IRELAND have emerged at the top of Pool C with a dominant 34-16 win over a lacklustre Samoan side at Parramatta Stadium tonight.
IT was far from perfect but New Zealand have shown glimpses of the form they
SAMOA have opened their 2008 World Cup campaign with a hard-fought 20-12 win over Tonga in front of 12,000 fans at CUA Stadium in Penrith tonight.
TONGA have held out a very brave Irish effort to record a 22-20 victory in the opening Pool C match of the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.
AUSTRALIA have well and truly justified their World Cup favouritism with an opening 30-6 win over New Zealand in front of a very healthy crowd at the Sydney Football Stadium tonight.
IT took 103 minutes and featured 13 missed field goal attempts but the Wentworthville Magpies have eventually claimed the 2008 NSW Cup title with a gritty 12-8 win over the Newtown Jets at ANZ Stadium.
THE Manly Sea Eagles have set up a replay of the 2007 Grand Final with a dominant 32-6 defeat of the New Zealand Warriors at the SFS.
THE Melbourne Storm will live to fight another week in 2008 after producing a miracle come-from-behind victory, stunning the Brisbane Broncos with a last minute 16-14 win in front of 50,000 fans at Suncorp Stadium.
THE St George Illawarra Dragons have become the first team eliminated from the 2008 finals after a 38-6 pasting at the hands of the Manly Sea Eagles in front of 19,000 fans at Brookvale Oval.
THE Cronulla Sharks have produced a dominant attacking performance to post a 36-10 victory over a disappointing Canberra Raiders team at Toyota Park, leaving the Raiders hanging on to their 2008 season by a thread.