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.
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
ROUND 6 of the NSWRL Premier League starts again tomorrow, Saturday 17th May, after all eyes will be on the NSWRL City v Country clash tonight.
ROUND 5 already of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup and already the top teams of the competition are starting to cement their places. Stand out performances by the Hibicus Coast Raiders have seen them remain the only unbeaten team so far.
LONDON Broncos intend to travel to St Helens with just the one change to the team that was defeated last Friday by Leeds. Rookie Rhino, Tommy Gallagher, who was this week taken on month's loan from Leeds, has been handed the place on the bench left vacant by outgoing Leeds Academy winger, Austin Buchanan.
WARRIORS Coach Stuart Raper has announced the following side for Friday's home Super League clash with Warrington Wolves at the JJB Stadium.
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.