Storm top after New Zealand win

Melbourne Storm edged past New Zealand Warriors 12-6 in Auckland. Two tries in the opening eight minutes, one for Will Chambers and the other for Gerard Beale gave the Warriors a 6-4 lead thanks to Shaun Johnson’s conversion. But Suliasi Vunivalu’s try with half-time looming gave Melbourne an 8-6 lead at the break. Two Cameron Smith penalties were the only…

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Brisbane first-half blitz blows away Penrith

Brisbane scored 32 unanswered first-half points to blow Penrith Panthers away and eventually run out 50-18 victors. Brisbane got the first try on the board when Sam Thaiday offloaded nicely to Tevita Pangai jnr. They scored their second two minutes later. Anthony Milford’s chip was hacked on by Kodi Nikorima for a sprinting James Roberts to chase and ground in…

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Cronulla hold off Canberra fightback

Cronulla Sharks, inspired by Valentine Holmes, kept up their pursuit of a top-four spot with a 28-24 win over Canberra Raiders. Canberra made a poor start. They fumbled the first play-the-ball through Dunamis Lui, had Jordan Rapana sin binned¬†for a professional foul and conceded the first try to Andrew Fifita, all in the opening ten minutes. Despite Chad Townsend’s missed…

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Eels record fourth win

Parramatta Eels recorded only their fourth win of the season with a scrappy 14-8 win over a poor Canterbury Bulldogs side. The win draws the two sides level on the ladder but the Eels remain bottom. The Bulldogs started positively, however. They took the lead when Kerrod Holland went straight through the middle off a Josh Jackson offload. But when…

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UPFRONT | Who do the Aussies think they are?

There’s a belief that the current problem in the ongoing power struggle at the top of the domestic game is due to too many clubs pulling in different directions. So wasn’t it reassuring when the Australian Rugby League Commission confirmed the same issue applies at international level? The Commission shocked everyone last week when it publicised, through its Chairman Peter…

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Brisbane keen on Ryan Hall as Wayne Bennett chases Leeds’ NRL-bound winger

Wayne Bennett is desperate to lure Ryan Hall to Brisbane, despite a move to Sydney Roosters looking increasingly likely. TotalRL understands the England head coach is keen to bring one of his star players at international level to his club side, and the pair discussed the possibility of a move during England’s trip to Denver last month. It’s believed that…

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Oldfield hat-trick secures victory for Raiders.

Former Catalans Dragons winger Michael Oldfield scored a hat-trick of tries as the Canberra Raiders brushed aside the North Queensland Cowboys with a stirring second-half performance at GIO Stadium to secure a 38-12 victory that keeps their top-eight hopes alive. It was a comprehensive victory, despite the Raiders suffering the blow of captain Jarrod Croker leaving the field in the…

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