|ROUND 7 FIXTURES:
(All times shown are Sydney time)
Friday 22nd April
Wests Tigers v Brisbane (7:30pm, Sydney Football Stadium)
Manly-Warringah v Penrith (7:30pm, Brookvale Oval)
Saturday 23rd April
Cronulla-Sutherland v North Queensland (5:30pm, Toyota Stadium)
Canterbury-Bankstown v South Sydney (7:30pm, ANZ Stadium)
Sunday 24th April
Canberra v Newcastle (2:00pm, Canberra Stadium)
Parramatta v Gold Coast (3:00pm, Parramatta Stadium)
Monday 25th April
Sydney Roosters v St George-Illawarra (4:00pm, Sydney Football Stadium)
Melbourne v NZ Warriors (7:00pm, AAMI Park)
Momentum was running Gold Coast’s way. Scott Prince missed a field goal attempt, but shortly afterwards Mark
Minichiello cruised through some lazy defence to plant the ball under the posts and give the Titans the lead with
just two minutes left on the clock. After a start to the season to forget for the Titans, this result finally sees
them climb off the bottom of the ladder; but the Tigers’ spot in the top 8 is in jeopardy, underlining their
inconsistent form this season and in this match, where they would be regretting the one that got away.
Gold Coast Titans 20 def Wests Tigers 14
Titans : Tries – W Zillman 2, S Prince, M Minichiello. Goals – S Prince 2/4. Field Goals – S Prince
Tigers : Tries – C Heighington, S Dwyer. Goals – B Marshall 3/4.
Referees – S Hayne, A Devcich. Crowd – 17,221 at Skilled Park.
The heavens opened on Saturday evening, and the few hardy souls who braved the wintery conditions at
Brookvale Oval copped a deluge. But at least the majority, supporting Manly, would go home happy after the Sea
Eagles completed a 20-10 win over the New Zealand Warriors.
The Warriors looked dangerous early, and the Sea Eagles were forced to do several line drop-outs early as the
Warriors pressed the Manly line. And finally on 23 minutes, Lewis Brown from dummy half crashed over to score
the opening try. James Maloney’s conversion went wide, and the Warriors led 4-0.
But a devastating 10-minute burst shortly before half time gave the Sea Eagles the edge. On the fifth tackle,
Daly Cherry-Evans went with the grubber, and Michael Robertson chased the ball to the in-goal to score. Michael
Oldfield wrong-footed the Warriors’ defence to add another, and a solo effort by Jamie Buhrer gave the Sea
Eagles a 14-4 lead; a margin that could have been even greater had Matt Ballin not knocked on when he had the
open line in front of him.
But with the Sea Eagles 14-4 ahead at half time, things were looking good for the home side; and they got even
better when a creative offload by Glenn Stewart sent Joe Gulavao over the line to score. The game was safe,
and in the boggy conditions the Sea Eagles were happy to take the foot off the gas and play for time. Elijah
Taylor crossed the line late in the game for the Warriors, but it wasn’t enough to put the Sea Eagles under any
pressure as Fortress Brookvale claimed another victim and the Sea Eagles maintained their position in the top 8
while ensuring the Warriors stay languishing in the lower reaches of the ladder.
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 20 def New Zealand Warriors 10
Sea Eagles : Tries – J Gulavao, M Robertson, J Buhrer, M Oldfield. Goals – D Cherry-Evans 2/4.
Warriors : Tries – L Brown, E Taylor. Goals – J Maloney 1/2.
Referees – T Archer, B Suttor. Crowd – 8,680 at Brookvale Oval.
After missing the finals last year for the first time since 1991, Brisbane have had a resurgence this season; and the
Broncos continued their impressive form with a 24-6 win over the Sydney Roosters in appalling conditions at
Bluetongue Stadium on Saturday night.
The Broncos took the lead early with a penalty goal, but for much of the first half hour it was the Roosters who
were doing the bulk of the attacking, looking dangerous and getting close to scoring on numerous occasions. But
Brisbane’s defence was magnificent under pressure, diffusing plenty of Rooster raids. And, against the run of play,
the Broncos would score the opening try at the 32 minute mark.
It came with a creative pass from Alex Glenn that sent Jharal Yow Yeh on his way to a try in the corner, which
Corey Parker converted magnificently. And on the stroke of half time, Corey Parker offloaded to Dale Copley; and
although Parker’s conversion attempt was unsuccessful this time, the Broncos held a 12-0 lead at half time.
By now the Broncos were on a roll, and a run of penalties and possession kept Brisbane in the ascendancy in the
second half. But it would take nearly 20 minutes for the Broncos to add to their half-time margin. It came with a
kick forward by Reed that was pounced on by Dale Copley and the Broncos found themselves 18-0 in the clear.
Victory was assured for the Broncos; and Ben Hannant put the icing on the cake with another try underneath
the posts. BJ Leilua got one back for the Roosters in the dying minutes of the game, but it was Brisbane’s night
and the Broncos had plenty fo celebrate after a hard-fought win after an important win in such terrible consitions.
Brisbane Broncos 24 def Sydney Roosters 6
Broncos : Tries - D Copley 2, J Yow Yeh, B Hannant. Goals – C Parker 4/5.
Roosters : Tries – J Leilua. Goals – B Anasta 1/1.
Referees – M Cecchin, G Reynolds. Crowd – 8,616 at Bluetongue Stadium.
North Queensland maintained their position in the top four, and condemned Canberra to their fifth loss on the
trot, when the Cowboys a 26-18 win over the Raiders at Dairy Farmers Stadium on Saturday night.
The game started uneventfully, but in the 8th minute Aaron Payne burst through the Canberra defence, and the
ball ended up finding Antonio Winterstein, who scored in the corner for his first try since crossing to the
Cowboys. Johnathan Thurston curled through a sensational conversion from the sideline to give the Cowboys a 6-
It could have got even worse for the Raiders, as their kick-off sailed out on the full; and from the ensuing set
Kalifa Fai-Fai Loa crossed the line, but the video referee disallowed the try. But on 16 minutes the Cowboys did
get their second, Scott Bolton wrong-footing the Raider defenders to score. The Cowboys were on top, getting
the bulk of possession and field position, and it wasn’t long before they crossed the line again. This time it was
Glenn Hall who scored the try, after a long pass from Fai-Fai Loa. Thurston’s conversion gave the Cowboys an 18-
The Raiders needed a circuit breaker, and it came when Blake Ferguson beat the efforts of a pack of Cowboy
defenders, crashing over the line and the video referee awarded a benefit of the doubt try. But the Cowboys re-
asserted themselves, with Johnathan Thurston soccering the ball forward on the fifth tackle to the in-goal and
planting the ball over the line, converting the try to give the Cowboys a 24-6 half-time lead.
The Cowboys had the bulk of possession, helped along by a lopsided penalty count. But against the run of play it
was the Raiders who would be first to score in the second half, after Jarrod Croker put up a bomb and Shaun
Fensom flew up to grab the ball and score in the corner. Croker converted the try to cut the margin to 12 points.
A penalty goal to Thurston gave the Cowboys some breathing space. The Raiders continued to attack, and Josh
McCrone set up Ferguson for his second try to cut the margin to eight points, but the visitors could go no further
and the Cowboys were happy to play out time and record the win.
North Queensland Cowboys 26 def Canberra Raiders 18
Cowboys : Tries – J Thurston, G Hall, S Bolton, A Winterstein. Goals – J Thurston 5/5.
Raiders : Tries – B Ferguson 2, S Fensom. Goals – J Croker 3/3.
Referees – G Badger, S Lyons. Crowd – 10,741 at Dairy Farmers Stadium.
They had to fight for it, but Newcastle eventually did enough to fall over the line and take out a 24-20 win over
Cronulla at Ausgrid Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
It was end to end for 11 minutes, but the Sharks would eventually open the scoring, with Ben Pomeroy scoring
in the corner despite having two Knights’ defenders hanging off him. John Williams missed the conversion, but
the Sharks held a 4-0 lead. But the lead was short-lived, as Jarrod Mullen kicked high and wide on the fifth tackle,
and despite Aquila Uate having appeared at first to knock the ball on, Wes Naiqama dived on the ball to score;
and the video referee, after lengthy deliberation, awarded the try.
The Sharks were soon back in front, with Albert Kelly throwing a dummy that caught the Newcastle defenders
off-guard and then off-loaded for Nathan Gardner to score. But the last five minutes of the half saw the match
swing Newcastle’s way, with James McManus and Shannon McDonnell finding the line to give the Knights an 18-
10 advantage at half time.
The Knights picked up a string of penalties early in the second half, and ten minutes into the second half they
were in again, with Junior Sau crossing the line. Kurt Gidley’s conversion gave the Knights a 24-10 lead.
The Knights were looking good, but in the end it took some dour defence to save the game. On the hour, John
Williams made a break and scored in the corner. And when Nathan Gardner crashed through the Knights’ line to
score under the posts and bring up his double, the margin was back to four points. But although the Sharks
continued to attack, there was no way through the Newcastle line for a winning try; the Knights ending their
three-game losing streak and maintaining their position in the top eight.
Newcastle Knights 24 def Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 20
Knights : Tries – W Naiqama, J McManus, J Sau, S McDonnell. Goals – K Gidley 4/4. Field Goals – K
Sharks : Tries – N Gardner 2, B Pomeroy, J Williams. Goals – J Williams 2/4.
Referees – J Robinson, P Haines. Crowd – 12,796 at Ausgrid Stadium.
Melbourne maintained their grip on top spot on the ladder, when the Storm travelled to Penrith and returned
home victorious with a 25-10 win over the Panthers on Sunday afternoon.
The weather conditions were good, but it was an error-riddled opening, with both sides fumbling and making
poor decisions in the early exchanges. But on 12 minutes, Gareth Widdop drew the Panther fullback and then off-
loaded to Cooper Cronk for the opening try under the posts. Cameron Smith had the easiest of conversions to
give the Storm a 6-0 lead.
The Panthers were spurred into action, and began to get a greater share of possession and field position as the
half progressed. David Simmons had a try disallowed by the video referee, but Sandor Earl was soon in for the
Panthers, going up to take the ball after a bomb from Cronk and running 80 metres to score. The Storm landed a
penalty goal on the stroke of half time, and the Storm led 8-6 at half time.
The Panthers had leaked some huge scores in the second half of games this season, but they started the second
half promisingly, with the ball in the Storm’s half for much of the first 15 minutes of the second half. But against
the run of play, Widdop set up Billy Slater who capitalised on some poor Penrith defending to score. And on the
hour, Matt Duffie crashed over in the corner. Although neither try was converted, the Storm held an 18-6 lead.
The Storm extended their margin when Cooper Cronk landed a field goal. Shortly afterwards, Bryan Norrie found
the line to put the icing on the cake. And even with Timana Tahu scoring a late consolation try for the Panthers,
it had been a comfortable result for the Storm.
Melbourne Storm 25 def Penrith Panthers 10
Storm : Tries – C Cronk, B Slater, B Norrie, M Duffie. Goals – C Smith 4/6. Field Goals – C Cronk
Panthers : Tries – T Tahu, S Earl. Goals – M Gordon 1/2.
Referees – B Cummins, C James. Crowd – 11,137 at Centrebet Stadium.
A healthy Monday night crowd of over 22,000 at ANZ Stadium saw a tough defensive battle between Souths
and St George; a match which was tryless until the final 13 minutes, ending with the defending champions taking
out a 16-0 win.
The Rabbitohs were denied a try when the video referee ruled Dean Young had held Dave Tyrell up in-goal,
preventing Tyrell from scoring. It was one of the few chances to come from a tight and tough first half, where
both sides defended grimly. Jamie Soward landed a penalty goal to put the Dragons 2-0 ahead, and it would be
the only score in the first half.
And for nearly half an hour in the second half, the scoreline would still be 2-0. Both sides had half-chances, but
were unable to make anything of their opportunities. Chris McQueen was held up in goal, preventing another
Souths try; while Mark Gasnier knocked on with the goal-line in front of him. But for much of the half it was the
teams playing the ball for five tackles, struggling to make any significant distance, and then being unable to
manufacture chances with their last tackle plays.
But finally, with 13 minutes to go, it was Souths’ defence who cracked. Jamie Soward made a break and found
Matt Cooper, and after Cooper drew the Rabbitoh defenders, the ball was fired out to Darius Boyd who scored
next to the posts. Soward converted and the Dragons went to an 8-0 advantage.
Five minutes later, Brett Morris burst through the Souths’ defensive line and got to within ten metres of the line
before being brought down. And on the next tackle, Mark Gasnier was over in the corner. Soward made no
mistake with the conversion, and finished off the Rabbitohs’ hopes with a penalty goal. The Rabbitohs remained
scoreless for the night, while the high-flying Dragons continue to impress in their quest for back-to-back
St George-Illawarra Dragons 16 def South Sydney Rabbitohs 0
Dragons : Tries – M Gasnier, D Boyd. Goals – J Soward 4/4.
Rabbitohs : Tries – Nil. Goals – Nil.
Referees – J Maxwell, A Shortall. Crowd – 22,771 at ANZ Stadium.
Round 6 began with a Homebush blockbuster, and it was the Bulldogs who would prevail over Parramatta in a
game in which a multitude of sin-binnings would change the momentum of the match.
Early on, it looked like it would be a Parramatta romp. The Eels wasted no time in pressing the Bulldogs’ line, and
after just five minutes Daniel Mortimer off-loaded to Jarryd Hayne, and the Hayne-plane dummied and crossed the
line for the opening try. Another chance shortly after went begging when Hayne knocked on, but on 20 minutes
he burst through some soft Bulldog defending for his second try.
But Hayne’s next moment was influential for the wrong reasons. Hayne was tackled high by Corey Payne, and
got up to retaliate; and a mellee broke out. Hayne and Payne were sent to the sin bin; and although Luke Burt
added a penalty goal to give the Eels a 14-0 lead, the momentum of the game changed.
Tempers flared again, and Michael Ennis and Nathan Hindmarsh found themselves also sent to the bin. With 11 on
11, it became a more open free-flowing game, and just a minute later Steve Turner crossed in the corner. Bryson
Goodwin was unable to convert, but Ben Barba found plenty of room to move and three minutes later was in for
a converted try. Hayne and Payne returned, but Ben Barba had found his rhythm and stretched out to plant the
ball in the corner moments before half time to lock the scores up at 14-14 at the break.
Just after the break, Kris Keating threw an offload to a bullocking Jamal Idris, and the Bulldogs hit the lead for the
first time. A conversion and a penalty goal gave the Bulldogs an 8-point advantage, and shortly after the hour
Ben Barba brought up his hat-trick. By now the Bulldogs could do no wrong, and Jamal Idris’s second try was the
icing on the cake.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 34 def Parramatta Eels 14
Bulldogs : Tries – B Barba 3, J Idris 2, S Turner. Goals – B Goodwin 5/7.
Eels : Tries – J Hayne 2. Goals – L Burt 3/3.
Referees – A Klein, J Sutton. Crowd – 30,687 at ANZ Stadium.
After a slow start to the season, Gold Coast finally had something to get excited about when the Titans came
from behind to record a 20-14 win over the inconsistent Wests Tigers at Robina on Friday night.
The Tigers were on the board early, with Simon Dwyer chasing down a grubber from Benji Marshall for the
opening try. And after a high shot by Luke Bailey, a penalty goal would follow shortly afterwards to give the
Tigers an 8-0 advantage.
On 11 minutes the Tigers again crossed the line, with Benji Marshall again grubbering. Chris Heighington chased
the ball down, and it was a close call whether the ball was correctly grounded; but after what seemed an
eternity, the video referee finally awarded a benefit of the doubt try. Marshall’s conversion put the Tigers 14-0
But the Titans fought back late in the half. William Zillman took advantage of some slack defending by Tim
Moltzen to cross the line and score, and shortly afterwards out-paced the Tiger defence to score another. Scott
Prince were unable to convert either try, keeping the Tigers 14-8 ahead. Zillman was close to hit hat-trick shortly
before the break, but the video referee denied the try.
The Tigers held their 6-point lead for half an hour after the break. There was a chance of a penalty goal, but
Benji Marshall’s penalty goal attempt sailed wide. But as the half went on, the Titans began to get more
penalties, more possession and better field position; and on 71 minutes Scott Prince turned on an individual effort
to score under the posts, his conversion levelling the scores.