Posted: 6 March, 2015

Anthony Watmough Beaten Up By His Former Club

Matt Ballin and James Hasson main culprits for Watmough onslaught

Parramatta and Manly clashes always have an extra bit of spice to them and tonight was no different in what was a brutal encounter.

Anthony Watmough controversially left the Sea Eagles after last season and from that moment on he knew he would have a target on his head, and wasn't he right. 'Choc', as he is known, carried the ball for the first hit up of the game and in return his face got some 'treatment' from former team mate Matt Ballin.

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That was not the end of battering for the former Sea Eagle as he had to come off in the second half with suspected damage to his ribs after a high knee from James Hasson, which got him placed on report.


In his post match interview Watmough said that Hasson is a 'good mate' and stated it was just a good hard game and 'didn't go overboard.' It seems unlikely that Ballin will escape punishment for his hand work in the opening minutes.

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Posted: 6 March, 2015

MATCH REPORT: Parramatta Smash Manly In A Brutal Encounter

Manly all at sea against the Eels


It goes from bad to worse for Manly, they were well and truly smashed by their arch rivals, the Eels and then just minutes after the game their star player Daly Cherry-Evans announced he was leaving the club.

Semi Radradra scored in the just the eighth minute and he added two more later in the game as his side ran out 42-12 winners at the Pirtek Stadium.

Semi Radradra scoring one of his three well taken tries  Photo: Getty Images

The game was a feisty affair with absolutely no love lost between the two sides and in truth the Eels could have scored more.


5 Key Moments from the game

8th min: The game started in dramatic fashion, as it appears Sea Eagles hooker Matt Ballin gouged Anthony Watmough and it went from bad to worse from there. Darcy Lussick put a huge hit on Brenton Lawrence to dislodge the ball and then Radradra was released to start on the onslaught. 

37th min: The Sea Eagles got themselves back into the game scoring a couple of quick tries against a weak left side defence of the Eels. However the man they call 'Semi-Trailer' put an end to that with a try before half time and that was the momentum shift.

41st min: Just one minute after play resumed in the second half James Hasson raised a knee in Watmough which placed him on report and gave the Eels an easy two points and extend their lead. Hasson was placed on report and Watmough left the field for 20 minutes.

43rd min: Parra were just six points ahead after the penalty and the game was theoretically anyone's for the taking....not for long. Straight from the kick off the Eels found yet more holes in the Manly defence some tidy hands send Reece Robinson down the wing who kicked in field for Sandow to touch down and start what was a second half rout.

64th min: The game was well and truly settled at this point and just when you thought things couldn't get worse for Manly, Kieran Foran limped off with a hamstring injury, gave away possession and Sandow scored again. 

Post Match Analysis

Star Player: Chris Sandow - The little maestro was superb, he controlled the game beautifully knowing exactly when to kick and when to run. Even bagged a brace for himself. 

Chris Sandow was sensational all night and looks fitter than ever  Photo: Getty Images

Best Play of the Game: The game really opened up in the second half and in the 55th minute we were treated to a bit of magic as Chris Sandow successfully gathered a cheeky chip and chase and then some slick hands sent Brad Takairangi in for a special score.

Talking Point: Undoubtedly has to be Matt Ballin and his wandering hands, I am sure we will hear more about this in the next few days.

Best Quote: When scoring Manly's second try Cheyse Blair cheekily tiptoed along the dead ball line in order to give Jamie Lyon an easier kick and the TMO had to check he didn't go dead. It didn't exactly please team mate Willie Mason who had this to say:


The moment that got Willie Mason a tad aggressive Photo: Twitter

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Posted: 6 March, 2015

Souths Star Going Nowhere Amidst Rumours

Our man Brent Read, from The Australian, hears GI is staying put, according to Souths CEO.

Arguably the best rugby league player has been attracting a lot of attention recently but his clubs CEO insists he is'going nowhere.'

Brent Read was a guest on Triple M's Rush Hour ahead of the Eels vs Manly game and he revealed some big news for Rabbitohs fans.

The NRL insider spoke to John Lee, the CEO of the Rabbitohs and he insisted that the Australian full back is 'going nowhere.' There has been a lot of speculation surrounding the future of Inglis with reported interest from Rugby Union teams, including European Champions Toulon.


Greg Inglis looks set to be wearing the red and green of Souths for a while yet  Photo: Getty Images

Greg Inglis was the star of the show last night in his sides big win over the Broncos and it only led to more speculation over his future but Lee ended that by stating Inglis is 'committed and loves his footy club [Souths].'

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Posted: 6 March, 2015

Gold Coast Players In Drug Scandal Looking At 18 Months Or More With No Rugby

Brent Read, from the Australian, believes it would be a suprise if Titans stars stay at the club

Top journalist and NRL expert Brent Read believes the Titans players are a bit 'more expendable' than Karmichael Hunt.

Karmichael Hunt misses six weeks of rugby after pleading guilty to his drug charges and the Triple M Rush Hour team believe the Titan's players may be regretting their decision to plead not guilty.

Greg Bird and Dave Taylor are a couple of the Titan stars who are tied up in the saga and when Dan Ginnane asked Ready if the Titan's management would unhappy if they had to let those two stars go he replied with a swift 'no.'


Dave Taylor could be playing his last season in the Gold Coast  Photo: Getty Images

The pair of forwards are on 'big money' at the Titans and Brent Read said he would be 'surprised' if the Titans kept hold on them.

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Posted: 6 March, 2015

Daly Cherry-Evans Leaving Manly For The Gold Coast

Daly Cherry-Evans is off to the Gold Coast next season

Manly star Daly Cherry-Evans has been in the news every day for the past few weeks and we finally find out where is going next season.

There has been a lot of speculation as to where Daly Cherry-Evans will play next season but those questions have now been answered, just minutes after his side were smashed by the Parramatta Eels.


The Sea Eagles took to Twitter to confirm Cherry-Evans will be leaving the club. Reports are the Queenslander told his team mates on the day of their opening match.


Manly Sea Eagles on Twitter:



The Titans are reportedly offering around $1.3 million a year to secure his services, which would make the Queenslander one of the best paid players in the league. Speaking after the game coach Geoff Toovey stated "We were hopeful of keeping them both, but we'll do everything to retain the other one (Foran)."


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Posted: 6 March, 2015

NRL Judiciary Round One

A Bronco faces a three or four-match ban from last night's game

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New Broncos recruit James Gavet on report for this tackle. Watch the video below Photo: Broncos official website

Broncos front rower James Gavet is in danger of missing at least three matches after being charged with a grade two shoulder charge today.

While Rabbitohs lock Ben Lowe was also charged with a ‘crusher’ tackle on Sam Thaiday, but will get off with just 75 points with an early guilty plea. Watch the video below.

The Gavet incident happened in the final minute of last night’s match and allowed the Rabbitohs to kick a penalty goal to ice a 36-6 win in Brisbane.

Gavet’s shot on Isaac Luke could cost him as much as four weeks on the sideline for the charge that has a base penalty of 350 points plus 20 per cent added for a previous indiscretion.

With an early guilty plea it can be reduced to 315 points, and with 33 carry over points from an offence last year he will still miss three games.

The Broncos have not yet made a call on whether they will contest the charge.

Match Highlights

Broncos James Gavet and Souths Ben Lowe both to face the judiciary over tackles. Watch the video above Video: Broncos official website

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Bronco Thaiday Under Fire From Bennett

A Brisbane back-rower was always going to be a talking point after the Broncos' NRL season opener against Souths at Suncorp Stadium.

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Posted: 6 March, 2015

Bronco Thaiday Under Fire From Bennett

A Brisbane back-rower was always going to be a talking point after the Broncos' NRL season opener against Souths at Suncorp Stadium

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Broncos coach Wayne Bennett speaks to media after losing the round one match to Souths Photo: Getty Images

A Brisbane back-rower was always going to be a talking point after the Broncos' NRL season opener against South Sydney at Suncorp Stadium.

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Unfortunately, it was not milestone man Corey Parker when the dust settled on Thursday night's 36-6 loss.

Off contract Sam Thaiday looks to be at least relegated to the bench next round after Broncos coach Wayne Bennett took aim at the ill-disciplined Test forward following the Rabbitohs' rout.

Parker took centre stage - literally - after being allowed to lead out the Broncos ahead of newly anointed captain Justin Hodges in his 300th NRL game.

He became only the second Broncos player to achieve the feat behind Darren Lockyer (355 games).

The NRL even approved the 30m marking on the field to be painted with the number 300.

However, Thaiday was the back-rower on everyone's lips post-match after giving away costly penalties.

"It's not acceptable from Sam, to be honest," Bennett said.

"Okay, he's an Australian (Test) player and 200-game player here and just knows that kind of stuff doesn't work.

"We have to have a team that's disciplined and can match it with the top teams and your top and most senior players have to be responsible."

Thaiday racked up a team-high 123 metres from 13 hit-ups along with 34 tackles.

Matt Gillett To Replace Thaiday

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Matt Gillett of the Broncos dives to score a try against South Sydney Photo: Getty Images

But Bennett gave his strongest hint yet that Matt Gillett would replace Thaiday in the starting backrow for their second-round clash at Cronulla.

Back from off-season shoulder surgery, Gillett was impressive off the bench with one try, 100m, 21 tackles and a line break.

Asked what his plans were for Gillett, Bennett said: "Probably starting next week. "I am not that silly to leave the good ones out."

In another poke at Thaiday, Bennett said he could forgive makeshift fullback Jordan Kahu's errors under the high ball before the senior back-rower's indiscretions.

"You can live with that," Bennett said of Kahu who is filling in for Darius Boyd (achilles). "But the ones that can be avoided are the ones that you have to get out of the team.

"Sam had a couple there that were just unacceptable."

But asked if Thaiday would lose his starting spot, Bennett said: "You will have to wait and see".

Bennett Has Not Given Up On Broncos

Still, Bennett has not given up on his Broncos just one game into his celebrated return after a seven-year hiatus.

"(Assistant) Kevin Walters said after the game 'that was the Broncos 20 years ago - they just swapped jerseys'," he said of Souths.

"We all know how it works here. We have to get back to making it work.

"That's the journey we are all on.

"In a cynical way, I am glad we did play them because at least I know how far we have to go."

Match Highlights

A second half try-scoring blitz by the Bunnies has blown the Broncos away 36-6 in the opening game of the 2015 NRL season at Suncorp Video: YouTube

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Rabbitohs Start Title Defence With Emphatic Win In Brisbane

The defending champions sent the rest of the competition a clear message after a big win in Brisbane

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Posted: 6 March, 2015

Manly vs Parra: 5 Key Stats

Parramatta coach claims Manly are too smart to target former teammate Anthony Watmough

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Anthony Watmough of the Eels reacts during the Trial Match against the Panthers Photo: Getty Images

Parramatta coach Brad Arthur claims Manly are too smart to target former teammate Anthony Watmough in Friday's round one opener at Pirtek Stadium. Five key facts at the bottom of the page.

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Watmough, who is a life member of the Sea Eagles, left in acrimonious circumstances at the end of last year and has since claimed there was a toxic environment around the club during his final season.

It has set the scene for a potentially bruising encounter between the two old rivals in front of what's expected to be a sell-out crowd.

But Arthur, who worked as Geoff Toovey's assistant during the 2013 season, believes the presence of Watmough won't have been discussed at length by the Manly coaching staff.

"They are a tough team and know how to win a game of footy and are too smart to get caught up in any distractions," Arthur said.

"A lot of the stuff 'Choc' (Watmough) has said is all water under the bridge. A lot of what he says in tongue in cheek.

"I know Choc is very appreciative of his time at Manly. We've had a chat and he needs to channel his focus to this football team now.

"Maybe players may go a bit harder in their tackles early in the game, but nothing more than that.

"Once this game is over there will be no more talk about Manly."

Watmough is one of three ex-Manly players in the Parramatta side with Will Hopoate and Darcy Lussick also facing their old employers.

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Justin Horo of Manly Sea Eagles takes on the line Photo: Getty Images

Former Eels Jamie Lyon, Cheyse Blair and Justin Horo are named in the Manly side along with Feleti Mateo who makes his debut following his move from the Warriors.

Despite so many inter-club connections, Arthur believes none of the players will be any more determined to claim the two points.

"I just think they'll want to open the season with a win," he said.

"I don't think it matters if it's Manly or the Warriors they are playing against they just want to win."

Five Key stats

* Six of the past seven matches between these two sides at Parramatta have been decided by 10 points or less.

* Manly conceded an average of just 17.6 points per game last season, only the Rabbitohs (15.3) and Roosters (17.3) averaged less.

* In 2014 the Eels scored 19 of their 90 tries from over half way, the most in the NRL.

* Manly's Brett Stewart has scored 12 tries in his past 12 matches against the Eels. He's just one try away from entering the top 10 try scorers of all-time.

* Parramatta won seven of their nine games at Pirtek Stadium last season - their best record since 2005.

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Posted: 5 March, 2015

Toovey Denies Cherry - Evans Offer Has Been Withdrawn

The Triple M Rush Hour team discuss the future of Daly Cherry-Evans.

Daly Cherry - Evans may still be a Sea Eagle come next season as Toovey states 'talks put on hold' but not off the table.

Geoff Toovey was with Gorden Tallis on the Sterlo Show last night when it was announced Manly have withdrawn their contract offer and he has come out today to deny the truth in the story.


In a story that has more twists than a ride at Luna Park, Tallis jokingly said 'maybe they [Manly] start the rumours.' Keeping a hold of both Kieran Foran and DCE looks unlikely and Wendell Sailor believes Manly 'can't afford to keep both.'

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Posted: 5 March, 2015

Former League Star Pleads Guilty To Cocaine Possession

Triple M pundits give opinions on the Karmichael Hunt saga

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Code-hopper Karmichael Hunt of the Queensland Reds Photo: Getty Images

Rugby officials have been accused of going soft on Karmichael Hunt for allowing him to continue his rugby union career after being found guilty of cocaine possession at court on Thursday.

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He was suspended for six matches and fined $30,000 by the ARU however there was no court conviction and only a $2,500 fine by the court.

Triple M's Marto believes Karmichael Hunt was very clever in the way he handled the whole situation.

“The Reds have inherited this problem because Karmichael wasn’t contracted to them. They did their duty of care in terms of checking out his knee injuries, any shoulder injuries. They didn’t’ realise they were going to have to check out this kind of problem," said Marto, on Triple M Brisbane's Grill Team.

“I reckon he was really clever, his lawyer was really clever, not like the 'muppet' representing the other guys.

"The lawyer for Karmichael Hunt was very sensible. They worked with the QRU and ARU, they worked with the prosecution and said 'look, we’re keen to come clean'.

"He’s decided to fess up and I love someone... if you’ve stuffed up don’t try to lie, you’ll never get away with it, admit it and get on with it and that’s what he’s decided to do." Listen to the full audio below.

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Karmichael Hunt answers questions outside court Photo: Ten News Queensland

On Thursday, Karmichael Hunt pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine, which is a Class A drug, and escaped with no criminal conviction and a fine of just $2,500.

Wendell Sailor and Gorden Tallis were the guests on Triple M Rush Hour and they debated about the punishment for Karmichael Hunt after the former league star pleaded guilty to cocaine possession.

Tallis believes if Hunt was a normal person he "wouldn't be on the front page for seven days" and that sports people are judged harder than a normal citizen.

Wendell Sailor is a code hopper who went through a similar problems during his career and he thinks Hunt "should be thankful to his lawyer and of course the judge."

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Posted: 5 March, 2015

Rabbitohs Start Title Defence With Emphatic Win In Brisbane

The defending champions sent the rest of the competition a clear message after a big win in Brisbane


Dylan Walker celebrating his try, the first of five tries for Souths Photo: Getty Images

After a quiet first half the Rabbitohs showed their class in the second half to smash the Broncos and send a message to the rest of the competition. 

Isaac Luke was named man of the match by the Triple M team but in truth it could have gone to any of the Souths back line who ran rings around the Broncos in the second half.  Read the 10 Key Moments from the match below.  

10 Big Moments From The Opening Game

*27 mins: Typical set up the middle from Souths. Dylan Walker scores in the corner. Adam Reynolds dummies kick and Walker beats Jack Reed to cross for the first try of the season.

*40mins: Keary with a superb break down the short side and offloads in field to Alex Johnston who in turn puts in a kick for GI who knocks it on just short of the Broncos line. Would have been a special try, amazing defence from Hunt to catch Keary.

In what was a boring first half the highlight was the Broncos mascot nearly stacking it by the in goal area.


2nd half

*42 mins: Kahu looked suspect under the high ball in the first half and is tested again by a Reynolds bomb. Fails the test and knocks it on just 10 metres from his own line. Souths test the Broncos defence with a few big carries and then Sutton crashes over after a short ball from Luke.

*47 mins: The Bunnies cross the line again and are looking very impressive. Last years Champions work the short side again and quick hands from Sutton and Keary send Johnston down the wing who offloads to Inglis and he crosses over to extend their lead.

*52 mins: Penalty for Broncos as Lowe put on report for hit on Thaiday who goes off. Hand on ball in ruck gets them another penalty and quick tap sets up an overlap on the rleft hand side of the Souths defence and Gillett crashes over after TMO confirmation.

*57 mins:  Issac Luke has been lively all night and finds a lot of space in behind,the hooker looks for Inglis on his inside who draws the last man and puts Keary in to score and extend the lead. 'could put anything on this second half.

*63 mins: Alex Johnston takes the high one and races to the 20m line for quick tap, confusion with the ref blowing his whistle but the speedster makes it to the half way and is set to send Keary off to score again but the five-eighth knocks it on and gives the Broncos a needed breather.

*68 mins: Souths get yet another penalty and a slick backs move sends Joel Reddy into the corner and Reynolds nails yet another for seven out of seven. Dan Ginnane comments that Souths are producing 'mid season play' already!

*75 mins: Reynolds and McCulloch have a bit of a wrestle but nothing to write home about. Back to back penalties leave the Broncos just 10 short of the Souths line but they cant take advantage as Corey Parker throws a hilariously poor pass from dummy half which is intercepted and that sums up their night.

*80 mins: Gavet poor night gets worse as he is put on report. Reynolds lines up a 51 metre penalty on the buzzer and nails it, of course. 

GAME OVER: Broncos 6 - 36 Rabbitohs. Issac Luke named man of the match.

The Teams:

Broncos: 1 Kahu 2 Copley 3 Reed 4 Hodges (c) 5 Maranta 6 Milford 7 Hunt 8 McGuire 9 McCullough 10 Blair 11 Glenn 12 Thaiday 13 Parker Interchange: 14 Dodds 15 Gavet 16 Gillett 17 Whitchurch

Rabbitohs: 1. Inglis 2 Johnston 3 Walker 4 Goodwin 5 Reddy 6 Keary 7 Reynolds 8 Burgess 9 Luke 10 Tyrrell 11 Stewart 12 Sutton 13 Lowe Interchange: 14 Grevsmuhl 15 Clark 16 McQueen 17 Burgess

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Earlier on Triple M

It has been a long five months with no NRL on the television, but it is back with a bang as the Rabbitohs take on the Broncos in Brisbane.

Triple M are at Suncorp Stadium with live coverage from 6pm.

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Everyone and their dog has had their say on who will win tonight, how Souths will fare without Slammin' Sam and if Wayne Bennett will be a success on his return to Brisbane. It's now time to hear from the experts and get their thoughts just before kick-off.

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Former Broncos hardman Gorden Tallis has his say on the game. "You have to improve to go back to back, everybody's going to improve but losing Sam Burgess and Ben Teo, mate their forward pack can't improve that much...of course they're going to get better but losing those two guys, reading it now they just don't look as bruising now the South Sydney forward pack."

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Posted: 5 March, 2015

Jamie Soward's Message For Dragons Fans

Jamie Soward has spoken about former teammate Trent Merrin joining him at the Panthers.

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Panthers playmaker Jamie Soward on Triple M Rush Hour Photo: Getty Images

Jamie Soward has spoken about former teammate Trent Merrin joining him at the Panthers.

"He's made a decision. He's going to play his year out at the Dragons," said Soward, on Triple M Rush Hour.

"Taking away the fact he's going to come and play at the club that I'm at, it's important for rugby league fans - let's just judge Trent Merrin off this year.

"He's going to put the effort in each week and you as a Dragons fan need to support that… and move on really." Listen to the full audio below.

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Trent Merrin of St George Illawarra takes on the line Photo: Getty Images

Departing Dragons player Trent Merrin has reportedly agreed to head to Penrith next year on a three-year deal.

In a deal reportedly worth $750,000 a year, it's believed the Origin forward knocked back offers from Wayne Bennett at the Broncos and a lucrative deal at the New Zealand Warriors.

Triple M's Mark Geyer said it was a fantastic signing for the mountain men.

"Obviously feel for the Dragons fans but as a proud Panther [I] couldn't be happier," he said, on Triple M NRL

"Merrin is just the type of forward the club needs to teach the young cubs coming through.

"Another big tick for the Gould and Cleary combination."

Panthers boss, Phil Gould, says Merrin is a welcome addition to the Panthers team.

“Trent has been part of a Premiership winning team and already achieved 10 State of Origin appearances for NSW," he said.

"At 25 years of age we believe Trent is about to enter the prime time of his playing career with his best football still in front of him. Apart from his obvious playing talents, Trent brings valuable experience and leadership qualities to Panthers. We are very excited about this signing.

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