The Bulldogs suffered their second loss of the season in controversial circumstances, a disallowed try in the final
minute denying them a comeback win against St George at Kogarah on Friday night.
Michael Weyman opened the scoring for St George just after the 20 minute mark, Soward's conversion and a penalty
goal giving them an extended lead; which became 14-0 after Ben Creagh went for a run and just put the ball down
before the dead-ball line. Brett Kimmorley scored for the Bulldogs on the stroke of half time, but the Bulldogs still trailed
14-6 at the break.
Ben Hannant scored with just over 20 minutes to go to cut the margin to 2 points, but the match looked safe for the
Dragons when Justin Poore found a gap in the Bulldogs' line to run 30 metres and score.
But the Bulldogs had other ideas. With 8 minutes remaining, Jamal Idris scored a try which Hazem El Masri converted
to reduce the gap again to 2 points. And with just 30 seconds to go, Idris appeared to have scored his second. But
video ref Steven Clark denied the try, ruling that obstruction in back play prevented a tackle. Video replays appeared
inconclusive, but benefit of the doubt was not awarded and St George had hung on for a crucial victory.
St George-Illawarra Dragons 20 def Bulldogs 18
Dragons : Tries - J Poore, M Weyman, B Creagh. Goals - J Soward 4/4.
Bulldogs : Tries - J Idris, B Kimmorley, B Hannant. Goals - H El Masri 3/3.
Referees - T Archer, A Klein. Crowd - 18,415 at Jubilee Oval.
A four-try haul from Israel Folau, along with superior stamina that enabled them to last the distance, saw Brisbane
overcome Gold Coast in the South Queensland derby on Friday night.
The Titans made the early front-running to lead 12-8 at half-time; and had butchered plenty of scoring chances in the
first half that could have seen them establish a handy lead. And after the break the Broncos made them pay, Steve
Michaels going over in the first set of 6 after half-time to put the Broncos in front. From there, Israel Folau took over and
demolished the Gold Coast. The winger had already scored the first-half try, and 2 tries in 4 minutes put the game
beyond the Titans' reach. And leaving the best till last, Folau in the final minute received a pass from Darren Lockyer
and ran 70 metres down the sideline to score his 4th try.
Brisbane Broncos 32 def Gold Coast Titans 18
Broncos : Tries - I Folau 4, S Michaels, P Wallace. Goals - C Parker 4/6.
Titans : Tries - K Gordon, E Tonga, L O'Dwyer. Goals - S Prince 3/3.
Referees - S Hayne, G Badger. Crowd - 43,079 at Suncorp Stadium.
Newcastle rose to a share of the competition lead when the Knights demolished a disappointing Roosters side 38-6 at
the Sydney Football Stadium on Saturday evening. For the Roosters, the match was a dismal spectacle, with poor play
in front of a small crowd, compounded by long-term injuries to Iosia Soliola and Craig Fitzgibbon.
The Knights got off to a flying start when Zeb Taia had a double on the board within the first 20 minutes. Jarrod Mullen's
try and two penalty goals late in the half got the Knights out to a 22-0 lead at half-time; and although Tansey scored for
the Roosters shortly after the restart they never looked like getting back into the contest.
Newcastle Knights 38 def Sydney Roosters 6
Knights : Tries - J Mullen 2, Z Taia 2, C Vuna, D Wicks. Goals - K Gidley 7/8.
Roosters : Tries - J Tansey. Goals - B Anasta 1/1.
Referees - S Lyons, C James. Crowd - 8,611 at Sydney Football Stadium.
Cronulla hadn't won a game since defeating Penrith in the opening round; and the Sharks were on the ropes, plagued
with financial problems and with news during the week of an unsavoury incident during a pre-season trip in 2002. And
the dismal season for the Sharks got worse when the Panthers avenged the opening round loss with a 26-22 win at
CUA Stadium on Saturday night.
The Panthers led 12-6 at half-time, and extended their advantage just 3 minutes later when Frank Pritchard scored.
Sammut converted, and a penalty goal on the hour extended the lead to 20-6. But, when all seemed lost with just 10
minutes to go, Anthony Tupou swung into action, scoring two solo tries to breathe life back into the Cronulla
challenge. But hopes of a comeback, and a badly-needed morale booster, were dashed with 3 minutes to go when
Luke Lewis went over.
Penrith Panthers 26 def Cronulla Sharks 22
Panthers : Tries - G Daniela, P Aiton, L Lewis, F Pritchard. Goals - J Sammut 5/5.
Sharks : Tries - A Tupou 2, B Ferguson, T Barrett. Goals - L Covell 3/4.
Referees - J Maxwell, C Sutton. Crowd - 11,750 at CUA Stadium.
|ROUND 11 FIXTURES:
(All times shown are Sydney time)
Friday 22nd May
Wests Tigers v Brisbane (7:30pm, Campbelltown Stadium)
Parramatta v South Sydney (7:30pm, ANZ Stadium)
Saturday 23rd May
Cronulla v St George-Illawarra (5:30pm, Toyota Stadium)
Bulldogs v Melbourne (7:30pm, Central Coast Stadium)
Penrith v Sydney Roosters (7:30pm, CUA Stadium)
Sunday 24th May
Canberra v NZ Warriors (2:00pm, Canberra Stadium)
Gold Coast v Manly (3:00pm, Skilled Park)
Monday 25th May
North Queensland v Newcastle (7:00pm, Dairy Farmers Stadium)
* Bulldogs penalised 2 points for breach of interchange rule.
After a slow start to the season, North Queensland are hitting their straps and moving up the ladder, and on Sunday completed their fourth win
from their last five matches with a 34-12 win over New Zealand Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium.
Denan Kemp took a penalty goal after 3 minutes, but it was to be the only time the Warriors would hold the lead all day. Shortly afterwards, Simon
Mannering dropped the ball, giving the Cowboys a scrum feed from 30 metres. The set of 6 would see Luke O'Donnell to cross the line.
Johnathan Thurston's try on the half hour gave the Cowboys a 10-2 lead at the break.
The Warriors attempted to fight back in the second half, tries to Fien and Kemp cutting the margin back to 16-10 with 20 minutes to go. But the
final 10 minutes were one-way traffic, the Cowboys running in 3 tries to blow the margin out and enhance their already imposing for-and-against.
North Queensland Cowboys 34 def New Zealand Warriors 12
Cowboys : Tries - M Bowen, B Farrar, A Graham, W Tonga, J Thurston, L O'Donnell. Goals - J Thurston 5/6.
Warriors : Tries - D Kemp, N Fien. Goals - D Kemp 2/3.
Referees - B Cummins, A Shortall. Crowd - 16,345 at Mt Smart Stadium.
Manly's title defence finally looks to be falling into some form of cohesion after the Sea Eagles were untroubled against Parramatta to record a
34-10 win at Brookvale on Sunday afternoon.
Jarryd Hayne scored early for the Eels, but it was to be nothing more than a bringer of false hopes for the Parramatta supporters. A run from Matt
Ballin put the game back on even terms after 13 minutes, and within another 10 minutes Shane Rodney and Chris Bailey had also gone in to put
the Eagles comfortably ahead. Two minutes before the break, cult hero David Williams scored to put the Sea Eagles 22-4 ahead at half time.
There was to be no let-up in the second half. Parramatta defended grimly before Jarryd Hayne went over for this second try; but a quick reply to
Anthony Watmough undid the hard work the Eels had done early in the half. Williams' second try 5 minutes from time put the icing on the cake.
Manly Sea Eagles 34 def Parramatta Eels 10
Sea Eagles : Tries - D Williams 2, A Watmough, C Bailey, M Ballin, S Rodney. Goals - J Lyon 5/7.
Eels : Tries - J Hayne 2. Goals - L Burt 1/2.
Referees - G Badger, T De las Heras. Crowd - 15,916 at Brookvale Oval.
Rugby league heritage was celebrated with a return to the SCG for the Wests Tigers v Souths match, and a massive crowd of nearly 30,000 took
in the action. The crowd would witness a thriller that would go down to the final seconds of the match.
It was 10-10 at half-time, but after the break the Tigers made their move. A glut of possession would see the Tigers press the Souths line until
Robbie Farah finally went over. 3 minutes later, Tim Moltzen scored and the lead was out to 22-10.
Fetuli Talanoa got a try back for Souths, cutting the margin to just 6 points. As the clock wore on, the Tigers looked for the winning try, ignoring
several field goal opportunities. Robbie Farah had an attempt at a drop goal but missed. The next set saw Chris Heighington knock the ball on,
giving Souths possession and the Rabbitohs attacked. With 3 minutes to go, Beau Champion went over from close range, Isaac Luke's
conversion levelling the scores. And, with 10 second left on the clock, a field goal from 30 metres out to Nathan Merritt gave the Rabbitohs the
lead as the final siren sounded.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 23 def Wests Tigers 22
Rabbitohs : Tries - F Talanoa 2, B Champion, D Fa'alogo. Goals - I Luke 2/2, C Sandow 1/2. Field Goals - N Merritt 1/1, C Wing 0/1.
Tigers : Tries - T Tuiaki 2, T Moltzen, R Farah. Goals - B Marshall 3/4. Field Goals - R Farah 0/1.
Referees - J Robinson, A Klein. Crowd - 29,970 at SCG.
Joel Monaghan went over for Canberra in just the 5th minute of their clash with Melbourne at Olympic Park on Monday night. But if Raiders
supporters thought this would be the sign of an upset they would be sadly mistaken, as the Storm dominated the remainder of the game.
Just 5 minutes later, Billy Slater scored, quickly followed by Greg Inglis. From there it was all one-way traffic, with the Storm scoring 8 tries to 1 for
the night. It was the Billy Slater show, the Origin and Test fullback dominating proceedings during the night with his explosive pace for which the
hapless Raiders had no answer. After an indifferent start to the season, the Storm find themselves just a point away from top spot; and with a
crunch game against the Bulldogs next week to get back into red-hot premiership contention.
Melbourne Storm 46 def Canberra Raiders 6
Storm : Tries - B Slater 2, G Inglis, J Lima, S Turner, M Cross, A Blair, R Hoffman. Goals - C Smith 6/7, J Tomane 1/1.
Raiders : Tries - J Monaghan. Goals - T Campese 1/1.
Referees - T Archer, B Suttor. Crowd - 10,112 at Olympic Park.