WHILE few would argue that the ESL competition is currently more competitive than ever, this weekend reinforced the fact that there is still a clear division between the genuine contenders and the also-rans. After coming so close to springing upsets Warrington, Widnes and London fans must be crying in their beers, after their teams were mowed down by ?Big Four? opponents.
ST Helens coach Ian Millward attended a disciplinary meeting last night, and was told of the three charges under which he has been suspended on full pay.
IN THIS WEEK?S BULLS EYE COACH BRIAN NOBLE AND ROBBIE PAUL LOOK FORWARD TO SATURDAY?S POWERGEN CHALLENGE CUP ROUND FIVE GAME AT THE KC STADIUM BETWEEN THE BULLS AND HULL FC, WHICH IS UNDOUBTEDLY THE TIE OF THE ROUND
City vs Country 2005
Country Origin 22 v City Origin 29
SATURDAY June 19th - 2.30pm
Valley Cougars v Torfaen Tigers (Pontyclun RFC)
Cardiff Demons v Bridgend Blue Bulls (Taffs Well RFC)
Swansea Valley Miners v Aberavon Fighting Irish (Ystalyfera RFC)
THE Kiwis and Kangaroos could join forces in a match against English opposition in Britain during the time of the Tri-Nations rugby league tournament at the end of the year.
THE Dolphins returned to the winners circle in all three grades last weekend against Souths Logan while happy with the wins the club is still taking it one week at a time. The Dolphins face a massive challenge this weekend in all three grades playing North Queensland Young Guns in Queensland Cup and Easts in the lower grades.
The award winners last week were
Searles Garden Products Man of the Match
Keystar Motors Players Player
Hogs Breath Cafe Man of the Match
Leading Edge Sports Man of the Match
Results: Easts 30 d Toowoomba 22, Norths 66 d Brothers Valleys 12, Redcliffe 52 d Souths Logan 16, Tweed Heads 28 d Burleigh 26, North Queensland 31 d Wynnum 24, Central 34 d Ipswich 20.
Standings: Norths 18, Easts 18, Toowoomba 18, Burleigh 18, North Queensland 17, Wynnum 17, Redcliffe 16, Tweed Heads 12, Central 12, Ipswich 5, Souths Logan 4, Brothers Valleys 1.
THE UK?s most successful Rugby Club, World Champions, Bradford Bulls, will head for Dublin next week as part of their commitment to developing the game of Rugby League in Ireland
THE Sydney Roosters today announced the signing of St George Illawarra half back Brett Firman for three years from the 2005 season.
CANBERRA Raiders leading try-scorer Joel Monaghan was dealt a cruel blow yesterday when scans to an injured leg revealed evidence of a small fracture to the base of his knee.
THE brilliance of Melbourne Storm?s Billy Slater has steered Queensland to a thrilling four-point win over New South Wales in last night?s State of Origin II at Suncorp Stadium.
TELSTRA NRL PREMIERSHIP: Round 15
Friday 18 June 2004:
FRANCIS Meli will be a Warrior until the end of the 2006 season at least after agreeing to terms on a new deal on Thursday.
NORTH Queensland centre Paul Bowman will equal Peter Jones' club record of 131 first grade games for the club this Sunday when the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys play the New Zealand Warriors.