THE 2004 Rugby Super League season has gotten off to its best start ever with a record crowd of 69,499 watching all six matches of the weekend. The crowd record, which breaks the old aggregate record of 62,274 set in 1999 and the old record for an opening round of 55,040 set in 1997.
LEEDS have shown they are ready to go one step further in 2004, running out comprehensive winners against the London Broncos 58 ? 14 at Headingley in front of over 15,000 people.
HUDDERSFIELD have come away with the points in their opening match for Super League IX with a surprise 26 ? 22 victory over the Castleford Tigers at The McAlpine Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
BRADFORD have displayed why there are worthy World Club Champions with a comprehensive 34 ? 6 defeat of the Wigan Warriors at Odsal for the opening match of Super League IX.
PICKING a winner going into this match was always going to be a decision most punters would be making without too much confidence. Two teams that boasted significantly different sides than in Super League VIII, there was always the a large potential opportunity that the opening round premiership points could be heading East to Hull instead of staying with favourites St Helens.
THE Salford City Reds have welcomed back their entry into Super League after spending 2003 in National League 1 with a surprise victory over the Widnes Vikings at The Willows.
THE fourth round of the Powergen Challenge Cup will see four Super League teams clash, with Bradford drawing St Helens, Wigan to take on Widnes, and recently promoted Salford to clash with the London Broncos down in Bentford.
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WELL you can tell the NRL season is less than a month away from kick off, the World Club Challenge has just completed, Charity Shield kicked off, and murmurs about the Melbourne Storm spending their last season in Victoria this year.
IF someone asked you what do Canberra, Brisbane and Melbourne have in common? Some might say that they are one club cities, others would say they are all clubs who have ?stolen? Grand Finals at one stage, whilst others may have some less constructive comments to say about the teams, however in 2004 they have some new in common, that being that are the ones leading the charge to help reinvigorate Pacific Rugby League.