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Mighty Melbourne Storm outclass noble Newcastle Knights

Melbourne Storm captain and hooker Cameron Smith









Two premiership contenders fought a tough battle at Central Coast Stadium, with the Melbourne Storm proving too strong in the final minutes to defeat the Newcastle Knights 26-12.

Melbourne were coming off a comprehensive win against South Sydney last week.

Meanwhile,  the Knights announced themselves as premiership contenders with a win against the Canberra Raiders.

Melbourne were without Jahrome Hughes, as Ryley Jacks came in at halfback for the first time this year.

It would be the Canadian international who opened the scoring after five minutes.

Jacks would capitalize off an opportunistic grubber in-field from Josh Addo-Carr.

Addo-Carr’s kick caught the Newcastle defense ball-watching in the in goal to score his first of the year.

A successful conversion from Cameron Smith would see the score move to 6-0 after as many minutes.

The next twenty minutes would be a grind for both sides, with Newcastle holding stout as the Storm peppered the goal line with repeat sets.

A rare attacking chance for the Knights in the 20th minute saw Ponga go through the defensive line of the Storm.

Only some resolute defence from Ryan Papenhuyzen was able to stop the Knights fullback millimetres out.

Cameron Smith played an outstanding game, setting up the next two tries.

First with a beautiful long ball from dummy half to Suliasi Vunivalu, who beat three Knights to get the ball down in the right hand corner.

A Smith conversion sent the Storm up 12-0, with the Knights reeling in defense.

Ten minutes later, Smith sent Tino Faasuamaleaui over from close range just left of the posts to further put the sword into the Knights defense.

Smith converted the try he set up to make it 18-0, as a penalty goal from Kalyn Ponga right on half time sent the game into the break at 18-2.

Melbourne kept steady in all aspects for the first ten minutes.

However ,a gift error from Suliasi Vunivalu gave the Knights a golden opportunity to which they took full advantage of.

A Kurt Mann grubber saw Bradman Best score his 5th try this season.

Kalyn Ponga misses the conversion from out wide to keep the score at 18-6.

The Knights had fans on the edge of their seats six minutes later.

Some great lead up play from Mitchell Pearce, Kalyn Ponga and Bradman Best saw Edrick Lee score in the left hand corner.

Ponga drilled the conversion attempt, setting up a tantalizing twenty minutes with the score at 18-12.

That would be as close as the Knights got, with Kalyn Ponga bombing a certain try by ignoring a 4-on-1 opportunity just minutes later.

Melbourne took advantage of that with a penalty goal after David Klemmer took out Dale Finucane right in front.

At 20-12 and with minutes left, the Knights could not muster up the grit to find a break.

Brandon Smith would live up to his nickname and burrow his way over from close range to put the game to bed for Melbourne.

Cameron Smith would keep his perfect kicking record, converting the final shot at goal as Melbourne ran away 26-12 winners on the Central Coast.

With three games left in round 5, the Knights give the Parramatta Eels a little breathing space at the top of the table.

Melbourne, conversely close the gap to the Eels, keeping the pressure on at the top of the table.

NRL News Player of the Game

3. Cameron Smith (MEL)

2. Dale Finucane (MEL)

  1. Tim Glasby (NEW)
Melbourne Storm lock Dale Finucane

Roosters hold off Storm to make NRL grand final

Sydney Roosters centre Latrell Mitchell

Roosters vs Storm. The grand final rematch in the grand final qualifier. Minor premiers vs defending premiers.

One team will go on to the big dance and one will go home. The Storm got the better of the Roosters in their most recent meeting but this time, it’s at the SCG, the Roosters stomping ground.

Jared Waerea-Hargreaves suspended and Suliasi Vunivalu injured. Kenny Bromwich plays his 150th NRL game and Cooper Cronk playing for his career.


The game started in unique fashion as Nelson Asofa-Solomona and Sio Siua Taukeiaho were both sin binned for slapping each other after the first tackle!

From this, Latrell Mitchell would open the scoring with a penalty goal for a 2-0 lead after 1 minute.

Both teams would have attacking opportunities but the Roosters would get the first try after 15 minutes.

Daniel Tupou caught a high bomb above his head in the in-goal area.

Three Storm players almost held him up for the handover but Tupou got the offload out the back for Cordner to score.

Sydney Roosters winger Daniel Tupou

Latrell Mitchell sliced the kick so the score remained 6-0 after 15 minutes.

Both teams would keep having attacking opportunities but no one would crack.

With 5 minutes left in the half, Jahrome Hughes would be caught offside so Mitchell would kick the penalty goal.

The Roosters lead 8-0 with 5 minutes left until half time. The Roosters would hold on to this lead until the half.

Sydney Roosters back-rower Boyd Cordner



Early in the second half, Zane Tetevano was put on report for a dangerous tackle on Ryan Papenhuyzen.

10 minutes later, Storm would finally crack the defence.

After a lot of great field position, an under ball to Nelson Asofa-Solomona would see the mammoth of a man reach out to give Melbourne their first points.

Cameron Smith converted for the 8-6 scoreline.

Melbourne Storm back-rower Kenny Bromwich

With 25 minutes left, Mitch Aubusson would go down with a nasty head clash with Kenny Bromwich’s hip. He failed the HIA.

15 minutes later, James Tedesco would go over on the right side to get the Roosters a 6 point lead.

Mitchell converted for the 14-6 score but in the try, Bromwich accidentally headbutted Ryan Papenhuyzen in the chin.

He would go off with his jaw bleeding. Roosters held on to win it.

Melbourne Storm fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen


ROOSTERS 14 – 6 Storm

The Melbourne Storm’s 2019 season is over with that win and for the first time in 4 years, the minor premiers are not in the grand final.

The Sydney Roosters will head to ANZ stadium next week to play against the Canberra Raiders.

Will the Green Machine break their 25-year drought or will the Chooks be the first team to go back-to-back since the 1992 and 1993 Broncos?

We will find out in 8 days.

Canberra survive a late Penrith fightback for shock win

Canberra’s finals dream continues after a 24-22 upset win over the Penrith Panthers at CUA Stadium last night.

In a game that produced 8 tries, four to each team, it was a missed kick from winger Michael Gordon, the games leading goalkicker that was the difference in the game.

There’s no denying however that the Canberra Raiders were the better side, and they were denied twice by forward passes, as well as a controversial call when Terry Campese’s run to the line was disallowed for obstruction.

The win from the seventh placed Raiders keeps them alive, with the fifth placed Warriors knocked out of the finals race.

The win was also the Raiders first finals win since 2000 which ironically, was also a win over the Panthers.

Leading 24-12, the Raiders had a chance to put the nail in the coffin in the 57th minute, but video referee Russell Smith had other ideas and disallowed the try.

Smith ruled that Penrith defender Nathan Smith had been impeded by a decoy runner in the lead-up to Campese’s try.

Despite their loss, the Panthers Sandor Earl produced perhaps one of the best tries of the year with an acrobatic display after planting the ball in mid-air to get the Panthers within 2 points.

Whilst Luke Lewis was cleared to play before the game, both Frank Pritchard and Trent Waterhouse went off with leg and pectoral muscle injuries respectively. Waterhouse is suspected to be out for the season after tearing the muscle.

Raiders coach David Furner wasn’t a happy camper after Campese’s disallowed try.

“I’m just glad that it didn’t come down to that,” he said.

“I’m sorry, there needs to be a very big review on those. That could have cost us the game.

“If that’s an obstruction, that’s rubbish.”

Melbourne steamroll Knights in last game of pointless season

In what has been a dour season for the Melbourne Storm following their salary cap scandal, they have finished the season on a high with a resounding 34-4 win over the Knights.

With both sides unable to make the top 8 with the Knights not having enough points, and the Storm stuck to the bottom of the ladder following their cap scandal, there was little on the line for both sides.

The match did however have some significance with several Storm players such as Greg Inglis, Ryan Hoffman, Brett White, Jeff Lima, Aiden Tolman and Brett Finch who watched the game from the sidelines, all leaving the club.

With the club offering their fans a strong gesture of $1 tickets for their ongoing support throughout the year, the crowd which reached 20,000, were never disappointed after the Storm were too strong for the Knights.

Storm hooker became the first Melbourne Storm player to accumulate 1000 points after he converted Ryan Hinchcliffe’s try.

The Knights fought bravely to get back into the game with Zeb Taia giving them some hope in the 53rd minute, before the Storm ran away with the game to end the Knights hopes of winning.

Outgoing Storm prop Brett White avoided the dreaded nudie run after he scored a try in the 70th minute, and outgoing centre Greg Inglis showed off his skills with a great run through some flimsy Knights defence to get on the scoreboard.

Bulldogs shock Manly to dent their confidence

Manly coach Des Hasler has criticised and reprimanded Steve Matai after his high shot on Bulldogs hooker Michael Ennis, in Manly’s shock 30-24 defeat to the Dogs at Brookvale Oval.

Following the hit, Ennis had to be escorted off the field in the 50th minute after he was hit in a monster hit by Matai without the ball. Ennis would later return with 10 minutes left in the game to guide the Dogs to the win in front of 15,933 supporters.

Matai’s incredibly poor record with the judiciary will not work in his favour, as he was already banned earlier this year for a similar shot on Parramatta’s Jarryd Hayne, and he is almost certain to miss out on games next year, with a possible 4-5 game ban looming as the possible outcome.

“It didn’t look good from the first angle I saw it, I don’t think his carryovers are all that good so it doesn’t look good,” said Hasler.

“I think Steve will be disappointed, it puts us in a position where we need a player of his calibre … especially when we are already down on troops so we could do without it.

“Young centre Dean Whare injured himself in the 20s … it makes it even tougher for us now.”

Manly appear to be decimated by both suspensions and injury heading into the finals game.

Skipper Jason King and Chris Bailey have also been placed on report along with Matai, all of which were on report for high tackles.

Injury wise, Anthony Watmough (ankle), Kirean Foran (shoulder), Brent Kite (collarbone), Joe Galuvao (groin) and Jamie Lyon are all carrying niggling injuries.

“We are busted, left, right and centre in there, we are really struggling,” Hasler said.

Canterbury coach Kevin Moore was delighted with the amount of character that his team showed in the wake of adversity, and praised his players for a wonderful performance in what was Brett Kimmorley’s and Luke Patten’s last game for the Bulldogs.

Kimmorley, who played his 307th and final game is retiring, and outgoing fullback Luke Patten is headed to ESL club Salford after 10 years with the club.

“It has been a pretty tough season for us, we got off to a dusty start, we have had a lot of injuries up front which have hurt us, at the start of the year, but we have played our best footy at the back of the year.

“You get to the back end of the year when you can’t make it and you are probably looking for something to motivate you and I think it showed the esteem those two are held in that we played so well in their last game,” Moore said.

Panthers in cruise control as they ease into second spot

A dynamic display from Bulldogs bound Frank Pritchard has led the Panthers to a comfortable 50-12 win over the Cronulla Sharks to guarantee themselves a home final.

A hat-trick from Frank ‘The Tank’ Pritchard was the highlight of the game as the Panthers walloped a deplorable Cronulla outfit who will look to build for 2011.

Many thought that Pritchard would zone out for the Panthers in light of his news that he is headed to the Dogs for 2011, but he proved the critics wrong with a man-of-the-match performance.

The win was a welcome sign for the Panthers, after they hadn’t made the finals for the last 6 years.

The win was even better considering that the Panthers had several big names in Petero Civoniceva, Lachlan Coote, Luke Walsh and Luke Lewis all out due to injury.

The Sharks poor performance was a sad end to a wonderful career for Cronulla skipper Trent Barrett.

At one stage, the two teams were reduced to 10 men when Masada Iosefa and Grant Millington were sent to the bin following an exchange of punches.

Elliott denied that Frank Pritchard owed the club anything after his announcement that he would be headed to the Bulldogs.

“As far as the playing staff and the coaching staff’s concerned, Franky doesn’t owe us anything,” said Elliott, whose Panthers side will host either Manly or Canberra at CUA Stadium next Saturday night.

“He’s a member of our team and he’s in our team, he’s right in the middle of our team , and I think he’s coming into form at just the right time.

“I feel like he can be a big difference for us.”

Pritchard was adamant that his focus right now was solely on the Panthers and that he wasn’t thinking about anything else.

“I’m here with the club, next year’s next year, it’s sweet,” Pritchard offered reluctantly

Retiring Sharks skipper Trent Barrett was disappointed with the outcome, and wished for a better result.

“That wasn’t part of the plan definitely,” he said.

“Last week was terrific but we certainly wanted to win tonight and they were pretty good and we were pretty bad.

“It was a little hard (to get up after last week) but not to the extent that the scoreline showed.”

Titans win in a thrilling encounter

Despite a suspected broken collarbone to halfback Scott Prince, the Titans have prevailed at Skilled Park to solidify their top 4 spot with a 21-18 win over the Wests Tigers.

The signs initially didn’t look good for Prince who was forced off the field following a heavy tackle from Tigers prop Keith Galloway.

It didn’t look good initially with Scott Prince telling Titans trainer Trevor Gillmeister, “I think I’ve broken my collarbone”.

As Prince was cleared to return in the second half, many wondered whether or not he would still remain effective, and he showed that the pain didn’t do anything to stop him from setting up tries, after he put Kevin Gordon over the line in the 58th minute.

In what is expected to be the last home game for retiring stalwart Mat Rogers, the Titans saw their 13-0 lead evaporate, thus ruling out any possible chance of a home final.

With the Tigers already guaranteed a home final, they looked very flat in the first half, as the Titans came out all guns blazing, before the Tigers stormed back in the second half to reduce the deficit to a point at 13-12 in front of a 26,103.

The Tigers had a chance to win the game, but a Benji Marshall pass on the siren went out of touch, thus resulting in a loss for the Tigers.

The game wasn’t finished there however, with a push and shove between Benji Marshall, and Titans prop Matt White, almost resulting in an all-in brawl.

Despite having inspirational halfback return to the field, the Titans players were dropping like flies after both Brad Meyers, Ashley Harrison and Steve Michaels going off with rib, nose and AC joint injuries respectively.

“They were game ending injuries but we had to keep them out there,” Titans coach John Cartwright said.

Prince later confirmed that he did indeed suffer a injury, but that he played through the pain for the team.

“It was pretty sore. I thought the worst (when he came off the field) but the positive thing is that I can’t do any more damage,” Prince said.

“That puts me in a good frame of mind.”

Wests Tigers coach took heart from their second-half performance and praised his side for maintaining their superior points difference over the Titans.

“What could have gone wrong did in the first half,” he said.

“But credit to them, they came out and competed – they showed plenty of courage.”

Marshall magic guides Tigers to win over Storm

Benji Marshall was back to his electrifying best scoring a hat-trick in the Tigers 26-14 win over the Melbourne Storm at a sold-out Leichhardt Oval.

It all started with a trademark flick pass as Tigers five-eighth Marshall guided the Tigers to a win over a Melbourne Storm side feeling the effects of not playing for points.

Despite Marshall’s strong performance however, Tim Sheens has lingering concerns about the Tigers casualty ward that is increasing every week.

The player in the most strife from injury is boom centre Chris Lawrence, who left the field with a broken jaw late on in the game.

Nursing an already weakened jaw from an incident earlier in the season, the fresh hit only made matters worse for Lawrence, and the culprit, Jeff Lima wasn’t placed on report for what appeared to be a somewhat innocuous hit.

“They’re operating on him tonight (Sunday) at six o’clock and if we’re still there in a month he’ll be back,” Sheens said.

“I’d like to hope the boys play well enough to give him another opportunity.

Veteran John Skandalis was also injured in the game, suffering a nasty buttocks injury, that has all but ended his season. To make matters worse, fullback Wade McKinnon will miss out next week with a re-occurrence of his hamstring injury.

The news doesn’t get better for the Tigers on the injury front with Bryce Gibbs suffering a knee injury, Liam Fulton a calf problem, and in-form second rower Gareth Ellis, suffering a nasty cork. Ellis is the only man in with a chance of playing next week.

“Luckily it’s not the first semi,” Sheens said.

“But look, we’ve been a strong club this year, we’ve made the semis at Wests and with Balmain in the (NSW Cup) and I think we’re one game off in the 20’s.

It wasn’t all roses for the Tigers though with coach Tim Sheens giving them a major spray after an inconsistent first-half.

Despite the loss, Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy praised the efforts of his players, and they now turn their attentions to a big send-off for the fans at home next week.

“We had the gastric (bug) go through our place during the week and Adam Blair, I don’t think he trained, Dane Nielsen missed a fair bit and Greg (Inglis) didn’t end up playing today he was that crook .. so it wasn’t an ideal week,” said Bellamy.

Dragons secure second successive minor premiership

JSt George have won their second straight minor premiership under coach Wayne Bennett after a hard-fought 26-18 win over the Newcastle Knights at Energy Australia Stadium.

The Dragons burst out of the blocks taking a 22-0 lead just after the restart, only to see the Knights slowly claw their way back to make the score 22-18 at one stage with over 20 minutes to go.

As the Knights looked for the try that would put them in the lead, it was an unlikely source that scored the winning try in five-eighth Jamie Soward who has been relatively quiet over the course of the year.

The game was a sell-out as Newcastle fans wanted to pay tribute to retiring skipper and Knights legend Steve Simpson in his final game at Energy Australia Stadium.

With the Knights needing to win to keep their very slim finals hopes alive, they played some brilliant footy and some fantastic conversions from the sideline by skipper Kurt Gidley was the key in bringing them closer to the Dragons score, only to have it snatched away at the death.

Despite the poor second half, Dragons coach Wayne Bennett wasn’t worried as in the end, his team secured the minor premiership.

“It is great honour and recognition for the players for their efforts to win minor premierships in back to back years,” Bennett said.

“They lost their way a bit in the second half and (we) took our eye off it, before getting the momentum back in the last 10 minutes.

“I am not too worried about the second half, the Knights played pretty well and didn’t deserve to be behind 22-0, but we gave them some possession and made some silly errors but I was pleased with the way we closed the game out.”

Newcastle coach Rick Stone was adamant his side would come out victorious under their near comeback as the crowd willed the Knights on.

“I thought we were going to go on and score another but after getting back into it we just lacked a little bit of patience,” Stone said.

Titans top 4 hopes in jeopardy after shock loss

Despite being out of finals contention, the Cronulla Sharks continue to be the giant-killers of the 2010 season upsetting the Gold Coast Titans 30-16 at Toyota Stadium.

Despite the loss however, the Titans still believe they can make the top 4,  with a win over the Wests Tigers next week all but cementing a top for spot for the club.

It was the player deemed as the NRL’s slowest winger, Luke Covell who opened the scoring in his last game for the Sharks at Toyota Stadium, with a 45 metre dash just put-running Titans half Scott Prince.

Sharks coach Shane Flanagan was delighted with his side’s victory, but he wasn’t sure if Covell would score the try that he did.

“I was up in the box and there were some people cheering and my first thought was he won’t get there but it was great for him to score,” Flanagan said of Covell taking the loose pass from Titans captain Scott Prince, and then fending the halfback off to get over the line.

In what was an emotional game for the Sharks with two of their favourite sons leaving in Trent Barrett and Luke Covell, the win was the perfect send-off for the two men, both of which were accompanied by their kids onto the field before the start of the game.

The major talking point out of this game though was Greg Bird’s return to the shire.

The downfall for the Titans though was a poor game from half Scott Prince who seemed to be out of sync and not playing as well as we have seen him play in the past.

“It wasn’t really the desired result but that was only a small blimp on the matches that are going to be coming up in the next few weeks for us,” said Bird, who only got a few boos from fans and spent plenty of time in the Sharks sheds after the match.

There were injury concerns for both teams however with Mat Rogers suffering a hip flexor injury, and Anthony Tupou suffering a thigh injury.

The shining light for the Titans was a two-try performance from young forward Bodene Thompson who scored two tries , both from bombs.