Moon Of Liberty Rugby League – NRL Round 26

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NRL Round 26 round up

The Brisbane Broncos kicked off the final week of the regular season taking good form into the play offs with a 24-14 win over Sydney City including 12 points and a try from Anthony Milford. By contrast Canterbury go into the play offs with a loss, two tries from Joe Burgess helped South Sydney to a surprise 28-10 win. A last minute Gareth Widdop Penalty earned ST George a 28-26 win over bottom side Newcastle who have only won one game all season. Gold Coast did not get the win they needed to ensure a play off spot, losing 32-16 to North Queensland. Johnathan Thurston kicked a perfect 6 for 6 to contribute 12 points for the Cowboys who had already qualified sealed a top four spot with the win. Gold Coast now needed Canberra to beat Western Suburbs.

In the big battle for top spot Melbourne came out on top against Cronulla. Two first half tries from Cheyse Blair gave Melbourne control that they never let go, running out 26-6 winners to take spot and the advantages that go with it into the play offs.Given the Gold Coast’s defeat Wests Tigers had the chance to make the play offs, but failed as Canberra demolished them. Jordan Rapana and Josh Papalii both scored twice. Jarrod Crocker also got 16 points including a try as the Raiders scored a total of nine tries in a 52-10 win the means Gold Coast will take part in the play offs. In the final games Parramatta won in New Zealand 40-18 with a hat trick from Bevan French and finally the Penrith Panthers warmed up for the play offs with a big 36-6 win over Manly. Josh Mansour went over twice and Nathan Cleary kicked all six conversions.

Reports – Broncos v Roosters (ABC Australia)  Bulldogs v Rabbitohs (Stuff.co.nz) Dragons v Knights (ABC Australia)  Cowboys v Titans (Sydney Morning Herald)  Storm v Sharks (ABC Australia)  Tigers v Raiders (the Roar) Warriors v Eels (Sydney Morning Herald)  Panthers v Sea Eagles (Fox Australia) 

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RUGBY LEAGUE

NRL Round 26

Brisbane Broncos 24 Sydney City Roosters 14At The Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Queensland

Canterbury Bulldogs 10South Sydney Rabbitohs 28At The ANZ Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales

ST George/Illawarra Dragons 28Newcastle Knights 26At The WIN Jubilee Oval, Sydney, New South Wales

North Queensland Cowboys 32Gold Coast Titans 16At The 13000 Smiles Stadium, Townsville, Queensland

Melbourne Storm 26Cronulla Sharks 6At AAMI Park, Olympic Boulevard, Melbourne, Victoria

Western Suburbs Tigers 10Canberra Raiders 52At The Leichhardt Oval, Leichhardt, New South Wales

New Zealand Warriors 18Parramatta Eels 40At The Mount Smart Stadium, Penrose, Auckland

Penrith Panthers 36Manly Sea Eagles 6At The Pepper Stadium, Penrith, New South Wales

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANCheyse Blair (Melbourne Storm)

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Moon Of Liberty Rugby League – NRL Round 25

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NRL – Round 25

North Queensland opened round 25 with a 24-16 win over Canterbury helped by two tries from Ethan Lowe. Brisbane ruined Melbourne’s chances of securing the minor premiership top spot this week with a 26-16 win over the League leaders. Tom Opacic went over for two of the Broncos fives tries as Wayne Bennett’s side look in form heading towards the play-offs.The Green Machine of Canberra have secured third place in a high scoring 44-30 win over Manly. Jordan Rapana got a hat-trick for the Raiders. Penrith have secured their play-off place with a narrow win over Gold Coast. Matt Moylan’s drop goal with two minutes to go gave them a 15-14 win leaving Gold Coast’s own play off chances hanging in the balance going into the final weekend.

Given Melbourne’s loss Cronulla set up a final day showdown for top spot after thrashing Sydney City 37-12. Six tries and 11 points from James Maloney saw Cronulla move one point behind Melbourne, the two meet head to head next week.Western Suburbs kept their play-off hopes alive with a Sauaso Sue getting two tries in a 36-24 win in New Zealand. South Sydney thrashed bottom side Newcastle 34-12 with Alex Johnson going over twice. The round ended with ST George/Illwarra going down to Parramatta 30-18. Bevan French got a hat trick and Mike Gordon got 14 points including a try for the Eels. Neither side can make the play-off. This leaves two thing left to be decided. Melbourne meet Crounulla for top spot, and the final play-off place could go to either Gold Coast or Western Suburbs.

Reports – Canterbury v Nth Queensland (Fox Australia)  Melbourne v Brisbane (Courier Mail Manly v Canberra (ABC Australia)  Gold Coast v Penrith (ABC Australia)  NZ v Wests (Daily Telegraph Australia)  Cronulla v Sydney City (League Unlimited.com)  Newcastle v South Sydney (Daily Telegraph Australia)  Parramatta v ST George (Fox Australia)

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NRL – Round 25

Canterbury Bulldogs 16 North Queensland Cowboys 24 At  The Belmore Sports Groun, Sydney, New South Wales

Melbourne Storm 16Brisbane Broncos 26At AAMI Park, Olympic Boulevard, Melbourne, Victoria

Manly Sea Eagles 30Canberra Raiders 44 At The Brookvale Oval, Brookvale, New South Wales 

Gold Coast Titans 14Penrith Panthers 15 At Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast, Queensland 

New Zealand Warriors 24Western Suburbs Tigers 36At The Mount Smart Stadium, Penrose, Auckland

Cronulla Sharks 37 Sydney City Roosters 12At The Southern Cross Group Stadium, Woolooware, New South Wales

Newcastle Knights 12South Sydney Rabbitohs 34At The Hunter Stadium, Neacastle, New South Wales

Parramatta Eels 30ST George/Illawarra Dragons 18 At The Pirtek Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANJordan Rapana (Canberra Raiders)

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Moon Of Liberty Rugby League – NRL Round 23

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NRL Round 23

South Sydney got a victory in New Zealand 41-22 against the Warriors. Joe Burgess got two of South Sydney’s six tries. Penrith also got six tries as they thrashed bottom side Newcastle 42-6 including two tries from Jake Mansour and 14 points from Nathan Cleary. Sydney City beat North Queensland 22-10 with the key try from Shaun Kenny-Dowall allowing the Roosters to move away after a tight contest.

The top two both suffered defeat. St George/Illawarra beat Cronulla 32-18 with two late tries from Tariq Sims sealing the victory. Melbourne could not take advantage as they ran into the NRL form team Canberra. Two tries from Joseph Leilua and 10 points from the boot of Jarrod Crocker saw the Raiders win 22-8. Canberra are in third but currently are playing the best Rugby in the NRL which is reinforced with this impressive win against the league leaders.

Reports –   ST George v Cronulla (Stuff.co.nz)   New Zealand v South Sydney (Stuff.co.nz)   Newcastle v Penrith (Leagueunlimited)  Sydney City v North Queensland (League Unlimited)  Canberra v Melbourne (Stuff.co.nz)

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NRL – Round 23

New Zealand Warriors 22South Sydney Rabbitohs 41 – At The Mount Smart Stadium, Penrose, Auckland

ST George/Illawarra Dragons 32Cronulla Sharks 18At WIN Jubilee Oval, Sydney, New South Wales

Newcastle Knights 6Penrith Panthers 42At The Hunter Stadium, Newcastle, New South Wales

Sydney City Roosters 22North Queensland Cowboys 10At Allianz Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales

Canberra Raiders 22Melbourne Storm 8At Gio Canberra Stadium, Bruce, Austalian Capital Terriroty

 MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Joseph Leilua (Canberra Raiders)

Moon Of Liberty Rugby League – NRL Round 22

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NRL Round 22

In a tight contest Parramatta put a dent in Manly’s play off hopes with a single point victory at the Pirtec Stadium. With no tries in the second half Dylan Walker’s penalty gave Manly a 9-8 lead with 20 minutes to go with Daly Cherry Evans drop goal just before half time giving them the edge. But a penalty four minutes from time from Michael Gordon was enough to win it for the Eels. A try and 16 points from Moses Mbye contributed to Canterbury scoring a comfortable 28-14 win over bottom side Newcastle.

The the top end of the NRL the Green machine of Canberra scored an impressive win over leaders at start of play Cronulla to move themselves up to third in the table. Jordan Rapana scored two of Canberra’s four tries and Jordan Croker provided 14 points with the boot as the Raiders ran out 30-14 winners. It gave Melbourne the chance to go top which they duly did with a hard fought golden point win over South Sydney. An Adam Reynolds penalty leveled the scores at 14-14 late on but in the golden point period a drop goal from Cameron Smith took Melbourne above Cronulla to lead the NRL standings.

Reports – Parramatta v Manly (Fox Australia)  Newcastle v Canterbury (Fox Australia)

Cronulla v Canberra (Fox Australia) Melbourne v South Sydney (Fox Australia)

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NRL Round 22

Parramatta Eels 10Manly Sea Eagles 9 At The Pritek Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales

Newcastle Knights 14Canterbury Bulldogs 28At The Hunter Stadium, Newcastle, New South Wales

Cronulla Sharks 14Canberra Raiders 30At The Southern Cross Group Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales

Melbourne Storm 15South Sydney Rabbitohs 14At AAMI Park, Olympic Boulevard, Melbourne, Victoria

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Jordan Rapana (Canberra Raiders)

Moon Of Liberty Rugby League – NRL Round 21

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NRL Round 21

The green machine of Canberra moved up to third place in the table thrashing South Sydney in a 10 try demolition Jordan Rapana and Eliot Whitehead grabbed two tries each and there was one for Jarrod Croker who contributed 18 points in total in a 54-4 victory and Canberra’s fifth win in a row.Also in Sunday’s games Manly condemned Newcastle to their 13th defeat in a row with seven tries including two for Braydon Wiliame and 12 points including a try from Dylan Walker seeing the Sea Eagles come out 36-16 winners.

South Sydney v Canberra (ABC Australia) Manly v Newcastle (ABC Australia)

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NRL Round 21

South Sydney Rabbitohs 4Canberra Raiders 54 –At The ANZ Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales

Manly Sea Eagles 36Newcastle Knights 16At The Brookvale Oval, Brookvale, New South Wales

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Eliot Whitehead (Canberra Raiders)

Moon Of Liberty Rugby League – Super League & NRL

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Super League Round 23 – Thursday/Friday

Kicking was the difference in a tight game between Leeds and Hull KR as Liam Stucliffe kicked 4 goals for Leeds where his opposite number Josh Mantellato only converted two of Hull KR’s four tries allowing Leeds to take a 4 point win 24-20 with Ryan Hall’s late try sealing the victory. Both sides will drop into the qualifier section of the Super eights and will have to fight for their super league place next season.

Hull FC moved to the top of the table heading into the super eights with a 28-20 win at Salford. Mark Sneyd grabbed 12 point with 4 goals and a try for the league leaders. In the Wigan verses ST Helens Derby, Saints sent Wigan to a second straight defeat. Mark Percival scored 14 points with a try and two goals as the visitors moved up to fourth place with a 23-4 win over their big rivals.

Full Reports (Rugby League.com) – Hull KR v Leeds  Salford v Hull Wigan v ST Helens

NRL Round 20 – Thursday/Friday/Saturday

An Antonio Winterstein hat-trick helped ease North Queensland to a whitewash victory over Canterbury ending up 36-0 winners. Penrith scored a surprise and impressive victory at Brisbane with five tries and 10 points from the boot of Nathan Cleary aiding them to a 31-12 win. Jarrod Croker got a hat trick of tries including one in golden point extra time to help Canberra Raiders see off the New Zealand Warriors 26-22 after the two ended level after 80 minutes.

Two tries from Chris McQueen and 16 point from Ashley Taylor helped Gold Coast continue their recent good form thrashing Parramatta 34-14. 10 points form the boot of Cameron Smith helped 2nd place Melbourne keep the pressure on Cronulla (Who play Newcastle later this week) with a dominant 26-10 over Sydney City.

Full Reports & Stats (Fox Sports Australia)

North Queensland v Canterbury Brisbane v Penrith Canberra v NZ Warriors Gold Coast v Parramatta Melbourne v Sydney City

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Super League Round 23

Salford City Reds (6) 20Hull FC (12) 18At the AJ Bell Stadium, Salford

Wigan Warriors (4) 4 ST Helens (16) 23At the DW Stadium, Wigan

Hull Kingston Rovers (10) 20Leeds Rhinos (12) 24At the KC Lightstream Stadium, Kingston Upon Hull

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Mark Percival (ST Helens)

NRL Round 20

North Queensland Cowboys 36 Canterbury Bulldogs 0At the 13000 Smiles Stadium, Townsville, Queensland

Brisbane Broncos 12 Penrith Panthers 31At The Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Queensland

Canberra Raiders 26New Zealand Warriors 22At The Gio Canberra Stadium, Bruce, Australian Capital Territory

Gold Coast Titans 34Parramatta Eels 14At The Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast, Queensland

Melbourne Storm 26Sydney City Roosters 10 – AAMI Park, Olympic Boulevard, Melbourne, Victoria

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Jarrod Croker (Canberra Raiders)

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Moon Cricket – Aus v Ind

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Australia v India – ODI Game 4

Richardson bowling spell edges Australia closer to the whitewash

AUSTRALIA WIN BY 25 RUNS – AUSTRALIA LEAD THE SERIES 4-0

An opening stand between Aaron Finch and David Warner, coupled with a fine bowling spell from Kane Richardson helped Australia take a 4-0 lead in their one day series against India in Canberra. For the first time this series Australia batted first and Finch and Warner put on 187 for the first wicket with Finch adding another century with 107 and Warner hitting 93. Steady contributions from Steven Smith with 51 and Glenn Maxwell with 47 added to the runs allowing Australia to post a total of 348. Ishant Sharma was the best of India’s bowlers taking four wickets but was expensive going for 77 runs in his 10 overs.

In reply Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli both put centuries on the board to keep the Indians in the run chase early on. It was Kane Richardson who broke the partnership getting Kohli caught on 106 and Dhawan went soon after for 126. The remainder of the Indian batting line up collapsed including a duck for captain MS Dohni as Richardson took five wickets coasting through the lower Indian order who lost their last six wickets for a mere 45 runs. Mitchell Marsh took the final wicket to see Australia home to s 25 run victory and take a 4-0 lead in the series with one game to go.

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ODI Game 4 – At The Manuka Oval, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Australia v India

Australia 348/8 – (Finch 107, Warner 93, Smith 51, Sharma 4-77)

India 323/10 – (Dhawan 126, Kohli 106, Richardson 5-68)

Australia win by 25 runs – Australia lead the series 4-0

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Kane Richardson (Australia)

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