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globalrugbyleague - Tue, 26 Jun 2007 22:59:00 GMT
Newcastle v South Sydney
Friday 29 June, 7:30pm
Energyaustralia Stadium, Newcastle NSW
Referee: Sean Hampstead.
GRL Tip: Souths

A true meeting of the minds will launch Round 16 of the NRL when former Parramatta coaches Brian Smith and Jason Taylor go head to head for the very first time. Taylor – who played under Smith in 2001 – took over from the former Eels guru last season and made an immediate impact. He’s doing that again this year with South Sydney and should the red and green beat Newcastle on Friday, Taylor will be only 3 wins away from establishing the best win-loss ratio the Rabbitohs have had since returning to the competition in 2002. The current record stands at 9 wins under Shaun McRae in 2005.
The pressure is on teams number 7 and 8 to win this weekend with 5 teams below them only two competition points behind. Both teams are traveling well at the moment with rookie first grade halfbacks and a real battle of attacking imagination is in store for fans. At home, the Knights are difficult to beat and should cross the line. But not by much.

Knights
1.Nathan Hinton, 2.James McManus, 3.George Carmont, 4.Brad Tighe, 5.Adam MacDougall, 6.Jarrod Mullen, 7.Luke Walsh, 8.Mitchell Sargent, 9.Terence Seu Seu, 10.Adam Woolnough, 11.Daniel Abraham, 12.Cory Paterson, 13.Reegan Tanner. Interchange: 14.Michael Young, 15.Chris Bailey, 16.Jesse Royal, 17.Kade Snowden, 17.Matthew White, 18.Zeb Taia Coach: Brian Smith

Rabbitohs
1. David Peachey, 2. Nathan Merritt, 3. Nigel Vagana, 4. Shannon Hegarty, 5. Paul Mellor, 6. Ben Rogers, 7. Jeremy Smith, 8. Peter Cusack (c), 9. Stuart Webb, 10. Roy Asotasi (c), 11. Luke Stuart, 12. David Fa’alogo, 13. Dean Widders Interchange: 14. Issac Luke, 15. Shane Rigon, 16. Manase Manuokafoa, 17. Jaiman Lowe Coach: Jason Taylor.

Saturday

Gold Coast v Warriors
Saturday 30 June, 5:30pm
Gold Coast Stadium, Carrara Qld
Referee: Shayne Hayne
GRL Tip: Gold Coast

Before round 15, you would bet your life savings on the Gold Coast Titans winning this one hands down. But in the past two weeks Ivan Cleary’s men have won two games on the trot while recording their biggest win of the season against hapless Penrith last Friday night (54-14). This nature and style of this game will depend on which Warriors outfit turns up to play. The Warriors however have only won twice on the road in 2007. The Titans are scoring successive tries quickly and are handling the pressure of playing right up until the full-time siren very well. I’d be investing in the Titans at home.

Titans
1. Preston Campbell, 2. Matthew Petersen, 3. Mat Rogers, 4. Brett Delaney, 5. Jake Webster, 6. Josh Lewis, 7. Scott Prince ©, 8. James Stosic, 9. Nathan Friend, 10. Ian Donnelly, 11. Luke Swain, 12. Mark Minichiello, 13. Mat Hilder Interchange:14. Luke O Dwyer, 15. Michael Hodgson, 16. Gavin Cooper, 17. Clint Amos, 18. Kris Kahler Coach: John Cartwright

Warriors
1 Wade McKinnon, 2 Patrick Ah Van, 3 Todd Byrne, 4 Simon Mannering, 5 Manu Vatuvei, 6 Michael Witt, 7 Grant Rovelli, 8 Ruben Wiki (c), 9 Nathan Fien, 10 Evarn Tuimavave, 11 Louis Anderson, 12 Logan Swann, 13 Micheal Luck Interchange:14 George Gatis, 15 Lance Hohaia, 16 Wairangi Koopu, 17 Epalahame Lauaki, 18 Sam Rapira Coach: Ivan Cleary

Penrith v Brisbane
Saturday 30 June, 7:30pm
Cua Stadium, Penrith NSW
Referee: Gavin Badger
GRL Tip: Brisbane

Brisbane scored their first back to back win of 07 against the Wests Tigers on Monday. But the odds are against them of setting up an enviable winning streak. Only four teams have won backing up after Mondayitis. The Rabbitohs, Broncos, Storm and Eels. Penrith will be looking for a massive game after last week’s shellacking but the news of Craig Gower leaving the club to play Rugby Union for France may take it’s toll. Brisbane will defy history and take advantage of a team that is down on confidence and consistency. Coach Mathew Elliot has serious problems on his hands and is a strong chance of winning his first Wooden Spoon in 2007.

Panthers

1. Liam Georgetown, 2. Geoff Daniela, 3. Michael Jennings, 4. Luke Lewis, 5. Nick Youngquest, 6. Brett Firman, 7. Craig Gower (c), 8. Tim Grant, 9. Keith Peters, 10. Frank Puletua, 11. Frank Pritchard, 12. Tony Puletua, 13. Nathan Smith Interchange:14. John Nuumaalii, 15. Mark O'Halloran, 16. Shane Rodney, 17. Joel Clinton, 18. Paul Aiton Coach: Mathew Elliot


Broncos
1 Denan Kemp, 2 Steve Michaels 3 David Stagg 4 Darius Boyd 5 Craig Frawley 6 Shane Perry 7 Michael Ennis 8 Dane Carlaw 9 Ian Lacey 10 Ben Hannant 11 Corey Parker 12 Brad Thorn © 13 Greg Eastwood Interchange:14 Dave Taylor 15 Joel Moon 16 John Te Reo 17 Nick Kenny 18 Mick Roberts 19 Nick Emmett Coach: Wayne Bennett

SUNDAY

Canberra v Wests Tigers
Sunday 1 July, 2:00pm
Canberra Stadium, Bruce Act
Referee: Steve Clark
GRL Tip: Canberra

Canberra didn’t give up last weekend against the Cowboys. Goal kicking was the factor behind their loss. Had halfback Michael Dobson slotted all 5 attempted conversions, then Neil Henry’s side might still be in the top eight. They’ll bounce back and are overdue for a big win. Wests Tigers retained a good attitude even in the face of defeat by half-time on Monday. That says a lot about the character of the team. But they will need to execute last play options a lot better against a team that has beaten them 5 out of the last 7 games played at Canberra Stadium.

Raiders

1. William Zillman, 2. David Milne, 3. Colin Best, 4. Marshall Chalk, 5. Brett Kelly, 6. Terry Campese, 7. Todd Carney, 8. Troy Thompson, 9. Lincoln Withers, 10. Scott Logan, 11. Nigel Plum, 12. Glen Turner, 13. Alan Tongue (c) Interchange:14. Josh Miller, 15. Dane Tilse, 16. Trevor Thurling, 17. Michael Weyman, 18. Ryan Hinchcliffe, 19. Ben Jones Coach: Neil Henry

Tigers
1. Daniel Fitzhenry, 2. Beau Ryan, 3. Dean Collis, 4. Paul Whatuira, 5. Taniela Tuiaki, 6. John Morris, 7. Robbie Farah, 8. Todd Payten, 9. Dene Halatau, 10. Bryce Gibbs, 11. Liam Fulton, 12. Chris Heighington, 13. Chris Lawrence. Interchange:14. Danny Galea, 15. Stuart Flannagan, 16. Bronson Harrison, 17. Ben Galea Coach: Tim Sheens

St George Illawarra v Manly Warringah
Sunday 1 July, 3:00pm
Oki Jubilee Stadium, Kogarah NSW
Referee: Tony Archer
GRL Tip: Manly

Expect Manly to come out all fired up after their deficiencies were well and truly exposed by the Bulldogs last weekend. But will last week’s loss point other teams in the right strategic direction when it comes to finding chinks in Manly’s game-plan? If so, you can bet the Dragons will try the same thing. St George however may not have the experience and physical manpower to match the awesome strength of the visitors up front after Jason Ryles was hit by a dislocated knee against the Storm. They have only beaten one of the teams sitting in the current top eight this season (Gold Coast twice) and are only playing to avoid the Wooden Spoon in 2007.

Dragons

1. Josh Morris, 2. Jason Nightingale, 3. Chase Stanley, 4. Keith Lulia, 5. Tom Hewitt, 6. Rangi Chase, 7. Jamie Soward, 8. Justin Poore, 9. Simon Woolford, 10. Dan Hunt, 11. Beau Scott, 12. Chris Houston, 13. Ben Creagh (C) Interchange:14. Adam Peek, 15. Ben Ellis, 16. Lagi Setu, 17. Corey Payne Coach: Nathan Brown


Sea Eagles

1.Michael Robertson, 2.Nick Bradley-Qualilawa, 3.Shane Neumann, 4.Steve Menzies, 5.Chris Hicks, 6.Travis Burns, 7.Matt Orford ©, 8.Jason King, 9.Michael Monaghan, 10.Mark Bryant, 11.Anthony Watmough, 12.Glenn Stewart, 13.Luke Williamson Interchange:14.Matt Ballin, 15.Glenn Hall, 16.Sione Finefeuiaki, 17.Jack Afamasaga, 18.Adam Cuthbertson Coach: Des Hasler


Bulldogs v roosters
Monday 2 July, 7:00pm
Telstra Stadium, Homebush Bay NSW
Referee: Jarrad Maxwell
GRL Tip: Bulldogs

The Bulldogs have got the best chance to win back to back for the first time in 2007 when they play long-time arch rivals the roosters at home on Monday. But if they turn up without the wrong attitude, the Roosters will come home to crow. In patches of the second-half last weekend against Parramatta, the 2002 premiers took advantage of tired defence and kept the game alive. But the problem for Chris Anderson’s men is they tend give away big leads and then try to catch up. They can’t do this against the Bulldogs who like the Broncos only need a few wins to get teams above them looking over their shoulders. There is less distraction off the field for Sydney City this week and that will give them greater focus in their preparation. However Canterbury right across the park have greater skill level and experience.

Bulldogs

1. Luke Patten, 2. Hazem El Masri, 3. Daryl Millard, 4. Willie Tonga, 5. Cameron Phelps, 6. Ben Roberts, 7. Brent Sherwin, 8. Jarrad Hickey, 9. Corey Hughes (c), 10. Kane Cleal, 11. Sonny Bill Williams, 12. Nick Kouparitsas, 13. Reni Maitua Interchange: 14. Adam Perry, 15. Brad Morrin, 16. Adam Brideson, 17. Jon Green, 19. Daniel Holdsworth, 20. Aaron Wheatley (two to be omitted) Coach: Steve Folkes.


Roosters
1. Amos Roberts, 2.John Williams, 3.Joel Monaghan, 4.Iosia Soliola, 5.Sam Perrett, 6.S - Read More, Here