|ROUND 13 FIXTURES:
(All times shown are Sydney time)
Friday 4th June
Canterbury v Wests Tigers (7:30pm, ANZ Stadium)
Parramatta v Melbourne (7:30pm, Parramatta Stadium)
Saturday 5th June
Penrith v Newcastle (5:30pm, CUA Stadium)
Sydney Roosters v Cronulla (7:30pm, Sydney Football Stadium)
Sunday 6th June
NZ Warriors v St George-Illawarra (12:00pm, Mt Smart Stadium)
Canberra v Gold Coast (2:00pm, Canberra Stadium)
Manly v Brisbane (3:00pm, Brookvale Oval)
Monday 7th June
South Sydney v North Queensland (7:00pm, ANZ Stadium)
Wet and wild conditions greeted the players and spectators for the first Origin game of 2010, but a blockbuster
crowd of over 68,000 was on hand at ANZ Stadium. And they would witness Queensland continue their dominant
run, as despite a late NSW charge the Maroons had enough of a buffer to record a 28-24 win.
The Blues were first to score, when Anthony Watmough put up a bomb in the 6th minute, which Jarryd Hayne
chased down to pounce on the ball and score after the Maroon defenders were unable to control the ball. Jamie
Lyon converted, but a few minutes later Johnathan Thurston set up Darius Boyd for the equaliser and scores were
locked at 6-6.
The scores remained locked until the 28th minute, when a penalty goal to Jamie Lyon gave the Blues back the lead.
Five minutes later, Thurston chipped the ball forward for Slater to chase and score. And so the Queenslanders would
hold a 12-8 lead at the break.
The Blues gained the ascendancy even further early in the second half, when an offload from David Shillington set up
Darren Lockyer for a try, but the conversion was unsuccessful. But the Blues fought back, and should have scored
when Jarryd Hayne gathered the ball with the line in front of him but threw a speculative pass which went nowhere.
On the hour, Watmough found the line and suddenly the margin was back to 2 points.
But just 3 minutes later, Greg Inglis scored in the corner. And a creative offload from Johnathan Thurston set up Sam
Thaiday; and with Thurston converting both tries the Maroons looked safe at 28-14. NSW kept trying hard, and tries
to Jamal Idris and Ben Creagh in the final 5 minutes restored some respectability, but it was Queensland’s night.
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Queensland 28 def New South Wales 24
Queensland : Tries – D Boyd, B Slater, D Lockyer, G Inglis, S Thaiday. Goals – J Thurston 4/5.
New South Wales : Tries – J Hayne, A Watmough, J Idris, B Creagh. Goals – J Lyon 4/5.
Referees – T Archer, S Hayne. Crowd – 68,753 at ANZ Stadium.
In the final round last season St George kept Parramatta scoreless before the Eels turned the tables to record their
shock result in last year’s semi finals. But the return to Kogarah this season was more like a repeat of the Round 26
result, as the Dragons again held the Eels scoreless, retaining top spot with a comprehensive 30-0 win.
The Eels suffered a blow before the match when captain Nathan Hindmarsh was injured in the warm-up. But when
play got started, it was a grinding battle of the defences as both sides held out anything their opposition could throw
at them in the tense first 28 minutes. But finally, shortly before the half hour mark, the deadlock was broken when
Brett Morris broke through the Parramatta line and went for a 60 metre run before off-loading to Ben Hornby for the
opening try. Jamie Soward converted the try, and added a penalty goal shortly before the break to send the
Dragons into the sheds at half time with an 8-0 lead.
It had been a dour first half, but few could have anticipated how the floodgates would open after the break. A cut-
out pass by Darius Boyd found a flying Brett Morris and his 40 metre run resulted in the Dragons’ second try. On the
hour, Krishnan Inu knocked on, with Chase Stanley on hand to scoop up the crumbs and run in to score in the
And there was more to come, as the Parramatta resistance crumbled in the final minutes. Jason Nightingale was soon
on the board, and Jamie Soward capped off a sensational night by scoring a late try and converting to give himself a
return of 14 points for the game; while the hapless Eels had not a single point to show from their night of misery.
St George-Illawarra Dragons 30 def Parramatta Eels 0
Dragons : Tries – B Hornby, B Morris, J Nightingale, J Soward, C Stanley. Goals – J Soward 5/6.
Eels : Tries – Nil. Goals – Nil.
Referees – J Maxwell, B Cummins. Crowd – 15,068 at WIN Jubilee Stadium.
Despite a host of players backing up from the Origin game on Wednesday night, Brisbane continued on their merry way at Shark Park on
Saturday evening when the Broncos were 20-4 too good for Cronulla.
Wet and windy conditions kept the crowd down, and also made ball handling difficult for both sides. A succession of dropped balls and both
teams having trouble completing their sets was the story of the first half. Both sides created chances but neither was able to turn their
opportunities into points, and it wasn’t till a penalty goal in the 32nd minute that the deadlock was broken. The Sharks were penalised for a
two on one strip, and Corey Parker popped the penalty goal over to give the Broncos the first score.
In the dying seconds of the half, Darren Lockyer put up a bomb, and Israel Folau flew AFL-style to grab the ball before putting it down to give
the Broncos the try. Parker’s conversion attempt bounced off the upright, and the Broncos went into the sheds with a 6-0 advantage.
The rain was even heavier when the second half started, and the errors kept coming. But in the 51st minute Darren Lockyer found the
Cronulla line to double the Broncos’ lead. But five minutes later, Taulima Tautai from dummy half crashed over to get the Sharks on the board.
Nathan Gardner’s conversion attempt was a shocker that virtually rolled along the ground, and the Broncos held a 12-4 lead.
But the Broncos continued to attack. Jawal Yow Yeh was denied a try by the video referee, but despite being only 8 points down the Sharks
never looked dangerous; and as the clock ticked down the advantage was running Brisbane’s way. A penalty goal added 2 more points to the
lead and ate up some time, and a late try to Antonio Winterstein put the issue beyond doubt.
The result puts the Broncos level on points with the top 8, their winning streak now stretched to 3 games. But for the Sharks, it was another
dark day in a dismal season; only the Storm’s salary cap sins sparing the Sharks from bottom spot.
Brisbane Broncos 20 def Cronulla Sharks 4
Broncos : Tries – I Folau, D Lockyer, A Winterstein. Goals – C Parker 4/5.
Sharks : Tries – T Tautai. Goals – N Gardner 0/1.
Referees – G Badger, G Sutton. Crowd – 7,826 at Toyota Park.
It wasn’t pretty, but it was effective for Manly when the Sea Eagles defeated North Queensland 24-20 at Dairy Farmers Stadium on Saturday
The Sea Eagles suffered a blow before kick-off when Kieran Foran was injured during the warm-up. But it turned out to be a blessing in
disguise, as Dean Whare was called up for his NRL debut. And it would be a first game to remember.
After just 6 minutes, Whare had landed his first try after charging down a kick from Chris Bailey. And at the 11 minute mark, Michael Robertson
set up Whare for his second; Jamie Lyon’s conversion taking the Sea Eagles to 12-0. And at the 23 minute mark, Whare’s dream debut was
complete when he brought up his hat-trick.
Michael Robertson scored another Sea Eagles try, and at 24-0 they looked to be cruising to victory. Even with Ashley Graham crossing just a
few minutes before the break, it was looking good for the Sea Eagles.
But the tide had turned, and the Sea Eagles lost the plot after half time. Missed tackles, drop ball and some appalling execution let them down.
And worse was to come for the Sea Eagles when Jamie Lyon departed with a knee injury on the hour.
The Cowboys suddenly on the hour made their way back into the contest. Shortly after Lyon was stretchered off, Will Tupou scored in the
corner. Five minutes later, Ashley Graham went for a 45 metre run to score. But importantly, Johnathan Thurston failed to convert either try.
With 8 minutes to go, Luke O’Donnell crashed over to set up a grandstand finish; but although the Cowboys threw everything at the Sea
Eagles’ defence in the final minutes there was no way through for what would have been the match-winning try.
Manly Sea Eagles 24 def North Queensland Cowboys 20
Sea Eagles : Tries – D Whare 3, M Robertson. Goals – J Lyon 4/4.
Cowboys : Tries – A Graham 2, L O’Donnell, W Tupou. Goals – J Thurston 2/4.
Referees – J Robinson, A Shortall. Crowd – 13,538 at Dairy Farmers Stadium.
Melbourne Storm, despite not playing for points, recorded a 23-12 win but were made to fight all the way by a determined Bulldogs side at the
Melbourne Rectangular Stadium on Sunday.
The Storm wasted little time getting on the board, with Dane Neilsen overcoming minimal resistance to score in the corner after 4 minutes.
And five minutes later, Chase Stanley found a gap to run in and score another to take the home side to a 10-0 lead.
Shortly before the half hour, Luke MacDougall with a chip and chase gave the Storm another try. Brett Finch caught the Bulldogs unawares to
snap a field goal and on 37 minutes Gareth Widdop burst through to score another try and give the home side a 23-0 lead.
The game looked all over and the Bulldogs appeared to be down for the count, but the visitors came out swinging and worked hard to get
back into the contest. With a bit of luck, they may have even stolen the game.
Five minutes after the break, Andrew Ryan crashed over for the Bulldogs’ first try. Emboldened by getting on the board, the Bulldogs lifted and
pressed the Storm line. But luck was against them, as the Bulldogs were three times denied by the video referee. As well, Ryan Tandy dropped
the ball with the line but no Storm defenders in front of him; while a grubber by Brett Kimmorley just beat the running Bulldog attackers to
bounce over the dead ball line.
Eventually with five minutes to go the Bulldogs scored through a chip and chase by Kimmorley. Time was running out, but the try may have
given the Bulldogs the slightest of sniffs. But they still needed two more tries to win; and their last chance went begging when Bryson
Goodwin was denied a try by the video referee after replays showed his foot went into touch; the fourth time in the half that the technology
had denied the Bulldogs a score. And that was enough for the Storm to hang on to take the win.
Melbourne Storm 23 def Canterbury Bulldogs 12
Storm : Tries – L MacDougall, D Neilsen, G Widdop, C Stanley. Goals – G Widdop 3/4. Field Goals – B Finch 1/1.
Bulldogs : Tries – B Kimmorley, A Ryan. Goals – B Goodwin 2/2.
Referees – S Hayne, A Klein. Crowd – 12,420 at AAMI Park.
Souths kept themselves in the hunt for the top 4 when the Rabbitohs put on one of their best performances this season to demolish front-
runners Penrith 42-22 at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.
The Panthers pressed hard early, and it took some solid defence by the Rabbitohs to deny the Panthers any points from three sets in a row.
But an intercept by Chris Sandow eased the pressure, but after a chip and chase a possible Souths try was denied by the video referee.
But the Rabbitohs were the first to score, Dave Taylor crashing over after getting the ball 5 metres out. Brad Tighe replied for the Panthers,
but scores would only be level for 2 minutes before five-eighth John Sutton wrong-footed the Penrith defence with a dummy before running
through to score under the posts.
Isaac Luke converted the try, and was next to score. After a run from Nathan Merritt that saw him tackled a metre short of the line, Merritt
played the ball to Luke who dived forward and put the ball down to score. Rhys Wesser then found the line to score against his old club and
give the Rabbitohs a 24-6 lead at the break.
Wesser’s second try came shortly after half time, and the Rabbitohs’ lead looked unassailable. But the Panthers had other ideas and came
storming back into the contest. Lachlan Coote scored twice and Gavin Cooper once, all three tries awarded after lengthy deliberations by the
video referee. But with Michael Gordon converting two of the tries, the scoreline was back to 30-22 with 15 minutes to go, and suddenly the
nerves were kicking in.
The Rabbitohs needed a spark to stop the Penrith momentum, and it came when Chris Sandow grubbered the ball through the line of Penrith
defenders before chasing and gathering the ball himself and running 40 metres to score. A 70 metre run in the final minutes by Beau Champion
put the issue beyond doubt, and the Rabbitohs would take a well-earned victory.
South Sydney Rabbitohs 42 def Penrith Panthers 22
Rabbitohs : Tries – R Wesser 2, B Champion, I Luke, C Sandow, J Sutton, D Taylor. Goals – I Luke 7/8.
Panthers : Tries – L Coote 2, G Cooper, B Tighe. Goals - M Gordon 3/4.
Referees – T Archer, B Sutton. Crowd – 11,108 at ANZ Stadium.
The Sydney Roosters ended their 2-game losing streak and returned to the top 8 when they travelled to Robina on Monday night and
returned with a 30-16 win over the Titans.
An early try to the Titans got them off to a flying start. Luke Bailey gathered a bomb before offloading to David Mead who ran 50 metres to
score under the posts; and after only 3 minutes the Titans held a 6-0 lead. Five minutes later, Mead was in for his second after receiving an
offload from Scott Prince; after Prince had previously caught the Roosters’ defence off-guard with a dummy.
On 13 minutes, Shaun Kenny-Dowall got the Roosters on the board with a try in the corner, but Todd Carney was unable to convert and the
Titans retained a 10-4 advantage.
By now the Roosters were on a roll, and tries to Anthony Minichiello and Frank-Paul Nuuausala would quickly follow to put the Roosters in front.
But Carney, having an off-day with the boot, failed to convert any of them.
With five minutes to go before half-time, David Mead brought up his hat-trick; but the Titans’ lead would be short-lived before Braith Anasta
found the line in the final moments before half time. Carney finally landed a conversion to put the Roosters 18-16 ahead.
Within 20 minutes of the second half getting under way, Kenny-Dowall and Nuuausala had completed doubles and the Roosters were 30-16
ahead. The Titans, needing three tries to get back into the game, worked hard but could find no way through; and even when Todd Carney
got sent off in the final minutes for a professional foul on Preston Campbell, the Titans’ fate was sealed.
Sydney Roosters 30 def Gold Coast Titans 16
Roosters : Tries – S Kenny-Dowall 2, F-P Nuuausala 2, B Anasta, A Minichiello. Goals – T Carney 3/6.
Titans : Tries – D Mead 3. Goals – S Prince 2/3.
Referees – J Maxwell, S Lyons. Crowd – 13,235 at Skilled Park.
NOTE - Melbourne stripped of all points for 2010 due to salary cap breach.
Wests Tigers and New Zealand Warriors were battling to remain in the top 8 when the two teams faced off at
Campbelltown Stadium on Friday night. But the result was a blowout, with the Tigers dominating from start to finish
to record a comprehensive 50-6 victory.
In front of a poor Campbelltown crowd, Beau Ryan scored early for the Tigers, but Joel Moon replied for the Warriors
to put the visitors 6-4 ahead. And so the scores would remain until the 35 minute mark, with both sides butchering
chances in what had been a scrappy display. But with five minutes to go till half time, Lote Tuqiri finally managed a
clean possession and burst through the Warriors line out wide before running in to score under the posts. And a 40
metre run by Robbie Farah in the last play of the first half put the Tigers 16-6 ahead at the break.
Few would have predicted how the floodgates would open after the break. It was all Tigers, as they scored at will
and the Warriors’ defences crumbled completely. A hat-trick to Geoff Daniela, with all three tries scored within 11
minutes, turned the game from a close contest into a one-sided blowout. Tuqiri would go on to cpmplete a double,
while Mark Flanagan and Chris Lawrence would also cross the Warriors’ line during the second half.
It was an important win for the Tigers. Not just the win, but the size of the win, sets them up well to remain within
the top 8. But the Warriors now have the worst for-and-against of any of the finals contenders, the margin of this
result being a disaster for the trans-Tasman team.
Wests Tigers 50 def New Zealand Warriors 6
Tigers : Tries – G Daniela 3, L Tuqiri 2, R Farah, M Flanagan, C Lawrence, B Ryan. Goals – B Marshall 7/9.
Warriors : Tries – J Moon. Goals – B Seymour 1/1.
Referees – S Lyons, T De las Heras. Crowd – 10,061 at Campbelltown Stadium.