CANTERBURY Bulls vs. Hibiscus Coast Raiders, 22 June 2002, 2:30pm Rugby League Park
A big-money offer is set to see Shontayne Hape quit the New Zealand Warriors and head to the Bradford Bulls. In another development yesterday, Kiwi coach Gary Freeman is looming as a serious candidate for the Wests Tigers coaching job.
Results from the Bartercard Cup matches played on June 15.
LEAGUE icon Stacey Jones, man of the moment Ali Lauiti'iti and the New Zealand Warriors are set to benefit from an NRL initiative for one-club players. A player who remains loyal to his franchise for 10 years will become salary cap exempt. This means his paypacket will not be part of the $A3.25 million cap, allowing clubs like the Warriors to spend their money on other talent.
IN Sydney, Freeman and Paul Langmack have been signalled out as top candidates to replace Terry Lamb at the Wests Tigers.
A depleted St George-Illawarra broke the New Zealand Warriors winning sequence with an upset 32-22 National Rugby League (NRL) win at Ericsson Stadium in Auckland today.
THE Warriors are keeping Mark Tookey but last year's co-captain Kevin Campion is going.
ROPEABLE Ricky Stuart unloaded on referee Sean Hampstead after his Sydney Roosters salvaged a 12-all draw with Parramatta in a stop-start National Rugby League match at Aussie Stadium on Friday.
THE Warriors have turned down the offer of several top line juniors from the Australian league system.