NSC Player Case Study: Brett Finch, Roosters

WHEN the Sydney Roosters signed a then 20 year old Brett Finch in the winter of 2002, they were not just signing a talented halfback to play inside their star five-eighth Brad Fittler; they were investing in the future of their playmaking corps. Now into his third season as a Rooster, Finch is well and truly the present with Fittler?s retirement at the end of 2004. Last Friday night against the Bulldogs, Brett Finch showed why the Roosters brain trust made the right decision in placing their eggs in his basket. In a game the Roosters had no right to win after 20 minutes when they were 16-0 down, the involvement of their now lone ?go-to-guy? was the decisive factor in their eventual come from behind 29-16 victory. Not only did he set up three of the Roosters five tries, but Finch was consistently touching the ball and organising his troops in and around the ruck, while his kicking game was outstanding. But words sometimes can appear biased, clich?d, overstated, unfair or they can simply underestimate a performance on the football field.

A World Without __________

I?M standing in the rain at a horserace. I?m standing outside a church in Bath. I?m standing at Stonehenge. I?m standing in Stratford upon Avon. I?m standing beneath the Eiffel Tower. I?m standing on Omaha Beach. I?m standing in the Louvre. I?m standing in Trafalgar Square. I?m standing in the stands at Lords. At Old Trafford. At Highbury. At Stamford Bridge. I?m walking through Soho, past a woman who has done her hair like a Dr. Seuss Sneetch. Somewhere across the oceans the Sharks are winning. I?m everywhere except where I want to be. I?m living in a world without rugby _________.

Australia triumphant in Anzac Test battle

FULLTIME score: Anzac Test 2005 Australia Kangaroos 32 v New Zealand Kiwis 16

Bartercard Cup - Round 2

NEW Zealand's Bartercard Cup competition heads into it's 2nd week with last week's games all going the way of the home sides.

Rea names 20 man squad for Wildcats trip

TYRONE Smith comes back into Tony Rea?s squad having missed the last game through illness. While Smith comes in London will be without the services of Thomas Leuluai.

Wolf Mail - Round 11 team to play Hull

WOLVES coach Paul Cullen has named a squad of 20 to face Hull FC on Sunday in Round 11 of the engage Super League.

ESL Preview - Round 11 -

SALFORD have the chance to consolidate their top-six place when they take on bottom-of-the-table Leigh at the Willows.

Warriors sign Wayne McDonald

WIGAN today completed the loan transfer of Wayne McDonald from Leeds Rhinos. Wayne has joined the club until the end of the season and goes into the Warriors squad for Friday's engage Super League game at Bradford Bulls, 8pm kick off.

Salford City Reds 42 - Leigh Centurions 6

STUART Littler grabbed his second hat-trick of the season as high-flying Salford made it three engage Super League victories in a row against bottom club Leigh at the Willows by 42-6.

Giants lose one but then gain one

AT Wednesday's disciplinary hearing at Red Hall, Sean Penkywicz was found guilty of providing a sample containing a banned substance. He was banned from the game for 2 years. Having considered this finding, the decision was made that his conduct was sufficiently serious as to warrant his immediate dismissal. Accordingly Huddersfield Giants have terminated his playing contract with immediate effect.

ESL Preview - Round 11 - Preview - Saturday

GREAT Britain loose forward Gareth Ellis will figure for Leeds Rhinos in Saturday?s engage Super League match at Widnes.

Vale Stacey Jones - A fans perspective

PHIL Blake on the charge to the ball, he'll score... no he won't, the debutant has beat him to the ball.

Match Report: Eels vs Tigers

FULLTIME score: Round 7 Parramatta Eels 26 v Wests Tigers 16

Broncos overcome Sharks in gutsy win

FULLTIME score: Round 7 Sharks 12 v Broncos 16

Cowboys dig deep to beat Panthers

Fulltime score: Round 7 North Queensland Cowboys 36 v Penrith Panthers 22.

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