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NRL Round 1 Review | Rugby League - Episode 111

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Edition 1 of the weekly NRL podcast begins with a solo review of Round 1. 

Winners & Losers

Top 8 Prediction 

Players of the Week 

Round 2 Preview 

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Hello and welcome to episode a hundredand eleven of the on the Mall podcast today, I'm here by myself, ihave nomataged to get a guest today, but that's all right because we will betalking about proby Mo one of my favorite sport. If not my favoritesport, the NRL, it returned on the weekend for round one of thecompetition and it was a pretty successful round. I thought crowds wereback up to. I think fifty percent- maybe more some grounds. But if I knowI was fifty percent in Melbourne at the game I went to storm versus Rabbitoswas yeah pretty good round a footy. I thought there was a little bit of rustthere, which you would expect for Ram one, but I thought overall, those somepretty good performances and I think some of the competition leadersalready have shown themselves really played their cards and shown how goodthey really could be this year, even though it is still twenty five broundsor Sofrom finals. So today I'm going to be using the NFLformout that we used during the NFL season, so we'll go through winners ofthe week. So teems players, coaches, Etcta, then losers, then we'll go w,have a running finals bracket for the whole season. Each week. I'll talkabout my changees to my predicted top EI, then we'll go through a bit of theteam of the week situation and then I'll make some predictions for nextweek's games and maybe discuss some of the headlines that we will be lookingout for a so to start this week, as I mentioned,some of the big dogs really put their best foot forward straight out of theBLOX that round one. So I'm just going to ther. My first win is the big fiveteams, a the Big Five teams, I'm calling the Ravidus the storm, theraides panthers and the...

Aof a MIS there, the roosters so sowly, the es just aren't consideredin my big dog bracket. Just yet they all were pretty impressive. They allwan, except for the Rabbidos who had to play the storm. But I think arguably,those two performances on Thursday night were the best two performances ofthe round. I guess you could argue the Roosters, absolutely dispatch band, theYes manly. Don't look like a good team, but to put forty six points up againstanyone in Raun ones, pretty impressive, when you don't have your full rosterthere, radly and Berels, obviously to come back and boy caudn up the raiders,I thought were pretty impressive. The Tigers were pretty resolute in defense,but I don't think the Tigers through too much at them offensively. However,the raiders still put them away pretty comfortably tpathers. I thought thepanthers were probably the least impressive out of the five. Yes, theyon, without even showing signs losing that in conside a single point. However,I don't think that offense was looking that good. Yes, people said the cowways defended ble on twitter, but I completely disagree. They miss like themost tuckles in the whole competition for the round. They mis like forty twoand how I think the lowest tackle efficiency of any team. So I'm not surewhere those calls were coming from and if it wasn't fair, Hammeso Tabui, FIDOu, they probably would have concidered to more tries. So I don't think thepanters were that outstanding, but they still, you know, Hel a team to zero,which is pretty impressive in the NRL and then obviously the storm and Rabdos.As I mentioned, the storm were absolutely freakish in that first tenminutes looks like they're going to be hard to stop. Once again, I did predictthem for the minor premier ship, so I'm pretty happy with that prediction sofar how, with the Rabbit Os, definitely held their own. I was a bit worried atthe start of the first half or halfway through the first Haff. I thought itcould turn into a blowout, but the bench players came on Cloma tonguein Joyaro, and I guess you can argue Bedyou marshalas well and they reallychanged. The game. Jaara gave the Ford...

...pack summing, like the back summing toget behind in terms of running the ball up the middle and I think the rabbit os they. IDodn't even think theywere playing really too far out of first gear, likethey were obviously trying, but they almost won the match and I don't thinkthey really hit their peak Lebel. I don't think Cody Walker had a greatgame. I don't think Damin Cook had a great game, so that's pretty excitingfor Rabbit Os fans to see so they're going to be my first winners, all five.Those teams probably won't go into an too much depth today, as it is justround one and it's hard to read too much into these raunmom fixtures. But Ithink those five teams are the ones we're going to be. You know comparingall year, maybe throwh the eels in there sometimes, but those five teamsare going to be the real ones who are going to be competing for thepremiership this year. So each week, they're probably going to be the Teanswe look to see who is dropping in who's winning that race. If you know what Imean next up actually didn't catch this game, I caught all but two of thematches. I didn't see the warriors titans because I had cricket and Ididn't see the dragon sharks because I had cricket as well. The warries upset the titans, which Ithink puts them the number one winner of theweek. They wone housand. Nine hundred to six completed at ninety one percent,which was the best completion rate across the league theyre, the secondmorst contact post contact meters of any team, the NRL which just ventureforward to doing the harddards. All your outside backs so prose contactmeters is, from the point you've been contact by the defensive line. How muchfurther do you go and that's obviously all ighted up, so they had the secondmost of any team there just wanted to pilight Adam finol blake. I talkedabout him in the preview episode. I do believe he is arguably the best prop inthe competition on his days almost unstoppable, and he was on Saturday. Hehad two hundred and two meters from Nineteen Bruns, including ninety fourpost contact meters. So almost every second meter he made was after contact.He had five tackle breaks and four offloads. So that's pretty incredible.stauts there, it's going to be hard to.

You know, win the Ford Pack Battle whenone of the big props is doing that for the worries. There are the guys who imPresen, welld Bailey syrinim was impressive. He got over th, the whiteline out tohoo Harris was reliable, asalways, and I think Wele in particular me the reason I had the warriisactually slipping this years. I just thought it would be too much of an askfor them to back it up an Australia yet again, but look they've got off to theperfect start. They've beet, a highly praise, titens lineup, who yes aren'tcompletely jelled together yet, but still on paper, look like they shouldbe bedding. This warrios team so as very exciting for the warriers andlooks like they've picked up exactly where they left last year, and alsothat probably puts dath and Brown in the win ers column, because all hisSigningsto have made a pretty good start at the in the warriors and theylook like they feel at home at central coach. Yetagain, so that's going to be good for them moving forward. My final winners are the broncos. Theydid lose to the EELS Howaver. They were within two points of the win, as theEel scored in the last minute to you know not blow it out, but you know whatI mean make it look a bit better than it was so it was eighteen. Sixteen,with a minute ago ar the broncoes completed eighty five percent of theirset, which is obviously pretty key stat. Yes, sometimes it can be misleadingbecause you can just complete your sets and offer absolutely nothing in attack,but it generally shows that you've had a pretty solid game, Patrick Carriganand Tom Flag, blewere, pretty awesome had crazy staut lines. Alex Ben waspretty good. After what I thought was a pretty bad year on his behalf last year.I think he was injured for a bit of bit, but when he was in the field, I thinkhe was far from his former self and Milford and Croft both showed signs andthe Ei both had a limebreak assistant, a Trisis, so they showed signs hat, don't doesn'tlook like they're going to be the best harse in the competition willabsolutely tear it up, but...

...if they can just be reliable, solidhalves with a moment of Floir, you know once a week and set up a try each. Youcan't really ask too much more from them. The outside backs play prettywell fun. Worts testing you and David Meed all had over fifty pose contactmeaders, which is what you want: Dad Mead scored and his return to the NRLafter Histin, with the cattalans dragons and to Beta Panga, who actuallythought out a bit of an off game. He didn't usually payng guys, one of thoseguys who you can't not see. If you know I mean he's always in the action heactually only yea the had just over a hundred meters. I think I don't cite meon that, but he had seven off loads, so you can't really criticize him therebecause he's basically creating almost what could be up to seventy meters inoffloads there. So hit's pretty awesome stuff from him. That's pretty much. AllH bind winnins for the week. Normally it's going to go a bit longer becauseI'm going to do a bit more in depth than Alysis on the teams, but a becauseit's round one and B, I'm a little bit time pushe this week with at the moment,I'm just a little bit timepushed, because I'v Playing Cricket SatrdaysEnd Sunday. So it doesn't leave me too much time for Uni work and the PODY.But yes I'll do a bit more in depth,analsits in the following weeks, but they're all my winners, all very all,had very impressive weeks onto my losers, the titans. Basically just on the flip side of theWarris being a winner. They have to be AE loser. They only managed six pointsagainst the warriors team who ar times weren't great in defense last year. Everyone was pretty keen on them. I'veseen it a lot ind a lot of sports recently it happens a lot in the NFL,where a team will make a lot of offseason. Signings they'll get reallyhyped up and they just don't deliver and it's usually the following season,where they impress because the hypes died down a little bit the pressures alittle bit lower, but I'm not ruling the titans out yet I'lltalk about where I've still got them finishing coming up, but yeah it's alittle bit of a warry there. You would expect them to be beading. The warrieswith the team they've got but...

...yeah, who knows and also based on mypredictions. I was kind of thinking that they might have got kemp smifthand,now he's retired. We know that andit won't be happening. So they've got abounce back in the following few weeks to get some wins on the board. othewisethey'll be in a bit of a sticky situation: Early Ob yeah. I didn't watch that game, so Ican't comment on it too much. My next loser is manly. I thought manlydidn't have the worst performance of the week. I actually think someone elsedid, but they were pretty wayful against the rostes. Let's be honest,the roosters were clinical at Ur best, not our best but as usual at their bestBrat Mor scor o how trick James descos cared a Hatrick. They just lookedawesome pretty much every chance they had to score. Try they put it away, butyeat man. They were just horrible. They missed thirty nine tackles which wasthe third most across the competition. Cherry Evans, WHO's normally meant tobe leading from the front. He had three errars and yes, I know he does have todo a lot for this team, but that's not really good enough and we actually sawit a little bit at the back end of last year. He had a couple stinkers where itwas very ARA prone. So I'm not saying he's past his prime and he's Gong tostop being that reliable, consistent, half back that we know and love, butmaybe he's going to start to put up these stinkers a little bit more often,but I hope not because chaimins is really good to watch when he's on. Ithought dill. Walker did not look dawntral art full back at all. He waspassing most of hise kick returns, which is fair enough. If that's theTACTI, he wants to go with, but he didn't get involved too much in thepassing game and I just didn't think he had too much impact on the match at all.So I'm not sure what they'll do there. That could be the teams oe announcedthis afternoon when I'm recording this. So that could be a change. We see fromDez Haslat Beah manly, just really poor a lot of errors that led to trys. Yes,the roosters were good, but they man they were just pretty sloppy overall,hopefully caring forms on injin. He was olimping for most of the second half,because I'm sick of seeing that great...

...man injured but yeah there weren't too many positivesJackkashefsky. He missed a lot of tackles, but he played her right. Iguess he is one that could improve for the season, but yeah apart from thatAlli had a bit of an underwhelming debut, didn't see too much of him andyeah not too much positive to talk about Manlys at. Sadly, some peopletalked about them in the top a but off that performance. I think you prettyhard it's a hard task to argue their case at the moment. Next up I have top PATON's cowboys. Ithought they were the worst time of the week. People were complementing themlike they were the Tigers actually on their resolute defense, but I'll behonest, I think both of their performances whet overrated a littlebit. I probably won't talk too much about the Tigers this week, because Idon't actually think that were that bad. I think they would just up against agood raiders team, but I think their behormance was being a little bitoverrated. I don't think they threw much of them in offense, but thecowboys looked absolutely woful. In my opinion, ther lost twenty four to neeltalkd about the titans. Only scoring six points for the cowboys to not scorea single point. That's pretty poor miss the most tackles across thecompetition with forty. Two people were saying. Their defense was good and yesI'll cop, that for the first twenty, but from then on, I thought thetdefense was actually really bad and the stats kind of backed me up there withthe most tackles acot across the competition. Some of those lime, braks, Dey, thinkcleary and dealing EB wirds were making. Yes, they were impressive bits of playwith bursts of speed, but there shouldn't be gaps up the middle of thefield, where someone can just run a straight line through like yes, you canforgive it if they, you know sized up a big, tiring, fort or something likethat. But when there's just a genuinely big gap like there was for deal andEdwards try when Josh mcgua was just doing circles, I don't know what wasgoing on there. That's pretty disappointing. Yes, it was round one.So you can maybe blame a little bit of lack of fitness on their poor defense,but for a team that use to hot...

...conditions and stuff, you think theywould maybe be in their element early on, whereas other teams from the colderclimates wouldn't necessarily be, but they yeah. They also had the mosterras with eighteen. That's just ackward enough. That's almost one everyfour minutes, which is basically one every two sets. You can't really win agame doing that they conceded seven penalties and I'm sure a lot of thosewere six again and with the six again you just got to limit your penalties.Tavalolo had H, nine runs for seventy three meters. They were obviouslytalking a lot about it in the curvrage and I can completely agree with whatthey're saying and they payd fifty one minutes. So I think they've really gotto have a conversation out the cowboys facilities or offices and talk aboutwhat they want from Tamalolo. I do understand that last year, some of theGames he was playing. Eighty minutes, his impact was less because you know hewas kind of having to extend his effort over a longer period of time, ratherthan going hard for a short time. But if he's only going to get nine runs infifty on minutes and he's onnly going to run, you know around eight met es acarry. I know that's more down to him than the managerment, how many metersbu carry gets, but that's just awkward enough from someone who they're payinga million dollars a year. Also, the fact that val homes is on a milliondollars a year playing wing is an absolute joke. That's probably one ofthe worst contracts. I've ever seen how he managed to get in a million dollar ayear contract coming back from another sport is out of this world and yeah Michael Worman's, also on amillion dollars and right now he's probably playing like a six hundredozand dollar half. So I twitted about it. Earlyr go check outmy twitter. If you haven't already M, I other social medias, but yeah the''S,probably one of the worst organized caps when you've got three meals stuckup with Tamelolo, Morgan and homes, when they're not really providing muchfor you at the moment, arlooking at the backroad, Coen, Hass and Mitchdonplayed eighty minutes each and they had eleven runs between them for egtymeters. And yes, I know it's not necessarily a backrollers job to takehitups, it's ball the middle forwards...

...and the outside backs. But this issomething I noticed last year: They just don't like. I Know It's a newcoaching staff, but the back rollers for the cowboys, just don't have impacton the game and I'm not sure what it is. But I noticed he last year, ComonessanMitchel done. I hardly even saw them all night and Jay Clifford also had a prettydisappointing game. Yes, Vossy, I think who was commentating was complimentinghim for running the ball when he could, which is true. It looks exciting as abit like look brooks an that fact when he does Runn hes exciting but gottackled. I think three or four times on the fifth tackle without a kick acouple times is in really poor field position. You know forty thirty hauffrom their trialon and that sets up basically a tryscorin opportunity forpenrith and Hou also had four errors, which is not really good enough, just mentioned in, but also thought LukBrooks had an absolute shock against the raiders, but I won't talk too muchabout the Tigers this week. Well, save them for another week, see y! Ah, Ithink the cowboys ave some real soul searching to do. They have a reallyrinable game this week against the dragons up in tent Woll. So it's goingto be really huge for them to bounce back. If there's any positives, I guess you could say Hammer, he didn'tshow much in attack, but he saved a couple triers on Charlie stayn, so well,Duneto him, but yeah par from that not too much to mention alright. Now,looking at my top EP brackets, I predicted the storm Rabbit OsBrosters pathers eels nights, Titans Rades, coming into the season. I haveto say I don't want to just backtrack because it's around one, but I didn'treally believe in my raidis prediction. I just did't want to have the same topfive or six as I did last year, because I think that's pretty rare that thathappens, but I honestly do believe the raides are a really good team andshouldn't. I shouldn't have preticed them mad. I should have stuck with myguns. My knew top aid. Is I've still got the storm coming first, I thinktheir performance, if anything, solidified my belief that they are thebest tem, the competition, especially...

...over the regular season. I've got the Rabbit Os in second, I dothink the Ravitos will be a little bit less consistent in the likes, the stormor the roosters, but I think they will be able to compete with a lot of thebig teams which they didn't necessarily do last year, but they shouldt be goodenough to put away all the bad teams and a few more wins against the goodteam. I think they could be pushing for second, the roosters I'm going to putthird based off the weekend, it's hard, not to see why they come in the minorpremiership, but I just think they're a bit Oldar, so they're, probably GOINTA,have a few more injuries. Hey've got a few guys coming back from injury. Itmight take them awhile to get back into it. Our origin always hurts the rusersmore than it does most teams, so I'm going to put them in at thirdohalso. I think locky Lam had a pretty good game. I'll mention that theraiders I've got now up at. Fourth, I think putting them at eighth was prettystupid. For me, I think their home field advantage Janan Camera, so strong.I think they could beat almost any team on their day and to think how well theyplayed, and they have cory halls brought and Cory Hara Werean Na to comeback. That forward pack is outrageous. I've got the panthers down at five. Yes,I think they were impressive to hold the cowboys to zero points, but I justdon't think they looked as good as they did. Last year, yes, it' Roun One, butI think the other teams are put higher looked better. I got the nights and it six. They had abit of a No thrills victory over the balldogs. They just did what theyneeded to do in a wet game, so I'm pretty confident tnow'll make finals,I'm not too sure Thaug. I just think they're better than the likes of theworries, the titens, the Tigers, etc, not sure why ijus said, etc, etc. But Seventh I've got the EELS. I've droppedthem down from. Fifth, I just think just creatively: Thosjust, don't lookthat good! Last last year they didn't look good at times this year they looklike they've picked up where they left off. Last year. Moses and dill Brownjust really need to step it up because they need some creative flaire and thennumber eight I've gone the tiens. I've still got the making the a just,because I do think them more likely to...

...be e big team than the warriors andstill a few points against those teams that you wouldn't expect it from, but ayet it's worrying for them. If they have another pull performance, soonelike the likes, someone like the sharks might push into that Aigt for me. Moving into the players of the weeksection, so I've split it into backs and forwards, and then I also will do arookie of the week, which is what I dod for the NL NFL, but I haven't noticedin the NRL theres, actually not that many rookies, because you have to playless than five batches and I made a list of them and there's about eightblokes and six of them. I didn't even notice on the weekend so back to theweek I haven't done any starts for this. I've just gone off the itest. My thirdbest player in the back was James Tadesco Cata Hatrick against banly wasback to his best. Some of his best talent, in my opinion,is his defensive, Plays Defensive Reeds, but we didn't have to see that on theweekend he didn't really have too many big lime breaks, but it was just thereor thereabouts when they needed him to score. He set up a few plays as well.So I thought he was pretty good number two I've got letrel Mitchell, I don'tthink statistically. He was as good as some of these other players, but I justfrom what I saw at the match myself. He was pretty impressive. Every time hewould run the ball back, he would bump off two or three tacklers. He obviouslysat up. He scored that try where you know looke like it was set up for lockplay and he just went stuffit, I'm just going to run this over. So that waspretty impressive and then yeah. I thought het was a stand out in thebacks for the Rabbit Os and number one. I'm ACI GOINGTA GO George Williams. Idon't think this would be a popular opinion, but I thought he was reallygood against the Tigers. I think the tiger's weakness is what probably theirkick pressure they're, not very good at it, like some other teams, but hereally thrived on that. He put a few bulls on the absolute on an absolutedime. I think it was their second last try, Canen very scored a bit. One ofthe outside backs jumped up and tapped it down, but yeah. That was a reallygood performance. From George Williams,...

...forwards of the week number three havegone in Daniel soifeedy absolute me, the eater up against the boaldogs. Hewas easily their best player. In my opinion, the commentators were ravingabout him all all day and he deserved it. The boardocters couldn't stop him.He just kept breaking through popping up through that middle and yeah. He wasreally impressive, just like he was last year and the year before thatJoyar I thought was really good. I have to be honest, joar as one playeractually don't know too much about in terms of how good he is. Obviously,everyone rates him highly, but maybe it's because the titans and theyweren't in the most relevant games in previous seasons, but I've never reallyseen him have like an absolutely standout game, but seeing him in personon Thursday, I gained a appreciation for Jaara what he did off. The benchwas incredible. I think to Tollon Bird just really like were lacking in thatfirst, twenty thirty minutes and then Giari came on the Colama telling Ye wasa little bit here like a little bit FFE. But people were raving about him ontwitter. So who knows but yeah I thought Arrow was easily the bestplayer for the Rabbit Os across the wholl park. He really brought them backinto that game with big charges through that middle regularly, getting twelvefifteen meters of carry so that thought he was really good and number one. I'mactually Gonong another camera player, I'm going Hudson Young. I thought hewas absolutely unreal against the Tigers. He looks like he's going toturn into one of the best back rows in the competition. I'm excited to wellnot EXCITEDI'm interested to see what they do with Har, Werean, Nira andHasbrah. Obviously, that bench is going to be stacked because it already was onthe weekend. You know that'd Ryan, Sotton, Ryan James, so I'm not sure if Hudson youngs going to have to dropback to the bench. But at this rate you surely couldn't do that and how were no.I will just have to set offer the bench or Whitehead, but yeah Hudson Young Hadan, absolutelyAddstanyn game. He picked up where he left off in the back end of last year.Human Joe Tarpany, ove kind of Takeit,...

...probably is obviously playing reallywell, but toppeny and young definitely stood up in the last six weeks,including the back in the last year and they've really started to help him outand now that forwrd pack is as good as it ever has been and then Rooki of theweek. I can't lie this guy's, probably going to get it most weeks, but DanLarry. If you look at the other guys going for oi the week- and there wasjust not really many options- Daniel Saluka, fair Feedar, he and theypay like twenty minutes, Charlie Stans an do much bashin cris. Had A disloud.Try It's to Fino, you tock a mind. He didn't play many minutes. So Dane Lorryyes, is at fullback, so he's going to have more impact than guys on the wingand stuff. But he looked not out of place out ORL that Tiger's back line, Ihave to say the tiges have a very good history of picking good foollbacks.Every fullback we bring in usually does pretty well. So, if that's anything to go bu, I thinkDanlor is going to be a really good player. My only concern is I waswatching him on the weekend. I am little bit worried about his size. He'sonly young and we're Sendin, the locks of billy slater go and have it insanecareers but sort a lot with Cory Thompson, who isprobably small and Dan Lorry, but just he was a really good player, butjust because he was really small, he would struggle to burst through theline and the tackles like he would get through it, and then he couldn't fullydrop them off. If you know what I mean, so I'm a little bit worried, Dane Larrymight suffer little bit from that, but yeah, I'm really excited to see how the spine looks for the Tigers withdoe back, I think, and by had a really bad game and booksd it as well. Sohopefully, do we fix is some of those issues and yet excited to see Lorriprogress over the course of this year and at the moment it's going to be hardto see anyone take rookie the off him because he looks like Het's gonna havea really good year, looking forward to round to the NROLtails to premier ship, I think that's...

...still it's cool, I dodn't even know soI'm going to be making some predictions more to do with betting. Actually likenot I'm not a big, better myself, but I like analyzing the betding markets tosee who is the assumed, favorite and stuff like that. So I'll have a shortbed of the week upset of the week and I'll. Look at a few spreads so likelins that I think are a bit generous to a team or something like that sure better. The week I'm going theroosters to beat the Tigers. I just think I'm a tigers fan so it's hard tosay that, but the the roosters just look so good on the weekend and theTigers, in my opinion, didn't look too good, especially on a tat in attack.The Tigers have beaten the roosters only once since thusand and eleven, soit might x. In my opinion, I think the Tigers actually do pretty well againstthe big teams, but for some reason the roosters is always one they've reallystruggled against. I think we have pretty good record its the storm oreven if we lose, we generally compete with them. The Rabbit Os, I think, werepretty good against the Rabbitos, but the broosters in particular raiders areanother one that we're not too bridiants, but the roosters they justalways seem to be too classy for us and yeah the Tigers. As I said earlier,they people saying they were good ind defense, but they did still concedethirty points to what you would have to say is a weaker attacking team than theroosters in the raiders. So I think the roosters are a short thing to beat thetigs. I don think it's all doom and gloom for the tags. I think round.Three agains newcastles a winnable game, then they've got, I think, the cowboysand maybe the dragons in round five and six or something like that. They've gota few minable games in around there, but it is a tough start, starting withthe raises and Roos. So you got a fiel for the tiges and Michael McGuirebecause you probably will come under some fire, but hopefully they put up acompetitive performance. UPSEDE of the week I'm going dragons to beat thecowboys once again Similor Tho last week, there's a lot of the big teamsplaying smaller teams. So there's not too many upsets confidente in, but thisone I thinks the most likely arts in...

Chansel, which obviously favors cowboysand probably is why their big favorite they're actually paying a dollar. Fiftywhen I checked, which is pretty strong, favoritism but yeah just the way thecowboys looked on the Weekand, I don't think they really deserve to befavorites if, if it all but NEC, not necessarily thatheavy theire Attacklod twoif well let in score single point and yes, thedragons are significantly worse defensive team than the than the panthers but yeah. I stillwouldn't be too confident in the cowboys. Putting up twenty plus points.Dragons aren't great, but they you know they put up some points against theshark Shuck for a fairly good team. So I think if there's any I'm notnecessarily going to be tipping this way, I haven't actually done my tip yetthis week, but I'm not too sure it probably will maybe depend on some ofthe team news that comes out later this afternoon, but yeah. I have to pick oneof the upsets top and I think the dragons to beat the cowboys is a fairlysolid chance. Looking at the line that, just because I've said that the dragonsat plus five point five, I think that's fairly good odds there. I think thedragons could easily win that game. Anto lose within a try would be verystandard. I'd say, are the bulldogs at plus sixteen point five. I think theboaldogs were pretty impressive against the nights. Yes, it was wet weathergames, so they were never really going to get flogged, but I think they definitely showed signsand on the other hand, I actually think the panthers, whose their opponent thisweek weren't actually as good en the cowboys made them look a lot betterthan they were. So I think the boyogs might come out a little bit inspiredafter last week. I think it's their home game, so their new fans would getto come out and see their new signings and the new team under tremp Barrett.So I don't think they're going to win, then pans will be too good in the end,but plus sixteen point: Five, that's a pretty big victory for the panthers, soI'm going to say it's pancers will be, will win by less than sixteen. So I'mgoing NAO say the blooks of pus.

Sixteen point five is good value andthen the rade is it under six and a half. I think the raiders should bepretty strong favorites to beat the sharks. Yes, they had a good winning asthe dragons, but we saw last year the sharks they really struggled wheneverthey came up against a quality team like the raiders are and in NRL to wina game. You know eight points, ten points, that's pretty common, so Idon't think that's smashing or anything. So I think that's fairly. I think that's a pretty fair call forme to get around the Raders Oup MMINUR. Six point. Five are looking forward. Ito the rest of the Games. The Games are most interested inprobably the warriors and nights is a really interesting one. The six o'clockkick off on Friday back to back early kick off on Fridays. For the nights thewarriors they were good on the weekend beat a good titans team, the nights. Ithink they were all right. They were pretty good at the fords, but I don'tthink creatively. There were anything special blocks like texway and stuffhad a quiet game. So I think they ill be looking to bounceback in terms of that SOT on that side of thing, Sey Howeve, they did scoreabout thirty two points I can't be too harsh on them and the warrioers will belooking up to back up a good performance. So I'm excited to see thatone. I think it will be a good measuring stick for both teams. If theworries come out and bet the nights and all of a sudden theywill be you knowI'll, be considering them for my top Aigt and then, if the nights losesimilarly I'll probably be considering to fade them out. So that's a big gameand otherlines the twines versus the broncos after titans come out and loseto the broncodes. Then all of a sudden we've got serious concerns over themand they're probably going to have to move out of my top eight. And if thebroncoes win this all of a sudden, they could be shooting up people's latterpredictions pit. They could become a really competitive team because onpaper they ave a fairly decent team. So they're, probably the two story linesI'm looking out for most this weekend and yeah really looking forward toanother good weekend of footy great to have the NRL back at such a greatthought. I'a saying this to my parents that it's just a beautiful thought tothink for the next six seven months,...

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