QUEENSLAND Cup newcomers Tweed Heads proved to be too competitive for the premiers Redcliffe holding on for a thrilling 40-38 win in the ABC Television match at Dolphin Oval. Tweed winger Clint Rothery handed the visitors a good start crossing for an early try but the Dolphins dominated the next 30 minutes. Playing attractive attacking football Redcliffe raced in tries through winger Aaron Barba (a double), fullback Dustin Cooper and five eight Shane Perry to lead 22-4 and seemingly in control of the match. A try to Seagulls fullback Nathan Cross reduced the deficit and when centre David Strachan crossed the score was 22-12 at half-time. Two early tries to Tweed Heads saw the scores level and when halfback David Hicks scored a soft try the Seagulls hit the front 28-22. A Michael Roberts try saw the margin at 28-26 with 15 minutes on the clock. A great Hicks try gave Tweed a handy buffer but Redcliffe backrower Ben Jones scored and the result was again in the balance. When Hicks notched his hat-trick the issue was settled with Jones posting his double late in the game for the final 40-38 scoreline. Hicks was named QRL man of the match for his inspirational effort.
BRADFORD has overcome a determined Wigan 36-22 to set up an all-Yorkshire challenge rugby league cup final against Leeds at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday week.
THE Brisbane Broncos could be without forwards Andrew Gee and Petero Civoniceva for Friday night's game against the Sydney Roosters after both were charged with careless high tackles by the National Rugby League judiciary today.
MELBOURNE Storm received diverse injury news today with halfback Matt Orford set to miss two to three weeks and centre Aaron Moule cleared to play Manly this week.
THE Sydney Roosters have re-signed Craig Fitzgibbon for a further three seasons which will see the star backrower based at Bondi until 2006.
DANIEL Anderson's headaches this week won't come from premature celebration.
AN emergency meeting of the Auckland Regional Council (ARC) yesterday decided to raise a loan for a $23 million upgrade of Ericsson Stadium, home of the New Zealand Warriors rugby league team.
IN a body blow of monumental proportions, Brisbane props Andrew Gee and Petero Civoniceva will miss Friday night's National Rugby League blockbuster against the Sydney Roosters after pleading guilty to high tackle offences.
ST George Illawarra captain Trent Barrett says he's sorted out his differences with Nathan Brown and, in his own words, will cop his coach's slap on the chin.
CRONULLA captain Brett Kimmorley believes the Sharks are still capable of finishing in the National Rugby League top four despite their winless start to the season.
THE big news of the round was Saints coach Nathan Brown giving his skipper a clip over the ear. Personally, I don't know what all the fuss is about.
NEW Zealand Warriors second-rower Awen Guttenbeil has been included in the starting line-up to play the North Queensland Cowboys at Ericsson Stadium, Auckland on Monday.
INTERNATIONAL centre Shaun Timmins will start at lock for the Dragons in his second week back from knee surgery in the Easter Saturday clash with the Bulldogs at Telstra Stadium.
AFTER all four teams involved in this Saturday's Easter Double Header lost in round 5, each club will be desperate to get a positive result. The Bulldogs earlier this season set down a team goal as to never have two losses in a row, and after the Newcastle contest last week they will be suitably prepared for the unpredictable Dragons.
MELBOURNE Storm has made widespread changes, including the return of five-eighth Scott Hill, to the side that will take on Manly this Sunday at Brookvale Oval (2.30pm).