WESTS Panthers displayed a lot of courage but in the end the Burleigh Bears proved too big to contain running out 58-14 winners in the ABC Television clash at Purtell Park. The scores were locked at 4 all following early tries to opposing centres Nick Shaw and Alfred Songoro but the Bears then raced in four further tries to lead 24-4 at half-time. A strong try to young Panthers prop forward Isaac Ah Mau early in the second term and a double to Songoro saw Wests trailing only 36-14 after 60 minutes of the match. Unfortunately fatigue was again a factor for the young Panthers with Burleigh adding four more tries to win comfortably. Big second rower Chris Nahi and Shaw notching doubles for the Bears. Skipper Adam Hayden capped a sparkling display in attack and defence to be named QRL man of the match.
DUE to the non-availability of several of our usual home game team, we desperately need helpers at Henson Park this Saturday.
RUGGED New Zealand Warriors forward Richard Villasanti will play for the Canterbury Bulls in their Bartercard Cup campaign opener against Taranaki at Rugby League Park on Saturday night.
CLEVER Canterbury Bulldog five-eighth Braith Anasta has to be the one that got away for fellow National Rugby League (NRL) club South Sydney.
MELBOURNE five-eighth Scott Hill will have to wait another week to make his return from a shoulder injury after being ruled out of the Storm's game against Cronulla this weekend. Hill injured his left rotator cuff in the club's stunning round one victory over the Sharks and has missed the Storm's past two matches.
RUGBY union convert Sam Harris is in line to make his National Rugby League debut this weekend after being added to the Manly bench for Sunday's game against St George Illawarra.
MELBOURNE winger Matt Geyer is aiming to cement the Storms round one victory over Cronulla by not allowing the Sharks to square the ledger this Saturday at Olympic Park.
MANLY second rower Mark Shipway has been found guilty of a dangerous throw at the National Rugby League judiciary.
THERE are only two undefeated sides remaining in the NRL leading into round five of the NRL Telstra Premiership and it is quite possible, even probable that neither will remain that way after this weekend.
NEWCASTLE'S State of Origin second rower Steve Simpson is undergoing surgery for a groin injury today and has been ruled out of National Rugby League action for six weeks.
VETERAN forward Andrew Gee will become only the fourth player in Brisbane's history to play 250 first grade games when the Broncos take on the New Zealand Warriors at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.
MELBOURNE Storm five-eighth Scott Hill will miss this weekends return clash with the Sharks at Olympic Park due to an ongoing shoulder injury suffered in round one.
DRAGONS captain Trent Barrett admits to feeling a "bit nervous" for his season kick-off against the Manly Sea Eagles at WIN Stadium this Sunday.
MANLY forward Mark Shipway will contest a dangerous throw charge at the National Rugby League judiciary tomorrow night.
SHANNON Hegarty's inclusion is the only change to the Sydney Roosters team to play North Queensland in Townsville on Saturday night.