THE English U18 Acadamy side bult up a solid lead before beating the Junior Kiwis 22-20 in an age group rugby league international at North Harbour Stadium on Sunday.
THE 2004 RLI Conference final next Saturday will be an all Dublin affair after both Clontarf Bulls and Dublin Blues successfully negotiated their respective semi finals. At Castle Avenue, Clontarf gave Waterford Vikings a lesson in finishing, running out 44-14 winners. Despite a gallant fight from the Vikings, the Bulls were too strong on the day, Paul Mullins scoring two of Clontarf's eight tries.
BRIDGEND Blue Bulls face Aberavon Fighting Irish in the Welsh Grand Final on Saturday at Aberavon Greenstars RFC (kick-off 2.30pm).
TONY Rea has made a couple of team changes as the Broncos prepare for their game at the Halton Stadium on Sunday.
Andrew Hart will today have season-ending surgery after injuring his knee at Griffin Park last Sunday. The back-rower will be out for six months.
Russell Bawden looks set to return for what will be his first game since rejoining the Broncos from UTC and he will come in as a direct swap in the front row for Richard Moore who has returned to Bradford.
Jim Dymock, who has missed the last six games, returns from his own knee trouble to replace Hart.
Despite the personnel disruptions, it's been a buoyant week in training,says coach Tony Rea:
"These issues are nothing new to us."
We've done all we can to prepare as best we can and we're looking forward to taking that out onto the field."
Team as follows for Widnes game:
Wells, Greenwood, Roy, O'Halloran, Kirkpatrick, Sykes, Moran, Bawden, Budworth, Trindall, Retchless, Stringer, Purdham: Highton, Stephenson, Dymock, Jackson.
THE Newcastle Knights have staged a gutsy second half effort to defeat the Canberra Raiders 20-14 at EnergyAustralia Stadium tonight.
IN slippery and sometime very wet conditions in Auckland, the Broncos have finally come away with a win over the Vodafone Warriors 21-14, the first time at Ericsson Stadium since 2000.
TODAY'S Sydney Morning Herald (7/8/04) has confirmed that OKI Jubilee Stadium could host a night final if the Dragons can finish in the top four.
THE Canterbury Bulldogs have scored too late tries to defeat the North Queensland Cowboys 36-16 at the Sydney Showground today.
IN an entertaining and enthralling match, the Cronulla Sharks have cause one of the biggest upsets of the year, defeating the much fancied Sydney Roosters by 26 to 12 at Aussie Stadium today.
1. Stop the Rot on television tonight!
THE Wests Tigers have renewed hopes that this year will be the year they break their finals duck with a 56-6 demolition of the South Sydney Rabbitohs in front of a ground record crowd at Leichhardt Oval this afternoon.
WITH 23 points overall, Cowboys? forward Paul Rauhihi still leads the field in the 2004 Leagueunlimited.com player awards. But with just four rounds remaining, the challenge has been thrown down with Dragons? half back Mathew Head and Bulldogs? prop Steve Price both scoring maximum points and moving into second place. They join last year?s winner, Storm half back Matt Orford on 20 points.
THE Penrith Panthers have handed out a footballing lesson to the Manly Sea Eagles racking up a 72-12 cricket score at Penrith Stadium tonight.
CURRENT Castleford back, Paul Mellor, has signed a deal which will see him return to the Cronulla Sharks in 2005. Mellor, a Shark between 1999 and 2002, originally left the Shire amid controversial circumstances amid the tenure of former coach Chris Anderson.
BRIDGEND Blue Bulls 66 Valley Cougars 16