ROUND 13 of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup competition handed out a few surprises with some of the top five teams getting a bit of a nudge from lower placed clubs. High scores seemed to be the nature of the beast as tries came thick and fast all weekend.
LEEDS consolidated their grip on the Super League on Sunday with a 46-28 win over Wakefield, while Hull underlined their claims for a second place finish with a hard-earned 25-14 victory over champions Bradford.
MELBOURNE Storm trio Matt Geyer, Rodney Howe and Matt Orford will all celebrate significant milestones when the Storm takes on the St George Illawarra Dragons at WIN Stadium this Friday night.
FONE Zone Canberra Raiders coach, Matthew Elliott, has resisted making changes to his team, despite their lacklustre showing against the Sea Eagles in Sydney last Sunday.
FORMER Queensland Origin halfback Paul Green has been named in a 19-man Broncos squad for this weekend?s clash with the New Zealand Warriors in Auckland.
WESTS Tigers will step back in time this weekend with the side wearing the original Balmain Tigers Jersey from the 1980?s.
NEWCASTLE Knights coach Michael Hagan has named his starting line-up for Saturday evenings game at Energy Australia Stadium in Newcastle.
This game has all the trademarks of a blockbuster with both teams desperate for competition points with the semis nearing increasingly closer.
Coach Hagan?s team is;
MITSUBISHI Electric Bulldogs coach Steve Folkes has named the same line-up that accounted for the Panthers last weekend for the Dogs clash with the North Queensland Cowboys at the Sydney Showground this Sunday.
NORTH Queensland Cowboys coach Graham Murray has named his team to take on the Bulldogs at Sydney Showgrounds on Sunday afternoon.
The Cowboys are in a rare patch of form lately and the Bulldogs would best be on their gaurd as the Cowboys surge toward their maiden semi final spot.
Coach Murrays team is;
ST.GEORGE Bank Dragons coach Nathan Brown has named an unchanged starting line-up to play the Storm at WIN Stadium this Friday night.
PENRITH Panthers coach John Lang has named a beefed up squad to take on the Manly Sea Eagles at Penrith Stadium on Saturday.
This week sees the return of the 2 Kiwi forwards, Galuvao and Puletua to give the Panthers pack some much needed go forward.
Ryan Girdler is still out with injury.
Coach Langs team is;
CRONULLA Sharks coach Stuart Raper has named his lineup to take on the Roosters at Aussie Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
This game sees the return of Sharks pivotal playmaker Brett Kimmorley back from injury.
Coach Rapers team is;
WESTS Tigers Head Coach, Tim Sheens has announced his squad for the game against the Rabbitohs, on Sunday 8th August 2004 at Leichhardt Oval. Kick off is at 2.30pm.
SYDNEY City Roosters coach Ricky Stuart has named his team for Sunday afternoons game at Aussie Stadium against the Sharks.
Coach Stuarts team is;
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THE weekly column here at Leagueunlimited is to highlight what we here on the site think are the best players in each round of the 2004 NRL competition.
Based on the opinion received from the Leagueunlimited.com live updaters, we have put together what we think is the team of the Round 21.