ST George Illawarra fullback Ben Hornby had just dived over the line in the 79th minute to assure victory for the Dragons in their final match of the 2002 regular season against Newcastle. But the size of the victory meant that for the first time, the Warriors had finished as minor premiers.
SOME fans would say that New Zealand rugby league is currently enjoying a boom period. There was huge media and public interest when the Warriors reached the NRL grand final in 2002, and now that the Warriors look likely to again make the top 8 (for the third consecutive year), New Zealand rugby league fans have a competitive side to watch week in, week out, in the world?s best rugby league competition. Surely this is what the fans and administrators hoped for when the Warriors played their first game in 1995.
NEW South Wales rugby league coach Phil Gould says the sandy surface of Suncorp Stadium is safe and has expressed his sympathy for the ground's administrators.
THE Queensland selectors have made a few changes to their squad for the final Origin clash at Suncorp Stadium on July 16.
THE NSW State of Origin squad has just been announced for the third and final game of the series at Suncorp Stadium on July 16. There are a few changes to the line-up, with selectors recalling Bulldogs five-eighth Braith Anasta, who was named at lock in place of the suspended Ben Kennedy.
IN the first game of the second part of split Round 10 in New Zealand's Bartercard Cup competition, Central had first use of Saturday's storm wind and led Wellington 18-6 at the break at Palmerston North, but the visitors kept the Falcons scoreless in the second half and ground out a 20-18 win.
FRIDAY night footy saw the Dragons out-muscle the Broncos at WIN Stadium. The win sees Saints into the top eight. The Broncos managed to hang onto top spot, thanks to other results.
ST George Illawarra pair Brent Kite and Michael Howell [pictured] were today charged by the National Rugby League judiciary following an incident involving Brisbane utility Casey Mcguire on the weekend.
MANLY prop Aaron Cannings and North Queensland second-rower Chris Muckert have signed to play with National Rugby League club Parramatta from next year.
BIG Willie Mason has given his hopes of a State of Origin call-up a boost as he came off the bench to inspire the Bulldogs to a 48-14 win over Newcastle in their National Rugby League game at Telstra Stadium yesterday.
PENRITH Panthers coach , John Lang has maintained the intensity for this weekends clash with the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Lang has made no changes to his run on side and the only change is the return of Colin Ward to the interchange bench.
WARRIORS second row forward Ali Lauiti'iti will make his 100th first grade appearance for the club this Saturday night when the Warriors play the Manly Sea Eagles at Ericsson Stadium.
VERSATILE Dragon Ben Hornby will be the fourth captain to lead the Dragons this season when they chase their fourth successive win in their Telstra Premiership match against the Raiders this Sunday.
MELBOURNE Storm will welcome back captain Stephen Kearney from a groin injury for Saturday night?s clash with the North Queensland Cowboys at Olympic Park.