Toyota Cup Wrap : Round 6

A recap of all the results from Round Six of the Toyota Cup.

RABBITOHS V BULLDOGS

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs will rue lost opportunities after losing to the South Sydney Rabbitohs 26-24 in their round six clash at ANZ Stadium.  Giving away a 16 point head start, the Bulldogs were forced to play catch up in the final 10 minutes of the game, however were unable to breech the two point deficit to secure the victory.  The win now sees the Rabbitohs move to equal points on the Toyota Cup ladder with the Bulldogs, both sides just one point out of the top eight. 

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South Sydney Rabbitohs 26
(Jordan Tongahai 2, David Sisifa, Apisai Koroisau, Adrian Ha'angana Tries; Apisai Koroisau 3 Goal) defeated Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24 (Paul Carter 2, Ryan Wilson 1, David Minute 1 Tries; Frederick Robinson 4 Goal)


WESTS TIGERS V BRONCOS
The Brisbane Broncos have snapped a two-game NYC losing streak with a sensational 46-30 upset win over the second-placed Wests Tigers in an entertaining clash at Allianz Stadium on Friday night. Overcoming an early deficit the Broncos completely outplayed the highly fancied Tigers, running in four first-half tries to take an eight-point lead to the break.  While the Tigers narrowed the margin to just two points early in the second half, Kurt Richards' side never looked rattled, surging away with four more tires to register their third win of the campaign. 

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Wests Tigers 30
(Asiseli Fine 2, David Nofoaluma, Nathan Brown, Ben Saunders, Inno Inosesio Tries; Manaia Rudolph 3 Goal) lost to Brisbane Broncos 46 (Tristian Lumley 2, Daniel Levi 1, Louis Frisby 1, Kodi Nikorima 1, Daniel Alvaro 1, Caleb Timu 1, Corey Oates 1 Tries; Louis Frisby 7 Goal)


TITANS V ROOSTERS
The Sydney Roosters produced a near-perfect half of football to setup a convincing 40 – 12 win over the Gold Coast Titans at Skilled Park over the weekend. Dominating the Titans through the forwards allowed  hooker Clarrie Moore, five-eighth Cory McGrady and fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck to shine as the Roosters ran in 7 tries before the Titans finally crossed for two consolidation tries in the final 10 minutes of the game.  The Roosters will now be looking to record back to back wins when they take on the North Queensland Cowboys at North Sydney Oval this Sunday. 

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Gold Coast Titans 12
(Jamal Fogarty, Edward Murphy Tries; Kayne Elgey 2 Goal) lost to Sydney Roosters 40 (Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Joseph Forrester, Usaia O'Sullivan, Cory McGrady, Ryley Jacks, Dylan Napa, Jack Noble Tries; Cory McGrady 6 Goal)


SHARKS V DRAGONS

Sharks halfback Penani Manumalealli was the hero at Toyota Stadium on Saturday afternoon, kicking the field goal to secure a thrilling come from behind victory for the Cronulla side over local rivals, the Dragons.  Down 20 – 10 with only seven minutes to go, the Sharks scored two quick tries to level the scores before kicking the field goal to secure the all important win, and consolidate the Sharks’ position in the competitions top four. 

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Cronulla Sharks 21 (Ria Pitman 2, Penani Manumalealii, Tyrone Viiga Tries; James Hasson 2 Goal) defeated St George Illawarra Dragons 20 (Kayne Brennan 2, Jack Stockwell 1, Michael Bullock 1 Tries; Daniel Burke 2 Goal)


RAIDERS V WARRIORS
Defending premiers, the Junior Warriors, twice let healthy leads slip as they went down to the Raiders 32 – 28 at Canberra Stadium on Sunday afternoon to record their second loss for the year.   After a dominant first half where the Warriors lead 22 – 6, the visitors let the Raiders back into the match with poor defence to see their lead diminished to just four points at the 53rd minute mark.  Determined not to let the match slip, the Warriors opened up a 10 point buffer when hooker Siliva Havili crossed in the 60th minute, but the lead wasn’t enough with the Raiders scoring three unanswered tries in the final 12 minutes of the game to secure the win. 

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Canberra Raiders
 32 (Malcolm Coongoo 2, Jack Ahearn, Edrick Lee, Mitchell Cronin, Mitchell Cornish Tries; Mitchell Cornish 4 Goal) defeated Warriors 28 (Sio Siua Taukeiaho 1, Sione Feao 1, Siliva Havili 1, John Palavi 1, David Bhana 1 Tries; Sio Siua Taukeiaho 4 Goal)


KNIGHTS V EELS

Competition leaders, the Newcastle Knights, continued their impressive form in season 2012 of the Toyota Cup recording a solid 44 to 24 victory over the Parramatta Eels at Hunter Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Despite the Eels crossing first through James Tuitahi in just the sixth minute of the match, the Knights proceeded to control the rest of the first half going into the sheds up 28 – 4 at the break.  The Eels hit back early in the second half to provide a glimmer of a fightback before tries to Tyler Sullivan and  Chanel Mata'utia secured the two premiership points for the home side. 

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Newcastle 44 (Chanel Mata'utia 3, Matt Ireland 2, James Elias, Tyler Sullivan, Jeremy Ma'a Tries; Tyler Sullivan 6 Goal) defeated Parramatta Eels 24 (Semi Radradra 2, Vai Toutai 1, Christopher Ulugia 1, Pauli Pauli 1 Tries; Jason Wehbe 2 Goal)


COWBOYS V STORM

A late second half comeback wasn’t enough for the North Queensland Cowboys as they went down to the Melbourne Storm in Townsville on Sunday afternoon.    Trailing 30 – 6 after just 47 minutes of play, the Cowboys rallied with four tries to one over the next half hour of play to get within eight points of the visitors, however unfortunately for them, that was the closest they would get as the Storm recorded their fourth win of the season. 

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North Queensland Cowboys 26 (Wayne Ulugia, Kyle Feldt, Samson O'Neill, Alex Elisala, Chris Grevsmuhl Tries; Kyle Feldt 2, Sam Foster Goals) lost to Melbourne Storm 34 (Dane Chang, Kirisome Auva'a, Ryan Pooley, Matt McGahan, Benjamin Hampton Tries; Matt McGahan 5 Goal)


SEA EAGLES V PANTHERS

The Penrith Panthers have handed the Manly another convincing mauling, running out 44 – 0 victors at Brookvale Oval on Monday to leave the Sea Eagles winless at the bottom of the Toyota Cup ladder.  In a convincing performance, the Panthers could do no wrong, with halfback Harry Siejka in impressive form against the Sea Eagles, collecting 20 points.  

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Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 0 lost to Penrith Panthers 44 (George Jennings, Harry Seijka, Tom Eisenhuth, Tony Satini, Blake South, Regan Campbell-Gillard Tries; Harry Seijka Goal)