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Round 19 teams & analysis games chat

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Berkeley_Eagle, Jul 11, 2012.

who's your tips

Poll closed Jul 15, 2012.
  1. BRISBANE BRONCOS

    41.2%
  2. v NZ WARRIORS at Suncorp Stadium, 7.35pm.

    52.9%
  3. CANTERBURY BULLDOGS

    88.2%
  4. v PARRAMATTA ELLS at ANZ Stadium, 7.35pm.

    5.9%
  5. MELBOURNE STORM

    70.6%
  6. v NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS at AAMI Park, 5.30pm.

    23.5%
  7. NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS

    5.9%
  8. v MANLY SEA EAGLES at Hunter Stadium, 5.30pm.

    100.0%
  9. WESTS TIGERS

    94.1%
  10. v PENRITH PANTHERS

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  11. CANBERRA RAIDERS

    82.4%
  12. v GOLD COAST TITANS at Canberra Stadium, 2.00pm.

    11.8%
  13. ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS

    58.8%
  14. v CRONULLA SHARKS at WIN Stadium, 3.00pm

    35.3%
  15. SYDNEY ROOSTERS

    5.9%
  16. v SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS at Allianz Stadium, 7.00pm.

    88.2%
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  1. Berkeley_Eagle

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

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    PAUL Gallen’s omission from Cronulla’s side because of injury is a massive blow for SuperCoaches, many of whom were looking to buy the star forward back over the next few weeks.

    Gallen, the best player in SuperCoach this year, is battling an abdominal injury that could sideline him for up to three weeks, or as little as one.

    I’m at a training course for most of tomorrow, so won’t be blogging live until 4pm. Catch you then. Send questions and comments now.

    In other SuperCoach news from the round 19 teams:
    • Centre sensation Konrad Hurrell (foot) was not named for the Warriors, but is only expected to miss a week.
    • Form Brisbane prop Josh McGuire retains his starting spot despite the return of Origin forwards Ben Hannant, Petero Civoniceva, Corey Parker, Sam Thaiday, Matt Gillett and Ben Te’o.
    • St George Illawarra star Brett Morris was relegated from fullback to the wing, which could dramatically reduce his involvement.
    • Eels cheapie option Jake Mullaney, who scored 68 on debut, has again been named fullback, with Jarryd Hayne (foot, round 21) out.
    • Matt Srama’s run as an 80-minute hooker could be over, with bench rake Beau Falloon named to make his Gold Coast debut.
    • Those hoping cheapie Lachlan Maranta would gain a Brisbane backline spot due to the injury to Jack Reed (broken leg, indefinite) were disappointed. Alex Glenn was instead named in the backs, although this should free up 80 minutes for Corey Parker.

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    FRIDAY

    BRISBANE BRONCOS v NZ WARRIORS at Suncorp Stadium, 7.35pm.

    BRONCOS: Josh Hoffman, Gerard Beale, Alex Glenn, Justin Hodges, Dale Copley, Corey Norman, Peter Wallace, Josh McGuire, Andrew McCullough, Petero Civoniceva, Matt Gillett, Sam Thaiday, Corey Parker. Interchange: Ben Hunt, Ben Te’o, Ben Hannant, Mitchell Dodds, Dunamis Lui (one to be omitted).
    Ins: Justin Hodges, Petero Civoniceva, Matt Gillett, Sam Thaiday, Corey Parker, Ben Te’o, Ben Hannant
    Outs: Jack Reed (broken leg, indefinite), Aaron Whitchurch, Brendon Gibb, Lachlan Maranta, Jarrod Wallace, Nick Slyney (all dropped)
    Other unavailables: David Hala (knee, season), Jordan Kahu (ACL, season), Jharal Yow Yeh (broken leg, season), Scott Anderson (foot, indefinite)
    Comment: Brisbane’s seven Origin players return, with a host of youngsters and bit-part players dropping out. SuperCoach cheapie Lachlan Maranta is one of those relegated, despite the injury to Jack Reed (broken leg, indefinite). Alex Glenn instead moves into the backs, denying Maranta a spot. Glenn’s move, coupled with Sam Thaiday’s ongoing shoulder issues, should guarantee Corey Parker 80 minutes. Form prop Josh McGuire is a hold after retaining his starting spot despite the returns of Brisbane’s Origin stars.

    WARRIORS: Kevin Locke, Bill Tupou, Ben Henry, Lewis Brown, Manu Vatuvei, James Maloney, Shaun Johnson, Russell Packer, Nathan Friend, Ben Matulino, Feleti Mateo, Simon Mannering (capt), Elijah Taylor. Interchange: Omar Slaimankhel, Sione Lousi, Jacob Lillyman, Steve Rapira, Sebastine Ikahihifo (one to be omitted).
    Ins: Manu Vatuvei, Sebastine Ikahihifo
    Outs: Konrad Hurrell (foot, round 20)
    Other unavailables: Michael Luck (shoulder, indefinite), Alehana Mara (broken leg, round 21), Sam Rapira (elbow, finals), Jerome Ropati (knee, season), Glen Fisiahii (groin, indefinite)
    Comment: In massive news for SuperCoach, Konrad Hurrell (foot, round 20) has been ruled out, but the Warriors are hoping to have him back on deck for next week. Lewis Brown moves from the bench to take Hurrell’s centre spot, while Manu Vatuvei (knee) returns from injury on the wing, relegating Omar Slaimankhel to the pine. Sebastine Ikahihifo has been added as 18th man. The Warriors are providing some great SuperCoach scores of late, with James Maloney, Feleti Mateo and Hurrell on fire.

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    CANTERBURY BULLDOGS v PARRAMATTA ELLS at ANZ Stadium, 7.35pm.

    BULLDOGS: Ben Barba, Sam Perrett, Josh Morris, Krisnan Inu, Jonathan Wright, Josh Reynolds, Kris Keating, Aiden Tolman, Michael Ennis (capt), Sam Kasiano, Frank Pritchard, Dene Halatau, Greg Eastwood. Interchange: James Graham, Dale Finucane, Corey Payne, David Stagg, Josh Jackson (one to be omitted).
    Ins: Greg Eastwood
    Outs: None
    Other unavailables: Tim Lafai (dislocated shoulder, season), Bryson Goodwin (spleen, indefinite), Steve Turner (knee, season), Mitch Brown (ACL, season), Michael Lett (retired, season)
    Comment: Greg Eastwood returns from injury at lock in the only change. Eastwood’s comeback may see potential cheapie Josh Jackson dropped from the extended squad. Those with trades may be tempted to sell Dene Halatau. Others will keep him as a fifth centre/wing. Backline stars Ben Barba, Josh Morris and Krisnan Inu are on fire, while James Graham continues to impress.

    EELS: Jake Mullaney, Luke Burt, Ryan Morgan, Willie Tonga, Ken Sio, Luke Kelly, Chris Sandow, Tim Mannah, Matt Keating, Fuifui Moimoi, Nathan Hindmarsh (capt), Matthew Ryan, Reni Maitua. Interchange: Joseph Paulo, Taulima Tautai, Mitchell Allgood, Taniela Lasalo.
    Ins: Ryan Morgan, Matt Keating, Taulima Tautai, Taniela Lasalo
    Outs: Cheyse Blair (dropped), Ben Smith (suspended, round 20), Justin Poore (calf, indefinite), Nathan Smith (dropped)
    Other unavailables: Casey McGuire (pectoral, season), Jacob Loko (knee, season), Marmin Barba (knee, season), Jordan Atkins (shoulder, season), Jason Seage (temple, season), Jarryd Hayne (foot, round 21)
    Comment: With only three specialist props in the side, Nathan Hindmarsh again looks set to be used in the front row rotation, which will dramatically reduce his minutes (is this Chris Anderson’s first move as coaching director?). Jake Mullaney has again been named at fullback in place of Jarryd Hayne (foot, round 21). The former Tiger scored 68 on debut and therefore has plenty of cheapie potential. Cheyse Blair has been dropped following some terrible defensive lapses, replaced at centre by Ryan Morgan. Ben Smith (suspended, round 20) and Justin Poore (calf, indefinite) will also miss the game, with Taulima Tautai and Taniela Lasalo coming into the side. Matt Keating returns from injury at hooker, replacing last week’s debutant Nathan Smith.

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    SATURDAY

    MELBOURNE STORM v NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS at AAMI Park, 5.30pm.

    STORM: Gareth Widdop, Matt Duffie, Dane Nielsen, Justin O’Neill, Anthony Quinn, Maurice Blair, Cooper Cronk, Jesse Bromwich, Cameron Smith, Jason Ryles, Sika Manu, Ryan Hoffman, Todd Lowrie. Interchange: Ryan Hinchcliffe, Rory Kostjasyn, Bryan Norrie, Kevin Proctor, Siosaia Vave, Jaiman Lowe, Sisa Waqa (three to be omitted).
    Ins: Cameron Smith, Jaiman Lowe, Sisa Waqa
    Outs: None
    Other unavailables: Luke Kelly (released, season), Will Chambers (blood disorder, indefinite), Billy Slater (knee, round 20)
    Comment: Cameron Smith returns at hooker after being rested last week. He is an elite SuperCoach player and therefore a great buy at the price, although resting has suddenly become an issue for Melbourne’s big guns. Coach Craig Bellamy has scant respect for SuperCoaches, punters or fans, revealing he had no intention of backing Smith up last weekend despite naming him. And with a seven man bench this week, last minute withdrawals may again be on the cards.

    COWBOYS: Matthew Bowen, Ashley Graham, Brent Tate, Kane Linnett, Antonio Winterstein, Johnathan Thurston (capt), Ray Thompson, Matthew Scott (capt), Aaron Payne, James Tamou, Gavin Cooper, Glenn Hall, Dallas Johnson. Interchange: Anthony Mitchell, Ricky Thorby, Ashton Sims, Jason Taumalolo, Michael Morgan, Scott Bolton (two to be omitted).
    Ins: Brent Tate, Johnathan Thurston, Matt Scott, James Tamou
    Outs: Kilifa Faifai Loa, Joel Reithmuller (both dropped)
    Other unavailables: James Segeyaro (ankle, season), Tariq Sims (broken leg, season), Robert Lui (stood down, season)
    Comment: Brent Tate, Johnathan Thurston, Matt Scott and James Tamou return from Origin duty. Ricky Thorby, Ashton Sims and Michael Morgan therefore drop to an extended bench, with Kilifa Faifai Loa and Joel Reithmuller dropped altogether. Ray Thompson (shoulder) is in considerable doubt. At $265,800, Johnathan Thurston is a bargain purchase for this week, while Gavin Cooper remains a must-have.

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    NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS v MANLY SEA EAGLES at Hunter Stadium, 5.30pm.

    KNIGHTS: Darius Boyd, James McManus, Dane Gagai, Timana Tahu, Akuila Uate, Jarrod Mullen, Tyrone Roberts, Zeb Taia, Danny Buderus (capt), Willie Mason, Chris Houston, Joel Edwards, Neville Costigan. Interchange: Marvin Filipo, Zane Tetevano, Adam Cuthbertson, Alex McKinnon.
    Ins: Marvin Filipo
    Outs: Kyle O’Donnell (concussion, round 20)
    Other unavailables: Kade Snowden (knee, round 22), Kurt Gidley (shoulder, season), Ryan Stig (deep vein thrombosis, indefinite)
    Comment: Marvin Filipo replaces Kyle O’Donnell (concussion, round 20) on the bench in the only change. Chris Houston has returned to an average of 66 over the last three weeks, but has benefitted from two tries and two linebreaks in that period. Darius Boyd could be set to explode, while Dane Gagai has shown great SuperCoach form in his first four games for the Knights.

    SEA EAGLES: Dean Whare, Jorge Taufua, Jamie Lyon (capt), Steve Matai, David Williams, Kieran Foran, Daly Cherry-Evans, Jason King (capt), Matt Ballin, Brent Kite, Anthony Watmough, Tony Williams, Glenn Stewart. Interchange: Jamie Buhrer, Joe Galuvao, Darcy Lussick, George Rose, Vic Mauro, Daniel Harrison (two to be omitted).
    Ins: Glenn Stewart, Dean Whare, Vic Mauro
    Outs: Brett Stewart (hamstring, round 20)
    Other unavailables: Ben Farrar (ACL, season)
    Comment: Brett Stewart (hamstring, round 20) is out, replaced at fullback by Dean Whare. Glenn Stewart (knee) returns from injury in the back row, which may cut the minutes of Anthony Watmough and/or Tony Williams. Jorge Taufua and Joe Galuvao are in doubt.

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    WESTS TIGERS v PENRITH PANTHERS at Campbelltown Sports Stadium, 7.30pm.

    TIGERS: Tim Moltzen, Matt Utai, Blake Ayshford, Chris Lawrence, Beau Ryan, Curtis Sironen, Benji Marshall, Aaron Woods, Robbie Farah (capt), Keith Galloway, Adam Blair, Liam Fulton, Chris Heighington. Interchange: Junior Moors, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Matt Bell, Ray Cashmere, Joel Reddy (one to be omitted).
    Ins: Tim Moltzen, Matt Utai, Robbie Farah, Junior Moors
    Outs: Masada Iosefa, Tom Humble (both dropped), Lote Tuqiri (broken arm, season)
    Other unavailables: Gareth Ellis (foot, round 20), James Tedesco (knee, season)
    Comment: Star player Robbie Farah returns at hooker in place of Masada Iosefa, which is a huge boost for Farah owners - and possibly those with Benji Marshall. Despite limited minutes, Farah has averaged 72 over the last four rounds and is set for an end of season rampage. Tim Moltzen and Matt Utai also return from injury, with Lote Tuqiri (broken arm, season) out and Joel Reddy relegated to an extended bench, while Tom Humble drops out of the side. Liam Fulton owners take note – Gareth Ellis is on track to return from a serious foot injury next week.

    PANTHERS: Lachlan Coote, Josh Mansour, Michael Jennings, Brad Tighe, David Simmons, Travis Burns, Luke Walsh, Sam McKendry, Kevin Kingston (Capt), Tim Grant, Nigel Plum, Cameron Ciraldo, Luke Lewis. Interchange: Shane Shackleton, Mitch Achurch, Ryan Simpkins, Matt Robinson, Dayne Weston (one to be omitted).
    Ins: Michael Jennings, Luke Walsh, Sam McKendry, Tim Grant, Luke Lewis, Shane Shackleton
    Outs: Blake Austin (shoulder, season), Clint Newton (knee, indefinite), Etu Uaisele, Arana Taumata, Chris Armit (all dropped)
    Other unavailables: Nathan Smith (broken leg, indefinite), Michael Gordon (broken ankle, indefinite)
    Comment: In a massive boost for the embattled club, the Panthers welcome back essentially their five best players - Michael Jennings, Luke Walsh, Sam McKendry, Tim Grant and Luke Lewis. Despite the star-studded returns, Josh Mansour retains his wing spot, with Etu Uaisele dumped. Mid-season signing Shane Shackleton gets a start on the bench, while Blake Austin (shoulder, season) and Clint Newton (knee, indefinite) were not considered due to injury. Michael Gordon (broken ankle, indefinite) hasn’t been named, but is not far off a return.

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    SUNDAY

    CANBERRA RAIDERS v GOLD COAST TITANS at Canberra Stadium, 2.00pm.

    RAIDERS: Reece Robinson, Sandor Earl, Jarrod Croker, Blake Ferguson, Edrick Lee, Josh McCrone, Sam Williams, David Shillington, Travis Waddell, Dane Tilse, Josh Papalii, Joel Thompson, Shaun Fensom. Interchange: Shaun Berrigan, Joe Picker, Mark Nicholls, Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, Sam Mataora (one to be omitted).
    Ins: Sam Mataora
    Outs: None
    Other unavailables: Bronson Harrison (back/hamstring, indefinite), Josh Dugan (ankle, round 21), Trevor Thurling (shoulder, round 23), Glen Buttriss (sternum, indefinite), Terry Campese (knee, season), Brett White (knee, season), Jack Wighton (toe, indefinite)
    Comment: Sam Mataora (back) returns from injury as 18th man in the only change. If included in the final 17, he could relegate potential cheapie Mark Nicholls. Reece Robinson is absolutely blitzing it at fullback – as is Joel Thompson in the centres. Shaun Fensom returned to 80 minutes on the weekend, while Edrick Lee is proving to be a great earner in the backline.

    TITANS: William Zillman, Kevin Gordon, Jamal Idris, Dominique Peyroux, Steve Michaels, Aidan Sezer, Scott Prince, Luke Bailey, Matt Srama, Luke Douglas, Ben Ridge, Mark Minichiello, Nate Myles. Interchange: Matthew White, Michael Henderson, Luke O’Dwyer, Beau Falloon, Ryan James (one to be omitted).
    Ins: Steve Michaels, Luke Bailey, Nate Myles, Beau Falloon
    Outs: Beau Champion (ankle, season), David Mead (death of father, round 20), Brenton Lawrence (dropped)
    Other unavailables: Ashley Harrison (foot, round 21), Bodene Thompson (shoulder, season), Greg Bird (pectoral, indefinite)
    Comment: The big news SuperCoach-wise is the naming of Beau Falloon for his Gold Coast debut, which could spell the end of Matt Srama’s run as a keeper. Beau Champion (ankle, season) and David Mead (death of father, round 20) are out, replaced by Dominique Peyroux and Steve Michaels. Star players Luke Bailey (ribs) and Nate Myles (sternum) return, although Origin stars Ashley Harrison (foot, round 21) and Greg Bird (pectoral, indefinite) remain sidelined.

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    ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS v CRONULLA SHARKS at WIN Stadium, 3.00pm

    DRAGONS: Jason Nightingale, Brett Morris, Chase Stanley, Matt Cooper, Daniel Vidot, Jamie Soward, Ben Hornby, Dan Hunt, Mitch Rein, Trent Merrin, Beau Scott, Ben Creagh, Dean Young. Interchange: Nathan Fien, Jeremy Latimore, Josh Miller, Matt Prior, Jake Marketo (one to be omitted).
    Ins: Brett Morris, Beau Scott, Ben Creagh, Jeremy Latimore
    Outs: Bronx Goodwin, Leeson Ah Mau, Jack De Belin (all dropped)
    Other unavailables: Kyle Stanley (groin, round 20), Michael Weyman (knee, season), Atelea Vea (finger, round 21)
    Comment: The big news is the demotion of returning Origin star Brett Morris to the wing, with Jason Nightingale to play fullback. Morris has been a SuperCoach revelation this year at No. 1, but anyone looking to bring him in this week for Jarryd Hayne should hold off. The Dragons also welcome back Beau Scott and Ben Creagh from Origin duty, with Leeson Ah Mau and Jack De Belin dropping out. Chase Stanley retains his centre spot, with brother Kyle (groin, round 20) still injured. Trent Merrin remains a top-shelf keeper in the front row.

    SHARKS: Matthew Wright, Isaac Gordon, Ben Pomeroy, Colin Best, Nathan Stapleton, Todd Carney, Jeff Robson, Bryce Gibbs, Isaac De Gois, Ben Ross, Andrew Fifita, Jayson Bukuya, Wade Graham. Interchange: Jon Green, Mark Taufua, John Morris, Tyson Frizell, Anthony Tupou (one to be omitted).
    Ins: Isaac Gordon, Colin Best, Jayson Bukuya
    Outs: John Williams, Ricky Leutele (both dropped)
    Other unavailables: Paul Gallen (abdominal, round 20), Stewart Mills (hamstring, round 20), Jeremy Smith (knee, round 20), Nathan Gardner (knee, round 24), Albert Kelly (released)
    Comment: The Sharks hope Paul Gallen (abdominal, round 20) will be back next week, although coach Shane Flanagan is on the record saying the inspirational skipper could be out for another three weeks. Jeremy Smith (knee, round 20) is also out, although Jayson Bukuya (ankle) returns. The omissions of Smith and Gallen are massive SuperCoach gains for Wade Graham, Tyson Frizell, Andrew Fifita and Bukuya. Isaac Gordon and Colin Best return from injury in straight swaps for John Williams and Ricky Leutele respectively.

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    MONDAY

    SYDNEY ROOSTERS v SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS at Allianz Stadium, 7.00pm.

    ROOSTERS: Anthony Minichiello, Joseph ‘BJ’Leilua, Mitchell Aubusson, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Tautau Moga, Braith Anasta, Mitchell Pearce, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Jake Friend, Martin Kennedy, Aidan Guerra, Boyd Cordner, Frank Paul Nuuausala. Interchange: Daniel Mortimer, Tinirau Arona, Lama Tasi, Mose Masoe.
    Ins: Braith Anasta
    Outs: Nafe Seluini (dropped)
    Other unavailables: Sam Perrett (released), Anthony Mitchell (released), Tom Symonds (dislocated shoulder, indefinite), Peni Tagive (hamstring, round 19), Anthony Cherrington (knee, indefinite)
    Comment: Braith Anasta (infection) returns at five-eighth, with Daniel Mortimer dropping to the bench and Nafe Seluini pushed out of the side. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves has been named pending his trip to the judiciary on Wednesday night. He has been hit with two charges for separate high tackles. Waerea-Hargreaves has taken the early guilty plea for his hit on Jeff Robson, but will fight his charge for knocking out Ben Ross. Shaun Kenny-Dowall was brilliant on his return from injury on the weekend and could be a great point of difference. Tautau Moga continues to frustrate.

    RABBITOHS: Greg Inglis, Nathan Merritt, Matt King, Dylan Farrell, Andrew Everingham, John Sutton, Adam Reynolds, Luke Burgess, Issac Luke, Sam Burgess, Chris McQueen, Dave Taylor, Michael Crocker (capt). Interchange: Jason Clark, Nathan Peats, Eddy Pettybourne, George Burgess, Dave Tyrrell, Ben Lowe (two to be omitted).
    Ins: Dave Tyrrell, Ben Lowe
    Outs: None
    Other unavailables: Roy Asotasi (pectoral, round 22)
    Comment: Dave Tyrrell and Ben Lowe have been added to an extended bench in the only changes. Greg Inglis will bottom out at a very juicy price next week, while the Adam Reynolds to Johnathan Thuston upgrade will also be on next round. Chris McQueen is attracting great minutes in the back row, while Sam Burgess and Dave Taylor are top-shelf keepers. Issac Luke continues to pump out huge scores despite his game time being stolen by Nathan Peats. Roy Asotasi (pectoral, round 22) is currently the only injured Rabbitoh.
     
  2. Eagles2nv

    Eagles2nv New Team, New Beginnings 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Really hoping parra beat the dogs and hopefully the roosters do us a favour (which they failed to do agianst sharkies) and beat souths.
     
  3. Berkeley_Eagle

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

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    Love to see that too
    Storm losing Again too would be great
     
  4. Berkeley_Eagle

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

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    Some interesting tips so far
     
  5. Berkeley_Eagle

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

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    Did you know that since 1998....

    - On only three occasions have both the teams ranked first and second after Round 18 made the Grand Final

    - On all but three occasions a team within the top four at the end of Round 18 has won on Grand Final day

    - A ‘bolter’ has traditionally emerged in the weeks following Round 18, including the Eels in 2009 and Wests Tigers in 2005

    Rivalry Round will be celebrated across two rounds of footy for the first time ever this season and we’re all in for a real treat!

    The Telstra Premiership enters two weeks of Rivalry Round matches in Round 19 (July 13-16) and 20 (July 20-23) with just four points separating the top six teams on the ladder, and only four points separating the teams positioned eighth to fourteenth.

    The stakes couldn’t be higher and, with the NRL this week launching its Rivalry Rounds television commercial, NRL Clubs are calling on members and fans to come out in force and help spark their team’s run to the finals against some of their fiercest rivals.

    Even legendary coach Wayne Bennett believes the contenders for this year’s title will begin to emerge over the next few rounds: “I wouldn’t start giving anybody Premiership material tags right now, the competition is really just starting again after the Origin and it will be another two or three weeks before the contenders start to show themselves.”

    The next two weeks will feature a host of classic rivalries, from the Knights and Sea Eagles, to the Dragons and Sharks, Roosters v Rabbitohs, Titans and Broncos, Cowboys and Wests Tigers, Rabbitohs and Dragons and Sea Eagles v Bulldogs, as well as season-defining encounters such as the Raiders against the Titans.

    It all begins this Friday night with the blockbuster between the Broncos and last year’s Grand Finalists the Warriors in Brisbane, and the showdown between the high-flying Bulldogs and arch rivals the Eels at ANZ Stadium, with their famed 1980s rivalry celebrated with an 80 minutes of madness ticket sale yesterday.

    The Rivalry Rounds mark the official start of the Telstra Premiership ‘Glory Bound Rounds’ and the countdown to the Telstra Premiership Finals so make sure you get behind your team’s pursuit of a finals berth by showing your support on game day!
     

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