Posted: 25 June, 2016

The Best Try You'll Ever See A Winger Score

While Newcastle have struggled for form, winger Nathan Ross has scored a try that will feature in highlights reels for years to come.

Defying gravity and soaring like a swan, Ross put the Knights on the board with a brilliant effort on the left touch line. Check out the try below.

"That is one of the best tries you'll see scored by a winger," Triple M's Wendell Sailor said.

"Nathan Ross, you are Superman!"

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Posted: 25 June, 2016

Five Observations From Knights v Dragons

1. The Dragons ran out with all guns blazing.

Three tries on the board before most of the fans were through the gate, and all of a sudden the Knights are trailing by fourteen points after as many minutes.

"We saw some Benji Marshall magic right there" - Dell on the slick Marshall pass to put Aitken over.

2. Nathan Ross' try. Because wow.

While Newcastle have struggled for form, winger Nathan Ross has scored a try that will feature in highlights reels for years to come.

Defying gravity and soaring like a swan, Ross put the Knights on the board with a brilliant effort on the left touch line. Check out the try below.

"That is one of the best tries you'll see scored by a winger," Triple M's Wendell Sailor said.

"Nathan Ross, you are Superman!"

3. Gareth Widdop's average game with the boot

The half-time score was 6 - 22, but the Dragons could've had 30 points on the board if it weren't for Widdop's poor conversion rate. He managed to land one from five attempts in the first 40, and while it was unlikely that Newcastle would become too much of a threat, against the teams at the other end of the table, it's a big deal.

4. Mitchell Barnett's show of strength

He took Frizzel with him and barged over carrying two Dragons defenders over the line with him. A fantastic effort to close the gap to 18 - 28 with six minutes on the clock.

5. We finished the game with a sin-binning

In a disappointing way to come down from that great leap before, Nathan Ross was sin binned in the last few minutes of play for a professional foul (holding down in the tackle). The Dragons took the two points, making the fulltime score 18 - 30.

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Tags: St George Illawarra Dragons, Newcastle Knights

Posted: 25 June, 2016

Will We See Billy Slater Play Again?

After tearing up the field with blistering speed and skill second to none, it seems like we may have seen the last of Billy Slater as a player.

According to Triple M's Wendell Sailor, who spent time with Slater over his time in teh QLD ranks, Slater is still unsure about whether he'll ever be able to play again. Listen to the full report below.

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"He won't know until next year in the preseason," Dell said.

"Just watch him though, because he's on the coaching staff and Kevvie's got him involved with other stuff."

Slater had a season-ending shoulder reconstruction, and his shoulder has given him grief in the past, making the task of returning all the more difficult.

Check out some of Billy's best work below.

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Tags: Melbourne Storm, Billy Slater, Wendell Sailor

Posted: 25 June, 2016

Semi Radradra Is Due To Return From Fiji Tomorrow

Semi Radradra Photo: Getty Images

After a big week of confusion about Radradra's future in the NRL, the Parramatta winger is set to return from Fiji tomorrow.

"There have been a lot of conflicting reports, with his manager and the club saying that he'll be back and when Semi was spoken to over there, he said nothing's confirmed at this stage," Triple M and Fox Sports' James Hooper said. Listen to the full discussion below.

Earlier on Triple M

Semi Radradra's father wants the tearaway winger to remain in the NRL.

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Radradra is in Fiji to discuss his playing future as speculation mounts he could exit the NRL to take up a more lucrative contract with French rugby club Bordeaux.

However if Radradra's father, Samisoni Waqavatu, has anything to do with it, the try-scoring machine will remain in return to the Eels.

"I just want him to play league," he told Fox Sports News.

Waqavatu did however say he would leave the decision with Radradra and whether he wanted to return to the 15-man game he played before joining the NRL.

Radradra is also likely to be urged to stick with rugby league by his uncle, who believes the 24-year-old should see out his contract at Parramatta before making any possible move.

"The best for him is to continue with the Eels to finish off his contract," Nemani McComber said.

"If at then he wants to jump into rugby union then that's his decision if he wants to do it."

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Tags: Parramatta Eels, Semi Radradra

Posted: 25 June, 2016

Transport Information - Sharks v Warriors

Trackwork will impact on fans trying to get to the Sharks v Warriors game this afternoon at Southern Cross Group Stadium. 

The Sharks have released the following statement advising of alternate ways to get to the game.

Sharks' transport statement

Due to planned track work on the Sydney network at the coming weekend, buses will replace trains between Cronulla, Waterfall, and Central, while trains will run to a changed timetable between Bondi Junction & Central.

The news means that Sharks Members and fans are advised to allow extra travel time if coming to the Sharks versus Warriors clash (Saturday, June 25) via public transport.

Additional bus services will run in place of trains, with details of the changes below.

  • 1T4: Cronulla, then all stations to Caringbah, then Central and return
  • 1AT4: Kirrawee, then all stations to Miranda, then Central and return
  • 2T4: Waterfall, then all stations to Sutherland, then Central and return
  • 3T4: Oatley, then all stations to Hurstville, then express to Central and return
  • 3AT4: Hurstville to Central and return
  • 4T4: Sutherland, then Jannali, Como, Central and return
  • 5T4: Kogarah, then Rockdale, Central and return
  • 6T4: Cronulla, then all stations to Sutherland, then Hurstville, then all stations to Rockdale, then Sydenham, Central and return
  • 7T4: Hurstville, then all stations to Sydenham (except Tempe), then Central and return
  • 8T4: Sutherland, then Oatley and return
  • 9T4: Sydenham, then Tempe and return


For more transport information relative to the Sharks v Warriors match, click HERE

For more information on the train changes and to plan your trip, click HERE

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Tags: Cronulla Sharks, New Zealand Warriors

Posted: 25 June, 2016

Cronulla Legend Greg Pierce Has Died

Former Sharks and Australian captain Greg Pierce has died after a battle with cancer, aged 66.

He was the first Cronulla player to captain Australia, and he played 210 games for the club.

Quite the utility, Pierce played fullback, lock, centre and second-row, and featured in the 1973 grand final against Manly.

He also coached Cronulla between 1981-82, and has been inducted as a Sharks immortal.

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Tags: Cronulla Sharks, Greg Pierce

Posted: 25 June, 2016

Dugan To Return From Injury Today

Josh Dugan Photo: Getty Images

Josh Dugan will be back for the Dragons this afternoon, according to Triple M and Fox Sports' James Hooper. Listen to the full list of changes below.

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Dugan has been sidelined for the last few weeks with an elbow injury that kept him out of this year's Origin campaign.

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Tags: St George Illawarra Dragons, Josh Dugan

Posted: 25 June, 2016

Sharks Snubbed By Free-To-Air Broadcasts In Lead Up To Finals

Competition frontrunners Cronulla Photo: Getty Images

They're the frontrunners of the competition, but the freshly released NRL draw for the final six weeks of the regular season have placed the Sharks in league purgatory.

Cronulla don't have a single free-to-air game, and have two five-day turnarounds in their run into the finals.

As it stands, the Sharks are the only Sydney club in the top four, and won't feature in much Sunday arvo footy in the lead up to the finals.

Check out your team's run home here: http://www.nrl.com/draw/telstrapremiership/draw/tabid/11180/default.aspx

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Tags: Cronulla Sharks

Posted: 25 June, 2016

Klemmer Punches Hole In Wall After Being Told He Has To Take A Drug Test

David Klemmer Photo: Getty Images

After a NSWRL investigation, it has been reported that David Klemmer will not be stood down from Origin III after punching a hole in a wall at Suncorp following the Blues' disappointing 26 - 16 loss.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Klemmer took it out on the sheds after refusing to undergo post-match drug testing conducted by ASADA. 

Coach Laurie Daley had to talk him around and eventually Klemmer agreed to the testing.

Klemmer is reported to have fessed up and apologised to all parties, including the stadium officials and ASADA reps.

The scene of the crime - Klemmer left his mark on Suncorp Stadium

"We’ve spoken to the player in question and he is very sorry and embarrassed," a NSWRL spokesperson said.

"The player regrets the incident and he wishes to offer his apologies to everyone concerned including Suncorp Stadium and ASADA.

"We are disappointed the incident occurred and if necessary he will pay for the damages."

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Tags: State of Origin, David Klemmer

Posted: 24 June, 2016

How The Second Half Unfolded In Panthers v Souths

Sam Burgess in Panthers v Souths Photo: Getty Images

After a close first half, 10 - 8 to the home side, momentum see-sawed through the second 40.

Here are three of the big moments from the second half.

1. Nathan Cleary's barnstorming try

Off the back of a very sloppy set from Souths and a bungled up last play, the Panthers launched themselves at the makeshift Rabbitohs defence and Cleary made them pay in the most brutal way, 22 - 14.  This flurry of Penrith attack was easily the turning point in the game after Souths shot out of the halftime break.

"There are kids that are going to be very special players and he's one of them" - Brett Kimmorley on Nathan Cleary.

2. Grevsmuhl's message to his former coach

Grevsmuhl's try took the Panthers to a 28 - 14 lead and sent a very emphatic message to his former team and coach after a messy departure from the Rabbitohs earlier this season.

3. Sam Burgess barges over - TWICE

If anyone could lift the Rabbitohs, it's 2014 grand final hero Slammin' Sam. A reshuffle saw Sutton take over some of the kicking duties and a pinpoint kick saw Burgess grab his first. 

The next one came a few minutes later courtesy of some Cody Walker flair, making it 28 - 26 with under a minute on the clock.

It went down to the final play of the game, and a brilliant Walker kick after the fulltime siren made it look like Aaron Gray would be over for all money. However, Gray let the ball bounce and it beat him into touch. The fulltime score remained 28 - 26.

 

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Tags: Penrith Panthers, South Sydney Rabbitohs

Posted: 24 June, 2016

Sharks Closer To Finalising Contracts Of Big Name Players

The Cronulla Sharks Photo: Getty Images

They're setting the standard for the competition this season, and the Sharks look to be securing their successful side beyond this season with several contracts falling into place.

According to Triple M and the Australian's Brent Read, Michael Ennis is all sorted to stay at Cronulla for a while by exercising a one-year contract extension option, and the Sharks have officially tabled an offer for veteran Luke LewisListen to the full report below.

"The Mick Ennis deal is done, it hasn't been made official yet," Ready said.

The Sharks are optimistic that Lewis will stay.

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Tags: Cronulla Sharks, Michael Ennis, Luke Lewis

Posted: 24 June, 2016

Panthers Wrap Up Mansour Until End Of 2018

The Panthers have announced the re-signing of Josh Mansour, locking up the young gun until the end of 2018. See the Panthers' official statement below.

Panthers' Statement

Penrith Panthers are delighted to announce Josh Mansour has signed a new deal to remain with the club until the end of the 2018 season.

The 26-year-old winger has played 77 games and scored 39 tries since making his NRL debut for the Panthers in 2012.

Mansour has represented Lebanon and Australia on the international stage, and made his State of Origin debut for NSW in the current series.

"It is wonderful to have Josh on board for another two seasons and to be honest I hope he’s here for the rest of his playing career," Panthers Executive General Manager Phil Gould AM said.

"Josh has been fantastic for our club and is one of the most popular individuals with our players and members."

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Tags: Penrith Panthers, Josh Mansour