TIGERS 24 vs Sea Eagles 18Round 9 - NRLLeichhardt Oval. Crowd: 20,231Referee: Russell SmithWests Tigers have held on to defeat the Manly Sea Eagles 24-18 amidst numerous controversial referee decisions at Leichhardt Oval today.In the 72nd minute, referee Russell Smith penalised Manly's Paul Stephenson for an incorrect play-the-ball despite the winger receiving interference from Tigers lock Jamaal Lolesi. The resulting penalty goal gave Wests Tigers a six point lead and the winning edge. It was one of several controversial referee decisions in a thrilling encounter, which saw a number of disallowed tries with breaches from both sides being missed by the referee and touch judges. After the match, Wests Tigers assistant coach Royce Simmonds was prompted to criticise the decisions in saying he "felt sorry" for the officials who he believed were "out of their depth" on a number of occasions.It was disappointing afternoon for Manly captain Ben Kennedy who was forced from the field with a calf strain in the 15th minute, Kennedy was backing up from Friday night's Test match. Half back Matt Orford then assumed the skipper role.Robbie Farah, wearing the No.7 jersey, played at hooker and looked in tremendous form in setting up two tries for Wests Tigers in the opening 10 minutes.With Australian rep Steve Menzies leading the way, Manly fought their way back into the match. Soon after, Manly's Michael Monaghan got the benefit of the doubt from video ref Chris Ward to take the score to 10-8 in favour of the Tigers.Manly's third try brought howls from the huge crowd when referee Smith missed a blatant knock-on in the lead-up to Steve Bell's four-pointer. The try and conversion gave Manly a 14-10 lead.But the Tigers struck back through Dean Collis and at half time the home side held a narrow 16-14 lead.In the 47th minute halfback Scott Prince brilliantly intercepted to score and put the Tigers further ahead. Menzies then setup play and replied through Stephenson who scored in the 56th minute to put the visitors back into the contest.With time running out, Hodgson kicked a penalty goal to put the Tigers six points in front.Wests Tigers: 24Tries: Dean Collis, Daniel Fitzhenry, Todd Payten, Scott PrinceGoals: Brett Hodgson 4/5Manly Sea Eagles: 18Tries: Steve Menzies, Michael Monaghan, Paul Stephenson, Steve BellGoals: Matt Orford 1/4By the clock:Plenty of players backing up from Friday's Test match but both teams pretty close to sides named. Kick off..!5 min: Still 0-0. Wests Tigers getting the early run of possession.6 min: TRY Wests TigersTodd Payten scores out wide for the Tigers. Brett Hodgson unable to convert Tigers 4-09 min: TRY Wests TigersDaniel Fitzhenry scores for Wests Tigers. Hodgson converts. Tigers 10-013 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesSteve Menzies strikes back for Manly. Matt Orford unsuccessful with conversion attempt. Tigers 10-419 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesMichael Monaghan scores for Manly. Conversion unsuccessful. Tigers 10-830 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesSteve Bell continues his good form with a try as Manly hit the front. Conversion from Oford is successful. Sea Eagles 14-1038 min: TRY Wests TigersDean Collis scores to level the scores. Hodgson's conversion puts the home side back in front! Tigers 16-14Half time: Tigers 16-14A tight first half possession-wise with Wests Tigers getting early breaks only to see Manly get the better share as the half progressed. Too close to call.Second half underway...47 min: TRY Wests TigersScott Prince gets a try and Wests Tigers go further ahead. Hodgson converts. Tigers 22-1456 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesPaul Stephenson scores to bring Manly back into contention. Orford unsuccessful with the conversion. Tigers 22-1860 min: Possible try to Benji Marshall for the Tigers - video ref checking...VERDICT: NO TRY.70 min: Still Wests Tigers in front 22-18.72 min: PENALTY GOAL Wests TigersHodsgon slots a penalty goal. Tigers 24-1878 min: NEWS Tigers have the ball as the clock wounds down. Crowd: 20,231Full tme: Wests Tigers win 24-18. A thriller with the goal kicking being the difference. -----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Robert Farah (Tigers)2 - Steve Menzies (Sea Eagles)1 - Brett Hodgson (Tigers)-----------------------------------------
ROUND 9 Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 30 v St George Illawarra Dragons 12at Toyota ParkReferees: Steven ClarkMatch Summary:The Cronulla Sutherland Sharks have defeated the St George Illawarra Dragons 30-12 at Toyota Park this afternoon.The Sharks got off to a great start when Lance Thompson scored following a cut-out pass from Adam Dykes. The lead stretched to 12 soon after when Covell scored after some poor defence from the Dragons.To the Dragons credit they hit back late in the second half with two tries to newcomer Charles Leaneo to go in at the break locked together at 12 all.Despite having the wind at their backs in the first half, St George Illawarra appeared to be struggling for options, with the loss of centre Mark Gasnier after 15 minutes (hip injury) compounding their woes.The Sharks came out in the second half and scored two tries in 12 minutes. The Dragons never looked to be in the match as they made error after error and were held scoreless in the second half.Adam Dykes was outstanding for the Sharks and had a hand in nearly every try. Paul Gallen and David Simmons both had good games for the Sharks and Lance Thompson worked hard and couldn't help himself having a few words to his old teams mates after kicking the goal in the Sharks' last try.For the Dragons they will have to go back to the drawing board after a second half performance riddled with errors. Scorers:Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 30Tries: Luke Covell, David Simmons, Nigel Vagana, Lance Thompson, Darren AlbertGoals: Luke Covell 4/5, Lance Thompson 1/1St George Illawarra Dragons: 12Tries: Charles Leaneo(2)Goals: Aaron Gorrell 1/1, Ben Hornby 1/1By the Clock:0 min: NEWS A sunny afternoon here today at Toyota Park for today's clash between the Sharks & Dragons. The Sharks come into the game in great form after good wins in their last 2 matches after a shaky start to the season, where on the other hand the Dragons have been inconsistent in recent weeks. A good close contest expected here today.1 min: NEWS Play underway4th min: NEWS off to the Video ref possible Sharks try4th min: NEWS NO TRY - goal line dropout Dragons5th min: NEWS Sharks blow a great chance by knocking on in the dummy half8th min: NEWS Still 0 - 0 strong defence from both sides as the Sharks enjoy the better field position10 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksLance Thompson opens the scoring after a great cutout pass from Adam Dykes.Conversion successful. Sharks 6-013 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksThe Sharks spread the ball wide and Covell scores after some poor defence from the Dragons.Conversion successful Sharks 12-015 min: NEWS Dragons blow a try after Hornby chips over to Gasnier who drops the ball trying to put the ball down.17 min: NEWS Off to the Video ref possible Dragons try17 min: NEWS NO - TRY - Penalty to the Sharks, Best penalised for tackling Covell in the air.NEWS - Gasnier (Dragons) forced off with a hip injury.23 min: NEWS Dragons also blow a try after Barrett launches up a high bomb and young Morris looses the ball with the line beckoning.31 min: NEWS This time the Sharks blow another try with the line wide open, lots of missed opportunities for both sides.34 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsLeaneo bursts through the Sharks defence to score for the Dragons.Conversion successful. Sharks 12-638 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsDragons Charles Leaneo score again on the back of a great break from Trent Barrett. Conversion successful from Ben Hornby. 12 all.40 min: NEWS Halftime - The Dragons have hit back late in the half with 2 tries to go into the sheds locked at 12 all after the Sharks were the better side for the majority of the first half. A great contest awaits, the Sharks will have the use of a stiff breeze in the second half.41 min: NEWS Mark Gasnier's first half injury report is that he will take no further part.44 min: NEWS Barrett comes within inches of scoring then loses the ball in the dummy half a let off for the Sharks46 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksThe Sharks spread the ball for Dykes to run around Bailey and link up with Albert to score out wide. Conversion unsuccessful Sharks 16-1252 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksMore poor defence from the Dragons as David Simmons puts on the speed to beat the defence and score an easy try. Conversion successful Sharks 22-1254 min: NEWS Goal line drop out for the Dragons after a great kick from Dykes that sits in the in goal58 min: NEWS Dragons putting the pressure on now with back to back goal line drop outs from the Sharks61 min: PENALTY GOAL Cronulla Sutherland SharksCovell converts from in front after a penalty from Trent Barret Sharks 24-1263 min: NEWS The Dragons are self exploding here with too many errors and are handing the game to the Sharks73 min: NEWS The game looks to have slipped away from the Dragons as they continue to make errors. The Sharks look to be home75 min: NEWS Unsuccessful field goal attemp from Brett Kearney78 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksThe Sharks go up the middle of the ruck and Vagana supports and runs away to score the try and rub salt into the wounds of the Dragons. Lance Thompson converts against his old team Sharks 30-1280 min: NEWS Fulltime - The Sharks have completely outplayed a disappointing and error riddled Dragons side in the local derby at Toyota and come away easy winners 30 - 1280 min: NEWS Fulltime - The Sharks have completely outplayed a disappointing and error riddled Dragons side in the local derby at Toyota Park and come away easy winners 30 - 12-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Adam Dykes (Sharks)2 - Paul Gallen (Sharks)1 - David Simmons (Sharks)-----------------------------------------
ROUND 9 Sydney Roosters 14 v Canterbury Bulldogs 30at Aussie StadiumReferees: Sean HampsteadMatch Summary:The Canterbury Bulldogs have recorded an impressive 30-14 victory over the Sydney Roosters in their NRL clash at Aussie Stadium today. The Bulldogs trailed 12-0 after 32 minutes, 12-6 at half time and 14-6 not long after half time.The Bulldogs dominated most of the first half, but poor finishing let them down. The Roosters opened the scoring after 25 minutes when Nigel Plum barged across the line for a 6-0 lead. That lead was doubled shortly afterwards with a great Roosters team try finished off by Amos Roberts. The Bulldogs struck back just before half time when Tony Grimaldi ran 30 metres from dummy half.The second half was very similar to the first, but the teams changed roles; the Bulldogs were defending their backsides off and the Roosters were pushing to score. Craig Fitzgibbon knocked a penalty over just after the resumption, but that was all the scoring for the Roosters in the second half, as the Bulldogs piled on 24 unanswered points. Daniel Holdsworth dotted down after 48 minutes, and then the Bulldogs took the lead 8 minutes later with a blockbusting barge over try to Willie Mason. The Bulldogs then had to defend madly for 20 minutes before a Luke Patten break was held up in a superb cover tackle by Amos Roberts. The Roosters couldn?t hold out for the set of six and conceded a try to Bulldogs prop Brad Morrin. Matt Utai made a try saving tackle on Setaimata Sa when he came down with a bomb just short of the line and Utai managed to wrap him up with just 4 minutes to go. After the siren the Bulldogs emphasised their second half domination with a try to Sonny Bill Williams after the siren. The only player placed on report was John Doyle from the Roosters, while Corey Hughes missed a large amount of the match with a hamstring injury.Scorers:Sydney Roosters: 14Tries: Nigel Plum, Amos RobertsGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 3/3Canterbury Bulldogs: 30Tries: Tony Grimaldi, Willie Mason, Brad Morrin, Sonny Bill Williams, Daniel HoldsworthGoals: Hazem El Masri 5/5By the Clock:Swirling wind at the Football Stadium. Field is in good condition and it is a nice day in Sydney.Counting down to kickoff in the battle between these two hated rivals. The Roosters won both games in 2005 - 29-16 at Telstra Stadium and 32-12 at todays venue. Both teams are trying to get onto a 2 game winning streak. Fairly sparse looking crowd in attendance.1 min: Underway at the Sydney Football Stadium!4 min: NEWS Utai is bundled into touch by Sa and Perrett. The Roosters turn it over from the scrum.5 min: NEWS Andrew Ryan held up over the line. Roosters hold out the set.6 min: NEWS Finch attempts a 40/20 and the ball sails out on the full.7 min: NEWS Utai follows through a grubber kick but knocks it on as he spins to ground it. Call made by the on field referee for a change.9 min: NEWS Now Ben Roberts puts the ball out on the full.10 min: NEWS Anasta throws a rushed pass to Finch who drops it in good attacking position.16 min: NEWS The Roosters make their first foray into the Bulldogs 20 but follow it up with a dreadful kick.17 min: NEWS The Bulldogs are coming up with some really sloppy passes.19 min: NEWS The Bulldogs go on attack following a penalty, but Roberts puts in a poor kick on the third tackle. The Roosters turn the ball over though. The Bulldogs respond by passing the ball over the touchline again.21 min: NEWS The Bulldogs lose the ball in their own half, giving them one of their best attacking opportunities.22 min: NEWS Anasta appears to have dived on a ball in the in goal to knock the ball on in the in goal, but the Roosters earn a goal line drop out.25 min: TRY Sydney RoostersThe tackle count gets reset, and Plum runs through a yawning gap to score to the right of the posts to score his first try. Fitzgibbon converts. Roosters 6-026 min: NEWS Morley knocks on on the 2nd tackle. 8 Rooster errors to 5 Bulldogs errors.27 min: NEWS The Roosters survive after making an error on the first set after the kickoff.28 min: NEWS Corey Hughes has a hamsting injury - the probability of his return is unknown.30 min: NEWS Mellars makes a brave attempt to get out of the ingoal but he gets trapped and the Bulldogs get a repeat set.32 min: TRY Sydney RoostersThe Roosters spread the ball inside their 20. Perrett busts down the wing, he passes inside to Finch who finds Roberts who avoids some tacklers to score under the posts. A great breakout try. Fitzgibbon converts. Roosters 12-036 min: NEWS Plum putting in some great hits today. He knocks Mason onto his arse.37 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsGrimaldi runs 30 metres from dummy half to score beside the posts. El Masri unsuprisingly converts, and reaches 100 points for the season. Roosters 12-639 min: NEWS The Bulldogs let the ball bounce across the dead ball line from the restart.40 min: NEWS Sonny Bill kicks ahead just before halftime, it bounces of Anasta who picks it up and puts centralising kicks that it taken care of safely by the Bulldogs.And so ends a first half punctuated by errors and dopey football. The Bulldogs dominated for most of the first half but find themselves down 12-6.40 min: NEWS Second half underway.42 min: PENALTY GOAL Sydney RoostersThe Bulldogs are penalised for stripping the ball. Fitzgibbon adds the points from out in front. Roosters 14-644 min: NEWS Corey Hughes is due to return to the math shortly.44 min: NEWS The kickoff goes out on the full, penalty Roosters on halfway.45 min: NEWS The Roosters go close to scoring but Wing forces the pass and it is gathered up by the Dogs.46 min: NEWS ON REPORT - John Doyle is put on report for a high tackle on Nate Myles.47 min: NEWS A good set from the Bulldogs gets them a goal line drop out.48 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsAfter getting the repeat set, Maitua goes through a gap and throws a pass inside to Holdsworth who scores under the black dot. El Masri converts. Roosters 14-1251 min: NEWS The Roosters get a repeat set after a bomb is fumbled, but they are held out by the Bulldogs defence.54 min: NEWS Still quite a few errors in this match.56 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsMason ploughs his way over the line on the last tackle, scores under the posts. El Masri converts. Bulldogs 18-1456 min: NEWS Utai drops the kickoff and the Roosters will get the ball right back.58 min: NEWS The Bulldogs defend their error.61 min: NEWS Anasta breaks up the middle, he kicks ahead for Finch. Finch can't see the ball and the Bulldogs are forced to play a goal line drop out.63 min: NEWS The Roosters are struggling in attack. The repeat set ends poorly as Sa kicks the ball dead. Roosters get the ball back via a strip.64 min: NEWS A far better kick from the Roosters nets them a line drop out. El Masri seems to have added the goose step to his set of moves.67 min: NEWS Patten breaks out and is tracked down and held up in a fantastic tackle by Amos Roberts.68 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsAfter the Patten break the ball heads across field, Asotasi offloads to Morrin who scores amongst a bunch of tacklers. El Masri converts. The Bulldogs are out to a 10 point lead with 10 to go. Bulldogs 24-1475 min: NEWS The Roosters are starting their sets at the wrong end of the field if they expect to win this game.76 min: NEWS Sa comes down with a bomb, and somehow Matt Utai tackles him just short of the line, saving a certain try.78 min: NEWS Patten goes back to grab the ball from a breakout. The Bulldogs spread the ball wide and drop the ball 20 metres out.78 min: NEWS Shillington drops the ball and the Bulldogs will go on to win this game.80 min: NEWS With only 50 seconds to go the Roosters throw the ball over the sideline from the scrum.80 min: TRY Canterbury BulldogsThe Bulldogs throw the ball around after the siren and Sonny Bill Williams scores to put an exclamation mark on this win! El Masri converts. Bulldogs 30-14-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Willie Mason2 - Roy Asotasi1 - Tony Grimaldi-----------------------------------------
ROUND 9 Newcastle Knights 32 v Brisbane Broncos 30at EnergyAustralia StadiumReferees: Tony ArcherMatch Summary:The Newcastle Knights have beaten the Brisbane Broncos 32-30 at Energy Australia Stadium this afternoon in front of a crowd of over 21,000 people.Talk about a see-sawing match. The lead changed hands several times throughout the match but it was a penalty goal to Andrew Johns when the scores were locked at 30 all that broke the deadlock and ultimately proved to be the difference between the two sides.The match itself was played at a cracking pace for the entire eighty minutes and with six players from both sides backing up after Friday night?s test match, it was a superb effort from both sides to play such an entertaining match.For the Knights, Danny Buderus was excellent out of dummy half and Brian Carney proved to be a handful for the Broncos defence, scoring two tries and wreaking havoc from the back and from dummy half.For the Broncos, Darren Lockyer was the star while he was well supported overall by his forward pack, they just didn?t have enough left in the tank late in the match to get the Broncos home.The irony is the Broncos lost to the Raiders by two last week in a very similar match and get beaten by two this week.Scorers:Newcastle Knights: 32Tries: Todd Lowrie, David Seage, Steve Simpson, Brian Carney(2), Riley BrownGoals: Andrew Johns 4/7Brisbane Broncos: 30Tries: Darren Lockyer, Tame Tupou(2), Darius Boyd, Greg EastwoodGoals: Corey Parker 5/6By the Clock:1 min: NEWS We are underway at Energy Australia Stadium this afternoon in front a great crowd, covered in red and blue.4 min: PENALTY GOAL Brisbane BroncosBrisbane open the scoring through a penalty goal to Coery Parker. Broncos 2-011 min: NEWS Brisbane are applying all the pressure to the Knights in the opening ten minutes but are yet to cross for a try. Newcastle are hanging on. Just.12 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosBrisbane score through New Zealand winger Tame Tupou with a great backline movement. Brisbane are dominating in the opening stanza of the match. Broncos 8-016 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsNewcastle hit straight back through David Seage but the Broncos defence was caught napping and the Knights made them pay in quick time. Broncos 8-620 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsThe Knights have turned things around in quick time with Steve Simpson barging his way across out wide after some good lead up work. A very high quality game of footy unfolding here. Knights 10-827 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosBrisbane cross again in a see sawing contest that sees the side dominating possession scoring the points in quick time. Big winger Tame Tupou crosses for his second of the match and is proving to be a handful for the Knights defence out wide. Broncos 14-1032 min: NEWS Both teams using the football very well and making plenty of metres when in possession with Irish winger Brian Carney making some insightful runs from the backfiled and out of dummy half.37 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsNewcastle score through Todd Lowrie after Shane Webcke gave away a penalty for an incorrect play the ball. Kurt Gidley threw a simple inside ball that beat Corey Parker and the fullback Darius Boyd had no chance of stopping Lowrie Knights 16-1440 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsNewcastle are in again through Brian Carney, who has had a great game so far and caps it off with a try right on the stroke of half time. This try could prove very costly for the Broncos. Knights 20-1441 min: NEWS We are underway in the second half.43 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsThe Knights are in again through winger Brian Carney who is having a sensational game. The Knights are really starting to dominate the Broncos throuhg sweeping passing movements and the Broncos simply have no answer at the moment. Knights 24-1446 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosBroncos are in again to get themselves within a converted try of the Knights and I am starting to get RSI from all the typing. This match is moving at a very fast pace with tries every couple of minutes. Where will it stop? Knights 24-2050 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosThe Broncos are in again and my hands are getting worse! Defence is not in the vocab of either side today with 48 points scored in 50 minutes. Should be a 40 all draw by full time if the this trend continues. 24 all.52 min: TRY Brisbane BroncosCasey McGuire scampers out of dummy half, comes to a complete stand still to draw the fullback, then passes to Lockyer who races 40 metres untouched to score under the posts to give the Broncos a six point lead and a sixteen point turnaround in less than ten minutes. Broncos 30-2457 min: TRY Newcastle KnightsClint Newton throws a flick pass to Riley Brown, who steps Petero C easliy and is limping badly to level the scores for the Knights. 30 all.63 min: PENALTY GOAL Newcastle KnightsNewcastle take the lead again but I doubt the scoring is finished. The excitement level has reached fever pitch and the crowd are right into this game. Knights 32-3070 min: NEWS Shaun Berrigan loses the ball in his own half to give the Knights a great opportunity to wrap up the match.74 min: NEWS Both teams out on their feet. Will the Knights hang on to win or will the Broncos prevail?78 min: NEWS Justin Hodges chips ahead and the ball ends up with Todd Lowrie. Very poor option from Hodges. Broncos will get the ball back one more time.80 min: NEWS Newcastle hang on to win a two point thriller against the Broncos in front of a great crowd and the result was in doubt right up until the final ten seconds of the match. A penalty goal by Johns was ultimately the difference between the two sides.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Danny Buderus2 - Brian Carney1 - Darren Lockyer-----------------------------------------
ROUND 9 South Sydney Rabbitohs 14 v Melbourne Storm 38at Telstra StadiumReferees: Gavin BadgerMatch Summary:The Melbourne Storm has defeated the South Sydney Rabbitohs tonight by 38-14 at Telstra Stadium in Homebush.Despite a spirited effort by the Bunnies and a close first half, Melbourne had too much class for the home side with a second half flurry of tries proving too much for South Sydney to handle.The game was an arm wrestle for the first half with Melbourne opening the scoring in the 18th minute through Cameron Smith after an extended period of heavy contact in the forwards. With his conversion and a penalty four minutes later the Storm took a cosy 8-nil lead.Souths hit back late in the half after slashing run from Luke MacDougall set up a try for flying winger Nathan Merritt who is having a superb season. With Merritt adding the extras the Rabbitohs went to the sheds at halftime trailing 8-6 and looking very much in the game.But Melbourne turned up the heat early in the second half, scoring tries through Greg Inglis and Michael Crocker to claim a 14-point advantage with their lead extending to 20-6. Shortly after, Crocker found himself in the sin-bin for a professional foul, opening the way for Souths to come back into the contest.They scored two quick tries through Luke MacDougall and David Fa?alogo to reign in the Storm and trail by 20-14 with 20 minutes of play remaining. But Melbourne rallied in the final quarter, dominating possession and laying on three more tries to Matt Geyer, Jeremy Smith and Chris Walker to run out 38-14 victors, dishing up what turned out to be an embarrassing result for Souths after plenty of effort had been exerted on their behalf.The victory has set up a rare treat next Saturday night as Melbourne host the Cowboys in a table-topping clash that is sure to be a cracker of a game. The Bunnies are well and truly at the other end of the scale though, slumping to last position on the ladder after the bye to the Warriors and their superior for-and-against took them from the foot of the competition table.Scorers:South Sydney Rabbitohs: 14Tries: David Fa'alogo, Luke MacDougall, Nathan MerrittGoals: Nathan Merritt 1/3Melbourne Storm: 38Tries: Michael Crocker, Chris Walker, Matt Geyer, Greg Inglis, Cameron Smith, Jeremy SmithGoals: Cameron Smith 7/8By the Clock:Both teams as per the program here at Telstra Stadium. It's a cool night and a reasonable crowd has gathered to watch this contest.1 min: NEWS And we're underway in the first half...7 min: NEWS No score as yet but the forwards are sorting themselves out early in the game with Melbourne enjoying the lions share of possession.13 min: NEWS Both teams still hunting their first points of the match. Good even contest at this point.18 min: TRY Melbourne StormIn-form rake Cameron Smith finds his way to the line after the Storm apply some good pressure to the Bunnies line. He converts his try and the visitors take the lead. Storm 6-030 min: NEWS No further score as yet with this game turning into a real arm-wrestle. The Storm are enjoying more possession but can't seem to convert it into points this stage.34 min: PENALTY GOAL Melbourne StormThe Storm take an easy two points on offer following an infringment in the ruck by Souths. This game is very tight with the Bunnies putting in some stiff resistence and these two points could come in handy later on in the match. Storm 8-039 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsThe Bunnies hit back just before halftime through try-scoring maching Nathan Merritt. He jinked his was to the line following a good break by Luke MacDougall. Merritt lands the goal from the sideline to make a game of it. Storm 8-640 min: NEWS Halftime: This game has been a fairly rugged contest and probably not what most of the League community was expecting. The simple facts are that Souths are competing well with the Storm and this game will not be a pushover for the visitors. Souths are chasing their first victory for the season against the table-topping Storm and they're certainly in the hunt at the moment. If the Bunnies keep their composure and continue to play "in your face" footy to the Storm they may well cause an upset. I'm sure Melbourne will have plenty to say about it though and the second half shapes as a very good contest.41 min: NEWS And we're underway in the second half...45 min: NEWS Melbourne again taking the possession advantage early in the second half.47 min: TRY Melbourne StormBoom Storm rookie Greg Inglis snatches a try from a Scott Hill kick and puts the Bunnies on the back foot. Smith converts and maintains the 8-point advantage. Storm 14-650 min: TRY Melbourne StormAnother in-form Storm player scores a try, with second-rower Michael Crocker crossing the stripe. He's furthering his claims for a starting berth in the Maroons side along with hooker Cameron Smith, who adds the extras and opens up a good lead. Storm 20-654 min: NEWS Mick Crocker gets a spell in the sin bin after a professional foul.57 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsThe Bunnies hit back through winger Luke MacDougall who is having a strong game. Souths are staying in touch with the Storm much the same way they did last week. Merrit fails to convert. Storm 20-1060 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsBack-rower David Fa'alogo breaks through the defensive line to get Souths right into the game. He's done well tonight after backing up from the Test 24 hours ago. Merrit falls short again but the gap has narrowed and the home team are within striking distance. Storm 20-1464 min: NEWS Crocker back on the field for the Storm.64 min: TRY Melbourne StormMakeshift Storm five-eighth Matt Geyer bags a try for the visitors, seemingly taking the game away from the Rabbitohs. Smith fails for the first time tonight Storm 24-1469 min: PENALTY GOAL Melbourne StormSmith boots another penalty to take the lead to 12 points with about ten minutes to go. Storm 26-1478 min: TRY Melbourne StormJeremy Smith sniffs out a try for the Storm as they put away the Rabbitohs. Cameron Smith kicks goal and Melbourne have this one wrapped up. Storm 32-1480 min: TRY Melbourne StormThe Storm score another try close to the siren through Chris Walker to run-out big winners. Smith converts and the scoreline is a little embarrassing for the Bunnies. Storm 38-1480 min: NEWS Fulltime here at Homebush with the Storm running out winners by 38-16 and leaving the Rabbitohs winless so far for the season.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Cameron Smith2 - Greg Inglis1 - Luke MacDougall-----------------------------------------
ROUND 9 North Queensland Cowboys 22 v Penrith Panthers 6at Dairy Farmers StadiumReferees: Ben CumminsMatch Summary:In wet and windy conditions in Townsville, the Cowboys have broken a two game losing streak with a 22-6 win against the Penrith Panthers. The home side led 10-0 at halftime in miserable conditions but went on with the show in the second half to post a solid victory. The Cowboys got off to a great start when fullback Matt Bowen showed the selectors what they missed out on last night by putting a cross field bomb in for cousin Brenton who lept above the pack to score first points. Things got worse for the mountain men when inspirational hooker Luke Priddis went off the field with a suspected corked thigh. He did not return for the rest of the match and the Panthers attack didn?t have any direction without the veteran hooker and former captain Craig Gower who was a late exclusion. Matty Bowen then proved what an attacking threat he is as he kicked a 40/20 late in the second half. On the back of this, the Cowboys scored their second try through Australian bench player Johnathon Thurston who sliced through some poor defence from Frank Puletua to score under the posts. If things couldn?t get any worse for Penrith, just after the half-time interval, after a line break from Brenton Bowen, centre Nick Youngquest came in late as a flop over the tackle and as a result of the professional foul, Youngquest was sinbinned. However, the Cowboys switched off after this incident thinking the points would come falling off trees. They had no direction in attack and no points were scored while Youngquest was in the bin. Things looked to be all wrapped up when Cowboys hooker Aaron Payne dived over from dummy-half to give the home side a 16-0 lead with only sixteen minutes remaining. There was a small chance of a comeback for the Panthers as they crossed the line for the first time as Rodney hit a whole off a Lewis inside ball to score only moments after knocking the ball on while trying to ground it. Young Cowboy prop Shane Tronc capped off a solid night in Townsville as he barged over close to the line right on fulltime for a 22-6 victory in miserable conditions.Scorers:North Queensland Cowboys: 22Tries: Brenton Bowen, Aaron Payne, Johnathan Thurston, Shane TroncGoals: Johnathan Thurston 3/4Penrith Panthers: 6Tries: Shane RodneyGoals: Preston Campbell 1/1By the Clock:Pooring rain here in Townsville for this one.Both teams looking to bounce back from consecutive defeats.Cowboy Luke O'Donnell will not be backing up from the test match with Gavin Cooper coming in to the second row.For the Panthers,Craig Gower is out with Lewis to five-eight,Campbell to halfback and Youngquest in to the centres.The rain has halted as the teams run on to the park.1 min: NEWS Ben Cummins the debuant referee blows time on!5 min: NEWS A two on one for the Panthers on the right hand side.The pass is thrown but Brenton Bowen takes an intercept to save a try.7 min: NEWS Going to the video for a possible Cowboys try ...8 min: NEWS NO TRY - Paul Bowman is ruled to have hit the corner post when trying to ground the football.13 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysA family affair as Matty Bowen puts a great crossfield bomb in for cousin Brenton Bowen who leaps above little Preston Campbell to score in the corner.Thurston from the sideline hooks the kick. Cowboys 4-016 min: NEWS The kickoff goes dead ingoal.A goal line dropout coming up here with good field position for the Panthers.17 min: NEWS Luke Priddis might have a corked thigh after being taken out while putting a kick through.25 min: NEWS Thurston misses a 40/20 by only one metre.27 min: NEWS Matty Bowen saves a certain Preston Campbell 40/20 by desperately knocking back the ball as it was heading over the sideline.31 min: NEWS A turning point?Matty Bowen kicks a huge 40/20 late in the first half.34 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysAshley Graham makes a great break from a scrum on half.Later in the set,Thurston runs the ball,bumps off a defender and scores under the posts.He converts his own try. Cowboys 10-037 min: NEWS A chance for the Panthers before the break,as Matty Bowen drops a pass 20 metres out from his own line.40 min: NEWS Halftime - In pooring rain,both sides are being to adventurous with the ball.They need to settle things down in the wet.The Panthers are lacking any structure in attack with no Gower and Priddis off the field.41 min: NEWS Second Half underway47 min: NEWS Ben Cummins makes a stand in his first NRL game as a referee.He has sin binned Nick Youngquest for a professional foul.57 min: NEWS The Cowboys have switched off as Youngquest has been in the bin.Youngquest has re-joined the contest.64 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysFrom dummy-half,Aaron Payne dives over to seal the game here for the Cowboys.This comes on the back of a great line break from Brenton Bowen.Thurston converts. Cowboys 16-068 min: NEWS Penrith second rower Shane Rodney dives for the line but has the ball knocked out of his hands in a one on one steal.71 min: TRY Penrith PanthersLuke Lewis turns the ball back on the inside to Shane Rodney who this time plants the ball down correctly to score the Panthers first of the night.Campbell converts from out wide. Cowboys 16-673 min: NEWS A chance here for the Panthers as the kickoff goes out on the full from Thurston.74 min: NEWS Game looks to be all wrapped up now as Rodney drops the ball when trying to penetrate the defence five metres out.78 min: NEWS Video ref for a possible Cowboys try.79 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysTronc barges over from close to the line to cap off a good night for the home side. Thurston converts.Cowboys 22-680 min: NEWS Fulltime!-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Matthew Bowen2 - Brenton Bowen1 - Shane Rodney-----------------------------------------
ROUND 9 Parramatta Eels 10 v Canberra Raiders 30at Parramatta StadiumReferees: Jason RobinsonMatch Summary:A disciplined Canberra Raiders have defeated a deplorable Parramatta Eels by 30 points to 10 this evening at Parramatta Stadium.The Eels were on the back foot right from the start tonight ? as Lincoln Withers strolled in for a try which demonstrated the rugby league smarts of five eighth Jason Smith, who held the pass back and the second man play generated the Raiders? first try of the night.A subsequent try to Craig Frawley at the 25th minute confirmed that an upset tonight was a distinct possibility. Clinton Schifcofske added the extras and the Raiders held a 12-0 advantage.The Eels hit back through Glen Morrison at the 31st minute, but Canberra wouldn?t budge as Adrian Purtell crossed for the first of his double and the Raiders held an unlikely 18-4 lead at the break.The Eels came out firing in the second half. Dean Widders produced a nifty grubber in behind the Raiders? line and the ball was there for Matt Petersen to force. The successful conversion drew the Eels within eight points of Canberra, and at that stage an Eels? comeback looked like a possibility.But a pathetic final 20 minutes from the Eels summed up their night, and successive tries to Simon Woolford and Purtell ensured that prospects or thoughts of an Eels comeback were far-fetched at best. Parramatta was appalling tonight with ball control and discipline. They may need to hold a few more of their trademark crisis meetings to rectify the situation they currently find themselves in.Canberra, while not flash, were very disciplined tonight. While they will struggle to threaten for the title at the end of the year, a top eight finish doesn?t look completely out of the question and they are a side that plays well within their limitations.On the injury front, Matt Petersen has an arm injury which will come under further scrutiny early in the week for the Eels. Meanwhile, for Canberra, Simon Woolford has possible damage to his knee and Alan Tongue may have a slight jaw problem.No concerns judiciary-wise for either side, unless the match review committee sees otherwise on Monday.Both these sides play on Sunday in round 10; with Parramatta set to meet the Bulldogs at Telstra Stadium, whilst Canberra will host Cronulla at Canberra Stadium.Scorers:Parramatta Eels: 10Tries: Glenn Morrison, Matthew PetersenGoals: Brett Delaney 1/2Canberra Raiders: 30Tries: Craig Frawley, Lincoln Withers, Simon Woolford, Adrian Purtell(2)Goals: Clinton Schifcofske 5/5By the Clock:Pre-Match min: NEWS The lowly Parramatta Eels host the slightly superior Canberra Raiders this evening at Parramatta Stadium, if ladder positions are anything to take seriously.A number of changes to both sides; they are as follows:Parramatta: Fuifui Moimoi into the starting line-up with Nathan Cayless moving to the bench; PJ Marsh in for John Morris who has been omitted; Paul Stringer comes into the starting line-up for Michael Vella who moves to the bench; Mark Riddell moves to the second row with Nathan Hindmarsh moved to the bench.Canberra: Todd Carney has been ruled out injured with Marshall Chalk coming onto the bench.1 min: NEWS KICKOFF! Match underway at Parramatta Stadium5 min: TRY Canberra RaidersLincoln Withers strolls in for a try on the back of a beautiful pass from Jason Smith. Smith held the pass back nicely for Withers, the try was referred to video referee Bill Harrigan for onstruction but the decision was a mere formality. Poor defence from Jeremy Smith who missed a straight-forward one-on-one tackle which led to the try. Raiders 6-013 min: NEWS Scrappy start for the Eels here. They look disjointed in attack and vulnerable in defence which is a bad sign early on. Canberra have had a disciplined start which will hold them in good stead if Parramatta can't get things together. Still 6-0 the Raiders lead.21 min: NEWS Still 6-0 to Canberra but given the trends of this match, they should hold a much greater lead. Parramatta's ball control leaves a lot to be desired.25 min: TRY Canberra RaidersJason Smith lays on another Canberra try, this time winger Craig Frawley exploits a crafty second-man play to cross out wide for the Raiders. Raiders 12-031 min: TRY Parramatta EelsSimple short-side play from the Eels results in a try to Glenn Morrison. The Raiders' defence was underprepared on that occasion. Raiders 12-435 min: TRY Canberra RaidersAnother simple short-side play; this time down the other end of the paddock with Jason Smith again involved heavily with exceptional lead-up work, and Adrian Purtell has scored in the corner. Raiders 18-440 min: NEWS Halftime: The Canberra Raiders lead the Parramatta Eels by 18 points to 4 at Parramatta Stadium this evening. The Eels have been woeful in every aspect of their game tonight, looking as though they'd rather be out on the town than playing footy here. Canberra have been well-disciplined and are well on track to record an upset victory. 40 min: NEWS Second half kicks off at Parramatta51 min: NEWS Still 18-4 and Canberra will be looking to hang onto this lead, in contrast to last week's efforts against Brisbane. Matt Petersen has an arm injury and he appears to be struggling out there.55 min: TRY Parramatta EelsDean Widders illustrates his creativity yet again; placing a neat grubber kick in behind the Raiders defensive line for Matt Petersen to pounce on. Raiders 18-1060 min: TRY Canberra RaidersA pathetic attempt at a tackle from Chad Robinson results in an elementary try to Simon Woolford next to the posts. The Eels' wheels are falling off. Raiders 24-1066 min: NEWS Canberra in control of this match now. Just 14 minutes remaining and with the way Parramatta are playing, a Raiders victory is a safe bet.73 min: TRY Canberra RaidersIcing on the cake now as Adrian Purtell picks up a loose ball generated by Eels winger Eric Grothe, and runs 70 metres to score down the other end. Game over. Raiders 30-1080 min: NEWS Fulltime: Canberra have defeated Parramatta by 30 points to 10 at Parramatta Stadium tonight. Canberra displayed a very disciplined performance, whereas the Eels were nothing short of deplorable. Match report to come...-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Jason Smith2 - Tom Learoyd-Lahrs1 - Lincoln Withers-----------------------------------------
FORM team Warrington will be on their guard in Perpignan against Catalans Dragons, the only team to beat them in their last six matches.The Dragons came from behind to win 28-26 at the Halliwell Jones in March and end a four-match losing run.That enabled them to secure their first points away from home and they will be looking to end another four-match losing run to claim their first double.Warrington made it three wins in a row with a 44-16 hammering of Leeds on Monday to climb to fourth in the table but coach Paul Cullen is determined not to under-estimate the Catalans a second time.?We see the French as a genuine threat and we can?t afford to give them opportunities again,? he said.Meanwhile, the Dragons are still waiting for captain and scrum-half Stacey Jones to make his eagerly-awaited comeback from a broken arm.The Kiwi Test star was initially ruled out for six to eight weeks after suffering the injury in the second match of the season but has already been sidelined for three months.He was hoping to return against Castleford on Sunday week but has now been told to return for another medical examination in the middle of the month.Catalans Dragons v Warrington, Perpignan, Saturday May 6Catalans Dragons 20-man: Beattie, Berthezene, Casty, Chan, Cologni, Dobson, Fakir, Fellous, Frayssinous, Guisset, Hindmarsh, Hughes, Jampy, Murphy, Rinaldi, Rudder, Sadaoui, Touxagas, Verges, Wilson.Warrington 20-man: Grose, Fa?afili, Martin Gleeson, Reardon, Briers, Sullivan, Leikvoll, Clarke, Hilton, Swann, Wainwright, Noone, Mark Gleeson, Westwood, Wood, Lima, Barnett, Parker, Rauhihi, Grix.Ref R Silverwood
FORMER Wakefield and St Helens prop forward Keith Mason was brought in from the cold on Friday when he joined Huddersfield on a two-and-a-half year contract.
FORMER Wakefield and St Helens prop forward Keith Mason was brought in from the cold on Friday when he joined Huddersfield on a two-and-a-half year contract.
FRIDAY?S game at Hull?s KC Stadium pits new Bradford coach Steve McNamara against the team he had the chance to coach.
LEEDS and Bradford aim to keep the pressure on runaway leaders St Helens, who do not play until Saturday.
SALFORD will be aiming to make up lost ground when they take on Wakefield at The Willows.
CASTLEFORD assistant coach Brad Davis has labelled Friday?s engage Super League clash at Wigan a four-pointer but new Warriors coach Brian Noble is refusing to take notice of the table.
SEAN Hampstead has been stripped of the State of Origin whistle for the third and deciding game in the series, to be played at Telstra Stadium next Wednesday night.