ROUND 15 NRL Teams
THE Cronulla Sharks have managed back to back wins with a hard fought victory over a disappointing Canberra side. Canberra went to the break leading 18-12 with first half tries to Schifcofske, Mclinden and Lolesi but a six point lead with a strong wind behind them was never going to be enough.
AS the June 30 deadline approaches, rumours are rife within the game about which player may be playing where next season. I always find this time of year very exciting as I try to finalise next years squad based on the rumours I have heard about players coming and going.
PARRAMATTA centre, Jamie Lyon, has been ruled out of football for at least three months after tearing ligaments in his ankle in Friday nights loss to the Newcastle Knights.
CANBERRA Raiders coach, Matthew Elliott has been given a two year extension on his contract and will remain with the club until the end of the 2005 season. Elliott has yet to prove himself as a class coach as the Raiders languish in ninth spot on the ladder and this follows a disappointing season in 2001. He is starting to show glimpses of what made him coach of the year in the U.K as Canberra slowly climb the premiership ladder and fight for credibility.
THE NRL have ruled out salary cap concessions for NRL clubs who are trying to stave off the pariahs from Rugby Union as Brisbane Broncos winger, Lote Tuqiri becomes the next target of the talentless bores of the kick and clap code. The ARU are prepared to throw close to half a million a season at Tuqiri, as speculation intensifies he will make the switch to union.
PARRAMATTA EELS vs NEWCASTLE KNIGHTSFri Jun 14, Parramatta Stadium, 7.30pm
SORRY to say, the NRL are absolutely thoughtlesss in regards to their scheduling of matches. After State Of Origin II, the NRL in all their finite wisdom decide to have Brisbane and Parramatta back up 48 hours later, robbing the fans of what is truly a great rivalry of modern football and also lost is the spectacle and skill that always is a feature ot these games. Players involved in Origin II were leg weary after twenty minutes.
SOUTH Sydney remained anchored at the bottom of the table after a 42-0 flogging at the hands of the Sydney Roosters, who were in crusie control for the entire second half after going to the break leading 30-0.
NEW South Wales will be looking to wrap up this years Harvey Norman State of Origin series when game two gets underway at ANZ Stadium this evening.