NOTE - Melbourne stripped of all points for 2010 due to salary cap breach.
|ROUND 9 FIXTURES:
(All times shown are Sydney time)
Friday 7th May
Representative - Country Origin v City Origin (7:30pm, Port Macquarie Regional Stadium)
Anzac Test - Australia v New Zealand (8:00pm, AAMI Park)
Saturday 8th May
Manly v St George-Illawarra (7:30pm, Brookvale Oval)
Sunday 9th May
Newcastle v Gold Coast (2:00pm, Energy Australia Stadium)
Melbourne v Brisbane (3:00pm, AAMI Park)
Monday 10th May
Sydney Roosters v North Queensland (7:00pm, Sydney Football Stadium)
BYE - Canberra, Canterbury, Cronulla, NZ Warriors, Parramatta, Penrith, South Sydney, Wests Tigers
Brisbane’s 2010 season went from bad to worse when the Lang Park fortress was breached again; this time it was
the struggling Newcastle Knights who travelled to the cauldron and returned with the points to maybe kick-start the
Newcastle had the better of the early play, and back to back sets gave the Knights the opportunity to open the
scoring. On the 5th tackle, Jarrod Mullen put up a bomb which Akuila Uate pounced on to run in and score. And on
18 minutes Kurt Gidley found the line; and with Gidley converting both tries, the Knights got out to a 12-0 lead.
But a devastating 12-minute burst by the Broncos saw the home side score 4 tries to take the ascendancy. Corey
Parker kick-started the Broncos with a grubber that ricocheted off the post to sit up for Sam Thaiday to score. Israel
Folau caught the kick-off, went for a run and threw the ball to Ben Hunt for an instant second try. And a double to
Ben Te’o saw the crowd on their feet roaring their approval as the Broncos took a 22-12 lead into half time.
But it all went pear-shaped for the Broncos in the second half. The omen that all was not well with the home side
was immediately obvious when Ben Hunt knocked-on when he dropped the kick off. And seven minutes later, the
Broncos’ defence went missing to enable Evan Tuimavave to run through a gaping hole for the easiest of tries.
On 63 minutes, Ciraldo scored to put the match on level terms, and Gidley’s conversion put the Knights in front. And
five minutes later, Yow Yeh fumbled the ball close to his line, the ball spilling free to Corey Paterson for a try that
would mean safety for the Knights and more despair for the Broncos.
Newcastle Knights 30 def Brisbane Broncos 22
Knights : Tries – A Uate, K Gidley, E Tuimavave, C Ciraldo, C Paterson. Goals – K Gidley 5/5.
Broncos : Tries – B Te’o 2, S Thaiday, B Hunt. Goals – C Parker 3/4.
Referees – M Cecchin, S Lyons. Crowd – 25,178 at Suncorp Stadium.
With memories of the blockbuster crowd in last year’s preliminary final, Parramatta took their home game against
Canterbury to ANZ Stadium. And a sensational home & away crowd of nearly 32,000 saw the Eels take the match 26-
10, and move into the top 8 for the first time this season.
The Eels were patient during the first half, controlling the bulk of possession and making few errors, but found the
Bulldogs’ line hard to crack. But eventually the weight of opportunities took its toll, with Krisnan Inu and Luke Burt
crossing the line for tries that, uncharacteristically, Burt was unable to convert.
It was 8-0 to the Eels at the break, and shortly afterwards a spectacular solo effort by Joel Reddy extended the
margin to 14 points. The Bulldogs were on the ropes, but against the run of play Jamal Idris went for a long run to
But the Eels weren’t finished yet. Jarryd Hayne, after all his heroics during the Eels’ run to an unlikely grand final
appearance last year, was finding that form in 2010 hard to replicate; and was yet to get on the board in 2010. But
on 65 minutes, Hayne intercepted a Bulldog move and went for a run, weaving his way around the Bulldogs’ defence
and scoring under the posts. Burt’s conversion put the Eels 20-6 ahead and the game was safe. Kris Keating scored
another try for the Eels to ice the cake, and despite a late Bulldogs try, it was a comfortable Parramatta win; their
third on the trot, and after a slow start to the season the Eels find themselves in the top 8.
Parramatta Eels 26 def Canterbury Bulldogs 10
Eels : Tries – K Inu, L Burt, J Reddy, J Hayne, K Keating. Goals – L Burt 3/5.
Bulldogs : Tries – J Idris, J Tia-Kilifi. Goals – B Goodwin 1/2.
Referees – T Archer, S Hayne. Crowd – 31,991 at ANZ Stadium.
Gold Coast and Penrith were playing off for second place at Robina on Saturday night. And it was the Titans who would take the points, leap-
frogging the Panthers to move into the top 2 with a 38-24 win.
A late inclusion in the Gold Coast side, returning from injury, Scott Prince was a dominant force all night. Always in the thick of the action,
Prince scored the Titans’ first try and put in a perfect return with the boot with 7 goals from 7 attempts.
Lachlan Coote scored the first try of the game for the Panthers, but Prince wasted little time in getting a quick reply. Each side would score
another try in the first half, and the teams would go into the sheds at half time with the scores locked at 12-12.
But the Titans got on a roll in the early stages of the second alf, and the Panthers were left chasing the game. A clever play by Scott Prince
set up Ashley Harrison, then Clinton Toopi found a gaping gap in the Panthers’ line to run 50 metres and score. A penalty goal and a try to
Greg Bird meant that within 15 minutes of the restart the scoreline had blown out to 32-12.
The Panthers fought back late, with Lachlan Coote bagging a hat-trick. But it was Gold Coast’s night, the Titans moving into second place.
Gold Coast Titans 38 def Penrith Panthers 24
Titans : Tries – S Prince, A Laffranchi, A Harrison, C Toopi, G Bird, L Bailey. Goals – S Prince 7/7.
Panthers : Tries – L Coote 3, T Burns. Goals – M Gordon 4/4.
Referees – J Maxwell, B Sutton. Goals – 15,430 at Skilled Park.
Melbourne are ineligible to win points this season, thanks to the salary cap scandal. But a dominant performance by the Storm at Dairy Farmers
Stadium on Saturday night ensured that the struggling Cowboys wouldn’t get any points either.
It was an ominous sign for the Cowboys when halfback Johnathan Thurston departed with a leg injury when the contest was barely five
minutes old. Without Thurston’s drive, the Cowboys struggled to create any attacking movement; while the Storm had little trouble clicking
Three unanswered tries came in the first half, the third being a superb individual effort by Greg Inglis, who was clearly the best on ground all
night. And when Brett Finch crossed over after less than five minutes of the second half, the contest was already as good as over.
The Cowboys did manage one try against the run of play, but it was a rare highlight in what was otherwise a dismal night for the North
Queensland side. Despite the biggest Townsville crowd of the season to date being on hand, the Cowboys struggled to get any form of
coherent play going; and were no match for a more committed and more determined Melbourne side. Despite no points being on offer, the
Storm showed no signs of lacking motivation; and far from crumbling under the pressure of recent scandals, the Storm players appear to have
bonded closer than ever and, with a point to prove, won’t be lying down this season. Other teams will have to play to their best to earn points
against the Storm in 2010.
Melbourne Storm 34 def North Queensland Cowboys 6
Storm : Tries – B Norrie, M Duffie, G Inglis, B Finch, D Neilsen, A Quinn, J Lima. Goals – C Smith 3/7.
Cowboys : Tries – S Bolton. Goals – A Graham 1/1.
Referees – G Badger, G Sutton. Crowd – 19,853 at Dairy Farmers Stadium.
Cronulla were send back to earth with a resounding thump when they were belted 38-0 by a red-hot St George side at WIN Stadium on
After 9 minutes, Brett Morris went out wide to score in the corner. Five minutes later, Ben Hornby found Morris in space, Morris running close
to the line before off-loading to Matt Cooper who crossed the line and ran around to put the ball down under the posts. And when Jason
Nightingale scored in the corner after just 18 minutes, the Dragons had a 16-0 lead and already the Sharks were down for the count. A penalty
goal on the stroke of half time extended the advantage to 18-0.
It was more of the same in the second half, as the Dragons continued to dominate a flat Cronulla side. Brett Morris completed a hat-trick, with
Matt Cooper landing a double. The Sharks never looked like scoring, while the Dragons had several near misses and a few missed shots at goal
from Jamie Soward that could have given the Dragons an even bigger winning margin.
The result maintains the Dragons’ hold on top spot on the ladder, a game plus plenty of for and against ahead of any other challenger. But the
Sharks’ dismal showing leaves them trapped in the lower reaches of the ladder, only the Melbourne Storm’s salary cap penalty protecting the
Sharks from the unwanted bottom spot on the ladder.
St George-Illawarra Dragons 38 def Cronulla Sharks 0
Dragons : Tries – B Morris 3, M Cooper 2, J Nightingale, N Costigan. Goals – J Soward 5/8.
Sharks : Tries – Nil. Goals – Nil.
Referees – T De las Heras, J Robinson. Crowd – 15,779 at WIN Stadium.
After an off-season renovation, Campbelltown Stadium re-opened in front of a sellout crowd on Sunday afternoon as Wests Tigers hosted the
The Tigers got off to an early lead when Benji Marshall landed a penalty goal in the third minute, and had another shot at penalty goal a few
minutes later. But the second shot was off target, and the Tigers retained a 2-0 advantage.
The Tigers dominated possession in the first half, pressing the Roosters’ line and constantly threatening to score. There were several
opportunities for the Tigers to score, the best coming when Lote Tuqiri ran to the line before Anthony Minichiello in the last line of defence
bumped him into touch. But finally on 36 minutes, Chris Heighington found a gap to score. Marshall’s conversion put the Tigers 8-0 ahead at
The Roosters didn’t looked like scoring in the first half, but it took just four minutes in the second half for Frank Paul Nuuausala to crash over
the line from close range to put the Roosters’ first points on the board.
With an 8-6 scoreline, the game was in the balance. From end to end the ball travelled, both sides looking for a scoring break but coming up
blank. The game had added intensity after Braith Anasta was put on report for a high tackle on Chris Heighington; the tackling was hard and
the defences tight as the clock ran down.
With just three minutes in the match remaining, the Roosters put up a spiral bomb which moved erratically in the air through the flukey wind.
Tigers fullback Beau Ryan was unable to control the ball, knocking it on, and Todd Carney pounced on the crumbs to run in and score.
Converting his try, the Roosters took the lead for the first time and held on to take the points against the Tigers for the second time this
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Sydney Roosters 12 def Wests Tigers 8
Roosters : Tries – FP Nuuausala, T Carney. Goals – T Carney 2/2.
Tigers : Tries – C Heighington. Goals – B Marshall 2/3.
Referees – M Cecchin, A Klein. Crowd – 19,901 at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.
Manly have suffered losses after being in winning positions a few times already this season, and again the Sea Eagles struggled to last the
distance against Souths at ANZ Stadium on Sunday. But this time the Sea Eagles had enough of a buffer that they were able to hang on to
take a 30-22 victory.
The Sea Eagles got off to a flying start, with Michael Robertson scoring out wide and a chip and chase to Ben Farrar to get to a 10-0 lead after
15 minutes; a lead that could have been even greater but for Robertson’s second try attempt being disallowed by the video ref.
Dave Taylor shrugged a tackle to run in and get one try back for the Rabbitohs, but the last 5 minutes of the half were disastrous for the
Rabbitohs, with Matt Cross scoring under the posts and then Jamie Lyon adding a penalty goal to give the Sea Eagles a 18-6 lead at the break.
Within 10 minutes of the second half, the game looked out of Souths’ reach. Jamie Lyon put up a bomb, and after the ball spilled free Lyon ran
forward to get the ball back and score. And when Anthony Watmough found a gaping hole in the Souths’ line and dived over to score under
the posts, the Sea Eagles held a 30-6 lead.
But the Sea Eagles visibly tired in the latter stages of the match, and the Rabbitohs came storming back. Isaac Luke found the line to get a try
back for the Rabbitohs, and when Beau Champion crossed over twice within five minutes the margin was back to 8 points with still 8 minutes
left on the clock. Had Isaac Luke been able to convert the second of Champion’s tries from the sideline, the margin would have been back
within a converted try. But the conversion attempt was missed, meaning the Rabbitohs would need to score twice more. They would throw
caution to the wind in the final stages, looking desperately for two more tries, but would come up blank. The Sea Eagles would hang on to
complete the win and retain their spot in the top 4.
Manly Sea Eagles 30 def South Sydney Rabbitohs 22
Sea Eagles : Tries – M Robertson, B Farrar, M Cross, J Lyon, A Watmough. Goals – J Lyon 5/6.
Rabbitohs : Tries – B Champion 2, D Taylor, I Luke. Goals – I Luke 3/4.
Referees – T Archer, A Shortall. Crowd – 15,459 at ANZ Stadium.
Canberra took a step towards moving up from their lowly ladder position when the Raiders crossed the Tasman and
returned with an upset 23-16 win over the New Zealand Warriors.
Slow starting has been a problem for the Warriors all season, and again this time they quickly found themselves in
trouble as the Raiders raced to a 16-0 lead within the first 20 minutes. On his NRL debut, Drury Low found the line
twice for a quick double, while David Shillington was too strong for the Warriors’ defence to run over and score.
The Raiders had been dominant and continued to attack, but the Warriors held them out to contain the deficit to 16
points at half time. But it was a different story in the early stages of the second half, with tries to Ukama Ta’ai and
Patrick Ah Van in quick succession seeing the score advance to 16-10, only a converted try in it on the hour.
But as quickly as the Warriors had got back into the contest, they were then again knocked out. A penalty gave the
Raiders possession within range of the line, and Joel Thompson weaved around the Warriors’ defence to score in the
corner. Terry Campese’s conversion extended the Raiders’ advantage to 12 points, and a short-range field goal to
Marc Herbert a few minutes later put the result beyond doubt. Brent Tate scored a late try for the Warriors, but by
then it was too little too late.
Canberra Raiders 23 def New Zealand Warriors 16
Raiders : Tries – D Low 2, D Shillington, J Thompson. Goals – T Campese 3/4. Field Goals – M Herbert 1/1.
Warriors : Tries – U Ta’ai, P Ah Van, B Tate. Goals – J Maloney 2/3.
Referees – B Cummins, A Devcich. Crowd – 11,499 at Mt Smart Stadium.