Friday, August 1, 2014
Rugby League News


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 »

Ben Barba receives apology for racist attack


An 18-year-old Australian has personally apologised to Ben Barba for a racist post on the Brisbane Broncos star’s Instagram account. The man called Barba to apologise and express his remorse at his actions. “I appreciate that people can make mistakes and I accept the apology offered,” Barba said. “I was once a teenager and made mistakes. I believe as long ... Read More »

Andrew Fifita to join Canterbury Bulldogs

Andrew Fifita representing Australia at the RLWC2013. ©RLPhotos

Cronulla star Andrew Fifita has confirmed he will join Canterbury Bulldogs on a four-year deal at the end of 2014. The Australian test prop, 24, told his team-mates of the move after Monday’s loss to Gold Coast Titans and is said to have broken down in tears. He was made a multi-million dollar, four-year offer by the rich Bulldogs and ... Read More »

Match report: Cronulla Sharks 12-18 Gold Coast Titans


In a nutshell A 72nd minute try from full-back William Zillman was enough to give Gold Coast Titans a winning start to the 2014 NRL season. How it unfolded First half: Luke Douglas plays his 195th straight NRL game, now the record holder; not the start Gold Coast wanted – they knock on 10m short of Cronulla line; Titans’ Beau ... Read More »

Match report: Eels steal Tomkins’ thunder in NRL opener


In a Nutshell Parramatta did Sam Tomkins no favours on his NRL debut, with Eels stars Semi Radradra and Vai Toutai both scoring hat-tricks as they eased to a 36-16 victory at Pirtek Stadium How it unfolded The Eels scored an early try from Fiji World Cup winger Radradra, and then Radradra set up a second for Jarryd Hayne, with ... Read More »

Match report: Widdop leads Dragons to victory


In a Nutshell Gareth Widdop was the key man for St George Illawarra Dragons, as they defeated Wests Tigers 44-24 at ANZ Stadium in the opening round of the 2014 Premiership How it unfolded Widdop kicked eight goals and had a hand in four of the Dragons’ seven tries, as they overcame an 18-6 deficit after 20 minutes. The Tigers ... Read More »

Match report: Cowboys edge Raiders in Townsville thriller


In a Nutshell Canberra Raiders caused plenty of problems for the North Queensland Cowboys, leading at half-time but ultimately it was Golden Boot winner Johnathan Thurston who guided the Cowboys to a 28-22 victory. How it unfolded The Raiders opened the scoring on nine minutes with a try by winger Edrick Lee, created by fullback Anthony Milford, with Jarrod Croker ... Read More »

Match report: Storm secure golden-point win against Manly

Melbourne star Jesse Bromwich runs the ball in. ©ActionPhotographics

In a Nutshell Manly established an early 20-0 lead in the first half, but Melbourne fought back heroically to lead 22-20, before grabbing an amazing 23-22 win in golden-point time from a Cameron Smith field goal. How it unfolded The Sea Eagles opened the scoring when Cheyse Blair touched down Daly Cherry-Evans’ kick to the corner, and Blair added a second ... Read More »

Match report: Panthers overcome injury-hit Knights


In a Nutshell The Panthers were down 6-8 at half-time but scored four second-half tries to register a convincing win against a Knights side that suffered several injuries to key players. How it unfolded Darius Boyd and Kurt Gidley were both injured early for the Knights, and the problems of trying to cope with their loss proved too much to ... Read More »

Match report: Broncos hold on to beat Bulldogs 18-12


In a Nutshell Brisbane Broncos took a 14-point lead in the first half, but then had to hold on for dear life before emerging with a six-point victory. How it unfolded Brisbane Broncos started their NRL season with an exciting 12-18 win over Canterbury Bulldogs in Sydney, with Ben Barba returning victorious to his former home ground. Barba played a ... Read More »