Posted: 26 July, 2016

Austin Keeps England Option Open

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Canberra five-eighth Blake Austin has left the door open to playing for Wayne Bennett's England at the Rugby League World Cup, but says no-one has approached him about it.

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Austin is eligible for selection through his UK-born grandmother but he said on Tuesday that's as far as it goes.

"You cross your bridges when you get to them if they come, but at the moment I'm just focusing on the Raiders and playing better footy each week," he said.

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Was Joe Burgess Robbed Of This Try?

It was the momentum-shifter that arguably cost Souths the game, and coach Madge Maguire asked Triple M's Bill Harrigan for clarification of the call after the game.

Lafai And Havili Charged Over Weekend Brawl

Two Dragons players involved in an early-morning brawl on Sunday have been charged by the police over the incident.

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Tags: Blake Austin, Canberra Raiders, RLWC 2017, England

Posted: 25 July, 2016

Was Joe Burgess Robbed Of This Try?

Joe Burgess denied Image: @sportingnewsau

It was the momentum-shifter that arguably cost Souths the game, and coach Madge Maguire asked Triple M's Bill Harrigan for clarification of the call after the game. Listen to the full discussion below.

"He was talking to me through the window, and just said 'Billy, can you give me some explanations?'" Triple M's Bill Harrigan said.

"I don't think his fingers have come off it which means he has contact the whole time, grounded the ball and had downward pressure. I have no problem with it (as a try)."

The on-field refs referred the decision up to the Bunker, who after several looks said that it was a no-try because Burgess lost the ball while putting it down. See the footage below.

"It's impossible to re-grip a ball," Triple M's Joey Johns said.

"As long as you get a finger on it, it's a try." 

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Tags: South Sydney Rabbitohs, Joey Johns, Bill Harrigan, Joe Burgess, Michael Maguire

Posted: 25 July, 2016

Bryson Goodwin Has Re-Broken His Arm

Bryson Goodwin Photos: Getty Images

Tonight marked his return after a stint on the sideline for a broken arm, but the comeback has been shortlived for Bryson Goodwin, who has re-broken his arm during the first half of the Souths v Manly game.

"He'll be going to hospital after the game," Triple M's Steve Mascord said.

Kyle Turner has shifted to left centre.

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Tags: South Sydney Rabbitohs, Bryson Goodwin

Posted: 25 July, 2016

Lussick's Former Teammates Rip In On Twitter

Darcy Lussick Image: Getty Images

As Darcy Lussick celebrates his 100th NRL game, his former teammates have ripped in on social media. See the tweets below.

Lussick started his career with Manly in 2011, and was with the club until switching to the Eels in 2013.

There he played with Nathan Peats and Brad Takairangi, before moving back to Manly in 2015 on a three-year deal.

Speaking with Triple M's call team, Lussick said that he expected nothing less from Peats.

"We have a bit of banter but he always takes everything too far. I'm dreading checking my phone after this," he said after the game.

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Tags: Nathan Peats, Brad Takairangi, Darcy Lussick

Posted: 25 July, 2016

The Horror Stat No Souths Fan Wants To See

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Despite the last three years of dominance - including a premiership win - Souths look to have regressed into their old selves; a side which could come up with some stellar performances and then stall as the finals approached. 

Tonight's demoralising loss to Manly appears to be the nail in the coffin for the South Sydney side, with some rough calls and poor handling resulting in a 12 - 20 loss.

This catapults Souths back eight years, into the dark days when the side struggled for form and consistency.

It's the first time since 2008 that the side has dropped seven in a row.

The men from Redfern seemed to be largely missing-in-action in the first half, with Joe Burgess butchering the basics and a real lack of grit spoiling any chance of getting on top of Manly.

"I cannot understand why, if you are a South Sydney player, you aren't tailing Sam Burgess. You've got to follow him," Sterlo said.

Jamie Lyon was the first over for the Sea Eagles, and he then extended the lead to eight points.

Taufua was the next over, 0 - 12 after 30 minutes.

The Turbos were firing on all cylinders, making it 0 -18 going into the break.

 

Souths had only 40 per cent of possession at half time, and had completed 15/20.

The returning little general Adam Reynolds darted over to put Souths on the board, 6 - 12.

Cody Walker was the next over, 12 - 18 after 52 minutes.

Another Lyon penalty goal rounded out the point-scoring in the game, with the fulltime score 12 - 20.

"Unfortunately for them that is now seven losses in a row, which hasn't happened since the beginning of 2008," Sterlo said.

"It's a credit to them how they came out in the second half.

"They promised so much at the start of the season and were absolutely flying. It's very disappointing.

"They lost their authority. They won a premiership based on how they played down the middle. We don't see that now."

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Tags: South Sydney Rabbitohs, Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

Posted: 25 July, 2016

Panthers Re-Sign Veteran For Another Two Years

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Peter Wallace has extended his tenure at the Panthers, re-signing with the club until the end of 2018.

"I couldn’t see myself playing for any other club at this stage of my career," Wallace said.

"There’s a great bunch of boys here at the Panthers and the club is going in the right direction with everything off the field as well.

"The whole place is buzzing and I’m just really happy to be a part of it."

Wallace is a Penrith junior and made his debut in 2005.

He has played 65 games spanning his two stints at the club.

"He's been playing sensationally and he's a great character to have around your club," Triple M's Joey Johns said.

"It’s great to have Peter’s future with the club secured," Panthers Executive General Manager Rugby League Phil Gould AM said.

"He is one of the toughest individuals I have met in all my time in rugby league. He has overcome immense personal challenges over the past few seasons and is truly an inspiration to all the young players at the Panthers.

"He is a tremendous role model both on and off the field.

"Peter has taken the change of playing positions in his stride and is making a valuable contribution each and every time he plays. We are lucky to have him here at the Panthers."

Wallace shifted to hooker this season, and the move has proved to be a revelation for the stalwart.

"I’ve known for a while now that the switch to hooker is a permanent one for me but I’m genuinely enjoying my footy there," Wallace said.

"I’m just glad to have committed my future to the Panthers and can now start planning with my family for the years ahead."

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Tags: Penrith Panthers, Peter Wallace

Posted: 25 July, 2016

Lafai And Havili Charged Over Weekend Brawl

Two Dragons players involved in an early-morning brawl on Sunday have been charged by the police over the incident.

Tim Lafai and Siliva Havili were charged this evening with affray and offensive behaviour, and will face court on 6th September.

NSW POLICE STATEMENT

At about 5.45pm today, two men aged 23 and 25 attended Wollongong Police Station.

Both have been issued with future court attendance notices for affray and offensive behaviour.

The men will appear at Wollongong Local Court on Tuesday 6th September.

Earlier on Triple M

Reports have emerged that a man has come forward alleging to have been attacked by Siliva Havili during a brawl outside a Wollongong nightclub. See the full report below.

"I was standing on the corner of the road and Havili has come from the other side of the road and blind-shotted me and then I've fallen over and hit my head on the ground," the man told 9News.

The NRL Integrity Unit is investigating the matter, as more details have emerged.

It has been reported by the Sydney Morning Herald that security personnel had already broken up a scuffle between a group of the injured man's friend and a group of Dragons players including Havili, Tim Lafai and Dunamis Lui.

Footage: @9NewsSyd

Footage: @7NewsSydney

Earlier on Triple M

St George Illawarra players Tim Lafai and Siliva Havili are being investigated by the NRL and police over a drunken brawl in which a man was allegedly knocked out.

Lafai and Havili were issued with infringement notices after being arrested on Sunday morning.

Police are investigating the incident and charges could be laid.

A witness told Fairfax Media that a man was knocked unconscious and left bloodied after being hit by Havili during a scuffle outside the Fever Nightclub about 5am.

The man left in a taxi with blood streaming from his head, however by the time police arrived the fight had dispersed.

Lafai and fellow Dragons player Dunamis Lui were also allegedly involved in the fight.

Shortly after, Lafai and Havili were stopped nearby and ordered by police to move on.

However police came across them once again, a short time later on Crown St, where they were involved in an altercation with a group of men and were taken into custody.

At Wollongong Police Station where they were issued with infringement notices for continuing intoxicated behaviour after a move-on direction.

Lafai was signed to the Dragons on a two-year deal from Canterbury at the start of the year but had been dropped to reserve grade at the weekend by coach Paul McGregor, after the side's recent string of losses.

The Dragons said they were co-operating with police and had informed the NRL integrity unit.

Police Holding Statement

About 5am Sunday 24 July, 2016, police were called to the intersection of Atchinson and Crown Street, Wollongong following reports of a brawl.

Officers from Wollongong Local Area Command attended, however the people involved dispersed.

Two men aged 23 and 25 were stopped nearby and given a move-along direction.

A short time later, the pair were seen to be involved in a an altercation within a group of males on Crown Street.

Police intervened and the 23 year old man and the 25 year old man were arrested after failing to comply with directions.

Both men were taken to Wollongong Police Station and issued with infringement notices for continuing intoxicated behaviour after a move-on direction.

Inquiries are ongoing.

Dragons Are A Basket Case, Says MG

Triple M's Mark 'MG' Geyer has slammed the Dragons after their 25-12 loss to the Wests Tigers on Sunday.

"If [Tyson] Frizell doesn't play, you can't watch them" said MG, on the Triple M Grill Team. "They're a basket case." Listen to the full audio below.

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Tags: Tim Lafai, Siliva Havili

Posted: 25 July, 2016

Team Lists For Souths v Manly

The team lists are in for tonight's clash between Souths and Manly.

South Sydney Rabbitohs

1 Cody Walker
2 Alex Johnston
3 Bryson Goodwin
4 Aaron Gray
5 Joe Burgess
6 Luke Keary
7 Adam Reynolds
8 Thomas Burgess
9 Cameron McInnes
10 David Tyrrell
11 John Sutton
12 Kyle Turner
13 Sam Burgess (c)

Interchange
14 Jason Clark
15 Nathan Brown
16 Angus Crichton
17 George Burgess

Coach: Michael Maguire

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

1 Tom Trbojevic
2 Jorge Taufua
3 Lewis Brown
4 Brayden Wiliame
5 Matthew Wright
6 Jamie Lyon (c)
7 Daly Cherry-Evans
8 Darcy Lussick
9 Apisai Koroisau
10 Martin Taupau
11 Nathan Green
12 Jamie Buhrer
13 Jake Trbojevic

Interchange
14 Blake Leary
15 Josh Starling
16 Nate Myles
17 Siosaia Vave

Coach: Trent Barrett

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Tags: South Sydney Rabbitohs, Manly Sea Eagles

Posted: 25 July, 2016

Man Claims To Have Been Attacked By Dragons Player

Image: @9NewsSyd

Reports have emerged that a man has come forward alleging to have been attacked by Siliva Havili during a brawl outside a Wollongong nightclub. See the full report below.

"I was standing on the corner of the road and Havili has come from the other side of the road and blind-shotted me and then I've fallen over and hit my head on the ground," the man told 9News.

The NRL Integrity Unit is investigating the matter, as more details have emerged.

It has been reported by the Sydney Morning Herald that security personnel had already broken up a scuffle between a group of the injured man's friend and a group of Dragons players including Havili, Tim Lafai and Dunamis Lui.

Footage: @9NewsSyd

Footage: @7NewsSydney

Earlier on Triple M

St George Illawarra players Tim Lafai and Siliva Havili are being investigated by the NRL and police over a drunken brawl in which a man was allegedly knocked out.

Lafai and Havili were issued with infringement notices after being arrested on Sunday morning.

Police are investigating the incident and charges could be laid.

A witness told Fairfax Media that a man was knocked unconscious and left bloodied after being hit by Havili during a scuffle outside the Fever Nightclub about 5am.

The man left in a taxi with blood streaming from his head, however by the time police arrived the fight had dispersed.

Lafai and fellow Dragons player Dunamis Lui were also allegedly involved in the fight.

Shortly after, Lafai and Havili were stopped nearby and ordered by police to move on.

However police came across them once again, a short time later on Crown St, where they were involved in an altercation with a group of men and were taken into custody.

At Wollongong Police Station where they were issued with infringement notices for continuing intoxicated behaviour after a move-on direction.

Lafai was signed to the Dragons on a two-year deal from Canterbury at the start of the year but had been dropped to reserve grade at the weekend by coach Paul McGregor, after the side's recent string of losses.

The Dragons said they were co-operating with police and had informed the NRL integrity unit.

Police Holding Statement

About 5am Sunday 24 July, 2016, police were called to the intersection of Atchinson and Crown Street, Wollongong following reports of a brawl.

Officers from Wollongong Local Area Command attended, however the people involved dispersed.

Two men aged 23 and 25 were stopped nearby and given a move-along direction.

A short time later, the pair were seen to be involved in a an altercation within a group of males on Crown Street.

Police intervened and the 23 year old man and the 25 year old man were arrested after failing to comply with directions.

Both men were taken to Wollongong Police Station and issued with infringement notices for continuing intoxicated behaviour after a move-on direction.

Inquiries are ongoing.

Dragons Are A Basket Case, Says MG

Triple M's Mark 'MG' Geyer has slammed the Dragons after their 25-12 loss to the Wests Tigers on Sunday.

"If [Tyson] Frizell doesn't play, you can't watch them" said MG, on the Triple M Grill Team. "They're a basket case." Listen to the full audio below.

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Tags: Siliva Havili, Tim Lafai

Posted: 25 July, 2016

Leeson Ah Mau Will Be Out For A While After Being Charged For This Hit

The Dragons will be without Leeson Ah Mau for over three weeks, with the match review committee (MRC) deeming the shot on Tim Grant worthy of lengthy stint on the sideline.

Grant was out for the count after being collected by Ah Mau's shoulder - which made contact with Grant's face.

The medicab was called out and Grant was carried from the field. 

The incident happened mid-way through the first half, and despite being able to walk around in the sheds, Grant wasn't cleared to return.

The MRC classified this as a grade three careless high tackle, and with 62 carry-over points, Ah Mau will miss either three games with an early guilty plea or fight the charge and miss four.

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Tags: Tim Grant, Leeson Ah Mau, Wests Tigers, St George Dragons

Posted: 25 July, 2016

Reports Dank Shooting Linked To Incident Involving NRL Player

A gunman is still at large after controversial sports scientist Stephen Dank's house was peppered with bullets.

The 52-year-old was brushed by a bullet in the early hours of Saturday morning after several shots were fired into his Ascot Vale home.

Dank says he's thankful he's ok and has an idea why shots were fired. "I have my suspicions as to why this has happened," he said in a written statement on Nine News.

According to reports in The Australian, "It's believed Dank has potentially explosive detail's involving him injecting a current NRL player with a banned substance before one of the biggest games of his ­career."

"The player’s improved performance was so dramatic that Dank and [Darren, an associate of Dank] Hibbert decided against injecting other players with the substance." For the full story go to www.theaustralian.com.au

Serious crime response team detectives were at Dank's house for the majority of Saturday and have conducted line searches.

Police say they will investigate financial links and associates of Dank, according to Nine News.

Nine News also reported that police suspect the shooter was on foot since there was no vehicle access near Dank's address, and have taken CCTV footage from a neighbour.

Dank was released from hospital early on Saturday and remained at home despite commitments to speak at an event in Bendigo.

Dank was given a life ban by the AFL anti-doping tribunal last year for his role in doping violations against 34 current and past Essendon players. 

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Posted: 25 July, 2016

Dragons Pair Arrested Over Drunken Brawl

Photo: Getty Images

St George Illawarra players Tim Lafai and Siliva Havili are being investigated by the NRL and police over a drunken brawl in which a man was allegedly knocked out.

Lafai and Havili were issued with infringement notices after being arrested on Sunday morning.

Police are investigating the incident and charges could be laid.

A witness told Fairfax Media that a man was knocked unconscious and left bloodied after being hit by Havili during a scuffle outside the Fever Nightclub about 5am.

The man left in a taxi with blood streaming from his head, however by the time police arrived the fight had dispersed.

Lafai and fellow Dragons player Dunamis Lui were also allegedly involved in the fight.

Shortly after, Lafai and Havili were stopped nearby and ordered by police to move on.

However police came across them once again, a short time later on Crown St, where they were involved in an altercation with a group of men and were taken into custody.

At Wollongong Police Station where they were issued with infringement notices for continuing intoxicated behaviour after a move-on direction.

Lafai was signed to the Dragons on a two-year deal from Canterbury at the start of the year but had been dropped to reserve grade at the weekend by coach Paul McGregor, after the side's recent string of losses.

The Dragons said they were co-operating with police and had informed the NRL integrity unit.

Police Holding Statement

About 5am Sunday 24 July, 2016, police were called to the intersection of Atchinson and Crown Street, Wollongong following reports of a brawl.

Officers from Wollongong Local Area Command attended, however the people involved dispersed.

Two men aged 23 and 25 were stopped nearby and given a move-along direction.

A short time later, the pair were seen to be involved in a an altercation within a group of males on Crown Street.

Police intervened and the 23 year old man and the 25 year old man were arrested after failing to comply with directions.

Both men were taken to Wollongong Police Station and issued with infringement notices for continuing intoxicated behaviour after a move-on direction.

Inquiries are ongoing.

Dragons Are A Basket Case, Says MG

Triple M's Mark 'MG' Geyer has slammed the Dragons after their 25-12 loss to the Wests Tigers on Sunday.

"If [Tyson] Frizell doesn't play, you can't watch them" said MG, on the Triple M Grill Team. "They're a basket case." Listen to the full audio below.

Read more

Tags: St George Illawarra Dragons