A blistering second half burst gave the Roosters a 32-12 win over Parramatta; the Roosters consolidating their position
in the top 8.
The first half was a battle of the defences; and it wasn't until nearly 20 minutes had passed that the first score went on
the board. Eric Grothe burst through the Roosters' defensive line and had an unopposed score in the corner, which
Luke Burt converted from the sideline. 10 minutes later, scores were level again when Braith Anasta wrong-footed the
Eels' defence to score a converted try.
A penalty goal to Luke Burt gave Parramatta an 8-6 lead at half-time; but the floodgates were to open in the second half.
The first set after the restart saw Sia Soliola make a break to score, and just 4 minutes later after a 40-20 from Mitchell
Pearce gave the Roosters an attacking opportunity, Setimata Sa went over in the corner. And when Braith Anasta
pounced on a bomb to go over just a few minutes later, the Roosters were on their way to a comfortable win.
Sydney Roosters 32 def Parramatta Eels 12
Roosters : Tries - B Anasta 2, S Soliola, S Sa, B Grose, M Pearce. Goals - A Roberts 4/6.
Eels : Tries - E Grothe, J Reddy. Goals - L Burt 2/3.
Referee - S Hayne. Crowd - 16,211 at Parramatta Stadium.
The Bulldogs had never lost away against a Gold Coast side, but that was to change when the Titans outplayed the
Bulldogs to record a 24-20 win in front of another healthy crowd at Robina - maintaining the ground's fortress status as
the home side remained undefeated there this season.
Leading 16-10 at the break, Scott Prince turned on a slice of individual brilliance to extend the lead, and another penalty
goal gave the Titans a 14-point buffer. And the Titans would need that safety margin as the Bulldogs came storming
home late in the evening, Corey Hughes and Reni Maitua going over to ensure the game would go down to the wire.
Gold Coast Titans 24 def Bulldogs 20
Titans : Tries - B Meyers, L O'Dwyer, S Prince, S Samau. Goals - S Prince 4/5.
Bulldogs : Tries - C Hughes, R Maitua, C Phelps, M Utai. Goals - D Holdsworth 2/4.
Referee - J Robinson. Crowd - 22,676 at Skilled Park.
On a cold and wet Saturday night at Shark Park, the locals' hearts were warmed by the home side recording an
important win over Brisbane to maintain their position in the top 8.
The Broncos drew first blood when Tonie Carroll was onside to run into perfect position to pounce on a grubber from
Michael Ennis and score under the posts. But the Broncos were unable to press home their advantage, and the Sharks
gained a critical edge shortly before the break with a try going into the wind, with Misi Taulapapa going over in the corner.
Coming home with the wind, the Sharks had the better of possession; but the scores took a while in coming. But a
penalty goal to Luke Covell levelled the scores before Brett Kearney put the Sharks in front. A late field goal to veteran
halfback Brett Kimmorley put the result beyond doubt.
Cronulla Sharks 13 def Brisbane Broncos 6
Sharks : Tries - M Taulapapa, B Kearney. Goals - L Covell 2/3. Field Goals - B Kimmorley 1/1.
Broncos : Tries - T Carroll. Goals - M Ennis 1/1.
Referee - J Maxwell. Crowd - 13,431 at Toyota Park.
Manly took their home game against the Cowboys to the Central Coast; and although bad weather kept the crowd
down, the fans who did come saw the Sea Eagles dominate from start to finish to record a comfortable win.
Despite being a grand finallist from last season and on a solid run of form in 2008, the Origin selectors kept the Manly
side at close to full strength while taking many of the Cowboys' big name players into camp and away from this game.
And with Manly in form and on a roll, the second-string North Queensland lineup had no chance.
Manly took 25 minutes to open the scoring, but once they did there was no looking back. It was 12-0 at the break, and
the second half was a procession as the Sea Eagles ran through try after try. Adam Cuthbertson and Michael
Robertson each ran through 2 tries in a dominant display that sees the Sea Eagles remain in the top 4 while the
Cowboys' season continues to unravel.
Manly Sea Eagles 38 def North Queensland Cowboys 6
Sea Eagles : Tries - A Cuthbertson 2, M Robertson 2, J Perry, D Williams, N Bradley-Qalilawa. Goals - M Orford 5/7.
Cowboys : Tries - B Farrar. Goals - J Williams 1/1.
Referee - B Cummins. Crowd - 9,343 at Bluetongue Stadium.
|ROUND 11 FIXTURES:
(All times shown are Sydney time)
Wednesday 21st May
State of Origin - New South Wales v Queensland (8:00pm, ANZ Stadium)
Friday 23rd May
Manly v St George-Illawarra (7:30pm, Brookvale Oval)
Saturday 24th May
South Sydney v Melbourne (7:30pm, Bluetongue Stadium)
Sunday 25th May
NZ Warriors v Sydney Roosters (2:00pm, Mt Smart Stadium)
Wests Tigers v Gold Coast (3:00pm, Leichhardt Oval)
Monday 26th May
Bulldogs v Cronulla (7:00pm, ANZ Stadium)
BYE- Brisbane, North Queensland, Parramatta, Newcastle, Penrith, Canberra.
St George hit a lucky jackpot when they were drawn to play Melbourne on a weekend when the Storm would be
severely depleted by Origin duties, and the Dragons made the most of their good fortune when they comfortably
accounted for a young and inexperienced Melbourne side 36-12.
Bad weather, trackwork and the game being scheduled a long way from the Dragons' heartland in the southern
suburbs saw only a very small crowd in attendance; and they saw the Dragons take the lead early when Jason
Nightingale judged a bomb from Jamie Soward to saw the opening try. And the Dragons would never look back,
leading 14-2 at the break and going on with the job in the second half. Jamie Soward was sensational, controlling
play throughout as well as scoring a try and landing 6 goals in a best on ground performance.
St George-Illawarra Dragons 36 def Melbourne Storm 12
Dragons : Tries - J Nightingale 2, M Lett, B Morris, J Morris, J Soward. Goals - J Soward 6/8.
Storm : Tries - W Chambers, S Manu. Goals - S Turner 1/1, J Smith 1/2.
Referee - P Haines. Crowd - 6,881 at ANZ Stadium.
New Zealand Warriors remain winless on the road in 2008 after they were comprehensively outplayed 46-22 by
Penrith at CUA Stadium on Sunday. The Panthers led all the way, going out to a 22-6 lead at half time and extending
that margin to 40-6 on the hour before three late tries to the Warriors added some respectability to the scoreline.
Michael Gordon, Michael Jennings and Frank Pritchard all scored doubles for Penrith as the Panthers defied the
early season predictions of doom and gloom to enter the top 8.
Penrith Panthers 46 def New Zealand Warriors 22
Panthers : Tries - M Gordon 2, M Jennings 2, F Pritchard 2, L Rooney, T Waterhouse. Goals - M Gordon 7/9.
Warriors : Tries - S Mannering 2, I Henderson, R Packer. Goals - L Hohaia 3/4.
Referee - T De las Heras. Crowd - 9,450 at CUA Stadium.
Another healthy Newcastle crowd was on hand when the Knights hosted Wests Tigers, but it wasn't to be the locals'
day as Wests Tigers took out victory in a free-flowing and entertaining contest.
With Benji Marshall and Robbie Farah returning from injury, the Tigers had firepower they had been lacking in
recent weeks; and backed themselves to capitalise. Scores were level at 16-16 at the break and the Knights went to
a 22-16 lead not long afterwards; but the Tigers raced away with the game in the latter stages. Benji Marshall and
Brett Hodgson each scored doubles as the Tigers remained in the top 8 while the Knights were dislodged from the
top half of the ladder.
Wests Tigers 38 def Newcastle Knights 26
Tigers : Tries - B Hodgson 2, B Marshall 2, L Fulton, S McDonnell, B Te'o. Goals - B Hodgson 5/7.
Knights : Tries - C Bailey 3, S Dureau, C Vuna. Goals - W Naiqama 3/5.
Referee - S Hampstead. Crowd - 20,154 at Energy Australia Stadium.
After finally breaking their losing streak in the previous round, Souths were brought back to earth with a nasty thump
when they were thrashed 38-10 by Canberra on Monday night.
The Raiders were on the board in the opening minute, with Joel Monaghan scoring the first of what would become
a double. And so it continued - 24-4 at half time and already the match appeared out of Souths' reach; and the
second half continued the rot with the final score of 38-10 a reflection of Canberra's dominance. Alan Tongue was
judged best on ground, controlling the tempo of the game, while the defensive weaknesses of the Rabbitohs were
all too clear as the Raiders ran throgh 7 tries to 2.
Canberra Raiders 38 def South Sydney Rabbitohs 10
Raiders : Tries - J Monaghan 2, T Campese, B Goodwin, A Purtell, T Thurling, G Turner. Goals - T Carney 5/7.
Rabbitohs : Tries - B Champion, D Widders. Goals - I Luke 1/2.
Referee - G Badger. Crowd - 11,115 at Canberra Stadium.