Souths travelled to Auckland to open the round’s action and returned to Australia with the two points, just their second
win this season. It was a welcome return to form for the Rabbitohs, and their win was their first over the Warriors since
their re-admission to the NRL in 2002.
The Warriors got off to a bright start, and after 20 minutes held a 14-0 lead. Michael Crockett had scored twice and
Patrick Ah Van once, but only one try was converted. But the Rabbitohs fought back. In the 25th minute, an offload from
John Sutton set up Luke Stuart. Fetula Talanoa found a gaping hole in the Warriors’ defence to add another. And on
the stroke of half time, Manose Manulkafoa crashed over; and the Rabbitohs took a 18-14 lead into half time.
The Rabbitohs extended their lead 8 minutes after the break, when a bungled drop out travelled only 15 metres
straight into the arms of Luke Capewell who strolled over the line for another try. But the Warriors then found some
momentum, with tries to Kirk and Crockett levelling the game at 22-all with 20 minutes to go.
Jerome Ropati gave the Warriors the lead, but the Warriors’ time in front would be short-lived, as Luke Stuart would
cross over just three minutes later. A break from John Sutton set up Ben Lowe for another try, with Sandow’s
conversion extending the lead to 6 points.
With time running out, the Warriors continued to press, but were unable to score. And a late field goal to Chris Sandow
put the issue beyond doubt. The Rabbitohs’ losing streak had finally come to an end. But for the Warriors, it was a
disappointing home loss in a season that is slipping away.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 35 def New Zealand Warriors 28
Rabbitohs : Tries – L Capewell, M Manuokafoa, L Stuart, F Talanoa, J Lowe, J Simpson. Goals – I Luke 3/4, C Sandow
2/2. Field Goals – C Sandow 1/1.
Warriors : Tries – M Crockett 3, P Ah Van, A Kirk, J Ropati. Goals – P Ah Van 1/3, L Hohaia 1/3.
Referee – T De las Heras. Crowd – 13,112 at Mt Smart Stadium.
After a 4-year stint playing rugby union and a 2-year drug ban, Wendell Sailor returned to rugby league when St George
took on Brisbane at WIN Stadium on Friday night. It wasn’t a triumphant return for the former Bronco, as he struggled to
have any impact on the game during the first half before going off injured shortly after the break. But the Dragons
maintained their momentum, their fourth straight win moving them into the top 8.
After a Jamie Soward bomb was knocked on, the Dragons had a repeat set from close range, and on the last tackle a
grubber from Soward hit the uprights before rebounding to Ben Hornby to open the scoring after just 8 minutes. A
conversion and a penalty goal 3 minutes later extended the score to 8-0. Another converted try to Dean Young not long
afterwards put the Dragons further in front, but Greg Eastwood got one back for the Broncos with a good solo effort.
With only a few minutes to go till half time, the Morris brothers combined and it was Brett who went over to give the
Dragons a 20-6 lead at the break.
After the break, the injury to Wendell Sailor took the wind out of the Dragons’ sails, and on 54 minutes Tonie Carroll
found a break in the Dragons’ line to score and reduce the deficit to 10 points. But any hope the Broncos had of getting
back into the contest were dashed by a double to Jason Nightingale; and the Dragons were content to defend over the
remaining minutes of the game and cruise to a comfortable victory.
St George-Illawarra Dragons 28 def Brisbane Broncos 10
Dragons : Tries – J Nightingale 2, B Hornby, B Morris, D Young. Goals – J Soward 4/6.
Broncos : Tries – T Carroll, G Eastwood. Goals – M Ennis 1/2.
Referee – B Cummins. Crowd – 11,432 at WIN Stadium.
In an even season to date, Newcastle kept within striking distance of the finals while the Bulldogs’ hopes of climbing
out of the lower reaches of the ladder were dealt a blow when the Knights recorded a 22-12 victory at ANZ Stadium
on Saturday evening.
James McManus got the visitors off to a flying start, making a break and going all the way to score in the corner in
just the 3rd minute. But highlights were few and far between in what was a scrappy game, where fumbles and poor
possession play were commonplace and both sides struggled to complete sets.
On 16 minutes the match was back on level terms after Matt Utai crashed over in the corner and Hazem El Masri
converted from the sideline. But a double to Junior Sau on either side of the half time break gave the Knights a 10-
point advantage, and there would be no way back for the Bulldogs. On 68 minutes, Adam MacDougall found a
gaping hole in the Bulldogs’ line and breezed through to score the simplest of tries; and the fate of the game was
The Bulldogs got one try back, when Nick Youngquest went over in the dying minutes. But it was too little too late for
the home side. The Knights remain in contention for the finals, but still have some work to do to get there. But the
Bulldogs’ season appears to be slipping away.
Newcastle Knights 22 def Bulldogs 12
Knights : Tries – J Sau 2, A MacDougall, J McManus. Goals – W Naiqama 3/4.
Bulldogs : Tries – M Utai, N Youngquest. Goals – H El Masri 2/2.
Referee – S Hampstead. Crowd – 9,565 at ANZ Stadium.
Wests Tigers continued to hang on to their spot in the top 8, while condemning North Queensland to their sixth loss
on the trot, when the Tigers completed a comprehensive 40-16 win at Campbelltown Stadium on Saturday evening.
It was a flying start for the Tigers, and the Cowboys would always be chasing the game. It took just 5 minutes for the
scoring to be opened, when Dean Collis flew high to catch a bomb before diving to place the ball in the corner. Some
good work by Brett Hodgson to get around three Cowboys defenders before offloading to Shannon McDonnell for
another score. Matthew Head got another for the Tigers on 24 minutes, catching the Cowboys’ defenders out with a
dummy before going himself to score at give the home side a 16-0 lead after the conversion.
The Tigers’ onslaught wasn’t finished yet. Brett Hodgson went for a grubber which rebounded off the North
Queensland defence into the arms of Ben Te’o with the open line in front of him. And although Nick Slyney got one
back for the Cowboys in the final moments of the second half, the 22-6 scoreline at half time reflected the Tigers’
The Cowboys had to find something to get back into the game, and after the break they came out swinging. Repeat
sets gave the Cowboys a scoring opportunity, and Ty Williams took advantage to score; but the conversion was
missed. And it was nearly a double to Williams after he crossed the line again in the 50th minute, but the video ref
disallowed the try.
The Tigers got some more breathing space when a grubber from Hodgson set up Chris Heighington, but when Ben
Harris scored under the posts and the try was converted, the margin was back to 12 points with still plenty of time to
But try as they might, the Cowboys could get no closer. Instead it was the Tigers who dominated the final minutes of
the game, scoring twice in the last 10 minutes to blow out the winning margin.
Wests Tigers 40 def North Queensland Cowboys 16
Tigers : Tries – D Collis, M Head, C Heighington, B Hodgson, B Marshall, S McDonnell, B Te’o. Goals – B Hodgson
Cowboys : Tries – B Harris, N Slyney, T Williams. Goals – J Williams 2/3.
Referee – G Badger. Crowd – 10,488 at Campbelltown Stadium.
The clash between strugglers Parramatta and Canberra went the way of the Eels, the home side making short work
of the Raiders on their way to a comfortable 30-12 victory.
It was end to end play early as both sides threatened each other’s line, but it was the Raiders who were first to score
when David Milne found some room to move through a hole in the Parramatta line and put the ball down for the
opening try. But it took just 3 minutes for the Eels to strike back, when Joel Reddy positioned himself to catch a
cross-field bomb by Luke Burt and score in the corner. Burt’s conversion levelled the scores at 6-6.
Five minutes later the Eels were in again, Feleti Mateo delivering a brilliant offload to Burt in the corner. But with the
try not converted, the scoreline was 10-6 to the Eels; and that’s how it stayed for the remainder of the half.
Five minutes after the restart, the Eels added to their advantage. A 50m play started by Mark Riddell and advanced by
Mateo set up Brett Finch to score under the posts. And when Luke Burt capitalised on some sloppy defending to add
another, the Eels were leading 22-6. Bronx Goodwin got a try back for the Raiders on the hour, but any hopes the
visitors had of getting back into the contest ended with Finch’s second try of the game.
Parramatta Eels 30 def Canberra Raiders 12
Eels : Tries – L Burt 2, B Finch 2, J Reddy. Goals – L Burt 5/6.
Raiders : Tries – B Goodwin, D Milne. Goals – T Carney 2/2.
Referee – A Shortall. Crowd – 10,195 at Parramatta Stadium.
Cronulla leap-frogged Penrith on the ladder after the Sharks got off to a good start and then held on for a thrilling 24-
22 win against the Panthers at CUA Stadium on Sunday.
The Sharks were without Greg Bird and Paul Gallen, who were away in Origin camp, and the Panthers wasted no
time in getting on the board; a grubber kick in the 2nd minute rebounding into the arms of Michael Jennings and the
Panthers led 6-0 while many of the crowd were still finding their seats. But the Sharks were quick to get back into the
game, with a beautifully weighted kick by Brett Seymour setting up Luke Covell. Covell scored the try but missed the
conversion, the Panthers leading 6-4.
The Sharks were in front on 20 minutes, when a string of passes set up Ben Pomeroy for the Sharks’ second try.
The visitors were enjoying a glut of possession, and Seymour scored soon after in the corner. On the stroke of half
time, Covell dived over for his second try of the game and the Sharks led 18-6 at the break, a lead that would have
been greater had Covell not been having a shocker of a night with the kicking boots, having only converted one of the
four tries scored in the first half.
Jarred Sammut narrowed the gap, making a move out wide and scoring in the corner, but his conversion attempt
was unsuccessful. Covell’s night with the boot went from bad to worse when he missed a penalty goal attempt, but
he would make up for it by scoring his third try at the 63 minute mark. Brett Seymour took over the goalkicking duties,
and added the extras.
The game looked safe for the Sharks, but the fast-finishing Panthers had other ideas. Shane Rodney and Trent
Waterhouse scored converted tries within 2 minutes of each other, and with 4 minutes to go the margin was back to
2 points. The Panthers continued to press, threatening to steal a victory from a game where they were rarely in
contention, but the Sharks would hold them out.
Cronulla Sharks 24 def Penrith Panthers 22
Sharks : Tries – L Covell 3, B Pomeroy, B Seymour. Goals – L Covell 1/5, B Seymour 1/1.
Panthers : Tries – M Jennings, S Rodney, J Sammut, T Waterhouse. Goals – J Sammut 3/4.
Referee – J Maxwell. Crowd – 10,543 at CUA Stadium.
Manly moved into a share of the competition league when the Sea Eagles demolished the Sydney Roosters 42-0 at
Brookvale Oval on Sunday afternoon.
Steven Bell, in his 50th game for the Sea Eagles, got them off to a flying start with a double inside the first 10
minutes. In wet and windy conditions, the Roosters were always going to be chasing the game, but never got into the
contest and the more the afternoon went on the more dominant the Sea Eagles became. Repeat sets to the Sea
Eagles and a glut of possession locked the Roosters out of the contest, before Matt Orford set up David Williams for
another try and the Sea Eagles held a 14-0 lead at the break.
Into the second half, and the contest became even more lopsided. Veteran Steve Menzies was back in the side, and
he fired off a brilliant offload to set up Matt Orford for a 20-0 lead. Within 5 minutes, Jamie Lyon and Anthony
Watmough had also gone over for tries and it was a demolition. In the end the result was 8 tries to 0 in a
comprehensive victory that had Sea Eagles fans in raptures; and one that both continued the Roosters’ dismal
record in recent seasons at Brookvale and cost them top spot on the ladder.
Manly Sea Eagles 42 def Sydney Roosters 0
Sea Eagles : Tries – S Bell 2, D Williams 2, N Bradley-Qalilawa, J Lyon, M Orford, A Watmough. Goals – M Orford 5/8.
Roosters – Nil.
Referee – S Hayne. Crowd – 13,842 at Brookvale Oval.
Monday night at Robina saw a boilover as Gold Coast snapped their 2-match losing streak to defeat Melbourne 18-0.
The Storm, playing a second-string lineup in the absence of the Origin stars, struggled to adapt to the wet and windy
conditions and were never in the contest against an enthusiastic Titans outfit. It took just 5 minutes for Brett Delaney
to crash over the Storm line for the opening try, and a penalty to Mat Rogers a few minutes later extended the lead to
8-0. A try to Brad Meyers out wide wasn’t converted, but it gave the Titans a 12-0 lead which they maintained till half
The second half was similar to the first, with the Storm struggling to complete their sets and frustrated by a run of
silly penalties while the Titans were able to pressure the Storm defence into giving them repeat sets and a lopsided
possession rate. A chip and chase by Brett Jeffery in the 64th minute was the icing on the cake for the Titans,
ensuring the game was safe as well as giving the competition’s newest team the rare honour of holding the
defending champions scoreless.
Gold Coast Titans 18 def Melbourne Storm 0
Titans : Tries – B Delaney, B Jeffery, B Meyers. Goals – M Rogers 3/4.
Storm – Nil.
Referee – J Robinson. Crowd – 19,409 at Skilled Park.
|ROUND 15 FIXTURES:
(All times shown are Sydney time)
Wednesday 2nd July
State of Origin - Queensland v New South Wales (8:00pm, Suncorp Stadium)
Friday 4th July
Gold Coast v Manly (7:30pm, Skilled Park)
Saturday 5th July
Newcastle v St George-Illawarra (7:30pm, Energy Australia Stadium)
Sunday 6th July
Melbourne v Canberra (Olympic Park, 2:00pm)
Parramatta v Penrith (Parramatta Stadium, 3:00pm)
Monday 7th July
Bulldogs v South Sydney (ANZ Stadium, 7:00pm)
BYE - Brisbane, Cronulla, North Queensland, NZ Warriors, Sydney Roosters, Wests Tigers