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globalrugbyleague - Fri, 27 Apr 2007 19:30:00 GMT
ROUND 7 NRL TEAMS:

FRIDAY

Bulldogs v Wests Tigers
Friday 27 April, 7:30pm
Telstra Stadium, Sydney
Live Nine Nsw, Live 2gb, Live Abc Nsw
Ref: Shayne Hayne
GRL Tip: Bulldogs

Here we have a true battle of the halves with both men fighting for their spots. Brent Sherwin made his long awaited return to first grade last weekend and will be desperate to go one better to keep Ben Roberts back in Premier League. How will Tigers halfback John Morris react to the news that the Tigers are interested in Michael Monoghan? The pressure is on both these men and it will be entertaining to see how it affects their games. Canterbury have won two in a row and have only lost once at home in 2007.

Head To Head:
Played 13, Bulldogs 8, Tigers 5

At Telstra Stadium:
Played 5, Bulldogs 3, Tigers 2

Biggest Head To Head Wins:
Bulldogs 47 d Tigers 12 at Telstra Stadium, 2006
Tigers 54 d Bulldogs 2 at Telstra Stadium, 2005

Bulldogs:

1. Luke Patten, 2. Hazem El Masri, 3. Daryl Millard, 4. Willie Tonga, 5. Trent Cutler, 6. Daniel Holdsworth, 7. Brent Sherwin, 8. Mark O'Meley, 9. Corey Hughes, 10. Willie Mason, 11. Sonny Bill Williams, 12. Andrew Ryan (c), 13. Reni Maitua Interchange: 14. Dallas McIlwain, 15. Chris Armit, 16. Lee Te Maari, 17. Jarrad Hickey Coach: Steve Folkes

Tigers:

1 Brett Hodgson ©, 2 Daniel Fitzhenry, 3 Dean Collis, 4 Paul Whatuira, 5 Taniela Tuiaki, 6 Benji Marshall, 7 John Morris, 8 Todd Payten, 9 Robbie Farah, 16 Bronson Harrison, 11 Ben Galea, 12 Chris Heighington, 13 Dene Halatau Interchange: 14 Jason Moodie, 15 Liam Fulton, 17 Ryan O'Hara, 18 Danny Galea Coach: Tim Sheens

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Brisbane v Melbourne
Friday 27 April, 7:30pm
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Live Nine Qld, Live Abc Qld
Ref: Sean Hampstead
GRL Tip: Storm

The undefeated Storm verses the hot and cold reigning premiers, the Broncos. On form, the tip is easy. But the Queenslanders will be desperate to prove they are heading back in the right direction and a win over the visitors would send out a big statement to the rest of the league. Melbourne can match Brisbane for speed, power while they are capable of putting a lot more points on the board if they are at their best. The Broncos have 5 players backing up from representative footy while the Storm will be looking for not only win this game but dish out a bit of payback against the squad which cost them the Grand Final in 2006.

Head To Head:
Played 19, Broncos 9, Storm 9, drawn 1

At Suncorp Stadium:
Played 5, Broncos 2, Storm 3

Biggest Head To Head Wins:
Broncos 48 d Storm 20 at Olympic Park, 2002
Storm 50 d Broncos 4 at Telstra Stadium, 2005

Broncos:

1. K Hunt, 2. S Michaels, 3. D Stagg, 4. J Hodges, 5. B Tate, 6. D Lockyer ©, 7. S Berrigan, 8. D Carlaw, 9. M Ennis, 10. P Civoniceva, 11. S Thaiday, 12. B Thorn, 13. T Carroll Interchange:14. N Kenny, 15. B Hannant, 16. D Boyd, 17. I Lacey, 18. J Moon, 19. N Emmett, 20. S Perry Coach: Wayne Bennett


Storm:

1. Billy Slater, 2. Steve Turner, 3. Matt King, 4. Anthony Quinn, 5. Israel Folau, 6. Matt Geyer, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Antonio Kaufusi, 9. Cameron Smith, 10. Brett White, 11. Michael Crocker, 12. Ryan Hoffman, 13. Dallas Johnson Interchange: 14. Sam Tagataese, 15. Jeff Lima, 16. Ian Donnelly, 17. James Aubusson, 18. Scott Anderson, 19. Will Chambers Coach: Craig Bellamy.

SATURDAY

Penrith v Canberra
Saturday 28 April, 5:30pm
Cua Stadium, Penrith
Live Fox, Live 2gb, Live Abc
Ref: Gavin Badger
GRL Tip: Penrith

The Raiders have achieved very little on the road this year, having won only 2 games, both at home. They’ve only scored 12 points from two tries while on the road and are coming off an embarrassing 26-0 loss against Cronulla. This is the Panthers best opportunity to end their 3-game losing streak but they may struggle to put up as convincing a fight now that halfback Craig Gower is out of action with a viral problem. Penrith must dominate early and cut back the poor disclipline that we’ve seen at the beginning of their games. Mathew Elliot should be smiling at the end of this duel with his former team.

Head To Head:
Played 49, Panthers 25, Raiders 23, drawn 1.

At Penrith Stadium
Played 21, Panthers 13, Raiders 7, drawn 1

Biggest Head To Head Wins:
Panthers 42 d Raiders 8 at Penrith Stadium, 2004
Raiders 30 d Panthers 6 at Canberra Stadium, 2000

Panthers
1. Rhys Wesser, 2. Michael Gordon, 3. Michael Jennings, 4. Luke Lewis, 5. Luke Rooney, 6. Peter Wallace, 7. Craig Gower (c), 8. Joel Clinton, 9. Luke Priddis, 10. Frank Puletua, 11. Frank Pritchard, 12. Tony Puletua, 13. Nathan Smith. Interchange: 14. Junior Moors, 15. Matthew Cross, 16. Bryan Norrie, 17. Paul Aiton Coach: Mathew Elliot.


Raiders

1 William Zillman, 2 Colin Best, 3 Phil Graham, 4 Adrian Purtell, 5 Brett Kelly, 6 Todd Carney, 7 Michael Dobson, 8 Scott Logan, 9 Lincoln Withers, 10 Troy Thompson, 11 Neville Costigan, 12 Glen Turner, 13 Alan Tongue (C) Interchange: 14 Ben Jones, 15 Dane Tilse, 16 Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, 17 Andrew Dunemann, 18 Josh Miller (one to be omitted) Coach: Neil Henry.

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North Queensland v Manly
Saturday 28th April, 7:30pm
Dairy Farmers Stadium, Kirwan (N Qld)
Live Fox, Live Abc
Ref: Steve Clark
GRL Tip: Cowboys

The Sea Eagles were informed this week that outstanding fill-in halfback Michael Monaghan wants a release from his contract with a year to go, so that he can play in the number 7 role full-time with another club in 2008. Will that disrupt preparation for this game for Manly? Yes, but will it be enough to hurt them come game time? That’s anybody’s guess. All the confidence, momentum and luck is on Manly’s side right at the moment. Only 1 team has won a game off the back of a short turnaround from Monday night football. Can the Cowboys become the 2nd to do it? With Manly’s defense virtually impossible to penetrate, this seems unlikely.

Head To Head:
Played 10, Cowboys 4, Sea Eagles 6

At Dairy Farmers Stadium
Played 5, Cowboys 2, Sea Eagles 3

Biggest Head To Head Wins:
Cowboys 31 d Sea Eagles 20 at Brookvale Oval, 2003
Sea Eagles 46 d Cowboys 4 at Brookvale Oval, 1996

Cowboys:

1.Matthew Bowen, 2.Brenton Bowen, 3.Ben Farrar, 4.Paul Bowman, 5.Scott Minto, 6.Jason Smith, 7.Johnathan Thurston (c), 8.Matthew Scott, 9.Aaron Payne (vc), 10.Ray Cashmere, 11.Steve Southern, 12.Jacob 13.Lillyman, Interchange: 14.Justin Smith 15. Rod Jensen, 16.Sione Faumuina, 17.Ben Vaeau, 18. Shane Tronc Coach: Graham Murray.


Sea Eagles
1.Brett Stewart, 2.Michael Robertson, 3.Steve Bell, 4.Jamie Lyon, 5.Chris Hicks, 6.Michael Monaghan, 7.Matt Orford ©, 8.Jason King, 9.Matt Ballin, 10.Brent Kite, 11.Anthony Watmough, 12.Glenn Stewart, 13.Luke Williamson Interchange: 14.Clint Halden, 15.Glenn Hall, 16.George Rose, 17.Mark Bryant, 18.Adam Cuthbertson (1 player to be omitted) Coach: Des Hasler.

SUNDAY

South Sydney v Warriors
Sunday 29 April, 2:00pm
Telstra Stadium, Sydney
Live Fox, Live 2gb, Abc First Half
Ref: Jason Robinson
GRL Tip: Warriors

Several leading Souths players remember their last clash against the Warriors all too well. Can you blame them after going down 66-0? This time though the trans-tasman big boys are up against a red and green outfit which is conceding 17.8 points on average this season (a huge improvement on the 33.3 points they gave away last season). New Zealand are winless on the road in 2007and did not win coming off the bye in 2006. Both sides are evenly matched physically while the Rabbitohs bench appears a tad more skillful.

Head To Head:
Played 16, Rabbitohs 3, Warriors 13

At Telstra Stadium
Played 1, Warriors 1 Rabbitohs 0

Biggest Head To Head Wins:
Rabbitohs 24 d Warriors 18 at Mt Smart Stadium, 1998
Warriors 66 d Rabbitohs 0 at Telstra Stadium, 2006.

Rabbitohs:

1. David Peachey, 2. Nathan Merritt, 3. Nigel Vagana, 4. Shannon Hegarty, 5. Reece Simmonds, 6. Jeremy Smith, 7. Joe Williams, 8. Peter Cusack (c), 9. Daniel Irvine, 10. Roy Asotasi (c), 11. Luke Stuart, 12. David Fa’alogo, 13. Dean Widders Interchange:
14. Shane Rigon, 15. John Sutton, 16. Manase Manuokafoa, 17. Jaiman Lowe Coach: Jason Taylor.

Warriors:

Warriors: 1 Wade McKinnon, 2 Todd Byrne, 3 Tony Martin, 4.Simon Mannering, 5 Manu Vatuvei, 6 Michael Witt, 7 Grant Rovelli, 8 Sam Rapira, 9 Nathan Fien, 10 Steve Price (c), 11 Ruben Wiki , 12 Logan Swann, 13.Micheal Luck Interchange: 14 George Gatis, 15 Evarn Tuimavave, 16 Epalahame Lauaki, 17 Corey Lawrie Coach: Ivan Cleary.

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Gold Coast v Parramatta
Sunday 29 April, 3:00pm
Gold Coast Stadium
Delayed Nine 4:00pm, Live Abc
Ref: Tony Archer
GRL Tip: Eels

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