ROUND 15 Wests Tigers 26 v Sydney Roosters 14at Telstra StadiumReferees: Gavin BadgerMatch Summary:The Wests Tigers have possibly destroyed the Sydney Roosters hopes of making the top eight by defeating them 26-14 at Telstra Stadium. The Roosters failed to do the simple things right which resulted in careless passes, sloppy kicks and drop-ball. The Tigers however, played a simple game based on field position and completions which were two things the Roosters struggled to maintain.The Roosters started strong with an early lead of 10-0 twenty eight minutes into the game. It seemed the Roosters were going to go into half-time without any points scored against them but this wasn?t the case as Crockett juggled the ball over line to get the scoreboard ticking for his team. The second-half saw the Tigers control the game. They dominated possession and starved the Roosters of any chance of a second-half comeback. In a finish which highlighted how exciting the game was, Beni Marshall showed a piece of individual brilliance by stepping, dummying and finally giving a magnificent flick-pass to Dean Collis who crossed the white line to register four points. With the Roosters now having to win seven out of their last ten matches, their hopes of making the eight are rapidly diminishing. Scorers:Wests Tigers: 26Tries: Dean Collis, Robert Farah, Ben Galea, Benji Marshall, Michael CrockettGoals: Brett Hodgson 3/5Sydney Roosters: 14Tries: Ryan Cross, Chris Flannery, Shaun FoleyGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 1/2, Amos Roberts 0/1Halftime: Tigers 12-10Crowd: 19,360By the Clock:Welcome to Telstra Stadium for the clash between the Wests Tigers and Sydney Roosters. Both teams need a win desperately tonight to keep their finals hopes alive.All origin players will back-up tonight. Both teams are as per program.It's going to be chilly winters night, but despite that, perfect conditions for a rugby league game.KICKOFF - Benji Marshall gets us underway. 1 min: NEWS Penalty to Roosters. Tigers were off-side at the kick-off. 4 min: NEWS Tupou makes a great run, passing the half way line but the Roosters fail to capitalise, Morley knocks on. 6 min: NEWS Tigers on the attack. Marshall fires a wide ball out to the wing but it finds the side-line. 8 min: NEWS Sloppy play by both teams in the first few moments of the game. Anasta kicks the ball Soccer style on the last tackle. 13 min: NEWS Finch puts up a high ball on the 5th. Tigers knock it on. Scrum feed to Roosters 10m out.14 min: NEWS Hodgson manages to hold up Fitzgibbon over the line. 16 min: TRY Sydney RoostersBrett Finch puts a brilliant grubber kick in for his chasers, Hodgson loses the ball over the line and Foley manages to ground it. Roosters 6-018 min: NEWS Tigers attack the Roosters right hand side and end up forcing a goal line drop-out.21 min: NEWS Strong defence from the Roosters prevents the Tigers from scoring. Tigers are penalised for pushing Foley back over the try line after the tackle is completed. 23 min: TRY Sydney RoostersA briliant solo effort from Cross, as he manages to take on two Tigers players and ground the ball inside the in-goal. Roosters 10-028 min: TRY Wests TigersPrince throws a dummy, breaks the line and sets his team up well inside the Roosters 20. The ball goes through the hands until it reaches Crockett who juggles the ball over the sideline to score. Roosters 10-630 min: TRY Wests TigersThe Tigers have managed to run the length of the field in that set of six. Prince runs at the line and once again sets his team up for a try through Galea. Hodgson converts. Tigers 12-1035 min: NEWS Hodgson is tackled high by Soliola. The tackle is placed on report. Penalty awarded to Tigers. 38 min: NEWS Tigers make a huge mistake inside their own 20, the ball ends up inside the Tigers in-goal and Roberts dives on it. Try is disallowed.HALFTIME - Tigers 12 Roosters 10Well it's been an exciting first half. Both teams have shown brilliance in attack and their defence has been solid as well. The Tigers need to look at their one on one tackles and the Roosters need to impove on their completions.42 min: NEWS Tigers come out firing. Price puts a monster of a bomb up but young Foley leaps high and takes it. 44 min: NEWS Shackleton drops the ball whilst trying to play it. Referee Badger lets it go. 48 min: NEWS Prince puts a small grubber kick in to the in-goal and forces a goal line drop-out.50 min: TRY Wests TigersFarrah puts in a kick from dummy-half and it finds Marshall who scores. Hodgson adds the extras. Tigers 18-1051 min: TRY Wests TigersPrince puts in a banana kick which finds a Roosters player who loses it. The ball goes to the left through the hands. Farah goes himself from dummy-half and burrows over for the try. Hodgson narrowly misses the conversion. Tigers 22-1058 min: NEWS So far the Tigers have had all the ball in the second-half. Second Half Possesion: Tigers 68% Roosters 38%64 min: NEWS Roosters continue to struggle to complete their sets after Flannery puts in a shocker of a kick. 66 min: NEWS A superb one on one tackle from Farah forces Wing to lose the ball. 70 min: NEWS Galea makes an attempt at a field-goal but misses. 72 min: TRY Sydney RoostersFinch kicks high to his right wing where Soliola jumps and knocks it back for Flannery who grounds it. Video Referee awards the try.Roberts fails to convert. Tigers 22-1476 min: TRY Wests TigersMarshall dumies and steps before giving a briliant flick pass to Collis who scores. Hodgson fails to add the two. Tigers 26-14FULLTIME - Tigers 26 Roosters 14What a game! It was a well deserved win by the Tigers who looked dazzling whenever they touched the ball. The Roosters once agian played well in patches but their completions lost them the game. -----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Robert Farah2 - Scott Prince1 - Benji Marshall-----------------------------------------
DOLPHIN Oval, Sunday June 18, 3.00pm
Referee: Michael Wise
TWO solid wins and a disappointing loss for the Dolphins last weekend when the Wizard Cup side prevailed against the Comets and the Colts proved too strong for the Western District Panthers, unfortunately the A Grade suffered their second loss of the year to the last placed Panthers who take the bragging rights for season 2006.
QUEENSLAND and Toyota Cowboys half Johnathan Thurston will be given as long as possible to prove his fitness for this weekend's game against the Bulldogs.
BULLDOGS centre Willie Tonga has rejected the Club's offer and will go to June 30 to test the market with other NRL clubs.
QUEENSLAND'S State of Origin hero Adam Mogg said he will be focused and ready for the Raider's round 15 clash against the Storm this weekend, despite the huge week he has just gone through in the lead up to, and including Game II of this year's series.Mogg said his feet are firmly planted on the ground after Wednesday night's two try performance, and he is ready to tackle the Storm head on Sunday afternoon."It's great to be back home and around the boys you train hard with every week," Mogg said. "I'm looking forward to getting stuck into Melbourne this week."Mogg said the chance to increase the Raiders winning run to four has been a huge incentive for the side this weekend, but he is aware of how hard it's been in the past for a Canberra side to get a win against Melbourne, especially at their home of Olympic Park."It's a big game and the Storm are the favourite at the moment as they are playing really good footy," he said. "It will be a big challenge that I'm looking forward to it."Mogg said the Raiders should have been celebrating players being picked for representative duties earlier in the season, and he hopes his selection will lead to other Canberra based players gaining the recognition they deserve."We wear our hearts on our sleeves every week when we run out," he said. "Hopefully a few guys who should have been in Country Origin this year get a bit more notice and we get a few players in the future."Raiders Captain Clinton Schifcofske said the past three week's for the Raiders have really boosted the whole team's confidence, and he expects things to improve even more with another Raider win on Sunday."We've had three really close wins and the sort of wins you can draw confidence from," Schifcofske said. "We are at the halfway point of the season and we are in pretty good shape."Schifcofske hinted to a similar situation last season where the Raiders were on the ropes due to an alarming injury toll, but said there were positive signs this season that the reverse is happening to that statistic."I think the coach said this time last year we were falling apart a bit," he said. "This year though we've had a few blokes who have had injuries coming back into the side, with Troy Thompson, Jason Smith, Tom Learoyd-Lahrs and Moggy back from origin, so it's a positive step."
THE Catalans Dragons have confirmed the signing of 26-year-old utility player Casey McGuire.
THE agony for the Ergon Energy Broncos continued today with Test fullback Karmichael Hunt ruled out for at least two months with a fractured bone in his left foot.
SALFORD and Leeds announce squads
HULL and Quins announce squads
BULLS and Saints announce squads
QUEENSLAND centre Justin Hodges has been ruled out of Brisbane's side for tonight's NRL clash with St George-Illawarra at Suncorp Stadium. Hodges suffered a knee injury in the State of Origin win over NSW on Wednesday night and was ruled unfit this morning.
IAN Millward will be deputy coach under Graham Murray at the North Queensland Cowboys from next season after signing a two-year deal. The Australian returns from a successful stint in the English Super League to replace Cowboys assistant Neil Henry, who takes over Canberra's head coach reins next season.
AN under strength Canberra Raiders side met some unexpected resistance from the lowly Bulldogs in Premier League on Monday, going down 32-20 at Telstra Stadium.
CHAMPION halfback Andrew Johns has ruled out making a return to representative football for the third and deciding State of Origin clash in Melbourne. Johns had hinted at a possible comeback for NSW after the Blues were thumped 30-6 by Queensland at Suncorp Stadium to level the series 1-1 on Wednesday night.