|ROUND 10 FIXTURES:
(All times shown are Sydney time)
Friday 13th May
Canterbury v St George (7:30pm, ANZ Stadium)
Penrith v Brisbane (7:30pm, Centrebet Stadium)
Saturday 14th May
Melbourne v Canberra (5:30pm, AAMI Park)
South Sydney v Wests Tigers (7:30pm, ANZ Stadium)
North Queensland v Parramatta (7:30pm, Dairy Farmers Stadium)
Sunday 15th May
Newcastle v NZ Warriors (2:00pm, Ausgrid Stadium)
Cronulla v Sydney Roosters (3:00pm, Toyota Park)
Monday 16th May
Gold Coast v Manly (7:00pm, Skilled Park)
The first international at Robina saw Australia held by a determined New Zealand side, but the Australians eventually
broke through to record a 20-10 win over the plucky Kiwis on Friday night. The match had originally been scheduled
for Christchurch in New Zealand, but the earthquake in February made the stadium unplayable, forcing the move to
the Gold Coast.
After three minutes, Australia was on the scoreboard. A pack flew up to catch a bomb, and Jharal Yow Yeh got his
hands on the ball but didn’t hold it. The ball spilled loose and Billy Slater picked up the crumbs and scored; and after
considerable deliberation, the video referee ruled the ball had been knocked back and the try was awarded.
Johnathan Thurston added the extras to give Australia an early 6-0 lead.
The Kiwis suffered another blow when Sam Rapira broke his thumb, leaving the New Zealand side a player short. And
it got worse for New Zealand at the 20 minute mark, when Australia had numbers out wide and Jharal Yow Yeh
scored in the corner. The angle was too tight for Thurston to convert, but Australia were well placed at 10-0.
But shortly before half time, the New Zealand side was back in the contest. Benji Marshall, forcing a turnover from
Thurston, quickly offloaded to Jason Nightingale and from the ensuing set of tackles, Matt Duffie scored a try on
debut. Marshall added the extras, reducing the margin to four points at the break.
Now it was Australia having injury worries, as Greg Inglis departed and would play no further part in the game. But
the second half was a dour, defensive struggle as both sides defended staunchly and neither side would trouble the
scorers for nearly half an hour. But eventually it was Australia who broke the deadlock, with Billy Slater forcing an error
and picking up the crumbs and running 60 metres to score.
Three minutes later, Jamal Idris took three Kiwi defenders with him when he crashed over the line. With just eight
minutes to go, the Aussies were now 20-6 ahead and the game was safe. Lance Hohaia burst through for a late
consolation try, but this was Australia’s night.
Australia 20 def New Zealand 10
Australia : Tries – B Slater 2, J Yow Yeh, J Idris. Goals – J Thurston 2/4.
New Zealand : Tries – L Hohaia, M Duffie. Goals – B Marshall 1/2.
Referee – R Silverwood. Crowd – 26,301 at Skilled Park.
It was a cold and wet night for the City v Country game in Albury, but it was a good night for the Country side as
they took out an 18-12 win over their City rivals.
On the back of a string of early penalties, Beau Champion scored out wide to put the first points of the game on the
board for City. But on 22 minutes, Country hit back when Jarred Mullen put up a bomb and Michael Gordon out-
positioned Jarryd Hayne to grab the ball and score. Converting his own try, Gordon put Country 6-4 ahead.
Country were struggling with the penalty count, and City were getting plenty of possession and field position, but
were unable to penetrate the line in the remainder of the first half. But early in the second period, Mitchell Pearce
drew two Country defenders and off-loaded to an unmarked Jarryd Hayne who burst through for the easiest of tries.
But Nathan Merritt, in the unfamiliar role of goal-kicker, put up a shocker of a kick that sprayed well wide of the
Not long afterwards, Simon Dwyer crossed over to score, but another missed conversion made the score 12-6. And
shortly after the hour, City would be made to pay for their inaccuracy when Ryan Hinchcliffe found an opening and
crossed over to make the score 12-12.
The clock ticked by, and with scores deadlocked, the teams looked for the winning score. Mitchell Pearce missed
a field goal attempt for City, and Jarrod Mullen missed twice for Country. But in the final minute, Akuila Uate made
a break and crossed over in the corner for the try that would deliver the game for Country. Jamie Soward added
the extras, topping off a great night for Country while City paid the price for not having a regular goalkicker in
Country Origin 18 def City Origin 12
Country : Tries – M Gordon, A Uate, R Hinchcliffe. Goals – M Gordon 2/2, J Soward 1/1. Field Goals
– J Mullen 0/2.
City : Tries – B Champion, J Hayne, S Dwyer. Goals – N Merritt 0/3, M Pearce 0/1. Field Goals – M
Referees – B Cummins, A Klein. Crowd – 8,056 at Lavington Sports Ground, Albury.
The only Saturday night game of the round included several players from both sides backing up from rep matches;
but top spot was on the line as Brisbane hosted Melbourne at Suncorp Stadium. And it was the Storm who would
prevail, recording a 29-22 victory over the Broncos.
It took some time for the two sides to feel each other out, and the game remained scoreless for the first 16
minutes. But eventually it was the Storm who broke the deadlock. On the back of a run from Cooper Cronk, the
ball was fired to Dane Nielsen for a try in the corner. And ten minutes later, Ryan Hinchcliffe spotted an opening
an crashed over to score; and with Cameron Smith converting both tries, the Storm were 12-0 ahead.
With four minutes to go before half time, the Broncos opened their account. On the fifth tackle, Peter Wallace
went for a grubber that sat up in the in-goal, allowing Gerard Beale to win the race for the ball and plant it down.
Corey Parker’s conversion reduced the margin to a converted try at the break.
The penalty count was running against the Storm, and their undisciplined play would cost them as the second half
got under way. Back to back penalties gave the Broncos repeat sets, and the weight of possession was enough
for Gerard Beale to crash over to record his double and level the scores.
But the Storm were soon back in front, with a 50 metre movement initiated by Cooper Cronk finishing with a
scramble in the in-goal and Sisa Waqa diving on the ball; and after deliberation by the video referee, the try was
awarded. And five minutes later, the Storm added to their advantage with Cooper Cronk diving on a cross-kick to
score and put the Storm 22-12 ahead.
But the Broncos fought back just after the hour, with Jack Reed wrong-footing the Melbourne defenders to
score. And a messy effort in the in-goal by Dane Gagai went to the video referee; and after the try was awarded,
the score was locked at 22-all.
With time running out, Cooper Cronk twice tried to put a field goal over, succeeding at his second attempt. And
with two minutes to go, Anthony Quinn crossed over for the try that would make the game safe for the Storm.
Two points away against the top team on a night when several players were backing up was a great reward for
the Storm’s efforts.
Melbourne Storm 29 def Brisbane Broncos 22
Storm : Tries – C Cronk, A Quinn, R Hinchcliffe, S Waqa, D Nielsen. Goals – C Smith 4/5. Field
Goals – C Cronk 1/2.
Broncos : Tries – G Beale 2, D Gagai, J Reed. Goals – C Parker 3/4.
Referees – S Hayne, T De las Heras. Crowd – 34,175 at Suncorp Stadium.
The Warriors continued their strong run of recent form, pulling off their third win on the trot, when the New
Zealand side crossed the Tasman to the Gold Coast and returned home triumphant after pulling off an emphatic
34-14 win over the struggling Titans.
The Warriors kicked off, but when they got the ball after the Titans completed their set, the Warriors would
score during their first set in possession. Feleti Mateo drew two Titan defenders and offloaded to Lewis Brown
who faced no resistance as he ran to the line to score. But the Titans quickly fought back, with David Mead diving
over to score a try that took some time for the video referee to award. But Scott Prince’s conversion attempt
was unsuccessful, leaving the Warriors 6-4 ahead.
The Titans took the lead a few minutes later, the ball being spread out wide and Mead brought up a double,
scoring in the corner. The angle for the conversion kick was too wide for Prince, but Mead’s second try had put
Gold Coast in front.
It had been a frenetic opening, and the fourth try of the game was scored after just 16 minutes. This time it was
Manu Vatuvei who crossed the line to restore the lead for the Warriors. Elijah Taylor was denied a try by the video
referee, but at the 25 minute mark Simon Mannering crossed the line and the Warriors were 16-8 ahead. And
shortly before the half time break, the Warriors added to their advantage as Elijah Taylor scored under the posts.
The Titans would have been expecting a stronger performance at home, and came out firing in the second half.
And after nearly ten minutes on the attack, they broke through. Bodene Thompson wrong-footed the Warriors’
defence with a dummy, and then his real pass gave Mead his hat-trick. Finally Scott Prince got a conversion over,
and at 22-14, the game was still in the balance.
But on the hour, James Maloney spotted an opening and crashed over to score. And five minutes later, Maloney
was again in the thick of the action, evading the Titan defenders as he ran 75 metres to bring up his double.
Converting both his tries, Maloney gave the Warriors a 34-14 lead, and the game was won. And although the ball
travelled from end to end during the final 15 minutes, neither side was able to trouble the scorer as the clock
counted down to an easy Warriors’ win.
New Zealand Warriors 34 def Gold Coast Titans 14
Warriors : Tries – J Maloney 2, S Mannering, M Vatuvei, L Brown, E Taylor. Goals – J Maloney 5/6.
Titans : Tries – D Mead 3. Goals – S Prince 1/3.
Referees – J Maxwell, J Robinson. Crowd – 17,285 at Skilled Park.
St George were below full strength when they hosted North Queensland at Kogarah on Sunday afternoon, but
the Dragons still had enough quality on the park to cruise to a comfortable 22-8 win over the Cowboys.
The Cowboys took the early lead with a penalty goal, which Johnathan Thurston had little difficulty in kicking over
the black dot. But Thurston immediately went from Cowboy hero to villain when he knocked on from the kick-off,
giving the Dragons field position. And the Dragons made the Cowboys pay, with Dean Young finding an opening
to score the opening try.
On the half hour, the Cowboys were in attack, but an errant pass was pounced on by Brett Morris, and after the
intercept Morris ran the length of the field to score a try that had the Dragons Army on their feet. And three
minutes later the Dragons were in again, with Mark Gasnier sending Kyle Stanley through a gap to score. Stanley,
in as a replacement for the injured Jamie Soward, was having a sensational game; and converting all three first half
tries gave the Dragons an 18-2 lead at half time.
The Dragons were in again 15 minutes after the break, with Ben Hornby throwing a dummy and then crashing
over to score. Stanley was unable to convert this time, but with a 22-2 lead, the game was safe for the Dragons.
An individual effort by Johnathan Thurston netted a late try for the Cowboys, but it was nothing more than a
consolation effort, as the Dragons again had put in a solid performance; and their title defence continues strongly
with another burst of form.
St George-Illawarra Dragons 22 def North Queensland Cowboys 8
Dragons : Tries – B Hornby, D Young, B Morris, K Stanley. Goals – K Stanley 3/4.
Cowboys : Tries – J Thurston. Goals – J Thurston 2/2.
Referees – M Cecchin, G Badger. Crowd – 13,056 at WIN Jubilee Stadium.
Torrential rain at Brookvale on Monday night ensured that only the diehards would attend. But those that made it
to the game were happy with what transpired, as the Sea Eagles swam to victory in style, drowning the Raiders in
despair as the Sea Eagles took the points 20-0.
The struggling Raiders hadn’t won a game since the opening round of the season, and in a further body blow,
Tom Learoyd-Lahrs pulled up sore from the City-Country game and didn’t take his place in the Raiders’ team for
this match. But the Raiders had the early attacking chances, with Brett Stewart knocking on from the kick-off and
the Sea Eagles forced into a couple of line drop-outs early. The Raiders were looking dangerous in those early
minutes, but failed to capitalise and the Sea Eagles were able to ride out the early onslaught and then gradually
assert themselves into the contest.
On 17 minutes, the Sea Eagles were on the scoreboard. Kieran Foran put a cross-field bomb up, and Michael
Robertson was in perfect position to pluck the ball from the air and put it down for the opening try. And six
minutes later the Sea Eagles were in again, with a pass from Foran hitting Brett Stewart and the Manly full-back
caught the Raider defenders napping as he cruised through for the easiest of tries. In the wet conditions, Daly
Cherry-Evans missed the first conversion attempt, but the second one went over to give the Sea Eagles a 10-0
lead that would hold until half time.
Repeat sets after the break enabled the Sea Eagles to add to their advantage. The Raiders were forced into a
long time defending, and eventually the Raiders’ defence cracked and Brett Stewart was over the line for his
second try. And shortly after the hour mark Stewart brought up his hat-trick, after some clever lead-up work by
With a 20-0 lead, the Sea Eagles had the game won, while Raider heads dropped again. The game finished quietly
and uneventfully, with the Raiders having been barely in the contest after the first few minutes. Stranded on the
bottom, on the back of an eight-game losing streak, morale is dropping in the Canberra camp as their season
prospects continue to deteriorate. But for the home side it was another story, with the Sea Eagles replacing the
Cowboys in the top four.
Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 20 def Canberra Raiders 0
Sea Eagles : Tries – B Stewart 3, M Robertson. Goals – D Cherry-Evans 2/4.
Raiders : Tries – Nil. Goals – Nil.
Referees – T Archer, S Lyons. Crowd – 6,148 at Brookvale Oval.