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Monday, February 28, 2011

Dragons : World Club Champions

The St George-Illawarra Dragons are the World Club Champions, disposing of the English Premiers, the Wigan Warriors 21-15. The game was a wonderful advertisement for rugby league as defence was the ultimate difference, as the Dragons kept the Warriors scoreless in the second half and scored one themselves, while a field goal from Jamie Soward after a long break from Brett Morris in the 70th minutes proved the points difference

The Wigan Warriors started well with a well rehearsed kick focusing on Jamie Soward was plucked over Soward's head by former Knights winger George Carmont for the Warriors to score a shock 6-0 lead. The Warriors continued then to take penalty kicks at goal when in range, and took the lead out to 8-0, before the Dragons snapped back with the first of Brett Morris's tries.

A Wigan field goal, right on half-time broke a 14 all deadlock and allowed the Warriors to lead into oranges.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Broncos Press Release

"The Brisbane Broncos have today announced that the club will have a new coach for season 2011.

That post will be filled by current assistant coach Anthony Griffin, who takes over from Ivan Henjak.

Henjak, who coached the side in seasons 2009 and 2010, has agreed with the club to stand down from the role.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Dragons Snare Charity Shield

For the first time since 2007, the St George Illawarra Dragons have defeated Souths 32-10 in the Annual Charity Shield fixture which becomes the "Official" Taste of NRL every season. This year, both sides fielded some exciting new talent and this was most evident by Jack Bosden who was super impressive with his hit-ups and tackling. Darius Boyd also made it a personal mission to keep Rhys Wesser second guessing retirement, while Bronx Goodwin had a good start in Dragons Colours. Souths, missing Greg Inglis and Sam Burgess started well, but lacked the finesse of the Dragons, while the Dragons were poor early with cheap errors and simple turnovers.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

NRL All Stars 28 Indigenous 12

The NRL All-Stars even the slate tonight against the Indigenous All-Stars with a strong 28-12 victory. Again, the emotion and commitment behind this game, meant that the game was played at a pace more befitting an NRL Fixture. The NRL All-Stars scored first through Brett Morris and were never headed, leading 22-0 at one stage during the first half. Josh Duigan was named Man of the Match and he was outstanding. Others to impress, was Anthony Mitchell, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Ben Barba, Greg Bird and Mathew Scott. This is a great game to start the season. Look out 2011.

All- Stars and Charity Sheild to Start the Season


The NRL Footy Season has been meandering on now for a few weeks with some trial games and the like, but it starts to ramp up this weekend with the NRL All-Stars taking on the Indigenous All Stars at Skilled Stadium on the Gold Coast. Being on the Coast this morning, the hype and visitors in town for the game were evident in Surfers Paradise. Let's hope the  game and the atmosphere again lives up to the hype. It is one of those games that you really don't mind who wins, as long as it entertains.

The Charity Shield on the other hand, marks the Official start to the season for Dragons Fans and long suffering Rabbitohs fans. The game is typically hard and played with some emotion and every time Souths win, it starts the emotional roller coaster of the season, while Saints fans live with the result. This time, the defending Premiers are playing in this game, and it has been a long wait to say that. Rabbitohs fans will be wanting to say the same thing in 2012.

Anyway folks, its game on. NRL2011.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Monday, February 7, 2011

Packers 31- Steelers 25

The Green Bay Packers came from 6th seed in the NFC to take the Superbowl 31-25 over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The difference between the teams ultimately proved to be the Packers defence, but even that was a double edged sword. The Packers defence excelled with points from turnovers, but at most time looked vulnerable against the Steelers running game.

Aaron Rogers (pictured) proved to be the big difference, and if his receivers had caught what they should have, the game would never have been in doubt. The Steelers proved how tough they are as a team and never gave up, but it was the Packers that deserved the win and the Vince Lombardi trophy returning to Green Bay.

Sunday, February 6, 2011