DURING its early years, State of Origin football brought Queensland to the fore as a major competitor to the traditional New South Wales stranglehold over rugby league. This eventually led to two new Queensland sides joining the NSWRL competition in 1988. Of those teams, it was the Broncos that proved the dominant force north of the border and while they were enjoying consecutive premierships in 1992 and 1993, their Gold Coast counterparts were being smacked with wooden spoons.
NRL wrap - ROUND 25
JASON Cayless is not worrying about winning back a Kiwis' test jumper although Sunday's National Rugby League (NRL) grand final replay with the New Zealand Warriors is the ideal platform to stake a claim.
THE North Queensland Cowboys have won their third consecutive match with a resounding 34-14 victory over the Wests Tigers at Campbelltown Stadium.
THE National Rugby League's referee interchange experiment barely raised an eyebrow or a mutter at Campbelltown when it was video ref Mick Lewis who made the biggest call of the game between Wests Tigers and North Queensland.
THE length of time New Zealand Warriors rugby league fullback Brent Webb takes for his goalkicks is an "absolute joke", Sydney Roosters captain Brad Fittler said yesterday.
AFTER an injury ruined season, filled with more lows then highs, the St George Illawarra Dragons season is officially over.
SCOTT Prince is a chance to push for a shock inclusion in Brisbane's halves against St George-Illawarra in Friday night's National Rugby League clash at Suncorp Stadium.
THE nine teams involved in the race for the National Rugby League top eight will go into this weekend's final round unaffected by the judiciary after none of their players were charged today.
TAWERA Nikau should learn tomorrow whether his doctor will allow him to travel to Sydney to present the Dally M award to the best and fairest player in the National Rugby League.
THE Newcastle Knights won 42-8 in a one sided affair against the Dragons at Oki Jubilee Stadium.
TONIGHT the Cronulla Sharks have out-gunned the South Sydney Rabbitohs by 54 ? 34 in a free-flowing affair that has seen both teams rack up plenty of points. The Sharks eventually overcame a determined South?s outfit which fought hard but in the end couldn?t match the fire-power of a Cronulla team with nothing to lose.
ST George Illawarra's horror run of injuries continue with second rower Lance Thompson likely to miss the rest of the season following a chest muscle injury.
CONTINUING his families tradition with the game of rugby league , outstanding young stand-off Jerome Ropati has been called up by the New Zealand Warriors to cover for injured Stacey Jones and Lance Hohaia in tomorrows game against the Roosters.
THE New Zealand Warriors have defeated the Sydney Roosters 26-24 at Aussie Stadium, Sydney.