Manly beat expansion team the Gold Coast Titans 20-6 yesterday, allowing the Sea Eagles to join the Melbourne Storm with 6-0 records and a perfect start to Australia's National Rugby League season.
Brett Stewart scored two tries and captain Matt Orford added a third five-pointer, giving the Sea Eagles an 18-0 lead at half-time.
In another match yesterday, winger Hazem El Masri scored a try and kicked four goals to lead the Bulldogs to a 21-18 win over Parramatta.
On Saturday, hooker Cameron Smith, playing his second match in less than 24 hours after helping Australia beat New Zealand 30-6 in a Test match on Friday, scored two tries and kicked five goals to lead Melbourne to a 30-20 win over Penrith.
Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy praised Smith's effort to help keep the Storm unbeaten and atop the NRL standings.
"He was wonderful," Bellamy said of Smith. "I wanted to get him off 10 minutes before and after half-time but then there were a few injuries. And then I planned to get him off at 22-8 but then they came back and like a baby's blanket you always want him out there, he's so reliable."
Center Ben Pommeroy scored three tries in the first half to lead Cronulla to a 26-0 win over Canberra in southern Sydney. The loss continues the Raiders' poor form on the road.
They have conceded 96 points in their three away games this season and scored a measly 12.
Today, South Sydney travel to Townsville to play the North Queensland Cowboys to close out the sixth round.
Four teams -- St. George Illawarra, the Sydney Roosters, Wests Tigers and the New Zealand Warriors -- had weekend byes to lessen the strain on the top players who competed in the Australia-New Zealand Test.
Fickle winds produced farcical scenes yesterday on day two of the America’s Cup challenger series in Auckland, as the so-called “flying” yachts spent almost as much time in the water as above it. “I’m not sure today is a really accurate read because it’s so puffy, it’s shifty,” British sailing legend Ben Ainslie said after his Ineos Team UK maintained their perfect start to the Prada Cup series with a third straight win. The series would determine which of the 23m yachts — which fly above the water balanced on hi-tech foil arms — would challenge defending champion Team New Zealand for
VIRUS RISK: India’s Saina Nehwal tested positive for COVID-19 at the Yonex Thailand Open, while three other players were being retested after receiving conflicting results Taiwanese badminton star Tai Tzu-ying yesterday returned to international competition after an eight-month break with a victory at the Yonex Thailand Open in Bangkok. Twenty-six-year-old Tai, 26, the top-seeded player at the tournament, met 18-year-old Thai player Benyapa Aimsaard in the opening round and narrowly won 21-18, 26-24. Her previous tournament was the Yonex All England Open in March last year, where she won the women’s singles title, before the BWF World Tour was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Benyapa was a last-minute replacement after another Thai player pulled out of the event. It was a rollercoaster match for Tai.
NO FAIRY TALE: Non-league Marine tried to bridge the biggest gap between opponents in FA Cup history, but the part-timers fell to a 5-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur Leeds United on Sunday suffered a humiliating FA Cup exit against Crawley Town as the League Two side swept to a stunning 3-0 win, while eighth-tier Marine’s hopes of causing the competition’s greatest shock were crushed in a 5-0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur. After the spiking COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc with matches across the third round on Friday and Saturday, the FA Cup was back on more familiar ground on Sunday as Leeds became the competition’s latest big name to be knocked out by feisty underdogs. While Marine’s romantic adventure was cut short by a Carlos Vinicius hat-trick, and Chelsea and Manchester
DOUBLES VICTORY: The men’s doubles pairing of Taiwanese Lee Yang and Wang Chi-lin downed Malaysians Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi, and face South Koreans today Men’s badminton world No. 2 Chou Tien-chen yesterday marched into the semi-finals of the Thailand Open, defeating younger opponent Lee Zii-jia 21-17, 21-15 after a rally, while Tai Tzu-ying had no trouble getting past her Canadian opponent in the women’s singles. The top male Taiwanese credited calm and focus in securing his win after briefly falling behind against his 22-year-old Malaysian opponent. “I think I had more patience against him and I won most of the long rallies,” the 31-year-old Chou said of Lee. “He wanted to attack [too much] and maybe he lost some focus,” Chou said. In today’s semi-finals, second-seeded Chou faces