WESTERN Suburbs made the Sydney Airport Jets work hard for their two competition points in the VB Premier League match played at Henson Park on Saturday. Wests led 8-0 early in this match and by 10-6 at half-time, but the big Jets forward pack took control in the second half, with Newtown coming away with an eventual 30-10 win. The Magpies had scored two tries in the first ten minutes of play and kept the Jets trapped at their own end of the field for an extended period in the first half.
MALTA head coach Joe Grima has named a 17-man squad for the historic first ever rugby league fixture on Maltese soil when the Malta Knights challenge France Espoirs in Malta on October 22.
BLUE Bulls wing Grant Epton and stand-off Gareth David were the heroes in Bridgend?s 64-12 victory over the Valley Cougars at Sardis Road. Epton picked up four first half tries while David scored 24 points thanks to eight conversions and a brace of scores. The Cougars could not cope with the speed and agility of either player and their devastating finishing gave the Bulls a 42-4 half time lead
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.