NIGHTMARE. That single word that sums up the Origin debut of Justin Hodges. His selection for game two, by virtue of Clinton Schifcofske?s wooden performance in the opening game of the 2002 series, was seen another shrewd investment in the Maroons myth. Unfortunately for Queensland selectors, the leap of faith shown by selecting Hodges was not repaid in kind. Two risky and inexact in-goal passes from the debutant resulted in NSW tries.
FOREWORD: I was lucky enough to have a conversation with Bulldogs teenage superstar, Sonny Bill Williams, during the infamous Coffs Harbour investigations, and a few months after the Director of Public Prosecutions, Nicholas Cowdery Q.C, stated that there was insufficient evidence to charge any of the players. This article has been designed to show the public the mixed emotions that were felt by Sonny Bill Williams and his team-mates during the toughest time as his career.
RUGBY League is a game of many traditions. The Dragon?s Red V. The JJ Giltinan Shield. The Haka before every Anzac Test. These elements of our game have stood the test of time. The Dragons have undergone major restructure with Illawarra. Yet the Red V continues to run out at Kogarah. The JJ Giltinan Shield continues to grace the foyer of the Minor Premiers, and our friends from across the ditch still dance their way into battle.
OTAHUHU Ellerslie are set to take on North Harbour Tigers in the first game of the weekend on Saturday afternoon. The loser will be eliminated from the 2004 competition with the winner going on the face either Mt Albert Lions or Marist Richmond Brothers next weekend.
THE Wests Tigers have bowed out of the finals race after losing 26-16 to the Newcastle Knights at Energy Australia Stadium this evening. With Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins in attendance, the Knights put on a terrific display to welcome the worlds most beautiful woman back to her home town.
THE St.George-Illawarra Dragons Premier League side have defeated the Canterbury Bulldogs 34-6. Yesterday's result secures the lower grade minor premiership for the Dragons, denying the Sydney Roosters who are on equal competition points. The Dragons, with the best attack and defence in the competition, will secure first spot on the Premier League ladder regardless of other results.
THE Penrith Panthers have come away convincing winners over the Brisbane Broncos, defeating the visitors 46-20 in front of a huge crowd at Penrith Stadium tonight.
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HERE are the sides that will take the field for the Redcliffe Dolphins this weekend
WARRINGTON Wolves have extended the contracts of the following players:
THE West Indies Rugby League is proud to announce that Australian based Kombat Clothing has become the official kit and apparel supplier for all West Indies sides for the next two years. Kombat Clothing currently provides kits for Papua New Guinean and Tongan national sides, as well as the referees in the National Rugby League, and has been very quick in developing a reputation for quality.
THE Brisbane Broncos have dominated the Sydney Roosters with a convincing 26-14 victory at Aussie Stadium tonight.
HAPPY Easter everyone. A quick preview for round five, starting with tonight?s game between the Roosters and Broncos at Aussie Stadium. The Roosters have six top line players out through injury and suspension and I believe the Broncos will take full advantage in what should be a bruising encounter. Brisbane are slowly finding their feet and should have enough ammunition to inflict a second straight defeat on the Roosters and give Ricky Stuart some more sleepless nights. Broncos by 10.
THE season of 1993, kicked off with the Coca Cola World Sevens at the Sydney Football Stadium. 24 teams competed in the tournament, unfortunately the defending champions Wigan couldn?t make the trip down under, but there other classy and skillful teams including the internationals. Such as France, Western Samoa, Fiji, Port Moresby (PNG), South Africa, Russia, USA and a team from New Zealand (Wainuimata) were not only to learn but to entertain. The highlights included a swan dive from South Africa's Jacob Steemag against Easts, the Americans gridiron skills, Fiji's getaway speedsters like Noa Nadruku who was an unlikely top tryscorer in the Winfield Cup of 1993. Canberra coach Tim Sheens later signed him.
JUNIOR Langi gets a call up into the Eels top side this week with Ronald Prince out with injury and Jamie Lyon on indefinite leave. Matt Petersen, who has been playing centre, will move to the wing to make way for Langi who preformed well in his only outing in the NRL so far this season against Newcastle 2 weeks ago. Langi will have the tough job of marking Adam Macdougall who is in some of the best form of his career and could be a bolter for the Anzac test team.
Langi played first grade at the Melbourne Storm at Centre, Wing and Fullback and has plenty of talent. If he can keep ?Mad-dog? quiet it could produce a win for the Eels who are 2-2 so far in 2004.