Round two of the NRL Telstra Premiership continues tonight with two games. Follow the NRL.com daily blog for a wrap-up of last night's game, full match highlights and another NRL.com content.
It was a game to forget for the Cronulla Sharks as an error-filled second half cost them a win against the St George Illawarra Dragons in the local derby.
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5.20pm AEDT: That's all for today's blog. Stay logged in to NRL.com for all the action from tonight's two games.
4.54pm AEDT: The great Artie Beetson's grandson Billy Beetson will take to the field at half-time of the Roosters-Bulldogs clash for a game of u10 touch football.
4.23pm: Knights recruit Connor Watson says he doesn't mind shifting positions if need be during a game.
4.11pm AEDT: Here's what Panthers coach Anthony Griffin had to say earlier today.
3.33pm AEDT: Big news out of the Gold Coast with Ash Taylor out of Saturday's stoush with the Warriors due to a hamstring injury. Here's all the Late Mail for round 2.
2.45pm AEDT: The Wests Tigers are huge advocates of anti bullying, starting at the top with their CEO Justin Pascoe.
1.45pm AEDT: Just under 2 million viewers tuned into Channel Nine’s Round 2 Thursday Night coverage between the Sharks and Dragons. The National peak audience was 950,000 while The NRL Footy Show (278,000) comfortably rated ahead of Foxtel's The Late Show with Matty Johns (107,000).
12.45pm AEDT: The NZRL has announced its findings from a report into the Kiwis' disastrous World Cup campaign, saying it let down coach David Kidwell but also admitting the team's performances were "disadvantaged" by his appointment.
NZRL chairman Reon Edwards, acting CEO Hugh Martyn said the independent review panel's findings were "robust and enlightening" while announcing them at a press conference in Auckland on Friday.
“Disappointing as it was, the Kiwis 2017 loss could ultimately be for the best for the game,” Edwards said. “This is a good wake-up call and an opportunity for a fresh start."
The review panel's high-level findings painted a poor picture of New Zealand's World Cup campaign which included a shock 28-22 loss to Tonga in the group stage before bowing out 4-2 in the quarter-finals to Fiji.
- A complete lack of proven high performance sport (HP) expertise within the NZRL organisation and the supporting structures that need to be put in place for sustained success.
- A systemic failure of senior NZRL leadership to identify HP problems and inadequacies, and no obvious ability to identify and manage the risks arising.
- The Kiwis’ campaign was disadvantaged by the NZRL appointment of an inexperienced Head Coach (with potential nonetheless) who attempted to implement too much in a short space of time and treated the RLWC like a ‘Test’ event instead of the pinnacle of the Kiwis 4 year calendar.
- NZRL let down Head Coach David Kidwell specifically in not providing him with the carefully and strategically designed 2014-2017 High Level Kiwis Campaign Plan. We record that in our view the Head Coach should have, upon his appointment asked for and insisted on being provided with that High Level Plan. David Kidwell acknowledged that indeed he should have done this but did not do so. We consider that his failing in this regard was unsatisfactory. It does not however, in our view, excuse the failure of NZRL senior leadership to provide its Kiwis Head Coach with that High Level Plan.
Kidwell's future is under a cloud with the NZRL to press ahead with changing its policy that the Kiwis' coach must be a New Zealander. The NZRL will "open recruitment and appointment processes to ensure the best person for the position is appointed".
New Zealand are due to play England in a Test in Denver in June. Kiwi officials are hopeful of convincing North Queensland Cowboys powerhouse Jason Taumalolo, who turned out for Tonga in the World Cup, and several other eligible players to pledge their allegiance to New Zealand again.
12pm AEDT: Raiders coach Ricky Stuart confirmed at the club's media session on Friday morning that Joseph Tapine will be sidelined for at least three weeks due to the finger injury he suffered last start against the Titans.
11.15am AEDT: Stephen Kearney explains how his experience at the Parramatta Eels has him ready to get the best out of the New Zealand Warriors.
10.45am AEDT: Rabbitohs coach Anthony Seibold has no doubt debutant Adam Doueihi will handle himself on Saturday night against the Panthers.
Here is what he told the media at Redfern Oval on Friday morning - “He’s a big halfback, he got a really good running game so we want him to bring that, it’s a real weapon for him."
10.30am AEDT: NRL.com chief reporter Michael Chammas has some big team selection news from the Tigers camp ahead of their tussle with the Storm tomorrow night at AAMI Park.
10.15am AEDT: The NRL has announced there were no charges from the Match Review Committee following the derby clash between the Sharks and Dragons last night.
9.30am AEDT: Sharks centre Josh Dugan enjoyed his catch up with former teammate and Dragons prop Paul Vaughan at fulltime last night.
9am AEDT: Sam Thaiday is pumped ahead of tonight's clash at Suncorp Stadium. Will it be another Broncos v Cowboys classic? Kick-off is 8pm, Sydney time.
7.45am AEDT: How good was this try by Dragons flyer Nene MacDonald!!! NRL.com photographer Nathan Hopkins was on hand to capture this brilliant image for fans of the Red V.
7.30am AEDT: Snubbed as a teenager by the Canterbury Bulldogs, Latrell Mitchell has called the Sydney Roosters a family club.
7am AEDT: Here are some of the best photos from the Cronulla Sharks v St George Illawarra Dragons clash.
7am AEDT: Parramatta Eels players copped a harsh spray from coach Brad Arthur following their disappointing first round defeat to the Penrith Panthers.
7am AEDT: The St George Illawarra Dragons have come from 14 points down to defeat the Cronulla Sharks. Here are the full match highlights.
7am AEDT: The Cronulla Sharks side has lost 20-16 against the St George Illawarra Dragons in the local derby at Southern Cross Group Stadium as their errors prove to be their downfall.