round 3

Townsville Bulletin - - NRL -

SOUTH SYD­NEY 32 ( F Talanoa 2 M Crocker G Inglis R Wesser tries C Sandow

6 goals) bt PAR­RA­MATTA 18 ( F Moimoi J Rob­son C Walker tries L Burt 3 goals) at ANZ Sta­dium. Ref­eree: Matt Cecchin, Steve Lyons. Crowd: 22,153. BRIS­BANE 14 ( A Glenn J Hodges tries C Parker 3 goals P Wal­lace field goal) bt GOLD COAST 8 ( S Michaels try S Prince 2 goals) at Skilled Park. Ref­eree: Gavin Badger, Brett Sut­tor. Crowd: 20,226.

CRONULLA 44 ( A Kelly 2 C Best P Gallen N Gard­ner J Man­nah J Smith tries J Wil­liams 8 goals) bt PEN­RITH 12 ( L Coote D Sim­mons tries M Gor­don 2 goals) at Cen­tre­bet Sta­dium. Ref­eree: Jared Maxwell, Phil Haines. Crowd: 9,275.

WESTS TIGERS 34 ( B Aysh­ford A Fi­fita C Heigh­ing­ton C Lawrence R Lui M Utai tries B Mar­shall 5 goals) bt CAN­BERRA 24 ( B Fer­gu­son 3 J Du­gan D Vi­dot tries J Cro­ker 2 goals) at Camp­bell­town Sports Sta­dium. Ref­eree: Ja­son Robin­son, Chris James. Crowd: 14,091.

ST GE­ORGE ILLAWARRA 25 ( J Nightin­gale 2 M Cooper K Stan­ley tries J Soward 4 goals J Soward 3 field goals) bt NZ WAR­RIORS 12 ( S Ber­ri­gan B Mat­ulino tries J Maloney 2 goals) at Mt Smart Sta­dium. Ref­eree: Ben Cum­mins, Tony De Las Heras. Crowd: 11,651. BULL­DOGS 24 ( B Barba 2 M En­nis J Idris tries B Good­win 4 goals) bt SYD­NEY ROOST­ERS 20 ( S Kenny-Dowall 2 T Car­ney J Friend tries B Anasta 2 goals) at ANZ Sta­dium. Ref­eree: Adam Dev­cich, Ash­ley Klein. Crowd: 23,723.

MANLY 26 ( W Hopoate 2 D Wil­liams 2 M Robert­son tries D Cherry-Evans 3 goals) bt NEW­CAS­TLE 12 ( Z Taia 2 tries W Naiqama 2 goals) at Brook­vale Oval. Ref­eree: Shayne Hayne, Ger­ard Sut­ton. Crowd: 13,087. they said it ‘‘ There’s a great feel­ing amongst these boys and I think it’s very poor jour­nal­ism, it’s cheap shots to try and make out some­thing that’s not there.’’ – South Syd­ney coach John Lang hits back at his side’s crit­ics af­ter a break­through win over Par­ra­matta.

man of the round Al­bert Kelly. Scored a dou­ble in seven min­utes which sparked the rout over Pen­rith and showed he’s a dif­fer­ent player from the one who en­dured a hor­ror time at full­back last year.

magic mo­ment Blake Fer­gu­son’s put down for his sec­ond try was amaz­ing, the rest of his body was out­side the field of play as he put the ball down. You’d be brave to sug­gest he doesn’t have some more freak­ish mo­ments up his sleeve.

talk­ing point The four scrum penal­ties against New­cas­tle at Brook­vale Oval on Sun­day raised ques­tions about whether the ref­er­ees’ crack down on this area of the game is nec­es­sary. Do we want the NRL to be­come like rugby union?

ju­di­ciary watch Tigers: Alan Schir­nack ( high tackle), Raiders: Joe Picker ( late tackle), Eels: Fui­fui Moimoi ( high tackle), Pan­thers: Petero Civon­iceva ( late, high shot).

key in­juries Tigers: Chris Lawrence ( dis­lo­cated hip), Lote Tuqiri ( sus­pected bro­ken arm), Eels: Casey McGuire ( calf), Rab­bitohs: Rhys Wesser ( ham­string), Issac Luke ( con­cus­sion), Bull­dogs: Ben Barba ( cork), David Stagg ( con­cus­sion), Roost­ers: Sam Per­rett ( an­kle), Pan­thers: Luke Walsh ( shoul­der), Luke Lewis ( wrist), Knights: Beau Henry ( bro­ken an­kle), Ben Rogers ( shoul­der), Cameron Ci­raldo ( pec­toral mus­cle), Shan­non Mc­Don­nell and Richard Fa’aoso ( con­cus­sion), Bron­cos: Sam Thai­day ( con­cus­sion), Josh Hoff­man ( calf), Ash­ley Har­ri­son ( an­kle), Dragons: Ben Creagh ( com­pressed ver­te­brae), War­riors: Jerome Ropati ( pos­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment).

un­der pres­sure It’s ob­vi­ously a big week for Pan­thers coach Matt El­liott. Af­ter a 1-2 start to the sea­son, he’s ap­par­ently been given eight weeks to keep his job. An­other em­bar­rass­ing loss might quicken up the process.

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