Vikings edge out Pirates in Tooheys New Cup
July 9, 2005

The class of Wallaby half Matt Henjak has helped Canberra to victory over West Harbour in round five of the Tooheys New Cup, the Vikings prevailing over the Pirates 38 to 33 at Concord Oval.

Henjak crossed for two tries and set up another in the win, which sees the Vikings leapfrog Sydney University into outright second spot on the Tooheys New Cup ladder.

The Vikings took just minutes to open their account, with a rampaging run by number 8 Jone Tawake setting up Julian Salvi for their first try.

Daniel Callaghan converted from adjacent to the posts to make it seven-nil Canberra.

The lead was soon out to 14 points, with Henjak sneaking over in the corner, which Callaghan again converted.

In a bustling opening, prop Salesi Ma'afu got the Pirates on the board, brushing aside some lazy defence to score from the set-piece.

Kieran Massey's conversion made it 14-7 Canberra.

Henjak however would ensure West Harbour's joy was short lived, bagging his second try of the match inside the 16th minute to put the visitors on the front foot once again.

Converted tries to Tim Curran and Beau Dunley saw Canberra secure a bonus point on the way to a 33-7 lead approaching half time.

However the Pirates hit back with two of their own just before the break through Fotu Auelua and Chris Moore to give Wests hope heading into the second forty at 33-21.

A tight tussle ensued in the second half, with Wests unable to convert twenty minutes of possession and field position into points.

Canberra's defence came to the fore, at one point repelling a 14-phase attack.

The dam burst with 18 minutes play remaining, Viliami Fililava bursting over off a quick tap.

Massey's conversion attempt sheered wide however Fililava's try was enough to get the Pirates to within a converted try of the lead.

The try also ensured the Pirates would score at least a bonus point from the match.

Canberra stretched their lead again with thirteen to go, Jone Tawake crossing out wide to make the score 38-26 in favour of the Vikings.

Fililava gave the home side hope with a converted try inside the final five minutes, edging them to 38-33.

West Harbour threw everything at Canberra in the final minutes, packing into a five metre scrum as the siren sounded, however the Vikings defence held for a gripping 38-33 victory.

CANBERRA 38 - Matt Henjak 2, Julian Salvi, Tim Curran, Beau Dunley, Jone Tawake tries. Daniel Callaghan 4 conversions.

WEST HARBOUR 33 - Viliami Fililava 2, Salesi Ma'afu, Futu Auelua, Chris Moore tries. Kieran Massey 4 conversions.
At Concord Oval
Half Time: Canberra 33-21

Eastwood has inflicted Sydney University's first loss of the Tooheys New Cup season, hitting back from 13-10 down at half time to win 32-13.

Wing Filipo Toala crossed twice in the victors four tries to one win.

EASTWOOD 32 - Filipo Toala 2, Gareth Palamo, Hugh Perrett tries. Tim Donnelly 3 conversions, 2 penalty goals.

SYDNEY UNIVERSITY 13 - Nigel Staniforth try; Scott Stumbles conversion, 2 penalty goals.
At TG Millner Field
Half Time: Sydney Uni 13-10.

Manly has retained top spot on the Tooheys New Cup ladder, edging out Randwick 30-23 at Coogee Oval.

David Alo scored his sixth try for the season in the Marlins victory to remain on top of the list of tryscorers for the competition, while Peter Hewat extended his lead in the pointscorers stakes with 15 points for the match.

MANLY 30 - Bruce Rauque, David Alo, Anthony Barrett tries. Peter Hewat 3 conversions, 3 penalty goals.

RANDWICK 23 - Kieran Turner, Tim Wright tries. Shaun Berne 2 conversions, 3 penalty goals.
At Coogee Oval
Half Time: Manly 15-10

Eastern Suburbs has continued its climb up the ladder with a 31-15 win over Parramatta at Two Blues Park.

The Beasts crossed for five tries in the win, which was only secured in the second half of the match.

EASTERN SUBURBS 31 - Stuart Geard, Troy Takiari, Rex Tapuai, Will Campbell, Lloyd Jones tries. Will Campbell 3 conversions.

PARRAMATTA 15 - Tatafu Polota-Nau, Andrew Brown, Winnie Paulo tries.
At Two Blues Park
Half Time: Easts 12-5

Warringah is now just one spot outside the top five after its second big win in as many weeks.

The Green Rats toppled the winless Northern Suburbs 43-8 at North Sydney Oval.

WARRINGAH 43 - Ben Jacobs, Craig Thomas, Haig Sare, Lachlan MacKay, Nifo Nifo, Shane Laloata tries. Josh Keil 3 conversions, penalty goal. Lachlan MacKay 2 conversions.

NORTHERN SUBURBS 8 - Adam Ashley-Cooper try. Cameron Shepherd penalty goal.
At North Sydney Oval
Half Time: Warringah 24-3

Southern Districts has recorded its second win of Tooheys New Cup season 2005, toppling Penrith 36 points to 5 at Forshaw Rugby Park.

Flanker Terry Autavavaia crossed for two tries in the win.

SOUTHERN DISTRICTS 36 - Terry Autavavaia 2, Andrew Moloney, Anthony Lyons, Luke Milton tries. Darren Kapene 4 conversions, penalty goal.

PENRITH 8 - Joe Reihana try. Hemi Taukiri penalty goal.
At Forshaw Rugby Park
Half Time: Sthn. Districts 10-3

MANLY 5 5 0 0 0 204 92 4 24
CANBERRA 4 2 0 1 1 112 66 2 20
SYDNEY UNIVERSITY 5 4 1 0 0 147 78 3 19
EASTERN SUBURBS 5 4 1 0 0 130 105 3 19
EASTWOOD 4 3 1 0 1 127 79 3 19
WARRINGAH 5 2 2 1 0 127 78 2 12
WEST HARBOUR 5 2 3 0 0 148 135 4 12
STHN. DISTRICTS 5 2 3 0 0 101 94 3 11
RANDWICK 5 2 3 0 0 98 119 2 10
PENRITH 4 1 3 0 1 59 127 1 9
PARRAMATTA 4 1 4 0 1 51 100 1 9
GORDON 4 0 4 0 1 69 140 2 6
NTHN. SUBURBS 5 0 5 0 0 62 212 0 0

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