LIST the reasons why you love rugby league and chances are all those factors were present in the weekend?s 36-22 win by Toowoomba over Redcliffe.
A crowd of over 1,000 watched Bridgend Blue Bulls win their third successive Welsh Rugby League championship after beating Torfaen Tigers 56-16 at the Brewery Field on Sunday.
NEWPORT Titans won a see-saw Welsh Shield Final beating Valley Cougars 42-41 in a game where the lead changed hands five times.
HULL without stand-off Cooke
A scintillating round of footy has thrown up year another great collection of players this week. Some powerful displays from Parra, Wests Tigers and the Dragons have seen most of their players utilised with a few others creeping in from the in-form Knights and giant killing Rabbitohs. With these teams are hitting their straps at the right end of the season, it?s hard to see anyone topping the Round 23 League Unlimited Team of the Week.
CULLEN expecting tough contest
NEW Zealand Warriors hooker Monty Betham may have played his last game of the season after being charged by the NRL match review committee today.
LEAGUE Wrap: Round 23, 12-14 August 2005
The competition in this year?s Leagueunlimited Player Awards is hotting up with last year?s winner Matt Orford joining Cowboys? full back Matt Bowen at the top of the leader board. The Storm half back scored two points on the weekend to move into equal first position on 22 points overall.
CAPTAIN Cowboy Travis Norton still rates Brisbane as favourites for this season?s title despite Wests Tigers and St George Illawarra staking major title claims in round 23.
Wests Tigers 28 v North Queensland Cowboys 16
RAIDERS 16 v RABBITOHS 29
The South Sydney Rabbitohs have back to score five tries on the trot to defeat the Raiders 29-16 at a chilly Canberra Stadium tonight.
Round 23 Brisbane Broncos 4 v St George Illawarra Dragons 24
FORMER Manly playmaker Andrew Walker will today lodge an appeal with the NRL to have the final year of a drug ban lifted. The dual international retired late in the 2004 NRL season when he tested positive to cocaine and was banned for two years.
CHAMPION Brisbane five-eighth Darren Lockyer may not play again until next month's NRL finals after suffering a hamstring tear in yesterday's 24-4 loss to the Dragons.
KNIGHTS 22 v SEA EAGLES 14