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.
LEEDS 20-14 St Helens
The Rhinos made it three wins out against the Saints in a bad-tempered clash at Headingley.
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.
NEW Zealand Warriors hooker PJ Marsh has been cleared of any bone damage to his neck and has returned to Auckland.
A sunny afternoon at Sydney Showground and the Bulldogs had a win over the Sea Eagles by 34 - 20.
THE Eels stunned not only the Warriors but themselves in a thrilling 28-26 win at Parramatta Stadium.
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.
MELBOURNE Storm will take the unique step of offering a special discount ticket offer to all AFL and AFL club members this week in a bid to stimulate support for this Sunday?s clash with the Bulldogs at Olympic Park.
CRONULLA coach Chris Anderson could find himself in hot water with the National Rugby League tomorrow following allegations he abused referee Rod Lawrence at Toyota Park last night.
IN a top of the table clash, the Brisbane Broncos have overcome a committed Canberra Raiders outfit to win 24-20 at Canberra Stadium this afternoon.
THE Sydney Roosters have defeated a gallant North Queensland Cowboys side by 15-14 at Aussie Stadium this afternoon following a field goal from Brad Fittler in the 72nd minute.
SHARKS halfback Brett Kimmorley has suffered a broken jaw in tonight?s two-point win over the Wests Tigers at Toyota Park.
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.
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.
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.