Round 12 Preview: Fortress or Ruins Since the site is currently up and down and the host is ironing out some problems I thought this an opportune moment to work on this weeks preview. I apologise for my lack of quality writings last week, but most of you know why I had problems stringing words together. After a blockbuster of a state of origin game last night it will be hard for any games this week to live up to it but try they must and only a sound and depth analysis of each game will help you sweep to the top of the tipping ladders around the nation. Game 1: Bulldogs vs Cowboys Both teams had a number of players out for state of origin, many of which had a lot of time on the field, the Cowboys are probably worst effected by these, with their half back Thurston icing his hand after the match, a small injury that should see him ok though for this clash. The Bulldogs are starting to get hungry and are showing glimpses of the brilliance that has made them the successful club they are today. Who backs up from origin will have a major effect on the outcome of this game and based on that fact it is hard not to back the bulldogs DanielÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s Tip: Bulldogs Game 2: Broncos vs Rabbitohs Even though the Broncos have a number of players backing up from origin and the Rabbitohs have none, I just donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢t think the Rabbitohs have the cohesion and quality needed to win matches, especially this one. The only danger for the Broncos is complacency. There is a chance they will go in thinking the game is already one, and this may damage their chances. DanielÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s Tip: Broncos Game 3: Roosters vs Raiders What a ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã…Â“toughieÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬? this one is! The Raiders have lost Smith who has been inspirational in the teams current form, add to that Wolford still out and the team has lost a fair bit of strike power. What they do have going for them however is that the Roosters have a number of ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã…Â“starsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬? backing up from Origin and this will weaken them and even out the competition a bit. The Roosters are on the improve and players like the count are starting to hit their straps and return to form, you can sense that they are starting to regain their confidence and belief in their abilities, this is dangerous for any team who comes up against them. DanielÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s Tip: Roosters Game 4: Sharks vs Eels Another of those not sure sort of games. Its starting to get difficult to tip against the Sharks who have rock solid defence but at the time it feels uncomfortable and new to tip them. The Eels looked pretty good last Friday with Morris tearing it up on the field, add Hindmarsh back into the attack and they are a fearful sounding team. Young Tim Smiths kicking game is just brilliant and the kid know exactly how hard and in what direction to put the ball. Kimmorely will be hurting after Wednesday nightÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s State of Origin match and will be a little bit put off by his poor performance, this will shake his confidence and probably cause more issues than it solved. His long flat passes were exposed last night and Parra are the kind of team who can capitalise on these sorts of things. DanielÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s Tip: Eels Game 5: Warriors vs West Tigers The warriors are starting to show some promise especially with Jones starting to find a bit of his old magic again. The problem is they won against a hapless Rabbitohs, however convincingly you beat them, it does not show your true form. The problem with this game is both teams are a tipsters nightmare. The Tigers came away with a good win against the Raiders and this will spur them on again. The Warriors at home can cause a few headaches at times but it isnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢t really the fortress it once was. With most fans more interested how the crusaders are going there likely wont be a large turnout, and boys like benji will enjoy playing back at home. DanielÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s Tip: Tigers Game 6: Storm vs Dragons After a shaky start to the season the Dragons are beginning to shape up as real contenders, with a powerful and all conquering backline and the genius barret controlling the centre. What will hurt them is pretty much their entire backline backing up from the Origin game, especially the back who played the full 80 minutes. The Storm have Billy the Kid slater back but he and team mate matt king will be backing up as well. This is certainly going to be a tough one to pick. The Dragons have a better forward pack and are probably better through the outside backs as well. But only by a shade over Melbourne. You can also never underestimate orfords ability to weave magic. DanielÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s Tip: Dragons Game 7: Sea Eagles vs Penrith Well its back to Fortress Brookvale and the Alternate Eagles boys will be out in force and full voice, swinging from the rafters. BK had an outstanding game in origin 1 and will likely be rather tired from it, but the extended rest period should provide him enough time to recover. Choc Watmough also played but was not given a lot of game time so he should be fresh. Manly are looking to recover from a close loss to Parramatta last week. They showed outstanding defence in the second half to keep the Eels scoreless and came close to scoring themselves a number of times. The defence will be boosted by BK and Watmough and both these players will adds something to the attack. The loss of Dunley is a concern but willow and randall can cover this spot fairly well anyway. Panthers pride has been hurt this season, especially when they came so close last week only to have victory snatched from them late in the game. They are lacking confidence in them selves but Campbell and wesser feel they have something to prove and will help to inspire the team. There is no doubt they will be fired up for this game, there is nothing like pipping the home team in their fortress and starting off a mentality that usually leads to a very nice winning streak. DanielÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â„Â¢s Tip: Sea Eagles.