MELBOURNE will host the third and final rugby league State of Origin match next year.
I'M starting to feel the panic rise as my eyes desperately dart across these foreign streets looking for a sign, a clue, a glimmer of hope. Our 12:30 deadline is looming, I have no idea where I am, I barely remember what I am doing, and in these dark, unfriendly lanes I feel like a trespasser undertaking a hideous deed. More lights catch my attention, and I venture forth out of the darkness into the warm glow, a shadow emerging from a land far away that these people know little of.
POOR old Wests Tigers. They've been branded strugglers, failures, no-hopers, scandalous, ad nauseum. But regardless of what you might say about this oft-maligned merger, their saviour has come to town in what is shaping up to be a year that the joint venture finally turns the corner.
ROUND 15 is shaping up as a do or die match for the three teams sitting just outside the Top 5 in New Zealand's Bartercard Cup competition.
IT'S coming down to the wire as two original foundation clubs, North Sydney and Balmain titter on the edge of the top eight and possible finals glory.
TOOWOOMBA v REDCLIFFE, Clive Berghofer Stadium, Saturday 2pm, August 13.
CULLEN expecting tough contest
WESTS Tigers coach Tim Sheens believes his side still has to prove itself as a genuine NRL premiership contender.
RAIDERS 16 v RABBITOHS 29
The South Sydney Rabbitohs have back to score five tries on the trot to defeat the Raiders 29-16 at a chilly Canberra Stadium tonight.
ROUND 23 Sydney Roosters 14 v Cronulla Sharks 8.
The Sydney Roosters have defeated the Cronulla Shark 14-8 at Aussie Stadium this evening.
Parramatta Eels 56 vs Canterbury Bulldogs 4
VETERAN five-eighth Jason Smith will play in Canberra's must-win NRL clash against South Sydney tomorrow despite a broken hand.
PARRAMATTA will be keen to put another dent in the Bulldogs' top eight prospects with a win in tonight's NRL blockbuster at Parramatta Stadium.
Melbourne Storm 22 v New Zealand Warriors 10
KNIGHTS 22 v SEA EAGLES 14