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NRL Auckland Nines – info/rules/draw/scheduling ...

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Eagles Nest 08, Feb 11, 2014.

  1. Eagles Nest 08

    Eagles Nest 08 Active Member

    +44 / 0
    It may have been started elsewhere, but here is some info (which we can add) with the NRL Auckland Nines :

    The Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines is a live 31 game two-day rugby league extravaganza:
    - 16 NRL teams with over 256 players will compete
    - Star players are contractually guaranteed
    - Teams will be made up of nine players across four pools of four
    - AU$2.25 million dollars in prize money; Winning team ($AUD370,000), runner-up ($AUD240,000), semi-finalists ($AUD165,000), quarter-finalists ($AUD130,000) and round robin losers ($AUD110,000).
    - Over 92,000 fans expected over two days.


    ■ Two nine minute halves with a two minute half time
    ■ Nine players a side with six unlimited interchange players
    ■ Scrums will only form after a double knock on, with attacking teams to elect which side to feed
    ■ No video referee, with one on-field referee
    ■ Five minute golden try period in qualifying rounds, unlimited golden try in finals
    ■ A tap restart will take place after a 40/20
    ■ Goal-kicks will not feature in the tournament with dropkicks taken in line from where the try was scored worth two points. Penalty dropkicks will be worth two points with a field goal in general play remaining at one point.
    ■ Five points for a try scored in the bonus zone under the posts, with two point drop kick conversion
    ■ The scoring team will have a drop kick off to restart play
    ■ Five minute sin bins
    ■ Five tackles in a set

    Yellow: Raiders, Sea Eagles, Warriors, Cowboys
    Green: Broncos, Bulldogs, Eels, Roosters
    Blue: Sharks, Titans, Knights, Tigers
    Red: Storm, Panthers, Dragons, Rabbitohs

    All 16 teams are split up into four equal groups where they will each play one another in the group stage. From there, the top two teams from each group will move on to the quarterfinals, where the winners from those eight games will play in a knockout format through to the Grand Final.


    Current betting (subject to change):
    NRL Auckland Nines 2014 (winner):

    New Zealand Warriors $5.50
    Penrith Panthers $8.00
    Newcastle Knights $8.00
    Gold Coast Titans $8.50
    Cronulla Sharks $11.00
    Brisbane Broncos $13.00
    South Sydney Rabbitohs $13.00
    St George/Illa Dragons $13.00
    Parramatta Eels $13.00
    Wests Tigers $17.00
    Manly Sea Eagles $17.00
    North Queensland Cowboys $21.00
    Melbourne Storm $23.00
    Sydney Roosters $31.00
    Canterbury Bulldogs $31.00
    Canberra Raiders $34.00
    So if using the betting as a guidance to say which two top teams finish in each pool then the Quarter Finals would be:

    For the Sunday - Local time take 2 hours off for Sydney time
    1st Quarter-Final (1st Blue v 2nd Green) – 3.30pm Knights v’s Eels - say Knights win.
    2nd Quarter-Final (1st Green v 2nd Blue) – 3.55pm Broncos v’s Titans - say Broncos win.
    3rd Quarter-Final (1st Yellow v 2nd Red) – 4.20pm Warriors v’s Rabbitohs – say Warriors win.
    4th Quarter-Final (1st Red v 2nd Yellow) – 4.45pm Panthers V’s Sea Eagles - say Sea Eagles win.
    Saying Manly finishes 2nd in their pool.

    1st Semi-Final (Winner QF 1 v Winner QF 2) – 5.45pm >> then the Semi Final would be Knights v’s Broncos.
    2nd Semi-Final (Winner QF 3 v Winner QF 4)– 6.10pm >. Then the Semi Final would be Warriors v’s Sea Eagles (you can met again in the Semi’s same teams from your Pool).
    Final – 7.30pm.

    All up in the air, but a way to see how it could pan out (or we would like it to go this way!). Broncos or Knights v's Sea Eagles final would be OK!
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  2. Daddycool08

    Daddycool08 Well-Known Member

    +371 / 4
    I hope they expand this to 32 teams next year over say 4 days.

    Invite England Super League 14 teams and have two other invitation teams Fiji and PNG for example.
  3. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +2,097 / 13

    In-depth analysis of Nines squad

    John Chammas
    Tuesday 11 February 2014 3:20 PM

    With the squad named for this weekend's Auckland Nines tournament, we take an in-depth look, player by player, into how the team will fare across the ditch

    Cheyse Blair – Having made the move from Parramatta at the end of last season, the 21-year-old outside back will provide plenty of pace on the fringes, with impressive speed to match his size and strength.

    Jamie Buhrer – Called upon by Ricky Stuart in the 2012 Origin series as an interchange utility, Buhrer will no doubt play a major role in the inaugural tournament. He has an instinctive running game and could easily slot into the halves is required.

    Michael Chee Kam - His dynamic running game is bound to cause opposition defensive lines some trouble. The second-rower’s 2013 season was hampered by injury but after an impressive pre-season, Chee Kam has earned himself ticket to Auckland.

    Daly Cherry-Evans – The 2013 Clive-Churchill medallist will have a massive bearing on the team’s progression this weekend. He played a pivotal role in the Sea Eagles’ march to the grand final and will again hold the key in Auckland.

    Clinton Gutherson – Having already made his debut for the club late last year, the 19-year-old will bring plenty of speed and flair to the Manly Warringah backline. He’s got an incredible knack of breaking out of tackles and will seek to utilise his evasive footwork in the shorter form of the game.

    James Hasson – The versatile forward will provide coach Geoff Toovey with plenty of speed through the ruck. His aggression and mobility up the middle will prove invaluable for the side.

    Peta Hiku – The 2013 club Rookie of the Year will relish the opportunity to play in the Auckland Nines. His ability to play in all positions in the backline provides Toovey with some assurance. Look to Hiku as Toovey’s metre-eater this weekend.

    Justin Horo – Continually proving his worth throughout 2013, Justin Horo has become an integral part down the Sea Eagles’ left edge. A great defender who has an imposing running game, Horo will certainly cause opposition teams some damage.

    Jack Littlejohn – A good communicator with a solid all-round game. Usually a half, his vision and kicking game will undoubtedly cause problems for the opposition this weekend.

    Steve Menzies – At age 40, Beaver, believe it or not, isn’t the oldest player at the tournament. Brad Fittler, 42, takes that title. After 21 years in the game, Menzies will make a return to the NRL for the first time in almost six years.

    Ligi Sao – With prop forward Richie Fa’aoso announcing his retirement, the promising young front rower will look to push his claim to be a part of the Sea Eagles’ front line this season. An impressive tournament this weekend could very well put him in line for a spot in Toovey’s 17 come round one.

    Tony Satini – Having captained the Panthers Under-20s team to a premiership last season, the robust centre will look to shake up the Nines. Close friends with winger Jorge Taufua, the pair may very well play alongside each other in Auckland.

    Jesse Sene-Lefao – The giant second-rower will play a big role in helping his side up the field. The 24-year-old father of two has put an injury-prone 2013 behind him and is willing to make up for lost time with the kick-off to the NRL season fast approaching.

    Tom Symonds – The Auckland Nines is made for versatile back-rowers like Symonds. He possesses a mountain of talent with ball in hand and can create opportunities for his outside teammates.

    Jorge Taufua – Thrilled to be a part of the squad, Taufua will look to make the most of the extra space on the field. You can almost guarantee that the winger will cross the line at some stage over the weekend.

    David Williams – Coming off his most productive season in the NRL, Williams is set to explode at the Nines. The Wolfman knows his way to the try-line and he is renowned for scoring some of the games more acrobatic tries.


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  4. Mals

    Mals Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    Pennant Hills
    +1,450 / 35
    Overall it looks good. Just a few worries... 5 tackle sets could lead to a lot of confusion/disorganisation for the players & 5 min sin bins sound excessive.
  5. anthonyb1965

    anthonyb1965 GO Manly Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +504 / 15
    Does anyone know if it is on Fox or free to air?
  6. HappilyManly

    HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +11,498 / 254
    Foxtel and NRL app

    Aucland 9s Online thread has all the times for the Manly games etc
  7. Silver Eagle

    Silver Eagle Active Member

    +74 / 2
    After watching jack littlejohn on friday night im looking forward to seeing him link up with dce
  8. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +2,097 / 13
    Sterlo's Nines Predictions
    Posted: 12 February, 2014 by Triple m

    Triple M's Sterlo takes us through every team at the NRL Auckland Nines and decides whether or not they are taking the competition seriously based on their squad selection.

    "I think the Broncos will do well. I think the Gold Coast Titans are a chance of winning it. Newcastle might play them in the final. Penrith and Wests Tigers to do well," said Sterlo in his final wrap up.

    Sterlo's Picks - Are they taking the NRL Nines seriously?

    Broncos - Yes

    Raiders - No

    Bulldogs - No

    Sharks - Yes

    Titans - Yes

    Sea Eagles - No

    Storm - No

    Knights - Yes

    Cowboys - Yes

    Warriors - No

    Eels - Yes

    Panthers - Yes

    Rabbitohs - No

    Dragons - Yes

    Roosters - No

    Tigers - Yes

    Tags: Peter Sterling
  9. The Who

    The Who Well-Known Member

    Mona Vale
    +4,718 / 96
    In other words, the top clubs don't care too much except Cronulla, who may have to build a trophy cabinet.
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  10. HappilyManly

    HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +11,498 / 254
    Its an open game - so Manly put in 2013's top two try scorers, 2013's Clive Churchill Medalist and four International Representative Players.

    As Tommy would say - 'Big Nose doesn't have a clue' :dodgy:
  11. Eagles Nest 08

    Eagles Nest 08 Active Member

    +44 / 0
    Our pool for the inaugural Nines tournament are:
     (YELLOW) Warriors, Raiders, Sea Eagles and Cowboys

    The games for our Pool (as a re-cap), see below. The top 2 teams in our pool go through to quarter finals (round robin table style), with the bottom 2 team are out ...

    Below are Sydney times –(NZ time, please add 2 hrs):


    Game 5. Warriors v Raiders – 12.25pm
    Game 6. Sea Eagles v Cowboys – 12.50pm

    Game 13. Warriors v Sea Eagles – 4.10pm
    Game 14. Raiders v Cowboys – 4.35pm


    Game 21. Warriors v Cowboys –11.45am
    Game 22. Raiders v Sea Eagles – 12.10pm
  12. wombatgc

    wombatgc Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    Gold Coast
    +2,289 / 41

    Like your work there.:)
  13. Ramrod

    Ramrod Well-Known Member

    +432 / 2
    I may not be able to front the TV on the weekend.
    Would someone be kind enough to load just Manly's and stick it on the Tube? 720p please ;)
  14. HappilyManly

    HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +11,498 / 254
    Fox Sport 1 has a condensed replay from 8:30 -12 midnight both nights.

    As I fully expect Manly to win it, the Sunday synopsis should feature at least 4 Manly games :)
  15. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +2,097 / 13
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