(CURTAIN Raiser To Warriors vs Penrith)
Auckland Crowns vs Canterbury Ericsson Stadium, Auckland
Auckland Crowns 30
Robinson Godfrey, Mataika Vatuvei, Fabian Soutar, Dean Shepherd, Dion Leuila-Briggs, Joel Fitzgerald : Tries
Brett Clarke (3) : Goals
Lewis Brown, Daniel Metcalf, Michael O'Brien : Tries
Michael Jordan (4) : Goals
FOUNDATION Cup 16's
Waicoa Bay vs Auckland Sea Lions League Park,Ngaruawahia
Waicoa Bay 26
Tamahou Skipper, Mattew Wade, Issac John, Shaun Kenny-Dowall (2) : Tries
Mattew Wade (3) : Goals
Auckland Sea Lions 24
Eli Pillay, Sonny Fa'i, Saipani Aiolupo, Paul Tusa, William Peace : Tries
James Swalger (2) : Goals
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.
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.
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.
AFTER undergoing an MRI scan today, the original diagnosis of a torn anterior cruciate ligament to Knights skipper Andrew Johns has been confirmed.
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 3.
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.
THE Canterbury Bulldogs will lose their 4 competition points if their fans continue to brawl at Bulldogs games. This drastic measure was implemented by the National Rugby League in order to try and put a halt to the ongoing problems occurring with Bulldogs fans.
ANOTHER sensational round of NRL footy with the upset of the round going to the Eels who defeated the Knights 38-34; a match which saw no less than 12 tries scored.
IT was "a crazy sort of a game" as Johny Lang said in the postgame TV interview.
MELBOURNE Storm prop Alex Chan faces a two week stint on the sidelines after being charged with a grade one reckless high tackle on St George Illawarra?s Ryan Powell, during the first half of Sunday?s 28-point win over the Dragons.
THE Brisbane Broncos could be stripped of the competition points they earned against the Wests Tigers yesterday after confirmation that an investigation is underway into the possibility that the club had 14 players on the field at one point during the game.
MELBOURNE Storm coach Craig Bellamy has praised his player?s professionalism, following today?s 34-6 drubbing of the St George Illawarra Dragons at Olympic Park.
NEWCASTLE Knights captain Andrew Johns is anxiously awaiting the results of an MRI scan which will determine the full extent of a season-ending knee injury.