WITH the play-off teams decided understandably some of the top teams slackened the ropes a little in Round 15 of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup competition. The top three teams now sit equal on 24 points apiece.
THE Dragons welcome the return of Origin rep Shaun Timmins for their round 23 Telstra Premiership clash with the Sharks at Toyota Park this Saturday.
SYDNEY Roosters prop Todd Payten will find himself in the unique situation of being paid by three National Rugby League clubs when he plays for Wests Tigers from next year. The Tigers have announced Payten has agreed to terms with the joint venture club for the next two years.
INJURED Brisbane captain Gorden Tallis has admitted what many league fans are suggesting, by conceding the Broncos are missing Darren Lockyer's strike power.
TELECOMMUNICATIONS company Crazy John?s has engaged in talks with Melbourne Storm as Australia?s largest mobile phone dealer looks to step up its involvement with the Victorian-based NRL club.
SYDNEY Roosters coaching director Phil Gould has taken a swipe at the National Rugby League's salary cap following revelations Todd Payten has been squeezed out of the club.
MELBOURNE Storm five-eighth Scott Hill may make a return for this sunday's clash against Parramatta. He was last night waiting for a final medical clearance but there are fair indications that he has finally overcome the shoulder injury that he has had problems with for most of this season.
IN a big weekend of footy, Brisbane's woes continued at Suncorp, going down to the Mighty Panthers. The huge crowd looked on in amazement when, with ten minutes to go and eight points down, the once powerful Broncos outfit went for penalty goal against a tiring Panthers' defence. Apparently looking for an outside chance of extra time, the Broncos' hopes were dashed when Craig Gower slotted a decisive field goal in the dying minutes.
MANLY five-eighth Luke Williamson will miss Sunday's National Rugby League clash with the Bulldogs at Brookvale Oval after suffering a heavy bout of concussion.
CANBERRA will make a decision Tuesday morning on whether to contest a high tackle charge levelled against captain Simon Woolford that could see him miss three National Rugby League matches.
THE National Rugby League has warned clubs they face the loss of competition points if they field unregistered players after slapping the Bulldogs with a $10,000 fine.
ANDREW Hart returns from a one-match suspension for South Sydney's National Rugby League city derby with the Roosters at Aussie Stadium on Sunday.
THE Brisbane Broncos have agreed to terms with versatile New Zealand Warriors back Motu Tony for next season.
CANBERRA captain Simon Woolford and his South Sydney counterpart Bryan Fletcher have been suspended for two matches by the National Rugby League judiciary.