THE Maltese Rugby League Association (MRLA) welcomes all supporters of the Malta Knights, international rugby league and rugby league in general to join us in the new forum at www.malteserugbyleague.com
THE Canberra Raiders have announced today that they will play a charity cricket match against the Brumbies on a date in early February 2005.
THE results of the first R2K survey are in and the survey results provide an interesting snapshot into the mindset of St.George-Illawarra supporters on the eve of 2005.
LEEDS Rhinos' coach Tony Smith watched his young side lose 38-24 at York yesterday - but believes his players will be better for the experience.
BRADFORD star Stuart Fielden is safely back in England after narrowly escaping the tsunami disaster while holidaying in Thailand.
Great Britain forward Fielden and his friend, Keighley Cougars player Danny Ekis, were staying on the island of Phuket when the disaster struck.
THE Award winners from the round 5 clash with Brothers-Valleys at O'Callaghan Park last Sunday were
Searles Garden Products Man of the Match
Keystar Motors Players Player
ST George Illawarra Dragons skipper Trent Barrett has been ruled out of this Saturday's WIN Stadium match against the Bulldogs, succumbing to a hamstring injury for the fourth week running. His withdrawal effectively ends his selection chances for New South Wales in the first State of Origin match on May 26.
INJURED NZ Warrior player PJ Marsh has decded to have further surgery on his neck.
PENRITH Panthers hooker Luke Priddis has put rumours of a switch to the Sydney Roosters to rest by re-signing with the defending premiers for an extended period.
THIS was another case of what might have been for the Sydney Airport Jets, when they lost 40-26 to the second-placed Penrith-St.Marys Cougars at the Western Weekender Stadium on Saturday.
The Cougars, grand finalists in 2003, had led Newtown 24-8 after thirty minutes and looked like running away with the match. Converted tries to Newtown right on half-time and immediately upon resumption had the Jets back in the hunt at 24-20. Jets' second rower Bill Najjarin, centre Nelson Leon and winger Alf Duncan combined midway through the second half for what will have to be one of this season's most exhilarating tries. With barely ten minutes remaining on the clock and Newtown trailing 30-26, Duncan went agonisingly close to scoring after a thrilling dash down the left-hand touchline. The Cougars hit back quickly with a scrambling try from a miscued kick, and from that point took control of the game from the tiring Jets.
Newtown paid the price for a lopsided penalty count and for repeated defensive positional lapses on the left-hand side in the first half. The final scoreline gives no indication of what a desperately close struggle this match was and of the physical effort put in by the Newtown forwards. Second rower Phillip Leuluai had an exceptional game, highlighted by an amazing twenty-six hit-ups and some awesome tackling. Craig Field scored two smartly taken trademark tries and did everything he could to rally his team-mates. Bill Najjarin is back to his top form, and made some powerful surges wide of the ruck area. Five-eighth Luke Young, son of former Newtown half-back Phil Young, suffered a broken rib late in the second half and will be out of action for at least a month.
This team is more than capable of winning its fair share of games in the VB Premier League competition, but there are no points awarded for running a gallant second in the harsh reality of Rugby League football.
The Sydney Airport Jets are back at Henson Park this Saturday (April 17) when they take on neighbouring South Sydney in a VB Premier League local derby at 3.40pm. In the Jim Beam Cup curtain-raiser starting at 2.00pm, Newtown hosts The Entrance.
KIWI Cup 18's
Friday 16 April 2004 Wellington vs Auckland Crowns Westpac Trust Stadium, Wellington Kick Off 6.40 pm
(Curtain Raiser To Bulldogs vs Warriors)
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THE Tasman Orcas claimed their first international rugby league scalp while also ruining Russia's New Zealand debut with a 32-16 win at Trafalgar Park on Monday.
MOTU Tony remains confident of retaining his place in the Kiwi test team for the one-off clash with Australia despite missing Brisbane's past three games with a knee injury.