THE St.George Dragons staged a gallant fight back against the Illawarra Steelers in the Harold Matthews Cup today, before being defeated by 23-22.
AUCKLAND Sea Lions Kiwi Cup Coach, Lewis Godsmark, will be scratching his head following his team's 28 - 20 loss to Canterbury in the first round of the Lion Foundation National Junior Competition. Widely tipped as favourites to take out the competition, the Seal Lions take on a very handy looking Wellington side, this Saturday, at Wise Park in Wellington. Wise Park has long been a grave yard for Auckland teams, and I suspect that the local side could well have the cigar at full time in this match.
In the Foundation Cup, the Seal Lions were untroubled by the young Canterbury side and should have no difficulty this week, in dealing with the Wise Park bogey.
Auckland Crowns Kiwi Cup squad, this week, take on First National Northland, in the curtain raiser to the Warriors at Ericcson Stadium on Sunday. This Auckland side lacked consistency in their narrow win over Wellington in round 1 and the Wellington side could consider themselves unlucky not to go home with the two points.
This game will be televised on the Sky Sport Network but the channel is still TBA.
The other games Waicoa Bay travel to Christchurch to take on Canterbury at Rugby League Park on Saturday and the Crowns Foundation Cup side take on Northland at Cornwall Park, Auckland on Saturday at 12.45pm
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THE Central Queensland Extended League is ready to kick off with some blockbuster clashes coming up for the Central Queensland region.
WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats coach Shane McNally was grateful to beat Leigh Centurions 38-26 but was far from happy with the way the visitors were allowed to keep the match alive for so long.
WIGAN take on Widnes at the Halton Stadium hoping to avoid a third successive defeat and Vikings coach Frank Endacott knows the pressure will be on current Warriors boss Denis Betts.
A superb all-round performance from loose forward Paul Cooke helped Hull continue their impressive start to the engage Super League season with a 22-12 win, but they were pushed all the way by a spirited Salford side at the Willows.
SID Domic, one of the form centres in Super League in 2004, is set to make his first appearance of the season for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in Sunday?s home game against Leigh Centurions.
LONDON Broncos coach Tony Rea refused to use his club?s off-field problems as an excuse for their 48-22 engage Super League defeat at Bradford Bulls.
WITH their off-field future secure, London Broncos seek to continue their impressive start to the season on the pitch when they visit Bradford Bulls in the engage Super League.
WIGAN got their season back on track at the Halton Stadium with a hard working performance against a gritty Widnes side. Three quick tries mid way through the second period changed the game around as the Warriors found themselves too strong for the home side.
LEEDS Rhinos coach Tony Smith praised his side?s carefree brand of attacking rugby as they piled on the points against his former club Huddersfield Giants.
LEEDS coach Tony Smith takes his unbeaten Rhinos to the Galpharm Stadium, where he helped lay the foundations for Huddersfield?s Super League revival.
AN event clash at WIN Stadium, Wollongong on the weekend of Round 16 of the Telstra Premiership has forced the St George Illawarra Dragons to change their original home-game venue split for the 2005 season.
THE Canberra Raiders fought back from 16-6 half time deficit to defeat the Wests Tigers 36-30 in their final trial match at Campbelltown Stadium last night, but an injury suffered by Michael Weyman has put a scare through the camp on the eve of the 2005 season.
ROOSTERS coach Ricky Stuart this morning named versatile hooker Craig Wing as Brett Finch?s replacement at five-eighth for the opening rounds of the 2005 NRL season.