NRL 2008 ~ Round 7 Preview (April 25 – 28)

25 04 2008

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Anzac Cove Memorial

This is a special week on the Australian Calendar where we mark the anniversary of the proudest moment in our National History – the landing of the ANZAC’S at Gallipoli in 1915. We use this day not only in memory of that battle, but all Australian war time involvement. It is a great honour for our top rugby league players to play on this special day and throughout the weekend. We see these young men in uniforms go into “battle” in our great sporting arenas and reflect upon their deeds.

At the same time we remember other young men, in other uniforms going into the battles of wars in far off lands in years past and present . We reflect upon the national significance of their deeds and wonder to ourselves, “Will we never learn.”

Dragons vs Roosters

One thing that can be said for the Dragons so far this year, they are consistent. Have not looked like striking any sort of form at all this year. One would think that with Wayne Bennett arriving to coach them next year, they would be trying to show why he should keep them on the playing roster for next year. Missing Mark Gasnier is a blow yes but they have had little success this year even with him in the side. Can’t be used as an excuse.

The Roosters’ loss last week against the Knights was probably a good thing. Players that had mixed success last year may have been getting to high in the sky with this season’s early successes. Showed in the first half that sixty percent of possession is useful in building a lead. They also showed they may be fragile if starved of the ball.

Roosters by 16

Broncos vs Rabbitohs

The Broncos have scored the most points so far this season (170) and this will be an absolute bumper harvest of tries as well. They come into this game on the back of a two point loss to the best team in the competition last week. With Darren Lockyer named to return this week, they are nearly a full strength side once again.

Rabbitohs go to Suncorp Stadium looking for their first win of the season. For some reason I just can’t see it happening. The team with the most points vs the team with the least (76). The Rabbitohs will be punching well above their weight if they pull off, what could only be described as, a miracle.

Broncos by 24

Sea Eagles vs Bulldogs

Manly gutsed out a good come from behind win last week against the Eels on the back of a strong performance by their forwards along with Brett Stewart and Steve Matai. With one of the best defensive records in the competition and the home ground advantage at “Fortress Brookvale” they will be hard to topple.

Bulldogs last week lead at half time 20 – 6 even with possession and completion rates working against them. The disappointing thing is they failed to go on with the job, being out-scored 10 – 12 in the second half. If they get the lead against Manly, that will need to fight hard to retain it.

Manly by 10

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Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives…
You are now living in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace.
There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours…
You, the mothers, who sent their sons from faraway countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace, after having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.


Ataturk, 1934

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Cowboys vs Storm

Cowboys seem to have found their feet some what having now registered three wins for the season. Leading at half time 22 – 14, the Cowboys skipped away to claim a big win. 8 of their starting 13 made 100m or more last weekend and they were truly awesome to see. If they turn it on again they should come up with the goods.

Storm have started the season poorly. Last weekend they snuck home for the win against the Raiders after being down 16 – 4 at the break. Must keep the Cowboys to less that 16 points if they really want to get the win. Has historically been a good ground for them.

Cowboys by 8

Titans vs Warriors

The Titans have broken clear at the top of the NRL ladder and have done so due to great on field discipline. They don’t have the best for and against record but they have done nearly everything with such perfection. They won last week without Luke Bailey and Matt Rogers after all the “experts” declared it couldn’t be done. Their second rowers, Anthony Laffranchi and Mark Minichiello have been outstanding, Preston Campbell is in scintillating form at full back, Nathan Friend continues to impress and Scott Prince is by far the best player in the NRL so far this year.

The Warriors on the other hand have lost every home game so far with an average margin of 29 against them. Manu Vatuvei has proven himself to be a handful against fellow wingers so far this season as has Brent Tate in the centres. They are without Steve Price yet again and surely they can’t wait to have their iron man captain back in the side as soon as possible.

Titans by 16

Sharks vs Tigers

Sharks have had a mixed bag so far this season and are the only side in the top eight, currently, with a negative for and against differential. After a promising start to the season, where they beat both of last year’s grand finalists, they have since scraped home against the Dragon and Rabbitohs, the two bottom placed teams. Throw in the golden point loss to Penrith last week and you could say the Sharks are playing true to form.

Wests Tigers are sitting in 8th place with a neutral F & A differential. They beat the Rabbitohs quite comfortably last weekend. Matthew Head and John Morris combined well, but both need to take it to the line more often. Big news is that Benji Marshall has been pencilled in to play 5/8 with Morris covering for the injured Robbie Farah. Let’s just hope he doesn’t get another injury. Tigers have a winning stretch of 8 games over the Sharks

Tigers by 8

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LEST WE FORGET

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6 responses

25 04 2008
~Wild Child~

‘Lest We Forget’

A well written and informative article Bigredman.

I’m liking all of your tips..although I just don’t see the Cowboys getting as many as eight on the Storm 😉

I agree with your comments concerning the Dragons..and in particular, your reference to Wayne Bennett. Knowing that he will be with them next year.. one would have expected to see the Dragons at least make an attempt to lift their performances, both individually and as a team. I would also be surprised if the Roosters don’t put more than sixteen points on them. The Dragons, to me, just don’t seem to have much direction, inspiration, or desire to ‘get it together’. Bennett has his work cut out for him there next year.

Goodluck to the Broncs this weekend..and enjoy the weekend of League everyone!

26 04 2008
A.Becker

Manly takes out the Dogs tonight and watch out for a Cowboys homer over the Storm ;~)

28 04 2008
Big Al

Don,,I seriously suggest that you get another columnist to handle your NRL stories…The present Bloodnutted Queenslander you presently employ,,has absolutely no idea..His featured story was some concoction that the Rooted Roosters would turn the Dragons into Chicken Soup..The man has obviously no grip on reality..Not only did the Dragons win,,but they absolutely slaughtered one of the competition heavyweights..
Hoping you find merit in my unbiased opinion !!

28 04 2008
brumbygg9

and time for the Storm to get some love too!

28 04 2008
withmalice

Al – you’re more than welcome to submit an alternate view of Brad’s reality! 😉
Just use the email…

29 04 2008
Big Al

No,,let him continue…It is just as much fun seeing him eat humble pie !!
However,,should his delirium continue,,and for a sizable retainer,,I could be persuaded to contribute !!!
I do realize Don,,that you have trouble in finding a coherent columnist from north of the Tweed River,,but perservere..It is a grand thing you do,,making a Queenslander feel a part of the human race..
In all humility Don,,thank you !!!

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