Saturday, October 25, 2014
Rugby League News


Match Report: Cronulla Sharks 37-6 New Zealand Warriors


In a Nutshell Sharks winger Nathan Stapleton scored four tries as the Sharks defeated a disappointing Warriors side to gain their first win of the NRL season. How it unfolded Although Stapleton scored 16 points, the stars of the show were the Sharks’ halfbacks Todd Carney and Jeff Robson, who led their side brilliantly around the field, despite the continuing ... Read More »

Is Benji Marshall set for a return to Rugby League?

Benji Marshall. ©RLPhotos

A former New Zealand test star turned journalist has suggested Kiwi legend Benji Marshall could be set for a return to Rugby League after finding it difficult to adapt to rugby union. Tony Kemp, who was a highly-rated utility player with Leeds Rhinos, Castleford Tigers and Newcastle Knights – and has 25 New Zealand caps – claims Marshall is unsettled ... Read More »

Match report: Brisbane Broncos 18-25 Parramatta Eels

Chrissy Sandow (middle) had a superb game. ©Action

In a nutshell Parramatta Eels produced a superb all-round display to defeat the Broncos on their home turf. A late flurry of points meant the scoreboard didn’t quite reflect the result, but the Eels certainly deserved the two points. How it unfolded 15’ – Jarryd Hayne saves both a 40/20 and a forced drop-out with a fantastic run. It’s clear ... Read More »

Match report: Canterbury Bulldogs 9-8 Sydney Roosters


In a nutshell A Josh Reynolds field-goal in the 70th minute saw Canterbury Bulldogs edge reigning NRL Premiers Sydney Roosters in a thrilling encounter. How it unfolded 5’ – Roosters hooker Jake Friend (pictured tackling James Graham above) has a try ruled out by the video referee. 11’ – After three consecutive sets thanks to penalties and errors, Chase Stanley ... Read More »

Wayne Bennett calls for transparency in disciplinary system

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

Newcastle Knights coach Wayne Bennett has called for the NRL to be clearer about how players are punished after causing serious injury, as the fallout continues from the horror tackle that left Alex McKinnon seriously injured. Melbourne forward Jordan McLean was handed a seven-game ban for his part in the tackle which left McKinnon with serious spinal injuries – and ... Read More »

Newcastle Knights slam NRL over Alex McKinnon tackle

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

The Newcastle Knights have criticised the NRL for singling out Jordan McLean, after he was handed a seven-game ban for the tackle that left Alex McKinnon seriously injured. The Newcastle club claim that brother Jesse and Kenny Bromwich – who were the other two men involved with the three-man tackle – should also have faced a judiciary hearing over the ... Read More »

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 »