LAST year a question was asked... ?Will the next ?sleeping giant? of the NRL wake up??, not just by me, but by many other Rugby League supporters. We were referring to the usually forgotten Queensland club, North Qld Cowboys.
ROUND 13 of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup competition handed out a few surprises with some of the top five teams getting a bit of a nudge from lower placed clubs. High scores seemed to be the nature of the beast as tries came thick and fast all weekend.
LEEDS consolidated their grip on the Super League on Sunday with a 46-28 win over Wakefield, while Hull underlined their claims for a second place finish with a hard-earned 25-14 victory over champions Bradford.
WESTS Tigers will step back in time this weekend with the side wearing the original Balmain Tigers Jersey from the 1980?s.
RUGBY league's refereeing dramas spilled over literally on Sunday night, with leading whistleblower Tony Archer having beer cups thrown at him after fulltime in the Newcastle-South Sydney game at Aussie Stadium.
PENRITH Panthers coach John Lang has named a beefed up squad to take on the Manly Sea Eagles at Penrith Stadium on Saturday.
This week sees the return of the 2 Kiwi forwards, Galuvao and Puletua to give the Panthers pack some much needed go forward.
Ryan Girdler is still out with injury.
Coach Langs team is;
TOWNSVILLE-BORN Brisbane Broncos captain Gorden Tallis jumped on the Cowboys bandwagon today, warning North Queensland's NRL rivals that they are serious finals contenders.
CRONULLA Sharks coach Stuart Raper has named his lineup to take on the Roosters at Aussie Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
This game sees the return of Sharks pivotal playmaker Brett Kimmorley back from injury.
Coach Rapers team is;
WESTS Tigers Head Coach, Tim Sheens has announced his squad for the game against the Rabbitohs, on Sunday 8th August 2004 at Leichhardt Oval. Kick off is at 2.30pm.
SYDNEY City Roosters coach Ricky Stuart has named his team for Sunday afternoons game at Aussie Stadium against the Sharks.
Coach Stuarts team is;
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THE weekly column here at Leagueunlimited is to highlight what we here on the site think are the best players in each round of the 2004 NRL competition.
Based on the opinion received from the Leagueunlimited.com live updaters, we have put together what we think is the team of the Round 21.
SOUTH Sydney?s CEO Shane Richardson has addressed a crowd incident that occurred at Sunday?s game at Aussie Stadium.
COWBOYS? forward Paul Rauhihi has extended his lead and is firming as favourite to take out the 2004 Leagueunlimited.com player of the year awards. With just five rounds remaining, the powerhouse front rower is sitting on 23 points and three points clear of the field. Last year?s winner, Storm half back Matt Orford remains on 20 points.
THE Sydney Roosters have denied Melbourne the chance to move into the National Rugby League?s top four following today?s 26-10 win over the Storm at Olympic Park.
NEW Zealand Warriors rugby league player Sione Faumuina has been handed a suspended $20,000 fine by the club after an early morning drunken confrontation with a fan last week.