Rabbitohs team to take on Dragons

THE Real Insurance Rabbitohs are pleased to announce their side to take on the St George Illawarra Dragons in round 18 of the NRL Telstra Premiership this Sunday, 9 July at 3pm at OKI Jubilee Stadium.

Sea Eagles name side to play Roosters

COACH Des Hasler has named a 5 man bench to take on the Roosters this Saturday. The Sea Eagles are still without Stephen Bell but see the return of Travis Burns and Kylie Leuluai to the side. Steven Menzies will play if he comes through Wednesday's State Of Origin match ok.

Warriors name team to play Bulldogs

VODAFONE Warriors Jerome Ropati and Louis Anderson will make their 50th first-grade appearances in Sunday?s NRL clash against the fourth-placed Bulldogs at Telstra Stadium. The two 21-year-olds again line up in a Vodafone Warriors side that?s been all but unchanged since starting a four-match winning streak against the Roosters on June 11. The only change during that spell has come about through captain Steve Price?s State of Origin commitments but they finish for the season tomorrow night when he and his Queensland team-mates face New South Wales in the series-deciding third match at Melbourne?s Telstra Dome. In his absence, the Vodafone Warriors picked up maximum points against Wests Tigers, the Roosters and Penrith while Ruben Wiki was stand-in captain. ?There have been a lot of pleasing aspects lately and one of them is the fact we have been able to win each time Steve was out of the side,? said head coach Ivan Cleary. ?That?s a reflection on the contribution every player has made but we?re also really fortunate to have a leader of Ruben?s ability when Steve?s not there. ?Now Steve?s set to return on a permanent basis, which can only help us at a time when we?ve able keep such a settled side together.? Sunday?s match provides personal milestones for Ropati and Anderson, the former making his debut in 2003 and the latter early in the 2004 season. ?For young players they have done extremely well and they?re certainly showing signs of developing to the next level,? said Cleary. Anderson has crammed in an extraordinary amount of top-level football for a player who turned 21 only a week ago. Besides eyeing his 50th outing for the Vodafone Warriors he has also played 13 tests for the Kiwis already. If the clash at Telstra Stadium will have meaning for Ropati and Anderson, it will also be a special occasion for Price who will play in front of a Bulldogs crowd for the first time since leaving his old club after the 2004 season. In fact, this will be the first time the Vodafone Warriors have played the Bulldogs in Sydney since winning 48-22 in the 2003 finals. That match was the fourth leg of a five-match winning run for the Vodafone Warriors. After beating the Roosters, Newcastle, South Sydney and Penrith in the last four rounds, the Vodafone Warriors can make it five on end again this weekend but Cleary?s more interested in the quality of the performance than the statistics. ?We won but won ugly against Penrith last weekend,? he said. ?It?s not a case of thinking about five in a row when we take on the Bulldogs. For us it?s all about putting together a much-improved overall performance.

Knights team to play Eels

NEWCASTLE Knights Captain, Andrew Johns is set to break Jason Taylor?s all time greatest point scoring record at Parramatta Stadium this Saturday 8 July, 2006.

Raiders name team to play Panthers

THE Canberra Raiders will head into Saturday nights crucial match against the Panthers at near full strength, with several key players returning to the Raiders line-up.

Meninga optimistic about Hannay

QUEENSLAND coach Mal Meninga remains optimistic centre Josh Hannay will overcome a virus and take his place in tomorrow night's State of Origin series decider at Melbourne's Telstra Dome.

Bears bounce back at N.S. Oval

A home ground advantage of North Sydney Oval and the knowledge that destiny was in their own hands with no storm players available has inspired Josh White?s Bears to give a passionate performance against heavyweights St George-Illawarra.Another possible inspiration was the pre-match tribute (a minute?s silence) to one of Norths and rugby league?s greatest point scorers Allan Arkey who gathered a total of 689 points in his career. Also wearing black arm bands in memory of the super boot/fullback the Bears began their campaign.With some positional changes: Dan Russell to lock, Luke Fatnowna to the second row and Liam Foran making his Premier League debut at halfback, Norths had renewed momentum in attack and defence, most noticeable committing hard for a full 75 minutes, the match only being lost in the last minutes with the Dragons finally breaking through on the wing to score three tries in the last 5. The final score, 30-14 to the Dragons.For their part the Bears were able to restrain the Dragons trade mark scoring out wide for the majority of the game and hit back with attacks from their back line of their own. Karl Johnson ran strong and Scott Perrin worked hard for effective off loads while John Russell gave all back in his trademark roll at halfback. The new half pairing of James Maloney and Liam Foran worked well including a 20/40 kick by James early in the match to get the Bears rolling.With only three substitutes used in the first half, the North Sydney forward pack put in big time Aaron Trinder was players player and was aggressive in attack and defence, and terrorising the Dragons up front was the big boy Eddie Sua.In an indication of the Bears efforts Dragons coach Steve Price confided to Bears coach Josh White the tough performance the Bears put up against his team. While in the sheds General Manager Greg Florimo echoed Josh Whites?s sentiments and congratulated the team on the improved performance.ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS 30 Tries: J. Nightingale 3, B. Ryan, R.Williams, G. Ndaira Goals: L. Te maari 3, defeated NORTH SYDNEY BEARS 14Tries: J. Maloney, A. Beare Goals: R. Russell 3.In Jersey Flegg it was also an improved performance against the Cronulla Sharks.Changes to the line-up included Bears junior Michael Radocay coming onto the wing with Chris Heasman going in to centre.The first half score was 6-22. The Bears try was scored by Siaosi Liumauna and was converted by Ryan Wilson. It was close until Cronulla scored a few quick tries.In the second half the Bears started well and scored tries to Michael Morris (which was converted by Ryan Wilson) and Tupou Peaua to get the Bears back in the game at 16-22. Unfortunately the Sharks were able to make some breaks and ended up winning. The final score was Cronulla 40Bears 16.

Judiciary results

BULLDOGS winger Matt Utai has been slapped with a five-week ban after taking an early guilty plea for a reckless high tackle in Sunday's match against the Wests Tigers.

Hannay in doubt, Tonga covers

BULLDOGS centre Willie Tonga was being rushed to Melbourne today to cover for an ill Josh Hannay in the Queensland team for tomorrow night's deciding State of Origin rugby league match.

News: Taylor, Joey, Slater

PARRAMATTA coach Jason Taylor says that if Andrew Johns breaks his rugby league first grade points scoring record this weekend it will only make him prouder to be on the same list.

McKinnon signs with Warriors

THE New Zealand Warriors have signed Parramatta fullback Wade McKinnon for the next three National Rugby league seasons.

Bartercard Cup (Split) Round 13 Wk 2

A very one-sided affair in Albany last night saw Counties Manakau Jets run riot over the Central Falcons in Week 2 of the 3 week split Round 13.The Falcons were guilty of a lot of unforced errors but never really looked like threatening the Jetz in any way as the Counties Manakau side notched up 11 tries to 1, with prop Tuifelasai scoring a hat-trick.Monday 3 July 2006 Counties Manukau Jetz vs Central Falcons North Harbour Stadium, AucklandCounties Manukau Jetz 62Tries: D. Heketoa, J. Ioapo, G. Gatis (2), M. Filipo (2), T. Taula (2), T. Tuifelasai (3)Goals: J. Matai (3), D. Heketoa (6) Central Falcons 6Tries: S. ForbesGoals: H. Robson Halftime Score: 28 ? 2 To Counties Manukau JetzBARTERCARD CUP COMPETITION ? ROUND 13 FIXTURES (Week 3 Of Split Round)Saturday 8 July 2006 Auckland Lions vs Northern Storm Fowlds Park, Auckland 2.30pm Kick OffMonday 10 July 2006 Harbour League vs Wellington Orcas North Harbour Stadium, Live And Free-To-Air On Maori Television

Overnight wrap: Origin, Souths, Roosters

THE NSW and Queensland State of Origin sides will wrap up their preparations for tomorrow night's series decider with a final run at Melbourne's Telstra Dome this afternoon.

Saints overcome spirited Wildcats

TWENTY-FOUR points in 15 minutes either side of half-time was enough to give tabletoppers St Helens a 52-36 victory over struggling Wakefield in a high-scoring engage Super League clash at Belle Vue.

Rhinos maintain title challenge

LEEDS? tireless pursuit of engage Super League leaders St Helens continued at the Galpharm Stadium on Sunday afternoon as they eventually overcame a dogged Huddersfield side 36-14.

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