After a 3-game losing streak, Gold Coast achieved a badly needed return to form when the Titans bounced back to
record a 28-14 win over Manly at Robina on Friday night.
The Sea Eagles had an early scoring chance as Ben Farrar made a break and crossed the Gold Coast line, but after
extensive deliberation the video referee ruled that Farrar’s foot had gone into touch before the ball was planted; and
the try was disallowed. And just three minutes later the Titans were on the board, after a dropped ball by Tony
Williams was scooped up by Kevin Gordon who ran 80 metres to score. And on 12 minutes, Greg Bird offloaded to
Mark Minichello for another try, and the Titans held an early 12-0 lead.
The Sea Eagles finally had a chance to get back into the contest shortly before the half hour mark, with a string of
line drop-outs giving the visitors field position. A try to Michael Robertson was disallowed after a forward pass, but
Matt Ballin finally found a gap and this time there was no doubt about the Sea Eagle try.
A penalty goal to Scott Prince on the stroke of half-time gave the Titans a 14-6 lead at the break, but the Sea Eagles
weren’t giving up just yet. The start of the second half was tight and tough, both sides defending vigorously and the
big hits kept coming.
But just after the hour it was the Titans who accomplished the first score of the second half, with Tagataese
crashing over to score in the corner. Three minutes later, Mat Rogers offloaded to give Gordon his second try; and
although Prince was unable to convert either of those tries the Titans were comfortably set with a 22-6 lead.
With 10 minutes to go, the Sea Eagles were thrown a lifeline. Ben Farrar crashed over the line to score, and after the
try was scored Farrar copped a late challenge from Mark Minichiello. The referee had no hesistation in awarding an 8-
point try, and with Rodney banging both goals over the margin was back to 8 points with still enough time to steal
But the Titans caught the Sea Eagles napping. Putting in a short kick-off, the Titans regathered possession, and on
the last tackle a grubber by Greg Bird bounced off the posts into the waiting arms of Luke Bailey, who crashed over
for the match-sealing try. Finally the Titans’ losing streak was over.
Gold Coast Titans 28 def Manly Sea Eagles 14
Titans : Tries – K Gordon 2, L Bailey, M Minichiello, S Tagataese. Goals – S Prince 4/6.
Sea Eagles : Tries – M Ballin, B Farrar. Goals – S Rodney 3/3.
Referees – G Badger, B Cummins. Crowd – 17,508 at Skilled Park.
Despite the absence of four key players on Origin duty, North Queensland recorded a welcome win to put their woes
behind them after a 16-8 victory over Canberra at home on Saturday night.
The Cowboys welcomed back Matt Bowen from injury, and after just five minutes Bowen sent Michael Morgan
through a gap for the opening try, John Williams’ conversion giving the home side a 6-0 lead. The Raiders hit back in
the 13th minute when Daniel Vidot found an opening to score in the corner, but the angle was too tight for Terry
Campese to land the conversion.
Morgan completed a double in the 20th minute, putting the Cowboys 12-4 ahead, a scoreline that would be
maintained for the remainder of the half. The Raiders had the bulk of possession in the period before the break, but
missed the drive of Josh Dugan who didn’t play after he failed a fitness test before the game.
But the Raiders did manage a try five minutes after half time, Josh McCrone crashing through a wall of Cowboy
defenders for a try that took extensive deliberation for the video referee to eventually give the benefit of the doubt.
But again, Campese was unable to convert and the Cowboys enjoyed an 8-point buffer. There were no more tries
scored, but the boot of Williams landed two more penalty goals to put the margin beyond a converted try. The
Raiders needed two more tries to take the game, but the North Queensland defence was too strong to concede a
lifeline to the Canberra side. And finally, after several weeks of heartbreak and despair, the Cowboys’ losing streak is
North Queensland Cowboys 16 def Canberra Raiders 8
Cowboys : Tries – M Morgan 2. Goals – J Williams 4/4.
Raiders : Tries – J McCrone, D Vidot. Goals – T Campese 0/2.
Referees – M Cecchin, G Sutton. Crowd – 12,058 at Dairy Farmers Stadium.
But the game wasn’t over yet. With 10 minutes to go, Matt Hilder flew high to grab a bomb and dive over for another Newcastle try and the
margin was back to 2 points. The Knights pressed hard, looking for the match-winning try, but the Warriors’ defence was tough and hard to
penetrate. And an intercept and 60 metre run by James Maloney with just four minutes left on the clock sealed the Knights’ fate and ensured
a Warriors victory; a result that puts the New Zealand side just two points out of the top 8, and with the bye next week guaranteeing them
another 2 points the Warriors are back in the race for the finals.
New Zealand Warriors 32 def Newcastle Knights 24
Warriors : Tries – M Vatuvei 2, J Latimore, J Maloney, J Moon. Goals – J Maloney 6/6.
Knights : Tries – M Hilder, J Sau, Z Taia, A Uate. Goals – W Naiqama 4/4.
Referees – S Lyons, T De las Heras. Crowd – 10,535 at Energy Australia Stadium.
Brisbane’s run of strong form continued when, even without the Origin stars, the Broncos turned on their full range of attacking flair to record
a comprehensive 50-22 win over Souths at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Rabbitohs, looking for a win to stay in the top 4, started brightly enough; and after pressing the Broncos’ line for much of the first 8
minutes, Rhys Wesser threw a pass that looked slightly forward, and although Nathan Merritt struggled to control it and juggled the ball, he
managed to gather it and score to give first blood to the Rabbitohs.
But the Broncos wasted little time in responding, with three tries in the next 10 minutes. Justin Hoffman was the first Bronco to score, the
beneficiary of a well-executed ball from Shane Tronc. Jharal Yow Yeh pounced on a bomb from Peter Wallace to add another, and when Ben
Te’o charged through to score under the posts the Broncos held a 16-4 lead.
There was more razzle-dazzle to come. A strong solo effort by Colin Best got a try back for the Rabbitohs, but Justin Hoffman quickly replied for
the Broncos after wrong-footing the Rabbitoh defence with a dummy. And when Ben Te’o ran through with a chip and chase to score in the
corner, the Broncos had got themselves out to a 28-10 half-time lead.
It was more of the same in the second half, as the Broncos would go on to complete a 9-try entertainment package. The Rabbitohs had their
moments, an 80 metre running try by Nathan Merritt being a highlight, but the Broncos were playing inspired and had both the answers and
the attacking flair to pull off quick tries when they were needed. Ben Te’o completed his hat-trick, while Corey Parker was in sensational touch
with the boot to land 7 from 9. It was an afternoon of Bronco brilliance, as the Brisbane side would record their fifth win on the trot and their
position in the top 8 looks to be getting stronger.
Brisbane Broncos 50 def South Sydney Rabbitohs 22
Broncos : Tries – B Te’o 3, M Gillett 2, J Hoffman 2, J Yow Yeh 2. Goals – C Parker 7/9.
Rabbitohs : Tries – N Merritt 2, C Best, B Lowe. Goals – B Sandow 3/4.
Referees – J Maxwell, B Suttor. Crowd – 30,311 at Suncorp Stadium.
Melbourne Storm were without five players on Origin duty when they took on Sydney Roosters in a public holiday clash at AAMI Park; and the
lack of quality was apparent for all to see as the Storm were belted 38-6 by the Sydney Roosters.
Storm coach Craig Bellamy left the NSW Origin camp to be at the game, an Origin camp ripped apart by Timana Tahu walking out in protest
against comments from Andrew Johns that he considered racist. But the return to AAMI Park completed a long weekend from hell for Bellamy,
as his Storm side was never in the contest as they slumped to a humiliating defeat.
The Storm had an early chance to take the lead on the back of a 40-20 from Luke Kelly, but Justin O’Neill knocked on when he had the line
wide open in front of him. Instead it was the Roosters who opened the scoring after 16 minutes, when Jason Ryles off-loaded to Mose Masoe
for his first NRL try. And on 26 minutes, debutant Kane Linnett burst through a gap out wide to put the Roosters in an attacking position
before finding Phil Graham in support. And just before half time Linnett was in himself after attacking from dummy half. With Todd Carney
converting all three tries, the Roosters led 18-0 at half time.
The Roosters turned on the razzle-dazzle after the break and raced further ahead. An enterprising pass from Mitchell Aubusson found Anthony
Minichiello and then Phil Graham chased a grubber to complete a double.
Rory Kostajasyn got a try back for the Storm with 10 minutes to go to at least get the home side on the scoreboard, but the game was well
and truly over by then. But the Roosters continued to attack, to improve their for-and-against record; and two late tries completed the win,
the Roosters’ first in Melbourne since 2004 and their biggest ever win on Victorian soil.
Sydney Roosters 38 def Melbourne Storm 6
Roosters : Tries – P Graham 2, M Masoe, A Minichiello, F-P Nuuausala, S Perrett, K Linnett. Goals – T Carney 5/7.
Storm : Tries – R Kostjasyn. Goals – C Stanley 1/1.
Referees – A Klein, B Sutton. Crowd – 10,449 at AAMI Park.
|ROUND 15 FIXTURES:
(All times shown are Sydney time)
Wednesday 16th June
State of Origin II - Queensland v New South Wales (8:00pm, Suncorp Stadium)
Friday 18th June
Brisbane v Penrith (6:30pm, Suncorp Stadium)
Canterbury v Gold Coast (8:30pm, Suncorp Stadium)
Saturday 19th June
Melbourne v North Queensland (5:30pm, AAMI Park)
Manly v South Sydney (7:30pm, Brookvale Oval)
Sunday 20th June
Cronulla v St George-Illawarra (2:00pm, Toyota Stadium)
Wests Tigers v Canberra (3:00pm, Leichhardt Oval)
Monday 21st June
Newcastle v Parramatta (7:00pm, Energy Australia Stadium)
BYE - NZ Warriors, Sydney Roosters.
NOTE - Melbourne stripped of all points for 2010 due to salary cap breach.
Wins in Australia are worth their weight in gold for the New Zealand Warriors, and they achieved an important one
with a 32-24 win over the struggling Newcastle Knights at Energy Australia Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Junior Sau scored for the Knights in the 5th minute, but it would be the only time the Knights would lead for the
afternoon. On 10 minutes, Joel Moon shook off the attentions of three Knights tacklers to plant the ball over the line
for a try that, after the conversion, saw scores leveled at 6-6.
On the half hour, Aaron Heremaia from dummy half spotted an unmarked Manu Vatuvei out wide, and a long-range
pass sent Vatuvei on his way to the line to score in the corner. But on the stroke of half time, Zeb Taia chased
down a grubber from Scott Dureau and scores were again tied up at 12-12 at the break.
Again early in the second half it was try for try, Jeremy Latimore scoring for the Warriors and then a quick reply by
the Knights’ Akuela Uate; and with both Wes Naiqama and James Maloney in sensational form with the boot both
tries were again converted.
It was the Warriors’ turn to score next, which they duly did on the back of a 40 metre run by Lewie Brown, which
gave the Warriors field position which Manu Vatuvei capitalised on for his second try. Importantly for the Warriors,
Maloney not only landed the conversion but also a penalty goal three minutes later that gave the visitors an 8-point