ROUND 8 was a tough week for punters. Well supported favourites, Penrith and Newcastle managed to win but failed to cover the $1.90 line.
BULLDOGS coach Steve Folkes has named an unchanged lineup to face the Newcastle Knights from the team which held out the Broncos in last weekends thriller.
MANLY Sea Eagles coach Des Hasler has made sweeping positional changes to his side to take on the Dragons at this Sunday at Brookvale. Hasler is convinced it will make his side a difficult outfit to beat.
NEWCASTLE coach Michael Hagan has named his Round 9 side to take on the Bulldogs at EnergyAustralia Stadium on Sunday 9th May, kick off 3.00pm.
THE weekly column here at Leagueunlimited is to highlight what we here on the site think are the best players in each round of the 2004 NRL competition.
Based on the opinion received from the Leagueunlimited.com live updaters, we have put together what we think is the team of the Round 8.
TRIBUTES are continuing to flow in following the sudden death of veteran rugby league journalist and commentator Peter Frilingos.
SOUTH Australian Rugby League (SARL)
RESULTS from Round 4 of the NSWRL Premier League competition:
THE Sydney Airport Jets turned in a horror ten minutes just before half-time in Sunday's VB Premier League match against Western Suburbs at Campbelltown Stadium, which proved to be a decisive factor in the Magpies' 38-20 win. Newtown trailed 6-4 after thirty minutes of play, but Wests took advantage of repeated errors to lead 22-4 at the break.
Newtown fought back in the second half, trailing 22-14 with more than twenty minutes remaining, but a soft try to Wests put the game beyond the visitors' reach. Second-rowers Billy Najjarin and Phillip Leuluai had their best games for the Sydney Airport Jets this season, while Craig Field, Andrew Le Breton and Ben Vaeau were the best of Newtown's backs. Hard-hitting Tommy Gemmell and tough front-rower James Stosic impressed once again with their commitment. The Sydney Airport Jets suffered further misfortune with French international second-rower Matthieu Julia breaking his jaw late in the second half.
The Sydney Airport Jets opened their account for the season in the Jim Beam Cup when they defeated Ourimbah 28-22 at Henson Park on Saturday. Halves Luke Young and Simon Crotty gave standout displays, while Newtown's best forwards were front rower Peter Howie and second-rower Nelson Lomi. Coach Trevor Schodel gratefully accepted the win, but said his team had a lot of improving to do to match it with better credentialled opposition.
In the VB Premier League this coming weekend, Newtown takes on the Penrith-St. Marys Cougars at the Western Weekender Stadium on Saturday, April 10, with this match starting at 2pm. There is a general bye in the Jim Beam Cup competition over the Easter weekend.
THE Redcliffe Dolphins have come to the help of the beleaguered Niue islanders.
The Pacific islands, populated by 2100 people and east of the international dateline, were devastated on January 7 by Cyclone Heta.
The 300 kilometre and hour winds destroyed much of the islanders' possessions and food crops.
The Dolphins donated football jumpers, T-shirts and shorts as part of an Australian-wide effort to help out Niue.
NEW Easts halfback Dane Campbell exudes confidence.
Confidence marks his occupation as a salesman and also his position at the Tigers, coming to the club this season, grabbing a Premier League spot and steering his new team-mates around the park. And all this from a 21-year-old largely unknown to the Langlands Park faithful.
FOUNDATION Cup 16's
Saturday 10 April 2004 Auckland Crowns (1st Place) vs Wellington (4th Place) Cornwall Park, Auckland 1.00 pm Kick Off
Saturday 10 April 2004 Waicoa Bay (2nd Place) vs Auckland Sea Lions (3rd Place) Puketewhero Park, Rotorua 12.30 pm Kick Off
WEST Indies will join 23 other teams after being confirmed as one of the successful applicants for the 2004 York Nines tournament to be held in June later this year. West Indies international sides FC Lezignan (France), Strela Kazan (Russia), South Asia Bulls, Les Hussards de Paris (France), Edinburgh Eagles (Scotland), Glasgow Bulls (Scotland), Montpellier X111 (France) and SO Avignon (France) against a range of different clubs and representative teams from all over England in the tournament.
DARREN Lockyer has shot to the front on eight points in Leagueunlimited.com's player of the year awards following another outstanding display last weekend. But he may have company with Raiders forward Ruben Wiki bolting up the leader table and sitting on seven points.
SHARKS five-eighth Greg Bird is facing a lengthy suspension after being ordered to go straight to the National Rugby League judiciary following a serious incident that saw him sent from the field during Saturday night?s match with South Sydney.