THIS afternoon at Stadium Toowoomba a Graham Mackay inspired Ipswich Jets have caused the first upset of the Qld Cup with a 34-24 victory over the Toowoomba Clydesdales in the ABC TV match after leading 22-4 at half time. Ex international Mackay was scintillating with four tries only blotting his copy book with a ten minute stint in the sin bin right on the half time hooter for a professional foul while half back Ricky Bird also had an outstanding match & being awarded the ABC man of the match award. Toowoomba had the early running scoring the first try before the Bird & Mackay show took over with Mackay having a hat trick by the interval & completing his fourth with an intercept try midway through the second half. Jets coach Gillmeister was relieved with his first up win in the competition while Toowoomba coach Kevin Walters was left searching for answers. Ipswich next week play Burleigh Bears at Bendigo Bank Oval while things get no easier for Toowoomba having to travel to Dolphin Oval at Redcliffe to play last years premiers.
WELLINGTON'S Gerard Stokes wants to continue as Kiwi assistant coach under newly appointed Daniel Anderson, but is unsure of his chances.
NORTHCOTE coach Duane Mann rates his side a top five chance for rugby league's Bartercard Cup despite the Tiger's 26-42 loss to Hibiscus Coast in the Roope Rooster semifinals.
THE Swansea Bulls Under 15's will travel to Halifax and Bradford on the weekend on March 22nd & 23rd. The team, based at Morriston RFC in Swansea, will be play against Ovenden Under 15s in Halifax on Saturday 22nd March.
SHARKS five-eighth Greg Bird, Roosters centre Justin Hodges and Dragons prop Jason Ryles face an anxious time today as they await whether or not they will be charged by the NRL judiciary.
FORMER New Zealand rugby league international Tasesa Lavea will be disciplined by Northern Eagles management after trading blows with teammate Alex Moore last week.
MELBOURNE centre Steven Bell believes the club has reclaimed pride in the Storm jersey after showing great courage and tenacity to come back from a 22-point deficit against the Sharks in Cronulla yesterday.
MELBOURNE Storm coach Craig Bellamy has named five-eighth Scott Hill and fullback Robbie Ross for the Storms first home game of the year against Penrith this Saturday at Olympic Park (5.30pm).
FORMER Kiwis rugby league enforcer Quentin Pongia will join St George Illawarra in May as cover for front rowers who are expected to be on State of Origin duty.
ON this night, 12 months ago, St.George-Illawarra supporters rallied for the return of the Dragons to Kogarah's Jubilee Oval. The R2K group hosted an Information Night at Kogarah RSL Club, with guest speakers including Frank Hyde, Robert Stone, Tony Squires and Dick Caine. Many supporters regard the Information Night as the catalyst for the long awaited return which was announced on the 5th of September last year.
TEENAGER Greg Bird could miss Cronulla's round three clash with Brisbane after being charged with a head-slam by the National Rugby League judiciary.
HARD running Bulldogs forward Willie Mason says he just wants to get on with playing football after coach Steve Folkes informed him that he will be playing first grade again ahead of Sunday's trip to Auckland.
THE Newcastle Knights have named an 18 man squad for this Friday night's clash with the Sydney Roosters at Energy Australia Stadium.
NEWCASTLE lifted the tempo in the last 15 minutes to come from behind and beat the New Zealand Warriors 36-26 in a National Rugby League match at Ericsson Stadium.
THE NRL survived week one without a draw in sight as crowds flocked in to see a round of bone crunching footy.