THE Broncos once again returned to the pacesetters group in 2004, but once again they fell by the wayside when the business end of the season came along.
2004 was a completely new challenge for 2003 premiers Penrith. After riding on a wave of confidence and unstoppable momentum to win last season?s Minor premiership and Grand Final, the Panthers were marked men in 2004 as each club tried to knock the premiers off.
LONDON Broncos have secured the services of Parramatta?s utility forward Lee Hopkins for the new season.
THE weekend just past saw an amazing display of talent take part in the Oceanic-Pacifica Rugby League Cup competition .It was a hugely successful event and promises to be even bigger and better next year.
AUSTRALIA broke British hearts with a last-minute try to book their place in the Tri-Nations final.
ENGLAND scored eight tries to crush France 42-4 in Avignon on Saturday and book a place in the European Nations Cup final against Ireland next weekend.
Leeds duo Mark Calderwood and Rob Burrow both scored hat-tricks with Hull wing Gareth Raynor and Salford forward Andy Coley adding further tries.
SCRUM-HALF Sean Long says Great Britain can only improve after yet another painful defeat by Australia.
IT has been confirmed that Cardiff Demons' stand-off, Pete Moore will sign for National League Two side, Sheffield Eagles, this week. He has already agreed personal terms and becomes the third Demons player to join the South Yorkshire club with Welsh internationals, Aled James and Jon Breakingbury, already on their books.
Moore, a Wales and Great Britain Student and Amateur International, has played for the Taffs Well based club since they joined the Conference in 2001, was instrumental in the Demons winning two trophies this season and was recently named in the 2004 Rugby League Conference Dream Team (Pete is pictured with his commemorative shirt for this award).
Demons coach Wayne Williams commented, "It's sad to see a player like Pete leave the club but it's a good move for him and will be a great start to his professional career. Everyone at the club wishes him all the best."
A "warm" welcome waits for former Eels pivot Adam Dykes when the Cronulla Sharks open their NRL pre-season schedule.
AUSTRALIAN rugby league star Andrew Johns will make yet another comeback on Monday after being cleared to resume training with NRL club the Newcastle Knights.
FOUNDATION Cup 16's
Auckland Crowns vs Wellington Cornwall Park, Auckland
Auckland Crowns 38
Kingi Akauola, Patrick Ah Van, Kurt Tehira, Leeson Ah Mau, Scott Jones, Tamihana Hawea (2) : Tries
Matthew Parata (5) : Goals
Michael Lealava'a, Brendan Hikaka, Tautara Reihana-Gerrard : Tries
Brendan Hikaka : Goal
THE Bulldogs coming off a bye, looked great in the first half in the second match of the Easter double header at Telstra Stadium, and held out a determined fight back by the Sea Eagles in the second half to narrowly defeat the Manly side by 28-26.
THE St George Illawarra Dragons have convincingly defeated Wests Tigers 39-10 in the opening match of the Easter Double Header at Telstra Stadium today.
THE Penrith Panthers have defeated the Melbourne Storm this Easter Sunday in a game of two halves by 30-26 at Penrith Stadium.
ANOTHER week, another loss to Cronulla. After last night's dismal showing against the Cowboys, it's time to take aim and vote off another poor soul from Sharks Den Survivor.