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Manly lead the NRL after gritty win over Roosters

THE Manly Sea Eagles are sitting pretty at the top of the competition after disposing of the Roosters 30-8 this afternoon at Aussie Stadium.

Newcastle grind out a win in Sydney

ROUND 2 - Full Time : March 23rd 7.30pm St George Illawarra Dragons: 12 defeated by Newcastle Knights: 16 Venue: Toyota Park

2007 season preview: New Zealand Warriors

FINISHING 10th in the 2006 NRL season could only leave on the lips of the management, players, and supporters, those two big words ' What if?'

Bartercard Cup Week 2 Play-offs preview

WEEK 2 of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup play-offs will have the supporters on the edge of their sets I'm sure.Top of the table Auckland Lions enter the finals for the first time when they take on 2nd placed Canterbury Bulls at Western Springs on Sunday afternoon.The Bulls had to fight hard last week against a determined Waitakere side, and know they have a tough ask in Auckland away from home, however the winner is straight into the Final.Expect plenty of action in this match.BARTERCARD CUP COMPETITION ? QUARTER FINAL FIXTURESSunday 3 September 2006 (1st vs 2nd)Auckland Lions vs Canterbury Bulls Western Springs Stadium, Auckland 2.30pm Kick OffAuckland Lions:PAUL FISI?IAHI MALOFOU SOLOMONAMIGUEL STARTANTHONY SWANNROWAN BAXTERSTEVE BUCKINGHAM (C)KELVIN WRIGHTDYLAN DAVISREGAN WIGGSIONE POUHAEDDIE PURCELLFABIAN SOUTERWAYNE McDADELEE WETHERILLWILLIAM SORENSONLUI TOIMOANAHARRY AONGA Coach:BRIAN McCLENNAN Management:BRENT GEMMELL PETER LAVEANIGEL RATTRAYMARK DENNISSTEPHANIE MARR CANTERBURY BULLS: LUSI SIONE SCOTT HURRELLDONAVAN AITKENLEE FIDOWLUCAS TAMAKAHAJOSH REUBENDUANE WINETIVINCE WHARESHANE BEYERS (C)ALEX TIMOJONNY LIMMERDANIEL METCALFCOREY LAWRIEGARETH COOKCLINTON FRASERROSS TURILOUIS FANENE Coach:PHILIP PRESCOTTManagement:BRENT STUARTDAVE PERKINS BRUCE MILNEANDY WIHARESTEVE WOOD Referee: CRAIG PASCOETouch Judges: PHIL CRUMPE & ALAN CADDYThe second game in this week's Bartercard action is another evenly matched line-up when Watakere Rangers go up against the Tamaki Leopards at Albany on Monday night. Both sides put on top performances last week against their opposition.The Rangers pushed the Bulls all the way in Christchurch while the Leopards put on an excellent 2nd half performance to knock the Jetz out of contention. Once again, there'll be plenty of talent and action on show in this finals match.Monday 4 September 2006 Live And Free-To-Air On Maori Television (3rd vs 4th)Waitakere Rangers vs Tamaki Leopards North Harbour Stadium, Auckland 8.00pm Kick OffWAITAKERE RANGERS:CLIFFORD BEVERLEY WILLIAM (Billy) CLARKENLEE TAMATOAROBINSON GODFREYMANA TUIPULOTUGAVIN BAILEY (Co-C)BERNARD PERENARAKARL EDMONDSONDEAN SHEPHERDHAMISH BARCLAYHENRY TURUA (Co-C)KARL GUTTENBEILSCOTT JONESJUNIOR FIUMARK TOE?LAUJAYE PUKEPUKEROB SEUALA Coach: BERNIE PERENARA Management: LELE SIPELI-SCHAUMKELWAYNE FLOYEDBOB VERCOEMOHAN JEYAKUMARBRENT CORINGMICHAEL GRANT TAMAKI LEOPARDS:PAUL ATKINS TAAVILI LEAUNOAAIROE BOAZACONSTANTINE MIKACOOPER VUNAWILLIAM HETA (Co C)DARIN KINGIGEORGE TUAKURATROY BECROFTSINAVE FAITALE (Co C)LEESON AH MAUFRED TURUWHENUAGEOFFREY RUAPORORICHARD JOHNSONSIONE NIUILAISSAC LIAVAAISAAKO HAGAITOA KOTISI FAKALATACoach:DEAN CLARKManagement:VINNIE CLARKKEVIN HAWKINSJACK PRENDERGASTRICK WILLIAMSJOHN BOCKETTWILLIE TAUATEVALUBOB NEWALDRHYS CULLEN Referee: GLEN BLACKTouch Judges: ARTHUR CLARK & AARON KESHA

Rd 12 results - Bartercard Cup

SOME interesting results from Round 12 of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup.Central Falcons were kept scoreless as the visiting Rangers side shell shocked them on Saturday night. Other results included a fight back by the Leopards in the second half to draw level with the competition leaders, Auckland Lions, on Sunday afternoon at Ericsson. The Storm once again defeated at home, this time to the Bulls.The Orcas fought back from last week's defeat at the hands of the Jetz, to totally outplay Waicoa Bay in Wellington. And finally on Monday night, a ripper of a game with Harbour snatching a narrow win over the Jetz in the dying seconds of the game.Saturday 17 June 2006 Central Falcons vs Waitakere Rangers Levin Domain, LevinWaitakere Rangers 38Tries: W. Clarken, B. Nelson, B. Perenara, D. Shepherd (2), H. Barclay (2)Goals: D. Shepherd (2), S. Jones (3)Central Falcons 0Halftime Score: 10 ? 0 To Waitakere Rangers Sunday 18 June 2006Auckland Lions vs Tamaki Leopards Ericsson Stadium, Auckland (C/R To Warriors vs Knights)Auckland Lions 26Tries: A. Swann, L. Toimoana, S. Buckingham, P. Ale, D. DavisGoals: S. Buckingham (3)Tamaki Leopards 26Tries: T. Leaunoa, W. Heta, M. Ashford, I. Hagaitoa (2)Goals: M. Ashford (1), W. Heta (2)Halftime Score: 16 ? 6 To Auckland LionsNorthern Storm vs Canterbury Bulls Jubilee Park, WhangareiCanterbury Bulls 42Tries: D. Aitken, A. Timo, C. Fraser, S. Hurrell (2), C. Lawrie (3)Goals: S. Hurrell (5)Northern Storm 20Tries: B. Hikaka, L. Price, J. Walker, J. FreemanGoals: A. Clyde (2)Halftime Score: 26 ? 0 To Canterbury Bulls Wellington Orcas vs Waicoa Bay Stallions McEwan Park, WellingtonWellington Orcas 42Tries: O. Kua, D. Miti, H. Davis, A. Parker, P. Rudman, B. Matulino (2)Goals: L. Boyd (7)Waicoa Bay Stallions 18Tries: M. Haggie, I. John, P. PrimeGoals: H. Karena (3)Halftime Score: 24 ? 12 To Wellington Orcas Monday 19 June 2006Counties Manukau Jetz vs Harbour Tigers North Harbour Stadium, AucklandHarbour League 32Tries: S. Metcalf, D. Glasgow, H. Tuihalangingie (2), J. Golf (2)Goals: J. Trott (4)Counties Manukau Jetz 30Tries: D. Heketoa, M. Filipo, J. Ioapo, L. Faleono, T. Tuifua (2)Goals: D. Heketoa (3)Halftime Score: 18 ? 10 To Counties Manukau Jetz

Bartercard Cup Rd 12 preview and teams

ROUND 12 in New Zealand's Bartercard Cup will see some tough games for the teams vying for a Top 5 spot on the competition table.First game up tomorrow night is the clash between the Falcons and Rangers in Levin. A heavy loss to the competition leaders last week has seen the Cental Falcons slip down the table to be near the bottom. They'll be looking for a solid performance up against the Watakere Rangers who had an impressive win over bottom placed Northern Storm in Round 11 Saturday 17 June 2006 Central Falcons vs Waitakere Rangers Levin Domain, Levin 7.30pm Kick OffCENTRAL FALCONSZIGGY TANGIRATIM CAHILLELISHA LEOTASTEPHEN FORBESTERRY CLUNE (C)HAISLEY ROBSONSHANE LAHINASIMON HEADRICKY HURUNUIHEYDON HEALEYRICKY THORBYBENSON TUPOUROPATI PALEAAETONY GREIGRUSSELL PACKERISAAC TUPAICoach - DAVID LOMAXWAITAKERE RANGERS(#20) CLIFFORD BEVERLEYWILLIAM CLARKENBOYCIE NELSONROBINSON GODFREYMANA TUIPULOTUGAVIN BAILEY (Co-C)BERNARD PERENARAKARL EDMONDSONJUNIOR FIUROB SEUALASCOTT JONESKARL GUTTENBEILHENRY TURUA (Co-C)DEAN SHEPHERDMARK TOELAUHAMISH BARCLAYDANIEL O?REGANCoach - BERNIE PERENARAReferee: Adam BurnsSunday 18 June 2006 Top of the table Auckland Lions take on 3rd placed Tamaki Leopards in the curtain raiser for the Warriors vs Knights game. There'll be plenty of talent on show for the early birds to Ericsson, including players from the Warriors development squad wanting to impress. Looking forward to this clash.Auckland Lions vs Tamaki Leopards Ericsson Stadium, Auckland 11.50am Kick Off(C/R To Warriors vs Knights)AUCKLAND LIONSDAVID FISI?IAHIMALOFOU SOLOMONAMIGUEL STARTANTHONY SWANNLUI TOIMOANASTEVE BUCKINGHAM (C)KELVIN WRIGHTJULIAN O?NEILLLEE WETHERILLSIONE POUHASALA FA?ALOGOPALETASALA ALEFABIAN SOUTERDANIEL O?REGANDYLAN DAVISTwo more to be namedCoach - BRIAN McCLENNANTAMAKI LEOPARDSCOOPER VUNATAAVILI LEAUNOAAIROE BOAZAKOTISI FAKALATA (CLINTON TOOPI)ISAAKO HAGAITOAWILLIAM HETA (Co-C)MANA ASHFORDGEORGE TUAKURADARIN KINGISINAVE FAITALE (Co-C)FRED TURUWHENUAISAAC LIAVAAGEOFFREY RUAPOROPAUL ATKINSRICHARD JOHNSONTROY BECROFTSIONE NIUILACoach - DEAN CLARKReferee: Craig PascoeNorthern Storm may feel the brunt of the Bulls fire when they meet up early Sunday afternooon in Whangarei. A rare home defeat for the Bulls last week against the Harbour League side will still be in their minds I'm sure. The Storm have shown they can cause a bit of damage, and no better place to do it than in front of their supporters.Northern Storm vs Canterbury Bulls Jubilee Park, Whangarei 1.00pm Kick OffNORTHERN STORMBRENDAN HIKAKADYLAN WEREJACK WALKER (C)MASON PUREINOKE TAUFADALEY JOHNSONANTHONY CLYDESTEVE RAULINTON PRICEVINCENT MAFIADAM DONALDSONJOHNEEN FAGAVAOKAHURANGI HENAREHENRY GODINETJOEL FREEMAN (VICTOR TUTUILA)JOE IOANEFINAU MOALA (PUHI TOA)Coach - GEOFF MORTONCANTERBURY BULLSLUSI SIONESCOTT HURRELLDONAVAN AITKENBEN HURRELLLUCAS TAMAKAHAJOSH REUBENDUANE WINETIVINCE WHARESHANE BEYERS (C)ALEX TIMOBLAKE MILNERCLINTON FRASERCOREY LAWRIEDANIEL METCALFROBERT BUTLERROSS TURIJOHN LENECoach - PHILIP PRESCOTTReferee: Leon WilliamsonThe Stallions have had a couple of good wins in the last two rounds and will travel down to Wellington full of confidence for their match on Sunday afternoon. The mostly youthful Orcas side fought hard on Monday night against a tough Jetz side and can take a lot of heart from that. A tough one to pick a winner from.Wellington Orcas vs Waicoa Bay Stallions McEwan Park, Wellington 2.30pm Kick OffAddress: Off Marine Drive, Petone, Wellington WELLINGTON ORCASDION LAULUDESTA BUCHANANOMPALUS KUATOLOVAE AUVAAMELI KOLIVAUALEHANA MARALEON BOYDTAYLOR PELENISEBEN TARAEKAMOSE MASOEDALLAS RENNIEDANIEL MISAHAYDEN DAVISMICHAEL LEALAVAAASHLEY PARKERBEN MATULINOPAUL RUDMANCoach - PAUL BERGMANWAICOA BAY STALLIONSJUNIOR AURUMOKONUIARANGI McGRATHKARL PERRYTETEIRA DAVISMICHAEL MOOREISAAC JOHNSHAYDEN KARENADAVID LETELE (C)PETER PRIMEJOSHUA DAVIDANARU GRANTSIMON BEALENOAH RUTENETALANOA VILIAMISHANE TEKURUMICHAEL STEVENSPAUL CLOUSTONCoach - HIKI RUTENEReferee: Glen BlackOne of the top match ups of Round 12 is saved for Monday night when the Jetz take on Harbour League in Albany. Both sides come off impressive away wins from last week. One point seperates the two sides on the table, with the Harbour side just out of the Top 5. Monday 19 June 2006 Live And Free-To-Air On Maori TelevisionCounties Manukau Jetz vs Harbour League North Harbour Stadium, Auckland 8.00pm Kick OffCOUNTIES MANUKAU JETZDAVE HEKETOAJEFFERY MATAILIU FALEONOMARVIN FILIPOTALIVAKAOLA TUIFUAJESSE IOAPOELIAKIM UASIANDREW TAUAILEIMONI MOALAJOHN VAIMAUGATALIPOPE TUIFELASAIROMAN HIFOANDREW WHARTONWILLIAM WOLFGRAMMGEORGE ELIKIMAURICE AH VOAIRO TEARIKICoach - GARY KEMBLEHARBOUR LEAGUEDYLAN RAMEKATUI SAMOASHAUN METCALFJEREMY GOLFJOE VAIFALEJARED TROTTDWAYNE GLASGOW(#20) CHRIS TUPOUSONNY CAVANAGHTANE HART (C)JEREMIAH PAIARTY SHEADJASON KAMARIERAROCKY EDWARDSHOPOATE TUIHALANGINGIEDAMON TROTTIVALA VAAELUACoach - KENNY McINTOSHReferee: Dave Pakieto

Results from Bartercard Cup Round 11

RESULTS from Round 11 of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup have been finalised following the Monday night action in a soggy Wellington.The Lions cemented their spot on top of the table with an impressive win over the Falcons. The four point gap on the competition ladder between the Lions and second placed Bulls was helped in part by the Bulls defeated at home by the Harbour League side after Canterbury gave away a decent halftime lead to the visitors.Other teams to take the 2 points were Waicoa Bay Stallions, Watakere and the Jetz, who now have won their last four games.Harbour League and Waitakere Rangers with the results over the weekend now are both just one point shy of three teams in the Top 5. Every round counts as we head into the back half of the competition.BARTERCARD CUP COMPETITION ? ROUND 11 RESULTSSaturday 10 June 2006 Waicoa Bay Stallions vs Tamaki Leopards Resthills Park, HamiltonWaicoa Bay Stallions 50Tries: S. TeKuru, T. Davis, T. Ufi (2), J. Auru (2), K. Perry (3)Goals: H. Karena (7)Tamaki Leopards 28Tries: T. Leaunoa, C. Vuna, G. Ruaporo, W. Heta (2)Goals: M. Ashford (4)Halftime Score: 28 ? 6 To Waicoa Bay StallionsSunday 11 June 2006 Northern Storm vs Waitakere Rangers Jubilee Park, WhangareiWaitakere Rangers 42Tries: R. Godfrey, G. Bailey, K. Guttenbeil, D. Shepherd, B. Nelson (2), M. Tuipulotu (3)Goals: D. Shepherd (1), S. Jones (2)Northern Storm 12Tries: M. Pure, J. IoaneGoals: A. Clyde (2)Halftime Score: 22 ? 0 To Waitakere Rangers Central Falcons vs Auckland Lions Fitzherbert Park, Palmerston NorthAuckland Lions 52Tries: L. Toimoana, L. Wetherill, S. Fa?alogo, P. Ale, K. Wright (2), R. Wigg (3)Goals: S. Buckingham (7)Central Falcons 12Tries: H. Robson, T. Greig Goals: H. Robson (2)Halftime Score: 24 ? 6 To Auckland LionsCanterbury Bulls vs Harbour League Rugby League Park, ChristchurchHarbour League 32Tries: R. Edwards, J. Pai (2), J. Trott (2), T. Samoa (2)Goals: J. Trott (2)Canterbury Bulls 24Tries: S. Hurrell, L. Fidow, S. Beyers, C. Lawrie, D. MetcalfGoals: S. Hurrell (2)Halftime Score: 18 ? 6 To Canterbury BullsMonday 12 June 2006 Counties Manakau Jetz vs Wellington Orcas Porirua StadiumCounties Manakau 24Tries: Heketoa, Matai 2, Gatis, FaiGoals: Heketoa (2)Wellington Orcas 12Tries: Taraeka MisaGoals: Boyd (2)Halftime: 14-6 to Jetz

Round 11 Bartercard Cup preview

ROUND 11 of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup is set to dish up yet another hefty helping of action packed rugby league for the die hard supporters to digest.

PNG to tour France in 2007

THE May 4th Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) meeting in Brisbane has brought about increased schedules for The Papua New Guinea Kumuls and the French Chanticleers leading into the 2008 World Cup. PNG have agreed to tour France in October 2007, and the French will reciprocate by visiting PNG on the way to the World Cup in 2008. Speaking to PNG?s The National, the national deputy chairman of the PNGRFL, Albert Veratau, revealed that PNG will follow the lead of the likes of Fiji and the Cook Islands by selecting future national teams after a trial match between local and overseas based stars. Veratau said the PNGRFL had made a request to the RLIF to take on either The British Lions or New Zealand Kiwis as part of their preparation for the 2006 Tri-Nations tournament. Furthermore, Veratau revealed that Tonga and The Cook Islands have both expressed an interest to play against the Kumuls in the lead up to the 2008 show piece of Rugby League. Further news to emerge from the RLIF meeting is that the Australian Rugby League have indicated to extend their support to finance the chief executive officer's salary for another two years. Jeff Wade is currently employed in this position. PNG are automatic qualifiers for the 2008 World Cup. In 2006 they will take on Malta in October and most likely again play a series against the Junior Roos or Kangaroos not involved in the NRL finals series.www.rlcup.com

Lions set to do it again in the Bartercard Cup Grand Final

MT Albert Lions, the reigning Bartercard Cup champions, are set to defend their title at Ericsson Stadium on Sunday afternoon when they take on the Canterbury Bulls in the Grand Final at 2.40pm.

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