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When Dell returns - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Thu, 15 May 2008 19:01:00 GMT
The eyes of both rugby codes will be on the Shellharbour Marlins when Wendell Sailor returns to Rugby League in round 8 of the Jim Beam Cup.

Sailor has not played professional Union or League for two-years after being banned by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency for returning traces of cocaine in a urine test.

That two-year ban expired last Monday with the Queensland footballer signing on with the Saints almost immediately until the end of 2009.

Last weekend Sydney newspapers gave the Jim Beam Cup some great publicity following the announcement that Sailor will play on the wing for the south coast based outfit.

Reports in the media that the game would be played at Erina Oval are wrong. It will in fact be held at Ron Costello Oval.

But what if Sailor doesn’t make the cut an hour before kick-off on Saturday night?

The Marlins have won their last four games heading into their clash against Erina without the duel Rugby international. Stranger things have happened before in the game.

Erina are lead to believe he’ll play on the wing.

Does that mean he’ll displace either Jeffrey Zwolsman – who has scored 5 tries for the Marlins in 2008 – or Jace Brown who’s been superb in setting up tries? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

The conspiracy theory doing the rounds is that Sailor – who is listed on the bench in Big League in the number 20 jumper – could play in the second-row to utilize his size and strength.

In that case then Erina’s young Fijian winger, Vita Hemmings, - who is expected to play for Fiji in the World Cup later this year – may not have to mark Sailor at all.

Suggestions are that prop Jon Green may drop out of the line-up.

Hemmings could still be in doubt for the game due to a groin injury.

Erina coach Mark Horo revealed to the Illawarra Mercury what his simple plan will be if Sailor in fact does play on the wing….to keep the ball away from him.

“If he wants to come from one side to the other all day and find the ball, then he can but we won’t be kicking to him,” Horo said.

“And if we can stop them getting it across to him with our (defensive) line speed then we will and we’ll certainly have numbers in defence on that left edge.

Sadly the game will not be aired live on any television station in the country.

The Marlins proved to be a mismatch for Chester Hill last weekend after putting in a dominant performance to lay the smack down 30-6 at home.

The boys at Southern Sydney scored victory number one after leaving Campbelltown face first in the dirt via a 30-22 win at home.

It doesn’t get any easier for the Eagles who have to fly to Perth this weekend to stop a Reds outfit who are preparing to take out their rage on Campbelltown and end an irritating two-week losing streak.

Last weekend the WA Reds were given a rugby league lesson by the Sydney Bulls after going down 50-24 at the Crest Stadium.

Too many post-try handling errors from the Reds interrupted their opportunity to score back-to-back tries at crucial building points in the game while the Bulls were too powerful in defence.

In an interesting move by Reds coach Chris Dever, hooker Isaac Thomas has been shifted to five-eighth and replaced by Pikari Te Wara in the number 9 jumper.

Defence on the left side by the Reds needs to be worked on this weekend and despite being up against a team down on morale, they can’t afford to go in thinking this will be a walk in the Park.

The Eagles will still be hungry and if I was them I’d be calling Bulls coach David Baysarri for some ideas.

If the Reds play to their true potential, the Eagles simply won’t have enough points in them to go the distance.

Mounties had their undefeated streak end in front of their own home crowd care of a 32-24 loss to Cabramatta who are on the fringes of the top five and look to be turning their season around at just the right time against the right teams.

Wentworthville are not totally out of finals contention after knocking over Erina by two-points but they need to win consistently. They have a good chance to do that against mid-range rivals Belrose on Sunday.

Belrose need to come up with some answers shortly after losing their fourth away game of the season. Windsor at home were too strong and ran away with a convincing 30-10 victory.

Chester Hill V Cabramatta
Friday May 16th, 7:30pm
Terry Lamb
Referee: Bernie Sutton
GRL Tip: Cabramatta

Chester Hill: Don Thompson, Tevita Folau, Albert Hopoate, Nick Kassis, Mick Taouk, Ben Setephano, Jai Ayoub, Ray Moujali, Darren Brown, James Koloamatamgi, Kalid Deeb, Rhys Ellis, Wayne Beh. Interchange: AJ Pesamino, Tony Alo, Travis Robinson Coach: Geoff Robinson

Cabramatta: Sammy Agia, Louis Vaiotu, James Trotter, Alan Burns, Francis Vaiotu, Aaron Fluke, Brett Rimmer, Chris Yates ©, Scott Jones, Casey Ellis, Si’ikaeha Teaupa, Ross Brown, Keith Heckenburg Interchange:Jonathan Russell, Apelu Poto, Albert Tuara, Richie Parker, Dean Lamb Coach: Lenny Stacker.

Sydney Bulls V Windsor Wolves
Saturday May 17th, 3:30pm
Crest Stadium
Referee: Jayson Elkins
GRL Tip: Windsor Wolves

Sydney Bulls: Dane Gilmore, Toufic Nicolas, Mark Butler, Danny Barakat, Paul English, Nathan Wynn, Adam Tippet, Charlie Farah, Brett Finn, Suli Koroibulileka, Paul Winterstein, Chris Smith, Chris Salem ©. Interchange: Nathan Debartolo, Troy Bushby, George Azzie, Tommy Mansour, Danny Swindells, Charlie Nohra Coach: David Bayssari.

Windsor: Chris Barlow, Daniel King, Victor Penitani, Danny Chiha, Joe Haora, Ben Harden, Craig Trindall, Tito Nuimata ©, Ben Stewart, Jason Wrigley, Shennelle Haumono, Ashley Hazelton, Lee Hopkins Interchange: Alister Taua’a, Ryan Tramonte, Fatualua Mumu, Wiremu Weipu Coach:Trent Rosa.

Shellharbour V Erina
Saturday May 17th, 5:30pm
Ron Costello Oval
Referee: Phil Henderson
GRL Tip: Shellharbour

Shellharbour: Ian Catania, Jeff Zwolsman, Frank Samia, Kieran Stewart, Jace Brown, Brad Davidson, Blake Dureau, Jamie Dunning ©, Ben Ellis, Jon Green, Joe Falamaka, Daniel Deaves, James Keelan Interchange: Hans Schuster, Jarrad Roberts, Dane Sablowski, Joe Sang-Yum, Jarrad Roberts, Matt Hillcoat, Wendell Sailor Coach: David Walsh.

Erina: Josh Lewis ©, Tim Smith, Matt Riddle, Chris Liggins, Vita Hemmings, Danny Lawrence,Jon Tavinor, Nigel Townsend, Hayden Karena, Daniel York, Brad Barrett, Jacob Martin, Alan Munroe Interchange: Rodney Peake, Zac Jones, Gabel Gardiner, Luke Mears Coach: Mark Horo.

WA Reds V Campbelltown
Saturday May 17th, 7:30pm
Members Equity Stadium
Referee: Chris Sutton
GRL Tip: WA Reds

WA Reds: Ben Lindegaard, Tyrone Coppedge, Michael Kestel, Heath Egglestone, Jason Godecke, Isaac Thomas, Ryan Dickson, Nathan Searle, Pikari Te Wara, Michael Small, Delane Edwards, Jon Phipps, Shayne McMenemy. Interchange: James Blake, Rodney Tahu, Josh Irving, Stephen Gherardi, Clae Morgan, Ben McCrone, Zac Keating Coach: Chris Dever

Campbelltown: Shannon Gallant, Tyler Aitken, Grant Lahey, Pat Franks, Pele Leuluai, Luke James, John Da-Silva, Samson Mariner, Samual Hoare, Jamie Sczcerbanik ©,, Ryan Owen, Clark Gondola, Kurt Austin Interchange: Mathew Veve, Nua Akeripa, Sanele Fauula, Jarryd Eggleton, Leon Kier, Gray Viane Coach: Daniel Draper.

Belrose V Wentworthville
Sunday May 18th, 3:00pm
Lionel Watts Reserve
Referee: Gerard Sutton
GRL Tip: Belrose

Belrose: Michael La Manna, Lee Cameron, Greg Hilton, James Mortimer, James Cameron, David Marando ©, Trent Touma, Shannon Cameron, Peter Delaivuna, Adam Shaw, Jim Curtis, Mailangi Styles, Steve Carew. Interchange: Martin Cook, Teariki Noovao, Bedy Tuohy, Francis Langifisi, Andrew Needham, Phillip Ranga Coach: Peter Camroux.

Wentworthville: Tim Mortimer, Simon Micallef, Paul Ivan, Tim Clayton, Astro Waetford, John Paul Hawach, Jacob Byrne, Luke O’Callaghan, Ben Bailey, Brad Capovilla, Tim Wynn, Brett Sargent (c), Jesse O’Neill. Interchange: Todd Eriha, Mathew Raftery, Justin Wood, Duan Poaneki. Coach: Brett Cook.

Southern Sydney V Mounties
Sunday May 18th, 3:00pm
Sutherland Oval
Referee: Jon Stone
GRL Tip: Mounties

Southern Sydney: Chance Bunce, Jay Thomas, Shaun Ngawini, Brackin Henry, Sharlon Taki, Chris Kerr, Joey Pakerura, George Ghazal, Peter Prime, Josh Pickard, Steve Stewart, Atelea Vea, Trent White. Interchange: Jake Farragher, Kurt Puohotaua, Fred Pakutoa, Leonard Roparte Coach: Luke Goodwin

Mounties: Channarath Ly, Adham El-Zabedeih, Peter Lett, Wayne Dargan,Jamie Burns, Damien Mostyn, Drew Dalton ©, Pat Galea, Anthony Farah, Ben Weir, Justin Coveney, Mathew McConnell, Blake Champion. Interchange: Demetrius Ainnu, Anthony Dalton, Chris Saab, Chester Paselio, Abraham Pritchard, Cassiano Aiga, Inoke Amone, Lucas Riely, Fillipo Ploaiga Sauvao,Dean Loder Coach: Steve Ghosn. - Read More, Here