QUEENSLAND'S hottest State of Origin debate in years will be settled today when selectors decide where to play skipper Darren Lockyer in Wednesday week's crucial second match.
JAMIE Lyon has set his sights on leaving St Helens with an English Super League and Challenge Cup double. The brilliant former Australian Test centre, who is expected to return to his old club Parramatta when his contract with Saints runs out at the end of the season, scored 20 points to help the League leaders reach the last four of the Cup.
A reminder to all members of the CSSC that our inaugural General Meeting will be held this Wednesday, 6.30pm at Taren Point Bowling Club. The meeting will give all members an opportunity to discuss issues, suggestions or raise questions about the CSSC.Furthermore, Sharks CEO Greg Pierce will be making a special guest appearance following the conclusion of formalities, and is interested in meeting and discussing the running of the football club with all members.We also hope to induct our first round of honorary members on the night. Honorary members are either celebrity lovers of the CSSC, or non-members who perform great deeds in aiding the CSSC's eternal quest for awesomeness.http://sharks.leagueunlimited.com
THE New Zealand Rugby League says it is ready to go to the international board if NRL clubs refuse to release players to take on Great Britain on 27 June. Coach Brian McClennan wants Fui Fui Moi Moi, Iosia Soliola, Jeremy Smith, David Kidwell and Billy Ngawini, who all play in Australia, for the one-off Test. "We're not asking for too much because we haven't asked for any stars," said NZRL chairman Selwyn Bennett. "I think it's getting to the stage where we're going to have to test it." McClennan wants to use the one-off match at St Helens to try out some new players, and hopes to play Ngawini alongside Stacey Jones at half-back. But Jones has indicated he is concentrating on regaining fitness playing for Catalans Dragons after a long lay-off with a broken arm before he thinks about playing for his country again. "In an ideal world, I'd love to play but I've got make sure I'm going all right for the Dragons before I start thinking about playing Test-match football," he told the Rugby Football League website. Source: bbc.co.uk
SERBIA plays host to Russia this Sunday, in the fourth match of the European Nations B pre-qualifying tournament for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup. The Serbs, who come into the match on the back of a comprehensive 45-10 defeat at the hands of Georgia, must win if they are to stay in contention for one of the two available berths at the European qualifiers later this year.They face an uphill battle however against a Russian Bears side brimming with confidence following their 40-14 disposal of the Netherlands in Hoek von Holland last month. The experienced Bears squad boasts no fewer than 13 players from the perennial Russian Rugby League champions, Locomotive Moscow, along with coach Evgeny Klebanov, and must be considered red hot favourites to defeat the relatively inexperiences Serbians.A win to the Bears will guarantee their progression, along with the undefeated Georgians, consigning Serbia to World Cup elimination. A Serbian victory on the other hand, will mean that both sides remain in the hunt.The match is to be played at FK Radnicki Stadium Belgrade on Sunday June 4, and kicks off at 5pm local time.Squads are as follows:SERBIAVukanovicDajcDordevicGrbicGranicVujosevicNovakovicPesicMinevskiMilosevicAnticRadonavanovicNerandzicpopsogorovicSimeunovicTomicMilovanovicSusnjaraPopovicRUSSIABeglarynOsipovHiachovKorolevZacoskinVolkovGrigoriynBardeevZukovBaskakovCherenkovProninDobryninGvozdevBychkovSmirnovNechaevOrchinnikovKonstantinanVrasykIlliasov
REDCLIFFE were beaten today by Burleigh 20 - 18 and face the prospect of falling out of the top should they be beaten by Wynnum next weekend.
THE North Queensland Young Guns continued their spellbinding attacking form, defeating the Toowoomba Clydesdales 44-26 at Clive Berghofer Stadium today. The first half was a see-sawing affair, with tries, blows and the lead exchanged a number of times at rapid pace. Great direction from Young Guns five-eighth and captain Chris Sheppard eventually steered the visitors home, with a second half onslaught of tries.
VB Premier League.
Newtown 34 d. Newcastle Knights 10.
Newtown led 24-0 at half-time.
Played at Energy Australia Stadium.
Jim Beam Cup.
Windsor 40 d. Newtown 16.
Played at the Windsor Sports Complex.
WORLD Champions. Bradford Bulls, are set for a bonanza when they play the biggest game of the season against Leeds Rhinos at Odsal next Saturday. 5th June. The game, which has been made all ticket because of the number of people wanting to see the showdown, will see the Bulls and the Rhinos lock horns for the second time this season. The first game at Headingley attracted a full house of 21,000 and although around 16,000 tickets have already been sold for the game, Bradford Bulls Chairman Chris Caisley is quick to point out that there is plenty of space at Odsal for the game.
ST Albans Centurions have signed South African international winger Desi Kadima on a month's loan from London Skolars. The Centurions, who face fellow unbeaten side South London Storm in Saturday's National League 3 clash at Woollams, have taken Kadima for four week's to strengthen their back line and give the youngster some experience.
THE Penrith Panthers overcame losing stars Ryan Girdler and Preston Campbell to injury to triumph over the Bulldogs 40-29 in one of the games of the season this afternoon at Penrith Football Stadium.
THE Wests Tigers have run out convincing 33-6 winners over a disappointing Parramatta side at Leichhardt Oval this afternoon. The match was played in sparkling conditions in front of a record Wests Tigers crowd of over 18,000 people.
WOE is South Sydney, the latest victim of a continuously improving Cronulla team. Last night the Sharks were fierce, but not until after a much needed first half wake up call. Souths dashed to a 12 point lead before Cronulla replied with 38 unanswered points, little hooker Michael Sullivan stealing the show.
MELBOURNE Storm halfback Matt Orford will have x-rays this evening after suffering a suspected broken hand in the second half of last night?s historic 28-18 win over the Knights in Newcastle.
IT was a slaughter which would make most men cringe.