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Auckland Nines Round 2 wrap

Here’s our look at the opening day of the NRL Nines held at Eden Park on Saturday.

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GAME 9: EELS END ROOSTERS CAMPAIGN WITH LAST SECOND WIN

Story by Matt Pritchard

Parramatta Eels 14 Sydney Roosters 11

It was sudden death for Parramatta and Sydney Roosters after losing their respective matches in the first round.  Bevan French’s try for the Eels was cancelled out by Latrell Mitchell’s from a clever offload by Joseph Manu.  The score at half-time four apiece.

Parramatta went ahead thanks to Semi Radradra’s first try of the tournament.  Mitchell after blowing a certain try went over soon after to level at ten-all.  Braith Anasta making history by becoming the first player to kick a field goal at the Nines in it’s short three year history. A mistake by Shaun Kenny-Dowall being offside from the kick restart led to French scoring the winner for the Eels set up by Corey Norman.

Bad news for the Eels club and it’s fans, John Folau injured his hamstring early in the game that puts him in doubt for the rest of the tournament.

GAME 10: GREEN FAST BECOMING MVP OF TOURNAMENT AFTER STORM WIN

Story by Matt Pritchard

Melbourne Storm 18 South Sydney Rabbitohs 12

This game pitted both sides who won their opening round games in the Waiheke Group.  Melbourne were in control at the half time break 12-4 thanks to tries from Kenny Bromwich and Nelson Asofa-Solomona.

Blake Green’s forty-twenty two minutes from full time led to Curtis Scott scoring the match winner.  The Storm going into Sunday unbeaten.  South Sydney’s chances of retaining the Nines trophy becomes sudden death when they play Parramatta in the final game of the group tomorrow.

WAIHEKE LADDER
Storm 4 (+16)*
Rabbitohs 2 (-5)
Eels 2 (-7)
Roosters 0 (-4)
* advanced to quarter-finals

GAME 11: KNIGHTS EDGE OUT PANTHERS

Story by Matt Pritchard

Newcastle Knights 15 Penrith Panthers 14

Newcastle made amends for their first round loss to North Queensland Cowboys with victory over Penrith Panthers 15-14.  Jake Mamo was the difference scoring twice including a five point try.

Bryce Cartwright continued to make an impact for the Panthers.  His long kick downfield eventually led to Jeremy Latimore scoring next to the posts.  Both teams now face sudden death games tomorrow to advance to the knockout stage.

GAME 12: TIGERS CAUSE BOILOVER

Story by Matt Pritchard

Wests Tigers 13 North Queensland Cowboys 12

Wests Tigers have produced a stunning upset over North Queensland Cowboys to force the final matches of the Rangitoto Pool into sudden death on Sunday.  A five point try to Manaia Cherrington was the difference in the contest.

Remember this name – Gideon Gela-Mosby.  He showed lightning speed on his way to the first of two tries he scored in the opening nine minutes.  Unfortunately for the defending NRL champs Michael Morgan didn’t have an impact on this game and thus the result went against them.

RANGITOTO LADDER
Cowboys 2 (+15)
Panthers 2 (+15)
Knights 2 (-15)
Tigers 2 (-15)

GAME 13: BRAVE MANLY SOLDIER ON TO QUARTERS

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 15 New Zealand Warriors 12

Story by Rachel O’Reilly

Manly made the most of their first set against the Warriors with a try to Williame, but the rest of the half would be dominated by Warriors with slick play and Shaun Johnson’s valuable ability to kick drop goals to convert, leading to a 12 – 4 halftime score line. Manly young fun Jake Trbojevic was lost after heavy contact with Konrad Hurrell’s leg in the opening stretch of the second half, adding to the injury list after losing stalwart Jamie Buhrer to a head knock. A crafty kick and a bonus zone try and conversion put Manly in front for the first time with only a minute and a half to go. Despite losing four players in an eighteen minute game, Manly held on to win by 3. Man of the Match: Tom Trbojevic

GAME 14: BULLDOGS END BRONCOS CAMPAIGN

Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs 15 Brisbane Broncos 13

Story by Rachel O’Reilly

The Bulldogs seemed to have learned from their mistakes in their first game of the day, with their initiative in defense and attack leading them to an 8 – 0 lead by the fifth minute. By half time, an intercept bonus zone try and conversion to Tyrone Phillips saw them sitting pretty at 15 – 0. Brisbane hit back in the second half, scraping their way to 13 points, but ultimately they left their inspired run a little late to salvage the game.  Man of the Match: Greg Eastwood

HUNUA LADDER
Sea Eagles 4 (+6)*
Warriors 2 (+23)
Bulldogs 2 (-24)
Broncos 0 (-5)
* advanced to quarter-finals

GAME 15: SHIRE CONTROVERSY SOURS SHARKS WIN

Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 17  St George Illawarra Dragons 8

Story by Rachel O’Reilly

The Sharks opened the scoring via Chad Townsend. St George returned fire, and everything looked quite evenly matched until a runaway Ben Barba put on a show reminiscent of his Dally M-winning 2012 season to claim a try in the seventh minute. After a lengthy arm wrestle in the second half, Gerard Beale was able to split away from the back and score a bonus zone try, sealing The Sharks second win of the day.

The Dragons were denied a bonus try after a referee blunder judged Kalifa Fai Fai Loa to go dead in goal when he was well inside the ingoal. Man of the Match: Ben Barba

GAME 16: TITANS TOO GOOD FOR RAIDERS

Gold Coast Titans 26 Canberra Raiders 15

Story by Rachel O’Reilly

In the last game of the day, the Raiders were unlucky to be down at half time. Fantastic Titans goal line defence denied them two tries after they crossed the line, keeping the half time score to 9 – 4. Sisa Waqa regained some ground for Canberra shortly after play resumed, but a mistake two plays later saw Gold Coast new recruit Tyrone Roberts slice through and score, converting his own try. Backed up by some firm metres from Greg Bird, the Titans looked inspired in the final minutes, posting two tries. Canberra claimed one more in the 17th minute, but it made little difference to the outcome.  Man of the Match: Agnatius Paasi

PIHA GROUP
Sharks 4 (+20)*
Titans 2 (0)
Raiders 2 (-3)
Dragons 0 (-17)
* advanced to quarter-finals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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