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
Tuesday June 30, 2009 by Andrew Keyte
Brisbane veteran Tonie Carroll has come out of retirement and is in line to play for the Broncos in Friday night’s match against the Warriors at Suncorp Stadium.
Carroll retired from all football at the end of the 2008 season having played 216 games for the Broncos, 18 Origin games for Queensland and seven Tests for Australia.
With a reputation as a heavy hitter and feared defender and long time regarded as Darren Lockyer’s ‘minder’ in defence, Carroll, 33, has come out of retirement to assist the Broncos.
With four losses in a row and a mounting injury toll, the Broncos conducted a fitness assessment on Carroll before registering him to play in the NRL for the remainder of the season. Read more
Tuesday June 30, 2009 by Adam McBride
More off-field drama in the last week, while on-field three teams top the table as the NRL Season heads into round 17 this weekend.
Alcohol and partaking in a late night visit to a club are behind the latest scandal involving Sydney Roosters’ youngsters Jake Friend and Sandor Earl.
Both players have been released subject to the investigation process and named to play this weekend for the Roosters.
Meanwhile, the retirements continue as Bulldog and record point-scorer Hazem El Masri today announced he is hanging up the boots after 14 years at the top level. Read more