Home Sport News Bunnies too sturdy for Dragons, Younger taken to hospital, Raiders romp away from Eels, Cogger impresses

Bunnies too sturdy for Dragons, Younger taken to hospital, Raiders romp away from Eels, Cogger impresses

Bunnies too sturdy for Dragons, Younger taken to hospital, Raiders romp away from Eels, Cogger impresses


Souths claimed the Charity Defend from the Dragons, Canberra claimed a giant win over Parramatta, Dominic Younger was injured within the Roosters’ conquer Manly whereas Jack Cogger impressed as Newcastle proved too sturdy for Cronulla.

Right here’s all it is advisable know from a busy day of 4 trials within the NRL Pre-season Problem.

St George Illawarra 6, South Sydney 26

Dragons dedicated however Bunnies higher

St George Illawarra introduced larger depth to the Charity Defend however South Sydney had the benefit at school. 

The Dragons fired up at Kogarah for the annual pre-season showdown however they didn’t have the firepower to match s

Souths regardless that they have been with out injured Cody Walker, suspended Jack Wighton and Latrell Mitchell after his All Stars efficiency the earlier night time. 

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 17:  Keaon Koloamatangi of the Rabbitohs is tackled during the NRL Pre-Season Challenge round one match between St George Illawarra Dragons and South Sydney Rabbitohs at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium on February 17, 2024 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Keaon Koloamatangi is tackled by Matt Eisenhuth. (Picture by Matt King/Getty Pictures)

New coach Shane Flanagan has combined up the Dragons to place Zac Lomax on the wing and sending Jack Chicken again from the pack to centre however the roster wants high quality recruits earlier than he may even take into consideration difficult a finals contender like Souths. 

Luciano Leilua is more likely to be again on the membership by Spherical 1 however the pack and backbone particularly want additional reinforcements if the Dragons are to keep away from ending among the many also-rans. 

For the Bunnies, younger playmakers Dean Hawkins and Jye Grey confirmed they’ll be pushing for NRL sport time this 12 months. 

Manly recruit Sean Keppie put in an impactful efficiency up entrance in his first match in crimson and inexperienced, giving them one other hard-hitting possibility of their center ahead rotation. 

After a scoreless first quarter, the impasse was lastly damaged within the thirty sixth minute when Dragons fullback Tyrell Sloan spilt the capsule after a crunching sort out on his line and Jacob Host coasted over. 

Mikaele Ravalawa knotted the rating at 6-6 simply earlier than halftime when he pounced on a unfastened move close to midway. 

Braidon Burns, again on the Bunnies after an injury-riddled stint at Canterbury, completed off a backline motion to make it 12-6 and the competition was all however over when Souths ahead Davvy Moale motored by some fragile Dragons defence on the objective line. 

Burns, who may show a greater than useful pick-up for the muse membership within the exterior backs, crossed for his second late within the contest from an outstanding cut-out move from Jarrett Subloo as each coaches gave their prolonged bench reserves a run. 

Taane Milne latched onto a Peter Mamouzelos chip kick on the stroke of full-time to finish the 20-point triumph which, with none damage considerations, was an ideal warm-up for coach Jason Demetriou heading into the Las Vegas season opener agaisnt Manly.

Roosters 36, Manly 22

Daniel, Dom, Billy and the Joeys

The Roosters survived a scare from Manly – and over the well being of recent star signing Dom Younger – as they eased to a 36-22 win in Gosford.

The Chooks fielded an virtually full power facet and have been too sturdy in the long run, however Manly, with simply 5 anticipated starters, placed on a greater than creditable displaying.

Certainly, they may have been degree going into the ultimate 5 minutes however for a missed conversion, earlier than Connor Watson and Junior Pauga made the outcome safe.

The main fear was over Dom Younger, who left with a neck challenge following a crusher sort out. He was taken to hospital in a neck brace although the Roosters insist that it was merely precautionary.

“He’s good, it’s simply while you’re coping with the neck, you wish to be precautionary, so he’s simply gone to the hospital to get a scan,” coach Trent Robinson stated.

“He was good in there (within the sheds) speaking and sitting up and all that, however they simply wish to maintain it steady simply so we all know what’s precisely flawed with it.

“However he was in good spirits and he was superb.”

Tof Sipley may not be so fortunate: he was placed on report for the incident and may very well be out of the American journey in consequence.

All eyes have been on the Chooks’ backs with a five-into-four dynamic rising. Joey Manu was the person to overlook out from the beginning however gained’t be come the actual kickoff, leaving the others to battle for inclusion.

Of those that began, it was Daniel Tupou who confirmed essentially the most to Trent Robinson.

Robbo has admitted that Tupou may need been the person to overlook out, regardless of being the membership’s all-time report tryscorer, however was compelled to incorporate him primarily based on preseason type, that was compounded right now with two extra tries.

The winger additionally averaged over ten metres per carry and broke a number of tackles, together with one which noticed him rating from an unlikely angle within the second half.

(Picture by Izhar Khan/Getty Pictures)

Younger had a couple of moments early on that confirmed he nonetheless has just a little to go, however the topline pace was there to see on a number of events, in addition to the attention for the tryline.

Each Billy Smith and Joseph Suaalii had moments of fine play with their palms, however the huge query stays over the defensive facet, which was lower than stellar towards what was very a lot a second string Manly facet.

As unit, the Roosters have been capable of face up to an enormous spell of stress early on with six units in a row on their line, however might be livid to have thrown all that away by permitting a pushover strive from Tof Sipley on the finish.

Robinson couldn’t have requested for a greater probability to check his facet’s cage D early on and can take coronary heart from the massive run of possession that they withstood, however will even know that there’s a lot to go but if the Chooks are to be again to their 2019 finest on the goalline.

Manly are going to be enjoyable

There was even lower than traditional to learn into the Manly efficiency, as they’d far fewer huge names out, however on the proof of this, they are going to be plenty of enjoyable in 2024.

The Sea Eagles have been at all times prepared to show defence into assault and iced a number of transitional moments that stored them within the sport, not solely pouncing on the ball however then staying alive to right away shift the footy and create possibilities.

The set assault was much less spectacular, although with out all the most important inventive gamers and towards a powerful Roosters defence, that was maybe to be anticipated.

Of the perimeter candidates, Ray Vaega was the one to offer Anthony Seibold meals for thought.

There’s a spot on the wing up for grabs Vegas, and did his possibilities no hurt right now with a number of key moments and a heap of much less flashy work.

Beneath the excessive ball stays a difficulty and brought on a second half strive, however the identical may very well be stated of Jaxson Paulo, and it is likely to be that Manly simply need to mitigate that risk to get essentially the most out of their backline in yardage and defence.

Within the center, Nathan Brown did his finest Jake Trbojevic impression with a key ball-playing function and plenty of tackling, which provides to the depth out there to the Sea Eagles and maybe strikes the previous Origin star nearer to a spot on the bench.

Seibold stated Josh Schuster would play in subsequent Saturday’s pre-season match towards Brisbane at Brookvale, earlier than he flies to the US the next day.

“He’ll fly to Vegas on the Sunday after which we’ll decide whether or not he’s within the 17 or not,” Seibold stated on Fox Sports activities. 

“It’s an extended season and that is fairly a singular preparation for us. The physio determined to tug him out and provides him a very good prep for the Broncos trial.”

Parramatta 16, Canberra 38

Raiders nonetheless at sixes ans sevens

Canberra’s backbone conundrum seems no nearer to being solved regardless of a 38-16 defeat of Parramatta within the NRL pre-season problem.

The Raiders entered the summer season with uncertainty as to who would play in three of 4 backbone positions, following the departure of five-eighth Jack Wighton and motion at hooker and fullback in 2023.

Solely halfback Jamal Fogarty seems assured of a spot within the beginning crew for spherical one.

There was ample alternative for a hero to announce himself in a sport that was shut till the ultimate 20 minutes at Jubilee Stadium on Saturday.

However none was forthcoming on the perimeters for the Inexperienced Machine, who have been bulldozed to a giant victory late within the piece by a forged of up-and-comers.

Within the halves, Kaeo Weekes and fellow five-eighth possibility Ethan Unusual have been stable with out setting the world alight.

Weekes scored Canberra’s second strive after placing a bomb up, chasing by after which discovering himself on the receiving finish of a second kick from Nick Cotric.

Unusual regarded snug with the boot himself, forcing a dropout within the first half.

“Clearly there’s alternatives that we missed, however there have been alternatives that we did take,” stated Weekes. “It was a very good first hit-out for the boys and good to run round once more.”

The Raiders’ traditional beginning hooker in 2023, Zac Woolford was given first probability to impress at dummy-half however an early head knock reduce his night time quick.

Younger Chevy Stewart defused a 40/20 try within the first half however by no means reduce unfastened with the ball as fullback rivals Seb Kris and Jordan Rapana watched on.

Brendan Fingers staked his declare to start out at hooker for Parramatta, who’re set to anoint both the Penrith junior or Joey Lussick as Josh Hodgson’s everlasting successor.

Ousted from beginning duties by mid-season recruit Lussick final 12 months, Fingers was the Eels’ most spectacular participant, organising the primary strive with a dart out of dummy-half.

He was held up from scoring his personal strive, and later reduce by the center on a line break that might’ve led to Parramatta’s third strive had he discovered an inside ball.

After a stable first half, highly-rated younger Eels half Ethan Sanders struggled, placing one kick out on the complete and failing to seek out contact from a penalty with one other.

Parramatta recruit Kelma Tuilagi struck up a formidable partnership with Bailey Simonsson on the left edge after traditional second-rower Shaun Lane went to the bench.

Tuilagi burst previous former Manly teammate Weekes on a break that led Simonsson to attain the facet’s third. 

Eels ahead Makahesi Makatoa is more likely to face scrutiny from the match evaluate committee after laying a hip drop-style sort out on Raiders winger Xavier Savage within the first half.

Matt Arthur, son of Parramatta coach Brad, knocked himself out chilly trying to sort out Peter Taateo off a kick return and left the sector following a five-minute break in play.

Newcastle 44, Cronulla 18

A significant Cog for the Knights, towering Tom would possibly sit out Spherical 1 for Sharks

Newcastle eased to a 44-18 trial win over the Cronulla Sharks, however Adam O’Brien’s listing of adverse choice decisions solely obtained lengthy after a number of standout performances from new recruits.

Jack Cogger was prime of the listing due to a powerful efficiency within the halves, however two-try backrower Dylan Lucas and new arrival Will Pryce have been additionally spectacular.

Krystian Mapapalangi would possibly effectively have been within the considering for an out of doors again function, however lasted only one sort out earlier than departing with a concussion, a rotten stroke of luck after lacking most of 2023 with damage. He should now sit out the second trial subsequent week.

One other who is likely to be out of the second week of the Pre-season Problem might be Tom Hazleton, who was binned for a nasty trying shot that may certainly curiosity the Match Evaluation Panel.

A significant Cog

Adam O’Brien might be compelled to learn into trial type given the depth of his halves choices, and he had a number of get up demanding to be picked for his or her season opener.

Jackson Hastings might be there because the incumbent halfback however underlined his significance with two good assists, however he’ll have Cogger respiratory down his neck after the brand new recruit made a powerful case for inclusion.

There was a 40/20, a attempt to loads of different good contributions, not least within the less-obvious, however very important angles work that stored Newcastle from taking part in too sideways.

The way in which the Knights assault is usually aimed on the nook publish, which requires whoever performs additional in to maintain the route below management, which Cogger did beautifully.

Additionally making a mark was Will Pryce, who did stints at fullback and 5 eighth.

The English import confirmed precisely what he can carry, with a person piece of sensible to create a strive for younger winger David Armstrong and one other one for himself due to a killer sidestep.

Anybody who has watched Pryce’s Tremendous League highlights reel will know that he can activate the fashion in damaged play, and Knights followers obtained their first glimpse of that right now.

It’ll be attention-grabbing to see which place O’Brien thinks is finest for each Cogger and Pryce.

Tyson Gamble did nothing flawed however will know he’s in a battle for that 6 jumper, and whereas Pryce isn’t going to unseat Kalyn Ponga from the fullback place, that flexibility would possibly earn him a spot on the bench earlier than lengthy.

Two Sharks get up

The pickings have been slim for Sharks followers, although that was to be anticipated given the settled nature of their beginning 13 and the easy truth that almost all of them have been sat within the Gosford grandstand.

The one area that’s up for grabs is amongst their bench rotation, and it is going to be pleasing for Fitzgibbon that each of the contenders on present put their palms up.

Oregon Kaufusi and Hazleton will probably be the 16 and 17 for the majority of the season, and confirmed in patches what they’ll supply.

Hazleton is at all times a risk with the ball as a consequence of his measurement however obtained himself in all places in defence and, crucially, performed bulk minutes, which might be wanted this 12 months as he seems to common longer stints on the sector.

On prime of the standard, Hazleton confirmed deft palms wider out to create a long-range strive for his facet, which will definitely be encouraging.

Much less so was his stint within the bin for a late, excessive shot on Mat Croker that will rule him out of the primary week of the season.

Kaufusi was his traditional bustling self and managed some sturdy costs in addition to organising an early strive for Jayden Berrell with a pleasant offload across the ruck.

with AAP



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