KICKING off ?From the Couch? (FTC) for 2005 with a swipe at the inconsistency of the NRL judiciary is not the ideal way to start the season but after Danny Nutley was suspended for two weeks for pulling out of a dangerous throw the issue must be addressed. Bagging one of the key components of the administration of Rugby League in Australia is something no one wants to do but with Nutley rubbed out over an incident that warranted only a penalty on the night something must be said. Apart from the Nutley and Keith Galloway (who should have faced suspension) case, it appears that when it comes to Round 1 every year high tackles are treated with the a stance which goes along the lines of ?given it is the first round we?ll forgive the players for not quite getting their technique right, and anyone who strays too high we?ll slap on the wrist?. And the NRL wonders why the fans lack genuine respect for the current judiciary system. Without going into a range of specific tackles that weren?t sighted (and there were quite a few) only Brett Kimmorley and Terry Hill were charged with careless high tackles. Both incidents bordered on reckless given Kimmorley jumped into his high shot on Luke Rooney, and Hill made no attempt to hit any part of Jerome Ropati?s body other than the young centre?s head. If we were in Round 13 I?m willing to suggest Kimmorley (who received on week only due to carry over points) and Hill would be facing at least two weeks on the sidelines for each tackle.
A Zuid (South) Holland representative side are set to face English Nat3 visitors Pro Plumb Essex Eels on saturday March 19th in the Dutch town of Hoek van Holland.
REGISTRATIONS have commenced here at Souths Juniors once again for Season 2005. Season 2005 sees two official trials to take place prior to the commencement of the competition proper.
YES The Mighty Bears are top of the table and determined to stay there as they travel down to WIN Stadium to challenge the Dragons in both Premier League and Jersey Flegg. Watch the sparks fly in as the Bears come up against a former team mate from Norths' 2004 semi-final Jersey Flegg team centre Lee Te Maari, who has been named in the Dragons' Premier League team. Rumor also has it that the Dragons will ensure a beefed up forward pack including former Roosters player Willie Tupou.
WHILE England's Six Nations campaign comes to an unflattering halt this Saturday, the capital's other code is just starting to warm up.
THE London Broncos are poised to fight on in English Superleague as they continue to battle opposing teams on a number of fronts. In the past month Broncos management has seen Wigan, Bradford, Leigh and Salford vote to eliminate the club from Superleague after the Bronco?s liquidation. To add to London?s problems, Vinnie Anderson abandoned negotiations in order to sign with St Helens, and Broncos contracted forward, Lee Hopkins, has reportedly been approached by Wigan.
WIGAN welcome back Great Britain winger Brian Carney for his first appearance of the season after recovering from an ankle problem and second rower Harrison Hansen also returns from a knee injury. Youngsters Joel Tomkins and Dave Allen make way.
LONDON Broncos, unbeaten at Griffin Park this year, will have to do without their most experienced Broncos player for the rest of the season.
CANBERRA have secured a 3-year deal, rumoured to be worth $1 million, with Carlton and United Breweries in a great boost ahead of their season opener at Bruce Stadium this week. And sources close to the club believe the Raiders are also close to securing a 2005 sleeve sponsor.
SHARKS forward Danny Nutley has been suspended for two matches following a guilty verdict for a grade one dangerous throw at last night's judiciary hearing.
FOLLOWING last week's 30-minute blitz of St George Illawarra, Bulldogs superstar Sonny-Bill Williams was carried off the field with ankle and knee injuries sustained in a tackle involving Dragons centre Matt Cooper. The more serious of the injuries was the knee - thought to be a partially torn medial ligament, and although it was considered minor, it was enough to keep him off the field for the rest of the game.
COWBOYS 24 v BULLDOGS 12
AFTER a rip-snorting first round, we now turn our focus to the second chapter of the minor premiership, where sometimes things don't go exactly to plan?
Cowboys v Bulldogs at Dairy Farmers Stadium, Friday 7.30pm
A wise old coach (I believe Chris Anderson was his name) once declared that all you need to win a football match is two quality props and a halfback of high ability. Interesting and prophetic words indeed.
IN a double-blow to Brisbane, Test players Petero Civoniceva and Tonie Carroll have been ruled out of tomorrow night's game against the New Zealand Warriors at Suncorp Stadium.