Round 6 Team of the Week

THE Guru was faced with his toughest assignment so far this season, as he sat down to dissect the form of teams in a couple of blow-out scorelines, compared with some close fought contests. A few selections and positions are certainly out there for debate in the Round 6 League Unlimited Team of the Week. But you can?t deny one thing - this is an exciting footy team.

Jets and Tigers turn on Thriller

THE Newtown Jets and Balmain Tigers proved that traditional local derbies are still crowd-pleasers when they turned on a real belter in their VB Premier League clash at Henson Park on Easter Saturday. Newtown hung on for a thrilling 32-28 win after having trailed the Tigers by 28-12 five minutes into the second half. The Jets have retained the Trevor Ryan-Neil Pringle shield with this win, as the two 1908 foundation clubs aren?t drawn to meet each other again for the rest of the 2006 VB Premier League competition. Newtown?s ragged first half looked certain to ensure that the Tigers would hold onto their undefeated status leading into this game. Balmain took full advantage of the Jets repeated errors and penalties, and Newtown looked to be gone for all money after a soft try to the Tigers only five minutes into the second half. Newtown?s stirring fightback, when the Jets laid on twenty unanswered points and defended their narrow lead with fierce desperation in the last fifteen minutes of the match, engrossed the big crowd and did wonders for this young Newtown side?s self belief.The Paea brothers, Lelea and Mickey, had exceptional games. Lelea scored two tries, the second of which brought the house down, and he frequently troubled the Balmain defence. Mickey led the Newtown forwards by his courageous example and his superbly-timed pass put lock Setaimata Sa in for a critical second half try. Young front-rower Danny Williams worked overtime and tore into his Balmain opponents with reckless enthusiasm. Jets half-back Mitchell Pearce, son of Balmain legend Wayne Pearce, made an impressive debut in the Newtown colours and he combined well with Josh Lewis in the halves.Newtown overcame a debilitating coach journey through heavy holiday traffic to the Central Coast on Friday, in handing out a 38-10 pounding to home team Erina in a first round Jim Beam Cup encounter. Despite their less than ideal pre-game preparation and the opposition?s rough-house tactics, the Jets tore away to a 26-4 half-time lead and maintained their dominance in the second half. The Jets displayed good ball control, well executed attacking play and disciplined defence in what was an excellent all-round team effort. Newtown?s best were second-rower Khalib Deeb, lock Darren Lang and five-eighth Toufic Nicolas.The Newtown Jets travel away this Friday evening (April 21st) to the WIN Stadium, Wollongong when they take on the St. George-Illawarra Dragons. This VB Premier League match is timed to start at 7.30pm. Newtown has a second round bye in the Jim Beam Cup competition.Photo caption:Newtown Jets front-rower Danny Williams dishes out a ?don?t argue? fend to a Balmain Tigers opponent in Saturday?s match at Henson Park.Photo courtesy of Mike Biboudis.

We'll look after Sonny: Kiwis

NEW Zealand officials have moved to assure the Bulldogs they will take no chances with the health of NRL superstar Sonny Bill Williams ahead of the Anzac Day Test match.

NRL judiciary results

ST George Illawarra hooker Dean Young and Bulldogs forward Nate Myles have both been suspended after entering early guilty pleas to charges arising from weekend NRL matches.

Teams wrap

SYDNEY Roosters half Jamie Soward has been dropped to Premier League following a poor showing in his side's NRL loss against Brisbane on Friday night. Roosters coach Ricky Stuart has named Braith Anasta and Brett Finch to start in the halves against St George Illawarra on Anzac Day, with Craig Wing named at hooker.

Engage Super League Rd 10 Review

WARRINGTON Wolves 64 (M Gleeson 2, Fa'afili 2, Briers, Clarke, Sullivan, Wood, Parker, Rauhihi tries; Briers 10 goals) def. Castleford Tigers 6 (Platt try; McGoldrick goal). Att: 5,681. Warrington Wolves handed out an 11 try demolition of the Castleford Tigers at the Jungle. This game was well over by the break with the visitors superbly led by man of the match Lee Briers and ably supported by ex-Shark halfback Michael Sullivan.

Round 9: Hull down Giants

HULL offered a significant ray of hope to their new coach Peter Sharp after overcoming Huddersfield 26-18 at the Galpharm Stadium.

Round 9: Wakefield edge Cas in a thriller

WAKEFIELD edged an exciting 11-try engage Super League derby at Belle Vue by 34-26 to leapfrog neighbours Castleford into eighth place in the table.

Round 9: Quins blast past Catalans

HARLEQUINS finally broke their home hoodoo at the fifth attempt as they romped past Catalans Dragons by 36-14.

Carting it up with Stevo

SIGNINGS no guarantee

Round 9: Salford hold out Warrington

SALFORD moved up to joint second in the engage Super League after an outstanding defensive display at Warrington produced a 22-6 win.

Round 9: St Helens maul Wigan

ST Helens piled on the agony for arch-rivals Wigan with a comfortable 48-10 victory in the Good Friday derby at Knowsley Road.

Round 9: Late Bulls try stuns Leeds

REIGNING champions Bradford earned a tremendous 20-18 victory over Leeds to deny their arch-rivals the chance to take over top spot in the engage Super League.

Round 7 Teams and Fixtures

FRIDAY, 16th April 2006Parramatta v Wests at Parramatta Stadium, 7.30pmEels: 1. Wade McKinnon, 2. Matt Petersen, 3. Brett Delaney, 4. Timana Tahu, 5. Eric Grothe, 6. Jeremy Smith, 7. Tim Smith, 8. Nathan Cayless (c), 9. John Morris, 10. Justin Tsoulos, 11. Nathan Hindmarsh, 12. Chad Robinson, 13. Glenn MorrisonInterchange: 14. Zeb Taia, 15. Dean Widders, 16. Fuifui Moimoi, 17. Paul Stringer, 20. Michael Vella, 21. Adam PeekTigers: 1. Shannon McDonnell, 2. Michael Crockett, 3. Dean Collis, 4. Paul Whatuira, 5. Shane Elford, 6. Daniel Fitzhenry, 7. Scott Prince (c), 8. Todd Payten, 9. Robbie Farah, 10. John Skandalis, 11. Chris Heighington, 12. Ben Galea (c), 13. Jamaal LolesiInterchange: 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 15. Bryce Gibbs, 16. Keith Galloway, 17. Ryan O'Hara, 18. Isaac De GoisSaturday, 17th April 2006New Zealand v South Sydney at Ericsson Stadium, Sat 5.30 pm (AEST)Warriors: 1. Brent Webb, 2. Todd Byrne, 3. Tony Martin, 4. Clinton Toopi, 5. Misi Taulapapa, 6. Grant Rovelli, 7. Nathan Fien, 8. Ruben Wiki, 9. George Gatis, 10. Steve Price (c), 11. Awen Guttenbeil, 12. Wairangi Koopu, 13. Louis AndersonInterchange: 14. Sione Faumuina, 15. Evarn Tuimavave, 16. Richard Villasanti, 17. Micheal Luck, 18. Lance Hohaia, 20. Sam RapiraRabbitohs: 1. Todd Polglase, 2. Nathan Merritt, 3. Yileen Gordon, 4. Adam MacDougall, 5. Shannon Hegarty, 6. John Sutton, 7. Ben Walker, 8. Peter Cusack (c), 9. Shane Walker, 10. Jaiman Lowe, 11. David Fa'alogo, 12. Joe Galuvao, 13. Shane RigonInterchange: 14. Michael Greenfield, 15. Stuart Webb, 16. Ben Rogers, 17. Mark Minichiello, 18. Paul Mellor, 19. Shannan McPhersonMelbourne v Newcastle at Olympic Park, 7.30pmStorm: 1. Greg Inglis, 2. Jake Webster, 3. Matt King, 4. Chris Walker, 5. Steve Turner, 6. Matt Geyer, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Garrett Crossman, 9. Cameron Smith, 10. Brett White, 11. David Kidwell, 12. Michael Crocker, 13. Dallas JohnsonInterchange: 14. Ian Donnelly, 15. Ryan Hoffman, 16. Jeremy Smith, 17. Adam Blair, 18. Nathan Friend, 19. Matthew BartlettKnights 1. Milton Thaiday, 2. Brian Carney, 3. Matthew Gidley, 4. George Carmont, 5. Anthony Quinn, 6. Kurt Gidley, 7. Jarrod Mullen, 8. Craig Smith, 9. Danny Buderus (c), 10. Josh Perry, 11. Steve Simpson, 12. Clint Newton, 13. Reegan TannerInterchange: 14. Adam Woolnough, 15. Daniel Tolar, 16. Riley Brown, 17. Todd LowrieCronulla v North Queensland at Toyota Park, 7.30pmSharks: 1. David Simmons, 2. Darren Albert, 3. Nigel Vagana, 4. Phil Bailey, 5. Luke Covell, 6. Brett Kearney, 7. Adam Dykes, 8. Ben Ross, 9. Kevin Kingston, 10. Luke Douglas, 11. Reece Williams, 12. Lance Thompson, 13. Paul GallenInterchange: 14. Hutch Maiava, 15. Brett Kelly, 16. Greg Bird, 17. Tevita Latu, 18. James Stosic, 19. Matt HilderCowboys: 1. Matt Bowen, 2. Neil Sweeney, 3. Gavin Cooper, 4. Paul Bowman, 5. Matt Sing, 6. Justin Smith, 7. Johnathan Thurston, 8. Carl Webb, 9. Aaron Payne, 10. Shane Tronc, 11. Steve Southern, 12. Luke O'Donnell, 13. Travis Norton (c)Interchange: 14. Rod Jensen, 15. David Faiumu, 16. Matt Scott, 17. Mitchell SargentSunday, 18th April 2006Canterbury v Manly at Telstra Stadium, 2.30pmBulldogs: 1. Luke Patten, 2. Hazem El Masri, 3. Andrew Emelio, 4. Willie Tonga, 5. Trent Cutler, 6. Reni Maitua, 7. Daniel Holdsworth, 8. Chris Armit, 9. Corey Hughes, 10. Roy Asotasi, 11. Willie Mason, 12. Andrew Ryan (c), 13. Tony GrimaldiInterchange: 14. Adam Perry, 15. Mark O'Meley, 16. Nate Myles, 17. Sonny Bill WilliamsSea Eagles: 1. Brett Stewart, 2. Michael Robertson, 3. Steve Bell, 4. Steve Matai, 5. Chris Hicks, 6. Travis Burns, 7. Matt Orford, 8. Jason King, 9. Michael Monaghan, 10. Brent Kite, 11. Steve Menzies, 12. Anthony Watmough, 13. Ben Kennedy (c)Interchange: 14. Shayne Dunley, 15. Luke Williamson, 16. George Rose, 17. Mark Bryant, 18. Adam Cuthbertson, 19. Paul StephensonBrisbane v Penrith at Suncorp Stadium, 3.00pmBroncos: 1. Karmichael Hunt, 2. Tame Tupou, 3. Justin Hodges, 4. Shaun Berrigan, 5. Darius Boyd, 6. Darren Lockyer (c), 7. Shane Perry, 8. Shane Webcke, 9. Casey McGuire, 10. Petero Civoniceva, 11. David Stagg, 12. Corey Parker, 13. Tonie CarrollInterchange: 14. Brad Thorn, 15. Ben Hannant, 16. Sam Thaiday, 17. Greg Eastwood, 18. Ian Lacey, 19. Brent TatePanthers: 1. Rhys Wesser, 2. Lee Hookey, 3. Danny Galea, 4. Luke Lewis, 5. Luke Rooney, 6. Preston Campbell, 7. Craig Gower, 8. Joel Clinton, 9. Luke Priddis, 10. Matthew Cross, 11. Shane Rodney, 12. Tony Puletua (c), 13. Trent WaterhouseInterchange: 14. Frank Puletua, 15. Craig Stapleton, 16. Frank Pritchard,17. Luke Swain, 18. David McLeanSt George Illawarra v Sydney at Aussie Stadium, 3.00pmDragons: 1. Ben Hornby, 2. Wes Naiqama, 3. Mark Gasnier, 4. Matt Cooper, 5. Colin Best, 6. Trent Barrett (c), 7. Mathew Head, 8. Justin Poore, 9. Dean Young, 10. Jason Ryles, 11. Ben Creagh, 12. Ashton Sims, 13. Shaun TimminsInterchange: 14. Michael Henderson, 15. Matt Bickerstaff, 16. Lee Te Maari, 17. Aaron GorrellRoosters: 1. Anthony Minichiello, 2. Amos Roberts, 3. Chris Flannery, 4. Lelea Paea, ,5. Vince Mellars, 6. Braith Anasta, 7. Brett Finch, 8. Adrian Morley, 9. Craig Wing, 10. David Shillington, 11. Anthony Tupou, 12. Craig Fitzgibbon (c), 13. Ashley HarrisonInterchange: 14. Heath L'Estrange, 15. Mark Edmondson, 16. Lopini Paea, 17. Charles TongaThe Canberra Raiders have the bye in Round 7.

Bulldogs side for Manly clash

BULLDOGS Coach Steve Folkes has kept the same 17 man squad for the Round 7 game against the Sea Eagles this Sunday, that were victorious against the Rabbitohs yesterday.The full team for the Bulldogs home game against the Sea Eagles at Telstra Stadium on Sunday, April 23 at 2.30pm is:1. Luke Patten2. Hazem El Masri3. Andrew Emelio4. Willie Tonga5. Trent Cutler6. Reni Maitua7. Daniel Holdsworth8. Chris Armit 9. Corey Hughes10. Roy Asotasi11. Willie Mason12. Andrew Ryan (C)13. Tony GrimaldiInterchange:14. Adam Perry15. Mark O'Meley 16. Nate Myles*17. Sonny Bill Williams* Nate Myles faces a two week ban unless he successfully challenges a grade three careless high tackle charge. He will face a one week suspension if he takes the early guilty plea.

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