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
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.
THE National Rugby League is expected to introduce penalties against clubs who can't control their fans in a board meeting phone conference tomorrow.
KANGAROO front-rower Richard Villasanti has been cleared to return to action in the Vodafone Warriors team named today by Daniel Anderson to take on the Manly Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval this Sunday afternoon.
RAIDERS coach Matthew Elliott has a tough job on his hands for this weekend's National Rugby League clash against Parramatta at Canberra Stadium.
THERE will be no legal action over the Owen Craigie affair at South Sydney, with the club today announcing that Craigie and coach Paul Langmack had settled the matter privately.
PARRAMATTA Eels coach Brian Smith has named his team to take on the Newcastle Knights at Parramatta Stadium , Saturday at 7-30 pm.
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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.
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.
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 coach Ricky Stuart has named a strong squad to take on the reigning premiers, the Penrith Panthers on Friday evening at Telstra Stadium.
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.
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.
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.
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.