Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Rugby League News


McLean suspended seven weeks for McKinnon throw

Jordan McLean. ©Action

Melbourne Storm prop Jordan McLean has been suspended for seven weeks after he was found guilty of using a dangerous throw on Alex McKinnon, which has almost certaintly ended the Newcastle star’s career. In a round three NRL clash last week, McKinnon ran the ball into Bromwich brothers Jesse and Kenny, who had the 22-year-old by the upper body. They ... Read More »

Sam Tomkins on his ‘up-and-down’ start to NRL life


England full-back Sam Tomkins believes he has a lot of improving to do if he is to show the NRL his full potential, and blames feeling tense for his ‘up-and-down’ start to his career down under. In his regular New Zealand Herald column, the Warriors player wrote: “I’ve had an up-and-down start in the NRL. There are little bits in ... Read More »

Sonny Bill Williams back for Bulldogs bout

Sonny Bill Williams. ©Action

Sydney second-rower Sonny Bill Williams returns to NRL action this Friday when the Roosters take on his former club Canterbury Bulldogs. The New Zealand dual-code international has served a three-match suspension for a shoulder charge on South Sydney’s England prop George Burgess in the first match of the season. “I think it was a bit of frustration with the way ... Read More »

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 »