Queensland Cup - Round 13 - Preview

THE two Seagulls teams in the Queensland Cup share the competition lead with Tweed in the most danger of slipping down the ladder this weekend. Tweed Heads Seagulls will host the Ipswich Jets at Piggabeen on Saturday in the ABC television game, the first time Aunty?s camera have ventured south of the border. Both teams are coming off losses ? Tweed in an upset to the Central Comets and Ipswich to the Burleigh Bears. Tweed?s loss was the biggest shock of the round although Central are confident of winning more games than they lose in the run home to the finals. While Tweed were losing the Wynnum Seagulls were hanging on for a thrilling 31-28 win over the North Queensland Young Guns at Kougari Oval. That result elevated Wynnum to first place on percentages after they had gone into the round in fourth place. That shows you how congested things are at the top and how difficult it is to predict the minor premiers. Wynnum play Souths Logan at Davies Park on Saturday afternoon although Souths will be at full strength and rejuvenated after a bye. Redcliffe, Ipswich and Toowoomba share third spot on 17 points with Redcliffe hosting the only Sunday match of the round ? against Burleigh at Dolphin Oval. Burleigh are on 15 points and a win will have people talking about the Bears as possible minor premiers. Toowoomba play bottom side Wests at Purtell Park on Saturday and no matter what team they field, the Clydesdales should account for the Panthers. The final make-up of the Toowoomba side will hinge on fitness tests on 15 Broncos players involved in Wednesday night?s State of Origin clash and the colts curtain-raiser. Toowoomba is the Broncos feeder club with the Brisbane side playing away to Canberra on Sunday in their NRL clash. There are two Saturday night matches this weekend: Central host Norths at Browne Park, Rockhampton and North Queensland host Easts Tigers at the Townsville Sports Reserve. Both the Comets and Norths would harbour some hope of making the finals, particularly as Norths have a game up their sleeve. But the loser of this game will do it tough. North Queensland and Easts are on 12 points, five points out of a finals berth, and like wise the loser here will do it tough to make the top five. Next Saturday at Roma the Queensland Rangers will play New South Wales Country with the Queensland side chosen after the annual divisional carnival at Stadium Toowoomba last weekend. South West won the carnival.

NSWRL Premier League : Round 9 results

FINAL results in from Round 9 of the NSWRL Premier League played last weekend. Following the match between Canberra and Parramatta, we now have the Raiders as outright leaders in the competition.

Origin Gains High TV Rating

THE opening match of the 2003 Harvey Norman State of Origin Series has attracted a massive Australia wide viewing audience of 3,534,883 people.

Stapling Head Wounds Offputting To Aussie Viewers

THE Australian Rugby League (ARL) today said it would ban the use of medical staple guns on the field of play after fans saw gruesome images of a player being treated during the State of Origin match yesterday.

Walker waiting for call

SYDNEY Roosters flyer Chris Walker says he is hoping to receive a phone call from Queensland State Of Origin selectors following the Maroons' costly loss to NSW last night.

Ground surface leads to political point-scoring

THE Queensland Opposition today called on the State Government to take the blame for the poor quality of the playing surface at the new $280 million Suncorp Stadium.

Tallis pleads guilty

QUEENSLAND captain Gorden Tallis has pleaded guilty to a high tackle on Brisbane team-mate Michael Devere during the opening State of Origin game.

Steve Kearney Sets Impressive Record

KIWIS veteran Stephen Kearney will set a new appearance record for a New Zealander in the National Rugby League (NRL) when he leads the Melbourne Storm against Penrith on Saturday night.

Heartbreak for the Dragons, jubilation for Newcastle

A noisy crowd at Energy Australia Stadium in Newcastle saw their home side claw back from a 12 point deficit at halftime to win at the death by 32 - 30.

Broncos could lose Tallis and Carroll

QUEENSLAND duo Gorden Tallis and Tonie Carroll are likely to drop out of Brisbane's side for Sunday's top of the table National Rugby League match against Canberra.

Faumuina Wants More Razzle Dazzle

SECOND rower Sione Faumuina is all for the New Zealand Warriors showing off their flair in the National Rugby League (NRL).

Warriors Likely To Escape Cap Chaos

MID-SEASON madness is about to infect the National Rugby League, but the Warriors are set to avoid the worst of it.

Round 14 - Fridays Preview

THE aftermath of Origin is the inevitable let down we get from seeing the mere mortals trundle around the field in their team colours pretending to think they are solely focussed on club duties.

Player Profile- Quentin Pongia

FORMER Kiwis captain Quentin Pongia has some unfinished business to take care off when he resurrects his National Rugby League (NRL) career with St George-Illawarra tonight.

Knights and Dragons await fitness tests

NEWCASTLE pair Danny Buderus and Ben Kennedy and St George Illawarra's Luke Bailey and Shaun Timmins will have fitness tests today to see if they will play in tonight's National Rugby League match at EnergyAustralia Stadium.

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