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NRL TEAMS & FIXTURES - ROUND 21 (Teams subject to change) 30 July ? 01 August 2004 (AEST time) Fri 7:30: BULLDOGS v PANTHERS Sat 5:30: SHARKS v BRONCOS Sat 7:30: COWBOYS V DRAGONS Sat 7:30: EELS v TIGERS Sun 2:30: SEA EAGLES v RAIDERS Sun 3:00: RABBITOHS v KNIGHTS Sun 3:00: STORM v ROOSRERS FOR LIVE SCORE UPDATES, CLICK ON LINKS=>
Friday 30th July 2004 CANTERBURY BULLDOGS v PENRITH PANTHERS Telstra Stadium (7:30PM) Referee: Paul Simpkins Video Referee: Stephen Clark Touch Judges: Steve Chiddy, Paul Kalina BULLDOGS: Luke Patten; Hazem El Masri, Willie Tonga, Jamaal Lolesi; Braith Anasta, Brent Sherwin; Tony Grimaldi, Andrew Ryan, Willie Mason, Mark O'Meley Adam Perry, Steve Price (c). Res: Corey Hughes, Roy Asotasi, Dennis Scott, Sonny Bill Williams. PANTHERS: Rhys Wesser; Amos Roberts, Luke Lewis, Paul Whatuira, Luke Rooney; Preston Campbell, Craig Gower (c); Trent Waterhouse, Shane Rodney, Danny Galea, Martin Lang, Luke Priddis, Tony Puletua Res: Frank Puletua, Richaed Fa'aoso, Ben Rogers. Last clash: Panthers 40-29 (Rnd 12, 2004 Penrith) Leagueunlimited.com tip: The Bulldogs to win a close one with the Panthers coming off a bye.
Saturday 31st July 2004 CRONULLA SHARKS V BRISBANE BRONCOS Toyota Park (5:30PM) Referee: Jason Robinson Video Referee: Chris Ward Touch Judges: Jason Weinstein, Shayne Hayne Touch Judges: Paul Kalina, Matt Cecchin SHARKS: David Peachey; Nathan Merritt, Nigel Vagana, Ryan McGoldrick, David Simmons; Greg Bird, Jason Kent; Phil Bailey, Andrew Lomu, Sam Isemonger, Danny Nutley (c), Matt Hilder, Jason Stevens. Res: Michael Sullivan, Chris Beattie, Paul Gallen, Matt Bickerstaff, Matthew Rieck (one to be omitted). BRONCOS: Karmichael Hunt; Scott Minto, Brent Tate, Shaun Berrigan, Craig Frawley; Darren Lockyer, Casey McGuire; Tonie Carroll, Dane Carlaw, Gorden Tallis (c), Petero Civoniceva, Michael Ryan, Carl Webb. Res: David Stagg, Darren Mapp, Brad Meyers, Neville Costigan, Corey Parker, Stuart Kelly (two to be omitted). Last clash: Sharks 30-22 (Suncorp Stadium Rnd 13, 2004) Leagueunlimited.com tip: The Sharks hard run home continues with an in-form Broncos expected to win.
NTH QLD COWBOYS V STGEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS Dairy Farmers Stadium (7:30PM) Referee: Tim Mander Video Referee: Graeme West Touch Judges: Russell Turner, Gavin Badger COWBOYS: Matt Bowen; Neil Sweeney, Josh Hannay, Paul Bowman, Ty Williams; David Myles, Nathan Fien; Travis Norton (c), Steve Southern, Luke O'Donnell, Shane Tronc, Aaron Payne, Paul Rauhihi. Res: David Faiumu, Rod Jensen, Leigh McWilliams, Mitchell Sargent, Michael Luck (one to be omitted). DRAGONS: Ben Hornby; Nathan Blacklock, John Carlaw, Matt Cooper, Reece Simmonds; Trent Barrett (c), Matthew Head; Dean Young, Ben Creagh, Mark Riddell, Jason Ryles, Lincoln Withers, Brent Kite. Res: Michael Henderson, Bryan Norrie, Tony Jensen, Aaron Wheatley, Ashton Sims, Henry Perenara (two to be omitted). Last clash: Cowboys 14-12 (WIN Stadium Rnd 13, 2004) Leagueunlimited.com tip: Home team Cowboys in the top eight after some solid showings but might find the going tough here. Dragons in a close one.
PARRAMATTA EELS V WESTS TIGERS Parramatta Stadium (7:30PM) Referee: Steve Lyons Video Referee: Mick Stone Touch Judges: Allen Foster, Steve Nash EELS: Wade McKinnon; Ashley Graham, Junior Langi, Luke Burt, Matt Peterson; Daniel Wagon (c), Chris Thorman; Lee Hopkins, Craig Stapleton, Nathan Hindmarsh, Michael Vella, Shane Muspratt, Corey Pearson. Res: Justin Tsoulos, Dean Widders, Jack Afamasaga, Adam Peek, Michael Witt (one to be omitted). WESTS TIGERS: Brett Hodgson; Jason Moodie, Daniel Fitzhenry, Shane Elford, Pat Richards; Michael Buettner, Scott Prince; Scott Sattler, Mark O'Neill, Ben Galea, John Skandalis, Darren Senter (c), Todd Payten.Res: Dene Halatau, Bryce Gibbs, Bronson Harrison, Robert Mears, Anthony Laffranchi (one to be omitted). Last clash: Tigers 33-6 (Leichhardt Rnd 12, 2004) Leagueunlimited.com tip: A four point round tipped for the Eels who have the bye next week.
Sunday 1st August 2004 MANLY-WARRINGAH SEA EAGLES V CANBERRA RAIDERS Brookvale Oval (2.30pm) Referee: Stephen Clark Video Referee: Paul Simpkins Touch Judges: Paul Holland, Steve Carrall SEA EAGLES : Brett Stewart; Scott Donald, Chris Hicks, Albert Torrens, Nick Bradley-Qalilawa; Andrew Walker, Michael Monaghan (c); Steve Menzies, Sam Harris, Anthony Watmough, Jason King, Chad Randall, Daniel Heckenberg. Res: Kylie Leuluai, Luke Williamson, Solomon Haumono, Shayne Dunley. RAIDERS: Clinton Schifcofske; Nathan Smith, Adam Mogg, Joel Monaghan, Michael Robertson; Matthew Gafa, Mark McLinden; Jason Croker, Ian Hindmarsh, Ruben Wiki, Luke Davico, Simon Woolford (c), Ryan O'Hara. Res: Troy Thompson, Brad Drew, Michael Weyman, Jarred Lawrence, Tyran Smith (one to be omitted). Last clash: Raiders 48-22 (Canberra Rnd 12, 2004) Leagueunlimited.com tip: Raiders expected to overcome some early Manly resistence.
SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS V NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS Aussie Stadium (3.00pm) Referee: Tony Archer Video Referee: Phil Cooley Touch Judges: Glen Jackson, David Abood RABBITOHS: Garth Wood; Shane Marteene, Lee Hookey, John Sutton , Wes Tillott; Owen Craigie, Joe Williams; Ashley Harrison (c), Shane Rigon, Bryan Fletcher (c), Luke Stuart, Shane Walker, Scott Geddes. Res: Paul Stringer, David Fa'alogo, Mark Minichiello, David Thompson, Willie Manu (one to be omitted). KNIGHTS: Robbie O'Davis; Craig Hall, Matt Gidley, George Carmont, Anthony Quinn; Kurt Gidley, Steve Witt; Michael Ennis, Ben Kennedy, Clint Newton, Matt Kennedy Danny Buderus (c) Josh Perry. Res: Andrew Price, Regan Tanner, Adam Woolnough, Matt Parsons, Todd Lowrie, Blake Mueller (two to be omitted). Last clash: Knights 24-8 (Newcastle Rnd 8, 2004) Leagueunlimited.com tip: After a series of losses at home, the Knights are tipped to get the money at Aussie.
MELBOURNE STORM V SYDNEY ROOSTERS Olympic Park Melbourne (3.00pm) Referee: Sean Hampstead Video Referee: Chris Ward Touch Judges: Pat Reynolds, Matt Cecchin STORM: Billy Slater; Matt Geyer, Steve Bell, Ben MacDougall, Matt King; Scott Hill, Matt Orford; Dallas Johnson, Stephen Kearney (c), David Kidwell, Kirk Reynoldson, Cameron Smith, Rodney Howe. Res: Ryan Hoffman, Glen Turner, Dustin Cooper, Antonio Kaufusi, Cooper Cronk (one to be omitted). ROOSTERS: Anthony Minichiello; Gavin Lester, Ryan Cross, Justin Hodges, Chris Walker; Brad Fittler (c), Brett Finch; Luke Ricketson, Craig Fitzgibbon, Chris Flannery, Peter Cusack, Craig Wing, Jason Cayless. Res: Chad Robinson, Stuart Webb, Ned Catic, Anthony Tupou. Last clash: Roosters 27-20 (Olympic Pk Melb Rnd 12, 2003) Leagueunlimited.com tip: Melbourne set to get one up on Sydney in what will be a rugged encounter.
New Zealand Warriors have the bye.