DARE anyone whisper the phrase "premiership title contenders" to the New Zealand Warriors? A club record sixth win in succession over the Cronulla Sharks in Auckland yesterday has kept the Warriors right in the hunt for the National Rugby League minor premiership.
IT has been confirmed today that St George Illawara winger, Nathan Blacklock is to retire.Blacklock joined the Dragons in 1997 and has had a major role to play in the clubs success on the field. "Tinga" turned into a try scoring machine for the Dragons and his ability to create play from nothing was a godsend. His friendship on and off the feild with team mate Anthony Mundine was often highlighted by the mutual understanding the 2 men had while playing. Both seemed aware of the others moves and they would often create surprise moves that would result in tries. His characteristic after try celebration of a somersault will be missed by fans the world over.
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WHEN Daniel Anderson came to the Warriors last season he made no secret of the fact that he was excited by the chance to coach against the best in the world.
: Robert Tanielu normally starts lugging around crates of fruit and vegetables in a Brisbane market while most of us are sleeping. But this week the Christchurch-born rugby league prop has been given time off to concentrate on carting up the football for the Brisbane Broncos.
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INJURED New Zealand Warriors captain Stacey Jones says he feared the worst when he went down with a painful knee injury during Sunday's National Rugby League match against South Sydney. So a wide smile was plastered on the key halfback's face yesterday when scans revealed he had a medial strain and that he would probably be back playing within four weeks.
THE Bartercard Cup took a break over the past weekend so it's time to
take a look at how each team is progressing after five rounds of matches.
THE results from Round 5 of the national rugby league tournament from New Zealand, held in the weekend:
WARRIORS sensation Lance Hohaia is set to ensure his future at the club with an enticing new contract. The Huntly teenager who starred in the New Zealand Warriors stunning victory inNewcastle last Friday should soon sign a new multi-year deal with the Auckland-based franchise.