A hat trick from Billy Treacy helped Treaty City Titans guarantee a semi-final place with a comprehensive victory over Waterford Vikings at Dooradoyle. A far superior points difference over both Kilkenny Wildcats and Waterford Vikings means that they have all but assured themselves top spot in Munster and a home semi final tie against the Leinster runners up.
A home ground advantage did not help the injury-ravaged Magpies last weekend as the Wynnum Seagulls fought to secure their place in the finals.
THE Board of the NSW Rugby League has approved a joint venture between the Newtown and Cronulla-Sutherland Rugby League Football Clubs, whereby the Sydney Airport Jets will become the sole VB Premier League team for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks.
A stand out performance by the Mt Albert Lions over the 2003 Bartercard Cup champions, the Canterbury Bulls, sees the Lions move into second place on the competition table, just pushing Otahuhu Ellerslie from the placing on points difference. With the Bulls back home in Christchurch hosting Otahuhu Ellerslie, they'll be looking to find their winning form once again.
SYDNEY City Roosters coach Ricky Stuart has named his side to take on the Melbourne Storm on Sunday afternoon at Olympic Park - Melbourne.
Coach Stuarts team is;
PENRITH Panthers coach John Lang has had to do a spot of reshuffling in naming his team to take on the Bulldogs at Telstra Stadium on Friday night.
2nd row forward Tony Puletua moves into the front row while Luke Lewis covers in the centers for the injured Ryan Girdler.
NORTH Queensland Cowboys coach Graham Murray has named his side to front up to the Saint George Illawara Dragons on Saturday evening at Dairy Farmers Stadium.
With confidence high after last weekends win against the Knights the Cowboys look likely to cause the Dragons some grief on Saturday night.
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ST.GEORGE Bank Dragons coach Nathan Brown has named an unchanged starting line-up to play the Cowboys in Townsville this Saturday night.
CRONULLA Sharks coach Stuart Raper has named his line up to face the Brisbane Broncos at Toyota Park on Saturday afternoon.
Coach Rapers team is;
BULLDOGS forward Jamie Feeney will join teammate Dennis Scott in Melbourne next year after signing a three-year deal with the Storm today.
NEWCASTLE Knights coach Michael Hagan has named his team to take on the Rabbitohs at Aussie Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Hagan has named a strong team on paper and they must go close to restoring the Knights placement on the NRL ladder.
Coach Hagans team is;
YOUNG Mitsubishi Electric Bulldogs sensation, Sonny Bill Williams has been recalled to the Dogs first grade team for this Friday's match with the Penrith Panthers at Telstra Stadium. Having suffered a major injury in the Bulldogs round 7 encounter with the Rabbitohs, Williams has made a successful return with some impressive performances in Premier League during the past month.
THE NRL have confirmed that the St George Bank Dragons will play Manly on Sunday, the 29th of August at Oki Jubilee Stadium. Kick-off has been scheduled for 2:30pm.
The last time Manly visited Kogarah was in March 1997. The match was much anticipated following Manly's controversial victory in the 1996 Grand Final against the mighty Saints. A Friday night crowd of 16,706 saw Manly narrowly escape with an 18-14 victory.
TALLIS has been troubled by neck and shoulder pain since being on the end of a nasty spear tackle in Brisbane?s round 12 win over the St George-Illawarra Dragons.