The NRL's centenary round saw 1947 inductees Parramatta and Manly facing off on Friday night, and the result was
against-the-odds triumph to the Sea Eagles. With Steve Menzies, Michael Banu and Luke Williamson all departing the
field injured during the first half, the Eels came racing back into the contest after trailing at half time to hit the lead on
the hour mark. But, as they had against Gold Coast the week before, Parramatta again clutched defeat from the jaws of
victory when Heath L'Estrange was left unmarked to core in the corner with just 5 minutes to go. It was a disappointing
climax to the game for Parramatta, and all too much for troubled half-back Tim Smith who left the club in the aftermath
of the match with bipolar depression.
Manly 20 d Parramatta 16
Sea Eagles : Tries - B Steward, M Robertson, M Bani, H L'Estrange. Goals - M Orford 2/4.
Eels : Tries - L Burt, C Robinson. Goals - L Burt 4/4.
Referee - S Hayne. Crowd - 14,025 at Parramatta Stadium.
Robina was packed to the rafters for the south Queensland derby, and it was to the the locals who would go home
happy after an amazing 26-24 victory that would lift the Gold Coast side to the top of the table for the first time in the
club's short history. The Broncos were stunned early as Matt Petersen went over twice in the first 10 minutes, and a
magnificent solo effort by Anthony Laffranchi set up a 16-0 lead before the match was even a quarter old. Petersen's
third try after the break set up a buffer that was to be too much for the Broncos to peg back, despite a late surge that
created a few tense moments late in the contest.
Gold Coast 26 d Brisbane 24
Titans : Tries - M Petersen 3, A Harrison, A Laffranchi. Goals - S Prince 3/5.
Broncos : Tries - D Boyd 2, D Kemp, P Wallace. Goals - M Ennis 4/5.
Referee - T Archer. Crowd - 27,176 at Skilled Park.
With the Bulldogs and St George-Illawarra both struggling this season, the match between the two sides at Homebush
on Saturday evening had little of the passion and tension that has defined such contests in the past. Only a small
crowd was on hand, and the Dragons again put on a dismal display. The Bulldogs weren't much better, but at least
they had the run of Matt Utai and Tim Winitana to create enough opportunities to score 6 tries to 3.
Bulldogs 30 d St George-Illawarra 18
Bulldogs : Tries - T Winitana 2, M Utai 2, W Tonga, D Williams. Goals - D Holdsworth 3/6.
Dragons : Tries - C Stanley, M Cooper, S Woolford. Goals - B Hornby 3/4.
Referee - B Sutton. Crowd - 14,767 at ANZ Stadium.
Penrith edged out Cronulla in an amazing finish to a match that for most of the contest they never appeared likely.
Leading 20-10 with 15 minutes to go, it was looking like a regulation Sharks win before the Panthers suddenly came to
life. A try to Michael Gordon put the Panthers within striking distance, and with just 2 minutes left on the clock Luke
Rooney went over in the corner and an amazing conversion from the sidelines by Jarrod Sammut pushed the game
into overtime. Brett Kimmorley had a shot at field goal for the Sharks, but agonisingly his kick went just wide, and from
the restart the Panthers worked possession close enough for Sammut to bang the drop goal over and give victory to
the Penrith side.
Penrith 21 d Cronulla 20 in golden-point extra time.
Panthers : Tries - L Rooney, M Jennings, M Gordon, N Smith. Goals - J Sammut 2/4. Field Goals - J Sammut 1/1.
Sharks : Tries - G Bird 2, F Anderson, L Thompson. Goals - L Covell 2/4. Field Goals - B Kimmorley 0/1.
Referee - S Hampstead. Crowd - 13,852 at Toyota Stadium.
|ROUND 7 FIXTURES:
(All times shown are Sydney time)
Friday 25th April
St George-Illawarra v Sydney Roosters (ANZ Stadium, 3:15pm)
Brisbane v South Sydney (Suncorp Stadium, 7:30pm)
Saturday 26th April
Manly v Bulldogs (Brookvale Oval, 5:30pm)
North Queensland v Melbourne (Dairy Farmers Stadium, 7:30pm)
Sunday 27th April
Gold Coast v NZ Warriors (Skilled Park, 2:00pm)
Cronulla v Wests Tigers (Toyota Stadium, 3:00pm)
Bye - Parramatta, Newcastle, Penrith, Canberra.
North Queensland stretched their winning streak to 3 games, doing it in style with a comprehensive 48-20 win over
the outclassed New Zealand Warriors. With Johnathan Thurston at half-back running riot, and with Matt Bowen
running in a hat-trick, the Warriors flimsy defence had no answers to the Cowboy juggernaut as the North
Queensland side ran in 9 tries to 3.
North Queensland 48 d New Zealand Warriors 20
Cowboys : Tries - M Bowen 3, B Harris 2, A Graham, J Williams, J Smith, S Southern. Goals - J Thurston 6/8, A
Warriors : Tries - J Ropati, S Mannering, I Henderson. Goals - M Witt 4/4.
Referee - J Robinson. Crowd - 20,554 at Dairy Farmers Stadium.
The Sydney Roosters played their home game against Newcastle at the Central Coast, a move which suited the
visiting Knights fans more than it suited the home side. And the welcome mat didn't stop there, with the Roosters
failing to press home their advantage during the second half before capitulating in the last 10 minutes. The Roosters
led 20-10 at half-time, and still had that scoreline with 10 minutes to go; but from there on it was all one-way traffic as
the Knights ran in 4 tries in the closing stages to take out a remarkable 34-20 result. The final try underlined the
theme of the day, with prop Danny Wicks shrugging off a tackle then appearing not to know where he was before
outrunning the Roosters' shambolic defence to score under the posts.
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Newcastle 34 d Sydney Roosters 20
Knights : Tries - C Bailey 2, C Vuna, J Royal, C Paterson, D Wicks. Goals - K Gidley 5/6.
Roosters : Tries - A Roberts, I Soliola, S Kenny-Dowall, C Fitzgibbon. Goals - C Fitzgibbon 2/4.
Referee - S Lyons. Crowd - 14,176 at Bluetongue Stadium.
100 years to the day since the foundation of rugby league in Australia, Wests Tigers and Souths returned to the SCG
to celebrate the anniversary. Heavy morning rain kept the crowd down, but those who did show were scenting the
possibility of an upset after Beau Champion and Ben Rogers went over in quick succession to give the Rabbitohs a
10-0 lead. But once the Tigers found their momentum, they were able to shut Souths out of the contest and ran away
to an easy 30-10 win. The result maintains the Tigers' hold on a top-8 position, and means the under-performing
Souths are still looking for their first win for 2008.
Wests Tigers 30 d South Sydney 10
Tigers : Tries - C Lawrence, S Flanagan, D Collis, C Heighington, B Te'o. Goals - B Hodgson 5/5.
Rabbitohs : Tries - B Champion, B Rogers. Goals - N Merritt 1/2.
Referee - B Cummins. Crowd - 19,122 at Sydney Cricket Ground.
Canberra put up a brave fight when they hosted the reigning premiers on Monday night, but in the end the Storm had
too much class when it mattered and were able to run down the Raiders to record a 23-16 win. Early tries to Colin
Best and Nigel Plum set up a handy break for the Raiders, and it could easily have been a bigger lead had Best not
had a try controversially disallowed by the video referee despite the majority of replays showing it to appear a fair try.
That was the turning point, with Steve Turner going over just 2 minutes later and the Storm were back in the contest.
Melbourne 23 d Canberra 16
Storm : Tries - W Chambers, S Turner, B Slater, I Folou. Goals - S Smith 3/4. Field Goals - C Cronk 1/1.
Raiders : Tries - C Best, N Plum, A Purtell. Goals - T Carney 2/3.
Referee - P Haines. Crowd - 15,550 at Canberra Stadium.