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Round 4 Team of the Week

WE?VE scoured every game this week to come up with another robust mob that?s ready to run out bearing the standards of League Unlimited. The funny thing about the Round 4 League Unlimited Team of the Week is the number of senior players it contains. It adds up though, with most games this round tighter than Gary Larson?s vocal chords.

Round 4 Teams and Fixtures

FRIDAY, 31st March 2006 Parramatta v North Queensland at Parramatta Stadium, 7.30pmEels: Wade Mckinnon, Luke Burt, Ben Smith, Brett Delaney, Eric Grothe, John Morris, Tim Smith, Justin Tsoulos, Mark Riddell, Paul Stringer, Nathan Hindmarsh, Chad Robinson, Luke O'Dwyer, Interchange: PJ Marsh, Dean Widders, Nathan Cayless, Peter Lewis, Matt Petersen, Timana Tahu, Henry Perenara (three to be omitted).Cowboys: Matt Bowen, Neil Sweeney, Josh Hannay, Paul Bowman, Matt Sing, Johnathan Thurston, Brett Firman, Shane Tronc, Clint Amos, Mitchell Sargent, Steve Southern, Luke O'Donnell, Travis Norton. Interchange: Rod Jensen, Justin Smith, Matthew Scott, Carl Webb, Gavin Cooper (one to be omitted).Referee: Paul Simpkins.Saturday, 1st April 2006 Cronulla v South Sydney at Toyota Park, 5.30pmSharks: David Simmons, Darren Albert, Beau Scott, Phil Bailey, Luke Covell, Adam Dykes, Brett Kimmorley (c), Ben Ross, Kevin Kingston, Hutch Maiava, Reece Williams, Lance Thompson, Greg Bird. Interchange: Cameron Ciraldo, Luke Douglas, Matt Hilder, Tevita Latu.Rabbitohs: Todd Polglase, Nathan Merritt, Paul Mellor, Adam MacDougall, Shannon Hegarty, John Sutton, Joe Williams, Peter Cusack, Shane Walker, Jaiman Lowe, David Fa'alogo, Luke Stuart, Ben Rogers.Interchange: Joe Galuvao, Manase Manuokafoa, Shane Rigon, Shannan McPherson.Referee: Shayne Hayne.Manly v Sydney at Brookvale Oval, 7.30pmSea Eagles: Brett Stewart, Michael Robertson, Steve Bell, Steve Matai, Chris Hicks, Travis Burns, Matt Orford, Jason King, Michael Monaghan, Brent Kite, Steve Menzies, Anthony Watmough, Ben Kennedy (c). Interchange: Shane Dunley, Luke Williamson, Adam Cuthbertson, Mark Bryant, Paul Stephenson (one to be omitted).Roosters: Anthony Minichiello, Amos Roberts, Ryan Cross, Iosia Soliola, Sam Perrett, Braith Anasta, Jamie Soward, Shane Shackleton, Brett Finch, Craig Fitzgibbon (c), Nigel Plum, Chris Flannery, Ashley Harrison.Interchange: Craig Wing, Anthony Tupou, David Shillington, Adrian Morley, Lopini Paea (one to be omitted).Referee: Tony Archer.Canberra V Penrith at Canberra Stadium, 7.30pmRaiders: Clinton Schifcofske (c), Adrian Purtell, Adam Mogg, David Howell, Craig Frawley, Jason Smith, Lincoln Withers, Andrew Lomu, Simon Woolford, Michael Hodgson, Thom Learoyd-Lahrs, Jason Croker, Alan Tongue. Interchange: William Zillman, Ben Jones, Troy Thompson, Jason Williams, Trevor Thurling (one to be omitted).Panthers: Rhys Wesser, Lee Hookey, Danny Galea, Luke Lewis, Luke Rooney, Preston Campbell, Craig Gower, Joel Clinton, Luke Priddis, Matthew Cross, Shane Rodney, Tony Puletua (c), Trent Waterhouse. Interchange: Frank Puletua, Craig Stapleton, Frank Pritchard, Luke Swain. Referee: Gavin Badger.Sunday, 2nd April 2006 Wests v Melbourne at Leichhardt Oval, 2.30pmTigers: Brett Hodgson (c), Daniel Fitzhenry, Dean Collis, Paul Whatuira, Shane Elford, Benji Marshall, Scott Prince, Bryce Gibbs, Stuart Flanagan, Todd Payten, Anthony Laffranchi, Ben Galea, Jamaal Lolesi. Interchange: Isaac De Gois, Chris Heighington, John Skandalis, Ryan O'Hara, Ben Reynolds (one to be omitted). Storm: Billy Slater, Matt Geyer, Matt King, Greg Inglis, Steve Turner, Scott Hill, Cooper Cronk, Garret Crossman, Cameron Smith, Brett White, David Kidwell (c), Ryan Hoffman, Dallas Johnson. Interchange: Ian Donnelly, Jamie Feeney, Jeremy Smith, Chris Walker, Adam Blair, Nathan Friend (one to be omitted).Referee: Jason Robinson.St George Illawarra v Brisbane at WIN Stadium, 3.00pmDragons: Clint Greenshields, Reece Simmonds, Mark Gasnier, Matt Cooper, Colin Best, Trent Barrett (c), Ben Hornby, Justin Poore, Dean Young, Michael Henderson, Corey Payne, Ashton Sims, Matt Bickerstaff.Interchange: Andrew Price, Ben Creagh, Sam Isemonger, Aaron Gorrell.

Round 3 Team of the Week

AN electrifying week 3 of NRL has seen some new faces and some all too familiar ones etch their names into the Round 3 League Unlimited Team of the Week. In an unprecedented turn of events we have seen Johnathan Thurston and Andrew Johns team up in the halves for a third straight week, with both players delivering breathtaking, yet consistent, performances over the past three matches. Wouldn?t it be great to see these two guys in action for Australia in the Anzac Day Test match?

Round 3 Teams and Fixtures

FRIDAY, 24th March 2006Newcastle v Canterbury at EnergyAustralia Stadium, 7:30pmKnights: Milton Thaiday, Brian Carney, Matthew Gidley, George Carmont, Anthony Quinn, Kurt Gidley, Andrew Johns (c), Craig Smith, Danny Buderus, Josh Perry, Steve Simpson, Kirk Reynoldson, Reegan TannerInterchange: Adam Woolnough, Daniel Tolar, Riley Brown, Todd LowrieBulldogs: Luke Patten, Hazem El Masri, Andrew Emelio, Willie Tonga, Matt Utai, Daniel Holdsworth, Brent Sherwin, Chris Armit, Corey Hughes, Roy Asotasi, Willie Mason, Andrew Ryan (c), Tony GrimaldiInterchange: Reni Maitua, Mark O'Meley, Adam Perry, Nate MylesReferee: Steve Clark.Saturday, 25th March 2006Wests v New Zealand at Jade Stadium (Christchurch) 5:30pm AEDTTigers: Brett Hodgson (c), Daniel Fitzhenry, Dean Collis, Paul Whatuira, Michael Crockett, Scott Prince, Ben Reynolds, Ryan O'Hara, Isaac De Gois, Todd Payten, Anthony Laffranchi, Ben Galea, Jamaal LolesiInterchange: Stuart Flanagan, Keith Galloway, John Skandalis, Sam Harris, Bronson Harrison, Tevita Metuisela (two to be omitted)Warriors: Brent Webb, Todd Byrne, Tony Martin, Clinton Toopi, Manu Vatuvei, Jerome Ropati, Nathan Fien, Ruben Wiki, George Gatis, Steve Price (c), Awen Guttenbeil, Wairangi Koopu, Louis AndersonInterchange: Grant Rovelli, Evarn Tuimavave, Epalahame Lauaki, Micheal Luck, Patrick Ah Van (one to be omitted)Referee: Paul Simpkins.Manly v Cronulla at Brookvale Oval, 7.30pmSea Eagles: Brett Stewart, Michael Robertson, Steve Bell Steve Matai, Chris Hicks, Travis Burns, Matt Orford, Jason King Michael Monaghan, Brent Kite, Steve Menzies, Anthony Watmough, Ben Kennedy (c)Interchange: Shane Dunley, Luke Williamson, Adam Cuthbertson, Mark Bryant, Paul Stephenson (one to be omitted)Sharks: David Simmons, Darren Albert, Beau Scott, Phil Bailey, Luke Covell, Adam Dykes, Brett Kimmorley (c), Ben Ross, Kevin Kingston, Hutch Maiava, Reece Williams, Lance Thompson, Greg BirdInterchange: Cameron Ciraldo, Luke Douglas, Luke Harlen, Tevita LatuReferee: Sean Hampstead.North Queensland v Melbourne at Dairy Farmers Stadium, 9:30pm AEDTCowboys: Matt Bowen, Neil Sweeney, Ty Williams, Paul Bowman, Matt Sing, Johnathan Thurston, Brett Firman, Shane Tronc, Aaron Payne, Matthew Scott, Jacob Lillyman, Luke O'Donnell, Travis Norton (c)Interchange: David Faiumu, Steve Southern, Justin Smith, Mitchell Sargent, Clint Amos, Carl Webb (two to be omitted)Storm: Billy Slater, Matt Geyer, Matt King, Greg Inglis, Jake Webster, Scott Hill, Cooper Cronk, Garret Crossman, Cameron Smith, Antonio Kaufusi, David Kidwell (c), Ryan Hoffman, Dallas JohnsonInterchange: Brett White, Jamie Feeney, Ian Donnelly, Steve Turner, Jeremy Smith, Chris Walker (two to be omitted)Referee: Russell Smith.Sunday, 26th March 2006Souths v St George-Illawarra at Telstra Stadium, 2.35pmRabbitohs: Todd Polglase, Nathan Merritt, Shannon Hegarty, Yileen Gordon, Paul Mellor, John Sutton, Beau Champion, Peter Cusack (c), Stuart Webb, Luke Stuart, David Fa'alogo, Joe Gulavao, Ben RogersInterchange: Jaiman Lowe, Manase Manuokafoa, Shane Rigon, Shannan McPhersonDragons: Clint Greenshields, Reece Simmonds, Mark Gasnier, Daryl Millard, Colin Best, Trent Barrett (c), Ben Hornby, Justin Poore, Dean Young, Jason Ryles, Corey Payne, Ashton Sims, Matt BickerstaffInterchange: Aaron Wheatley, Michael Henderson, Sam Isemonger, Aaron Gorrell, Lee Te Maari (one to be omitted)Referee: Jason Robinson.Brisbane v Parramatta at Suncorp Stadium, 3.00pmBroncos: Karmichael Hunt, Tame Tupou, Justin Hodges, Shaun Berrigan, Darius Boyd, Darren Lockyer (c), Brett Seymour, Shane Webcke, Michael Ennis, Petero Civoniceva, Dane Carlaw, David Stagg, Casey McGuireInterchange: Brad Thorn, Ben Hannant, Corey Parker, Greg EastwoodEels: Wade McKinnon, Luke Burt, Ben Smith, Ashley Graham, Matt Petersen, John Morris, Tim Smith, Nathan Cayless (c), Mark Riddell, Paul Stringer, Nathan Hindmarsh, Chad Robinson, Glenn MorrisonInterchange: P.J. Marsh, Dean Widders, Luke O'Dwyer, Michael Vella, Brett Delaney, Timana Tahu, Eric Grothe, Daniel Wagon (four to be omitted)Referee: Tony Archer.Sydney v Canberra at Aussie Stadium, 3.00pmRoosters: Anthony Minichiello, Amos Roberts, Ryan Cross, Iosia Soliola, Sam Perrett, Braith Anasta, Jamie Soward, Snane Shackleton, Brett Finch, Craig Fitzgibbon (c), Nigel Plum, Chris Flannery, Ashley HarrisonInterchange: Craig Wing, Anthony Tupou, David Shillington, Lopini PaeaRaiders: Clinton Schifcofske (c), Adrian Purtell, Phil Graham, David Howell, Adam Mogg, Jason Smith, Lincoln Withers, Andrew Lomu, Simon Woolford, Troy Thompson, Ben Jones, Jason Croker, Alan TongueInterchange: Todd Carney, Terry Martin, Tom Learoyd-Lars, Willie Raston, William Zillman (one to be omitted)Referee: Shayne Hayne.The Penrith Panthers have the bye in round 3.

Round 2 Team of the Week

AFTER a topsy-turvy round of NRL action including some big hits, big scores as well as a few tight games, we?ve put our heads together for the Round 2 League Unlimited Team of the Week and it?s another cracker.Fullback: Wade McKinnon (Eels) ? Stood out for Parra on Saturday night, showing he?s a classy attacking and defensive fullback. Always backs up and has a great turn of pace.Wing: Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs) ? This guys just keeps turning up every week and putting in. Hazem was everywhere in the Round 2 Opener v Wests Tigers, scoring four fabulous tries and booting 9/10. What a champ!Centre: George Carmont (Knights) ? Georgie-boy had a wow of a match and seems to have taken on a new lease of life after getting a haircut. But I kinda liked the ponytail. Carmont relishes the opportunities he?s given outside Johns and did well to bag a double this week.Centre: Ben Smith (Eels) ? Big Ben is back and he gave the Warriors nightmares on Saturday with several strong runs, one resulting in a powerful try. He?s started the season a little slowly but methinks he?s just warming up.Wing: Matt Sing (Cowboys) ? Ageless in his attacking flair, Sing was up to his old tricks against a determined Sea Eagles outfit. He scored a treble and bought up his 100th first grade try in the process. Two thumbs up for Matt.Five-eighth: Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys) ? The reigning Dally M Player of the Year once again turned in a good performance, although it?s hard comparing it against his first round tirade. Thurston had a good night at home and came out on top.Halfback: Andrew Johns (Knights) ? The master sure knows how to turn things on. Once again Joey joins Thurston as the halves combo of the LU Team of the Week and with good cause. He tore Canberra apart with skill and precision, scoring 30 points in total, although Newcastle?s defence left a little to be desired.Lock: Regan Tanner (Knights) ? A surprise selection here but well earned. Tanner isn?t a household name just yet but he put in a solid display in the Nation?s Capital and kept the scorers on their feet with a handy try.Second-row: Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels) ? Hindy looks to have shrugged off the knee complaint (injury if you will) that dogged him towards the end of last year and is now back in the thick of things. It?s great to see as he?s one of the game?s genuine talents and he kept his legion of fans happy with a two-try effort.Second-row: Luke O'Donnell (Cowboys) ? The burly second-rower put in a gritty effort against one of the harder backrow?s going around in the comp. He had Beaver, BK and Watmough to contend with and showed he loves a good scrap.Prop: Shane Webcke (Broncos) ? Whilst everyone thought the Broncos were gone after one game, someone forgot to tell Shane Webcke. He?s an animal and again proved a handful for the Sharks, keeping their defence busy all night and even bustling his way to score a great try.Hooker: Cameron Smith (Storm) ? Cam Smith is going to be hard to keep out of this spot each week if he keeps playing the way he did on Sunday. He?s got an old head on young shoulders, gives great dummy half service, knows when to run and makes a truckload of tackles each week.Prop: Mark O'Meley (Bulldogs) ? Shrek was clearly an angry man with a point to prove on Friday night. The running battle between he and Bryce Gibbs was some great niggle and it?s no surprise to see him come out on top. Gibbs could learn plenty from an experience campaigner like O?Meley.Interchange: Brad Thorn (Broncos), Todd Lowrie (Knights), Dean Widders (Eels), Kurt Gidley (Knights) ? A well balanced bench here with hard-heads Thorn and Lowrie ready to come on and mix it up with the big boys, whilst junior Gidley and Widders know a thing or two about explosion from the bench.Merkin of the Week Award for Stupidity: The New Zealand Warriors get a team discount for the most prized award in rugby league this week. Unbelievably, they still cannot win a game in their native land outside Auckland, the closest being a draw with Canterbury in round 8, 2001 at Westpac Trust Stadium. It could be a long season boys ? you?re still minus 4 and not getting anywhere in a real hurry.

Round 2 Teams and Fixtures

FRIDAY, 17th March 2006Wests v Canterbury at Telstra Stadium, 7:30pmTigers: Brett Hodgson (c), Michael Crockett, Dean Collis, Paul Whatuira, Jamaal Lolesi, Daniel Fitzhenry, Scott Prince, Bryce Gibbs, Robbie Farah, John Skandalis, Anthony Laffranchi, Todd Payten, Ben GaleaInterchange: Ben Reynolds, Keith Galloway, Ryan O'Hara, Sam HarrisBulldogs: Luke Patten, Hazem El Masri, Andrew Emelio, Willie Tonga, Matt Utai, Daniel Holdsworth, Brent Sherwin, Chris Armit, Corey Hughes, Roy Asotasi, Willie Mason, Andrew Ryan (c), Tony GrimaldiInterchange: Reni Maitua, Mark O'Meley, Adam Perry, Jon Green, Billy NgawiniReferee: Steve ClarkSaturday, 18th March 2006Parramatta v New Zealand at Waikato Stadium (Hamilton), 5:30pmEels: Wade McKinnon, Luke Burt, Ben Smith, Timana Tahu, Eric Grothe, John Morris, Tim Smith, Nathan Cayless (c), Mark Riddell, Paul Stringer, Nathan Hindmarsh, Chad Robinson, Glenn MorrisonInterchange: PJ Marsh, Dean Widders, Josh Cordoba, Michael Vella, Daniel Wagon (one to be omitted)Warriors: Brent Webb, Todd Byrne, Tony Martin, Clinton Toopi, Manu Vatuvei, Jerome Ropati, Nathan Fien, Ruben Wiki, Lance Hohaia, Steve Price (c), Awen Guttenbeil, Michael Luck, Louis AndersonInterchange: Grant Rovelli, Evarn Tuimavave, Epalahame Lauaki, Wairangi KoopuReferee: Sean HampsteadCronulla v Brisbane at Toyota Park, 7.30pmSharks: David Simmons, Darren Albert, Beau Scott, Phil Bailey, Luke Covell, Adam Dykes, Brett Kimmorley, Ben Ross, Kevin Kingston, Hutch Maiava, Reece Williams, Lance Thompson, Greg BirdInterchange: Phil Leuluai, Luke Douglas, Cameron Ciraldo, Tevita Latu, Luke Harlen, Darren Mapp (two to be omitted)Broncos: Karmichael Hunt, Steve Michaels, Justin Hodges, Shaun Berrigan, Darius Boyd, Darren Lockyer (c), Brett Seymour, Shane Webcke, Michael Ennis, Petero Civoniceva, Dane Carlaw, David Stagg, Casey McGuireInterchange: Brad Thorn, Ben Hannant, Neville Costigan, Greg Eastwood, Tame Tupou (one to be omitted)Referee: Russell SmithNorth Queensland v Manly at Dairy Farmers Stadium, 9.30pm (AEDT)Cowboys: Matt Bowen, Neil Sweeney, Ty Williams, Paul Bowman, Matt Sing, Johnathan Thurston, Brett Firman, Mitchell Sargent, Aaron Payne, Shane Tronc, Jacob Lillyman, Luke O'Donnell, Travis Norton (c)Interchange: David Faiumu, Steve Southern, Justin Smith, Matthew ScottSea Eagles: Brett Stewart, Paul Stephenson, Steve Bell, Steve Matai, Chris Hicks, Michael Monaghan, Matt Orford, Jason King, Shane Dunley, Brent Kite, Steve Menzies, Anthony Watmough, Ben Kennedy (c)Interchange: Travis Burns, Luke Williamson, Kylie Leuluai, Mark Bryant, Adam Cuthbertson (one to be omitted)Referee: Paul SimpkinsSunday, 19th March 2006Sydney v Melbourne at Aussie Stadium at 2.30pmRoosters: Anthony Minichiello, Amos Roberts, Ryan Cross, Iosia Soliola, Sam Perrett, Braith Anasta, Jamie Soward, David Shillington, Brett Finch, Craig Fitzgibbon (c), Anthony Tupou, Chris Flannery, Ashley HarrisonInterchange: Craig Wing, Nigel Plum, Shane Shackleton, Lopini PaeaStorm: Billy Slater, Matt Geyer, Matt King, Greg Inglis, Jake Webster, Scott Hill, Cooper Cronk, Garret Crossman, Cameron Smith, Antonio Kaufusi, David Kidwell (c), Michael Crocker, Dallas JohnsonInterchange: Brett White, Ryan Hoffman, Ian Donnelly, Steve Turner, Jamie Feeney (one to be omitted)Referee: Tony ArcherSt George Illawarra v Penrith at WIN Stadium at 3.00pmDragons: Clint Greenshields, Reece Simmonds, Mark Gasnier, Matt Cooper, Colin Best, Dean Young, Ben Hornby (c), Luke Bailey, Aaron Gorrell, Jason Ryles, Corey Payne, Ashton Sims, Andrew PriceInterchange: Justin Poore, Michael Henderson, Matt Bickerstaff, George Ndaira.Panthers: Rhys Wesser, Lee Hookey, Danny Galea, Luke Lewis, Nick Youngquest, Preston Campbell, Craig Gower, Joel Clinton, Luke Priddis, Craig Stapleton, Matthew Cross, Tony Puletua (c), Shane RodneyInterchange: Frank Puletua, Bryan Norrie, Frank Pritchard, Luke SwainReferee: Shayne HayneCanberra v Newcastle at Canberra Stadium, 3.00pmRaiders: Clinton Schifcofske (c), Adrian Purtell, Phil Graham, David Howell, Adam Mogg, Jason Smith, Lincoln Withers, Willie Raston, Simon Woolford, Troy Thompson, Ben Jones, Jason Croker, Alan TongueInterchange: Todd Carney, Terry Martin, Tom Learoyd-Lars, Michael HodgsonKnights: Milton Thaiday, Brian Carney, Matthew Gidley, George Carmont, Anthony Quinn, Kurt Gidley, Andrew Johns (c), Craig Smith, Danny Buderus, Josh Perry, Steve Simpson, Kirk Reynoldson, Reegan TannerInterchange: Adam Woolnough, Daniel Tolar, Riley Brown, Todd Lowrie.Referee: Jason Robinson

Round 1 Team of the Week

AFTER a sensation weekend of NRL action, we?re happy to present the Round 1 League Unlimited Team of the Week. And oh boy, it?s a cracker!Fullback: Clinton Schifcofske (Raiders) ? He looks bigger and fitter this year. His kicking was terrific as usual and beat the first man most times from the kick-return. A great choice as the new captain.Wing: Amos Roberts (Roosters) ? Mossy bagged a double for the Roosters in a controversial game out at Telstra. He a genuine speedster with plenty of ball skills and a favourite with the fans.Centre: Mark Gasnier (Dragons) ? Showed he?s all class with the ball in his hand. The Tigers couldn?t contain Gaz, who scored a treble, and he has begun the season in menacing form.Centre: Paul Whatuira (Tigers) ? The silent hero for Wests on Friday night. He popped up everywhere, bagging a hat-trick and showing why he?s in the Team of the Week. A very under-rated player who manages to slip under the radar and get the work done.Wing: Brian Carney (Knights) ? The Irishman?s first game in the NRL was a good ?un, scoring a try and proving very hard to contain. He looks a very solid purchase for the Knights and should provide good service this year.Five-eighth: Jonathan Thurston (Cowboys) ? What can you say about this kid? Unbelievable match from Thurston who?s going the right way about displacing Darren Lockyer as the Queensland five-eighth. Scored three meat pies, kicked six goals and had a hand in everything.Halfback Andrew Johns (Knights) ? The old stager returned to footy in triumphant circumstances after having an operation on his knee in the off-season. He should steer clear of the fisticuffs though, he?s already proven himself a novice in that arena.Lock: Travis Norton (Cowboys) ? The retiring captain of the Cowboys had a solid game on the weekend against arch-rivals the Broncos, steering the ship when necessary. I?m sure he?s pumped for another big season and a possible premiership.Second-row: Willie Mason (Bulldogs) ? The Doggies may have gone down but Big Willie put up a good fight. He had a superb game and appears to be relishing a more senior role.Second-row: Ben Jones (Raiders) ? Hardly a household name, Jonesy put in for the Raiders as they toppled the more fancied Sea Eagles at ?Fortress? Brooky. He?ll be a mainstay if he continues that sort of form.Prop: John Skandalis (Tigers) ? Another unsung hero of the Tigers. Skando turns up each week and just loves copping it. His work-rate is to be admired for an old guy and he provides a cool head for the forwards when experience is called for.Hooker: Aaron Payne (Cowboys) ? Had a blinder and just edged out Simon Woolford here for Hooker of the Week. Brutality was certainly dished out by the truckload against Brisbane and the stoutly no.9 was carving up all day long.Prop: Craig Smith (Knights) ? Smithy packs in with Skando, proving age is no barrier in this competition. I thought he was great this week and appears to have really settled into a rhythm at Newcastle.Interchange: Benji Marshall (Tigers), Grant Rovelli (Warriors), Steve Southern (Cowboys), Anthony Tupou (Roosters) ? Plenty of impact here and flamboyance here on the bench. Marshall?s freakish feats are welcome, along with Rovelli who was a hit for the Warriors when he came on the field. Southern and Tupou add huge firepower to the interchange bench here.Merkin of the Week Award for Stupidity: Jason Ryles (Dragons) ? Rylesy decided to go on a one-man journey to Planet Brain Explosion, helping out the Tigers forwards and earning himself 10 in the bin. He?s gets the first Merkin of 2006 ? wear it with pride buddy!

Round 1 Teams and Fixtures

FRIDAY, 10th March 2006Wests v St George Illawarra at Telstra Stadium, 7.30pmTigers: Brett Hodgson (c), Daniel Fitzhenry, Dean Collis, Paul Whatuira, Jamaal Lolesi, Benji Marshall, Scott Prince, Bryce Gibbs, Robbie Farah, John Skandalis, Anthony Laffranchi, Ben Galea, Liam Fulton.Interchange: Michael Crockett, Keith Galloway, Ryan O?Hara, Todd PaytenDragons: Clint Greenshields, Reece Simmonds, Mark Gasnier, Matt Cooper, Wes Naiqama, Trent Barrett (c), Ben Hornby, Luke Bailey, Dean Young, Jason Ryles, Corey Payne, Ashton Sims, Andrew Price.Interchange: Justin Poore, Michael Henderson, Matt Bickerstaff, Aaron GorrellReferee: Paul SimpkinsSaturday, 11th March 2006Newcastle v Parramatta at EnergyAustralia Stadium, 5.30pmKnights: Milton Thaiday, Brian Carney, Matthew Gidley, George Carmont, Anthony Quinn, Kurt Gidley, Andrew Johns (c), Craig Smith, Danny Buderus, Josh Perry, Steve Simpson, Clint Newton, Regan Tanner. Interchange: Adam Woolnough, Daniel Tolar, Riley Brown, Kirk ReynoldsonEels: Wade McKinnon, Luke Burt, Ben Smith, Timana Tahu, Eric Grothe, John Morris, Tim Smith, Nathan Cayless (c), PJ Marsh, Paul Stringer , Nathan Hindmarsh, Chad Robinson, Glenn MorrisonInterchange: Mark Riddell, Dean Widders, Josh Cordoba, Michael Vella, Matt Petersen, Daniel Wagon. (two to be omitted)Referee: Russell SmithCanterbury v Penrith at Telstra Stadium, 7.30pmBulldogs: Luke Patten, Hazem El Masri, Reni Matua, Willie Tonga, Matt Utai, Daniel Holdsworth, Brent Sherwin, Chris Armit, Corey Hughes, Roy Asotasi, Willie Mason, Andrew Ryan (c), Tony GrimaldiInterchange: Adam Perry, Mark O'Meley , Nate Myles, Andrew EmilioPanthers: Rhys Wesser, Lee Hookey, Danny Galea, Luke Lewis, Nick Youngquest, Preston Campbell, Craig Gower, Joel Clinton, Luke Priddis, Craig Stapleton, Matthew Cross, Tony Puletua (c), Shane RodneyInterchange: Frank Puletua, Bryan Norrie, Luke Swain, Mark O'HalloranReferee: Sean Hamptstead Manly v Canberra at Brookvale Oval, 7.30pmSea Eagles: Brett Stewart, Paul Stephenson, Steve Bell, Steve Matai, Chris Hicks, Michael Monaghan, Matt Orford, Jason King, Shane Dunley, Brent Kite, Steve Menzies, Anthony Watmough, Ben Kennedy (c) Interchange: Travis Burns, Luke Williamson, Kylie Leuluai, Mark BryantRaiders: Adrian Purtell, Phil Graham, David Howell, Adam Hogg, Jason Smith, Lincoln Withers, Willie Raston, Simon Woolford, Troy Thompson, Ben Jones, Jason Croker, Alan Tongue Interchange: Todd Carney, Terry Martin, Thom Learoyd-Lars, Josh Miller, William ZillmanReferee: Shayne HayneSunday, 12th March 2006New Zealand v Melbourne at Ericsson Stadium, 11.00am (QLD) 12pm (NSW) 2.00pm (NZ)Warriors: Brent Webb, Tony Martin, Jerome Ropati, Clinton Toopi, Manu Vatuvei, Sione Faumuina, Nathan Fien, Ruben Wiki, Lance Hohaia, Steve Price (c), Awen Guttenbeil, Wairangi Koopu, Louis AndersonInterchange: Grant Rovelli, Micheal Luck, Epalahame Lauaki, Evarn Tuimavave18th man: Todd ByrneStorm: Billy Slater, Matt Geyer, Matt King, Greg Inglis, Jake Webster, Scott Hill, Cooper Cronk, Garret Crossman, Cameron Smith, Antonio Kaufusi, David Kidwell (c), Michael Crocker, Dallas JohnsonInterchange: Brett White, Ryan Hoffman, Ian Donnelly, Steve Turner, Jamie Feeney (one to be omitted)Referee: Steven ClarkBrisbane v North Queensland at Suncorp Stadium, 2.00pm (QLD) 3.00pm (NSW)Broncos: Karmichael Hunt, Steve Michaels, Justin Hodges, Shaun Berrigan, Darius Boyd, Darren Lockyer (c), Brett Seymour, Shane Webcke, Michael Ennis, Petero Civoniceva, Dane Carlaw, David Stagg, Tonie CarrollInterchange: Casey McGuire, Ben Hannant, Neville Costigan, Shane PerryCowboys: Matt Bowen, Neil Sweeney, Ty Williams, Paul Bowman, Matt Sing, Johnathan Thurston, Brett Firman, Mitchell Sargent, Aaron Payne, Shane Tronc, Jacob Lillyman, Luke O'Donnell, Travis NortonInterchange: David Faiumu, Steve Southern, Justin Smith, Matthew ScottReferee: Tony ArcherSouth Sydney v Sydney at Telstra Stadium, 2.30pmRabbitohs: Todd Polglase, Nathan Merritt, Shannon Hegarty, Adam MacDougall, Paul Mellor, John Sutton, Ben Walker, Peter Cusack (c), Stuart Webb, Scott Geddes, David Fa?alogo, Luke Stuart, Shane RigonInterchange: Jaiman Lowe, Manase Manuokafoa, Shane Walker, Joe Galuvao, Yileen Gordon (one to be omitted)Roosters: Anthony Minichiello, Amos Roberts, Ryan Cross, Iosia Soliola, Sam Perrett, Braith Anasta, Jamie Soward, Craig Fitzgibbon (c), Brett Finch, Adrian Morley, Anthony Tupou, Chris Flannery, Ashley HarrisonInterchange: Craig Wing, Shane Shackleton, Lopini Paea, David Shillington, Steve Meredith (one to be omitted)Referee: Jason Robinson

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