TWO of the Top 5 sides suffered major upsets over the weekend.
THE Sydney Roosters VB Premier League team showed their premiership-winning credentials at Aussie Stadium on Saturday evening, when they trounced the Sydney Airport Jets by 42-6. Newtown has made a habit of stirring second half comebacks in recent weeks, but there was rarely a glimmer of hope in this match, with the Roosters well in command from start to finish.
QUEENSLAND WIZARD CUP
Results: Toowoomba 36 d Redcliffe 22, Burleigh 28 d Easts 26, Ipswich 36 d Central 14, Wynnum 42 d Tweed Heads 28, Norths 72 d Souths Logan 8. North Queensland bye.
Standings: North Queensland 31, Burleigh 30, Norths 29, Redcliffe 24, Toowoomba 23, Wynnum 18, Tweed Heads 17, Easts 16, Ipswich 11, Souths, Logan 7, Central 4.
ROOSTERS coach Ricky Stuart has made good on his pledge to blood the next generation of Roosters stars, recalling tough second rower Nigel Plum to first grade in a bid to inspire a second-straight win, which will keep the club?s faint finals hopes alive.
DARREN Lockyer has been ruled out for at least two weeks following his hamstring injury from last Sunday's game against the Dragons.
THE Mitsubishi Electric Bulldogs team to take on the Tigers in Round 24 of the Telstra NRL Premiership is:
PARRAMATTA Eels coach Brian Smith has named his team to play the Dragons at Oki Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Coach Smiths team is;
MANLY utility Steve Matai is the only player to face the NRL judiciary tomorrow night after opting to fight a high tackle charge. Matai faces a one game ban for a grade one careless high tackle on Knights prop Craig Smith in Manly's 22-14 loss at Newcastle on Sunday.
THE Real Rabbitohs are pleased to announce its team to play the Sydney Roosters in Round 24 of the 2005 Telstra Premiership this Saturday, August 20, kicking off at 7:30pm at Aussie Stadium, the Club?s final home game from the Moore Park precinct before shifting to Telstra Stadium from 2006.
WESTS Tigers Head Coach, Tim Sheens has announced his squad for the Wests Tigers v Bulldogs Game at Telstra Stadium, kick off at 7.30pm.
THE Dragons number one ticket holder, the Honorable Prime Minister John Howard MP and newly elected NSW Premier Morris Iemma will be at Oki Jubilee Stadium to support their favourite team the St George Illawarra Dragons against the Eels this Sunday.
PENRITH Panthers head coach John Lang has named his side to face the Broncos on Sunday at Penrith Football Stadium.
Notable omission is Rhys Wesser sidelined with a foot injury.
CRONULLA Sharks coach Stuart Raper has named his team to play the Sea Eagles at Toyota Park on Sunday afternoon.
Coach Rapers team is;
ALL EYES ON STACEY'S FAREWELL..
Departing halfback Stacey Jones is the undoubted centre of attention as the Vodafone Warriors build towards his last NRL appearance in front of the Ericsson Stadium faithful on Saturday night.
NORTH Queensland Cowboys coach Graham Mrray has named his side to play the Raiders at Dairy Farmers Stadium on Saturday evening.
Coach Murrays team is;