SEASON 2004 promised so much for the Brisbane Broncos. They silenced their critics by beginning the year strongly after their disastrous finish to 2003 (when they lost their final eight matches), and unearthed one of the game?s next superstars in teenage fullback Karmichael Hunt. The world?s best player Darren Lockyer made the switch from fullback to five eighth with consummate ease and the Broncos were right in contention for the minor premiership. But then the post origin curse struck again.
ST Helens coach Ian Millward was a relieved man after his side battled bravely to record a hard-fought 34-24 Engage Super League victory against Huddersfield at Knowsley Road.
SUPER League newcomers Leigh are still looking for their first win of the season after being handed another harsh lesson on life in the top flight with a 32-6 home defeat to Salford.
HULL coach John Kear was delighted with his side's 32-10 win over Warrington in their Engage Super League encounter after fighting off the spirited visitors.
BRADFORD coach Brian Noble paid tribute to the character of his players after they fought back from 27-12 down to snatch a thrilling 28-27 victory over Wigan at the JJB Stadium.
VETERAN centre Terry Hill will meet with Manly management this week over his immediate future with the Sea Eagles.
WARRIORS prop forward Richard Villasanti is expected to be fit for the NRL club's round 1 premiership opener against Manly after initial scans cleared him of a neck injury.
TERRY Hill, in his 2nd outing for the Sea Eagles, bagged a hat-trick of tries in a blistering 16-minute period to ensure his new club Manly triumphed 26-16 in an NRL trial against St George Illawarra at Albion Park.
NEWCASTLE Knights halfback Andrew Johns made a successful return from a knee injury at Gosford Stadium.
AN outstanding performance from skipper Darren Lockyer has guided Brisbane to a come-from-behind 26-20 win over Canberra in their second pre-season trial clash at Toowoomba's Clive Berghofer.
FULLBACK Brent Webb and left winger Francis Meli each bagged three-try treats as the Vodafone Warriors put 11 tries on the New Zealand President?s Selection at North Harbour Stadium today.
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THE Roosters went down to the Penrith Panthers by 34 points to 12 earlier tonight in their second and final pre-season trial of 2005.
MELBOURNE scored 24 unanswered points in the second half to hammer North Queensland 30-18 in an NRL trial at Barlow Park in Cairns.
CENTRE Willie Tonga scored a hat-trick of trys as NRL premiers registered their first win of the year.