Super League Round 4 Preview


Liverpool has set the pace as the only side with three wins from three outings, but almost every club has showed healthy signs for a good season ahead.
Mount Druitt Town Rangers travel to Norford Park in the only Saturday night game (7.30pm kick-off), and both sides are still searching for their first win of the season.
A dogged effort from Fairfield saw them beat Mount Druitt 3-2 at the same venue last year, but a 6-3 annihilation of the Lions in the final round of 2007 will hold the Rangers in good stead ahead of this weekend?s rally.
All other round-four games begin at 3pm on Sunday, including a feast of top-of-the-table action, starting with a blockbuster clash between Parramatta Eagles and Bonnyrigg White Eagles at Melita Stadium.
The two combatants played out frustrating 0-0 draws during last year?s regular season before a dramatic major semi-final encounter, where Bonnyrigg came back from two goals down to beat a nine-man Parramatta outfit 3-2.
St George Saints and the Northern Tigers traditionally play out great games of football and this Sunday?s meeting at Mills Park should prove no different.
The Saints hold the wood over the Tigers having beaten them twice in two seasons, including a 6-1 drubbing at St George in round seven last year, and drawing twice at the Tigers den. They could have won a classic at Mills Park in 2007 with the Saints squandering a two-goal lead to draw 2-2.
Competition pacesetters Bossy Liverpool will provide Rockdale City Suns with a stern test at the Ilinden Sports Centre on Sunday.
The Suns were Super League champions two years ago before hitting a roadblock in 2007, spending most of their time in the doldrums.
But coach Michael Grbevski has them much more in tune this season and they can build on their fair start to the season. Liverpool has not beaten Rockdale in two years, with the Suns securing two wins and two draws.
Central Coast Lightning visiting Sydney University at Oval no.1 should be another highly entertaining affair with the two sides separated by very little over four previous meetings.
Uni beat Central Coast both times when the Lightning entered Super League in 2006 only for the Coasters to return the favour last year with two wins of their own. Adding spice to the recipe is that neither team has chalked up a victory so far in 2008.
Granville Rage play Fraser Park Dragons at Fraser Park on Sunday with an intriguing history of results behind them.
Granville thrashed Fraser Park 4-0 in their first meeting in 2006 before the Dragons trounced the Rage 3-0 at home in early 2007.
The two teams then played out an enthralling seven-goal rollercoaster ride in their last match together, Granville emerging 4-3 victors at home.
-By Daniel De Nardi