IT'S crunch time. With another fine win under Cronulla's belt, the time for tough decisions has arrived.
THE Cronulla Sharks have withstood a second half revival from the Newcastle Knights, winning 34-26 at EnergyAustralia Stadium today.
MELBOURNE Storm has retained the services of highly sought after Kiwi forwards David Kidwell and Alex Chan, after both players today agreed to stay with the club beyond the 2004 season.
IN a high scoring match at Brookvale Oval in front of a very vocal Sunday afternoon crowd, the Bulldogs have come away with a hard fought win over the Sea Eagles by 50-32. Fourteen tries in all were scored by the two teams.
LAST week-end's victory for the MAGPIES over Brothers-Valleys was celebrated with wins in the Colts and the Mixwell Cup A grade teams as well. The highlights of last week-end were the reversal of form for the promising players in the Colts team. Former Souths champion forward and Colts Coach, Chris Phelan, found himself digging deep into his playing and coaching experience to remedy the unexpected early form of his young chargers. A change of position for Tanu Wulf from centre to five-eight saw a spirited effort from the former Tully Tiger and a glimpse of what the Souths supporters have been waiting to see. Phelans' Colts will have a chance now to continue with their new found energy and prove their potential as future Queensland Cup players.
LONDON Broncos will go into Thursday night's home game against Wakefield with news that young hooker Neil Budworth has extended his contract for another two seasons, and that the exciting Jon Wells will make a welcome return.
FANS attending Bradford Bulls match with St Helens on Monday 12th April, kick off 12.35pm, are in for a quadruple Easter treat!
WORKINGTON Town forward Bryan Hendry, from Ardrossan, has been named captain of Scotland for Friday?s opening game in the European Under-19s Rugby League Championships against Wales in Aberavon. London Skolars? Keir Bell, formerly with London Broncos, is vice captain. Hendry trained with the full Scotland squad ahead of last November?s European Nations Cup clash with Ireland at Old Anniesland before signing for Workington where he has already played against Leeds Rhinos in the Powergen Challenge Cup.
FRIDAY 9th April 2004
THE Bulldogs announced a list of security measures aimed at ensuring there would be no repeats of the violent crowd scenes that blighted the club's recent clash with the Sydney Roosters.
THE Brisbane Broncos have apologised to the National Rugby League for the "disruption and angst" caused by the 14-man furore - but is committed to press ahead with its appeal.
PENRITH Panthers centre Ryan Girdler has confirmed that he will retire at the end of the season, ending speculation about his future.
CRONULLA forward Phil Bailey said the Sharks' disciplinary problems had nothing to do with former coach Chris Anderson, who parted ways acrimoniously with the club at the end of last season.
MELBOURNE'S backline depth will be put to the test this weekend when the Storm take on the National Rugby League premiers without three of their first-choice outside backs.
SIMMERING tension between last year's NRL grand finalists spilled over yesterday when Sydney Roosters coach Ricky Stuart hinted Penrith was playing games over the severity of Luke Swain's injury.