MAKE sure you catch a replay of the Parramatta Eels and the Cronulla Sharks farce at Parramatta Stadium.
ONE of sports fundamental principles, is that the competition should be fair and without discrimination, a concept embodying the highest of ideals. In short, drugs, privilege or position should not be a determining factor in success.
THE issue of crowd behaviour is much-debated topic. In the best interests of league, the NRL wishes to hand the game back to its fans and attract families back to the games, but is this possible nowadays? The Answer…Yes.
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.
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.
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.
THE Parramatta Eels have reigned supreme 74-4 over the Cronulla Sharks amid extreme controversy at Parramatta Stadium this evening. Referee Shayne Hayne sent two Sharks players from the field for different reasons including captain David Peachey for dissent and also sent Danny Nutley to the sin bin for ten minutes and the Eels went on a try scoring rampage, bagging 14 in total with five to Jamie Lyon.
AN impressive display by the Penrith side at their home ground lead to their 44-28 victory over the Tigers and consolidate their spot in the Top 4.
BRISBANE has suffered a severe body blow on the eve of its National Rugby League showdown with the Warriors losing tireless Kiwi Test hooker Richard Swain to illness.
KIWIS rugby league hooker Richard Swain is having trouble figuring out why the Brisbane Broncos are not on their usual winning streak.
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.
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.
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WESTS Tigers are tough and dangerous and John Lang knows it.
PRACTICALLY overshadowed by the clamour for prime Rugby World Cup seats, the National Rugby League (NRL) yesterday warned time was running out to secure tickets for its grand final.