Brooks puts the boot in on Bulldogs, Knights down Manly

By Sports Desk August 16, 2020

Luke Brooks' field goal secured a thrilling 29-28 NRL win for Wests Tigers over Canterbury Bulldogs after Newcastle Knights rallied to beat Manly Sea Eagles on Sunday.

The Tigers' finals hopes were in danger of taking a big blow at Bankwest Stadium, where bottom side Canterbury were on course for just a fifth win of the season with time running out.

Wests led 22-16 at the break following tries from Moses Mbye, David Nofoaluma and two from Luke Garner, with Nick Meaney, Marcelo Montoya and Matt Doorey dotting down at the other end in a frantic first half.

The Bulldogs grasped the initiative with tries from Aiden Tolman and Kerrod Holland, who converted both of those four-pointers to give his side a six-point advantage.

Yet Joey Leilua's try, converted by Mbye, drew the Tigers level eight minutes from time and Brooks booted the winning point from 32 metres out with three minutes to play to move his side four points behind the eighth-placed South Sydney Rabbitohs.

The Knights fought back from 12-0 down and were also behind in the final 10 minutes before Enari Tuala's second try of the game, converted by Kalyn Ponga, downed Manly 26-24.

Manly also lost Brendan Elliot to what may be a torn anterior cruciate ligament at McDonald Jones Stadium as their finals bid suffered another setback.

Related items

  • Simm and French the hat-trick heroes in Saints and Wigan routs Simm and French the hat-trick heroes in Saints and Wigan routs

    Josh Simm and Bevan French scored hat-tricks for St Helens and Wigan Warriors in respective hammerings of Leeds Rhinos and Salford Red Devils in Super League on Friday. 

    Leeds defeated Salford to win the Challenge Cup last weekend but only four of that side were involved as the Rhinos were outclassed 40-8 by a Saints side who are closing on a third straight League Leaders' Shield.  

    All of Simm's tries came in the first half with Zeb Taia also dotting down as Saints went into the break 22-0 ahead. 

    Leeds showed some improvement after the restart with Cameron Smith crossing, but Theo Fages, Kevin Naiqama and Aaron Smith all scored for Saints before Liam Tindall's late try added a shred more respectability for the Rhinos.  

    Wigan are second in the table and routed Salford 58-12 with Sam Powell and French going over twice and Liam Farrell scoring a try in a dominant first half in which Kallum Watkins replied for Salford. 

    Jackson Hastings, Oliver Gildart and Farrell all scored for the Warriors after Tui Lolohea had cut Wigan's lead, before French completed his hat-trick and Gildart had a second in a comprehensive triumph. 

  • Eden hat-trick lifts Tigers as Trinity end losing run Eden hat-trick lifts Tigers as Trinity end losing run

    Castleford Tigers claimed a 38-24 victory over Hull KR to end a five-match losing run in Super League, with Greg Eden starring against his former club.

    Eden scored a hat-trick of tries on Thursday, with his first helping Castleford race into a 24-0 lead by the 25th minute.

    Jacques O'Neill, Alex Foster, Adam Milner also crossed, with Hull KR responding through Robbie Mulhern, Elliot Minchella and Shaun Kenny-Dowall.

    Yet Eden's second put Castleford into further control and though Matt Parcell went over to hand Rovers – whose coach Tony Smith is isolating for 14 days due to COVID-19 protocols – a glimmer of hope, their former player completed his hat-trick late in the match to wrap up the win.

    In Thursday's other fixture, bottom side Wakefield Trinity finally ended their dismal run of defeats as they secured a dramatic 18-14 win over Huddersfield Giants.

    Tom Johnstone scored a double, with his second try securing Wakefield's first win since the league's restart in August to relieve some of the mounting pressure on coach Chris Chester.

    Wakefield, who had a try harshly disallowed moments earlier, struck in the closing minutes – Johnstone diving over in the corner, with the video referee allowing the try to stand after checking on a possible ball steel from Jacob Miller.

  • Super League Grand Final switches venues Super League Grand Final switches venues

    The Super League Grand Final will be staged in Hull this year, marking the first time the game will not be played at Manchester United's Old Trafford. 

    Super League executive chairman Robert Elstone confirmed the switch in a statement on Thursday, revealing fixture clashes with United necessitated a change in venue. 

    The match will now be played at Hull FC's KCOM Stadium on Friday, November 27. 

    "It's unfortunate that the Covid-affected fixture schedules, of both Manchester United and Super League, mean that despite our best efforts we have had to find an alternative to the only home the Super League Grand Final has ever known," said Elstone. 

    "After full consideration of a number of options, we're delighted to confirm that we will be taking the 2020 Super League Grand Final to the KCOM Stadium in Hull; a city and stadium with a proud rugby league heritage and one worthy of hosting the game's showpiece event."

    St Helens beat Salford 23-6 in the 2019 final.

© 2020 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.