Bunnies side to play Penrith

1. David Peachey 2. Nathan Merritt 3. Todd Polglase 4. Germaine Paulson 5. Paul Mellor 6. Beau Champion 7. Joe Williams 8. Peter Cusack ? 9. Shane Walker 10. Scott Geddes 11. David Fa?alogo 12. Joe Galuvao 13. John Sutton

Bulldogs outfit to play Cowboys

1. Luke Patten 2. Hazem El Masri 3. Andrew Emelio 4. Willie Tonga 5. Trent Cutler 6. Daniel Holdsworth 7. Brent Sherwin 8. Mark O'Meley 9. Tony Grimaldi 10. Roy Asotasi 11. Willie Mason 12. Andrew Ryan (c) 13. Reni Maitua

Panthers side to play Bunnies

1. Rhys Wesser, 2. Michael Gordon, 3. Mark O'Halloran, 4. Lee Hookey, 5. Luke Rooney, 6. Preston Campbell, 7. Craig Gower, 8. Joel Clinton, 9. Luke Priddis, 10. Craig Stapleton, 11. Luke Swain, 12. Tony Puletua (c), 13. Frank Pritchard Interchange: 14. Bryan Norrie, 15. Frank Puletua, 16. Matthew Bell, 17. Shane Rodney, 18. Trent Waterhouse

Storm team to play Tigers

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

Warriors side to face Sharks

1. Brent Webb 2. Patrick Ah Van 3. Tony Martin 4. Simon Mannering 5. Manu Vatuvei 6. Jerome Ropati 7. Grant Rovelli 8. Evarn Tuimavave 9. Nathan Fien 10. Steve Price (c) 11. Awen Guttenbeil 12. Wairangi Koopu 13. Louis Anderson

Parra team to play Dragons

1 � Luke Burt 2 � Jarryd Hayne 3 � Luke O�Dwyer 4 � Ben Smith 5 � Eric Grothe 6 � John Morris 7 � Jeremy Smith 8 � Nathan Cayless (c) 9 � Mark Riddell 10 � Chad Robinson 11 � Nathan Hindmarsh 12 � Daniel Wagon 13 � Glenn Morrison

Cowboys? injury woes

NORTH Queensland winger Ty Williams has been booked for scans which are expected to confirm his season is over. Williams, who broke his left leg earlier this season, injured his right knee playing for the Young Guns last weekend.

Player movements: Walker

COMPETITION leaders Melbourne have released former State of Origin player Chris Walker from the remainder of his contract for 2006 for personal and family reasons.Walker has played just seven matches, for two tries, since joining the Storm in 2006 after previous stints at the Sydney Roosters and South Sydney. Storm boss Brian Waldron says the decision for Walker to be released from his contract was made after discussions involving the player, club and his management.In a statement Walker says once he has addressed his personal and family issues he would like to return to top level football

Ian Hindmarsh comes back home

IAN Hindmarsh, older brother of Parramatta, New South Wales and Australian representative Nathan, will be returning to his former club for the 2007 season, after stints with the Canberra Raiders and his current club, English Super League outfit Les Catalans.Ian had previously played 4 seasons with Parramatta, and was a vital member of the record breaking 2001 squad that ultimately fell at the last hurdle against Newcastle. His return should be a welcome one for the Eels, as their back row depth is certain to be tested next season, with the established Dean Widders and Glenn Morrison heading out at the end of 2006.

Judiciary outcome

PARRAMATTA forward Fuifui Moimoi has pleaded guilty to a reckless high tackle charge and has been suspended for seven weeks by the NRL Judiciary.

Overnight wrap: Judiciary, King, Seymour

PARRAMATTA will today decide whether to contest prop Fuifui Moimoi's reckless high tackle charge at the NRL judiciary.Moimoi will get a seven-match ban for his high shot on Manly's Brent Kite if he enters an early guilty plea and risks a 10-game ban if he fights the charge and loses. It's his third such charge in less than two years, having missed 15 games because of two bans last season.New Zealand prop Ruben Wiki and Sydney Roosters back Amos Roberts will also decide whether to contest charges today with Wiki facing a one or two match ban for a high tackle and Roberts looking at two games for a dangerous throw.Elsewhere, Melbourne centre Matt King has apologised for his one-finger salute to St George Illawarra fans in the Storm's win over the Dragons at OKI Jubilee Stadium.King made the gesture after scoring his second try in the 34-24 win yesterday, but has since offered regret for his actions after a meeting with Storm chief executive Brian Waldron.And finally, in an unprecedented move, the Broncos today released a statement saying it had contacted Queensland police to investigate an incident allegedly involving one of its players.Broncos boss Bruno Cullen says he is disappointed halfback Brett Seymour has been named as the player in the middle of an investigation into an alleged incident at a Brisbane hotel early yesterday morning.Channel Seven said the club had asked Queensland Police to investigate claims Seymour was involved in an alleged assault at a Toowong hotel in Brisbane's inner-west. Channel Seven also said police claimed a female hotel patron was deciding whether to make a complaint.Cullen says he can't confirm whether Seymour has been involved in an incident at about 12.30am yesterday morning (AEST) at the hotel where several Broncos players gathered after losing 20-6 to the Wests Tigers on Sunday afternoon. But Cullen says the Broncos will also conduct a thorough internal investigation of the rumours that emerged today.

Rugby League Review Aug '06 - Out now

THE August 2006 edition of Rugby League Review has hit the stands and here's what's in store this month: Who can stop the Bulldogs?It's a good time to be talking about the Bulldogs. They are currently sitting in second place on the ladder, having enjoyed a week off thanks to the bye.They disposed of the Sydney Roosters in splendid fashion the round prior, holding the Bondi Junction club to zero points, a feat that hadn't been achieved for 313 first grade games.Dragons lead the way with Club Memberships Rugby League needs to take a leaf out of St George Illawarra's books when it comes to promoting memberships.There have always been many critics quick to point out that Aussie Rules matches attract average crowds of more than 30,000. The reason the AFL clubs are successful and drawing the crowds is that they promote their game through memberships.ABC would consider showing Premier LeagueThe Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has admitted that they would consider showing the Premier League on television if they were given the green light.ABC Television Sports programmer Ian Knight told Rugby League Review that they made an approach to the New South Wales Rugby League.CALLS FOR A PACIFIC XIII SIDE IN THE TRI-NATIONSPAPUA New Guinea Rugby Football League Chairman Sir Bob Sinclair has urged the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) to include a Pacific Islands side in future Tri-Nations competitions.Sinclair believes that such a side would be great for the international game with the likes of Tonga, Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji and Papua New Guinea able to draw on many players that would give them a formidable side.Available for $3.50 at your newsagency or guarantee your copy by subscribing. For more details, check out www.rugbyleaguereview.comIF IT"S RUGBY LEAGUE, RUGBY LEAGUE REVIEW HAS IT COVERED

Ref?s Call

WELL this round has been indifferent in some ways in terms of the referee?s performances. The one thing that impressed me was the fact that not only were the penalty counts down, but the penalties that were blown, helped enable a good flow for the games. Now whilst I advocate a game with few penalties, I do not under any circumstances like a referee who deliberately keeps the whistle in the pocket, just so he can be seen to be a decent ref. Case in point a few weeks ago, Shayne Hayne officiated the Warriors v Brisbane game in Auckland. He blew for only two penalties the whole game and those were for kicks that went out on the full. That wasn?t a good game to watch as it became too predictable and it gives the wrong message. Yes, play the advantage, but remember, if you play it too long, you can?t go back for the infringement.Some things are still eating away at me in terms of Rugby League purity. Players are playing tunnel ball at the play the ball and not getting pinged for it and others are constantly in front of the kicker at the line drop out and are allowed to get away with it.Steve Clark came under criticism after the Parramatta v Manly clash, but this was probably one of his better games. Technically speaking he was good and I applaud him for showing gumption for sending Fuifui Moimoi off. As a referee myself, I don?t have the benefit of the video ref and cameras whenever I don the liquorice jersey, but if that was me with the whistle, I would have punted Moimoi 10 times out of 10.Performances:Shayne Hayne: Cronulla v NewcastleSome baffling decisions soured this for me, in what was a decent game which ebbed and flowed for both teams and kept the supporter in his seat and nibbling on his fist. A ?knock on? in the second minute was ruled after the player lost the ball. For me, watching it, it seemed like it was helped out and there was still momentum. The George Carmont try for me was more benefit of the doubt, but Hayne was right on the spot, he had a perfect view and yet still went to the video ref. He probably could have awarded it then or ruled a knock on without going upstairs.Overall I would say he put in an ok performance but the jury is still out for me in terms of his ability to referee first grade.Tony Archer: Penrith v New Zealand?Starch shirt? has a decent set of pipes on him. I was really impressed that with the noise in the stadium I could hear him bellowing at the players and giving instructions. His signals picked up, which is a good sign considering his whistle really annoys me. He eliminated in a sense, the ambiguity in his game. His whistle doesn?t change no matter what the situation. A penalty, a knock on, and a try have all got three different tones but Archer doesn?t deviate too much in a sense of his technique.Overall I would say this was a good game all round from Archer. Correct calls, good positioning and a confident manner. He is a first grade referee but I would like that whistle seen to. Steve Clark: Parramatta v ManlyThis was the most fiery of contests this round. Clark?s experience came to the fore. It could have degenerated to the point where it may have been untenable but his control of the game was excellent. Constantly being questioned by Kennedy, he showed that he was always in control and never lost the plot. His fitness is still a bit questionable, but he did what he had to ? be in the right position at the right time. His whistle, communication and signals were all right on the mark. As I stated previously, he showed a lot of grit when he sent Moi Moi off for an early shower in what was his first send off since Shane Rigon in 2000. Overall, I give him top marks for this game. His control kept the game on track when it could have gone down the toilet and thus a good spectacle ensued.Jason Robinson: Souths v CanberraI was a supporter of this bloke when he came into grade. Earlier on in the season, he lost me with a few well below average performances. He has turned it around in the last few weeks and this game was no different. This was a game I was glad I watched. It was a great effort all round. His positioning was good, his whistle is extremely strong and his signals were clear and concise. I am still a little worried about his voice being able to get over a big crowd. This game wasn?t watched by many, but as an assessor, I would want him to be booming across the television.Overall, he has a good all round game. Clear signals, good whistle, good control and had the respect of the players. In my opinion, this performance will move him up the pecking order.Paul Simpkins: Brisbane v Wests TigersA good game which was supposed to be a ?no-brainer? in terms of picking the result. Simpkins as usual was clear with his signals and his whistle was strong as always.However, that?s where my good points about his performance end. Leaving aside my allegiances, I found him to be overly critical in the tackle area. Too many penalties for players around the neck, where in my view, playing the advantage would have been the way to go. He failed to pick up a forward pass which led to a Tigers try in the second half. Whilst the referee looks for his linemen to give him an indication, the buck stops with the referee as he is the one to pull up the pass if he deems so.Overall I would say Simpkins was the dunce of this round. He blew unnecessary penalties and was overly officious in certain areas of the match. Definitely needs to improve for next week.Sean Hamsptead: St George-Illawarra v MelbourneI rank this bloke as the best referee in the game at the moment. However, with being number one, you need to keep performing at your best. I haven?t seen that from him recently and I think if he wants to remain number one, he needs to lift his game. This was a decent effort with two of the competition?s big gun teams in a pressure cooker atmosphere. He had good authority, good signals, his communication was good and he had relatively good control. He still isn?t at his best but if he picks up where he left off from this game, he?ll be back to his best.Overall, I deem this to be a slightly above average performance. For a man with his experience in the game, who has refereed Origin and Test matches, he?ll be wanting to make sure that once Grand Final day arrives, he will be the one that gets given the nod. Improvement is needed for his standards if that is to happen.Gavin Badger: Sydney v North QueenslandThis wasn?t the most attractive game but that wasn?t because of Badger. He is an up and coming referee who shows a lot of charisma and his technique is very good. Made some very good calls in this game but I think his positioning is still a bit off. His whistle, signals and communication were pretty good and if I was Robert Finch, I would persist with Badger because he shows a lot of promise.Overall, a decent effort from Badger. Good calls, good whistle and good communication with the players shows he has what it takes. His positioning must be the first thing to work on come training. If he works on that, he will have all the tools to go further.

Comets Name Squad For Storm Trial

THE Rockhampton Leagues Club Central Queensland Comets have named their squad for match one of the Minniecon and Burke Preseason Challenge against the Melbourne Storm to be played on Saturday, February 5 at Browne Park, Rockhampton.

Central Comets Pre-Season Challenge Details

TICKETS for the Rockhampton Leagues Club Central Queensland Comets pre-season trials will go on sale on Monday, January 24.

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