters)Canberra Raiders: 20Tries: Todd Carney, Marshall Chalk, Phillip GrahamGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 4/5Wests Tigers: 18Tries: Dean Collis, Brett Hodgson, Shannon McDonnellGoals: Brett Hodgson 3/4Half time: 12-allVenue: Canberra StadiumCrowd: 9,125Referee: Tony ArcherLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Clinton Schifcofske (Raiders)2 - Jason Smith (Raiders)1 - Scott Prince (Tigers)Brisbane Broncos v ByeFULL DRAW, RESULTS & LINKS TO LIVE SCORES ? CLICK HEREUPCOMING MATCHES:Round 20, 21-23 July 2006Fri 7:30 STORM v SHARKS - Olympic ParkSat 5:30 BULLDOGS v ROOSTERS - Telstra Stadium Sat 7:30 KNIGHTS v RABBITOHS - EnergyAustralia StadiumSat 7:30 COWBOYS v BRONCOS - Dairy Farmers Stadium Sun 2:30 TIGERS v EELS - Telstra StadiumSun 3:00 SEA EAGLES v PANTHERS - Brookvale OvalSun 3:00 RAIDERS v DRAGONS - Canberra StadiumWARRIORS v BYE FOR 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.24 pointsClinton Schifcofske (Raiders)20 pointsGreg Inglis (Storm), Matt Orford (Sea Eagles), Cameron Smith (Storm)17 pointsNathan Hindmarsh (Eels), Ben Kennedy (Sea Eagles), Willie Mason (Bulldogs), Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)15 pointsPreston Campbell (Panthers), Andrew Johns (Knights)14 pointsCooper Cronk (Storm), Mark Gasnier (Dragons)13 pointsAdam Dykes (Sharks), Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs), Darren Lockyer (Broncos)11 pointsMatthew Bowen (Cowboys), Danny Buderus (Knights), Karmichael Hunt (Broncos)10 pointsRoy Asotasi (Bulldogs), Petero Civoniceva (Broncos), Robert Farah (Tigers)9 pointsPaul Gallen (Sharks), Mathew Head (Dragons), Brett Hodgson (Tigers), Steve Price (Warriors), Jason Smith (Raiders)8 pointsBrett Kimmorley (Sharks), Corey Parker (Broncos), Scott Prince (Tigers), Ruben Wiki (Warriors), Dean Young (Dragons)7 pointsSteve Bell (Sea Eagles), Mark O?Meley (Bulldogs), Amos Roberts (Roosters), Sonny Bill Williams (Bulldogs)6 pointsCraig Gower (Panthers), Nathan Fien (Warriors), Craig Fitzgibbon (Roosters), 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), Simon Mannering (Warriors), 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), Jarryd Hayne (Eels), Ryan Hoffman (Storm), Ben Hornby (Dragons), Anthony Laffranchi (Tigers), Adam MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Fuifui Moimoi (Eels), Clint Newton (Knights), David Peachey (Rabbitohs), Luke Priddis (Panthers), Andrew Ryan (Bulldogs), David Simmons (Sharks), Steve Simpson (Knights), Billy Slater (Storm), Jamie Soward (Roosters), Anthony Tupou (Roosters), Paul Whatuira (Tigers), Lincoln Withers (Raiders)3 pointsLuke Bailey (Dragons), Greg Bird (Sharks), Joel Clinton (Panthers), Darius Boyd (Broncos), Dean Collis (Tigers), Matt Cooper (Dragons), Luke Covell (Sharks), Michael Crocker (Storm), Greg Eastwood (Broncos), Brett Finch (Roosters), Michael Gordon (Panthers), Phillip Graham (Raiders), Clint Greenshields (Dragons), Nathan Hinton (Knights), Brett Kearney (Sharks), Luke MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Reni Maitua (Bulldogs), Manase Manuokafoa (Rabbitohs), Michael Robertson (Sea Eagles), Jerome Ropati (Warriors), 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), Mark O'Meley (Bulldogs), Benji Marshall (Tigers), Nathan Merritt (Rabbitohs), 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), Brent Sherwin (Bulldogs), Steven Southern (Cowboys), John Sutton (Rabbitohs), Timana Tahu (Eels), Clinton Toopi (Warriors), Evarn Tuimavave (Warriors), Nigel Vagana (Sharks), Trent Waterhouse (Panthers), Shane Webcke (Broncos), Michael Weyman (Raiders), Craig Wing (Roosters)1 pointPaul Bowman (Cowboys), Nathan Cayless (Eels), 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), David Shillington (Roosters), Brent Tate (Broncos), Shane Tronc (Cowboys), Ben Walker (Rabbitohs), Simon Woolford (Raiders), William Zillman (Raiders)
SUNDAY 16 July 2006 Counties Manukau Jetz vs Northern Storm Massey Park Papakura, AucklandCounties Manukau Jetz 64Tries: J. Ioapo, L. Moala, T. Tuifelasai, S. Fa?i (2), D. Heketoa (2), M. Filipo (4)Goals: J. Matai (2), D. Heketoa (8) Northern Storm 26Tries: I. Taufa, V. Tutuila, P. Masoe, J. Freeman (2)Goals: D. Were (3)Halftime Score: 24 ? 4 To Counties Manukau Jetz
DISKIN returns for Rhinos
GIANTS and Wildcats name squads
ROUND 19 Sydney Roosters 38 v Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 32at Aussie StadiumReferees: Jason RobinsonMatch Summary:The Sydney Roosters have broken through for their sixth win of the season, downing their more fancied rivals Cronulla Sharks by 38-32 at Aussie Stadium this afternoon.Snapping a six-game losing streak, the Roosters were under enormous pressure to get a win up today, after plummeting to second-last on the ladder following their poor recent form. Likewise, the Sharks have also been under a form cloud lately after losing their past two games despite coming into top-four calculations just a fortnight ago.The game started with a fast pace but was dogged by baffling refereeing decisions throughout, meaning no side could gain momentum for too long. The Roosters took an early lead through Chris Flannery in the 3rd minute, followed shortly by winger Sam Perrett?s first effort for the day, scoring in the 6th minute to push the home side out to a 10-0 lead.As they began to get into the contest, the Sharks responded with some constructive play, scoring through second-rower Greg Bird in the 19th minute before hard-running centre Nigel Vagana crossed in the 28th minute. In between Roosters captain Craig Fitzgibbon slotted a penalty goal and with ten minutes remaining before halftime the game was locked at 12-all and the game was certainly a more entertaining spectacle than it was billed for.Both sides continued to add tries to tally with Albert for the Sharks, (34th minute) and Soliola for the Roosters (40th minute) setting the game up for a whirlwind second half. At the break the Sharks lead 18-16 thanks to the more accurate kicking of Luke Covell, but the home side definitely weren?t out of the reckoning.Shortly after the break a try to rangy replacement Brett Kearney and a further penalty to Luke Covell opened up a ten-point lead to Cronulla, their biggest of the match, and it appeared that normal transmission had resumed down at Bondi Junction.But to their credit the Roosters dug deep and found an extra gear to hit back several times against the Sharks, scoring three tries in ten minutes through Setaimata Sa and a brace to Ryan Cross, pushing Easts to the lead at 34-26.The Sharks then attempted their own comeback with five-eighth Adam Dykes crossing the stripe in the 66th minute to setup a thrilling finish with the scores poised at 34-32.A frustrated Ricky Stuart appeared to finally have enough of Brett Finch in the 72nd minute, dragging him from the field rather unceremoniously for an early shower. The ploy worked however, with the Roosters going back on the attack and Perrett rounding out his double for the day in the 74th minute.The Roosters managed to hold out the Sharks attack from there with a thrilling finish to the game giving some heart to the faithful fans of the Tri-colours. They travel to Telstra Stadium next week to take on the rampant Bulldogs to entertain the bleak chance they may still make the finals.Cronulla have some self-assessment to undergo however, slumping to their third loss against a team they were expected to beat. This leaves their finals campaign in some doubt after it had been building quite nicely. They face tear-away leaders Melbourne Strom at their Olympic Park graveyard and it simply doesn?t come any harder than that.Scorers:Sydney Roosters: 38Tries: Ryan Cross(2), Chris Flannery, Sam Perrett(2), Iosia Soliola, Setaimata SaGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 5/9Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 32Tries: Greg Bird, Adam Dykes, Nigel Vagana, Darren Albert, Brett KearneyGoals: Luke Covell 6/6By the Clock:We're up and running here at Aussie Stadium! The Roosters hosting the Sharks!3 min: TRY Sydney RoostersFlannery scores but by the sounds of things we'll be hearing more about this one during the week. The ball appeared to have been grounded on the dead-ball line but was still awarded a try. Craig Fitzgibbon converts. Roosters 6-06 min: TRY Sydney RoostersLuck's a fortune for the Roosters as Sam Perrett fields a Braith Anasta bomb to score a try. Fitzgibbon fails to convert the try. Great start here for the red, white and blue. Roosters 10-010 min: ATTEMPTED PENALTY GOAL Sydney RoostersFitzgibbon sprays the attempt at penalty goal wide but the Sharks are shellshocked at the moment. Roosters 10-015 min: NEWS Cronulla have not completed a set of six thus far and look like they're on another planet. Braith Anasta is playing his best game in his new colours. Still 10-0 the Roosters lead.19 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksGreg Bird crosses for the Sharks off the back of some impressive work from centre Nigel Vagana. Luke Covell successful with the conversion. Roosters 10-620 min: NEWS Hutch Maiava suffers a headclash on the return from the kickoff and loses the ball. The injury looks to be concussion. Maiava replaced as the Roosters go on the attack. 22 min: PENALTY GOAL Sydney RoostersFitzgibbon adds the two points from the penalty goal with another controversial decision going against the Sharks. Roosters 12-628 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksVagana gets across the stripe and the men from the shire are back in town. Great game on our hands here! Covell successful with the attempt at goal. 12 all.30 min: NEWS Leon Bott has sustained a calf muscle injury for the Sharks. The Cronulla side now down to 15 men momentarily with the earlier injury to Hutch Maiava.34 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksAdam Dykes throws a pass which looked to be forward to Darren Albert who scoots away to score for Cronulla. Covell converts and Cronulla have gained the ascendancy. Sharks 18-1240 min: TRY Sydney RoostersIosia Soliola crosses for a crucial try on halftime. A great second half is now in prospect. Fitzgibbon fails to add the extras. Sharks 18-16Halftime: The Roosters started well but the Sharks have hit back in the second period of the first half to lead 18-16 at the break. The Roosters have had more opportunities but the Sharks could be in trouble with both Hutch Maiava and Leon Bott both in doubt to return. Stick around, this second half will be a cracker!Second half underway at Aussie Stadium44 min: PENALTY GOAL Cronulla Sutherland SharksCovell adds the two points for the penalty goal. Sharks lead 20-16 early in the second half. Sharks 20-1648 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksBrett Kearney crosses for Cronulla who have come out firing after halftime. Sharks 26-1653 min: TRY Sydney RoostersRyan Cross scores a length-of-the-field try as the Roosters come charging back at the Sharks. Conversion successful from Fitzgibbon. Sharks 26-2257 min: TRY Sydney RoostersSetaimata Sa continues the frantic afternoon for scoreboard attendants and scorers alike with another Roosters try. The decision was referred to video referee Steve Clark who decided to award the try. Roosters in front with the successful conversion to Fitzgibbon. Roosters 28-2663 min: TRY Sydney RoostersCross somehow plants the ball down for his second try after it looked as though the Sharks had managed to hold him up and secure the hand-over. Fitzgibbon converts and the Roosters could be looking at their first win since round 11. Roosters 34-2666 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksAdam Dykes crosses for Cronulla and there's still plenty of points in this game. A neat blindside play with Vagana involved yet again. Covell converts, 34-32 and we've got a game here. Roosters 34-3270 min: NEWS Brett Finch gifts the Sharks an opportunity by throwing a pass over the sideline just 30 metres out from his own line.72 min: NEWS Finch dragged by Ricky Stuart but they manage to hold out the Sharks for the moment.74 min: TRY Sydney RoostersPerrett gets his second after swooping on a Braith Anasta bomb which went to ground. Fitzgibbon fails to convert keeping the Sharks in the game. Roosters 38-32Fulltime: The Roosters have kept their utterly slim finals hopes alive with a 38-32 victory over the Sharks. A thriller of a game! Match report to come soon.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Craig Fitzgibbon2 - Nigel Vagana1 - David Shillington-----------------------------------------
ROUND 19 Canberra Raiders 20 v Wests Tigers 18at Canberra StadiumReferees: Tony ArcherMatch Summary:A Clinton Schifcofske penalty goal three minutes into extra time has given the Canberra Raiders an exciting 20-18 extra time win over the Wests Tigers in Canberra today.The Tigers opened the scoring in the 8th minute with a try to centre Dean Collis following a tidy Scott Prince kick. The Raiders then spent some time gifting the Tigers possession with a number of errors coming out of danger, and this led to the Tigers second try when Brett Hodgson got the ball one pass off the scrum and went through the defence after Lincoln Withers slipped over. His conversion gave the Tigers a 12-0 lead after 15 minutes.The Raiders scored their first try after 20 minutes with Marshall Chalk bobbling a cross field kick before dotting down. The Radiers levelled the match nine minutes later with a Phil Graham try. Schifcofske just missed a 50 metre field goal attempt on the siren before half time.The Raiders took the lead seven minutes into the second half when Jason Smith put Todd Carney in with a great flick pass. The Raiders then looked to be shutting the game down and were preparing to grind out a win. With 16 minutes to go Schifcofske missed a long range penalty goal that would have put the Raiders out by eight.With 14 miuntes to go Shannon McDonnell scored off a deflected Scott Prince grubber, and the match was tied at 18-all. There were three attempted field goals in the last five minutes, the Tigers missed two and the Raiders one, including Scott Prince missing one right on the siren.The Tigers got possession in extra time after a Raiders error and had a perfect chance to take the win, but Hodgson put the field goal attempt wide. The Raiders got the ball back and set off downfield, before Todd Payten was penalised for stripping the ball. Schifcofske landed the penalty goal from 35 metres out and claimed the win and the vital two points for the Raiders.Scorers:Canberra Raiders: 20Tries: Todd Carney, Marshall Chalk, Phillip GrahamGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 4/5Wests Tigers: 18Tries: Dean Collis, Brett Hodgson, Shannon McDonnellGoals: Brett Hodgson 3/4By the Clock:Good afternoon from Canberra Stadium. Today we have the Raiders hosting the Tigers. Grey day in Canberra and a small crowd is in.The Raiders come into this match on a two match losing streak, while the Tigers won their last outing.This is a do-or-die clash, both teams are on the cusp of the top eight.O'Hara is starting for the Tigers, Galloway out. Withers is at halfback for the Raiders and Carney drops to the bench, and Woolford starts at hooker.1 min: The Tigers get us underway!6 min: Both teams just feeling each other out at the moment.8 min: VIDEO REF - for a Tigers try...8 min: TRY Wests TigersPrince puts in a half chip half bomb kick, Collis gets a great bounce and dots down out wide. Hodgson converts. Tigers 6-011 min: A Raiders error puts the Tigers right back on attack.12 min: VIDEO REF - for a Tigers try...12 min: NO TRY - TigersA grubber goes into the in goal, it sits up perfectly for Payten who knocks on stone cold.15 min: TRY Wests TigersAfter another Raiders error coming out of trouble, Hodgson gets the ball one off the scrum. A defender slips over and Hodgson races through the gap runs 20 metres to score. He converts. Tigers 12-019 min: VIDEO REF - For a Raiders try...19 min: NO TRY - RaidersLearoyd-Lahrs is ruled to have knocked the ball on in the ingoal. He lost it after his arm and the ball bounced off the ground after a tackle near the line.20 min: TRY Canberra RaidersThe Tigers make a mistake early in the count after the no try ruling, Smith bombs across field for Chalk who juggles the ball and makes a great catch to dot the ball down. Schifcofske converts. Tigers 12-629 min: VIDEO REF - for a Raiders try...checking for obstruction29 min: TRY Canberra RaidersThe Raiders spread the ball wide to Graham who scores out wide. Schifcofske converts. 12 all.35 min: VIDEO REF - for a Raiders try...35 min: NO TRY - RaidersElford just manages to force a kick dead, Tongue nearly grounded it out of nowhere.40 min: ATTEMPTED FIELD GOAL Canberra RaidersFrom a scrum Schifcoske attempts a 50 metre field goal that misses wide, but certainly had the legs. 12 all.Halftime: A pretty entertaining game. The Tigers looked good early on off the back of some Raiders errors, but the Raiders have come back to level the game at 12-all. Still a fair few errors in the match.40 min: Back underway at Canberra Stadium!47 min: A poor play from the Tigers puts the Raiders on attack for the first time this half.47 min: TRY Canberra RaidersSmith puts Carney in with a magnificent flick pass behind his back that totally wrong footed the defenders. Schifcofske converts. Raiders 18-1249 min: INJURY - a horrible head clash between Payten and Kahler has both players bloodied. Payten is going up the tunnel, but it doesn't look like a very bad injury. Kahler is playing on.55 min: The Tigers are really struggling to make ground on the wet surface against the Raiders defence, while the Raiders are getting a roll on.57 min: Halatau goes in off a really forward pass and the play is called back.60 min: Raiders starting to give the Tigers free possession are territory again.61 min: Purtell makes a great defensive play - as the Tigers spread the ball across field it goes to ground and he dives on it to get possession as the Tigers were looking a good chance to score. Schifcofske kicks out on the full on the last tackle.64 min: ATTEMPTED PENALTY GOAL Canberra RaidersSchifcofske misses a long range penalty goal. Raiders 18-1265 min: Kahler knocks a kick down and the Tigers get the ball 10 out.66 min: TRY Wests TigersPrince puts in a grubber kick, it bounces off a Raiders player and McDonnell comes up with the ball and dots the ball down in the in goal. Hodgson converts. 18 all.71 min: Now Jason Smith kicks out on the full.72 min: Payten returning to the field.74 min: Jason Smith puts a huge hit on Scott Prince.75 min: ATTEMPTED FIELD GOAL Canberra RaidersCarney attempts a field goal that goes wide. 18 all.76 min: Prince thinks about a field goal, but he gets pressured out of it and kicks the ball dead instead. All the interchanges have been used today.77 min: Withers also puts a kick dead.78 min: ATTEMPTED FIELD GOAL Wests TigersHodgson puts a field goal wide right. 18 all.79 min: Withers loses the ball after a great run that had the Raiders in field goal range. Raiders penalised for a strip with 50 seconds to go.80 min: ATTEMPTED FIELD GOAL Wests TigersPrince puts another field goal attempt wide. 18 all.Extra time coming up!80 min: The Tigers kick off in extra time!81 min: The Raiders knock on 30 out from their own line.81 min: ATTEMPTED FIELD GOAL Wests TigersHodgson misses wide right again. 18 all.83 min: PENALTY GOAL Canberra RaidersPayten is penalised for stripping the ball with two in the tackle. Schifcofske lands the penalty goal from 35 out, right in front. Raiders 20-18The Raiders win in extra time.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Clinton Schifcofske2 - Jason Smith1 - Scott Prince-----------------------------------------
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ROUND 19 Penrith Panthers 17 v North Queensland Cowboys 8at CUA Stadium, PenrithReferees: Ben CumminsMatch Summary:The Penrith Panthers have kept their dream of a finals appearance alive with a low scoring 17- 8 victory over an ordinary Cowboys outfit. The Cowboys led 2-0 at halftime in a tryless opening stanza half thanks to a 12th minute penalty goal from Queensland halfback Johnathon Thurston.In what was pretty much the only exciting passage of the first half, the scoreboard attendants fell asleep on the job and forgot to press the half time siren. The players were left playing for an extra half a minute before referee Ben Cummins got a message from his video referee to blow half time.I'm not sure what the coaches said at halftime but the players came out wanting some action and straight after the break. Panthers hooker Luke Priddis dived over after a good break by Luke Swain.The conversion was successful and the the Panthers were in front for the first time tonight 6-2.Only moments later veteran five-eight Preston Campbell kicked a 40/20 to give the Panthers a sniff at two tries in a minute.However, as the story was on the night for both sides, handling let the Panthers down as they searched for a second try. Moments later, Queensland halfback Johnathon Thurston chipped over the top before being taken out by young Panthers prop Matthew Cross. This gave the visitors another set of six on the Panthers' goal line.Former Dragons junior Steve Southern who was recalled in to First Grade this week, got the Cowboys back into the game as he went over to score off a Mark Henry break to put the Cowboys back in front 8-6.Just when the Cowboys thought they were back in the contest, young Panthers winger Michael Gordon set off down the western touchline. On the next tackle, Rhys Wesser bumped off three poor attempts at tackle and scored to put the Panthers back in front by 12-8.Then came the turning point of the match with Ty Williams screaming down the touchline and about to dive for the corner, Joel Clinton ankle tapped him as he dived for the line a la Scotty Sattler.With just two minutes left on the clock and time ticking away for the victors, Craig Trindall on debut for the Panthers slotted a field goal to put the margin out to five points and would make the task just a bit harder for the Cowboys.A minute later, things got worse for the visitors, when New South Wales forward Luke O'Donnell was placed on report by referee Ben Cummins for a dangerous tackle.The writing was on the wall in the dying stages as young winger Michael Gordon crossed in the corner to make the full time score 17-8 to the home side.In what could be described as a sloppy match, the Panthers came away with the two points to continue the Cowboys' horror run. The Panthers now lie on the same points as the Cowboys and are in striking distance of even the fifth placed Sharks.Scorers:Penrith Panthers: 17Tries: Luke Priddis, Rhys Wesser, Michael GordonGoals: Preston Campbell 2/3Field Goals: Craig TrindallNorth Queensland Cowboys: 8Tries: Steven SouthernGoals: Johnathan Thurston 2/2By the Clock:Welcome to CUA Stadium where steady rain has been falling all day but luckily enough, it has stopped in the late afternoon. Dark clouds are still pondering over the area though. Shane Rodney and Lee Hookey drop off the Panthers bench while for the Cowboys, Mark Henry has replaced Josh Hannay in the centres.The Cowboys are out on to the park as Tony Puletua leads out the home side.Kickoff!8 min: Both sides off to a tentative start in a must win game.10 min: Referee Ben Cummins calls held and Rhys Wesser passes the ball so it is a scrum and the Cowboys go on the attack.12 min: PENALTY GOAL North Queensland CowboysLuke Priddis gives away a penalty in the play the ball and from the eastern touchline Johnathon Thurston takes the 2 points. Cowboys 2-013 min: The kickoff is ruled to be out on the full but on the replay it shows that the ball bounces millimetres inside the line.19 min: Drop ball marring what should be an open game here.22 min: The Socceroos would be proud of that! Thurston grubbers through the defence for Sing,who grubbers past Wesser for Southern but Campbell is there to clean up.25 min: A good cross field kick on the last tackle by Trindall is knocked on by Rooney.34 min: As the Cowboys go on the attack, rain begins to fall.36 min: A kick from the scrumbase by the Cowboys goes dead ingoal as a foot race was beginning.40 min: A bizarre end to the first half as no siren sounds but referee Ben Cummins blows halftime because the clock was down to 0.Halftime - A tryless first half that has been entertaining in the fact that it has been very open because of the error rate. Hopefully the scoreboard attendant will have something to do in the second half! He didn't in the first half as he fell asleep and forgot to press the siren for halftime!Second half underway...45 min: The Cowboys on the attack and maybe we will see our first try.Mitchell Sargent down injured in back play.46 min: TRY Penrith PanthersLuke Swain goes through the defence,comes to Bowen and gets an arm free and offloads to Priddis for the first try of the match.Campbell converts the try. Panthers 6-248 min: A 40/20 from Campbell sends the Panthers on the attack.52 min: A penalty gives the Cowboys another set of six as he chips over the top and Matthew Cross took him out.56 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysWelcome back in to first grade Bluey Southern! A great pass by Thurston finds Mark Henry who goes straight through and finds Southern who scores to level up.Thurston puts the Cowboys back in front. Cowboys 8-660 min: Matt Sing goes straight through from a kick return and streaks down field before finding Thurston who is eventually tackled by Wesser inside the Panthers half.The Cowboys then get a penalty for the markers not being square.65 min: NEWS The Panthers turn defence into attack as Gordon picks up a lost Cowboys ball and races down field.66 min: TRY Penrith PanthersOn the counterattack,Queenslander Rhys Wesser bumps off 3 poor attempts at tackle and scores to put the Panthers back in front. Campbell adds the extras. Panthers 12-869 min: Checking a possible Cowboys try.69 min: NO TRY - Matt Bowen turns defence in to attack off a kick but somehow Gordon comes from behind and takes him.On the next play they spread it wide and as Ty Williams dives for the corner,but Clinton comes from nowhere and ankle taps him in to touch.71 min: O'Donnell goes over to score for the Cowboys but it is ruled no try correctly as the pass was forward.78 min: Not long remains here and it looks like Penrith will get away with a victory here tonight.79 min: ON REPORT - Luke O'Donnell is on report for a lifting tackle.78 min: FIELD GOAL Penrith PanthersOn debut,Craig Trindall puts the margin out to 5 and makes it even harder for the Cowboys to come back. Panthers 13-880 min: TRY Penrith PanthersMichael seals the victory for the Panthers tonight as he scores in the corner to confirm the victory tonight.Campbell can't convert tonight Panthers 17-8Fulltime-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Preston Campbell2 - Joel Clinton1 - Matthew Bowen-----------------------------------------
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