ROOSTERS V Manly ? Sat 4th, 1.15 PM ? Henson Park
Forth placed Roosters play ninth placed Manly at Henson Park (Roosters home game). The Roosters had a slow start to the season, but have not lost since round seven, while Manly have been in a form slump till last week when they recorded a good win. The Roosters are the team that everyone fears, and should be far too good for Manly.
A Classic game of two halves was played out in the Jersey Flegg match between the Bears and the Tigers on Saturday at Leichhardt Oval. It was a good solid in the first half as the Bears back rowers of Michael Morris and Ryan Verlinden forced errors in the Tigers attack. The Bears had the lead 10-6 at the break. The second half however lacked the same intensity.
"In the second we gave away a number of penalties that gave the opposition good field position" claimed Coach Gavin Catanach. The coaches best were second rower Michael Morris, five-eight Anthony Beare, Hooker Tim Woodbine (pictured) and Ryan Verlinden - "Always plays well" said Coach Catanach.
The final score 28-14 to the Tigers.
VETERANS Nigel Roy and Scott Sipple have been named to return to an Easts side that has lost four games in succession.
2004 MO & ACE Award winning entertainer Adam Scicluna(pictured right) will join Fat Pizza? cult hero Pauly Fenech in hosting a mammoth evening on the Maltese and rugby league calendars when the MRLA present the 2005 Inaugural Miss Malta Knight Pageant in Sydney.
THE inclusion of Rodney Howe was not enough to get Norths over the line against the Burleigh Bears in their Queensland Cup clash today. Burleigh defeated the Devils 27 - 20 to move into the top five for the first time this season. Redcliffe remain undefeated after a tough hitout with Tweed while Toowoomba are just two points behind after a 46 - 6 defeat of the injury struck Brothers-Valleys club. Wynnum held third place on the ladder with a 26 - 20 win over Easts who continue to underperform despite boasting international Darren Smith at lock. Meanwhile North Qld and Central kept their season's on track with wins this round.
TWEED Heads gave Redcliffe their first tough game of 2004 on Saturday at Dolphin Oval. The Dolphins were found wanting for much of the game but prevailed 25 - 18 after a much improved second half performance.
THE Australian team named tonight to play New Zealand in Friday night's rugby league Test at EnergyAustralia Stadium, Newcastle.
Notable ommision is incumbent halfback Brett Kimmorly and is replaced by the current premiership winning halfback, Craig Gower.
The squad is;
THE New Zealand Rugby League have named their squad to play Australia in Newcastle on Friday 23rd April.
THE Bartercard Cup 2004 couldn?t ask for a better start then what has happen so far this year. Four franchise changes to the this years competition sees Taranaki Wildcats gone after two seasons of struggling; the Manurewa Marlins have been absorbed by a realignment with the Eastern Tornadoes. The Ellerslie club shifting to merge with Otahuhu; and two new sides enter the cup, Counties Manukau Jetz side and WAICOA Bay Stallions. The competition goes into its fifth season on a far better financial footing than has been the case, with the New Zealand Community Trust agreeing to put in around $650,000 from pokie money to cover airfares, medical and other costs. Plus ten games will be screened live on Sky TV this year, including the final, things couldn?t get any better?.right?
LION FOUNDATION NJC
FOUNDATION CUP 16's GRAND FINALS RESULT
Auckland Crowns vs Auckland Sea Lions Ericsson No.2, Auckland
Auckland Crowns 40
Kingi Akauola, Tamihana Hawea, Jody Henry, Arron Pawley, Scott Jones, Patrick Ah Van (2) : Tries
Sione Tongia, Scott Jones, Matthew Parata (4) : Goals
Auckland Sea Lions 6
James Swalger : Tries
Marvin Ng Chok : Goal
Halftime Score: 20 - 0
FRIDAY 16 April 8.30pm
THE St George Illawarra Dragons have sent out a warning to the competition favourites with a resounding 44-18 victory over the reigning premiers Penrith Panthers.
THE Roosters have come away with a hard fought win against the Knights in Newcastle by 32-22.
THE Parramatta Eels have travelled to Brookvale Oval and come away with a 32-26 win over the Manly Sea Eagles.
WHAT to do? Last night Cronulla completely out-enthused their more revered opponents, Canberra, with not a single player offering a sub-par performance. Canberra were completely shut out by the Sharks, and hopefully that will be reflected as we go into round six of the SDS.