SATURDAY, March 19
THIS weekend sees the half way point in this, all too short, competition. Two rounds left after this Saturday and teams in the top four of the six team competition are desperate to get that, all important, number one spot. Finishing first means a home semi-final against the fourth placed team and a huge advantage to make the final.
Currently, in both Foundation Cup and Kiwi Cup, the Auckland Crowns are ruling the roost, but only on points difference. The Canterbury Kiwi Cup side are proving to be something of a dark horse, right behind the Crowns and they have the advantage of playing them at Rugby League Park in Christchurch in Round 4, having already toppled the highly fancied Auckland Sea Lions on the same ground.
The games of the week, this weekend are undoubtedly the clashes between the two Auckland sides, in both grades, at North Harbour Stadium this Saturday. In the Foundation Cup, the Auckland sides hold positions one and two with only twelve points differential between them.
A Zuid (South) Holland representative side are set to face English Nat3 visitors Pro Plumb Essex Eels on saturday March 19th in the Dutch town of Hoek van Holland.
THE Australian Police Rugby League is pleased to announce the first ever tour of Argentina by any Rugby League-playing nation.
THE Dolphins A Grade side got out of the gates with a good win over Norths at Bishop Park last Sunday. With so many new faces it was a real testament to Coach Ian Graham and his players to "gel" so quickly. It is too hard to name a stand-out with all 17 players contributing to a good performance. This weekend sees the side take on last years premiers Easts at Dolphin Oval on Sunday which should be a good contest based on last weeks hit out.
REGISTRATIONS have commenced here at Souths Juniors once again for Season 2005. Season 2005 sees two official trials to take place prior to the commencement of the competition proper.
YES The Mighty Bears are top of the table and determined to stay there as they travel down to WIN Stadium to challenge the Dragons in both Premier League and Jersey Flegg. Watch the sparks fly in as the Bears come up against a former team mate from Norths' 2004 semi-final Jersey Flegg team centre Lee Te Maari, who has been named in the Dragons' Premier League team. Rumor also has it that the Dragons will ensure a beefed up forward pack including former Roosters player Willie Tupou.
IN Bulls Eye this week, Brian Noble and Karl Pratt look ahead to Friday's Engage Super League Round 6 game at Odsal when high flying Hull FC are visitors to take on the Bulls.
PAUL Cullen has named his 20 man squad to face the Huddersfield Giants in Round 6 of the Engage Super League this Sunday, kick-off 3pm.
WIGAN welcome back Great Britain winger Brian Carney for his first appearance of the season after recovering from an ankle problem and second rower Harrison Hansen also returns from a knee injury. Youngsters Joel Tomkins and Dave Allen make way.
LONDON Broncos, unbeaten at Griffin Park this year, will have to do without their most experienced Broncos player for the rest of the season.
FOLLOWING last week's 30-minute blitz of St George Illawarra, Bulldogs superstar Sonny-Bill Williams was carried off the field with ankle and knee injuries sustained in a tackle involving Dragons centre Matt Cooper. The more serious of the injuries was the knee - thought to be a partially torn medial ligament, and although it was considered minor, it was enough to keep him off the field for the rest of the game.
COWBOYS 24 v BULLDOGS 12
Raiders 39 v Knights 14
IN a double-blow to Brisbane, Test players Petero Civoniceva and Tonie Carroll have been ruled out of tomorrow night's game against the New Zealand Warriors at Suncorp Stadium.