THE Raiders have named an injury ravaged side to take on the undefeated Panther at Canberra Stadium on Saturday night.
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1. Matt Bowen
2. Neil Sweeney
3. Josh Hannay
4. Paul Bowman
5. Matt Sing
6. Johnathan Thurston (VC)
7. Brett Firman
8. Shane Tronc
9. Clint Amos
10. Mitchell Sargent
11. Steve Southern
12. Luke O'Donnell
13. Travis Norton (c)
14. Rod Jensen
15. Justin Smith
16. Matthew Scott
17. Carl Webb
18. Gavin Cooper
COACH Des Hasler has stuck with the same line-up that defeated the Sharks with the exception of Steve Matai for Paul Stephenson who was ruled out last week with injury. Stephenson is named at 18.
THE South Sydney Rabbitohs are pleased to announce their side to take on the Cronulla Sutherland Sharks in round four of the NRL Telstra Premiership this Saturday, 1 April at 5:30pm at Toyota Park.Head Coach Shaun McRae has made a number of changes to his line up after suspensions to Stuart Webb and Yileen Gordon. Adam MacDougall and Joe Williams will play their first games for the Rabbitohs NRL side this season, with Shane Walker returning to the side after recovering from a groin injury.Rabbitohs? Mark Minichiello, Ben Walker, Scott Geddes, Beau Champion, Stuart Webb, Yileen Gordon and Luke MacDougall were not considered for selection. Minichiello is recovering from a shoulder reconstruction, Walker sustained a knee injury against the Roosters in round one, Scott Geddes has a torn pectoral muscle, Beau Champion is suffering from an ankle injury, and Luke MacDougall, Webb and Gordon are suspended.The NRL fixture will commence at 5:30pm, Premier League at 3:30pm and Jersey Flegg at 1:45pm.The referee for the NRL fixture is Shayne Hayne.The Rabbitohs NRL side is:1) Todd Polglase2) Nathan Merritt3) Paul Mellor4) Adam MacDougall5) Shannon Hegarty6) John Sutton7) Joe Williams8) Peter Cusack ?9) Shane Walker10) Jaiman Lowe11) David Fa?alogo12) Luke Stuart13) Ben RogersInterchange:14) Joe Galuvao15) Manase Manuokafoa16) Shane Rigon17) Shannan McPhersonCoach ? Shaun McRae
THE Newtown Jets claimed two valuable competition points when they defeated the Canberra Raiders 34-24 in Saturday?s hard-fought VB Premier League match at Henson Park. Newtown had led by 18-10 at half-time and looked to be in command with a 34-20 lead midway through the second half. Canberra soon narrowed the margin to 34-24 and really put it to the Jets for the remainder of the match. Only a couple of narrowly-missed scoring opportunities by the Raiders prevented what could have a desperately close finish to this fiercely-contested encounter. Jets half-back Josh Lewis had an outstanding game, in the sort of display that gives truth to the old adage of having ?an old head on young shoulders?. His on-field generalship and territory-finding kicking game were major factors in Newtown?s win, not to mention yet another excellent goal kicking performance. Lock forward Setaimata Sa?s first half class-act proved beyond doubt what a fine prospect this young player is. Sa scored three tries and might have claimed a fourth barring a marginal forward pass ruling. Second rowers Steve Meredith and Mark Edmondson impressed with their work-rate and both really stood up against well-organised and determined opposition. Edmondson, formerly with UK champion club St. Helens, is starting to stake a claim for an NRL position. Forwards Ritchie Parker and David Vial were late call-ups from the Jim Beam Cup ranks and both contributed well in the tough going in the second half. Newtown?s coach Paul Young expressed guarded satisfaction at his team?s continued improvement in the past three weeks. Young observed that this was a valuable win against an opposition that had plenty of players with recent NRL experience and a team that is likely to be a contender for a competition top four position. The Jets? Jim Beam Cup squad had been weakened by several late changes and went down 26-18 in Saturday?s trial match at Henson Park against Wentworthville. Newtown coach Greg Matterson was looking for fewer errors despite the impact made by the late team changes, but is confident that the Jets will field a strong side for the competition?s opening round. Newtown plays away to the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles next Saturday evening (April 1st) at Brookvale Oval, with this fourth round VB Premier League match due to start at 5.15pm. Newtown?s Jim Beam Cup squad will play their final trial match against Belrose at the Lionel Watts Reserve next Saturday, with this game kicking off at 2.00pm. There?s still time to get your entries in for the Bumper Farrell Autumn Golf Classic at Marrickville Golf Course on Wednesday, 5th April, teeing off at 8.00am. Call the Newtown RLFC office on 1300 36 36 90 to obtain more details about reserving your team?s place. Photo caption:Newtown Jets centre Lelea Paea tries to break free of the Canberra Raiders defence.Photo courtesy of Gary Sutherland Photography.
KANGAROO tourists Ben Creagh and Matt Cooper will make their return from injury against the Broncos this Sunday at WIN Stadium in the Illawarra Heritage Match.Creagh has been recovering from a knee injury and will play his first game for 2006, while Cooper has missed the past two rounds with a hamstring injury.Players from the 1978 Illawarra Division team will be recognised on the day, with this teams achievements considered the catalyst for the Steelers entering the NSWRL competition.The Dragons will wear their alternate jersey that incorporates the traditions of the former Steelers jersey in this round 4 match.Unavailable Dragons due to injury are: Wes Naiqama (ankle), Shaun Timmins (knee), Mathew Head (knee), Luke Bailey (Knee) and Jason Ryles (Hand).DRAGONS NRL TEAM LIST v Broncos 3:00pm Sunday 2 April WIN Stadium Coach: Nathan Brown 1. Clint GREENSHIELDS2. Reece SIMMONDS3. Mark GASNIER4. Matt COOPER5. Colin BEST6. Trent BARRETT (c)7. Ben HORNBY8. Justin POORE9. Dean YOUNG10. Michael HENDERSON11. Corey PAYNE12. Ashton SIMS13. Matt BICKERSTAFF14. Andrew PRICE15. Ben CREAGH16. Sam ISEMONGER17. Aaron GORRELL DRAGONS JERSEY FLEGG TEAM LIST v Bulldogs 1:00am Sunday 2 AprilWIN Stadium Coach: Corey Pearson 1. Jason NIGHTINGALE2. Rota SETU3. Junior SEUMANUTAFA4. Keith LULIA5. Luke IRWIN6. Richard WILLIAMS7. Matt SEAMARK8. Charlie LEAENO9. Brad DAVIDSON10. Chris FARRELL11. Lagi SETU12. James GREHAN13. Brian WEST (c)14. Luke YOUNG15. Francis LANGIFISI16. Lewis McPHAIL17. Nathan WYNN18. James KEELAN(Premier League team has the bye)
SOUTH Sydney will be without hooker Stuart Webb until round seven of the NRL competition after he pleaded guilty to a grade one reckless high tackle charge. In a further blow to the Rabbitohs, promising centre Yileen Gordon will also miss this weekend's clash with Cronulla after pleading guilty to a grade one careless high tackle.
CLUB chief executives have agreed in principle to an increase in the salary cap at a meeting at NRL headquarters today.
AN electrifying week 3 of NRL has seen some new faces and some all too familiar ones etch their names into the Round 3 League Unlimited Team of the Week. In an unprecedented turn of events we have seen Johnathan Thurston and Andrew Johns team up in the halves for a third straight week, with both players delivering breathtaking, yet consistent, performances over the past three matches. Wouldn?t it be great to see these two guys in action for Australia in the Anzac Day Test match?
NRL boss David Gallop will meet with the chief executives of all 15 clubs in Sydney today to discuss increases to the salary cap. Gallop believes the game can sustain a small increase to the cap, but clubs are split on the issue.
A shoulder injury is not expected to sideline young Parramatta halfback Tim Smith for Friday night's NRL clash against North Queensland.The same can't be said for teammates Eric Grothe, Dean Widders, Timana Tahu and Glenn Morrison, who are all in some doubt for the Parramatta Stadium match.St George Illawarra coach Nathan Brown is set name centre Matt Cooper and backrower Ben Creagh for Sunday's clash against Brisbane in Wollongong. Cooper missed the last two games with a hamstring strain while Creagh is yet to play this season due to a knee injury.Penrith coach John Lang will have international representatives Luke Rooney and Trent Waterhouse available for the first time this year for Saturday's trip to Canberra.St George Illawarra prop Jason Ryles has ruled out making a hasty return from a broken hand in a bid to play in next month's Anzac Test against New Zealand. Ryles is expected to be out for a month leaving him just one match, against Melbourne in round eight, to press his claims for a Test spot. The Dragons are already light on for props, with Luke Bailey sidelined with a knee injury. Meanwhile, North Queensland winger Ty Williams has undergone an operation to insert a plate and screws into his broken ankle and is likely to be out for three months. Teammate Jacob Lillyman could be out for up to three weeks with a knee injury.And Canberra centre Phil Graham has been ruled out for six weeks with a broken thumb.
A DREAM start quickly turned to a nightmare for the Central Comets on Sunday, as Redcliffe recovered from a 24-0 deficit to win 38-30 in their first appearance of the season at Dolphin Oval.Fresh from beating Burleigh at Browne Park, Central looked set to record back-to-back wins against the competition?s two most successful clubs.Yet without top-line forwards Troy Lindsay, Danny Green, Mark Shipway, Clint Frazer and Pat Gardner, Redcliffe produced a lion-hearted effort to rise from the dead.The Dolphins 38 points came in a deluge, squished between a scoreless opening 25 minutes and a lapse before the final hooter when Central scored again.Among the players called up by Redcliffe to fill holes were former Central boys Gerard Parle and Shannon Fish. Parle responded by being among the best on ground, while Fish and another ex-Comet, Ryan Cullen, found their way onto the try-scorers? list.?We spoke about it (being short-handed) early in the week and there was confidence in everyone that came into the side,? noted Redcliffe coach Anthony Griffin.?I?d like to think we?re strong enough to cover in those situations.?At the completion of three rounds the Dolphins are now just one of three unbeaten teams, along with Easts and North Queensland. Due to the bye they rank third on the ladder.Central sits eighth, but has plenty of sides looking over their shoulder after a promising last fortnight.?The Comets are a very big and physical side,? said Griffin, himself Rockhampton-bred.?They?re a different kettle of fish to previous seasons. They worked us over at different stages of the game and they are particularly powerful.?I?d say especially at home they are going to be a hard side to beat.?Central?s next up assignment is indeed on home turf, with the Wynnum Manly Seagulls travelling to Browne Park next Saturday. Redcliffe faces off against Easts at Langlands Park earlier the same day.The Dolphins will have Gardner and Richard Russell back from suspension and will monitor Lindsay, Shipway and Green throughout the week.Greg Bourke is fast closing on Damien Richters for the all-time Queensland Wizard Cup scoring title. He now has 952 points to Richters? 1030. The anomaly in the situation is Burleigh?s Reggie Cressbrook, who is on 983 points, but is yet to play Wizard Cup this season and will play hist first game in the local Gold Coast Rugby League next week.REDCLIFFE 38 (Shane Perry 2, Shannon Fish, Ryan Cullen, Alwyn Simpson, Nick Emmett, Greg Bourke tries; Greg Bourke 5 goals) beat CENTRAL 30 (Tyron Haynes 2, Herewini Rangi, Peter Penaia, Scott Porter tries; Scott Porter 5 goals).This article is courtesy of the QRL for more Queensland Wizard Cup information visit www.qrl.com.au
THE Newcastle Knights Premier League team recorded their second straight win on the weekend with a comfortable 46-12 victory over the previously undefeated Bulldogs. The first half was a tight contest with the Knights kicking clear towards the end of the half. Tries in the first half to Knights winger James McManus (9th minute) who was called up to replace Trent Salkeld opened the scoring before halfback Dane Campbell extended the lead to 12 when he pounced on a grubber kick from promising young halfback Jarrod Mullen. Chris Bailey, who joined the Knights from the Newcastle local competition this year scored his first try in Knights colours when he crashed over beside the posts in the 23rd minute to extend the Knights lead to 18 after 3 successful conversions from Brad Tighe. The Dogs hit back through hooker Billy Ngawini in the 27th minute as the Dogs closed to 18-6 at halftime.
MANLY has been issued with a breach notice by the NRL following Sea Eagles trainer Geoff Toovey's altercation with referee Sean Hampstead at Brookvale Oval on Saturday night.
SOUTH Sydney could be without centre Yileen Gorden and hooker Stuart Webb for Saturday night's clash against Cronulla after both were hit with high tackle charges by the NRL match review committee today.Webb is facing a minimum three-week stint on the sidelines after copping a grade one reckless high tackle charge for his first-half hit on St George Illawarra fullback Clint Greenshields. The former Sydney Roosters rake will be outed for four weeks if he challenges the charge and is unsuccessful at the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night. Gorden will miss only the game against the Sharks after being charged with a grade one careless high tackle for his swinging arm on Dragons prop Michael Henderson.In other charges, Melbourne front rower Antonio Kafusi is looking at a three-week suspension for a grade two reckless high tackle, while his Storm teammate Greg Inglis and North Queensland playmaker Johnathan Thurston will avoid suspension with early guilty pleas.