The Bulldogs maintained a share of the competition lead, and put Penrith’s position in the top 8 in jeopardy, when they
completed a 19-12 victory at ANZ Stadium on Friday night.
Wet conditions made ball handling difficult, and both sides struggled to get any form of coherent game plan in
operation. It was a game noted for errors rather than brilliance; but the Bulldogs were able to find just enough points to
take out the game.
In the 6th minute, Gavin Cooper had the better of a one-on-one contest with Jamal Idris to open the scoring, and the
Panthers continued to press but were foiled by both some tight Bulldogs defence as well as a series of knock-ons
which prevented them from piling on pressure to the Bulldogs. And on 30 minutes the game was back on level terms,
after Brett Kimmorley dummied to catch the Panthers’ defensive line off-guard before firing a pass off to Bryson
It was 6-6 at the half time, and shortly after the break the Bulldogs were in front. A chip kick by Goodwin found Hazem El
Masri who dived over in the corner. The Bulldogs held a 6-point lead for the next 20 minutes, during which the ball
travelled from end to end but neither side was able to break the deadlock. Finally in the 71st minute, Frank Pritchard
found the line for the Panthers, and after Walsh’s conversion scores were level.
But the Bulldogs quickly re-asserted themselves. Hazem El Masri’s second try restored the Bulldogs’ 6 point
advantage, before Brett Kimmorley dropped a field goal over to turn their win into a certainty.
Bulldogs 19 def Penrith Panthers 12
Bulldogs : Tries – H El Masri 2, B Goodwin. Goals – H El Masri 3/4. Field Goals – B Kimmorley 1/1.
Panthers : Tries – G Cooper, F Pritchard. Goals – L Walsh 2/3.
Referees – G Badger, M Cecchin. Crowd – 13,992 at ANZ Stadium.
The Sydney Roosters’ season went from bad to worse when they travelled to Townsville to take on North Queensland.
Not only did they lose the game, but Roosters’ coach Brad Fittler was caught in a drunken state in his hotel on the
Thursday night before the game. A season of poor performances on the field, combined with a series of alcohol-
induced incidents have seen this season turn into disaster for the Roosters; and with even the coach being involved,
times are getting worse for the club.
But on the field, the Roosters put in one of their better performances of recent weeks, and with a bit of luck could have
taken the game. Tries to Mitch Aubusson and Anthony Cherrington in the first 5 minutes got the Roosters off to a flying
start as they led 10-0 before all of the crowd had even taken their seats.
The Cowboys had several key players absent on Origin duty, but soon hit their straps; a run of four converted tries in
quick succession giving them a handy lead, and although the Roosters scored late in the half the Cowboys led 24-16 at
On the hour, Ben Jones crossed the line for the Roosters and the margin was back to 2 points. But disaster again
struck them when Braith Anasta went down with a serious ankle injury which threatens to sideline him for many weeks.
With the Roosters already suffering a horror injury toll, it was yet another blow to weaken the side. In the dying seconds
they continued to press for a winner, but fumbled the ball 10 metres from the Cowboys line with the try-line at their
mercy. The win helped the Cowboys consolidate their position in the top 8, while the Roosters’ 6th loss on the trot sees
them remain stuck on the bottom.
North Queensland Cowboys 24 def Sydney Roosters 22
Cowboys : Tries – T Burns, A Payne, S Southern S Webb. Goals – J Williams 4/4.
Roosters : Tries – M Aubusson, A Cherrington, S Shackleton, B Jones. Goals – C Fitzgibbon 3/4.
Referees – J Robinson. Crowd – 13,486 at Dairy Farmers Stadium.
It’s never easy for Melbourne when the Storm go into a game without their Origin players, but they still managed to do
enough to complete a 14-12 win over Wests Tigers at Olympic Park.
The Storm had the better of the early play, but it took 15 minutes for them to get on the scoreboard. The breakthrough
finally came when an offload from Brett Finch found an unmarked Cooper Cronk. But the Tigers fought back a few
minutes later, when Benji Marshall created a gap in the Storm defence before firing off a pass to Blake Ayshford to put
the match back on level terms. On the stroke of half time, Joseph Tomane put a penalty goal over, and the Storm led 8-
6 at half time.
Early in the second half, Melbourne received a penalty 15 metres from the Tigers’ line. Passing on the chance for a
penalty goal, the Storm chose to take a tap, and the decision was vindicated at the end of the set when Matt Cross
pushed over to score under the posts. The conversion gave the Storm an 8-point advantage.
On 68 minutes, the game was up for grabs after Ayshford set up Tim Moltzen for a converted try and the margin was
back to 2 points. Anthony Quinn’s attempted try for the Storm was disallowed on the video referee, and with 5 minutes
to go Dane Nielsen was sent off, leaving the Storm a man short for the final stages of the game. But despite the Tigers
pressing hard in the final stages, they were unable to find the try that would steal the game, and the Storm would take
a hard-fought two points.
Melbourne Storm 14 def Wests Tigers 12
Storm : Tries – C Cronk, M Cross. Goals – J Tomane 3/3.
Tigers : Tries – B Ayshford, T Moltzen. Goals – B Marshall 2/2.
Referees – A Klein, S Lyons. Crowd – 10,417 at Olympic Park.
|ROUND 16 FIXTURES:
(All times shown are Sydney time)
Wednesday 24th June
State of Origin II - New South Wales v Queensland (8:00pm, ANZ Stadium)
Friday 26th June
Bulldogs v North Queensland (7:30pm, ANZ Stadium)
Wests Tigers v St George-Illawarra (7:30pm, Sydney Football Stadium)
Saturday 27th June
Gold Coast v NZ Warriors (5:30pm, Skilled Park)
Sydney Roosters v Cronulla (7:30pm, Sydney Football Stadium)
Sunday 28th June
Canberra v Melbourne (2:00pm, Canberra Stadium)
Parramatta v Brisbane (3:00pm, Parramatta Stadium)
Monday 29th June
Newcastle v South Sydney (7:00pm, Energy Australia Stadium)
BYE - Manly, Penrith
* Bulldogs penalised 2 points for breach of interchange rule.
After a slow start to the season, Manly have recovered in recent weeks; and the Sea Eagles moved into the top 8 for the first time in 2009 with a 20-
14 win over Canberra at Brookvale Oval on Sunday afternoon.
Teenage five-eighth Kieran Foran, in his NRL debut, had the dream start. With just two minutes gone, in his second touch of the ball, Foran shook
off the Raiders’ defence to score in the corner. After 20 minutes, George Rose crashed through and scored Manly’s second try. Both tries were
converted, and a penalty goal to Matt Orford extended the lead to 14-0 at half time.
It soon became 20-0 after the break, when Raiders’ fullback David Milne fumbled the ball, the ball spilling free for Jared Waerea-Hargreaves to
pounce and score under the posts.
But the Raiders weren’t finished yet, and came storming home with a wet sail to keep the contest alive. Three tries in 10 minutes saw the deficit
reduced to just 6 points; and with still 10 minutes to go, the game was in the balance. But although the Raiders continued to get plenty of
possession and position, the Sea Eagles’ defence held fast to take the two points.
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 20 def Canberra Raiders 14
Sea Eagles : Tries – G Rose, J Waerea-Hargreaves, K Foran. Goals – M Orford 4/5.
Raiders : Tries – J Carney, P Graham, T Thurling. Goals – T Campese 1/3.
Referees – J Maxwell, B Sutton. Crowd – 8,182 at Brookvale Oval.
Cronulla’s mid-season revival continued its momentum, with the Sharks too good for a depleted Brisbane team to record a comprehensive 46-12
victory at Shark Park on Monday night.
The Sharks got off to a flying start, with Scott Porter landing a 40-20 kick from the opening set of the game to put the Sharks into the scoring zone.
And Blake Ferguson capitalised to score in the corner and it was first blood to the Sharks.
The Broncos fought back, with Corey Parker crashing through the Cronulla line and his conversion putting the Broncos 6-4 ahead. But the lead
was to be short-lived, as Jharal Yow Yeh fumbled a bomb, Mitch Brown gathering the crumbs to score. A penalty goal and a strong individual try to
Grant Millington put the Sharks 18-6 ahead at the break.
The first half was encouraging enough for the die-hards who braved the wet Monday night conditions, but the second half was to be one-way
traffic. 5 tries to 1 turned the game into a blowout. The Broncos, without their Origin stars, had no answer to the Cronulla onslaught as the Sharks
spent the majority of the half in possession of the ball attacking the Brisbane line.
The final result, and the size of the margin, further decimates the Broncos’ already poor for and against record; which could potentially cost them
when finals places are handed out. But it was an excellent performance for the Sharks, and a welcome result for them. The win gives the Sharks
their fourth on the trot, the wooden spoon position has been left far behind and the Sharks at last find themselves in a position to make some
progress in heading up the ladder.
Cronulla Sharks 46 def Brisbane Broncos 12
Sharks : Tries – B Ferguson 3, G Millington 2, M Brown, L Covell, K Snowden. Goals – L Covell 7/9.
Broncos : Tries – S Michaels, C Parker. Goals – C Parker 2/2.
Referees – G Badger, B Suttor. Crowd – 8,117 at Toyota Stadium.