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Hot and mostly cold debuts - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Sat, 17 Mar 2007 23:15:00 GMT
It was a cold night to be making your club debut if you were an NRL coach on Saturday unless of course your name was Ricky Stuart.

Stuart turned out to be the only coach at a new club able to walk away with a win on day 2 of the new season after the Sharks easily took care of the Panthers 18-0 at Shark Park.

Ahead 6-0 at half-time, Cronulla slowly grinded their way to a win (the first since June 24, 2006) courtesy of two penalty goals before the side bagged two tries inside the final 11 minutes care of Brett Kearney and Luke Covell.

No such luck however was on the side of Michael Hagan (Eels), Mathew Elliot (Panthers) or Neil Henry (Raiders).

Inexplicably all three men witnessed their teams remain scoreless at half-time.

While Hagan’s half-time pep talk kept the Eels in the contest through three tries to the visitors in 19 minutes, for the others coaches their squads struggled for direction most of the time.

Neil Henry’s side scored 1 converted try four-minutes after the break yet proved to be in a league of their own, living up to media expectation that the green brigade would struggle for most of the match.

Manly however were deadly with their kicking game with all 6 tries being set up by the boot. The Raiders ball control was simply nowhere to be seen.

Mathew Elliot had other things on his mind besides how his former side was doing as he had the rare displeasure of witnessing his Penrith squad get held scoreless for the first time since Souths beat them 20-0 in 1999.

With the Panthers having axed two premiership winning coaches last season (John Lang – NRL 2003 & Brett Kenny – Jersey Flegg 2006), expectations are that the successors will do better.

Three more NRL coaches will be looking to post first wins with their new clubs in round 1.

Brian Smith (Knights) will be hoping to put the Bulldogs down while Jason Taylor (Souths) and Chris Anderson (Roosters) will battle each other tactically on Monday.

Rd 1 Day Two:

Game One:

New Zealand Warriors 34 Wade McKinnon, Steve Price, Michael Crockett (2), Simon Mannering, Lance Hohaia tries; Tony Martin (5/7) goals) def eels 18 (Daniel Wagon, Nathan Cayless, Jarryd Hayne tries; Luke Burt (3/3) goals) at Ericsson Stadium. Referee: Gaving Badger Penalties: Eels 10-9 Linebreaks: Warriors 4-2. Half-time: Warriors 24-0.

Game Two:

Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 18 (Brett Kearney (2), Luke Covell tries; Luke Covell (3/5) goals) panthers 0 @ Toyota Park, Saturday March 17th. Ref: Jared Maxwell. Penalties: Sharks 9-9. Line breaks: Sharks 4-1. Half-time: Cronulla 6-0

Game Three:

MANLY 32 (J Lyon 2 S Bell J King M Robertson L Williamson tries J Lyon 3 M Orford goals) def CANBERRA 6 (M Chalk try M Dobson goal) at Brookvale Oval. Referee: B Cummins. Penalties: Raiders 5-6 Linebreaks: Manly 3-2 Half-time: Manly 14-0 - Read More, Here