MELBOURNE will host the third and final rugby league State of Origin match next year.
ROUND 15 is shaping up as a do or die match for the three teams sitting just outside the Top 5 in New Zealand's Bartercard Cup competition.
HULL without stand-off Cooke
CULLEN expecting tough contest
LEAGUE Wrap: Round 23, 12-14 August 2005
The competition in this year?s Leagueunlimited Player Awards is hotting up with last year?s winner Matt Orford joining Cowboys? full back Matt Bowen at the top of the leader board. The Storm half back scored two points on the weekend to move into equal first position on 22 points overall.
CAPTAIN Cowboy Travis Norton still rates Brisbane as favourites for this season?s title despite Wests Tigers and St George Illawarra staking major title claims in round 23.
Wests Tigers 28 v North Queensland Cowboys 16
WESTS Tigers coach Tim Sheens believes his side still has to prove itself as a genuine NRL premiership contender.
RAIDERS 16 v RABBITOHS 29
The South Sydney Rabbitohs have back to score five tries on the trot to defeat the Raiders 29-16 at a chilly Canberra Stadium tonight.
ROUND 23 Sydney Roosters 14 v Cronulla Sharks 8.
The Sydney Roosters have defeated the Cronulla Shark 14-8 at Aussie Stadium this evening.
Round 23 Brisbane Broncos 4 v St George Illawarra Dragons 24
FORMER Manly playmaker Andrew Walker will today lodge an appeal with the NRL to have the final year of a drug ban lifted. The dual international retired late in the 2004 NRL season when he tested positive to cocaine and was banned for two years.
CHAMPION Brisbane five-eighth Darren Lockyer may not play again until next month's NRL finals after suffering a hamstring tear in yesterday's 24-4 loss to the Dragons.
Melbourne Storm 22 v New Zealand Warriors 10
KNIGHTS 22 v SEA EAGLES 14