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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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Allar and welcome back to the underboardpodcast. This is episode a hundred thirty five of the show and we're backhere once again to discuss the NRL. It's been a pretty big week,to be honest. Is actually being a bigger forty eight hours relative to theweekend. The news surrounding origin and even things like Nico Hanes a selection andnow there's a lot of injury issues in the origin camps that there's basically anew news story every three hours at the moment. But we're going to betaking a little quick glance over around twelve. Then we're going to go into ausual stuff chat about and you top a bracket. Also gonna have alittle bit of a look at the halfbacks in the competition right now. Obviouslythere's a fair few good ones on in free adency next year. I fewhave already been signed or resigned at their club. So I'm going to lookat who I believe the top fifteen halfbacks in the camp and then we're goingto look ahead at the shortened but still exciting round thirteen lineups. All right, so looking back at last week, we started off with a look.I can't lie. I wasn't the most exciting game like going into it.You Yours. I'm going to be a great game. Storm Bey broncos.Yes, storm were just too good. Didn't matter that they were out mosttheir stars. There are time and time again. It's just showing that everyone'swilling to stand in and play. Well, I think Cooper John scored his firsttry. He played pretty decently, but obviously the start of the show. Once again, Nicko hines absolutely killed it, as recently signed for thesharks for three year deal. But we'll talk about that more as we talkabout the sharks game from the weekend. But yeah, huge win for thestorm and they just keep rolling on. Bronco's little bit disappointing that they didn'tput up more of a fight, as they've been pretty good at home sofar this year. But yeah, it's storm too good. Then Friday night, probably one of the Games of the year in my opinion. Cowboys versusthe warriors. Look like the cowboys we're going to get over over the linepretty comfortably. And then the warriors staged a very good second off comeback,inspired by Reese Walsh, who has basically just walked into the competition and asis almost got superstar status already is People Watch the warriors to watch Reese Walshalready. That's how good he is and how to a superstar he will be. And it came down to a field goal shoot out at the end ofthe game and valhome struck one of the biggest field goals I think of everseen. He hit it just inside the forty meter line and I dead setthing and went to the crowd on the full, like I reckon. Thisscene was sixty five meters. I've never seen anyone kick it so sweetly.Yet incredible win from the cowboys and at this point we'll talk about it alittle bit my top a predictions, but at this point it's getting pretty hardto leave them out. They just are racking up so many victories. They'reon such a role. Yes, they...

...do have Jake Clifford going to Newcastle. That was his last game for his home I don't know where it's fromactually, but I was his last game for the cowboys. They bring inTom deer now. Hopefully that doesn't affect them too much in terms of theirmomentum, because they look like they're a genuine top bait chance now. Theyjust seem to win the Games. They have to very strong at home aswell. And Todd Payton's coaching credentials. I basically say it every week,but every win they just get skyrocketed and he looks like he's going to bea very good coach for years to come. But yeah, what's it managed todo with that cowboys lineup that last year look like one of the worstteams on paper in the competition and he turned around and now they're very excitingunit to watch. But yeah, that was a really good game. Actually, the Friday, the Friday six PM slots. Well, it's normally abit of a dead slot and it's normally the worst game of the week,but the last three or four weeks has been some absolute crackers. So hopefullythat continues. And Friday night we had, at my mighty Tig's get up overthe dragons. Look one similar to the Bronco Storm. Game. Wasn'tthe most exciting game. I don't think it got too many people talking throughoutthe week, but Tigus malade pretty well, I can't even lie about that.Barring a last ten minute little fireback from the dragons, it was apretty convincing win I think the school board flatters the dragons. I think theTigers deserved a thirty point victory out of this game. The first sixty minuteswas very, very complete from the Tigers. And Yeah, just the way they'replaying right now. They've got a lot of purpose in attack. Theirattacks ever been an issue really and their defense still definitely has issues. Butwhen they're attacking so well and they're having pretty high amount of possession, wecan week out their defense. Their defensive warriors are under the microscope a lotless. So, yeah, the way they've now got two athletes in itscenter, Tommy till Oud Dowey. I think it's definitely helped loot brooks iskicking game. I think in the past you struggled with direction. Where nowhe knows when there's nothing obvious on get to the fifth and try and kickfor those two and that seems like it's working very well. And now we'vegot two pretty informed back rollers and Luciano La Luia and Lukegana. Then yougot Dane Lorri at the back and yeah, it's making for a pretty dangerous team. That with the there's not too many great defenses right now, andwith all the set restarts and stuff. When a team gets momentum their hardto stop, but especially the Tigers the way they attack. So yeah,exciting. They've got a big game this week, but we'll talk about thatin a little bit. Panthers beat dogs. I think the score board was abit Hart on the dogs here. I think they were pretty unlucky withsome calls. I think it was Isai Yo clipped one of the bulldogs guysin the face. He went off freaking cushion and as a Oh didn't getsimm into which for the last month or so we've seen that's basically an automaticsinbin. And then there was another one where there was a bit of adubious call. They went up for the...

...challenge. They said that a bulldogsplayer pushed a panthers player, but then it went the play went on andtot Oh grabbed a guy shirt. So I guess that was after the play, but to would have been sim and I didn't quite agree with the pushcall, so they would have had toto Simbin. And at that point inthe game I think it was only like twelve four or something like that.So or maybe twelve. No, I think the dogs try might have beenlate. But yeah, I think the dogs putting a fight. Panthers probablyone of their weaker games in recent times, but still too good on the day. Just deserved victors. I thought Jake Averillo put in a really goodfight at halfback. He's only played the handful of games there, but Ithought he's kicking game a lot of the time from deep in their own half. I thought was really impressive. He managed to find ground more often thannot. And yes, Stephen Crchon is it on, a natural fullback,but he managed to maneuver him around the backfield pretty easily. And Yeah,I thought Jake Caverillo had a really, really good game. But yeah,well, jepen with too good rabbitos eels. Now this game was a little bitof a disappointment. I can't lie. The EELS did not come to play. Rabdos were too good. Johnston and Gaguy both with hat tricks outon that left side and they were causing longer blake and Blake Ferguson with justtoo many issues. Really they couldn't, couldn't deal with it. I thinkJacob Arthur was out there as well. It's hard to pinpoint who it is. It's easy to put it on the winger. I Know Tigers have issueson one of their sides and not fillum me. It's a lot of theblame, but sometimes I have to say the analysis in the NL is notgreat. Like I was watching some Super League Games on the weekend, whichI highly recommend. Really good brand footy, but the way they break down,the plate they show. They highlight things like that a lot more clearly. Where and then ral like it's all that hard to highlight a play andmaybe you suggest who wasn't who, who hesitated, and then the boys hadto come in where they don't really do that that often. Then I relthey kind of just get around the offensive at times a bit of critical analysiswould be would be good to watch as a viewer to understand what's going on. But yeah, the rabbits awesome out on that left edge and the funnything is I didn't even know if they are at their clinical best on Saturday, which is pretty scary for the rest of the competition. I still thinktheir defense is a huge issue moving forward. But yeah, the fact that likeLatrelle and cody walker weren't necessarily firing on all cylinders. Is Pretty Scary, and they still managed to put up thirty eight points. So well,unto the Rabbitos, huge victory puts the right back into the hunt for,I guess you'd say third place. Then Saturday night we had the rooster's raidis. I didn't watch the second half of this one because it was apretty disappointing game. I was watching on replay and I watch the first halfKo and for all the foxtel crash, as I'm sure a lot of youlistening and watching would know. But yeah, it was pretty disappointing game. Ithought the roosters were going to I...

...thought they were vulnerable really for abit of a raiders ambush. But yeah, what's happening down in camera is justcrazy at the moment and they're seem a really, really long way offit. I keep thinking they're just one week away from clicking and they're goingto be back, but it looks like they're really really long way off itand it might be not reparable this year. So rush's too good. Forty fourto sixteen victors and pretty impressive given their injury list and suspension woes.How Dominant Ball, how they still managed to rack up these big wins.So, while them to the roosters, sharks titans did not see this onecoming. The titans of the far quickly becoming one of the most inconsistent teamsin the competition. I think out of all the teams they're the difference betweentheir best and worst is probably the biggest. They only put up ten points againstthe struggling shark side, who put on an absolute clink. To befair to the Matt Moyland, Shawn Johnson looked really electric in the halves.Will recently resigned will Kennedy played really well out of fullback and I really likeBlake Brayley. I think their spine was really good. Everyone really pitched in. Was a team effort. Ronaldo was back on the wing. I thoughthe is a huge has a huge impact on them, I think in Ithink if it wasn't fear injury or Wose, I think you would have been anorigin wing of this year, I think if you'd played the whole season. But, more importantly, the energy and aggression he brings to that sharkside. I think it really is contagious and I think it lifts everyone,which I don't think could be understated. That's a really pressive thing to dofor such a young guy, the way that he can inspire others in theteam. But yeah, the sharks absolutely incredible performance. Blew the titans outof the water and, yeah, disappointed from the Times. I thought thiswas going to be an easy victory for them, even though they're not inthe greatest form now. Their origin players go out and all of a suddenthere top eight chances that were looking pretty secure a few weeks ago and nowlooking a little bit frail, with some of the team's outside the eight,like the cowboys, warriors and even the Tigers, starting to pick up someform. So yeah, huge victory for the sharks. been a pretty goodfive or six days for them now, announcing that Nicko Hans will be theirfive eight next year. Still get to see who's going to be their halfback, Shawn Johnson, and that more than both into Fred see I look.I don't know if this will happen, but I think there's a watch thisspace. I would not be shocked if Kyle flanning and moved back to thesharks. If it doesn't work out, if Averillo Ki's playing like this,I think Avrillo will partner burn in the halves of Belmore next year. Don'tknow how long he signed for it canterburs, but it wouldn't surprise me if thesharks take back while finding and he's a Sharky's Jr and he was.That's probably where he's played his best footage, to be fair, that back endof I think it was the two thousand and eighteen campaign with the sharks. So I reckon watch that space. That might be. would be ahuge rissed for the sharks, but I...

...think it could be an interesting moveif they did that. I'm sure I'm missing some key information there. Thatmay means it's not even possible. And then, lastly, the nights versusthe SEAGULLS. Not Low scoring game, and I know there's a lot ofpeople, like my older brother, who have been calling out for the lesspoints in game. So here got it. But also on the on the otherhand a lot of people are saying this was the most boring game ofthe round. So yeah, I guess you want to you can view thatthe way you want to view it, but night's eighteen to ten. Look, yeah, I can't lie. I was in a great game. Itwas the Nice for a change that there wasn't tries every five minutes, buta lot of refereeing controversy. I don't think. I definitely think manly gotunlucky with some of the calls, but I don't think it was definitely thereason why they lost that game. I think all the SIMBINS and stuff,we're all fair. If anything, they got lucky with some that like Tavdabuner didn't get Simbin for a blatant like hid across the chops. Connor Watsonwas really good. Daniel speed, he was really good. I have tosay I'm glad. Well, I don't think he's playing this week, butyeah, feenix's crossland. I know he's only a few games into his career, but yeah, he really wasn't adding much to their attack. But yeah, I guess it's a winsor win at this point for the nights. Theyjust need to pick up any win they can get and try and stay inthe hunt for the that eighth position. But yeah, it's going to betough from here on in, but pretty well done to beat the seagulls Juggernaut. That was on a lot of at a lot of momentum coming into thisone. So well then to the Newcastle Knights. Moving into my top eight, a few changes. I've kept the top five this I've got the topsix the same actually, so storm number one, pancers number two. Onceagain, I say this every week, but I'm just not sure how thepanthers will deal with the origin period. It's really the first time they're goingto be affected like this. I think they have five or six players out, so it's going to be really interesting to see how they go. Theyreserve great team is coming first, though. So, and I'll talk about itlater, with their match up against the Tigers, but could easily gointo fit undefeated with their stars out. But just seeing I've more faith inthe storm backups. Then I've got the eels still in a third. Iknow they lost a disappointing one to the rabbitohs, but similarly I don't thinkthey have many out through origin, if any actually, because Guth I didn'tget picked. I think junior Paulo got picked, Kem Giller didn't get pick, Nathan Brownd and get picked, Marnie's been released from the origin camp.Might be going back in because Kalym Pong is injury. But I yeah,I think to your PA is only one, if not forgetting someone, whereas therabbits missing a few. They have Camra, Latrelle, Damian Cook soand Jane seat. But Yeah, look at that this point, from fourto seven, it's just a toss of a coin. Really seeagulls in atfifth. I know they have a few...

...origin stars out, but I justthink they up until this week, had been pretty consistent the last five weeks. Rush's in its six. They were very good on the weekend, butstill worried about the injury and suspension issues for them in the long term,and this is where my changes have come. I've I've stuck loyal to the timesand raiders. I think they've almost been in my top hat every singleweek 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't really look like a team that's consistent enough to make the top eight. And then the raiders look like they're a long way off the pace.So I've actually gone a double swamp. I'll picking the rooster's other worries inat seventh. Even though they lost to the cowboys, I think they've beenplaying some really electric footy right now and I'd back them to put up twentyfive plass points against almost any team in the COMP the way they're attacking.And they're not really I don't think they are origin affected at all, andthat now. My big issue with them the whole season was that they weregoing back home, but now they are not, which I think I talkedabout the other week. But I've got them minute seventh. Big Smoky,but I like them. And then I've got the cowboys in eight, worriedabout the did and Clifford thing. Might you know, don't fix what's notbroken. I know the cowboys are doing it for their future. I thinkit's a good move, but in terms of this season alone, I'm notsure if it's necessarily good for their performance, but we'll see how they go.Sure Tommy, he didn't, would do well. So I've got thecows in eight, meaning the times and raiders will miss out. There arequite a few teams knocking on the door, though. The sharks, the Tigers, the nights, they're all not far away. So even the dragonsif they turn it around. So it's definitely an interesting race. I thinkthe top six pretty set, but seventh and night it's going to be veryinteresting. Now I probably won't go into the origin teams too much because I'msure if you're an Nurl fan and you've not been living under a rock,you've heard them. But recent news I'll address calm pong is out. Rumoris that Valentine homes is going to play fullback. Carl felt moved to thewing. I think with a j Brimpson's injury concern and his billie suits thenumber four team and roll very well, I think they're going to try andkeep him there and I don't think they're going to move him into the startingside, which is interesting. So that means read Marney might be moved tothe eighteen man, so we'll wait and see on that one, but hemight be taken out of the Paramouny eels team, as we'll see him withCorus ow, who's eighteen ban for the blues. He's out of the bluesteam this week. We're too many big shocks in either team, you'd haveto say. I guess a big shock is read Barney not playing out allat this point. Harry Grant. They've obviously deemed him fit enough to startand play eighty minutes, which is pretty amazing considering he hasn't played eighty minutesall season. But doesn't surprise surprise me. The bloke has made of, youknow, absolute the tough stuff pretty much, and I'm glad that theypicked all the penrith players on the blue side of the coin. I don'tknow. There's a lot of people's coming...

...out and down the penrith boys andI do get that. Like I don't think they're going to be able toplay their dominant, dominant way in origin. But the thing is, even ifthey're got to play a little bit differently or it's going to be harderfor them, you still have to pick them the form they were in.You've got to give them a crack at this level and see how they go. So I don't really get the stick that there copping. They pick jacked, your boy, which is the starting prop. Not Too sure about that, but I'm sure he'll do a job. and Ta Kuai got picked. TarikSims, Tar kwise. Sorry, that's a family reference, as whenhe came to the competition. My Dad Cook thought he's dame was Ta Kwai, but Tarik Siems got picked. Pretty interesting selection there, but I don'tmind it. Le Martin Inclusion on the bench. That's a bit of aleftbard one, you'd have to say, not starting at Penrith at the startof the year. Pain Hoss is looking like he's going to play to spikegetting injured, which is good news for the blues. And Yeah, justthere's not much really. They weren't any very controversial selection. So that's probablyall I'll touch on for origin. But now I will move into my halfbackdiscussion. Now, look, this is very subjective. Obviously I did afew stats on it and they did shape my opinions a little bit. Iwill start by saying Sam Walker and Tom Dear and are not included in thisbecause I don't have enough sample size for them yet, as Sam Walker hasonly been around for, you know, two months. But this is mytop fifteen halfbacks in the competition and I will admit there's a little bit ofbiased here and there too a few players and a little bit of bias againstsome players, but let me know what you think in the comments below.Adam clune. I've got a number fifteen. He's currently the Saint George Reserve GreatHalfback, but I think he's actually a very good player. Think whenhe played last year he did a very, very good job and yeah, Ithink it's a very, very solid play and probably deserves a gig somewhereelse in the near future if a team needs a half back. I knowhe's not young, so he's not the most inviting prospect, but I thinkhe's a good player. Fourteen I've got CAL flanning and obviously it hasn't workedout for him yet at the bulldogs, but still think is a good playgood game manager and with a good side around and I still think he's gota future in the competition. Another thirteen, I've got shoanel Harris Ta Vita.I really like him in defense he's he looks for a big shot andpretty much every week he'll give you a big shot. And yes, thatthat aggression in defense. Sometimes it's also he's down full, but probably notconsistent enough in terms of attack, because he's a good young player. Interestedto see how he goes in the rest of his career. Number twelve I'vegot 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 lookinglike he's going to be a solid, solid player. Not sure how it'sgoing to work with until peace and Newcastle when Pierce gets back to full fitness, but for now with pieces injury I'm sure he would do a serviceable jobfor the nights. A number eleven. I've got been hunt. Now.Statistically, been hunt should be a lot high if you just look at thestats, but I just think I don't...

...think he has that much impact ongames. I know he was really good in the first month of this yearbut yeah, I think in the last two years he has a lot ofwobbly games here or there where you hardly even noticed him on the park.So like like Friday and I didn't really notice to be answer tag. SoI got him eleven. The other ten Chad towns. It similar to BenHunt. Statistically he's a top five half back in the camp, but ifyou watch a shark's game, yeah, you really notice him. The cowboysobviously 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, forme he's little bit overrated. But number ten still good effort. Number NineI've got Mitchell Pierce on his days and very good player, but I thinkhe's days few and far between now. That's sounds pretty disrespectful, but youknow what I mean. Like you used to be on song every second weekand now it's probably once a month. But the injury shoes are starting outup for PC. But I think he's still very, very good player whocan still add a lot more to the game. Number eight I've got ShawnJohnson. Very inconsistent player throughout his career but he's now becoming a bit morereliable, you'd have to say. I think now we know what you're goingto get from Shawn Johnson. He's not going to really light up a gameanymore with dazzling paste or steps, but is a lot more controlled and he'sstill very creative player. But I think he's number eight for me and Istill think if I was a team without a great halfback, I'd still belooking at him next year as a free jency option. Maybe not a youngteam looking for a rebuild, but if you're a team with a pretty solidteam elsewhere and you just see someone's going to do a very good job fortwo or three years. I think Sawn Johnson's not about option. Number seven. This is probably controversial, obviously a lot of talk about in this year, but I've got Adam Reynoldson at seven. I think he is a little bitoverrated. I think he's one of the best kicking halfbacks in the COMPand he's a good game manager, but I just think he doesn't need tocreate as much as some of the others on this list because the stars aroundhim and I will be interested to see how he goes in Brisbane. Everyoneis excited about that selection, but I'm interested to see how he goes becausehe doesn't have the creative talent around him in Brisbane as he has this yearat South Sydney. Number six, I've got Luke Brooks. Probably a littlebit biased, but the last month in particular shown how good he can be. On his day. Can really take the game by the scruff of theneck with his running game and he's kicking game is definitely come along this yearand he is averaging a lot of kick means per game and he's starting tocreate a lot of try scoring opportunities with his little chip kicks to Adam,doing stuff like that. Jamal fogged is my number five. Possibly a smokeyup this high, but statistically is very, very good and last year I thinkit was a big reason why the Times almost stuck into the top eight. I know a lot of the media scrutiny goes on to Ash Taylor andAJ Brimson when you talk about the Times...

...creativity, but I think Jamal Foggit is a very, very solid halfback and yeah, he's pretty experienced play, and not in terms of games in the NRL, but he's played rugbyleague at a high level for a long time and I think that shows ina lot of these games. He does tend to go missing every now andthen, but still good player. Could play it. Number Four I've gotMitchell Moses. Well, Mitch Moses a tough one to judge. He canoften look look like he's doing a lot more than he actually is. Hegets a lot of touches on the ball, he fires a lot of big passesaround, but a lot of the times he just goes back and forthside to side. But I still think he's a pretty good player and whenthe panthers are up and when the paramount of eels are up and running.Him and guth electric on the off the back that. So He's been numberfour. They resigned him last week, I think it was with Ryan Madison, so they obviously think highly on him. Number three I've got one of themost informed players in the COMP drome, Hughes. Bit More like Luke Brooksin terms of a halfback, not really a ball player. Well,he's a ballplayer. He's also kicker, but a lot more of a runninghalfback. That's kind of the way it's been at Melbourne since couber Kronk left. They kind of like Cameron Smith, do the ball playing and then thehalf back, along with five ants and fullback, all kind of we're justdangerous runners. Obviously this year's had to step up into a little bit moreball playing and kicking, but still very, very dangerous when he has the ballin hand and he's been electric this year. Huge reason why the stormof doing so well even without care monster paper, Housen and grant. Now, but two, I've got Cherry Evans. I think the number two and numberone spot are pretty locked in for most people in the COMP. Hehad a slow start to this year. You were maybe questioning whether he waspasted a bit. Turbo came back and I think it's allowed Cherry Evans toplay with a lot more freedom and he's look, I think when he wasyounger he was a very structured half, but I think I think he's creativityis actually underrated. You see him on the weekend. He was going fora lot of early kicks, kicking on second, third tackle, looking forforty twenty s out of his own end and he's not afraid to take thegame on. I think he's like I know this, I haven't taken thisinto account, but he seems like a roof of Bloke, always smiling andlaughing on the field, which I do like in sports players. And thenhe's obviously the queenslide number seven, and deservedly so, and number one,I think it's pretty obvious, right up there with the best player in thecompetition. Think the gap between number one and number two is pretty big here, but they think clear absolute superstar. Scary to think how young he isand how he could continue to do this for another ten years. Really intriguedto see how many DALLLY MZ he wins. To be honest, this year lookslike it could be his to lose, with turbo hunting him down, though. But yeah, if he plays like this, I couldn't see whydoesn't win four or five Dallim's. To be honest, he's just freak.As 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 Clear, absolute gun. So hopefully you've found my opinions a...

...little bit interesting. I'm sure you'redisappointed with how low your team's halfback is, but let me know what you think. If I had any guy's way too highway too low, I'm yetinterested to hear what you think or right will be. Now move into alittle bit of around thirteen preview. Looking ahead to around thirteen, obviously hugelyimpacted round through origin and a half. The teams have buys and a lotof the teams playing are rints. But looking first at the Thursday night gaming, I'm surprised, ever Thursday night game to be honest with only for butI'm not complaining. Brings the weekend earlier forward one day, if you knowwhat I mean. But Dragons Broncos, two very hard teams to predict.But just going through some of the team news, Tarick, seams, Haarsand coats out through injury. Duffty Rabel our curve return from suspensions and injuries. I believe Jack De Bellon is picked for his first and RL game inthree years. Look, I'm not going to touch on the Jack De Bellon situation. It's all looks a bit messy and yeah, I don't reallywant to talk about that stuff on this podcast when try and keep it positive. But yeah, he's playing nonetheless, so I guess good luck to him. But on the broncos Front Alex Glan Matthew Lodge and tossing gamble or returnedto the seventeen. Milford is dropped. I did forget to mention Milford inthe review and absolute stinker, but I have to say, the way they'retreating him, it's just not great. Like at this point, you've droppedhim. I don't care how many injuries to your halves or whatever happens.Just keep him there. He's obviously down on confidence, he's down on form. He's not at the NRAL level right now. Leave him there. Ifyou have to play bloody pain Hass at halfback or five eighths, do it, because what they're doing right now they drop him for a week. It'snot enough for him to get his form and confidence and momentum back. Hecomes back still low on that stuff. Hasn't even worse game, goes backeven less confident and it's just a vicious cycle right now for Milford. Sothis point I don't think you should probably play another game the season unless hedoes catch fire for like six weeks in the Que Cup. But at thispoint I'd let him stay there, especially like I don't know, I'm obviouslybut I could imagine how tough would be mentally what he's going through right now. So I would just leave him there. Let him have the rest of theyear there. I would stick with Milford. I'd stick with gamble andKelly, hopefully they don't get injured or suspended, and I'll just leave Milfordand Croft in the reserves for now playing Queensland Cup try and get their confidenceback and hopefully they could have a crack either at the broncos or somewhere elsein the halves next year and build some confidence back in the Queensland Cup.Into terms of tipping this game, it's tough, but I just see thedragons will be too strong. They've almost got the full lineup that had acracking start to the year, pretty much from around six on woods there wasalways a piece of the puzzle missing.

Yes, tarrack siners out through inorigin selection, but pretty much all their players are back from injury suspension nowI think Josh McGuire and full man are the only ones left to come back, but Ben Hunt's back, dufty's back and I think. I don't thinkthey'll put on a show, but I just think they'll be too good.I've got them winning bus six here. Broncos can be good on their day, but yeah, I can't really trust the broncos enough to tip them atthe moment. Tiger's pen ruth. This is a tough one because obviously thepanthers are decimated and the Tigers are pretty unpredictable team. But looking at thechanges, tigers only one change to find a you Torkman who comes in forJolf and Gali who is in the Queensland Squad. Panthers Lose Corus our topO yo, Lui Martin and cleary to New South Wales selection and Capewell toQueensland Selection, and then Leota has been suspended as well. The spine ofPenrith is now doing u wards at fullback and returns from injury. Matt Burntonin at six time and May in its seven and Mitch Kennedy at the HookUs. So it's not a bad spine at all. Their benches very inexperienced. Only one of them is played penrith for penrith before and he's played onegame, so that'll be interesting to see. But they've all been killing it inreserve. Great top of the table there, so I'm going to trustthem to come into a job. I think we've seen it. I knowit's a different sport and there's not much cross sport references in an Australian Sport, but we've seen it with Richmond time time again. No matter how manyinjuries the stuff, the process is just that good. Anyone can come inand do well. The same with the storm and I just think pender systemstoo good, unfortunately, and I have to say the Tigers actually are duefor a bad performance, which I'm worried about because it would be nice toknock off Ivan cleary out like her on a Friday night. I would havegone up for this game, but we are in lockdown in Melbourne, sothat's a shame. But Panthers by six for me in this one. I'mnot going to tip the by big school because I'd be very impressed if theyput up like forty points with this team of a lot of reserve graders.I'd be really impressive achievement. But I think they'll be too strong for thetiags. Unfortunately. Storm versus Titans Cofusi and add a car miss out throughorigin. Can He bromich returns and they've picked young Melbourne winger Dean Eremya toreplace out a car. Times have been riddled through injury. Brimson, forFEEA FODD awaker and Tino all out their four best players. Obviously, AshTaylor returns from injury. That's a positive. Pressing Campbell's son, Jaden Campbell willmake his debut for the club at full back, which is exciting.Tyr And peachy returns to the bench from suspension. Yeah, look, thestorm of got to win this shurely. They've been beaten teams comfortably by twentythirty points every week and this times team has been decimated. I'm going stormby thirty thing. They'll be too good...

...on the night and then on theSunday nights versus the EELS. Safety Clamor and Frazel Miss for the nights,for Zel's injured. The other two New South Wales. Actually no, clembergot suspended, I think for his head on Ben Truboy, which was whichwas a bit of a shame. Clifford's at the eighteen man. So that'sgoing to be an interesting one to watch. Obviously a lot of times that meansthey are late in, but we'll have to wait and see on thatone. Jack Johns has also been picked to debut for the nights, obviouslyMaddie John's son, legend of the Maddie Johns podcast. Kurtman has been pickedin the four team, which is interesting. Very good utility off the bench asyou can play almost every spot, but interesting that he can't crack thatstarting spine. Connor Watson at six had a really, really good game lastweek, one of his best for Newcastle, so that's interesting. On the powerof front, Furgo has been dropped for his I guess. While they'vedeemed a poor performance last week, after he is edge conceded six of seventries, I believe it was junior Paulo's out through New South Wales selection.Dell Brown and Reagan. Campbell geller return into massive INS. Arguably there twobiggest INS. Actually that I don't know what I'm saying, but two oftheir best players, you know what I mean. I'll be tipping the eelsby twenty. I don't think the nights were very convincing against the seagulls.EELS had a bad week last week, but I think campill Gillard in hismassive and I do think bill brands a bigger improvement on Jacob Arthur. Lookingat my you know my betting stuff, sure better the week. It's gotto be storn to be the Tians. I've picked them to win by thirty. Like short of the Times. Can't win. Just don't see it happy. I don't know where this game has been played actually, to be honest. Obviously meant to be the Melbourne home game, but it has been moved. I would guess it's in Sydney somewhere, or could be on the sunshine coast, not sure. But upset of the week. I've tipped the fourthfavorite, to be honest, but I guess my closest upsets would be theTigers all the broncos. Yeah, not sure WHO's more likely out of thosetwo. Don't trust either of the teams, but yeah, if you want tohave a stab in the dark there and then the game spreads. Theone I like the most is probably the EELS. With a handicap of twelveand a half points. I can see them blowing out the nights. Hopefullyit's a close game for me as a neutral viewer, but I can seethat happening. Also the storm twenty two and a half point hand you have. It's pretty significant, but I can see them blowing I'm sure they've coveredthat spread a lot of the times this year. So that's going to beit for me today. Enjoy around thirteen of the footy. Next week probablygoing 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 theweek previewing round fourteen and reviewing origin. As I am on you not UNIholidays, but I've got a unique exam block so I'm a lot more flexible. In the day we're also in lockdown. Probably going to be some soccer contentas well coming in the next couple days. Might do a euro previewalong with a Premier League or maybe European...

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