Andrew Johns comeback sparks NSW victory

FULLTIME score: STATE OF ORIGIN II New South Wales Blues 32 v Queensland Maroons 22

Slater and Smith share special day

THIS Saturday is a special day for the Melbourne Storm. Not only are the boys taking on the 2003 Premiers, the Penrith Panthers at Olympic Park. But two of the Storm?s star players are celebrating their 22nd birthdays, Queensland State-Of-Origin pair Billy Slater and Cameron Smith.

State of Origin II - Preview

WEDNESDAY night will mark the second act of the Origin masterpiece played out within the sanitary confines of Homebush Bay where the NSW Blues trail the QLD Maroons by an intercept try in extra time.

Johns v Lockyer - Origin 2

TONIGHT'S second Origin may be a promoter's dream, but Queensland captain Darren Lockyer says his latest battle with champion Blues half Andrew Johns is not a "world title".

Tough Going

THE chips are down. Backs are to the wall. Blood is being spilt. Rules and bones are being broken. Legs are like cement blocks. The gas tank is down to the last droplet. OHHHHHHHHHH YEAHHHHHHHHHHHH. (Insert Tim ?The Tool-man? Taylor grunt here. Well, we are talking about Origin, so insert 5 grunts.) I can?t imagine watching a better scenario for any side. Nothing beats it.

Manly Supporters: Our Secret Garden

THE Manly supporters are out in force this year, and why wouldn?t they be? Written off as wooden spoon contenders before the season started, they have come out as a surprise packet, firmly entrenched in the top 4. I was lucky enough to catch up with some of the Sea Eagle?s hardcore faithful, and this is what they?ve had to say about the rise and rise of the Silvertails in 2005: ?Un-****ing-believable! They really stuck it to us in the pre-season, but we?ve shown them. Carn the Mighty Sea Eagles!!!?

Warriors fans vote with their seat

WIGAN Warriors are pleased to report an average attendance of 14.080 in 2005 after nine engage Super League games at the JJB Stadium.

Sculthorpe back for Saints

GREAT Britain captain Paul Sculthorpe will return for St Helens? engage Super League home game against London Broncos on Friday.

Calderwood says goodbye to Rhinos

LEEDS Rhinos have revealed that England winger Mark Calderwood will leave the club at the end of the season after the club and player failed to agree a new contract.

Jason Cayless tempted by Anderson

SYDNEY Rooster and Kiwi Test prop Jason Cayless could be a Saints' player next season.

Wolves snap up Rauhihi

WARRINGTON have clinched the signature of North Queensland prop Paul Rauhihi on a two-year deal starting next season.

Win a BBQ with Matty Johns at VBLEAGUE!

IT?S every Rugby League lover?s dream to meet his favourite player. But the opportunity to have a BBQ and a nice cold VB with him ? well, that?s something money just can?t buy.

Rooney to miss a week

A corked thigh will keep Luke Rooney out action for at least one week.

Anasta prepared to test the market

BRAITH Anasta's manager Greg Willett says the Origin five-eighth will reject any proposed deadline to re-sign with the Bulldogs when contract negotiations are reopened on Thursday.

Travis Norton returns

NORTH Queensland Toyota Cowboys Captain Travis Norton will return to the playing field this Saturday in the Queensland Wizard Cup when he lines up for the Toyota Young Guns against Burleigh at Pizzey Park Brisbane.

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