THE 2004 Powergen Challenge Cup Final will be held at The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, on Saturday 15 May, returning to Wales following the success of this year's event.
The showpiece game was held in Wales for the first time when Bradford Bulls met Leeds Rhinos a month ago, and was seen as a resounding success.
EELS fullback Brett Hodgson has been given permission to negotiate with rival clubs after his manager Darryl Mather approached the Eels with his client?s request. Hodgson?s manager has been in contact with the Wests Tigers who have $1 million to spend on recruitment this year and the Tigers are very interested in securing the services of Hodgson, a former Western Suburbs junior.
IN front of an enormous 20,280 screaming fans, the Penrith Panthers have extended their winning streak to seven matches, by defeating the New Zealand Warriors by 34 points to 12. In an awesome display of strength and skill, Penrith gave the Warriors no latitude to play expansive football and took full advantage of the high error rate from the visitors.
THE Parramatta Eels have accounted for the South Sydney Rabbitohs 28-4 at Parramatta Stadium tonight.
ROUND 12 began with the Raiders and the Sharks knocking each other senseless last Friday night. But despite scoring 3 tries to 2, the Sharks totally blew it and handed the match to Raiders. The win ended a 10 year hoodoo for Canberra at Toyota Park and have now grabbed back the number one spot on the ladder.
THE Sydney Roosters have beaten the Melbourne Storm 27-20 in a hard fought contest at Olympic Park this afternoon. The Storm led the Roosters 12-8 at the halftime break but tries to Craig Fitzgibbon and Craig Wing ensured the Roosters would not be denied.
THE Wests Tigers have beaten the Bulldogs 20-14 in one of the upsets of year.
QUEENSLAND rugby league selectors face an nervous wait this morning, with both Justin Hodges and Tonie Carroll placed on report yesterday.
BRISBANE Broncos utility and Queensland Origin selection Tonie Carroll has been charged with a grade one dangerous throw by the National Rugby League.
MELBOURNE Storm prop Robbie Kearns has labelled his selection for the NSW State of Origin side today as one of the greatest highlights of his career.
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THE Newcastle Knights have spoiled the Broncos home coming party with a comprehensive 32-22 victory at the newly renovated Suncorp Stadium. The Broncos opened ANZ Stadium in similar fashion back in 1993 when they lost their opening game to the lowly Parramatta Eels.
THE North Queensland Cowboys have comprehensively beaten the St George-Illawarra Dragons, downing them 36-16 at the Oki Jubilee Stadium this afternooon.
Leeds Rhinos bounced back from their defeat to Bradford Bulls and returned to the top of Super League - for 48 hours at least - with a 30-20 win at Wigan in a scintillating clash on Friday night.
Wigan eased into a 14-0 lead early on before Leeds cut the lead to two points at the break, but a nip-and-tuck second half saw tries to Danny McGuire, Rob Burrow and ex-Warrior Gary Connolly take the Rhinos home.
Widnes Vikings moved closer to the top six of Tetley's Rugby Super League with a comfortable 34-6 defeat of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats at The Halton Stadium on Saturday.
Wakefield have never defeated Widnes in five meetings since the Vikings were promoted to Super League last season, and that run never seriously looked like being ended.