Melbourne proved their grand final win over Manly last season was no fluke when they dominated from start to finish to
post a convincing 26-4 victory. It was scoreless for the opening 19 minutes, with the Sea Eagles desperately holding
the Storm out; but once the Storm crossed the line once the floodgates opened. A fine double to fullback Billy Slater
sent an ominous warning to the rest of the comp that the early-season lapse was over and the Storm were back in the
business of dominating the competition.
Melbourne 26 d Manly 4
Storm : Tries - B Slater 2, A Quinn, G Inglis, R Hoffman. Goals - C Smith 3/6.
Sea Eagles : Tries - M Bani. Goals - M Orford 0/1.
Referee - T Archer. Crowd - 13,632 at Olympic Park.
Gold Coast's run of success continued when the Titans recorded a rare but valuable victory on the road when they
overcame Parramatta 28-20 at Parramatta Stadium. It was former Eels Matt Petersen and Aaron Cannings who
crossed over early to put their old team in trouble; and when Nathan Friend went over shortly before half-time the Titans
had got out to a shock 16-8 half-time lead. Spurred on by the home ground, the Eels worked their way back into the
contest in the second half, cutting the margin back to just 2 points with 10 minutes to play. But a controversial final try to
Josh Graham, sent upstairs to the video and then sent back as a ref's call, was awarded despite appearing on TV
replays to be a double movement; and the Titans were able to record another fine win to retain their spot in the top 4.
Gold Coast 28 d Parramatta 20
Titans : Tries - M Petersen, A Cannings, S Prince, N Friend, J Graham. Goals - S Prince 4/5.
Eels : Tries - J Reddy, B Finch, Hindmarsh. Goals - L Burt 4/4.
Referee - J Maxwell. Crowd - 13,321 at Parramatta Stadium.
St George-Illawarra's nightmare season continued, while North Queensland at least showed some signs of putting
their early-season woes behind them, when the Cowboys took out a 20-16 victory in a lacklustre match at WIN
Stadium. After leading 8-6 at half-time, the Cowboys played the decisive period of the game in the first 15 minutes of
the second half when Anthony Watts and Justin Smith scored tries set up by the creative work of Johnathan Thurston in
a best-on-ground performance to blow the scoreline out to 20-6; and despite a late rally by the Dragons they were
never in the contest.
North Queensland 20 d St George-Illawarra 16
Cowboys : Tries - J Smith, J Thurston, A Watts. Goals - J Thurston 4/4.
Dragons : Tries - J Nightingale, J Soward, S Webb. Goals - J Soward 2/2, M Gasnier 0/1.
Referee - T De Las Heras. Crowd - 11,639 at WIN Stadium.
A depleted Roosters side maintained their momentum and top-2 position when they recorded a comfortable 28-12
victory over Penrith at CUA Stadium on Saturday night. Without Mason, Minichiello and Shillington, the Roosters were
well-served by veteran Craig Fitzgibbon, who dominated proceedings in the second half as a 10-6 half-time advantage
blew out after the break.
Sydney Roosters 28 d Penrith 12
Roosters : Tries - A Roberts, M Pearce, S Kenny-Dowall, C Fitzgibbon, F-P Nuuausala. Goals - C Fitzgibbon 4/6.
Panthers : Tries - G Daniela, L Lewis. Goals - J Sammut 2/2.
Referee - B Sutton. Crowd - 16,294 at CUA Stadium.
|ROUND 6 FIXTURES:
(All times shown are Sydney time)
Friday 18th April
Gold Coast v Brisbane (Skilled Park, 7:30pm)
Parramatta v Manly (Parramatta Stadium, 7:30pm)
Saturday 19th April
Bulldogs v St George-Illawarra (ANZ Stadium, 5:30pm)
Cronulla v Penrith (Toyota Park, 7:30pm)
North Queensland v NZ Warriors (Dairy Farmers Stadium, 7:30pm)
Sunday 20th April
Sydney Roosters v Newcastle (Bluetongue Stadium, 2:00pm)
Wests Tigers v South Sydney (SCG, 3:00pm)
Monday 21st April
Canberra v Melbourne (Canberra Stadium, 7:00pm)
The New Zealand Warriors made their move on the competition when they ran away with the second half to thrash
the Bulldogs 36-16 at Mt Smart Stadium. The Bulldogs led 12-10 at the break, but within minutes of the restart the
Warriors had asserted themselves around the ground and on the scoreboard; and the Bulldogs had no answer.
Enigmatic Manu Vatuvei scored twice for the Warriors, while Michael Witt's ever-reliable boot contributed 6 goals to
the Warrior cause.
New Zealand Warriors 36 d Bulldogs 16
Warriors : Tries - M Vatuvei 2, L Hohaia, P Ah Van, R Wiki, S Fai. Goals - M Witt 6/7.
Bulldogs : Tries - L Patten, H Nanai, B Roberts. Goals - H El Mazri 2/3.
Referee - B Cummins. Crowd - 15,912 at Mt Smart Stadium.
Leading 24-10 at half-time, Wests Tigers looked set for a big win over Canberra on Sunday afternoon at Bruce
Stadium. But, without warning and out of nowhere, the Raiders rallied to record a remarkable comeback victory. With
a hat-trick from Adrian Purtell in the second half, the Raiders continued to press and worry the Tigers out of the
contest, while the Tigers' completion rate fell away in the second half as the pressure mounted and, even while
ahead, the Tigers were never even able to get themselves in position to land a field goal which could have changed
the momentum of the match. Instead, as it was in the famous 1989 grand final, it was the superior finishing of the
Raiders which enabled them to run down the front-running Tigers.
Canberra 30 d Wests Tigers 24
Raiders : Tries - A Purtell 3, T Carney, D Tilse, A Tongue. Goals - T Carney 3/6.
Tigers : Tries - B Harrison 2, T Tuiaki, D Collis. Goals - B Hodgson 4/4.
Referee - S Hampstead. Crowd - 12,240 at Canberra Stadium.
A big crowd was on hand in Newcastle to watch the Knights take on ladder leaders Brisbane, and the Knights had a
real dip but were unable to record the upset required to keep them in the top 8. The boot of Michael Ennis was
decisive, landing 7 goals from 7 attempts, while Kurt Gidley's wayward shooting reaped just 1 from 5; and despite a
brave second half performance after trailing 26-8 at the break, the deficit was too much ground for the Knights to
Brisbane 34 d Newcastle 22
Broncos : Tries - J Hodges 2, M Ennis 2, K Hunt. Goals - M Ennis 7/7.
Knights : Tries - K Gidley 2, C Paterson 2, C Houston. Goals - K Gidley 1/5.
Referee - S Hayne. Crowd - 21,614 at Energy Australia Stadium.
Souths' season of despair continued when the Rabbitohs crashed to their 5th straight defeat, going down 12-10 to
Cronulla on Monday night. It was a game that never reached any great heights, with the Sharks unable to produce
much form of their own but still managing to hold out an error-prone Souths side. Rabbitoh coach Jason Taylor, in
an unusual move, called his players for a time-out team talk late in the game; a disruption for which Taylor faces an
NRL disciplinary fine; but despite Taylor's address the Rabbitohs were unable to find a winner.
Cronulla 12 d South Sydney 10
Sharks : Tries - G Bird, L Covell. Goals - L Covell 2/2.
Rabbitohs : Tries - J Sutton, B Champion. Goals - N Merritt 1/2.
Referee - J Robinson. Crowd - 12,988 at ANZ Stadium