Tuesday July 14, 2009 by Adam McBride
The National Rugby League premiership season enters its 19th round this weekend with a spectacular opening planned for Friday night Football.
For the first time ever Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium will play host to three top notch rugby league games in three days.
State of Origin III on Wednesday night remains the focus of attention with Queensland looking for a clean sweep for the first time in 14 years, however Friday night’s double header features the Broncos, Titans and a sell-out crowd.
The Broncos has made two changes for the opening clash with South Sydney. Alex Glenn moves onto the wing in place of injured Israel Folau, which has allowed Guy Williams to take over in the front row forward pack. Read more
Monday July 13, 2009 by Andrew Keyte
It wasn’t pretty, but the Gold Coast Titans maintained their winning home form with an 18-12 win over Parramatta tonight.
In arguably one of the worst games seen in the NRL this year, the Titans scored two tries in the opening ten minutes before sealing the six point victory late in the second half.
The match was littered with handling errors, poor execution and low intensity from both sides with only the closeness of the scoreboard breathing any life into the mediocre contest.
Undefeated at Skilled Park this season and against Parramatta in their lone two clashes, the Gold Coast raced out to a 14-0 lead after ten minutes. Read more
Friday July 10, 2009 by Jodie Leeson
The South Sydney Rabbitohs have cast aside any aspersions about their commitment with a spirited 36-12 thrashing of the Penrith Panthers at ANZ Stadium this evening.
Leading 20-0 at the break the Rabbitohs delivered three further tries in the second half while keeping the Panthers to two and in the meantime keeping alive their slim finals chances.
The stage was set for the impressive performance in the third minute when a John Sutton pass put Eddy Pettybourne across for the opener.
A penalty goal to halfback Chris Sandow extended the Rabbitohs advantage in the 28th minute, and began the inspiration for their two-try effort inside the final ten minutes of the half. Read more
Tuesday July 7, 2009 by Andrew Keyte
Injury and suspension has forced Queensland selectors to make five changes to their series winning squad for Origin III in Brisbane next week.
Having secured the series in Sydney with a 28-18 victory, Queensland is now focussed on their first 3-nil series whitewash since 1995.
However Petero Civoniceva (toe), Ben Hannant (knee), Israel Folau (ankle) and Nate Myles (suspension) are all unavailable for the July 15th clash while utility Karmichael Hunt is in some minor doubt with an ankle injury.
Selectors have recalled Cowboys prop Matt Scott (one Origin game) and Dragons lock Neville Costigan (two games) for the sold out Suncorp Stadium match. Read more
Tuesday July 7, 2009 by Adam McBride
State of Origin again takes precedence with both squads named overnight, however before we get to the third and final match of the 2009 series there is another round of the National Rugby League to get through.
Manly and the Bulldogs last night played in what many have described as the best game to date this season.
The Sea Eagles prevailed with a come-from-behind victory but the standard of both teams deserves an encore – possibly in the finals with Manly back in the top eight again.
Whether we get that will depend on how both teams go in round 18 and beyond Origin III in the run home. Read more
Monday July 6, 2009 by Andrew Keyte
The Manly Sea Eagles have signaled their Premiership defence is back on track with a 19-12 win over the Bulldogs in a gripping match of the year candidate tonight.
In front of a packed Brookvale Oval crowd of 15,510 people, the two sides traded blows for eighty intense minutes with a late try and first half field goal proving the difference.
Manly prop Josh Perry sealed the win in the 79th minute when the Bulldogs defence finally cracked and allowed Perry to burst through on a 25 metre run to the line.
Perry, who at halftime was named in the New South Wales side for Origin III, scored his first try of the season as the home crowd exploded in delight. Read more
Sunday July 5, 2009 by Jodie Leeson
Michael Jennings’ return from an extended injury lay off has powered the Penrith Panthers to a 38-34 victory over the Parramatta Eels at CUA Stadium this afternoon.
The three-try effort from the attacking centre also boosted his chances for a State of Origin recall when the team is chosen tomorrow night.
The Panthers took the lead in the third minute via Tim Grant. Paul Aiton from dummy half passed to the right to Grant who powered across the line with relative ease.
Daniel Mortimer, playing his fourth first grade match set up the leveler for the Eels in the 17th minute. Taking advantage of space around the ruck Mortimer was able to break through the soft defence before sending a pass on the outside for try scorer Joel Reddy. Read more
Sunday July 5, 2009 by Andrew Keyte
On the back of a first half blitz, the Canberra Raiders have held off a fast finishing Gold Coast Titans to record a 34-28 victory this afternoon.
With an almost unassailable 28-6 lead at the break and a 34-16 advantage with ten minutes remaining, the Raiders appeared to knock-off early and were almost run down by the visitors.
A rampaging Bronson Harrison barged over for Canberra in the 66th minute to give the eighteen point advantage which instigated a drop in intensity, allowing the Titans to almost steal a victory.
In perfect winter conditions at Canberra Stadium, the Titans scored converted tries in the 73rd and 75th minutes and, after Preston Campbell was taken out in the dying seconds, launched a final play assault at the Raiders from just 20 metres out from the line. Read more
Friday July 3, 2009 by Jodie Leeson
The St George Illawarra Dragons have reasserted their dominance atop the NRL premiership ladder with a comprehensive 34-12 victory over the Sydney Roosters tonight.
Trailing 12-6 at the break the Dragons added five tries in the second half to not only secure the two points but to keep their winning trend alive.
Roosters hooker Jake Friend who has dominated headlines in the past week for all the wrong reasons found something to smile about in the 14th minute as he created the opening try for the Bondi boys.
Putting a flat pass on the chest of Captain Craig Fitzgibbon allowed the rangy second rower to break through the line and put the ball down directly under the black dot. Read more
Friday July 3, 2009 by Andrew Keyte
The Brisbane Broncos are back in the top eight after a drought-breaking 28-14 win over the New Zealand Warriors at Suncorp Stadium tonight.
Having not tasted victory since May 22nd this year, the Broncos put aside four consecutive losses to record a five-tries-to-two victory in front of 32,456 fans.
After withstanding an early onslaught, Brisbane scored tries either side of halftime to stay in the contest.
Trailing 8-4 at halftime, the Broncos hit the lead in the 44th minute through a converted try to rookie fullback Josh Hoffman. Read more