THE North Queensland Cowboys have struck an important early blow in their 2013 premiership campaign, accounting for last year's minor premiers the Canterbury Bulldogs 24-12 at Bluetongue Stadium.
CHRIS Sandow showed his critics that he still has blistering speed as he guided the Eels to a 40-10 win over the Warriors at Parramatta Stadium in front of 13,351 fans. The Warriors lacked punch in their attacking plays in the first half, however that quickly changed with Pita Godinet injected into the match. Godinet laid the foundation out acting half for Jacob Lillyman to crash over for their first points of the encounter. Shaun Johnson from out wide pushed the kick across the face of goal.
THE breaking news that the Sharks coach, Shane Flanagan, has been stood down - and members of the coaching team including the club doctor have been shown the door - surely confirms just that the crisis facing not just the Sharks, but the greatest game of all, is not just media talk, or even a political stunt, as perhaps we had suspected (and maybe hoped) it was.
NRL CEO Dave Smith has today given his support to the Cronulla Sharks Board as it implements wide-ranging management changes to provide certainty for players and fans in the 2013 season.