MAD Butcher Fox Memorial Premiership
THE Mt Albert Lions started their Mad Butcher Fox Memorial campaign in winning style today at Grey Lynn Park today, defeating the Richmond Bulldogs, 42/28.
EAST WALES 14 - WEST WALES 12
QUEENSLAND Cup front-runners Burleigh Bears have handed out a 60-10 hiding to second-placed Norths Devils at Bishop Park today.
THE NORTH SYDNEY BEARS are holding an 'Origin Legends Night', for State of Origin 1 on Wednesday May 25 at 6.30pm.
RESULTS of today?s NSWRL VB Premier League match played at the Western Weekender Stadium, Saturday, May 21st.
WIGAN have appointed Ian Millward as head coach on a three-year contract.
CARETAKER boss Dave Rotheram says St Helens will be out to impress new coach Daniel Anderson when they take on Widnes at the Halton Stadium on Saturday.
GIANTS clinch historic victory, Rhinos see off battling Centurions, and St Helens clinch close-fought win.
WARRINGTON ready to attack, McNally fires warning to players, and Broncos and Reds announce squads.
FULLTIME score: Round 11
WESTS TIGERS 28 CANBERRA RAIDERS 16
PENRITH PANTHERS 22 v CRONULLA SHARKS 30
MELBOURNE STORM 16 v CANTERBURY BULLDOGS 26
IN recent years we've seen premiership winning teams decimated in the next few years as a result of the salary cap. Take our last two NRL premiers for example, the Bulldogs and the Panthers.
When the Panthers won the premiership in 2003 they had up-and-coming stars such as Luke Lewis, Luke Rooney, Joel Clinton, Ben Ross and Trent Waterhouse. Since the 2003 win these five players have all gone onto play representative football. As their impression in the game rises, so does their pay.
Last season we saw Bulldogs stars Sonny Bill Williams, Willie Tonga and Andrew Ryan all rise to fame and the representative arena. Like the Panthers, as these players started to gain recognition for their performances, their contracts had to reflect such an increase.
The salary cap is supposed to enforce a fair and level playing field, but this begs the question, is the salary cap fair to those clubs that are successful and produce representative players?
Surely the answer to that question is no.
SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS 16 v NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS 34