RELEGATION-HAUNTED Wakefield Wildcats live to fight another day after pulling off a tense 20-12 victory at engage Super League champions Bradford Bulls on a night of high drama on both sides of the Pennines.
SALFORD City Reds edged a bruising 26-16 win over Castleford Tigers to ensure that the engage Super League relegation battle will go down to the final weekend of the season.
FINALS 2006 Week 1 Melbourne Storm 12 v Parramatta Eels 6at Olympic Park MelbourneReferee: Steve ClarkCrowd: 15,690Match Summary:Melbourne has joined the Bulldogs in week three of the 2006 NRL finals series with a hard-fought 12-6 victory over the Parramatta Eels at Olympic Park today.In somewhat of an anti-climax, the Eels managed to keep themselves in the match for the full 80 minutes and the Eels very nearly took the match into golden point extra- time through a dangerous Brett Delaney dash with just three minutes remaining.But after a John Morris pass from the subsequent scrum win, the Eels turned possession over to the Storm and the win was confirmed.This match has been soured by a controversial decision from video referee Chris Ward. The replay appeared to be inconclusive as to whether the ball was grounded in the in-goal or not. This should usually result in a benefit of the doubt ruling as a number of replays were looked at. But strangely, it wasn?t to be.Earlier, Melbourne?s Steve Turner crossed for a try after five minutes of play and at that stage, a massive score-line looked possible.But the Eels grinded their way back into the match and it wasn?t until a 38th minute barge-over from Storm prop Antonio Kaufusi that more points were added. Melbourne took their 12 point advantage into half-time.The Storm was unsuccessful in striking the final nails into the Eels? coffin in the second half. And midway through the second period Daniel Wagon scored under the posts to send a nervous shimmer over the Olympic Park crowd. But the Storm were lucky to hang on and will find life difficult in week three when they come to Sydney to meet either the Manly Sea Eagles or the St George Illawarra Dragons.Melbourne has slight injury concerns with David Kidwell coming off second best in a head-clash, and Jake Webster feeling the effects of an Eric Grothe elbow, of which Grothe was placed on report for.The men south of the Murray will now cool their heels over the next fortnight but Craig Bellamy has some issues to address on today?s performance. They?ll need to do their homework as the winner of Friday night?s match between Manly and St George Illawarra will be running into form.The mad Monday drinks will taste that little bit sweeter for the Eels after a spirited performance. If it weren?t for some debatable decisions from today?s officials, we may have witnessed history today with the eighth side beating the first side for the first time ever.Scorers:Melbourne Storm: 12Tries: Antonio Kaufusi, Steve TurnerGoals: Cameron Smith 2/2Parramatta Eels: 6Tries: Daniel WagonGoals: Luke Burt 1/1By the Clock:The fourth qualifying takes place today between Minor Premiers the Melbourne Storm and the eighth-placed Parramatta Eels. The weather is clear in Melbourne today with slight winds. The Storm have to be favoured here but stranger things have happened.Changes: A big loss for the Storm with Greg Inglis ruled out injured, Jake Webster comes in for him.Also, Brett White will be missing through injury. Garret Crossman comes into the starting side with Adam Blair coming onto the bench.The Eels are as-per-program.KICKOFF! Finals footy underway at Olympic Park!5 min: TRY Melbourne StormMelbourne have struck at the first opportunity - moving the ball quickly through the hands close to the Eels' line, culminating with a try in the corner to winger Steve Turner. Cameron Smith converts. Storm 6-010 min: NEWS Parramatta managed to hold Melbourne on that occasion but it's all the Storm at the moment. The Eels have had no possession or field position in the opening 10 minutes.16 min: NEWS NO TRY: Luke Burt was unable to ground the ball off a Tim Smith grubber kick as ruled by the video referee. Cameron Smith knocked the ball dead and a Storm line drop-out is the result. Eels with a chance here.19 min: NEWS Parramatta bomb the chance as Tim Smith's kick goes too deep and over the touch in-goal line. Opportunity wasted by the Eels who simply cannot afford to make a habit of this.26 min: NEWS Parramatta are holding down far too long in tackles and Nathan Hindmarsh has been spoken to by Steven Clarke as a result. The Eels must improve their discipline. 5-1 is the penalty count now in favour of the Storm.33 min: NEWS Melbourne are looking clinical and dangerous in attack but they still only hold a 6-0 lead on the scoreboard. A great effort by the Eels to be this close to the Storm at this stage.38 min: TRY Melbourne StormAntonio Kaufusi has barged over the line from close range, sending fear into the Parramatta defensive line in the process. A heartbreaking try for the Eels right on halftime after their spirited defensive efforts of the first half. Smith successful with the conversion. Storm 12-0HALF TIME min: NEWS While it's not out of the realms of possibility that the Eels come back from here, their chances of doing so look highly unlikely. Melbourne are in control with a 12-0 lead and a very tight defensive structure at the moment. Anything other than a Melbourne victory would almost be a miracle. A long way back for the Eels.Second half underway at Olympic Park48 min: NEWS Parramatta have lifted their intensity but Melbourne have held sway again in defence. Still 12-0 the locals lead.50 min: NEWS NO TRY: We can now establish that the benefit of the doubt rule is irrelevant in our game. A number of replays were looked at by the video referee who came to the conclusion that Glenn Morrison failed to ground the ball. Poor decision. Storm leading 12-0 with 30 minutes remaining.59 min: TRY Parramatta EelsDaniel Wagon has completed an exciting passage of play for the Eels with a try under the sticks. They've done a tremendous job to remain in this game for as long as they have. Luke Burt converts and the Eels are within six points now. Storm 12-667 min: NEWS In the blinking of an eye this match is there for the Eels' taking but Melbourne's defence is still proving difficult to crack. An exciting finish nonetheless.72 min: NEWS Melbourne off the hook as Parramatta bomb another opportunity with a kick that goes dead. The Storm have taken their foot off the pedal but they might just have too much for Parramatta in any case. Tight finish here.FULL TIME: min: NEWS The Melbourne Storm have hung on to defeat the Parramatta Eels by 12 points to 6 this afternoon at Olympic Park. Match report to come...-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Antonio Kaufusi2 - Nathan Hindmarsh1 - Matt Geyer-----------------------------------------
THE Redcliffe Dolphins will be having their annual reunion this Friday night in the Des Webb lounge at the Redcliffe Leagues Club. Any past players, coaches, support satff and administrators are welcome to attend. Refreshments and snacks will be provided.Special guests for the evening will be the 1996 Queensland Cup Grand Finalists and BRL Premiers.The Dolphins players that contested those two matches were Barry Denduck, Aaron Douglas, Wayne Miller, Rick Hewinson, Cameron Hurren, Steve Leyden, Tom O'Reilly, Peter Robinson, Danny Nutley, Darren Smallhorne, Graham Cotter, Kahu Tweedie, Ian Graham, Grant Cleal, James Hinchey, Tony Gould, Bevan Canning, Troy Lindsay, Steve Blacker and Mark Shipway. Coach John Boxsell.The night begins at 7.00pm we look forward to catching up with you all. For more information contact the Club on 07 3203-7333
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TWEED HEADS 34 d SOUTHS LOGAN 28TWEED Heads will face arch rival Burleigh in a powder keg FOGS Cup grand final next Saturday after the Seagulls escaped with a 34-28 preliminary final win over Souths Logan.Securing the minor premiership by a whopping nine points, Tweed Heads only scraped through to the decider courtesy of a converted try three minutes from fulltime to David Strachan.Not named by Tweed originally, the 84kg plasterer and local junior came into the side as a replacement for Curtis Finn.The switch proved a masterstroke for coach Troy McCarthy, favoured to take over from Steve Murphy as Tweed?s QLD Wizard Cup coach in season 2007.Strachan scored a try four minutes after halftime to extend a 16-12 halftime lead to 20-12.Then, after underdog Souths Logan fought back gallantly, he drove a stake through the Magpies? hearts to crack a 28-all deadlock as the seconds ticked down.Strachan?s four-pointer shattered the premiership dream of retiring Souths Logan halfback Ron Troutman, the diminutive general with more than a decade of experience in the QLD Wizard Cup.Having joined the Magpies this season from long-time home Wynnum, Troutman spent the season alternating between State League and FOGS Cup, aiming for one last hurrah.At 165cm ?Rockin Ronny? almost kept the black-and-white?s dream of its first premiership in two decades alive when he scored in the 58th minute.When he touched down it was Souths Logan?s third try in 13 minutes, taking them from 24-12 behind to 28-24 in front.Yet three minutes later Tweed found a right of reply through centre Nathan Small. Paul Rolls could not slot the conversion however and it was all tied up at 28 apiece.There was pressure on both sides of halfway. Tweed was mindful of letting slip a wonderful season in which it lost just two regular season games, while Souths Logan had the burden of forfeiting the lead in a match so pivotal to the club?s recent history.Eventually it was Souths Logan that broke. Even then when they did, they played the last 90 seconds with unrelenting vigour, putting themselves in a position where they could have scored again.Tweed Heads held strong however and booked themselves a showdown with Gold Coast nemesis Burleigh at Suncorp Stadium next Saturday.Tweed had Burleigh?s measure throughout the regular season, but lost the major semi 14-12 to the rapidly improving Bears. Kick-off in the FOGS Cup grand final is 11.50am. TWEED HEADS 34 (David Strachan 2, Chris Enahoro, Brett Woolley, Nathan Small, Andrew Cross, Joe Cudmore tries; Paul Rolls 3 goals) d SOUTHS LOGAN 28 (Matt Templeman 2, John Andrews, Christian Thompson, Ron Troutman tries; Justin Hoggart 4 goals) at Dolphin Oval.WYNNUM MANLY 42 d REDCLIFFE 20WYNNUM Manly will carry the momentum of a steam train into its first Colts grand final since 1988 after crushing Redcliffe 42-20 at Dolphin Oval on Saturday.The win was the Seagulls? third straight finals victory, all of them in do-or-die scenarios against highly-rated opposition.In truth, Jon Buchanan?s men could have won by even more against the Dolphins, allowing a final minute converted try to Asher Elemani.It?s unlikely the Baysiders will care greatly about the momentary lapse however, priming themselves to face the all-conquering Norths Devils in next week?s grand final at Suncorp Stadium.Norths has contested seven of the past eight Colts grand finals and produced players the class of Greg Inglis, Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and Dallas Johnson.No club aside from Norths and Redcliffe has won a Colts grand final back to 1996 and in this year?s regular season the Devils have scored 100 points more and conceded 100 points fewer than any other side.Despite the impressive and ominous statistics though, it is clear Wynnum Manly has not spent much time paying respect to reputations.The Seagulls smashed a Broncos-groomed Aspley side 62-8 in the first week of finals and then accounted for powerhouse club Easts 26-18 in the second week.They allowed an early 8-6 to Redcliffe in the preliminary final, then fought back to lead 20-8 by halftime.With a befitting surname, winger Chris McQueen played a major part in the ?Great Escape?, crossing for a hat-trick of tries in the first half. McQueen opened proceedings with a try in the second minute, then when his side fell behind, he found the tryline in both the 26th and 29th minute.Three minutes after the break interchange player Shaun Cotter twisted the knife in deeper to make it 24-8.Redcliffe responded almost immediately through Matt Gillett, but then flowed a run of three straight converted tries to the Seagulls.Wynnum and Norths will have the early kick-off on grand final day, with the Colts decider beginning at 10.10am. Gates open from 10am.The Seagulls have never won a Colts grand final, losing 24-4 to Redcliffe in their only appearance to date. WYNNUM MANLY 42 (Chris McQueen 3, Ryan Brown 2, Ben Cronin, Bruce Kolio, Shaun Cotter tries; Luke Menhinnitt 5 goals) d REDCLIFFE 20 (Matt Gillett, Jordon Brown, Tim Yee, Asher Elemani tries; Asher Elemani 2 goals) at Dolphin Oval.***************************The result of these matches means next Saturday's grand finals at Suncorp Stadium are:FOGS COLTS CHALLENGE - Norths v Wynnum Manly, 10.10amFOGS CUP A-GRADE - Burleigh v Tweed Heads, 11.50am.These matches will be followed by the QLD Wizard Cup grand finalNotes from games:FOGS COLTS CHALLENGE* Wynnum Manly qualified for first Colts grand final since 1988* Wynnum Manly has never won a Colts grand final* The Seagulls led Redcliffe 20-8 at halftime* Winger Chris McQueen scored three tries for the Seagulls* Wynnum Manly has now risen from fifth place to contest the grand final* Next week's opponent Norths will contest its eighth Colts grand final in the past nine seasons. The Devils have won four of seven so far.FOGS CUP A GRADE* Won 3 minutes from fulltime by a converted try to Tweed's David Strachan* Strachan, who has QLD Wizard Cup experience, also scored a try four minutes after halftime* Strachan was called in as a late replacement for Curtis Finn* Souths Logan had led 28-24 at the 58th minute courtesy of a try to half Ron Troutman, the veteran playing his last match before retirement* Tweed then scored tries to Nathan Small and Strachan* The game was tied 6-all, 12-all and 28-all* Tweed led 16-12 at halftime* The grand final will be a local derby with fierce Gold Coast rivals Burleigh
REDCLIFFE 30 d EASTS 16QUEENSLAND?S biggest local league club versus the next crop of Brisbane Broncos. That?s how the 2006 grand final of the QLD Wizard Cup shapes up after Redcliffe qualified to face Toowoomba with a tense 30-16 win over Easts in the preliminary final.Reaching their eighth Cup final in the last 11 years, the Dolphins survived a rugged battle on home turf, which they led just 14-12 at halftime.Uninterrupted second half tries to Nick Emmett, Ryan Cullen and Michael Roberts extended the margin to 30-12, setting them for a fourth grand final showdown against the Clydesdales.The Dolphins met the Clydesdales in the QLD Wizard Cup?s first grand final in 1996 and later in 2000 and 2001. All matches were won by less than 10 points and hung in the balance until the final minutes.When Toowoomba and Redcliffe met just a week ago in the major semi the result was a shock 56-22 thrashing to the Clydesdales.However, the Dolphins clearly grew in confidence as they blew away defiant Easts; a side which had lifted admirably to win three sudden-death matches in a row.Redcliffe?s forwards were like a dog to a bone in the second stanza, while their backline cohesion suffered only marginally when half Marty Turner (calf) was forced from the field early in the game.Asked at fulltime whether Redcliffe had the team to combat Toowoomba?s five-star rookies, including Joel Moon, David Taylor and Jamie Simpson, Dolphins hooker Roberts refused to be overwhelmed.?Toowoomba?s a tough side?but we?ll have a go at them anyway,? the full-time school teacher said.Of the three finals that Redcliffe and Toowoomba have contested so far, the 2000 season seems to be the most comparable.That year Toowoomba?s side contained Justin Hodges, Brent Tate, Chris Walker, Corey Parker and Carl Webb, none of them long out of school. There seems little doubt that some in the present Clydesdales? ranks will go on to achieve similar things in the game.At the same time however, they will be wary of being overawed in the final at Suncorp Stadium.Season 2000 also saw Redcliffe lose by 34 points in the major semi, but then bounce back to down a nervous and inexperienced Toowoomba in the decider.Some of the Redcliffe players remain from that day ? Troy Lindsay, Danny Burke, Grant Flugge and Adam Starr.Indeed, veteran prop Starr, 33, has announced he will retire after next weekend?s match, win, lose or draw. A Redcliffe and Brothers Holy Spirit junior, he has played more than 100 Wizard Cup games since returning from stints in the ARL and France.One man leaving the game without a shot at the premiership is Easts warrior Steele Retchless, who was typically tireless in his last outing for the Tigers.A premiership winner with Brisbane Wests in the early 90s, Retchless also contested a UK Challenge Cup final with the London Broncos and represented the USA Tomahawks.He appeared to be injured in his last match, but pressed on regardless.?Our defence let us down today,? he told ABC TV.?There?s no fairytale ending. That?s it for me.?As well as defensive lapses, Easts also suffered through poor ball security. The Tigers completed just 25 of 37 sets in possession and were guilty of far more errors than their opponents.The cost of forfeiting the ball was displayed clearly in the 48th minute after Redcliffe centre Emmett slid over out wide, following a preceding knock-on by fullback Kev Stephensen.Stephensen had a Jekyll and Hyde performance, hitting the ignition for a scorching solo try in the 35th minute and sending winger David Tyrrell away with another fleet-footed effort in the 77th minute.Yet the former Australian Universities representative was left to rue his handling and struggled with a number of high kicks, which floated in the blustery ?Redcliffe Doctor?.He was not alone in that department however, as Dolphins? winger Rory Bromley and fullback Ryan Cullen suffered similarly at the hands of Mother Nature.A failed defusion by Bromley gave Easts its first try of the game, with Emmett also failing to clean up as the Tigers made it 6-all.Bromley gained revenge by finishing a slick backline movement in the 12th minute for a 10-6 lead and when he contested a high ball 17 minutes later, Emmett was on hand to score his first try.Although made to work hard for the win, the Dolphins were never headed for the rest of the duel.REDCLIFFE 30 (Nick Emmett 2, Ryan Cullen, Rory Bromley, Michael Roberts, Chris Fox tries; Greg Bourke 3 goals) d EASTS 16 (Shane Neumann, Kevin Stephensen, David Tyrrell tries; Luke Branighan 2 goals) at Dolphin Oval.*************************Redcliffe will now meet Toowoomba in the grand final, 2pm Saturday September 16 at Suncorp Stadium.The final will also see the unveiling of the QANTAS Player of the Year, presentations to the 1982 Easts Tigers and 1996 Toowoomba Clydesdales premiership teams, entertainment by Queensland's own Intercooler and the Brazilian Touch troupe, as well as autograph signings by FOGS legends, prizes throughout the day and a tribute to the competition's retiring warriors.Six separate clubs will contest the three grades.Tickets are on sale now through www.ticketek.com.au or by phoning 132 849.NEXT WEEK ? GRAND FINALSATURDAY 16 SEPTEMBERTOOWOOMBA V REDCLIFFE SUNCORP STADIUM 2.00PM**Live on ABC TV
WIGAN Warriors, now finally clear of relegation, have the chance to keep the pressure on Harlequins RL on Sunday when they make their second visit to the Twickenham Stoop in two months.
WARRINGTON Wolves captain Lee Briers admits his side need to quickly arrest their slump if they are to make an impact in the closing stages of the season.A dismal run of just three wins from their last 11 games has put their play-off place in jeopardy but Briers is hoping they can claim a notable scalp in second-placed Hull FC at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Sunday.Briers cites injuries and a lack of confidence for his side?s loss of form but believes they are only one win away from turning the corner.?We know we are struggling and not playing as a team but we are gradually improving, even though we?re not getting the results,? he said.?We?re in a poor run of form but we?ve got to come out of it sometime and hopefully that will be at the business end of the season.?Warrington could be up against teenage debutants Matty Dale, who has been included in Hull coach Peter Sharp?s squad.The 19-year-old Dale is on stand-by in case loose forward Danny Washbrook fails to recover from a chest injury.If Dale makes his debut, it would cap an amazing turnaround in fortunes for the second rower who has only played three under-21 games since a six-and-a-half-month absence with a shoulder reconstruction.Dale said: ?When I injured my shoulder in the pre-season friendly at York, it was suggested I?d be out for the rest of the season.?I was always hopeful I?d play again, but I knew I?d be out for over six months and I felt that would cost me a chance to play in the first team.?If I did play on Sunday, it would be tremendous, but if not I?ll just keep working hard and wait for my chance.?Warrington, boosted by the return of club captain Paul Rauhihi from suspension, have called 18-year-old forward Ben Harrison into their squad in place of Andy Bracek.Prop Paul Wood (shoulder) and full-back Stuart Reardon (hand) have passed fitness tests.Warrington Wolves 18-man squad: Fa?afili, Martin Gleeson, Kohe-Love, Reardon, Briers, Sullivan, Leikvoll, Swann, Wainwright, Mark Gleeson, Westwood, Wood, Barnett, Parker, Rauhihi, Riley, Bridge, Harrison.Hull FC 18-man squad: Briscoe, Carvell, Cooke, Dale, Domic, Dowes, G. Horne, R. Horne, King, McMenemy, Radford, Raynor, Swain, Tony, Washbrook, Wheeldon, Whiting, Yeaman.Referee: A KleinSource: superleague.co.uk
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FINALS 2006 Week 1 Canterbury Bulldogs 30 v Canberra Raiders 12at Telstra StadiumReferee: Shayne HayneCrowd: 14,628Match Summary:The Bulldogs have overpowered a strong-willed Canberra Raiders side 30-12 at Telstra Stadium tonight in the third qualifying final. In wet conditions, the Bulldogs crushed the hopes of a premiership for the Canberra team, who wanted to send senior players out on a winning note. But it was not to be.A powerful performance by the Bulldogs forward pack set the platform for their backs, who proved too strong for their counterparts in the slippery conditions. In the 68th minute, a Brent Sherwin kick set up a Hazem El Masri try to make the score 30-6, which sealed the win for the home team.However, the Raiders scored a consolation try in the 73rd minute, when Adrian Purtell crossed the white line to register four points.Although the Bulldogs were in control in the second-half, scoring three tries and restricting the Green Machine to one, the Raiders started the game well off the back of a Phil Graham try in the 7th minute.But it all fell apart as the Bulldogs side began to gain momentum and capitalize off knock-ons and poor ball security.The stars of the night were Bulldogs halves Brent Sherwin and Daniel Holdsworth who worked well together and directed their big and strong forward pack around the park. Willie Mason and captain Andrew Ryan also played well. Hazem El Masri also deserves a mention after picking up a try and kicking 5/5. The Bulldogs will now enjoy a week off where as the Raiders depart the 2006 finals series, in what is an end of an era.Captain Clinton Schifcofske, coach Matt Elliot, long serving veterans Jason Crocker and Simon Woolford and highly respected players Jason Smith and Michael Hodgson farewell the nation?s capital.Scorers:Canterbury Bulldogs: 30Tries: Hazem El Masri, Luke Patten, Andrew Ryan, Daniel Holdsworth, Andrew EmelioGoals: Hazem El Masri 5/5Canberra Raiders: 12Tries: Phillip Graham, Adrian PurtellGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 2/2By the Clock:In what should be an epic encounter, the second placed Bulldogs will take on the seventh placed Raiders tonight at Telstra Stadium.At the start of the year the Canberra side were favourites for the wooden spoon, but now after 26 weeks, they will face the 2004 premiers in the first week of the finals. They may not have as many stars as the other finals teams, but that doesn?t mean they?re pushovers. The Raiders play a simple game where pressure is limited on their key players. This allows the likes of Schifcofske, Carney, Smith, Withers and Woolford to work their magic and create something out of nothing.The Bulldogs will run into the match favourites. They?ll look to cause the Raiders problems by rushing up in defence, which will cause problems for the Green Machine attack. Three of the Bulldogs main forwards will be missing tonight, including Roy Asotasi, Reni Maitua and Tony Grimaldi. But Willie Mason is back from suspension.A few changes for the Dogs. Ben Roberts comes into the centres. Sonny-Bill Williams moves to lock and Nate Myles will start, moving Chris Armit to the bench. For the Raiders, Simon Woolford will start from the bench, making way for Lincoln Withers who will start at hooker. Craig Frawley has been ruled out. Jason Smith will start at five-eighth. Todd Carney moves to halfback.The third qualifying final will be underway soon.Kickoff - Clinton Schifcofske, the Raiders captain, gets us underway as the rain belts down. 2 min: NEWS Brent Sherwin puts a nicely waited qrubber kick into the in-goal but Schifcofske cleans up. Goal-line drop-out. 4 min: NEWS Phil Graham makes a great run and splits the Bulldogs line in half before passing to Schifcofske. The ball goes wide on the last to Purtell but he is rapped up. Bulldogs ball. 7 min: TRY Canberra RaidersOff the back of a Matt Utai knock-on, the Raiders capatilize. Jason Smith puts a kick in, just missing a Bulldogs player, and Phil Graham picks it up and scores. Schifcofske converts Raiders 6-010 min: NEWS A nice run and then offload from Dogs prop Willie Mason, but five-eighth Daniel Holdsworth knocks-on. Raiders recieve a penalty not long after and then head into Bulldogs teritary. But Crocker knocks-on. 12 min: NEWS The wet conditions are now coming in to play. Both teams are struggling with ball control. 15 min: NEWS Shane Hayne goes upstairs to Video referees Steve Nash and Bill Harrigan on a possible Andrew Ryan try. 15 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Bulldogs captain, Andrew Ryan, goes over. Video Referees give the thumbs up. El Masri converts. 6 all.17 min: NEWS Hayne again goes upstairs on a possible try to Utai. Should be disallowed due to players being in-front of the kicker.17 min: NO TRY Canterbury Bulldogs Utai's miraculous try which seemed to go through nearly every Bulldogs player try is disallowed. Play heads back up field for a Raiders penalty.21 min: NEWS More drop-ball from both teams but now, Jason Smith has put it down. Bulldogs have possesion in the Raiders half.25 min: NEWS The last person you'd expect to put in a left foot grubber kick in to the Raiders in-goal , Willie Mason, earns his side another set of six. Bulldogs once again have the ball inside the Raiders 20. 26 min: NEWS A bizarre bit of play, as Sonny-Bill Williams drops the ball on to the back of his heel, chip kicking over his head, into the Raiders in-goal. Williams looks proud of himself. Schifofske cleans up and gets the ball out in time.28 min: NEWS It's absolutely bucketing down now here in Sydney. The Dogs fullback Luke Pattern knocks on, and not long after, Phil Graham for the Raiders does to. 31 min: NEWS Brent Sherwin fails to play the ball properly and is penalised, right in front of the posts. Raiders elect to have a scrum. 32 min: NEWS Massive hit by Andrew Ryan and Willie Mason forces a Raiders knock-on and prevents a Raiders try.37 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsBrent Sherwin delivers a beautiful flick pass to the flying Luke Patten close to the line who then dives over and scores. El Masri adds the extras. Bulldogs 12-6HALF-TIMEBoth teams have struggled with ball control this half which is understandable considering the conditions. Nevertheless, both sides have have thrown the ball around well, and shown some nice attacking skills. The Bulldogs may be leading on the scoreboard, but don't rule out the Raiders who aren't far behind stats wise (well in some stats anyway).Penalties: BULLDOGS 1 RAIDERS 3Line breaks: BULLDOGS 2 RAIDERS 1Tackles: BULLDOGS 127 RAIDERS 189Miss Tackles: BULLDOGS 2 RAIDERS 10Offloads: BULLDOGS 6 RAIDERS 0Errors: BULLDOGS 8 RAIDERS 8Posession: BULLDOGS 68% RAIDERS 32%Kickoff - The Bulldogs will get us underway in the second-half, as the rain buckets down again. 41 min: NEWS Lincoln Withers drops the ball off the kick-off and the Bulldogs now have the ball close to the Raiders line.45 min: NEWS Todd Carney boots the ball down field on the third tackle, catching the Bulldogs off guard. Smart play from the young player in the wet. 52 min: NEWS Raiders have blown a try. They were certain to cross the line, but the 3/4 Adam Mogg threw a ball along the ground to nobody.53 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsA lovely offload from Bulldogs prop Mark O'Meley, and then a nice run and pass from the fullback Luke Patten, leads to a briliant run from Andrew Emelio who registers four points. El Masri adds another 2 points. Bulldogs 18-658 min: NEWS The Raiders will now recieve another set of six froma Bulldogs line drop-out. It came from a Simon Woolford grubber kick. Raiders now have the ball, but not for long, they've just turned it over. 62 min: NEWS Jason Smith will not return to the field, as he looks on from the sheds. More on this when news comes to hand. 64 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsBulldogs five-eighth Daniel Holdsworth strolls over the line and may have rapped up the game for his team. Holdsworth picked the hole in the Raiders line well. El Masri converts. Bulldogs 24-667 min: ATTEMPTED FIELD GOAL Canterbury BulldogsBrent Sherwin tries to add another point, but the strike isn't good. Bulldogs 24-668 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsBrent Sherwin puts in an early kick for Hazam El Masri who always knew it was on. He gets a lovely bounce and manages to get his first try of the night. He converts his own try. Bulldogs 30-670 min: NO TRY Canterbury BulldogsDaniel Holdsworth's try is disallowed and the Bulldogs are penalised. Holdsworth was ankle taped by Raiders players close to his line but just kept on sliding. Corey Hughes gave him a little nudge which was frowned upon by the video referees. Penalty Raiders.73 min: TRY Canberra RaidersAdrian Purtell gets his 5th try of the season and gets the last try of the night for the Raiders. Schifcofske converts, possibly for the last time on a rugby league field. Bulldogs 30-1277 min: NO TRY Canterbury BulldogsBen Roberts was never going to be awarded the try but the referee wanted to check it anyway, just to see if he crossed the side-line before he lost the ball.FULL-TIME: BULLDOGS 30 - RAIDERS 12Penalties: BULLDOGS 4 RAIDERS 6Line breaks: BULLDOGS 7 RAIDERS 2Tackles: BULLDOGS 255 RAIDERS 344Miss Tackles: BULLDOGS 12 RAIDERS 21Offloads: BULLDOGS 11 RAIDERS 3Errors: BULLDOGS 17 RAIDERS 18-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Daniel Holdsworth (Bulldogs)2 - Willie Mason (Bulldogs)1 - Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs)-----------------------------------------
FINALS 2006 Week 1 Brisbane Broncos 4 v St George Illawarra Dragons 20at Suncorp StadiumReferee: Paul SimpkinsCrowd: 50,387Match Summary:The St George Illawarra Dragons have claimed a memorable 20-4 victory over the Brisbane Broncos at a packed Suncorp Stadium tonight. The Dragons led 10-4 after an entertaining first half.The Dragons opened the scoring in the seventh minute with a try to Clint Greenshields after spreading the ball wide to Wes Naiqama. The Dragons had already threatened in the same manner earlier in the game. Aaron Gorrell missed the conversion and it was 4-0. The Dragons extended their lead to 10-0 after Aaron Gorrell dived over from dummy half after 23 minutes. The Dragons were denied another try five minutes later after Ben Creagh was ruled to have interfered with Justin Hodges while Hodges was attempting to take a bomb. The Broncos got one back in the 33rd minute off some Hodges magic, as he beat a defender and offloaded to Darius Boyd who scored in the corner.There was one theme to the second half ? the Broncos blowing attacking opportunity after attacking opportunity. Luke Bailey scored a raging try five minutes into the half to up the score to 16-4. The match was all but sealed on 54 minutes when Matt Cooper scored an unconverted try in the corner to put the Dragons up 20-4. The Broncos had many attacking opportunities afterwards, but failed to capitalise on any of them ? the best chance saw Hodges get across the line, but he dropped the ball in putting it down.The result guarantees the Dragons make it through to the next week of the finals, while the Broncos will sweat on the Canterbury/Canberra and Melbourne/Parramatta clashes. The result leaves Manly in all sorts of trouble, as they only need one upset to be knocked out unluckily.Scorers:Brisbane Broncos: 4Tries: Darius BoydGoals: Corey Parker 0/1St George Illawarra Dragons: 20Tries: Luke Bailey, Matt Cooper, Aaron Gorrell, Clint GreenshieldsGoals: Aaron Gorrell 2/3, Mathew Head 0/1By the Clock:Hello from Suncorp Stadium. Yet another 3rd vs 6th finals match coming from Suncorp Stadium.Several changes in the lineups tonight. The Broncos have lost Australian fullback Karmicheal Hunt to an injury, and bring Tame Tupou onto the wing. Head is onto the bench from the Dragons, Isemonger drops off the bench. Timmins moves to lock and Creagh is dropped to the bench.Both teams have taken to the field. Huge crowd in tonight.1 min: The Dragons kick off!3 min: The Dragons let a bomb bounce, the Broncos recover the ball but get wrapped up.5 min: The Dragons go on attack after some enterprising play, but lose the ball.6 min: The Broncos bomb Naiqama, and he defuses it comfortably.7 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsThe Dragons spin the ball wide and expose a Broncos overlap, Naiqama runs down the sideline and throws a suspicious looking forward pass to Greenshields who scores 10 in from the sideline. Gorrell misses the goal. Dragons 4-014 min: The Dragons throw another two suspicious looking passes while coming out of their own end.15 min: The Dragons put up a bomb, they throw it around after it bounces and a bad pass goes to Hodges who breaks away. Morris runs Hodges down, but Hodges gets away, and Jason Ryles ends up taking Hodges into touch, fantastic desperation.19 min: Barrett puts in a good kick and finds touch 10 out from the Broncos line. The Dragons looking the better side at the moment.20 min: The Dragons run the ball on the last tackle, Bickerstaff makes a break and puts in a kick for Naiqama who is beaten to the ball by Boyd.22 min: The Broncos spill a bomb on the Dragons go hot on attack.23 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsPoore is tackled inches out from the line. Gorrell picks the ball up from dummy half and dummies to pass right, and he dives over to score just to the right of the posts. Gorrell converts his own try. Dragons 10-027 min: The Broncos bomb Brett Morris, he takes the ball and makes a half break.28 min: VIDEO REF - for a Dragons try...28 min: NO TRY - DragonsThe Dragons put up a bomb, it is recovered by the Dragons and Wicks claims a try under the posts. Creagh is ruled to have interfered with Hodges trying to catch the ball.31 min: Lockyer puts in a kick, it hits the posts and Greenshields loses the ball forward, leaving Gasnier in an offside position to dive on the ball, and the Broncos get a penalty.33 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosOff the back of the penalty the Broncos go right. Lockyer offloads to Hodges who gets around his defender and offloads to Boyd who dives over in the corner. Parker misses. Dragons 10-437 min: The Broncos get a penalty and will go back onto attack.38 min: The Broncos lose the ball while on attack.39 min: Bailey gets put into a gap, he breaks away and kicks ahead, but it goes too deep.HALF TIME: And the Dragons have dominated the Broncos and lead 10-4.Back on the field for the second half.40 min: Back underway at Suncorp!45 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsBailey steams onto an offload and races away to crash over under the posts. Gorrell converts. Dragons 16-449 min: Some reasonable defence from the Broncos forces Greenshields into touch.50 min: VIDEO REF - For a Broncos try...50 min: NO TRY - BroncosGreenshields loses the ball coming out of the ingoal and concedes a drop out.51 min: Tate drops the ball while the Broncos are hot on attack.53 min: Tate loses the ball trying to play it and the Dragons will go onto attack.54 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsThe Dragons spread the ball wide to Cooper who runs right past the defenders and scores in the corner. Head misses the goal, but this could be game over. Dragons 20-460 min: Lockyer is trapped on the last tackle and the Broncos waste an attacking opportunity.61 min: The Dragons go close to scoring again.63 min: VIDEO REF - For a Broncos try...63 min: NO TRY - BroncosHodges puts on a great move to score in the corner, only he loses the ball in putting it down. Really dreadful play.66 min: The Broncos put in another poor kick on the last tackle.68 min: Lockyer puts in a clueless bomb on the last tackle, it looks as though the Broncos have given up.70 min: Hodges is wrapped up on the last tackle.72 min: Parker puts in a kick off the ground from a poor pass, and the Broncos are penalised for offside from the kick.75 min: Greenshields cleans up a Broncos grubber for a line drop out.77 min: Civoniceva loses the ball inside the Dragons 10, more or less summing up the Broncos night.79 min: The Dragons lose the ball trying to spread it wide.FULL TIME: The Dragons have claimed a memorable 20-4 victory over the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Matt Cooper2 - Luke Bailey1 - Jason Ryles-----------------------------------------
POWERGEN Challenge Cup finalists Huddersfield Giants will have all but one of their Twickenham line-up in action in their penultimate match of the season at Catalans Dragons.
ST Helens coach Daniel Anderson insists there will be no let-up from his double-chasing team when they take on Leeds Rhinos at Knowsley Road.The Powergen Challenge Cup winners are almost guaranteed to finish top of the engage Super League but Anderson, who has made a habit of resting players at various times this season, wants his side to take their winning run into the play-offs.Captain Paul Sculthorpe, who suffered a recurrence of his old knee injury in last Friday?s win over Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, is the only member of their Cup-winning side absent from Anderson?s 18-strong squad.Prop Nick Fozzard, who picked up a head injury in the same game, misses but centre Willie Talau returns from a hamstring injury and broken nose victim Jon Wilkin is also included."We?re not rotating anybody," said Anderson. "We will only rest players carrying injuries as a precaution."But we want to take some momentum into the play-offs. We?ve got two big games in a row and I?m really looking forward to them."Saints, who finish off the regular season with a trip to Warrington Wolves next weekend, have already completed the double over the Rhinos this year but both were close-fought duels.Leeds returned to form with a 54-16 thrashing of Warrington last week and they could still finish second if they win and Hull lose both their last two matches, which are testing affairs at Warrington and Wigan Warriors."It will be a close tussle between two quality sides," predicted Rhinos coach Tony Smith."We have come up against Saints twice already this season and both games have been real intense battles with both sets of players producing top quality performances so it should be no different on Saturday."Smith, still without stand-off Danny McGuire, sticks with the side that beat Warrington, which means there is no place for full-back or winger Lee Smith, who was named in the original squad.Hooker Matt Diskin makes his 150th appearance.St Helens 18-man squad: Wellens, Gardner, Lyon, Talau, Meli, Pryce, Long, Cunningham, Cayless, Gilmour, Wilkin, Roby, Bennett, Hooper, P Anderson, V Anderson, Graham, Fa?asavalu.Leeds Rhinos 18-man squad: Donald, Walker, Senior, Burrow, Bailey, Diskin, Peacock, Lauitiiti, Ellis, Sinfield, Millard, Jones-Buchanan, Scruton, Kirke, Gibson, Tansey, Thackray, Toopi.Referee: R SilverwoodSource: superleague.co.uk
REDCLIFFE won through to the 2006 Queensland Grand Final with an emphatic 30 - 16 win over Easts at Dolphin Oval today.The Dolphins' defence was the difference together with a sensational game from hooker Michael Roberts.Redcliffe will now take on long-time nemesis Toowoomba in their fourth meeting in a Grand Final. Toowoomba hold a 2-1 advantage to date. There is a striking resemblance to season 2000 (where Redcliffe triumphed) in that Redcliffe were demolished in the Major Semi only to defeat Easts in the Preliminary Final. Could history repeat itself?Unfortunately the Colts did not fare so well going down 42 - 20 to Wynnum. The A Grade and Colts Grand Finals will be Burleigh v Tweed and Norths v Wynnum respectively.