QUEENSLAND captain Darren Lockyer swears his side can bounce back in game three of the State of Origin series after losing to New South Wales 32-22 last night in Sydney.
THEY say a picture tells a thousand words. Why then am I so mad as to try and describe the passion held for State of Origin by the Queenslander in 750 words or less?
THIS weekend sees the midway point in the NZRL Bartercard Cup Competition and a quick glance at the table shows at least a Top 4 taking shape.
THE adrenalin will be pumping tomorrow night when the Wai-Coa-Bay Stallions run on to Waikato Stadium to play the curtainraiser for the main game between the New Zealand Warriors and the Parramatta Eels.
8:00pm: Magpies v Tigers @ Campbelltown Stadium
11th placed Magpies are at home to 8th placed Tigers. Both sides have lost their last two games and both recorded wins against modest opposition before that. The Magpies deserve to start favourites as the home side.
WARRINGTON Wolves have signed North Queensland Cowboys Captain and Kiwi international prop Paul Rauhihi, 31 on a two year deal. Paul will arrive at The Halliwell Jones Stadium pre-season Super League XI.
IN Bulls Eye this week, coach Brian Noble looks ahead to Sunday's engage Super League Round 18 game at Odsal when the Vikings take on the Bulls looking for a Super League double.
ST Helens V London Broncos
HUDDERSFIELD Giants star centre James Evans has rejected the chance to resume his NRL career and remain at Huddersfield Giants by signing a new two-year deal at the Galpharm.
WHAT a week of footy it?s been! After last week?s round of uncertainty the premiership table is slowing taking shape amongst the mid-season grind. Brisbane are looking fantastic and have created a 4-point buffer to second position during what is traditionally their most difficult time. Last week was a men sorting the boys out exercise, with Manly getting smashed by Souths and Parra belting Newcastle. The Eels are now firming as contenders while the Cowboys took some stick from the Dragons, who look to be the roughie of the comp. And in a dramatic twist, Cronulla appear to be spiralling out of contention with three straight losses and another suspension to Stevens.
Cronulla Sharks 16 v Sydney Roosters 10
THE Newcastle Knights received a huge financial boost today announcing a Coal and Allied as their naming rights sponsor. The Hunter Valley mining company penned a deal to sponsor the Knights for the remainder of 2005 and 2006. Club officials claim the deal is the biggest in the Knights history, with sources suggesting the figure is close to $600,000 a season.
BRAITH Anasta will lead the Mitsubishi Electric Bulldogs team out onto the Sydney Showground this Sunday against the Raiders as he celebrates his 100th first grade game.
THIS Saturday (18th June) 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.
MARK McLinden will miss Friday night's clash at St Helens after suffering a knock to his knee last Sunday at Widnes.