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PARKHOUSE RECRUITMENT RUGBY LEAGUE CONFERENCE FOUR NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP SCOTLAND 26 WALES 34 Following their crushing victory over Ireland in May, Wales are now top of the Parkhouse Recruitment Rugby League Conference Four Nations Championship table after a hard fought 34-26 win over Scotland at Hamilton RFC writes Ian Golden. Wales took an early 12 point lead through tries from Aberavon hooker Dai Hawkins and Cardiff stand-off Pete Moore. With the Bravehearts not able to cross the line in the first period, their only points coming from three Barry Edgar penalties, it was the Dragons who had a healthy 22-6 lead at the interval after Hawkins bagged his second of the day and Newport's Owen Jones added another just before the hooter. After narrowly losing to England last month, the Bravehearts were determined to make their mark in the Championship. They put down a statement of intent bringing the score back to 22-16 soon after the break with tries from Mark Webster and Dougie Flockhard, the latter a 30 metre run chipping past the full-back before grounding. However, Wales kept their noses well in front when former Liverpool Football Club trialist, Dai Hawkins went in for his hat-trick set up by Man of the Match Damien Hudd. Scotland fought back with a fine individual effort from Andy Brown before a second Jones try sealed the win. Winners of the Championship for the past two seasons, Wales are favourites to complete a hat-trick when they take on the England Lionhearts in Coventry on Sunday September 12th. England, however have the chance to join Wales at the top of the table when they face Ireland in Dublin next Saturday. TOTAL RL.COM WELSH RUGBY LEAGUE CONFERENCE

Dolphins beaten again in Kougari Oval thriller

QUEENSLAND Cup rugby league fans were dealt up a treat today when Wynnum defeated Redcliffe 30 - 28 in todays tv game. The standard of football was first rate and the game went down to the wire.

McCartney Returns

BROTHERS Valleys clash with Easts Tigers marks the return of Josh McCartney to the playing field.

Super League clubs rally behind injured young players

HUDDERSFIELD Giants and London Broncos have joined forces in order to stage a fundraising dinner and auction in aid of seriously injured rugby league players Danny Scott and Matt King at Huddersfield?s historic George Hotel on Sunday 27 June.

Cowboys upset Dragons in Wollongong

THE North Queensland Cowboys have withstood a late charge from the St George Illawarra Dragons to come away 14-12 winners at WIN Stadium tonight.

Eels win in thriller finish

THE Parramatta Eels have beaten the Newcastle Knights 18-16 at Energy Australia Stadium in a match that took the full 80 minutes to decide.

Storm hang tough to defeat Tigers

THE Melbourne Storm have fought off a late comeback from the Wests Tigers to win a very good match 30-24 at Olympic park this evening.

Country Visit Armidale - Editorial

LIVING out in the country, five hours from your nearest league stronghold, it?s hard for a fan to really get as involved in the greatest game as he?d like to. In fact, in the last four or five years there has been very little NRL contact with the region. Local products such as Dean Widders and Jason Ferris have done their part, and Tamworth were given a trial between Sydney and Manly in 2002- but otherwise Armidale and the New England region haven?t been given the time of day.

Auckland Rugby League - Results

MAD Butcher Fox Memorial Grading Round - 1/2 May

Extra team put on hold

THE NRL partnership executive discussed the issue of whether the NRL should pursue a 16th team today.

The Knightly Round 9

NEWCASTLE face a tough assignment at home against the Bulldogs on Sunday.

Lauiti'iti to leave NRL behind him

FORMER New Zealand Warriors forward Ali Lauiti'iti will move to England and play in the English Super League, turning his back on the National Rugby League.

Wests Tigers Name Squad for Roosters Game

WESTS Tigers Head Coach, Tim Sheens has announced his squad for the game against the Roosters, on Saturday 8th May 2004 at Aussie Stadium. Kick off is at 5.30pm.

Round 9 Teams and Fixtures

FRIDAY 7th May 2004

Next club in the NRL?

THE NRL's league expansion committee is to decide today whether to expand their competition in 2006 and if so, who will get the nod.

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