AFTER a pre-season of off-field dramas it would prefer to forget, the NRL will be praying its new under-20 competition is a success.
WESTS Tigers have overcome the early loss of star playmaker Benji Marshall to upset St George Illawarra 24-16 in their NRL match at the Sydney Football Stadium.
THE Wests Tigers have claimed a comfortable 24-16 win over a very disappointing Dragons outfit at the Sydney Football Stadium this afternoon. The Tigers led 18-4 at half time and were always in control of the match.
BRISBANE celebrated the successful return of skipper Darren Lockyer with 48-12 NRL first round romp over Penrith at Suncorp Stadium.
THE Brisbane Broncos have today run roughshod over a weak and ill-disciplined Penrith side, victorious by 48-12 at Suncorp Stadium.
MELBOURNE halfback Cooper Cronk says ongoing contract negotiations have not affected Israel Folau and expects the Test centre to star for the Storm in 2008.
CRONULLA halfback Brett Kimmorley believes his side is best suited to the NRL's reduced interchange system.
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RELIEVED Newcastle captain Danny Buderus admits he had no idea how the rebuilt Knights would go in Saturday night's NRL opener against Canberra.
PARRAMATTA coach Michael Hagan has warned his players not to get carried away with the hype following their spectacular start to the 2008 NRL season.
THE Cronulla Sharks have kicked off their 2008 campaign with a determined 16-10 victory over the Manly Sea Eagles at Brookvale Oval.
THE Newcastle Knights have claimed a comfortable 30-14 victory over the Canberra Raiders in Newcastle tonight. The Knights led 10-4 at half time.
WHO'D like to be a footy fan? Tonight at the newly named ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Bulldogs and Eels fans were treated to both the euphoria of a team on fire, and the lows of a bumbling side. The Parramatta Eels finally won the battle of a 'game of two halves'
SYDNEY Roosters back-rower Anthony Tupou says the pain of losing his Australian Test spot is spurring him on in 2008.
COACH Jason Taylor is confident South Sydney can get their NRL season back on track without star recruit Craig Wing.