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NRL Round 12 Preview | Rugby League - Episode 132

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Another weekly episode of NRL chat on the podcast. Lots of interesting debate around the Halfback merry-go-round with George Williams, Jake Clifford, Tom Dearden and Blake Green all mentioned. I discuss all 8 games from the past weekend and preview the upcoming 8 games of Round 12. I also pick my QLD team for the fast approaching State of Origin series.

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Hello and welcome back to the on the ball podcast. This is episode a hundred thirty two of the show and we are once again here to talk about the Nurl. This is a review preview of round eleven and a preview towards round twelve, almost oriton time, which is always it very exciting in the nral world. Who knows where that's going to be played, as it is currently Wednesday and Melbourne looks like it's on the verge of a lockdown, so that could be moved. Apparently, Canbra is on the cards as a another venue and Adelaide and Perth also backup plans. But they would, I'm sure they'll, do everything they can to have it here in Melbourne. I've got tickets so I would be pretty shattered if that got canceled. But obviously everyone's health and safety comes first. But if it's on a Melbourne I'd like to see it in camera. I just think it would look better in a small stadium and you'd be able to get a few there, whereas Melbourne and Adele and Perth they get big crowds are normally when they go there. But in with short notice you're playing a bigger stadiums probably wouldn't be as good as the look and the atmosphere probably wouldn't be as good, even though you might only get ten or K Canbra well, you probably sell it out because you'd probably get a lot of New South Wales should and traveling down. Same goes for the Queenslanders. But looking at around eleven of the NRL, second week of the crackdown, pretty much most notably, that's still the headlines of everything rugular league at the moment. will go game by game here and just have a little bit of a chat about the outcome. Didn't watch every game this weekend in full honesty, but saw most of it. So have a little chat or right, cowboys nights, cowboys got that up here. Look, the nights are in Struggle Street at the moment. They will without for that game. They were without Pong, our best and obviously still without pierce. So when they have those players out they just don't really have any strike power. They're still got a very good forward pack, which means which in my opinion, means they should be doing better than they are even without those guns. But yeah, right now the cows are just a really well oiled machine. You look through their team. Not Too many big names. They've got valhomes, Scotty drink water and then apart from that the rest aren't household names. But they're all performing very, very well. Well, obviously Jason Tamalolo, but he has been in and out of the side through injury. They've been formed very, very well. I think Todd Payton Shaping like a very, very good coach for the future. What he's managing, what he managed to milk out of that warriors team last year and what he's managing to milk out of this cowboys team this year very impressive and it's going to be interesting to see how he shapes that team over the next few years. I've already seen some of his early signings, which Chad Townsend and Tommy didn't, but I guess this is an interesting game. Could you know in the future be known...

...as the Jake Clifford Cup, as Jake Clifford's obviously some of the night's talk about him being released there this week, with Blake Green announcing his retirement of effective immediately last night. So that leaves a spot on the roster for the nights. The sign up for next week for next year already. So there's push for him to make the move early, which would probably see Tom didn't let go by the bronchos to cowboys, which I'd like to see, because no point Tom didn't playing a whole year in reserve great and Brisbane. He May as well go to the cowboys start applying his trade there and then Jake Clifford comes and does a role for the nights before Mitchell Pierce comes back. So I think I would like to see that happen. I think everyone involved gets benefited and yes, the broncos, I guess, get nothing out of it, but maybe that spot opens up billy Walter's coming across, which has been heavily rumored from the Tigers, to go match up with his dad there. So that'd be good to see for that in that situation all parties would benefit. So that I would like to see that in the coming weeks, as there's no point, especially in Tom did in this case, and players being held back in reserve great when they can be playing in other teams. I'll be at cowboys great win. Really good to see them scoring thirty six points. Last year they were struggling to put up twenty and then the nights. Yeah, just appointing, but all their big starts are back this week so you would expect to see a bit of a bounce back in performance. Otherwise, why? I don't know if they would pull the pin this early, but if they keep this form up, I think Adam O'Brien might start to look over his shoulder a little bit. Friday six o'clock game. It didn't look great on paper, but two of the most unpredictable sides historically in the competition in the last you know, Fifteen, twenty years, the warriors and the Tigers, and they both turned up to play some really good attacking footy on Friday night. Not much defense from me. The team worries, did have to Sinbins, but they ended up on top. Reese Welsh put on an absolute clinic. Some of his antics have been scrutinize a little bit and I do think that's fair. I think you did carry on like a bit of a Dick and at times it was pretty evident that he was happy with his own work and not necessarily getting around the team. But that will come. It's you know, it's better than someone of a personality than not, but he looks like an absolute freak. Just look. I don't want to have a crack of the broncos because I'm sick of tigers getting having a crack out for letting people go, but you do have to wonder, like why have they let Yese Welsh leave now, because he looks like he's an absolute freak. Yet to me he just looks like a carbon copy of Kleon Pong, and to be honest, not just because of the headgear. Now he's not playing without the headgear, but the way they move, the so grace will they can just step on a dime. He looks like he's going to be a really exciting player in the future and he was really the difference in that game. Yeah, reesewash, absolute freak. If he doesn't play there, they probably don't win, in my opinion. And Yeah, look...

...he's starting at full back this week. Very exciting for warriors fans. Looks like they've got one for the future, even when Roger Leaves Tigers Fans. Yeah, it was pretty disappointing. Obviously ex scintillating finish to the game came down to the very last play. I can't lie do things. I he's actually probably should have scored in that last play. I think they went to the left side that you know better for on three or four and two, and I think they just panicked and possible too early. But can't really highlight that. There was some other disappointing areas of the game. I think Tommy tillow's impact in the team is serious. Like, I don't to most fans and people watching and listening at home it's that important because he's just a bit of a myth. But to a tigers fan he's impact has been pretty relevant all season and he hasn't really shown much on what has been build since his junior days. So He's been moved to center this week, so they'll be interesting to see how that affects him. But it's good to see the tiger scoring points. They obviously keep conceding points, but if you're going to have a leaky defense you may as well fire a fair few shots, which they have been doing is in recent times. To be fair. Sharks dragons was the next one and look, I don't know. I know this is a rivalry and all, but I don't know who was in the Scheduling Department here, but for this game to be the Friday prime time game questions, you got to be asked. Twenty five points scored, which nowadays is the equivalent of ten points being scored back in the day. Sharks got up. I did tip the sharks. I was happy with that one. Actually had a very good weekend tipping because I tip the warries as well. And Yeah, the sharks were just too good for the dragons. Dragons halves were questioned about not taking the field goal when they had the chance and then the sharks snapped to stashed it up. So yeah, good win. First when, I believe, since John Morris got sacked, which they really, really needed, and they will hopefully keep that momentum rolling into oncoming where upcoming weeks? Saturday we had the titans bulldogs. Yeah, didn't. Didn't watch this game. Have No desire to watch the highlights. Times got the win, which you'd expect. Bud Of scored twenty points. Probably just highlighting times porter of fence as usual. But Titans undermand had to get the window and they did so. Well done. RUSSA's broncos probably game of the round in terms of on a Tiger's warriors going to be game of the round, but ruster's Broncos just had so many storylines coming out of it. I was I watched the whole game and I I was glued to the screen pretty much. Warrior hardgraves and Radley just look like they were ready to hurt people pretty much from the get go and I ultimately that was pretty much the downfall of the roosters. I know there's a lot of complaints about Victor Radley and his suspension and all that, but you can't argue he had enough warnings. If you watch the game from minute one to minute eighty, he is told about five or six times to calm down, whether it be through Simbin's penalties or just a verbal warning.

So I don't think you can really blame the rules. It's almost like, well, when's he going to realize? Like, how many times does he have to be told as yeah, it was pretty idiotic in my opinion, and you probably deserves this the sentence just for being that stupid. But yeah, he ultimately, you could say, cost the game. But off the roosters. They're looking a bit a little bit tired at the moment with so many interes and suspensions, which is fair. But the Bronchos, well done. Scoring thirty four points against a pretty impressive ruster's defense. Even though they are underman they still have a red hot crack and defense. So the broncos to put up thirty four very impressive. Albert Kelly looked really, really good. And yet broncos just each week it's almost like it's a broncos new broncos team. One Week they rock up and they look like they don't care and they're all full. Then they rock up and have a real hot crack and play some good footy. So I guess the more we see performances like that, the the closer they are to, you know, returning to that top eight position which they were only a couple years ago. So that's positive science for Keavy Walt was, I don't have to admit as pretty random watching the game. There was about Bible four or five blokes who played for the Broncos and like two thousand and ten in that side. There's like Dale Copley and David Mead. And why Albert Kelly didn't play for the Broncos I don't think, but he played for the times and stuff. So yeah, it's a bit of a throwback, but I guess they need some experience and it's working for them. And then sat day night we had the rates storm. Pretty disappointing blow out, you'd have to say. None of the big players playing for either team through injury and suspension. I tip the storm people getting around the raiders. I didn't really buyd T it, but the storm were too good, as they have been pretty much every week since round three this season. And this game will now be known as George Williams last game in the NFL, with his release being announced last night. I is being granted release on compassionate grounds, suffering from home sickness, which is being the stories have been rumbling for a few weeks now. People are fire and cracks at him. I saw a headline of James Hooper saying why was he chatting to rival and URL clubs in the offseason when he was homesick? And I don't look. I don't know the INS and outs of the story. I think we should just lay off the bloke. I'm sure it's a pretty drastic change living in it on the other side of the world, especially through Covid so I don't wouldn't really be having to crack about it. In that sense, though, the way it went down was all pretty dramatic, though. The raiders said he just text them said leaving, but he was saying that. He was saying all this stuff, and yet it's just a debark really. He put out a tweet. A lot of the raiders boys got around the tweet as well. So look, I have to say Ricky Stewart's position at the club is sign to get pretty worrying it for in my opinion. I'm not sure. Maybe there's just a bad few eggs that he needs to get rid of and then it'll be back to the raiders of all, but at...

...the moment it does look like he has lost the dressing room, which we really seen nrls a lot more of a soccer thing. But I was talking to my family last night and once you do lose that dressing room, is a very hard to get it back and ultimately the coach tends to go because it's easy to replace one person than thirty people. So yeah, I'd be really, really worried if I was kiss suet what right now, especially with the way they're performing on the field. But on the positive side they have an extra space now. They've reportedly six hundred k salary cap. They're being linked to Aiden, Caesar Blake Austin, both former raiders halves. There's a lot of off contract stars as well who potentially could could make the move early, which would be very interesting to see. But yeah, they first of all need to sort out the dressing room, the culture, and then maybe the results will start coming because, yeard, I don't know what's happening. I don't know who could have predicted this, but yeah, right now it's not looking good for the raiders. I think, coming the George Williams thing, I'm not blaming him more John Bayman at all on a personal level, but I think from now on, if I was a club I'd probably steer clear of English players for a little bit. I know there's been some great English players. Look at the Burgesses, even the guys we just mentioned and Whitehead Hodgson. They've all been great. The raiders have profited from it massively, but we've seen how quickly two departures can ultimately ruin a side. Like ever since Bateman's left, they haven't live like that x factor that he brought to that Ford Pack, which you know he didn't sign up like a ten year contract in them back flip after a year. But you know, you kind of build your team around them and then all of a sudden they leave, which is fair enough to them, but I probably would steer clear of it in the future. That's saying that. Tigers signed the English center a few weeks ago, so we'll see how that goes. Then onto the Super Sunday. I know it's Super Saturday, but this Sunday was meant to be super. Did Not live up to the billing at all. Was a really excited for it. But Yeah, look, the RABBITOS really really disappointing. Panthers and storm just look at that, far ahead of the rest right now and you'd have to say, man, they probably look third best at the moment. Panthers put fifty six points up on the RABBITOS. The rabbitos defense is just a disgrace at the moment, even if they're going to get beaten convincingly by Penrith, you'd thinking to be something a bit more like a three thousand two dred and ten or forty two and twenty to six or something like that. But to lose fifty six, to to ship fifty six and only score two tries really disappointing. And Yeah, they just at this point you can almost put them in the eels category. They just look a bit like flat track bullies. They they just only when the when the going gets tough, they the tough get going and they don't look like they're very tough at the moment. I know people will blame the forwards for it, but you do have to say I'm going to point out cody walk I know he scored...

...a try late in that game, but he's meant to be one of the stars of the competition, one of their best players, yet he never seems to stand up unless the fords are absolutely rolling, which I'm not saying is easy, but if you're that good of a player on that well, I don't know how much money is, but if you're that good of a player and that point to a team, you need to be able to turn it yourself and then on the back of that the fords can get rolling and then it's a bit of a flowing effect. You can't really just wait for the game to turn in your favor, which looks like the Rabbitos do at the moment. It was pretty telling signs that the bench you stayed on the bench the whole game. That was almost my huge question of Benji Marshall. How will yeah, I'm sure you can tear up the titans and the warriors or whoever they've torn up in recent weeks, but when they get to the big games, will his defense be able to hold up to it? And obviously Wayne be and think so. So that's very interesting. And all the Tigers critics can, you know, maybe slow a little bit of pride there, you'd have to say, of a year Rabbito's really need to address some questions quickly and they've got another big game coming up this week as they play the Paramouna eels. So yeah, big test for them. Some players on the brink of an orange series who really out of form. So but yeah, pants is too good and at this point, Freddie fiddler, just pick the whole pants aside, because I genuinely think they're better than Queensland Anyway. And the next up, well, I think the school I'm is a bit stiff, like manly were the better team. They onetred twenty eight, two six. I think it was a bit closer than that suggest but yeah, manly, just look on real right now. For me, as I mentioned, before I'd have them as the third best team in the comp right now I just think they're looking a lot more dangerous than the likes of the Roosters, Rabbitos and eels. So yeah, really excite. Will Not like exciting times, but they're there. I can't even doubt that they're very good team to watch when they get going. Turbo's an absolute freak. Josh Shuster put on an absolute clinic on the weekend and it's going to be interesting to see what they do when their full strength, as they haven't really been yet this so far this year. Just deal Walker come back into the team when he's fully fit? It'll be tough because Morgan, Harper and Brad Parker are playing very well when Sio's back this week on the bench, but when he is fully fit, does he come back into the back row? Does other yeah, there's just so many questions. To Syron ALA car to play back row, just to play six four and get dropped? That's probably the direction are Lena Lean on, lean toward. I know you don't want to risk ruining shuster's form as he's being killing it in the back row, but just don't think for and adds as much as Shi it does, and Syran and Ola car to a very good back rolls a yeah, good selection. Headaches for does Hazle, which you would be laughing at me saying about eight weeks ago, where they were basically just picking any man and their dog who put on the...

...man the colors. So yeah, great win, par amount of once again showing up in a big game show that they're nothing more than a team that just, you know, the Dave Warner Rugby League. They just chow down on some easy conditions, be the easy teams and still get to see anything that suggests they'll have an impact in September, which is frustrating for eels fans as they have been like that for a few seasons now. Right moving into my prediction for my top eight, couple changes this week. I've still got the same top four of the storm, panthers, eels and Rabbitos. The reason I haven't moved panthers to first, despite having two more wins then the storm. We've seen the storm in the last few weeks play without their origin stars and they have not really look like they of skipped a beat. So for me they've proven themselves that they'll be fine throughout the origin period, where panthers yet to see that, which is only two or three games the origin effects. But you never know. And yet so I will say storm one, panthers too. Eel Three. I still think they're just going to win a lot of games through beating the teams they should beat, as they always do. Rabbitos, for similar to the EELS. I just think they'll win the games they should win and I think eventually they will hit form again and start playing like they were in the first month. So I've got them and forth. Now I've got manly up in fifth, as I mentioned. I think rabbitos are mainly the third best team right now, but they are a fair few wins off that likes of the EEL. So got them in at fifth. And also origin will be tough for them with most their gun players going out to origin. Got The roosters down at sixth now from fifth. Just think the number of injuries and suspensions that have copped a certain to catch up to them now. Also, origins going to take a hit. So yeah, I still think they might be well, I don't know. I don't think they can win the premiership. That they might, you know, cause a few upsets in September. But for me they're finishing in six. I've dropped the raiders down to eight, then push the times up to seven. Still. I'm sure about these seventh and eight spots. I think that's the top sticks. Did say I thought the top six was locked a few months ago, but obviously not with the raiders drop now. For me, I just can't see this radius squad missing out on finals. I know it looks like they will pretty easily right now, but yeah, surely they're going to have to find form soon, you'd have to think. And then the Times as well. They just seem to be notching up just enough victories at the moment and they seem to be a little bit even though the defense is disappointing, they seem to be a little bit more consistent in terms of knocking off the teams they should. Then the teams below them, as I've got them seventh, the teams just on the brink, the warriors and the cowboys. I think the warriors are really good. It's also been announced that they're not going to go home, which was always my big concern for the warriors. I did thought that was going to have a negative impact on them. So for them to be staying here, I think that really improves their chances...

...making finals. I'm going to keep them on the outside of the eight just for now. I think they're defense is a little bit shaky, conceding twenty six of the tags. But yeah, they're attack looks really, really good at the moment. And the cowboys, they just look like a well oiled machine that they're just going to win all their games at home pretty much and beat the teams they should away. And maybe because if you are upsets here or they're be interesting to see what happens with the Clifford. Didn't thing that might affect them negatively or positively. But for me I don't think they are a top eight team, even though they are racking up the winds right now. So I've still got them sitting just outside. I think the camera might have to cut out there a little bit, so excuse that, but we're back on now. Obviously the listeners won't care about that, but next up we have I talked about my New South Wales team fortnight ago and now we're going to address the Queensland team. Obviously there's been a few changes to that New South Wales lineup. That will be put up as a clip on my youtube channel and instagram page and facebook page in the next few days, so check out those links if you happen already. So they'll be a few changes to that those lineups. You know, like there's a few suspensions and injuries and stuff like that that I didn't take into account at the time because obviously can't predict the future. But I'll be chatting about my Queensland team today, going through one to seventeen, talking about who's stiff what I think should happen. Obviously I know more about the New South Wales team. As a fan of New South Wales, I take more interest in the New South Wales players and stuff like that, and there's probably more options to choose from in the New South Wales team. So this team is a little bit harder, but I use the selector on the Nur website, which made it pretty easy. So foot back I've got ponger. I just think he's I just trust him to have more impact on the game than brims and yeah, Brimson might make a break here or there, but I just think pong will be a threat throughout the whole eighty minutes. So I've got pong fullback on the wings, I've got coats and homes. I think I saw some people with coats and felt. But yeah, I just think homes has been really, really good form for the cowboys and always a full back in the league and he hasn't played. We will. He's played a bit of wing of the cowboys but hasn't really been a winger since his time at the sharks. But we saw when he used to play origin then he would always kill it on the wing. He's fast. Yeah, I can't see why I couldn't be like a bit of Bryan Toto. So I'll have him on the wing. And then courage is obviously just a beast and his height will challenge the New South Wales Wingers Gagy and Cape. In the centers, you know, last year I think Branco Lee Muda played. Obviously he's not really in contention this year as he's been injured. But yeah, garuys obvious one, one of the Queensland's best players in the last five years. And then there's not really another center in contention to my opinions. So Kirk, well, we'll do a job there again in the halves. They are. So breaking news today is the Cameron Monster might not be fit for state of origin, which would be a...

...massive blow as I believe he was the only reason they won the competition the series last year. So he would be my six if he's fit. If he's injured, look, I think they would pick someone like a Ben Hunt or a I don't think that. Would Pick Corey Norman. There's honestly not many option. What I would actually do is, I know he's never played there in his life, I don't think, but I'll the GYPPI calponger and playing at five eight and pick Brimson at fullback. Huge rist playing someone out of position in the state of origin, but yeah, I just think Pong and brooms into that good. would be good to get them into the seventeen together, into the starting thirteen, and I don't think the options to partner Cherry Evans at so chairms is obviously the halfback, so I don't think the other options to partner in that interesting. So I'll leg you do that. But if they're going to go over the half I'd probably just pick been hunt. is a reliable per for me. He can tackle all that stuff. So and then I've got Christian Welch and Jy Arrow my starting props. Read Marnie. I'm going to start them at Hooker. I listen to the Kemp and Cameron Smith captain's run on SCN Sydney last week and I completely agree with Cameron Smith. Maybe I did listen to him and then agree with them after he made his points, but he said they should pick read money and then bring grant off the bench, which I think is a good idea. Grant hasn't played much football this year. Hasn't started any games, I don't believe so, let alone playing the AD. So I think him playing ad and state of origin would be way too much to ask for and would potentially limit his impact because he'd be, you know, more worried about stamina. So I think playing Marnie bringing grant on, even if you bring them on early, like twenty minute mark, and you can sort of manage the subs, you can manage when you take him on and off. I just don't think eighty minutes is good for Harry grant at the moment with his fitness levels. I've got Marnie starting grant off the bench. Then in the backgraph got David Fafita and then I'm actually picking Jaden's who are I know fulice Kafusi's been there in the mill last few years and most people have picked him there. But especially with the new rules, I think James who is one of the in one of the only enforces that I trust that he won't get simmed into anything. He's one of the best tacklers in the game. Might not provide that much in attack, but I can't see what Cofusi brufs of the table that sewer doesn't. So I'd pick sewer. Then I've got Tina for Silm allowey in it lock. He's been really pretty good out side of the season for the titans and yet he'll be there. And then, as I mentioned, I got grant at fourteen. Now that that makes it tough because usually the four teens the utility. So you'd have Brimson and at fourteen. But what I would actually consider if months to plays, obviously I said if months is out I would have brimson fullback pong of six, but if months to plays, I would actually just consider grant and Brimson, both on the bench.

I think most origin forwards. I know it's a very taxing game and I think most of them are very fit. So I wouldn't be too worried about having three or two forwards on the bench. So I'd be tempted to go grant Brimson. Then I'd have more foot awaker on the bench as well to rotate the props and then I'd also have fullye Kafusi as bit of a back row option. So that's my team. But if you don't want Brimston on there because of grant being on there, so grant grants one number one priority. Then if you don't want another utility on there, I would pick jarred walls. But yeah, we're starting to clutch at straws there. Josh Pupli is obviously the big out through suspension. I'll be, yeah, very intrigued to see what happens with camera monster. I do think if he is out the New South Wales chances of victory do skyrocket because I think without monster they go from being a very dangerous team just a very solid team with a couple dangerous players. So yeah, that's look good news from New South Wales Fan, not good news for a Rugby League Fan. As you want to see all the best players fit and firing for state of origin. But yeah, this point I'll do anything for New South Wales Dub but let me know what you think of that Queensland team. Let me know who you'd be picking and if I've missed or forgotten anyone or dogged anyone, let me know. All right, moving on to the preview for around twelve of the NRRL I'll be going through my tits from each game and I'll be chatting about the major INS and outs. All right, so Thursday night footy storm Bronchos ATSU COP stadium look interesting scheduling as usual. Thankfully the broncos have been tucked away for a few weeks now. But yeah, the their coping prime time here and I'm I know they'd be the wrists last week, but I don't. I think the storm or different, different, you know, different level to the roosters are different couple gravy. Our storm have drome Hughes back. Broncos have ethny Milford replacing us, and gamble, who's out through suspension. I believe I'm tipping storm by twenty. Friday night we have the cowboys warriors. I think this will actually be a really interesting game. I think the warriors are very dangerous and the cowboys are in great form. I'm actually tipping the cowboys by six. TAMALOLO's out to have you if FIDO's back. Warriors have named Walsh at one and Roger on the wing, which is exciting for warriors fans. I'll be going for the warriors. I really do like the Warrior's team at the moment. Very exciting to watch, but I think the cowboys will get the w especially in townsil tigers dragons, as they say on the Hello Sport podcast, Battle of the dirty merger clubs. But Tigers have had a few changes. Roberts is on the wing, Jimmy the jet, that is Tom and mourns coming in for his debut on the bench, which I'm very excited about. I think he is a very promising player, and then Tommy till out. It's been moved into the centers. Unfortunately that means bj lay laud drops out. So interesting to see what till how does because the amount of...

...times they've picked and they obviously are very high wraps on him. But I'm yet to see it really happen on the field. Every weekend and then the dragons welcome back Tarik Sims, but still I have a lot of outs from their lineup. I'm going the Tigers by ten. Think they won by about ten last time they played, only a few weeks back. But I think the Tigers are in a pretty bit attacking form right now and I don't know if the dragons will be able to score enough points to beat them. But yeah, never really trust the tiger so I don't know. Panthers bulldogs, Saturday three o'clock game. Really not much to talk about. CAPEWELL's out, leod's back. Bulldogs welcome back Heatherington and Josh Jackson, and then Jackson Toep at. I don't know if it's topine or like Topena or something, but he's a hooker. Tipping the panthers by forty. Don't think that's a contest. Southeels, probably game of the random my opinion. Thirty Saturday game. Can Mari and Jacob hosted back for the South's back row. Reagan, Campbell Gilard is out for the EELS, which is massive, to be honest. That could be what has decided my tip here, but I'm going for south's to win. I've only got the winning by one, because I basically think it's a flip of a coin. But I just don't think the EELS are in that greater form, especially against the good teams. I don't see house are an awful for themselves, but eventually they're going to get bounce back. You'd imagine blocks like Latrelle and Cody Walker due for a big game and I think this could be it. And I do think Reagan, Campbell Gillard's a massive out. So yeah, I'm going south and that one roosters versus the raiders on the central coast. Now, if this isn't the SEG I'd say roosters easy win, but the central coast puts it in down a little bit for me. But yeah, you can't tip the raiders at the moment. I love the wide. I really like the raiders. Love tipping them, but yeah, I can't tip them in this one, even though I think there is a small chance with the amount of ins they have. They've got Soliola, white and wrapper art and Hodgson all back into the side. George Williams is obviously out. Sand Blues will play halfback roosters. Victor Radley's out and Josh Morris is in, but I'm going the roosters by for and this one. I think it might be a lot closer than previous raiders games, but ye're not yet got to tip them with any confidence. Sunday game sharks titans. Sharks have a fair few back, a fair few out through suspension, but I think they're ins better than the outs, if you don't mean more Tyler's back on the wing, which I think it's really big. I think he provides a lot of spark for the sharks. Telechi, same thing, provides a lot of spark. He's back. Raymians back in the center's Sean Johnson's back. So yeah, they might be haven't. That might be a bit of injection of life, but I think the times will be too good for feeders, back a, tailors and the reserves. He's a chance to come back and I think the times will be too good up to tip the Times by ten nights, manly. Now this is going to be at...

McDonald Jones Stadium. Should be a big crowd and I don't know, I think the nights might make this a bit more competitive than we are thinking. They do have ponger best coming back, Blake greeners retire retired so that that's an out for them. But for me, man these forms too good. I'm tipping manly by twenty. Syran and comes in for all the car to who has been mysteriously dropped. I'm pretty sure it's through injury, but they didn't really name an injury. Siro's back on the bench and yeah, I just think I'd like to see the nights push them, because the nights are a good team to watch when they're up and going. But I think manly will be too good and that means my game picks. I know I'll sort of said my tips their first, but I'll highlight my game picks for you. Sure that of the week. Panthers to bait the bulldogs. Look be probably upset of the whole nrral history if the bulldogs beat the panthers. Upset of the week. The only upset I did tip was the cowboys to beat the warriors. They're paying two dollars on Friday night, which I'm surprised at, but I do get it. Worries are very good team game spread. I don't like any of them too strongly, but manly to cover the start of eleven and a half points. It's not much given the way they're playing right now and the way the nights are playing. If you think the nights will come out and shock us, don't take that then. But if you think the their current form minds will continue, will to get on that. Times with a minus two point five handicap. Look, that's not much, is it? I think the Times a win and if you think they're going to win by two or less, well stay off this. But it look that's pretty rare the teams win by two or less, so I think that's a fair one. Cowboys with a head start of one point five. Obviously I tipped them. So I think that's going to happen, and this is probably my smart key. This is the one I'm LEA's confident in. But the raiders to cover. The raiders with a head start of eleven point five against the roosters. I think they might be a lot more competitive than we're thinking this week. The roosters aren't in great form and the raiders have a lot of INS, so intrigue to see how that one plays out. I'll be going for the rap, that's for sure, but yeah, it's going to go through my narl fantasy team this week. Didn't end up doing it. We'll probably start doing that weekly next week or you need to know. As a my teams in a shambles and I've dropped about twenty thousand ranks after being like in the top K for a long time. But that'll that. You know will take that. Let me know how you nurl fantasy teams or super coach teams are going. If you do play, let me know about my tips and yeah, enjoy the week of footy. Looking forward to origin. Hopefully the covid stays away in Melbourne and we can get origin and Melbourne at the the MCG. But until then, thanks for tuning in and I...

...will catch you after the weekends action for a eight round twelve review and round thirteen preview. Cheers,.

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