IN one of this club?s most impressive team performances since joining the NSW Rugby League?s flagship VB Premier League competition, Newtown defeated Western Suburbs by 30-10 at Campbelltown Stadium on Friday night. This was a genuinely tough encounter, with plenty of power-packed hits from both sides. Newtown?s uncompromising defence at critical stages of the game proved to be decisive in the end.
THE Australian Rugby League selection panel today named a 23-man squad for the Anzac Day Test match against New Zealand in Brisbane on April 22. It will be cut back to 17 on Sunday following the completion of St George Illawarra's clash with Brisbane in Wollongong.
NORTHS coach Wayne Treleaven joked he was trying to keep star back Greg Inglis secret from onlooker Craig Bellamy after the Melbourne Storm?s big 36-16 loss to Penrith on Friday.
A dominant first-half display from Warrington gave them a narrow 35-32 win after Bradford launched a second-half comeback in round nine of the engage Super League.
GIANT prop Jason King has been included in an 18 man Sea Eagles side to clash with unbeaten competition leaders Canberra at Brookvale Oval on Sunday.
VODAFONE Warriors fullback Brent Webb is under doctor's orders to follow a rest and recovery programme on his back injury.
The 24-year-old returned to the side against Wests Tigers last Saturday night after being withdrawn from the line-up for each of the Vodafone Warriors' previous two matches against North Queensland and South Sydney.
However, he was replaced early in the second half in Christchurch and didn't return. He ran with the team at training yesterday but the club's doctor Chris Hanna says Webb needs to rest his injury.
"We tested his strength yesterday and it had deteriorated since Saturday night's game," said Hanna.
"Brent has a small disc injury with some nerve irritation, which needs a period or rest and recovery."
FIREBRAND Panther Tony Puletua will undergo season-ending surgery this Thursday as the fallout from Friday's gruelling encounter with Melbourne continues. Puletua's injury, similar to that suffered by St George Illawarra's Luke Bailey in recent years, is a tear to his pectoral muscle.
DESPITE three consecutive losses, Roosters stars Craig Wing and Adrian Morley remain confident the club is close to stringing together a period of solid form heading into Friday night?s grand final replay against the Bulldogs.
THE Real Rabbitohs is pleased to announce its team to play the Penrith Panthers in round 6 of the 2005 Telstra Premiership this Saturday, April 16, kicking off at 5:30pm at Aussie Stadium.
CANBERRA prop Troy Thompson has shown confidence in the club?s future, extending his contract with the Raiders until the end of 2008.
MITSUBISHI Electric Bulldogs forward Mark O'Meley has been named in the Dogs team for this Friday night's round 6 blockbuster against the Sydney Roosters at Telstra Stadium. O'Meley returns after a 4 week lay-off due to a calf injury sustained in the Bulldogs opening round win over the Dragons.
PENRITH Panthers coach Johnny Lang has named a strong side to play the Rabbitohs despite losing 2 of his best forwards to injury.
NORTH Queensland Cowboys coach Graham Murray has named his team to take on the in form Wests Tigers at Dairy Farmers Stadium on Saturday evening.
PARRAMATTA Eels coach Brian Smith has named his team to take on the Storm at Olympic Park in Melbourne on Saturday evening.
NEWCASTLE Knights head coach Michael Hagan has named his starting line-up for the match at ENERGYAUSTRALIA STADIUM on Sunday afternoon against the Vodafone Warriors.