WITH the play-off teams decided understandably some of the top teams slackened the ropes a little in Round 15 of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup competition. The top three teams now sit equal on 24 points apiece.
INJURED Brisbane captain Gorden Tallis has admitted what many league fans are suggesting, by conceding the Broncos are missing Darren Lockyer's strike power.
TELECOMMUNICATIONS company Crazy John?s has engaged in talks with Melbourne Storm as Australia?s largest mobile phone dealer looks to step up its involvement with the Victorian-based NRL club.
SYDNEY Roosters coaching director Phil Gould has taken a swipe at the National Rugby League's salary cap following revelations Todd Payten has been squeezed out of the club.
IN a big weekend of footy, Brisbane's woes continued at Suncorp, going down to the Mighty Panthers. The huge crowd looked on in amazement when, with ten minutes to go and eight points down, the once powerful Broncos outfit went for penalty goal against a tiring Panthers' defence. Apparently looking for an outside chance of extra time, the Broncos' hopes were dashed when Craig Gower slotted a decisive field goal in the dying minutes.
MANLY five-eighth Luke Williamson will miss Sunday's National Rugby League clash with the Bulldogs at Brookvale Oval after suffering a heavy bout of concussion.
THE National Rugby League has warned clubs they face the loss of competition points if they field unregistered players after slapping the Bulldogs with a $10,000 fine.
CANBERRA and South Sydney will lose their captains to suspension for at least one week unless they successfully fight high tackle charges at the National Rugby League judiciary on Wednesday night.
CANBERRA captain Simon Woolford and his South Sydney counterpart Bryan Fletcher have been suspended for two matches by the National Rugby League judiciary.
MELBOURNE Storm rookie Dallas Johnson may have played his last game of the season following scans today that revealed the lock/forward would be sidelined for four to six weeks after he tore his right medial ligament during Sunday?s loss to the Bulldogs.
HAZEM El Masri has equalled an all-time premiership goal-scoring record as the Bulldogs crushed Melbourne 50-4 in the National Rugby League match at Sydney Showground yesterday.
THE Warriors downed the St George Illawarra Dragons 30 - 20 at Kogarah Jubilee Oval this afternoon. Both teams are hovering around the bottom of the top eight and the match was crucial for both the Warriors and the Dragons finals aspirations.
THE Canberra Raiders have beaten Manly 51-16 with only twelve men at Brookvale Oval this afternoon. In the 8th minute of play Raiders captain Simon Woolford was marched for a high shot on former Raider Luke Williamson. While the shot was bad from Woolford, there have been worse tackles this year in which players have managed to stay on the field. To put it bluntly, it was a knee jerk reaction from referee Paul Simpkins after the crowd started howling for Woolford's blood.
A fine display by the Bulldogs to cement their spot in the top 4 at this stage of the competition.
MANLY Sea Eagles interchange prop Aaron Cannings has been ruled out of today's match against Canberra Raiders at Brookvale Oval due to an infected arm.