A determined Knights outfit survived a late flurry from the Sharks to win by 4 points in Newcastle last night. Newcastle Knights 20 def Cronulla Sharks 16.
It was an impressive Mullen doing the damage for the Knights, slick passing and selective running saw him create and setup several tries. Mullen was aided by Knights new stars, Jesse Royal and Mark Taufua – who put in an impressive physical effort.
The press conference was just an interesting as the game, with Brian Smith giving the media a hard time – when they commented on the Sharks nearly stealing the win (comparing it to similar efforts of Smith during his time at Parra). Smith unloaded at the media, most of it directed at Fox Sports Commentator Andy Raymond.
Then it was Ricky Stuarts turn, he was noticably filthy about his teams effort – and he told the world. He felt players weren’t committed due to the City / Country selections and held fears through the week that his team might put in a below par performance.
The win sees the Johns-less Knights move to 8 points and keeps them in striking distance of the top 4.
On Sunday, a sick and sorry Eels outfit was pummelled by the Gold Coast Titans 38-12 – Preston firing in attack for the Titans club and leaving the Eels in his wake. 8 Eels players were apparently infected with a virus – and were noticably flat in the game.
Souths lost their Aussie Stadium game to the Warriors in a last second try to Todd Byrne. The Bunnies led by 10 points with 4 minutes remaining, but a try to Wade McKinnon put the Warriors in with a chance and after a superb Witt grubber with only seconds on the clock – Byrne chased it down and scored out wide. Breaking Bunny hearts everywhere. Warriors 18 def Souths 16.
Cowboys end Manly Streak North Queensland 30 def Manly 26
The score doesn’t really reflect how the Cowboys dominated this match – skill, guile and unrelenting passion from the Cowboys saw them stop Manly in their tracks and provide the Eagles with their first loss this year.
The Cowboys unleashed some sensational set plays involving the Bowen boys and JT – but it was the unbreakable defence that ultimately won them the match. Early possession favoured the Manly boys, but forced kicks from Monaghan caused by frustration from the Cowboys defence saw Manly come away empty handed each time.
Its the first time an opposition pack has dominated the Manly forwards and Tronc, Southern and Cashmere deserve praise for a big effort. More respectable considering they were without Webb and O’Donnell.
Manly had some nice patches, mostly in broken play – but Stewart was thawted everytime he got room and scrambling from the Cowboys was desperate. Manly got close midway through the second half, but dropped ball and ill-discipline saw the Cowboys grab the momentum back and run away with the game.
The other exciting part for the Cowboys was the try results from set pieces. Scrum moves involving Jason Smith and limited tries from kicks – always makes the team and coach much more satisfied with the victory. For Manly – the opposite. Apart from the late consolation tries, several tries from kicks and some luck – aren’t ideal in attack and they’ll need to work on this area for better results moving forward.
NRL News Results Another major upset: Raiders demolish Penrith 34 – 18
The unpredictable results of NRL in 2007 continues, with the Raiders travelling to Penrith and putting the Panthers to the sword. Matt Elliot will have nightmares about his old side coming to town and putting the blow torch on; Penrith quite simply put in the worst effort of any team this year.
After playing so poorly, Penrith didn’t even win the fight in the last 5 minutes. Thurling and Priddis got into a fight after a scrum, and after Priddis dished out a face slap – Thurling unloaded with a flurry of punches and smashed Priddis directly with at least two hits.
Priddis was stunned and tried to laugh it off – but the truth of the matter was he and his side were never in the hunt or fight.
Elliot will have a tough week of soul searching with club – confidence will be shot to pieces after this one. The Raiders meanwhile keep chipping away. Neil Henry while trying to find consistency – must be congratulated for finding the right tactics and having his players employ them to the letter.
The Storm remains undefeated at Round 7 after a comfortable win over the Broncos in Brisbane. In a match which had plenty of errors early – the class of the Storm and passion to get revenge from the grand final loss last year, saw the Southerners storm home with Slater blistering in his pace. Brisbane have continued their poor run of form and remain in the NRL 2007 cellar at round 7. Some consistency is needed or the Broncos will fall shy of the top 8 this year.
What a turnaround! The week off had the Tigers jumping out of their skin and they blew the Dogs off the park with smart mobile forwards. The Tigers ran great angles all night and frustrated the Dogs from the first whistle.
Farrah winning man of the match and eating up dummy half meters at will, with halves Marshall and Morris combining well and choosing the right options. Wider out, Dean Collis was sensational – beating his opposite man regularly and scoring a double and setting up a 3rd try.
It was the Tigers of 2005. Not many errors, limited missed tackles and dynamic attack.
They have exposed the Bulldogs weakness, which has been coming to the surface in recent weeks – which is the rushing defence and its inability to adjust to second phase or wider forward hit ups. The Eels exposed this last week, but couldnt capitalize.
For the Dogs, the forwards let them down. Shrek, Mason and SBW were so hell bent on killing their opponents – that missed shoulder charges and ill-timing was letting their opponents gain meters and easy off-loads.
Cutler had a horror night. Dropping several high balls, and gifting 2 tries through lost balls in goal. I think we may see Utai back next week.
Sherwin was on the improve, setting up tries and grabbing a long 40/20 – and should keep Roberts at bay.
The Tigers now move to 6 points with the aid of last weeks bye – and gain good confidence.
This weekend is hosting some very nice match-ups. Some tough ones to pick, only 2 real certainties.
Broncos v Storm This will be a real test for the comeback Broncos. Melbourne have been winning without being brilliant and the couldron will force them to play some good Rugby League – otherwise the improving premiers will knock them over. Broncos could cause an upset here.
Bulldogs v Wests Tigers Doggies only just got home last week against the Eels. Having Sonny Bill Williams back will add some muscle to their pack and Shrek will surely be keen to get at the Tigers again. I think the Dogs will have too much experience and strengh for the Tigers
Panthers v Canberra Raiders Should be an easy victory here at home to Penrith. Much needed and surely Elliot will want to get the goods over his old team. Canberra not good enough at away venues.
Cowboys v Sea Eagles Another date at Dairy Farmers. Cowboys will be keen to put things back on track. I feel they will want this more than Manly, and Monaghan discussions may have sidetracked Manly. Cowboys to get the goods.
Titans v Eels The Gold Coast will play their usual carefree style, and have most of their best players in this weeks side. I feel the Eels maybe a little cautious after their stumble against the Bulldogs. The form of Finch is a little heartening after some horror games – if the Eels start well, they will win.
Rabbits v Warriors What a clash this should be. The gutsy Souths outfit up against the might of the Kiwi clan. Can the Warriors travel? I think they might do this – as Souths have been only average in attack. Warriors by a small margin.
Knights v Sharks Monday night in Knightsville. A good test for the new Sharks. I think the Knights at home – probably just a little too good for the Shire boys. Should be a close encounter this one. Mullen due for a big one.
Some interesting statistics here, as we look at the most club wins for all teams that have ever played in the major Rugby League competitions in Australia. Points of note; Broncos achieving a great record since arriving in 1988. Original Gold Coast only achieving 53 wins in their original 10 years â€“ tough work!
Here is the list of the Australian Rugby League teams and how many wins each club has recorded since 1908. This chart takes into account
Rugby League club wins in ARL / Super League / NRL tournaments since 1908.
1000 SydneyCity Roosters 947 South Sydney Rabbitohs 910 St George Dragons 871 Balmain Tigers 792 Bulldogs 734 Manly Sea Eagles 734 Western Suburbs Magpies 678 North Sydney Bears 621 Parramatta Eels 583 Newtown Jets 463 Cronulla Sharks 387 Penrith Panthers 334 Canberra Raiders 311 Brisbane Broncos 245 Newcastle Knights 163 Glebe 153 Illawarra Steelers 143 Melbourne Storm 136 NZ Warriors 112 St George Illawarra 102 North Queensland Cowboys 73 Wests Tigers 53 Gold Coast (1988-1998) 47 University 30 Northern Eagles 25 Annandale 24 Western Reds 13 South Queensland Crushers 13 Adelaide Rams 9 Newcastle Original (1908-1909) 7 Hunter Mariners 1 Cumberland
Some footy humour here – I couldn’t resist putting this video up even for NRL fans to see. Even though it’s by the AFL guys – featuring AFL Footy Show funny guy Sam Newman – it’s a classic. Newman decided to re-enact the Qantas sex in the toilet / lavatory saga where Ralph Fiennes the actor got up close and personal with Qantas Air Hostess Lisa Robertson. A fully see through – airline toilet / cubicle was built by Channel 9 and Newman hops in for a go. (Funny stuff starts about 30 – 40 seconds into the video)
Sam Newman is in trouble and copping plenty of press about this skit on the Channel 9 Melbourne Footy show. Some may find Newman’s antics offensive but others may be rolling around the floor in laughter. You be the judge! Look at the video, and feel free to comment on the video in the shout box or using the comments option below this post.
Congratulations must go to the Sydney City Roosters, who yesterday finally notched up a determined win against the depleted Dragons.
The Roosters started the game with an enthusiastic attitude, and they kept this determination going throughout the game. While not an overly exciting affair, and lacking some polished attacking rugby league – the Roosters can take full credit for improved defence and sheer will to win – which saw them move to 4 points on the NRL ladder, including the bye from the previous round.
The Roosters big names all stepped up, Anasta continuing his gutsy form – as did Mini and the damaging Anthony Tupou was always a handful for the Saints edge men.
I think Kenny-Dowell is a top signing for the Roosters. The young lanky kiwi is not scared of the tough work in-field and regularly goes looking for it. When he gets space he can turn on the afterburners, or if he is ambushed he can tackle bust – expect big things from the young man in the years ahead.
For the Saints it was a lacklusture showing. Sure, they have their usual thousand or so players on the sideline injured – but a certain amount of committment and effort is expected and I don’t think they all put in 100%. New pivot Richie Rich spent most of the game sledging Braith Anasta – which obviously didn’t work. And the failure to slow the Roosters play the ball absolutely cost Saints the game – the Roosters were rev’d up in every tackle and jumped to their feet getting good rolls going.
Coach Brown gets a lot of critism but really, when he only has limited cattle available to put on the field – their is only so much he can do. I don’t know what it is with the Saints, but maybe it’s time to put a brush through the top end players – to clean out the cobwebs? As many seem to injured almost permanently.