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THE Canberra Raiders have announced today that they will play a charity cricket match against the Brumbies on a date in early February 2005.
THE results of the first R2K survey are in and the survey results provide an interesting snapshot into the mindset of St.George-Illawarra supporters on the eve of 2005.
LEEDS Rhinos' coach Tony Smith watched his young side lose 38-24 at York yesterday - but believes his players will be better for the experience.
BRADFORD star Stuart Fielden is safely back in England after narrowly escaping the tsunami disaster while holidaying in Thailand.
Great Britain forward Fielden and his friend, Keighley Cougars player Danny Ekis, were staying on the island of Phuket when the disaster struck.
AFTER eight rounds of the 2004 Queensland Cup the race for final five spots is intense with only three clubs precariously placed outside what might be termed the ?semi-final zone.??
Ipswich, Souths Logan and Brothers Valleys are at the foot of the Queensland Cup ladder and all three clubs need to turn their seasons around soon or they will playing for little more than pride.
Easts are in fifth spot on 10 points, seven clear of Ipswich, eight clear of Souths Logan and nine clear of Brothers Valleys.
That is a lot of ground to make up and only a supreme optimist would tip any of those three clubs to feature in the finals, particularly as they all face tough assignments this weekend.
Ipswich play Easts at Langlands Park on Saturday; Souths Logan host North Queensland Young Guns at Davies Park on Sunday and Brothers Valleys are at home to Wynnum at O?Callaghan Park, Zillmere, also on Sunday.
North Queensland are one win outside the top five while Wynnum is fourth on 11 points, trailing the Burleigh Bears on percentages.
The Dolphins and Toowoomba head the competition table on 14 points with Redcliffe hosting Central Comets at Dolphin Oval on Sunday.
The Comets, like North Queensland, are one win outside the top five.
Toowoomba and Burleigh kick off the weekend at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night in the curtain-raiser to the Broncos ? Newcastle NRL clash.
Toowoomba is coming off a hard fought 36-28 win over the Comets in Rockhampton while Burleigh also had to work overtime to beat Brothers Valleys 28-18 last Sunday.
In the other match of round nine Norths host Tweed Heads at Bishop Park on Saturday in the ABC Television clash with both teams coming off disappointing losses.
After winning their first three matches the Tweed boys have lost each subsequent clash and they are in danger of joining Ipswich, Souths Logan and Brothers Valleys in the Queensland Cup cellar.
State of Origin fever will take a grip on Queensland this week with the XXXX Maroons team to be named at the Castlemaine lunch at Brisbane City Hall on Monday.
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WIGAN Warriors have named their team for Saturday's Powergen Challenge Cup Final against St Helens, and confirmed that centre Martin Aspinwall will miss the clash after failing a fitness test.
THE UK?s most successful Rugby Club, World Champions, Bradford Bulls, have today launched a unique week of activities that will take place in Ireland for the week beginning 21st June.
THE Award winners from the round 5 clash with Brothers-Valleys at O'Callaghan Park last Sunday were
Searles Garden Products Man of the Match
Keystar Motors Players Player
MOTU Tony is following Ali Lauitiiti to England.
ST George Illawarra Dragons skipper Trent Barrett has been ruled out of this Saturday's WIN Stadium match against the Bulldogs, succumbing to a hamstring injury for the fourth week running. His withdrawal effectively ends his selection chances for New South Wales in the first State of Origin match on May 26.
INJURED NZ Warrior player PJ Marsh has decded to have further surgery on his neck.
PENRITH Panthers hooker Luke Priddis has put rumours of a switch to the Sydney Roosters to rest by re-signing with the defending premiers for an extended period.
THIS was another case of what might have been for the Sydney Airport Jets, when they lost 40-26 to the second-placed Penrith-St.Marys Cougars at the Western Weekender Stadium on Saturday.
The Cougars, grand finalists in 2003, had led Newtown 24-8 after thirty minutes and looked like running away with the match. Converted tries to Newtown right on half-time and immediately upon resumption had the Jets back in the hunt at 24-20. Jets' second rower Bill Najjarin, centre Nelson Leon and winger Alf Duncan combined midway through the second half for what will have to be one of this season's most exhilarating tries. With barely ten minutes remaining on the clock and Newtown trailing 30-26, Duncan went agonisingly close to scoring after a thrilling dash down the left-hand touchline. The Cougars hit back quickly with a scrambling try from a miscued kick, and from that point took control of the game from the tiring Jets.
Newtown paid the price for a lopsided penalty count and for repeated defensive positional lapses on the left-hand side in the first half. The final scoreline gives no indication of what a desperately close struggle this match was and of the physical effort put in by the Newtown forwards. Second rower Phillip Leuluai had an exceptional game, highlighted by an amazing twenty-six hit-ups and some awesome tackling. Craig Field scored two smartly taken trademark tries and did everything he could to rally his team-mates. Bill Najjarin is back to his top form, and made some powerful surges wide of the ruck area. Five-eighth Luke Young, son of former Newtown half-back Phil Young, suffered a broken rib late in the second half and will be out of action for at least a month.
This team is more than capable of winning its fair share of games in the VB Premier League competition, but there are no points awarded for running a gallant second in the harsh reality of Rugby League football.
The Sydney Airport Jets are back at Henson Park this Saturday (April 17) when they take on neighbouring South Sydney in a VB Premier League local derby at 3.40pm. In the Jim Beam Cup curtain-raiser starting at 2.00pm, Newtown hosts The Entrance.
KIWI Cup 18's
Friday 16 April 2004 Wellington vs Auckland Crowns Westpac Trust Stadium, Wellington Kick Off 6.40 pm
(Curtain Raiser To Bulldogs vs Warriors)