* Bulldogs penalised 2 points for breach of interchange rule.
St George's purple patch under new coach Wayne Bennett continued when the Dragons completed a 22-8 victory over
the Eels at Parramatta Stadium on Friday night.
Scores were locked at 2-2 after half an hour, but the Dragons got the upper hand during the final 10 minutes of the half.
Ben Hornby was first to go over, and just 5 minutes later it was Neville Costigan's turn to break the Parramatta line and
score to give St George a 14-2 lead at the break.
The Dragons defended resolutely during the second half as the Eels threw everything at them but were unable to
penetrate the line. A penalty goal to Jamie Soward gave the Dragons some breathing space, but it was too little too late
when Luke Burt crossed the St George line with just 2 minutes to go. And in the final seconds, Wendell Sailor put the
icing on the Dragons' cake with a try to blow the final margin back out to 14 points.
St George-Illawarra Dragons 22 def Parramatta Eels 8
Dragons : Tries - N Costigan, W Sailor, B Hornby. Goals - J Soward 5/5.
Eels : Tries - L Burt. Goals - L Burt 2/2.
Referees - A Klein, B Suttor. Crowd - 19,017 at Parramatta Stadium.
After a low-scoring first half, the Roosters v Brisbane game opened up in the second half, with the Broncos opening up
a lead that they would need to hold out a fast-finishing Roosters side that threatened in the final moments to pull off an
Neither side troubled the scorers until 4 minutes before the break, when Karmichael Hunt crossed over to give the
Broncos a 6-0 lead at half time. But after the break, 6-0 quickly became 18-0 after Steve Michaels and Antonio
Winterstein went over in quick succession. It then became try for try as both sides threw the ball around, and with 10
minutes to go the Broncos led 28-12. But the tired Broncos had nothing more to give, and the Roosters came storming
home; tries to Mitchell Pearce and Willie Mason giving the Broncos some nervous moments, but the Roosters' revival
had come just too late to steal the game.
Brisbane Broncos 28 def Sydney Roosters 24
Broncos : Tries - K Hunt 2, A Winterstein 2, S Michaels. Goals - C Parker 4/5. Field Goals - D Lockyer 0/1.
Roosters : Tries - S Perrett, B Anasta, M Pearce, W Mason. Goals - B Anasta 3/3, C Fitzgibbon 1/1.
Referees - G Badger, M Cecchin. Crowd - 18,464 at Sydney Football Stadium.
Canberra's run of good form continued as the Raiders recorded their third straight win, defeating the struggling
Cronulla 24-14 at Toyota Park on Sunday evening.
Not even some individual heroics by David Simmons, scoring a hat-trick, looked like getting the Sharks into the contest.
Too few of his team-mates put in, while the Raiders looked a more balanced team with more coherent attacking
options. The Sharks led 14-12 with 12 minutes to go, but the Raiders managed the interchange better; and with fresh
legs in the final minutes of the game Tongue and Campese crossed the Sharks' line to give victory to the Raiders.
Canberra Raiders 24 def Cronulla Sharks 14
Raiders : Tries - J Croker, T Campese, A Tongue, S Flanagan. Goals - J Dugan 2/2, T Campese 2/2.
Sharks : Tries - D Simmons 3. Goals - L Covell 1/4.
Referees - B Cummins, A Shortall. Crowd - 8,561 at Toyota Stadium.
Melbourne achieved a home win against Penrith on Saturday night, but were made to scrap and fight all the way by a
determined Panthers outfit that denied the Storm any sense of attacking flair and turned the game into a tough, gritty,
Brad Tighe went over in the 3rd minute to send a message to the Storm that the Panthers would not be easybeats;
and although a strong running try by Billy Slater restored the game to balance, a 6-6 half time scoreline showed the
game would be a tough one.
All the scoring was done with 20 minutes to go. With just 2 points in it, the Panthers desperately searched for the try
that would give them an upset win; but the final try would not be forthcoming.
Melbourne Storm 16 def Penrith Panthers 14
Storm : Tries - B Slater, A Quinn. Goals - C Smith 4/4.
Panthers : Tries - B Tighe, L Lewis. Goals - M Gordon 3/3.
Referees - T Archer, C James. Crowd - 10,110 at Olympic Park.
On a high after their shock win over the Storm at Olympic Park, Gold Coast continued their giant-killing run of away
form when the Titans upset North Queensland 14-10 at Dairy Farmers Stadium.
It took just 10 minutes for Chris Walker to penetrate the Cowboys' line, and shortly before half-time Nathan Friend
scored to give the Titans a 12-0 lead at the break. Shannon Hegarty got one back for the Cowboys, but an important
penalty goal to Scott Prince gave the Titans some breathing space. In the dying seconds, Jonathan Thurston went
over for the Cowboys, but it was too little too late.
Gold Coast Titans 14 def North Queensland Cowboys 10
Titans : Tries - C Walker, N Friend. Goals - S Prince 3/4. Field Goals - P Campbell 0/1.
Cowboys : Tries - S Hegarty, J Thurston. Goals - J Thurston 1/2.
Referees - J Maxwell, P Haines. Crowd - 18,123 at Dairy Farmers Stadium.
Newcastle entered the top 8, condemning the New Zealand Warriors to their third straight victory when the Knights
took out the match 24-22 at Energy Australia Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Scores were locked at 6-6 shortly before half-time, but a double to James McManus gave the Knights the upper
hand, and a lead they would not surrender for the remainder of the match. Keith Lulia and Chris Houston scored
second-half tries, and despite Kurt Gidley having an off day with the boot the Knights looked in control. The Warriors
rallied late in the match, with Packer and Ah Van scoriing during the final 10 minutes, but the Knights had enough of
a buffer that the Warriors never looked likely to challenge even during their late rally.
Newcastle Knights 24 def New Zealand Warriors 22
Knights : Tries - J McManus 2, K Lulia, I de Gois, C Houston. Goals - K Gidley 2/5.
Warriors : Tries - W McKinnon, P Ah Van, R Packer, N Fien. Goals - D Kemp 3/4.
Referees - G Badger, S Lyons. Crowd - 13,626 at Energy Australia Stadium.
Four straight losses to open their title defence had been a disastrous opening to their 2009 campaign, but the Sea
Eagles finally got on the board in round 5 when they defeated Wests Tigers 23-10 in front of a full house at Brookvale.
The Tigers got off to a dream start when Beau Ryan scored in the corner off the first set of the game. Glenn Hall
replied shortly before the half-way mark of the half; but then it was Brett Stewart's turn to shine. Returning from a
4-match suspension after a drunken bender at the season launch before the opening round, Stewart quickly
rediscovered his touch and showed why he is such an integral part of the Sea Eagles lineup. Two tries in qick
succession put the Sea Eagles ahead, and when Stewart went over again during the second half he had completed
a hat-trick. Josh Morris' score cut the margin back to 12 points, kindling the slightest chance of the Tigers getting
back into the contest; but with 6 minutes to go a field goal to Matt Orford put the issue beyond doubt.
Manly Sea Eagles 23 def Wests Tigers 10
Sea Eagles : Tries - B Stewart 3, G Hall. Goals - J Lyon 3/4. Field Goals - M Orford 1/1.
Tigers : Tries - B Ryan, J Morris,. Goals - B Marshall 1/2.
Referees - S Hayne, T De las Heras. Crowd - 17,942 at Brookvale Oval.
Torrential rain on Easter Monday made playing conditions difficult at ANZ Stadium, and also dampened the crowd
when it was anticipated a huge gathering would make their way from the Easter Show next door to the game. But
there was still a healthy crowd of over 22,000 on hand to witness a game that wouldn't offer much to the purists but
contained drama and excitement to the end.
The Bulldogs have held the wood on Souths in recent seasons, but the Rabbitohs had hopes of an upset when
Beau Champion went over in just the second minute. But a burst from the Bulldogs would turn the game's fortunes
around, with Josh Morris and Andrew Ryan scoring within 3 minutes of each other to give the Bulldogs the initiative
and a 12-6 half-time lead.
A penalty goal to Michael Ennis, taking the goalkicking over after an injury to Hazem El Masri, gave the Bulldogs
some breathing space. And they would need that, as when Eddy Pettybourne went over under the posts with 8
minutes to go and the try was converted, the margin was back to 2 points. But try as they might, the Rabbitohs were
unable to find the winner, and the Bulldogs took out a deserved win and dislodged Souths from top spot on the
Bulldogs 14 def South Sydney Rabbitohs 12
Bulldogs : Tries - J Morris, A Ryan. Goals - H El Masri 2/2, M Ennis 1/1.
Rabbitohs : Tries - B Champion, E Pettybourne. Goals - C Sandow 1/1, I Luke 1/1.
Referees - A Klein, B Suttor. Crowd - 22,775 at ANZ Stadium.
|ROUND 6 FIXTURES:
(All times shown are Sydney time)
Friday 17th April
Penrith v Brisbane (7:30pm, CUA Stadium)
Gold Coast v Canberra (7:30pm, Skilled Park)
Saturday 18th April
St George-Illawarra v Newcastle (5:30pm, Jubilee Oval)
South Sydney v Manly (7:30pm, ANZ Stadium)
Sunday 19th April
NZ Warriors v Sydney Roosters (12:00pm, Mt Smart Stadium)
Cronulla v North Queensland (2:00pm, Hindmarsh Stadium)
Parramatta v Bulldogs (3:00pm, ANZ Stadium)
Monday 20th April
Wests Tigers v Melbourne (7:00pm, Leichhardt Oval)