THE Canberra Raiders are finally getting some recognition for their good start to the season. Never mind Channel nine not wanting a bar of the Raiders in preference to showing a Souths - Manly game in round seven when the Raiders face the Bulldogs at Canberra Stadium in what is traditionally a very hard fought contest.
IN this week's Bulls Eye, Coach Brian Noble and Robbie Paul look ahead to Sunday's Tetley's Super League Round 5 Clash At Odsal as the Wolves travel to Bradford to take on the Bulls.
TWELVE years ago the Penrith Panthers playing the Canberra Raiders would have been the firm favourite for Match of the Round in the 3pm timeslot on a Sunday afternoon. Simmons, Alexander, Geyer and Fittler would have matched up against Meninga, Daley, Stuart and Clyde. Tonight it was a different story out at Penrith Stadium, where a new breed of players including Gower, Wesser, Sattler and Ross lined up with Wiki, Croker, Schifcofske and Drew toughing it out in a good old fashioned game of Rugby League in front of a vigorous crowd of about 15,000 people.
THE Brisbane Broncos have defeated the North Queensland Cowboys 32-24 tonight at Dairy Farmers Stadium.
SOUTH Sydney has reportedly told up to ten players that they will never again play first grade for the embattled National Rugby League club.
A spirited fightback has seen the Canberra Raiders overcome the Penrith Panthers at Penrith Stadium tonight infront of a healthy crowd of around 15,000 people.
THE Knights team outclassed the Melbourne Storm side tonight in Newcastle, defeating them by 44-28, but did not have it all their way.
THE good were the Bulldogs in their victory over the Eels, the bad was the Eels performance, while the ugly were the incidents after the match had ended on the trains to Lidcombe and Lidcombe station itself.
A wet evening at Telstra Stadium, still with a good crowd turnout, saw the favourites, the Canterbury Bulldogs defeat the Parramatta Eels by 30 - 10.
THE Wests Tigers have re-ignited their 2003 season with a comprehensive 38-12 victory over Manly at Brookvale Oval this afternoon.
SOUTH Sydneys woes have continued as has the Warriors strong start to the season. The Warriors ran out convincing 38-16 winners over a disappointing South Sydney side at Ericcson Stadium this afternoon.
ST George look set to renew their relationship with prodigal son Nathan Blacklock after Blacklock admitted he had met with Dragons coach Nathan Brown early last week to ask about a possible return to Rugby League.
PARRAMATTA will be without fullback Brett Hodgson for tonight's NRL grudge match against the Bulldogs at Telstra Stadium.
IN a massive boost for the undefeated Raiders, five eighth Mark McLinden has passed a fitness test and is avialable for selection this weekend.
A group of media stars have banded together under a ticket headed by lawyer Nick Pappas in a bid to wrest control of the South Sydney National Rugby League club board from chairman George Piggins.