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The Sneak Peek - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Fri, 08 Jun 2007 14:42:00 GMT
rabbitohs v panthers
Telstra Stadium, 7.30pm
Referee: Paul Simpkins
GRL Tip: Panthers

Head to Head: Played 63, Rabbitohs 35, Panthers 27, drawn 1
At this venue: Played 1, Rabbitohs 1, Panthers 0

Inconsistency is actually going to a benefit one of these two teams, both of whom have struggled to put back to back wins together as far back as round 3. Rabbitohs coach Jason Taylor is tinkering with his halves combination at the moment while Mathew Elliot is hoping the Wallace-Gower team can set the world on fire for more then a week. Fans of both clubs are in store for a real treat up front with a bruising battle of the forwards sure to test the defense. The timing of Peter Wallace’s passing game is getting better while the Bunnies are averaging 2.8 tries per game against an outfit scoring 20.6 points on average per game. Penrith look more settled and will take some confidence out of last week’s win over Manly.

RABBITOHS: David Peachey, Nathan Merritt, Nigel Vagana, Fetuli Talanoa, Paul Mellor, Ben Rogers, Jeremy Smith, Peter Cusack (captain), Stuart Webb, Roy Asotasi (Captain), Luke Stuart, David Fa’alogo, Dean Widders. Interchange: Shane Rigon, Issac Luke, Manase Manuokafoa, Scott Geddes, Joe Galuvao (one to be omitted). Coach: Jason Taylor

PANTHERS: Rhys Wesser, Michael Gordon, Michael Jennings, Luke Lewis, Nick Youngquest, Peter Wallace, Craig Gower (captain), Joel Clinton, Luke Priddis, Frank Pulletua, Frank Pritchard, Tony Peletua, Nathan Smith. Interchange: Brendan Worth, Junior Moors, Tim Grant, Paul Aiton. Coach: Mathew Elliot


Canberra Raiders v eels
Canberra Stadium, 5.30pm
Referee: Jared Maxwell
GRL Tip: Raiders

Head to Head: Played 41, Raiders 19, Eels 22
At this venue: Played 13, Raiders 9, Eels 4

At home Canberra have won three times yet lost on two occassions. That doesn’t fill punters with a tremendous amount of confidence. But the statistic that does give a more favourable impression of the Raiders in this bout is the fact that Neil Henry’s squad have only lost back to back once this season. Parramatta saved their best performance of the year for round 12 but those types of wins tend to take a physical toll.

RAIDERS: William Zillman, David Milne, Marshall Chalk, Brad Cross, Bronx Goodwin, Terry Campese, Michael Dobson, Dane Tilse, Lincoln Withers, Scott Logan, Ben Jones, Glen Turner, Alan Tonhue (captain). Interchange: Josh Miller, Troy Thompson, Ryan Hinchcliffe, Michael Weyman. Coach: Neil Henry

EELS: Luke Burt, Joel Reddy, Ben Smith, Krisnan Inu, Eric Grothe, Brett Finch, Tim Smith, Nathan Cayless (captain), PJ Marsh, Aaron Cannings, Chad Robinson, Feleti Mateo, Daniel Wagon. Interchange: Mark Riddell, Josh Cordoba, Ian Hindmarsh, Fuifui Moimoi, Weller Hauraki (one to be omitted). Coach: Michael Hagan

roosters v cowboys
Aussie Stadium Stadium, 7.30pm
Referee: Gavin Badger
GRL Tip: Cowboys

Head to Head: Played 20, Roosters 17, Cowboys 3
At this venue: Played 8, Roosters 7, Cowboys 1

The roosters have won their last two clashes with NQLD at Aussie Stadium.Both sides carry some top players who on their day can wreak havoc. Can the Cowboys win without Jonathan Thurston? How will the Roosters go with Setaimata Sa and Mitchell Pearce in the halves? Lots of questions but no easy answers in this game. Tipsters will develop nightsweats trying to pick a winner in this one. The Cowboys tend to lose by big margins without Thurston. History is on the chooks side.

ROOSTERS: Amos Roberts, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Sam Perrett, Joel Monaghan, John Williams, Setaimata Sa, Mitchell Pearce, David Shillington, Craig Wing, Danny Nutley, Anthony Tupou, Craig Fitzgibbon (captain), Ashley Harrison. Interchange: Shane Shackleton, Lopini Paea, Mitchell Aubusson, Danny Williams. Coach: Chris Anderson

COWBOYS: Matt Bowen, Brenton Bowen, Scott Minto, Ashley Graham, Ty Williams, Justin Smith, Jason Smith, Shane Tronc, Aaron Payne (captain), Ray Cashmere, Steve Southern, Sam Faust, Matthew Bartlett. Interchange: David Faiumu, Scott Bolton, Matthew Scott, Ben Vaeau. Coach: Graham Murray


knights v Wests Tigers
EnergyAustralia Stadium, 3pm
Referee: Sean Hampstead
GRL Tip: Wests Tigers

Head to Head: Played 10, Knights 6, Tigers 4
At this venue: Played 5, Knights 5, Tigers 1

Life without Buderus is never much fun on the football field for Newcastle. They got beaten 71-6 without their starting hooker right after Origin 1 while getting a bye the week leading up to the series opener. Wests Tigers have shown a newfound resiliance this season. How will they handle going down by 20 points in round 12? With a virtually unchanged line-up,a point to prove and a top four spot on the line, put your money on the Tigers to roar back into the winners circle.

KNIGHTS: Nathan Hinton, James McManus, Luke MacDougall, Brad Tighe, Adam MacDougall, Chris Bailey, Luke Walsh, Josh Perry, Riley Brown, Adam Woolnough (captain), Kirk Reynoldson (captain), Cory Paterson, Daniel Tolar. Interchange: Michael Young, Reegan Tanner, Mitchell Sargent, Kade Snowden. Coach: Brian Smith

TIGERS: Shannon McDonnell, Daniel Fitzhenry, Dean Collis, Jason Moodie, Taniela Tuiaki, Chris Lawrence, John Morris, Todd Payten, Robbie Farah, Bryce Gibbs, Ben Galea, Chris Heighington, Dene Halatau. Interchange: Liam Fulton, Ben Te’o, Bronson Harrison, Keith Galloway. Coach: Tim Sheens

New Zealand Warriors v Melbourne Storm
Mt Smart Stadium, 4pm
Referee: Ben Cummins
GRL Tip: Warriors

Head to Head: Played 18, Warriors 8, Storm 9, drawn 1.
At this venue: Played 9, Warriors 5, Storm 4

Some serious questions will need to be asked if New Zealand cannot decode the winning password in this clash. When these two teams met in round 3, this match was billed as a finals preview. Right now it looks more like a wrestling match between King Kong Bundy and Little Beaver (one of the greatest midgets ever to grace the sport). Bundy in this instance is the Storm. Against a team desperate to end a 5-game losing streak and with many of their key players preparing for Origin II, this is a danger game for the visitors. It will be a close one.

WARRIORS: Wade McKinnon, Patrick Ah Van, Tony Martin, Lance Hohaia, Manu Vatuvei, Michael Witt, Grant Rovelli, Ruben Wiki (captain), Nathan Fien, Sam Rapira, Simon Mannering, Logan Swann, Micheal Luck . Interchange: George Gatis, Evarn Tuimavave, Epalahame Lauaki, Wairangi Koopu.Coach: Ivan Cleary

STORM: Steve Turner, Will Chambers, Sika Manu, Anthony Quinn, Israel Folau, Matt Geyer, Cooper Cronk, Ben Cross, James Aubusson, Garret Crossman, Clint Newton, Sam Tagataese, Jeremy Smith. Interchange: Jeff Lima, Ian Donnelly, Adam Blair, Matt Rua, Anthony Perkins (one to be omitted).Coach: Craig Bellamy


Oki Jubilee Stadium, 7pm
Referee: Tony Archer
GRL Tip: Dragons

Head to Head: Played 19, Dragons 8, Sharks 10, drawn 1
At this venue: Played 4, Dragons 3, Sharks 1

The upset of the week could have been saved for Monday night. Cronulla are without Brett Kimmorley and Greg Bird and when you look at the statistics, the Sharks are losing some important firepower. Both are 80 minute players who compliment each other and the team very well. Last week BK kicked 9 times (Bird 3 times) while Bird made 4 line breaks to Kimmorley’s 1. The Dragons have got a halfback who is repaying his new club for his game time in first grade by bringing new ideas, a fresh attitude and a good all-round ability when it comes to running the ball. Don’t forget Soward is a terrific last tackle kicking specialist who more often then not takes the right option on the boot. He is reliable. St George-Illawarra haven’t forgetten their 36-point drubbing in round 4 either. Tip the homeside with more confidence then usual.

DRAGONS: Josh Morris, Jason Nightingale, Beau Scott, Keith Lulia, Chase Stanley, Rangi Chase, Jamie Soward, Justin Poore, Simon Woolford, Jason Ryles (captain), Danny Wicks, Chris Houston, Ben Creagh. Interchange: Adam Peek, Ben Ellis, Lagi Setu, Ricky Thorby, Dan Hunt Coach: Nathan Brown
SHARKS: Misi Taulapapa, Mitch Brown, Ben Pomeroy, Reece Williams, Luke Covell, Anthony Watts, Adam Dykes, Luke Douglas, Kevin Kingston, Craig Stapleton, Dayne Weston, Phil Leuluai, Paul Gallen. Interchange: Jacob Selmes, Henry Perenara, Paul Stephenson, Isaac De Gois. Coach: Ricky Stuart - Read More, Here