Time running out for Tevita Latu

BEAURACRACY appears to have stymied disgraced Kiwi international Tevita Latu's rugby league comeback.

Sea Eagles side to play Panthers

BRETT Stewart, Michael Robertson, Chris Hicks, Steve Matai, Paul Stephenson, Travis Burns, Matt Orford, Jason King, Michael Monaghan, Brent Kite, Luke Williamson, Glenn Stewart, Ben Kennedy (c)

Broncos side to play Cowboys

1. Darius Boyd 2. Tame Tupou 3. Justin Hodges 4. Brent Tate 5. Scott Minto 6. Darren Lockyer (c) 7. Brett Seymour 8. Shane Webcke 9. Shaun Berrigan 10. Petero Civoniceva 11. David Stagg 12. Brad Thorn 13. Tonie Carroll

Roosters side to face Bulldogs

1. Amos Roberts 2. Sam Perrett 3. Iosia Soliola 4. Ryan Cross 5. Vince Mellars 6. Braith Anasta 7. Josh Lewis 8. Adrian Morley 9. Craig Wing 10. David Shillington 11. Anthony Tupou 12. Craig Fitzgibbon' 13. Chris Flannery

Refs should be held accountable - NRL

ST George Illawarra coach Nathan Brown has voiced his support of an NRL initiative to make referees more accountable after his side was found to be on the wrong end of a match-winning decision.The NRL have announced that all contentious refereeing decisions would be scrutinised in a new weekly report to provide greater transparency and accountability by officials.Referees boss Robert Finch released the first report on Monday, which stated the Bulldogs should not have been awarded a crucial try in their thrilling 22-16 NRL win over the Dragons on Friday night.Video referee Bill Harrigan awarded a controversial 21st minute try to Bulldogs halfback Brent Sherwin, who got the benefit of the doubt despite a suggestion of obstruction from Mark O'Meley on Matt Bickerstaff.Brown said the decision had a "huge" bearing on the game, but supported any move to clear up contentious decisions."We all make mistakes," Brown said."Sometimes the referees are ridiculed because sometimes some people don't know the rules."I think this new policy could be a good one because it actually enlightens some people on the rules."It doesn't give us the two points back but it's good they've said they're wrong and put their hands up."We can now get on with life."The Dragons coach said the hardest mistakes to swallow where those made by the video referee."I thought Steve Clark ref'd pretty well and did a good job in a tough, close game," he said."The video referee should get most of them right."We had a chance late in the game but couldn't quite hit the front again but obviously sometimes you get a couple of calls and unfortunately the other day we didn't get one."Maybe somewhere down the track we'll get one that comes back our way."You can't get the perfect players so you can't expect the perfect ref."It's hard for anyone not to expect referees to not make mistakes."As long as you try to be consistent, hopefully everyone learns from it."NRL chief operating officer Graham Annesley said the initiative will be trialled for the remainder of the 2006 season."Contentious refereeing decisions often create emotional debate at the time but rarely is there any official announcement clarifying whether the officials were right or wrong," Annesley said."This is another important step in demonstrating transparency and accountability across all parts of our game and where a referee does make a mistake we will continue our policy of acknowledging the error."Conversely, where the officials have made the correct call the NRL has a responsibility to back them up publicly."

Panthers side to play Manly

1. Rhys Wesser 2. Michael Gordon 3. Danny Galea 4. Luke Lewis 5. Luke Rooney 6. Preston Campbell 7. Craig Gower 8. Joel Clinton 9. Luke Priddis 10. Craig Stapleton 11. Matthew Cross 12. Tony Puletua (c) 13. Frank Pritchard

Panthers sign Smith

PENRITH has signed 23-year-old Raiders winger/centre Nathan Smith on a two year deal.

Cowboys team to play Broncos

1. Matt Bowen 2. Ashley Graham 3. Mark Henry 4. Josh Hannay 5. Matthew Sing 6. Travis Norton (c) 7. Johnathan Thurston 8. Matthew Scott 9. Aaron Payne 10. Carl Webb 11. Steve Southern 12. Luke O'Donnell 13. Paul Bowman

'La off to Castleford

VETERAN forward Awen Guttenbeil announced on Monday night that he had decided to leave the Vodafone Warriors at the end of the 2006 NRL season to finish his playing career with English Super League club Castleford. The 30-year-old second rower said he was pleased to have his future secured after signing a two-year contract with the Tigers this evening. Now in his 11th season with the Vodafone Warriors ? a feat only Stacey Jones has matched ? Guttenbeil was awarded a testimonial by the club this year and marks it with a celebratory lunch this Thursday (July 20). ?The time just feels right for me to go to England with this being my testimonial season,? he said today. ?I?ve got everything to thank the Vodafone Warriors for. This club has helped to make me who I am. I?ve grown up here and I?ve been through all sorts of good times and some not so good with the club. ?It?ll be sad when it?s all over but I?ll leave happy as well because I?m so thankful for the opportunity I?ve had here.? Guttenbeil, who made his first-grade debut against North Sydney in 1996, played his 164th match when the Vodafone Warriors met Parramatta on Saturday night. No other forward has played more games for the club. Guttenbeil said he appreciated the club?s co-operation in allowing him to explore options before reaching his decision to leave. ?As I was out of contract and I was looking at finishing my career, I wanted to be able to make the best decision for my family?s future,? he said. ?I approached the club to ask whether I could sound out Super League clubs to see what might be available and I then asked whether I could check out NRL clubs as well. The Vodafone Warriors also made me an offer and, in the end, I was able to make an informed decision. ?While there was a chance to go to another NRL club, I really didn?t want to be in a position where I was playing against the Vodafone Warriors. ?I?ve ended up with the best deal and Tash and I are excited about heading to the English Super League for a couple of seasons. ?That?s ahead of us, though. This year has been hugely rewarding with the Warriors and I want to do all I can to see us finish it the best way possible. ?But when my playing career is over, I?d love to be able to return to help the club in some way.? Chief executive Wayne Scurrah said the Vodafone Warriors were indebted to Guttenbeil. ?The contribution he has made to the club has been enormous. He represents everything we want players from this club to aspire to,? he said. ?He has always been very open about his plans and all we?ve wanted is whatever is best for him. He asked for permission to investigate other possibilities and has come back to say this option to go to Castleford is best for him and for his family. We?re excited for Awen. ?Now we want to give him the best farewell we can. He deserves it more than anyone.? Scurrah said the club was keen to have Guttenbeil involved when he finishes his playing days. ?In his case it?s once a Warrior, always a Warrior and it?s our wish that he?ll be back soon and have a role in this club. He has so much to offer.? After five injury-troubled years, Guttenbeil has been the club?s most durable player in the last six seasons, appearing in more matches during that time than any other player. He?s set to join a club with a potent Kiwi connection. Castleford has previously been home to a number of New Zealanders including Kiwis Tawera Nikau, Tony Kemp, Richie Blackmore and Frano Botica.

Raiders team to play Dragons

THE Canberra Raiders have named an unchanged line-up for Sunday afternoon?s big clash against the St George Illawarra Dragons, with Coach Matt Elliott sticking with the same 17 who defeated the Tigers 20-18 at Canberra Stadium last weekend.

Knights team to play Bunnies

1. Milton Thaiday 2. Brian Carney 3. Matthew Gidley 4. George Carmont 5. Anthony Quinn 6. Jarrod Mullen 7. Andrew Johns (C) 8. Craig Smith 9. Danny Buderus 10. Josh Perry 11. Steve Simpson 12. Clint Newton 13. Reegan Tanner Interchange:14. Luke Davico 15. Adam Woolnough 16. Todd Lowrie 17. Kirk Reynoldson 18.Daniel Abraham(One to be omitted)

Parra team to play Wests

1 � Wade McKinnon 2 � Jarryd Hayne 3 � Luke O�Dwyer 4 � Ben Smith 5 � Eric Grothe 6 � John Morris 7 � Jeremy Smith 8 � Nathan Cayless (c) 9 � Mark Riddell 10 � Fuifui Moimoi 11 � Nathan Hindmarsh 12 � Chad Robinson 13 � Glenn Morrison

Overnight wrap: Bulldogs & Storm

BULLDOGS prop Nate Myles is expected to announce his NRL future today. The Queensland Origin forward has been the most in-demand player on the open market, with eight clubs desperate to secure his services from next season.

Wakefield split with coach Smith

WAKEFIELD have parted company with head coach Tony Smith with immediate effect.

Dragons say Mogg deal is still on

CATALANS Dragons have insisted they are unconcerned by reports suggesting centre Adam Mogg could remain with his present side Canberra Raiders.

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