Rammo's rant

I tend to be a pretty stubborn kind of guy and usually, there?s less chance of me admitting to a blunder than of John Howard walking into question time donning Peter Garrett?s ?sorry? T-shirt. But last weekend has forced me to change tack, particularly when selecting Premiers pre-season.

Jets brought undone

A sub-standard second half performance by the Newtown Jets put paid to any winning chance in Saturday evening?s VB Premier League fifth round match against Cronulla-Sutherland at Toyota Park. The Jets had trailed by 16-12 at half-time and were still hanging in at 28-18 down with fifteen minutes remaining. Three tries to the Sharks in the last eight minutes of the match blew Cronulla?s final winning margin out to 44-18.The lethal combination of a poor completion rate, dropped ball, missed tackles and penalty infringements proved to be Newtown?s undoing in the second half. The Jets had led by 12-10 with only two minutes left in the first half, but failure to find the line from a penalty kick gifted the Sharks vital possession which they turned into a converted try virtually on the half-time siren.Newtown?s front-rowers Glenn Hall and Steve Meredith showed the way by jointly topping the team tackle count as well as by their repeated fearless charges with the ball into the Sharks defence. Centre Vince Mellars, playing against his former Cronulla team-mates, turned in his strongest performance this season. A spate of injuries in the Roosters NRL team is sure to result in several call-ups from the Jets VB Premier League ranks for next weekend.Newtown?s affiliate club in Group 11, the Parkes Spacemen, had a runaway 58-20 win at home against neighbouring Manildra. The Spacemen began their season by defeating Forbes last weekend and now sit proudly on top of the Group 11 first grade premiership table.The Jets are back at Henson Park on Easter Saturday (April 15th) when they take on the Balmain Tigers in a traditional inner-western local derby. Given that the Jets and the Tigers are only drawn to meet once this year, the Trevor Ryan-Neil Pringle Shield contested by the two foundation clubs goes on the line this Saturday at Henson Park, with this VB Premier League match kicking off at 3.00pm. In the opening round of the 2006 Jim Beam Cup competition, Newtown travels to Erina on Good Friday (April 14th) with this match due to start at 2.30pm.Photo caption:Newtown Jets hooker Luke Gordon attempts to break through against the Sharks defence at Toyota Park on Saturday evening.Photo courtesy of Gary Sutherland Photography.

Marshall to visit specialist

WESTS Tigers five-eighth Benji Marshall will visit a specialist today to determine whether he will play again this season.

Kimmorley's Origin hopes rocked

CRONULLA halfback Brett Kimmorley remains confident of playing State of Origin football this year despite an ankle injury which will sideline him for six weeks.

Millward sacked by Wigan

WIGAN has sacked Australian coach Ian Millward after a wretched start to the English Super League season.

Semour Dropped, Perry In

OUT of form halfback Brett Seymour was today dropped from the Ergon Energy Broncos? side in one of the three team changes for Friday night?s clash against the Sydney Roosters at Aussie Stadium.

Round 8: Bradford go down to Warrington

REIGNING champions Bradford lost ground on the engage Super League leaders after crashing to their first home defeat for 10 months by 22-18 to Warrington in an error-strewn match at Odsal.

Round 8: Catalans smash past Cas

BRUNO Verges claimed a hat-trick as Catalans Dragons ran in nine tries to overpower Castleford by 51-14 for their third win in engage Super League.

Round 8: Sinfield injured in Leeds win over Hull

LEEDS shrugged off the loss of skipper Kevin Sinfield to stage a thrilling comeback in a classic re-run of the 2005 Challenge Cup final to get past Hull 34-26.

Round 8: Salford continue fine form over Giants

SALFORD full-back Karl Fitzpatrick grabbed a superb hat-trick as the Reds made light of some horrendous conditions at the Willows to continue their excellent start to the season with a 36-18 win over Huddersfield.

Round 8: Saints too good for Quins

ST Helens again proved they are a team for all seasons after edging past Harlequins by 16-6 in atrocious conditions to maintain their 100% start to the engage Super League season.

Round 8: Wakefield smash past Wigan

WIGAN?S season sunk again as they were crushed at fellow strugglers Wakefield Trinity Wildcats by 40-14 to remain marooned at the bottom of engage Super League with the prospect of title favourites St Helens next up at Knowsley Road.

Seymour Dropped, Perry In

OUT of form halfback Brett Seymour was today dropped from the Ergon Energy Broncos? side in one of the three team changes for Friday night?s clash against the Sydney Roosters at Aussie Stadium.

Round 6 Teams and Fixtures

FRIDAY, 14th April 2006

Roosters name team to face Broncos

ANTHONY Minichiello Sam Perrett Iosia Soliola Chris Flannery Amos Roberts Braith Anasta Brett Finch Craig Wing David Shillington Anthony Tupou Ashley Harrison

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