NORTHS 44 - Toowoomba 34
REDCLIFFE easily accounted for Ipswich today extending a hoodoo which has seen the Jets winless at Dolphin Oval since 1994. The Dolphins ran out 42-20 winners after leading 30-4 at the break. In the first half Redcliffe outclassed Ipswich in attack and defense, at times threatening to score at will. The second half was a scrappy affair with neither side controlling the ball. Ipswich staged a mini fightback to trail 36-20 with 15 minutes remaining but the Dolphins held strong for a much needed Wizard Qld Cup victory.
NEWTOWN?S thrilling 36-34 win over Balmain, in the VB Premier League local derby played at Henson Park on Saturday, was certainly not an ideal occasion for persons with a nervous disposition. The Sydney Airport Jets had trailed 18-16 at the break, following a try for try first half. The Jets took command early in the second half, only to lapse alarmingly in a seven-minute horror patch during which the Tigers piled on three tries and two conversions.
Sunday 24 April 2005
WAKEFIELD ended their three-match losing sequence in engage Super League with a hard-fought 29-18 win over London Broncos at the Atlantic Solutions Stadium.
SCRUM-HALF Chris Thorman made an outstanding contribution to Huddersfield?s performance by scoring two tries and setting up another but it could not save them from a 36-22 defeat by St Helens.
KIWI winger Henry Fa?afili grabbed a hat-trick as Warrington Wolves snatched a thrilling 36-34 engage Super League victory over Hull.
ROUND 7, 23-25 April 2005
IT'S been a tough weekend for some clubs with leading players Clinton Schifcofske (Raiders), Adam MacDougall (Rabbitohs) and Brent Tate (Broncos) all suffering serious harm.
RUBEN Wiki?s return and Nathan Fien?s move to standoff are the two major features in the Vodafone Warriors side to face Penrith in their NRL clash at Ericsson Stadium on Sunday.
After missing four matches through suspension, prop Wiki (32) went head to head with his front row team-mate and captain Steve Price in last Friday night?s Anzac Test in Brisbane.
Now Wiki and Price are set to be reunited for the Vodafone Warriors for the first time since the 24-12 win against Brisbane on March 19.
?It was pleasing to see Ruben get through a lot of work in the test (including 30 tackles),? said Vodafone Warriors head coach Tony Kemp.
?He?s bursting to get back into it and he couldn?t be coming back at a more important time for us.?
Fien (25), who?ll play his 98th first grade game on Sunday, started each of the club?s first six matches at hooker this year but was moved to standoff at a critical time in the Vodafone Warriors? thrilling 30-26 win over Newcastle.
?Nathan has done an outstanding job for us at hooker but he gave us a lot of direction when we moved him to standoff in Newcastle so we?re going to start him there on Sunday,? said Kemp.
That means Kiwi test hooker Louis Anderson will wear the No 9 jersey against the Panthers while Jerome Ropati, a double try-scorer in his Kiwi test debut against the Kangaroos, again starts at fullback with fellow international Brent Webb still out of contention with a back injury.
With Sione Faumuina due to miss two matches with a knee injury, Kemp has been forced to reshuffle his back-row combination. Kiwi second rower Wairangi Koopu moves to loose forward for his 99th NRL appearance while Karl Temata, a front row starter against the Knights, partners Awen Guttenbeil in the second row.
Props Iafeta Paleaaesina and Richard Villasanti will again come off the bench against Penrith, as will Epalahame Lauaki who made a significant combination as an impact player in the dramatic win over Newcastle.
After starring for Australia in Friday night?s test, Price was today named in an initial 22-man Queensland squad for this year?s first State of Origin clash in Brisbane on May 25. He finished the test on the bench with a hamstring injury but early indications are he will be fit to line up against Penrith.
The Vodafone Warriors go into the match lying seventh on the NRL ladder after collecting two points from their bye last weekend. While they have three wins and three losses, the Panthers (10th) had their fourth defeat of the year on Saturday night when beaten 36-22 by the Cowboys.
PENRITH Panthers head coach John Lang has named his side to travel to Auckland to face the Warriors at Ericsson Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Roosters 24 v Dragons 26
MELBOURNE Storm coach Craig Bellamy has named an 19-man squad for this weekend's round 8 NRL Telstra Premiership clash. The Storm takes on the Cronulla Sharks at Olympic Park on Saturday afternoon.
36-YEAR-OLD veteran Darren Smith is on standby for Friday night's top of the table clash with Manly Sea Eagles with lock Tonie Carroll still under an injury cloud.
THE Manly Sea Eagles will play in the club's white strip with maroon shorts and socks in the club's return to Friday night football against the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium (this Friday,April 29).