Category: NRL

Rule Change – Corner posts gone !

Hi Coaches I know this has not got much to do with Dream Team, but you may find your more athletic, determined wingers piling on some points now the corner post is no longer regarded out of play.

The NRL released a statement at 5pm saying:

“The National Rugby League Board has agreed to an immediate rule change that will see corner posts no longer treated as ‘touch-in-goal’ in circumstances where a player comes into contact with them. Under the amendment approved by the RLIF as an experimental rule:

1. If a ball carrier makes contact with the corner post he will not be deemed to be out of play unless any part of his body has made contact with either the touch-line or touch-in-goal line, or the ground beyond the touch line or touch-in-goal line

2. If the ball is not in possession of a player and it makes contact with the corner post (e.g. from a kick) the ball will be deemed to be touch-in-goal as per the existing rule.

3. All other rules relating to the corner post and restarts of play remain unchanged. Continue reading

In-N-Out Rd 13 *WIP – 13 Teams Previewed*


James McManus makes his highly anticipated return to the Newcastle Knights team for this Saturday night’s game against the Penrith Panthers.
McManus broke a bone in his left foot during a training session mid December and is yet to play in 2010. The winger will be joined by centre Adam MacDougall, five-eighth Jarrod Mullen and hooker Isaac De Gois, all making their returns from injury. Kurt Gidley, who missed the Knights round 11 loss to the Tigers while on State of Origin duties for the first game of the series, returns to lead the side wearing the number seven jersey.


Kieran Foran has been named in the centres to replace the injured Jamie Lyon for Sunday’s clash Continue reading

The Judiciary and the Fallout

Canberra prop David Shillington will be free to line up against South Sydney’s monster pack in the NRL on Sunday, after he took an early guilty plea for a careless high tackle charge.  The Queensland Origin representative was charged with a grade one offence by the NRL’s match review committee, but won’t have to sit out a game.

Promising Brisbane rookie Matt Gillett will miss the next month of football with a knee problem, but at least he won’t have a suspension next to his name as well, after also taking the early guilty plea. Gillett was charged with a grade one dangerous contact, leading with his feet – but has escaped penalty.

The Warriors’ Ukuma Ta’ai, the third player charged by the match review committee, also took an early guilty plea for a grade one dangerous tackle charge, and will be available to play against Melbourne on ANZAC Day.

There were no players charged from Monday night’s battle between Melbourne and Manly, won 18-16 by the Sea Eagles.

Judiciary – The Fallout Rd 5 *WIP*

Luke O’Donnell will miss the next three matches after his ‘minute of madness’ against the Tigers on Saturday night. O’Donnell entered a guilty plea to a grade two dangerous contact charge for an ugly grapple tackle on Beau Ryan in the 40th minute of the round five 23-16 loss to the Tigers at Dairy Farmers Stadium. O’Donnell will miss the Cowboys’ clashes with Newcastle, Parramatta and Melbourne but is still available to play if selected by Australia for the May 7 Test against New Zealand. The only other player so far to receive suspension from round five charges was South Sydney’s Ben Lowe, who will miss one match after taking the early guilty plea on a grade two careless high tackle charge. Pirtek Parramatta Eels centre Joel Reddy has pleaded guilty to a Grade 2 Striking charge, but will miss just one match due to his clean record. Manly’s Brett Kite has contested his grade one careless high tackle charge which will go to an NRL hearing tonight. Newcastle’s Junior Sau entered a guilty plea on his dangerous contact charge but will escape any ban over the incident.

Round 6 Team Lists

NRL Teams Round 6

Wests Tigers v Canterbury Bulldogs, Sydney Football Stadium, Friday April 16, 7:35pm (AEST)
Wests Tigers:
1. Beau Ryan, 2. Lote Tuqiri, 3. Blake Ayshford, 4. Chris Lawrence, 5. Daniel Fitzhenry, 6. Benji Marshall, 7. Blake Lazarus, 8. Bryce Gibbs, 9. Robbie Farah (c), 10. Andrew Fifita, 11. Liam Fulton, 12. Gareth Ellis, 13. Chris Heighington
Interchange: 14. Junior Moors, 15. Alan Schirnack, 16. Mark Flanagan, 17. Geoff Daniela

1. Luke Patten, 2. Steve Turner, 3. Josh Morris, 4. Jamal Idris, 5. Bryson Goodwin, 6. Ben Roberts, 7. Brett Kimmorley, 8. Ben Hannant, 9. Michael Ennis, 10. Chris Armit, 11. Yileen Gordon, 12. Andrew Ryan, 13. David Stagg
Interchange: 14. Tim Browne, 15. Gary Warburton, 16. Jarrad Hickey, 17. Ben Barba

Referees: Jared Maxwell, Bernard Sutton
Video Referee: Paul Simpkins

Gold Coast Titans v St George Illawarra Dragons, Skilled Park, Friday April 16, 7:35pm (AEST)
1. William Zillman, 2. Kevin Gordon, 3. Mat Rogers, 4. Joseph Tomane, 5. David Mead, 6. Greg Bird, 7. Preston Campbell, 8. Luke Bailey (c), 9. Nathan Friend, 10. Brad Meyers, 11. Anthony Laffranchi, 12. Mark Minichiello, 13. Ashley Harrison
Interchange: 14. Matthew White, 15. Michael Henderson, 16. Sam Tagataese, 17. Riley Brown, 18. Will Matthews

1. Darius Boyd, 2. Brett Morris, 3. Beau Scott, 4. Matt Cooper, 5. Jason Nightingale, 6. Jamie Soward, 7. Ben Hornby (c), 8. Dan Hunt, 9. Luke Priddis, 10. Michael Weyman, 11. Neville Costigan, 12. Ben Creagh, 13. Dean Young
Interchange: 14. Jon Green, 15. Nick Emmett, 16. Trent Merrin, 17. Michael Greenfield, 18. Ricky Thorby, 19. Michael Lett

Referees: Tony Archer, Jason Robinson
Video Referee: Steve Clark

Newcastle Knights v North Queensland Cowboys, EnergyAustralia Stadium, Saturday April 17, 5:35pm (AEST)
1. Kurt Gidley (c), 2. Akuila Uate, 3. Junior Sa’u, 4. Wes Naiqama, 5. Cooper Vuna, 6. Jarrod Mullen, 7. Scott Dureau, 8. Ben Cross, 9. Isaac De Gois, 10. Evarn Tuimavave, 11. Cameron Ciraldo, 12. Cory Paterson, 13. Steve Simpson
Interchange: 14. Matt Hilder, 15. Daniel Tolar, 16. Richie Fa’aoso, 17. Mark Taufua, 18. Con Mika

1. Shannon Gallant, 2. John Williams, 3. Will Tupou, 4. Willie Tonga, 5. Ashley Graham, 6. Grant Rovelli, 7. Ray Thompson, 8. Matthew Scott, 9. Anthony Watts, 10. Antonio Kaufusi, 11. Scott Bolton, 12. Steve Rapira, 13. James Tamou
Interchange: 14. Clint Amos, 15. Ty Williams, 16. Willie Mason, 17. Manase Manuokafoa, 18. Carl Webb

Referees: Ashley Klein, Chris James
Video Referee: Phil Cooley

Sydney Roosters v Canberra Raiders, Sydney Football Stadium, Saturday April 17, 7:35pm (AEST)
1. Todd Carney, 2. Anthony Minichiello, 3. Phil Graham, 4. Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 5. Sam Perrett, 6. Braith Anasta (c), 7. Mitchell Pearce, 8. Lopini Paea, 9. Nick Kouparitsas, 10. Frank-Paul Nuuausala, 11. Aidan Guerra, 12. Mitchell Aubusson, 13. Nate Myles
Interchange: 14. Daniel Conn, 15. Jason Ryles, 16. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, 17. Ben Jones

1. Josh Dugan, 2. James Stuart, 3. Jarrod Croker, 4. Joel Thompson, 5. Daniel Vidot, 6. Terry Campese, 7. Josh McCrone, 8. David Shillington, 9. Alan Tongue (c), 10. Scott Logan, 11. Joe Picker, 12. Bronson Harrison, 13. Shaun Fensom
Interchange: 14. Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, 15. Trevor Thurling, 16. Adam Mogg, 17. Dane Tilse, 19. Brett Kelly

Referees: Steve Lyons, Matt Cecchin
Video Referee: Russell Smith

Warriors v Penrith Panthers, Mt Smart Stadium, Sunday April 18, 12:05pm (AEST)

1. Wade McKinnon, 2. Kevin Locke, 3. Brent Tate (c), 4. Joel Moon, 5. Bill Tupou, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. James Maloney, 8. Sam Rapira, 9. Aaron Heremaia, 10. Jesse Royal, 11. Lewis Brown, 12. Ben Matulino, 13. Jacob Lillyman
Interchange: 14. Ian Henderson, 15. Jeremy Latimore, 16. Russell Packer, 17. Ukuma Ta’ai

1. Lachlan Coote, 2. Michael Gordon, 3. Michael Jennings, 4. Adrian Purtell, 5. Brad Tighe, 6. Travis Burns, 7. Luke Walsh, 8. Tim Grant, 9. Kevin Kingston, 10. Petero Civoniceva, 11. Trent Waterhouse, 12, Frank Pritchard, 13. Luke Lewis
Interchange: 14. Nathan Smith, 15. Matthew Bell, 16. Joseph Paulo, 17. Sam McKendry, 18. Masada Iosefa

Referees: Gavin Badger, Brett Suttor
Video Referee: Chris Ward

Brisbane Broncos v Cronulla Sharks, Suncorp Stadium, Sunday April 18, 14:05pm (AEST)
1. Josh Hoffman, 2. Antonio Winterstein, 3. Matt Gillett, 4. Israel Folau, 5. Jharal Yow Yeh, 6. Darren Lockyer (c), 7. Peter Wallace, 8. Dunamis Lui, 9. Andrew McCullough, 10. Mitchell Dodds, 11. Lagi Setu, 12. Sam Thaiday, 13. Alex Glenn
Interchange: 14. Gerard Beale, 15. Ben Te’o, 16. Scott Anderson, 17. Nick Kenny, 18. Ben Hunt, 19. Corey Norman

1. Nathan Stapleton, 2. Blake Ferguson, 3. Ben Pomeroy, 4. Taulima Tautai, 5. Isaac Gordon, 6. Trent Barrett (c), 7. Tim Smith, 8. Kade Snowden, 9. John Morris, 10. Luke Douglas, 11. Grant Millington, 12. Anthony Tupou, 13. Paul Gallen
Interchange: 14. Luke Harlen, 15. Josh Cordoba, 16. Paul Aiton, 17. Siosaia Vave, 18. Broderick Wright

Referees: Jason Robinson, Tony De Las Heras
Video Referee: Tim Mander

Parramatta Eels v South Sydney Rabbitohs, Parramatta Stadium, Sunday April 18, 15:05pm (AEST)
1. Jarryd Hayne, 2. Luke Burt, 3. Joel Reddy, 4. Timana Tahu, 5. Eric Grothe, 6. Daniel Mortimer, 7. Jeff Robson, 8. Nathan Cayless (c), 9. Matt Keating, 10. Fuifui Moimoi, 11. Nathan Hindmarsh (c), 12. Ben Smith, 13. Feleti Mateo
Interchange: 14. Kris Keating, 15. Tim Mannah, 16. Brendan Oake, 17. Justin Poore, 19. Justin Horo, 20. Krisnan Inu

1. Rhys Wesser, 2. Nathan Merritt, 3. Colin Best, 4. Beau Champion, 5. Fetuli Talanoa, 6. John Sutton, 7. Chris Sandow, 8. Scott Geddes, 9. Issac Luke, 10. Roy Asotasi (c), 11. Sam Burgess, 12. David Taylor, 13. Luke Stuart
Interchange: 14. Garret Crossman, 15. Shannan McPherson, 16. Michael Crocker, 17. Jason Clark

Referees: Ben Cummins, Gerard Sutton
Video Referee: Sean Hampstead

Melbourne Storm v Manly Sea Eagles, Etihad Stadium, Monday April 19, 19:05pm (AEST)
1. Billy Slater, 2. Luke MacDougall, 3. Dane Nielsen, 4. Greg Inglis, 5. Anthony Quinn, 6. Brett Finch, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Aiden Tolman, 9. Cam Smith (c), 10. Jeff Lima, 11. Adam Blair, 12. Kevin Proctor, 13. Ryan Hinchcliffe
Interchange: 14. Todd Lowrie, 15. Hep Cahill, 16. Ryan Tandy, 17. Bryan Norrie

Sea Eagles:
1. Ben Farrar, 2. Michael Robertson, 3. Jamie Lyon (c), 4. Steve Matai, 5. Tony Williams, 6. Kieran Foran, 7. Trent Hodkinson, 8. Jason King (c), 9. Matt Ballin, 10. Josh Perry, 11. Anthony Watmough, 12. Shane Rodney, 13. Glenn Stewart
Interchange: 14. Joe Galuvao, 15. Brent Kite, 16. Matt Cross, 17. Chris Bailey

Referees: Tony Archer, Alan Shortall
Video Referee: Bill Harrigan

IN-N-Out Round 6 *WIP*

West Tigers’ worst fears over Tim Moltzen have been confirmed, with the talented half-back ruled out for the season with a knee injury. Moltzen underwent MRI scans on Monday which revealed a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee suffered against the Cowboys in Townsville on Saturday night. He will have surgery next week for a full knee reconstruction, leaving the Tigers looking for a new No.7 to take on the Bulldogs at the SFS on Friday night. Robert Lui, who started the season at half-back, is not due back until Round 8. With regular No.7 Tim Moltzen ruled out for the rest of the season on Tuesday with a knee injury, Sheens has called up exciting NSW Cup prospect Blake Lazarus to lead his team against struggling Canterbury. Meanwhile, prop Todd Payten is out for a week with a calf strain.

Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs Coach Kevin Moore has today named the same 17 players for this Continue reading

The Judiciary

Manly prop Brent Kite will be joined by fellow representative front-rower Michael Weyman at the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night to contest charges ahead of vital round six matches for their respective clubs. Kite has opted to fight his grade one careless high tackle charge, brought about after a high shot on Cronulla winger Blake Ferguson during Manly’s easy 40-12 win last Sunday. The Sea Eagles will argue Ferguson dropped quickly in the tackle and that contributed to Kite hitting him flush across the face. Manly is desperate to have the ex-Test prop onboard for Monday night’s meeting with premier Melbourne at Etihad Stadium. The in-form Weyman will front NRL headquarters to answer a striking charge in the hope of being freed for Friday night’s clash with Gold Coast at Skilled Park. Weyman has nothing to lose by taking his case to the judiciary, with an early guilty plea or guilty verdict costing him one game either way. North Queensland forward Luke O’Donnell will miss three matches after pleading guilty to a grade three dangerous contact (head/neck) charge, while South Sydney’s Ben Lowe will sit out a week after also taking the early plea to a careless high tackle booking. Newcastle centre Junior Sau will line-up against the Cowboys after accepting an early guilty plea to a dangerous contact (knees/leg) charge. Meanwhile, Parramatta’s Joel Reddy is looking at least one match on the sideline after being charged with striking Canberra’s Terry Campese on Monday night. Reddy had until noon Wednesday to enter a plea.

IN-N-OUT Round 4 *Updated*

Bulldogs hardworking prop forward Chris Armit will again start in the front row. Armit will again be joined in the starting team by talented utility player Blake Green, after Moore surprised everyone by starting him in the backrow against the Roosters last Sunday. Green went to on ensure that decision was the correct one by receiving the Coaches Award for a great all round performance in the Bulldogs solid victory over the Roosters. Moore has rewarded 2009 NSW Cup Player of the Year Danny Williams by naming him on the bench for injured forward Dean Halatau (medial ligament).

Michael Crocker will play his first game for South Sydney in the 2010 season, replacing Dave Tyrrell on the interchange bench who suffered a fractured cheekbone in the win over the Sharks last night.

Ben Cross, Junior Sa’u and Cooper Vuna return for the Newcastle Knights round 4 match against the Penrith Panthers. Continue reading

The Late Mail

Firstly, let me apologise for not posting The Late Mail last round, it certainly wasn’t for the lack of trying! I still have no idea if it was posted at all on the web as I could not locate it. But have no fear this round as it’s here early, Good Luck in your Tipping, Betting and Fantasy this week Coaches !

Click Here for The Late Mail

Match Review committee update

Bulldogs hooker Michael Ennis is in danger of missing Friday night’s NRL clash with St George Illawarra after being charged with a careless high tackle by the match review committee. Ennis faces a one-match ban whether he takes the early guilty plea or unsuccessfully fights the charge. The grade two charge stems from a sixth minute high shot on Newcastle opposite Matt Hilder in Saturday night’s 20-16 win to the Knights at ANZ Stadium. Two other players – Warriors pivot James Maloney and the Gold Coast’s Bodene Thompson – were charged with making dangerous contact with a kicker. Neither will be suspended if they accept the early guilty plea.