FUMING Brisbane Broncos chief executive Bruno Cullen has slammed the Sydney Roosters' efforts to poach coach Wayne Bennett as "disgraceful".
LEEDS Rhinos 60 (Tansey 3, Williams 2, Ellis, Senior, McGuire, Donald, Jones-Buchanan tries; Sinfield 7, Burrow 3 goals) def. Catalans Dragons 12 (Murphy, Bosc tries; Frayssinous 2 goals). Att: 13,391.
2006 Lion Red Fox Memorial Grand Final
PREVIEWS for this weekend's National League One and Two Play-Offs.... the winner of each play-off series will be considered for promotion for next season. National League OneHull KR and Widnes finished the season first and second respectively, have earnt the week off and will meet in a major semi-final next weekend.Leigh Centurions v Batley Bulldogs (Sunday - 3rd place v 6th place, loser eliminated)Leigh Head Coach Tony Benson has his sights firmly focused on a Grand Final flourish.The Leigh boss has guided his troops to a third place finish in LHF Healthplan League One and is now gearing up for a tense Elimination Play-Off with Batley.Benson said: ?We set a goal for ourselves on Tuesday, and that was to win our last game in this play-off series. This is a huge game at the start of that path.?You use the last few weeks of the season to get some confidence and momentum going and I think we?ve done that pretty well. We?re in good shape and we?re looking forward to some good vocal backing from our fans.?Benson is unlikely to make any changes to the team that thrashed York last weekend while Bulldogs? coach Gary Thornton is also able to avoid wholesale changes.Thornton said: ?We are delighted at reaching the top six, but we?re disappointed with last week?s performance against Rochdale ? we didn?t really perform.?I don?t think there?s any pressure on us. No one expected us to be here, so we?re fairly relaxed about things.?Also nobody expects us to go any further in the play offs so we want to prove people wrong. I?ve got a lot of faith in this group of players and I think there?s still more to come from them. Now we can kick on and show people what we?re all about. The boys are relishing the challenge.?Whitehaven v Rochdale Hornets(Sunday - 4th place v 5th place, loser eliminated)Whitehaven boss Dave Rotheram believes this year?s past encounters between Whitehaven and Rochdale count for nothing ahead of Sunday?s battle in the LHF Healthplan League One Elimination play-off.Rotheram said: ?All that is irrelevant at this stage. We?ve finished nine points in front of them in the league, so over the year we?re a better team on paper ? but these games are not played on paper.?We want to get off to a good start. We?ve had a good week?s preparation and we?re ready for the game now.?We?ll get the crowd behind us and that?s very important. Hopefully, a lot of people will turn up and really get behind the boys.?Hornets? coach Darren Abram has got his eyes on a bumper prize fund if he can steer his troops to Grand Final glory.Abram said: ?That ?100,000 (available to the winners of the Grand Final who do not qualify for promotion to Super League) is like winning the national lottery.?But Whitehaven were my dark horses to win the title at the start of the season. They?ve got four good players that I?ve coached in the past so I know what they?re capable of.?They?ve got quick wingers, experienced centres, toughness and go-forward up front. They?re a good team and going up to Cumbria is always difficult so we?ve got to get that into our heads early in the week.?It?s men against men and its do or die. There?s a lot of do in our side and, if we focus, we should be all right.?We?ve achieved a lot to finish fifth, the best of the rest behind Whitehaven and the three full-time teams. It?s been an excellent season for us. We?re not here to make up the numbers.?National League TwoDewsbury Rams finished the season in first place and are automatically promoted. Sheffield and Celtic Crusaders finished in second and third place respectively, have earnt this week off and will meet in a major semi-final next weekend. Featherstone Rovers v Gateshead Thunder(Sunday - 3rd place v 6th place, loser eliminated)Rovers? coach David Hobbs believes the side that reacts best under pressure will emerge victors in Sunday?s clash at Lionheart StadiumHobbs said: ?It?s definitely a case of who makes the least mistakes, and who handles the pressure the best.?We feel ready for this knock-out part of the year and it should be a big advantage of us being at home.?We?ve held every side out at Lionheart Stadium and we intend to keep that going for another week.?Thunder boss Dean Thomas is expecting an intimidating atmosphere but has set his players the challenge of defusing the home supporters? enthusiasm.Thomas said: ?Going to Featherstone is a bit of a challenge for us. They?ve got a very vocal support and that gives their team an extra lift. We want to silence them with a professional, solid performance.?All the players and fans know that?s it the end of the season for those who lose. Players will have heightened anxiety and it comes down to how the players control that to get the best out of themselves.?Swinton Lions v Barrow Raiders(Sunday - 4th place v 5th place, loser eliminated)Lions? coach Paul Kidd wants his side to kick on from their 32-24 win at Gateshead last week as they look to keep their season alive in the LHF Healthplan League Two Elimination play off.Kidd said: ?Its two sides that have been getting a bit of form over the last few weeks so it should be a good contest.?In effect, both of us have got four cup finals left. Both sides will be confident going into this game and equally confident of going a long way.?Barrow boss Paul Crarey insists his side are major underdogs on Sunday ? a tag he is happy with.He said: ?There?s no pressure on us at all. It?s an achievement for us to even reach the play offs.?Our form is really good at the moment, so if we?re relaxed rather than tense we?ll do OK. If we win, we win; if we lose we?ve had a great season.?When we play to our strengths I don?t think there?s a better team for exciting football.?But they?ve got quality players and a quality coach who I?ve got a lot of time for ? it?s just a shame one of the two teams has to go out on Sunday.?We had 350 fans travel to Blackpool last week, which was absolutely magnificent. We want to put in a performance for them. It will be a cracking game.?Source: www.therfl.co.uk
HUDDERSFIELD look set to field the same team for the third week in a row, with the released Michael De Vere, Jim Gannon and Wayne McDonald all making their farewell appearances at the Galpharm Stadium.The Giants have never beaten Bradford in the Super League and will be bidding to inflict a third straight defeat on the Bulls.Bradford's Great Britain second rower Paul Johnson is set to make his first appearance for four months, while New Zealand international winger Lesley Vainikolo is rested ahead of the start of the play-offs next week. The Bulls are still without Stanley Gene and Jamie Langley.Huddersfield Giants v Bradford Bulls, Sunday 17th September, kick-off 15:00Huddersfield Giants 18-man squad: Reilly, Aspinwall, De Vere, Donlan, Thorman, Paul, Crabtree, Drew, Gannon, Nero, Wild, Jones, Jackson, Smith, McDonald, Raleigh, Hemingway, Brown.Bradford Bulls 18-man squad: Hape, Deacon, Vagana, Newton, I Harris, McKenna, Cook, Lynch, Meyers, B Harris, Withers, Ferres, Johnson, Henderson, St Hilaire, Pryce, Burgess, Bai.Referee: P Bentham Sources: www.skysports.com, www.bbc.co.uk, www.superleague.co.uk
WARRINGTON coach Paul Cullen has named youngster Michael Cooper in his 18-man squad for the visit of the Minor Premiers on Sunday.
THE AFL has thrown down the gauntlet to other codes ? notably rugby league ? with its decision to pour $100 million into development programs in NSW and Queensland over the next five years.Thanks to its new television deal that begins next year, the AFL is going to be much more cashed up than the National Rugby League. The simple truth is that the Seven and Ten deal with the AFL is significantly superior than the Nine deal with the NRL that also cuts in next year.Rugby league is still paying a heavy price for the Super League division a decade ago. When the current television deal was struck, rugby league was in a poor bargaining position and, while the 2007 agreement is an improvement, the rugby league television rights battle was a one-horse race.But the AFL deal saw Nine set the cross bar very high, before Seven and Ten matched it. As a result, the AFL is now in a position to put serious dollars into development in New South Wales (mainly Sydney?s west) and Queensland (mainly South East Queensland).It will spend over $100 million over the next five years on development in the rugby league states. And it is increasing the number of AFL premiership matches played in both states.Rugby league will have a battle on its hands, especially in junior football. And there may even be a greater challenge ? from soccer.If they are serious about meeting the challenges, rugby league?s administrators will need to put an end to the nonsense of a divided administration. The AFL runs the game lock, stock and barrel. The NRL only runs the premiership, while the ARL runs Origin, international matches, and junior football.The duplication of administration is archaic. It is a hangover from the Super League war, that serves only the interests of the officials who hang on to jobs when their use-by date has long passed.The AFL challenge to rugby league is a serious one. Even before yesterday?s announcement of a massive funding boost, the game has been making inroads in schools and juniors by a superior marketing campaign.I am sure rugby league will fight back ? but it needs to get its act together in a hurry if it is going to do so effectively.
FULL match reports for grand finals played today in the QLD Wizard Cup, FOGS Cup and FOGS Colts Challenge.REDCLIFFE 27 d TOOWOOMBA 6 (QLD WIZARD CUP) REDCLIFFE has secured its fifth QLD Wizard Cup premiership in 11 seasons, defying the odds to beat a star-studded Toowoomba side 27-6 at Suncorp Stadium.In a masterful display, the ageing Dolphins showed the young Clydesdales the benefits of experience, recovering from a 56-22 hammering in the major semi to wreak revenge in the game that mattered most.?Everyone wrote us off a few weeks ago,? Redcliffe coach Anthony Griffin said.?Have a look at that (Toowoomba) side and it?s chock full of stars. But that gets you nothing in grand finals sometimes.?Toowoomba?s line-up featured 11 NRL players, including the likes of Greg Eastwood, Joel Moon and David Taylor, expected to become the future face of the Brisbane Broncos.Yet Redcliffe had an amazing statistic in its favour, boasting 23 games worth of grand final experience to Toowoomba?s none. Dolphins captain Troy Lindsay, a warhorse almost twice the age of rival Taylor, went into the match with six State League finals under his belt aloneThat appeared to count for little just three minutes into the match when Toowoomba prop Ben Vaeau monstered his way across from short range.The commentators? summation was it was all ?too easy? and there was an unspoken expectation that Redcliffe could be in for a pasting, just as they were a fortnight earlier.Listed by bookies at long odds for victory, the Dolphins only had self belief to rely on and six minutes later they defied expectation to turn the tables.Exposing frailties in the Clydesdales? own defence, Michael Roberts shot out of dummy-half and fired a great second-man pass to Marty Turner. Turner slipped through an innocuous tackle and touched down straight under the posts.With Greg Bourke converting it was 6-all and the stage was set for another thriller between two hostile combatants.The next 30 minutes was a pure rip-and-tear affair, with swarming defence, body-slams and the odd smattering of argy bargy.It featured three decisions that went to the video referee, the anticipation of the crowd amplifying an already fever-pitch atmosphere.First Ryan Cullen was ruled to have knocked-on when he flew through the air to ground a grubber just short of the dead-ball line.Then Jamie Simpson crossed at the other end of the paddock, twisting through three defenders, but ruled to have been held up by video adjudicator Tony Maksoud.Maksoud was forced into a double-take moments later when Rory Bromley slid over from a great Nick Emmett pass, he too having his try disallowed due to insufficient control.It took right up until the halftime siren for either team to crack.With precision timing, elusive fullback Ryan Cullen dived over right on the hooter, following brilliant lead-up work by Roberts and halfback Marty Turner.After battling a hamstring injury throughout the week, valiant Turner was a standout as the Dolphins took a 12-6 advantage.The second stanza was played in much the same gritty style as the preceding 40 minutes, with neither team able to penetrate the rugged fence.Two instances that best explained Redcliffe?s victory had nothing to do with tries scored.Like the irrepressible Duracell Bunny, Dolphins custodian Cullen was amongst everything and his energy flowed through to his teammates. When he pulled off a last ditch cover tackle on Simpson in the 54th minute, it was certain try-saver, even though Simpson still had 80m to run.Had Cullen hung off for a second longer or banked on teammates to cover for him, the quicksilver Simpson would have scorched them untouched over the distance.The second instance of desperation and hunger came in the 65th minute when a loose ball fell close to the feet of two Toowoomba defenders. They hesitated for a fraction and Redcliffe backrower Danny Burke pounced, sliding in to win possession.It was no coincidence that two minutes later Redcliffe found itself in good enough field position for Roberts to add a field goal and move the margin to 13-6.Toowoomba needed to score twice in just over 10 minutes, but it never happened.Announced as the prestigious QANTAS Player of the Year at halftime, Roberts took full control of the game as it headed into the final stretch.First he hoisted a bomb for former Australian Rules player Emmett, who caught and passed for outside man Bromley to score, making it 17-6.Then, when Toowoomba had the faintest hint of a comeback through a storming effort by Chris Muckert, Roberts latched on to the bulky backrower and punched the ball free over the line.His try-saver demoralised the Clydesdales and they allowed two more tries before the game was brought to a halt.Emmett hauled in another cross-field kick and set up Bromley again in the 75th minute, while Mark Shipway crossed from an angled run in the 78th minute.Shipway, 30, finally found some recompense for the 1996 grand final, where he also scored a try, but was on a Redcliffe side which lost 8-6 to Toowoomba in perhaps the competition?s best-ever decider.After touring the globe with NRL and Super League teams, he had only this season returned to the Dolphins from English club Salford.There was also a nice symmetry for teammate Adam Starr, taking the final hit-up of the game as he reached retirement with a perfect four-from-four in grand finals for the Dolphins.REDCLIFFE 27 (Rory Bromley 2, Marty Turner, Ryan Cullen, Mark Shipway tries; Greg Bourke 3 goals; Michael Roberts field goal) d TOOWOOMBA 6 (Ben Vaeau try; Nick Parfitt goal) at Suncorp Stadium. Halftime: Redcliffe 12-6. Referee: Brett Suttor.BURLEIGH 28 d TWEED HEAD 6 (FOGS A GRADE)A HEATED affair between traditional rivals Burleigh and Tweed Heads has seen the 2006 FOGS Cup awarded to the Bears, 28-6 victors at Suncorp Stadium.With plenty of feeling existing between the two neighbouring clubs ? right through from older generations to the present day ? the match was always going to be keenly fought.So was the case on grand final day, where runaway minor premier Tweed faced off against a Burleigh side which had beaten them by two points a fortnight before.In a rugged opening half there were only three tries scored.Rain bucketed down for extended periods of time, hampering handling, yet also ensuring the physical nature of the contest came to the fore.Burleigh grabbed a handy advantage just 12 minutes into the game with two tries to winger Mark Commens.Commens collected the first from a Nash Core bomb, then scored his second with a direct passage down the sideline.As could be expected Tweed Heads fought back, with talented half Paul Rolls sliding across out wide.Having finished the regular season playing Wizard Cup, Rolls then slotted a pressure conversion from out wide to make it 12-6.That remained the score until halftime, with frustration levels rising on both sides, particularly for Tweed, who butchered several scoring chancesThe second half was a shock to all, as Burleigh ran away to score three tries to nil and avenge grand final defeats from both 2004 and 2005.In a satisfying finale for coach Grant Adamson, a member of the Burleigh 1999 Wizard Cup premiership side, the Bears touched down in the 45th, 58th and 65th minutes.Commens completed a treble with another four-pointer added to his swag, while Ryan Wilson and halfback Core posted the other tries.Tweed?s best opportunity to fight back again came via Rolls, who dropped a well-timed pass from Brett Woolley as he charged across the line.Amongst it all were several set-tos, with a late chargedown of a kick bringing all players together in a heated huddle. Nobody went over the top though and all players remained on the field as the game reached its finality.BURLIEGH 28 (Mark Commens 3, Nash Core, Ryan Wilson tries; Phil Ramage 4 goals) d TWEED HEADS 6 (Paul Rolls try; Paul Rolls goal) at Suncorp Stadium.Halftime: Burleigh 12-6Referee: Justin DavisNORTHS 28 d WYNNUM MANLY 22 (FOGS COLTS)EXPECTATIONS of a lopsided FOGS Colts Challenge grand final were blown out of the water as Wynnum Manly pushed heavy favourite Norths all the way in a gripping 28-22 result at Suncorp Stadium.Indeed, the rank outsider Seagulls led the match until 12 minutes from fulltime when Devils replacement Jason Poppi scored one of the all-time great individual grand final tries.With his side trailing 16-12 at that stage, Poppi swooped onto a pass from a falling teammate 45m out, ran a short blindside and chipped over the top in a 1m corridor.Evading the converging defenders and getting to the ball first, he kicked again off the ground, before regathering and sliding across in one swift movement.The crowd-pleasing effort saw the ledger at 16-all, with Norths then scoring two more quick tries to wrestle back the ascendancy in the final minutes.The most pivotal of those tries, eight minutes from the hooter, had Wynnum?s coaching staff up in arms, after there appeared to be a forward pass in the led-up.In good position, referee Brenden Wood ignored the calls from the crowd and advice from his touch judge, allowing play to flow until Israel Folau crossed in the opposite corner.Having never won a premiership in the elite Under 19s competition, Wynnum had one last chance at the game when Ben Cronin scored a try two minutes from time, converted from the sideline by Luke Menhinnitt.In a frantic closing, standout Seagulls centre Ryan Brown made a great break which potentially could have tied the game, only for halfback Matt Smith to lose the ball in support.It was a disappointing end to a golden run for the Baysiders, who rose from fifth place to challenge a team full of Melbourne Storm recruits.Playing their fourth do-or-die game in succession, the Seagulls led 12-6 at halftime courtesy of tries to wingers Chris McQueen and Luke Menhinnitt.Their tries came just three minutes apart after Norths had opened the scoring via half Luke Capewell.Capewell ended the game with three tries, playing a major hand in his team?s rise from the brink.NORTHS 28 (Luke Capewell 3, Jason Poppi, Israel Folau tries; Luke Samoa 4 goals) d WYNNUM MANLY 22 (Chris McQueen 2, Luke Menhinnitt, Ben Cronin tries; Luke Menhinnitt 3 goals) at Suncorp Stadium.Halftime: Wynnum Manly 12-6.Referee: Brenden Wood.
IT is a case of winner takes all as Wakefield and Catsleford meet for the right to stay in Super League on survival Saturday.
HARLEQUINS finish their campaign with a home fixture against play-off bound Salford on Saturday. A 31-30 victory over Wigan last week secured Quins' Super League status for another year.
FINALS 2006 Week 2 Newcastle Knights 6 v Brisbane Broncos 50at Aussie StadiumReferee: Steven ClarkCrowd: 22,081Match Summary:Newcastle?s season has ended in dramatic circumstances at Aussie Stadium in Sydney tonight, going down to the Brisbane Broncos 50 to 6. Brisbane led 24-0 at the break before scoring four tries to one in the second half. It is the Broncos? first victory in September since week one in 2002 at ANZ Stadium against Parramatta.The signs were ominous for the Knights in the opening stages, after captain Andrew Johns missed a penalty goal attempt. The Broncos opened the scoring just a quarter of an hour later with a long ball from Lockyer finding Hodges who put Stagg away on the western touchline to open the scoring for the match.Just a few minutes later, the Broncos had their second of many for the evening as a flick pass from Hunt found Tate who stepped through some ordinary defence to score near the posts. Both these tries were on the back of poor ball control from the Novocastrians.With the scoreboard reading 18-0 to the Broncos with just a minute left in the first half, hooker Shaun Berrigan struck a big blow to the Knights on the stroke of halftime. Berrigan caught the Knights? marker defence napping on halfway and went straight through. He picked up Australian fullback Karmichael Hunt back on the inside and the Broncos went to the break up by 24 points.The game was put out of reach of Newcastle with a Corey Parker penalty just after the interval, while the floodgates were opened just five minutes later when back rower Dane Carlaw crossed the stripe from close range to stretch the margin out to more than five converted tries.With the score at the half century mark with twenty minutes remaining, Brisbane captain Darren Lockyer got a spell from coach Wayne Bennett. The bench for the Broncos with just 10 minutes remaining then was Webcke, Lockyer, Berrigan and Civoniceva. The crowd was 22,081 that can be seen as quite reasonable with two out of towners taking part. However, it would have been good to move the game to Brisbane, where the game would have been able to get a sell out of 50,000.Kurt Gidley crossed for Newcastle?s only try just two minutes from time, however it was Brisbane?s night as they ran out victors 50-6. This was the last game for Brian Carney at the Knights as he moves to play for the Titans next season while prop Craig Smith will retire from the game of football.The Broncos live to fight another day in 2006, as they go on to meet the Bulldogs at Aussie Stadium next Friday night for a chance to play in the Grand Final.Scorers:Newcastle Knights: 6Tries: Kurt GidleyGoals: Andrew Johns 1/2Brisbane Broncos: 50Tries: Dane Carlaw, Petero Civoniceva, Justin Hodges, Karmichael Hunt, Darren Lockyer, David Stagg, Brent Tate, Darius BoydGoals: Darren Lockyer 1/1, Corey Parker 8/8By the Clock:The Jersey Flegg match has come to an end between the second placed Roosters and sixth placed Bulldogs.In the end the Bulldogs have just got home 22-18 and eliminate their arch rivals.The Doggies now go on to play the Panthers next weekend.Now Balmain-Ryde are taking on Manly in Premier League.The Tigers lead Manly 14-8 with 10 to go till halftime.Halftime now and Manly lead the Tigers 20-14.We now have a finish on our hands here with Manly leading 26-20.A classic end to the Premier League fixture as Manly knockout Balmain-Ryde by 32 to 26.Now First Grade is just around the corner...Steve Simpson is out for the Knights,with Reynoldson coming in to the 2nd row and Todd Lowrie comes on to the bench replacing Daniel Abraham.Luke Quigley has big shoes to fill tonight in the hooking position,replacing the suspended Danny Buderus.Brisbane are as per the program,with Karmichael Hunt coming back on to the wing replacing Tame Tupou.A crowd of around 20000 currently here inside Aussie Stadium,the venue of two out of town sides.Brisbane are in the tunnel,led out by captain Darren Lockyer in the white away jerseys.Now here come Newcastle,in their home navy jerseys,despite being lower on the ladder than Brisbane,led out by Matt Gidley.Your referee is Steven Clark in the green and black.1 min: Brisbane kickoff!2 min: After a penalty against Brisbane on the second tackle for a hand on the ball.The Knights go on the attack and force a repeat set.4 min: ATTEMPTED PENALTY GOAL Newcastle KnightsAfter another penalty for a hand in the play the ball,Johns takes a shot at goal from 30 out right in front, misses to the right and goes dead. 0 all.7 min: Brent Tate dives for the line for the Broncos however some great cover defence holds him up in goal.8 min: Brent Tate chips over the top on the last tackle and looks to be taken out by referee Clark rules play on.11 min: A penalty against Matt Gidley for a high tackle and Kurt Gidley runs in to defend his brother and could have been sinbinned for a 3rd man in.12 min: The Broncos are on the attack but a poor crossfield kick from Lockyer goes out on the full.16 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosThe Knights keep dropping ball in their own red zone and finally the crack as numbers open up on the left hand flank.A long ball from Lockyer finds Hodges who hits Stagg on the wing who dives for the corner to score.Lockyer's kick is a ripper from the sideline. Broncos 6-019 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosOnce again the Knights knock on in their own quarter and send the Broncos on the attack.The ball goes out to the right hand side and centre Brent Tate latches on to a Karmichael Hunt flick pass who strolls through some poor Newcastle defence to score.Parker converts. Broncos 12-021 min: Josh Perry goes up the tunnel for Newcastle.27 min: A grubber from Andrew Johns hits the post but luckily Shane Perry is there to clean up the scraps.28 min: Josh Perry has a bruised hip but will be back.29 min: Karmicharl Hunt hit in an absolute ripping shoulder charge from Matt Gidley on a kick return.31 min: Kurt Gidley makes a break midfield and on the next tackle a pass is knocked down by Brent Tate.33 min: Some great ball movement by the Broncos finds Boyd in open space who chips over the top of Gidley however Lowrie gets back in time but it is a goal line dropout.33 min: Checking for a Broncos try..35 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosA stabbing grubber kick through by Lockyer and out of no where like a thief in the night Hodges somehow gets the ball done.Parker converts from out wide. Broncos 18-038 min: Kurt Gidley goes on a 60m run from a grubber kick.On the next play a pass is knocked down by Shane Perry and the Knights get a repeat set.40 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosBerrigan goes straight through the marker area on halfway and finds Hunt backing up on the inside who stolls away to score under the posts.A big blow for Newcastle on halftime.Parker converts. Broncos 24-0Halftime - The Broncos have dominated the first half as the scoreboard shows.This is on the back of poor defence and ball control from the Knights.Newcastle have completed 15/21 sets while Brisbane 19/24.Newcastle have missed 21 tackles to the Broncos'15.Newcastle must score next.41 min: Second half underway!43 min: PENALTY GOAL Brisbane BroncosA penalty against Newcastle for a slow play the ball and from 38m out Corey Parker slots the kick.Surely Newcastle can't come back now. Broncos 26-046 min: A goal line dropout for the Knights and it is dropped by Smith!Josh Perry also won't be back with a rib problem.48 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosThe whitewash continues as on the back of Smith's blunder,Dane Carlaw barges over from close range on the next set to seal the match.Parker converts the try. Broncos 32-052 min: Checking for a Broncos try...53 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosThe murder at Aussie Stadium continues as a Refs Call decision from the video referee is awarded and Steve Clark rules try judging that Civoniceva put the ball on the line.Parker converts from next to the posts. Broncos 38-055 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosAs the ball goes to ground on the right hand side,Tate goes down the touchline and throws a ball back inside to Lockyer who scores under the posts.Parker converts and the romp continues. Broncos 44-059 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosOne of the tries of the year which goes through a thousand sets of hands before Lockyer throws a long cut out pass to Boyd who runs around to score under the posts.Brisbane hit the half century still with twenty minutes remaining. Broncos 50-064 min: Captain Darren Lockyer gets a well earned rest.74 min: A bombed try by the Broncos as Carroll goes through a gap on tackle 5,finds Boyd on the sideline who should have passed back to Carroll for the try but went himself and lost the ball.75 min: Crowd - 22,08178 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsIt has taken them almost the whole match and finally the Knights have their first try.Andrew Johns on the eastern sideline turns the ball back on the inside to Kurt Gidley who scores outwide.Johns kicks the goal from the sideline. Broncos 50-6Fulltime - The Knights have been eliminated in the worst possible fashion while the Broncos have advanced to week three of the finals and will take on Canterbury back at Aussie Stadium next Friday night.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Shaun Berrigan2 - Darren Lockyer1 - Petero Civoniceva-----------------------------------------
THE Redcliffe Dolphins have won the Queensland Wizard Cup grand final with a stunning 27-6 victory over the Toowoomba Clydesdales at Suncorp Stadium this afternoon.The result defied form with the more experienced Redcliffe outfit being thrashed 56-22 by the star-studded Clydesdales just two weeks earlier in the major semi-final.Toowoomba opened the scoring when prop Ben Vaeau crashed over after just three minutes. The Dolphins struck back through half Marty Turner in the ninth minute before a number of disallowed tries made for a tight first half tussle. A try to Redcliffe fullback Ryan Cullen just before the break gave the Dolphins a 12-6 half time lead.The score remained unchanged until Queensland Player of the Year Mick Roberts [pictured] slotted a field goal in the 66th minute. Roberts was on hand again several minutes later when he put in a near perfect cross-field kick for centre Nick Emmett who offloaded to winger Rory Bromley to score in the corner.Trailing by 11 points, the minor premiers mounted a charge with Toowoomba forward Chris Muckert getting over the line, only to be thwarted by man-of-the match Roberts who was once again on the spot with a desperate one-on-one strip.Redcliffe drove home the advantage with Bromley getting a double before lock Mark Shipway added the icing in the final minutes for a comprehensive premiership-winning victory.Toowoomba Clydesdales 6Tries: Ben VaeauGoals: Nick Parfitt 1/1Redcliffe Dolphins 27Tries: Rory Bromley (2), Marty Turner, Ryan Cullen, Mark ShipwayGoals: Greg Bourke 3/5Venue: Suncorp StadiumReferee: Brett SuttorBy the clock:0 min: The sun has come out in Brisbane and its perfect football weather for this Queensland Cup grand final.Toowoomba kicking off...3 min: TRY ToowoombaFront rower Ben Vaeau hits the line hard and crashes through to post the first points of the afternoon. Fullback Nick Parfitt converts from right in front.Toowoomba 6-09 min: TRY RedcliffeHalfback Marty Turner at second receiver puts the step on Toowoomba back rower Greg Eastwood from 10m out and scores under the posts. Follows repeat sets at the Toowoomba line. Centre Greg Bourke converts and posts his 190th point for the season.6-all12 min: NO TRY Redcliffe denied by video ref after fullback Ryan Cullen runs through and stretches out to bouncing ball. He knocks it on but a good attempt.14 min: NO TRYRedcliffe denied again after winger Chris Giumelli touches down out wide. But the referee controversially calls back a forward pass.30 min: NO TRYToowoomba denied after centre Jamie Simpson is deemed to be held up. Toowoomba then knock on in the next play and Redcliffe survive over four repeat sets at their line.37 min: NO TRYRedcliffe denied after winger Rory Bromley brushes corner post while attempting a dusty put down.40 min: TRYRyan Cullen chimes in and dives over to score under the posts, giving the Dolphins the lead going onto the break. Bourke converts.Redcliffe 12-6Half time: Redcliffe 12-6Redcliffe perhaps the better team with more line breaks in the first half and numerous close calls for both sides. A thrilling Queensland Cup decider although both sides looking to lift a gear. This match is there for the taking!WEATHER UPDATE: Rain clouds closing in.Second half underway?50 min: WEATHER UPDATE: Rain has eased off.63 min: NO TRYRedcliffe denied after the referee rules held up. Toowoomba just hanging on and the Dolphins are right in this. Both teams getting close but neither able to finish off.66 min: FIELD GOAL RedcliffeProp forward Mick Roberts from 30m out and right in front puts the Dolphins seven points in front.Redcliffe 13-668 min: NEWSPenalty to Redcliffe after Toowoomba players are in front of the kicker at the restart. Penalties favour Redcliffe 7-270 min: TRY RedcliffeRory Bromley scores in the corner after Mick Roberts puts up a cross field bomb, which is taken beautifully by centre Nick Emmett who leaps high and then offloads to in the same movement to an unmarked Bromley. Bourke conversion attempt is online but doesn?t quite have the legs.Redcliffe 17-672 min: NO TRYToowoomba denied after forward Chris Muckert crashes over but Mick Roberts is on hand again to pull off a one-on-one strip over the line.75 min: TRY RedcliffeBromley gets a double after being set up by Emmett. Bourke unable to convert but its all over red rover. Bourke?s conversion attempt is unsuccessful.Redcliffe 21-676 min: NEWS Another error from the restart as Toowoomba kick out on the full.78 min: TRY RedcliffeLock forward Mark Shipway runs onto a pass from Roberts and scores next to the sticks as the Dolphins are carving them up. Bourke converts.Redcliffe 27-6Full time: Redcliffe 27 - Toowoomba 6A stunning finish with Redcliffe running riot in the closing stages. Coming into the grand final as underdogs, Redcliffe have turned around a 56-22 loss to Toowoomba in the major semi-final to come back two weeks later and claim the 2006 Queensland Wizard Cup premiership.------------------------------------------------LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the match:3 - Mick Roberts (Dolphins)2 - Ryan Cullen (Dolphins)1 - Greg Bourke (Dolphins)------------------------------------------------
LEEDS Rhinos and Catalans Dragons meet on Friday both hoping for an end-of-season boost.
ROOKIE scrum-half Michael Dobson will bid a fond farewell to Wigan Warriors on Friday after a fairytale first season in Super League, with a promise to return and finish his career in England.
IN ADDITION to Saturday's final of the QLD Wizard Cup and FOGS grades at Suncorp Stadium, regional grand finals will also be held this weekend in Townsville, Cairns and Ipswich.SATURDAYFOGS CUP* Grand Final: Burleigh v Tweed Heads, Suncorp Stadium, Saturday September 16, 11.50am.FOGS COLTS CHALLENGE* Grand Final: Norths v Wynnum Manly, Suncorp Stadium, Saturday September 16, 10.10am.QLD WIZARD CUP* Grand Final: Toowoomba v Redcliffe, Suncorp Stadium, Saturday September 16, 2pm.QLD WOMENS* Grand Final: Ipswich Brothers v Wests Centenary, Wildey St, Raceview, Saturday September 16, 4pm. (Schoolgirl ? City v Country, 2pm).GULF COMMUNITY LEAGUEFixture: Kowanyama Carnival, Kowanyama, Saturday September 16.KAIWALAGAL RL (Torres Strait)Preliminary Final: Dragons v Knights, Ken Brown Oval, Saturday September 16, 4pm.SUNDAYBENDIGO BANK PREMIERSHIP (Cairns)* Grand Final: Brothers v Innisfail, Barlow Park, Sunday September 17, 3pm (Reserves ? Ivanhoes v Innisfail, 1.30pm. Under 18 ? Atherton v Innisfail, 12pm. Under 16 ? Tully v Malanda, 10.30am).TOWNSVILLE DISTRICTS RL* Grand Final: Brothers v Herbert River, Townsville Sports Reserve, Sunday September 17, 3.30pm. (Reserves ? Herbert River v Brothers, 1.45pm. Under 19 ? Brothers v Charters Towers 12pm).QLD GROUP CUP (Ipswich)* Grand Final: Brothers v Norths, QLD Group Stadium, Sunday September 17, 3pm (Reserves ? Brothers v West End, 1.30pm. Under 18 ? Brothers v Fassifern, 12pm. C Grade ? Brothers v Rosewood, 10.30am.) WAGNER?S FIRST GRADE (Toowoomba)* Preliminary Final: Valleys v Goondiwindi, Clive Berghofer Stadium, Sunday September 17, 2.30pm.Source: qrl.com.au