LAST years champions Canterbury Bulls have lost to the ever improving Otahuhu Ellerslie 32-30 at Ericsson no 2 yesterday. After trailing 32-12 at half time, the Bulls staged a late come back only to fall two points short by the final whistle.
RUSSIA has ended its short tour to New Zealand, with a crushing 40-12 victory over Otago in Dunedin today. Russia lead 14-6 at halftime. The win sees the Bears leave New Zealand with two victories and 2 loses in which is a pleasing result for the nation, and now will take this confidence into next month Victory Cup.
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WITH one match to go on their short tour to New Zealand, Russia will be looking to finish it off in fine style when they line up to play Otago on ANZAC day tomorrow. Boosting a record of 1 win and 2 losses form their three matches, the Russians have shown that they can compete and that they are learning new things from their tour.
Giving the 26 players each a game have been the elusive goal set by the Russian rugby league team. The results of the 4 games against New Zealand clubs will determine the players for the national team in 2004. It provides the Bears the chance to learn a different style of the game before the Bears annual Victory Cup tournament in Moscow, which also involves Ireland, the United States, France, England and a New Zealand Defence Forces team.
THE Russian Bears ended their short tour to New Zealand by thumping Otago 40-10 at Tahuna Park in Dunedin yesterday.
It was a game with some crunching tackling which kept turnovers flowing and scoring to a minimum as both teams enjoyed sunny, warm conditions on ANZAC day.
AFTER a brilliant start to week one of 2004 Bartercard Cup, we now take a look at week two.
Friday 23 April 2004:
For the second Friday in a row we see a night game being played, and what a game this will be. The Jets fresh off a victory over last years champions the Bulls, will be looking to make it two from two as they take on Wellington at Hutt Recreation Ground in Wellington. Wellington have named a balanced line up featuring Warrior Vince Mellars (who is rumored to be going to the NRL for the Sharks) plus Simon Mannering. The Warriors are working to sign Mannering after Anderson watched the second rower play in the Kiwi Cup final last Friday night, the curtainraiser to the Warriors' NRL game against the Bulldogs in Wellington. Wellington Bartercard Cup coach Paul Bergman said Anderson had said after the final: "I want that No 12." That night Mannering was named the Wellington player to receive this year's scholarship to the Bulldogs. Mannering will be joined with under-18 teammate John Te Reo on the bench. Wellington also had a strong first up performance in round one, going down to Mt Albert 44-36.
Prediction: Jets by 8
Wellington vs Counties Manukau Jets Hutt Recreation Ground, Wellington 7.30 pm Kick Off
Wellington: D. Laula, M. Nathan, V. Mellars, W. Puohotaua, J. Enoka, C. Fox, J. McDonald, T. Lavulavu, J. Carnegie, F. Laumua, T. Hall, C. Savali, D. Rota
Reserves: D. Hape, S. Mannering, J. Te Reo, J. Taikato
Coach: Paul Bergman
Counties Manukau Jets: L. Finnerty, J. Karaitana, G. Aliki, S. Fa'alogo, P. Tafea, J. Ioapo, A. Herangi, A. Peraira, C. Motu, N. Su'e, G. Konelio, H. Barclay, W. Barnett (C)
Reserves: A. Wharton, M. Vili, R. Peters, M. Suniula
Coach: Dean Hunter
WEEK two of the Bartercard Cup can be best described as a week of upsets compared to last weeks results, with three teams providing big upsets.
THE Bartercard Cup 2004 couldn?t ask for a better start then what has happen so far this year. Four franchise changes to the this years competition sees Taranaki Wildcats gone after two seasons of struggling; the Manurewa Marlins have been absorbed by a realignment with the Eastern Tornadoes. The Ellerslie club shifting to merge with Otahuhu; and two new sides enter the cup, Counties Manukau Jetz side and WAICOA Bay Stallions. The competition goes into its fifth season on a far better financial footing than has been the case, with the New Zealand Community Trust agreeing to put in around $650,000 from pokie money to cover airfares, medical and other costs. Plus ten games will be screened live on Sky TV this year, including the final, things couldn?t get any better?.right?
SERBIA are very different from other developing nations who play rugby league. Because in Serbia rugby league came first from 1953 to 1964 and then, because of lack of interest in that time for other nations, rugby union destroyed rugby league. Serbia is one of many nations making a big impression in Rugby League. Maybe not on the score board but in the development of them game in their country. When they decided to rebuild the game in 2000, they separated from rugby union and started with 2 clubs. Four years on, they now have 6 teams playing, and U19 team going to play overseas in other tournaments. Also throw in the National team participating in the Mediterranean Cup last year and this year and you could well say this developing country is making huge progress in rugby league.
WITH a break in International League, we take a brief look back at the Test Matches between the number one and two ranked International Teams in the world, Australia and New Zealand.
WOULD a Pacific Rugby League team made up from Fiji, Samoa, PNG, Tonga and Cook Islands do well in the NRL?