ROUND - 5, Sunday 6th June 2004.
ROOSTERS, NSW and Australian legend Brad Fittler has answered the call and has made himself available for selection for NSW in the second State of Origin Match to be played at Suncorp Stadium on June 16.
RESULTS from Henson Park, Saturday, June 5th.
NSWRL VB Premier League.
TAWERA Nikau's Stallions travel to Henham Park, in Auckland, today to meet Otahuhu, coached by former stand-off James Leuluai, in round seven on the Bartercard Cup national rugby league competition.
THE Redcliffe Dolphins must beat Souths Logan this Sunday to keep in touch with the top 5 in the Queensland Cup. After 5 losses in 6 weeks the Dolphins have gone from competition leaders to crash to 7th place.
WIGAN maintained their stranglehold over St Helens at the JJB Stadium with a crushing Super League win on Friday.
The Warriors notched up their 12th successive home victory over Saints to exact some revenge for their Challenge Cup final defeat three weeks ago.
LEEDS extended their lead at the top of the Tetley's Super League after a fine first-half display against Bradford.
The Rhinos took control with two tries in the space of four minutes from Keith Senior and Willie Poching.
MELBOURNE Storm has cast aside injury to record its fourth successive National Rugby League victory tonight, downing the Wests Tigers 30-24 at Olympic Park.
NORTH Queensland?s chances of making the National Rugby League top eight for the first time in their history have taken a major blow, with inspirational forward Glenn Morrison expected to miss the rest of the season.
THE Manly Sea Eagles scored one of the upsets of the season by defeating the Penrith Panthers 20-12 on a beautiful day at Brookvale Oval.
ON a cold wintry Auckland afternoon in front of the vocal Ericsson faithful, the NZ Warriors have finally shown the form most people expect to see. The move with Stacey Jones back to the halfback role, and Villasanti in the Number 11 jersey certainly paid dividends as the NZ Warriors team played the full 80 minutes against a Raiders side who were just as hungry for the win as the Warriors were.
A picture says a thousand words. In this case it was the Cronulla Sharks and their fans embracing as they overcame the Brisbane Broncos 30 to 22 at Suncorp Stadium this afternoon.
The game didn?t go all the Sharks way however as the Broncos forwards dominated their less fancied counterparts in the early stages, leading 12-nil after just 12 minutes.
As the game went on, the Cronulla side grew in confidence throwing the ball around and making metres through the middle of the ruck.
PENRITH coach John Lang has denied that star halfback Craig Gower will return to the side for their crucial match with St George-Illawarra at Penrith Stadium on Friday night.
LUKE Davico has been ruled out of Friday's Origin trial against City at Gosford after breaking a rib in a rugby league practice match at The Entrance last night.
SATURDAY MAY 8
Redcliffe Dolphins v Ipswich Jets, 2.10pm, Dolphin Oval
ABC Televised match of the round...Redcliffe is coming off its first loss of the season, while Ipswich is coming off its first win?The Jets will be missing three-quarter Gordon Rattler who broke his collarbone in the 38-8 victory against Tweed Heads?However, long-time North Queensland Cowboy Kyle Warren is fit for the visitors despite some concern about his knee?Redcliffe coach Neil Wharton has tinkered with his forwards, sliding forward mainstays Danny Burke and Grant Flugge back to bench and promoting Nathan Sologinkin and Gavin Cooper to the starting 13?Nathan Black has been elevated from the Dolphins? Mixwell Cup side and will play the reserve hooker role usually filled by Matt Anderton?The rivalry between these two clubs has grown since a heated grand final in 2002, with Wharton predicting several weeks ago that Trevor Gillmeister?s Jets would lift in time to face his club?Since the Queensland Cup began in 1996 Ipswich has never won at Dolphin Oval, amounting to a string of 10 successive losses on the peninsula.