Monday?s Expert League Wrap - Round 10, 2006

THE weekend kicked off with Country downing their City cousins by 12-10 in Dubbo. The representative fixture giving the NSW selectors some headaches in the lead up to next week?s State of Origin encounter.Saturday rugby league saw the St George Illawarra Dragons return to the winner?s circle with a 22-16 win over the New Zealand Warriors. The result see Saints on 10 competition points but just outside of the top eight while the Warriors are languishing in 14th position.Saturday night?s top of the table clash between the Melbourne Storm and the North Queensland Cowboys went the way of the Storm with the home side posting an 18-6 victory. Melbourne are now leading the comp on 16 points while the Cowboys maintain second spot on 14 points.Meanwhile, the Brisbane Broncos were doing their cause no harm in disposing of the Manly Sea Eagles by 32-10 at old Lang Park. The Broncos are in fourth position on 14 points while the Manly side are clinging onto the top eight with 10 points.Sunday football saw four matches with the Canterbury Bulldogs overcoming the Parramatta Eels by 22-18 at Telstra Stadium. The Bulldogs are looking good on 14 points and fifth spot, while the season of woe continues for the 13th-placed Eels who are battling on six competition points.Also on Sunday, the Newcastle Knights narrowly defeated reigning premiers Wests Tigers by 18-16 at Campbelltown. The Knights are enjoying third position on the ladder with 14 points while Wests Tigers are on 10 points and in 10th position.Meanwhile, the Canberra Raiders hosted the Cronulla Sharks as both sides put on a dozen tries, the Sharks ultimately winning 38-28. An early onslaught had the Sharks 24-6 in front at half time, too large a lead for the Raiders to reel in. The result puts the Sharks in the top eight on 12 points while the Raiders have 10 points and are on the outside, looking in.The weekend rounded up in Penrith with the Panthers holding out the last-placed South Sydney Rabbitohs to win 32-20. The result breaks a four-match losing streak for the Panthers, while the Bunnies slumped to their ninth loss of the season.All match results and details are listed Player AwardsCowboys five-eighth Johnathan Thurston has been joined at the top of the Player Awards by Storm hooker Cameron Smith. Both players lead the field on 16 points. Storm fullback Greg Inglis has moved into outright second place on 14 points. Meanwhile Sharks half Adam Dykes is not far away on 13 points. Last year?s award winner, half back Andrew Johns has slipped down the leader board but is still well in contention on 12 points.Not far away are Matt Orford (Sea Eagles) on 11 points with Matthew Bowen (Cowboys), Danny Buderus (Knights), Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs) and Karmichael Hunt (Broncos) all on 10 points.The full leader board is below.The players of the match are decided by our live score updaters and tallied here each week on Monday?s Expert League wrap.Want to be a live score updater? For further enquiries, email us.League Wrap: Round 10, 12 ? 14 May 2006MATCH RESULTS:City: 10Tries: David Simmons, Luke RooneyGoals: Brett Hodgson 1/2Country: 12Tries: Anthony Quinn, Anthony LaffranchiGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 2/2Half time: Country 8-0Venue: Apex Oval, DubboCrowd: 11,423Referee: Tony ArcherSt George Illawarra Dragons: 22Tries: Trent Barrett, Clint Greenshields (2), Danny WicksGoals: Aaron Gorrell 3/5New Zealand Warriors: 16Tries: Simon Mannering, Steve Price, Brent WebbGoals: Tony Martin 2/4Half time: 12-allVenue: WIN StadiumCrowd: 10,117Referee: Gavin players of the match:3 - Clint Greenshields (Dragons)2 - Trent Barrett (Dragons)1 - Steve Price (Warriors)Brisbane Broncos: 32Tries: Justin Hodges, Karmichael Hunt (2), Darren Lockyer, Corey Parker, Brett SeymourGoals: Darren Lockyer 1/1, Corey Parker 3/5Manly Sea Eagles: 10Tries: Chris Hicks, Anthony WatmoughGoals: Matt Orford 1/2Half time: Broncos 14-6Venue: Suncorp StadiumCrowd: 24,991Referee: Jason players of the match:3 - Karmichael Hunt (Broncos)2 - Justin Hodges (Broncos)1 - Darren Lockyer (Broncos)Melbourne Storm: 18Tries: David Kidwell, Matt King, Cameron SmithGoals: Cameron Smith 3/4North Queensland Cowboys: 6Tries: Brenton BowenGoals: Johnathan Thurston 1/1Half time: Storm 12-0Venue: Olympic Park, MelbourneCrowd: 10,830Referee: Steven players of the match:3 - Greg Inglis (Storm)2 - Cameron Smith (Storm)1 - Matt King (Storm)Canterbury Bulldogs: 22Tries: Hazem El Masri, Reni Maitua (2)Goals: Hazem El Masri 5/5Parramatta Eels: 18Tries: Nathan Cayless, Fuifui Moimoi, John MorrisGoals: Brett Delaney 3/3Half time: Bulldogs 18-6Venue: Telstra StadiumCrowd: 13,159Referee: Shayne players of the match:3 - Reni Maitua (Bulldogs)2 - Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs)1 - Fuifui Moimoi (Eels)Wests Tigers: 16Tries: Shane Elford, Daniel Fitzhenry, Chris HeighingtonGoals: Brett Hodgson 2/3Newcastle Knights: 18Tries: David Seage, Steve Simpson, Brian CarneyGoals: Andrew Johns 3/4Half time: Knights 12-10Venue: Campbelltown Sports StadiumCrowd: 14,499Referee: Sean players of the match:3 - Steve Simpson (Knights)2 - Craig Smith (Knights)1 - Benji Marshall (Tigers)Canberra Raiders: 28Tries: Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, David Howell, Adam Mogg, Clinton Schifcofske, Jason SmithGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 4/5Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 38Tries: Phil Bailey, Paul Gallen, David Simmons(2), Nigel Vagana, Kevin Kingston, Cameron CiraldoGoals: Luke Covell 5/8Half time: Sharks 24-6Venue: Canberra StadiumCrowd: 9,695Referee: Ben players of the match:3 - Paul Gallen (Sharks)2 - Brett Kearney (Sharks)1 - David Simmons (Sharks)Penrith Panthers: 32Tries: Luke Lewis, Shane Rodney, Luke Rooney (2), Trent Waterhouse, Rhys WesserGoals: Preston Campbell 4/6South Sydney Rabbitohs: 20Tries: David Fa'alogo, John Sutton, Ben Walker, Nathan MerrittGoals: Nathan Merritt 2/4Half time: Panthers 18-4Venue: CUA Stadium, PenrithCrowd: 10,911Referee: Jarred players of the match:3 - Preston Campbell (Panthers)2 - Luke Rooney (Panthers)1 - Trent Waterhouse (Panthers)Sydney Roosters - ByeFULL DRAW, RESULTS & LINKS TO LIVE SCORES ? CLICK HERENext weekend?s matches:Round 11, 19-21 May 2006Fri 7:30 PANTHERS v EELS - CUA Stadium Sat 5:30 (AEST) 7:30 (NZST) WARRIORS v TIGERS - Ericsson StadiumSat 7:30 SEA EAGLES v STORM - Brookvale Oval Sat 7:30 KNIGHTS v RAIDERS - EnergyAustralia StadiumSun 2:30 BULLDOGS v SHARKS - Telstra StadiumSun 3:00 ROOSTERS v RABBITOHS - Aussie StadiumBRONCOS v BYE DRAGONS v BYE COWBOYS v BYENEW SOUTH WALES v QUEENSLAND - State of Origin I - 24 May 2006 Wed 8:00 BLUES v MAROONS - Telstra StadiumFOR LATEST CENTREBET ODDSCLICK HERELEAGUEUNLIMITED.COM PLAYER AWARDS 2006LEADER BOARDThe players awards are decided by our live score updaters.Want to be a live score updater? For further enquiries, email us.16 pointsCameron Smith (Storm), Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)14 pointsGreg Inglis (Storm)13 pointsAdam Dykes (Sharks)12 pointsAndrew Johns (Knights)11 pointsMatt Orford (Sea Eagles)10 pointsMatthew Bowen (Cowboys), Danny Buderus (Knights), Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs), Karmichael Hunt (Broncos)9 pointsBen Kennedy (Sea Eagles), Willie Mason (Bulldogs)8 pointsMark Gasnier (Dragons), Darren Lockyer (Broncos), Clinton Schifcofske (Raiders)7 pointsSteve Bell (Sea Eagles), Preston Campbell (Panthers)6 pointsCraig Gower (Panthers), Mathew Head (Dragons), Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels), Corey Parker (Broncos), Ruben Wiki (Warriors)5 pointsRoy Asotasi (Bulldogs), Petero Civoniceva (Broncos), Robert Farah (Tigers), Nathan Fien (Warriors), Paul Gallen (Sharks), Justin Hodges (Broncos), Steve Menzies (Sea Eagles), Luke O'Donnell (Cowboys), Steve Price (Warriors), Amos Roberts (Roosters), Jason Smith (Raiders), Alan Tongue (Raiders)4 pointsCooper Cronk (Storm), Aaron Gorrell (Dragons), Brett Hodgson (Tigers), Mark O?Meley (Bulldogs), Steve Simpson (Knights), Jamie Soward (Roosters), Rhys Wesser (Panthers), Paul Whatuira (Tigers)3 pointsTrent Barrett (Dragons), Luke Covell (Sharks), Michael Crocker (Storm), Brett Finch (Roosters), Craig Fitzgibbon (Roosters), Clint Greenshields (Dragons), Adam MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Reni Maitua (Bulldogs), Scott Prince (Tigers), Milton Thaiday (Knights), Lance Thompson (Sharks), Tame Tupou (Broncos), Lincoln Withers (Raiders),2 pointsLuke Bailey (Dragons), Brenton Bowen (Cowboys), George Carmont (Knights), Brian Carney (Knights), Peter Cusack (Rabbitohs), Daniel Fitzhenry (Tigers), Awen Guttenbeil (Warriors), Ashley Harrison (Roosters), Brett Kearney (Sharks), Tom Learoyd-Lahrs (Raiders), Josh Perry (Knights), Wade McKinnon (Eels), Anthony Minichiello (Roosters), Mark O'Meley (Bulldogs), Aaron Payne (Cowboys), Todd Polglase (Rabbitohs), Luke Priddis (Panthers), Luke Rooney (Panthers), John Skandalis (Tigers), David Simmons (Sharks), Matt Sing (Cowboys), Craig Smith (Knights), Steven Southern (Cowboys), John Sutton (Rabbitohs), Brad Thorn (Broncos), Clinton Toopi (Warriors), Trent Waterhouse (Panthers), Dean Young (Dragons)1 pointDarren Albert (Sharks), Paul Bowman (Cowboys), Nathan Cayless (Eels), Matt Cooper (Dragons), Michael Ennis (Broncos), Kurt Gidley (Knights), Matthew Gidley (Knights), Tony Grimaldi (Bulldogs), Lee Hookey (Panthers), Matt King (Storm), Wairangi Koopu (Warriors), Luke MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Benji Marshall (Tigers), Tony Martin (Warriors), Fuifui Moimoi (Eels), Luke Patten (Bulldogs), Shane Rodney (Panthers), Brent Sherwin (Bulldogs), Billy Slater (Storm), Tim Smith (Eels), Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles), Shane Tronc (Cowboys), Anthony Tupou (Roosters), Simon Woolford (Raiders), Craig Wing (Roosters), William Zillman (Raiders)

From Whoa to Go in Sixty Minutes

AN HOUR can sometimes be an eternity in football and Redcliffe proved just as much on the weekend, bouncing back from a 14-0 deficit to beat Souths Logan 20-14 in a gripping affair at Brandon Park.

Panthers dispose of dismal Rabbitohs

ROUND 10 Penrith Panthers 32 v South Sydney Rabbitohs 20at CUA Stadium, PenrithReferee: Jarred MaxwellMatch Summary:The Penrith Panthers have posted a 32-20 victory over the South Sydney Rabbitohs today at CUA Stadium in Penrith.This game was a big test for both teams with Penrith contributing seven players to Friday night?s City v Country clash, presenting Souths with a good opportunity to post their first victory of the season. Ironically, all seven players for the Panthers backed up whilst the lone representative for the Rabbitohs, Adam MacDougall, withdrew from today?s game after suffering a suspected broken jaw out in Dubbo.The first half of the match was dominated by Penrith, gaining plenty of possession through errors by the Rabbitohs who started the game by dropping the ball early in their first set of six. They capitalised on this in the 11th minute through forward Shane Rodney who barged his way over close to the line.Souths responded five minutes later through try-scoring whiz Nathan Merritt and it appeared as though the visitors would make a game of it, trailing 6-4. But tries to Luke Lewis in the 22nd minute and Origin hopeful Trent Waterhouse three minutes before halftime opened up and 18-4 lead at the break.Fatigue was likely to play a factor in the game and for Souths to take advantage they needed to score early points in the second half. These thoughts appeared to be dashed though as Luke Rooney steamed over the stripe in the 43rd minute to push the scoreline out to 22-4.With nothing to lose Souths chanced their arm and it paid dividends with tries to Sutton (45th minute), Walker (55th minute) and Fa?alogo (65th minute) bringing them right back into calculations at 22-20.But the prospect of a fifth straight defeat sprung Penrith back into action with a relieving effort by Rooney, rounding out his double, spelling the end for the Bunnies. Rhys Wesser capped of the victory with a late try taking the margin to 32-20.It leaves the Panthers in 11th position thus far, the ladder somewhat bottlenecked with five other teams on 10 points. They face the out-of-form Eels next Friday night at home in a local derby at Penrith. For Souths, the loss compounds their woes for the year as they remain winless and also face their neighbours the Sydney Roosters at their former home ground on Sunday.Scorers:Penrith Panthers: 32Tries: Luke Lewis, Shane Rodney, Luke Rooney(2), Trent Waterhouse, Rhys WesserGoals: Preston Campbell 4/6South Sydney Rabbitohs: 20Tries: David Fa'alogo, John Sutton, Ben Walker, Nathan MerrittGoals: Nathan Merritt 2/4Crowd: 10,911Halftime: Panthers 18-4By the Clock:Good day out here at Penrith.Adam MacDougall for Souths will miss the contest through injury. All seven of Penrith's players are backing up from Friday night.We're underway in the first half!5 min: NEWS Both teams sorting themselves out early in the second half.11 min: TRY Penrith PanthersThe Panthers take an early lead through forward Shane Rodney after a good burst onto the ball. Preston Campbell converts and Penrith are off to a good start. Panthers 6-016 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsTry-scoring whiz Nathan Merritt hits back for the Bunnies with a flashy try. He fails to convert and the visitors trail by 2 points. Panthers 6-422 min: TRY Penrith PanthersSpeedster Luke Lewis gets on the end of a backline move and pushes the Panthers further in front. They're looking pretty good at the moment. Campbell converts again and the hosts take a healthy lead. Panthers 12-427 min: NEWS Not much doing out here at Penrith Park with both sides playing patchy footy right now. 32 min: NEWS The Panthers are dominating possession out here, starving the Rabbitohs of the ball. A fair few mistakes in the game also, with dropped balls and missed tackles here and there.37 min: TRY Penrith PanthersPenrith getting the better of Souths here, scoring another try through Origin hopeful Trent Waterhouse. Campbell converts and they have a healthy lead just before half time. Panthers 18-440 min: NEWS Half time: Only a strong second half revival can stop Souths from slumping to their 9th loss of the season as the Panthers are doing well enough to win the game. Fatigue may be a factor with Penrith having 7 players backing up from Friday night, but you get the feeling the Panthers will put the Bunnies away here.41 min: NEWS We're underway in the second half as the Bunnies have a 14-point deficit to make up. Penrith will be looking to finish them off with a couple of early tries.43 min: TRY Penrith PanthersLong-striding winger Luke Rooney lopes across the chalk for his first of the afternoon and the Panthers ram home the advantage. Campbell fails to convert. Panthers 22-445 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsClassy five-eighth John Sutton gets his first of the day for Souths and it's a much needed one. Merritt can't add the extras and the 14-point advantage remains. Panthers 22-855 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsWalker scores for Souths, Merritt converts Panthers 22-1465 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsFa'alogo bags one for the Bunnies as they come back into the contest. Merritt converts again. Panthers 22-2070 min: TRY Penrith PanthersRooney hits back for the Panthers and presses his Origin claims. Cambell converts. Panthers 28-2078 min: TRY Penrith PanthersWesser seals victory for Penrith as they put to rest a late charge by Souths. Campbell fails to add the extras. Panthers 32-2080 min: NEWS Penrith hold out South Sydney to break their 4 match losing streak as the Bunnies slump to their 9th loss of the players of the match:3 - Preston Campbell (Panthers)2 - Luke Rooney (Panthers)1 - Trent Waterhouse (Panthers)-----------------------------------------

Sharks down Raiders with 1st half onslaught

ROUND 10 Canberra Raiders 28 v Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 38at Canberra StadiumReferee: Ben CumminsMatch Summary:The Cronulla Sharks have withstood a second half comeback from the Canberra Raiders to run out 38-28 winners at Canberra Stadium today.In a game of two halves, the Sharks dominated from the opening whistle to race away to a 16-0 lead after just 11 minutes. The Raiders struck back through an intercept to centre David Howell. But they were guilty of numerous missed tackles and errors. The Sharks extended their lead with a dummy half run to the line from backrower Paul Gallen in the 20th minute. They scored again through centre Phil Bailey and at half time the visitors were 24-6 in front.The second half started with another try to the Sharks, Cameron Ciraldo crossing to post a 30-6 lead.But the Raiders made a game of it, scoring the next three tries with fullback Clinton Schifcofske leading the way. At 30-22 and with 20 minutes to go, the Raiders looked to have the momentum to go on with it.But a try to fullback David Simmons in the 68th minute put the Sharks back on track. A penalty goal four minutes later gave Cronulla a 38-22 lead and put match out of the home side's reach.A try on the bell to Canberra winger Adam Mogg provided a full time score of 38-28, the Raiders ultimately unable to reel the Sharks in.The win may have been costly for the Sharks with in-form forward Lance Thompson being forced off early in the first half with a hamstring injury. Cronulla were also without half back Adam Dykes who injured his ankle last week. Dykes replaced regular half back Brett Kimmorley who injured his ankle earlier this year. The half back spot was filled by Brett Kearney, the 22-year-old setting up numerous plays in steering the Sharks to victory.Scorers:Canberra Raiders: 28Tries: Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, David Howell, Adam Mogg, Clinton Schifcofske, Jason SmithGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 4/5Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 38Tries: Phil Bailey, Paul Gallen, David Simmons(2), Nigel Vagana, Kevin Kingston, Cameron CiraldoGoals: Luke Covell 5/8Crowd: 9,695Halftime: Sharks 24-6By the Clock:Football on Mother's Day in Canberra. A high of 13?C and partly cloudy.Kickoff!3 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksKevin Kingston scores for the Sharks. Luke Covell converts. Sharks 6-07 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksDavid Simmons scores out wide and extends the Sharks lead. Conversion attempt unsuccessful. Sharks 10-010 min: NEWS Lance Thompson injured for the Sharks and is forced from the field.11 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksNigel Vagana scores as the Sharks are slaughtering the Raiders. Conversion OK. Sharks 16-018 min: TRY Canberra RaidersDavid Howell gets the Raiders on the board. Clinton Schifcofske converts. Sharks 16-620 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksPaul Gallen scores for the visitors. Covell unsuccessful with conversion attempt. Sharks 20-623 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksPhil Bailey now scores for the Sharks as the rout continues. Covell misses conversion attempt. Sharks 24-630 min: NEWS A break in the Sharks try-fest. Raiders way too soft in defence and missing a bucket load of tackles. As expected all stats favour the Sharks.Half time: Sharks 24-6Nothing short of a carve-up in the first half with the Sharks dominating the first 20 minutes, in particular back rower Paul Gallen is playing a blinder. The Raiders have shown some signs of a resurgence and had a try disallowed, but they really have the work to do if they are to come back.At this stage the Sharks hold all the cards and should go on with it.Second half underway...43 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksCameron Ciraldo scores to put the Sharks further in front. Conversion attempt from Covell is successful. Sharks 30-650 min: TRY Canberra RaidersSchifcofske for the Raiders but unsuccessful with conversion attempt. Raiders stepping up now. Sharks 30-1054 min: TRY Canberra RaidersTom Learoyd-Lahrs the try scorer as the Raiders come back. Schifcofske's conversion is OK. Sharks 30-1657 min: TRY Canberra RaidersJason Smith scores, Schifcofske's conversion is good and its an eight point ball game. Plenty of time left. Sharks 30-2265 min: NEWS 15 minutes to go and both sides stepping up a gear now.68 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksSimmons gets a double and it may be enough to get the Sharks home. Conversion is OK. Sharks 36-2272 min: PENALTY GOAL Cronulla Sutherland SharksCovell penalty goal. Sharks 38-2280 min: TRY Canberra RaidersAdam Mogg scores a late try for the Raiders but its all over. Schifcofske's conversion is OK. Sharks 38-28Full time: Sharks 38-28A game of two halves with missed tackles, dropped balls and lack of possession costly to the Raiders in the first half. The Sharks capitalised on this with halfback Brett Kearney directing traffic in fine fashion and back rower Paul Gallen providing plenty of go forward in the absence of Lance Thompson who was forced off with injury after 10 minutes.The Raiders came back and actually won the second half, Clint Schifcofske and Adam Mogg playing well. The momentum seemed to be going their way, but a second try to Sharks fullback David Simmonds snuffed out the Raiders charge.In the end, it was a great first half from the Sharks which won the day, and too much of a head start for the Raiders to reel players of the match:3 - Paul Gallen (Sharks)2 - Brett Kearney (Sharks)1 - David Simmons (Sharks)-----------------------------------------

Bulldogs fend off late challenge by Eels

ROUND 10 Canterbury Bulldogs 22 v Parramatta Eels 18at Telstra StadiumReferee: Shayne HayneMatch Summary:Canterbury has defeated arch-rivals Parramatta by 22-18 at Telstra Stadium this afternoon in a rough and tumble encounter.The Bulldogs began the match strongly with Andrew Ryan enhancing his State of Origin chances by throwing a nicely timed cut-out pass to set up the opening try for winger Hazem El Masri.This set the trend for an open contest with the Eels pressing Canterbury?s line a few times before five-eighth John Morris made up for a rookie error earlier in the game and broke through in the 12th minute to post the visitors first try of the day. With that the scores were locked at 6-all, but not for long. A minute later Reni Maitua hit a gap close to the Parramatta line after the Bulldogs got a roll on and had the Eels back-pedalling. This put Canterbury ahead 12-6 as they began to flex their muscles up front with a near miss to Matt Utai in the 27th minute, after he was ruled offside chasing a grubber, signalling an ominous warning for the Eels.Canterbury scored a typical try ten minutes later with Maitua completing a brace, backing up Nate Myles and scoring from the offload.The teams went to the sheds at half time with the Doggies leading 18-6 and Parramatta had only themselves to blame, with some ordinary handling and poor options in attack leaving them facing their third loss in a row and their seventh for the season.The break seemed to do wonders for Parramatta though, as they resumed the second half in a more composed state of mind, culminating in a try to flamboyant forward Fuifui Moimoi in the 46th minute from a clever John Morris kick. The hulking Kiwi was one player who could hold his head high after the loss, making some great runs and tackling his heart out.Two penalty goals to Hazem El Masri for indiscretions in the play the ball by the Eels took the scores to 22-12 and it appeared the Bulldogs would safely hold out Parramatta.But a bustling try to Nathan Cayless in the 77th minute put the Eels well back in the contest. The try epitomised the effort the forwards put in today, with Cayless coming back onto the field late in the game after suffering medial ligament damage to his knee earlier in the second half.Eric Grothe then went close to making a break down the sideline in the final minute only to be bundled into touch by swarming Bulldogs defence. This snuffed out any designs Parramatta had on scoring a last ditch try to win the game or at least force extra time with the Bulldogs holding on for a gritty victory.A terrific sub-plot to the game was the battle in the centres between Timana Tahu and Sonny Bill Williams. Both men gave their all and at separate times barrelled one another over the sideline, with Sonny Bill winning a split points decision.Scorers:Canterbury Bulldogs: 22Tries: Hazem El Masri, Reni Maitua(2)Goals: Hazem El Masri 5/5Parramatta Eels: 18Tries: Nathan Cayless, Fuifui Moimoi, John MorrisGoals: Brett Delaney 3/3Crowd: 13,159Half time: Bulldogs 18-6By the Clock:Cool and cloudy day here at Telstra, but no sign of rain.Changes:Bulldogs - Hazem El Masri takes his place on the wing in no.18 for the Bulldogs at the expense of Namila Davui. Corey Hughes has succumbed to injury, with Tony Grimaldi shifting to hooker and Reni Maitua moving to the lock position. Billy Ngawini comes onto the bench.Parramatta - as per the program.And the Eels get us underway in the first half.3 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Bulldogs press Parra's line early in the game and spread it wide to the western side of the field where Andrew Ryan gives a sublime cut-out pass to winger Hazem El Masri who beats his man and scores untouched. Hazem converts his own try and the Bulldogs are off to a flyer. Bulldogs 6-08 min: NEWS Recalled five-eighth John Morris drops the ball deep inside Canterbury's territory during Parramatta's first venture down there.12 min: TRY Parramatta EelsMorris well and truly makes up for his earlier indiscretion, smashing through the defence next to the posts. The Eels have been making solid inroads in the past 5 minutes. Delaney converts and the scores are locked up. 6 all.16 min: NEWS Some stiff Canterbury defence carries Eric Grothe back into his in-goal area, forcing a drop out. The Doggies look to be building towards something here.17 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Bulldogs pressure Parra's line and a good short ball finds Reni Maitua steaming onto it and he score the club's second try of the game. El Masri converts and the home team are in front. Bulldogs 12-622 min: NEWS Good forward contest here with O'Meley and Mason for the Dogs exchanging some tough hits with Moimoi and Cayless for the Eels.27 min: NEWS Roberts puts in a grubber for a flying Matt Utai to snatch and but the try is denied for being offside. Bulldogs are looking good at the moment though32 min: NEWS The Eels sqaundering a few chances with the Bulldogs also showing good scrambling defence.37 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsReni Maitua scores his second for the Dogs with some great lead-up work by Sonny Bill and Nate Myles. El Masri converts again. Bulldogs 18-640 min: NEWS Halftime: Both teams are playing good open footy and there's no way this 12-point lead is enough to win the game for the Bulldogs. But they're playing well and taking their opportunities at the moment. Parra need to show more control if they are to win here and they're certainly in the contest. The try to Maitua late in the half is disappointing but if they score first early in the second stage they'll be right back in the thick of things.41 min: NEWS And the Bulldogs restart proceedings here at Homebush.45 min: NEWS Glen Morrison is briefly KO'd by an Andrew Ryan love-tap to the chin. No report but I bet Ryan had his heart in his mouth given he's in calculations for a sky blue jersey.46 min: TRY Parramatta EelsMoimoi snatches a Morris chip close to the uprights to score for the Eels and they're back in the thick of things. Delaney converts and Parra trail by six. Bulldogs 18-1251 min: NEWS Sonny Bill and Timana Tahu are having a great old battle in the centres. It's 1-all after Tahu just put him over the sideline.55 min: NEWS Cayless (Eels) off with medial ligament damage to his knee.60 min: PENALTY GOAL Canterbury BulldogsMason is stripped of the ball in a tackle and cops a few knees in the head for his trouble as well. El Masri pots a penalty goal and the lead is pushed to 8. Bulldogs 20-1261 min: NEWS Myles (Bulldogs) off the field with a bit of a knock to the head. It's not serious though.64 min: PENALTY GOAL Canterbury BulldogsAgain the Bulldogs receive a penalty in good position following a strip in the play the ball. This one appeared to be a bit unlucky for Parra though as Sonny Bill seemed to simply lose the ball. Hazem bangs another over the crossbar. Bulldogs 22-1272 min: NEWS Parra were again close to a scoring opportunity after the counter attack from a Roberts intercept. But they fail to get over the stripe and it's looking a bit grim for them.77 min: TRY Parramatta EelsDespite his knee injury, Cayless makes a huge bust and scores under the posts. Delaney wastes no time in converting and we've got a sensational finish lined up here! Bulldogs 22-1880 min: NEWS Fulltime: The Bulldogs have hung on in the final minutes to record a gritty win over the players of the match:3 - Reni Maitua (Bulldogs)2 - Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs)1 - Fuifui Moimoi (Eels)-----------------------------------------

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Melbourne no. 1 after defeating Cowboys

ROUND 10 Melbourne Storm 18 v North Queensland Cowboys 6at Olympic Park, MelbourneReferee: Steven ClarkMatch Summary: The Melbourne Storm are our new competition leaders after an 18-6 victory over the North Queensland Cowboys. In what was a fantastic game of rugby league with only three penalties being awarded throughout the match, the Storm were strong in every area of the game and put on a near perfect performance in front of a strong crowd at Olympic Park.The game started off horrible for the home side with an error being made before a tackle was made in the match. The Storm defence held strong in the first set and that set the tone for the rest of the match. Another chance went begging when Origin centre Paul Bowman went extremely close to posting the first points on the board in the 12th minute, but again the Storm defence held strong from the home side. The first try came in superb fashion, with Cooper Cronk starting it off by putting in a cross field kick inside his own half which found winger Matt Geyer. On the next play Cameron Smith put up a massive torpedo bomb which was collected by the Storm and from that the ball went wide and Kiwi international David Kidwell scored. 15 minutes later the Storm were in again through Australian winger Matt King and that set up a handy 12-0 lead for the Storm going into the half time break.The second half didnt start well for Storm five eighth Scott Hill, with a head clash with Dallas Johnson busting open the former international. Cameron Smith slotted over a penalty goal in the 47th minute after Greg Inglis made a line break from a kick return. The Cowboys couldnt transform their opportunities into points which frustrated them straight out of the game. The free-flowing game continued throughout the second half with many breaks and expansive football being on show. The Storm then put the game out of reach of the Cowboys with Cameron Smith finishing of a fantastic performance and scoring out of dummy half. The Cowboys did everything possible to get on the board in the final stages of the match and were successful through Brenton Bowen and Jonathon Thurston adding the extras out wide.For the Storm, Cameron Smith and Greg Inglis were tremendous. Smith tackled his heart out and scored a nice try and proved why he is one of the games great hookers. Smith's likely Origin team mate Greg Inglis was also superb with him making constant breaks and always causing trouble for the Cowboys.Scorers:Melbourne Storm: 18Tries: David Kidwell, Matt King, Cameron SmithGoals: Cameron Smith 3/4North Queensland Cowboys: 6Tries: Brenton BowenGoals: Johnathan Thurston 1/1By the ClockWelcome ladies and gentleman to Olympic park for a top of the table contest between the hard-hitting Melbourne Storm and the high-flying North Queensland Cowboys. The Cowboys are coming of a solid win against the Penrith Panthers are looking for an even better performance after a couple of weeks of being below their best. The Storm on their other hand have won their past 4 in a row but face a tough task with out International back Jake Webster, Queensland back-rower Michael Crocker and Country Origin prop Brett White. Cameron Smith and Greg Inglis have been in scintillating form for the Storm and will look to continue that sort of form just before the Origin series starts. Matt Bowen is another player who is looking to push his claim for the Queensland number 1 jersey, so expect a big performance from the electrifying fullback.These two teams clashed earlier this year at Dairy Farmers stadium in Townsville, where the Cowboys put the Storm to the sword with an impressive 40-8 victory.The Changes:The Melbourne Storm have lost Kiwi winger Jake Webster Craig Bellemy has brought in Adam Blair as the replacement.The North Queensland Cowboys have lost Australian forward Luke O?Donnell and Country forward Mitch Sargent. They call in big Gavin Cooper to move into the centres and that pushes Paul Bowman into the back row. Rob Tanielu comes on to the bench as we are ready to get under way here in Melbourne.KICK OFF here at Olympic Park! 2 min: NEWS The Storms goal line defence holds out the Cowboys off in the first attacking set of the game. The crowd here at Olympic park is very vocal.6 min: NEWS A kick gets put up by Cameron Smith that Bowen fumbles and a goal line drop out is awarded to the home team. 10 min: NEWS A fast paced game in the early going here. Both defences have been tested and both have held strong. 12 min: NEWS Paul Bowman goes extremley close in putting the first points on the board. A short ball from Thurston hits Bowman on the chest who hits the hole but just tackled short of the line. Great stuff!18 min: NEWS Lost ball from Kiwi forward David Kidwell and the Cowboys have the scrum in good field position.However, from the scrum Travis Norton knocks on and the Storm now have the ball. 21 min: TRY Melbourne StormA great try from the Melbourne Storm! A cross field kick from Cooper Cronk deep in their own territory finds Matt Geyer and from the next play Cameron Smith puts the ball high in the air, taken by the Storm who spread it out and find David Kidwell who scores a fantastic rugby league try. Smith converts the try.Storm 6-025 min: NEWS Matty Bowen on a kick return steps his way through the defence and runs a nice 45 meters to get some momentum back for the Cowboys.32 min: NEWS The Storm defence is excellent at the moment. The Cowboys playing razzle dazzle but scrambling defence from the Storm has been fantastic. Incredibly, there has not been one penalty yet in the game. Just adds to what has been a fast free flowing game of rugby league.37 min: TRY Melbourne StormAnother great try from the Storm! Winger Steve Turner goes down the sideline but Matty Bowen puts on a big hit that stops the play. In the next play origin winger Matt King barges over and the Storm now have a two try lead here at Olympic Park.Cameron Smith adds the extras. Storm 12-0HALFTIME here at Olympic Park!What a half of football! The Melbourne Storm have been terrific in all areas of the game, especially in their defence. Some great tries from the home team, both of which have both come from in their own half. Thurston and Bowen have been looking dangerous but havn't been able to put that into points as of yet.A nice fast game of football, thanks to the fact that referee Steven Clarke has not given one single penalty. It's added to what has so far been a great spectacle and the good news for all of us fans is that it's only half way in being complete.Halftime stats: Possession: Melbourne Storm 51% North Queensland Cowboys 49Penalties: Melbourne Storm 0 North Queensland Cowboys 0Completion Rate: Melbourne Storm 11/21 North Queensland Cowboys 10/17Line Breaks: Melbourne Storm 4 North Queensland Cowboys 2Cameron Smith gets us under way here in the Second half of this top of the table clash! 45 min: NEWS Scott Hill coming of the field with blood pouring out of his head. The Cowboys have a repeat set after a nicley weighted kick from Jonathon Thurston. 46 min: NEWS Greg Inglis from a kick return breaks the Cowboys line and makes a 50 metre run but was pulled down by Ashley Graham! Thurston then strips the ball of Matt Geyer later on in the set to give the Storm the first penalty of the game. 47 min: PENALTY GOAL Melbourne StormCameron Smith converts the penalty conceded by Jonathon Thurston from right in front. Storm 14-052 min: NEWS Ian Donnelly offloads to Greg Inglis who makes another break, puts a chip over the head of Bowen but cleaned up by Thurston but the Cowboys halfback is trapped in goal. Repeat set to the Storm! 57 min: NEWS Again Inglis from a kick return makes another 40 metres. This kid is an absolute freak! The kick chase from the Cowboys must improve dramatically. 60 min: NEWS An error from Jonathon Thurston puts the Storm right back on the attack and now have a chance to wrap this game up.61 min: NEWS The Cowboys recieve their first penalty after an hour of football. They must score soon to have a chance of winning this match. 68 min: NEWS The Storm recieve their second penalty of the game and look to have this won. Looking for a try to put it out of reach from the Cowboys. 70 min: TRY Melbourne StormCameron Smith on last tackle throws a dummy out of the dummy half position and scores the Storms third try. Smith can't convert his own try and the scoreline remainds the same. Storm 18-075 min: NEWS Matty Bowen makes a 60 metre break down the touch line only to be pulled down by Greg Inglis. 76 min: NEWS The Cowboys get a repeat set after forcing five eight Scott Hill back into the in goal line. 78 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysIt has taken the Cowboys 78 minutes but they finally go over through Brenton Bowen. Thurston passes to Bowman on last tackle who offloads to Bowen who scores the try.Thurston nails the conversion from the sideline. Storm 18-6FULLTIME here at Olympic park! Melbourne Storm 18 defeats the North Queensland Cowboys 6.A great game of football has come to a close. These two teams showed why they are on the top of the table with both teams putting in some good performances. For the Storm, Greg Inglis was excellent. Always looked dangerous with the ball and made a couple of nice line braeks. Cameron Smith was also fantastic making 40+ tackles, scoring a try and kicking 3 goals. The Cowboys tried hard all night but just couldn't break the Storm defence. Matty Bowen always looked dangerous with ball in hand, but not even Matty Bowen and Jonathon Thurston could lead the Cowboys to a victory here at Olympic park. players of the match:3 - Greg Inglis (Storm)2 - Cameron Smith (Storm)1 - Matt King (Storm)-----------------------------------------

Broncos dismantle Manly at Suncorp

ROUND 10 Brisbane Broncos 32 v Manly Sea Eagles 10at Suncorp StadiumReferees: Jason RobinsonMatch Summary:The Brisbane Broncos have defeated the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 32-10 at Suncorp Stadium this evening.With the dreaded Origin period looming, both sides need the two points to stay in touch with the leaders but the Broncos traditionally struggle post Origin, so they need to horde all the points they can get in the leadup to Origin as they usually supply half a dozen players to the Queensland side and to stay within the top four, a win would be vital for their premiership hopes in 2006.Tonight, Manly were first out of the blocks with a try to the forgotten man of the NRL in Anthony Watmough.That was as good as it got for Manly with the Broncos taking control and never looked threatened from then on. The Broncos raced away to a match winning lead early in the second half and Manly just didn?t have it in them to run the powerful Broncos side down.The Broncos are now entrenched in the top four while Manly sit in the back half of the top eight and with four games to be played tomorrow, if results go against Manly they could find themselves outside the top eight.Scorers:Brisbane Broncos: 32Tries: Justin Hodges, Karmichael Hunt(2), Darren Lockyer, Corey Parker, Brett SeymourGoals: Darren Lockyer 1/1, Corey Parker 3/5Manly Sea Eagles: 10Tries: Chris Hicks, Anthony WatmoughGoals: Matt Orford 1/2By the Clock: 1 min: NEWS We are underway at suncorp Stadium for the clash between the Broncos and Manly. A vital game for both sides leading into the Origin series and the two points will be vital.5 min: NEWS Both sides still working each other out. No scores to report.11 min: NEWS Still no points in the match in what has been an evenly contested game so far.14 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesAnthony Watmough opens the scoring for Manly with a good try. Sea Eagles 6-022 min: NEWS Brisbane looking much better with the ball in hand now but are still yet to register their first points for the night.23 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosThe Broncos are on the board through a try to Karmichael Hunt. Sea Eagles 6-425 min: NEWS Shane Webcke has left the field with an injury and will not be returning tonight.29 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosBrisbane are in again, this time Brett Seymour is the scorer. Conversion unsuccessful. Broncos 8-637 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosCorey Parker barges over to score a vital try just before the half time break. Broncos 14-641 min: NEWS We are underway in the second half.48 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosThe Broncos are in again and they'll be hard to run down from this position. Darren Lockyer has scored under the posts to extends the Broncos lead beyond two coverted tries. Broncos 20-650 min: NEWS Video ref asked to adjudicate on a possible try to the Broncos but the result came back negative. No change to the scoreline.56 min: NEWS Still no change in the scores.56 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosThat just about wraps it up. Justin Hodges has scored to give the Broncos a 20 point lead with just over twenty minutes to play and at ahome, that is too big an ask for any side. Conversion successful. Broncos 26-666 min: NEWS No change in the scores and with Manly 20 behind, they can look to next week now.74 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesConsolation try to Manly to give the scoreline some respectability. Conversion missed. Broncos 26-1079 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosThe Broncs rub a little salt into Manly's wound with a late try to Karmichael Hunt with some good lead up work from Justin Hodges. Broncos players of the match:3 - Karmichael Hunt (Broncos)2 - Justin Hodges (Broncos)1 - Darren Lockyer (Broncos)-----------------------------------------

Dragons hold out Warriors to win at home

ROUND 10 St George Illawarra Dragons 22 v New Zealand Warriors 16at WIN StadiumReferee: Gavin BadgerMatch Summary:Today's NRL clash will be a day to remember for St George Illawarra Dragons forward Danny Wicks, the rookie scoring a try on debut and helping his side to defeat the New Zealand Warriors 22-16 in Wollongong this afternoon.Hailing from Grafton NSW, the 20-year-old second rower put his side in front when he crashed over in the 28th minute. A member of the 2005 Dragons Jersey Flegg premiership-winning side, Wicks was called up into the NRL following injuries and a suspension which saw no less than eight players sidelined.Fielding close to a full strength side, the Warriors got off to a flying start with front rower and skipper Steve Price scoring after just five minutes. The visitors extended their lead to 8-0 following a Tony Martin penalty goal in the 13th minute.But the Dragons struck back with captain and five-eighth Trent Barrett reclaiming some lost form to score a dashing try after 15 minutes of play. Wicks crashed over 13 minutes later. Running onto a pass from close range, Wicks attracted a number of defenders to force his way over the line before slamming the ball down.Not to be outdone, the Warriors responded with a try to Simon Mannering, the centre scoring in the corner after coming under video scrutiny for an arm which neared the touchline. Mannering was given benefit of the doubt by the video referee and at half time, the scores were locked up at 12-all.Dragons fullback Clint Greenshields scored the first of his two tries in the 44th minute after Barrett set up play wide of the ruck. Chiming into the backline, Greenshields was in again four minutes later - replays showing he may have put a foot on the touchline. The try was awarded to extend the lead to 20-12, and the Dragons appeared to be well in charge.But with play going from end-to-end, Warriors fullback Brent Webb showed tremendous strength to score in the 64th minute, getting his side within four points and finishing on strong terms.The Warriors however, were unable to crack the Saints line again; Dragons hooker Aaron Gorrell kicking a penalty goal in the 79th minute to see the home side come away with a much needed win.Scorers:St George Illawarra Dragons: 22Tries: Trent Barrett, Clint Greenshields(2), Danny WicksGoals: Aaron Gorrell 3/5New Zealand Warriors: 16Tries: Simon Mannering, Steve Price, Brent WebbGoals: Tony Martin 2/4By the Clock:A fine day in Wollongong. About 19?C, East, North East breeze.Team updatesDragons: Centre Mark Gasnier out. Darryl Millard in.Utilities Ben Hornby and Ben Creagh are in after backing up from the City v Country match.Warriors: Winger Todd Byrne is out, Manu Vatuvei is in.Dragons will be kicking off.Players on the field... kick off!5 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsSteve Price takes a short ball and crashes over next to the posts. Warriors applying the early pressure following a Dragons handling error in their own half, then a repeat set following a grubber into the in-goal. Tony Martin converts. Warriors 6-013 min: PENALTY GOAL New Zealand WarriorsMartin kicks a penalty goal from right in front after the ref rules the ball was stripped by the Dragons. Warriors 8-015 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsTrent Barrett throws a dummy from 40m out and runs through a gap, out-pacing the second line of defence to score.Aaron Gorrell converts from almost in front Warriors 8-625 min: NEWS Dragons survive a period of sustained pressure. Plenty of opportunities for the Warriors as penalties go their way by 4-0 and tremendous break downfield from fullback Brent Webb. Saints survive after Warriors winger Manu Vatuvei fumbles on the last tackle.28 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsDebutante forward Danny Wicks scores in good position, using his bulk to crash over. Follows two penalties to the Dragons who are able to convert the field position into points and take the lead. Gorrell converts. Dragons 12-831 min: NEWS Penalties 5-2 in favour of the Warriors. Warriors on the attack and put on a good move close to the line but Webb is unable to hold onto the ball.Scrum: Warriors win against the feed!32 min: Possible Warriors TRY - video ref looking....BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT given to the try scorer.32 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsSimon Mannering gets the nod from the video ref who rules that he probably got the ball down before being force onto the touchline.Martin from wide out is unable to convert. 12 all.39 min: NEWS Warriors hang on as the Dragons come close to scoring following a 70m break from Matt Cooper.Half time: 12 all.End-to-end footy and a close tussle up front. Entertaining wide of the ruck with both teams showing off their strike power in the backlines.For the Warriors, Steve Price is leading from the front and supported well with Brent Webb the best of the backs. A better kicking game from the halves and the Warriors could well be in front.The Dragons have come back well after being down 8-nil and on the wrong end of a penalty count. The young forwards and working well with the more seasoned players with debutante Danny Wicks reaping the benefits. Some neat inside plays are putting their opposites on the back foot at times and Trent Barrett exploited this well in scoring Saints first try.At this stage the Dragons look to have the mobility up front to go on with it, but there's plenty left in this match and too early to call either way.Second half underway...41 min: NEWS Stoppage with Tony Martin for the Warriors down injured. Looks like he might have broken his nose after a head clash, and he comes from the field. Clinton Toopi comes on.44 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsFullback Clint Greenshields scores after receiving a well timed pass from Barrett from close range. Follows a soft penalty against Price for a high tackle.Gorrell wide conversion attempt hits the uprights and bounces away. Dragons 16-1247 min: NEWS Dragons centre Matt Cooper leaves the field with an injury, possible hamstring.48 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsGreenshields gets a double in the corner. Question mark over whether or not he put a foot on the touchline. Barrett, Morris and Greenshields all instrumental in the lead up to the try.Gorrell unsuccessful with wide conversion attempt. Dragons 20-1251 min: NEWS Dragons come within a whisker of scoring after a Hornby grubber kick. Vatuvei again fumbling, this time behind his own line.54 min: Possible Warriors TRY - video ref checking....NO TRY - ball not grounded. A 20m restart to the Dragons.57 min: NEWS Martin is back on for the Warriors and Toopi is taken off, only to come back on after Vatuvei limps off the field.61 min: NEWS Penalties now favour Dragons 6-5 and they are now enjoying a bulk of the possession at around 70%.64 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsBrent Webb finishes tremendously out wide and is ruled to get the ball down in the corner. Follows repeat sets to the Warriors after a Dragons handling error in their own half.Martin conversion unsuccessful. Dragons 20-1670 min: NEWS Saints still four points in front with 10 minutes to go. Warriors appear to be finishing the stronger.75 min: NEWS Still 20-16 to the Dragons. Warriors making plenty of yards up the middle of the ruck but the Dragons are hanging on.76 min: FIGHT - tempers boilover. Sione Faumuina took off after Dean Young after taking exception to heavy tackle. A number of players join in. All done... no dramas... play on79 min: PENALTY GOAL St George Illawarra DragonsGorrell kicks a penalty goal after a Warriors player is laying in the play-the-ball area. Dragons 22-1679 min: NEWS Warriors attempt short kick off but don't make the 10m required. Dragons penalty is that's the ball game.Full time: Dragons win 22-16.An exciting finish where the winner couldn't be declared until the final minute of play.With plenty of players sidelined, the Dragons will be relived to come away with the two points against a near full strength Warriors.A good start to the Warriors but they were unable to contain the Dragons at crucial times, and let themselves down at times with some handling errors.Possession pretty even in the end, just favouring the Dragons at 52%. Completions show the Dragons hanging onto the ball more consistently than the Warriors, although part of this was due the Warriors style with numerous offloads working in their favour. Penalties ended up favouring Saints 10-5, after the Warriors got the first four - the home side getting 10 of the next 11 penalties.Our man of the match is fullback Clint Greenshields who defended well, backed up all afternoon, and was lethal in attack. Trent Barrett returned to form and was instrumental in scoring a try and setting up play. Meanwhile front rower Steve Price was the best of the rest in a losing side.The Dragons get a bye next week, while the Warriors have an opportunity to bounce back when they take on Wests Tigers at Ericsson Stadium next players of the match:3 - Clint Greenshields (Dragons)2 - Trent Barrett (Dragons)1 - Steve Price (Warriors)-----------------------------------------

PNG to tour France in 2007

THE May 4th Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) meeting in Brisbane has brought about increased schedules for The Papua New Guinea Kumuls and the French Chanticleers leading into the 2008 World Cup. PNG have agreed to tour France in October 2007, and the French will reciprocate by visiting PNG on the way to the World Cup in 2008. Speaking to PNG?s The National, the national deputy chairman of the PNGRFL, Albert Veratau, revealed that PNG will follow the lead of the likes of Fiji and the Cook Islands by selecting future national teams after a trial match between local and overseas based stars. Veratau said the PNGRFL had made a request to the RLIF to take on either The British Lions or New Zealand Kiwis as part of their preparation for the 2006 Tri-Nations tournament. Furthermore, Veratau revealed that Tonga and The Cook Islands have both expressed an interest to play against the Kumuls in the lead up to the 2008 show piece of Rugby League. Further news to emerge from the RLIF meeting is that the Australian Rugby League have indicated to extend their support to finance the chief executive officer's salary for another two years. Jeff Wade is currently employed in this position. PNG are automatic qualifiers for the 2008 World Cup. In 2006 they will take on Malta in October and most likely again play a series against the Junior Roos or Kangaroos not involved in the NRL finals

Peachey insists career is not over

FULLBACK David Peachey has denied suggestions his rugby league career is over following his sacking from English lower divsion club the Widnes Vikings.The former Cronulla Sharks captain's contract was terminated yesterday after he made a second trip to Dubbo in Australia to visit his ill stepfather.The axing of Peachey comes less than halfway through his two-year contract. The 32-year-old joined the relegated Vikings this year after spending 12 years with the Sharks. Celebrated as the club's highest profile signing, the Widnes club beat off several rival offers to secure Peachey's signature for 2006. Injuries however have hampered Peachey's UK playing career.Vikings chairman Stephen Vaughan announced the fullback's sacking was in the "best interest of the club"."We have terminated David Peachey's contract in full," Vaughan said to Sportinglife."We understand his position with his sick stepfather but I want David Peachey on the field. No one player is bigger than this club."There are going to be a lot of unpopular decisions that are going to happen at this club in the next few months and this may allow us to bring new faces in."Meanwhile Peachey insists his playing career is far from over. He has not ruled out a possible return to Widnes, nor has he ruled possible legal action."I haven't spoken to the club so I really can't comment on that because I don't know where I stand at the moment," Peachey said to AAP."I've got people on that."I'm at the stage where I'm in a bit of a hurdle, a little bit of a brick wall."This is a fence I'm willing to climb, jump, leap or fly over and get back into it."It's unfortunate with what's happened but I'll deal with it once my lawyers and management have gotten back to me."I need to take compassionate leave and do what I need to do in Dubbo then deal with the business side of things."I said at the Sharks I felt I had a couple of good years left and obviously they were heading in another direction."That was why I signed with Widnes, I feel like I still have a few good years to go."Peachey also hasn't ruled out a possible return to the NRL."It's in the back of my mind but I've got far bigger things to attend to now in Dubbo," he said."I've still got a two-year (UK) working Visa so I don't see why I'd throw that away."There's still a lot of football clubs over there and obviously I'd love to be able to get into a Super League club now."Following a Cronulla Sharks board decision not to retain his services after the 2005 season, Peachey signed a two-year deal with Widnes for 2006-2007. After their relegation to division one, the Vikings club claimed it would not be able to afford to sign Peachey. But the club and fans acquired the services of the veteran fullback following several fundraiser events.

Country score late win over City-slickers

CITYVCOUNTRY2006 City 10 v Country 12at Apex Oval, DubboReferee: Tony ArcherMatch Summary:A late Anthony Quinn try has given Country a 12-10 upset win over City in Dubbo tonight. Country dominated the first half of the game almost totally ? helped by City making three errors inside the Country 10 metre line. Country opened the scoring after 13 minutes with a penalty goal. 10 minutes later Country scored the only try of the first half, to Anthony Laffranchi off a Brett Finch offload, and after almost total domination of the first half the Country went to the sheds up only 8-0.City came back strong in the second half, scoring eight minutes into the half after a cross field kick was batted on to Paul Gallen who offloaded to David Simmons who scored out wide. The conversion made the score 8-6. After 61 minutes City capitalised on a Kurt Gidley error, and scored in the opposite corner in the form of Luke Rooney ? after another Gallen offload. There was one more twist left in the match when, with four minutes to go ? Anthony Quinn somehow rebounded from a solid hit and got the ball down on the line inches from the corner post, for the 12-10 win.While the match was close, and needed players to step up to the plate, the New South Wales selectors are probably still more probably none the wiser as to who they will be selecting to fill in the gaps, although players like Paul Gallen, Amos Roberts, Kurt Gidley and Brett Finch certainly pushed their cases.Scorers:City: 10Tries: David Simmons, Luke RooneyGoals: Brett Hodgson 1/2Country: 12Tries: Anthony Quinn, Anthony LaffranchiGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 2/2By the Clock:Not far away from kickoff at the historic Apex Oval in Dubbo.City vs Country, the start of domestic representative season for 2006. Generally speaking, two-fairly star studded teams today. The City boys are favourites tonight, and have won 3 out of the last 4 of these clashes.Very healthy crowd in tonight, and the conditions are dry.1 min: We're underway in Dubbo! Ben Hornby starts us off by kicking out on the full, and City will go on the attack.1 min: Hodgson is thrown into touch early in the count, only a few metres out from the goal line.6 min: Very messy start with a lot of poor passes and a general lack of cohesion.7 min: VIDEO REFEREE for a Country try...8 min: NO TRY - Amos Roberts is ruled to have knocked on in goal trying to ground a bomb.10 min: City turn the ball over, but manage to hold Country out.10 min: Another City turnover. Country dominating territory and possession at this early stage.12 min: Finch is pressured on the last tackle, he gets the ball away and after Country throw it around a bit Amos Roberts picks up a line drop out.13 min: PENALTY GOAL CountryCity are penalised for stripping the ball of Craig Fitzgibbon. He adds the two points from 20 out, right in front. Country 2-015 min: A fantastic kick from Country traps David Simmons in the in goal.17 min: Country get another repeat set. City are under siege.18 min: City finally get the ball back as Gidley kicks a little too deep.19 min: Current Storm player Brett White hits ex-Storm player Matt Orford late after he kicks it.20 min: City are unable to take advantage of the penalty and turn the ball over for the second time in good attacking position.23 min: TRY CountryBrett Finch runs up the middle and offloads to Laffranchi who has a yawning gap to run through and score under the posts. Fitzgibbon converts, and the domination is starting to show on the scoreboard. Country 8-026 min: Finch puts a kick out on the full, fortunately it isn't in the worst position on the field.28 min: Simmons comes very close to scoring after a chip kick, but Quinn shows his soccer skills and City get a goal line drop out.29 min: Gower puts the ball down 10 out from the Country goal line. Three turnovers hot on attack from City.31 min: Country turn the ball over 10 metres out from their own line, City with their best chance, but they blow it as Orford knocks on at the scrum base.40 min: Half time. Country have largely dominated this game, helped by four City mistakes 10 metres out from the Country line. They ought to lead by more than 8 points, but City have managed to hold on and stay within single digits of Country.40 min: Country have 60% possession. City have made 12 errors to Countrys 3 - completion rates are 8/20 for City and 17/21 for Country.40 min: Back underway at Dubbo.45 min: Roberts fails to catch the ball and ends up knocking it into touch - scrum City 10 metres out.46 min: NEWS Craig Gower is injured and is really limping. City get a repeat set.48 min: TRY CityCity finally take advantage of good field position. Orford kicks high across to the posts, Hodgson bats the ball across field, it goes through hands and Simmons scores out wide. Hodgson hits the conversion from out wide. Country 8-652 min: NEWS Gower moving well again.57 min: Country throw the ball around and cross the try line, only to be called back for a forward pass.60 min: Gidley nearly makes a great close range catch on a kick, but he loses the ball, City scrum 10 out.61 min: TRY CityOff the back of the Gidley error, City move the ball from sideline to sideline, Gallen throws an offload to Rooney who scores in the corner, allowing City to take an almost undeserved lead. Hodgson misses the goal. City 10-867 min: Hicks is held up on tackle four. The following kick is taken by Lewis who is trapped in the in goal.69 min: MacDougall held up on tackle four. Finch kicks high to Roberts who knocks on. Still 10-8 to City.71 min: 9 Minutes to go, City somehow holding on.72 min: Quinn can't get out of the in goal, line drop out to City.73 min: Gower kicks on tackle four and doesn't even find the in goal.74 min: Rooney gets trapped in the in goal at the other end of the field. Jason King - possible fractured thumb.76 min: VIDEO REFEREE: Possible Country try...76 min: TRY CountryThe Country boys spread the ball wide and somehow Anthony Quinn grounds the ball inches away from the corner post. Roberts hooks the touchline conversion. Country 12-1080 min: City are forced to come up with a goal line drop out, ensuring the win for Country.80 min: NEWS Country survive a second half City fightback and win the match with a try four minutes from players of the match:3 - Andrew Ryan2 - Preston Campbell1 - Paul Gallen-----------------------------------------

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