Bourke Equals Record

GREG Bourke?s ambition to be the greatest ever scorer in the Queensland Wizard Cup will have to wait another fortnight, after the Redcliffe superboot was left even on 1030 points with previous record holder Damian Richters.

Round 7 Team of the Week

AFTER an extended and most enjoyable round of footy, we?ve combed the results and match reports to put together an explosive and well balanced line-up. With the way these guys played at the weekend there?s no side in the world that could take them. Please be upstanding for the Round 7 League Unlimited Team of the Week.

Formal offer presented to Gasnier

THE Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has offered centre Mark Gasnier a formal playing contract to switch from rugby league club St George Illawarra Dragons. The proposed deal would also enable Gasnier to play his club rugby union for Super 14 side the New South Wales Waratahs. "We didn't go out looking for Mark Gasnier, he came to us. We met with him on a number of occasions and we have now made him a formal offer," ARU chief executive Gary Flowers said in a statement on Wednesday.

Naiqama, Ryles and Cronk all sidelined

COOPER Cronk has failed a fitness test on his injured right shoulder raising concerns Melbourne may be forced to take on St George Illawarra without a genuine halfback on Saturday night. Cronk suffered an AC strain in the Storm's huge win over Newcastle last weekend, playing a leading hand in several of the team's nine tries.

Webcke to retire; Cronk, Ryles & Naiqama

BRISBANE'S former Test prop Shane Webcke has announced he'll retire from rugby league at the end of the season.

Teams wrap

SYDNEY Roosters fullback Anthony Minichiello is likely to recover from a hamstring injury in time for his side's NRL clash with North Queensland in Townsville on Saturday night. The golden boot winner was sidelined for yesterday's 22-12 loss to St George Illawarra, but coach Ricky Stuart has named him to play the Cowboys and is confident he'll be fit.

Bartercard Cup Rd 5 Results


Round 8 Teams and Fixtures

FRIDAY, 28th April 2006Penrith v Cronulla at Penrith Football Stadium, 7.30pmPanthers: Rhys Wesser, Lee Hookey, Danny Galea, Mark O'Halloran, Luke Rooney, Preston Campbell, Luke Priddis, Joel Clinton, Paul Aiton, Craig Stapleton, Shane Rodney, Matthew Cross, Trent WaterhouseInterchange: Frank Puletua, Bryan Norrie, Frank Pritchard, Luke SwainSharks: David Simmons, Darren Albert, Nigel Vagana, Phil Bailey, Luke Covell, Brett Kearney, Adam Dykes, Ben Ross, Kevin Kingston, Luke Douglas, Reece Williams, Lance Thompson, Paul GallenInterchange: Hutch Maiava, Beau Scott, Greg Bird, Tevita Latu, Brett Kelly, James StosicReferee: S HampsteadSaturday, 29th April 2006North Queensland v Sydney at Dairy Farmers Stadium, 5.30pmCowboys: Matt Bowen, Neil Sweeney, Ashley Graham, Paul Bowman, Matt Sing, Johnathan Thurston (c), Brett Firman, Matthew Scott, Aaron Payne, Mitchell Sargent, Justin Smith, Luke O'Donnell, Travis NortonInterchange: Rod Jensen, David Faiumu, Carl Webb, Shane Tronc, Gavin CooperRoosters: Anthony Minichiello, Vince Mellars, Lelea Paea, Chris Flannery, Amos Roberts, Braith Anasta, Brett Finch, Adrian Morley, Craig Wing, David Shillington, Anthony Tupou, Craig Fitzagibbon (c), Ashley HarrisonInterchange: Heath L'Estrange, Mark Edmondson, Lopini Paea, Charles TongaReferee: S HayneMelbourne v St George Illawarra at Olympic Park, 7.30pmStorm: Greg Inglis, Jake Webster, Matt King, Ryan Hoffman, Steve Turner, Matt Geyer, Cooper Cronk, Garrett Crossman, Cameron Smith, Brett White, David Kidwell, Michael Crocker, Dallas JohnsonInterchange: Ian Donnelly, Jeremy Smith, Antonio Kaufusi, Nathan Friend, Adam Blair, Chris WalkerDragons: Ben Hornby, Wes Naiqama, Mark Gasnier, Matt Cooper, Colin Best, Trent Barrett (c), Mathew Head, Justin Poore, Dean Young, Jason Ryles, Ben Creagh, Ashton Sims, Shaun TimminsInterchange: Michael Henderson, Matt Bickerstaff, Lee Te Maari, Aaron Gorrell, Luke BaileyReferee: T ArcherBrisbane v Canberra at Suncorp Stadium, 7.30pmBroncos: Karmichael Hunt, Tame Tupou, Justin Hodges, Shaun Berrigan, Darius Boyd, Darren Lockyer (c), Shane Perry, Shane Webcke, Casey McGuire, Petero Civoniceva, David Stagg, Corey Parker, Tonie CarrollInterchange: Brad Thorn, Ben Hannant, Sam Thaiday, Greg Eastwood, Ian Lacey (one to be omitted)Raiders: Clinton Schifcofske (c), Adrian Purtell, Craig Frawley, David Howell, Adam Mogg, Jason Smith, Lincoln Withers, Andrew Lomu, Simon Woolford, Troy Thompson, Thom Learoyd-Lahrs, Jason Croker, Alan TongueInterchange: Todd Carney, Marshall Chalk, Michael Hodgson, Trevor Thurling, Ben JonesReferee: R SmithSunday, 30th April 2006Warriors v Canterbury at Ericsson Stadium, 12.00pmWarriors: Brent Webb, Todd Byrne, Tony Martin, Clinton Toopi, Misi Taulapapa, Jerome Ropati, Nathan Fien, Ruben Wiki, George Gatis, Steve Price(c), Awen Guttenbeil, Wairangi Koopu, Louis AndersonInterchange: Grant Rovelli, Evarn Tuimavave, Sione Faumuina, Michael LuckBulldogs: Luke Patten, Hazem El Masri, Andrew Emelio, Willie Tonga, Matt Utai, Reni Maitua, Daniel Holdsworth, Mark O'Meley, Corey Hughes,Roy Asotasi, Willie Mason, Andrew Ryan (c), Tony GrimaldiInterchange: Adam Perry, Chris Armit, Sonny Bill Williams, Brad MorrinReferee: G BadgerSouth Sydney v Newcastle at Telstra Stadium, 2.30pmRabbitohs: Nathan Merritt, Luke MacDougall, Yileen Gordon, Adam MacDougall, Shannon Hegarty, John Sutton, Ben Walker, Peter Cusack (c), Shane Walker, Jaiman Lowe, David Faalogo, Joe Galuvao, Shane RigonInterchange: Michael Greenfield, Shannan McPherson, Ben Rogers, Mark Minichiello, Paul MellorKnights: Milton Thaiday, Brian Carney, Mat Gidley, George Carmont, Anthony Quinn, Kurt Gidley, Jarrod Mullen, Craig Smith, Danny Buderus, Anthony Woolnough, Steve Simpson, Clint Newton, Regan TannerInterchange: Luke Davico, Dustin Cooper, Riley Brown, Todd LowrieReferee: J RobinsonManly v Parramatta at Sydney Cricket Ground, 3.00pmSea Eagles: Brett Stewart, Michael Robertson, Steve Bell, Steve Matai, Chris Hicks, Travis Burns, Matt Orford, Jason King, Michael Monaghan, Brent Kite, Steve Menzies, Anthony Watmough, Ben Kennedy (c)Interchange: Shane Dunley, Luke Williamson, George Rose, Mark Bryant, Adam Cuthbertson, Paul StephensonEels: Wade McKinnon, Matt Petersen, Brett Delaney, Timana Tahu, Eric Grothe, Jeremy Smith, Tim Smith, Nathan Cayless (c), John Morris, Michael Vella, Nathan Hindmarsh, Chad Robinson, Glenn MorrisonInterchange: Mark Riddell, Dean Widders, Fuifui Moimoi, Paul Stringer, Adam Peek, Zeb TaiaReferee: S ClarkThe Wests Tigers have the bye in Round 8.

Dragons down Roosters in spiteful ANZAC Day encounter

FULLTIME score:Round 7St George Illawarra Dragons 22 v Sydney Roosters 12Match summary:St George Illawarra has proven they are more than just a pretty football side with a solid 22-12 victory over the Sydney Roosters at Aussie Stadium today.In the now traditional ANZAC Day clash between the two popular Sydney heavyweights, the Dragons came out firing with successive tries to winger Wes Naiqama in the space of just five minutes.The Roosters gradually clawed their way back into the contest, and managed to go into halftime just two points down at 14-12 in the Dragons? favour.But the defining moment of the match came with a controversial call, one of many today, against the Roosters for obstruction. The try would have leveled the scores with the possibility of the Roosters taking an 18-16 lead. Instead, the Dragons raced down the other end of the field with a try to Matt Bickerstaff, and confirmed the 22-12 result with the successful conversion to Mathew Head.Both sides grinded out the performance in the second half, limiting their mistakes and playing a more conservative style ? the Dragons, though, were the more patient of the sides and this showed in the result.The Roosters can take heart from this performance, especially with the loss of Anthony Minichiello before the match. While they were still lacking cohesion in attack, their forwards were much better and the Roosters showed they can still compete with the bigger packs in the competition. Braith Anasta was benched late in the match, sparking concerns of further damage to his groin.The Dragons move well and truly into the top eight, but this win has come at a cost. Jason Ryles has broken his hand again, and Wes Naiqama has suspected ligament damage to his ankle. Shaun Timmins also sustained a head injury but that shouldn?t provide too many problems for him. Naiqama was also placed on report for a high tackle at the 50th minute.No apparent concerns for the Roosters but prop David Shillington could be in some trouble with the match review committee after a high tackle late in the match. The Roosters will remain outside the eight and it doesn?t get any easier next week, they travel to Townsville to play the Cowboys on Saturday night ? leaving just three days preparation for such a crucial contest.Meanwhile, the Dragons travel to Melbourne to play the Storm on Saturday night, leaving limited preparation for such a critical match.Scorers:St George Illawarra Dragons: 22Tries: Mark Gasnier, Wes Naiqama(2), Matthew BickerstaffGoals: Mathew Head 3/5Sydney Roosters: 12Tries: Amos Roberts, David ShillingtonGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 2/2 Venue: Aussie Stadium Crowd: 31,105Referee: Steven ClarkHalf time: Dragons 14-12Live commentary:Pre Match: A cool and overcast ANZAC Day greets Sydney as the traditional Dragons vs Roosters battle continues. These matches are evenly split, with two wins apiece since the inception of the tradition back in 2002. The Roosters have scored 79 points in these matches compared with the Dragons' 78. A notable omission for the Roosters; Anthony Minichiello ruled out with a hamstring problem - Sam Perrett comes in for Minichiello.For the Dragons, Dean Young has been ruled out with Aaron Gorrell taking his place at hooker.0 min: NEWS KICKOFF! The ANZAC Day showdown begins.3 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsMatthew Head produces a magnificent chip-kick in behind the Roosters' line for Wes Naiqama to grasp and plant over the line. Head began the Dragons' attacking raid with a chip over the top inside his own half, which was fielded by Mark Gasnier. Dragons 6-09 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsNaiqama fields yet another kick to score, this time a grubber from captain Trent Barrett. The Dragons look right on the money for this match and with the Roosters' poor form leading into this one, it could be a long afternoon for the red, white and blue. The potency and stability in attack from the likes of Barrett and Head has been pleasing for the Dragons. Dragons 10-013 min: TRY Sydney RoostersDavid Shillington scores a controversial try under the posts as the Roosters hit back. He appeared to drop the ball over the line but the try was still awarded by video referee Bill Harrigan. Dragons 10-620 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsMark Gasnier juggles a Head bomb to cross out wide. The decision was referred to Bill Harrigan again who awarded benefit of the doubt for the second time today. Dragons 14-624 min: NEWS Shaun Timmins placed a hit on Braith Anasta which could come under scrutiny with the match review committee although there didn't look to be too much in it. Brett Finch is disallowed a try due to an earlier knock-on to Ashley Harrison. Still 14-6 the Dragons lead.29 min: TRY Sydney RoostersBrilliant switch of play from Roosters five eighth Braith Anasta, slotting a ball onto the chest of Amos Roberts who scores the try under the sticks. A 12 point turnaround as Barrett almost scored down the other end, only for a brilliant try-saving tackle from Roosters hooker Craig Wing. Dragons 14-1234 min: NEWS The penalty count is now mounting against St George Illawarra and their ill-discipline is allowing the Roosters back into this game. Still 14-12 in favour of the Dragons.39 min: NEWS Disallowed try to the Dragons as Wes Naiqama is unable to control another Barrett grubber kick in behind the line. A massive let-off for the Roosters just on halftime.Halftime: min: NEWS Halftime on ANZAC Day and the Dragons hold a 14-12 lead over the Roosters. The Dragons looked as though they were primed to dominate this match but the Roosters have managed to hang-in well. Rain is belting down at Aussie Stadium and this one looks like it's going down to the wire.40 min: NEWS Second half underway at Aussie Stadium41 min: NEWS Jason Ryles has broken his hand again and won't be back for this afternoon's match.50 min: NEWS Wes Naiqama on report for a high taclke on Sam Perrett. Still 14-12 and this game is firing up.55 min: NEWS Shaun Timmins down injured close to the Roosters' line. The Dragons are losing players thick and fast here. Still 14-12 the Dragons leading.57 min: NEWS NO TRY - Mark Gasnier has been ruled to have knocked the ball forward off a Trent Barrett bomb, disallowing the eventual try to winger Colin Best. Penalty given to the Dragons as Barrett has been taken out by Ashley Harrison. Attempt at goal to come.58 min: PENALTY GOAL St George Illawarra DragonsHead nails the two points and the Dragons lead by four. Dragons 16-1262 min: NEWS Ben Hornby makes an elementary error in trying to field a Roosters kick. Scrum to the Roosters 10 metres out.65 min: NEWS Roosters disallowed a try because of an obstruction play. That could be a turning point. Still 16-12.68 min: TRY St George Illawarra DragonsMatt Bickerstaff goes over for what might be the match-sealing try. The earlier obstruction call on the Roosters from Steven Clark will definitely come under scrutiny post-match. Dragons 22-1270 min: NEWS Wes Naiqama has an ankle injury, adding to the Dragons' injury woes today with earlier injuries to Ryles ans Timmins.72 min: NEWS Another decision referred upstairs and another disallowed try. This time Matt Cooper was deemed to have propelled the ball forward off another bomb from Trent Barrett, who grounded the ball in the in-goal - but to no avail.74 min: NEWS The Dragons will escape with the points now, leading 22-12 and in control.Fulltime: The Dragons have won this afternoon's traditional ANZAC Day battle by 22 points to 12 over the players of the match:3 - Mathew Head (Dragons)2 - Luke Bailey (Dragons)1 - Craig Wing (Roosters)-----------------------------------------

Dragons team round 8

ST George Illawarra Dragons teams list depending on the outcome of today's Dragons v Roosters fixture.

Vella and Shackleton to lead Malta

PARRAMATTA Eels? Michael Vella and Sydney City Roosters? Shane Shackleton will lead Malta for the first time in two rugby league internationals later this year.Ranked inside the top five in international rugby league rankings, the Papua New Guinea (PNG) national residents team will face Malta in Port Moresby following the Maltese? match against Italy A one week earlier in Sydney.Malta?s classy back line that includes a host of NRL Premier League talent will be boosted by the two NRL forwards who will make their international debuts for the emerging nation, ranked 15th in Europe by the Rugby League European Federation (RLEF).Maltese Rugby League Association chairman Mark Sultana says the availability of the two forwards for the respective matches will be a welcome advantage against the Italians who beat Greece 58-14 in their last international and against PNG Residents who will be an dictating force in Port Moresby.?We?ve received written confirmation from the Roosters that Shane is making himself available to play in both matches. So I dare say he is a definite to play.? Sultana says.?He?s (Shackleton) absolutely busting to play for Malta??Mick?s (Vella) a true gentlemen in every sense of the term and loves being involved with the Malta Knights. I?m looking forward to him pulling on the red and white jersey and not the trainer?s blue shirt?Sydney City Roosters? Shackleton was a late omission from Malta?s line up to take on Greece and England Lionhearts last October as Roosters coach Ricky Stuart trained the Roosters forward for the weeks following the NRL?s season end.Shackleton has since made his starting debut for the Roosters and retained his spot in the forwards before suffering a shoulder injury two weeks ago.Matt Gafa, playing at Harlequins RL (formerly London Broncos) in the English Super League has also indicated his availability to play in the two post-season internationals. Gafa will add to a sizzling Maltese back line.Ex Cronulla Sharks fullback Ben Sammut will skipper Malta in the two internationals.

Franze quits Castleford Tigers

AUSTRALIAN centre Paul Franze has quit Castleford after less than a fortnight with the Super League strugglers.

Round 11: Wakefield see off spirited Quins

WAKEFIELD Wildcats held off a spirited second-half fightback by Harlequins to clinch a hard-fought 42-22 victory at Belle Vue.

Round 11: McNamara's Bulls suffer losing start against Wolves

WARRINGTON withstood a barrage of pressure before finishing with a flourish to condemn Steve McNamara to a losing start as Bradford coach, 27-4, on Sunday afternoon.

Round 11: Hull take thriller in France

CENTRE Kirk Yeaman scored his second successive hat-trick as Hull completed their third Super League victory on the bounce, by 34-28 over Catalans Dragons, under caretaker coach Richard Agar.

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