ROUND 12 of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup gets underway this weekend with a few tough matches to call. With only 5 rounds of the competition left, spots are still up for grabs.
TONY Martin will return earlier than expected to play in Friday night's clash with Wigan at Griffin Park.
IN Bulls Eye this week, Brian Noble and Lesley Vainikolo look ahead to Sunday's Tetley's Super League Round 19 game at Odsal when the Vikings travel across the Pennines to take on the Bulls.
SOUTH Sydney signed prop Dallas Rennie from the New Zealand Warriors for the next two National Rugby League seasons on Friday.
ORIGIN is now behind us and we now focus our attention upon the remaining rounds and the lead up to the semi finals and what better way to start than two of the most powerful sides in the NRL. Penrith travel to Newcastle as they attempt to maintain their hold on first place in the NRL but this will be no easy task considering the depth of talent the Knights have on tap. In Penrith's favour, several Knights players will be backing up from Origin III and fatigue may take its toll. I'm tipping the Panthers because I think they deserve to be where they are and the Knights without Kennedy lack the punch to drive home the advantage Marathon brings. Panthers by 16.
THE Penrith Panthers have traveled to Newcastle defeating the Knights 29-16 to keep their impressive season on track.
WIGAN Warriors Coach Stuart Raper has announced the following line-up for Friday's Tetley's Super League clash away to the London Broncos at 8pm -
MELBOURNE Storm and Queensland hooker Cameron Smith is still on cloud nine following his dazzling State of Origin debut last night for Queensland at Suncorp Stadium.
NEWCASTLE is sweating on its Origin quartet backing up for tonight's National Rugby League clash with competition leaders Penrith at EnergyAustralia Stadium.
BRISBANE halfback Scott Prince will reunite with old coach Tim Sheens for the next three years after signing with the Wests Tigers.
THE Bulldogs have confirmed one of the worst kept secrets in rugby league - the signings of centres Jamaal Lolesi and Willie Tonga to two-year deals.
INTERNATIONAL prop Jason Ryles will join the growing list of season casualties following news that he has suffered damage to nerves and the rotator cuff in his left shoulder.
DRAGONS Origin prop Jason Ryles will have an MRI on his shoulder later this afternoon but the club will not have information to release on the extent of the injury until tomorrow.
MELBOURNE Storm reaches a major milestone in its short existence this Sunday afternoon when the 1999 premiers host the Brisbane Broncos at Olympic Park (2.30pm) in the team?s 150th National Rugby League game.
ST George Illawarra looks certain to re-sign centre Mark Gasnier and five-eighth Shaun Timmins by the end of next week, but the National Rugby League club now finds itself under increasing pressure to retain try-scoring winger Nathan Blacklock.