QUEENSLAND great Kevin Walters believes Darren Lockyer's command performance in the State of Origin win on Wednesday has settled the debate about whether the five-eighth should ever return to fullback.
PARRAMATTA centre Timana Tahu has vowed to salvage something from a nightmare NRL season after the NSW star was ruled out for six to eight weeks with a knee injury.Tahu damaged medial ligaments in his right knee in the dying minutes of the Blues' loss to Queensland on Wednesday and will have scans today to confirm the lengthy layoff. TAHU remains convinced the Eels can still make a charge at the NRL finals despite his absence and their lowly 14th position.Elsewhere, the Brisbane Broncos will decide today whether centre Brent Tate has recovered well enough from a knee injury to play in tonight's NRL game in Melbourne. The Storm is hoping for a crowd of more than 12,000 at Olympic Park for the match between the top two sides on the NRL ladder.Tate, one of the heroes of Queensland's victory over NSW on Wednesday, has a grade one medial ligament tear. If he can't play, he'll be replaced by Nick Emmett who impressed in his first-grade debut against Cronulla last week.
WITH the rep season having drawn to a spectacular finish on Wednesday night, we find ourselves entering the home stretch with the final 9 rounds of NRL action remaining. A few players may still have a bit of a hangover from Origin but that should be well and truly forgotten by next week.
A Stadium led recovery
PREVIEW notes and teams for Round 16 of the Queensland Wizard Cup.
DRAGONS Supporters, Whilst last night's Origin result would have been disappointing for any Blues fans, and very exciting for Queensland fans, it was certainly fantastic to have the pinnacle of League being played in our city. For anyone lucky enough to attend I think you'll agree the roof being closed created a great atmosphere and the NRL should look at playing more big matches there in future. This weeks match for the Dragons is against the Bunnies on Sunday. After having the bye last week the Dragons leap frogged the Sharks into third position on the NRL Ladder. With a couple of players backing up from Origin the Dragons will have to be on their game to ensure we take the 2 points. Our screening is back at the Grosvenor Hotel on Sunday at 6pm so SEE YOU THERE! WHAT: Dragons v RabbitohsWHEN: 6pm Sunday 9th JulyWHERE: Grosvenor Hotel, 10 Brighton Rd East St Kilda. GO THE DRAGONS!
BEAU Scott Returns to the DragonsThe St George Illawarra Dragons have today agreed to terms with former Dragon Beau Scott for three years, until the end of the 2009 season.Scott, 22, joined the Illawarra Steelers in 2003 and played in the Steelers Jersey Flegg team in 2003 and the Dragons Jersey Flegg and Premier League team in 2004.Last season Scott joined the Sharks and has since gone on to make his NRL debut and become a regular in first grade. Dragons Coach Nathan Brown views Scott as a versatile and talented player who will fit well with his structure for next season.?Beau Scott is a tough aggressive player who will be a welcomed addition to our Club next year,? said Dragons Coach Nathan Brown.?He is of a similar mould to Shaun Timmins, a centre with the necessary attributes to progress to the back row?.Caine Signs with Dragons for Two YearsThe Dragons have today agreed to terms with Tony Caine from the Sharks for two seasons, until the end of 2008.In his NRL debut match this season (Rnd 12 v Warriors), Caine suffered a serious season ending knee injury but Dragons Staff are confident that it will not impact upon his playing future.?Tony unfortunately suffered a severe injury this season that has kept him out of football but we don?t believe this will prevent him from playing rugby league andreaching his potential,? said Dragons Coach Nathan Brown.?Our recruitment staff and I have watched him over a number of years and we believe he is an exciting prospect?.Caine, 19, plays both halfback and hooker and will join his brother Jes who is currently on contract with the Dragons.?Unfortunately, because of injury, I won?t play again this season but I?m certainly keen to get back bigger and stronger than ever in 2007,? said Caine.
A thinner talent pool to choose from this week after three teams had the bye and Origin reps on duty. It hasn?t stopped us churning out a quality line-up though, with the Round 17 League Unlimited Team of the Week boasting plenty of try-scoring potential and more starch in the forward pack than a carton of Fabulon.
BRISBANE'S Brett Tate is likely to miss tomorrow night's showdown with leader Melbourne Storm after suffering a knee injury during Queensland's thrilling State of Origin series victory at Telstra Dome last night.
HARLEQUINS and Castleford Tigers have named their 20-man squads for the engage Super League encounter at Twickenham Stoop.
SALFORD City Reds and Hull FC have named their 20-man squads for the engage Super League clash at The Willows.
DANNY McGuire and Matt Diskin have been named in Leeds? 20-man squad for Friday?s clash with Bradford Bulls at Headingley Carnegie.
ST Helens and Catalans Dragons have named their 20-man squads for the engage Super League clash at Knowsley Road.St Helens v Catalans Dragons, Knowsley Road, Friday July 7 2006St Helens 20-man squad: Wellens, Gardner, Lyon, Pryce, Long, Fozzard, Cunningham, Cayless, Gilmour, Wilkin, Roby, Hooper, P. Anderson, V. Anderson, Graham, Hardman, Moore, Fa?asavalu, Smith, Tyrer.Catalans Dragons 20-man squad: Beattie, Berthezene, Bosc, Chan, Cologni, Fakir, Fellous, Frayssinous, Guigue, Guisset, Hindmarsh, Jampy, Jones, Mounis, Murphy, Rinaldi, Rudder, Sadaoui, Verges, Wilson.Ref: K KirkpatrickSource: superleague.co.uk
WIGAN Warriors and Wakefield Wildcats have named their 20-man squads for the engage Super League clash at the JJB Stadium.Wigan Warriors v Wakefield Wildcats, JJB Stadium, Friday July 7 2006Wigan 20-man squad: Ashton, Calderwood, Dallas, Dobson, Fielden, Fletcher, Godwin, Hansen, Higham, Hock, Logan, McAvoy, O?Carroll, O?Loughlin, Orr, Paleaaesina, Radlinski, Richards, Tickle, Vaealiki.Wakefield 20-man squad: Halpenny, Demetriou, Tadulala, Jeffries, Obst, Griffin, March, Korkidas, Solomona, J. Field, Betham, White, Rooney, MacGillivray, Elima, Henderson, Catic, Saxton, Atkins, Watene.Ref: A KleinSource: superleague.co.uk
THE Wests Tigers have defeated the Parramatta Eels at Parramatta Stadium tonight by 18-2 renewing hope of scoring a top eight berth.