South Sydney v St George-Illawarra
Sat Feb 15, 3:40pm NZT
Selected Auckland 9's TeamsLate Changes
Starting line up was Merritt, Johntson, Reddy, Walker, Keary, Koroisau, Tyrrell, McQueen and Sutton. With Simone not playing in this game. The rest formed the interchange bench.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs have won their opening round matchup against the St George Illawarra Dragons at Eden Park with an emphatic 23-4 victory. New recruits Joel Reddy and Lote Tuqiri both bagged tries, while Reddy grabbed the sides only goal of the match. The game started poorly for the Dragons who kicked the ball out on the full, gifting the Rabbitohs early possession. The Dragons defended well following the mistake, but it was the Rabbitohs who went in first by taking advantage of an overlap for Alex Johnston to go in the corner. A booming conversion gave the Rabbitohs an early 6-0 lead. The try was to be the only points of the first half in one of the tightest affairs of the first day of proceedings. The Dragons’ Josh Dugan came within a whisker of scoring on a number of occasions – including just before the break, but some brilliant defence from the Rabbitohs kept the Dragons at bay. On the resumption, John Sutton put in a perfectly placed kick into the in-goal for a flying Chris McQueen, who bettered the position to extend the Rabbitohs’ lead to 10 points and it didn’t end there. From a short kick-off, McQueen regathered before Lote Tuqiri was given a perfect final ball to send the big winger into the corner to make it 14-0 in the Rabbitohs’ favour. Joel Reddy was the next one to go in, with the new recruit taking advantage of a lapse of defence from the Dragons up the middle for the big centre/winger striding 40 metres to make it 19-0 with a five-point try. The Dragons weren’t dead yet though, with Brett Morris taking a long pass close to the line before crossing the stripe to go over. The men in red and green finished it all up though with another clever kick from John Sutton, who put in a low stabbing one in behind the defensive line for Luke Keary to score to round out the match.
3 min 6-0 10 min 10-0 11 min 14-0 16 min 19-4 17 min 23-4 Reddy 5pt try Johnston, McQueen, Tuqiri, Keary tries Reddy goal Referee L.Phillips Penalities 1-2 Scrums 0-0 Effective 1st Tackles 1 min 0m P / Walker kick CIG 2 min 10m Sutton kick 3 min 0m TRY 4 min 59m SS P (Lowe) 6 min 76m SI Err / ChOv 32m / SS P (Teo) 8 min 55m SI Err / Sutton kick SS Err (Turner) half time 10 min 0m Sutton kick TRY 11 min 0m TRY 14 min 0m TRY 16 min 100m SS Err (Turner) 17 min 0m Sutton kick TRY Average effective 1st tackle location - 27.3m - for the whole match - 33.3m - 1st half - 20.0m - 2nd half Other 9's Round 1 Matches 15-12 Eden Cronulla b Newcastle 22-7 Eden Gold Coast b Wests-Tig 18-11 Eden Parramatta b Sydney 20-4 Eden Brisbane b Canterbury 25-14 Eden Warriors b Canberra 17-8 Eden Manly b Nth Qld 14-11 Eden Penrith b Melbourne BLUE Pool W D L F A Diff Pt GOLD COAST 1 - - 22 7 +15 2 CRONULLA 1 - - 15 12 +3 2 Newcastle - - 1 12 15 -3 - Wests-Tig - - 1 7 22 -15 - GREEN Pool W D L F A Diff Pt BRISBANE 1 - - 20 4 +16 2 PARRAMATTA 1 - - 18 11 +7 2 Sydney - - 1 11 18 -7 - Canterbury - - 1 4 20 -16 - YELLOW Pool W D L F A Diff Pt WARRIORS 1 - - 25 14 +11 2 MANLY 1 - - 17 8 +9 2 Nth Qld - - 1 8 17 -9 - Canberra - - 1 14 25 -11 - RED Pool W D L F A Diff Pt SOUTHS 1 - - 23 4 +19 2 PENRITH 1 - - 14 11 +3 2 Melbourne - - 1 11 14 -3 - St Geo-Ill - - 1 4 23 -19 -
No one was charged out of the match.2014 Auckland 9's - Round 2
South Sydney v Melbourne
Sat Feb 15, 7:00pm NZT
Starting line up was Merritt, Johntson, Walker, Keary, Koroisau, Tyrrell, McQueen, Te'o and Sutton. With Turner not playing in this game. The rest formed the interchange bench.
South Sydney went down to the Melbourne Storm in the penultimate match of day one of the Auckland Nines today (Saturday), by 18-12. The Rabbitohs put themselves in great early position with a deep regathered kick from Dylan Walker and the movement paid dividends immediately, with John Sutton showing great vision again with hi kicking game. In an identical move to game one, Sutton put in a well-weighted kick into the in-goal for a flying Nathan Merritt, who grabbed the first try of the match. The Storm squared the ledger with a try to Will Chambers though, who took a ball from Justin O’Neill after a high kick to make it four apiece. The try came at an even bigger cost for the Rabbitohs though, with Dylan Walker copping the boots of O’Neill in the face – Walker overcoming the injury to play on. A mistake from the Rabbitohs from the kick-off allowed the Storm to take the lead with a five-point try to Chambers with a conversion. Right on the stroke of half-time, Joel Reddy finished off a well-constructed backline movement to cross the stripe to narrow the score to 11-8 to round off the half. After the break, the Storm were handed an opportunity after a mistake gifted them a bonus-zone try to Mahe Fonua to all but wrap-up the result. On the back of a number of penalties piggy-backing the side up the field, the Rabbitohs clawed back with a try to Beau Champion to make it 18-12. But the weight of mistakes and enthusiastic play from the Storm was too much for the men in red and green to overcome – the match finishing at 18-12.
1 min 4-0 5 min 4-4 7 min 4-11 9 min 8-11 10 min 8-18 12 min 12-18 Merritt, Reddy, Champion tries no goals Referee A.Shortall Penalities 3-1 Scrums 0-0 Effective 1st Tackles 1 min 0m M Err / Sutton kick TRY 3 min 28m SS Err (Merritt) 5 min 42m SS Err (Keary) / (M TRY) 7 min 93m SS Err (Sutton) 88m / SS P (Sutton) / (M TRY) 8 min 0m TRY half time 9 min 6m Keary kick 10 min 100m SS Err (Walker) (M TRY) 12 min 0m P / P / TRY 15 min 70m M Err / SS Err (Reddy) 16 min 47m DO 18 min 40m P / SS Err (Sutton) Average effective 1st tackle location - 38.7m - for the whole match - 32.6m - 1st half - 43.8m - 2nd half Other 9's Round 2 Matches 21-15 Eden Wests-Tig b Cronulla 25-14 Eden Newcastle b Gold Coast 14-7 Eden Sydney b Brisbane 23-6 Eden Parramatta b Canterbury 27-4 Eden Warriors b Manly 24-0 Eden Nth Qld b Canberra 23-8 Eden Penrith b St Geo-Ill BLUE Pool W D L F A Diff Pt NEWCASTLE 1 - 1 37 29 +8 2 GOLD COAST 1 - 1 36 33 +3 2 Cronulla 1 - 1 30 33 -3 2 Wests-Tig 1 - 1 28 37 -9 2 GREEN Pool W D L F A Diff Pt PARRAMATTA 2 - - 41 17 +24 4 BRISBANE 1 - 1 27 18 +9 2 Sydney 1 - 1 25 25 0 2 Canterbury - - 2 10 43 -33 - YELLOW Pool W D L F A Diff Pt WARRIORS 2 - - 52 18 +34 4 NTH QLD 1 - 1 32 17 +15 2 Manly 1 - 1 21 35 -14 2 Canberra - - 2 14 49 -35 - RED Pool W D L F A Diff Pt PENRITH 2 - - 37 19 +18 4 SOUTHS 1 - 1 35 22 +13 2 Melbourne 1 - 1 29 26 +3 - St Geo-Ill - - 1 12 46 -34 -
No one was charged out of the match.2014 Auckland 9's - Round 3
South Sydney v Penrith
Sun Feb 16, 3:00pm NZT
Starting lineup was Merritt, Walker, Keary, Koroisau, Tyrrell, McQueen, Te'o, Sutton and Tuqiri. With Reddy not playing in this game. The rest formed the interchange bench.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs have defeated the Penrith Panthers by 18-16 today in the final group game of Pool Red – the Panthers topping the pool on for and against. The match started poorly for the Panthers with Eto Nabuli’s kick-off not travelling the required 10 metres and the mistake proved costly for them – Chris McQueen scoring first points for the Rabbitohs out wide to make it 4-0. The story got better for the Rabbitohs when the ball bounced in-field from the ensuing kick-off before bouncing out, gifting the Rabbitohs possession. Off the back of the move, Souths put themselves in attacking position before Captain Ben Te’o crossed for a try to make it 8-0. The Panthers turned it around with Kevin Kingston managing to plant the ball over the line despite a valiant defensive effort from the Rabbitohs out wide. Matt Moylan converted to make it 8-6. The fight-back was short-lived though, with the Rabbitohs making full use of the next set of six before Apisai Koroisau sliced through a gaping hole to score to bring the score to 12-6 just before half-time. After the break, Luke Keary showed great vision and kicking ability to put a perfectly-timed kick in behind the Pathers defensive line for Dylan Walker to swoop through and score. Some poor defence from the Rabbitohs gifted the Panthers’ Campbell Gillard a converted try before Josh Mansour added his own four-pointer to bring the final score to 18-16 in the Rabbitohs’ favour. The result means the Rabbitohs go through to the quarter finals to take on hosts, the NZ Warriors – and only undefeated side in the competition
1 min 4-0 3 min 8-0 4 min 8-6 7 min 12-6 13 min 18-6 15 min 18-12 17 min 18-16 McQueen, Te'o, Koroisau, Walker tries Koroisau goal Referee A.Devcich Penalities 2-1 Scrums 0-0 Effective 1st Tackles 1 min 0m P / TRY 2 min 0m Pe Err / TRY 4 min 30m KO / (Pe TRY) 6 min 0m TRY 7 min 90m KO 25m / 6TG (Johnston) half time 11 min 60m SS Err (Johnston) 13 min 0m P / Keary kick TRY 14 min 55m SS P (Koroisau) / (Pe TRY) 15 min 88m SS Err (McQueen) 16 min 88m SS Err (Tuqiri) / (Pe TRY) Average effective 1st tackle location - 41.1m - for the whole match - 24.0m - 1st half - 58.2m - 2nd half Other 9's Round 3 Matches 30-14 Eden Cronulla b Gold Coast 25-0 Eden Newcastle b Wests-Tig 16-4 Eden Canterbury b Sydney 15-14 Eden Brisbane b Parramatta 28-23 Eden Warriors b Nth Qld 18-4 Eden Canberra b Manly 14-10 Eden St Geo-Ill b Melbourne BLUE Pool W D L F A Diff Pt NEWCASTLE 2 - 1 62 29 +33 4 CRONULLA 2 - 1 60 47 +13 4 Gold Coast 1 - 2 50 63 -13 2 Wests-Tig 1 - 2 28 62 -34 2 GREEN Pool W D L F A Diff Pt PARRAMATTA 2 - 1 55 32 +23 4 BRISBANE 2 - 1 42 32 +10 4 Canterbury 1 - 2 26 47 -11 2 Sydney 1 - 2 29 41 -12 2 YELLOW Pool W D L F A Diff Pt WARRIORS 3 - - 80 41 +39 6 NTH QLD 1 - 2 55 45 +10 2 Canberra 1 - 2 32 53 -21 2 Manly 1 - 2 25 53 -28 2 RED Pool W D L F A Diff Pt PENRITH 2 - 1 53 37 +16 4 SOUTHS 2 - 1 53 38 +15 4 Melbourne 1 - 2 39 40 -1 2 St Geo-Ill 1 - 2 26 56 -30 2
No one was charged out of the match.2014 Auckland 9's - Quarter Finals
South Sydney v Warriors
Sun Feb 16, 4:20pm NZT
Starting lineup was Merritt, Walker, Keary, Koroisau, Tyrrell, McQueen, Turner, Sutton and Tuqiri. With Simone not playing in this game. The rest formed the interchange bench.
South Sydney have bowed out of the 2014 Auckland Nines tournament this afternoon after going down to host side, the New Zealand Warriors in a tight 17-16 affair. In a tight opening two minutes, Dylan Walker tried to spark something by kicking in behind the Warriors’ line. The play nearly came off with Walker leading the chase, but he was unable to regather. But it was the Warriors who drew first blood, with Glen Fisiiahi hitting the ball at speed to race over for a converted try. The Warriors backed it up again with an easy try through Ngani Laumape who powered over in similar fashion to the Fisiiahi try to leave the score at 10-0 at half-time. On the resumption, a simple kick in behind the line from John Sutton into the in-goal allowed Chris McQueen to go over for the side’s first try of the game thanks to the Warriors failing to diffuse. The Warriors hit straight back however when Shaun Johnson split the Rabbitohs before racing to 30 metres to score a bonus zone try. Sam Tomkins converted to make it 17-4. With match winding down, a grubber-kick from close range allowed Nathan Merritt to score. Koroisau converted and it was closely followed by a quick converted try to Dylan Walker. But it wasn’t enough for the Rabbitohs – the game finishing at 17-16 in the Warriors’ favour with the home side progressing through to the semi-finals.
4 min 0-6 6 min 0-10 10 min 4-10 12 min 4-17 16 min 10-17 17 min 16-17 McQueen, Merritt, Walker tries Koroisau, Walker goals Referee G.Sutton Penalities 0-1 Scrums 0-0 Effective 1st Tackles 1 min 32m Walker kick SS Err (Walker) 3 min 75m DO / (Au TRY) 5 min 62m SS Err (Turner) / (Au TRY) 7 min 95m SS Err (McQueen) 74m / SS P (Teo) half time 9 min 0m Sutton kick TRY 10 min 25m KO / (Au TRY) 13 min 65m SS Err (Champion) 14 min 33m Au Err / Teo kick 15 min 2m Koroisau kick 16 min 0m Au Err / Sutton kick TRY 17 min 0m Au Err / Walker kick TRY Average effective 1st tackle location - 35.4m - for the whole match - 66.0m - 1st half - 17.9m - 2nd half Other 9's Quarter Final Matches 16-11 Eden Brisbane b Newcastle 17-6 Eden Cronulla b Parramatta 22-12 Eden Nth Qld b Penrith 9's Semi-Final Matches 18-14 Eden Brisbane b Cronulla 8-0 Eden Nth Qld b Warriors 9's Final 16-7 Eden Nth Qld b Brisbane Other FG Trials 32-4 Kanw Sydney b Newcastle
NSW Cup Trial
v Wyong, TGMi Sat Feb 15 3:00pm
Late Changes Auava'a, Luke Burgess and Tom Burgess were late additions. Wyong Roos were beaten 22 – 12 by North Sydney Bears at T G Milner Field Eastwood last Saturday in the first trial for 2014. Wyong led 12 – 4 at half time. The Bears assumed the lead 20 minutes from fulltime, ultimately outscoring the Roos five tries to two. The Roos were enterprising from the opening set. Mitch Williams jumped out from acting half and kicked to his left late in the tackle count. Winger Kyle McGregor regathered the kick close to the touchline and was brought to ground 15m from the line. Williams attacked the short side then kicked mid-field. The ball was collected in goal by the Bears half who then ran it back into the field of play. The Wyong attacking movement had travelled some 90m. North Sydney trialled a large squad which included Luke and Tom Burgess. The Bears played a Madge Maguire based game with big, mobile forwards receiving the ball from acting half at pace and on the advantage line, punching into the soft spot behind the ruck. The plan was simple but effective, demanding from the Roos a fast retreat and committed defence to slow the North Sydney momentum. Wyong scored first when Williams kicked in goal from acting half and Tekina (Big T) Vailea touched down. Dezzie Nicholls added the extras from close to the posts. Prop Inoke (Noks) Vunipola had two carries in the first set from the restart, moving the ball to the 50m mark. When possession changed, Tom Burgess split the Roos close to the ruck and charged upfield, only to be brought to ground by Roos fullback Grant Nelson in a difficult one on one tackle. The Bears had Wyong back pedalling, and their five eighth’s kick for his left winger was caught on the full, with the winger crashing over to score. Dezzie Nicholls kick off was mishandled by the Bears, surrendering possession and field position to the Roos. From the resulting scrum, Alex Langbridge worked a second man play with Nelson sweeping to the left. Nelson had too much pace and burned the defence on the outside scoring close to the corner. Nicholls nailed the conversion and the Roos were ahead 12 – 4. Bears Coach Wayne Lambkin made several changes and North Sydney were dominating the middle of the park by halftime. Coach Taylor made a number of changes himself. The Roos intensity in defence and fluency in attack dropped off from that point, with the Bears slowly taking control of the match and the scoreboard. The Bears’ endeavours were aided by a 14 – 7 penalty count.
18 min 0-6 24 min 4-6 29 min 4-12 50 min 8-12 59 min 14-12 66 min 18-12 79 min 22-12 C.Johnston, Auava'a, Hayward, Roberts tries goalsNSWRL U18 SG Ball Rd1
v Manly-Warringah, Brok, Sat Feb 15 11:30am
35 min 16-4 T.Cottrell 2, N.Butcher 2, G.Leota-Fuimano, S.Raki, J.Tufaga tries S.Talaki 4, T.Cottrell goals Other U18 Matches 18-12 Ende Cronulla b St George 27-12 Cabr Penrith b Parramatta 24-22 SMry WSyd Acad b West Coast 22-18 TGMi Balmain b Norths 36-12 Kanw Illawarra b Central Coast 42-34 CsyF Sydney b Melbourne 24-16 Belm Canberra b Canterbury 28-14 Cess Wests b Newcastle W D L Diff PT SOUTHS 1 - - +28 2 ILLAWARRA 1 - - +24 2 PENRITH 1 - - +15 2 WESTS 1 - - +14 2 SYDNEY 1 - - +8 2 CANBERRA 1 - - +8 2 CRONULLA 1 - - +6 2 BALMAIN 1 - - +4 2 W Syd Academy 1 - - +2 2 West Coast - - 1 -2 - Norths - - 1 -4 - St George - - 1 -6 - Melbourne - - 1 -8 - Canterbury - - 1 -8 - Newcastle - - 1 -14 - Parramatta - - 1 -15 - Central Coast - - 1 -24 - Manly - - 1 -28 -
NSWRL U16 Matthews Rd1
v Manly-Warringah, 10:00am
30 min 10-18 E.Guler 2, M.Hiroti, H.Fuimamono tries T.McGurgan 2, M.Hiroti goals Other U16 Matches 18-10 Ende Cronulla b St George 36-0 Cabr Penrith b Parramatta 22-8 SMry WSyd Acad b SWSyd Acad 38-4 TGMi Balmain b Norths 15-14 Kanw Illawarra b Central Coast 36-0 CsyF Sydney b Melbourne 20-10 Belm Canberra b Canterbury 26-24 Cess Wests b Newcastle W D L Diff PT PENRITH 1 - - +36 2 SYDNEY 1 - - +36 2 BALMAIN 1 - - +34 2 W SYD ACADEMY 1 - - +14 2 MANLY 1 - - +10 2 CANBERRA 1 - - +10 2 CRONULLA 1 - - +8 2 WESTS 1 - - +2 2 Illawarra 1 - - +1 2 Central Coast - - 1 -1 - Newcastle - - 1 -2 - St George - - 1 -8 - Souths - - 1 -10 - Canterbury - - 1 -10 - SW Syd Academy - - 1 -14 - Norths - - 1 -34 - Parramatta - - 1 -36 - Melbourne - - 1 -36 -