QUEENSLAND Cup newcomers Tweed Heads proved to be too competitive for the premiers Redcliffe holding on for a thrilling 40-38 win in the ABC Television match at Dolphin Oval. Tweed winger Clint Rothery handed the visitors a good start crossing for an early try but the Dolphins dominated the next 30 minutes. Playing attractive attacking football Redcliffe raced in tries through winger Aaron Barba (a double), fullback Dustin Cooper and five eight Shane Perry to lead 22-4 and seemingly in control of the match. A try to Seagulls fullback Nathan Cross reduced the deficit and when centre David Strachan crossed the score was 22-12 at half-time. Two early tries to Tweed Heads saw the scores level and when halfback David Hicks scored a soft try the Seagulls hit the front 28-22. A Michael Roberts try saw the margin at 28-26 with 15 minutes on the clock. A great Hicks try gave Tweed a handy buffer but Redcliffe backrower Ben Jones scored and the result was again in the balance. When Hicks notched his hat-trick the issue was settled with Jones posting his double late in the game for the final 40-38 scoreline. Hicks was named QRL man of the match for his inspirational effort.
MELBOURNE Storm received diverse injury news today with halfback Matt Orford set to miss two to three weeks and centre Aaron Moule cleared to play Manly this week.
DANIEL Anderson's headaches this week won't come from premature celebration.
THE big news of the round was Saints coach Nathan Brown giving his skipper a clip over the ear. Personally, I don't know what all the fuss is about.
INTERNATIONAL centre Shaun Timmins will start at lock for the Dragons in his second week back from knee surgery in the Easter Saturday clash with the Bulldogs at Telstra Stadium.
AFTER all four teams involved in this Saturday's Easter Double Header lost in round 5, each club will be desperate to get a positive result. The Bulldogs earlier this season set down a team goal as to never have two losses in a row, and after the Newcastle contest last week they will be suitably prepared for the unpredictable Dragons.
MELBOURNE Storm has made widespread changes, including the return of five-eighth Scott Hill, to the side that will take on Manly this Sunday at Brookvale Oval (2.30pm).
THE Sydney Airport Jets salvaged a late 28-all draw with the Cronulla Sharks, in the opening round Premier League competition match played at Henson Park on Saturday afternoon.
THE first round of the NSWRL Premier grade saw some high scores being placed, showing the wealth of talent coming through the ranks.
DEFENDING champions Mt Albert Lions came back from a 12-6 deficit at halftime, to steer off a hard fought battle from Marist and win by 18-12.
THE Manly Sea Eagles have dominated an error-ridden St George Illawarra outfit to run out winners by 38-12 at WIN Stadium today.
RAIDERS five eighth Mark McLinden will start tomorrows match against Parramatta and Jason Croker will move into the forwards, presumably at lock which means either Terry Martin or Michael Hodgson will move to the interchange bench to accommodate the inclusion of McLinden.
THE Melbourne Storm have beaten the Cronulla Sharks 18-12 at Olympic Park this evening. Both sides scored three tries a-piece but the goalkicking or lack there-of from Brett Kimmorley proving the difference.
A hard fought battle at ANZ Stadium in Brisbane has seen the home team go down to the visitors by 32-12.
ANY doubts over Canberras lofty start to the year were quickly dispelled today at Parramatta Stadium, where the Green Machine tag was polished up and worn with pride by this new breed of Raiders, including several former Eels who no doubt took great pleasure in systematically dismantling their former club.