COUNTRY fullback David Peachey says experience may give him the edge over City's Anthony Minichiello when the two fullbacks vie for the NSW No.1 jumper in tomorrow night's representative rugby league match at Gosford.
CITY have beaten Country 17-16 in a sloppy match played in wet conditions at Gosford.
COUNTRY coach Brian Smith says the winner of tonight's City-Country match must provide the bulk of the NSW side for game one of this year's State of Origin rugby league series.
ROUND nine of the Queensland Cup is undoubtedly one of the most attractive of the season so far. There is something for everyone ? a grudge match in Ipswich; a wooden spoon battle at Purtell Park; the venture of the only New South Wales team into the deep north; a farewell to one ground and the battle for club championship supremacy on the Gold Coast.
The grudge match is between the Ipswich Jets and Norths Devils at Bendigo Bank Oval on Saturday night when former Ipswich coach, Gary Grienke returns to the scene of so many triumphs last season.
Queensland State of Origin legend, Trevor Gillmeister has charge of the Jets now and they are on top of the Queensland Cup ladder on 13 points while Norths are in ninth spot on four points, just ahead of Central Comets on percentages.
Still it promises to be a top match with Melbourne Storm coaching staff members likely to be on hand with the Storm playing the Broncos at ANZ Stadium the following day.
ANDY Farrell made a dream comeback from his knee injury by kicking the drop goal which gave Wigan a 21-20 win over Warrington on Friday night.
Farrell had not played since the opening weekend of Tetley's Rugby Super League VIII, but kicked four goals and the crucial drop goal to see off the Wolves at The JJB Stadium.
Shaun Briscoe scored two tries for the Warriors, with Adrian Lam also crossing, while a 12-point haul for Lee Briers, with a try, three goals and two drop goals, added to scores for Sid Domic and Brent Grose, was just not enough for the visitors.
Warrington cashed in on brilliant kicking from skipper Briers to deservedly lead 12-6 at half-time.
In a see-sawing game played at a frenetic pace, Briers darted over for Warringtons third try and the conversion made it 18-18.
Two Briers' drop goals edged Warrington in front before Farrell levelled it with a penalty and then hit the crucial one-pointer to grab the win the match seconds from time.
Wigan 21 Tries: Adrian Lam, Sean Briscoe 2
Goal: Andrew Farrell 4
Drop Goals: Andrew Farrell 1
Warrington 20 Tries:Lee Briers, Sid Domic, Brent Grose
Goal: Lee Briers 3
Drop Goals Lee Briers 2
A hat trick each for Saints hookers Keiron Cunningham and Mick Higham as St Helens bounced back to winning ways at Knowsley Road.
THE Canterbury Bulldogs have tackled their way to victory to defeat the St George Illawarra Dragons by 18-16 at WIN Stadium this evening.
THE Penrith Panthers have extended their winning streak to five matches with a good 26-18 win over a very disappointing Canberra Raiders outfit this evening.
THE St George Illawarra Dragons have been pipped 18-16 by the Canterbury Bulldogs in controversial fashion at WIN Stadium tonight.
THE North Queensland Cowboys have stormed home to trounce Wests Tigers 26-8 at Dairy farmers Stadium tonight.
DRAGONS captain Trent Barrett, who missed this afternoon's Telstra Premiership match with the Bulldogs at WIN Stadium, will have x-rays tomorrow and will consult an ankle surgeon over the next two days to determine if he needs surgery.
THE Mitsubishi Electric Bulldogs will contest the Grand Final of the Jersey Flegg Competition tomorrow (Sat 17 May 03) against the Cronulla
WHEN Storm skipper Stephen Kearney runs out on to ANZ Stadium tomorrow to take on the Brisbane Broncos, he will put friendship aside as he goes head to head with good friend and former Melbourne hooker Richard Swain.
RAIDERS forward Michael Hodgson has been forced to withdraw from tonight's match against the Penrith Panthers through injury with a hamstring strain.
NEW Zealand Warriors centre Clinton Toopi has been ruled out of the National Rugby League for six weeks with a hand injury.