NORTH Queensland held on for a good win 21-14 over Easts at Langlands Park in the ABC Television clash. After a scrappy start by both teams it was Young Guns hooker and captain Paul Dezolt who darted over from dummy half to open the scoring. A few minutes later big centre Luke Cross crashed over for a try and then side-stepping run by five eight Michael Meigan led to a try to fullback Daniel Sorbello for a 16-0 advantage after 21 minutes.
NORTH Queensland coach Graham Murray has recalled Ty Williams to the starting line-up despite the impressive form of Brenton Bowen in last night's National Rugby League win over South Sydney.
BEN Kennedy could make an early return for Newcastle this weekend despite being left out of the squad for Saturday's National Rugby League game against Melbourne at EnergyAustralia Stadium.
TIM Allan, a member of the 1938 Reserve Grade premiers has sadly passed away in Wauchope this week at the age of 84.
MELBOURNE Storm has finally received some good news on the injury front after centre Steven Bell was cleared of any serious damage to the knee he injured at training last week.
THE NRL has announced that St.George-Illawarra will host the Sharks at Jubilee Oval on Sunday, the 4th of May (3pm kick-off). The match will be televised by Channel 9 at 4:00pm [delayed telecast] on the same afternoon.
THE Wests Tigers have made an application to the National Rugby League to seek leave to appeal the length of suspension imposed upon Luke O'Donnell.
MONDAY'S Expert is Tuesday's Expert this week thanks to the wisdom of the NRL and the experiment of playing games during the working week.
WHEN the Vodafone Warriors take on the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Ericsson Stadium this Sunday, Francis Meli and Wairangi Koopu will be playing in their 50th NRL game.
CANBERRA skipper Simon Woolford has been given a deadline of Thursday to prove his fitness to play in this weekend's National Rugby League clash with Penrith.
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MELBOURNE Storm have lost another player through serious injury after young centre Jake Webster ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament playing for feeder club Brisbane Norths last Sunday.
THE bad news has continued for South Sydney in the wake of last night's loss to North Queensland, with captain Bryan Fletcher charged with a careless high tackle by the National Rugby League judiciary.
NEWCASTLE coach Michael Hagan is expected to name centre Mark Hughes on the bench today for his side's NRL clash with Melbourne at EnergyAustralia Stadium on Saturday night.
CANBERRA backs Mark Mclinden and James Evans will undergo fitness tests this week to determine their availability for the Raiders' trip to Penrith on Saturday night.