Thursday, September 18, 2014
Rugby League News


Match report: Gold Coast Titans 13-12 North Queensland Cowboys

Brent Tate set up Johnathan Thurston's try. ©Action

In a nutshell In a scrappy encounter, Gold Coast Titans did just enough to see off their Queensland rivals and secure two valuable points. As it happened 9′ – Cowboys strike first through Golden Boot holder Johnathan Thurston, who crosses after Brent Tate bats back a kick. The Australian half-back then converts: 6-0. 16′ – Titans have a try ruled ... Read More »

Alex McKinnon diagnosed as quadriplegic, say reports

The tackle that looks to have ended Alex McKinnon's career. ©Action

Reports are circulating that suggest Alex McKinnon, the Newcastle Knights star who broke his neck in an unfortunate on-field accident against Melbourne Storm last week, has sadly been diagnosed as a quadriplegic. Quadriplegia, in simple terms, means all four limbs are affected by paralysis in some form. Experts define it as ‘paralysis caused by illness or injury to a human ... Read More »

Match Report: Newcastle Knights 30 Cronulla Sharks 0

In a Nutshell Newcastle designated Sunday’s match as “#RiseforAlex” afternoon in honour of injured backrower Alex Mitchell who broke his neck in last Monday’s match against the Storm. And they rose to the occasion, with the Knights blowing Cronulla off the pitch. How it unfolded Coach Wayne Bennett was heavy with emotion when he noted after the success: “It was ... Read More »

Match Report: South Sydney Rabbitohs 18 Canberra Raiders 30

In a Nutshell The Raiders surged to a shock 22-0 half-time lead at ANZ Stadium and the Rabbitohs were unable to catch them in the second half. How it unfolded The Raiders earned their first win at the Homebush arena in four years, leaving the Rabbitohs with just one win in the opening four rounds of the Premiership. Canberra’s four tries ... Read More »

Match Report: Canterbury Bulldogs 40 Melbourne Storm 12

In a Nutshell The Bulldogs led 12-10 at half-time in a match played at Perth’s nib Stadium, but they ran away with the game in the second half to register a resounding victory against the previously undefeated Storm. How it unfolded Cameron Smith was a shock withdrawal for the Storm just before the game began. Smith suffered a back spasm ... Read More »

Match Report: Parramatta Eels 32 Penrith Panthers 16

In a Nutshell In the Western Sydney derby, the Eels gave a commanding second-half display to down their fancied rivals to move to 2-2 for the season. How it unfolded Willie Tonga opened the scoring for Parramatta, racing 90 metres to score, but former Wakefield star Isaac John soon replied for the Panthers, although, in a seesaw first half, Nathan ... Read More »

Match Report: NZ Warriors 42 Wests Tigers 18

In a Nutshell Warriors star Glen Fisiiahi scored four tries and Sam Tomkins landed one try as the Warriors blew the Tigers off the park in Wellington How it unfolded The Tigers shot into an early 12-point lead with tries from Braith Anasta and James Tedesco, both converted by Pat Richards. By this time the Warriors had lost unlucky Jerome ... Read More »

Trent Robinson fumes at referee after Sydney lose out

Trent Robinson. ©RLPhotos

Sydney Roosters boss Trent Robinson has launched a passionate tirade on leading Australian referee Ben Cummins, after the Roosters lost their first match of the season to Manly Sea Eagles. The 8-0 loss was largely affected by an 11-2 penalty count in favour of the Sea Eagles, and Robinson labelled Cummins’ performance as unacceptable. “It was unacceptable from Ben Cummins,” ... Read More »

Match Report: Broncos end Dragons’ unbeaten run


In a Nutshell Brisbane Broncos were too strong for St George Illawarra Dragons tonight in Wollongong, establishing an early lead and never being behind, as they defeated their hosts 36-20. How it Unfolded Broncos loose forward Michael Gillett scored two tries the first ten minutes both of which were converted by Corey Parker, and from that point the Dragons were ... Read More »

Match report: Manly hold on to beat Roosters


In a Nutshell Manly gave a tremendous defensive display to hold the Roosters to zero in an 8-0 victory in their clash at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium. How it Unfolded The Roosters were still missing the suspended Sonny Bill Williams, and they were generally outmuscled by the Sea Eagles, who took the lead through Jamie Lyon after 22 minutes when Jared ... Read More »