ROUND 12 Melbourne Storm 17 v Penrith Panthers 16at Olympic Park MelbReferees: Shayne HayneMatch Summary:Cooper Cronk has produced a Brett Finch-like field goal to deliver a heart-stopping 17-16 victory to the Melbourne Storm over Penrith at Olympic Park this afternoon.A Greg Inglis try at the 69th minute was the final points during regular time, as both sides battled out the last 10 minutes to no avail.Penrith fans must have had their hearts in their mouths after the kick-off for extra time almost found touch. Luckily for the Panthers, they recovered and when Melbourne?s Steve Turner steered an 88th minute field goal attempt wide, it looked as though a draw was the most likely result.But The Panthers? Tony Puletua made a costly error just 90 seconds from time, creating an opportunity for Melbourne to finally capitalise on a mountain of possession in useful field position.Cronk took full advantage, slotting the one-pointer just 50 seconds away from what would have been season 2006?s first unbroken deadlock.Earlier, the Panthers were off to a flyer as Luke Lewis came up with a crafty chip over the top before linking up with winger Nick Youngquest who scored out wide.Melbourne winger Matt Geyer came up with a try completely against the run of play. Geyer intercepted a Luke Lewis pass to scamper 90 metres and subsequently lock the scores at 6.Both sides traded blows for the remainder of the first half and Melbourne went into the sheds two points the better at 12-10.Michael Gordon put the Panthers back in front at 16-12, and the succeeding Inglis try led to the golden point debacle. No consolation for the Panthers on the injury front. Luke Lewis sustained injuries to both calf muscles at the 60th minute, while Frank Pritchard appears to have suffered a broken hand which may have occurred early in the extra-time period.Melbourne seems to have come through this game unscathed.Next weekend, Penrith meet Manly on Sunday afternoon at CUA Stadium whilst Melbourne will play the Sydney Roosters next Saturday evening at Olympic Park. Scorers:Melbourne Storm: 17Tries: Matt Geyer, Greg Inglis, Jake WebsterGoals: Matt Geyer 1/1, Cameron Smith 1/2Field Goals: Cooper CronkPenrith Panthers: 16Tries: Rhys Wesser, Nick Youngquest, Michael GordonGoals: Preston Campbell 2/3By the Clock:Olympic Park, Melbourne is the venue for this afternoon's round 12 meeting between the Melbourne Storm and the Penrith Panthers.A bit of a reshuffle in the Panthers' line-up and that is as follows:- Preston Campbell moves from five eighth to halfback for the injured Craig Gower.- Luke Lewis moves from the centres to the vacated five eighth position.- Luke Rooney moves from wing to centre.- Lee Hookey comes into the side on the wing.Melbourne are as-per-program.KICKOFF! Match underway in Melbourne4 min: TRY Penrith PanthersPenrith are over already thanks to a crafty chip over the top from Luke Lewis, who re-gathered and found support through Nick Youngquest who scored in the corner. Panthers 6-012 min: NEWS Promising start here from Penrith with the likes of Joel Clinton and Matthew Cross pushing the Panthers over the advantage line, and the creativity of new five eighth Luke Lewis has been of a high quality. Melbourne look tired and disorganised at this stage.15 min: TRY Melbourne StormA try completely against the run of play as Matt Geyer runs 90 metres off an intercept to score for Melbourne. Could be a big play in the context of this game. 6 all.22 min: TRY Penrith PanthersTremendous decoy run from Joel Clinton results in a wide open gap for a blistering Rhys Wesser to capitalise and score out wide. Penrith now leading 10-6 and this match could certainly go either way. Panthers 10-632 min: TRY Melbourne StormBrilliant ball from Melbourne halfback Cooper Cronk who linked up with centre Jake Webster to cross out wide for the Storm's second try. Storm 12-10Halftime: min: NEWS A real armwrestle developing here and at the break, Melbourne lead Penrith by 12 points to 10. The half has been evenly poised and with only one penalty awarded from referee Shayne Hayne, the players have been able to sort things out themselves. This match could go either way.50 min: NEWS Still no change to the halftime score and the arm-wrestle continues here in Melbourne. Storm 12 Panthers 10.55 min: NEWS A number of controversial decisions from Penrith here. They were awarded three penalties in succession but decided to go for the try, despite the fact that they trail by two points. Could be a real turning point with some tremendous Melbourne defence to dispell the raid.60 min: NEWS Luke Lewis appears to have a calf problem although it could just be a cramp. Still no change to the halftime score, Melbourne 12 Penrith 10.63 min: TRY Penrith PanthersMichael Gordon races in to score after a freak offload from Tony Puletua. Slight controversy with the try as Rhys Wesser appeared to be tackled in the lead-up but was allowed to get an offload away. Panthers 16-1269 min: TRY Melbourne StormGreg Inglis scores an unbelievable try untouched for Melbourne in the corner. Terrific backline movement from the Storm and the decoy run from Matt King clearly fooled the Panthers' defence. 16 all.73 min: NEWS Wesser misses an attempt at field goal and we could now be entering a field goal shoot-out. 16-all and a grandstand finish in prospect. 78 min: NEWS Matt Geyer pushed into touch with Melbourne on the attack. Poor discipline from the Storm who should have settled for the field goal as it was only the second tackle. Golden point looking likely now.80 min: NEWS For the second time this weekend we go to golden point with these teams locked at 16 at the end of regular time.Extra time kicks off83 min: NEWS Melbourne have bombed two chances to kick a field goal. Cameron Smith missing a shot from point blank range. Deadlock still not broken.85 min: NEWS Halftime in extra-time now. Still 16-16, Penrith to kick off.88 min: NEWS Steve Turner misses another shot at field goal for the Storm and we could be headed for the season's first draw.89 min: FIELD GOAL Melbourne StormCooper Cronk kicks a field goal after a mistake from Tony Puletua. An unbelievable game of football here today. Melbourne run out winners by 17 points to 16. Match report to come... Storm 17-16-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Greg Inglis2 - Luke Lewis1 - Matt Geyer-----------------------------------------
HULL bid to equal their best run in Super League when they meet Huddersfield in the clash of the form teams at the KC Stadium on Sunday.
CASTLEFORD have ex-Wigan prop Danny Sculthorpe making his comeback from a broken thumb against Warrington at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
ROUND 12 Brisbane Broncos 25 v Canterbury Bulldogs 6at Suncorp StadiumReferees: Steven ClarkMatch Summary:The Broncos have kept their good record after origin games intact with a 25 points to 6 thrashing to arch rivals the Bulldogs.Normally close games between the clubs, this one was a mismatch as the home side led from start to finish to take the two compettion points.Brisbane got off to a great start as they jumped to a 12-0 lead early on the back of tries to Tupou, Berrigan and Boyd in the first fifteen minutes of the contest.The home side opened the scoring in just the third minute of action as Kiwi winger Tame Tupou finished off a picturesque back line movement that involved two second man plays.As if things couldn?t get worse for the visitors, less than five minutes later, the Broncos were in again this time on the blind side as fullback Karmichael Hunt threw a short pass on to the chest of centre Shaun Berrigan who crashed over.With the next try to young star Darius Boyd, the Bulldogs were looking down the barrel of a heavy defeat after only fifteen minutes as the score line read 12-0. The only thing that was keeping the doggies in the contest was Corey Parker?s wayward goalkicking. In the first half the visitors struggled to keep possession of the ball as the held it for only just over 50%. However, in the second half we saw a much bigger improvement with the Bulldogs scoring the first try of the half as five-eighth Daniel Holdsworth delivered a miracle flick pass to utility Reni Maitua to crash over next to the posts. This was converted to get the Doggies back within two converted tries.The hopes of the Canterbury side were soon dashed when Tupou grabbed a double and doing well to stay infield as he dived over to score in the corner. Parker then kicked his first of the night from the sideline to give the Broncos a 24-6 lead.The icing on the cake was performed fifteen minutes from time as a Darren Lockyer field goal put the contest beyond doubt.This loss to the Bulldogs really questions their Top 4 credentials however the Broncos take a vital 2 points during the origin period.Scorers:Brisbane Broncos: 25Tries: Shaun Berrigan, Darren Lockyer, Tame Tupou(2), Darius BoydGoals: Corey Parker 2/6Field Goals: Darren LockyerCanterbury Bulldogs: 6Tries: Reni MaituaGoals: Hazem El Masri 1/1By the Clock:Justin Hodges is out for the Broncos with Brent Tate replacing him, Casey McGuire is out with Ian Lacey replacing him at hooker.A small change to the Doggies with Willie Mason and Nate Myles switching from the 2nd Row to the bench.1 min: NEWS Kickoff!2 min: NEWS Lockyer misses a 40/20 by a couple of centimetres as the ball bounces up instead of rolling on its head.3 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosA slick backline move as a couple of second man plays are constructed in the centre of the field.Berrigan goes through then turns the ball back on the inside for Tupou to score to cap off a great start to the game for the Broncs.Parker from next to the posts misses! Broncos 4-06 min: NEWS A great start to this game continues as Perry kicks down field from halfway and El Masri is caught in goal.7 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosA short ball close to the line by Hunt and Shaun Berrigan scores in the corner as the Bulldogs' woes continue.Parker from the touchline can't add the extras. Broncos 8-012 min: NEWS A piggy back penalty gives the Broncos another chance but a forward pass by Shane Webcke lets the team down.15 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosThe Broncos go wide again and Tate ushers young gun Darius Boyd inside who scores in the corner.Parker from the sideline just shaves the uprights. Broncos 12-018 min: NEWS Going upstairs to see a Broncos try ... looks like Lockyer knocked it on.18 min: NEWS NO TRY - A kick through gets a horror bounce and Lockyer dives but knocks the ball on while trying to ground it.22 min: NEWS On their first trek downfield,the Doggies force a goalline dropout.29 min: NEWS Corey Hughes penalised while attacking for taking the marker out while playing the ball.33 min: NEWS O'Meley is penalised as Lockyer puts up a bomb and Mark takes him out late.34 min: ATTEMPTED PENALTY GOAL Brisbane BroncosCorey Parker misses the penalty attempt from out wide as he keeps his kicking rate to 0%. Broncos 12-035 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosA great offload by Corey Parker midfield on to captain Lockyer who runs 50 metres to score under the posts.Parker converts his first of the night. Broncos 18-0*Halftime*45 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Bulldogs are on the board as Holdsworth throws a miracle ball back over his head that is taken by Maitua to dive over next to the posts.El Masri converts. Broncos 18-650 min: NEWS Going to the video for a possible Broncos try.51 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosThe Broncos move further ahead as a great offload from Civoniceva to Lockyer who then throws a bullet pass to Tame Tupou who does very well to score in the corner.Parker kicks it from the sideline! Broncos 24-665 min: FIELD GOAL Brisbane BroncosLockyer seals the game for the Broncos with a nicely slotted field goal. Broncos 25-671 min: NEWS The Broncos have a try gone begging as an obstruction takes place as Hunt runs away down field.Fulltime in Brisbane-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Darren Lockyer (Broncos)2 - Corey Parker (Broncos)1 - Karmichael Hunt (Broncos)-----------------------------------------
ROUND 12 Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 34 v New Zealand Warriors 20at Toyota ParkReferees: Ben CumminsMatch Summary:The Cronulla Sharks have defeated the New Zealand Warriors 34-20 at Toyota Park this evening to move within two points of the top four.The Sharks held a commanding half 24-4 time lead through tries to Vagana, Bird, Albert and Bailey. The Warriors made far too many unforced errors but improved their second half performance but the deficit was simply too large to overcome.There were some solid performers for the Sharks with Paul Gallen, Phil Bailey and Darren Albert impressive while for the Warriors Ruben Wiki. Wairangi Koopu and Sione Faumuina were the pick of the bunch with Simon Mannering also having a good game.Brett Kimmorley had two passes intercepted for tries and his game has become very predictable and would be a huge worry for the Sharks when the play the top sides.The Sharks have now won five of their last six games to emerge as a contender while the Warriors fell well short of the performance that saw them flog the Wests Tigers last weekend.With the loss, the Warriors find themselves a long way off the pace and are sharing the bottom end of the NRL ladder with Souths and the Eels.The Sharks have the bye next weekend so this was a vital win for the Sharks as they retain their place in the top eight.Scorers:Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 34Tries: Phil Bailey, Greg Bird, David Simmons, Nigel Vagana, Darren Albert(2)Goals: Luke Covell 5/6New Zealand Warriors: 20Tries: Sione Faumuina, Wairangi Koopu(2), Simon ManneringGoals: Tony Martin 2/4By the Clock:1 min: NEWS We are underway at Toyota Park!1 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksNigel Vagana opens the scoring for the Sharks in the first minute. Sharks 6-09 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsWarriors hit back through a try to Simon Mannering. Sharks 6-414 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksThe Sharks are looking to exert their dominance in this game with another try, this time to Greg Bird. Sharks 12-420 min: NEWS The game is settling down a bit now after the frantic opening fifteen minutes.26 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksDarren Albert extends the Sharks lead and are starting to really put their foot on the accelerator now. Sharks 18-438 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksThe Sharks are doing it in style now with Phil Bailey crossing just before half time to give the Sharks a comfortable half time lead. Sharks 24-441 min: NEWS We are underway in the second half.41 min: NEWS Warriors through the gap and spinning the ball at will but give away a penalty for offside.44 min: NEWS Warriors starting to play better and make more yards both in the middle and out wide.45 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksSharks score on the counter attack with the Warriors attacking the Sharks line, Faumuina drops the ball, Albert scoops it up and off he went for a 97 metre try. Too far for the Warriors to come back from this one. Sharks 28-451 min: NEWS Warriors starting to unravel with some simple errors but the referee is doing them no favours.54 min: NEWS Video ref looking at a possible try to Phil Bailkey from the Sharks.55 min: NEWS No try to the Sharks. Bailey lost control of the ball.60 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsThe Warriors score through Sione Faumuina but time is fast running out for the Warriors. They are playing much better than they were in the first half. Sharks 28-1062 min: NEWS Video ref adjudicating on a possible try to the Warriors Grant Rovelli.62 min: NEWS No try. Penalty to Cronulla. Sharks player tackled in the air.64 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsFaumuina is making breaks left, right and centre and the Warriors finish off the movement with a try to Koopu. Sharks 28-1467 min: NEWS Warriors drop the ball and they are giving it their all but will probably run out of time unfortunately.71 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksThe Sharks have put an exclamation point on the result with a try to David Simmons to wrap up the match with under ten minutes remaining. Sharks 34-1478 min: TRY New Zealand WarriorsAnother intercept thrown by Kimmorley which makes two for tonight but full credit to the Warriors for playing for the full 80 minutes and never giving up. Sharks 34-20-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Darren Albert (Sharks)2 - Paul Gallen (Sharks)1 - Wairangi Koopu (Warriors)-----------------------------------------
ROUND 12 North Queensland Cowboys 14 v Canberra Raiders 15at Dairy Farmers StadiumReferees: Gavin BadgerMatch Summary:The Canberra Raiders have defeated the Noth Queensland Cowboys 15 - 14 in extra time at Dairy Farmers Stadium tonight.The Raiders opened the scoring against the run of play after only 6 minutes when David Howell defused a bomb on his own line and ran through the defence before linking up with Ashley Graham who scored the length of the field try. The Cowboys didn't take long to hit back wth a 4 pointer to Gavin Cooper and the scores were level at 6 all after 11 minutes. The Cowboys were the better side in the first 20 minutes with the Raiders making errors and giving away silly penalties. Thurston kicked a penalty goal in the 19th minute to give the home side a 2 point lead.But the Raiders started to play constructive football and in the 25th minute they scored the try of the match through David Howell after a great chip and chase from Phil Graham. The Raiders kept the Cowboys scoreless for the remainder of the first half to go in at the break leading 12 - 8.The second half was an arm wrestle with strong defence from both sides dominating. The Cowboys got the only try for the half with Johnathon Thurston scoring out wide and kicking a sensational goal to level the scores up at 14 all.The Cowboys threw everything at the Raiders in the last 10 minutes but were unable to breach the line as great defence from the Raiders saw rushed passes going to ground. The match then went to extra time, with both teams getting shots at field goal that were unsuccessful. Todd Carney then kicked the winning point with a beautifully struck field goal from 40 metres to give the Raiders a thoroughly deserved victory.No one really stood out for either side with good team performances from both sides. Clinton Schifcofske was great in defence and attack in the second half and saved a few tries to keep the Raiders in the match. Phillip Graham scored a great try and set up another. Johnathon Thurston was best for the Cowboys as he tried his heart out. Special mention also to Tom Learoyd-Lahrs and Carl Webb who had strong games.Scorers:North Queensland Cowboys: 14Tries: Johnathan Thurston, Gavin CooperGoals: Johnathan Thurston 3/3Canberra Raiders: 15Tries: Phillip Graham, David HowellGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 3/3Field Goals: Todd CarneyBy the Clock:Welcome to far North Queensland for tonights round 12 clash between 1st placed North Queensland and 12th placed Canberra. The Cowboys will have all their origin stars backing up except Luke O'Donnell.The Cowboys will be expected to win comfortably at home but the Raiders have a good record here at Dairy Farmers and seem to play better against the top teams. 1 min: NEWS Cowboys kick off and play is underway. 2 min: NEWS Penalty to Cowwboys and they will go on the attack early4 min: NEWS A let off for the Raiders after the Cowboys get repeat sets and Thurston knocks on6 min: TRY Canberra RaidersThe Raiders go the length of the field after David Howell takes the high ball on his own line and links up with Phillip Graham who has too much speed for Matt Bowen. Conversion successful from the sideline Raiders 6-011 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysThe Raiders are made to pay for another error after the Cowboys spread the ball to Cooper who goes through some weak defence to score an easy try. Converssion successful 6 all.13 min: NEWS Cowboys will go on the attack again after Withers is penalised for stripping the ball in a 2 man tackle17 min: NEWS Possession Cowboys 65% to the Raiders 35%19 min: PENALTY GOAL North Queensland CowboysSchifcofske is penalised for taking Thurston out after he kicked through. Cowboys 8-621 min: NEWS The Raiders will get the ball for the first time inside the Cowboys 20 metres after a knock on in the play the ball from the Cowboys22 min: NEWS Cowboys goal line drop out25 min: TRY Canberra RaidersNice Try from the Raiders after a great chip and chase from Phillip Graham who gets a good pass away to return the favour for David Howell who runs around to score near the post. Conversion successful Raiders 12-832 min: NEWS After a shaky start with some silly mistakes and penalties the Raiders seem to have settled well now34 min: NEWS Off to the Video Ref possible Try to the Raiders34 min: NEWS No Try - Marshall Chalk ruled offside36 min: NEWS Off to the Video Ref again this time for a possible Cowboys Try36 min: NEWS No Try - David Howell makes a meal of a Thurston grubber kick into the in goal, but lucky for the Raiders Justin Smith couldn't control the ball and knocked on. Goal line drop out Raiders38 min: NEWS The Raiders nearly go the length of the field and miss a Try after Chalk puts the ball down with the line in sight.40 min: NEWS Halftime....After a shaky first 20 minutes from the Raiders who gave away some silly penalties and made errors, they seem to have settled a bit better than the Cowboys and are playing some good football. The Cowboys on the other hand need to improve on last tackle options who have had plenty of possession in the Raiders 20 metres but have not been able to take advantage of their opportunities and have made a few mistakes under pressure, whilst on the other hand the Raiders have generally made the most their chances.Can the Raiders cause an upset. Stay tuned for the second half...41 min: NEWS Raiders get the second half underway45 min: NEWS No change to the halftime score- Raiders 12 Cowboys 851 min: PENALTY GOAL Canberra RaidersCowboys penalised for putting the man on the ground after the ref called held. A converted Try now the difference Raiders 14-853 min: NEWS The Cowboys go on the attack after the Raiders put the ball down from the kick off54 min: NEWS Great defence from the Raiders who deny the Cowboys again. 20 metre restart58 min: NEWS The Cowboys are denied again after Brenton Bowen makes a break down the wing and is ankle tapped by Craig Frawley to save a certain Try.62 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysThe Cowboys keep the ball alive well down the flank for Thurston to score out wide. Thurston convert his own try from the sideline. Game on now... 14 all.65 min: NEWS The Cowboys put down a chance, but it looks like the momentum is starting to swing their way66 min: NEWS Goal line drop out for the Raiders. The intencity level has lifted for the Cowboys.. 70 min: NEWS 10 minutes to go.. Scores all locked up at 14 all72 min: NEWS Raiders knock on after a little chip kick from Thurston.. Cowboys on the attack.73 min: NEWS Cowboys return the favour after Webb knocks on in the dummy half.74 min: NEWS Penalty to the Raiders, they go on the attack now..75 min: NEWS The last pass goes to ground for the Raiders who spread the ball wide after the Cowboys were expecting the field goal attempt.76 min: NEWS The Cowboys nearly score here and are denied a field goal with a great charge down and catch from the Raiders. Anyones game still77 min: NEWS The Cowboys put the ball down again when in good field position. End to end stuff here. What a great contest79 min: NEWS The Cowboys have had some good chances in the last 10 but have rushed their passes and blown some good chances. Looks like we are off to golden point.80 min: NEWS Off to extra time here after some great work from the Raiders to thwart the attempts of the Cowboys in the last 10 minutes...81 min: NEWS Extra time underway. Cowboys kick off83 min: NEWS Both teams complete their sets of six safely84 min: NEWS Cowboys get the first shot at filed goal through Matt Bowen but the kick is well wide under pressure84 min: NEWS 10 seconds to go in the first half and the raiders knock on. Will Cowboys get a shot at field goal ?85 min: NEWS The Cowboys spread the ball instead of going for field goal and Brenton Bowen grubbers into the in goal but the Raiders clean up. Halftime in extra time 5 minutes to go.85 min: NEWS Raiders kick off. 87 min: FIELD GOAL Canberra RaidersTodd Carney beautifully converts a 40 metre field goal to sink the Cowboys and come away with the points in a great game of football The Raiders have produced the upset of the round to grind out a gritty win with some great defence in the second half. The Cowboys threw everything at them in the last 10 but were unable to come with any points after having some good chances.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Clinton Schifcofske (Raiders)2 - Phillip Graham (Raiders)1 - Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys)-----------------------------------------
AS many as five of the 10 nations competing in the 2008 World Cup in Australia could be from Europe. England and France will be direct entries, along with hosts Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. But Wales, Scotland and Ireland will have the chance to join them through a convoluted qualifying process. West Indies, Japan, South Africa, USA, Holland, Georgia, Russia, Serbia, Fiji, Lebanon, Tonga, Samoa and Cook Islands are also chasing a place in the finals. Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Lebanon will be joined in a European World Cup qualifying tournament by the top two teams to emerge from a preliminary competition featuring Georgia, Holland, Russia and Serbia. Georgia and Holland met in Tbilisi on Friday, the home side winning 57-16 in front of a crowd of almost 11,000. The game was also shown live on Georgian national televison. The European World Cup qualifying tournament will begin in October, with the teams divided into two groups and playing reverse fixtures in 2007. The group winners will go through to the main draw while the runners-up will feature in a play-off against the winners of the Atlantic and Pacific groups to decide the 10th finalist. West Indies, Japan, South Africa and the USA will meet in the Atlantic group, with Tonga, Samoa, Fiji and Cook Islands playing each other in the Pacific pool.Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk
ROUND 12 Newcastle Knights 12 v St George Illawarra Dragons 38at EnergyAustralia StadiumReferee: Tony ArcherMatch Summary:The Saint George Illawarra Dragons proved their 2006 NRL campaign is back on track following a comprehensive 38-12 victory over the Knights in front of 23,256 wet fans in Newcastle.The match mirrored the encounter between the two teams earlier in the year, where it was close early on before one team took control. Earlier in the year it was the Knights who took over the game. Tonight it was the Dragons.After a very amusing early try to re-signed centre Mark Gasnier ? a play involving three kicks (including one by a front rower in Luke Bailey) the Dragons had a slim 4-0 lead. Nine minutes later Corey Payne crashed over near the posts for a 10-0 lead. The very next set had a Dragons break which led to a Ben Hornby try and a 16-0 lead. It became 20-0 only a few minutes later after Gasnier set up Payne for his second try in the corner. Just before half time Andrew Johns, who had a particularly forgettable game scored and converted for the teams to go to the sheds at 20-6.The rout continued 11 minutes into the second half with Dragons forward Danny Wicks crashing over to make it 26-6. A partial charge down just after the hour mark led to another Dragons try and a 26 point lead. This was followed up five minutes later by one of the most unusual video referee decisions seen in rugby league. Trent Barrett toed the ball ahead, it took a bounce off Ben Hornby and came to rest on the try line, and Hornby put his hand on the ball to claim a try. The try was awarded despite Hornby appearing to be miles offside, and despite the terrorist threats from Phil Gould to jump out of the commentary box if the try was awarded. The Knights scored a consolation try to Kurt Gidley with five minutes to go to make the final score 38-12.The Knights have looked out of touch ever since the thrilling 18-16 loss to the Cowboys in Newcastle several weeks ago, while the Dragons are looking better each week. The only injury worry out of the match seem to be the ongoing problem with Danny Buderus.Scorers:Newcastle Knights: 12Tries: Kurt Gidley, Andrew JohnsGoals: Andrew Johns 2/2St George Illawarra Dragons: 38Tries: Trent Barrett, Mark Gasnier, Ben Hornby(2), Corey Payne(2), Danny WicksGoals: Aaron Gorrell 4/5, Ben Hornby 1/1, Mark Gasnier 0/1Crowd: 23,256By the Clock:Tonight is the Knights vs Dragons. Normally a close rivalry, the Dragons were smashed 54-6 by the Knights at WIN Stadium.1 min: And we are underway in Newcastle!4 min: Gasnier gets into space, he gets wrapped up and throws a flick pass to Best that rolls forward.13 min: The game is to-ing and fro-ing from up and down the park. Not much in the way of opportunites lately.14 min: Carney and Buderus aren't in great shape at the moment.17 min: VIDEO REF - for a bizarre possible Dragons try.17 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsAn unusual try to say the least. One cross field kick gets batted down to Luke Bailey, he puts up an awful cross kick back to the other side of the field, then Dean Young puts up a kick that is initally collected successfully by the Knights, only to have the ball come loose and Gasnier just gets his hand onto the loose ball. He misses the conversion. Dragons 4-021 min: A few errors coming into the game.25 min: Johns makes an error 20 out from their own line, giving the Dragons a good attacking opportunity.26 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsFollowing the Knights mistake, Creagh goes really close under the posts. The next play has Payne crashing over to the right of the posts. Hornby takes over the kicking duties and lands the goal. Dragons 10-028 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsBack to back tries for the Dragons following a break down the left hand side. Millard passes to Young who gets into space, and he sets up Ben Hornby to score. Gorrell takes over the kicking duties now and he makes it 16-0. Dragons 16-032 min: Gidley makes an mistake at the back that leads to a drop out for the Dragons. One way traffic at the moment.33 min: VIDEO REFEREE - for a Dragons try in the corner.33 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsA dreadful drop out from Johns goes to Gasnier who steps, shifts and throws a great pass to Payne who scores in the corner. Gorrell hits the uprights. Dragons 20-036 min: Plenty of easy metres for the Dragons - this match mirrors the clash earlier this year at WIN. Close early before one team takes control.37 min: Gidley gets into space, he kicks centre field and Best hoofs the ball dead from outside the in goal.38 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsJohns runs onto the ball, he powers through several tacklers to score. He converts his own try to keep the match alive. Dragons 20-640 min: The Dragons look to make something happen just before half time, but can't keep the ball alive.Half time in an interesting game. As mentioned earlier. Very tight early before the Dragons ran in several quick tries to go up 20-0. Johns responded just before half time to keep the Knights in it at 20-6.Dragons have a 54/46 advantage in possession. Both teams have pretty good completion rates - Knights 14/18 and the Dragons 17/20. The Knights have made 168 tackles and missed 21, while the Dragons are 135/13. The Dragons have outgained the Knights by 745 metres to 615. 6 Knights errors to 4 Dragons errors.41 min: Second half underway.45 min: Rain starts falling at the stadium. Steve Chiddy has damaged his calf as touchie. One Mr Tony Des La Heras had taken up one side of the park.49 min: Newcastle really not looking like scoring another 14 points. They look really disjointed on attack.50 min: An error by Gidley at the back this time leads to a scrum 10 out for the Dragons.51 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsThe Dragons re-establish their 20 point lead. Barrett finds Wicks who has already beaten his defender and he dots down to the right of the posts. Gorrell converts. Dragons 26-656 min: Knights very pedestrian in attack. Very little urgency shown.60 min: VIDEO REFREE for a Dragons try.60 min: NO TRY - DragonsBest is ruled to have knocked on during a play that involved several kicks.62 min: CROWD - 23,25663 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsA Barrett kick is partially charged, Bickerstaff ends up in space and he passes the ball inside to Barrett who scores beside the uprights. Gorrell converts. Dragons 32-668 min: VIDEO REFEREE for a certain Dragons no try. Hornby about 30 metres offside when the Barrett kick was put through.69 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsKnock me over with a feather! Hornby appeared to be six miles offside but he ended up standing over the ball and just touched it down. I've never seen a decision like it! Gorrell converts. Dragons 38-672 min: Phil Gould is backing out of his "I'll jump out of the commentary box if they award this try" call.75 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsGidley goes in to score a consolation try for the Knights. Johns converts. Dragons 38-12FULL TIME: And the Dragons run away with a 26 point win over the Knights in the rain of Newcastle.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Mark Gasnier (Dragons)2 - Trent Barrett (Dragons)1 - Daryl Millard (Dragons)-----------------------------------------
PENRITH Panthers second rower Luke Swain became the Titan?s 10th signing as the fledging club tomorrow marks its 1 year anniversary since being given the green light to join the NRL Telstra Premiership.The 24 year old has signed a 2 year contract and is itching for the opportunity to become an integral member of the Titans first grade team when it debuts in March 2007. This opportunity has meant a huge mental change in focus for Swain who had envisaged seeing out his playing days at Penrith. Luke said, ?It?s going to be massive. I thought I was always going to be a ?one club man? but the opportunity to play up there has certainly changed that thinking.? Key factors in his decision to move north were to play under Head Coach John Cartwright and along side Titans inaugural signing Preston Campbell as well as renewing acquaintances with former team mate and fellow 2003 Telstra Premiership winner Scott Sattler. ?John was my first ever reserve grade coach and he is someone I have followed and looked up to since I first saw him play grade football. To now be coached by him in first grade is just awesome. Knowing that Presto and Satts are there also has made this decision easy, as well as the opportunity to play more football at the top level.? said Swain.Cartwright rates Swain as a solid first grader and believes he can reach his potential with the Titans because of his durability, consistency and high work rate.Cartwright said, ?Luke is currently in a position where he can?t realise his full potential because he is not heavy enough to fit into the mould that Penrith want for their forward pack. He has all the attributes on and off the field that fit our criteria for the start up club and I am looking forward to him joining the team.?Swain will also continue his studies in Exercise Science when he moves to the coast. Managing Director Michael Searle said, ?The contract includes the Titans funding his tertiary studies. We are pleased to be able to assist Luke to prepare for life after football - even though that is a long way off - and continue the good work that Penrith have achieved in that area with him. It is an absolute pleasure to be able to announce the signing of a first grade player the calibre of Luke Swain on our first anniversary?Tomorrow (Saturday May 27, 2006) marks 12 months since the NRL announced it?s decision to admit the Gold Coast as the 16th team to play in the competition.Since then, the administration of the club has been implementing the business and football management plans and setting up the necessary infrastructure for the club to run efficiently in 2007 and beyond.One of the biggest success stories to date has been the focus on junior development programs for the catchment areas.Searle said,? The most significant achievement to date has had more to do with junior development than the very public first grade player signings, sponsorship and the business development of the Titans. It has been the creation of our Elite Titans squads that we have set up to assist in the development of elite juniors based between Ipswich and Grafton. The fact there is now a whole generation of kids that have a choice to stay at home and play in front of their families and friends is so important to everyone?The introduction of our Coaching & Development program into schools and junior rugby leagues has seen a massive increase in the interest of young fans in the Titans. Searle said, ?These programs are only in their infancy but come March 2007 they will be in full swing. We can?t wait until we can get our NRL players to assist with the promotion of this program. We have only scratched the surface but we have started and we will continue to improve these programs.The Titans are also set to begin launching their hospitality, membership and season passes in late June through to November. Chronological list of publicised achievements in Year 1:May 27 2005 David Gallop announces the Partnership Committee?s decision to admit the Gold Coast into the National Rugby League as the 16th licence as part of an overall strategic plan for the game.June 22, 2005 Preston Campbell ? the Titans? first signingJune 27, 2005 Luke Bailey signs with TitansJune 30 2005 Brian Carney signs with TitansJuly 15, 2005 Anthony Laffranchi signs with TitansJuly 18, 2005 Robina announced as the site for new stadiumAugust 3, 2005 Titans, Pirates and Stingers announced as final possible names for the Gold Coast team. Fan voting begins on NRL website.August 12, 2005 Matthew Petersen signs with TitansAugust 17, 2005 Luke O?Dwyer signs with TitansAugust 18, 2005 Nathan Friend signs with TitansSept 22, 2005 Titans announced as name for the Gold Coast NRL teamNov 11, 2005 Palladium Club membership announcedJan 26, 2006 First Titans team compete in the Orara Valley Sevens TournamentFeb 15, 2006 Jersey design releasedFeb 18, 2006 Titans Gala Charity BallFeb 18, 2006 Titans Cheer Squad launched March 3, 2006 Scott Prince signs with TitansMarch 14, 2006 Billy Johnstone - Head Trainer - signs with TitansMarch 15, 2006 Merchandise available through websiteApril 20, 2006 Titans announce March 3 2007 as first home game ? a trial match. May 23, 2006 Richie Mathers signs with TitansMay 26, 2006 Luke Swain signs with Titans
THE NSW Sports Federation Inc wishes to publicly compliment the Cronulla Sharks NRL team on the handling of the recent widely publicised incident involving player Tevita Latu, who allegedly punched a woman in the face outside a service station in Cronulla earlier this week.
SUNDAY, 28th May 2006Parramatta StadiumVB Premier LeagueNewtown v ParramattaKick-Off: 1.00pmDespite two recent defeats, Parramatta remains the benchmark team in the 2006 VB Premier League competition. This match will be a good test for the Jets, with the Eels looking to regain their composure back in front of their home crowd. There could well be late changes to both Premier League sides depending on how the State of Origin players in both NRL teams shape up for Sunday.There are no Jim Beam Cup fixtures this weekend.The Sydney Roosters NRL squad will be at the Jets Sports Club on Sunday evening, 28th May.The Sydney Roosters NRL squad and coaching staff will be at the Jets Sports Club at 6.30pm, Sunday, 28th May, following their NRL match against Parramatta at Parramatta Stadium earlier that afternoon. All the Roosters NRL players will be available for autograph signing, signing jerseys and other memorabilia items.Come along and meet Rugby League internationals like Adrian Morley, Craig Wing, Craig Fitzgibbon, Braith Anasta, Iosia Soliola and Anthony Minichiello and State of Origin representatives Brett Finch, Chris Flannery, Ashley Harrison and John Doyle, as well as all the other Roosters NRL and Newtown Jets VB Premier League squad members.Every child in attendance at the club will receive a free gift package!Spread the word to all your friends and neighbours for them to bring their children along to meet the mighty Roosters live at the Jets Sports Club on Sunday, 28th May.The Jets Sports Club is located in Holbeach Avenue, Tempe. Phone: 1300 36 36 90 or 95584043.
THIS weekend the Bears are back at North Sydney Oval for a what should be a couple of tough matches against the Canberra Raiders. Barring any injuries to Melbourne Storm Origin players, both Chris Walker and Jamie Feeney should hopefully be available for the Red and Blacks.Jersey Flegg will play at 1:00 p.m. followed by the the Premier Leaguematch at 2:30 p.m. Bears Weekend LineupsPremier League1. Andrew Moodie 2. Daniel Watkins 3. Ryan Shortland 4. Filinga Filiga 5. Karl Johnson 6. Daniel Russell (c) 7. James Maloney 8. Aaron Trinder 9. Ben Ellis 10. Ben Cross 11. Scott Perrin 12. Matt Bartlett 13. Luke Fatnowna 14. Ryan Russell 15. Bede Tuohy 16. Michael Harper 17. Anthony Beare 20. Brad Domek 21. Chris Saab 22. Eddie Sua Jersey Flegg1. Daniel Phillips 2. Chris Heasman 3. Matt McDougall 4. Jason Saliba 5. Ryan Wilson 6. Blayden Baird 7. Gavin Duncan 8. Mafi Lolohea 9. Chris Dears 10. Pio Rokomaqisa 11. Mick Morris 12. Arnold Mano 13. Blayne Davis 14. Tala Ah-Fa 15. James Vainakolo 16. Michael Jones 17. Sean Bovis 18. Liam Foran 19. Tim McDonald 20. Tupou Peaua
THE RIGHT to represent Queensland will be at stake this weekend, when the most talented players outside the Wizard Cup face off in the QRL Division Open Age Carnival at Quad Park, Kawana.
WHICH Norths player aims to be a hometown hero when the Wizard Cup takes a special expedition to Bundaberg on Saturday night? What club has nine top-line players out injured? When was the last time Souths Logan beat Toowoomba? Read our Round 11 preview notes for answers to these questions and more.IPSWICH v EASTSQLD Group Stadium, Saturday May 27, 2.00pm *Live on ABC TVReferee: Clayton SharpeTHE STORY: Ipswich welcomes back skipper Danny Coburn from suspension as it aims to lift itself off the bottom of the Wizard Cup ladder. Opponent Easts is just as hungry, having not experienced victory since April 9. The two sides play biannually for the Luxury Paints Cup, with the away team winning in both clashes last year.THE STAT: Easts has at least nine top-line players missing through injury, with Marcus Jensen breaking his jaw in the club?s two-point loss to Tweed Heads. Others out are Steele Retchless (quad), Kev Stephensen (wrist), Aaron Kuskey (knee), Steve Beattie (knee), Anthony Armour (back), Drew Donovan (back), Michael Pearce (shoulder) and Jason Bulgarelli (calf).THE STAR: Ipswich utility Travis Baker played centre for Easts in the 1997 grand final against Redcliffe. The only remaining Tigers from then are Brett McPherson and Scott Sipple.CHANGES: IPSWICH ? In: Danny Coburn, Paul Jackwitz. Out: Lachlan Sippel, Andy Poynter. EASTS ? In: Trevor Exton, Alec Fata. Out: Marcus Jensen, Steve Goodhew.CHARGES: None.Ipswich Jets 1. Aaron WERTH 2. Ben McFADGEAN 3. Geoff CHALK 4. Chris SCANLAN 5. Jarrod BIGGS 6. Brendon MARSHALL 7. Ricky BIRD13. Danny COBURN (c)12. Joel REITHMULLER11. Matthew McPHEE10. Paul JACKWITZ 9. Chris PORTER 8. Joe SANG-YUMInterchange: 14. Mananui TE HEU HEU15. Bevan HEUIR16. Cameron MULCAHY17. Travis BAKERCoach: Trevor GILLMEISTER Easts Tigers1. Matt LOCKYER (C) 2. Donald MALONE 3. Shane NEUMANN 4. Mark McKENZIE 5. David TYRELL 6. Luke BRANIGHAN 7. Brett McPHERSON13. Mark CANTONI12. Mark MEREDITH11. Marty ALLEN10. Cameron DURNFORD 9. Jamie TOMLINSON 8. Scott SIPPLEInterchange: 14. Trevor EXTON15. Damian DURNFORD16. John TAMANIKA17. Alec FATACoach: Michael BOOTH SOUTHS LOGAN v TOOWOOMBABrandon Park, Saturday May 27, 3.00pm.Referee: Brett SuttorTHE STORY: After years of torment at the hands of the Clydesdales, Souths Logan would dearly love to gain revenge with its new-look side. Unfortunately for the Magpies they have lost try-thief Damian Willis to suspension and prop Geno Costin to injury. Fellow prop Josh Griffiths is also at long odds to play.THE STAT: Souths Logan has not beaten Toowoomba since June 30, 1996. In the last five seasons Toowoomba has averaged 52.2 points per game against the long-suffering Pies.THE STAR: Denan Kemp was a try-scorer for Queensland Under 19 against NSW Under 19 at Telstra Stadium on Wednesday. Had he arrived in the Wizard Cup at any other time than the Greg Inglis ?explosion?, his own feats would have raised more eyebrows. Since converting from soccer he has posted 16 tries in just 15 appearances.CHANGES: SOUTHS LOGAN ? In: John Andrews, Josh Henaway, Tim Cannard. Out: Damian Willis, Geno Costin, Tanu Wulf. TOOWOOMBA ? In: Leon Bott, Joel Moon, Lachlan Morgan. Out: Josh Phelps, Brett Seymour, Greg Eastwood.CHARGES: SOUTHS LOGAN ? Damian Willis (Grade 4 Dangerous Throw, Downgrade + Early Plea, 3wks + 93pts).Souths Logan Magpies 1. Quentin LAULU-TOGAGAE 2. Tyrone COPPEDGE 3. Michael ANSCHAU 4. John ANDREWS 5. Matt TEMPLEMAN 6. Brandon COSTIN (c) 7. Phil DENNIS13. Josh HENAWAY12. Tim CANNARD11. Jason MITCHELL10. Angus MARTIN 9. Cameron JOYCE 8. Josh GRIFFITHInterchange: 14. Stanley FAU15. Chris McGURK16. Josh ESSEX17. Dinny KYLECoach: Mark GLIDDON Toowoomba Clydesdales 1. Todd PARNELL 2. Gideon MZEMBE 3. Jamie SIMPSON 4. Leon BOTT 5. Denan KEMP 6. Joel MOON 7. Ben GREEN (c)13. Derricke WATKINS12. Fraser ANDERSON11. Neville COSTIGAN10. Ben VAEAU 9. John TE REO 8. Nick KENNYInterchange: 14. Lynden MURPHY15. Shane EASTWOOD16. Lachlan MORGAN17. Michael GREENCoach: Mark GEE NORTH QLD v WYNNUM MANLYDairy Farmers Stadium, Saturday May 27, 3.30pm.Referee: Michael WiseTHE STORY: The strange anomaly going into this game is that North Queensland was a last-up loser, while Wynnum Manly won in its last start. On the ladder however, the Young Guns are second and the Seagulls are ninth. Talented forward Jacob Lillyman has withdrawn from the Young Guns, while Mark Leafa left the Seagulls for English club Whitehaven on Monday.THE STAT: Former North Queenslander Jimmy Ahmat reaches 99 Wizard Cup games for Wynnum Manly this weekend. He will move to third all-time for the club in the modern State League era, trailing only Clayton Maher (146 games) and David Seage (113).THE STAR: Robert Tanielu ran for 108 metres, made 13 tackles without a single miss and incurred zero errors in his first NRL appearance for North Queensland a fortnight ago. Another strong showing in front of Graham Murray will push his credentials even more.CHANGES: NORTH QLD ? In: Dean Payne, Scott Smith, Scott Bolton, Dean Limpus. Out: Jacob Lillyman, James Andersen, Greg Byrnes, Jamie Frizzo. WYNNUM MANLY ? In: Zac Chisholm. Out: Mark Leafa.CHARGES: None.North Qld Young Guns 1. Jason BARSLEY 2. Neil SWEENEY 3. Josh HANNAY 4. Mark HENRY 5. Dean PAYNE 6. Brent McCONNELL 7. Brett FIRMAN13. Shane MUSPRATT12. Mark DALLE CORT11. Daniel STRICKLAND (c)10. Ray CASHMERE 9. Clint AMOS 8. Robert TANIELUInterchange: 14. Scott SMITH15. Scott BOLTON16. Ben LOWE17. Dean LIMPUSCoach: Mick CRAWLEY Wynnum Manly Seagulls 1. Bill WYATT 2. Rodney BARBA 3. Simon PHILLIPS 4. Steve IRWIN 5. Tangi ROPATI 6. Jimmy AHMAT (c) 7. Daniel SORBELLO13. John BRUCE12. Luke DALZIEL DON11. Darren BAIN10. Gary WINTER 9. Albert TALIPEAU 8. Fili SOFAInterchange: 14. Josh ROVELLI15. Matt ROSS16. Zac CHISHOLM17. Kerry SMITHCoach: Neil WHARTON NORTHS v CENTRAL Salter Oval, Bundaberg, Saturday May 27, 6.30pmReferee: Justin DavisTHE STORY: The first Wizard Cup game to be played in Bundaberg since 1998 will be staged at recently upgraded Salter Oval. Long-time powerhouse Norths will hope that relocating its home game there snaps a five-game losing streak. Devils back-rower Troy Hansen is a former Bundaberg Brothers junior.THE STAT: Norths has made five announced changes to the side which lost 42-10 against Toowoomba, calling on many of the club?s younger stars. In comparison Central has stayed steady with the same side which beat Ipswich 28-14.THE STAR: Former Brisbane, Bulldogs and Melbourne forward Dennis Scott recently likened Norths fullback Smith Samau to Matt Bowen. Word is he is being eagerly sought by a number of clubs. Scott wrote on the Melbourne Storm website that Samau could ?step his way out of a mousetrap?, such is his speed and footwork.CHANGES: NORTHS ? In: Smith Samau, Will Chambers, Jackson Nicolau, James Aubusson, Adam Blair. Out: Daniel Isaac, Josh Tatupu, Nathan Turner, Luke Samoa, Brendan Afitu. CENTRAL ? None announced.CHARGES: NoneNorths Devils 1. Smith SAMAU 2. Aaron MORGAN 3. Will CHAMBERS 4. Jackson NICOLAU 5. Chad LEACH 6. James AUBUSSON 7. Isaac KAUFMANN13. Anthony BOYD12. Troy HANSEN11. Aaron BULOW10. Scott ANDERSON 9. Brenton STONIER 8. Adam BLAIRInterchange: 14. Trent HENRICK15. Willie SCANLON16. Sika MANU17. Cody HERRINGTONCoach: Wayne TRELEAVEN Central Comets 1. Jimmy McCONACHY 2. Michael FAIRWEATHER 3. Anthony TOBY 4. Dallas WILLIAMS 5. McConkie TAUASA 6. Scott PORTER 7. Denny LAMBERT13. Mick ESDALE12. Tyron HAYNES11. Andrew DALE10. Marty OBORN 9. Herewini RANGI 8. Aaron SWEENEYInterchange: 14. Kristian MENE15. Mark SINIULA16. Wayne BARNETT17. Jade WOGANDCoach: Matt PARISH TWEED HEADS v REDCLIFFEPiggabeen Complex, Sunday May 28, 3.00pmReferee: Justin EastwoodTHE STORY: In danger of losing pace with front-runners Redcliffe, North Queensland and Toowoomba, fourth-placed Tweed would dearly love a win against the Dolphins. Redcliffe is out in front after last week?s gripping 16-14 win against the Young Guns.THE STAT: After famously getting the jump on Redcliffe 40-38 in their first-ever televised game in 2003, the Seagulls have been unable to beat the Dolphins since, losing five matches in succession.THE STAR: A week after scoring the last-minute match-winner against North Queensland, Rory Bromley has been left to sweat out his inclusion this weekend. If halfback Marty Turner fails a fitness test, he will come into the side at five-eighth, with Chris Fox at halfback. Tweed Heads has managed to successfully fight a dangerous throw charge against Eddie Harrison, one of the club?s best from Round 10.CHANGES: TWEED HEADS ? None announced. REDCLIFFE ? In: Ryan Cullen, Marty Turner. Out: Pat McGill, Rory Bromley.CHARGES: TWEED HEADS ? Eddie Harrison (Grade 1 Dangerous Throw, Not Guilty).Tweed Heads 1. James WOOD 2. Scott ELLA 3. Jay McDERMOTT 4. Josh VAUGHAN 5. Nat BARNES 6. Brad DAVIS 7. Tim MACCAN13. Matt POW12. Tom PRICHARD11. Eddie HARRISON10. Roy FRIEND 9. Matt KING (c) 8. Matt AUSTINInterchange: 14. Jeff MOATE15. Selasi BERDIE16. Dean ALLEN17. Joe CUDMORECoach: Steve MURPHY Redcliffe Dolphins 1. Ryan CULLEN 2. Kaine MANIHERA 3. Greg BOURKE 4. Nick EMMETT 5. Alwyn SIMPSON 6. Chris FOX 7. Marty TURNER13. Gerard PARLE12. Danny BURKE11. Grant FLUGGE10. Adam STARR 9. Michael ROBERTS 8. Troy LINDSAY (c)Interchange: 14. Mark SHIPWAY15. Richie RUSSELL16. Shannon FISH17. Pat GARDNERCoach: Anthony GRIFFIN BURLEIGH ? ByeCHARGES: Scott Sipple (Grade 1 Reckless High Tackle, Downgrade + Early Plea, 0wks +56pts).
NEWCASTLE coach Michael Hagan will decide later today whether to use hooker Danny Buderus and teenage five-eighth Jarrod Mullen in tonight's NRL showdown against St George Illawarra.