JAMIE Lyon has set his sights on leaving St Helens with an English Super League and Challenge Cup double. The brilliant former Australian Test centre, who is expected to return to his old club Parramatta when his contract with Saints runs out at the end of the season, scored 20 points to help the League leaders reach the last four of the Cup.
A reminder to all members of the CSSC that our inaugural General Meeting will be held this Wednesday, 6.30pm at Taren Point Bowling Club. The meeting will give all members an opportunity to discuss issues, suggestions or raise questions about the CSSC.Furthermore, Sharks CEO Greg Pierce will be making a special guest appearance following the conclusion of formalities, and is interested in meeting and discussing the running of the football club with all members.We also hope to induct our first round of honorary members on the night. Honorary members are either celebrity lovers of the CSSC, or non-members who perform great deeds in aiding the CSSC's eternal quest for awesomeness.http://sharks.leagueunlimited.com
THE New Zealand Rugby League says it is ready to go to the international board if NRL clubs refuse to release players to take on Great Britain on 27 June. Coach Brian McClennan wants Fui Fui Moi Moi, Iosia Soliola, Jeremy Smith, David Kidwell and Billy Ngawini, who all play in Australia, for the one-off Test. "We're not asking for too much because we haven't asked for any stars," said NZRL chairman Selwyn Bennett. "I think it's getting to the stage where we're going to have to test it." McClennan wants to use the one-off match at St Helens to try out some new players, and hopes to play Ngawini alongside Stacey Jones at half-back. But Jones has indicated he is concentrating on regaining fitness playing for Catalans Dragons after a long lay-off with a broken arm before he thinks about playing for his country again. "In an ideal world, I'd love to play but I've got make sure I'm going all right for the Dragons before I start thinking about playing Test-match football," he told the Rugby Football League website. Source: bbc.co.uk
SERBIA plays host to Russia this Sunday, in the fourth match of the European Nations B pre-qualifying tournament for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup. The Serbs, who come into the match on the back of a comprehensive 45-10 defeat at the hands of Georgia, must win if they are to stay in contention for one of the two available berths at the European qualifiers later this year.They face an uphill battle however against a Russian Bears side brimming with confidence following their 40-14 disposal of the Netherlands in Hoek von Holland last month. The experienced Bears squad boasts no fewer than 13 players from the perennial Russian Rugby League champions, Locomotive Moscow, along with coach Evgeny Klebanov, and must be considered red hot favourites to defeat the relatively inexperiences Serbians.A win to the Bears will guarantee their progression, along with the undefeated Georgians, consigning Serbia to World Cup elimination. A Serbian victory on the other hand, will mean that both sides remain in the hunt.The match is to be played at FK Radnicki Stadium Belgrade on Sunday June 4, and kicks off at 5pm local time.Squads are as follows:SERBIAVukanovicDajcDordevicGrbicGranicVujosevicNovakovicPesicMinevskiMilosevicAnticRadonavanovicNerandzicpopsogorovicSimeunovicTomicMilovanovicSusnjaraPopovicRUSSIABeglarynOsipovHiachovKorolevZacoskinVolkovGrigoriynBardeevZukovBaskakovCherenkovProninDobryninGvozdevBychkovSmirnovNechaevOrchinnikovKonstantinanVrasykIlliasov
ROUND 13 Wests Tigers 24 v North Queensland Cowboys 14at Telstra Stadium Referees: Steve ClarkMatch Summary:The Tigers have held out the Cowboys to win the Grand Final replay 24-14. The Tigers led 18-4 at half time.The Tigers took the lead with an early try to youngster Michael Crockett in the third minute. Hodgson added the conversion and the Tigers were up 6-0. The Cowboys hit back after 11 minutes with a try to Gavin Cooper. The Tigers responded almost instantly with a powerful try to Anthony Laffranchi that was created by a great offload from Ryan O?Hara. The lead was extended to 14 points after 20 minutes when the Tigers followed up a Dean Collis break with Benji Marshall dotting down under the posts. After the frenetic start no more points were added in the first half.The Cowboys started their comeback in the 47th minute when Brenton Bowen went high to knock a Matt Bowen kick down to Paul Bowman who scored in the corner. The missed conversion made it 18-8. Five minutes later Thurston was in through some neat footwork, and it was 18-14. After two breaks down the left side in the space of a few minutes, Cowboys stand off Shane Muspratt was sin binned for a professional foul, and Brett Hodgson landed a penalty goal for a six point cushion with 20 minutes to go. Try as they might, the Cowboys were unable to breach the Tigers defence, and in the final minute Dean Collis put an exclamation point on the win with a fortunate try in the right corner. The Tigers have to worry about a hamstring injury to Paul Whatuira for next week, while the Cowboys came out of the game well in injury terms.Scorers:Wests Tigers: 24Tries: Dean Collis, Anthony Laffranchi, Benji Marshall, Michael CrockettGoals: Brett Hodgson 4/5North Queensland Cowboys: 14Tries: Paul Bowman, Johnathan Thurston, Gavin CooperGoals: Johnathan Thurston 1/3By the Clock:We're here at Telstra Stadium for the Grand Final replay. Cowboys vs Tigers.Both teams have been down on form in recent weeks, however the Tigers come in off a 44-4 flogging of the Rabbitohs, whilst the Cowboys are coming off a 15-14 extra time loss to the Raiders in Townsville.Both teams are as per-program. Conditions are overcast. Not much of a crowd in. Maybe about 15,000.1 min: And we are underway at Telstra Stadium!4 min: Video referee for a Tigers try...4 min: TRY Wests TigersShades of the Grand Final for the Tigers, great passing gets to Michael Crockett out wide on the last, and he races down the sideline to score in the corner. Hodgson converts off the posts. Tigers 6-08 min: Prince puts up a poor bomb, the Tigers regather and lose 20 metres before Thurston picks up the loose ball.11 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysSome quick passing right on the line has Gavin Cooper scoring in the tackle of Scott Prince. Thurston drops the conversion short from out wide. Tigers 6-416 min: TRY Wests TigersA great offload from O'Hara sets up Laffranchi to burst over from 15 metres out. Hodgson converts. Tigers 12-420 min: TRY Wests TigersA fantastic Tigers try. Collis gets put away down the right side, he gets wrapped up. The next play the ball gets to Marshall who steps and scores. No football score today, it's probably going to be more like an AFL score. Hodgson converts. Tigers 18-425 min: Cowboys go on attack, Thurston puts in a dreadful grubber on the second tackle.32 min: The Cowboys are penalised for obstruction on attack, the penalty is then advanced 10 metres.36 min: Cowboys just aren't clicking in attack, they lose the ball on attack again.38 min: Marshall kicks for himself, regathers, jinks, steps and offloads to a team mate who drops the ball.40 min: The Phantom Siren goes, and not long afterwards we go to half time with the Tigers up 18-4.StatsTigers with 58% of the possession. Very good completion rates from both teams, 15/18 for the Tigers and 13/17 for the Cowboys. The Cowboys have made 145 tackles and missed 16, the Tigers are 118/10. The Cowboys have made twice as many offloads at the Tigers (10-5).40 min: Back underway at Telstra Stadium!43 min: Video referee for a Cowboys try - nil chance of it being awarded.43 min: NO TRY - Sing is denied in the corner.47 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysAfter a strong few sets of defence for the Tigers, they finally break. Bowen kicks across for Brenton Bowen who taps the ball down to Bowman who dots down out wide. Thurston hooks the conversion too much and misses. Tigers 18-852 min: TRY North Queensland CowboysAfter another Tigers mistake Thurston runs onto the ball and beats several tacklers to score under the posts. He converts. Tigers 18-1455 min: Video referee for a Tigers try....55 min: NO TRY - Tigers. Payten nearly dives on a kick, but the ball is ruled to have been forced by the Cowboys.59 min: After a Tigers breakout, Paul Whatuira is taken off the field with an injury.60 min: SIN BIN: Shane Muspratt is sin binned for a professional foul after a Tigers break.61 min: PENALTY GOAL Wests TigersAfter a Tigers break, Muspratt is penalised and sin binned for a professional foul. Hodgson lands the penalty goal for a 6 point lead. Tigers 20-1470 min: The Tigers manage to hold out a concerted Cowboys attack.74 min: Prince is pressured out of a field goal attempt. Still 20-14.77 min: Cowboys penalised in possession for an obstruction.78 min: ATTEMPTED FIELD GOAL Wests TigersPrince misses a field goal. Tigers 20-1480 min: TRY Wests TigersThe Tigers spread the ball, it gets batted up by a Cowboys player, Collis comes down with it and races 20 metres to score in the corner. Hodgson misses the conversion. Tigers 24-14-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Anthony Laffranchi (Tigers)2 - Dean Collis (Tigers)1 - Ryan O'Hara (Tigers)-----------------------------------------
REDCLIFFE were beaten today by Burleigh 20 - 18 and face the prospect of falling out of the top should they be beaten by Wynnum next weekend.
THE North Queensland Young Guns continued their spellbinding attacking form, defeating the Toowoomba Clydesdales 44-26 at Clive Berghofer Stadium today. The first half was a see-sawing affair, with tries, blows and the lead exchanged a number of times at rapid pace. Great direction from Young Guns five-eighth and captain Chris Sheppard eventually steered the visitors home, with a second half onslaught of tries.
VB Premier League.
Newtown 34 d. Newcastle Knights 10.
Newtown led 24-0 at half-time.
Played at Energy Australia Stadium.
Jim Beam Cup.
Windsor 40 d. Newtown 16.
Played at the Windsor Sports Complex.
WORLD Champions. Bradford Bulls, are set for a bonanza when they play the biggest game of the season against Leeds Rhinos at Odsal next Saturday. 5th June. The game, which has been made all ticket because of the number of people wanting to see the showdown, will see the Bulls and the Rhinos lock horns for the second time this season. The first game at Headingley attracted a full house of 21,000 and although around 16,000 tickets have already been sold for the game, Bradford Bulls Chairman Chris Caisley is quick to point out that there is plenty of space at Odsal for the game.
ST Albans Centurions have signed South African international winger Desi Kadima on a month's loan from London Skolars. The Centurions, who face fellow unbeaten side South London Storm in Saturday's National League 3 clash at Woollams, have taken Kadima for four week's to strengthen their back line and give the youngster some experience.
THE Penrith Panthers overcame losing stars Ryan Girdler and Preston Campbell to injury to triumph over the Bulldogs 40-29 in one of the games of the season this afternoon at Penrith Football Stadium.
THE Wests Tigers have run out convincing 33-6 winners over a disappointing Parramatta side at Leichhardt Oval this afternoon. The match was played in sparkling conditions in front of a record Wests Tigers crowd of over 18,000 people.
WOE is South Sydney, the latest victim of a continuously improving Cronulla team. Last night the Sharks were fierce, but not until after a much needed first half wake up call. Souths dashed to a 12 point lead before Cronulla replied with 38 unanswered points, little hooker Michael Sullivan stealing the show.
MELBOURNE Storm halfback Matt Orford will have x-rays this evening after suffering a suspected broken hand in the second half of last night?s historic 28-18 win over the Knights in Newcastle.
IT was a slaughter which would make most men cringe.