THE mental health of Bears supporters was the greatest concern for Burleigh coach Rick Stone after the Gold Coast club staged its third come-from-behind victory in a row.
MITSUBISHI Electric Bulldogs coach Steve Folkes has named Trent Cutler to make his National Rugby League debut this Sunday against the Cronulla Sharks at Toyota Park. The son of former Bulldog great, Stan Cutler, Trent has been named on the Bulldogs interchange.
SHARKS coach Stuart Raper has recalled the experienced front row pairing of Jason Stevens and Danny Nutley for Sunday?s blockbuster match up with the Bulldogs.
Stevens will play his first game since injuring a knee in a trial match against the North Queensland Cowboys in Mackay, while Nutley returns after missing the last two weeks due to suspension. The two will add plenty of starch to a Sharks pack keen to build on their impressive performance against the Parramatta Eels last weekend.
James Stosic, solid against the Eels, returns to Premier League, although his form in what was his NRL debut was noted by Raper and his coaching staff, with the former junior Kiwi sure to be given plenty of opportunities in the top grade as the season progresses.
Andrew Lomu, relatively quiet in the three Sharks matches to date in 2005, is the other player who will turn out for Newtown in the Premier League this Saturday, making way for Stevens and Nutley.
Raper has retained Paul Mellor and Reece Williams on the interchange bench, with Williams giving his coach no choice but to keep the 19-year-old in his team due to his outstanding form in the top side during the past two weeks.
Mellor also played strongly in the win over Parramatta, scoring a good try. He gives Raper some versatility on the bench, with Mellor being capable of covering positions in the outside backs as well as in the forwards.
Paul Gallen, cited for an indiscretion in a tackle last Saturday night, escaped suspension and will play at lock forward against the Bulldogs. Gallen was among the Sharks best in their win over the Eels.
The Sharks v Bulldogs match will take place at Toyota Park on Sunday afternoon, with the kick-off at 2.30pm. The Jersey Flegg clash between the Sharks and Bulldogs gets underway at 12.40pm.
The Newtown Premier League team will play the Bulldogs at Henson Park this Saturday, with that match beginning at 3pm.
The Sharks and Bulldogs match on Sunday is expected to attract a healthy crowd, however plenty of reserved seats were still available as of Tuesday afternoon. Sharks fans will get their first glimpse of teenage sensation Sonny Bill Williams, with Raper and his players intent on limiting his impact on the match.
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QUEENSLAND State of Origin forward, Corey Parker, is set to return to the starting side when the Brisbane Broncos clash with Melbourne Storm at Olympic Park this Saturday night.
THE Real Rabbitohs is pleased to announce its team to play the New Zealand Warriors in round four of the 2005 Telstra Premiership this Sunday, April 3, kicking off at 2pm NZ time (12 noon EST) at Ericsson Stadium.
NORTH Queensland Cowboys coach Graham Murray has named an unchanged line-up from the victory over the Warriors last Sunday to take on the Newcastle Knights at home on Saturday night.
MELBOURNE Storm coach Craig Bellamy has named a 19-man squad for this weekend's blockbuster against the Brisbane Broncos at Olympic Park.
Both teams have two wins from three matches and the twilight contest in Melbourne gives each an opportunity to consolidate its position in the top three teams in the Telstra Premiership after round 4.
The Storm, which defeated the Knights and the Dragons in the first two games of the Telstra Premiership season and lost to the Sea Eagles on Saturday, has made one change to its 19-man line-up; Jeremy Smith replaces Jamie McDonald and Ian Donnelly moves up the list to 17.
Prop Alex Chan (suspended for two games) and second rower Dennis Scott (knee) are still unavailable for Melbourne Storm.
Squad for Saturday's game:
1. Billy Slater, 2. Matt Geyer, 3. Steve Bell, 4. Matt King, 5. Jake Webster, 6. Scott Hill, 7. Matt Orford, 8. Robbie Kearns (c), 9. Cameron Smith, 10. Brett White, 11. David Kidwell, 12. Ryan Hoffman, 13. Dallas Johnson.
Interchange: 14. Antonio Kaufusi, 15. Glen Turner, 16. Cooper Cronk, 17. Ian Donnely, 18. Jeremy Smith, 19. Nathan Friend.
Coach: Craig Bellamy.
PENRITH Panther coach John Lang has named a strong line up to take on the Parramatta Eels on Friday night
IT was a week for backs, in particular our custodians in the competition, who have been shifted around to accommodate each other's good form. Not much up front, but this side oozes creativity.
WARRIORS coach Tony Kemp has named his side for Sunday's NRL clash against the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
CANBERRA Raiders halfback Lincoln Withers has been named to play against his old club the St George Illawarra Dragons on Saturday night, despite having facial scans this afternoon.
THE combined total for their two games last year against Wests reads 78-0, but two of the Roosters? standout performers in 2005 say they are expecting a torrid affair on Sunday afternoon against the in-formTigers at Aussie Stadium.
PARRAMATTA coach Brian Smith will be welcoming back his fullback Wade McKinnon for Friday nights
showdown with the Penrith Panthers at Parramatta Stadium.
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DRAGONS captain Trent Barrett will make his 2005 season debut this weekend when he returns from injury for the Dragons clash with the Raiders at Canberra Stadium.
NEWCASTLE Knights coach Michael Hagan has named his side to travel up to Dairy Farmers Stadium to face the in form Cowboys on Saturday night at 7.30 pm.