Round 14 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.

Cayless Hope To Be Fit For Test

FORMER Kiwis skipper and prop Nathan Cayless is confident his arm injury will have recovered sufficiently to give him a chance to regain his spot for the rugby league test against the Kangaroos on July 25.

NSWRL Premier League : Round 10 Preview

WITH all the hype surrounding the first State of Origin match, Round 10 of the NSWRL Premier League has snuck up on us.

Bartercard Cup - Round 8 Preview

ROUND 8 of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup has some interesting match ups as always.

Call for salary caps exemptions to clubs for injuries

STATE of Origin casualty Justin Hodges' manager has called on the NRL to allow clubs salary cap exemptions as compensation for players injured in representative games.

Comment: A tale of two Staples

A short, sharp pain followed by a burst of warmth and a sensation of fluid running down the forehead through the eyes, across parts of the face and into the mouth giving a tasteful metallic flavour. White blood cells rush frantically to the scene of the damage, desperately trying to clot the open wound. By this stage a clearly visible cut has spilt blood all over the right hand side of Michael De Vere's head, which is promptly actioned by referee Bill Harrigan who insists De Vere seek medical attention in compliance with the game's bleeding regulations.

Hodges considers legal action over knee injury

QUEENSLANDER Justin Hodges is considering legal action against Suncorp Stadium after suffering a serious knee injury in last night's State of Origin match against NSW, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph.

ESL Friday Results

LEEDS 20-14 St Helens The Rhinos made it three wins out against the Saints in a bad-tempered clash at Headingley.

Return Of The "Mad Dog"

FORMER international winger Adam MacDougall made a triumphant return to the National Rugby League to help Newcastle to a last-minute 32-30 win over St George Illawarra Friday night at EnergyAustralia Stadium.

Eels come home in grandstand finish

THE Eels stunned not only the Warriors but themselves in a thrilling 28-26 win at Parramatta Stadium.

Melbourne end Penrith's winning streak in style

A week after being humiliated by South Sydney, the Melbourne Storm has comprehensively beaten the Penrith Panthers by 32 points to 12. After a big clash in Townsville last week it appears that Penrith just didn?t turn up to play and lacked any sort of intensity. But take nothing away from Melbourne as they hit back with a crushing victory to return to the winners circle.

Kimmorley breaks jaw as Sharks premiership hopes nosedive

SHARKS halfback Brett Kimmorley has suffered a broken jaw in tonight?s two-point win over the Wests Tigers at Toyota Park.

Cronulla hold out Tigers in ugly victory

IN front of a highly vocal home crowd, the Cronulla Sharks have snuck home to beat a determined Wests Tigers outfit by 28 points to 26. Cronulla were never behind on the scoreboard but had the tenacious Tigers yapping at their heels whenever they slackened off. The game was a scrappy encounter with plenty of handling errors and silly penalties contributing to the frustration of the crowd, who at half time and full time were so abusive that the referee was escorted to the dressing rooms by the Police.

Meli Classed As Dangerous

PARRAMATTA Eels coach Brian Smith is eyeing a shutdown of the Warriors' matchwinners out wide ahead of their National Rugby League clash in Sydney on Saturday.

Eels aren't done. Let's do the math!

AS crazy as it sounds, Parramatta are still an outside chance at making the top eight. I know this theory will more than likely be blown out of the water by the Cowboys next weekend but just hear me out before you think about having me committed.