Australia gained some small revenge for their shock loss in last year's World Cup final when the Kangaroos scored a
convincing 38-10 win over New Zealand in the ANZAC Test at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.
The Australians started strongly, and it was no surprise when Israel Folau crossed the line to open the scoring. Against
the run of play Sam Perrett replied to level the scored at 20 minutes, but it took just 5 minutes for Johnathan Thurston to
throw a dummy before going himself to score and restore the Australian advantage. With Justin Hodges scoring shortly
before half-time, Australia led 16-6 at the break.
4 minutes after the break, the Kangaroos extended their lead when Johnathan Thurston flew AFL-style over a pack to
pull down a high bomb kick and score; and when the pace of Billy Slater was too much for the New Zealand chasers to
match, the Aussies were counting down to victory. Thurston and Hodges scored doubles for Australia, while Thurston
was also in good form with the boot, kicking 5 goals.
Australia 38 def New Zealand 10
Australia : Tries - J Hodges 2, J Thurston 2, B Slater, D Boyd, I Folau. Goals - J Thurston 5/7.
New Zealand : Tries - S Perrett, M Vatuvei. Goals - B Marshall 1/2.
Referee - R Silverwood. Crowd - 37,152 at Suncorp Stadium.
A strong second half by City Origin enabled them to overcome Country and take out a 40-18 victory in Orange, in a game
that for much of the night looked set to be considerably closer.
Country got off to a bright start, and after 10 minutes it was Jamie Lyon, who had publicly asked to be overlooked for rep
selection, who scored the try and made no mistake with the conversion. Shortly before the half hour, Luke Patten
extended the lead with a converted try, before Mark Minichiello, against the run of play, crashed through the Country
defence to open City's account and cut the margin to 12-6 at the break.
City lifted after the break, with tries to Hayne and Wing handing them the lead, before Alan Tongue weaved his way
around traffic to restore the lead for Country 18-16.
With less than 15 minutes to go, Country were still in front. But David Williams found gaping holes in the Country
defence when he went for a run, going 70 metres to score. From there it was one-way traffic, with City running through 3
tries in the final 7 minutes to turn the game into a romp.
City Origin 40 def Country Origin 18
City : Tries - M Minichiello 2, J Hayne, M Jennings, D Williams, P Wallace, C Wing. Goals - P Wallace 6/7.
Country : Tries - L Patten, J Lyon, A Tongue. Goals - J Lyon 3/3.
Referees - S Hayne, G Badger. Crowd - 8,226 at Wade Park, Orange.
North Queensland made a step towards salvaging their 2009 season when the Cowboys recorded an important 24-20
win over second-placed St George-Illawarra at Dairy Farmers Stadium on Saturday.
In an entertaining and high-scoring game, the match turned into a shootout between two individuals. Johnathan
Thurston, backing up from the Test on Friday, scored a hat-trick and landed 4 goals, while St George's Ben Morris
scored all 4 of his side's tries.
Thurston's first try came after just 8 minutes, only for Morris to score twice to give the Dragons a 10-8 lead at half-time.
Early in the second half, James Tamou scored the only try not to be scored by one of the spearheads to put the
Cowboys in front. Thurston and Morris again traded tries, before Thurston's third on 71 minutes gave the Cowboys
some breathing space. The Dragons weren't done yet, Morris scoring his 4th with 4 minutes to go; and the Dragons
continued to pressure the Cowboy's line in the final minutes. But North Queensland held firm to take the points and
remain within reach of the top 8.
North Queensland Cowboys 24 def St George-Illawarra Dragons 20
Cowboys : Tries - J Thurston 3, J Tamou. Goals - J Thurston 4/5.
Dragons : Tries - B Morris 4. Goals - J Soward 2/4.
Referees - A Klein, B Suttor. Crowd - 16,031 at Dairy Farmers Stadium.
Newcastle moved ahead of Gold Coast into the top 4 when the Knights defeated the Titans 23-18 at Energy Australia
Stadium. For Gold Coast, it was the second week in a row where a late disallowed try was the difference between
winning and losing, but this time the Titans were on the worse end of it.
Chris Walker scored the opening try of the game for the Titans, but that only served to spark the Knights into action.
Within 10 minutes, the Knights had opened up an 18-4 lead after Houston, Rogers and Taia all broke the Gold Coast
line and scored.
The first half was played at a frantic pace, and the scoring wasn't over yet, as Luke Bailey and Kevin Gordon crossed
over for Gold Coast to cut the margin to 18-16 at the break. But after half-time, the game tightened and scoring became
harder to come by.
James McManus scored the only try of the second half on 57 minutes to give Newcastle a 6-point break, and although
the conversion was missed, Jarrod Mullen's field goal gave the Knights a 7-point buffer.
With 10 minutes to go, the Titans were awarded a penalty, and Scott Prince made a courageous decision to take the 2
points; reducing the margin to less than a converted try and effectively backing themselves to score a winner. Which
they came close to doing when William Zillman made his way over the line, only for Prince to be called for obstruction
and the try disallowed.
Newcastle Knights 23 def Gold Coast Titans 18
Knights : Tries - J McManus, B Rogers, C Houston, Z Taia. Goals - K Gidley 3/4. Field Goals - J Mullen 1/1.
Titans : Tries - K Gordon, C Walker, L Bailey. Goals - S Prince 3/4.
Referees - B Cummins, S Lyons. Crowd - 11,258 at Energy Australia Stadium.
|ROUND 10 FIXTURES:
(All times shown are Sydney time)
Friday 15th May
St George-Illawarra v Bulldogs (7:30pm, Jubilee Stadium)
Brisbane v Gold Coast (7:30pm, Suncorp Stadium)
Saturday 16th May
Sydney Roosters v Newcastle (5:30pm, Sydney Football Stadium)
Penrith v Cronulla (7:30pm, CUA Stadium)
Sunday 17th May
NZ Warriors v North Queensland (12:00pm, Mt Smart Stadium)
Manly v Parramatta (2:00pm, Brookvale Oval)
Wests Tigers v South Sydney (3:00pm, SCG)
Monday 18th May
Melbourne v Canberra (7:00pm, Olympic Park)
* Bulldogs penalised 2 points for breach of interchange rule.
Reluctant rep player Jamie Lyon enhanced his chances of being picked for NSW in the upcoming Origin season with a hat-trick in Manly's upset
win over Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.
Everything looked to be going to script when the Broncos scored 3 tries in the opening half hour to go to a 16-0 lead and looked in control. Even
when, against the run of play, Jamie Lyon scored before half time it hardly looked like the Sea Eagles were in the contest.
But 9 minutes after the resumption, the margin was back to 16-12 when Jamie Lyon was awarded a try by the video ref after grounding the ball
with his torso. After Bani went over, scores were level. But it was Lyon's third try that was controversial. Lyon and Antonio Winterstein both went up
in the in-goal to retrieve a bomb, for Lyon to knock the ball forward away from Winterstein's grasp then re-gather the ball before it made contact
with the ground and score. After what seemed an eternity, the video referee awarded the try, which although Lyon was unable to convert, a penalty
goal 4 minutes later made the margin a converted try. Winterstein scored a late try in the corner, but Corey Parker was unable to land the
conversion that would have sent the match into golden point.
Manly Sea Eagles 22 def Brisbane Broncos 20
Sea Eagles : Tries - J Lyon 3, M Bani. Goals - J Lyon 3/5. Field Goals - M Orford 0/1.
Broncos : Tries - A Winterstein 2, A Glenn, J Clinton. Goals - C Parker 2/4.
Referees - T Archer, M Cecchin. Crowd - 27,527 at Suncorp Stadium.
Sydney Roosters' dismal season went from bad to worse when they were no match for Melbourne on Monday night. Taking their home game to
the Central Coast, the Roosters were never in the contest in a flat and lifeless performance in front of a small crowd, where even the official
number of 8,412 appeared inflated.
Referees Jason Robinson and Tony De las Heras were whistle-happy, blowing plenty of penalties and giving both Melbourne's Steve Turner and
the Roosters' Willie Mason a spell in the sin-bin for minor infringements. But the Roosters' discipline let them down, and frustration grew as the
penalty count became more lopsided.
Setamata Sa scored the opening try for the Roosters, but by half-time the Storm had taken a 16-6 lead after Brett White's 20th minute effort was
followed up in a 5-minute burst before the break by tries to Steve Turner and Ryan Hoffman. From there the Roosters never looked competitive, 5
tries to 2 being an accurate reflection of Melbourne's dominance. The Roosters find themselves second last on the table, and with so many of
their key players sadly out of form, hopes of a finals appearance in 2009 are fading fast.
Melbourne Storm 28 def Sydney Roosters 12
Storm : Tries - B Finch, R Hoffman, J Lima, S Turner, B White. Goals - J Tomane 4/5.
Roosters : Tries - S Perrett, S Sa. Goals - C Fitzgibbon 2/2.
Referees - T De las Heras, J Robinson. Crowd - 8,412 at Bluetongue Stadium.