Brisbane Rugby League A Grade poised for exciting finish

THERE are 6 clubs still vying for a top four finish in the 2003 Mixwell Cup Competition with only one round remaining.

Forum Sevens: Life?s Injustices

THE Haka is a common fixture in the International sporting arena today. Interpreted as a war dance, the Haka (Ha = breath, Ka = to ignite) is a way to “ignite the breath, energise the body and inspire the spirit”�, to prepare the body, mind and soul for the upcoming battle. Many have had the prestigious honour of leading the Kiwis Haka but none more awe-inspiring and somewhat fearsome, than Tawera Nikau. ‘T', in full cry, with his mullet flying, eyes bulging and tongue protruding, could make the hair on the back of your neck stand on end and this was before the ensuing battle had even begun. Unfortunately, due to a feud with Richie Blackmore stemming from a dispute between their wives, Nikau's career with the Kiwis came to an abrupt end in 1997 after donning the black jersey on 19 occasions between 1989-97 and, apart from an impromptu Haka in the shed after Melbourne's 1999 Grand Final win, we were only to see Nikau lead the Haka in the sporting arena again, during the World Cup (2000) as Captain of the Aotearoa Maori side.

Dominant Four to show attacking flair

THE top four clubs in the Mixwell Colts Challenge will have a last chance to flex their muscles before they meet in semi final football. In this weekend's final round each of the top four play clubs they should easily account for.

Brisbane Rugby League A Grade poised for exciting finish

THERE are 6 clubs still vying for a top four finish in the 2003 Mixwell Cup Competition with only one round remaining.

NSWRL Premier League - Round 20 Preview

THE first match of the round sees the Dragons take on the Magpies at WIN Stadium. The Dragons have made several changes from last weeks side, the most notable is the loss of Ryan Powell who will make his first grade debut. He will be replaced by Peter Ellis. The Magpies have brought Peterson into halfback, pushing Levy onto the interchange bench. They?ll be hoping the change can turn around their fortunes after last week?s loss to the Cougars. If they suffer defeat this week they could find themselves falling as far as 9th spot with the finals just around the corner.

Bartercard Cup - Semis time

THE first round of the semi finals for New Zealand's Bartercard Cup start tonight when the Hibiscus Coast Raiders take on the Eastern Tornadoes at Ericsson Stadium, kick off at 7.45pm. Which ever team loses tonight will be out of the competition for 2003. The Raiders will need to find their earlier form to take on the Tornadoes who have certainly looked impressive at the right end of the competition. The win the Tornadoes had the last time these two sides met, in Round 10, will certainly give them confidence however the Raiders have been through finals football many times before and know they have to lift their game to win. A tough game to call a winner, but definitely some good football ahead for the spectators.

Round 24 NRL preview

IT'S past crunch time for the Dragons as they cling to a very slim chance of making the finals after two very disappointing losses in their last two starts. The job ahead of them tonight is a big one but by no means beyond them when they take on the Melbourne Storm at WIN Stadium. The Storm are in the finals for the first time in three years and look to be getting stronger by the week but I don't think they will ger the points tonight. A loss will rule them out of the top four which means they have to win on the road to claim their second premiership and I don't think they are that good. Dragons by 10.

A game of two halves

IT was a game of two halves. An old clich? but one that rang true in the Dragons and Storm clash. Melbourne eventually won 22-14 but did their best to squander a very comfortable halftime lead.

Talau Arrives In Britain

ST Helens have welcomed Willie Talau to Knowsley Road, with the former Canterbury Bulldogs centre arriving in the UK on Thursday. Talau was released by the Bulldogs earlier this week to link up with Saints earlier than initially planned, having signed a three-year contract which would have begun in 2004.

RFL Unhappy With Quota Ruling

THE Rugby Football League is taking legal advice over a landmark ruling by the European Court of Justice which will wreck plans to reduce the number of overseas players in the British game. Super League clubs are in the process of bringing down the overseas quota from five to three over the next two years.

Smith A Warrior Till 2004

WIGAN prop Craig Smith has extended his contract at the JJB Stadium until the end of 2004. The New Zealand international was brought to the club to replace Neil Cowie and played a key role for the Warriors last season.

McNamara Set for Bulls Return

POWERGEN Challenge Cup holders Bradford Bulls have announced that former Loose Forward, Steve McNamara will return to the club in a Coaching capacity next season.

Firman out of tonight's clash - replaced by Byrne

OUTGOING Premier League captain, Dean Byrne [pictured] will wear the No.7 jersey following reports that St George Illawarra halfback Brett Firman has pulled out of tonight's round 24 WIN Stadium clash against the Melbourne Storm.

Smith Wont Say Die

PARRAMATTA coach Brian Smith refuses to hoist the white flag but captain Nathan Cayless concedes the Eels now need to build for the 2004 National Rugby League (NRL) season.

Tony Will Be Aiming To Impress

BRISBANE-BOUND Motu Tony is relishing the challenge of becoming the first born and bred New Zealander to impress at the National Rugby League (NRL) heavyweights.

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