Raiders and Rabbitohs teams for Saturday night

7.30PM at Canberra StadiumRaiders: Clinton Schifcofske (c), Craig Frawley, Phil Graham, Adam Mogg, David Howell, Todd Carney, Lincoln Withers, Jason Williams, Simon Woolford, Troy Thompson, Tom Learoyd-Lars, Jason Croker, Alan TongueInterchange: Marshall Chalk, Ben Jones, Michael Hodgson, Terry Martin, Alan Rothery (one to be omitted)Rabbitohs: David Peachey, Nathan Merritt, Todd Polglase, Luke MacDougall, Shannon Hegarty, John Sutton, Joe Williams, Peter Cusack (c), Shane Walker, Manase Manuokafoa, Mark Minichiello, David Fa'alogo, Ben RogersInterchange: Jaiman Lowe, Shane Rigon, Shannan McPherson, Paul Mellor, Joe Lichaa (one to be omitted)

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Mad Dog dumped and fined

POWERHOUSE South Sydney centre Adam MacDougall has been fined and dumped for Saturday's NRL match against Canberra after publicly criticising his team mates on the weekend.

Judiciary update - Barrett, Donnelly

THE NRL has granted St George Illawarra an extension until 3pm this afternoon as to how they will plead in regards to skipper Trent Barrett's grade 5 striking charge.

Morrison released from Eels

PARRAMATTA back-rower Glen Morrison will quit the Eels at the end of this season after agreeing to join English Super League champions, the Bradford Bulls.

Bears JF hit their straps

THE North Sydney under 20s team has again improved on their previous form to play a competitive match against the Raiders who won 30-22. ?We are beginning to put opposition teams under a bit more pressure? Claimed Ex-Penrith stalwart and now Bears Jersey Flegg coach Steve Carter.With an improved completion rate the boys hit the Raiders with more metres gained and more effective hits in defence. On a number of occasions the Bears defence forced errors in the Raiders attack. The Bears were unlucky in the second half when Canberra scored an intercept try against the runof play.There was a solid and vocal performance from Jason Saliba playing in the centres, good work from five-eighth Bladen Baird (who scored the Bears first try) and great work from forwards Pio Rokomaqisa, Michael Jones, Arnold Mano and Michael Morris. Arnold and Mick Morris were rewarded with promotion to the Premier League bench. Winger Ryan Wilson was terrific in attack including the scoring of two tries in the left and right corners of the Canberra in goal.But Coach Carter reserved his praise for today?s fullback. ?It?s hard to single out anyone they all played well however, Matt McDougall who has been moved from winger to centre to fullback had an outstanding game?. Matt scored a fantastic try running 90 metres down the left wing to score, possibly inspired by the sight of one of the Honey Bears Cheer Girls having her picture taken at the score board end of the field.?It?s definitely a performance to build on again for next week? said the Coach.In a penalty stricken match the Premier League suffered a defeat to the Raiders 54-10. Without regular Storm players Ben Cross and Matt Bartlett, injuries to Jamie Feeney and Ryan Shortland and the continued loss of back John Russell the Bears were unable to repeat their enthusiastic performance against Manly.PICTURED: Winger Ryan Wilson scored 2 tries against the Raiders for his steadily improving Flegg team. PHOTO: Steve Little

Engage Super League Rd 15 review

LEEDS Rhinos 30 (Burrow, Poching, Walker, Senior, Bailey tries; Sinfield 5 goal) def. Bradford Bulls 0. Att: 16,603.

Souths sign Peachey

SOUTH Sydney has revived the NRL career of David Peachey, signing the former Cronulla fullback for the remainder of the 2006 season.

Impressive Georgia defeat Dutch

SATURDAY 27 May 2006TZAMETI KARTVELI (13 GEORGIANS) 57 ? 16 NETHERLANDSGeorgia displayed striking Rugby skills in the burning atmosphere of the Locomotive Stadium, Tbilissi with a comprehensive 10 try victory over combative Dutch on Independence Day (May 26th).A crowd of 10,935 frantic fans braved the unbelievable heat of the Georgian sun, and it is believed that this figure could be higher since more fans got into the ?Gladiator? style Arena after the kick off.The Dutch set the tone of what was to be a rather ferocious contest braving the famous Georgian Haka Perkhuli. Facing tough defense from both teams in the opening minutes, only the forwards could express their talents, noticeably through Kiwi born Prop Bev Williamson for the Dutch side and David Gasviani for the locals.Georgia opened the score with a drop kick from stand off Merab Kvirikashvili (7?). The Dutch responded immediately with a penalty kick from Huddersfield Underbank Rangers Aaron de Jager (10?).It was Georgia?s George Asatani who found the way first (13?) and then the sparkling locals began to break the Dutch defense, converting every opportunity with 3 well taken tries by Revaz Gigauri, Lexo Gugava and Merab Kvirikashvili (23?, 31?, 37?). The Dutch managed to reduce the score just before Half time through NZ born Duncan Taylor. (23-10).The contest resumed as fierce as it was in the first half. But it only took 10 minutes for the Georgians to open their festival of tries. Local Prop Tornike Ashvetia powered through the Nederland defense (50?) followed by second row Nika Mkheideidze (58?). Winger Zviad Koberidze outpaced his Dutch opponent (60?) and hooker Beqa Kurashvili scored between the posts (64?), while Ducan Taylor followed a high kick from Aaron de Jager to reduce the score (68?) for the Dutch. The Georgians completed their outstanding performance with two well constructed tries by Zviad Koberidze (78?) and second row Shalva Sutiashvili (79?), in a constant frenzy from the local crowd.?I am absolutely impressed with the quality of Rugby Skills displayed today by the Georgians? said delighted RFL Coach Advisor Vincent Webb, ?I believe many of them could make some professional teams in UK very happy? he added.?The Standard of the Georgian Organisation was simply outstanding? said equally impressed RLEF Match commissioner Benjamin Araud. ?The quality of match officials provided to assist Andrew Smith was very good, and to see such an enthusiastic and numerous crowd is unbelievable. The potential for Rugby League development is immense in Georgia?After the match Tzameti Kartuli received an exceptional ovation in front of several tens of thousands people massed in the Streets of the Georgian Capital when they went on the stage set up for the National Celebrations in Freedom Square.Friday 26th MayLocomotive Stadium, Tbilissi, GeorgiaTZAMETI KARTVELI 57 ? 16 NETHERLANDSGeorgia:Tries: George Asatiani (13?), Revaz Gigauri (23?) Lexo Gugava (31?) Merab Kvirikashvili (37?),Tornike Ashvetia (50?), Shalva Sutiashvili (58?, 79?), Zviad Koberidze (60?, 78?), Beqa Kurashvili (64?)Drop Kick: Merab Kirikashvili (7?)Goals: Merab Kirikashvili 8Netherlands:Tries: Ducan Taylo (39? 58?)Goals: Aaron de Jager 4TD Sport and Travel Men of the Match:Revaz Gigauri (Georgia)Bev Williamson (Netherlands)Att: 10 935Referee: Andrew Smith (England)TZAMETI KARTULIGeorge Asatiani Lexo Gugava Revaz Gigauri Alexander Gilauri Zviad Koberidze Merab Kvirikashvili George Sordia Tornike Ashvetia Beqa Kurashvili Davis Gasviani Nika Mkheidze Shalva Sutiashvili Kakhaber Kobakhidze ? Grigol Nishnianidze George Nemsadze Irakli Natriashvili Manuchar NamchevadzeCoach: Kakhaber AlaniaNETHERLANDSKees Foxton Roelof Haar Duncan Taylor Ronald Van Der Broek Jamie Groeneweg Aaron De Jager Benjamin Blom Phil Parkinson Chris Hodgetts Bevan Williamson Raymond Den Engelsam Bernard Van Holstein Alex Hoogezand Vincent Grimbergen Johnny Qua Sjoerd Nieboer Jason BruygomsCoach Ian Thompson

Round 12 Team of the Week

ROUND 12 proved to be one of the closest on record with the State of Origin decided by a field goal in the dying stages, two club games split by one point in extra time and the Eels v Roosters game going right down to the wire as well. The cream has risen to the top, that?s for sure, making the Round 12 League Unlimited Team of the Week a difficult proposition and one that threatens to put a few noses out of joint.

Dragons v Tigers Remains at Oki Jubilee Stadium

THE Dragons Board and Management have decided against the joint approach by the SCG Trust and NRL to move the Round 24 match against Wests Tigers to the Sydney Cricket Ground as part of the NRL?s ?60s week? promotion.The joint proposal involved a celebration and recognition of the contributions the Dragons and Wests made to rugby league in the 1960s and included a major offfield event to surround this marquee game.There were also financial incentives offered in regards to the movement of the match day event itself.Dragons Chief Executive Officer Peter Doust said the Board and Management considered the commercial and heritage based proposal but decided to celebrate the auspicious ?60s Week? in its community heartland.?It is always complex to evaluate viable commercial feasibilities when introducing qualitative elements such as the Dragons history and its association with the game?s history, particularly the 60s period,? said Doust.?However, on this occasion, we believed we should respect the commitment made to five home games at Oki Jubilee in 2006 ? as advertised, particularly in our Membership and Ticketing promotions since late last year.Reasons for declining the proposal included:- Honouring our existing commitment of five home games for our partners and members- The financial incentives were not sufficient- Importance of celebrating this occasion in our heartland- The expectation that the community and members will support and embrace these local events?It was of course disappointing that the confidential proposal found its way into the media and generated so much public debate before the matter could be fully evaluated and communicated, ? added Doust.Dragons Chairman Warren Lockwood highlighted the importance of recognising the Dragons history in the appropriate fashion.?We do have respect for the Dragons place in rugby league history as we do for our supporters and stakeholders,? said Lockwood.?This is not to say that we won?t continue to evaluate commercial options to improve our business modelover time.?Our partners, members and supporters should always be confident that the Board and Management will always consider their perspectives,? added Lockwood.The Dragons will play their first home game of the year at Kogarah under lights against the Parramatta Eels this Friday night at 7.30pm.Five-game membership packages and individual match tickets are still available; please visit www.dragons.com.au for further information.

Hodges does hammy

BRISBANE centre Justin Hodges will spend three to five weeks on the sidelines after scans confirmed a torn hamstring. Hodges is out of the return State of Origin game in Brisbane next month and may not be back for Brisbane until the June 24 clash with Manly.

Eels have too much for Jets

THE Newtown Jets recent winning run in the VB Premier League came to an abrupt end at Parramatta Stadium on Sunday at the hands of competition leaders Parramatta. The Eels won by 41-26 after leading 28-12 at halftime, and are now four points clear at the top of the table as the competition nears the halfway mark.The Eels out-muscled the Jets, with Newtown finding it hard to counter Parramatta?s quick play the balls and close support play. The Jets led 12-6 midway through the first half but the Eels took control from that point onwards. It was a clinical performance by the defending premiers as they remorselessly punished any Jets errors. Newtown added two late tries and can take some credit for fighting gamely right to the final siren. Jets front-rower Glenn Hall scored two tries and lost nothing in comparison to his opponents. Newtown?s classy halfback Josh Lewis set up three of Newtown?s five tries and kicked well in general play. Forwards Daniel Dumas and Charles Tonga and fullback Aidan Kirk also impressed in this tough encounter. The Jets had plenty of walking wounded after the game and now have to regroup to take on traditional rivals North Sydney next Saturday.In other weekend matches the Newtown Jetettes maintained their unbeaten run by comfortably accounting for the Parramatta Junior Eels by 24-10. In Group 11, the Parkes Spacemen gained some badly needed competition points with a 32-20 win over Dubbo Macquarie.The visit by the Sydney Roosters NRL squad to the Jets Sports Club on Sunday evening was an unqualified success. The club was packed to the proverbial rafters with a marvellous roll-up of Jets and Roosters juniors and their parents. Sydney Roosters officials were impressed with the great crowd in attendance and the adulation extended to the Roosters players.The Newtown Jets are back again at Henson Park headquarters this Saturday (June 3rd) when they take on the Melbourne Storm-aligned North Sydney Bears in the first leg of the 2006 Frank Hyde Shield, with this match kicking off at 3.00pm. The Jim Beam Cup competition resumes after a spare weekend, with the Jets travelling to the Lionel Watts Field on Sunday (June 4th) to play the Belrose Eagles at 3.00pm.

Round 12 Charges

ST George Illawarra captain Trent Barrett faces six weeks on the sidelines after being charged by the NRL match review committee today.

Parra break away from pack

ANOTHER week down in the NSWRL Premier League competition and the traffic jam that has been forever present on the ladder continues.This weekend results saw two draws of contrasting proportions. The first was a tough 16-16 draw between the Knights and the Dragons, while the other saw 80 points scored in a try-athon between the Bunnies and the Tigers at Telstra Stadium.At North Sydney Oval the Bears were unable to match it with the class and pace of the Canberra Raiders, going down 54-10 in a disappointing match for the Red and Black.Parramatta?s 41-26 win over the Jets in the ?match of the round? saw the Eels move 4 points clear at the top of the ladder, reaffirming their control of the Premier League competition and delighting Eels fans who witnessed a draw and two wins from the three matches played at Parramatta Stadium. So, how do the teams rate after round 12? Here?s my say:1. +2 Parramatta EelsBack at home for their clash against a quality Jets side, the Eels lifted to record a strong win and in the process re-established themselves as the bench mark of the competition.2. +2 Canberra RaidersHave moved into equal second spot after their thrashing of the Bears. The Raiders Premiership hopes will be more obvious in a few weeks when they face the Dragons, Jets and Eels, in a three week period that will be a true test of their Premiership credentials. 3. +2 Cronulla SharksContinue to go quietly about their business and have moved almost unnoticed into 2nd spot on the ladder. Strong performance against the Cougars on the weekend places Cronulla as a genuine Premiership contender. 4. ?3 Newtown JetsOutclassed by the Eels on the weekend 41-26. The Jets will be there come final time, and if ace halfback Josh Lewis can maintain his top form, the Jets can beat anyone on their day.5. ?3 St Marys Penrith CougarsFollowed up their huge win over the Eels with a loss to the Sharks. Continue to sit in equal 2nd on the ladder and should bounce back against the Eagles at home on the weekend.6. = Balmain Ryde Eastwood TigersPlenty of points exist in this Tigers team, with 90 points in the last two weeks and 363 for the season ? the fourth best in the comp. The Tigers also boast the third best defensive record in the comp and if the traffic jam that exists on the competition ladder continues, the Tigers for and against could prove to be invaluable.7. = Manly Sea EaglesHad the weekend off with the bye. Restart their campaign against the Cougars this weekend in a tough assignment that will certainly provide the Eagles with a chance to assess their positioning within the competition.8. = St George Illawarra DragonsLike in the NRL, the Dragons Premier League side has been less then convincing all year, however they find themselves currently sitting high in equal 2nd. Will make the eight and are a genuine title threat.9. = South Sydney RabbitohsBizarre 40-40 draw with the Tigers on the weekend. Currently sit just 2 points shy of the eight and will challenge for a finals spot for the remainder of the season.10. = Newcastle KnightsMaintained touch with the top eight after a gutsy draw with the Dragons. The Knights will have plenty of teams watching over their shoulder come end of season.11. +1 Canterbury BulldogsBig win over the Magpies gave the Bulldogs their third win of the season. With inclusion in the top eight seemingly out of the equation, the Dogs have nothing to lose. One thing is for certain, the Doggies will be responsible for a few upsets before the seasons end.12. ?1 North Sydney BearsThe Bears 2006 season is hanging by a thread. A big loss to the Raiders on the weekend has the Bears season fading away into oblivion. If anything, the Bears are the perfect example of a competition in desperate need of review and re-structure. 13 = Wests MagpiesContinue to fight in a season that is all but gone. Have a chance to regroup this weekend with the bye, then face up against Manly in round 14.

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