WE?VE scoured every game this week to come up with another robust mob that?s ready to run out bearing the standards of League Unlimited. The funny thing about the Round 4 League Unlimited Team of the Week is the number of senior players it contains. It adds up though, with most games this round tighter than Gary Larson?s vocal chords.
HERE?S what?s in store for this month?s feature stories in Rugby League Review:Who has the best Junior Nursery in the comp?Rugby League Review researched all the 375 players that are part of the 25-man squad for every one of the 25 NRL clubs, determining which club leads the way with the highest number of players from any Sydney Junior League playing in the elite competition.Who is the most successful side in the NRL?Rugby League Review assessed the winning performance ratio?s of all clubs since 1998 and can definitively answer the question of which club has been the most successful during that period of time.Canberra duo have the longest memoriesJason Smith and Jason Croker are the longest serving players still running around in the 2006 NRL premiership.Rugby League Review does a feature story on these two great veterans.World Cup 2008The road to the 2008 World Cup will commence later this month when Holland, Russia, Serbia and Georgia aim to win the European World Cup qualifying rounds.The top two sides will advance to the next stage where they will meet Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Lebanon. Those matches will commence in October 2006. Rugby League Review looks at all four sides, how they have developed and what is in store for them. The April issue of RUGBY LEAGUE REVIEW will be out on Tuesday, April 4 at all good newsagents for $3.50.The best way to guarantee your copy is to take out a subscription. It costs $35 for 10 issues or $65 for 20 issues to have RUGBY LEAGUE REVIEW sent out to your address. Check out www.rugbyleaguereview.com for more details.
THE much anticipated NRL return of Bulldogs superstar Sonny Bill Williams is likely to be delayed another week, with coach Steve Folkes unwilling to take any risks with the injury-prone Kiwi international.
MELBOURNE Storm five-eighth Scott Hill is facing at least a three-match ban for making contact with referee Jason Robinson during Sunday's NRL loss to Wests Tigers. And team mate Billy Slater is facing up to seven weeks on the sidelines after receiving a grade-five kicking charge for lashing out against Tigers forward John Skandalis during a tackle at Leichhardt Oval.
WITH Wembley not available, Twickenham will host this year?s Powergen Challenge Cup in August. This weekend the fourth round got underway with the 12 Super League clubs entering the fray. Widnes Vikings, led by influential ex-Cronulla Sharks fullback David Peachey produced the shock of the round when they disposed of the Castleford Tigers. Elsewhere Bradford Bulls overcame holders Hull FC at a muddy Odsal and the Wigan Warriors came back from 22-6 down to beat fellow strugglers Wakefield Wildcats at a wet Belle Vue. Leeds Rhinos disposed of a gritty Leigh Centurions at The Coliseum on a quagmire of a pitch.The rest of Super League big guns all made their way through to Tuesday night?s draw, which could possibly turn up some very interesting ties.Results:Barrow 40 v Oldham 8Batley 16 v Whitehaven 28Bradford 23 v Hull FC 12Featherstone 44 v Keighley 10Halifax 8 v Huddersfield 40Harlequins RL 48 v Toulouse 6Hunslet 0 v Hull KR 22Leigh 12 v Leeds 36Les Catalans 66 v Thornhill 0Rochdale 32 v Celtic Crusaders 8St Helens 56 v Doncaster 6Salford 32 v Dewsbury 4Swinton 18 v York 20Wakefield 22 v Wigan 32Warrington 52 v London Skolars 0Widnes 14 v Castleford 4
WARRINGTON 22 Bradford 22
Super winger Lesley Vainikolo was the hero for Super League champions Bradford as they came from 18-6 down to steal a point and leave Warrington skipper Lee Briers rueing an off day with the boot.
FRIDAY 30th April 2004
PENRITH V WESTS at Penrith Football Stadium at 7.30pm
THE Bulldogs crisis is far from over despite Police announcing yesterday that no charges would be laid against players alleged to have raped a 20-year-old woman in Coffs Harbour.
LEADING into this week?s Cronulla vs St George Illawarra game, as part of an ongoing preview, I thought it would be best to look at and debunk some of the myths surrounding the St George Illawarra Dragons, when compared to their rivals. After some research, here is what I found out.
THE Canterbury Bulldogs have been fined a maximum of $500,000 by the National Rugby League for bringing the game into disrepute during a pre-season trip to Coffs Harbour.
THE eye injury that forced Penrith forward Joe Galuvao to miss the majority of the club?s game against Brisbane last Sunday won?t keep the test second rower out of Friday?s vital game with the Wests Tigers.
THE classic ?he said, she said? scenario reached its ultimate climax today as Police investigating a young woman?s claims that she was sexually assaulted by a number of Bulldogs players confirmed that there was evidence to back up her story.
CRONULLA coach Stuart Raper has enjoyed the luxury of naming the same team which defeated Parramatta in extra time last weekend for this week's game against the Dragons.
MELBOURNE Storm second-rower Peter Robinson could be sidelined for up to ten weeks after arthroscopic surgery last night revealed further damage to his injured right knee.
MELBOURNE Storm prop Alex Chan has taken an early guilty plea to a grade three careless high tackle charge today, ruling him out of Sunday?s clash with the New Zealand Warriors in Auckland.