THE Wollongong Bulls look to have quickly bounced back from their nightmare 2004 season when they scored an impressive 20 point win up at Helensburgh on Friday night. Wollongong looked stronger on paper than the Tigers and this was reflected on the scoreboard. The recruitment of veteran Shane Wilson has been a good pickup and he gives their backline direction. Brad Veigel is a good replacement for Trevor Longbottom and the return of Sean Wessels gives their pack a good look.
BRONCO'S centre Brent Tate today admitted the closet containing Australian and Queensland representative jerseys will lock on him if patchy NRL performances continue to raise their ugly head this season.
CRONULLA Sharks coach Stuart Raper has named a strong squad to take on the North Queensland Cowboys at Toyota Park on Saturday evening.
THE Real Rabbitohs is pleased to announce its team to play the Newcastle Knights in round 5 of the 2005 Telstra Premiership this Sunday, April 10, kicking off at 3pm at Central Coast Stadium.
MITSUBISHI Electric Bulldogs player Sonny Bill Williams will miss the next eight weeks due to an ankle injury sustained in last Sunday?s match against the Sharks.
NEWCASTLE Knights coach Michael Hagen will be hoping this weekends game against an injury blighted Rabbitohs outfit gives them the result they have been striving for since the season opened 5 rounds ago.
Playing at Express Advocate Stadium on Sunday afternoon, coach Hagens line up will be;
MELBOURNE Storm coach Craig Bellamy has named an 18-man squad for this weekend's round 5 NRL Telstra Premiership clash. The Storm (3-1) takes on the Penrith Panthers (1-3) at Penrith Football Stadium on Friday night.
WESTS Tigers coach Tim Sheens has named his side to take on the Warriors. A home game for the Tigers at Jade Stadium in Christchurch, kick off Saturday 7.30pm (NZ).
PENRITH Panthers coach Johnny Lang will be all but reaching for the panic button after his teams surprise loss to the Eels last Friday night.
MANLY coach Des Hasler today named an 19 man squad which includes winger Chris Hicks and centre Terry Hill for Saturday night's game against the St.George Illawarra Dragons at WIN Stadium in Wollongong.
THE Canberra Raiders have wasted no time bringing Ian Hindmarsh back from injury, naming the second-rower in the starting team for Sunday?s clash against the Roosters at Canberra Stadium.
CANTERBURY could be in the midst of a mumps outbreak, with injured utility Reni Maitua and football manager Brad Clyde infected with the virus. This comes after the news that Test stars Sonny Bill Williams and Willie Tonga have been for blood tests to discover whether they might have it as well.
FIVE weeks ago, everyone had pencilled the Roosters? down for an easy win against the Raiders in Canberra on Sunday afternoon. But after a bizarre start to the first four rounds of the NRL season, eraser sales have surged to record highs as the Roosters seek to avoid their third consecutive loss this week against the competition leaders.
DRAGONS representative centre Mark Gasnier will make his 2005 season debut this weekend when he returns from injury for the Dragons clash with the Sea Eagles at WIN Stadium.
PARRAMATTA Eels coach Brian Smith could be forgiven for feeling just the slightest shade confident as his side fronts up to a struggling Brisbane Bronco pack at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday afternoon.