Thursday, November 27, 2014
Rugby League News


NRL speed is getting out of control, says Peter Sharp

Cronulla Sharks coach Peter Sharp. ©Action

Cronulla Sharks coach Peter Sharp claims the speed of play in the NRL is out of control and blamed it for his side’s fifth loss of the season against Manly earlier today. Stricter rules on holding attackers down once tackled has seemingly increased the speed at which the ball is played. Critics believe this unfairly favours the side who dominate ... Read More »

Match Report: Manly Sea Eagles 24-4 Cronulla Sharks


In a nutshell The Sea Eagles built up a 20-0 half-time lead, and coasted to victory in the second half, while easily blunting the threat from Cronulla. How it unfolded The Sea Eagles took the lead in the first minutes, when a break by Jorge Taufua was supported by Steve Matai, who went over for a try converted by Jamie ... Read More »

Match Report: New Zealand Warriors 20-21 Canterbury Bulldogs


In a nutshell The Bulldogs came from behind to snatch a late victory with a Trent Hodkinson field-goal two minutes from time to nail victory at Eden Park in front of 22,160 spectators. How it unfolded The Warriors opened the scoring after ten minutes with a try by Sam Tomkins, converted by Shaun Johnson, and they would lead all the ... Read More »

Match Report: Wests Tigers 16-4 NQ Cowboys


In a nutshell The Tigers held on to win a tight game in Campbelltown, with former Wigan star Pat Richards scoring a try and two goals as they held off the Cowboys. How it unfolded The Cowboys took the lead on 28 minutes, when Luke Brooks dropped the ball trying to intercept a pass, and Johnathan Thurston picked up the ... Read More »

Match Report: Parramatta Eels 14-12 Sydney Roosters


In a nutshell The Eels gained their revenge for a 50-point shellacking by the Roosters in the second round of this season’s NRL competition, holding on in a tense finish to register their third straight victory. How it unfolded In a game that was tit for tat all the way, the Eels took an early lead through a try to ... Read More »

Match Report: Canberra Raiders 12-26 Newcastle Knights


In a nutshell Canberra again failed to win at home as the Knights pulled away in the second half to secure a comfortable victory. How it unfolded The first half saw the sides go into the sheds level at 12-all. The Raiders had opened the scoring with a try by Jarrod Croker, which he also converted, after eight minutes. But ... Read More »

Match report: Gold Coast Titans 12-8 Brisbane Broncos


In a nutshell The Titans remain top of the NRL after another gutsy win in which they capitalised on several Broncos errors. Brisbane, who led until the 74th minute, were scrappy at best, with returning centre Justin Hodges failing to impress after a good performance last week. How it unfolded 31’ – Ben Hunt opens the scores after some stunning ... Read More »

Match report: Penrith Panthers 2-18 South Sydney Rabbitohs


In a nutshell Tries from Nathan Merritt, Kyle Turner and Kirisome Auva’a were enough to end South Sydney’s losing streak in a scrappy encounter. The Rabbitohs’ defence was superb – they made 321 tackles and missed just six. How it unfolded 2’ – Adam Reynolds opens the South Sydney account with a penalty: 0-2. 31’ – Former London Broncos star ... Read More »

NRL considering NFL-style “spotters” to tackle head injury issues


The National Rugby League is considering drastic action in order to tackle the drama over concussions and head injuries, by copying a trend from America’s National Football League (NFL). The American sport introduced what are known as “spotters” – who are based in boxes around the stadium – to monitor players who have just suffered a head injury, to track ... Read More »

Stephen Kearney rules himself out of Warriors job

Stephen Kearney. ©RLPhotos

New Zealand head coach Stephen Kearney has become the latest name to rule himself out of contention to replace Matthew Elliott at the Warriors, as the race hots up for the post. After St Helens boss Nathan Brown ruled himself out of the running earlier this week, Kearney – who is currently assistant boss at the Brisbane Broncos – has ... Read More »