The trip to Brisbane holds few fears for Parramatta, with the Eels having an imposing record when playing away to the
Broncos. And although the Broncos took the points this time, Parramatta were far from disgraced; leading for much of
the contest and, with a bit of luck and had they held their nerve, the Eels may have even taken out what would have been
a remarkable upset victory.
Feleti Mateo wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard, and when Joel Reddy scored for the Eels they found
themselves already 10-0 ahead after 8 minutes. An offload from Karmichael Hunt set up Denan Kemp to get the
Broncos on the board, but when Justin Hodges was reported for a high shot the penalty goal extended Parramatta’s
advantage. But minutes before the break, Justin Hodges found a break in the Eels line and the visitors’ lead was
reduced to 12-10 at half time.
The prospect of an upset was raised further when Fui Fui Moi Moi made a 50 metre break to set up Luke Burt, and
when Burt converted his own try the Eels’ lead was out to 8 points.
On the hour, Denan’s second try cut the margin back to 2 points, and a penalty goal shortly afterwards levelled the
scores. Denan Kemp and David Stagg both scored in quick succession, but in the windy conditions Michael Ennis was
unable to convert either try and the Broncos’ lead was 8 points.
But Parramatta weren’t done yet. Firstly diving over a pack to score in the corner, and then with a clever kick and chase,
Krishnan Inu forced the match back on level terms. But, as it appeared the match was heading towards golden point
extra time, Darren Lockyer put up a bomb which Denan Kemp positioned himself perfectly to take the ball and score as
the siren went in.
It was a heartbreaking loss for Parramatta, who had fought gallantly all day. But the Broncos were good enough to
stand up when the game was there to be won; and a remarkable 4-try haul from Denan Kemp was enough to get the
Broncos over the line.
Brisbane Broncos 30 def Parramatta Eels 26
Broncos : Tries – D Kemp 4, J Hodges, D Stagg. Goals – M Ennis 3/6, C Parker 0/2.
Eels : Tries – K Inu 2, L Burt, F Mateo, J Reddy. Goals – L Burt 3/6.
Referee – J Robinson. Crowd – 25,564 at Suncorp Stadium.
Manly maintained their position in the top 4, while the gap between Canberra and the top 8 increased further, after the
Sea Eagles pulled off a 31-18 win at Canberra Stadium on Friday night.
The Sea Eagles got off to a good start when Michael Robertson dodged two tackles to score after 8 minutes, and Matt
Ballin was on the end of a pass from Brett Stewart to give Manly a 10-0 lead after 18 minutes.
But the complexion of the game would change 10 minutes later, after a high shot from Adam Cuthbertson on Troy
Thompson would see the Sea Eagle sent off and Manly reduced to 12 men for the remainder of the match.
A penalty goal and a try to Anthony Watmough early in the second half saw the Manly advantage stretch to 18 points, but
the fatigue from being a player shot began to take its toll. The Raiders found themselves getting a greater share of
possession and field position, and converted tries to Colin Best and Todd Carney in quick succession saw the margin
cut back to just 6 points and the crowd had found their voice.
A field goal to Matt Orford gave the Sea Eagles some breathing space, and with time running out, tries to Mattai and
Menzies made the game safe for Manly; and although Thurling got a try back in the final seconds for Canberra it was too
little too late.
Manly Sea Eagles 31 def Canberra Raiders 18
Sea Eagles : Tries – M Ballin, S Matai, S Menzies, M Robertson, A Watmough. Goals – M Orford 5/6. Field Goals – M
Raiders : Tries – C Best, T Carney, T Thurling. Goals – T Carney 3/3.
Referee – S Hampstead. Crowd – 13,120 at Canberra Stadium.
|ROUND 13 FIXTURES:
(All times shown are Sydney time)
Friday 6th June
NZ Warriors v South Sydney (5:30pm, Mt Smart Stadium)
St George-Illawarra v Brisbane (7:30pm, WIN Stadium)
Saturday 7th June
Bulldogs v Newcastle (5:30pm, ANZ Stadium)
Wests Tigers v North Queensland (7:30pm, Campbelltown Stadium)
Parramatta v Canberra (7:30pm, Parramatta Stadium)
Sunday 8th June
Penrith v Cronulla (2:00pm, Penrith Stadium)
Manly v Sydney Roosters (3:00pm, Brookvale Oval)
Monday 9th June
Gold Coast v Melbourne (7:00pm, Skilled Park)
Olympic Park continued its status as a graveyard for visiting teams when a rampant Melbourne Storm demolished
an insipid Bulldogs side 46-0 on Saturday evening.
A solid run set up Cam Smith to open the scoring, and his boot was also on target as he landed the first of 7
conversions for the evening. A run by Billy Slater set up Matt Geyer, and Israel Folou was too strong for the Bulldogs’
defenders to tackle him effectively and the Storm soon found themselves with a third try. The procession continued
with Steve Turner and Jeremy Smith also crossing the line before half time, at which point the Storm held an
imposing 28-0 lead. The second half would follow a similar pattern, with the Storm running in a total of 8 tries for the
As impressive as the Storm were, they were helped by the pathetic play of the Bulldogs. Rarely did the Bulldogs
threaten to score, even putting 6 tackles together without dropping the ball seemed beyond them for most of the day.
Rarely in the long and proud history of the club have the Bulldogs played as dismally as in this match; and a season
that promised little is delivering even less.
Melbourne Storm 46 def Bulldogs 0
Storm : Tries – M Geyer 2, M Crocker, C Cronk, I Folau, S Cmith, J Smith, S Turner. Goals – C Smith 7/8.
Bulldogs – Nil.
Referee – S Hayne. Crowd – 12,251 at Olympic Park.
North Queensland’s season went from bad to worse when the Cowboys slumped to their fifth straight defeat, a field
goal late in golden point handing Penrith a 19-18 win at Dairy Farmers Stadium.
The Panthers scored twice in the opening 20 minutes, but the Cowboys fought back in the closing stages of the half
to take a 12-10 lead into the break.
Early in the second half, the Cowboys were reduced to 12 men when Luke O’Donnell was sent off, and the ensuing
penalty goal levelled the scores but the Cowboys held on grimly. A penalty goal to Johnathan Thurston again gave
the Cowboys the lead, and the clock was ticking by. But with five minutes to go, an intercept and length of the field
run by Michael Jennings handed the lead to the Panthers.
Again the game changed in the final seconds of regulation time. Ben Harris was held up in goals, with play moving
back 10 metres for the restart. And from dummy half the ball made it to Ashley Graham who dived over in the corner;
and after what seemed an eternity, the Ref’s Call sign went up on the video. Referee Alan Shortall awarded the try
and the match went into overtime.
The Panthers had the better of additional time, but twice Jarrod Sammut failed to land the drop goal. But his third
attempt went between the posts, and the Panthers were home.
Penrith Panthers 19 def North Queensland Cowboys 18 in golden point extra time.
Panthers : Tries – M Jennings, L Rooney, B Tighe. Goals – J Sammut 3/5. Field Goals – J Sammut 1/3.
Cowboys : Tries – D Abraham, T Burns, A Graham. Goals – J Thurston 3/4.
Referee – A Shortall. Crowd – 16,553 at Dairy Farmers Stadium.
A shock result in Newcastle on Saturday night saw the Knights upset by the New Zealand Warriors, a result that
sees the Warriors stay within reach of the top 8 but one which could potentially cost the Knights a place within the
top half of the competition.
It was end to end for the first 20 scoreless minutes, but Michael Crockett broke the deadlock to put the visitors on the
board first. The try was not converted, but the Warriors held the lead until 3 minutes before the break when a run by
Adam McDougall saw him score, and the conversion gave the Knights the lead at the break.
But again it looked to be going pear-shaped for the home team, when the Warriors exploded out of the blocks after
the restart, converted tries to Ah Van and Henderson in the first 5 minutes of the second half putting the Warriors 16-
Gradually the Knights found their form and worked their way back into the contest. On the hour, Chris Bailey went
over for the Knights, and 4 minutes later it was James McManus who crossed the line. But importantly, McManus’ try
was not converted, and scores remained tied at 16-16.
But in the final minute, as the game looked to be heading towards golden point, a penalty for offside gave the
Warriors a shot at a penalty goal to win the game. Patrick Ah Van stepped back and calmly put the ball over, and
victory went to the New Zealand side.
NZ Warriors 18 def Newcastle Knights 16
Warriors : Tries – P Ah Van, M Crockett, I Henderson. Goals – P Ah Van 3/4.
Knights : Tries – C Bailey, A MacDougall, J McManus. Goals – W Naiqama 2/3.
Referee – J Maxwell. Crowd – 15,489 at Energy Australia Stadium.
Souths’ season from hell got worse when the Rabbitohs suffered a 26-12 defeat at the hands of a red-hot St
George-Illawarra side, whose third win on the trot sees them get back into the finals race after a sluggish start to the
The Rabbitohs had suffered a traumatic week off the field, with reports of infighting between club owners Russell
Crowe and Peter Holmes a Court, but on the field they started brightly with Shannon Hegarty going over to open the
scoring in the 4th minute. But the Dragons began to find their rhythm, and converted tries to Rangi Chase and
Chase Stanley gave the Dragons a 12-6 lead at half time.
Luck wasn’t running Souths’ way. With one minue to go before the break, and Souths in attack, a timekeeping error
saw the siren sound. And although play soon restarted and the final minute was played, the Rabbitohs’ attacking
momentum was lost. And worse was to come for the Rabbitohs early in the second half, a double within 5 minutes
by Ben Creagh giving the Dragons a handy break, while Jason Nightingale’s try on the hour put the result beyond
doubt. And although Souths got a late try, it was another disappointing defeat for the Rabbitohs as their season of
discontent went from bad to worse.
St George-Illawarra Dragons 26 def South Sydney 12
Dragons : Tries – B Creagh 2, R Chase, J Nightingale, C Stanley. Goals – J Soward 3/5.
Rabbitohs : Tries – S Hegarty, L Capewell. Goals – I Luke 2/2.
Referee – G Badger. Crowd – 12,978 at ANZ Stadium.
Cronulla maintained their grip on a top 8 position when the Sharks sent Gold Coast to their second loss on the trot,
the Sharks recording a 30-14 win at Shark Park in cold and wet conditions on Sunday afternoon.
The Sharks opened the scoring on 8 minutes when Greg Bird set up Ben Pomeroy; and a penalty goal added to the
Sharks’ advantage. But after 30 minutes of solid defence, the Cronulla resistance collapsed in the final 10 minutes
before the break. Tries to O’Dwyer and Minichiello gave the Titans a 10-8 lead at half time, and when Brett Delaney
crossed over just a few minutes after the restart, the Titans held a 14-8 lead and were looking good.
But the Sharks managed to find something extra in the last half hour, while the Titans faded. Luke Covell, back in the
Sharks’ team after being dropped for their loss to the Bulldogs last Monday, found the form that had been eluding
him in recent weeks with a double. Ben Pomeroy also added his second, while Greg Bird put the icing on the cake
with a late try.
The result sees Cronulla maintain their position in the top 8, a fair reward for effort after a game in which they were
clearly the superior side. For the Titans, after an imposing series of results earlier in the season, slip out of the top 4
and unless they can rediscover their form are at risk of letting a promising season fall away.
Cronulla Sharks 30 def Gold Coast Titans 14
Sharks : Tries – L Covell 2, B Pomeroy 2, G Bird. Goals – L Covell 5/6.
Titans : Tries – B Delaney, M Minichiello, L O’Dwyer. Goals – S Prince 1/3.
Referee – B Cummins. Crowd – 8,214 at Toyota Park.
The Sydney Roosters maintained their hold on top spot when they recorded a 19-10 victory over the Wests Tigers at
a wet and slippery Sydney Football Stadium on Monday night.
It was a battle of the defences early, with both sides refusing to concede ground while struggling to keep hold of a
slippery ball. The deadlock would not be broken until the 28th minute, when Amos Roberts went in at the corner.
Fitzgibbon’s conversion gave the Roosters a 6-0 lead, a margin that would double with just a few minutes to go
before half time when Mitchell Aubusson crossed the line under the posts.
A good run from Robbie Farah opened the Tigers’ account shortly after the break, with Hodgson adding the extras.
But on the hour, Aubusson’s second try restored the 12-point buffer.
With 9 minutes to go, the game was again up for grabs, after Benji Marshall offloaded to Taniela Tuiaki who scored
in the corner. But, with the wind picking up and the rain getting heavier, Hodgson missed the conversion; and with
time running out and the margin still more than a converted try, the Roosters only had to play out time. A late field
goal to Mitchell Pearce extended the final winning margin to 9 points; enough to ensure the Roosters would remain
on top but the Tigers would be in danger of dropping out of the top 8.
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Sydney Roosters 19 def Wests Tigers 10
Roosters : Tries – M Aubusson 2, A Roberts. Goals – C Fitzgibbon 3/3. Field Goals – M Pearce 1/1.
Tigers : Tries – R Farah, T Tuiaki. Goals – B Hodgson 1/2.
Referee – T Archer. Crowd – 15,204 at Sydney Football Stadium.