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globalrugbyleague - Thu, 03 May 2007 10:39:00 GMT
Newcastle will be looking to overtake competition front runners Parramatta in round 8 of the NSWRL Premier League. They're not alone, writes JOSH KING.

Looking for a win off the back of a bye is a challenge for most rugby league teams in all grades these days and the Eels of course will have their hands full when they battle the team they defeated in last year's grand final, the Newtown Jets.

A loss by the blue and gold would provide an opportunity for Newcastle or the Bulldogs to leap frog over them on for and against points.

Watch for the Knights and the Dogs attempt to stamp their authority at Telstra Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Balmain, Cronulla, Canberra and Manly have the opportunity to bounce back into the top eight should they win their fixtures while the pressure will be on Auckland and St George to win at home or slide down the ladder.

These are your Premier League teams heading into round 8.


DRAGONS V PANTHERS
Oki Jubilee Stadium
Friday May 4 KO: 5:30pm
Referee: Adam Devcich
GRL Tips: Panthers

Dragons: 1.Jason Nightingale, 2.Rota Setu, 3. Luke MacDougall, 4.Rhys Lovegrove, 5.Frank Samia, 6.Richard Williams, 7.Mathew Head, 8.Charlie Leaeno, 9.Tony Caine, 10. Ricky Thorby 11.Ryan Powell ©, 12.Corey Payne, 13.Sam Isemonger Interchange: 14.Matt Prior, 15.Reece Blayney, 16.Ricardo Young, 18.Brad Davidson, 19.Brian West, 20.Pat Rosser Coach: Steve Price.

Penrith: 1.Liam Georgetown (c), 2. Nick Youngquest, 3. Geoff Daniela, 4. Jade Williams, 5. Matthew Forwood, 6. Craig Trindall, 7. Wayne Bond, 8. Steve O'Beirne, 9. Paul Aiton, 10. Matthew Cross, 11. Matthew Bell, 12. Bryan Norrie, 13. Josh Bateman. Interchange (from): 14. John Nuumaalii, 15. James Nightingale, 16. Andrew Pearn, 19. Liam Campbell, 20. Brendan Hlad, 21. Charles Enosi, 22. Masada Iosefa, 23. Shane Blackett Coach: Steve Georgallis

AUCKLAND V CRONULLA
Mt Smart Stadium
Saturday May 5, KO: 5:15pm
Referee: Chris James
GRL Tips: Auckland

Auckland: 1.Aiden Kirk, 2.Malo Solomona, 3.Miguel Start, 4.Constantine Mika, 5.Andrew Sunilula, 6.Steve Buckingham 7.Isaac John, 8.Russell Packer, 9.Simon Head, 10.Wayne McDade, 11. Lui Toimoana, 12.Sonny Fai, 13.Scott Jones. Interchange: 14.Kimi Uasi, 15.Fabian Soutar, 16.Upo Poching, 17.Toleafoa Leaupepe, Coach: Graeme Norton

Cronulla: 1.Misi Taulapapa, 2.Carl Fritz, 3.Bryson Goodwin, 4.Dane Nielsen, 5.Mitch Brown, 6.Josh Hannay, 7.Dean Jamieson, 8.Michael Greensfield, 9.Luke Sant, 10.Jacob Selmes, 11.Paul Stephenson, 12.Leonard Ropeta, 13.Henry Perenara. Interchange: 14. Eddie Sua
15.Brett Finn Coach: Jim Dymock.

WESTS V BALMAIN RYDE
BlueTongue Stadium
Saturday May 5, KO: 5:15pm
Referee: Brett Suttor
GRL Tips: Wests

Wests: 1.Shannon Gallant, 2.Chance Bunce, 3.Mark Hendy, 4.Beau Ryan, 5.Nua Alone, 6.Wayde Dunley, 7.Brendan Waters, 8.Pat Galea, 9.Nathan Waters, 10.Toa Asa, 11.Jarrad Farlow 12.Dean Rysko, 13.Simon Greaves. Interchange: 14.Luke Gordon 15.Mitch Stanfield, 16.Rod Griffin, 17.Sam Moa, Coach: John Dorahy.

Balmain-Ryde: 1.Matt Ryan, 2.Samu Wara, 3.Ben Jeffery, 4.Rhys Hanbury, 5.Lee Bennett ©, 6.Blake Ayshford, 7.Tim Moltzen, 8.Luke Harlen, 9.Lewis Brown, 10.Tevita Metuisela, 11. Ben Te’o, 12.Rocky Trimarchi, 13.Tom Harberecht. Interchange: 16.Jai Ayoub, 18.Jarrod Saffy 19.David Marando, 20.Alan Schirrnack Coach: Arthur Kitinas.

PARRAMATTA V NEWTOWN JETS
Parramatta Stadium
Saturday May 5, KO: 5:30pm
Referee: Gerard Sutton
GRL Tips: Eels

Parramatta: 1.Michael Lett ©, 2.Etu Uaisele, 3.Taulima Tautai, 4.David Williams, 5.Joel Reddy, 6.Kris Keating, 7.James Maloney, 8.Justin Tsoulos, 9.Matt Keating, 10.Aaron Wood, 11.Richard Fa’aoso, 12.Weller Hauraki, 13.Justin Horo. Interchange: 14.James Storer, 15.James Grehan, 16.Alfred Betham, 17.Jeremy Latimore. Coach: Rip Taylor.

Newtown Jets: 1.Aaron Lai, 2.Troy Savage, 3.Vince Mellars, 4.Setaimata Sa, 5.Anthony Watts, 6.Josh Lewis, 7.Jamie Soward, 8.Dale Newtown, 9.George Ndaira, 10.Willie Brown, 11.Danny Williams, 12.Mickey Paea, 13. Nigel Plum Interchange: 14.Grant Millington, 17.James Shillington Coach: Paul Young.


CANBERRA V MANLY
Canberra Stadium
Sunday May 6, KO: 12:00pm
Referee: Luke Potter
GRL Tips: Manly

Canberra 1.Troy O’Sullivan, 2.Michael Brophy, 3.Chad Grintell, 4.Brad Cross, 5.David Milne, 6.Josh McCrone, 7.Marc Herbert, 8.Jason Williams, 9.Glen Buttriss, 10.Cy Lasscock, 12.Alan Rothery, 12. Joe Picker, 13.Willie Raston. Interchange: 15.Brenton Lawrence, 16.Damien Seears, 17.Steve McLean. Coach: Tony Adam

Manly: 1.Sean Meaney, 2.Michael Bani, 3.Sean Dalton, 4.Shane Neumann, 5.Nick Bradley-Qualilawa, 6.Sam Key, 7.Jeff Robson ©, 8.Sione Finefeuiaki, 9.Aaron Groom, 10. Phil Morwood, 11.John O’Sullivan, 12.Jack Afamasaga, 13.Jason Wells. Interchange: 14.Blake Hanlon, 15.Chris Trembath, 16.Tim Mortimer, 17.James Mortimer Coach: Craig Sandercock

BULLDOGS V NEWCASTLE
Telstra Stadium
Sunday May 6, KO: 1:00pm
Referee: Alan Shortall
GRL Tips: Bulldogs

Bulldogs: 1.Trent Cutler, 2.Tom Kerr, 3.Cameron Phelps, 4.Andrew Emelio, 5.Adam Fielder, 6. Dallas McIlwain 7.Ben Roberts, 8.Aaron Wheatley, 9. Billy Ngawini, 10.Jon Green, 11.Nathan Armit, 12. Adam Brideson, 13. Nick Kouparitsas. Interchange: 14.Fred Briggs, 15.Daniel Green, 16.Charlie Farah, 17.Frank Winterstein. Coach: Andy Patmore

Newcastle: 1.Stephen Gordon, 2.Nathan Hinton, 3.Luke Hession, 4.George Carmont, 5.Akuila Uate, 6.Marvin Karawana, 7.Scott Dureau, 8.Matt Taufua. 9.Mathew Thurston, 10.Mitchell Sargent, 11.Willie Tupou, 12.Aaron Hartmann, 13.Reegan Tanner Interchange: 14.Luke Davico 15.Tim Natusch, 16.Brendan Hunt, 17.Mitchell Steele. Coach: Trent Robinson. - Read More, Here