MAD Butcher Fox Memorial Premiership
ST George Illawarra Premier League have got their semi final aspirations back on track with an impressive 34-20 win over the North Sydney Bears at Win Stadium tonight.
LEEDS too good for brave Hull, and London stun Wigan.
Canterbury Bulldogs 21 v South Sydney Rabbitohs 21
North Queensland Cowboys 56 v Cronulla Sharks 14
FULL Time Score:
St George-Illawarra Dragons 32 v Warriors 18
ONCE upon a time there were two football teams who often played each other in the local park down the road. Although one of the teams was a little bigger and more experienced, the younger team would always try to put up a good, honest fight - but would inevitably be walloped into the ground by the bigger team, who had a reputation as being a bit of a bully on occasions. (Big meanies!)
THE inclusion of Rodney Howe was not enough to get Norths over the line against the Burleigh Bears in their Queensland Cup clash today. Burleigh defeated the Devils 27 - 20 to move into the top five for the first time this season. Redcliffe remain undefeated after a tough hitout with Tweed while Toowoomba are just two points behind after a 46 - 6 defeat of the injury struck Brothers-Valleys club. Wynnum held third place on the ladder with a 26 - 20 win over Easts who continue to underperform despite boasting international Darren Smith at lock. Meanwhile North Qld and Central kept their season's on track with wins this round.
TWEED Heads gave Redcliffe their first tough game of 2004 on Saturday at Dolphin Oval. The Dolphins were found wanting for much of the game but prevailed 25 - 18 after a much improved second half performance.
THE Australian team named tonight to play New Zealand in Friday night's rugby league Test at EnergyAustralia Stadium, Newcastle.
Notable ommision is incumbent halfback Brett Kimmorly and is replaced by the current premiership winning halfback, Craig Gower.
The squad is;
THE New Zealand Rugby League have named their squad to play Australia in Newcastle on Friday 23rd April.
THE Bartercard Cup 2004 couldn?t ask for a better start then what has happen so far this year. Four franchise changes to the this years competition sees Taranaki Wildcats gone after two seasons of struggling; the Manurewa Marlins have been absorbed by a realignment with the Eastern Tornadoes. The Ellerslie club shifting to merge with Otahuhu; and two new sides enter the cup, Counties Manukau Jetz side and WAICOA Bay Stallions. The competition goes into its fifth season on a far better financial footing than has been the case, with the New Zealand Community Trust agreeing to put in around $650,000 from pokie money to cover airfares, medical and other costs. Plus ten games will be screened live on Sky TV this year, including the final, things couldn?t get any better?.right?
LION FOUNDATION NJC
FOUNDATION CUP 16's GRAND FINALS RESULT
Auckland Crowns vs Auckland Sea Lions Ericsson No.2, Auckland
Auckland Crowns 40
Kingi Akauola, Tamihana Hawea, Jody Henry, Arron Pawley, Scott Jones, Patrick Ah Van (2) : Tries
Sione Tongia, Scott Jones, Matthew Parata (4) : Goals
Auckland Sea Lions 6
James Swalger : Tries
Marvin Ng Chok : Goal
Halftime Score: 20 - 0
FRIDAY 16 April 8.30pm
THE St George Illawarra Dragons have sent out a warning to the competition favourites with a resounding 44-18 victory over the reigning premiers Penrith Panthers.