Roosters Achieved Nothing In 2003 - Stuart

RICKY Stuart says his Sydney Roosters have lived up to all expectations so far this National Rugby League season - but still haven't achieved anything in 2003.

Dogs Army Silenced

THEY'RE renowned as the most fervent of rugby league fans, but when the chips were down on Saturday night, the Bulldog Army deserted like rats.

Two down, six remain in the hunt

WHILE it may be all over for the Newcastle Knights and Brisbane Broncos in 2003, six teams still remain in the hunt for the Telstra Premiership. After the weekend began with two upsets, it ended with both the Knights and the Broncos licking their wounds and lamenting their failure to overcome second half season obstacles. For the Knights the loss of skipper Andrew Johns with a neck injury with a handful of rounds to play, all but sealed their fate. While for the Broncos the drain of the representative season and mid-term injuries to Darren Lockyer and Gorden Tallis ruined a brilliant first half of the year. An old footy clich? is ?injuries are part of the game?, but the stark reality is they ARE the main reason teams fail to live up to expectations season in, season out. Just consider the injury toll for both sides (during the season) featured names such as: Johns, Lockyer, Tallis, Kennedy, O?Davis, MacDougall, Tate, Ikin, Parsons, Simpson etc. No side in this salary cap age can possibly have the depth to cover such significant player loss, and injuries are the main reason both sides finished at the foot of the Top 8.

Girdler Stars as Panthers Prove Too Strong ForThe Broncos

RYAN Girdler played his best game of the season as the Panthers scored a come from behind 28-18 victory over the Broncos today at the Penrith Football Stadium. The Panthers now qualify for a Preliminary Final showdown with either the Warriors or Raiders in two weeks time.

Anderson Happy With Last Nights Game

TRIUMPHANT New Zealand Warriors coach Daniel Anderson was confident his side could shade the National Rugby League (NRL) favourites in last night's playoff match but did not expect a crushing 48-22 victory over the Bulldogs.

NRL wrap - WEEK 1 QUALIFYING FINALS

THE 2003 Finals series kicked off on Friday night with the Raiders going down 30-18 to Melbourne at a freezing cold Canberra Stadium. It was an awesome display from the Storm who overcame a 12 point deficit to completely out-gun the Raiders' defence and put the Green Machine's 2003 aspirations on hold.

Post Mortem : Brisbane Broncos

THE Broncos boasted 11 State of Origin players - six who pulled on the green and gold.

News Improves For Penrith Panthers

INJURED Penrith forwards Tony Puletua and Luke Priddis are expected to be fit for the Panthers' National Rugby League preliminary final in two weeks, coach John Lang said on Monday.

Bulldogs Promise To Improve

THE Bulldogs have vowed to make a better fist of their second National Rugby League (NRL) finals' appearance after spectacularly falling apart before the New Zealand Warriors.

Raiders Bracing Themselves

THINGS could be worse for Canberra Raiders captain Simon Woolford.

Ribot's call to arms

MELBOURNE Storm executive director John Ribot has urged the Melbourne public to get behind the Storm as Victoria?s other team in the finals alongside Collingwood in the AFL.

Underestimate Us At Your Peril - John Lang

PENRITH coach John Lang delivered a warning to his team's premiership rivals after the Panthers ended Brisbane's 2003 National Rugby League season with a spirited comeback win in the fourth qualifying final at Penrith Football Stadium.

Roosters Achieved Nothing In 2003 - Stuart

RICKY Stuart says his Sydney Roosters have lived up to all expectations so far this National Rugby League season - but still haven't achieved anything in 2003.

Dogs Army Silenced

THEY'RE renowned as the most fervent of rugby league fans, but when the chips were down on Saturday night, the Bulldog Army deserted like rats.

Two down, six remain in the hunt

WHILE it may be all over for the Newcastle Knights and Brisbane Broncos in 2003, six teams still remain in the hunt for the Telstra Premiership. After the weekend began with two upsets, it ended with both the Knights and the Broncos licking their wounds and lamenting their failure to overcome second half season obstacles. For the Knights the loss of skipper Andrew Johns with a neck injury with a handful of rounds to play, all but sealed their fate. While for the Broncos the drain of the representative season and mid-term injuries to Darren Lockyer and Gorden Tallis ruined a brilliant first half of the year. An old footy clich? is ?injuries are part of the game?, but the stark reality is they ARE the main reason teams fail to live up to expectations season in, season out. Just consider the injury toll for both sides (during the season) featured names such as: Johns, Lockyer, Tallis, Kennedy, O?Davis, MacDougall, Tate, Ikin, Parsons, Simpson etc. No side in this salary cap age can possibly have the depth to cover such significant player loss, and injuries are the main reason both sides finished at the foot of the Top 8.

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