Ripper performance by McManus leads Knights to big win over the Titans

James McManus

Scoring 4 tries in one game is no easy feat but it is a feat that Newcastle Knights winger James McManus has accomplished, as he and several other senior Knights players stepped up when it mattered to dispose of the Gold Coast Titans 46-16.

The Knights started out strong and had the game wrapped up after just one half, something that surprised coach Wayne Bennett who was taken aback by just how well his side started the game.

We didn’t know what to expect with the conditions the way they were. It kind of blew me away a little bit to think they could score that many points,” Bennett said.

On the back of great halves leadership by Jarrod Mullen in all facets, it will be James McManus as the talking point, with his four tries scored in one game equalling a club record.

Their defence was also solid, as the tackling and aggression of his side also pleased Bennett.

“In the end, they just supplements testosterone human growth hormone hgh couldn’t breathe, the Titans. The pressure just kept building on them,” he said.

To compound the loss, in-form centre Jamal Idris suffered a broken fibula and a dislocation, an injury that is likely to rule him out for the rest of the season.

“It was a big blow (losing Idris), but I don’t want to use that as an excuse. I thought we looked a little bit loose right from the start and losing Jamal probably just added to it,” Cartwright said

With his 4-try performance sure to bring about Origin talk and speculation, Wayne Bennett remained coy on what he would do.

“I keep reading about what makes an Origin player. It (that discussion) started in NSW and it’s still here. They can’t work it out,” Bennett said of McManus.

“I’ve said all I’m going to say on it. Work it out for yourself,” Bennett added when asked if he’d pick McManus for game three.

3. James McManus
2. Tyrone Roberts
1. Jarrod Mullen

A late intercept from Hurrell gives Warriors narrow win over the Broncos

Konrad Hurrell

Just when it looked like the Brisbane Broncos would be holding on for a victory, a crucial play from New Zealand Warriors centre Konrad Hurrell won the game for the Warriors, as he took an intercept and ran coast to coast to score the game-winning try.

Off a Prince cut-out ball, it was read brilliantly by Hurrell who took the ball and went all the way, with halfback Shaun Johnson converting the try as the Warriors held on to win 18-16.

Matt Elliott was cautious after the win, though, knowing full well that if Hurrell had not of taken that intercept, it would have been a different story for his side.

“It was a make-or-break play, but that’s what NRL quality footballers have to do sometimes,” Elliott said.

“They have to come up with the big decisions.”

Despite the ultimate volume pills win, aspects of his side’s play and overall execution left Elliott rather disappointed.

“Our execution wasn’t great,” he said.

“But again, I think I’m being too hard of a marker because of the quality of the opposition and the amount of defence we had to do did impact upon our attack.”

The win means the Warriors recent resurgence continues, as they move up to 10th position and the Broncos down to 12th.

The effort of his players was one factor that pleased Broncos coach Anthony Griffin, though with effort like that, a loss is harder to take.

“There was an awful amount of effort and discipline and just mental toughness that went into that performance,” he said.

“Sometimes, they go against you and that’s when they hurt the most.”

3. Konrad Hurrell
2. Jacob Lillyman
1. Corey Parker

Salford off the bottom of the ladder after win over London Broncos

Lee Gaskell

It was a win that they desperately needed and it now means that the Salford City Reds are off the bottom of the ladder, as coach Brian Noble praises the first-half performance from his side in their 44-30 win over the London Broncos

On the back of a first-half hat-trick by Lee Gaskell, the Reds race out 34-6 lead, before Broncos debutant Jamie Soward mounted a fightback for the club, one that proved to be in vain as the Reds held on to win.

With Noble often critical of his side’s inability to capitalise on their chances, he praised them for making the most of them this week.

“We have been creating opportunities on a regular basis but not taking them, but today was a different story,” said Noble.

“We know when we are on our game we can score points, and I have known that for some time.

“It has been a while since we have been in the winner’s enclosure so I suppose it was understandable that we dropped off a bit.

“We started playing as individuals in the Electronic Cigarette second half instead of a team and we suffered a bit, but when we get our execution right we know we can compete with the bigger teams.”

Soward, fresh from his release by the Dragons, was given his Broncos debut after 23 minutes and had a solid impact in his first game, scoring 1 try and kicking five goals.

For Tony Rea, the Broncos coach, he admits in hindsight, it might have been a good idea to start Jamie Soward, though on the performance by his club, he feels like their one breakout game is still to come.

“With hindsight it is easy to say we should have played Jamie from the start, but it never pays to look back in this game,” said Rea.

“In my mind it was all about protecting him, and in an ideal world he would have had a good week with the team before playing.

“It is frustrating at the moment as I think just scratching under the surface there is a great performance waiting to happen, and I am sure that performance will come.”

Moylan wins battle of the fullbacks as Penrith defeat St George

Luke Walsh

It was the lesser known fullback that came out on top against his more experienced and representative counterpart in Josh Dugan, as Penrith Panthers fullback Matt Moylan continued his wonderful debut season, contributing to his side’s 25-10 victory over the Dragons.

Sparking his side in the first half, he overshadowed the more experienced campaigner in Josh Dugan who was left quite dazed when he was on the receiving end of a Tim Grant hit.

The game was at one stage evenly poised when the Dragons pulled the lead back to three points, though two late tries for the Panthers put the game to bed and left St George Illawarra Dragons fans disappointed.

To compound the loss, Dragons prop Dan Hunt went off with a knee injury.

“I think the ligaments are OK,” Dragons coach Steve Price said of Hunt.

“He’ll have scans in the week and hopefully it’s not too serious.”

On the can electronic cigarettes be taken on a plane game itself, Price was disappointed with his side’s execution.

“We put ourselves in positions to win the game … our execution at crucial times of the game really hurt us,” he said.

“There were far too many turnovers in crucial parts of the game and it’s not good enough at this level.”

With the game one that will make the Panthers battle-hardened, the win moves the Panthers into the top 8 and leaves coach Ivan Cleary rather pleased.

“They got the jump on us early, we made a few fundamental mistakes early but we ground our way to get a result,” Cleary said.

“They were on top early, kicking well and not making errors and we struggled to get out of our own end … it was probably the first time this year that we’ve won a game when we were a little bit off.”

3. Luke Walsh
2. Jack De Belin
1. Mose Masoe

Tigers upset the Storm on a waterlogged field in Leichhardt

Aaron Woods

The Tigers would have always had a chance to win, but no-one would have thought they would beat the Melbourne Storm as convincingly as they did, with the Wests Tigers defeating the Storm 22-4 on a waterlogged Leichhardt Oval.

In horrible conditions, it was the Tigers young wingers in Tim Simona and David Nofoaluma as well as the veterans that stood up, as five-eighth Benji Marshall described it as a season-defining win.

“It was a season-defining win in terms of trying to make the top eight,” said Marshall.

With a sturdy performance needed, the Tigers fans got one, with hooker Robbie Farah describing it as one of their most complete performances to date.

“It was probably the most complete 80-minute performance we’ve put in a long time,” said Farah.

Although the win was a much needed one and whilst they are moving in the right direction, Farah is not talking about finals footy just yet.

“We’re heading in totally wicked electronic cigarettes the right direction, but the fact of the matter is those seven losses in a row mean that we need to win footy games,” Farah said.

“We’re not in the eight, our for and against is terrible… we’ve just got to keep winning.

It was not a pretty performance by the Storm, with coach Craig Bellamy rather blunt in his post-game assessment.

“We tried reasonably hard but we just didn’t have that cohesion there tonight,” Bellamy said.

With Cameron Smith out due to injury, stand-in captain Cooper Cronk said the performance was un-Storm like.

“It was very unlike Melbourne Storm, we normally go out there and grind out a performance and work together and commit to the full 80 minutes and it wasn’t that tonight,” Cronk said.

To then rub salt into the wound, prop Jason Ryles left the field in the second half with knee medial ligament damage.

3. Aaron Woods
2. Tim Simona
1. Adam Blair

Brown left disappointed after St Helens loss to Hull KR

Travis Burns

Coaches know that losses are a part of the game but Nathan Brown was far from pleased from his side’s recent performance, labeling the performance from his St Helens side as the poorest he has seen from his side since his time at the club.

They mounted somewhat of a late comeback but could not go on with it, with St Helens unable to prevent their first home loss to the Rovers since 2009.

Although unable to fault the effort of his side, the disappointing aspect of their performance stuck out to Brown.

“I can’t fault our effort but we never got in the contest and it was our most disappointing performance since I’ve been here,” said Brown.

“Our attack was poor. They kept kicking the ball behind our wingers and we did it once.

“They kept forcing us into errors and we weren’t smart.

“It was disappointing for the fans because we are capable of better than that.

“We had been building along nicely electronic cigarette recently but we have taken a step backwards.

“I didn’t think their first try was a try but we didn’t respond to that.”

The win for Hull KR continued what has been a positive stretch of footy, with Craig Sandercock pleased that his side has won five of their last six games.

“It was a big win and gives the boys a belief they can win away from Craven Park,” he said.

“We were outstanding defensively.

“We conceded too many penalties for my liking but we showed great defensive resolve.

“Usually our attack is not too bad but it’s our defence that gave me the most pleasure.

“They gifted us some possession but our defensive effort forced them into errors.

“We won’t get carried away because we are still in the bottom half of the top eight.

“There is a lot we need to improve but we have been under the pump at times this year and I can’t speak highly enough of the boys.”

Powell confident that Castleford can make play-offs after solid win over Wigan

Grant Millington

The odds might be stacked against them, but Castleford coach Daryl Powell believes that the finals are not out of reach for his side, after they recorded a shock 18-4 win over competition heavyweights, the Wigan Warriors.

The Tigers upset win over Wigan at the DW Stadium, means they now sit 5 points behind eight placed St Helens, as Powell believes the finals are still in their reach.

“It’s possible,” Powell said.

“It’s a really tough challenge but I sort of set things out when I got to the club. We broke it down into blocks and we needed to do certain things which we didn’t do in the first block.

“I think being able to perform like we have done has given us a little bit of belief that there is a chance. It’s still a tough one but you have to believe in achieving something special and I think we do believe that at the moment.”

Since taking charge of the club in May, Powell labeled that as the best performance he has seen from his side in that time.

“Defensively to concede four points against any Wigan team is a massive effort so I was delighted with the overall performance,” Powell added.

“The spirit and toughness of the side is growing all the time and I’m really delighted. Some of the tries we scored were fantastic play online blackjack for cash and we are growing as a team all the time. The commitment and effort is first rate.”

It was a different kettle of fish for Wigan coach Shaun Wane, who refused to use the short turnaround as an excuse, instead labeling the performance from his players as a poor one.

“It was a poor performance,” he said.

“I thought Castleford were really good, they defended well and they handled the conditions better than us. I want to commend them because Daryl has done a great job while he has been there and the best team won.

“No excuses (from Monday), I still expect us to perform. For me to say that would take something away from Castleford and I thought they were good and the best team we have had here.

“We lacked a bit of energy and if that is because of last Monday then I expect us to get over that. We are better than that and it will never be used as an excuse.”

There was one positive Wane saw, however, and that was the performance by debutant Andy Powell, a former Welsh rugby union player.

“Andy was good. I wanted to use him in six weeks’ time but the way our front rowers are going it was either him or Andy Coley, so I went with Andy Powell and I thought he ran hard.”

Souths overpower Raiders and cruise to easy victory despite wet weather

Greg Inglis

The South Sydney Rabbitohs have well and truly cemented their spot as one of the competition’s elite teams, after they cruised to victory at ANZ Stadium last night against the Canberra Raiders, winning 32-2 on the back of stellar performances from their key players.

Scoring three tries in each half, the Bunnies were simply far too strong for the Raiders, confirming to the rest of the NRL that they are genuine title contenders.

Despite Origin back-rower Chris McQueen sitting out and fellow Origin forward Ben Te’o limping off after 35 minutes, nothing was going to stop the Rabbitohs, as Greg Inglis continued his devastating run of form, as did other players.

The loss was compounded for the Raiders, with young winger Sami Sauiluma placed on report for a shoulder charge and talented young centre Jack Wighton injured, after he failed to return to the field in the second half.

After a disappointing loss as a NSW player on Wednesday night, Souths winger Nathan Merritt said it felt good to be in the winners circle once more.

“It was Online Blackjack a tough loss the other night in Origin and I was a bit down from that,” Merritt said.

“But the spirits are back up now that I’ve come back here with Souths and won a game.”

Knowing full well that he had a rather poor start to his Origin career, Merritt was keen to make amends and wanted to prove a point to those that had doubted him.

“It was a matter of getting out there and proving to myself I can step up and play decent again,” Merritt said.

“I’m very happy I got a chance to play two days after because the longer it took the more head noise I probably would have.”

On top of the potential groin injury for Wighton, departing winger Sandor Earl dislocated his shoulder.

The Raiders were not without chances of their own, but they failed to capitalize when it mattered, leaving coach David Furner lamenting his side’s missed opportunities.

“We didn’t build the pressure we would have liked,” Furner said.

3. Greg Inglis
2. Sam Burgess
1. Issac Luke

Tasi granted immediate release from Roosters

Lama Tasi

As NRL players seek to play regular first-grade, that is not always possible and so they make a decision to move on and search for an opportunity elsewhere that can see them play regularly.

For Sydney Roosters prop Lama Tasi, he falls into that boat, with the club today releasing him effective immediately, knowing full well that Tasi is on the lookout for a first-grade berth, something they cannot give him.

The 23-year old, who has played in 30 games during his time in the NRL leaves with good wishes for the club, with Roosters COO Brian Canavan reciprocating those sentiments.

“Lama has a lot to offer the NRL and the club has taken this decision together with Lama based on what we consider in his best interests as a professional NRL player Viagra Online,” said Canavan.

“Lama has been a popular clubman and terrific contributor to the Roosters both on and off the field. He has made many friends at the Roosters and on behalf of everyone at the club, we wish him the very best for the future.”

The move has since been confirmed by the Brisbane Broncos, with Lama Tasi to join the club immediately.

Familiar to the area having attended Ipswich Grammar, Tasi returns to the area where he went to school and the club is pleased to have him on board for the rest of 2013.

“Lama will bring in some good size to our forward depth,” said Gee.

“We are very pleased we were able to secure an immediate agreement for him so he can join our squad for the 2013 season.”

Hull FC confirm signing of Mickey Paea

Mickey Paea

Moving from one club to another is usually the norm in rugby league for a new challenge, but when you move to your nearest rivals it can leave a bitter taste in your mouth, as Mickey Paea signs a 2-year deal with Hull FC from fierce rivals Hull KR.

Paea, who is regarded as a Tongan powerhouse, will cross the city to link up with the Black and Whites, a move that will leave some Rovers fans disappointed or angry.

With a number of options on his plate, Paea decided that the easy decision was to remain in Hull.

“I have enjoyed my time in England and I’m settled in Hull so that made a tough decision a little easier, but it has been difficult with a number of options on the table,” said Paea.

“I have been grateful for the opportunity at Hull KR, but I felt after two years with the club I needed a fresh start and after weighing up my options Hull FC was the best fit for me and my wife.”

Whilst some fans may be upset about the move, Paea has assured Hull KR fans that he will continue to work and battle hard for them for the remainder of the year and that he has a lot of respect for the Hull KR supporters.

“I have been grateful for the opportunity at Hull KR, but I felt after two years with the club I needed a fresh start and after weighing up my options Hull Viagra Online FC was the best fit for me and my wife,” said Paea.

He added, “I have a lot of respect for Hull KR and their supporters and I will give my all to the club for the remainder of the year and look forward to joining up with Hull FC in the close season.”

Paea, who is still only 27, enjoyed previous stints in the NRL with the Sydney Roosters, the Canterbury Bulldogs and the St George Illawarra Dragons, so he is a player that NRL fans would be quite familiar with.

It was a solid run of form that saw an increased number of clubs take an interest in Paea, so Hull FC coach Peter Gentle is pleased that the Tongan chose his club.

“It’s a good piece of business for us as we have secured the services of one of the competition’s best players, as was proven in the recent Exiles game where he was arguably their best forward,” Gentle said.

“He is strong and powerful and had a number of clubs chasing him, so for him to see his future with Hull FC is very positive for us.

“He is the sort of player we need in our side, particularly with Mark O’Meley retiring at the end of the season.

“Mark has been a hard hitting, no-nonsense forward throughout his entire career and brings a lot to our team, so to be able to recruit a player of Mickey’s calibre to replace that is very pleasing for us.”