ENERGYAUSTRALIA Stadium will host the Women's Rugby League State of Origin (NSW v Queensland) this Saturday afternoon.
WHEN Hayden Karena left the Wai-Coa-Bay Stallions in May for the Central Queensland Comets, they were unbeaten in New Zealand rugby league's national competition.
SATURDAY 31st July
THE Mighty North Sydney Bears Flegg team had a timely return to form, with a first class performance against the Parramatta Eels despite the wet and greasy conditions at North Sydney Oval on Saturday. In fact, both teams should be
commended for their enterprising play in conditions not suited to expansive football. The Bears started well with a fine run down the left wing by Josh Lewis who managed to beat a couple of defenders and then threw a nice pass to
Bryce Poisel who was tackled as he took the ball. But he managed to break free and had to crawl on his hands and knees to finally cross the try line for a 4-nil lead. The Bears followed it up with a fine run from Brett Law who laid on a brilliant inside ball to backrower Jacob Martin who scored under the posts to extend the Bears' lead to 10-nil. From the ensuing kick off the Bears received back to back penalties to find themselves deep on attack. A couple of tackles later, Mahana Tai found himself on the end of a pin point accurate
grubber kick to have the Bears out to a 14-nil lead after only 20 minutes. A brief loss of focus proved costly for the Bears as a couple of missed tackles lead to 2 tries in five minutes to the Eels to cut the Bears lead to 14-10.
Just prior to half time, the Bears were able to regain the momentum of the game with Jacob Martin's second try after great lead up work from Lee Te Maari and with a fine conversion by Johnny Russell had the Bears charging into the
half time break with a 20-10 lead.
THIS Saturday the North Sydney Bears are at home to the St George Dragons in Jersey Flegg and St George/Illawarra in Premier League.
THE National Secondary Schools Rugby League Knockout Championship will run throughout August and September 2004. The school teams taking part in the Nationals have earned their place by playing in Secondary School competitions in their areas throughout New Zealand and now go forward to compete for the 2004 champions title.
Last years champions, Kelston Boys High School, will this year, get a very tough draw as they were surprisingly beaten in a very close final by St Paul's College 14-12 who have rebuilt their side this year to take out the Auckland Provincial Title.
Wainuiomata High School have, again, dominated the Wellington region and could be a very good bet to make the final, if they can get passed Canterbury's Aranui High School who have had a very strong Rugby League side in the past.
Northland College are not to be under estimated either, and could prove to be the dark horse of the competition after their upset in the Northland Provincial final when they beat Whangarei Boys High School.
Teams have been seeded on the competition format in each province and St Bernard's College, Otaki College and Hamilton Fraser College are the new schools to take part this year.
NRL TEAMS & FIXTURES - ROUND 21
(Teams subject to change)
30 July ? 01 August 2004 (AEST time)
Fri 7:30: BULLDOGS v PANTHERS
Sat 5:30: SHARKS v BRONCOS
Sat 7:30: COWBOYS V DRAGONS
Sat 7:30: EELS v TIGERS
Sun 2:30: SEA EAGLES v RAIDERS
Sun 3:00: RABBITOHS v KNIGHTS
Sun 3:00: STORM v ROOSRERS
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RUGBY league's refereeing saga took another twist on Wednesday when it emerged the NRL could start next year's competition using the interchange system.
In front of 900 guests at the Westin Hotel in Sydney earlier tonight, the Bulldogs Rugby League Football Club announced the 'Berries to Bulldogs' - 70 Year Team of Champions to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Club.
THE Canterbury Bulldogs have beaten a weakened Penrith Panthers side 46-20 at Telstra Stadium.
ST George Illawarra captain Trent Barrett and centre Mark Gasnier were involved in a car crash in Wollongong but emerged unhurt.
WORLD Cup-winning rugby league coach Chris Anderson is the new coach of Welsh rugby union side Newport-Gwent.
ST George Illawarra's Nathan Blacklock has been ruled out of tomorrow night's clash with the Cowboys in Townsville.
MELBOURNE prop Robbie Kearns may be forced to play the remainder of the NRL season with double vision in his left eye.
LAST weekend produced some of the closest results of the season, with two games going to golden point to decide the winner and both matches had finals ramifications. This weekend promises more of the same with some mouth-watering matchups so let?s get cracking.