Tag Archive: Paul Aiton


GUILTY! The Judiciary Fallout

The NRL judiciary has been given the night off this week with all six players charged by the match review committee taking the early guilty plea on Tuesday. Manly co-captain Jason King, Canberra prop Brett White, Warriors five-eighth James Maloney and Cronulla hooker Paul Aiton will all sit out one game, while Matt Bowen and Luke Walsh are both free to play. King’s absence, for a knee lift in last weekend’s loss to Melbourne, leaves the Sea Eagles without a skipper with Jamie Lyon out for a month with a hamstring strain. White’s absence has opened the door for Josh Miller to come into Canberra’s squad, while young gun Isaac John replaces Maloney in the Warriors No.6 jumper.

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The NRL Match-Review committee today laid six charges from the weekend games; Brett White, Jason King, Matt Bowen, James Maloney, Paul Aiton and Luke Walsh all having cases to answer. Sharks Paul Aiton is facing two weeks on the sidelines after he was charged with an alleged heat butt on Raiders Joel Thompson. Aiton will miss one week if he pleads guilty, or could face two weeks if he fights the charge and loses. Canberra’s Brett White and Manly’s Jason King could both miss a week of football after being charged with Grade 1 dangerous contact for lifting knees while running with the ball. Matt Bowen is facing a Grade 1 dangerous contact charge for sliding in with the feet on Broncos Matt Gillett, but will avoid suspension if he takes the early guilty plea. Warriors five-eighth James Maloney could miss his side’s clash with the Wests Tigers after he was charged for dangerous contact on Jarryd Hayne. Panthers halfback Luke Walsh has been charged with a high tackle on Knights James McManus, but will not miss the Round 2 clash with Parramatta. Continue reading

Cowboys fullback Matt Bowen will today come under scrutiny from the NRL match review committee for lashing out with his foot to try and stop a try in Friday night’s 16-14 defeat of the Broncos. Bowen was not put on report, but the 56th minute incident was flagged for review after he twice tried to use his boot to stop Brisbane utility Matt Gillett grounding the ball. Gillett managed to get across the tryline, but was penalised for a double movement in a crucial call by match officials as the Broncos were trailing 16-10 at the time. The incident is one of several that will be studied closely today by the NRL match review panel to determine whether contact was made, including allegations of lifting knees against Manly prop Jason King and Canberra’s Brett White. Warriors halfback James Maloney also faces an anxious wait to learn whether he is charged over an early tackle on Parramatta star Jarryd Hayne while he was fielding a kick during the Eels 24-18 win at Eden Park on Saturday night. Continue reading

Raiders thrash Sharks in eventful match

Canberra thrashed hapless Cronulla 40-12 in a seven-try NRL rout at Canberra Stadium.The Sharks were unable to stop the Raiders from piling on the points as the Green Machine that rolled into the 2010 finals continued from where they left off last year. Compounding the Sharks’s woes was the sending off of hooker Paul Aiton in the 74th minute for headbutting Raiders centre Joel Thompson. Meanwhile, in a major surprise, the Newcastle Knights scored seven tries against a poor Penrith at Penrith Stadium.Back in Canberra, the Raiders – already without Josh Dugan – did suffered a couple of setbacks. Captain Alan Tongue injured an AC joint after a shoulder charge on Cronulla prop Kade Snowden in the opening minutes and took no further part in the match, while prop Brett White was placed on report for knee lifting. Continue reading

The poor old Sharks, they just can’t get it right on or off the field but when it comes to the Dream Team they do have a list of players that are worth considering after their final bye in round 14.  Everyone knows about Paul Gallen (2RF) @ $333,300.00 averaging 49.55 and Luke Douglas (FRF) @ $265,100.00 averaging 40.45.  So rather than talk about those players I have selected three others that might be worth a look and might be more in your price range at this end of the season.

Kade Snowden (FRF) @ $259,100.00 averaging 39.55.  I have watched this bloke for the last three years in Dream Team.  I had him in my team in 2008 but he just wasn’t getting a regular game.  I considered him at the start of this season but his starting price ($274,600.00) and the Sharks draw made me look elsewhere for a FRF.  Well he has played every game for the sharks this season and while he is not popular amongst Dream Team players there is a lot to like about this guy.  His lowest score came in round 6 where he scored 29 points and could have been more, loosing 9 points in mistakes.  Every other round has been 36 or better with his highest score of 47 came in round 8 against the Dragons.  While his tackle count fluctuates he has pulled off 343 for the year with a low of 21 in round 7 and a high of 41 in round 8.  Looking at his season so you can pretty much expect tackles in the high 20’s in each game.   He has scored 117 points in MG (you can expect 10 per game), a try and some points in LB and OL but on the down side he has conceded 49 points from mistakes, 21 from missed tackles, 14 from errors in general play and 14 in penalties.  At his season average his market price is about right but with scores of 40 and 45 in his last two games you can expect his price to go up if he scores 38 or more in his next game.  He is one of those rare players who deliver their average each game and there would be a lot of coaches happy with scores of 39 coming from their lower priced line up.     Continue reading

In-N-Out Round 3

Cronulla coach Ricky Stuart has rung the changes in a bid to boost a toothless Sharks outfit looking to prevent a 13th successive NRL defeat against South Sydney on Monday. In what has turned into a must-win match for both sides, Stuart has wielded the axe on halfback Scott Porter, misfiring centre Ben Pomeroy and winger Isaac Gordon. Promising young playmaker Albert Kelly will make his first NRL start at fullback with Blake Ferguson restored to the wing. John Morris will move to halfback with Paul Aiton named as hooker with new signing Dean Collis to make his long-awaited debut in the centres.

Wests Tigers’ Lote Tuqiri will remain on the wing for his side’s clash with Parramatta on Friday after coach Tim Sheens opted to promote Mitch Brown to fullback with Tim Moltzen moving to halfback. Sheens was forced into the switch after Robert Lui was ruled out for up to six weeks with an ankle injury, and despite speculation Tuqiri would don the No.1 shirt, 22-year-old Brown has been given the nod.

Parramatta coach Daniel Anderson has rewarded Fuifui Moimoi for his excellent display off the bench against Manly last week, with a starting spot against Wests Tigers on Friday in his 100th NRL game. Moimoi replaces NSW prop Justin Poore who is dropped to the bench, with Krisnan Inu coming in for the injured Luke Burt, who is sidelined with a knee injury.

Newcastle second-rower Cameron Ciraldo will make his long-awaited return to action after a year out following the horrific injury he sustained in the 2009 round two clash against Cronulla. Ciraldo, who fractured his fibula and dislocated his ankle after his foot became wedged in a tackle, is named on the bench for the Knights’ clash with Manly at Bluetongue Stadium on Saturday.

Melbourne have named premiership-winning halfback Cooper Cronk as 18th man following off-season groin surgery for the Storm’s trip to Penrith on Saturday at CUA Stadium.

Panthers utility Luke Lewis will start at five-eighth for the home side after Travis Burns was ruled out with a knee injury.