THE problem when it comes to referees, is spectators. No matter what they do, referee's just can't win. It's not all spectators that are the problem, but there are fans from all clubs that have the ability to be a disgrace. No matter who wins the match, groups of fans from the losing team are bound to be pointing their fingers at the man with the whistle to avoid seeing the fault lines that may appear in their own sides defence. They are too unwilling to realise that their team may have dropped the ball a dozen times when they had nothing but open field ahead of them. They are too biased to admit that their side just wasn't good enough to get the victory.
RESERVE grader Willie Talau's shock inclusion at five-eighth in the Kiwis lineup against the Kangaroos on Friday night has drawn comparisons with Olsen Filipaina's callup against Wally Lewis's world champion Australian side in 1985.
HE had eight of his team for company when the Kiwis rugby league squad came together, but one New Zealand Warrior felt oddly out of place as the medicals were passed and new playing kit issued.
NEW Zealand second rower Ali Lauiti'iti has been ruled out of Friday night's Test against Australia after being found guilty of a high tackle at the NRL judiciary. Lauiti'iti received a one match ban for a grade one careless high tackle.
THE New Zealand camp has put a media ban on Penrith back-rower Joe Galuvao after his late call-up for a rugby league Test debut against Australia on Friday night.
AUSTRALIAN rugby league coach Chris Anderson has allayed fears that fatigue factor hurting several Kangaroos stars could prove the world champions' downfall against New Zealand in Friday night's clash at Aussie Stadium.
FULLBACK Darren Lockyer has been ruled out of the Australian team to play New Zealand in Friday night's rugby league Test at Sydney's Telstra Stadium.
NEW Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) chairman Selwyn Pearson accused the NRL of running the international game after Ali Lauiti'iti was ruled out of Friday night's test against Australia.
WYNNUM has staged a number of ?escape acts? in Queensland Cup matches this season but Easts held on to win 36-32 in an entertaining ABC Television clash at Kougari Oval. An off-load from prop Jason Wrigley led to a try for Ross Sammut and then a strong try to five eight Grant Dutton gave the Tigers an early 10-0 lead. Three quick tries through skipper Scott Thorburn, an intercept to Matt Lockyer and winger Justin Loomans increased Easts lead to 26-0 at the 32 minute mark. A 40/20 kick from Denny Lambert saw Wynnum benefit when winger Herman Lafaele scored and fullback David Seage then crossed for a good team try to narrow the margin to 26-10 at half-time.
SYDNEY Roosters coach Ricky Stuart has named halfback Brett Finch to make his return from a knee injury in the premiers' National Rugby League showdown with Penrith on Sunday.
SATURDAY 26th July 2003
THE coach of English rugby league club Wigan, Stuart Raper, has denied he's lined up a job with Cronulla when he returns to Australia later this year.
DARREN Senter returns from suspension to captain Wests Tigers in Sunday's National Rugby League match against Newcastle at Campbelltown Stadium.
SOUTH Sydney prop Paul Stringer will delay season-ending shoulder surgery to play for the Rabbitohs in Saturday night's NRL match in Melbourne.
RUGBY league legends Ron Coote, Bob Fulton, Graeme Langlands, Bob McCarthy and Dave Brown will take their place alongside a host of the country's sporting superstars tomorrow.