|ROUND 11 FIXTURES:
(All times shown are Sydney time)
Friday 21st May
Newcastle Knights v Wests Tigers (7:30pm, Energy Australia Stadium)
Saturday 22nd May
Parramatta v Cronulla (7:30pm, Parramatta Stadium)
Sunday 23rd May
New Zealand Warriors v South Sydney (2:00pm, Mt Smart Stadium)
St George-Illawarra v Canberra (3:00pm, WIN Stadium)
Monday 24th May
Penrith v Canterbury (7:00pm, CUA Stadium)
BYE - Brisbane, Manly, Melbourne, North Queensland, Sydney Roosters, Gold Coast.
New Zealand Warriors 24 def North Queensland Cowboys 12
Warriors : Tries – U Ta’ai, L Brown, I Henderson, K Locke. Goals – J Maloney 4/5.
Cowboys : Tries – S Bolton, M Bani. Goals – J Thurston 2/2.
Referees – A Klein, G Sutton. Crowd – 10,800 at Mt Smart Stadium.
Sydney Roosters were hot favourites against an injury-ravaged Newcastle lineup when the sides met at Central Coast Stadium on Saturday
night, but the Knights pulled off a boilover when they pulled off a 34-18 win.
Although a Roosters’ home game, it was played at Gosford and in the small crowd Newcastle fans vastly outnumbered supporters of the home
side. And the crowd would soon be delighted after repeat sets put the Knights into field position and Akuila Uate scored in the corner. Five
minutes later, an imaginative flick-pass from Kurt Gidley to Shannon McDonnell saw the Knights score again, and after the conversion they were
off to a 12-0 lead.
The Roosters had been stunned at the start, but worked their way back into the contest, and Mitch Aubusson found the line to give the
Roosters their first try. And with three minutes to go till half time, Braith Anasta pounced on a bomb to score and scores were level.
But scores wouldn’t be level for long. The Knights took a short kick-off, catching the Roosters unawares; Uate grabbed the ball and faced little
resistance in running the remaining 40 metres to score and ensure the Knights would hold the lead at the break.
Early penalties to the Knights after the break would result on Jason Ryles being given 10 minutes in the sin bin, and the Roosters would
immediately capitalise with Uate bringing up his hat-trick. But just two minutes after Ryles’ return, Braith Anasta scored for the Roosters and
with still 25 minutes left on the clock the scoreline was back to 22-18 and the Roosters were still in the contest.
But the Knights held firm, and would not concede any more points to the Roosters. A late double to Cooper Vuna put the result beyond
doubt; seeing the Knights return to the winning list and making some movement upwards in a congested ladder while sending the Roosters
crashing out of the top 8.
Newcastle Knights 34 def Sydney Roosters 18
Knights : Tries – A Uate 3, C Vuna 2, S McDonnell. Goals – K Gidley 5/6.
Roosters : Tries – M Aubusson, B Anasta, A Minichiello. Goals – T Carney 3/3.
Referees – G Badger, A Devich. Crowd – 10,018 at Bluetongue Stadium.
Bruce Stadium provided a hostile environment for the Melbourne Storm, as the crowd displayed banners portraying the Storm as cheats and
booed their every move; while on the field a wild all-in mellee in the early stages set the scene for what would be a hostile night for the Storm.
But, despite the conditions and that they were not playing for points, the Storm would take out a 17-6 win.
After the mellee, Billy Slater grubbered the ball before trapping Joel Monaghan in-goal to force a drop-out. And in the ensuing set, Greg Inglis
was left unmarked to stroll in for the easiest of tries. Kicking his own conversion, Inglis put the Storm 6-0 ahead. Inglis’s second came on the
half hour, after Daniel Vidot dropped a bomb and Brett Finch gathered the crumbs before off-loading to Inglis. A field goal on the stroke of half
time gave the Storm a 13-0 lead at the break.
Tempers again flared early in the second half after Ryan Hinchcliffe was penalised for a spear tackle. But the referees decided not to send
anyone to the bin despite appearing to lose control of the game. The clock continued to tick onwards, with the margin remaining on 13 points
for the first 25 minutes of the half.
Daniel Vidot threw the Raiders a lifeline with 15 minutes to go after a bomb from Josh Dugan. David Campese converted and the scoreline was
back to 13-6, and despite rarely looking threatening the Raiders were back in the contest. But they could go no closer, and with three minutes
to go Greg Inglis brought up his hat-trick; and despite missing the conversion, the task had become too big a mountain for the Raiders to climb.
Melbourne Storm 17 def Canberra Raiders 6
Storm : Tries – G Inglis 3. Goals – G Inglis 2/3. Field Goals – B Finch 1/1.
Raiders : Tries – D Vidot. Goals – D Campese 1/1.
Referee – B Cummins, C James. Crowd – 12,165 at Canberra Stadium.
Far from the golden point cliff-hanger that the clash between Souths and Wests Tigers at the SCG was last year, this clash was a one-sided
demolition job as the Rabbitohs dominated proceedings to take out a resounding 50-10 victory.
The Rabbitohs made the early front running, but were twice denied by the video referee. But it was third time lucky when Sam Burgess set up
Nathan Merritt for the opening try. Robert Lui replied for the Tigers from dummy half to level the scores, but on 24 minutes Dave Taylor was
left unmarked to score in the corner. And Chris Sandow found some space to run in and add another shortly before the break, and the
Rabbitohs held an 18-6 lead; one that the run of play suggested should have been greater.
But the weight of possession and territorial play that had seen the Rabbitohs look so threatening in the first half caused the flood gates to
open after the break. Within five minutes of the restart, Beau Champion had a double and the game was out of the Tigers’ reach.
From there it was a procession, with Nathan Merritt completing is hat-trick as the massive SCG crowd were whipped into a state of Rabbitoh
frenzy. The Tigers had no answer, and a succession of knock-ons and missed tackles made their cause even worse. The Rabbitohs continued to
the end, bringing up their half century. It was a day to remember for the Souths faithful, and after many years of struggle the Rabbitohs find
themselves on the brink of the top 4 and their 2010 season shows plenty of promise.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 50 def Wests Tigers 10
Rabbitohs : Tries – N Merritt 3, B Champion 2, D Taylor, C Sandow, C Best, F Talanoa. Goals – I Luke 7/9.
Tigers : Tries – R Lui, C Lawrence. Goals – B Marshall 1/2.
Referees – T De las Heras, S Lyons. Crowd – 30,685 at SCG.
Penrith maintained their hold on a top 4 position, bouncing back from their defeat last week to overcome Cronulla 34-14 at Shark Park on
Tim Smith landed an early penalty goal to give the Sharks the first score of the game, and them pressed hard in their search for a try; but the
Panthers were quick to respond, Shane Elford pulling off an intercept and running 90 metres to score.
On 11 minutes, Tim Smith threw an intuitive pass which found debutant Nathan Gardner, who celebrated his first appearance on rugby league’
s big stage in style by running in to score the Sharks’ first try. But on 21 minutes the Panthers were back in the lead, after Michael Jennings
chased down a grubber and scored.
The final 10 minutes of the half were all Penrith, and it was during this period that the Panthers set up their match-winning lead. Elford and
Jennings effortlessly completed doubles, each facing little more than token resistance in executing their running tries; setting up a 22-8 lead to
the Panthers at the break.
If the Sharks were to have any hope of getting back in to the contest, they needed to score the first try of the second half. But instead, a 40-
20 gave the Panthers an attacking opportunity and Michael Jennings effortlessly ran in to complete his hat-trick in the 45th minute.
But three minutes later, Trent Barrett threw the Sharks a lifeline when he shook off the Panthers’ defence, and with nothing but open space
in front of him threw a pass to a flying Dean Collis who ran around to score under the posts. At 28-14 the Panthers were still well in front, but
with still over half an hour to go the Sharks had just the slightest of chances.
But they were unable to penetrate the Penrith line again, as the Panthers tightened their defences. The Sharks pressed hard, but there was
no way to get over the line and the Panthers were able to shut the game down. And with just a few minutes to go, Masada Iosefa crossed
the Sharks’ line to put the issue beyond doubt.
Penrith Panthers 34 def Cronulla Sharks 14
Panthers : Tries – M Jennings 3, S Elford 2, M Iosefa. Goals – M Gordon 5/6.
Sharks : Tries – D Collis, N Gardner. Goals – T Smith 3/3.
Referees – J Robinson, B Suttor. Crowd – 10,352 at Toyota Park.
Brookvale Oval has been far from a happy hunting ground for Parramatta in recent years, but the Eels recorded a 19-12 win over the Sea
Eagles in wet conditions on Monday night.
The Eels took the early ascendancy, and repeat sets allowed them to create field position to place the Sea Eagles under pressure. And the
weight of possession took its toll as Jarryd Hayne threw a perfectly executed cut-out pass to Luke Burt, who crossed the line and ran around
to score under the posts. Converting his own try, Burt put the Eels 6-0 ahead; a margin that doubled on 20 minutes when Hayne was again in
the thick of the action to set up Feleti Mateo.
A 10 minute burst shortly before the break put the Sea Eagles back in the contest. Tries to Steve Matai and Jamie Lyon were recorded after
both players burst through flimsy Parramatta defence, and the teams returned to the sheds at half time with scores locked up at 12-12.
The Eels went close to getting in front immediately after the restart, Krisnan Inu pulling off an intercept and passing to debutant Tom Humble;
but the video referee ruled that the first gamer had been unable to ground the ball before falling over the sideline. But the next time the
video referee was called for, on the hour, resulted in a try being awarded to the Eels. Jarryd Hayne had again been pivotal for the Eels, and this
time it was Jeff Robson who had been set up by the classy Eel. Burt’s conversion made the score 18-12, and a field goal a few minutes later
gave the Eels a 7-point buffer that the Sea Eagles would be unable to bridge. The battle for a top-4 position continues to heat up, with both
sides now on 12 points, but the Sea Eagles’ superior for and against gives them the edge.
Parramatta Eels 19 def Manly Sea Eagles 12
Eels : Tries – L Burt, F Mateo, J Robson. Goals – L Burt 3/3. Field Goals – L Burt 1/1.
Sea Eagles : Tries – J Lyon, S Matai. Goals – J Lyon 2/2.
Referees – J Maxwell, M Cecchin. Crowd – 11,023 at Brookvale Oval.
NOTE - Melbourne stripped of all points for 2010 due to salary cap breach.
Brisbane wrecked Gold Coast’s finals campaign last season when the lower-ranked Broncos upset the red-hot Titans.
And history repeated on Friday night when a massive crowd at Lang Park saw the Broncos dominate proceedings to
upset the second-placed Titans 28-6.
Proving the demolition of the Storm last week was no fluke, the Broncos again claimed a highly-prized scalp and
retained the South-East Queensland bragging rights. They got off to a flying start, thanks to Israel Folau who scored
both the Broncos’ first half tries. Folau, fielding big money offers from both rugby union and AFL, showed he isn’t letting
talk of his future distract him from his current position when he was frequently creating space on the wing, leaving Titan
defenders in his wake to score twice and come close to creating more tries. Joe Tomane got one back for the Titans,
but the Broncos led 12-6 at half time.
In the second half, it was all Brisbane as they dominate possession and field position. Three more tries were to come,
as the Broncos placed the Titans under constant pressure; while the Titans never looked like scoring in the second
half. The final margin of 28-6 was a fair reflection of how the Broncos had dominated proceedings. The Broncos, last
on the ladder a few weeks ago, continue to move up the ladder but are still well short of the top 8. But it was a
disappointing result for the Titans, one that has cost them second spot and potentially one that could see them drop
out of the top 4.
Brisbane Broncos 28 def Gold Coast Titans 6
Broncos : Tries – I Folau 2, B Te’o, L Setu, M Gillett. Goals – C Parker 4/5.
Titans : Tries – J Tomane. Goals – S Prince 1/1.
Referees – M Cecchin, S Hayne. Crowd – 40,168 at Suncorp Stadium.
The high-flying St George returned to the winners’ circle when the Dragons completed a 19-6 win over the Bulldogs in
front of a massive crowd of 37,773 at Homebush on Friday night.
The Bulldogs started the game at breakneck speed, creating numerous breaks and in just the 4th minute Josh Morris
ran over to score the opening try. Bryson Goodwin’s conversion made the score 6-0 to the Bulldogs, and still the attacks
continued; with the match being played in the Dragons’ half for the next 10 minute as the Bulldogs continued to press
But against the run of play it would be the Dragons who would be next to score. It came when Jamie Soward chipped
the ball forward on the 5th tackle, with Ben Creagh running forward to juggle to ball, somehow managing to avoid
knocking it on before putting the ball down for a try that took the video referee a long time to finally award on the benefit
of the doubt.
A few minutes before the break, the Dragons took the lead, after Ben Hornby wrong-footed the Bulldogs’ defence with a
dummy before a well-executed long-range pass found Jason Nightingale who had plenty of open space in front of him
to stroll in for a comfortable try. Soward’s conversion gave the Dragons a 12-6 lead at the break.
Nick Emmett bombed a chance to put the Dragons further ahead shortly after the break, knocking on with the line wide
open in front of him. But just a few minutes later, a 30 metre run by Matt Cooper saw the Dragon fend off the attentions
of the Bulldogs’ defence to run in and score. At 18-6, the Dragons had a more comfortable lead, and Soward would add
a late field goal to put the result beyond doubt.
The result sees the Dragons retain top spot on the ladder, while the Bulldogs remain stuck well outside the top 8 and
with some work to do to repeat last year’s finals appearance.
Click here to see Harboursport’s photo gallery from this match.
St George-Illawarra Dragons 19 def Canterbury Bulldogs 6
Dragons : Tries – B Creagh, J Nightingale, M Cooper. Goals – J Soward 3/3. Field Goals – J Soward 1/1.
Bulldogs : Tries – J Morris. Goals – B Goodwin 1/1.
Referees – T Archer, B Sutton. Crowd – 37,773 at ANZ Stadium.
A strong first half enabled the New Zealand Warriors to snap their 3-game losing streak when they recorded a 24-12
win over North Queensland at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday night.
The Cowboys welcomed back Johnathan Thurston from injury, and the halfback played a full game unscathed to
prove his fitness for the upcoming Origin series. But despite Thurston’s presence, the Cowboys struggled to create
scoring opportunities during a lopsided first half.
It took 9 minute for the Warriors to get on the scoreboard, when Ukama Ta’ai crashed over from close range to
score in the corner. Lewis Brown swooped on a bomb to add another, and when Ian Henderson found the line, the
Warriors were well set. All three tries were converted, and James Maloney added a penalty goal shortly before the
break to give the Warriors a 20-0 lead.
But after the break, the Cowboys sprung into action. Scott Bolton and Michael Bani scored tries, and with Thurston
converting both the margin was suddenly back to 8 points with still more than 20 minutes to play. The Cowboys
went close to making the margin even more tight, but Ashley Graham was denied a try by the video referee.
12 scoreless minutes were brought to an end with 10 minutes left on the clock when Kevin Locke found an opening
to score. The conversion was unsuccessful, giving the Warriors a 12-point lead. But although the Cowboys pushed
hard in the final minutes, there was no way for them to make up the 2 converted tries needed to change the