NEW Zealand will return to North Harbour Stadium for the first time since 1998 for their rugby league test against Australia on October 18.
NED Kelly's famous words "Tell 'em I died game" were quite applicable to the Sydney Airport Jets' gritty performance at Henson Park last Saturday, when they grafted hard all the way against NSW Premier League title favourites the Bulldogs, before going down by 34-22. Spurred on by another big reunion day home crowd, the Jets won the respect of everyone at Henson Park with their never say die effort.
Fielding a somewhat makeshift pack, with at least five first choice forwards on the injured list, the Jets fought hard against the well-drilled Bulldogs. Newtown's manpower situation was worsened when impressive young front-rower Aaron Sweeney smashed a shoulder in the game's full-on opening exchanges. The methodical 'Dogs remorselessly punished Newtown for any errors, with virtually every try to the visitors attributable to Jets' mishaps in their own territory, such as poorly directed passes or handling errors. The 2003 Jets brought appreciative roars from the crowd through the quality of their tries, as they bravely repeatedly clawed their way back to keep in touch with the 'Dogs.
Fullback Andrew Le Breton was again one of Newtown's best, and he received strong support from centre Dustin Cooper, and forwards Chris Williams, Aaron Trinder and Campbell McNiven. Both replacement forwards Josh Annesley and Andrew Kaleopa worked hard in defence. Scrumbase combo Craig Field and Troy Barnes, after proving so effective against Parramatta the previous Saturday, were kept in relative check by the Bulldogs, although the crafty Barnes conjured up a classic fifty-metres charge-down try.
Newtown began in great style against Wentworthville in their Jim Beam Cup match, with fearsome winger Dicky Veramu grabbing an early try. It was all downhill after about twenty minutes as the Jets' defences unravelled and Wenty took control of the game, striding away to a convincing 46-12 win.
The Sydney Airport Jets travel to Campbelltown Stadium this Sunday (August 31), for their Premier League clash with Western Suburbs. This match is a curtain raiser to the Wests-Tigers and North Queensland NRL match, and kicks off at 1.00pm. Newtown is away to Woy Woy in the Jim Beam Cup on Saturday afternoon, with the game at Woy Woy Oval due to start at 4.00pm.
GB and Ireland International, Jane Banks the Community Development Officer at Warrington Wolves has been selected to tour New Zealand in
September/October for the forthcoming Women's World Cup. This is the biggest event to date in Women's Rugby League with 10 countries participating.
WIGAN today have announced that prop Quentin Pongia has signed for the club until the end of 2004.
THE club has signed Chorley Lynx hooker Dave McConnell on trial until the end of the season.
PANTHERS coach Johnny Lang will be breathing a sigh of relief this week with the news that his in form 2nd rower , Joe Galuvao , has recovered from the calf muscle injury he sustained in last weekends impressive win over Wests Tigers.
NRL judiciary commissioner Jim Hall has been asked for a "please explain" for the second time this season over his failure to take action against players involved in on-field brawls.
MITSUBISHI Electric Bulldogs head coach Steve Folkes has announced his team for the Dogs big clash against the Raiders this Friday night at the Sydney Showground.
CHRIS Walker's offer to play in the National Rugby League for free may have won him a lifeline with the Sydney Roosters. And Brisbane also remains an option according to his manager Chris Orr.
IN the wake of the farcical scenes at Parramatta Stadium on Saturday night, one has to wonder if the reintroduction of the 5 minute sin binning option would help referees better control matches that teeter on the edge of anarchy.
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NEW Zealand Warriors hooker Tevita Latu has been suspended for one match following the judiciary found Latu guilty of a grade one dangerous throw which will see him miss the important clash with the Roosters at Aussie Stadium.
NEWCASTLE Knights pair Robbie O'Davis and Timana Tahu are set for their return this Sunday against St George Illawarra Dragons at OKI Jubilee Stadium.
THE NRL's decision makers will discuss the Gold Coast's bid for a place in the premiership at a meeting next month after the consortium concerned impressed officials in Sydney.
PASSIONATE Broncos captain Gorden Tallis has cautioned officials about over-softening rugby league.