NRL trial games live blog
Keep track of all of Saturday's trial matches with NRL.com's live blog, including score updates and reports from each match.
Full match reports:
- PNG Hunters v Broncos at Port Moresby
- Titans v Warriors at Sunshine Coast
- Bulldogs v Panthers at Belmore Oval
- Sea Eagles v Roosters at Central Coast Stadium
- Sharks v Wests Tigers at Campbelltown Stadium
- Knights v Eels at Maitland No.1 Showground
- Rabbitohs v Dragons, Charity Shield at Mudgee
9:34pm (AEDT): A second Broncos trial involving primarily the club's younger players has just concluded, a 22-all draw against Intrust Super Cup side, the Wynnum-Manly Seagulls.
9:20pm (AEDT): The South Sydney Rabbitohs have won the 2018 Charity Shield, recording a narrow 22-18 win over the St George Illawarra Dragons. The Rabbitohs are undefeated in the last six Charity Shield clashes with five wins and one draw.
9:12pm (AEDT): Souths Robert Jennings is sent to the sin-bin for a professional foul, after he held back Dragons winger Jason Nightingale in the act of moving towards the race for the ball.
8:43pm (AEDT): John Sutton winding back the clock as he breaks the line, draws defenders in and finds Cody Walker inside who scores. Doueihi converts and Souths now lead 22-12.
8:39pm (AEDT): Icing on the cake for the Sharks as rookie winger Sione Katoa scores a good try. Townsend cannot convert. 24-12 Sharks.
8:37pm (AEDT): Full-time at the Maitland Sportsground as the Parramatta Eels defeat. the Newcastle Knights 26-6. Combinations working well for both sides as the physicality of the Eels was just too much for the Knights to handle.
8:34pm (AEDT): If you can believe it, Parramatta Eels back-rower Brad Takairangi has just kicked a 40/20.
8:26pm (AEDT): Rugby league journeyman Pita Godinet makes the most of his opportunity, burrowing over from dummy half to score. Esan Marsters have converted the try. Sharks lead cut to eight and they lead 20-12 over the Tigers.
8:25pm (AEDT): A half-time update from Brad Walter in Mudgee for the Charity Shield:
The Rabbitohs forwards have dominated the second quarter of the Charity Shield against the Dragons to take a 16-12 halftime lead.
With Dragons starting middle forwards James Graham, Paul Vaughan and Jack De Belin off the field, Rabbitohs hooker Damien Cook raced 50 metres out of dummy half to put Angus Crichton over for a 30th minute try and five-eighth Cody Walker made a break in the centre of the field soon after.
Rabbitohs winger Robert Jennings finished a left side shift featuring six passes to score in the 39th minute.
8:19pm (AEDT): A full-time update from Tanisha Stanton at Central Coast Stadium:
The Roosters have come back from being 16 points down in the opening eight minutes to taking home the win, downing the Sea Eagles 28-26.
A quiet first half saw Chooks return to the field firing with Tedesco pushing out 2 tries in the second half to lift his team.
Both side putting their near full strength sides on the park, which resulted in some nice combinations starting to form.
8:19pm (AEDT): The Eels are over again as Kirisome Auva'a races away down the sideline and finds his centre partner Michael Jennings inside who scores. Moses cannot convert this one. Eels lead 26-6 over the Knights at the Maitland Sportsground.
8:17pm (AEDT): Souths get a penalty after the half-time siren and have a shot at goal. Doueihi slots the penalty and at half-time, Souths lead 16-12 in the Charity Shield.
8:16pm (AEDT): Mitchell Moses leaves the Knights defenders for dead as he steps inside and scores next to the posts. He converts his own try. 22-6 to the Eels with 17 minutes to go.
8:14pm (AEDT): Souths have hit the lead in the Charity Shield as Robert Jennings scores a try in the corner. Doueihi cannot convert. 14-12 to the Rabbitohs with less than 30 seconds to go.
8:13pm (AEDT): A starring performance from James Tedesco has given the Sydney Roosters a 28-26 win over the Manly Sea Eagles to win the Community Cup in a high-scoring game at Central Coast Stadium
8:12pm (AEDT): The Wests Tigers won't be shut out in this one. They nab their first try of the game through Corey Thompson. Taane Milne converts the try. 20-6 to the
8:10pm (AEDT): Jarryd Hayne showing no signs of rustiness as he spins and jinks out of a tackle before floating a cut-out pass towards Bevan French who scores his second of the night with an acrobatic effort in the corner. Conversion is no good by Corey Norman. 16-6 to the Eels.
8:08pm (AEDT): Full-time at Belmore Sportsground and the Bulldogs have run out impressive 24-10 winners over the Penrith Panthers. It will be interesting to see what Penrith coach Anthony Griffin has to say after his full-strength side were unable to defeat a weakened Dogs outfit.
8:06pm (AEDT): The high-scoring game at Central Coast Stadium continues as Akuila Uate nabs a second try for Manly. Conversion is no good. Roosters still lead 28-26.
8:05pm (AEDT): The Dragons defence falls asleep as Damien Cook's dart from dummy half sees him break down the field before he passes inside to Angus Crichton who burrows over to score. Doueihi cannot convert. Dragons lead 12-10.
8:02pm (AEDT): A late consolation try for the Panthers as Christian Crichton caps off a solid performance with a try. Conversion unsuccessful from the Crichton try. Bulldogs lead Penrith 20-10 with three minutes to go.
8:01pm (AEDT): An update from Brad Walter who is in Mudgee for the Charity Shield:
Matt Dufty has again shown his speed to put the Dragons ahead 12-6 midway through the first half of the Charity Shield at Mudgee. He was too quick for Adam Doueihi as he raced through the defence to score.
Nene McDonald had earlier put the Dragons in front when he scored in the fourth minute but the Rabbitohs hit back four minutes later through winger Richard Kennar.
Greg Inglis made his long awaited comeback at right centre for the Rabbitohs and played the first 20 minutes.
7:57pm (AEDT): A well-placed kick by the Bulldogs sees a second try for Josh Bergamin. Conversion attempt by Kerrod Holland bounces off the post and misses. Bulldogs lead 24-6 with nine minutes remaining.
7:54pm (AEDT): Another update from Chris Kennedy at the Belmore Sportsground:
Currently 20-6 to Dogs. Penrith are not helping themselves at all, way too many errors and penalties. Dogs are almost entirely reserve graders but some rookies like Lachlan Lewis and Jayden Okunbor are playing really well.
Nu Brown crashed over from dummy half early in the second half before a Penrith error from a scrum near the own line allowed winger Josh Bergamin a simple try in the corner. Maloney has twice stayed down hurt but seems fine, played on both times.
7:53pm (AEDT): An update from Margie McDonald from Central Coast Stadium in Gosford.
The Gosford crowd started chanting “Teddy’s a Rooster” as the fullback was given a rest on the bench un the 60th minute by coach Trent Robinson.
It was well deserved as he scored two tries within five minutes midway through the second half, after a ghostly first 40 minutes where he was hardly sighted in attack.
His second try in the 55th minute put the Roosters in front 28-22 for the first time in the match.
7:52pm (AEDT): The New Zealand Warriors have ended their trial campaign with an inconsistent 20-14 win over the Gold Coats Titans at Sunshine Coast Stadium.
7:50pm (AEDT): Some butter-like defence from Rabbitohs as Matt Dufty slices through and makes it look easy as he goes through to score. Widdop makes the conversion. 12-6 Dragons.
7:48pm (AEDT): The Bulldogs are over again as Josh Bergamin finishes off a lovely scrum play to extend their lead. Comversion is no good by Martin. Bulldogs lead 20-6 over the Pa
7:47pm (AEDT): The Titans give themselves a glimmer of hope as youngster Tyronne Roberts-Davis presses his claims for a first-grade spot in Rd 1, nabbing his second try of the game. Conversion is no good. 20-14 to the Warriors
7:46pm (AEDT): Chad Townsend and Val Holmes combine as the Sharks score another try. Townsend holds the ball up just enough and Holmes slides through the gap. Conversion is no good. 20-0 Sharks at half-time.
7:44pm (AEDT): It's the James Tedesco show in this last 5 minutes. This time, he chips and chases for himself and regathers the ball to score.
7:43pm (AEDT): The Dogs also extend their lead at Belmore Sportsground as Nu Brown scores his first try in Bulldogs colours. Conversion is good. Dogs lead 16-6.
7:42pm (AEDT): The New Zealand Warriors have extended their lead as back-up hooker Sam Cook gets his name on the scoresheet. Conversion good by Johnson. Warriors lead 20-10.
7:41pm (AEDT): Souths have hit back in the Charity Shield as a back-line play down the right results in a try for new recruit, winger Richie Kennar. Highly rated youngster Adam Doueihi converts from the sideline! 6-all.
7:40pm (AEDT): Jake Friend turns provider this time as he grubbers ahead and James Tedesco has his first try in Sydney Roosters colours. Conversion is good by Taukeiaho and we have a stalemate on the Central Coast. 22-all.
7:39pm (AEDT): At the Charity Shield, the St George Illawarra Dragons have first points. Nene Macdonald continuing his good trial form as he bags yet another try, scored in the corner. Conversion by Widdop is good. 6-0 Dragons.
7:38pm (AEDT): The Eels extend their lead after a try to Bevan French who powers his way over to score. Moses still cannot find his kicking boots. Eels lead 12-6.
7:36pm (AEDT): The Sharks are in cruise control at Campbelltown. Wade Graham grubbers ahead and finds Sosaia Feki to score. Townsend misses his first of the night. Sharks lead 16-0.
7:35pm (AEDT): The Titans have hit back with a try. Konrad Hurrell takes the line on and cuts the ball back inside to Tyronne Roberts-Davis who slides under defenders to score. Taylor misses again. 14-10 Warriors.
7:33pm (AEDT): Another swift back-line play by the Eels, this time down the left, as slick hands amd a bullet pass by Corey Norman finds winger Kirisome Auva'a who scores. Not the best night for Moses with the boot as he misses his second attempt. 8-6 to the Eels.
7:32pm (AEDT): An update from Michael Chammas at Maitland Sportsground in the clash between the Newcastle Knights and the Parramatta Eels:
With all eyes on Jarryd Hayne, there’s been very little to report out of Maitland. A couple of nice carries in his return but little involvement early here in Maitland.
Bevan French looks electric at fullback, proving hard to contain. Mitchell Pearce has been busy for the Knights, playing a part in their opening try of the night. Newcastle lead 6-4 mid-way through the opening half.
7:25pm (AEDT): The Sharks have extended their lead at Campbelltown with Valentine Holmes getting on the scoresheet. Conversion was good by Townsend. 12-0 Sharks.
7:23pm (AEDT): An update from Dan Walsh at Campbelltown Stadium in the clash between the Wests Tigers and the Cronulla Sharks.
First 20 minutes out here at Campbelltown and it’s all Cronulla, though they only lead 6-0. Could well have been more but for some quick thinking from Wests Tigers recruit Corey Thompson at the back, managing to clean up a Luke Lewis charge down.
We’ve got a quick drinks break given the heat and humidity out here – both Ben Matulino and Matt Eisenhuth have been forced off for HIAs. They’ve got about five minutes each left before a verdict on whether they can play on.
7:21pm (AEDT): Injury blow for the St George Illawarra Dragons with Kurt Mann injuring his calf in the warm-up.
7:18pm (AEDT): An update from Margie McDonald at Central Coast Stadium:
Seven tries – four to Manly, three to the Roosters – made it a high-scoring first half producing 38 points.
Both teams were applauded off the field but despite a free-flowing game and some good ball movement, both sides will want to improve on some ball-handling skills and on their combinations.
James Tedesco has, so far, had a quiet first game for the Sydney Roosters.
7:17pm (AEDT): The New Zealand Warriors show off their silky skills as Shaun Johnson throws a bullet-like cut-out pass for David Fusitu'a who does his best Superman impersonation to score in the corner. Johnson misses the conversion. 14-6 Warriors.
7:16pm (AEDT): A half-time update from Chris Kennedy at Belmore Sportsground:
Penrith coach Anthony Griffin remarkably went through the entire first 40 minutes without a single interchange.
The gulf in NRL experience hasn’t helped his team they as they remain scoreless since the 10th minute.
The Dogs have hit back with tries to Rhyse Martin and Tom Carr, both on Peachey’s left edge, with playmaker Lachlan Lewis heavily involved in both. The Dogs lead 10-6 at half time.
7:15pm (AEDT): Matthew Eisenhuth is off with concussion for the Wests Tigers.
7:13pm (AEDT): A fortuitous try for the Canterbury Bulldogs gives them the lead, after an errant pass is directed back on course by Rhyse Martin and the try is scored by Tom Carr. At half-time at the Belmore Sportsground, the Bulldogs lead 10-6 over the Penrith Panthers.
7:12pm (AEDT): Some slick hands from Mitch Moses and Bevan French result in a try in the corner for Josh Hoffman. Conversion is no good. Knights still lead 6-4 over the Eels.
7:11pm (AEDT): Latrell Mitchell bags a double as he drags three defenders with him over the line. Mitchell cannot convert his own try. 22-16 in favour of Manly.
7:07pm (AEDT): Tom Trbojevic makes the most of some open space and extends Manly's lead. Conversion is good. 22-12 Manly over the Sydney Roosters.
7:06pm (AEDT): The Newcastle Knights have struck first at Maitland Sportsground, with Shaun Kenny Dowall scoring in the corner. Knights recruit Kalyn Ponga converts the try. Knights lead 6-0 over the Parramatta Eels.
7:06pm (AEDT): First points for the Canterbury Bulldogs at the Belmore Sportsground against the Penrith Panthers with Rhyse Martin scoring. Conversion successful. 6-all.
7:03pm (AEDT): Valentine Holmes and Ricky Leutele combine with the latter bustling his way over to score the game's first points in the Cronulla Sharks and Wests Tigers clash. Chad Townsend converts the try. 6-0 Sharks.
6:59pm (AEDT): A pre-game update from Dan Walsh at Campbelltown Stadium between the Wests Tigers v Cronulla Sharks clash:
Tigers and Sharks kicking off in just over five minutes time. Mahe Fonua will back up from the bench having a trot in the reggies with Wests . Tui Lolohea won’t.
The former Warrior had his moments - both good and bad – at fullback in reserve grade as Corey Thompson gets a crack at the No.1 jumper most had assumed was Lolohea’s for round one.
The Tongan international did knock over three from three conversions, including a tough one from the sideline in the wind, given the Tigers don’t have a host of goal kicking options that may help him come selection time.
6:58pm (AEDT): Update from Chris Kennedy for the Canterbury Bulldogs v Penrith Panthers clash at Belmore Sportsground:
It’s 6-0 to Penrith after 20 minutes. First points came roughly 10 minutes in when Reagan Campbell-Gillard crashed over from close range off a nice Nathan Cleary short ball.
Cleary should have had another try assist with a slick grubber behind the line but Tyrone Peachey fluffed the easy grounding. Young Christian Crichton has had some eye-catching charges coming in off his right wing while Cleary and Maloney have both been pinpoint with their kicks.
The reserve grade Dogs line-up is struggling a bit for cohesion.
6:55pm (AEDT): Report from Margie McDonald at Central Coast Stadium:
The budding partnership between Lachlan Croker and Daly Cherry-Evans at Manly began to sew its first seeds.
The opening try for the Sea Eagles was spawned by Croker and Cherry-Evans working nicely off the back of the play-the-ball to eventually put Akuila Uate over in the right corner.
For the Roosters, high-profile recruit Cooper Cronk is working well with hooker Jake Friend. But his halves partner of Mitch Cornish at five-eighth is not expected to be his regular No.6 for the season as the Roosters await the return of Luke Keary (broken jaw).
6:54pm (AEDT): The New Zealand Warriors have hit the lead courtesy of a Solomone Kata try. Conversion is missed. 10-6 Warriors.
6:53pm (AEDT): Roosters score again on the Central Coast. Latrell Mitchell turns provider this time as he bats it back for Jake Friend who scoops the ball up, plants it down and scores. Sio Siua Taukeiaho now 2/2 from the boot and Manly's lead cut to just 4. They lead 16-12.
6:52pm (AEDT): The Gold Coast Titans will play the remainder of the game down a man with Will Matthews ruled out with concussion.
6:51pm (AEDT): Mitchell Pearce calling the shots in the warm-ups for the Newcastle Knights.
6:50pm (AEDT): Manly putting the Roosters to the sword. Curtis Sironen & Matthew Wright both score tries for Manly. The Roosters hit back after a 70m runaway try to Latrell Mitchell. Conversion good by Sio Siua Taukeiaho. Manly lead 16-6.
6:44pm (AEDT): Big news for the South Sydney Rabbitohs ahead of tonight's Charity Shield with Greg Inglis a confirmed starter.
6:43pm (AEDT): Hulking Penrith Panthers prop Reagan Campbell-Gillard with the first points at Belmore Showground. Conversion is good by Nathan Cleary. 6-0 Penrith,
6:42pm (AEDT): A sweeping movement down the right sees the New Zealand Warriors hit back with a try of their own to David Fusitu'a. Conversion is good. 6-all between Warriors and the Gold Coast Titans.
6:35pm (AEDT): At Central Coast Stadium, the Manly Sea Eagles open the scoring courtesy of winger Akuila Uate. Daly Cherry-Evans can't convert. Manly lead 4-0.
6:33pm (AEDT): Jarryd Hayne back in the blue and gold for the first time since 2014.
6:32pm (AEDT): A couple of early injuries for the Gold Coast Titans. Brendan Elliott went up the tunnel with a possible ankle injury and Will Matthews went off with concussion.
6:28pm (AEDT): The Broncos get the win over the PNG Hunters at Port Moresby. A late Corey Oates try gives the Broncos a 26-12 win.
6:26pm (AEDT): It's a lovely day on the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast Titans have scored first with Ash Taylor on the end of a grubber kick. Michael Gordon convert. 6-0 Titans.
6:25pm (AEDT): As the Sea Eagles and Sydney Roosters ran out onto Central Coast Stadium for their warm-up prior to the 6.30pm (AEDT) kick-off, two fans near the players’ tunnel held up banners, which read: ‘It’s a Manly Thing, You Wouldn’t Understand’ and ‘Guess What Manly Hates You Too’.
Regardless, it was Cooper Cronk who received the loudest cheer from the grandstands when he ran out to stretch his legs, which no-one will miss since he’s wearing bright fluro-yellow boots.
6:19pm (AEDT): The Knights have finalised their 17 for tonight's clash. Several reserve graders will also be added to the team.
1. Kalyn Ponga, 2. Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 3. Sione Mata'utia, 4. Tautau Moga, 5. Nathan Ross, 6. Connor Watson, 7. Mitchell Pearce, 8. Daniel Saifiti, 9. Slade Griffin, 10. Jacob Lillyman, 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12. Aidan Guerra, 13. Herman Ese'ese. Interchange: 14. Danny Levi, 15. Chris Heighington, 16. Jamie Buhrer, 17. Jacob Saifiti.
6:14pm (AEDT): A bit of fun and banter in the Titans v Warriors clash between former team-mates Konrad Hurrell and Solomone Kata as they eyeball each other prior to kick-off and have a few smiles and laughs.
5:58pm (AEDT): At three-quarter time, the Brisbane Broncos lead 20-12. Jordan Kahu scored the Broncos latest try.
5:55pm (AEDT): The live-stream for the Gold Coast Titans v New Zealand Warriors is now live. Watch it here.
5:47pm (AEDT): The Broncos retake the lead. Korbin Sims the scorer who was on the end of a kick. The conversion is good. They now lead 16-12 over the PNG Hunters.
5:41pm (AEDT): The Broncos have hit back with a try to captain Alex Glenn. They trail 12-10 against the PNG Hunters.
5:21pm (AEDT): At half-time, the PNG Hunters lead 12-6 over the Broncos. Watson Boas was the scorer of the Hunters last try.
5:17pm (AEDT): The PNG Hunters now have the lead in Port Moresby! 10-6 to the Hunters.
5:13pm (AEDT): The Newcastle Knights are raring to go as they arrive at Maitland for their clash v the Parramatta Eels.
5:06pm (AEDT): Scores are now tied up at 6-all as the PNG Hunters score the opening points of the second quarter.
5:00pm (AEDT): Just the one try scored in Port Moresby at quarter time to Jonus Pearson. Broncos lead 6-0.
4:53pm (AEDT): Peter Jolly, our man at the Maitland Showground, caught up with some of the Newcastle Knights faithful, the Nannas club.
4:44pm (AEDT): Jonus Pearson opens the scoring in Port Moresby with a try in the corner. Jordan Kahu makes no mistake with the conversion. Broncos lead 6-0.
4:35pm (AEDT): The Brisbane Broncos v PNG Hunters clash in Port Moresby has started.
4.19pm (AEDT): Here is the last minute team news from the Broncos. As was the case on a handful of occasions last year, Sam Thaiday is being used as the starting hooker in the absence of Andrew McCullough.
4.05pm (AEDT): Here are a few links for anyone looking for a catch-up on the news from last night's Johnathan Thurston and Cameron Smith testimonial in Brisbane. Some of the tries in this match (we're looking at you Kyle Feldt) were something else.
- Thurston magic leads Cowboys to testimonial win
- Maroons legends say Feldt on cusp of Origin
- Smith doesn't want Croft to be 'next Cronk'
4 pm AEDT: Good afternoon league fans, the first of today's eight trials is about to get underway in Port Moresby, with the PNG Hunters facing the Brisbane Broncos. A great atmosphere should result in a strong match.
Here is the Broncos' team list for the historic clash:
Broncos: 1. Jamayne Isaako, 2. Jonus Pearson, 3. James Roberts, 4. Tom Opacic, 5. Jordan Kahu, 6. Sam Scarlett. 7. Kodi Nikorima, 8. Matt Lodge, 9. Todd Murphy, 10. Sam Thaiday, 11. Alex Glenn (c), 12. Matt Gillett, 13. Josh McGuire. Interchange: 14. Anthony Milford, 15. Joe Ofahengaue, 16. Korbin Sims, 17. Tevita Pangai Jr., 18. Jake Turpin, 19. Corey Oates, 20. Jaydn Su'A.
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