REMEMBER the Warriors of 2002 who made Rugby League attractive to young New Zealanders? Remember the thrills and spills of an attacking formation that made players in motion, a quick witted halfback taking it to the line, a goliath second rower busting the line and throwing audacious well thought out offloads, a hooker bursting from dummy half attracting two or three defenders before passing before the line to a man running straight through a gap and a hitman at lock who would pound opposition attackers mercilessly.
IN the vital NSWRL VB Premier League match played at Henson Park on Saturday, the Bulldogs scored two converted tries in the last four minutes to snatch victory away from Newtown. The disappointment of the 38-28 loss was partly outweighed by the outstanding success of the Newtown reunion day, with a huge crowd in attendance and a tremendous roll-up of old champions. A feature of the day was the strong representation of members of the Newtown 1954 Grand Final team, and the amazing array of former first grade coaches on show, namely Dick Poole, Jack Gibson, Clarrie Jeffreys, Johnny Raper, Warren Ryan and Brian "Chicka" Moore.
ON the 31st of July, young Singaporean Hazuan Ghazali was preparing for his final match of the season for Seven Hills against Edensor Park. Seven Hills were out of finals contention but this match was Hazuan's chance to secure the Parramatta DJRL try scoring record. 32 tries in one season was the current record. Hazuan was sitting on 31 tries.
CRONULLA Sharks coach Stuart Raper has named his team to take on the Melbourne Storm at Toyota Park on Saturday Evening.
Coach Rapers team is;
THE St.George Bank Dragons will be buoyed by the presence of their 1979 Premiership winning team for their final round game, the St George Heritage Match at Oki Jubilee Stadium this Sunday against Manly as they continue their push for a home semi-final.
PENRITH Panthers coach Johnny Lang has named a strong line up for Saturday nights game against the Eels at Parramatta Stadium.
His team is;
NEWCASTLE Knights coach Michael Hagan has named his side to play the Bulldogs at Telstra Stadium on Friday night.
ST.GEORGE Bank Dragons flanker, Nathan 'Tingha' Blacklock makes a welcomed return to first grade for this Sunday's 'St George Heritage Match' against the Manly Sea Eagles at OKI Jubilee, Kogarah.
SYDNEY Roosters coach Ricky Stuart has named his team to play the New Zealand Warriors at Ericsson Stadium on Sunday afternoon (NZ time).
Coach Stuarts team is;
PARRAMATTA Eels coach Brian Smith has named his team to take on the Penrith Panthers on Saturday night at Parramatta Stadium.
Coach Smiths team is;
MELBOURNE Storm?s in-form forward pack has been bolstered ahead of this week?s clash with the Cronulla Sharks, following the return of tough front-rower Alex Chan from suspension.
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RENI Maitua has been named as the replacement for the injured Dennis Scott for the Mitsubishi Electric Bulldogs final home game of the season this Friday against the Newcastle Knights.
NORTH Queensland Cowboys coach Graham Murray has named his side to travel down to Sydney to take on the Wests Tigers at Campbelltown on Sunday afternoon at 3pm.
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 24.