ST George Illawarra skipper Trent Barrett is expected to announce today that he will quit the NRL for the English Super League next season.
YES we all know the Newcastle Knights cannot win when it matters (and when it doesn?t apparently see Round 4 v Warriors) without Andrew Johns and every scientific formula known to man has come to that conclusion but does the same ring true with the St. George-Illawarra Dragons and their halfback Mathew Head?
THE Great Britain Training squad has been announced:1. Burrow, Rob ? Leeds Rhinos 2. Carney, Brian ? Newcastle Knights 3. Cunningham, Keiron ? St Helens 4. Deacon, Paul ? Bradford Bulls 5. Ellis, Gareth ? Leeds Rhinos 6. Fielden, Stuart ? Bradford Bulls 7. Gardner, Ade ? St Helens 8. Gilmour, Lee ? St Helens 9. Gleeson, Martin ? Warrington Wolves 10. Graham, James ? St Helens 11. Harris, Iestyn ? Bradford Bulls 12. Higham, Michael ? Wigan Warriors 13. Hock, Gareth ? Wigan Warriors 14. Horne, Richard ? Hull FC 15. Johnson, Paul ? Bradford Bulls 16. King, Paul ? Hull FC 17. Langley, Jamie ? Bradford Bulls 18. Long, Sean ? St Helens 19. Lynch, Andy ? Bradford Bulls 20. McGuire, Danny ? Leeds Rhinos 21. Morley, Adrian - Sydney Roosters 22. Newton, Terry ? Bradford Bulls 23. O?Loughlin, Sean ? Wigan Warriors 24. Peacock, Jamie ? Leeds Rhinos (Vice-Captain) 25. Pryce, Leon ? St Helens 26. Raynor, Gareth, Hull FC 27. Roby, James ? St Helens 28. Sculthorpe, Paul ? St Helens (Captain) 29. Senior, Keith ? Leeds Rhinos 30. Sinfield, Kevin - Leeds Rhinos 31. Walker, Chev ? Leeds Rhinos 32. Wellens, Paul ? St Helens 33. Wild, Stephen ? Huddersfield Giants 34. Wilkin, Jon ? St Helens 35. Wood, Paul ? Warrington Wolves 36. Yeaman, Kirk ? Hull FCThere are seven players within this 36-man squad who have not previously been capped at Great Britain level.They are: Ade Gardner, James Graham, Gareth Hock, Jamie Langley, Andy Lynch, James Roby and Kirk Yeaman.Ade Gardner and Jamie Langley were included in the 2005 mid-season Great Britain squad which took part in a training camp at the University of Bath.As part of preparations for the ?XXXX? Test against New Zealand (27.6.06), the Great Britain squad will take part in two training days in May and early June prior to going into camp on Sunday, 25th June 2006. Brian Carney and Adrian Morley will not be available for these training days in May and early June but will be considered for selection for the ?XXXX? Test against New Zealand.The Great Britain team is sponsored by Gillette.The ?XXXX? Test: Great Britain v New Zealand, Tuesday 27th June 2006 (KO 8pm) at Knowsley Road, St Helens RLFC.
ANOTHER turbo-charged League Unlimited Team of the Week trots out onto the field following Round 8?s play. Disregarding the Sharks? blow-out win over the Panthers, the Storm and Bulldogs both recorded 14-point victories with the other 4 games being decided by six points or less.
BRADFORD Bulls 54 (Gene 3, B. Harris 2, Bai, Hape, Ferres, Lynch, Vainikolo tries; I. Harris 5, Ferres 2 goals) def. Catalans Dragons 6 (Rudder try; Dobson goal). Att: 10,522.Bradford Bulls ran in 10 tries to give new coach Steve McNamara his first victory at Odsal as they destroyed a poor Catalans Dragons. In a scrappy game, the home team took a commanding 26-0 lead at the break with five first half tries.The second half was know better for the Dragons as the host scored five more tries. Man of the match Stanley Gene scored his first hat-trick for the Bulls and a Shaun Rudder try was the only consolation for the visitors. Catalans must learn from this game as numerous handling errors cost them dearly against a ruthless Bulls team.St Helens 34 (Pryce 2, Graham 2, Sculthorpe, Long tries; Hooper 4, Long goals) def. Wakefield Wildcats 8 (Tadulala 2 tries). Att: 10,091.St Helens continued their 100% start as they out muscled the Wakefield Wildcats at Knowsley Road. The Saints opened the scoring early on when skipper Paul Sculthorpe crashed over. The visitors then took the lead with a brace of tries from flying Fijian Semi Tadulala, however right on halftime a Leon Pryce try gave the home team a slender 10-8 lead at the break.In the second half it was one way traffic as St Helens ran in 4 tries, a second for Pryce, Sean Long and two for youngster James Graham, who wrapped up the scoring in the final minute of the game.Harlequins R.L. 22 (Bradley-Qalilawa 2, McLinden, Mills tries; Purdham 2, Paul goals) def. Huddersfield Giants 16 (Evans, Donlan, Jones tries; De Vere 2 goals). Att: 12,301.Harlequins gained a nervy victory over the Huddersfield Giants at the Twickenham Stoop. The home team took the lead after 21 minutes with a try from man of the match Mark McLinden. On 34 minutes, Harlequins extended their lead when David Mills powered over. Stuart Jones replied with a try for the Giants, to cut the lead to 12-6 at the break.At the beginning of the second half James Evans? try for the visitors cut the deficit to 12-10, but a brace from Nick Bradley-Qalilawa put the Quins 22-10 up with eight minutes left. A late Stuart Donlan try could not stop a fifth straight defeat for the Giants. With over 12,000 people present, this result will hopefully kick start the Harlequins season as they try to push for a top six place.Castleford Tigers 28 (Nutley, Davis, Roarty, Manu, Fa?aoso, Viane tries; Huby 2 goals) def. Salford City Reds 26 (Wilshere, Hodgson, Langi, Moule, Finnigan tries; Wilshere 3 goals). Att: 6,069.The Castleford Tigers came back from the dead for a shock victory over the Salford City Reds at the Jungle. Castleford, who had suffered a heavy walloping in their two previous games, took the lead when Ben Roarty went over from close range. The visitors stunned the hosts and took the lead when Simon Finnigan scored a breakaway try, but the home team hit back when veteran scrum-half Brad Davis jinked through from close range.Salford then scored two quick tries and went into the break leading 16-8. Two tries in the opening quarter of the second half put the City Reds into a commanding 26-8 lead. However, the Tigers then produced the comeback of the season to score four tries in the last 17 minutes of the game through Danny Nutley, Richard Fa?aoso, Gray Viane and Willie Manu. The Tigers withstood some late Salford pressure to hold on to a memorable victory.Hull F.C 54 (Tony 2, Dixon 2, Blacklock 2, Radford, Yeaman, R Horne tries; Cooke 9 goals) def. Wigan Warriors 12 (Richards, James tries; Richards 2 goals). Att: 12,722.New Hull coach Peter Sharp had a dream start as his team ran riot to leave the Wigan Warriors bottom of the engage Super League table at the K.C. Stadium. The game was all over by half-time as the Black and Whites ran in 7 unanswered tries playing some champagne rugby to take a commanding 42-0 lead.The visitors did take some consolation as in the second half they managed to score two tries and share the spoils with the home team. Man of the match Paul Cook kicked 9 from 9 conversions and had a hand in few of Hull?s tries. New Wigan coach Brian Noble?s short-lived honeymoon period came to an abrupt halt and he now knows what a tough job he has in keeping the Warriors in the Super League.Warrington Wolves 44 (Fa?afili 3, Parker 2, Clarke, Rauhihi, Barnett tries; Briers 6 goals) def. Leeds Rhinos 16 (Burrow, Smith, McGuire tries; Burrow, Smith goals). Att: 11,753.Warrington Wolves ripped the Leeds Rhinos to shreds as they gained victory at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. The Wolves claimed their fifth victory in their last six league games with a superb all-round showing against a Rhinos outfit that fell apart after a good opening 10 minutes. Henry Fa'afili was again the star performer scoring a hat-trick of tries while Rob Parker grabbed two more and Paul Rauhihi, Jon Clarke and Richie Barnett also got in on the act with Lee Briers adding six conversions. Leeds, who missed the chance to close to within four points of leaders St Helens, scored tries through Lee Smith, Rob Burrow and Danny McGuire but were comprehensively outplayed by the Wolves.
A post from a fan who wears his heart on his sleave, loves the Warriors with a passion, as we all do.
THE Rugby League weekend kicked off with the ANZAC Test on Friday night. Most of SportOdds League punters kicked the long weekend off with a good win, after Australia were heavily supported to cover the 18.5 point line that they had to give up, which they duly covered. Some money came from across the Tasman for the Kiwis at $6.25 to win the game, and they got 40-45 minutes to think that they had a chance of collecting at the big odds. Australia blew them away in the final 1/2 hour and deserved their good win.
THE Bulldogs will not name any player charged with breaching the club?s code of conduct.
BRONCO'S forward Brad Meyers will miss up to four weeks of football after sustaining a neck injury during last weekend's match against reigning premiers Penrith.
THE New Zealand Warriors and several other clubs have been hit with large fines by the National Rugby League for payment offences.
THERE are a lot of ironies in the Greatest Game of All.
THE top eight is very congested at present and this weekend the top four teams all square off to see if we can establish some type of rugby league hierarchy. Some teams just outside the eight get their opportunity to push their way in but the question is, can they stay there?
ST George Bank Dragons have re-signed coach Nathan Brown in a deal which will extend his coaching contract for two years until the end of the 2006 season.
THERE are a lot of ironies in the Greatest Game of All.
THE Penrith Panthers are angry about the breach notice issued by the National Rugby League in relation to a technical salary cap breach and say they will appeal.