MAD Butcher Grading Round
"IT was with great sadness that I heard about the death of Welsh Rugby League legend, Trevor Foster, who passed away today, Saturday 2 April 2005, aged 90.
"I had the pleasure of dining with the great man at Cardiff City Hall last year when he was inducted into the Welsh Sports Hall of Fame. This was a memorable evening and I found him to be nothing less than a perfect gentleman and a teller of many great stories about the game.
HERE are the results of the NSWRL competition matches played at Henson Park on Saturday, April 2nd.
BRADFORD Bulls are today in mourning for one of their greatest ever servants, Trevor Foster. Trevor, who celebrated his 90th birthday last December, died peacefully in hospital this morning with members of his family by his side, his son Simon said today. Last Wednesday Trevor was at his beloved Odsal to launch his biography, a launch that was attended by many people from the game of Rugby League as well as his children and grandchildren.
WHOEVER would have thought it? Four rounds into the competition, and the ladder almost seems back to front. Manly and the Raiders sit firmly in spots one and two, and our glorious Sharks find themselves fifth on the ladder.
SHARKS 26 v BULLDOGS 12
ROOSTERS 26 v TIGERS 32
WARRIORS 46 v RABBITOHS 14
THIS week?s match at Browne Park in the Central capital will present the Magpies with a chance to address last week?s performance.
THREE born-and-bred Scottish players have been named in the Great Britain Students Rugby League squad to play France and Australia. Ardrossan?s Brian Hendry, Dougie Flockhart from Heriot Watt University Edinburgh and Calum Anderson of Peebles have all been selected for GB Students, despite playing in the Scotland Under-19 side at the Student RL Championships rather than the seniors event.
BULLDOGS coach Steve Folkes believes it's way too early for Sonny-Bill Williams to play international rugby league - but nobody told that to New Zealand selectors.
AFTER his team piled on eight tries at The Jungle on Tuesday night, London Broncos coach Tony Rea has a snippet of advice for any opposition that might underestimate his team's ability.
Following Tuesday's emphatic victory there were some saying 'a side like London' should not have the ability to score eight tries.
Well, if you listen to Tony Rea, that's exactly where the Tigers got it so wrong: "Perhaps they went into the game with that type of mindset, and they simply read us wrongly."
I think there is a clear lesson to be learned here, read us wrong at your peril."
London will not take the 'wrong read' on Widnes, a team that has hit form over the Easter weekend with two very good wins, against Warrington and Hull FC in the space of just four days.
"They are team with many talented players and must be respected", Rea added.
London's form against the Vikings last year was sound, wining two of the three contests. Widnes won the first game at Halton Stadium 32-22, London won their home game on the road in Aberavon 40-18 and then beat Widnes again 40-0 away in September.
Rea is hopeful that Andrew Hart will be fit to play, although there is no guarantee: "We are still monitoring him. He's had a very severe case of the flu and has not trained all week.
If he doesn't make it, it will be the same seventeen. If he does get the nod, then I will take one off the bench."
Still out injured for London is Mat Toshack, Rob Purdham, Francis Stephenson, Rob Jackson, Lee Sanderson, John Kirpatrick and Mark O'Halloran.
A win for London could seem them climb above the Vikings on the table.
Team as follows:
Paul Sykes, Jon Wells, Nigel Roy, Tommy Haughey, Lee Greenwood, Scott Murrell, Dennis Moran, Steele Retchless, Neil Budworth, Mitch Stringer, Joe Mbu, Andrew Brocklehurst, Jim Dymock
Substitutes: Dave Highton, Steve Trindall, Andy McNally, Jonny Williams, (Andrew Hart)
Tickets to the Widnes game can be bought through the ticket office (0871 222 1657), online at www.londonbroncos.co.uk or at the game on the day. All adult advance tickets attract a ?2 discount. Kick off is at 3pm.
London's home game against Bradford Bulls on Monday 3rd May will now kick off at 12.35pm. It was scheduled to kick off at 8pm.
EVERY year I expect the big guns of the competition to hit their straps in round six. Players have match fitness and the first five rounds all teams get to learn the ins and outs of playing together on a weekly basis but this year getting an idea on form has been very difficult but I?ll have a shot this week and see how we go.
DANNY McGuire ? Great Britain?s new rising star ... QLD halfback questions ... Ben Harris ? forgotten hero ... ANZAC Test Team
A small crowd of 13, 772 in Wellington witnessed the resurgence of the Bulldogs of old to defeat the NZ Warriors by 24-18 keeping the Warriors without a win against them in Wellington.