Golden point pointless says Bennett

QUEENSLAND coach Wayne Bennett believes a golden point in next Wednesday night's State of Origin game is pointless. He also says it's potentially an unwanted burden on the rugby league's best players.

Ikin sacks himself as kicker

UNDER fire Queensland five-eighth Ben Ikin has relieved himself of tactical kicking duties in next week's final rugby league State of Origin match in Brisbane.

English Based Kiwis Could Be Out Of Luck

NEW Zealand coach Daniel Anderson admits that he is unlikely to select any Tetley's Rugby Super League players for their Test Match with Australia this month. The Kiwis take on Australia at Telstra Stadium on Friday 25 July in the first of two trans-Tasman meetings this year.

Bartercard Cup - Round 11 Preview

ROUND 11 of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup starts off with the first game on Saturday afternoon between the Hibiscus Coast Riders hosting the visiting Wellington side. With the Raiders suffering their first loss of the competition in last week's round, they will be out to show their home crowd that it won't happen again and unfortunately for the Wellington side I feel they will be getting a thrashing. Hibiscus Coast Raiders vs. Wellington 12 July 2003, Stanmore Bay. Kick off at 2.30pm.

Bulls Eye

IN this week's Bulls Eye, Brian Noble and Joe Vagana look ahead to Friday's Tetley's Super League Round 18 clash at the New Shay when the Bulls take on Halifax.

News not good for Walker

MANLY hopes of springing an upset this weekend took a hit today, when goal kicking five-eighth Ben Walker was ruled out of the side to face the New Zealand Warriors on Saturday night. Walker had been named in the run-on side, but will now be replaced by youngster Luke Dorn.

Storm look to win without Kearns

INTERIM Melbourne Storm five-eighth Matt Geyer believes this week?s match-up against North Queensland at Olympic Park is the perfect chance to overcome a mounting statistic facing the club.

Dragons Hoping Stars Will Stay

ST George Illawarra coach Nathan Brown is "reasonably confident" the club can retain star players Shaun Timmins and Mark Gasnier.

Depleted Broncos kick off round 18 against Bulldogs

THE depleted Brisbane Broncos host the Bulldogs tonight when round 18 of the National Rugby League season kicks off at Suncorp Stadium.

Swann ruled out of Warriors match

A late change to the Warriors for Saturday night's NRL match against Manly at Ericsson Stadium.

Kearns unhappy with Storm's "modest" offer

NSW State of Origin forward Robbie Kearns is still awaiting a reasonable approach from Melbourne after receiving only a modest offer to stay with the National Rugby League club.

Warriors claim spoils in contest with Sea Eagles

AFTER a tough yet mistake-ridden first half resulting in a 0-all halftime score-line, the New Zealand Warriors have overcome the Manly Sea Eagles by 20-12 at Ericsson Stadium in Auckland.

Bulldogs on fire at Suncorp

THE Bulldogs travelled to Suncorp in Brisbane tonight and dealt the home side a harsh blow, beating them by 40-4.

O'Donnell heads north to join the Cowboys

THE North Queensland Cowboys have continued their impressive buildup for season 2004 with the signing of Wests Tigers back rower Luke O'Donnell for the 2004-05 seasons.

Round 18 preview

ORIGIN has again robbed of us one of the season's great highlights. The understrength Bulldogs play the very much under strength Broncos at Suncorp Stadium. Had this match been played outside the Origin series, a massive crowd would have been on hand to see two of the NRL's high intensity sides go head to head. I do realise Brisbane will be relying youngsters to get them home but the four Bulldogs players missing from tonight's game leave a gaping hole in their side, one which Wayne Bennett will capitalise on. Brisbane by 8.

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