Sharks side for Sea Eagles clash

DAVID Simmons Darren Albert Beau Scott Phil Bailey Luke Covell Adam Dykes Brett Kimmorley Ben Ross Kevin Kingston Hutch Maiava Reece Williams Lance Thompson Greg Bird

Manly team to face Sharks

BRETT Stewart Michael Robertson Steve Bell Steve Matai Chris Hicks Travis Burns Matt Orford Jason King Michael Monaghan Brent Kite Steve Menzies Anthony Watmough Ben Kennedy (c)

Broncos team for Eels clash

KARMICHAEL Hunt Tame Tupou Shaun Berrigan Justin Hodges Darius Boyd Darren Lockyer (c) Brett Seymour Shane Webcke Michael Ennis Petero Civoniceva Dane Carlaw David Stagg Casey McGuire

Storm name team for Cowboys

1. Billy Slater 2. Matt Geyer 3. Matt King 4. Greg Inglis 5. Jake Webster 6. Scott Hill 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Garret Crossman 9. Cameron Smith 10. Antonio Kaufusi 11. David Kidwell 12. Ryan Hoffman 13. Dallas Johnson

Bunnies name team to play Dragons

THE Rabbitohs side is:1) Todd Polglase2) Nathan Merritt3) Shannon Hegarty4) Yileen Gordon5) Paul Mellor6) John Sutton7) Beau Champion8) Peter Cusack ?9) Stuart Webb10) Luke Stuart11) David Fa?alogo12) Joe Galuvao13) Ben RogersInterchange:14) Jaiman Lowe15) Manase Manuokafoa16) Shane Rigon17) Shannan McPherson

Bulldogs team to face Newcastle

1. Luke Patten 2. Hazem El Masri 3. Andrew Emelio 4. Willie Tonga 5. Matt Utai 6. Daniel Holdsworth 7. Brent Sherwin 8. Chris Armit 9. Corey Hughes 10. Roy Asotasi 11. Willie Mason 12. Andrew Ryan (c) 13. Tony Grimaldi

Warriors line-up for clash with Tigers

BRENT Webb Todd Byrne Tony Martin Clinton Toopi Manu Vatuvei Jerome Ropati Nathan Fien Ruben Wiki (vc) George Gatis Steve Price (c) Awen Guttenbeil Wairangi Koopu Louis Anderson

Knights team to play Bulldogs

1. Milton Thaiday 2. Brian Carney 3. Matthew Gidley 4. George Carmont 5. Anthony Quinn 6. Kurt Gidley 7. Andrew Johns (c) 8. Craig Smith 9. Danny Buderus 10. Josh Perry 11. Steve Simpson 12. Kirk Reynoldson 13. Reegan Tanner

Roosters team to play Raiders

1. ANTHONY Minichiello 2. Sam Perrett 3. Iosia Soliola 4. Ryan Cross 5. Amos Roberts 6. Braith Anasta 7. Jamie Soward 8. Shane Shackleton 9. Brett Finch 10. Craig Fitzgibbon 11. Nigel Plum 12. Chris Flannery 13. Ashley Harrison

Tigers name team for Round 3

ISAAC De Gois and Stuart Flanagan will make their first grade debut for the Wests Tigers this weekend against the New Zealand Warriors.

Schifcofske named in side to play Roosters

CANBERRA Raiders captain Clinton Schifcofske has been named in the side to take on the Roosters at Aussie Stadium this Sunday. Schifcofske missed last week's loss to Newcastle with a sprained ankle.

Manly to decide on Leuluai charge

MANLY will have until midday today to decide whether to contest a grade one contrary conduct charge levelled against prop Kylie Leuluai. The Sea Eagles forward was accused of kneeing in his side's 20-16 NRL loss to North Queensland and faces a two-match ban if he enters an early guilty plea and three games if he unsuccessfully contests the charge.

Barrett, Cooper likely to return for Dragons

TRENT Barrett and Matt Cooper are expected to make their return for St George Illawarra when the Dragons name their team for Sunday's NRL clash against South Sydney today.

Round 2 Team of the Week

AFTER a topsy-turvy round of NRL action including some big hits, big scores as well as a few tight games, we?ve put our heads together for the Round 2 League Unlimited Team of the Week and it?s another cracker.Fullback: Wade McKinnon (Eels) ? Stood out for Parra on Saturday night, showing he?s a classy attacking and defensive fullback. Always backs up and has a great turn of pace.Wing: Hazem El Masri (Bulldogs) ? This guys just keeps turning up every week and putting in. Hazem was everywhere in the Round 2 Opener v Wests Tigers, scoring four fabulous tries and booting 9/10. What a champ!Centre: George Carmont (Knights) ? Georgie-boy had a wow of a match and seems to have taken on a new lease of life after getting a haircut. But I kinda liked the ponytail. Carmont relishes the opportunities he?s given outside Johns and did well to bag a double this week.Centre: Ben Smith (Eels) ? Big Ben is back and he gave the Warriors nightmares on Saturday with several strong runs, one resulting in a powerful try. He?s started the season a little slowly but methinks he?s just warming up.Wing: Matt Sing (Cowboys) ? Ageless in his attacking flair, Sing was up to his old tricks against a determined Sea Eagles outfit. He scored a treble and bought up his 100th first grade try in the process. Two thumbs up for Matt.Five-eighth: Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys) ? The reigning Dally M Player of the Year once again turned in a good performance, although it?s hard comparing it against his first round tirade. Thurston had a good night at home and came out on top.Halfback: Andrew Johns (Knights) ? The master sure knows how to turn things on. Once again Joey joins Thurston as the halves combo of the LU Team of the Week and with good cause. He tore Canberra apart with skill and precision, scoring 30 points in total, although Newcastle?s defence left a little to be desired.Lock: Regan Tanner (Knights) ? A surprise selection here but well earned. Tanner isn?t a household name just yet but he put in a solid display in the Nation?s Capital and kept the scorers on their feet with a handy try.Second-row: Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels) ? Hindy looks to have shrugged off the knee complaint (injury if you will) that dogged him towards the end of last year and is now back in the thick of things. It?s great to see as he?s one of the game?s genuine talents and he kept his legion of fans happy with a two-try effort.Second-row: Luke O'Donnell (Cowboys) ? The burly second-rower put in a gritty effort against one of the harder backrow?s going around in the comp. He had Beaver, BK and Watmough to contend with and showed he loves a good scrap.Prop: Shane Webcke (Broncos) ? Whilst everyone thought the Broncos were gone after one game, someone forgot to tell Shane Webcke. He?s an animal and again proved a handful for the Sharks, keeping their defence busy all night and even bustling his way to score a great try.Hooker: Cameron Smith (Storm) ? Cam Smith is going to be hard to keep out of this spot each week if he keeps playing the way he did on Sunday. He?s got an old head on young shoulders, gives great dummy half service, knows when to run and makes a truckload of tackles each week.Prop: Mark O'Meley (Bulldogs) ? Shrek was clearly an angry man with a point to prove on Friday night. The running battle between he and Bryce Gibbs was some great niggle and it?s no surprise to see him come out on top. Gibbs could learn plenty from an experience campaigner like O?Meley.Interchange: Brad Thorn (Broncos), Todd Lowrie (Knights), Dean Widders (Eels), Kurt Gidley (Knights) ? A well balanced bench here with hard-heads Thorn and Lowrie ready to come on and mix it up with the big boys, whilst junior Gidley and Widders know a thing or two about explosion from the bench.Merkin of the Week Award for Stupidity: The New Zealand Warriors get a team discount for the most prized award in rugby league this week. Unbelievably, they still cannot win a game in their native land outside Auckland, the closest being a draw with Canterbury in round 8, 2001 at Westpac Trust Stadium. It could be a long season boys ? you?re still minus 4 and not getting anywhere in a real hurry.

Jets stave off Magpies

THE Newtown Jets won this second round VB Premier League match against Western Suburbs on Saturday by 46-28, but gave Henson Park regulars some anxious moments in the action-packed second half.In a game in which 15 tries were scored, the Jets looked to be set for a runaway victory when they led by 30-4 early in the second half. No-one anticipated Wests? dominance with the football for the next 15 minutes and their 12 consecutive sets of possession, as the Magpies piled on 4 tries and 20 points to get right back into the game at 30-24. Newtown?s forward power and individual class enabled the Jets to wrest back control of the game, as they added three tries towards their eventual comfortable winning margin.Newtown coach Paul Young said he was pleased with his team?s 9 tries and improved attacking cohesion, but he admitted that the concession of 6 tries and 28 points to a team that may well be one of the Premier League?s lesser lights pointed towards defensive problems that needed urgent attention. The Henson Park crowd would have probably drawn the same conclusion, but no doubt were impressed by the genuine quality and precision of several of Newtown?s tries.Former Dragons Jersey Flegg captain Josh Lewis was Newtown?s best player on the day, with his expansive passing game, intelligent strategic kicking and obvious organisational skills. Big forwards Glenn Hall, Charles Tonga and Mark Edmondson would have appreciated the cooler playing conditions on Saturday and their mid-field control was a decisive factor in the second half. Talented lock forward Setaimata Sa made some classy offloads and John Doyle showed his versatility as both a five-eighth and hooker. Young winger Troy Savage, promoted from the Roosters Jersey Flegg side due to injury to Aidan Kirk, claimed three important tries, and centres Lelea Paea and Vince Mellars gave strong performances.The Jets might have gone down by 38-10 to Asquith in the Jim Beam Cup trial game curtain-raiser, but this result should be re-assessed in the light of coach Greg Matterson?s sound managerial decision to pitch his fringe triallists in against full-strength opposition. Matterson noted that this action was taken with a view to making his gradings list this week and that it was critical to his final selection decisions. Newtown is back at Henson Park this Saturday (March 25th) against one of the Jets? repeated nemesis opponents in the VB Premier League, the Canberra Raiders. There certainly is a full program of Rugby League at Henson Park on Saturday, with the important Premier League match between the Jets and the Raiders kicking off at 4:15pm. This match will be preceded by a Jim Beam Cup trial game between Newtown and Wentworthville at 3:00pm, and Roosters versus Magpies SG Ball and Harold Matthews junior representative fixtures at 1:15pm and 12:00 noon respectively. The day?s football commences with a Sydney Women?s Rugby League trial match between the Newtown Jetettes and Guildford at 11:00am.Photo caption:Newtown Jets second-rower Daniel Dumas does some heavy defensive work in Saturday?s match against Western Suburbs at Henson Park.Photo courtesy of Hugh Martel.

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