THE bottom three sides of the NRL, Penrith, North Queensland and Canberra have all recorded victories to create a logjam at the bottom end of the NRL Telstra Premiership. Canberra have moved to nine points with their victory over the Northern Eagles and only sit one point outside the top eight while Penrith and North Queensland both move to eight points with wins over the Roosters and Dragons respectively.
AS the 2002 NRL season progresses, it has become evident that some people who have a supposed vested interest in our game are either asleep at the wheel or totally incompetent. I'll go for the latter.
ROOSTERS backrower Craig Fitzgibbon has been placed on standby and will come into the New South Wales side for game two if Bryan Fletcher fails a medical on his injured ankle. Fletcher has been give until Sunday to prove his fitness and is rated as doubtful at this stage. The Blues may also use the same loophole as Lote Tuqiri should aonther NSW forward fail to be fit in time for next Wednesday's clash.
FOR the first time this year, the Canberra Raiders have recorded back to back victories with an impressive 28-16 victory over the Northern Eagles. Canberra now have next week off with the bye and must start preparing for their match against the Cronulla Sharks on Sunday, June 16.
QUEENSLAND have named a side without Lote Tuqiri as he has to face the match review committe over a lifting incident from yesterdays loss to St George Illawarra.
NEW SOuth Wales have named their side for the second State of Origin match to be played at ANZ Stadium on June 5. Shaun Timmins comes back into the side and the man he replaces, Matthew Gidley, has been named as 18th man and Steve Menzies comes onto the bench for the injured Ben Kennedy. The side is as follows:
WESTS TIGERS vs BRISBANE BRONCOSFri May 31, Campbelltown Stadium, 7.30pm(Channel Nine)
CANBERRA have only lost once in their past four matches and notched up another much needed victory over fellow strugglers, the North Queensland Cowboys.
THE Warriors have continued on their winning way in the abscence of star playmaker Stacey Jones, by disposing of the Melbourne Storm 28-12 at Olympic Park this afternoon.
AFTER New South Wales gave Queensland a hiding last night at Stadium Australia, the time has come to perform the mandatory post mortem which will be accompied by player ratings for last nights match and recommendations for game two at ANZ Stadium on June 5.