SATURDAY, April 3
NSWRL Jim Beam Cup
Newtown v. Ourimbah
Kick Off: 3.00pm
Full catering available at Henson Park.
Sunday, April 4
NSWRL VB Premier League
Western Suburbs v. Newtown
Kick Off: 3.00pm.
THE closeness of the 2004 Queensland Cup race is exemplified by this week?s round, where four of the six matches are set to be played between teams on equal points.
HEAD coach Neil Wharton has named an unchanged line up for this weeks vital encounter with the North Queensland Young Guns at Dolphin Oval the side is.
8.Troy Lindsay (c)
LONDON Broncos look set to field the same team from last Sunday against Warrington Wolves at Griffin Park this Sunday.
Both teams are coming off wins - Warrington defeated Whitehaven 10-42 in the Challenge Cup Quarter Final and London defeated Salford 35-30 in what was a rescheduled Super League fixture.
This fixture pits last season's fifth (London) and sixth (Warrington) placed teams in the Super League.
In the three meetings between the Broncos and Wolves in 2003, Paul Cullen's men came out ahead 2-1.
At Wilderspool Warrington put 50 points past London, and in the two games played at Griffin Park the Wolves won one 8-29, while London won the other, 19-12.
As far as selection goes, Rea has few decisions to make - the injury list speaks for itself. Currently on that list are Mat Toshack, Rob Purdham, John Kirpatrick, Nigel Roy, Jon Wells, Rob Jackson, Francis Stephenson and Lee Sanderson.
The only player who might return is Nigel Roy, who missed last Sunday's game through injury (groin). Rea will give Roy a late fitness test closer to Sunday, but remains doubtful.
"I'm pretty sure it will be the same seventeen and that's fine," commented Rea. Adding: "We'll get on with the job. It's another home game for us and for our supporters to enjoy, and it's a game everyone should be looking forward to."
There was a lot that pleased me last week and we have once again put in the work this week, and Sunday will provide us with another opportunity to put that work into practice.".
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ROUND 4 - Team News:
MELBOURNE Storm trio Matt Orford, Scott Hill and Cameron Smith have been selected for the 25-man preliminary Australian squad for the Anzac Test against New Zealand in Newcastle on Friday 23 April.
BARLA Great Britain Young Lions v France
Sunday 18th April 2004
Robin Park Arena, Wigan
Kick Off: 2.00pm
?3 Adults - ?1 Concessions
WILL round four answer more questions than it asks? I'm not so sure and after three rounds of the NRL, only a couple of things are certain, the Roosters and Penrith are the real deal once again, Manly still can't tackle and the Cowboys have taken out a mortgage on the wooden spoon after two narrow losses at home.
THE Wests Tigers have come away with the points in Townsville following a gutsy 18-8 victory over the North Queensland Cowboys tonight.
RAIDERS five eighth Mark McLinden returned to his best form since the Super Mac days of the late 1990's as the Canberra Raiders outmuscled the Parramatta Eels 26-12 in a scrappy affair at Canberra Stadium.
REIGNING premiers Penrith Panthers have dominated the Sydney Roosters with a comprehensive 22-6 victory at Telstra Stadium tonight.
SOUTH Sydney have won a drama charged and sometimes spiteful match 36-12 over an extremely disappointing Cronulla side at Aussie Stadium this evening.
IN this week's Bulls Eye, Brian Noble and Stuart Reardon look ahead to Sunday's Tetley's Super League Round 4 clash at Odsal when the Salford Reds are in town to take on the Bulls.
WHEN the St.George-Illawarra Dragons don the jersey of the Illawarra Steelers in round 6 at Wollongong, the Dragons will be commemorating a Club that has a hefty financial debt with the St.George Leagues Club.
PENRITH look set to lose former test centre Ryan Girdler at the completion of this season with the club veteran planning to retire, according to a Sydney newspaper.