NSWRL 2003 Jim Beam Cup, Round 2.Leichhardt OvalSaturday, April 5th, 2003
TWELVE years ago the Penrith Panthers playing the Canberra Raiders would have been the firm favourite for Match of the Round in the 3pm timeslot on a Sunday afternoon. Simmons, Alexander, Geyer and Fittler would have matched up against Meninga, Daley, Stuart and Clyde. Tonight it was a different story out at Penrith Stadium, where a new breed of players including Gower, Wesser, Sattler and Ross lined up with Wiki, Croker, Schifcofske and Drew toughing it out in a good old fashioned game of Rugby League in front of a vigorous crowd of about 15,000 people.
THE Brisbane Broncos have defeated the North Queensland Cowboys 32-24 tonight at Dairy Farmers Stadium.
SOUTH Sydney has reportedly told up to ten players that they will never again play first grade for the embattled National Rugby League club.
A spirited fightback has seen the Canberra Raiders overcome the Penrith Panthers at Penrith Stadium tonight infront of a healthy crowd of around 15,000 people.
THIS week whether or not George Piggins and his board are re-elected there is expected to be monumental movements
CANBERRA'S great start to the 2003 National Rugby League season could be tarnished with key forward Ruben Wiki landing in trouble with the judiciary.
MELBOURNE Storm halfback Matt Orford believes Saturdays loss to Newcastle will serve as an opportune wakeup call following the first month of the NRL Telstra Premiership season.
CRAIG Wing and Anthony Minichiello are expected to cap off a successful 24 hours when they're named in the New South Wales preliminary State of Origin squad this morning.
HIGH-PROFILE South Sydney supporter Andrew Denton has publicly apologised to the National Rugby League club's fans following his on-air spat with Rabbitohs chairman George Piggins.
DRAGONS Test prop Jason Ryles has done further damage to his injured hamstring and will be sidelined for 6-8 weeks an MRI scan revealed today.
THE Roosters have racked up their third win of the season putting away a sloppy Sharks outfit 40-20.
THE Wests Tigers have re-ignited their 2003 season with a comprehensive 38-12 victory over Manly at Brookvale Oval this afternoon.
SOUTH Sydneys woes have continued as has the Warriors strong start to the season. The Warriors ran out convincing 38-16 winners over a disappointing South Sydney side at Ericcson Stadium this afternoon.
ST George look set to renew their relationship with prodigal son Nathan Blacklock after Blacklock admitted he had met with Dragons coach Nathan Brown early last week to ask about a possible return to Rugby League.