The 'function' that discerns half backs

LET?S think of a game of chess for a moment. You have your pawns, your castles, your bishops, your knights and your coveted King and Queen. Each piece is placed on a chessboard where the objectives of all pieces are to protect their King, whilst attacking the other. Through all this the King is responsible for the movement of his troops across the battlefield as he so pleases. His organisational skills will ultimately determine whether he will win or loose a battle. Welcome to the life of a rugby league half back.

The Run Home to the Finals

SEVEN into four just doesn?t go, it?s as simple as that. As the NRL Telstra Premiership 2004 season embarks on its final month of regular season fixtures, to see who will secure those precious finals berths in the bottom half of the eight.

Steele by name, steel by nature

STEELE Retchless is set this Friday to play his 200th game for London Broncos when they run out against St Helens at Knowsley Road.

Young Lions go down in tour opener

QUEENSLAND Secondary Schools' XIII 52 v 10 BARLA Great Britain Young Lions Aspley Leagues Club, Brisbane

Williams seeks leave to appeal

MELBOURNE Storm?s Danny Williams has today sought leave to appeal the 18-match suspension handed down to him last week by the NRL judiciary for striking Wests forward Mark O?Neill.

Cowboys team to play Rabbitohs named

NORTH Queensland Cowboys coach Graham Murray has named his team to plat the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Dairy Farmers Stadium on Saturday night. Coach Murrays team is;

Rabbitohs team to face Cowboys named

THE Allight Rabbitohs is pleased to announce its teams for Round 23 to take on the North Queensland Cowboys this Saturday, August 14 at 7:30pm at Dairy Farmers Stadium.

Storm welcomes back Hill for clash with Raiders

MELBOURNE Storm five-eighth Scott Hill looks to have overcome a back injury that saw him miss last week?s 20-point loss to the St George Illawarra Dragons.

Eels name team to take on Sharks

PARRAMATTA Eels coach Brian Smith has named his squad to take on the Sharks on Saturday afternoon at Toyota Park. Coach Smiths team is;

Warriors squad named for Dragons game

VODAFONE Warriors prop Jerry Seuseu still has an outside chance of playing for the club again before he finishes his NRL career.

Bulldogs fans banned

BULLDOGS officials are to ban three spectators for periods between three and 15 months after North Queensland fans complained of being harassed after their NRL match on Sunday night.

Slater groin injury confirmed

SCANS have confirmed Melbourne Storm fullback Billy Slater is suffering from the ongoing groin injury osteitis pubis, with the condition set to remain for the rest of the season.

Smith asked to explain

ROOKIE Canberra winger Nathan Smith was stood down for two games, told to explain his behaviour to the Raiders' sponsors and left to legally fend for himself by the NRL club following his weekend arrest in Sydney.

Central Coast apply pressure

THE Gold Coast might be the hot favourite to secure a possible 16th franchise in the NRL but the Central Coast consortium believes it represents true-blue rugby league heartland.

WIN a loser come semis time

IF they snare a home final, the Dragons won't switch to Aussie Stadium but they won't necessarily play at WIN Stadium.

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