Lion Foundation NJC Round 5 fixtures / Competition standings

FOUNDATION Cup 16's Northland Raiders vs Auckland Sea Lions Eastern Park, Taipa (Far North) Kick Off 12.00 noon Canterbury vs Wellington Rugby League Park, Christchurch Kick Off 1.00 pm Auckland Crowns vs Waicoa Bay Cornwall Park, Auckland Kick Off 1.00 pm

Brave Jets take Dragons to the wire

THE Sydney Airport Jets might have lost 26-14 to St. George-Illawarra in the VB Premier League match played at Henson Park on Saturday, but they won plenty of admirers for this gutsy display. This match was a tough, physical encounter of a type rarely seen under modern Rugby League rules. The Dragons led 16-14 at the break after a fiercely contested first half, with both teams having scored three tries. Newtown's second half defensive effort was outstanding, but missed scoring opportunities and the inability to complete their sets of possession cost the Jets dearly in the end. Regardless of their errors, Newtown was in this game right to the death, with the Dragons' final winning margin being extended by a converted try in the last minute of play. Craig Field was once again Newtown's stand-out performer, and he is starting to form some good combinations with his new team mates. Former St. George junior representatives David Hall and Adam Bennett both had strong games against their old club. Tommy Gemmell, Troy Barnes and Chris Williams were among Newtown's best forwards, while tough Bill Najjarin was totally in his element in the rugged going. In VB Premier League action next weekend, the Sydney Airport Jets travel to Campbelltown to take on the Western Suburbs Magpies on Sunday, April 4, at 3pm. Newtown is at home to Ourimbah in the Jim Beam Cup at Henson Park on Saturday, April 3, with this match due to start at 3pm.

It?s Official: the NRL have lost the plot -Editorial

INCREDIBLE. That was the first word that came to mind when Channel 10?s Tony Peters announced that the NRL has decided to issue the Brisbane Broncos with a breach notice regarding Sunday?s game against the Wests Tigers. The NRL has deemed that replacement player Corey Parker ignored two directives from the NRL match officials to stay off the field until the heavily concussed Shane Webcke could be helped off the field of play. The breach notice declares that the Broncos will lose the two competition points they gained in the 32-24 victory at Campbelltown Stadium.

Opinion Piece: Kick The Bulldogs Out

IT?S a call I have heard so many times in the past few years, but one I have never agreed with: kick the Bulldogs out of the competition. Now, I?m one of the legion of people who believe the Bulldogs should not be playing in the toughest competition in the world.

Gasnier Rejoins the St.George Bank Dragons Line-up to Play Knights

INTERNATIONAL centre Mark Gasnier is one of two new faces in a reshuffled St.George Bank Dragons team named today to play the Knights in their round four Telstra Premiership clash at WIN Stadium this Sunday.

Panthers Team for Roosters Game

PENRITH Panthers coach John Lang will be a happier man this week with the knowledge his centre supremo , Ryan Girdler returns to his squad after missing the season start through injury. Girdlers timely inclusion will see the Panthers boosted to almost full strength for the top of the table clash with the red hot Sydney City Roosters at Telstra Stadium , 7-30 Friday evening.

Chan out for Broncos? clash

MELBOURNE Storm prop Alex Chan will miss the Storm?s first two road trips of the 2004 Telstra Premiership, after today entering an early guilty plea for a grade one reckless high tackle on Dragons hooker Ryan Powell.

Sydney City Roosters Squad For Panthers Game

SYDNEY City Roosters coach Ricky Stuart has named a strong squad to take on the reigning premiers, the Penrith Panthers on Friday evening at Telstra Stadium.

Panthers re-sign Lang

THE Penrith Panthers have been given a welcome boost ahead of Friday night?s blockbuster with the Sydney Roosters, with coach John Lang today re-signing with the club for a further two seasons.

Kennedy to skipper Knights

NEWCASTLE Knights coach Michael Hagan this morning named Ben Kennedy as the club?s replacement captain following the season-ending knee injury to Andrew Johns.

Johns to Undergo Surgery

AFTER undergoing an MRI scan today, the original diagnosis of a torn anterior cruciate ligament to Knights skipper Andrew Johns has been confirmed.

Raiders team named for Eels clash.

FONE Zone Canberra Raiders coach, Matthew Elliott, has today named his team for the Raiders Round 4 clash with Parramatta at Canberra Stadium this Saturday afternoon.

Leagueunlimited team of the round - Round 3

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 live updaters, we have put together what we think is the team of the Round 3.

Broncos to lose competition points

THE Brisbane Broncos are set to be stripped two competition points for an illegal interchange during yesterday?s victory over the Wests Tigers at Campbelltown Stadium.

Sharks Name Squad for Rabbitoh Game

THE Sharks will be looking to build on their victory over Manly last weekend with another strong performance this Saturday night against the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

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