NRL News

Prince-led Titans carve up Broncos

Friday July 24, 2009 by  

Scott Prince had a hand in all six tries as the Gold Coast Titans comfortably accounted for a battered Broncos side at Skilled Park tonight.

The Titans weren’t troubled at any stage by a Brisbane side decimated by injury as they consolidated their top four position with a 34-18 win.

The 16 point margin was the Titans largest against Brisbane and also the greatest margin in the six clashes between the two clubs.

After giving up an early penalty goal, the Titans were ruthless in the first half in scoring four tries from their first five visits inside the opposition 20metre zone. Read more

Queensland teams search for a win

Tuesday July 21, 2009 by  

Outstanding off-field results last week could not be matched on game day with all three Queensland NRL teams looking to re-bound from last start losses.

Brisbane confirmed itself as arguably the greatest rugby league city in the world today with Suncorp Stadium last week hosting a sold out State of Origin match before 50,000 spectators attended a Friday night double-header at the same venue.

Unfortunately the four major Queensland rugby league teams were unable to match the off-field success when they were all beaten in one of the most disappointing weekends for Queensland supporters in recent history.

The Maroons failed in their bid for their first Origin whitewash since 1995 when they were beaten 28-16 by New South Wales last Wednesday. Read more

NRL Round 20 Teams

Tuesday July 21, 2009 by  

The National Rugby League premiership season heats up as the countdown to the finals series begins now that each team has had its second bye weekend.

Brisbane faces the sternest test of all, after a drubbing at the hands of South Sydney last Friday night.

The Broncos need four of the last seven to go in their favour, and possibly a few other results to maintain the 17-year sequence in qualifying for the post-season action.

However, Brisbane are set to be without skipper Darren Lockyer and forward Sam Thaiday for the clash with little brother Gold Coast, who are expected to re-gain forward duo Ashley Harrison and Aaron Cannings for the clash. Read more

Panthers paw Raiders

Saturday July 18, 2009 by  

The Canberra Raiders have reason to lash out at the video referee concept after a string of highly controversial decisions in their 27-14 loss to the Penrith Panthers at CUA Stadium this evening.

With the first four try scoring opportunities of the night decided by the video referee the Raiders found themselves devoid of any luck as the Panthers were awarded two tries while they were denied two.

Frank Puletua’s try in the sixth minute was the beginning of the displeasure for Raiders coach David Furner who questioned how long a player has to be held up for.

With Puletua not only held up but his momentum stopped by Raiders fullback Josh Dugan the opportunity for a try looked lost. Puletua realising he had not grounded the ball made a second play to do so and his effort was rewarded with the video referee awarding the try. Read more

Rabbit stew stirs Broncos costly defeat

Friday July 17, 2009 by  

The South Sydney Rabbitohs have kept alive their chances of starring in this years NRL Finals Series with a stunning 44-12 over an injury depleted Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium this evening.

With the Broncos missing origin stars Darren Lockyer and Sam Thaiday through injury while having Karmichael Hunt and Justin Hodges backing up from Wednesday night’s clash they entered the match as only slight favourites.

However, the Rabbitohs burst out of the blocks setting the pace with their opening try to Beau Champion in the 16th minute. With hooker, Isaac Luke running a second man play with John Sutton the five eighth then fed a neat ball that allowed Champion to get across the stripe.

A quick reply came from the Broncos thanks to stand in skipper Corey Parker. With halfback Peter Wallace, noticing that Rabbitohs fullback Nathan Merritt was up in the line he put a grubber kick into the in goal and Parker raced through to ground it. Read more

Blues restore pride after classy display

Wednesday July 15, 2009 by  

New South Wales have reinstated honour in the jersey with a committed 28-16 win over Queensland in game three of the State of Origin Series at Suncorp Stadium this evening.

With New South Wales having already lost the series their commitment to game three could have been questioned but they began they match with a higher degree of intensity than their counterparts.

Unlike the first two matches of the series, the Blues were able to attack early and were unlucky to not capitalise on their opportunities.

Against the run of play, however the Maroons were able to strike first blood on the scoreboard, just like the previous two encounters. Read more

Brisbane set for huge rugby league week

Tuesday July 14, 2009 by  

Queensland rugby league fans are set for a massive week with Suncorp Stadium the venue for Origin III tomorrow before hosting a Broncos and Titans double-header on Friday night.

All of the focus right now however is on the game tomorrow night with Queensland shooting for their first 3-nil series sweep since 1995.

It will also be the first Origin played at Suncorp Stadium this season with more than 50,000 fans to pack into the ground.

Queensland secured their fourth straight series with victories in Melbourne (28-18) and Sydney (24-14) but any talks of complacency have been quashed. Read more

NRL Round 19 Teams

Tuesday July 14, 2009 by  

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

Ugly Titans beat uglier Eels

Monday July 13, 2009 by  

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

Rabbitohs stand tall against Panthers

Friday July 10, 2009 by  

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