WHEN Kurt Gidley was first associated with the Newcastle Knights he was just 13 years of age.
IT has taken them just over a month, but the North Queensland Cowboys have rediscovered their mojo, too good for the Panthers tonight 30-10 at Pepper Stadium.
COMEBACK kid Blake Ferguson crossed for a double as the Sydney Roosters inflicted a 20-12 defeat on Penrith at Allianz Stadium on Monday night.
ON Monday night Wests Tigers fullback James Tedesco put his case forward for Origin selection, playing a starring role in the Tigers 22-4 victory over St George Illawarra.
THE New Zealand Warriors continue to confuse both punters and their fans following a workmanlike 18-6 victory over Canberra at GIO Stadium.
THE match won't feature in too many highlights reels at the end of the season, but it won't bother Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy after a 12-4 victory in their opening round clash with St George Illawarra.
THE Knights might have scored a combined total of 86 points in two halves of football in Wauchope on Saturday, but it was a night which came at a cost.
WHETHER it was the influence of coach Paul McGregor, halfback Benji Marshall or the three tries from Brett Morris, no one will care about a Canberra hoodoo following the Dragons 34-16 win in the national capital.
THIS is something more than just Wayne Bennett leaving Newcastle and heading back to Brisbane.
IT was a day which was all about fighting spirit and there was plenty of it on show from both sides, but ultimately Gold Coast handled the "Rise for Alex" occasion better with a 22-8 victory over an error-riddled Newcastle.