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Heritage preview - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Fri, 18 Apr 2008 13:17:00 GMT
Heritage Week is upon us. On Thursday we found out who the Team of the Century was and now in Round 6, we get to watch the best players of the current era.

Friday April 18th, Parramatta Stadium
Kick-off: 7:30pm
Referee: Shayne Hayne
GRL Tip: Eels

In the first clash of the rivals we head back to the 80’s with the Eels taking on the Manly Sea Eagles at Parramatta Stadium. A packed house is expected when Brett Finch and Feleti Mateo guide the Eels around the park against a Manly side who are putting the pieces together after getting rolled by Melbourne last week. Parramatta are without Piggy Riddell but in saying that I after the Eels were labelled ‘soft’ this week by former player Dean Pay, they should be ready to display a much improved performance and finally live up to their potential. This I believe could be a season defining clash for both the winner and the loser.

eels: 1.Luke Burt, 2.Taulima Tautai,3. Joel Reddy, 4.Jarryd Hayne, 5.Eric Grothe, 6.Feleti Mateo, 7.Brett Finch, 8.Nathan Cayless (capt), 9.Matt Keating, 10.Fuifui Moimoi, 11.Nathan Hindmarsh, 12.Daniel Wagon,13. Chad Robinson. Interchange:14. Kris Keating, 15.Josh Cordoba, 16.Weller Hauraki, 17.Junior Paulo. Coach: Michael Hagan

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles: 1.Brett Stewart, 2.Michael Robertson, 3.Steve Bell, 4.Jamie Lyon, 5.Michael Bani, 6.Luke Williamson, 7.Matt Orford (capt), 8.Jason King, 9.Matt Ballin, 10.Brent Kite, 11.Adam Cuthbertson, 12.Glenn Stewart, 13.Steve Menzies. Interchange: 14.Josh Perry, 15.Glenn Hall, 16.Jack Afamasafga,17. Mark Bryant, 18.Heath L'Estrange (one to be omitted) Coach: Des Hasler
Friday April 18th, Skilled Stadium
Kick-off: 7:30pm
Referee: Tony Archer
GRL Tip: Gold Coast

After feeling the cold out in Sydney’s west we head to the Sunshine State for another Queensland derby between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.Brisbane are expected to be without Lockyer again but I feel they have learn’t to play without him. This will be a fast paced game and the first team to fall to the wayside will lose. I expect Scott Prince to create plenty of movement around the ruck for his strong mobile forwards who are without Bailey. Brisbane have won two of their three away games this season and will look to improve on that record but I think the Titans might just a bit more confidence not to mention a few days extra preparation to get the job done.

Brisbane Broncos: 1 Karmichael Hunt, 2 Denan Kemp, 3 Steve Michaels, 4 Justin Hodges (c), 5 Darius Boyd, 6 David Stagg, 7 Peter Wallace, 8 Ben Hannant, 9 Michael Ennis, 10 Joel Clinton, 11 Sam Thaiday, 12 Ashton Sims, 13 Tonie Carroll. Subs: 14 Corey Parker, 15 Nick Kenny, 16 Greg Eastwood, 17 David Taylor, 18 Joel Moon (one to be omitted). Coach:Wayne Bennett

Gold Coast Titans: 1.Preston Campbell, 2.Ben Jeffery, 3.Luke O'Dwyer, 4.Brett Delaney, 5.Matt Petersen, 6.Ashley Harrison, 7.Scott Prince (capt), 8.Michael Hodgson, 9.Nathan Friend, 10.Brad Meyers, 11.Anthony Laffranchi,12. Mark Minichiello, 13.Daniel Conn. Interchange: 14.Aaron Cannings, 15.James Stosic, 16.Josh Graham, 17.Brenton Bowen, 18.Gavin Cooper (one to be omitted). Coach: John Cartwright
Saturday April 19th, Stadium Australia
Kick-off: 7:30pm
Referee: Bernard Sutton
GRL Tip: Bulldogs

In the first of three Super Saturday games the Bulldogs will look to deny St George-Illawarra win number two at a Stadium named after a bank. The Dragons will be minus the services of Mark Gasnier and also have a new halfback (Ben Hornby) due to Jamie Soward being demoted. The Bulldogs will be without the super boot of Hazem El Masri and have conceded 76 points in their last two games, losing by an average of 25-points. This is a toss of the coin clash but I’ll go with the Bulldogs against the bumbling, fumbling Dragons.

Bulldogs: 1.Luke Patten, 2.Heka Nanai, 3.Tim Winitana, 4.Willie Tonga, 5.Matt Utai, 6.Ben Roberts, 7.Daniel Holdsworth, 8.Jarrad Hickey, 9.Corey Hughes, 10.Chris Armit, 11.Sonny Bill Williams, 12.Andrew Ryan (capt),13. Lee Te Maari. Interchange: 14.Danny Williams, 15.Brad Morrin, 16.Justin Tsoulos, 18.Gary Warburton Coach: Steve Folkes

St.George-Illawarra Dragons: 1.Brett Morris, 2.Jason Nightingale,3. Chase Stanley, 4.Matt Cooper, 5.Michael Lett, 6.Rangi Chase, 7.Ben Hornby (capt), 8.Justin Poore, 9.Stuart Webb, 10.Jason Ryles, 11.Kirk Reynoldson, 12.Ben Creagh, 13.Dean Young. Interchange:14. Simon Woolford, 15.Dan Hunt, 16.Lagi Setu, 17.Beau Scott Coach: Nathan Brown

Friday April 18th, Toyota Park
Kick-off: 7:30pm
Referee: Sean Hampstead
GRL Tip: Sharks

Don’t expect the clash between the Sharks and the Panthers to be a high scoring game. The home side are equal first on the competition ladder with a negative for and against but they are defending fantastically. The Panthers on the other hand are very hot and cold and it remains anybody’s guess which Penrith outfit will turn up on the night. They will need all their big name players to step up if they want to overcome the consistent Sharks. Penrith seem to travel okay on the road having won 3 of their last 4 away games and if they can develop long periods of rhythm in attack, we could be in for an entertaining night. But only Cronulla can go the distance I think.

cronulla sharks: 1.Brett Kearney, 2.Bryson Goodwin, 3.Ben Pomeroy,4. David Simmons,5. Luke Covell, 6 Brett Seymour, 7. Brett Kimmorley, 8.Adam Peek,9. Kevin Kingston,10. Luke Douglas, 11.Fraser Anderson, 12.Lance Thompson, 13.Greg Bird. Interchange:14. Jacob Selmes,15. Bryan Norrie, 16.Isaac De Gois, 17.Dustin Cooper, 18.Paul Stephenson, 19.Misi Taulapapa (two to be omitted). Coach: Ricky Stuart

panthers: 1.Rhys Wesser, 2.Luke Rooney, 3.Michael Jennings, 4.Brad Tighe, 5.Michael Gordon, 6.Maurice Blair, 7.Jarrod Sammut, 8.Tony Puletua, 9.Luke Priddis, 10.Petero Civoniceva (capt), 11.Frank Pritchard, 12.Luke Lewis, 13.Nathan Smith. Interchange: 14.Paul Aiton, 15.Joseph Paulo, 16.Brendon Worth, 17.Matthew Bell, 18.Geoff Daniela, 19.Frank Puletua, 20.Junior Moors (three to be omitted) Coach: Matt Elliott

NORTH QLD COWBOYS V New Zealand Warriors
Saturday April 19th, Dairy Farmers Stadium
Kick-off: 7:30pm
Referee: Jason Robinson
GRL Tip: North Queensland

This one will be a cracker with the Warriors showing some great form while the Cowboys at home with Johnathan Thurston vying for the number seven jersey in the upcoming Centenary clash between Australia and New Zealand will be hard to stop. The Cowboys for now are doing the little things right to beat some of the best teams in the competition. New Zealand will be more competitive playing in less heat at night and they’ll be out to prove a point after being whipped by the home side during last year’s semi-finals. The visitors however are still 0-2 on the road this season and those losses have been ugly too. North Queensland should make it three straight wins on Saturday night.

cowboys: 1 Ashley Graham, 2 Ty Williams, 3 Mark Henry, 4 Ben Harris, 5 John Williams, 6 Justin Smith, 7 Johnathan Thurston (c), 8 Ray Cashmere, 9 Aaron Payne (vc), 10 Carl Webb, 11 Steve Southern, 12 Jacob Lillyman, 13 Luke O'Donnell. Subs: 14 Anthony Watts, 15 Sam Faust, 16 Shane Tronc, 17 Dayne Weston, 18 Matthew Bartlett (one to be omitted). Coach: Graham Murray

New Zealand Warriors: 1 Lance Hohaia, 2 Patrick Ah Van, 3 Brent Tate, 4 Jerome Ropati, 5 Manu Vatuvei, 6 Michael Witt, 7 Grant Rovelli, 8 Sam Rapira, 9 Nathan Fien, 10 Ruben Wiki (c), 11 Simon Mannering, 12 Logan Swann, 13 Micheal Luck. Subs: 14 Ian Henderson, 15 Evarn Tuimavave, 16 Epalahame Lauaki, 17 Sonny Fai, 18 Wairangi Koopu (one to be omitted). Coach: Ivan Cleary

roosters V knights
Sunday April 20th, BlueTongue Stadium
Kick-off: 2:00pm
Referee: Steve Lyons
GRL Tip: Newcastle

The knights take on my dark horse for the premiership the roosters who have been setting the standard this season. They have talent all over the park and are using it well unlike a lot of other teams. On the other side of the paddock are the Knights who struggle to put a full 80 minutes together. They came close last weekend but silly mistakes cost them the game. The Roosters are in a League of their own and will be almost impossible to beat this weekend.

roosters: 1.Sam Perrett, 2.Amos Roberts, 3.Mitchell Aubusson, 4.Setaimata Sa, 5.Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 6.Braith Anasta, 7.Mitchell Pearce, 8.Mark O'Meley, 9.Riley Brown, 10.Nate Myles, 11.Willie Mason , 12.Anthony Tupou, 13.Craig Fitzgibbon (capt). Interchange: 14.Lopini Paea, 15.Frank Paul-Nuuausala, 16.Sia Soliola, James Aubusson, 17.David Shillington,18. Brent Grose (two to be omitted) Coach: Brad Fittler

knights: 1. Wes Naiqama, 2. James McManus, 3. Keith Lulia, 4. Adam MacDougall, 5. Cooper Vuna, 6. Chris Bailey, 7. Kurt Gidley, 8. Daniel Tolar, 9. Danny Buderus (c), 10. Ben Cross, 11. Chris Houston, 12. Cory Paterson, 13. Zeb Taia. Subs: 14. Matt Hilder, 15. Jesse Royal, 16. Richard Fa'aoso, 17. Danny Wicks, 18. Cameron Ciraldo, (one to be omitted). Coach: Brian Smith

Wests Tigers V rabbitohs
Sunday April 20th, Sydney Cricket Ground
Kick-off: 3pm
Referee: Ben Cummings
GRL Tip: Wests Tigers

This game will be a big test for the winless Bunnies who have been nothing short of frustrating to watch. They can get to the line but not over it, so i - Read More, Here