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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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Grand Final Teams and Fixtures

SUNDAY, 2nd October 2005 at Telstra Stadium

Preview: Grand Final Qualifiers

FOLLOWING on from last week?s conflict which saw North Queensland stumble past the Storm and Wests Tigers brutalise the Broncos, we line up for the penultimate week of Rugby League in the 2005 Premiership race.

Qualifying Finals Teams and Fixtures

SATURDAY, 24th September 2005

Monday?s Expert League Wrap ? Preliminary Finals 2005

FINALS Week Three, 24-25 September 2005 Wests Tigers and the North Queensland Cowboys have stormed into the 2005 Grand Final following a weekend of upsets and boilovers. The Tigers defeated the St George Illawarra Dragons 20-12 on Saturday while rank outsiders the Cowboys thumped minor premiers Parramatta Eels 29-0 on Sunday.

Week 2 Semi Final Teams and Fixtures

SATURDAY, 17 September 2005 MELBOURNE STORM v NTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS Kick off: 7:45pm. Aussie Stadium. Referee: Paul Simpkins.

Let's get ready to ruuummmbbbllleee!!!

WEEK two of the finals is upon us and only one Sydney team takes the field this weekend in the peoples favourite, the all-conquering Wests Tigers.

Monday?s Expert League Wrap ? Finals 2005

FINALS Week Two, 17-18 September 2005 The NRL season has come down to four teams with the Broncos and the Storm bowing out over the weekend.

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