* Bulldogs penalised 2 points for breach of interchange rule.
Wayne Bennett returned to Brisbane, but this time he was sitting in the away coach's box as his new side, St George,
took on the Brisbane team he had coached from their inception until the end of last season. And it was the Dragons,
drawing on Bennett's knowledge and expertise, that would taste victory with a hard-fought 25-12 win in front of a
blockbuster crowd at Suncorp Stadium.
The Dragons led 8-6 at the break, but took control in a 16-minute burst after the interval. James Soward, Wendell Sailor
and Brett Morris all went over to extend the Dragons' lead; and although Darren Lockyer got one back for the Broncos,
St George always looked to have the match under control. A field goal in the final minute to Jamie Soward made sure of
it, as the Broncos suffered their first loss of the season.
St George-Illawarra Dragons 25 def Brisbane Broncos 12.
Dragons : Tries - B Morris, W Sailor, J Soward, B Creagh. Goals - J Soward 4/6. Field Goals - J Soward 1/1.
Broncos : Tries - I Folau, D Lockyer. Goals - C Parker 2/3.
Referees - S Hayne, M Cecchin. Crowd - 42,435 at Suncorp Stadium.
Sydney Roosters and Parramatta continued their topsy-turvy seasons when the Roosters defeated the Eels 24-6,
putting both teams on a 2-2 record for the season to date.
Sam Perrett went over for the Roosters in the 8th minute, giving them a lead they would not surrender for the remainder
of the match. With Craig Fitzgibbon's boot in sensational touch with the conversions and a string of penalty goals, the
lead was building up; and a double to Shaun Kenny-Dowall on either side of the half time break further extended the
Both Roosters wins have seen their opponents not score until the final minute. This time it was Jarryd Hayne who
damaged the clean sheet with just seconds to go on the clock, with Luke Burt adding the extras. But this was the
Roosters' night, with all the indications suggesting this will be a wildly inconsistent season for both clubs.
Sydney Roosters 24 def Parramatta Eels 6
Roosters : Tries - S Kenny-Dowall 2, S Perrett. Goals - C Fitzgibbon 6/6.
Eels : Tries - J Hayne. Goals - L Burt 1/1.
Referees - T Archer, S Lyons. Crowd - 11,231 at Sydney Football Stadium.
On a high after their win against Manly, Penrith continued their 2009 resurgence when the Panthers accounted for
Wests Tigers 42-22 on Saturday evening at CUA Stadium.
In an entertaining and high-scoring contest in which 10 tries were scored, the Tigers came from 22-12 at half time to
level the match on the hour, but the Panthers broke free in the final 10 minutes to blow the margin out. Pritchard,
Graham and Coote all went over within 5 minutes; while Michael Gordon was in unstoppable form with the boot, kicking
9 from 9. The result sees Penrith, unfancied by many before the season started, move into the top 8 while the Tigers'
poor for & against could count against them as the season unfolds.
Penrith Panthers 42 def Wests Tigers 22
Panthers : Tries - L Coote, M Jennings, L Lewis, J Sammut, F Pritchard, W Graham. Goals - M Gordon 9/9.
Tigers : Tries - R Hanbury 2, T Tuiaki, K Galloway. Goals - B Marshall 3/4.
Referees - B Cummins, P Haines. Crowd - 15,813 at CUA Stadium.
A remarkable upset took place at Olympic Park when Gold Coast defeated Melbourne 18-6. It was Melbourne's first
loss under lights at Olympic Park since 2005, Gold Coast's first win over Melbourne in their 3-year history and just their
5th ever away win.
Luke Bailey scored the only try of the first half, and with Mat Rogers also contributing 2 first-half penalty goals, the
scoreline was 10-0 at the break. But the Storm's hopes and expectations of getting back into the contest were dealt
a blow after just 4 minutes of second half action, when Chris Walker found himself at the end of a Rogers pass to
go over. And although Joseph Tomane got one try back, Melbourne struggled to exert any defensive pressure and
never looked like getting back into the contest.
Gold Coast Titans 18 def Melbourne Storm 6.
Titans : Tries - C Walker, L Bailey. Goals - M Rogers 5/5.
Storm : Tries - J Tomane. Goals - C Smith 1/1.
Referees - A Klein, B Suttor. Crowd - 11,698 at Olympic Park.
South Sydney went to the top of the NRL ladder when the Rabbitohs came from behind to beat the NZ Warriors
22-16 on the early Sunday game at Mt Smart Stadium.
The Warriors got off to a flying start, when Aidan Kirk and Michael Luck scored in the first 10 minutes. Luke Capewell
got a try back, and minutes later, Fetuli Talanoa was taken out and prevented from scoring; and after an agonisinly
long wait from the video referee a penalty try was awarded.
The Warriors had scored again to lead 22-16 at the break, and with 15 minutes to go it was still 22-16. But a long
bomb from the Warriors on the 5th tackle saw Talanoa fly up for an AFL-style mark before running the length of the
field to score and level the game. The last tackle of the next set saw Isaac Luke set up Nathan Merritt and suddenly
the Rabbitohs were in front, a lead the Warriors were unable to catch during a frantic last few minutes of the match.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 22 def New Zealand Warriors 16
Rabbitohs : Tries - L Capewell, N Merritt, F Talanoa, penalty try. Goals - C Sandow 3/4.
Warriors : Tries - W McKinnon, A Kirk, M Luck. Goals - D Kemp 2/3.
Referees - T De las Heras, G Badger. Crowd - 19,386 at Mt Smart Stadium.
The Bulldogs returned to the winning list at the expense of Cronulla, the Sharks suffereing their third loss in a row
and looking in serious trouble for the season ahead. Sharks' coach Ricky Stuart described his side's first half
performance as "embarrassing" and "legless"; and few who saw his side's terrible defence in the early minutes of
the match would argue.
Bryson Goodwin and Hazem El Masri both went over for the Bulldogs in the first 10 minutes, both having little
difficulty in finding gaping holes in the Cronulla defence. On 23 minutes it was Andrew Ryan who scored and
already the lead was out to 18-0; a lead the Sharks had little if any hope of pulling back.
The Sharks lifted after the early onslaught, but the damage was done. Anthony Tupou scored shortly before the
break, and Paul Gallen after; but the game was sealed with 10 minutes to go when Josh Morris made another
break to score the game-breaker.
Bulldogs 24 def Cronulla Sharks 12
Bulldogs : Tries - H El Masri, J Morris, B Goodwin, A Ryan. Goals - H El Masri 4/4.
Sharks : Tries - A Tupou, P Gallen. Goals - L Covell 2/2.
Referees - J Robinson, G Sutton. Crowd - 15,520 at ANZ Stadium.
Manly's title defence went from bad to worse when the Sea Eagles lost their 4th straight game, going down 26-12 to
Newcastle at Energy Australia Stadium.
Everything looked to be going to script when Matt Orford grubbered brilliantly, with Steve Matai pouncing on the ball
in goal to score in the 7th minute. But the Sea Eagles were unable to add another, and the longer the game went
the more the Knights started to gain field position. Finally on the half hour, halfback Ben Rogers set up Zeb Taia to
level the scores; and when Junior Sau went over just 3 minutes later, the Knights were suddenly in front.
Just 3 minutes after the break, James McManus found the line to further extend the lead. Manly looked shot, with a
string of fumbles, missed tackles and inability to find attacking options revealing their mindset was of a team down
on form and confidence. Meanwhile the Knights put in a solid performance in their first home game of the season to
move into the top 8.
Newcastle Knights 26 def Manly Sea Eagles 12
Knights : Tries - K Gidley, J McManus, J Sau, A Uate, Z Taia. Goals - K Gidley 3/6.
Sea Eagles : Tries - S Neumann, S Matai. Goals - M Orford 1/1, S Rodney 1/1.
Referees - J Mawell, A Shortall. Crowd - 15,324 at Energy Australia Stadium.
Canberra moved off the bottom of the ladder when the Raiders got off to a flying start before holding on to beat North
Queensland 23-18 at Canberra Stadium on Monday night.
After 14 minutes, the Raiders were already leading 14-0. Plum, Croker and Purtell had all penetrated some lax
Cowboy defence to get the team off to a flying start and the crowd roaring their approval. But the Raiders then had to
hang on through a desperate second half, with mounting injuries reducing their opportunities to use the
interchange while Johnathan Thurston was looking dangerous, creating numerous scoring opportunities for the
Cowboys. But in the end the Raiders hung on to take the points, their first of the season; a result that sees
defending premiers Manly sent to the bottom of the table.
Canberra Raiders 23 def North Queensland Cowboys 18
Raiders : Tries - N Plum, J Croker, A Purtell, J Picker. Goals - T Campese 3/5. Field Goals - T Campese 1/1.
Cowboys : Tries - T Burns, B Williams, B Farrar. Goals - J Thurston 3/3.
Referees - T Archer, S Lyons. Crowd - 12,193 at Canberra Stadium.
|ROUND 5 FIXTURES:
(All times shown are Sydney time)
Friday 10th April
Sydney Roosters v Brisbane (7:30pm, Sydney Football Stadium)
Parramatta v St George-Illawarra (7:30pm, Sydney Football Stadium)
Saturday 11th April
Cronulla v Canberra (5:30pm, Toyota Stadium)
Melbourne v Penrith (7:30pm, Olympic Park)
North Queensland v Gold Coast (7:30pm, Dairy Farmers Stadium)
Sunday 12th April
Newcastle v NZ Warriors (2:00pm, Energy Australia Stadium)
Manly v Wests Tigers (3:00pm, Brookvale Oval)
Monday 13th April
Bulldogs v South Sydney (7:00pm, ANZ Stadium)