WITH Saints running dead last after 4 rounds, leaking 38 points per match, the question I am being continually asked is ?what do you think is wrong with the Dragons?? and after much thought here is my two cents worth.
ANTHONY Griffin said he derived no extra pleasure from beating old club Souths Logan, as the new Redcliffe coach oversaw a 44-16 win against the Magpies at Dolphin Oval on Sunday.
CANTERBURY could be in the midst of a mumps outbreak, with injured utility Reni Maitua and football manager Brad Clyde infected with the virus. This comes after the news that Test stars Sonny Bill Williams and Willie Tonga have been for blood tests to discover whether they might have it as well.
FIVE weeks ago, everyone had pencilled the Roosters? down for an easy win against the Raiders in Canberra on Sunday afternoon. But after a bizarre start to the first four rounds of the NRL season, eraser sales have surged to record highs as the Roosters seek to avoid their third consecutive loss this week against the competition leaders.
DRAGONS representative centre Mark Gasnier will make his 2005 season debut this weekend when he returns from injury for the Dragons clash with the Sea Eagles at WIN Stadium.
PARRAMATTA Eels coach Brian Smith could be forgiven for feeling just the slightest shade confident as his side fronts up to a struggling Brisbane Bronco pack at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
WARRIORS coach Tony Kemp has named Lance Hohaia to start at standoff for the Warriors in Saturday night's NRL clash with the Wests Tigers at Jade Stadium in Christchurch.
NORTH Queensland Cowboys head coach Graham Murray has named a strong side to travel to Cronulla to play the Sharks on Saturday evening at Toyota Stadium.
ST George Illawarra utility Shaun Timmins has joined North Queensland winger Matt Sing in officially retiring from representative football. But new Manly lock Ben Kennedy has decided otherwise, indicating his availability for NSW and Australia.
THE Redcliffe Dolphins already without skipper Troy Lindsay also have lost veteran prop Adam Starr Qld u'19 second rower Gavin Cooper and the speedster Joel Barnes for todays clash with the Central Comets at Dolphin Oval but on the positive side it has allowed coach Neil Wharton to call up some players from second grade.
The Club's April player of the month Luke Bishop
will come into the side along with debutants Mark Brown and Liam Georgetown.
Georgetown a speedy winger has been a pointscoring machine in Rob Campbell's A Grade team. While Brown adds to the list of second generation Dolphin first graders. His father former Origin and Test prop Dave Brown will no doubt be looking on from the sidelines today while his son goes into battle for the Dolphins.
Dave was a member of the Redcliffe side that played in the last BRL grand final before the inception of the Broncos in 1987.
ST Helens lifted the 2004 Powergen Challenge Cup with a 32-16 defeat of Wigan Warriors at The Millennium Stadium.
WESTS Tigers half back Scott Prince put his hand up for the Queensland number 7 jersey with an excellent performance in the Tigers 26-12 win over the Canberra Raiders on a beautiful autumn day at Campbelltown Stadium.
THE New Zealand Warriors have sunk to a new all-time low as they submitted with little resistance to a resurgent and enthusiastic Manly Sea Eagles outfit at Ericsson Stadium. One has to wonder what on earth is going wrong at the Warriors this year, as the team some feared would have a huge impact on the season have been playing more like a misguided Barter Card Cup side, as well as being embroiled in off-field disputes culminating in the departure of Ali Lauiti?ti.
THE Melbourne Storm have put the hapless Parramatta Eels out of their misery after a 36-16 demolition job at a sunny Parramatta Stadium this afternoon.
A promising foray into consistency came to a shuddering halt this week for Cronulla, who were accounted for with ease by the Roosters. Cronulla's effort was strong enough, however with their opponents near-impregnable defensive line the match was never going to be in doubt.