THE Jersey Flegg Sharks are now just one win away from a Grand Final appearance after defeating the Wests Magpies in their first round finals match on Saturday at Toyota Park.
THE Counties-Manukau Jetz will have a size advantage in the Bartercard Cup rugby league preliminary final on Sunday, and Mt Albert will have to play smart footy rather than physical to win it.
THE Sydney Roosters? Premier League side has staked an unmistakable claim on defending their premiership after annihilating the Bulldogs 67-6 at WIN Stadium with their biggest win of the year this afternoon.
JOE Vagana is hoping newly appointed Kiwis coach Brian McClennan will bring an end to his five-year international exile.
SALFORD down London
SAINTS clinch top spot
WIDNES and Leigh announce squads
WARRINGTON Wolves coach Paul Cullen has confirmed Andrew Johns will start the engage Super League clash against Leeds Rhinos on Saturday alongside club captain Lee Briers.
As such, fellow Australian Nathan Wood is likely to be relegated to the bench despite a man-of-the-match performance in Sunday?s 32-22 win over Salford.
INJURED Kiwis and Bulldogs star Sonny Bill Williams has been implicated in the latest calamity to beset his controversial National Rugby League outfit - an early morning rampage through the club's headquarters
MELBOURNE Storm players Robbie Kearns and Dennis Scott will be in the Hyperbaric Chamber at Vaucluse Hyperbaric this afternoon in an effort to accelerate the recovery of their shoulder injuries. Both players are hopeful of playing in the semi final clash against the Cowboys on Saturday night.
THE St George Illawarra Dragons have today taken steps to discipline and educate Wes Naiqama after he was last night pulled over by police for driving without a license.
FINALS Week One, 9-11 September 2005
Week one of the 2005 NRL Finals series kicked off in spectacular style with the Wests Tigers blowing away the Cowboys to the tune of 50-6 at Telstra Stadium. The result had statisticians looking back over 60 years through the record books for a bigger semi-final thrashing. Brett Hodgson was the talk of the town with a record-breaking personal tally of 30 points, the most scored by a player in NRL finals history. Hodgson bagged a hat trick of tries and kicked nine goals from nine attempts, breaking his own club record for points scored in a match.
Finals 2005 - Week 1
DRAGONS 28 v SHARKS 22
The St George Illawarra Dragons have defeated a courageous Cronulla Sharks outfit 28-22 at a wet WIN stadium in front of a ground record crowd of 19,608 in the 3rd Quarter Final. The loss means that the Cronulla Sharks season has ended, as has the career of David Peachey and Jason Stevens in the NRL. The Dragons have now earned a spot in the Preliminary final in two weeks time as well as a week off next week.
FINALS Week One
Brisbane Broncos 18 vs Melbourne Storm 24
Finals 2005 - Week 1
Parramatta Eels 46 v Manly Sea Eagles 22
The Parramatta Eels have defeated the Manly Sea Eagles 46-22 at Parramatta Stadium this afternoon. The loss means Manly?s finals campaign has ended, and the Parramatta side have earned themselves a week?s rest.