DURING its early years, State of Origin football brought Queensland to the fore as a major competitor to the traditional New South Wales stranglehold over rugby league. This eventually led to two new Queensland sides joining the NSWRL competition in 1988. Of those teams, it was the Broncos that proved the dominant force north of the border and while they were enjoying consecutive premierships in 1992 and 1993, their Gold Coast counterparts were being smacked with wooden spoons.
NRL wrap - ROUND 25
JASON Cayless is not worrying about winning back a Kiwis' test jumper although Sunday's National Rugby League (NRL) grand final replay with the New Zealand Warriors is the ideal platform to stake a claim.
AFTER an injury ruined season, filled with more lows then highs, the St George Illawarra Dragons season is officially over.
TAWERA Nikau should learn tomorrow whether his doctor will allow him to travel to Sydney to present the Dally M award to the best and fairest player in the National Rugby League.
THE Newcastle Knights won 42-8 in a one sided affair against the Dragons at Oki Jubilee Stadium.
TONIGHT the Cronulla Sharks have out-gunned the South Sydney Rabbitohs by 54 ? 34 in a free-flowing affair that has seen both teams rack up plenty of points. The Sharks eventually overcame a determined South?s outfit which fought hard but in the end couldn?t match the fire-power of a Cronulla team with nothing to lose.
ST George Illawarra's horror run of injuries continue with second rower Lance Thompson likely to miss the rest of the season following a chest muscle injury.
CONTINUING his families tradition with the game of rugby league , outstanding young stand-off Jerome Ropati has been called up by the New Zealand Warriors to cover for injured Stacey Jones and Lance Hohaia in tomorrows game against the Roosters.
PANTHERS high flying winger Luke Rooney has been ruled out of tonight's clash with Manly due to a strained quad muscle.
THE New Zealand Warriors have defeated the Sydney Roosters 26-24 at Aussie Stadium, Sydney.
The Panthers kept their hopes of winning the minor premiership alive with a come from behind 52-26 victory over the Eagles at Brookvale Oval this evening.
THE Eels are given themselves a glimmer of hope in making the Top 8 by beating the Broncos 16-14 at Suncorp Stadium.
SYDNEY Roosters coach Ricky Stuart believes he has a solution to criticism of NRL referees - put two men in the middle.
CRONULLA fullback David Peachey's appeal against a two-match suspension for contrary conduct has been upheld.