‘Dirty, rotten party trick’: Turbo shines as young winger shows off skills in Manly’s dominant win over Newcastle

Tom Trbojevic’s fullback return has helped keep Manly in the top eight, with the Sea Eagles captain spearheading his side to a 44-6 win over Newcastle.

In a brutally one-sided affair at Brookvale Oval, Trbojevic tormented Newcastle’s makeshift edges and tore apart the Knights’ defence.

With no Kalyn Ponga, Bradman Best or Dane Gagai, Newcastle struggled to threaten in attack and never appeared to be in the contest.

In defence, the makeshift centres of Dylan Lucas and Thomas Cant were sitting ducks for Trbojevic.

Playing out of position at centre himself a week ago as Manly eased him back from a hamstring injury, Trbojevic only moved back to fullback with Tolu Koula injured this week.

But on Sunday he put to bed any questions over his best position in this Sea Eagles side.

The 27-year-old’s speed and presence were issues for the Knights defenders all match, as he regularly created space out wide for his outside men.

Winger Lehi Hopoate benefited with a double, while fellow outside backs Jason Saab, Reuben Garrick and Tommy Talau all scored tries.

Jamie Humphreys of the Sea Eagles celebrates scoring a try with Haumole Olakau’atu of the Sea Eagles during the NRL Round 19 match between the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles and the Newcastle Knights at 4 Brookvale Oval in Sydney, Sunday, July 14 2024. (AAP: James Gourley)

Of Manly’s eight tries, four came when Trbojevic swung across to an edge and chimed in before a winger or centre broke downfield.

He set up another when he scooped up a ball on the half-volley and found Haumole Olakau’atu unmarked, putting the second-rower over untouched.

The Manly fullback also scored one try himself, chasing down a Luke Brooks bomb and leaping over opposite number Fletcher Sharpe to catch the ball and score.

Still, the highlight of the day belonged to Hopoate, who set up a try by running onto a cross-field kick from Brooks, catching it and passing inside to Talau in one motion.

South Sydney-bound halfback Jamie Humphreys also impressed on debut, scoring Manly’s first and having some nice touches in their backline movements.

Manly had entered Sunday with the worst record of all teams in Origin-affected rounds since 2016, winning only one of nine.

But they emerged from it in seventh spot on the ladder, still only one point clear of ninth-placed St George Illawarra and three points off Cronulla in fourth.

Newcastle could have entered the top eight with victory on Sunday.

Instead, they remain in 10th and with a difficult fortnight ahead against Brisbane and Penrith.

Their only points came when Tyson Frizell crossed late, but by that stage they trailed 38-0.

Their afternoon was summed up by two penalties from kick-offs, while one of Manly’s tries came in the plays after Newcastle failed to get a man to dummy-half.

Look back on how all the action unfolded in our live blog.

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That is all for the ABC Sport live blog

That brings an end to round 19 of the NRL.

It ended with a thumping win for the Manly Sea Eagles.

They were far too good for Newcastle today.

We will be back on Wednesday night for the State of Origin decider at Lang Park.

I hope you join us then.

Goodnight.

A debut to remember for Jamie Humphreys

‘The whole game was pretty poor’: Frizell says Newcastle must learn from loss

Newcastle captain Tyson Frizell says he was most disappointed with how his team lost.

He says they are usually “in the fight” in their defeats, but this afternoon they were dominated from the start.

“To be honest, the whole game was pretty poor.”

Newcastle coach describes loss as a ‘hard one to watch’

Adam O’Brien says he is disappointed with how his side played in their 44-6 defeat to Manly.

“It was a hard one to watch — hard one to be a part of,” O’Brien says.

“Manly played well. They exposed our inexperience on [the] edges.”

O’Brien said this afternoon’s performance was one which needed to be forgotten about in a hurry.

“We can’t let it define us. We’ve got to pick ourselves up and regroup.”

Newcaslte coach Adam O’Brien is speaking to media now

After watching his team get thrashed 44-6, Adam O’Brien is speaking to the media.

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FULL-TIME: Manly Sea Eagles 44 def. Newcastle Knights 6

A great win for the Manly Sea Eagles who end round 19 in the top eight of the NRL.

TomTrbovejic was outstanding in his second match back from injury.

Young winger Lehi Hopoate was exceptional with two tries and a special pass to set up another.

Newcastle were awful this afternoon. They were never in the contest and were well beaten.

78′ TRY: Hopoate caps off a terrific day for Manly with another try

Manly are in for the eighth time, with Lehi Hopoate scoring his second of the afternoon.

It all came off a Newcastle drop-ball, which was picked up by Tom Trbovejic who made a half break and put the Sea Eagles on the front foot.

Manly worked their way further into Newcastle’s territory, before swinging the ball to the left wing and Hopoate scoring in the corner.

Trbovejic was instrumental in that move. In his second game back from injury, Tom is looking close to his best.

Not much to watch if you tipped wrong

Hello Mick, I missed the start and now it’s time to look away – I picked the Knights…

– Mike

Hey Mike.

At least you were able to join me on the ABC Sport live blog.

73′ TRY: Tyson Frizell scores for Newcastle

There is finally something to cheer about for Knights fans.

Tyson Frizell has crashed over for Newcastle’s first try.

The Knights had great field position after receiving a penalty for an escort, tapping the ball just 10 metres from their line.

Two six-again restarts allowed Newcastle to maintain pressure, until Frizell was finally about to burst through and score.

Garrick off and Caleb Navale makes his debut

Something I missed earlier, we have another debutant,

Caleb Navale has come onto the field for his first NRL match. 

He replaces Reuben Garrick, who has been ill throughout the week according the ABC Sport sideline eye John Gibbs.

67′ TRY: Manly score again as Newcastle forget to have a dummy-half

On a day of awful moments for Newcastle, we now have the worst.

The Knights have a play the ball on the halfway — but no-one was at dummy-half to pick up the ball.

Manly’s Luke Brooks, from marker, picks up the ball and sprints downfield. Brooks is brought down a metre from the line.

Two plays later, Manly passes the ball out to the right and second-rower Haumole Olakau’atu strolls into the in-goal for the Sea Eagles’ seventh try.

Manly defending like it is a tied-game

Manly are fighting for every inch, despite the big 32-point lead.

Newcastle finally had a great chance to score, and really threatened

Several offloads had the Sea Eagles’ defence in trouble, but Newcastle could not cross the line.

There was always someone in maroon and white there to deny the Knights.

That might be what Manly coach Anthony Seibold will be most pleased with tonight.

59′ TRY: Lehi Hopoate scores for Manly as Newcastle are their own enemy

I said it in the last post, and I will say it again.

Spare a thought for Newcastle coach Adam O’Brien who has watched his side implode this afternoon.

The Knights drop a simple pass in their own half, and off the subsequent sent Manly score.

Hopoate did not have to do very much.

Manly shifted the ball to the left and they just went through the hands.

All Hopoate needed to do on the wing catch the ball, run 10 metres, and score.

Too easy for Manly.

Newcastle holding on but not landing any blows

Much like the first half, after being blown off the park early in the half the Knights have managed to stem the momentum.

Their last few sets have been promising, but they are still yet to truly threaten the Manly try line.

Spare a thought for coach Adam O’Brien who has just been shown looking very despondent by the television broadcast.

43′ TRY: Manly make the perfect start to the second half. Garrick scores

The right-edge attack from the Manly Sea Eagles are too good for Newcastle’s defence.

They swing the pass to the right and Reuben Garrick draws in the Newcastle winger and passes to Jason Saab.

Saab makes a run down the sideline and he just has the fullback to beat.

Saab does not do anything silly, he passes back inside to Garrick and Manly has their fifth try.

The second half begins at Brookvale Oval

Manly lead 20-0 and they were terrific in the first half.

It will need to be a significant turnaround if the Knights are to make this a contest.

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– Stephen

HT: Manly Sea Eagles 20 leading Newcastle Knights 0

Manly have been brilliant in this first half.

They ran in four tries, with the last of them producing some of the best handling of the footy you will see this season from Lehi Hopoate.

Newcastle had one great chance at scoring when Adam Elliot crossed the line, but the pass to him was forward.

The only saving grace for Newcastle is Manly’s only loss at Brookvale Oval this year was to Canberra, after they lead 20-0.

36′ TRY: Manly score with a ‘party trick’

Lehi Hopoate has produced a special play to allow Tommy Talau to score Manly’s fourth try of the first half. 

It’s fifth tackle and halfback  Jamie Humphreys sees Newcastle’s defence is weak on the left wing.

He puts on the perfect kick to a running Hopoate, who catches and without looking passes inside to Talau who scores.

ABC Sport caller Andrew Moore put it perfectly:

“That’s not a try. That’s a stinking, dirty, rotten party trick.”

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Latrell Mitchell is back for NSW as coach Maguire make several changes for Game II

NSW Blues coach Michael Maguire has made five changes ahead of the state’s must-win Game II.

Mitchell Moses has been chosen as the Blues halfback, with Nicho Hynes being dropped after a quiet outing in Game I.

Latrell Mitchell will make his return to the State of Origin arena, being selected at centre for the suspended Joseph Sua’ali’i.

Meanwhile, Sydney’s Connor Watson and Penrith’s Dylan Edwards have been named in the starting 17 to make their debuts.

Edwards was selected at fullback for Game I, but suffered an injury in training which ruled him out. 

Former captain James Tedesco played at fullback in Game I, but Maguire has again shown his belief in the Panthers’ custodian to perform on the biggest stage.

Cronulla captain Cam McInnes has been named in the squad, dropped from the 17 to make way for Watson.

NSW Blues State of Origin Game II

1. Dylan Edwards (Penrith Panthers)

2. Brian To’o (Penrith Panthers)

3. Stephen Crichton (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)

4. Latrell Mitchell (South Sydney Rabbitohs)

5. Zac Lomax (St George Illawarra Dragons)

6. Jarome Luai (Penrith Panthers)

7. Mitchell Moses (Parramatta Eels)

8. Jake Trbojevic (c) (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles)

9. Reece Robson (North Queensland Cowboys)

10. Payne Haas (Brisbane Broncos)

11. Liam Martin (Penrith Panthers)

12. Angus Crichton (Sydney Roosters)

13. Cameron Murray (South Sydney Rabbitohs)

14. Connor Watson (Sydney Roosters)

15. Isaah Yeo (Penrith Panthers)

16. Haumole Olakau’atu (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles)

17. Spencer Leniu (Sydney Roosters)

18. Mitchell Barnett (Warriors)

19. Cameron McInnes (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks)

20. Luke Keary (Sydney Roosters)

Look back at how the action unfolded in our blog below.

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That is all for the blog today

This is where we finish our live blog of Round 15.

It has been a great weekend, but today’s announcement of the NSW Blues team for State of Origin Game II.

Wins this afternoon for Manly and Penrith also highlighted a fun day of footy.

ABC Sport will be back next week to bring you live coverage of Round 16.

ABC Sport is also your place for State of Origin news and live coverage.

Goodnight.

Why are the teams named at different times?

Mick, why do NSW name their team before QLD? Doesn’t this give an advantage?

– Presto

Hey Presto (I like that).

Thanks for joining me mate.

I don’t really know why NSW announce on Sunday night and Queensland on Monday morning.

Maybe it’s a way to ensure rugby league dominates the news cycle for two days? I’m not sure.

Does it give Queensland an advantage? No.

Why? Queensland has not cared about anything New South Wales has done since June 6, 1859.

NSW Blues team list announced

1. Dylan Edwards (Penrith Panthers)

2. Brian To’o (Penrith Panthers)

3. Stephen Crichton (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)

4. Latrell Mitchell (South Sydney Rabbitohs)

5. Zac Lomax (St George Illawarra Dragons)

6. Jarome Luai (Penrith Panthers)

7. Mitchell Moses (Parramatta Eels)

8. Jake Trbojevic (c) (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles)

9. Reece Robson (North Queensland Cowboys)

10. Payne Haas (Brisbane Broncos)

11. Liam Martin (Penrith Panthers)

12. Angus Crichton (Sydney Roosters)

13. Cameron Murray (South Sydney Rabbitohs)

14. Connor Watson (Sydney Roosters)

15. Isaah Yeo (Penrith Panthers)

16. Haumole Olakau’atu (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles)

17. Spencer Leniu (Sydney Roosters)

18. Mitchell Barnett (Warriors)

19. Cameron McInnes (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks)

20. Luke Keary (Sydney Roosters)

Mitchell Moses will play halfback for NSW

The Parramatta Eels media team clearly could not wait any longer.

They have confirmed their man, Mitchell Moses, will play halfback for the Blues.

That means Nicho Hynes has lost his spot in the side.

When will Queensland announce their team?

Do we know what time tomorrow the QLD team will be announced?

– Mikayla

Hey Mikayla.

Thanks for joining me on the ABC live blog.

We expect Queensland to announce the Maroons for Game II at some point tomorrow morning.

Paitence wearing thin with the audience

Waiting… waiting….waiting…..and still waiting for the NSW S-o-O team selection?

– Sir Wally Wombat

Blues fans cannot wait to find out who will play Game II

The wait is almost unbearable!!

– Clare

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The NSW team will be announced shortly

Hey Mick. When will the Blues team be named?

– Dan

Hi Dan.

Thanks for joining me on the ABC Sport live blog.

We are on standby for the team announcement which we expect shortly.

Liam Martin on Penrith’s culture

There were tough moments for the Panthers tonight, but they did what they needed to secure victory.

“That’s what we all do, we turn up for each other,” Liam Martin tells ABC Sport.

Jack Cogger speaks to ABC Sport after loss to Penrith

Newcastle’s Jack Cogger has told ABC Sport he thought the Knights had a great chance to beat Penrith tonight.

“There’s just some lapses that we’re having … and when you play those better teams they make you pay.” 

FULL-TIME: Penrith Panthers 26 def Newcastle Knights 18

Jarome Luai has hoisted Penrith to a 26-18 defeat of Newcastle to confirm he will go into NSW camp for State of Origin II in scintillating form.

Since his Blues side was outgunned in Origin I, Luai has turned in two starring performances in his new role as the Panthers’ chief playmaker, with his efforts in a 20-6 first half proving the difference on Sunday.

The Knights were gallant all afternoon and stormed back into the contest after half-time.

Luai’s rival halfback Jackson Hastings set up back-to-back tries as Newcastle threatened to pull off a come-from-behind upset before a sold-out home crowd.

But on return from the quad injury that snatched his NSW debut away ahead of game one, fullback Dylan Edwards scored the try that put the Panthers back on top and on their way to a hard-fought win.

65′ TRY: Dylan Edwards scores for Penrith

Great play from the Panthers.

Dylan Edwards scored after Moses Leota created the linebreak and secured the try assist.

58′ TRY: Bradman Best scores for Newcastle

The Knights are back!

Bradman Best scored after Jackson Hasting put in a chip kick on the third tackle.

In the previous play, Daine Gagai was held up over the line.

Hastings then saw Penrith fullback Dylan Edwards was out of position and he put in the kick.

Penrith’s lead is now just two points.

53′ TRY: Newcastle make someting out of nothing to score

The second half has been all Penrith, with Newcastle holding on.

But the Knights are the first to score in this second half.

It came out of nothing.

Jackson Hastings gave the perfect short pass to Dylan Lucas who runs 30 metres to the line.

Newcastle cut the deficit to eight points.

Mark Hughes joins ABC Sport as rugby league fans dig deep in support

The Mark Hughes Foundation is on track for a record fund-raising year having already raised $30 million over the past 10 years.

The great man joined the team on ABC Sport.

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Is Connor Watson on the verge of NSW selection?

There is a strong belief that Rooster Connor Watson will be named in the NSW Blues side for Game II.

He spoke to ABC Sport about what he would be doing today as rumours swirled he was on the verge of selection.

HT: Penrith Panthers 20 leading Newcastle Knights 6

That was a professional performance from the Panthers.

They conceded the opening try when Fletcher Sharpe showed off some brilliance, but after that it was all the Panthers.

They controlled the pace of the game and punished any error made by Newcastle.

39′ TRY: Lindsay Smith makes the Knights pay

It’s a very bad finish for Newcastle.

Newcastle coughed up the ball when Daine Gagai offloaded to no-one, ultimately gathered by Penrith.

The Panthers marched down the field, and Lindsay Smith was put into a gap and scores. 

33′ TRY: Luai finishes off a brilliant passage of play for Penrith

Well done Penrith, that was magnificent.

The Panthers had forced consecutive goal line dropouts, starving the Knights of the ball.

Penrith, as we have come to expect over the past four years, worked over their opposition.

Jahrome Luai is the man to score, throwing two dummy passes before putting the foot down as he runs through a big gap.

Brilliant.

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Broncos play ‘worst half of football’ as Cronulla bulldoze their way to win at Lang Park

The Cronulla Sharks scored three tries in a devastating seven-minute spell to overcome a half-time deficit and defeat the Brisbane Broncos 22-12.

Cronulla halfback Braydon Trindall produced one of his finest performances, scoring a try and setting up two others at Lang Park as the visitors rebounded after trailing 12-4 at the break.

The win ended a two-match losing streak for the Sharks and returned them to the top of the ladder.

Meanwhile, it was a second consecutive loss for the Broncos, who also gave up a half-time lead to the Gold Coast Titans at home two weeks earlier.

Brisbane coach Kevin Walters lamented the errors from his team, calling the second half the worst of the season.

“I’m not sure what happened, to be honest … probably our worst half of football,” Walters said.

“Our first set in the second half was poor, with the ball, and it just got worse from there.”

Cronulla’s back five are a key strength and it was winger Sione Katoa who stepped his way through from a scrum with power and deception to narrow the margin to two points straight after the break.

Five minutes later, Trindall threw a dummy and blitzed his way past back-rower Brendan Piakura and the Sharks had the lead.

The Broncos had barely drawn breath after that double blow when a Trindall bomb was dropped by fullback Tristan Sailor and Blayke Brailey scored.

Sharks prop Royce Hunt came off the bench and was enormous with his energy and brute strength, while centre Jesse Ramien put in a stellar display to stake his claim to replace the suspended Joseph-Aukuso Sua’ali’i in the NSW State of Origin side.

Brisbane captain Patrick Carrigan, backing up from Origin with Queensland, backed up a burst by hooker Billy Walters to score the opening try under the sticks after 11 minutes.

But the Sharks returned serve when back-rower Siosifa Talakai started and finished a left-edge attacking movement with brute strength.

The Broncos defended set after set on their own line as the Sharks launched repeated waves of attack but came up empty.

As so often happens, the Broncos then took their first opportunity up the other end.

Hooker Tyson Smoothy scored when half Jock Madden’s grubber kick ricocheted back into Madden’s arms.

The Broncos, with several players backing up from Origin, ran out of gas in the second half and made multiple errors, with their last-play options poor.

Earlier, South Sydney earned back-to-back wins with a 46-12 victory over the Titans, while the New Zealand Warriors defeated the North Queensland Cowboys 42-12 in Townsville.

Re-live all the action in our live blog below.

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That is all for the blog

We will wrap up the ABC Sport live blog there.

Big wins for Souths and the Warriors was followed by an impressive triumph by the Cronulla Sharks.

We will be back tomorrow as round 14 of the NRL continues.

Goodnight.

Brisbane coach Kevin Walters calls the second half the worst of the season

Brisbane coach Kevin Walters is fronting the media.

A clearly disappointed coach says errors cost his side in the second half.

“I’m not sure what happened, to be honest … probably our worst half of football,” he says.

“Our first set in the second half was poor, with the ball, and it just got worse from there.”

Broncos CEO doesn’t think the four match Sua’ali’i suspension is enough

Broncos CEO Dave Donaghy has spoken to ABC Sport following Reece Walsh’s injury in State of Origin.

He doesn’t think the four match Sua’ali’i suspension is enough.

What are your thoughts?

Captain McInnes happy his team showed commitment

Victorious Cronulla Sharks captain Cam McInnes has spoken to ABC Sport after defeating Brisbane 22-12 at Lang Park.

The Sharks were coming off consecutive losses where they had gave up a total of 76 points.

But tonight, the Sharks were back at their destructive best.

They dominated the Broncos in contact, which brought delight to McInnes.

“Footy is a simple game, but if you want to play it the right way, it’s a hard game,” he tells ABC Sport.

Brisbane let themselves down with a slow start to the second half

Brisbane halfback Jock Madden has joined ABC Sport following his side’s 22-12 defeat to Cronulla.

Brisbane had a 12-4 lead at half-time, but conceded three tries in the opening 10 minutes of the second half.

“We talked about [how] we wanted to come out firing in the second half. We did the opposite,” Madden says.

“It wasn’t good enough at the start of the second half and we couldn’t come back from that.”

FULL-TIME: Cronulla Sharks 22 def Brisbane Broncos 12

What an outstanding second half from the Cronulla Sharks.

A 10-minute blitz where they scored three tries — followed by punishing defence — has given the Shire boys a confidence-boosting win.

74′ Trindall and Kennedy deny Brisbane

The Broncos came so close to getting back into this game.

A drop ball was collected by Deine Mariner who looks to run 85 metres.

Mariner is fast, but the last line of defence knocks him into touch.

It was a Braydon Trindall who made an ankle tap, then Will Kennedy completed the tackle into touch.

70′ Katoni Staggs limps off the field

More issues for the Broncos.

Centre Katoni Staggs has just limped off the field.

His right knee is his problem.

He has gone up the tunnel.

65′ Missed penalty goal: Sharks miss chance to extend lead to 12 points

The Sharks have missed a penalty goal after Brisbane were pinned for being offside.

The Sharks were attacking Brisbane’s line again after another knock-on.

This time it was Deine Mariner who spilled a bouncing ball, while under no pressure.

Cronulla will get another chance as Brisbane will have a 20 metre drop out.

But Cronulla drop the ball near the Brisbane line.

The Broncos survive with the deficit still 10 points.

61′ Jordan Riki passes HIA and returns

Jordan Riki, with a cut under his eye, has passed his HIA and is back for the Broncos.

50′ TRY: Another Broncos error, another Sharks try

Brisbane has imploded to start the second half.

The Sharks, on the set after scoring, marched up field and put up a kick to Tristan Sailor.

Sailor drops it cold.

It lands in the lap of Siosifa Talakai and gives it to Blayke Brailey who scores.

48 TRY: Trindall scores and Cronulla take the lead

Brisbane have made two errors in their own end, and have conceded two tries from it.

This time it was Katoni Staggs who dropped the ball.

Cronulla are attacking Brisbane’s line and halfback Braydon Trindall steps off his right foot, beats Brendan Piakura, and scores.

46′ Jordan Riki off after an accidental boot to the face

Brisbane forward Jordan Riki has gone up the tunnel with a towel over his right eye.

Riki, while making a tackle, copped a stray boot which appears to have cut him.

43′ TRY: Sione Katoa scores for the Sharks

Sione Katoa has scored early in the second half.

Off a scrum 10 metres from the Broncos’ line — following a Tristan Sailor knock-on — Katoa beats Selwyn Cobbo and crashes over the line.

That is Katoa’s ninth try of the season.

The second half begins at Lang Park

Cronulla kick-off with a big 40 minutes coming up.

The Sharks this time will run to the left of your screen.

Brisbane and Cronulla on a knife’s edge

Tight first half, but I think the score reflects the state of play…

– Mike

Thanks for joining me on the live blog Mike.

This is shaping up to be a cracking game.

HT: Brisbane Broncos 12 leading Cronulla Sharks 4

Half-time at Lang Park and we have a cracker.

The Broncos’ defence has been tested but the home side have held firm.

Brisbane’s eight-point lead has been built on goal line defence and taking their opportunities.

The Sharks will believe they can score points tonight, while Brisbane will be buoyed with confidence.

33′ TRY: Brisbane punish the Sharks with a try

Tyson Smoothy is over for the Broncos — against the run of play.

Cronulla had the ball for 26 of 27 plays, and it was all on the Brisbane line.

But the Broncos survived, got a relieving penalty, and then scored as soon as they tested the Sharks’ line.

It was a grubber kick on the last play which hit a Shark, and the ball pops up perfectly for Jock Madden, who gives it to Smoothy for the try.

32′ Brisbane’s goal line defence survives again

Great work from Brisbane to repel the Sharks.

The away side threw everything at the Broncos.

Brisbane gets the ball, and a penalty.

Pressure relieved for now.

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James Tedesco dropped from NSW Blues, Jake Trbojevic named captain for Game I

James Tedesco has been axed as NSW’s State of Origin fullback, with Michael Maguire calling up Dylan Edwards in a bold start to his coaching tenure.

Maguire named his maiden Blues squad on Sunday night, with Jake Trbojevic as captain and Nicho Hynes to partner Jarome Luai in the halves despite a calf injury for the Cronulla star.

Reece Robson was selected as hooker ahead of Apisai Koroisau, while Joseph-Aukuso Suaalii and Zac Lomax are set to make their debut in the backline.

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Ricky’s Raiders flogged 40-0 in coach’s 500th NRL match as Cronulla move to top of ladder

Ricky Stuart’s 500th NRL match as coach has ended on a sour note, with his Canberra Raiders thumped 40-0 by Cronulla.

Earlier, Newcastle held off a fast-finishing Dolphins to win 18-14 at Lang Park.

Without vital halfback Jamal Fogarty, the Raiders looked blunt in attack and were no match for the surging Sharks, who scored seven unanswered tries to make it four wins on the bounce.

Defence was just as much of a problem for the hosts, with lapses allowing their rivals to skip clear early without playing their best football.

When the Sharks hit their straps late, they carved them up. Winger Sione Katoa took full advantage of the soft edges to score an easy double.

Makeshift halfback and Raiders debutant Kaeo Weekes struggled to leave a mark on the contest, his kicking game lacking the expertise Fogarty’s had been delivering.

Cronulla had no such problems without Braydon Trindall after his midweek drink-driving charges. Dan Atkinson confidently took the five-eighth role and paired with the in-form Nicho Hynes.

Halfback Hynes scored one try, assisted another, kicked a 40-20 and ran the Sharks’ potent attack to continue building into his 2024 campaign.

The Raiders were down 12-0 after two poor breakdowns, although could have found a way back in on 26 minutes when speedster Xavier Savage put Danny Levi clean through.

But the hooker dropped the ball cold with minimal pressure on him, and instead of trailing 12-6 they were down 18-0 just a minute later when Katoa crossed out wide.

The Sharks made the Raiders pay for not taking their chances again shortly after half-time, second-rower Briton Nikora skipping through the line just two minutes after Canberra five-eighth Ethan Strange was held up in-goal.

NSW State of Origin candidate Cam McInnes had gotten the ball rolling for the Sharks with a scrambled team effort on 14 minutes, but the alarm bells really began ringing for the Raiders when prop Thomas Hazelton galloped through to score untouched soon after.

The Raiders, whose spine features Weekes (22 years old, one club game), Strange (19, nine games) and fullback Chevy Stewart (18, three games), won’t have Fogarty for about three months as he recovers from a ruptured bicep.

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That is all for the weekend of rugby league

A terrific round of NRL has come to an end.

Big crowds and big scores were the theme of Anzac Round this year.

The NRL ladder is starting to take shape as we approach winter.

ABC Sport will be back next week for more live coverage of the NRL.

Goodnight.

Newcastle focus on themselves

Joe Tapine after a very disappointing performance from the Raiders

Joe Tapine has spoken to ABC Sport following a 40-0 defeat.

Tapine’s missed tackle allowed Tom Hazelton to score in the first half.

“That’s gonna haunt me for a couple of weeks, that’s not up to my standards.”

Tom Hazelton making try-scoring a habit

Historic loss for thr Raiders

It’s bad reading for Canberra fans.

This is the first time they have been kept scoreless since 2013, when they didn’t score against the Titans at Robina.

It’s the first time they have been held scoreless at home since 2012 against the Tigers.

FT: Cronulla flog Canberra 40-0

A great outing for the Sharks.

They have easily accounted for the Raiders in Canberra.

Canberra were not good today — or in the words of Luke Lewis, boring.

75′ TRY: Sharks make it 40 with a seventh try

Too easy for the Sharks.

They have their seventh try of the afternoon.

This time Jesse Ramien receives the pass from Nicho Hynes who carries two Raiders over the line for the try.

62′ TRY: Sione Katoa gets a double after a Nicho Hynes intercept

Another chance for the Raiders has been wasted.

Attacking the Sharks’ line, Nicho Hynes intercepts a pass and returns it to halfway.

The Raiders are back-peddling.

A couple of plays later and the Sharks are in again, Sione Katoa finishes off the passage by strolling into the corner.

Cronulla leads 36-0.

55′: Nicho Hynes completes a passage of individual brilliance

Nicho Hynes is a superstar.

The Sharks are coming out of their own end.

Final tackle after not many metres gained, and Hynes nails a 40/20.

Great kick. I don’t think the Canberra winger knew Hynes had kicked it from inside the 40-metre line.

Two plays later, Hynes takes the ball and carves through the Raiders’ defence to score.

And he kicks the goal.

What a couple of minutes from Hynes.

52′: Ronaldo Mulitalo on report

The Raiders get a full set of six starting just 10 metres away from the Sharks’ try line.

It comes after they received a penalty after Ronaldo Mulitalo hit someone late.

Ronaldo is on report.

46′ TRY: Sharks score through Briton Nikora

The Sharks are in for their fourth try.

Briton Nikora scores his first try. 

The Sharks were awarded their first penalty of the afternoon and it allowed them to get into attacking range.

Last play, 10 metres out. Nicho Hynes goes short-side and delivers a great pass to Briton Nikora.

John Gibbs says Canberra’s goal line defence was not up to scratch during that passage.

44′: Sharks fullback William Kennedy produces a fantastic try-saving tackle

Well done Will Kennedy.

Canberra’s Ethan
Strange  looked certain to score.

But Kennedy wraps around his ball and keeps the ball in the air, as Stange tries to ground it.

Stage knocks-on.

That is a fantastic effort.

Second half begins in Canberra

Cronulla will want to return to the error-free football that guided them to an 18-0 lead.

The Raiders will think if they can convert one opportunity, more will come.

A State of Origin hypothetical

Hi Michael, love your work,
Question, If Harry grant gets injured (god forbid), who is the next best rake for QLD? Maxi Plath? SOO smokie?

– Mike Evans

Hey Mike.

Thanks for reading.

Firstly, let’s not wish injury to anyone.

But, in your scenario I think Ben Hunt would be the starting hooker for the Maroons.

Max Plath is an interesting suggestion.

I think Reed Mahoney would probably be next in line.

Interesting debate.

Match report: Newcastle Knights 18 def. Dolphins 14

Reporting by AAP

Newcastle fullback David Armstrong had a stunning debut in the absence of the injured Kalyn Ponga to help orchestrate an 18-14 upset win over the wasteful Dolphins.

And the Dolphins’ afternoon at Lang Park grew worse when captain Jesse Bromwich left the field in the second half with a calf injury.

The Knights also lost forward Daniel Saifiti to a lower leg injury.

Armstrong and Dolphins pocket dynamo Trai Fuller, in just his third NRL game, had a classic fullback battle and were two of the best players on the field.

The 23-year-old Armstrong scored the opening try and made a try-saving tackle on Fuller in the second half. He was magnificent under the high ball and in general play with his elusive running.

Ponga is set to miss 12 weeks with a Lisfranc injury to his foot but Armstrong showed coach Adam O’Brien he was more than ready to play at the top level.

Fuller was electric and brave but his teammates struggled to get out of second gear until it was too late.

Knights props Leo Thompson and Jacob Saifiti, in his 150th NRL game for the club, ripped in early to set up a 10-0 lead as a sluggish Dolphins outfit bumbled their way through the opening quarter of the match.

The visitors were rewarded for their discipline and patience when half Jackson Hastings threw a sublime inside ball to Armstrong who sliced over untouched.

Five-eighth Tyson Gamble found veteran Dane Gagai with a slick pass and the centre showed his experience to hit a hole and score.

The Dolphins didn’t get out of first gear until centre Jake Averillo blitzed opposite number Bradman Best and found second-rower Oryn Keeley, who scored his first NRL try against his former club.

Dolphins forward Kenny Bromwich failed a category two HIA and Knights forward Jed Cartwright was ruled out with an ankle injury, both in the first half.

Gagai waltzed over after the break after pathetic defence by the Dolphins allowed bench hooker Phoenix Crossland to burst into the clear.

The Dolphins bombed two tries, one when Averillo failed to collect a grubber kick through by Kodi Nikorima.

Nikorima set up Jamayne Isaako for a try and Averillo finished an electric movement, both in the last five minutes, but it was too little and too late.

HT: Cronulla takes an 18-0 lead over the Raiders at half-time

The Sharks were on top for the first 25 minutes and they got three tries out of it.

But Cronulla made several errors, giving the Raiders a chance at the end of the half.

Canberra were wasteful, however, and could not make an imprint on the scoreboard.

35′: Canberra get a full set at the Sharks line

A few more errors from the Sharks have put them on the back foot.

Nicho Hynes has kicked a goal line drop out, out on the full.

But Canberra dropped the ball on the third tackle.

Ricky Stuart is not having a happy 500th game as coach.

31′: Canberra starting to gain some momentum

The Raiders have been given a few opportunities.

The Sharks were penalised for being downtown after a kick, and the Sharks a few minutes later spilled the ball on halfway.

This is a good chance for the Raiders to get their first points.

25′ TRY: Sharks make the Raiders pay with another try

Directly after Danny Levi dropped the ball with the line begging, the Sharks marched downfield and scored.

Sione Katoa on the right wing strolls in as the Sharks finish off the nice play to his side of the field. 

Alarm bells are sounding for the Raiders.

Cronulla lead 18-0.

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Reece Walsh scores try of the year contender as Broncos beat the Tigers, Panthers hold on over impressive Cowboys

Brisbane’s superstar fullback Reece Walsh had an eventful Saturday evening, scoring two tries, vomiting on the field and limping off with cramp in the Broncos’ win over Wests Tigers.

Last year’s grand finalists were too good for the Tigers, running in six tries to two in the 34-10 win at Campbelltown Stadium.

Walsh was in the thick of the action from the kick-off, playing a pivotal role in Brisbane’s opening try in the sixth minute, before scoring two of his own.

The fullback finished off one of the best tries of the season for the Broncos, who crossed the line on the stroke of half-time following a cross-field kick 60 metres out which was collected by winger Deine Mariner.

There was concern for Walsh late in the game when he was grabbing at his left calf following a 60-metre line break.

But the fullback was suffering from bad cramp, also throwing up on the field with 10 minutes left in the game.

Walsh told ABC Sport he may need to make a few adjustments to his preparation.

“I was cramping and spewing up a little bit there but I’ll probably have a chat to the dietician and see what we can work on so I can get that s*** stuff out,” he said.

Brisbane captain Adam Reynolds also suffered from cramping towards the end of his return.

The Broncos finished the game with 12 men, with Reynolds limping off the field despite the team not having any interchanges left.

Penrith survives late scare against Cowboys

The Penrith Panthers have held off a fast-finishing North Queensland Cowboys to record a 26-20 win in Townsville.

The premiers led 24-4 after 45 minutes on Saturday evening before the Cowboys made a resurgence.

The home side scored the final three tries of the match, and came close to sending the game to golden point in the final minutes.

But Penrith held firm in Nathan Clearly’s return.

The Panthers were their own worst enemy at times especially in the second half, turning the ball over and giving away penalties which put them under pressure.

Captain Isaah Yeo told ABC Sport his side had “things to fix” moving forward.

“I thought we did alright to hold on, but we’re just making it hard on ourselves at the minute,” he said.

“Got out of jail on that one, I think.”

Despite conceding three second half tries, Penrith will be pleased by their defensive effort, particularly in the first 40 minutes.

They kept North Queensland to just four points in the opening half, despite the Cowboys enjoying the better of possession and territory. 

Meanwhile, North Queensland will rue their mistakes.

An interception by Paul Almaoti off a Scott Drink Water pass in the final seconds of the first half extended the Panthers’ lead to 18-4.

Penrith secured the 24-4 lead early in the second half when Liam Martin collected a Semi Valemei drop ball to score.

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We were treated to a pair of really good games.

Brisbane and Penrith were the winners, but Wests and North Queensland were in the fight.

Thank-you for reading the ABC live blog through out the evening.

We will be back again tomorrow for the final two games of round eight.

Goodnight.

Chad Townsend reflects on 250 NRL games

18 tackle breaks from Brian To’o tonight

I had to take a second look at that statistic.

Brian To’o broke 18 tackles.

He scored a try and was solid in defence. A great 100th NRL match.

Isaah Yeo says Panthers ‘got out of jail’ against Cowboys

Penrith captain has spoken to ABC Sport following his side’s 26-20 win over the North Queensland Cowboys.

Yeo said errors were making life hard for the Panthers.

“I thought we did alright to hold on, but we’re just making it hard on ourselves at the minute,” he said.

“Two points is nice, but things to fix.

“Got out of jail on that one, I think.”

FT: Pentrith hold on to defeat North Queensland 26-20

What a fight back from the Cowboys.

They will rue the intercept try on half time, and the drop ball which led to the try in the 44th minute.

But full credit to the Panthers.

Three starters were late withdrawals. But it didn’t matter.

It is next man up for the premiers.

Great game.

79′: Holmes knocks on and the Panthers will win

North Queensland were so close.

Kulikefu Finefeuiaki carried five Panthers over the try line, but was held up.

Valentine Holmes takes a crash ball, but he bobbles it.

Penrith will win.

78′: Chad Townsend is clutching his leg, Cowboys get a penalty 40 metres out

It looked like a turnover of possession, but the Cowboys said a player was held back following a chip and chase.

The Bunker agrees.

They have a penalty 40 metres out, with two minutes to play.

Townsend was down, but he is back up.

77′: Cowboys hold on with great goal line defence

The Cowboys survive.

They have three minutes to get one more try.

Dylan Edwards looked like he was going to score, but the home side held him out.

Can they march down the field?

73′: Semi Valemei spills another high ball. Penrith on the attack

Poor Semi Valemei.

He has dropped another high ball from Nathan Cleary.

Second one of the half.

Not the best catching technique.

But his teammates bail him out. Cowboys concede a goal line dropout and they regather it.

71′: Panthers get a penalty in front as Cowboys suffer head clash

Penrith marched downfield with the help of a penalty for a crusher tackle.

The Panthers are looking to end the game right here.

High tackle. Penalty Penrith.

Oh, there is a head clash between two Cowboy players involved in the offending tackle.

Reuber Cotter and Reece Robson hit each other.

Robson is bleeding under his cheekbone.

Nathan Cleary kicks the goal and Penrith lead 26-20.

68′: Cowboys full of running but Penrith hold firm

North Queensland are really asking questions of the premiers.

Jeremiah Nanai nearly crossed the line again, but 
Jarome Luai made a brilliant leg tackle.

Panthers hold on.

61′ TRY: Cowboys are back with another try after helping penalties

It’s three tries in a row for Jeremiah Nanai.

The Cowboys are marching here.

North Queensland received back-to-back penalties. Both were high tackles from Taylan May.

The Cowboys convert their great field position. They have found a method to success — and it is running hard.

They tried going around the Panthers’ defence in the first half.

In the second half, they have run right though the middle.

This time Jeremiah Nanai gets the short ball near the line and crashes over.

54′ TRY: Cowboys score again

Kulikefu Finefeuiaki scores for the Cowboys.

North Queensland get rewarded for weight of possession.

Penrith worked so hard in defence, but eventually, the Cowboys figured out the puzzle.

The key was patience. They kept the pressure on.

Then Scott Drinkwater went from dummy half to the short-side, passed to Holmes, who then gave it to Kulikefu Finefeuiaki who crashed over.

Holmes is one from three with the boot.

Panthers lead 24-14.

52′: Cowboys go close to scoring. They have another set at the Panthers’ line

The Cowboys marched up the field off the kick-off.

Kyle Feldt made a big run.

North Queensland get a few set restarts for infringements and forces a goal line drop out.

Can the Cowboys score again?

49′ TRY: Holmes goes over for the Cowboys

And it takes them one play to score.

Valentine Holmes gets the ball off the scrum (second scrum after an offside penalty was awarded) and he steps off his left foot and crashes over.

Liam Martin was unable to bring him down.

Penrith lead 24-10.

48′: Cowboys get a chance after Dylan Edwards knock-on

The Cowboys get a full set from 10 metres out.

Dylan Edwards drops the ball.

It was probably knocked out by a Cowboy, but the Panthers have wasted their challenge.

44′ TRY: Panthers score a soft try. Cleary kicks his 600th goal for Penrith

Liam Martin has been given a gift.

Cowboys’ winger Semi Valemei dropped a fairly innocuous high-kick, and Martin collected the ball in stride and crashed over.

Nathan Cleary kicks the conversion. That is his 600th goal for the Panthers.

Reaction from Brisbane’s win over Wests: Adam Reynolds

Adam Reynolds joined ABC Sport after Brisbane’s win over the Tigers.

After being told Payne Haas called him a fossil following cramps, Adam Reynolds said that is one of the nicer things he gets called at Red Hill.

“Cramps … not the best. I cop all sorts of nicknames at the club, that’s (fossil) probably one of the nicer ones.”

Reaction from Brisbane’s win over Wests: Reece Walsh

Reece Walsh has spoken to ABC Sport after his eventful evening in Campbelltown.

“I was cramping and spewing up a little bit there but I’ll probably have a chat to the dietician and see what we can work on so I can get that s*** stuff out,”

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