PREMIERS Redcliffe face the very real prospect of dropping four points out of the top five if they lose to Tweed Seagulls at Piggabeen in this weekend?s ABC televised match.
Redcliffe?s loss to Ipswich last weekend in the grand final replay, put the club out of the top five for the first time in a decade with the Dolphins on 17 points, two behind Ipswich and Burleigh.
Ipswich should pick up another two points against Wests at Purtell Park this Saturday afternoon and Burleigh are a good show of beating the North Queensland Young Guns at Dairy Farmers Stadium on Saturday night.
So the pressure is on the Dolphins, particularly as they are travelling to hostile territory in New South Wales.
In the other Saturday match the Central Comets host Easts Tigers at Browne Park with a 7.30pm kick-off.
On Sunday there are two games with plenty of appeal both with 3pm kick-offs.
Competition leaders, Wynnum Seagulls play Norths Devils at Bishop Park with Norths (10 points) looking for a win to keep alive their slim semi-final hopes.
In the other match Souths Logan Magpies play Toowoomba Clydesdales at Davies Park and it is anyone?s guess what sort of side the Clydesdales turn out given the fact some of their players might have been required for duty with the Brisbane Broncos against the Sydney Roosters at Suncorp Stadium on the Friday night.
Next weekend the annual City v Country match will be held at Barcaldine in western Queensland with both sides named during the week.
As a result there will be just one Queensland Cup match ? between Norths and Souths Logan at Bishop Park and it will be shown on ABC television.
On the schoolboy front the annual Confraternity Shield for Independent schools will be held on the Gold Coast starting this Sunday and finishing on July 4 while the under-15 national titles will be held in Canberra during the same period.
And in tertiary rugby league the British students open and under-21 sides arrive in Cairns on Monday for the start of their Australian tour, which includes a Test match against Australia at Langlands Park on July 15.
The tour opens with a match in Townsville this week.
In England the annual ?War of the Roses? between Yorkshire and Lancashire ? the British version of State of Origin will be held at Odsal Stadium, Bradford on Wednesday night.
WITH current Manly coach Peter Sharp this evening announcing he would not re-apply for the position in 2004.
LONDON Broncos moved up to fifth place in the Tetley's Super League table with a 50-16 win at Halifax on Saturday night.
Halifax, without a win since the opening day of the season at London, harboured hopes of repeating that when they were level at 10-all during an even first quarter.
BRADFORD captain Robbie Paul broke his right arm during the Super League defeat by St Helens and will miss up to eight weeks of the season.
The New Zealand international suffered a double fracture after falling awkwardly midway through the second half at Odsal.
THE Penrith Panthers have scored an amazing 28-26 victory over the Canterbury Bulldogs at Penrith Stadium this afternoon in front of a new ground record of 22,147.
BRISBANE utility Casey McGuire is keen to stay with the Broncos despite being among a host of National Rugby League players unsigned for next season.
FORMER Kiwis coach Graham Lowe is being targeted as a possible replacement for Manly coach Peter Sharp as the struggling National Rugby League (NRL) undergoes a managerial shake-up.
THE New Zealand Warriors are likely to lose Queensland hooker PJ Marsh for the rest of the National Rugby League season with a serious neck injury.
NEW South Wales captain Andrew Johns is breathing a sigh of relief after being omitted from the National Rugby League's judiciary charge sheet today.
MELBOURNE Storm rookie Dustin Cooper?s road to first grade has been one littered with obstacles and irregularities.
HEARTACHE material for the Rabbitohs at Aussie Stadium, when the Warriors came back from 24-6 at one stage, to win 31-30 in a thriller that went into extra time.
THE Knights have run home 14 point winners against the Eels, winning their round 16 clash 30 ? 16.
NRL chief, David Gallop has publicly stated that the NRL will not tolerate players or team officials verbally abusing the games referees or touch judges.
AFTER being told he was not good enough to play for the worst team in the National Rugby League (NRL) Jason Death never dreamt of facing his old rugby league mates at the New Zealand Warriors again.
TWO tries to talented rookie Billy Slater have helped Melbourne Storm to a hard fought 12-8 win over Wests Tigers tonight at Olympic Park.