PARKHOUSE RECRUITMENT RUGBY LEAGUE CONFERENCE FOUR NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP
SCOTLAND 26 WALES 34
Following their crushing victory over Ireland in May, Wales are now top of the Parkhouse Recruitment Rugby League Conference Four Nations Championship table after a hard fought 34-26 win over Scotland at Hamilton RFC writes Ian Golden.
Wales took an early 12 point lead through tries from Aberavon hooker Dai Hawkins and Cardiff stand-off Pete Moore.
With the Bravehearts not able to cross the line in the first period, their only points coming from three Barry Edgar penalties, it was the Dragons who had a healthy 22-6 lead at the interval after Hawkins bagged his second of the day and Newport's Owen Jones added another just before the hooter.
After narrowly losing to England last month, the Bravehearts were determined to make their mark in the Championship. They put down a statement of intent bringing the score back to 22-16 soon after the break with tries from Mark Webster and Dougie Flockhard, the latter a 30 metre run chipping past the full-back before grounding.
However, Wales kept their noses well in front when former Liverpool Football Club trialist, Dai Hawkins went in for his hat-trick set up by Man of the Match Damien Hudd. Scotland fought back with a fine individual effort from Andy Brown before a second Jones try sealed the win.
Winners of the Championship for the past two seasons, Wales are favourites to complete a hat-trick when they take on the England Lionhearts in Coventry on Sunday September 12th.
England, however have the chance to join Wales at the top of the table when they face Ireland in Dublin next Saturday.
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BRISBANE sensation Karmichael Hunt has scored four tries as the Broncos overcame the South Sydney Rabbitohs 48-28 at Suncorp Stadium today.
IT'S crunch time. With another fine win under Cronulla's belt, the time for tough decisions has arrived.
THE Cronulla Sharks have withstood a second half revival from the Newcastle Knights, winning 34-26 at EnergyAustralia Stadium today.
MELBOURNE Storm has retained the services of highly sought after Kiwi forwards David Kidwell and Alex Chan, after both players today agreed to stay with the club beyond the 2004 season.
THE Parramatta Eels have beaten the Newcastle Knights 18-16 at Energy Australia Stadium in a match that took the full 80 minutes to decide.
THE Melbourne Storm have fought off a late comeback from the Wests Tigers to win a very good match 30-24 at Olympic park this evening.
LIVING out in the country, five hours from your nearest league stronghold, it?s hard for a fan to really get as involved in the greatest game as he?d like to. In fact, in the last four or five years there has been very little NRL contact with the region. Local products such as Dean Widders and Jason Ferris have done their part, and Tamworth were given a trial between Sydney and Manly in 2002- but otherwise Armidale and the New England region haven?t been given the time of day.
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THE NRL partnership executive discussed the issue of whether the NRL should pursue a 16th team today.
NEWCASTLE face a tough assignment at home against the Bulldogs on Sunday.
FORMER New Zealand Warriors forward Ali Lauiti'iti will move to England and play in the English Super League, turning his back on the National Rugby League.
WESTS Tigers Head Coach, Tim Sheens has announced his squad for the game against the Roosters, on Saturday 8th May 2004 at Aussie
Stadium. Kick off is at 5.30pm.
FRIDAY 7th May 2004
THE NRL's league expansion committee is to decide today whether to expand their competition in 2006 and if so, who will get the nod.