Trials at a glance: Souths claim Charity Shield, Warriors smash Titans, Sharks and Manly drawFebruary 15, 2016
New Zealand Warriors 40 (Raymond Faitala-Mariner 3, Bunty Afoa 2, Semisi Tyrell 2 tries; Ata Hingano 4, Issac Luke 2 goals) defeated Gold Coast Titans 18 (Blake Anderson, Matt Robinson, Jamal Fogarty, Morgan Boyle tries; Roberts Davis 1 goal) at Whangerei.
• Titans heavily depleted and were always going to find it difficult in New Zealand’s north
• Issac Luke impressive in opening thirty minute spell for his new club
• Raymond Faitala-Mariner stole the show with a hat-trick of tries
• Ben Henry strong in his first match in ten months
Penrith Panthers 24 (Sopoaga, Martin, Smith, Watene-Zelezniak, Hall Tries; Moylan 2 Goals) defeated Canterbury Bulldogs 20 (Hopoate, Holland, Lichaa, Abbey Tries; Mbye 2, Keighran 1 Goals) at Pepper Stadium.
• Recruit Will Hopoate came from the field with a knee injury after scoring his first try for the Bulldogs
• Te Maire Martin was excellent for Penrith scoring a fourty metre try
• Penrith youngster Tyrone May played all three grades on the day at Pepper Stadium
• AFL convert Josh Hall scored the match-winner with two minutes remaining
• Moses Mbye led the Bulldogs well featuring in a number of Canterbury’s tries
Wests Tigers 18 (Addo-Carr 2, Chee Kam, Nofoaluma tries; Rankin 1 goal) defeated Melbourne Storm 16 (Asofa-Solomona, Scott, Hawkins tries; Stimson 2 goals) at Sunshine Coast Stadium.
• Luke Brooks proved the difference after coming on at half-time with the Wests Tigers trailing by eight
• Robbie Farah returned from overseas slipping straight into the dummy half role for the opening thirty minutes
• Big Storm prop Jordan McLean was a handful for the Tigers all night
• Josh Addo-Carr nabbed a double for the Tigers while Jordan Rankin kicked the winning conversion
• Ben Hampton was prominent for the Storm in the second half and looked dangerous every time he touched the ball
South Sydney Rabbitohs 18. Tries: Sutton, Auva’a, Murphy. Goals: Cook (2/2), Walker (1/1) defeated St George Illawarra Dragons 14. Tries: Mann, Havili, Aitken. Goals: Marshall (1/2), Hutchison (0/1) at ANZ Stadium.
• Russell Packer led the Saints again from the front and played extra minutes with Ben Creagh’s injury
• Damien Cook should be the first choice hooker for Souths in Round One after a slashing try against the Dragons
• Kurt Mann didn’t lock down the fullback position in an average performance
• John Sutton was heavily involved but made a number of errors with his team on the attack
Gold Coast Titans 20 (Friend, Davis, Pulu, Pettybourne tries; Taylor, Davis goal) drew with Parramatta 20 (Morgan, Paulo, Fairamo, Twal tries; Kelly 2 goals) at Anzac Oval, Alice Springs.
• Agnatius Paasi continued his Auckland Nines form wreaking havoc on the Eels all evening
• David Mead has the inside running for the fullback job at the Titans after an impressive showing
• Eels second string half Luke Kelly was solid and had a hand in some good things for Parramatta
• Nathan Friend/Matt Srama rotation caused plenty of headaches for the Eels
Cronulla Sharks 24 (Tagataese, Bird, Capewell, Holmes | GOALS: Maloney (3/3), Holmes (1/1) drew with Manly-Warringah 24 (Lavaka 2, Goodall, Williame, Vasek, Pratt 2 goals) at Shark Park.
• Brenton Lawrence got through the game unscathed after a horror run in 2015
• Potential Sharks fullback Jack Bird scored a try and saved one too getting in the way of Manly prop Brenton Lawrence
• Valentine Holmes had a mixed day making a couple of errors and scoring a late try
• Manly’s Pita Godinet and Cronulla’s Matt McIlwrick came from the field late with injuries
• Sam Tagaetese looks set to start in the Cronulla front row after a strong opening stanza