Melbourne achieved some small measure of revenge for last year's grand final humiliation when the Storm defeated
Manly 22-8 at Brookvale Oval on Friday night.
With Manly still without fullback Brett Stewart, their defence struggled early and it took just 3 minutes for a gaping hole
to open up, allowing Greg Inglis through to open the scoring. Manly replied, with Michael Robertson going over; but just
3 minutes later Billy Slater found Steve Turner, who scored in the corner. A penalty goal on the half hour made it 12-4,
and just 2 minutes after that the Storm were in again, with Cameron Smith from the play-the-ball finding an unmarked
5 minutes after the break it was looking like a blowout, after Billy Slater burst through a tackle before turning on his
explosive pace to run 40 metres and score; Cam Smith's conversion making it 22-4. But the blowout wasn't to
eventuate, as Melbourne put their foot off the gas in the later stages of the game. David Williams got one try back, but
Manly never mounted sufficient pressure to pressure the Storm.
Melbourne Storm 22 def Manly Sea Eagles 8
Storm : Tries - G Inglis, S Turner, M Cross, B Slater. Goals - C Smith 3/5.
Sea Eagles : Tries - M Robertson, D Williams. Goals - J Lyon 0/2.
Referees - S Hayne, T De las Heras. Crowd - 10,752 at Brookvale Oval.
Parramatta broke their 4-match winning streak when the Eels jumped North Queensland early and held on to record a
28-18 win at Parramatta Stadium on Friday night.
Under pressure in the media after disappointing on-field performances, and with the club in turmoil after the
publication of poor financial results and a bitter board election at the leagues club, Parramatta came out showing
determination and with a point to prove; and it took just 2 minutes for Kris Keating to burst through the Cowboys' line
and run 50 metres before setting up Joe Galuvao. Jarryd Hayne caught the Cowboys' defence napping to add another;
and when Hayne found Matthew Keating unmarked the Eels were out to a 14-0 lead after just 10 minutes.
At the break it was still 14-0, and 5 minutes into the second half a cross-field bomb by Jarryd Hayne found Luke Burt
and the Eels were in again. Steve Southern got one back for the Cowboys, but when Weller Hauraki ran down the
sideline to score in the corner, the contest was over. Although the Cowboys scored 2 late tries, the Eels were in control
and always had the game comfortably in their keeping.
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Parramatta Eels 28 def North Queensland Cowboys 18
Eels : Tries - J Galuvao, J Hayne, M Keating, L Burt, W Hauraki. Goals - K Keating 3/3, L Burt 1/3.
Cowboys : Tries - S Southern, J Tamou, B Farrar. Goals - J Thurston 3/3.
Referees - J Robinson, G Sutton. Crowd - 8,104 at Parramatta Stadium.
A rare Saturday afternoon game saw Gold Coast prevail 22-14 in a thriller over Souths at Robina. It was one try apiece
in the first half, but a late penalty goal to Chris Sandow put the Rabbitohs 8-6 at the break.
The Titans dominated possession and field position in the early stages after the break, but it took nearly 15 minutes for
a backline movement to eventually set up Chris Walker to put the Titans back in front. But the Rabbitohs weren't done
yet, Luke Stuart finding a hole in the Titans' defence to restore the lead. Then it was Mat Rogers to bring about the third
lead change in 10 minutes, feeding off a clever pass from Preston Campbell to score.
9 minutes remained and Gold Coast led 16-14. It was entertaining end-to-end action, and with just 4 minutes to go,
Chris Sandow pounced on a loose ball, kicking it high and pouncing on his own bomb to cross the line. But the video
referee, after what seemed an eternity, disallowed the try ruling the ball had been previously knocked on by the
Rabbitohs. And when Anthony Laffranchi went over in the last minute, the Titans had taken out a 22-14 victory.
Gold Coast Titans 22 def South Sydney Rabbitohs 14
Titans : Tries - P Campbell, C Walker, M Rogers, A Laffranchi. Goals - S Prince 3/4.
Rabbitohs : Tries - I Luke, L Stuart. Goals - C Sandow 3/3, I Luke 0/1.
Referees - A Klein, C James. Crowd - 19,633 at Skilled Park.
The Sydney Roosters broke their losing streak and kept Cronulla at the bottom of the ladder after a hard-fought
19-12 win at Toyota Park on Saturday night..
The Sharks threw everything at the Roosters early, but for all their attacking efforts were unable to penetrate the line.
But, against the run of play, Sean Kenny-Dowall went in for the Roosters to open the scoring; and his second try just
5 minutes later gave the Roosters a 10-0 lead. Reece Williams finally opened the scoring for the Sharks shortly
before the break, but a penalty goal and a try to Sam Perrett shortly after the restart gave the Roosters an 18-6 lead.
To make matters worse for the Sharks, Trent Barrett had been knocked out and had been taken from the field.
Although outclassed, the Sharks continued to fight; and they received their reward on 72 minutes when Paul Gallen
found an opening to score, Covell's conversion cutting the margin to just 6 points and giving the Sharks just the
slightest of sniffs. But Braith Anasta's field goal put paid to any hopes of forcing the game to an unlikely golden point.
Sydney Roosters 19 def Cronulla Sharks 12
Roosters : Tries - S Kenny-Dowall 2, S Perrett. Goals - C Fitzgibbon 3/4. Field Goals - B Anasta 1/1.
Sharks : Tries - R Williams, P Gallen. Goals - L Covell 2/2.
Referees - G Badger, M Cecchin. Crowd - 9,879 at Toyota Park.
It wasn't pretty, but very effective when Penrith returned from Canberra Stadium with the points after an 18-10 win
over the Raiders on Saturday night.
Canberra opened the scoring after 10 minutes when Justin Carney went for a 60m run to score under the posts, but
the game was back on level terms 8 minutes later after Michael Jennings weaved his way around traffic to score.
And shortly before the half-hour, Geoff Daniela went over to give the Panthers the lead.
It was 12-6 at the break, and that's how it stayed for the next half hour. Both sides defended grimly, denying their
opposition field position and scoring opportunities were few. Finally, with just 7 minutes to go, Terry Campese went
for a bomb on the 5th tackle which Justin Carney went up for before putting the ball down; and after a long video
referee deliberation the try was awarded. But Josh Dugan's conversion missed, keeping the Panthers 2 points clear
before Jennings' second try in the 77th minute put the issue beyond doubt.
Penrith Panthers 18 def Canberra Raiders 10
Panthers : Tries - G Daniela 2, M Jennings. Goals - J Sammut 3/3.
Raiders : Tries - J Carney 2. Goals - J Dugan 1/2.
Referees - S Lyons, B Suttor. Crowd - 8,850 at Canberra Stadium.
There was to be no happy fairytale result for Darren Lockyer when the veteran Bronco played his 300th game
against Newcastle at Energy Australia Stadium, with the Knights being too good for Brisbane to complete a 26-12
It was one of those nights when everything went wrong for Brisbane. Their flight to Newcastle was delayed and only
arrived shortly before the Toyota Cup was due to start, causing a stressful and rushed preparation. Late in the first
half, a wild electrical storm blew over the ground, and the lights went out at half time, forcing a 25-minute
interruption until power could be restored.
Israel Folau opened the scoring for Brisbane after 10 minutes, but on 17 minutes Adam MacDougall set up Mark
Taufua, Kurt Gidley's conversion putting the Knights 6-4 ahead. As the weather deteriorated late in the half, late tries
to Jarrod Mullen and Akuila Uate extended the Newcastle advantage before the extended half-time break.
There would be no way back for the Broncos in the second half. Two penalty goals to Kurt Gidley extended the
advantage, and Jarrod Mullen's second try put the result beyond doubt. Although Sam Thaiday scored a try in the
closing stages, it was too little too late and the Knights were on their way to victory.
Newcastle Knights 28 def Brisbane Broncos 12
Knights : Tries - J Mullen 2, M Taufua, A Uate. Goals - K Gidley 6/6.
Broncos : Tries - I Folau, S Thaiday. Goals - C Parker 2/3.
Referees - T Archer, J Maxwell. Crowd - 18,154 at Energy Australia Stadium.
A low-scoring and error-riddled contest at WIN Stadium was saved by a close finish, with St George falling over the
line to defeat the NZ Warriors.
Leading 7-2 at the break after a Patrick Ah Van try and a Stacey Jones field goal on the buzzer, the Warriors had to
withstand some desperate attack by St George early in the second half. Ben Morris finally broke through to score,
Jamie Soward's conversion giving the Dragons the lead. But just 3 minutes later, the Warriors had regained the
lead after a run from Jerome Ropati ended with him putting the ball down over the line. It should have been a double
a few minutes later, but with the line open in front of him, Ropati dropped the ball. With just 6 minutes to go, Ben
Creagh outmuscled three defenders to score, and give the home side the narrowest of wins.
St George-Illawarra Dragons 12 def New Zealand Warriors 11
Dragons : Tries - B Morris, B Creagh. Goals - J Soward 2/4.
Warriors : Tries - P Ah Van, J Ropati. Goals - P Ah Van 1/3. Field Goals - S Jones 1/1.
Referees - B Cummins, J Robinson. Crowd - 14,562 at WIN Stadium.
The Bulldogs' dream season continued, as last year's bottom side came to the top of the table after an entertaining
22-20 win over Wests Tigers at Homebush on Sunday.
Benji Marshall was a late withdrawal from the match, and was a major loss for the Tigers; not just for his creativity
but also for his goalkicking, with Shannon Gallant only managing to land 2 goals from 5 attempts; when just one
more would have forced golden point. But the highlight of the match was the battle of the hookers. With Michael
Ennis and Robbie Farah battling out for rep selection, the contest between the two players was a key feature of the
game; an affair which featured numerous lead changes, some amazing tries and a sensational atmosphere in front
of a bumper crowd.
It was a result that leaves the Bulldogs top of the table, well and truly putting the disappointments of last season
and the early loss of 2 points behind them.
Bulldogs 22 def Wests Tigers 20
Bulldogs : Tries - H El Masri 2, M Ennis, B Goodwin. Goals - H El Masri 3/4.
Tigers : Tries - B Ryan 2, B Moltzen, T Payten. Goals - S Gallant 2/5.
Referees - S Hayne, T De las Heras. Crowd - 25,622 at ANZ Stadium.
|ROUND 9 FIXTURES:
(All times shown are Sydney time)
Friday 8th May
Test Match - Australia v New Zealand (7:30pm, Suncorp Stadium)
Place of Origin - Country Origin v City Origin (7:30pm, Wade Park, Orange)
Saturday 9th May
North Queensland v St George-Illawarra (7:30pm, Dairy Farmers Stadium)
Sunday 10th May
Newcastle v Gold Coast (2:00pm, Energy Australia Stadium)
Brisbane v Manly (3:00pm, Suncorp Stadium)
Monday 11th May
Sydney Roosters v Melbourne (7:00pm, Bluetongue Stadium).
BYE - Bulldogs, Canberra, Cronulla, NZ Warriors, Parramatta, Penrith, South Sydney, Wests Tigers.
* Bulldogs penalised 2 points for breach of interchange rule.