MELBOURNE is just one win away from the NRL minor premiership after its come-from-behind 18-12 win over Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium.The Storm has now won a club record 11 consecutive matches while the Broncos have lost five on the trot. The second-placed Bulldogs have continued their momentum towards the finals, handing St George Illawarra their fifth straight loss, 26-10 at Telstra Stadium.Premiers the Wests Tigers have slipped to second last on the table after their second golden point loss to Canberra of the season. Raiders halfback Todd Carney kicked a 40-metre field goal with seven seconds remaining in extra-time to secure a 19-18 win at Campbelltown Stadium and cement Canberra's spot in the eight.Melbourne is on 40 points, the Bulldogs are 34 and Manly has moved to outright third on 28. Parramatta is in the top four, joined on 26 points by the Broncos, Newcastle, the Dragons and the Raiders.South Sydney is the only side officially out of semi-final contention after a topsy-turvy round 23. Parramatta, Brisbane, Newcastle, St George Illawarra and Canberra round out the top eight - all on 26 points - and hold a four-point buffer.The rest have a mathematical chance, although they would need other results to go their way in the remaining three rounds.Run home for the teams still in contention for the NRL finals:Melbourne (1st, 40pts) - Warriors (h), Raiders (a), Sea Eagles (h)Bulldogs (2nd, 34pts) - Broncos (h), Sea Eagles (a), Panthers (a)Manly (3rd, 28pts) - Rabbitohs (h), Bulldogs (h), Storm (a)Parramatta (4th, 26pts) - Roosters (a), Broncos (h), Cowboys (a)Brisbane (5th, 26pts) - Bulldogs (a), Eels (a), Warriors (h)Newcastle (6th, 26pts) - Cowboys (a), Panthers (h), byeSt George Illawarra (7th, 26pts) - Tigers (h), Sharks (h), Roosters (a)Canberra (8th, 26pts) - bye, Storm (h), Sharks (a)- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -Cronulla (9th, 22pts) - Panthers (h), Dragons (a), Raiders (h)Penrith (10th, 22pts) - Sharks (a), Knights (a), Bulldogs (h)North Queensland (11th, 22pts) - Knights (h), Rabbitohs (a), Eels (h)
WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats took another step closer to engage Super League survival with back-to-back wins for only the second time this season as they beat Catalans Dragons 34-14.
HULL FC?s quest to secure a maiden second-placed finish in the engage Super League was given a huge boost courtesy of a 26-12 win over Huddersfield Giants at the Galpharm Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
LEON Pryce provided the inspiration as engage Super League leaders St Helens ruthlessly swept aside relegation-threatened Castleford Tigers 72-4 at The Jungle.
QUEENSLAND WIZARD CUP - ROUND 21 RESULTSSaturday 12 AugustREDCLIFFE 40 (Greg Bourke 2, Nick Emmett 2, Ryan Cullen, Chris Fox, Danny Burke tries; Greg Bourke 6 goals) d TWEED HEADS 10 (James Wood 2 tries; Brad Davis goal) at Langlands Park.IPSWICH 50 (Ben McFadgean 3, Travis Baker 2, Luke Walker 2, Ricky Dodd, Joel Reithmuller tries; Travis Baker 5, Josh Costello 2 goals) d EASTS 30 (Kevin Stephensen, John Tamanika, Mark McKenzie, Brett McPherson, Marty Allen, Mark Cantoni tries; Luke Branighan 3 goals) at Langlands Park.TOOWOOMBA 48 (Denan Kemp 2, Jamie Simpson 2, Scott Minto, Steve Michaels, Ben Green, Nathan Strudwick tries; Ben Green 6, Jacob fauid 2 goals) d SOUTHS LOGAN 22 (Quentin Laulu-Togagae 2, paul Stanley, Tanu Wulf, Grant Lewis tries; Brandon Costin goal)at Clive Berghofer Stadium. CENTRAL 18 (Christian Davies 2, Sam Granville tries; Scott Porter 3 goals) d NORTHS 16 (Israel Folau, Sam Tagataese, Steve Franciscus tries; Jeremy Smith 2 goals) at Browne Park.Sunday 13 August WYNNUM MANLY 26 (Tangi Ropati, Brian Jellick, John Bruce, Luke Dalziel-Don, Gary Winter tries; Rodney Barba 2, Daniel Evans goals) drew with NORTH QUEENSLAND 26 (Jason Barsley, Brett Firman, Brent McConnell, Ray Cashmere, James Andersen tries; Brenton Bowen, Brent McConnell, Scott Smith goals) at BMD Kougari Oval.BYE: BurleighStandingsTOOWOOMBA 30NORTH QLD 30REDCLIFFE 28TWEED HEADS 20EASTS 20BURLEIGH 19NORTHS 15CENTRAL 15WYNNUM MANLY 13SOUTHS LOGAN 12IPSWICH 8NEXT WEEK?S GAME ? ROUND 22 SATURDAY 19 AUGUSTNORTHS V SOUTHS LOGAN BISHOP PARK 2.00PM*NORTH QLD V TOOWOOMBA DAIRY FARMERS STAD. 5.30PMCENTRAL V EASTS BROWNE PARK 7.30PMSUNDAY 20 AUGUSTTWEED HEADS V WYNNUM MANLY PIGGABEEN COMPLEX 3.00PMIPSWICH V BURLEIGH QLD GROUP STADIUM 3.00PMREDCLIFFE BYE*Denotes ABC TV Live telecast.
HARLEQUINS all but guaranteed their engage Super League status for next season with a magnificent 28-26 victory over Bradford Bulls.
ROUND 23 Wests Tigers 18 v Canberra Raiders 19at Campbelltown StadiumReferee: Steven ClarkMatch Summary:The Canberra Raiders have snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with a thrilling 19-18 golden point victory over the Wests Tigers at Campbelltown this afternoon.The Tigers were the better side but came up short when it mattered most with two missed field goal opportunities with the Raiders only taking one attempt but in the end, that's all that was needed.The Tigers went into todays game without Benji Marshall, Robbie Farah and Brett Hodgson but still played a mighty game for 89 minutes only to come up short thanks to a long-range field goal from vastly improving Raiders pivot Todd Carney.The win for the Raiders almost certainly eliminates the Tigers, Panthers, Cowboys and Sharks from the finals race and while all teams are mathematically a chance, they are simply not playing well enough to deserve a spot in the finals.Canberra have the bye next week and if results go their way, they could very well move out of eighth position with the Dragons and Broncos struggling for form at the wrong time of year.Scorers:Wests Tigers: 18Tries: Daniel Fitzhenry, Chris Heighington, Scott PrinceGoals: Scott Prince 3/4Canberra Raiders: 19Tries: Phillip Graham, Adam Mogg, Alan TongueGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 3/3Field Goals: Todd CarneyBy the Clock: 1 min: NEWS We are underway at Campbelltown with the Tigers kicking off to the Raiders.4 min: NEWS Raiders starting very shaky as usual with the Tigers applying the pressure early.7 min: NEWS Canberra making a lot of unforced errors early on with two drop balls and undisciplined penalties.8 min: TRY Wests TigersTigers score with ease and one would have to think if Canberra are interested in securing a top eight finish. Conversion successful Tigers 6-011 min: NEWS Adam Mogg knocks the ball on for the second time today. Canberra have not turned up to play today. They look terrible.14 min: NEWS Thompson knocks on again.15 min: TRY Canberra RaidersCanberra score an opportunist try through Alan Tongue after Canberra knocked on, the Tigers spin the ball wide and lose it, giving Canberra an opportunity to score. 6 all.19 min: NEWS Canberra give away their fourth penalty and have thrown discipline out the window.20 min: NEWS Scott Prince knocks on just short of the line to let Canberra off the hook for the time being.25 min: NEWS Canberra murder a try through Adam Mogg. Mogg passed the ball when he was practically over the line.28 min: TRY Wests TigersCanberra are imploding today on the back of a 6-1 penalty count in favour of the Tigers. Daniel Fitzhenry takes full advantage and makes the Raiders pay with a try in the corner. Tigers 12-632 min: NEWS Fitzhenry knocks on and gives the Raiders a chance to level the scores.32 min: TRY Canberra RaidersPhil Graham scores for the Raiders and somehow, the Raiders are still in the hunt after a terrible first half of footy. 12 all.35 min: NEWS Ryan O'Hara does his former team a favour with a knock on in his own twenty metre line.36 min: NEWS Carney loses the ball with the line wide open.41 min: NEWS We are underway in the second half.44 min: NEWS Canberra throw the ball into touch and bomb another try.47 min: NEWS Canberra turn the ball over yet again. Neither side are taking their chances at the moment.53 min: NEWS Canberra blow another scoring chance through a bad pass from Lincoln Withers.55 min: NEWS Tigers knock on inside the Raiders 20.57 min: NEWS Scott Prince kicks a 40/20 to give the Tigers a great chance to get ahead in the match.59 min: NEWS Tigers almost score but go into touch to let the Raiders off the hook once again.63 min: NEWS Canberra throw a forward pass and blow another opportunity. Tigers have had all the possession and field position but still can't put the Raiders away.65 min: NEWS Adrian Purtell knocks on ten metres out from his own line. Canberra do not want to win this match.69 min: NEWS Still no change in the score with a great crowd of 18,474 just announced.70 min: NEWS David Howell fumbles a bomb and gives the ball straight back to the Tigers.70 min: NEWS David Howell stretchered from the field after injuring his ankle when he dropped the bomb.71 min: NEWS Schifcofske takes the ball dead so the Tigers will get the ball back. We are in field goal time now with under ten to go.72 min: TRY Wests TigersTigers put Canberra to the sword through Scott Prince. Prince keeps the Tigers slim finals hopes alive. Tigers 16-1278 min: TRY Canberra RaidersCanberra score through Adam Mogg and have a chance to take the lead for the first time in the match with three minutes remaining. At worst, we are probably looking at golden point. Raiders 18-1679 min: PENALTY GOAL Wests TigersWe are heading to golden point. Tigers successful with a penalty goal. 18 all.85 min: NEWS No score at the completion of the first half of extra time.90 min: FIELD GOAL Canberra RaidersTodd Carney does it again with a 40 metre field to give Canberra the win and pretty much eliminates the Tigers, Panthers, Cowboys and Sharks from the finals race. Raiders 19-1890 min: FIELD GOAL Canberra RaidersCanberra win through a field goal to Todd Carney and the win pretty much eliminates the Tigers, Panthers, Cowboys and Sharks from the finals race. Raiders 20-18-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Scott Prince (Tigers)2 - Todd Carney (Raiders)1 - Alan Tongue (Raiders)-----------------------------------------
ROUND 23 Canterbury Bulldogs 26 v St George Illawarra Dragons 10at Telstra StadiumReferee: Sean HampsteadMatch Summary:The Canterbury Bulldogs have run out comfortable 26-10 winners over the St George Illawarra Dragons in front of 31,256 fans at Telstra Stadium this afternoon. The Bulldogs had a comfortable 16-4 halftime lead.The Bulldogs were quick out of the blocks with Brent Sherwin scoring after six minutes. Willie Mason doubled the Bulldogs lead after 14 minutes with a strong run that saw him drag two tacklers over the line. The Bulldogs went up 16-0 after 24 minutes with a try to Hazem El Masri in the corner. The Dragons struck back four minutes later with a try to Brett Morris. The Dragons had a late chance at the Bulldogs line, but threw a forward pass.The Bulldogs struck first after halftime with Sonny Bill scoring near the posts after a Dragons error. Trent Barrett responded on the 48 minute mark with a try under the posts, but from then on the Dragons didn?t really threaten. Hazem El Masri added a penalty goal just before the hour mark, and another one just before fulltime for the final 26-10 scoreline.Next week the Bulldogs host the struggling Broncos, while the Dragons host the Tigers ? both teams are in freefall.Scorers:Canterbury Bulldogs: 26Tries: Hazem El Masri, Willie Mason, Brent Sherwin, Sonny Bill WilliamsGoals: Hazem El Masri 5/6St George Illawarra Dragons: 10Tries: Trent Barrett, Brett MorrisGoals: Mathew Head 1/2By the Clock:Good afternoon from Telstra Stadium. Today we have the Bulldogs hosting the Dragons. Big crowd in and it is a beautiful day.Ryles isn't starting for the Dragons, Bulldogs are 1-17.1 min: The Bulldogs get us underway!5 min: Quick start here, we haven't had a stoppage in play yet.6 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsA Bulldogs pass goes astray, the Dragons rush up on it but Sherwin gets the ball and he scores an embarassingly easy try. El Masri adds the extras from beside the posts. Bulldogs 6-09 min: The Dragons kick through and Cooper recovers it, however he gets wrapped up and throws a poor pass. The Bulldogs nearly score at the other end.11 min: Mason penalised for not playing the ball correctly.12 min: Gasnier makes a great run, he offloads to Cooper who has the ball knocked out as he catches it.14 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsMason gets the ball back on the inside and scores in the tackle of two defenders. El Masri lands the goal from 10 left of the posts. Bulldogs 12-020 min: The Dragons get good field position off a Sherwin mis-kick.21 min: A good kick from Head nearly finds Best in the corner.23 min: The Bulldogs go on attack after a penalty.23 min: INJURY - Sam Isemonger injured after a head clash with Andrew Ryan. He has a huge lump on the side of his face.24 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsGreat leadup play from the Bulldogs including a great offload from Sonny Bill has El Masri scoring right in the corner. His kick goes across the face of the uprights. Bulldogs 16-028 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsQuick hands from the Dragons has Brett Morris scoring in the corner. Head hits the uprights and misses the goal. Bulldogs 16-433 min: Hornby nearly gets forced into the ingoal, he gets the ball to Best who runs over the sideline instead. Dumb play really.35 min: VIDEO REFEREE - For a highly unlikely Bulldogs try.35 min: NO TRY - El Masri ruled to have knocked on contesting a bomb. Follows a great defensive set by the Dragons.36 min: The Dragons nearly score after recovering a long kick.38 min: Dragons will go on attack to finish the first half.39 min: First play after a scrum feed the Dragons throw a forward pass.Halftime at Telstra Stadium.Second half delayed as we have no referee.40 min: Bumsteads back and we're underway!43 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Dragons make an error, Sonny gets the ball several plays later off a tidy Holdsworth offload and he dots down 10 to the right of the posts. Some hints of an obstruction. El Masri converts. Bulldogs 22-447 min: Hornby makes a break to inside the 10 and gets a penalty.48 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsA great pass to Barrett gets him inside his defender and he scores under the posts. Head converts. Bulldogs 22-1058 min: PENALTY GOAL Canterbury BulldogsEl Masri lands a penalty goal. Bulldogs 24-1068 min: The Dragons have had the best chances in the last 10 minutes, but can't get across the whitewash.73 min: Head has been interchanged off, it looks as though the Dragons are conceding defeat.74 min: Barrett chips, chases and can't hold onto the ball.77 min: Lot of errors in the game now.78 min: ON REPORT - Poore is on report for a swinging arm on Armit.79 min: PENALTY GOAL Canterbury BulldogsEl Masri lands the penalty for the swinging arm in front of 31,256 fans. Bulldogs 26-10Fulltime, and the Bulldogs claim a comfortable victory over the Dragons.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Willie Mason2 - Sonny Bill Williams1 - Andrew Ryan-----------------------------------------
SATURDAY 12 August 2006
LION Red Fox Memorial
WIGAN Warriors ended a difficult week on a high note by edging past Leeds Rhinos 20-18 at Headingley Carnegie to breathe new life into their bid for engage Super League survival.
SALFORD City Reds produced a second-half masterclass to claim a thrilling 35-34 engage Super League victory of the season against play-off rivals Warrington Wolves.
GIANTS full-back Paul Reilly has recovered from a virus and forwards Paul Jackson, Wayne McDonald and Eorl Crabtree are back in contention. Centre Stuart Jones's facial injury will be assessed before the game.
WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats coach John Kear admits his side cannot afford to let the momentum slip as they prepare for the crucial visit of Catalans Dragons.
ST Helens travel to Castleford Tigers looking to protect a six-point lead at the top of the engage Super League table.