ROUND 1 10-12 March 2006
Knights v Eels
Rabbitohs v Roosters
Sea Eagles v Raiders
Broncos v Cowboys
Warriors v Storm
Tigers v Dragons
Bulldogs v Panthers
GREAT Britain has punted on a new halfback combination for Saturday's Tri Nations Test against Australia.
LANCE Hohaia has a chance to nail down the number seven jersey for next week?s Gillette Tri-Nations clash with Great Britain when he makes his comeback from injury against England at Warrington on Sunday.
WALES are expected to be unchanged for the Rugby League European Nations Cup Final against France on Saturday in Carcassonne (kick-off 5pm CET, 4pm GMT).
NEW South Wales coach Phil Gould has announced that he will be quitting the Blues at the conclusion of the current State of Origin series.
REDCLIFFE have lost two on the trot now and face a tough task next week against Burleigh at Pizzey park.
FOLLOWING a three point performance at Brookvale Oval, Manly pivot Andrew Walker has surged into second place in Leagueunlimited?s player of the year awards. Walker is just two points shy of Sharks halfback Brett Kimmorley who still heads up the leader board on 15 points..
Nathan Hindmarsh and Darren Lockyer are still clinging onto equal third position on 13 points while Knights hooker Danny Buderus is joined by Melbourne?s Robbie Kearns on 11 points.
NOT a flash game at Aussie Stadium, but enough for the Warriors to climb off the bottom of the NRL ladder wit their win over the Rabbitohs by 26-12.
ANDREW Walker must be thinking what he?s done to deserve the hand he?s been dealt this year, after failing to take a game to Golden Point extra time for the second time this season with Cronulla out-lasting Manly by 30-28 at Brookvale Oval.
THE Newcastle crowd gave a warm reception to the Kiwis and the Kangaroos with the Kangaroos defeating the Kiwis by 37-10.
AFTER a brilliant start to week one of 2004 Bartercard Cup, we now take a look at week two.
Friday 23 April 2004:
For the second Friday in a row we see a night game being played, and what a game this will be. The Jets fresh off a victory over last years champions the Bulls, will be looking to make it two from two as they take on Wellington at Hutt Recreation Ground in Wellington. Wellington have named a balanced line up featuring Warrior Vince Mellars (who is rumored to be going to the NRL for the Sharks) plus Simon Mannering. The Warriors are working to sign Mannering after Anderson watched the second rower play in the Kiwi Cup final last Friday night, the curtainraiser to the Warriors' NRL game against the Bulldogs in Wellington. Wellington Bartercard Cup coach Paul Bergman said Anderson had said after the final: "I want that No 12." That night Mannering was named the Wellington player to receive this year's scholarship to the Bulldogs. Mannering will be joined with under-18 teammate John Te Reo on the bench. Wellington also had a strong first up performance in round one, going down to Mt Albert 44-36.
Prediction: Jets by 8
Wellington vs Counties Manukau Jets Hutt Recreation Ground, Wellington 7.30 pm Kick Off
Wellington: D. Laula, M. Nathan, V. Mellars, W. Puohotaua, J. Enoka, C. Fox, J. McDonald, T. Lavulavu, J. Carnegie, F. Laumua, T. Hall, C. Savali, D. Rota
Reserves: D. Hape, S. Mannering, J. Te Reo, J. Taikato
Coach: Paul Bergman
Counties Manukau Jets: L. Finnerty, J. Karaitana, G. Aliki, S. Fa'alogo, P. Tafea, J. Ioapo, A. Herangi, A. Peraira, C. Motu, N. Su'e, G. Konelio, H. Barclay, W. Barnett (C)
Reserves: A. Wharton, M. Vili, R. Peters, M. Suniula
Coach: Dean Hunter
IN Bulle Eye this week, Brian Noble and Lee Radford look ahead to Friday's Tetley's Super League game at Odsal when Hull FC are the visitors in the game of the round.
LONDON Broncos will run out to play Wigan Warriors on Anzac Day at the JJB Stadium. Once upon a time this day of remembrance would have been of major significance to the vast majority of the Broncos line-up.
ST.GEORGE Bank Dragons captain Trent Barrett has today been ruled out of the Dragons Anzac Day clash with the Roosters on Sunday at Aussie Stadium.
EELS lock Luke O?Dwyer has been injured at training and could miss 12 weeks of footy. O?Dwyer was named at lock for the round 7 match against the Sharks at Parramatta Stadium but is out having sustained a similar injury to that one that kept Nathan Hindmash out for most of last season, a replacement has not yet been named.