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NRL Round 13 Preview | Rugby League - Episode 135

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I return for another weekly episode of NRL analysis. I chat all things Round 12 including the terrific Tigers and scintillating Sharks. I go through all the origin and latest transfer news, list my top 15 halfbacks and predict Round 13 of the NRL. 

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Alain Welcome back to the other Balepodcast. Is this episode a hundred and thirty five off the show- and we areback here once again to discuss the RL. It's been a pretty big week. To behonest, is actually being a bigger forty, eight hours relative to the weekend, the newssurrounding origin and even things like Nicois, a selectionand now there's a lot of injury issues in the origin camps that there'sbasically a new new story every three hours at the moment, but we're going tobe taking a little click glance over around twelve, then we're going to gointo usual stuff chat about and new top abracket also going to have a little bit of a look at the half backs in thecompetition right now. Obviously, there's a fair few good ones on in freeagency next year, if you have already been signed or resigned at their Club,so I'm going to look at who, I believe the top fifteen half backs in the campand then we're going to look ahead at the shortened but still exciting,around thirteen lineups all right. So, looking back at last week, we startedoff with a look. I can't lie. Wasn't the most exciting game I like goinginto one wasn't going to be a gray game, Strombi Broncos, yeah storm. It is toogood, didn't matter that they without most of their stars, their time andtime again, if just shown that everyone's willing to stand in and play well, I think couper John scoredhis first try. He played pretty decently, but obviously the star of theshow once again, Nicois absolutely killed. It has recently signed for the sharks forthree year. Deal we'll talk about that more as we talk about the sharks gamefrom the weekend, but your huge win for the storm and they just keep rolling onbronchos little bit disappointing that they didn't put up more of a fight asthey've been pretty good at home so far this year, but yeah it's torn too good,then Friday, night, probably one of the Games of the year. In my opinion,cowboys versus the warriors, look like the cowboys were going to get or overthe line pretty comfortably, and then the warriors staged a very good. Second,off come back inspired by Race Walsh, who has basically just walked into thecompetition and, as is almost got superstar status already. Is PeopleWatch the warriors to watch recent Walsh already? That's how good he isand how age of a soup start he will be, and it came down to a field. Golf shootout at the end of the game and val home struck one of the biggest field goals.I think of ever seen a hit it just inside the forty meter line, and I didset thing a went into the crowd on the fool like irk and this sing was sixtyfive meters. I've never seen anyone kick it so sweetly, yeah, incredible,win from the cowboys and at this point we'll talk about it a little bit my topAC predictions. But at this point it's getting pretty hard to leave them out.They just are racking up. So many...

...victories there on such a role. Yes,they do have Jake Clifford going to Newcastle. That was his last game forhis home. I don't know where he's from actually,but I was his last game for the cowboys they're. Bringing in Tom Dear now,hopefully that doesn't affect them too much in terms of their momentum,because they look like they're a genuine top bat chance now are theyjust seem to win the Games? They have to very strong at home as well and TodPaton's coaching credentials. I basically say it every week, but everywind they just get sky rocketed and he looks like he's going to be a very goodcoach for years to come, but yeah. What is it managed to do with that? Cowboysline up that last year, look like one of the worst teams on paper in thecompetition and he's turning around now they're a very exciting unit to watchbut yeah. That was a really good game. Actually, the Fria, the Friday six PMSlaughters was normally a bit of a dead slot and it's normally the worst gamein the week, but the last three or four weeks has been some absolute crackers,so hopefully that continues and Friday night we had my mighty tags get up overthe dragons. Look at once similar to the Bronco Storm Game. Wasn't the mostexciting game? I don't think it got too new people talking throughout the week,but tige played pretty well. I can't even lie about that. Buying a last ten minute. Little fightback from the dragons. It was a pretty convincing win. I think the SchoolBoard flatters the Dragon. So then the Tigers deserved to thirty point victoryout of this game. The first sixty minutes was very, very complete fromthe Tigers and yeah just the way they're playing right now. They've gota lot of purpose in attack. Their attacks never been an issue really, andtheir defense still definitely has issues. But when they're attacking sowell and they're having a pretty high amount of possession, wecan week out their defense. Their defensive warries are under themicroscope, a lot less so yeah. The way they've now got through athletes in itcenter Tommy till or do we, I think it's definitely helped Loom Brooks, isKiang game. I think in the past you struggled with direction where now heknows when there's nothing obvious on get to the fifth and try and kick forthose two, and that seems like it's working very well and now we've got topretty inform back rolls and Luciana and Lugano, and then you got Dan lorryout the back and yeah it's making for a pretty dangerous team that, with thethere's not too many great defenses right now and with all the set restarts and stuff when it ten gets moment and they're hard to stop, butespecially the Tigers. The way they attack so yeah exciting they're goingto be Gan this week. But we'll talk about that in a little bit: panters ve dogs. I think the scoreboard was a bit hard on the dogs. Here. I think they were pretty unlucky withsome calls. I think it was. I zay Yo clipped one of the boogs guys in theface. He went off for a concussion and a a O didn't get simmin which for the last month or so, we've seenthat's basically an automatic Simmin, and then there was another one. Wherethere was a bit of a dubious call, they...

...went up for the challenge. They saidthat a bulldog's player pushed to panthers player, but then it went theplay, went on and toto grabbed a guy's shirt. So I guess that was after theplay, but tie would have been Simin. I didn't quite agree with the push call,so that would have had to o Sin Bin and at that point in the game, I think itwas only like twelve four something like that so or maybe twelve. No, Ithink the dogs trim might have been late but yeah. I think the dogs putting a fightpanters, probably one of their weaker games in recent times so but still toogood on the day just deserved victors. I thought J averil o put in a reallygood fight at half back he's only played a handful of games there, but Ithought his kicking game a lot of the time from deep in their own half. Ithought I was really impressive. He managed to find ground more often thannot, and yet Stephen Criton is it on a natural full back, but he managed tomaneuver him around the back field pretty easily and yeah. I thought JAverell had a really really good game, but yet well on to penrith to goodrabbit os eels. Now this game was a little bit of a disappointment. I can'tlie that EELS did not come to play. Rab Dos were too good Johnston and Gaga,both with hat tricks out on that left side, and they were causing long, aBlake and Blake Ferguson with just too many issues. Really theycouldn't couldn't deal with it. I think Jacob Arthur was out there as well.It's hard to pin point who it is it's easy to put it on the winger. I knowtigers have your shoes on one of their sides not for looming. It's a lot ofthe blame, but sometimes I have to say, the analysis in the nil is not greatlike. I was watching some Super League games in the week and which I highlyrecommend really good brand footy, but the way they breakdown the play they show they high light things like that, a lot more clearlywhere and then a real like. It's all that hard to highlight plane, maybe tosuggest who wasn't who who hesitated and then the boys had to come in wherethey don't really do that. That often, then I real they kind of just getaround the offensive team. I don't know they don't want to be too harsh, but attimes a bit of critical analysis would be would be good to watch as a viewerto understand. What's going on, but yeah the rabbit, as also out on thatleft edge. And the funny thing is, I don't even know if they were theirclinical best on Saturday, which is pretty scary for therest of the competition. I still think the defense is a huge issue moving forward but yeah the fact that,like Lutrell and Cody Walker, weren't necessarily firing on all cylinders ispretty scary and they still managed to put up thirty eight points. So well,len to the Rabbit Os huge victory, puts them right back into the hunt, for, Iguess you'd say third place. Then Saturday night we had the roostersraiders. I didn't watch the second off of this one, because it was a prettydisappointing game. I was watching on replay and I watch the first half Koand for all the Fox tell crashes, I'm sure a lot of you listening andwatching would know, but yeah it was pretty disappointing game.I thought the roosters...

...we're going to. I thought they werevulnerable, really for a bit of a rat is ambush, but yeah, what's happeningdown in camera is just crazy at the moment and there seem a really reallylong way off it. I keep thinking there just one week away from clicking andthey're going to be back, but it looks like they're a really really long wayoff it and it might be not reparable this year. So rich is toogood for four to sixteen victors and pretty impressive, giving their injurylist and suspension was how dominant war, how they still managed to rock upthese big winds. So, while unto the roosters sharks, Titans did not seethis one coming the titans of the far quickly becoming one of the mostinconsistent teams in the competition. I think out of all the teams, the thedifference between their best and worst is probably the biggest. They only put up ten points against thestruggling Sharki who put on an absolute clink to be fair to the MattMoylan Sean Johnson. Looked really electric in the harves were recentlyresound. Wile Kennedy played really well out of fool back and I really likeBlake Brayley. I think their spine was really good. Everyone really pitched inwas a team effort. Renaldo was back on the wing. I thought he is a huge has ahuge impact on them. I think in I think, if it wasn't for is injury or woes, Ithink you would have been an origin winger this year. I think if he'dplayed the whole season, but, more importantly, the energy and aggressionhe brings to that shark side. I think it really is contagious and I think itlifts everyone which I don't think could be understanded. That's a reallyprssive thing to do for such a young Guid. The way that you can inspireothers in the team, yeah the sharks, absolutely incredible performance blewthe titans out of the water and yeah disappointed from the titans. I thoughtthis was going to be an easy victory for them, even though they're not ofthe greatest of form. Now their origin players go out and all of a suddenthere top eight chances that were looking pretty cue a few weeks ago andnow looking a little bit frail with some of the teams outside the eight,like the cowboys worries and even the Tigers, starting to pick up some formso yeah huge victory for the sharks been a pretty good five or six days forthem now announcing that Nicois will be there. Five eight next year still getto see who's going to be there half back Sean Johnson and that more andboth into free denty. I look- I don't know if this will happen,but I think there's a watch this space. I would not beshocked if Kyle Flanigan moved back to the sharks if it doesn't work out. Ifaverell playing like this, I think Avril will partner, but in the harvesof bill more next year, don't know how long you sim for it can obry, but itwouldn't surprise me if the sharks take back, call fining and he's a shakesjunior, and he was that's probably where he's played his best footy to befair at that back end of I think it was the two twanty campaign with the shark,so I recommit that space that might be it would be a huge rift for the sharks,but I think it could be an interesting...

...move if they did that. I'm sure I'mmissing some key information there that Matt means it's not even possible, then.Lastly, the nights vest of the sea guls night low, scoring game- and I knowthere's a lot of people like my older brother who've, been calling out forthe less points in game. So here you got it, but also on the. On the otherhand, a lot of people were saying this is the most boring game in the round,so yeah. I guess you want to you can viewthat the way you want to view it but nights. Eighteen to ten look yeah. Ican't I wasn't a great game. It was the Nice for a change that there wasn'ttries every five minutes, but a lot of referee controversy. I don't think Idefinitely think manly got unlucky with some of the calls, but I don't think itwas definitely the reason why they lost that game. I think all the Simbo andstuff were all fair if anything they got lucky with some of that like toBeta Funa, didn't get simbing for blatant, like hit across the chops.Connal Watson was really good Daniel, so fede was really good. I have to sayI'm glad. Well, I don't think he's playing this week, but yeah Phoenixcrossland. I know he's only a few games into his career but yeah he really wasn't adding much totheir attack but yeah. I guess it's a win to win at thispoint for the nights. They just need to pick up any wind. They can get and tryand stay in the hunt for the that eighth position, but yeah it's going tobe tough from here on in, but pretty well done to beat the seagulls JagonAut. That was on a lot of at a lot of momentum coming into this one. So whilethem to the Newcastle nights are moving into my top at a few changes, I've keptthe top five o this I've kept the sop six, the same actually so storm numberone pons is number two. Once again, I say this every week, but I'm just notsure how the panthers will deal with the origin period. It's really thefirst time they're going to be affected like this. I think they have five orsix players out. So it's going to be really interested to see how they go.The reserve grade team is coming first, though, so, and I'll talk about itlater, with their match up against the Tigers, but could easily go on to herundefeated with their stars out, but just seeing I have more faith in thestorm back ups, then I got the eel still on it. Third, I know they lost adisappointing one to the Rabbit Os, but similarly I don't think they have manyout through origin if any, actually, because guthleon get picked, I thinkjunior Paulo got picked, Cam, Gill, a didn't, get pickney and browned and getpicked mines been released from the origin camp might be going back inbecause Calamon his injury, but I yeah, I think, dujeous only one, if notforgetting someone, whereas the rabidosque missing a few, the Camarelle Daming Cook so and Jane Sewer, but yeah.Look at that this point from fourth to seventh: It's just a toss, a coinreally seagulls in it. Fifth, I know they have a few ord and stars out, butI just think they...

...up until this week had been prettyconsistent. The last five weeks rich, is in it six. They were very good onthe weekend, but still worried about their injury and suspension issues forthem in the long term- and this is where my changes have come- I've I'vestuck loyal to the tines and raiders. I think they've almost been in my top atevery single week this year, but I'm pulling the pin on both of them. Thetitans had a shocking loss. They've got a lot of origin players out. They don'treally look like a team, that's consistent enough to make the top aidand then the raiders look like they're a long way off the pace. So I'veactually gone a double swap a picking. The roosters are the worries and itseventh, even though they're lost to the cowboys. I think they've beenplaying some really electric footy right now and I'd back them to put uptwenty five plus points against almost any team of the COMP, the way they'reattacking and they're. Not Really, I don't think their origin affected atall and that now my big issue with them. The whole season was that they weregoing back home but now they're, not which I think I talked about the otherweek. But I've got the minute seven big smoky, but I like them and then I'vegot the cowboys in eight worried about the dead and Clifford thing. Might youknow don't fix? What's not broken, I know the cowboys are doing it for theirfuture. I think it's a good move, but in terms of this season a line, I'm notsure if it's necessarily good for their performance but we'll see how they go sure Tommy didn't will do well, so I'vegot the cowards and eighth meaning the times and raiders will miss out. Thereare quite a few teams docking on the door, though the sharks, the Tigers,the nights they're all not far away, so even the dragons, if they turn itaround. So it's definitely an interesting race. I think the top sixpretty set, but seventh and eight's going to be very interesting. Now Iprobably Wan't go into the origin teams too much because I'm sure, if you're aNarl fan and you've not been living under Irak, you'veheard them. But our recent news ill address, calm, pomis out rumor is thatValentine homes going to pay full back car felt moved to the wing. I thinkwith a J, Brimpson's injury concern and his be suits the number four to him. Rollvery well. I think they're going to try and keep him there and I don't thinkthey're going to move him into the starting side, which is interesting. So that means read many might be movedto the eighteenth man, so we'll wait and see on that one, but he might betaken out of the paramour yells team as we see him with Corsel who's. TheEighteenth Ben for the Blues, he's out of the blues team this week went too many big shocks in either team.You'd have to say I guess a big shock is read Barney not playing out all atthis point. Harry Grant, they've, obviously deemed him fit enough tostart and play. Eighty minutes, which is pretty amazing, considering hehasn't played eighty minutes all season, but doesn't surprise. Surprise me, thebloke is made of you know absolute, the tough stuff pretty much and I'm gladthat they picked all the penis players on the blue side of the coin. I don'tknow: There's a lot of people's coming...

...out and downing the pen with boys, andI do get that, like. I don't think they're going to be able to play theirdominant dominant way in origin. But the thingis even if they're going to play a little bit differently or or it's goingto be harder for them, you sure have to pick them the form they were in you've got to give them a crack at thislevel and see how they go. So I don't really get the stick that they'recoping. They pick Jasher boy, which is the starting prop, not too sure aboutthat, but I'm sure you'll do a job and Tak wa got Pi, Tarik, Sims, Tarkas.Sorry, that's a family reference as when he came to the competition. My Dadcalled thought. His name was Takua, but Tarik Sims got picked prettyinteresting selection there, but I don't mind it Le Martin Inclusion on the bench. It'sa bit of a left beard, one you'd have to say not starting at Penrith at thestart of the year, pain has is looking like he's going to play a spike.Getting injured, which is good news for the blues and Yeah just there's notmuch really there, there weren't any very controversial selection, so that'sprobably all I'll touch on for origin, but now I will move into my half backdiscussion now. Look. This is very subjective. Obviously I did a fewstarts on it and they did shape my opinions a little bit. I will start bysaying: Sam Walk and Tom Din are not included in this because I don't haveenough sample size for them. Yet Sam walkers only been around for you knowtwo months, but this is my top fifteen half backs in the competition and Iwill admit, there's a little bit of biased here and there to a few playersin a little bit of bias against some plays. But let me know what you thinkin the comments below Adam loon. I've got a number. Fifteen is currently theSaint George reserved great half back, but I think he's actually a very goodplayer. I think when he played last year. I did a very, very good job andyeah. I think he's a very, very sole play and probably deserves a gigsomewhere else in the near future. If a team needs half like, I know, he's notyoung, so he's not the most inviting prospect, but I think he's a goodplayer. Fourteen I've got care lanning and obviously it hasn't worked out forhim yet at the bull dogs, but so think, is a good play, a good game manager andwith a good side around him. I still think he's got a future in thecompetition number. Thirteen I've got Chanel Harris to Vida. I really like him in defence, his helooks for a big shot and pretty much every week, he'll give you a big shotand yes that that aggression in defense sometimes is also is down for, butprobably not consistent enough in terms of attack, but he's a good young playerinterested to see how he goes in the rest of his career, a nuther twelveI've got Jake Clifford. He wouldn't have been in this list at the start ofthe year, but he's had a really really good six weeks or so looking like he'sgoing to be a solid, solid player, not sure how it's going to work withventral piece and Newcastle when Pierce gets back to full fitness, but for nowwith pieces, injury, I'm sure you'll do a serviceable job for the nights. Ournumber eleven I've got Ben Hunt now, statistically Ben Hunt should be a lothigh. If you just look at the starts,...

...but I just think I don't think he hasthat much impact on games. I know he was really good in the first month ofthis year, but yeah, I think in the last two years. He has a lot of wobblygames here or there, where you hardly even noticed him on the park so likelike Friday night, didn't really notice me at a Tiso. I go him. Eleven duertenChad, tanted, similar to Ben Hant, statistically, is a top five half backin the camp. But if you watch a sharks game yeah, you really notice him. Thecowboys obviously rate him highly bring him in on a pretty big deal next year,so they'll be interesting to see how that goes. But yeah for me, is a littlebit overrated, but number ten, still good effort. Number Nine I've gotMuchel Pierce on his days, a very good player, but I think he's days are fewand far between. Now that sounds pretty disrespectful, but you know what I meanlike I used to be on song every second week, and now it's probably once amonth, but the injury issues are starting out out for prcure think isstill very, very good player, who can still add a lot more to the game.Number eight I've got Shawn Johnson, very inconsistent player throughout hiscareer, but is now becoming a bit more reliable. You'd have to say I think nowwe know what you're going to get from Shawn Johnson he's not going to reallylight up a game any more with dazzling, pace or steps, but is a lot morecontrolled and is still very creative player. But I think he's number eightfor me and I still think if I was a team without a great half back, I'dstill be looking at him next year as a fragance option, maybe not a young teamlooking for a rebuild, but if you're a team with a pretty solid team elsewhere-and you just seen someone who's going to do a very good job for two or threeyears. I think Sean Johnson's on about option number seven. This is probablycontroversial. Obviously a lot of talk about in this year, but I've got AdamReynolds on at seven. I think he is a little bit overrated, I think, is oneof the best kicking half backs in the COMP and he's a good game manager, butI just think he doesn't need to create as much as some of the others on thislist, because the stars around him and I will be interested to see how he goesin Bruce. But everyone is excited about that selection, but I'm interested tosee how he goes because he doesn't have the creative talent around him inBrisbane, as has this year at South Cindy number. Six, I've got Luke Brooksprobably a little bit biased, but the last month in particular shone howgood he can be on his day can really take the game by the scruffof the neck with his running game and his keeping game is definitely comealong this year and his averaging a lot of kick mean, is per game and he'sstarting to create a lot of tri growing opportunities with his little chipkicks to Adam doing and stuff like that, Jemafoo s by number, five, possibly asmoky up this high bit statistically, is very, very good and last year. Ithink it was a big reason why the titans almost stuck into the top eight.I know a lot of the media scrutiny goes...

...on to Ash Taylor and a J Brinson. Whenyou talk about the titans creativity, but I think Jamal foget is a very, verysolid. Half back and yeah he's pretty experienced player, not in terms ofgames in the nil, but he's played regular league at a high level for along time, and I think that shows in a lot of his games. He does tend to gomissing every now and then, but still good player good play it number fourI've got Michel Moses, oh mitteres is a tough one to judge hecan often look look like he's doing a lot more than he actually is. He gets alot of touches on the ball. He fires a lot of big passes around, but a lot ofthe times. He just goes back and forth side to side, but I still think he's apretty good player and when the panthers are up and whenthe Paramatta eels are up and running him and go through electric on the offthe back of that. So He's been: U before they resigned him last week. Ithink it was with Rhyme Madison, so they obviously think highly of himnumber three. I've got one of the most informed players in the COMP drome huge,a bit more like like Brooks in terms of a half back, not really a ball player, he's a ball player and he's also akicker, but a lot more of a running half back, that's kind of the way it'sbeen at Melbourne since couberon left, they kind of like Cameron, Smiththrough the ball playing and then the half back along with five ets and fallback all kind of were just dangerous runners. Obviously, this shoes have tostep up and do a little bit more ballplayer kicking, but still very,very dangerous when he has the ball in hand and he's been electric to shearhuge reason other storm on doing so. Well, even without Carmondo papen Auzonand grant doublet, I've got Cherry Evans. I think the number two andnumber one spot are pretty locked in for most people in the camp. He had aslow start to this year. You were may be questioning whether it was past it,but turbo came back and I think it's allowed chary ovens to play with a lotmore freedom and his look, I think when he was younger, he was a verystructured half, but I think I think these creativity es actually underrated.You see him on the weekend. He was going for a lot of early kicks kickingon second third tackle looking for forty is out of his own end and yeahhe's not afraid to take the game on. I think he's like I know this. I haven'ttaken this into a count, but he seems like a roof of Bloke, always smilingand laughing in the field which I do like in sports players and he's.Obviously, the Queens lay number seven and deservedly so and number one. Ithink it's pretty obvious right up there with the best player in thecompetition, then the GA between number one and number two is pretty being here,but nathink, clear, absolute superstar scary, to think how young he is and howhe could continue to do this for another ten years, really intrigued tosee how many dallies he wins. To be honest, this year looks like it couldbe his to lose with turbo hunting him down, though, but yeah. If he playsacts, I couldn't see why it doesn't win four or five dallams. To be honest,he's just freakish. I know there's a lot of guns coming through eighteen,nineteen, twenty years old, but he is probably the pick of the bunch out ofthat next generation, and hopefully he leads the blues to a bit of a dynasty,but we'll see we'll see, but yet Nathan cleary absolute gun. So, hopefully,you've found my opinions a little bit...

...interesting, I'm sure you're, a mdisappointed with how low your team's half back is. But let me know what youthink of in any guys way too high way too low. I'm yer interested to hearwhat you think, all right, Wilma now move in to a little bit of aroundthirteen preview. Looking ahead to round thirteen, obviously hugelyimpacted round through ordering the half, the teams have buys and a lot ofthe teams playing are rents, but looking first at the Thursday nightgaming, I'm surprised he ever a Thursday night game to be honest withonly four, but I'm not complaining brings the weekend earlier forward. Oneday, if you know what I mean, but dragons bronchos to very hard teams topredict, but just going through some of the teamnews, Tarakee, half and coats out through injury, dufty Ravello curreturn from suspensions and injuries, I believe Jack De Bellen is pickedthrough his first in a row game in three years. Look I'm not going totouch on the Jack De Bell and situation. It's all looks a bit messy and yeah. Idon't really want to talk about that stuff on this podcast on try and keepit positive, but yeah he's playing none the less. So Iguess good luck to him, but on the Broncos Front, Alex Glen,Matthew, Lodge and tossing gamble, all return to the Seventeen Milford isdropped. I did forget to mention Milford in the review and absolutestinker, but I have to say the way they're treating is just not great likeat this point. You've dropped in. I don't care how many injuries to yourharves or whatever happens, just keep him. There he's obviously down onconfidence, he's Dan and form he's not at the n level. Right now leave himthere. If you have to play bloody pain, hars at half back or five eights. Do it, because what they're doing right nowthey drop in for a week, it's not enough for him to get his form andconfidence and momentum back. He comes back still. Lo on that stuff hasn'teven worse. Game goes back even less confident and it's just a vitious cycleright now for Milford. So at this point I don't think you should probably playanother game for the season unless it does catch fire or like six weeks inthe Cue Cup. But at this point I'd let him stay there, especially like I don't know himobviously, but I could imagine how tough would be mentally what he's goingthrough right now. So I would just leave him there. Let him have the restof the year there I'll stick with Milford I'll, stick with gamble andKelly. Hopefully they don't get injured or suspended, and I'll just leave.Milford Croft in the reserves for now playing Wednesday Cup, try and gettheir confidence back, and hopefully they could have a crack either at thebroncos or somewhere else in the harves next year and build some confidenceback in the quens and cup into terms of tipping this game. It's tough, but Ijust sit in the dragons, will be too strong. They've almost got the fullline up that had a cracking start to the year e pretty much from around sixon woods. There was always a piece of...

...the puzzle: Missing Yes, Tarik sins outthrough in origin selection, but pretty much all that play is back frominjuring suspension. Now I think Josh McGuire D, Fu Mariner, the only onesleft to come back but ben hunts back Duffy's back, and Ithink I don't think they'll put on a show, but I just seen that'll be toogood. I've got them winning bus six yer Broncos came good on their day, butyeah. I can't really trust the brocades enough to tit them at the moment.Tiger's penrith. This is a tough one, because obviously the panthers aredecimated and the Tigers are pretty unpredictable team. But looking at thechanges tigers, only one change to final, you talk a man who comes in forJalan Gay, who is in the Queensland Squad. Panthers Lose Caruso too Yo LiManton, cleary to New South Wale selection and Cape well to Queensland Selection, andthen Leota has been suspended as well. The spine of Penrith is now doingEdwards at full back and returns from injury that burn in at six tyran Mayand its seven and Mich Kennedy at Hooker. So it's not a bad spine at all.Their bench is very inexperienced. Only one of them has played penrice for penbefore and he's played one game so that'll be interesting to see, butthey've all been killing it and reserve grade top of the table there. So I'mgoing to trust them to come in do a job. I think we're seeing it. I know it's adifferent sport and there's not much cross sport references in it,Australian Sport, but we've seen it with Richmond time and time again, nomatter how many injuries of stuff the process is just that good. Anyone cancome in and do well the same with the storm, and I just think pene systems too good. Unfortunately-and I have to say, the Tigers actually are do for a bad performance which I'mworried about, because it would be nice to knock off I and clearly out like caton a Friday night. I would have gone up for this game, but we are in locked inMelbourne. So that's a shame but panthers by six for me and this one I'mnot going to tip them by a big score, because I'd be very impressed if theyput up like forty points with this team of a lot of reserve. Graders I'd be areally impressive achievement, but I think they'll be too strong for thetigs. Unfortunately, I still invested Titans Katus and Atacar miss outthrough origin Kenny, Bromich returns and they've picked young Melbournewinger den Ermie to replace out a car titans have been riddled through injury,Brimpson for feed a FOTA and Tino all out their four best players. Obviously, AshTaylor returns from injury. That's a positive, pressing, camel son JadanCampbell will make his debut for the club at full back, which is exciting.Tyran pache returns to the bench from suspension. Yeah look. The Storm Ove got to winthis. Surely they've been beaten teams comfortably by twenty thirty pointsevery week and this ties team is being decimated, I'm going storm by thirty. Ithink they'll be too good on the night...

...and then on the Sunday night visis theeels sopet clamor and Frizell miss for the nights, frazil injured, the othertwo New South Wale, actually no CLAMAR got suspended. I think for his head onBentrik was which was a bit of a Shame Clifford at the eighteenth man. Sothat's going to be an interesting one to watch, obviously a lot of times.That means they are elate in, but we'll have to wait and see on that. One JackJohns has also been picked to debut for the nights. Obviously Maddie John's son,Legend of the Maddie John's podcast Curtman, has been picked in the fourteam, which is interesting, very good utility off the benches. You can playalmost every spot but interesting that he can't crack that starting spine kindof Watson at six had a really really good game last week, one of his bestfor new castle. So That's interesting on the power of Front figos beingdropped for his. I guess, while they're deemed a poor performance last weekafter hers, edge conceded six of the seven tries, I believe it was juniorpullos out through New South Way, selection, dill brown and red andCampbell Gilo return into massive ends. Arguably there two biggest Inns,actually that I don't know what I'm saying but two of their best players.You know what I mean I'll be tipping the eels by twenty. I don't think thenights were very convincing against the seagulls. Els had a bad week last week,but I think Camel Guillardin is massive and I do think dill Brown's a biggerimprovement on Jacob Arthur. Looking at my you know my bedding stuff sure betterthe week it's got to be stormed to be the titans. I've picked them to win bythirty. Like Short, O The Times come when I just don't see it that Ting, Idon't know where this game is being played, actually, to be honest,obviously bent to be in Melbourne home game, but it has been moved I'd. Guessit's in Sydney somewhere or could be on the Sunshine Coast, notsure, but upside of the week. I've tipped the four favorites to be honest,but I guess my closest upsets would be the Tigers or the broncoes yeah, notsure who's more likely out of those two: Don't trust either of the teams butyeah. If you want to have a step in the dark there and then the game spreads.The one I like the most is probably the eels with a handicap of twelve and ahalf points. I can see them blowing out the nights. Hopefully it's a close gamefor me as a neutral viewer, but I can see that happening. Also, the storm.Twenty two and a half point hand caage pretty significant, but I can see them blowing out. I'msure they've covered that spread a lot of the Times this year. So that's goingto be it for me today enjoy around thirteen of the footy next week,probably going to try and get one out on the Monday or Tuesday before origin,just wrapping up the week and then I'll do one later on in the week previewinground. Fourteen and reviewing origin as I am on not UNIN holidays, but I've gota UNI exam block. So I'm a lot more flexible in the day and we're all solocked down, probably going to be some sockercontent as well coming in the next couple days. Might do a euro previewalong with a Premier League or maybe...

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