NRL Review: Round 1


NRL Review: Round 1.

Storm 22 def Broncos 12.

The 2019 season started off with a bang down at AAMI Stadium, as the Melbourne Storm kept their round 1 record firmly intac with a 10 point win against the Brisbane Broncos. In the first regular season game since Wayne Bennett’s removal, the Broncos would have a horror start as the Storm would score 10 points in the first 12 minutes though Jahrome Hughes and Curtis Scott. 

At 10-0 going into half-time, the Brisbane Broncos were somehow still in it thanks to some resolute defense. That would change right after half-time, as Cameron Munster would send Kenny Bromwich through a gaping left hand hole for a 16-0 lead. 

Brisbane weren’t done yet though, with Corey Oates scoring twice in 5 minutes to make it 16-12. Melbourne would go against the run of play to put the nail in the coffin for the Broncos 13 minutes from time, with Munster setting up Jesse Bromwich on the inside to leave it at 22-12. 

It gives the new look Melbourne spine with something to relish, as the younger looking Storm sent Brisbane trotting home with a loss. 

Knights 14 def Sharks 8.

This game was a real struggle of power with both teams only managing penalty goals in the opening half. 

Knights were first to break the deadlock when Tim Glasby ran a nice line to go over the line untouched. Ponga concerting the Try. 

Cronulla had a play building as Johnson put a kick through the line with Katoa racing through but he was held back by a couple of Newcastle plays and they awarded a penalty try and with the kick in front the Sharks converted to bring the score level. 

But with 6 minutes to go Edrick Lee snatched a Chad Townsend pass and raced away 80 metres to score and Kalyn Ponga sealed the 14-8 win with a Conversion. 

Roosters 12 def Rabbitohs 24.

The big derby was a hard fought affair with the Rabbitohs striking first with a nice try to Cameron Murray and Adam Reynolds Conversion. 

The Roosters hit back 10 minutes later with Jake Friend selling a massive dummy and scurrying over the line next to the posts. 

Souths hit back after a Damian Cook kick was pounced on by Sam Burgess giving the Rabbitohs a 10-6 lead. 

Roosters put their noses in front with Mitchell Aubusson getting a nice pass off Cooper Cronk to go over and Latrell Mitchell converted to give the Roosters the lead 12-10. 

Souths capitalised off a great piece of ball movement that shifted the ball out to the left hand side with Campbell Graham going over to score. 

Cody Walker put his side further in front in the 60th minute after racing through and planting an Adam Reynolds kick down. 

The Rabbitohs really looked in control of the game when Alex Johnston finished off a backline movement and went over to give the Rabbitohs a 24-12 win. 

Warriors 40 def Bulldogs 6.

The first game of Saturday afternoon football would see the NRL head across the Tasman as the NZ Warriors would take on the Canterbury Bulldogs. As the events of Christchurch reverberated around the world, the Warriors wanted to do the home crowd proud. 

The addition of Adam Keighran posed questions as to how the spine of the Warriors would go without Shaun Johnson, but those questions were very quickly answered as the Warriors raced out to a 22-0 lead at the break. 

Tries to Maumalo, Kata, Keighran and Nathaniel Roache saw the Warriors out in the distance, with the Bulldogs more bark than bite at Mt Smart Stadium. The slickness of the Warriors offense, led by an in charge Blake Green and the able apprentice in Keighran shocked the Dogs. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck ran hard from the back, with the combination of Jazz Tevaga and Roache providing good service from the ruck. 

The Dogs, with only a try to Christian Chrichton as a consolation, will be looking to tighten up their defense before this week’s test against a rejuvenated Parrramatta Eels. 

Tigers 20 def Sea Eagles 6.

The second of three super Saturday match ups had the Wests Tigers hosting the Sea Eagles at the heartland of Rugby League, Leichhardt Oval! The game was to be held in wet and miserable weather, but it didn’t stop the Tiger faithful from coming out and packing out the mighty Leichhardt hill.

The first half was a bit of an error riddled slug fest, but kept things interesting. Despite the many opportunities, the Tigers were unable to grab any points in the first half, but Manly weren’t much better, as they took a 2-0 lead into the break. 

The second half was where the Tigers season really got going. It was the Leichhardt legend himself in Robbie Farah to get the first try of the game and the Tigers off and running when he pounced on a deflected grubber from Luke Brooks under the posts.

Young gun Luke Garner was able to get his first NRL try when he was given a beautiful short ball from Benji Marshall to send him flying through the defensive line. A quick dummy and step sent the young gun storming past the fullback for a four pointer.

Robbie Farah was able to get himself a Leichhardt double and show that age is no boundary when he took on the line during an attacking set and fooled the defence with a dummy and dive to score the the try next to the posts. 

Manly were able to grab themselves a last minute consolation through Jorge Taufua, but it wasn’t enough as the Tigers ran away with a 20-6 win. 

Cowboys 24 def Dragons 12. 

In what was a very sloppy first 20 minutes from both teams with the cowboys dominating from the start. A very solid 40/20 from Michael Morgan however nothing came from it. 

The only points in the first 20 minutes came off a cowboys error which saw the dragons go 90m to score. 

The Dragons didn't seem in this game at all and had a hard time keeping Jason Taumalolo at check in which he ran for 301 meters, had a try assist and two line breaks. 

Michael Morgan looked at home in the #7 jersey and as captain showing many that this is his team. 

Eels 20 def Panthers 12.

The Eels came into this western derby hoping to kick 2019 with a bang. 

It the Eels were first to strike with a try to Niukore in the corner after Mitchell Moses put the ball in the air with Ferguson batting it to Takairangi who kicked it back inside for Niukore to burrow over. 

Michael Jennings was next to score against his old side after he juggled the ball over the line and planted it down. 

The Eels hooker Reed Mahoney scores next through a scurrying run and Moses managed to convert for a 14-0 lead. 

Michael Jennings was sin binned for knocking Isaac Yeo flush on the chin in a tackle. Shortly after Penrith brought the score closer after 2 tries to Wade Egan and James Tamou while Michael Jennings was in the sin bin. 

But Eels sealed the game Michael Jennings went over in the 76th minute giving the Eels their first win in 2019.

Raiders 21 def Titans 0.

Two of the teams that somehow managed to stay out of trouble in what was the off-season from hell met on Sunday in the final game of round 1, as Canberra went to the Gold Coast for a game against the Titans. It was a slick and slippery CBUS Super Stadium, and the Titans couldn’t handle the forward pack of the Raiders as Canberra produced the first shut out of the season.

John Bateman led from the front, running 145 metres and hitting 34 tackles as the leader in both stats on ground as the rain tumbled and the errors hampered both offenses.  27 errors ended up being the final count, with Canberra taking advantage of them through tries to Sia Soliola, BJ Leilua and Bailey Simonsson. Jarrod Croker was 4/5 from the boot, while former Titan Aiden Sezer knocked over a field goal to give the Raiders a 21-0 in front of just under 10,000 people on the Gold Coast. 

The Titans will be sweating on their halves pairing this week, as Ash Taylor was pulled out late and Tyrone Roberts ended up hurt after 15 minutes. It left AJ Brimson and Tyrone Peachey as the halves, not a pairing you want to see further into the season if you are a Titans fan.


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