Monday, July 28, 2014
Rugby League News


Match report: Sydney Roosters 56-4 Paramatta Eels

Minichiello on Italy duty at last year's World Cup. ©RLPhotos

In a nutshell The Sydney Roosters picked up their first win of 2014, as they thumped last years wooden spooners, the Paramatta Eels. How it unfolded First half: Anthony Minichiello opened the scoring, as he combined with Mitchell Pearce for the first try of the evening. Former Hull FC man Sam Moa then doubled the Roosters’ lead, as they charged ... Read More »

Match report: Melbourne Storm 18-17 Penrith Panthers


In a nutshell Melbourne claimed their second narrow victory in as many weeks, as Cooper Cronk’s field goal proved the difference to ensure the Storm picked up another win. How it unfolded First half: Melbourne piled the pressure on early, with several repeat sets finally paying off as Kevin Proctor crashed over, before Mahe Fonua scored the Storm’s second try ... Read More »

Match report: Brisbane Broncos 16-12 North Queensland Cowboys


In a nutshell A late Andrew McCullough try consigns North Queensland to defeat, as the Brisbane Broncos get a precious win to back up their victory in Round One. How it unfolded First half: Matt Gillett manages to dance away from some North Queensland defenders to dart his way over, crashing in under the sticks. Corey Parker converts, and the ... Read More »

Match report: South Sydney Rabbitohs 12-14 Manly Sea Eagles


In a nutshell A late penalty from Jamie Lyon secured a dramatic victory over South Sydney, earning them their first victory of the 2014 NRL season. How it unfolded First half: The Sea Eagles took the lead early on, as Cheyse Blair scrambled over in the corner to nudge Manly in front, with Jamie Lyon missing the kick. A Lyon ... Read More »

Cronulla & Flanagan accept NRL penalty

Cronulla Sharks and Shane Flanagan have accepted the penalties imposed on them by the NRL in relation to the administration of their club. The Sharks have been fined $1 million, of which $400,000 is suspended subject to the club satisfying governance changes and compliance with the NRL rules. Flanagan’s registration has been suspended for 12 months or until he satisfies ... Read More »

James Roberts sacked by Penrith Panthers

Penrith Panthers celebrating Grand Final success in 2006. ©ActionPhotographics

Penrith back James Roberts has had his career thrown into doubt, after he was sacked by the Panthers on Friday. Roberts – who was shown the door by South Sydney for repeated incidents off the field in 2012 – was given an opportunity by the Panthers to resurrect his career, but they have now shown him the door. The club ... Read More »

Sonny Bill ‘devastated’ by shoulder charge ban

Sonny Bill Williams. ©Action

Sydney Roosters star Sonny Bill Williams has been banned for three weeks for a shoulder charge on George Burgess and is said to be devastated at letting his team down. The New Zealand international was punished with a grade two offence in the Roosters’ opening-round loss to the Rabbitohs last week. He will miss the next three rounds of the ... Read More »

Cleary leaves Kiwi post, Morrison could replace him

Dewsbury boss Glenn Morrison. ©RLPhotos

Penrith Panthers boss Ivan Cleary has left his post as assistant with the New Zealand national side, potentially paving the way for Dewsbury Rams coach Glenn Morrison to get some international experience. Morrison applied for the head coaching role and got to the final four before Stephen Kearney was reappointed. Cleary, 43, told Australian told Radio Sport’s D’Arcy Waldegrave that ... Read More »

Kiwi coach Kearney hails Luke, Glenn and Taumalolo

Issac Luke (middle) taking on the Australian defence at RLWC2013. ©RLPhotos

New Zealand coach Stephen Kearney has praised three Kiwi stars after watching them impress during the first round of the 2014 NRL season. Hooker Isaac Luke, and second-rowers Alex Glenn and Jason Taumalolo stood out for the 41-year-old, who was reappointed as national coach last month and assists at Brisbane Broncos. He said: “I thought there were some great performances ... Read More »