THE 2005 Tri-Series tournament for 2005 will feature end of season Tests in Australia and New Zealand, before the remaining five matches including the final are played out in the United Kingdom.
REDCLIFFE 42 - Easts 28
REDCLIFFE has turned the tables on its worst ever Queensland Cup defeat, bouncing back with a 42-28 win against 2004 grand finalists Easts.
MANLY used to be described as the suburb that was ?seven miles from Sydney, and a thousand miles from care? ? but Sunday?s visit to Brookvale Oval proved to be a thoroughly unpleasant experience for the Cronulla-Sutherland and Newtown clubs. While both the Sharks NRL and Jersey Flegg teams lost to Manly-Warringah, it was the Newtown VB Premier League team that laid on the worst display of the afternoon.
LONDON Broncos 66 - Widnes Vikings 8
MELBOURNE Storm coach Craig Bellamy has named a 19-man squad for this weekend's Easter Sunday clash against the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval.
The Storm, which is seeking its third straight win after beating the Knights and the Dragons in the first two games of the Telstra Premiership season, was forced to make two changes to its unbeaten line-up, with prop Alex Chan (suspended for two games) and second rower Dennis Scott (knee) unavailable.
Squad for Sunday's game:
1. Billy Slater, 2. Matt Geyer, 3. Steve Bell, 4. Matt King, 5. Jake Webster, 6. Scott Hill, 7. Matt Orford, 8. Robbie Kearns (c), 9. Cameron Smith, 10. Brett White, 11. David Kidwell, 12. Ryan Hoffman, 13. Dallas Johnson.
Interchange: 14. Antonio Kaufusi, 15. Glen Turner, 16. Cooper Cronk, 17. Jamie McDonald, 18. Ian Donnely, 19. Nathan Friend.
Coach: Craig Bellamy.
THE NRL has decided to bring forward Manly winger John Hopoate's judiciary appearance following a request by the club. His case will now be heard tonight, whilst all other hearings will take place as usual on Wednesday night.
MICHAEL Crocker has been slapped with a $10,000 fine for partaking in a brawl outside the Palace Hotel in Coogee early on Sunday morning.
Sea Eagles 46 v Sharks 20
Round 2, 18-20 March 2005
ONLY 9,032 supporters travelled to WIN Stadium on Saturday night to witness a very ordinary performance by the Dragons against the Melbourne Storm. The Dragons were defeated by 46-12, after being blasted off the park in the first forty minutes by Billy Slater brilliance.
MANLY centre John Hopoate has been sent straight to the NRL judiciary, with an ungraded striking charge, following his sickening blow to young Cronulla forward Keith Galloway. The circumstances were considered serious enough to be referred immediately to the judiciary for a hearing without any opportunity to enter into an early plea.
AFTER striking up a winning combination in round one, Cronulla somehow managed to undo every good deed that they'd done in succumbing to the Manly Sea Eagles on the weekend. Where, only a week prior, they had been defending in packs, solid, organised and hungry, this week they stumbled around like a chicken without its head. Was it Kimmorley's absence? Let's hope so.
ILLNESS may force Brisbane superstar Shane Webcke out of Good Friday's shootout with the Sydney Roosters.
SYDNEY Roosters forward Michael Crocker has been arrested after getting involved in a fight with a plain clothes police officer in Coogee early yesterday morning.