THE Wynnum Seagulls RLFC has today announced a three-year partnership arrangement with the Brisbane Broncos that will enable Wynnum Seagulls players to stay in the bayside district and still have viable opportunities in the NRL.
SHAW Cross Sharks 0 Bradford Thunderbirds 64
Warrington 4 Wakefield Panthers 50
Pendle 0 Castleford Panthers 50
Hillside Hawks 120 v Copeland Wildcats 0
Keighley 36 York Acorn 20
Sheffield Hawks P East Hull P Waterlogged Pitch
THE conditions ahead of kickoff were cold and wet underfoot, and both sides took their time settling into the game. No doubt the constant drizzle accentuated the calamity of errors which averaged one per minute in the opening five minutes.
After the nerves had settled the game got under way and both sides employed similar tactics, opting to test the midfield defence with bruising runs. Within 6 minutes Ireland were camped on Scotland?s 5metre line and Barrie McDermott almost set up Simon Finnegan but Finnegan couldn?t collect the offload.
ANDREW Johns is in doubt for the final leg of Australia's Tri-Nations campaign due to complications with his right knee.
GREAT Britain vice-captain Brian Carney fervently believes that the Lions have it in them to go one better than last year and win the Tri-Nations series.
THE Maltese public has been treated to a professional display of rugby league in all facets of the game at Marsa Stadium this afternoon where the home side, the Malta Knights defeated England Lionhearts by 36 points to 6.
Australia 28 v New Zealand 26
Horrid conditions at Ericsson Stadium didn't seem to affect the players on show tonight as both sides turned it on for the many fans that turned up for the 2nd game in the Tri-Series, with the Kangaroos taking the spoils in a close fought battle by 28-26.
RAIN has finally stopped falling in Auckland this morning but the surface is sure to be slippery for tonight's Tri-Nations rugby league clash between Australia and New Zealand.
KIWI officials are hoping a New Zealand victory on Friday will come with an added bonus - Stacey Jones for the remainder of the Tri-Nations tournament.
THE Cumbrian representative team once again proved to be a first-class lineup, defeating Ireland 64-4 on the weekend. The game played at Whitehaven?s Recreation Ground was a showcase of local talent, including 10 players who were a part of the Whitehaven Warriors team that recently missed out on Superleague promotion. The Cumbrian team continued the form they displayed in the corresponding game last season, when they went close to defeating a combined Australian and New Zealand team.
AND so?in the cold hard light of day, the stats and the score remain the same as they did last night. Kangaroos 28, Kiwis 26. A sense of disappointment, but also a feeling of pride for this gnarly old Kiwi supporter. Pride in the fact that, for now at least, my team is able to compete with the very best League team in the world. Not only are they able to compete but they came incredibly close to pulling off an historic victory. But for a lack of defensive attention for ten minutes and the odd errant goal kick, it was theirs.
ONE can understand the flow of emotions and excitement felt by the Malta players from down under when they set foot, most of them for the first time,on their father?s land on Friday 14th October. They are going to play the first ever international Rugby League match on Maltese soil against England Lionhearts on Saturday 22nd October at Marsa Stadium, Malta.
ANDREW Johns has succumbed to a knee injury forcing his withdrawal from the Tri-Nations tour of Great Britain, the Australian Rugby League announced late today.
PROMOTION to the Great Britain squad will be up for grabs when England take on John Monie?s France at Headingley tomorrow evening.
HUDDERSFIELD Giants' Chris Thorman has revealed his delight at being named England captain for the upcoming games against France & New Zealand.