THIS Saturday the Mighty North Sydney Bears head west to Campbelltown Stadium to take on fellow foundation club Western Suburbs. The Magpies have now lost 6 on the trot while the Bears have won 3 at home and achieved a narrow loss against the fifth placed Bulldogs.
THE New Zealand Rugby League conducted their High Performance Camp at Kings College, Otahuhu over the last 4 days which included the top 30 boys in both the Under 16?s and the Under 18?s age groups and 5 elite ladies players.
ENGLAND 4 New Zealand 34
OFFICIAL English Super League Round 21 preview - Saturday game. Hull V Huddersfield.
OFFICIAL English Super League Round 21 game previews - Friday games. Leeds v Salford and St Helens v Wigan.
IN Bulls Eye this week , coach Brian Noble looks ahead to Sunday?s engage Super League Round 21 game at Odsal when the Bulls face Leigh Centurions looking to get back to winning ways following two consecutive defeats
Leigh have nothing to lose coming to Odsal this week?
They have everything to gain. There are still nine games to go before the end of the season and that is effectively another eighteen points. They will want to come here and try and get two of them and they will have looked at the way we played last week and fancy their chances. If they are relegated then they will want as many points as possible and they would be delighted if the Bulls name was on the list of their scalps.
After a good performance at Headingley you must have been disappointed with last week?s showing at Belle Vue?
I was very disappointed and we know we will have to play a lot better this week. We lacked concentration and we lacked a killer instinct, something we used to possess in abundance. We need to focus on the really simple things and execute them correctly, particularly in defence. We know we can score points but the reality is if you score 34 points away from home you should win. Our kicking game needs to improve and our chase was non existent last week and we need to play with vigour and enthusiasm. We can?t afford to be out enthused again.
Leigh have a good work ethic and they will be fired up for this game. They are very much an ?in your face? team and we have to cope with that. They roll round the Hookers and Paul Rowley and Robbie Mears offer them different options. Duffy, in the halves is very experienced and gets them about the field and Wiltshire, coming into the line at Full Back, is always very dangerous. Phil Jones is playing well for them and if you offend he will punish you with his kicks.
Brian Noble has named the following 20 man squad for the game: Vainikolo, Deacon, Cook, Fielden, I Harris, B Harris, Withers, Johnson, Lynch, Parker, L Pryce, Peacock, Pratt, Langley, Pryce K, Hape, Reardon, Vagana, Henderson, Meyers
PAUL DEACON, who needs 1 point for a career total of 1600, has scored 104 goals from 135 attempts for an average of 77.04%
LEON PRYCE needs four tries for a career century of club and representative touchdowns. The utility back has scored 88 for Bradford plus eight in representative matches, including two for Great Britain.
IESTYN HARRIS needs 2 points for a career total 2200.
STUART REARDON will play his 100th career game this week. He has made 75 appearances for the Bulls, 5 for Featherstone Rovers on loan, 8 for Salford Reds and 11 in Representative Football.
WESTS Tigers forward Bryce Gibbs has been charged with assault and taxi fare evasion following an incident in Campbelltown last night.
SOUTH Sydney has furthered its recruitment drive for 2006 by signing Cronulla utility Nathan Merritt and Penrith's Ben Rogers to three-year deals.
THE Gold Coast is close to signing its fourth player, with officials from the NRL club hopeful of making a player announcement today.
FELLOW Dragons Supporters,
MELBOURNE captain Robbie Kearns says he will consider joining Cronulla or the Wests Tigers if he can't seal a one-year NRL deal with the Storm.
THIS Saturday (16th July) 2SER FM?s ?A View from the Hill? will be taking calls from listeners on whatever you would like to talk about in Rugby League.
CANBERRA will find out next week whether they'll be granted leave to appeal Simon Woolford's eight-match suspension for a grade two dangerous throw.
WITH all the upset action from last round and player movements during the week, League fans and punters around the globe have maintained the enthusiasm throughout. Conversation around the water cooler has been dominated by who?s going where, Trent?s tickle on PJ, the abomination at Penrith Park and the Tiger?s chances of finally making the Top 8.
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