BRISBANE - The New Zealand Universities rugby league side began their Student World Cup campaign in emphatic form at Griffith University?s Nathan Campus by overwhelming Wales 46-nil on late Saturday afternoon.
OFFICIAL English Super League Round 19 game reports - Saturday games. Full time scores: Salford 24 Huddersfield 16, and London 24 Hull 24.
THIS week?s sheet has some classy names on it even though 33 rep players were stood down for Origin III this coming Wednesday night. ?TBA? passed his fitness test but failed to raise the eye of our Live Updaters during his cameo, apart from the little 35m dash up-field. So here we give you the Round 17 League Unlimited Team of the Week which would take more stopping than a player manager before June 30.
MANLY has been dealt a double blow by the NRL match review committee with two players facing possible suspension following their loss to Wests Tigers on Friday night.
LEAGUE Wrap: Round 17, 1-3 July 2005
Cowboys? full back Matt Bowen still heads up the leader board but there?s plenty of movement happening in 2005 Leagueunlimited.com Player Awards. Bowen has seemingly stalled on 19 points while half back Matt Orford and full back Billy Slater have sprung into action, the Melbourne Storm stars moving up to equal second position to join Dragons utility back Ben Hornby on 17 points.
SOUTH Sydney?s Bryan Fletcher has unreservedly apologised for his comments made to Parramatta?s Dean Widders during yesterday?s game at Parramatta Stadium.
SOUTH Sydney national rugby league captain Bryan Fletcher has been stripped of his leadership role and fined $10,000 for a racial slur against Parramatta's Dean Widders.
RUGBY LEAGUE REVIEW JULY 2005
THREE Souths Logan Magpies claimed representative honours over the weekend.
AFTER a four-year absence from the New Zealand Test team Melbourne Storm forward David Kidwell has won back his New Zealand jersey, receiving a recall to the national side today ahead of Friday night?s Anzac Test match against Australia in Newcastle.
BULLDOGS captain Steven Price has been rushed into the Autralian Rugby League Test team after fellow Queensland forward Petero Civoniceva failed a fitness examination.
FORM referee Sean Hampstead has been handed the whistle for Friday's Test Match between Australia and New Zealand to be held at EnergyAustralia Stadium in Newcastle.
THE South Sydney Rabbitohs snatched a dramatic 78th minute 18-16 victory over Newtown, in Saturday's hard-fought VB Premier League match played at Henson Park in front of a big local derby crowd, . It was a heart-breaking afternoon for the Sydney Airport Jets, who had battled through most of the second half with only one fit player left on the bench. To compound Newtown's woes, front-rower Monah Elahmad and five-eighth Simon Crotty have both suffered season-ending knee injuries.
This was very much a game of inches, with both sides desperate to break their recent run of losses. Sydney Airport Jets winger Sioli Helu scored in the 25th minute after excellent preliminary work by Elahmad, Craig Field and Tommy Gemmell. Newtown retained this 4-0 lead until halftime.The Rabbitohs claimed a 6-4 lead early in the second half, but Newtown replied through a remarkably-determined charging try to Bill Najjarin, which was converted by Troy Barnes. Souths regained the lead five minutes later, but the masterful Craig Field dashed over after a smart scrum-base ploy to put the Jets 16-12 ahead, with twenty minutes still to play. The Rabbitohs finally cracked the exhausted Newtown defensive line with just two minutes remaining on the time-clock.
Newtown's best were front-rowers James Stosic and Monah Elahmad, lock Tommy Gemmell and rampaging second-rower Billy Najjarin. Skipper Craig Field was an inspiration to his team-mates in both attack and defence.
Newtown turned in a very disappointing performance in the Jim Beam Cup curtain-raiser, going down 44-16 to The Entrance.
The Sydney Airport Jets have a bye in the VB Premier League this coming weekend, while Newtown plays away to Wentworthville in the Jim Beam Cup, with this Friday evening match at Ringrose Park kicking off at 7.00pm.
RESULTS OF ALL PREMIERSHIP FOOTBALL FOR THE WEEKEND OF 16 APRIL 2004
AFTER six rounds of blood, sweat and tears, the Bulldogs are standing alone on top of the NRL ladder. This is the club which has given the League more than its fair share of headaches in recent times - what with officials being sacked or resigning and players bringing the game into strife with ill-disciplined displays off the field.
Meanwhile, an on-field incident has seen the Broncos penalised two competition points and with that, we see the Bulldogs delivered the number one spot on the competition ladder.
The irony isn't lost on this Monday's Expert.