Round 14: Wakefield hold on against Wigan

WIGAN look doomed to relegation after losing their crunch clash with Wakefield in a tense and dramatic engage Super League encounter at a soggy Belle Vue by 10-8.

Round 14: Bradford blast past Quins

BRADFORD Bulls produced a classy display at the Twickenham Stoop to blitz Harlequins by 58-16 in an engage Super League fixture that was effectively over by half-time.

Round 14: Hull shock Leeds

FORM team Hull climbed to third place in the engage Super League with their first win at Headingley for five years by 44-28.

Round 14: Saints hold out Wolves

UNDER-STRENGTH St Helens survived a second-half fightback from Warrington to ensure their remarkable stranglehold over the in-form Wolves continued with a 34-22 win.

Origin special - NSW line-up

THIS week Daniel Ramus takes a look at the NSW Origin line-up for next Wednesday's clash against Queensland, giving his thoughts on each player.

Eels boss to launch investigation

PARRAMATTA chief executive Denis Fitzgerald was to meet star players Tim Smith and Mark Riddell today over reports they turned up to full recovery session for the NRL club intoxicated.

Taylor takes over struggling Eels

JASON Taylor has been promoted from assistant to coach of Parramatta for the rest of the NRL season following Brian Smith's shock walk-out.

Overnight Origin news

QUEENSLAND will have it first official training run at it's luxurious base at the Hyatt Regency resort at Coolum on the Sunshine Coast today.The seven rookies in the 17-man squad will train on the resort's driving range which has been transformed into a football field especially to meet their needs. Coach MAL MENINGA admitted the surrounds were superb but says they won't help Queensland win next Wednesday's first State of Origin match against New South Wales at Telstra Stadium.Centre Brent Tate, who has only played two games this season because of a foot injury following off-season shoulder surgery, says he'll probably ease into training this week. After training the players will test their golfing skills on the resort's championship 18-hole golf course which has been the venue for the Australian PGA Championship in recent years.The team will remain in camp at Coolum until next Tuesday and fly to Sydney on the eve of the first game of the series.Meanwhile, NSW coach Graham Murray says Parramatta winger Eric Grothe will be the first choice replacement if either Matt Cooper or Mark Gasnier can't make next week's State of Origin match. One of the selected wingers Timana Tahu or Matt King would switch to centre.Gasnier has a hip injury while Cooper has a hamstring strain but both are aiming to train with the side later this week along with injured forward Luke O'Donnell. Grothe is on standby with Penrith back Luke Lewis.

Georgia defeats Serbia in World Cup Qualifier

MATCH TWO WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS ? SERBIA 10 GEORGIA 45 ? Belgrade Saturday 13 May 2006 Georgian Rugby League has a new hero as Merab Kuirikashvili grabbed three tries and six goals for a 24 point haul in a hugely entertaining encounter in gloriously sunny Belgrade. The classy stand off was at the heart of his side?s best work in a match in which the visitor?s superior strength and pace was a decisive factor over a gusty Serbian outfit. The final score line did not reflect the amount of possession the Serbs enjoyed but highlighted the better strike power of the Georgian attack.The Georgians only failed to score in the opening set of the match when a poor final pass went to ground but that was only temporary respite as Kuirikashvili began his solo demolition with a try on the blind side from close in. He added the conversion and five minutes later extended the lead by a point with a field goal on a last tackle play.For the next 20 minutes the Georgians found themselves under pressure from the well marshalled hosts, with Jovan Vujosevic and Halifax?s Luka Simeunovic calling the shots, the latter popping up a superb pass for Tomic Nenad to crash on to and flatfoot the Georgian defence; Dalibor Vukanovic adding the conversion.That sparked a Georgian revival and almost immediately Kurikashvili again demonstrated his class by sidestepping over from 15 metres. Just before half-time, Georgia extended their lead when substitute George Nemsadze powered over from a superb pass by Kakhaber Kobakhidze.Serbia started the second half brightly but an excellent angled run from linking full back George Asatiani extended the visitors lead. More concerted home pressure failed to break the Georgian defensive cordon and on the hour they countered superbly when Pridon Udesiani was on the end of an overlap on the right. Two minutes later winger Lexo Gugava, picked up a loose Serbian pass and raced 70 metres to extend the lead; Kurikashvili potting the easy conversion. By now Georgia were in full flow and an overlap on the right allowed Gugava to pick up a simple second converted try.The Serbs finally gained due reward for their toiling efforts with the score of the game, ten pairs of hands keeping the ball alive in thrilling fashion for Zoran Pesic to claim the spoils. The final word was left to the star of the show as Kuirikashvili opened up the defence and swerved majestically around Vukanovic to claim his hat trick and his side?s eighth try. Watching RFL Performance Director, Graeme Thompson, commented, "I watched the corresponding fixture last year in Georgia and I am very impressed by the progress made by both nations.??They demonstrated that they are appreciating further technical and tactical aspects of the game and in time could challenge more mature nations.?The next match in the group sees Georgia host Holland in Tbilisi on Friday 26th May.GAME STAR ? Georgian play maker Merab Kuirikashvili showed that he could be a real force in the sport with a stunning hat trick.GAME BREAKER - George Asatiani?s touchdown in the 48th minute took the steam out of the Serb?s commendable fightSERBIA1. Dalibor Vukanovic2. Dimitris Daly3. Nenad Tomic4. Milan Dordevic5. Zoran Pesic6. Luka Simeunovic7. Mate Granvic8. Radoslav Novakovic9. Jovan Vujosevic10 Mario Milosavljevic11. Marko Jankovic12. David Milovanovic13. Marko ZebeljanSubs (all used)14. Valcic Radovan15. Milos Milinkovic16. Soni Radvanovic17. Darko NerandzicTries: Tomic (27), Pesic (71)Goal: VukanovicGEORGIA1. George Asatiani2. Lexo Gugava3. Manughar Namchevadze4. Alexandre Gilauri5. Zviadi Koberidze6. Merab Kuirikashvili7. George Sordia8. Tornike Ashvetia9. Beqa Kurashvili10. George Khositashvili11. Nikoloz Mkheidze12. Shalva Sutiashivili13. Kakhaber KobakhidzeSubs (all used)14. Pridon Udesiani15. Vakhtang Akhvlediani16. Roin Chikvaidze17. George NemsadzeTries: Kuirikashvili (2, 30, 78), Nemsadze (37), Asatiani (48), Udesiani (60), Gugava (62, 67)Goals: Kuirikashvili 6F/goal: KuirikashviliMen of the match: SERBIA - Luka Simeunovic GEORGIA - Merab KuirikashviliHalf time: 6-19Referee: Matthew Kidd (England)Source: www.rlef.eu.comMore International News: www.rlcup.com

Brian Smith resigns as Eels coach

EMBATTLED Parramatta rugby league coach Brian Smith has resigned effective immediately, according to the NRL club's website. The Eels Board will meet tonight to discuss a replacement for Smith, who is due to be replaced by Newcastle coach Michael Hagan next season.Smith says he informed the players, staff and management of his decision earlier this afternoon.He says it became apparent that someone else should be at the helm to guide the team in future matches, with Smith heading to Newcastle in 2007 in a direct swap with Hagan. Smith says it's a very sad day as he has given 10 years of service to the club.He believes his decision is best for the club. Parramatta has only won two games so far this season - with the club reaching an all-time low with player in-fighting during a recent defeat to Canberra.

Engage Super League Rd 14 review

HULL F.C. 44 (Raynor 3, Yeaman, McMenemy, Blacklock, R.Horne tries; Cooke 8 goals) def. Leeds Rhinos 28 (Senior 2, Mathers, McGuire, Smith tries; Burrow 4 goals). Att: 17,700.

Updated: NSW & QLD Origin teams for Game I

NSW selectors named their team today for the first match of the 2006 Rugby League State of Origin series against Queensland at Telstra Stadium on May 24:Tigers fullback Brett Hodgson has played himself into the fullback?s role, with most of the rest of the backline as expected. The contentious five-eighth jumper has gone to Rooster?s pivot Braith Anasta, who will be joined in the halves with Craig Gower.Brent Kite has earned a recall, packing in with Willie Mason in the front row. The rest of the pack is made up with regulars, whilst Luke Lewis and Eric Grothe have been placed on standby for centres Matt Cooper and Mark Gasnier.The full squad is:Brett Hodgson, Matt King, Mark Gasnier, Matt Cooper, Timana Tahu, Braith Anasta, Craig Gower, Brent Kite, Danny Buderus (capt), Willie Mason, Nathan Hindmarsh, Steve Simpson, Luke O'Donnell.Interchange: Craig Wing, Steve Menzies, Mark O'Meley, Andrew RyanOn standby: Luke Lewis, Eric Grothe---The Queensland selectors have also named their finest 17 for the opening rugby league State of Origin match against NSW at Telstra Stadium on May 24.The side includes seven debutants.Cowboys fullback Matt Bowen has held the custodian?s role amid pressure from Karmichael Hunt. This sees Storm young gun Greg Inglis get his first cap on the wing with the rest of the back line picking itself.A young backrow of first-timers in David Stagg, Matthew Scott and Dallas Johnson each win spots with Sam Thaiday and Nate Myles also debuting.The full squad is:Matt Bowen, Greg Inglis, Justin Hodges, Brent Tate, Steven Bell, Darren Lockyer (capt), Johnathan Thurston, Steven Price, Cameron Smith, Petero Civoniceva, David Stagg, Matthew Scott, Dallas JohnsonInterchange: Shaun Berrigan, Carl Webb, Sam Thaiday, Nate Myles.

XXXX Queensland Under 19 sides named

THE QRL have announced the Queensland Under 19 side to play New South Wales Under 19 at Telstra Stadium, Sydney, Wednesday 24 May. The match will be a curtain raiser to the main NSW v QLD State of Origin fixture.XXXX QUEENSLAND UNDER 19 - 2006 1. Jackson NICOLAU Norths Devils2. Denan KEMP Toowoomba Clydesdales3. Junior SAU Canberra Raiders4. Will CHAMBERS Norths Devils5. Israel FOLAU Norths Devils6. Joel MOON Toowoomba Clydesdales7. Michael BOND Aspley Devils8. David TAYLOR Toowoomba Clydesdales9. Nathan STRUDWICK Toowoomba Clydesdales10. Isaac SCHWENKE Norths Devils11. Scott BOLTON North QLD Young Guns12. Largi SETU St George Illawarra Dragons13. Keiron LANDER Aspley Devils14. Mark OFFERDAHL Manly Sea Eagles15. Rodney GRIFFIN Balmain Tigers16. Charlie FETOAI Aspley Devils17. Paoa FAAMITA BulldogsCoach: Wayne TRELEAVENXXXX QUEENSLAND UNDER 19 MAROONS - 2006 The side to play Papua New Guinea at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Wednesday 14 June.1. Martin PAULSON Southern2. David TYRELL South East3. Shane NEUMANN South East4. Daniel ISAAC South East5. Brandon BOOR Northern 6. David GEORGIOU South East7. Matt SMITH South East8. Pat McPHERSON South East9. Brent KUSKEY South East10. Greg BYRNES Northern11. Rohan AHERN South East12. Liam CAPEWELL South West13. Aiden GUERRA South East 14. Lachlan SIPPEL Southern 15. Bruce KOLIO South East16. Brendan HOARE Southern17. Alex TALLON South EastCoach: Shane McNALLY

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 below.LeagueUnlimited.com Player AwardsCowboys five-eighth Johnathan Thurston has been joined at the top of the LeagueUnlimited.com 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 Leagueunlimited.com players of the match are decided by our live score updaters and tallied here each week on Monday?s Expert League wrap.Want to be a live score updater? For further enquiries, email 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 BadgerLeagueunlimited.com 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 RobinsonLeagueunlimited.com 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 ClarkLeagueunlimited.com 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 HayneLeagueunlimited.com 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 HampsteadLeagueunlimited.com 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 CumminsLeagueunlimited.com 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 MaxwellLeagueunlimited.com 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 Leagueunlimited.com 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.

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