VRL Round 4 Results

1ST Division

NSW squad a distraction: Hagan

NEWCASTLE coach Michael Hagan - who will be Wayne Bennett's assistant in this year's State of Origin series - has questioned NSW's decision to select a preliminary squad so far away from the opening game on June 11.

25-man NSW State of Origin squad

THE preliminary 25-member NSW squad for the rugby league State of Origin series beginning June 11 has been selected. Centre's Mark Gasnier and Matt Gidley have been included after previously being snubbed, along with rookie prop Ryan O'Hara after his stirring performance on Friday night for Country. The squad will be trimmed back to 17 a week before the game with a lot of attention placed on the five-eighth position now that Trent Barrett has been injured and overlooked. Braith Anasta would be the obvious replacement with Craig Wing possibly providing some versatility off the bench in that area.

Complacent and inept Jets savaged at Bear Park

WHILE this game might have been Newtown's first visit to historic North Sydney Oval in twenty years, all of Sunday's celebrations belonged to the Bears. The Sydney Airport Jets turned in a collective shocker in this Premier League competition match, with North Sydney winning their first game of the season by 28-18. The Bears thoroughly deserved their victory by out-enthusing Newtown, making fewer errors and by punching holes through some rather brittle Newtown backline defence. The Jets fought back to trail 24-18 late in the second half, but missed opportunities and individual lack of discipline brought them undone. Best players for the very out of sorts Jets were Billy Najarrin, Tabua Cakacaka (who was placed on report, and is likely to miss next Saturday's game against his former club Canberra), Nathan Marles and Russell Richardson (whose two tries kept Newtown in the game). The Jim Beam Cup match away to Woy Woy was cancelled due to the waterlogged ground, and will probably be played in late August. The Sydney Airport Jets are drawn away this coming Saturday (May 24) to the Canberra Raiders at Seiffert Oval, Queanbeyan, while Newtown's Jim Beam Cup team travel to Erina.

Wiki cleared of high tackle charge

CANBERRA forward Ruben Wiki has been cleared of a careless high tackle by the National Rugby League judiciary.

Dragons will not appeal NRL fine

A sub-committee of the St George Illawarra Dragons Board decided today not to appeal against the NRL's decision to fine the club $10,000 yesterday.

Dean Byrne named as Barrett's replacement

PREMIER League captain Dean Byrne has been named as replacement for the injured Trent Barrett at five-eighth in this Sunday's match against the Rabbitohs at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Ankle Injury Forces Barrett to Sit Out Season 2003

INTERNATIONAL five-eighth and Dragons captain Trent Barrett is not expected to play again this season after arthroscopic surgery on his troublesome right ankle today revealed deep ligament damage, requiring the ankle to be pinned.

Barrett could be out for season

ST George Illawarra captain Trent Barrett is expected to miss the rest of the National Rugby League season after surgery on his right ankle revealed deep ligament damage.

Warriors Make 2 Changes For Raiders Clash

TWO changes to the Warriors starting line up for this Friday's NRL clash with the Raiders in Wellington.

Orford Named For Eels Clash

MELBOURNE Storm has named star halfback Matt Orford in the side that will take on the Parramatta Eels this Saturday at Parramatta Stadium (5.30pm).

Gallop backs referee despite sacking

NRL boss David Gallop has thrown his support behind referee's coach Robert Finch and says the standard of officiating is better than ever despite another day of axings and unrest in the refereeing ranks.

Manu gone for 2, Wiki and Smith to front judiciary tonight

WESTS Tigers forward Willie Manu will miss two National Rugby League matches after pleading guilty to a grade three careless high tackle charge.

Wiki To Fight High Tackle Charge

KIWIS and Canberra Raiders veteran Ruben Wiki will fight a high tackle charge that could see him miss three weeks of National Rugby League (NRL) action, starting with Friday night's clash with the New Zealand Warriors in Wellington.

Anderson is happy with his players

THE NZ Warriors are working hard to secure the majority of their player roster for 2004. With just over a month before anti-tampering restrictions come off on June 30, coach Daniel Anderson said the club had already sealed deals with two players.

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