Posted: 25 April, 2015

Dragons Beat Roosters Despite Referee Shocker

Dragons denied try as referee doesn't utilise TMO

Roosters vs Dragons game are infamous in the NRL and we were treated to another classic full of drama and controversies. 

The Dragons ended a run of five consecutive defeats to the Roosters in their Anzac Day clash at Allianz. St George raced out to a 10-0 lead in the first half before the weather intervened and play was suspended for 40 minutes.

 

The Roosters came back firing and scored through Shaun Kenny-Dowall who joined the illustrious list of players to score 100 tries for the tricolours.

The second half was a tight affair in damp conditions with the talking point coming from the officials once again as Dylan Farrell managed to dor the ball down just before the dead ball line but the referee didn't use the TMO and the Roosters escaped.

 

Gareth Widdop secured the 14-12 victory for the Dragons with a couple of penalties for the league leaders as they held off a late onslaught from the Roosters.

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Posted: 25 April, 2015

Wild Weather Halts Roosters vs Dragons Game

For the first time in history an NRL game has halted after kick-off

There is a lot of history in the Anzac Day clash between the Roosters and Dragons but new records are set on the centenary.

After 27 minutes of action the game between the Roosters and Dragons was suspended due to wild weather conditions at Allianz Stadium.

Lighting hit the area in the early stages and then the hail and rain followed shortly after which put the players in danger led to the referee postponing the action. 

After a thirty minute break the players were told to warm up and resume action as the inclement weather passed. The Twittersphere went crazy during the break with many celebrities giving their pennies worth with some more amusing than others.

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Posted: 25 April, 2015

Cowboys Win But Lose Stars

Cowboys make it five in a row despite losing Taumalolo and De Granville early

North Queensland Cowboys make it five in a row at Hunter Stadium despite early injury setbacks.

After a poor start to the season the Cowboys have started to find their straps as they inflicted a fourth straight defeat on the Knights in a 26-24 victory.

JT Thurston proved instrumental yet again against the Knights  Photo: Getty Images

The game started horrifically for the visitors who lost NRL All Star Jason Taumalolo early to a grade three medial ligament tear and Jake Granville didn't return after showing signs of concussion.

Taumalolo is set to miss 6-8 weeks with his injury but that didn't stop their other stars performing as Johnathan Thurston inspired his side to a rare win in Newcastle with Justin O'Neill crossing for a brace and Lachlan Coote finishing off an impressive solo effort.

         Lachlan Coote with one of his many impressive carries  Photo: Getty Images

The Knights came abck strongly with two late tries throught the impressive Joseph Leilua and Sione Mata'utai but it wasn't quite enough as the Cowboys climbed into the top 4.

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Posted: 25 April, 2015

Benji Set To Miss Out On Kiwi Selection

Brent Read Tells Triple M 'Benji isn't in contention this week'

Brent Read from the Australian tells Triple M that there are some personality clashes in the Kiwi camp ahead of the test against Australia next week.

Despite injury doubts to Kieran Foran and Shaun Johnson, Stephen Kearney reportedly stated 'he would still not go with Benji' if those two couldn't recover from their knocks. This is confrimed by James Hooper who was a guest on Saturday Triple M NRL.

Benji Marshall in action for the Kiwis against Australia  Photo: Getty Images

Kearney took captaincy off Marshall a few years ago and when the coach tried to speak to the Dragons star but 'couldn't get hold of him.' Jared Waerera-Hargreaves is in a similar boat as Kearney looks set to leave out the Rooster.

 

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Posted: 24 April, 2015

Naiqama Magic Helps Tigers Win

Kevin Naiqama was the star of the show with two moments of brilliance against the Bulldogs

Kevin Naiqama produced two moments of magic to help Wests Tigers get revenge on the Bulldogs in a free flowing game at ANZ.

Wests Tigers boss Jason Taylor complained pre-game that the scheduling was hard on his side as they had to face the Bulldogs twice in just four weeks but after a big win at ANZ he won't be complaining again.

The first game on Anzac weekend was set alight early on as Kevin Naiqama produced a wonder assist for Tedesco to open the scoring, with many calling it better than the G.I to Gasnier effort of yesteryear.

Naiqama Assist

Then Naiqama decided he wanted to get involved in the try scoring action as he dotted down from a well weighted grubber. The ball appeared to be winning the race to touch but the former Panthers winger turned on the after burners and scored a beauty.

Naiqama Try

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Posted: 24 April, 2015

Reports Are Johnston & Dugan On Wings For Australia

Reports are that Alex Johnston is set for a Australian debut against New Zealand next week

With a plethora of injuries to the Australian backline Ready told us that Josh Dugan, Alex Johnston and James Tamou are all set to play next week.

Brent Read from the Australian told Triple M that Josh Dugan is 'almost certain' to start on one wing with Alex Johnston the favourite for the other.

Try scoring freak Alex Johnston is set for an Australia debut  Photo: Getty Images

Darius Boyd, Brett Morris and Josh Mansour are all out of the game allowing Johnston to deputise for the Kangaroos and Wendell Sailor stated he believes the Souths winger 'deserves' the spot.

The final inclusion in the side is James Tamou, who is set for a spot on the bench thanks to the injury sustained by Paul Gallen.

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Posted: 24 April, 2015

Panthers Lead Chase For Jackson Hastings

Brent Read shared his mail from the Roosters camp with Jackson Hastings likely to leave

Brent Read told Triple M James Maloney is about to sign a new Roosters contract, meaning Jackson Hastings will be moving on.

Hastings joined the Roosters with more pressure than the normal signing as his father was the legendary Kevin Hastings and Jackson hasn't had the start to the career he was hoping for.

Jackson Hastings celebrating with Anthony Minichello Photo: Getty Images

The talented back has had limited gametime in for the Roosters and now James Maloney looks set to sign a new contract it is believed that Hastings could be on the move with Brent Read from the Australian telling Triple M that 'Penrith are in the mix for him.'

Despite looking set to move on there is a belief that the 19 year old will be starting against the Dragons in their Anzac Day clash.

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Tags: Jackson Hastings, Penrith Panthers, transfers

Posted: 24 April, 2015

Two Players Injured In Bombed Try

"There were casualties all over this field," said the commentator.

This happened this morning during a game between Wakefield and Wigan in the UK Super League.

As you can see in the video below, two players were injured in a bombed try.

In some brilliant play, Anthony Gelling was streaking away to the try line before he pulled his hamstring, the ball came loose, and his teammate chased the ball but hurt himself in stretching for the ball! Watch the video below.

"There are casualties all over the field," said the commentator.

Bizzare Rugby League Sequence

Two players injured in bombed try during Super League match Video: YouTube

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Tags: Wigan, Wakefield, UK Super League

Posted: 24 April, 2015

Joey's Footy Preview - Round 8

Joey and Matty share their tips for the eighth weekend of footy for 2015.

It's a massive weekend of footy in Round 8 with five games on Anzac Day on Saturday.

The traditional Anzac Day clash between the Roosters and the Dragons will be a big one as usual, with the "best attack in the league going up against the best defence in the league".

Joey's picking the Roosters as his 'special of the week' but by a small margin.

Matty also picked the Wests Tigers playing on Friday against the Bulldogs as his special.

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Posted: 24 April, 2015

Gal Facing Indefinite Stint On Sideline

Paul Gallen's hip injury is worse than first expected and is facing an indefinite stint on the sideline

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Paul Gallen of Cronulla Sharks Photo: Getty Images

Paul Gallen's hip injury is worse than first expected and is facing an indefinite stint on the sideline.

The Sharks skipper, ruled out of this weekend's clash against Penrith, will also miss the Anzac Test against New Zealand next Friday.

Channel Nine league reporter Dany Weidler tweeted that Gallen had rung Aussie coach Tim Sheens to tell him he would be unavailable for the test.

Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens admits the selectors are a long way from knowing what side Australia will field against New Zealand in Friday week's rugby league Test in Brisbane.

With injury clouds hanging over Josh Morris, Justin Hodges, Nate Myles and Billy Slater, Sheens said on Thursday he expected the team make up would be unclear until shortly before it's named at the conclusion of the NRL round on Sunday evening.

After losing last year's Four Nations final to the Kiwis, Sheens knows the pressure in on to prevent a third successive loss to Stephen Kearney's men, who also beat the Kangaroos in the group stages of the competition.

"Last week Josh Morris and Nate Myles didn't play, Paul Gallen didn't play. It's something we need to keep an eye on," Sheens told AAP.

"We've pencilled a group of players in but the make-up of that list is more than a team. We cannot make any decisions until this (NRL) round unfolds.

"But it will be a very strong, competitive Australia side that takes the field."

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Josh Morris of Canterbury Bulldogs Photo: Getty Images

Josh Morris has been ruled out of Canterbury's encounter with the Wests Tigers on Friday due to an ankle injury while fellow centre Hodges is yet to be cleared of the hamstring problem that's affected him all season.

Slater was initially sidelined for a month with a shoulder issue but is in line to make an earlier than expected return for Melbourne's Anzac Day encounter with Manly.

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Dylan Walker of South Sydney Rabbitohs Photo: Getty Images

Should the star fullback get through the game it would allow Sheens to play Greg Inglis in the centres with Michael Jennings or Dylan Walker favourites to partner him should Hodges and Morris be ruled out.

"A fit Billy Slater will always be considered," Sheens said.

"There is no doubt if he plays this weekend he'll be back on the radar. That is no secret.

"I'll have to speak to Josh (Morris) and find out how he is travelling. We have got more than a week before the game is played so we have a little bit of time.

"If he and Hodgo aren't available we have some good depth. (Michael) Jennings and (Dylan) Walker played in the Four Nations and did well.

"Jennings has been playing well and played four games in the Four Nations and was part of the World Cup squad and been in the system for quite a while now."

Sheens also hinted Andrew Fifita could be in line for a return to the Test side, having missed the whole of the 2014 representative season due to injury and loss of form.

"To be missing two games due to suspension is not the best thing, but Fifita's form had been excellent," he said.

"He was back to the 200 metres a game but he is in full training. But that will be a phone call to (Sharks coach) Shane Flanagan before we make any decision."

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Tags: Paul Gallen, Cronulla Sharks

Posted: 24 April, 2015

Taufua Placed On Booze Ban

Manly winger Jorge Taufua has been spared the sack by the NRL club following street brawl

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Jorge Taufua of Manly Sea Eagles Photo: Getty Images

Manly winger Jorge Taufua has been spared the sack by the NRL club following his street brawl with Canterbury centre Jacob Loko.

Taufua, who narrowly escaped going to prison in 2013 after spitting at a policeman on the Gold Coast, has been fined $10,000 - $5000 of which has been suspended - and placed on an alcohol ban until January 31 following the Loko incident in March.

The former Parramatta junior has also agreed to random testing from the club or the NRL and must complete an alcohol management course.

Taufua says he fully accepts the sanctions and is eager to repay the faith shown in him by the Sea Eagles.

Club CEO Joe Kelly said the sanctions were a reminder that players had duty to the club at all times.

"The altercation Jorge was involved in was extremely disappointing," Kelly said.

"While I know he is remorseful for his actions, these sanctions are a necessary reminder to him of what the club expects from players, but also what the community expects from individuals.

"As always, the Sea Eagles' welfare team will continue to work closely with Jorge to monitor his personal development.

"The measures put in place today have been determined in consultation with the NRL integrity unit."

Bar Brawl Involving NRL Players

NRL investigate brawl involving NRL players Jacob Loko and Jorge Taufua Video: Channel Seven YouTube

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Posted: 23 April, 2015

Bulldogs Debutant Remanded By Police

More drama for the Bulldogs as up and comer Ese'ese is remanded in custody.

Just days after 20 year old prop debuted for the Bulldogs, Herman Ese'ese has been remanded by police for not showing up to a court hearing on drink driving charges.

The big youngster was due to show up to Burwood Local Court earlier this month after he was caught drink driving ealier in the year.

He handed himself into Campsie police station and has been refused bail until he appears in court later today.

The hard hitting Ese'ese made his debut for the Bulldogs last weekend against the Sea Eagles, which he called a "dream come true".

He was named on the bench for this weekend's clash against Wests Tigers.

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Tags: Bulldogs, Herman Ese'ese, Debutant