QUEENSLAND has named four rookies in its 22-man State of Origin rugby league squad released today.
WITH the Cowboys having the bye, the Young Guns fielded an NRL strength forward pack to defeat premiers Redcliffe 30-8 at Dolphin Oval in the ABC Television match. North Queensland?s effort however in the first half was below par and when Dolphins speedster Aaron Barba notched two tries, taking his season tally to nine, the home side led 8-0 after 15 minutes. Redcliffe dominated all aspects of the game in the first half but led only 8-6 at the break following a try to Young Guns skipper Paul Dezolt on half-time.
RESULTS in so far from the weekend's Premier League games:
THE Canberra Raiders have named a strong side for their round nine clash with the Melbourne Storm at Olympic Park.
IN light of Wayne Bennett?s comments surrounding the choice of his wingers for the upcoming Origin series, I?d like to make the case for Clinton Schifcofske.
THE Warriors line-up has been named for Saturday nights National Rugby League clash against Parramatta in Auckland.
DRAGONS front rower Luke Bailey will miss this weekend's match against Penrith but could miss up to eight weeks with a back injury.
ST George Illawarra prop Luke Bailey has been cleared of a suspected fractured vertebrae.
CRONULLA'S woeful start to the National Rugby League season will be discussed at board level tonight.
RAIDERS workhorse, Alan Tongue, has been ruled out for three weeks with a fractured hand. Tongue got up from a tackle against Souths clutching his hand but continued to play on despite the injury. Tongue joins the Monaghan brothers and Terry Martin on the Raiders casualty list with all players due back within the next four weeks.
MELBOURNE Storm fullback Robbie Ross's horrid run of injury has continued after he was today ruled out of this week's clash with the Raiders due to a bulging disc in his lower back.
THE Newcastle Knights have named Ben Kennedy at lock for the Knights clash with South Sydney while Josh Perry returns to the front row after serving his one week suspension.
VIDEO referee Chris Ward has been axed from first grade by referees boss Robert Finch after his controversial handling of the South Sydney-Canberra game at the weekend.
BALMAIN put in yet another strong performance to defeat the North Sydney Bears by 46 points to 26 at Leichhardt oval on the weekend.
BRENTFORD FC and Bees United are set to get behind London Broncos on Friday 9th May when the top of the table Leeds Rhinos make their much awaited visit to Griffin Park.