OFFICIAL English Super League Round 23 previews -Friday games. Warrington Wolves v St Helens and Wigan Warriors v Salford City Reds
WIGAN Warriors have received another huge injury blow with the news that Captain and Great Britain full back Kris Radlinski will miss the rest of the season.
DRAGONS representative Prop Luke Bailey has officially agreed to terms with the Dragons for the 2006 season having made the decision to be a part of the new NRL license on the Gold Coast from 2007.
North Queensland Cowboys 16 vs Saint George-Illawarra Dragons 36
THE Sydney Roosters are proud to announce a merger with one of rugby league?s most famous clubs ? the Newtown Jets ? which will see the Jets assume the role of the Sydney Roosters? Premier League side next year.
THE St George Illawarra Dragons having been required by the NRL to respond to a detailed list of requirements for hosting a home semi-final have today nominated WIN Stadium, Wollongong.
ST George-Illawarra Dragons star Mark Gasnier has been dumped from the New South Wales State of Origin squad, it was confirmed this afternoon.
A New South Wales State of Origin player is set to be dumped from the squad following controversy surrounding a lude voice message left on the phone of a 27-year-old woman.
FORMER Parramatta, Australian and New South Wales legend Brett Kenny says the State of Origin series has the potential to save rugby league and divert attention from the current problems engulfing the game.
THE Victory Cup Final
BARLA Great Britain Lions v Russia
Thursday 20th May 2004
Big Sport Arena, Luzhniky, Moscow
Kick Off: 6.00pm (local time)
THE Redcliffe Pepsi Dolphins are home to the Eastern Suburbs Tigers this Sunday at Dolphin Oval. After a disappointing effort by the Queensland Cup side against the Central Comets they will be looking for an improved performance this week against the in-form Tigers. It should be a high quality day of footy with Tigers and Dolphins both sitting high on the ladder in each grade.
Neil Wharton has named a similar side to last weekend but several players will have to pass a fitness test before he will know the final make up of his squad. As from this week on both the lower grades will start 15 minutes earlier.
The Dolphins sides are
1. Trent Leis
2. Phil Shilvock
3. Damien Richters
4. Brian Jellick
5. Joel Barnes
6. Shane Perry
7. Michael Roberts
8. Nathan Sologinkin
9. Nathan Black
10. Adam Starr
11. Daniel Green
12. Ben Jones
13. Andrew Wynyard
14. Justin McKay
15. Danny Burke
16. Grant Flugge
17. Gavin Cooper
REDCLIFFE and Toowoomba still sit on top of the Queensland Cup ladder but both clubs were brought back to earth to some degree by results in the last round.
Redcliffe in particular has been forced to do some soul searching during the week after a humiliating 38-22 loss to the Central Comets on Redcliffe?s home turf, Dolphin Oval.
Regulars at the ground said it was one of the Dolphins worst performances in recent memory, and that is not meant to take anything away from the Comets, who may well have come of age with that win.
Toowoomba on the other hand did not play badly in their 22-10 loss to the Burleigh Bears in the curtain-raiser to the big Broncos ? Newcastle NRL clash.
Burleigh were simply superb on the night with desperate defence and good handling the highlights along with a great individual performance from halfback, Brett McConnell who scored two tries.
So Redcliffe (14) remain on top of the Queensland Cup ladder on percentages from Toowoomba with the Dolphins facing another tough assignment at home this Sunday when they host the Easts Tigers, who are coming off a 48-24 defeat of Ipswich.
Easts are in clear fifth spot on 12 points chasing their fourth win in a row.
Toowoomba face a tough trip to Kougari Oval to play Wynnum who are on 13 points, the same total as Burleigh with the Bears earning third spot on percentages.
Wynnum beat Brothers 52-30 last start after cruising to a 30 point lead and the Seagulls will have to be more ruthless against the Clydesdales.
North Queensland, Norths and Central are on 10 points each, just two points outside the five with North Queensland the most likely club to grab two competition points this weekend because they host last placed Brothers Valleys at Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville in a curtain-raiser to the Cowboys ? Panthers NRL clash.
Brothers Valleys showed last week they know how to score a try but their defence was too soft in their own ?red zone?.
North Queensland rattled up 64 points in beating Souths Logan and in front of their home fans they should register another big win, although the Young Guns have lost a number of players to the NRL and the Queensland under 19 side.
Norths play Ipswich at Bendigo Bank Oval on Saturday night and it really is close to the last throw of the dice for the Jets who have just a win and a draw to show from nine starts.
Norths belted Tweed 56-16 last weekend in the ABC televised match and the Devils will be full of confidence.
Central play Burleigh at Pizzey Park, Miami in the week?s ABC clash and this match has plenty of appeal after both teams recorded such impressive wins last weekend.
In the other match the Tweed (six premiership points) can keep within reach of a top five spot with a win over Souths Logan at Piggabeen on Sunday.
Souths Logan (two points) have a better attacking record than the Tweed but the home side?s defence is substantially better.
The first Harvey Norman State of Origin match in Sydney on Wednesday will be the focus of the League world this week, with Queensland and New South Wales also meeting in a colts curtain-raiser.
A 24-point turnaround in the lead up to halftime spelt disaster for the Pepsi Dolphins in their 38-22 loss to the Central Comets at Dolphin Oval last Sunday. Two intercept tries took the Comets out to a 32-10 lead at the break with both tries length of the field efforts after the Dolphins looked like scoring.
The 22 point deficit proved to be too big for the Dolphins despite reducing the margin to 10 points 15 minutes into the second half. But it would be selling the Comets effort short if you said that the two intercepts were the only reasons for first win at Dolphin Oval. They dominated around the middle of ruck with their quick men making the most of the platform laid by their big men.
The Dolphins who were without Troy Lindsay, Adam Starr and Gavin Cooper but Coach Neil Wharton refused to use that as excuse either. Wharton was pleased with the efforts of workaholic lock Grant Flugge, winger Phil Shilvock and Damien Richters. But it was in the middle where the Dolphins lost the game where they didn?t defend well enough. And with the A Grade now stringing together 6 wins in a row some of their players must be very close to making the step up to Queensland Cup.
On the positive side for the Dolphins Liam Georgetown and Mark Brown made their Queensland Cup debuts. In particular Brown who?s quick play the balls got Redcliffe on a roll on during his stay on the field. Brown is a second generation Dolphin first grader with his father former International Dave Brown having played a season with Redcliffe in 1987.
Comets 38 (R.Cullen 3, C.Rothery 2, W. Rothery, R.Bromley tries G.Parle 5 goals)
Redcliffe 22 (D.Richters, L.Georgetown, S.Perry tries D.Richters 3 goals)
MAD Butcher Fox Memorial Grading Round- Rd 7 - 15 May
RUGBY League has been thrown into further controversy this morning, with a woman complaining that an obscene voice message was left on her phone by a State of Origin player in the early hours of yesterday morning.