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.
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 Retchless is set this Friday to play his 200th game for London Broncos when they run out against St Helens at Knowsley Road.
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.
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;
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.
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.
PARRAMATTA Eels coach Brian Smith has named his squad to take on the Sharks on Saturday afternoon at Toyota Park.
Coach Smiths team is;
VODAFONE Warriors prop Jerry Seuseu still has an outside chance of playing for the club again before he finishes his NRL career.
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.
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.
NEWCASTLE Knights coach Michael Hagan has named his team to play the Manly Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval on Sunday afternoon.
Coach Hagans team is;
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.
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.
IF they snare a home final, the Dragons won't switch to Aussie Stadium but they won't necessarily play at WIN Stadium.