BULLDOG Corey Hughes has been ruled out for up to three weeks with a hamstring injury and will miss this weeks clash against the Cowboys.
THE Canberra Raiders have named in-form forwards Troy Thompson and Tom Learoyd-Lahrs in their side this week, as they look to bolster their pack ahead of their important clash against Melbourne at Olympic Park on Sunday.
Both Thompson (eye) and Learoyd-Lahrs (knee) are returning from brief stints on the side line through injury, just in time for the clash with the top of the table Storm.
WARRIORS: Brent Webb, Patrick Ah Van, Tony Martin, Simon Mannering, Manu Vatuvei, Jerome Ropati, Grant Rovelli, Ruben Wiki, Nathan Fien, Steve Price (c), Awen Guttenbeil, Louis Anderson, Sione Faumuina
Interchange: Lance Hohaia, Evarn Tuimavave, Wairangi Koopu, Micheal Luck, Sam Rapira, Clinton Toopi (two to be omitted).
NEWCASTLE fullback David Seage has been named for his NRL comeback against the New Zealand Warriors on Sunday after overcoming a hamstring injury.Seage returns after four weeks on the sidelines and will be a welcome boost to the Knights, who were without a specialist fullback for two games - both losses - before last week's much-needed bye. First choice custodian Milton Thaiday is also only one or two weeks away from returning to action from an ankle injury.Seage's return means makeshift fullback Kurt Gidley will shift back to five-eighth. Knights: David Seage, Brian Carney, Matthew Gidley, George Carmont, Anthony Quinn, Kurt Gidley, Andrew Johns (c), Craig Smith, Danny Buderus, Josh Perry, Steve Simpson, Clint Newton, Reegan TannerInterchange: Luke Davico, Adam Woolnough, Todd Lowrie, Riley Brown, Kirk Reynoldson (one to be omitted).
MELBOURNE coach Craig Bellamy has named a 21-man squad for this Sunday's Round 15 clash against the Canberra Raiders. The game will be played at Olympic Park from 2:30pm.Storm: Steve Turner, Matt Geyer, Matt King, Jake Webster, Chris Walker, Scott Hill, Cooper Cronk, Garret Crossman, Cameron Smith, Brett White, David Kidwell, Ryan Hoffman, Dallas JohnsonInterchange: Ian Donnelly, Jeremy Smith, Antonio Kaufusi, Nathan Friend, Adam Blair, Smith Samau, Jamie Feeney, Ben Cross (four to be omitted).
THE CSSC is proud to announce their next big AWAY adventure to see the Cronulla Sharks up against the Newcastle Knights in Newcastle on Saturday 24 June 2006. This is down as one of the biggest of the year, and we are expecting a big turnout on our CSSC bus.
PARRAMATTA prop Fuifui Moimoi will plead not guilty to a biting charge at the NRL judiciary tonight. The Eels frontrower was referred straight to the judiciary after Melbourne prop Brett White sent a written complaint to the NRL match review committee yesterday to back up his on-field claim in the 54th minute of Sunday's game.
MIRACLE try scorer David Howell is facing a one week suspension after being charged with making a dangerous throw in Canberra's 28-26 NRL win over the Bulldogs.Howell was the talk of Telstra Stadium after managing to touchdown for a try in the corner against the Bulldogs yesterday despite having all of his body except his arm outside the field of play. But he may now miss Sunday's showdown with competition leader Melbourne after being charged following video review of a tackle made in the 47th minute.Howell faces a one week ban for an early guilty plea and also if he unsuccessfully contests the charge at tonight's NRL judiciary sitting.Meanwhile, NRL prosecutors are set to demand a ban of 12 weeks for Parramatta prop Fuifui Moimoi when he fronts the judiciary tonight on a biting charge.The Eels prop had his case referred straight to the judiciary by the NRL match review committee yesterday. With two high-tackle suspensions last year, it's understood Moimoi's only hope of escaping three months on the sidelines is to plead guilty or beat the charge before the tribunal.He would still have to front the disciplinary committee with a guilty plea but it is likely prosecutor Peter Kite would then recommend a more lenient nine or 10-week suspension. South Sydney centre Adam MacDougall, meanwhile, is facing a four to six-week suspension for striking Brisbane's Darius Boyd.
RESULTS from Round 11 of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup have been finalised following the Monday night action in a soggy Wellington.The Lions cemented their spot on top of the table with an impressive win over the Falcons. The four point gap on the competition ladder between the Lions and second placed Bulls was helped in part by the Bulls defeated at home by the Harbour League side after Canterbury gave away a decent halftime lead to the visitors.Other teams to take the 2 points were Waicoa Bay Stallions, Watakere and the Jetz, who now have won their last four games.Harbour League and Waitakere Rangers with the results over the weekend now are both just one point shy of three teams in the Top 5. Every round counts as we head into the back half of the competition.BARTERCARD CUP COMPETITION ? ROUND 11 RESULTSSaturday 10 June 2006 Waicoa Bay Stallions vs Tamaki Leopards Resthills Park, HamiltonWaicoa Bay Stallions 50Tries: S. TeKuru, T. Davis, T. Ufi (2), J. Auru (2), K. Perry (3)Goals: H. Karena (7)Tamaki Leopards 28Tries: T. Leaunoa, C. Vuna, G. Ruaporo, W. Heta (2)Goals: M. Ashford (4)Halftime Score: 28 ? 6 To Waicoa Bay StallionsSunday 11 June 2006 Northern Storm vs Waitakere Rangers Jubilee Park, WhangareiWaitakere Rangers 42Tries: R. Godfrey, G. Bailey, K. Guttenbeil, D. Shepherd, B. Nelson (2), M. Tuipulotu (3)Goals: D. Shepherd (1), S. Jones (2)Northern Storm 12Tries: M. Pure, J. IoaneGoals: A. Clyde (2)Halftime Score: 22 ? 0 To Waitakere Rangers Central Falcons vs Auckland Lions Fitzherbert Park, Palmerston NorthAuckland Lions 52Tries: L. Toimoana, L. Wetherill, S. Fa?alogo, P. Ale, K. Wright (2), R. Wigg (3)Goals: S. Buckingham (7)Central Falcons 12Tries: H. Robson, T. Greig Goals: H. Robson (2)Halftime Score: 24 ? 6 To Auckland LionsCanterbury Bulls vs Harbour League Rugby League Park, ChristchurchHarbour League 32Tries: R. Edwards, J. Pai (2), J. Trott (2), T. Samoa (2)Goals: J. Trott (2)Canterbury Bulls 24Tries: S. Hurrell, L. Fidow, S. Beyers, C. Lawrie, D. MetcalfGoals: S. Hurrell (2)Halftime Score: 18 ? 6 To Canterbury BullsMonday 12 June 2006 Counties Manakau Jetz vs Wellington Orcas Porirua StadiumCounties Manakau 24Tries: Heketoa, Matai 2, Gatis, FaiGoals: Heketoa (2)Wellington Orcas 12Tries: Taraeka MisaGoals: Boyd (2)Halftime: 14-6 to Jetz
REDCLIFFE has survived a Browne Park quagmire to keep top spot on the Wizard Cup ladder, overcoming the Central Comets 24-6 on Saturday night.A massive downpour throughout the day of the game and several curtain-raiser matches meant Rockhampton?s showcase field was reduced to a mere mudpit by the time the Dolphins and Comets took centre stage.Winning coach Anthony Griffin rated conditions as the worst he had ever experienced, comparing it to the famous 1984 State of Origin match at the SCG, remembered for Greg Dowling?s try off the crossbar. ?It was shocking,? Griffin said.?In the middle of the field was a big area that looked like it had about 6 inches or more of surface water on it. The rain was torrential.?Not to be bogged down by the situation, Griffin?s ladder leaders stuck to a firm plan of acquiring field position through kicking and simple grafting around the rucks.Significantly, of Redcliffe?s four tries, two were scored from dummy-half, while the other two were scored from kicks.Although given limited opportunity to show his ball-playing skills, makeshift five-eighth and Baralaba junior Rory Bromley (pictured) was voted Players? Player against his old club.?Rory was actually going back to second grade a few weeks ago before Marty Turner hurt himself,? Griffin revealed?I?m not exactly sure why, but just watching Rory this year I thought he might be able to handle the move (to five-eighth).?Earlier this season Chris Fox was filling the pivot role. On Saturday he came back into the top side at centre, taking the spot usually owned by Greg Bourke.Veteran Bourke is likely to miss a fortnight due to a corked muscle which has calcified. However the Dolphins three-quarter should not lose too much ground to Burleigh?s Reggie Cressbrook in the ongoing battle to become the competition?s leading career point-scorer.Bourke (1111pts) leads Cressbrook (1033pts) reasonably comfortably, with the latter also experiencing fitness concerns of late.The weekend?s result means Central is still at arm?s length from a possible shot at the finals. The Comets are now four points off fifth spot, with eight games left to play.Round 14 will see Central face up to Wynnum Manly in Saturday?s ABC TV live broadcast from BMD Kougari Oval. Redcliffe hosts Easts the following afternoon at Dolphin Oval.REDCLIFFE 24 (Shannon Fish, Rory Bromley, Chris Fox, Kaine Manihera tries; Gerard Parle 3, Alwyn Simpson goals) d CENTRAL 6 (Matt Rua try; Scott Porter goal) at Browne Park.This article is courtesy of the QRL for more Queensland Wizard Cup news visit www.qrl.com.au
HULL FC 27 (Yeaman, Cooke, R Horne, Raynor tries; Cooke 5 goals, 1 drop goal) def. St Helens 26 (Fozzard, Long, Wellens, Lyon, Gardner tries; Lyon 3 goals). Att: 9,907.
FRIDAY night rugby league kicked off with the Manly Sea Eagles defeating reigning premiers Wests Tigers 16-12 in Brookvale. The Sea Eagles join a mass of teams on 18 competition points and a spot in the NRL top eight. The result sees Wests Tigers on 14 points and in danger of losing touch with the competition front runners.Saturday afternoon took us to rain soaked Penrith Stadium where the St George Illawarra Dragons outclassed the Panthers by 20-10. The Dragons are another team on 18 points and in the top eight while Penrith have slipped to 12th position and 12 points.On Saturday night the Cronulla Sharks traveled to Townsville to easily dispose of the North Queensland Cowboys by 26-4. The Sharks join a host of teams on 18 competition points while the Cowboys have lost their early season momentum to slump to eighth spot with just 16 points.Meanwhile at Telstra Stadium an upset was taking place with the South Sydney Rabbitohs posting their first win of the year, downing the Brisbane Broncos by 34-14. The win gives Rabbitohs fans something to cheer about despite their team still languishing in last position on the ladder. The second-placed Broncos are still flying high on 20 competition points.Sunday football saw two matches with the 13th-placed New Zealand Warriors overcoming the 11th-placed Sydney Roosters by 22-12 at Aussie Stadium. Meanwhile competition leaders the Melbourne Storm defeated the Parramatta Eels by 34-22. The Eels are struggling on eight competition points and just four points clear of Souths.The Queens Birthday long weekend concluded with a Monday afternoon match at Telstra Stadium, the Canberra Raiders keeping their winning record at Homebush intact with a 28-26 victory over the Canterbury Bulldogs. The result sees the Bulldogs remain on 18 competition points while the Raiders join the Cowboys on 16 points, but are just outside of the top eight.All match results and details are listed below.LeagueUnlimited.com Player AwardsGreg Inglis is still enjoying top spot on in this year?s LeagueUnlimited.com Player Awards. The Storm outside back is on 20 points and three points clear of the second place-getters on the leader board. On 17 points are Cowboys five eighth Johnathan Thurston and Raiders full back Clinton Schifcofske. Meanwhile Matt Orford (Sea Eagles), Cameron Smith (Storm) are on 16 points while Andrew Johns (Knights) is not far away on 15 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 14, 9 ? 12 June 2006MATCH RESULTS:Manly Sea Eagles: 16Tries: Chris Hicks, Brett Stewart, Steve MataiGoals: Travis Burns 2/3Wests Tigers: 12Tries: Anthony Laffranchi, Michael CrockettGoals: Benji Marshall 2/3Half time: 6-allVenue: Brookvale OvalCrowd: 11,588Referee: Shayne HayneLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Ben Kennedy (Sea Eagles)2 - Matt Orford (Sea Eagles)1 - Anthony Laffranchi (Tigers)Penrith Panthers: 10Tries: Luke Rooney, Luke SwainGoals: Preston Campbell 1/2St George Illawarra Dragons: 20Tries: Dean Young, Matthew Bickerstaff, Daryl MillardGoals: Aaron Gorrell 4/4Half time: Dragons 14-6Venue: CUA Stadium PenrithCrowd: 9,422Referee: Jarred MaxwellLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Dean Young (Dragons)2 - Ben Hornby (Dragons)1 - Aaron Gorrell (Dragons)North Queensland Cowboys: 4Tries: Brenton BowenCronulla Sutherland Sharks: 26Tries: Paul Gallen, Brett Kimmorley, Hutch Maiava, Darren AlbertGoals: Luke Covell 5/5Half time: Sharks 8-4Venue: Dairy Farmers StadiumCrowd: TBAReferee: Sean HampsteadLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Lance Thompson (Sharks)2 - Brett Kimmorley (Sharks)1 - Paul Gallen (Sharks)South Sydney Rabbitohs: 34Tries: Jaiman Lowe, Luke MacDougall(2), Todd Polglase, Nathan Merritt(2)Goals: Ben Walker 5/6Brisbane Broncos: 14Tries: Leon Bott, Brett Seymour, Fraser AndersonGoals: Corey Parker 1/3Half time: Rabbitohs 16-10Venue: Telstra StadiumCrowd: 6,537Referee: Ben CumminsLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - David Peachey (Rabbitohs)2 - Luke MacDougall (Rabbitohs)1 - Ben Walker (Rabbitohs)Sydney Roosters: 12Tries: Shaun Foley, Josh LewisGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 2/2New Zealand Warriors: 22Tries: Nathan Fien, Tony Martin, Manu Vatuvei(2), Brent WebbGoals: Tony Martin 1/5Half time: Warriors 10-6Venue: Aussie StadiumCrowd: 6,806Referee: Russell Smith Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Grant Rovelli (Warriors)2 - Brent Webb (Warriors)1 - Sione Faumuina (Warriors)Parramatta Eels: 22Tries: John Williams(3), Jarryd Hayne(2)Goals: Mark Riddell 1/1Melbourne Storm: 34Tries: Cooper Cronk, Matt Geyer, Ryan Hoffman, Steve Turner, Jake Webster(3)Goals: Chris Walker 1/2, Matt Geyer 2/5Half time: Storm 20-12Venue: Parramatta StadiumCrowd: 7,139Referee: Paul SimpkinsLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Cooper Cronk (Storm)2 - Scott Hill (Storm)1 - Nathan Friend (Storm)Canterbury Bulldogs: 26Tries: Chris Armit, Dallas McIlwain, Luke Patten, Matthew Utai(2)Goals: Hazem El Masri 3/5Canberra Raiders: 28Tries: Phillip Graham, David Howell, Clinton Schifcofske(2), Michael WeymanGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 4/5Half time: Raiders 16-10Venue: Telstra StadiumCrowd: 12,541Referee: Gavin BadgerLeagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Clinton Schifcofske (Raiders)2 - Michael Weyman (Raiders)1 - Daniel Holdsworth (Bulldogs)Newcastle Knights ? ByeFULL DRAW, RESULTS & LINKS TO LIVE SCORES ? CLICK HEREUpcoming matches:Round 15, 16-18 June 2006Fri 7:30 BRONCOS v DRAGONS - Suncorp StadiumSat 5:30 TIGERS v ROOSTERS - Telstra Stadium Sat 7:30 EELS v RABBITOHS - Parramatta StadiumSat 7:30 SHARKS v SEA EAGLES - Toyota ParkSun 2:00 (NZ) 12:00 (AEST) WARRIORS v KNIGHTS - Ericsson StadiumSun 2:30 STORM v RAIDERS - Olympic ParkSun 3:00 BULLDOGS v COWBOYS - Carrara Stadium, Gold CoastPANTHERS v BYEFOR 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.20 pointsGreg Inglis (Storm)17 pointsClinton Schifcofske (Raiders), Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)16 pointsMatt Orford (Sea Eagles), Cameron Smith (Storm)15 pointsAndrew Johns (Knights)13 pointsAdam Dykes (Sharks)12 pointsHazem El Masri (Bulldogs), Ben Kennedy (Sea Eagles)11 pointsDanny Buderus (Knights), Mark Gasnier (Dragons), Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels), Karmichael Hunt (Broncos), Darren Lockyer (Broncos)10 pointsMatthew Bowen (Cowboys)9 pointsCooper Cronk (Storm), Willie Mason (Bulldogs)8 pointsPaul Gallen (Sharks), Corey Parker (Broncos), Dean Young (Dragons)7 pointsSteve Bell (Sea Eagles), Preston Campbell (Panthers), Mark O?Meley (Bulldogs), Amos Roberts (Roosters), Ruben Wiki (Warriors)6 pointsRobert Farah (Tigers), Craig Gower (Panthers), Mathew Head (Dragons), Brett Hodgson (Tigers), Steve Menzies (Sea Eagles), Lance Thompson (Sharks), Alan Tongue (Raiders)5 pointsRoy Asotasi (Bulldogs), Trent Barrett (Dragons), Petero Civoniceva (Broncos), Nathan Fien (Warriors), Aaron Gorrell (Dragons), Justin Hodges (Broncos), Luke O'Donnell (Cowboys), Steve Price (Warriors), Scott Prince (Tigers), Jason Smith (Raiders), Brent Webb (Warriors), Rhys Wesser (Panthers)4 pointsDarren Albert (Sharks), Brian Carney (Knights), Peter Cusack (Rabbitohs), Anthony Laffranchi (Tigers), Luke Lewis (Panthers), Adam MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Luke Priddis (Panthers), Steve Simpson (Knights), Jamie Soward (Roosters), Brad Thorn (Broncos), Anthony Tupou (Roosters), Paul Whatuira (Tigers)3 pointsLuke Bailey (Dragons), Dean Collis (Tigers), Luke Covell (Sharks), Michael Crocker (Storm), Greg Eastwood (Broncos), Brett Finch (Roosters), Craig Fitzgibbon (Roosters), Phillip Graham (Raiders), Clint Greenshields (Dragons), Brett Kimmorley (Sharks), Luke MacDougall (Rabbitohs), Reni Maitua (Bulldogs), David Peachey (Rabbitohs), Grant Rovelli (Warriors), Brett Stewart (Sea Eagles), Milton Thaiday (Knights), Tame Tupou (Broncos), Matthew Utai (Bulldogs), Anthony Watmough (Sea Eagles), Lincoln Withers (Raiders)2 pointsBrenton Bowen (Cowboys), George Carmont (Knights), Daniel Fitzhenry (Tigers), Awen Guttenbeil (Warriors), Ashley Harrison (Roosters), Scott Hill (Storm), Ben Hornby (Dragons), Brett Kearney (Sharks), Wairangi Koopu (Warriors), Tom Learoyd-Lahrs (Raiders), Tony Martin (Warriors), Wade McKinnon (Eels), Anthony Minichiello (Roosters), Mark O'Meley (Bulldogs), Aaron Payne (Cowboys), Josh Perry (Knights), Todd Polglase (Rabbitohs), Luke Rooney (Panthers), John Skandalis (Tigers), David Simmons (Sharks), Matt Sing (Cowboys), Craig Smith (Knights), Iosia Soliola (Roosters), Steven Southern (Cowboys), John Sutton (Rabbitohs), Timana Tahu (Eels), Clinton Toopi (Warriors), Evarn Tuimavave (Warriors), Trent Waterhouse (Panthers), Michael Weyman (Raiders), Sonny Bill Williams (Bulldogs), Craig Wing (Roosters)1 pointPaul Bowman (Cowboys), Nathan Cayless (Eels), Matt Cooper (Dragons), Shayne Dunley (Sea Eagles), Michael Ennis (Broncos), Sione Faumuina (Warriors), Nathan Friend (Storm), Matt Geyer (Storm), Kurt Gidley (Knights), Matthew Gidley (Knights), Tony Grimaldi (Bulldogs), Daniel Holdsworth (Bulldogs), Lee Hookey (Panthers), David Kidwell (Storm), Matt King (Storm), Benji Marshall (Tigers), Daryl Millard (Dragons), Fuifui Moimoi (Eels), Ryan O'Hara (Tigers), Luke Patten (Bulldogs), Shane Rodney (Panthers), Brent Sherwin (Bulldogs), Billy Slater (Storm), Tim Smith (Eels), Shane Tronc (Cowboys), Ben Walker (Rabbitohs), Simon Woolford (Raiders), William Zillman (Raiders)
ROUND 14 Canterbury Bulldogs 26 v Canberra Raiders 28at Telstra StadiumReferees: Gavin BadgerMatch Summary:A gallant Canberra Raiders side have downed their more fancied rivals the Canterbury Bulldogs by 28-26 in a thrilling contest at Telstra Stadium.The Bulldogs came to Homebush with most of the league world expecting a victory and began the match as per the program but were missing four Origin stars in Mark O?Meley, Willie Mason, Nate Myles and regular club captain Andrew Ryan, yet they still seemed the stronger list. The Raiders were not so lucky with strike player Tom Learoyd-Lars out through a late injury and centre Adam Mogg on rep duty for Queensland after a belated call-up.The unsettled nature of their line-up was reflected on the field as Canberra allowed Canterbury to dominate possession early and the Doggies skipped out to a 10-nil lead with tries to Matt Utai in the 4th minute and Chris Armit in the 10th.As if things weren?t bad enough for the visitors already, hooker Simon Woolford (shoulder) and prop Michael Hodgson (ankle) both sustained game ending injuries reducing the Raiders to a two-man bench for the remaining 70 minutes of play.This only seemed to challenge the rest of the forward pack with big props Jason Williams and Michael Weyman standing up to the Bulldogs and giving rousing displays. Trevor Thurling from the bench and unsung hero Alan Tongue also contributed well.The Raiders began their resurgence through fullback Clinton Schifcofske in the 15th minute, scoring one of his typical tries by crabbing across-field before finding a gap and crossing the chalk. With the tide was changing late in the second half Canberra three-quarter David Howell scored an amazing try where he was completely airborne whilst planting the ball in the corner despite opposite Matt Utai doing his best to shove him over the sideline.As Canberra gained the ascendency in the remaining minutes before the break, rampaging forward Weyman took the pill metres out from Canterbury?s line and bashed his way through under the posts. This took the score to 16-10 in favour if the Green Machine as both sides headed to the sheds.As is generally the case, the 10-15 minutes after halftime had a big impact upon the result with Canberra scoring in the 43rd , with Schifcofske adding to his earlier effort, and 52nd minutes of the game, an opportunistic runaway try to Phil Graham, opening up the biggest lead of the match at 28-10.This must have woken up the Bulldogs as they unleashed a 15-minute onslaught of their own which saw them come to within 2 points of the Raiders.Utai completed a neat play in the 56th minute before Dallas McIlwain stayed alive for Roy Asotasi to deliver the final pass to cross again in the 63rd. Then a great try in the 68th minute saw Sherwin, Holdsworth and Maitua combine to send fullback Luke Patten sailing over for his first of the day.This set the game up for an exciting finish and although there was no further score the final stages of the match certainly had you on the edge of your seat as the Raiders repelled wave after wave of attack by Canterbury.When considering several players including Jason Smith, Tom Learoyd-Lars, Kris Kahler, Andrew Lomu and Josh Miller were injured plus the two sustained during the game and the unavailability of Adam Mogg through rep duty, the Raiders had enough excuses to turn up their toes and lose today but they showed plenty of heart and never chucked in the towel.The only sour note was the reporting of Rothery and Howell for a lifting tackle. Woolford also appears to be out for a few weeks with the shoulder injury he sustained, although Hodgson should be fit for next week to take on the Storm in Melbourne.For the Bulldogs it was a disappointing loss after so much early control of the game. Holdsworth looked in good touch and combined well with Sherwin. Maitua also continued his recent good form but Asotasi, Utai and Sonny Bill had indifferent games. They?ll be looking to reverse that next Sunday against the Cowboys on the Gold Coast.Fittingly, it was two sharp-shooters of the game that decided the result, with evergreen fullback Clinton Schifcofske out-pointing his opposite Hazem El Masri in a sub-plot between two players who mean so much to their respective clubs yet never seem to figure at the representative discussion table.Scorers:Canterbury Bulldogs: 26Tries: Chris Armit, Dallas McIlwain, Luke Patten, Matthew Utai(2)Goals: Hazem El Masri 3/5Canberra Raiders: 28Tries: Phillip Graham, David Howell, Clinton Schifcofske(2), Michael WeymanGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 4/5Halftime: 16-10 RaidersBy the Clock:Cool but sunny day out here at Telstra Stadium. The ground is very wet and soft underfoot. There are many patches that are a bit muddy.Changes for the Raiders: Mogg is out on duty with the Maroons, pushing Howell to centre with Purtell into the side on the wing. Tom Learoyd-Lars is injured, with Rothery starting the game in his place.The Bulldogs are as per the program.1 min: NEWS The Raiders kick-off in the first half.4 min: NEWS The Bulldogs are taking early possession and making good inroads to the Canberra defence. A near miss for the home team as Holdsworth took on the line only for Patten to be cut down on the last close to the line.6 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsUtai opens the scoring out wide for the Dogs as they stretch the Raiders defence the width of the park. Holdsworth delivered a long ball to Patten who gave the last pass for the Kiwi winger. El Masri misses from the sideline. Bulldogs 4-08 min: NEWS Michael Hodgson and Simon Woolford have both left the field injured. Woolford's appears to be his right arm/shoulder.10 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsArmit scores for Canterbury as Hughes goes the blind and catches them napping. The Bulldogs are hoarding possession at the moment with Holdsworth and Sonny Bill both looking in good touch. El Masri lands this conversion. Bulldogs 10-013 min: NEWS Phelps cops a nasty hit from Chalk but continues on.15 min: TRY Canberra RaidersSchifcofscke scores for the Raiders as he lopes across-field evading players and scores in the corner despite the attention of El Masri. He then gives the goals posts a wink and puts the conversion over from out wide. Bulldogs 10-623 min: NEWS The Raiders have had a sloppy passage of play for the past few minutes, turning the ball over and the Bulldogs now look to go on the attack.27 min: NEWS The Raiders are staying in this game very well given their injuries and the amount of possession Canterbury are enjoying.30 min: TRY Canberra RaidersAn unbelievable effort from David Howell has equalised the scores. The Raiders push it wide with the Dogs looking skinny on the eastern flank. Howell got on the outside of Utai and launched himself at the line, planting the ball just before being bundled into touch with his entire body in the air. Schifcofscke fails to kick a second goal from the sideline and we're locked up here at Telstra. 10 all.37 min: TRY Canberra RaidersBig Canberra prop Weyman barges over from close range to amazingly put the Raiders ahead just before the break. Schifcofscke converts and the Green Machine are pumping away. Raiders 16-1040 min: NEWS This game has taken a huge turnaround from the opening 15-20 minutes. The Canterbury club would be very disappointed with the way they have performed after dominating the early stages so well. But once the Raiders gained some possession and played with cool heads they were able to get back into the contest. This game is still anyones, but I think each coach will have very different messages for their players in the sheds.41 min: NEWS And Canterbury restart play.43 min: TRY Canberra RaidersThe Canberra custodian does it again as the Bulldogs look shell-shocked. The Schif drifted across field and picked a gap close to the line to hit after a series of strong hit-ups. He kicks it from the sideline and extends the lead to 12 points early in the second half. Raiders 22-1045 min: NEWS Rothery and Howell on report for a lifting tackle.52 min: TRY Canberra RaidersSpeedster Phil Graham picks up a loose Canterbury ball and dashes 50m unopposed to plant the ball under the sticks. Schifcofske makes short work of the conversion and the Raiders are starting to embarrass the Doggies. Raiders 28-1056 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Bulldogs hit back through winger Matt Utai who runs off the end of a neat backline movement to score in the corner. El Masri fails from out wide but there's still enough time in this one to make a game of it. Raiders 28-1463 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Bulldogs have applied the blowtorch to the Raiders through continued pressure and have come up with a try. Asotasi fed the ball to McIlwain close to the line and the Dogs are coming home with a wet sail. El Masri converts and closes the gap. Canberra are looking tired, but that's to be expected given they're two players short. Raiders 28-2068 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Dogs are in again with a great running play. Sherwin fed Holdsworth who held up a ball for Maitua. The stocky lock found Patten lurking inside and he ran 20m to score next to the posts. Great try. El Masri converts and we've got a 2-point ball game. Raiders 28-2680 min: NEWS The Raiders have repelled wave after wave of Canterbury attack to hold out for a thrilling victory.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Clinton Schifcofske (Raiders)2 - Michael Weyman (Raiders)1 - Daniel Holdsworth (Bulldogs)-----------------------------------------
IT started at 6.40 am; 5 young men, with ambitions to tear down a whole football stadium, to spread the CSSC love, to unite all Sharks fans in Townsville as one and to come home with nothing but glory... That is exactly what happened.By 9.15 am, the 5 men had stepped off Jet Star airlines with a smile. This smile was one that would stick with them forever. Greeted at the arrivals terminal by none other than Jimmy Barnett and the Cronulla Board, the high fives had already begun. It was this moment that flared the emotions for possibly "the best weekend ever", as quoted by Bundy.Andy the Cabbie flicked on the Maxi Taxi, and greeted us with a "you beauty fellas!" It was here that we embarked on a 25 minute cab ride through the streets of Townsville, XXXX in our hands, and life in our pockets.We arrived at the Civic Guest house - our residence for the next 24 hours. No ordinary back packer hostel, this one was amazing. It had everything we needed, including our own bathroom. ?WOW? - as Beeker was heard to have proclaimed. "The Beer Gardens in Townsville are Massive, they are huge! How bloody big are they! That?s a Massive Beer Garden, Claimed Beeker.While we settled into to our hostel of dreams, it was time to move into the big city of Townsville, where we embraced locals, in our CSSC apparel, horns were tooting, fingers were flowing, and the beer was dribbling, at a local pub, where the bar maid had told the boys to ride her like a cowboy. (Strange, but it was very, very funny). I didn?t see any of this, as I was in the middle of a feature in a feature in a feature in a feature - which pocketed me a handy one hunj, to kick things off.Moving right along, the boys found a poker set, which Bundy happily purchased. The boys then embarked in a few games of Texas hold ?em. I was too good for everyone at one stage, but the boys are adamant that I can?t play. IT WAS NOW TIME FOR COWBOYS LEAGUES....While Lloydy and Macca finished a game of chess, Beeker and myself took it upon ourselves to recruit more CSSC members - they weren?t any ordinary supporters - they were 2 girls from JAPAN and 2 men from SWITZERLAND. Happy to be given 4 complimentary tickets to Sharks v Cowboys, they told us they?d meet us at the leagues club.We arrived at the leagues club at midday, and for the next 5 hours, we'd involve ourselves in some old fashioned punting, in which Little Baldy got up in the 7th. Had some lunch and relaxed, while meeting more sharks fans who were walking in after hearing the cries for SHHHHHHHAARKIIIEEES? The time flew, and Townsville CSSC members were arriving - JC, Shark girl, and their families. The Swiss and the Japanese, and the randoms we signed up through out the day. This was going to be a bigger night than first anticipated....We left the Cowboys, in search of a bus, a bus of dreams, like the one Frankie drives...we found one.The bus ride was an amazing one, one which passed through man cowboy locals, all gesturing king middle fingers, and again tooting horns.. DING DING cried Damo, and it was ON. The team song begun and the bus was ALIVE! (videos to come, wont elaborate on the bus trip, the videos will tell the story)We arrived at dairy farmers, friendly people congratulated us, shook our hands, wished good luck. Great people in Townsville. We found a seat, and watched Beeks dance for 10 minutes. Here is the time at the game summed up in points:- Beeker bashed by two locals - the Peach and Bowen. All in good fun, they had blow up fingers and were nailing him. Macca also copped a few beauties.- Security told us we couldn?t stand up, we took a stand but got shut down. We agreed to only stand when we scored, OR when something amazing happened. (Turned out the whole game was amazing)- 20 odd CSSC members- a Finatics member - good kid.-a Sharks winTHE CELEBRATIONCelebrations started on the full time buzzer. The players noticed us obviously, and were quick to RUN over. Making their way to the fence, not one but all, came right over, group hugged, clapped hands, shook hands, patted backs, kissed cheeks and made love, passionate, amazing love. The team clapping our hands, were no doubt a premiership winning side that night.The Nulla #2 - "hey birdy, you coming out tonight?"Birdy - " f**k yes, see you at fusion round about 2!"From this point on, the dancing kicked up, and when I finally got let in to the Bullwinkles, after originally being told no entry because my shirt was from KMART (it clearly wasn?t), the night flew with emotion. From here, the night is hazy as you would understand.Summed up:- Kicking off our shoes in Bullwinkles, followed by the Bank hotel, then finished with Bullys again.- Hugging Kevin Kingston for 3 mins straight- hot dogs at 5.30 am- Life, and its characteristics being on show for 22 hours straight.by CSSC President, Dane WheelerFor photos from the big weekend in Townsville, click here.Videos from the weekend will be online shortly.
ROUND 14 Parramatta Eels 22 v Melbourne Storm 34at Parramatta StadiumReferees: Paul SimpkinsMatch Summary:The Melbourne Storm have taken outright position at the top of the NRL ladder following a 34-22 victory over the hapless Parramatta Eels at Parramatta Stadium earlier this afternoon.The game was saw two hat tricks to Jake Webster and John Williams respectively with young Eels winger Jarryd Hayne also bagging a double.The Eels got off to a strong start with three tries in nine minutes following a try to Jake Webster. Centre Brett Delaney could not convert and the Eels led 12-6.In a quick change of events, the Storm then ran in three tries in 10 minutes. Cooper Cronk and Steve Turner crossed with the pick of the day to centre Ryan Hoffman. Five-eighth Scott Hill went through the poor Eels defence before finding Steve Turner who turned the ball back on the inside to Hoffman who scored under the posts.Going into the break down 20-12, the Eels conceded another try early in the second half down their right hand defence. Scott Hill went straight through again before finding Geyer who scored in the corner for a 26-12 lead.When Jake Webster scored his second of three tries, the game was all but over.The match was marred by a touch judge report that Eels prop Fui Fui Moi Moi allegedly bit Storm prop Brett White on the right bicep. Moi Moi has denied the claims with close-ups of White's arm showing bite marks.Late consolation tries to Jarryd Hayne and John Williams got the scoreline back within 12 right on full time however today the Eels were awful despite dominating the first half an hour.The down side of the match was the abysmal crowd of 7139 that turned up to watch this NRL fixture.Scorers:Parramatta Eels: 22Tries: John Williams(3), Jarryd Hayne(2)Goals: Mark Riddell 1/1Melbourne Storm: 34Tries: Cooper Cronk, Matt Geyer, Ryan Hoffman, Steve Turner, Jake Webster(3)Goals: Chris Walker 1/2, Matt Geyer 2/5By the Clock:One change for the Eels with Daniel Wagon out and Henry Perenara onto the bench and Dean Widders into lock.For the Storm,Steve Turner moves to fullback with Matt Geyer from the centres to the wing and Ryan Hoffman from the back row to centre.Kaufusi goes to the 2nd row while Jamie Feeney goes from the bench to the lock position with Jeremy Smith back to the bench.Both teams are out onto the field ready for kickoff.Your referee is Paul Simpkins.1 min: NEWS Kickoff!6 min: NEWS Storm go on the attack following a penalty from a strip7 min: TRY Melbourne StormKiwi winger Jake Webster opens the scoring on the right hand flank amid controversy as from the quick tap from a penalty close to the line,referee Paul Simpkins blocked the goal line defence from tackling Jake Webster.Conversion successful from Geyer. Storm 6-012 min: TRY Parramatta EelsDean Widders puts a grubber kick through and finds Luke O'Dwyer who is tackled centimetres from the tryline.On the next play,Tim Smith puts a cross field kick through for an unmarked Jarryd Hayne who scores in the corner.Delaney from the sideline just shaves the uprights. Storm 6-419 min: TRY Parramatta EelsHayne grabs a double as on the last tackle way out on the eastern touchline,he goes from dummy half and gets through some ordinary defence to put the Eels infront.Delaney from the sideline again misses again. Eels 8-621 min: NEWS The kickoff has gone out on the full!22 min: TRY Parramatta EelsA crossfield kick from Tim Smith finds winger John Williams who crosses on another try assist from last years Rookie of the Year.Delaney from the sideline once again misses badly. Eels 12-623 min: NEWS Out on the full once again from Turner!24 min: NEWS A repeat set of six here for the Eels and now they get a penalty as Adam Blair and Jeremy Smith are placed on report for a dangerous tackle.29 min: NEWS Going to the video to see whether Cronk has scored a try for the Storm.29 min: TRY Melbourne StormCronk slices through the Eels defence and even though Geyer was on his outside, he went himself and momentum took him over the line.Geyer hits the post with that conversion. Eels 12-1036 min: TRY Melbourne StormScott Hill runs the ball close to the line and with a great offload, the former Panther Steve Turner gets through and passes back into Ryan Hoffman scores the try.Geyer can't convert the try. Storm 14-1238 min: TRY Melbourne StormCronk runs the ball on tackle 5, he turns the ball back onto Matty Geyer who finds Steve Turner who scores under the posts.Geyer converts. Storm 20-12Halftime - The Eels dominated the middle passage of the first half on the back of a solid foundation by their forwards and the Storm not being able to put the Eels players on the ground which resulted in a large number of offloads.This meant that the Eels were able to score three tries in nine minutes to race to a 12-6 lead.The Storm then hit back with three quick tries to lead 20 to 12 at the break.41 min: NEWS Second half Underway.42 min: TRY Melbourne StormScotty Hill busts the Eels defence again on halfway, comes to the fullback and Geyer scores in the corner.Walker from the sideline converts! Storm 26-1253 min: TRY Melbourne StormCentre Jake Webster gets a double on the back of a Chris Walker intercept from a Tim Smith pass.In the next play 20 metres out, quick hands and on the right hand flank Webster scores.Geyer can't convert the try. Storm 30-1255 min: NEWS Going to the video for an Eels try ... 55 min: NEWS NO TRY - Young winger Jarryd Hayne when looking for a hattrick, dives for the line but his feet just scrapes the sideline.55 min: NEWS The game turns spiteful as there is a touchjudge report in for Fui Fui Moi Moi for allegedly biting Brett White.58 min: NEWS Steve Turner has left the field with a knee injury.63 min: TRY Melbourne StormA chip over the top from Cooper Cronk finds Jake Webster to score his hattrick.Walker from out wide misses. Storm 34-1264 min: TRY Parramatta EelsA long ball from Johnny Morris finds young gun John Williams who scores in the corner.Jarryd Hayne takes over the kicking misses the conversion. Storm 34-1674 min: NEWS The crowd is 7139.79 min: TRY Parramatta EelsA consolation try to the Eels as young winger John Williams streaks away to score un touched.Riddell converts from the sideline. Storm 34-22Fulltime - The Storm have taken 2 vital points without their origin stars in a solid performance against a poor Eels side in the second half.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Cooper Cronk (Storm)2 - Scott Hill (Storm)1 - Nathan Friend (Storm)-----------------------------------------