WHAT a difference a week makes.
THE Sydney Roosters? Jersey Flegg side has scored a crucial win tonight ? downing the Bears 18-10 in a fiery clash at North Sydney Oval.
NEWTOWN went down by 38-28 in the VB Premier League match against the St. George-Illawarra Dragons at OKI Jubilee Stadium on Sunday, but there were several positive features to take from the game. The Jets had fielded a hastily reorganised team due to injuries and late withdrawals, further compounded by the loss of their chief ?go forward? front-rower James Stosic in the pre-match warm-up and playmaker Glenn Sedwell with a hip injury at half-time.
THE Junior Kiwis did not start their two test series against the Australian Schoolboys the way they wanted when they were convincingly beaten by 42 ? 24 at Olympic Park, Melbourne yesterday (Sunday 24 July).
ON Saturday night, Scotland beat England at rugby league for the first time in nine years and the first time ever at open age level. The 17-16 victory in London by the Scotland A team over England Lionhearts ranks among Scotland's greatest achievements in rugby league and gives them the opportunity to finish runners-up in the Parkhouse Recruitment Home Nations Championship for the second successive season.
THE Torfaen Tigers created history by becoming the first Welsh team to beat the Bridgend Blue Bulls in three years in a closely fought and contentious match at Pontypool. Torfaen deserved the victory through sheer guts and determination but Bridgend were unhappy as the referee overruled a conversion kick that would have levelled the scores and a clash of colours between the players and referee caused confusion during defensive play.
REDCLIFFE twin towers Adam Starr and Troy Lindsay have dug deep to all but bury Tweed Heads? season, leading the Dolphins to a 40-22 win on Sunday.
LEAGUE Wrap: Round 20, 22-24 July 2005
Matt Bowen is back amongst the points and maintains his lead in this year?s Leagueunlimited.com Player Awards, the Cowboys? fullback is sitting on 22 points and two points clear. But last year?s winner Matt Orford is making his charge, the Storm half back scoring maximum points and moving up to 20 points overall, and second position.
FORMER Wests Tigers centre Mark O'Halloran, 24, has agreed to a three-year contract with NRL club Penrith after spending the past two seasons at the London Broncos.
SOUTH Sydney has released winger Roy Bell after he broke a drink-driving ban which embarrassed the NRL club and its sponsors.
St George Illawarra Dragons 20 v Cronulla Sharks 10
A record crowd since the redevelopment of Oki Jubilee Stadium of just over 17,000 were all treated to a great display of football by the St George Illawarra Dragons to defeat the Cronulla Sharks in the local derby this afternoon by 20-10.
Melbourne Storm 24 v Sydney Roosters 10
Wests Tigers 42 v South Sydney Rabbitohs 20
BOOM five-eighth John Sutton has re-signed with NRL club South Sydney until the end of 2009.
BRONCOS interchange forward Corey Parker and centre Justin Hodges have been slapped by the NRL's match review committee for a dangerous throw on Bulldogs lock Tony Grimaldi.