WITH the upcoming round marking the mathematical halfway point of the 2005 NRL Season, Fron The Couch runs the rule over the 15 sides and delivered the following grades on your team:
ROOSTERS V Manly ? Sat 4th, 1.15 PM ? Henson Park
Forth placed Roosters play ninth placed Manly at Henson Park (Roosters home game). The Roosters had a slow start to the season, but have not lost since round seven, while Manly have been in a form slump till last week when they recorded a good win. The Roosters are the team that everyone fears, and should be far too good for Manly.
A Classic game of two halves was played out in the Jersey Flegg match between the Bears and the Tigers on Saturday at Leichhardt Oval. It was a good solid in the first half as the Bears back rowers of Michael Morris and Ryan Verlinden forced errors in the Tigers attack. The Bears had the lead 10-6 at the break. The second half however lacked the same intensity.
"In the second we gave away a number of penalties that gave the opposition good field position" claimed Coach Gavin Catanach. The coaches best were second rower Michael Morris, five-eight Anthony Beare, Hooker Tim Woodbine (pictured) and Ryan Verlinden - "Always plays well" said Coach Catanach.
The final score 28-14 to the Tigers.
VETERANS Nigel Roy and Scott Sipple have been named to return to an Easts side that has lost four games in succession.
2004 MO & ACE Award winning entertainer Adam Scicluna(pictured right) will join Fat Pizza? cult hero Pauly Fenech in hosting a mammoth evening on the Maltese and rugby league calendars when the MRLA present the 2005 Inaugural Miss Malta Knight Pageant in Sydney.
THE night of Wednesday the 25th of May marks the day of one of the most exciting State of Origins of all time. But it also marks a highly successful night of fund rasing for the North Sydney Football Club as they held an Origin Legends Night.
ROOSTERS V Manly ? Sun. 5th, 5.40 PM ? Aussie Stadium
Third placed Roosters are at home to fifth placed Manly. Both teams come into the game with good form, having both had good wins last week. The Roosters have slightly better form and are the home side.
LEEDS v Hull: Smith demands more, and Wigan v London: First home test for Millward
NATIONAL League One (NL1) clubs have had a mixed response to news that the RFL will modify promotion and relegation procedures for the ESL. Rugby Football League boss Richard Lewis recently announced that the current promotion-relegation system will be scrapped in 2009, with NL1 teams having to fulfill a range of financial and performance criteria in order to be considered for promotion. Such promotion will be less frequent with all ESL teams to be guaranteed 3 year ?licences?.
WARRIORS centre Tony Martin's season is over after he underwent fusion surgery on a bulging disc in his neck.
LUKE Ricketson, Sydney Roosters captain and most capped player, today announced be will retire at the end of the current 2005 season.
Sydney Roosters 18 v Manly Sea Eagles 22
ADVICE from Wallabies coach Eddie Jones has convinced Bulldogs star Braith Anasta to stick with rugby league.
MALCOLM Noad, CEO, Mitsubishi Electric Bulldogs, announced today the Bulldogs Club has extended its agreement to play its home games at Telstra Stadium until 2020.
THE St George Illawarra Dragons have elected to stand down Willie Manu from tomorrow nights match with the Warriors at WIN Stadium following notification he has today been charged by Wollongong Police.